Nursery – Oi FROG! 13.05.22

Ribbit! Ribbit! Ribbit!
This week we have been learning all about frogs!!!
To begin with we read a fantastic rhyming story ‘Oi Frog’. I highly recommend this book and would be lovely, if you could spend some time sharing the book with your children. It is jam – packed with rhyming words and brilliantly funny too.

After reading the story, the children had to choose their favourite rhyming pairs and draw them on a paper. As always they did so so well. All of them made a massive progress and are now able to talk about their drawing really well.

Letters and sounds
Under the sea, under the sea, under the sea what do I see?
We were busy exploring what’s under the sea and we had to find the different objects by orally blending the sounds. Under the sea we found a C-A-R, a F-O-X, a P-E-N and lots more… The children were listening super carefully trying to blend the sounds into words.

Why is blending important? Blending is a crucial skill in learning to read since being able to mentally join speech sounds together to make words helps children to decode unfamiliar words using letter-sound patterns when reading. Difficulties with the ability to blend is a hallmark of the struggling reader.
How can you support your child at home? There are so many ways to support your children at home too. For example while you are having breakfast instead of saying ‘Can you please pass me the jam’ , you can say ‘Can you please pass me the J-A-M’ . Or if you are reading a book instead of reading the CVC words you can segment them and your children will try to orally blend and say the word themselves.

In Maths we did massive frog jumps, making sure we match the correct numerals to the correct lily pad and jumping 1,2,3,4 or 5 times only.

In the mornings we were practising our pre writing skills by making frog puppets. It was a very hard work as we had to cut the frogs all by ourselves.

In Music this week we have been learning the song ‘Five speckled frogs’. We were singing, dancing, feeling the rhythm by acting out the song. The children really enjoyed it, so we had to do it again and again, and again :).

Understanding of the world
After being able to see a real hen life cycle, we decided to learn all about frog’s life cycle too. We watched interesting videos about frogs and how they lay their eggs, we learned new words like ‘tadpole’ and ‘metamorphosis’. The children had to think about what comes first, second, third and forth, and to cut and glue the different pictures into the correct order. I am so impressed with everyone….it was a massive challenge. Cutting is not an easy job, but cutting a small pictures is even harder… and then sticking them in the right order!!! Well done everyone! Of course, we had to proudly display our work too….

Religious education
A big thank you for sharing your good news with us. Birthday parties, new babies, exciting trips… it was such a pleasure to hear everyone’s good news.

Have a fantastic weekend!
Mrs Solakova

May is the month of Mary

During our May Day liturgy, the Chaplaincy Team led us as we gave thanks for Mary, the mother of Jesus. All the children created a poster that celebrated Mary’s role as Queen and these have been used as a prayer focus for all the classes. Thank you so much for all the amazing plant donations that have been used to really show how deep our thanks is to Mary. Our service ended with a tremendous May Pole dance by Year 4.

Nursery – Nursery rhymes 06.05.22

Wow! We have been so busy singing Nursery rhymes, creating amazing display, rhyming and gardening. We also took part in Mary’s coronation assembly on Tuesday and we all did so well listening to Mrs Porter and singing the special songs. We also had to say goodbye to our super sweet chicks. We were very lucky to see them hatch… we have been busy recording how they change, clean after them, feed them and play with them.

This week we dedicated to Nursery rhymes and the children were super creative in making a lovely new display. They made some sheep and cupcakes, special clock and lots of flowers for Mary’s garden.

At the end of the week the children had to choose their favourite Nursery rhyme and then draw it. I am so impressed with children’s drawing skills. They were also able to talk about their drawings so well….fantastic job everyone. There you go some examples:

In Letters and Sounds we continued developing our rhyming skills by finding out rhyming words in different nursery rhymes, but Humpty Dumpty was particularly helpful….

In Maths we’ve been singing ‘Roll, roll, roll your boat’ and had to subitise and think about one less while playing with the boats in the water tray.

Our Gardening project has been super successful and we are now growing all these different vegetables like carrots, onions, beans, tomatoes, strawberries and even sunflowers. We are all very, very excited and really hope that they will grow bigger and bigger each day.

We also planted some beautiful flowers in our hanging baskets and put the daffodils to sleep until next spring!!!

Religious education:

This week we continued talking about Good news and Pentecost. The children all went home with a special GOOD NEWS slip, so I would really appreciate it if you take a moment and fill it in. A good news could be their birthday, a visit from a family friend, or the prospect of an exciting trip.
Thank you very much for your continued support!

Have a lovely weekend!
Mrs Solakova

Nursery – Welcome back!!! 22.04.22

What a wonderful start to the Summer term! The children were very excited to share their Easter stories… and it looks like everyone had lots of fun!!! And I must tell you that the best stories were about fantastic Easter egg hunting :).

On Thursday we took our first class photo and the children did really well lining up and listening carefully to the instructions.

