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Cops and Robbers

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The children in Nursery had been returning to the same interest in their play again and again. They loved ‘putting you in jail’ so we decided to learn more about the Police.

We read books from our school library about Police. Some of them were information books and some of them were stories. We watched videos about the Police and read information from the computers to find out more.

The Police and What They Do PowerPoint from Twinkl.co.uk 

We then put what what we had learnt into our play. Some of use decided to build jails outside and played at being cops and robbers.

When we were learning more about the Police we saw their cars so we turned a car in our Outdoor Area into a Police car with a flashing blue light. We also got the road signs out so we could practise helping people keep safe on the roads. Everyone had a go at reading the road signs and giving meaning to the letters and symbols.

Some of of us played at being the Police inside. We had some special Police notebooks and phones so we could take messages. There was lots of mark making going on while the children wrote ‘tickets’ for each other.

We also made up a new song with Ms Woods and Miss Webster. Here are the words if you want to sing along at home….

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And then there was a special surprise… some really life police officers came to visit us in Nursery. It was great to see them and we saw lots of the things we’d been talking about during the week in real life. We found out what happened if there was a traffic accident and cars crashed.

Thank you so much Michelle and John for coming to see us. We hope we see you again soon.

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What have we been learning?

  • About the job of a Police Officer
  • To read road signs and write tickets like a Police officer
  • To talk about what we can see and what we’ve learnt

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • Talk with your children about jobs they are interested in. This could be anything: Police officer, Fire fighter, Race car driver, Astronaut, Chef, Teacher or anything else your child is interested in. 
  • Look at road signs and other signs (on shops, buses, cars etc.) when you’re out and about and talk about their meaning. This is the beginning of reading. 
  • Sing the song the children made up together. See if you’re can make up an extra verse or make up a song about a different job. 

 

World Nursery Rhyme Week 2019

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Our children love singing Nursery Rhymes all the time so when we found out it was Nursery Rhyme we decided to join in.

There was a different rhyme to learn each day and the children loved learning them, including some new ones.

Monday- Baa Baa Black Sheep

Tuesday- Down in the Jungle

Wednesday- Incy Wincy Spider

Thursday- Row Row Row Your Boat

Friday- Two Little Dickie Birds

Not only did we learn the original rhymes we learn different versions as well, such as Baa Baa White Sheep.

Baa baa white sheep, have you any wool, No Sir, no Sir, no bags full, none to mend the blankets, none to mend the socks, none to mend the woolly gloves and none to mend the frocks. 

We went on a special Nursery Rhyme Hunt round school following some clues. They took us everywhere trying to find out where to go next.

Each time we had to think which rhyme the clue was telling us about and we sang it to check we remembered the whole rhyme. Then we went to the next place to check we were right. The children did an amazing job of guessing which rhyme it was and also knowing all the words. We went singing all around the school before the clues took us back to Nursery.

The children in Nursery on Thursday with Mrs Woods got a super special treat when she brought her ukulele along to sing the Nursery Rhymes. The children then joined in with their own instruments. You can see the photos in the Floor Book.

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What we been learning? 

  • To recite as many Nursery Rhymes as we can and also different versions of the same rhyme. 
  • To follow clues and think about what they are telling us to do next. 
  • To play musical instruments alongside singing and the ukulele playing. 
  • About the different sounds and rhyming words in Nursery Rhymes.

“If children know 8 nursery rhymes by heart by the time they’re 4 years old, they are usually among the best readers and spellers in their class by the time they are 8” Mem Fox, Reading Magic

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • Sing Nursery Rhymes with your children. If you are less confident with them yourself you can find them on Cbeebies here and on the World Nursery Rhyme Week page here. 
  • Read books with rhyming words in them- Julia Donaldson books usually have rhyming words. Can your child finish the sentences with a rhyming word? Can they hear which word between two is the rhyming words? eg. The cat is black, It sits in a….. Is it sack or bed? 
  • Play other rhyming games such as Cake Bake on Phonics Play. Click this link to find the game.  You will need the Username: PRINCE2 and the Password: EDWARD to access the site fully. 

