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Gingerbread Rescue!

Gingerbread Rescue!

We loved reading the story of The Gingerbread Man, our favourite part was when the fox tricked him at the end! We thought about ways to help The Gingerbread Man cross the river so he didn’t get eaten. We used our spare gingerbread men that we didn’t eat and made boats, bridges and even spider webs!

Have a look at our learning stories to see what we did…




We were learning to…

  • solve problems
  • work together
  • listen to each others ideas
  • test our ideas and change them if they did not work
  • keep trying when things don’t work the first time
  • explain our ideas and why things happen

How can you continue learning at home? 

  • share the learning stories and talk about what happened and why they think it happened
  • encourage children to solve simple problems at home such as what to do if they spill sand on the floor or the fastest way to get all their toys back to their bedroom
  • encourage children to be independent, try different ways to solve problems and talk about what they have to remember for next time

The Magic Rainbow Bus

The Magic Rainbow Bus

This week the children decided to make a ‘magic rainbow bus’

We worked together to stick different coloured pieces of card on it. Then we added special features like wheels, headlights, windows, a moving door and even a magnetic registration plate.

We are very proud of our bus and have already been on lots of adventures to the park for picnics, Monkey business and Asda!



Pirate Board Games

Pirate Board Games

In nursery we love a competition. At the moment our favourite thing is to get into teams and play board games.


First we had to learn how to play the games. We rolled the dice, counted the spots and moved our character that many. Some children chose to use the numbered dice instead…

We played some games where it was a race to the finish and other games where we had to get the most treasure. We used a number track to keep track of who had the most treasure.


Then we made our own games using maps.

We thought of ideas to write on the cards. We had to think of some ways to add more treasure and some to take treasure away. Both teams were very keen on the idea of taking each others’ treasure!


Next we might need to work on being good winners!


Board games are a great way to teach children lots of skills. We learnt about following instructions, taking turns and working in a team. We learnt lots of maths skills by counting the spots on the dice, matching numbers and amounts and counting on. We thought about whether we needed to add or take away as we picked up the challenge cards. The children even started to work out who would win based on what they rolled.

Why not play board games at home?

Dice or spinner games are great for teaching maths skills. A lot of board games involve counting, turn taking and following instructions and are a fun way to teach children these skills.


Alien Adventures

Alien Adventures

After reading The Journey Home From Grandpas we thought about other journeys we might go on and decided to learn about space!

We read the stories Whatever Next by Jill Murphy and The Way Back Home by Oliver Jeffers.

We thought about what we might pack if we went on a journey to space. We made it extra tricky by only choosing what we thought were the three most important things, we didn’t alway agree!

Some of us tried to pack for an emergency and thought about how we would see if it was dark, what we would eat and how to keep ourselves warm. Some of us just wanted things to help us see the sights and some of us packed the things we would need for bedtime!


In the story The Way Back Home the martian and the boy get stuck on the moon. We thought about how we would rescue them. Can you see how we tried to rescue the martian?

image001 Then we put the martian in the block area and tried to build steps up to the martian.


We decided we could design a vehicle to get us to the moon. We worked with friends to draw a picture of what our vehicle would look like then labelled all the special parts.

We turned a box into a rocket like in the story Whatever Next. We added wheels and backpacks and material.


Some of the children then had the idea to add a door and a window and we decorated our box to look like a rocket.

We made green alien slime using our favourite recipe (recipe here) and added rockets, aliens and astronauts.

We made more rockets with the blocks and we all practised writing our name, cutting out the letters and turning them into rockets, some of us had very long rockets!


We made number rockets writing the numbers and making the marks to show how many it was. Then we put the numbers in order from 1 to 10.



We had lots of fun learning about space, how can you continue learning at home?

Encourage your child’s interest in space by; talking about what they have learnt, sharing stories about space or finding out more information on the internet (try using child-friendly search engine Kiddle)

Encourage your child to write their name by making your own name rocket at home, or how about a name train or even a name Olaf! (snowman)

When you’re on your way on a visit somewhere encourage children to pack a bag with the things they think might be important, what do they think they might need to pack for a trip to the park? Give children a limit e.g. pack 2 things for the park to encourage them to think about what they want and what they need (Their answers might surprise you!)

Give children a challenge when they play with their blocks or Lego at home, can they build a tower that is taller than they are? Can they build a bridge?

Make some alien slime or play dough or easy peasy moon sand (just flour and water). Click the link above to find our favourite recipes.

Use an old box to make your own rocket or let it be anything you want it to. Try adding spare bits of fabric/bed sheets or pillowcases to encourage the children to be whatever they want, the material in nursery is definitely the most popular for dress-up!


