Category Archives: Outdoors

Splish, splash, splosh!

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Splish, splash, splosh!

After last week’s heatwave the weather is back to rainy again! Luckily in nursery we  love all kinds of weather so we have been having lots of fun in the rain. Ever since our muddy puddles walk we have loved finding and making puddles to splash in.

How can we make the biggest splash? 

We took running jumps and tried to make the biggest splash in the big puddle around the side of the yard.

Then the children wanted to make their own puddle. We tried to make a barrier then used tarpaulin to stop the water getting out.

We noticed water had collected on top of the sand pit and collected it with buckets and pulleys then poured it down the guttering to water the flowers.

Do you have fun in the rain at home?

 Click here to read about what other fun we have in the rain.

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Happy Father’s Day!

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Happy Father’s Day!

Sunday was Father’s Day so last week we were busy making things for our dads. We made cards and drew a picture of our dad (or a special grown-up like granddad or uncle) and inside we thought about why we loved them.

Then we made medals for our dads and cut out pictures of things we thought our daddies would like and decorated them. On the back we thought about why our daddy had got the medal and what he was the best at.

Some daddies were the best at making dinner or giving cuddles or telling jokes or reading stories.

Today was our special Father’s Day Event. We invited all of our dads, granddads, big brothers and uncles to come to school and play games with us and what a sunny day it was!

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We had a lovely time playing ball games and going on the park with our grown-ups.

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Thank you to everyone who came we had a lovely afternoon and we hope you did too!

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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Bye Bye Butterflies!

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Bye Bye Butterflies!

After watching our caterpillars grow then go into their chrysalises, they turned into butterflies and it was finally time to let them go. The children chose the top of the hill near the secret garden to let the butterflies go. Carefully we took them up the hill then let them fly away…

 

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Muddy Puddles! (+video)

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Muddy Puddles! (+video)

Update – Our Muddy Puddle Walk raised an amazing £306.50!

Thank you for all your sponsors!

This week was our Muddy Puddle walk for Save the Children. Have a look at our video…

We went on a walk all around school, up and around the secret garden and around the new pitch at the top of our school, it was a long way for little legs!

On the way we looked out for Peppa Pig and his friends hiding all around.

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It was a lovely sunny day but we still wanted some puddles so when we got to the top of the hill we tipped out buckets of water and jumped in the mud!

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When we got back we raised even more money by having a bake sale for parents and teachers. We had lots of fun and raised money for a great cause.

How can you continue learning at home?

We have talked a lot about charity this week and how there are people who aren’t as lucky as us. Everybody really wanted to look after other people and thought about ways we can help people. There were lots of questions and ideas about how we can help others.

You could talk to your grown-up about what charity means

At home you could think about ways to help others like your family and friends

You could donate old toys or clothes you no longer want

You could go on your own walk to somewhere new

You could bake buns or cakes at home

Click here to find out more about the Muddy Puddles Event and Save the Children.

Safety Week

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What a busy week! Last week was safety week and we learnt all about how to keep ourselves safe.

On Monday we had a visit from a real ambulance, click here to find out more.

On Tuesday it was Safer Internet Day and we learnt all about how to keep safe online, click here to find out what we talked about.

In PE all the apparatus was set up dangerously so we had to think about how to make it safe…

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Outside our teddy bear was stuck up high and we had to rescue him. We thought about how we would do it safely without hurting ourselves or others.

Inside we learnt about how to keep ourselves safe and thought about germs. We learnt that germs could be everywhere especially in places like toilets. We put up signs to remind us to wash our hands and we stuck pictures of ‘germs’ wherever we thought we might need extra reminders.

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We also thought about dangers that might be in our classroom. We made a checklist of things that we had to be extra careful about like using scissors or not running around inside. If we saw anything that we thought was very dangerous we stuck warning signs next to it to remind us to keep safe!

How can you continue learning at home?

