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Macmillan Coffee Morning

Macmillan Coffee Morning

We can give the money to poorly people then if they’re better they can sell it to the grown-ups and make the other people better (Lois, Age 3)

This week is Macmillan coffee morning. We thought about why we were raising money and why it is important to help other people.

What does selling mean? 

Tyler – You sell from shop

Lula – Get money

Millie – Sell something you want like eggs and sausages

What could we bake? 

Lillie – Biscuits, mummy and daddy use flour, butter, sugar and a bit of salt and they cut it and they bake it

Gracie – We can get ingredients

Tia – Teachers put them in oven coz kids fingers get burnt

Sophia – Invite mummy and daddy and Summer to get them

Why are we raising money? 

Lacey – For poorly people

Asaad – For medicine from the doctor

Lois – We can give the money to poorly people then if they’re better they can sell it to the grown-ups and make the other people better


First we thought about our ingredient list and recipe. We counted what we needed and used pictures to help make our recipe. Then we practised following recipes by making magic mixtures and counting out spoonfuls of sand and beads.


Next it was time to go the shops, our parents came with us on a little trip to the shop and we followed our shopping list, chose ingredients and paid for what we needed.


Then it was time to bake! We carefully followed our recipe to make cookies and baked them in the oven.


Here is our cookie recipe…


We hope that we have raised lots of money for a great cause. Thank you to all the parents who donated money and joined us on our trip to the shops, thank you!



Safety Week


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…


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.


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?


Safer Internet Day

Safer Internet Day

Today was Safer Internet Day, even though the children in nursery are only 3 and 4 we still had lots to think about for how to keep safe when playing on computers, phones and tablets.


We thought about what to do if we saw things we did not like. Lots of the children spoke about seeing things that were weird or scary that they couldn’t quite describe, especially when they went on youtube.


We talked about if they would tell a grown-up and nearly everybody said they would at nursery but they wouldn’t at home because they worried their grown-up would take their tablet away. Lots of children spoke about clicking the ‘X’ lots of times to try and get rid of things.


We talked about when we went online and who decides what we can go on.

123Miss Hulme tried to put a game on the computer but a monster picture kept popping up that we did not like. Even when we clicked X it kept coming back. We learnt how to click on our Hector the Protector button if we see something we don’t like. Then Mrs Brown came and got rid of it. We thought about how it was very important to tell our grown-ups when we saw things we did not like.


We read the story of Penguin Pig and learnt that things might not always be what they seem on the internet.


Then we thought of the rules that were most important to us in nursery

  • Tell a grown-up if we want to go on the internet
  • Always make sure a grown-up is nearby if we go on the internet
  • Always tell a grown-up if we see something we don’t like
  • Use Hector the Protector at school if we see something we don’t like
  • Tell a grown-up if someone talks to you online and never share your name or any information about yourself

How can you continue learning at home? 

  • Talk to your children about what to do if they see something they do not like, encourage children to show you so you can get rid of it rather than them trying to do it themselves
  • Make sure children are in the same room if they are accessing the internet
  • Make sure children only know the password to devices you are happy for them to access independently
  • If children watch things on youtube make sure you are nearby as this was what came up a lot for children seeing things they did not like
  • If you have any concerns about your child accessing the internet please come and speak to a member of staff in nursery
  • Click here to check out our school e-safety blog to find out how to put on restrictions on Ipads and tablets

Ambulance Visit

Ambulance Visit

This morning was extra special in nursery we had a visit from a real Ambulance!

First Don came to talk to us about the ambulance. We learnt –

  • all about his special uniform like his reflective jacket
  • that paramedics carry lots of important things in their pockets like gloves and a torch
  • that paramedics wear an upside watch hanging on their top in case they need to take someone’s pulse
  • that paramedics are not allowed to wear anything on their arms in case of germs
  • that we need to phone 999 in an emergency
  • that ambulances weigh 4 tonnes!

After we had listened to Don we even got to try on the special uniform!



