Blogs: N 2016-17

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Friday 14th July 2017
What a busy week. We have learnt some facts about real wolves and pigs, played parachute games on the field and even had an ice cream!
The children moving on to reception in September have enjoyed spending time visiting their new classes, teachers and friends. Some of our new pre-school friends came for a play too. It's all been lovely :)
We have just 2 days left at nursery this term as we close on Tuesday 18th July. This year has flown by while we been busy having a great time with the children.
We still have a few places left in our pre-school for September for children who will be 4 between 01/09/2017 and 31/08/4018. If you have any questions about our new arrangements please come and talk to us.
Friday 7th July 2017
The children have enjoyed investigating some science equipment.
The concave and convex mirrors gave them a laugh when they saw their reflections. While practicing holding a kaleidoscope up to one eye while slowly rotating it, Scarlett said the moving patterns in it were "so pretty". Filip discovered that one magnet got "stuck" to another when he put them together a certain way.
Friday 30th June 2017
It was great to meet some new parents this week at our Shirley Pre-School Welcome Meeting. We are looking forward to seeing them again with their children on Friday 14th July at our drop-in play session.
We are so pleased about the new arrangements for pre-school in September and happy to be able to offer greater flexibility for parents, allowing them to choose their required hours.
We have been enjoying the story Goldilocks and the 3 Bears. Goldilocks herself came to visit last week. She was lovely and the children asked her lots of questions. They enjoyed her visit so much they made her a card to say thank you.
The children have used hand puppets and some masks which they have made to retell stories they know, make up their own stories and play imaginative games. While it was hot they enjoyed some time outside during the mornings and then cooled off in the shady sandpit and played with water. Perfect :)
Friday 16th June 2017
It was Healthy Eating Day yesterday. The children discussed healthy foods then chose their favourites to cut and stick. Some of the children were able to say the initial sound of the food they had chosen and have a go at writing it too.
We have been fine-tuning our listen ears so they are "all the better to hear things with!" as we have continued to enjoy Little Red Riding Hood.
We used our listening ears to name environmental sounds this week using objects like scissors, paper, water and a whisk. These things were hidden so the children had to listen to the sound being made then say what they could hear. They did extremely well :)
Friday 9th June 2017
This week we have started our Traditional Tales topic. We have been sharing the story of Little Red Riding Hood and have used the characters from the story in our playtime. The children have been busy size ordering during a maths activity, making puppets to help them retell the story and making props for Grandma's house! All while keeping an eye on the weather and getting outside when we were able!
Friday 26th May 2017
We have been thinking about bees this week so the children made Honey Joy crispy corn cakes which were delicious!
Scarlett has shown us how she can recognise some numbers and count out the matching number of bees onto the beehive - Great work :)
While thinking about minibeasts Seohyun worked hard to hear sounds in words; and then he even wrote them down - More great work :)
As the weather is improving we will spend more time outside. Please remember to put sun cream on your child before coming to school and provide them with a named sun hat.
The children have had a very busy half term and deserve a rest. We hope you have a lovely week off and look forward to seeing you on Monday 5th June.  
Friday 19th May 2017
The children looked at snail shell patterns this week then created their own swirls and spirals using sand, string and paint. We had a close look at a snail on Wednesday when one hitched a ride to school in Mrs Wilson's bike basket. It met the children before being relocated to its new home in the core!
Friday 12th May 2017
Our minibeasts topic has continued this week with butterflies. The children have enjoyed activities such as hand print painting, cutting out pictures to make stick puppets, counting with pegs and learning how to make a butterfly feeder. This morning's wet weather stopped the children flying the kites they have made but they had a great time making them. 
