Nursery – Advent

We had a lovely purple week! We talked about the meaning of the advent calendar and color purple. We lit the purple candle on our special wreath and each day sang a special song:

(Sing to the tune of Twinkle twinkle little star)

Light the Advent candle come
Now the waiting has begun
We have started on our way

Time to think of Christmas day.

Candle, candle burning bright
Shining in the cold wintery night.

We decorated our classroom with purple garlands and paper chains… and guess what, we did the paper chains all by ourselves.

Once everything was ready we had a Purple party with purple juice and purple food. We also read a story from the Bible, ‘Jesus is born’.

The food and juice were super delicious…

We also started our Advent calendar and every day the children had a different challenge.

Thank you for your generous donations today. Sad news for tonight, but hopefully you will enjoy your friday afternoon with home disco and pizza :).

Have a lovely weekend!
Mrs Solakova

Foundation Stage Religious Education: Advent – Christmas

Our RE topic between now and Christmas is based around the theme of Advent and Christmas.

Key words for the topic are:  celebrate, birthday, Christmas, Advent, wreath, Jesus, Mary, Joseph, shepherds, wise men.

The children will be learning that we are preparing for the birthday of Jesus during the period of Advent.  In Reception we have been thinking about what it means to have a birthday and the children enjoyed pretending to hold a birthday party at school.

Children will also begin to learn about the meaning of the Advent wreath and that during Advent we use the colour purple.

Over the course of the next few weeks we will be learning Christmas songs, listening to the Christmas story and working towards retelling the Christmas story.  This is in preparation for the highlight of our teaching which will be our presentation of the Christmas Story on Tuesday, 14 December at 10.30 am.

We look forward to you joining our performance.

Nursery – Remembrance day, Children in Need and Anti bullying week

This week we made Poppy wreath and painted the poppies ourselves, we remembered the people from our families that went to Heaven by making a poppy cross and adding it to the RE table. We also talked about what being kind means and made our kindness tree adding speech bubbles to the leaves. We even started getting ready for our Christmas performance!
In funky fingers we decorated our special class prayer using jems. Have a look yourself…They are so pretty.

We discussed why people wear poppies and the children had plenty of opportunities to embed that knowledge in learning through play. They were poppies on the writing table, we painted poppies using the correct colors, black and red and counted poppies on our playdough table.

The children were very good thinking about how to be kind to their friends and here is what they said:

‘I like Barney’s moves.’
‘I will help my friend do her buttons.’
‘I like Jessica very much.’
‘I am everyone’s friend.’
‘It’s a good choice to be kind.’

Well done everyone for being kind to your nursery friends!!!

Mathematics:
This week we continued our journey exploring numbers 1-5, talking about one less than a given number. To support our learning the children sang ‘Ten green bottles’ nursery rhyme, starting at 5 :). Why don’t you have a go at home:

When all the 5 green bottles accidently fell from the wall, we had to put them back in order.

Religious education:

This week it was other faiths week and the children were learning about Islam. We talked about Muslim people, what they wear, their special book called Qur’an, we explored Muslim prayer mat and listened to the story of Shabiya, a Muslim girl.

Have a lovely weekend!
Mrs Solakova

Nursery – Fabulous fireworks!

BOOM! ZAP! POW! BANG!
What a week…. fireworks week! We’ve been talking about the fireworks we saw over the weekend. We listened to ‘Fireworks’ by Kathy Perry and pretended to be fireworks ourselves, making lots of noise!

We practised mark making, cutting and sticking and created lovely fireworks in the colored sand and on the writing table. We followed different patterns… red, blue, red, blue or white, green, white green or colors of our own choice.

We were busy preparing an amazing fireworks display for the cloakroom and made fireworks and rockets. We learned different techniques like squeezing paint and drizzling wet glue.

Letters and Sounds:
This week we listened to and acted the ‘Pied Piper’ story. The children were using different instruments for the different characters in the story. The mice were the shakers, the people -castanets, the opening of the magic gate was the triangle. Unfortunately the villagers didn’t pay the Pied Piper and he took all of the children far away and locked them in the dark cave. We also had a busy bag with the different instruments and had to listen very carefully for the sounds they make.

Maths:
‘5 little ducks’. We practised our number recognition and counting to 5 while singing the rhyme. We talked about one less than a given number and tried to link 5 ducks to the correct numerals. We also used our fingers to help us understand the value of the numeral (3 stands for 3 fingers/3 ducks).

Religious education:
This week we created our own class prayer. We were thinking very hard and discussed what Thank you, Sorry and Please mean. The children learned that the prayer starts with Dear God and finishes with Amen. I am very proud of all the children and can’t wait to share the class prayer with you.

