Monthly Archives: March 2015

Last Week of the Spring Term!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week Beginning 23rd March 2015

 

 

Welcome to our weekly news.

 

 

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

 

Communication and Language

 

The focus this week has been on communication between children and adults as we have worked together cooking, egg hunting and adventuring out into the school grounds.

 

Literacy

 

The children are continuing to enjoy listening to a wide range of dinosaur stories. They have also listened to the Easter story and found out about the significance of Easter eggs and Hot Cross buns.

 

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?

 

Next  Half Term the sounds will be as follows;

      20/4/15  Y

27/4/15     sh

4/5/15       st

11/5/15     th

18/5/15     oo

 

Mathematics

This week we have used many of the areas we have covered in our focused sessions this term. We have used positional language hunting for and finding eggs, measuring when making Hot Cross buns, comparing the length of sticks in the school grounds to list but a few.

 

 

Understanding the World

 

The children have continued their learning out in the school grounds discovering signs of spring. They have also learned about the festival of Easter in nursery and by attending the Year 3 and 4 Easter Assembly.

 

 

Expressive Arts and Design

 

The children have been colouring Easter egg pictures and making an Easter egg puzzle in their ICT lesson.

 

Personal Social and Emotional Development- Jigsaw

 

This week the children have thought about working together, taking turns and thinking of others. They have been encouraged to be their best self and to make an effort to be kind to someone who perhaps they have not treated well.

 

Forest School and Cooking

 

Cooking for this week – Easter nests and Hot Cross buns

 

Forest School- none this week but all the children went on a discovery walk.

 

Wednesday

 

 

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.

 

Preparation for moving to Reception

 

Next term we will be working with our key children in a group situation rather than on a one to one. The Transition classroom will be used to make the session much as it will be in Reception in September. We hope this along with visits from the reception teachers who will take the children for lessons again in the transition classroom will be beneficial. Home learning will still come home each week.

 

Dates for your diary!

 

May 22nd Little Grange outing 9am to 3-45pm

 

June 5th Trip to the theatre to see Room on the Broom , an afternoon performance.

 

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

Happy Easter

Hot cross buns! Hot cross buns! One a penny, two a penny (or whatever the modern day equivalent is)

Hot cross buns! *Give them to your daughters and give them to your sons,

One a penny, two a penny, Hot cross buns!

*Some of the words to ye olde nursery rhyme have been changed in the interest of gender non bias!

 

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image image image imageimageimageReception came over this morning and everyone tucked into their hot cross buns. The proof as always is in the tasting and the general consensus was that they were delicious.

So, the Spring term has come to an end. The children have been busy these last couple of weeks with Easter preparations. Cards have been made and Easter messages have been written, eggs have been hunted (the real and the chocolate variety) and hot cross buns have been baked. The children have also listened to the Easter story and of the importance and significance of Easter to Christians all over the world.

Finally, all the team at Little Grange would like to wish our children, their parents/siblings and their extended families a very HAPPY EASTER!

HOT CROSS BUNS WITH A TWIST!!

This week the children in Little Grange & Pre-Prep had a super time making “Chocolate Chip” Hot Cross Buns and then the real fun began!

Using their imagination and creativity they were excited to design their own buns using fun ingredients including sprinkles, fondant bunnies, laces and coloured icing!

We then had a mini Hot Cross Bun Sale where all moneys raised will go to the Comic Relief Charity. Well done Little Grange and thank you to Mrs Harling for helping us all with this!

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Egg Collecting

In preparation for our our Easter Early Years Hot Cross Bun making morning some of the children went to visit the chickens in the hope of finding some eggs.

image We said good morning hens,image Looking for eggs.image We found some eggs!image Careful don’t drop them!image Wow there are so many!image The ducks eggs are blue’image how many can you see?image imageWe had such fun collecting the eggs, much more fun to see where eggs come from and celebrate the wonder of nature.

Spring Time Activities Outside

With a hint of spring sunshine , the sweet sound of the birds and aclear blue sky we ventured out to work outside.

The builders were finding equipment which required repairing.image image image image image image image image image

They were soon hard at work making repairs. Mark making was taking place in the sand trays and on the White boards, whist in the water tray different ways were being found to fill and empty containers. Which one would hold the most? Which one held the least? Can I pour all this water into this bottle?.

