Nursery News




Welcome to our Nursery and Pre-Nursery blog!
We will update this page weekly to keep you up to date with all our new learning experiences and news. 

Home Connections  
  • Using the photos as a reminder try using these prompts with your child to find out more about the learning below: 'Tell me...',  'Show me...', 'Talk to me about...'.  
  • Look out for links to songs, websites and ideas within our blog which will provide opportunities for you to continue the learning at home.  Miss Tricia and Miss Natasha

Week Beginning 11th Dec

posted 6 Dec 2017, 18:40 by Nursery Teacher 2   [ updated 6 Dec 2017, 21:26 ]

This coming week we will become little Elves working in a toy workshop in the North Pole! We have lots of special crafts to make and construct which will be great practice for our skills in following instructions and concentration. We will also explore and learn about the Russian traditional New Year celebrations, their New Year tree and Father Frost and his helping Grand daughter. We will have a Frozen themed winter party on Wednesday to celebrate the end of term 1. The children are invited to wear any silver, white or blue clothes they have or of course any Olaf, Anna or Elsa costumes for the party.
Our Big Question is "What winter traditions do we have in Russia?" we will use our enquiry skills to investigate this question this week.

https://sites.google.com/a/sakhalinschool.net/www-sakhalinschool-net/home/class-pages/pre-nursery/pre-nursery-news/weekbeginning11thdec/frozen.jpeg
  


Weekly Nursery Strand Focus

IEYC

Literacy

Maths

1.3a Personal celebrations and traditions as well as those in the community

4.13a Following instructions copying and repeating actions

2.54a Exploring size and shape through construction and modeling and creative activities


Last Week's Learning;
https://sites.google.com/a/sakhalinschool.net/www-sakhalinschool-net/home/class-pages/pre-nursery/pre-nursery-news/weekbeginning11thdec/IMG_0946.JPG  https://sites.google.com/a/sakhalinschool.net/www-sakhalinschool-net/home/class-pages/pre-nursery/pre-nursery-news/weekbeginning11thdec/IMG_0962.JPG  https://sites.google.com/a/sakhalinschool.net/www-sakhalinschool-net/home/class-pages/pre-nursery/pre-nursery-news/weekbeginning11thdec/IMG_0961.JPG?attredirects=0
https://sites.google.com/a/sakhalinschool.net/www-sakhalinschool-net/home/class-pages/pre-nursery/pre-nursery-news/weekbeginning11thdec/IMG_0963.JPG?attredirects=0  https://sites.google.com/a/sakhalinschool.net/www-sakhalinschool-net/home/class-pages/pre-nursery/pre-nursery-news/weekbeginning11thdec/IMG_0966.JPG?attredirects=0  https://sites.google.com/a/sakhalinschool.net/www-sakhalinschool-net/home/class-pages/pre-nursery/pre-nursery-news/weekbeginning11thdec/IMG_0705.JPG?attredirects=0


Week Beginning 4th Dec

posted 29 Nov 2017, 20:38 by Nursery Teacher 2   [ updated 30 Nov 2017, 18:37 ]

This week we will continue Learning Block 1; Lost and Found

We will explore the children's book This is the Bear, it is a story that is about a teddy bear that falls in the bin and the events that unfold as they search for it! This week the children can bring a soft teddy/toy to school to keep for the week. We will practice describing using positional language, moving the bear on, under, beside, behind the table/chair. You can try together at home, email me a photo of one of your bears in different positions around your home (for example; under your bed or on your kitchen table). We will also practice our organisational skills as we create our own teddy bears picnic. We will be in charge of making the sandwiches and lay out the blankets and plates. We will sing the song/poem "Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear".


https://sites.google.com/a/sakhalinschool.net/www-sakhalinschool-net/home/class-pages/pre-nursery/pre-nursery-news/_draft_post-38/download.jpg

We will introduce the BIG question Where is the bear? We will use our enquiry skills to look and examine where the bear is sitting, then practice communicating using positional language to describe where it is. Enquiry is our Personal Quality focus this week.


