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Our Favourite Things


To end the school year with the Sunbeams , we planned a week doing our favourite things. The activities included playing and making instruments ,  painting - we gave our toy shed a makeover ! , den building , cooking and an 'animal day' where we were able to read our favourite books from the year and sing our favourite songs. As it was our favourite things it also included catching and blowing bubbles ! 


 




 


Posted by: The Teachers on: 14/07/2017

Family Fun Day


Thank you so much for making our family fun day such a great success. The children had an amazing time with you and it was lovely to see so many family members and from different generations coming together and having such a lovely time. The children's excitment and laughter is captured in our photos and we will be sharing them on the gallery. We will also have a slide show running before and after nursery.     


 




Posted by: The Teachers on: 06/07/2017

Oh we do like to be beside the seaside...


These last two weeks the children have been learning all about the seaside and things we might find on the sea and under the sea! The children have enjoyed playing in the outdoor seaside area and exploring the seaside through sensory trays.


Our literacy has been around the story of 'The Rainbow Fish' and we have talked about the moral of the story and how we can be a good friend in nursery.


The children have been really interested in the fish and creatures that live under the sea and we have looked really closely at both fish and octopus. The children used their new knowledge to name and discuss the different parts of fish and octopus. 


 



Posted by: The Teachers on: 06/07/2017

Buzzing bees...


The children had a fantastic week learning about bees. We learnt about the different types of bees but focussed primarily on the honey bee. The children took part in crafts involving bees and enjoyed being bee keepers in the role play area. We were really interested in how there were lots of common factors between the lifecycle of a butterfly and the lifecycle of a bee. The children learnt some amazing 'Wow' words including insect, nectar, pollen, hive and colony!


 


 


Posted by: The Teachers on: 30/06/2017

Who's That Trip Trapping Over My Bridge ?


The Sunbeams really enjoyed listening to the story of The Three Billy Goats Gruff  , so this week the troll and the three goats visited the Sunbeam room. The children used the props to role play and retell the story. They carefully balanced along the bridge , trying not to wake the hungry troll ! To extend the learning , we used a variety of construction toys to build bridges for the troll to live under. The children also designed their own troll masks using paint and collage materials.   In cookery , the Sunbeams wanted to make a snack to give to the troll so that he didn't eat the goats. They decided that he really liked cakes. They were right ! When we left him to look after the iced cakes he ate them all. The children were very cross with him for not sharing. Luckily we had some more !


On Monday we arrived at nursery to discover that the butterflies had hatched. The children helped to take care of them before we released them into the garden . 


 





Posted by: The Teachers on: 30/06/2017

The Sunbeams Go Large !


This week the Sunbeams have taken part in a variety of 'large' activities ! We created big pictures using different techniques . We covered the floor with paper and the children worked together to make patterns and marks . Outside,  the children had fun painting with squeezy bottles and spray bottles . They were fascinated by the different effects that were created as the paint ran down the paper. The finished picture wouldn't look out of place in an art gallery ! We also went large with our model making . The children chose the resources and made various structures including towers, houses and cars. Finally , we turned the Sunbeam room into a huge den using sheets and blankets . We played together inside and then ate a special snack. It was an exciting end to the week ! 


 


 






 

Posted by: The Teachers on: 23/06/2017

The caterpillar got bigger and bigger!


Well, our caterpillars are certainly enjoying their food, we have seen some triple in size over this week! The children have enjoyed observing the caterpillars daily. We have made a display so the children can freely observe the caterpillars and read both fiction and non-fiction books about caterpillars and the lifecycle of a butterfly.   


This week the children have taken part in lots of activities around healthy eating and healthy lifestyles. We have tasted fruit and made fresh fruit salad. The children have used their senses while playing a sensory game and we have taken part in daily exercise routines, this has included stretching, dancing and children's Zumba!


The children are busy rehearsing their Graduation songs and the dance moves are coming together nicely!


Next week we will be beginning our work around transition and following the children's interests around bees. The children were observed watching the bees in the garden and were asking both each other and the adults lots of questions.


 


Posted by: The Teachers on: 17/06/2017

Sunbeams Enjoy the Summer Sun!


Summer has arrived and the Sunbeams have enjoyed making the most of the sunshine ! They were particularly keen to help wash the babies clothes and hang them out to dry . They also tried out the hoppers for the first time which proved to be very good exercise . The children declared that they were very tired after bouncing round the playground. We have also observed the growing caterpillars . The Sunbeams have learnt new rhymes and taken part in a variety of creative activities exploring the life cycle of a butterfly. 



 


 



 


 


 


 


Posted by: The Teachers on: 16/06/2017

Munch, Munch, Munch!


Welcome back! We hope you all had an enjoyable half term. This week we have been learning about the life cycle of a butterfly through the story of 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar'. We have eagerly been awaiting the arrival of our own caterpillars which arrived safely today. Mrs Goodwin helped the children to put the caterpillars into their own individual habitats. The children will be able to observe the caterpillars as they grow and prepare to spin their cocoons before turning into beautiful butterflies!


Over the week we have enjoyed the story through different formats, created caterpillars using different materials, made butterfly prints and baked butterfly cakes! The display boards in nursery are looking very colourful with all the amazing art work the children have created.


Next week we will be learning about and tasting the fruits from the story. We will also be thinking about healthy foods and lifestyle and our five senses.  


 


Posted by: The Teachers on: 09/06/2017

Old Mcdonald Had A Farm


At the end of term the Sunbeams enjoyed singing the rhyme and taking part in lots of farm activities. The children explored different creative and sensory activities , focussing on each animal . They also engaged in imaginative play , looking after the animals . They are now looking forward to taking care of our baby caterpillars ! 


 


Posted by: The Teachers on: 09/06/2017

Welcome Sunbeams!


 


We have recently welcomed new children to the Sunbeam room. They have all settled well and they are enjoying


exploring and making new friends. 


 



 



 

Posted by: The Teachers on: 18/05/2017

Feathery friends in nursery!


The children were really excited to spot a nest and a bird nesting in one of the trees in the nursery garden. This has sparked lots of interest in birds and nests and we have taken our learning this week down this trail. The children looked really closely at a Robins nest and we thought about all the things a bird might need to build its nest. We then went outside to gather lots of natural materials so we could create our own nests for the nursery 'birds'. One child also went on a hunt when they got home and brought in lots of lovely natural materials to add to the ones we had already collected!


The children enjoyed watching a clip of a bird building a nest and then watching baby birds hatching from their eggs. We thought really hard about where birds build their nests and why, the children came up with some amazing ideas!


In cookery we made chocolate nests using Shredded Wheat and melted chocolate and then we added marshmallow eggs. In our creative area we painted with feathers, created feather collage and made flowers. In number the children have been counting out feathers onto numbered birds and in Music and Movement we danced the 'Duck Dance' with Boogie Beebies!


There has been lots of lovely learning in 'The Garden Centre' and garden themed play dough area.


On Wednesday the children planted cress seeds to link in with our learning around Spring, new life and growing. 


 




   

Posted by: The Teachers on: 11/05/2017

Blossoming Spring!!!


This week we have focussed our learning around spring flowers, we have looked at different varities of flowers and named and learnt about the different parts of the flower.


We have carried out observational paintings and drawings and we have even painted and printed with the flowers!


In cookery the children made jam bun 'flowers' and in music and movement we created the movements of a blooming flower and swayed in the gentle wind!  


 


Posted by: The Teachers on: 05/05/2017

Who's Been Eating My Porridge ?


This term the Sunbeams have enjoyed listening to the traditional tale Goldilocks and the Three Bears. They acted out and retold the story using the props. We explored the feelings of the characters and the children decided to help Goldilocks say sorry to the Bears by inviting them to a picnic. We made sandwiches and biscuits and had lots of fun with the Bears and Goldilocks , eating the delicious food and singing songs.


We also explored porridge in our sensory tray , both dry and wet ! At snack time we tasted porridge and the children chose from a variety of toppings. We all thought it was yummy! 


 We were able to extend the learning to include activities on size and sorting/ordering. 


 





Posted by: The Teachers on: 03/05/2017

5,4,3,2,1..... Blast off!!


Our learning this week has been around space and our solar system. We have supported this learning through the story of 'Whatever Next'. It was really interesting to listen to the children's knowledge and their own interests that they already have around space.


The children have acted out the role of an Astronaut in our space centre and space environment. We have watched a rocket take off and a clip of Neil Armstrong landing on the moon.


The children have learnt about the planets that make up our solar system and we have reflected on life on other planets through the story of 'Aliens in Underpants'!!!! We had great fun creating our own aliens on balloons and with paint.


We have explored weight by comparing and weighing moon rocks and we have counted down from 10 to 0 to blast off our rockets.


The children finished their week of learning with a picnic on the moon, just like baby bear!


Next week we will be focussing on Astronauts and rockets, there will also be a silver theme running across nursery! 


 


Posted by: The Teachers on: 23/04/2017

Spring and Egg Hunt


 


 



Posted by: The Teachers on: 31/03/2017

Exciting visit from someone who helps us!


We were really excited to welcome a Mummy into nursery who is a nurse. She talked to us about her role as a nurse and we asked lots of very interesting questions! We were able to look at medical equipment and some children had a go at tryng on the masks and using the bandages.


This week we are having an 'eggciting' time with our learning focussed on Spring, eggs and chocolate delights!!!! 


 


Posted by: The Teachers on: 29/03/2017

Let's Get Physical !


This week the Sunbeams have been moving in different ways . We set up an obstacle course for the children to explore. They enjoyed bouncing, crawling , jumping , balancing and running! We also used a variety of different balls to practise our throwing and catching. 


The children designed their own kites . After decorating their paper plates they attached long streamers. We then had a lovely time running with them in the Spring sunshine. 


 




Posted by: The Teachers on: 24/03/2017

Bubbles galore!


This week we have explored the role of car mechanics. The children have enjoyed being mechanics in the garage role play area. We looked inside the engine of Miss Askews car and learnt the names of the different parts of the car. On Thursday we had great fun washing Miss Morrells car with lots of bubbles!


Today we have learnt all about St Patricks day from one of our friends. We have listened to the story of St Patrick and taken part in Irish dancing while listening to different types of Irish and Celtic music.


Next week we will be learning about vets and how to care for pets and small animals. Polite reminder that Tuesday is our 'Magic Day' in Nursery! 


 


   



Posted by: The Teachers on: 17/03/2017

Let's Get Messy !


 


The Sunbeams used their senses to explore different materials this week. They used their hands to play with a variety of textures includng slimy 'gloop' and sticky cooked spaghetti . The children also used tools to mash, scoop and cut the resources in the sensory trays. We then went on to explore them by smell and taste. Some they liked and some they didn't! 


     


Posted by: The Teachers on: 17/03/2017

All aboard!


This week we have continued our learning around the theme of 'People Who Help Us'. Our learning this week focussed on transport, bus and train drivers and the postman. We have used lots of lovely language while discussing different types of transport and sharing our own experiences. We have created trains using shapes and painted our own pictures of trains. The children enjoyed a number activity while involved in role play in the train station.


As part of our activities on the postman we wrote letters to 'Postman Pat' and asked him lots of questions about his job.


We are very excited to welcome a Mummy into the setting who is going to talk to us about her job as a nurse in the hospital.


Next week we will be learning about the job of a mechanic and working in a garage. 


 




 

Posted by: The Teachers on: 10/03/2017

The Sunbeam Orchestra!


This week the Sunbeams have been exploring sound. The children enjoyed trying a variety of new instruments. They created sound by banging , shaking , tapping and blowing. We then made our own instruments to play in our orchestra. They made Chinese drums , guitars, shakers and a Didgeridoo ! We then extended the learning by using every day objects to create sound. Their lovely music was recorded so that they could listen to the different sounds they'd made together.   


 




Posted by: The Teachers on: 10/03/2017

Welcome Sunbeams!


We've recently welcomed new children to the Sunbeam Room. They have all settled well and they are enjoying exploring and making new friends.


 



Posted by: The Teachers on: 03/03/2017

Dear Zoo...


