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3rd December 2021

People who help us – Bakers

This week we have been:

Learning about bakers! We have been reading and retelling the story of the Gingerbread man. We have had fun telling the story using the puppets, building houses using the duplo, combining ingredients in the water tray to make a dough, using the playdough to make bread and gingerbread men and we made our own Gingerbread men!!! It has been lots of fun this week.

In maths this week we have been thinking about groups of numbers using the gingerbread man story! The gingerbread man should have 1 mouth, 1 nose, 2 eyes, 3 buttons, 4 friends and 5 fingers on each hand! We have been drawing around each other and adding the features. 

In RE this week we have been experiencing what it would be like to light a candle when we go to church. We were very safe and the children know that they do not light candles on their own. 

 

We have also been exploring thick and thin using Kit and Pup. We then explored thick and thin on the painting table and looked at different sized pens and pencils.

This week we had lots of fun at our ‘Circus workshop’. We learnt how to balance and move a plate on a stick, throw and catch a scarf and we watched Phil juggle!! It was lots of fun.

Next week we will be:

  • Starting our Christmas learning and celebrations!

We will be starting our Christmas learning next week by re telling the Nativity story, this will also be through our songs for our performance! We will also be enjoying the Christmas season with lots and Christmas themed learning, games and activities.

Messages home

Just a reminder that we would like the children’s costumes in school next Friday (10th December) so if you still need some help or support please let us know!

Thank you for your support, Mrs Herne

Mrs Lowe and Mrs Bruno

26th November 2021

People who help us – Police services

This week we have been:

Learning about the police and what they do. We have been reading information books, reading stories about the police, dressing up as police officers, using the police small world and exploring what it would be like to have our fingers prints taken!!

In maths this week we have been reading a story called ‘One is a snail, ten is a crab’. This book focuses on counting how many legs are on the page! Please read the story at home and talk about how many legs your toys have. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvwtt-Zshgw

In RE this week we have been learning about ‘Holy communion’ and what it is. We have been pretending to take the wine (juice) and bread like we would if we were in church. We know that the bread is Jesus’s body and the wine is his blood. 

In science this week we have been exploring push and pull. We watched Kit and Pup and explored push and pull inside and outside. What can you push and pull at home? Can you see what is happening in these pictures?

This week we have also been learning about what it means to be visible. We have been learning about being reflective and using fluorescent colours to keep us visible especially at night time. We used reflective tape on our jumpers and switched of the lights! We could see each other in the dark and we took a picture using the flash!!! We have given the children a reflective star for you to attach to the children coats!

Next week we will be:

  • Learning about bakers by reading the Gingerbread man story. We will be making gingerbread men and exploring the gingerbread men in all areas of the class!!
  • Learning about why we light a candle in church.
  • Starting our Christmas celebrations in creative ways and practising for our show.

Thank you for your support, Mrs Herne

Mrs Lowe and Mrs Bruno.

19th November 2021

People who help us – Fire services

This week we have been:

Exploring what the fire services are and what they do. We have been pretending to be fire boys and girls. We have been designing fire engines and exploring how water travels down a hose. We have also been using the fire small world and working together to act out our own play. 

In maths this week we have been learning about 2D shapes and thinking about their names. We have been drawing our own shapes and we have made some large shapes using cardboard boxes. The children have also been practising how to write numbers to 10.

In science this week we have been learning about fast and slow. We watched Kit and Pup and explored making our bodies move fast and slow and then exploring fast and slow using the marble run and water. 

In Re this week we have been learning about what is inside a church. We watched a video of the inside of a Greek church and then had lots of fun together using the play church.

This week we have also been learning about Road safety and what we must do when we are next to a road. The children know we have to STOP, LOOK, LISTEN, BEFORE YOU CROSS THE ROAD. We have also been looking at ways the children can be visible when they are when it starts getting dark. We looked at fluorescent strips and what they do. We looked at our school bags and high vis jackets. 

Next week we will be:

  • Learning about the police services.
  • Exploring combining numbers.
  • Learning about holy communion.
  • Exploring push and pull.

Messages home:

As its coming up to to end of out first term the children are very settled and we are looking forward to the next term. We would now like to ask that from now until Christmas you can work on the children being as independent as they can be. Things that you can work on: Getting dressed and undressed, helping to tidy up their toys, helping with jobs at home – putting the washing in/out of the machine, hoovering with you etc. All of these things will support the children in their independence and confidence.

We hope your costumes are coming together, please come and speak to us if you need any support in this!

Thank you for your support, Mrs Herne

Mrs Lowe and Mrs Bruno.

12th November 2021

People who help us – Post Office

This week we have been:

Learning about the post office. We have been learning how to write a letter, then what we do to post it and when what happens to it when its at the post office.

In maths this week we have learning about the coins 1p, 2, and 5p. We have been thinking about how many pennies are in each coin and how we can find out by looking at the coins.

