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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 23rd May

posted 18 May 2017, 19:15 by Nursery Teacher 2   [ updated 18 May 2017, 22:24 ]

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 3B.; Dinosaur Dilemmas

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

Photographs of last week’s learning experiences:

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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 11 May 2017, 21:21 ]

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 3B.; Dinosaur Dilemmas

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

Photographs of last week’s learning experiences:

  
  
 
 
 





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

 

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Week Beginning 17th April

posted 16 Apr 2017, 15:55 by Nursery Teacher 2   [ updated 16 Apr 2017, 16:28 ]

This coming week we continue Learning Block 3; Dinosaur Dilemmas. We will practice our maths skills in problem solving, predicting and counting. The children’s role-play will have a volcano and asteroid added to it this week which will add excitement and new ideas to our imaginative dinosaur adventures.

We will continue our Big Question this week is; What do dinosaurs eat? We have made two dinosaurs using boxes, one is a herbivore and the other a carnivore. The children will enquire about what this means and what kids of food would have been available at the time of dinosaurs. They will then practice sorting the food into two categories; plants/veg and meat and feed them to the dinosaurs we made.


This week we will practice using the Personal Quality Respect. We have a focus on Friendships linked to the story “The Dinosaur Who Lost His Roar!” The children will think about ways that they can speak kindly to their friends and how some words may make them feel sad. 

Last week the children have shown great cooperation when playing in our role-play museum shop. Now that we have practiced in class the children are independently using money to buy and sell the different dinosaur items. They especially enjoy scanning all the things they want at the till and bagging it up!






Last week we also explored the story Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs. This is a great story to create interest in counting. The children enjoyed making their own bucket of dinosaurs and practiced counting them out one at a time and aranging them in a line. This week you could fill your own dinosaur bucket at home! 

 Click to here to watch a story teller read another book in the series called "Harry's Dinosaurs go Wild"





Weekly Nursery Strand Focus

IEYC

Literacy

Maths

Learning Block 3B.; Dinosaur Dilemmas

1.4a Developing positive friendships  

Letter of the week Hh

2.5a Describing objects, people, places and events that are present/not present  

Sorting and identifying differences & similarities. Introduce making predictions.

2.57a Identifying similarities and differences between shapes (and objects)

 

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Making a raft to help the dinosaurs - we can practice choosing items that can float to make it
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Making treasure islands - we can roll the dough into a ball then squish it flat into an island shape
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"What would you like to buy in our cafe?" - Working in our Dino Museum cafe



 


Week Beginning 10th April

posted 23 Mar 2017, 20:24 by Nursery Teacher 2   [ updated 23 Mar 2017, 20:56 ]

Have a wonderful and safe two weeks of Spring Break Everyone!

Term 3 begins with Learning Block 3; Dinosaur Dilemmas. The children will take part in problem solving tasks this week through some exciting dinosaur dilemmas. Including, missing dinosaurs, solving mazes and puzzles as well as reading treasure maps.

This week we will practice using the Personal Quality Resilience. The tasks this week are challenging and will require the children to keep their attention and focus. This will be a good opportunity for them to practice their skills in showing resilience when they find things difficult.

Weekly Nursery Strand Focus

IEYC

Literacy

Maths

Learning Block 2B.; Digging up the past - Roleplay Museum focus week

1.24a Sharing experiences with others

Letter of the week Rr (cont.)

4.13a Following instructions, copying and repeating actions

Problem solving

2.70a Using technology to perform simple functions

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Week Beginning 20th March

posted 16 Mar 2017, 19:15 by Nursery Teacher 2   [ updated 16 Mar 2017, 19:27 ]


This coming week we continue Learning Block 2; Digging up the past. The children will continue to set up their museum café, dino gift shop and information kiosk. We will practice taking on new roles and work together. We will now add to our role-play by making our own menus, food orders and money/cash registers.

We will continue our Big Question this week is; What might you see in a museum?  This is a big question for us and requires some further enquiry next week. 

Here is a Peppa Pig episode where the family visits a museum. This will be useful if your child hasn’t recently been to a museum to support them in understanding what one is.   

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This week we will practice using the Personal Quality Enquiry. We will practice observing real life contexts and then applying them to a role-play setting. This will be through our Museum shop, café and info kiosk.

Weekly Nursery Strand Focus

IEYC

Literacy

Maths

Learning Block 2B.; Digging up the past - Roleplay Museum focus week

3.5a Exploring the roles of people who help us in the community

Letter of the week Rr

2.39a Creating marks and symbols that represent numbers in a range of play situations

Using coins in our role-play

2.52a Exploring money

 

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Dr Rattlebone, a real dino detective wrote to us and gave us a special task!
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We are enjoying making dino shapes by pressing them over pictures!
We made a special Fossil Art using clay, shell and dino patterns as well as real crushed shells and rocks. 



Week Beginning 13th March

posted 9 Mar 2017, 20:59 by Nursery Teacher 2   [ updated 9 Mar 2017, 21:09 ]

This coming week we continue Learning Block 2; Digging up the past. We will gather all the wonderful creations we have made ie. Dino bones made with salt dough, fossils made from clay, the new tools we have learned to use and labels we wrote. We will then put all of these into our class museum! The children will set up a museum café, dino gift shop and information kiosk. We will practice taking on new roles and work together.

Our Big Question this week is; What might you see in a museum?  

Here are two video clips from the Night At The Museum movies. See if your child can identify what dinosaur it is by looking at the skeleton shape.

T-Rex 

Triceratops 

This week we will practice using the Personal Quality Reflection. We will reflect on our personal experiences with museums. Have you ever been to a museum with your family? If not, have you ever read a story or seen a movie about a museum? What did you see there?

Weekly Nursery Strand Focus

IEYC

Literacy

Maths

Learning Block 2B.; Digging up the past

1.22a Recognising that gratification is not always instant

Letter of the week Uu

2.13a Listening to others and joining in listening activities for developmentally appropriate periods of time

Measurement & Size

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

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We practiced our skills in following a recipe to make salt dough for our dino bones

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After looking at pictures of dinosaur skeletons we tried to build our own

   
We made fossils using clay by pressing in objects like shells, dino feet, arms etc. We can try to identify what it is by the print left on the clay. We are dino detectives! 


House of Straw Video of Actions

posted 9 Mar 2017, 16:28 by Nursery Teacher 2   [ updated 9 Mar 2017, 16:28 ]

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