Your group leaders are Mrs Wildman and Mrs Kaur. Mrs Wildman takes the Monkey Group, Mrs Kaur is the leader of the Elephant Group.
Check out our webpage as often as you can. We will regularly add photographs showing the skills we have learnt and the knowledge we have gained. Sometimes we will show examples of your child's work, as well as important curriculum information. Use our webpage to catch up with what the children have been doing so you can talk about it with them and support their learning at home.
We look forward to working closely with you all.
Now the weather is so nice the end of the week children enjoyed their sports day! Everyone had lots of fun and won lots of stickers.
Nursery Sports Day.Unfortunately the weather was not on our side but we went into the hall and had great fun. Sorry to all the parents who weren't able to come and watch - here are some photographs do you can see what we did. Who had the most stickers?
We have done our writing assessments this week. All of the children have made fantastic progress. Some of them are able to "distinguish between the different marks they make," -22-36 months. Other are able to "ascribe meanings to the marks as they draw and paint," - 30-50 months. Our more able children are "linking sounds to letters, naming and sounding letters of the alphabet," 40-60 months.
The hare said, "I will win the race!"
"Once upon a time there was a Hare."
The Tortoise and the Hare.
It is time to start practising for sports day! We were developing our physical skills as well as taking turns and working as a team. Come and watch our races on Tuesday afternoon, at 2.30pm or Friday afternoon at the same time.
Time to warm up.
We got the blood pumping around our bodies.
High five the next person.
Who is the winner?
Time to cool down!
Can you put on your own socks and shoes?
Our children are definitely ready for Reception class. They went to the big hall for their dinner, they were so sensible and really enjoyed their dinner. PSED - MFB - 40-60 - " is aware of boundaries and adapts to new situations."
Our New Topic. We will be learning all about how to keep ourselves fit and healthy so we can run very fast.
Dancing is a great way to keep fit and healthy. Our dance project is to learn the dance moves and put them into a dance for the school and our parents. Expressive Arts and Design - Being imaginative - 30-50.
WOW! "Lacey has finally given up her dummy. It has been 4 days and nights! Mommy and Daddy are so proud of her!"
Business Enterprise judging day! Some of our children talked to the judges about our business. Then we all went to the hall to hear the results!!!!! We won a special award for being amazing and making the most profit, we were all very happy!
Look at our display.
Talking to Mr Collinge.
We played while waiting for the judges.
Next Mr Emery spoke to us.
Michael announced the results.
We got an award for making the most money.
Bird Week - we are the Chicks class.
We are going to be learning all about our class bird
First we learnt about our chicks - their life cycle, what they eat and how they grow and lay eggs themselves.
Then we painted pictures of Chicks. We looked carefully at the pictures and thought about the colours we should use. Expressive Arts and Design - 30-50 or 40-60.
Next we thought about what we call the different parts of the Chicks body - head, feet, beak and wing. We practised listening for the sounds we could hear in these words. Some of our children were able to write some of the sounds when they were labeling their birds, others carefully copied the letters they saw. Literacy - 30-50 or 40-60
Here is the information letter and our skills topic web for the Summer 2 Term. Please ask a member of staff if there is anything you are unsure of. Thank you for your continued support - from all the Nursery staff.
We Would like to wish H.R.H Queen Elizabeth II a very Happy 90th Birthday!
Look how we have been celebrating.
We celebrated the Queen's 90th Birthday with a special picnic in the playground. We had great fun!
Look at the amazing crowns that we made at home.
Freya and Elliot chose to independently write letters to the Queen.
I love you - from Freya!
I love the Queen - from Elliot!
We looked carefully at the Union Jack flag! First we painted the English St George's Cross, then did the red diagonal lines for Wales, finally we added the blue triangles to remember Scotland.
We also looked at the Queen's head on our coins. Look at the beautiful representations we did! Expressive Arts and Design-Being Imaginative-30-50/40-60, Maths-Shape, Space and Measure-30-50/40-60.
Can you make a crown fit for a king or queen? Two children have already made theirs!
