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Welcome to our class page!

 

Teacher: Mrs Colman
Teaching assistants: Miss Bailey, Miss Taylor and Miss Higgins
Children: currently 30 children split over 15 and 30 hours

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Hello nursery!

 

It is Mrs Colman here, myself, Miss Bailey, Miss Taylor and Miss Higgins are missing you lots!

 

We can’t wait to hear what you have been getting up to at home!

 

I will keep posting different ideas on here to help! Please do not feel like you have to work your way through this list, it is not necessary, but a couple of activities each day may help bring a little bit of nursery into your home!

 

Don’t forget to add any photos or comments to our Facebook page so I can keep up to date with you too!

x

Nursery from Home

Here is a poem written by our one and only....Miss Bailey!!
(I think she is trying to give Julia Donaldson a run for her money, I am sure you will agree!)

 

Read it allowed with your family and talk about what it means. Why don't you see if you can complete some of the activites together? Can you spot the rhyming words? Have you got other books in the house with rhyming words in that you can share, or perhaps you can sing your favourite nursery rhyme? Can you clap along to the beat of the poem? Or think of some more rhyming words to create your own verse?

 

We hope you enjoy it, we miss you all!

xx

 

Nursery from Home
Hello there nursery children!
How are you today?
Your teachers are all missing you,
We want to watch you play!


We wonder if you can make us smile
We've set a little task.
It will only last a little while,
But can you do just like we ask?


Can you count from one to ten?
Can you dance and smile and sing?
What if you could make a den?
But be sure you all fit in!


What if you could draw a picture?
Can you build the tallest towers?
Or in the garden, make a muddy mixture
And discover brand new flowers!


Could you try to write your name?
We bet that you'll be great!
What about playing an outside game?
Just dont go past your gate!


We can't wait to hear what you've been up to
And hope your having fun.
We also think your grownups would love it,
If you tidy up once you're done!

Written by,
Miss Bailey.

Physical Development Ideas

 

Today, I am going to give you some physical development ideas! This is one of the 17 areas of the Early Years Curriculum.

 

 I got up this morning and I went for a run to make sure I was still exercising! My photos is below, so you know I am telling the truth (you can all hold me accountable!)

Why don’t you follow and try one of these ideas, get your family involved too!!
 

  • Try and exercise clip on Youtube. Here is the link to the Joe Wicks one -
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rz0go1pTda8

     
  • In nursery, we always do a ‘Wake Up’ routine to get us ready for the day. Here are two of our favourites, see if you can get your grown-ups to join in –

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gUbdNbu6ak
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwT5oX_mqS0

 

  • After our lunch, or at different points in the day, we do have some quiet time. Sometimes we complete a ‘Cosmic Yoga’ routine (please be aware, some are trickier than others) or other times we sit and listen to some relaxing music. Here are some links that we use –

https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpGydp1hEwE (we like looking for the different sea creatures on this one!)

 

  • We are outside lots in nursery, so go for a walk or run outside in the garden. See if you can think of some different ways of moving about - can you do some giant steps? Can you walk like a fairy? Can you sneak really quietly? Can you move like a lion?
    Getting some fresh air will really help.

     
  • Linking in with our writing development, we complete ‘Squiggle while you Wiggle’ daily. We have done three moves so far – up and down, circles and rainbows. You will need some material, one piece in each hand (a pair of socks will do for this) and then some paper and two pens to mark with. Here is a link to ‘up and down’ –

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptFAL-eSvxU
 

  • Please explain to your child that it is normal to feel tired, hot and out of breath (as you can all see from my photo!). Many children question this when exercising. This will help them to have an understanding of how their body works. If they show an interest in this, you could extend their learning further. 
     
  • Set a dance alarm - on your phone or tablet why not set an alarm to go off every hour? When you hear this alarm, play your favourite song and get moving!
     
  • Otis Mabuse from Strictly Come Dancing is going live on Facebook, Instagram and Youtube each day with some themed dances - see if you can learn some new moves!

 

Hope this keeps you going for a little while and helps to bring nursery into your home!

 

Speak to you soon, stay safe! xxx

Handwashing

 

Handwashing has been a very important part of the nursery day recently. We have been regularly washing our hands using soap and water and singing whilst we are doing so. We have talked about germs what they are. Mrs Colman dipped her hand in glitter and walked all around nursery, showing us all just how fast germs can spread!

