Welcome to Nursery - Indigo Class!
Your Class Teachers are: Mrs. Jennings and Mrs. Roberts
Please click on the link at the bottom of 'Class Pages' labelled 'Class Pages Archive 2017-2018' to find the information about Nursery (Indigo Class) starting from September 2018. Thank you
Spring Term 2019
We would love to hear about all the wonderful adventures and journeys you take part in with your family over half term! Please upload your experiences onto Tapestry and the children will share their experiences with their friends when we return to school.
After hearing the story of Daniel and the Lions, some of the children made their own lions using circles and painting with forks to make their manes. We also learned about symmetrical patterns and tried to make them on the painting easel. We talked about Valentines Day and the children made cards for people they loved.
On Friday the children came dressed as animals and we talked about the work the PDSA charity do, and we made medals for our brave pets.
We have been talking about shape this week at nursery - is it straight, curved, long, short, fat, thin ......... MORNING NURSERY
This week we have continued our Chinese New Year theme by making Chinese Dragons. The children improved their fine motor skills with their brilliant scissor work cutting out their dragons then colouring them in carefully. The children used their Dragon puppets to put on a mini puppet show. We also used our gross motor skills when taking part in our Cosmic kids Dragon Yoga, the children had some great moves.
For Re this week we all learned the hymn 'Thank You Lord for this fine day', then used our listening skills to match the rhythm with our instruments.
Taste testing food. Today the children had to decide if they liked or disliked some different Chinese food. They tasted noodles, bamboo shoots and crackers. They had to draw a smiley face if they enjoyed the food or make a cross if they did not like the food. To add to the fun (and to help our fine motor skills) they used chop sticks! Morning & Afternoon Children
The children have been doing Yoga again this week, we also enjoy our wake and shake to Cosmic kids Washing Machine song, the children are great at following all the moves.
Friday was our spotty day in support of the NSPCC, so we had lots of spotty activities. Dot to dot, Mr. Tumbles spotty themed pictures to colour, buttons in the playdoh, spotty ladybirds to count, circles to cut and snip, circular bottle top collage pictures, dotty mosiac patterns and circles to trace with the push pins. All the children worked really hard so we had a special treat at snacktime.....spotty choccy chip cookies and pink milk.....of course we all had our healthy fruit too.
This week we opened up the 'BIRD HIDE'. the children have been very excited at wearing camouflage clotthing. They know they have to be PATIENT and wait! MORNING CHILDREN
This week in Nursery we learned about Jonah and the big fish in RE.Some of the children helped sponge paint a huge whale for our display, whilst others used the large Lego blocks to build a boat like Jonah sailed on.
We also decorated special boxes and added special fairy ingredients. The children then found lots of rhyming words to help make a magic spell to give all the fairy boxes magic powers.
The birds have been spotted using our bird feeders and we noticed that some of them were empty. Mrs Roberts has been teaching us the names of different birds and we have been making our own bird feeders. MORNING CHILDREN
This week we continued our fairy interest. Freda the Fairy left her fairy door and fairy dust path in Nursery. The path led to a post box which had a fairy letter inside. Freda the Fairy asked us for our help. Some cheeky pirates had captured her fairy friends. Freda asked Nursery to write some fairy notes on her 'fairy star paper' to ask the pirates to return her friends. We wrote our letters and posted them into the fairy post box. We are hoping Freda returns to our classroom to collect the letters and give them to the pirates. Freda had left us some fairy wand resources to say thank you and we really enjoyed making magical fairy wands. Try making some magical fairy dust at home. What would you add?
Morning Fairy Activities
Afternoon Fairy Activities
Let It Snow!
We enjoyed popping our wellies on and playing in the snow that fell in our EYFS yard. We scooped, made patterns, made tiny snowmen and even small fences out of the snow!
We loved holding our heads up and holding our tongues out to explore what the snow felt like.
We took snow back into Nursery and talked about what might happen. What happened to the snow when it was taken inside? Why?
