Nursery classes have read the stories of 'The Dinosaur who Pooped a Planet' and 'Little Red Riding Hood'. We have discussed the characters and settings from the story by using descriptive language. We have been very imaginative with our own endings to the stories! During carpet sessions we have also looked at the planets in our solar system. On the messy table we have been creative with our pictures and models by using different resources. We have reflected on our creations and thought about how to improve them. In Mathematics, we have been securing our knowledge of numbers to ten and ordering them. This week we have also been learning about the pentagon shape. We have discussed how the shape has five sides and that you can spot it in real life objects. For instance, on a football, street sign and even a dog house!
Our new topic this term is, 'animals’. We have been reading the story, ‘How Tiger got his Stripes.’ Our new role play area is a vet, where we have been pretending to be veterinary nurses and taking care of poorly animals by giving them their injections, bandaging their wounds and making sure they are drinking water to keep hydrated. We have been taking turns to use the vet's important tools. During carpet time, we have been discussing the animals in the story and talking about the setting by using exciting describing words. In Mathematics, we have been learning about positional language: over and behind, stripe patterns in nature, the triangle shape, one less and ordering numbers to 10. On our messy table, we have been painting tigers and sticking stripes (triangle shapes) onto their bodies. This has helped reinforce our learning about the triangle shape this week. In phonics, we have been linking sounds to letters and have began to segment and blend simple CVC words, beginning with our sound of the week.
Our sound of the week is h. Rhyme: Down the head, to his hooves and over his back.
Our new topic this term is, 'People Who Help Us'. We have looked at the stories of Busy People; 'Teachers' and 'Doctors'. We have been role playing fantastically well as teachers and doctors. In our classes we have discussed the role of these jobs and the resources needed to support daily tasks. In Mathematics, we have looked at positional language next to, under and over. We have also been looking at patterns in nature; our pattern this week is spiral and the children have discovered snails have a spiral pattern. As well as this, we have started learning about the twelve months of the year. We sing the months every morning at nursery and perform actions to try and help us remember them.
New friends joined our classes this term and we have been very welcoming towards them as they settle into nursery life.
Our sound of the week is c. Rhyme: Curl around the caterpillar.
In Nursery we have been reading the story of ‘Chocolate Mousse for Greedy Goose.’ We talked about our favourite part and tried to remember all the animals in the story. The story presented an opportunity to understand and compare mousse as a pudding and moose as an animal. Thomas said, “An animal moose is a bit like a horse and zebra.” The children enjoyed tasting delicious creamy fluffy chocolate mousse at snack time.
Our important shape this week is square, our colour of the week is brown and our number is four.
Our sound this week is m. Rhyme: Down Maisie, mountain, mountain.
In Nursery we have been reading the story of 'Lima's Red Hot Chili Pepper'. Lima gets a fright when she eats the chilli and it feels like fireworks are coming out of her mouth! We talked about our favourite part of the story and tried to remember all the different food and drinks Lima has to try and cool her mouth down. This has led to discussions about where food and drinks come from; we learnt mangoes grow on trees and milk can come from a cow. During snack time, we ate mangoes and talked about how they tasted. We have used various materials such as felt tips, paint, foam shapes, lolly sticks and more to create food from the story.
In Mathematics, we have been forming shapes with paintbrushes in the sand tuff spot. Our important shape this week is triangle, our colour of the week is red and our number is two.
Additionally, we have been working hard to improve our pencil control, making sure we are holding our pencil with a pincer grip as we follow it along the dotted lines.
Our sound this week is n. Rhyme: Down Nobby and over his net.
In Nursery we have been reading the story of 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar'. We have made paper chain caterpillars, painted pictures from the story, and talked about the life cycle of a butterfly. In Mathematics, we have been building with cubes to help us with counting and combining different quantities. As well as this we have acted out the story in our role play area with caterpillar and butterfly masks.Well done Nursery classes!
Our story this week is 'Father Christmas needs a wee.' As Father Christmas visits the houses, he eats and drinks all the goodies left our for him, making him urgently need to go to the toilet. We have been carefully reading the door numbers and counting what he finds waiting for him inside each house.
