Welcome to Nursery!
Nursery: Mrs Kelly
This week we have been reading "The Gruffalo" and talking about the animals that live in the woods and forests. This morning we enjoyed making some "Gruffalo" crumble! The children were very good at listening to the instructions and took turns at mixing and pouring the ingredients in. They then knew that it had to go into the oven to cook. They loved having their crumble for snack.
Equality and Diversity day
Today for equality and Diversity we looked at how we are all different. The children used a mirror to look at themselves and then drew their features onto a body template. They worked in pairs and small groups and looked at each other to see how they were different. They noticed different hair colour, hair types, eye colour and how tall they were. We also looked at fairness by giving out different amount of objects to different children. We talked about whether it was fair that one child had more than another. The children knew that it wasn't fair and said that everyone should have the same amount of objects.
A new school year
The children in Nursery have settled in well to the new school year. We have established our daily routine and many of them look forward to taking part in the Daily Mile. They have enjoyed free flow activities inside and outside of the nursery, started phonics sessions and singing and singing. The children are making the most of our amazing outdoor area and have loved using the new water area. Take a look at the pictures below of the children using their new environment....
This week in Nursery the children have loved exploring and experimenting on the science days. They have made lava lamps, watched colours move in milk, talked about mixing colours and used gingerbread men in an experiment. The children have also explored materials that float and sink and magnetic objects. They have been very enthusiastic and have made some great comments and asked some fantastic questions. Have a look at the pictures below to see the fun we have been having...
Sports week 25th July to 29th July
This week has been sports week! The children have had a fantastic week learning new skills and practising different sporting skills. They have been using their fine and gross motor skills and working in teams and partnerships. We have been catching and throwing balls, riding bikes, completing obstacle course and catching fish in water. As it has been so hot this week we have also had some tuff spots filled with water. The children have delighted in jumping in this, splashing each other and lying in the water to keep cool. They have also been practising their counting skills by throwing a dice and then jumping in the water the amount of times shown on the dice. We have used ribbons to create dance movements and talked about making big and small circles with them. As part of sports week each class has made a healthy meal or snack, in nursery we made a fruit salad and some vegetable sticks to dip in hummus. The children enjoyed cutting the fruit and vegetables and they were a great addition to their snack.
World book day
For world book day we read the story 'Aliens love underpants'. The children enjoyed designing and colouring their own pair of underpants and making rockets/ spaceships out of the giant polyhydron. Both Mrs Smith and Mrs Kelly shared their favourite story with the children.The children made a fantastic effort with their dressing up and enjoyed telling us all about their favourite books to read at home.
Chinese New Year
This week we will be celebrating Chinese New Year in nursery. The children have had a great day learning all about the Chinese culture and have read a story about Chinese New Year. The role play area has been transformed into a Chinese restaurant and we have lots of different Chinese themed activities going on this week. The children have made Chinese lanterns and paper chain dragons. For snack this week the children will be getting a taste of China by having sweet and sour noodles and prawn crackers. We are looking forward to the rest of the week and experiencing even more of the Chinese culture.
Our topic this term is called Storyland. Within this topic we will be learning through all our favorite traditional stories such as Jack and the beanstalk, The three little pigs and Goldilocks and the three bears. We have started with Jack and the beanstalk and the children have been very engaged and excited about this story. We have made beanstalks to help with our counting, manipulated clay in order to make a golden egg and have been using the small world characters to act out the story. Below are some pictures of what the children have been doing so far.
Letters to Father Christmas
Last week the children wrote letters to Father Christmas. They talked to us about what they would like for Christmas and then drew pictures to show this. They then traced over their names at the bottom of the letters so that Father Christmas would know who it was from. Today some of the children walked down to the post box and put the letters in the post ready for Father Christmas to receive. We are hoping that they will soon get a reply from him!
Getting ready for Christmas!
This week we have been getting into the festive spirit! On Friday our Christmas tree arrived and the children were excited to decorate it. We put on some Christmas music, dug out the decorations and decorated the tree. The children were great at deciding where the decorations should go and listened carefully to the rules about not touching the tree once we had finished.
