Curly Caterpillars

The caterpillars have been very busy wiggling, wriggling, creeping and crawling. They even made what looked like a spider’s web across the bottom of their pot, this really intrigued everybody…

So, our little visitors in Nursery aren’t so little anymore because as well as moving around lots, they have also been very busy munch, munch, munching! Luckily though, they haven’t escaped to munch their way through our plants. Our plants are still safely growing, getter bigger and taller every day.

One caterpillar even made a c, c, caterpillar shape! Just like we see in our phonics lessons.

The children have been busy describing the changes to the caterpillars, we have heard some fantastic language and seeing how much the caterpillars have grown has got everybody thinking about how and why they’ve changed.

The children have been looking carefully at the caterpillars and have made some detailed, observational drawings of them.

The children have also been using their tricky fingers to make some paper chain caterpillars! Can you spot which caterpillars are short and which ones look longer?

In our maths busy time we printed circles to make some long caterpillars! Can you spot which is the longest caterpillar? Can you count how many circles long each caterpillar is?

The caterpillars are changing again now and are no longer crawling about the pot they have turned into chrysalides and they look much smaller! They are hiding inside their hard shells…

and we can’t wait to see what happens to them next…

Marvellous Maps

Nursery have been to the woods this week and as soon as we got near we could see things had changed a lot! The woods looked much darker and more mysterious… We realised the leaves had grown bigger since our last visit and that was why it looked so dark as we entered the winding path in, to find base camp.

This week we had a map to use to help find our way around the woods. First, we had to work out where base camp was on the map. We had to do our good looking and good thinking to find it…

Once we knew where we were on the map, we were off on our adventures. We looked at our maps to find where we were going. Some children looked for caterpillars. They looked high and low, they looked everywhere…

But we couldn’t find any! However, we did find some leaves with tiny holes in them, so we think there could have been some little caterpillars nibbling at them!

We had lots of fun exploring the woods and also enjoyed mixing up potions, cooking food, making music, playing peepo, bouncing, balancing and jumping. We even found some beautiful bluebells growing in the woods and discovered some sticky plants that stick to us like glue!

When we got back to Nursery we found we had some new, special visitors in our classroom, who we need to take care of. We looked at them very carefully, as they are only babies and we need to be gentle. We thought about what they might be…

We thought they could be wiggly worms, caterpillars or even snakes! We are going to see what they look like next week and how they have changed, to see if we can decide what they are and what they will grow into.

We will have to hope whatever they are they don’t eat our plants that are shooting up from the seeds we planted before Easter.

Please come back again, to see what has happened to our special visitors and to check our plants haven’t been nibbled!

Beautiful Bonnets

The children performed in front of an audience for the very first time last week. We were so proud of them, they were amazing! They sang beautifully, remembered the Makaton signs we had learnt to go with our songs and looked fantastic in their brilliant Easter bonnets!

A massive thank you to our families for creating so many super bonnets with your children!

🐣🐥🐣 We hope you enjoyed our Easter songs and have a wonderful Easter! 🐣🐥🐣

Super Science Seed Update!

This week our seeds have really enjoyed being in their little green houses with the warm sun shining upon them.

On Monday morning the seeds had already started to sprout, just days after we had sat them on their damp beds of cotton wool, and by Wednesday it was plain to see how our seeds were quickly changing.

The children were excited to see how much they had changed…
By Friday they had shot up even more. The shoots had got much, much bigger!

See you soon for another seed update…

Super Science! 🪴

For ‘British Science Week’ the children have been finding out about seeds and plants and what they need to help them grow. We have been using our senses to explore. The children have been doing their good looking and good talking to carefully look at plants and flowers and describe what they can see and the changes that have occurred, we have described what we can feel and also what we can smell!

We have put some seeds onto some damp cotton wool and have given the seeds their own mini greenhouse to help keep them warm and ensure they get plenty of light. We have used vegetable and flower seeds, the seeds looked very different, some were big and some were very small, some were round like little footballs, some were long and thin and they were different colours too. We had to be very careful with the tiny seeds and hold onto them tightly with our pinchy fingers! We are looking forward to seeing what happens to our different seeds…

Please come back soon so we can show you how our seeds have changed…

Brilliant Books!

Fundraising - World Book Day

The children all came to school dressed as their favourite book characters. Nursery was filled with all sorts of animals, princesses, superheroes, children from our favourite traditional tales as well as those from newer stories that have become very popular with the children. They all looked brilliant and their friends enjoyed guessing who they were! I wonder if you can guess too…

The children enjoyed lots of wonderful activities inspired by some of our favourite traditional tales. They retold stories using puppets and props…

The children took on different roles and retold the story of the Gingerbread Man…

The children also helped build houses for the ’Three Little Pigs’, they thought carefully about their construction and made sure they built a wolf proof house to keep the pigs safe as he huffed and puffed and blew down the house of straw and the house of sticks! They remembered to add a chimney to their house, so they could trick the wolf into their hot cooking pot!

The children used their imagination to create their own characters, making some fantastic hand puppets that they will be able to use to tell their own stories…

We talked to our friends about our favourite stories and characters. We sang songs based on stories and of course we enjoyed listening to stories too! We do love stories and we are great at joining in to help tell the stories through the repetitive refrains.

