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**Tuesday 31st January - Reception and Nursery pre schoolers visiting the Swan theatre- The Smartest Giant in Town****
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Beatrix Potter (Nursery)

We have been extremely busy here in Nursery.  Please read our newsletters and look at our photos to see what we have been up to!

Spring term 2023

Our Nursery rules

The children and the staff came up with our nursery rules together. We discussed how we can make nursery a happy place and how we can show kindness to others. These rules are now displayed in our nursery so we can use them as a reminder of positive behaviour.

Music and rhyme

We have varied, daily music sessions in nursery. This is great for early reading as it encourages the children to join in with repeated patterns, actions and singing. We used the claves to tap out simple patterns for the children to copy and repeat.

Pencil control

The Oakleaves have been practicing their pencil control: holding the pencil correctly and having a go at the pencil control sheets. They have also been trying hard to write their name.

Measure

This half term, our math's focus is 'measure.' We have been exploring differences in size and length using sticks and counting camels. The children have also been exploring weight and capacity by filling and emptying the scales to get them to balance. 

New puppets for Nursery!

The children were very excited to receive some new animal and multi cultural puppets from the money we all raised. Puppets are excellent for communication and language skills as well as social interaction and imaginative play. 

Autumn Term 2022

Snow day!

We spend lots of time outside at nursery and the children are often looking out for the changes in the seasons. They loved putting on their coats, hats and gloves and playing in the snow! 

Nursery and school partnership

The Nursery children often share in activities with the school. We watch class assemblies, join in with special celebrations and enjoy a yearly Christmas lunch with the school children. This helps the children transition into school as they are already familiar with the school surroundings, teaching staff and peers. 

Christmas craft activities

The children had the opportunity to make Christmas cards, calenders and tree decorations to take home. They used their name cards to try to write their names inside the cards. 

I Spy Christmas! 

We are so proud of all the nursery children who took part in our nativity play. They joined in with the singing and actions and looked very cute in their outfits! Well done children - A wonderful performance!

'Edward Lears Dream'

We all thoroughly enjoyed the puppet show 'Edward Lears Dream.' The children sat beautifully and listened to the story come to life before them. 

Advent

Each week during advent we carry out a nursery advent assembly. We talk about celebrating Jesus' birthday and add a candle to our advent wreath and say our prayers. Every day, we open a new door on our advent board and we have been singing lots of Christmas songs and decorating the nursery.

Inaginative play

We change our role play areas every few weeks and this week the children have loved working in  the 'Christmas post office.' They have been developing their early writing skills to write their letters to santa and take it in turns to post them in the post box. We have also enjoyed lots of tea parties with our friends: developing imaginative and communication skills as well as building relationships with peers.

Math's in action

The Math's focus for this half term has been number. We have been learning to count and recognize numerals through play; puzzles, counting objects and painting with the numicon. Some of the children have been trying to count as far as they can go! :-)

 

Children in need!

The children loved dressing up to support children in need. We talked about why we help to raise money for children who are less fortunate than ourselves and talked about being kind. We played Children in need bingo and I Spy!

Christmas baking!

The children have been busy making salt dough Christmas decorations. They helped to weigh out the ingredients; stir and kneed the mixture. They rolled out the dough and used the cutters to shape their decorations. They had fun painting them after :-) 

Developing ICT skills

The children used a digital camera to take photographs of their friends. We showed them how to view their pictures on the camera. The older children then helped to load them onto the computer and we looked through our photo's on the big screen. This shows the children how to operate simple ICT equipment and how to retrieve information from digital devices. 

Remembrance assembly

The children made poppies and we had a lovely nursery remembrance assembly. The children placed their poppies onto the prayer table and we said a thank you prayer. We also had a minutes silence. 

Friendship colour mixing

In order to build relationships with special people, the children chose a friend to paint their hand. They then held hands to mix the colours and printed their new, combined colours onto paper. 

 

Music and Rhyme

We offer lots of opportunities for the children to join in with singing, dancing and exploring different instruments. We do this through planned, daily, music sessions and our weekly 'little swallows' music group. The children love sleeping bunnies and wind the bobbin up: joining in with actions and words. 

Fine motor skills, measure and spatial awareness

To explore capacity we provide lots of opportunities for the children to fill and empty containers using various messy play activities including pasta, sand and rice. The use of tweezers and scissors also helps with their fine motor skills. 

Early writing and shape

We found the shapes hidden in the shaving foam and the children used their fingers to draw the shapes in the foam. We talked about what the shapes looked like and how many sides they had. They enjoy making marks on different media and are beginning to distinguish between the different marks they make. 