Nursery Milkshake Cafe
We are getting ready for our business next week. First we made a list of things we need. Then we wrote a letter to Mrs Ricketts, asking her to invest in our company. We designed posters, menus and order forms.
Writing a letter to Mrs Ricketts.
Please can we borrow £20?
From the Nursery.
Designing a menu, chocolate or strawberry?
We put the posters up around the school to advertise our company.
We ordered the milk and milkshake powder on www.asda.co.uk. Today the asda delivery man brought all the things we need to make milkshakes on Monday for our business enterprise!
We ordered the cheapest milk and milkshake powder.
The delivery man brought our order on Friday.
We came to help carry the shopping.
We looked inside the van.
Gary helped us carry the shopping, it was heavy.
We have been practising our advertisement! Wake-up, wake-up, give yourselves a shake up......at the Milkshake Cafe.
Monday. Our Nursery Milkshake Cafe team did a fantastic job! We are hoping they all come back for more tomorrow. What was your favourite flavour?
Mrs Wildman demonstrated how to make the milkshake
One carton of milk.
15 scoops of milkshake powder.
We all tasted the milkshake.
I like strawberry!
I like chocolate!
Welcome to the Milkshake Cafe!
Checking the orders.
Pouring the milkshakes into cups.
Counting out the cups.
Did you order strawberry or chocolate.
We enjoyed the music.
We are coming back tomorrow for more!
Chatting to the customers.
Sorting out the coins.
How many of each coin?
Cleaning up afterwards.
Washing up the cups.
Tuesday. We had a lot more visitors today. Don't forget we are here in our pop up cafe until Friday morning.
Measure the milk.
15 scoops of milkshake powder.
Count out the right number of cups.
Pour the milkshake into the cups.
Everyone is enjoying our drinks!
Time to get more milk out if the fridge.
Cleaning the cups ready for more milkshakes.
Would you like strawberry or chocolate?
Welcoming the customers.
Mrs Ricketts enjoyed the music and the milkshake.
There was lots of money to count from our business today. First we sorted the coins. Then we put them into £1 piles. Finally we counted how many pounds there were.
We paid Mrs Ricketts her £20 back!
Our orders for today.
Off to collect today's orders.
First we need milk.
Measuring the milkshake powder.
We need 21 cups on each tray.
Pouring out the milkshakes.
Serving our customers.
Strawberry or chocolate?
Our happy customers.
They keep coming back for more!
"They are good value and very tasty," said Lilly.
Washing up is very important!
Making sure the cups are clean.
Counting today's profits!
Sorting out all the coins from today.
We let our butterflies free today. It was fascinating to watch them find their way in the world. We are wondering if they will go and lay more eggs! Look out for them in the local area.
We planted some of our bean plants outside in our garden. We will need to water them every day.
Our beans have grown! Harrison wrote, " One magic bean. I planted it, put it in soil and watered it. Wait for hundred weeks and then it started to grow!" Now they are ready to go home and be planted out in the garden. Don't forget to keep watering them, and bring in the beans to show us when they have grown.
We have a baby butterfly! The teachers came in this morning to find dye on the side of the butterfly net! One butterfly has emerged from it's chrysalis!
Our first born butterfly.
We gave them fruit to eat.
Emerging from the chrysalis!
Mark making in the sunshine. Today we learnt all about the letter 'b', so we used chalk to write them on the playground. Literacy - Writing - 40-60 months.
We have transfered all of the chrysali into the nets. We are watching them carefully for signs of the butterflies coming out!
Today we jumped off the apparatus in the hall. We listened carefully to the safety rules. Physical Development - Health and self-care - shows understanding of safety when tackling new challenges, and considers and manages some risks - 40-60 months.
News Flash! Our caterpillars are getting ready to change into a chysalis! Watch this space!
They attach their tails to the top!
They curl up in a chrysalis shape!
We are watching them closely!
Join our Elmer challenge! Last year we decorated a Birches Green owl, and lots of our families searched Birmingham, high and low, to find all the owls. This year we have a book bench to decorate - all the money goes to the Birmingham Children's Hospital. We have decided to make ours an Elmer the elephant reading bench because this book is a favourite of all our children. Everyone in school will have the opportunity to paint one of the squares and get sponsored by friends and family to do so, to raise even more money for this well deserving charity. Come and join in the fun!
