Things you need to know letter and Curriculum letter Term 6
Hola! This week was all about discovering Spain in our International Week! We painted the colours of the Spanish flag, listened to a story in Spanish and English (Charlie and Lola- I will not ever never eat a tomato). My favourite new Spanish word was pompalunas which means moonsquirters - have a look in the book and see if you can guess which vegetable it describes. Here's a clue: we eat it as a vegetable but really it's a red fruit. We learned a Spanish dance - Sevillanas style AND PERFORMED IT to the whole school and lots of parents / carers! We were brilliant. We made and tasted gazpacho full of peppers, garlic, olive oil, tomatoes and cucumber and just a very tiny pinch of salt. We had to whizz it in the blender then drink it. The grown-ups loved it, but the children ..... not so much! They need to practise trying new tastes - everyone had at least a little taste so we were very proud of them.
Next Week: please return all book bags, especially if you are going to a new school.
What a fabulous time we had at Weston! A day full of fun, but here's just some of the learning I saw while we were there:
children taking turns with and sharing buckets, spades and space on the slide frame
being confident to try new things and meet new friends
problem solving - how many spadefuls of sand does it take to bury a grown-up's feet before she loses her balance?
independence - managing our own clothes and packed lunches
responsibility - for carrying all our own bags (and some were quite heavy!)
counting how many licks of the ice cream were needed to stop it melting away
looking at the landscape as we travelled (but not on the way home as we all fell asleep)
estimating how long the journey took
climbing up and down the steep coach steps without falling over
keeping ourselves hydrated.
Well done everyone for a fabulous day of fun, and thank you so much to all our parents for getting your children to school in time. Thank you to all our lovely mums who were able to spend the day with us - and 1 Dad who drove to meet us there! Lots of photos to enjoy.
This week was a tale of 2 Nurseries; we met our new children who all seem very tiny! And we welcomed you back on Thursday with great delight! We have looked at some sea creatures this week: we learned that starfish have arms with lots of suckers on the bottom of them, and that puffins growl to communicate. We read a lovely story called Peter the Puffin by Jan Horacek who went on a long sea journey after a storm. Find out if he ever got back home by reading the book! (or come and borrow my copy). We are still really fascinated by water and some of us had a go at the traversing wall and someone even designed a treasure hunt for a beautiful crystal!
Next Wednesday is our trip to Weston: come to school for 9.00 or you'll miss the bus! Wear shorts and t-shirts and sandals or shoes which have velcro or buckles - no crocs or flip flops please. Bring a towel and full change of clothes in case we paddle in the sea. SUN CREAM, AT LEAST 2 OR 3 DRINKS, HAT, LUNCH ALL IN A SMALL RUCKSACK OR BAG. Please don't send any money with your child as we won't be shopping. We will have an allocated section of the beach which is coned off. Very excited about the day!
This week (17.6.15) we have been very energetic both inside Nursery (phew!) and outside. We have been running and chasing and fighting monsters. We also read a beautiful story "The snail and the Whale" so we created our own turtles (try and find the one in the book - that's what inspired us), decorated whales and practised squirting and swooshing water to keep whales hydrated. Oh and we created our own rivers and waterways! We listened to the mournful and beautiful sounds of whalesong - we used www.oceanmammalinst.org and there are lots of clips on youtube.
We wish all our Dads and special home adults a very happy Fathers' Day - you are very important in our families and we enjoy meeting you all. We hope you like your surprise coming home on Friday.
REMEMBER NURSERY IS CLOSED all day Wednesday 24th June while we meet our new little ones coming next September, so we will see you on Thursday 25th June before 9.00 am. Look out for the letter about suncream and swimming clothes for Weston coming home today. Oh and I hope to see lots of you at the School Fair on Saturday - no sponge throwing though as I've fulfilled my water play responsibilities this week!
Wow what a watery world in Nursery! We learned about some different types of boats and their function using a lovely story book called "I love boats". We made our own from recycled materials tested their floating and carrying capacity. We explored lots of water - puddles, drips, whirlpools, splashes and trails. We found there is a wide variety of water in Nursery - plus what we drink, of course! We decided we love water. The water is so splashy!
Exploring water - rowing a boat, reading, playing games, finding out how water drips and going on a water trail around Nursery!
Things you need to know and Curriculum letters term 5
Week 6 saw us make journeys with the Police this time - exploring a remote control car, walkie talkies and looking for clues. We also had an exciting time making vehicles with our home grown-ups on Curriculum Afternoon, and lots of us tried a school dinner for the first time on Thursday - it was yummy they told me! And I really loved watching apple and pear orchards walking down the hill and through Bedminster - what a brilliant idea. Happy planting and watering! If you haven't got a tree and want one, you could try emailing Onetreeperchild@bristol.gov.uk for further information. Well done for a busy learning term and we have really enjoyed our Stay and Play sessions; we hope you found them useful and fun too. Have a relaxing, happy and safe week off.
