Friday, 15 June 2018

"Penguins will melt in the sun"

This week in nursery we enjoyed practice our races ready for sports day! We loved hurdling the most and we were very good at it! We also enjoyed lots of mark making outside this week, we used chalk to draw out our own hop scotch and we impressed miss brown with our fantastic number formation. 

We learned a new story this week called penguin on holiday! We explored where penguins live on the world wide web, we decided it looked very cold! After reading the story penguin wrote us a letter, he wanted us to experience his holiday so left us ice cream in our freezer! We all sat and ate our ice cream together, we were very thankful to penguin. After this penguin also sent us some more places to search on the world wide web. We saw where crab lived in sunny Spain, we looked at our own home in England and we named a few other countries we new. In the garden we thought that penguin looked a bit like a black bird so we decided to build him a home. We used the old grass cuttings to make a lovely cosy nest for him. 

We are excited to learn more of our story next week and make our very own ice cream!! 

Friday, 8 June 2018

Welcome to our beach!!

This week in nursery we have been getting excited about holidays! We decided to change our role play to a beach! We had lots of great ideas, including putting a sand tray in there, having shells and some water! We all helped miss Brown to find the resources and make it our own! 
After this we loved role playing and acting an ice cream shop, so we decided to make our own ice creams to sell. We got very busy on the workshop using paper, pencils and tissue paper to craft our own ice creams with any flavour we liked!!! 

 We also decided that our water needed some fish so we spent some time collaging fish on the workshop to to add to our role play. One day we discovered more dressing up in our shed so asked to put this in the role play to because princesses go to the beach as well! So we added this, even the grown ups joined in being different characters to visit our ice cream shop! 

Friday, 11 May 2018

Outside is the best place to be

This week we spent a lot of time outside at nursery. We enjoyed singing our nursery rhymes in the sun and making up our own jingles in our boat on the way to the sea side! We also discovered lots of mini beasts who were hiding under our mud kitchen chairs. We discussed why they were under there and the different sizes and species we had found. We also spoke about the importance of being gentle and kind to all living things. 

We also enjoyed climbing this week where we discovered how to hand upside down, we even showed Miss Brown how to do it! We had lots of fun exploring the sun and what it could do, first we explored shadows where we traced around different animals shadows! Next we poured water onto the ground and drew around it, after a few minutes of playing we returned to find out it was gone! This sparked lots of questions and predictions about what had happened to our water! 

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Inspired by Matisse!

During our Talk4Writing unit of Sleepy Bumblebee we used the artwork of Matisse 'The Snail' as inspiration. We discovered that Matisse sometimes created paper collages which he called 'painting with scissors'. We looked very closely at the artwork and attempted to create a replica...

We then had a go at creating a version in the same style but of a bee instead of a snail. Finally we created our own version of whichever minibeast we wanted...

Our creations are on display in our book corner if you would like to come and have a look!

Saturday, 5 May 2018

What is a baby frog called?

This week in nursery one of us put a picture on tapestry of herself holding a bearded dragon! We all had a look together and spoke about our thoughts. Some of us said it looked like a spiky frog! This lead us onto the topic of what is a baby frog called? We searched on the world wide web together and found out that they were called tadpoles. Luckily reception had real life tadpoles next door so we went over to explore!! We asked lots of questions such as, "how do they swim?" and "where are their legs?" Some of us noticed that they don't really look like frogs at all! 

 After this we were so excited by what we had discovered we couldn't wait to get it recorded in our jotters. Some us drew the tadpoles, some of us drew the bearded dragon and some of us wrote stories all about this experience! After this we watched the life cycle of a frog and by the end of the day we were all frog experts! 
 We also had lots of fun this week exploring loose parts and creating our own faces and designs. When one of us discovered that the circles fitted onto the sticks we had we all just had to try it out for ourselves! We made ice lollies, drinks, light bulbs and lots more. This created lots of opportunity for talking to our friends and teachers. 
We found our parachute in the shed! So we decided to take it out onto the big play ground and play lots of games with it, we made a giant mushroom! Played the swap names game and the Mexican wave! 

