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On Thursday St Mary’s class visited Mudchute farm. The children really enjoyed seeing all the animals and listened well to all the adults. We would like to thank all of the parents and grandparents that came along to help, We really appreciate your support!

Kipper’s Diary

The children were so happy to come back to Nursery after the half term holiday and share their exciting news! They drew pictures of the places they went and the people they saw.

In Literacy, we read the big book ‘Kipper’s Diary’, a story about a little boy called Kipper who records the places he goes, and the different weather from Monday to Friday. We talked about the pictures and looked out for the High Frequency words in the text. We shared what we like to do on hot sunny says and when it is raining! We also practised naming the days of the week and ordering them.

In Maths, we practised our counting skills and number recognition. We had fun making number lines using Numicon tiles and matching a quantity to a numeral.

In Phonics, we recapped all of the sounds we have learnt so far and learnt the new letter sound ‘g’. We named objects that start with the ‘g’ letter sound such as; ‘glasses’, ‘glue’, ‘green’, ‘gold’ ‘gorilla’ and ‘grapes’. We practised bouncing this initial sound and played ‘silly soup’ with the objects. We have also been playing a blending game with Metal Mike. A robot who can only talk in sound talk! The children are getting very good at listening to the sounds in simple words and blending them together.

Bon Voyage Butterflies!

This week in Nursery we released our beautiful monarch butterflies in Mary’s garden. We helped the butterflies out of the net and were lucky enough to get a really close look! We sang our caterpillar song, said a prayer and wished them well on their adventures.

In Maths, we practised our counting skills and number recognition. We also learned about 3D shapes. We named the shapes, talked about their properties and looked for 3D shapes in our environment. We learnt about; cylinders, cubes, cuboids and spheres. We talked about their faces and named the 2D shapes we could see.

In Phonics, we recapped all of the letter sounds we have learnt so far. We also practised blending simple words and feeding them to Metal Mike! The children are getting very good at blending sounds together.

We were very lucky to have a visit from Sister Christine. She spoke to us about caring for others and told us about the homeless families in our local community. She reminded us to thank God for everything we have in our lives and asked us to be ‘caring angels’, and care for others. 

Finally, St Mary’s class visited our local parish, St Mary and St Joseph church. We met Father Andrew and asked him questions about the church. He talked about the building and what people do at church. Then we walked around and saw the side alters; where people light candles and say prayers. We saw a statue of Mother Mary where there were blue candles, and said the Hail Mary prayer. We also saw a statue of Joseph holding baby Jesus and noticed the red candles. Thank you to all the parent helpers who volunteered their time and helped keep the children safe. We are so grateful for your support.

We wish you all a great half term break!

Naming the Baby Chicks!

This week we have had lots of fun with the baby chicks; now that they are bigger and stronger, we were able to get them out of their cage and allow them to explore freely in a tuff tray with some sawdust. We talked about their similarities and differences, and described how they felt. We named our baby chicks; Spider-Man, Ella, Ryder, Mary and Elsa! It has been lots of fun looking after our baby chicks and learning about their life cycle.

In Literacy we read the big book; ‘The go-kart’. We learnt two new High Frequency words, ‘said’ and ‘go’ and looked for these words on the pages. We talked about the characters in the story, and made predictions about what we thought might happen. We also talked about how we thought the characters were feeling and thought about different emotions. We practised orally blending simple words in the story, and the children are getting very good at this!

In Maths, our number of the week is number eight. We have been practising counting to eight, forming the numeral, and counting eight objects from a larger group. In measurement and size, this week we have been learning about ‘height’. We measured the height of different objects using a variety of resources and even measured ourselves and compared our heights! We used the language of; short, shorter, shortest, tall, taller and tallest.

In Phonics, we learnt the ‘d’ letter sound. We thought of words that start with the ‘d’ sound and made ‘Silly Soup’ with the objects. We thought of; dog, desk, door, doughnut, dinosaur. Can you think of any others?

A huge well done to St Mary class. for performing so well in our class assembly. You have all worked so hard to learn your lines, the Hail Mary, and our caterpillar song! You were all amazing and we are so proud of you all!

Chick Eggs!

This week in Nursery we welcomed some new arrivals… five chick eggs! They arrived in an incubator and we observed their changes and development each day. We were lucky to see all five of the chicks hatch! We watched and waited as they used their beaks to peck tiny holes in their shells until all the shell came away. After their bodies had dried and become fluffy, we transferred them to their new home and gave them food and water. We are looking forward to watching them grow and holding them when they are bigger and stronger.

In Maths we have been measuring length. We measured objects using non-standard measures such as different length snakes and even our own feet! Then we counted the unifix cubes and compared the lengths using the language of long, longer, longest, short, shorter and shortest. We also practised our number recognition and counting skills.

In Literacy, our big book of the week was ‘Big Feet’. A story about some mysterious footprints! The children enjoyed making predictions about the story and reading the two new high frequency words; ‘it’ and ‘is’.

In Phonics, we learnt the ‘m’ letter sound. We thought of friends in our class whose name starts with this sound and then put our friends in our silly soup! We thought of; mug, magnet, milk, magnifying glass, minibeast. Can you think of any others? Then we bounced the initial sound and blended the sounds together.

In RE to celebrate the month of Mary, we have been learning Mary’s prayer the Hail Mary. We coloured in flowers to crown Mary with a wreath and honour her as the Mother of God.

The Life Cycle of a Butterfly

This week we continued to observe our growing caterpillars! They have been eating lots of food and have grown bigger and fatter! They have changed colour and they are furry!

