What have Nursery & Reception been up to this week?
2 February 2024

Nursery

This week has been lots of fun. We have been learning all about Bugs/Minibeasts. We started by learning the names of all the insects that we know and then learned some names of insects we didn’t know. The list got quite long- spider, ant, caterpillar, butterfly, ladybird, slug, snail, beetle, worm, stick insect, moth, slug and many, many more!

We filled one of our Bug Hotels with the pinecones we collected last week and we are looking forward to seeing what insects move in.

We spoke about how the pinecones look now but how the insects will like it even more as they start to rot. We will keep visiting the hotel to see the changes. The younger children enjoyed using small boxes and pinecones to make indoor bug hotels for our plastic bugs.

We also found some really pretty spiders webs in the garden, they almost look like jewels as the dew on them glistens in the sunlight. The spider webs led us to talk about why the spider weaves his web:- so that he can catch flies to eat. Following on from this we spoke about what we like to eat and surprisingly, no one wanted to eat a fly!

The children were given a circle of cardboard that some of them were able to then use a hole punch to make holes around the outside, they then threaded pipe cleaners through the holes to make their own spiders. This activity gave us another chance to talk about spiders; we counted their legs, the hole punch helped to build strength in their hands while threading the pipe cleaners supported fine motor skills.

The children drew around a lid to create circles that they then cut out, these circles then created our very own hungry caterpillar. We are going to add pictures of all the things he ate. We had lots of fun reading the story and then doing a large jigsaw of the Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Following on from our baby animals topic where we matched mummy and baby animals, and we noticed that the animals look similar but the babies are smaller. The butterflies baby does not look like her at all as her baby is a caterpillar. This led us to read the book “I miss my Mum”.

We don’t watch TV in Nursery but sometimes we do watch a clip about something we are learning about. This week it has been a clip on YouTube called “Jess and the Minibeasts– spiders” and caterpillars. You might like to watch some of these at home too!

Mrs Griffiths magically turned paper plates into wonderful ladybirds with the children. They first thought about the colours of ladybirds, they then looked at the pattern of spots on their wings and then set about creating their own ladybird. They selected the perfect shade of red and then found a small lid that they dipped into black paint which created the wonderful dots a ladybird has.

We don’t always see the bugs that are very close to us as they prefer dark and damp environments so we spoke about looking under rocks and fallen branches. Remembering to carefully move leaves with our feet and not our hands and asking a grown up to gently move rocks so we can see what lives underneath. Maybe you could look for more minibeasts while you are out on a walk and tell us what you have found?

We had PE with Mr Herbert on Wednesday, and the children had to listen to and follow instructions and then carry out different actions and movements. They all did this really well and had a wonderful 40 minute session and can’t wait for next week.

Sam asked if we could have a tea party this week and he wanted to invite Mrs Brownsdon. We set straight to work, Sam wrote a lovely invitation, and we hand delivered it to Mrs Brownsdon. She soon replied and a date was set! We swiftly began baking, which gave us a perfect opportunity for some impromptu Maths as we scooped and measured ingredients to make the perfect cupcakes. These were topped with buttercream, sprinkles and stars. The cakes were enjoyed with either a cup of apple juice or a cup of warm hot chocolate. This was a perfect end to the day.

More baking then took place as we made cheese and cheese and ham pinwheels which we enjoyed for snack.

There has been all the usual adventures to the pirate ship, treasure hunts, drawing, painting, singing, role play and laughter and stories. Thank you to those who have and those are still to come in to read so far, and we look forward to others coming in the future.

Mrs Taylor has been joining us in Nursery a little more this week, as well as doing our daily phonics sessions and the children are all doing really well.

Mr Braidwood brought Reception over to play with us in the adventure garden. This was lots of fun and really helps build relationships ahead of children moving up to Reception later on.

Pizza Making in Phonics
Mr Braidwood’s phonics group have been reading and learning about pizzas in their phonics sessions this week. We decided it would be a great end to the week to make pizzas.  The boys rolled their dough, added their tomato sauce and mozzarella and then added some yummy toppings.  While the pizzas were cooking the boys drew a picture of their pizza and wrote a list of the ingredients they had used. And then when they were ready the boys loved eating them.


 

Reception

Polar Regions
We have continued our focus on the North and South Poles. The boys are really enjoying learning about the variety of animals, people and features of these places. They have been using their knowledge in their writing and in their artwork! Please continue to talk about the Polar Regions and animals that live there.

As part of our learning about the Arctic and Antarctica, we read a book called ‘Dear Polar Bear’. It is about a Polar Bear who needs cheering up as his igloo is empty and cold and it is always dark and he is fed up eating icy cold food. So being a well-educated Polar Bear, he decides to write letters to all his friends (brown bear, koala bear, spectacle bear, giant panda and sun bear) asking them to send him something to cheer him up. They send him lovely gifts and the boys then wrote a letter to Polar Bear saying what they would send him to cheer him up. The boys came up with some lovely and very thoughtful ideas. This is a great opportunity to talk about writing letters to those around you too!

Mathematics
We have focused on the language associated with capacity and have filled various containers to different levels. We have experimented with containers to see which held the most and how we can check, and the boys loved the chance to play and get wet in the water. Perhaps you could get some different sized plastic containers (milk cartons, yoghurt pots etc) and let the boys play with them in the bath using the vocabulary full, nearly full, half full, nearly empty, empty, more than and less than. The weekend Teams assignment is related to this, and please send back some photos of all you manage to do!

We have also done a lot of talking about place value and what each digit represents in a two digit number. We use the language “23 is 2 lots of 10 and 3 extra ones”. Please encourage your son to talk about numbers like this, looking all around, they are everywhere! Here is a game we have played, and here is a song we have learnt this week to consolidate the learning about place value.

ICT
This week the boys have been consolidating their learning about place value in their ICT lesson using this game.

 

Pizza Making in Phonics
Mr Braidwood’s phonics group have been reading and learning about pizzas in their phonics sessions this week. We decided it would be a great end to the week to make pizzas.  The boys rolled their dough, added their tomato sauce and mozzarella and then added some yummy toppings.  While the pizzas were cooking the boys drew a picture of their pizza and wrote a list of the ingredients they had used. And then when they were ready the boys loved eating them.