The Sunbeams have enjoyed reading the story Dear Zoo. They have been learning about the animals and why they were sent back to the zoo.


We used different painting techniques to make pictures of the jungle animals . The children used sponges , cotton reels , pom poms , brushes and their fingers ! We also practised our cutting skills and made collage animals.  In cookery we made 'Monkey Muffins' . The children mashed the bananas and quickly added them to the cake mixture before the 'naughty' monkey from the story ate them !


We learnt lots of new animal songs and rhymes . In dance the children moved like jungle animals . They stomped , slithered and jumped.


 




 

Posted by: The Teachers on: 24/02/2017

People who help us


This week we have started our new theme 'People who help us'. Our focus this week has been on the role of firefighters and police officers. We have enjoyed taking on the role of a firefighter in our fire station and control room. The children have explored colour through mixing 'fire' colours and we have painted and made fire engines. It was great fun matching locks and keys and we took each others finger prints!


Next week we will be learning about the roles of those people who work in the medical profession.


 

Posted by: The Teachers on: 24/02/2017

The Tiger Who Came To Tea!


We had a great day on Wednesday learning through the story of 'The Tiger Who Came to Tea' and having a traditional tea party! Have a lovely half term and we will see you on Tuesday 21st February.


 



 


Posted by: The Teachers on: 10/02/2017

Rumble in the Jungle and tigers for tea!


The children have been learning all about the jungle and jungle animals. We have listened to jungle sounds and tried to imagine what the jungle environment would feel and smell like. We have explored the sounds of jungle animals through our phonics sessions and explored pattern and texture while creating jungle animals using a variety of resources and materials.


During story the children really enjoyed 'Oliver's fruit salad' so on Wednesday we created shopping lists before buying items to put into our own fruit salad on Thursday.


This Wednesday we will be holding our own 'Tiger Who Came to Tea' tea party! 

Posted by: The Teachers on: 06/02/2017

Listen to the Dinosaurs Roar!!!


For the last two weeks the children have been learning about dinosaurs. We have developed our language skills through small world environments and a dinosaur expedition camp. We took on the role of a Paleontologist and dug for bones to create dinosaur skeletons.


The children have enjoyed creating their own representations of dinosaurs using paint, printing and collage materials. We have displayed our wonderful paintings on the wall inbetween the jungle vines!


In number we have counted out the spikes onto Stegasauras and created patterns and pictures using bones. There was a funny smell of eggs in nursery on Thursday as we collected numbered dinosaur eggs into our baskets and then counted how many we had found!


To develop our physical skills we took part in bubble wrap 'stomping' and pretended to move like dinosaurs in music and movement.


Our dinosaur cakes smelt and tasted delicious and we enjoyed making dinosaur footprints into our cookie biscuits.


On Friday the children learnt about Chinese New Year and we explored lots of lovely resources around this theme. We listened to chinese music, sang songs and created a dragon dance with drums and cymbals. On Monday we will be tasting some chinese food and making decorations to celebrate Chinese New Year.


 


The expedition camp has now turned into the jungle and we will be exploring jungle animals through the stories of 'Dear Zoo' and 'The tiger who came to tea'.


 



  

Posted by: The Teachers on: 28/01/2017

Going on a Bear Hunt


This term the Sunbeams have enjoyed taking part in activities based on their favourite story.


We set up a role play area for the chidren to act out the story . They used the binoculars that they made to look for the bear in the cave. We thought about the feelings of the characters in the book. The children decided that the bear was sad because he wanted to play with his friends . They thought is would be a good idea to invite the bear to tea so he joined us to share a picnic.


 


The Sunbeams helped to make a sensory tray to explore the different textures . They particularly enjoyed playing with the 'thick, oozy mud '! We also used a variety of instruments to create the sounds from the story.


 


 


Posted by: The Teachers on: 20/01/2017

The Season is Winter....


These last two weeks the children have been learning about winter, winter weather and keeping warm in the cold. We have enjoyed exploring ice through the theme of 'Frozen'.


The children firstly explored winter through pictures and books. We went outside and talked about what we could feel and hear.


At the craft table we have painted and printed snowmen and added collage materials. We have explored cold colours through paint mixing and painting on 'icy' foil. The children really enjoyed painting ice and watching the colours as they mixed and melted in the tray.


In mathematics we have counted buttons onto our snowmen, created snowflakes with ear buds and measured snowmen using cubes.


We have opened a 'Winter Woolies' shop and the children have been dressing the teddy bears ready for the cold weather outside.


In cookery we made 'FROZEN' cakes and Olaf snowmen biscuits!


How exciting that snow fell today!!!!!


 


Next week watch out for roaring dinosaurs..........


 



  


 

Posted by: The Teachers on: 13/01/2017

Messy Play Week


This week we have been enjoying some lovely activities around our theme of messy play. The children have used their senses to explore baked beans, custard, angel delight, flour and water and sand and washing up liquid! We have played with rice, pasta and lentils and learnt about measuring through the use of different sized spoons and containers.


We have made marks through printing and rollers and copied patterns in a variety of substances!


The children are busy practising their songs for the nativity performance and we look forward to welcoming you on Wednesday.  Our morning performance is at 10:30am and the afternoon performance is at 2:15pm. 


 


Posted by: The Teachers on: 02/12/2016

Who's that trip trapping over my bridge?


This week the Sunbeams have enjoyed listening to the traditional tale , The Three Billy Goats Gruff . They used the puppets and props to retell the story and engage in imaginative play , making up their own tales about the troll !


We used a variety of construction toys to build bridges for the goats so that they could cross the water safely. The children looked carefully at the different sized goats to decide which one was the biggest and the smallest. They did some fantastic counting too!


The Sunbeam room is looking very festive . The children had great fun decorating the tree!  



Posted by: The Teachers on: 02/12/2016

Srumptious chocolate!!!


This week we have explored chocolate through the story of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. We have enjoyed listening to the story and singing songs with a chocolate theme.


We have built towers with rolos, created pictures with chocolate buttons and made chocolate cup cakes. The dough area was turned into a sweet shop and Willy Wonka's factory!


Thank you to all those parents that joined us for a day of chocolate fun on Thursday.


Next week our learning will continue with a chocolate theme but we will be learning about the process of making chocolate and taking part in chocolate experiments. 


 


 


 



Posted by: The Teachers on: 21/11/2016

World Nursery Rhyme Week


This week nursery has taken part in World Nursery Rhyme Week. We have learnt a nursery rhyme each day and taken part in activities to support the learning of the rhyme. We have taken part in craft activities to support the singing of the rhymes at home and each day we have taken home activities and information to support learning and the benefits of rhyme. The nursery rhymes this year were 'Doctor Foster', 'Baa, baa, black, sheep', 'Hey diddle, diddle', Two little dickie birds' and 'Incy Wincy Spider'. Thank you to all those parents that joined us to share the singing of our nursery rhymes and presentation of certificates.


 



 


 

Posted by: The Teachers on: 12/11/2016

Bonfires burning, bonfires burning!


We had a really enjoyable week learning about the history of bonfire night and taking part in firework themed activities. The reception children taught us how we should keep safe when out watching fireworks and we were so impressed with the amazing safety film that they produced. The whole unit enjoyed a bonfire party on the friday afternoon with songs, hotdogs and chocolate sparklers! 


Posted by: The Teachers on: 12/11/2016

I'll Huff and I'll Puff...


This week the Sunbeams have enjoyed reading the traditional tale 'The Three Little Pigs'. They used the props and puppets to act out and retell the story. We explored the different materials that the pigs used to build their houses and the children decorated their own home for the pigs to live in.


We used a variety of construction bricks to build houses . They explored using playdough 'cement' to make the walls stronger. In cookery we melted chocolate and mixed it with cornflakes to make  'mud'. They then counted three pigs to go on each one.


The Sunbeams created pig and wolf pictures by using different shapes. They used scissors to cut out the shapes and then they glued them to make animal faces.  




Posted by: The Teachers on: 11/11/2016

Celebrating Diwali


Today we have been learning about Diwali, we were so excited to hear about Diwali from two children in Reception and then we watched an amazing presentation from all the children in the Reception class! 


 


 

Posted by: The Teachers on: 20/10/2016

Visiting Pygmy Hedgehog


Yesterday we had a visit from Sarah and her Pygmy Hedgehog. She talked to us about how she cares for Peppa and the differences between a Pygmy Hedgehog and Hedgehogs we may spot in our gardens. The children had some really interesting questions for Sarah..... "Do Pygmy Hedgehogs have spikes?", "Do they have eyes?" and "Do they have ears?"!


 


Posted by: The Teachers on: 20/10/2016

Royal Approval.....


We are so excited to get our Royal reply from Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth. We have shared the letter and card with both the children in Reception  and Nursery. Both will be framed and displayed proudly on the wall in nursery. 


Posted by: The Teachers on: 20/10/2016

Autumn leaves are falling down....


This week we have learnt and spotted the signs of Autumn, we have explored Autumn through real and natural materials.



 


Posted by: The Teachers on: 14/10/2016

Tick , Tock...


Last week the Sunbeams learnt the nursery rhyme Hickory Dickory Dock. We painted a large box to use as the clock and everyone made a mouse puppet. The children enjoyed finding out information about mice. Their favourite version of the rhyme includes a variety of animals that climb up the clock. The children were able to put the animals in size order and describe why an elephant shouldn't sit on the top ! This week we will be looking at the changes autumn brings.    


 


Posted by: The Teachers on: 10/10/2016

Incy Wincy, Itsy, Bitsy.....


This week our learning has had a rhyming focus with the help of some spiders!!! The children have observed real spiders and explored spiders and mini beasts in our 'Mini beast handling area' as part of our role play area. The children were really interested to find out that spiders have eight legs and eyes, a baby spider is called a spiderling and just like a caterpillar they spin cocoons.


The children have explored webs by creating webs using honey, making webs with a variety of materials and sewing webs using paper bowls.


In music and movement we moved like snails and spiders and on the IWB we used the pen to make the spider move to create pictures.


For the last two weeks of term the children will be learning about Autumn and the changes to the natural environment. We will be having a black and orange colour focus during the last week!!!!


   

Posted by: The Teachers on: 06/10/2016

Slowly, Slowly.....


Wow! what a lovely week of learning we have had, the children have loved exploring and learning about snails. So many of the children brought snails in and we were able to create a 'snail environment' in the classroom. The children watched and closely observed the snails as they moved and ate. We learnt some amazing facts and these have been transferred across all areas of the curriculum.


The children have created spirals and developed their pencil skills by following trails and patterns.  We created snail trails with glue and glitter and created collage snails using dough. The Children studied 'The Snail' by Mattisse and created their own representations using coloured paper squares. At snack time we created spirals using bread and enjoyed 'snail' sandwiches!


Next week our learning will focus on spiders and webs, leading into theme work around Autumn and changes in the natural world.


Polite reminder that it is 'Odd Sock Day' tomorrow in support of the NSPCC,  Many Thanks.


 



   

Posted by: The Teachers on: 02/10/2016

Incy Wincy Spider


This week the Sunbeams have been learning the nursery rhyme Incy Wincy Spider. We went on a spider hunt in the garden. The children were fantastic at finding them in the bushes with their binoculars and magnifying glass.


We made cardboard spiders to use as a prop . The children practised their cutting skills as they snipped eight legs. 


After looking closely at the spider webs , we used a needle and wool to thread a pattern for the spiders. In cookery we ate delicious 'cheesy' spiders !




   

Posted by: The Teachers on: 30/09/2016

Somewhere Over The Rainbow.....


This week we have followed the children's interest in colour and rainbows. We have painted rainbows to learn the sequence of the colours and of course learnt the words to that very famous song! The children have explored colours using food colouring and powder paints.


We have learnt how rainbows are created and have painted rain clouds mixing different shades of grey. In music and movement this week we 'dressed' appropriately for wet weather and then went splashing and jumping in 'puddles' while listening to thunder storm sound effects, the children loved 'Singing in the Rain'!    


Please take a look at the children's amazing art work on the displays in the classroom.