On Friday we celebrated St George’s day by wearing red and white clothes. We made some super strong shields and pretended to be knights. We listened to the story of St George and learned interesting facts about his life.

And last but not least I would like to say a BIG thank you to the Moorat family. Thanks to their generosity the children are now enjoying a brand new playground. Thank you very, very much!!!

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!
Looking forward seeing you on Monday!
Mrs Solakova

Foundation Stage Religious Education: Pentecost – Good News


Welcome back to school everyone!! Our new RE topic for the beginning of this term is Pentecost and how we can share the good news of God’s love for everyone. 

Core vocabulary: good news, share, Good News, Pentecost, promise, Holy Spirit, Easter, alleluia

The children will learn about the good news of Easter for the friends of Jesus and that God his Father gave Jesus new life on Easter Sunday.   Initially this will involve exploring the children’s personal experiences and how they feel when they receive good news.

Our learning will lead onto how at Pentecost Christians come together to share their happiness and joy because Jesus had kept his promise and sent the Holy Spirit to be their friend.  We can all share in this happiness and tell everyone.

Pentecost is often named as ‘the birthday of the Church’.   The coming of the Holy Spirit can be difficult for young children to understand.  We will use images such as air, wind and fire to help us explain the power of the Holy Spirit.  The effects of these elements are what we want the children to explore and thereby deepen their understanding. 

This is a wonderful topic and an exciting opportunity for the children to have lots of fun exploring bubbles, windmills, making fire hats, creating fire dances etc.   We will also hold a class Pentecost party following Pentecost day which falls on Sunday, 5 June this year.    Details to follow.  

Scripture:  Luke’s story of Pentecost (based on Acts 2: 1-4)

Home Learning:

Please talk to your child about any good news they may have experienced recently.  For example, their birthday, a visit from a family friend, or the prospect of an exciting trip.  We would like to display the children’s good news in the classroom and ask that children bring in something to show their good news; perhaps a photo or certificate, or even on a Magic Moment.   We are also happy to print out any Tapestry photos which show your child celebrating their good news.

Thank you for your continued support.

Mrs Solakova and Mrs Palmer

Nursery – Happy Easter!

I can’t believe that today is the last day of another amazing term. The children made so much progress. In Letters and Sounds we really mastered our initial sounds recognition, we read lots of fantastic books, did fabulous story maps, cooked rhyming soups and so much more. In Maths we learned what is a pattern and we’ve been thinking about patterns on clothes, in the nature, patterns in books and songs; we were subitising and thinking about more and less. We learnt lots of new songs and performed on the big stage. We practised our physical skills by playing tennis and basketball. What a lovely time we’ve had!!!

This week we were busy preparing our special Easter bags by cooking delicious rice crispy nests. We also wrote our names on a special label.

On Tuesday we received a special letter from the Easter bunny…
In his letter the Easter bunny gave us lots of clues where the chocolate eggs are hidden… and guess what…. we found them all :)!

Wednesday was another fun filled day. What a joy was to see all the children parading in front of such a big audience!!!

And lets not forget our first Hot Cross Bun gathering. The children did brilliantly singing songs and spreading the butter. Thank you for joining us on this very special occasion. It was lovely having you all in our classroom :)!

I really hope that you will have an amazing Easter break!
Mrs Solakova

Lent and Easter at St Adrian’s

As part of our journey through Lent, this week, we have had our own Holy Week and Easter liturgies. The week started with a very thoughtful Stations of the Cross service led by our inspiring Year Six Chaplaincy Team. They created a tableau and reflection for each Station of the Cross and the children sang beautifully as part of this service.

In contrast, our joyful Easter Parade celebrated the children’s amazing creativity. Children from Foundation Stage made some superb Easter bonnets, Key Stage One children created brilliant Easter Gardens and the Key Stage Two children displayed their immense talents with a wonderful mix of liturgical art. The Chaplaincy Team had the unenviable task of choosing two winners for each class, but we were very pleased to celebrate everyone’s wonderful artwork. Well done to you all!

We wish you all a very happy and holy Easter.

Nursery – Mothers day celebrations

Another busy week here at Nursery! We’ve been practising every day for our very first Mother’s day assembly, we made the ukrainian flag and talked about different ways helping refugee children find a new home, we started our BIG DIG project and of course we prepared a wonderful surprise for you mum’s to open on Sunday morning.

On Monday morning the children used blue and yellow paper to make the ukrainian flag. We had a discussion on how we can help all the ukrainian children find a new home. As always everybody had lots of ideas… well done children for being so kind and thoughtful.

We finally had some lovely weather and decided that would be lovely to start our BIG DIG project. We prepared the soil by turning it over and removing all the weeds. We made a list of what we are going to plant and after voting we decided to have pumpkins, tomatoes, strawberries and snap peas. We can’t wait to see them growing in the next weeks. And we promise to look after them every day… We even found some worms and of course we put them back into the ground!!!

