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15th February 2019

Investigations week

This week we have been:

Learning about elephants. We have been learning about where they live, what they like to eat, what they do and how we can look after them. We learnt about a charity called WWF. They look after animals that need protection from humans and Mrs Herne told us that she had adopted an elephant for us! Our elephant’s name is Kiruba, WWF sent us some information and a toy elephant for us to play with.

We have also been reading stories about Elmer the elephant. We have enjoyed painting our own Elmers!

In maths this week we have been learning about money. We have been exploring 1p coins and thinking about what we can buy using the coins. We have been counting how many pennies we have in our purse, finding hidden pennies in the classroom and putting them in a long line. We counted how many  we have and then measured how long the line of pennies was. 

We have been using the Beebots this week. We were able to use the instructions we learnt last time to help us use the beebots safely. We also started using the big blocks to make new tracks and roads for the Beebots. 

This week we also celebrated Valentine’s Day. We made cards for our loved ones and drew pictures of the people we love. 

After half-term we will be:

  • Learning about dinosaurs, thinking about what the eat, where they live, how they behave etc.
  • Continuing with counting using dinosaur stories and resources.
  • Learning about how Jesus loves us.
  • Learning the sounds of the alphabet, some of us will be learning how to make words using our sounds.
  • We will also see our friends from Apples and Honey Nursery when they come to visit our nursery.

How you can help at home:

  • Continue name writing.
  • Counting activities.
  • Research dinosaurs over the holiday, we will share this learning with the class.

We hope you have a relaxing half-term!

Thank you for all your support, Mrs Herne.

Mrs Lowe and Mrs Bruno.

8th February 2019

Chinese New Year 

This week we have been:

Celebrating Chinese New Year. We read a book called ‘Dragon dance’ which explained how people celebrate Chinese New Year at home. We also read the Chinese zodiac story and acted out the story using the masks and finger puppets in the sand. We enjoyed playing with real noodles in the water tray and pretend noodles in our Chinese restaurant role play. We ordered numbers to 10 using a Chinese dragon, enjoyed dancing with our Chinese dragon, explored writing in Chinese, explored making fortune cookies with the play dough and making Chinese dragon chatterboxes. On Friday we all enjoyed our Chinese New Year party!! We made cakes and pancakes using Dinky’s eggs and danced with the dragon, scarves and large fan, we had lots of fun!!

Next week we will investigations week, we will be:

  • Exploring WWF, focusing on elephants.
  • Reading several Elmer the elephant stories.
  • Learning about money, focusing on 1p coins.
  • Looking at elephant habitats.

How you can help at home:

  • Continue name writing.
  • Play number games, focusing on numbers up to 20.

Messages home:

  • Just a reminder that the doors in nursery open at 8:40am and the children should be in class by 8:50am. We also open the gate at 11:50pm, this is our finishing time.
  • Milk, until further notice we will only be giving milk to those children that have applied for it. The company were sending more than we needed and we were able to offer it to all children however they are now only sending enough for the children that have applied. It’s not too late, the children are entitled to free milk until they are 5 years old just use this link to apply. Please be aware it could take a week or two for the list to be updated.

https://www.coolmilk.com/

Thank you for your support, Mrs Herne.

Mrs Lowe and Mrs Bruno.

1st February 2019

Transport – In the water

This week we have been:

Learning about modes of transport you may see in or on the water. We read a story called ‘Mr Gumpys outing’. Mr Gumpy was very kind, even when the animals did not listen to him he still took them home for tea. We used the boats in the water tray and the figures from the story to count how many passengers would fit into different sized boats before they sunk. We have been exploring boats in the water tray, playing a game where we needed to put animals into an ark and we made boats using the junk modelling. We then tested the boats we made to see if they would float or sink! We found that plastic was the best material, paper and card went soggy and we noticed that if we used plastic with holes it would also sink. 

In phonics this week we continued to find words that have the same sound at the beginning. 

In RE this week we finished reading the creation story. We know that God made the sky, the land, the water and then people and animals. We drew pictures and wrote about how God made the world. We also learnt about ‘The Three Hierarch’s’. We found out more about each of the saints and noticed that they made a great team altogether. We then started to think about what we are good at. 

Next week we will be:

  • Celebrating Chinese New Year.
  • Learning about positional numbers. 1st, 2nd, 3rd etc.

