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Cops and Robbers

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The children in Nursery had been returning to the same interest in their play again and again. They loved ‘putting you in jail’ so we decided to learn more about the Police.

We read books from our school library about Police. Some of them were information books and some of them were stories. We watched videos about the Police and read information from the computers to find out more.

The Police and What They Do PowerPoint from Twinkl.co.uk 

We then put what what we had learnt into our play. Some of use decided to build jails outside and played at being cops and robbers.

When we were learning more about the Police we saw their cars so we turned a car in our Outdoor Area into a Police car with a flashing blue light. We also got the road signs out so we could practise helping people keep safe on the roads. Everyone had a go at reading the road signs and giving meaning to the letters and symbols.

Some of of us played at being the Police inside. We had some special Police notebooks and phones so we could take messages. There was lots of mark making going on while the children wrote ‘tickets’ for each other.

We also made up a new song with Ms Woods and Miss Webster. Here are the words if you want to sing along at home….

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And then there was a special surprise… some really life police officers came to visit us in Nursery. It was great to see them and we saw lots of the things we’d been talking about during the week in real life. We found out what happened if there was a traffic accident and cars crashed.

Thank you so much Michelle and John for coming to see us. We hope we see you again soon.

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What have we been learning?

  • About the job of a Police Officer
  • To read road signs and write tickets like a Police officer
  • To talk about what we can see and what we’ve learnt

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • Talk with your children about jobs they are interested in. This could be anything: Police officer, Fire fighter, Race car driver, Astronaut, Chef, Teacher or anything else your child is interested in. 
  • Look at road signs and other signs (on shops, buses, cars etc.) when you’re out and about and talk about their meaning. This is the beginning of reading. 
  • Sing the song the children made up together. See if you’re can make up an extra verse or make up a song about a different job. 

 

World Nursery Rhyme Week 2019

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Our children love singing Nursery Rhymes all the time so when we found out it was Nursery Rhyme we decided to join in.

There was a different rhyme to learn each day and the children loved learning them, including some new ones.

Monday- Baa Baa Black Sheep

Tuesday- Down in the Jungle

Wednesday- Incy Wincy Spider

Thursday- Row Row Row Your Boat

Friday- Two Little Dickie Birds

Not only did we learn the original rhymes we learn different versions as well, such as Baa Baa White Sheep.

Baa baa white sheep, have you any wool, No Sir, no Sir, no bags full, none to mend the blankets, none to mend the socks, none to mend the woolly gloves and none to mend the frocks. 

We went on a special Nursery Rhyme Hunt round school following some clues. They took us everywhere trying to find out where to go next.

Each time we had to think which rhyme the clue was telling us about and we sang it to check we remembered the whole rhyme. Then we went to the next place to check we were right. The children did an amazing job of guessing which rhyme it was and also knowing all the words. We went singing all around the school before the clues took us back to Nursery.

The children in Nursery on Thursday with Mrs Woods got a super special treat when she brought her ukulele along to sing the Nursery Rhymes. The children then joined in with their own instruments. You can see the photos in the Floor Book.

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What we been learning? 

  • To recite as many Nursery Rhymes as we can and also different versions of the same rhyme. 
  • To follow clues and think about what they are telling us to do next. 
  • To play musical instruments alongside singing and the ukulele playing. 
  • About the different sounds and rhyming words in Nursery Rhymes.

“If children know 8 nursery rhymes by heart by the time they’re 4 years old, they are usually among the best readers and spellers in their class by the time they are 8” Mem Fox, Reading Magic

How can you continue the learning at home? 

  • Sing Nursery Rhymes with your children. If you are less confident with them yourself you can find them on Cbeebies here and on the World Nursery Rhyme Week page here. 
  • Read books with rhyming words in them- Julia Donaldson books usually have rhyming words. Can your child finish the sentences with a rhyming word? Can they hear which word between two is the rhyming words? eg. The cat is black, It sits in a….. Is it sack or bed? 
  • Play other rhyming games such as Cake Bake on Phonics Play. Click this link to find the game.  You will need the Username: PRINCE2 and the Password: EDWARD to access the site fully. 

Books at Bedtime

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Books at Bedtime

In nursery we know how important it is to share books as often as we can. Even though the children might not be reading the words yet it is still so important to read to them regularly, looking at the pictures, telling the story, talking about what they see, thinking about what might happen next. A great way to fit in reading with your child at home every day is to share a story before bedtime. To help us think about the importance of books at bedtime we have had a bit of a competition!