Friday, 27 April 2018

The magic of innovation

This week in nursery we have been innovating our sleepy bumblebee stories to make them our own! We have had lots of creative ideas! We have told them to our friends in our story telling house outside in the garden, we have drawn and wrote out our own story maps and we have performed them in character on our stage and puppet theater. All of our opportunities throughout the week helped us to further innovate and explore our story further! 

On Thursday it was really windy, we found a piece of cellophane and discovered it flew in the wind! We then located more so all of our friends could join in. We had hours of fun watching our pieces fly up and down and trying to catch them! our caretaker also kindly offered to help us build some new fences for our role play. He came over with a drill and a hammer, we were fascinated!! He let us have a go and we were so proud of our accomplishment!  

We had lots of fun performing our weekly nursery rhyme, this was one of Miss Browns favourtie rhymes we've learned so far!

Friday, 20 April 2018

The sleepy bumble bee!

We have been so so busy in our first week back at nursery! On Monday we went for a learning walk, before the holidays we met Bill the crazy bee keeper who introduced us to our new T4W story 'the sleepy bumble bee' We had remembered this after our long two weeks off! We went on a hunt around our school for the different places our bumble bee was trying to sleep in our story. We found a hive, daffodils, a pond and a tall willow tree! When we arrived at the willow tree we discovered a pit of honey!! It was from Bill! He ad promised us some honey from the bees he looks after. We were super excited and rushed back to nursery to try some on a cracker! We loved it so much we asked for more!!  

 We have been so engaged in lots of bee related learning this week we just couldn't wait to discover more! We have created our own bees and made a hive for them to nest in. We also created out own representations of bees using clay and lots of loose parts. Miss Brown loved how they were all so different and unique! We mixed honey with cornflakes to make yummy cakes and we counted out bees to match quantity to the correct numeral on a flower!  

 After all this explore we were really keen to record our stories onto paper and in our jotter. Some of us sat for ages designing our own story maps of the sleepy bumble bee.

This week we also became gymnasts and risk takers. We showed off our gymnastic skills in the classroom bringing in a gym mat from the big hall and practicing forward rolls and cartwheels. We then took this outside where we used it as a crash mat for a soft landing sliding down the slope!
I can't wait to innovate our story next week and see what different characters we come up with!

Friday, 30 March 2018

Bill the crazy bee keeper!

This week in nursery we had a crazy bee keeper called Bill burst in and tell us he lost all of his bees!! Nursery could not believe their eyes! We helped Bill search our entire nursery to find all of his bees. We eventually found all of them but wanted to know why Bill had lost them in the first place!? Bill told us a story all about the sleepy bumble bee. We decided that the bees had flew away because they just couldn't sleep! After this we were inspired! We wanted to write notes to Bill to ask him question and give him advice on how to look after his bees! We then looked up bees on the big screen and used our observations to create our own representations. 

We transferred all of our bee learning into our play where we pretending to buzz around like bumble bees and hunt for them outside in the garden. We cannot wait to discover more about bees when we return after the holidays! 

We also had fun making Easter cakes this week! We watched our teachers model how to make the cakes first before going off and trying independently! We followed our instructions well and supported each other. Of course we had to test our creations along way to make sure they tasted great!

On Friday a very kind parent gave us a guitar! It was the best thing ever! We loved exploring all the different sounds we could create with our guitar and we spent all morning making a stage and somewhere for our audience to sit before performing our own songs. We especially loved performing our new bee nursery rhyme that we learned this week! 

Have a beeutiful Easter break!! 

Friday, 23 March 2018

The sleepy bumblebee!

