Happy Chinese New Year!

This week, Nursery have been learning all about the festival of ‘Chinese New Year’.

They began the week, by meeting with their partnership class to create traditional Chinese lanterns. Nursery, with the help of their buddies from Year 3, decorated their lanterns using glitter, sequins and ribbons.

During our partnership time, the children tried some Chinese snacks. The children enjoyed tasting ‘Pandan Cake’, ‘Shrimp Crackers’ and ‘Strawberry Mochi’. It was so surprising to see that the Pandan Cake was actually green inside!

Ella – “I liked the shrimp crisps, they were crunchy.”

Rohan – “My favourite was the cake, it was very sweet!”

Catherine – “The pink sweets were yummy, it tastes like strawberry.”

In the classroom, the role play area has been transformed into a ‘Chinese Restaurant’. The children have been pretending to prepare and serve Chinese food, eat using chopsticks and write wishes to place inside lucky red envelopes – a Chinese tradition.

As a special treat, Timmy and his family kindly brought in some Prawn Crackers for us to try at school. The children were very thankful to Timmy and thoroughly enjoyed tasting them.

What Could It Be?…

This morning, when the children arrived to school they were surprised to see some unusual objects placed around the classroom. The children worked together looking, around the classroom, for clues that had been left.

The children worked together looking, around the classroom, for clues that had been left.

Having collected all of the unusual objects, the children took all the clues to Miss Underwood and discussed who exactly could have left these things. Catherine correctly suggested that it could be ‘The Snowman’!

Busy, busy, busy!

What a jam-packed week Nursery have had this week…

Over the week, Nursery have been learning lots about number three. The children have been investigating how to represent ‘three’, in lots of different, using the resources provided. The children also enjoyed a number hunt, around school, looking for 3, shown in different ways.

On Tuesday, Nursery met with their partnership class in the sports hall. Year 3 have been learning how to improve their throwing and catching skills. They decided it would be useful to teach Nursery how to throw and catch effectively. They practised rolling, overarm and underarm throw. Both classes had lots of fun during the session. Miss Underwood would like to say a huge thank you to Year 3 for their help with teaching the children!

On Wednesday the Hobgoblin Theatre Group came into school to perform the ‘Snow Queen’. The play was about two best friends, Gerda and Kai. Kai’s heart suddenly becomes infected by a silver of a Troll’s magic mirror! Gerda then has to go on an adventure to save him from the ‘Snow Queen’. All of the children thoroughly enjoyed the performance.

Ice Worlds!

The children in Nursery have arrived back, from their Christmas holidays, to find that their environment had been decorated with snowballs, snowflakes and other wintery items. The children have been predicting who may have transformed their classroom – they are awaiting further clues, before deciding who could have done this.

As part of the ‘Ice Worlds’ topic, the children have created lots of beautiful artwork. They began the week by painting snowmen. Then, using a variety of resources, the children decorated their snowmen thinking carefully about a snowman’s features.

Look at Nursery’s beautiful Winter display!

 Below are more examples of Nursery’s artwork created this week. These pieces were created using oil pastels and watercolours. Firstly, the children had to draw their snowflakes using an oil pastel. Then, using the watercolours their snowflake appeared through. They thought about the perfect ‘cold’ colours to use when painting.

Nursery have been working scientifically discussing the process of ‘melting’. The children were quick to suggest that the ice blocks were changing state (from ice to water) because their hands were warming the blocks up.

The children have even enjoyed a snowball fight in the classroom!

Nursery’s Christmas Party

The children have had lots of fun today at their Christmas Party! Have a look at some of the exciting things Nursery have been doing.

They began the afternoon, dancing to their favourite songs and playing musical statues. Nursery are very good at ‘freezing’, when the music stops.

Shortly after, the children heard lots of unusual noises coming from above our classroom! Harrison correctly suggested that it could be Santa coming to visit. Father Christmas told them all about his magic keys, he even had one for Buckingham Palace!

After all that dancing, there was no better way for Nursery to finish their party with some tasty party snacks. The children tucked into crisps, chocolate fingers and cakes.

Christmas Preparations

WOW! Nursery have been so busy recently, getting ready for Christmas. Have a look below at some of the things we have been up to.

The children have been making some beautiful things (Christmas cards and new year calendars) for their families. They cannot wait to bring them home for you to see!

Last Monday, the children arrived to school surprised to see a Christmas tree in the classroom! Unfortunately, it looked very boring and needed lots of colourful decorations to brighten it up. The children helped to decorate the tree with amazing decorations of their own.

