We had a fantastic week, preparing for our 'trip' by making passports and binoculars. We 'checked in' at the airport, before boarding 'Flight Nursery' to 'Africa', even watching a YouTube video of children giving the flight safety talk! We arrived on 'Safari Day' and travelled by 'jeep', spotting animals using our 'binoculars', then entered the 'hide' to watch more animals. The afternoon children spent some time at the 'safari campsite', 'cooking' on the 'campfire' and singing songs, before 'going to sleep' in the tents. During the week, some parents came into Nursery to tell us about their home countries in Africa, showing us costumes and artefacts and bringing in some very tasty food for us to try - a BIG THANK YOU to all of them. Other activities included drawing animals, drumming and playing with the small world airport and African landscape.
Making our passports and 'checking in' at the airport
All aboard 'Flight Nursery' on route to 'Africa'
We made 'binoculars' and used them to spot the animals, whilst on 'safari' in our 'jeep'
We watched lots of animals from our 'hide'
Learning about some of the countries our families come from
Caterpillars to Butterflies
The caterpillars arrived in their pots on 26th April, looking like tiny threads. At first they did not grow very much but, as soon as the weather warmed up, they started to get bigger quite quickly, eating the special food from the bottom of the pot. The children were able to look closely at the caterpillars, some using magnifying glasses.
When the caterpillars were ready to turn into butterflies, they climbed to the top of the pot and, hanging down from the lid, they shed their skin. Underneath is another skin which hardens. This is the pupa or chrysalis stage. Mrs Boys removed the lids from the pots and placed them inside the habitat net.
On Thursday (25th May) morning, we discovered that the first Painted Lady butterflies had hatched. Once their wings had dried, they began to flutter around inside their net home.
Today (Friday) it was time to release them. We took the net outside and watched excitedly as the butterflies left their temporary home and flew away.
We listened to the story of Little Red Riding Hood. We retold the story during a drama session, with groups of children playing the different characters. We also dressed up to recreate the story in our own ways.
Our visit to Norwich Castle Museum
We enjoyed a fantastic visit to Norwich Castle Museum, travelling there and back by coach. We began by looking at all the animals, big and small, in the Natural History Galleries. Some children pretended to be a animal, whilst others explored what they felt like. Then we moved on to look at the special exhibition of dolls's houses and dress up to 'work' in a 1840s kitchen. Finally we went into the Castle Keep, becoming knights and royals, seeing Snap the dragon and dropping pennies down the well. The Keep gave us a feel of what castle life might have been like in the old days; we observed the thick stone walls, the communal toilets and the arrow slits. Our trip will support our learning about castles back in Nursery.
Jack and the beanstalk
We listened to the story of Jack and the beanstalk, then recreated it in our role play area
After creating a story map as a class, one girl created her own on the playground
We learned how to mix blue and yellow paint to make green to paint the beanstalk leaves
We made our own beanstalk using playdough, seeing who could roll the longest one
We played a beanstalk board game, learning about adding and taking away
We sowed broad beans,
pushing the seed down into the compost
and watched to see how they grew
Spring Term - Second Half
Our visit to Our Lady & St. Walstan's Catholic Church
Father David talked to us about some of the things in the church before we had a look round ourselves
stained glass windows
Father David's chair
where the special bread is kept
the font, where babies are baptised
the Easter candle
Our visit ended with Father David lighting a candle & saying a prayer for one of our nursery friends.
We had a lovely RE session with the Ignite (the Diocese of East Anglia Youth Mission team). They spoke to the children about Prayer, sang songs, did some dancing and movement. The children then drew a picture of someone they wanted to pray for during Lent onto a heart. They then placed their heart on a special cloth in front of the cross and placed a (battery operated) candle next to it, after which we had a few minutes in silence to think about that person and to pray for them. The children were very well behaved and a lovely atmosphere was created. One child said the session was "amazing"!
We celebrated the heritage of two of our Nursery children by having an ''Italian Week'. We painted flags and looked at pictures of famous Italian buildings, such as the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Colosseum. We had a go at building our own versions. then looked at photographs of them on the big screen, talking about our creations and deciding which looked most like the real building. We made pizzas from paper and real ones, which we enjoyed for snack.
This half term we are focusing on these three monster stories:
Some of our monster activities
'Not Now Bernard' drama
'Two Monster's - building a mountain
'Two Monsters' - rock throwing
'Where the Wild Things Are' small world,
'Wild Things' story map
Max's boat in 'Wild Things'
Retelling 'Where the Wild Things are'
Our monster cave
Playing 'What's the time, Mr Monster?'
Singing 'Ten sad monsters' (thinking about the number which is one less)
Feeding the monster (throwing practise & recording number of bean bag in the hoop)
Making monster sounds using percussion instruments
Moving like monsters
Making monster sandwiches
A monster collage
We invited our parents to 'Frozen Day'
We sang and dancing along to a Frozen song
There were lots of Elsas, Kristoff and several Olafs too
We decorated Elsa's crowns
and reindeer antlers
and even painted with ice!
