January 19, 2018 at 4:00 pm
We have had such a varied week in RF.
At the beginning of the week one of our children asked if they could have their face painted. We used the internet to find interesting designs we could use and then went to find the face paints. Some children drew their own designs to have painted later in the week. letters went out to ask for permission and we were ready! Have a look at the photos to see if you can recognise anyone.
On Wednesday it snowed so we took the sledges out on to the hill and had lots of fun!
On Thursday some of the children decided they wanted to have a shop in class so they collect all sorts of things from around the room and put them into baskets ready for sale. I asked how much things were and said in real shops each thing for sale had a price on it so the children set about putting price labels on everything. We found a cash register and they were ready. They spent a long time buying and selling things and asked if they could have a shop in class next week.
Next week we will set up a shop role play area with the help of the children so if they visit a shop this weekend it would be very helpful if you could talk to them about what they can see there.
In phonics next week our new sound will be ‘ng’ and we will be revising ‘ch’, ‘sh’ and ‘th’ as well as all the Phase 2 sounds. Our tricky word of the week will be ‘was’.
Have a lovely weekend, from the team in RF.
January 19, 2018 at 2:50 pm
We have had such a busy week in Nursery – snow, gingerbread men, buns, monster cafe!
The children have enjoyed seeing so many different kinds of weather this week from rain, sun and rainbows to snow! We had fun sledging down the hill!
Wednesday saw the start of our stay and read sessions. It was lovely to see so many parents. Please feel free to come as and when you like, babies and toddlers are welcome too. Stay and read is on from 8.45-9.15 and 12.30-1pm. If your child doesn’t attend Nursery on a Wednesday then feel free to come another day.
This week saw the start of the children trying to make marks and attempt writing their name with support. The children are working hard to hold their pen or pencil correctly (using 2 fingers) and either make a mark, write the first letter or 2 or their whole name. Well done Nursery!
The children have been doing a lot of baking this week. We started making buns some plain, some with raisins and bananas in. By the end of the week we all made a gingerbread man as we had enjoyed reading the story a lot. We also made pasta and ate it with a tomato and herb sauce. After making so much food I said “It’s like we have been a restaurant or cafe all week”. This prompted lots of conversations about having a cafe. The children have named it ‘Monster Cafe’ although they wanted to make sure everyone knew it won’t have real monsters in it! So next Friday we will be serving afternoon tea. More details to follow.
We have also started our ‘Art Gallery’. The children have been keen to learn different painting techniques. This has included mixing shades of blue, a cold colour and then drawing a picture using a black pen and then using powder paints to carefully colour it in. We hope to expand the pictures in the art gallery over the next few weeks.
We wish you a wonderful weekend, watch out for the snow!
The Nursery Team
January 12, 2018 at 4:10 pm
This week has been all about shape and disco parties!
We revised 2D shapes altogether. The children are able to name circle, triangle, square and rectangle and talk about their properties. They are able to find shapes with straight sides and count how many each shape has. They have also learned about 3D shapes – cube, cuboid and cylinder and begin to talk about their properties. Ask your child to see if they can find any objects at home in those categories. There have been lots of activities available for the children to do independently including making pictures with shapes and completing a shape programme on the computer.
Our focus children this week very keen on holding a disco party so we spent the week getting ready for it which we held this afternoon. They planned what they wanted for the party including buns to eat. They wrote lists of ingredients they needed to make the buns and then made two batches. They also wrote some invitations. We were nearly ready for the party except no one knew how to disco dance! In our PE lesson we learned some steps and practised in preparation for the party. We were ready! The children enjoyed dancing to the music with the disco lights flashing and then we returned to class to have refreshments of buns and milk. A lovely end to a very busy week.
Next week in literacy our tricky word of the week is ‘be’ and our new sounds will be qu, ch, sh and th.
January 12, 2018 at 2:12 pm
Well it has certainly been a busy first full week back! The children have been busy exploring some enhancements we have put in some areas of provision. Following on from talking about igloos and making one from a box we created a winter igloo reading area. The children are enjoying going in the tents sometimes reading or playing.
There has been a lot of ice investigations. We found a fireman character stuck in the ice – how will we rescue him? The children tried hammers, saws, dropping the ice, some salt. Eventually we put the ice near the radiator and after over an hour (longer than they predicted) they were able to rescue him! We have observed what happens when you sprinkle ice on to ice and then add blue food colouring. If we listened carefully we could hear it cracking.
Sofia told us that she loves ‘rainbows’. So today we made rainbow toast. The children used coloured milk to create their coloured bread, toasted, buttered and then ate it. They loved it some much we will continue this next week.
In maths we have been doing lots of counting forward and back up to 20 and back from 5/10. The children have been developing their understanding of numbers, recognising and ordering them. We have practised counting objects and putting them with the correct number. We continue to practise counting claps or beats of a drum.
In outdoor play we have been designing and making things with wood and exploring the frost and ice. Please make sure your child is dressed appropriately for outdoor play.
In phonics we have been doing body percussion, playing sound games and using tap sticks to sound out the syllables in words.
A selection of photos from our week….
We hope you have a restful weekend and we look forward to seeing you all next week.
The Nursery team
January 11, 2018 at 1:37 pm
This week in RH, some of the children have been very interested in discussing Space. One child thought the moon was made of cheese and the children became very excited about the prospect of visiting the moon so we decided to organise a trip to see if the moon was made out of cheese. We researched how to get there and talked about what the moon would be like, including the fact that there’s no gravity there.
The children have been busy making space helmets and space boots which they wore when we went on our adventure. They have also been drawing rockets, painting rockets and making rockets out of wood.
We have recapped 3D shapes, naming them and looking at their properties. The children were challenged to make rockets using the 3D shapes and then named the shapes that they had used.
On our trip to the moon, we looked at the shapes used to make up the rocket. We then talked about the shapes of the planets and worked out that that they were spheres.
As part of our trip, we watched a video of a rocket taking off and then a video of astronauts on the moon. We then had a pancake as this was requested as part of the trip!
The children were allowed to explore the moon and they soon discovered that it was made of rocks, not cheese. As there was no gravity on the moon, the children had to work in pairs to help each other explore. One child stayed on the rocket holding on to one end of a skipping rope and the other child explored whilst holding on to the other.
We have been learning about the planets with this catchy song:
What else have we been learning?
In Phonics, we have introduced the phonemes qu, ch, sh this week. We have practised reading words containing the phonemes and writing them.
Our tricky word this week is ‘we’.
As well as the work we have completed on 3D shapes, the children have also been doing some estimating. We have talked about the word ‘estimating’ and what it means. The children have also estimated how many counters they thought they could fit in their shoe. They then filled their shoes with counters and counted them to see if their estimations were close.
January 5, 2018 at 3:45 pm
Happy New Year to everyone!
The children have quickly settled back into school life and have enjoyed seeing their friends again.
We are continuing with our focus children this term so each child will have another opportunity to bring the camera home for a weekend and then have their learning personalised the following week. We have had some very interesting activities and themes as a result of this and I am looking forward to more exciting things this term.
Next we our tricky word will be ‘we’ and our new sounds will be x, y, z and zz. Please help your child to learn these and look out for them in the environment and in any books you may share together.
We are also having a focus on Shape, Space and Measure. The children have some work on capacity in their communication books today and next week we will have 2D and 3D shapes for the children to learn about as well as timers around the room for them to time their activities independently. To help their learning at home please talk about different shapes and also the different ways of measuring time.
Please remember to send book bags every day with reading books and reading records in them and their PE kit on Fridays.
Have a good weekend from all the staff in RF.