Friday 22nd December
We have reached our final Nursery week of 2017, and what a fun week it has been! We began the week with our Nursery Christmas Party, and everyone looked super in their party clothes!
We played party games and had fun dancing to Christmas music.
Of course the children loved their party food too!
This week we had a Christmas photo booth, with props and accessories for the children to try on and iPads to take photographs and selfies! They also had mirrors to check how they looked.
We had a tasting table, where children could try some popular Christmas treats - mince pies, chocolate yule log and Christmas cake. They then placed a photograph of themselves next to their favourite. The yule log was far and away the winner!
The children used their scissor skills to cut pictures out of the catalogue to show Santa which toys they would like! The enjoyed discussing the toys they could see and choosing which ones they liked.
We've also been busy making some special crafts this week. Children made Christmas cards, and had a go at writing their names inside.
They also made calendars for the New Year, with a painted background and a self-portrait.
On Friday we had a special treat when Nursery children joined the rest of the school in the hall to watch The Holly and Ivy Christmas Show - a trio of musicians playing instruments and singing traditional and favourite Christmas songs. The Nursery children were superbly behaved, with many other teachers and our special visitors commenting on how well they did. The children even got up and joined in some dancing! We particularly enjoyed the traditional clog dancing.
Our week was finished off with another lovely Stay and Play session, where parents and family members attended to make some Christmas decorations with the children. Thank you for your attendance!
We now break up for a two week holiday, and return on Monday 8th January. Thank you for all of your support this Autumn term. Have a fantastic Christmas and a very happy New Year!
Friday 15th December
This week Christmas has hit Nursery! We started the week decorating our class Christmas tree, and children also enjoyed adding baubles and decorations to a small tree.
All of the children shared what they would like Santa to bring them for Christmas. We then wrote letters to him, and children added a picture and had a go at writing some letters from their name.
The children loved making some special Christmas treats this week. We made Rudolph cupcakes, candy cane chocolate hearts and festive iced biscuits. The treats were served to our parents at our Nursery Christmas performance on Friday.
The children did a fantastic job of performing our version of 'The Night Before Christmas' on Friday, complete with children in pyjamas, Santa and reindeer! They were so proud to welcome parents and family members to the Nursery and share their hard work. Thank you to all those who attended, we really appreciate your support!
Next week we have another busy Christmassy week. We have our party on Monday; Children can come to Nursery wearing their party clothes and should bring their own plate of party food on the paper plate provided. On Tuesday Santa will be at school and children can visit him in his grotto! On Friday we have a very special treat - a Christmas music performance from the Holly and Ivy Roadshow, which is always fantastic, followed by Stay and Play at 11am. We then break up for a two week Christmas holiday.
Thank you for all your suppport,
Friday 8th December 2017
This week we learned all about Winter, snow and everything cold! The children explored ice and fake snow along with further enhancements such as colours, numbers and pictures.
We looked at the patterns that frost makes and had a go at making some of our own frosty patterns. Children chose cold icy colours and used paper doilies to create their patterns.
We talked about ways of keeping warm during the Winter, and the children enjoyed trying on a variety of different warm clothing. Everyone is doing well with learning to put on their own coats, hats and scarves... gloves are a little more tricky!
Another way to keep warm in the Winter is by having hot drinks and food. We made some delicious warming Winter vegetable soup this week. The children used knives to chop the vegetables, and they loved tasting the soup afterwards!
The children found out about how some birds fly South for the Winter and that there is less food on the trees and bushes for the birds that stay. We went for a Winter walk to look at the sparse trees, and once back in the classroom made bird feeders to help look after the birds during the cold weather. We hung them in the trees and watched for the birds to eat them. Mrs O'Malley was so excited to get an early morning photograph of some cheeky birds who had pulled a bird feeder from the tree and were eating it in the car park!!
After last week's snowy weather, the children had lots of recent experience to talk about the way that snowflakes fall from the sky. We went to the hall and watched a video of snowflakes to see how the move. Children closed their eyes and listened to music from Winter from Vivaldi's Four Seasons, then moved around the hall in the style of a snowflake. Once child pointed out they could hear violins in the music so we watched a violinist playing.
We also learned about footprints in the snow this week. After reading, 'The Gruffalo's Child' and exploring the tracks left by different animals in the snow, we used paint to create colourful footprints with shoes!
We looked at some snowman stories and some children drew some fantastic snowman pictures. Children also loved making snowmen with our play dough!
We also had a Snowman bean bag toss, where children practiced their throwing skills and counted up their points.
A very popular activity this week has been role play in the snowy cottage, or the 'Christmas House' as the children have taken to calling it!
