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Thursday 21 July

 

For our last week in Nursery, we have been focusing on our emotions and wellbeing, linked to transition and our friendships we have made. We have been enjoying different activities like parachute games and running around on the field, with everyone. We loved our treat from Mrs. Nealings to help us cool down – the ice pops were a big success and were actually a very good fine motor activity trying to push them up without any falling onto the grass. We have loved being able to reflect on how much everyone has grown this past year. We are sad that it is over but we have all had lot’s of fun, made memories and learnt so many new skills!

 

Please enjoy the summer holidays and all take a well deserved break! If you are wanting to do anything over the summer continue reading together and maybe visit a library for some new stories to share. You could practise recognising your name and for a challenge, see if you can write your own name. We have loved going on scavenger hunts for objects beginning with a letter/ a colour/ a shape/ a certain number of objects etc so you could do some of these at home. Whatever you do though, make it fun!

 

We hope you have a fantastic summer. We look forward to seeing you In September if you are staying at St. Charles next year, but if not, we wish you every success in your new school.

 

Miss Salter and Miss Doyle  

Thursday 14 July

 

Instead of Literacy this week, we have continued our science focus, learning about being healthy and how to look after our bodies and minds. The children have been enjoying having salad with their lunches as they know eating 5 different fruit and vegetables is important to stay healthy and get strong! We have been doing various exercises like running around the field, star jumps, lunges and squats to get our blood pumping around and keeping our heart healthy – this was challenging in the heat! We have also talked about the importance of drinking water, sleeping well and looking after our minds by doing things that make us happy. We highlighted that although some things are unhealthy for us, we need a balance so we are not saying no chocolate ever, just not lots of it all of the time.

 

In Maths this week we have been condensing our shape knowledge. We had different shape problems we had to look at and solve. We loved the questions that asked what was the same and what was different about the shapes, as well as working out which shape was the odd one out and why. Miss Salter and Miss Doyle were so impressed with our reasoning saying answers like – “this is odd because it is bigger”, “these are all triangles but this one is the wrong way up” and “these all have 4 sides but that has more sides” WOW! We are definitely Reception ready.

 

We hope you have a wonderful weekend! We cannot believe this is our penultimate week – how fast has the year gone.

 

Miss Salter and Miss Doyle  

Thursday 7 July

 

Thank you for coming to our Sports Day. We hope you had fun watching and joining in our parent race. We had so much fun practising and on the day. Also, thank you for coming to watch our Celebration/Graduation Assembly. We loved telling you our favourite story and looking back on old pictures from across the year.

 

Instead of Literacy this week, we have been learning some Science instead, We became scientists and conducted a science experiment as we had our big question to answer – How do you make rice dance? We used bicarbonate of soda, water, food colouring, rice and white vinegar to cause a chemical reaction (“made it go fizz”) meaning the rice ‘danced’ around our jars, “it went up and down”. We absolutely loved this and wanted to do it again and again. Maybe over the summer holidays, you could try and so some more science experiments at home and share with your new teachers.

 

In Maths this week we have been condensing our number patterns knowledge through some reasoning and problem solving questions. We were looking at different ways to make a number such as 5 and 10. We spotted numbers we recognised and blew the teachers away with our number bonds to 10 work! We are definitely Reception ready with that knowledge! 

 

We hope you have a wonderful weekend!  

 

Miss Salter and Miss Doyle  

Thursday 30 June

 

In Literacy, we were recapping Funny Bones using our story map. We are getting Reception ready so we have been focused on writing labels. As we are really good at identifying different parts of our bodies, Miss Salter set us a challenge to draw around each other and label the parts we knew. We helped her do a class example first.

 

In Maths this week we have been recapping recognising numbers and numicon. We are so good with our numbers, being able to say if they are odd or even, knowing 1 more or 1 less than a given number and some of us are even able to do simple addition such as 2 + 4 = 6!

 

In RE this week we were learning about how important it is to be a good friend. We learnt that Jesus gave us a rule

“Love one another. I love each one of you, and I want you to love each other. When you’re all happy together, everyone will know that you love one another, and that you are my friends.”

We have been trying to follow this rule all week by being the most friendly class and being friends to everyone. We also had our class liturgy to finish our Friends RE topic.

 

Don't forget to come see our Celebration Assembly Wednesday 6 July 9:10am followed by our Sports Day. 

 

We hope you have a fantastic weekend!  

 

Miss Salter and Miss Doyle  

Thursday 23 June

Nursery have had lots of fun for their STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) week. Each day they had a different challenge that they had to complete.

  •       Challenge 1 – Can you free the crown jewels? We had to work together to explored the jewels frozen in the ice, sunk in beans and tomato sauce, in gloop, in the jelly and in amongst the water beads!
  •       Challenge 2 – Can you be a king or queen for a day? We used the green screen and costumes to pretend to be a king or queen
  •       Challenge 3 – Who can build the best Buckingham Palace? Using different construction materials (lego, sticklebricks, wooden blocks) we had to build Buckingham Palace and other London landmarks
  •       Challenge 4 – Can you help the Queen build her army? We made soldiers out of cardboard tubes or corks
  •       Challenge 5 – Can you find the key to help free the Queen? We had to recognise numbers and solve simple problems to find the matching key and lock to free the Queen

There was a bigger challenge running across every day. The crown jewels had been stolen and the Queen asked for our help to make her a box to keep them safe. We explored different materials to decide which material was best for the box. We then planned our box and the design of it. We practised making our final group box by all making our own box for our own precious items at home. We worked together to produce our final box which we think is perfect for the Queen and the crown jewels. Each day we had clues to try and work out which staff member had stolen the jewels as they were all suspects. I wonder if Nursery guessed correctly…

 

We hope you have a wonderful weekend!  

