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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? 

Noticing Autumn

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We had all noticed lots of changes outside as Autumn started. Children started to comment as they came into Nursery. Miss Parker collected some of the items they brought and added to it on our Nature Shelf.

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We decided to go to the Secret Garden to look for some different Autumn objects and everyone brought a leaf back to class.

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We looked carefully at the different leaves and talked about what we could see. You can see our learning in the Floor Book.

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We also decided to use our leaves to do some leaf printing back in Nursery.

The children enjoyed exploring the items on the Nature Shelf. They particularly loved the conkers and the pumpkins. We decided to focus on Pumpkins more the week after.

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We looked very carefully at the pumpkins and tried to draw them. We also spent a lot of time talking about the pumpkins and thinking about as many words as we could to describe them.

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What have we been learning? 

  • About seasonal changes all around us. 
  • To talk about what we can see using words and sentences. 
  • To go on a visit in school to see a new places. 

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • Can you talk about the leaves we found? What colour are they? What shape are they? Do you know which tree they came from? 1DF12DA2-E947-4A25-BF3A-BBB3B56D8B51
  • Which other signs of Autumn can you see? Go to the Park and see what is happening to the trees there.
  • How many words can you think of to describe a pumpkin? 

Nursery Sports Day!

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Nursery Sports Day!

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!

Click below to see our video:

Treasure Hunt!

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Treasure Hunt!

Over the last few weeks we have been looking at maps and talking about where things are. Last week the children had lots of pirate ideas for what we could do next…

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First we turned our house into a pirate ship then the children added extra details like a steering wheel and anchor and drew treasure maps to play with…

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We have been learning to blend our sounds and sound out words to read and write. We have been enjoying learning with the Alphablocks characters and playing games to help us learn our letters and sounds…

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In maths we set up obstacle courses and described to our friends which way they needed to go using directions and positions. We made it extra tricky by taking it in turns to be blindfolded and trying to find the treasure by following our friends directions.

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Then it was time for our treasure hunt! We had decided we needed clues to follow to get the treasure and that we’d like to go to the secret garden. The clues were tricky and we had to work out the answer to find the next clue. For some clues we had to find the rhyme or blend the sounds in the words as well as remembering our positions and directions to find where things were…

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We had lots of fun on our treasure hunt, click below to watch the movie!

 

How can you continue learning at home?

Positions and directions are great to practise at home. You could –

Go on your own treasure hunt!

Make up dances – one step forward, arms in front, turn around…

Play robot games – take it in turns to be a robot and collect objects. Give each other directions for which way you need to go!

Play games while tidying up – “Can you find 3 things that go under the bed?” “Can you find something big that lives next to the cupboard?”

Make your own maps for where you live, how to get to the shops or how to get to Grandma’s house, draw all the things you see on the way

 

You could continue the pirate fun by making your own treasure maps, paper pirate hats or a ship out of a box!

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…

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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.

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! 

 

 

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!

 

Forest School Day 3

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This week was our final week of Forest Schools. We had fun with the clay making creatures and homes and then searched for wiggly worms! We will miss our Forest School sessions but can’t wait to start exploring the secret garden ourselves! Check out our video below to see what we got up to this week…