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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 :)

Happy Father’s Day!

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Happy Father’s Day!

Sunday was Father’s Day so last week we were busy making things for our dads. We made cards and drew a picture of our dad (or a special grown-up like granddad or uncle) and inside we thought about why we loved them.

Then we made medals for our dads and cut out pictures of things we thought our daddies would like and decorated them. On the back we thought about why our daddy had got the medal and what he was the best at.

Some daddies were the best at making dinner or giving cuddles or telling jokes or reading stories.

Today was our special Father’s Day Event. We invited all of our dads, granddads, big brothers and uncles to come to school and play games with us and what a sunny day it was!

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We had a lovely time playing ball games and going on the park with our grown-ups.

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Thank you to everyone who came we had a lovely afternoon and we hope you did too!

The Giant Slide!

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The Giant Slide!

Look what fun we have been having in our block area this week…

Read our learning story to find out how we made our GIANT slide!

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Bye Bye Butterflies!

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Bye Bye Butterflies!

After watching our caterpillars grow then go into their chrysalises, they turned into butterflies and it was finally time to let them go. The children chose the top of the hill near the secret garden to let the butterflies go. Carefully we took them up the hill then let them fly away…

 

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Muddy Puddles! (+video)

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Muddy Puddles! (+video)

Update – Our Muddy Puddle Walk raised an amazing £306.50!

Thank you for all your sponsors!

This week was our Muddy Puddle walk for Save the Children. Have a look at our video…

We went on a walk all around school, up and around the secret garden and around the new pitch at the top of our school, it was a long way for little legs!

On the way we looked out for Peppa Pig and his friends hiding all around.

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It was a lovely sunny day but we still wanted some puddles so when we got to the top of the hill we tipped out buckets of water and jumped in the mud!

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When we got back we raised even more money by having a bake sale for parents and teachers. We had lots of fun and raised money for a great cause.

How can you continue learning at home?

We have talked a lot about charity this week and how there are people who aren’t as lucky as us. Everybody really wanted to look after other people and thought about ways we can help people. There were lots of questions and ideas about how we can help others.

You could talk to your grown-up about what charity means

At home you could think about ways to help others like your family and friends

You could donate old toys or clothes you no longer want

You could go on your own walk to somewhere new

You could bake buns or cakes at home

Click here to find out more about the Muddy Puddles Event and Save the Children.

Under the Microscope

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Under the Microscope

Last Wednesday we were very lucky to have the microscopes in nursery all day. We had lots of fun looking at what we could see.

At first we thought it was a bit tricky to see things under the microscope but the boys had some good advice. They said to shut one eye like a pirate and then they could see!

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We had to be very careful with the microscopes. We looked in and turned them very slowly until the object came into focus. The girls then had an idea to draw the tiniest pictures they could to see what they would look like under the microscopes…

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We had lots of fun looking at things under the microscope. We were surprised how different things looked up close especially when we put our hands underneath!

To find out more click here to look at what Pearl Class got up to!

What’s Inside the Eggs?

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What’s Inside the Eggs?

 

We have had lots of fun exploring eggs in nursery. We went to see the chicks in Miss Parker’s classroom and have had lots of fun playing with plastic eggs …

Then we explored real eggs. At first we were very gentle and tried not to crack them but then we decided it was much more fun to see what was inside!

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How can you continue learning at home?

You can have lots of sensory fun with things you have around your home. It can get a little messy so you might want to try outside or in a big container like a washing up bowl. You could try…

Making bubbles with washing up liquid, shower gel, bubble bath or shampoo, add whisks to help build muscles and mix up the bubbles.

Cornflour or custard powder and water makes ‘gloop’. It is a solid when you touch it quickly but if you move slowly turns to liquid.

Jelly is lots of fun to explore and a great sensory experience!

Shaving foam feels great when spread on a tray, use fingers to practice drawing and writing. Add sand to create fun sand foam and add bricks and diggers.

Before you throw away old cereals they are fun to explore in a tray with diggers and trucks or animals. Try cornflakes, oatmeal or cheerios.

Rice, dry pasta, popping corn, dried beans, lentils, salt and sand are great for filling trays.

Pretty much any small items are great for filling trays and containers for lots of fun sensory play!

Easter Workshop

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Easter Workshop

On Friday morning we enjoyed our annual Easter Workshop. Our parents stayed and helped us with lots of fun Easter Crafts. Have a look at what we got up to…

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Rabbit Ears

You will need – white card, pink card or paper, scissors, glue and a stapler.

