Monthly Archives: June 2015

Keeping Cool at Forest School

we decided to embark on a learning session outside today to escape the heat. We headed off to the site at the bottom of the drive ready to undertake many different activities. The site has been extended into a wooded glade which many of the children were yet to explore.

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imageWe all love being at Forest School it is our favourite way to learn!

 

 

Our Week 22nd June 2015

My, what a week we have had!

Monday morning began with our last session at Forest School and cooking session for the Monday group of children. Closely followed were two sessions for the children with the Perform group. The children thoroughly enjoyed their drama session and came back full of discussion about what they had pretended to be and do.

We then prepared for our dance and drama open afternoons with mounting excitement at performing for parents and grandparents.

With sports day fast approaching we spent two mornings introducing the children to the  ethos of races and lanes There are plenty more mornings to perfect the techniques and skills planned next week.

Thursday arrived and the children once again went off to reception to spend time in their new classrooms, whilst the younger members of the nursery welcomed some of our new starters and helped them to settle in.

On Friday morning the children had a session with the reception teachers in the Transition classroom.

Next week will be equally busy with preparation for Sports day on Friday morning and we are invited to watch the dress rehearsal of the year 3 and 4 play on Wednesday morning.

Please ensure the children come with sun hats and are protected with sun cream before arriving at school.

Thank you to all the parents who attended parent’s evening it was lovely to meet you all and celebrate your child’s progress.

Please let me know by Friday if you wish to increase to full days sessions in September, the nursery is filling very quickly with at present only 8 places left for the new academic year.

 

Forest School Holes

At Forest School the Monday groups have been exploring the site and looking for holes that may be home to some woodland creatures.

imageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageimageWe found many different holes in the trees, logs and ground. There were worm holes, woodlice, beetles, earwigs, slugs, spiders and even some bees!

I wonder if you know where to find these creatures?

Our Week 15th June 2015

 

Week Beginning 15th June 2015

 

Our weekly news.

 

Parent’s Evening this Monday

 

Wow what an amazing concert the children put on for you on Friday. The confidence and sheer delight was plain for all to see, I was very proud of all the Little Grange Children!

 

Home learning packs need to be returned by 29th June please.

 

 

 

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

 

Communication and Language

 

The focus this week has been based on extending vocabulary and confidence at expressing ideas in a small group situation. The children looked at two animal paintings and were then asked to describe what they could see and to comment on their opinion of the paintings.

 

Literacy

 

The children have enjoyed listening to some stories with a moral. These have mainly represented the Holme Grange Way and encouraging the children to comment on the behaviours of the characters.

 

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 slightly different focus for the next 4 weeks. We are challenging the children to write their names in cursive script, write a short sentence or list of rhyming words.

 

           

  Mathematics

 

This week the children have been encouraged to use mathematical terminology to describe 2 and 3D shapes. The children played a game in which a 3D shape was slowly described and the children had to try and guess what it was. The children then looked for a corresponding 2D shape and were asked to describe how it was similar.

 

 

Understanding the World

 

The children have been learning about the habitats of animals and insects with a main focus of those who make homes in holes. We looked specifically at animals, birds and insects that can be found at Holme Grange and linked this into our forest school activity.

 

 

Expressive Arts and Design

 

The children have been using their skills to design and make insects.

 

Personal Social and Emotional Development- Jigsaw

 

This half term in Jigsaw the children are look at a unit entitled Changing Me. This week we have looked at the changes the children experience when joining a new class. Topsy and Tim stories were used to support the children’s understanding.

 

Forest School and Cooking

 

Cooking for this week – Damper Bread Currant Buns

 

Forest School-

Monday- The children were challenged to find holes that were home to birds, animals and insects.

Wednesday –The children were working with water and using the stream they also built and lit a fire.

 

 

 

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

 

This 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.

 

 

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

The nursery Team

 

 

 

Creepy crawlies!

EAD:  This week for our EAD activity, the children enjoyed getting their creative juices going as they improved on their manipulative skills while making various insects/bugs, among which were spiders, ladybirds, bees, snails and worms.

