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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!



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.




How to build a giant robot

How to build a giant robot


Last week was Environment Week so we decided to build a giant recycled robot!

First Miss Hulme and Miss Parker went to the Scrap Store to collect lots of bits and bobs to create our robot. If you have never been it is full of great ‘junk’. Check it out here.

Then we thought about how we wanted our robot to look and drew our designs…


Next we got out the clear mannequin torso from the Scrap Store and filled it with bits of rubbish to be the robots insides. We used things that would have normally been thrown away like broken lids and bits of flooring. We had to think about the size of what we were putting in to fill the robot.


Then we made his body. We added a plastic tub head and screwed tins together to be arms.

The legs were tricky, after trying cones and wire reels we decided on old plastic boxes that were going to be thrown away. We wanted our robot to live outside so we had to think about how to keep it waterproof.

The children added their own personal touches like sunglasses and a necklace…


Finally we decided it should be silver so Miss Hulme sprayed it. Look closely at his stomach and you should still be able to see his insides!

Here is our finished robot, what do you think?


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!


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!


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?


Construction Critique


We have been making models of houses for the three little pigs.

Once the children had made their models they critiqued them.

They shared them with their friends then thought of how to improve them.

When we critique we give our friends feedback on their work so they can make changes to make it even better. Critique means giving feedback that is specific, helpful and kind.


In the outdoor area the children from FS2 made houses using straw, sticks and bricks.

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In FS1 the children worked in pairs to make houses using construction materials.

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The children gave each other kind and helpful feedback and we saw big improvements in their work.


Fun in the Snow


We have had a very exciting time in nursery today, it has been SNOWING!

We worked together to build a snowman. We used buckets, shovels and spades to collect the snow then rolled a head for the snowman. Then we added rocks for the eyes, a carrot nose, a scarf and hat, stick arms and we painted his mouth!


We had some fun new snow sledges to use with our friends. We tied a rope to the end then pulled our friends through the snow.


We took block paints, water colours and spray bottles out into the snow. Then we used them to paint patterns and pictures in the snow, even the snowman got painted!


We had lots of fun in the snow today, we hope it snows tomorrow!