Our book bench
Do you remember our BGI owl?
We want to join in!
What a lovely place to read a book!
It is very comfortable!
We have been observing the caterpillars. We have had them for 2 weeks now and they are getting bigger and fatter, they must have been eating lots of food! They are starting to climb to the top of the jar now, so it is nearly time to change into a chrysalis!
Happy St Georges Day. We really enjoyed hearing about the patron saint of England, and watching the Year 1 children doing their English Country Dancing to celebrate this special day.
Today we improved our skill of 'jumping', we bent our knees, we glued our feet together and we used our arms to help us. Can you jump very high? Can you jump far? Can you jump along the floor?
She can jump a long way!
Who can jump the furthest?
He can jump along the floor!
Keep your feet together!
Bend your knees!
Wow! He can jump very high!
The caterpillars are growing because they are always eating. We have been observing them- Understanding The World - The World - can talk about things they have observed such as plants, animals, natural and found objects. - 30-50 months. Looks closely at similarities, differences, patterns and change - 40-60 months.
Our new P.E. unit involves finding different ways of moving on the apparatus. We started with exploring different ways of moving on the floor, crawling, running, skipping, jumping. This is included in the Physical Develop section of Developmental Matters. We are assessed at 30-50 months if ...*moves freely and with pleasure and confidence in a range of ways, or 40-60 months if ... *experiments with different ways of moving.How do you think we are doing? At the end of the topic we will be assessed again to see how our physical skills have developed.
Our topic this term is called 'I Wish I Had Wings'. This week we would like you to talk to your child about different creatures that have wings. Try to spot as many as you can, and see if you can name them. Can your child draw some of them? Bring the drawings into Nursery and we will put them on our topic display. (If you would like some paper to do this on, please ask in Nursery and we will provide you with some).
Thank you for your support
Our topic this half term is...... "I Wish I had Wings!" Here is our planning web for the next 7 weeks and a Parent Letter to give you important information. Please ask a member of the Nursery staff if you have any questions. Thank you for your continued support - from the Nursery team.
WOW! We received a box in the post today! What is it? What shall we do?
The children decided we needed to open the box! Inside there were two tubs. When we looked closely there were some very small things in there. Someone thought they were worms, but we could see they had legs! Skylar thinks they might be caterpillars, but they are very small!
The children have been observing and exploring with magnifying glasses. We need to know how small they are so we can see when they have grown!
"They are eating!They will get bigger and bigger!"
"I can count the legs when I look through this!"
"They are caterpillars!"
The food "it looks like sand."
"It' climbing to the top!"
Our children performed 'Chick, Chick, Chick, Chick, Chicken' for our Easter performance in the playground today. They sang the song confidently and wore their hats with pride.
We've had a visitor! He left his footprints and some cornflakes, chocolate and eggs! What shall we do with theses ingredients?
We had great fun making cornflake cakes this morning.
We make sure we had washed our hands.
We broke up the chocolate into smaller pieces.
Mrs Wildman melted the chocolate safely.
Now it is time to mix in the cornflakes.
We put two spoons of mix into our cake cases.
Then we added two chocolate eggs each.
Time to wash up all the messy bowls.
Finally we dried everything.
Happy Easter from all of the Chicks class!
Step It Up for Sports Relief 2016. Thank you to everyone who took part in this fundraising this morning and came to school dressed in their red and sports clothes.
Discovering Dinosaur Eggs!
We were delighted to find some eggs in the Nursery
We opened them up and found some dinosaurs!
WOW! Georgia's Mum said, "She is starting to sound out her words. She is actually doing really well! Impressed!"
We all had a lovely time watching Year 2 performing their Irish dance for St Patrick's day. We then had a go at doing some Irish dancing ourselves in the hall during our PE lesson.
Did you know that some dinosaurs were vegetarians? We have been printing with different fruit and vegetables. This has covered various areas of the curriculum. We developed our physical skills from manipulating the paint brushes and printing with the objects. Learning how fruit and vegetables are good for us is part of physical development as well. Creating a colourful picture with skill is Expressive Art an Design, recognising colours, talking about textures and creating a finished product.
