This week we have been learning about Winter. The children enjoyed playing in the snow and sharing their experiences of the snow days when they were not at school.
We talked about how the seasons change and what Winter is like compared to other seasons. We used pictures to sequence the building of a snowman. The adults encouraged words such as first, next, after that and because.
We explored ice cubes and the children had to work out the quickest way to melt the ice cubes to free the toy hiding inside.
We lit the Chanukiyah, sang Chanukah songs and ate doughnuts!
We hope you have enjoyed the first night of Chanukah! Here are some songs that we have been learning at school:
Mrs Jacobs taught the children how to make Challah. They worked together to follow the recipe, weighing and measuring the ingredients. They then had a piece of dough to make into their own Challah. The children were then given instructions about how to bake their Challah at home. Thank you to all the parents that have sent in photographs of how they have turned out!
We reminded the children about what they had learnt about constellations when the Planetarium came to visit. We looked carefully at a variety of constellations and identified the different shapes that we could see, for example a rectangle in the constellation 'Lyra', a triangle is the constellation 'Canis Major' (which also looks like a dog) and a circle in the constellation 'Pisces'.
Some of the children chose to create their own constellations using chalk and stars.
We had a fantastic visit from a mobile Planetarium today. The children were fascinated and watched in awe as the stars and planets were projected on the domed screen. We also watched a short film with aliens exploring the weather on the different planets. Here are some photos to give you a flavour of their experience. More details to follow!
This week we have started learning about Space! The children have been very excited to discover new facts and watch the live feed from the International Space Station. We have made rockets out of various materials both inside and outside.
We have been reading the story of 'Whatever Next!' by Jill Murphy, where Baby Bear goes on a trip to the moon. The children have used the 'Talk for Writing' method to retell the story using pictures. The children used actions to help them. We were so impressed with how much of the story they could remember. Look out for a Tapestry observation with a video!
You could use the story map below to have a go at home.
Please send in empty kitchen roll tubes this week for recycled modelling activities. Thank you!
We have been giving the children some basic e-safety messages today. Our discussions have been around them only using a device (including I-pads, phones and computers) if they have an adult's permission and that if anything pops up that they do not like or makes them feel uncomfortable, then they need to show an adult straight away.
We have been busy thinking about anti-bullying week. On Monday, nursery children joined in with an activity where the they worked with other children in their house from across the school. The children were so sensible and had brilliant ideas to contribute to the group discussion about how to be a good friend. Each house created their own collage which will soon be on display in the hall. It was fantastic to see the older children and younger children working together so well.
We have been thinking about the story 'This is Our House' by Michael Rosen, where the main character George says the cardboard house is his alone and isn't for girls, twins or people with glasses. But then he comes back to find that there are people inside who don't think it is for people who have red hair - like George. We used the story to discuss ideas around being unkind, being excluded and how it is important to share. The children thought hard about how they would feel if they were in the same situation as the characters in the story. We used resources in the outside area to build a house big enough for everyone. The children then reflected on how it felt to be together and included.
This week the children took part in a guided mark making activity. The children were asked to share their experiences of fireworks night. We agreed as a class on various marks to make for each firework they had seen. Dots for sparklers, spirals for Catherine wheels, zigzags for rockets and straight lines for roman candles. The teacher modelled how to make each mark and the children then used these marks to create their own fireworks pictures.
The pictures below were created by:
Seth and Adam.
Your child is bringing home a home learning book today. Inside you will find a letter explaining how the home learning works and a grid with a selection of fun and practical activities. Please make sure you look in your child's bag.
This week we have been thinking carefully about our classroom. We read a story about keeping the classroom tidy and we went over some of the rules and routines. The children went round each area and made sure they knew what each area is for and what resources are available for them to use. This will help the children to become independent learners.
We have thought about how many children can safely play in each area of the classroom. We discussed ways of representing numbers and the children then made signs to help us remember what we had agreed.
The children have enjoyed thinking about fireworks this week too. We have talked about firework safety, including wearing gloves when using sparklers and staying with adults if they are going to an organised display.
We have created firework pictures using a variety of materials, including paint and glitter.
In Little Doves, the children worked together outside to create large firework splatter paintings. We will continue to think about fireworks at the start of next week to enable children to talk about what they have seen over the weekend.
This week we have been thinking about the story of 'Room on the Broom'. This story has really captured the children's interests and all learning has built on this interest.
