...

Headteacher: Mrs Anna Moss

0121 445 1622

class wellies nursery 150

Nursery News

class wellies nursery

Nursery News ~ 15th March 2019

Happy Red Nose Day! Well done Darcie for wearing your nose and headband today! We had a search in the cabin this morning and found some matching red objects to play listening games with – Who Looks Different and Kim’s memory game.

This week in the cabin we have met a new family – our very own finger family with the Nursery Rhyme “Tommy Thumb”. Can you remember the names of all five members? We have finished off our work on Rhythm and Rhyme with a fun matching game when we split into three teams and had to listen and match our rhyming object. More than half of you are now hearing rhyme in words, which is an excellent start ready for Reception in September. Please do keep going with listening out for rhyming words when sharing stories/singing at home. In Maths we have been matching our numerals to objects with some of us extending onto reading, matching and counting objects up to 10. Thanks to Eve, our Dough Disco song of “Let it Go” has had us singing at the top of our voices while we ball, sausage, pass and pinch the dough – not sure this is one for the Easter coffee morning!! We have continued sharing and talking about our family photos and enjoyed a game of finding all of our own family members when they are all together in a hoop! We are still missing a few family photographs and so could these be brought in next week (or emailed if easier) ready for our Happy Families game.

Outdoors, the plan was to have a fire every day but the weather put a firm stop to that with a lot of rain and wind. Mrs Allen managed to light one on Monday and it was welcomed by us all as we warmed up our hands around it! With a lot of rain, came a lot of wet mud, sand and waterproofs. This gave us the opportunity to Play and Explore on the balcony where we have had stories, playdough, creating pictures with natural materials, puzzles and building blocks. Once the rain had stopped, we ALL enjoyed using the puddles and our paintbrushes to paint and decorate almost all of Forest School! In the afternoons we have discovered an excellent running area down the side of the cabin and have been practising running, slowing down and stopping – quite a tricky skill! We have continued to enjoy our song of “How do you do” and learnt how to greet in different ways. We have also enjoyed our Write Dance song of “Dinky car” and driven our dinky cars around Forest School. Next week, we will be taking some dinky cars to mark make in paint, mud and sand.

Have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Mander, Mrs Allen, Mrs Franklin, Mrs Broome and Mrs Lewis xxx

Nursery News ~ 8th March 2019

Bonjour Nursery!

What a lovely week we have had with Maelle and Enora who have come all the way from France to play with us. They taught us the Days of the Week, counting to ten and they even taught us some new French nursery rhymes! We are sad to see them go today as lots of you have enjoyed playing with them.

This week in the cabin we have been working on our Maths skills of reading numerals and did really well playing Numeral Bingo for the first time! I wonder if you can read the numbers on your door at home and share these with your friends next week? We continued our work on “Families” and really enjoyed puzzling the family photographs back together. We talked about how many are in our family and even met the Oxford Reading Tree family of Mum, Dad, Biff, Chip and Kipper! Recognising and learning their names will help lots of you when you move in to Reception in September. Our Nursery Rhyme was “This Little Piggy went to Market” and we role played this with small world props and then our own little pigs in our socks! The Greatest Showman was a lot of fun for Miles as a dough disco song, next week Eve’s choice!

Outdoors, we have had fun finding ways that we can mark make outside. We started the week by using our whittling skills to create our own pens with sticks. Mrs Allen showed us how we can make them look even better by tying leaves, bark, feathers around the top – they ended up looking like “Quills”! Once we made our tools, you then had a lot of fun using these with mud by dipping it in and mark making on paper. At the end of the week, we moved on to exploring other ways to mark make using brooms, charcoal and even carrots. We also took our Write Dance outside in the week and made marks to our song “We can do Anything” in the sand with two sticks. J In the afternoons, we have been enjoying a new song “How do you do?”. I wonder if you can remember how to sing it and teach it to your family this weekend?

Have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Mander, Mrs Allen, Mrs Franklin, Mrs Broome and Mrs Lewis xxxN

Nursery News ~ 1st March 2019

Welcome back Nursery!