Our focus in Letters and Sounds this week was rhyme and exploring sound. The children had some great ideas while exploring long and short sounds with their voices. We enjoyed singing nursery rhymes and exploring rhyme through stories and songs.


Next week we are learning about snails and creatures we find in our gardens.  One of the children in nursery loves snails and has been bringing this interest into the classroom on a daily basis! There will be lots of new knowledge around snails and lots of exploration around shape and spirals.   


 





 


Posted by: The Teachers on: 25/09/2016

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star


This week the Sunbeams have enjoyed singing the rhyme Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. We thought about where and when we would see stars. The children created night time pictures using star cutters and lots of glitter ! We made stars to use as props when we sang. The children looked round the nursery for star shapes and were very excited when they found them ( in different sizes and colours).


In cookery we mixed the ingredients , rolled the dough and cut out star shapes to make delicious biscuits.  


 



Posted by: The Teachers on: 23/09/2016

Welcome back Sunbeams !

Posted by: The Teachers on: 19/09/2016

Welcome back and welcome to our new friends!


Welcome back! We hope you enjoyed the summer break, the children enjoyed sharing their special times with us.


Since returning to nursery our learning has centered around colour, exploring colour and what happens when we mix colours. The children have made marble cakes, created colour crowns, explored coloured jelly and dough and painted with a variety of colours and tools. Just like the mice in our colour story we have mixed colours with our hands and feet.


We have enjoyed the story of Elmer and this has led onto activities about pattern and jungle animals.


This week we are exploring colour through the weather and with a particular focus on rainbows and rain clouds! Listen out for us 'Singing in the Rain'! 


 


 

Posted by: The Teachers on: 18/09/2016

All Aboard!


Last week the Sunbeams opened their own train station. We had lots of fun taking on different roles . Some children were keen to drive our Thomas train , others wanted to sell tickets and some were happy to be passengers in the coaches! The train theme gave us lots of opportunities to use size and positional language. We set up small world activities with different types of trains and the children pretended to be trains , going under bridges and through tunnels.


We looked at non fiction books to learn about different types of trains and what they are used for and we sang lots of new train songs !


 


 



The warm weather also meant that were able to go on the picnic that we'd planned . Before we went the children made sandwiches and chose a story to read.  We had a lovely time !


Posted by: The Teachers on: 18/07/2016

Emotions and Celebrations


Thank you for joining us at our Graduation ceremony on Wednesday. The children loved performing for you and we were so proud of them as they came up one by one to collect their achievements and photographs.


On Friday the children released the butterflies into the nursery garden. We will look forward to spotting them over the next week and I am sure they will be very happy in their new home!


Friday morning the children enjoyed another singing and story session with Arauzazu, we listened to a story about a little boy and a dragon and then counted in Spanish while singing some traditional number songs.


Next week we will be continuing with our seaside theme and under the sea. The weather looks very sunny so we will make the most of being able to have lots of water play activities. This week the children have created fish, caught and counted fish in nets and our literacy has focussed on the story of 'The Rainbow Fish'.


Our end of term party is on Wednesday and children can wear their favourite or party clothes. It has been a pleasure working in partnership with you during your child's nursery education and whether you are moving onto school or returning in the new term we wish you a lovely summer break and lots of luck for the future.


Many Thanks


The Foundation Stage Team


 


Posted by: The Teachers on: 16/07/2016

Mum's Day!


Thank you for joining us for our Olmpic themed Mum's Day, it was lovely to welcome so many of you into the setting and we all had a fantastic day!!!!



Posted by: The Teachers on: 07/07/2016

The Sunbeams enjoy the summer sun!


This week the Sunbeams left the nursery and enjoyed a visit to the field to make the most of the summer sunshine. They travelled there in the Walkodile which they all found very exciting! The children played football together and blew bubbles . They ran after them and tried to pop them before they disappeared "to the moon!". We then explored the wooded area. The children travelled in different ways around the trees and they looked for flowers and insects.


We're hoping the summer continues so that we can use the Walkodile again and go and share a picnic and story time!.


Posted by: The Teachers on: 06/07/2016

Stop, look and listen!


This week our learning has focussed on road safety and keeping safe when out in the environment. The children have learnt songs and taken part in activities that have supported their understanding of road safety.


All of the children made 'Holding Hands' medals and we have created zebra crossings and traffic lights to understand where the safest places are to cross roads. This knowledge has also been reinforced through small world play and role play, we have been very busy!!!!


Our caterpillars are getting very fat and will soon be spinning their cocoons!


Polite reminder that Mum's Day will take place on Wednesday. 


 


 

Posted by: The Teachers on: 01/07/2016

Fire, Fire!


This week the Sunbeams have been learning all about the role of a fireman. They have enjoyed dressing up and using the equipment to put out the fires in the Sunbeam Room. They also engaged in lots of imaginative play as they used the small world fire station and fire engines. In cookery they made 'cheesy hoses'!


 


The theme has also included lots of work on shape and counting. The children made a collage fire engine, using a variety of cut out shapes. They looked carefully and chose the most appropriate shapes to make and design a fire engine. We also learnt lots of new songs and rhymes. Outside the children had lots of fun squirting water,  using different equipment, to put out the flames. Just like real firemen!     


 


Posted by: The Teachers on: 24/06/2016

"Ola"


We were really excited to Welcome Arauzazu into nursery this morning. She taught us some words in Spanish and then we enjoyed listening to stories and songs in Spanish! We are looking forward to her visiting again in the coming weeks. 


Posted by: The Teachers on: 24/06/2016

Special delivery in the post!


This week we had a special delivery of caterpillars! Over the next two weeks the children will be learning about the lifecycle of a butterfly through observations of the caterpillars and the story of 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar'.


The children have printed caterpillars, moved like caterpillars, matched patterns and created a butterfly painting. We re-told the story through music and movement and in cookery we have used cucumber. raisins and pepper to make caterpillars and we also tried the different fruits from 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' story.


Next week we will be having a focus on road safety and moving into our new theme 'under the sea' and 'beside the seaside'.


   


Posted by: The Teachers on: 23/06/2016

Queens 90th Birthday Celebrations


We are celebrating the Queens 90th Birthday in style. The children had a very special visitor who joined us for a street party and red, white and blue party celebrations. The children asked the 'Queen' questions and found out all about her life and the role of a Queen. We have painted pictures of the queen, created 'royal' cup cakes, celebrated birthdays in the home corner and created our very own birthday card to send to the Queen! Today the children have made their own afternoon tea and tomorrow we will be making a birthday cake.   



 


Posted by: The Teachers on: 09/06/2016

Chick update....fluffy bundles of joy!


 


   


The children have created some amazing representations of the chicks using a variety of materials and tools. They have carried out their own research and created a piece of hatching chick drama!


 


Posted by: The Teachers on: 09/06/2016

Chick update number one!


We have fourteen healthy chicks, the children have helped prepare the brooder box this morning and made sure our seven chicks are happy and settled in their new home. We will start to handle the chicks from Monday.




 


 


 


 


Many thanks to all the dad's, uncles, grandad's and friends that came to our 'Dad's Day' we had a great time and the children loved watching your air guitar skills!


 



 


 


 


 


 

Posted by: The Teachers on: 20/05/2016

Finally!


The children are very excited, our eggs have arrived and we are busy caring for them in the incubator, we will keep you updated on their progress over the next couple of days.


Posted by: The Teachers on: 18/05/2016

Pets and Vets


The Sunbeams have enjoyed looking after the new pets. They fed them , made sure they had exercise and gave them lots of cuddles. We then opened our own Veterinary Surgery. The children learnt about the role of the vet. They were able to role play and take care of the poorly pets. 


 


We also made collage animals to go on the wall at the vets. The children chose the appropriate shapes to make a cat's face and sponge painted dog puppets. 


The children are now looking forward to the arrival of the chicks!.


Posted by: The Teachers on: 17/05/2016

Anyone for Gruffalo crumble!!!!


This week our learning has focussed around the story of The Gruffalo. The book corner has been transformed into the Gruffalo's wood and the children have used the story book and props to re-tell and act out the story. It has been lovely listening to the children taking turns, negotiating, sequencing and remembering key parts and phrases from the story.


We have sequenced the story with picture cards, created a music score to play alongside the story and created the characters of the story through dough, paint and finger puppets.


The children worked as a whole class to make a Gruffalo crumble...... A fruity Gruffalo crumble with a digestive biscuit topping!!!!!


Over the week we have been preparing the children with new knowledge in preparation of our new arrivals next week. On Tuesday we will become 'proud mother hens' with the arrival of eggs, incubator and brooder. The children have been working really hard on their clucking skills!!!! Please come and look at the eggs and chicks with your children over the next two weeks, either when dropping off or collecting.


Heres to a cracking two weeks!!!!


 


Polite Reminder that Dad's day will take place on Wednesday. 



 


 

Posted by: The Teachers on: 13/05/2016

A mouse took a stroll through the deep dark wood....


 


 


Posted by: The Teachers on: 04/05/2016

Beaks, feathers and wings!


This week we have been learning new 'wow' words while naming the different parts of the bird. We have created birds through different media and moved like birds in our music and movement session.


We continued to care for the birds in the garden by making cheerio strings, this also developed our fine motor skills as we threaded the cheerios onto a long piece of string.   


In cookery we made chocolate nests and observed as the chocolate turned from a solid into a liquid after heating.


Our story focus this week has been 'Owl Babies' and in our letter and sounds sessions the story 'Ants in your Pants' has been a big hit! There has been some great rhyming work this week and this will continue into next week with our new theme around the story of the Gruffalo.


Grandparents Day will take place on Wednesday. 


Enjoy the bank holiday weekend and we look forward to another busy week of learning on Tuesday.


 


Posted by: The Teachers on: 29/04/2016

Names, sounds and habitats!


This week we have been learning about some of the common garden birds that we might see in our local community. The children have learnt what makes each species special, their markings, what they eat, where they build their nests and what colour eggs they lay. These conversations propmted lots of interest and questions. We had several children bring in feathers to share with us, one child brought in photos of their pet birds and one little girl was really excited to share an opened bird egg that she had found in her garden. Together we researched which bird the egg belonged to.


The children have taken part in lots of bird craft activities, made marks with feathers, sorted feathers by size, used descriptive language to describe feathers, explored a variety of natural materials to create individual birds nests and created collage birds with the dough. We have been using this theme to explore the letter sounds 'b' and 'n' and the number two through the nursery rhyme of 'Two Little Dickie Birds'. 


On Wednesday the children discussed how we could help the birds that live in our nursery garden. We had a litter pick, put out fresh water, filled bird feeders with seed and put up two bird boxes. The children then made bird cakes using seeds, lard, cheese and raisins. After they had set in the fridge we hung them on the branches of the trees.


Next week we are going to be focussing on birds of prey. At the beginning of the week our main focus will be on owls and then moving onto kites, a bird the children are particularly interested in.


 


 


 


     

Posted by: The Teachers on: 23/04/2016

The Sunbeams welcome new friends.


After the Easter break we welcomed five new children into the Sunbeam room. They have all settled well and they are enjoying exploring the environment and making new friends.


 


Our theme this term is following the children's interests around animals and looking after them. We will be opening our own Veterinary Surgery !  


Posted by: The Teachers on: 21/04/2016

Welcome back


Welcome back, we hope you had a relaxing break and enjoyed lots of chocolate eggs!!!!


Our theme this term is following the children's interests around garden birds and birds of prey, lots of lovely learning and activities to follow!


Today the children were really excited to welcome Ben Smith to the school who is completing 401 marathons in 401 days for Kidscape. 


 



 


 


 


Great excitement today, when building our bird hide!!!


 


 


Posted by: The Teachers on: 13/04/2016

Sacrewell Farm



Posted by: The Teachers on: 23/03/2016

Easter Fun!

Posted by: The Teachers on: 23/03/2016

Spring, Spring is here......


We have been combining our learning around spring and the farm. We have learnt about the season of spring and the signs to look for. On Thursday the reception children created a spring hunt and we had lots of fun following the clues and finding different signs of spring in the outdoor learning environment.


