Monthly Archives: February 2015

We’re going on a dinosaur hunt!

Linking with our dinosaur topic this week the children went on a dinosaur hunt! They worked together to find the 9 different dinosaurs hidden in the outdoor area… well one may have stomped off inside! When the children found a dinosaur, they worked out which dinosaur it matched up to on their sheet, ticked it off and then quickly carried on the hunt for the others – but some were a lot more tricky to find!

Perhaps you have some dinosaurs hiding at home that you might not even know about! image

"I've found the pterodactyl."

“I’ve found the pterodactyl.”

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"I've got them all!"

“I’ve got some more dinosaurs to find!”

"Look I've found one hiding on the box."

“Look I’ve found one hiding on the box.”

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"I've got four more to find."

“I’ve got four more to find.”

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"Look I've found two dinosaurs!"

“Look I’ve found two dinosaurs!”

"I've found them all!"

“I’ve found them all!”

Communication and Language

This week the children have been listening to the book ‘Say Hello to the dinosaurs’. The children were introduced to the different types of dinosaurs and we all worked together to describe what they looked like. We thought about the different sizes, colours and even the texture (it was a clever book!) of some of the many dinosaurs. Then the children had a great game trying to guess the right dinosaurs from the tricky descriptions given and even saying the correct names we’d learnt!

Do you know your Tyrannosaurus rex from your diplodocus?

"I like the t-Rex because it makes a big noise!"

“I like the t-Rex because it makes a big noise!”

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"The pterodactyl is my favourite because it flys."

“The pterodactyl is my favourite because it flys.”

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"This dinosaur looks like a rhino!"

“This dinosaur looks like a rhino!”

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Looking after the Rabbits

I had a willing band of helpers who all wanted to clean out the hutches and to put in all the clean bedding.
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image Put in some news paper and plenty of saw dust.

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image Cooperation and collaberation, a little communication ,

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image  Just making sure that Hoppy will be comfortable.

children gain knowledge of the needs of animals and learn how to take care of our rabbits. The children also learn to take turns, work together and talk about what they are doing. Problem solving comes into play as the children find out how to fit in the news paper and carry sawdust. Filing up the water bottles to the brim requires a steady hand.

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Our Weekly News

Week Beginning 23rd February 2015

Welcome to our weekly news.

Half Term has come and gone and the children are enthusiastically finding out about dinosaurs!

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Please find below a summary of the main focused activities that have taken place.

Communication and Language

The focus over the past week has been to encourage the children to discuss, comment and ask questions about dinosaurs.

Literacy

The children have enjoyed listening to Say hello to the Dinosaurs and then spending time talking about the story.

There is a continual focus on correcting pencil grip and using markers to form letters and numbers. Those children moving to Reception are being encouraged to write their names in cursive letters independently.

I spy table.

We have a sound of the week and we encourage the children to bring an item from home to display on our I spy table for the week.

There is now an I spy challenge…… can you write a list of words beginning with our sound of the week? Who will rise to the challenge this week?

This Half Term the sounds will be as follows;
2/3/15 J 9/3/15 Z 16/3/15 W 23/3/15 V

Mathematics
In our focused sessions the children have been encouraged to use 3 D shapes to create dinosaurs. The children have worked in small groups to use their imaginations and to use mathematical language whilst talking about what they were doing.

Understanding the World

The children have been learning about eggs, firstly by finding out where baby dinosaurs came from. Then they explored which other creatures lay eggs through the use of Come Out Side Eggs on the IWB.

Expressive Arts and Design

The children have been working in groups to create some amazing dinosaurs! The children have used a range of different materials to create their dinosaurs, do come and have a look at their stunning results!

Personal Social and Emotional Development- Jigsaw

This week the children have begun to learn about healthy choices. With the use of a range of visual pictures of different foods the children have talked about healthy foods and unhealthy foods. There were a few tears when chocolate and cakes were placed on the unhealthy side!
They also began to think about the importance of keep their body healthy.

Forest School and Cooking

Cooking for this week – Dinosaur crispy cakes

Forest School- Monday group enjoyed some outdoor challenges which asked them to use natural materials to form patterns, shapes and to collect sets of different quantities of different items.

Wednesday afternoon group were engaged with creating dinosaur swamps and having fun with mud. They were joined by a group of teachers who wanted to see Forest School in action.

I am so delighted by the amazing response by you for our parents forest School Experience, thank you and I hope you will be amazed by your visit.