We hope you all enjoyed a lovely half term with your families. Thanks to those of you who have brought or emailed in your family photographs – we have already had a lot of giggles sharing them and today, puzzling them back together. Next week we will be using your family photographs to talk about what a “family is” as we all have so many different combinations. We will then be using the faces in the photographs to sort into groups and may even combine into making new families! In Phonics we have continued with Rhythm and Rhyme with our new Nursery Rhyme “Jack and Jill”, recapped on making Silly Soup, and played a new game of the odd one out. I wonder if you can spot the odd one out of a group of three objects over the weekend as we found this concept quite tricky! In Maths we have been learning the number 7 and thank you to Mrs Webb for her Dough Disco suggestion of “We are Family”. Get ready for the Greatest Showman next week!

Outdoors, we have been sharing the story of Stick Man and looking at what makes up his family. We then recapped on the skill of “whittling”, creating our own Stick Men and took them for a “Play and Explore” in the Forest. We hope you remembered to pop them next to your shoes to take home at the end of the day! We also used some Forest School sticks as Rhythm sticks to make music by listening to and copying Rhythm patterns. We finished off the week with a game of “Follow my Leader” in the glorious Spring Time sunshine - fingers crossed for many more days like this!

A quick reminder that all left over gloves and boot socks will be on top of the shoe rack for your grownups to spot and take home.

World Book Day is on Thursday and so could our Thursday children please bring in a favourite book to share with us all. Do you think you can tell us the names of the characters in these stories?

Have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Mander, Mrs Allen, Mrs Franklin, Mrs Broome and Mrs Lewis xxx

Nursery News

Click here for the latest news.

Nursery News ~ 18th February 2019

Happy Half Term!

We hope you and your families are having a fun-filled week. :-)

This time last Monday, we were explorers on a hunt of interesting objects, pictures, and even animals around Blackwell School.  What a different day we had following our picture clues - the top three highlights were drawing an interactive picture on Yellow class IWB (interactive whiteboard), sitting on the big chairs in Blue class and playing with Miss Townsend's Maths equipment (I hope we put them back correctly as she is very fussy about things being tidy!) and cuddling the guinea pigs in Purple class.  The school will be going on another whole school trip in March so shall we do the same thing but this time explore some different areas.....perhaps experience what lunch is like in the hall, see if our daily "Smart Moves" has made us strong enough to try out the Trim Trail.....

Last week in the cabin we have also worked on a new skill of syllables.  We began by trying to sort our own names into hoops of either 1,2,3 claps and then as the week moved on (and we improved!) we mixed this with our Maths focus and tried listening to and copying sounds using musical instruments.  The chime bars were the biggest hit - we definitely need to bring a set of these to the cabin!  Perhaps this half term you could show your grown-ups how many claps are in your name and see if they can repeat with their own?  I wonder if there are any names out there with four claps in your family?  We also have been enjoying our Write Dance song of "Little Sun" and with the weather warming up, we enjoyed dancing and mark making outdoors to this in the flour on the patio!  Thank you Darcie for sharing your favourite disco song of "We Will Rock You" - how funny to see you all master that Rhythm Pattern with clapping on your own, clapping with a friend and of course with the dough!

Outdoors, Mrs Allen has introduced us to more tools - a hand drill and a screwdriver.  You all had a good try to twist the screws into the wooden block.  This was so much trickier than the hammer/nails from the week before.  Perhaps your grownups could use your help during half term with some DIY!  Mrs Allen has also been teaching you some new songs and playing the playground game of tag.  In the Story Area, she showed you how you could use the toys/props to recreate the story of the Princess and the Frog.

Speaking of frogs - I wonder how the frogspawn slime that we made on Friday is getting on in the tank...... :-O

When we come back after half term, the topic will be "My Family" - could you bring in a photograph of you and your family for us to copy and keep and we are going to be using for all sorts of games/activities!

Enjoy the rest of your week!

Mrs Mander, Mrs Allen, Mrs Franklin, Mrs Lewis and Mrs Broome. Xx

 

Nursery News ~ 10th February 2019

Hello Team Nursery!

