Category Archives: Maths

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.

 

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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!

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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?

 

Maps, maps, maps!

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Maps, maps, maps!

Over the last few weeks the children have been interested in making maps. Look at Yasmen’s great map to school!

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We started with learning about the countries that our families come from. We learnt that members of our family were born in England, Scotland, the Caribbean, Lithuania, Pakistan, Sudan, Eritrea, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, the Congo and Ghana and we wanted to learn some dances from other cultures.

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Then the children made their own maps. There were maps to the jungle, maps to get home, maps to see the princesses and even maps of our own pretend planets!

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After that we moved on to story maps and the children drew some great maps to go with their stories. We even made some books on the computer.

Our story telling continued as Andy the story teller came to tell stories with us…

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What a busy week! The children have loved learning about maps and lots of children carried on making maps while they played. Why not encourage children to make more maps as they play at home. They are great for teaching children about the world around them and learning about where things are.

Our Number Book

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Our Number Book

In nursery we learn a lot about numbers. We learn to count carefully and how we can show numbers in different ways. This week we have been making our own number book. We have been taking pictures of different numbers and amounts around the classroom then printing them off, cutting them out and sticking them in our book ourselves…

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Why not try to find numbers at home? You could look for numbers all around your house and on the way to school. You could count how many things you see or use your tablet or camera to take your own number photos.

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

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