Nursery have a had fantastic last week with a visit from two Disney princesses who came and sang to them and reception. Then we had a doorstep visit from the big man himself Santa. The children are so very excited for Christmas.
In Nursery, as well as welcoming all of our new children, we have been learning all about independence, autumn and Halloween. We have been discovering all of the things we can do for ourselves, such as putting on our own coats, tidying up and even making a sandwich. We went for autumn walks where we collected seasonal items and brought them back to nursery to explore. We have had lots of fun mark making in lots of varied materials from shaving foam to salt. We have had lots of fun in our water tray too, making potions for Halloween, autumn soup with leaves, spaghetti with spiders and lime jelly with eyeballs. We have done lots of cooking and have made gingerbread men, fairy cakes, chocolate hedgehogs and pumpkin soup. We have even had a visit from Barry the hedgehog from Huffle hedgehog rescue.
This week in Nursery we have introduced a colour mixing station. The children have access to the three primary colours and a paint palette. They have enjoyed exploring all of the different colour combinations that they can make using just three colours.
Fun in the Snow
We had lots of fun in the snow today. We made snowmen, raced on sledges, pulled each other back up the hills, threw snowballs, and made coloured marks in the snow with food colouring.
In Nursery, we are very lucky to have weekly visits to the local library in Wolsingham. Children enjoy sharing stories, with adults and their friends whilst at the library. They then select a book every week to take home and share with their families.
In Nursery we have been learning about the Wright brothers who invented the aeroplane. We created our own airport, built a huge aeroplane, and made paper aeroplanes. We went on an adventure to find a steep hill so that we could test our paper aeroplanes, and see how far they would fly.
This week Nursery children thoroughly enjoyed reading the stories about Supertato and the evil pea. They enjoyed lots of crafts which included; making their own Supertato models, cutting superhero vegetable sticks, making Superhero masks, finding the hidden vegetables and paying for vegetables in our vegetable shop with pennies.
We went on a Winter walk to look at how things in Wolsingham have changed. We splashed in muddy puddles, saw a rabbit, talked to a farmer, spotted snowdrops and crossed a river. We had so much fun!
We followed a set of instructions to make snowmen pizzas. We used yummy ingredients that we had bought from our visit to the Spar in the village. They were yummy!
Same But Different Week
We celebrated Same But Different Week by wearing lots of different colours. We got into a heart shape as well to show our respect for diversity.
Halloween Treasure Trail
On Thursday morning we completed a Halloween treasure hunt. The children had to follow the clues in number order, and find the hidden Halloween objects, which then lead them onto their next clue. At the top of the slide was a witch’s cauldron filled with yummy chocolate lollies.
On Wednesday morning we had a Halloween party in Nursery. All of the children came dressed in scary costumes. We played spooky games, danced and had a Halloween tea party.
In April, Nursery children planted some potatoes in their growing beds. This week they harvested the potatoes. The children dug the potatoes up, washed them and then cut them into chips. All children tried our homemade, home grown chips and said they were delicious!
This week, we have been super busy in Nursery. We have been learning all about colours and what happens when two colours are mixed together. We then went on a colour hunt to see how many colours we could find on our chart. We ended the week with a conker hunt, looking for signs of Autumn.
On Thursday afternoon, Nursery children walked to the local shop to buy some ingredients to make sandwiches. They found bread, jam and butter, and then paid for their shopping at the till. When they got back to Nursery, they made their own sandwiches to eat at snack time, spreading the butter and jam carefully.
The Big Toddle
Seaside Visit to South Shields
Foundation Stage children had a fabulous day at South Shields park and beach. In the morning, they played in the park, had a ride on the steam train and had a lovely ice cream to cool down. In the afternoon, they headed to the beach, where they splashed in the sea, jumped over the waves and made amazing sandcastles and sand ice creams.
‘Together we make a masterpiece’
We made a ‘masterpiece’ of us all in Nursery. We took it in turns to draw around each other and then colour it in to show how we can work collaboratively.
Nursery enjoyed a trip to the hairdressers. Ruby’s Gran was really kind to open her shop and show us what happens in a hairdressers.
She let us sit on the chair, she ‘cut’ our hair, curled it and used the hairdryer. She showed us all the equipment she uses. She discussed with the children how she used the appointment book and gave out appointment cards.
We had a wonderful time. Back in Nursery, we then role played in our own hairdressers.
On Thursday afternoon Nursery children went on a river hunt. We walked through the caravan park, holding our partner’s hands, looking for signs of summer. We could hear the river, but it took a long time to find it. When we did, we had a snack before having a competition to see who could throw their stone and make the biggest splash. Each child chose a special stone to bring back to nursery to paint. We were stopped on our walk by a lovely gentleman who commented on the children’s exceptional behaviour, saying they were a credit to the school!