Our weekly nursery rhyme “Five Little Speckled Frogs” has had us exploring the new green playdough and making our frogs jump into a cool pool. This has led us into making some “silly soup” where we have been adding three rhyming ingredients to sing our silly song. In Maths, we have been talking about and understanding our “position” words and have been jumping in, out and around the hoop and trying to use full sentences to describe where our friend’s faces are on the cupboard. For Dough Disco, we have been moving the dough to the “Locomotion” – thank you Matthew for putting that song in our head – and learning the words and actions for our Write Dance song “Little Sun”.

What a windy week! Although it did make us all a little wild, we managed to keep cool and calm around the fire circle where Mrs Allen introduced some new tools to us. We enjoyed using the potato peeler to take the bark of the sticks to make some mini stick men and a hammer to knock some nails into wooden blocks to create a web by weaving wool in, out and around. In the afternoons, Mrs Allen has been teaching us a new outdoors game of “40-40” where we had to make our way back to the den without the “finder” spotting us. We have also all been clapping out patterns and copying patterns on the balcony to keep dry from the rain up on the balcony.

With a whole school trip tomorrow, we will be exploring the old and new school buildings and having some fun in each classroom! We may even make it into Mrs Moss’ office but shhhh, don’t tell.

See most of you in the morning ready for some final week fun

Mrs Mander, Mrs Allen, Mrs Franklin, Mrs Broome and Mrs Lewis xxx

Nursery News ~ 3rd February 2019

Hello Team Nursery!

Another fun packed week with our new Phonics topic of "Rhythm and Rhyme". We have been working hard on trying to listen and keep the beat to songs that are sometimes fast and sometimes slow. We have had a go at reading musical symbols to make some Rhythm patterns and next week we will have a go at making our own. We will then be moving on to hearing the rhyme in common words.  Perhaps when you share a book with your grownups this week, see if you can fill in that missing rhyme word from your favourite familiar stories. In Maths we have introduced the number six and what this looks like in an egg box arrangement and on our mini fabacus. Can you remember what happens to the colour once we count past five?

What a cold cold week we have had in Forest School but that hasn’t stopped us getting out and about - we have just added more layers and moved about more! Mrs Allen has been teaching you how to use clay to make necklaces and animals. We hope they have survived the journey home for some of you. You have also been enjoying the final week of our Bear topic by painting animals face masks on the balcony to my favourite story “Brown Bear Brown Bear”. We have tried to get that sun shining with singing some high and low sounds for all the school to enjoy!

Next week we are moving on to a new topic of lifecycles where we will be talking lots about babies – a topic very real for lots of you at the moment!

See you all in the morning ready for some fun February frolics!

Mrs Mander, Mrs Allen, Mrs Franklin, Mrs Broome and Mrs Lewis xxx

Nursery News ~ 26th January 2019

Hello Team Nursery!

We hope you are having a lovely weekend.

What a super first few weeks it has been back in Nursery – fun packed full of new songs! I hope you have enjoyed singing and sharing your Dough Disco moves with your own chosen favourite disco songs - Shotgun and Karma Chameleon. Do you think your families are prepared for our weekly classics disco songs that you have chosen to splat, roll and ball too! We have also been working hard with our Write Dance sessions which links in to our Bear topic. We have been mark making to “Bear went over the Mountain” and “House of the Bears”. I think your favourite marks to make have definitely been the claw marks. Our Phonics sessions have focused on Body Percussion and we have explored and now mastered a whole range of sounds our bodies can make! We have made the sounds quieter/louder, faster/slower and even put two together to make a repeating pattern! Why not see if you can share a pattern with your families this weekend?

Outdoors we have had a big focus on opening up the provision on the balcony. Mrs Allen has now taught you how to use the Quiet Area, the block area and the Art area to create a picture using sticks, stones, cones and shells. On the rainy days, the balcony always becomes a very popular choice for lots of you! If you arrive early in the morning, why don’t you have a go at playing with some of these with your grown up or siblings. Please remember to put it all away ready for the next people to play with. We also had fun this week watching Mrs Allen getting the fire started to help us stay warm during this Winter spell. It was baked apples on the menu this week and well done to those of you that gave it a go and tasted it!