In Science and maths this week we have been exploring long and short. We have been making long and short bead strings, finding long and short spaghetti and making long and short train tracks.

In RE this week we have been learning about and taking part in remembrance day. We made our own poppies an wreath and took part in the 2 minute silence.

This week we also read the story ‘Pants’. The children had fun designing their own pants!

Next week we will be:

  • Learning about the fire services.
  • Learning about 2D shape.
  • Learning about the church and what is inside.
  • Exploring fast and slow.
  • Starting to think about our feelings.

Messages home:

We have sent home an invitation to our Christmas Nativity show we hope you have received it and that you are able to come and watch us. You would have also received the character that we need you to provide a costume for the show. If there’s any questions please come and speak to us.

We sent home a pack of activities that will help your children to be more independent when putting on and taking off their coats. We hope you find them useful.

Thank you for your support, Mrs Herne

Mrs Lowe and Mrs Bruno

5th November 2021

People who help us – At the supermarket

This week we have been:

Learning about what happens when you go to the supermarket. We have been roleplaying going to the shops, writing shopping lists, making fruit salad in the water tray, talking about the kinds of food we buy from the supermarket and reading a wide range of shopping stories. 

In maths this week we have been counting to 5 and back again using the 5 currant buns song. We have been making currant buns in the sand tray and singing the song using the props. We have also been looking at 1p coins and learning about the number 5 using number blocks. 

This week we have celebrating Diwali. We read the story about Rama and Sita and we all made our own divas! We used salt dough, paint and glitter and we put a candle in the middle. We hope you like them! Use this link to watch and listen to the story. https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/class-clips-video/religious-studies-ks1-the-hindu-story-of-rama-and-sita/zdtmnrd

This week we have also been learning about Guy Fawkes and firework/bonfire night. We learnt that the reason we celebrate firework night is to celebrate the life of King James 1. We have had fun making firework pictures using the pippets. 

This week we have been learning about being safe online.  We know that when we use a tablet or phone if something goes wrong or it doesn’t look right or something comes up, we need to stop and think and tell someone. 

Next week we will be:

  • Exploring people who help us at the post office.
  • Learning about the coins 1p/2p/5p.
  • Exploring long and short.
  • Learning about remembrance day.

Messages home:

As the weather is getting colder we are making sure the children do up their coats when we are outside. Please can you practise the fastenings on your children’s coat as it will make things easier when we are all going outside.

Please see the poster below if you wish to take part in our ‘Brighten your bag’ competition! Date to be confirmed!

Thank you for your support, Mrs Herne

Mrs Bruno and Mrs Lowe.

22nd October 2021

Investigations week

This week we have been:

Exploring Black History month by reading ‘Dream big little leader’. This book shows us many different jobs that were once dreams and became reality! We have linked this to our people who help us topic and explored some of the jobs around the class. We have been exploring how to fly using shaving foam and modes of air transport just like Bessie Coleman, we have been making our own toys using the playdough just like Augusta Savage, we have been exploring space and thinking about what it would be like to go to space just like Mae Jemison, we have been making our own magical stories just like Octavia E.Butler, we have been creating art work just like Alma Woodsey Thomas and in PE we have been running like Wilma Rudolph and throwing a javelin like Tessa Sanderson! Its been lots of fun!

We have also been learning about the number 4 and measuring using pennies. We had lots of fun trying to find pennies in the class and then lining them up. We counted to 10 6 times which meant we had 60 coins. We then explored measuring the children using pennies. 

We have also been finding ways to make a boat and make it float in the water. We found that we needed to use a plastic container and had fun making a sail for our boats!

We read two stories in RE this week. The first story is a story from the bible called ‘Feeding many people’. We enjoyed listening to the story and then sharing our own bread and fish together. The other one was a Buddhism story called ‘Where’s Buddha’. It explains that a buddha is everywhere you are just like God is everywhere we are. 

After half-term we will be:

  • Learning about the people who help us in the shops.
  • Exploring the Three Little pigs story.
  • Celebrating Diwali and Guy Fawkes.
  • Having fun with 5 currant buns.
  • Learning about being safe online.

Messages home:

As the weather is getting colder please make sure the children are bringing a warm coat to school everyday. Please practise putting it on, doing it up and taking it off as this will make it easier when they are at school.

Thank you for support, Mrs Herne

Mrs Lowe and Mrs Bruno

Have hope you have a relaxing break!

15th October 2021

People who help us – Medical

This week we have been:

Learning about the people who help us at the doctors, in the hospital and at the dentist. We have been pretending to be doctors and nurses, learning how to brush our teeth and practising how to wash the babies.

In phonics this week we have been exploring sounds that we make and can hear from musical instruments.

In maths this week we have been learning about the number 4 and practising how to write the numbers from 0-3. We have also been thinking about our favourite fruit and making a chart to show which fruit we like the best.