Tuesday is COOKING day. Today we made 'fairy cakes'. They were delicious. We had to decide which flavour cakes to make with a pictograph. CHOCOLATE won in both the morning and afternoon nursery sessions.
This week we have been really focusing on our listening skills. We learnt the name of some musical instruments and tried to identify them by their sound. We used the wood block, a drum, a tambourine and some cymbals.
This week we have been discussing family traditions at Christmas time. We looked back, through Tapestry at activities and celebrations that some of our children experienced over the Christmas period. The children talked to the whole group about these experiences, using their Tapestry photos. Thank you for uploading your Christmas traditions, we enjoyed sharing them together.
Yoga helps our core strength, which helps when we begin to write.
This week our Cosmic Kids Yoga session has been Diggory And The Dumptruck. Try following Jamie at home with the yoga moves.
SPRING TERM 2019
Welcome back and Happy New Year from all the nursery staff.
A huge thank you for all the lovely gifts and cards we received before Christmas.
This week we have welcomed new children to both the MORNING and AFTERNOON sessions. We will be encouraging our older children to show the new children around and also learn the nursery routines.
We have been on a COLOUR HUNT in Outside Learning. The children helped Mrs Roberts find coloured objects in side the nursery and we then did the same outside. Can you do this at home? Go on a colour hunt? Can you make a rainbow of objects? We would love to see the results - take a photograph and show us on TAPESTRY.
AUTUMN TERM 2
Welcome back to a very busy term in our nursery. Please remember to make sure your children have a coat and appropriate footwear for playing outside.
All children starting school in September 2019 please read the next Newsletter which will detail the process you need to follow to apply for your child's school place.
We had a super Christmas party. We made chocolate crispies and melted snowmen on Wednesday to add to our party food.
We enjoyed playing games, dancing, singing Christmas songs and eating lots of party food!
We wish you all a very enjoyable Christmas and look forward to seeing you in January.
Merry Christmas from the Nursery Team
This week our Cosmic Kids Yoga was all about a Polar bear. Try to follow the adventures of Joybob at home.
Nursery Christmas Performance and Craft - THANK YOU to all parents and relatives who joined us for this fun afternoon. AFTERNOON CHILDREN
Christmas jumper day was very exciting! We had to have very good listening skills when we danced around the Christmas tree. When the music stopped we stood still like statues and the person who was a perfect statue chose something to decorate the tree with. We also designed our very own Christmas jumpers.
Whilst we sat on the carpet we could hear jingle bells outside and guess who came to visit Nursery? Santa! We sang Christmas songs to Santa and received a very special Christmas gift. Thank you Santa.
Whitehouse Farm 2018
We had a super time at Whitehouse Farm. The children went on a sleigh ride, handled lots of lovely small animals and even visited Father Christmas. Can you remember which animals you handled? What did the animals feel like? Look through the photos and see if you can spot your special visit to Father Christmas.
This week we have started to take part in Yoga. Some of the older children can remember taking part last year and even remembered some super moves. Yoga helps with attention and listening skills alongside physical development. We follow Cosmic Kids Yoga. Please try it out at home. Yoga will take place weekly on a Wednesday in addition to our activities.
Christmas is coming! Today at nursery we used the interactive whiteboard to make Christmas music. We had to touch the reindeer's nose to hear a musical note. We could even play Jingle Bells if we followed the numbers on the screen. You can find the programme on the Topmarks website. It is called the Reindeer Orchestra
The cold weather let us explore the ice in our yard outside today. We have collected some and brought it inside to see what happens. Will it change?
LISTEN & PLAY https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03g64pd/episodes/player
Today we started to listening to a BBC Podcast called LISTEN & PLAY. Each programme includes familiar songs, rhymes, stories and sound discrimination games to develop children's phonological awareness and confidence with spoken language. This will be a weekly occurrence on a Monday at nursery. Each podcast last approx. ten minutes. Why don't you listen again with your child at home or maybe in the car on a journey?
