Welcome to Nursery!
Staff working in Nursery …
Miss King Miss Lamb
Nursery Teacher Teaching Assistant
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Nursery have been busy!
At the start of Autumn term, we learnt about different kinds of birds. Together we described and named the birds. After observing local birds in our garden, we were told there were some ‘special’ birds hidden outside. We were given a list of birds to find in the garden and had to tick them off our list once we found them.
This week we read ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’. We decided that we would like butterflies to visit our garden. We thought about what might bring the butterflies to us, and we remembered that they like bright flowers. We dug some holes outside around the reading area and Miss King gave us some bulbs to plant. After looking closely at them and talking about how the bulbs would grow, we covered them over with soil. Finally, we listened carefully about how the bulbs will stay in the ground through winter and then wake up and bloom into flowers during spring and summer.
We read ‘Superworm’. We were really interested in worms, so we decided to make a wormery to observe and look after some worms. We dug for our own worms in the garden using spades, and we all thought this was very exciting. Then we made a wormery with sand and soil in a clear container. We listened to lots of facts about worms and how to make their home nice for them. We made sure is was damp and full of food that the worms would like. Before adding our worms, we counted our worms and compared their size.
We made a ‘magic potion’, then we sat together and took turns at acting like a witch. We added different coloured ingredients to the pot. Some of the ingredients made the cauldron bubble. We described what we could see happening and explored the mixing colours.
We learnt all about the celebration of Diwali. We watched a video about Diwali and talked about how it is celebrated. We saw fireworks, candles, food, special clothes and Rangoli patterns. As a group, we made our own Rangoli pattern using coloured rice. Then we danced to Hindu music and decorated the Rangoli with candles.
We learnt all about Remembrance Day. We listened to a poem written by a soldier and began to understand why people wear and display poppies on this day. We watched the Remembrance Day service at 11 o’clock and then we made our own poppies on crosses for our class memorial display.
We read the story, ‘The Gruffalo’. We entered our classroom and noticed that there were some muddy footprints across the classroom. We shared our ideas and investigated who this could have been, it looked like it could be the Gruffalo! We recalled the features of the Gruffalo and then went on a search around the school for clues. We asked the office if they saw anything strange on the CCTV, and we discovered that the Gruffalo was in our classroom. We used our knowledge of the Gruffalo’s features to make our own Gruffalo masks and then we retraced his steps.
We went on a trip to the Gala Theatre in Durham to watch a show called ‘One More Sleep’. It was a show about a girl named Roo and her snow adventure. On her adventure, she met lots of characters whilst looking for her teddy ‘Mr Pickle’. At the end we all had a snowball fight!
We raised money for people effected by dementia. We listened carefully to information about dementia, and talked about how it is an illness that people sometimes get when they’re older. We brought in a small donation and dressed up as an elf for the day. We worked hard being cheeky little elves and spread Christmas cheer all day!
We had our Christmas party on the 18th of December. We dressed in our party clothes and played lots of games in the hall. We all danced, won prizes and shared party food. At the end of the party we had a special visit from Santa!
In January, we found a mysterious egg in our garden and we decided to care for the egg to see if it would hatch. We kept it warm and left out some food and milk. When we discovered that the egg had hatched and the creature had escaped out of the window, we checked the camera and could see that a huge dragon had been in our garden. The dragon left us a note to thank us for caring for its egg, and it also left a small dragon for us to keep in our classroom.
The week after, we read ’Zog and the Flying Doctors’. We arrived at school one day and discovered that Rory, the class teddy, was looking unwell and had the same orange spots as the king from the story. We recalled all of the ingredients that made the medicine to cure the Orange Fever, and we found these in the garden. We mixed them together and gave Rory the medicine. We were enjoying being doctors and kept this up throughout the week.
We celebrated Chinese New Year. We listened to the ancient story about the twelve animals and we learnt that this year, it is the year of the rat. We watched special dances and learnt about Chinese New Year traditions. We used chopsticks, made fortune cookies, counted gold coins into special red envelopes, and dressed up in traditional clothing. As a whole class, we made a Chinese dragon, and even tasted lots of Chinese food dishes.
We celebrated Peppa’s birthday in the classroom. There were decorations, a cake and a card waiting for Peppa, by her fishbowl. We thought about how we celebrate birthdays and special occasions, and we decided to make our own birthday cards in the writing area for Peppa. We gave Peppa our cards and then we had a small party. We danced, played games and sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to Peppa. When her candle was blown out, we all enjoyed some birthday cake.
To celebrate National Science Day, we made an ocean in a bottle. We added blue water for the ocean and added shells for the seabed. We shared what we thought might happen to the shells. Would they sink or float? Then we added oil for the sunshine above the ocean. We talked about what was happening in the bottle, and why the yellow was not mixing with the blue. We tried doing different things to the liquid to see if they would mix. We stirred it, added more water, dropped more shells in and shook the bottle. We passed the ocean in the bottle around and looked closely at the liquids whilst talking about what we could see in the bottle. We enjoyed making bubbles in the bottle and watching them move around.
Nursery have been enjoying going to the Library and working with the Library team this term. They have been playing instruments, singing nursery rhymes, listening to stories and making crafts based on different stories. They have followed instructions, used stationary independently and selected their own resources to make crafts. Nursery children have enjoyed discussing stories and sharing their own thoughts about the characters and events.