Pancake Day!

Over the last two days, the children in Nursery have been making pancakes to celebrate Shrove Tuesday.

The children accurately measured their ingredients using electronic scales before mixing it all together in a bowl, ready to then be fried.

The children tasted a variety of toppings on their pancakes, some sweet and some sour. The toppings included: maple syrup, lemon and sugar, ice cream and chocolate buttons and marshmellows. Nursery’s pancakes were delicious!

Aside to our baking, children have also enjoyed becoming immersed in other pancake activities. On arrival to Nursery, the children noticed that the role play area had changed into the ‘Pancake Cafe’. The children have enjoyed taking orders in the café and pretending to flip pancakes!

We have also been reading, Jan Fearnley’s story – ‘Mr Wolf’s Pancakes’. Mr Wolf fancies some tasty pancakes but he doesn’t know how to make them. He calls on his neighbours, to help him make his pancakes, however they all rudely refuse and Mr Wolf has to persevere and do it ‘all by himself’!

Following this story being read, the children were extremely excited to make a wolf mask, using a variety of materials. They all thought carefully about the parts of Mr Wolf’s face they need to include and the colours that would be appropriate to use.

Sun, Snow and Ice Skating!

What a wonderful day the children have had today. As a way of marking the middle of our whole school ‘Ice Worlds’ topic, Nursery were given the opportunity to go ice skating on the playground. All of the children thoroughly enjoyed skating on the ice, in the sunshine, as ‘snow’ fell around them!

Have a look below, to see how the children got on…

Woodland Adventures

What a lovely morning Nursery have had exploring the woodland area.

As part of the whole school ‘Ice Worlds’ topic, Nursery have been reading lots of wintery texts. This morning Nursery listened to ‘Stick Man’ by Julia Donaldson.

Using natural materials they found in the woods, Nursery each created their very own Stick Man. They collected twigs, leaves and stones to make different the different parts of the Stick Man.

The children spent the rest of their time in the woods having lots of fun climbing trees, balancing along logs and making ‘soup’ in the mud kitchen.

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.