On Monday we came into Nursery to find that Father Christmas had sent some of his elves to keep an eye on us into the run up to Christmas! We found them in the middle of the carpet with a magic door and a letter addressed to 'Nursery children'. We read the letter and discovered that Father Christmas had sent them. They are magic elves that go back to Father Christmas each night and tell him how good we have been. The elves had no names so we came up with the names Pompom and Dobby. We are looking forward to seeing what mischief they cause next!
Today the children had a fantastic day out in the forest school area. As our story this week was ‘Stickman’ the children made their own stickmen using the resources in the forest schools area. They used twigs as the body and then found leaves to put on as the clothes. After snack time the children came back out and enjoyed some hot chocolate and marshmallows, which they had roasted on the fire. The children then built a house for stickman; they moved logs and twigs around and made sure that their houses were sturdy. They then made clay faces on the trees and loved decorating them with beads and feathers.
Despite the rain today, the children in Nursery had a great time doing Forest schools. They explored the environment by placing a hoop on the ground and looking at the different objects and plants within the hoop. They talked about what they could see. They played games with the parachute, they especially enjoyed a game where they had to get the leaves off of the parachute as quick as they could. After snack, the children enjoyed roasting marshmallows on a fire. We talked a lot about the fire and how they could keep themselves safe around the fire. The children listened really well and their behaviour was fantastic when they were around the fire. The children also enjoyed some free play in the forest school area which allowed them to explored the area further. We have had a great day!
Autumn and Winter
The children have had a great week back after half term. Our new topic is called 'Autumn and Winter' and we will be learning all about these two different seasons. This week we have centered our learning around the story 'We're going on a bear hunt'. The children have been making pictures using different resources to show the different parts of the story, we used grass, mud, sticks and leaves, blue paint and cotton wool. We have started learning a little bit about the seasons and have made some fantastic hand print trees to show how the leaves change throughout the seasons. The children have also enjoyed using our 'Elf workshop' role play area where they have been building toys ready for Father Christmas. This week have been baking hedgehog bread rolls, the children enjoyed mixing and rolling the dough and then shaped it as a hedgehog. They then ate it for snack time.
This week we have had a Halloween focus. The children have enjoyed scraping out pumpkins, playing with animals in jelly, making spiders and monsters from playdoh and they have especially loved creating potions. We have had a fantastic week and hope the children have a lovely week off.
Equality and Diversity Day
As part of Equality and Diversity day in Nursery, we read a book about Elma and talked about how he was different from all the other elephants. We discussed how we were all different and the children recognised that we all have different hair, eyes, skin colour and faces. We then created our own Elma elephants using a range of media such as crayons, felt tips and tissue paper. We also sorted elephants into different groups such as big, small, patterned and plain.
This week we have had a sensory week. The children have had lots of different activities where they can use their different senses.We have had water beads and Numicom to help with our counting, shaving foam to practice writing our names in and cereal to use within our construction area. We also did an ice investigation where the children made predictions about what would happen to an ice cube when we poured a certain liquid on it. They were very good at realising that if we poured hot water onto it the ice cube would melt quickly. The children have loved using their senses and experiencing these different textures.
This week our focus has been wild animals. We have sorted animals into pets and wild animals and had discussions around why you wouldn't be able to keep an animal such as a tiger as a pet. We have had an Arctic theme in our water tray this week and have loved having shaving foam in there to represent the snow and ice. We identified our favourtie wild animal and used paper plates and paint to make the face of that animal. We have had a new mud kitchen built for us by Mr Aspen and have very much enjoyed using this all week.
This week our focus has been Dinosaurs! The children have loved having Dinosaur themed activities this week. We have been using scales to weigh dinosaurs, counting spots on dinosaur feet, using pasta and play doh to make dinosaurs and have had even had the chance to dress up as a dinosaur! The children particularly enjoyed having gloop to play with the dinosaurs in. Outside we have had some cress seeds growing in our small world area and this was even invaded by dinosaurs! We have been practising our pencil grip and control by drawing our favorite dinosaurs, we have been counting and matching amounts to 5 and we also built our own dinosaur our of tyres, cones and plant pots.
Peppa Pig and small creatures
This week in Nursery our focus has been Peppa Pig and small creatures. We have been on bug hunts, planted mustard and cress seeds and enjoyed having the Peppa Pig small world toys out. We loved using the animal puppets and have been busy using the sand as a mud kitchen. Have a look at some of our photos below!