We developed our physical skills around a farmyard obstacle course, just like the story of 'Rosies Walk' and carefully stayed within the tracks while ploughing fields with a tractor!


At the craft table we have painted flowers, carried out observational drawings using pencils and took part in mark making using different types of spring flowers. 


In mathematics we have sorted seeds and taken part in lots of counting activities with an egg and chick focus.


Next week we will be enjoying making Easter baskets, Easter nests and fairy cakes and of course our trip on Wednesday to Sacrewell Farm. We have some very excited children! 


Posted by: The Teachers on: 19/03/2016

Whatever Next....


Following on from our theme 'Rockets and Space', the Sunbeams have enjoyed reading the story 'Whatever Next'. It is about a bear that flies to the moon in a rocket that he finds in a cupboard under the stairs! The children used props to retell and act out the story. They tried on different space boots and helmets for the journey. We made telescopes to observe the stars and moon on the way!


 


The bear flies by an aeroplane on the way to the moon so we also tried making paper planes. The children took turns flying them to each other and seeing which one flew the furthest. Finally, we planned our picnic on the moon. In cookery we made biscuits and sandwiches. On Friday the Sunbeams went to the moon with their food and blanket. As we ate we counted the stars !  


Posted by: The Teachers on: 15/03/2016

The Sunbeams Blast Off !


This term the Sunbeams are learning about 'Space' . They made 3D rockets which they used to blast off to the moon. The children did some fantastic counting ! We also used different shaped bricks to design and construct rockets. In cookery the children chose to make 'Moon Rocks' . They enjoyed following the recipe, weighing, mixing and eating them !


This week we will be doing activities around the story 'Whatever Next' . The children will be able to act out the story with the bear and they will plan their own picnic to have on the moon.    


Posted by: The Teachers on: 29/02/2016

Celebration Event


Thank you very much for attending our special celebration event for our OUTSTANDING judgement! We have had lots of positive feedback and we were very impressed with all your singing voices during the 'Gingerbread Man Opera'. 


 


Posted by: The Teachers on: 28/02/2016

Old MacDonald had a farm.....


This week our learning has been around our new theme 'On the farm'. We have learnt about the different types of farms and this week we have particularly focussed on farm animals. Through research and games we have explored and learnt animal names, animal sounds, the names of baby animals and the correct names of animal homes. We watched a live web cam from Mead open farm.


We have painted farm animals, created a large scale printing farm and made animals using dough and collage materials. We have explored small world resources through sensory trays and we will continue this theme next week with different materials.


In cookery this week we made animal biscuits and fairy cakes!


Towards the end of the week the children 'harvested', sorted and printed with different types of fruit and vegetables. 


On Thursday we had great fun cheering on the reception children while they took part in their Skipathon Challenge.


Next week we will be following the journey of wool to a wooly jumper and thinking about the different products and produce that we get from animals and our farms.


 


Posted by: The Teachers on: 28/02/2016

Week of creativity


 


Pancakes, Chinese New Year celebrations, pizza making and pizza delivery!!!!!!


Have a great half term and we look forward to seeing you on Monday 22nd February. Our new themes will be the farm, new life and Easter.  


 


 



Posted by: The Teachers on: 23/02/2016

The Runaway Pizza!


Last week we had great fun with our learning based around the story of 'The Gingerbread man'. On Wednesday nursery smelt 'delicious' as we baked our very own gingerbread men.


This week we will continue to join in with repetitive refrains through the strory of 'The Runaway Pizza'. We will be making mini pizzas with crumpets, large pizzas with a choice of topping and hopefully we will be ordering our own takeaway pizza after enjoying a week of role play in our pizza restaurant and takeaway!


On Tuesday we will be enjoying pancakes and taking part in pancake races and lots of pancake themed activities.


On Thursday and Friday we will be working alongside the reception class to celebrate and learn about Chinese New Year.


Phew!!!!!


 


    


 

Posted by: The Teachers on: 08/02/2016

The Sunbeams Farm Shop


To conclude our theme about the farm , the children opened a farm shop . They enjoyed taking on the role of both custumer and shop keeper. It stocked a variety of vegetables and fruit ! 



 


The children have taken part in activities based around the theme of Humpty Dumpty. We did lots of construction , building walls for Humpty to sit on. We made different craft Humptys using a variety of collage materials and paint. The Sunbeams enjoy singing the rhyme with the eggs they made.  


Posted by: The Teachers on: 08/02/2016

The clock strikes twelve!


This week we have continued to enjoy our learning around the story of Cinderella. We have taken part in lots of creative activites and this has included designing a new glass slipper for cinderella, paper craft pumpkins, magic wands and shape finger mice puppets.


We have explored clocks and counted clock strikes to twelve! We discussed our favourite characters from the story and had great fun painting them for our nursery art gallery. In our small world play we acted out the story using the castle and puppet props.


In music and movement this week we watched 'The Bolero' and then created our own pieces of ice skating dancing. We developed our listening and attention skills by playing 'pass the wand', when we heard the magic bells ring we had to stand up and do a 'royal twirl!'


Next week our learning will have a gingerbread theme, run, run as fast you can.....


 


Posted by: The Teachers on: 29/01/2016

The Sunbeams welcome new friends!


This term the Sunbeams have welcomed new friends. The children have all settled well and they are enjoying exploring the nursery and taking part in different activities.


 


 


We have been learning all about the animals that live on a farm. The children have explored the theme by taking part in different creative activities. They mixed paints to create pink for their pigs. We also made sensory 'mud' paint using coffee and sand for the pigs to roll in ! Collage materials were used to make patchwork cows and fluffy sheep. We have also learnt new rhymes and songs.        



Posted by: The Teachers on: 27/01/2016

Fairy tales, ice cream delights and a reading 'buddy' adventure!


We have had such a busy week! This week we have been developing our theme around fairy tales. We started the week by exploring castles and learning about the different parts of the castle. We painted castles with brushes and wooden bricks and built towers with blocks. The children created magic potions and made wishes in a bottle.


On Wednesday when we arrived in nursery there was a fairy tale castle with lots of story telling props. The children have taken on different roles and created some lovely role play scenarios! We have focussed our literacy around the story of Cinderella. The children have listened to the story in small groups and discussed the key characters, we have reflected on emotions and will be developing this further next week in music and movement.


We have followed the children's interests and created an ice cream parlour in the dough area. The children have been creating delicious ice creams with a variety of flavours and toppings! They have been using their counting skills while counting out the coins and developing their number recognition through price tags and using the cash register and calculator. 


I was so proud of the children today when we took part in our first 'reading buddy' sessions with the children in the reception class. The children walked down to the school library with their 'buddy' and then enjoyed sharing a story and listening to the reception children read their books. It was lovely to watch the older children share their knowledge and literacy skills with the nursery children and it gave reading a purpose and focus for all the children involved. 







 

Posted by: The Teachers on: 22/01/2016

Jack Frost....


This week we have experienced Arctic conditions first hand!!!! The children wrapped up warm and went outside to 'catch' the early morning frost. We thought of descriptive words to describe the weather and then used these words to create frosty poems: 


              Frost


It was cold outside, as cold as ice.


We felt the frost with our hands, it


was cold and sparkly.


Jack Frost has been!


We then wrote our own Arctic stories.  The children set up an arctic scene, they took it in turns to take props out of the story bag to create their own group story. The children talked about their characters, gave them names and thought about how each one had a role in the story. They discussed the beginning, middle and end of the story. It was lovely to share each groups story at storytime and the children were so proud of themselves. We will record the stories next week and put the stories into a book so the children can share them in the 'Arctic' story area.


Once upon a time there was a polar bear called Jessica. She lived in the water and on the snow. She was sad because she wanted some food, a friend and a baby! So she went in the sea and caught a whale. Jessica lives in an igloo, it keeps her warm. Along came her friend Sophie the penguin. It made Jessica very happy and they played with footballs. Then along came a seal and tried to gobble up Sophie the penguin. Jessica polar bear fights the seal and he ran away. Jessica and Sophie went for a swim in the sea and then in the igloo to keep warm.


The End      


Next week we will be exploring the painting 'The Castle of Muiden in Winter' by Beerstraaten, this learning  will run alongside a theme of castles and fairy tales. Watch out for an ice cream parlour in the dough area and we will continue our mathematical learning in the 'winter woollies' shop


 


 


 

Posted by: The Teachers on: 17/01/2016

Happy New Year Sunbeams!


We welcomed the Sunbeams back to Nursery last week after the Christmas break. They were all very excited to be back!


In the last week of term the Sunbeams enjoyed the Christmas party . We had a special visitor that arrived with a sack full of presents. The children also invited their grown ups to a 'sing-a-long'. We spent the day before baking cakes and biscuits to share. On the day the children sang their favourite Christmas songs and invited their grown ups to join in. It was a very special day ! 




 

Posted by: The Teachers on: 11/01/2016

Welcome back and Happy New Year!


It was lovely to see the children 'bound' into nursery on Tuesday with big smiles and excitment! It was a very exciting circle time listening to the children telling their friends all about their presents and the special times they had shared over the christmas holiday.


We have started the year off with a theme around winter and exploring climate and weather conditions. This week we have been thinking about how we keep warm in cold weather and we have also looked at how animals keep warm, particularly in cold places like the Arctic. At snack time on Wednesday we warmed our tummies with hot chocolate and marshmallows! We sorted items of winter clothing and looked at the different patterns. We created our own patterns on hats, scarves and gloves. Next week we are going to open a 'winter woolies' shop!


To develop our physical skills the children took part in a 'freezing' and 'melting' game and floated like snowflakes. The children demonstrated great balancing skills and were able to hold a fixed position.

Posted by: The Teachers on: 09/01/2016

Happy Christmas


The children have enjoyed a lovely christmas party with a very special visitor! The festive week was rounded off perfectly with christmas carols from year 5. The singing was amazing and we were able to join in with some of the words, well done year 5, the singing was amazing and the nursery were so proud of your achievement at collecting over £400 at Morrisons, we think you deserve a 'Wow' sticker!


All the staff in the Foundation Stage wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. 




Posted by: The Teachers on: 17/12/2015

Sunbeams Visit Stamford to See the Christmas Tree


This week we went into Stamford to look at the decorations and the tree in the town centre. The Sunbeams then went shopping to choose decorations to put on our tree. They excitedly showed them to the nursery children when we got back to school ! Our tree now has a new bell, robin , shiny bauble and lots of new tinsel on it .


The children also chose a special snack to eat on our return. They bought fruit from the market stall and Christmas biscuits from the bakery.



 


We have been busy writing letters to Santa. The children put their envelopes into the school post box and are eagerly waiting for a reply !



Posted by: The Teachers on: 11/12/2015

Nativity 2015

Posted by: The Teachers on: 09/12/2015

Nursery Welcomes New Sunbeams


Last week we welcomed three new Sunbeams into the setting. They enjoyed exploring and meeting new friends. The children have decided the Christmas songs they would like to sing to their grown ups. We are now busy practising them ! This week we will be taking the children into Stamford to look at the Christmas tree and decorations. They will also be choosing and buying decorations to put on the tree in the Sunbeam room.




 

Posted by: The Teachers on: 07/12/2015

Walk in our community


On Wednesday the children went out into their local community to look at the different types of housing and special features of their environment.


We looked at different types of housing and this included flats a bungalow, semi - detached, detached and terrace houses. The children observed house numbers and we had lengthy discussions around garages and the different types of roads.


The children were able to observe the building materials we had been discussing in class and we looked at scaffolding that had been placed around a house locally.


There was lots of interest and conversation stimulated by the post box and public phone box! We reflected on why there  is parking near shops and take aways and the importance of bins and keeping our environment tidy and free of litter.


 

Posted by: The Teachers on: 05/12/2015

Diggers, trucks and demolition!


This week we have been busy learning all about the different machines and construction vehicles that work on a building site. We were very excited (and very lucky!) to have a small crane and lorry deliver a container right outside the nursery conservatory. To watch just what we had been learning about in the classroom out of the window was an incredible learning experience. Next week we are going to go out in the local environment to look at the different types of housing and develop an awareness of the purpose of some features of the children's environment. We hope to see some builders at work and observe the tools and materials associated with the construction trade.


