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Singing at the City Hall

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Singing at the City Hall

Today was our trip to The City Hall for our Singing Start project. We had a great time!

We set off from school and got the tram into town…

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We got to the City Hall and had a look at the displays from the different schools. Then we joined in with lots of fun activities, like making our own instruments…

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After lunch we all sat together to sing our songs with Martin and Luke…

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We had a great day and all the children listened and joined in beautifully! A huge thank you to everyone who came, we hope you had a lovely time too.

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Happy Father’s Day!

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Happy Father’s Day!

Sunday was Father’s Day so last week we were busy making things for our dads. We made cards and drew a picture of our dad (or a special grown-up like granddad or uncle) and inside we thought about why we loved them.

Then we made medals for our dads and cut out pictures of things we thought our daddies would like and decorated them. On the back we thought about why our daddy had got the medal and what he was the best at.

Some daddies were the best at making dinner or giving cuddles or telling jokes or reading stories.

Today was our special Father’s Day Event. We invited all of our dads, granddads, big brothers and uncles to come to school and play games with us and what a sunny day it was!

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We had a lovely time playing ball games and going on the park with our grown-ups.

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Thank you to everyone who came we had a lovely afternoon and we hope you did too!

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.

Happy Mother’s Day

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Happy Mother’s Day

Yesterday was our Mother’s Day Celebration. To celebrate we made cards for our mummies. We drew pictures of our mummies and thought about what they looked like, what colour their eyes and hair were and what they like to wear. We chose how we wanted to decorate our cards.

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Then we made our mummies a special present. We used clay to make a sculpture that we thought our mummies would like. We added jewels and stars and beads to make them extra special.

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Then we learnt a special song to sing to our mummies for Mother’s Day. It was called Skidamarink…

Skidamarink a dink a dink, Skidamarink a do, I love you

Skidamarink a dink a dink, Skidamarink a do, I love you

I love you in the morning and in the afternoon, I love you in the evening and underneath the moon,

Skidamarink a dink a dink, Skidamarink a do, I love you, I love you too boo boo bi doo!

We performed our song for our mummies and gave them presents

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We hope you enjoyed our special performance, thank you to everybody who came. Here are some of the reasons why you are special…

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Chinese New Year

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Chinese New Year

This week we have been celebrating Chinese New Year. We read non-fiction books and found out how Chinese New Year is celebrated. Then we thought about what we would like to do. We decided we would like to try some Chinese Food and definitely do a dragon dance! After reading the story of The Great Race we had races in PE. Yusuff was very interested in speaking Chinese so we learnt how to say Happy New Year in Chinese ‘Gung Hay Fat Choy’.

Here is our floor book with all our ideas ….

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We tried using chop sticks and learnt about different Chinese foods.

 

We tasted beansprouts, noodles, dragon fruit, chow chow and Chinese biscuits and snacks

 

Then we made our dragon. After looking at year 6’s amazing dragon, instead of using fabric the children decided they wanted lots of boxes stuck together.

We stuck the boxes together and then painted and decorated our dragon

 

Then we went up to the studio, listened to Chinese music and did our dragon dancing!

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We had so much fun and we learnt to…

  • taste different foods
  • talk about how things taste and our likes and dislikes
  • work together to make the dragon move
  • use non-fiction books to find information
  • move to the music, moving our arms up and down and walking forward (very tricky!)
  • we learnt about other cultures and ways of life (we loved trying to eat with chop sticks!)
  • we learnt about colours and textures as we decorated our dragon

 

Books at Bedtime

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Books at Bedtime

In nursery we know how important it is to share books as often as we can. Even though the children might not be reading the words yet it is still so important to read to them regularly, looking at the pictures, telling the story, talking about what they see, thinking about what might happen next. A great way to fit in reading with your child at home every day is to share a story before bedtime. To help us think about the importance of books at bedtime we have had a bit of a competition!

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Every day for the last 3 weeks the children have been reading a story before bed and writing it down. Each week there have been special stickers and prizes. For our final week we had a books at bedtime celebration! The children came to school in their pyjamas, we had hot chocolate and biscuits and there was a grand prize draw for the children who had been sharing stories everyday!

Well done to everybody who took part, we hope you continue to enjoy your books at bedtime.

Christmas Party!

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Christmas Party!

