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Nursery 2 year old 2017/2018

 

We Would like to take this opportunity to thank all our families for their continued support whilst working alongside us and helping us progress forward with their child's development.

We would like to wish our older children well in their new adventure into the preschool room and welcome all our new families that will start in September.

We hope you all have a wonderful summer holiday making lots of happy memories with your families.

See you all in September,

Best wishes 

Kirsty and Lisa

 

We would like to thank our families that came to our sports day. We all had so much fun together playing at the different sport stations that were set up in the school field. 

We finished off the session with a ceremony where Mr Leeson gave out certificates to the children to congratulate them on how well they did.

  

 

  

 

   

 

  

W/B- 02/07/18

Today we read the story 'Maisy goes camping' to introduce the idea of camping to enable us to begin using role playing experiences.  We made a small tent to go in our reading garden, the children were all very interested and involved in the process of putting the rods together and fixing them to the tent.  They sat in their new reading tent to look independently through the books, some were repeating familiar words and phrases from the stories they were looking at.
Next we moved on to make a full sized tent, again the children all helped and we emphasised the fact that we were working as a team to help each other, this helped the children to engage with their friends and to learn how to share whilst playing alongside each other.  
We collected logs, rocks and bricks to build a barbecue and a campfire.   The children all pretended to cook food and eat it, they then sat round the campfire and sang some songs before going into the tents and exploring how to use the torches in a darkened area before pretending to have a sleep.
Throughout this role play activity we modelled how to take on a role in play to act out experiences with the children and used a lot of new language to support their learning.  As you can see from the photos the children all had a lot of fun. 😀⛺️

  

 

  

 

  

 

  

 

  

 

 

 

The children had access to a real camera today so the could learn how to use simple ICT equipment, they were shown how to use the screen to focus on what they wanted to take a photo of and then how to press the button to take the shot.   All the children took in this information and with support they were able to take their own photos.

They took photos of objects in their environment and of each other.

  

 

 

  

 

  

 

 

W/B- 25/06/18

This week we have enjoyed making honey sandwiches in both our sessions.

The children were independent throughout this activity after watching how we modelled the different stages of how to make a sandwich.

We showed the children how the bees made the honey and used our senses on what it smelt and felt like.

The children were introduced to new language whilst cutting their sandwiches such as 'half' 'quarters'. They showed control as they used the sawing action across the bread with their knives.

 

   

 

  

 

Following on from our story of Brown Bear Brown Bear the children had shown a real interest of naming colours from items around the room and in their environment. As they were playing a child noticed a picture of a rainbow and asked if they could do one.

We decided to follow their creative idea and help them set up a rainbow painting activity for them all to take part in.

We first found pictures and video clips of rainbows to show the children what they were and how they went across the sky.

The children were completely engaged and taking part by repeating the new words back to them that we modelled.

We left a rainbow image up on our iPad on the table so the children could look at the image as they painted.

Below are a few paintings from the children and as you can see they have done an amazing job by creating the arch shape.

 

 

 

 

 

 

W/B- 18/6/18

We have been doing lots of fun activities this week to help with our fine motor skills. Look at how well the children are using the tweezers to pick up the bugs and place them inside the pots.

The children showed good levels of perseverance and focus as they did this activity.

If you would like any advise on fun activities to do at home to help develop and strengthen your child's fine skills then please feel free to pop in and ask Kirsty or Lisa for some advise.

  

 

We Would like to take this opportunity to thank all our families for their continued support whilst working alongside us and helping us progress forward with their child's development.

We would like to wish our older children well in their new adventure into the preschool room and welcome all our new families that will start in September.

We hope you all have a wonderful summer holiday making lots of happy memories with your families.

See you all in September,

Best wishes 

Kirsty and Lisa

 

We would like to thank our families that came to our sports day. We all had so much fun together playing at the different sport stations that were set up in the school field. 

We finished off the session with a ceremony where Mr Leeson gave out certificates to the children to congratulate them on how well they did.

  

 

  

 

   

 

  

W/B- 02/07/18

Today we read the story 'Maisy goes camping' to introduce the idea of camping to enable us to begin using role playing experiences.  We made a small tent to go in our reading garden, the children were all very interested and involved in the process of putting the rods together and fixing them to the tent.  They sat in their new reading tent to look independently through the books, some were repeating familiar words and phrases from the stories they were looking at.
Next we moved on to make a full sized tent, again the children all helped and we emphasised the fact that we were working as a team to help each other, this helped the children to engage with their friends and to learn how to share whilst playing alongside each other.  
We collected logs, rocks and bricks to build a barbecue and a campfire.   The children all pretended to cook food and eat it, they then sat round the campfire and sang some songs before going into the tents and exploring how to use the torches in a darkened area before pretending to have a sleep.
Throughout this role play activity we modelled how to take on a role in play to act out experiences with the children and used a lot of new language to support their learning.  As you can see from the photos the children all had a lot of fun. 😀⛺️

  

 

  

 

  

 

  

 

  

 

 

 

The children had access to a real camera today so the could learn how to use simple ICT equipment, they were shown how to use the screen to focus on what they wanted to take a photo of and then how to press the button to take the shot.   All the children took in this information and with support they were able to take their own photos.

They took photos of objects in their environment and of each other.

  

 

 

  

 

  

 

 

W/B- 25/06/18

This week we have enjoyed making honey sandwiches in both our sessions.

The children were independent throughout this activity after watching how we modelled the different stages of how to make a sandwich.

We showed the children how the bees made the honey and used our senses on what it smelt and felt like.

The children were introduced to new language whilst cutting their sandwiches such as 'half' 'quarters'. They showed control as they used the sawing action across the bread with their knives.

 

   

 

  

 

Following on from our story of Brown Bear Brown Bear the children had shown a real interest of naming colours from items around the room and in their environment. As they were playing a child noticed a picture of a rainbow and asked if they could do one.

We decided to follow their creative idea and help them set up a rainbow painting activity for them all to take part in.

We first found pictures and video clips of rainbows to show the children what they were and how they went across the sky.

