Spring 2 Week 4
This week we have been continuing with our work on syllables.
What Is A Syllable?
A syllable is a single, unbroken sound of a spoken (or written) word. Syllables usually contain a vowel and accompanying consonants. Sometimes syllables are referred to as the ‘beats’ of spoken language.
Syllables differ from phonemes in that a phoneme is the smallest unit of sound; the number of syllables in a word is unrelated to the number of phonemes it contains. For example: /b/, /k/, /t/, /ch/, /sh/, /ee/, /ai/, /igh/, /ear/ are all phonemes. The word ‘chat’ is made up of three phonemes (/ch/ /a/ /t/). The word ‘light’ is made up of three phonemes (/l/ /igh/ /t/). However, both the words ‘chat’ and ‘light’ have only one syllable each.
The number of times you hear a vowel (a, e, i , o, u) in a word is equal to the number of syllables a word has. A good way to identify syllables is to think about whether you need to change your mouth shape to say the next bit of the word / the new syllable.
Learning about syllables is part of learning how to decode and spell words. It helps children understand the conventions of English spelling, including when to double letters and how to pronounce the vowels in words they might not have seen before.
Teachers will often get children to clap out the syllables of a word, to help them to understand the concept. (A good game to introduce syllables is to ask each child to stand up and say their name, while clapping out the syllables.)
We used the xylophones to tap out the syllables to match pictures of animals an objects. Try collecting objects around the house (Up to 3 syllables) Help your child to tap or clap out how many syllables (beats) there are in each word then sort them into 1,2 or 3 syllables.
Spring 2 Week 3
This week is Science Week.
We have been learning about bubbles.
We talked about what bubbles are made from, where we can find bubbles, the size and shape of bubbles.
We made bubble pictures using straws and bubbly paint mixture.
We also made giant bubbles and stepped inside!
Can you remember what a bubble is made from?
Spring 2 Week 2
This week we took part in World Book Day. We listened and joined in with lots of our favourite stories. We brought our favourite stories to nursery and shared them with an adult. We also talked about our favourite characters and explained to others why we liked them. We predicted what might happen next in the stories and remembered what happened at the beginning, middle and end of a story. At home why not share a book and discuss the characters, the setting or predict what might happen next before you read the rest of the story.
This week we have been reading The Three Billy Goats Gruff. We compared the goats and ordered them by size. We also used positional language to talk about where the characters were. We used words such as under, underneath, on top, next to and at the side. In PE we moved across the troll’s bridge by walking, crawling then sliding. We then used the parachute to go over and under..
This week week started to take part in gymnastics. The children had to listen very carefully to the instructions. You can see some of our super positions that we had to hold. Can you remember any to show your grown up at home?
Week 5 Secret Storyteller
This week, Lauren's Mummy was our Secret Story Teller. We have been learning about traditional tales and Lauren's Mummy read The Gingerbread Man to Nursery. Thank you, we really enjoyed your story.
Run, run, as fast as you can, you can't catch me, I'm The Gingerbread Man!
We have linked our activities this week to The Gingerbread Man. We counted, coloured, sorted and baked gingerbread men. We also used puppets and masks to retell the story. Discuss the story at home with your child. Can they remember the characters? Do they remember the beginning, the middle and the end of the story?
This week is National Storytelling Week. We were visited by a story teller called Jim. He told us three stories. A story about a dog, a story about bat and a story about a man who made very beautiful patterns in stone. All the stories had a moral to them and we really enjoyed listening to Jim, thank you.
Week 4 - Friendship
This week we have been learning about friendship. We read The Smartest Giant and discussed how he helped all of his friends. We helped our friends in Nursery to make a giant friendship chain. We needed to go outside to hold it up because so many friends had helped to make it. We are all helpful friends in Nursery.
Week 4 Secret Storyteller
This week, Sophia's Mummy was our Secret Story Teller. We have been learning about traditional tales and Sophia's Mummy read Little Red Riding Hood to Nursery. Thank you, we really enjoyed your story. Even your baby wolf fell asleep.
This week we have changed our role-play to a pizza parlour. The children discussed their favourite pizza toppings and we used made pizzas using paint and collage.
We learnt about how to use a brush and glue stick without dripping on our work. We also used a range of different materials and manipulated them by tearing to achieve the desired effect.
Autumn 2 Week 7
We have all enjoyed our Christmas party today. We played pass the parcel, musical bumps and musical statues. We also gave out prizes for the best dancers. The children then enjoyed a Christmas party tea and had a Shhhhh! Santa story. Just before home time we managed to squeeze in our Christmas songs. The children had a super time! Thanks to all the parent's generosity, we were able to give every child a Christmas prize. We wish you a very merry Christmas and hope you have a fantastic time with friends and family and look forward to seeing you in January.
Autumn 2 Week 7
This week we made some stained glass window biscuits in nursery. These are to give as a Christmas gift but they also finished off the work we have been undertaking this term in nursery about how materials change. (Part of our fortnightly BAKING activities)
The children knew what would happen and why the boiled sweets melted.