A quick reminder about those boot socks – to speed up the time it takes to get ready for Forest School, please bring them into the nursery with you in the morning and you can wear them instead of your slippers.

See you all next week for fingers crossed, some snow!

Mrs Mander, Mrs Allen, Mrs Franklin, Mrs Broome and Mrs Lewis xxx

Nursery news

Click here for the latest news.

Merry Christmas Team Nursery!

Dear Nursery,

What a super Christmas show you performed yesterday! Those children that arrived 15 weeks ago are virtually unrecognisable. You sang, you danced and what super pulse you kept with that Rudolph dough disco! Thank you to all of your grownups that came along to support you. It is clear we weren’t expecting quite so many and even clearer that our Easter Coffee afternoon is going to have to move location to the School Hall to fit everyone in. :-)

It has been a long long term and the most difficult one for transition to a new setting with new expectations, but you did it, we all did it! Team Nursery are the best! Now it is time for a well-deserved break from it all with your loved ones, it definitely seems like lots of you need it.

We still have lots of Christmas cards, reports and thank you slips for your wonderful messages and gifts in the Nursery so these will have to wait for the New Year now – something to look forward to.  Holly and Jolly, those naughty elves, say goodbye too - they will miss you all, especially Georgie!

So on behalf of all of the team – thank you for these cards and gifts. It is really generous of you. We all hope you have a wonderful Christmas and we will see you in the New Year ready for some more Forest School fun!

Merry Christmas everyone!

Mrs Mander, Mrs Allen, Mrs Franklin, Mrs Broome and Mrs Lewis xxx

Nursery Christmas Show

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at our Nursery Christmas show this coming Thursday (20th December).  The show will be at 2.30pm in the cabin. This is open for all Nursery children to join in and parents to watch and so if your child does not attend on this day, please do bring them along at 2.15pm and enjoy coffee/cake on the balcony while you wait.  If possible, could the children wear any Christmas jumpers/outfits that they may have to bring a little Festive cheer!

 

Nursery News ~ 9th December 2018

This week we have begun our final topic of the year – Christmas! Outdoors Mrs Allen has been sharing the Christmas story with you up on the balcony – out of the rain! A new playground game was introduced “What’s the Time Mr Wolf?” – you all were challenged to step and count accurately. The outdoor Christmas craft task began when you made some Christmas baubles using pine cones, paint and glitter and mini Christmas trees using sticks and tying ribbons. Well done Georgie for a super idea to keep these outdoor projects next to your shoes on the balcony so you remember to take them home at the end of the day. Another firm favourite this week has been your very own pizza shop in the building block area and cups and cups of hot chocolate being created in the mud kitchen to wash down this pizza following all that rain!

In the cabin we have had two new visitors – our very own naughty elves, Holly and Jolly. They have been up to mischief every night creating chaos and have helped us with some of our Circle Time games. In Maths we have been learning about taking away, subtracting, stealing and every time you closed your eyes, they just took more. They have also helped us practise our listening skill of “Staying Quiet”, they hid our musical instruments and we had to use just our ears to find them. Our nursery rhyme this week was the Days of the Week song “In a Week” – we could hear you singing this everywhere, I hope you enjoyed singing/sharing with your grownups at home. Our new Write Dance song is called “Tree and Fairy Lights” and we have been flicking our fingers to create colour on the Christmas tree.

CHRISTMAS is STILL COMING!

It was lovely to see so many of you at the Christmas Fair and thank you to those parents who helped support the school by buying the Forest School/Christmas produce the children have created. We still have a few left and so we will leave these out on the bench on the balcony for you to buy – they would make a lovely gift for Christmas.

Thank you for all of your Christmas card orders. You should have now received these ready for you to start that card writing process – enjoy! Now all the orders have been received, the original card will come out to you at some point this week from your child for you to display at home – look out for this in amongst all the many letters and cards.