Tiny Town!

We had a wonderful nursery trip to Tiny Town in Hereford. The children explored all the different role play areas, including a cafe, grocery shop and post office. The children played alongside, and with each other; the different areas providing the children with rich language opportunities to speak with other adults and children. 

Forest school

The children are really enjoying their Friday afternoon forest school sessions. We have been encouraging the children to show curiosity in the environment and talk about the things they are observing. We have done this through nature walks and bug hunts. 

Outdoor maths

To encourage number recognition through sensory play we have been exploring our new textured number stones in the sand. We have been tracing the number stones with our fingers and trying to put the numbers in order. 

To improve fine motor skills and encourage counting skills, we used tweezers to put pasta into numbered pots. 

All About Me

We have had a fantastic start to the term - learning all about each other, our families and our feelings; encouraging play with others and thinking about how others might be feeling.

We loved making biscuit faces and some children bought in photo's of their families to show their friends. We used out ICT skills to look around the nursery, taking photo's using the Ipad of all our favourite toys.

Autumn 2022

End of term water fight!

This certainly cooled everyone down on the last day of term :-) The children loved running around the forest school area in the shade squirting each other and all the teachers!

The Oakleaves have been working really hard on their scissor skills: Cutting around the different fruits and vegetables.

Whilst learning about what we can do to be healthy, the children sorted foods into three groups: Foods we should eat a lot of, foods we should eat sometimes and foods we should only eat occasionally.

Raglan Farm Park

We had a wonderful time at Raglan farm park for our summer term trip. We met all the animals: goats, alpaca'a, sheep, horses, donkeys and more! The children loved playing in the numerous play areas both indoors and outdoors and we enjoyed a picnic lunch altogether. 

Ross Community Gardens Visit

The children had a wonderful time exploring the wild life and pond life at the gardens. We searched for bee's and bugs, planted pea seeds and had a grea time running in and out of the willow dragon. 

International neighbours week

We celebrated international neighbours week by learning how to say hello in 15 different languages, listening to music from around the world and we made our own stepping stones to be laid on the field. 

Art with Miss. Jenn

The children dipped string into different coloured paints and used big arm movements to create lines and patterns on their paper.

Maths in Nursery this week:

We made sand castles using numicon dipped in paint and the children made shape boats for the display. We went fishing for numbered fish and had a competition to see who could catch the most fish! 

Celebrating our similarities and differences.

We talked about things that make us similar and different to each other, and to children all around the world. We talked about our families, what we looked like and our unique abilities. 

Move up Morning!

The Oakleaves enjoyed their morning in the reception class; meeting their teacher Miss. Sadler, exploring all the learning areas and having lunch in the school hall.

Read, Write, Inc

The Oakleaves have enjoyed learning some of their sounds over the past few weeks. We have been playing Fred games and learning the sounds m,a,s,d,t,i,n,p,g and o. We have also been having a go at writing these sounds in shaving foam, sand and paint. 

Our senses: Smell and taste.

We have been using our sense of smell and taste this week. We have tried lots of different fruits at snack time and used our sense of smell to play a 'Do you like that smell' game. The children used thumbs up or thumbs down to let us know if they liked the smells or not, chocolate was a favourite! 

We also used our sense of smell during art with Miss. Jenn; we created a picture by painting with different spices. 

Caterpillars!
We welcomed lots of new little friends to Nursery this week: Some tiny, but very hungry, Caterpillars! We are going to watch them grow, spin their cocoons and turn into butterfly's!

Eid El Fitr

This week we celebrated the Muslim feast festival Eid el fitr. We looked at pictures of how they celebrate; what they wear, how they pray, and at snack time, we tasted some of the foods they eat during this festival.

Little Swallows!

We had our first music and movement session with little swallows on Wednesday and the children loved it!

Physical development

This week we have been focusing on our physical development outside. We have been pedaling bikes, moving along on scooters and climbing and balancing on the trim trail. 

Spring Term 2022

Easter Maths!

We used tweezers to pick up the little coloured eggs and place them into the numbered pots. Some children recognised the numerals and were able to put in 'one more.' 

Easter cards!

We practiced our scissor skills; cutting around our decorated egg shapes. The children also had a go at copying their names onto the card.

Planting tuff tray

The children had a go at planting different flowers in pots and compost using gardening tools before getting to work on the raised beds :-) 

Palm Sunday Assembly

During our Palm Sunday assembly, we read the story of Eli the donkey. Then we role played Jesus and the donkey walking through Jerusalum and used our home made palm leaves to wave at them and cheer. 

