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Welcome to Nursery

2018-2019

 

Here we capture some of the exciting learning taking place in nursery. The staff working in nursery are:   
Mrs Alderson (EYFS Leader and Assistant Head), Mrs Ashcroft (Teacher), Miss Walker (Assistant Teacher), Mrs Holdsworth (Assistant Teacher), Miss Millard (Assistant Teacher), Mrs Pritchard (Morning Assistant Teacher), Mrs Hustwick (Afternoon Assistant Teacher), Mrs Moore (Assistant Teacher).

If you have any questions regarding day to day nursery life, please contact Mrs Alderson by e-mail: nursery@pudseyprimrosehill.co.uk. or speak to a member of the nursery team at the start or end of sessions.

Our theme for some of our learning this half term:
 

Summer 2 - Alive and Kicking
 

Aims for our learning during this theme:

For children to talk about living things, mini-beasts, animals, plants.  To be able to name animals, some common mini-beasts and plants.

  • To be able to follow simple instructions.   -  Listen to stories with increasing attention and recall.
  • Speak in sentences using own ideas and by making links from what they have heard. (Creating and Thinking Critically)
  • Talk about the things they see, know and observe.



Please keep checking our class page for information about our learning.

 
Widening Our Horizons - whole school focus week

We have challenged ourselves to try new experiences, and explored the length and breadth of the school field! We found a hedgerow cave, mini-beasts, the Gruffalo, fruit trees, birds, wildflowers, a vegetable garden, the MUGA (multi-use games area) and a myserious cup we suspect belonged to a pirate!

Widening Our Horizons - whole school focus week
Fly Away Friday!

After caring for caterpillars and watching them grow and change, we released our beautiful butterflies into the wild! To celebrate we ate strawberries; we gave our first school grown strawberry of the year to our butterflies.

Fly Away Friday!
Happy Father's Day

Lots of children took on the challenge to make a card for Father's Day. We focused on drawing pictures of daddy using felt tip pens. We talked about how to hold a pen in the most effective grip. Happy father's day to all the dads!

Happy Father's Day
Alive and Kicking!

We have been caring for tadpoles for many weeks and are now proud to share with you our news! We have successfully nurtured a tadpole into a frog and there are more froglets developing in nursery. Have a look at the photographs of Fred the frog who was released into the school pond on 'Frogday' which was on Friday 14th June! We sang 'Happy Frogday' to Fred the frog before we released him. Come into nursery to have a look at the froglets and our rapidly growing caterpillars.

Alive and Kicking!
Community Focus Week - Making changes for the better.

Week beginning 20-5-19 Throughout the week we will be learning about how to help bees and exploring the wildlife garden for bees and the things they enjoy. The story of Bumble bear will help us to find out some information about bees and inspire our creative work inside and outdoors. We will also be linking lots of our routines in nursery to British Values. This week we will be: • Voting which book to share in our ‘Drop Everything and Read’ sessions. Democracy • Agreeing rules for how to care for the plants outside. Rule of law • Choosing how to be creative. Individual liberty • Commenting on one another’s work and listening to ideas from others. Mutual respect and tolerance.

Community Focus Week - Making changes for the better.
Drawing Ourselves

We share ideas for our learning in nursery. Here we took inspiration from a child who had used pencil to draw a picture of himself. We challenged the children to look carefully at their faces, think about the shape of their features and to take control of their pencil!

Drawing Ourselves
Titch

We have been learning about our world and people who are important to us through the story of Titch. Titch is little and he has a sister called Mary and a brother called Pete. Finding out about some of the people in Titch's family has helped us to talk about the people in our own families. For example, who is the oldest, the biggest, the smallest. We have been learning descriptive maths words linked to height and discovering for ourselves how small things like seeds, are better than having the biggest things! Here is some of our learning.

Titch
Nursery News - Spring time focus on growth!

Here we will report on how well the living things we are caring for, are developing. The snail eggs are hatching, we have planted sunflower seeds and some wildflower seeds. Thank you for the donations of plants from families who share our passion for growing vegetables. We are always grateful for donations of plants for our garden. We are caring for tadpoles. Come and see them as they cling onto the rock in their 'pool' of water and as they grow bigger and change... We are hoping for froglets! If you have any unwanted seeds, seedlings, or plants and would like to donate them to nursery, please see Mrs Alderson, or Mrs Ashcroft. Thank you.

Nursery News - Spring time focus on growth!
Summer term 1 Week beginning 15-4-19

This week we are learning more about how to help one another. We are sharing the story of Chicken Licken to support our discussions about friends and to help us to answer questions about being a good friend: What do good friends do? How can you be a good friend? Can anyone in nursery be a friend? Who else can be a friend?

Summer term 1 Week beginning 15-4-19
Week Beginning 18-3-19 Working with the Wind!

