This week we have been continuing our look at space. We made a solar system by covering different sized balloons covered in papier mache to represent the planets. We also found out lots more space facts by looking at the Expresso program on the computer. We found out that saturn was very cold and that it’s rings were full of rocks and ice. We also made aliens out of clay, lists for what we would take on a picnic to the moon and our letter of the the week was ‘F’.
As you can see below we have been perfecting our formation of the letter using pens and whiteboards.
The peas, beans. tomatoes and courgettes we planted are all thriving under the care of our eager gardeners. And during this spell of hot weather we remembered to take care of ourselves and drink lots of water.
As you can see writing does not always need to be with paper and pens. As well as writing on the whiteboards some of us made number lines and wrote our names with chalk in the garden.
We have had another look at 3D and 2D shapes and sorted them by ourselves!
If you are walking through the garden you may see that some of our hoarding has been removed and we are now able to see the last of the works being done to our new class. We are really looking forward to moving in within the next few weeks once the builders have completed their work.
This week in the nursery our topic has been space. We have been learning all about astronauts, rockets and the moon. we have looked at information books and watched videos of space launches on the interactive white board. In the garden we used ‘moon rocks’ to explore weight and after estimating with our hands we used scales to weigh them more accurately. Some of them were very heavy and others were lighter.
We used junk modelling materials to make some fantastic rockets and we thought they would need “lots of buttons to make them work”.
When using the tap tap boards, nails and hammers to make rockets we took extra care as they were sharp. We also noticed that if we dropped them we could use magnets to pick them up as they were “made of metal”.
On Wednesday we had a little diggers session with Mr David in the garden. He helped us to find lots of mini beasts under the logs and stones. We even found a stage beetles larvae. Mr David told us that it takes them four years burrowed in the ground to grow into a mature stag beetle!
The seeds we planted two weeks ago are beginning to grow and we used spades to fill the beds and prepare them for our plant out next week. We are most excited by our courgettes which have grown very quickly. If you are in the garden have a look at all the things we have planted they are amazing.
As our story this week was Mr Archimedes we decided to explore floating and sinking. We also re-enacted the bath Mr Archimedes had to see first hand how displacement happened. It was exciting to see how the water rose as more animals got into the bath, then how it sank as they were taken out.
To explore floating and sinking we tested lots of different materials to see if they would float or sink. To make it more interesting we predicted what we thought the outcome would be first. Some of us noticed that the things that were heavier sank, while those like the feather floated.
We have had lots to do in the garden this week tending the beans, peas and sunflower seeds we planted last week. We have begun to notice small shoots and roots appearing. We gave our strawberry plants water lots of water and planted new herbs in the herb garden. If you are in the garden you are very welcome to feel and smell them. We decided we liked the rosemary best.
We are hopeful that our building works will be completed soon, but while we wait for this to happen we are making good use of the space to add to the mural with our own designs!
Welcome back to the new term, we hope you all had a restful Easter break.
At the end of last term we said a sad goodbye to our ducklings. We had thoroughly enjoyed watching them hatch and grow.
We held and fed them and watching them swim in the water tray was delightful. They have now gone back to the farm in Norfolk when they came from so they can happily swim in the pond.
Our story this week was Jack and the beanstalk. Linked to this topic we planted beans and peas, used beans to count, add and subtract and made beans on toast.
We made a huge giant and a beanstalk for him to climb! As we knew the story well some of us wrote stories of our own. Junk modelling materials and lego were perfect to make castles.
The high temperatures encouraged us to talk about how much we needed to drink water to stay healthy and how water and sun were two of the key ingredients our beans would need to grow.
To keep us cool we made dens and turned our tuff trays into paddling pools. Lots of the children took the opportunity to count their toes as they splashed and wriggled them in the cool water.
Following the allocation of primary schools, which parents were informed of last week, if any parents or carers need support or advice regarding the place they have been allocated please speak to staff in reception. They can arrange for you to speak to Yvonne Humphrys from our outreach team who will be happy to help.
