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Easy Peasy Pizza!

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Easy Peasy Pizza!

After having a lovely time celebrating Pancake Day the children thought we should have a new celebration, ‘Pizza Day!’

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We had an easy peasy recipe for making pizza dough – 1 cup of self-raising flour and 1 cup of yoghurt. We mixed them together then chopped up vegetables for the topping.

We walked around school and took orders from the grown-ups in school.

Then we cooked our pizza thinking about how to keep ourselves safe.

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In the classroom we made pizzas in the workshop.

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Then we sold the pizzas in our pizza restaurant. Pizza cost 1 penny a slice so we counted how much money we had and how much pizza we could buy.

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Then we ate our pizza in the restaurant!

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What were we learning about? 

We learnt how to be safe using knives to cut and cooking in the oven.

We were learning to talk to less familiar adults and to ask questions.

We learnt about changes and what happens when we mix ingredients together and cook things.

We learnt the names of vegetables and to try new things.

In our restaurant we learnt to count out amounts. We learnt about numbers as we exchanged 1 penny for 1 piece of pizza.

We all took different roles with children making the pizza, selling the pizza, waiting on the tables and being the customers.

How can you continue learning at home? 

Why not have a go at making pizza at home? Just mix one cup of self-raising flour with one cup of yoghurt. Top tip for a crispy base let a tray get hot in the oven first and then put your dough on.

We were a bit unsure about some vegetable names especially onions, mushrooms and peppers. Try pointing out vegetable names when cooking or shopping.

We had lots of fun buying and selling pizza. Why not make your own shop at home? You can use pennies and toys or even things from your kitchen cupboards to buy and sell.

 

 

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The Magic Rainbow Bus

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The Magic Rainbow Bus

This week the children decided to make a ‘magic rainbow bus’

We worked together to stick different coloured pieces of card on it. Then we added special features like wheels, headlights, windows, a moving door and even a magnetic registration plate.

We are very proud of our bus and have already been on lots of adventures to the park for picnics, Monkey business and Asda!

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Pirate Fun

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Pirate Fun

We have been having lots of fun learning all about pirates and seasides.

We built a giant pirate ship using our new blocks outside…

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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!

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We played lots of pirate board games (check out our post here)

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And even made up our own games…

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We made up poems about the seaside (check out our post here) 

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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.

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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’!

 

 

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!

 

Telling stories…

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Telling stories…

For the last few weeks in nursery we have been thinking all about story telling. First we used small world characters to tell stories with puppets, fairytale characters and some characters from our favourite movies. We added story stones to help us think of ideas for our story and extra props like magic wands and beanstalks.

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Story Telling in our new Lego Area

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Story Telling Tyres Outside

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Then we decided to be the characters in our story. We dressed up as the different characters we wanted to be and acted out stories. Then we used the Ipad ‘Storytime’ App.

We took photos and created a book.

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What a lot of story telling!

Over the past few weeks we have noticed the children’s story telling improving a lot. The children tell more stories when they are dressed up. Even the quietest children have started to give the small world characters voices and began to tell simple stories with them. When reading books the children have been looking at pictures and beginning to make up their own stories. Some children have even being trying to draw and write their own stories in the mark making area!

How can you continue this learning at home?

There are lots of opportunities for story telling at home:

When children are playing with their toys (dolls, cars, superheroes), this is a great chance to encourage children to tell you about what is happening to the characters. Encourage children to tell you what might happen next, after that and how the story might end.

Dressing up is a great way to tell stories and learn about different characters. In nursery we like to use colourful pieces of fabric for dressing up, the children love being able to turn them into any character they want (although we often have a lot of Elsas!)

When you are sharing stories talk to children about what they can see happening in the pictures. Encourage children to use them to tell their own story.

 

 

 

 

Next Stop Monkey Business!

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Next Stop Monkey Business!

 

 

After lots of talk about travelling and vehicles the children started making buses using the chairs around the classroom.

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They went on lots of adventures so we decided to change our role-play area into a bus too.

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We added money, steering wheels, phones, maps, bus tickets and seats. We also added bags and torches to pack for adventures.

 

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Here is our learning story of one of our adventures on the bus:

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Pirate Story Telling

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In nursery we have been working on our story telling skills. There are lots of places in our classroom for us to practise our story telling.

We have our story board where we use the pictures to tell a story. We had pirate pictures but Elsa, Ana and Olaf have also arrived due to popular request!

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“Once upon a time Ana lived in a beautiful castle.” “Then Olaf came” “Then Bruce” “Oh no! He wants to eat her!” “Help me Olaf!” “Then once upon a time there was a shark” “He friends now” “Happy ever after” “The End”

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“Once upon a time there was a beautiful fairy called Isabelle. Then she met a duck and then a butterfly. The butterfly flew away” “They went in a cave” “Help me, I flew away” “I’ll help you!” “There was a nice robot, who was friends with the tooth fairy. They found another robot” “They lived happy ever. The End” “Happily ever after”

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We have added some more characters to our block area to encourage the boys to tell stories when they are building.

