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.