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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

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Alien Adventures

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Alien Adventures

After reading The Journey Home From Grandpas we thought about other journeys we might go on and decided to learn about space!

We read the stories Whatever Next by Jill Murphy and The Way Back Home by Oliver Jeffers.

We thought about what we might pack if we went on a journey to space. We made it extra tricky by only choosing what we thought were the three most important things, we didn’t alway agree!

Some of us tried to pack for an emergency and thought about how we would see if it was dark, what we would eat and how to keep ourselves warm. Some of us just wanted things to help us see the sights and some of us packed the things we would need for bedtime!

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In the story The Way Back Home the martian and the boy get stuck on the moon. We thought about how we would rescue them. Can you see how we tried to rescue the martian?

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We decided we could design a vehicle to get us to the moon. We worked with friends to draw a picture of what our vehicle would look like then labelled all the special parts.

We turned a box into a rocket like in the story Whatever Next. We added wheels and backpacks and material.

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Some of the children then had the idea to add a door and a window and we decorated our box to look like a rocket.

We made green alien slime using our favourite recipe (recipe here) and added rockets, aliens and astronauts.

We made more rockets with the blocks and we all practised writing our name, cutting out the letters and turning them into rockets, some of us had very long rockets!

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We made number rockets writing the numbers and making the marks to show how many it was. Then we put the numbers in order from 1 to 10.

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We had lots of fun learning about space, how can you continue learning at home?

Encourage your child’s interest in space by; talking about what they have learnt, sharing stories about space or finding out more information on the internet (try using child-friendly search engine Kiddle)

Encourage your child to write their name by making your own name rocket at home, or how about a name train or even a name Olaf! (snowman)

When you’re on your way on a visit somewhere encourage children to pack a bag with the things they think might be important, what do they think they might need to pack for a trip to the park? Give children a limit e.g. pack 2 things for the park to encourage them to think about what they want and what they need (Their answers might surprise you!)

Give children a challenge when they play with their blocks or Lego at home, can they build a tower that is taller than they are? Can they build a bridge?

Make some alien slime or play dough or easy peasy moon sand (just flour and water). Click the link above to find our favourite recipes.

Use an old box to make your own rocket or let it be anything you want it to. Try adding spare bits of fabric/bed sheets or pillowcases to encourage the children to be whatever they want, the material in nursery is definitely the most popular for dress-up!

 

Coffee and Chocolate (Fairtrade Week)

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Coffee and Chocolate (Fairtrade Week)

Before the holidays we learnt about teacher’s two favourite things…coffee and chocolate!

We were thinking about Fairtrade as part of a global Citizenship Week. As a whole school we think a lot about our community and the wider world. We celebrate Global Citizenship week where we think about issues that are important to us and the world around us.

We did lots of Fairtrade baking and sold it to our parents and the adults in school. All the money we raised went to charity (see our post Fairtrade Bake Off to find out more).

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We played with chocolate slime making buns and sweets.

To make at home mix 2 cups of white glue with half a cup of liquid detergent (not all detergents work, we use Alma from Aldi) and then you can add colours and scents of your choice. We added a heaped tablespoon of hot chocolate for our chocolate slime.

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We had lots of fun with coffee beans in the tuff spot. We added  pestle and mortars, rolling pins, spoons and measuring jugs for grinding, pouring and measuring the coffee. We counted the beans and found the matching numbers.

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We learnt about where foods came from. We did lots of work with maps, looking at maps of the world, of England, of Sheffield and of Manor Top. We even looked at a map of our classroom and used it to find hidden eggs.

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We had lots of questions about where things came from so we looked online to try and find the answer.

TOP TIP – Try using the search engine ‘Kiddle’ it is like a child friendly version of Google with pictures to help choose web pages.

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We also had lots of Easter fun!

How could you continue learning at home? 

Why not see if you can spot the Fairtrade logo on foods at home or in the shops.

Check packaging to find out how far your food has travelled.

Use Kiddle to find the answer to a question.

Follow the recipe above to make your own slime.

Do some Fairtrade baking of your own!

See if you can spot where you live on a map, do you know your address?

