Week beginning 16th July
Well done to our Flag-athon finalists and winners!
Week beginning 9th July
This week we have been reflecting on the past year. We looked at pictures of all the exciting activities we have done and talked about our favourites. Some of the children's highlights included our trip to Paradise Wildlife Park, our special visitors, including the firefighters, doctors and policeman, meeting Mrs Bernard's dog, baking challah for Shabbat and joining in with our science experiments making clouds. We have had a great year!
Week beginning 2nd July
To consolidate our learning about healthy living, the children took part in a healthy living workshop. Nursery and Reception children worked together to complete a range of activities. These addressed topics including eating a balanced diet, where food comes from, the importance of sleeping and why we need to drink lots of water. Some very helpful Year 6 children supported the children too.
Week beginning 25th June
We had a visit from the very talented 'Hoop Guy' who has appeared on Britain's Got Talent. He inspired us and talked about persevering to reach your goal. He also showed us his music video with him hula hooping in interesting places and doing some amazing tricks. The children then got to join in with some great hoop games which involved reasoning and problem solving. They had to think about which colour hoop or combination of hoops had been called already and work out what was left. They also had to get into groups of different numbers and work out how many more children they would need to complete their group in the hoop.
The children had a great time at their multi-skills sports day. They took part in a variety of activities including a hoop throw, a beanbag relay and a running race. Well done to all the children for trying their best!
Week beginning 18th June
This week we have started the first of our healthy living weeks. Our focus this week has been healthy eating. We have read the story 'Handa's Surprise' and looked at all the different fruit in the story. At home you could look at the story together and try eating the fruit included in the book.
In funky fingers, the children had the opportunity to learn how to cut various vegetables. In Little Doves, the children made salads and smoothies to continue the discussion around healthy foods. They enjoyed eating what they had made!
To complete our work on the book 'Voices in the Park', the children thought of their own stories about going to the park. They recorded their stories using story maps. We were so impressed by how carefully they planned out their stories and included what they have learnt so far about story maps.
Week beginning 11th June
Along with the whole school, we have been looking at the book ‘Voices in the Park’ by Anthony Browne. The book tells a story from four different points of view. We focused on the voices of the children in the story and used a story map to retell the voice of Charles. You can see an online version of the book by following the link below.
To develop the children’s role-play skills, we asked them to pretend to be Charles and talk about what they did at the park.
Voices in the Park Hot Seat
We have been practising saying words in robot talk. This is when the word is split up into each individual sound, such as c-a-t or z-oo. The children are getting very good at orally blending the sounds together to work out what the word is. We have also been thinking about the initial sounds of words. We have started to introduce letter sounds and how to correctly represent them in writing. The children have been writing using a variety of media; in the sand, in a tray of lentils, on large paper with felt tip pens, on smaller paper with pencils, on chalk boards, whiteboards, I-pads and the large interactive whiteboard.
Week beginning 4th June 2018
The children had a great time on our school trip! They saw lots of animals and took part in a workshop where they found out interesting facts and even had a chance to stroke some of the animals. On the Outback Trail, we looked closely at the Australian animals and other objects such as boomerangs. During the rest of the week we learnt more about Australia and looked at Aboriginal objects such as didgeridoos and Aboriginal art and markings.
Week beginning 21st May
At the children's request, this week we have been thinking about the story of 'The Three Little Pigs'. As most of the children were familiar with the story already, we quickly moved on to using the story map to retell the story with expression. The children used small world resources to act out the story, created houses for the pigs on the interactive whiteboard and explored sticks, straw and bricks.
The children have enjoyed using various apps on the Purple Mash educational website. This week we taught the children how to use the '2Explore' app where they could explore the sounds of different instruments and record their own tune.
In Maths this week, we have been thinking about shapes. The children used 2D shapes to draw houses and 3D shapes to make houses. They are getting so much better at remembering the names of the shapes and were able to talk about the properties, for example why they had chosen a triangle for a roof.
Week beginning 14th May
This week we created our own version of the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. The children learnt to work with a talking partner to share and develop their ideas. They then fed back to the class. After we worked together to write the start of our story 'Sunshine and the Giant Bluebell', the children went away and thought about what would happen next. We were very impressed with how well the children worked with their talking partners and how imaginative their ideas were!
In Little Doves, the children worked in small groups to write another version of the story.
Week beginning 7th May 2018
We have continued to think about plants and growing. Our focus story this week has been Jack and the Beanstalk. The children used a story map to help them retell the story. They have also enjoyed acting it out using small world resources and creating large beanstalks out of recycled materials.
