Learning at Home
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Ebooks which read aloud to your child:
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Term 4 - Castles
This term we will be learning all about castles, what they looked like and who lived in them. Our role play area has become a medieval castle where knights and princesses enjoy banquets. There's a dungeon with a fire breathing dragon and a moat and guards to keep the castle safe from invaders! The children are already enjoying taking on the roles and finding out about castles.
Come and see our fantastic castle paintings in our class!
This week Nursery have become scientists! We started the week making paper aeroplanes to explore how they fly and to test which aeroplane could travel the furthest. The children particularly enjoyed racing their planes outside! Nursery have also looked at the earth and the continent of Europe, where we live. We have learnt facts about bumblebees and we have found out that bees are in danger from humans. We have decided to make our garden bee friendly and have planted lots of different seeds to attract bees. The children have also made their own bee from salt dough which we have hung near our altar to remind us to be kind to bumblebees.
World Book Day
On the 5th of March we celebrated World Book Day! The children came to school dressed as their favourite book characters and enjoying showing their outfits to their friends. We had a special assembly with the rest of the school and played a book quiz together. In class we painted our own potato pals of the characters we had dressed as. The children particuarly enjoyed taking their pals on adventures in our classroom, we also had a rolling race to see which pal was the fastest! We had a lovely end to the day reading stories with the Year 6 class in our garden.
This week we have started to learn about Lent. We listened to a story about Jesus going into the wilderness to pray and think about God for 40 days and 40 nights. We found out before the start of Lent on Shrove Tuesday people often make pancakes so we decided to make our own. First, the children each wrote a list of the ingredients we would need. The children then took turns to make the pancake mixture, adding ingredients and whisking it together. They particularly enjoyed flipping the pancakes over in the pan! Ask your child about how to make pancakes. Which toppings did they choose?
Term 3 - Traditional Tales
This term we are learning about traditional tales such as:
and lots more...
Nursery have been learning about the letter 'd'. As we know that many of our children are very interested in dinosaurs we decided to find out about what they like to eat. We had a look in some non-fiction books and watched a video about Diplodocuses. We learnt that these dinosaurs were herbivores so they did not eat meat. We talked about what a Diplodocus might eat instead and wrote our own shopping lists to make dinosaur drinks. On Friday we blended berries and bananas to make our own delicious Diplodocus drinks! We sat outside in the sunshine to enjoy them together.
This week we have had very cold and windy weather at Nursery. We decided to help the birds by putting out seeds for them to eat as we know that in winter it is hard for birds to find food. The children have been looking at different pictures of birds and have been learning facts about them, such as female blackbirds are actually brown! On Thursday we took part in the RSPB birdwatch. The children used binoculars to look for birds in our outdoor area and we counted how many we saw. We enjoyed watching the birds and we tried to be quiet so we didn't scare them. We saw lots of magpies and pigeons and some seagulls and blackbirds. The children have also made bird feeders using seeds, coconut and oranges. Ask your child where they could find a safe place to put their bird feeder.
In Nursery we encourage the children to choose what they would like to play with in class and the teachers in class follow the children's interests. We have attached pictures of the children to give you a feel of what your children like to do in class :)
This week many children have enjoyed playing in the water both inside and in our outdoor area where they have practised filling and emptying different sized containers and have used funnels and pipettes.
The children have also shown an interest in planets and we were lucky enough to have been given a poster of the solar system from Alfie. They have been painting different planets and have been learning the names of the planets using a song.
Mrs Ormrod has noticed that many children like to play with dinosaurs and dragons. She has made a volanco small world area with some children using papier mache. The children have enjoyed using this area to make up their own stories and narratives.
Nursery have been learning the letter sound 'c' this week. They have particuarly enjoyed singing 'who stole the cookies from the cookie jar?' On Thursday we decided to vote between baking cupcakes or cookies for a Friday treat. Miss Ibsen drew a tally chart and each child drew a line to cast their vote. Cookies won! The children helped to measure the ingredients and mix it all together. They then used their hands to roll them into balls. Miss Ibsen put them in the oven and we could smell them baking in our classroom. The children were very excited to taste their cookies at home time.
Chinese New Year
As part of our RE work Nursery have been learning about different celebrations. This week we have been exploring Chinese New Year. The children have listened to the story of the Chinese Zodiac to help us to understand why each year is named after an animal. We then decided to have our own Chinese New Year celebration and made lanterns to decorate the classroom. We found out that children receive Chinese money wallets during Chinese New Year and we were all given our own. The children wrote their names on their wallets and then we used them to practise counting different amounts of gold coins. They have also been busy painting chinese numbers and making play dough and paper dragons!
On Thursday we enjoyed a Chinese banquet with Reception and we ended the week by listening to traditional music and dancing the dragon dance!
Big or Small? Hard or Soft?
