This year each class have been paired with an author and the nursery's author is Eric Carle. Over the term we will be learning all about our chosen author so please keep an eye on all the exciting things we do.
Eric Carle, (born June 25, 1929, Syracuse, New York, U.S.), American writer and illustrator of children's literature who published numerous best-selling books, among them The Very Hungry Caterpillar (1969), which by 2018 had sold some 50 million copies and had been translated into more than 60 languages.
We looked after some baby chicks!
Nursery had the pleasure of looking after and caring for six little chicks.
We cared for our chicks by putting down fresh water, seed and changing their bedding. The chicks like to make lots of noise and enjoyed coming out of the enclosure and running round on our carpet! We could not believe how light and soft the chicks were and took much care to hold them whenever we could! It was a sad day when we had to say goodbye to our beautiful chicks but what an amazing experience this was for all our pupils!
We created a display to help us to remember our chicks and the learning we had experienced.
Our walk around Bruce Grove.
We went for a walk around our local area. We listened and looked at the sights, building and people. The firefighters cam out to say hello to us. The put on the sirens, we had to cover our ears. We walked past some of our houses too!
WORLD BOOK DAY
We read some of our favourite stories today. These include Green Eggs and Ham, Za Za's Baby Brother and Going On a Bear Hunt!
We're going on a Bear Hunt display.
We're Going on a Bear Hunt!
We have been reading We're Going on a Bear Hunt! in class. We made some play dough bears with big googly eyes. The children have enjoyed reading the book by looking at the pictures and sequencing the story using pictures.
We made nature collages using the natural materials we found in the garden.
We went to explore our wildlife garden. It was a very cold and frosty day. All the leaves and grass were covered in frost. Our pond was frozen. We had fun scraping the frost off the slide, windows and tyres.
This week we cooked a super healthy pasta dish. It is a Jamie Oliver recipe. We used a cabbage called cavolo nero and added garlic and parmesan cheese to make a green sauce. We all tasted it and most of us enjoyed it! Some of us had a second helping! You can make it too! Click on the link below to watch Jamie Oliver cook this green spaghetti dish. Enjoy!
Welcome back to a new term. Happy new year to you all! We hope you had a good rest over the holidays. This term our topic is Let's explore the world around us!
The World:Signs of winter and spring, freezing and melting, animals that live in cold places, how flowers grow, planting seeds, weather, waterproof materials, hatching chicks.
People: Chinese New Year, people who are special to us (Valentines and Mothers Day), our family and community. We will be going for a walk in our local area.
Technology: Operating technological equipment – torches, RC cars, iPads, interactive whiteboard(IWB). Completing simple programs – Paint on IWB, counting, matching, shape games. Finding information – use internet to find out about animals in cold places, and weather around the world. We will also be cooking and baking some nutritious food e.g. pasta, salads, cereal bars, soups etc.
OUR DOCTOR'S SURGERY
We had lots of fun in the snow this week. We worked together to build a snowman. We set up a snowy nativity scene and used photos of us with our snowman to make our Christmas cards!
Let it snow!
The children have draw snowy pictures using pastels and chalk. They enjoyed drawing snowmen.
This week we have had played with glittery play dough, retold the nativity story using small figures and decorated Christmas trees with a variety of collage materials.
Decorating the Christmas tree
Remembrance Day is an important date in the calendar and it is very important for children to learn a little about its meaning, even at an early age.
This type of learning is a very important part of our Personal, Social and Emotional Development and our British Values curriculum as well as helping the children to have a better knowledge and understanding of the world and important events in history.
At nursery we talked to the children about the many important people who helped to keep us safe a long time ago. We said that the poppy flowers help us to remember and say thank you to these special people. We also made our very own special poppies to wear in nursery too and had other activities in nursery to help us to talk and think about Remembrance Day such as making play dough poppies, painting and drawing poppy pictures and collages.
We watched a short BBC film together at the end of the session, to help us to think about Remembrance Day. To view the film please follow the link below:
Cooking helps children's personal, social and emotional development by providing opportunities for exploration, developing skills, confidence and autonomy, and sometimes involvement for long periods of time with or without adult support.
This week the children made some healthy pumpkin muffins.
Language development Through cooking, children can learn new vocabulary spontaneously as they will often want to talk about what they are seeing and doing.
Physical skills Cooking helps children to practise a range of physical skills, particularly their hand-eye co-ordination. Movements such as peeling and grating also strengthen the hands.
We have been talking about Bonfire Night and how to keep safe. We made some collage rockets and used loose parts to create a firework night sky.
We have been learning about Diwali, the Hindu festival in Nursery. To celebrate Diwali we made cards, Diwali biscuits, created our own henna designs and rangoli patterns with rice and shapes. The children loved listening to the story of Rama and Sita. The children also retold the story through small world play. You can see them building the bridge using wooden blocks.
Black History Month in Nursery
We looked at the work of the American artist Alma Thomas. The children loved her bright and colourful paintings. You can see they had great fun producing some art work inspired by her.