The children were completely engaged and taking part by repeating the new words back to them that we modelled.

We left a rainbow image up on our iPad on the table so the children could look at the image as they painted.

Below are a few paintings from the children and as you can see they have done an amazing job by creating the arch shape.

 

 

 

 

 

 

W/B- 18/6/18

We have been doing lots of fun activities this week to help with our fine motor skills. Look at how well the children are using the tweezers to pick up the bugs and place them inside the pots.

The children showed good levels of perseverance and focus as they did this activity.

If you would like any advise on fun activities to do at home to help develop and strengthen your child's fine skills then please feel free to pop in and ask Kirsty or Lisa for some advise.

  

 

We Would like to take this opportunity to thank all our families for their continued support whilst working alongside us and helping us progress forward with their child's development.

We would like to wish our older children well in their new adventure into the preschool room and welcome all our new families that will start in September.

We hope you all have a wonderful summer holiday making lots of happy memories with your families.

See you all in September,

Best wishes 

Kirsty and Lisa

 

We would like to thank our families that came to our sports day. We all had so much fun together playing at the different sport stations that were set up in the school field. 

We finished off the session with a ceremony where Mr Leeson gave out certificates to the children to congratulate them on how well they did.

  

 

  

 

   

 

  

W/B- 02/07/18

Today we read the story 'Maisy goes camping' to introduce the idea of camping to enable us to begin using role playing experiences.  We made a small tent to go in our reading garden, the children were all very interested and involved in the process of putting the rods together and fixing them to the tent.  They sat in their new reading tent to look independently through the books, some were repeating familiar words and phrases from the stories they were looking at.
Next we moved on to make a full sized tent, again the children all helped and we emphasised the fact that we were working as a team to help each other, this helped the children to engage with their friends and to learn how to share whilst playing alongside each other.  
We collected logs, rocks and bricks to build a barbecue and a campfire.   The children all pretended to cook food and eat it, they then sat round the campfire and sang some songs before going into the tents and exploring how to use the torches in a darkened area before pretending to have a sleep.
Throughout this role play activity we modelled how to take on a role in play to act out experiences with the children and used a lot of new language to support their learning.  As you can see from the photos the children all had a lot of fun. 😀⛺️

  

 

  

 

  

 

  

 

  

 

 

 

The children had access to a real camera today so the could learn how to use simple ICT equipment, they were shown how to use the screen to focus on what they wanted to take a photo of and then how to press the button to take the shot.   All the children took in this information and with support they were able to take their own photos.

They took photos of objects in their environment and of each other.

  

 

 

  

 

  

 

 

W/B- 25/06/18

This week we have enjoyed making honey sandwiches in both our sessions.

The children were independent throughout this activity after watching how we modelled the different stages of how to make a sandwich.

We showed the children how the bees made the honey and used our senses on what it smelt and felt like.

The children were introduced to new language whilst cutting their sandwiches such as 'half' 'quarters'. They showed control as they used the sawing action across the bread with their knives.

 

   

 

  

 

Following on from our story of Brown Bear Brown Bear the children had shown a real interest of naming colours from items around the room and in their environment. As they were playing a child noticed a picture of a rainbow and asked if they could do one.

We decided to follow their creative idea and help them set up a rainbow painting activity for them all to take part in.

We first found pictures and video clips of rainbows to show the children what they were and how they went across the sky.

The children were completely engaged and taking part by repeating the new words back to them that we modelled.

We left a rainbow image up on our iPad on the table so the children could look at the image as they painted.

Below are a few paintings from the children and as you can see they have done an amazing job by creating the arch shape.

 

 

 

 

 

 

W/B- 18/6/18

We have been doing lots of fun activities this week to help with our fine motor skills. Look at how well the children are using the tweezers to pick up the bugs and place them inside the pots.

The children showed good levels of perseverance and focus as they did this activity.

If you would like any advise on fun activities to do at home to help develop and strengthen your child's fine skills then please feel free to pop in and ask Kirsty or Lisa for some advise.

  

 

We Would like to take this opportunity to thank all our families for their continued support whilst working alongside us and helping us progress forward with their child's development.

We would like to wish our older children well in their new adventure into the preschool room and welcome all our new families that will start in September.

We hope you all have a wonderful summer holiday making lots of happy memories with your families.

See you all in September,

Best wishes 

Kirsty and Lisa

 

We would like to thank our families that came to our sports day. We all had so much fun together playing at the different sport stations that were set up in the school field. 

We finished off the session with a ceremony where Mr Leeson gave out certificates to the children to congratulate them on how well they did.

  

 

  

 

   

 

  

W/B- 02/07/18

Today we read the story 'Maisy goes camping' to introduce the idea of camping to enable us to begin using role playing experiences.  We made a small tent to go in our reading garden, the children were all very interested and involved in the process of putting the rods together and fixing them to the tent.  They sat in their new reading tent to look independently through the books, some were repeating familiar words and phrases from the stories they were looking at.
Next we moved on to make a full sized tent, again the children all helped and we emphasised the fact that we were working as a team to help each other, this helped the children to engage with their friends and to learn how to share whilst playing alongside each other.  
We collected logs, rocks and bricks to build a barbecue and a campfire.   The children all pretended to cook food and eat it, they then sat round the campfire and sang some songs before going into the tents and exploring how to use the torches in a darkened area before pretending to have a sleep.
Throughout this role play activity we modelled how to take on a role in play to act out experiences with the children and used a lot of new language to support their learning.  As you can see from the photos the children all had a lot of fun. 😀⛺️

  

 

  

 

  

 

  

 

  

 

 

 

The children had access to a real camera today so the could learn how to use simple ICT equipment, they were shown how to use the screen to focus on what they wanted to take a photo of and then how to press the button to take the shot.   All the children took in this information and with support they were able to take their own photos.

They took photos of objects in their environment and of each other.

  

 

 

  

 

  

 

 

 

W/B- 25/06/18

This week we have enjoyed making honey sandwiches in both our sessions.

