Week Beginning 10.12.18
This week has been full of Christmas fun! We started off the week with a dress rehearsal of our nativity followed by our two performances on Tuesday. This is such a busy day for the children but we hope you agree that they did brilliantly. They worked hard to learn new songs to perform for all of you and we are very proud of all the children in nursery. Well done! Thank you to all the special grown ups for sending your children in their white clothes, what a gorgeous class of stars we had.
This week we have been joined by a very mischievous elf! He arrived on Monday with a special chocolate treat and a letter, he's called Greg! Each day he has been doing some very cheeky things like tipping our Christmas tree over, getting stuck to the clock and wrapping himself up! The children have loved finding out what he has been up to each morning and know that Greg is watching over them for Father Christmas.
This week we have been busy making lots of special Christmas items that they will all take home next week. We have been making Christmas cards, calendars, snow globes and reindeer food! We can't wait to share them with our special grown ups next week.
We have also loved doing some yoga this week. This has been in the hall and it has been so relaxing! We were all very good at it.
Finally, today has been Christmas jumper day and the children have loved coming to school in their wonderful jolly jumpers to support Bolton Hospice. Thank you to all those who have donated!
Polite reminder, next week is party day on Wednesday and children are invited to come to school wearing their party clothes.
Friday 21st December is our last day of term and home time is at the earlier time of 2pm.
Have a happy December weekend!
Week Beginning 3.12.18
This week has been an extremely busy week! The week began on Monday morning with our parental engagement session, and another one followed on Tuesday afternoon. It was lovely to see all the grown ups in school looking at ways that we teach Maths in Nursery and we hope you all found it really useful. The children loved showing you their amazing Maths skills and we hope you agree that they have made massive amounts of progress since September!
To kick start our whole school Maths week, the children all got a chocolate bar on Monday, but there was a special one! One of thee children's chocolate bars had a golden ticket inside! Wow! The children were very excited and when we went into assembly, this was the start of our Charlie and the Chocolate Factory themed Maths week. The children have taken it in turns to move round classroom every morning to take part in a range of Maths activities with children across the whole school. The children from nursery love learning with the older children and loved all of the exciting activities. In Nursery's classroom we did lots of shape learning, in Reception's classroom we were doing lots of counting, in Year 1 we learned about place value and in Year 2 we loved doing lots of measuring! What an amazing and busy week!
As well as having busy mornings, we have started some Christmas preparations in the afternoons. This has been very exciting! We decorated our Christmas tree and have started to make our own Christmas cards, you will love them! We have also been very busy preparing for our Christmas nativity, learning lots of new songs to sing for you. Finally, we watched KS1's Christmas nativity on Friday morning and it was absolutely amazing! Well done to all the children involved!
Have a super weekend, maybe a cheeky elf will visit us in nursery next week!
Week Beginning 26.11.18
Wow, what a busy week of learning we have had this week! Now that our Teddy Bears picnic performance is finished, we have started to practice for our Christmas nativity with Reception. Nursery have been learning some new songs for the nativity and look forward to singing them for you very soon. Your child should have received a letter explaining that they will be taking part as a star for the nativity and an outline of the performance times which are at 10:00am and 2:00pm. If your child has not received their letter yet, they will be given one on their next day in nursery.
This week we have started to take part in lots of number learning. We have previously learned all about numbers 0 and 1, so we started the week by recapping our knowledge of them. We then moved onto our learning about the number 2. The children looked at counting out two objects on tens frames. We also looked at how many different ways we could make the number 2 using a 'part part whole' model. The children discovered that 2+0=2, 1+1=2 and 0+2=2. We moved our objects around and split them up in different ways and discovered that no matter where our 2 objects are, there are always 2! It is also important that we learn to represent our numbers on paper so we have started to learn number rhymes to be able to help us remember how to write them. You can find number 2's number rhyme below! Can you practice writing number 2 at home?
We also look forward to welcoming parents into nursery next week to take part in Maths and Christmas activities! There are two sessions, Monday 3rd December at 9:00am and Tuesday 4th December at 1:00pm. During these sessions we will model the different ways that we teach Maths and you will have time to access some of the activities that we have set up in nursery for your child. This is a brilliant opportunity to find out how your child learns so that you can continue to model this at home. If you are unable to make either of the sessions and would like to find out more about the strategies we use to teach Maths, please speak with a member of the Nursery team. Equally, this is a lovely opportunity to spend time with your child so there will be some Christmas activities for you to access as well!
There are lots of resources for you to use below. Have a happy weekend!
Week Beginning 19.11.18
This week has been a week filled with excitement about our Julia Donsaldson book, The Stickman. The children have loved listening to this story and listening to some of the rhyming words in the book! The children even went outside and started to make their very own Stickmen. They search for their own sticks and used a variety of resources to join and stick things together, bringing their Stickman to life! The children then loved using the story language to take there very own Stickman on an adventure. What a lot of fun we had!
This week in Maths, we really enjoyed learning about size! We learned lots of vocabulary about size such as taller and shorter, bigger and smaller. The children then did lots of learning about ordering items by size. We practised ordering objects from the biggest to the smallest. The children were very good at this, well done!
