Cops and Robbers

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The children in Nursery had been returning to the same interest in their play again and again. They loved ‘putting you in jail’ so we decided to learn more about the Police.

We read books from our school library about Police. Some of them were information books and some of them were stories. We watched videos about the Police and read information from the computers to find out more.

The Police and What They Do PowerPoint from Twinkl.co.uk 

We then put what what we had learnt into our play. Some of use decided to build jails outside and played at being cops and robbers.

When we were learning more about the Police we saw their cars so we turned a car in our Outdoor Area into a Police car with a flashing blue light. We also got the road signs out so we could practise helping people keep safe on the roads. Everyone had a go at reading the road signs and giving meaning to the letters and symbols.

Some of of us played at being the Police inside. We had some special Police notebooks and phones so we could take messages. There was lots of mark making going on while the children wrote ‘tickets’ for each other.

We also made up a new song with Ms Woods and Miss Webster. Here are the words if you want to sing along at home….

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And then there was a special surprise… some really life police officers came to visit us in Nursery. It was great to see them and we saw lots of the things we’d been talking about during the week in real life. We found out what happened if there was a traffic accident and cars crashed.

Thank you so much Michelle and John for coming to see us. We hope we see you again soon.

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What have we been learning?

  • About the job of a Police Officer
  • To read road signs and write tickets like a Police officer
  • To talk about what we can see and what we’ve learnt

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • Talk with your children about jobs they are interested in. This could be anything: Police officer, Fire fighter, Race car driver, Astronaut, Chef, Teacher or anything else your child is interested in. 
  • Look at road signs and other signs (on shops, buses, cars etc.) when you’re out and about and talk about their meaning. This is the beginning of reading. 
  • Sing the song the children made up together. See if you’re can make up an extra verse or make up a song about a different job. 

 

World Nursery Rhyme Week 2019

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Our children love singing Nursery Rhymes all the time so when we found out it was Nursery Rhyme we decided to join in.

There was a different rhyme to learn each day and the children loved learning them, including some new ones.

Monday- Baa Baa Black Sheep

Tuesday- Down in the Jungle

Wednesday- Incy Wincy Spider

Thursday- Row Row Row Your Boat

Friday- Two Little Dickie Birds

Not only did we learn the original rhymes we learn different versions as well, such as Baa Baa White Sheep.

Baa baa white sheep, have you any wool, No Sir, no Sir, no bags full, none to mend the blankets, none to mend the socks, none to mend the woolly gloves and none to mend the frocks. 

We went on a special Nursery Rhyme Hunt round school following some clues. They took us everywhere trying to find out where to go next.

Each time we had to think which rhyme the clue was telling us about and we sang it to check we remembered the whole rhyme. Then we went to the next place to check we were right. The children did an amazing job of guessing which rhyme it was and also knowing all the words. We went singing all around the school before the clues took us back to Nursery.

The children in Nursery on Thursday with Mrs Woods got a super special treat when she brought her ukulele along to sing the Nursery Rhymes. The children then joined in with their own instruments. You can see the photos in the Floor Book.

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What we been learning? 

  • To recite as many Nursery Rhymes as we can and also different versions of the same rhyme. 
  • To follow clues and think about what they are telling us to do next. 
  • To play musical instruments alongside singing and the ukulele playing. 
  • About the different sounds and rhyming words in Nursery Rhymes.

“If children know 8 nursery rhymes by heart by the time they’re 4 years old, they are usually among the best readers and spellers in their class by the time they are 8” Mem Fox, Reading Magic

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • Sing Nursery Rhymes with your children. If you are less confident with them yourself you can find them on Cbeebies here and on the World Nursery Rhyme Week page here. 
  • Read books with rhyming words in them- Julia Donaldson books usually have rhyming words. Can your child finish the sentences with a rhyming word? Can they hear which word between two is the rhyming words? eg. The cat is black, It sits in a….. Is it sack or bed? 
  • Play other rhyming games such as Cake Bake on Phonics Play. Click this link to find the game.  You will need the Username: PRINCE2 and the Password: EDWARD to access the site fully. 

Poppies and Remembrance Sunday

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We started seeing little red flowers all around us. Some of us saw them on people’s coats. Some of  us even had then on the zips on our coats. Miss Parker had a little one on her top in Nursery. We wondered what they were….

Archie- Poppy, they go big. My seen one.

Bella- It can go in the garden. 

Hussein- Poppies are red and green. 

Natasha- Poppies they grow in a field. 

Olivia- Poppies big. 

We looked at the poppies in Nursery and talked about what they looked like. We also talked about why we had the poppies and why people put them on their clothes.

Leelan- To remember the people that were fighting.

Zara- I seed (saw) people sad. 

Lenayah- Poppies soliders. 

We watched a video which showed us a bunny during the war and how he felt. You can access it here but it is only available for a limited time each year.

Hussein- Bunny look scared. 

Diam- Oh no it change to black, There be fire. 

We decided to make some poppies in Nursery and make our own wreaths to remember all the soldiers who have helped to keep us safe.

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Fireworks and Bonfire Night

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When we got back to school everyone was excited about fireworks because it was Bonfire Night. We did lots of learning about what they looked like and what they sounded like. We tried to draw our own fireworks and represent them in different ways.

These two girls were reenacting their experiences of Bonfire Night using the small world characters and bonfire. Then we realised that the tissue paper flames crackled like fire when they were scrunched up. We thought about how we could add other Bonfire Night sounds. The girls started by using their bodies to make noises but then remembered we had instruments in Nursery they could use. They explored the different instruments to see which ones worked best.