How you can help at home: 

  • Continue name writing, as of next week please help your children in the morning and practice writing their names.
  • Practical number work, adding one more, taking one way, what happens to the number?
  • Recording their learning in their home learning books, please encourage the children to do it themselves no matter how big or small.

Messages home:

Even though the weather is getting colder we are still using the outside area, even if it’s just for a short time. We do have a box of hats, scarves and mittens that the children must wear when they are outside. Please put your child’s own hat, scarf and gloves in their bags ready for when they go home.

Thank you for support, Mrs Herne.

Mrs Lowe and Mrs Bruno

25th January 2019

Transport – On the land

This week we have been:

Learnng about different modes of transport you would find on the land. We read ‘The train ride’ and discussed all the different things we might see out of the window when we are travelling on a train. Some of us drew pictures and wrote about what we might see. We have been building train tracks outside, using road transport inside, listening to sounds different land transport makes and we have been counting how many passengers will fit into a train carriage. 

In phonics this week we have been learning about alliteration. We have been thinking about words that have the same sound. For example, socks/snakes/sausages, fish/feet/frog, dog/door/dinosaur.  We have been using songs to help us. 

In RE this week we learnt the next part of the creation story. So far we have learnt about how God made the sky and the land. Next week we will be finishing the story, learning about how God made the water and adding the people and the animals. 

This week we also introduced magnets to the children. We explored magnets that we use everyday (fridge magnets/play trains/fishing rods) and then explored a range of materials and the classroom. We are using magnetic, non magnetic, attrack, repel, stick and not stick to help us explain what we have found out. We have also enjoyed using the fishing rods in the water tray to find numbers to 10.

Next week we will be:

  • Thinking about different modes of transport in the water.
  • Counting to 10, using a story to help us.
  • Making our own boats and testing them.
  • How God made water and everything in the water.
  • Learning about and celebrating the Three Hierarchs.
  • Thinking about positions, under/on.

How you can help at home:

  • Continue name writing.
  • Continue number formation, 1-10.
  • Please talk about 2D shapes that you see around you including, circles/rectangles/squares/triangles/diamonds/semi-circles/stars/ovals/moons.

As you may have noticed the homework, reading and proud cloud baskets will now be with Mrs Bruno on the carpet area, please use the baskets as normal and keep the proud clouds coming in.

We are also trying to encourage the children to be as independent as possible, please encourage the children to find their own name when they come in and to put their own coat and bag away.

Thank you for your support, Mrs Herne.

Mrs Lowe and Mrs Bruno.

18th January 2019

Transport -In the sky

This week we have been:

Learning about different modes of transport that you might find in the sky. We read ‘Whatever next’ and enjoyed telling the story with the story props. We have been thinking about different ways you can travel around in the sky and in space. We have been making rockets and aeroplanes using the junk modelling and playing in the clouds (foam) with different modes of air transport. We have also started learning about how God made the world, he started with the sky and everything in it. We have been using our picture board to help us tell the story.


In maths this week we have been learning how to write numbers to 10, we have been using rhymes to help us. We have also been using puzzles to order numbers to 10 and enjoyed counting back and blasting off when we have been making our rockets.


Next week we will be:

  • Learning about transport on the land.
  • Learning about how God made land.
  • Counting how many passengers are onboard a train.

How you can help at home:

  • Continue name writing.
  • Continue writing numbers to 10.
  • Proud clouds – tell us what you are proud of at home and we will celebrate it in class.

Thank you for your support, Mrs Herne.

Mrs Bruno and Mrs Lowe.

 

11th January 2019

Welcome back, we hope you had a relaxing holiday.

Transport

This week we have been:

Learning about different modes of transport. We started the week reading a story called ‘We all go travelling by’. There are lots of different ways to travel! We have been busy making our own modes of transport using the junk modelling, exploring land transport on the carpet and in the sand, building train tracks and using trains outside, sorting/counting transport objects and exploring tracks using the play dough.

In RE this week we have been learning about St Basil. Mrs Herne told us a special story where St Basil wanted to give money and belongings back to the people. He made special cakes called  ‘vasilopita’s’ and he added the money and belongings into the cakes. He handed them out hoping they went to the correct people, and they did! We made our own ‘vasipolitas’ and we added our own treasure.