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crawlies sneakily made their way to our ‘topics’ display board!

 

Shapes

Our maths activity this week is focusing on 2D and 3D shapes. We have been describing each shape, talking about how many edges, corners and faces they have. We compared 2D and 3D shapes to find similarities and differences.

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Can you find any similarities with other shapes?

Model animals.

This week we have been looking at how to make animals out of junk model materials or construction.image The children worked together and shared ideas and materials image image      image   The children used a various materials for a variety features.   image         image “I’ve made a snake”

image “Look at my snake it’s got a flat tummy”.      image “This is my

snail”.image   “This is my snake, he’s very fat”. image  “I’ve made a cow, he’s got blue eyes”  image  “This is my horse, it’s got pink hair”

image ” this is my tiger, I hve balls for eyes and string for his tail”.

image   “It’s a baby foal”

image   Here is one we all created together, what animal can you make?

Woodland Creatures

this week we have been finding out about the animals and birds who live in holes. The children watched a presentation on the IWB and then spent time talking about what they had seen and added their own knowledge.

During my Forest School sessions the children will be looking for holes that may be home to animals, birds and mini beasts.

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We learnt about mice, squirrels, badgers, woodpeckers, foxes, moles,

woodlce and spiders!

Can you think of any other creatures who live in a hole?

Mathematics

Size comparisons: Our weekly Mathematics activity this week involved acquiring the concept of size differentiation and using the correct terminology. To this end, we looked at the book ‘The tallest,shortest,longest,brownest,greenest animal in the jungle’. As we proceeded to read the book, it was interesting to observe that the most confusion arose when deciding if the elephant or the giraffe was ‘bigger’. Quite a few children thought it was the giraffe “because it has such a long neck”. The animal that won the contest of being the tallest (while hanging from the branch of a tree),shortest,longest,greenest and brownest animal in the jungle was won by the snake. Thankfully it couldn’t beat the elephant in the ‘bigger’ stakes, which I am sure is very reassuring to anyone planning to go on safari this summer!

After reading the book, the children were challenged to work as a team and arrange themselves in order of height, with varying degrees of success. “I am 4 years so I should be before you” being one of the comments that may have thwarted success in the case of one group!

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Our Week 8th June 2015

Week Beginning 8th June 2015

 

Our weekly news.

 

Have you signed up for an appointment with your child’s teacher?

 

Please note there has been a change to the timings of the music concert to 10-15am

 

Animals will be our topic for the final weeks of term.

 

 

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

 

Communication and Language

 

The focus this week has been based on talking about our fathers, thinking about all the special things that the children do with their dad. We also spent time doing some secret things!

 

Literacy

 

The children have enjoyed listening to some stories with a moral. These have mainly represented the Holme Grange Way and encouraging the children to comment on the behaviours of the characters.

 

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 slightly different focus for the next 4 weeks. We are challenging the children to write their names in cursive script, write a short sentence or list of rhyming words.

 

           

  Mathematics

 

This week the children have been encouraged to use mathematical terminology to describe biggest, longest and tallest, smallest, shortest. The children enjoyed a story entitled The Longest, Biggest Animals in the Jungle as a starting point.

 

 

Understanding the World

 

The children have been using a world map to discover where in the world different animals live. The map showed a pictures of the animals in the country that would be their natural habitat.

 

 

Expressive Arts and Design

 

The children have been using their skills to design a special something!

 

Personal Social and Emotional Development- Jigsaw

 

This half term in Jigsaw the children are look at a unit entitled Changing Me. This week we have looked at the changes the children have undergone and the changes that they will go through to reach adulthood.

 

Forest School and Cooking

 

Cooking for this week – A fresh salad and salad dressing. The children went to the Polly tunnel to harvest the salad!

 

Forest School-

Monday- The children were challenged to make a raft that would float using natural materials available in the forest.

Wednesday –The children were working with water and using the stream for their exploration.

 

 

 

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

 

This 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

 

 

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

The nursery Team