Weekly Nursery Strand Focus

IEYC

Literacy

Maths

3.12a Exploring natural materials and objects

2.18a using illustrations to tell stories

2.67a Exploring toys and objects that use switches, control buttons and mechanisms to produce movement. sound, light and actions


Photos of last weeks learning
https://sites.google.com/a/sakhalinschool.net/www-sakhalinschool-net/home/class-pages/pre-nursery/pre-nursery-news/weekbeginning4thdec/IMG_0618.JPG https://sites.google.com/a/sakhalinschool.net/www-sakhalinschool-net/home/class-pages/pre-nursery/pre-nursery-news/weekbeginning4thdec/IMG_0635%20(1).JPG https://sites.google.com/a/sakhalinschool.net/www-sakhalinschool-net/home/class-pages/pre-nursery/pre-nursery-news/weekbeginning4thdec/IMG_0636.JPG
https://sites.google.com/a/sakhalinschool.net/www-sakhalinschool-net/home/class-pages/pre-nursery/pre-nursery-news/weekbeginning4thdec/IMG_0655.JPG https://sites.google.com/a/sakhalinschool.net/www-sakhalinschool-net/home/class-pages/pre-nursery/pre-nursery-news/weekbeginning4thdec/IMG_0873.JPG https://sites.google.com/a/sakhalinschool.net/www-sakhalinschool-net/home/class-pages/pre-nursery/pre-nursery-news/weekbeginning4thdec/IMG_0842.JPG

Week Beginning 27th Nov

posted 23 Nov 2017, 14:48 by Nursery Teacher 2   [ updated 23 Nov 2017, 15:04 ]

This week we will begin Learning Block 1; Lost and Found

We will explore the children's classic book Dogger, it is a story about a little boy who looses has most special toy. It will support the children in understanding how things that are very special to us can make us feel. We will set up a table in the classroom with the children's favourite toy and a photo of who belongs to each. Using our personal quality of Respect, we will examine each of the special toys and who they belong to. In connection we will learn the teddy bear counting song "Ten in a bed" and practice counting backwards from 10. We will have lots of opportunities to take part in sorting items into categories using a mixed up toy box as well as when we create our own treasure box. 

https://sites.google.com/a/sakhalinschool.net/www-sakhalinschool-net/home/class-pages/pre-nursery/pre-nursery-news/weekbeginning27thnov/dogger.jpg

We will introduce the BIG question What's your favourite toy? Why? The children are invited to bring their favourite toy to bring to school. We will use in in lots of our learning experiences on Monday. We will also have an opportunity to present our special toy to the class and explain why it is our favourite. This will be great practice for our Communication skills as we practice presenting to an audience. Communication is also our Personal Quality focus this week. 


Weekly Nursery Strand Focus

IEYC

Literacy

Maths

1.16a Participating in group activities

2.4a asking questions

2.46a Creating groups of objects


Photos of last weeks learning
https://sites.google.com/a/sakhalinschool.net/www-sakhalinschool-net/home/class-pages/pre-nursery/pre-nursery-news/weekbeginning27thnov/IMG_0732.JPG
https://sites.google.com/a/sakhalinschool.net/www-sakhalinschool-net/home/class-pages/pre-nursery/pre-nursery-news/weekbeginning27thnov/IMG_0767.JPG https://sites.google.com/a/sakhalinschool.net/www-sakhalinschool-net/home/class-pages/pre-nursery/pre-nursery-news/weekbeginning27thnov/IMG_0768.JPG
https://sites.google.com/a/sakhalinschool.net/www-sakhalinschool-net/home/class-pages/pre-nursery/pre-nursery-news/weekbeginning27thnov/IMG_0770.JPG https://sites.google.com/a/sakhalinschool.net/www-sakhalinschool-net/home/class-pages/pre-nursery/pre-nursery-news/weekbeginning27thnov/IMG_0772.JPG


My Toy Shop - Entry Point - 20th Nov

posted 16 Nov 2017, 19:36 by Nursery Teacher 2   [ updated 23 Nov 2017, 14:25 ]


This week we will begin our new Learning Unit which is called My Toy Shop. 
On Monday 20th November we will have our Entry Point, the children will discover a special letter from The Toymaker. The Toymaker has gone away and left the children in charge of his special toy shop. The children will see that The Toymaker has left lots of boxes of toys all around the room for the children to explore. Using their enquiry skills the children will decide how best to sort these toys and create their toy shop! 
We will look at the Big Picture of the My Toy Shop Unit and find out what exciting learning we are going to explore in the weeks ahead, the children will also have opportunities to share their own ideas, interests and suggestions in our Capturing Curiosity session.  