Dear God
Please give food to hungry people
and keep us safe.
Sorry for saying sad words to people.
Thank you for our houses
and our toys
and snack time.
We love you Jesus.
Amen

Have a fun filled weekend!
Mrs Solakova

Nursery – Is there room on the broom?

Hello everyone and welcome back! I really hope that you had a nice break and a well deserved rest. In our first week back to school we were learning around a favourite story ‘Room on the Broom’ by Julia Donaldson.

We ‘ve been trying to spot the rhyming words: hat and cat, room and broom, shriek and beak…. each time we heard a rhyming pair we clapped.

We also pretended to be a witch and had a ‘truly magnificent broom’.

In our sand tray we were counting spiders, but wait…. we were only allowed to use the tongs to take them out. So tricky, but practise makes you perfect :)!

We were also busy talking about different shapes and made witch by using only squares, rectangles, triangles and circles. Great job Nursery!

In our Funky fingers activities the children were drying baby clothes on the washing line and making potions just like the witch from the story.

And a pumpkin update!!! The seeds that we planted the week before the half term are now growing! The helpers of the week were busy looking after them…. Look how big they are! I wonder if they will get even bigger?

Religious education:

This week our role play area became a Church. We know that the Church is a place for prayers and we must be very quiet inside. We also know that in the Church the priest is Baptising babies and welcomes them into the God’s family. We are also learning new words like font, gown, Baptism, God’s family.

Big thank you to those of you who shared their Baptism artefacts with us. The children were very excited to show them to the rest of the class.

Have a lovely weekend!
Mrs Solakova

Nursery – Autumn

What a half term it has been! Full of new experiences, friends, learning and so much more. The children settled in so well and learned the new routine easily… so well done to everyone! Now they all are confident and independent learners full of ideas, ready for further challenges.

This week we’ve been talking about Autumn, went on an Autumn hunt and explored Autumn treasure bags. Thank you everyone for filling your bags with different autumn discoveries. We had leaves in different colors, berries, sticks, acorns, conkers, pinecones.

Our autumn hunt was very exciting too. We had our special hunt list and made ticks each time we spot something. We were very lucky to find everything on that list…well almost everything, we didn’t see any squirrels.

In our Funky Fingers we’ve been sorting and cutting. It was great fun!

This week we carved a real pumpkin and then planted some of the seeds inside the pumpkin. We talked about growth and changes over time and can’t wait to see what will happen with the seeds and the pumpkin.

In the last couple of weeks we have been also learning to retell a story ‘The enormous turnip’. We talked about the characters, who helps first, second, third, what happens at the beginning of the story and what happens at the end. We supported our retelling by doing actions and emphasising on special words (connectives) like because, so, but, etc. This week we even did story maps. They will help us remember the story better.

We were also very creative and made leaves on a stick, autumn paintings while exploring color mixing.

Religious education:
In our RE lessons we continued our talks about Baptism and this week we baptised a baby, saying the special words: In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. We dressed the baby in special white gown. Then we poured water over his head.

Gentle reminder:

Look at photos or other reminders of your child’s own or other family members’ baptisms.  Please send into school with your child a reminder for your child to share in class.  This could be a photo, memory book, candle or item of clothing.

Thank you for your continued support.

Have a fun filled half term week!
Mrs Solakova

Nursery – Harvest

Hello everyone! I really hope that you enjoyed the Harvest assembly as much as we did. I am sure that you are all feeling extremely proud of your children joining the assembly, sitting with school legs and listening. It was a fantastic experience for them and they were all asking when we can go back to the hall for another assembly! Well done Nursery. You are super stars!

This week we talked about Harvest and were very busy finishing our Harvest display. We were painting, cutting, sticking, decorating and so much more. Here is the new display. The children did a fabulous job, don’t you think so….

This week we went on a bear hunt. Not a pretend one, but real bear hunt. We were swooshing through the grass, tip toeing through the deep, dark woods and so much more. We were cold and wet after the snowstorm, but finally reached the cave… and there was the bear… It was great fun and everyone enjoyed it so much, so we had to do it again and again and again :):

We even exercised in the morning while listening to ‘The bear hunt’ song. Why don’t you try it home too:

Religious education:

This week we begun a new topic Baptism. During that topic the children will explore what it means to be ‘welcomed’ and draw on their own experiences.  For example, how do we welcome each other when we arrive at school?  They will also be talking about how we welcome a new baby into God’s family through Baptism.