A reminder of our Nursery Christmas show which is on Thursday 20th December at 2.30pm in the cabin. This is open for all Nursery children to join in and parents to watch and so If your child does not attend on this day, please do bring them along at 2.15pm and enjoy coffee/cake on the balcony while you wait. If possible, could the children wear any Christmas jumpers/outfits that they may have to bring a little Festive cheer!

PARENT CONSULTATION

I am looking forward to chatting/meeting most of you on Wednesday or Thursday this week! It is a lovely opportunity to share their report and chat about how they have settled into nursery life. Just a quick reminder, that these appointments are 10/15 minutes long and so if you feel there is something you want to chat about that will take longer, please do let me know and we can arrange another day/time. Please come to Reception on arrival and I will come and collect you.

Mrs Mander, Mrs Allen, Mrs Franklin, Mrs Broome and Mrs Lewis.

Nursery News ~ 2nd December 2018

What a wet week we have had in the Forest School! That didn’t stop us though. This week Mrs Allen has taken us around to our building area down the side of the cabin. She has taught us all how to pick up, move and tidy away our large sticks and stones. Can you remember what animal you chose to be with your long stick tail? How many large stones do you think are safe to stack? It was great to see this area being used more in the week - building shelters for yourself with the sticks and your insect friends with the stones. We also enjoyed a new take on the game “1, 2, 3 where are you?” with trying to find a hidden person by sound alone – bells. It was difficult with all the wind/rain, but we managed it!

In the cabin we put listening skill of “Staying Quiet” to the challenge with a new game of “Chinese Whispers”. We need to work on those whispering skills but we got there in the end. Our nursery rhyme this week was a new one for all of you “One Finger, One Thumb” – we enjoyed adding our own twist to the rhyme by moving body parts – thank you to Matthew and George for your suggestions. Our Phonics games this week has had us marching, tiptoeing and stopping to the sound of the tinkle bells and drum – you can now even change direction to move towards the sound! In Maths we have been matching out Numicon to number cards, dice and adding the correct number of people into the Numicon boats. We have been mark making with blue paint mixed with handwash (!) and Dough Discoing to “I’m Happy”.

CHRISTMAS is COMING!

We are almost ready to show off our Write Dance and Dough Disco moves to you all with our very own Nursery Christmas show! Please do come along to see us on Thursday 20th December at 2.30pm in the cabin. If your child does not attend on this day, please bring them along at 2.15pm and enjoy coffee/cake on the balcony while you wait.

Thank you for all your Christmas card orders. The print that was sent home on the letter is just an example of what it will look like – your child’s own version is by far much better! These cards ordered will be coming out to you this week, ready for you to write to friends/family.

As well as Christmas cards, the children have created some beautiful Forest School/Christmas produce with Mrs Allen for you to buy at the Christmas Fair on Friday – please do come and find us on Friday night between 6-8pm.

See most of you tomorrow for what looks set to be another wet week!

Mrs Mander, Mrs Allen, Mrs Franklin, Mrs Broome and Mrs Lewis.

Nursery News ~ 25th November 2018

Outdoors in Forest School this week we have continued learning about Diwali. Mrs Allen has shared with you Diva lamps made by some of the older children in the school. We all then had a go at making them using salt dough and adding patterns using anything we could find in the Forest. A highlight for you all was on Thursday and Friday when we all created Rangoli patterns on the patio using coloured chalks and made them sparkle with coloured sand. We also all enjoyed making a palace for an outdoor role play using the crates.

In the cabin we have continued with the listening skill of “Staying Quiet” by hiding a friend under the blanket and listening to their voice to work out who it is. Our nursery rhyme of the week has tied in with the rangoli patterns as we learnt “I can sing a rainbow”. We have named, spotted and sequenced all seven colours of the rainbow. We have used our metronome to sing the song fast/slow and the musical symbol for loud/quiet to change the volume. In Maths we have been placing our new people into boats (egg boxes) and rescuing the number shown on the flashcard, the dice and the numicon! Our dough has turned blue and so we have used “Baby Shark” for a morning wake up disco dance and the actions of rolling, patting and squeezing for Dough Disco!

