Category Archives: Children’s Interests

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!

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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

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.

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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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!

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