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!
Look what fun we have been having in our block area this week…
Read our learning story to find out how we made our GIANT slide!
After watching our caterpillars grow then go into their chrysalises, they turned into butterflies and it was finally time to let them go. The children chose the top of the hill near the secret garden to let the butterflies go. Carefully we took them up the hill then let them fly away…
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.
Well Monday was a very rainy day. It was so rainy in Sheffield that even some of the buses and trams stopped running! But in nursery we like to make the most of the wet weather. Our new outdoor suits and wellies mean we can go out whatever the weather and we did!
We had lots of fun painting outdoors. We tried different paints, chalks and crayons on paper then put them in the rain to see what would happen…
“It’s washing it away”
“It’s getting it clean”
“It’s making purple water down the yard”
“That one int, that one is still there”
We also made some sounds and music with the rain.
In a tuff spot we put different containers and let them fill up with water. We then hit them to listen to the different sounds they made…
Do you go out when it is rainy?
There’s lots of fun to be had in the rain. You can splash in puddles, sprinkle paint in puddles to make pictures, build shelters, put out pans and let them fill up with water and listen to the sounds, catch the rain etc… Just make sure you’ve got coats and wellies on!
This week we read the story ‘Spinderella’. It is the story all about a spider who wants to learn about counting and numbers. There is lots of counting in the story so we did lots of our own counting around the classroom.
In the story Spinderella and The Hairy Godmother count out boots for the spiders. We decided to sort out our wellies for outside. We counted how many we needed each and counted how many children could go outside.
In the story Spinderella likes to play football but she has to teach the other spiders to count the teams and keep score.
We got ourselves into teams and thought about what it meant to be FAIR. Then we played cups and saucers outside and kept score. We learnt that the winner was who had the most.
We have had lots of fun learning to count with Spinderella. We need a bit more practise saying our numbers in order to 10. There is lots of counting you can do at home, why not…
- Sing number rhymes like 5 little ducks or 5 currant buns. BBC radio is a great place to listen to number rhymes online, click here to listen.
- Count as you move – you could count stairs, count steps or count jumps.
- You could count on your way to school, how many traffic lights do you see, how many buses?
- Count as you get ready for school – how many shoes do you need? How many socks?
- Count at home – how many people in your family? how many bedrooms in your house?
- Count out food – can you eat three chips?
- Count as you tidy – lets see how many cars there are to put away 1,2,3,4
- Play your own games and keep score.
Today was a little bit rainy but it didn’t matter because we had our new outdoor clothes!
We have waterproof suits and wellies in different sizes so the children can go out whatever the weather.
Look how much fun we had playing in the rain…
Please remember to still send your child in clothes suitable for the changing weather. If you would prefer, you can also send your child to school in their own wellies. Thank you! 🙂
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’!
Last week was Environment Week so we decided to build a giant recycled robot!
First Miss Hulme and Miss Parker went to the Scrap Store to collect lots of bits and bobs to create our robot. If you have never been it is full of great ‘junk’. Check it out here.
Then we thought about how we wanted our robot to look and drew our designs…
Next we got out the clear mannequin torso from the Scrap Store and filled it with bits of rubbish to be the robots insides. We used things that would have normally been thrown away like broken lids and bits of flooring. We had to think about the size of what we were putting in to fill the robot.
Then we made his body. We added a plastic tub head and screwed tins together to be arms.
The legs were tricky, after trying cones and wire reels we decided on old plastic boxes that were going to be thrown away. We wanted our robot to live outside so we had to think about how to keep it waterproof.
The children added their own personal touches like sunglasses and a necklace…
Finally we decided it should be silver so Miss Hulme sprayed it. Look closely at his stomach and you should still be able to see his insides!
Here is our finished robot, what do you think?
We have been reading one of our favourite stories … The Journey Home from Grandpas.
It is all about the things we see on the way home.
We learnt our colour names and the names of the different vehicles.
We thought about our own journeys and drew maps of the things we saw. We thought about the different directions we travelled in and the positions. We directed the cars and talked about how they travelled under, over, around and through. We followed directions moving them forwards, backwards and sideways.
Then we decided to make our own story… The Journey Home from Nursery!
We thought about how we got home, the things we saw, the sizes and the colours. Then we tried to make it fit with the rhythm of the first story, what do you think?
What do you see on your way home nursery?
Which way do you travel?
What do you go past?
Can you make up your own story?