Category Archives: Outdoors

Cops and Robbers

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The children in Nursery had been returning to the same interest in their play again and again. They loved ‘putting you in jail’ so we decided to learn more about the Police.

We read books from our school library about Police. Some of them were information books and some of them were stories. We watched videos about the Police and read information from the computers to find out more.

The Police and What They Do PowerPoint from Twinkl.co.uk 

We then put what what we had learnt into our play. Some of use decided to build jails outside and played at being cops and robbers.

When we were learning more about the Police we saw their cars so we turned a car in our Outdoor Area into a Police car with a flashing blue light. We also got the road signs out so we could practise helping people keep safe on the roads. Everyone had a go at reading the road signs and giving meaning to the letters and symbols.

Some of of us played at being the Police inside. We had some special Police notebooks and phones so we could take messages. There was lots of mark making going on while the children wrote ‘tickets’ for each other.

We also made up a new song with Ms Woods and Miss Webster. Here are the words if you want to sing along at home….

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And then there was a special surprise… some really life police officers came to visit us in Nursery. It was great to see them and we saw lots of the things we’d been talking about during the week in real life. We found out what happened if there was a traffic accident and cars crashed.

Thank you so much Michelle and John for coming to see us. We hope we see you again soon.

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What have we been learning?

  • About the job of a Police Officer
  • To read road signs and write tickets like a Police officer
  • To talk about what we can see and what we’ve learnt

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • Talk with your children about jobs they are interested in. This could be anything: Police officer, Fire fighter, Race car driver, Astronaut, Chef, Teacher or anything else your child is interested in. 
  • Look at road signs and other signs (on shops, buses, cars etc.) when you’re out and about and talk about their meaning. This is the beginning of reading. 
  • Sing the song the children made up together. See if you’re can make up an extra verse or make up a song about a different job. 

 

Fireworks and Bonfire Night

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When we got back to school everyone was excited about fireworks because it was Bonfire Night. We did lots of learning about what they looked like and what they sounded like. We tried to draw our own fireworks and represent them in different ways.

These two girls were reenacting their experiences of Bonfire Night using the small world characters and bonfire. Then we realised that the tissue paper flames crackled like fire when they were scrunched up. We thought about how we could add other Bonfire Night sounds. The girls started by using their bodies to make noises but then remembered we had instruments in Nursery they could use. They explored the different instruments to see which ones worked best.

We had a wonderful time outside where we experienced sparklers with our friends in Reception class (Thanks to Miss Boyd and Onyx class for the photos) We talked about what we could see and also about how to make sure we stayed safe around sparklers.

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We also used outside to draw some really big fireworks. The rainy weather didn’t put us off. Some of draw fireworks that were bigger than us!

You can see more about our learning on Bonfire Night in the Floor Book.

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What have we been learning? 

  • To make representations of fireworks in different ways. 
  • To listen to the sounds fireworks make and think of ways to describe them. 
  • To think about how to be safe around fireworks and sparklers. 
  • To make up our own stories based on our own experiences. 

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • Talk to your child about fireworks and ask them to think of words to describe them. 
  • Make up stories together and then think about if any sounds need adding using your bodies, voices or instruments. 
  • Play the fireworks counting game on this website. Fireworks Counting Can your child count the fireworks to 5? 

Noticing Autumn

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We had all noticed lots of changes outside as Autumn started. Children started to comment as they came into Nursery. Miss Parker collected some of the items they brought and added to it on our Nature Shelf.

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We decided to go to the Secret Garden to look for some different Autumn objects and everyone brought a leaf back to class.

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We looked carefully at the different leaves and talked about what we could see. You can see our learning in the Floor Book.

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We also decided to use our leaves to do some leaf printing back in Nursery.

The children enjoyed exploring the items on the Nature Shelf. They particularly loved the conkers and the pumpkins. We decided to focus on Pumpkins more the week after.