The story has helped get us all in the Christmas spirit; we have been making Christmas cards and have put up our Christmas tree! The shape of the week is diamond and so we have created diamond shaped Christmas decorations; using glue, lolly sticks and lots of glitter!
The role play area is now Santa's workshop. It has proved very popular; we've enjoyed wrapping presents for our friends and writing letters to Santa about what we would like for Christmas.
There is a lot of excitement in nursery as we prepare for our Christmas Nativity next week; we are looking forward to showing our parents and carers the songs and actions we have been practising for the last couple of weeks.
Our sound this week is i. Rhyme: Down the body and dot for the head.
This week in Nursery we have been reading 'The Gruffalo,' by Julia Donaldson. We have been developing our language skills by thinking about words we could use to describe the characters in the story. On our creative table, there has been various junk modelling, paint, glue and scissors to aid us in our quest to create Gruffalo masterpieces! As well as this we have been counting everything from the purple prickles on the Gruffalo's back to how many animals the mouse meets on his journey through the deep dark wood.
Our sound this week is 't'. Rhyme: Down the tower, across the tower.
Since returning back after half term, in Nursery we have been busy learning about "Leaf Man" and "Stick Man". We have looked at the different features of the Autumn and what happen to the trees and the leaves, how they change colour and fall off the trees. We have used our imagination and creativity to make models of the main characters in the story and recreations of their settings. We have also begun phonics and Maths. In phonics we have enjoyed learning new sounds and having a go at writing them in different media such as sand, flour, oats, soap and even on paper! In Maths we have been counting objects and looking at numbers.
In nursery we have been reading the story, 'The tiger who came to tea.' On our messy table, we have been creating tiger models using junk modelling, paint, googly eyes and PVA glue.
We have also been mark making tiger stripes in our writing area, with pencils, crayons, felt tips and sand in the tuff spot. Our discovery area has contained hidden tiger numbers wobbling around in jelly; we have been trying to say the numbers we find.
During carpet time, there has been much discussion over our favourite meals to eat at dinner time and what we think the tiger would like to eat if he came round to our homes! In our construction area, we have been busy building rooms from our homes such as a kitchen, living room and bedroom using duplo and wooden blocks.
Early Years Foundation Stage celebrated Harvest Festival with an assembly on Thursday 11th October. In honour of our theme ‘Rainbow,’ Reception and Nursery classes performed the song, “I can sing a rainbow,” remembering their words and actions very well! As well as this, children presented their hard work over the last couple of weeks to fellow pupils and staff. After learning about topic stories ‘Elmer’ and ‘The Tiger who came to tea’, children produced fantastic pieces, such as their very own individual Elmer art creations, junk modelling tigers and houses constructed using lolly sticks. It was a lovely occasion to share and celebrate children’s efforts and achievements as a phase. Additionally, it was a pleasant surprise to be joined by Angela, from Maidstone Day Centre, who spoke to the children about homelessness. Angela informed all of us about the impact of homelessness and how their donations will go far for many in the homeless community. We would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to parents across Reception and Nursery for their generous contributions.
This week in nursery we have been reading the story, 'Elmer,' by David McKee. Through Elmer, we have been learning about colour, patterns and animals. Whilst also celebrating our many different personalities in the nursery! In our Maths tuff spot, we have been mixing coloured dye with flour and water to explore what happens when all our mixed together. Our role play area has been transformed into a zoo, where we can pretend to sell each other zoo tickets and animal toys. On our messy table, we have been creating our very own Elmer. It has been exciting to explore the textures of a range of materials, such as felt, pencils, sequins, glitter, paint and colourful squares. All Elmers were unique in their own way and once again reflecting our wonderful different likes and interests in the nursery.
It has been a busy to start to the year for nursery! As well as establishing routines in the classroom, we have been forming friendships, learning to share resources and getting creative in our outside area. During snack time, we are now able to choose which fruit we would like to eat and independently take our milk. We are learning to throw our rubbish in the bin afterwards. We have settled into nursery life extremely well and are looking forward to the exciting journey ahead of us.