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.
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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? 🌟🌟
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. ⭐️⚡️🕸
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The children have been very busy getting ready for Christmas.We have been preparing our Christmas play,making cards and presents,baking and decorating the classroom. We made time to go to Dunham Massey and look for Rudolph.We followed the map and the signs, we found some deer in the woods and found Rudolph hiding in the stable with lots of presents. We had our packed lunches and a lovely hot chocolate to warm us up.
The Sleepy Shepherd.
We were so proud of the children when they performed the story of the birth of baby Jesus for all their parents,grandparents and everyone who came to watch. They sang beautifully and looked wonderful in their costumes.
Christmas party and dinner.
We joined with the Reception children to have a lovely Christmas party. We played pass the parcel, musical statues and danced to our favourite music. We had some party food and we even got a special visit from Father Christmas himself.
We enjoyed eating our Christmas dinner. The children made elf party hats to wear and we had crackers to pull. We read a book about Rudolph eating all of Father Christmas' sprouts, with the obvious consequences,the children all wanted to try the sprouts after listening to that story.
Twinkle the elf.
We've had a little visitor with us during December. Twinkle the elf was sent to us from Father Christmas, he had been a bit naughty in the North Pole and Father Christmas wanted the children to help him follow the rules and be a good elf in time for Christmas. He kept the children busy by leaving us something to do everyday.
We wish you all a holy and happy Christmas and a peaceful new year.
Happy New Year.
We hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year. This half term we are looking forward to our topic of traditional tales.
Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
We have been listening to the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. We turned our role-play area into a cottage in the woods. We found 3 bowls and 3 spoons, a big one for daddy bear , a medium size one for mummy bear and a teeny tiny one for baby bear.The children have enjoyed acting out the story and are very good at pretending to be the different bears and Goldilocks, using different voices for the characters and the words from the story. We made some porridge for our snack. The children measured out the oats and milk and we added some honey. It was " just right" and the children ate it all up!
The Big Schools Birdwatch.
We look after the birds in our garden all year round,feeding them and leaving water out for them. This week we took part in the R.S.P.B.'s Big Birdwatch. The children helped to make some birdcake to hang up in the garden. We added peanuts,birdseed,worms and sunflower seeds to lard. We mixed it up and filled the pine cones and shapes with the mixture. We left it to set in the fridge then hung it out later for the birds. We filled up all our bird feeders with lots of different types of seeds the birds like so we will attract a variety of birds. We sat a little bit away from the feeders to see who came to eat the food. We have seen goldfinches, robins, blue tits, great tits, blackbirds, magpies and house sparrows. Did you know that a flock of goldfinches is called a charm?
The children continue to enjoy lots of different activities around phonics. Making igloos for i, nests for n and mermaids for m. Look out for the washing line in the classroom to see which sound we are learning each week.
The children were very excited when they woke up one morning and everywhere was white and covered in snow. We decided to put on our snow suits and go straight out to play. We made snow angels, found footprints in the snow, made our own hand and footprints, used sticks to write in the snow and had snowball fights. To warm up we used our milk to make some yummy hot chocolate.
We made pancakes together on Shrove Tuesday. The children helped to read the recipe and measure the correct amounts by reading the numbers on the scales and jugs. We set up a little "pancake cafe" table and the children chose which topping they would like on their pancake. The children all enjoyed their pancakes. We read the story of "Mr.Wolf's Pancakes" and the children made their own using the playdough and even tried flipping them.
Gong Hei Fat Choi.
We have been learning about Chinese New Year. The children heard the story of The Great Race and how the Jade Emperor wanted to find a way to measure time. We discovered which year we were all born in, some of the children are snakes and some horses.
We learnt about lots of traditional Chinese New Year traditions, such as cleaning the house, decorating it, giving money in red envelopes and celebrating with parades, food, dragon dancing and fire crackers. We discovered that the colour red brings good luck and gold, wealth. We made Chinese lanterns and red and gold play dough.
We finished our celebration by having a lovely feast of delicious Chinese food with Reception.