On Monday morning we had such a surprise when we arrived at school to find Mrs Mackenzie fast asleep! We were very quiet so we would not wake her. We predicted what had caused her to have such a bad sleep. Some children thought it was because some owls were hooting outside of her window. Stef thought it might be because there was a party next door and they were playing loud music and popping balloons. Rose suggested that it could have been 'wild winds howling' such wonderful description. We woke her up and she read us the story 'Peace at Last' all about a daddy bear who couldn't get any sleep!
Later that day we found two bees that had escaped! We wrote the beekeeper a letter to come and collect them...
Bill the beekeeper turned up and told us the story about 'The Sleepy Bumblebee'
We are finding out all about bees! We discovered that bees create honeycomb in the shape of Hexagons! We found out about other sorts of shapes including pentagons and decagons!
We explored the book 'Snail Trail' where the snail takes us on a journey around different pieces of contemporary art. This promoted a fantastic discussion! We challenged ourselves to create a piece of artwork just like Henri Matisse's 'The Snail'.
We shall continue our learning around 'The Sleepy Bumblebee' next week where we shall write our own poem about a bee and create a piece of artwork of a bee in the style of Matisse, we shall continue to learn about 2d and 3d shapes and much more!

The great outdoors

This week at nursery we have loved the outdoors! We noticed that loads of birds were flying over our nursery, we were very intrigued to find out more asking lots of questions about what birds they were, where they came from, where they live and what they eat! After our discussion we decided it would be a kind thing to make the birds some food and place it in our bird feeder. We threaded some cereal onto pipe cleaners and attached them onto our feeder, we were very excited to come in the next day and see if any birds had eaten any of them!

We also went on an Easter egg hunt! Easter bunny came to visit us and told us that there were lots of eggs hidden around our field so we went on a hunt! We were all so excited and found lots of eggs we shared them out and then exchange them for a real chocolate egg!!

We also had a bounce on the bouncy castle!! It was so much fun!! We took our turns well and had a blast bouncing with our friends and teachers too!

Friday, 16 March 2018

Is it a real hamster!?

This week in nursery we gained a pet hamster (a fluffy bobble that fell of off someones hat!) We were amazed by this little creature and showed great empathy straight away. Some of us worried that she was cold or hungry, so we decided to build her a bed. We located a basket and decorated a box as a team. We then found her a cup of water and some toys to play with. After this we couldn't decide whether it was a pet girl or boy so we had a vote! We voted fairly using our tally charts and concluded it was a girl! We then brainstormed different name choices and we will pull one out of a hat next week to choose a name for our new pet! 

We also made jelly this week, some of us had observed that our legs felt like jelly after running or spending a long time on our bikes. We started to do a wibble wobble jelly dance. This got a few of us talking about how jelly is made and we had a debate over whether jelly needed cooking. We soon solved our debate by making our own jelly and following the instructions on the packet!

We also showed a lot of interest in space and aliens this week, discussing our alien pictures and describing our buildings as space ships! Some of us even made rockets out of the junk modelling. i cannot wait to see what more you want to learn about space next week! 

Friday, 9 March 2018

What do you need to bake a cake?

This week in nursery we had lots of fun baking cakes! It was 2 chidren's birthdays this week and we were really interested in how the cake was made that we were eating. We discussed what ingredients we might need and what method we would use. We made our very own and they were the best out of all the cakes we tried this week!

We also enjoyed creating our own butterflies after reading the very hungry caterpillar, we discussed what symmetrical meant and tried out creating our own symmetrical patterns. From this some of us thought it would be fun to cut up the paper with scissors, we were so interested in this that we continued getting more paper and more scissors and all had a go at using our scissor skills to cut spirals, circles and squares! 

We have been enjoyed continuing to share our favourite books and some of us have become very confidence in performing our own stories on our own taped out stage. We have told Miss Brown a million stories this week and realised that they can all be written down! We had a go at helicopter as well and absolutely loved acting out our stories with our friends!! 

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Stories, stories and more stories

This week in nursery it snowed! We loved exploring the snow and the different marks we could make in it. The first thing we noticed were our bike tracks! We loved investigating our own marks and then one of us suggested a snow angel! Some of us didn't know what snow angels were so our friend demonstrated and gave us instructions on how to create one, we found this hilarious!! After this we enjoyed making ourselves a lovely hot chocolate to warm us up.

It was also world book day this week where we dressed up as our favourite story characters. We have been enjoying our hungry caterpillar story this week and created our own story map to learn. We loved acting our story out with all of the pieces and especially loved looking closely at the cocoon and hatching out the beautiful butterfly! We then came up with a beautiful butterfly dance where we created our own music with our instruments and danced how we thought a butterfly would. 

