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Week beginning 10 January

This week we have read the story of The Three Little Pigs.  We had fun learning how to use glue to attach sticks and hay and practised our printing skills to print brick houses.  We also had fun constructing our own houses, using the different construction kits in our classroom.  We drew a map of the wolf's route and placed 'environmental print' on our map to show the other places he had visited.  Environmental print is the name given to the print that appears in signs, labels, and logos.  Being able to recognise environmental print is an important pre-reading skill; it helps bridge the connection between letters and supports children's first efforts to read.

Week beginning 3 January

Happy New Year and welcome back.  We have been impressed with how well the children have settled back to school and look forward to an exciting term ahead.

 

 

Week beginning 13 December

This week we performed our Nursery sing-a-long.  The children were very excited to perform to their families.  It was great fun!  We hope you have an enjoyable and restful break and look forward to seeing you all in the New Year.

 

 

Week beginning 6 December

This week in Squirrels class, we have focussed on the book Stick Man.  We went on a walk to the nature area, looking for Stick Man and observing changes in the season.  We made our own stick men, who popped up around the classroom through the week.  We were also excited to receive a letter from Stick Man.   We learnt how to put a stamp on an envelope and practised finding and writing our names, which came in handy in our Post Office role play area.  We have also been thinking about positional language and had fun putting Stick Man on, under, besides and inside a box. It's getting colder and we are excited about Christmas.  What changes have you noticed on your way to school?

Week beginning 29 November

We have continued to have fun learning and retelling the story of The Gingerbread Man.  The children have learnt the story using a multi-sensory approach.  Actions are used to make the story, especially the key connectives, memorable.  We have used a story map as a visual reminder. The children have also used puppets, role-play, and small world resources to bring the tale alive and make it memorable.  Have a go at retelling the story together at home. 

 

Week beginning 22 November

Run, run as fast as you can.  You can't catch me I'm the Gingerbread Man!  We came into Nursery on Monday to discover that Mrs Milton's Gingerbread Man was missing! There was a trail of flour and footprints, which led us to some crumbled up biscuits.  A fox had eaten Mrs Milton's Gingerbread Man! We found a map of the story of what happened to the Gingerbread Man and have enjoyed using the map to retell the story.  We have also drawn our own story maps and used actions, words and props to retell the story.

Week beginning 15 November

This week, we have continued to focus on nursery rhymes to celebrate World Nursery Rhyme Week.  Before they learn phonics, children need to be repeatedly exposed to spoken language, rhythmic patterns and simple repetitive phrases - nursery rhymes are the perfect way to do this. 

We used instruments to count a beat to the nursery rhyme Hickory, Dickory Dock and 'Ten Fat Sausages'. We've have been using our fingers to sing 'Five Little Speckled Frogs' and 'Five Currant Buns'.  We also had fun 'Down in the Jungle', pretending to be jungle animals and exploring different ways of moving to music. 

Week beginning 8 November

Next week is World Nursery Rhyme week so we have been focussing on some of our favourite rhymes.  We had fun singing 'Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes', drew around our bodies and named body parts.  Our home corner became a Doctor's Surgery for Miss Polly's sick dollies and we have talked about our experiences of going to the Doctor.  The children also enjoyed playing a counting game with Incy Wincy Spider.  If you would like to sing the rhymes at home, you can find them here: https://www.worldnurseryrhymeweek.com/ What is your favourite Nursery Rhyme?

Week beginning 1 November

This week in Squirrels class, we have learnt about Diwali, the festival of lights.  We looked at some beautiful rangoli patterns and the children enjoyed mark making outside.  We also used clay to make beautiful Diva lamps.   We have also been thinking light and dark, fireworks and space.  We made firework pictures,  danced to the song 'Firework' and talked about firework safety.

Week beginning 18 October 

We have had a magical week in Squirrels class.   In preparation for our Magical Tea Party, the children demonstrated their amazing cutting skills when they made magic wands and impressed us with their mark making as they made predictions about how this week's book might end.   We hope you have a restful and fun half term holiday and look forward to seeing you all after the break.

Week beginning 11 October 

This week, we have been observing seasonal changes.  The children enjoyed using their senses to experience Autumnal changes and created a collage using leaves.   We also chopped vegetables to make pumpkin soup.  Perhaps you could cook together at home or look for signs of Autumn on your way home from school? Do you like the crunching sounds the leaves make as you stomp through them?

Week beginning 4 October 

This week we have been counting everything!  We shared the rhyme ten little fingers and ten little toes and have counted objects around the classroom.  The children had fun using hammers to make shape pictures and used their measuring skills to make salt dough.  Perhaps you could explore what happens when you add water to a dough?

This week we have continued to be 'Nursery Explorers'.  We looked in detail at our Home Corner, which is now  a Police Station, explored the water tray provision and learnt about scissor safety.  We've been so impressed with how independent they are becoming with their coats.  Keep going with the good work!

This week Squirrels class has continued to learn the routines of the classroom.  We have had lots of fun exploring inside and outside.  We have practised putting on our coats, which helps us in the Home Corner if we want to dress up.  Here is a little coat trick, to promote independence.  Why don't you try it at home?  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9Hohc3mkjA

 

We have had a lovely first week with Squirrels class who have impressed us with their independence and positive attitude.  This week, we have been learning our new routines and exploring the different areas of our learning environment.

Are you looking for Nursery place for your child in September 2022? Please contact the school office to book on to one of our tours. We can't wait to show you what St Peter's has to offer!
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