EID UL-FITR 2017
We have been watching video clips about how families from different cultures and backgrounds celebrate Eid. The children also talked about their Eid experiences with Mrs Ali, and got busy decorating Eid cards for their families.
"I go to mosque with my mum" (Lamya)
"I got new suit for Eid" (Maryam)
"We go to read namaz in the park" (Nusair)
Eid Mubarark to all our children and families who are celebrating! We hope you have a Lovely day!
Seaside Sights - 19/06/17
To develop our learning about the seaside, our Nursery children have been looking at seaside objects, like seaweed and sunbeds and sea creatures too. They have been busy BIRD SPOTTING in our playground to find the hidden birds. They were fabulous at recording their findings and comparing each bird.
They also worked with Mrs Court to create bubble paint amd marble paint posters. What a busy week we've had!!
'How many pebbles on the beach'
This half term, we will be learning about the seaside! To engage the children in to this topic, we had a class discussion on any seaside experiences that the children may have had. After that, we all set off for the seaside....YES!! our very own beach!
The nursery playground had been transformed into a seaside! We had sand, water, an ice-cream shop, a puppet show, beach games and even tattoos! The day was a success! The children were buzzing with excitement. What a perfect way to entice the children in to our new topic! Join in with the fun by taking a look at the pictures in the slideshow below.
END SUMMER 1
The 'Express' Stage
It's ready! Our dragon is finally ready. Ther children have done a smashing job to create their very own friendly dragon. They added features such as wings, a tail and fire and were completely satisfied with their work!
To end our topic, the nursery children rehearsed a DRAGON DANCE to perform to their parents. They took the stage and with an amazing performance, which they choreographed themselves, while their dragon stood proud to watch them too! A Huge round of applause for our little stars, and thank you to all the parents who attended
The 'innovate' Stage - 15/5/17
We are now at the innovate stage of our fantastic topic, 'Did Dragons Exist?'. The am/pm nursery children are working hard on their project to build their own amazing dragon out of junk modelling boxes.
During this week the children have also been listening to fantasy music to prepare a surprise for their parents....ssshhh!
This week has also been assessment week. Each child has been assessed on their maths skills, completed an independent writing piece and were tested on their phonic sounds too. Well done to all our superstars for working so hard
To celebrate diversity day, the nursery children watched video clips of different cultures and backgrounds and had class conversations about how we are all different, yet special in our own ways.
"My best friend had brown hair, but mine is black, but we are still best friends" - Ayesha
"If somebody cant walk, we have to be kind and help them" - Zaina
The Mystery Eggs - 1/5/17
The funny looking eggs that appeared in our nursery last week have finally hatched!! You would never have guessed who they belonged to.... DRAGONS! They were REAL dragon eggs!! Strange little dragons poked their funny little heads out as the eggs began to crack. But these baby dragons are not here to stay, their mummies will be back for them. So we must be gentle and look after them well...don't be scared, they don't bite....YET!
'Did Dragons Exist?' - 24/4/17
Welcome to the 'engage' stage of our brand new topic, 'Did Dragons Exist?'. This half term the children will spend their time learning about medieval castle settings, kings and queens, dragons and knights. They began their learning by taking interest in our castle role play and watching video clips of kings and queens.
this week, some mystery eggs had appeared in our nursery! Where did they come from?...Who do they belong to?...Why do they look so strange?... Let's investigate!!
END OF SPRING 2
Assessment week - 27/03/17
The children have worked their little brains extremely hard this week! They've been tested on their number work, phonic set 1 sounds, physical development and writing. We are very proud of all the nursery children for making sufficient progress in the assessments at the end of Spring 2.
Mothers Day Message!
Happy Mothers Day to all our wonderful mums, nans, aunties and all the other inspirational females in our childrens' lives. Thank you for all the love and support you give to your children to help with their education. You are much appreciated by the nursery staff!
Enjoy your mothers day cards and treats from your little ones!
Actors in the making!!
Take a look at our fantastic learning this week! The nursery children have been re-enacting the story of the 'The Three Little Pigs'. They built houses of straw, sticks and bricks and used musical instruments to make the sounds of foot steps and knocks on the doors of each house! What an amazing sight to see!
