Welcome to our Celebrating Success page.
Here we will share some of the wonderful things we do within the Nursery across each term. Please keep an eye on this page to see what has been going on.
End of Term One Parent/Carer Event.
At the end of each term, we invite the Parent/Carers of our Nursery children in to the Nursery to share in some activities with their children to celebrate the term and to look through the children's Learning Journals.
Below are some examples of our Parent/Carer events, as well as other activities and examples of learning throughout the year at Nursery.
At the end of Term One, we were delighted to invite the Nursery children's adults into the Nursery to explore the children's Learning Journals and to partake in some activities.
The Nursery children were excited to show off all the fun and interesting things they had been doing over the term, as well as make their own playdough to take home, and create something special at the creative table, which they could also take home.
During Term Two, we enjoy exploring fireworks and create our own fireworks pictures using paint, glitter and a marble on black sugar paper. The children are often excited to see how their pictures will turn out.
Here are some photos of some of the children making their firework pictures.
This term we also explore our basic shapes; circle, square, triangle and rectangle. We learn the names for each shape and discuss their properties.
We explore shape through sorting activities, use sticks to make shapes in the garden and use 2d shapes found in the setting and talk about them. We focus on their properties, such as the number of edges/sides each shape has, the number of corners each shape has and whether each shape has the same length edges/sides or whether they have some long and some short.
** Challenge ** Ask your child to find certain shapes when at home or when you are out and about. See how many you can find each time.
We would love to hear about all the shapes you find and where you find them !
Throughout the year we focus our learning through Letters and Sounds. We explore environmental sounds, along with rhyming words and blending, whilst looking at letter sounds and matching objects that begin with a given sound. Our children really enjoy these activities and will be developing their skills throughout the year.
At our Nursery, we are fortunate to have various animals visit us at certain times of the year. Some of the visiting animals include Mrs Martin's rabbits, Peanut and Snowball. The children absolutely love meeting the rabbits and the other animals and enjoy learning all about them and how to care for them. We often hear lots of wonderful language from the children as they talk about the rabbits and draw on their own experiences of pets they have or have known.
Other pets who have come to visit us, include a pet Tarantula called 'Spidey'. Again, the children were fascinated with the spider and enjoyed exploring her in her aquarium. Some of the children were a little apprehensive at first, but soon realised that the spider was not as scary as they first thought. Some children have been brave enough to get their faces up close to the side of the aquarium and to 'stroke' the spider on the side of the aquarium too!
We discuss the differences between the rabbits and the spider, such as what they look like, where they live and what they live in, the different foods they eat and of the different care they both need. Again, the children are often full of ideas and things to talk about. It is always so lovely to hear.
Other fluffy visitors we have had at our Nursery, include one of our children's pet kitten called Lala. Lala was beautiful and very well behaved. She let every child stroke her and seemed to enjoy exploring the Nursery. We learnt of her favourite things to do, which included playing with her kitten toy, bouncing on the other cats at home and sleeping lots! She even likes shoelaces! We learnt about the things Lala needs to stay healthy and found out some of the things she eats. We discovered that Lala actually likes to have a bath.
The children noticed the similarities between the kitten and the rabbits by saying that both have four legs and were fluffy. Some children noticed that both the kitten and the rabbits have whiskers too. Lala was very cute and all of the children thoroughly enjoyed meeting her and learning all about her.
Two final visitors we were lucky enough to have visit, were Guinea Pigs called Katie and Rosie, again brought in by one of our Nursery children.
The Guinea Pigs were more than happy to sit on each child's lap and be stroked. The Nursery children thoroughly enjoyed their time with Katie and Rosie and asked lots of interesting questions. Our Nursery child answered all of the other children's questions with ease and confidence, encouraging and promoting co-operative interaction amongst peers.
The End Term Two
The end of Term Two is always exciting, with lots of Christmas activities to participate in.
Our Nativity is always lovely and credited to our children for their beautiful singing and dancing at each performance.
All of our children make some lovely gifts to take home, including a hanging tree ornament and a tea light holder made from salt dough, along with a special card and decorated bag to take it all home in.
We all enjoy our party on the last session of term and often have a surprise visit from a rather special visitor, who kindly gives all of the children a little present to take home.
We like to take opportunities to say huge thank yous to all of our parents and carers, for their continued support throughout the year, for helping to provide food for our party and for coming to our termly Parent/Carer events. All of our children thoroughly enjoy the Christmas party that we have, with a visit from Father Christmas and making lots of Christmassy things with their adults at our Parent / Carer event.
An Overview of a Typical Term Four
During this term we explore animals through the core text of Dear Zoo. The Nursery children thoroughly enjoy looking at different types of animals that live in a Zoo, on a farm, in the ocean, as well as looking at animals in their natural environment. We have further visits from Mrs Martin's rabbits, and other domestic animals that our children bring in from home. Again, we all really enjoy the visits from these cute and fluffy pets, and thank all involved in their visits.
We create animal pictures using our hand prints, which we use for our display in the Nursery. The children chose the animals they want to create and use the materials and resources available to them to make their hand prints look more realistic. Along with lots of other creative pieces, we create some bunny hats for us to take home.
The Nursery children continue their PE lessons on each Thursday morning, where they continue to develop their gross motor skills, as well as their turn taking, working as part of a team and following simple instructions. We also see a great improvement in our name writing and phonic knowledge and skills during this term.
For Mother’s Day and Easter, we make some cards for someone special at home. Along with these we plant a special, surprise bulb into some soil to grow. We sow some cress seeds to take home also and hope the children enjoy growing these at home, with some success!
At the end of term, and before our parent/carer event, we make some chocolate Easter nests, which we hope are enjoyed by all of the children. We again like to take the opportunity to thank all of our parents and carers for coming to our parent/carer events and for all of their continued support.
Welcome to Term Five.
We start the term in the hope that all of our families have had a refreshing and fun filled Easter break. It is always lovely to see so many smiley faces back with us.
This Term our focus text is ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’, which links into our topic all about ‘Growing’. We encourage our children and their families to read this story at home to discuss the story and look at the characters. There are lots of different versions of this story which can be found on ‘YouTube’ or at the local Library.
As we are talking about ‘Growing’ this Term, we aim to plant and grow a range of things inside and out of the classroom. We grow broad/runner beans, cress and some other plants too.
During this Term we hope to take the Nursery children to the ‘Secret Jungle’ in Margate. It is a wonderful opportunity to explore a different outside space and to explore all of the growing that is taking place around the garden and park. We will let you know if and when we are going, closer to the time.