We started seeing little red flowers all around us. Some of us saw them on people’s coats. Some of us even had then on the zips on our coats. Miss Parker had a little one on her top in Nursery. We wondered what they were….
Archie- Poppy, they go big. My seen one.
Bella- It can go in the garden.
Hussein- Poppies are red and green.
Natasha- Poppies they grow in a field.
Olivia- Poppies big.
We looked at the poppies in Nursery and talked about what they looked like. We also talked about why we had the poppies and why people put them on their clothes.
Leelan- To remember the people that were fighting.
Zara- I seed (saw) people sad.
Lenayah- Poppies soliders.
We watched a video which showed us a bunny during the war and how he felt. You can access it here but it is only available for a limited time each year.
Hussein- Bunny look scared.
Diam- Oh no it change to black, There be fire.
We decided to make some poppies in Nursery and make our own wreaths to remember all the soldiers who have helped to keep us safe.
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.
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…
We used felt squares to make Lois and Miss Morris’ idea of a game of Twister…
We took photos of our pictures and played Guess Who…
We played some fun games in PE…
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?
This week we performed our ‘Very Nursery Nativity’. We were so excited to do our nativity a little bit differently this year and the children were all amazing!
Making A Very Nursery Nativity
First we read The Christmas Story then the children told their own versions and we put them all together to make our script. We love making up our own stories and we tell stories everyday. Click here to see how we make up and act out our own stories or here to see how we change stories. If you want to know more have a look at the Helicopter Stories Blog.
Then we got dressed up and started to film the different scenes. We love making movies in nursery (click here to see some of last year’s movies) so this time we decided to do it a little differently and tried out a green screen. We filmed in front of a big piece of green material and used an app on the Ipad to change the background. The children were very keen to make our angel fly so we tested out different ideas from using a slide to steps and Mr Sieczkarek even came to lend us a hand. The children could play whatever character they wanted and be in the film as much or as little as they wanted to be.
Then the children wanted to film outdoors so we used the grassy bank around school and the shelter in our outdoor area to film some more. After a week of filming Miss Hulme put our video together and we thought of our favourite Christmas songs. We decided to sing Jingle Bells and When Santa got Stuck up the Chimney first then we sang Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and Alice the Camel live as we watched our movie and finished with We Wish you a Merry Christmas.
After our performance our parents stayed for a hot chocolate and a mince pie.
Thank you to everyone who came, we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did! We loved reading all of your comments!
Throughout the year we have different themed weeks all through school. The last two weeks have been Environment Week and Global Citizenship Week. In nursery we have been thinking about how we can help to look after our environment. Outside we learnt about water and used the guttering to transport water then made puddles and watched it evaporate. We thought about how important water was to us and why we needed it.
Then we thought about recycling. There were lots of things getting thrown away in nursery that we could have used for something else! After lunch we saved and washed out our containers and also looked for things that could be recycled throughout school and sorted materials.
After our muddy puddle walk lots of the children were interested in how they could help others. We decided to donate our old toys to the local charity shop and went on a mini-trip to take them up.
Click on our video below to see what we got up to…
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.
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!
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.
Last year Miss Hulme and Mrs Brown went on a course learning all about how young children settle into school and how to help children who might struggle with leaving their parents for the first time. We learnt lots of activities to help the children settle quickly into nursery, build relationships with new people and to help the children to stay calm and have control over how they are feeling.
Here is a movie of some of the activities we do to help the children settle into nursery, we hope you enjoy it!
Click here to watch
If you have any worries or concerns about how your child manages their feelings or if they have difficulties with separation please speak to a member of nursery staff.