This term we will be learning all about castles. What they looked like and who lived in them. The role play area has become a medieval castle where knights and princesses enjoy banquets. There's even a dungeon with a fire breathing dragon to watch over the prisoners and a moat and drawbridge to keep the castle safe from invaders. The children are already enjoying taking on the roles and finding out about castles.
World Book Day.
We celebrated World Book Day by coming to school dressed up as a character from a story that we enjoy. We spent the day reading all our favourite books and making some pop up and lift the flap books. In the afternoon we went to the hall to show off our outfits to the rest of the school. We chose a new book to buy for our class together from the book sale.
We had some very special,fluffy visitors to our class. Grayson brought his chicks, Ginger and George to spend the day with us. We even got the chance to give them a cuddle. In the words of Amelia," The chicks are adorable." 🐣🐥🐣🐥
During our castles topic we have been learning about 2D shapes and their properties. We have been using the shapes to make pictures of castles and thinking about which shape is best for which part of the castle. Look out for different shapes in the environment, while you are out and about.
The Big Spring Clean.
We joined with the rest of the school to help tidy up outside our school. The nursery class teamed up with year 4 to collect any rubbish we could find in our garden and also around the path into school and the allotment area. We already keep our garden very tidy and recycle our paper, plastic and fruit. We enjoyed spring cleaning with our older buddy.
The children enjoyed celebrating St.Patricks day. The children came to school wearing green and we listening to some traditional Irish music.We went to the hall with Reception and had a go at doing some Irish ceili dancing.The children looked at some real Irish dancers shoes and a dress which belonged to one of the nursery staff when they were younger, can you guess whose it is? For snack we had Irish soda bread and when we went to drink our milk a cheeky leprechaun had turned it green !!
On the first day of Spring, the children went out into the school grounds to look for signs that Spring has sprung. We found the buds were beginning to appear on the blossom trees and spotted some daffodils and daisies growing around our field. The children discovered some green leaves beginning to shoot from the willow den and we heard lots of different birds singing in the trees and bushes.
The children have really enjoyed learning all about castles. They have enjoyed playing in the castle role play area being Knights, princesses, kings and queens. The children have made their own castles and towers in lots of different ways, outside with the large blocks and with the dough, gems and wooden blocks.
We found out how long ago people would write using quills and ink, we tried this ourselves with feathers in paint and cornflour.
We had a medieval castle party. The children dressed as princesses and knights for the day. We made the pies and some bread. We sat together as they would have long ago, to celebrate the end of our topic, enjoying our feast and listening to traditional Tudor music.
We have enjoyed getting ready for Easter. The children have listened to the Easter story and enjoyed watching the year 3 children bring the story to life.
We had boiled eggs and soldiers for snack and had fun rolling some eggs along the playground.
Finally, we had a very special visitor who came and hid some secret surprises around our garden for th children to find. 🐰🐰🐰
We wish you all a holy and happy Easter.
What a lovely first day of term we had. The sun was shining and it was nice and warm. The children spent nearly all day outside, helping with the gardening. We pulled up the weeds and planted some potatoes,oregano and rosemary.We could finally see lots of buds,leaves and new growth coming up after the cold of the Winter.
One of the children's favourite books is Peter Rabbit, by Beatrix Potter. We decided to re-create the story in the role play area. There is the tree where Peter lives with Flopsy, Mopsy, Cottontail and their mummy. Mr.MacGregors garden and all his vegetable planters and even his potting shed, where we are growing some vegetables from seed.
This week, the children made a small world Mr.MacGregors garden. They made their own rabbits using socks and rice. Real vegetables were planted into the soil to bring the story to life. The children even found a piece of wood outside, which made the perfect "root of a very big fir tree" , where Peter lives with his sisters and mummy. The children really enjoyed retelling the story in miniature.
The garden is really "springing" into life and this week we were lucky to have some beautiful spring days. The children all enjoyed playing outside, in the mud kitchen, in our reading den, playing with water and enjoying the sunshine.
Happy St.Georges Day.
The children enjoyed celebrating St.Georges day,they dressed up as St.George, the dragon and the princess and played out the story in the role play.