 

Miss Salter and Miss Doyle  

Thursday 16 June

In Literacy this week we have been reading ‘Funny Bones’ which is our literacy heritage book focus as it is a very popular and well known story. We have been labelling parts of the body using our big skeleton.

 

Our Maths this week was focusing on problem solving using part part whole models. We are super at recognising numbers, numerals and numicon to help us answer questions. We were challenged to complete the missing section of part part whole models – all the teachers were so impressed!  

 

We continued our friends RE focus by doing some spiritual art this week. We all drew a self-portrait and glued it around a picture of Jesus as we are all friends of Jesus.   

 

We have been busy practising for sports day outside in the sun. We are very excited to show you our skills in the ‘races’. Miss Salter and Miss Doyle loved how supportive we all are of our friends and at our super listening skills. There will be a letter about sports day next week.  

 

We hope you have a fantastic weekend!  

 

Miss Salter and Miss Doyle  

Thursday 9 June

 

Welcome back after the half term. We can’t believe it is the last half term of the year already! What a busy year we have had.

 

In Literacy this week we have been learning about poetry, focusing on rhyming words. Miss Salter and Miss Doyle were very impressed with how many rhymes we knew. Rhyming is a good communication and language skill that will help us with our phonics so it is always good to practice at home. See if you can make a rhyming string like cat – bat- mat- hat – rat- fat…

 

Our Maths this half term will be focusing on consolidation of our skills and applying these skills to practical problem solving. For the next two weeks we are looking at addition and subtraction. We were super mathematicians this week remembering these skills. Look back at our blog before half term for a reminder of the actions we used to help us say STEM sentences such as 3 + 1 = 4.  

 

We have started our new RE topic called ‘Friends’ so it has been lovely to look back at group pictures of our class and all our friends. We did some role play pretending one of our friends wasn’t very nice and snatched the lego. We talked about how it would make us feel and what we needed to do next – say sorry and ask for forgiveness. We were very good at realising what we should have done to stay being a good friend which was ask to play with them or take it in turns and share the lego.  

 

In RHE we were learning about ‘God is love’ and trying to describe what love is. We realised love can be loving someone like friends and family, or love can be loving an activity or a thing like drawing, football or playing (especially with mummies and daddies).  

 

We hope you have a wonderful weekend!  

 

Miss Salter and Miss Doyle  

Thursday 26 May

 

This week we have been focusing on our big question ‘what objects make noise?’ We have been exploring musical instruments and busy creating our own. Miss Bertenshaw came down from Year 6 and played us her flugelhorn, Miss Hammer sent us videos of her playing a banjo, mandolin and an accordion, we watched our friend Patrick play his accordion and we formed a band! If you play an instrument there is still time to share a video or picture with us on Tapestry.  

 

Maths this week was something new in our measurement knowledge – weight. We have blown Miss Salter and Miss Doyle’s socks off with our use of mathematical language and how quickly we have understood weighing and balancing using the scales. You loved the scavenger hunt in class so you could go on one at home, finding heavy and light things or challenge yourself to find something heavier or lighter than a sibling or parent. You could also use scales to do some cooking at home with mummy or daddy but maybe no gingerbread people in case they run away.

 

We had our class collective worship for our Good News topic and we chose to go into Forest School. We set up a focal point in the middle, walking in so sensibly. We sang if your happy and you know it, passed a thumbs up around the circle and we caught bubbles. We were reminding ourselves that the Holy Spirit is always with us keeping us happy.

 

In RHE we were learning about ‘My Body My Rules’. We listened to the pantosaurus song from NSPCC to help us understand and remember  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LnroTxz7USI  We talked about saying no, our bodies belonging to us, feeling worried and who we can tell – our special people like mummies, daddies, grandads, grandmas, Miss Salter and Miss Doyle. This can be a sensitive topic so do please speak to us if you have any questions.

 

We hope you have a fantastic half term!  

 

Miss Salter and Miss Doyle  

Thursday 19 May

 

This week we have been focusing on our big question ‘what is a job?’ We have loved hearing about what we want to be when we grow up and why. The children have been so excited to tell us what their parents, grandparents, aunties etc do for their job so thank you if you did share that with us. If you would still like to, you can send a video or pictures via Tapestry or the school office. Our RHE was also about people who help us, focusing on the 3 jobs we would need in an emergency; police, firefighter and paramedic. The children could all say who they would need in certain emergencies and have loved dressing up as police officers playing cops and robbers.

 

In Maths we have been amazing with challenging ourselves counting to 20 and number recognition! We could remember actions to help us use STEM sentences such as 2 +3 = 5 or 4 – 1 = 3 (see picture for actions if you would like to practise these at home). We introduced the part part whole model as a way to help us represent addition and subtraction using numicon. This is also good practise of subitising (recognising amounts without counting) as we are starting to spot numicon shapes in different representations.

