Busy Builders - 15.1.18
This week in class, we looked at different types of buildings, such as, houses, shops, mosques, churches and flats. We then explored colours by painting a building of our choice, adding features of a building to our painting. Please take a minute to look at our wonderful work up on display in class.
In maths this week, we made arrangements with shapes to make shape pictures. We made houses, rockets, faces and animals using different sized squares, cirles, triangles and rectangles.
In P.E this week, we had great fun moving around like animals! We slithered like snakes, crawled like cats, hopped like rabbits, and jumped like frogs! After all that exercise, we stopped to notice the effects on our bodies.
"My heart is beating faster" -Eshan
"I feel hot now." -Eliza
"We need to have a rest." -Naila
To celebrate friendship day, we talked about what it means to be a good friend and how and why we must be a good friend to others. After following a friendship powerpoint on the interactive white board, the children designed strips of paper to make a friendship chain.
"How does that building stay up?" - w/c 8.1.18
Happy new year and welcome back everybody! Spring term 2018 is here!
This half term, we will be learning about different structures and buildings. The children have been introduced to their engaging new topic, 'How does that building stay up?', and will be exploring tools and materials as well as taking a close look at the buildings around them.
Our nursery children worked hard to build a castle together in our brand new 'construction site' role play area. We were so proud of our castle that we decided to let it stand so we can play in it the next day. However.......
The next day we came to nursery to find that SOMEONE has DESTROYED our beautiful castle!!!
Who could have done that?! Let's investigate!
While investigating, we found paw prints on the floor, and found an email from the BIG BAD WOLF! he told us it was HIM who broke our castle. He snuck into nursery to practice his huff and puff as it wasn't strong enough to blow down the pig's house down .
The big bad wolf has now asked the nursery children to build a stronger castle and told us he will be back top test that too
* Also this half term, we will bwgin our 'Read, Write inc' phonics program where the children will learn two sounds a week. The program consists of 15 minute daily sessions of learning to say, read, and write a new sound. Please reinforce your childs' phonics learning at home by completing the weekly phonics homework with them.
* In maths, we will be learning two new numbers a week. The maths sessions will run as a structured program, just like the phonics, so the attendance of your child is very important to keep up with the new learning.
END AUTUMN 2
Making orange juice
Today in nursery, we took our 'water' topic to a whole new level! We looked at how can be used to make some of our favourite juices. We watched videos on how to make freshly squeezed orange juice, and gathered the ingredients to do the same.
The nursery children got busy squeezing, pinching, twisting and turning their oranges and lemons on the juicer. We were amazed to see how much juice we were able to squeeze out of just a few oranges! We then added our freshly squeezed orange and lemon juice to a watery syrup made with water and sugar on the cooker. A few cups of cool water was added to the mixture and ...... voila!! Our very own homemade orange juice was ready to drink!!
Take a look at our fabulous pictures below.
IT'S PARTY TIME!!!!!!
It's Christmas week! And boy did we celebrate in style!! We had the pleasure of watching 'Beauty and the Beast' pantomime, we had Christmas stories in the grotto, Christmas activities in class, a fun filled Christmas party with delicious food , we played party games, we danced to Christmas music...and best of all...we had a surprise visitor at our party too!! SANTA made a special appearance to hand out chocolates and have a little boogie with us too!
What an amazing week it has been! Merry Christmas everyone!
Wrap up... It's here!!
Friday 8th December! Our first show of snow in 2017!
We couldn't help but rush outdoors to make most of the weather and have fun in the snow!!
Today in nursery, we made a warm snack to keep 'toasty' in the cold weather. We used the toaster independently and buttered the toast once it was ready. Take a look at our pictures below.
Assessment week :
well done to all our children for making their teachers proud by doing so well in their maths and writing assessments. You can keep up to date with your childs' termly development in each area of learning by checking their scores in the front of their learning journey's.
Building Bridges w/c 4.12.17
After reading the story of the Gingerbread Man, the nursery children discussed how they could change the story to make it a better ending for the gingerbread man. The nursery children suggested clever ways of the gingerbread man across the river, and together, they decided to build bridges using a variety of construction materials.
Q: "How can the gingerbread man get across the river WITHOUT getting wet and WITHOUT the 'help' of the sly fox?"
