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Christmas Workshop

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We had lots of fun at our Christmas Workshop on Friday morning. Have a look what we got up to…

Melting Snowman biscuits with icing, marshmallows and chocolate drops…

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Fluffy snow paint with shaving foam, white paint and glitter with sponges and card to take home and paint with…

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Baubles with foil, sequins, glitter and polystyrene balls…

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Pipe cleaner decorations, carefully thread the beads onto the pipe cleaners to make decorations…

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Christmas tree cards with strips of green paper and glitter and sequins to decorate…

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A big thank you to all the parents who stayed for Christmas Workshop. We hope you enjoyed our Christmas crafts.

 

 

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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.

 

 

Make a Car Competition

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Make a Car Competition

This week’s home learning in nursery has been to build a car and we have had some amazing ones!

Take a look at what we have been making at home…

If you have not finished yours yet don’t worry. Bring it back to nursery for Wednesday for a special prize!

Firework Fun! (Homemade Lava Lamps, Balloon Drop Painting and Sparklers)

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Firework Fun! (Homemade Lava Lamps, Balloon Drop Painting and Sparklers)

This week in nursery we have had so much firework fun!

Here are some of our favourite activities …

Lava Lamps

We made our own lava lamps. First we followed instructions and filled the bottle with 2/3 oil, 1/3 water and a few drops of food colouring.

We watched the water sink to the bottom and separate from the oil, the colouring changed the colour of the water but not the oil.

Then we dropped in an Alka Seltzer and watched the colourful bubbles.

We changed the experiment by adding more water and food colouring or more tablets then talked about what we could see happening.

This is a great experiment for you to try at home and no mess!

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Sparklers and Hot Chocolate

As it was Bonfire Night last weekend we celebrated with Sparklers and Hot Chocolate.

We thought about how to keep ourselves safe and what we could see happening.

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Balloon Drop Painting 

Everybody loved this activity. We blew up balloons and dipped them in paint. Then we dropped them and rolled them onto black paper to create firework pictures. A sprinkle of glitter and they were done!

We had lots of fun and learnt our colours, we also thought about what would happen when we dropped them from different heights or if we rolled them instead.

You could try this activity at home with leftover birthday balloons, just be prepared for a little mess!

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Making Fireworks

We have had lots of fun making fireworks this week.

We used loose parts to make our own fireworks and  we made fireworks in the workshop our of tubes and paper.

We made gloop out of cornflour and water then added lolly pop sticks, food colouring and glitter to make our firework pictures. In the water tray we added gliitter, tubes and empty baubles and swirled the water to look like fireworks.

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Firework Pictures

We used crayons and blue paint to create firework pictures…

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10 Little Fireworks

In Maths we sang 10 little fireworks and practised our counting…

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Weekly Workshop – Decorating Biscuits

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Weekly Workshop – Decorating Biscuits

Each week we run  a weekly workshop with fun ideas to help support learning at home. We often make things that the children can take home with them to carry on learning at home.

Everybody is welcome whether it is your nursery session or not. If you are attending nursery that day just come through to nursery, alternatively if your child attends afternoons or the beginning of the week just come from the office. Thank you to all the parents who attended.

This week our workshop was decorating biscuits…

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The week before we made play dough…

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Next week we are very excited because we will be making moon sand!

 

Lots to celebrate…

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Lots to celebrate…

There has been a lot to celebrate in nursery lately. We have had Pancake Day, Chinese New Year, Valentine’s Day and lots of birthdays too!

Have a look at some of the fun we have been having…

Chinese New Year

 

We had noodles in the water tray. We learnt about different textures and how things change when they are cooked. We used chopsticks to pick up the noodles and filled bowls, building our fine motor skills (to get us ready to write). We talked about the foods we eat and foods from different countries and cultures.

We painted dragons. We used cotton buds to paint the details on dragons on the easel. Outside we filled a tray with water and poured in a little nail varnish to make marble effect dragons.

We read the story of The Great Race and had some races of our own in PE. We learn about the positions the animals came and learnt to put things in order.

