Over the last few weeks the children have been interested in making maps. Look at Yasmen’s great map to school!
We started with learning about the countries that our families come from. We learnt that members of our family were born in England, Scotland, the Caribbean, Lithuania, Pakistan, Sudan, Eritrea, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, the Congo and Ghana and we wanted to learn some dances from other cultures.
Then the children made their own maps. There were maps to the jungle, maps to get home, maps to see the princesses and even maps of our own pretend planets!
After that we moved on to story maps and the children drew some great maps to go with their stories. We even made some books on the computer.
Our story telling continued as Andy the story teller came to tell stories with us…
What a busy week! The children have loved learning about maps and lots of children carried on making maps while they played. Why not encourage children to make more maps as they play at home. They are great for teaching children about the world around them and learning about where things are.
With Mother’s Day fast approaching we have had a busy week making things to show our mummies how special they are to us.
We have all tried really hard with our Mother’s Day cards. We drew a picture of our mummies and we had to think very carefully about what they looked like. We chose the right colour for their hair and eyes and thought about what they wear. Then we described our mummies.
My mummy is…
“A beautiful princess”
“Clever coz she goes to college”
“Kind coz she gives me cuddles”
“Nice coz she helps me”
“My best friend”
We all had a good try at writing our names in our cards and some of us wrote messages too!
Then we wanted to make a present so we threaded bracelets. It was very tricky and we had to be careful to hold the elastic and thread one bead at a time.
Once our presents and cards were ready it was time for our special Mother’s Day performance. We invited our mummies, aunties and grandmas and learnt a special song to sing called Skidamarink. We sang to our grown-ups and gave them our special gifts.
Thank you to everyone who came to celebrate with us. We hope you have a lovely Mother’s Day. Click here to listen to Skidamarink at home!
We love stories in nursery (Check out some of our story telling here) so World Book Day is always one of our favourite days of the year! We love to dress up, tell stories and our favourite part is the door decorating competition! Each class decorates their door to look like one of their favourite books covers.
This year we chose Rumble in the Jungle and we thought about what we needed.
Lula – We can make some leaves out of cardboard
Oliver – Tape leaves to the door, real leaves
Jacob – Put a lion on it
Scarlette – Put some animals on
Lois – Glue animals in the workshop
Lexi-Lou – Paint some animals
So we made and painted animals and leaves. Then some new sound buttons arrived in nursery so we added sound effects to our door too!
Then Macey wanted a crocodile. We found one in the cupboard and Miss Hulme thought it could go on the floor but the children decided it needed to hang up.
We hung up our crocodile and added fairy lights to make our door extra special. The school council came to see which door they liked the best and we won!
Have a look at some of the other great doors around school…
We won vouchers to spend at our book fair at school. Come back soon to see what we get and don’t forget to visit the book fair from the 19th until the 23rd of March.
We love to learn about different cultures and celebrations and this week we have been talking about Chinese New Year. Before the break we watched videos of how Chinese New Year was celebrated and the children decided that they would like to create their own dragon puppets, dragon stories and to do a dragon dance!
We worked together to paint our dragon. We have not painted something this large for a while and we learnt that we needed to use different techniques to when we paint on the easel.
When we had finished painting our dragon we added glitter and fabric. Then the children decided that they would like to make drums to play as we danced like we had seen in the video. Everyone had their own way to make their drums, then we tested them to listen to the sounds they made.
We were all so excited to do our dragon dance and finally it was time to take our giant dragon to the hall. We danced to the music and moved up and down in time to do our dragon dance.
We had so much fun the children decided that next week we would like to learn about music and dancing from different countries. Check back to see what we get up to!
Today we have had a very happy pancake day. Each year we like to do pancake day a little differently and this year we decided the two things we were most interested in were flipping our pancakes and our pancake toppings.
We thought of everything we wanted on our pancakes and decided on lots of different fruit. Then we chose 3 fruit each to make our very own pancake toppings. We chose from apricots, blueberries, pineapple, fruit puree, apples, raspberries, oranges, pears and banana. We mashed, chopped and squeezed them together. Next we heated our pancakes in a pan over a tealight so we could all have a turn at flipping our pancakes.
Finally we spread our toppings on and EVERYONE ate their whole pancake!
We had so much fun we want to make more potion toppings tomorrow!
Over the last few weeks in nursery the children have been very interested in making puppets. It started with making up our own characters in our story telling, then we started to draw them, cut them out and turn them into puppets. This week we decided to make our own puppet show and put on performances for our friends! Some of us even had a go at sewing puppets. It was tricky but we did a great job …
Why not make your own puppets at home? You could make sock puppets, finger puppets or use straws/lolly pop sticks to create your own. We would love to see them!
This week in nursery we introduced self-serve play dough. We filled tubs with flour, salt and coloured water. Then we added spoons of different sizes for each container.
The children took a bowl then moved along the side putting in one spoonful of each ingredient. They mixed it together and rolled it out. If it was too wet they added a little more flour or if it was too dry they added more water.
We had lots of fun with our dough, why not try making your own at home?
We had a very special visitor in nursery this morning. Can you guess who came to see us?
The children were so excited they all wrote their own stories about our visitor and how he got into nursery. We hope you all have a lovely Christmas and Santa comes to visit you too!
In nursery we love to make a movie! Did you see our movie of The Three Little Pigs?
Over the last two weeks the children have been making their own movies. They have thought of the scripts, made costumes, filmed and even edited their movies together (with a little bit of help!)
Check out our movies…
When Santa got Stuck in the Chimney…
The Mischievous Elf and the Big Bad Wolf
Santa Eats his Vegetables
We love story telling in nursery and have had a lot of fun making our own movies. We learnt to share our ideas, think of stories together, think about characters and use the ipads to record. Why not try making your own mini movie at home?