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Create a Christmas T-shirt Competition

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Create a Christmas T-shirt Competition

We are getting in the festive spirit in nursery and today we had a Christmas T-shirt competition. Yesterday we split into teams and each team designed and decorated their own t-shirt. We used fabric paints to paint on our design then added glitter, baubles and other Christmassy things from around the classroom.

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Then we wrote a letter to Mr Sieczkarek to invite him to judge our contest…

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Today Mr Sieczkarek came to judge the winner…

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We had lots of fun decorating our Christmas t-shirts. We hope you’re having lots of fun doing Christmas crafts at home. Click here to see some ideas from our Christmas Workshop or have a look here on the cbeebies site for more festive fun!

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A Very Nursery Nativity

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A Very Nursery Nativity

This week we performed our ‘Very Nursery Nativity’. We were so excited to do our nativity a little bit differently this year and the children were all amazing!

Making A Very Nursery Nativity 

First we read The Christmas Story then the children told their own versions and we put them all together to make our script. We love making up our own stories and we tell stories everyday. Click here to see how we make up and act out our own stories or here to see how we change stories. If you want to know more have a look at the Helicopter Stories Blog.

Then we got dressed up and started to film the different scenes. We love making movies in nursery (click here to see some of last year’s movies) so this time we decided to do it a little differently and tried out a green screen. We filmed in front of a big piece of green material and used an app on the Ipad to change the background. The children were very keen to make our angel fly so we tested out different ideas from using a slide to steps and Mr Sieczkarek even came to lend us a hand. The children could play whatever character they wanted and be in the film as much or as little as they wanted to be.

Then the children wanted to film outdoors so we used the grassy bank around school and the shelter in our outdoor area to film some more. After a week of filming Miss Hulme put our video together and we thought of our favourite Christmas songs. We decided to sing Jingle Bells and When Santa got Stuck up the Chimney first then we sang Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and Alice the Camel live as we watched our movie and finished with We Wish you a Merry Christmas.

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After our performance our parents stayed for a hot chocolate and a mince pie.

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Thank you to everyone who came, we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did! We loved reading all of your comments!

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Christmas Workshop

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Christmas Workshop

Thank you to all the parents who stayed for our Christmas Workshop this morning, we had lots of fun. All of our activities used bits and pieces from around nursery. We saved up empty jars and cans and collected scraps of wrapping paper, foam and felt to use again. We recycled old baubles to redecorate into something new. Why not have a look around at home and see what you can find to make your Christmas crafts?

We made our own snow globes…

All you need is an empty jar, some strong glue, a small toy, some water and some glitter. We did this job with Mrs Brown as she used the glue gun to attach our figures to the lid of the jar. Then we added water and glitter and stuck the lid on. They look great!

We made lots of Christmas decorations…

We used lollypop sticks, pipe cleaners and wire to create our own Christmas decorations then added glitter glue and coloured to make them our own.We used felt to make mini stocking and cut more pieces to decorate.

We used triangles of foam to make colourful Christmas trees then decorated and stuck to a ribbon to create a garland.

We made reindeer tins…

We used coffee tins wrapped in brown paper and added eye stickers, art straw antlers, ears and red button noses.

We made our own Christmas cards…

We used folded pieces of card and drew pictures then stuck on foam, glitter, stars and whatever else we wanted to use to make them our own.

We made yummy melting Snowman biscuits…

We used icing and chocolate beans to decorate biscuits to look like melting snowmen! We added pretzel pieces for the arms and used icing pens to add extra detail.

We decorated old baubles…

We used glue and scraps of wrapping paper and tissue paper to decorate then added string to hang them.

As well as being lots of fun joining in with arts and craft activities helps children to build fine motor skills that are really important for helping them to hold a pencil and learning to write. Using scissors is a great way to build hand strength and coordination and tearing little pieces of paper helps children to develop the smaller muscles in their hand and gain more control. Craft activities are also a great way to learn about colours and shapes by talking about what you see as you are making. The making is always much more important than how it looks at the end so let children do as much for themselves as you can and they will become more confident and learn much more, their creation will also be much more individual to them!

We always love to see your creations. If you make something at home why not bring it to school or email us a picture? We print all the pictures you send and the children love sharing them with their friends.

Christmas Dates

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Christmas Dates

 

 

There are lots of exciting dates to put in your diaries for the festive season. Click here to see dates for the whole school – Christmas Dates Newsletter

Important nursery dates to remember –

 

Friday 7th of December, 8.45-9.30 – Christmas Workshop (Nursery, Reception and Key Stage One) – Stay and Make Christmas Crafts

Tuesday 11th December, 2.15pm Nursery Christmas Performance 

Wednesday 12th of December – School Christmas Lunch 

Thursday 13th December- 9.30am Nursery Christmas Performance 

Wednesday 19th of December – Christmas Party and Disco 

Friday 21st of December – Christmas Jumper Day and last day of school 

We are very excited about our Christmas Performance. This year we will be singing our favourite Christmas songs and sharing our Nativity Movie. Children need to come to school dressed in their best Christmas outfit – party clothes, Christmas jumper or as their favourite Christmas character. Click below to learn our Christmas songs ready for our performance. We can’t wait to see you there!

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Jingle Bells

When Santa got stuck up the chimney

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Alice the Camel 

We Wish you a Merry Christmas

 

 

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?

 

A Special Delivery (Christmas Movie)

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We were very excited to have a special delivery in nursery yesterday afternoon. We went out to play and when we tried to get back in the door was locked! There was magic dust all over the floor and giant footprints. Then we found a huge present and a dvd to watch. It was a message from Santa and he had photos of us and knew all about us!

Click here to see Santa’s message

It was so exciting, watch our movie to see what happened…

 

 

 

 

Christmas Workshop

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We had lots of fun at our Christmas Workshop on Friday morning. Have a look what we got up to…

Melting Snowman biscuits with icing, marshmallows and chocolate drops…

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Fluffy snow paint with shaving foam, white paint and glitter with sponges and card to take home and paint with…

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Baubles with foil, sequins, glitter and polystyrene balls…

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Pipe cleaner decorations, carefully thread the beads onto the pipe cleaners to make decorations…

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Christmas tree cards with strips of green paper and glitter and sequins to decorate…

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A big thank you to all the parents who stayed for Christmas Workshop. We hope you enjoyed our Christmas crafts.

 

 

Our Christmas Nativity

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Our Christmas Nativity

This week we did our Christmas nativities for all of our grown-ups. Our performance this year was full of Maths and all about counting for Christmas!

In nursery we learnt all the songs and the actions. This was the children’s first performance and it can be very scary singing in front of a big audience. Everybody did really well to join in and we hope you enjoyed it.

Thank you to everybody who came and a big well done to all the Reception children too!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

In nursery we are getting into the Christmas spirit. Have a look at some of the fun we have been having…

Sending Letters to Santa 

Making a Santa Sleigh 

Candy Cane Sensory Play 

(Shaving foam, food colouring, peppermint scent and a little glitter) 

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Decorating Trees 

Christmas Tree Playdough 

Bauble Roll 

 

A big THANK YOU to all the parents who have brought us in Christmas trees and decorations, we really appreciate them!