Spring 1 2018

Welcome back after what we hope was a restful and blessed Christmas break. We would also like to welcome for the first time some new starters - we hope that you settle in quickly and we look forward to getting to know you. Our topic this half term is 'Our Local Area'.

Week beginning 5th February

On Friday we learnt about Pancake Day. We played a fun game using frying pans (bats) and a pancake (beanbag) which we passed around the circle while singing a song. When the song ended, the child with the pancake had to try to flip the pancake in the air and catch it again in their frying pan. We had lots of fun!

We also made our own pancakes. We whisked milk, eggs and flour together to make the batter and then Mrs Llewellyn coked them in the frying pan. They were delicious. We chose to eat them with lemon and sugar, chocolate sauce or strawberry sauce.

In the afternoon, we were able to go to the main school hall and use the bouncy castle as a special end of half term treat.

Week beginning 29th January 2018

This week we have created our own role-play bakery. The children have had lots of fun taking it in turns to be the baker and the customer. The children decided we needed a 'cafe' area where we could sit and eat the bread and biscuits we had bought at the bakery.

We baked bread like the Little Red Hen. We observed how the magic yeast made the dough rise when we left it in a warm place. The bread was delicious!

We have had dough in our malleable area. One of our challenges was to form two balls of dough that weighed the same. We used balances to check.

Here are some pictures of the other things we have been up to this week. We have continued to enjoy our garage and builder's yard outside. We have had numbered ducks in the water tray which is helping us learn to recognise numbers as well as finding numbers that are one more than the number we have. We have used natural materials to create transient art pictures. We have explored magnets, and have been challenged to share fruit equally between two teddies.

Week beginning 22nd January 2018

This week we have been continuing to think about where we live and what is in our local area. Some children visited Yates' Bakery. We bought some delicious shortbread heart-shaped biscuits which we ate together when we returned to nursery. Following on from our visit, the children have decided they would like a pretend bakery shop in nursery - have a look next week for pictures! Our story this week has been The 'Little Red Hen', and one of our nursery rhymes has been '5 Currant Buns'.

We have continued to enjoy playing in the Pizza Parlour in Reception, and we have also been making playdough pizzas - our toppings included tomatoes, pepperoni, peppers and cheese.

In our outdoor area we have created a car garage. The children have enjoyed exploring the role of a car mechanic, fixing the cars and changing the tyres.

Amongst our Funky Fingers activities this week have been developing our use of scissors, and using little matchsticks to create 2D shapes.

Here are some pictures of some of our other activities in nursery this week. We have explored oats in the messy tray, we have had babies in the water and we have explored wet sand. We have also used our interactive whiteboard to recognise numerals and feed Teddy the correct number of cakes. You can play this game at home on the following website: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/learning-to-count/teddy-numbers 

Week beginning 15th January 2018

We have continued thinking about where we live. We have used playdough to make houses, painted, drawn and used the interactive whiteboard to draw houses. We have sorted furniture into different rooms and looked at different types of homes.

Outside we introduced our builder's yard.

On Friday we had our Friendly Friday. Thank you to all the Mums and Dads who came to join us.

Week beginning 8th January 2018

This week we have enjoyed sharing about what we did in our Christmas holidays. Thank you to all the parents who put photos on Tapestry - the children loved sharing them with their friends and it helped them to talk about their experiences. We also enjoyed talking about our homes. We explored the topic of 'home' through imaginative play with our dolls house, in our home corner and through playdough.

We made junk model houses.

We have also been 'super sorters' this week, sorting compare bears by colour and size.

Our story this week has been The Three Little Pigs. We all enjoyed this story very much!

Here are some pictures of our Funky Fingers activities.