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
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.
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
Could you please bring into Nursery junk boxes for model making and any green milk carton tops please.
We have been talking about Diwali, the Hindu festival of light. We dressed up in special clothing, we made rangoli and Mehndi patterns. We also watched how people celebrate Diwali.
We have been thinking about Remembrance Day and have talked about Flanders Field. We watched a clip from CBeebies (Please click on the link below) to reflect on what took place there.
We made a window of poppies and represented Flanders Field using roller painting and sponge painting. Within continuous provision the children were given lots of opportunities to explore the colours of the poppies using transient art resources.
We used the interactive white board to make our own firework pictures using 2Simple: SPLASH Morning Children
Today the nursery children tasted lots of different fruits. We looked at the different shapes, textures and smells and we talked about where the fruit came from. They tried:- melon, pineapple, strawberries, blueberries, bananas, pears, apples and oranges.
We have been looking at our own eyes. we used the mirrors to look at the colour and shape. We talked about the different parts.
Ball Skills - We have been working on our 'Moving & Handling skill'. The children have been dribbling, throwing, catching, bouncing, rolling ... large balls.
The children all took part in DoughGym to help strengthen their fingers. The children then used this strength when they helped little red hen make some bread, they all kneaded their own piece of dough. All the children made a bread roll and also had a taste of our fresh bread with butter and jam...delicious!
Continuing with our Autumn theme, the children have made pictures printing with fruit and rolling paint covered conkers in a tray. Some of the children also had a go at finding and counting seeds from our Pumpkin, but this was a messy job and the children did not like the feel of the inside of the pumpkin....."it was yucky!"
Celebrating HARVEST by making vegetable soup. We read the story 'Pumpkin Soups' and used root vegetables to make our own. The teachers were very impressed by how many children ate their soup. Some children even had a second helping! MORNING CHILDREN
Look at all the activity happening in the opticians. Morning Children
This week we talked about Harvest Festival and looked at all the different fruits and vegetables. The children helped to sort the fruit from the vegetables then counted which box had more. The children also chose their favourite to colour and put on our pictograph.
We used hammers and safety googles when we hammered the golf tees into our pumpkins.
We used carrots to paint pictures at the Easel and in Funky Fingers we traced the pumpkin shape with the push pins.
OUTDOOR LEARNING - Making homes for wild animals. The children found objects that we could use to make dens for a fox, hedgehog, owl and badger. Can you spot them hiding away? Morning Children
This week we have introduced an OPTICIANS role play to the nursery. Please talk to your child about what happens at the opticians. Have you been to the opticians? Explain what happened. We watched Topsy and Tim. In the story Tim went to have his eyes tested and then got some new glasses.
This week we have introduced the children to our 'dough gym', this is a fun exercise to help strengthen our fingers for better fine motor skills. We needed strong fingers when we used the clay to mould into hedgehogs.
The children enjoyed taking part in our 'Pirate Day', coming dressed as pirates, playing with our Pirate ship and getting creative making their own Pirate ships.
This week we all made our own AUTUMN tree biscuit. We glued the biscuits together with icing sugar. Then added leaves (chocolate M&Ms) in autumn colours.
To help with our listening skills and following instructions skills we played with the parachute. We all had to listen very carefully.