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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 :)

All Fun and Games

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All Fun and Games

Last week Leelan asked if we could buy a board game for nursery and Miss Hulme wondered if we could make our own. Some of the children were very excited and drew their designs…

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We used felt squares to make Lois and Miss Morris’ idea of a game of Twister…

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We took photos of our pictures and played Guess Who…

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We played some fun games in PE…

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We played some board games in the classroom…

We designed and made our own board game…

The children had lots of great ideas and learnt lots while playing their games. We learnt to take turns and negotiate with our friends. We learnt to follow instructions and understand the rules of the games. We also had to explain the rules of the games to our friends. We did lots of counting in our dice games and matched colours in Twister. Games are a great way to teach children lots of different skills from ‘Simon Says’ to board games children can learn lots of new things in a fun way. Which games do you like to play at home?

 

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Things that Move

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Things that Move

Last week the children were very interested in exploring things that move. Outside they used the blocks to make big cars and planes then planned trips to Hawaii and drew maps of how to get there! As they played they learnt about shape, weight and size while they explored the blocks, they learnt to work together and talk to each other about their ideas. The children used their imagination as they planned their trip (and had to have an emergency landing) and they developed their fine motor skills and understanding of size and space as they drew their maps.004

Inside the children were busy making vehicles in the workshop, there were rockets, cars, trucks and buses. The children learnt about size and shape as they worked imaginatively to create their own vehicles. At the workbench the children used the saws to cut up pieces of wood and the hammers and screwdrivers to add wheels, doors and windows. Everybody is getting very good at remembering how to keep themselves safe when using the tools as well as building up their strength, control and coordination.

In the block area there were lots of different ideas. Some children brought over stools and used the blocks to create an ambulance then went to help people. Other children played with the cars and we made a car park matching the cars and recognising numbers.

How can you continue learning at home?

  • Playing with blocks helps children to learn about shape, space and size
  • Junk modelling with empty boxes and containers teaches children about shape, size and colour as well as creating imaginatively
  • Acting things out and pretend play helps children to develop their speech and imagination
  • Playing together gives children the chance to negotiate and problem solve
  • Working with real tools develops children’s fine motor skills ready for writing as well as learning how to keep safe

Create a Christmas T-shirt Competition

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Create a Christmas T-shirt Competition

We are getting in the festive spirit in nursery and today we had a Christmas T-shirt competition. Yesterday we split into teams and each team designed and decorated their own t-shirt. We used fabric paints to paint on our design then added glitter, baubles and other Christmassy things from around the classroom.

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Then we wrote a letter to Mr Sieczkarek to invite him to judge our contest…

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Today Mr Sieczkarek came to judge the winner…

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We had lots of fun decorating our Christmas t-shirts. We hope you’re having lots of fun doing Christmas crafts at home. Click here to see some ideas from our Christmas Workshop or have a look here on the cbeebies site for more festive fun!

A Very Nursery Nativity

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A Very Nursery Nativity

This week we performed our ‘Very Nursery Nativity’. We were so excited to do our nativity a little bit differently this year and the children were all amazing!

Making A Very Nursery Nativity 

First we read The Christmas Story then the children told their own versions and we put them all together to make our script. We love making up our own stories and we tell stories everyday. Click here to see how we make up and act out our own stories or here to see how we change stories. If you want to know more have a look at the Helicopter Stories Blog.

Then we got dressed up and started to film the different scenes. We love making movies in nursery (click here to see some of last year’s movies) so this time we decided to do it a little differently and tried out a green screen. We filmed in front of a big piece of green material and used an app on the Ipad to change the background. The children were very keen to make our angel fly so we tested out different ideas from using a slide to steps and Mr Sieczkarek even came to lend us a hand. The children could play whatever character they wanted and be in the film as much or as little as they wanted to be.

Then the children wanted to film outdoors so we used the grassy bank around school and the shelter in our outdoor area to film some more. After a week of filming Miss Hulme put our video together and we thought of our favourite Christmas songs. We decided to sing Jingle Bells and When Santa got Stuck up the Chimney first then we sang Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and Alice the Camel live as we watched our movie and finished with We Wish you a Merry Christmas.

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After our performance our parents stayed for a hot chocolate and a mince pie.

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Thank you to everyone who came, we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did! We loved reading all of your comments!

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Christmas Workshop

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Christmas Workshop

Thank you to all the parents who stayed for our Christmas Workshop this morning, we had lots of fun. All of our activities used bits and pieces from around nursery. We saved up empty jars and cans and collected scraps of wrapping paper, foam and felt to use again. We recycled old baubles to redecorate into something new. Why not have a look around at home and see what you can find to make your Christmas crafts?

We made our own snow globes…

All you need is an empty jar, some strong glue, a small toy, some water and some glitter. We did this job with Mrs Brown as she used the glue gun to attach our figures to the lid of the jar. Then we added water and glitter and stuck the lid on. They look great!

