Foundation Stage 1

The Sea...

We’ve started our last half term in Nursery with the topic of ‘The Sea’. We are loving finding out about the different creatures that live under the sea. We were amazed that a blue whale can be as long as two buses and that the smallest shark is called a ‘Dwarf Lantern Shark’ and is about the same length as a pencil! We read ‘Somebody swallowed Stanley’ about a plastic bag in the ocean and this inspired us to think about recycling, so we busily sorted our ‘junk modelling’ resources to help us identify different materials! In the story ‘Stanley’ ends up as a kite, so we made some kites to fly in the Little Roots garden! We have also created some paper plate jellyfish, carefully threading the tendrils; painted sea creatures and made rock pools. We had great fun taking part in a ‘Perform’ workshop - it was all about a lost pearl and we had to travel under the sea to find it! We have also enjoyed playing in the sun and quickly learned the fastest way to fill our water pistols…

A Very Hungry Caterpillar

Over the past two weeks we have been immersing ourselves in ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ by Eric Carle. We began by reading the story, using props. We then drew our own story map, with each of us adding something to the drawing – this really helps us to embed the story in our minds. We also drew caterpillars and butterflies during our Squiggle sessions, created puppets by drawing parts of the story on card, cutting them out and sticking them to lollipop sticks, learned about symmetry - using this knowledge to carefully colour in butterflies, make painted magic and create our own with loose parts, and represented the butterfly life cycle using rice and various shapes of pasta. We are also looking forward to welcoming our own caterpillars into Nursery when we return after half term!

We love reading

It’s Pyjamarama week in Nursery! We have been focussing on reading and books by making lots of reading dens and sharing stories with our friends. We were lucky enough to have some parents share some stories with us via video; we loved listening to these while we had our snack! We even came to school in our pyjamas today!

Keeping mindful

We have also been thinking about our breathing as part of Mental Health Awareness week. We made some ‘mindful bottles’ with pompoms, glitter, beads and sequins and focussed on them while we listened to some calming music - this help regulate our breathing.

Still growing...


We have been continuing our ‘growing’ theme in Nursery and have now planted our sunflowers and potatoes. The sunflowers have already started to show their shoots and we are anticipating lots of competitiveness (including from the teachers!) over whose will be the tallest. Our bean seeds are being a bit more stubborn so we have moved them in the hope of some warm sunshine! However, our indoor beanstalk is growing more and more leaves as we have painted a stalk, cut out and named our own leaves, measured how tall we are and added the leaves at our height! We used our Squiggle skills this week to draw some seeds, a beanstalk, the sun and some rain – practising these shapes first in the air with scarves helped us create super drawings. We have also used our Dough Disco skills to make some flowers out of clay. We rolled, splatted and pinched our way to super flower shapes. We have even printed some pictures using vegetables – we especially liked using different colours for the vegetables, such as purple leeks and orange broccoli!

Growing

We’ve come back from the Easter break with a bounce in our step ready to start focussing on ‘Growing’. In just three short days, we have already been extra busy! We have read the story of Jack and the Beanstalk, acted it out with props, drawn a story map, made our own ‘Jack’ books, planted some beans (we are keeping our fingers crossed for a castle at the top of our beanstalks!), thought about what seeds need to help them grow, investigated various seeds – thinking about how they are the same and how they are different…! Phew, what a super start to the term! We are also hoping to plant out some potatoes and sunflowers seeds when the early morning frosts have passed!

Back to school

What an exciting return to school we have had! We are all so pleased to be back and have enjoyed exploring both inside and outside again. We brought in some plants to brighten up the Little Roots Garden and set about digging holes and watering in our contributions. They have really cheered up a corner of the garden and we are keeping a close eye on how they are growing and changing.

We were also lucky enough to have a surprise visitor… a dragon! She was hiding under some fabric one morning, so we carefully uncovered her, only to find she had laid an egg! This inspired us to make some dragon eggs of our own. We used our Dough Disco skills and rolled some clay into an egg shape – this is harder than it sounds! – we then added a few very special gems to make the egg nice and shiny. We also painted our own dragons and built castles out of anything we could find!

Nativity and Christmas

Nursery have really embraced the ‘Christmas spirit’ over the last few weeks. We have noticed a lot of kindness, politeness and sharing around the classroom - we are trying hard to ‘fill buckets’ every day! We have also been looking at ‘The First Christmas’ and really enjoy acting it out using the small world characters. We loved singing our part for the KS1 and EYFS Christmas Extravaganza – keep an eye on your inboxes for a link to the performances! We have even had time to create our calendars on the computer, make decorations with Pat, paint our Christmas cards and write in them (dressing up as a Star was optional!) We are looking forward to another packed week and wish everyone a happy and restful break.

Squiggle

You may have heard your children talking about our Squiggle sessions. We put on some music, grab the scarves and make big shapes in the air - all in the name of gross motor development of course! We then grab pens and draw our shapes on a huge piece of paper - practising our fine motor! So far we have learnt the moves: Up and Down, Side to Side (including Cross Over), Circles, Rainbows, Smiles and Swirls! Ask your child if they can show you one of the moves using their arms or draw one on paper!

Outside

We have been playing in the Little Roots Garden A LOT over the past few weeks! We have been exploring all the resources and thinking of different ways of using them. We made a giant hoopla game and challenged ourselves to get more hoops over, we built ramps for cars to see how far and quickly they would travel, we drew chalk fireworks. We even went on a shape hunt during our daily mile!

Class Charter

Inside the classroom we have set up our ‘Class Charter’. We decided what we wanted from our time in Nursery and what we would need to do to ensure those things happened.

Autumn

We have been busy learning about all things autumn over the last few weeks in Nursery. We looked for signs of autumn around the school, talked about the changing colours, printed with sticks, conkers, leaves and pinecones and even hammered holes into pumpkins! We also talked about Harvest and learned the Harvest Samba song –which we will probably be singing all year!

Fun Learning...

We are beginning to learn all the routines in Nursery and have taken part in some fun activities!

Dough Disco

Learning all the moves and swinging our hips!

PE

Listening carefully and following instructions.

Running Track

Our Daily Mile!

Phonics

We have started our phonics sessions - we are learning to really use our ears by having listening moments and identifying different sounds. We have also had fun outside discovering the sound different objects make when we 'drum' them. Click here to see us drumming around the garden!

Working together...

Our first few weeks...

Getting to know each other and our new environment.