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Dear Zoo

Dear Zoo

Last week began with lots of letter writing. The children were writing letters home and to their friends. We got out the post bag so we could deliver our letters.

In the construction area lots of children were building cages and zoos for the animals.

We remembered our story from guided reading all about sending letters to the zoo. It was called ‘Dear Zoo’. We read it at story time and then we got a delivery from the zoo!

We weighed the animals to see if they could be sent in the post. As everybody knows only animals that weigh less than a hamster can be sent in the post.


Some of the animals were feeling a little bit poorly but luckily the vets were there to make sure they were ok.

Some of the children decided they needed to use tools to make their zoos even better.

Then they asked to build a real zoo with real tools!


We thought about what we would need and wrote a letter to Ella’s daddy who looks after our school.


Then we drew designs for how we wanted our zoo to look.


We used the big drill, the saw and the screwdrivers to build our zoo. We had to work together and be very careful. We had lots of fun, especially using the big drill!

When the zoo was finished we sorted the animals to see who could live inside it.

What were we learning about? 

This week the children decided everything we learnt about. All the activities were planned because of what the children said or did. This way the children were very interested in their learning.

The children did lots of mark making. They wrote letters to the zoo and to other people. They drew designs for their zoo and talked about their pictures.

We learnt about letter writing. We made sure we said who our letters were to and who they were from.

We learnt the names of different animals including more unusual animals like flamingos.

The children had discussions about where different animals live e.g. would we find a spider in the zoo? They learnt to ask questions and look in books to find the answers.

We learnt about vets. The children took on a role in their play, asking and answering questions. They began adding more mark making to their play by writing what was wrong with the animals.

We learnt about tools. We learnt how to be safe and manage risks.

In maths we learnt the words ‘heavy’ and ‘light’ and could sort the animals. We learnt that not everything that was big was heavy and not everything small was light.

How can you continue learning at home? 

Following children’s interests at home is a great way to help their learning.  Children that don’t normally pick up a pencil will often write more if it is part of their play.

If your child likes to build encourage them to draw what they are building and talk about their pictures.

If they like to play football and other games give them a pen and paper or chalk to write on the ground and encourage them to keep a score.

Letting the children use tools in a controlled and supervised environment allows them to learn about safety. For example, letting children use scissors and talking to them about how to use them safely means they are less likely to be dangerous with them than if they never use them.







Everybody in nursery has been very interested in shadows recently. One day during news the children noticed a shadow on the wall. We talked about what a shadow was and how it was made. That afternoon we went outside to try and make our own shadows.

The children talked to each other sharing and testing their ideas about what shadows are and how they are made.

G – Look ive got a long shadow

L – Can you see me? I’m standing on your shadow

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L – I can make my shadow big!


L – I’m going to swap!

H – No it’s my shadow

L – Haha I’m just joking!


S – Look at it (puts arms out to change shadow)


S – You’re on my shadow! Don’t squash me!

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L – Where has your shadow gone? You’ve lost it silly

I – No! It’s coz I’m in the dark. Look it’s come back.

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We were learning how shadows are made. We learnt how shadows could be changed. We learnt how different objects made shadows. We thought about how our shadow changed at different times of day and in different lights. We thought about and tested our ideas.

Can you make shadows at home? Look at the different shadows you can make with your body and your toys. Can you play with shadows when you read your bedtime story?

Who took the Treasure?


We have been having lots of fun learning all about pirates over the last few weeks. Last week we made pirate ships outside and acted out some fun pirate stories.


First we collected some resources for our ship. We found tubes, poles, fabric, pegs, net, crates and even treasure chests!


The children then made up a pirate story:

“Arr we’re the Pirates.”

“We’re good pirates and bad pirates.”



The Pirates decided if they were good or bad Pirates.

“Are you a good pirate or a bad pirate?”

“I’m a bad pirate I tell you walk the plank!”

“But I can’t swim!”

“The sharks will eat you!”



Suddenly a shark came along…

“I’m a shark!”

“We get you shark, trap you in the net!”

“In our trap!”

“Oh I’m trapped, I’m going to escape!”






The pirates then went on a hunt for some treasure and found an empty treasure chest.



Luckily the the pirates found some gold for their treasure chest and put it in their ship.


“Lots of treasure”

“Let’s hide it”




Just as the pirates made plans to hide their treasure, along came a bad pirate!