Yesterday was our Christmas Party! We had lots of fun and a very special visitor…

Santa came to see us at our party! We were all very excited to see him and had lots of questions…

E – How did you get here?

T – Where is your sleigh?

L – Did you park it?

H – Where are your reindeer?

A – Do you know what your reindeer are called?

T – Is Rudolph the leader?

A – Are there two Santas? I think I’ve seen another at Meadowhall.

A – Do you live at Meadowhall?

R – Do you live somewhere cold?

J – Did you get our letters?

M – How many reindeer have you got?

E – Will you remember to come to our houses?

We reminded Santa about the letters we wrote to him last week and told him all the things we wanted for Christmas. Santa even brought us a present to share in nursery! Finally we sang Jingle Bells to Santa before he had to go.

After seeing Santa we played some dancing games. We listening to Christmas songs and had a dancing competition, played musical statues and musical bumps!

Then we had a GIANT Pass the Parcel and everybody won a prize!

Finally we went back down to our classroom and had some delicious party food that everybody had brought in to share. Then the morning and beginning of the week children went home and we did it all again in the afternoon!

 

We had a very busy day but it was lots of fun. We hope everybody enjoyed the Christmas Party and that you all have a lovely Christmas!

Balloon Drop Fireworks

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Balloon Drop Fireworks

For Bonfire Night we made balloon drop firework pictures.

First we blew up balloons then dipped them in paint.

 

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Next we pressed the balloons onto the paper to make a firework shape.

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We thought about the different colours we wanted for our fireworks.

 

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Finally we pinched glitter and sprinkled it onto our picture.

 

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Happy Birthday to You…

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Last week the children chose to learn about birthdays and parties. It was even two of the children’s birthdays. We thought about all the things we wanted to learn about birthdays and used our floor book to plan our ideas.
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Birthday Stories

We read stories about birthdays and parties.

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We learnt animal names in Spot’s Birthday Party and practiced counting with Wibbly Pig has 10 balloons.

Parties and Picnics

We turned our role-play area into a party, it was lots of fun. We had parties and picnics and sang Happy Birthday. We added a teddy bears picnic and kept bringing food and presents for the teddy bears. We even wrote cards and invitations for the bears!

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We learnt to find the resources we needed for our play around the classroom. We played imaginatively with our friends and the bears bringing presents and pretending it was their birthday. We practiced mark making, copying our friend’s names and writing our own names when we wrote our cards and invitations.

Guess the Sound

We wrapped the instruments to make them look like presents. Then we shook them and tried to guess what was hiding inside.

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When we played guess the sound we had to listen very carefully. We learnt new words like rattle, squeak and bang and used them to describe the way things sound.

Play dough buns

In the play dough area we made buns with bun tins, cases and candles.

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We built our fine motor skills to make our hands stronger with the play dough, pushing and squeezing the dough and rolling decorations.

Baking Buns 

We even baked our own buns! We mixed the ingredients and baked them in the oven.

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We learnt about being safe and clean when we did our baking. We thought about following instructions and taking it in turns. We had to be very careful when we poured and mixed the ingredients.

Wrapping Presents 

In the workshop we wrapped boxes and containers in wrapping paper to look like presents.

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In the workshop we built our fine motor skills and coordination to make our hands stronger. We folded the paper and used the scissors to cut the paper and the tape.

We had lots of fun learning about birthdays and parties. You could try some of these activities at home too…

  • Use leftover wrapping paper to wrap empty boxes and containers.
  • Use empty party bags and decorations to have your own party.
  • Have a teddy bears picnic at home!
  • Bake your own buns or party food.
  • Use bun cases and candles to make play dough buns.
  • Wrap noisy objects in paper to play guess the sound.
  • Make birthday cards and invitations or write on old ones.

If you do anything that you would like to share with us at school please bring in a picture or something to share 🙂

Pancake Play

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We have been having lots of pancake day fun this week. Our favourite activity has been our pancake day tuff spot.

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In the tray we have had a frying pan, felt pancakes, oven gloves, scales, whisks, eggs and plates for children to recreate making pancakes.

The children also added timers and made chefs hats using strips of card and white tissue paper.

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The children have done lots of good thinking and learning in this area this week. They have been playing together, sharing ideas, using lots of talk in their play and using counting skills.

Have a look at a learning story of one of the children in the tuff spot this week:

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