A: "Maybe he could fly over" - Ali
"We need to make a bridge with steps" - Keyaan
"A rope could help him to swing across!" - Aleena
We then tested our bridges by walking the gingerbread men across them. Some bridges were too weak, which made the gingerbread men fall into the river. Other bridges were strong and sturdy, which allowed the gingerbread men to cross the river safely.
Hurray!! We saved the day with our fantastic building skills! As a treat for our hard work, we ate mini gingerbread men for our snack! Yumm-mmy!
CoEL: Being involved and concentrating
Having their own ideas
Choosing ways to do things
Willing to have a go
Links to EO: PSED: SC&SA/MR: 30-50
C&L: S/U/L&A: 30-50
PD: M&H: 30-50
L: R: 30-50
EAD: EUMM/BI: 30-50
After reading the story of the Gingerbread Man, we discussed what it means to be sly and cunning like the fox, and how the fox could have been a better friend to the gingerbread man. We also thought deeply about the feelings of other characters, such as, the old lady who worked hard to bake to the gingerbread man but didn't get to eat it.
Ask your child about the story of the Gingerbread Man.
On Thursday, the nursery children took part in a range of maths activities with their parents in our maths workshop. They ordered numbers after making their own flower number lines with play dough and lollipop sticks, matched numeral to quantity with number cards and natural resources, represented numbers and shapes in foam and glitter and went on number/shape hunts in our outdoor environment. We had so much fun together! Take these ideas home and have some maths fun at home too!!
Thank you to all the parents who attended our workshop, and thank you for your positive feedback. Your involvement in your childs' education will be valued forever!
'Wax resist pics' - w/c 27/11/17
This week in nursery, we explored water even further, by making our own wax resist water pictures. First we created water patterns, such as, waves and zig-zags, with blue wax crayons. Then, we painted over them with a blue wash. Before painting over their water patterns, the children predicted what would happen to their pictures once washed over with blue paint.
"I can still see my picture!" - Hareem
"I think my picture going to disappear." - Eliza
Take a look at our wax resist pictures in our learning journeys.
P.E - 24/11/17
Take a look at our fantastic physical skills as we climb, jump, hop, roll, crawl and balance on our outdoor equipment!!
The nursery children have been thinking about how to keep ourselves safe when walking on the streets. We looked at some road safety videos and listened to some catchy songs to remind the children to 'STOP, LOOK and LISTEN' for traffic when crossing the road.
Our children understood why they must hold onto an adults hand and stay away from the road when out and about. Please talk about road safety at home too.
Floating & Sinking - w/c 20/11/17
This week in nursery, our little scientists gathered different objects and worked with Mrs Ali to investigate whether they would float or sink in water. We tested a pair of scissors, some sponges, corks, stones and screws. The children made predictions before testing each object and enjoyed seeing the results.
They were challenged to think about 'WHY?' some objects were floating and 'WHY?' some objects were sinking.
Well done for your clever predictions and reasons, nursery!
To reinforce your child's knowledge on 'floating and sinking', try this activity at home with a bowl of water and small household objects. Have fun!
Children in need 2017
*Reminder - Our home reading books are given out every Monday and are to be returned on Friday. Thank you.
For our collective worship sessions this week, we have looked at the story of 'The Hare and the Tortoise'. The nursery children talked about how others might feel if they were being picked on or teased. We also spoke briefly about why we should not boast about our qualities that are different to others. Watch and enjoy this story with your children.
Getting Creative - 13/11/17
After our visit from the firemen, we were inspired to make our own fire engine. The nursery children worked with their teachers to find the right sized junk modelling boxes, tub, and joining materials, such as, glue and sellotape.
This project took daaaaays!! First, we painted and stuck our boxes together to make the body of the fire engine. Then we found round plastic trays for the wheels and painted them black. As we left tem to dry, we made sirens out of sponge and cellophane, the hose from a bendy pipe, shutters out of tubs and a ladder out of doweling sticks.
All the different parts of the fire engine were stuck together with glues, sellotape and staples. Finally, after days of hard work, our amazing masterpiece was ready to play with! Take a look at our fabulous pictures.
The nursery children learnt about how and why we show respect for our soldiers who died in the wars on remembrance day. We dipped corks in red and black paint to make our own poppies. Don't forget the two minute silence on Saturday 11th Nov, at 11:00am.
The Fire fighters are here again...!!
