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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.



Communication and language

Our topic this half of term is the continent Oceania. “No room for baby Roo”  was an ideal story for the children to listen to. The children enjoyed the story and were intrigued as different animals appeared out of the story sack. They learnt about the different types of animals you may find if you are ever lucky enough to visit Australia.

image Can you see which animals we learnt about?

image image The children were then able to use the story board to and characters to make their own story up.

Have you ever been to the other side of the world?

UTW Oceania

This week during group time the children were looking at similarities and the differences between Australia and the U.K. It was a little challenging as some children had different ideas of what was in Australia. Eventually they worked together and discussed what animals could be found in Australia and if they look like any animal we have  here in the UK.

image     The children spoke about what buildings Australia may have.   image  A couple of children tried to work out what the time would be using clocks after having been explained how many hours Australia are ahead of the U.K.   image  Once the children had worked out the time they then moved on to the animals. However the children found a kookaburra a strange but ‘very funny bird as it sounds like it’s laughing!’

There were a few similarities and a lot of differences between the two countries that the children could find.

How many do you know? Do you know the time difference or the Australian current season?

Understanding the World

This week the children have been looking at the diversity of families. We have looked at photographs of our Little Grange families to help us understand that each of our family’s have similarities and differences to other families which make our family special. We have talked about family size and family members to see if the children can identify if their family is similar or different to other friends’ families. The children loved telling their friends about their own family and sharing their photographs.

image image We looked at some wooden figures from different ethnic backgrounds and at some figures with disabilities to help the children understand these differences in families and allow them to talk about if their family ethnicity was similar or different to other children in their group. Afterwards the children enjoyed playing with the different families in the dolls house.


Thank you to all parents that sent in family photographs for the children to share. Your support is very much appreciated.


Outdoor learning

This week our outdoor learning is focused on using a roamer and how we program it to move. We spoke about which buttons we needed to press in the correct order, this was very tricky to remember the sequence but with a little help from each other we were able to make the roamer move. Each child chose their coloured pen, pressed the buttons, listened for the beeps and then watched the roamer draw lines.

image image Watching the roamer move…..

image image image image Great excitement  watching the roamer move!

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The children then wanted to make the roamer go in a straight line so they worked together to move the pieces of paper in a line and then took turns to make the roamer move all the way down the paper. Great curiosity and enthusiasm was on display.

image Can you ask the children which buttons they had to press to make the roamer move?

Moving models

This week the children had the task of thinking about our bodies, what limbs we have and how many of them. The children had to select from the different piles of cut out body parts by deciding how many they need and which ones. image

The children had done very well in correctly organising their body parts into the right places.  image image image image image image image image

Then the children had to choose how they wanted to stick them together. They had the choices of cellotape, masking tape, paper clips, pritt-stick and split pins.

The end results look great as some of the children had little help joining them together.

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Some children had time to draw a funny face on theirs and give their model some clothes.

Sorting Materials

Our new topic this half of term is all about materials. Our outside focused activity this week will be sorting different materials into groups. We started with some objects from inside nursery which we discussed and the children worked out what they were made of.  We had objects made of metal, wood, plastic and paper. Once these were sorted the children then looked around the front playground for objects made of various materials.



imageimage “This is wood!”

imageimageimage“This is metal”


image “This is made out of wood”

image “And this is made out of metal”

image A great mornings work locating various items made of different materials!

What type of material can you find at home that we didn’t  spot at school?


African Fruit

For Understanding the World this week we have been covering the story of Handa’s surprise looking at African fruits linking in to our African theme this term. The children had the opportunity of handling some unusual fruits and used their language skills to describe what the fruit looked like or felt like. “It feels smooth” observed one child and “it’s a bit heavy” observed another as they handled the mango. “It’s got different colours” and “it’s a plum” other children commented as they handled the passion fruit looking at the similarities to fruits the children have eaten before. The children enjoyed listening to the story and looking for the differences in the way of life in Africa. “She’s got it on her head” explained one child looking at Handa carrying the basket of fruit. When asked how do we carry our fruit the children replied “we use our hands or a bag” and “when we go shopping we use a shopping bag or a shopping trolley.” The children enjoyed taking a turn putting the basket on their head whilst a friend selected a piece of fruit to get an understanding of why Handa did not know the animals were taking the fruit.

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What other African fruit can you find?