The Gingerbread Man
This week, we have been reading the story of The Gingerbread Man. The children have been taking turns at being different characters and enjoyed being the gingerbread man saying, “Run, run, as fast as you can, you can’t catch me, I’m the gingerbread man.”
We have been focusing on recognising numbers up to 5. To help us, we had to select a number, count out that number of buttons and put it onto our gingerbread man.
Just like the little old woman, we have made gingerbread men using playdough. Obviously, we made sure the oven door was locked so that the gingerbread man didn’t escape again!
All about Number
This week, we have been focussing on the number 1. To help us, we counted objects to 1 and wrote the number 1 in a variety of ways e.g. in the sand, on big paper and outside using the chalk.
We have been learning to recognise our name and some of us, to write it. To help us write, we need to have good pencil control. We have been practising drawing over dotted lines and doing lots of finger exercises.
In our creative play, we have been using lots of different textures to collage ‘The Gingerbread man’. We have used words such as bumpy, smooth, hard and soft to describe the materials we used.
The Gingerbread Man
This week, we have been focussing on the number 2. We have been on a number hunt and found pairs of objects. We have also been practising writing the number 2 by using the phrase, ‘Up around down and across makes 2.’
The Gingerbread Man shocked us this week by writing a letter telling us he wanted a friend. To do this, we decided to make gingerbread men. As our number this week is 2, we gave the gingerbread men 2 eyes and 2 buttons. As requested by The Gingerbread Man, we saved one to send to him and we also wrote a letter saying we hope they have many new adventures together. The next day, we saw pictures from the night before which showed The Gingerbread Man and his friend running around our school, how cheeky!
As well as looking at traditional tales this half term, we are also looking at people who help us. This week we looked at firemen and how they help us. To help us, we have looked at videos and took part in role play by dressing up and acting as firemen in our play.
Jack and the Beanstalk
We have started a new story this week called Jack and the Beanstalk. It has been so much fun retelling the story using the puppets and soft toy props. The giant is our favourite character and we have been acting like a big, angry giant saying, “Fee fi fo fum, watch out, here I come!”
This week, we have been focussing on the number 3. We are able to count 3 objects and make towers of 3 cubes. To help us write the number 3, we have used whiteboards and wrote lots of 3’s on them.
In RE, the topic is all about Celebrations. To help us with this topic, we have discussed what we think a celebration is and role played different celebrations. As a class, we decided that our favourite celebration is birthdays. We have had a party in the home corner, and made cakes using the playdough, where we have used 3 candles, as this is our number of the week.
The most exciting thing that happened this week was that it snowed! It was amazing. We brought some of the snow inside and used our hands to describe how the snow felt. “It is freezing!” “It is slippery.” These were some of the words/phrases we used to describe the snow.
National Storytelling Week
This week in Nursery and Reception, the children have been celebrating National Storytelling Week. They have shared in the enjoyment of listening to stories as well as retelling their own and reading to a friend.
We believe that, "Storytelling can enrich lives everywhere. The sharing between teller and listener empowers, feeding the imagination from one generation to the next." (The Society for Storytelling)
World Book Day Celebrations
World Book Day is a registered charity on a mission to give every child and young person a book of their own. It’s also a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world.
This is the 22nd year there’s been a World Book Day, and today, we all came together to appreciate reading. Very loudly and very happily. This year, the children dressed up in their pyjamas or their favourite book character. The main aim of World Book Day in the UK and Ireland is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own.
Chinese New Year
This week we celebrated, Chinese New Year. To help us learn some information, we watched some videos of children explaining all about the celebration and how they prepare for it. We looked at some artefacts from their culture and we also had a special Chinese dinner at school. As it’s the year of the pig, we enjoyed making pigs masks using different shapes for different parts of the pigs face.
We loved watching a lion dance, which is part of the Chinese New Year celebrations. To learn more about this, we had to listen very carefully to the music in the background. We guessed correctly about hearing drums and said that they were very loud! Some of us also heard some bells. We had a lion puppet that we used to dance around and we all took turns using the instruments to make the music for the lion to dance.
People Who Help US
As part of our People Who Help Us topic, we have looked at doctors and nurses this week. To help us learn more about this, we have watched videos and used some medical equipment to act out being a doctor. These included a stethoscope, thermometer, bandages and an otoscope. These important pieces of equipment were used in class to check if everyone was feeling well including our class baby, Lottie.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
We have started a new topic for this half term on Growing. Our first story is The Very Hungry Caterpillar. We have read the story and sequenced it in the correct order. In the story, the caterpillar ate food on each day of the week. To help us learn the days of the week, we have been learning a song.
How tall are you?
In Maths, we have been looking at the language of tall/small and long/short. To help us learn about this, we have used ourselves to describe tall/small. We have also made towers using counting cubes and then compared the towers to our friends. We used the language of taller, smaller, longer, and shorter to describe the comparisons.
It is very important that children get lots of exercise throughout their childhood. As part of the children’s education, we teach them physical skills. One thing that we have been learning in Nursery is Yoga. The children follow the instructions and take part in a child friendly Yoga routine. Yoga is good for the children. Physically, it enhances their flexibility, strength, coordination, and body awareness. In addition, their concentration and sense of calmness and relaxation improves. We use a programme called Cosmic Kids Yoga and the children enjoy taking part in Yoga through stories.
What an exciting week we had this week. Every year there is a special week devoted to Science. St Sebastian’s school held a science fair. In Nursery, our experiment was floating and sinking. We all dressed up as scientists and worked together to make our predictions about whether the objects would float or sink. The objects included a plastic cup, a stick, a stone and a shell. We placed the pictures of the objects on our prediction table then we tested this out.
Once we carried out the investigation, we categorised them into a float or sink box. We then found out that the stone and the shell sank to the bottom but the plastic up and the stick floated on the water. We presented this experiment to the whole school and the governors. They were really impressed with our scientific work.
The Wild Roadshow
In Nursery, we had a visitor who brought some special guests with her. These were minibeasts! We all had the chance to see and hold a snake, a giant cockroach, an African land snail, a bearded dragon and a millipede. A tarantula also visited but we were only allowed to see this in the tank. The children were very brave and enjoyed the opportunity to see these amazing animals.
This week, we had the opportunity to dress as someone we would like to be when we are older. We was all dressed up as various professionals. These included a doctor, a policeman, a dancer, a fireman and an astronaut.
In Nursery, we were lucky enough to be able to explore lots of different role play equipment to act out the different jobs/roles we could have when we are older. We really enjoyed the hairdressing equipment and created some fabulous hairstyles. Working together as a team really does make the job easier especially when you have tricky customers.
To celebrate Mother’s Day, the children had an opportunity to invite someone special into class for a drink, a biscuit and a play. The children were able to show our special visitors their learning environment and the areas they love to learn in the most. These included the playdough area, the outdoor reading area, the mark making area and the construction area.
Here is a sneak preview of Nursery's Easter bonnets. We look forward to see you all in the morning at 9.15am.
Well done Nursery. Your retelling of the Easter story from Shrove Tuesday up to Easter Sunday has got us all thinking about the importance of Easter. Thank you to all the parents/carers who worked hard at home to create some amazing bonnets. I’m sure they’ll enjoy wearing them again on Easter Sunday.