The blocks were being transformed into lovely buildings whilst the “parents” looked after the baby dolls with great care.

What would you have chosen to do?

Dotty dinosaur game

The Dotty dinosaur game proved very popular this morning. The dice was shook and the dice was thrown to match shapes one side of the dinosaur and colours the other side.

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“I need a square!”

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“I’m doing yellow!”

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image  image  “I’m going to win!”image

 

 

News Week of the 16th March 2015

 Week Beginning 16th March 2015

 

 

Welcome to our weekly news.

 

 

Please continue to access Tapestry our new on line profile system, thank you for the enthusiastic response to Tapestry.

Please be aware that if your child is part of a group photo any comment you may post will be visible to the parents of the other children.

 

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

 

Communication and Language

 

The focus this week has been on communication and descriptive vocabulary. The children have worked in their key groups to complete a very large dinosaur floor puzzle.

 

Literacy

 

The children are continuing to enjoy listening to a wide range of dinosaur stories.

 

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 follo

      23/3/15 V

 

Mathematics

In our focused sessions the children have been learning about measurement. A great deal of fun has been had as the children have worked outside exploring the concepts of long, tall and short. They have measured dinosaurs, and variety of other objects. Blocks have been used to create towers of varying heights.

 

 

Understanding the World

 

The children have continued their learning about fossils and the discovery of dinosaur bones. This time the children have had great fun digging and excavating dinosaur bones!

 

 

Expressive Arts and Design

 

The children have been making some Easter cards using a range of different techniques.

 

Personal Social and Emotional Development- Jigsaw

 

This week the children have thought about exercise and how this combined with a healthy diet is the best way to maintain good health.

 

Forest School and Cooking

 

Cooking for this week – Dinosaur biscuits

 

Forest School- Monday group enjoyed building some dinosaur shelters.

 

Wednesday afternoon group went exploring in the stream.

 

Thank you to all the parents who have kindly responded to my email, your responses unanimously agree that the experience was one that you would like me to I repeat!

 

 

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!

 

May 22nd Little Grange outing 9am to 3-45pm

 

June 5th Trip to the theatre to see Room on the Broom , an afternoon performance.

 

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

 

Dinosaur dig

This week we have been looking at how paleontologists find and excavate the dinosaur bones.

The children enjoyed being a paleontologist and digging up their very own dinosaur,

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image  “I can’t find his tail” image

image “I’ve found something!”  image

image  the children showing good team work and talking to each other about what dinosaurs they can find.

image “My stegosaurus has spots on”

image “His tail is pointy and has sharp teeth”

image “Mine looks like a dragon”    image

image ” I have a T.Rex”

image “Mine is a diplodocus, he has a long neck”  image   “Mine is grey”image ” I have the bones”

 

 

 

Maths

Maths Activity: For our Maths activity this week, we were meant to link in with last week’s Communication and Language activity – ‘Harry and his bucketful of dinosaurs’. We were set to count the dinosaurs in Harry’s bucket. However, much to our disappointment, the bucket was empty! The dinosaurs had vanished, or so we thought. There was a suggestion that they might still be in the bucket but they could be invisible. Not surprising, considering  we have a couple of witches and lots of wands on our ‘sound of the week’ (w) table! Nevertheless, the activity had to carry on, so we improvised and the children looked through our ‘sorting toys’ tray to find some very colourful dinosaurs.

Once they were satisfied that every available dinosaur had been found and placed in the centre of the table, the children counted them. They then had to work together as a team to match dinosaurs to corresponding numbers. One of HG’s learning habits – Cooperation  and Collaboration  – was very much on display. At the end of our activity yesterday, one of our little girls put her hand up and said ” I am so sorry the dinosaurs have gone Mrs de Souza, please don’t be sad.” Yet another HG learning habit – Empathy. Who could ask for more?!!

 

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Sensory room

This afternoon the children explored all the different sights, smells and sounds in the sensory room. The sensory room encourages children to touch a range of materials and describe what they feel and see.

The children were fascinated with the fish in the bubble lamp and watched as it changed colour “I like yellow!”

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“This smells like apples”

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“This tickles”

What could we add to our sensory room?