Nursery’s Visit to Ash End Farm

Today, Nursery (along with Reception) have been on their very first school trip to Ash End Farm. Despite the weather, the children and staff have all had a fun-filled day, learning lots about life on the farm, with opportunities throughout for lots of hands on experiences.

They began the morning by taking a ride on a tractor around the farm. The children had to hold on tight, as it was very bumpy. Can you guess what the children spotted along the way?… Sneaky scarecrows! Each time Nursery found a scarecrow hiding, they had to shout ‘SCARECROW!’

Following the tractor ride, the children were guided around the farm to explore. Here they saw a variety of animals, including pigs, horses, goats and chicks.

The farm tour guide, Daisy, was very informative and told the children lots of interesting facts, particularly about the special names for the animals and their young. We learnt that Mommy goats are actually called ‘Nanny goats’, Daddy goats are called ‘Billy Goats’ and their young are called ‘Kids’.

As a part of our tour around the farm, the children were able to handle and feed some of their animals. The goats were very greedy and were also fed dessert – porridge oats!

Before heading home, the children each collected their very own free range egg.

Marvellous Mathematicians

Over the last few days, the children in Nursery have been deepening their understanding of ‘5’ and the parts it is made up of.

The children have been using stem sentences to describe the combining of the parts that make 5, for example:

  • One and Four together make Five
  • Two and Three together make Five

Nursery were able to confidently represent these stem sentences using mathematical equipment.

Further to this, using ‘part, part, whole models’, the children partitioned 5 into its parts. Showing how they had mastered this concept, the children explained what would happen when its parts are combined again.

Ready, set, GO!

The staff in Nursery are immensely proud of the children’s participation, during the Early Years Sports Day, this morning. It was a fantastic and memorable event.

The children each competed in four races, these were:

  • Running race
  • Egg and spoon race
  • Sack race
  • Novelty race

For the Novelty race, children wore cone hats decorated like teepees, collected beanbags, before sprinting to the finishing line.

All of the children cheered for their classmates and put 100% into all their races.

American Indian Visitors

This morning the children had a wonderful visit from some real life American Indians. They came to visit Early Years to mark the start of our new whole school curriculum topic – ‘Americas’. Our special visitors came to tell us lots of interesting facts about the way they live and how it differs to our lives. The children all spoke about how much they enjoyed their ‘Stunning Start’ activities and are now excited to become fully immersed in the new topic.

Alan brought lots of amazing artefacts for the children to handle and explore. Some of the artefacts included traditional moccasins. We learnt that these shoes are made from animal skin, sewn together and decorated with beads and animal fur. The patterns, made out of beads, differed depending on which tribe they belonged to.

The children all participated in a traditional Native American dance, that is over 500 years old. The dance was called the ‘Snake Dance’. It’s name comes from the way the children joined together in a line and coiled around in circles – imitating the movement of a snake. Nursery learnt and performed simplified steps of the original Rain dance, stepping forward, backwards, behind and then in front.  

The session concluded with a traditional game of ‘Fire Sticks’. This game required children to move in a variety of ways, to ensure they do not make any noise, before taking Daniella’s fire sticks. Oliver and Albi were very good at this game and managed to steal a fire stick each. 

Butterfly Surprise!

This morning, when the children arrived at Nursery, they were surprised to see that over the Easter Holidays our class caterpillars had emerged from their cocoons into butterflies.

Prior to the Easter holidays, Nursery had been learning lots about the life cycle of a caterpillar and were eagerly anticipating the arrival of their butterflies. The children enjoyed listening to ‘The Hungry Caterpillar’ and really understanding the story because of their new knowledge.

Before releasing the butterflies into the environment, the children were able to look closely at the remains from the cocoons. As the children touched the cocoons it made a crunching noise, they described it as being “soft”.

As we let the butterflies go, they settled on the children’s clothes. Some of the children even managed to hold the butterflies in their hands.

Easter Celebrations!

What a fabulous few weeks Nursery have had preparing for and celebrating Easter! We began our preparations last week making Easter nest cakes. First the chocolate needed to be melted. Through this process, the children learnt about how chocolate changes it’s state from solid to liquid, by being heated. The children then mixed shreddies into the melted chocolate to give a ‘nest’ look. Using their counting knowledge, the children counted out three mini eggs to decorate.

