Class Blog for Nursery

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This week in Nursery 12th July 2021  

In nursery this week we have been practising for Sports Week, demonstrating great balance and coordination. The children have worked really hard making some sea creature and ice cream themed paintings for the Gunnislake Art Exhibition. To keep cool in the heat Mrs Symons picked some herbs and flowers from her garden and froze them in giant ice cubes, which we chipped away at to explore the smells and textures. We've enjoyed the sunshine and the children loved our Ice Cream parlour role play. Finally, in preparation for our nursery leavers we've read some lovely stories about starting school.

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This week in Nursery 5th July 2021  

With the summer holidays fast approaching (and hopefully some nicer weather!) we have been reminding the children how to keep safe in the sun. Talking about people who help us, we've learnt about lifeguards and lifeboats and what a great job they do to help keep us safe.

We've read 'What the Ladybird heard at the Seaside' and identified lots more rhyming words.
The children have been keeping fit and showing great co-ordination joining in some dancing with Jump Start Johnny. Following on the sporting theme, they've also enjoyed a Euro 2020 football tuff tray and designed their own football kits. We explored colour mixing and shapes by making some marble effect ice creams.

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This week in Nursery 28th June 2021  

We've continued to explore our sea creature theme and the children choose their best sea creatures by selecting their name and placing it on their favourite. We then recorded how many  children liked which creature and found out that Sharks are the nursery favourite!

We've read 'Sharing A Shell' and spoke about kindness and sharing and some of the children were able to identify the rhyming words. We set up a rock pool in our water tray with real seaweed and we enjoyed feeling all the different textures. We've also decorated sea creatures creating different effects by printing with different objects such as corks, cotton reels and cotton buds. 


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This week in Nursery 21st June 2021  

Summer has arrived in nursery with our beach role play area. The children have loved dressing up and pretending they have been at the seaside and sharing their experiences about their own beach trips. 

We've read sea related books such as 'Tiddler' and 'The Snail and the Whale' and have explored the world of sea creatures. We were amazed by the fabulous vocabulary used by the children to describe what they saw when we looked at pictures of rock pools and sea life, such as' Tentacles' and 'Anemones'. The children worked together in groups to correctly identify objects that can be found in rock pools and also helped remove plastic pollution from our water tray.
For our maths focus we've used 2D shapes to make sea animals and also sorted shells into different categories such as spikey, spotty and shiny. We got artistic and made some lovely sea turtles which the children named and then used them at props in an underwater scene. 
Finally, we continued learning about how to cut down on pollution by sorting everyday waste into different recycling bins.

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This week in Nursery 14th June 2021  

This week we have continued to learn how we can re-use and recycle everyday objects. We have had great fun making a cardboard box house and a boat which we then pretended to row down the River Tamar. We role played in our recycling centre and sorted rubbish into recycling bins. We've read books such as 'Change Starts with Us' which explores the small changes we can make to help save our planet,  and 'Why Should I Recycle?' which gave us a great opportunity for the children to share their own experiences with recycling at home.
Outdoors with had fun chipping away at sea creatures trapped in large ice blocks and learnt how the heat from the sun helped it melt away.
With Father's Day approaching we read 'My Daddy' and spoke about why our daddies or other family members were so special to us and made some Superhero cards using hand and foot prints.


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This week in Nursery 7th June 2021  

It's been a short week but a busy one in nursery. We've been exploring how we can look after our planet and have focused on reusing and recycling as well as learning about how we can protect our animals. To support this we read books such as 'Recycling Fun' and 'Look After Us' which is a lovely Rod Campbell book about endangered animals.
We have also been working on our colour recognition by sorting small teddy bears into colour coordinated pots and also looked at what happens when we mix colours. Outside we used different colour science viewers to see what colours we could make.  We then used recyclable materials such as squirty soap dispensers and bubble wrap to mix colours creating a giant piece of artwork.
There was lots of birthday party fun too with some energetic pinata whacking!

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This week in Nursery 25th May 2021 

For our topic this week we have further explored Cornwall. We took turns stirring our scone mixture then enjoyed a Cornish cream tea for snack. We then made some engine houses from cardboard boxes and kitchen rolls.

Our story focus this week was The Gingerbread Man and the children enjoyed listening to different versions of the story including the Gingerbread Girl. They did a great job at joining in with the repeated refrains and sequencing the story using picture cards. We made Gingerbread collages and talked about the shapes and colours we used to decorate them.
Practising our counting we joined in with the nursery rhyme 5 Little Ducks and also showed great perseverance when trying to hook the ducks from the water tray.
Now that the sun has finally made an appearance, we have also been discussing about how we can keep safe in the sun.

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This week in Nursery 17th May 2021 

This week in nursery we've been exploring the story of Jack and the Beanstalk and have used small characters to re-enact the story in our puppet theatre. We've also read 'Fee, Fi, Fo ,Fum!' and 'Jill and the Beanstalk' which allowed us to discuss the similarities in the stories. To help our understanding of the world we then planted some beans in a bag and sequenced the lifecycle of a bean. We are looking forward to watching them grow over the coming weeks.


For our topic, we've learnt about our local mining history and talked about the mine buildings around the area and what materials were mined. We discussed how the miners would eat pasties with both sweet and savoury fillings. The children then designed their own - we had some lovely combinations including Strawberry & Green Beans and Spaghetti & Ice Cream pasties! 

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This week in Nursery 10th May 2021 

This week has been the Muslim festival of Eid and we've had lots of activities to help us learn how other religions celebrate. We have made colourful Mosques and star and moon mobiles.
We've had fun using small handled tools to move water beads from one container to another. 
For Children's Mental Health week we have been reading 'The Colour Monster' and discussed how different colours can represent how we feel. We've also been busy learning a new 'days of the week' song.

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This week in Nursery 4th May 2021 

This week in Nursery we have focused on manners and how to be respectful. To support this we've read the books, "Why Should I?" and "Mind your manners" and learnt a new 'Please and Thank you' song. For our topic- 'Where we live' , we've looked further afield to the coast and explored lighthouses. The children have also created some wonderful masterpieces with paint and daisies.

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