Welcome to Nursery
Mrs Wilby, 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.
Our theme for this week is 'cold'. Here are a selection of activities to take part in (some require some preparation!)
- Can you make a textured picture of a snowy or icy scene? You could use cotton wool to make a snow or snowman, or use foil for an ice rink or icicles.
- Can you practice putting on your winter clothes by yourself this week? You could try to do up your zip or buttons on your coat and put on your gloves and hat by yourself when you go out for a walk or to play in the garden.
- Can you free a toy from some ice? Ask a grown up to help you put a small toy into a bowl of water then put it in the freezer. Leave it until the next day then try to get it free!
- Can you make an ice balloon? Fill up a balloon with water then place it in the freezer. Leave it for 24hrs then take it outside to play. (Remember to let it melt a little before playing or it will stick to your hands!) The idea is to explore how the water has changed to ice and to talk about how the ice feels as it melts over time. You can sprinkle salt on it to make it melt faster.
- Alternatively you could experiment with ice cubes – you can see how long they take to melt, use food dye to make different coloured ice cubes, check if they float or make different flavoured ones using fruit juice to taste.
- More ice experiments are available here: https://www.science-sparks.com/ice-play-ideas/
- You could take part in the RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch on the 29th-31st January. https://www.rspb.org.uk/
- If you want to stay warm inside, here is a Cosmic Yoga activity with a ‘Frozen’ theme: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xlg052EKMtk
This week our focus will be 'patterns'. Here are a selection of activities to choose from:
- Can you create a drawing or painting with a repeated pattern? You could use fingerprints, collage materials or anything else you have to hand (see pictures).
- Can you sing a song with a repeating pattern? e.g. Old McDonald, Wheels on the Bus, Twinkle Twinkle
- Some animals have patterns on them – watch this video about animal patterns https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/clips/zpn6n39 then you could draw or paint a picture of your favourite animal pattern.
- Physical: Can you throw a ball in different ways? If you are outside, see how far you can throw a ball. If you are indoors, practise accurately rolling a ball e.g. to knock over a tower of bricks or hit a cuddly toy
- Forest school: moss. Can you look for moss and mushrooms which grow on trees whilst on a walk? Take some photos to share with us!
- Moss graffiti: Collect at least a large handful of moss (remove any mud) and place in a blender with 1 cup of buttermilk and 1 cup of water (add 2 tbsp at a time until you get a paint like consistency). Then use this to paint a picture on an outdoor wall. In about 2 weeks you should have some moss graffiti! I have had a go (see photos) and you can google ‘moss graffiti’ for more information.
- Can you work on your pencil control? There are some downloadable resources here: https://themumeducates.com/nursery-pencil-control-worksheets-free-printable/ which you can print off. If you don’t have a printer you can make your own by drawing out a pattern then getting your child to trace over it. Don’t forget to hold your pencil correctly using a tripod grip.
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.