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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 Ms Natasha

Week Beginning 26th June

posted 21 Jun 2017, 19:42 by Nursery Teacher 2   [ updated 21 Jun 2017, 19:45 ]

This coming week we will complete Learning Block 4; Preparing For The Ball. This is our last learning block of the whole unit! We will begin to prepare our party (Beautiful Bug Ball) which we will organise in our Reflection week. We will research and plan a menu for the party food, decide what songs/poems and dances we will take part in and finish our costumes that we started making last week. Preparing for the party will give us an opportunity to reflect on all the wonderful new learning we now have achieved from our Unit.

We continue our investigation into the BIG question is How do insects move around? As well as decide what our favourite bug is and why.

This week we will again practice using the Personal Quality Adaptability. We will practice allowing other children to touch and try some of the costumes that we made without becoming upset.

Here is the Ugly Big Ball song for you to practice dancing to at home;

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Weekly Nursery Strand Focus

IEYC

Literacy

Maths

Learning Block 4 Preparing for the ball

3.1a Exploring the senses

Alliteration

2.21a Exploring words through games, play, art and digital means   

Capacity

2.65a Exploring capacity through play and practical activities

Photographs of last week’s learning experiences:

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Making music to represent the sounds and movements of different bugs
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Making our 'Ugly Bug Ball' story/song book






Week 37 Beginning 19th June

posted 15 Jun 2017, 19:41 by Nursery Teacher 2   [ updated 15 Jun 2017, 19:48 ]

This coming week we begin Learning Block 4; Preparing For The Ball. We will start to make a Minibeast costume! We are going to take part in junk modeling to make different features of Minibeasts. The children will practice listening to instructions and following them step by step. We will work together as a team making some shared costumes too which we can include in our role-play area.

We continue our investigation into the BIG question is How do insects move around? As we take part in the ‘Ugly Bug Ball’ song and dance we will enquire and practice the different ways that a variety of Minibeasts move. We will record our findings during circle time on a chart.

This week we will again practice using the Personal Quality Respect. The song is called the Ugly Bug Ball. We will discuss if we think insects are ugly or beautiful. We will talk about this word and decide if using it shows respect for the Minibeasts.   

 

Weekly Nursery Strand Focus

IEYC

Literacy

Maths

Learning Block 4 Preparing for the ball

1.6a Expressing personal choices

Initial letters sounds in objects in the bug role-play

2.1a Using gesture and body movement to communicate  

Number and counting - Numicon & minibeasts

2.44a Separating a quantity of objects into groups with smaller number values  

 

Photographs of last week’s learning experiences:
 
Ava playing with our new arrival Davis! Alex and Sasha busy in the writing centre cutting out butterflies
 
Shreyansh making a cocoon for the caterpillars/ Felix and Sep exploring the tadpol's life cycle
 
Designing a home for an ant! We showed cooperation building and sharing




(3 Day) Week Beginning 14th June

posted 7 Jun 2017, 19:36 by Nursery Teacher 2   [ updated 7 Jun 2017, 19:56 ]

After the long weekend we continue Learning Block 3; Minibeasts on the move. We will practice identifying which Minibeasts we think move slow and which move fast, then we will sort them into two groups. We will take part in a ‘minibeast parade’ song and move and control our bodies in the different ways each bug moves. We will look at some real Minibeasts and use our enquiry skills to observe how fast/slow they move and compare them.

You can watch this Minibeast Madness song at home by the CBeebies, it shows you some real Minibeasts and how they move. The children make a Minibeast parade just like we will do at school.

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We continue our investigation into the BIG question is Where can minibeasts be found? We are researching  this by going outside to our playground and recording what kinds of places we find the most mini beasts. We will also use our Minibeast Non-fiction books to find out new facts about habitats of various Minibeasts.

This week we will again practice using the Personal Quality Cooperation. This week we are focusing on tidy up time and ensuring each of us take responsibility in helping to put things back in their place. We are also trying to ensure we only take out one toy at a time so that we are able to tidy it away when we finish.  

 

Weekly Nursery Strand Focus

IEYC

Literacy

Maths

Learning Block 3 Minibeasts on the move

3.10a Exploring what makes things move

Playing rhyming games and creating our own rhyming words

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

Number and counting reflection

2.44a Separating a quantity of objects into groups with smaller number values

 

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Phonics & Maths stations         Making A A A ant trail patterns with cotton buds/paint

Week Beginning 5th June

posted 1 Jun 2017, 17:34 by Nursery Teacher 2   [ updated 1 Jun 2017, 17:36 ]

This coming week we begin Learning Block 3; Minibeasts on the move. The children will make a life size spider web in the classroom using string. We will make paper spiders to live on the web. We will explore some spider stories called The Very Busy Spider – by Eric Carle and Aaaargghh! Spider – by Lydia Monks. We will practice describing our big classroom web and record all the words describing we think of. We will then take part in an Enquiry using multimedia to research Garden Orb spiders and the process of spinning a web. While we are outside this week we will go on a web hunt to try and find some real webs!