Nursery’s Big Play
Today Nursery children took part in the ‘Big Play’. It was organised by Durham Music Trust, in an aim to celebrate music in schools, with young children all over the County making music on the same day. There are over 17,000 performers playing including our Nursery children. Please watch clips of their music session with Miss Hughes below.
Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea Performance
For our Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea, our Foundation Stage performed the song ‘You Are My Sunshine”. Have a listen to us performing it below!
World Water Day
To celebrate World Water Day and to recognise those who may not be as fortunate as we are, the whole school joined in with some water related games! Nursery and Reception had to transport water from one bucket to another using an old shoe! Team points were awarded to those who transported the most water. Afterwards we noticed that we’d spilled lots of water and considered how we could conserve water.
Fire Safety and a Bear Hunt
Nursery went on the school field to practise safety routines before we start forest schools again. We made a pretend campfire and discussed how we move around and how to stay safe. We sang songs and had snack around the campfire and pretended to cook marshmallows.
Then we went on a bear hunt and had lots of fun. We collected lots of leaves and made pictures of the hungry caterpillar. Then they enjoyed having a run around the field and collecting lots of different materials.
This week lots of strange things have been happening around school after our Garden Gang found two buried eggs! We tried them in the incubator but they didn’t hatch. In assembly, children suggested to try them in a tank of water which did the trick! However, when we came to school on the Monday, whatever had hatched had disappeared! Over the week, we found a bone on the floor, a suspicious pile of what looked like poo, mess left in the corridors and in Year 5’s classroom and strange noises were heard following a power cut on Thursday!
On Friday, we finally got to meet the strange creature! He was a friendly tyrannosaurus rex called Jam! We had fun learning some facts about Jam and even got to do a bit of acting and vocabulary building! Have a look at the learning pages across the website to find out more!
Chinese New Year
This week in Nursery we have been celebrating Chinese New Year. We made lanterns and Chinese dragons and had a mini parade in Nursery. We have read stories about Chinese New Year and looked at life in China.
We also had a chance to make some Chinese food. We had noodles with stir fry veg and we made our own spring rolls. We had a mini Chinese banquet and finished off with juice and fortune cookies.
Hettie the Goat
Last week in Nursery we were looking at things on a farm. We were lucky to have Ruby’s goat, Hettie, come into nursery. Ruby’s mum told us lots of things about her goat for example, what it likes to eat, where it lives and some new interesting facts. We all enjoyed looking at the goat and stroking her.
Crook Fire Station Visit
Today, Nursery went on an adventure to visit Crook fire station. Nursery got the bus from the Market Place to Crook. Everyone loved the bus ride. Whilst we waited, we sang songs and did exercises to keep warm.
We were at the fire station a long time and did lots of fun activities. We got to see all the protective clothing they wore and all the equipment inside the fire engine. We even sat inside the fire engine and had a go with the fire hose!
After that we needed a rest, so we went to the kitchen and ‘chill’ area and had a little drink and rest.
Finally we watched a little video and learnt some really useful tips. We then got back on the bus to Wolsingham. We had a fantastic time.
To see some videos from the day, please click here.
We had a very special visit from Police Officer Matt this week. He brought his police van for us to see. The children learned lots of new things about being a police officer and had great fun exploring the police van. They even managed to lock each other in the cell!
Nursery and Reception children had a fantastic time at their Christmas party. They joined in with party games, danced the morning away and had a snack. When they returned back to Nursery they found footprints leading to presents from a special man!
Making Santa’s Sleigh
In Nursery this week we have been making a Santa’s sleigh. All children helped paint the sleigh and add glitter. We then decided to make reindeers. The children helped make the antlers and couldn’t wait to get in the sleigh. They then wanted to make reindeer’s headbands and used the boxes and cardboard we had left.
Decorating the Christmas Tree
This week we have put up the Christmas tree up in nursery. We all put a bauble on the tree. The children had lots of fun.
Visit to see Christmas Lights
We had a walk to Wolsingham market square to see the lights being put on the Christmas tree. We got there just in time. We watched the men testing the lights then he showed us how he placed the lights on the tree. We then looked in the shop window at all the Christmas decorations and toys. It was so nice for November so we decided to use this as our last chance to visit the park. We had so much fun!
Alien Love Underpants
We read ‘Aliens Love Underpants’ in Nursery and set up a space station. The children loved it. We were making our own aliens and decided to make hand and footprint aliens. Someone asked if we could wear underpants on our heads and pretend to be aliens too so we did and made lots of little aliens.