The children were independent throughout this activity after watching how we modelled the different stages of how to make a sandwich.

We showed the children how the bees made the honey and used our senses on what it smelt and felt like.

The children were introduced to new language whilst cutting their sandwiches such as 'half' 'quarters'. They showed control as they used the sawing action across the bread with their knives.

 

   

 

  

 

Following on from our story of Brown Bear Brown Bear the children had shown a real interest of naming colours from items around the room and in their environment. As they were playing a child noticed a picture of a rainbow and asked if they could do one.

We decided to follow their creative idea and help them set up a rainbow painting activity for them all to take part in.

We first found pictures and video clips of rainbows to show the children what they were and how they went across the sky.

The children were completely engaged and taking part by repeating the new words back to them that we modelled.

We left a rainbow image up on our iPad on the table so the children could look at the image as they painted.

Below are a few paintings from the children and as you can see they have done an amazing job by creating the arch shape.

 

 

 

 

 

 

W/B- 18/6/18

We have been doing lots of fun activities this week to help with our fine motor skills. Look at how well the children are using the tweezers to pick up the bugs and place them inside the pots.

The children showed good levels of perseverance and focus as they did this activity.

If you would like any advise on fun activities to do at home to help develop and strengthen your child's fine skills then please feel free to pop in and ask Kirsty or Lisa for some advise.

  

 

The children have shown great listening skills this week as we have read the story of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What can you see? to them.

We then asked the children to go off and find different coloured objects in the room matching the coloured animal from the story we focused on that day. Below you can see the children finding yellow objects matching the duck. We then extended their learning by painting yellow ducks in a calm sensory activity using only our fingers/hands.

  

 

  

 

 

 

W/B- 4/6/18

The children enjoyed a fun listening and attention activity outside today with our toy animals.

We hid them around the garden and then one at a time we asked each child to go off and find an animal.

The children did amazing waiting and turn taking and could all go off and find the animal we asked them to find.

We extended the child's learning by then asking them to find two animals. This was interesting to watch as the children went around the environment trying to remember and find the correct animals.

They did really well and we will definitely be playing this game again.

This is a really easy game to play at home with all your child's toys and teddies. If you would like any tips or advise on this game then please don't hesitate to pop in and speak to either Lisa or Kirsty.

   

 

  

 

Following the children's interest we joined in with their rocket building using the smaller bricks.

The children were very creative and had a great imagination as they created their own space rocket. We modelled language of size, quantities and used new language linked in with the space and rocket theme. Some of the children repeated these words back and then go on to use them independently a little later on.

We modelled how to count down on a rocket launch, the children all took part in this with lots of energy and excitement. We also watched video clips of real rockets and how they launch off towards space.

After a little while the children were using the bricks as other objects. Below you can see some children using them to create glasses and as a microphone to which they sang their nursery rhymes into.

 

  

 

  

 

W/B- 21/5/18

We hope you all have a lovely break and we will see you all in term 6.

 

The children this week have been busy building on a large scale, using a variety of construction materials.

They have been working together and developing on their patience and perseverance.

The children were so proud of their creations and were choosing not to knock them down when they had finished.

 

  

 

Our Royal wedding celebrations.

  

 

  

 

W/B- 14/5/18

 

This week we released our beautiful butterflies into their natural habitat, we all sat down next to a tree that we thought they may like to fly onto.    As we took them from the butterfly enclosure we took turns to experience holding them to see how it would feel.  The children were all very brave and careful whilst holding them and kept their hands very still to ensure they didn't scare them.   We talked about how the butterflies little legs tickled our hands and watched as they flapped their wings getting ready to fly.   

As they flew off the children all clapped and cheered, some butterflies didn't fly very far and the children became concerned that they hadn't flown to the tree, so we picked them back up to direct them to the tree.   This pleased the children who said, "Yay butterfly fly up tree." 

We have all really enjoyed experiencing this wonderful life cycle of caterpillar to butterfly, the children have gained new knowledge and language that we hope they have shared with you.  

Maybe over the summer whilst your out and about if you should come across a butterfly use this opportunity to share with your child to discuss the experience they have had. You could talk about the cycle of how it began as a caterpillar and the changes it went through to see if they remember the cycle. You could also talk about the colours and patterns you see on the butterflies wings.

  

 

  

 

  

 

 

 

W/B- 7/5/18

 

Our butterflies hatched this week from their cocoons, we were extremely lucky to actually watch this process happen. The children were fascinated watching as the butterfly wriggled to break free and spread their beautiful wings.  We discussed the butterflies movements and introduced the children to new language to describe simply what was happening, the children repeated some of the language after us.

"Butterfly hatching."  "Butterfly is wriggling."  "Cocoon is breaking."  "Cocoon is opening."  "Butterfly is flapping its wings."  "Butterfly flying."   "Wings are getting stronger."

 

We made some sugar water for the butterflies to drink and gave them some fruit to nibble on to enable them to keep getting stronger so that we can release them next week.

  

 

  

 

To extend the children's interest in the butterflies we decided to observe their colours and patterns so we could paint our own butterflies.  Some children recognised and named the colours and said, "Orange, that black and that white."  "Can see lines." "Lots spots."

We encouraged the children to paint lines, spots and circles to represent the butterflies patterns using orange,black and white paint.   The activity naturally led into the children beginning to mix colours and commenting on the changes they could see.   "I make new paint colour."  "I mixing it."

  

 

W/B- 30/4/18

All the children were introduced to the story sack of the hungry caterpillar. We modelled how to use each item as we told the story.

The children joined in with some words and phrases, using the props to retell some of the story. As we told the story we left out some words and paused to see if the children were able to fill in the missing gap.

We were so pleased at how confident the children were at taking part in our story sack activity.

If you would like to borrow the story of the hungry caterpillar to share with your children at bedtime then please see a member of staff for a copy.🐛📓💤

   

 

  

 

 

 

The children were all showing an interest in the small world vehicles one afternoon so we used this as an opportunity to explore Mark making with paint.

We also introduced the children to language such as forwards, backwards, fast, slow, left and right.