See if you can answer these questions –

  • Where might there be lots of germs around your house?
  • When should you wash your hands?
  • Why is it not safe to run indoors?
  • Why is it not safe to touch sockets?
  • What do you need to remember when you use scissors?
  • Which people might keep you safe?
  • What do you need to remember when you go online?

 

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.

 

Firework Fun! (Homemade Lava Lamps, Balloon Drop Painting and Sparklers)

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Firework Fun! (Homemade Lava Lamps, Balloon Drop Painting and Sparklers)

This week in nursery we have had so much firework fun!

Here are some of our favourite activities …

Lava Lamps

We made our own lava lamps. First we followed instructions and filled the bottle with 2/3 oil, 1/3 water and a few drops of food colouring.

We watched the water sink to the bottom and separate from the oil, the colouring changed the colour of the water but not the oil.

Then we dropped in an Alka Seltzer and watched the colourful bubbles.

We changed the experiment by adding more water and food colouring or more tablets then talked about what we could see happening.

This is a great experiment for you to try at home and no mess!

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Sparklers and Hot Chocolate

As it was Bonfire Night last weekend we celebrated with Sparklers and Hot Chocolate.

We thought about how to keep ourselves safe and what we could see happening.

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Balloon Drop Painting 

Everybody loved this activity. We blew up balloons and dipped them in paint. Then we dropped them and rolled them onto black paper to create firework pictures. A sprinkle of glitter and they were done!

We had lots of fun and learnt our colours, we also thought about what would happen when we dropped them from different heights or if we rolled them instead.

You could try this activity at home with leftover birthday balloons, just be prepared for a little mess!

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Making Fireworks

We have had lots of fun making fireworks this week.

We used loose parts to make our own fireworks and  we made fireworks in the workshop our of tubes and paper.

We made gloop out of cornflour and water then added lolly pop sticks, food colouring and glitter to make our firework pictures. In the water tray we added gliitter, tubes and empty baubles and swirled the water to look like fireworks.

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Firework Pictures

We used crayons and blue paint to create firework pictures…

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10 Little Fireworks

In Maths we sang 10 little fireworks and practised our counting…

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All About Elephants

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All About Elephants

This week we have been doing lots of learning about elephants!

We have been finding elephants everywhere…

We visited the library to find some elephant stories…

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We made a giant Elmer outside and learnt about our colours…

We also learnt about our colours and practised our cutting and threading…

We have been doing lots of elephant baking for Macmillan Coffee Morning and Grandparents Afternoon Tea …

We even learnt some elephant songs …

Elephants Have Wrinkles 

Elephants have wrinkles, wrinkles, wrinkles,

Elephants have wrinkles, wrinkles everywhere,

On their toes (on their toes)

No-one knows (no-one knows)

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Elephants have wrinkles, wrinkles, wrinkles,

Elephants have wrinkles, wrinkles everywhere,

On their knees (on their knees)

On their toes (on their toes)

No-one knows (no-one knows)

Why-I-I-I

(repeat with different body parts) 

What have we been learning?

We have been learning all about elephants like what they look like, where they live and how they move

We have been learning to take turns, follow instructions and all about germs while we did our baking

We learnt our colours with our giant Elmer and our coloured threading in the water tray

We built the strength in our fingers by using scissors and threading beads

We learnt a new song and practised finding different body parts

How can you continue learning at home?

Go and see the herd of elephants around Sheffield!

Go to the library and see if you can find some more elephant stories

Practise your cutting and threading at home with scraps of paper or fabric

Do some baking of your own!

Sing elephants have wrinkles or your own elephant songs at home

We do still have some elephant questions to answer like …

Do elephants lay eggs?

Do elephants have baths?

Do elephants brush their teeth?

 

Come back soon to see if we find the answers!

Jumping in Puddles

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Jumping in Puddles

Today was a little bit rainy but it didn’t matter because we had our new outdoor clothes!

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We have waterproof suits and wellies in different sizes so the children can go out whatever the weather.

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Look how much fun we had playing in the rain…

Please remember to still send your child in clothes suitable for the changing weather. If you would prefer, you can also send your child to school in their own wellies. Thank you! 🙂