In maths we have been thinking about number formation. The children have learnt rhymes to help them to write each number. The children then used paint markers to practise.
Here are the rhymes that the children have been learning:
We added spots to beans to turn them into magic beans. We counted how many spots we had added, tried to write the number and then placed the beans into the correct pot depending on how many spots they had.
Week beginning 30th April 2018
This week we have continued to look after and study our chicks. A big thank you to Mr Conway who took them home and looked after them last weekend! We have all been amazed at how quickly they have grown. On Thursday, we said a fond farewell to our chicks who have now gone to live on a local farm.
We have continued to think about life cycles and this week we have been looking at the life cycle of a bean. We planted some beans, which now have visible stems. The children have enjoyed listening to the story of Jasper's Beanstalk. We have been using a story map to help the children to retell the story. At home you could ask your child to tell you the story using the story map below.
Some children recorded parts of the story using pictures.
The children followed the instructions to make their own cress heads. We made sure that the cotton wool had plenty of water and will move the cups into the sun to help the cress to grow. The children will be bringing their cress heads home on Friday. Please upload some pictures on Tapestry when the 'hair' starts to grow.
Week beginning 23rd April 2018
We have had a very egg-citing few days watching the chicks hatch out from their eggs! We are pleased to announce that all ten eggs have hatched successfully. The children have watched the chicks hatching, found out about their life-cycle and discussed what the chicks need to survive. This real life learning has really inspired the children and they have been busy doing lots of chick related activities.
The eggs hatched one by one. When the chicks first came out, we noticed that they were still wet and were not fluffy yet.
Twenty four hours after the first eggs hatched, we moved the bigger, fluffy chicks into their roosting box to give them more space, food and water. We will move the remaining chicks when they are ready.
We have all been very excited to watch our chicks. We are being careful not to touch the incubator or roosting box.
Some of the egg and chick related activities that we have been enjoying.
We were all very excited to welcome some eggs to the classroom today! The children are starting to learn about life cycles and will be able to monitor the eggs closely and hopefully watch the chicks hatch out.
Week beginning 16th April 2018
Today we have been celebrating Yom Ha'aatzmaut! The children have learnt lots of interesting information about Israel and have taken part in a range of activities, including writing notes and adding them to our own version of the Western Wall, trying falafel and Israeli dancing with flags of Israel.
We have continued to look at selected paintings from the artist Marc Chagall. We talked about the strange objects that can be seen in some of the paintings and discussed what strange objects they may wish to add to their pictures. The children then learnt how to select and dispense their own paints. If the children needed another colour, they were encouraged to look at the colour mixing chart and create the colour themselves.
The children gained experience of using sponges to paint and using collage materials to create a picture. Some children then went on to combine these two skills.
This week we have been enjoying the warmer weather and spending time learning in the outside area. All areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum are covered outside and it allows the children to explore and play on a larger scale.
Week beginning 9th April 2018
This week we have started our whole school topic looking at some of the paintings of Marc Chagall. So far we have focused on the paintings of 'The Flying Carriage' and 'Street in the Village'. The children looked closely at the paintings and talked about what they could see. They were able to start comparing and contrasting the two paintings and we are going to continue to develop this skill in the coming week. The attached powerpoint includes the paintings that we are going to be exploring.
Week beginning 19th March 2018
This week we have continued to think about people who help us. We discussed the special visitors that we had last week. We also learnt about some other occupations such as dentists, builders, lifeguards, mechanics and gardeners. The children took part in a circle time activity where they thought about what they might like to do when they grow up. They had some excellent ideas. Some children would like to be firefighters, doctors, police officers, opticians and nurses like our visitors. Some of their other ideas are listed below:
Cooper- "A mountain rescue climber."
Jack- "A superhero."
Abby- "A fairy."
Jessica- "An investigator, it finds clues."
Millie- "A vet."
Sophie- "A mermaid."
Seth- "A mechanic."
Leo- "James Bond."
Hanna- "A fairy."
Raphe- "A builder."
We have starting our learning about Pesach. Next week we will have two Pesach learning days where the children will learn more about the Pesach story, the sedar and Pesach traditions. We will continue to learn Pesach songs.
Firefighter visit on 16th March 2018.
Week beginning 12th March 2018
This week we started our new topic of 'people who help us'. We have been thinking about all the people that look after us, keep us healthy and make us feel better when we are unwell. We arranged for some very special visitors to come and talk to the children.
Our first visit was from Nurse Coen. She told us all about what she does to help look after people and make them feel better. Nurse Coen showed the children some of the equipment that she uses, including a stethoscope, a thermometer, a blood pressure cuff and a bandage. She also explained about her uniform and name badge.