MINCE PIES - At nursery we are now preparing to welcome you for our Christmas Nursery Crafts and Performance. The Afternoon nursery session is on Monday 17.12.18 at 2.30 until 3.30. The Morning nursery session will be on Tuesday 18.12.18 at 10.45 until 11.45. All children come to nursery as usual. Parents / Carers to join us at the times stated above. Due to space we can only take two adults per child.Today we made mince pies for our baker's shop. "5 Mince pies in the baker's shop, round and fat with sugar on the top!" MORNING NURSERY
We have been discussing the reason why we celebrate Christmas this half term. This week we began to read The Nativity. We used our wooden nativity set to tell the story. Some children made a nativity scene as their challenge for the day. Please share the nativity story at home with the children and discuss the reason why Christians celebrate Christmas.
We have been busy with lots of Christmas activities. We counted the plastic lids on our recycled Christmas tree, as a group. There were over one hundred plastic bottle tops! Some of the children then chose to make their very own smaller version of our recycled Christmas tree. What shape was the Christmas tree? How many sides did it have?Were the sides curved or straight? How many corners did it have? Make some Christmas objects at home from recycled materials and share these on Tapestry please.
Santa's workshop is ready for Monday!
This week we asked the children why we celebrate Christmas. We explained Baby Jesus was very special and that is why we celebrate Christmas. We looked at baby photos of Mrs Pallett and Mrs Jennings and asked the children if they knew who they were. We said Jesus grew up to be a special person and helped lots of people. In continuous provision the children washed the babies and made sure the babies were dressed to keep warm.
The children have continued with the interest of shapes this week and we have linked it to Christmas. They measured how long their friends were, measuring them with Christmas ribbon. We also had Christmas shape collage pictures and discussed the names and properties of the shapes as we decorated them.
We are beginning to talk about what happens at CHRISTMAS and have been using Stickman, a book written by Julia Donaldson to help us. The character Stickman saves Santa who is stuck up the chimney. We made our 'stickmen' in the workshop and also made pictures using sticks in outside learning.
Letters to Father Christmas - We have written letters to Santa Claus telling him about some of the things we may like to put on our Christmas list. The children all drew pictures of their ideas and then used their name card to help write their names on the bottom of the letter.
Rainy days are made for puddles and splashing!
We have been talking about nocturnal animals. We chose our favourite nocturnal animal and made a pictograph together. Look at the pictures to see which nocturnal animal was Nursery's favourite. Our painted owls were made out of shapes. Can you remember which shapes you used to create your owl?
We have been talking about special places. We made a church and talked about what happens when we go to church. We also named parts of the church,made small scale churches from 2D shapes and made model churches. Can you remember the different parts of a church?
We have been making gingerbread star biscuits. The nursery smelt GOOD!
Anti Bullying Week 2018- Respect
This week is Anti Bullying Week. This year we have discussed respect. We heard the story of Gilbert The Goat who found it tricky to be careful and respectful around his friends. We took photos of ourselves being respectful and careful around others in our Nursery. We lined up without pushing,we remembered our table manners at snack time and we demonstrated how to have good listening skills at carpet time. We have sent the photos off to Gilbert and hopefully this will help him when he is learning to respect others. Please talk about respect at home with your child.
Child- initiated planning. Whilst playing outside the children started rolling tubes along the floor. Another child decided using the hill would make the tube roll faster. More children joined in and we talked about why certain objects rolled better that others. We also found more objects that rolled well down our hill.
Experimenting with hula hoops and making dens
Children In Need 2018
We have had lots of fun raising money for Children In Need. We decorated Pudsey biscuits, we played Pudsey lotto and Pudsey phonics, we coloured large pictures of Pudsey and his friends. We even made pudsey faces in our yellow play dough. Thank you for your generous donations!
This week at nursery we have been identifying / recognising numbers. We went on a 'NUMBER HUNT' inside and outside the nursery. There was lots of excitement! MORNING NURSERY