Thursday, 14 June 2018

Spots and Stripes

We are ‘Nature Explorers’ is our topic for this final half term in Nursery. Our new topic focuses on ‘mini-beasts’ and the children have already been excited to learn about bees and ladybirds. The children have drawn bees and  ladybirds, used their painting and making skills to make some bees and ladybirds and have learnt the names for the different parts of a bee. We have had an exciting arrival of some class caterpillars. Every morning when the children come into the classroom they check up on how much they have grown overnight and whether they have begun to form their chrysalises’ yet.



In Maths we have been exploring and investigating the features of shapes. The children were
challenged to use 4 triangles to make a picture or pattern. Other children made interesting shape pictures. 

We have continued with our “Friendship” topic in RE. We read a passage from the bible which told us some of the things that Jesus likes to do with his friends. We reminded the children that Jesus wants to be their friend and they can talk to Jesus as their friend and tell him about all that is important to them. 

We are enjoying the warm, dry weather and have been spending as much time as possible outside. There has been lots of physical play, using the bikes and scooters, Mini beast moves - jumping and moving in so many different ways - and den building using materials and large bricks. The children have also been involved in caring for and watering the plants.

On Thursday some of the nursery children spent an enjoyable morning in Reception as it was the
information morning for new Reception parents.

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Corcoran and the Nursery team

Friday, 25 May 2018

Under the Sea

Over the past two weeks we have been finding out all 
about creatures that live under the sea. We have used different materials to make pictures. I wonder if your child can find the one they made? We have made a display of them in the classroom. Do take a look.

We have used a bottle to make an underwater scene and enjoyed hearing the story “Commotion in the Ocean” where we had to listen carefully for the words that rhymed. We then thought of our own pairs of words that rhymed.

In RE we started a new topic on “Friends”. We thought about what makes a good friend and what we liked doing with our friends at Nursery. We made a paper chain of friends which we have added to our RE board.

For "show and tell" we enjoyed looking at some lovely creative fish art work that the children had done at home. Here are a few examples. 

In Understanding of the World we enjoyed making some jelly and looking at the changes that took place as it went from solid to liquid and then back to a solid again.

In Maths we have continued to play games to help us work out what is one more or one less than a number. In one of the games, the teacher threw the dice and then the children had to work out what is one more or one less than the number shown. You might like to try this game at home.

Next half term our topic is “Nature Explorers.” We will start the week by thinking about which minibeasts have spots and stripes.

We look forward to meeting you in the week after half term to share your child's learning journal. If you have not yet signed up please see a staff member to book a slot. 
Don't forget Friday 8th June is class photos.

On behalf of the Nursery team, may I wish you all a lovely half term.

Jill Clarke

Friday, 11 May 2018

Pirates and Ponds

We started our week by learning about the events of Pentecost. We listened to the story and did some actions to help us remember what happened in the story. Afterwards we made some crowns, flags and cards to remind us that Jesus sent us the Holy Spirit and that’s Good News!

As we got involved in our theme of Pirates we decided on having a Pirate Party. We tried using our phonics to write some lists of party food and thought of friends we would like to come to our party.

In maths we are continuing to practise recording the numbers of things we can count. We are getting really good at this. We played some games and used marks and numbers to record our scores.

 We are also starting to try and guess how many objects we can see, recording our guesses and then checking by counting how many objects there actually were.
This week we had a treat on Tuesday when Heidi Mansell came to visit us. She gave us little talk all about ponds and then in small groups we went to the school pond to see what we could find. 
We were shown how to skim the water with our nets and then empty them into containers. We found several different creatures. Our favourite was the Greater Water Boatman ( known as a back swimmer) because it swims backwards and breathes through its bottom. We found that fact very interesting!
On Thursday we made some lovely stain glass windows as we learned all 
about what happened when Jesus ascended into heaven.
 Next week in maths we are starting to find out about what is one more and one less than a given number. Our theme is Under the Sea and so we are looking forward to exploring some of the different creatures that live in the sea. In phonics we are continuing to practise blending sounds together eg c-a-t makes cat and seeing what initial sounds of words we can write.

We hope you all have a lovely weekend.

Jill Clarke and the Nursery Team.

Friday, 27 April 2018

Welcome Back

Welcome back to the summer term. How lovely that we started our summer term with some warm sunny weather. Our theme this half term is water and we began the week by asking the children what they could tell us about water. The answer was lots of things! We have recorded some of the children’s answers and made a display of them in the classroom. Do take a look.

Over the last two weeks the children have taken part in lots of different  activities as they investigated water. This included different art activities; decorating umbrellas, collaging water droplets and mixing different shades of blue as they painted their umbrellas. 

We have investigated what things sink and float, found out how many containers it takes to fill different sized bottles and practised counting one more and one less as we sang the rhyme 5 little ducks.

In RE we started a new topic of Good News. We listened to the story of what happened at Pentecost, making a sad face when Jesus left his friends and a happy face when his friends heard that he was going to send them a helper, the Holy Spirit.

In maths we have been practising representing numbers as we played different maths games outside.

Here are a few of the other things we have done over the past two weeks.


 We hope you all have a lovely weekend,
Jill Clarke and the Nursery team.