On top of all this outdoor and indoor fun, you have all been busy little elves creating your own Christmas cards and Christmas produce. For any grownups who want to order a pack of cards, please ensure order forms are returned by Wednesday 28th November and they will come out to you the following week. Your Christmas produce will be on sale at the school Christmas Fair on Friday 7th December 6-8pm.

See you all bright and early and wrapped up warm tomorrow!

Mrs Mander, Mrs Allen, Mrs Franklin, Mrs Broome and Mrs Lewis.

Nursery News ~ 17th November 2018

Outdoors in Forest School this week we have started our topic on “Special Festivals around the World” with Diwali. Mrs Allen has been sharing the story of Rama and Sita with some very sparkly Rama and Sita characters. We have all enjoyed role playing the story with the Diwali masks of Rama, Sita, the Monkey King and the ten headed Ravana, and then the next day some of you had the opportunity to make your own Rama and Sita masks. A favourite game this week was when we practised our new listening skill of “Staying Quiet” by having some Quiet Time in the Forest and talking about the sounds we could hear – it was a big hit for us grownups to have a minutes peace so we may be repeating this game!

In the cabin we have been practising our listening skills of “Staying Quiet” with musical toys hiding in the nursery. Our Nursery Rhyme of the week has had us making our own “Pat-a-cakes” and marking them with our own initial sound. We have combined our Write Dance song “The Toy Train” with a key Maths skill of forward and backward – you enjoyed programming your own friend robot with the commands of forward, backward and stop. Perhaps you could play this with your grownups at home? We have been finishing our day with a song and dance. “Can’t Stop the Feeling” has been our Dough Disco tune and Write Dance has had us making circles in shaving foam and paint! What fun that was!

The first cold spell for us is coming next week – please come in lots of layers. If you are planning on wearing boot socks, please bring them into the cabin with you in the morning and you can put them on instead of your slippers.

Please can grownups ensure coats are placed on the balcony at drop-off and that hats are taken out of bags and put into the hat basket by the door. A quick reminder, children do not need their own gloves as we have Forest School gloves, so please can they put these into coat pockets so they are safe for the end of the day.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Mrs Mander, Mrs Allen, Mrs Franklin, Mrs Broome and Mrs Lewis.

Parent Consultation Letters

These letters should have come out to you this week so if you haven't already, can they be completed and returned this Monday (19th November) so times can be allocated.

These are an opportunity for me to share your child's report and chat to you about how they have settled into nursery life.  They are on Wednesday 12th December (3.30-7pm) and Thursday 13th December (3.30-8pm).

If these days/times do not suit, then we can arrange another more suitable day/time to suit. :-)

Many thanks

Mrs Mander

Nursery news

Click here for the latest news.

Nursery News ~ 21st October 2018

Happy Sunday!

Outdoors this week we have been sharing the story of Stick Man. Mrs Allen has been showing you how to use a peeler with your own sticks to create a head/face. Using mirrors to look at your own faces, you drew a face for your character. As it was cold, you then moved on to “wrapping” Stick Man with some warm clothes. The final session was taking Stick Man around the Forest School site, teaching him where he can and can’t go and introducing him to our Forest School swing. This has opened up another part of the Forest for you and was a very popular choice for all! We have done a lot of work on taking turns this half term and you have put it into place with this new popular piece of equipment.

In the cabin we have been practising our looking skills using a woodpecker! You did well at watching and waiting for the woodpecker to reach the bottom before following a series of actions. Our Nursery Rhyme “It’s Raining, It’s Pouring” has had us role playing, sleeping and snoring on the mats. I wonder how many of your friend’s names you can now remember? In Maths we have been learning about the number five and you are doing so well at “seeing” how different the number five can look on Numicon, Dice, Egg Box, in a Row, on a hand! We were amazed on Friday when you were able to “Show Me” an Egg Box from a randomly chosen Numicon piece 1-5. We really do have some strong mathematicians this year! The end of the day has us Write Dancing and this week we have been drawing with chalk, flour and glitter to our song “Pat-a-Cake”.

The colder Autumn weather is finally coming and those warm hats have made an appearance. Please can you ensure that you either come in with one to wear OR leave one with us in Nursery in our hat basket.

For those of you without siblings in the school, we are closed for TED days on Thursday and Friday next week and so Nursery is not open on Thursday 25th and Friday 26th October.

See you in the morning!

Mrs Mander, Mrs Allen, Mrs Franklin, Mrs Broome and Mrs Lewis.

Nursery News ~ 14th October 2018

Another week has passed as quickly as that wind on Friday!

We have continued our Autumn topic this week with our very first fire on Tuesday when Mrs Allen showed you how to build, start and stay safe around the fire. We have enjoyed some fire-based activities in the circle, sharing the story of Pumpkin Soup. Mrs Allen made the story come to life with outdoor role play from the characters in the story. We have also helped to prepare the vegetables for some of our very own soup and on Friday we all enjoyed sitting around the fire, eating the warm soup.

In the cabin we are making our Listening Games more challenging by hiding children under the blanket and seeing who can spot who is missing by just looking at the slippers. In Phonics we have been playing sound animal lotto and our Nursery Rhyme “Incy Wincy Spider” has had us role playing other objects beginning with /s/ to climb up the water spout. I wonder if you can remember which objects they were? In Maths we have been spotting shapes in the cabin and in Forest School you enjoyed playing with the magnetic shapes to create patterns. In Write Dance we have moved on to a new song of Pat-a-Cake and we have been circling our arms, shoulders and bodies in time to the music.

Next week we will be moving back onto more number work in Maths. If you have collected any conkers, chestnuts or acorns over the past few Autumn weeks, please bring them in to help us play and explore with the number five.

Mrs Mander, Mrs Allen, Mrs Franklin, Mrs Broome and Mrs Lewis.

Nursery News ~ 5th October 2018

Happy Friendly Friday!

We have started our Autumn topic this week and Mrs Allen has been sharing lots of her Autumn ideas out in Forest School! She has taught you how to make an Autumn crown, an Autumn bracelet and today you had fun making some Autumn clay plates. The outdoor chalks also made an appearance and you have used these for a Hopscotch game and to create some wonderful artwork on the patio area. We have seen lots of Kringeli Krangeli patterns, letters from your name and a rocket courtesy of Charlie! A favourite game made a return “1, 2, 3 Where Are You?”. We really need to work on your hiding skills but nevertheless you had a lot of fun finding each other in Forest School.

In the cabin we have been playing our Listening Game “A Good Listener is looking at the person talking”. This week the game you picked up so well was “Who Feels Different?”. We used our own “Happy” to hide in someone’s lap and ONLY that person could smile. The person guessing had to take a good look at all of your faces to work out where Happy was! In Phonics “Mrs Mander had a bag” was a great song/game as you had to listen to the sound made by the items in my bag! Can you remember any objects in the bag? Do you think your grown ups might have the same items that make the same sound? In Maths we have been learning about the number 4. As always, we looked at the pattern of Egg Box Four and discovered that Numicon Four and Dice Four is the same. Well done Teddy who kept spotting the Dice Four pattern everywhere and thank you Ben for sharing all four of your names with us. Our Nursery Rhyme “Rain Rain Go Away” was an easy one this week as it was so short with only eight words. We had fun replacing the weather symbol and changing the lyrics. I am not sure we would ever sing “Sun Sun Go Away” but some of you chose it. We always finish our day with our Write Dance circle time. You enjoyed drawing some Kringeli Krangeli patterns in time to the music this week in shaving foam, textured paper and on chalk boards. You are really improving with your dance moving in time to the slow and fast music.

We have practised daily our circle time sessions around the fire circle and learnt all about the safety elements of how we come to and leave the fire circle, so we are now ready for a Mrs Allen fire!! Get those chopping skills ready next week as we are going to be making our own soup and cooking it on the fire pit!

Mrs Mander, Mrs Allen, Mrs Franklin, Mrs Broome and Mrs Lewis.