 

In RE we learnt that the Holy Spirit was sent to help Jesus’ friends after he went to heaven so we were thinking about ways we can be a helper. The children all said that they would help mummies and daddies with housework such as cooking, dishes, cleaning clothes, putting their toys away. I hope that they are sticking to this and all being super helpful at home! We also had lots of fun with kites as they were a helpful way to understand how we can’t see the Holy Spirit but we can feel it, the same way we can’t see wind but we can feel it.

 

We hope you have a wonderful weekend.

 

Miss Salter and Miss Doyle  

Thursday 12 May

 

Following on from The Gingerbread Man, this week we have been looking at an alternative traditional tale - The Gingerbread Girl. We have discussed the similarities and differences between the 2 stories. We also loved hearing The Gingerbread Boy on our visit to the library. We have been really good at remembering what the gingerbread people say in all 3 versions.

 

In Maths we have continued challenging ourselves with our counting to 10 or to 20. We have been focusing on some new skills, introducing addition and subtraction. We have been adding buttons to the gingerbread men and counting carefully to help us with addition. The bad fox was stealing the gingerbread man’s buttons to help us understand subtraction. Maybe you could start practicing these skills at home. How many socks can you steal like the fox? Or how many blue flowers and red flowers are there in your garden?

 

In RE we were recapping what happened in Easter and learning about what happened after Easter Sunday. We learnt that Jesus came back for 40 days before going to Heaven. We made puppets to help us understand how Jesus’ friends were feeling as there were a lot of happy and sad moments. You could think of some good news to share in class with your friends.

 

In RHE, we have started to understand being ‘safe’ outdoors and indoors. We have been helping Freddy Teddy chose the right object to stay safe such as wearing a seatbelt in a car or using sun cream at the beach. We talked about safe and unsafe objects in the house. The children were all very grown up and able to share reasons why we do not play with some objects like plugs, sockets and matches. Whilst you are at home and out and about, it would be useful to point out things that keep us safe and things that would not keep us safe so that the children learn to start managing their own risks which is an important life skill.

We hope you have a fantastic weekend.

 

Miss Salter and Miss Doyle 

Thursday 5 May

 

This week we have continued reading the Gingerbread Man in Literacy. We have been really good at joining in with retelling the story and understanding that there are slightly different versions. Using the masks and puppets has been great fun and Miss Salter and Miss Doyle have been so impressed with our language and communication skills this week! We have also been busy decorating our own gingerbread men to brighten up our classroom. Next week, as well as our library trip, we will be reading the Gingerbread Girl, an alternative traditional tale.

 

In Maths we have been challenging ourselves with our counting to 10 or to 20. We were counting forwards and backwards with minimal adult support! We have been getting quicker at recognising numerals too. We loved playing a game where we threw beanbags onto numbers and had to say them out loud. You could recreate this at home by throwing socks instead.  

 

We have started our new RE topic which is called ‘Good News’. This topic will focus on Pentecost.   We shared some good news with our friends and then created some fire paintings using forks.

 

It would be helpful if you could start to collect ‘junk’ to help us create musical instruments. This includes cereal boxes, 2l bottles, kitchen roll tubes. Please no egg boxes though! If your child can play a musical instrument or you can play a unique instrument, such as the harp, please let us know.

 

We hope you have a wonderful weekend.

 

Miss Salter and Miss Doyle  

Thursday 28 April

 

Welcome back after the Easter break. We have loved looking at what you have been getting up to on Tapestry so please do continue to share.

 

This week we have been reading the Gingerbread Man in Literacy. We have been really good at joining in with retelling the story, especially what the Gingerbread Man says “run, run as fast as you can, you can’t catch me, I’m the Gingerbread Man”. If you have this traditional tale at home, maybe you could read it to someone. If you have been following our Twitter you will have seen that some Gingerbread Men have been hiding in our school. We have been busy trying to catch them but they are too fast! Please let us know if you see them anywhere.

 

In Maths we have been recapping recognising numbers using numicon. We have been super at ordering the numicon into a number line and remembering to put the odd numbers the right way – to make a staircase (see picture). We were curious about some of the numbers so we introduced the concept of odd and even numbers to challenge us. Miss Salter and Miss Doyle were blown away with how well we coped with this challenge!

 

We finished our Growing topic in RE by having a class collective worship and talking about Jesus dying on the cross. We could remember the Easter story really well. Before the holidays we made crosses out of sticks. We took these crosses into Forest School and decorated them with natural objects to make our own Easter garden.  

 

In RHE we were learning about what would make a good friend. Linking into our Literacy, we had to bake a friend so we thought of what good ingredients we would need, such as being respectful, having a kind heart, sharing and making people happy. Miss Salter smelt the mixture and realised we had mixed in some ingredients we would not need so we sorted all the ingredients out. We decided we would try and be good friends all of the time to everyone. 

We hope you have a fantastic weekend.

 

Miss Salter and Miss Doyle  

Thursday 7 April

 

We have been looking at the Easter story as our Literacy focus this week. We were very impressed with how much the children could remember and how sensitive they were with understanding Jesus dying. They were able to retell the story through pictures as a prompt.  We had an Easter egg hunt in our yard and managed to find them all, working in teams. 

 

In maths we have been focusing on patterns. We knew lots of animal patterns (zebras, tigers, ladybirds and cheetahs) and were able to spot other patterns such as stripes, spots and zig-zags. We talked about other patterns we might see at home such as stars, footballs and rainbows on our socks, duvets and clothes. We have been finger painting to create repeating patterns. We helped Miss Salter finish some repeating patterns on caterpillars, which included some trickier ones.  