Thank you to the lovely fire men from Ward End Fire Station who paid us yet another successful visit to see our Pm nursery class. The children spoke to the firemen and looked at some tools they use in emergencies and they work. Although we were almost blown away with the water pressure, the children used the hose to practice spraying water in the playground. They waved goodbye to the firemen as they drove the fire truck out of our school gates with their lights flashing and sirens blaring! We absolutely loved having them here! Take a look at our fabulous pictures...
How can water change an egg?!
This week in nursery, we explored how water can change the state of things. The children had the opportunity to look at raw eggs and talked about what would happen if we put an egg in cold water and hot water. The children were intrigued as they turned the knobs on the cooker in our kitchen to turn it on and off. They watched as the water came to a boil and were excited to see the bubbles and the steam as the water boiled. The children answered questions throughout this activity and made clever predictions about what the eggs might looked look like when cracked after boiling.
Questions: How does the water feel at the moment?
What do you think the egg will look like when we crack it?
Where do eggs come from?
What needs to happen to the water before the eggs starts to cook in it?
Why is there steam?
After waiting and waiting for the eggs to be cooked boiled, we talked about the dangers of hot water and the cooling period of the eggs. The children knew they had to put cold water into the pan to cool the eggs down before peeling. They then sat to peel, cut and finally eat their boiled eggs themselves! Good job nursery! (You can see the activity pictures in your childs' learning journey every Monday in nursery).
FIREMAN VISIT (am)
'Why is water wet?'
Water, water everywhere!! We have come into the second half of the Autumn term to find that 'WATER' has taken over our nursery! For the next 8 weeks, the children will be exploring water in it's different states and forms.
WHERE does water come from? HOW does it change? WHY is water so important? WHO needs water, and why?
What do we use water for?..... Let's discover!!
The nursery children helped to set up their new role-play area, 'Water World'. In it, we made and displayed snowflakes, icicles, raindrops, clouds and water curtains. The children had great dressing up as water wizards and ice-queens to explore what was in the water tray inside Water World.
End of Autumn 1
For our collective worship sessions this week, we looked at the story of Elmer the Elephant and discussed feelings and emotions. The children looked at how they are different to their friends and what makes them unique and special.
Take a look at the 'Elmer' story online and read it with your child.
Physical Development Workshop
On Thursday, our parents were invited to join us in our physical development workshop. What a great turnout it was for both AM and PM classes! The parents worked with their children on fine motor skills, such as, pencil control, hole punching, cutting and threading. They also worked on gross motor skills, such as, hopping, climbing and jumping.
"I have really enjoyed myself doing different activities with Adam, such as, biking, jumping etc. It was fun." - Parent
"My child loves it when I stay and play with her. The workshop was well organised and I would like to attend more." - Parent
Thank you to all the parents who attended. Your contribution to your child's learning is vital and your feedback is very much appreciated
We've come to the end of the first half term, which means we've come to the end of our fabulous topic, 'Why do you love me so much?'. To 'express' what we have learnt, we made heart shaped biscuits for our loved ones. The children poured, mixed and rolled the ingredients, then cut out heart shapes from the dough before putting the biscuits in the oven to bake.
Once ready, the children decorated their biscuits with coloured icing sugar and sprinkles. They looked and smelt DELICIOUS! Well done , little bakers, we hope your special loved ones enjoyed your biscuits!
"I'm giving Malika my biscuit because she helps me everyday to change my clothes". - Eliza
"I'm giving my heart to my Daddy, because he plays musical statues with me". - Hannah
Black History Day
To celebrate Black History Day, we looked at the amazing tennis player, Serena Williams. The nursery sat together to look through information about Serena Williams and were amazed at how many beautiful trophies she has won for her super talented tennis skills!
We then collaged our own trophies and practiced to play tennis in our P.E session.
'Lost Louise' - #innovate
On Wednesday morning, we found a lost teddy, called Louise, in our nursery. Louise was very sad and felt scared and alone. We discussed how we could comfort Louise and help her to find her way home.
The nursery children came up with some lovely ideas, such as, giving Louise some food as she might be hungry, smiling at her and sharing their toys to make Louise feel happy at Alston.We also made some address labels and message tags to attach to Louise in hope of getting her home.
This week was also assessment week. The nursery teachers haver been busy assessing the children on their writing skills, their physical skills, their number work and their communication and language skills. Well done to all our little stars for shining brightly in their assessments and impressing their teachers by making good progress.
* P.E - This week in our P.E sessions, the children practiced to catch a large ball. Please practice this with your child at home to develop their throwing and catching skills.