 

Forest Garden

 

We are very lucky to have Forest Garden on our school site. Nursery have enjoyed exploring it this week. We have observed lots of children managing their own risks, growing in confidence in their own ability, helping and supporting each other and showing amazing gross motor skills! There has been lots of jumping, landing safely, negotiating space and climbing happening to strengthen up those muscles for our physical development!

Numberblocks

 

We have been very interested in numberblocks recently and it has really helped with our number sessions. We have enjoyed printing with cubes, arranging them to create our own numberblock representations and collaging the numberblocks too!

 

Here is the link to watch some of the short episodes at home:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/b08bzfnh/numberblocks

World Book Day

 

Today was a very cosy World Book Day and we all enjoyed a day in our pyjamas! We shared books throughout the day and talked about our favourites. We were also lucky enough to have Year 6 join us on the afternoon to share stories with us, we sat very quietly and listened carefully.

Birds

 

In line with ‘RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch’ we have been learning about birds in nursery this week. We followed instructions to create our own bird feeders using lard and bird seed, we created our own representations of birds from observations in the garden and books and we collected sticks, leaves and feathers to create our very own birds nest outdoors. We also extended this, and learnt about other animals which hatch out of an egg just like a bird!

 

Here is the link if you would like to find out more:

https://www.rspb.org.uk/about-the-rspb/about-us/media-centre/press-releases/big-garden-birdwatch-2020/

Fitness Week
 

This week was Fitness Week. We talked about the importance of staying fit and healthy and thought of different ways we could do this. We joined in with the whole school run around the playground and completed our own exercises in nursery!

Chinese New Year
 

This week, nursery have enjoyed learning about different traditions focusing on Chinese New Year. We have talked about Chinese food, created our own Chinese flags using the lucky colour, created our own Chinese lanterns and watched clips of the Chinese celebrations! We all decorated a paper plate to create our very own nursery Chinese dragon, and enjoyed copying dragon dancing to Chinese music.

Christmas Performance

 

We were AMAZING at performing our special Christmas nursery rhymes to our grown-ups over the last two days. We all tried really hard to sing the words and complete the actions.

Well done everyone, we hope you enjoyed the show!

 

Kindness Elves

 

Father Christmas sent us very special elves this year. They were called Kindness Elves and they were sent to us to help us complete acts of kindness in the lead up to the big day! Some of these included smiling at everyone you see, giving our friends a compliment, make Christmas cards for our loved ones and make decorations for the classroom.

 

We tried very hard with all the challenges set and were very sad to see the Kindness Elves go, but before they left they gave us a treat of a Polar Express Day! We hope to see them again next year!

Christmas Fayre
 

As always, Mrs Abbott gave nursery a £30.00 budget to spend to make some Christmas crafts to sell at the fayre. We decided to make hot chocolate reindeer cones, reindeer food, Christmas tree playdough and decorate some Christmas themed cakes. All of our creations required us to follow instructions carefully and use lots of maths skills such as counting and measuring.

Christmas Jumper Day

 

Today we celebrated Christmas Jumper Day to raise money for Save the Children. They Kindness Elves sent us a special challenge – to decorate Mrs Colman, Miss Bailey and Miss Higgins Christmas tops! We had lots of fun arranging, sticking and creating different bits to add on.

 

I think you will agree, they look fantastic!

Superheroes
 

We have been interested in superheroes this week. We have talked about superheroes special powers and what we thought our special power would be and something we were really good at! We also made superhero capes from bin liners and used our scissor skills to make masks.
 

Just look at our superhero poses!

Nursery Rhyme Week

 

This week we have been celebrating World Nursery Rhyme Week! Nursery rhymes are really important for our early communication, language and literacy development!


Each day we have learnt the words and some actions to five new nursery rhymes and completed some activities around each rhyme. 

 

Some of the rhymes we learnt this week were:

Incy wincy spider

Baa, baa black sheep

Down in the jungle,
Two little dickie birds

Row, row, row your boat

 

If you would like some more information on this, please visit:

https://www.worldnurseryrhymeweek.com/

 

We had lots of fun!
See if we can sing you one of our rhymes?

Exploring Instrumental Sounds

 

We have been focusing on aspect 2 of phase 1 phonics this week which is all about instrumental sounds. This led us on to be really interested in creating and performing our own shows. 

 

It all started on Tuesday, when in phonics we created our own shakers using different dried materials. We talked about the types of noises the different materials made and compared them. We really enjoyed taking our shakers outside onto the stage and using them to perform alongside music on the stage.

 

Later in the week we explored the different types of sounds we could create with our instruments, we practised stopping and playing when asked and playing our instruments loud and quiet. 

