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Term 5

Things you need to know letter and Curriculum Map

So we've made it to the end of our 5th term in Nursery - wow we are so tired but we have learned so much this week that our brains hurt!  We have really started to learn that words with the same starting sound are examples of "alliteration" - some of you have said that the children are singing the song at home, so I have sent a photocopy of the words home for you to sing together.

We looked at ladybirds this week.  Did you know that a ladybird is a beetle?  and that you can find purple, orange, cream and yellow spotted ladybirds in Britain?  Ladybirds can have up to 24 spots on them.  

We have made some beautiful ladybirds and explored spotty patterns.  

We rode our bikes to raise money for the Child of Hope School in Uganda - please bring in your sponsor money next term.  

Finally - here are the bean plants at long last - they have grown really well.  Put them into some compost and see if any beans grow.  

 

AND PLEASE REMEMBER THESE IMPORTANT THINGS:

1  trip to Weston super Mare on Wednesday 15th June - we'd love you to come so please return the permission slip and payment of £7.50 during the first week after the holiday.

2  Nursery is closed all day on Wednesday 22nd June so that we can meet our new children.

 

Mrs Moral and I are going to sleep at lot and sit in the sun, we hope.  We wish you all safe and happy holidays and will see you on Wednesday 8th June. xxx

Pedalling for Child of Hope School, enjoying the sun and creating ladybirds

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How exciting ..... our little caterpillars became big caterpillars and have now spun themselves into their cocoons.  We have gently transferred them to the butterfly net so that they can transform peacefully into the next part of their lives.  

We have looked at snails this week:  we are learning that snails are part of the gastropod family (stomach-foot!) and that there are over 60,000 different types of snail.  The biggest snail ever found so far, is a giant African Land Snail at a slithery 40 cm in length!

We have made silvery name trails with glue and glitter, drawn and cut spirals and made snails from clay.  

We explored making a spiral out of ourselves too!  

Outside we have enjoyed jumping, spinning and using lots of energy.  

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By the time you read this, our real caterpillars have increased in size, to about 5 centimetres in length!  They have really enjoyed munching their sugary fruit solution.  It won't be long before they start to spin their cocoons now.

This week we have explored spiders and discovered how amazing their web spinning skills are.  Did you know that spider silk is stronger than steel?  or that some spiders can grow up to 30 centimetres in size?  Not sure I'd like to meet one of those. 

We made an art gallery outside of our beautiful creations - woven webs, glitter webs and friendly spiders with quite a lot of different quantities of legs!  We scrambled through the net imagining what it's like to be on a spider web, we practised weaving webs, we constructed drainpipes for our Incy Wincy characters.   We discovered plenty of webs outside too, but only 2 spiders! 

We have been using the calculators in our heads and can use the word 'plus' when adding 2 groups of minibeasts together. 

We have had a lot of sunshiny rainy energy this week and used it all inside and outside!   So after we heard the Bible story of Joshua and the Israelites marching around the city of Jericho, we went outside and marched around the playground 7 times then gave a very loud shout - look what happened to the wall we made!  This story was helping us to learn about unity - working together as a team. 

Have a safe and happy weekend. 

If your child is joining our Reception class in September, a letter will be coming to you by the end of the term with some dates and information about meetings and play dates.

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So this week we travelled down in size from BIG to small.  We had a very exciting delivery of 5 real caterpillars and we have noticed that already they have grown from Wednesday.  We wonder how big they will be next week.  We know that they will transform into butterflies - we have a special net to keep the chrysalises in until they are hatched, then on a warm day, we will let them fly into the sky to find their friends. 

We have had a brilliant week of learning:  we have made caterpillar things by rolling circles and sticking them together, rolling caterpillar shapes, going on a minibeast hunt outside and we even made caterpillars you can eat!  We threaded cucumber, tomato, banana and grapes onto cocktail sticks deciding whether we wanted longer or shorter caterpillars.  We were very careful with the sharp pointy sticks. 

While outside we have loved playing with water, or pretending to be caterpillars turning into butterflies - see who is in the blue curtain then hatching and flapping!

Next week we will discover another minibeast which has 8 legs.  Guess what it is.

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Well, the Big thing had to be dinosaurs didn't it!  The children have enjoyed sharing their knowledge of dinosaur names.  We discovered an egg - we wondered what was inside.  Would it hatch?  Did it need to be in a warm place?   See what happened.

Dinosaurs have been discovered in the Sand, Water, on top of and under tables.  And we even found a collection of different sized dinosaur bones which we sorted and measured.  We have also created our own miniature dinosaurs out of clay - they are amazing and all very different. 

Finally, we had a little look at the beans we planted last week; they have changed.  The children said they have opened and they have white things (roots) growing out.  We also noticed that some beans are being very quiet - we thought they might be dead or asleep so we will watch carefully to see if there is another change next week.

Will we be discovering more BIG things, or small things?

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Lots of excitement this week as we discovered that the Smartest Giant in Town had left us his suitcase of smart clothes, some giant pens and 10 enormous foot prints.  We decided that the clothes didn't fit any of us; even though Mrs Knights tried them on too!  We really loved using the giant's pens to draw on his big paper - we have displayed it in our room so come and look.  We have been learning different words to describe sizes and learned a new song to help us remember.  Ask your children to sing the "Big and Small" song.

Megan found a packet of beans - maybe from the magic beanstalk?  so we decided to plant our own and see what happens to them.  We will need to remember to give them a drink of water! 

I wonder what next week's Big Thing will be? 

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Welcome back to a slightly longer Term 5 with 7 weeks of learning and fun.  You have all come back with bouncing energy and plenty to talk about and you all seem a lot more independent so Mrs Knights and Mrs Moral will be kept very busy!

This week started with some magic beans being left behind ..... we discovered what they grew into and have been imagining what might be at the top of a really tall plant.  We know lots of words for big - gigantic, massive, enormous and are starting to look for different sized things around us.  We learned the Beans game - we had to become different types of beans - runner, jelly, baked, French, beans on toast and make up some actions.  We found a giant's harp and explored plucking the strings to create music, and we even found some golden eggs!  We are also considering how to work together (see how many children it took to park a bike!) and help each other and what makes us similar and different.  We are still learning about rhyme, and this term our challenge is to discover what alliteration is too.

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