This week we have focused our learning around different vehicles. Outside we have used the diggers to transport the sand from one place to another, we have used cones and tubes to build our own car and we have developed our physical skills by using the bikes outside. Inside the children have loved using the water play area as a car wash; there has been lots of bubbles and cleaning going on. They have also used the different vehicles to make pictures using the tracks of the wheels and ink. We are looking forward to seeing where the children’s interests take us next!
The start of a new school year!
The children in Nursery have had a great start to the school year. They have settled well and have got to know their new teachers. This half term our topic is called "Fantastic Favourites". We will be learning all about the children's favourite interests. From getting to know the children, it is already clear that the majority of them have a very keen interest in cars. As a result of this, our learning for next week will have a vehicles focus. This means that all of the different learning that we are doing will have a vehicle theme; from counting with cars to building in the sand pit with diggers.
We look forward to seeing where the children's interests take us next!
The whole school had a ‘Faith Day’ this week as we are learning about Equality and Diversity. During this week the Nursery learned about Diwali. We watched a clip on Cbeebies about the story of Diwali and another about how some people celebrate Diwali. During the week we made lanterns, danced in the hall, looked at henna patterns and drew patterns on paper using hand outlines and made diva lamps out of clay. The children also had a go at retelling the story and tried to remember the names of the people in the story.
Autumn 2 (2016):
This term our topic is called ‘Journeys’. This topic is an entirely child led topic where the Nursery staff follow the children’s interests and provide lots of exciting learning opportunities surrounding these. The first weeks activities will be all about cars, for example we are going to be, making traffic lights, having a car cash outside and in our water tray, our role play area will be a garage with lots of tools and on the carpet we will be working together to build roads with the wooden bricks and using cars on them.
E-Safety Day- October 2016:
This week we talked to the children about the technology that they go on at home and the games that they play. We talked to the children about the other activities that they enjoy and asked the question ‘should we play on the Ipad all the time?’ Lots of the children said ‘no’ just for a short time. They then gave lots of different ideas of other activities that they could do.
Throughout the week the children were able to access the school Ipads and we talked to the children about how to stay safe when using the Ipad e.g. only stay on the app that the adult has said to go on and if you are unsure of something you need to ask an adult.
British Values Day:
For British Values day we talked about the rules we have at Nursery and where we can find them on display. Throughout the day the children tried to remember our rules and explain why we have to have rules.
For E-Safety day we used the Interactive Whiteboard for the first time and went on a game on Cbeebies. We talked about how to stay safe whilst on the internet e.g. stay on the same game and if there is something you are unsure of ask an adult or press the red cross. We then took turns to have a go on the IWB.
British values word of the week – Generosity:
In Nursery we talked about what generosity meant and completed an activity to help the children understand the meaning of the word. Each child was given a piece of shiny paper and they were told that they needed to give their piece of shiny paper to someone else by saying ‘would you like my piece of shiny paper?’ It was explained to the children that if everyone is generous we will still each have a piece of shiny paper in the end. All of the children were very thoughtful and if they ended up with two made sure they were generous and gave one to a child without one.
Equality and Diversity day:
For Equality and Diversity Day we talked about what a wheel chair is, what they are for and why people use them. We then went for a walk around the school and talked about why we have ramps. For continuous provision we had out the doll’s house and people, one of the people was in a wheel chair, we tried to remember what a wheel chair was called and talked about how they help people.
Week commencing 12th October:
This week we will be reading the book, ‘Dear Zoo’ and talking about the story, size ordering zoo animals, making hand print giraffes, investigating animals stuck in ice, measuring animal food (multi link cubes), mark making whilst looking at picture/word mats and making up stories in the zoo small world.
Thank you to parents/carers who have already signed up to bring in a pet. If anyone else is interest in bringing in a pet for Nursery to have a look at, please speak to Miss Davie to arrange a suitable time.
Week Commencing the 5th of October:
This week we will be making glitter names, experimenting with shaving foam, powder paint and shapes, mark making with big paper and felt tip pens stuck to cars, counting with pom poms, building dog kennels with foam bricks and writing our names using feathers, chalk boards and water.
If you have a pet at home and would like to bring it in for the children at Nursery to have a look at , please speak to me (Miss Davie) to arrange a suitable time.