Walks around Bordesley Green - 20/3/17
To DEVELOP our knowledge on buildings, the nursery children and teachers went for a walk around our local area. Despite the rainy weather, the children were super excited to see all the different structures and sizes of buildings, such as, the hospital, the church, McDonalds, the houses and the shops. We also visited some of the shops to find out about the different job roles of the owners, such as the bakery and the launderette... (thank you for being so welcoming ). Some of the children even linked the walk to their learning of the 'The Three Little Pigs' story and tried to 'huff and puff' and blow down the brick walls! We had lots of fun!
When you are out walking in your local area, talk to your children about the structure of all the different buildings you see and about how these buildings stay up. This will expand their thoughts and develop their knowledge and understanding of the world. Thank you.
The 'Mystery Pawprint' - 13/3/17
CASE CLOSED!! We found out who crept into our nursery to blow down our house... It was the BIG BAD WOLF!! The silly wolf sent us an email to say he wanted to test if his 'huff and his puff' was strong enough to destroy the pigs' houses, so he tested it on our house first . He also said that he would be back to test our house again! So our nursery builders replied in FURY to the big bad wolf saying how disgusted they were with his cheeky behaviour , and will now work MUCH harder and use resources that will make their house stronger this time.
Also this week, the children worked hard with Mrs Ali to make their own story map of our new story, 'The Three Little Pigs'. Take a look at our weeks learning in your childs' books.
For Science Week, the nursery children worked with Mrs Court to plant daffodil bulbs. They will monitor the changes in the plants over the next few weeks and talk about 'growing'.
Nurse in the NURSERY...#HealthyVibes
Investigations under way 6/3/17
The 'Develop' Stage: The Mystery...
After some investigation from the 'Police', we found that there were no 'finger' prints in our construction site after all!! So who broke our building??
The police then revealed that PAW PRINTS were found instead! Shock!! Horror!! Question is, who's paw prints are they??
Investigation to continue at the Nursery Construction Site, Alston Primary School.
An early Easter Surprise!!
A big warm welcome to the latest addition to our class, our pet RABBIT!! The nursery children were overwhelmed with excitement as they met our rabbit on Tuesday. They looked at the friendly rabbit, fed her a carrot, questioned about rabbits and some were even brave enough to stoke her.
"Where did you get her from?...What does she eat?...What's her name?... Why are her ears so pointy?..."
The nursery children all took a vote to choose a name for the rabbit. the most popular manes were:
Rebecca Rosie Coco
Lilly Elsa Beauty
...Any other suggestions, parents...? Our votes are yet to be counted.
WORLD BOOK DAY 2017
On Thursday 2nd March, we celebrated World Book Day with our special visitor, Poet Chris White. He showed us his amazing illustrations as he brought his famous poems to life! We thoroughly enjoyed our time with him .
Also on World Book Day, the nursery children and teachers dressed up as their favourite book characters. We had rows of superheroes and princesses and other story characters , such as, the hungry caterpillar!
Thank you parents, for all the effort on the costumes
Animal Man Visit
On Tuesday 28th February, we had a visit from the Animal Man. He came to see us with lots of interesting animals. We saw a large African cockroach, a gecko, a bearded dragon, two slithery snakes called Jambo and Flora, a baby hedgehog, a baby owl, and a white racoon .
We had a chance to hold and stroke all the animals and some of us were brave enough to have the snakes around our necks!
Check out our photos.
ALSTON CONSTRUCTION SITE! - 27/2/17
Spring 2 already! Welcome back everybody! We have kick started this half term with the 'ENGAGE' stage of our brand new topic, 'How Does That Building Stay Up?'. Our nursery children got dressed up as builders before they got stuck into our 'construction site' role play area with their tools. Towards the end of the week, the children worked with Mrs Ali to build a magnificent house which will stay up 'forever'... now here's where the drama begins!
The children came in on Friday to find their house DEMOLISHED! Who was it? When, how and why did they do it??
After some interrogation, we decided to cordon off the role play area and wait for the 'police and forensics' to give us some clues on who it might have been. Time will tell who the culprit was.... (hehe)
END OF SPRING 1
Time to SHIMMER and SHINE!!
We are now at the 'Express' stage of our fabulous topic, 'Is it shiny?'. To celebrate the end of this enticing topic, the children had a dress up day to express what they have learnt this half term. The children were asked to dress up in shiny outfits and choose an 'under the sea' character, such as, pirates, mermaids, mermen or a fish.
