Friday 14th July
This week our story of the week was The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch. We read the story and thought about what food we would like in a picnic basket. Children also made some fabulous lighthouses. Thank you to those of you who donated paper tubes for these!
We had our Sports Day, which was a little different than we had planned! Unfortunately due to wet weather on the previous day, the field was too water logged for Sports Day to take place. However, we did still hold our own smaller version of Sports Day in the hall, together with Reception. Children were in colourful teams.
They all enjoyed the activities; everyone too part and had a great time!
Well done to the winning team; PURPLE! The team were awarded medals. All of the other children also received participation stickers.
After the Sports activities, we had our picnic lunch in the Nursery.
Next week we have our Nursery Graduation and party on Tuesday 18th July and our Beach Trip on Wednesday 19th July. Children then finish for the Summer Holidays on Thursday 20th July.
Have a lovely weekend,
Friday 7th July
We've had another busy week in Nursery, continuing our work on the United Kingdom for our whole school International Week. We explored the colours of the Union Jack, what happens when they're mixed and made marks in the paint!
We tasted some traditional British foods; Bangers and Mash and Scones! Children chose whether they would like to try each of the foods, and described the tastes and textures. They then placed a cube next to the foods they liked to make a bar chart, and we counted the totals.
Later in the week we made some of our own traditional British seaside foods - chips and ice cream! We cut the potatoes into chip shapes and cooked them in the oven with oil. They tasted delicious! For the ice cream we whisked double cream, condensed milk and vanilla then put it in the freezer to set.
On Thursday we had a fantastic day for our International Showcase Event. In the morning, children came to school wearing red, white and blue and we prepared for our party. In the afternoon, children came back to Nursery to perform with the whole school at the Parks leisure centre, and then take part in our party with chips, ice cream and red, white and blue biscuits. We all had a great time, thank you for your support!
Next week we have another busy week with Sports Day on Tuesday (children should come to school wearing their sports kit and trainers) and transition morning on Wednesday, when our older children will spend the morning in their new Reception classroom with their new teacher, Mrs McIntyre.
Have a lovely weekend,
Friday 30th June
This week we began International Fortnight. Each class in the school learns about a different country, ending in a big Showcase Event on Thursday 6th July where the classes share songs and dances, food and artwork from their country. In Nursery we have been learning about the United Kingdom. We made Union Jack flags and portraits of the Queen!
The children also enjoyed a visit to the Mobile Library Bus this week. We always have a story from Alison on the bus, and then children choose and book to borrow and bring back in to Nursery.
On Friday we had Stay and Play, which was brilliantly attended with 13 children out of 21 present having an adult attend. Thank you for your support! The children listened to the story of the Rainbow Fish and then used CDs and sequins to make shiny rainbow fish of their own.
We have a list of dates up in the window outside Nursery, as we have a very busy few weeks coming up! Please take note of the dates and ask if you have any questions. From Sports Day and Nursery Graduation to Beach Trip and International Showcase, we have lots of fun events for the children to enjoy in the lead up to the Summer Holidays!
Have a great weekend, despite the unseasonal weather!
Friday 9th June
Welcome back after our half term break, to the second part of our Summer Term. We've had a lovely first week back at Nursery despite the unseasonal weather! We started our new topic on Summer, including the seaside and sea creatures and created a whole class mind map with pictures, drawings and writing. Children added their own parts to the mind map throughout the day.
Children have also enjoyed engaging with our new role play area - Riverside Beach! We have sand and a rock pool, a picnic area and an ice cream stall!
Even though the weather was wet, we still managed to play outside. In fact, the rain water that had collected in puddles around the Nursery garden made a fun activity, with children scooping the water up and using jugs to carefully pour it down pipes into the drain. Lots of teamwork and communication was needed and maths vocabulary used.
We tried to bring our own sunshine to the classroom by creating some paper plate suns and singing sunshiney songs such as You Are My Sunshine and The Sun Has Got His Hat On.
Our older children who are due to move to Reception in September have begun to prepare for this by having a try at getting changed into their P.E. kits this week. Those who have had a go have done really well, and they all enjoyed the sport activities in the hall as well. Keep on practicing at home with buttons and other independent dressing skills as these will really help children next year!
