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Our New Workbench

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Our New Workbench

We are very excited to have our new workbench in nursery! We have been using real tools on our workbench and making some great models.

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First we learnt how to keep ourselves safe. We explored the tools and learnt about the best ways to use them.

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We thought about how to keep ourselves safe and put hand prints on the bench so we knew how to keep our hands a safe distance away. We wore safety goggles to make sure we didn’t get anything in our eyes. There are rules we have to follow when we use the work bench and we have all been very good at listening to the rules and keeping ourselves safe.

We started off by exploring each tool one at a time and finding the safest and most comfortable way to use them.

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Once we were confident we started to combine tools by cutting wood and screwing two pieces together.

Now we are more confident we are starting to plan out what we want to build by drawing pictures and making our models. This week we have made robots and cars.

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We have even started to try and make our models even better by going back and adjusting the wheels to try and make our cars work.

The children’s plan for next week is to work together to build a big house for the Three Little Pigs, check back next week to see how we do…

What are we learning about?

Using the tools is a great way to build children’s fine motor skills which helps to get them ready for writing. To use the saw and hammer the children need strength and coordination. To use the screw driver they must work with control, slowly and carefully. Whenever we use the tools the children have to listen very carefully and follow the instructions to work safely. They have to think of their own safety and the safety of their friends around them and concentrate very hard. When they make models they need to try different ways of doing things and make adjustments to make it work.

Already the children are becoming more safe and confident with using the tools and we have been very impressed with what they have made.

How can you continue learning at home?

Lots of parents have asked for their children’s target to be to write their name. As well as lots of practice drawing and making marks with a pencil there are other ways to help children build up their strength and control in their hands and fingers…

Buttons and zips help children with coordination and strength in their fingers. Encouraging children to help to get themselves ready for school by putting on their own shoes and socks or trying to get themselves dressed this will all build up children’s strength in their hands and arms.

Children need to build up their big muscles in their arms and shoulders as well as the little ones in their hands and fingers so lots of climbing at the park or riding bikes helps to build these muscles.

Toys and activities like using blocks, Duplo and Lego all help with children’s fine motor skills. As they get more confident with the bigger blocks getting out smaller ones like Lego will help to strengthen the muscles in their fingers. Threading, sewing, play dough and using scissors are all great ways to strengthen finger muscles.

Lots of chance to make marks like with a tray of gel or shaving foam that children can make marks in with their fingers or big chalks on the ground outside. Using big paper helps to build up bigger muscles. Painting, colouring and drawing are all great ways to get ready for writing.

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Tealight Pancakes

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Tealight Pancakes

Yesterday we celebrated pancake day, we decided to make our pancakes a bit differently this year, the children cooked the pancakes!

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First we mixed up the pancake batter then we poured it into a little tin. Very carefully we lit a tea light candle and put it in a holder. We thought about how to keep ourselves safe. Then we put the tin over the candle, because it was made of metal the tin got hot so we added a peg to hold onto.

 

We watched the mini pancakes cooking. We could see them changing colour and changing from liquids.

Abraham – “When it’s cooked it won’t be wet anymore”

Paige – “I can see smoke (steam) it’s very hot”

Olivia – “You got to stay back”

Romeo – “I can see bubbles, its cooking”

Yusuff – “When it is cooked the pancake changes colour then you can toss it in the air”

Caitlyn – “I smell pancakes!”

We tried adding different amounts of mixture and cooking it for different times to see what happened.

We used the spatula to carefully turn our pancakes over. Then we added toppings.

We had lots of fun cooking the pancakes ourselves, we had to work very carefully and safely. As the pancake cooked slowly we could watch all the changes that happened. We liked being able to use the spatula ourselves to turn the pancake over. We also had some different flavours of pancake to try, lemon was our favourite!

How can you continue learning at home?

Being able to see how things change really helped the children to understand what was happening. At home you could cook together and watch how things cook.

The children loved it when they could see, hear and smell the changes that were happening. Why not try this at home by making your own play dough, helping to cook dinner, baking together, making popcorn or cooking pancakes?  Can the children talk about what they can see, hear and smell?

Safety Week

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What a busy week! Last week was safety week and we learnt all about how to keep ourselves safe.

On Monday we had a visit from a real ambulance, click here to find out more.

On Tuesday it was Safer Internet Day and we learnt all about how to keep safe online, click here to find out what we talked about.