Friday 5th May 2017
The children have enjoyed this week's caterpillar activities. We shared the story The Very Hungry Caterpillar, created 2D and 3D caterpillars and made their own butterfly life cycles.
Friday 28th April 2017
During this week the children have taken part in a variety of activities linked to our minibeasts topic. They have enjoyed crafts, doing some research and using number games to give ladybirds spots!. They have even learnt a new ladybird game during P.E.  
Next week's story is about someone who is very hungry!
Friday 21st April 2017
Our new topic for this half term is Minibeasts. This week, although it's been a short week, we have enjoyed lots of spider activities. The children made their own spiders in webs, they have made spider hats and then the whole class worked together to make a made a giant web!
We're looking at ladybirds next week :)  
Friday 31st March 2017
The children have enjoyed a week of Easter activities and treats. They have been practicing their scissor skills while cutting out making spring animals and Easter bonnets. They tasted hot cross buns, then made and ate chocolate nests!
We wish all of our families a happy Easter and are looking forward to seeing you again at the start of the summer term on Wednesday 19th April.
Friday 24th March 2017
This week Mrs Saha made carrot laddu for us to try. It's an Indian treat made with carrot and honey - and it is delicious! Thank you very much Mrs Saha :)
Friday 17th March 2017
This week we have enjoyed the story Handa's Surprise. We looked at the different fruits in the story and tasted them. Pineapple was the children's favourite by a mile! 
Friday 10th March 2017
We had some left over bread from last week's sandwiches and we wanted to find out what would happen to it when unused. We left one slice on a table in the classroom so we could check on it every day, we left some slices in their bag on the kitchen worktop, and we put some slices in their bag in the freezer. Yesterday we gathered all of the bread had a look at it and discussed our findings! You can see the bread we looked at and talked about in the photos.
We've also had lots of fun with ice in the water tray :)
Friday 24th February 2017
 Our topic this term is Food. We have begun by sharing the story Oliver's Vegetables and tasting the same vegetables as Oliver; most of the children weren't keen on spinach or rhubarb!
We made and painted some vegetables for our shop, used vegetables in the water tray to look at floating and sinking and used cabbage leaves to make wax crayon rubbings.
What a busy week :)
Friday 10th February 2017
We have really enjoyed the last week of our dinosaur topic.
The children hatched dinosaur eggs, decorated and ate volcano cakes and even had a volcanic eruption!
Happy half term everyone :)
Friday 3rd February
What a week - the children made their own dinosaur eggs, went on a pterodactyl hunt and learnt a rhyme about a tiny T-Rex :)
We have one more week of this half term to enjoy dinosaurs. Watch this space for an explosive end to our Jurassic topic!
Friday 27th January
Nursery's dinosaur topic is in full swing. The children made dinosaur bones using salt dough, buried them in soil then became palaeontologists and dug them up again!
The children needed good concentration when they made macaroni dinosaur skeleton pictures. We've put some up in the classroom for you to see.
This week we have been enjoying the book That's Not My Dinosaur... We have been feeling different textures and thinking of words to describe them. Then we made our own dinosaur; the children used lots of different textures and colours to create it.
Friday 13th January 2017
Welcome back to the new term. Several children have joined the nursery this week and it is a pleasure having them. Our existing children are being very kind in helping their new friends find their way around and settle in.
We have begun our topic on dinosaurs and over this half term the children will have the opportunity to enjoy many creative activities as well as games and guided play which help develop the children's literacy and numeracy skills. We will use a range of books about dinosaurs, both fiction and non-fiction, to help us explore this topic.
Our first job has been to create a base camp for our explorers so they can organise themselves for dinosaur hunting!
This week's rhyme is 5 Hungry Dinosaurs and has been added to the children's Songs & Rhymes books.
Thursday 1st December 2016