To support our learning we have moved like diggers, thinking about vocabulary such as forwards, backwards, lift, push, pull, up, down and reverse! We have created diggers using card and split pins and straws and bottle tops. We have designed houses using dough and lolly sticks and we have knocked down towers with our demolition tower and ball.


The children had great fun practising their target skills with the tyres and bean bags and trip, trapping across the bridge to escape from the Troll!


Next week we are going to be thinking about ice and 'Frozen'. We have had several children bring in lumps of ice that they have found on the way to nursery, we also know how special the 'Frozen' story is to lots of our children. We are really looking forward to carrying out some interesting science experiments and developing the children's understanding of freezing and melting through the 'Frozen' story.  


 



 


Let it go!


 



 


 

Posted by: The Teachers on: 29/11/2015

Not by the hairs on my chinny, chin, chin...


This week in nursery we have continued our learning around construction and we have particularly focussed on building materials. To support this learning our literacy focus has been around the traditional tale of The Three Little Pigs. We have explored the 3 materials from the story and created our own houses out of straw, sticks and bricks. The brick houses were by far the easiest to build and the strongest! We have re told the story using puppets and in music and movement we explored the characters of the 3 little pigs and the wolf. We used music by Mozart and Bach to reflect each character from the story. The children's representations of the characters were amazing and they were able to accurately sequence the key events of the story.


The children have explored shape and pattern through a variety of bricks and construction materials. We have really challenged ourselves while completing repeating patterns. 


We have developed our motor skills through sawing velcro bricks, hammering tees into melons and taking on the role of a decorator with the rollers outside! The children have supported their small world play by creating maps and mini cities. The diggers have explored a variety of materials such as lentils, peas and pasta in the sensory tray.


There continues to be creative imaginative play in the builders role play area and the children have discussed what resources they would like to support their play next week. Mrs Magan will be on the hunt for tubes, funnels and planks over the weekend! 


We will be following the children's interests in machinery next week and the jobs that diggers, fork lift trucks, cranes and dumper trucks have on a building site.


 



 

Posted by: The Teachers on: 19/11/2015

Can we fix it?


This week we have started a new theme around building and construction. The children have learnt about the roles of the people that are involved in building a house and the sequence of processes that are required when designing and building a house.  


The children have designed buildings, built a house for 'Bob the Builder' and made bridges of different sizes. We made 'cement' and built walls at the dough table and explored the tools in a builders tool box. The children really enjoyed using the tools to carry out 'real' jobs! We have used our new knowledge in the new construction role play area in the outdoor learning environment.


We have learnt about Diwali and listened to one of our friends and her Mummy talk to us about how they celebrate Diwali in their home. The children were really interested to hear about the special foods that had been cooked and the lovely gifts their friend had received. We learnt about traditional dress in India and we looked at an oil lamp called a diya. The family celebrated the last day of Diwali with fireworks in their garden. We have listened to the story of Rama and Sita, created Rangoli patterns and joined in with traditional Indian dancing and a stick dance. The children have listened to different languages from around the world and learnt to say 'Happy Diwali' in Hindi.




Posted by: The Teachers on: 13/11/2015

The Sunbeams Bakery opens for business!


The Sunbeams have been learning about the different types of food that are sold in a baker's shop. They explored the theme through role play. They took turns to take on the role of the shop keeper and the customer. The children used money to pay for their shopping. We designed our own playdough cakes and bread to sell.


 


In cookery the children made bread rolls. We then enjoyed tasting them at snack time. Later in the week the children tried a variety of different breads. The reactions ranged from "that's yummy" to "yuck, I don't like that one!" .


    


Posted by: The Teachers on: 13/11/2015

Thank you for our boots!


We would like to say a big thank you to all those parents that kindly donated wellies that they no longer needed.


The Sunbeams were able to choose from the pairs that were the right size and wear them when we went to the


field. Your donations enabled us to run in the leaves and explore without getting wet!


Posted by: The Teachers on: 13/11/2015

Remember, Remember the 5th of November....


This week our learning has focussed around Guy Fawkes and Bonfire Night. We have discussed the story and talked about the different morals surrounding the story. We know that Guy Fawkes was cross with the rules King James was putting in place, we have thought about why some rules are important and the rules that we do not like!


The children have listened to sounds and thought about sounds they do and do not like. We have listened to firework sounds and represented them through our voices and instruments. We created our own pieces of firework music and played them to each other.


The children have explored the firework theme through water, dough, sand and a firework mark making tray. We have focussed on the 'f' sound and learnt a new number rhyme with a rocket focus.


On Wednesday the children were really excited to take part in our bonfire party. We enjoyed singing songs around the 'bonfire' and then had hot dogs, chocolate sparklers and catherine wheels. The children then watched a firework display on the interactive white board. Over the week we have learnt about keeping safe while watching fireworks.


For snack on Friday the Reception children made us pumpkin soup. it was delicious!



 


 


 

Posted by: The Teachers on: 06/11/2015

Spider and pumpkin fun


This week we have learnt all about spiders after the children found a VERY big spider crawling across the floor! We have learnt that spiders have 8 legs and sometimes 8 eyes. We have watched spiders spin webs and made our own, we have researched what spiders webs are made of and why spiders spin webs. We were really interested to find out that a spider keeps her babies in a cocoon just like the caterpillar that turns into a butterfly.


Lots of our learning has been around the number 8, the letter sounds 's' and 'p' and the colours black and orange. We have explored pumpkins, sensory dough and Autumn themed sensory trays. We had great fun 'catching balloons' and scooping apples in the water tray.


We have developed our motor skills while exploring spaghetti and laces. The children carefully used the tweezers to find the hidden bugs and spiders. It was really tricky when the children used their finger tips to pick up the confetti and place the pieces into the couldrons!  


The children have been developing their language skills while exploring a variety of materials and natural oblects. There are lots of spider plates and puppets crawling their way around nursery!


It was lovely to see so many of you at our Halloween disco and we hope you have a lovely half term.



 

Posted by: The Teachers on: 22/10/2015

The Sunbeam's Post Office Opens!


The Sunbeams opened their post office this week. They put their letters into envelopes , remembering to put stamps on and write  the address. There was some fantastic mark making. The children took it in turns to deliver the post to each other. We are planning a trip to the post office in town so that the children can buy stamps and post letters home.


We were very busy this week washing clothes too. They put them in the machine , hung them on the line and ironed them! They were able to match the patterns on the socks and count them before they put them away.


In cookery the children made pizza. They chose their toppings and used knives to cut the ingredients before arranging them on the base. When they were cooked we went out for a picnic . It was delicious!


Our focus this week , going with the children's interests , is Elmer. We are learning about elephants and colour.  


 


Posted by: The Teachers on: 20/10/2015

Autumn and changing colours


This week we have been learning about Autumn and the changes it brings to our environment. We have been learning about hibernation and birds migrating. The children experienced Autumn on an Autumn walk in the school grounds.


In number we have been counting conkers and matching numerals to quantity. We have explored shape through leaves and music and movement.


To learn about the changes that happen to the leaves in Autumn we have been painting green leaves with Autumn colours, created a large scale piece of leaf printing and made leaf rubbings. We used the 'signs of autumn' natural items that we collected on our Autumn walk to make leaf wreaths and pieces of transitional art.    


In music and movement we created wide and thin tree shapes, listened to Autumn sound effects and moved our bodies like swaying trees and then represented the leaves falling from the branches to the ground. We then made leaf shapes while we layed on the ground. 


Next week we will be following the children's interests in spiders and spiders webs.  


 


 


 

Posted by: The Teachers on: 15/10/2015

Teddy Bear's Picnic


The Sunbeams have enjoyed looking after the teddy bears in the Sunbeam room. We read the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears and looked at different sized bears. The children were keen to have a picnic with the bears. They made jam sandwiches and teddy bear biscuits. We had fun singing teddy bear songs as we ate with the teddies. The children also played the instruments and had a teddy bear band! They made teddy bear masks to wear.


We made the most of the lovely autumn sunshine and went out in our new pushchair. The Sunbeams chatted and giggled on the journey. There were lots of leaves and dandelions to collect and take back to nursery. We also enjoyed playing with the large balls and the Sunbeams took turns to kick them as far as they could. The most exciting part of the trip was defintely the ride , the children ran back to the pushchair as fast as they could !   




 

Posted by: The Teachers on: 13/10/2015

Explore, design and create!


This week we have looked at different types of houses and then used shapes and 3D modelling to create our own houses for the 3 bears.


We have designed and selected materials to create bear collage pictures and we have made Goldilocks puppets. There has been oats everywhere this week..... in the water tray, mixed with sand and in the play-dough! the children have been thinking about the texture of different materials and how textures and consistencies can change when other materials are added.


The children have explored non-fiction books about bears and have learnt about different types of bears, where they live, what a baby bear is called and how bears live in their environment.   


We continued to investigate our interest in size by measuring each other with bricks and counting how many bricks tall we are.


It has been lovely watching the children re-tell our focus stories in the outdoor learning environment and negotiating who is going to take on the role of each character. The children have demonstrated their understanding of key events and sequences while being involved in some complex role play scenarios.      


 


Posted by: The Teachers on: 09/10/2015

Hickory Dickory Dock


The Sunbeams finished off their focus on spiders by going on a spider hunt in the garden. They found lots of lovely webs and some big spiders. They were so excited to find the biggest spider in nursery , sitting in the sink!


We welcomed two new Sunbeams , they have settled well and have enjoyed exploring and joining in with our nursery rhyme this week, Hickory Dickory Dock. They made finger puppets and clocks and they used them as we did the actions to the rhyme. Their favourite version of the rhyme includes an elephant that is too big to go on the top and he breaks the clock. We spent time looking at different sized animals . The children listened to the story Dear Zoo and then used the props to retell the story and decide which ones were big and which ones were small !


 


The children had shown an interest in colour mixing . We looked at the Mouse Paint story and mixed our own colours. They were able to observe the changes and they explored the paints with their hands and different tools.


The children have spent lots of time looking after the teddy bears in nursery. Next week we will do lots of bear activities, including learning new songs and rhymes and taking our bears out on a picnic. 


Posted by: The Teachers on: 02/10/2015

A bear that was huge.....


The children have been exploring size and size language through the story of 'Goldilocks and the 3 bears'. We have ordered bears and ourselves to understand size and learnt new words to describe different sizes. Next week we are going to use bricks to measure ourselves and our friends.


In construction we have created bear caves with a variety of construction materials and we had great fun using rollers to build and balance!


We have taken on the characters of the story in role play and '2 little characters' enjoyed dressing up and making BIG roars just like Daddy bear!!!!!


In cookery we made porridge, the children explored the texture of the oats before adding milk and then enjoyed mixing and observing the changes when it was cooked in the microwave.


Last week the children were really interested in honey so this week we explored honey through our senses and using tools. The children used some lovely descriptive words to describe the texture of the honey as it touched their hands. I was also 'wowed' by the amazing words the children used to describe the wild animals.We listened to the bear having two goggly eyes, one shiny wet nose and two big furry ears. The children described the elephant as having a "long, bumpy, rough nose!"


Next week we will continue with our learning around bears and the story of 'Goldilocks and the 3 bears'. We will be using shapes to create pictures and models and as suggested by the children turning the mud kitchen into the 3 bears cottage!


 

Posted by: The Teachers on: 02/10/2015

Over, under and through....


We have had lots of fun exploring our story through a variety of sensory experiences. The children have retold the story using puppets and the story tray. We have some new 'Wow' words..... Author, Illustrator and character and we have been learning about the beginning, middle and endings in stories.


The children have created their own bears and in cookery we baked bear biscuits. At circle time we ate our biscuits while singing songs with a bear theme. In music and movement we followed positional language while singing 'Teddy bear, Teddy bear' and we moved over and under while playing with the parachute.


Next week the children will continue to explore the story in the outdoor learning environment using all the props that they have created this week. We will be exploring honey and making porridge...... Can you guess our next story focus????       