Milk Bottles

We are collecting the 4 pint milk containers in order to rise to a Mrs Robinson challenge to build an igloo! Please could you wash out and bring in any bottles you may have finished with.

Wellington boots and forest school clothing

Children need boots in school at all times we are out in the grounds and it is very muddy at present. Children cannot be taken to forest school if they have not got their forest school jackets and trousers.

Dates for your diary!

All dates are put on the board in the porch way and can of course be found on your term card which you receive at the beginning of each term.

Please take the time to look at our nursery blog, here you can see the children absorbed in a wide range of activities and of course find out about our activities for the week.

Please feel free to approach the staff with any questions or comments at any time.
The nursery Team

Mark making – dinosaurs

Our Literacy group activity this week involved the children practising naming lower case letters with the help of a dot to dot activity, ending up with a drawing of a T-Rex dinosaur. They then further practised their pencil control and mark making skills by colouring their dinosaurs. They weren’t just any dinosaurs, they were Little Grange dinosaurs…pink, purple, green, light blue, dark blue, yellow and rainbow coloured dinosaurs!

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Expressive Arts and Design

This week the children have been very excited to start the our new topic on Dinosaurs, Mrs Short’s favourite topic! The children have all had to work as teams during group time to complete the challenge of creating a dinosaur. Each day there has appeared a new dinosaur to grace Little Grange’s presence! The children chose different materials to produce some wonderful looking dinosaurs………watch out for the them and some rather noisy little ones!!

 

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Who was created next……..

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and next…….

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and today’s dinosaur……

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Can you work out which dinosaurs you may see around Little Grange?

What dinosaur will be made tomorrow?

For our Litercy outdoor activity this week, we gave everything that didn’t move,outdoors, a fresh coat of paint.

For this we used water and added lots of different coloured paints.

There was magic involved here,as the colours of the ‘paints’ we added were invisible! The children were very enthusiastic and

everything looked clean and fresh at the end of our session!

 

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What we have enjoyed this week!

Week Beginning 9th February 2015

Welcome to our weekly news.

Another busy week, culminating in a physical Development morning with the Reception classes. I am delighted to report that Little Grange out ran many of the reception children!

Our topic for the following half term will be Dinosaurs!

Please find below a summary of the main focused activities that have taken place.

Communication and Language

The focus over the past week has been on listening to instructions and being able to follow them.

Literacy

The focus has been on correcting pencil grip and using markers to form letters. The children moving on to Reception in September are focusing on writing their names in the cursive script. Reception would like all the children to be able to write their names independently.

I spy table.

We have a sound of the week and we encourage the children to bring an item from home to display on our I spy table for the week.

There is now an I spy challenge…… can you write a list of words beginning with our sound of the week? Who will rise to the challenge this week?

This Half Term the sounds will be as follows;
23/2/15 B 2/3/15 J 9/3/15 Z 16/3/15 W 23/3/15 V

Mathematics
In our focused sessions the children have
Been creating caterpillars matching circular segments to a given numeral and adding legs.

Understanding the World

The children have learned about the Chinese new year celebrations and they have created some dancing dragons.
The children then had the chance to play on Chinese musical instruments in their music lesson. See our Blog!

Expressive Arts and Design

The children have had so much fun listen to a story about some mice who fell into different colour paints and how they created new colours. The children then mixed their own colours and painted a variety of different fruit out lines.

Personal Social and Emotional Development- Jigsaw

This week the children have learned to think about each other and to take turns. The physical development morning was a good opportunity to put some of the areas we have talked about into action. We had to share, take turns, learn to come second and shows pleasure for others.

Forest School and Cooking

Cooking for this week – On Friday afternoon we made and decorated cakes

Forest School- Monday group went to old site and used some buckets to collect water from the stream. There was also some problem solving when one bucket fell into the water. Persistence and cooperation and collaboration were very much in evidence and in the end the bucket was rescued!

Wednesday afternoon group lit a fire!

There will not be any work packs coming home for the half term holiday.

Wellington boots and forest school clothing

Children need boots in school at all times we are out in the grounds and it is very muddy at present. Children cannot be taken to forest school if they have not got their forest school jackets and trousers.

Dates for your diary!

All dates are put on the board in the porch way and can of course be found on your term card which you receive at the beginning of each term.

Please take the time to look at our nursery blog, here you can see the children absorbed in a wide range of activities and of course find out about our activities for the week.

Please feel free to approach the staff with any questions or comments at any time

Have a restful Half Term!

The nursery Team