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Hi! We are a nursery class from Sheffield, England. We love to share all the exciting things we have been learning about. We hope you like our blog, don’t forget to leave us a comment :)

Christmas Workshop

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We had lots of fun at our Christmas Workshop on Friday morning. Have a look what we got up to…

Melting Snowman biscuits with icing, marshmallows and chocolate drops…

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Fluffy snow paint with shaving foam, white paint and glitter with sponges and card to take home and paint with…

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Baubles with foil, sequins, glitter and polystyrene balls…

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Pipe cleaner decorations, carefully thread the beads onto the pipe cleaners to make decorations…

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Christmas tree cards with strips of green paper and glitter and sequins to decorate…

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A big thank you to all the parents who stayed for Christmas Workshop. We hope you enjoyed our Christmas crafts.

 

 

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Movie Morning

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Movie Morning

One day Asaad asked if he could make a video. We set up a video diary and the children learnt how to record themselves as they sang songs and told stories.

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Everyone loved the idea and decided we should make a ‘real movie’ together. The children had lots of different ideas for their movie.

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In the end we decided on the story of The Three Little Pigs. Everybody had their own job. We made masks and costumes for the different characters, build sets inside and outside, told the story using storyboards to help us, acted out the story, used puppets to tell the story, made sound effects, directed our friends and recorded our movie. What a busy week!

Then we thought about who might like to see our movie. We decided our grown-ups would so we made tickets, posters and invitations.

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Then Paige said we should make jam tarts and Oliver, Lula, Toochi and Roman thought popcorn and hot chocolate!

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We baked our jam tarts and got everything ready for our movie mornings and  lots of our grown-ups stayed!

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We had a lovely time and the children were all very proud of their movie. Thank you to everyone who stayed.

 

The children have already been talking about a Christmas movie for the sequel so watch this space!

The Three Little Good Wolves and The Big Giant Pig That’s Naughty

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The Three Little Good Wolves and The Big Giant Pig That’s Naughty

This week we read the story of The Three Little Pigs and told our own version of the story.  We thought about the parts of the story and what we could change. We decided we would change some of the words, where our story happened, the characters or the ending. Here are some of our great stories…

The Three Little Good Wolves and the Big Giant Pig that’s Naughty 

By Lillie-Rae, Age 4

Once upon a time the mamma wolf said “build your own houses!” The wolves said “Yes mamma” and then one made a house out of straw and other one made house of sticks and a other one made a house of bricks. And then the big, giant pig came and the big, giant pig said “LET ME IN!” and the wolves said, “I won’t let you in by the hairs on my uncle’s chin.” Then the big giant pig tried to kick the door down but it was stinging his trotter, so he gave it a big, giant kick and it fell down. So the wolf went to the house of sticks. The big naughty pig came. Then he took a stick and it all fell down. Then the two wolves ran to brother’s house made of bricks. Then the pig came and tried to knock it down with his hammer but he couldn’t ’cause it was a baby hammer. Then he got some ladders, climbed up the chimney and the wolves made a fire and the pig fell in the fire and they tipped him into the toilet and flushed him all the way down. The End.

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Little Pigs

By Millie, Age 3

Once upon a time there was a little piggy, he was walking through the forest with the icky sticky mud and he was jumping in the muddy puddles. Then the wolf came, he said “Knock, knock, can I come in?” “No by the hairs on my chinny, chinny chin!” “Then I’ll puff, then I will puff then I will blow your house down.” That was the end of the second little piggy.

Then the other little piggy was walking on the street and he heard a knock like this (Millie knocked) and this time it was a vampire. He eat the pig and they turned into piggy vampires!

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Three Little Pigs 

By Paige, Age 4

Once upon a time Mummy Pig said “Build your own house” then the Big, Bad Wolf was watching them and then the wolf came to the pig’s house and said, “Let me in!” Pig said “Not with my little chin, chin.” Wolf said, “I’ll puff and I’ll puff and I’ll blow your house down.” And then he ate all the pigs up. The End.

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Bye Little Piggy!

By Heidi, Age 4

In a muddy puddle there’s a piggy jumping in muddy puddles. Then the big bad wolf comed to jump in the big muddy puddle. Then he trying to eat all the piggies. He goes in the shower so he not muddy then he eats piggies for his dinner. He chops them up and has them with chippies. Then he’s got a big belly.