 

 

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!

World Book Day

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We have had lots of fun today for World Book Day!

We had a competition in school to decorate our classroom doors like different book covers. We made our door look like the story ‘Aliens love Underpants’ and added a washing line of underpants!

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The children came to school dressed up as their favourite characters, like The Gruffalo, The Cat in the Hat and Cinderella. Some children brought their favourite books to school as well. In assembly there were prizes for the best costumes.

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We decorated fairy cakes to look like apples from the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. We piped swirls of red icing on top of the fairy cakes, then we added a piece of pretzel for the stalk and a jelly caterpillar.

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We moved a little bookshelf into the jungle and the children read stories to the animals.

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We listened to stories through headphones, made our own stories with story stones and told stories with finger puppets.

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We added polystyrene balls, pegs, lollypop sticks and glue to the water tray and used all our scraps we had been practising cutting this week to make puppets.

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In the reading area we read and told stories to each other, using the puppets to help us.

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We made a stage in the construction area and used it to sing songs and tell stories to our friends. The children loved using the props and costumes to dress up and perform for their friends!

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We used fabric, tables, chairs and pegs to create reading dens then added baskets of books and torches.

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We have had lots of fun for World Book Day and there are lots of things you can do to get your children excited about stories at home:

Let children dress up in their favourite character clothes and tell or perform stories

Use bed sheets or towels over tables or chairs to make a reading den, a cosy place to read stories together

Encourage children to read their stories to their cuddly toys

Draw, cut and stick puppets from children’s favourite stories

Use toys to make up stories

Have a look on Purple Mash for some more story activities to try at home

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

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This week we started reading the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

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We used the book and soft toy props to retell the story.

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On the snack table we had fruit from the story to taste; apples, oranges, pears, strawberries, plums and watermelon.

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On the sensory table we had green slime and food from the story.

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Then we added knives and forks to the slime to practise cutting.

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On the fine motor table children punched holes in leaves and threaded them onto string.

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We threaded fruit and vegetables, learning the names and making patterns as we threaded.

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We made caterpillars in the play dough with match sticks and googley eyes.

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We even turned the water in the water tray green!

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Loose Parts Maths Play

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We have been using loose parts on our maths table this week.

We had natural materials such as corks, pegs, wood cuts, card circles, wooden wheels and bamboo mats.

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The children could choose how they accessed the provision.

Some children chose to use the parts to build with and talked about the size of their towers.

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Some children created or completed repeating patterns using the pieces.

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Some children counted out different objects and matched them to number cards.

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We continued our learning in the outdoor area using objects and finding patterns in the environment.

Nuts and Bolts

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We have had nuts and bolts in our classroom this week to help our hands and fingers get stronger ready for writing.

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We used nuts, bolts, screws and washers of different sizes and colanders and pizza trays with holes in to screw them into.

It was a bit tricky to put the nut on at first and then we had to use our thumbs and fingers to twist them on.

These activities build up children’s fine motor skills to get them ready for writing.

Pancake Play

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We have been having lots of pancake day fun this week. Our favourite activity has been our pancake day tuff spot.

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In the tray we have had a frying pan, felt pancakes, oven gloves, scales, whisks, eggs and plates for children to recreate making pancakes.

The children also added timers and made chefs hats using strips of card and white tissue paper.

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The children have done lots of good thinking and learning in this area this week. They have been playing together, sharing ideas, using lots of talk in their play and using counting skills.

Have a look at a learning story of one of the children in the tuff spot this week:

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Fun in the Snow

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We have had a very exciting time in nursery today, it has been SNOWING!

We worked together to build a snowman. We used buckets, shovels and spades to collect the snow then rolled a head for the snowman. Then we added rocks for the eyes, a carrot nose, a scarf and hat, stick arms and we painted his mouth!

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We had some fun new snow sledges to use with our friends. We tied a rope to the end then pulled our friends through the snow.

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We took block paints, water colours and spray bottles out into the snow. Then we used them to paint patterns and pictures in the snow, even the snowman got painted!

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We had lots of fun in the snow today, we hope it snows tomorrow!