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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?

 

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Things that Move

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Things that Move

Last week the children were very interested in exploring things that move. Outside they used the blocks to make big cars and planes then planned trips to Hawaii and drew maps of how to get there! As they played they learnt about shape, weight and size while they explored the blocks, they learnt to work together and talk to each other about their ideas. The children used their imagination as they planned their trip (and had to have an emergency landing) and they developed their fine motor skills and understanding of size and space as they drew their maps.004

Inside the children were busy making vehicles in the workshop, there were rockets, cars, trucks and buses. The children learnt about size and shape as they worked imaginatively to create their own vehicles. At the workbench the children used the saws to cut up pieces of wood and the hammers and screwdrivers to add wheels, doors and windows. Everybody is getting very good at remembering how to keep themselves safe when using the tools as well as building up their strength, control and coordination.

In the block area there were lots of different ideas. Some children brought over stools and used the blocks to create an ambulance then went to help people. Other children played with the cars and we made a car park matching the cars and recognising numbers.

How can you continue learning at home?

  • Playing with blocks helps children to learn about shape, space and size
  • Junk modelling with empty boxes and containers teaches children about shape, size and colour as well as creating imaginatively
  • Acting things out and pretend play helps children to develop their speech and imagination
  • Playing together gives children the chance to negotiate and problem solve
  • Working with real tools develops children’s fine motor skills ready for writing as well as learning how to keep safe

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.

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt!

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We’re Going on a Bear Hunt!

We’re going on a bear hunt,

We’re going to catch a big one,

What a beautiful day,

We’re not scared…

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We had lots of fun in nursery yesterday going on our own bear hunt. We followed the sounds of the bear growls and walked through the long wavy grass, the sticky mud and the deep river…

the forest…

and the snow storm!

We got to the cave and who do you think was hiding inside?

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When we got back Brooklyn drew a map of our bear hunt…

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Click here to watch Michael Rosen telling the story or click here to sing the bear hunt song.

National Poetry Day

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National Poetry Day

Today is National Poetry Day. Each year there is a different theme and this year the theme is change. After spending time in the secret garden this week and looking at the changing leaves and conkers we have been doing a lot of talking about Autumn.

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Poem was a brand new word so we thought about what it meant. We decided a poem was a bit like a story and a bit like a song and it could tell us about how things look, feel, sound, taste or smell.

We talked about Autumn and all the changes we had noticed. The children described what they could see and hear and we put our ideas together to turn them into a poem.

Here is the poem from the afternoon and beginning of the week children…

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Here is the poem from the morning and end of the week children…

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We hope you like our poems. To learn more about National Poetry Day and explore poems at home you can visit the website below…

Click here to learn more about National Poetry Day

Physical Day!

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Physical Day!

Today was our second physical day! Every Wednesday we do PE in nursery so we decided to fill the rest of our day with lots of fun physical activities.

It is important to do big movement activities that build the muscles in arms, legs and shoulders. This helps with balance and coordination and is important before we start building the smaller muscles in our hands and wrists ready for writing. Each week we will be doing different physical activities to build muscles, strength and coordination.

So far we have…

walked up to the secret garden to collect leaves and conkers

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had races on  the sports field

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ran and used the apparatus in PE

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used crayons to draw and write on big paper on the floor

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turned over the tables and wrapped cling film around to paint on

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crawled, jumped and climbed with the soft play

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done some tricky balancing in yoga

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and we even joined key stage two for a bit of take ten dancing!

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What will we get up to next week?

 

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! 

 

 

This year’s best bits…

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Today is our last day at nursery and we say goodbye to all of our older children who are going up to reception. We have had a busy week celebrating with end of term parties and lots of dancing, games, food and fun!

We have even had an ice-cream van at school this afternoon!

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Thank you to all the children and parents for your wonderful end of term gifts. We especially enjoyed reading all of your lovely comments. We are all so proud of how everyone has come on this year and can’t wait to see how well they do in reception.

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Here are some of our highlights from a fun and busy year…

Best Day Ever (Muddy Puddles and Ice Skating)

Graves Park

Father’s Day Stay and Play

An Eggy Surprise (The Movie)

World Book Day

Christmas Movies

Movie Morning

Our New Workbench

Pancake Day Fun

A Special Delivery (Christmas Movie)

Forest School 

Forest School Day 2 

Forest School Day 3

Sports Day

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Last Wednesday in nursery we held our very own sports day. It was a beautiful sunny day and we had so much fun with our grown-ups.

First we got into teams and had different kinds of races while our parents cheered us on. Then our grown-ups joined us or more running aces, sack races, egg and spoon races, hurdles, jumping and throwing bean bags. Thank you to everyone that came to join us and a special thank you to the older children who came to help out too.

Have a look at our video below!