Lots of sharing, interaction and fun was had by all.🚕🏍✈️

  

 

W/B- 23/4/18

We all took part in flower Friday and planted a mixture of seeds.

The children loved this hands on activity and were completely engrossed on what we had to do. The children were showing off their amazing pincer grip whilst picking up the little sunflower seeds individually.

The children will learn to look after our flowers themselves over the next few months by watering them each day.🌻🌻

A massive thank you to everyone who donated seeds, flowers and compost. It was greatly appreciated.

  

 

  

 

Following on from a child's interest of small world vehicles we used the ramps and drainpipes so the children could be introduced to simple concepts such as fast/slow and Up/down.

This activity would be simple and easy to create at home to play with your child.

  

 

We introduced the children to new construction this week. They explored the magnetic shapes to build on a 3D scale. We were amazed at the patience and determination with the children as they wanted to build certain things that were modelled by staff. 

  

 

W/B- 16/4/18

We are very pleased to announce that we are looking after caterpillars at nursery. The children are very careful when they observe them, noticing small details on their body.

We will keep you updated on their growth.🐛😀

   

 

 

 

W/B- 9/4/18

Our first week at nursery. Lots of fun and exploring has taken place.

The children are doing well at settling into their new environment.

We look forward to working with you all in the future to further your child's development.😃

 

   

 

    


The children have shown great listening skills this week as we have read the story of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What can you see? to them.

We then asked the children to go off and find different coloured objects in the room matching the coloured animal from the story we focused on that day. Below you can see the children finding yellow objects matching the duck. We then extended their learning by painting yellow ducks in a calm sensory activity using only our fingers/hands.

  

 

  

 

 

 

W/B- 4/6/18

The children enjoyed a fun listening and attention activity outside today with our toy animals.

We hid them around the garden and then one at a time we asked each child to go off and find an animal.

The children did amazing waiting and turn taking and could all go off and find the animal we asked them to find.

We extended the child's learning by then asking them to find two animals. This was interesting to watch as the children went around the environment trying to remember and find the correct animals.

They did really well and we will definitely be playing this game again.

This is a really easy game to play at home with all your child's toys and teddies. If you would like any tips or advise on this game then please don't hesitate to pop in and speak to either Lisa or Kirsty.

   

 

  

 

Following the children's interest we joined in with their rocket building using the smaller bricks.

The children were very creative and had a great imagination as they created their own space rocket. We modelled language of size, quantities and used new language linked in with the space and rocket theme. Some of the children repeated these words back and then go on to use them independently a little later on.

We modelled how to count down on a rocket launch, the children all took part in this with lots of energy and excitement. We also watched video clips of real rockets and how they launch off towards space.

After a little while the children were using the bricks as other objects. Below you can see some children using them to create glasses and as a microphone to which they sang their nursery rhymes into.

 

  

 

  

 

W/B- 21/5/18

We hope you all have a lovely break and we will see you all in term 6.

 

The children this week have been busy building on a large scale, using a variety of construction materials.

They have been working together and developing on their patience and perseverance.

The children were so proud of their creations and were choosing not to knock them down when they had finished.

 

  

 

Our Royal wedding celebrations.

  

 

  

 

W/B- 14/5/18

 

This week we released our beautiful butterflies into their natural habitat, we all sat down next to a tree that we thought they may like to fly onto.    As we took them from the butterfly enclosure we took turns to experience holding them to see how it would feel.  The children were all very brave and careful whilst holding them and kept their hands very still to ensure they didn't scare them.   We talked about how the butterflies little legs tickled our hands and watched as they flapped their wings getting ready to fly.   

As they flew off the children all clapped and cheered, some butterflies didn't fly very far and the children became concerned that they hadn't flown to the tree, so we picked them back up to direct them to the tree.   This pleased the children who said, "Yay butterfly fly up tree." 

We have all really enjoyed experiencing this wonderful life cycle of caterpillar to butterfly, the children have gained new knowledge and language that we hope they have shared with you.  

Maybe over the summer whilst your out and about if you should come across a butterfly use this opportunity to share with your child to discuss the experience they have had. You could talk about the cycle of how it began as a caterpillar and the changes it went through to see if they remember the cycle. You could also talk about the colours and patterns you see on the butterflies wings.

  

 

  

 

  

 

 

 

W/B- 7/5/18

 

Our butterflies hatched this week from their cocoons, we were extremely lucky to actually watch this process happen. The children were fascinated watching as the butterfly wriggled to break free and spread their beautiful wings.  We discussed the butterflies movements and introduced the children to new language to describe simply what was happening, the children repeated some of the language after us.

"Butterfly hatching."  "Butterfly is wriggling."  "Cocoon is breaking."  "Cocoon is opening."  "Butterfly is flapping its wings."  "Butterfly flying."   "Wings are getting stronger."

 

We made some sugar water for the butterflies to drink and gave them some fruit to nibble on to enable them to keep getting stronger so that we can release them next week.

  

 

  

 

To extend the children's interest in the butterflies we decided to observe their colours and patterns so we could paint our own butterflies.  Some children recognised and named the colours and said, "Orange, that black and that white."  "Can see lines." "Lots spots."

We encouraged the children to paint lines, spots and circles to represent the butterflies patterns using orange,black and white paint.   The activity naturally led into the children beginning to mix colours and commenting on the changes they could see.   "I make new paint colour."  "I mixing it."

  

 

W/B- 30/4/18

All the children were introduced to the story sack of the hungry caterpillar. We modelled how to use each item as we told the story.

The children joined in with some words and phrases, using the props to retell some of the story. As we told the story we left out some words and paused to see if the children were able to fill in the missing gap.

We were so pleased at how confident the children were at taking part in our story sack activity.

If you would like to borrow the story of the hungry caterpillar to share with your children at bedtime then please see a member of staff for a copy.🐛📓💤

   

 

  

 

 

 

The children were all showing an interest in the small world vehicles one afternoon so we used this as an opportunity to explore Mark making with paint.

We also introduced the children to language such as forwards, backwards, fast, slow, left and right.