Method – Cut a piece of white card and measure it to the size of your head. Staple it. Cut out ears and add pink inside. Staple or glue them to your head band.

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Easter Nests 

You will need – chocolate, cornflakes, mini eggs, bun cases, spoon, bowl.

Method – Melt chocolate in a bowl (we used the microwave and checked it regularly) add cornflakes and mix. Scoop into bun case and add mini eggs.

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Easter Cards 

You will need – coloured paper, white card, scissors, glue, straws, pencil

Method – Fold your card in half. Choose a piece of coloured paper and draw around your hand. Cut it out, twist it into a flower shape and glue it in place. Stick a straw on for the stem.

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Bunny Bags 

You will need – paper plates, ribbon, pencils, googley eyes, hole puncher, coloured paper, stapler

Method – Cut one paper plate in half and staple it to your other paper plate. Cut out ear shapes and draw a face on your rabbit (optional extras – pompoms and googley eyes). Punch holes in your rabbit and tie on ribbon for a handle. Fill with eggs!

 

We had a lovely time at our Easter Workshop. thank you to everybody who came! We hope you have a lovely time over the Easter Holidays.

Class Fund and Messy Fun

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Class Fund and Messy Fun

In nursery we love to have lots of messy fun. We like making play dough, slime and gloop. We like to taste different foods and to cook and bake. We love to investigate and explore, to plant and to experiment.

We couldn’t have all this fun without your help from class fund. Your 50p a week goes towards all these fun activities! Have a look at some of the things we get up to below…

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Big Board Game Day 2017 (with printable games)

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Big Board Game Day 2017 (with printable games)

This morning was our Big Board Game Day Workshop. We invited parents to come and play and make board games to help raise money for NSPCC.

We made our own board games with numbers to ten and played board games too.

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Board games are a great way to help teach turn taking, counting and matching colours. Different board games can help to teach different skills too. We focused on numbers to ten in our board games to help the children with counting skills.

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You can download and print the games we played today here –  board games. You can use anything you want for counters like use small toys, characters or even pebbles.

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Thank you to everybody who came, find out more about the great cause you are supporting with Big Board Game Day here

That’s not my triangle…

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That’s not my triangle…

Last week we started learning about shapes. To get ready we looked for shapes as part of our home learning. We searched for shapes around our homes and made shape pictures.

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Next we went on a shape hunt outside. We looked for shapes and took photos. We tried to name and describe shapes and looked for shapes that were the same.

Then we looked for objects in the classroom. We took photos and collected objects then matched the shapes. We tried to talk about the shapes we found.

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After that we cut out our shapes and stuck them on card. We thought about whether they had straight or round sides and looked for corners. We looked for shapes in magazines.

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Finally we were ready to make our ‘That’s not my shape…’ book.

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We have been very interested in the ‘That’s not my…’ series of books and we have got some special Easter ones. They are feely books and help us to think about the properties of things and to describe. Have a look at ‘It’s not my Giraffe’

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We used all the shapes we had cut out to create our book. We needed a front cover and a title and then we stuck our shapes on. We decided our first book could be called ‘That’s not my triangle’.

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On the pages we stuck different shapes. We thought about why it was not a triangle. We had to describe the shapes and think about things that were the same and things that were different. It helped us to learn about the properties of shapes.

On the last page Miss Hulme had stuck lots of different shapes like arrows and hearts. We thought about why they couldn’t be triangles. First we thought it was because they didn’t have any pointy bits (corners) but then we noticed one corner on the heart and two on the moon. Zak corrected us to say that it was because they didn’t have 3 corners.

Miss Hulme made it extra tricky by having shapes of different sizes, some shapes upside down and some shapes that are harder to recognise like very long thin rectangles and different types of triangles.

What have we been learning? 

We have learnt lots about shapes! We have been learning to find shapes outdoors, talk about shapes, name shapes, describe shapes, compare shapes, talk about properties of shapes. We have been doing some tricky learning, talking about how we know something is a particular shape.

How can you continue on learning at home? 

Look out for shapes around your house or on your way to school

Cut out shapes to make your own shape pictures can you make a car with a rectangle, square and circles?

Look out for shapes in old magazines and cut them out

You could even make your own shape book

Sort toys into shapes, when you tidy up put all of the same shaped toys together

Look out for shapes with blocks and Lego while you build and see if you can talk about them