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Wooden Hill Primary and Nursery School

Wooden Hill Primary and Nursery School

Nursery News

Summer Term 1 - Week beginning  3rd May 2021

Our theme in Nursery is Castles. We have been talking about the features of towers, such as the styles of windows, drawbridges, towers and moats.

Our outside role-play area has become a castle and the children are enjoying dressing up as knights, princesses and jesters. 

We have introduced a character called Tough Tortoise. He keeps on trying and doesn’t give up, even if something is difficult. The children are trying to be tough tortoises in different situations in Nursery. Phoebe is very proud that she was a tough tortoise and kept trying to put on a very tricky princess dress by herself. Can you be a tough tortoise?

The children have been creating some wonderful collages and model castles, using boxes, tubes and pots. Jaxson made a very tall castle, by fixing boxes together. We have also been building big castles with the large construction blocks outside.

Summer Term 1 - Week beginning 26th April 2021

Our theme is Castles and this week, we have been talking and learning about Knights.

We have been talking about what knights wear and why they have armour. The children had some good ideas. Harper said that it’s ‘shiny and hard’ and Edward said that they wear hats.

We have been enjoying dressing up in costumes and becoming knights and royalty. There have been some very good demonstrations of perseverance, as some of the dresses are particularly difficult to get into! Arthur, Caleb and Grey have enjoyed being knights and had a banquet in the castle.

The children have decorated and created some wonderful shields to take home. They used pens, crayons and collage materials. They have added lots of shiny bits and pieces to pictures of knights to create collages too.

We have welcomed some new children to Nursery this week. They are all settling very well, after a few tears to begin with. The older children have been very caring and have been brilliant at looking after them.

Summer Term 1 - Week beginning 19th April 2021

The children have enjoyed talking about what they got up to during the Easter holiday. The Easter Bunny certainly seems to have been busy delivering gifts and chocolate to everyone. We hope that you all had a good break with your families.

During the school holiday, there have been some changes in the Nursery garden. The children were all very excited to explore everything this week. Our role play shed has become a castle, to go with our new theme this half term. 

We also have a new soft construction area. This has already become many different things, including, a castle, a swimming pool and a very comfortable bed!

Our very popular mud kitchen area has been made much bigger and we have a new little cosy den to snuggle up and chat in.

During this week and next week, we are welcoming lots of new children to Nursery. We have been very proud of all of the older children, who have been looking after them and helping them to settle in. We are looking forward to a busy term!

Spring term 2 - Week beginning 29th March 2021

Our theme for this half term is Animals. This week, we have been learning about farm animals.

We have been talking about the different animals that might live on a farm. The children could name lots and enjoyed sharing their ideas and experiences. We read a very interesting story about where wool comes from and we talked about where milk, eggs and meat come from.

We have had a wonderful time with Easter and Spring craft. The children have enjoyed making Easter baskets with chicks or rabbits inside. They have decorated rabbits, chicks and eggs too. 

Many of the children have been playing imaginatively with the small world farm. They have been very good at sharing the animals and taking turns.

We have also been focusing on developing fine motor skills. We had a huge tray of little polystyrene eggs and the children used tweezers, ball tweezers and spoons to fill pots. They used them for colour sorting too.

We hope that you have a lovely Easter break and we look forward to seeing everyone in April.

Spring term 2 - Week beginning 15th March 2021

Our theme for this half term is Animals. This week, we have been talking about wild animals.

We have been talking about where different animals live and sorting toy animals into groups. The children were great at sharing their knowledge of animals and where they can be found.

We played a guessing game and took turns to describe animals. There were some excellent descriptions, such as ‘It has four legs and a very long neck’ and ‘It’s got two legs, it’s pink and it has a black beak’. 

The children have been busy creating animal enclosures, animal masks, paintings and collage.