In maths we have been learning all about the number 7. We practised making seven using our fingers and writing the numeral. We learned the rhyme; Across the sky and down from heaven that’s the way we make a seven! We practised counting 7 counters from a larger group making sure we say one number name for each object.  We have also been learning about patterns. We practised making a two colour pattern by colouring caterpillars. We also practised extending and creating an ABAB pattern using 2D shapes and colours! Making sure we named the shapes and colours to help us to hear the repeating pattern.

Our big book this week was; ‘I went walking’. A story about a little boy who goes walking and meets farm animals along the way. We had lots of fun making the animal sounds and predicting which animal he would meet next. Our High Frequency words this week are ‘me’ and ‘at’. The children were very good at reading these words and finding them in the story.

In phonics we learned the letter ‘n’ sound. We thought of friends in our class whose name starts with the ‘n’ letter sound, and looked for objects in our classroom. We thought of; night, net, nap, nappy, nose, no. Can you think of any others? We also practised oral blending and segmenting of simple CVC words talking in sound talk. You can play this game at home:

In RE we have been learning about Our Church. We talked about how the parish church is a special place where we meet our friends and how Sunday is a special time to go. We looked at pictures of different churches, talked about some of the prayers that are said in church and created our own individual prayers.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

With excitement this week, our caterpillars arrived, as we read the story, The Very Hungry Caterpillar which is linked to our topic on life cycles. We learned about the four different stages of a butterfly’s life cycle and that these stages are called metamorphosis, which means change.

In RE, we talked about how Jesus Ascended to Heaven to sit on the right-hand side of God. We recalled the Trinity: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit and talked about how we still have the Holy Spirit with us. We learned that Jesus’s disciples then spread the word of God. We showed the different emotions as our friend, Jesus goes to heaven, drew and painted pictures of Jesus’ Ascension.

In phonics, we introduced the ‘i’ sound, we looked for different objects that start with the ‘i’ letter sound around the classroom and made ‘Silly Soup’ with these objects. We continued with alliteration and introduced the children to oral blending and segmenting. Please play this game at home with your child:

Have a lovely weekend.

The Nursery Team

The Story of Pentecost

This week in Nursery the children were very excited to come back to school and share their Easter holiday news!

In maths we have been practising number recognition, counting and forming numerals. We also recapped our learning on 2D shapes; naming shapes and describing their properties.

In RE we learnt about the story of Pentecost, when Jesus went back to His Father. We learnt that although Jesus is in heaven, we have the Holy Spirit to look after us. We sequenced the story and then made head bands with flames on them.

In shared reading we read the big book ‘The Toys’ Party’. We remembered our reading strategies and talked about the differences between the pictures and the words. We learnt two new high frequency words ‘in’ and ‘put’. We tried to find these words in the book and match them together. Please practise reading these words at home and using them in a sentence.

In phonics we revised all of the sounds we have learnt so far; ‘s’, ‘a’, ‘t’ and ‘p’, and tried to sort objects that start with the same sound. We also practised our speaking and listening skills. Have a look at our photographs!

We wish you all a lovely weekend.

The Nursery Team

Holy Week at the Nursery!

In RE this week, we continued to learn about, ‘The Story of Easter’ with a focus on the Holy Week. The children enjoyed re-enacting the different events such as ‘The Last Supper, prayer in the Gethsemane Garden, where Jesus was brought to Pilate, whipped and crowned with thorns, Jesus took the cross, Simon of Cyrene helped to carry the cross and the crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus. This morning we visited the Stations of the Cross in the school hall and we later crowned it with an Easter egg hunt game. Please see our photos.

In maths, we learned about symmetrical pictures and shape patterns. The children enjoyed the symmetry-matching game, which you can play at home.

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/symmetry/symmetry-matching

For shared reading, we introduced the children to the book,’ I Like the Rain.’ We talked about the different weather and the appropriate clothes to wear. The children enjoyed joining in with the repetitive phrases. See us look for the high-frequency words, (I, the, like) in the sentence. Please practise these words with your child at home and use them in a sentence too.

In phonics, we continued to play alliteration games to develop the children’s phoneme awareness and played silly soup games with all the letter sounds we have learned so far, namely, s, a, t, and p.

NAME WRITING & CUTTING SKILLS:

Please continue to support your child to practise tracing the letters in their name, starting at the red dot. When they have become confident in tracing, they can begin to write the letters on their own. Please focus on the
capital letter at the beginning of their name and encourage your child to write the rest of the letters in lowercase.

We wish you all a very Happy Easter Holidays!

 

Easter Arts and Crafts in Nursery

We have had lots of fun this week in Nursery with Easter arts and crafts. We have been painting Easter eggs, decorating Easter baskets and sorting eggs by colour and size! In RE we have been learning about the story of Good Friday and Easter Sunday. We talked about how Jesus died on the cross for us all and his sacrifice meant that God forgives us when we do things wrong. We shared when we have made a wrong choice and talked about what we could do differently next time.

In maths we have been practising counting to 10, recognising numerals both in sequence and out of sequence, and matching a group of objects to its corresponding number. We have also been learning about size and comparing the different sizes of objects using the language of ; big, bigger, biggest, small, smaller and smallest.

In phonics we recapped all the sounds we have learned so far; ‘s’, ‘a’ and ‘t’. The children are getting really good at hearing these initial sounds in words and are beginning to bounce the sounds. We also learned the ‘p’ letter sound this week. We named objects that start with this sound and looked for other objects in our environment. Then we made ‘silly soup’ using the objects for the ingredients! Ask your child what went into our delicious soup this week!

In literacy we read the big book; ‘My Mum is Fantastic’. We talked about the many reasons our mums are fantastic and continued to talk about the differences between pictures and words on the pages. We learned two new high frequency words; ‘and’ and ‘she’, and tried to find these in the story. Please continue to practise reading these at home. Thank you for working so hard on this at home.