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We're Going on a Bear Hunt

The children have loved retelling the story of the Bear Hunt. We have watched Michael Rosen retelling the story and then practised it ourselves! It was fun making our own maps which we then took on our Bear Hunt in the garden.

 

Take a look at the photos and why not watch Michael Rosen again using the link below?

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Parent Notice Board

We regularly update the parent notice board in the cloakroom with requests and information. In case you don't get to see it or have time to read it, we will be posting it on the website so that you can see what we are talking and learning about.
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World Book Day!

To celebrate World Book Day we talked about the stories in our favourite nursery rhymes. We were able to act out the stories using props. The children loved it and were keen to carry on performing even after we had finished the 'show'.

 

We hope you like the photos and videos that we took on the day - the staff apologise for their singing! The children were amazing - well done everyone!

 

 

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Stories, Stories, Stories....

We have continued to focus on traditional tales and the children have loved each one as we introduced them! We have used puppets  and  picture cards to practice our retelling of the stories and the children were thrilled to make their own storybooks to take home.

 

The children have really enjoyed hearing the stories over and over again and are keen to share their knowledge about the characters and what happens to them!

Please continue to share these stories with your children as they become increasingly familiar with them. As you do so you are helping them on their way to becoming readers with a love of stories and books.

 

These are the favourites so far....

  • The Little Red Hen
  • The Gingerbread Man
  • The Enormous Pancake
  • Goldilocks and the 3 Bears
  • Jack and the Beanstalk
  • Little Red Riding Hood           
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We are storytellers

We have begun talking about  the 'traditional tales' that many of us adults will remember from when we were young!

This week the children have loved hearing and retelling the story of 'The Three Billy Goats Gruff'.  We have talked about how to use our voices, facial expressions and actions to make the storytelling more exciting.

Why not ask your child to tell you the story? We don't always need the book in front of us - we can be storytellers too!

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Where do sticks come from?

The children have been discussing the changes in the trees in Winter. Having learnt about 'bare' trees and why we find sticks on the floor in winter, the children have spent time exploring sticks and their many uses.

 

We shared the book 'Not a stick' and the children used their imagination to think of many ways to pretend with a simple stick. So many amazing ideas! 

However, our favourite story this month was Stick Man by Julia Donaldson. We have enjoyed retelling and acting out the story together.The children loved making their own Stick character and then telling stories about their adventures around the nursery and at home.

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Thank you!

Many thanks to everyone for your kind words, cards and gifts. They are very much appreciated by all of us. We hope you  have a fabulous break and enjoy the holidays! We would like to wish you all a Happy New Year for 2020 and we will see you all again on Monday 6th January for another busy term.

Mr Popper's Penguins

We had a fabulous trip to the Waterside to see the amazing show 'Mr Popper's Penguins'. The children were captivated for the full hour by the acting, puppetry and singing. Everyone had a favourite part of the show and the children were really keen to talk about the experience when we returned to Nursery. Thank you to all of the adult helpers  - we hope you enjoyed it too!
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A surprise visit!

Father Christmas took time out of his busy schedule to visit the nursery and talk to the children. He told us about the many preparations that are underway for Christmas and  how he needs to care for each of his reindeer. The children were able to perform some of their show songs for him and Father Christmas gave everyone a gift of chocolate coins.
We have been using our new interactive table in Nursery. As part of our provision the children are able to access the technology and develop a range of skills using carefully selected apps. The children enjoy being able to work together at the table and are keen to try out the range of activities on offer.
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Our Christmas Show

Our Christmas show was truly fantastic. The children learnt 10 new songs for the show and performed them in front of an enthusiastic audience on the school stage. They looked fabulous in their costumes and really enjoyed the opportunity to perform.

Meet the codeapillar...

The children were excited about exploring  our new  technology resource. The children worked in small groups with the codeapillars and had opportunity to learn about the different parts. Having planned a route, they took turns to connect the pieces and program the movements of the codeapillar.

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The Rhyme Challenge

We all took the Rhyme Challenge on Friday 15th November in aid of Children in Need. During the performance the children sang 10 nursery rhymes which they had been practising for a number of weeks. This year the children also managed to learn a full nursery rhyme in Tamil. This was an important part of the challenge as we wanted to acknowledge the large number of different languages that are spoken within the families  of our nursery children.

 

The children  certainly rose to the event and sang with enthusiasm and confidence. Well done to everyone and many thanks to the parents for their support. We are proud to say that the children raised a total of £108.74, which has been donated to Children in Need.

Please click on the link below to enjoy the performance.

Cutting ...

In order to support the development of scissors skills, we have introduced a  cutting area into nursery. Every day the children will be able to use scissors and develop their strength and control through practice. Lots of different resources will keep everyone busy!
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Windy Weather

The weather is continually changing at the moment and a windy day is a great opportunity to explore our new resources,

The children shared stories of their experiences in the wind and then we went outside to feel it for ourselves. The children loved seeing the evidence of the wind and thought the resources were fantastic.

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Fantastic Fireworks

The children shared their experiences and responses to fireworks experienced around the time of Diwali and Bonfire Night.

During the week they were able to reflect their knowledge and understanding in several different ways. As part of our learning ,we watched a firework display set to music on the smart board and the children loved reflecting their observations of movement and noise in chalked pictures. The highlight for many of the children was creating their own sparkler and using them to dance together in Nursery!

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A new experience!

An opportunity to 'drive' a  giant lorry was too good to miss! Having discussed road safety and the importance of listening to our adults, we were able to explore the truck parked in the playground. Very exciting!

 

The children are growing in independence and are enjoying exploring and investigating the different learning opportunities in nursery. We are spending a lot of time talking about working together, sharing and helping our friends. As we play together, adults often hear the children talking about being part of our 'nursery team'. The children are fantastic with looking after our resources and, believe it or not, they are also keen to help with tidying up! All of these skills are so important as we move forward in the year and will set a good foundation for their learning over the next few months.
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We have had a very busy month visiting all of our families at home and then welcoming the children into nursery.

The children have been amazing and have settled very quickly into our busy environment. Many thanks to all of the parents and families for their support while we have been working to develop relationships with the children. 

 

Our sessions are always busy with many different opportunities for play and exploration both inside and outside. In addition we have daily times set aside for for stories, singing and snack where we can  learn to work together as a group.

 

Please ask member of the teaching team if you have any questions about our nursery activities or routines. We will always be very happy to chat with you.

 

Here are some pictures to give you a flavour of nursery life so far......

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At Springfield we care, learn and achieve together

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