Category Archives: Animals

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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The Three Billy Goats Gruff

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The Three Billy Goats Gruff

After building lots of bridges to save the gingerbread man we decided to read the story of The Three Billy Goats Gruff. Everybody loved the story! All week the children retold the story and acted it out with the goats, on the bridge outside and at group times…

Lots of the children were inspired to produce some AMAZING home learning all about The Billy Goats Gruff …

Olivia’s beautiful Billy Goats Gruff scene inspired lots of clay work to create trolls and goats

 

We built lots of bridges with all different types of blocks and in the workshop too, we had to work as a team and test our bridge to see if it was string enough…

In Maths we learnt about the size of the Billy Goats then followed instructions to put them in different positions…

We were learning to..

  • Retell the story
  • Give the characters voices
  • Remember what happened at the beginning, middle and end
  • Solve problems to build bridges of our own
  • Work together and share ideas
  • We learnt about size with the big, middle and little goats and position as we moved the goats around
  • Mould the clay into the shape we wanted and add features

 

 

Telling Stories

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Telling Stories

In nursery we love to make up our own stories. Sometimes we use objects to help us think of a story, sometimes we change a story we already know or sometimes we use pictures to help us. Last week we looked at funny photos of animals and made up stories about what we could see happening.

 

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Lots of the children then wanted to write and draw their stories in their books too…

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Here are some of our stories… 

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Once upon a time there was a zebra called Stripey and he had to go to his work. His work was a job in town. He was too tired, he asked his friend Giraffe to give him a piggy back. Giraffe took him to his job and he got there very fast with his big legs and he wasn’t late. Oh no! Giraffe couldn’t fit in the door. Stripey said “I know!” and Giraffe put his neck down so Stripey could fit through the door. He went to his job. The End.

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Once upon a time there was a frog called Tiny Tim. He wants to go to the seaside so he jumps on Gary the Snail. “Ribbit”. He says “Go Gary Go!” But Gary the snail is a snail and he goes very slowlyyyy. “Oh no!” said Tiny Tim. He jumped off Gary the Snail. “Ribbit”. Then he jumped onto a horse coz horses are fast. The horse went fast fast fast to the seaside and Tiny Tim built a sandcastle. Gary the Snail was very slow he got to the seaside and it was dark and it was bedtime. They went to sleep. The End.

How can you continue learning at home? 

Why not make up your own story? You could change one of your favourite stories, you could put yourself into a story that you like, You could look at pictures and tell stories about what is happening, you could dress up and act out stories or you could use your toys to tell your own stories.

Story Telling is a great way to help children’s speaking and listening skills. It helps them to be imaginative and listen to other’s ideas. It helps them to understand stories ready for when they start to read stories themselves.

 

Elephant Baking

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Elephant Baking

This week we have been doing some elephant themed baking ready for Macmillan Coffee Morning (Today) and Grandparent’s Afternoon Tea (on Monday).

We decided to make elephant cake pops. They were a bit messy!

First we crumbled up cake and mixed it with frosting. Then we rolled it into balls and popped it in the fridge.

 

After that we melted white and blue chocolate over a candle so the children could watch it change. Then we dipped the cake pops in and added buttons and icing for the elephant’s face.

 

 

After a few melted elephant faces we also made some sparkly cake pops…

Then we made Elmer biscuits. We mixed our ingredients and rolled them out and cut them into elephant shapes.

Once they were baked we decorated them with icing sugar and smarties.

Once all our baking was finished we took them to be sold for Macmillan Coffee Morning and bought some of our own!

We had a lovely time baking. We hope everyone enjoyed our elephants!

All About Elephants

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All About Elephants

This week we have been doing lots of learning about elephants!

We have been finding elephants everywhere…

We visited the library to find some elephant stories…

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We made a giant Elmer outside and learnt about our colours…

We also learnt about our colours and practised our cutting and threading…

We have been doing lots of elephant baking for Macmillan Coffee Morning and Grandparents Afternoon Tea …

We even learnt some elephant songs …

Elephants Have Wrinkles 

Elephants have wrinkles, wrinkles, wrinkles,

Elephants have wrinkles, wrinkles everywhere,

On their toes (on their toes)

No-one knows (no-one knows)

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Elephants have wrinkles, wrinkles, wrinkles,

Elephants have wrinkles, wrinkles everywhere,

On their knees (on their knees)

On their toes (on their toes)

No-one knows (no-one knows)

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(repeat with different body parts) 

What have we been learning?