Take a look at some of the exciting learning opportunities that your children have enjoyed this week:
We have retold the story, made our own magic potions and even helped the witch to remember how many ingredients she used in her spell to create the new broom.
We thought about what ingredients we had used in our magic potions.
Thank you for sending in Autumn items for us to look at in the classroom. We went on an Autumn walk around the school grounds and the children were excited to look at how the trees were changing. We collected leaves and looked carefully at their colours and shapes.
The children made the following observations:
Max: A feather! I found a feather!"
Seth: "Leaves are falling."
James: "Look, green"
Jack: "I found apples and changed colour leaves."
Charlie "I see birds."
Jonah "I found a flower."
Jacob: "I find apples on the floor."
Alex: "I can see something. They're changing colours the leaves."
Sophie: "The leaves are red and green."
We used conkers to practise counting carefully. We learnt that it is easier to count objects if they are in a line and that it helps to touch each object to remember that we have counted it.
We explored Autumn in our small world scene.
Next week we will be investigating signs of Autumn. Please help your child to collect any Autumn related items, such as leaves and conkers for our Autumn interest table. Thank you.
This week we have been learning about Succot. Mrs Jacobs brought in a pop up Succah and the children worked together to decorate it. The Succah has proved a popular location this week and the children have enjoyed role-playing and spending time together inside.
The children have learnt about Succot traditions and have all had a chance to shake the lulav and hold the etrog.
Today we had a Succot learning day. We visited the main Succah and the children took part in workshop activities, which included building a Succah out of various materials and seeing which one was the strongest.
We have started our work on Phase 1 phonics. Phase 1 phonics helps children to develop their listening skills and tune into sounds.
We put on our 'magic listening ears' and listened to sounds in the environment.
We have enjoyed using the large construction in the outside area. Seth, Raphe, Jack and Max used a variety of resources to create an aeroplane. Leo built a car out of wooden blocks.
Today we dipped apple in honey for a sweet new year and sang lots of Rosh Hashana songs. Wishing you all a Shana Tova! Have a healthy and happy new year!
This week we have been joining in with the whole-school theme of Roald Dahl and have been learning about 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'. We have discussed the story and have been looking at some original illustrations by Quentin Blake. We watched part of the 1971 film when the golden ticket winners entered the chocolate factory.
We have linked this learning to the children's likes and dislikes. We asked the children:
Charlie likes chocolates and sweets. What do you like to eat?
"I like candies" -Raphe
"My favourite is eggs" -Ralph
"I like eat grapes" -Leo
"I like olives. Mummy’s got olives" -Jemma
"I like apples" -Hanna
"I like chicken" -James
"I like pizza with cheese and no olives. I don’t like olives" -Jonah
This week we have been continuing our topic of 'All About Me', where we have been getting to know the children. We looked carefully at our face in a mirror and then created a self-portrait.
The children have continued to gain confidence when exploring the setting and are enjoying their time in both classrooms and the outside area. We have focused on ensuring the children are familiar with the rules and routines. At home, you could ask them if they remember any of the Clore Shalom rules.
We have been learning about 2D (flat) shapes this week. The children looked at a range of pictures and had to describe the shapes that they could see. We played a game to see if they could jump to a particular shape on our new classroom mat and focused on describing the shapes in terms of their colour and properties such as 'round'. In Little Doves, the children used what they had learnt to create some shape pictures.
We have had a great week welcoming the new children! We are so impressed with how well all the children have settled and we have enjoyed getting to know them.
The children have been exploring all the areas of the Early Years Unit. Favourite activities this week have included making pretend toast and panckes in the home corner, creating handprints in the creative area, riding the bikes outside and singing songs on the carpet.
Our year in Nursery has come to an end! We are so proud of all the children and everything they have achieved this year. We wish them all the best for Reception!
We had fun making sandwiches to get ready for the picnic. We enjoyed singing some songs and sharing a picnic with our teddy bears and mums and dads.
This week we have been thinking about transition. We have spent time talking about the similarities and differences between Nursery and Reception through our PSE topic of 'changes'. The children spent time in Reception getting to know their teachers and meeting the other children that will be in their class. The chidren are very excited to move into Reception. They are looking forward to being the oldest children in the unit and setting a good example to their new friends.
Sophie "When I went to Reception, I saw some of my friends. I played with them."
