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Week ending 21st January 2022 

At the start of the new term we have been learning all about winter and what it means to us and the animals that live outside. We read a book called Winter Witch to help us to understand what we need to do to keep us warm on cold winter days.
Our daily story is ‘Owl Babies’ and the children are very good at remembering parts of the story. We have been learning our nursery rhyme “Snowflakes all around”. We have used the light board to practice our numbers and letters.
We made owls using real feathers and the children describe how they felt when they touch them. We made winter pictures out of tree silhouettes and using our finger or cotton wool buds to make white snowflakes. 

We had a visit to the wooded area, where we made bird nests and dens, also we did some foraging and collected leaves, twigs and foliage to make our ice pictures. We froze them over night and took them out side where we had great fun breaking them up using different tools and ideas. 

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Week ending 10th December 2021 

We've had a fun week in nursery playing in our new role play areas. The children enjoyed mark making in our Post Office and wrapping presents in Santa's workshop. We took a trip up the library to read Stickman and have also been learning about the true meaning of Christmas and exploring the nativity scene in our tuff tray. We've made Christmas hats and have been practising singing 'When Santa got stuck up the chimney'. Outside we've been focusing on balancing and searching for numbers in our environment.  

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Week ending 3rd December 2021 

Our theme this week has been Christmas trees and we have enjoyed reading 'The Christmas Pine' by Julia Donaldson. Our Christmas tree roleplay area has been a great place for the children to enjoy using their imaginations with winter woodland animals, as well as looking through festive books. 
We've had fun decorating our tree and used some of the branches to paint and print with. 
The children have been practising their fine motor skills by threading some snowman tree decorations and making Santa hats.  

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Week ending 26th November 2021 

We've continued our 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt' story focus and started the week  by sequencing the story and joining in with the phrases and actions. We then took a walk down to the woodland area where we acted out the story, stumble tripping through the forest and finally discovering a bear in a 'gloomy cave'. Inside the children were treated to a sensory tuff tray and character puppets which helped them re-tell the story. We then got creative making collages of the different landscapes that the characters walked through - the children particularly enjoyed jumping in muddle puddles to make the oozy mud one!
We also had a lovely surprise from the children of Seaton class who made us their own version of a 'That's Not My...' book. The nursery children loved looking at their pictures and were even able to predict some of the story from the drawings. 

 

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Week ending 19th November 2021 

As we have been celebrating 'Children in Need', it has been a 'bear themed' week in Nursery. We decorated Pudsey bears, matched compare bears with numbers, sorted bears into the correct sizes, listened to 'We're going on a bear hunt' and then made some 'swishy swishy' grass pictures. We explored textures in our 'Pudsey' crunchy tuff tray and also explored lemons - they were a bit sour to eat though! Finally, we made and decorated some Pudsey cupcakes and, best of all, we ate them- Yummy!

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Week ending 12th November 2021 

This week in nursery has been about Remembrance. We explored textures and colours in out poppy tuff tray and we worked together to make a big poppy field for the corridor outside the nursery- it was fun practicing our fine motor skills to paint spots on some of the poppies.We matched numbers with poppies and also had great fun playing with numbers in 'gloop'.We also made some colourful pictures by blowing paint bubbles!

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Week ending 5th November 2021 

We started the week learning about Bonfire night safety and role played how to safely handle sparklers. We used lots of paint and loose parts to make our own colourful firework displays, copying the patterns different fireworks make in the sky. Outside we got messy splatting paint to make a huge picture of a firework lit night sky. The children made Firework hats and have been learning the 'Five Little Fireworks ' counting song which they sang very energetically! We added a handprint bonfire to our Autumn roleplay and finished the week huddled around it with a special treat of hot chocolate.

For Diwali we watched a Cbeebies video explaining how people celebrate the Festival of Light. We then made some cardboard candles which the children customised in their favourite colours. They also had a go at some Rangoli inspired play dough and threading and created with some beautiful designs.

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Week ending 22nd October 2021 

Halloween arrived early in nursery this week and the children have enjoyed making potions in the Witch's Kitchen roleplay area. Our story focus this week has been 'Room on the Broom' and the children took part in lots of activities relating to the story, such as size ordering the characters and going on a hunt in the woodland area to look for the Witch's missing objects.

We made lots of craft too including magic wands with the sticks we found outside, potato masher spiders and also finished up some vegetables for our harvest display.
We also visited the outdoor classroom and the children drew what they could see outside in the pond area, including apparently a stingray!
If that wasn't enough we finished the week with a Halloween disco, biscuit decorating,  sensory messy pumpkin play, and some fun pumpkin and ghost games.

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Week ending 15th October 2021 

The children have had fun this week learning about harvesting vegetables and crops. They watched an episode of Cbeebies 'Down on the Farm' and were able to tell us about what they knew about farms, tractors and vegetables. We then made some tractor pictures using 2d paper shapes.
We've seen some great teamwork this week with children working together to make some car tracks and taking turns to complete jigsaw puzzles. 
They've also enjoyed some sensory play washing their princesses in the water tray and scooping up cinnamon scented oats. 

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Week ending 8th October 2021 

This week in nursery we have embraced Autumn and have learnt a new song 'Autumn Leaves are Falling Down' which the children love doing actions to!
The children have loved our indoor and outdoor farm shops and we have used vegetables and corks to paint an Autumnal trees. We've been on a hunt to look for different coloured leaves too.

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