This Week’s Learning – 14.10.19

This week our book of the week was ‘Whatever Next’ by Jill Murphy. It was about a Baby Bear who wanted to travel to the moon. So he gets a rocket (a cardboard box), some space boots (yellow wellies), a space helmet (a green colander) and some food for the journey and travels up the chimney and to the moon!

In our small world area, the children collected all the main props from the story and used them to retell the story. As the week progressed, the children added more props to the table – more picnic food, the owl that Baby Bear met on his journey and Baby Bear’s wrist bands…

We have been practicing writing our names this week. We each have a name card that helps us to look at the letters in our name. Most of us are just beginning to write our names so we are only focusing on the first letter of our name and writing this. We are all trying hard with this and are keen to write our name on any piece of work we do.

During our iPad time this week, we looked at the food that Baby Bear took on his picnic. We talked about our favourite foods and we drew them. We had fabulous drawings of pizza, chips, biscuits, cakes and much more!

As well as focusing on a book, we also encourage the children to talk about their own interests and give suggestions for toys or activities that they would like to play in nursery.  For the past couple of weeks, the children have been asking to have baby dolls to play with – unfortunately Reception Class  were using the baby dolls for their Baby Clinic but we told the children that they would be able to play with the dolls once Reception Class had finished with them.  On Friday this week, some of the Reception children delivered all the baby dolls to our classroom and the children were VERY excited to have dolls, prams, bottles and nappies to play with!  We will choose a few of these dolls to stay with us in our Home Corner.

In PE this week, we were learning to move our bodies in different ways.  We had a bench out in the hall this week and had to travel along it in different ways – we had lots of good ideas for this!

It has been another terrific week and a really fabulous first half term! However, there are a few bugs and colds going around so we know the children are ready for a restful half term break. We wish everyone a lovely break and we look forward to seeing you again on Tuesday 29th October.

Image result for have a lovely break

Class Teacher Awards

Each week we will choose a child to be our Star of the Week.

This child will have been spotted during the week going above and beyond in the classroom – we know it will be tricky to choose from so many fantastic Ladybirds!

We are going to start by choosing 2 children each week this term.

This week our Stars of the Week are:

Frankie and Hannah!

Last Week’s Stars of the Week were:

Darren and Chloe!

Messages for Parents

Thank you everyone for a successful Parents’ Evening! It was so lovely to have the time to talk to you all and discuss all the wonderful progress your children are making in Ladybird Class – we are so proud of everybody!

As mentioned at Parents’ Evening, our assessment tool Tapestry is up and running – hopefully you have all received the email with your own login details to be able to view the weekly photographs and assessments that we have made of your children. If you are unable to access Tapestry, please come and speak to any member of the Nursery Team and we will resend the details to your email (please check the email hasn’t slipped into your junk folder!)

Crazy Hair Day was an amazing success! Thank you everybody for taking part and supporting the PTA with your donation. The children loved showing off their bizarre hair and looking at their friends’ funky hair too!

Next Week’s Learning

Next half term, we begin a new mini topic all about the Changing Seasons. The books we will be looking at over the weeks will help the children to understand more about weather and the different seasons.

Next week we will be looking at the book ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury. We will use this book to introduce weather and changes in weather – starting by looking at the swirling, whirling snowstorm.

Image result for going on a bear hunt

We will also use the book to introduce phonics to the class – the first step in phonics is to listen carefully to sounds around them. Therefore, we will be going on a sound hunt around the school!

Image result for going on a sound hunt

Finally, this book also links in well with our Maths for the week – looking at shapes around us. So we will be going on a shape hunt!

Image result for going on a shape hunt

This Week’s Learning – 7.10.19

This week our book of the week was ‘Guess How Much I Love You’ by Sam McBratney. It was about Big Nut Brown Hare and Little Nut Brown Hare. Big Nut Brown Hare loves Little Nut Brown Hare to the moon and back!

We talked about who we loved ‘to the moon and back’ and then during our iPad time we drew pictures of our family. We used our fingers to control the paint brushes on the iPads and we changed the colour of the brushes.

We made our own salt dough this week – which was a bit sticky but great fun to make! Then we rolled it out and cut out a moon and 3 hearts. This reminded us of the part of the story, ‘I love you to the moon and back’. After the salt dough was cooked in the oven we painted them silver and glued them on to a black background. We gave them to someone we loved ‘to the moon and back!’

In our carpet session this week, we had 5 pictures from the story that we had to put in to the right order. We used the words first, then, next and finally to help us to order the story. We tried really hard to order the story and we did really well!

Something we really enjoyed this week was sensory rice!  We had coloured rice in our water tray this week and we had great fun pouring this into bottles, gathering it up in our hands and making birthday cakes out of it!  We loved it so much that we are going to keep it for another week!