As Spring is arriving, we are enjoying watching the plants and flowers growing. This week, the Daffodils and Poppies are opening and some of the Tulips are just beginning to show their petals. Everyone has been looking at the beautiful colours and we have been talking about how they grow.

Spring term 2 - Week beginning 8th March 2021

We have had a lovely week, welcoming everyone back into Nursery. It has been wonderful to see each other and all be together again. Some of the children have certainly grown since we last saw them!

Our theme for this half term is Animals. This week, we have been talking about animals that might be seen in a zoo.

We have built enclosures for animals, created animal models, played with the small world animals and used the Interactive Whiteboard to create zoo and animal pictures.

The children have enjoyed sharing stories about zoo animals. They particularly liked The Star of the Zoo, Dear Zoo and Owl Babies.

We have been reminding ourselves of the rules and routines in Nursery. All of the children have been showing kindness to each other and, especially, towards our new children. We have also been talking about our families and mummies, in particular. The children have been creating some special art, ready for the weekend!

Spring term 2 - Week beginning 1st March 2021

Our theme for this half term is Animals. This week, we have been talking about different kinds of animals that are pets and our own pets.

Many children in Nursery have pets. Some have cats, dogs, hamsters, fish or guinea-pigs. We enjoyed hearing all about each other’s pets and their names. Some are baby animals and others are adults.

We also talked about looking after pets. Dogs need taking for walks and pets need feeding and keeping clean.

The children have enjoyed creating collage animal pictures, play dough pets and pom-pom pets to take home.

Spring term 1 - Week beginning 24th February

Our theme for this half term is Animals. This week, we have been talking about different kinds of animals that we know about or have seen.

We have looked at toy animals and sorted them in different ways. The children were excellent at sorting into groups according to how many legs they had or if they had wings.

The children have painted some wonderful animal pictures. They thought very carefully about the colours that they used. They have also used recycling to make model animals, thinking about the features of the animals that they created.

We have shared some animal stories. The children particularly enjoyed Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell and Walking through the Jungle by Julie Lacome. The little girl in the story went to different places in the world and saw different animals.

We have changed our role play area into a vet surgery. We have cuddly animals, carrying baskets, bandages and lots of things for looking after the poorly animals. We also have an animal dressing up box. The children are enjoying dressing as different animals including a rabbit, a lion and a crocodile.

Spring term 1 - Week beginning 8th February

Our theme for this half term is People Who Help Us and this week, we have been learning about Dentists.

We have talked about looking after our teeth by brushing them twice a day and eating and drinking healthily. Some of the children have visited their dentist recently and they told us all about what happened.

We have read some stories about visiting the Dentist too. We shared Topsy and Tim Visit the Dentist by Jean and Gareth Adamson and the Peppa Pig book Dentist Trip.

At the beginning of the week, we had a wonderful time playing outside in the snow. We were disappointed that the snow didn’t settle enough to build a snowman, but we did collect enough to use the buckets to make snow castles.

At the end of the week, we talked about the celebration of the Chinese New Year. It is the Year of the Ox. We shared the story of how the animals came to represent each year and made masks and pictures.

Spring term 1 - Week beginning 1st February

Our theme for this half term is People Who Help Us and this week, we have been learning about the Fire service.

Some children in Nursery have people in their family that work for the Fire Service, so they knew a lot of information and have even been in a fire engine. During one of our Google Meet sessions, George dressed up as a firefighter.

It has been a very different week in Nursery. We have been enjoying seeing each other in Google Meet instead of in the classroom. 

We have shared lots of stories, including The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, Duck in the Truck by Jez Alborough and Don’t do That! by Tony Ross. That story was about lots of people who help us.

It has been lovely to see and chat to each other in the meetings or on the telephone. Many children have shown their favourite toys and shared some of the activities that they have been doing at home. 

Robyn has been doing lots of writing and wrote her name beautifully, using pinchy fingers to hold the pencil. Jesse and Jude have been showing some of their dressing up costumes and we saw some of Emilia’s role play toys. A special ‘Well done’ to Noah for listening to all of the stories so beautifully.