Maths in action this week...

We have been making 'worms' using playdough and putting them in size order. Outside, we have been filling and emptying containers of rice and using the weighing scales.

ICT

The children have been developing their photography skills this week; using the Ipad's to take photo's of the signs of Spring and uploading them to the computer. 

Bilingual storytime.

The children enjoyed the story 'Goldilocks and the three bears' read in Lithuanian by Herefordshire EAL team this week. 

The Oakleaves have been trying really hard to copy their names for their mother days cards :-) 

Gardening

We watched the tree planting on the field to celebrate the Queen's Jubilee. 

The children have enjoyed doing some weeding and watering in our Nursery garden.

P.E and Yoga

The children are really enjoying their weekly P.E lessons with Corey and yoga lessons with Mrs. Derrett.

Art with Miss. Jenn

We made some lovely Mothers day presents for Mothering Sunday with Miss. Jenn in Art club. The children decorated boxed with different materials and filled them with lovely smelling dried flowers. :-) 

British science week: Growth

The children enjoyed taking part in lots of experiments during British science week. We watched skittles turn the water rainbow coloured, explored what happened when we mixed bicarb and paint to make pictures and melted Ice with warm water to free the trapped animals! 

The children also planted cress seeds, we watered them and watched them grow over a week, then sent them home for the children to enjoy!

Ross community gardens visit

The children loved their trip to Ross community gardens. We completed the stick man trail and explored nature along the way. We listened to the birds singing, had a close look at some frog spawn and Tim told us all about the trees , plants and vegetables they had planted. 

Rainbow colours

The children have been learning about colours and what happens when we mix them together. They have been spinning paint on cd's, rolling paint to mix the colours and sponge printing to make patterns on Elmer the elephant. 

 

World book day!

We all dressed up for world book day and looked amazing! The children enjoyed our world book day scavenger hunt and we made some lovely bookmarks to take home.

Lent

We have enjoyed celebrating Lent in nursery. We made and ate pancakes on pancake day and made promises to add to our Lenten tree.

The children sat very nicely through our Lent and Ash Wednesday assembly.

Goldilocks and the three bears. 

The children sequenced the story using picture cards, played with the Goldilocks puppets in the rainbow shed and we used weighing scales and jugs to weigh out the ingredients for the porridge!

Mental health awareness week.

We have been talking to the children about what makes them happy and how we can help others to feel happy. We gave each other a big smile during circle time and the children said that made them feel happy. 

Number rhymes: 5 current buns

We weighed out the ingredients and made some lovely current buns. The children enjoyed exploring the baking tuff tray outside and we have been making current buns using playdough. 

NSPCC Number Day

We 'dressed up for digits' for Number day. The children explored numbers in a variety of ways: searching for them in shaving foam, colouring in and writing numbers and players lots of number games and puzzles. 

Chinese New Year

We made Chinese lanterns, learnt how they celebrate the New Year in China and tried noodles for our snack!

Mud painting at Forest School!

Winter: The Gruffalo

This week we have enjoyed the story of The Gruffalo. The children have been re telling the story using puppets in the rainbow shed and making the Gruffalo using a range of media. 

Maths in action this week: Frozen peas and Numicon.

Art with Miss. Jenn.

Winter: Stick Man

We have loved reading the story of The Stick Man this week. We used our hands to mould playdough into the stick man and his family. In the reading shed, we used Stick Man puppets to act out the story which the children loved! 

 

Winter: Arctic and Antarctic Animals

During the first part of our winter topic we have been going on lots of winter walks to see the changes in the environment. The children have used the ipads to take photo's, then download them onto the computer for us all to look at.

We made some shape penguins and pretty snowflakes for our display board and used tweezers to try and pick up the frozen baked beans!

For our Maths activity we have been matching Arctic animals to numbered snowflakes to see if we could recognise the numeral and count the number of animals. 

 

A Monday afternoon Tennis tots session and P.E with Paces...

The children enjoying bug hunting during forest school

Autumn term 2021

Weekly Newsletters

Autumn term topic webs

Advent and Christmas in the Nursery.

We have had a wonderful time getting ready for Christmas and celebrating advent. The children made a seasons calendar to take home - using painted fingers to create the leaves on the Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter trees. They also made some lovely christmas cards and decorations. 

We have been busy practicing our first nursery nativity and the children loved opening the baubles on our advent calendar and seeing what christmas daily activity we would do!

The children had lots of fun at their Christmas party - playing games, dancing and eating lots of yummy party food!

Nursery puppet show: The selfish Giant