We have been learning all about elephants like what they look like, where they live and how they move

We have been learning to take turns, follow instructions and all about germs while we did our baking

We learnt our colours with our giant Elmer and our coloured threading in the water tray

We built the strength in our fingers by using scissors and threading beads

We learnt a new song and practised finding different body parts

How can you continue learning at home?

Go and see the herd of elephants around Sheffield!

Go to the library and see if you can find some more elephant stories

Practise your cutting and threading at home with scraps of paper or fabric

Do some baking of your own!

Sing elephants have wrinkles or your own elephant songs at home

We do still have some elephant questions to answer like …

Do elephants lay eggs?

Do elephants have baths?

Do elephants brush their teeth?

 

Come back soon to see if we find the answers!

The Curious Tale of the Disappearing Snail

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The Curious Tale of the Disappearing Snail

 

This is the tale, of a giant land snail,

Who left nursery one day, leaving only a trail,

And how the grown-ups did worry, and the children did wail,

When they could not find Gary, the giant land snail,

They looked here and there, they searched up and down,

They spotted the slime, but no snail could be found,

Then the children they followed, the silvery track,

And they wished and they wished for their snail to come back,

 

They hunted the school and out in the yard,

‘Til one of the teachers, showed them a card,

It was Gary! He’d been on adventures galore,

When he’d slid his way out, of the classroom door,

He’d been on the tram, he’d gone to the zoo,

Out in the rain and the water park too!

He’d gone to Skegness and laid in the sun,

Oh Gary the Snail, you have had so much fun!

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But the children they worried, he was all alone,

So they thought of a plan, to get their snail home,

Letters were written and even a map,

While some of the children, set up a trap,

They filled it with food, the trap it was set,

A plan to catch Gary and get back our pet,

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When all of a sudden, a knock at the door,

And there was our snail, back home once more,

Oh Gary we missed you, don’t go away,

Next time come home, for a holiday!

 

What have we been learning?

Phew! We’re glad Gary is home. While we hunted for our snail what were we learning?

We talked to lots of new people. Sometimes the children can be shy in front of new people but they spoke to the teachers in school and asked them about Gary.

We did lots of writing. We wrote letters, post cards and posters. We drew pictures of Gary and put up signs.

We learnt to look carefully for clues. We thought of ideas for what might have happened and how we could get Gary back.

We learnt about snails. We learnt how to look after them and what they liked. We looked in books and on the internet to find more information.

We did lots of story telling, thinking of the adventures that Gary might have been on

We did lots of problem-solving. The children designed slides and traps to try and catch Gary.

Dear Zoo

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Dear Zoo

Last week began with lots of letter writing. The children were writing letters home and to their friends. We got out the post bag so we could deliver our letters.

In the construction area lots of children were building cages and zoos for the animals.

We remembered our story from guided reading all about sending letters to the zoo. It was called ‘Dear Zoo’. We read it at story time and then we got a delivery from the zoo!

We weighed the animals to see if they could be sent in the post. As everybody knows only animals that weigh less than a hamster can be sent in the post.

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Some of the animals were feeling a little bit poorly but luckily the vets were there to make sure they were ok.

Some of the children decided they needed to use tools to make their zoos even better.

Then they asked to build a real zoo with real tools!

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We thought about what we would need and wrote a letter to Ella’s daddy who looks after our school.

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Then we drew designs for how we wanted our zoo to look.

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We used the big drill, the saw and the screwdrivers to build our zoo. We had to work together and be very careful. We had lots of fun, especially using the big drill!

When the zoo was finished we sorted the animals to see who could live inside it.

What were we learning about? 

This week the children decided everything we learnt about. All the activities were planned because of what the children said or did. This way the children were very interested in their learning.

The children did lots of mark making. They wrote letters to the zoo and to other people. They drew designs for their zoo and talked about their pictures.

We learnt about letter writing. We made sure we said who our letters were to and who they were from.

We learnt the names of different animals including more unusual animals like flamingos.

The children had discussions about where different animals live e.g. would we find a spider in the zoo? They learnt to ask questions and look in books to find the answers.

We learnt about vets. The children took on a role in their play, asking and answering questions. They began adding more mark making to their play by writing what was wrong with the animals.