#cutenessoverload! The dress up day was a major success!! The entire nursery was SHIMMERING as the children and teachers shone their way through the day.
Love is in the air...
On Thursday 14th February, the nursery children learnt about why some people celebrate Valentines Day. We made our own cards and heart posters for our loved ones and talked about why we love them.
"My valentine is Nani Jill..because we clean up together" (Maryam)
"My valentine is Tasmia, because we both play and love to sit together" (Zara)
Happy Valentines Day Everybody!!
"Gung How Fat Choi"
"Happy New Year"
In nursery, we have had our own 'mini' Chinese new year celebrations. The children watched a power point on how Chinese people celebrate their new year and then got stuck into Chinese themed activities, such as, practicing Chinese writing, making dragon masks, dancing like dragons and making rice dumplings.
Look out for the pictures in your child learning journeys
(Enjoy your weekend)
Maths Workshops - 6/12/17
Along with assessments this week, we have had a fantastic time at our maths workshop on Thursday. The teachers and parents of the nursery children celebrated their learning by joining in with fun maths activities indoors and outdoors, consisting of making flower number lines, matching numeral to quantity, making shape hats, number fans and many more activities!
Please read up on the EYFS maths outcomes that were sent out in your home-packs and don't forget to make MATHS FUN!! You could count the windows on cars, notice numbers on buses/houses/bins, talk about the shapes of road signs, create number problems by making dinner plates disappear off the table!! Go number crazy!!
Thank you to all then parents who attended and made our workshop a success .
True Pirates - 30/1/17
After receiving yet ANOTHER letter from the ever demanding, Captain Hook, the nursery children proved they are worthy of being true pirates as they constructed the most AMAZING pirate ships out of junk boxes. They worked in pairs and shared fantastic ideas and then tested if their ship was 'good to go' by sailing it in some water #float#sink#sucess!!
Phonics sounds learnt so far : m, a, s, d, t, i, n, p
Numbers learnt so far : 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Our Surprise Visitor!
On Friday, we had a surprise visitor all the way from UNDER THE SEA! This visitor had a long flappy tail, a shiny body, sleeps in a shell and had beautiful jewels...can you guess who it was?
YES!! Mermaid in the house!! The nursery children were buzzing with excitement as the glamorous mermaid, Ariel, made her magical appearance in our nursery! She sat and spoke to the children who asked her some questions about where she lives and what she does.
"Where do you sleep?" (Beatrice)
"How did you get the jewels?" (Zara)
"Do the sharks bite you when you swim by them?" (Ishaaq)
Ariel, the mermaid, showed all of her shiny jewels to the class and picked some children to put the necklaces, bracelets and rings on her. Some children even got to put sparkly gemmed flowers in her hair! Before Ariel left the nursery, she sprinkled some magic glitter on their childrens' heads as they made a wish and promised to visit Alston again.
We would like to thank our special visitor for her time and effort and for creating a beautiful memory for our nursery children.
'Ship Ahoy!!!' - 23/1/17
The Alston Pirates have been busy building their own pirate ship out of large cardboard boxes. We used glue and different sellotapes to join our boxes together and then cut out pieces of the ship that needed removing. Mrs Ali and the children got awfully messy as they painted the pirate ship inside and out and are now beginning to decorate it. Final touch ups will be made to the ship next week before it sets sail to Treasure Island!
'Friendship Goals'!! - 16/1/17
This week, friendship was in the air as we looked closely at the story of the Rainbow Fish. we discussed what it means to be a good friend and how to make others feel better when upset. Please try to read this story at home to reiterate on the moral of this story.
We have also made a great start to our phonics by reading and writing the new sounds that we have learnt. We urge parents to practice name writing and writing of the 'new sound' at home. Thank you.
'Digging for GOLD!' - 9/1/17
This week, we received another letter from Captain Hook who was very impressed with our pirate hats and eye-patches that we made last week. However, he wanted to see if we were true pirate material, so he put us to the test of finding treasure he had hidden in our playground. If the children were found to be greedy, Captain Hook said he would make them 'Walk the PLANK'!!
The children rose to the challenge and hunted out all the treasure! They even got to eat all their chocolate coins .