Some children enjoyed hearing stories read by their parent
Younger brothers and sisters joined in too
Chinese New Year
We learned about and celebrated the Chinese New Year
with lots of activities including our own lion dance.
Some children made repeating peg patterns
and our role play area became a Chinese Take-away.
Gabriel's Daddy came to Nursery to tell us about Romania.
He showed us where it is on a map.
We learned about animals which live in Romania,
saw pictures of buildings
and Romanian people in traditional costumes.
Afterwards, we painted Romanian flags.
Here is a selection of activities and experiences which the children have been doing whilst learning about winter:
We enjoyed the first snow of this winter,
making snow balls
and tracks of footprints.
Outside, we explored the ice that had formed in the water tray,
played with the 'Polar Express',
practised mark making and writing in flour 'snow'
and experimented by mixing wintery coloured paints.
We played snowman number skittles to help us learn number recognition.
Inside, we made and explored 'snow'
and snow dough,
and played in the 'ice cave'.
We carried out an experiment, filling ice cube trays with water,
then putting them in different places,
and outside, to find out what would happen.
We made more ice with small toys frozen inside,
exploring how it melted, using pipettes and warm water,
and observing how it looked and felt.
Autumn Term - Second Half
Dave Doughnut's Magic Show
As a Christmas treat, the Nursery children were entertained by Dave Doughnut.
He was assisted during his magic show by two of the children.
Everyone was able to stroke 'Fudge', the rabbit
and was given a balloon model.
We have been learning about what animals and birds do in winter.
We added the corresponding number of peg 'spines' to the numbered hedgehogs
and made paper hedgehogs, practising our scissor skills to cut the spines.
Our funky finger challenge was to put pieces of spaghetti through the holes in a colander, to make the spines of a hedgehog.
Some of us collected leaves,
put them into a box with twigs and sawdust,
also sticking leaves onto the outside,
to make a 'hedgehog home'.
During our focus week on India and Diwali, we made rangoli patterns,
made and painted
danced to Indian music,
drew around our hands and decorated them with mehndi patterns,
tasted dal and naan bread
and did some more dancing.
We have done lots of fireworks activities - we made collages, exploring 2D shapes and colour,
modelled fireworks using playdough and glittery pipe cleaners,
made junk model fireworks,
practised our colouring and cutting skills
and played a game on the computer, lighting the numbered rockets in the correct order.
Jack's mum came in to tell us about what doctors do.
Our role play area became a Doctor's Surgery.
We became doctors and patients ourselves!
We went on an autumn walk, to observe seasonal changes,.....
and found spider's webs,
lots of leaves of different sizes, shapes and colours
and a dandelion clock, as well as other 'treasures'.
To finish off the first half term we have had 'Spanish week'. In nursery, every half term we have a language focus and base activities around the language and the country's traditions. We have three children at the moment in nursery that speak Spanish so they helped us learn some Spanish words and to count to 5! We also painted the Spanish flag, dressed in flamenco dresses and danced, and for snack we tried some delicious tortilla. To end the week we were lucky enough for a Spanish parent to visit us and talk to us about Spain and sing Spanish rhymes.
We have continued to enjoy the Superhero's theme, the children have enjoyed lots of activities including -
measuring superhero's - using unifix blocks to measure how tall the superhero's are.
Rescuing the tied up superheros - Can the children untie and tie up the superhero's.
Rescuing Superhero's from the goo' - Using tweezers to fish out the mini superhero's from the coloured pasta.
Catching the Villains - Throwing numbered bean bags at the villains.
Making superhero's capes and superpower wrist bands
Making superhero vehicles from wooden blocks and other materials.
And to finish the topic off we had a wonderful superhero day where parents came along for a play and stay session and joined in the fun. We had a wonderful photo shoot capturing the children flying over Costessey Village - even staff and Father David had a go!
Some of the children expressed an interest in superhero's! So, we transformed Daisy Cottage into a Superhero hideout with dressing up capes to play with. We've also been busy making masks and other accessories with junk modelling. The children have come up with some lovely ideas.
Our superhero hideout.
the children have loved dressing up in capes in the hideout.
'I am cat boy, I save people.'
'I'm Elsa, I have freezing powers.'
'I'm superman. I go up in the air.'
'Its a superhero jar, an ornament, to put some honey in.'
Mason made a colourful superhero mask.
'I'm making a superhero house, I made a door. My mummy would fit in here. Not enough room for beds though.'
'This is a plane for Daniels little brother, it flies so high - higher than a helicopter.'
All the children's models.
The start of the school year has been very busy so far, the children have settled in brilliantly and have had lots of fun playing and making new friends.
Here is a sample of what they have been up to....