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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.

Movie Morning

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Movie Morning

One day Asaad asked if he could make a video. We set up a video diary and the children learnt how to record themselves as they sang songs and told stories.

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Everyone loved the idea and decided we should make a ‘real movie’ together. The children had lots of different ideas for their movie.

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In the end we decided on the story of The Three Little Pigs. Everybody had their own job. We made masks and costumes for the different characters, build sets inside and outside, told the story using storyboards to help us, acted out the story, used puppets to tell the story, made sound effects, directed our friends and recorded our movie. What a busy week!

Then we thought about who might like to see our movie. We decided our grown-ups would so we made tickets, posters and invitations.

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Then Paige said we should make jam tarts and Oliver, Lula, Toochi and Roman thought popcorn and hot chocolate!

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We baked our jam tarts and got everything ready for our movie mornings and  lots of our grown-ups stayed!

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We had a lovely time and the children were all very proud of their movie. Thank you to everyone who stayed.

 

The children have already been talking about a Christmas movie for the sequel so watch this space!

Weekly Workshop – Making Slime

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Weekly Workshop – Making Slime

Each week we will be running  a weekly workshop with fun ideas to help support learning at home. We often make things that the children can take home with them to carry on learning at home.

Everybody is welcome whether it is your nursery session or not. If you are attending nursery that day just come through to nursery, alternatively if your child attends afternoons or the beginning of the week just come from the office. Thank you to all the parents who attended.

This week our workshop was making slime.

Next week we will be making our own bath crayons.

 

The Home Learning Project

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The Home Learning Project

In nursery last year we ran a very exciting project called The Home Learning Project. The aim of the project was to support parents with learning at home, in particular helping children with early maths skills. The project was funded through Early Years Pupil Premium. 

We will be running the project again this year. If you would like to be involved please speak to a member of nursery staff.We will also be running weekly workshops in school every Thursday morning.

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Each week nursery staff would come and visit parents and children at home and bring a new maths backpack full of fun games, puppets, toys and stories. The nursery staff (Rachael and Lois) would then demonstrate how to use and play with the pack and introduce the games before leaving it for a week. The following week the bag would be swapped for a new pack for the next week. At the end of the 5 weeks families were invited to a celebration event at school where children would receive a medal and certificate.

The Home Learning Project - Overview (infographic)

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To continue learning at home we also ran weekly workshops in school. Children were invited to be part of the workshops where we made fun things to play with and take home like board games, slime, balance buns and play dough.

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The children loved having their parents come to work with them at school and having nursery staff come to see them at home. Everybody said they would like to be part of a similar project again and that they saw a difference in their children both in what they knew and their approach to learning.

The Home Learning Project - Parent Feedback

The Home Learning Project - Key SkillsWe will be continuing the home learning project this year. We will be speaking to parents about it in nursery but if you would like to be involved or find out more please chat to a member of nursery staff.

Lunch with our grown-ups

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Lunch with our grown-ups

On Wednesday we had a very exciting lunch time. All our parents were invited to come and try a school dinner with us. We all went up to the hall and chose a dinner together. Parents could see and taste what we had for school dinner and could find out what the children would try at school.

Thank you to everybody who came, we hope you enjoyed your dinner!

Sing a Story

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Sing a Story

In nursery we had a very exciting trip to The City Hall. We went to ‘Sing a Story’ from Music in the Round. We had been getting ready for our trip by learning the stories .. Little Rabbit Foo Foo, The Train Ride, Three Little Pigs and The Grand Old Duke of York.

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We went to The City Hall and had a very exciting afternoon. We went down on the tram with all of our friends.

When we got to the City Hall there was an orchestra and we saw lots of interesting instruments we had never seen before. There were lots of songs and actions to join in with and there were even amazing actors who dressed up and acted out the stories. We were so happy that our grown-ups came with us too.

Thank you to everybody who came!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Story Telling

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar Story Telling

Today was our story telling workshop. We have been learning the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. We learnt the words and actions to help us to remember them. Then we performed the story for our grown-ups.

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After that we went back to our classroom and waited for our grown ups…

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When our grown-ups arrived they helped us to order the pictures from the story. We thought about the days of the week and counted the fruit to match the day. We used our scissors carefully and stuck our pictures on in order…

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Thank you to all the grown-ups who came. Don’t worry if you missed it, here are the words and story map, why not see if you can have a go at telling the story at home…

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Our Father’s Day Event

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We had lots of fun at our special Father’s Day event. We invited all the dads, step-dads, grandads and uncles to join us for fun and games.

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We played lots of games and our families joined us for fun and activities in our yard.

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We had lots of fun and some of the dads and grandads even came to help us in the classroom making some sand slime for the children.

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Thank you to everybody who came. We love having our grown-ups join us for special events and can’t wait for the next one!