Autumn 2 Week 6
This week we have held our Christmas crafts and songs session with parents and carers. We had lots of fun making a Christmas tree, a holly wreath, a chocolate Christmas pudding and a Christingle. We then sang our festive songs to grown-ups. Well done and thank you to everyone who came along to join us.
Autumn 2 Week 5
This week we have been learning how to measure correctly. We talked about the starting point and finishing point when measuring an object. We used mathematical language such as short, shorter, shortest and long, longer, longest. We measured our felt Christmas tree using a non standard measure. We then had to remember all the key information so that we could measure each other. At home please try to measure objects with your child using the mathematical language we have been using at school. You could use a pencil as your non standard unit of measure and find objects around the house that are longer or shorter than the pencil.
Autumn 2 Week 3
This week in Nursery we have been discussing why Christians sing. We have started to learn a new song for our Christmas performance, called This Little Light of Mine. Please follow the link below if you would like to practise singing this at home with your child.
We will also begin to practise singing the following songs over the next two weeks. Please feel free to introduce these to your child and practise singing together.
It Was On A Starry Night. (Please click on the link)
The Christingle Song.( Please click on the link)
Autumn 2 - Week 2
This week at nursery we continued our investigations into how our food changes when we heat it. Last week the children talked about what happened when we put bread in the toaster. They had to made a decision on what topping they would like to spread on their toast, this week in baking. We used this information (displayed in a pictogram) to make a shopping list for Mrs Roberts. As you can see from the photographs the children really enjoyed making and eating their toast.
We asked lots of questions: Why? How? What if?
This week we also had outside learning and the children had to collect the last of the autumn leaves from our school field. We used then to make rainbows. What colours did we find? Why are they on the ground and not on the tree? How do we sort them? Shape, colour, size. Sorting objects is a great starting point for a discussion that encourages the questions above. Can you do this at home?
Autumn 2 - Week 1
This week we have been learning about Diwali, the Hindu festival of light. We dressed up in a Salwar Kameez and a Sari and discussed the difference to party clothes we would wear to a party. We explored colour by making Rangoli patterns, fireworks and sparkly Diva lamps. Pop into Nursery to have a look at our Diwali display.
This week we have been talking about Harvest. We talked about being grateful for the food we receive and we made a prayer to thank God for our wonderful food. We discussed what Harvest means and watched a combine harvester harvesting the crops on a farm. We also noticed that fruits can be harvested from trees. We read the story of The Little Red Hen and re-enacted the story. The children really enjoyed taking on the role of the characters! We passed wheat around the group and talked about how it felt and looked. We then looked at flour and bread and discussed the process of making bread. Try making a simple bread recipe at home and discuss the importance of being grateful for the food we have available. Please share your activity on Tapestry.
Next week we will continue our discussion around Harvest and will be tasting a variety of foods and baking bread, to follow on from our story of The Little Red Hen.
This week we have been thinking about counting. Mrs Roberts asked us to fill up our containers with different objects (bears, cubes ...). We filled them to the top and then had to guess how many were in inside. Would it be a big or small number?
After we had made our guess we tipped them all out and to help us count them properly we put all the objects in a line. As we counted them we touched each object once, saying the number name.
Can you do this at home? You could count the sausages on your plate for tea, or the apples in your fruit bowl, or the shoes on the shoe rack... Have a go!
This week we have been looking at Autumn objects following the interests of the children. Thank you to everyone who collected an Autumn bag. We really enjoyed exploring and naming the objects. We talked about what they felt like and why they had fallen from the trees.
Week 4 (Autumn 1)
This week we have been looking at how to draw different sorts of lines. We told the story of the little boat who sailed:
1. Across a calm, flat sea.
2. Across a rough, wavy sea.
3. Into a storm with lightening that zigzagged across the sky.
4. Then finally had to battle a whirlpool that went round and round and round.
The children enjoyed drawing the little boats journey and listened carefully to how to hold their felt tips. You could have a go at telling a story with lines at home. Where will the line go on its journey?
Week 3 (Autumn 1)
Friday 20th September is International Fairy Tea Party Day – an opportunity to celebrate children’s play and imagination around the world.
And of course we jumped in with both feet (and wands)
We joined the fairies in Blue Class and enjoyed a day of writing fairy letters, making and munching fairy cakes, making wands, fairy potions and fairy soup. We also made fairy suncatchers and realised that the fairies had left us all a message. We danced to fairy music and took part in a fairy parade
Here are some photos from International Fairy Tea Party Day in Nursery.
Finding Fairy Ribbon Gifts (Morning Children)
WEEK 3 (AUTUMN 1)
This week in nursery we have been finding out all about 'wild' animals. We have had a visitor to the nursery yard - a HEDGEHOG. So we found out all about what hedgehogs eat, how they hibernate and why we don't see them in the daytime.
The children went on a hedgehog hunt! They had to find the ten hedgehogs Mrs Roberts had hidden in the School Garden. We then made our own hedgehog using natural materials. He is called 'SPIKE'. Have a look below:
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