Week 5 was all about Hospitals and medical emergencies. We have thought about the journeys ambulances make and how people are looked after. We explored the journey of water pushed through syringes, drove an ambulance (only pretend!) and dressed up. We are very caring! Mrs Knights had to visit the Nursery hospital and was very impressed by the medical team who listened to her heart, bandaged her arm and administered quite a lot of medicine and oxygen! While outside we explored water journeys, jumping journeys and ball throwing and kicking journeys. What other journeys will you make over the next few days?
Remember to come to our Curriculum afternoon on Thursday 21st May, 2.30 - 3.15.
All sorts of journeys!
Flames, Water and ladders
Welcome back to Term 5 - the start of Summer we hope. We have optimistically dressed in short sleeves and have unfolded our winter legs! We have begun a new theme about Journeys and have been thinking about all the different journeys there are. We found a story called the Runaway Dinner by Allan Ahlberg and discovered a very athletic sausage and all sorts of other things that went on an exciting journey to the park. We found that chickpeas go on a journey - in paint, under the table and down a spiral track; and even when we were outside we could chase runaway sausages attached to some bikes. Lots of fun.
Remember your Stay and Play session is on a Thursday 9.00 - 10.15, so come and check your date with us. Please apply sun cream to child's face, arms and legs before school; children can wear sandals which have straps to hold them on the foot, but no backless shoes or crocs please. Congratulations on achieving your school places - information about induction and visits to new classes will come to you in May.
Runaway dinners, runaway chickpeas and runaway sausages on different journeys!
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What an exciting week of learning - all about the Gingerbread man! We made, cooked and ate our own gingerbread figures - but ours didn't jump out of the oven and run away. We acted out the story, made story maps and practised running and chasing. On Friday we were really excited to learn about the solar eclipse and watched a little film about it. We have made our own explanations of the eclipse so you can learn about it too. By the way, the moon does not pass in a straight line in front of the sun - because of the earth's curve, the movement is elliptical .... just so you know! We have told the children this, see if they remember.
Come for our curriculum afternoon on Wednesday - 2.30. We will make Easter hats or eggs and just before we go home, we will have our Egg Hunt outside if the weather is sunny. (About 3 pm for this).
Another amazing week of learning and events in Nursery. We had a wonderful visit from Martin a special Story Teller who used our ideas to weave a story together. We had to join in with funny actions and voices and we laughed a lot! We have continued learning rhymes - we built some different walls for Humpty Dumpty to see if we could help him not to fall but we couldn't solve this problem for him yet! We might explore what would make a good landing surface so he doesn't hurt himself - why not have a go at home and let us know? We also learned the song "I'm a little teapot" and created an enormous teapot and lots of colourful cups and mugs - have a look in our room next time you come in. Our final day was all about being funny for money so we created a hair salon in our room, drew noses and made little salt dough noses and a special bag to carry them home in. They will air-dry so leave them out in a warm room and keep as a reminder that we are showing compassion which is love in action, to others who have less than we do. Thanks for all the donations.
Check out the Comic Relief website which has stories of people who have been helped - we talked about Friday (a boy with physical disability) and Victor an older man who had to learn to read and write when he had left school. We noticed that they looked very happy because they were given some help, so they could then be independent.
Rhyme Time and Funny for Money!
Porridge and Play
Welcome back to a lovely sunny term we hope! We brought our best faces to be photographed on Wednesday and our photographer said we were the best smilers! We are thinking spring energy in Nursery, and to begin with we spent a few days thinking about different rhymes that we know, and trying to remember that rhyme is words that sound the same at the end, when we say them aloud eg bear and chair, pitch and stitch, tree and bee. We have been singing lots of rhymes. We are exploring breakfast foods too - what is a healthy way to start an energetic day? We had lots of interesting examples. We turned our water tray into a big bowl of milk (not real milk - but we're not going to tell you our secret!) and practised pouring and scooping the liquid into different containers and thinking about different cereals. We also looked at porridge oats and decided they were dry and a bit scratchy. Watch out for more porridge next week!
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We have been really busy as usual. This week we performed our Polar Bear Hunt Story to our home grown ups then shared our learning with you - can you find where you are?
After that we started to learn a little about Chinese New Year. This is a very colourful festival and has lots of red! So we have made lanterns - to show light for the new year and we have started to make fans which have very beautiful designs. We also made quite scary dragons as this is one of the powerful animals in Chinese culture. We are practising counting in Cantonese - yip, yat, sam so far! (1,2,3). Have a lovely holiday and see you next term. Miss Moral is getting better and hopes to be back - she has missed us all. We say goodbye to Paris, and thank her very much for all her work and looking after Mrs Knights!
Week 5 was even more exciting: we thought there might be a polar bear in school! Miss Moral wrote a brilliant story called "We're going on a polar bear hunt" and we had to go through all kinds of interesting places - a frozen forest, a deep dark ice-hole, and even hack our way through an ice-berg! Come and visit our room and have a look at the book. We acted out the story and made our own story maps which you can find in our learning diaries.
