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Trotts Hill Primary School and Nursery

Nursery

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 Class Curriculum Overview Summer 2021

Week commencing Monday 12th July School trip to Shepreth Wildlife Park

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.

Week commencing Monday 5th July LI: to begin to write our names

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!

Week commencing Monday 28th June LI: to keep ourselves safe

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.

Week commencing Monday 21st June LI: to develop our cutting skills

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.

Week commencing Monday 14 June LI: to find information from books

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.

Week Commencing Monday 7th June LI: to explore a new topic

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.

Week commencing Monday 24th May LI: to explore our senses

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.

Goodbye Tadpoles!

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!

Week commencing Monday 17th May LI: to build square numbers

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!

Week commencing Monday 10th May LI: to count objects accurately

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.

Week commencing Tuesday 4th May LI: to know how doctors care for us

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.

Week commencing Monday 26th April LI: to name parts of the body

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. 

Week commencing Monday 19th April LI: to learn and perform nursery rhymes

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.

Week Commencing Monday 15th March LI: to match a numeral to a quantity

Whilst we were learning at home, we learnt our numbers 1 to 5. This week we have been practising matching numerals to towers and Numicon, and we also used seeds to count to 5.

Week Commencing Monday 8th March LI: to observe how things grow

We welcomed all of the children back to Nursery class this week and we had a lovely surprise - we had found some frogspawn in the nature area! All week we watched the frogspawn turn into tadpoles and they are now swimming around in the tank. The children have enjoyed looking at books to find out what will happen next, ordering the lifecycle blocks and they have even painted some pictures of the tadpoles. We can't wait to see what happens to them next!

Remote Learning Week Commencing Monday 1st March

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.

Remote Learning Week Commencing Monday 22nd February

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.

 

Remote Learning Week Commencing Monday 8th February

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.

 

Remote Learning Week Commencing Monday 1st February

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.

Remote Learning Week Commencing Monday 25th January

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;.

 

Remote Learning Week Commencing Monday 18th January

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.

Remote Learning Week Commencing Monday 11th January

 

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.

Remote Learning Week Commencing Monday 4th January

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.

Week commencing Monday 14th December LI: to follow instructions

The children enjoyed making some gingerbread biscuits this week. They worked in small groups to mix together the ingredients. Then they rolled out the dough and cut it into Christmas shapes. They ate their gingerbread later in the week and it was yummy!

Week commencing Monday 7th December LI: to perform in 'The Nativity'

All of the children in Nursery class have been working very hard practising their show for the last few weeks. This week they performed their show and did a great job singing, dancing and retelling the story of the nativity - well done!

Week commencing Monday 30th November LI: to join in with Christmas customs

This week we have been getting ready for Christmas. We made Christingles in our adult led session to celebrate the start of Advent then we decorated our indoor and outdoor classrooms in choosing time. Some of the children even made their own decorations!

Week commencing Monday 23rd November LI: to learn about a different country (Whole School 'Around the World' day)

On Wednesday we joined in with the whole school event - Around the World Day. Our country was Zimbabwe. We learnt about where Zimbabwe is, and that people like to go on holiday there to see animals. We went on a mini safari in our classroom and saw lots of African animals. Later we looked at some of the cities and countryside in Africa, then made some clothes using traditional African patterns.

Week commencing Monday 16th November LI: to celebrate friendship day

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.

Week commencing Monday 9th November LI: to know how and why people celebrate Diwali

We talked about Diwali, the festival of lights, this week. The children watched the story of Rama and Sita then tried to retell it using shadow puppets, They also made their own Rangoli decorations using salt dough, beans and lentils. To finish off our 2 weeks of 'light' based celebrations, we had our own mini bonfire. The children enjoyed observing the flames and talking about what happened to the sticks we placed in the fire.

Week commencing Monday 2nd November LI: to know about fireworks night

This week we learnt all about why and how we celebrate fireworks night! We read and acted out the story of Guy Fawkes, created firework pictures by printing with squares of card and tried lots of other firework related activities to practise our fine motor skills.

Week commencing Monday 19th October LI: to develop our fine motor skills

There was a special delivery of pumpkins in Nursery class this week and we used them in many different ways! The children had a great time writing on the pumpkins with whiteboard pens, scooping out the insides using spoons, hammering golf tees into them then winding wool around them and stretching elastic bands over the top. We also picked up the seeds using tweezers and even filled them up with mud and water.

Week commencing Monday 12th October LI: to know that some people can help us

We have been talking about people who help us this week, particularly the emergency services. We had a visit from a police officer and listened very well. Some children even asked some questions. We also worked on developing role play activities, pretending to be doctors, vets, firefighters and, of course, police officers!

Week commencing Monday 5th October LI:to develop our play activities

This week we have been working on developing our ideas during choosing time. The children have come up with lots of stories and games both inside and outside, and have been communicating and working together well.

Week commencing Monday 28th September. LI: to listen and respond to stories

Our topic for this week has been Owl Babies. We enjoyed listening to the story then worked together to sequence the events. We explored the texture of feathers and cotton wool to make our own baby owls. As part of our 'Forest School' activities we also make a large mummy owl and an owl nest together.

Week commencing Monday 21st September. LI: to recognise numbers of personal significance

This week we have been reading the story 'Titch'. In our maths session, we made Titch a birthday cake as he was going to be the same age as us! The children found the number '3' (or '4' if they have turned 4 already) and stuck it on top of their playdough birthday cakes.

Week commencing Monday 14th September. LI: to settle in to our new class

This was our first full week in school. The children had a lovely week, exploring all of the resources in our indoor and outdoor classrooms and getting used to their new routines.
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