They have also loved exploring the polar small world with animals.
Next week we have our Nursery Christmas performance on Friday 15th December at 10.30am (please wait at the Nursery doors). Letters have been sent home with individual information, but please remember to send costumes in a carrier bag on Monday please.
Thank you for your support, have a lovely weekend,
Friday 1st December
This week was our last week learning about birthdays, and we made it a good one! The children loved exploring the jelly and ice cream tray, with numbers made out of jelly and lots of opportunities to feel the different textures.
What birthday celebration would be complete without cake!? On Tuesday we baked and decorated some fairy cakes.
After reading two birthday stories with flaps, 'Kipper's Birthday' and 'Happy Birthday Maisy', some children made their own flap books. They drew themselves and other friends who had come to their birthday party, then cut out and stuck down flaps to hide their drawings.
Later in the week we had a big suprise - SNOW! Of course the children were very excited and inquisitive. We brought some snow and ice in from outside to explore and talk about.
What a great way to start our new topic for next week - Winter!
Due to the snowy weather we weren't able to go outside as much as we usually do, so we made good use of the school hall for a range of movement activities.
Have a lovely weekend,
Friday 24th November 2017
We continued exploring Birthdays this week, making a giant calendar for children to place their photo on their birthday month. The children then added their own drawings, writing and numbers to the calendar.
We went to the School Library in small groups to look at a story called 'Kipper's Birthday'. The children loved sitting on the comfortable bean bags and everyone had a cuddle with Kipper then listened to the story.
After reading another birthday story, 'Happy Birthday Maisy', we played a hop scotch dice game where children rolled the dice and counted the correct number of steps along the path to Maisy's house.
We also talked about Maisy and Kipper's friends from the two stories, and explored what makes a good friend. We looked at photos of all of the Nursery children and gave reasons why they were a good friend, which I wrote on a post it note under each photo. We had some lovely reasons why the children were good friends, such as, "She held my hand to walk up the hill when it was muddy," and "He always shares the toys with me".
On Friday we had our November Stay and Play, with a fantastic turn out of 18 adults! Each child got a free copy of 'Alan's Big Scary Teeth' from the BookTrust, and we did some activities linked to the story such as making a puppet of Alan the alligator, a spot the difference game and icing some biscuits with green icing.
Next week I will be confirming all of the dates for over the Christmas period and will let you know. Thank you for your continued support. Have a lovely weekend,
Friday 17th November 2017
This week we started our new topic on birthdays! We looked at lots of birthday objects and the children shared some of their own experiences of their own and their families' birthdays. The children particularly loved the big birthday cake!
We decorated our role play area to be a Birthday Party! We included lots of props and decorations, and the children loved pretending it was somebody's birthday, playing party games and having party food.
We explored lots of different wrapped birthday presents, talking about how many presents there were, the sizes, shapes, types of wrapping paper and what could be inside.
In the play dough, children enjoyed making birthday cakes and singing 'Happy Birthday'. They counted birthday candles to show how old the recipient of the cake would be.
On Friday we had a brilliant day for Children in Need. Children came to school wearing some fabulous spotty outfits!
Everyone loved having a cuddle with Pudsey.
We collected all of our money and gave it to Pudsey.
The children made Pudsey flags and spotty paintings, and everyone loved decorating biscuits with icing and spotty sweetie decorations.
Thank you for all your support!
Have a lovely weekend,
Friday 10th November
This week we have continued enjoying poem from Michael Rosen's collection, 'A Great Big Cuddle: Poems for the Very Young'. The children have learned 'Oh Dear' practically off by heart and have loved reciting it all together.
We read 'Lost', a poem about a little mouse whose friends and family had disappeared. The children talked about what made them feel happy and sad. We also read 'Once', a poem which featured the Berrible, who is very terrible! The children listened to the words and imagined what the Berrible might look like. We had some fabulous descriptions - goblins, aliens and werewolves with spots, spikes and sharp teeth! The children also drew pictures of their ideas, before looking at the illustration of the Berrible in the book.
Finally, we read 'Let Me Do It', a poem about a little character who was learning to do lots of new things such as 'kick the ball', 'drive the car' and 'cook the beans'. Unfortunately, he gets very mixed up and says 'let me kick the beans, let me drive the ball, let me cook the car' instead! The children thought this was very funny and enjoyed thinking of some of their own mixed up lines and adding illustrations, such as these from Violet; 'Let me drink the milkshake, let me cuddle the bear... Let me cuddle the milkshake, let me drink the bear!'
If you search for Michael Rosen on YouTube you can find clips of him reading his poems. We have watched 'Once', 'Oh Dear' and 'Let Me Do It' this week.