 

In RE this week we were focusing on crosses and why we make the sign of the cross before praying, why a cross is important to Catholics and why it is a symbol of Christianity. As a special treat, we got to taste hot cross buns as we knew they had a cross on them. Linking back to our learning on celebrations, we loved trying some special Easter food and making our Easter cards.

 

Hope you all have a wonderful Easter break! Please feel free to continue to share anything fun you do with your families or a new skill you learn to do on Tapestry as we love to see these.

 

Miss Salter and Miss Doyle  

Thursday 31 March

 

We have loved having our adults come in for Stay and Plays this week! We have been excited to share all our favourite toys and activities with you all. We hope you had just as much fun as we did coming into our classroom. Thank you for all the positive comments on the feedback forms. Please return any you have at home when you can. 

 

In maths we have been revisiting 2D shapes. We blew Miss Salter and Miss Doyle away with all that we could remember – shape names, how many sides and real life examples around the classroom! We have started to explore 3D shapes. We are finding the names tricky to say, such as sphere, so maybe you could go on a shape hunt at home to practise. Next week we will be looking at patterns and in particular repeating patterns.

 

Last week in RE we all created some gorgeous spring trees using our fingertips. This week we all wrote our Lenten Promises underneath. We are looking forward to sharing the Stations of The Cross with everyone next week. We will be reading the Easter story in Literacy and RE this week and next, and making crosses next week for Good Friday. We have linked Literacy this week into our History focus ‘When do I have fun with my family?’. We have been revisiting different celebrations and how we celebrate them to prepare us for celebrating Easter.  We listened carefully and followed instructions to make some Easter cakes. The classroom smelt lovely all afternoon. 

 

Hope you all have a fantastic weekend!

 

Miss Salter and Miss Doyle  

   

Thursday 24 March

 

We have loved getting to hold the chicks this week now that they are bigger. We have been looking at non-fiction books so have added to our own glossary. Each day we learnt a new word. Our words this week have been rooster, hen, feather, wing and beak. The chicks are going back home to the farm tomorrow and will be missed by Nursery and the rest of the school.  

 

In maths we have been continuing our learning of ‘more’ ‘less’ and ‘same’. We have been really good at comparing 2 groups of objects and even managed to compare numbers. We loved saying how old we were and how old our siblings were to know which of us was ‘more’ or ‘less’ eg My sister is 9 and I am 4 so she is more. ‘9 is more than 4’.

 

In RHE this week we were discussing family, friend or other people. We talked about who we could ask for help and who was special to us. It mentioned family trees so if you wanted to create one at home that would be great – please share on Tapestry if you do this or already have one made that we could share in class.  

 

We have started a new topic in RE called Growing. This is our Lent topic. This week we created some spiritual art representing how a tree grows in Spring. We went on a explore around Forest School to look for signs of Spring. Next week we will be making our Lenten promises.

 

Hope you all have a lovely weekend!

 

Miss Salter and Miss Doyle  

Thursday 17 March 
 
Overnight 5 chicks hatched. Nursery were so excited to meet them. The children have chosen names for them; 
  1. Olaf
  2. Spidey
  3. Timmy
  4. Chick 
  5. Daisy 
We will share more updates throughout the day or tomorrow 

Thursday 17 March

 

We have been waiting all week for the chicks to hatch. We are so excited to see them hatch and then get a chance to hold them next week. We are looking at non-fiction books so have been making our own glossary. Each day we learnt a new word. Our words this week have been egg, shell, hatch, nest and incubator. There will be 5 new words next week. The chicks are going home with Miss Doyle for the weekend so that they can get food and water but she promises to bring them back in on Monday.

 

In maths we have been practising our careful counting and numeral recognition. We have been looking at ‘more’ ‘less’ and ‘same’, practising using STEM sentences – ‘There are more…than…’ or ‘There are less…than…’. You could practise these at home counting different objects around the house.

 

In RHE this week we listened to a story about Jesus washing his disciples’ feet. Miss Salter washed our feet in class. We talked about how Jesus and God love us all and how they want us to love other people too. We thought of different ways we can show love to other people such as being kind, smiling, making sure everyone has someone to play with and helping mummies and daddies at home.

 

We have finished our RE topic Gathering so will start our new topic all about Lent next week. We had our class worship where we passed a wave around the circle to gather everyone together and all wrote our names on a picture of Jesus’ to stick in our class RE book.

 

Hope you all have a fantastic weekend!

 

Miss Salter and Miss Doyle  

Thursday 10 March

 

We have been reading Tad by Benji Davies this week in Literacy to help us understand changes and how things grow. We have loved playing with the jumping frogs this week and some of us have even become frogs and been leaping around the classroom. Next week we have some special visitors joining us in Nursery to continue our learning. Come and read the blog next week to find out who they are!

 

In maths we have been practicing representing numbers by mark making specific amounts. We rolled a dice and had to draw circles or lines to match the number shown. This was lots of fun and we impressed Miss Salter and Miss Doyle with our counting and mark making. It also helped us with our subsisting skills (recognising how many without counting) as we had to recognise the number on the dice quickly and draw.

 

In RE this week we went to ‘Church’ to learn how people gather there. We loved singing hymns using the hymn books and playing the role of priest reading the Bible from the lectern. We also gathered together as a class to create a handprint flower for our classroom display.

 

Hope you all have a lovely weekend!