We talked about how we welcome a new baby into our family. Is that a happy occasion? Or is it sad?
We prepared a special bag for our new baby at nursery and welcomed him into our nursery family. We were all very happy and the new baby was feeling happy too. Next week we will make some welcome cards for him.

Have a lovely weekend!
Mrs Solakova

Nursery – Listening walk

What a lovely week we’ve had. We have started to explore different activities like Letters and Sounds and Reading mornings. The children are also very excited to use our brand new climbing frame. While having fun climbing they will also learn how to navigate risk and to develop key skills including balance, strength and gross motor skills. Why don’t you have a look:

This week we have started to explore the different sounds we can hear around us. We read a lovely book of a little girl that walks around her house very quietly and listens carefully. We encouraged the children to do the same and everyone did so well. Here is the story if you want to have a go at home too:

I wonder what sounds the children can hear over the weekend?

We were busy preparing our special listening ears bands… and then went on a listening walk. We heard so many sounds: cars, motorbikes, helicopter, stomping, wind, a lady talking on her phone, builders…. Fantastic listening nursery. I am very impressed!

We were also very excited to welcome you all in our classroom for a first Reading morning. Thank you everyone for joining in. It was lovely to see so many of you here, sharing stories with your children.

We also appointed our first helpers. They were extremely busy with different jobs around the classroom like watering the plants, making sure everyone is tidying, sorting out book bags and making sure the timetable is up to date. Well done special helpers!
I wonder who might be me special helper next week?

Have a fabulous weekend!
Mrs Solakova

Nursery – Dear Zoo

‘I wrote to the zoo to send me a pet. They send me an….’
This week we’ve been exploring children’s favorite story ‘Dear Zoo’. We made zoo and talked about which animals live there and if they will be good pets. We were also busy writing letters to the zoo asking for different pets. We’ve been learning core words from the story, the camel is grumpy, the elephant is to big, the snake is scary. The children explored our new story shelf and had lots of opportunities to talk about the story even in child initiated learning. Here are some pictures:

This week the children had their first library morning and everyone went home with a book. Please spend time with your child reading the book and make some notes in their reading record.

Reading daily to your child is extremely important. It can help them to get to know sounds, words and language, and develop early literacy skills. They are learning to value books and stories and it really helps develop your child’s brain, ability to focus, concentration, social skills and communication skills.

During our Maths lessons the children are having lots of fun singing, dancing, clapping, jumping. We are going to learn numbers and explore mathematical problems while playing. The song we were singing this week was ‘1,2,3,4,5 once I cough a fish alive’. We also talked about number 1, learning not only to recognise the numeral, but also what it means: 1 is when you clap 1 time, when you jump 1 time. 1 is only 1 finger and 1 shell, etc. Why don’t you practice singing the song too:

Religious education:
This week we talked about what makes us special and preciuos. We were all sitting in a circle and rolled a ball towards each other in a turn. When the child has the ball they respond by saying: ‘My name is ….. I am precious to God.’
Thank you for sharing your family pictures with us.

Reading morning:

I am delighted to announce that from Tuesday, 5 October, Nursery Class will be open for parents to stay in class for shared reading from 8.40 am to 9.00 am on the following mornings:

Tuesday
Friday

Parents or carers are welcome to come into the class to share a book with their child. We ask that you leave before 9.00 am when the normal class routine will begin.

Have a fantastic weekend!
Mrs Solakova

Nursery – Our new routine!

Hello parents and children,

It’s been lovely to spend another week with all of you and to see everyone learning the routine, participate in PE and music classes, listen so attentively to a story and following the circle time rules:

Sit with your crossed legs and arms in your lap
Listening ears
Hand up if you want to say something …
… and a special action if you need to go to the toilet
.

This week we’ve had our first PE lesson. The children are brilliant in lining up and singing the ‘One behind the other song’ and going into the hall. We started our lesson with fun warm up activities and then explored the parachute. The children had a lovely time playing with it. Look for yourself 🙂 :

We also had our first music lesson where we talked about all the quiet sounds we can make with our bodies. We also discussed the places where we need to be quiet like museum, church, hospital, library. Then we experimented with rhythm sticks and tried very hard to tap them very very quietly:

Everybody took part in the National fitness day too. We did squats, learned how to do hula hoops and so much more. At the end of the day the children received a special fitness certificate. Well done everybody!

This week we also began our new routine and the children were engaged in a variety of funky fingers activities every day. Why do we do funky fingers? They promote fine motor skills, encourage communication and language skills, support hand writing and so much more.

And lastly… the children had their first cooking activity. We were mixing and counting ,and measuring ,and we made lovely honey and blueberry muffins. They were super delicious!

Have a lovely weekend everyone!
Mrs Solakova