Thursday 2nd July 2015 - Nursery Sports Day. The children all had great fun and ran as fast as they could!
How far can you throw the beanbag?
The egg and spoon race!
Don't hold the egg!
Grab a beanbag and run back!
Racing over the hurdles!
The Mums and Dads had fun too while we watched them!
This week the judges came into school to decide which business was the best. The children from Nursery made us very proud, and were fabulous at answering the questions. Apparently it was very close between us and the winners! Well done Tasty Toasters!
Our 'Tasty Toast' week! We all worked very hard this week for our business. The children have really enjoyed making and selling the toast, and best of all most of us got to eat it too!
Getting the orders from the classes!
Lots of the teachers wanted toast too!
Hard work for us all!
Lots of butter to spread!
Sorting the money!
Counting the money!
The Grand Total!
Baby Robins! We were lucky enough to have a robin's nest on the wall outside our classroom window. We have watched as the Mum and Dad continually flew back and forth to feed the babies. This week we saw one of the babies take it's first flight. We took some photo's too!
We have been preparing for our business enterprise this week! We have made an advert for our Tasty Toast business.
We also made posters to advertise selling toast next week!
We painted pictures of Jack and the Beanstalk or the Giant on the iPads.
Today we decided to experiment and mixed cornflour and shaving foam together. The children loved the texture of it and some of the comments they made were... "It's soft". "It's squidgy". "It feels crumbly and crunchy and you can make a snowman with it". "I can squash it together". "It makes my hands feel smooth".
We have been learning all about the story of Jack and the Beanstalk.
We decided to see who was the tallest and shortest in our group! Then we ordered the group according to size!
We worked together to build a castle today, we even put a drainage system into it!
Celebrating St George's Day. We made flags, shields, cakes and sandwiches for our St George's Day Celebration. We have had a great time learning all about George and the Dragon. We have acted out the story and had a tea party outdoors!
George and the DragonWe are going to be celebrating St George's Day on Thursday 23rd April the children have really enjoyed sing along to this song, that tells the story.
Today we decide to vote on whether to draw a dragon that was green or a dragon that was red. The children who wanted a red dragon stood next to Mrs Duffy, and the children who wanted a green dragon stood next to Mrs Clarke. We then counted each group and decided which number was the biggest. The dragon with the highest number was the red dragon, so Mrs Duffy drew a red dragon. (It wasn't very good so the children decided to draw their own!)
We drew fabulous dragons, and then wrote about the dragon on 'wanted' posters. Look at how good we are getting at drawing and writing letter shapes!
Wow look at how our chicks have grown!
The children have been taking pictures of the chicks with the iPads. What do you think of them.
Chicks 1 and 2 have left the incubator today!
Watch our time lapse video of our second chick hatching today!
This week we have been making something very special for Mothers Day. We made a special grass head with love to say 'Happy Mothers Day!" We talked about what we need to grow plants and flowers too! We hope you all enjoy your Mothers day gift and have a great day with lots of special treats!
This week we have been learning ball skills in PE. We have been learning how to bounce, kick, and roll the ball. We chose a partner and played a game of rolling the ball to each other. When we were confident at rolling the ball a short distance, we moved back to make it even harder! We are also learning how to take our shoes, socks or tights and our jumpers or cardigans off. Some of us need a little more practise with dressing and undressing so maybe we can also try at home!
Today we had a surprise visitor...Farmer McDonald fromm Old McDonalds Farm. His hen had got out and Farmer McDonald said he had lost 6 eggs. We decided to help him find them.
I asked the children what they would like me to write our web page about Farmer McDonald and the lost eggs, this is what they said....
He asked if we can find the eggs.
His back and legs were hurting, they were 'killing' him!
The eggs were cold, we found them in the garden.
The farmer looked like a cowboy!
The farmer had to go, he needs to get the milk out of the cows!
The chickens are in the eggs.
We can make a nest for the eggs.
We need to put them in the oven (incubator)
Incubator keeps them nice and warm.
They will crack, the chicks will use their beaks, then they will escape.
We need to turn the eggs round 3 times (every day).
You all received our half-termly planning letter and parents information letter, today. Here are the electronic copies for you to look at anytime.
Practising our hairdressing skills! Appointments available by contacting Birches Green Nursery Hairdressers!
Valentine's Disco! We had so much fun!!
Today we had a visit from one of our parents. Racheal is a hairdresser, she has just opened a shop near school (Holly Lane). She came to show the children what she does as a hairdresser. Mrs Kaur had her hair cut, curled and put into a fabulous bun. Racheal asked us lots of questions and told us about keeping safe around scissors and hot curling tongs, straighteners and hair wands! We also talked about never cutting each others or our own hair!Thank you Racheal for sharing your work with us. Tomorrow we are going to have a try ourselves (but Mrs Kaur doesn't know that yet).