We also learnt about Theophania and baptism. We read a story called ‘The baptism of Jesus’ and also watched a video of a baptism in church. We then watched a video of Theophania. We spoke about what it means to the person who caught the cross in the river and who found the money in the cake.

Next week we will be:

  • Learning about modes of transport in the sky.
  • Learning about how God made the sky.
  • Acting out the story ‘Whatever next’.
  • Learning how write numbers.

How is you can help at home:

  • Continue name writing, the children are doing very well!
  • Writing numbers to 1o.
  • Talk about different modes of transport.

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you for your support, Mrs Herne.

Mrs Bruno and Mrs Lowe.

7th December 2018

People who help us/Christmas

This week we have been:

Revisiting the ‘Gingerbread man’ story. We have continued using the story at the playdough table, in the water tray and telling the story using the house and puppets.

We had lots of fun when we visited Apples and Honey this week. We learnt about Hanukkah and why they light the candles on the menorah. We learnt a new song counting the candles on the menorah, made candle crowns and enjoyed exploring Apples and Honey nursery. We also tried to spin dreidels they are very tricky! We would like to say thank you to Apples and Honey for having us and for our lovely gifts.

We have started to read the ‘Christmas story’ and used the nativity scene to help us tell the story. This week we have spent a lot of time in the hall practising for our early years nativity! We are really looking forward to performing to the school and to our parents. Please can we have the children’s costumes in school for Monday 10th December so they are ready for the dress rehearsal.

Over the next few weeks we will be:

  • Learning about the Christmas story and the reason we celebrate Christmas.
  • Putting the finishing touches to our nativity play and performing it to you and the rest of the school.
  • Focusing on rhythm and rhyme in phonics.
  • Using ‘Christmas’ to explore all areas of learning.
  • Learning about winter.

Messages home:

  • Please ensure the children’s costumes are in school on Monday 10th December.
  • Our nativity play will be on Thursday 13th December around 9:30am.
  • Christmas lunch will be on Thursday 13th December, please fill out your letter and return the slip if you wish your child to stay for lunch on that day.
  • Our class parties will be on Monday 17th December, a letter will come soon!
  • We have mixed up the children’s home learning books and we are looking for Nina-Alice’s book. Can you please check your children’s bags and bring it in if you find it.

Thank you for all your on going support, Mrs Herne.

Mrs Lowe and Mrs Bruno

 

 

30th November 2018

People who help us – Bakers

This week we have been:

Learning about bakers. We read a story called ‘Barnaby’s cake shop’ where two girls went into a bakers shop and helped the baker to make a cake. We also read a story called ‘The gingerbread man’. We loved this story and used the story and characters in most of our learning this week. We have been retelling the story using puppets, counting using gingerbread men, making gingerbread men in the water tray using flour, water and sand, and we made gingerbread men biscuits!! As we had so much fun with the gingerbread man story we are going to continue this story next week.

In phonics this week we have been continuing to make sounds with our bodies and following instructions when playing ‘copy me’ games.

In RE we learnt about holy communion and why we have holy communion in church. We also pretended we were in church and role-played taking holy bread and wine (using grape juice).

Next week we will be:

  • Continuing our learning through ‘The gingerbread man’ story.
  • Revisiting 2D shapes.
  • Learning about changes in the seasons, looking closer at winter.
  • Continuing our Christmas learning and activities.
  • Visiting our new friends at Apples and Honey Nursery.

How you can help at home:

  • Read with the children and encourage them to record something in their yellow book.
  • Encourage the children to draw and mark make in their green home learning books eg name writing/number formation/gingerbread man story or pictures etc.

Messages home:

Tuesday 4th December will be our trip to Apples and Honey Nursery, please ensure the children are in school before 8:50am and wearing full school uniform. The children will not need to take anything with them other than their coats, it would be helpful if the children did not bring their book bags to school on the day as we will not have time to change books or check home learning.  Refreshments will be provided and we will be returning to school at 12:30pm (please pick up the children the same way).

Thank you for your support, Mrs Herne.

Mrs Bruno and Mrs Lowe.