We practised hacking at ice with hammers - it was very hard work! We also found some life size polar bear paw prints so we compared our own feet with them. After all that, we tried flippers on our hands to see what it was like to try and catch fish and turtles!
Week 2 (12.1.15) of learning about Antarctica - this time we have been exploring ice. We discovered that it is very very cold, slippery and it can break. We remembered the word "frozen" from a certain film we know. Here's an amazing fact about ice: Ice is obviously much harder than water, but it is less dense than water. This means that while the water freezes, it expands because the molecules are spreading out more. So it is less dense, but takes up more space - and it floats! Scientists think there are about 16 different kinds of ice (depending on where the ice is found and what the temperature is).
We have been practising our penguin waddling walk too. Did you know that penguins have knees that bend? But their legs are very short and covered with thick feathers.
Here are the ice exploring pictures - we turned our wooden blocks into ice blocks and had a go at building igloo shapes too.
Imagine a very cold place
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Well what a lovely day we've had today - beautiful church service in the morning and then a fabulous party with a very exciting visitor in the afternoon. Thank you for all the help walking to and from church, and for all the food you contributed - we had a wonderful time.
So here's the Christmas tally: 20 cards, 20 trees, 20 calendars, 20 cookies, 20 pine cone decorations, 1 Nativity performance, 1 Church service, 1 party ..... but in the midst of it all, we remember 1 reason for the season: the birth of Jesus that first Christmas time, to bring light, love and hope to the world. Happy Christmas, happy holidays, happy new year everyone!
Church and a Party ... all on the same day!
So did you enjoy our Nativity Performance for you this week? Didn't we keep it as a lovely surprise! We told you about a special angel who had an incredibly important job - to tell people of the good news of a new baby king being born at the first Christmas long ago. We learned of a stable in Bethlehem and a mum called Mary, a dad called Joseph and all sorts of amazing visitors! Imagine if your birth had been celebrated with a choir of angels, a beautiful new star, shepherds and wise men bringing gold, frankincense and myrrh! Wow.
Here are some pictures - and look how we relaxed afterwards; hot chocolate and a biscuit to bring back our energy ....... mmmmmm.
On and off the stage!
Can you tell the Christian story of the First Christmas using the pictures?
How many ways to decorate Christmas trees?
Pizza Making and Delivery!
This week (20.11.14) we took a look at a lovely story about respect and friendship - The Little Red Hen. This is the first time ever that I have read this story and the children suggested that even though the friends had not helped at all, they could still share the bread - how very kind! But we thought we would ask them to do the washing up afterwards. So we explored how mixing flour and water makes a gorgeous sticky dough and then we spent quite a long time practising how to knead and shape the dough. We visited the kitchen where the Little Red Hen cooks the dough and it turns into bread. I wonder what will happen to ours? Here are the photos.
Tell the story using the story board characters
Wow! How much learning can Nursery fit into 2 and a half days? Loads of course! We have started to learn the story of the Enormous Turnip and how many people needed to pull it out of the ground! We acted out the story for ourselves and were really good at working together - have a look at the photos. We just had to make some Turnip Soup - surprisingly tasty! We chopped carrots, turnips and added hot vegetable stock then blitzed into a puree with a hand blender. (Miss Moral did the risky bits!) We even created a turnip patch in the classroom - come and see if you can find it.
Then we were all superheroes for Friday - super learners, super eaters, super respecters of our room and people we were with.
Super Learners all week, as always!
Hello everyone, welcome back to a busy Autumn Term.
It has been great to meet you all again at Parent / Carer Evenings this week. I've really enjoyed sharing what we are learning about your lovely children. They are managing all the routines very well. This term however, is also about coping with changes to routines with all our Christmas preparations! You may notice your children becoming quite tired and full of coughs and colds - this is normal. Please help them (and us) by keeping to good bedtime routines and really careful handwashing. The children are enjoying their lunchtimes at Nursery, but please remember not to put too much food into packed lunches - the children have 30 minutes to eat and sometimes find it hard to finish all the delicious things that you put in there!
Well, wasn't this a busy week of learning and excitement about fireworks. We created different art work and then started to learn about Divali too - a Hindu Festival of Light. If you want to follow the story have a look at www.topmarks.co.uk which is an education site - type Rama and Sita story into the search box. We made Rangoli patterns with coloured rice, created a Toran (door decoration) and a Welcome Mat for our Nursery room. Here are some photos. Why not try making some Rangoli patterns with chalks or pens or paints at home?
Our Beautiful Bones
This week (14.10.14) we have been discovering our amazing hair and beautiful hair styles in the Nursery Hair Salon! We are celebrating Black History Month by learning about Madam CJ Walker. Sadly, she began losing her hair so created products to help it grow back. She sold these to many people and became a very successful businesswoman - the first Black American Woman Millionaire. Madam Walker also worked hard to promote equal rights for all. The photos this week show us brushing hair, washing hair, using hair driers and creating styles with clips, bows and hair bands. I feel very pampered as I don't usually visit the Hair Salon twice a day ....