Spring term 1 - Week beginning 25th January

Our theme for this half term is People Who Help Us and this week, we have been learning about the Police.

We have talked about how the police help us and the children had some good ideas, including finding lost things, helping us if we get lost and catching bad people. They all knew what sound a police car makes and loudly demonstrated.

We have turned the role play area outside into a Police Station. The children have enjoyed dressing in the jackets and helmets and using the radios. Some have been a little over enthusiastic with the speeding tickets!

We have shared stories about the police, including Topsy and Tim meet the Police by Jean and Gareth Adamson.

After the weekend snow, we had a very exciting time in the garden on Monday. There were some beautiful patches of untouched snow for us to explore and play in. Mia and Isla made snow castles with the buckets and spades. Daisy and Bonnie thought of some great words to describe the ice on the ground. They said it was ‘hard’, ‘cold’, ‘freezing’ and ‘like ice cubes’.

Filip, Arthur and Grey found a frosty window and they drew pictures in the ice. Brody enjoyed the sound that his feet made as he crunched through the snow. It was lovely to see and hear about the snowmen that George, Phoebe, Jesse and Jude had made at home too.

It has been lovely to see each other on Google Meet this week. We have all enjoyed seeing each other, chatting and sharing stories. 

Spring Term - Week beginning 18th January

Our theme for this half term is People Who Help Us and this week, we have been learning about doctors, nurses, paramedics and medics.

We have turned the home corner inside into a surgery. The children have been enjoying developing role play and taking turns at being a doctor or a patient. The toys have been well looked after too and many have received their immunisations!

We have shared stories about doctors, including Zog by Julia Donaldson and the Ladybird book Doctor Daisy.

Despite the cold, we have had a lovely time outside in the Nursery garden. Many of the children have thoroughly enjoyed getting out in the fresh air and splashing in the puddles. (If you don’t already have boots in school, remember to bring them so that you can join in).

The children have been taking part in a range of creative activities this week. They created some beautiful rainbows, using collage. Some children spent a long time making sure that they used the correct colours and they carefully stuck the pieces to fill the rainbow. They have also been painting their own pictures and painting pictures of doctors and nurses.

On Wednesday evening, we met lots of parents and children at our parents evening. It was lovely to see you all on our screens and talk about how well you are getting on in Nursery. 

Spring Term - Week beginning 11th January

Our theme for this half term is People Who Help Us.

This week, we have begun our theme and talked about the different people who help us. The children had some great ideas and we made a list including doctors, mummy and daddy, dentists, teachers, firefighters and police helicopter pilots. 

Throughout the week, we have had new children joining us. They have been settling in extremely well and have already made friends. We are very proud of the older children who have welcomed them to Nursery and looked after them.

The children have enjoyed singing some favourite songs. Mrs. Bhatti played her guitar and we all joined in with The Wheels on the Bus, Wind the Bobbin Up and Down in the Jungle.

On Wednesday, we met lots of parents (and children) at our parents evening. It was lovely to see you all on our screens and talk about how well you are getting on in Nursery. 

Autumn term - Week beginning 14th December

This week in Nursery, we have been celebrating Christmas.

On Tuesday morning and Thursday afternoon, we had our Christmas parties. We played lots of games, including Musical bumps and Musical statues. The children were excellent at listening for the music to stop. We were extremely impressed with how sensible they all were when they were out of the game or if they didn’t win.

The children have enjoyed some Christmas craft activities. They have made cards, hats, decorations and reindeers.

We would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and we look forward to seeing you in January.

Autumn term - Week beginning 7th December 2020

Our theme for this half term is The Jolly Postman.         

The Jolly Postman delivered a letter to The Big Bad Wolf. We have read various versions of the traditional tales of Little Red Riding Hood and The Three Little Pigs. The children have enjoyed retelling the story with puppets and figures.