"Shiver me timbers! We found the treasure!". (Asad)
"Aaaarggh! I'm not walking the plank!". (Khizar)
Also this week, each child made their own 'Wanted' poster for a bad pirate who had stolen their treasure.
On Friday, we had a surprise weather change! The children were over excited to be playing in the snow. They brought some snowballs into the Nursery and made predictions as to what might happen if we leave the snow indoors.
"It's melting! It's changing to water!"
Welcoming 2017!!! - 3/1/17
Wow! 2017! And boy, are we ready for it!! We have begun this half term by diving under the sea to kick start our new topic 'Is It Shiny?'. The children were drawn into this topic with a 'letter from Captain Hook' asking for new crew members. The children watched enticing video clips then made their own pirate props to use in our role play area to help them engage into the theme.
"Arrrgghh! I'm Captain Hook! Give my treasure back!" - (Asad)
"I'm a girl pirate, so I need all the jewellery" - (Faatimah)
"Quick! The baddies are coming to steal the treasure! Ahor!" - (Usman)
The children made their own sea creatures to fill up our sea. We made paper plate fish, jellyfish and turtles using paints, glitter, bubble wrap, bottle lids and marble paint.
On Thursday, we celebrated 'Maths Day' with a variety of number activities throughout the day. The children moulded play dough into numbers, danced to number songs and made their own wooden number sticks.
This week has also been the start of our number program. Everyday, the children will have 15 minutes of focused learning of a new number. The sessions will consist of two numbers per week, (for instance, we have focused on 0 and 1 this week), where they will learn to read, write and recognise their new number.
Please question your children about the new numbers they are learning.
End Of Aut 2
'Tis the season to be jolly...#ChristmasPartyDay!!
On Thursday 15th December, the nursery was lit with exited children and festive cheer as we celebrated Christmas early with our amazing party! The children filled our party with joy and laughter by singing and dancing to Christmas music. To top it all, we indulged in a delicious Christmas spread, made by our kitchen staff ( thank you ), who prepared pizza fingers, nuggets, potato balls, chicken strips and ICE-CREAM!
What an epic end to 2016! The nursery staff are so proud of how well the children have done with their learning this half term and are looking forward to continue on this journey in 2017. We wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy new year.
Bring on 2017!
Happy Holidays Everyone!
On Wednesday 14th December, Cinderella visited our school!... 'Oh yes, she did'!! Our nursery children were overwhelmed with excitement as the sat back to watch Cinderella and her Handsome Prince Charming take over the show. They performed excellently and made us laugh with their 'Panto style' jokes . They even got the children involved in their performance by inviting them up to take part in their dance moves!
The nursery would like to say a huge THANK YOU to the members of staff who organised this special treat for us. What a lovely way to end the Autumn Term
Communication & Language Workshop
On Tuesday 15th December, we invited our Nursery parents to join us in our learning focussing on communication and language. The parents engaged in speaking and listening activities, such as, stories with repeated refrains, preposition activities, talking with wooden spoon Christmas characters and many more!
Towards the end of our workshop, we all sat to watch the all time classic silent movie, The Snowman...(well, what was supposed to be a silent movie hehe) . Throughout the movie, parents were encouraged to talk to their children and ask questions about the scenes and story as they watched the movie and enjoyed chocolate hedgehogs with their snack!
Our C&L workshop was a HIT!! Thank you to all our fabulous parents who attended. Your input has a positive impact on your child's attitude to learning. Thank you once again, and we hope to see you again at our next workshop.
'Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow...' - 5/12/16
We have had an amazing time playing with the 'Magic Snow' this week! The children mixed the snow powder with water and watched the snow grow as they shared thoughts about animals that live in the snow and why they don't feel cold. Fingers crossed for REAL snow Santa's helpers were also busy building his sleigh with the crates and construction outdoors.
Also this week, some of our Nursery children had the pleasure of meeting Santa and receiving a present from him. Although some of the children had to put on their brave faces when seeing Santa, they were all on their best behaviour! Look out for your photo's.
To end this festive week, we took part in our well organised Christmas Fayre. The children had great fun playing games, painting their faces, buying delicious food and cakes and also winning some fabulous prizes! It was lovely to see so many of you there
'It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas....' - 28/11/16
That time of year is here again, and our Nursery children are buzzing with excitement! This week we set up our role play area as 'Santa's Workshop'. The children dressed up as santa, elves and reindeers and worked together to get the presents made, wrapped and delivered to their friends in nursery.