 

Miss Salter and Miss Doyle  

Thursday 3 March

 

What a wonderful start to Spring 2 we have had. We have been focusing on out History topic – When do I have fun with my family? It has been lovely to see and hear all about your half terms and what you do at home. Please continue to share anything on Tapestry as we love to share in class with everyone.

 

We all loved everyone’s World Book Day costumes! We had lots of fun reading We’re Going On A Bear Hunt, especially watching a video of the author Michael Rosen, reading it with actions and sound effects. We shared a story with a friend, impressing Miss Salter and Miss Doyle with our reading skills (remembering stories we have read in class and repeating them). 

 

In Maths we have been practicing our counting, using the numicon to help us. We can all recognise numbers to 5, some of us can recognise up to 10, and we have started to order these correctly in numerical order.

 

In RE this week we discussed our new topic called ‘Gathering’. We talked about how we gather for Mass at church and how we are better in a team than on our own.

 

In RHE we are looking at growing up and how we change from babies to how we are now. It would be fantastic if you could share some pictures of the children from babies and toddlers to help us understand how we have changed.

 

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

 

Miss Salter and Miss Doyle  

Thursday 17 February

 

In Literacy we have been tasting some fruits and vegetables. We were all very brave and tried a little piece. We had pineapple, melon, plums, celery and sugar snap peas. Pineapple was the most popular and celery was the least favourite.

 

In maths we have been using the bee-bots to help us with our directions. We have been learning forwards, backwards, left and right, up and down. We have also been making sure we have our listening ears on to follow directions such as slide to the left, jump forwards and bend down low.

 

We had another Commando Joe day all about the nursery rhyme Jack and Jill and teamwork. We needed to make Jack a new crown so we decorated our own crowns and we wore these to help us on our missions. We had to do this one first to show we are all a team. We had to work in teams to get the water (balls) across without losing any. We did it lots of times, making the obstacle course harder because we were so good. Our last mission was to help look after CJ bear and his friends to get them home safely after hurting themselves.

 

Our RE this week was the start of our new topic called ‘Gathering’ which we will be continuing with after the half term break. It would be great to see some pictures on Tapestry of you gathering with family or friends for a party, going for a walk or playing board games.

 

Hope you all have a fantastic half term break!

 

Miss Salter and Miss Doyle  

   

Thursday 10 February

 

We have been playing lots of fun games to help us learn prepositions. We loved having our own worm to put in different places. Can you guess what the preposition was? We also loved playing hide and seek with a twist – we would say if we were going to hide on top, under, beside or behind of something to help the seeker find us. You could practise prepositions at home.

 

We have been looking at the book Grandpas’ Garden in Literacy this week. We know lots of different fruits and vegetables – Miss Salter and Miss Doyle were so impressed! We have been thinking about where they grow and if they are above, on top or below the soil. If you are growing any fruits or vegetables at home it would be fantastic to share on Tapestry. Our classroom has smelt interesting with all the different smells from them all as we chose to practise our cutting skills with the fruit and vegetables. If you are feeling brave, you could try a new fruit or vegetable at home.

 

Our RE this week has been week 2 of our Islam topic. We loved learning about prayer mats so much we created our own ones. We had fun cutting the fringe on the edges and then using the playdough cutters as stamps to create our patterns.

 

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

 

Miss Salter and Miss Doyle  

   

Thursday 3 February

 

We have loved celebrating Chinese New Year and learning all about the story of the 12 animals and tigers for this year. We are either a rooster or a dog. Miss Salter is a dragon and Miss Doyle is a rat. We have had lots of fun practising our fine motor skills using chopsticks to pick up objects but found it hard mark making Chinese symbols in our rice.

 

We have been learning new vocabulary in Maths this week as we have been looking at measurements and what is ‘long’, ‘short’, ‘longer’ or ‘shorter’. We went on a scavenger hunt to find objects and we ordered Chinese dragons from longest to shortest.

 

Our Literacy this week has been linked to science and geography as we have been mark making a weather diary. Each day we have talked about the weather and then recorded our own marks and symbols. This is something that we will be continuing in class and something you could do at home if you wanted to.

 

Our RE this week has been week 1 of our Islam topic. We loved exploring all the artefacts and thinking about what is precious to us and why. We would love it if you are a Muslim and have anything you would like to share, either on Tapestry or by bringing into class.

 

Hope you all have a fantastic weekend!

 

Miss Salter and Miss Doyle  

Thursday 27 January

 

In maths this week, we have continued doing some fantastic counting to 10 both forwards and backwards. We have used the numicon to help us, getting them all into the right order to make a number line. We have loved playing a game where Miss Salter takes a piece away from the number line and we have to guess which number is missing.

 

Instead of Literacy this week, we have been focusing on our geography topic of ‘Does anyone live on the north or south pole?’ We became explorers and packed a bag to help us follow a map to our home, an igloo. We loved mark making in snow, painting ice and working out how we could save the polar animals frozen in some ice. We have been talking about ways to help look after the planet as the ice is melting and making it hard for polar bears. We know to turn lights off, wear more layers instead of putting the heating on and we started to talk about recycling. Maybe you could talk about this at home and let your child know ways you can help the planet at home.  

 

In RE we have finished our celebration topic. We had another class worship, reminding us of all our learning so far. We will be starting to learn about Islam next week. If this is your religion it would be lovely to share something on Tapestry or let Miss Salter know.   

