Week Ending 30th June

Wow what an amazing sports day we had this morning. The children all displayed the Holme Grange Way as they participated in their races on the athletics field. Great displays of sportsmanship as the children were proud of their individual achievements. Parents you were amazing we certainly saw some running talents that had been hidden until today!

The children have impressed the Reception teachers with their transition visits and a positive attitude has been seen as they prepare to leave us.

Final visit is on Monday when the children will be placed in their new classes, don’t forget there are parent meetings for you too.

Here in Little Grange we have been welcoming our new entrants for September, we are delighted that Little Grange is full for the next academic year and a waiting list is now in place.

Term ends for many of our children on Wednesday for those attending Speech Day we will bid you goodbye on Thursday. Please not the day ends at 4pm and there is no after school care.

 

Week Ending 23rd June 2017

The highlight of the week for the children was the special visitors that arrived on Friday morning.

Mrs Palmer came to help us learn more about animals. Scout Lauren’s dog came to visit us. He is nine months old and was very well behaved and Scout was kept on his lead. Mrs Palmer explained that some foods that we eat are very bad for cats and dogs, we know that we should not give our pets onions, sweet corn, chocolate, milk or grapes as these foods make cats and dogs very poorly.
Mrs Palmer showed us how dogs teeth need to be cleaned with chicken flavour tooth paste!
Ann brought some special visitors we met a tortoise and a corn snake. The corn snake had shed its skin and Ann brought the shed skin for the children to handle if they chose to. The tortoise was very friendly and many of the children were keen to feel his shell. The corn snake was enjoying the warmth of the nursery and was very lively! The children were able to stroke the snakes tail and feel how dry he felt.
We all learned lots of new facts today. Thank you Mrs Palmer and Ann for a wonderful morning.

Week Ending 16th June

Our week ended on a high with our BachtoBaby concert. The children were fascinated by the harp and the flute and they enjoyed listening to a range of different pieces. There were also opportunities for the children to dance and move to different tempos of music.

Creative focused learning and mark making was a very special one this week as the children created cards and wrote a message to a very special person in their lives! I hope there will be some very happy dads tomorrow!

Communication, Language and Literacy

Animal stories enchanted the children this week with a range of books featuring animals from a variety of countries.

Mathematics

Technology was at the forefront of learning this week as the children used their mathematical language to work out how to move and program the Bluebot to different locations.

Understanding the World.

The children explored and found out about animals that live in the jungle. The interactive whiteboard and internet allowed the children to see birds and animals living in their natural habitats.

Forest School

Thank you to all the parents who came to experience forest School first hand over the past two weeks. I do hope you all now understand what an amazing opportunity forest School provides for your chikdren.

 

 

 

 

Week Commencing 5th June

Our new topic on animals has been launched this week and the children are very excited. Our visit to Birdworld definitely proved a great starting point and many children have remembered lots of information from the visit .

Communication , Language and Literacy.

We have been investigating how stories become books to share. The children have looked first at the story of the Gruffalo through our story bag. We were able to find all the characters inside the story sack. We then looked at some story picture cards and sorted them into characters, places and objects, these were then used to create a group story. Finally the children made up and retold their own stories.

Mathematics

Numicon maths was the focus this week. The children used pegs to count objects in a big picture. Some children were able to record their findings whilst others created addition sums.

Expressive Art and Design

Beautiful model animals began to take shape as the children worked with play dough. Fingers worked hard as the dough was squashed, squeezed, pulled and shaped.

Understanding the World

The children learned about butterflies through art, they created folded symmetrical pictures and then took a print. This formed the basis for a discussion about the parts of a butterfly.

Mark Making

Cursive writing continues to be the main focus as many children are working towards their move to Reception. The children wrote the names of their favourite animals whilst some children focused on developing their pencil control and grip.

Cooking

The children have been using rice cakes or crackers to create animal faces by creating the animal features with fruits.

Thank you to all the parents who have attended forest school sessions this week, I think it is safe to say you all had an amazing experience!

Don’t forget the school fete tomorrow at 12 noon .

 

 

Week of 22nd May

This week sees the last week on our topic Colours. They children have experienced various teacher led activities exploring colour in many different ways. This weeks focused learning activities have been…..

 to use the unifex to decide whether the children had chosen a light or dark colour and compared with their friends.

 To discuss the different colours animals are.

 The children enjoyed a wonderful story “What the ladybird heard next” which involved learning rhyming strings.

 The children all practised writing their name in the cursive style or worked on writing rhyming words.

  The children were focusing on their hemisphere writing  skills of certain letters remembering that all letters start from the grass.

 The children have learned about Piet Mondrian, one of the founders of the Dutch modern movement De Stijl.  The children looked at some of his best known work where he made use of rectangles and lines with bright colours of red, blue and yellow.

 

 

Week Commencing 15th May

This week the children have been engaged in the following activities in their focused learning activities.

Communication and Language

Songs and rhymes based around colours have been enjoyed, What’s your favourite colour? Is a delightful song and the children have enjoyed adding their own colour and object to sing about.