Don't forget we have our Early Years Showcase Assembly in the hall at 10.30 on Monday 19th June. Also, a future date for your diary is our whole school International Showcase event, which takes place on Thursday 6th July at 1.30pm. Those of you with older children will remember this is a brilliant whole school event where Nursery children come back to school in the afternoon to take part in a performance which is the product of two weeks of international work.
Have a great weekend!
Friday 19th May
This week we have been having lots of hopping fun looking at frogs! We found out all about the Life Cycle of a frog, and how they hatch from frogspawn as tadpoles and then grow legs to become froglets and then frogs!
Children loved moving around the hall like the different parts of the frog's life cycle! We curled up and lay still like a little frogspawn egg, wriggled and swam like a tadpole, crawled like a froglet and then jumped like a frog.
We explored some 'frogspawn' (water beads) in our water tray. This children loved the texture and the feel, and we used lots of describing words such as slippery, squishy and wobbly. We also had some frogs and numbers to count and match.
Children also made their own frogs from playdough and other materials.
Next week is our last week before the half term break, and children break up on Thursday 25th May. A few forward dates for your diary:
Wednesday 7th June - School Photographer (for whole class photo, NOT individuals)
Monday 19th June 10.30am - Early Years Showcase Assembly
Have a lovely weekend,
Friday 12th May
This week we have been learning about MINIBEASTS! The children have enjoyed exploring and investigating different types of creepy crawlies, learning their names and sorting and organising them in different ways.
Children also investigated minibeasts further in our new Minibeast Laboratory role play area.
We read the story of the Very Hungry Caterpillar, and used recall skills to talk about the food the the caterpillar ate on the different days and put them in order.
We also made our own Very Hungry Caterpillar pictures using balloons dipped in paint to make a printed pattern.
Children enjoyed making minibeast crafts, such as spider webs and headbands.
We then wore our headbands for an Ugly Bug Ball party! We danced and moved like different minibeasts, sang our Ugly Bug Ball song and had a treat to eat!
Next week we are going to look at the life cycle of a frog - from frog spawn to tadpoles, froglets and frogs. If you are out and about at a park with a pond over the weekend, you might like to look out for some frog spawn or tadpoles and talk to children about these. Children may enjoy looking for some pictures of the frog life cycle in books or online.
A forward date for your diaries - our Summer Term Celebration Assembly will be on Monday 19th June at 10.30am.
Have a lovely weekend,
Friday 5th May
This week we continued our topic on Animals by recounting our trip to the Farm. Children really enjoyed looking back over the photographs and recalling the things we did on our visit.
We had lots of fun playing with a messy farm. Chocolate Angel Delight made up the squelchy mud for the animals to roll around in!
Children made some fab farm animals in our creative area, to go up on our Farm Display.
Children have been enjoying some different ways of practicing writing letters, drawing patterns and writing their names. We used a thin layer of sand with colourful paper underneath.
See you next week,
Friday 28th April
Welcome back after our Easter break. We got straight back to work with our new topic on Animals, with a focus this week on pets. Children talked about the pets they have and we completed a class pictogram to find out how many of each pet we have.
Children searched for soft toy pets hidden around the classroom and used clipboards to record, make marks and write numbers to find out how many pets they had found.
We experimented with moving in the style of different pets. The children closed their eyes and though carefully about how the pets move, and were able to use some brilliant descriptive vocabulary. They loved hopping like rabbits, slithering like snakes and wagging their tails like dogs!
We talked about how pet owners care for their pets, and some children made dog information posters to show people how to look after a dog. Children drew pictures and added labels such as 'bed' and 'food' to show the things they'd drawn.
We have been doing lots of counting this week. As well as counting pets, we have also counted how many legs some different types of pets have. Children wrote the numbers, and then some children were then able to count the total number of legs of two or three animals, using sticks as a visual prompt to help them.
Children have used junk modelling materials to make some super pet carriers and homes this week. Look at this aquarium, dog kennel and bunny rabbit basket!
We have collected some photographs of children's pets and have them on display in the classroom. If your child has a pet, or even if a relative has a pet they like to play with or a toy pet, then please do send in a picture or upload it on tapestry and we will add it to our display board. The children have loved sharing their pets with their friends!
Have a lovely Bank Holiday weekend, and we're back at school on Tuesday.