Then we went outside to see the ambulance. Yusuff noticed that the ambulance had the same ‘reflecting pattern’ as on Don’s jacket.


We got to go inside the ambulance and learnt about all the important things the paramedics use. At the end Don turned on the lights and sirens, it was very loud!


What a fun morning, thank you Don for coming to see us!

How can you continue learning at home? 

This week we are learning all about how to keep safe. You can have lots of conversations about things that keep us safe and things that might be dangerous.

Some of the children were a little bit mixed up between fire engines and ambulances, you can look out for them and talk to your children about the difference

Look on cbeebies for lots of videos about hospitals

Or click here to find out about other emergency services



Coffee and Chocolate (Fairtrade Week)

Coffee and Chocolate (Fairtrade Week)

Before the holidays we learnt about teacher’s two favourite things…coffee and chocolate!

We were thinking about Fairtrade as part of a global Citizenship Week. As a whole school we think a lot about our community and the wider world. We celebrate Global Citizenship week where we think about issues that are important to us and the world around us.

We did lots of Fairtrade baking and sold it to our parents and the adults in school. All the money we raised went to charity (see our post Fairtrade Bake Off to find out more).


We played with chocolate slime making buns and sweets.

To make at home mix 2 cups of white glue with half a cup of liquid detergent (not all detergents work, we use Alma from Aldi) and then you can add colours and scents of your choice. We added a heaped tablespoon of hot chocolate for our chocolate slime.


We had lots of fun with coffee beans in the tuff spot. We added  pestle and mortars, rolling pins, spoons and measuring jugs for grinding, pouring and measuring the coffee. We counted the beans and found the matching numbers.


We learnt about where foods came from. We did lots of work with maps, looking at maps of the world, of England, of Sheffield and of Manor Top. We even looked at a map of our classroom and used it to find hidden eggs.


We had lots of questions about where things came from so we looked online to try and find the answer.

TOP TIP – Try using the search engine ‘Kiddle’ it is like a child friendly version of Google with pictures to help choose web pages.


We also had lots of Easter fun!

How could you continue learning at home? 

Why not see if you can spot the Fairtrade logo on foods at home or in the shops.

Check packaging to find out how far your food has travelled.

Use Kiddle to find the answer to a question.

Follow the recipe above to make your own slime.

Do some Fairtrade baking of your own!

See if you can spot where you live on a map, do you know your address?



Fairtrade Bake Off (for Sport Relief)

Fairtrade Bake Off (for Sport Relief)

We had lots of fun baking for Fairtrade week. We sold our baking to our parents and the adults in school and raised an amazing £82 for Sport Relief.

The children were in charge of choosing what to bake, baking, washing up, selling some of the baking, making a banner and even helped to count the money!

We baked brownies, chocolate cake and coffee buns, a huge thank you to everybody who bought our creations, we hope you enjoyed them!


We learnt what the word charity meant and why we might raise money to help other people.

Ella – we been raising money for charity, for people who aren’t as lucky as us

We talked about how some people might not be very well, how they might not have warm clothes, homes or families.

What might people need?

Jayden – medicine

Jessica – shoes

Eviee – sleeping bags

Kian – buy people scarves and gloves

Amelia – buy food

Rehan – hats

Theo – coats

Evie – mummies and daddies



World Book Day

World Book Day

We have had lots of fun celebrating World Book Day this week.

We all came to school dressed up as our favourite book characters. We had lots of princesses and superheroes! The best costumes won a book as a prize!


We visited our new school library and each took out a book to take home. In the afternoon an author came to school to tell us a special story, we joined in with the actions and helped to tell the story. It was very funny and even made us jump sometimes!


At the end we got to talk about the stories we liked best and we asked lots of questions about stories and our favourite characters. We even learnt that some of our favourite Disney movies were based on old stories.