Our learning this week will help us to answer and discuss this week's Big Question; What toys do you play with? The children will learn new skills in sorting toys into different categories; by colour, by it's features and it's shape etc.  We will also begin using our new role-play shop and practice skills in buying and selling items as well as organising our shop so that the toys are displayed nicely on the shelves. 

Weekly Nursery Strand Focus

IEYC

Literacy

Maths

1.24 Sharing experiences with others

2.11a Listening to familiar sounds and identifying them; joining in stories, poems, action songs and rhymes

2.40a Exploring one to one correspondence


Photos of last weeks learning
*Thank you so much for joining our open morning on Wednesday it was so nice to share our learning with you!!
https://sites.google.com/a/sakhalinschool.net/www-sakhalinschool-net/home/class-pages/pre-nursery/pre-nursery-news/mytoyshop-entrypoint-20thnov/IMG_0640.JPG https://sites.google.com/a/sakhalinschool.net/www-sakhalinschool-net/home/class-pages/pre-nursery/pre-nursery-news/mytoyshop-entrypoint-20thnov/IMG_0635.JPG https://sites.google.com/a/sakhalinschool.net/www-sakhalinschool-net/home/class-pages/pre-nursery/pre-nursery-news/mytoyshop-entrypoint-20thnov/IMG_0634.JPG
https://sites.google.com/a/sakhalinschool.net/www-sakhalinschool-net/home/class-pages/pre-nursery/pre-nursery-news/mytoyshop-entrypoint-20thnov/IMG_0633.JPG https://sites.google.com/a/sakhalinschool.net/www-sakhalinschool-net/home/class-pages/pre-nursery/pre-nursery-news/mytoyshop-entrypoint-20thnov/IMG_0632.JPG https://sites.google.com/a/sakhalinschool.net/www-sakhalinschool-net/home/class-pages/pre-nursery/pre-nursery-news/mytoyshop-entrypoint-20thnov/IMG_0631.JPG

Week Beginning 13th Nov

posted 1 Nov 2017, 19:04 by Nursery Teacher 2   [ updated 1 Nov 2017, 19:32 ]

We have now come to the end of our Once Upon a Time Unit of learning and this coming week we have our Reflection Week. The children will have the opportunity to reflect on all their new skills and knowledge that they have learned across their Fairy-tale Unit. We have selected a different theme of Unit focused learning each day. The children will have opportunities to choose their favourite learning activities from the unit and show and discuss their new learning with the other children and teachers. We will also look at some exciting Fairy-tales that were not in the unit and compare them.

Our Nursery Exit Point will be on Wednesday 15th morning, it is our IEYC open morning. Our parents are invited come at 8.15 and navigate around different learning stations with their child. Each station will have learning from our unit. We can also share our learning journey books with you as well as hear you read us a special fairy-tale. We hope you can come (it should last 40 - 60 minutes). You are welcome to bring your little brother or sister along too.

On Friday 17th the children are welcome to wear any fairy-tale or storybook costume if they wish. We can have a final goodbye to our unit.

The children will have a big focus on the personal quality Reflection (which was previously called Thoughtfulness). They will practice thinking back on their favourite learning, games, role-play and crafts in the Unit. We will use our online tool SeeSaw to look back on all the photos and videos of our unit to support us in our reflection. *If you still haven't accessed our SeeSaw app please let me know and I can provide you with another QR code & instructions. It's an important part of our Learning Journey this year. 

Weekly Nursery Strand Focus

IEYC

Literacy

Maths

1.16a Participating in group activities

2.14a Following conversations and stories (Reflection)

3.4a Exploring how we move


Previous Week's Learning *Remember to look on your SeeSaw app to see all your child's Learning Journey*
https://sites.google.com/a/sakhalinschool.net/www-sakhalinschool-net/home/class-pages/pre-nursery/pre-nursery-news/weekbeginning13thnov/IMG_0520.JPG?attredirects=0  https://sites.google.com/a/sakhalinschool.net/www-sakhalinschool-net/home/class-pages/pre-nursery/pre-nursery-news/weekbeginning13thnov/IMG_0572.JPG?attredirects=0 https://sites.google.com/a/sakhalinschool.net/www-sakhalinschool-net/home/class-pages/pre-nursery/pre-nursery-news/weekbeginning13thnov/IMG_0564.JPG?attredirects=0 https://sites.google.com/a/sakhalinschool.net/www-sakhalinschool-net/home/class-pages/pre-nursery/pre-nursery-news/weekbeginning13thnov/IMG_0554.JPG?attredirects=0
We had great fun making and decorating real and pretend Gingerbread men! We practiced learning how to follow instructions step by step. 