Friday 7th April
We've had a really busy and fun week in Nursery this week! Children made Easter cards, using their cutting skills and choosing decorations.
We also really enjoyed making some Easter treats - chocolate crispy cake chicks' nests and iced biscuits!
We had a brilliant number of Nursery children enter our whole school Easter Egg Decorating Competition. The entries were fantastic and the children really enjoyed telling us about what they had made and how they'd done it.
All of the children who entered received a special certificate in assembly on Friday morning. Well done!
On Thursday we had a super class trip to Ouseburn Farm. The children were all absolutely brilliant and we were really proud of them. We fed the farm animals; pigs, sheep and cows, and stroked the newborn baby lambs. We then held small animals such as rabbits, guinea pigs, chicks and even a snake and gecko! It was a fantastic experience for all children. Thank you to our parent helpers, we really appreciate your support. I took lots of photos and will make a gallery on the website and add some to children's individual Tapestry accounts, but here is a selection of my favourites!
I hope you all have a lovely Easter break. Don't forget to use Tapestry to upload any fun things you get up to - we love to see them and to talk to the children about what they've been doing! Thank you for all of your support this Spring Term, and I look forward to seeing you all again in the Summer Term!
Friday 31st March
We have continued our topic on Spring this week, with lots of fun activities. We have a new Spring Flower Shop role play area, and children have enjoyed counting money, sorting flowers and other items, taking orders on the phone and writing on post its and clipboards.
We have also been investigating plants and seeds. We planted some cress seeds and have been looking after them and watching them grow.
On Wednesday we had a special treat when Year 6 teacher and Deputy Headteacher Mrs White visited Nursery to share a story with us. She brought The Selfish Crocodile to visit and be stayed in Nursery for the rest of the week. Meanwhile, Mrs O'Malley visited Year 6 and read to them! We also visited the mobile library on Tuesday and the librarian commented on the super behaviour of the Nursery children.
On Friday we had Stay and Play, and parents and family members helped children to make these fabulous Easter Bunnies! I will add a gallery from Stay and Play to our Nursery page on the website.
Next week, children may enter the school Easter Egg Decorating competition. Please send entries in on Monday 3rd April. We are goin on our trip to Ouseburn Farm on Thursday 6th April. Thank you to all those who have already returned the slip and money and have volunteered to come along as helpers.
Have a great weekend,
Friday 24th March
This week, our story of the week has been Little Red Riding Hood. Children enjoyed playing a blindfold game where they had to guess who in the circle had changed their voice to say, "Grandma, what big teeth you have!" or, "All the better to eat you with, my dear!"
We made Mother's Day cards for Mothering Sunday using handprints and fingerprints. We hope all our Mums and Nanas like their cards and have a lovely day on Sunday.
We have have been doing some gardening to get our beds ready for planting some new plants and flowers. The children loved using the towels and forks to pull up weeds and found lots of worms! One worm was even brought into the classroom by a little girl who wanted to take it home!
On Friday, children dressed in non-uniform or red clothes for Comic Relief. Thank you for your donations to this very worthy cause.
Next week we are going to plant some seeds, so we are collecting yoghurt pots. If you have any to donate, please send them in!
Have a lovely weekend,
Friday 17th March
This week our Story of the Week has been The Gingerbread Man. The children have loved retelling the story, including shouting, "Run run as fast as you can! You can't catch me! I'm the Gingerbread Man!". We used salt dough to make gingerbread men and decorated them.
We also played a Gingerbread Man obstacle course game in the hall, using some equipment that was new to the children.
This this week our Travelling Book Fair was in school, and Nursery children and parents had the chance to visit. Thank you for all your support- I'm told that Nursery spent the most money at the Fair! What a super way to encourage a love of books and reading for your children.
Next week we will be celebrating Red Nose Day on Friday 24th March. Children may wear non-uniform and might like to wear something red and/or wear their red nose! There will be a voluntary anonymous donation towards Comic Relief.
Friday 10th March
This week we welcomed some new starters to our Nursery class. I've been really proud of the way the children have helped our new friends to settle in and get used to their new environment.
We joint the rest of the school in taking part in the Big Fairtrade Breakfast. On Wednesday we prepared our breakfast food- Fairtrade banana and chocolate muffins and freshly squeezed Fairtrade orange juice.