Posted by: The Teachers on: 25/09/2015

Incy Wincy Spider


The Sunbeams have enjoyed learning the rhyme Incy Wincy Spider. They joined in with actions and props. The children created their own spiders using playdough and craft materials.  We used cooked spaghetti to make sticky spider webs.


At snack time the Sunbeams chose the ingredients they wanted to use to make edible spiders! The children used shape and number language as they carefully arranged the legs and bodies , before eating them .



Posted by: The Teachers on: 22/09/2015

Are you afraid?


This week we have had lots of wonderful learning experiences around the story of 'Going on a Bear Hunt'. We have listened to the story in a variety of contexts and then acted out the story just like the author Michael Rosen. The children watched a clip of Michael performing the story then made their own representations, I have to say the children of Bluecoat Nursery are incredibly creative with their movements, actions and facial expressions!!!!


Through art we have created bears using paint and brushes and then created bear faces using forks to add texture. We have explored clay and made clay caves. We used sensory dough and collage materials to create our own bears.


In small world we have explored the bear hunt through a sensory tray and retold the story with characters and our own small world character blocks. We have been practising our counting skills by counting how many bears were hiding in the cave!


In letters and sounds we have been thinking about listening and sounds we can hear. Through sensory bottles we created the key sounds from the story and then played them at the correct places. We have been part of an orchestra and followed the animal cue to play our instruments loud and quiet.  


We have enjoyed lots of physical experiences outside and next week we will be exploring over, under and through and learning about positional language as we follow the bears footprints to find the ....... BEAR!!!!


Posted by: The Teachers on: 19/09/2015

Welcome back!


Welcome back to all our children!


It has been lovely listening to all your news and the exciting things that you have been doing over the summer holidays. We have had lots of new friends start this week and it has been very exciting watching the children explore, play and make new friendships.


This week we have been investigating colour, patterns and change. The children have been printing, exploring colour changes and in cookery we all made fairy cakes! 


Next week we will continue with our investigative themes and follow the children's interest around the story of 'Going on a Bear Hunt'. 


 

Posted by: The Teachers on: 11/09/2015

Sunbeams Settle Back At Nursery


The Sunbeams were welcomed back to Nursery after the summer holidays. We have enjoyed the sunshine


and spent lots of time outdoors practising our physical skills - balancing, throwing, climbing, playing football and running!   


 


We have been very creative this week. The children selected their own resources and paints, Some chose cutters and others rollers and sponges. They used them to create patterns. One child was fascinated by the way the paint changed colour when she mixed it. We will be investigating it further next week!


 


At story time we read The Gingerbread Man. It was fantastic to hear the children join in. We decided to make Gingerbread men in cookery the next day. They mixed,rolled and decorated their biscuits and then they enjoyed eating them ! Next week the focus will be on the nursery rhyme Incy Wincy Spider .


 



Posted by: The Teachers on: 11/09/2015

Graduation


It was lovely to see so many of you at our Graduation Ceremony. We were all so proud of the children and I know there was not a dry eye in the audience when the children performed their very special songs for you. We hope you will treasure these memories and it has been a pleasure to teach your children. We will end the term with our special wedding party. The whole team would like to thank you for your lovely gifts and cards, it has been a pleasure to read your special comments and we know that much time and thought has been put into both the gifts and cards.     


   


   


 


 

Posted by: The Teachers on: 16/07/2015

Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside!


Phew, What a busy two weeks we have had in nursery!


The children have been focussing their learning around under and on top of the sea. We have learnt about the sea and what fish and creatures we might find. The children have created an under the sea imaginative area and they have been able to explore the sea through role play props, small world resources, sensory trays and information books. The children have created jelly fish, octopuses and rainbow fish to decorate the environment. In the outdoor learning environment the children have explored water play and sand through the seaside role play area. The children have played in dry and wet sand, paddled and played in water and taken donkey rides! During the hot spells of weather we enjoyed ice creams and ice lollies 'down by the beach'!


      


The children used their new knowledge to create pieces of transient art called 'seaside in a frame'. It was lovely to watch the children develop their own ideas, adding materials and changing textures to create some incredible individual pieces of work.     


    


 


We have thought about friendships through the story of the 'Rainbow fish' and the children have reflected on qualities and values in personalities.


On Wednesday we were overwhelmed by the attendence of Mum's at our annual 'Mum's Day'. This year we went for a royal theme and treated our special visitors like royalty! In preparation for the event the children learnt about our own Royal Family and what royalty means. We then discussed how we could make the day special for our Mum's. The children decided that they we would like to make crowns and jewellery with their Mum's and then we held a very special street party in the hall. The session also had a Disney twist and of course Frozen made an appearance! Please see the Gallery for photos.


We have now followed the children's interests and added pirate resources to the role play areas and created two pirate ships in the outdoor learning environment. We will be learning about the history of pirates, their particularly bad manners and having a 'talk like a pirate day'. We will be creating pirate ships, learning about floating and sinking, racing our ships, making pirate hats and lots of activities focussing on maps, treaure hunts and counting coins!


     


  


  


  

Posted by: The Teachers on: 11/07/2015

The Sunbeams Have Fun In The Garden


This week the Sunbeams have enjoyed different activities in the garden. They were very helpful feeding Roly Pig , our composter . They took turns to roll him so that he 'ate' our leftover snack. The vegetables have grown and the children picked the juicy strawberries to eat at snack time. Now that the caterpillars have turned into cocoons, we carefully lifted them into the butterfly net. The children were fascinated by the transformation and watched closely. They are now checking them every day , waiting for them to hatch!



 


 


Our theme for the next two weeks is 'Insects' . We will be learning about garden insects , going on a 'bug' hunt and even setting up our own Ant World in the Sunshine Room ! Our activities so far this week have been all about worms !    


 


Posted by: The Teachers on: 24/06/2015

Spinning Cocoons!


This week we enjoyed sharing our learning and taking part in lots of activities with our Dads, Grandads and Uncles as part of our 'Dad's Day'. It was lovely to welcome so many of you into the setting and thank you for taking part with such enthusiasm and making the day so special for the children. Please see the gallery for photos.


 


The children are making careful observations as the caterpillars spin their cocoons. We have enjoyed creating caterpillars with a variety of resources and materials. The children have learnt a new 'wow' word which is symmetry. We have looked really closely at the colours and patterns on butterflies wings and have represented this new knowledge by designing our own patterns through colouring and colour mixing. In music and movement we created butterfly movements!


           


 


There has been some amazing building and role play in our construction areas this week. The children have used a variety of construction materials to create cars, buses, camp fires and farm yards! The children have further developed their play by adding props and engaging in some complex role play scenarios.


 


      


 


We have continued to develop our physical skills by taking part in an activity called 'Movement in a hoop'. The children showed great skills while hopping, jumping, skipping and creating 'freeze' movements in the different coloured hoops.


 


    

Posted by: The Teachers on: 18/06/2015

The Summer Term with the Sunbeams


This term we welcomed new Sunbeams to the Sunshine Room. We decided to spend time learning new nursery rhymes. The children soon picked up the actions to Miss Polly Had A Dolly and they enjoyed using the props . They dressed up as the doctor and bandaged the dolly and gave her medicine . The Sunbeams then decided that they were poorly too and they engaged in lovely role play , making each other better. We also sang Baa Baa Black Sheep . The children were able to use their maths skills to fill the bags of wool , count them and put the bags in the right order. We also thought about key facts  - where sheep live, what they eat and the sounds they make.


Last term the children were fascinated by the life cycle of the chick, this term they were very excited when the newly hatched caterpillars arrived. They have observed them every day and watched them grow and change. We have read the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and the Sunbeams have tried the different fruit each day , just as the caterpillar did ! 


  

Posted by: The Teachers on: 11/06/2015

The Very Hungry Caterpillar(s!)


This week in Nursery we have continued with our learning around lifecycles. On Wednesday we received a special delivery of 35 caterpillars which we will observe and care for until they turn into 'beautiful' butterflies!


  


To support our learning around the lifecycle of a butterfly we have been focussing on the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. As well as listening to the story and developing an understanding of lifecylces we have been developing our fine motor skills by creating concertina and finger print caterpillars. We have been working on our number recognition by creating caterpillars with numbered pebbles and counting each section of the caterpillars body. There has been lots of crawling, creeping and wriggling on the 'Very Hungry Caterpillar' obstacle course! 


     


On Wednesday our day focussed on mark making as we invited parents into the setting to join us for our 'Mark Making Workshop'. The session began with presentations by Mrs Magan and Ms Kingman and then the parents and children both explored a variety of resources and activities that supported not just mark making but the development of muscles and physical movements. The session was rounded off by a brilliant dough disco performance by the Reception children and then a presentation of goody bags to each family! Please see the gallery for photos.


We celebrated the arrival of sunshine on Thursday by walking down to the field to have a picnic snack and then bubble play. The children had so much fun running on the grass and blowing and catching the bubbles!


    


      

Posted by: The Teachers on: 06/06/2015

The Sunbeams Picnic.


This week the Sunbeams went out for a picnic! They decided that they wanted to take jam sandwiches and cake. The day before they made the cakes and decorated them. On the morning of the picnic they made the sandwiches and packed the basket with everything they'd made. We had a lovely time in the sunshine , eating our delicious food and listening to a story. The children then explored , looking at the different flowers and listening to the different sounds.


We can't wait to go again!


 



 


Posted by: The Teachers on: 22/05/2015

Eggs, chicks and Humpty Dumpty!


We have had 3 weeks of amazing learning and activities around our theme of eggs, chicks and Humpty Dumpty!


In mathematics the children have been measuring how far their egg rolled using foot steps and then recording their answers on the wedge. The children have explored colour and pattern through paint and matching activities. We have had lots of fun retelling the story of Humpty Dumpty through drama and then creating our own versions of the rhyme by changing characters, key story settings and making Humpty Dumpty's ending a much happier one. In one story Humpty Dumpty got married and lived happily ever after!!!!!  The children have built walls for Humpty and made him 'get well cards'.


The children have had lots of opportunities to hold the chicks this week. We were sad to see them go to the farm on Thursday but know that they will be very happy in their new home.


Thank you so much to all the lovely Grandparents that attended our 'Grandparents Day' on Wednesday. We had a lovely day with lots of fun activities and ended each session with songs and a story.


We will be holding our Mark Making Workshop on Wednesday 3rd June.


Have a great half term!



 

Posted by: The Teachers on: 22/05/2015

Chicks, chicks and more chicks!!!!!


The children were so excited on Monday when we received a very special delivery! We have spent this week learning about the lifecycle of a chicken. The children have observed eggs in the incuabator, watched the chicks hatch and then prepared the brooder. We now have five healthy chicks in the brooder that we are caring for, the children are ensuring that the chicks have food, water and are kept clean in their new home!    


 


  


 


 

Posted by: The Teachers on: 15/05/2015

The Sunbeam Orchestra


Over the past week the Sunbeams have been continuing to make a variety of instruments. They enjoyed playing the guitar and were all keen to make their own. They chose cardboard boxes and selected how many elastic bands they wanted to use. The children carefully pulled them over their boxes. They made a lovely sound. We also made 'pan pipes' using straws , which the children had to cut into different lengths and put into size order. At the end of the week we played all of our instruments together as the Sunbeam orchestra!. 


       


 


Our favourite story this week has been The Gingerbread Man. The Sunbeams enjoyed retelling the story with props. 


 


   

Posted by: The Teachers on: 15/05/2015

Nursery Get Composting with Roly Pig


The children have been collecting 'green' and 'brown' things to feed to Roly Pig , our composter. They kept their fruit peelings, found fallen leaves and ripped up old newspaper . They then emptied the bin into his mouth and rolled him round. Now we have to wait for him to turn it into compost ! The compost will be used to feed the fruit and vegetables that are growing in our garden.


 



 


 


 


Posted by: The Teachers on: 11/05/2015

Spring time fun down the farm!


We have had a wonderful two weeks in nursery learning about spring, farming, planting, growing and making compost!!!