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What have we been learning?

We have been learning all about stories. We have been learning about characters, events and settings. We are starting to understanding that stories have a beginning, middle and end. We are being imaginative and changing parts of the story. We are starting to describe using adjectives and making sure our stories make sense.

How can you continue learning at home? 

Make sure children have lots of opportunities to tell their own stories at home. This could be when they are playing with their toys or dressing up. When you share books together encourage children to make up their own words for the story.

Our New Workbench

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Our New Workbench

We are very excited to have our new workbench in nursery! We have been using real tools on our workbench and making some great models.

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First we learnt how to keep ourselves safe. We explored the tools and learnt about the best ways to use them.

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We thought about how to keep ourselves safe and put hand prints on the bench so we knew how to keep our hands a safe distance away. We wore safety goggles to make sure we didn’t get anything in our eyes. There are rules we have to follow when we use the work bench and we have all been very good at listening to the rules and keeping ourselves safe.

We started off by exploring each tool one at a time and finding the safest and most comfortable way to use them.

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Once we were confident we started to combine tools by cutting wood and screwing two pieces together.

Now we are more confident we are starting to plan out what we want to build by drawing pictures and making our models. This week we have made robots and cars.

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We have even started to try and make our models even better by going back and adjusting the wheels to try and make our cars work.

The children’s plan for next week is to work together to build a big house for the Three Little Pigs, check back next week to see how we do…

What are we learning about?

Using the tools is a great way to build children’s fine motor skills which helps to get them ready for writing. To use the saw and hammer the children need strength and coordination. To use the screw driver they must work with control, slowly and carefully. Whenever we use the tools the children have to listen very carefully and follow the instructions to work safely. They have to think of their own safety and the safety of their friends around them and concentrate very hard. When they make models they need to try different ways of doing things and make adjustments to make it work.

Already the children are becoming more safe and confident with using the tools and we have been very impressed with what they have made.

How can you continue learning at home?

Lots of parents have asked for their children’s target to be to write their name. As well as lots of practice drawing and making marks with a pencil there are other ways to help children build up their strength and control in their hands and fingers…

Buttons and zips help children with coordination and strength in their fingers. Encouraging children to help to get themselves ready for school by putting on their own shoes and socks or trying to get themselves dressed this will all build up children’s strength in their hands and arms.

Children need to build up their big muscles in their arms and shoulders as well as the little ones in their hands and fingers so lots of climbing at the park or riding bikes helps to build these muscles.

Toys and activities like using blocks, Duplo and Lego all help with children’s fine motor skills. As they get more confident with the bigger blocks getting out smaller ones like Lego will help to strengthen the muscles in their fingers. Threading, sewing, play dough and using scissors are all great ways to strengthen finger muscles.

Lots of chance to make marks like with a tray of gel or shaving foam that children can make marks in with their fingers or big chalks on the ground outside. Using big paper helps to build up bigger muscles. Painting, colouring and drawing are all great ways to get ready for writing.

5 Currant Buns

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5 Currant Buns

This week the children wanted to learn all about currant buns. We have been singing, counting them, buying and selling them, making shops, drawing and painting them. Mrs Brown even hid some of the currant buns and we had to follow the clues to find them and count how many we had!

Most importantly we have been baking currant buns! We had lots of fun and learnt all about what recipes are and how to follow instructions. We learnt all about how to be clean and hygienic when we cook and where germs come from. We weighed and measured our ingredients and looked at changes as we watched the yeast work and the buns rise.

See how we did it…

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They were delicious! Why not do some of your own baking at home? Don’t forget we love to see pictures of all your great learning at home 🙂

Potatoes!

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Potatoes!

Last week in nursery we were very excited to dig up the potatoes from our planters!

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We brought our potatoes in and sorted them. We sorted them into big and small, we found broken and unbroken potatoes and clean and dirty potatoes! We counted the potatoes and compared our groups.

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Then we cleaned our potatoes ready for cooking. We chopped up some of our potatoes and made wedges, we grated other potatoes to make potato cakes and we even tried sweet potatoes!

 

We had special visitors who came to teach us how to use balance bikes and we played games pretending to pick up, peel and mash potatoes!

