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Fireworks and Bonfire Night

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When we got back to school everyone was excited about fireworks because it was Bonfire Night. We did lots of learning about what they looked like and what they sounded like. We tried to draw our own fireworks and represent them in different ways.

These two girls were reenacting their experiences of Bonfire Night using the small world characters and bonfire. Then we realised that the tissue paper flames crackled like fire when they were scrunched up. We thought about how we could add other Bonfire Night sounds. The girls started by using their bodies to make noises but then remembered we had instruments in Nursery they could use. They explored the different instruments to see which ones worked best.

We had a wonderful time outside where we experienced sparklers with our friends in Reception class (Thanks to Miss Boyd and Onyx class for the photos) We talked about what we could see and also about how to make sure we stayed safe around sparklers.

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We also used outside to draw some really big fireworks. The rainy weather didn’t put us off. Some of draw fireworks that were bigger than us!

You can see more about our learning on Bonfire Night in the Floor Book.

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What have we been learning? 

  • To make representations of fireworks in different ways. 
  • To listen to the sounds fireworks make and think of ways to describe them. 
  • To think about how to be safe around fireworks and sparklers. 
  • To make up our own stories based on our own experiences. 

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • Talk to your child about fireworks and ask them to think of words to describe them. 
  • Make up stories together and then think about if any sounds need adding using your bodies, voices or instruments. 
  • Play the fireworks counting game on this website. Fireworks Counting Can your child count the fireworks to 5? 

Fun with Number Blocks

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Fun with Number Blocks

In nursery we have been busy learning our numbers with a little help from Number Blocks. We have been watching the episodes and learning all about different numbers. When children are learning their numbers it is much more than counting and recognising numbers, we are also learning to use and understand numbers.

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We played a magic trick with numbered cups.

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We have been learning to:

  • Show numbers on our fingers
  • Find different ways to show numbers such as using blocks, fingers, toys or making marks
  • Notice patterns and think about numbers in relation to one another
  • Re-arrange objects and know that we still have the same amount
  • Match numbers to the same amount of objects

We have also been playing lots of games to help us practise our numbers and counting…

We played pick-up sticks and rolled the colour and number dice to find how many sticks of different colours we needed to pick up.

We played number blocks – number match and matched numbers and amounts.

We played board games like snakes and ladders where we had to roll the dice and match the amount to move that far.

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How can you continue learning at home?

Click here for some great ideas for helping your child to learn numbers at home

Click the link below to watch number blocks and play some fun games on cbeebies…

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/shows/numberblocks 

 

 

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?

 

Maps, maps, maps!

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Maps, maps, maps!

Over the last few weeks the children have been interested in making maps. Look at Yasmen’s great map to school!

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We started with learning about the countries that our families come from. We learnt that members of our family were born in England, Scotland, the Caribbean, Lithuania, Pakistan, Sudan, Eritrea, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, the Congo and Ghana and we wanted to learn some dances from other cultures.

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Then the children made their own maps. There were maps to the jungle, maps to get home, maps to see the princesses and even maps of our own pretend planets!

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After that we moved on to story maps and the children drew some great maps to go with their stories. We even made some books on the computer.

Our story telling continued as Andy the story teller came to tell stories with us…

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What a busy week! The children have loved learning about maps and lots of children carried on making maps while they played. Why not encourage children to make more maps as they play at home. They are great for teaching children about the world around them and learning about where things are.

Our Number Book

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Our Number Book

In nursery we learn a lot about numbers. We learn to count carefully and how we can show numbers in different ways. This week we have been making our own number book. We have been taking pictures of different numbers and amounts around the classroom then printing them off, cutting them out and sticking them in our book ourselves…

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Why not try to find numbers at home? You could look for numbers all around your house and on the way to school. You could count how many things you see or use your tablet or camera to take your own number photos.

Big Board Game Day 2017 (with printable games)

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Big Board Game Day 2017 (with printable games)

This morning was our Big Board Game Day Workshop. We invited parents to come and play and make board games to help raise money for NSPCC.

We made our own board games with numbers to ten and played board games too.

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Board games are a great way to help teach turn taking, counting and matching colours. Different board games can help to teach different skills too. We focused on numbers to ten in our board games to help the children with counting skills.

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You can download and print the games we played today here –  board games. You can use anything you want for counters like use small toys, characters or even pebbles.

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Thank you to everybody who came, find out more about the great cause you are supporting with Big Board Game Day here

That’s not my triangle…

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That’s not my triangle…

Last week we started learning about shapes. To get ready we looked for shapes as part of our home learning. We searched for shapes around our homes and made shape pictures.

