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Westleigh Methodist Primary School

Westleigh Methodist Primary School

Nursery

Autumn Term 1 2018

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During the autumn term we have welcomed new children into our Nursery setting, some who have never attended Nursery before. The Nursery staff have also welcomed back children who attended during the last school year. It has been lovely helping and watching all the children settle into new routines, become more confident and independent. Some have re-kindled familiar friendships and others have made new ones. As part of our desire to strengthen and enhance our Nursery children’s self-esteem staff have introducing a ‘Marvellous Me!’ box to the children. They are encouraged to fill the box with three or four items which will tell the rest of the class something about them. Possible items may include the child’s favourite toy, favourite food such as chocolate, a favourite book, a photograph of their friends, family or pets etc.

  

The children had fun sharing with new friends: painting and decorating the box. They also enjoyed filling the box with their own treasures and there was plenty of excitement when discovering and looking at the different objects inside the box! Thank you to parents for helping your children bring their items from home. Any child who has not yet filled the ‘Marvellous Me!’ Box will be able to during this next half term. We look forward to seeing new treasures and the children being eager to share them with their friends.

  

Autumn Term 2 2018

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The Nursery children have noticed the change in the weather and the darker days. Lots of our activities have been themed around light and dark and we particularly enjoyed learning about Bonfire Night and fireworks.  We watched a film clip of fireworks so that we could listen to and discuss the different noises they make and used our voices, actions and instruments to recreate them.

We created a background for a firework display using lots of gross motor movements and paint to create circles and lines. We talked about the colours being bright and using black paper like the night sky. We made firework collages using different materials and foam stickers to talk about different shapes.

   

We have also been learning about owls and nocturnal animals. Our ‘Animals Take Over’ visit was lots of fun and helped us to learn lots of interesting facts. We created owl collages and used this activity as an opportunity to talk about textures and the characters, events and setting of the book ‘Owl Babies’. We enjoyed acting out the repetitive phrase “I want my Mummy!” and we also encouraged the children to record their voices using simple technology.

This half-term, we have learnt lots of new ‘magic maths’ words: over, under, patterns, numerals and the different names of 2D shapes. We have carried out different activities to help us to put these skills into a practical context. We have acted out ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’; made and counted animal footprints and looked closely at everyday objects and used mathematical language to describe them.

Sammy the Spider, our class glove puppet also likes to join in with all our activities and this really helps us to focus and settle the children in their learning. One of our favourite activities is when we sit together as a class to choose items from the song box. Children already have their favourites and lots of reward ‘apples’ are given out to children for joining in with the actions and singing. So far, this term, we have had ten apples on the tree at the end of every session- that’s a lot of stickers we have given out! 

We all agreed that our Nativity performance was fantastic. A great fun opportunity to develop our confidence and performance skills and understand Christmas as a time to celebrate the birth of Jesus.  We have enjoyed lots of Christmas activities like decorating the tree and making Christmas cards and the party will be a great finish to the end of a busy few weeks.

Spring Term 1 2019

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The Nursery children came back from the Christmas holidays to find our snack area had been transformed into a cafe. This has had a significant impact on our social and communication skills: our chef takes orders and children are encouraged to serve each other with their food and drinks. The children are supported to prepare their own food, tidy up the area and wash their own cups and plates which promotes their independence.

We started off our winter theme by creating snowflakes for our classroom display. The children used paper and lots of folding and scissors to help them think about their different shapes and patterns. The children threw them up in the air and watched them land on the floor and surfaces. We were able to explore real snowflakes when the weather turned cold and icy. We had lots of fun outside and discussed how snow feels. We gave the children instructions how to stay safe and used teamwork to build a snowman. Children were introduced to new vocabulary and also to develop an enthusiasm and confidence to be inquisitive.

                                                                       

We continue to be ‘maths geniuses’ in Nursery and have learnt lots of new ‘magic maths’ words again this half-term: tall, big, quantity, same, different, number. We have carried out different activities to help us to put these skills into a practical context. We have received parcels from the zoo and used their sizes to guess which animal was inside; used iPads to take photographs of numerals in the environment and investigated patterns to discuss shapes and the mathematical language used to describe them.

Nursery children are increasing their learning through a number of different initiatives that we have introduced this year.  Our latest project is Progress in Partnership in collaboration with the Start Well Family Centre. It is designed for children and their carers to play and have fun around the theme of a book each week. A free copy of the book is given to each family with suggestions for activities at home.

Spring Term 2 2019

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As part of our ‘Amazing Animal Antics’ theme, we got the opportunity to look at a variety of farm animals when they came to visit our school.  The children used their experience to help them think what their favourite animal was and why. They made pictures using a variety of textures and we created our own songs and dances about how the animals felt and moved. We watched a film clip of animals and their young so that we could discuss changes in young and adult animals. We used animal sorting activities to introduce children to patterns, similarities and differences.

Because of the better weather during the last couple of weeks, we have been able to explore the outdoor environment for longer periods of time and carry out activities that require lots of space and messy play. These are great ways to develop our gross motor skills and our knowledge and understanding of the world and investigative skills. They also encourage children to consider and manage risks, turn taking (the bikes and scooters are especially popular!) and many other areas of learning.  

We continue to learn ‘magic maths’ words: shape, pattern, round, corner, side, straight and problem are all concepts that the children have discussed this half term. We have carried out different activities to help us to put these skills into a practical context. Our construction areas have encouraged us to use everyday language related to shapes; used physical activities and movement to count jumps and claps etc. and used trucks and stones in our small world building site to separate groups of objects.

Nursery children are increasing their learning through a number of different initiatives that we have introduced this year.  Our latest project is Well-being in Early Years in collaboration with the Early Learning and Childcare Team. It is designed for children and their carers to become increasing mindful of the environment and have fun and reflection time around different activities. A free parent workshop was held in the setting with suggestions for activities at home.

World Book Day - 7th March 2019

Summer Term 1 2019

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As part of our ‘Plants, Growth and mini beasts’ theme, we got the opportunity to look at a variety of mini beasts when we were developing our Nursery Sensory Garden. This was a great way for us to explore our local environment and be introduced to the different types of mini beasts that live in our gardens. We got to look at and touch a variety of different creatures and discover lots of amazing facts. The children used their experience to draw their favourite mini beast and talk about it. We planted bean seeds to introduce children to the ‘super science’ word growth and talked about what living things need to stay alive and grow.  We watched a film clip of growing plants so that we could discuss changes and thought about how we have changed and grown.

We continue to learn ‘magic maths’ words: sharing, same, positional language and counting are all concepts that the children have discussed this half term. We have carried out different activities to help us to put these skills into a practical context. Our ‘Going on a Bear Hunt’ book has encouraged us to use everyday language related to position; used jigsaws to talk about shape and patterns and different fruits to count the number of objects.

We continue to use our outside space to develop our physical skills and an understanding what happens to our body when we exercise. We have developed skills in controlling an object using our hands, feet and bats. This was hard and tiring work that needed a lot of coordination and we were able to discuss the effects of exercise and manage risk taking and how to keep safe.

Nursery children are becoming increasingly confident and willing to join in a variety of activities that happen in school. Our older Nursery children have been into the hall for a range of celebrations and they should be very proud of the way that they sat and looked and listened and joined in with the singing and actions.

Summer Term 2 2019

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