Category Archives: Art

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!

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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.

Forest School Day 3

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This week was our final week of Forest Schools. We had fun with the clay making creatures and homes and then searched for wiggly worms! We will miss our Forest School sessions but can’t wait to start exploring the secret garden ourselves! Check out our video below to see what we got up to this week…

Forest School

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This week was the first day of our forest school sessions. The children spent time in the secret garden, learning in the outdoors and exploring nature. We had lots of fun listening to stories, digging in the mud, making mud pies, finding flowers and even mud painting!

Check out our video below!

An Eggy Surprise (The Movie)

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An Eggy Surprise (The Movie)

In the week before the holidays we had a big surprise in nursery when a giant egg arrived! Watch our movie to see what we got up to!

 

Maps, maps, maps!

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Maps, maps, maps!

Over the last few weeks the children have been interested in making maps. Look at Yasmen’s great map to school!

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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.

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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!

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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…

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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.

Happy Mother’s Day

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Happy Mother’s Day

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

Chinese Dragon Dancing

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Chinese Dragon Dancing

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.

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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.

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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!

Happy Mother’s Day

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Happy Mother’s Day

Yesterday was our Mother’s Day Celebration. To celebrate we made cards for our mummies. We drew pictures of our mummies and thought about what they looked like, what colour their eyes and hair were and what they like to wear. We chose how we wanted to decorate our cards.

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Then we made our mummies a special present. We used clay to make a sculpture that we thought our mummies would like. We added jewels and stars and beads to make them extra special.

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Then we learnt a special song to sing to our mummies for Mother’s Day. It was called Skidamarink…

Skidamarink a dink a dink, Skidamarink a do, I love you

Skidamarink a dink a dink, Skidamarink a do, I love you

I love you in the morning and in the afternoon, I love you in the evening and underneath the moon,

Skidamarink a dink a dink, Skidamarink a do, I love you, I love you too boo boo bi doo!

We performed our song for our mummies and gave them presents

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We hope you enjoyed our special performance, thank you to everybody who came. Here are some of the reasons why you are special…

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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