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Week ending 10th June 2022 

As many of the children told us about their Jubilee celebrations and seeing London on the television we decided to continue on a London theme this week. We looked at London landmarks and then practised our shape recognition making London buses, Big Ben and the London Eye. 
It was also World Ocean Day this week so we spoke about sea creatures and made some Jellyfish using recycled materials. We also displayed some great turn taking and coordination with a fishing game and Turtle balancing game. We read lots of ocean related stories including 'Commotion in the Ocean', 'Sharing a Shell' and 'Octopus' Garden'. At music time we listened to the 'Octopus' Garden' song and used scarves and ribbons to make the movements of the waves. 

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Week ending 27th May 2022 

t's been all about the Queen's Jubilee this week. The children decided they wanted to turn our role play area into a castle and helped us build and paint it.  We talked about castles and palaces and watched a video of the Queen's Guard parading through London. The children made decorations for our Jubilee tea party and had a go at making their own sandwiches.
They created some wonderful artwork for the Gunnislake Jubilee Art Exhibition which was inspired by Andy Warhol's Pop Art. They used lots of tools and objects to print the background including duplo, cars and leaves and then were tasked with selecting different colours to make an image of the Queen's head.

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Week ending 20th May 2022 

Week beginning 16th May 2022

This week we have enjoyed a construction themed tuff tray where the children were able to practise their fine motor skills by moving sand and rice from containers with small tools and utensils.
We continued our minibeast theme by digging for numbered ladybirds in the sand tray and then matching with the correct numeral. Using playdough we made lots of minibeasts including 'Superworms' and bees. The children voted to have a jungle themed small world area  where they enjoyed building dens for the animals.
Friday was 'World Bee Day' so we learnt lots about Bees and why there are so important. We also learnt a new Bee song and enjoyed our story of 'Bumblebear' which explores the theme of acceptance. 

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Week ending 13th May 2022 

It's been Mental Health Awareness week and we've had lots of fun in nursery building self-esteem and confidence in ourselves and our friends. We started by looking at our reflections in mirrors and spoke about what we saw and the qualities we like. It was lovely to hear the children talk about themselves in positive terms " I like my hair because it's so long" and "I like my eyelashes because I love them."
We then shifted the focus onto our friends and discussed why they were kind, what we like about them and what makes them a good friend.  The children complimented one another with such kind words and there were lots of happy faces.
We read a good selection of inspiring stories this week which promoted understanding, acceptance, friendship and self-confidence.  We explored some mindfulness with some Mindful Monster games such as Copy Cat and Wiggly Worm. 
Outside we took turns with lots of games and showed great control in the balance games. 
Our Green fingered children enjoyed weeding and preparing our flower beds and have been learning about growth and how we need to look after our plants. 
A few of the children said they wanted to make butterflies and were keen to learn more about them. They were inquisitive and asks lots of questions about their patterned wings, what time of year they come out and how they grow. We looked up lots of facts and spoke about their symmetry and they children followed instructions to make their own symmetrical butterflies.

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Week ending 6th May 2022 

Nursery started the week celebrating the Islamic religious festival of Eid. We watched a short Cbeebies video explaining about the festival and the children made comparisons to their own experiences and customs at home  - "We have tinsel at Christmas" and "We make curry at home."

We used playdough with beads and tiles to create our own Mendhi inspired designs. Outside we played an Eid matching card game to help the children's visual recognition and  build their vocabulary. At the craft table we made Ramadan Sun Catchers and watched how the sunlight made them glow bright against the windows. We also made paper collages sticking the shapes in position to copy an image of a Mosque.
Our story focus this week has been 'Superworm'. Once again, the children have impressed us with their ability to re tell large parts of the story independently and finishing off the repeated refrains. In the garden we showed our friends how we were strong and could move like worms and also made our own superworm puppets. 
Continuing our bug theme the children enjoyed a messy spaghetti  tuff tray and looked for bugs using our scooping tools. They also showed our their improvisation skills with the bug puppets in our mini theatre.
There was some fantastic team work and problem solving on display when the children initiated their own skittles game in the garden using the loose parts they found.

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Week ending 29th April 2022 

We've been enjoying the lovely weather this week and spent lots of time outside that has fit well with our garden theme . We started the week talking about what we already knew about gardens and what we can find in our own gardens. Lots of the children spoke about the minibeasts they see outside so we decided to make our own garden for our Spring display board. We started by making ladybirds which gave us an opportunity to practise our counting when drawing spots.
 We went on a bug hunt outdoors and also picked flowers and weeds and matched them on our identification sheets. With the dandelions we picked we made dandelion playdough. We crushed up cereal to make our own 'soil' and planted flowers in pots. 
Our story this week has been 'What the Ladybird Heard Next' and the children have done brilliantly recognising the rhyming words. We then pretended we were ladybirds and played a game of animal sounds bingo - we did some great listening and guessing, even guessing the sound of a walrus and a peacock! 

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Week ending 8th April 2022 

We enjoyed lots of Easter activities this week, starting with an Easter Egg hunt. The children worked well together to find the hidden eggs and carrots and showed us all how kind they are with many of the children sharing their eggs with their friends. 
We got crafty and made some lovely  Easter chick cards and egg decorations. When making these the children were able to practise their cutting, mark making and fine motor skills. In our tuff trays we explored the true meaning of Easter and played a game of Easter bunny skittles with some great coordination on display.
 We matched up quantities and numerals and also made some yummy Easter cakes. Again, the children were great at turn taking and were able to use some mathematical language when helping measure the ingredients. 

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Week ending 1st April 2022 

The school was treated to a lovely visit from the Fire Brigade this week and nursery were there to listen to a safety talk and have a look at the fire engine. We continued the Fire theme back inside by learning the words to 'London's Burning' and enjoying a fire engine themed tuff tray.
We used our balancing and coordination skills on the trim tram trail and enjoyed a Bird Watching themed role play area. We listened to different bird song from our RSPB soft toys and then went outside on a listening walk to see if we could hear them in the local environment.
We continued learning about the season of Spring and used our fingertips to make some Spring animal themed silhouette paintings.

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Week ending 25th March 2022 

We've been enjoying the glorious weather this week in nursery with some fun outdoor play. We've sorted toys by colour, worked together with our friends to complete puzzles and role played in our outside Garden Centre.
Indoors the children have two new role play areas to enjoy, a space theme and another Garden Centre which has encouraged some lovely engagement between the children  and great imaginative play. We've practised repeating patterns with pompoms and tweezers and made some lovely Mother's Day cards to take home.  

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Week ending 18th March 2022 

It's been Science week and we have looked at Growth in all forms. We watched a presentation about how we grow from babies, through to toddlers and children and then onto adulthood. The children had a great knowledge of what we can and can't do at each stage of growth with some excellent examples - "Babies can't talk!"  

We then had a turn of measuring one another on our height chart and even measured our toys to see which ones were the tallest and shortest. Outside we looked for signs of new growth and Spring. We also spoke about what we already knew about the season of Spring and enjoyed playing in our new spring role play area.
We looked at colour recognition and rainbows which tied in nicely with all our focus areas of the week, combining Spring, Science week and St Patricks Day. In our tuff tray we practised using tweezers to move gold coins to the pot at the end of the rainbow and we also took part in a science experiment using skittles to show colour mixing.

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