 

This then developed into groups of children creating their own stage area in the classroom using chairs and creating their own show using their own acts. We had jokes, dancing, singing - our talents are endless!

Children in Need

 

Today nursery celebrated Children in Need.

 

To begin our day, we joined in with Joe Wicks 'Big Morning Move'. We enjoyed copying the different moves to wake us up ready for a busy day!

 

We came into nursery in our own clothes and brought our teddies along with us! We cared for the teddies all day and enjoyed showing them the toys in nursery and our routine.

 

We then used charcoal to create representations of our teddies. We explored the different marks we could make using it as well as how we could use our finger to smudge it to make our picture textured.

 

We had lots of fun and we hope our teddies did too!

2D Shape

 

We have been learning all about 2D shapes in nursery this half term! We have learnt some new mathematical vocabulary such as:

 

square, triangle, rectangle, circle, side, corner, flat 

 

We have had lots of shape activities out in the nursery provision from creating 2D shape pictures, printing with 2D shapes and sorting the shapes into different categories. We even went on a shape hunt around school as part of our Maths focus!

Remembrance Day

 

We have been interest in poppies in nursery following on from poppies being sold around school. We talked about what these poppies represent and watched a short clip to help us understand what happened a long time ago.


Poppies clip:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02qvbd9

 

Some children took a further interest in this and chose to watch the Sunday memorial, we spoke a lot about the soldiers we could see, the uniform they had on and the medals they had been awarded.  

 

Some children chose to make their own poppies using loose parts or using collage materials. 

Bonfire Night

 

We have been very excited about Bonfire Night in nursery!

 

We listened carefully to the story of Guy Fawkes and what he had planned to do a long time ago.

 

We enjoyed discussing the firework displays we had seen during circle time and the sounds we could hear. We reminded each other of the rules and how to stay safe around fireworks. 

 

Some of us enjoyed creating our very own representations of the fireworks we had seen using chalks and paints after watching some firework displays on the whiteboard. 

Nursery's Halloween Party!

 

Nursery had their very own Halloween Party today!

 

We dressed up and visited the different classrooms around school to 'trick or treat'.

 

They were very kind to us and thankfully only offered us a 'treat'!

 

Throughout the week we have been very busy using our counting skills to make magic potions, our creative skills to create our own pumpkin faces using paints, our health and self care skills to create monster biscuits and our exploratory skills to help the adults carve spooky faces into pumpkins and apples!

Autumn

 

Autumn is such a busy time of year in nursery! There are so many changes to observe outdoors! The weather gets colder and the leaves begin to change on the trees. The children were very interested in bringing into nursery all the amazing natural materials they found on their way to school. From this, we decided to explore what these materials were and why they were on the floor.

 

We enjoyed going on a Autumn walk, making and exploring Autumn jelly, creating Autumn pictures using Autumnal colours and creating representations of 'spikey' objects using clay. 

 

In the lead up to Halloween we have been very busy using our counting skills to make magic potions, our creative skills to create our own pumpkin faces using paints, our health and self care skills to create monster biscuits and our exploratory skills to help the adults carve spooky faces into pumpkins and apples!

Our Senses

 

As part of getting to know each other in nursery, we have decided to explore our own bodies and our senses. We have completed lots of activities around our five senses and discussed our own likes and dislikes. 

 

Some of the activities we have enjoyed are:
 

A listening walk - we used our scissor skills to cut our some giant ears to create our 'listening ears'. We then wore these around school on a hunt for sounds. We talked about how we had to be very quiet to help our listening ears work. We then tried to identify the sounds we could hear!

A sensory trial - we took off our socks and shoes and went outside to feel different textures using our skin. We talked about the textures we liked and disliked and used some amazing vocabulary to describe them!

Taste Test - we had five different tastes to try and compared in our groups to who liked and disliked them. 

 

 

 

Outdoors


Look at all the fun we have been having in our new outdoor area!

 

The children have settled in well to the nursery routine and enjoy free flow each day!

Nursery Provision


Here are some examples of the activities we have out in nursery each day! The nursery classroom is split into different areas which link to the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. These change as the children's interests do, and we cater the provision depending on their own individual interests and development. 

Our first week!

 

We have been very busy this week settling into nursery, learning the rules and routines and making lots of new friends! We are looking forward to continuing next week!

 

We are very excited to be starting the journey together in Harrowgate Hill Primary School!

Each day will be different in nursery depending on children's interests - we can't wait to see where this year will take us!

 

There will be lots of learning, exploring, questioning and of course fun!! Keep checking back to see what we have been getting up to....

 

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