Category Archives: Children’s Interests

Norfolk Park Trip

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Norfolk Park Trip

 

Today we had a lovely time on our trip to Norfolk Park. We went on a nature walk, played sports day style games, had a picnic, played even more games and went on the adventure playground.

A huge thank you to everyone who came, the bit of rain didn’t put us off! We hope you all had a great time too.

 

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Treasure Hunt!

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Treasure Hunt!

Over the last few weeks we have been looking at maps and talking about where things are. Last week the children had lots of pirate ideas for what we could do next…

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First we turned our house into a pirate ship then the children added extra details like a steering wheel and anchor and drew treasure maps to play with…

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We have been learning to blend our sounds and sound out words to read and write. We have been enjoying learning with the Alphablocks characters and playing games to help us learn our letters and sounds…

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In maths we set up obstacle courses and described to our friends which way they needed to go using directions and positions. We made it extra tricky by taking it in turns to be blindfolded and trying to find the treasure by following our friends directions.

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Then it was time for our treasure hunt! We had decided we needed clues to follow to get the treasure and that we’d like to go to the secret garden. The clues were tricky and we had to work out the answer to find the next clue. For some clues we had to find the rhyme or blend the sounds in the words as well as remembering our positions and directions to find where things were…

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We had lots of fun on our treasure hunt, click below to watch the movie!

 

How can you continue learning at home?

Positions and directions are great to practise at home. You could –

Go on your own treasure hunt!

Make up dances – one step forward, arms in front, turn around…

Play robot games – take it in turns to be a robot and collect objects. Give each other directions for which way you need to go!

Play games while tidying up – “Can you find 3 things that go under the bed?” “Can you find something big that lives next to the cupboard?”

Make your own maps for where you live, how to get to the shops or how to get to Grandma’s house, draw all the things you see on the way

 

You could continue the pirate fun by making your own treasure maps, paper pirate hats or a ship out of a box!

Eid Mubarak

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Eid Mubarak

Today we have had a lovely day celebrating Eid. This morning we had a workshop and lots of parents stayed to join in with crafts and activities and this afternoon was our Eid party…

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The Easter Bunny has lost his bounce!

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The Easter Bunny has lost his bounce!

Last week we got a letter from the Easter Bunny saying that he had lost his bounce! We needed to think of ways to get him jumping again in time to deliver all the Easter Eggs. The children came up with their own ideas for how to help the Easter Bunny…

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Later on we went for an Easter Egg Hunt in the Secret Garden…

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We even added eggs to our story telling…

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Toast Station

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Toast Station

In nursery we have a fun new addition to our snack area, a toast station!

We love having warm toast at nursery and lots of children who don’t normally try new foods have been tasting toast with different toppings! We have been trying different healthy toppings on our toast, a favourite is yoghurt and fruit!

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This week we decided to use our extra ingredients from last week’s pizza making to make pizza toasties!

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Teddy Bear’s Picnic

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Teddy Bear’s Picnic

Last week lots of the children were busy making picnics with their friends so this week we had a real teddy bear’s picnic! The children decided they would like buns and pizza for their picnic and we wrote a letter home to bring in our teddies.

We wanted the children to be able to join in with the process of cooking and baking so we found an easy peasy pizza dough recipe that the children could do themselves.

We also used a mini-oven so we could watch the pizzas cook and talk about the changes.

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As well as making pizzas we worked together to bake buns for our picnic too. We have been learning our numbers to 10 and that helped us to read our recipe. We used the numbers and pictures to follow the recipe ourselves.

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Then we took our pizzas and buns and went to the secret garden for our teddy bears picnic!

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We love seeing your photos of baking and cooking together at home. Baking activities are a great way to learn about numbers and measures as well as learning about changes and how to keep ourselves safe.

 

Superhero Fun!

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Superhero Fun!

Last week lots of children started to make superhero masks and we decided to learn about superheroes this week!

065 We went on a superhero mission!

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We made superheroes in the play dough…

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This week is also the first week of Fairtrade fortnight. We have been starting to learn about where foods come from with Pablo the Super Banana!

Click here to learn more.

We had a special superhero surprise in Maths as we ate rainbow super food and learnt about where different fruits came from.

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Lots of children made their own superhero costumes.

We screen printed some superhero capes …

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And made others out of card and paper in the workshop…

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Fun with Number Blocks

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Fun with Number Blocks

In nursery we have been busy learning our numbers with a little help from Number Blocks. We have been watching the episodes and learning all about different numbers. When children are learning their numbers it is much more than counting and recognising numbers, we are also learning to use and understand numbers.

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We played a magic trick with numbered cups.

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We have been learning to:

  • Show numbers on our fingers
  • Find different ways to show numbers such as using blocks, fingers, toys or making marks
  • Notice patterns and think about numbers in relation to one another
  • Re-arrange objects and know that we still have the same amount
  • Match numbers to the same amount of objects

We have also been playing lots of games to help us practise our numbers and counting…

We played pick-up sticks and rolled the colour and number dice to find how many sticks of different colours we needed to pick up.

We played number blocks – number match and matched numbers and amounts.

We played board games like snakes and ladders where we had to roll the dice and match the amount to move that far.

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How can you continue learning at home?

Click here for some great ideas for helping your child to learn numbers at home

Click the link below to watch number blocks and play some fun games on cbeebies…

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/shows/numberblocks 

 

 

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?