Natasha "We played outside, I saw my friends. I sat next to Mrs Brahams in circle time."
Amelie "I liked it when we played with playdough."
Jack "We drawed us."
Eloise "I drawed a picture. It was fun."
To conclude our work on healthy eating, we have been thinking about the story 'The Enormous Turnip'. The children took on a role and acted out the story. At each stage, we thought about how many characters were pulling the turnip and found the corresponding numeral. We talked about what the characters might say. We discussed how they had to work as a team to eventually pull up the turnip.
We released our beautiful butterflies! At first they did not want to leave the net but with a little encouragement, they went on their way. The children were excited to see the final stage of the life cycle in action and are busy trying to spot the butterflies in the outside area.
After watching the butterflies being released, the children had the following comments:
"Yesterday one of the butterflies came back to see what we are doing."- Mason
"They flied away when they were butterflies."- Jamie
"The butterflies were a bit shy to go." - Sophie
"I saw a butterfly in my garden yesterday." - Liberty
"They went into caterpillars and then they went into cocoons. Now they are butterflies." - Eloise
"When the butterfly came out of their home they flied away" - Gracie
This week the caterpillars finished spinning their cocoons. Once they had hardened, we moved them into a butterfly net. Today one butterfly has started to emerge! We will place fruit in the net, as butterflies like to feed on sweet nectar. We are hoping that the butterfly will soon have some friends. Once they have all emerged and we have had a chance to observe them, we will set the butterflies free.
The children enjoyed taking part in our Early Years sports day today! The rain held off and the children had a great time doing all the different races. The children did a sprint, an obstacle race, weaving around cones and even a space hopper race. At the end, mums, dads and grandparents had their chance to also run a race. Thank you for being such great sports!
Earlier on in the week we had spoken to the children about trying their best and discussed how if you fall over, you need to get back up and carry on. The children really took this on board and we were so impressed with their enthusiasm and perseverance.
To support our learning about mini-beasts we have been reading the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. We reminded the children that we have already read a book by the same author (The Bad-Tempered Ladybird).
We linked the story to the growth of our caterpillars in the classroom. The children were interested to learn about the life cycle and are excited to see what happens next to our caterpillars!
This week the children have been observing the caterpillars closely. They have grown and are starting to spin their cocoons.
We looked closely at the patterns on butterfly wings. The children noticed that the markings are the same on both sides. The children experimented with making their own symmetrical butterfly paintings by painting one wing and folding the paper over.
This week we have been continuing our topic of mini-beasts. Today the children were enthusiastically searching for mini-beasts on our mini-beast hunt around the field. We found ants, flies, spiders, worms, maggots, earwigs and slugs! The children looked at them closely through magnifying glasses and we compared features such as number of legs and if they have wings.
We also welcomed some caterpillars to the classroom to teach the children about lifecycles. The children will be able to observe the caterpillars each day and chart their metamorphosis into butterflies.
We have started some phase 2 phonics work and have introduced the sound 's'. The children learnt how to write the sound correctly and thought of words that started with that sound. We created our own sound spider complete with a web of words. Some children attempted to write their own words for the spider. We will focus on two sounds each week.
Today is rainbow day! We have all come in dressed in a colour to reflect our personality or different colours to think about how we all like different things. We have played parachute games and talked about ways in which we are the same and how we are different.
We asked the children "what makes you special?"
Jamie- "I can run around really fast."
Eloise- "I'm good at star jumps."
Natasha- "I'm special because I like to do drawing and my drawing is really pretty."
Theo- "I'm really good at swimming. I can swim really far."
Amelie- "I'm really good at jumping."
Liberty- "I'm special because I have pink and purple slime."
Gracie- "I'm special because I'm a good friend and I played with lots of children today."
Jack- "I'm a good friend because I play with lots of people. I'm good at drawing."
Mason- "I'm special because I'm a good friend."
Sophie "I'm special because when I go down my slide at home in my garden I go really fast."
This week is anti-bullying week. We have been discussing how to be a good friend and what to do if somebody does something that you do not like. Strategies that we have discussed include telling the person to stop, walking away and telling and adult. We read the story of 'The Bad Tempered Ladybird' by Eric Carle. We discussed how the ladybird was unkind and did not share. The ladybird was angry and was trying to start a fight with the other animals. We talked about ways of calming ourselves down if we are angry and how we must find other ways to sort out a disagreement.
