Category Archives: Try at Home

Easter Workshop

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Easter Workshop

On Friday morning we enjoyed our annual Easter Workshop. Our parents stayed and helped us with lots of fun Easter Crafts. Have a look at what we got up to…

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Rabbit Ears

You will need – white card, pink card or paper, scissors, glue and a stapler.

Method – Cut a piece of white card and measure it to the size of your head. Staple it. Cut out ears and add pink inside. Staple or glue them to your head band.

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Easter Nests 

You will need – chocolate, cornflakes, mini eggs, bun cases, spoon, bowl.

Method – Melt chocolate in a bowl (we used the microwave and checked it regularly) add cornflakes and mix. Scoop into bun case and add mini eggs.

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Easter Cards 

You will need – coloured paper, white card, scissors, glue, straws, pencil

Method – Fold your card in half. Choose a piece of coloured paper and draw around your hand. Cut it out, twist it into a flower shape and glue it in place. Stick a straw on for the stem.

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Bunny Bags 

You will need – paper plates, ribbon, pencils, googley eyes, hole puncher, coloured paper, stapler

Method – Cut one paper plate in half and staple it to your other paper plate. Cut out ear shapes and draw a face on your rabbit (optional extras – pompoms and googley eyes). Punch holes in your rabbit and tie on ribbon for a handle. Fill with eggs!

 

We had a lovely time at our Easter Workshop. thank you to everybody who came! We hope you have a lovely time over the Easter Holidays.

Big Board Game Day 2017 (with printable games)

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Big Board Game Day 2017 (with printable games)

This morning was our Big Board Game Day Workshop. We invited parents to come and play and make board games to help raise money for NSPCC.

We made our own board games with numbers to ten and played board games too.

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Board games are a great way to help teach turn taking, counting and matching colours. Different board games can help to teach different skills too. We focused on numbers to ten in our board games to help the children with counting skills.

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You can download and print the games we played today here –  board games. You can use anything you want for counters like use small toys, characters or even pebbles.

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Thank you to everybody who came, find out more about the great cause you are supporting with Big Board Game Day here

Make a Car Competition

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Make a Car Competition

This week’s home learning in nursery has been to build a car and we have had some amazing ones!

Take a look at what we have been making at home…

If you have not finished yours yet don’t worry. Bring it back to nursery for Wednesday for a special prize!

Packing our bags (The Transporters)

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Packing our bags (The Transporters)

Last year we shared a learning story all about how the children loved to ‘transport’ things around the classroom. Well this year we have another class of transporters!

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What does transporting mean?

Do you notice that your child…

  • Enjoys to pick things up and carry them with them?
  • Enjoys moving objects from one place to another?
  • Likes to fill bags, containers, wheelbarrows, prams etc with anything and everything and take them somewhere else?
  • Always has full pockets?
  • Likes to tip all their toys into a basket and take them somewhere new?

This might mean that your child likes to transport which is perfectly normal if a little frustrating when things disappear and end up somewhere unexpected!

What can we do?

Well if transporting is something the children are interested in we encourage it but try to give it a little more purpose.

This week we packed bags for an adventure. We sorted objects into things we thought we might need for an adventure and then took it in turns to pack a bag with what we thought we might need. To make it trickier we were only allowed to choose 3 things…

 

We learnt to think about what we were putting in the bag. We talked about our choices and made compromises with what we wanted to carry around. In children’s play they started to talk about what was going in their bags.

How can you continue learning at home?

If you notice your child loves to transport there are lots of activities you could try at home such as…

  • Encouraging children to help with tidying up and learn to sort by putting all their different toys into different containers
  • Playing games to teach children about their colours e.g. if you find something red you can put it in your bag, if you find something blue it can go in the basket etc
  • Giving children a limit of how many things they can carry and encourage children to count their items in their bags to check. Let children decide how many things are allowed in their bag today and encourage them to keep counting to check.
  • Letting children help with the shopping by putting items into a trolley or basket. Explain that children can only choose the items you say. When you get home let children help to unpack the bags and take things to the cupboards they can reach.
  •  Letting children help to pack their bags for school, for a day out, for a sleepover at grandmas etc – talk to them about the things they might need.