Poppies and Remembrance Sunday

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We started seeing little red flowers all around us. Some of us saw them on people’s coats. Some of  us even had then on the zips on our coats. Miss Parker had a little one on her top in Nursery. We wondered what they were….

Archie- Poppy, they go big. My seen one.

Bella- It can go in the garden. 

Hussein- Poppies are red and green. 

Natasha- Poppies they grow in a field. 

Olivia- Poppies big. 

We looked at the poppies in Nursery and talked about what they looked like. We also talked about why we had the poppies and why people put them on their clothes.

Leelan- To remember the people that were fighting.

Zara- I seed (saw) people sad. 

Lenayah- Poppies soliders. 

We watched a video which showed us a bunny during the war and how he felt. You can access it here but it is only available for a limited time each year.

Hussein- Bunny look scared. 

Diam- Oh no it change to black, There be fire. 

We decided to make some poppies in Nursery and make our own wreaths to remember all the soldiers who have helped to keep us safe.

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Healthy Living Week 2019

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It was Healthy Living Week in Nursery along with the rest of the school. We had lots of visitors and talked about how we can stay healthy.

We’d been talking about Pumpkins the week before (see the blog post) and decided we wanted to eat the pumpkin. We needed to think of a healthy recipe to make with our pumpkins. Pumpkin Soup!!!

We read the storybook Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper and found a recipe to help us.

And then we started to make our soup. Mrs Mason made a book to show everyone what happened.

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Everyone tried the pumpkin soup, although not everyone loved it. Some of us loved it more than others.

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At snack time we decided to try some different healthy food so there was a section of fruits for us to try. We tried mango, pomegranate, kiwi, pineapple and melon. You can see what we thought by reading our Floor Book in Nursery.

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We also had some other special visitors in Nursery. St John’s Ambulance came to speak to us about how to stay healthy and call 999 if we need help.

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Mrs Murch came to talk to us about PANTS and how to keep ourselves and our bodies healthy and what to do if we are feeling worried.

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Finally we had a visit from Errol who did some extra special activities in PE with us and talked about how exercise keeps our bodies healthy.  You can see pictures of this in our Floor Book as well.

What have we been learning?

  • How to stay healthy by eating healthy foods. 
  • How to stay healthy by doing more exercise. 
  • How to stay healthy by keeping our bodies safe. 

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • Talk about healthy food choices and why you limit the sweets, chocolate and other snacks the children want. 
  • Encourage children to eat a wide range of foods and to try new foods. 
  • Ensure the children get enough outside time and enough exercise to keep their bodies healthy eg. by going to the Park regularly. The recommendation is that preschoolers (age 3-4 years old) take part in 3 hours physical activity a day. This should include at least 60 minutes vigorous activity or exercise. You can find out more by clicking here

 

Macmillan Coffee Morning Baking

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The whole school was involved in baking for the Macmillan Coffee Morning recently. We decided we wanted to bake buns for our contribution.

We followed a special recipe which meant we could measure out the ingredients ourselves using a balance. Then we mixed all the ingredients together.

Then, ta daaaaa! Our buns were baked in the oven and came out. They smelt yummy.

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Next we decided we wanted to decorate our buns so we thought about which colours we wanted. It gave us a chance to practise our colour names and check we all knew them.

Finally we decorated our buns and sent them to Mrs Murch so they could be sold at the Coffee Morning. As a whole school we raised over £400 🙂 A big thank you and well done to everyone who helped out.

You can look in our Floor Book to find out more…

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How you can continue the learning at home? 

Try and use the balance recipe at home to bake some buns.

Cake Balance Recipe

All Fun and Games

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All Fun and Games

Last week Leelan asked if we could buy a board game for nursery and Miss Hulme wondered if we could make our own. Some of the children were very excited and drew their designs…

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We used felt squares to make Lois and Miss Morris’ idea of a game of Twister…

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We took photos of our pictures and played Guess Who…

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We played some fun games in PE…

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We played some board games in the classroom…

We designed and made our own board game…

The children had lots of great ideas and learnt lots while playing their games. We learnt to take turns and negotiate with our friends. We learnt to follow instructions and understand the rules of the games. We also had to explain the rules of the games to our friends. We did lots of counting in our dice games and matched colours in Twister. Games are a great way to teach children lots of different skills from ‘Simon Says’ to board games children can learn lots of new things in a fun way. Which games do you like to play at home?

