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Nursery - Autumn 1

We all had a great first half term in Nursery! We spent lots of time settling into our new surroundings and getting to know new friends. We talked about our families and played lots of games to remember everyone’s name. We took turns to talk about our
favourite things and tried hard to listen to others. We read the story ‘My Mum and Dad Make Me Laugh’ and made some spotty and stripy pictures. We also read the story of ‘Owl Babies’. We made our own owls and learned some facts about real owls.

Nursery - Spring

We started off the Spring Term by exploring penguins and polar animals. The children had great fun in our ice cave. They also investigated animals which were frozen in ice, thinking about melting. We made wonderful penguins from shapes. 

We moved onto reading traditional tales. We tapped pins into shoes and had a great time in our shoe shop, trying on, buying and selling footwear whilst learning about The Elves and the Shoe Maker. We had a go at our own sewing. 

Next we used recycled materials to make straw, stick and brick houses, whilst learning about The Three Little Pigs. Wolves were huffing and puffing and pigs were thinking of ways in which they could defeat the wolf. 

We finished the half term by trip trapping over bridges as The Three Billy Goats Gruff. The children loved role playing and trying to convince the troll to let them pass. We made stick puppets and used instruments to add sound effects to the story. Another great half term! 

Nursery Autumn 

We started our new year by thinking about our families and finding out about each other by sharing our All About Me books.

We loved listening to the story Owl Babies and thinking about this family. We found our about owls and made our own model owls. 

We moved onto a Colours theme with lots of exciting activities. We read Blue Kangaroo books and made blueberry muffins. We hopped into Green week, singing songs about frogs and making apple crumble. We made jam tarts and talked about fire fighters for Red week. We had a fun and informative visit from a fire fighter following on from this.

During Multicoloured week we read the story of Rainbow Fish and made our own beautiful salt dough fish.

Nursery – First Half of the Summer Term

We started the new term off by thinking about growing things. We planted cress, beans and sunflowers. We have planted the sunflowers in the Nursery garden so we can watch them grow. We talked about the things a plant needs to grown and read lots of stories about growing, such as The Tiny Seed, Jasper’s Beanstalk and Eddie’s Garden. We also read the books Oliver’s Fruit Salad and Oliver’s Vegetables. We made our own fruit salads, trying some new fruits along the way. Some we liked and some we didn’t; lots of us weren’t too sure about the taste of lime! We also made our own wraps, thinking about making healthy choices and trying to include lots of vegetables. After talking about healthy eating we then thought about other ways to stay healthy. We talked about keeping our teeth healthy, getting lots of sleep and doing exercise. We all loved trying out some new exercises in the garden and also in P.E. We found out how our bodies change as we exercise; listening to our breathing and feeling our hearts beating faster. We finished off this half term thinking about animals and going on a trip to Thrigby Hall to see them in real life. Everyone enjoyed seeing the animals and spending time with their friends.

Nursery Spring Term Part 2

We began the half term with a Transport theme.  We all enjoyed spending time role playing in the Garage, buying, repairing and writing number plates for cars. Outside, the children helped to set up a Car Wash and then set to work with their sponges and soapy water! We gathered information about how we travel to Nursery and talked about our findings. We looked carefully at wheeled vehicles and painted pictures as well as using recycled materials to make models.

Next, we thought about trains and enjoyed train role play, selling and punching tickets, jumping aboard the train, waving flags and taking turns to be the engine driver. Many of the children were interested in routes and maps, thinking about where they would like to travel to.

We also brought a kayak into Nursery and put on life jackets as we set off on journeys down rivers and across the sea in our role play area. There were plenty of rescue scenarios and we enjoyed listening to the story of Captain Duck. We read Noah’s Ark and solved problems about the animals.

Science Week was a time to question, investigate and explore. We created volcanoes, made raisins dance, explored how balloons could travel along string, fired paper rockets and made spinning helicopters. We thought about how we could make cars move along a track using a magnetic force.

We finished the term thinking about hats, eggs and Easter. We enjoyed Easter egg hunts with the older children and made chocolate nests and Easter Bonnets, finishing with a Grand Parade. Happy Easter!