 

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

 

Miss Salter and Miss Doyle  

Thursday 20 January

 

Miss Salter and Miss Doyle have been blown away by the children’s work and understanding this week so well done everyone!

 

In maths we have been doing some fantastic counting to 10 both forwards and backwards. We used the numicon to help us as we ordered the shapes into a number line. We have also been getting much better with our numeral recognition.

 

Instead of Literacy this week, we have been focusing on science. We completed our first science experiment which makes us mini scientists. We were asked “What do bears do in winter?” We used hot water bottles to check if fur, fat (hot water bottle cover) and sleeping in a cave (box) on leaves would keep it warmer. We made predictions before we started the experiment and then checked at the end to see if we had predicted correctly. We blew our teachers socks off when we could remember the word ‘hibernation’. See if they can still remember at home or how long a bear does sleep (6 months if you don’t know).

 

In RE we decorated our own Church celebration scene and could remember lots about the celebrations of a wedding and a baptism.

 

We went to the library for our first time this week and were the quietest, most behaved class ever! We hope you have enjoyed sharing these books at home. We love reading in Nursery so much that one sunnier day we went to the Forest School for our snack and story time. It wasn’t as warm as we thought so we (the children) decided not to do this again for a while.

 

Hope you all have a fantastic weekend!

 

Miss Salter and Miss Doyle  

   

Thursday 13 January 
 
Another busy week for us! We have had lots of fun learning about who lives at the North and South Pole. We looked at what was the same and different about our lives and their lives. We are loving learning about winter but wish the weather was colder with some snow to make it more wintery. Next week we will be doing a science experiment linked to bears and hibernation as part of our science topic. 
 
We have been continuing learning about 'more, less and same'. We are getting really good at recognising numbers and learning which ones mean more or less. Next week we will be continuing to learn about numbers
 
We have loved seeing some people's celebrations on Tapestry. Please continue to share experiences outside of Nursery on there for us to see and share. Real life experiences are always great ways to learn. 
 
We wish you a wonderful weekend! 
 
Miss Salter and Miss Doyle 

Thursday 6 January

 

Happy New Year to everyone! We hope you had a wonderful winter break. Welcome to our new Nursery starters who have just joined us this week. We have been settling back in this week or exploring the new classroom and outside space.

 

Our topic this half term will be around winter and the north and south pole so we have been loving having the icy weather to explore how ice feels, what it looks like and how it can be slippery to walk on. We have been reading Lost and Found to start us off! We have been wondering how it would feel to be lonely like the penguin.

 

We are revisiting more and less in maths as we develop our number pattern knowledge. Maybe you could practise this at home by counting and recognising numbers. We have been learning a sentence to help us -“There are more (oranges) than (boats)”.

 

Our RE topic is called celebrations so we have been learning about new years eve this week. It would be great to see and hear about your new year eves via tapestry. We will be looking at different celebrations over this topic so if you have any celebrations happening, please let us know as it makes the learning more relevant for the children,

 

Hope you all have a fantastic weekend!

 

Miss Salter and Miss Doyle  

Thursday 16 December 
 
WOW! We can't believe that we have finished our first whole term in Nursery. How fantastic has it been - we've all had lots of fun. This week we have been having lots of Christmas fun and been busy elves finishing off all our secret Christmas surprises for you all. We hope you love them! We had a special visitor on Thursday come to give us all a treat - do you agree that we have been good? We had lots of fun playing games and dancing at our party. 
 
Miss Salter and Miss Doyle hope you all have a well deserved rest and enjoy your Christmas break. Please stay safe, especially if we do have snow. 
 
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!! See you in 2022. 
 
Miss Salter and Miss Doyle

Thursday 9 December

 

What superstars everyone has been for our wonderful Nativity! In RE we looked at the Nativity story and continued learning about advent and waiting for the birth of Jesus. We are really good at retelling the key parts of the story so have been doing some fantastic listening during our practices.

 

We have been busy doing some secret Christmas surprises and we are all so excited to share these with you next week. We have been loving all the arts and crafts and we think you’ll love our calendars!

 

We have been sharing Christmas stories all week in literacy to help us learn how to hold books, discuss what we see happening and also if we liked or disliked the story. It was lovely to talk about the similarities and differences between how we celebrate Christmas in our own houses. It would be great to see you sharing stories at home with family or friends – send pictures on Tapestry.

 

We continued learning about measurement, looking at how big or small objects are. We have been so good at this that we have been comparing objects to say “the teddy is bigger than the crayon” or “the pencil is smaller than the table”. We blew Miss Salter and Miss Doyle’s socks off by even ordering objects into size order going from biggest to smallest! Maybe you could order some objects at home and share pictures on Tapestry.

 

Hope you all have a fantastic weekend!

 

Miss Salter and Miss Doyle  

   

Thursday 2 December

 

Christmas has arrived in Nursery! We have loved having our classroom decorated with the Christmas tree, Christmas activities, Christmas themed tuff trays and fairy lights in the reading area. We would love to see pictures of your trees at home as we have loved talking about them in Nursery.

We helped Miss Salter create our first story map to help us tell the Nativity story. We were really good at retelling the story using this to help us. We have been talking lots about Baby Jesus as we are learning about advent in RE. We loved seeing the advent wreath pictures as well as the one on our table in the Holy Hall. We loved it so much that we made our own in the classroom to help us count down and prepare for Christmas. Each week we will add a yellow flame to a candle.