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We looked very carefully at the pumpkins and tried to draw them. We also spent a lot of time talking about the pumpkins and thinking about as many words as we could to describe them.

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What have we been learning? 

  • About seasonal changes all around us. 
  • To talk about what we can see using words and sentences. 
  • To go on a visit in school to see a new places. 

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • Can you talk about the leaves we found? What colour are they? What shape are they? Do you know which tree they came from? 1DF12DA2-E947-4A25-BF3A-BBB3B56D8B51
  • Which other signs of Autumn can you see? Go to the Park and see what is happening to the trees there.
  • How many words can you think of to describe a pumpkin? 

We ❤️ Nursery!

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We’ve had great fun over the last few weeks in Nursery. Some children were returning after the Summer while others only came to join us in September. Miss Parker also enjoyed settling in. Look at our photos to see some of the things we’ve doing.

Can you find a photo of you?

Can you see your favourite thing to do?

 

It has been so wonderful to see all the children settle into Nursery over the last few weeks. They’ve all done an amazing job 🙂

Keep checking back on the blog to see more of the fun things we’ve been doing. If you click the FOLLOW button you’ll be notified by email each time there is a new post.

Nursery Sports Day!

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Nursery Sports Day!

Last week was our Nursery Sports Day. We had a great time with all the parents that came along to join in. Thank you to everyone who came we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!

Click below to see our video:

Giant Bubbles, bearded dragons, fire and paddling pools

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Giant Bubbles, bearded dragons, fire and paddling pools

Over our last week or two in nursery we have been having lots of fun doing our favourite activities…

We have been experimenting with the perfect recipe for making giant bubbles.  We have tried lots of different recipes, even adding cornflour and glycerine to our mixture.

We filled a tuff spot with our special bubble mix and used a hoop to make giant bubbles. Then we used sticks and wool to make our own bubble sticks.

Have a look at our amazing giant bubbles…

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Our best recipe was 4 cups of water, 1 cup of washing up liquid and 2 tablespoons of glycerine.

We made the most of the sunny weather and went on a nature walk to the secret garden, seeing what we could find to fill our bags along the way…

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And when it got very warm we made a paddling pool outside to cool off!

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Lots of children will be going to reception in September so we have been spending lots of time with Miss Deighton and Miss Boyd as well as in our new classrooms ready for September. We have been learning about reception…

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And we even had a fire with Miss Deighton and toasted marshmallows!

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Miss Beckett brought in her bearded dragon for us to see and we took it in turns to hold him…

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We had a great time at our Sports Day and lots of parents came to cheer us on…

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And of course we have had parties to celebrate our last day at nursery!

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We hope you all have a lovely holiday and we will see you in September!

 

Muddy Puddle Walk Update

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Muddy Puddle Walk Update

Update – Our Muddy Puddle Walk raised an amazing £255.47 for Save the Children. Thank you for all your donations!

 

Last Wednesday was our Muddy Puddle Walk to raise money for Save the Children.

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We invited our grown-ups and walked around our school and up to the secret garden and looked for pictures of Peppa Pig and friends on the way. Then we splashed and jumped in muddy puddles! When we got back to nursery we had a bake sale with our grown-ups. We had lots of fun and have already raised an amazing …

Click below to watch our Muddy Puddle Walk!

Listen to the Peppa Pig Muddy Puddle Song:

Click below to learn more about where the money goes that we raise:

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.

 

Father’s Day Stay and Play

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Father’s Day Stay and Play

Thank you to all the parents who came to join us for our Father’s Day event this afternoon. We had to postpone last week’s event due to all the rain but luckily this afternoon was lovely and sunny!

Lots of dads, grandads, uncles, brothers and godfathers came to join us for games and activities…

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Last week we had lots of fun making special medal biscuits for our dads for Father’s Day…

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We also made cards and thought about what made our dad’s special…

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A huge thank you to everyone who came this afternoon, we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!

 

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!