Finally, we have had lots of preparation for our amazing Teddy Bears picnic! The children worked really hard all week to bake biscuits for their special grown ups and learn new songs and dances to perform for you all, we really hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. The children were so excited did so well performing to all of their special grown ups and we couldn't be prouder of them, well done boys and girls!
Have a lovely weekend as always!
Week Beginning 12.11.18
This week has been a week of Gruffalo fun! We have loved reading the story of the Gruffalo and using lots of descriptive language to describe what he looks like. The children have loved using brown playdough to make their own scary Gruffalos. They used purple prickles and orange eyes, some children even put a green wart at the end of his nose! It was lots of fun.
We have also done some counting with the Gruffalo, we had lots of different Gruffalos with different numbers on their tummies and the children had to match the right amount of purple prickles onto their Gruffalo's back. We did so well at recognising our numbers 0-5 and counting out the right number of objects.
Outside the children have been moving around our outdoor area like the Gruffalo. They have used the Gruffalo's footprints and moved them around the area so that they could walk, run, hop, skip and jump onto the footprints. We had lots of fun experimenting with different ways to move. Outside we have also been making Gruffalo crumble! We experimented with different sized containers and loved measuring out different ingredients such as oats and lentils and water.
Finally, all the children have been practicing how to write their name in nursery this week, using the same sheets that we sent home at the individual learning meetings. The children are doing really well practicing writing their name and love being able to give it a try! Can you practice writing your name at home? Remember to keep holding your pencil at the bottom between your thumb and two fingers! With this in mind, although we are not yet teaching phonics in nursery, some parents have asked if there are rhymes for each of the letter sounds. I understand that you might want to use these when practicing to write your child's name with them, in preparation for your child learning phonics at school. Below I have attached a copy of each letter in the order that your child will learn them, with a copy of the letter rhyme. I hope this is useful. I have also attached a PowerPoint which models the correct way to form each letter in order to help your child begin to write pre-cursively.
Finally, what a wonderful Friday we have had! We have loved wearing our pyjamas and special Pudsey and Blush outfits today, it has been lots of fun. We talked about the reasons that we wearing these things and that we were doing it to help those who are less fortunate than ourselves. The children have had a happy day filled with lots of Pudsey activities such as dot to dots, colouring, Pudsey orbeez, and Pudsey playdough! Some children chose to have their face painted too for our Pudsey party. We did some dancing and all enjoyed a Pudsey treat at the end of the day.
Thank you for all of your continued support, have a happy weekend and we look forward to another fun filled week! Remember, Friday 23rd November is our teddy bears picnic, we can't wait to see you all then!
Week Beginning 5.11.18
This week has been a busy week where we have developed our Understanding of the World skills and our Expressive Arts and Design skills!
We started the week by celebrating bonfire night and learning about why we celebrate it. We worked with the Year 2 children to have an exciting morning of bonfire night activities. All the children had a turn at roasting a marshmallow around a bonfire and eating it, they were yummy! The Y2 children also supported nursery to use the computers and make their own firework pictures which took careful mouse control. The children also loved melting chocolate and using hundreds and thousands to make their own sparkler biscuits. We also used lots of fruit to make our own rocket fruit kebabs, they were delicious! Finally, the children used lots of warm colours to create their own picture of a bonfire. They used the end of a paint brush to drag the paints around their paper. Well done everyone!
During the week we had lots of fun using kitchen roll tubes to print paintings of fireworks.
Outside we used big sheets of black paper and flicked paint on them to create some huge firework pictures as a group. We are very proud of our pictures and we used lots of different colours to create them.
Finally, we have been learning about Diwali, who celebrates it and how it is celebrated. We learned that Diwali is the festival of lights and that there are lots of fireworks used during Diwali celebrations too! We enjoyed making our own Diwali lamps using CD's and tealights. Well done everyone!
Take a look at our pictures from the week, our Diwali song is also below so that you can practice singing it and learning at home!
Have a happy weekend :)
Week Beginning 30.10.18
Welcome back to school after your week off, having some half term fun! We have had a fantastic Halloween themed week and have had lots of fun whilst we do lots of super learning.
This week we have been reading the story of Room on the Broom and have enjoyed joining in with repetitive parts of the story, using lots of story vocabulary. When we went outside, we used the Room on the Broom masks to have a go at acting out the story with our friends. We had lots of fun doing this!
As part of our Room on the Broom learning, we have thoroughly enjoyed baking some Room on the Broom star biscuits. We have helped to weigh the ingredients, stir them, roll out the dough and cut out our stars. We talked about where the biscuits will go to bake, and decided only adults are allowed to touch the really hot oven!
We have continued to extend our shape knowledge by having a go at making some pumpkin pictures this week. We thought about what shapes we could use to make up the face of the pumpkin.
We have done some spooky counting this week, having a go at counting ingredients into our cauldron and using the tweezers to pick them up out of the slime. This was really tricky, but using tweezers helps us to build up the muscles in our hands so that we will have super handwriting when we are older! Can you practice writing the first letter of your name at home?
Finally, our Halloween dress up day on Wednesday 31st October was so much fun! We really enjoyed showing off our costumes in school and we had an assembly parade to show them off to the whole school. We also really enjoyed having a dance to lots of spooky Halloween songs.