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Maps, maps, maps!

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Maps, maps, maps!

Over the last few weeks the children have been interested in making maps. Look at Yasmen’s great map to school!

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We started with learning about the countries that our families come from. We learnt that members of our family were born in England, Scotland, the Caribbean, Lithuania, Pakistan, Sudan, Eritrea, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, the Congo and Ghana and we wanted to learn some dances from other cultures.

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Then the children made their own maps. There were maps to the jungle, maps to get home, maps to see the princesses and even maps of our own pretend planets!

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After that we moved on to story maps and the children drew some great maps to go with their stories. We even made some books on the computer.

Our story telling continued as Andy the story teller came to tell stories with us…

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What a busy week! The children have loved learning about maps and lots of children carried on making maps while they played. Why not encourage children to make more maps as they play at home. They are great for teaching children about the world around them and learning about where things are.

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Movie Morning

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Movie Morning

One day Asaad asked if he could make a video. We set up a video diary and the children learnt how to record themselves as they sang songs and told stories.

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Everyone loved the idea and decided we should make a ‘real movie’ together. The children had lots of different ideas for their movie.

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In the end we decided on the story of The Three Little Pigs. Everybody had their own job. We made masks and costumes for the different characters, build sets inside and outside, told the story using storyboards to help us, acted out the story, used puppets to tell the story, made sound effects, directed our friends and recorded our movie. What a busy week!

Then we thought about who might like to see our movie. We decided our grown-ups would so we made tickets, posters and invitations.

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Then Paige said we should make jam tarts and Oliver, Lula, Toochi and Roman thought popcorn and hot chocolate!

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We baked our jam tarts and got everything ready for our movie mornings and  lots of our grown-ups stayed!

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We had a lovely time and the children were all very proud of their movie. Thank you to everyone who stayed.

 

The children have already been talking about a Christmas movie for the sequel so watch this space!

The Giant Slide!

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The Giant Slide!

Look what fun we have been having in our block area this week…

Read our learning story to find out how we made our GIANT slide!

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Bye Bye Butterflies!

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Bye Bye Butterflies!

After watching our caterpillars grow then go into their chrysalises, they turned into butterflies and it was finally time to let them go. The children chose the top of the hill near the secret garden to let the butterflies go. Carefully we took them up the hill then let them fly away…

 

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Under the Microscope

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Under the Microscope

Last Wednesday we were very lucky to have the microscopes in nursery all day. We had lots of fun looking at what we could see.

At first we thought it was a bit tricky to see things under the microscope but the boys had some good advice. They said to shut one eye like a pirate and then they could see!

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We had to be very careful with the microscopes. We looked in and turned them very slowly until the object came into focus. The girls then had an idea to draw the tiniest pictures they could to see what they would look like under the microscopes…

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We had lots of fun looking at things under the microscope. We were surprised how different things looked up close especially when we put our hands underneath!

To find out more click here to look at what Pearl Class got up to!

What’s Inside the Eggs?

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What’s Inside the Eggs?

 

We have had lots of fun exploring eggs in nursery. We went to see the chicks in Miss Parker’s classroom and have had lots of fun playing with plastic eggs …

Then we explored real eggs. At first we were very gentle and tried not to crack them but then we decided it was much more fun to see what was inside!

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How can you continue learning at home?

You can have lots of sensory fun with things you have around your home. It can get a little messy so you might want to try outside or in a big container like a washing up bowl. You could try…

Making bubbles with washing up liquid, shower gel, bubble bath or shampoo, add whisks to help build muscles and mix up the bubbles.

Cornflour or custard powder and water makes ‘gloop’. It is a solid when you touch it quickly but if you move slowly turns to liquid.

Jelly is lots of fun to explore and a great sensory experience!

Shaving foam feels great when spread on a tray, use fingers to practice drawing and writing. Add sand to create fun sand foam and add bricks and diggers.

Before you throw away old cereals they are fun to explore in a tray with diggers and trucks or animals. Try cornflakes, oatmeal or cheerios.

Rice, dry pasta, popping corn, dried beans, lentils, salt and sand are great for filling trays.

Pretty much any small items are great for filling trays and containers for lots of fun sensory play!

Slime Bubbles

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Slime Bubbles

When one of the children brought in some slime they had made at home we decided to make some more slime for nursery. We mixed two cups of glue with one cup of liquid washing detergent.

Then Maddison noticed that there was a bubble in the slime. That gave us an idea we got straws and blew the slime to make the biggest bubble we could!

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We experimented with the slime to see how we could blow the biggest bubble. We tried stretching the slime, putting the straw in the middle, putting the straw underneath and working together.

We learnt to persevere, work together, try different ways to do things, share our ideas and listen to our friend’s ideas, talk about what we could see happening and what worked.

Ambulance Visit

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Ambulance Visit

This morning was extra special in nursery we had a visit from a real Ambulance!

First Don came to talk to us about the ambulance. We learnt –

  • all about his special uniform like his reflective jacket
  • that paramedics carry lots of important things in their pockets like gloves and a torch
  • that paramedics wear an upside watch hanging on their top in case they need to take someone’s pulse
  • that paramedics are not allowed to wear anything on their arms in case of germs
  • that we need to phone 999 in an emergency
  • that ambulances weigh 4 tonnes!

After we had listened to Don we even got to try on the special uniform!

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Then we went outside to see the ambulance. Yusuff noticed that the ambulance had the same ‘reflecting pattern’ as on Don’s jacket.

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We got to go inside the ambulance and learnt about all the important things the paramedics use. At the end Don turned on the lights and sirens, it was very loud!

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What a fun morning, thank you Don for coming to see us!

How can you continue learning at home? 

This week we are learning all about how to keep safe. You can have lots of conversations about things that keep us safe and things that might be dangerous.

Some of the children were a little bit mixed up between fire engines and ambulances, you can look out for them and talk to your children about the difference

Look on cbeebies for lots of videos about hospitals

Or click here to find out about other emergency services

 

 

Chinese New Year

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Chinese New Year

This week we have been celebrating Chinese New Year. We read non-fiction books and found out how Chinese New Year is celebrated. Then we thought about what we would like to do. We decided we would like to try some Chinese Food and definitely do a dragon dance! After reading the story of The Great Race we had races in PE. Yusuff was very interested in speaking Chinese so we learnt how to say Happy New Year in Chinese ‘Gung Hay Fat Choy’.

Here is our floor book with all our ideas ….

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We tried using chop sticks and learnt about different Chinese foods.

 

We tasted beansprouts, noodles, dragon fruit, chow chow and Chinese biscuits and snacks

 

Then we made our dragon. After looking at year 6’s amazing dragon, instead of using fabric the children decided they wanted lots of boxes stuck together.

We stuck the boxes together and then painted and decorated our dragon

 

Then we went up to the studio, listened to Chinese music and did our dragon dancing!

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We had so much fun and we learnt to…

  • taste different foods
  • talk about how things taste and our likes and dislikes
  • work together to make the dragon move
  • use non-fiction books to find information
  • move to the music, moving our arms up and down and walking forward (very tricky!)
  • we learnt about other cultures and ways of life (we loved trying to eat with chop sticks!)
  • we learnt about colours and textures as we decorated our dragon

 

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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