In PE all the apparatus was set up dangerously so we had to think about how to make it safe…

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Outside our teddy bear was stuck up high and we had to rescue him. We thought about how we would do it safely without hurting ourselves or others.

Inside we learnt about how to keep ourselves safe and thought about germs. We learnt that germs could be everywhere especially in places like toilets. We put up signs to remind us to wash our hands and we stuck pictures of ‘germs’ wherever we thought we might need extra reminders.

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We also thought about dangers that might be in our classroom. We made a checklist of things that we had to be extra careful about like using scissors or not running around inside. If we saw anything that we thought was very dangerous we stuck warning signs next to it to remind us to keep safe!

How can you continue learning at home?

See if you can answer these questions –

  • Where might there be lots of germs around your house?
  • When should you wash your hands?
  • Why is it not safe to run indoors?
  • Why is it not safe to touch sockets?
  • What do you need to remember when you use scissors?
  • Which people might keep you safe?
  • What do you need to remember when you go online?

 

Safer Internet Day

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Safer Internet Day

Today was Safer Internet Day, even though the children in nursery are only 3 and 4 we still had lots to think about for how to keep safe when playing on computers, phones and tablets.

 

We thought about what to do if we saw things we did not like. Lots of the children spoke about seeing things that were weird or scary that they couldn’t quite describe, especially when they went on youtube.

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We talked about if they would tell a grown-up and nearly everybody said they would at nursery but they wouldn’t at home because they worried their grown-up would take their tablet away. Lots of children spoke about clicking the ‘X’ lots of times to try and get rid of things.

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We talked about when we went online and who decides what we can go on.

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We read the story of Penguin Pig and learnt that things might not always be what they seem on the internet.

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Then we thought of the rules that were most important to us in nursery

  • Tell a grown-up if we want to go on the internet
  • Always make sure a grown-up is nearby if we go on the internet
  • Always tell a grown-up if we see something we don’t like
  • Use Hector the Protector at school if we see something we don’t like
  • Tell a grown-up if someone talks to you online and never share your name or any information about yourself

How can you continue learning at home? 

  • Talk to your children about what to do if they see something they do not like, encourage children to show you so you can get rid of it rather than them trying to do it themselves
  • Make sure children are in the same room if they are accessing the internet
  • Make sure children only know the password to devices you are happy for them to access independently
  • If children watch things on youtube make sure you are nearby as this was what came up a lot for children seeing things they did not like
  • If you have any concerns about your child accessing the internet please come and speak to a member of staff in nursery
  • Click here to check out our school e-safety blog to find out how to put on restrictions on Ipads and tablets

Dear Zoo

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Dear Zoo

Last week began with lots of letter writing. The children were writing letters home and to their friends. We got out the post bag so we could deliver our letters.

In the construction area lots of children were building cages and zoos for the animals.

We remembered our story from guided reading all about sending letters to the zoo. It was called ‘Dear Zoo’. We read it at story time and then we got a delivery from the zoo!

We weighed the animals to see if they could be sent in the post. As everybody knows only animals that weigh less than a hamster can be sent in the post.

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Some of the animals were feeling a little bit poorly but luckily the vets were there to make sure they were ok.

Some of the children decided they needed to use tools to make their zoos even better.

Then they asked to build a real zoo with real tools!

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We thought about what we would need and wrote a letter to Ella’s daddy who looks after our school.

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Then we drew designs for how we wanted our zoo to look.

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We used the big drill, the saw and the screwdrivers to build our zoo. We had to work together and be very careful. We had lots of fun, especially using the big drill!

When the zoo was finished we sorted the animals to see who could live inside it.

What were we learning about? 

This week the children decided everything we learnt about. All the activities were planned because of what the children said or did. This way the children were very interested in their learning.

The children did lots of mark making. They wrote letters to the zoo and to other people. They drew designs for their zoo and talked about their pictures.

We learnt about letter writing. We made sure we said who our letters were to and who they were from.

We learnt the names of different animals including more unusual animals like flamingos.

The children had discussions about where different animals live e.g. would we find a spider in the zoo? They learnt to ask questions and look in books to find the answers.

We learnt about vets. The children took on a role in their play, asking and answering questions. They began adding more mark making to their play by writing what was wrong with the animals.

We learnt about tools. We learnt how to be safe and manage risks.