We have started looking at measurement in Maths talking about objects being ‘big, small, bigger, smaller’. We practised our cutting skills to find different sized toys to describe. Maybe you could find big or small objects at home.

Everyone has been saying how good our singing is for the Nativity so well done if you have been singing at home. Next week we will be filmed so you won’t have long to wait to see it!

For our last few weeks before Christmas we are busy doing some fun, secret Christmas surprises so do please try and come into Nursery everyday so you don’t miss out.

Hope you all have a lovely weekend!

 

Miss Salter and Miss Doyle  

Thursday 25 November

Nursery have been looking at instructions this week. We have followed some exercise videos, followed some clapping to different beats in music, made biscuits following a recipe, pretended to be pirates following a treasure map and got to play with the Bee-Bots. W      e loved having these to use and looked after them very carefully. We read Press Here to help us understand instructions. We absolutely loved this book and loved making the magic happen each time we read it but only if we listened and followed the instructions carefully. We had to “rub, tap, press, clap, tilt, shake and blow.” Next week we are going to be learning about the Nativity story to help us get ready for Christmas.

 

In maths we have been talking about ‘more’, ‘less’ and ‘same’. We have looked at these with different objects in the classroom. We started to use sentences in maths to help us explain – there are more oranges than bananas or there are more green dots than red dots. Next week we are going to start looking at measurement.

 

In RE we have started our advent learning and our new topic of ‘Birthdays’ as we prepare for Jesus birthday. We loved having candles and cake cases in the playdough to make cakes. We also sang happy birthday and had a pretend party.

 

We also got to practise our Nativity on the stage, We have loved seeing all the costumes so far. Please send yours in if you haven’t already and speak to us if you need any help with the costume. We need these for some secret jobs as well as for the Nativity.  

Hope you all have a lovely weekend!

 

Miss Salter and Miss Doyle  

Thursday 18 November

 

Nursery have been trying hard this week to do at least 1 good thing a day as part of anti-bullying week. They have been doing well in school with this so we hope they have been doing this at home as well. We talked about what we can do to be kind such as kind words, sharing, looking after each other, kind words and being friends with everyone. This has linked to RE as we have finished looking at “Welcome” where we learnt we are part of God’s family, Nursery family and St Charles’ family.

 

We have loved learning about houses and where we live. This week we have all been busy builders as we created our own houses for people, animals, cars and characters from the Gruffalo. We hope you have loved seeing our creations on Tapestry.

 

In maths we have started our number pattern topic. We have been looking at ‘more’ ‘less’ and ‘same’ when counting. We have loved singing 10 green bottles to help us learn our numbers. If you want to help us at home, you could start looking at numerals and seeing if you can recognise any – helping with shopping is good as there are numbers everywhere in shops!

 

For our Children in Need dance, we have turned into superheroes. We love this dance in Nursery so here is the link if you would like to show families at home https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ok7V1pWtRzs

 

Hope you all have a lovely weekend!

 

Miss Salter and Miss Doyle  

Thursday 11 November

 

Nursery have been on a journey this week… we went on a bear hunt! We had to go through long grass, a river, some mud, a forest, a snowstorm and into a cave. Luckily we all made it back to Nursery safely. We linked this into our science learning this term of what can my hands feel? We impressed Miss Salter and Miss Doyle with the adjectives we chose for our journey; “squishy, oozy, slippery, hard, soft, bumpy, rough, cold, wet”.

 

In maths this week we continued looking at shapes but this time we had to sort them. We sorted into squares and not squares, blue shapes and not blue shapes, circles and not circles. We sorted some washing out into colours and patterns as well so maybe they could help you at home with this in real life.

 

In RE we learnt how we are welcomed into the Church and looked at Baptism. We role-played a baptism and took it in turns to be the godparents or the priest.

 

We also learnt about Remembrance Day. We made poppy biscuits, decorated some medals and made a poppy wreath. We stayed very still for the 2 minute silence at 11am.

 

Hope you all have a fantastic weekend!

 

Miss Salter and Miss Doyle  

Thursday 4 November

 

Welcome back after the half term; it’s been lovely to see everyone again. This week has been busy as we had to learn about Diwali and Bonfire Night as well as our literacy and numeracy.

 

We have loved watching some firework displays from around the world to help us learn. We listened out for the sounds they make, talked about special foods we might eat at the displays and what we would need to wear (hats, gloves, a coat) and why. Miss Salter and Miss Doyle were impressed with our fire safety knowledge – we know not to run, to listen to adults carefully, to have a bucket of sand or water near by to put the hot sparklers in when we have finished and to wear gloves.

 

We looked at the similarities and differences between Diwali, Bonfire Night and other celebrations we know such as Christmas and birthdays. We know that for Diwali special clothes are worn, houses and Temples are decorated and special food is eaten. We didn’t know that fireworks are also set off for Diwali and that it is also called the Festival of Light. We really enjoyed making our own Diya’s (lamps) which helped Rama and Sita get back home in the story of Diwali.

 

Our numeracy this week has been on shape. We have been very good at spotting different shapes around us, such as doors, windows and clocks. Maybe you could be a shape detective and see what shapes you can see at home or when you are out at the park.

 

Our literacy this week focused on The Gruffalo and the different houses in the story. We really impressed Miss Salter and Miss Doyle with our knowledge of where so many different animals lived.