Lots of sharing, interaction and fun was had by all.🚕🏍✈️

  

 

W/B- 23/4/18

We all took part in flower Friday and planted a mixture of seeds.

The children loved this hands on activity and were completely engrossed on what we had to do. The children were showing off their amazing pincer grip whilst picking up the little sunflower seeds individually.

The children will learn to look after our flowers themselves over the next few months by watering them each day.🌻🌻

A massive thank you to everyone who donated seeds, flowers and compost. It was greatly appreciated.

  

 

  

 

Following on from a child's interest of small world vehicles we used the ramps and drainpipes so the children could be introduced to simple concepts such as fast/slow and Up/down.

This activity would be simple and easy to create at home to play with your child.

  

 

We introduced the children to new construction this week. They explored the magnetic shapes to build on a 3D scale. We were amazed at the patience and determination with the children as they wanted to build certain things that were modelled by staff. 

  

 

W/B- 16/4/18

We are very pleased to announce that we are looking after caterpillars at nursery. The children are very careful when they observe them, noticing small details on their body.

We will keep you updated on their growth.🐛😀

   

 

 

 

W/B- 9/4/18

Our first week at nursery. Lots of fun and exploring has taken place.

The children are doing well at settling into their new environment.

We look forward to working with you all in the future to further your child's development.😃

 

   

 

    


The children have shown great listening skills this week as we have read the story of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What can you see? to them.

We then asked the children to go off and find different coloured objects in the room matching the coloured animal from the story we focused on that day. Below you can see the children finding yellow objects matching the duck. We then extended their learning by painting yellow ducks in a calm sensory activity using only our fingers/hands.

  

 

  

 

 

 

W/B- 4/6/18

The children enjoyed a fun listening and attention activity outside today with our toy animals.

We hid them around the garden and then one at a time we asked each child to go off and find an animal.

The children did amazing waiting and turn taking and could all go off and find the animal we asked them to find.

We extended the child's learning by then asking them to find two animals. This was interesting to watch as the children went around the environment trying to remember and find the correct animals.

They did really well and we will definitely be playing this game again.

This is a really easy game to play at home with all your child's toys and teddies. If you would like any tips or advise on this game then please don't hesitate to pop in and speak to either Lisa or Kirsty.

   

 

  

 

Following the children's interest we joined in with their rocket building using the smaller bricks.

The children were very creative and had a great imagination as they created their own space rocket. We modelled language of size, quantities and used new language linked in with the space and rocket theme. Some of the children repeated these words back and then go on to use them independently a little later on.

We modelled how to count down on a rocket launch, the children all took part in this with lots of energy and excitement. We also watched video clips of real rockets and how they launch off towards space.

After a little while the children were using the bricks as other objects. Below you can see some children using them to create glasses and as a microphone to which they sang their nursery rhymes into.

 

  

 

  

 

W/B- 21/5/18

We hope you all have a lovely break and we will see you all in term 6.

 

The children this week have been busy building on a large scale, using a variety of construction materials.

They have been working together and developing on their patience and perseverance.

The children were so proud of their creations and were choosing not to knock them down when they had finished.

 

  

 

Our Royal wedding celebrations.

  

 

  

 

W/B- 14/5/18

 

This week we released our beautiful butterflies into their natural habitat, we all sat down next to a tree that we thought they may like to fly onto.    As we took them from the butterfly enclosure we took turns to experience holding them to see how it would feel.  The children were all very brave and careful whilst holding them and kept their hands very still to ensure they didn't scare them.   We talked about how the butterflies little legs tickled our hands and watched as they flapped their wings getting ready to fly.   

As they flew off the children all clapped and cheered, some butterflies didn't fly very far and the children became concerned that they hadn't flown to the tree, so we picked them back up to direct them to the tree.   This pleased the children who said, "Yay butterfly fly up tree." 

We have all really enjoyed experiencing this wonderful life cycle of caterpillar to butterfly, the children have gained new knowledge and language that we hope they have shared with you.  

Maybe over the summer whilst your out and about if you should come across a butterfly use this opportunity to share with your child to discuss the experience they have had. You could talk about the cycle of how it began as a caterpillar and the changes it went through to see if they remember the cycle. You could also talk about the colours and patterns you see on the butterflies wings.

  

 

  

 

  

 

 

 

W/B- 7/5/18

 

Our butterflies hatched this week from their cocoons, we were extremely lucky to actually watch this process happen. The children were fascinated watching as the butterfly wriggled to break free and spread their beautiful wings.  We discussed the butterflies movements and introduced the children to new language to describe simply what was happening, the children repeated some of the language after us.

"Butterfly hatching."  "Butterfly is wriggling."  "Cocoon is breaking."  "Cocoon is opening."  "Butterfly is flapping its wings."  "Butterfly flying."   "Wings are getting stronger."

 

We made some sugar water for the butterflies to drink and gave them some fruit to nibble on to enable them to keep getting stronger so that we can release them next week.

  

 

  

 

To extend the children's interest in the butterflies we decided to observe their colours and patterns so we could paint our own butterflies.  Some children recognised and named the colours and said, "Orange, that black and that white."  "Can see lines." "Lots spots."

We encouraged the children to paint lines, spots and circles to represent the butterflies patterns using orange,black and white paint.   The activity naturally led into the children beginning to mix colours and commenting on the changes they could see.   "I make new paint colour."  "I mixing it."

  

 

W/B- 30/4/18

All the children were introduced to the story sack of the hungry caterpillar. We modelled how to use each item as we told the story.

The children joined in with some words and phrases, using the props to retell some of the story. As we told the story we left out some words and paused to see if the children were able to fill in the missing gap.

We were so pleased at how confident the children were at taking part in our story sack activity.

If you would like to borrow the story of the hungry caterpillar to share with your children at bedtime then please see a member of staff for a copy.🐛📓💤

   

 

  

 

 

 

The children were all showing an interest in the small world vehicles one afternoon so we used this as an opportunity to explore Mark making with paint.

