April 27, 2018 at 2:47 pm
This week seems to have gone by so quickly!
The children have had lots of variety to progress their learning. In Maths we have been solving problems using the book “1 is a snail, 10 is a crab!” The children had to work out number problems using animals with a different number of feet. It was a very busy session but the children had lots of fun working out the problems. We will be returning to this book in a couple of weeks.
On Thursday we went to The Rainbow Factory for the day. The venue is a fantasy story land and our day was based on the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. The session began with a show and the children were thoroughly engrossed. We also had an acting workshop, a storytelling workshop and a lesson on how to draw a giant.
Next week we are continuing the theme of story and encouraging the children to use their imagination and make up their own stories. In phonics we will introduce the new sounds ‘air’ and ‘ure’. In Maths we will be doing some more problem solving as well as ensuring the children have a good grasp of numbers up to 20.
Have a good weekend, from the RF team.
April 27, 2018 at 2:16 pm
We have had a very busy and fun-filled two weeks in RH.
Last week, the children decided they wanted to have a picnic. We discussed our favourite sandwiches and read the story ‘Sam’s Sandwich’ which is about a boy who makes a sandwich for his sister and decides to add an insect/creature every time he added a layer to the sandwich. The children made their own sandwiches for the picnic and we discussed cutting them in half and what ‘half’ looks like.
A group of children decided they wanted to make some chocolates for the picnic so they went to the Co-Op in Farsley to buy some chocolate. They then melted the chocolate into ice cube trays, added spinkles on them and put them in the fridge to set. They were delicious chocolates! Another group of children made a chocolate cake for the picnic which was equally as tasty.
The children have been very interested in pets this week. One of our focus children said that she wanted to be a vet when she was older. We have discussed what animals you keep as a pet and which animals aren’t suitable for having as pets. Some children went to visit a pet shop and bought a new fish tank for the classroom. We are going to set the fish tank up so the water can purify over the weekend ready for some new pet fish for the classroom!
We have read the story ‘Rainbow Fish’ and the children have been making rainbow fish using CDs and different art materials. We also have a new vets/pet shop in the classroom.
We have had some very helpful children who wanted to wash cars. They had to identify the correct number plates in order to wash the cars. They had a long list of cars to wash!
The children wanted to make perfume so we used flowers, leaves and a bit of water to make some perfume to take home.
The Rainbow Factory
The children had a fabulous time at the Rainbow Factory yesterday. They watched a ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ show and then completed lots of activities related to the story.
April 27, 2018 at 1:46 pm
We have had a super busy week in Nursery from baking, cutting trolls hair, gardening to recycling!
The children are really in to performing and a number of children create dances to different kinds of music from Tinkerbell to Bohemian Rhapsody! They rehearse their moves and then when the show is ready they perform on the stage in front of an audience. Watch out as we might be performing to you one day soon!
Lots of the children said if you watch a show you need to have popcorn. So we tried making our own popcorn in a saucepan, as you may already know we burnt it! Next we tried using a microwave. This was more successful and the children could see the popcorn kernels popping and jumping and getting very big. This bowl of popcorn was more enjoyable to eat!
Story writing has really taken off this week. The children are becoming more and more creative thinking of their own stories. They started repeating stories that they know well to writing their own. They watch an adult scribe the story and they finish it by signing their name. We then bring the story to life and act it out with the help of our friends
Although the weather has been cloudy, cold, wet with a bit of sunshine this hasn’t stopped the Nursery children helping Mrs Spencer to make our outdoor area look more colourful and beautiful. They have been weeding and digging holes to plant some primroses. If you have any plants, flowers, seeds or pots you no longer need please send them our way.
Last weekend some children watched the Vaisakhi parade. Jesse shared his photographs and Harshaan told us that she walked to lots of Gurdwaras and it was a long way. Jesse remembered that there was music playing and lots of people wore the colour orange. The children watched a ‘Let’s Celebrate Vaisakhi’ programme on Cbeebies. We learnt that Vaisakhi is the harvest and new year festival of the Punjab region. The day is celebrated in April with bright new clothes, singing and dancing. Vaisakhi is particularly important to Sikhs. In 1699, the 10th Guru of the Sikhs, Guru Gobind Singh laid the foundation for the collective faith of Sikhism on Vaisakhi. For Sikhs the day is marked by an early visit to the Gurdwara, which is decorated with flowers and offerings, processions through the streets, singing and chanting of hymns and scriptures, dancing, and evening meals with the family.