On Thursday, children came to Nursery in their pyjamas and parents and family members joined us for breakfast. Thank you all for your donations and support!
On Friday our school had a special visitor- local MP Mary Glindon, along with representatives from the British Council, who were congratulating us on achieving the International Schools Award. Nursery children performed their Chinese New Year dragon dance as part of a whole school International assembly. They did a super job of their performance and our special visitors really enjoyed it!
Next week we have our Travelling Book Fair at school. You are invited to visit the Book Fair after school (3.15) and we will also be having a special session for Nursery children, when parents can come in with their child to help them choose and buy a book. This will be on Tuesday morning at 9.00am.
See you all next week!
Friday 3rd March
Welcome back to Nursery after our half term break. We've had another super week! Our Story of the Week has been the Three Little Pigs, as part of our new topic on Traditional Tales. Children have enjoyed listening to the story and engaging in related activities.
On Tuesday it was Shrove Tuesday, also known as pancake day! The children enjoyed some messy play with pancake ingredients and then ate pancakes with a choice of toppings.
We also visited the mobile library on Tuesday.
On Friday it was World Book Day, and our focussed story was Handa's Suprise by Eileen Browne. We loved reading the story and looking at the different fruits. Children made fruit kebab sticks and painted African necklaces.
Next week, he will be taking part in the Big Fairtrade Breakfast on Thursday 9th March. Children may come to Nursey in their pyjamas, onesies or dressing gowns and parents and carers are invited to come into Nursery from 9.00am until 9.30am to share a Fairtrade breakfast with the children.
Have a lovely weekend,
Friday 17th February
We had an exciting start to this week, as on Monday we went on a trip! To support our topic on Transport, we travelled on the Metro, bus and ferry. We also had a visit to The Word library on the South Shields side of the ferry route. I will add more photos from the trip to the Gallery section on our Nursery page on the school website, but here are a couple of our favourites.
We all had a brilliant time, with the children getting lots out of being out and about with their peers. Thank you to all of our adult helpers!
Once we were back in the classroom on Tuesday, children enjoyed looking at photographs from our trip, and talking about what we had done. They also wrote their names and the names of friends that they could see in the photos.
Love was on the air in Nursery on Valentine's Day, as children made some fabulous hearts for their loved ones!
On Wednesday we had our Showcase Assembly, which was fantastically supported by parents and family members. Nursery children performed their Chinese New Year Dragon Dance and one of our favourite songs, The Big Ship Sails on the Alley Alley-O.
Well done to all the certificate award winners from the assembly.
On Friday we had Stay and Play, which as always was really well attended by our supportive parents. Thank you everyone! I will add a gallery of photos to the gallery section on the Nursery page of the school website. We also said good bye to Miss Moy, who has been on a student placement with us and has built up fantastic relationships with the children. Good luck on your next placement, Miss Moy.
While speaking to parents at Stay and Play, I found that quite a few people are interested in finding out more about helping their children with phonics (letters and sounds). I will add some games and resources to the parent section of the Nursery page on the school website and look into the possibility of running a parents' workshop for you all.
We now have a week long break from Nursery, returning on Monday 27th February. I hope you all enjoy the half term holidays! Don't forgot to upload the fun things you do to Tapestry so that we can talk to the children about them when they return. When we come back to school, Thursday 2nd March is World Book Day, when children will be taking part in some fun activities at school and they may bring in their favourite book from home to share with their friends!
Thank you, Mrs O'Malley.
Friday 10th February
This week, our Story of the Week has been 'Whatever Next!' by Jill Murphy. The children loved listening to the story about Baby Bear going to the moon in his rocket (made out of a cardboard box!).
Children then had a picnic on the moon!
We we wrote our names and made patterns in the moon dust.
Children loved imagining what kid of aliens Baby Bear might meet on the moon, and produced some fantastic drawings.
Some children also made rockets to go to the moon.
We have continued finding out more about Chinese New Year this week. Children made shakers by joining together two plastic cups, filling them with rice or pasta and decorating them. We also made rooster masks for the Chinese year of the rooster.
These things were then used for our Nursery Chinese New Year Dragon Parade, where we paraded along the corridor singing and shaking our shakers. All of the older children in other classes came out to line to corridor and watch us go past. The children did a fantastic job of performing a dragon dance!