We made lots of Christmas decorations…

We used lollypop sticks, pipe cleaners and wire to create our own Christmas decorations then added glitter glue and coloured to make them our own.We used felt to make mini stocking and cut more pieces to decorate.

We used triangles of foam to make colourful Christmas trees then decorated and stuck to a ribbon to create a garland.

We made reindeer tins…

We used coffee tins wrapped in brown paper and added eye stickers, art straw antlers, ears and red button noses.

We made our own Christmas cards…

We used folded pieces of card and drew pictures then stuck on foam, glitter, stars and whatever else we wanted to use to make them our own.

We made yummy melting Snowman biscuits…

We used icing and chocolate beans to decorate biscuits to look like melting snowmen! We added pretzel pieces for the arms and used icing pens to add extra detail.

We decorated old baubles…

We used glue and scraps of wrapping paper and tissue paper to decorate then added string to hang them.

As well as being lots of fun joining in with arts and craft activities helps children to build fine motor skills that are really important for helping them to hold a pencil and learning to write. Using scissors is a great way to build hand strength and coordination and tearing little pieces of paper helps children to develop the smaller muscles in their hand and gain more control. Craft activities are also a great way to learn about colours and shapes by talking about what you see as you are making. The making is always much more important than how it looks at the end so let children do as much for themselves as you can and they will become more confident and learn much more, their creation will also be much more individual to them!

We always love to see your creations. If you make something at home why not bring it to school or email us a picture? We print all the pictures you send and the children love sharing them with their friends.

Christmas Dates

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Christmas Dates

 

 

There are lots of exciting dates to put in your diaries for the festive season. Click here to see dates for the whole school – Christmas Dates Newsletter

Important nursery dates to remember –

 

Friday 7th of December, 8.45-9.30 – Christmas Workshop (Nursery, Reception and Key Stage One) – Stay and Make Christmas Crafts

Tuesday 11th December, 2.15pm Nursery Christmas Performance 

Wednesday 12th of December – School Christmas Lunch 

Thursday 13th December- 9.30am Nursery Christmas Performance 

Wednesday 19th of December – Christmas Party and Disco 

Friday 21st of December – Christmas Jumper Day and last day of school 

We are very excited about our Christmas Performance. This year we will be singing our favourite Christmas songs and sharing our Nativity Movie. Children need to come to school dressed in their best Christmas outfit – party clothes, Christmas jumper or as their favourite Christmas character. Click below to learn our Christmas songs ready for our performance. We can’t wait to see you there!

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Jingle Bells

When Santa got stuck up the chimney

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Alice the Camel 

We Wish you a Merry Christmas

 

 

WEAR IT WILD!

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WEAR IT WILD!

Today we celebrated ‘Wear it Wild’ Day. We all dressed up as wild animals to raise money and awareness about endangered species. Check out our amazing costumes!

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About Wear it Wild

Wear it Wild is WWF’s annual fundraising event.

In workplaces, schools and homes up and down the land, people will be donning wildlife-inspired fancy dress – and raising money to save incredible wildlife at the same time.

Since 1970, populations of wild species have fallen by half. Without the tireless efforts of conservation organisations like WWF, iconic species like tigers, elephants and rhinos could become extinct in our lifetimes.

We’re not going to let that happen. But we rely on the support of people like you to bring about a future where people live in harmony with nature.

Taking part in Wear it Wild is a great way to raise funds, raise awareness – and have fun too.

Click here to find out more

As well as dressing up and learning about wild animals we also made animal masks in our weekly workshop with our grown-ups. We have so much fun for ‘Wear it Wild’

 

Healthy Living Week

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Just before October half term we celebrated healthy living week across the school. We had lots of fun learning about how to keep ourselves healthy with yoga, fitness class and smoothie making!

Smoothie Making

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Yoga

Keeping fit

How do you keep yourself healthy at home?

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt!

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We’re Going on a Bear Hunt!

We’re going on a bear hunt,

We’re going to catch a big one,

What a beautiful day,

We’re not scared…

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We had lots of fun in nursery yesterday going on our own bear hunt. We followed the sounds of the bear growls and walked through the long wavy grass, the sticky mud and the deep river…

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and the snow storm!

We got to the cave and who do you think was hiding inside?

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When we got back Brooklyn drew a map of our bear hunt…

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Click here to watch Michael Rosen telling the story or click here to sing the bear hunt song.

National Poetry Day

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National Poetry Day

Today is National Poetry Day. Each year there is a different theme and this year the theme is change. After spending time in the secret garden this week and looking at the changing leaves and conkers we have been doing a lot of talking about Autumn.

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Poem was a brand new word so we thought about what it meant. We decided a poem was a bit like a story and a bit like a song and it could tell us about how things look, feel, sound, taste or smell.

We talked about Autumn and all the changes we had noticed. The children described what they could see and hear and we put our ideas together to turn them into a poem.

Here is the poem from the afternoon and beginning of the week children…

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Here is the poem from the morning and end of the week children…

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We hope you like our poems. To learn more about National Poetry Day and explore poems at home you can visit the website below…

Click here to learn more about National Poetry Day