In our phonics we have been remembering all about the ‘s’ phoneme and then we learnt about ‘a’. We found some ‘a’ objects – ant, apple and anchor.
In our number work we listened to the beat of the drum and counted how many times we heard the beat. We then learnt about the number ‘6’. We read the number 6 book and practised counting 6 objects and recording the number 6.
Other fun this week…
Farsley Library trip
Don’t forget we are going to visit Farsley library over 3 days – 15th, 16th and 17th May. We still need some more volunteers for each of those visits. Don’t forget if your child doesn’t attend on one or all of these days then please feel free to meet us at the library. Volunteers will need to meet us at the library.
Fingers crossed the sun comes out next week! Have a great weekend.
The Nursery team
April 20, 2018 at 3:01 pm
Welcome back to a new term!
Looking at the Communication books, you have all done lots of exciting things over the holidays and it was good to see that many of the children did their own writing. Well done!
This week we have been getting back into the swing of things and have revised many of the Phase 2 and 3 phonemes we have covered. Next week and the week after we will be learning some new sounds – ‘ear’, ‘air’, ‘ure’ and ‘er’.
In Maths we have been learning about doubling as well as revising 1 more and 1 less than a given number up to 20.
Next week is our trip to The Rainbow Factory and in preparation we have been reading many stories, talking about the different parts of a story and writing a class story. Our class story is titled ‘The Dinosaur and the Princess’. It is a whole class collaboration and the ideas from the children were very traditional! We printed the story and designed front covers. Then we made our story into a book. The children are very proud of their work. Some children have begun to write their own stories and it would be lovely if you could encourage them to write at home as well. We will be writing more stories next week.
As the weather is getting warmer and people are thinking about working in their gardens we are trying to improve our outdoor are by planting bedding plants. We would be grateful for any spare bedding plants and plant pots to help us brighten up our outside environment.
Have a good weekend, from the RF team.
April 19, 2018 at 10:34 am
Welcome back! We hope you had a lovely 2 weeks, what a great start to the term – sunshine!
As the weather is getting warmer (at the moment) please can you make sure your child comes to school with sun cream on (spare in a bag) and a named hat. We will support the children putting sun cream on.
As you can imagine the children are embracing the sunshine and spending a lot of time exploring outside. A few children went to the pond with Mrs Myers to see if they could find some frog spawn. They did find lots of tadpoles, the children are observing them using magnifying glasses and finding out about frogs using some non-fiction books.
We are looking to make our outdoor area more colourful and we would welcome any flower pots you no longer use, plants, flowers or seeds.
We continue to enjoy the sunshine by making ice lollies. The children selected the flavour of juice they wanted. We learnt that to make ice lollies they need to go somewhere very cold like a freezer. We will enjoy the ice lollies after we have visited the park next to school later!
In phonics we have started to learn some letter sounds. This week we are learning the phoneme ‘s’. We know it makes a long sound and sausages, socks, seaweed and slide are some of the words which start with ‘s’.
In mathematics we have revised everything we know about the numbers 1-5. We have clapped, jumped and recorded the numbers to 5. We are recognising the Numicon pieces by looking at their shape and counting the holes. Some children have been busy creating their own shape pictures, learning the names, how many sides and corners they have.
St George’s Day
The children have been finding about why we celebrate St George’s Day. They listened to a story and then we learnt about St George’s Day parades. We talked about the yellow signs outside of school as the road will be closed on Sunday for a parade.
We have rearranged our trip to Farsley library and we will now be going on 2 visits. Some children will go on Tuesday 15th and Wednesday 16th May and some will go on Wednesday 16th and Thursday 17th May. Letters will go out next week; we will need volunteers too!
Have a great week, fingers crossed the sun continues to shine!
The Nursery team