* Parent's Evening - Don't forget to book your appointments to see your child's teacher to discuss their progress in school. Parent's evening is on Wednesday 11th October (4-6pm) and Thursday 12th October (4-6pm).
To tie in with our learning about celebrations, wewe sat well to listen to the story, Kipper's Birthday. The children shared their experiences of their own parties and celebrations at home, which lead to the conversations of religious celebrations and festivals.
"I wear new clothes on eid". - Aleena
"On my birthday, I get presents from my mummy". - Ali
After the reading sessions, we collectively sat to sing the 'happy birthday' song and talked about how this song makes us feel.
To develop our fabulous topic, 'Why do you love me so much?', we looked at some of the special talents we have and the skills our amazing bodies can do. The nursery playground was filled with joy as the children worked with Mrs.Ali to show off movements, such as, jumping, hopping and rolling. they discussed how exercise makes our bodies and why our bodies are able to move in certain ways.
"My face is getting hot... and my hearts going faster.. because I was running!". - Pa Modou
As well as creating bubbles, writing in foam and counting with sticks and stones, the nursery children worked with Mrs.Court to make birthday cards for Baby Aria after talking about how they celebrate their own birthdays at home. The birthday cards were being made in preparation for the big party next week!
"Guess how much I love you..."
During our collective worship sessions this week, we sat together to look at our new nursery rhyme, 'The wheels on the bus'. All the children joined in with the singing and hand actions and some spoke about their experiences when travelling on a bus.
To link collective worship in with our topic, we looked at the story, 'Guess how much I love you'. The children listened well and again linked the story with their home lives and home relationships.
"My mum loves me when I make he laugh" - Meher
"My mummy loves me when I be a good boy" - Ali
On Thursday, we enjoyed celebrating Maths Day. The children were engrossed in a range of maths activities including number/shape hunts, number puppets, matching numeral to quantity, number books/songs and many more!
Check out how clever we are!!
Look who's here...!!
To kick start our new topic, 'Why do you love me so much?', we were visited by some special visitors to entice our children into learning about loving one another. The glamorous mummy, Iram Riaz, brought her precious baby girl, Aria, in to nursery to show and tell the children why and how me must love and care for our babies.
Our nursery children were overjoyed with excitement when baby Aria woke up to say hello. Aria's mummy showed us all the baby items from the baby bag as we discussed what they are used for. Baby Aria soon stone the limelight by crying very loudly for her milk! Mummy Iram showed us how to make the milk and how to feed babies.
"Why is she crying?" - Ayyub
"What's in your baby bag?" - Anam
"How do you make the milk?" - Hannah
A huge thank you to our wonderful guests, mummy Iram and baby Aria, for coming in and helping to engage our children in our lovely new topic.
Meet The Rabbit!!
This week our nursery children got the opportunity to meet our class pet rabbit, Shadow. They showed care and concern while meeting her, by walking slowly and talking in a low tone around her. The children discussed how to treat pets and also had a choice to stroke her if the wanted to. Well done to the children for being so gentle with Shadow, and well done to shadow for being so brave while meeting all the new faces
.......And we're in!!!
We are super excited to have our final group of nursery children are in! Although a few children are still overcoming their tears, the majority have now settling in extremely well . The children have had an amazing time playing in coloured sand and glitter water. Along with a range of activities, they also showed how well they could handle their pens/pencils by doing some independent writing.
Amongst all the excitement of getting to know the children and their shining personalities, Mrs Court and Mrs Ali have been busy assessing the children on their personal, social and emotional development, their physical development, their communication and language skills, their writing and their number work. Well done to all the children for doing so well in their assessments and handling all the changes going on around them .
Now that all our tiny treasures are all in....let's do this!! Academic year 2017-2018, here we come!
Welcome to our nursery class page! Our new nursery children have been very brave in leaving their mummies and daddies and are settling in beautifully. Despite a few tears, our lovely little ones have displayed enjoyment while moving around their setting and are beginning to learn new rules and routines too. They have been busy indoors playing with play dough, cutting, drawing and counting objects. Outdoors, the children have splashed in bubbly water, played with dinosaurs and have practiced balancing on tree trunks.
This week, as part of safety day, we looked at road safety and role played this in our playground after watching video clips on how to stay safe outdoors.
Thank you to all the parents for co-operating with us and helping your children tom settle so well. WE look forward to working closely this year
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