Our next visit was from Dr Barron and Dr Burns. They talked about different types of doctors, including GPs and doctors that work in hospitals. The doctors reminded children about the importance of eating healthily. Unfortunately, Paddington bear had an accident and bumped his head. Dr Barron and Dr Burns showed the children how they look after a patient with a head injury. Dr Barron checked Paddington over by checking his pupils, his heart and his breathing. Dr Barron was still worried about Paddington so he called Dr Burns. The doctors decided that Paddington should go to the hospital to get checked over. Dr Burns took Paddington for a special scan and bandaged his head. Luckily Paddington had a marmalade sandwich and felt much better.
The next visitor we had was Mr Vega, a policeman. He talked to the children about the different equipment he has such as, handcuffs, a police radio and a baton. He even demonstrated by handcuffing Mrs Lauder! Mr Vega helped the children to start thinking about what to do if they are lost and introduced the idea of safe adults. We will continue to talk about this next week. The children then got a chance to look in the police van.
The next visitor was Mr Jacobs, an optician. He talked about what an optician does and why it is important to get your eyes checked. He demonstrated some of the equipment he uses and the children were all very keen to get involved and check each others eyes.
Thank you to all of our special visitors that came in this week. The children really enjoyed your talks and are busy pretending to be nurses, doctors, opticians and police officers!
Week beginning 5th March 2018
We have continued to learn about the British Monarchy this week. We read the story Katie in London where Katie visits lots of London Landmarks, including Buckingham Palace to see the Changing of the Guard. The children have created lots of artwork, including making their own representations of the Guards and Buckingham Palace.
The children were very interested in learning more about London landmarks and were keen to share information about which ones they had visited. We talked about places that they visit regularly and landmarks in their local area such as the Shenley War Memorial.
The children made landmarks out of various resources such as wooden blocks, foam bricks and recycled materials. One of the children suggested making a large model of Big Ben and lots of children joined in to make it. We have focused on the skill of joining and children have used masking tape, sellotape, PVA glue, glue sticks and staplers to join materials together.
In Little Doves, the children made cucumber sandwiches for the Queen. Unfortunately she did not turn up so they ate them! The children were able to listen to instructions and follow them after watching Mrs Lauder create a cucumber sandwich. Each child was given the various ingredients to prepare their own sandwich independently. When they had finished making them they ate them very enthusiastically.
Week beginning 26th February 2018
The children have enjoyed celebrating Purim and World Book Day today. During the week they have been learning about the Purim story and singing lots of Purim songs. Today we came in dressed as a character from a book. We were also very lucky to have another visit from the Queen!
We heard the Megillah and made a noise when we heard the name 'Haman', using the noisemakers we had made. We then took part in a parade where we had a chance to walk across the stage to show everybody our fantastic costumes!
The children decorated a plate to hold their Mishlo'ach Manot, which they then gave to another child. They included delicious hamantaschen!
Please send in recycled materials for our recycled materials project, where we will be looking at London Landmarks. We would particularly appreciate kitchen roll tubes (no toilet roll tubes please), small and medium size cardboard boxes, yoghurt pots, yoghurt drink pots and plastic bottle tops. Thank you!
Week beginning 19th February 2018
We have started a new topic looking at the British Monarchy. So far the children have learnt information about the Royal Family and found out where The Queen lives and some of the duties that she carries out. We even had a visit from the Queen herself! The Queen had a problem; her sceptre had gone missing. In exploring time, the children worked hard to create her missing sceptre and also made some other things that she might find useful such as a crown. Inside, the children created palaces and castles out of construction. In the outside area, the children worked together to build larger palaces and castles. Other activities this week have included using tweezers to sort and select diamonds, role-playing in our new role-play palace, dressing up as Kings and Queens and exploring the Union Jack flag.
In Little Doves, some of the children painted or drew pictures of The Queen.
Week beginning 05.02.18
We have enjoyed taking part in the Science days this week. We used the following quote from the book ‘Stardust’ to start thinking about the water cycle and why rain falls from the clouds:
‘From ocean to sky to land and back again, the same water has been quenching thirst for millions of years.’
We thought about the rhyme ‘Incy Wincy Spider’. The rain came down from the clouds and washed the spider down the spout. The sunshine then came out and dried up all the rain.
We used cotton wool and blue water for the rain. We experimented with soaking the clouds in the rivers and puddles to collect the water. The clouds then got so full, that the water fell as rain.
