Valentines Day & Chinese New Year

In our last week before half term the children learnt about two cultural celebrations. Valentine’s Day; to celebrate the people you love. Chinese New Year; to celebrate the start of the traditional lunisolar calendar in China.

 

The children learnt how to use chop sticks in a really interactive tuff tray full of Chinese noddles.

We taught the children all about the traditions of a Chinese New Year. What the dragon represented, why they light lanterns and the fire works display. We also learnt that this year was the year of the dog. They created some amazing dragons, Chinese hats and pictures of fire works.

For Valentine’s day the children made their parents a Valentine card as well as some very yummy Valentine biscuits.

 

In science we have been teaching the children about electric circuits and where in our house we might find them. The children also got inventive with our robot and started programming the robot to negotiated more complicated routes around objects, like themselves!

Max’s dad paid us a visit and read a wonderful book from Max’s home.

The children also took a trip to the library to get some books on the topics they are finding interesting as well as some new stories to read at story time.

Have a great half term.

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Transport

Transport is always a popular topic. All the children use some form of transport every day to get to school and they had a wonderful time telling us about it.

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The children had a delightful time around the building site we had set up in the tuff tray!

 

 

 

The children also had lots of fun running cars through paint to make some wonderful pictures, using different types of vehicles.

 

 

In our cooking class we made some health bread cars and then some lovely chocolate cars!

 

 

As lots of the children had been on holiday over the Christmas we spent a whole day talking about planes. As a group we learnt a new song about planes and then practiced flying our planes we had made during the day.

 

We had band practice! Mrs Charlotte tried to remember how to play all the nursery rhymes on the keyboard, which turned out to be a great success!

 

In yoga we have been refining our yoga positions and all love the tree pose.

 

As a group we discussed whether the type of transport we have used was on land, sea or air.

 

 

In science we made our very own robots that moved. We had great fun making them and even more fun showing our parents.

 

We finished off our transport topic with a visit from the fire brigade. The children got to sit in the fire engine, try on the firemen’s helmet and have a go at using the fire hose!!

We also celebrated Guy’s 4th birthday with some delicious cakes.

London

The children wanted to learn more about the wonderful city we live in and I have never seen them more enthusiastic about a topic. Everyday the tuff tray transformed into a different scene of London, whether it was the London underground, Heathrow Terminal 5 or the London eye the children where so engaged and shared their experiences of going to these places.

The children created some wonderful crafts of black cabs, red buses and Tower bridge.

In drama class they role played having tea with the Queen. The children had a go at different acting parts; the Queen, butlers and princesses were all roles that the children played.

 

The upper preschool learnt the letter ‘O’ for Ocean and created a wonderful ocean picture with an octopus in.

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In the lower preschool they learnt the letter ‘N’ for nest and made some beautiful pictures of birds nest. They also practiced the shapes.

In Forest school we made some wonderful magic wands which were an excellent way to explain to the children about wind direction, luckily it was a very windy day!

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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