Today we released our butterflies into the wild!
We have cared for them over the past 4 weeks and observed them change from caterpillars, to cocoons, to butterflies. As the butterflies flew away, we waved goodbye and talked about them laying more eggs, to start the lifecycle again.
Last week, we had our amazing trip to Hesketh Farm!
We were all very excited as we got on the coach and during the journey we noticed sheep, cows and horses in the fields.
When we got to the farm, we collected eggs from the chicken coop, carefully handled some chicks and ducklings, mixed up some milk for the calves and lambs and held tight to the bottles as we fed them! We went on a tractor ride and a paddock walk, where we saw sheep and their lambs, a shire horse, a donkey and some mouse holes! We also had a play on the park equipment where we ran, climbed and went down the slide.
Farmer Chris gave us lots of information about the farm and asked us questions about the names of baby animals which some children were able to answer.
We had an fabulous time at the farm and really noticed the differences between the countryside and where we live.
We celebrated World Book Day in Nursery and the children all came dressed up in costumes of their favourite characters. We listened to the story ‘Cock a Moo Moo’ and talked about the characters in the story and how the cockerel was different to others. The children decided on their own activities during the day to enhance and use with their costumes. So we took part in making superhero masks, superhero watches and fairy wands. They also built superhero Vehicles and built fairytale castles!
We celebrated World Maths Day in Nursery by becoming Maths specialists and taking part in lots of different number activities throughout the day. We printed balloon Caterpillars and used Maths to help us count out the balloon prints and then how many legs and antennae we needed to add to our Caterpillars. We counted out objects from the Hungry Caterpillar story and used our noticing muscles to recognise the correct number on the card and place a peg on it. Then we tried hard to write down the numbers we had counted. Finally we made cucumber Caterpillars for snack! We used a knife to slice cucumber and tomatoes and carefully counted how many we would need to make the caterpillar shape. After that we counted out strawberry laces and added the legs and antennae onto them. We had a very busy day!
Last week we had some new arrivals to our classroom and we have been closely monitoring them since! Tadpoles and caterpillars arrived and our investigators in Nursery have been using the magnifying glasses to take a closer look. However, they have grown so much, we don’t need the magnifying glasses anymore! Our tadpoles have got bigger and fatter and soon they will be growing legs and our caterpillars have eaten so much food that there’s not much left now! Next job for the caterpillars in their lifecycle is to make their cocoons before turning into butterflies. Watch this space for the latest updates!
Today a group of nursery children collaborated to build a car. They worked together to collect blocks and place them down in a long shape. They built ‘seats’ ‘doors’ and ‘wheels’ using equipment from the outdoor classroom. Because of its long shape, it quickly became a bus and the children took turns to be the driver. We sang the wheels on the bus enthusiastically and did the actions to accompany the song. One child decided to bring books for everyone and then the bus became a reading bus and each child looked at their book independently, holding it the correct way around and turning the pages one by one.
Tuesday’s drawing challenge was to draw a butterfly. This was a tricky challenge and the children had to listen carefully to the instructions before imitating them. They drew long sausage shapes for the body and curvy, patterned wings, feelers and eyes. They held the pen correctly with a firm grip and were able to produce recognisable butterflies.
Some of our Nursery children all achieved 100% attendance this half term so were invited to the circus treat. We started off by watching the circus show of juggling, stilt walking, plate spinning and lots more! Then it was our turn to become circus performers! We tried our own plate spinning, juggling with scarves, hula hoop spinning and other circus tricks. We all had a great time!
We celebrated Pancake Day in Nursery last week. We helped to make the pancake mixture and then Mrs Harrison made the pancakes and tossed them carefully to cook both sides. We added the toppings chocolate, syrup and lemon and sugar to them and all had a go at trying each one. We then decided which one was our favourite and wrote our own name label to stick on our graph to show our favourite topping. Can you see which one we liked best? Which topping would you pick?
Last week the children learned about Chinese New Year.
First we talked about China and what people do to celebrate Chinese New Year. We talked about similarities and differences to Eid and Christmas.
We read the Chinese New Year story and took part in different activities in the classroom.
We used chopsticks to pick up noodles, made lucky red Chinese lanterns by snipping and fastening paper, we looked at Chinese artefacts and threaded beads onto Chinese dragon mouths as if they were breathing fire. We cooked a Chinese stir fry and had a go at using chopsticks to eat it and we all collaborated to make a Chinese dragon. We sang Chinese New Year rhymes and even spoke in Mandarin! Kung Hey Fat Choi!
Wow! What a week!
Last week we held a numeracy workshop in Nursery for all parents to attend. Family members came to join us in our classroom and together we talked about things to do at home that would improve our number skills. We sang number rhymes with our friends and families and then learnt some new rhymes that would help us to recognise numbers. All the children then took them home to practice and we can’t wait to hear them sing them at school!