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The BIG question is Where can minibeasts be found? We will research this by going outside to our playground and recording what kinds of places we find the most mini beasts. We will also use our Minibeast Non-fiction books to find out new facts about habitats of various Minibeasts.

This week we will practice using the Personal Quality Cooperation. We will practice working together as a team in our web building and research tasks. Our big goal is to try not to push to the front and be first during our activities and lining up times this week. We will practice showing cooperation and allow other children to go first, ahead of us.

Weekly Nursery Strand Focus

IEYC

Literacy

Maths

Learning Block 3 Minibeasts on the move

3.16a Observing nature in the local environment

Initial letter sounds - names of mini-beasts

2.4a asking questions

Number and counting reflection

2.36a counting through play activities, action songs, rhymes and games

 

Photographs of last week’s learning experiences:
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Fun dress up learning about patterns              Our maths learning this week!

Week Beginning 29th June

posted 24 May 2017, 22:19 by Nursery Teacher 2   [ updated 24 May 2017, 22:30 ]

This coming week we begin Learning Block 2; Patterns, shape, colours and number. We will have a lot of fun learning; making all the different patterns of Minibeasts, sorting and identifying different features of Minibeasts, exploring symmetry in butterflies and counting and matching ladybird spots too!    

Here is a story about The Bad Tempered Ladybird! Does the Ladybird have a pattern of spots or stripes? How many spots does that ladybird have? What colours are on a ladybird? 

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to the story at home




The BIG question is What patterns do Minibeasts have? We will investigate many different types of Minibeasts using our enquiry skills. We will compare and describe the different patterns we find.  

This week we will practice using the Personal Quality Enquiry We are going to practice thinking

Weekly Nursery Strand Focus

IEYC

Literacy

Maths

Learning Block 2 Patterns, shape, colours and number

2.75a Exploration of colour, texture, materials, textiles, space, line and shape

Initial letter sounds - names of insects

2.3a Expressing ideas and experiences through language  

Matching same sets of numbers/objects

2.35a sorting and grouping objects


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Week Beginning 23rd May

posted 18 May 2017, 19:15 by Nursery Teacher 2   [ updated 30 May 2017, 22:40 ]

Thank you all for coming to our Maths open morning. The children loved sharing their learning with you!

This coming week we finish Learning Block 1; Looking after Minibeasts. We are going to consider the needs of a minibeast and what environment would make them happy and comfortable. We will make a home for a variety of different Minibeasts and choose from a selection of materials; sand, water, dough, grass, leaves, sticks etc. The children will practice sharing their personal ideas and think about their past experiences to help them choose. We will also have a big focus on books that are Non-fiction/Fact books. We will look at some in the class and learn lots of new knowledge. Then we will make our very own class information bug book!   

The BIG question is Are all Minibeasts small? Through our learning this week we will challenge our past ideas about Minibeasts and learn lots of new information in the non-fiction books. This will help us to discuss and answer this BIG question!

This week we will practice using the Personal Quality Reflection (Previously Thoughtfulness). We are going to practice thinking

 

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Watch this animater story to reflect on last weeks learning about The Very Hungry Caterpillar





Weekly Nursery Strand Focus

IEYC

Literacy

Maths

Learning Block 1B.; LOOKING AFTER MINIBEASTS

3.7a asking questions, experimenting with ideas and finding out about the local environment

Reflection of previous letters of the week

2.3a Expressing ideas and experiences through language  

Examining different 2D & 3D shapes in nature

2.71a The use of computers, tablets and a range of ICT to convey information

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Fun describing with squishy bugs and patterns
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Taking care of our very own precious creature
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Obstacle course - moving like the snail from the story


Week Beginning 15th May

posted 11 May 2017, 20:29 by Nursery Teacher 2   [ updated 30 May 2017, 22:41 ]

This coming week we begin Learning Block 1; Looking after minibeasts. We will begin by introducing the story Snail Trail. This book tells a story from the perspective of a minibeast as he explores and travels across a small area of vegetable patch. This will begin our learning about size and how to compare different sizes in terms of what is small and what is big in different perspectives. We will think about how precious and delicate little things can be. In circle time we will practice handling minibeasts gently and talk about how we can also be gentle and kind to each other.