We made ribbon sticks today, using our arms for 'sticks' and our fast running legs to fly the ribbons in the wind. Some new resources in our outdoor classroom are powered by the wind. Have you found them? - Mrs Alderson

Week Beginning 18-3-19 Working with the Wind!
Week Beginning 18-3-19 Growing in the Great Outdoors!

We have been looking at plants from Mrs Alderson's garden, plantings them in different places in our outdoor classroom and finding mini-beasts along as we work and play. We worked together, helping each other to move compost, hide roots on plants and identify different minibeasts. We found worms, woodlice and slugs in the outdoor classroom. If you have any plants which need splitting in your garden and are looking for a home for the extra plants, please see Mrs Alderson. We are learning how to care for plants and animals and would be happy to receive more plants. Thank you.

Week Beginning 18-3-19 Growing in the Great Outdoors!
Snails Week Beginning 4-3-19

I asked the children whether they thought they could help me to care for 3 giant African land snails from reception class. They did! We had lots of fun observing the snails as they moved around. We learnt some of the foods they like to eat and facts about the snails. Snails have four tentacles. They use their two eye-stalks to see and smell and two tentacles to feel and taste. Come and have a look at our snails in nursery! - Mrs Alderson

Snails Week Beginning 4-3-19
The Jungle Book. W/C 11-02-19

On Monday we received a parcel that had lots of clues about a setting for a story. We thought carefully about the clues and talked about where we thought the book could be set. We listened to the story and talked about who our favourite characters were and drew/painted pictures of them. We then thought about what it would be like to live in the jungle, we drew pictures and talked about what we would do if we lived in the jungle.

The Jungle Book. W/C 11-02-19
The Gruffalo. W/C 04-02-19

This week we spent time in small groups using puppets to retell the story of The Gruffalo. We had so much fun doing this and by the end of the week we were retelling the story independently!

The Gruffalo. W/C 04-02-19
Chinese New Year. 05-02-19 - 08-02-19

Our friend Ryan talked about the things he does to celebrate Chinese New Year - he even gave everybody a chocolate gift! During group time this week we watched a short video on Cbeebies and learnt that this year is the 'Year of the Pig'. We had a go at drawing a picture of a pig; some of us used our developing phonic knowledge to write a label for our pictures. We also enjoyed transferring red and yellow noodles into silver bowls using chop sticks. Did you know that red and yellow mixed together makes orange? This is something we learnt whilst exploring!

Chinese New Year. 05-02-19 - 08-02-19
Stick Man Part 2. W/C 21-01-19

On Monday we received a letter from Stick Man informing us that his Stick Lady Love and his Stick Children Three had gone missing. We were eager to help Stick Man find them and decided to search the big playground for four sticks. After collecting four sticks each we sorted them by size - smallest to biggest. We really enjoyed completing this challenge and will continue developing our understanding of language associated with size over the next few weeks!

Stick Man Part 2. W/C 21-01-19
Stick Man! W/C 14-01-19

"I'm Stick Man, I'm Stick Man, I'm Stick Man that's me and I want to go home to the family tree!" In nursery this week we have really enjoyed learning in response to the Stick Man story. We made our own Stick Men in the creative area and enjoyed playing 'pooh' sticks in the outdoor classroom. Some of us even chose to paint pictures of some of the characters from the story.

Stick Man! W/C 14-01-19
Shape Christmas Trees W/C 10-12-18

This week in nursery we enjoyed completing a maths challenge which involved matching shapes to the spaces on a Christmas tree. We used glue to attach the shapes and then talked about the shapes we had used.

Shape Christmas Trees W/C 10-12-18
Christmas Activities! W/C 03-12-18 and W/C 10-12-18

Over the last couple of weeks in nursery we have been thinking about Christmas and what we do at Christmas time to celebrate. To help us prepare for this special festival we have enjoyed writing letters to Santa.

Christmas Activities! W/C 03-12-18 and W/C 10-12-18
Throwing challenge outdoors W/C 03-12-18

This week in nursery we have enjoyed practicing our throwing skills in the outdoor classroom. We threw bean bags into buckets and counted how many landed inside. Then we recorded the total with tally marks.

Throwing challenge outdoors W/C 03-12-18
DT Super Learning Day 30-11-18

Today in nursery we took part in a challenge linked to our Design Technology Super Learning Day; to make a puppet inspired from a book called Where the Wild Things Are. We were helped to make the outline of our puppets by drawing around our hands and then we placed collage materials onto them.

DT Super Learning Day 30-11-18
Physical Development W/C 19-11-18

This week in nursery we have been developing our gross motor skills in the outdoor classroom. We have been learning how to move freely and confidently in a range of ways. For example, crawling, jumping, balancing, climbing, hopping and running. We have had so much fun completing the obstacle course - we really like it when the teachers make it more challenging for us!

Physical Development W/C 19-11-18
Fluffy turns 4! W/C 19-11-18

This week in nursery we have been busy preparing for Fluffy's fourth birthday (22-11-18). We made birthday cards and a birthday cake for him and then when the day came we surprised him with a party! We had so much fun at his party - Fluffy did too.