We also introduced the children to language such as forwards, backwards, fast, slow, left and right.

Lots of sharing, interaction and fun was had by all.🚕🏍✈️

  

 

W/B- 23/4/18

We all took part in flower Friday and planted a mixture of seeds.

The children loved this hands on activity and were completely engrossed on what we had to do. The children were showing off their amazing pincer grip whilst picking up the little sunflower seeds individually.

The children will learn to look after our flowers themselves over the next few months by watering them each day.🌻🌻

A massive thank you to everyone who donated seeds, flowers and compost. It was greatly appreciated.

  

 

  

 

Following on from a child's interest of small world vehicles we used the ramps and drainpipes so the children could be introduced to simple concepts such as fast/slow and Up/down.

This activity would be simple and easy to create at home to play with your child.

  

 

We introduced the children to new construction this week. They explored the magnetic shapes to build on a 3D scale. We were amazed at the patience and determination with the children as they wanted to build certain things that were modelled by staff. 

  

 

W/B- 16/4/18

We are very pleased to announce that we are looking after caterpillars at nursery. The children are very careful when they observe them, noticing small details on their body.

We will keep you updated on their growth.🐛😀

   

 

 

 

W/B- 9/4/18

Our first week at nursery. Lots of fun and exploring has taken place.

The children are doing well at settling into their new environment.

We look forward to working with you all in the future to further your child's development.😃

 

   

 

    

 

W/B- 19/3/18

  1. the children all came together with Reception class as the Easter Bunny came to visit us. We all explored Receptions garden to go on an Easter egg hunt to find numbered eggs that we had decorated earlier on in the morning session. The children had a lot of fun and were thrilled to meet the Easter Bunny, they were very pleased with the chocolate egg that he gave them.

 

 

  1. had another Easter egg Hunt as the Easter Bunny visited Nursery for our afternoon session, the children were so shocked to see the Easter Bunny knocking on the window. We all had a lovely time looking around the Nursery outside area to find some chocolate eggs that the Bunny had hidden.

 

We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a fantastic Easter break and look forward to seeing the children back in Term 5. 🐰

 

 

The children enjoyed the snow outside again this week. We got all the buckets and spades out so they could make snow castles. All the digging helped strengthen their gross motor skills.

After a little while the children were feeling the cold so we decided to take a tray of snow inside with us so they could explore it in the warmth of their room.

The children got the pots, scoops and tweezers out to explore the snow with. They were using words to describe the snow, using language of size, quantities and watching with interest as the snow melted in their hands.

 

 

 

In the sand provided the children with plastic eggs. We modelled and supported the children to explore the eggs by filling and emptying, counting, sorting, matching and sharing them with friends.

 

 

After reading the story of Hen's Pens we decided to do a group mark making activity, copying the zig zag lines that then hen drew in the story.

Look how amazing the children did.

 

 

Following on from a child's interest of planes we made paper planes and took them outside to fly.

Lots of gross motor skills were being developed throughout this activity such as crouching, running, stretching and throwing.

We modelled language to help the children understand the simple concept of high and low.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

W/B- 13/3/18

What a relaxing way to start the week!

Lots of children are showing a real interest in books now.

We are all enjoying story time together as a group, individually or with friends.

 

The children were completly engaged and excited taking part in a paint mixing activity and they were amazed at how the colours changed when mixed together.

This activity kept the children engaged and focused for around Thirty minutes. Lots of amazing mark making took place alongside language of quantities, size and word endings being used.

 

 

 

Outside in our home corner we add different foods to give the children a variety of experiences. This week the children have explored and played with rice. They have acted out everyday experiences by stirring the rice in the saucepans, pouring it out onto plates and pretending to have tea together.

 

 

We all had so much fun with the bubbles outside. This activity helps develop the children's listening and physical skills. They had so much fun popping, running after and jumping on the bubbles.

We use bubbles in many activities at nursery. If you would like to know more about these and give them a go at home then please pop in and ask a member of staff for some ideas.

 

 

W/B- 5/3/18

A huge thank you to all our families that came to our special Mother's Day stay and play session. We all had an amazing time together.

 

 

 

The children have been so interested and engaged still with our story of Dear Zoo we have decided to keep it going for another week.

Don't forget you can borrow our Dear Zoo book to read at home. Pop in and ask for a copy of it from a member of staff.

 

  1. introduce the concept of shadows and for children to observe how they are created we placed some white paper on the floor and stood the animals on it. The children were encouraged to draw around the shadows to create marks, they were introduced to new language such as, shadow/shadows, light/dark, big/little, sun/sunshine, which they were encouraged to say.

They were fascinated by the shadows created by the animals and it didn't take them long to realise they were making shadows with their own bodies.

 

 

 

Look how well the children are threading their snake ribbons through the crates. This activity was good for developing the child's pincer grip and perseverance. As we threaded the ribbon we were creating the sssssss sound.

A little later on the children decided to create play dough snakes. The children were using language of size and comparing which one was longer. We modelled the language back so that they were introduced to the word shorter.

This is helping them understand simple concepts.

 

 

 

Lots of fun was had at the Dear Zoo wash station this week. The children developed their sharing skills with each other and did an amazing job at washing all the dirty animals.

Without realising, the children were strengthening their muscles in their hands whilst squeezing the sponges to create more bubbles. This will help the children later on in life with their writing skills.

We placed a jug on the side so that the children could access more water independently, gaining more control whilst pouring.

 

 

We managed to have some last minute fun in the snow on Monday when we came back to nursery. The children loved jumping and stamping in the snow, creating footprints left behind.

We were all laughing together as we counted how many holes we could poke in the snow.

 

 

 

 

 

This week continuing with the theme of Dear Zoo the children have been emersing themselves into the story.

We are now all helping to tell the story together repeating some of the words or phrases.

We have used the animals this week to introduce the children to positional language. We have modelled how to place the animals, inside/outside, in front/behind and on top/under a box.

Below the children are making the giraffes pattern with brown paint and ear buds.

 

 

We have introduced the children to our Dear Zoo lotto game.