This week we have continued explore the story of ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’. The children have drawn their own three bears and have been able to use relevant vocabulary to talk about size, pointing out the big, small or medium sized bear. After talking about big and small objects Miss Ibsen showed the children how to measure how tall Lochlan was using handprints. We then practised measuring other children and the three bears!
The children have also been using their sense of touch to feel different objects to explore various materials. They were able to decide whether they were hard or soft.
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
We have started our work on Traditional Tales this week by reading the story of ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears.’ The children have been learning about size and we have introduced the terms: big, medium and small. We used the bears in our new cottage to match different sized bowls to Daddy Bear, Mummy Bear and Baby Bear. The children particularly enjoyed working in pairs to play a game on the computer, matching different sized foods to a big and small bear. On Friday we decided to make our own porridge for snack time, the children were able to remember all of the ingredients and helped to make their own bowl of porridge. Luckily Goldilocks didn't eat our porridge!
Can your child find a big and a small teddy at home?
Term 2 - Festivals and Celebrations
This term we are learning about different types of festivals and celebrations which take place in different communities at this time of year. We will be learning about Halloween, Bonfire Night, Diwali, Baptism, Advent and Christmas.
This week our Nursery and Reception classes had a Christmas party. The children enjoyed playing pass the parcel and dancing to festive tunes. After, we sat down together to enjoy some party food. Whilst we were eating, we heard some jingle bells and a knock at the door... It was Father Christmas! We sang songs with him and then he gave everyone a present.
The next day, we were treated to a special Christmas dinner. The Nursery children ate together with their teachers and pulled lots of Christmas crackers!
Here are some wonderful pictures of Nursery and Reception in our fabulous production of 'The Sleepy Shepherd' which we performed on Tuesday. The children have been working very hard to learn all of the songs and the actions. On the day the children performed amazingly, we are VERY proud of them all.
This week we have continued our work on ‘what it is to welcome and be welcomed’. We have learnt a new welcome song and each child has drawn a self-portrait for our door to welcome visitors into our class. On Monday we visited our church, St Joseph’s, to talk about baptism. We saw the holy water in the font and the Easter candle from which our own baptism candles are lit. Nursery have also enjoyed learning about different members of the family with Mrs Tyrrell. Come and see our lovely family pictures in our classroom.
The Tiger Who Came to Tea
This week Nursery have been learning about the letter sound 't'. The children have enjoyed listening to the story of 'The Tiger Who Came to Tea' and we had a surprise visit from Terry the tiger! We have been practising counting different amounts from 0 to 5 by feeding lots of hungry tigers. On Friday afternoon we hosted our very own tea party for Terry, we drank cups of tea and ate teacakes.
This week Mrs Ormrod has set up a church in our classroom for the children to explore. We have discussed Baptism and how it is a way of welcoming children in to God’s family. Together with the Reception class, we have acted out this special celebration in our new church area.
This week we have been learning about Remembrance Day. We enjoyed a circle time session where we talked about how different people help us, from our friends to nurses and doctors. We also sat together to have one minute silence to think about these special people. The children then drew fantastic pictures of the people who are important to them. They have also made poppy finger paintings where the children have practised counting to 4.
We have been learning about the celebration; Bonfire Night. We heard the story of Guy Fawkes and learnt why we celebrate on the 5th of November. The children enjoyed creating their own firework displays using playdough. They also made chocolate apples, sparklers and hot chocolate. The Nursery and Reception classes enjoyed their tasty treats in front of our very own bonfire!
During the first two weeks of school
Breakfast and A Book
Thank you to everyone who came to our first Breakfast and a Book session, it was a great success!
In Nursery we love sharing books and this morning we showed our friends and family that we don't just read books in Nursery. We use them to help us act out stories, to create our own version of stories, to find out information about our favourite topics then use this in our play, to teach us nursery rhymes, help us count and sometimes we love to sit down and be transported to another world whilst listening to a wonderful story.
We would like to thank all the people who were able to some to our reading work shop this week.
Below is our promise to you and your children and yours to us.
Click the link below to see the correct pronunciation of all the letter sounds. (remember U is the southern pronunciation)
If you would like any more support or have any questions about phonics and early reading please come and speak to us.
In Nursery we have been exploring our lovely garden, on Thursday we found some carrots growing in the allotment. So we decided to pick them!
Whilst picking them we spoke about how some were small and some were big. We sorted them in to different sizes then counted the groups.
On Friday we carefully sliced the carrots and made carrot soup. In the afternoon we tried it, some liked it more than others!
On Monday we learnt about Rosh Hashanah. We joined together with Reception to listen to what they had learnt about in Assembly that morning. They told us Rosh Hashanah is a Jewish Festival and it is their New Year celebration, it means 'head the year'.
At Rosh Hashanah Jewish people eat platted bread, so we decided to make some of our own to share at our celebration in the afternoon. We also found out that Jewish people eat apples dipped in honey to make their new year sweet so we tried some of this as well. It was delicious!
We have also made a small world bear hunt and been outside recreating the story of the bear hunt, see if you can spot who is pretending to be the bear!