“We’re pirates on board!” “Hello Captain Chip!” “Hello Captain Fish” “Captain Fish and Chips, hahaha” “All aboard the pirate ship” “Up on the flag” “Naughty pirate, he’s escaping in the car” “The police take him, escaping in the police helicopter” “Aboard the captain” “Aye Aye mate!” “Haha mate” “Walk the plank mate” “Captain says so”

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Some of the children also wrote their stories in their writing journals while other children chose to draw maps or write special messages.

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Do you tell stories at home? 

You could tell stories about your drawings, use your toys to tell stories or dress up and make up stories.

You could even make your own story stones. All you need for story stones are flat(ish) pebbles/rocks and pens or stickers. We use the stickers or draw pictures on the rocks. We have stones with different characters, places or objects on. To make your stones last longer you can paint them with a layer of glue.

Who took the Treasure?

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We have been having lots of fun learning all about pirates over the last few weeks. Last week we made pirate ships outside and acted out some fun pirate stories.

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First we collected some resources for our ship. We found tubes, poles, fabric, pegs, net, crates and even treasure chests!

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The children then made up a pirate story:

“Arr we’re the Pirates.”

“We’re good pirates and bad pirates.”

“Ahoy.”

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The Pirates decided if they were good or bad Pirates.

“Are you a good pirate or a bad pirate?”

“I’m a bad pirate I tell you walk the plank!”

“But I can’t swim!”

“The sharks will eat you!”

“Ahh!”

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Suddenly a shark came along…

“I’m a shark!”

“We get you shark, trap you in the net!”

“In our trap!”

“Oh I’m trapped, I’m going to escape!”

 

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The pirates then went on a hunt for some treasure and found an empty treasure chest.

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Luckily the the pirates found some gold for their treasure chest and put it in their ship.

“Treasure”

“Lots of treasure”

“Let’s hide it”

 

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Just as the pirates made plans to hide their treasure, along came a bad pirate!

“I’m a bad pirate arrrr”

“Oh no, she’s a bad pirate”

“I’m gonna get the treasure”

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With a little help the bad pirate took the treasure!

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The good pirates tried to get the treasure back but the bad pirate hid it in the trap!

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The pirates then needed to draw a map so they knew where to find the treasure. They collected some paper and started their maps.

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One of the pirates then decided to put their message in a bottle to send to other Pirates. She collected a bottle from the workshop inside and added her message.

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I wonder who will find the treasure next?

 

 

What were we learning?

In their play children developed their imaginative language, speaking and listening skills, imaginative play and sharing their ideas with others.

They built on each other’s ideas to keep their play going.

Children then added mark making to their play drawing and writing messages and maps.

 

How can you continue this learning at home?

Provide children with pencils and paper to encourage writing and drawing in their play.

Encourage children to use things around them to extend their play and ideas.

Give children open-ended resources like cardboard boxes to develop their imaginative skills.

 

 

 

Superhero Fun

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This week we have been having lots of superhero fun! We turned our role-play area into a superhero den!

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We had lots of fun building dens, phoning superheroes, catching baddies, dressing up and using our super powers!

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We made super vehicles to help the superheroes get around. Some we pulled, some could fly and some could go super fast!

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On the easel we painted superheroes. We thought about how we wanted them to look then gave them extra powers!

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We played super number splat. We had to get the different superhero numbers and say the numbers when they went SPLAT! We hit the number that cam next, thought about one more and one less and put the numbers in order.

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Everybody knows superheroes have a lot of washing to do so we did some super washing! In the water tray we quickly washed the superhero pants and socks then hung them up to dry.

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We had to count to make sure we had the right number of pegs and hung them out to dry.

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We made superhero slime with bugs and insects stuck inside. We had to try and rescue them from the super slime.

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As part of our superhero training we made our fingers stronger at the dough table.We had balls of plasticine in different colours and had to use our fingers to mix them together and make different colours.

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At group time we have been doing some super learning! We thought about our favourite superheroes and made a pictogram to show the superheroes we liked best. We talked about which superhero most children liked, we counted the superheroes and we compared the superheroes.

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In the outdoor area we used water pistols to shoot at superhero numbers. The children said the number than shot it with water.

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The children built a superhero obstacle course using balance beams, tyres and climbing blocks.

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We made a superhero laser beam letter hunt!

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We chose a card then searched for the sounds, we found the initial sounds then tried to find the other sounds in the word. We had to watch out for the laser beams!

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What did we learn?

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What could you do at home?

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The Three Little Pigs Building Site

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This week our role-play area is a building site for the Three Little Pigs.

We have lots of resources in there to help the children to talk and share their ideas, build and make up their own stories.

We have open-ended resources so children can use their imagination for how they want to use them. There are; blocks, sticks, boxes, a doll’s house, grass, straw, tools and puppets.

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We have had lots of fun telling stories and building houses this week:

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