Category Archives: Themed Weeks

Healthy Living Week

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Just before October half term we celebrated healthy living week across the school. We had lots of fun learning about how to keep ourselves healthy with yoga, fitness class and smoothie making!

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Yoga

Keeping fit

How do you keep yourself healthy at home?

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Environment Week and Global Citizenship Week

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Environment Week and Global Citizenship Week

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…

Macmillan Coffee Morning

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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.

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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.

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

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Here is our cookie recipe…

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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

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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?

 

Safer Internet Day

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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

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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!

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

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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!

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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)

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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)

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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!

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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

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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!

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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!

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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’.

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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

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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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Remember BE BRIGHT BE SEEN!