This half term we are learning about growth. we will be planting lots of things.
Monday 14th May 2018
Today we repotted a Christmas tree that Harvey brought into school at Christmas to decorate. I have been taking good care of it at home since Christmas but as it needs to be in a bigger pot I have brought it in for the children to do.
How big do you think it will be this Christmas?
Harvey thinks that it will be a giant tree!
Friday 11th May 2018
Today we have been doing an exercise lesson, all the children enjoyed taking part.
After our exercise and cool down, the children were encouraged to find their water bottle and have a drink. I asked them how they were feeling now they were finished these were their ideas.
"Hot" "happy cos I liked that'"
"hot because it was hard work, now cold 'cos I had a drink."
"me liked it, doing this (demonstrating the windmill) I do this at home"
"me an my um like exercises we like windmill"
"We were thirsty cos we did lots of exercises."
I asked why it was a good idea to do exercise...
"'Cos it gets you fit an' healthy"
"'cos it's good fun!" "Well good !"
Friday 4th May 2018
Today when we looked at our cress we found that it was ready to eat so at snack time the children were asked if they would like to try some. Most children took a little cress, only a very few would not try it. There were some children who really enjoyed it and asked if they could have more. Mr Carbutt came to visit while we were trying the cress and he sampled some.
The children took the cress out to their parents to ask them if they would like to try the cress they had grown.
Thank you all for trying it helps the children to try new things when they see you willing to try as well.
One of the parents said “I liked tasting the cress but it tasted like perfume!” another remarked "I will try it Mrs Broady, I will eat anything!"
Life cycle of a butterfly
We also looked at some caterpillars that had arrived, they were very small. The children shared their knowledge of caterpillar/butterfly life cycle with us.
“Caterpillars grow into a butterfly.” “that’s what they eat,(pointing to the food at the bottom of the container) they will grow very big then they will crawl around.” “They will make a cocoon then they will pop out an’ be a butterfly. We need to put them out an’ let ‘em fly.”
Thursday 10th May 2018
The caterpillars have grown very big; in fact one child described them as “ginormous!” They are making their way toward the lid in preparation for them to make their cocoons.
Friday 11th May 2018
Look some have begun to make their cocoons.
Wow! Look how busy the caterpillars have been they have begun making their cocoons.
By the time I left school on Friday the caterpillars were all safely in their cocoons, now they need to let their cocoons harden and then we can transfer them into the net for the next stage.
Monday 14th May 2018
The caterpillars have now been placed into the net.
A child looked at them today in wonder "WOW they are AMAZING!"
Some parents have fed back to me...
Esme has especially liked the caterpillars! She has enjoyed watching them grow and telling anyone who will listen.
Jacob has been excited about the caterpillars
Wednesday 2nd May 2018
After our discussion yesterday when we planted the bean seed we decided to plant another Bean seed this time into some soil so we could compare.
The children also got the opportunity to plant their own suflower seeds.
Monday 14th May 2018
Look how are plants are growing!
Tuesday 1st May 2018
First we looked at the cress seeds we planted earlier, they had grown a little but not ready to eat yet.
Next we looked at some runner bean seeds and compared them to the cress I asked ‘Are these the same?’ “No this one’s bigger than the other, the other seeds were tiny” Will they look the same when they grow? “No these are going to grow big ‘cos they are bigger.” I told the children we were going to plant a seed, I put a paper towel on the inside of a bottle and asked Jacob to place the bean seed in front of the towel, then we gave it some water. I asked the children if they thought the seed would grow “I don’t think it will grow it needs not a paper towel” the children were very unsure that it would grow so we will have to wait and see!
26th April 2018
Today we planted some cress seeds.
First we filled a container with cotton wool.
Next we looked at the seeds and sprinkled them onto the cotton wool
Then we watered them.
We then got the opportunity to look at them closely while we decided where the best place would be to put them in order to grow. The children said that they needed sun and suggested outside would be best but were worried the wind would blow the tiny seeds away so we decided to place them on the window ledge. We had a discussion about what might grow from the seeds some thought flowers others thought a beanstalk, we looked at different seeds on the smartboard and found some that looked like ours. We had planted cress seeds!
Easter fun 29.3.2018
Easter egg hunt
On the last day of term we held an Easter egg hunt the children had to go outside and hunt for the coloured eggs and copy/say what number was written on them.
Every child was given a Crème egg for taking part kindly donated by the PTA.
Decorate an egg
We invited the children to decorate an hard boiled egg at home and bring it in to show everyone,
We asked Rachel if she would judge the competition she thought they were all brilliant and it wasn't an easy task to choose just one but she did...
