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This week we have focused our learning around another traditional tale; Jack and the Beanstalk. We had a special delivery from the giant. He left us a letter asking us to do some measuring using some magic beans. We measured lots of different things in nursery to find out whether they were tall, short or long. Some of us also practised representing numbers with marks on the paper, by drawing a given number of leaves on the beanstalk. We have also been learning to understand and use positional language. The giant enjoyed playing hide and seek around his castle and we had to describe his position.
As we have such a love for stories in nursery, we visited the local library to choose one book to bring back to nursery. We are very excited to read them and can't wait for our next visit!
Our little rays of sunshine this week are Donna Emmerson for telling me how our story began and how it ended, showing a great awareness of the structure of the story. Fantastic work Donna! Jak Beasley for his brilliant understanding of positional language. He was able to tell me where the giant was hiding and was then able to place the giant in, on, under, next to and behind. Great work Jak! River Thompson for recognising numerals and representing the number by drawing leaves on the beanstalk. He even managed to form some numerals correctly. Well done River, what a superstar! Sophie Pearson for doing some fantastic measuring using our magic beans. She described the giant as tall and Jack as short. She was even able to confidently count the beans and represent her answer with marks on the paper. Fantastic work Sophie! And finally Levi-Lucas McManus for being so sensible when visiting the library. You were such a good boy Levi and enjoyed choosing your book to bring back to nursery. I am very proud of you Levi!
Just a reminder that it is parents evening on Monday 21st and Tuesday 22nd of October. If you have not signed up for an appointment please do so to discuss your child's progress and development. We will also be dressing up for our Halloween party on Friday 25th October! This will be our last day at nursery for the Autumn half term and we will return to nursery on Monday 4th of November.
This week we have focused on another popular story; The Three Little Pigs. The children are becoming so confident when acting out stories and it is lovely to hear everybody joining in with the repeated phrases with such enthusiasm.
After reading the story we decided to carry out an experiment to see which houses the big bad wolf could blow down. As the children enjoyed this activity they searched for other things to test such as feathers, pom poms and lego bricks. They were able to talk about whether they were heavy or light and predicted which would blow away. Some of the children then decided to build their own pig houses using a variety of different 2D shapes. It was amazing to hear the children using the correct mathematical names for the shapes.
Our little rays of sunshine this week are Mason Walton for doing some brilliant shape work. He was able to match the patterns to build the three little pigs houses. Mason also noticed some shapes in his house and pointed to the round windows. Brilliant work Mason! Jacob Palin for coming into nursery so confidently all week. There have been no tears and Jacob now finds his name card and answers when doing the register. Jacob also enjoys doing adult led activities and had lots of fun experimenting which objects would blow away. I am very proud of you Jacob! Arthur Hendry for having an amazing week joining in with all of our activities. He has been fantastic at rhyming words and built a house for the pigs using and naming the 2D shapes. What a great week Arthur, keep up the good work! Tristan O'Brien for doing a great job creating his house using shapes and for naming some of the shapes he used. Well done Tristan! And finally Bridie Davies for trying hard to predict which items the big bad wolf would be able to blow away. You had great fun testing it out!
We have had lots of fun acting out and re-telling the story of the Gingerbread Man using props to help us. The children have enjoyed joining in with the repeated phrases and used this in their play especially when making gingerbread men in the playdough area.
We also had to work together to think of a variety of different ways to help the gingerbread man cross the river. The children suggested “a mermaid can lift him up, pirate ship, fly in a helicopter and a bridge” Working as a team we used lots of different materials to build our own bridge and I was very impressed that the gingerbread man safely crossed the river!
Our little rays of sunshine this week are Skye Johnson for repeating some words and phrases from the story The Gingerbread Man. She enjoyed using the props and told me “run run, catch me” Well done Skye! JJ Denham for being a superstar when retelling the story of the Gingerbread Man. He then drew a picture of the gingerbread man and cut it out. Amazing work JJ! Luke Rennie for making snips around his gingerbread man. Great work Luke! Alfie Hird for doing a brilliant job retelling the story of the gingerbread man using the characters. Well done Alfie! And finally Ruben-John Stewart for doing some brilliant problem solving to help the Gingerbread man cross the river. He told me we could “go in a helicopter” and then worked with his friends to build a bridge. Great team work Ruben!