Finally we had lots of Chinese Artefacts. We looked at a map to see where China was and talked about the other countries we knew. We talked about the objects from China and how they were the same or different to objects we might use. Miss Hulme shared pictures of when her mum went to China. We particularly liked the shapes and colours of the buildings and the Chinese writing.

Pancake Day

 

We have had a lot of fun getting messy for pancake day. We made our own version of ‘kinetic sand’ to make pancakes. Kinetic sand is a little like wet sand but it holds its shape better, more like play dough. To make it we mixed 3 cups of sand with a cup of cornflour and a squirt of washing up liquid. Then we added water until it was a mouldable consistency. It was lots of fun but turned back to dry sand quite quickly so we kept adding water!

The children had lots of fun making pancakes, measuring their ingredients and asking each other how many they would like and what toppings they wanted.

We also had an even messier pancake batter mix! We mixed cornflour and water to make gloop. This made really good play pancake batter. The children had lots of fun pouring, mixing and measuring. As the texture of the gloop started to change they thought about the ingredients they would need to fix it.

We tasted scotch pancakes. We thought about our favourite toppings and made pictograms in maths to show they toppings we liked best. We tasted the different toppings and talked about how they tasted and which ones we did or didn’t like.

We also invited our grown-ups to one of our story telling workshops! We retold the story of Mr Wolf’s Pancakes using Makaton signs. Then we went back to our classroom and made a story map to take home. We also sang our Chatterbox Challenge songs that we had been learning at home.

Valentine’s Day 

For Valentine’s Day we had lots of heart activities around the classroom. We went on a heart hunt outside, finding hearts of different sizes and ordering them. We counted out hearts using the tweezers to pick them up and made love potions.

We made and wrote Valentine’s Cards. We cut out a heart shape then put it in the salad spinner. We squirted on a little paint then span it round. It made great splatter hearts that we stuck to our cards. Then we wrote a message inside. Some of us wrote a message and we all tried to write our names.

Then we made Valentine’s Treats. We cut orange segments and put them on cocktail sticks. Then we melted chocolate thinking about how things change when they are heated and remembering to be safe. Finally we dipped the orange in chocolate to make yummy heart shaped treats.

More spinning…

With the spinning hearts on our cards we also had a bit more fun with spinning and used the gears to learn about how things turned and how to make different parts move…

 

How can you continue learning at home?

Any celebration is a great chance for learning. Encourage children to make cards for special occasions, copying the message and tying to write their name.

You could also make decorations or presents, using scissors to help. Scissors are a great way to build up children’s strength in their fingers and help to improve their coordination.

The children were very interested in things that spin. You could look at things that spin at home and think about how they work. The wheels on their bikes and scooter, the plate in the microwave, the washing machine etc. You could have a go at making something that spins.

This week we were thinking about how things change when they are cooked. Talk to children when they are eating or when you are cooking with them. Some of the children were surprised that noodles were hard before they were cooked. See if your children know what foods look like raw. Do they know chips come from potatoes? Or the tomatoes that make up their sauce?

 

Chatterbox Challenge and Story Telling Workshop

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Yesterday we had a very special workshop with our parents and carers.

We took part in I CAN’s Chatterbox Challenge. I CAN is a children’s communication charity, supporting children with communication difficulties and their families. This year’s Chatterbox Challenge was Garden Adventures with Ben and Holly. The children had songs and rhymes to learn at home with their families and they collected sponsorship money to sing their songs. We then performed the songs for our parent’s and carers. All the money raised will go towards supporting the I CAN charity and their important work.

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As well as our Chatterbox Challenge we also had our story telling workshop. The children have been learning the story of the Three Little Pigs. In Nursery we focused on the repeating words in the story and in Reception the children learnt the whole story! The children used Makaton signs to help them remember and retell the story and did a great job!

When we got back to the classroom we made cone puppets for the story of the Three Little Pigs and took home copies of the story and the actions.

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We had lots of fun at our workshop and would like to say a big thank you to all the parents for learning the songs at home with your children and coming to the workshop.

We will be learning a different story every half term to support children’s communication. All the work you do at home, reading stories and learning songs gives your children a big help in their communication skills.

Thank you and hope to see you at our next workshop ! 🙂