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:
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…
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…
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…
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.
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…
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!
Last week lots of children started to make superhero masks and we decided to learn about superheroes this week!
We went on a superhero mission!
We made superheroes in the play dough…
This week is also the first week of Fairtrade fortnight. We have been starting to learn about where foods come from with Pablo the Super Banana!
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We had a special superhero surprise in Maths as we ate rainbow super food and learnt about where different fruits came from.
Lots of children made their own superhero costumes.
We screen printed some superhero capes …
And made others out of card and paper in the workshop…
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…
We used felt squares to make Lois and Miss Morris’ idea of a game of Twister…
We took photos of our pictures and played Guess Who…
We played some fun games in PE…
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?
Last week the children were very interested in exploring things that move. Outside they used the blocks to make big cars and planes then planned trips to Hawaii and drew maps of how to get there! As they played they learnt about shape, weight and size while they explored the blocks, they learnt to work together and talk to each other about their ideas. The children used their imagination as they planned their trip (and had to have an emergency landing) and they developed their fine motor skills and understanding of size and space as they drew their maps.
Inside the children were busy making vehicles in the workshop, there were rockets, cars, trucks and buses. The children learnt about size and shape as they worked imaginatively to create their own vehicles. At the workbench the children used the saws to cut up pieces of wood and the hammers and screwdrivers to add wheels, doors and windows. Everybody is getting very good at remembering how to keep themselves safe when using the tools as well as building up their strength, control and coordination.
In the block area there were lots of different ideas. Some children brought over stools and used the blocks to create an ambulance then went to help people. Other children played with the cars and we made a car park matching the cars and recognising numbers.
How can you continue learning at home?
We’re going on a bear hunt,
We’re going to catch a big one,
What a beautiful day,
We’re not scared…
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…
and the snow storm!
We got to the cave and who do you think was hiding inside?
When we got back Brooklyn drew a map of our bear hunt…
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.
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.
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.
Thank you to everybody who came, find out more about the great cause you are supporting with Big Board Game Day here
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!
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?
Then we put the martian in the block area and tried to build steps up to the martian.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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