This game helps with the children's social interaction, listening and attention skills and their turn taking.

Throughout this game the children were remembering, naming and repeating phrases from the story.

We will be repeating this game throughout the week as the children enjoyed it a lot.

 

 

Bubbles are a great way to get the children involved in a listening and attention activity.

As a member of staff blew the bubbles the children waited until they heard the word, "Go."

Once this was achieved we moved on and extended the activity by giving different instructions each time eg "Pop the bubble with your finger, try and catch the bubble, clap the bubbles, stand on the bubbles."

All the children were engaged and involved in a high level.

If you would like to try any of these activities at home with your children and would like more information then please don't hesitate to pop in and ask a member of staff for ideas.

 

 

Welcome back to term four.

This term our theme is the story Dear Zoo.

 

This story is a great repetitive story that the children will enjoy and eventually help join in with at story time.

We have an interactive story wall where the children can lift up the flaps and find the animal underneath.

The children have created lion collages using photos of themselves and they especially loved wearing their frog hats they made and practised their jumping skills outside.

 

If you would like to read the story of Dear Zoo at home with your child then please ask a member of staff for a copy of it to take home for the night.

 

The last week of term we have focused on the nursery rhyme Baa Baa black sheep. This also led onto the rhyme of Old MacDonald had a farm.

The children have been very creative this week doing lots of collages, painting and mark making activities.

The children showed high levels of involvement and interest with the small world farm that we set up in a tough tray.

The children explored it daily and were interested in the new items that were added each day.

If your child has been singing any of the rhymes at home then don't forget you can add your own photos/videos onto their learning diary.

 

 

 

 

 

Look how hard the children are developing their gross motor skills.

All this stretching, climbing, stepping, balancing and jumping is a good way to also help the children's confidence when climbing equipment.

This activity is repeated a couple of times a week so that the children gain confidence and ability faster.

 

 

 

 

 

This week we have been doing lots of activities around the Incey Wincey Spider nursery rhyme.

Below you can see the children helping each other to create a big spider.

They used their amazing mark making skills to colour it in on the body and then they used their line drawing skills on the spiders legs.

The children helped count the eight legs and some children recited some number names in sequence.

One of the children asked for the spider to go up so we hung him up in our room for them to admire and show off to their families when the got collected at the end of the session.

Having the spider up in the room gave the children opportunity to use words like, "Scary, up high, big, sad, more and lots."

Feel free to pop in and and take a look at our Very own Incey Wincey.

 

 

 

The children are creating spiders webs using crates and ribbon. This activity helps the child's fine motor skills and perseverance.

 

 

We set up the light box with string and small world spiders so the children could be creative making spiders webs.

The children were patient when waiting for their turn and it was lovely to witness great sharing going on.

 

 

Water play has been so much fun this week. The children have been washing Incey Wincey down the drain pipes, developing their pouring skills and how much control they need to hold the jugs and pots.

We decided as the weather was so bad to take our water fun outside and go puddle jumping.

 

 

We created a spiders web with a hula hoop and masking tape and hung it up from the ceiling.

The children used Pom poms to develop their throwing skills as they threw them at the web.

The children returned to this activity many times throughout each session, showing amazing levels of excitement and energy.

 

 

 

 

The fresh bread rolls went down well with the children this week.

Lots of everyday actions and sharing was going on.

They even sat together and said they were having tea together.

Breaking off little pieces of the bread rolls was good to develop the child's pincer grip.

 

 

 

This weeks nursery rhyme was Hickory Dickory Dock.

The children have taken part in a number of fun activities that have helped them with their learning across all areas of their development.

Below are photos of the children creating their own clock collage and using the torches to find the missing mouse that had ran down the clock.

The children have been regularly breaking out in song, singing the rhymes we have focused on whilst exploring and playing.

We hope you have heard lots of singing at home also.

 

 

 

 

 

As one of our last themed activities this week the children got creative and decorated their King crowns.

They showed amazing independence accessing the glue and the coloured paper that they wanted to use. Scrunching up the paper is good to develop the children's strength in their fingers and hands.

They were so proud of their finished crowns that they went off to admire themselves in the mirror whilst wearing them.

Some of the children wore their crowns for the rest of the session.

Next week we will be doing the nursery rhyme Hickory Dickory Dock.

 

 

The children continued the Humpty Dumpty theme outside and created his wall using their amazing constructing and balancing skills with the large bricks. Lots of communication was going on and it was great to see the children helping each other and working together.

We then started a role-play game where we were the kings men from the nursery rhyme.

The children each had a horse and rode them around outside. They cared for the horses by giving them food, water and even made a bed for them to sleep in.🐴

 

 

Here you can see the children painting Humpty Dumpty on the playground floor. We noticed that the children were creating amazing shapes like circles and lines.

 

 

A Playdough activity was set up today along with Mr Potato heads body parts. The children used their creative skills to make Humpty Dumpty.

It was amazing to hear the children singing along to the nursery rhyme as they did this.

 

This week we will be focusing on the nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty.

The children have enjoyed singing along to the rhyme with the instruments, creating amazing sounds.

We then decided to build Humpty Dumpty's wall for him to sit on.

As you can see the children did an amazing job using the small bricks to create walls. The children used language of size and quantities. They persevered and showed kindness to others by sharing the bricks.

Unfortunately Humpty Dumpty did fall off the wall but the children were kind and caring and looked after him again until he was well enough to sit on another wall.

 

 

 

 

We enjoyed the story of Twinkle Twinkle little star this week. The children showed good focus and listened with interest as the adult changed their voice throughout the story.

Some children chose to look at this book independently in the book area after, repeating some words/phrases from the story.

 

 

 

The children were amazing at threading their stars today.

This activity helps the child to develop their pincer grip, perseverance and hand and eye co-ordination.

The children persevered until they had threaded all of their string through the stars.

We have left the string free on the star so you can thread the star together again at home.😀

 

 

 

We took full advantage of the change in weather this morning and went on a learning walk to explore the icy, frosty school grounds.