During the week, the children also wrote their own Christmas wish list for Santa, made Christmas cards, decorated baubles and filled their stockings with toys from magazine cut-outs..(good luck with fulfilling all the demands in the Christmas holidays, parents..hehe ).
In all the excitement, the teachers were busy assessing the children on their maths and literacy skills. The teachers are all very proud of how well the children have done in their learning in Autumn 2. Keep it up kids
'Good things come in small packages!!' - 21/11/16
Moving on from the 'Funnybones' story, this week we have focused on the story of 'Titch', by Pat Hutchins. We looked at how life may be a little different for our little people, but how that can still make an important difference .
The children also worked with Mrs Ali on MEASURING. They received a letter from Titch asking them for help to sort out a pile of toys in sizes. They used language such as, big/bigger, small/smaller, tall/taller, and short/shorter. Please help to enhance you childs' learning at home by finding objects that are taller/shorter than them in their home environment!
Children in Need - 18/11/16
What a wonderful day we've had in nursery today! we watched a powerpoint showing how we could help children who are less fortunate than us or those who are not able to come to school because they are sick.
We all dressed in spots and made our own Pudsey masks too!
'Busybodies' - 14/11/16
To follow on our learning about 'Ourselves', we looked at skeletons and x-rays to focus on bones. The children were excited and intrigued by the new light board in nursery, as they watched the x-rays light up! The children also made their own hand x-rays using black card and art straws.
Please enhance this learning at home by questioning your children on bones and the structure of skeletons.
Remembrance Day - 11/11/16
In Nursery, we have been finding out about Remembrance Day. We learnt about the brave soldiers who fought in the war to protect their country and their families. We then looked at the poppy flowers that grew on the battlefields after the war ended.
The children enjoyed making their own poppies with finger paints.
This week in nursery, we learnt about the uses of some body parts as we focused on our five senses, see, hear, smell, taste and touch. We shared ideas of what we might use our eyes, nose, mouth, ears and hands for. The children got messy as the drew body parts in cornflour and also made some observational drawings of dolls.
The highlight of this week was DEFINITELY our taste testing activity! The children had a shock to their taste buds as they worked with Miss Higgins to taste biscuits, lemon juice, sugar and vinegar!!
Enjoy our pictures...(look out for your childs pictures of this activity in their learning journal's too).
Friendship Day - 8/11/16
On Tuesday 8th November, we celebrated Friendship day by engaging in friendly interactions ALL DAY! We made sure that we were extra kind to our friends by helping them, sharing our toys and playing happily (even more so than ever!!). The children watched the story of the Rainbow Fish and saw how he started off being a bit unkind so he had no friends. But soon realised, after sharing his shiny scales, he made lots of friends .
The children were encouraged to make a card or a 'Photo frame' for their best friends and also say WHAT was special about their friend and WHY they liked them.
"My friend is Baqir..Because he not hit me..he not fighting..he like me" (Aayana)
"My friend is Asad..Because he shares with me everyday" (Sohil)
In Nursery, we looked at how Hindu's celebrate Diwali, The Festival of Light. Hindu's celebrate Diwali to remember the time when Rama and Sita returned back to their homes. We watched video clips and coloured in our own Rangoli patterns after learning about why Hindu's design beautiful Rangoli patterens in their houses at Diwali.
We also created our own firework pictures by flicking paint with brushes and sprinkling glitter to light up our nursery on Diwali too!
"OURSELVES" - 1/11/16
Welcome back everybody! We hope you had a restful half term holiday... Our topic for this half term is "Ourselves", where we will learn about our bodies, our senses, the jobs of our features and how we grow. We ask parents to consolidate this learning at home by questioning your children about their body parts and senses .
This week in Nursery, the children focused on the 'Head, shoulders, knees and toes' song and named their body parts independently. We began learning about our bodies by acting as doctors and nurses in our new 'Alston Surgery' role play area! (Take a look at our pictures...cuteness overload!!)
