We’ve had great fun over the last few weeks in Nursery. Some children were returning after the Summer while others only came to join us in September. Miss Parker also enjoyed settling in. Look at our photos to see some of the things we’ve doing.
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It has been so wonderful to see all the children settle into Nursery over the last few weeks. They’ve all done an amazing job 🙂
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Last week was our Nursery Sports Day. We had a great time with all the parents that came along to join in. Thank you to everyone who came we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!
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Today we had a lovely time on our trip to Norfolk Park. We went on a nature walk, played sports day style games, had a picnic, played even more games and went on the adventure playground.
A huge thank you to everyone who came, the bit of rain didn’t put us off! We hope you all had a great time too.
Thank you to all the parents who came to join us for our Father’s Day event this afternoon. We had to postpone last week’s event due to all the rain but luckily this afternoon was lovely and sunny!
Lots of dads, grandads, uncles, brothers and godfathers came to join us for games and activities…
Last week we had lots of fun making special medal biscuits for our dads for Father’s Day…
We also made cards and thought about what made our dad’s special…
A huge thank you to everyone who came this afternoon, we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!
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…
We used felt squares to make Lois and Miss Morris’ idea of a game of Twister…
We took photos of our pictures and played Guess Who…
We played some fun games in PE…
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?
A few weeks ago we had a lovely time celebrating Father’s Day with our grown-ups. We invited everyone to come and play games together, on the park, ball games and on the Muga.
Check out our video below….
Thank you to everyone who came! We look forward to having more fun at our sports day next Wednesday!
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!
We had a lovely time playing ball games and going on the park with our grown-ups.
Thank you to everyone who came we had a lovely afternoon and we hope you did too!
Monday was Halloween and everybody was very excited!
The children dressed up and went trick or treating around the classroom.
We made doors to knock on and handed out sweets (pompoms)
At the end we counted up our sweets and shared them fairly between our friends.
We had lots of pumpkin fun before the holidays but we still had a couple left so the children decided to cut them up and scoop them out.
One of the ‘pumpkins’ was green on the outside so everybody guessed what colour it might be inside…
We read Halloween stories and drew Halloween pictures. Click here to see what we got up to when we read the story of Spinderella.
We also played a Halloween game where we had to pick up the pompoms with the tweezers of throw them into the skeleton buckets. We had to think about our colours and we counted to see who was the winner.
What have we been learning?
- When we were trick or treating we were learning to pretend, to listen to our friends ideas, to share, to take it in turns, to keep our play going by listening and responding to others, to talk about the colours of our ‘sweets’ and to count them
- When we were playing with the pumpkins we learnt to talk about what we could see, feel, smell and hear. We thought of describing words and thought about what we thought we might see.
- When we coloured our Halloween pictures we thought about the colours we needed, we learnt to hold our pens and pencils properly and to try and make slow and careful movements rather than scribbling.
- When we played our Halloween game we learnt our colour names and counted the pompoms to see who had more.
How can you continue learning at home?
Lots of the children need a bit more practise with their colour names. At home you could try ..
- going on a colour hunt
- naming colours as you travel to school – ‘what colour is the traffic light?’
- playing I spy with colours – ‘I spy with my little eye something blue’
- naming the colours as children get ready – ‘can you find your yellow socks?’
- playing a colour game like seeing who can see the most red things on the walk to school
- colouring pictures and talking about the colours you need
We hope everybody had lots of fun trick or treating and a Happy Halloween!
We have been having lots of fun learning all about pirates and seasides.
We built a giant pirate ship using our new blocks outside…
We turned our open-ended role-play area into a pirate ship. We added a wheel, hats, fabric for the flags and the water, tubes became telescopes and boxes became treasure chests!
We played lots of pirate board games (check out our post here)
And even made up our own games…
We made up poems about the seaside (check out our post here)
We had lots of fun with the shells and moon sand. Moon sand looks just like real sand but it easier to mould. Recipe … 4 cups of wholemeal flour, half a cup of baby oil. You can use any oil. More oil will make it more like wet sand and less will make it more powdery.
We made pirate obstacle courses outside to find the treasure and walk the plank. We had to follow instructions and listen to the positions moving under, over, round and through.
How can you continue learning at home?
- Play or make your own board games
- Make your own moon sand (recipe above) or use play sand, add buckets, numbers, cutters, spades, diggers, cars or whatever your child is interested in
- Make your own obstacle course in the garden, try going down the slide, over the grass, round the tree etc.
- Use scraps of fabric and empty boxes to make your own pirate ship – a pillowcase makes a great flag, tubes for telescopes and almost anything sparkley can be ‘treasure’!
In nursery we love a competition. At the moment our favourite thing is to get into teams and play board games.
First we had to learn how to play the games. We rolled the dice, counted the spots and moved our character that many. Some children chose to use the numbered dice instead…
We played some games where it was a race to the finish and other games where we had to get the most treasure. We used a number track to keep track of who had the most treasure.
Then we made our own games using maps.
We thought of ideas to write on the cards. We had to think of some ways to add more treasure and some to take treasure away. Both teams were very keen on the idea of taking each others’ treasure!
Next we might need to work on being good winners!
Board games are a great way to teach children lots of skills. We learnt about following instructions, taking turns and working in a team. We learnt lots of maths skills by counting the spots on the dice, matching numbers and amounts and counting on. We thought about whether we needed to add or take away as we picked up the challenge cards. The children even started to work out who would win based on what they rolled.
Why not play board games at home?
Dice or spinner games are great for teaching maths skills. A lot of board games involve counting, turn taking and following instructions and are a fun way to teach children these skills.