We have some new dressing up costumes at Nursery, that the children have enjoyed using. We are always happy to take donations of toys and dressing up costumes that children are finished with at home.
Thank you for your support. Have a lovely weekend,
Friday 3rd November
We started this week with spooky Halloween activities! Children made some pumpkin pictures.
We also carved and pumpkin and enjoyed exploring the textures inside, as well as some different textures in our sensory tray with lentils and Halloween creepy crawlies.
We visited the Spooky Library, which was decorated for Halloween, to listen to the story 'Ten Little Monsters'.
On Tuesday, we had our Halloween party! Children came to school in their costumes.
Children enjoyed party games such as dunking for apples, biting a doughnut on a string, and music statues. We also had some party food.
This week we have been reading poems from the collection 'A Great Big Cuddle: Poems for the Very Young' by Michael Rosen. Children have enjoyed listening to and joining in with the fun poems, particularly 'Oh Dear', of which I have sent a copy home for children to share with their families. Here is a link to the poet, Michael Rosen, performing his poem 'Oh Dear':
Have a lovely weekend,
Friday 20th October 2017
This week we've been finding out all about the Hindu Festival of Light - Diwali. Children listened to the story, 'Lighting a Lamp' about a family celebrating Diwali and we compared it to familiar celebrations such as Christmas and birthdays. They also explored books and objects.
Some children made lights for Diwali using CDs and lots of shiny sequins! They enjoyed putting battery operated tea light candles on top to watch the colours shine.
Children also enjoyed making coconut barfi, a traditional Indian sweet, to celebrate Diwali.
On Thursday we were lucky to have a visitor - Malaika's mum Hasina. Although Hasina and her family are Muslim and Diwali is a Hindu festival, both religions are rooted in Indian culture and include the use of rangoli or mendhi hand patterns for celebrations and special events. The children loved Hasina painting special patterns on their hands with washable paint!
Mrs Patterson even had a pattern with real Henna - it will last for around a week!
Children enjoyed going to the hall and listening to some traditional music for Diwali. They closed their eyes and described what they could hear and also explored different movements.
This week we had the first Showcase Assembly of the year. The Nursery children did amazingly well getting up on the stage and singing their songs in front of the audience - a very daunting task for a just-turned-three-year-old! Well done to those children who were awarded certificates.
Today we had our October Stay & Play, which was very well attended. We really appreciate all your support and the chance to chat informally with you all at occasions such as these. We value the relationships we build with you all and believe that it is extremely beneficial to children's experience of school.
Have a lovely half term break and we will see you back at Nursery on Monday 30th October. Don't forget to share on Tapestry the fun things you get up to! When we return, on Tuesday 31st October we will be having a Halloween party and children can come in wearing their costumes.
Thank you for your support,
Friday 13th October
The children have really enjoyed their challenge to collect Autumn Treasures and bring them back to Nursery to share with the rest of the class. We started the week with a sharing session where children looked at, felt, talked about and sorted the objects they had collected.
We had so many Autumn leaves that the children put them to good use making animal models. They filled clear plastic bags with the leaves and then added eyes and other features. These girls made some brilliant owls, as they were still interested in owls after our work on Owl Babies last week.
We have been taking advantage of the lovely Autumn weather this week and taking lots of our learning outside.
We also planted some interesting and colourful Painted Heather plants in our garden. The children have been excited to water them each day and watch them grow. The weather wasn't quite as nice on this day!
We have also been preparing for our Showcase Assembly, which takes place next week on Tuesday 17th October at 10.30am. We look forward to seeing you all there! Next week, we also have Parent Consultation evening on Thursday after school and then Stay & Play on Friday 20th October at 11am. We then break up for a week long half term break, returning to school on Monday 30th October.
I have set the children a challenge on Tapestry today, to hunt for numbers all around them. Any photos you share of the children finding numbers will be displayed in the classroom. Some ideas could include numbers of the bus at the bus stop, ages on birthday cards, badges or balloons, player numbers on the back of football shirts, numbers on mobile phones, clocks or television remote controls, prices of items in the supermarket and lots more! Happy number hunting!
Have a lovely weekend,
Friday 6th October
Autumn is here and we have been exploring lots of Autumn themes in Nursery this week! Children have thoroughly enjoyed bringing their Autumn Treasures collection bags back to school, thank you for all of your support! We are going to look at the objects in more detail next week so if you haven't yet been for an Autumn Walk, this weekend is you chance to do so!
Children explored some Autumn objects in the tuff tray this week - they enjoyed feeling, sorting and counting.
We also enjoyed tasting some Autumn produce - butternut squash, sweet potatoes and apples.