 

 

 

 

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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Elephant Baking

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Elephant Baking

This week we have been doing some elephant themed baking ready for Macmillan Coffee Morning (Today) and Grandparent’s Afternoon Tea (on Monday).

We decided to make elephant cake pops. They were a bit messy!

First we crumbled up cake and mixed it with frosting. Then we rolled it into balls and popped it in the fridge.

 

After that we melted white and blue chocolate over a candle so the children could watch it change. Then we dipped the cake pops in and added buttons and icing for the elephant’s face.

 

 

After a few melted elephant faces we also made some sparkly cake pops…

Then we made Elmer biscuits. We mixed our ingredients and rolled them out and cut them into elephant shapes.

Once they were baked we decorated them with icing sugar and smarties.

Once all our baking was finished we took them to be sold for Macmillan Coffee Morning and bought some of our own!

We had a lovely time baking. We hope everyone enjoyed our elephants!

Does your child use a dummy?

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Does your child use a dummy?

In nursery we have noticed that quite a lot of children still have a dummy. Did you know that it is recommending for children to no longer use a dummy after 12 months old?

We have been collecting dummies in nursery and giving them away to the dummy fairy. The children have even being getting special presents in return!

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Having a dummy after your child has started to talk can lead to …

  • incorrect positioning of teeth so that the bottom and top teeth at the front don’t meet properly
  • tooth decay (especially the front teeth) if the dummy is dipped into sweet things
  • your child may tend to breathe through their mouth rather than their nose. This is often linked to long-term dribbling
  • your child may not use the full range of tongue movements that are necessary for making all the speech sounds

 

For more information visit… click here

Please bring your dummies into nursery so we can send them away to the dummy fairy.

Weekly Workshop – Making Slime

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Weekly Workshop – Making Slime

Each week we will be running  a weekly workshop with fun ideas to help support learning at home. We often make things that the children can take home with them to carry on learning at home.

Everybody is welcome whether it is your nursery session or not. If you are attending nursery that day just come through to nursery, alternatively if your child attends afternoons or the beginning of the week just come from the office. Thank you to all the parents who attended.

This week our workshop was making slime.

Next week we will be making our own bath crayons.

 

The Home Learning Project

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The Home Learning Project

In nursery last year we ran a very exciting project called The Home Learning Project. The aim of the project was to support parents with learning at home, in particular helping children with early maths skills. The project was funded through Early Years Pupil Premium. 

We will be running the project again this year. If you would like to be involved please speak to a member of nursery staff.We will also be running weekly workshops in school every Thursday morning.

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Each week nursery staff would come and visit parents and children at home and bring a new maths backpack full of fun games, puppets, toys and stories. The nursery staff (Rachael and Lois) would then demonstrate how to use and play with the pack and introduce the games before leaving it for a week. The following week the bag would be swapped for a new pack for the next week. At the end of the 5 weeks families were invited to a celebration event at school where children would receive a medal and certificate.

The Home Learning Project - Overview (infographic)

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To continue learning at home we also ran weekly workshops in school. Children were invited to be part of the workshops where we made fun things to play with and take home like board games, slime, balance buns and play dough.

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The children loved having their parents come to work with them at school and having nursery staff come to see them at home. Everybody said they would like to be part of a similar project again and that they saw a difference in their children both in what they knew and their approach to learning.

The Home Learning Project - Parent Feedback

The Home Learning Project - Key SkillsWe will be continuing the home learning project this year. We will be speaking to parents about it in nursery but if you would like to be involved or find out more please chat to a member of nursery staff.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Story Telling

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar Story Telling

Today was our story telling workshop. We have been learning the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. We learnt the words and actions to help us to remember them. Then we performed the story for our grown-ups.

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After that we went back to our classroom and waited for our grown ups…

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When our grown-ups arrived they helped us to order the pictures from the story. We thought about the days of the week and counted the fruit to match the day. We used our scissors carefully and stuck our pictures on in order…

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Thank you to all the grown-ups who came. Don’t worry if you missed it, here are the words and story map, why not see if you can have a go at telling the story at home…

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