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Super Shapes!

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Super Shapes!

We have been having lots of fun learning about shapes in nursery.

We have been sorting things by their shape and their colour, we have been learning the names of different shapes and learning to describe them with words like straight and round, we have been going on shape hunts in the classroom and outside.

 

 

We have also been making pictures with shapes and doing shape puzzles…

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How can you continue learning at home?

Go on a shape hunt yourself – you could go for a walk or you could look at the shapes of packaging in your kitchen

Make a model, use different boxes and containers to make a model and talk about the shapes you use

Build with blocks and describe the shapes as you use them – is it a round shape or a straight shape? Is it flat or pointy?

Sort and match objects as you tidy up – find all the things that are the same shape to go in the drawer together.

 

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It’s Christmas!

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It’s Christmas!

We have been feeling very Christmassy for the last few weeks in nursery. Have a look at some of the activities we have been doing…

In the water tray we made snowflake soup. We added glitter, stars, beads, pipe cleaners and sparkles. We put cups and tweezers in there so we could count out our ingredients and help to make our hands and fingers stronger.

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We had lots of fun in the block area. We covered some of our blocks in white paper and used them to build igloos.

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Then we added pens so we could make marks on our blocks. We drew on our blocks and made fire engines, Elsa’s castle, farms and cars.

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On our maths table we had Christmas trees to decorate. We used the tweezers to pick up the different decorations. Then we counted how many we needed for each part of the tree. If we didn’t recognise our numbers we counted the spots of used our number track to help us.

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We made more Christmas trees on the play dough table. We used green glittery clime to make trees then counted decorations onto them. We added beads, stars and pipe cleaners.

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We kept our Christmas bags that we had been using for transporting last week and added labels to the front. We had to fill the bags with gifts for the different characters from the Jolly Postman. We needed to count out how many we needed and make sure we gave them to the right person!

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We have also had lots of polar bear activities out! We were very interested in polar bears and read the story ‘Polar Bear, Polar Bear What Do You Heat?’ Then we added polar bears to our small world and maths area to count and play with.

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Our mark making this week has been in the Christmas glitter and sparkles. We have been trying to write our numbers using the paint brushes.

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We had a Santa’s Sleigh in the role-play area and had lots of fun delivering all the presents!

Finally on our phonics table we have been playing a rhyming game. We have lots of different objects and pictures and have to guess the rhyming phrase like cat in a hat, star in a jar or hay in a sleigh. We are very good at this game!

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Finally we made our Christmas decorations to take home. The children decided they would like to make Ninja Turtle baubles this year! We added ribbon and googley eyes to green baubles then took them home to hang on our Christmas trees!

 

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We hope you have lots of fun at home over Christmas. There are lots of Christmas activities you could try…

Make fake snow by mixing either corn flour or baking powder with shaving foam.

Pour some glitter or sparkles onto a tray or plate and make marks in it like letters and numbers

Cover your blocks at home in a bit of old paper or newspaper to encourage your children to write and draw on them (this is a great activity for boys who don’t usually choose to write and draw)

Decorate old baubles with scraps of paper or material

Look online for more fun Christmas activities.

 

Our New Alphabet Display

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We have lots of new and interactive displays in our new classroom. One of our favourites is our new alphabet display.

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Our display is made of boxes with different letters inside, the letters are both uppercase and lowercase. Children recognise the uppercase letters from the start of their names and their friend’s names.

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We searched for small objects around the classroom to add to our display.

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Then we added photos of all the children in our class. The children sorted the pictures of themselves and their friends by their initial sounds.

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We love finding things around the room to add to our display, come back soon to see what else we have added!

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Love Monster

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This week we have been reading the story of the Love Monster by Rachel Bright as part of our Valentine’s celebrations.

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We then found a bag of presents from the Love Monster!

The only problem was…the presents had all been muddled up!

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We needed to help the Love Monster and sort all the presents. We thought of different ways we could sort the presents.

First we sorted them into the different shapes we could see, this was tricky because some of the shapes were different sizes so we had to look very carefully. We talked about how we knew what shape it was.

Then we decided to sort the shapes by their colours and patterns. We put all the same colours together.

Finally we sorted the shapes into size. We made two piles of big and small presents but we had some that weren’t quite big or little so we made a pile of middle sized presents as well.