We all had so much fun and our concentration and fascination was amazing as we made marks on the icy benches and tables.

We ran on the field noticing that we left footprints behind and discussed the change in colour of the grass.

 

 

 

 

Outside this week we have been drawing lots of stars on the playground floor.

This activity helped the children develop their Mark making skills at drawing lines. Some of the children are beginning to show a preference to which hand they use to hold the chalks.

 

 

 

This term we are learning Nursery Rhymes.

Our first one this term is Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. The children have been amazing at joining in with the words and actions.

We have done many activities that have linked into this nursery rhyme.

Please could you support your child's learning by singing this rhyme at home also. smiley

 

 

We have been busy mark making this week using a variety of objects.

The children were so focused using the paint and the ear buds that some children stayed at this activity for around 30 minutes!

This activity was good to do as it helped the children develop their pincer grip and paint in a smaller, more detailed way.

 

 

Welcome back and a Happy New Year. We hope you have had a lovely Christmas with your family and friends.

This term our theme is Nursery Rhymes if your child has a favourite one that you share together at home please let the nursery team know and we can enjoy this together also.

We would like to welcome all the new children and look forward to working with them and their families.smiley

We would like to thank all our families that joined us for our Christmas stay and play.

We hope you enjoyed the children singing their Christmas songs and the fun creative activities that were out for you to share together.

We would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and look forward to seeing you all in the New Year.

 

 

 

 

We have all been in a festive mood this week, being creative in lots of Christmas activities and singing songs.

Please pop in and take a look.smiley

 

 

The children have been practising following lines and learning new directional words. They helped us tape out paths to follow on the floor and at first they walked on them, they showed lots of focus throughout.

A little later on in the session the children used the small world vehicles to travel on the lines.

 

 

 

 

We used sponges, water and soap for a fine motor activity.

This activity the children squeeze the sponges to create foam and bubbles, this helps to strengthen the child's hands.

 

We used the light box with trays of glitter and paintbrushes for a different and interesting way for the children to practise their simple shapes (circles and lines)

Every child chose to go to this activity and were fully engaged at a high level.

 

 

We shared the story about a rainbow with the children. One of the children asked to paint a rainbow after so we set up a finger painting activity where they explored the paint and created their own rainbows.

 

 

Lots of sorting has been going on this week with the children in their self chosen activities.

They have encouraged others to join them and worked together until they have completed their task.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Following a child's interest we decided to do an Under the sea theme.

We have had lots of small world activities in the water extending the children's knowledge of the sea creatures names, what they eat, where they live and how they move.

We have enjoyed lots of stories based around our theme and watched clips so the children see them in their habitat.

The children have been really engaged and focused throughout our creative activities and have been really proud of their finished masterpiece.

 

 

Thank you to everyone that came to our messy Halloween stay and play. We all had a great time and it was lovely to see so many families enjoy our activities.

 

 

We wanted to see how well the children got on using ICT equipment so we downloaded a doodle app onto our I pads.

The children amazed us at how fast they picked it up. They showed good listening and understanding as we modelled how to use the app.

The children were able to use the icons in the app to create colourful pictures, changing the style of pen each time if they wished to.

 

 

We set up the sand a little differently today. instead of putting items into the sand tray ready to go, we placed trays of items beside it so that the children could choose independently.

Lots of learning and exploring took place.

 

 

The children had fun outside today exploring natural resources.

They developed their pincer grip whilst using the pipettes and paint to make marks on pumpkins. They explored the leaves in a tough tray by listening to what sounds they made as they crumpled them up in their hands.

Some children accessed other resources and toys and added them to the leaves to play in other ways.

 

 

Thank you to everyone who brought in their favourite story from home.

  1. enjoyed sharing them together and finding out more about what the children enjoy at home with their families.

 

 

 

As one of our activities from our topic All about me we created puzzles of the children's faces to see if they could piece them back together?

They did an amazing job and we also enjoyed mixing the photos up. This made the children laugh and communicate with each other.

 

 

 

We have been working hard on our cutting skills. The children have been persevering and showing good concentration throughout.

We can all now create small cuts along the edge of a piece of paper.smiley

 

 

An activity linked in with our topic 'All about Me' this week was a fun and messy mark making activity.

The children had fun exploring the paint with their hands and noticed the marks that were left behind. We looked at how we could create handprints and compared them by using language of size.

It was lovely to see all our children so involved and confident whilst getting messy.smiley

We used our handprints to create a border for our future display.

 

 

 

Does your child have a favourite story at home?

If so we would love for you to bring it in so we can share this with the other children at story time. smiley

 

We have been on many learning walks around the school in the first couple of weeks back.

  1. children are learning how to use all their senses to explore the world around them. We have noticed many new things each time we have been off exploring.

To extend the children's learning we used some of the leaves we collected from outside to set up a cutting activity. The children are becoming more and more confident whilst using scissors, gaining more control and strength in their hands.no

 

 

Our topic for the first term back will be 'All about me'. We will be taking a look at ourselves and our friends and how we are similar/different.

We will be doing many different and exciting activities throughout the term that will cover our Three Prime areas of development.

 

We first set up an activity where the children had to use their sense of smell to see if they could recognise what was inside the pots.

The children found this activity fun and interesting and it kept their attention for a lengthy period of time.

This is a really easy activity that you could do at home. Feel free to ask a member of staff for ideas.

 

 

We would like to welcome you all back to the new school year.

We hope you have had an enjoyable summer and we look forward to working with you.smiley

 

Our first week back we have been enjoying the story called 'Only one you'

We have enjoyed water play activities with a variety of fish where the children have noticed the details on each of them.

We have also been busy mark making on fish shaped paper, noticing marks that have been left behind, deciding on which hand to hold the pens and how to hold the mark making tools.

 

 

 

This week we have had a variety of activities at our finger gym station.

This is where the children can develop their fine motor skills by using tweezers to pick up pom poms, pushing/pulling Popoids, roll and squeeze playdough etc.

If you would like any ideas on how to help/improve your childs' fine motor skills then feel free to speak to a member of staff. smiley

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