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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. 

A Singing Start Movie

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A Singing Start Movie

Last term we were very lucky to have Martin Harwood come and sing songs with us as part of The Singing Start project. We learnt new songs, explored percussion, took turns being conductors and even made up our own songs. Click here to see what we got up to.

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We even started an after school music club with children throughout school.

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We had so much fun that we made a movie of what we did. Click here to watch it, we hope you enjoy it!

Our Christmas Nativity

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Our Christmas Nativity

This week we did our Christmas nativities for all of our grown-ups. Our performance this year was full of Maths and all about counting for Christmas!

In nursery we learnt all the songs and the actions. This was the children’s first performance and it can be very scary singing in front of a big audience. Everybody did really well to join in and we hope you enjoyed it.

Thank you to everybody who came and a big well done to all the Reception children too!

Trip to see The Chimpanzees of Happy Town

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Trip to see The Chimpanzees of Happy Town

This week we went on a very exciting trip to see The Chimpanzees of Happy Town at The Crucible Theatre.

We had been getting ready by reading the story and learning all the songs and actions.

Click here to watch the songs and actions again with Polly!

We got the tram to the theatre. It was very exciting because it was some children’s first trip on the tram!

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We loved seeing all the different instruments and joining in with the story…

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How can you continue learning at home?

You could look for other books by Giles Andrea at the library, some of our favourites are Giraffes Can’t Dance, The Lion who wanted to Love, Rumble in the Jungle and Commotion in the Ocean

You could click on the link above to see Polly singing the songs and teaching us the actions again

You could talk to your child about what they remember about the story or ask them to draw a picture from the story, some children have already brought some in!

You could go and see the family performance at The Crucible in March, click here to find out more

 

Martin the Music Man

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Martin the Music Man

 

For the next 10 weeks Martin the Music Man will be coming into nursery every Monday afternoon to sing songs and play instruments with us.

We sing nursery rhymes, silly songs and we even make up our own songs! We have lots of fun joining in with the actions and playing instruments together.

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We have been singing …

  • Incy Wincy Spider
  • The Wheels on the Bus
  • Twinkle, twinkle, little star
  • Wind the Bobbin up
  • Baa Baa Black sheep (and Baa Baa Yellow Sheep!)
  • Mr Clickety Cane

We sang funny versions of songs we knew as well like Twinkle, Twinkle, Chocolate Bar and Incy Wincy Spider in the Bath

Here is one of the new songs we learnt …

Tiny Tim 

I had a little turtle,

His name was Tiny Tim,

I put him in the Bath Tub,

To see if he could swim ,

He drank up all the water,

He ate up all the soap,

Tiny Tim was choking,

On the bubbles in his throat!

Bubble, bubble, bubble

Bubble, bubble, bubble,

Bubble, bubble, bubble.,

Bubble, bubble, POP!

 

We will also be running an after school club called ‘Shake, Rattle and Roll’ click here to find out more!

 

All About Elephants

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All About Elephants

This week we have been doing lots of learning about elephants!

We have been finding elephants everywhere…

We visited the library to find some elephant stories…

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We made a giant Elmer outside and learnt about our colours…

We also learnt about our colours and practised our cutting and threading…

We have been doing lots of elephant baking for Macmillan Coffee Morning and Grandparents Afternoon Tea …

We even learnt some elephant songs …

Elephants Have Wrinkles 

Elephants have wrinkles, wrinkles, wrinkles,

Elephants have wrinkles, wrinkles everywhere,

On their toes (on their toes)

No-one knows (no-one knows)

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Elephants have wrinkles, wrinkles, wrinkles,

Elephants have wrinkles, wrinkles everywhere,

On their knees (on their knees)

On their toes (on their toes)

No-one knows (no-one knows)

Why-I-I-I

(repeat with different body parts) 

What have we been learning?

We have been learning all about elephants like what they look like, where they live and how they move

We have been learning to take turns, follow instructions and all about germs while we did our baking

We learnt our colours with our giant Elmer and our coloured threading in the water tray

We built the strength in our fingers by using scissors and threading beads

We learnt a new song and practised finding different body parts

How can you continue learning at home?

Go and see the herd of elephants around Sheffield!

Go to the library and see if you can find some more elephant stories

Practise your cutting and threading at home with scraps of paper or fabric

Do some baking of your own!

Sing elephants have wrinkles or your own elephant songs at home

We do still have some elephant questions to answer like …

Do elephants lay eggs?

Do elephants have baths?

Do elephants brush their teeth?

 

Come back soon to see if we find the answers!

Happy Mother’s Day

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Happy Mother’s Day

Today was a very special day. We invited our mummies, aunties and grandmas to our Mother’s Day performance. We have been getting ready for this morning by making special things for our mummies.

First we made butterfly Mother’s Day cards. We painted our hands in different colours and patterns and printed butterfly wings. Then we painted the body and wrote a message and our names inside.

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We made jewellery out of salt dough. We mixed 1 cup of water, 1 cup of salt and 2 cups of flour. We added colour and rolled them into beads. Once they were dry we made a pattern and threaded them onto elastic.

We have been trying hard to learn our songs ready for today’s performance. We learnt Skidamarink and a special Mother’s Day song for our mummies.

 

Skidamarink

Skidamarink a dink a dink

Skidamarink a doo

I love you

Skidamarink a dink a dink

Skidamarink a doo

I love you

I love you in the morning

And in the afternoon

I love you in the evening

And underneath the moon

Skidamarink a dink a dink

Skidamarink a doo

I love you

Boo boo bi doo

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Finally it was time for our performance!

We sang our songs for our mummies, aunties and grandmas. Then we gave our mummies their special cards and presents.

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We hope you all enjoyed this morning as much as we did!

Humph the Camel

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Humph the Camel

The children worked very hard on this year’s Christmas performance.

It was called Humph the camel. It was a story of a very grumpy camel who liked to say ‘humph’. He didn’t like to talk to the other camels and did not want to travel to Bethlehem. He kept saying ‘humph’ until he saw baby Jesus and he was so excited he sang louder than everybody else!

The children in Reception did a great job of telling the story and playing the parts. They had to remember their words, when it was their time to talk and where they needed to go. The nursery children did some brilliant singing and remembered all the actions.

Well done everybody and thank you to all the grown-ups for coming to see us!

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Mother’s Day Celebrations

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This Sunday is Mother’s Day so we have been celebrating this week in school.

First we made Mother’s Day cards. The children took off their shoes and stepped in paint to make butterfly footprints. They then wrote a message on their cards.

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We then invited mums, aunties and grandmas to hear our songs we have been practising. We went to the hall and sang Skidamarink, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and Alice the Camel.

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After our songs the parents came back to the classroom with us to make jewellery using beads the children had made along with pasta, straws and plastic beads.

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Thank you for coming to celebrate with us, we hope you have a lovely Mother’s Day on Sunday.