Week Commencing the 28th of September:
This week we will be making marks in sand trays, building barns for the farm animals in the sand, using pipettes and other small tools to move water, size ordering the compare bears, writing shopping lists in our home corner, drawing around shapes in shaving foam and much more!
We would love to see a photo of any pets your child has at home so, if your child would like to bring in a picture to share with everyone at Nursery, that would be lovely. This picture can then be put into their Learning Journey.
Week Commencing the 21st of September:
This week we will be making marks using paint in zip lock bags and cotton buds, counting ducks swimming in our water tray, describing the farm animals in the sand, having a go at sticking the correct number of stickers on to a piece of paper, painting pictures of pets, showing pictures of pets from home and answering questions about them!
We would love to see a photo of any pets your child has at home so, if your child would like to bring in a picture to share with everyone at Nursery and to go in their Learning Journey, that would be lovely.
Week Commencing the 14th of September:
This week we will be reading stories about animals and some non-fiction books about vets. We will be making x-ray pictures using black paper and wooden sticks, counting using plastic coloured worms, dice and numbered bowls, mark making in the role play area by writing shopping lists, using the whiteboards to draw pictures of pets, being imaginative with the frogs and lily pads in the water and investigating the plastic insects and magnifying glasses in the sand!
These activities may change throughout the week to follow the children’s interests.
Lower Foundation Stage
Newsletter September 2015
Welcome back after the summer holiday, we hope you are well rested and excited to start the new school year. Here is some information about things that are happening over the next half term.
This half term our topic is ‘pets’. Through discussions with the children at Nursery and at home visits we found that lots of children were interested in pets. This topic is an entirely child led topic where the Nursery staff follow the children’s interests and provide lots of exciting learning opportunities surrounding these.
During the first week we will start the topic off by finding out about any pets your child has at home, making playdough animals, making animal homes out of construction, making pet collages, experimenting with scales, pasta (dog food), and numbers and lots more! These activities will be available for your child to choose independently and will give staff the opportunity to get to know your child’s interests and what they enjoy doing.
We love to hear about the learning and achievements that your child does at home! We have an achievement tree on display at Nursery and would love your contributions towards this, to do this please fill in a home learning apple which can be found in the cloakroom on the shelf under the notice board. Once completed you can hand your child’s home learning apple to a member of staff so your child can share this with the other children at Nursery. The apple will then become part of the display and eventually end up as part of their learning journey.
Each child will have a learning journey which contains observations and pictures of your child. This is how we monitor and assess your child.
Nursery has now got a class page on the school website. Please take time to have a look as there will be lots of photos and information about what we have been up to on there!
We want to ensure we keep you informed about the activities on offer to your child throughout the term so, we will be creating a weekly activity information sheet. This sheet can be collected from the shelf under the notice board in the cloakroom but will also be displayed in the window and be available to view on our Nursery website page. Our class page can be found on the Callington Primary School website. Please feel free to take an information sheet or just have a read about what we have been up to – This may also contain any reminders.
Please make sure children have named coats and wellington boots for every session (and a sun hat if applicable) we do offer the opportunity to go out in most weathers. Wellington boots can be placed on the trolleys on the veranda. Each child has their own picture so they can become independent in collecting their boots. You can leave your child’s wellington boots at Nursery if you wish to.
The outside area will be set up with resources ready for the morning and afternoon sessions so, please could you make your way straight up to the veranda to wait for the doors to open so that the resources are not disturbed, thank you.
Snack and Cooking
We are providing the children with extra snack so that they can experience many foods and even help cook their own snack. The children enjoy this social event in both sessions. Therefore, we ask for a voluntary contribution termly of £10.
Winston is the Nursery bear and he loves to go on an adventure. Each child will have a turn to take Winston home for the night throughout the year. He comes with his very own diary, in which we invite you to write about his stay, some children in the past have drawn pictures and have taken photos.
Book bags are handy for letters, pictures and things that are made in Nursery. They can be bought from the main office at £4:50.
Unfortunately sessions can not be swapped now unless there is an emergency. This is for the safety of the children so we know who should be in and when.
Please remember if you have any questions or concerns please come to a member of staff as soon as they arise.
Enjoy this half term!
The Lower Foundation Stage Team