We have had another very busy week in Nursery. Sadly, we have had to say goodbye to lovely Lily Rose, who had her last day with us today. Although we are very sorry to say goodbye to her, it will be a very exciting new move for her. We wish her the very best and we are sure she will make lots more good friends and continue enjoying her learning journey. We have been thinking of how special we are as a class. We spend every day together, we build up strong relationships and we share everything. We have played some PSHE games and today we created a class ‘magic ‘picture in which every single member of today’s class added their own special pattern. We are really enjoying our Christmas singing. Now that we are getting used to the words, we are sounding like a proper choir. Every single person has had a sticker this week for lovely singing. Today was the day we began celebrating Advent and the lead up to Christmas. Every school day we will mark the date with a special CBeebies treat on the CBeebies Advent calendar. Ho ho ho, it’s all getting very exciting!

Thursday 24th November 2016

We have had fun this week continuing our topic on Clothes. We have thought about the clothes we wear in sunny, snowy and rainy weather and we have sorted clothing into these groups. We have also begun practising our Christmas songs ready to perform them in our special Nursery Christmas singing concert. This will take place on Wednesday 14th December at 10.30 am. Make sure this date is in your diary and get your tissues ready! The cold weather and the build up to Christmas can be very exhausting for our Nursery children. Please keep going with the happy bedtime routine and allow the children to get as good quality sleep as possible. Remember a chance to cuddle up and share a story are treats that are so much more special than any electronic toy or TV programme.

Thursday 17th November 2016

We are going full steam ahead with our topic on Clothes . Our printed, patterned pants are out on the washing line for all to see just outside our classroom, in the corridor. Already children passing by, on their way to lunch, have been engaging with the wonderful story ‘Pants’. We have been listening to the initial sound in the names of many different items of clothing.  Also,we have been thinking about our hands and feet and all the things we can do with them. We had lots of fun listening to descriptions of the patterns on different socks and matching them up in pairs. Socks have been worn in many original and unconventional ways on different parts of us! As well as this, we have been busy counting toes and fingers and painting dot patterns on sock outlines. There is one more week to come on Clothes and then we will get started on Christmas.

There are head lice in Nursery. Please keep a careful eye out for any sign of them and treat and comb your child’s hair to prevent them spreading any further. Many thanks. 

Thursday 10th November 2016

This week we began our Clothes topic. We have been enjoying the story ‘Pants’ and choosing our favourite designs for our own pants.  We have been painting patterned pants and making accessories for superheroes to wear, out of playdough. We have had huge fun with a bubble bath in the water tray. The dolls have never been cleaner and we have been learning about the importance to our health, of washing our hands and keeping ourselves and our homes clean. Thank you to all the parents who came to our Early Reading workshop on Wednesday morning. Don’t forget that any questions or points you would like to talk about further, please come and find us at the end of a session . And finally Seochyun and Helena will receive their certificates for special Writing in the family assembly on Wednesday next week. The rest of the class will not be in assembly, but congratulations to them both.


Thursday 3rd November 2016

The children came back after the half term break, feeling happy and refreshed. We have been looking at fish and we had the opportunity to do some close observation and drawing of fresh trout. The discussion was fascinating and the children may well tell you what they talked about if you take them past the fish counter in the supermarket over the weekend. We talked about where fish live and where other foods come from. Later on in the week, we went outside in the school grounds around the playing field for our Autumn Walk. The children loved their outside learning and were very keen to spot the changing colours of the leaves. We collected many shapes and sizes of them from the ground and bought them back into the classroom to dry off, before creating an autumn collage. Next week please don’t forget our Early Literacy workshop on Wednesday 9th November at 9.00am. It will run for half an hour and little siblings can come next door and play. We will explain our approach and offer suggestions for how best to support your child at home.

Friday 7th October

We have been continuing our topic on Bears and have found out about their sharp teeth and claws and their thick fur coats. We have enjoyed re telling the story ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’ and are now very familiar with the repeated phrases and actions. We have been busy writing our names. We have been lucky with the weather and have been able to enjoy playing outside each day. As it is getting colder , please start to send gloves , hats and warm coats for our outdoor playing sessions. With the change in the temperature outside and the onset of coughs and colds, we are reminding the children about washing our hands after blowing our noses. We have been playing, exploring and learning together well and look forward to more next week. 

Friday 30th September.

We have had a very busy week in Nursery . We were the first class in the school to visit the Learning Bus on Monday morning. We had a fascinating time meeting Harold the Giraffe and learning about our bodies and how to take care of them. Since then we have been enjoying our topic about bears and getting familiar with the story ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’. We have been joining in with the actions and the repeated phrases and getting great pleasure from this classic story book. The children are now well established with the Nursery routines and beginning to settle in very well.

Friday 23rd September 2016
This week in Nursery we have enjoyed outdoor play sessions every day and all the children have been enjoying the sunny weather and developing their physical skills and coordination safely. In our learning groups, the Cheetahs and the Pandas, we have been thinking of all the things we needed help with as babies, all the things we can do now and all the skills we would like to learn when we are older. The children are keen to demonstrate how good they are at putting on their coats and shoes by themselves. It has been a happy, busy week and we look forward to another week full of smiles and learning next week.