We also made a rain cloud in a jar using shaving foam and coloured water. We added drops of water to the shaving foam cloud until raindrops began to break through the bottom of the cloud.
Week beginning 29.01.18
Thank you for sending in fruit for our Tu B'shvat sedar today. We talked about the differences between the fruit, for example which fruit needs to be peeled, which have a hard pit and which can be eaten as they are. The children enjoyed sampling the range of fruit and tried some new fruit that they had not eaten before.
As part of our learning about pets this week, Mrs Bernard brought in her dog to show Little Doves and the reception children. The children sat very quietly and listened to Mrs Bernard explain how she looks after her dog and what the dog needs to be happy and healthy. They then had the opportunity to stroke the dog if they wished.
To continue our work on pattern, this week we made patterns out of actions, for example clap, jump, clap, jump. The children learnt that as well as counting objects, we can count actions too. We made a class repeating pattern by one child sitting and one child standing up. The children worked out what they needed to do to continue the pattern.
Week beginning 22.01.18
This week we have been thinking about patterns, rhythm and rhyme. We have thought about rhyming words in the book 'Giraffes Can't Dance'. We found the rhyming words; trees, breeze and knees, bad and sad, love and above. We made up actions to help us remember them. At home you could say the rhyming words together and see if your child can do the relevant action.
We have looked at patterns on animals such as zebras, giraffes and snakes. The children then created their own patterns on snakes. The chilli challenge this week has encouraged children to explore repeating patterns. Next week we are planning to make some large scale patterns in the outside area.
To support the understanding of rhythm, we have started some movement to music sessions. Over the next few weeks the children will for example be swaying to the rhyme 'See Saw Margery Dor', marching to 'The Grand Old Duke of York' and copying the actions in 'The Penguin Song'.
To finish our learning about the story 'Dear Zoo', we have completed our own class version of the story. The children thought of other animals that the zoo might send and why they would need to be sent back.
Week beginning 15.01.18
This week we have moved on to the book 'Dear Zoo' by Rod Campbell. The children have been using the story map below to tell the story. Watch out for the video on Tapestry coming soon!
The children have been using props to retell the story and dressing up as various zoo animals. They have created zoo animals in a number of ways, including turning hand prints into giraffes and lions.
Each week in the classroom the children have a maths 'chilli challenge' that they can complete. The task gets harder as the chilli gets hotter! They start with the mild challenge, marked with a green chilli. They can then try the medium challenge, marked with an orange chilli and the hot challenge marked with a red chilli. This week the chilli challenge linked to 'more' and 'the same' to consolidate what the children have been learning during their adult led maths sessions.
Week beginning 08.01.18
We have continued to think about our focus story, 'One Night in the Zoo' by Judith Kerr. In the story, the zoo animals get up to all sorts of things at night when nobody is watching. The children have learnt to join in with the repeated refrain of 'but nobody knew'. They have used a story map to retell the first part of the story. We have played with small world zoo animals and thought about what else the animals might do at night. Some children chose to pick a page from the story and draw what they could see, making sure they had included the correct number of animals. In Little Doves, the children have made animals out of a variety of materials, including owls out of pine cones and flamingos out of feathers and paper plates. The children have been very interested in this new topic and so we will continue to think about zoo animals next week and move onto the story of 'Dear Zoo'.
In maths this week, we have been thinking about comparing two groups of objects, saying when they have the same number, more or less. We got the children involved by asking them to stand in groups in two different hoops. We then compared the number of children in each group.
Below is an example of some of the comments the children made about when the groups contained the same number of children:
"They are the same" - Jonah
"There is 3 and 3, it is the same"- Ralph
Below is an example of some of the comments the children made about when the groups contained a different number of children:
"It is not the same in the blue hoop"- Jemma
"This one has more"- Joshi
"One’s got 3, one has got 1"- James
"There is 4 in both hoops. We need 2 more children then it will be the same" - Sienna
Week beginning 01.010.18
Welcome back! The children have come back to school refreshed and ready to learn. This week the children have enjoyed sharing their experiences of what they did over the holidays. They talked about exciting adventures such as visiting family, going on aeroplanes and even getting a flat tyre!
We have started our new whole school topic learning all about Judith Kerr. The book we are focusing on for this week and next week is called 'One Night in the Zoo'. At home you could ask your child what they remember about the story and what the animals get up to when nobody is watching. The children have been learning about authors and illustrators and what they do, so when you share a story at bedtime, please point out and discuss who has written and illustrated the book.
We hope you have a lovely break and a Happy New Year. We look forward to seeing you all in 2018!
Making doughnuts as part of our Chanukah learning day.
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.