You are invited!!!

We are looking forward meeting you all next Friday at 11:15 am for a special Hot cross bun gathering!
We would appreciate any voluntary contributions of a packet of hot cross buns.  Please provide hot cross buns by Thursday, 31 March 2022.  
Thank you for your continued support!

Very special visitors!!!
We are very lucky and excited to have six chicks in our classroom. The children were extra gentle and caring!!! We were even allowed to hold them gently!

Mothers day specials!!!
What a fantastic performance Nursery! You all sang beautifully, remembering your actions…
You are Super Stars!!! I am so proud of you!!!
Dear mums, I really hope that your Sunday will be full of love and smiles, maybe even breakfast in bed :). Your children were super busy making lots of surprises for you. So please, on Sunday morning, sit down with a cup of tea and open your special envelopes. Also take some time to check your child’s Tapestry account for a little message!!! I am sure that it will make your day extra special!

What an honour
it is to be
a tiny somebody’s

Happy Mothers Day!!!

Have a fantastic weekend!
Mrs Solakova

Nursery – Our Green/Red Week

What a colorful week we’ve had at Nursery!!!

We celebrated St Patrick’s day wearing green. It was very exciting to learn interesting facts about his life and how he was kidnapped at the age of 16 by raiders; he was a slave for more than 6 years and then returned to Ireland to become a priest and help to spread Christianity throughout Ireland.
The children decorated beautiful green shamrocks and then made a lovely display with them. Have a look how amazing it is…

We also had some leprechauns running around the classroom 🙂

The children had lots of fun exploring our special St Patrick’s messy tray, trying to find shamrocks hidden inside green spaghetti… so much fun!!!

Our very special red nose day was full of joy too. We discussed why are we wearing red and different ways to support the children who need help. We then decorated a red nose and everyone shared their own ideas. We linked our talks with the current RE topic and how we are learning to grow in kindness, goodness and love. As usual the children had some fantastic ideas:

”I will cook some food for them in my kitchen and share it with them.”
”I have no money, but my daddy have lots. So I will ask him to share his money.”
”I have a new house now, so they can go and live in my old house…. but there are no toys there, so I will give them some of mine.”

Our special garden center is now officially open and we were busy selling flowers, taking online orders, planting seeds and writing messages.

In Maths we continued our learning about patterns and the children did very well arranging 2, 3 even 4 colours in a pattern.

In Letters and Sounds we’ve been super detectives and spotted lots of things beginning with ‘S’.

A very important Daffodil/Hyacinth update :)… they are growing longer and longer, the same way we grow inside in kindness, love and goodness. We measured them with the ruler… they are 25 cm long.

This week we also celebrated British Science week. We planted some beans and prepared a special journal to record any changes that will happen in the next weeks. We are all very excited and wonder who is going to grow the tallest beanstalk.

Have a fantastic weekend!!!
Mrs Solakova

Nursery – Planting a rainbow

Spring is such a lovely time of the year and here at Nursery we talked a lot about how the nature is changing. We went on a special Spring hunt and looked for insects, blossom, flowers, daffodils. We even found a real nest …..

The children did so well marking their discoveries on a special hunt list. They have been asking lots of interesting questions that opened up into a great discussion.

This week we read the story ‘Planting a rainbow’ by Lois Ehlert. Would be lovely if you can spend time sharing the story again with your children. Here is the link:

The book really inspired us and we did some beautiful rainbows, learning all the different colors in the right order. We also talked about what makes a rainbow and the children were great telling me all about it.
Next week we will plant our own rainbow!!!!

Our messy tray was full of clouds and rainbows too… the children had a great fun adding colors to the shaving foam, talking about the texture and using their senses.

In PE this week we went outside and played tennis. The children did very well holding the tennis racket, trying to hit the ball and pass it to their partners. We talked a lot about taking turns and playing in pairs. Well done Nursery… as per request next week we will be playing more tennis, embedding our skills!

Letters and Sounds:
In Letters and Sounds this week we continued learning about rhyming. We played a fun rhyming game called ‘Odd one out’. The children had a selection of four different words and had to choose the one that doesn’t rhyme, for example hat, mat, mouse and cat.

In Maths we practised our subitizing skills. We had to plant the flowers into the right pots. The children are definitely building up their subitising skills and are doing really well with numbers up to 5.

Religious education:
This week we continued our Lent topic and everyone shared their Lent promise heart with the rest of the class. We then made a very special Lent promise tree. We also started learning a special Lent song. We talked about growth and growing not only physically, but inside too …. growing in goodness, kindness, caring and loving.
We even started growing daffodils and hyacinths on the prayer table and the children were very busy recording the changes.

Thank you for the generous donations so far to the class’ Amazon wish list. These books will be great addition to our class library and will inspire and bring lots of joy to the children.
Here is the list if you wish to contribute too:

Have a fantastic weekend!!!
Mrs Solakova