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Underpants, snails and compliments…when the children choose their learning

Underpants, snails and compliments…when the children choose their learning

This year in nursery we have made a little change in the way we plan our learning. Everything we learn about is now chosen by the children.

Each week we sit down together and think about what we would like to learn about and how we could do it. The adults collect ideas of the things the children have been talking about when they have been playing or at news time. We think about special visits or trips the children have been on and take photos of things they have brought to school or in the Share Box.

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We collect all our ideas together in our special floor book. On one page we collect our ideas for what and how we would like to learn. On the next page we save pictures of our learning and talk about what we have done. Here is our year so far…

Spiders and Building a Bug Hotel 


Birthdays and Football


Magic and Weather


Snails, Apples and Leaves 


Conkers and Bus Rides 




Pumpkins and Fireworks 




Animals and Shadows




Frozen and Letters to Santa 


Christmas and Transporting 


Santa and Polar Bears 


Stick Man 


Inside Out and compliments


Story Telling (Our Favourite Characters)


Story Telling (Acting out our own Stories)


Pancake Day and Chinese New Year 


Valentine’s Day




Dinosaurs and World Book Day 


Dinosaurs and Hide and Seek

imageCome back soon to see what else we get up to. Don’t forget the floor book is out in the classroom everyday, you are always welcome to come and have a closer look at what we have been learning.

Fizzy Apple Experiments

Fizzy Apple Experiments

While we were learning about magic some of the children said they would like to do REAL magic!

Mrs Reed brought us lots of apples from her garden so we decided to do some fizzy apple experiments.

We cut out the middles of the apples and filled them with bicarbonate of soda.

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Then we poured in vinegar and watched what happened!

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The apples erupted and fizzed, just like magic.


We experimented by adding more bicarbonate of soda and more vinegar.

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Then we experimented adding different colours to the vinegar and watched what happened.DSCF2142 DSCF2141 DSCF2140 DSCF2139 DSCF2138 DSCF2137 DSCF2136 DSCF2135


It all started with a magic wand…


Sophie brought her magic wand to nursery last week and we were all very excited. Everybody shared their ideas for magical things we could learn about. We used our floor book to plan our ideas.


We were very interested in the changing weather. One minute it was sunny and the next it was rainy! We used paint chips to look at the colour of the clouds and predict what was going to happen next to the weather!

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We learnt about the different kinds of weather. We learnt to think about things that might happen and say why we thought that. We paid attention to changes in the world around us. We learnt to name colours like black, grey and white and talk about things being darker or lighter.

Then we made some rain pictures. The rain had stopped by then so we had to make our own rain! We crushed paint and drew with crayons and felt tips then poured on water to make it rain. We watched all the exciting things happen to the paint as we poured the water. We tested our ideas seeing what happened when we crushed the paint up smaller or added more paint or water.

“It’s making green!”

“It’s gone brown now!”

“Its gone, it’s magic!”



We learnt about colour names and colour mixing. We talked about the changes we could see and why we thought that might happen. We made predictions about what might happen when we added water and tested our ideas. We also made beautiful pictures!

We turned our role-play area into a potion kitchen. We mixed potions in our cauldron and cast spells with our wands. We made jumping spells and dancing potions and turned each other into frogs!



We learnt to play imaginatively making up spells, stories and potions. We counted out the ingredients we needed. We learnt lots of new magical words.

We had lots of fun with our play dough. We added flowers and herbs to make potion dough. We used tools to press and cut the dough to make our potions.



We learnt to talk about the ways things felt and smelt. We used the tools to make our hands stronger for writing. We used knives and forks in the play dough to help our control and coordination. We used the potato ricer and the pestle and mortar to squeeze and crush and build our strength. 

We had lots of fun learning about magic. You could continue learning at home by;

  • giving children knives and forks to cut up their play dough or other safe tools from around the kitchen like wooden and metal spoons, bun tins or plastic cups
  •  making potions with a big bowl and spoon using things from around the house or kitchen or even leaves and grass from outside!
  • looking at the weather each morning and talking about what might happen and deciding what clothes we might need to wear
  • Creating your own rain painting with old broken paints, felt tips and crayons. Add a little water or even take them outside in the rain!

Amazing Owls


Today we had a very exciting day in nursery, the owls came to visit!

Meet the owls:


First we had a talk about owls and learnt what the different owls eat, where they live, why their talons are sharp and how they hunt for food. While we listened the owls flew around the room, sometimes just over our heads!


Next some children had the chance to stand up and wear a special glove and the owls flew to them!


At the end we sketched the owls.


Lacey said it was the best day ever!

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Spaghetti Nests


This week we have been thinking about owls as part of our Magical Me theme.

In our water tray we have had spaghetti and straws to make bird nests. We used the scissors to cut the straws and spaghetti.

Can you see what the children talked about?


Owls loose parts play


This week we have been using loose parts to make models of owls and nests.

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We used twigs, fabric, feathers, sticks, pine cones, buttons, lolly pop sticks and salt dough to create our models.

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We used the lolly pop sticks to attach the polystyrene balls together.

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We used salt dough to make the owl’s faces.

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Can you make a model of an owl using materials outside?

Magical Maths


We have been doing some magical maths in nursery!


We have been following recipes, making potions in the mud kitchen outside and making potions in the potion kitchen inside.

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We have been following recipes, learning our numbers and counting out.

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We have been learning to say our numbers out loud, stop when we get to the number we need and say one number at a time.


What counting can you do at home?

Room on the Broom


This week we have been reading the story of Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson.

We have been using pictures, objects and sock puppets to retell the story.

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“I am a dog as keen as can be. Is there room on the broom for a dog like me?”


“I am a bird as green as can be. Is there room on the broom for a bird like me?”


“I am a frog as clean as can be. Is there room on the broom for a frog like me?”


“Oh oh, no more room on the broom”

“It broke!”

“They all fell down!”

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“I’m a dragon as mean as can be. I’m going to have witch and chips for my tea”

“Oh no!”


“We’ll save you”

“She’s our witch”


“Thank you”

“Here’s a new broom”

“And a shower for the frog”


Making Potions


In nursery we have been making lots of potions for our topic of Magical Me!

In the water tray we have made potions with different coloured waters, glitter and bubbles. This week we have been making foaming potions.


In our potion kitchen we have been thinking of lots of different potions to make in the cauldrons. Have a look at our recipes below.