Next week, our final topic before the half term holiday will be Chinese New Year, a colourful festival which actually starts during the holidays. Watch out for dragons and dogs!
As the windy weather gave way to rain, the children and Mrs Smith were not deterred! We donned our wellies and pushed up our umbrellas for some drippy, splashing fun in the big puddles!
Although, sadly, it had stopped snowing at this point, the weather did not stop us from making 'snowballs'! A yummy cake made with white chocolate and coconut. The children got to watch the chocolate melt and sprinkle coconut 'snow' over the chocolaty treats.
Some children decided to explore numerals in the environment, in books and even have a go at writing them!
Some children decided to continue exploring the Kandinsky picture 'A Winter Landscape'.
Our next science experiment was finding out if it was windy outside. We made 'wind testers' out of tissue paper and art straws. The wind made the tissue paper move as it blew through the playground. It was very windy that day!
It's a science kind of a term!
Mrs Smith did a silly thing and left the animals outside over night. When the children came to nursery they found the animals stuck in ice! We talked about how to free the animals and the children came up with some great ideas! We put the ideas to the test whilst we were at P.E and found that hot water was the best way to melt ice!
The children made snowflakes out of shapes after looking at a photo of a snowflake close up. They decided that triangles, diamonds and hexagons were the best shapes to use.
Our topic this term is weather and so the children have been busy investigating different kinds of weather. We have been making snowflakes out of shapes, talking about storms and making 'wind testers' for those particularly blowy days we have had recently. The children especially enjoyed an experiment to get the animals out of ice!
We have been looking at the artist Kandinsky and his painting called 'A Winter Landscape'. The children could tell us a lot about the picture, such as "it looks like it's snowing", "It is cold in the picture" "There is a house with no door". The children have been reproducing the painting using tissue paper and black paint and painted their own with the same colours.
It's a short half term this time but the nursery children are already throwing themselves into learning!
This half term we will be learning all about the weather, especially in the winter, and look forward to discovering exciting new things.
Happy New Year!
The Christmas parties were enjoyed by all! The Big Man himself came to wish all the children a merry Christmas and, thanks to all the generous parents, the children had a delicious feast to eat and lots of dancing fun.
Christmas craft day was enjoyed by a lot of the parents. Thank you to everyone who participated and brought in craft items, they made the party hats look fantastic!
A few important dates for your diaries during the Christmas period:
Friday 8th December - Christmas craft session for the parents. Morning session - 10am. Afternoon session 1:40pm. Please feel free to bring in bits to decorate with.
Friday 15th December - Christmas sing a long in the hall - 2pm arrival for a 2:15 start. There will be a raffle and a few stalls for parents to browse to raise money for Foundation outdoor equipment. We would love the morning children to attend although we understand if you can't come back to school.
Tuesday 19th December - Children's Christmas parties. Children from both sessions will be having a party on this day and we are asking parents for a voluntary donation of shop-bought food (we have some allergies). The food slips will be given out in class in the next week or so.
School finishes at the regular time on Wednesday 20th December.
The children are now busy making their Christmas decorations for the big school tree and soon we will be thinking about other Christmassy treats.
Is it Christmas already?
We made hot chocolate on a cold day. It was a nice treat and it warmed everyone up after playing outside.
The children made hedgehogs and owls out of playdough and clay. They visited the 'bat cave' in the roleplay area and searched for nocturnal animals in the dark.
It is that special time of year when the nights are longer and the weather is cold but the children in the Nursery are still hard at play, learning all about nocturnal animals and night time routines.
So don't forget!
Friday 17th November
Wear spots for a small donation
Bring in pennies for Pennies for Pudsey
Buy our class made spotty cakes to raise money for this brilliant cause!
We have been baking for Pudsey today! All the children have taken part in making delicious cakes for the cake sale on Friday. Now all we need to do is decorate them in wonderful spots!
We have been busy already this week, getting ready for Friday's Children In Need! There have been Pudsey Bears everywhere!
Don't forget it is Odd Sock Day on Monday to raise awareness of Anti Bullying Week!
Later on in the week we will be raising money for Children in Need by baking spotty cakes. They will be on sale in F1 on Friday. KS1 and 2 will also be selling cakes at home time on Friday. Let's raise some money for Pudsey!
We have also been doing some lovely fire work pictures for all the parents to see in the class room.
Next were some spooky activities for Halloween! The children got to explore different textures with the green jelly and the pumpkins, made shadows with the torches and melted chocolate to make delicious chocolate apples.
The children made delicious coconut ladoos for Diwali. This was the first cooking experience for the children and they loved it! Cooking is great for confidence and independence but also teaches the children a lot of the mathematical language they will need, such as heavy, more, weight, time etc.
It has been a term full of celebrations and festivals!
Thank you to everyone who gave permission for their children to appear on the website. Now we will be able to post photos of all the exciting things the children are learning!
Here are some of the statements we will be working on this term.
We will be covering the curriculum using the Development Matters document.
My name is Mrs Smith and I am the class teacher in the Nursery. If you have any questions or problems please feel free to ask me or the Nursery Nurse Mrs Bennett, for help.
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