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Term 2

Week 1

Welcome back!

We have started this term's topic about Light and Dark by looking at Fireworks as this week it was Bonfire Night.

We remembered that we must be very careful around bonfires and fireworks.

We thought about what fireworks sounded like. Pow! Bang! Fizzle! Sparkle!

We thought about what they looked like too. We made some very colourful pictures.

We did a science experiment too. We used milk, food colouring and washing up liquid to make our own fireworks. We put drops of food colouring in the milk. We dipped cotton buds in washing up liquid and then dipped them into the milk. It made amazing patterns just like fireworks!

Have a look at our pictures.

Week 2

This week we have been celebrating Diwali, the festival of lights.

We heard the story of Rama and Sita which we loved. We made them them little lights called divas to light their way home.

Ravana is the demon in the story and he had 10 heads so we made our own Ravana  and counted out 10 heads.

We also had some special food for our celebration. We made samosas. We mashed the potatoes and added some spices and peas. Then we wrapped the mixture in pastry, making a triangle shape. They tasted delicious!

We loved celebrating Diwali!

Week 3

We have been reading the story by Eric Carle of The Very Lonely Firefly. We loved the book and have done lots of art work and drawings of the firefly. We went on a firefly hunt too, collecting all the fireflies we could find in a jar.

We have also thought about sources of light. and  have been investigating the dark with torches and lanterns. We made shadows on the wall with torches.

Next week we are looking at another book by Eric Carle all about the moon.

Week 4

We have been reading another book by Eric Carle called Papa Please Get Me the Moon. It is about a girl who wants her dad to get her the moon. He gets a really long ladder and when the moon is no longer a full moon he brings it home to her.

We tried climbing a high ladder ( with adult help) to see if we could reach the moon! We made lots of tall towers and thought about the sizes of our towers.

The Moon was lonely in the sky by themselves so we wrote lots of fantastic letters and posted them in our magic space rocket to take to the moon. 

On Friday the whole school took part in a life skills day and our challenge in Nursery was to put our shoes on in 5 minutes. We managed to do it!


Week 5

This week we have been thinking about stars. We read How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers.

WE thought about how we could catch a star and came up with all sorts of ideas including go up in the sky in a hot air balloon, getting really long ladder or even flying on a dragon!

We also got our Christmas tree out and helped to decorate it. We thought that we should make a star to go on the top of the tree and practiced our cutting skills by cutting out star shapes. 


We have had loads of fun!

We have made Christingles, had lunch, had a party, sung songs, watched a story read by Santa and even had a visit from him too!!

Look at our pictures!