We learnt about tools. We learnt how to be safe and manage risks.

In maths we learnt the words ‘heavy’ and ‘light’ and could sort the animals. We learnt that not everything that was big was heavy and not everything small was light.

How can you continue learning at home? 

Following children’s interests at home is a great way to help their learning.  Children that don’t normally pick up a pencil will often write more if it is part of their play.

If your child likes to build encourage them to draw what they are building and talk about their pictures.

If they like to play football and other games give them a pen and paper or chalk to write on the ground and encourage them to keep a score.

Letting the children use tools in a controlled and supervised environment allows them to learn about safety. For example, letting children use scissors and talking to them about how to use them safely means they are less likely to be dangerous with them than if they never use them.

 

 

 

Caterpillars and Critters (update…the butterflies have arrived!)

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Caterpillars and Critters (update…the butterflies have arrived!)

We have had a very exciting arrival in nursery…caterpillars!

We are enjoying watching them grow and have been thinking about what might happen next. We have had lots of questions and have been finding out all about caterpillars and other critters…

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We read the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and the children were very interested in how a caterpillar turns into a butterfly. With a little toilet paper and some help from our friends we re-enacted it!

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After we had read the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar we thought about all the different foods he ate. Some of us weren’t sure of the names of the different fruits and vegetables and what they tasted like so we had a food tasting. Everybody was very brave and had a little taste of everything, even the sour grapefruit! Lots of children were surprised that they liked plums and asked for more…

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We had lots of fun playing with the fruits and vegetables inside and out. Some of the children even brought in fruits and vegetables from home…

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While we were thinking about fruits and vegetables we did some planting of our own outside.

We have been watching our caterpillars grow very carefully, they are getting bigger everyday, we are excited for them going into their cocoons.image

We had lots of questions about the caterpillars, here are the things we would like to try and find out…

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We are getting very good at sounding out our words. We sounded out words for things we knew about caterpillars and butterflies.

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We learnt about butterflies and symmetry. We used loose parts to make patterns and match the two sides.

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We had a challenge to get the caterpillar to the leaf. We thought of different ways to get the caterpillar up to the leaf. We tried stacking crates, making stairs out of bricks and tying string to the caterpillar…

 

What have we been learning? 

We have learnt alot about caterpillars – what they eat and how they grow

We learnt the names of different fruits and vegetables and tried new foods

We learnt about patterns, colours and symmetry

We sounded out words and wrote the sounds we knew

We thought of what we would like to know and asked questions

We learnt how to care for living things including insects and plants

We have been solving problems and working together finding ways to get the caterpillar to the leaf

How can you continue learning at home?

Look for insects in the garden or at the park

Do some planting in the garden and encouarge the children to care for and water the plants

Learn about patterns and colours drawing and painting symetrical butterflies and building models that are the same on both sides

Encourage children to taste small pieces of things they think they don’t like, they might be surprised!

 

UPDATE

Our butterflies arrived and on Friday it was time to let them go to live in the flowers…

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World Book Day

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World Book Day

We have had lots of fun celebrating World Book Day this week.

We all came to school dressed up as our favourite book characters. We had lots of princesses and superheroes! The best costumes won a book as a prize!

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We visited our new school library and each took out a book to take home. In the afternoon an author came to school to tell us a special story, we joined in with the actions and helped to tell the story. It was very funny and even made us jump sometimes!

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At the end we got to talk about the stories we liked best and we asked lots of questions about stories and our favourite characters. We even learnt that some of our favourite Disney movies were based on old stories.

There was a competition for every class to decorate their classroom doors. At the start of the week we wrote a list of our favourite stories then we took a vote to decide which story we would like to decorate our door as. The vote was definitely for jungles and monkeys so we chose ‘Walking through the jungle’.

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We searched the cupboard and classroom for jungle things then drew some pictures of our own, added faces to monkeys and collaged the jungle background. We were very proud of our decorating…

We love stories and story telling in nursery and had lots of fun for World Book Day. Why not keep the fun going at home?

You could use your book day token to buy a £1 book or put it towards another book.

You could dress up at home and carry on telling stories.

Visit the local library for lots of fun story telling. There are always lots of events happening, especially in the school holidays.

Read a story everyday. Don’t forget there are lots of books in nursery for you to take home or for even more stories why not visit the local library?