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Next we went on a shape hunt outside. We looked for shapes and took photos. We tried to name and describe shapes and looked for shapes that were the same.

Then we looked for objects in the classroom. We took photos and collected objects then matched the shapes. We tried to talk about the shapes we found.

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After that we cut out our shapes and stuck them on card. We thought about whether they had straight or round sides and looked for corners. We looked for shapes in magazines.

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Finally we were ready to make our ‘That’s not my shape…’ book.

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We have been very interested in the ‘That’s not my…’ series of books and we have got some special Easter ones. They are feely books and help us to think about the properties of things and to describe. Have a look at ‘It’s not my Giraffe’

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We used all the shapes we had cut out to create our book. We needed a front cover and a title and then we stuck our shapes on. We decided our first book could be called ‘That’s not my triangle’.

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On the pages we stuck different shapes. We thought about why it was not a triangle. We had to describe the shapes and think about things that were the same and things that were different. It helped us to learn about the properties of shapes.

On the last page Miss Hulme had stuck lots of different shapes like arrows and hearts. We thought about why they couldn’t be triangles. First we thought it was because they didn’t have any pointy bits (corners) but then we noticed one corner on the heart and two on the moon. Zak corrected us to say that it was because they didn’t have 3 corners.

Miss Hulme made it extra tricky by having shapes of different sizes, some shapes upside down and some shapes that are harder to recognise like very long thin rectangles and different types of triangles.

What have we been learning? 

We have learnt lots about shapes! We have been learning to find shapes outdoors, talk about shapes, name shapes, describe shapes, compare shapes, talk about properties of shapes. We have been doing some tricky learning, talking about how we know something is a particular shape.

How can you continue on learning at home? 

Look out for shapes around your house or on your way to school

Cut out shapes to make your own shape pictures can you make a car with a rectangle, square and circles?

Look out for shapes in old magazines and cut them out

You could even make your own shape book

Sort toys into shapes, when you tidy up put all of the same shaped toys together

Look out for shapes with blocks and Lego while you build and see if you can talk about them

 

Easy Peasy Pizza!

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Easy Peasy Pizza!

After having a lovely time celebrating Pancake Day the children thought we should have a new celebration, ‘Pizza Day!’

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We had an easy peasy recipe for making pizza dough – 1 cup of self-raising flour and 1 cup of yoghurt. We mixed them together then chopped up vegetables for the topping.

We walked around school and took orders from the grown-ups in school.

Then we cooked our pizza thinking about how to keep ourselves safe.

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In the classroom we made pizzas in the workshop.

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Then we sold the pizzas in our pizza restaurant. Pizza cost 1 penny a slice so we counted how much money we had and how much pizza we could buy.

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Then we ate our pizza in the restaurant!

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What were we learning about? 

We learnt how to be safe using knives to cut and cooking in the oven.

We were learning to talk to less familiar adults and to ask questions.

We learnt about changes and what happens when we mix ingredients together and cook things.

We learnt the names of vegetables and to try new things.

In our restaurant we learnt to count out amounts. We learnt about numbers as we exchanged 1 penny for 1 piece of pizza.

We all took different roles with children making the pizza, selling the pizza, waiting on the tables and being the customers.

How can you continue learning at home? 

Why not have a go at making pizza at home? Just mix one cup of self-raising flour with one cup of yoghurt. Top tip for a crispy base let a tray get hot in the oven first and then put your dough on.

We were a bit unsure about some vegetable names especially onions, mushrooms and peppers. Try pointing out vegetable names when cooking or shopping.

We had lots of fun buying and selling pizza. Why not make your own shop at home? You can use pennies and toys or even things from your kitchen cupboards to buy and sell.

 

 

Paths and Pulleys

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Paths and Pulleys

Last week in nursery we were very interested in making paths and roads. At the start of the week children started making paths for their cars…

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After this the children made roads and paths to take the animals to the zoo…

 

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Tumbling Towers!

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Tumbling Towers!

In nursery we love to build towers and we love to knock them down even more! We decided to learn all about towers. We learnt which shapes were best for building towers with. We learnt about balance and height and we learnt two new words – tall and short.

Outside we even built a pendulum to help us knock the towers down. It was very tricky and we had to solve lots of problems such as thinking about the height of the pendulum, the length of the string, how tall to build our tower and how far to pull it back. We tried lots of different designs and we even learnt about heavy and light as we tried to knock down different towers.