November 27, 2015 at 3:29 pm
The nursery children have had a great week preparing for our alien tea party on Planet Zum Zee. They prepared some musical smartie biscuits, shaky cake, floating pizza and some gloop (jelly). We all got on board a rocket and counted down our launch in to space, we then had a bumpy, bumpy ride, a party with food and dancing and then we landed back on Earth.
November 27, 2015 at 12:51 pm
Thank you to all the parents who made it to the ‘Maths is fun’ sessions held yesterday. It was a good turn out and it was lovely to see the children engaging in the fun activities. If you weren’t able to make it the presentation will be emailed to you. A useful resource pack will be sent home with your child.
November 26, 2015 at 4:56 pm
On Wednesday we introduced a new snack time routine. Instead of us all sitting in a group and having snack we are encouraging the children to be more independent. We now have our own snack table where there are some cups, a jug of water and a jug of milk. The children are reminded frequently to have fruit and milk/water when they are hungry or thirsty. They then make a mark against which fruit they have eaten and this gives us a great maths opportunity to count the marks to find out the most popular fruit that session.
By encouraging the children to have snack this way it actually gives them more playing and learning time as we aren’t stopping them just as they get involved or busy doing something.
November 24, 2015 at 2:17 pm
A very exciting thing happened today in Reception! The children found a letter which told them that a star had fallen from the sky. Could the children find it and help it to return home? The children talked about where it had come from and how they could help it to get home.
The children will be planning and making machines to help it return into space.
In Literacy the children are going to write letters to the star once it has returned to space. They will be looking for stars hidden around the room with tricky words to read and writing about the star on special star paper!
In Phonics most children will be learning x, y, z and zz. Mrs Fulton’s group will continue to revise some more of the sounds and Miss Hutchinson’s group will be learning oo, ar, or, and ur. This week’s tricky word is ‘he’.
In Maths the children will be continuing to develop their counting skills and also learning about repeating patterns. They will use familiar objects and common shapes to create and recreate patterns.
Don’t forget on Thursday 26th we will be holding two ‘Maths is Fun!’ sessions. Both sessions will be the same and are at 3.30 – 4.00pm and 7.00 – 7.30pm. Please try to make one of them as you will learn about fun activities you can do at home with your child and will receive a pack of fun maths activities and ideas.
Thank you for all the baby photographs sent in this week. There is still time to send one in if you haven’t already.
November 24, 2015 at 9:53 am
The children are working really hard on practising this tricky song. They sing the words to the well known tune of ‘The Grand Old Duke of York. Please can you help your child practise this song at home.
The Wise Men from the East
Oh the wise men from the east,
They saw a bright new star,
They followed it up to the top of the hill,
And they followed it down again.
And when they were up they were up,
And when they were down they were down,
And when they were only half way up,
They were neither up nor down.
Oh the wise men from the east,
They saw a bright new star,
They followed it to Bethlehem,
They had to travel far.
The first wise man brought gold,
The second he brought myrrh,
The third wise man brought frankincense,
For the King in the stable bare.
In case you have forgotten the tune the instrumental version is below!
November 24, 2015 at 9:47 am
Last week the children really enjoyed listening to the story ‘Alien Tea on Planet Zum-Zee’. It is about some aliens who bring food for a picnic tea but one alien brings something which looks disgusting but in the end actually tastes yummy! From reading this book we thought it would be a great idea to have our own alien tea party.
So this week we will be busy preparing for our alien picnic of pizza, smartie biscuits, cake and a jelly!
We are also learning the songs 5 little men in a flying saucer and bumpy bumpy through space.
We are busy practising all the songs for our concert. The Foundation Stage Christmas concerts are on Tuesday 8th December at 9.30am and Thursday 10th December at 2pm. The concerts will be held in the North building hall.
Have a great week.
The Nursery Team.
November 20, 2015 at 1:25 pm
This year the Foundation Stage Christmas performance is called ‘The Super Star Nativity’. It is about a star who is sad as he is a huge bright star and he wants to be a tiny twinkling star like all the other stars. Everyone keeps telling the star that he is special but it isn’t until the end that he believes them.
We are busy practising all the songs for the performance and thought it would be good for the children to practise them at home too.
The song 5 little gold stars has 5 different verses and we sing it to the tune of ‘5 Little Monkeys’. The tune and words are below to help.
Five little, gold stars high up in the sky,
They saw a donkey and they wondered why,
The donkey said, “To Bethlehem I must go,”
“How do I get there do you know?”
Four little, gold stars high up in the sky,
They saw some people and they wondered why,
The people said, “We need somewhere to stay.”
“Can you guide us to an inn this way?”
Three little, gold stars high up in the sky,
They saw an angel and they wondered why,
The angel said, “Where’s the shepherd’s hill?”
“Show me up there if you will.”
Two little, gold stars high up in the sky,
They saw some shepherds and they wondered why,
The shepherds said, “A babe we’re looking for,”
“Can you guide us to the stable door?”
One little gold star high up in the sky,
He saw some kings and he wondered why?
The kings said, “Baby Jesus should be near.”
“Can you show us the way through here?”
November 20, 2015 at 1:02 pm
The Nursery children have really embraced our new topic – space. This week the children have created an alien spaceship and a rocket. They decided what they needed – seat belts, seats, blankets, steering wheels, a cat, a dog and lots more!!!
We have created our 5 little men in a flying saucer and we are practising singing the song which is helping us count down from 5 to 0. We have listened to lots of space stories and watched a rocket landing and spacemen walking in space.
As it is getting colder please can you make sure your child has suitable outdoor clothing. It is important to label your child’s coat as we recently had one which has gone missing.
Have a lovely weekend.
The Nursery team
November 17, 2015 at 3:12 pm
In Phonics most children will be learning:
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Mrs Fulton’s group will continue to revise some more of the sounds.
Miss Hutchinson’s group will be learning:
This week’s tricky word is ‘the’.
November 17, 2015 at 2:44 pm
Whatever next in Reception?
In Literacy we will be listening to the story ‘Whatever Next!’ by Jill Murphy. The children will be retelling the story and creating story maps by themselves or in groups. They will also be sequencing the story using time words such as ‘next’, ‘then’, ‘after that’ to move the story on. The children have also been making some super rockets and space pictures in the Areas of Provision!
In Maths the children will be continuing to develop their counting skills and also working on sequencing. They will be sequencing pictures of daily routines. You can chat to your children at home about the order they do things in during the day.
Don’t forget that next week on Thursday 26th we will be holding two ‘Maths is Fun!’ sessions. Both sessions will be the same and are at 3.30 – 4.00pm and 7.00 – 7.30pm. Please try to make one of them as you will learn about fun activities you can do at home with your child. You will also get a pack full of maths resources to take home. We will send a note home this week and look out for the posters! To view the poster please click the link – Number fun!
In Reception over the next few weeks we will be talking about how Christians celebrate Christmas. The questions we will be asking the children include:
What happens when a baby is born in your family?
How do Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus?
Why do some children celebrate Christmas and others don’t?
We would like the children to bring in photographs of themselves as babies. You could help by talking about how their name was chosen and if they received special presents when they were born.