 

Marble Madness!

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Marble Madness!

Last Friday Oliver and Kallum wondered if we could make a marble run. They thought of what we needed and we went to collect tubes and pipes. We started building marble runs and we have continued all week!

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First there were marble runs with tubes and pipes into the sandpit…

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Then we built a giant marble run with the guttering outside…

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Then we used lollypop sticks to make a pinball style marble run on a large piece of card…

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Then we re-used our favourite box (check out past posts to see our box being used as a giant car, puppet show and rocket!) and made a marble run machine!

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Finally we went up to the secret garden to find conkers to roll and we have big plans for them next week…

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Marble runs are a great activity to try. Miss Hukin said she is going to have a go at making one at home. You could try –

  • Sticking lolly pop sticks or twigs to a large piece of card or wood. Make sure you add buffers at the edge to stop the marble flying off and cups or boxes at the bottom to catch the marbles
  • Using pieces of wood or plastic to make ramps and roll down cars, balls or marbles.
  • Using a wooden train track to create your own marble run
  • Sticking cardboard tubes or pool noodles to a box or wall to make a marble run
  • Using Lego to create your own marble maze
  • If you already have a marble run at home why not turn it into a game by using a measuring tape to see how far your marble can go or adding different coloured or numbered containers to catch the marbles!
  • Or check out youtube for some great DIY marble runs

We would love to see photos if you do give it a try, have fun! 

 

 

Movie Morning

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Movie Morning

One day Asaad asked if he could make a video. We set up a video diary and the children learnt how to record themselves as they sang songs and told stories.

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Everyone loved the idea and decided we should make a ‘real movie’ together. The children had lots of different ideas for their movie.

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In the end we decided on the story of The Three Little Pigs. Everybody had their own job. We made masks and costumes for the different characters, build sets inside and outside, told the story using storyboards to help us, acted out the story, used puppets to tell the story, made sound effects, directed our friends and recorded our movie. What a busy week!

Then we thought about who might like to see our movie. We decided our grown-ups would so we made tickets, posters and invitations.

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Then Paige said we should make jam tarts and Oliver, Lula, Toochi and Roman thought popcorn and hot chocolate!

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We baked our jam tarts and got everything ready for our movie mornings and  lots of our grown-ups stayed!

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We had a lovely time and the children were all very proud of their movie. Thank you to everyone who stayed.

 

The children have already been talking about a Christmas movie for the sequel so watch this space!

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

 

Underpants, snails and compliments…when the children choose their learning

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Underpants, snails and compliments…when the children choose their learning

This year in nursery we have made a little change in the way we plan our learning. Everything we learn about is now chosen by the children.

Each week we sit down together and think about what we would like to learn about and how we could do it. The adults collect ideas of the things the children have been talking about when they have been playing or at news time. We think about special visits or trips the children have been on and take photos of things they have brought to school or in the Share Box.

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We collect all our ideas together in our special floor book. On one page we collect our ideas for what and how we would like to learn. On the next page we save pictures of our learning and talk about what we have done. Here is our year so far…

Spiders and Building a Bug Hotel 

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Birthdays and Football

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Magic and Weather

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Snails, Apples and Leaves 

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Conkers and Bus Rides 

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Vehicles 

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Pumpkins and Fireworks 

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Bones

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Animals and Shadows

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Animals 

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Frozen and Letters to Santa 

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Christmas and Transporting 

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Santa and Polar Bears 

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Stick Man 

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Inside Out and compliments

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Story Telling (Our Favourite Characters)

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Story Telling (Acting out our own Stories)

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Pancake Day and Chinese New Year 

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Valentine’s Day

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Underpants

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Dinosaurs and World Book Day 

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Dinosaurs and Hide and Seek

imageCome back soon to see what else we get up to. Don’t forget the floor book is out in the classroom everyday, you are always welcome to come and have a closer look at what we have been learning.