23rd November 2018

People who help us – The emergency services

This week we have been:

Learning about people who help us in an emergency. We read a story called EMERGENCY!, there were lots of different emergencies and we learnt all about the people that would help in those situations. We also learnt that if we need any of the emergency services we need to call 999. We have also been acting as policemen/women and firemen/women and have had lots of fun finding out what they do and then acting it out in class.

In phonics this week we continued exploring different sounds that we make with our bodies. We sang 2 different songs and used our bodies to make the sounds.

In maths this week we have been exploring shape. We learnt the names of 2D shapes and started to look at the properties of them. We learnt that shapes have sides/edges and points/corners. We drew around different 2D shapes and made then into pictures. We also had fun making pictures using 2D shapes on the lightbox.

In RE this week we learnt that God’s friends are our friends and they love us too. We spoke about some of God’s friends that we already know; St Cyprian, Mary, angel Michael and angel Gabriel, and the twelve disciples. Some of us drew some pictures of our friends.

This week we have working really hard preparing for our Early Years Nativity. We have been singing lots of Christmas songs and going into the hall to practice. I hope you have received your letter that tells you the character your child will play, if you have any questions please came and see us. Can I also ask that if your child has a line to say that you practice over the next couple of weeks so that they ready for show.

We have also started our Christmas creations that the children will bring home!

Next week we will be:

  • Learning about the Gingerbread man, that will lead onto people who help us in the bakers.
  • Focusing on name writing and forming shapes.
  • Using the gingerbread man story to support counting and measuring.
  • In RE we will be learning about how we show our love in God’s church, by taking Holy communion.
  • Getting ready for our nativity.

How you can help at home:

  • Continue name writing.
  • Counting games linking to the gingerbread man.
  • Baking at home and talking about what happens to the ingredients at each stage.

Messages home:

We hope that you have found a letter in child’s bag giving you information about our Christmas nativity. We do not expect you to spend money and encourage you to be creative! Please come and see us if you need any more help. Our Play will be Thursday 13th December, we hope you will be able to make it. If your child has a line to say it would be great if you could practise this at home.

Thank you for your support, Mrs Herne.

Mrs Lowe and Mrs Bruno.

16th November 2018

People who help us – At the post office

This week we have been:

Learning about people who help us at the post office. We watched a video which showed us how a letter is delivered. We noticed there are lots of different jobs at the post office. We had fun writing our own letters, putting them in envelopes, sticking a stamp on them and then posting them. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZOAqqrW0GU&t=39s

In phonics this week we have been exploring ways we can make sounds using our bodies. We can use our hands, our feet and our mouths to create different sounds. We also added actions to sounds; steering for driving, jumping for a frog, flapping arms for a chicken.

In maths this week we have been exploring money and looking at the numbers on the coins. We know that there 2 pennies in a 2p coin, 5 pennies in a 5p coin and 10 pennies in a 10p coin. We enjoyed using 1p stamps to show how many pennies we need to buy things.

In RE this week we learnt the reason why we light a candle at church and during our prayers. It’s our way of showing God that we love him. We all lit a candle and pretended we were in church. Last week we celebrated Diwali and made our own diva lights, we took these home at the end of our RE lesson. 

As you are aware we will be making some new friends with a nursery class in Wimbledon very soon. We thought it would be a good idea to talk to the children about being different and that although we are different we are all treated the same and are special and unique. We all made a star the way we wanted to and Mrs Herne hung them above our carpet area. We all laid down and looked up at all the stars, there were all different and all beautiful in their own ways. We then said “abracadabra” and more stars appeared!

Next week we will be: 

  • Continuing our learning about people who help us, looking at the emergency services.
  • In phonics we will continue making sounds with our bodies.
  • In maths we will be focusing on 2d shape, naming, sorting and drawing them.
  • In RE we will be talking about Gods friends.

How you can help at home:

  • Continue name writing, the children are really working hard at this.
  • Counting and number games.
  • Please continue reading with the children, as often as you can.
  • Please encourage the children to record something in their green home learning books, it’s great to see what you have been learning at home.

Messages home:

If we change your child at school sometimes the children do not have a change of clothes on their pegs so we use the clothes we have in nursery, some of these items are not being returned to us and our stocks are running low. We do understand it can be tricky to notice smaller items like knickers/pants/socks but it would be great if you could have a look at home. Please come and see us if you have any questions.

Thank you for your support, Mrs Herne.

Mrs Lowe and Mrs Bruno

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