Happy Book Day! Happy reading Nursery!

Digit Day

On Friday the children helped raise money for the NSPCC by taking part in ’Dress up for Digits’ they looked fantastic in their number clothes. The children were adorned with lots of different numbers and shapes, that they all enjoyed spotting.

We started our day with some super number music. To warm ourselves up and get ourselves ready for the day ahead, full of lots of magical maths work we danced to ’Rock Around the Clock’ which the children loved grooving and moving to!

We played a frog jumping game, we made frogs jump onto lily pads and said which number they landed on. We loved seeing how far and how high our frogs could jump!

We made dough cakes and carefully counted how many birthday candles we added and looked for the matching number cupcake.

We used our pinchy fingers to peel and push stickers to match the number card we chose.

We also made pictures by drawing around Numicon, did some good thinking to piece together some really BIG number puzzles and we painted some of our favourite Numberblocks too…

We finished our day with a great number story that made us all smile!

We really enjoyed our number packed day!

Dragon Dance! 🐲

This week the children have enjoyed finding out about Chinese New Year! We learnt that people clean their houses to get rid of anything bad ready for the new year. Then once everywhere is clean they put up lots of colourful decorations around their homes. They wear new red clothes as red is their lucky colour.
They watch colourful and lively parades with long dragons that dance down the street to music! They have lots of firecrackers that make lots of BIG BANGS! The big bangs scare away anything bad.
We drew dragons and made some long swirling, sparkly dragons too!

We also learnt that each year is named after an animal and 2022 is the year of the tiger.

We tried to do some Chinese writing to represent different animals. Chinese writing looks very different to the letter sounds we are learning.

We danced to some Chinese music and enjoyed creating our own music to make up our own dragon dances to.

Our music was very loud! A bit like the firecrackers in the new year parade!

We also learnt that Chinese people eat lots of lovely food as part of their new year celebrations, and that they use chopsticks to eat. We had a go at using chopsticks with a chopstick challenge! We had to really concentrate and persevere as we found using chopsticks could be quite tricky!

We tried some crunchy, crispy prawn crackers! Lots of the children liked them and thought they ’smelt good’ and tasted ’nice’ and ‘good’ and ‘yummy’ some of the children even thought they tasted ‘like pizza!’

🐯🧧🏮 Happy Chinese New Year! 🏮🧧🐯

Super Stories!

In Nursery we have started looking at the story of ‘The Gingerbread Man’. The children are really enjoying finding out about the adventures of the little Gingerbread Man and all the people and animals he meets on his way. We have found that each book we read is a little bit different, with some different characters and some different places but we already know in most stories the Gingerbread Man says…

“Run, run, as fast as you can! You can’t catch me, I’m the Gingerbread Man!”

We have started to draw some of the characters. We have made pictures of the little old lady who makes the Gingerbread Man…

and some pictures of the Gingerbread Man trying to run away too!

The children think he is a very cheeky gingerbread man!

“Run, run, as fast as you can! You can’t catch me, I’m the Gingerbread Man!”

To finish our week we went to the little woods and found the Gingerbread Man had hidden lots of Numicon in the trees for us to find.

We had to do our careful counting, good thinking and good looking to match the Numicon to the right number on the different gingerbread men.

We are great number detectives which meant we were fantastic at spotting where all the Numicon were hiding! We don’t think any got to run away like the gingerbread man in the story!

The children have lots of fantastic ideas for their work on ‘The Gingerbread Man’ so please come back soon to see what wonderful work we have been doing in Nursery!

But for now…

“Run, run, as fast as you can! You can’t catch me, I’m the Gingerbread Man!”

Festive Fun! 🎄🌟🎄

In Nursery we have been having lots of fun counting down to Christmas. We have been taking turns to find the numbers on the advent calendar and our special helpers have picked out names from our special Christmas box to see who gets the treat each day. The children have been fantastic at waiting patiently for their turn, well done Nursery!

We have been busy making lots of colourful decorations to hang on our tree. The tree looks amazing covered with all our sparkly creations.

We’ve practised our cutting skills, cutting out our own little Christmas tree shapes and decorating them.

We have been learning how to sew using a needle and thread! We had to really concentrate to make our beautiful trees.

We made paper chains to decorate our classroom. We joined all our small chains together to make the chain longer and longer, until we had a big, long chain that reached right across the room! Super teamwork Nursery!

We found ways to be creative with the paper chain strips and learnt how to join them together to make ourselves some fantastic party hats!

We have drawn and made some fantastic reindeers, that look just like Rudolph, with his bright red nose!

Then after all our hard work we were very lucky to find some very special visitors in our Nursery garden! At our party we went on an elf hunt! We found lots of little elves hiding around the school who led us round and round until we discovered…

Santa and his elf!

After we waved goodbye to Santa we had lots of fun dancing and playing games together.

We like parties and we love Christmas in Nursery and we would like to wish you all a very happy Christmas!

Mrs Farrington, Mrs Taylor and Mrs Fox 🎄🌟🎄