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Autumn

3rd December 2021

Over the last two weeks in Nursery we have continued our work on the topic ‘Tell Me a Story’ by listening to the story of the Three Billy Goats Gruff. We worked hard to retell the story using props and really enjoyed it when Miss Nicholson was the troll under the bridge trying to gobble us up for her lunch! In our maths work we have continued to work on matching numerals and quantities by helping Pete the Cat get the correct number of buttons on his shirt. This week we have extended to look at 6 and 7, we then used this skill to help us build a bridge over the puddles outside and had so much fun! We have also compared and ordered the sizes of the three billy goats using words such as small, medium and big.

This week we have began work around the Julia Donaldson favourite ‘Stickman’. We have really enjoyed listening to all of the things that Stickman is mistaken for and have come up with some of our own ideas about what we could use a stick for, we suggested a magic wand and a wooden spoon! Santa also makes an appearance in the story so, as we can’t contain our Christmas excitement any longer, we have put our class Christmas tree up. We were super careful with all the baubles, made some of our own baubles and took turns to put the tree topper on the top.  

Continuing with the Christmas theme in Nursery we have also been practising some Christmas songs. When Santa Got Stuck Up the Chimney is our favourite so far, perhaps you can have a sing song at home!

19th November 2021

What a busy time we have had in Nursery lately! The children have enjoyed starting our new topic ‘Tell Me a Story’ where we will be looking at a range of traditional tales and nursery rhymes. Over the last two weeks we have been doing lots of work based on the story of the Three Little Pigs. We loved listening to the story and particularly enjoyed the part where the Big Bad Wolf burnt his bottom coming down the chimney! We have made pig biscuits, made pigs with some homemade pink playdough, retold the story using a story map and decorated some houses using the materials that the Three Little Pigs use in the story, we loved using the straw but our classroom was in such a big mess afterwards! Luckily we are super at tidying in Nursery so we all lent a hand to get it all picked up.

In maths we have continued our work on recognising numerals to 5 and working hard to match quantities without counting first! We have also been thinking about ordinal numbers and how they tell us the order of events, just like in the story of the Three Little Pigs.

In PE we have continued our work in gymnastics. We have been practising our gym walk and gym sit and even showed off our forward rolls!

Please check our School360 learning journals to see regular updates of what your child has been up to!

5th November 2021

It was lovely to see all of the children back in school after half term! We have had such an exciting week this week, we have started gymnastics in PE where the children showed some lovely listening skills and enjoyed learning all about the bean family.

In literacy this week we have been thinking lots about Bonfire Night. We made our own firework pictures using chalk and black card and then came up with lots of ways to describe the sounds that fireworks make such as BANG, FIZZ and POP! We have also discussed staying safe on Bonfire Night and thought up a list of rules to help us stay safe including staying with our grown-ups at all times and never touching a firework. We really enjoyed looking around the fire engine when the fire brigade visited school. The children impressed me with how well they listened and had some really good conversations. We have also been learning the sounds ‘s’ and ‘m’ this week. It would be fantastic if the children could practise recognising these at home!

In maths we have been looking at numbers to 5 and matching quantities. The children have all been working super hard on their counting skills this week.

As part of our whole school Diwali celebrations we listened to the story of Rama and Sita and discussed how this led to the Festival of Lights. We decorated some elephants in the hope that we get some good luck and practised our writing skills by doing some shared writing. What an amazing week!

15th October 2021

This week in Nursery we have been looking at the story ‘Supertato’ by Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet. We came into Nursery and found some special visitors in our classroom; some vegetables were trying to escape from Evil Pea so they came and hid with us! We helped Supertato by rounding the vegetables up from around the room and have looked after them ever since. We have ordered parts of the Supertato story and have thought about what some of the vegetables in the story would be saying in some of the illustrations. We have captured Evil Pea’s to help with our fine motor skills and made traps to catch the Evil Pea using junk materials. For National Poetry Day we worked together to learn the poem ‘I Am Hungry’ by Michael Rosen. It was so much fun acting out different parts and learning our very own line from the poem.

 

In maths we have been working with the Numicon to compare and order the shapes using words such as big, small, bigger and smaller. We have talked about shapes that would go in the middle and decided to call them medium size. We have also used our Numicon shapes to make pictures including butterflies and boats!

 

This week we have also been thinking more about autumn. We have made salt dough leaves, baked apple crumble, painted with conkers, made a conker slide and visited the wildlife garden where we found lots of signs of autumn including lots of leaves on the ground, some blackberries and even some plums!