Nursery Graduation- 13/7/2016
We've reached the end of our academic year, yes... that emotional time of year again..
Our graduation ceremonies were a great success! After our heartfelt speeches, the children proudly received their graduation certificates, pictures, scrolls, cards AND presents! We then went on to celebrate their achievements with a fantastic party followed by a little boogie on the dance floor!
Our beautiful children have come a long way in their journey at Alston Nursery and are leaving their teachers BURSTING with pride! We would like to thank all the families of our Nursery children for supporting the teachers by taking an active part in their childrens' learning. We will miss you all
Eid Ul-fitr 2O16
On Friday 8th July, the Nursery children celebrated Eid Ul-Fitr with their teachers and friends. We talked about family customs and traditions and looked at the different ways people celebrated Eid around the world.
The children dressed well for the occasion and had an amazing time playing party games, dancing and indulging in yummy party food!
Enjoy our pictures!
Nursery Open Day 2016
On Monday 4th July, we invited our new nursery children with their families to visit our nursery. They engaged in a variety of stimulating activities indoors and outdoors. The children got stuck into all the activities provided and enjoyed themselves very much... so much so, that most of them were reluctant to leave!! We thoroughly enjoyed seeing new faces and spending quality time with our newcomers. We look forward to seeing you again in September! Take a look at our fabulous pictures!
The Big Bad Wolf came into our Nursery and took all of our pigs over the weekend! He left us a letter telling us to complete some tasks outside.
Here is what he said......
Dear Nursery children,
I have stolen all of your pigs because I want to gobble them right up. If you want them back again you must complete 1 task. If not then they are all mine yummy!
Here is what you must do:
Go with Mrs Cornick to the big playgroundbut no playing!
Take buckets of water, brushes and rollers
You must make big circles and lines using the brushes and water
I also have a challenge for some of you……..
Can you write some of the sounds you have been learning?
I will be watching you all. You won’t be able to see me but if you look carefully you might!
From Big Bad Wolf
Today we celebrated Diversity Day. We looked at people from around the world and noticed how we are all different. We discussed how great it is to be unique! We collaged friendship fish, drew pictures of our friend and discussed what they like too. We know that diversity is our strength.
This week in Nursery we made fat balls to hang in the garden for the birds! We mixed the mealworms and seeds together and even used the microwave to melt the shortening to stick it all together. We discussed what else we could add to our balls as well as how to use the microwave safely.
We had a letter arrive from Mrs Penny Pig who is sad that her three little pigs have left home to build their own houses. She asked us to mix the colour pink and paint her some pretty pink pictures of her pigs to put on her wall.
We also celebrates St George's day! The children acted out parts of the story with Mrs Cornick, decorated dragons and explored the story through role play using masks which they adored!
Remember that Nursery children are not in next Thursday 5th of May due to the elections.
Young Writers' Competition
We are very proud that Alston Nursery has been selected as a Winner of the Young Writers' My First Poem competition and will be published in a book. Click the thumbnail to read the letter we received.
The Queen's 90th Birthday Celebrations
21st April 2016
Today in Nursery we celebrated the Queen’s 90th birthday. We sung her Happy Birthday, waved just like her, we drew and decorated cakes and we even made our own crowns just like hers- minus the diamonds! We looked closely at how she has changed and grown from a child into the lady she is today.
Three Little Pigs
This week we have been engaging in lots of learning based on the Three Little Pigs. Mrs Ali and the children even build houses using straw (Weetabix), sticks and bricks. The children were encouraged to predict what might happen if we use the hairdryer to try and blow them over, just like the Big Bad Wolf. There were some amazing conversations occurring before, during and after this activity.
Bordesley Green Allotments
This week we visited the allotments with our Mums and Dads. We have been learning all about growing and what better way than to see it really happening! We explored, discussed, touched, ran, dug, shared, solved problems, made predictions and most importantly-had fun!
A big thank you to the parents who came along, we really appreciate it and we hope you enjoyed it too.
World Book Day
Today in Nursery we celebrated World Book Day. We read lots of books, we drew pictures, we collaged book characters, and we even watched some stories being read by other people as well as visiting the library to read some different stories. The children looked amazing in their outfits today!!
Our Mums and Dads came in on Wednesday to understand how to help us at home, as well as learning about what we have been focusing on in school. We also asked them to help us complete some fun maths based activities. We went on number hunts, we sorted bottle lids according to size and colour, we set the table with knives, forks, spoons and cups, counting each item, we read number based stories, created pictures using shapes and we even mad a mini number lesson with our parents joining in too!
Thank you to those parents who came along to support your child's learning. We really appreciate it and we hope you all had as much fun as we did!
A big warm welcome to all our new Nursery children and parents!
This year we have lots of exciting activities planned and we cannot wait to work alongside your child to help them grow into independent and confident little people.
In Nursery this year we have a fabulous team consisting of Mrs Cornick, Miss Higgins and Mrs Ali. We have a wealth of knowledge and experience between us. We also know how to have fun when playing, which is so important for children's learning and development.
Please watch this space for updates throughout the year.
Look at us!
Today we had some visitors in our Nursery! We have been learning about how to care for living things so what better way than with snakes, cockroaches, chameleons, an owl and a skunk. Some of us were very brave and put the snakes around our necks-eek! It was great to see how engaged and excited the children were, although some were a little frightened to start with. They all chose to touch at least one animal, some children needed a little encouragement and others did it all on their own. What a great experience had by all and a big thank you to all the animals who were so well behaved.