Art goes SPLAT!

Art goes SPLAT!

We had a fun afternoon in our art studio today making…Splat Art!

First we squeezed blobs of different coloured paint onto our card. We talked about the colours we could see before hiding them under circles of cotton wool.


Next came the fun bit. We hit the circle with a plastic hammer and watched the paint go splat!


We experimented with tools and hitting to try and make the biggest splat!


Then we took away the circles and looked at our pictures.



Finally we mixed the paint together with our fingers to see what colours we could make.


We had lots of fun making our splatter art. Why not continue having fun with paint at home?

Try painting with tools from around the home – spoons, mashers and spatulas make great painting tools. Playing with finger paints is a really good way to explore what happens when you mix colours.

Next Stop Monkey Business!

Next Stop Monkey Business!



After lots of talk about travelling and vehicles the children started making buses using the chairs around the classroom.


They went on lots of adventures so we decided to change our role-play area into a bus too.


We added money, steering wheels, phones, maps, bus tickets and seats. We also added bags and torches to pack for adventures.


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Here is our learning story of one of our adventures on the bus:

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Pirate Story Telling


In nursery we have been working on our story telling skills. There are lots of places in our classroom for us to practise our story telling.

We have our story board where we use the pictures to tell a story. We had pirate pictures but Elsa, Ana and Olaf have also arrived due to popular request!

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“Once upon a time Ana lived in a beautiful castle.” “Then Olaf came” “Then Bruce” “Oh no! He wants to eat her!” “Help me Olaf!” “Then once upon a time there was a shark” “He friends now” “Happy ever after” “The End”

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“Once upon a time there was a beautiful fairy called Isabelle. Then she met a duck and then a butterfly. The butterfly flew away” “They went in a cave” “Help me, I flew away” “I’ll help you!” “There was a nice robot, who was friends with the tooth fairy. They found another robot” “They lived happy ever. The End” “Happily ever after”

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We have added some more characters to our block area to encourage the boys to tell stories when they are building.

“We’re pirates on board!” “Hello Captain Chip!” “Hello Captain Fish” “Captain Fish and Chips, hahaha” “All aboard the pirate ship” “Up on the flag” “Naughty pirate, he’s escaping in the car” “The police take him, escaping in the police helicopter” “Aboard the captain” “Aye Aye mate!” “Haha mate” “Walk the plank mate” “Captain says so”

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Some of the children also wrote their stories in their writing journals while other children chose to draw maps or write special messages.

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Do you tell stories at home? 

You could tell stories about your drawings, use your toys to tell stories or dress up and make up stories.

You could even make your own story stones. All you need for story stones are flat(ish) pebbles/rocks and pens or stickers. We use the stickers or draw pictures on the rocks. We have stones with different characters, places or objects on. To make your stones last longer you can paint them with a layer of glue.

Exploring Colour Mixing


This week we are exploring colour mixing. We used the primary colours red, yellow and blue and explored what happened when we mixed them together.

We have been mixing colours outside using squeezy bottles and scrapers in the tuff spot. First we added little blobs of colour and used our fingers to mix them on our paper. Then we used the scrapers to spread the paint and mix them together. We talked about what we could see and what we thought might happen.

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In the sensory tray we used milk and droppers to mix colours together and see what happened. We liked the swirling patterns the colours made before they mixed together.

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In the water tray we used food colouring in squeezy bottles. We added block paints and explored what happened when we poured the coloured water on. Then we used brushes to mix the colours together and droppers to collect the coloured water.

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In the painting area the children have been mixing the colours independently and talking about what happens.




The children talked about the colours they made and the changes they could see. Some children started to predict what might happen when we mixed the colours together. Then we started adding more of each colour to see what might happen.

We learnt a lot about colours and colour mixing. We also thought about predicting and saying why we think something might happen.

Could you do some colour mixing experiments at home? What happens if you mix orange and black currant juice? Or when you add coco pops to milk? Ask a grown up to see if you could do some investigations together. We would love to hear about them!

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.




Our New Alphabet Display


We have lots of new and interactive displays in our new classroom. One of our favourites is our new alphabet display.


Our display is made of boxes with different letters inside, the letters are both uppercase and lowercase. Children recognise the uppercase letters from the start of their names and their friend’s names.


We searched for small objects around the classroom to add to our display.


Then we added photos of all the children in our class. The children sorted the pictures of themselves and their friends by their initial sounds.


We love finding things around the room to add to our display, come back soon to see what else we have added!