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Every day for the last 3 weeks the children have been reading a story before bed and writing it down. Each week there have been special stickers and prizes. For our final week we had a books at bedtime celebration! The children came to school in their pyjamas, we had hot chocolate and biscuits and there was a grand prize draw for the children who had been sharing stories everyday!

Well done to everybody who took part, we hope you continue to enjoy your books at bedtime.

Building Boats

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We have been learning about pirates! 

We decided to make the pirates a new boat. First we thought about the materials we could use. We chose the size we needed then tested the materials to see if they were waterproof. Some of the boys noticed that even though the materials were waterproof some had little holes in so we couldn’t use them for boats.

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We thought about what else our boat might need. L suggested that the boats might need sails. We chose from waterproof materials and cut them to the size we needed. We then used pegs, clips and elastic bands to attach the sails.

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Finally we tested our boats in the water to make sure the Pirates didn’t sink!

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If the boats didn’t work the children worked together to find ways to make them waterproof.

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Finally we took them to the water tray to hold the Pirates and their treasure.

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What were we learning? 

We investigated materials comparing the different materials for different purposes

We learnt about what waterproof meant

We learnt about floating and sinking

We made choices of how best to attach materials together

We worked together to try and improve our models

What can you do at home? 

Make models from objects around the house such as empty containers

Investigate floating and sinking in the sink or bath

Talk about different materials when choosing clothes for different weathers e.g. choosing a waterproof coat in the rain

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

Reading from left to right

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In our reading groups this week we have been thinking about where we start reading and trying to follow the words.

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We had special lolly pop sticks with eyes on to help us remember to follow the writing.

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We followed the words as the adult read them.

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We pointed to the words, reading from top to bottom, left to right.

Choosing Stories in Nursery

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We find a quiet space.

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We use the front cover to help us choose a story we like the look of.

Some of us prefer books we can touch or that make sounds.

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Some of us like nice sturdy board books, where the pages are easier to turn.

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Some of us like to read paperback books.

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Some of us like to read books on the laptop, whiteboard or IPad.

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We try to find books that we think we might like for our classroom.

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A few authors we like in Nursery

Julia Donaldson – rhyming stories like The Gruffalo

Eric Carle – colourful animal stories like The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Oliver Jeffers – stories about adventures like Lost and Found

Mick Inkpen – stories with characters we follow like Wibbly Pig and Kipper

Giles Andrea – colourful animal stories like Giraffes Can’t Dance

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Sharing Stories in Nursery

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In Nursery we love to share stories. Here is one of the ways we like to look at books together.

We start by turning our books the right way up and finding the front cover. Next we find the title and look at the picture to see if we can find clues for what the story might be about.

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Today’s Story – This is the Bear and the Scary Night

“Why might the night be scary?”

“I think it will be monsters and the bear’s running away”

“The thunder’s coming and it might be scary”

“That baby bear can’t find his mummy and his daddy”

“Where do you think the bear is?” 

“At park”

“Yeah, he’s watching the sun”

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Then we have a look at the pictures for some more clues about what is happening. We can turn our pages one at a time.

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“What can you see?” 

“He’s left on his own”

“Something’s going to happen…it’s thunder and lightening”

“The boy’s forgotten!”

“Yeah and he’s sad”

“Now he looks like he’s shouting”

“He says HELP!”

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“How do you think the bear’s feeling?”

“Bear’s getting angry”

“Oh the owl’s gonna gobble him up”

“I think he’s shouting MUM!”

“Yeah louder!”

“He’s scared”

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“What do you think might happen next?” 

“He’s gonna fall in the water”

“He’s gonna be cold isn’t he?”

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“What can you see happening now?” 

“Those are water lilies on the pond”

“The man with the trumpet’s got him”

“He’s gonna take him home, to his house”

“He’s happy now”

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We then went back to the front cover and the adult read the words while the children followed them with their finger.

It was a rhyming story so the children said the words at the end of the line when the adult paused.

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When we finished we talked about what had happened and if our guesses were right. Then we chose our favourite parts of the story.

“I liked the man who rescued him”

“I liked when he was angry and shouting”

“When the boy was chucking him up and coming back down again and the bear was happy”

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