On Tuesday, Nursery and Reception put on an amazing Nativity performance for their families. The children have been practising so hard to learn all the words to their songs and the moves to their dances. Thank you again to all parents for providing such beautiful costumes, for the children.

Nursery have even begun preparing decorations for next topic – Ice Worlds!! These will be used to decorate the classroom when the children return to school after the Christmas holidays.

Diwali Celebrations!

This week the children in Nursery have been learning lots about the festival of light – Diwali. On Wednesday the children were very lucky to have dancers from ‘Lions of Bhangra’ come into school. They taught the children a traditional Bhangra dance. The dance told a story, based around the work of a farmer on a typical day.

The children returned to the class and tasted some traditional Indian food. Everyone tried a samosa and chocolate barfi. The children really enjoyed their treats!

As part of Nursery’s creative work, the children have been busy creating Diva oil lamps, using clay. They had to mould the dough using different techniques – rolling, pinching and squeezing. Their lamps are drying, ready to be brightly painted and decorated with sparkly sequins.

The children have also created beautiful Rangoli artwork, in a variety of ways. Typically, Rangoli patterns are made on the floor using coloured rice or sand.

To create some of these patterns the children used oil pastels. This required the children to carefully think about their patterns, as they needed to be repeated in each quarter of the paper.

The other designs were made using a programme on the computer. The children had to select and drag the items they wanted to use on to symmetry wheel. They could change the size and colour of each the items, by using the tools.

Marvellous Middle Week!

What a busy week Nursery have had this week! The children have completed lots of wartime activities, remembering the soldiers that fought during the First and Second World Wars.

The children have spent most of their time with their friends in Year 3 (Nursery’s buddy class). Together the children have learnt two remembrance songs – ‘You Are My Sunshine’ and ‘It’s a Long Way to Tipperary’, baked a typical wartime pudding and made decorations to display at the tea-dance.

Both classes were on board, creating lots of beautiful decorations to display around the school hall, ready for the whole school tea-dance. Using lots of different materials, the children made poppies and Union flags.

On Wednesday afternoon, Mr Owen kindly offered to teach the children how to play games from the past. Nursery enjoyed playing marbles, jacks and even watched a game of conkers. 

Around making our decorations and playing wartime games, Nursery joined Year 3 to bake a Traditional Bread Pudding! Both classes helped to accurately measure out the ingredients before mixing it all together. Our finished product was placed on the ‘Bake Off’ table ready for our important judges to taste. Our bake was rated on taste, aesthetics, authenticity and originality. 

To conclude the ‘Marvellous Middle’ week, children arrived to school in either red, white and blue clothing or war time style clothing. Dressed appropriately, Nursery went to a special assembly where staff and other pupils spoke about the importance of Remembrance Day and family members who had fought in the war. Nursery and Year 3 beautifully performed their partnership song, ‘You Are My Sunshine’, for the rest of school.

Following the special assembly, Nursery celebrated the end of the war by taking part in the whole school tea dance. They shared cakes and flapjacks before having free time to dance along to wartime songs.

Nursery have really enjoyed spending lots of their time completing a variety of activities with year 3!

Halloween Spooktacular!

Look at our amazing costumes!

Nursery have had a fun-filled day celebrating Halloween! They arrived to Nursery, in their spooky Halloween costumes.

The children spent the day completing a variety of Halloween activities in Nursery, Reception and outdoors. Have a look below at some of the exciting things Nursery have been busy doing…

Nursery even had time to do some spooky dancing to the ‘Monster Mash’ and ‘Ghostbusters’.

During the afternoon, Nursery shared Halloween treats with Reception. Albi kindly brought Halloween cakes, that he had baked at home, for the children to try! They were very yummy!!

Planting Trees for the Queen

Back in April, the ‘Queens Green Planet’ was launched and Miss Underwood applied to receive 5 limited tree saplings from the Queen, as part of her majesty’s plant-a-tree campaign. Last Friday, Miss Underwood surprisingly received her parcel from the Queen!! Inside were 5 tree saplings ready to be planted, two Silver Birch, two Rowan and a Haze.

Miss Underwood’s parcel from the Queen!

Nursery helped to plant the two Silver Birch saplings, in the ‘Rushall Retreat’. Children were keen to use the forks and trowels to make spaces for the tree saplings.

The trees needed to be at least one metre away from each other. Nursery discussed why it was important for the trees to have enough room to grow. The children used a metre stick to ensure they were accurate in the distance they were away from each other.

After all the children’s hard work they were given lots of free time to explore the outdoor areas.

For more information please visit, https://www.itv.com/presscentre/press-releases/queens-green-planet

Enjoying their time in the Retreat!