Next week we have our trip on Monday 13th Febuary- children will need to wear warm outdoor clothing. We then have our Showcase Assembly at 10.15am on Wednesday 15th February in the hall. On Friday 17th February we will have Stay & Play at 11am, and it is also our last day before a week long half term break.
Have a great weekend,
Friday 3rd February
This week we have continued our work on Chinese New Year. Children have enjoyed playing with our sensory tray to find, sort and count chocolate coins hidden in the rice!
Our Story of the Week has been Cleversticks by Bernard Ashley, which has given us lots of discussion about things that we can and can't do.
The children enjoy drawing using lots of different materials- pencils, pens, crayons etc. A big favourite is always the whiteboards and whiteboard pens. Look at this super drawing of Mammy and Daddy on the whiteboard!
Our older children have been working really hard to recognise letter sounds, and many of them can now read and recognise 's, a, t, p, i and n' and have begun to blend them together to make simple words such as 'tap', 'pin' and 'sat'. Some children even went to show Deputy Headteacher Mrs White their work, and they were really proud. Well done!
Have a lovely weekend,
Friday 27th January
This week the Mobile Library came to our school. Sally read us a story called, 'My Teacher is a Monster!' and then all of the children chose their own book to borrow and bring back to Nursery. We then enjoyed looking at our books, and will read a different one at story time each day.
As part of our topic on Transport, children worked in teams to build some bridges to help a little toy called Bill to get across the river. They had to talk to each other, decide which materials to use, think about what was going well with the task and what they needed to change to get their bridges finished. All the teams made fantastic bridges for Bill to get across the river!
We then got a new bridge to play on in our Nursery garden, which children have been really enjoying!
On Friday we celebrated Chinese New Year. We tried some delicious noodles and rice with soy sauce, and had fortune cookies with our milk. Lots of parents and carers came to Stay and Play, where we made some Chinese New Year crafts. We are going to learn more about Chinese New Year next week. I will put the photos from Stay and Play in the Gallery section on our website.
I hope you all have a lovely weekend. Please note that out Early Years Showcase Assembly is on Wednesday 15th February at 10.30am (10.15 for teas and coffees!). Please see the newsletter on the school website for more than details
Friday 20th January
Our story of the week this week has been Mr Gumpy's Motor Car. Children have enjoyed using the animal characters from the story to act out different parts.
The the rain doesn't stop us from playing outside! We all get our wellies on and have fun!
This week we made some hot air balloons. Can you see who is flying in the baskets of these balloons? Make sure you have a look next time you are in our classroom!
Our our older children have been working very hard to learn to write their names. Look at this super writing from Thomas, Finlay and Sybil. Well done!
Please note, we will be having Stay and Play next Friday (the last Friday of the month) at 11am. Looking forward to seeing parents and carers there.
Have a lovely weekend,
Friday 13th January
This week we've continued our Transport topic by introducing our new role play area- a car mechanics' garage!
Our story of the week this week has been Dear Zoo. Children enjoyed using the animal puppets to tell the story, and have also written their own letters to the zoo and through of lots of words to describe the animals.
We ended our week with an exciting surprise- snow! Nursery children loved going for a snowy walk, making patterns with our welly prints and even building a tiny snowman!
Friday 6th January 2016
Welcome to the first Friday News Roundup! Happy New Year to all our parents and families. We have really enjoyed seeing all of the children again after the Christmas break, and hearing all about what they have been doing over the holidays. Thank you to those of you who shared pictures with us on Tapestry!
This week, we started our brand new topic; Transport! I have a feeling this will be a very popular topic, as our children love trains, cars, aeroplanes and anything else that moves. We carried out a class survey to see how many children had travelled on differen types of transport and I was astonished to find out that four children have travelled on a hot air balloon!! As hot air balloons are so popular, we are hoping to make some models of them later in the topic.
One of our favourite things to do at the start of a new half term is to make a new batch of play dough. We make our own play dough with flour, salt, oil and cream of tartar. Children enjoyed mixing the ingredients and rolling the dough out.
We are looking forward to welcoming three new starters to Nursery next week. I'm sure the children will look after them and make them feel at home as they settle in.
Have a fantastic weekend and see you all next week,
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