Children then chose their favourite, and placed their 'mini-me' photo in the hoops. We counted to see which was the most popular.
Some children were particularly enjoying playing with a baby doll in the home corner this week, so to further support their interest and develop their play we raided the cupboard and brought out more dolls and accessories such as a baby bath, potty, car seat, bottles and blankets and even some pushchairs to take the babies for walks outside!
The Mobile Library visited school this week, and the children listened to a story read by the librarian then each chose their own book to bring back into the Nursery.
A forward date - please note that our Early Years Showcase Assembly takes place on Tuesday 17th October at 10.30am. Children will be performing on stage in the hall, along with Reception class. We hope to see you all there!
Thank you for your support, have a lovely weekend!
Friday 29th September
This week, we continued looking at the story 'Owl Babies'. On Monday we wrote a letter to Mummy Owl from her babies Sarah, Percy and Bill, telling her that they missed her and wanted her to come home. After writing a letter all together as a class, some children decided to write their own letters too, which we added to the envelope to post to Mummy Owl!
When the children came in on Tuesday they were amazed to find that we'd had a visitor in the classroom, who had left some evidence for them to investigate with magnifying glasses.
The children used the clues to work out that Mummy Owl had been to visit! She had left a letter for them too.
This week we visited the School Hall and used the space to play a movement game. Children thought of animals that come out in the woods at night time, such as owls, bats, hedgehogs and foxes, and we experimented with ways of moving like those animals..
Some children made nests for the Owl Babies; choosing containers and collecting natural materials from outside.
We had our first Stay and Play session of the year - thank you to all the parents and family members who came along to make yummy pizzas with the children! I will post more photos from Stay and Play in the Photo Gallery section here on the website, but here is one of the group enjoying their pizza creations together.
Thank you for participating in our raffle at Stay and Play. We raised an amazing £20 which will go towards our Nursery Fund for cooking ingredients and other consumable resources. We really apprectiate the support. Well done to our lucky winner, I hope you enjoy your prize!
This weekend this children are bringing home a brown paper bag to collect Autumn Treasures to bring back to Nursery and share with the class. We have our Autumn Treasures table all set up ready for the children's contributions. I hope you enjoy your Autumn Walks, and please do upload any pictures that you take onto Tapestry.
Thank you for your support, have a lovely weekend!
Friday 22nd September 2017
We've had a brilliant busy week in Nursery this week. We started looking at the story 'Owl Babies' by exploring our families, linked to the owl family in the story. We looked at the family photos that children brought in to share and made paper doll families.
Next we explored the dark, like the dark woods that the owl babies are left in. We used torches to look carefully at pictures from the story and share ideas.
Children chose and used media and materials to create their own dark pictures in response to the words and pictures from the story.
We thought of words and phrases to describe the woods, and hung them on a tree branch. We felt twigs and bark, and crunchy leaves to help us think of ideas. I loved Niamh's phrase to describe the Autumn leaves; "Scrunchy like crisps!"
The children loved doing some cooking this week. We made fruits owl toast! The children carefully washed their hands, then spread chocolate spread all over a piece of toast. They used fruit to make the owl's features and of course the most fun part was eating it!
These girls created some owls in an open ended activity of their choice. They chose their own paint colours to mix to make brown, shapes they would need to make owl and materials such as leaves and cheerios to stick on for texture and pattern. Lovely work!
This week we've been enjoying daily music time, and children have had lots of fun joining in with words and actions. You might have heard them singing some new songs as home, such as 'Boogle Oogle Oogle' or 'Clickety Clack'!
Next week we will have our first Stay and Play session of the year. Parents and carers are invited to come to Nursery on the last Friday of each month at 11am, to take part in activities with your child.
Thank you for you support, have a lovely weekend!
Friday 15th September 2017
Welcome back to Mrs O'Malley's Friday News Round Up! Each week, I upload photographs and news from Nursery.
Over the past two weeks the children have been settling in - we've had our returning children who have 'hit the ground running' on the first day back, showing us their fantastic skills, and our brand new children who have been getting used to their new environment.
Here are some photographs of some of the fun things we've been up to since starting back this term.
Next week we have the school photographer coming to take individual and sibling pictures of the children on Friday 22nd September.
As part of our topic 'All About Me', we would like to collect a family photo from each of the children, to use in activities, to talk about and for display. This could include brothers and sisters, parents, grandparents- however you would like to interpret 'FAMILY' for your child. Could you please either upload a family picture on tapestry or send one in to Nursery with your child. If you send a physical copy, I will colour photocopy it and send the original home again.
Have a lovely weekend,
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