Week Beginning 30th November

posted 26 Oct 2017, 17:29 by Nursery Teacher 2   [ updated 26 Oct 2017, 19:16 ]

This week we are starting Learning Block 4; 

We will make our own real gingerbread in class YUM! We will practice identifying all the changing characters and reflect on their order and events. We will make gingerbread races where we have to run away just like he does in the story. We will design our own gingerbread man and practice choosing our favourite different materials to stick.


We will introduce the BIG question How is gingerbread made? We will look at how the gingerbread man ends up at the shop to be bought and all the processes that come before it.

Our Personal Quality focus this week is Communication we will practice alot of this skill as we retell and act out the story as different characters. 


Weekly Nursery Strand Focus

IEYC

Literacy

Maths

3.20 Exploring wildlife, domestic animals, birds, sea life, insects and other life forms that are of interest

2.9a Using word endings to describe more than one object; applying past/future/present tenses

2.63a Exploring weight through play and practical activities


Last week's learning experiences; (remember to look on seesaw to see your child's weekly learning journey)
https://sites.google.com/a/sakhalinschool.net/www-sakhalinschool-net/home/class-pages/pre-nursery/pre-nursery-news/weekbeginning30thnovember/IMG_0476.JPG https://sites.google.com/a/sakhalinschool.net/www-sakhalinschool-net/home/class-pages/pre-nursery/pre-nursery-news/weekbeginning30thnovember/IMG_0451.JPG  https://sites.google.com/a/sakhalinschool.net/www-sakhalinschool-net/home/class-pages/pre-nursery/pre-nursery-news/weekbeginning30thnovember/IMG_0397.JPG  
    https://sites.google.com/a/sakhalinschool.net/www-sakhalinschool-net/home/class-pages/pre-nursery/pre-nursery-news/weekbeginning30thnovember/IMG_0441.JPG


Week Beginning 23rd October

posted 19 Oct 2017, 17:33 by Nursery Teacher 2   [ updated 23 Oct 2017, 15:33 ]

This week we are starting Learning Block 3; The Tortoise and the Hare. 

We will plan and practice different races, then at the end of the week we will take part in a mini Olympics! We will read the story The Tortoise and the hare and practice retelling it using stick and hand puppets. We will use our logic skills to make a track by laying out large paper in a sequence in the large hall, then we will practice following the path of the race. We are very excited to have our very own class pet for the week!! Ms Natasha is bringing her pet terrapin to school for us to help look after for a week. 


We will introduce the BIG question How do tortoises/terrapin's move? What do tortoises/terrapin's need? We will answer this using our enquiry skills while we investigate using a real terrapin! 

Our Personal Quality focus this week is Resilience we will use the story The tortoise and the hare to help us learn more about what resilience means.

https://sites.google.com/a/sakhalinschool.net/www-sakhalinschool-net/home/class-pages/pre-nursery/pre-nursery-news/_draft_post-37/tortoise.jpg


Weekly Nursery Strand Focus

IEYC

Literacy

Maths

3.1a Exploring the senses  

2.5a Describing objects, people, places and events that are present and no present

2.56a Describing objects according to shape and size



Last week's learning experiences; (remember to look on seesaw to see your child's weekly learning journey)
https://sites.google.com/a/sakhalinschool.net/www-sakhalinschool-net/home/class-pages/pre-nursery/pre-nursery-news/weekbeginning23rdoctober/IMG_0261.JPG  https://sites.google.com/a/sakhalinschool.net/www-sakhalinschool-net/home/class-pages/pre-nursery/pre-nursery-news/weekbeginning23rdoctober/IMG_0262.JPG 
https://sites.google.com/a/sakhalinschool.net/www-sakhalinschool-net/home/class-pages/pre-nursery/pre-nursery-news/weekbeginning23rdoctober/IMG_0265.JPG  https://sites.google.com/a/sakhalinschool.net/www-sakhalinschool-net/home/class-pages/pre-nursery/pre-nursery-news/weekbeginning23rdoctober/IMG_0266.JPG
 https://sites.google.com/a/sakhalinschool.net/www-sakhalinschool-net/home/class-pages/pre-nursery/pre-nursery-news/weekbeginning23rdoctober/IMG_0296.JPG



Week Beginning 16th Oct

posted 12 Oct 2017, 19:11 by Nursery Teacher 2   [ updated 12 Oct 2017, 19:40 ]

This week we will continue Learning Block 2; The Three Billy Goats Gruff. 