“I’m a bad pirate arrrr”

“Oh no, she’s a bad pirate”

“I’m gonna get the treasure”


With a little help the bad pirate took the treasure!



The good pirates tried to get the treasure back but the bad pirate hid it in the trap!



The pirates then needed to draw a map so they knew where to find the treasure. They collected some paper and started their maps.



One of the pirates then decided to put their message in a bottle to send to other Pirates. She collected a bottle from the workshop inside and added her message.


I wonder who will find the treasure next?



What were we learning?

In their play children developed their imaginative language, speaking and listening skills, imaginative play and sharing their ideas with others.

They built on each other’s ideas to keep their play going.

Children then added mark making to their play drawing and writing messages and maps.


How can you continue this learning at home?

Provide children with pencils and paper to encourage writing and drawing in their play.

Encourage children to use things around them to extend their play and ideas.

Give children open-ended resources like cardboard boxes to develop their imaginative skills.




Mark Making Outside


This week we have been practising our mark making outside.


We had shaving foam in the tuff spot and used sticks to draw, write and make marks.


Some children chose to draw pictures and some children wrote letters and numbers.


It was lots of fun!


Then we wrote letters and words with chalk and the children traced over them with water and paint brushes.


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Movement Groups


We have been trying lots of different activities to build up the children’s confidence and encourage their talking.

One group the children love is our movement group time.

We use different fabrics, music and materials to encourage the children to listen to and follow instructions and take a role in our learning time.

First we have a big piece of Lycra. We use this for stretching and twisting. We sat on it and under it and lifted it over our heads. We even chose a friend to sit in the middle and carefully moved them around on the Lycra.


Next we chose scarves out of a feely bag. First we chose what we wanted to do with the scarves then we followed instructions, like putting them on our heads or arms and sitting on them. The children then made up their own instructions and chose to hide the scarves in their jumpers!


We used ribbon on sticks to make big movements, drawing circles in the air and making snakes on the ground. We moved the ribbons to the music changing the speed and size of our movements.


We tried hard to balance bean bags, first on our feet and then on our heads. It was very tricky to balance and move! We then played throwing games into the basket.


At the end more children chose to join us to use the big scrunchy. We held the inside and outside of it, standing up and sitting down, moving in and out and working as a team.


What were we learning?




The children have been excited about all kinds of tools and mechanisms lately.

We have been having lots of fun with tools, screws, nuts and bolts so this week we put some cogs in our classroom.


The cogs are aimed at slightly older children however the children have loved the challenge.

We took away the smallest pieces and left the base boards, cogs, springs and propellers for the children to create with.

The children have worked together to attach the cogs together.


They have carefully put the pieces together to make them all move together.

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The children paid attention to carefully fitting pieces exactly where they wanted them!

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Nuts and Bolts


We have had nuts and bolts in our classroom this week to help our hands and fingers get stronger ready for writing.


We used nuts, bolts, screws and washers of different sizes and colanders and pizza trays with holes in to screw them into.

It was a bit tricky to put the nut on at first and then we had to use our thumbs and fingers to twist them on.

These activities build up children’s fine motor skills to get them ready for writing.

Chinese New Year


This week we have been thinking about Chinese New Year.

First we read the story of The Great Race then had races outside. We wore animal masks and had different kinds of races to see who would come first, second and third. We then put the animals into the right order using the number track to help us.

After that we used the cars inside to have more races and practise putting our numbers in order.


Then we went on a number hunt outside. Special Chinese New Year numbers were hidden in our outdoor area and we tried to find all the numbers we could!

First we looked for all the numbers we could find then we tried to see if we could find then in the right order, it was very tricky!

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What numbers can you find?

See if you can spot some numbers around your home or on your way to school.

Our New Writing Den


In nursery we have made a new writing den!

This is how we made it:

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We had lots of fun writing and drawing in it, there is even paper on the bottom of the table to write on!

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Why do we have a writing den?

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Could you make a writing den at home?

We would love to see the writing that you do at home.

The Three Little Pigs Building Site


This week our role-play area is a building site for the Three Little Pigs.

We have lots of resources in there to help the children to talk and share their ideas, build and make up their own stories.

We have open-ended resources so children can use their imagination for how they want to use them. There are; blocks, sticks, boxes, a doll’s house, grass, straw, tools and puppets.

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We have had lots of fun telling stories and building houses this week:

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