Mathematics

The rainbow game has engaged the children in collecting items representing the 7 colours of the rainbow. Using  their numeracy skills the children have talked about the quantity of objects collected before comparing this with their peers.

Expressive Art and Design

Elmer the Elephant has been the focus of the activity this week. Children were provided with an outline of Elmer and then provided with a choice of colourful tissue papers. Scissors were provided to challenge children to cut out their own colour squares, whilst coloured squares were available for those who still find cutting a little tricky.  We saw many colourful patchwork elephants in nursery this week.

Understanding the World

The bubble lamp in our sensory room provided the focus as the children watched the water changing colour. ” How and why does the water change colour ?” was presented as a challenge.

The children were then provided with torches to experiment with, only a white light could be created. A selection of colour paddles and coloured cellophane were then made available for the children to experiment with. Great excitement was had as the children worked out how to create coloured light!

Literacy and Mark Making

Children have been encouraged to use cursive writing to scribe colour names either independently or with some support.

IT

The use of the CD player, cameras and iPads have given the children the opportunity to learn new skills or to develop confidence in independently using the equipment.

Outing to Birdworld

A reminder that next Friday we are off to Birdworld and a packed lunch is required. There are still some availability for any parent who would like to accompany us and help with outing. Parents will meet us at Birdworld at about 10 am, parents are welcome to take their son or daughter directly home from Birdworld if it is more convenient.

Week Commencing May 8th 2017

Outing to Birdworld

Please note that a letter has been sent out this week explaining all about our trip.

Invitation to Forest School

Please respond to the invitation if you would like to join us on Tapestry.

Our Week

Cooking

The children have really had such fun baking Numicon biscuits.

 Wow don’t they look tasty!

Expressive Art and Design

We have been finding out about the works of Monet and talking about his famous painting of the Lily Pond. The children have then put on their artist hat and enjoyed mixing colours to create their own beautiful pond paintings.

I think we have some very artistic children.

Mathematics

A great game of colour bingo has been enjoyed by all the children. The excitement and suspense as the children waited to see which colour would be drawn out of the box and who was going to complete their board First was lovely to see.

Understanding the World

Looking after the needs of animals at nursery has been the learning focus for the children. Hoppy the rabbit has been groomed, stroked and nursed showing his best self and Holme Grange way. The children love our rabbits and they are always keen to help feed them and clean out their hutches.

Literacy

The Rainbow story has been shared with the children and they have loved listening to the order of the colours in a rainbow.

Lots of questions have been asked as the children were intrigued by the pictures.

Mark Making

The children have been working on their pencil control and being able to make forward and backward circles. This led onto Georgia the Pig letters which all need this circular formation.

 

 

A Busy Four Days

We have managed to fit lots of fun and activities into our four day week.

Focused activities have include Details;

Communication and Language

The children have enjoyed listening to an Elmer the Elephant story. They have used their communication skills to talk about the different colours in the illustrations and to express their favourite picture.

Mathematics

The focus this week was to be able to recognise similarities and differences. The children were introduced to the game of snap. They chose between pirate snap and dinosaur snap. Shape and colour were they key to success.

Expresses Art and Design

Bubble painting provided awe and wonder as the children blew into their chosen paint colour. The children were fascinated by the coloured bubbles that formed and at the pattern on their paper as they removed it from the top of the pot.

Understanding the World

The activity focused on the children learning to operate a CD player. The CD played music and the children were able to choose colourful musical instruments to accompany the songs.

As always cooking and forest School were much enjoyed.

Have a good weekend.

Welcome to the Summer Term

The Summer term and we warmly welcome our new children and their parents we hope you will soon feel very much part of the Holme Grange family. The children are all settling happily into the nursery and are being taken under the wings of our older and more experienced pupils. The nursery is as always at full capacity now and Miss Baldwin who is known to many of the nursery children is rejoining my team for the term. Miss Baldwin has plenty of experience of working in nursery and the main school, her presence ensures that the children continue to receive the same standard of care, focused activities and play as before.

Cooking

This week the first groups of children have baked some delicious cookies!

Communication and Language

The activity this week has encouraged the children to use descriptive language to describe what they could see on a colourful farm picture. Some of the children were also able to record in words or sentences  what they saw.

Mathematics

Understanding of number values and number recognition was great fun this week. The children were engaged in counting coloured spots and then selecting numbered pegs to peg to the matching values.

Imagination and Creativity.

Painting rainbows really helped the children to understand colour, the children had red, yellow and blue paints so the challenge was to be able to create the remaining 4 colours!

Understanding the World

The children learned about the colours of the four seasons. They then engaged in an I spy colours of autumn, winter, spring and summer.

Mark Making

The children chose from a range of coloured pencils and then used these to write with.

What a very busy week we have enjoyed.

I would like to take this opportunity to remind you that the nursery staff are always available to discuss any concerns or questions you may have at drop off and collection times. We hold a parent evening this term however we are always happy to discuss your child’s progress with you at any time. All the team can be contacted by email should this be easier for you.  Tapestry records your child’s learning and progress whilst giving you a delightful insight into what you child is participating in whist at school. Tapestry is not designed to provide a daily record of each day.

I wish you all a happy 3 day weekend.