 

We have started our new RE topic “Welcome” where we looked at how we were welcomed to St Charles' school. We made welcome posters to make us all feel welcomed and part of the school. We will be looking at being welcomed into the church next week.

 

Hope you have a fantastic weekend!

 

Miss Salter and Miss Doyle  

Thursday 21 October

 

WOW! What an amazing first half term we have had in Nursery. We can’t believe it is the holidays already. What another fun filled, busy week we have had in Nursery. It was MADD (Music, Art, Drama and Dance) week in school so we have been focused on these skills this week. Our theme was nature and we were asked to look at the artist Andy Warhol. He loved using lots of different bright colours and simple patterns in his work. We were asked to look at printing as our technique to learn.

 

We learnt a new song called Autumn Leaves to the tune of London Bridge is Falling Down. We listened to different weather sounds and drew what we heard – we all loved doing this and asked to do it again. We have been keeping active with lots of autumn and nature themed movement breaks throughout the day. As a treat, we also did the superhero GoNoodle dance as it is our favourite! We did lots of different printing – with apples, potatoes and even our feet. The feet were the most fun and popular as we wanted to just eat the apples.

 

As part of MADD week, we were asked to make a final piece which would be our best art ever. Everyone has been so impressed with how good ours are as we were all very neat with our painting and printing.

 

Have a wonderful half term! Keep yourselves wrapped up warm and safe please. Feel free to put pictures on Tapestry of all the things you get up to over the half term so that we can see them.

 

Miss Salter and Miss Doyle  

 

Thursday 14 October

 

What a busy week we have had in Nursery, especially Wednesday when we had 3 different things happening! We had the school photographer in, it was our Commando Joe's day and we had a special visitor in the afternoon.

 

Our Commando Joe's day was based on the character Sophie Self-Awareness and our mission was based on If You're Happy and You Know It. We worked hard as a team to complete 3 missions and earn our certificate. We loved CJ the Bear and learning how to keep calm, stay resilient and also have fun.

 

The Zoolab visit helped us end our Autumn focus. We listened to a story about Ben and Dream, his dog. They went on an adventure where they met lots of animals like Turbo the large African snail, Juliet the snake, Tilly the tarantula, Matilda and Fred the cockroaches and Pixie and Trixie the rats. We were all very brave and either held or touched the animals. Miss Salter and Miss Doyle did not like meeting Tilly who thankfully stayed in her cage.  

 

Next week we will be learning about Halloween and also doing our first MADD week. This is a week focused on music, art and DT, dance and drama. Read next week's blog to find out more.

 

Have a fantastic weekend!

 Miss Salter and Miss Doyle  

Thursday 7 October

 

Nursery have loved our Autumn focus this week! We have been busy exploring the Forest School on an Autumn treasure hunt for natural objects. We made an autumn tree together from leaves we found, had a sensory tuff tray filled with different objects like acorns and conkers, made an autumn picture, created hand painted hedgehogs and loved listening to Percy the Park Keeper stories. Nursery all helped make some playdough which we shared with the Reception class. We chose autumnal colours to match the colours of the leaves we have seen when outside. In Maths we continued to count to 5 by singing our favourite counting song “5 little men in a flying saucer” so maybe you could sing this at home with your adults. We impressed Miss Salter and Miss Doyle by going to find the right number of objects when given a numeral – they loved seeing what we brought back to represent the numerals. In RE we started our Judaism focus and made menorahs. We talked about special days and how celebrations are similar/different in other religions.

 

Have a fantastic weekend!

 

Miss Salter and Miss Doyle  

Thursday 30 September 2021

 

Nursery have had a fun week learning all about our families and how they are the same but also different. We have loved looking at pictures of our families that people have sent in. If you didn’t bring one in you still can this week. Nursery went on our first "Wellie Walk" around the school grounds to practice our good listening and to spend some time outdoors. The children all loved running around and having races with each other. They also started to talk about Autumn which will be our next focus. If you go on a walk and find anything like a conker or an acorn, bring it in or share a picture on Tapestry for us to show in class as we are fascinated with natural objects. Have a lovely weekend everyone!

 

Miss Salter and Miss Doyle  

 Thursday 23 September 

 

We are both so proud of how well Nursery have coped with their first full week and with staying for lunches.They have all been ‘Super Duper’ like in the book we have been reading for our literacy work this week. The children have had lots of fun talking about what makes us unique and creating our self portraits using the natural resources.

Singing 5 speckled frogs was very popular to help us with our counting to 5 using our fingers and puppets.

They have had their first RE lesson where they talked about their names and how God knows each of them. They have also been practising sitting quietly with our hands together in front of our hearts during the prayers.

Next week we will be talking about families so could you please send in a photograph of your child and their family.

Miss Salter and Miss Doyle  

 

 

Thursday 16 September

 

What another fantastic transition week we are having in Nursery. We are busy making lots of new friends and learning to talk about our shared interests such as Paw Patrol, animals and cars. The adults are very impressed with the children’s social and communication skills, which are improving every day. Some children have even started to help hand out snacks by asking their friends if they would like some milk or fruit. Our manners are lovely as we are all saying pleases and thank yous. Some of us had our snack in the dinner hall to help us prepare for lunches next week. All the children loved this and have asked to do it again. Don’t forget to talk about what makes you all unique and special as we will be all sharing these in school this week. We can’t wait until everybody is in together for week 3. Have a lovely weekend!

 

Miss Salter and Miss Doyle