Well Done Maddie
Each child that entered an egg got a small chocolate and the winner was given an Easter egg donated by the PTA.
Following a child's interest and in keeping with our earlier science experiment we decided to create a volcano and then make it erupt!
The children were eager to create the volcano using papier-mâché.
When it was dry and had been painted black it was time to take it outside to make it erupt. Stacey added bicarbonate of soda, food colouring and vinegar into one bottle and to the second she added cola and mints.
one experiment worked better than the other.
This week we had a supply teacher who originated from Australia. The children were fascinated by her accent and by her lack of knowledge of our nursery rhymes. We taught her some of our rhymes and then she told us about Australia showing a map and talking about the area she lived in. She showed us a song that they sing and dance to in Australia and we had great fun learning how to do the moves.
Easter Craft morning
The parents came into nursery to join their children in some Easter activities.
There was the egg hunt which proved very popular especially when they found out they got a chocolate egg on completion!
We even made chocolate nests which we got to take home.
Preparing the food
After reading the story of the Gruffalo we discussed some of the food items mentioned in the book we decided we would like to try Gruffalo pizza and scrambled snake.
We prepared and cooked the pizza, following instructions given by the adults.
Scrambled snake sandwiches
As well as the Gruffalo pizza and scrambled snake sandwiches we tried roasted fox and had Gruffalo tea to wash it down!
The children's comments about the party:
“It was nice. I liked the pizza.” “I just eat it. I liked the Gruffalo Party.”
“It was nice, and I did the pizza and the scrambled snake and the Gruffalo tea.”
“It was nice. I liked scrambled snake.”
“I liked that Gruffalo pizza, an’ I like the Gruffalo sandwich, an’ I like the Gruffalo tea.”
We completed the challenge of running around the outside of school and we thoroughly enjoyed it.
At the end of the race we all got a sticker.
Here are a few quotes the children made on our way back to nursery;
“It was good, can we do it tomorrow? We got a sticker because we runned around the school.”
“I runned out school. I need to run again. Like to run.”
“We did two runs! We got a sticker! It was fun!”
“I want to do it again!” “We runned all around school.”
“It was fun because I liked it. I ran as fast as I can.”
The children enjoyed watching our experiment with Skittles and water.
“The colours are mixing together.” “it’s like a rainbow!”
The children had lots of fun at their Christmas party. They played Pass the parcel, musical statues and corners. They had some lovely food and had a visit from Santa who bought them all a present.
The following day I asked the children about the party this is what they said:
“It was a party, we singed and walked around. We had some food, jam sandwiches and cheese sandwiches and a drink and a cucumber, we eat all our tea then we go to see Santa we had lots of tables."
“Me dressed up as a Santa I was dancing all day an’ we had something to eat.”
“I saw Santa Claus, he give me book”
“I like when pass the parcel I got 2, erm loads of stuff an’ I couldn’t carry ‘em ‘cos I played pass the parcel an’ some dancing I won some sweeties an’ a teddy.”
“Santa came, Santa gave us a present. We singed to him. We did pass the parcel.”
Owl Lane 6.12.17
We went to the Garden centre and saw lots of lovely decorations, we looked at their artificial trees and then at their real trees.
Here are some descriptions of the trees:
“I saw special trees they feel soft. I saw some Christmas trees, I like the big ones. They feel soft.”
“The trees feel like spikey.” "they are fluffy."
Other highlights were the snow scene which appeared to have snow falling and a singing/dancing Christmas tree.
“I liked Christmas tree with snow on ‘em, snowballs came down on it.” “I liked ‘em snowballs. I saw some Polar bears.”
“The snowman ‘cos it was snow.”
“I liked the wriggling monster ‘cos it was wriggling an’ it singed Jingle bells.” “I was scared of the dancing Christmas tree!” “Big tree sang”
We asked the children to come dressed up in their Halloween costume.
Don't they look scary!
There were lots of spooky activities such as slime in the water tray, Halloween templates in the creative area and pasta and gherkins in the malleable area. All the children had a chance to make a ghost banana, they had to listen to and follow the instructions given by Miss Kirby. They all took home their creations at the end of the sessions.
Bedtime Story day 26.9.17
Today we asked the children to dress in their pyjamas and have a ‘Bedtime Story’ day. We invited parents to attend and read a story with their child. We had a special group time at 11‘o’clock we had some hot chocolate to drink and a biscuit while we listened to a story.
When asked who reads to them, the children told me
"My mummy reads me a book at home"
“Daddy and mummy, daddy reads me a monkey book.”
One of the parents spotted the 'Gruffalo's child' book on our book shelf and said "I love 'the Gruffalo' I didn't know they had another book I will have to go and buy it now!"