In mathematics we have been adding 1 more and 1 less, finding the total number of animals in each field and exploring 2D shapes. The children have been creating 'spring in a hoop' with the items that they collected on their spring walk and we have had great fun exploring a variety of materials to create blossom trees, collage farm animals and different printing techniques.


Our farm sensory bin has been a big hit and we have enjoyed harvesting the fruit and vegetables while sorting!


Michelle visited us in nursery and shared several stories all with a farm theme. We have learnt lots of new songs and taken part in ring games..... The Farmers in his den was our favourite!!!


Next week we are going to have a literacy focus around the story of The Little Red Hen. 


 


           


 

Posted by: The Teachers on: 01/05/2015

Sunbeams Get Busy!


This week in cookery the Sunbeams made fruity milkshakes. They used knives to cut the fruit and then they had great fun pressing the button on the blender to mix it with the milk. They observed that the milk had changed colour and the fruit had disappeared! The best part was the tasting, they all agreed that their favourite flavour was banana.


 


 



We explored different textures in the large tray this week. The crispies made different sounds when they crushed them in their hands or squashed them. One Sunbeam put them on the floor and jumped on them " that's louder!" he said. He then noticed that the consistency had changed and he used his finger to make patterns in the powder. They also used them in their role play to fed them to the babies.  


 


 


The children enjoyed going into school for a story session in the library this week.  


 



We are exploring different sounds. This week the children made 'egg shakers'. They chose different resources - coffee beans, sugar , rice , buttons - and carefully put them inside their plastic eggs. They then found the matching lid , put it together and shook them . The children noticed that they all sounded different.   


 


 


    

Posted by: The Teachers on: 30/04/2015

Sunbeams 'Walking Through The Jungle'


This term the theme for the Sunbeams is the jungle. This has been chosen to go with the children's interests. They enjoyed learning about farm animals and their favourite story is currently Walking Through The Jungle. We will be learning the animal names and the sounds that they make. It will also provide the opportunity to use size and pattern language. In music and movement the children will move like jungle animals. The Sunshine room has been transformed into a jungle and equipped with resources so that the children can become explorers. The children will also be designing and making musical instruments to investigate different sounds.


 


 


 


This week the children have made animal masks. They mixed the paint to make the correct colour for their elephants and were amazed when it changed to make grey. The trunks were made by folding two pieces of paper together . The children concentrated really hard and they look fantastic ! We also went on a 'lion hunt' in the garden. The children thought about the different things we'd need to take . "I want to take pictures of the animals",  so we took a camera . "I need binoculars" and they were needed to see the monkey hanging in the tree! " Can we bring a backpack?" What a great idea , then we can use them to carry the animals back to nursery. The Sunbeams were amazing jungle explorers !


 


 



 


In cookery this week we made chocolate cakes and jam buns . The children took turns to weigh the ingredients and mix them together . "They smell delicious" "yummy" they declared when they were cooking in the oven.  


 


 


 


 

Posted by: The Teachers on: 23/04/2015

Sunbeams farm visit

Please visit the Gallery page to see the photos of Sunbeams visit to Sacrewell Farm.

Posted by: The Teachers on: 12/04/2015

Spring has sprung!


This week we will 'spring' into action with lots of learning around the season of spring, signs of spring, new life and growth.


The children will be going on a spring walk to observe and use their senses to explore spring. We will extend this experience in nursery through spring time sensory bins and small world trays, creative crafts, music and movement sessions, singing and gardening role play.


The children will be spending time with Mrs Goodwin in our planting area and learning about our compost pig!


 


Many thanks for your kind donations to Comic Relief and for taking part in our 'Book Character Dressing-up Day', it was great to see so many children dressed up and enjoying the fun!


    

Posted by: The Teachers on: 14/03/2015

Chatterbox Challenge


We raised an amazing £530.50 from our 'Chatterbox Challenge', thank you so much it is an incredible total!


 


Posted by: The Teachers on: 07/03/2015

Book week focus


To link into our theme on pets this week the children will be learning about the author Mick Inkpen and the wonderful stories he has written. We will be spending time with 'Kipper the dog' and focussing our learning activities on this theme.


Activities this week will include counting and matching bones to support number recognition, designing and painting dogs, creating clay mice, guessing what is hiding in 'sock thing' and making biscuits. 


The children will be enjoying Kipper stories and we are looking forward to a special story session on Wednesday with our school librarian.


The children are very knowledgeable on dogs and how to care for them after our exciting visit from 'Buddy' on Wednesday. The children enjoyed talking with Miss Morrell and then taking Buddy for a walk, he slept very well on Wednesday evening! 


 


 


Posted by: The Teachers on: 07/03/2015

Den building and camp fires!




Posted by: The Teachers on: 02/03/2015

Pets at home!


Thank you for your fantastic support!


The children have really enjoyed bringing home their chosen pet and sharing it with you. They have all clearly demonstrated their knowledge on the five welfare needs of looking after pets. The children have shared their feedback forms and we have had some lovely photos and drawings.


Thank you to Rosie and Mrs Priestley who kindly brought in Smokey the hamster. We have more pets visiting this week!


  


Posted by: The Teachers on: 01/03/2015

Old McDonald Had A Farm


Over the next few weeks the Sunbeams will be learning all about farm animals.


 


We will be singing songs and rhymes, making animal crafts, looking after the animals in our farm role play area and paying a visit to a real farm!


 


This week we have enjoyed getting messy making paper mache pigs. In cookery the children chose different cutters to make farm animal biscuits.


 


 


 


 


 

Posted by: The Teachers on: 27/02/2015

Welcome back


Welcome back! We hope you have had a lovely half term break.


This term we will be learning about pets, small animals and the role of a vet. We have a vets role play area and lots of resources to help us care for pets. We will be having small animals to visit and the children will be learning about the five welfare needs that keep pets safe and healthy. The children will be taking it in turns to choose a 'pet' to bring home for the evening!


We will be continuing to follow the children's interests with activities around dinosaurs, volcanoes, dressing-up, measuring, office role play and creative crafts.


Towards the end of the term watch out for information on 'World book day' and Easter celebrations. 


The Foundation Stage Team


 



Posted by: The Teachers on: 22/02/2015

Chinese New Year


As well as our successful 'Chatterbox Challenge' the children have been learning all about Chinese New Year, we have enjoyed working with the Reception children and sharing a snack of noodles, chopsticks and traditional chinese new year music!!!!!!  


 


Posted by: The Teachers on: 13/02/2015

Chatterbox Challenge


Thank you to all the parents and children that supported our 'Chatterbox Challenge' we have been overwhelmed with the sponsor money that we have already received. The day was a great success and the children really enjoyed performing for their parents and receiving their certificates and treats!!!


Polite reminder that all sponsor money and forms are returned to nursery by 2nd March 2015.


Many Thanks   


 




 




 

Posted by: The Teachers on: 13/02/2015

Dinosaur theme a 'roaring' success


Wow! We are so proud of the nursery children and the incredible learning that has been happening this week. It is hard to know where to start!


The children have created nests and buried eggs, designed their own dinosaur eggs, learnt about fossils and made their own fossils using clay, created model dinosaurs using a variety of materials. We have watched a dinosaur hatch from an egg and then represented this through movement and dance. In mathematics we have ordered bones by size and created repeating patterns for Stegosaurus! We have continued to observe some lovely role play in our 'explorers camp' and 'dinosaur dig'.  


Next week we will be preparing for our 'Chatterbox Challenge' and learning about Chinese New Year. We look forward to seeing you all on Wednesday at our performances.


Morning children 11:00am


Afternoon children 2:45pm 


 



 


Posted by: The Teachers on: 08/02/2015

Dinosaurs and Paleontology!


This week the children have really extended their knowledge and learning through our theme on dinosaurs. We have learnt about time scales, environments and the special characteristics of different dinosaurs. We now know that Scientisits and Paleontologists have used fossils and modern technology to piece together what dinosaurs may have looked like and even how they may have behaved.


Our learning experiences have included 'dinosaur explorer' role play, creating dinosaur skeletons, small world habitat play, moving like dinosaurs and exploring emotions through dinosaur characters! 


 






Posted by: The Teachers on: 29/01/2015

Tasty food and winter colours!


Well we certainly enjoyed our 'warming' snacks this week and we were able to explore change through making a healthy breakfast of porridge oats. The children watched and voiced their observations as the consistency of the oats changed through adding liquid and heat.


This learning experience lead to some amazing literacy work around Goldilocks and the three bears and we will continue with this theme next week.


We have continued to explore colour around winter and our focus this week was through the painting 'The Castle of Muiden in Winter'. The children created their own representations of the painting and created shades of colours with powder paints.


Next week watch out for dinosaurs and dinosaur explorers as we follow the children's interest in prehistoric animals that roamed the earth!

Posted by: The Teachers on: 23/01/2015

Sunbeams


This week the Sunbeams enjoyed listening to the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. They retold the story using props and puppets. At snack time we tasted porridge and the Sunbeams ate it all up , just like Goldilocks!


 


   


 


Posted by: The Teachers on: 23/01/2015

Keeping warm in winter


This week the children in nursery have been learning all about keeping warm in cold weather. We have learnt that hot food warms up our tummy and give us energy to keep warm. We thought about what would be good foods to eat at breakfast, lunch and tea and next week we are going to make porridge for 'breakfast' and try a variety of soups at snack time.  


In the role play area the children have been dressing themselves in clothing appropriate for winter weather and they have also enjoyed dressing the dolls and teddies! 


In Music and Movement this week the children responded to sounds to create freezing and melting movements.


Next week we will be exploring colour and texture through the painting 'The Castle of Muiden in Winter' by Jan Beerstraaten 


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Posted by: The Teachers on: 17/01/2015

Happy New Year


Happy New Year from the Foundation Stage Team and all the children!


Our themes this term will be around winter, the weather and keeping warm. This week the children have researched the season of winter through non fiction books, explored ice and carried out experiments to extend our knowledge on freezing and melting. We have constructed ice palaces through ice cubes, paint and wooden bricks. As part of our circle time we told Mrs Magan all about the great fun we had in the snow over the christmas holiday. This led to some lovely snowmen creations at the play dough table!


To follow the children's interests we will be opening a post office in the mark making area, a shape focussed sweet shop in the dough area and learning all about dinosaurs!


 





 

Posted by: The Teachers on: 11/01/2015

Happy Christmas


The Foundation Stage Team wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


We look forward to welcoming you back on the 6th January.

Posted by: The Teachers on: 20/12/2014

Nativity 2014 Afternoon Performance

Posted by: The Teachers on: 10/12/2014

Nativity 2014 morning performance

Posted by: The Teachers on: 10/12/2014

Bubbles and 'Drop-in-sessions'


As well as our walk in the community this week we have welcomed parents in for our 'drop-in-sessions' and had 'bubbly' fun in our car wash. We could not believe how dirty our teachers let their cars get!!!!!


 


Posted by: The Teachers on: 05/12/2014

Walk in the local community


We were all so proud of the nursery children on Wednesday when we went for a walk in the local community. The children showed lots of interest in the environment, sharing their own experiences and asking questions. Many thanks to all the staff at Northfields Garage who were incredibly friendly and took time to talk and demonstrate equipment to the children. 


We spotted lots of different types of transport and recorded them on our traffic surveys, we were very excited when the dustmen waved to us!


Please see the gallery for lots more photographs.


 


 


 

Posted by: The Teachers on: 04/12/2014

Full steam ahead!


We have had a great week of learning continuing with our theme around trains and transport. The children have drawn maps, created cities for the small world props and have enjoyed playing imaginatively in the car mechanic workshop. In number we have been matching tickets to seat numbers and ordering train carriages. We have made 3d train models and used shapes to create train designs.


The children have prepared healthy snacks with a transport theme. On Wednesday we made cheese and pepper wheels and on Friday we created apple slice sailing boats.


Next week we hope to visit a garage and clean our teachers cars in our very own car wash!


 


Posted by: The Teachers on: 27/11/2014

Phonics Workshop


Many Thanks to those parents that attended our 'Phun with Fonics' workshop. We hope you found it informative and it was great to see so many parents joining in! If you were unable to attend but would like to discuss phonics with us please speak to either Mrs Magan or Ms Kingman.   


