Christmas fun in Nursery…

December 8, 2017 at 3:53 pm

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We have been extremely busy in Nursery this week. As well as performing our concert ‘The Super Star’ we have been creating Christmas cards. The children had lots of resources to use for their cards. They selected what they wanted, some of which involved cutting Christmas objects out, some printing and of course glitter!! All the children were encouraged to do some writing which mainly involved writing their name.

Some of the children enjoyed a wonderful Christmas lunch. We had turkey, pigs in blankets, roast potatoes, vegetables and party hats. The number of children that ate sprouts was fantastic!! We enjoyed listening to Christmas music as we ate!

We have listened to lots of stories this week but a favourite has been ‘Father Christmas needs a wee’. It is a lovely rhyming book which involves a lot of counting!

Next Wednesday is our party day so feel free to bring the contributions circled on the letters sent out last week. If you are unsure then please ask.

Have a lovely, warm weekend.

The Nursery team

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The Super Star

December 8, 2017 at 11:05 am

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The children in Foundation Stage did a super job performing their Christmas concert to lots of grown ups. They sang their hearts out and remembered all their lines. Here are a selection of photos taken from one of the concerts…

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Christmas has arrived in RF

December 1, 2017 at 4:25 pm

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Christmas has arrived in RF.

One of our focus children came to school on Monday very excited about Christmas and talking about her Christmas tree. She asked if we were going to have one in class. Mrs Longhorn knew exactly where the tree and decorations were kept so the children helped her to get everything out and set it up. They did such a good job that Mrs Myers took some of the children to help her set up the tree in the school entrance.  Is your tree up yet?

The next day some of our children crowded themselves into the Home Corner and set up a band! They used whatever they had available to make instruments and had great fun. The following day they asked if they could have some instruments so we went to collect a variety as well as some equipment to dance with. We searched for music on the internet and the children danced and played along. Today in PE the children were still interested in music and dancing so we had instruments and ribbons out again and used all the space in the hall. We finished our session with some very relaxing music!

Have a good weekend from all the staff in RF.

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Twinkle, twinkle bright new star!

December 1, 2017 at 2:34 pm

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It has been a chilly end to the week today. The children have loved finding ice and seeing the snow start falling on Thursday afternoon.

The children have all been busy practicing the songs for our Christmas concert, in particular the song they will perform on the stage ‘Twinkle, twinkle bright new star’. We have all tried our costumes on and sang our song on the stage. The children are super excited performing their song next week. In case you are not sure our concerts are on:

Tuesday 5th December at 9.30am & Thursday 7th December at 2pm

We have been working on developing the children’s physical skills through rolling out play dough and making marks to experimenting with drawing round stencils.

We were very lucky to have a parent donate a wooden dolls house to us. The children are really enjoying developing their imaginative skills by thinking of their own stories. Thank you so much to the Chaudhari family. We are also starting to encourage the children to join in when we are telling a well-known story. Can they fill in the missing words? This week we read ‘The Gruffalo’.

As today is the 1st December the children have been enjoying decorating our Christmas tree and reading some Christmas books. In preparation of our concert the children have been listening to the story of Christmas so they understand how important Christmas Day is. If you’d like to see the short video then copy and paste this link in to your browser – https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/stories/lets-celebrate-christmas-story?collection=christmas   

Thank you to everyone who sent photos of their child’s weekend. We have almost talked to every child about their weekend and it has been lovely hearing about everything they do at home. Please feel free to send us more!

Wrap up this weekend and we look forward to seeing you on Monday!

The Nursery team

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Where has our learning taken us this week in RH?

December 1, 2017 at 11:31 am

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Our learning this week…

The children have been so interested in melting the ice outside, they decided to conduct an ice experiment with Mrs Myers. The children came up with some ideas about how to melt ice and then discussed how to make it a ‘fair test’ by ensuring each cup had the same amount of water in before they went into the freezer. We are going to complete the experiment this week so watch this space…

Literacy

The children have been reading real and psuedo CVC words this week, for example ‘fog’, ‘hib’, ‘mon’, ‘ham’. They have played a game called Buried Treasure which is an online phonics game. Click here for the link to play.

We have also been writing simple sentences  this week. The writing is very guided at this stage, getting the children used to writing more than one word and leaving finger spaces between words. The children have practised writing ‘I am a ____’ and then have added in different CVC words like ‘cat’ and ‘dog’. I am very impressed with how well the children’s cursive letter formation is coming along.

Maths

We read a story at the beginning of the week that contained the days of the week and we realised that we needed to practise them. This week we have talked about what we do on different days of the week and have ordered them. We then looked at the months of the year which also lead to talking about Advent in the lead up to Christmas. We have also continued to practise one more and one less. A couple of catchy songs that we’ve used to help our learning:

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Budding Picasso’s in RF

November 24, 2017 at 3:47 pm

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We have had a very creative week in RF this week. One of our focus children was very keen to paint. He said he wanted to find a picture of animals to look at so that he knew what to paint. We found pictures of zebras on the internet. Together we collected all the resources needed to paint a picture. He was shown a technique which involved using black felt pens to draw an outline and then how to mix powder paints to a watery consistency. He painted some very detailed pictures. This activity attracted lots of children and they all learned the technique. Their concentration was amazing and the results were fantastic. Lots of the paintings are on display in class and have spread into the corridor. The resources will be available next week for the children to access independently. I am looking forward to the results!

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