The children will have a week of music & rhythm making, dancing and performances. We will make a trip trap beat using our bodies as well as instruments to create a beat. We will make troll masks & goat masks using a variety of craft materials. The children will help decorate a 'troll cave' to use in their performance. Then using the instruments, scenes and dress up we will create a performance! 


We will introduce the BIG question How can we use music to help tell a story? We will answer this gradually through the week using our enquiry skills to create a variety of musical sounds and effects to make the performance.

Our Personal Quality focus this week; Morality again in connection to the Three Billy Goats Gruff.


Weekly Nursery Strand Focus

IEYC

Literacy

Maths

2.82a Singing songs, making sounds, exploring musical instruments and their sounds and joining in musical activities

2.14a following conversations and stories

2.55a Exploring size and shape in everyday objects in the environment



Some of last weeks learning experiences; (Remember to also look on our online Learning Journey using the Seesaw app.)
https://sites.google.com/a/sakhalinschool.net/www-sakhalinschool-net/home/class-pages/pre-nursery/pre-nursery-news/weekbeginning16thoct/IMG_6708.JPG 
https://sites.google.com/a/sakhalinschool.net/www-sakhalinschool-net/home/class-pages/pre-nursery/pre-nursery-news/weekbeginning16thoct/IMG_6713.JPG
https://sites.google.com/a/sakhalinschool.net/www-sakhalinschool-net/home/class-pages/pre-nursery/pre-nursery-news/weekbeginning16thoct/IMG_6714.JPG  
https://sites.google.com/a/sakhalinschool.net/www-sakhalinschool-net/home/class-pages/pre-nursery/pre-nursery-news/weekbeginning16thoct/IMG_6715.JPG


Week Beginning 9th October

posted 5 Oct 2017, 16:18 by Nursery Teacher 2   [ updated 5 Oct 2017, 17:28 ]

This week we will begin Learning Block 2; The Three Billy Goats Gruff. 

We will create our own setting to practice acting out the story, making a river, grassy field and bridge. We will use our communication skills re-creating the sounds of the Billy Goats clip clopping over the bridge using a variety of instruments as well as our own voice. We will practice counting out sets of three objects just like the three Billy Goats. We will explore who is age three in our class and how that number 3 looks. 


https://sites.google.com/a/sakhalinschool.net/www-sakhalinschool-net/home/class-pages/pre-nursery/pre-nursery-news/_draft_post-37/download%20(1).jpg

We will introduce the BIG question Are they nice goats? When we read the story together we will discuss of the goats were kind to each other.

Our Personal Quality focus this week; Morality. In connection to the Three Billy Goats Gruff, we will explore good choices/sad choices that the characters make and if we think they showed morality. 


Weekly Nursery Strand Focus

IEYC

Literacy

Maths

11.1a being empathetic and sensitive towards others

2.12a Identifying and anticipating repetition in stories, poems, songs, rhymes and other language activities

2.53a Exploring size and shape through real life and play contexts



Last Week's Learning;

  
  