In maths we learnt the words ‘heavy’ and ‘light’ and could sort the animals. We learnt that not everything that was big was heavy and not everything small was light.

How can you continue learning at home? 

Following children’s interests at home is a great way to help their learning.  Children that don’t normally pick up a pencil will often write more if it is part of their play.

If your child likes to build encourage them to draw what they are building and talk about their pictures.

If they like to play football and other games give them a pen and paper or chalk to write on the ground and encourage them to keep a score.

Letting the children use tools in a controlled and supervised environment allows them to learn about safety. For example, letting children use scissors and talking to them about how to use them safely means they are less likely to be dangerous with them than if they never use them.

 

 

 

Be Bright Be Seen

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Be Bright Be Seen

At the end of October we had a very special dress up day. We dressed in bright clothes as part of Road Safety Awareness.

With the evenings getting darker sooner and even the mornings getting darker it is very important that we dress brightly so we can be seen.

The important message we remember is BE BRIGHT, BE SEEN!

We all tried very hard to dress in our brightest clothes.

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Then the older children came to give out prizes to the children dressed the brightest.

 

 

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Here are our winners! Miss Bibby even won the brightest dressed adult, well done everybody!

 

 

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Remember BE BRIGHT BE SEEN!

 

Home-Made Apple Crumble

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Home-Made Apple Crumble

After our fizzy apple experiments there were still lots of apples left over so we decided to make apple crumble.

First we decided how many apples we could need. We counted the children then counted out apples for the crumble, we added a bit extra so the grown-ups could try some too!

Then we cut the apples into small pieces. We had to be very careful when we used the knives so we took it in turns and told our friends how to hold them safely.

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Once all the apples had been cut we put them in a bowl and sprinkled a little sugar on them.

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Next it was time to make the crumble. We followed the pictures on the recipe and mixed the right amount of butter, sugar and flour together.

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After that we had to make it crumbly. We pinched it with our fingers and rubbed it together to make it crumble into little pieces. We all took it in turns to make the crumble.

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When we had made the topping we sprinkled it over the apples in the bowl. We had to make sure all the apples were covered. Finally it went in the oven to bake. Once it was cool we all had a taste, it was delicious.

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Making Pancakes!

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Last week was Pancake Day but because it was in the holidays we have been doing our pancake activities this week.

The first thing we did was make our own pancakes!

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First we collected all our ingredients together; flour, eggs and milk and mixed them in a bowl.

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Then we poured the mixture into a frying pan. We stood on crates at the kitchen side so we could see the pancakes cook. We couldn’t get too close to the oven because it was hot. We watched and listened to the pancakes cook and Miss Deakin even flipped them in the frying pan!

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Next we chose the toppings we wanted for our pancakes, we could have lemon, orange, jam, sugar or chocolate spread. We squeezed, sprinkled or spread the toppings our pancakes.

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Finally we ate our pancakes, they were delicious!

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Safety Week

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This week has been a very important week at school, it has been Safety Week.

Throughout school the children have been doing different activities all about how to keep safe.

In nursery we have been thinking about how to keep safe on building sites because we have just finished our topic about buildings and we are very excited about our new school being built!

First we talked about last week’s visit to the building site of our new school.

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We thought about things that might be dangerous and ways to keep ourselves safe.

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Then the builders of our new school kindly sent us a presentation all about our new school and how to keep safe.

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We learn a lot about things that could be dangerous and ways to keep ourselves safe.

Come back to see our talking book all about what we have learnt!

Our New School

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We are very lucky to be having a new school built.

We will be moving schools at Easter time and we are very excited about it!

This week we went to see our new school being built!

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First we thought of things that we would like to find out.

Then we went to the building site to look at our new school being built.

We looked at the different parts of the building and talked about what we saw.

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Here is what we thought:

”It’s black, our school is brown”.

“It’s black and grey now”

”It’s made out of rectangles”

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”It’s got lots of windows”

”The windows are rectangles”

“We need it to get pretty, the digger can get the mud up so it’s nice and clean. I think he needs to go up, he will need the lift”

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”The tractors are taking all the mud away”

”The tractors are digging big holes”

“The digger’s moving. The builder is moving it”

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“These are the walls”

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“”We can’t get closer coz we might get hurt, we could fall, things might fall on your head”

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Come back to see pictures when we move to our brand new school 🙂