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Welcome to Nursery.

 

In the Foundation Stage at St.Josephs,the children are taught to share and care about others reflecting the Catholic values in our school mission statement. Our dedicated Early Years team provide a happy,caring,secure learning environment where your child will flourish.

The children have made a fantastic start to their school journey at St.Josephs. They have settled into the nursery really well and are already making friends.

Five currant buns.

The children have enjoyed learning the song " Five currant buns in the bakers shop." We have played being the baker and the customer, counting and paying for the buns. We have made some currant buns to eat and some currant bun playdough , with real currants and spice in .Mums and Dads, come into class to pick up the recipe for the playdough , it's really easy to make and the children love it. 

Going on a Bear Hunt.

The children love the story " We're going on a bear hunt." So we decided to create a Bear Hunt in the role play area. The children love to walk through the "swishy swashy grass" the "squelchy squerchy mud" and tip toe through the Bears cave.

 

 

We made delicious bear snacks with chocolate spread,bananas and blueberries. Yum yum 😋

Macmillan Coffee Morning.

We joined in with ththe schools fund raising for Macmillan by having our own afternoon tea party . The children made some cakes and we had a cup of tea with the cakes . Delicious. 

Five little speckled frogs.

We have been doing lots of counting in nursery and the children are enjoying singing lots of number rhymes. The speckled frogs is one of their favourites so Mrs.Ormrod made some froggy masks for them to play with in the woods. We made some green,minty playdough and the children used the bits of wood and goggly eyes to make their own frogs on logs.

Autumn.

We have been getting our garden ready for the Winter. We picked the last of the vegetables and pulled up all the remaining plants and weeds. 

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Pumpkin Soup.

The children found some pumpkins in our vegetable patch. We had read the story of Pumpkin Soup and the children wanted to make some soup themselves. We made some bread as well for the children to dip into their soup. Then we sat in the woods and enjoyed our cooking.

 

We saved some of the pumpkin seeds to plant next year. Hopefully we will grow some even bigger ones!! 

 

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Recycling.

The children have been learning all about recycling.We have been talking about how important it is for us to look after Gods wonderful planet Earth for when they grow up. We take it in turns to collect and wash the plastic milk bottles and collect and compost the fruit peelings. We will use our compost in the Spring and Summer on our vegetables, herbs,flowers and fruit bushes.

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Diwali.

The children spent the last week of term learning all about the Hindu festival of Diwali.This festival is celebrated in Autumn and signifies the victory of light over darkness. We listened to the story of Rama and Sita and heard how they triumphed over the evil demon king with ten heads. Mrs. Ormrod made the children an amazing Indian palace so they could act out the story. 

We learnt how the people all lit special Diva lamps for  Rama and Sita so they could find their way home.We made our own lamps using some playdough we had made adding some jewels and candles.
We found out about Rangoli patterns and how they are used to bring good luck and wealth to people. We made some patterns ourselves using chalk outside and with lentils and chickpeas in the playdough we had made with added spice.We had a lot of fun colouring some rice.
Finally we joined with Reception to have an Indian feast. The children tried lots of different Indian food. We even had a go at doing some Bangra dancing.
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Before we took the palace down to make way for our new role play area , the children drew the story of Rama and Sita on the walls.

 

We have had such a busy first half term in school.The children have settled into the nursery so well and have all made lovely friends with each other.We are really looking forward to the exciting times in the next half term. Who knows what magical things will happen? 🌟🌟
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The Witches Kitchen.

One of the children's favourite books in Nursery is "The Witches Kitchen." And when the children arrived back after half term they found a witches kitchen in our role-play area.There were jars and bottles with everything a witch would need to make a marvellous potion,a cauldron for mixing the ingredients and magic wands which the children had made themselves from sticks we found in the garden.The children came dressed up as a witch,wizard,bat or cat. We spent the day mixing potions,making broomsticks and casting spells. ⭐️⚡️🕸

Bonfire night.

We had a lovely bonfire party with Reception.The children were very excited to tell us about all the fireworks they had seen. Mrs.Ormrod made a bonfire with the children. We made some chocolate sparklers and hot chocolate and sat around the bonfire.

 

Children in Need.

The children helped to raise money for Children in Need by wearing something spotty to school and bringing a donation.We talked about how some children aren't as lucky as us and don't have nice toys to play with or might need extra help doing the things we take for granted.The children all bought an ice cream and donated money and we made spotty biscuits for Pudsey.

Phonics.

The children have begun to learn about Phonics and the sounds that the letters of the alphabet make. We are following "Letters and Sounds" and each week we will be learning a new sound. The children will have the opportunity to complete lots of different activities based around the sound we are learning . We will always review the sounds we have learnt. Practise makes perfect. Keep a look out in class for the sound we are learning each week,so that you can support your child's learning at home.

 

Baptism.

The children have been learning all about th sacrament of Baptism.We made a church in th role play area and the children acted out what happens when a baby is Baptised and welcomed into Gods family.The children chose who would be the baby's mummy and daddy,then they chose the god parents.They made invitations to send out for the baptism.They decided to call their baby Skyler and Harrison did a wonderful job remembering the words the priest would say during the baptism. After the baptism they had a tea party to celebrate baby Skyler becoming a member of Gods family.

Maths.

The children are busy working hard counting and recognising numbers. We count everything and everywhere.......... During our play,when we get our coats,how many milk we need at snack.....  the list is endless. Help your child at home by counting with them in everyday situations such as up and down the stairs, setting the table,how long it takes them to get their shoes on etc. As well as counting th children are enjoying learning about shape and pattern and sorting.

Advent.

The children are preparing for the arrival of baby Jesus on Christmas Day. We have made an Advent wreath and whenever we come together to say our prayers we light the candle to help us remember that Jesus is the light of the World.The children made some Christingle oranges for the service in church.The children learnt that the orange repr sends the world and the candle is Jeus , who is the light of the world.We talked about how the 4 sticks represent the 4 seasons and that the sweets on the sticks are for the fruits of the earth. 


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