This week has been all about number blocks 4, in other words we’ve been doing 4 of everything, especially in PE, ie 4 jumps, 4 hops, 4 skips etc. We now know that the number block 4 is the shape of a square, so we can instantly recognise him. This week I am sending home some number blocks worksheets for you to complete, have fun. If you would like to bring them back to school next week, I would love to see the work that you have done.
This week we have been concentrating on strengthening our fine motor skills. One particular activity that the children enjoyed was “Dough disco.”
Dough Disco’ is a fun activity which combines the use of play dough with a series of hand and finger exercises, designed to improve fine muscle control. These movements develop children’s fine and gross motor dexterity, hand-eye coordination and self-esteem. The overall aim is to ultimately support the children’s hand writing skills.
Below is the link for you to continue, this at home plus a simple recipe for you to make playdough.
Makes 1 coloured ball
Prep 10 minutes
You will need
- 8 tbsp plain flour
- 2 tbsp table salt
- 60ml warm water
- food colouring
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
1. Mix the flour and salt in a large bowl. In a separate bowl mix together the water, a few drops of food colouring and the oil.
2. Pour the coloured water into the flour mix and bring together with a spoon.
3. Dust a work surface with a little flour and turn out the dough. Knead together for a few minutes to form a smooth, pliable dough. If you want a more intense colour you can work in a few extra drops of food colouring.
4. Store in a plastic sandwich bag (squeeze out the air) in the fridge to keep it fresh.
I hope you have a lovely weekend.
Friday 13th November
Today is “Children in Need day” and we started our day with a Joe Wicks workout. Joe Wicks has created a video specifically tailored for EYFS, and our little ones loved Joe Wicks giving us a special morning energiser.
We also had Pudsey on hand with his Yoga moves to help get our class stretching and ready for the day.
Don’t forget to watch tonight and help Pudsey raise lots of money for Children in Need.
This week we have been reading the story of “The Tiger who came to tea” and something very strange happened. The tiger visited the Foundation Stage and we saw it on the camera, so we followed his footprints and realised that he’d drunk all of our milk. He also ate all our biscuits and drank all the tea in the teapot. We decided, just like Sophie in the story, to buy a very large tin of tiger food and make a large pot of tea just in case he returns.
In maths we watched number blocks episode 4 (number 3) see the link to watch it at home.
Here are some questions that you could ask your child after watching the programme.
What did you notice?
What activities did one and two do together?
Have you ever done any of these activities?
- Ask your child to gather three of something together ie blocks, cubes etc. Then ask them if they can turn the blocks etc into 1, then 2, then 3.
- Use cards with numbers on them 1-3 and then ask your child to show the corresponding amount with their cubes, bricks etc.
During our R.E. lesson we discussed the importance of Remembrance Day and all the people that had died during the 1st and 2nd World Wars. We also spoke about how important it was that we pay our respects to all the soldiers by making a poppy to remember them by and respecting the one-minute silence on Wednesday 11th November. Each child then had the opportunity to make their own poppy which was then added to the display.
Friday 6th November
I hope you and your families had a good half term.
This week in maths we explored “Maths- developing number fluency.” The class watched the BBC episode “number blocks 2"
Here are some of the activities the children did to reinforce the concept of number 2.
Number recognition of numbers one and two using cubes, bean bags and hoops. Learning to Pair various groups of things for example, small world animals, shoes, socks etc. This can be repeated at home using these various items.
On Thursday the Foundation stage learnt all there is to know about fireworks and about Guy Faulks and the gun powder plot. We splatter painted our very own picture of a fireworks display. We also made paper sparklers and then we zoomed around the playground pretending they were real. We may not have had a proper bonfire night this year, but the Foundation stage certainly enjoyed their own alternative bonfire night.
Friday 23rd October
It was lovely to speak to your parents this week and tell them all how amazing you are and how you have settled so well into the Nursery. I am so happy to have you in my class. Well done Nursery Ducklings.
This week has been all about Halloween spiders, spells, broomsticks and everything related to it, it’s been very creative week.
Our book has been “Room on the Broom,” the tale of a witch who keeps losing things whilst on her broomstick. Her belongings are then returned to her by various animals in return for a ride on her broomstick. Inevitably the broomstick breaks and the witch is trapped by a hungry dragon. The animals help the witch escape the snapping jaws of the dragon and in return she builds a deluxe broomstick for them all to travel on.
Here are just some of the activities that we have been doing this week.