The children have come back ready to learn after half term and have enjoyed sharing news about their break. We have been excited to discover that some birds have made a nest in our bird house outside. If we listen very carefully, we can hear some baby birds tweeting inside the box. We have been watching the mummy bird leave and return to the box and have been thinking about what she might be doing. We have decided to turn our outside role-play area into a bird watching hideout so that we can monitor these birds and see if we can spot any others.
The children had a great time at the Theatre watching 'Room on the Broom'. This is one of their favourite books and seeing it come to life on stage was a magical experience. The children behaved very well and we were very proud of them.
"I liked the cat because I liked when he sat on the broom." - Natasha
"I liked the frog." - Liberty
"I liked the it when the animals saved the witch."- Theo
"I liked the dragon because it was roaring and I liked it when it roared. I liked the old broom because the cat said there was no room." - Alice
"I liked the dog and the bird because the dog had the hat in his jaws and the bird had the bow in his head."- Gracie
"I liked it when they sing songs."- Eloise
"I liked the cat because it was telling everybody that there was not room on the broom. At the end there was more space because the bird was high up. I liked the bird and the frog. The bird had the bow on his head and the frog had his wand." - Sophie
"I liked the dragon because it was roaring." - Mason
"I liked the brand new broom because it had seat belts on it." - Amelie
The children have been excited to discover that our theme for topic week is... flowers! We will be looking at the work of Claude Monet this week as well as investigating real flowers.
We are looking at Monet's famous painting of 'Bridge Over a Pond of Water Lillies'.
We are painting our own pictures in the style of Monet. Our final pieces will go on display in the hall or in the classroom and you will be invited in to see them.
We are in our final week of learning about Space. This week we have moved on to thinking about aliens and have read the story 'Aliens Love Underpants'. In the story, the aliens come to Earth and steal underpants. We talked about how this is not a kind thing to do. Theo suggested that they were stealing the pants because they did not have any of their own, so we made some spare pants for the aliens to have.
Alice made a poster to remind the aliens not to steal any more pants. She explained that she had included "a cross to say the aliens cannot steal the underpants".
We made rockets and space ships in the outside area.
In Little Doves, the children made rockets out of recycled materials. The rockets below were made by Jack, Jamie and Mason.
In PE, the children have been developing their throwing and catching skills. It has been fantastic to watch their confidence improve over a series of lessons and they are now using smaller balls.
This week we have continued our work on Space. We have looked at the story of 'Whatever Next!' by Jill Murphy, where Baby Bear finds a rocket and goes on an adventure to the moon. The children have enjoyed learning all about Space and finding out what it is like to be an astronaut. In the outside area we used large boxes and the poddely construction to make our own big rockets.
We worked in groups to sequence the story.
We acted out the story using small world props.
We thought about what we would pack if we were going on an adventure into Space.
"I would pack a pineapple, biscuits, raspberries and a pear" - Eloise
"An orange, tomato, cherries, grapes. This is a teddy bear" - Jamie
"I would take grapes, an apple and a pear" - Sophie
"A fish, a banana and a butterfly" - Gracie
We enjoyed celebrating Yom Ha'atzmuat this week! The children wore blue and white clothes and took part in different activities to celebrate Israel independence day. We made Israeli flags, decorated biscuits with blue and white icing and danced to Israeli music. The children learnt about Israel and we talked about why it is such a special place.
"I like when we danced. We danced because it was Yom Ha'atzmaut." - Eloise
"I liked it because we wore blue and white. The flag is blue and white". - Mason
"I liked the assembly in the hall. I liked the video. We saw Israel". - Natasha
Decorating biscuits with blue and white icing.
This week we have been thinking about the book ‘Chalk’ by Bill Thomson. We thought about what we would draw if we found some magic chalk. We made our own chalk drawings and talked about what would happen if they came to life.
We used playground chalk in the outside area.
"The little girl is taking the chalk. She is drawing butterflies and they are coming to life. They will fly in the air to their mummy in the clouds. Then they will go on the slide and have fun!"- Natasha
"A giraffe. It will come to life and nibble the grass." - Jamie
"They are butterflies and a dinosaur. The dinosaur is friendly. They are going to come to life. The butterflies will flutter around. The dinosaur is going to go to school and get lots of stickers!" - Alice
Join in with the Numtums and learn about numbers from 1 to 10.