End of Autumn 1
See you back in Nursery on Tuesday 1st November
Parent Workshop 1 - Nursery Rhymes
On Thursday 20th October, we celebrated the end of our 'Nursery Rhyme' topic with a fun filled parent workshop. We talked about how this topic has helped to settle our children into the nursery, as they felt comforted by the rhymes that were familiar to them.
The children got on amazingly well in their very first workshop with their adults, both indoors and outdoors, and were able to show of the skills they have learned in nursery! The activities consists of star printing, Baa Baa Black Sheep story maps, matching objects to rhymes, mask making, nursery rhyme book, role play at Old Mcdonalds farm, creating music, singing and dancing to our rhymes....and many more!
We had a successful turn-out in both AM and PM workshops and we would like to thank all the parents who took part. We hope to see you at our upcoming workshops too. Don't forget to look out for the workshop pages in your child Learning Journey's. Enjoy the slideshow!
Sukkot - 17/10/16
Today the children learned about the Jewish harvest festival, Sukkot. It remembers the years that the Jews spent in the desert on their way to the promised land. During this holiday, the Jews will build an open air structure like a hut. The children had a go at making their own 'Sukkot Huts' using stickle bricks.
Black History Day!!
In nursery, we looked at famous black inventors. The children watched an 'Alphabet' slideshow, naming some influential people in Black History. We also compared our own skin tones to our friends' and understood how we are all different, yet special in our own ways.
"Tick Tock...Tick Tock" - 10/10/16
Yes, the time is ticking away in Nursery! This week we have focused on the 'Hickory Dickory Dock' rhyme. Our children have worked well on making our own clocks with our junk modelling boxes and bottles. The children are now confident to choose their favourite nursery rhymes and sing it in front of their friends.
This week has also been Assessment Week. Our children showed their teachers how fantastic they are at their number work and their writing. All assessments for this half term are stuck in the childrens' learning journey's. Please take a look at your childs' book every Fridays.
Enjoy our Pictures
'Down on the farm....!' -3/10/16
This week we have focussed on one of our favourite nursery rhymes, Baa Baa Black Sheep. To enhance our learning, we had fun getting messy while making our own handprint sheep and black sheep hats..(we're sorry for all the black paint stuck in the fingernails, parents )
We also got busy in the kitchen with Mrs Court, as she helped us to make our own toast to 'munch', just like the sheep munch up their dinner! Check out our fabulous pictures of this weeks learning. Enjoy!
Watch us 'Twinkle'! - 26/9/16
This week, we've been shining bright as we've focussed on the 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star' rhyme. We practiced our cutting skills by decorating and cutting stars and also made our own twinkly stars for the display boards. Join us in our learning by looking at our weeks pictures .
Incy Wincy Spider!
In Nursery, we are learning our Nursery Rhymes. To begin this topic, the first rhyme we focussed on was 'Incy Wincy Spider'. All the children thoroughly enjoyed the activities connecting to our rhyme, such as, making paper plate spiders, playing with spiders and pipes in the water tray, making playdough spiders, exploring instruments and creating music for our rhyme too! We also went on a spider hunt in our playground too! See if you can spot any spiders crawling up your water spouts at home!
Eid Al-Adha 2016
We celebrated Eid Al-Adha by dressing in our best clothes and partying with our friends in Nursery! We talkied about what we did on Eid and how we celebrated with our families and we also watched clips on how people celebrate Eid around the world. Our wonderful children took pride in talking about their own cultures and traditions while we enjoyed our Eid party.
"My mummy bought me a new dress for Eid, a pink one! and we eat lots of food.. chaawal and ice cream" (Hidayah)
"We go mosque.. all the men stand and read. Then we eat food at home" (Khizar)
Eid Mubarak Everyone!!
MEET THE TEACHERS!
Mrs Court - Red Group
Hasan H Latif
Mrs Ali - Green Group
Hasan S Hiba
Miss Higgins - Blue Group
Wow! What an epic start to our new academic year! We welcome all our lovely children into our newly refurbished nursery and hope to have an amazing year with them. The nursery children have been very brave in separating from their mummies and daddies, and despite all of the tears and dramas, most are now settled and engaged in the activities!
The children have enjoyed painting, constructing, drawing, using playdough, water play and so much more.
We look forward to sharing our exciting experiences with you and finding out about how your children are learning at home too. Join us in our adventures at Alston nursery by keeping up with our nursery web page. Check out our 'first week' photographs!