Category Archives: Understanding of the World

Graves Park

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Last Wednesday we went on our first nursery school trip to Graves Park!

We had a lovely time seeing and feeding all the animals, having a picnic and ice-creams and playing on the park.

Click here to see what we got up to…

Thank you to everyone who joined us. Come back soon to see all the amazing stories, paintings and drawings we have been doing following our trip.

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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…

Forest School Day 2

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This week was our second day of Forest School. We explored the outdoors with our senses looking at colours and textures of flowers. Then we made magic potions and fairy postcards!

Check out our video below …

Forest School

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This week was the first day of our forest school sessions. The children spent time in the secret garden, learning in the outdoors and exploring nature. We had lots of fun listening to stories, digging in the mud, making mud pies, finding flowers and even mud painting!

Check out our video below!

Best Day Ever (Muddy Puddles and Ice Skating)

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In Lula and Millie’s words last Wednesday was the ‘BEST DAY EVER!’

We started our day with our Muddy Puddles sponsored walk for Save the Children and searched for Peppa Pig and friends as we walked around school and the secret garden. Then we came back to nursery and had our bake sale with our grown-ups. We had been busy baking buns and biscuits at nursery and lots of parents brought things from home too. After that we all went ice skating! Our MUGA pitch turned into a temporary ice skating rink for the day and we all had lots of fun trying ice skating. Then we did it all again in the afternoon!

Have a look at our video to see what we got up to…

 

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An Eggy Surprise (The Movie)

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An Eggy Surprise (The Movie)

In the week before the holidays we had a big surprise in nursery when a giant egg arrived! Watch our movie to see what we got up to!

 

Maps, maps, maps!

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Maps, maps, maps!

Over the last few weeks the children have been interested in making maps. Look at Yasmen’s great map to school!

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We started with learning about the countries that our families come from. We learnt that members of our family were born in England, Scotland, the Caribbean, Lithuania, Pakistan, Sudan, Eritrea, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, the Congo and Ghana and we wanted to learn some dances from other cultures.

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Then the children made their own maps. There were maps to the jungle, maps to get home, maps to see the princesses and even maps of our own pretend planets!

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After that we moved on to story maps and the children drew some great maps to go with their stories. We even made some books on the computer.

Our story telling continued as Andy the story teller came to tell stories with us…

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What a busy week! The children have loved learning about maps and lots of children carried on making maps while they played. Why not encourage children to make more maps as they play at home. They are great for teaching children about the world around them and learning about where things are.

Chinese Dragon Dancing

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Chinese Dragon Dancing

We love to learn about different cultures and celebrations and this week we have been talking about Chinese New Year. Before the break we watched videos of how Chinese New Year was celebrated and the children decided that they would like to create their own dragon puppets, dragon stories and to do a dragon dance!

We worked together to paint our dragon. We have not painted something this large for a while and we learnt that we needed to use different techniques to when we paint on the easel.

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When we had finished painting our dragon we added glitter and fabric. Then the children decided that they would like to make drums to play as we danced like we had seen in the video. Everyone had their own way to make their drums, then we tested them to listen to the sounds they made.

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We were all so excited to do our dragon dance and finally it was time to take our giant dragon to the hall. We danced to the music and moved up and down in time to do our dragon dance.

We had so much fun the children decided that next week we would like to learn about music and dancing from different countries. Check back to see what we get up to!

Christmas Movies

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In nursery we love to make a movie! Did you see our movie of The Three Little Pigs?  

Over the last two weeks the children have been making their own movies. They have thought of the scripts, made costumes, filmed and even edited their movies together (with a little bit of help!)

Check out our movies…

When Santa got Stuck in the Chimney…

 

The Mischievous Elf and the Big Bad Wolf

 

Santa Eats his Vegetables

 

We love story telling in nursery and have had a lot of fun making our own movies. We learnt to share our ideas, think of stories together, think about characters and use the ipads to record. Why not try making your own mini movie at home?

 

Movie Morning

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Movie Morning

One day Asaad asked if he could make a video. We set up a video diary and the children learnt how to record themselves as they sang songs and told stories.

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Everyone loved the idea and decided we should make a ‘real movie’ together. The children had lots of different ideas for their movie.

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In the end we decided on the story of The Three Little Pigs. Everybody had their own job. We made masks and costumes for the different characters, build sets inside and outside, told the story using storyboards to help us, acted out the story, used puppets to tell the story, made sound effects, directed our friends and recorded our movie. What a busy week!

Then we thought about who might like to see our movie. We decided our grown-ups would so we made tickets, posters and invitations.

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Then Paige said we should make jam tarts and Oliver, Lula, Toochi and Roman thought popcorn and hot chocolate!

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We baked our jam tarts and got everything ready for our movie mornings and  lots of our grown-ups stayed!

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We had a lovely time and the children were all very proud of their movie. Thank you to everyone who stayed.

 

The children have already been talking about a Christmas movie for the sequel so watch this space!