Can you tell the fruit and vegetables we used?
We looked at pictures of different fruit and vegetables, then we sorted them. The T-Rex would eat the meat and the Diplodocus would eat the fruit and vegetables. We need to eat food that give us protein and foods that give us vitamins to stary healthy. Physical Development - Health and Self-Care 40-60.
Happy St David's Day to all our Welsh friends and families!
This year we are all learning a special Wake-up Shake-up for Sports Relief on Friday 18th March. Learn the song and dance then come and join in with us in the playground before school.
The beginning of the week children celebrated World Book Day with bedtime stories and hot chocolate. Literacy - Reading - Has some favourite stories (22-36)
Our End of the Week children celebrated World Book too!
This week we have been developing our kicking skills. We had to make sure we only used our feet and we stayed in control of the ball just like the footballers we see on the television. Physical Development - Moving and Handling - 22-36/30-50
We can put on our own shoes! Can you? Now we need to learn to put on our own jumpers! Physical Development - Health and Self-Care - ELG, "they managetheir own personal needs successfully, including dressing."
WOW! "Georgia Jones can count backwards from 10 with great ease. UV. impressed!" Thank you Mum for letting us know.
NEWS FLASH! We found a bone in the Nursery garden. What is it? Where has it come from? Are there any more?
Digging, investigating our dinosaur bones! There were lots of cross curricular links with this activity. We used our Communication and L.anguage, Physical Development, Understanding the World and Personal, Social and Social Development skills
"We found one....a bone!"
"I think it is a dinosaur bone!"
"I found something! It is very hard!"
"We can't dig it out! It's big!"
"A dinosur bone!"
"Looks like a dinosaur's foot because it's a big!"
"It's very massive, it's a dinosaur bone!"
"It looks a bit like a fish!"
"Looks like a fish or a crocodile!"
"I think I can feel something!"
What Was the Biggest Dinosaur?
We think it might be a dinosaur bone, so we have decided to learn all about dinosaurs and when they lived!
Small world play - making up dinosaur stories!
Using tools to dig for dinosaur bones!
How many bones did you find?
Look what I dug up in the soil!
Making things for our pre-historic role-play area.
This week we have been looking at numbers and copying them or writing them. We would like you to look for numbers all around you, on the door, cars, telephones, remote control, buses etc.. You could play a game of spot the number where you say a number and your child has to try to find it around them. It would be great if you could encourage your child to make marks for numbers or write the numbers they see.
The Nursery Team
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We watched the story of Noah's Ark because Christians believe that God sent the first rainbow as a promise to his people. Understanding the World - People and Communities - 30-50 - "Recognises and describes special times or events for family or friends."
Mia - "God sent the rainbow!"
Elisabeth - "It was raining and sunny!"
Georgia - "The boat. Two bats. Two giraffes."
Time to party at our St Valentines Day Disco. We danced, we decorated biscuits and we made cards. Understanding the World - People and Communities - 30-50, recognises and describes special times or events for family and friends.
Pancake (Shrove) Tuesday
We learnt about Pancake Day today. The tradition started hundreds of years ago. It is the day before the beginning of the Christian period of Lent. People fasted in the run up to Easter, so the day before they used up all their eggs, flour and milk - pancake mix. One woman was making pancakes when she heard the church bells ringing. Realising she was late she rushed out of the house with her pan still in her hand. This was the first pancake race.
This is all part of understanding about how other people celebrate their traditions. UW-PC-30-50
Our beginning of the week children enjoyed a Valentines disco this afternoon. We started with One Direction and finished with a singalong of 'Let it go', from Frozen.
Rainbow Fun. We had to draw maps today, to tell the Leprechaun where to find the treasure.
This is what Mrs Wildman's map was like.
Yesterday we talked about Chinese New Year. We have been making noodles in our Chinese role-play area, Myles wanted to charge £39 for some noodles, I hope they are tasty! UW-PC-30-50, recognises and describes special times or events for family or friends.