The Big question is How can we care for mini-beasts? This will lead us into an enquiry and discussion about habitats and food that insects eat as well as how to be respectful when handling them.  

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This week we will practice using the Personal Quality Respect. We will continue our learning in caring for and being gentle with insects and living things. We are learning to respect nature.  

Weekly Nursery Strand Focus

IEYC

Literacy

Maths

Learning Block 1A.; Looking after minibeasts

3.20a Exploring wildlife, birds, insects, and other life forms that are of interest

Reflection of previous letters of the week

2.11a Listening to familiar sounds and identifying them   

Examining different 2D & 3D shapes in nature

2.77a Exploring and creating 2D and 3D artwork

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Week Beginning 10th May

posted 4 May 2017, 20:29 by Nursery Teacher 2   [ updated 4 May 2017, 20:44 ]

We are excited to begin our new Unit called The Brilliant Bug Ball this coming week! For our Entry Point the children will go on a bug hunt around the wooded area in Zima, across from the school. We will have special viewing boxes where we can examine some of the creatures back at school. The children will make some art to represent their findings. We will also help to create natural art to contribute to our Mini beast corner and Examination Station.

Our Big Question this week is; Where can you find insects/bugs?

This will begin an initial enquiry for the children into what local insects we have in Sakhalin and where they can be found.

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This week we will practice showing the Personal Quality Morality. This will be centered around our learning about being gentle with the insects we are examining. We will learn about how fragile and precious they are and how to examine them carefully.

Weekly Nursery Strand Focus

IEYC

Literacy

Maths

Entry Point/ The Big Picture / Capturing Curiosity

3.22 How to take care of living things and the environment

Non-fiction insect books

2.19 Exploring books and reading for pleasure

Comparing and describing the insects shape and size

2.56a Describing objects according to shape and size


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Week Beginning 1st May

posted 27 Apr 2017, 20:59 by Nursery Teacher 2   [ updated 27 Apr 2017, 21:59 ]

We have now come to the end of our Dinosaur Detectives Unit 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 Dinosaur 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.

Our Nursery Exit Point will be the children’s Dinosaur Party! The children will take responsibility in making special dino food for their party. We will use our dinosaur cookie cutters to bake biscuits. We will make dinosaur nests using cereal. We will also make a herbivore snack with cucumber. Yum yum! We have learned lots of dinosaur songs and dances during this unit which we will reflect on during the party.  In class we have been making all different kinds of dinosaur costumes which the children will wear at our party.

Remember to wear any dinosaur t-shirts, pyjamas or anything you may own linked to dinosaurs on Friday. Don’t worry if you don’t have any as we have made special costumes that we can wear in class.

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 personal Learning Journey books to help us to reflect. On Wednesday  morning our morning question for children/parents will be to look through your learning journey book to reflect on together.

Weekly Nursery Strand Focus

IEYC

Literacy

Maths

Learning Block 4 - Reflection Week

3.24a Exploring significant times in own and others lives and recent past events

4.13a Following instructions, copying and repeating actions

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

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Growing dinosaurs enquiry! We put the eggs in water and they hatched!!!
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Using our communication skills to act out the Dinosaurumpus story
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Making dinosaur costumes for our dino party Exit Point next week



Week Beginning 24th April

posted 20 Apr 2017, 20:32 by Nursery Teacher 2   [ updated 20 Apr 2017, 20:41 ]

This coming week we continue Learning Block 4; Dinosaur Dance. We will begin by introducing the story Dinosaurumpus. It is a fun book that the children will practice making up actions for. It will involve a lot of imaginative moving and will give the children an opportunity to practice controlling their body movements. We will also be making a lot of different types of dinosaur costumes. At the end of the week the children will parade them in the hall!

Here is the story if you would like to continue the children’s learning at home too;

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The Big question is linked to our story this week; How do you think these dinosaurs moved about? We will answer this through an enquiry into the different ways dinosaurs moved around. We will explore the different ways they move using our own bodies.

This week we will practice using the Personal Quality Cooperation. We will be making a lot of costumes this week and this will require the children to work together in a team and share ideas.

Weekly Nursery Strand Focus

IEYC

Literacy

Maths

Learning Block 4.; Move like a dinosaur

4.9a Exploring movement including walking, running, kicking, crawling, hopping, jumping etc.

Letter of the week Bb

2.3a Expressing ideas and experiences through language   

2D & 3D shapes

2.77a Exploring and creating 2D and 3D art work

 

Photographs of last week’s learning experiences:
 

 



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