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We still had some potatoes left so we started to roll them to see how far they would go. We rolled them down the guttering, inside and out then used a big roll of paper to record how far they went. Oliver had a plan and chose the heaviest potatoes because they went the furthest.

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Finally we cut up the last of our potatoes and used them to make potato prints!

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What a lot of fun with potatoes! We have been learning to…

  • Count, sort and match
  • Compare by size, shape, weight and colour
  • Measure distance and start to talk about length
  • Think about how things grow
  • How to be safe when using cooking tools like graters and knives
  • How to be safe when cooking
  • Taste new foods and describe taste and texture
  • Make prints and explore colours
  • To control the balance bikes and strengthen our muscles ready for writing

How can you continue learning at home? 

  • Explore other foods and how they grow
  • Taste and prepare other vegetables
  • Let children cut with blunt knives to practice being safe
  • Roll cars and toys and see who can get them the furthest
  • Ride bikes at home to help with balance and coordination

Macmillan Coffee Morning

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Macmillan Coffee Morning

We can give the money to poorly people then if they’re better they can sell it to the grown-ups and make the other people better (Lois, Age 3)

This week is Macmillan coffee morning. We thought about why we were raising money and why it is important to help other people.

What does selling mean? 

Tyler – You sell from shop

Lula – Get money

Millie – Sell something you want like eggs and sausages

What could we bake? 

Lillie – Biscuits, mummy and daddy use flour, butter, sugar and a bit of salt and they cut it and they bake it

Gracie – We can get ingredients

Tia – Teachers put them in oven coz kids fingers get burnt

Sophia – Invite mummy and daddy and Summer to get them

Why are we raising money? 

Lacey – For poorly people

Asaad – For medicine from the doctor

Lois – We can give the money to poorly people then if they’re better they can sell it to the grown-ups and make the other people better

 

First we thought about our ingredient list and recipe. We counted what we needed and used pictures to help make our recipe. Then we practised following recipes by making magic mixtures and counting out spoonfuls of sand and beads.

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Next it was time to go the shops, our parents came with us on a little trip to the shop and we followed our shopping list, chose ingredients and paid for what we needed.

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Then it was time to bake! We carefully followed our recipe to make cookies and baked them in the oven.

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Here is our cookie recipe…

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We hope that we have raised lots of money for a great cause. Thank you to all the parents who donated money and joined us on our trip to the shops, thank you!

 

Singing at the City Hall

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Singing at the City Hall

Today was our trip to The City Hall for our Singing Start project. We had a great time!

We set off from school and got the tram into town…

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We got to the City Hall and had a look at the displays from the different schools. Then we joined in with lots of fun activities, like making our own instruments…

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After lunch we all sat together to sing our songs with Martin and Luke…

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We had a great day and all the children listened and joined in beautifully! A huge thank you to everyone who came, we hope you had a lovely time too.

Our New Classrooms

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Our New Classrooms

It’s that time of year again and lots of the children in nursery are getting ready for going into reception!

We are very excited about moving into reception so we have been having lots of visits! We have been going everyday to spend time in our new classrooms and thinking about what will be the same and what will be different.

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This year we are doing things a little bit differently and not splitting into two classes. Instead we will spend time in both classrooms and mix with lots of children we have not spent time with before. This is because most children either do beginning or end of the week sessions so they have not met lots of their new friends or any of the children coming from other nurseries. The children will have chance to get to know both reception teachers – Miss Parker and Miss Deighton. After a few weeks of settling in in September the children will then be put into two classes. Don’t forget to come to Parents Meeting on Monday to find out more information.

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Click here to see the transition book reception made for us.

Why not look at it together at home? The children are all really excited to be moving into reception. If you have any questions or worries please come and talk to us!

Splish, splash, splosh!

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Splish, splash, splosh!

After last week’s heatwave the weather is back to rainy again! Luckily in nursery we  love all kinds of weather so we have been having lots of fun in the rain. Ever since our muddy puddles walk we have loved finding and making puddles to splash in.

How can we make the biggest splash? 

We took running jumps and tried to make the biggest splash in the big puddle around the side of the yard.

Then the children wanted to make their own puddle. We tried to make a barrier then used tarpaulin to stop the water getting out.

We noticed water had collected on top of the sand pit and collected it with buckets and pulleys then poured it down the guttering to water the flowers.

Do you have fun in the rain at home?

 Click here to read about what other fun we have in the rain.