We have some very exciting news in the nursery today. Our duck eggs have begun to hatch with the first duckling making an appearance this morning.
Our topic this week has followed the theme of lifecycles and new life. This has included the lifecycles of humans. this has promoted lots of interesting discussions on how we grow from baby’s to children and then to adults and what we need to have to grow and be healthy.
Keeping to the farm theme we have been using farm animals to solve number problems, add groups of animals together in groups, take away and addition.
If you come into the class please check on the progress of the ducklings, you are more than welcome!
Can we please remind you to check the time of your parent consultation next week. we are looking forward to seeing you.
Due to technical problems with uploading pictures to our site we have been unable to put up any posts over the last three weeks. This is will hopefully be rectified in the next few days. In the mean time please talk to your key worker if you have any issues you would need support with and we will be happy to help.
Also we have some wonderful new visitors in the centre. On Monday we had some duck eggs and an incubator delivered and we are excitedly waiting to see them hatch. If you would like to have a look please come in, they are in classroom 2 .
Welcome back to all our children, parents and carers after the half term break.
This week the Chinese new year festival has been our theme. All the children have been saying hello in Chinese and had great fun using chopsticks in our restaurant and with noodle play .
We also made Chinese lanterns and drums. Some of us had a try at some chinese dancing. after watching some on the interactive white board.
Using garlic crushers to squeeze play dough through into wriggly noodles helped to strengthen the muscle in our fingers and hands to support our mark making.
The story of the Chinese new year involves a race between the different animals of the zodiac and this gave us an opportunity to explore ordinal numbers such as 1st, 2nd and 3rd. As well as taking part in races in the garden we also ordered the animals in the position they finished the race.
Next Thursday is world book day so we will be reading lots of stories written by the author Julia Donaldson. We will not be asking children to attend in fancy dress as we will be making props and masks together throughout the week.
If you have any favourite stories that you read with your child, please bring them in and we will share them with the children.
If you looked at our blog last week or have been into the class you may have seen the strange eggs we found in our garden. The children have enjoyed taking care of them for a week and were very eager to keep them warm in this cold weather.
We are happy to say that all that care and attention has been worth while and our eggs hatched to reveal three baby dinosaurs!
This week we have investigated size in many ways. We compared the size of our feet to that of a dinosaur by placing our shoes in a footprint. It took thirteen of our shoes to fill the dinosaurs!
Using rulers, tape measures and number lines we measured some dinosaur bones. It was so much fun we measured other things in the class such as the tables and chairs.
In our water tray we had some other interesting eggs, these were made of ice and we used hammers to free the dinosaurs trapped inside.
Dinosaurs also featured in our exploration of colour and what happens when we mix two together and to display in the class we used a wide range of materials to create some textured dinosaur footprints.
We would like to take the opportunity to wish you all a very happy half- term. We look forward to seeing you all on Monday 18th of February.
This week we made an amazing discovery in our garden. We found three unusual eggs! We made lots of predictions on what we thought would come out of them when they hatch and will take good care of them until this happens!
Our topic for the next two weeks is dinosaurs. We began to learn lots of interesting facts about what they were, what they ate and when they lived.
With paper mache we made a volcano to create a dinosaur world, next week we think it may erupt.
We also began a dinosaur display in class. We used collage materials to create a large scale dinosuar, watercolours to paint pictures and junk modelling to make our own dinosuars. We have begun to add these to the display so please come in and have a look.
Maths has also followed our dinosaur theme and we have made dinosaur repeating patterns, sorted dinosaurs and used pegs for dinosaur counting. This did not just help with our 1:1 counting but opening and closing the pegs helped develop the muscles in our fingers and hands we need to mark make.
Just a reminder that Friday the 9th of February is the last day of term for those children who are term time only. The first day of the new term is Monday the 19th of February at the usual time.