Yesterday the children took part in the famous Rushall challenge – ‘The Egg Roll’. Using a ten pence piece, the children accurately rolled their coin towards an Easter egg. The game was very close, but Kian was the Nursery winner! Well done Kian!

As part of the whole school celebrations, Nursery attended a special Easter assembly held by Reverend Such. The children all wore their beautifully decorated bonnets. During the assembly, Albi and Catherine were presented with their Easter eggs for winning the best decorated bonnets! Thank you again to all parents for such creative designs!

Following weeks of practise, along with the rest of school, the children performed their Easter songs, ‘Spring Chicken’, ‘I Love the Flowers’ and ‘Sing Hosannah’.

On return to the classroom, the children all tucked into Easter treats from their teacher, for all of their hard work over the last term!! We hope all of the children have a lovely Easter holiday, with their families.

Spring has Sprung!

When the children arrived to school on Tuesday morning, they were surprised to see something special had arrived! After taking a closer look, it was clear to see our visitors were caterpillars. They have been learning lots about the life cycle of caterpillars and how they develop into butterflies. Over the next few weeks, Nursery will be watching them grow and develop.

From our recent woodland trips, the children have shown an interest in plants and flowers. Over the last week, they have been planting pansies in bottle gardens. They added soil to the bottom of the bottle, positioned their plant and then gave it a good water. The plants are now, in the sunlight, on the window ledge. Through this process, the children learnt what a plant needs to help it grow!

Sporting Activities and Lots of Red Noses…

‘Be the Best You Can Be’

On Tuesday morning, Nursery met with their buddy class to take part in their ‘Be the Best You Can Be’ challenges, set by Miss Rea.

All of Nursery worked well with their Year 3 Buddy Class to complete a variety of sporting challenges. They all had a minute to throw and catch a bean bag as many times as possible, jump as high as they could and then complete as many lengths of the hall in a shuttle run.

Each month, the children will complete these challenges, improving there scores each time. Once again, all of the children had a wonderful morning with Year 3.

Comic Relief

Today, the children have been helping to raise money for Comic Relief. They all came to school dressed in either something red or fancy dress costumes. Throughout the day there were lots of activities available for children to participate in – face painting and the ‘danceathon’ was very popular in Nursery!

Nursery also decorated their own Red Nose biscuits, using red icing and sweet treats. They were very yummy!

Walk into the Woodlands…

Todays’ bitter weather has not stopped Nursery exploring and learning in the woodland area this morning!

The children arrived at the woodlands and were split into teams. Working together, Nursery searched around to find the correct amount of natural materials as part of their scavenger hunt.

Each team were given a number of cards with comments specifying the number of objects they need to find. Firstly, they needed to correctly recognise the numeral on their card and then find that number of objects by accurately counting them out.

Through this activity the children developed their mathematical skills, as well as the skills needed to work effectively as a team. Have a look below at some the objects the children were required to find.

After working so hard, it only seemed right to allow the children free time to explore the woods!! These are some of the activities Nursery have enjoyed completing:

Balancing, climbing and jumping from trees…

Searching for bugs and creatures…

Mixing potions in the mud kitchen…

World Book Day!

Nursery have had a fabulous day toady, sharing their love for reading and books. The children all came to school dressed as their favourite book characters. Some of the characters in Nursery included, Little Red Riding Hood, Peter Rabbit and Matilda!

The morning started with the children all sharing their favourite stories, brought from home, with the older children from Y3. The children listened intently as their friends read stories. The children were keen to discuss who they had come dressed as.

Mrs Cook had very kindly arranged for Sarah Griffiths, a local children’s author, to come into school for a very special World Book Day assembly. Sarah brought her story, ‘Sophie’s Spectacles’ alive by inviting children to help act parts out using props. Sarah also spoke to the children about how they can follow their interests in becoming a future author.

During the assembly, some children in Key Stage One were presented with Book Worm Certificates. Each week, the teachers will nominate children to receive a certificate to celebrate children who love to read. Nursery’s bookworms this week were Timmy and Maxwell, who have both done lots of extra reading at home, with their families. The Nursery staff are so proud of you both. Who will be Nursery’s bookworm next week?

Throughout the day, children were given time to discuss, with their friends, who they had come dressed as. They children spoke about why it’s their favourite character, with many of them recalling parts of their favourite story too.

Thank you again to all parents for providing their children with the most beautiful costumes, for us to celebrate World Book Day together!