Wow look at how long Mrs Kaur's hair is!
The curlers felt prickly!
Racheal showed us lots of hair accessories.
After Mrs Kaur had her hair cut, she had it curled
Some of the children were chosen to pull the curl.
Then she had it put in a bun.
Racheal used lots of clips!
Racheal told us all about hairdressing.
Racheal combed Mrs Kaur's hair the wrong way!
Mrs Kaur looks beautiful with her new hair style!
We have learnt all about Goslings this week. Some of us painted a picture of a Gosling and some of us also wrote about what we had found out about Goslings.
As we have been learning about 2D shapes in Nursery this week, we would like you to find different shapes around your environment with your child. You can see if they can name them, count how many sides they have, how many corners they have, and you could also talk about the size of the
different shapes you see.
This week each group have also been learning about their group birds, Goslings or Chicks. They all know different facts about the birds, so ask them about it and see what they can remember. If you look at our pages on the website you will find PowerPoint presentations about the birds.
Thank you for your support
The Nursery Team
Finding out about Goslings! This week is 'Bird Week' at Birches Green, we will be looking at lots of different birds in particular Goslings! Click on the link to open a PowerPoint document about them.
Next week is bird week, we will be looking at lots of different birds, especially our group birds, Chicks and Goslings. This week we would like you to keep a special look our for different birds in your gardens or on your way to school. You could discuss what they look like e.g. colour, size, patterns, and features such as eyes, beaks etc.. Can you also talk about how the birds will get food if we get a snowfall?
The Nursery Team
The beginning of the week children have named our orange goldfish - "Sparkle". The children in the Goslings have been voting on the name for our orange and black fish. The name "Mimi" received 6 votes, the name "Golden" received 3 votes, the name "Maxi" also received 6 votes but the most popular name was Elsa!
Welcome to Elsa the fish!
This week we had a visit from Mrs Harvey’s dog called Bobby. The children
watched as he fetched a ball, asked questions about him and were told how
Mrs Harvey takes care of him. Can you talk to your children this week about
Bobby’s visit? You could ask them about what he looked like, what he was
doing and about the items Mrs Harvey showed us to help her look after him.
(Dog treats, brush, clippers, lead, collar, and dog bowl).
Remember to bring in a picture of your pet, or a pet you know, or a drawing, if you haven’t
Thank you for your support
Mrs Harvey's dog, Bobby, came to visit today. What did you learn about looking after a dog?
We had so much fun in the snow!
Mrs Wildman's Cat!
The children were asked questions about the cat.
Mrs Wildman told us how she cared for her.
We looked closely at the features on Poppy.
We asked Mrs Wildman different questions.
Our topic this term is ....... Can I have a Dog? Have a look at our topic letters, you will be receiving paper copies of them too.
We finished off our Autumn Term and Christmas celebrations with a wonderful pantomime. Ask your children what they enjoyed most about the pantomime!
Happy Christmas from all in the Nursery!
Santa came to see us! Have you been good?
Time to eat the sandwiches that we made! Thank you for sharing cakes, crisps, sausage rolls and biscuits!
We did some dancing and playing games!
Time to prepare our party food. We spread the butter, adding jam and put cheese spread on some of the sandwiches. Then we had to cut up the cheese into cubes.
We all had a lovely Christmas dinner today - thank you to all the cooks!
Here are the children who took part in our Christmas Nativity this year. Well done children your singing was lovely and we all enjoyed the actions you did to go with the songs.
Mary and Joseph
The beautiful choir of angels
The trusty Kings and their paiges
The hardworking shepherds
The animals from the stable
We have had a special visitor in Birches Green Infant School today. The Gosling group were very excited to meet him. We told him what we wanted and gave him our letters. We promised to be good girls and boys! Santa told us to leave some carrots for the reindeer and a mince pie for him!
Here is the song that we learn, to help the children remember the sound that 'a' makes in words.
Here is the song that we learn, to help the children remember the sound that 't' makes in words.
Here is the song that we learn, to help the children remember the sound that 'p' makes in words.
Children in Need
To support and raise money for 'Childen in Need', we dressed up as Superheroes and in other fabulous costumes.
See if you can borrow this book from the library!
The Blue BalloonThis week our learning is based around the story of The Blue Balloon, by Mick Inkpen. Hear is a link to the story on Youtube. Ask your child about what happens in the story. Can they retell some of the story in the correct order? Can they tell you what happens next? Look out for some of the activities we are doing.......