The afternoon children joined the primary 1 class on a trip to the Yuzhno Puppet Theatre. We watched a Russian fairy-tale about some naughty geese and a brother and sister.
https://sites.google.com/a/sakhalinschool.net/www-sakhalinschool-net/home/class-pages/pre-nursery/pre-nursery-news/weekbeginning9thoctober/IMG_6659.JPG?attredirects=0  
https://sites.google.com/a/sakhalinschool.net/www-sakhalinschool-net/home/class-pages/pre-nursery/pre-nursery-news/weekbeginning9thoctober/IMG_6653.JPG?attredirects=0
We are taking care of the vegetable seeds we planted. We all get turns pretending to be the 'cloud' sprinkling the water 
https://sites.google.com/a/sakhalinschool.net/www-sakhalinschool-net/home/class-pages/pre-nursery/pre-nursery-news/weekbeginning9thoctober/IMG_6600.JPG?attredirects=0  https://sites.google.com/a/sakhalinschool.net/www-sakhalinschool-net/home/class-pages/pre-nursery/pre-nursery-news/weekbeginning9thoctober/IMG_6599.JPG?attredirects=0 https://sites.google.com/a/sakhalinschool.net/www-sakhalinschool-net/home/class-pages/pre-nursery/pre-nursery-news/weekbeginning9thoctober/IMG_6583.JPG?attredirects=0
Printing with real vegetables!                                                                            Role-play making soup




Week Beginning 2nd October

posted 28 Sep 2017, 16:06 by Nursery Teacher 2   [ updated 28 Sep 2017, 16:24 ]

This week we will continue Learning Block 1; The Enormous Turnip. 

We have had alot of fun this past week learning about the story, exploring the characters, acting it out in a group. The children can recall the events of the story very well, they are practicing to call up each character in the correct order through our role-play fun!  We will continue to grow real plants and investigate real seeds through enquiry. 

Here is a template of the characters for you to make stick puppets, if you would like to continue the learning at home...

https://sites.google.com/a/sakhalinschool.net/www-sakhalinschool-net/home/class-pages/pre-nursery/pre-nursery-news/_draft_post-37/T-T-610-The-Enormous-Turnip-Stick-Puppets-1.jpg  https://sites.google.com/a/sakhalinschool.net/www-sakhalinschool-net/home/class-pages/pre-nursery/pre-nursery-news/_draft_post-37/T-T-610-The-Enormous-Turnip-Stick-Puppets-2.jpg

We will introduce the BIG question How do vegetables grow? We will learn the answers to this question as we begin to grow real vegetables ourselves and use already grown vegetables to enquire and experiment. 

We will continue our Personal Quality focus this week; Communication. The class show excellent communication skills each morning through our "Hello children" song where they practice the communication skills of waving, singing clearly and looking at each person as they singing to them.

 

Weekly Nursery Strand Focus

IEYC

Literacy

Maths

4.4a Exploring food and drink, texture and tastes

2.6a Using language skills in play situations  

2.56a Describing objects according to size and shape




Some of last week's Learning Experiences; Roleplaying The Enormous Turnip, Investigating real seeds and vegetables, making vegetable shapes with playdough, learning about growing and planting...
https://sites.google.com/a/sakhalinschool.net/www-sakhalinschool-net/home/class-pages/pre-nursery/pre-nursery-news/weekbeginning2ndoctober/IMG_6581.JPG?attredirects=0 
https://sites.google.com/a/sakhalinschool.net/www-sakhalinschool-net/home/class-pages/pre-nursery/pre-nursery-news/weekbeginning2ndoctober/IMG_6582.JPG?attredirects=0 
https://sites.google.com/a/sakhalinschool.net/www-sakhalinschool-net/home/class-pages/pre-nursery/pre-nursery-news/weekbeginning2ndoctober/IMG-1081.JPG?attredirects=0 
https://sites.google.com/a/sakhalinschool.net/www-sakhalinschool-net/home/class-pages/pre-nursery/pre-nursery-news/weekbeginning2ndoctober/IMG-1087.JPG?attredirects=0
https://sites.google.com/a/sakhalinschool.net/www-sakhalinschool-net/home/class-pages/pre-nursery/pre-nursery-news/weekbeginning2ndoctober/IMG_6552.JPG?attredirects=0  
https://sites.google.com/a/sakhalinschool.net/www-sakhalinschool-net/home/class-pages/pre-nursery/pre-nursery-news/weekbeginning2ndoctober/IMG_6519.JPG?attredirects=0 
 
https://sites.google.com/a/sakhalinschool.net/www-sakhalinschool-net/home/class-pages/pre-nursery/pre-nursery-news/weekbeginning2ndoctober/IMG_6486.JPG?attredirects=0 
https://sites.google.com/a/sakhalinschool.net/www-sakhalinschool-net/home/class-pages/pre-nursery/pre-nursery-news/weekbeginning2ndoctober/IMG_6476.JPG?attredirects=0


1-10 of 113