Today in nursery we had a teddy bear’s picnic. Each child brought in their own teddy from home and took delight in showing the adults and their friends their toys. They told the adults their teddy’s name and cuddled and fed them food during the picnic.
Before the picnic the children helped to make jam sandwiches and they also iced love heart biscuits. The children then sat down for the picnic and enjoyed eating all the food!
This week all the children became film stars! We used our green screen in school to record our own version of the story 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt'. The children performed in front of the screen and managed to remember the whole story from start to finish!
We hope you have as much fun watching our movies as we did making them!
Today a cave appeared in the classroom with a very grumpy bear inside it! To cheer up the bear, we decided to write letters to him, saying how we’d make him feel happy. The children made marks and gave meaning to them. They wrote many things including:
”I love you".
”I will hug and kiss you”.
”we will bake buns for you”.
”I will read a story”.
The children then then folded the letter, put it on an envelope and delivered it to the bear’s cave.
Today we went on a bear hunt outside! We swished and swashed through the grass, we tried to splish and splash in the river, but it had frozen over! We tried to squelch and squirch in the mud, but again it had frozen! We stumbled and tripped through the forest and battled the swirling whirling snow storm before finding the bear in the cave and running away from him back to the house!
This was our final week of the rhyme challenge and we had saved the trickiest rhyme till the end! The song this week was Little Mousie Brown and Mrs Jackson and Mrs Harrison had to do some homework to learn the rhyme as they didn’t know it either! We all had fun learning it together with our families and then each child received a certificate at the end for taking part. Well done everyone, we all had great fun over the last 5 weeks and hope you did too.
Today we went to a Christmas tree exhibition at St James’ church in Thornton. The church was full of beautiful, colourful trees, all decorated by charities and the local community. We talked about the decorations and the different coloured trees and put our pennies in the charity collection boxes. The children also met Santa and were each given a present. After a drink and snack, we headed back to school.
This week our rhyme to learn was heads, shoulders, knees and toes! All the children knew the song quite well so they were excited to show their mummies how well they could sing and dance. We sang the rhyme together with the actions and then tried our hardest to stop singing parts of the song and just do the actions! It was tricky but we persevered and managed in the end.
This week we started the Rhyme Challenge in Nursery. We invited our families to come and join us and together we learnt our first rhyme, Tommy Thumb. We all joined in with singing and using our fingers to help us learn the song. We are going to practice singing it at home and at school before we learn the next rhyme next week!
We celebrated Bonfire Night in Nursery by holding our own Bonfire party! We had made a Guy with Reception so we started our party by lighting the fire and putting him onto the Bonfire. Next we toasted marshmallows over the fire and all had chance to try them. They were delicious! Finally we finished our party by inviting our families to come and watch the fireworks display. We all had great fun!
Nursery have been on a visit to Manningham Library to learn more about the importance of reading. We had great fun listening to stories, reading books with our families and colouring pictures. To finish off we all sang some counting songs together. We had great fun!
This week we have been learning about the Hindu festival of Diwali. We talked about all the special things that Hindus do, like eating special food, buying presents and wearing special clothes and the children compared it to their own celebrations. We made diva lamps, coloured Rangoli patterns, made Mendhi patterns and learnt more about light and dark in our dark den.
During our Numicon conker challenge, we had to find out the value of the Numicon tile and match it to its corresponding numeral. We persevered to count the holes in the numicon, add the correct amount of conkers to the tile and use the numberline to figure out the tiles corresponding number.
We love mark making in Nursery! We have been persevering to hold our pencil correctly and make marks with meaning. Here are some of the things we have been writing. They include shopping lists, cafe orders and self portraits.
We have been learning to play the trumpet, just like the tiger did at the end of our story, The Tiger Who Came To Tea. First we had to blow the trumpet really hard and press the keys at the same time. This was tricky, so we persevered! We noticed that the sound got higher or lower when we pressed the different keys.
Today in Nursery we had our own Cafe where we took it in turns to be the waiters and the customers. The children had to take each other's orders, write them down and serve the drinks and shape biscuits we had made this week. They all really enjoyed getting into the different roles and even had a special guest customer they had to serve!
In Nursery, we have been reading the book The Tiger Who Came To Tea. Last week, a tiger appeared in the classroom and he ate all of our food and drank all of our drinks! He was very hungry and left a bit of a mess in the classroom so we all had to pitch in and tidy up! Then, a second smaller tiger appeared in our classroom. This time we fed him different sized and coloured pom poms. We had to use small spoons and tweezers to pick up the pom poms. It was difficult, but we persevered!
Nursery have been pretending to be mechanics so we went on a trip to the Garage to find out what real Mechanics do. We watched the cars going up and down so the mechanics could work underneath them and saw them using different tools on the cars to fix them. Then we came back to Nursery and had a go ourselves in our mechanics role play.