Welcome back! We hope you all had a good break. This week we are thinking about Bonfire Night. The children are learning a firework poem and making up their own verses. We will be painting firework pictures on paper and on the computer. And we have made firework sensory bottles- ask your child what we put in them!
We have been learning a Bonfire Night Poem.
On Bonfire Night at five o'clock,
I took my money to the firework shop.
I bought a Catherine wheel, it cost one pence!
I put my Catherine wheel on the garden fence.
And it went...
Whizz! Whizz! Whizz!
Ask your children to show you the actions we made up to go with this poem, and see if they can remember the next three verses. We will post a video of us saying it soon!
Firework SafetyWe are always teaching the children in our school about how to keep themselves safe. Here is an internet link to a story about Welephant the elephant who is learning how to stay safe on Bonfire Night. Try to read the story with your childre. We have also reminded them of the importance of ALWAYS holding an adults hand when you are out and about!
This week we would like you to encourage your child to talk about something they have done during the half-term holiday. It may be about a trip to the park, the shops, about visitors to your house, a celebration or playing with toys. You can also discuss the importance of keeping safe in particular with bonfire night ahead of us!
Remember to let us now what you have talked about with your child. You could write it down, tell us over Twitter or ask your child to tell us when they come to Nursery!
We look forward to lots of discussions!
This week we were talking about the importance of keeping healthy and clean. Edward's mummy showed the children how to care for a baby, by washing and changing her baby, Daniel. He was a credit to his mummy and made some lovely gurgling noises as she cared for him! Thank you Edward and Daniel's mummy for letting us watch!
We have been learning all about the importance of handwashing in Nursery, so this week we would like you to talk to your child about why and when they need to wash their hands.
We need to wash our hands :
before we eat
after we have been to the toilet
after touching animals
after you play
after you cough and sneeze
The children have also learnt a song about washing their hands (to the tune of Row, row, row your boat)...
Wash, wash your hands,
wash the nasty germs away,
if you don't, you might get ill,
and that would spoil your day!
Understanding the World. We have been learning about different times of the year and celebrations such as Eid and Harvest time. We are learning about Autumn and what happens to the plants, trees and weather.
Mehndi for our Eid celebration!
We are learning all about Autumn!
Reading in Nursery! We are learning how to hold the book in the correct way, turn pages, tell the story in our own words and make stories up from the pictures ourserlves! We are beginning to understand that writing means something and how a story is structured!
We read the story of Titch this week in the Nursery, which inspired us to talk all about size! We measured, counted and compared the size of lots of different objects and ourselves!
We read about Titch and his brother and sister!
We measured some of the items from the Titch story
We measured with cubes!
We counted how many cubes for each item!
We saw how tall we could build the cubes!
We measured ourselves using bricks.
We counted how many bricks tall we were!
We talked lots about height!
We used the words small, little, tall and big!
We recorded how many bricks tall we were!
We made marks for our name and numbers!
We even compared sizes when eating our carrots!
We compared the size of the spaghetti too!
Talking Tip for week beginning 13th October 2014
This week we would like you to discuss 'pairs' with your children. Maybe you could even ask them to sort and pair the socks from the washing this week! Can you talk about the patterns and colours on the socks? Maybe you could match shoes together! Can you talk about the size of the shoes?
Here are some tracing cards for you to download and practise with your children, they will help them to develop the control they need for writing in the near future. Remember to encourage them to hold the pen, pencil or crayon with a good 'tripod' grip (near the point, between two fingers and thumb!) To make it more fun try copying the patterns in sand, in soap suds in the bath or with a paint brush on a big roll of wall paper!
This week we are asking you to talk about who is the tallest and smallest in your family. It would be great if you could let us know what you have discussed, or as one of the children suggested, maybe your child could even draw the tallest members of your family and bring the pictures to us in Nursery.
To promote speaking and listening skills for the children in Nursery, we will be asking parents to take part in our 'Talking Tips' project. Each week we will give you a new 'Talking Tip', for you to talk about with your children.
This week, we would like you to talk about:
'What your child was like as a baby'
You can let us know by writing on the Twitter page or writing it on a piece of paper, which can be given to the adults in Nursery, or just come and tell us! Well done to the people who have already let us know what you have discussed!
At the beginning of next week you will receive our half termly Nursery Newsletter. On the reverse of the letter will be the curriculum plan, this shows the skills that will be focussing on this half term. We have added an electronic copy to this page for you to reference when needed. Please do not hesitate to talk to any of the Nursery staff if there is anything you are unsure of, or there is something you need to know. Thank you for your support, Mrs Duffy and Mrs Kaur.