Category Archives: Continuous Provision

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!

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Exploring Cardboard Boxes

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Exploring Cardboard Boxes

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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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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?

 

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

Physical Day!

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Physical Day!

Today was our second physical day! Every Wednesday we do PE in nursery so we decided to fill the rest of our day with lots of fun physical activities.

It is important to do big movement activities that build the muscles in arms, legs and shoulders. This helps with balance and coordination and is important before we start building the smaller muscles in our hands and wrists ready for writing. Each week we will be doing different physical activities to build muscles, strength and coordination.

So far we have…

walked up to the secret garden to collect leaves and conkers

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had races on  the sports field

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ran and used the apparatus in PE

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used crayons to draw and write on big paper on the floor

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turned over the tables and wrapped cling film around to paint on

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crawled, jumped and climbed with the soft play

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done some tricky balancing in yoga

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and we even joined key stage two for a bit of take ten dancing!

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What will we get up to next week?

 

Marble Madness!

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Marble Madness!

Last Friday Oliver and Kallum wondered if we could make a marble run. They thought of what we needed and we went to collect tubes and pipes. We started building marble runs and we have continued all week!

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First there were marble runs with tubes and pipes into the sandpit…

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Then we built a giant marble run with the guttering outside…

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Then we used lollypop sticks to make a pinball style marble run on a large piece of card…

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Then we re-used our favourite box (check out past posts to see our box being used as a giant car, puppet show and rocket!) and made a marble run machine!

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Finally we went up to the secret garden to find conkers to roll and we have big plans for them next week…

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Marble runs are a great activity to try. Miss Hukin said she is going to have a go at making one at home. You could try –

  • Sticking lolly pop sticks or twigs to a large piece of card or wood. Make sure you add buffers at the edge to stop the marble flying off and cups or boxes at the bottom to catch the marbles
  • Using pieces of wood or plastic to make ramps and roll down cars, balls or marbles.
  • Using a wooden train track to create your own marble run
  • Sticking cardboard tubes or pool noodles to a box or wall to make a marble run
  • Using Lego to create your own marble maze
  • If you already have a marble run at home why not turn it into a game by using a measuring tape to see how far your marble can go or adding different coloured or numbered containers to catch the marbles!
  • Or check out youtube for some great DIY marble runs

We would love to see photos if you do give it a try, have fun!