Autumn Term 2 - 2019
Let’s explore what’s through the door
The children came in to nursery to be faced with a real life problem. The lock to our store cupboard was broken. We couldn’t get in and Sally rabbit, our class puppet, couldn’t get out. The children had lots of ideas and quickly got to work to try to solve this problem. They tried a variety of tools and keys and even even wrote to Mr Jones our caretaker to ask for his help. The children were delighted when Mr Jones visited with his real tools!
Push, pull, twist, turn.
We decided to explore what’s through the door by venturing out of nursery and in to school. The children took a key each and investigated lots of locks and door handles. We visited ur school hall, key stage one and two and our school office.
As we explored doors we also began to recognise door shapes, or rectangles. We looked at flat shapes and made four new friends: Sally Circle; Sam Square; Reg Rectangle and Trudy Triangle. The children have been able to identify and name these shapes and have also begun to describe them, looking at the properties of these shapes.
Our RE focus this half term was ‘Welcome’. We welcomed each other through the door and thought about how to make each other feel welcome. Our children have surprised us by welcoming visitors into nursery saying “welcome, come on in”.
We discovered a baby in our classroom and chose to name it and welcome it into nursery. We found out that baptism is a welcome into God’s family. We role played a baptism with the baby.
We found out that Advent is a time to ‘get ready’ to welcome baby Jesus at Christmas. The children were each given a duster and were encouraged to get their hearts ready to welcome the baby by being kind and gentle. They were challenged to collect four purple hearts on their dusters through acts of kindness, by working together and by retelling the Nativity story for our families.
We welcomed our families in to nursery this half term for our stay and play session themed around Christmas crafts. It was lovely to see so many families taking part. We made reindeer antlers, we decorated our Christmas tree and made beautiful gold stars. Thank you to everyone who took part.
We have explored the story of the first Christmas. The children worked very hard to practice a retelling of the nativity entitled ‘The Key’. We were extremely proud of them for performing this story for their families. They were all so brave.
We came into nursery to discover a ‘Harvest treasure basket’.
We explored the story of ‘The Little Red Hen’. We explored the foods and spoke about where they came from. Each day we have taken food from the basket and shared it. The children have learnt the following song to help them share the food we have:
‘God gives good things
For us all
Food to make us healthy
Share it round’.
We chopped and shared the apples and the bread for our snacks, counting the pieces to make sure we had enough for everyone.
We worked together to peel and chop the vegetables to make vegetable soup. Then we shared it.
The children have completed 5 ‘Little Red Hen Challenges’ this half term. The challenges were aimed at helping the children to think of others and work together as a team. We baked bread together and shared it. The children’s families were invited in to join us for a stay and play session. They helped the children to complete their final challenge to make a bird feeder, which they took home to hang in their garden. Thank you to everyone who took part, it was a pleasure to share our nursery session with you.
See it, touch it, smell it, taste it.
This half term we have been using our senses to explore the world around us. We ventured out into the wooded area and walked around our school grounds to explore what we could hear and what we could see in our immediate environment.
We have also taken part in taste challenges exploring a variety of sweet, savoury and sour foods. We used this experience as an opportunity to extend the self-help skills of our children as they followed simple three step instructions to make their own sandwiches.
We have also begun to explore seasonal changes as we move into autumn. We walked to Locke park for our annual autumn walk. The children took part in an autumn treasure hunt to find a variety of natural objects. We also took the opportunity to observe their physical ability as they explored the play area.
When we returned to school we recalled this experience using a variety of media. We made maps to sequence this past event. We used our senses and lots of descriptive language to explore and talk about our treasures.
Summer Term 2019
We used the story ‘It’s the bear’ by Jez Alborough to inspire the children. We found out about the woodland and visited the wooded area in our school grounds to collect woodland treasures.
While we were out we were surprised to discover a picnic! But someone or something had eaten all of the food. We decided it must have been a bear.
We realised that the bear in our story liked blueberry pie. We baked a blueberry cake. We shared it and saved a piece for Mrs Dalton.
When we came back into school we discovered bear paw prints! The cake was gone! We decided that a bear must have visited us and eaten the cake.
We thought maybe the bear wanted to make friends so we brought our teddy bears to school.
We worked together to prepare and share a teddy bears picnic.
We read ‘Where’s my teddy?’ by Jez Alborough. When we returned to school we discovered that our teddy bears had gone missing. We formed a ‘search and rescue’ team to track down and rescue the bears.
The Travelling Zoo
We were very lucky to have visitors from the Animal Ark in school. We were able to observe and handle real creatures and we were very brave!
Our parents joined us for this amazing experience and then returned to nursery with us to engage in animal inspired crafts. Thank you to everyone who took part.
Spring Term 2 2019
Focus - Plant it, grow it, eat it.
This half term the children have explored how things grow and change over time. We began by exploring peas and beans. We read the story ‘Beans on toast’, which shows the journey of a bean from seed, to pod, to truck, to tin, to shop, to plate. We planted and cared for beans and peas and watched them grow. We also tasted beans on toast.
We came into school one morning to discover little eggs and a note saying ‘nursery, please look after me’. Each child chose an egg and made it a cosy bed in their Easter basket. We tried to guess what was inside. We all promised to be gentle and caring and look after the eggs.
We continued to consider change over time by exploring the life cycle of a hen. We were very lucky to have a family member bring four real chicks into school for us to observe and handle. We were all very gentle.
As we approached Easter we explored Easter traditions. The children made Easter bonnets at home. We took part in an Easter parade to visit each class and wish them happy Easter.
Spring Term 1 2019
Our focus for learning this half term is ‘Holes, spaces and hiding places’.
We came into nursery to discover that it was dark. Black paper covered the windows. We thought about what to do - “pull it off”, “chop it”, “poke a hole in it”.
We explored how to make holes using a variety of tools.
This interest in holes continued and so we made our own binoculars and set off on a hole hunt around school.
We discovered that holes came in lots of different shapes and sizes. This led to an exploration of shape.
We are now shape experts and can identify circles, squares, triangles, hearts and stars. We are able to use these familiar shapes to construct models and make images.
We have also explored spaces and hiding places this half term. We constructed dens around the classroom and outdoors. The culmination of this focus was our family stay and play session where we welcome parents and grandparents in to share a nursery session with their children. We set the children and their families a den building challenge with a hook to encourage dads to join us.
To prepare for our den building challenge we looked at building plans and then drew around shapes to create our own. We had some great ideas including stairs, an attic, a swimming pool and a floor that transforms into a hideout!
We then worked together as a team to construct a den that was big enough for all of the children to get inside. Wow! This was a fantastic den. Good team work everyone.