Butterfly fun in Nursery!

May 27, 2016 at 7:34 am

This week we have been observing our caterpillars and they have now made their cocoons. We are eagerly awaiting for the butterflies to come out.
We have learnt about symmetrical patterns by looking at pictures of butterflies and reading an information book.

Harlow Carr
Thank you to those who have volunteered for our trip on Wednesday 8th June. Information packs have been sent out for those adults helping. Letters are also going out today with regards to what the children will need on the trip.

Have a great half term, fingers crossed for some sunshine!

The Nursery Team

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Snail adventures in Reception

May 23, 2016 at 11:56 am

Reception have been reading the story ‘The Snail and the Whale’.

The children have been researching snails, taking snails on adventures outside and have thought of their own setting for the snail to visit. The children came up with lots of creative ideas!

This week, the children are using an app on the ipad called ‘Book Creator’. They are making a mini book using their setting pictures and are typing a sentence to explain where the snail went.

A couple of examples:

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In Maths, we are finding out what the word half means and have been linking halving facts to doubling facts, for example double 2 is 4, so half of 4 is 2. Could you practise this at home? We have also been sharing items out into equal groups.

Here are some pictures of the children cutting pieces of toast in half! Some children even cut their toast into quarters and began to understand a quarter as half of a half.



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Crawling caterpillars

May 13, 2016 at 1:42 pm

The children have a busy caterpillar week. They have made moving caterpillars, created number caterpillars, looked closely at the real caterpillars, made natural objects artwork and found caterpillar numbers in the sand.
We are enjoying watching our real caterpillars grow and we hope they will start building their cocoons soon.

Have a lovely weekend.

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Reception at Meanwood Valley Urban Farm

May 9, 2016 at 3:10 pm

What a lovely day we have had!

The weather was perfect and the children had a wonderful time learning about growing and seeing all the animals at the farm. The children fed the sheep and stroked a chicken. They saw pigs, cows and rabbits. Ask your child what else they saw and what they liked best about the visit.

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Hungry caterpillars in Nursery…

May 9, 2016 at 8:26 am

This week we are reading the book ‘The Hungry Caterpillar’ by Eric Carle.

We are eagerly waiting for some real caterpillars to arrive. The children will then have the opportunity to watch them get bigger and bigger, build cocoons and hopefully see some beautiful butterflies. In the areas of provision, the children will hunt for caterpillar numbers in the sand, play in green water, make a moving caterpillar, make holes in leaves to thread and have a go at making long and short caterpillars using green play dough. We have a plant and caterpillar observation area where the children can use the magnifying glasses to look at and draw what they see. The children will also be making some natural art pictures using shoe box lids.

As the weather gets warmer, please make sure your child has sun cream applied before coming to school and suitable headwear.

Harlow Carr
Don’t forget our trip to Harlow Carr is on Wednesday 8th June. If you need another copy of the letter then please let us know. We do need plenty of adult helpers to help make this trip viable.

Stay and Count
Don’t forget every Wednesday from 8.45-9.15 and 12.30-1pm is Stay and Count: lots of fun mathematics games to play with your child. Everyone welcome.

Have a great week, fingers crossed the sunshine lasts.

The Nursery Team.

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Toasting Marshmallows and bread – mmmm!

May 6, 2016 at 2:24 pm

A busy week for the Nursery children. They have been exploring the school grounds looking for natural materials to create their own pieces of artwork.

A few weeks ago the children expressed an interest in toasting marshmallows. This week the children got together around a fire and had a go at toasting marshmallows or bread. The bread took a bit longer. They both tasted great!
The children were very sensible and understood the fire dangers.

Enjoy the sunshine!

The Nursery Team

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Shoe box lids

May 5, 2016 at 7:20 am

Nursery children are seeking lots of shoe box lids. They will be creating some art work using natural materials.

Please forward any shoe box lids to your child’s class teacher.

Thank you for your support.

The Nursery Team

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Investigating our local environment

May 4, 2016 at 11:12 am

In Nursery this week we are learning about the artist Andy Goldsworthy. The children explored the outside area looking for natural materials like grass, twigs, leaves, daisies and dandelions. We are making pictures using all the materials we found.

We are starting to learn some letter sounds this week – s and a. We are practising hearing the sound, sorting objects and writing the letters.

We introduced the children to the ‘digit dance’. This is an activity which incorporates movement with writing numbers. It is a fun activity which the children reviewed as ‘terrific’.

Harlow Carr
Letters for our next trip are being sent out this week. We will be visiting Harlow Carr on Wednesday 8th June. This will be an all day trip. We will need lots of adult helpers.

Have a great week, enjoy the sunshine!
The Nursery Team

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