In RE this week we have been talking about our families and drawing picture of the people in our family. 

In science this week we have been exploring up and down. We watched Kit and Pup and then explored up and down in class. 

Next week we will be:

  • Exploring Black History through stories.
  • Exploring science in many different ways.
  • Learning about 1p and measuring.
  • Reading ‘Feeding many people’ in RE.

Thank you for your support, Mrs Herne

Mrs Lowe and Mrs Bruno

8th October 2021

Ourselves/People who help us – In school

This week we have been:
Learning about the people who help us in school and what they do. We read ‘Sam starts school’ and a non-fiction book about staff in a school. We have been drawing pictures and talking about the jobs they do. 

I maths we have been counting to 20 using the ten little bears with the big blocks and on the play dough table.
In RE this week we have been learning about St Cyprian and celebrating his name day. He was a very special person and was a big part of education, we are very lucky to have our school named after him. We hope you like the flower and find somewhere special to keep it safe.
In science this week we started exploring floating and sinking using the water tray. Can you explore floating and sinking at home, maybe at bath time?

Next week we will be:
– Learning about people who help us at the doctors and in hospitals.
– Learning about the number 3 and making a chart to show what our favourite fruit is.
– Talking about our families and who is in our family.
– Making sounds using instruments.

Messages home:
– Please continue to work on using the toilet at home. We are dealing with so many toilet accidents on a daily basis and our time should be spent on teaching and learning. The children are encouraged to go to the bathroom on their own pull their trousers/knickers/pants down and use the toilet. They then wash their hands and continue with their learning. Please reinforce this routine at home.
– Please also ensure that the children always bring their coat to school everyday.

Thank you for your support, Mrs Herne

Mrs Lowe and Mrs Bruno

1st October 2021

Ourselves – Getting to know you

This week we have been:

Thinking ourselves and the things we like. We have been making our favourite food on the playdough table, choosing our favourite toys from a catalogue and talking about our favourite things we like to do. We read ‘Things I like’ to help us.

In phonics this week we have continued to listen to sounds we hear around us.

In maths this week we focused on the number 1. We used numbers blocks ‘number 1’ and ‘another 1’ and made lots of sets of 1 items. What do you have 1 of at home?

In science this week we explored stop and start (go). We watched Kit and Pup and used the traffic light colours to help us. Can you explore start and stop at home?

In RE this week we have been learning about how God loves us and that he is always in our hearts. Please talk to the children about the necklace they took home, the cross represents God and we have his heart to show he loves us. We hope the children take care of the necklace and find a special place to keep it. 

We have also been learning about taking turns and sharing and what it means to share with others.  

Next week we will be:

  • Learning about the people who help6j-0/= us in school.
  • Exploring sounds we make using instruments.
  • Learning about the number 2 and counting to 10 using 10 in a bed.
  • Celebrating St Cyprians day.
  • Exploring floating and sinking.

Messages home:

  • Please encourage the children to draw/write/stick something in their home learning books and bring them in as often as you can! Please put them in the green basket outside in the morning.
  • We would also like the children to take home as many books as they can as its very important to read daily when possible. The books can also be changed daily just place them in the yellow basket outside in the morning.
  • Can you please make sure that the children bring a coat to school everyday! We do use outside whatever the weather so its very important to make sure the children’s coats are in school everyday.

Thank you for your support, Mrs Herne.

Mrs Lowe and Mrs Bruno

24th September 2021

Welcome to Thassos Nursery and to our class blog!

Now that the children are all in and settled we will use this blog to keep you updated with our learning from the

previous week and let you know what we will be learning during the following week.

This week we have been:

Reading the story ‘The Rainbow Fish’. We have been thinking about sharing and being kind and how nice it feels when we share with our friends. We have also been getting to know each other and learning the rules of the setting. We have been making our own rainbow fish at the creative table, at the playdough table and in the writing area. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFORvXhub28

In phonics this week we have been listening to the sounds we can hear around us. This will continue next week. 

In maths this week we have been singing 5 little ducks. We have been using the hand puppet, the interactive board and you tube to sing the song together. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZw9veQ76fo

In science this week we have been learning about full and empty with Kit and Pup. We have enjoyed exploring full and empty in the water tray!!

In RE this week we have learning how to make the sign of the cross when we take part in our morning prayers. 

Next week we will be:

  • Continuing with sharing and being kind.
  • Talking about what makes us happy and what we like.
  • Thinking about sounds we hear around us.
  • Learning and exploring number 1.
  • Exploring stop and start.
  • Learning about how God loves me.

Messages home:

  • Please come and speak to us if you have any questions!
  • If the children have done any home learning or reading at home please remember to put these in the baskets outside and we will check/change them during the morning.

Thank you your support, Mrs Herne

Mrs Lowe and Mrs Bruno