We had a wonderful time outside where we experienced sparklers with our friends in Reception class (Thanks to Miss Boyd and Onyx class for the photos) We talked about what we could see and also about how to make sure we stayed safe around sparklers.

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We also used outside to draw some really big fireworks. The rainy weather didn’t put us off. Some of draw fireworks that were bigger than us!

You can see more about our learning on Bonfire Night in the Floor Book.

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What have we been learning? 

  • To make representations of fireworks in different ways. 
  • To listen to the sounds fireworks make and think of ways to describe them. 
  • To think about how to be safe around fireworks and sparklers. 
  • To make up our own stories based on our own experiences. 

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • Talk to your child about fireworks and ask them to think of words to describe them. 
  • Make up stories together and then think about if any sounds need adding using your bodies, voices or instruments. 
  • Play the fireworks counting game on this website. Fireworks Counting Can your child count the fireworks to 5? 

Healthy Living Week 2019

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It was Healthy Living Week in Nursery along with the rest of the school. We had lots of visitors and talked about how we can stay healthy.

We’d been talking about Pumpkins the week before (see the blog post) and decided we wanted to eat the pumpkin. We needed to think of a healthy recipe to make with our pumpkins. Pumpkin Soup!!!

We read the storybook Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper and found a recipe to help us.

And then we started to make our soup. Mrs Mason made a book to show everyone what happened.

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Everyone tried the pumpkin soup, although not everyone loved it. Some of us loved it more than others.

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At snack time we decided to try some different healthy food so there was a section of fruits for us to try. We tried mango, pomegranate, kiwi, pineapple and melon. You can see what we thought by reading our Floor Book in Nursery.

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We also had some other special visitors in Nursery. St John’s Ambulance came to speak to us about how to stay healthy and call 999 if we need help.

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Mrs Murch came to talk to us about PANTS and how to keep ourselves and our bodies healthy and what to do if we are feeling worried.

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Finally we had a visit from Errol who did some extra special activities in PE with us and talked about how exercise keeps our bodies healthy.  You can see pictures of this in our Floor Book as well.

What have we been learning?

  • How to stay healthy by eating healthy foods. 
  • How to stay healthy by doing more exercise. 
  • How to stay healthy by keeping our bodies safe. 

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • Talk about healthy food choices and why you limit the sweets, chocolate and other snacks the children want. 
  • Encourage children to eat a wide range of foods and to try new foods. 
  • Ensure the children get enough outside time and enough exercise to keep their bodies healthy eg. by going to the Park regularly. The recommendation is that preschoolers (age 3-4 years old) take part in 3 hours physical activity a day. This should include at least 60 minutes vigorous activity or exercise. You can find out more by clicking here

 

Noticing Autumn

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We had all noticed lots of changes outside as Autumn started. Children started to comment as they came into Nursery. Miss Parker collected some of the items they brought and added to it on our Nature Shelf.

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We decided to go to the Secret Garden to look for some different Autumn objects and everyone brought a leaf back to class.

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We looked carefully at the different leaves and talked about what we could see. You can see our learning in the Floor Book.

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We also decided to use our leaves to do some leaf printing back in Nursery.

The children enjoyed exploring the items on the Nature Shelf. They particularly loved the conkers and the pumpkins. We decided to focus on Pumpkins more the week after.

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We looked very carefully at the pumpkins and tried to draw them. We also spent a lot of time talking about the pumpkins and thinking about as many words as we could to describe them.

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What have we been learning? 

  • About seasonal changes all around us. 
  • To talk about what we can see using words and sentences. 
  • To go on a visit in school to see a new places. 

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • Can you talk about the leaves we found? What colour are they? What shape are they? Do you know which tree they came from? 1DF12DA2-E947-4A25-BF3A-BBB3B56D8B51
  • Which other signs of Autumn can you see? Go to the Park and see what is happening to the trees there.
  • How many words can you think of to describe a pumpkin? 

Macmillan Coffee Morning Baking

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The whole school was involved in baking for the Macmillan Coffee Morning recently. We decided we wanted to bake buns for our contribution.

We followed a special recipe which meant we could measure out the ingredients ourselves using a balance. Then we mixed all the ingredients together.

Then, ta daaaaa! Our buns were baked in the oven and came out. They smelt yummy.

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Next we decided we wanted to decorate our buns so we thought about which colours we wanted. It gave us a chance to practise our colour names and check we all knew them.

Finally we decorated our buns and sent them to Mrs Murch so they could be sold at the Coffee Morning. As a whole school we raised over £400 🙂 A big thank you and well done to everyone who helped out.

You can look in our Floor Book to find out more…

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How you can continue the learning at home? 

Try and use the balance recipe at home to bake some buns.

Cake Balance Recipe

We ❤️ Nursery!

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We’ve had great fun over the last few weeks in Nursery. Some children were returning after the Summer while others only came to join us in September. Miss Parker also enjoyed settling in. Look at our photos to see some of the things we’ve doing.

Can you find a photo of you?

Can you see your favourite thing to do?

 

It has been so wonderful to see all the children settle into Nursery over the last few weeks. They’ve all done an amazing job 🙂

Keep checking back on the blog to see more of the fun things we’ve been doing. If you click the FOLLOW button you’ll be notified by email each time there is a new post.

Nursery Sports Day!

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Nursery Sports Day!

Last week was our Nursery Sports Day. We had a great time with all the parents that came along to join in. Thank you to everyone who came we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!

Click below to see our video: