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Final week in space

Published on Friday 27 November 2020 by Miss Dickinson.

This week was our final week in Space. In maths we looked at size and ordered some of the planets according to their size. We also sang 5 little men in a flying saucer and had to count how many men we had left after one flew away. In Literacy we read some space stories and talked about the structure of the story and the jobs of an Author and illustrator. Eva was able to tell us “the author writes the story” and the children were able to point out the title and the blurb on a book. We then looked at identifying the beginning, middle and end of the story they had been reading using picture clues.

Final week in space Final week in space

We have also been learning some facts about the different planets and the children blew us away with what they had recalled. Many were able to tell us' Jupiter was the biggest planet',' Mars is red', 'Saturn has a ring around it' and 'Earth is where we live'- wow! We also looked at the difference between Earth and space and the children had to sort pictures. The children have really enjoyed this topic and we feel they have learnt so much. Well done everybody!

Final week in space Final week in space

Our little rays of sunshine this week are Carter Howe as he did an amazing job ordering the planets according to their size. Aurora Young as she always arrives at Nursery with a smile and she impressed Miss Manifold with her amazing drawing of mam. Hallie Green for her enthusiasm for learning all about Space. Hallie has blown Mrs Blackett away with her knowledge about the planets and key facts about Space. Toby Wallace for trying very hard when are practising our songs. Finally Lucas French for beginning to follow simple rules and routines in Nursery. Well done to you all, what superstars!

Final week in space


    Astronaut Training

    Published on Friday 20 November 2020 by Miss Dickinson.

    This week we have continued with space in Nursery as the children are loving it! We have had lots of discussions about astronauts and what their roles are. The children came up with some great answers such as “they fix spaceships, go to space in a rocket and look for planets”. The children have had some astronaut training to see if they would qualify to become an astronaut and luckily, they all passed! The children then had to write their own name on their certificates as a keep sake from astronaut school! Evie even said when she grows up she wants to be an astronaut! In Miss Manifold's groups the children also designed their own group planet thinking about what they would like to include. They used many different resources to make a wonderful planet that they all wanted to live on!

    Astronaut Training Astronaut Training

    In maths we have looked at patterns this week and after reading the story 'Aliens love Underpants' the children had to make their own pair of patterned underpants. We had some wonderful patterns for the aliens to choose from. In Miss Gill's group they also looked at representing numbers.

    Astronaut Training Astronaut Training

    Our little rays of sunshine this week are Grace Tanner for designing an amazing pair of underpants. Grace told Mrs Blackett “I'm making a dotty pattern”. They certainly were dotty Grace but we loved them! Theo Graydon as he has had a great week and is trying his best to concentrate during group time. This week he used his imagination when creating a planet. He used lots of materials to create his own house, tree, river and island. Brutus Atkinson as he has impressed Miss Manifold while playing the 'pattern machine game'. He looked at the patterned pants and was able to describe them e.g. star ones, spot ones and stripy ones. Olly McHugh for coming to Nursery much happier and exploring confidently whilst here. Finally, Noah Agar for trying very hard in our Maths activity this week. He impressed Miss Gill very much when representing numbers. Well done to you all, what superstars!

    Astronaut Training


      Off to space and Remembrance Day

      Published on Friday 13 November 2020 by Miss Dickinson.

      This week we have been to space as our topic. We introduced our topic and asked the children what they already knew about space ready to build on that. We read the story 'Whatever Next' about a Teddy who visited space in his rocket and had a picnic on the moon. We discussed with the children would they like to visit the moon? How could we get to the moon? What would they see on the moon or on the way to the moon? What would they take? We got lots of vocabulary from the children and had some good discussions about this. Some of the children also built name rockets and tried to copy their name and some of the children wrote lists to say what they would take with them to the moon.

      In Maths Mrs Blackett's group rolled the dice, had to count the number of spots and then draw that number of aliens in a spaceship to represent the number. We had some amazing counting! Miss Manifold's group measured different sized rockets with cubes and had to match the number and try and write it - what great number formation and finally Miss Gill's group had to turn over a number card and put that number of bears in a rocket- another group that did amazing counting!

      Off to space and Remembrance Day Off to space and Remembrance Day

      We talked about Remembrance Day and why we remember the brave soldiers. We all cut out poppies, laminated them, then held them while we all did our 2-minute silence at 11am and 2.30pm. We were extremely proud of all of the children who held their 2-minute silence with no problems at all. It brought a tear to my eye!

      Off to space and Remembrance Day Off to space and Remembrance Day

      This week's little rays of sunshine are Austin Egglestone as he impressed Mrs Blackett in his Maths activity. He was able to roll the dice, say how many spots there were then represent the number by drawing the corresponding amount of aliens in his spaceship and he even wrote his name. Danielle Slack for trying hard with her writing activity this week. She had to try and copy all of her long name. Jacob Palin for being such a kind friend and helping his friends when they were struggling with a number activity. Kelsey Stewart for being such an enthusiastic learner, always trying her best and being the first to put her hand up and answer questions. This week she has also done an amazing job measuring the rockets using cubes then writing the corresponding number. Finally, Hollie Davies for thoroughly enjoying exploring the torches this week, especially making shadows with them. She was able to sort the different objects into piles depending on whether the light would shine through them or whether the light would be blocked. What superstars you all are, well done!

      Off to space and Remembrance Day Off to space and Remembrance Day


        Halloween and Bonfire celebration

        Published on Friday 6 November 2020 by Miss Dickinson.

        This week in Nursery we have celebrated Halloween and Bonfire night. We made some witches soup with lots of scary objects and focused on initial sound work. The children had to find the objects that began with different sounds and put them in the cauldron. They then had to pretend to taste it and tell us what they could taste… it was amazing how many children liked the taste of spider's legs!! We also did some number recognition and had to match the correct quantity to the number.

        Halloween and Bonfire celebration Halloween and Bonfire celebration

        For one of our sessions we talked about the safety of bonfire night and fireworks and how we can keep safe if we are doing our own fireworks or bonfire this year. We explained in Nursery we were going to have a bonfire, toast some marshmallows on it and drink hot chocolate. Every group had a practise in their room before the real event. We went outside into our garden and watched and listened to the roaring fire. The children were saying they could hear the fire crackle, bang and pop. When the fire calmed down each child was given the opportunity to toast their own marshmallow and enjoy a nice hot chocolate. We had lots of fun and all of the children were very well behaved during this activity. We were very proud of them.

        Halloween and Bonfire celebration Halloween and Bonfire celebration

        Our little rays of sunshine this week are Ollie Sproat for showing an interest in our number work this week. He painted the numbers 0 and 1 independently. Carter Howe for listening hard to the initial sounds when putting the different objects into the 'witches' soup'. He then tried to write them on the whiteboard. Evie Cleary for practising writing her name everywhere. She got the chalks and without any help from her name card wrote her name independently. Seth Goundry for coming back to Nursery with such a great attitude to learning. He is trying very hard at group time impressing more and more each day. Finally, Gudjot Singh for coming back to Nursery after half term fantastic. It is great to see him enjoying Nursery now. Well done to you all, what superstars!

        Halloween and Bonfire celebration


          The Enormous Turnip

          Published on Friday 23 October 2020 by Miss Dickinson.

          This week our story has been 'The Enormous Turnip' and the children have really enjoyed and engaged with the story. One of the activities was using the scales to see which vegetables were the heaviest and lightest. The children started to understand if the scales went down it meant they were heavy. Many of the children were very curious by the scales and spent a lot of time exploring them with different vegetables.

          The Enormous TurnipThe Enormous Turnip

          We talked lots about the characters having to pull the turnip out but at first it wouldn't budge until he managed to get lots of help from his friends. We looked at what this language meant and then explored lots of different objects deciding whether we had to push or pull them to get them to work. We also set up a picnic with the characters and the children were given instructions to share the food and objects out. This was to see if the children could follow simple and 2-part instructions. The children enjoyed having a 'picnic' and were good at listening and following instructions.

          The Enormous TurnipThe Enormous Turnip

          Our little rays of sunshine this week are Oliver Fullarton for showing enthusiasm for learning in all of our activities this week. He was especially interested in experimenting with the balance scales telling Mrs Blackett which vegetables were heavy and light. He also enjoyed trying to get the scales to balance by adding and taking vegetables out of the containers. Caiden Newton for giving everything a go. He especially worked hard in the Maths corner during free play to create his own pattern which he was very proud of. Olly McHugh for arriving at Nursery every day in his first week happy, confident and raring to go. Luna Hall for super listening and following instructions to help set the picnic up for our characters in the story. Finally, Grace Greensmith for becoming more independent in Nursery and trying really hard with the forces activity predicting if they needed to be pushed or pulled for them to work. Great job everyone, what superstars!

          The Enormous Turnip

          Just a little reminder that next week is half term so I hope you all have a lovely week off. I would just like to say thank you everyone for being so supportive and co-operative during this first half term, I know it hasn't been the easiest for you all but I hope you feel things have gone as smoothly as possible . Stay safe everyone and see you on Monday 2nd November. Enjoy!


            The Little Red Hen

            Published on Friday 16 October 2020 by Miss Dickinson.

            This week our story has been 'The Little Red Hen' so we have done lots of activities around this book. We talked about being kind and how we can do this to our friends in Nursery. We made some kind hands and wrote on what we can do to show this. Some lovely examples of what the children said were 'share the toys', 'say nice things to our friends', 'help tidy up', 'smile' and 'be nice'. What kind children we have in our Nursery! We also looked at rhyming words this week and the children blew us away with their skills. We gave them a word and they had to choose the object that rhymed with that word. Considering this was the first time we have touched on it they did a good job, so if you would like to do some rhyming at home that would be great!

            The Little Red Hen The Little Red Hen

            We have also focused on shapes this week in Nursery for Maths and wow some of the children impressed us with their shape knowledge. Not only did some children name lots of the shapes but they were able to talk about their properties too. You can ask the children what shapes they have been learning and do a shape hunt at home and see if they impress you as much as they did us.

            The Little Red Hen The Little Red Hen

            Our little rays of sunshine this week are Declan Irwin for naming shapes and being able to talk about their properties. Theo Graydon for settling brilliantly at Nursery and joining in with focused activities. Francesca Mayhew for impressing Miss Manifold with her shape knowledge. Grace Tanner for always being a fantastic friend and setting a good example to her peers. She also tried particularly hard with her rhyming skills. Finally, Toby Wallace for impressing Miss Gill with his shape knowledge. Well done to you all, what superstars!

            The Little Red Hen

            Just a final reminder about parents evening next week. If you haven't already signed up for an appointment with your child's key worker please get in touch to arrange a convenient time for a chat. It will be nice for you to hear how your children are getting on and for us to get some feedback on how you feel your child has settled. Please call the nursery office on 01388 762400 option 1 or email nursery@crookprimaryschool.org.uk.


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