Nursery

Science Week

How can we help Jack to escape from the ice before the giant comes back to eat him?

Everyone heard a knock at the door, so we went to investigate. We found a tiny man frozen in ice, along with a letter.

It said,

Dear children,

Please will you help me. This giant trapped me in the ice because he was cross when I tried to steal his hen. He is going to come back and eat me soon. Can you think of ways to help me escape?

Maybe you could think of something tasty that he would like to eat, so he doesn’t eat me?

Love from Jack

 

We took Jack inside the Nursery and all had a think about ways to help him escape from the ice. Noah said that we could use a hammer to smash the ice, but then we decided that we might hurt Jack. Libby suggested just chipping around the outside edges of the ice, then pulling him out, but we still thought that Jack’s legs would get hurt.

We all felt the ice; it was freezing cold. Someone suggested that the giant must have put Jack in the freezer. We talked about how we had previously frozen water to turn it into ice cubes.

Emily noticed that the ice was beginning to melt and said that it was because the Nursery was warm. This gave us a new idea – we needed to make the ice melt quickly. Olivia said that if we put the ice into a bowl of hot water it would melt and Jack could escape. Everyone agreed that this was a great idea. We put the ice into the hot water and counted to 20, then we took it out again. We were excited to see that the block of ice was getting smaller and Jack’s arms were beginning to stick out.

We repeated this several times, noticing the ice getting smaller and smaller until it had completely melted and Jack was able to swim away.

When we felt the water at the end of the experiment everyone noticed that it was no longer hot; it was now cold. Ava explained that it was because the ice had cooled it down.

Now we had to think of something that we could give the giant so that he wouldn’t want to eat Jack. We decided to make an enormous chocolate cornflake bun. We used our knowledge of melting ice to help us understand that chocolate also needed to be heated in order for it to melt.

Spring News

The Spring term has been very busy.  We have welcomed a new member of staff, Miss Sutcliffe, along with several new children. They are all beginning to settle in and make friends.

Everyone enjoyed learning about the Chinese New Year and how it is celebrated by the Chinese community.  Some children helped to re-enact the traditional story of the animals competing in a swimming race, to decide who should have the year named after them; whilst others helped to make Chinese lanterns and a fantastic dragon model.

The dragon was used to perform a dance for the children in Reception.

The children enjoyed using chopsticks to eat noodles and prawn crackers at snack time; it definitely wasn’t as easy as it looked.

The children have really been enjoying this term’s ‘Once Upon a Time’ theme in Nursery, and our focus story Goldilocks and the Three Bears.  Everyone was shocked to find that somebody had sneaked into the stock cupboard and made a big mess; there was a broken chair and porridge everywhere.  The children worked out that it must have been Goldilocks who smelt the porridge that they were going to eat at snack time.  They were very forgiving and made posters to let her know that she was welcome to share their porridge.

The children had great fun taking turns to act out the Goldilocks story.

Next Half Term

The ‘Once Upon a Time’ theme will continue, but with greater emphasis on ‘homes’.  We’ll be learning about huge castles, tiny cottages and tall towers.

If you’re out and about during the half term break, you could look out for these types of homes.  This would give your child something exciting to talk about during group discussions.

WE LOVE READING

Lots of children have now received their Marshall certificates, with some even achieving Everest; they are well on the way to changing their library books 30 times.  This means that they will achieve a Skye book voucher, which can be exchanged for a book of choice from the school book shop.

Happy reading everyone.

News

Dough Disco

A big thank you to all the parents, grandparents and childminders who joined the Nursery children on Friday for a special ‘Children in Need Stay & Play’ session. The children took part in a Dough Disco and explained how it builds up the muscles in their hands and arms, helping them to develop their fine motor skills, including writing, drawing and using scissors.

We raised a fantastic

£60 for ‘Children in Need’

through selling bags of playdough.

Keep Reading!

Lots of children are getting close to changing their library books 10 times and receiving their first ‘Paw Patrol’ certificates.

Remember to keep bringing yours in. Once you’ve read 30 books, you can choose one to keep from the school bookshop.

 

Welcome to Nursery

We hope that you all had a great summer and are feeling refreshed and ready to enjoy all the exciting activities we have planned this year. The children are already settling into the Nursery routines and it is lovely to see friendships beginning to develop.

Please could we ask that all children come to Nursery each day wearing appropriate clothing for playing outside, particularly as the weather gets colder (ie: warm coat, mittens, hat and welly boots on rainy days). We use the outdoor areas in all types of weather and it is much more fun for your child if they are suitably dressed.

If you have any questions or feel that there is any information that we may require in order to get to know your child more quickly, please do not hesitate to speak to a member of staff. They are as follows:

Ms Rolston (Nursery teacher), Mrs Larvin (Nursery nurse), Mrs McCormack (teaching assistant – am)

Autumn – half term 1

During the first half term the children will be learning about themselves and how special they are in the topic ‘Who Am I?’.  They will be involved in activities that encompass all areas of the curriculum (eg: speaking and listening in small groups, drawing and painting self-portraits, naming body parts, comparing heights, counting fingers and toes, developing self-confidence in using the outdoor equipment and much more).

Please could you talk to your child about how they have changed since they were a baby.  Encourage them to think about the things that they can do now, that they couldn’t do when they were babies.  The children are welcome to bring in photos of themselves as babies, to show the class and display on our ‘Families’ display.

