Welcome to Nursery
Mrs Flack, Mrs Norman and Mrs Hunter would like to welcome you to Nursery class! This is your child's first experience of school life and we aim to fill each day with fun and engaging activities. We learn best by playing with our friends and using a range of different resources across our indoor and outdoor classrooms. The areas we have on offer include creative, shape and numbers, the natural world, construction, role play, literacy and sensory play e.g. sand and water. We also have lots of opportunities to develop our communication skills, for example through singing, reading stories, rhymes, playing instruments and dancing. Some of these activities take place outside or in the hall, and we also make use the large apparatus and play with the parachute to develop our motor skills.
During the year we look at different topics every half term. As the seasons change, we look at our local environment and celebrate the different festivals and cultural activities that our classmates enjoy. Curriculum overviews with additional details for each topic will be uploaded half termly.
We aim for all children to be happy and settled in our nursery class and we value partnership with parents. Please make use of your Tapestry account to view your child's learning regularly or see below for weekly updates.
Nursery and Reception classes visited Shepreth Wildlife Park. We had a lovely time and had lots of new experiences including travelling on a coach, meeting the animals and having a picnic at lunch time. Our favourite animals were the bunnies - who were very friendly - the tigers and the otters. We even had time to have fun in the park at lunchtime and enjoyed some ice pops in the sunshine.
During the Summer term we have all been working hard to write our own names. Most children can now have a go at writing their name, with many children able to form the letters correctly too. Well done Nursery class!
During our Forest School session this week we used tools and had a campfire! We used a hammer to make a sundial and had to hold it very carefully. We toasted marshmallows on the fire to make smores and we followed the safety rules very well.
This week we have been pirates - arrr! We read Pirates Love Underpants and 10 Little Pirates, then we made eye patches, hats and swords to pretend to be pirates. We also enjoyed playing with the small world pirate ship to make up stories.
We have enjoyed looking at books to help us learn about our new topic. Our favourite is the children's atlas and some children worked very hard to complete a map of the world puzzle.
Our new topic for this half term is 'Under the Sea'. We read Commotion in the Ocean and learnt lots of facts about different sea creatures. It has been very sunny so we have enjoyed playing in the water tray during choosing time and making bubbles in the tuff spot. In Maths, we ordered sea creatures by length.
Our final nursery rhyme this term has been 10 Green Bottles. This week we recycled plastic bottles into sensory bottles and toys. We also practiced ordering numbers and continued our learning during our Forest School session.
We have really enjoyed having tadpoles in our classroom this term. They have now turned into froglets and have started to climb up the sides of the tank, so we had to release them into the pond. We hope that they come back next year as fully grown frogs!
We learnt about the number 9 this week. In the Numberblocks video we found out that 4 and 9 look like squares, so we made some square numberblocks by counting out rows of 2 and 3, then joining them together. Some children wanted to make a Numberblock which was 4 rows of 4, and we were able to work out it was 16!
This week we have been learning 'Incey Wincey Spider'. We took part in lots of fine motor / counting activities involving adding peg legs to spiders, making play dough spiders and picking up 'bugs' from a large web. We also did an experiment to find some material which would help keep Incey dry in the rain.
Our rhyme for this week was 'Miss Polly had a Dolly'. This was a tricky rhyme with lots of words, but by the end of the week we could all recite it. We learnt how doctors care for babies and how to stay safe around medicines. During our Forest School session we made medicine by collecting different natural objects to mix together.
This week we learnt 'Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes' and tried to name different parts of our body. We enjoyed using the iPads and natural objects to make pictures of the human body.
Our nursery rhyme for this week was 'Hey Diddle Diddle'. We learnt the rhyme and sequenced the different parts using pictures. During busy fingers we drew the characters, and we used puffy paint to make the moon and other planets. In our forest school session, we made moon pictures in teams using blossom.
This week we are learning all about baby animals and how to care for them. Mrs Evans helped us to learn how to care for a new puppy, and at home we learnt the names of other baby animals by playing matching games and creating baby animal artwork. At school we found some tadpoles in our nature area and we have been observing how they grow.
Our new topic for this half term is 'Growing' and this week we have been talking about how much we have grown. At home the children looked at their baby photos and we played a 'Guess Who' game on Tapestry to see what all of our friends looked like as babies. We also talked about what we can do now that we are older and some children created self portraits.
For the last week of our 'Colours' topic, we learnt all about Chinese New Year. The children in Nursery class made their own decorations and we read the story 'The Great Race' to find out why each year is named after a different animal.
This week we thought about hot colours linked to the story 'The Mixed Up Chameleon' by Eric Carle.
We made our own 'mixed up' animals and talked about wishes, including which animal we wish we could be like and our wished for the future. At home lots of children explored melting by making some delicious cakes. We also enjoyed playing noughts and crosses while learning about the number 3.
We timed our week to focus on 'cold' very well as we got to enjoy lots of snow both in and out of school! We spent lots of time playing and exploring the snow, with lots of children taking part in ice based experiments at home. We also explored different textures to create snowy pictures and enjoyed playing different games together like the 'Snow Bears;.
The children in Nursery class have enjoyed looking at patterns this week. Lots of children went on nature walks to find patterns outside. They also looked at animal patterns and made some repeating patterns of their own.
This week we tried to link colours to different emotions using the story 'The Colour Monster'. The children enjoyed dressing in their favourite colours and we looked for things at home that make us feel happy. Here is our class version of 'Squares with Concentric Circles' by Kandinsky. It was created by: Annie, Archie, Brody, Effie, Elsie, Emilia, Isabelle, Max D, Nina, Reuben, Teddy and Tryakshar.
Our theme for this week whilst learning at home was Elmer. Children in Nursery class enjoyed creating their own Elmer patterns and going on colour hunts. Some children also had a go at camouflaging Elmer at home.
As part of our Celebrations topic, we have been talking about birthdays this week. The children shared photos from their last birthday celebration and we talked about the things we do at home.
On Friday we held a 'Friendship Day' celebration as part of Anti-Bullying Week. The children made each other cards to take home and we enjoyed some cake and dancing together.