This week we have been talking about how we can be healthy. We even brainstormed ideas about it all together. Next week we will be bringing this to life by making healthy fruit kebabs. This is really important for children as not only will they learn to uses tools safely but they will also get to enjoy their creations!
Last week we had so much fun engaging in superhero movements, we dressed ourselves and helped our friends and listened to a range of songs from Mozart to Bob Marley. We discussed which songs we like and how we could move out bodies to different types of music.
We hope you had a restful break and all the children had a lot of fun during the holidays.
This week we have been so engaged on our new focus -'Superheroes'. We have been reading 'Charlie's Superhero Underpants', learning how to put on the superhero costumes so we can role play as well as brainstorming our thoughts and ideas about superheroes. Also, we had a letter left in our class from Vilgax who is Ben10's rival! He came in and kidnapped Ben10 and told us we had to work in teams to create some amazing cars, boats, buses, trains and planes using boxes, paint and rolls, so we could get him back. But, he also said if we didn't work together then poor Ben10 will be his forever. Of course we wanted Ben10 back so all week we have been working really hard to create all the different types of transport. We will display them in the room over the coming weeks so keep your eye out for them!
Today we invited Mums and Dads into our Nursery to enjoy some festive cheer. There were Christmas baubles made from tissue paper, salt doh was made and cooked in festive shapes, wintery wreaths were created, we watched and discussed the classic movie "The Snowman" and we even mate festive cards. It was fabulous to see so many parents come and join in the fun!
Letters & Sounds Workshop
This week we invited Parents in to engage in a range of activities with their children, aimed at developing listening skills. They participated in listening walks, rhythm based activities, rhyme stories, matching rhyming words, listening to environmental sounds and finding the correct image that matches it as well as having fun!
Ward End Fire Station Visit
Today we visited the fire station and got to meet some real life firemen! We listened to the sirens going off, we watched a fireman slide down the pole, spoke about the emergency number, saw the gym where they keep fit and healthy, sat in their meeting room and listened to a house smoke detector. To finish our trip off we even got to shoot water out of the hose – that was our favourite bit! Even the teachers had a turn too.
In Nursery we had so much fun celebrating Friendship Day 2015. We worked really hard to make a card for your friend. Some of us glues shapes on to theirs, others chose to draw around their hand. Some of the children stuck in a lovely little poem for their friend while others engaged in mark making on the inside. Each child displayed high levels of concentration during this and were so proud of their cards! We also spoke about why our friends are important while we were doing this. Not only did we talk about that, we also discussed what we can do if our friend is feeling sad. We have been reading the story ‘I’m Happy,’ all week and brainstorming what makes us happy and what can make others happy.
Children In Need 2015
We Love Lemons!
This week we have been tasting foods which are sweet and sour. We tried lemon, lime, sugar, vinegar, water and of course-yummy biscuits to get rid of the sour taste in our mouths. We discussed our thoughts on the foods, stating if we liked it, how it made our mouth feel, how it tastes and we even talked about if our Mums and Dads like these too.
We pulled funny faces when tasting the lemons and we blocked out nose with the smell of vinegar. We lapped up the sugar, knowing that it is nice and sweet. Look at our reaction in the pictures!
Our teachers also had a lot of fun with this, Miss Higgins was giggling along with the us because of our funny faces!
Bonfire Night 2015
Halloween Horrors Workshop
Nursery Mums & Dads came in today for a hands on experience with their child. They were encouraged to paint their hands to create spiders, play with spooky doh, find spiders in wibbly wobbly jelly, read spooky stories, play ghostly games and talk about the sizes of vampires and ghouls!
This week in Nursery we have been singing Baa Baa Black Sheep, collaging sheep, engaging in role play about sheep, talking about how fantastic it was that the sheep was willing to share his wool with his friends and how it makes us feel when we share. We have been counting and developing our colour recognition skills as well as our fine motor skills through a range of activities. Please remember to encourage your child to use scissors, play doh and draw you pictures while at home.
Our weekly readers go home on a Monday and need to be returned on a Friday- the children have really been enjoying this and have been talking to us about their books!
We have also been developing out first Parents Workshop-Halloween Horrors, which will be on the 22nd October. Please see the newsletter sent home on Friday and keep an eye out for an invitation from us.
In nursery we have been learning all about Ruby Bridges who was the first black American girl to go to a public school. We spoke about how other children didn't like her because her skin colour was different to theirs. This lead to conversations about how we would feel and what we can do to be a good friend to everyone. We even sung songs about being kind to everyone (see the link below for the song).
In nursery we spoke about the different ways to be safe, at home and at school.
We loved acting out different scenarios especially when we got to use the cars to talk about road safety!
Remember Mums and Dads, when you are out with your child please speak to them about the importance of road safety as we will be going on lots of outings throughout the year.
This week we welcomed some new children into our nifty nursery. They have settled in so well which is fantastic!
We engaged in lots of different activities such as exploring various sensory activities such as shaving foam, jelly bath and even fresh cut grass. We also created some fabulous drawings using sharpies and tin foil, printed using paint and numbers, explored colour mixing as well as music making.
We talked about how to help each other, how to share and display respect for others. We even had some children helping each other pop on their jackets before heading outside to play.