Calling All Babies!  Are there any brave babies out there who wouldn’t mind being bathed in front of the Nursery children and any even braver parents who wouldn’t mind doing the bathing?  (Don’t worry, you won’t have to do any talking).  If so, please have a word with Ms Rolston.

 

Snack Money

We are now collecting snack money.  This can be paid weekly, half termly or termly – whichever is most convenient for you.

 ~ 50p per week  ~ £3.50 up to half term break   ~ £7.00 up to Christmas holiday                                            This is very much appreciated, as it allows us to supplement snack and provide ingredients for baking.  Many thanks.

Spring News

The Spring term has been very busy. We have welcomed several children to the Nursery and it has been lovely to see how quickly they have all settled, and starting to make new friends. The staff feel very proud of the way in which the other children have looked after their new friends.

Everyone enjoyed learning about the Chinese New Year and how it is celebrated by the Chinese community. Some children helped to re-enact the traditional story of the animals competing in a swimming race, to decide who should have the year named after them; whilst others helped to create a fantastic dragon model. The dragon was used to perform a dance for the Nursery parents and the children in Key Stage 1.

The children enjoyed using chopsticks to eat noodles and prawn crackers at snack time; it definitely wasn’t as easy as it looked.

Yippee!

Lots of children have now received their Marshall, Everest and Rocky ‘Paw Patrol’ certificates, and are well on the way to changing their library books 20 times. This means that they will achieve their Zuma book voucher, which can be exchanged for a book of their choice from the school book shop.

BLP in Nursery

Two elves named Elsie and Elvis have come to live in the Nursery this half term.  They are encouraging the children to use their collaborative learning muscle, whilst being kind and thoughtful to others.  Here are some of the ways that the children have been doing this.

The children work collaboratively to put on and fasten their coats.  They remember to use the stuck prompts:

  • First, try yourself
  • Then, ask a friend
  • Finally, ask an adult

A group of children from the morning class worked together to make buns for the ladies in the office, whilst some of the afternoon children decided to bake a treat for Mr Cooper and Mrs Yates.

GREAT COLLABORATION EVERYONE.

Nursery News

Since returning to Nursery after the half term break, the children have enjoyed exploring the seasonal changes.

Everyone went outside to find out what had happened to the trees during the half term holiday. Where were the leaves? The children decided that they had been blown off the trees by the wind. They found them on the ground. The children looked up through the branches and said that they could see the sky. Some of them noticed that one tree still had its leaves and also some berries that looked a bit like tiny tomatoes.  Everyone looked for two special leaves and placed them in a long line, so that we could see their beautiful colours.

  

The children used Autumn leaves, conkers and pine cones to create seasonal pictures.

A big dinosaur – “ROAR”

A caterpillar

After sharing their experiences of seeing fireworks, some children responded through mark-making.

YIPPEE!

Lots of children have received their first ‘Paw Patrol’ certificate for changing their reading books 5 times.  Well done.

Nursery Apple Harvest

Lots of children were keen to help pick apples from the trees in the orchard. They used them to make apple crumble.

Picking the apples:

Carrying the apples:

Smelling the apples:

Cutting the apples:

Eating apple crumble:

Welcome to Nursery

Dear parent/carer,

We would like to welcome you and your child to the new school year.  We hope that you all had a great summer and are feeling refreshed and ready to enjoy all the exciting activities we have planned this year.  The children are already settling into the Nursery routines and it is lovely to see friendships beginning to develop.

Please could we ask that all children come to Nursery each day wearing appropriate clothing for playing outside, particularly as the weather gets colder (ie: warm coat, mittens, hat and welly boots on rainy days).  We use the outdoor areas in all types of weather and it is much more fun for your child if they are suitably dressed.

If you have any questions or feel that there is any information that we may require in order to get to know your child more quickly, please do not hesitate to speak to your child’s key worker.

In order to help you become familiar with names and faces more quickly, here is a list of the key workers and the group names.

Ms Rolston – Frog group   

Mrs Larvin – Ladybird group   

Mrs Goldsborough – Butterfly group   

Autumn – half term 1

During the first half term the children will be learning about themselves and how special they are in the topic ‘Who Am I?’.  They will be involved in activities that encompass all areas of the curriculum (eg: speaking and listening in small groups, drawing and painting self-portraits, naming body parts, comparing heights, counting fingers and toes, developing self-confidence in using the outdoor equipment and much more).

Please could you talk to your child about how they have changed since they were a baby.  Encourage them to think about the things that they can do now, that they couldn’t do when they were babies.  The children are welcome to bring in photos of themselves as babies, to show the class and display on the ‘Wonder Walls’.

 

Calling All Babies!

Are there any brave babies out there who wouldn’t mind being bathed in front of the Nursery children and any even braver parents who wouldn’t mind doing the bathing?  (Don’t worry, you won’t have to do any talking).  If so, please have a word with Ms Rolston.

Autumn – half term 2

Our topic after the half term break will be ‘What is a Celebration?’, during which the children will have opportunities to share some of the special events celebrated by their own families.  There will be lots of baking and food tasting, music, stories and art work.

The term will finish with many exciting Christmas activities and celebrations.  More details will be given closer to the time.