 


Posted by: The Teachers on: 22/11/2014

Special visit from Jo Jo the owl


On Friday we had a special visitor in nursery, Jo Jo the owl. It was an amazing opportunity for the children to experience wildlife close up and to learn about owls and their habitat. The children asked some very interesting questions and Simon said that he had never been to a school with such well behaved children. Thank you to year 4 for giving us this unique learning experience.  


 





Posted by: The Teachers on: 12/11/2014

Our week of Bonfire celebrations

Posted by: The Teachers on: 11/11/2014

Firework Fiesta


This week in Nursery we will be focusing our learning around the theme of Guy Fawkes. The children will be exploring the story of Guy Fawkes through books, rhymes, songs and drama.


The adults in the setting will be performing a short piece of drama to teach the children about keeping safe when watching fireworks. On Wednesday the children will enjoy their own bonfire celebrations. We will be eating hot dogs and  chocolate sparklers while singing around the 'bonfire'. The children will then enjoy a firework display accompanied to music on the interactive white board.


Over the week our learning will include composing a piece of firework music, exploring the sounds of fireworks, creating a firework dance, ordering rockets by size and number, making firework pictures and learning new songs and rhymes.


 


All Aboard!


You will also notice that we have a train station and track in nursery! to follow the children's interests we have two new role play areas to support the children's learning and our new themes. The children can make cup cakes and sell their creations in our new cake shop or pack their cases and travel on the Bluecoat Express!


 


Exciting learning ahead!


  


  

Posted by: The Teachers on: 02/11/2014

Cinderella's Ball


The children have had a lovely time at their Cinderella's Ball. We have enjoyed a banquet for snack, ballroom dancing, ring games and the Cinderella story. The children loved their party gifts, not so sure the parents agreed! Many thanks for your support, the children all looked amazing! Watch out for photos on the gallery.


 


   




Posted by: The Teachers on: 22/10/2014

Fairy Tale Fun


This week the children have been learning about Fairy Tales and in particular Cinderella. We have created palaces, built towers, dressed up as key characters, re told the story of Cinderella through puppets and props and made our very own magic potions. Thank you to all of 'Cinderella's Little Helpers' who have carried out all of their duties and found the glass slipper! 


The children have been excitedly talking about their invitations that they received in the post. The ball will be a lovely way to end our first term of learning and we are all looking forward to having a banquet snack and taking part in some ballroom dancing!


 



 

Posted by: The Teachers on: 17/10/2014

Eat Better, Start Better Initiative


On Thursday we welcomed Debbie Kenyon who is a Healthy Eating Consultant for Lincolnshire Healthy Schools. Debbie was visiting the nursery as part of our involvement in the Eat Better, Start Better initiative. This initiative validates our commitment to providing the children with healthy, balanced and nutritious food and drink and the skills and knowledge to develop a healthy lifestyle. Debbie went through a comprehensive checklist, viewed policies and observed the children at snack. I am delighted to say that we successfully met all of the criteria and we are now able to sign up for the Early Years Code of Practice for Food and Drink, certificate to follow!


 


The children have begun learning around our new theme of Fairy Tales, Traditional Stories and Nursery Rhymes. Many of you will have observed the transformation of nursery into Fairy Tale Land! The children have had some fantastic ideas to support their learning and we are all looking forward to taking part in some exciting learning experiences.


Look out for a special invite in the post, make sure you return before the clock strikes twelve!


 


 


  

Posted by: The Teachers on: 12/10/2014

Fun in the kitchen!


Anyone for mud cakes or a leaf kebab?



 



 


 


 



 


 


 



 


 



 


Maybe you would prefer a jam tart!


 


 


 


 


 



 


 



 


 


Posted by: The Teachers on: 01/10/2014

Autumn Walk


The children had an amazing adventure on Wednesday when we went on an Autumn walk. We spotted signs of Autumn and collected Autumn colours and leaves. It was great fun scrunching and stomping in the leaves and singing our Autumn songs under the trees. Watch out for our Autumn creations in Nursery!


 






 

Posted by: The Teachers on: 26/09/2014

Fruitful delights!


In cookery this week the children explored fruits and were distinguishing between sweet and sour flavours. We made a graph to show our favourite fruits and then prepared a fresh fruit salad. The children learnt all about good hygiene when preparing foods and how to use tools safely.


 



 


I think these fruits may have been sour!


 


 


 


 





 


 

Posted by: The Teachers on: 26/09/2014

Wonderful first week back!


We have enjoyed a wonderful first week back in nursery. The children have enjoyed exploring colour, sorting and categorising objects and learning songs around our theme of Autumn.


 





 








 

Posted by: The Teachers on: 12/09/2014

Thank you


Thank you for all of our lovely gifts and cards that we received at the end of term. It was another emotional day and the party was a fantastic way to celebrate the children's achievements. Photos from the party and our surprise princess visitors are on the Gallery, they clearly reflect the surprise, excitment and enjoyment of the day!


All the Foundation Stage staff wish all the children that are moving onto Reception lots of luck and we look forward to welcoming returning children and new on the 8th of September 2014.   

Posted by: The Teachers on: 30/07/2014

Special memories at Graduation!


We celebrated the children's Graduation this week with two amazing performances and presentations. Thank you so much for joining us to celebrate this happy and at times emotional event! We were so proud of the children as they stood and sang with such enjoyment and enthusiasm. Please view the photographs on the Gallery.


We are looking forward to our party on Wednesday and spending a lovely three days together before the children move onto their Reception classes.   


 











Posted by: The Teachers on: 18/07/2014

Now watch out for the cowboys and cowgirls!







 

Posted by: The Teachers on: 14/07/2014

A week of seaside fun!



 





 

Posted by: The Teachers on: 14/07/2014

'Under and over the sea'

Our new theme for the next two weeks is 'Under and over the sea'. The children are really motivated by this theme and they have had some fabulous ideas around their own learning. We will be learning about life under the sea, going fishing, surf boarding! and exploring the properties of dry and wet sand. The children have discussed with Practitioners the resources they would like in the seaside imaginative play area and there was an unanimous decision that there must be donkey rides outside! We will be enjoying ice creams, ice pops and popcorn at snack time. A lovely theme to end the nursery year.    

Posted by: The Teachers on: 06/07/2014

Breaking News!

The Nursery is delighted to announce that from a record number of entries they have been shortlisted for two awards in the Nursery World Awards 2014. http://www.nurseryworld.co.uk/nursery-world/news/1145242/nursery-world-awards-shortlists-revealed.   

Posted by: The Teachers on: 05/07/2014

Thank you

Thank you for the amazing attendance at our Mum's day and teddy bears picnic. It was a lovely day and the children are still talking about the special times they shared with you.

Posted by: The Teachers on: 04/07/2014

Mum's Day


 



 


 

Posted by: The Teachers on: 04/07/2014

Football fever!


The children have had great fun learning around our football theme. We have learnt about rules in games and the role of sportmanship when playing in a team. The children have listened to National Anthems and created their own flags. This week we have made medals and through photographs we have become footballers in our small world play. The children are continuing to take on their Mascot roles and responsibilities with pride and they are very proud of their medals and certificates. 







 


 


 

Posted by: The Teachers on: 02/07/2014

Outstanding year of success featured in the Mercury

Please take time to read the fantastic article in the Stamford Mercury that celebrates the outstanding achievements of The Foundation Stage Unit, we are so proud to be working in partnership with you. If you would like a copy of the article please ask a member of the team.    

Posted by: The Teachers on: 20/06/2014

Our new theme

Over the next two weeks we are going to be having a 'sporting' theme. There will be lots of physical activities and the children will be developing their physical skills through both small and large apparatus. We will be learning about the World Cup and Wimbledon and the children will be taking turns to be nursery mascots. At snack time we will be enjoying the traditional treats of sporting events!  

Posted by: The Teachers on: 20/06/2014

Big thank you to Sienna and her Mummy!

Posted by: The Teachers on: 20/06/2014

The chicks are on holiday!

Please follow the progress of the chicks over the weekend through Reception's blog and Mrs.Shirtcliffe. 

Posted by: The Teachers on: 13/06/2014

Happy Elmer day!


The children really enjoyed our Elmer colour party, there was lots of fun and colour. Who played a trick on Mrs. Christopher????? 




Posted by: The Teachers on: 13/06/2014

The amazing crocodile!


One of the children made this amazing crocodile choosing his own materials and tools independently.


Posted by: The Teachers on: 10/06/2014

How eggciting.....


We have 15 eggs in our incubator, overnight one of the eggs hatched and the children were so excited to meet their first chick. Today we have been busy playing mother hen and clucking with lots of enthusiasm!!!!



Posted by: The Teachers on: 10/06/2014

Dad's day


Thank you to all the Dad's and male relations that attended our Dad's day. The day was incredibly well supported and everyone had a great time despite the wet conditions in the morning! Thank you for all the positive feedback and we look forward to our next open event, details to follow shortly.


Just a reminder that our Elmer colour party is on Wednesday and we are looking forward to receiving children in an array of colours!

Posted by: The Teachers on: 08/06/2014

Elmer

We hope you all had a lovely half term. For the next two weeks we are going to continue with our jungle theme but with a specific focus on elephants and the story of Elmer. We will celebrate the end of our jungle theme with an Elmer colour party, details to follow!

Posted by: The Teachers on: 01/06/2014

Wow! what an amazing week!!!!!!!


The children enjoyed releasing the butterflies in the garden, we will look forward to spotting them over the summer term.


 


 




 



  


Our jungle expedition, what did you see? 


 


 




  


The children had a lovely story session with Luisella's Mum, all the stories had a jungle focus and the children had props so they could interact with the stories.


 


 


 


 

Posted by: The Teachers on: 23/05/2014

Then he nibbled a hole in the cocoon and .......



 



 


 


Posted by: The Teachers on: 21/05/2014

Caterpillar update!


The children are so excited. Our big, fat caterpillars have now spun their cocoons. The children transferred them into the butterfly net today and are eagerly awaiting beautiful butterflies. 


 



 



 


Posted by: The Teachers on: 16/05/2014

Our jungle explorers





 



 

Posted by: The Teachers on: 15/05/2014

Jungle Fever!

Our theme for the next two weeks is around the jungle and jungle animals. The children will be learning about the jungle environment, the habitat and the animals that live there. We will be learning all about Joshua's trip to South Africa and his amazing safari experience. The children will go into the jungle and on a 'safari expedition' through role play and sensory experiences! 

Posted by: The Teachers on: 11/05/2014

The amazing Very Hungry Caterpillar!

Posted by: The Teachers on: 01/05/2014

Grandparent's Day

Thank you to all the Grandparents that joined us for our Grandparent's Day, the children had a lovely time and we hope you enjoyed joining in with all the activities and the children's learning.

Posted by: The Teachers on: 01/05/2014

Wriggling visitors have arrived!

Our new themes this term focus on life cycles, growth and change. This week the children have focussed their learning around the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. To support this learning we have had an arrival of some very wriggly guests! The children are really excited and looking forward to observing the changes that the caterpillars will go through over the next few weeks.    

Posted by: The Teachers on: 27/04/2014

Spring time fun!

This week in nursery the children have enjoyed lots of exciting learning experiences around our theme of 'Spring time fun'. The children have painted spring flowers, grown cress, made spring baskets, taken part in an egg hunt and egg rolling competition! In our music and movement session the children began as seeds and then blossomed into wonderful flowers! Please go to the gallery to view our photos, Happy Easter from the nursery team. 

Posted by: The Teachers on: 04/04/2014

Health Visitor Visit

We had a visit today from Becks who is a Health Visitor. She talked to us about the role of a Health Visitor and how to care for babies. This included bathing a baby and changing a nappy! The children asked some fantastic questions and enjoyed being measured and weighed.  

Posted by: The Teachers on: 31/03/2014

Welcome

Welcome to the Nursery.  This week we have been busy learning about our new theme of Spring.  Watch out for bouncing bunnies next week!

Posted by: The Teachers on: 28/03/2014

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