There was a competition for every class to decorate their classroom doors. At the start of the week we wrote a list of our favourite stories then we took a vote to decide which story we would like to decorate our door as. The vote was definitely for jungles and monkeys so we chose ‘Walking through the jungle’.


We searched the cupboard and classroom for jungle things then drew some pictures of our own, added faces to monkeys and collaged the jungle background. We were very proud of our decorating…

We love stories and story telling in nursery and had lots of fun for World Book Day. Why not keep the fun going at home?

You could use your book day token to buy a £1 book or put it towards another book.

You could dress up at home and carry on telling stories.

Visit the local library for lots of fun story telling. There are always lots of events happening, especially in the school holidays.

Read a story everyday. Don’t forget there are lots of books in nursery for you to take home or for even more stories why not visit the local library?

Be Bright Be Seen

Be Bright Be Seen

At the end of October we had a very special dress up day. We dressed in bright clothes as part of Road Safety Awareness.

With the evenings getting darker sooner and even the mornings getting darker it is very important that we dress brightly so we can be seen.

The important message we remember is BE BRIGHT, BE SEEN!

We all tried very hard to dress in our brightest clothes.

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Then the older children came to give out prizes to the children dressed the brightest.



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Here are our winners! Miss Bibby even won the brightest dressed adult, well done everybody!



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Environment Week


We have had a very busy week this week at school, it has been environment week.

We have been learning all about how to look after our planet.

First we we read the story of the Lorax by Dr Seuss, we thought about how we would like our environment to look and how we could keep it looking that way.

We learnt about recycling. We had lots of rubbish in our classroom to search through and sort out.


Then we had a competition. We used empty containers to try and design something useful for our classroom. We made containers to wash our brushes in, pencil pots and book holders.



We thought about other ways we could look after the world such as; turning off lights and technology to save electricity, shutting doors to save heat, turning off taps to save water, reusing our drink bottles, fixing broken things instead of throwing them away and saving the pips and seeds from our snack to grow new fruit and vegetables.



We thought about what might happen if we don’t look after our planet. We looked at what happens to the water when there is rubbish in it. We compared clean water to water with rubbish in. The water with rubbish in turned a dark colour and smelt horrible! We thought about what we could do to keep the water clean for the animals that live in it.


At group time we walked into the room and there was rubbish everywhere! We had to sort it all out into things made of metal, plastic and paper. We used magnets to help us decide if things were made of metal. We felt the materials to see if they were made of plastic or paper.

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Then we made a movie about how we could look after the world!


Come back soon to see our movie!

Global Citizenship


This week is Global Citizenship week in school.

We have been doing different activities to help us understand; own actions and how they affect others, where we live and where other places are, living things and their needs.

First we thought about ourselves and where we lived.

We used maps and a globe to look at the world and find out where we live and where people who are important to us live.

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Next we used boxes to show our place in the world. We had a big box that said ‘earth’ and smaller boxes inside showing the country and city that we live in and our area in the city.


Then we talked about people who live in different areas and cities. We matched photos of Sheffield and England to the right boxes.


After that we sang a song about where we live.


Then we thought about other places in the world. We looked at our clothes and toys and find out that some had come from very far away! Then we looked at the labels on our snack and used the map to find the countries our fruit had come from.

Next we thought about right and wrong and being fair.

In our maths area we shared things out unfairly then tried to share them out fairly.


We talked about how it felt when things weren’t fair and other things we didn’t think were fair. We talked about our class rules in nursery and what happens when we do something unkind. Then children shared what happens when they make the wrong choice at home.

Finally we thought about living things. We spent some time looking after our class snail Gary.

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We gave him some more vegetables from our mud kitchen and a spray of water. We decided that looking after Gary would be somebody’s special job each day. Then we thought about the living things outside. We looked at the plants and flowers that were starting to grow and watered them to help them grow.

Global Citizenship week has taught us about: 

Our place in the world, things that are close to us and things that are far away.

What it means when something is fair or unfair and how that makes us feel.

How we have an important job to look after living things like plants and animals.