The children have taken part in various creative activities this week, including a Three Little Pigs collage and some Christmas crafts. They are also learning the song and actions for our part in the Christmas production.

On Monday, we were very excited to receive a delivery of a huge bag of sand. The sandpit in the garden is now full of lovely soft sand and we are having a wonderful time digging and building.

Autumn term - Week beginning 3rd December 2020

Our theme for this half term is The Jolly Postman.

The Jolly Postman delivered a letter to Cinderella. We have read various versions of the traditional tale of Cinderella. The children have enjoyed retelling the story with puppets and figures.

The children have taken part in various creative activities this week. They have created beautiful collage shoes and character masks. They have also begun learning songs for our part in the Christmas production.

On Tuesday, it was the start of Advent. We talked about how the children celebrate Advent and what happens in their home. We have an Advent Christmas tree in Nursery and the children are taking turns to add decorations each day.

Autumn term - Week beginning 23rd November 2020

Our theme for this half term is The Jolly Postman.

The Jolly Postman delivered a letter to The Giant. We have read various versions of the traditional tale of Jack and the Beanstalk. The children have enjoyed retelling the story with puppets and figures. They have also been sequencing pictures from the story and talking about the characters and events.

We also enjoyed finding out what happened to The Giant next in the story of Jim and the Beanstalk by Raymond Briggs. 

The children have taken part in various creative activities this week. Many helped to create a collage castle to add to our Jack and the Beanstalk display. They have also made masks of characters in the story, which they have been using to tell the story.

We have planted some bulbs and small plants in the garden. We have been talking about how to look after them and what will happen to them. We think that they may take a little longer to grow than Jack’s beanstalk did!

 

Autumn Term - Week beginning 16 November 2020

Our theme for this half term is The Jolly Postman.

The third house that the Postman visited was Gingerbread cottage, where the Witch lives. This week, we have been sharing stories about witches. We have particularly enjoyed Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson.

The children have been getting involved in lots of craft activities, including making cauldrons, spiders and witch pictures. They have also loved creating potions in the water tray and the mud kitchen.

As this week is Road Safety Week, we have been talking about vehicles, travelling and keeping safe. We have introduced lots of road signs into the garden and everyone has enjoyed directing traffic, following signs and being part of the road works!

Autumn Term - Week beginning 9 November 2020

Our theme for this half term is The Jolly Postman.

This week, we have been reading different versions of the traditional tale Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

The children have enjoyed listening to the story with puppets and props, as well as sharing different books. On Tuesday, we used toy houses and characters to tell the story in our groups. It was wonderful to see that many children then continued to do that in their own play. We also used the houses and figures to talk about positional language. 

We have been building homes from all sorts of boxes and bits and pieces in the recycling box. The children have been developing their vocabulary by talking about the features that they added to their buildings. They have also had a great time outside, building homes with the large construction blocks.

We have been looking at basic shapes. We played a game of I-spy shapes in the classroom and the children were brilliant at spotting circles, squares and rectangles. We decided that there were not very many triangles in the room!

Autumn Term - Week beginning 2 November 2020

Our theme for this half term is The Jolly Postman.

This week, we have read the story The Jolly Postman by Janet and Allan Ahlberg. We have talked about the characters in the book and the other stories that we know them from.

One of our focuses this term is speaking and listening. The children have been developing these skills in group times. We began the week with sharing news from the half term break. We went on to talk about celebrations, in particular Bonfire Night. The children talked about the fireworks that they have seen and heard this week.

The children have enjoyed creating firework pictures with chalks and by using a painting program on the interactive whiteboard. They have also been exploring sounds and have been using musical instruments to make or copy firework sounds.

The Jolly Postman delivers a letter to the Three Bears first in the story. Next week, we are going to be reading Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Autumn term - Week beginning 19 October 2020

This week, we have continued with our theme of Dinosaurs.