Fluffy turns 4! W/C 19-11-18
Children in Need. 16-11-18

Today, dressed in our sporty clothes for Children in Need, we completed an obstacle course in the outdoor classroom. We had lots of fun completing it and look forward to accessing it again next week!

Children in Need. 16-11-18
Anti-Bullying Week. W/C 12-11-18

This week, as part of Anti-Bullying week, we have been talking about what makes us different and how we should use our kind hands. On Monday we wore odd socks to celebrate how everybody is different!

Anti-Bullying Week. W/C 12-11-18
The Gingerbread Man. W/C 12-11-18

This week in nursery we have really enjoyed using character props to retell the story of The Gingerbread Man. We really got into role and towards the end of the week we were retelling it independently.

The Gingerbread Man. W/C 12-11-18
Remembrance Day 2018 (11-11-18)

Over the last few days in nursery (W/C 05-11-18) we have noticed that lots of people have been wearing a special flower called a poppy. We discussed the reasons we wear poppies, "To help us remember those brave people who looked after us and who continue to look after us" and made some poppy biscuits. We also contributed to the Armistice Day Centenary in main school by painting our bottle lids red and black to resemble a poppy.

Remembrance Day 2018 (11-11-18)
Bonfire Night and Diwali. W/C 05/11/18

This week in nursery we celebrated Bonfire Night and Diwali. We talked about our own first-hand experiences of Bonfire Night and made bonfire and firework pictures. We also learnt that during Diwali, special clay lamps called Divas are lit and Rangoli patterns are drawn outside peoples homes. We celebrated Diwali by receiving special treats from our friend Svara and we played party games.

Bonfire Night and Diwali. W/C 05/11/18
Where in the world is Wally? W/C 22/10/18

We enjoyed receiving a postcard from Wally each day. We worked together to identify where he had been and explored some of these locations in small groups. Monday - Asda (Wally kindly helped transform our role play area outdoors into our very own Asda), Tuesday - Orchard and Wildlife Garden, Wednesday - Adventure Playground and KS1 Playground, Thursday - Pudsey Park and Friday - Pudsey Leisure Centre. We had such a busy, fun week in nursery but unfortunately we didn't find Wally!

Where in the world is Wally? W/C 22/10/18
Shapes everywhere! W/C 15/10/18

Over the past couple of weeks in nursery we have enjoyed learning about shapes. We categorised everyday objects by shape in the outdoor classroom and sorted 2D shapes in the maths area indoors. We have also spent time completing shape games on the interactive whiteboard and the computers.

Shapes everywhere! W/C 15/10/18
What does early writing look like in nursery? W/C 08/10/18

Early writing also known as 'mark making', is the creation of different patterns, lines, textures and shapes. This may be on a piece of paper, on the floor, outside in the garden or on object or surface. This week in nursery we have enjoyed mark making on paper with pencils and felt tip pens. Some of us have also spent time making marks on the Interactive White Board (2Paint). Miss Fitzpatrick has been encouraging us to really think about what we are doing and she has been asking us lots of open questions to find out more about what we are doing/have done.

What does early writing look like in nursery? W/C 08/10/18
Science Super Learning Day (SLD). 01/10/18

As part of the whole school Science SLD we explored the forces we could exert on objects and each other. We talked about what the words 'push' and 'pull' meant and then completed three different activities - We joined hands and rocked forwards and backwards whilst singing popular nursery rhymes. We moved up and down on a see-saw and we re-enacted the story of 'The Enormous Turnip'.

Science Super Learning Day (SLD). 01/10/18
Autumn leaves are falling down! W/C 24/09/18

This week in nursery we began to notice that the weather had changed. We talked about autumn and spent time exploring conkers, conker shells and pinecones. Some of us also went on a leaf hunt. Miss Fitzpatrick filled a tray with crunchy coloured leaves and we practiced our counting skills whilst we played in them.

Autumn leaves are falling down! W/C 24/09/18
Our families. W/C 17/09/18

This week in nursery we have enjoyed talking about our families. We spent time in the playdough area making models of the people we live with. We also had a go at drawing pictures of the people that are special to us.

Our families. W/C 17/09/18
Self-portraits. W/C 10/09/18

This week in nursery, some of us have had a go at painting self-portraits. We looked in a mirror and talked about what we could see. This included the shape and colour of our facial features and the things that we have that our friends don't have. For example, some of our friends have curly hair and some of them have straight hair. Then we selected the paint we thought we needed to paint our pictures. The teachers taught us how to hold a paintbrush and how to paint simple shapes.

Self-portraits. W/C 10/09/18
Our first week back. W/C 04/09/18

We have loved our first week back at nursery! We have been busy bees indoors and outdoors, exploring the new resources and activities. During the week, we read a story called 'Hands are not for hitting'. We talked lots about what we use our hands for and have learnt that we use kind hands when we are at nursery.

Our first week back. W/C 04/09/18