March 9, 2018 at 2:03 pm
We have had another busy 3 days in Nursery, from baking to lots of counting!
The children have been putting their artistic skills to the test when making their Mother’s Day cards. They selected their own resources – paint, sponges, tissues paper, coloured paper, coloured sticks to create their cards. Inside the cards they have tried really hard to sign their names. We hope you like them!
In our phonic work we continue to practise blending 3 sounds together to hear the word, by singing our song about Jack and Jill. The children are getting really good at sounding out words such as f-o-x, p-e-g, r-e-d and being able to hear the words the sounds make. We will start challenging them further next week by saying a word like fox and seeing if they can break the word up in to 3 sounds f-o-x.
The children listened to the story ‘Who’s Bad and Who’s Good, Little Red Riding Hood?’ It is based on the traditional tale of Little Red Riding Hood and it addresses the importance of not talking to people we don’t know – stranger danger.
We have also introduced the children to story writing. The idea is that children verbally tell a story to an adult like an author and then at the end of the session we bring the story alive by acting it out. To begin with the grown ups have been writing the stories to support the children with possible ideas. We hope in the next few weeks we will have some budding authors!
In mathematics we having been finding out what our favourite fruit is. The choice of fruits were apple, strawberry, orange and banana. The children had to count how popular each fruit was and see which was the most and least popular. We explained that the smaller number meant less people liked that fruit. I’m sure a few them voted more than once! We also practised rolling a dice, counting the dots and jumping, clapping or hopping the correct number of times.
As part of our World Maths Day we read the book ‘How big is a million?’ It is about a penguin called Pipkin who wants to know what a million looks like so he goes in search to find out.
In the story Pipkin finds 10 fish, the children were able to show me 10 fingers. When asked how big do you think a million is? Some of the responses were:
“This big (arms opened as wide as they can go”
“It’s not as much as infinity”
Pipkin goes on to find a 100 penguins. “Do you know anyone who is a 100 years old?” we asked. Some children did. We decided to find out how old the oldest person in the world is – 117! The children were challenged to find lots of number cards hidden around the classroom. Their job was to find them and count how many objects they could see. They did well to count from 1 up to 20.
The children have also been busy baking, listening to stories and dancing to music…
Thank you to those parents who have returned their parents evening forms. If you haven’t done so already please return them. It is important we see all the parents so we can discuss your child’s progress and their next steps in learning. There is currently one slot left on Tuesday! If you are unable to attend these days or get an appointment then please let us know and we can arrange to see you another time.
We hope you have a fun weekend. See you Monday.
The Nursery team
March 9, 2018 at 12:20 pm
The children were very excited about World Maths Day on Wednesday.
We gathered the children’s ideas together about what they wanted to do. I was really impressed by the amount of language the children associated with maths.
The theme of the day was all around the story ‘Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs’. There’s a video of the story below.
Making dinosaurs using 2D shapes:
What else have we been doing?
Making Mother’s Day cards and learning what to write in a card:
Learning how to dance to ‘The Macerena’:
We hope you have a great weekend.
The Reception team
March 2, 2018 at 3:37 pm
It’s been a strange week but it hasn’t stopped us.
What have we been doing?
Playing in the snow:
Making things float and experimenting with materials that float/sink:
A snow party:
Don’t forget, the rearranged Pyjama Evening is on Thursday 8th March.
Hope you have a lovely weekend and stay safe in the snow and ice.
The RH team
March 2, 2018 at 3:27 pm
What a week we have had. The children have been making the most of the snow in school. On Wednesday even though the wind was blowing from Siberia some of the children went outside to play. They threw snowballs and went sledging. For those children who preferred to stay inside the snow came to them. We put some snow a tray for the children to experience. They talked about how cold it was and how it felt in their hands. Then they found polar bears and made a home for them.
We continued the theme of snow into our PE lesson. The children had to go into the hall, which was covered in snow, and clear all the snow away using their imaginary shovels. Then they put down the salt to make the walkways clear. Then they had four tasks to complete. They had to rescue animals lost in the snow by crawling through a tunnel and climbing over obstacles. The next task was to throw snowballs at targets. Another task was to stamp on the mountain top snow, which was actually bouncing on trampolines. The final task was to use the ropes to complete a mountain rescue. The children really enjoyed completing all of these tasks. To cool down at the end of the lesson the children pretended to be snowmen and the sun came out. They slowly melted to the ground and disappeared. They returned to class all hot and flushed after their exercise despite the snow!
Next week there is a training day on Monday so the children are back into school on Tuesday.
In Phonics we are continuing to revise sh, ch, th and ng in words and practise writing the tricky words I, to, no, go and.
In Numeracy, we will be using number lines to work out addition and subtraction calculations.
Have a good weekend,
From all the staff in RF
March 2, 2018 at 2:39 pm
Well it has been a funny week in Nursery as the heavy snow fall meant having less children and the cancellation of our trip to the library. Nevertheless we’ve been busy.
Luckily Claire from Farsley library came to visit us in the afternoon. She brought with her some of her favourite books. We listened very carefully.
We have enjoyed playing out in the snow by towards the end of the week it got very cold so we didn’t stay out for long!
We have also been busy playing, listening to stories, counting, sharing our news, singing and baking…
Have a great weekend, wrap up warm! Don’t forget we have a training day on Monday, so we look forward to seeing you on Tuesday.
The Nursery team
February 23, 2018 at 3:36 pm
Another full week in RF!
This week the children have been very busy outside. They have been investigating water slides and fishing for numbered ducks. Some children were making sandcastles and working on their maths at the same time by counting the castles and then saying how many they would have if they had 1 more.
Other children were singing and dancing or racing each other to see who was the fastest on the bikes. They made predictions to see who they thought would be the fastest and then tested to see if they were right. Some of the children were working on woodwork projects. They strengthened the muscles in their hand and wrists by hammering nails into a very hard block of wood whilst also making a pattern with the nails to wrap wool around. Some children went to the farm and planted seeds.
Inside was just as busy!
The children have been learning how to use number lines so that next week they can use them to work out addition and subtraction calculations. They used a number line on the whiteboard and then used smaller individual ones. A group of children wanted to find out how tall they were so found a tape measure and measured their friends and recorded the results.
One child was interested in making circuits so we collected all the equipment we needed and then Mr Wilson came in to give a demonstration. This activity was also very good for strengthening the muscle in fingers to help with writing. Mask making was also popular this week.
Next week in Phonics we will be revising Phase 2 and Phase 3 sounds and practising reading them in words. We will also consolidate the tricky words we have been learning and use them in writing.
Have a good weekend,
From all the staff in RF