We love stories they are amazing we get so immersed into the story line and enjoy acting them out, recreating them, designing them on paper and creating our very own. There is so much you can do with stories! 

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Budding actors and actresses

This week in nursery we have been very busy! The first thing we wanted to do when we came back was read our favourite stories, we were so engaged in the stories we read before the holidays. We wanted to show Tasha, Cheryl and Miss Brown everything we could remember! We told everyone our jack and the beanstalk story that we had been practicing over the half term, some of us even drew out our story map at home! We also recited all of our nursery rhymes that we had been learning and couldn't wait to hear what a new rhyme for the week was! 
We also had lots of fun this week measuring distance, we used some guttering and ramps to create our own racing car races. We then used pieces of paper and measuring tapes to measure how far our cars went and whose went the fastest! 
After this we realised that we had a new block play shelf! We spent the whole week creating different models with the blocks. We especially enjoyed acting out the three little pigs story with the blocks, building our houses and the big bad wolf blowing them down! Mrs Underwood had been speaking to us about helicopter stories which we are going to have a go at next week which is all about acting out our stories so it looks like we will love it!!  

Friday, 9 February 2018

Story innovators

This week in nursery we enjoyed using our amazing scissor skills by cutting up our play doh! We decided that we didn't have enough play-doh to create the things we wanted so we went on a hunt for the ingredients we needed! We used the ipad to search for a good recipe and then found flour, salt, water and food colouring! We took it in turned to add the right measures and then mixed it all together! We were so happy with what we made! 

We also enjoyed painting cling film this week we used different colours and explored the different texture of painting on cling film compared to paper. we decided that cling film was a bit stickier!

We also spent a lot of time in the book corner this week independently where we shared books with friends and invented our own stories and rhymes. We very much enjoyed innovating little miss Muffet! 

Have a lovely half term, I can't wait to see what other stories you make up over the holidays! 

Saturday, 3 February 2018

We direct our own learning!

This week in nursery we have been really busy outside. We created obstacle courses and gave our friends instructions on how to complete them. We found new ways to climb on our climbing frame. We used chalks to mark make on the ground together. We found new uses for tyres! Including rolling, jumping on, building with and securing things down with them! We used our tweezers to collect gems and beans from the soil and counted them out into pots. before cooking them into mud pies!

We also decided to create a stage outside where we can tell out stories, sing songs and dance! We loved being involved in the creating process and enjoyed performing even more! We are brilliant at telling our jack and the beanstalk story and are experts with our story language so we loved the opportunity to show this off more!

We have had tonnes of fun at nursery this week following our own interests and directing our own learning! We are becoming fantastic independent learners with a huge love for learning and growing confidence! 

Friday, 2 February 2018

minutes 2nd febuary friday 2018

In the this school council meeting we have written to Kath Middleditch about are world book day and our book vouchers what we will give to each child for them to spend. The remainder books will be sold at the end of the day, and that money we will raise will go to book aid international. We shall send out a letter shortly.
We also discussed plans for our outdoor theatre which will be in the 'old secret garden'. The school councilors have created a box full of props ready for when it is spring and it is no longer muddy in there. (W e wouldn't want the props to get ruined!)
Written by Saud Year 6

Friday, 26 January 2018

Our story adventure with Jack and the Beanstalk!

We received a letter from Rapunzel saying that she had spotted a bag with some magical things inside. So we followed her strands of hair whilst comparing the different lengths.
After the weekend the magic bean had grown into a massive beanstalk! It was taller than the ceiling!
We had lots of learning opportunities around castles, beans and giants!

We chose to have a 'fairy tale ball' for our 50 marble treat! We dressed up as a character from a traditional tale.
The Queen of hearts baked us a special treat after our dancing and fun! Yum!
Can your child recall the story of Jack and the Beanstalk?
Don't forget to complete your number bean challenge over on your child's learning journey! We cannot wait to see all of their number bonds.