Phase 1 phonics
The Nursery will be working on phase 1 phonics, the children focus on developing their speaking and listening skills. They focus on listening to the sounds around them and also begin building on their segmenting and blending skills. I have included 2 activities for you to complete with your child during half term.
- General sound discrimination environmental sounds.
- General sound discrimination instrumental sounds.
Have a wonderful week and I look forward to seeing you all soon.
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Dear Nursery another busy week playing and learning.
Our book this week was “The listening walk,” written by Paul Showers and illustrated by Aliki. We discussed how our senses work together to help us learn about the world around us. Then we made a list of the different things from the book “The Listening Walk,” that the child heard. We decided to do a listening walk of our own. We started by making our own listening ears and after having put them on we went for a walk around the school. When we returned to the carpet, we discussed the various sounds that we had heard. Some of the children said “I heard a motorbike,” “I heard the wind”, “I heard a pigeon flying in the sky,” “I heard a football and a teacher talking to the children,” “I heard the rain.” The children were so enthusiastic that we decided to go on a number hunt.
On Thursday morning we did a number hunt around the playground, I asked the children if they could help me find my numbers as the wind had blown them all around the playground. We went out to look for the numbers and we managed to find all the numbers up to ten. We were very good at being number detectives.
Our RE topic is going to be Baptism, a welcome to God’s family. The children will have an opportunity to learn some religious signs and symbols used in Baptism and also some religious words and phrases. They will know and understand what it is to be welcomed into God’s family by the act of Baptism.
I would appreciate it if you could send in a picture of your child’s Baptism so we could add it to our display.
Have a lovely weekend.
Friday 9th October
Dear Nursery Ducklings
Can you believe we are already in October? We've had another busy week this time running a marathon, congratulations to all of you for taking part. These were some of your comments on the day. “I ran and ran really fast. “I ran so fast my heart was going boom, boom.” “I won the race because I am fast.”
During maths we have been looking at numbers in the environment. I would like you to continue this at home and I have enclosed a worksheet for you to do along with you parents.
Our book this week has been “The Colour Monster goes to school” and we have made our own Colour Monster emotion jars to add to our display in the school corridor.
We’ve been learning that there is more to numbers than just counting and doing sums! The Number blocks Maths Programme will help your child discover the many different ways of thinking about, and using numbers, from number names and numerals to number bonds, number patterns and more.
Your child can use these number skills to build a good number sense, which can act as a solid foundation for maths success in the future.
The number blocks programme can be accessed through the CBBC website.
I hope your number hunt weekend goes well.
Ducklings Class (Nursery)
It was so lovely to meet you and your parents this week for your playdates. We are looking forward to welcoming you into Nursery next week where we will be doing lots of fun things such as painting, water play, drawing, running, climbing and many more things.
I look forward to seeing you next week and hope you have a lovely weekend.
On the school website there is a section about “Returning to School” There is a selection of e books that you can access for your information.
Friday 18th September 2020
Friday 25th September
Dear Nursery Ducklings
Congratulations on completing your second week in the Nursery, we have had another busy week playing and learning. I am so proud of how you are settling into the nursery routine. This week we have been learning our morning prayer “Good morning Lord.” We have also been reading the story of the ‘Colour Monster” and painting our own colour monsters.
The Colour Monster’ is here to teach us about feelings, as each beautiful colour leads to an emotion. It will also help us to build understanding and empathy towards others, as in the story the emotions are attached to deep descriptions of how the little Monster feels inside and how he is able to cope. We will also be following the colour monster’ other various adventures while learning what the colours mean to us.
Here is a snippet of what each colour means in this story
YELLOW – HAPPY
BLUE – SAD
RED – ANGER
GREEN – CALM
PINK – LOVE
Next week will be an exciting week because you will all be staying for lunch and some of you will be staying all day and we will have lots of fun activities.
Have a lovely
Friday 2nd October 2020
This week we read the book “What if we were all the same” and then discussed our family our homes and also how our features make us different from each other. The class were also given an opportunity to paint a self-portrait and then make a model of their face using natural materials. The self- portraits have now been placed on display and our RE focus is, children knowing that they are precious to God and the God knows each of them by their name.
On Thursday, as part of National Poetry week, the nursery sang “Twinkle, Twinkle little star” to the whole school. This was a very proud moment for me to see the “Nursery Ducklings” perform so well.
Have a lovely weekend, see you all next week.