The children have enjoyed listening to dinosaur stories, such as the Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs series by Ian Whybrow and Tyranasaurus Drip by Julia DonaldsonWe have also looked at information books and found out about the names of dinosaurs, how big they were and what they ate.

We have used toy dinosaurs to count and to sort in different ways, such as by colour, size or type of dinosaur.

The children have been creating paper plate dinosaurs and dinosaur collage pictures. Nursery has been quite noisy with a lot of role play roaring too!

We have also been talking about the importance of sharing and taking turns. In our groups, we played turn taking games. We played a game of pairs, where the children took turns to try to find pairs of matching picture cards. Everyone was excellent at waiting patiently to have a go and making sure that they all won cards.

Autumn term - Week beginning 12 October 2020

This week, we began our exciting new theme of Dinosaurs.

The children have created some amazing junk model dinosaurs, used figures to develop role-play and have been sharing facts that they know.

We have been on a Dinosaur hunt in the Nursery garden, where all sorts of creatures from a T-Rex to a Triceratops were hiding. We also had a fantastic time being archeologists when we used toy hammers and chisels to carefully discover dinosaurs frozen in their eggs.

We have also enjoyed sharing Dinosaur stories and information books, such as Ten Little Dinosaurs by Mike Brownlow, Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs by Ian Whybrow and Bumpus Jumpus Dinosaurumpus by Tony Mitton.

Our Nursery Garden

This week in Nursery, we had a delivery of vegetable plants. The children enjoyed helping to plant the seedlings and it is lovely to hear them all chatting about how they will grow.

 

 

Autumn term - Week beginning 5 October 2020

This week, we have been talking about our eyes and the sense of sight.

We played a huge game of Hide and Seek in the garden and the children took turns to find everyone. They found some excellent hiding places including inside the games shed, under a chair and behind the trees. Luckily, everyone was found! We have been playing other looking games too, such as Kim’s game and I spy colours.

The children have been exploring colour mixing by painting their hands with two different primary colours and then rubbing their hands together. It was like magic and they were very excited to find that they could make orange, purple and green.

All of the children are becoming very good at looking and listening when an adult is talking. They particularly enjoyed the book Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Eric Carle and everyone joined in with the story.

Next week, we are going to begin a two-week theme about Dinosaurs. Many of the children in Nursery are already fascinated by these creatures and we are very much looking forward to them sharing their knowledge with us!

 

Autumn term - Week beginning 28 September 2020

Our theme for this half term is Ourselves.

This week, we have been talking about touch, what we use our hands for and the importance of keeping our hands clean. 

The children have explored different textures and have been describing what they have felt. They have made texture collages, used feely bags and pushed paint in plastic bags to mix colours. They particularly enjoyed developing cutting skills through cutting coloured spaghetti with scissors.

We have also been talking about how to wash hands properly. The children have sequenced pictures of handwashing and tried washing off paint (pretend germs) to make sure that their hands are completely clean.

Next week, we will be talking about eyes and looking.

Autumn term - Week beginning 21 September 2020

This week, we have been talking about hearing and the importance of listening to others. 

The children have played listening games, such as musical statues and they were very good at standing still when the music stopped. They have been playing instruments and using their bodies to make or copy sounds. 

We have also been talking about our rule of listening to each other. The children have been showing their listening skills by listening carefully to stories. They particularly enjoyed Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? by Eric Carle. 

Next week, we will be talking about touch, what we use our hands for and the importance of keeping our hands clean.

Autumn Term - Week beginning 14 September 2020

Our theme for this half term is Ourselves.

This week, we have been talking about our families. The children have been sharing photographs of their families and have talked about the people in their family.

There have, of course, been a few tears but all of the children are settling well into Nursery. It is amazing how quickly they are learning the routines. It is lovely to see so many smiles when they arrive and to hear how excited they are to come each day. 

Next week, we will be talking about hearing and the importance of listening to each other