Can you see the rainbow? We looked at bubbles and CDs in the sunshine to try and find the rainbows. UW-TW-30-50, Talks about things happen and how things work.
Numberwork. The children are aware of all the numbers around us in our environment. We have been talking about why we need numbers - to find our friends houses, to ring people and to catch the right bus. Today we tried writing some of the numbers we know. 'notices numbers in the environment' - M-N-22-36, 'begins to represent numbers' - M-N-30-50.
How Many Colours in a Rainbow? We have been exploring this question all this half term. Today the Leprechaun came to ask us to draw and paint some rainbows for him - here are a few of them! EAD - BI - 30-50/40-60.
WOW! Skylar got herself dressed in her uniform all by herself. Well done Skylar!
This week the leprechaun needs to finish his rainbow with two different shades of purple - indigo and violet! We can't find these colours anywhere so we have decided to make them. The little Irish man left us instructions for making purple and it was a fantastic experiment. Then we used red and blue handprints to make purple ones. Ask you child what they did!
Paint one hand red and the other one blue!
....one hand blue!
One red hand.......
Rub your hands together to make purple.
Print a handrprint onto a piece of paper.
Do lots and handprints.
In P.E. today the children took off their shoes and socks for the first time. Try to encourage them to do this independently at home so they are able to do it for themselves at school. We then used beanbags to start to develop our throwing and catching skills.
Teamwork! This morning the children were working really well together. They were building together, talking and sharing.
Parent Week. One of the Dads from our class is a P.E. teacher at a Secondary School in Birmingham. He came in, today, to tell us about his job and teach us. We learnt some throwing and catching skills and played a game. Thank you for coming in.
Our P.E. teacher for today!
We learnt how to hold a rugby ball.
We threw the ball to our team mates.
We learnt how to do the Haka!
Last week in Nursery, we had contact from an alien who wants to know everything about earth. We looked at some different objects. We described the objects for the alien and told him what they were used for. Can you find some objects around your house and ask your child to describe them for our alien? Can you ask them to say what the objects are used for? Thank you, we look forward to hearing your child's responders.
WOW! Alexcia's Nanny says, "she got herself dressed all by herself, ready to go and see Daddy." Well done Alexcia!
Today a catastrophe happened in the Nursery! We went for a ride in our space rocket and it crashed! we ended up in the sea, and found a rowing boat. We have been having lots of adventures in our boat.
Sailing across the ocean.
Look at our sail.
Writing in the 'ships log'.
Explaining all about our adventures...
...and drawing pictures.
In PE today we have been practising ball handling skills. We started with beanbags. We practised controlling the beanbags, then we played a game with them. Finally we were really good at putting our own shoes and socks!
This week we had a visitor to Nursery who, as you may have been told, made lots of mess. It was Larry the Leprechaun, he was looking for red things. The children have used their imagination to fly in a spaceship to the planet Mars to find some red dust for him. We would like you to bring in lots of red pieces of paper, sweet wrappers, card or whatever you can find. We hear that he may also want yellow and orange next week, so if you could find any of those colours we would like you to bring them in too.
Thank you for your support
The Nursery Team
Fine Motor control - we are always finding ways to help improve the children's fine motor control. This week we have a variety of coloured beans, red, yellow, orange and green. They children have enjoyed manipulating them, sorting them and mixing them up again.
5, 4, 3, 2, 1, BLAST OFF! We have been naming simple shapes and using them to make pictures of space rockets, to blast off into space!
Don't forget to keep telling us about the WOW things the children do at home. Sometimes they learn new skills at school, but have the confidence to practise them at home - we need you to tell us about it!
When astronauts go to space they do lots of experiements. Today we have been exploring what happens when you mix yellow and red water. What do you think will happen?
On Monday morning we do P.E. and learn new letter sounds. This week is the letter 'n'. Look at the different ways we have been practising to write it.
Writing in sand with paint brushes.
Drawing on paper.
Painting with different colours.
Using our fingers on the whiteboard.
White board pens on the whiteboard.
