The Zoo

Welcome back.

I hope you have all had a wonderful Christmas break, we look forward to hearing all the stories from the children of their wonderful holidays.

On the first day back we celebrated Jonny’s birthday, with lots of yummy cakes.

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For our first week we thought we would cover the theme the ‘Zoo’.  All the children love the book “Dear Zoo” and lots of the children have also visited the zoo.

The children made some wonderful crafts and pictures of animals you might find in the Zoo. We looked at giraffe’s, tigers and monkeys. We also introduced puppets into our music time and learnt the song ‘five cheeky monkeys teasing mr crocodile’. This was a great hit and got the children that were normally quite shy to sing along too.

In cookery lessons we made very healthy banana and oat biscuits.

Our first yoga lesson started this week and the children really enjoyed doing lots of different animal moves to music.

We have introduced more science and technology activities this term and for three weeks we will be learning about robots! The children learnt how to operate our new robot, ‘Bee-Bot’ which brought a lot of excitement to the nursery. The children all had a go at using and programming the robot themselves. Hopefully by the end of the three weeks they will make their own Robot.

The upper preschool learnt the letter ‘g’ for goat and created some wonderful pictures.

As always we had lots of fun at Forest School.

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Christmas & Germany

German markets are a big destination at Christmas. With one of our children being half German as well we thought we would cover both Germany and Christmas before the Christmas holidays!

The children learnt the German flag, which they had great fun painting. We also covered German food and cooked German sausages in our cookery lessons. As you can imagine they went down a storm!

The children made some wonderful Christmas crafts and to finish off the week we had our annual Christmas party. Thank you to all the parents for providing the food.

Christmas Nativity Play

We have spent all term rehearsing and singing to get ready for our Christmas Nativity and this year the children did an excellent job.

They all looked wonderful in their costumes, thank you to all parents for providing them.

The children said their most favourite part was singing Jingle bells and eating biscuits with their friends afterwards!!

Artic

We love covering different parts of the World and the children have loved talking about snow and animals that live in the snow as the weather has changed this week. The Artic was a perfect topic that combined all of these things and Father Christmas lives their too!

The children made wonderful stencil pictures, had lots of ice on the sensory tuff tray and made beautiful pictures of snowmen in the snow!

Max’s dad came in to read, which was a pleasure and the upper preschool children played eye spy with word cards.

We ended the week with a very cold Forest school out by the railway line!

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Gruffalo

The Gruffalo is such a popular book with the children, that we decided to explore the book some more for this weeks theme. The children had a go at making the Mouse, the Fox, the Owl, the snake and they all worked together to make a huge Gruffalo! It had orange eyes, a poisonous wart at the end of his nose and purple prickles all over his back.

The lower preschool were learning their shapes this week along with the the letter ‘i’ for iguana.

The upper preschool have been practicing CVC words and learning how to blend individual sounds of letters to make words.

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Archie’s dad came in and read to the children. This is always such a treat for the children.

In Forest School we have been building a den for a few weeks now, so we were finishing off our building projects which always means carrying a lot of logs!

 

As always we had lots of fun just playing!

Fairytales

For two weeks we have covered fairytale stories, as these stories cements most people’s childhood memories. The children love stories so there was eager anticipation each day to what crafts we would be making!

 

The children created Cinderella’s lost shoe as well as her golden carriage. Princes and Princesses crowns, wands, the three little pigs houses, little red riding hoods basket of treats and goldilocks porridge.

 

The lower preschool were learning about the number 2, squares and the colour green as well as practising their pencil skills.

The upper preschool were learning the letter K for key. In numeracy they were learning to recognise the numbers 1-10 and put them in the correct order.

 

We went to the playground one afternoon and this week in forest school we practiced tree climbing!

You couldn’t replicate the fun we have out in forest school in the classroom and I think the below picture explains why!

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Children in Need

Every year we have a week of fundraising for the BBC Children in Need charity. This year the children and parents surpass themselves with cake baking and fundraising.

The week started off with a fancy dress day. We had two charity walks, one for the morning children and one for the afternoon children. Our final day was a cake stall on Webbs road that the children ran themselves.

The children raised nearly £900!! This was an amazing effort and thank you everyone for helping.

Halloween & Bonfire Night

After a lovely Autumn break we got stuck in to celebrating Halloween.

The children created their very own pumpkin bags for trick or treating. They decorated Halloween biscuits and had a go at carving a pumpkin.

They also made some wonderful spooky skeletons and ghosts for our themed boards.

 

Archie’s mum, Rebeccah, came in for story time and read a wonderful book called ‘Iggy Peck the architect’ which the children adored.

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At forest school we had lots of fun making a spooky forest with ghosts in.

 

Autumn

Autumn is one of my favourite seasons. Lots of wonderful coloured leaves on and off the trees. The children were eagerly collecting conkers and looking forward to Halloween and Bonfire night to finish the season.

 

The children created their own Autumn tree, along with some wonderful acorns.

 

They all enjoyed matching the coloured leaves on the paper to the real leaves provided. They also created scarecrows to keep the birds away from the Autumn harvest. They had a wonderful time apple printing as well as painting lots of sticks for our Autumn tree.

The lower and upper preschool were learning about the number four. In literacy the lower preschool were learning the letter ‘d’ for duck and the upper preschool were learning the letter ‘i’ for igloo.

Felix’s mum came in to read to the children in the afternoon, bring with her two of Felix’s favourite books, such a treat.

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To finish the week off at Forest school the children created some wonderful Autumn faces.

Dinosaurs

Since lots of the children love dinosaurs we decided to cover this theme for two weeks. This allowed time to reinforce the learning and the children took the lead on activities we planned.

The first week we spoke a lot about the different types of dinosaurs. The three favourites were T-Rex, Stegosaurus and the Triceratops. The children used a selection of different dinosaurs to see what footprints they would create as well as making their own dinosaurs.

 

We also created some dinosaur feet for the children to wear and make dinosaur foot prints for themselves. This soon turned into everyone painting their own feet and creating footprints on the paper!

 

We also learnt all about baby dinosaurs and the eggs from which they hatched. They created their own large eggs using papier mâché and balloons.

In PE we practiced a series of obstacle courses, learning how to run and jump over cones.

In the second week the dinosaurs were frozen one morning and the children had to try to break them out of the ice using a selection of different tools. This led to lots of conversation about living in the North Pole!

 

In Forest School we made dinosaur faces in the mud. Lots of mud and water created muddy puddles to jump in! The children also found a worm which they put in a cup and showed all their friends.

To finish off the two weeks of learning we took the children to the Natural History Museum. This really brought to life the theme of dinosaurs. We got to see lots of the children’s favourite dinosaurs as well as their babies hatching from the eggs. The children each had a clipboard to spot all 12 types of dinosaurs we had covered and they loved looking for them.

Nursery is all about getting messy and creating play which allows the children to use their imagination. The picture below really captures this as the children said they were making dinosaur soup to feed to all their friends at nursery!

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