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Nursery learn about their senses

We have had a very sensory week in the nursery this week. On Monday the children went on a bare foot walk and tried hard to describe the different textures they could feel. Tuesday we were nose detectives and had to sniff out what was hiding in our tubs, there was cocoa powder,vanilla essence, perfume and curry powder. Wednesday the children used their sense of taste. They tried icing sugar, cocoa powder, lemon and crisps. We talked about the different tastes, bitter, sweet and sour. Thursday was listening Day. We used our ears and went for a listening walk around the school grounds. The children identified lots of diffent sounds birds, cars, trees and someone even thought they heard the bin men! Well done children, super listening! We then set about making our own instruments. We could make one that had a loud, quiet or soft sound. Binocular making on Friday, I wonder what we’ll see. Well done everyone!
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Handa’s Surprise

The Nursery children had a very busy week learning all about different countries. We spent a very busy Monday learning about France. We looked closely at The Eiffel Tower and then the children tried hard to paint their own, we had lots of fun learning to say ‘hello’ in French. I wonder if anyone can remember?
We shared the story ‘Handa’s Surprise by Eileen Browne. In the story Handa visits her friend Akeyo and takes a basket of seven different fruits, along the way some very cheeky animals took the fruit from the basket. Can you remember any of the animals? Following the story we tasted a selection of fruits from the story, as you will see from the childrens faces on the photos some were not very popular!
We looked at the Indian flag and tasted a variety of foods, including naan bread, poppadum, mango chutney and cucumber and mint dip.
Buongiorno Thursday! We spent the day learning about Italy and making our very own pizzas! an activity the children thoroughly enjoyed, of course the best part was eating it once it was cooked.
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Under The Sea

What a very busy start to our final half term! It was lovely to see so many happy smiling faces all refreshed after the half term break and ready to learn lots of new and exciting things.
On Monday we shared ‘The Rainbow fish’ a story about a fish who didn’t like to share his shiny scales, afterwards the children painted their hands to create their own rainbow fish.
Our new role play area has been very popular, with everyone acting out being at the seaside not forgetting to apply sun cream before taking a dip in the paddling pool.
Today the children have made an Octopus, they had to carefully count out eight tentacles to attach to the body, super counting by everyone, well done!
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Super Sharing!

This week in Maths, Reception have been learning to share a number of objects equally. Yesterday the children were given a set of numbers to 20 to investigate if that number could be shared equally. The children were super investigators and found that some numbers such as 9 and 13 cannot be shared equally. We have also been learning to verbalise our sharing by saying, for example, “if I share 12 equally, they will have 6 each”. Fantastic work everybody! Click on the links in the picture below to hear the children verbalising their sharing.

Bye Bye Butterflies

The children in EYFS have carefully watched our caterpillars grow, spin cocoons and finally turn into beautiful butterflies. This afternoon we let them fly much to the excitement of everybody. The children have loved watching the life cycle take place in front of their very own eyes and can’t wait to see them flying around our playground!

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Oliver’s Vegetables

What a very busy week we had in the Nursery!
On Monday we shared the story ‘Oliver’s Vegetables’ by Vivian French, afterwards we went in to our garden area and each child planted a seed, can anyone remember what hey planted?
We had vegetable printing, fruit printing, a garden centre real vegetables and fruit in the water tray where the children were creating some fabulous dishes!
We have had some fantastic counting this week, the children had to put a number of seeds in a pod and say which pod had less, well done everyone!
Later in the week we shared another story by Vivian French, Oliver’s Fruit Salad. All the children then tasted melon, pineapple, grapes and orange and had to choose their favourite, some were unsure but each one tasted everything which is very brave! Chloe said “The oranges are a bit sour” We then created a pictogram the children had to used their favourite fruit and attach a picture, the results can be seen in the Thinglink below.
A very busy week!
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The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Welcome back everyone! We hope you had a lovely Easter break. It was lovely to welcome the children back into school on Monday, refreshed and ready to learn.
This week we have shared the story The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle and we received a very special delivery of caterpillars on Monday. After reading the story, the children have each painted their own caterpillar in the style of Eric Carle, they are fantastic!
We have also been learning about patterns and how they can be made. We made patterns by threading pasta, printed patterns using cardboard tubes and created pattern designs using felt tip pens. We think the children have worked really hard and we are really proud of the fantastic work they have produced.

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Happy Easter

We had a very busy last week of term in the Nursery. The children have been busy making and creating lots of Easter arts and crafts, the cards home to their families are fantastic with super writing on the inside! We also made chocolate nests. On Wednesday the children had to carefully follow clues that the Easter bunny had left for us, they were brilliant detectives and found a basket of chocolates for each group! Well done everyone. A huge thank you to everyone who made an Easter Bonnet or decorated an egg, they were fantastic and you all looked amazing!
We hope you all have a lovely Easter holiday with your families, we look forward to seeing you next term.
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Spring has arrived in the Nursery

Spring has most definitely sprung into the Nursery today! We have had some fantastic Learning Challenges that show the children have been working really hard to find signs of Spring at home. Well done children!
Today we went outside to take a close look at the spring flowers in our garden area. The children then used their observational skills to draw some fantastic pictures! Other creations include play dough blossom and knex flowers.
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