Category Archives: Maths

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
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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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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

That’s not my triangle…

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That’s not my triangle…

Last week we started learning about shapes. To get ready we looked for shapes as part of our home learning. We searched for shapes around our homes and made shape pictures.

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Next we went on a shape hunt outside. We looked for shapes and took photos. We tried to name and describe shapes and looked for shapes that were the same.

Then we looked for objects in the classroom. We took photos and collected objects then matched the shapes. We tried to talk about the shapes we found.

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After that we cut out our shapes and stuck them on card. We thought about whether they had straight or round sides and looked for corners. We looked for shapes in magazines.

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Finally we were ready to make our ‘That’s not my shape…’ book.

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We have been very interested in the ‘That’s not my…’ series of books and we have got some special Easter ones. They are feely books and help us to think about the properties of things and to describe. Have a look at ‘It’s not my Giraffe’

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We used all the shapes we had cut out to create our book. We needed a front cover and a title and then we stuck our shapes on. We decided our first book could be called ‘That’s not my triangle’.

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On the pages we stuck different shapes. We thought about why it was not a triangle. We had to describe the shapes and think about things that were the same and things that were different. It helped us to learn about the properties of shapes.

On the last page Miss Hulme had stuck lots of different shapes like arrows and hearts. We thought about why they couldn’t be triangles. First we thought it was because they didn’t have any pointy bits (corners) but then we noticed one corner on the heart and two on the moon. Zak corrected us to say that it was because they didn’t have 3 corners.

Miss Hulme made it extra tricky by having shapes of different sizes, some shapes upside down and some shapes that are harder to recognise like very long thin rectangles and different types of triangles.

What have we been learning? 

We have learnt lots about shapes! We have been learning to find shapes outdoors, talk about shapes, name shapes, describe shapes, compare shapes, talk about properties of shapes. We have been doing some tricky learning, talking about how we know something is a particular shape.

How can you continue on learning at home? 

Look out for shapes around your house or on your way to school

Cut out shapes to make your own shape pictures can you make a car with a rectangle, square and circles?

Look out for shapes in old magazines and cut them out

You could even make your own shape book

Sort toys into shapes, when you tidy up put all of the same shaped toys together

Look out for shapes with blocks and Lego while you build and see if you can talk about them

 

Easy Peasy Pizza!

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Easy Peasy Pizza!

After having a lovely time celebrating Pancake Day the children thought we should have a new celebration, ‘Pizza Day!’

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We had an easy peasy recipe for making pizza dough – 1 cup of self-raising flour and 1 cup of yoghurt. We mixed them together then chopped up vegetables for the topping.

We walked around school and took orders from the grown-ups in school.

Then we cooked our pizza thinking about how to keep ourselves safe.

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In the classroom we made pizzas in the workshop.

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Then we sold the pizzas in our pizza restaurant. Pizza cost 1 penny a slice so we counted how much money we had and how much pizza we could buy.

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Then we ate our pizza in the restaurant!

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What were we learning about? 

We learnt how to be safe using knives to cut and cooking in the oven.

We were learning to talk to less familiar adults and to ask questions.

We learnt about changes and what happens when we mix ingredients together and cook things.

We learnt the names of vegetables and to try new things.

In our restaurant we learnt to count out amounts. We learnt about numbers as we exchanged 1 penny for 1 piece of pizza.

We all took different roles with children making the pizza, selling the pizza, waiting on the tables and being the customers.

How can you continue learning at home? 

Why not have a go at making pizza at home? Just mix one cup of self-raising flour with one cup of yoghurt. Top tip for a crispy base let a tray get hot in the oven first and then put your dough on.

We were a bit unsure about some vegetable names especially onions, mushrooms and peppers. Try pointing out vegetable names when cooking or shopping.

We had lots of fun buying and selling pizza. Why not make your own shop at home? You can use pennies and toys or even things from your kitchen cupboards to buy and sell.

 

 

Paths and Pulleys

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Paths and Pulleys

Last week in nursery we were very interested in making paths and roads. At the start of the week children started making paths for their cars…

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After this the children made roads and paths to take the animals to the zoo…

 

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Tumbling Towers!

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Tumbling Towers!

In nursery we love to build towers and we love to knock them down even more! We decided to learn all about towers. We learnt which shapes were best for building towers with. We learnt about balance and height and we learnt two new words – tall and short.

Outside we even built a pendulum to help us knock the towers down. It was very tricky and we had to solve lots of problems such as thinking about the height of the pendulum, the length of the string, how tall to build our tower and how far to pull it back. We tried lots of different designs and we even learnt about heavy and light as we tried to knock down different towers.

 

Our Christmas Nativity

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Our Christmas Nativity

This week we did our Christmas nativities for all of our grown-ups. Our performance this year was full of Maths and all about counting for Christmas!

In nursery we learnt all the songs and the actions. This was the children’s first performance and it can be very scary singing in front of a big audience. Everybody did really well to join in and we hope you enjoyed it.

Thank you to everybody who came and a big well done to all the Reception children too!

Super Shapes!

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Super Shapes!

We have been having lots of fun learning about shapes in nursery.

We have been sorting things by their shape and their colour, we have been learning the names of different shapes and learning to describe them with words like straight and round, we have been going on shape hunts in the classroom and outside.

 

 

We have also been making pictures with shapes and doing shape puzzles…

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How can you continue learning at home?

Go on a shape hunt yourself – you could go for a walk or you could look at the shapes of packaging in your kitchen

Make a model, use different boxes and containers to make a model and talk about the shapes you use

Build with blocks and describe the shapes as you use them – is it a round shape or a straight shape? Is it flat or pointy?

Sort and match objects as you tidy up – find all the things that are the same shape to go in the drawer together.

 

Packing our bags (The Transporters)

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Packing our bags (The Transporters)

Last year we shared a learning story all about how the children loved to ‘transport’ things around the classroom. Well this year we have another class of transporters!

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What does transporting mean?

Do you notice that your child…

  • Enjoys to pick things up and carry them with them?
  • Enjoys moving objects from one place to another?
  • Likes to fill bags, containers, wheelbarrows, prams etc with anything and everything and take them somewhere else?
  • Always has full pockets?
  • Likes to tip all their toys into a basket and take them somewhere new?

This might mean that your child likes to transport which is perfectly normal if a little frustrating when things disappear and end up somewhere unexpected!

What can we do?

Well if transporting is something the children are interested in we encourage it but try to give it a little more purpose.

This week we packed bags for an adventure. We sorted objects into things we thought we might need for an adventure and then took it in turns to pack a bag with what we thought we might need. To make it trickier we were only allowed to choose 3 things…

 

We learnt to think about what we were putting in the bag. We talked about our choices and made compromises with what we wanted to carry around. In children’s play they started to talk about what was going in their bags.

How can you continue learning at home?

If you notice your child loves to transport there are lots of activities you could try at home such as…

  • Encouraging children to help with tidying up and learn to sort by putting all their different toys into different containers
  • Playing games to teach children about their colours e.g. if you find something red you can put it in your bag, if you find something blue it can go in the basket etc
  • Giving children a limit of how many things they can carry and encourage children to count their items in their bags to check. Let children decide how many things are allowed in their bag today and encourage them to keep counting to check.
  • Letting children help with the shopping by putting items into a trolley or basket. Explain that children can only choose the items you say. When you get home let children help to unpack the bags and take things to the cupboards they can reach.
  •  Letting children help to pack their bags for school, for a day out, for a sleepover at grandmas etc – talk to them about the things they might need.