Thank you to everybody that attended our Stay and Play sessions this week. We hope you enjoyed the opportunity to see what your children are doing in nursery and explore the environment further. Thanks to your donations we raised £115.76 which will be donated to Macmillan Cancer Support.
This week in nursery we read “The Colour Monster” The monster's feelings were all mixed up so we helped him to sort his feelings into colours and put them in the jar. The children then had a go at putting their feelings in the jar and talked about what makes them happy, sad or angry. We have also been looking closely at our features and talked about some of the similarities and differences that we could see when comparing ourselves to our friends.
Our little rays of sunshine this week are Freddie Sproat for blowing my socks off when practising to write his name. Freddie is trying so hard to form the letters in his name, keep up the amazing work Freddie! Olivia Ryan for looking at her features and telling me how she looks similar or different from her peers. Amazing work Olivia! Caiden Newton for doing some brilliant sorting. He was able to sort the cupcakes according to size and described them as tiny or big. Amazing job Caiden! Sophie Hird for looking at our group name cards and telling me whose name it was. Amazing work Sophie! And finally Lennon Dent for recognising his name from a selection of name cards. To make it trickier I added more names beginning with the 'L' sound, but Lennon was still able to pick out his name. Great work Lennon!
This week we have started our topic All About Me and we have focused on talking about our family members. Thank you to everybody that sent in family photos, the children have enjoyed sharing these with their key worker groups and we have learnt lots more about the children's family, pets and hobbies!
We have also been learning a variety of different number songs to enhance the children's knowledge of number names. I wonder if your child could teach you one of our songs!
Our little rays of sunshine this week are Neve Dunn for drawing her fantastic family picture and telling me all about her family. Beautiful drawing Neve! Brooklyn Wade for counting a select number of frogs on to the log. Great number work Brooklyn! Leona Watret for representing the number of frogs on the log using her fingers. Super maths work Leona! Gracie-Mae for settling so well into nursery life. It is lovely to see Gracie-Mae Conlon coming to nursery with a big smile on her face every morning. I am very proud of you Gracie-Mae! And finally Austin Egglestone for settling so well into nursery. I am so pleased that Austin no longer has any tears when separating from his mam and it is lovely to see him so happy coming into nursery. I am super proud Austin!
We would just like to remind you all of our Macmillan Coffee Stay and Play sessions next week. For the children who attend nursery on an afternoon session the stay and play will be held on Wednesday 25th September at 12:30pm. The children who attend nursery for a morning session can attend on Friday 27th September at 9:00am. If your child attends nursery for 30 hours per week you can attend either or both sessions. There will also be a speech and language information session on Tuesday 24th September at 5pm. This is open to all parents and we will offer support and ideas to enhance children's communication skills. We look forward to seeing you all there!
All of the children have settled well into the routines of nursery life and are enjoying exploring the nursery environment. It is fantastic to see lots of the children forming new friendships and gaining more confidence each day.
Next week we will be starting our new topic; All About Me. Therefore, we would appreciate it if your child could bring in something about themselves that they can share with their new friends. This may be a photograph of their family members, a pet or a certificate from a club they attend such as gymnastics/swimming etc.
Our little rays of sunshine this week are Daniel Reed for being a superstar this week and settling into our group. He manages full days really well and loves his school lunches! Keep up this amazing attitude to nursery life Daniel! Liberty Heslop for settling so well and picking up on nursery rules and routines. Super work Liberty! Kelsey Stewart for having an amazing start to nursery. She tries hard to join in and is such a happy little girl at nursery. Well done Kelsey! Grace Piper for having an amazing start to nursery life. Grace always comes into nursery with a huge smile on her face and it is lovely to see her so confident in her new nursery. I am very proud of you Grace! And finally, Gracie-Mae Conlon for having a brilliant first week at nursery. She has settled so well into nursery life and is so confident to explore all of the nursery resources. Keep up the amazing work Gracie-Mae!