WOW! A naughty leprechaun came to our Nursery today! He made a big mess because he was looking for a red planet. Freya knew where the planet was, she had seen it from the window of our Spaceship. We are now developing our spaceship so we can go and explore the red planet.
Look at the mess the leprechaun made.
He was looking for a big red planet.
We looked out of the window of our spaceship!
Nagivating the spaceship.
Maintaining the spaceship.
Checking the star map!
More spaceship fun!
Writing labels for our roleplay area.
Drawing a spaceman.
Composing space music.
Space walking with a friend.
We are going on a colour hunt - this week it is the colour red!
We had a fabulous pantomime this morning. A cast of 3 people came to our school to tell us the story of Dick Whittington. Everyone had great fun.
Waiting in anticpation!
This is Dick Whittington.
He found a cat and called him Tom.
Whittington fell in love with Alice.
This is Alice's Mum!
One of our children had to go and help!
He had to guard the parcel!
End of the week party! Meeting Santa, dancing and games!
Scrummy Party Food!
Our End of the Week children have great fun preparing all the food for our party this afternoon. They used lots of different skills and talked about healthy and unhealthy foods that we can eat as a treat at this time of year.
Time to PARTY! Everyone had a great time!
It is party day for our beginning of the week children. We spent the morning preparing a range of healthy foods to go with our treats. We practised using knifes to spread and chop. PD-MH-30-50. We washed our hands and wore aprons to control the germs! PD-HSC-30-50
Now it's time for jam!
Cutting them in half.
Chopping the cheese squares!
Time to wash up!
Impy Elf brought us some very special, magic reindeer food today. You sprinkle it outside you house on Christmas eve and it Santa and his helpers a magic path to follow to our houses!
Our beginning of the week children had their special Christmas dinner today.
Thank you to all the cooks, we enjoyed our Christmas dinner today.
We had turkey or quorn turkey.
There were sprouts and carrots....
...roast potatoes and stuffing!
Finally we had gravy on our dinner.
For pudding there were Christmas tree biscuits.
We had a lovely dinner - thank you!
Impy Elf climbed up the ladder of the fire engine to keep an eye on us! We wrote to Santa again, to tell him what Impy has been doing.
The children said....
"He was climbing up the ladder!"
The Grumpy Innkeeper - the children have been retelling the First Christmas story from our Nativity play. Literacy - Reading - Joins in with repeated refrains and anticipates key events and phrases in rhymes and stories - 30-50 months. Understanding the World - People and Communities-enjoys joining in with family customs and routines - 40-60 months.
"The three Kings looking for the baby."
"Mary and Joseph knocked on the door!"
"There was a choir of angels."
"Mary and Joseph knocked on the door."
"They were looking for somewhere to sleep."
The Innkeeper was very Happy, he called his...
...friends to celebrate the birth of baby Jesus!"
We have completed our art assessments today. The children were asked to draw a member of their family. It is then possible to assess their progress in Moving and Handling - their pencil hold and control, Being Imginative - whether they are drawing a recognisable figure and Writing - are they ascribing meaning to their marks (can they tell me what they have drawn). Look at what some of them have achieved!
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The Letterman family came to sing to us and tell us a Christmas message today. Our Nursery children haven't been to assembly before, the adapted to this new situation really sensibly. PSED - MFB - 30-50.
The Elf on the Shelf wrote us a Christmas message and taped himself to the door! He forgot to put the lids back on the pens!!!!! Isabelle wrote, on the ipad, "Dear Santa, the Elf is hanging up on the door!" Ebony said, "...because he jumped out of his box!"
We thought you might like to share our Nativity story with your children, at home, after you have seen our performances. The children enjoyed retelling the story and singing songs.
Santa sent his Impy Elf to keep an eye on us! Look where we found him this morning! We are writing emails to Santa to tell him what Impy is getting up to! The children were using technology and ascribing meanings to their marks.
Look where we found Impy Elf!
"Santa said the elf will be in Nursery all day!"
"Your elf is hanging up in Nursery!"
Our children have been working hard in the post office this morning, helping Santa to get ready for Christmas! We used lots of maths skills, counting, number recognition, writing numbers and measuring.