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St Matthias

Church of England Primary School

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Nursery

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Summer 2015 Nursery Newsletter

Spring 2 2015 Nursery newsletter

Spring 1 2015 Newsletter

Autumn 2 2014 newsletter

Welcome to the page for the Nursery Class

We had a great sports morning with lots of support from our families.
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 A drummer came in to show us some rhythms from different parts of the world. We liked dancing to the Latin carnival music and playing some simple rhythms of our own.

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We really enjoyed our summer trip. We saw creatures from different parts of the world (the Meer cats were a particular favourite!) and some large models of pre-historic creatures as well as pretending to travel in different ways.

 

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During the second half of the summer term, we learned about some different parts of the world. We enjoyed making rickshaws, dressing up and trying some different foods when we focussed on India. It was fun to investigate different ice shapes whilst thinking about the Arctic and the Antarctic. These paintings were inspired by pictures of African sunsets. We read some stories set in Africa including one about sharing called "Mama Panya's Pancakes" then we made  both real and pretend pancakes of our own.

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During the first half of the summer term we thought about different ways to travel. We read stories about vehicles and made models. We learned about some of the various creatures that live in the see and we tested some items to find out whether they would float or sink. We investigated our different boats to find out how many bricks they could each carry before sinking.

We also had fun testing aeroplanes and measuring how far they flew.

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We like working together in the nursery.
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During the second half of the spring term, the focus for our learning has been "Growing". We have planted different types of seeds and we have been noticing some springtime changes in our outdoor area. We used puppets to retell some stories about growing plants including "The little red hen", "The enormous turnip" and "Jack and the beanstalk".

We also enjoyed visiting a local farm to see their new lambs and calves. We were very excited when the "Animal Man" brought in a range of different creatures to show to  us.

We have talked about some of the things that plants and animals need in order to grow and we have been pretending to care for animals in our role play veterinary surgery.

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 During the first half of this spring term we will be using a variety of stories as the context for our learning. All the stories have a common theme is that they are all set in wood or forest. So far we have enjoyed some traditional tales such as "Goldilocks and the three bears", "Little Red Riding Hood" and "Sleeping Beauty" as well as some more modern stories such as "The Gruffalo" by Julia Donaldson and "Itchy Bear" by Neil Griffiths.  We have turned our reading area into a wood where we can read some of our favourite stories and retell them using puppets and our role play area is now set in a wood and equipped with dressing-up clothes so that we can pretend to be different characters from the stories. Having heard about the breakfast that Goldilocks liked so much, we have enjoyed making porridge - both real to eat and pretend. We have also been busy counting and sorting different sized possessions for the three bears.
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During the first half of the autumn term, our focus was “Ourselves”. The children have been making new friends, reading and writing their names and thinking about our different senses.

As part of our work on taste and smell, we read the story of “The Gingerbread Man” and we made some gingerbread people to eat at snack time. We also tasted some different fruits after reading a story about a parrot that was very fond of fruit.

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We had a fantastic time in our circus skills stay and play session when parents and grandparents came to learn some circus skills with us.
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During the second half of the autumn term we will be thinking about “Colours and Light”.

We have already talked about the different colours that we have seen in fireworks and autumn leaves.

 

We have been thinking about how important it is to look after our eyes and learning about how an optician can help people by testing to see whether wearing glasses would help them to see even better.

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Soon we will be thinking about different kinds of lights. We’ll be talking about differences between day and night, hearing stories about nocturnal creatures, pretending to explore our solar system in cardboard rockets and making our own lights with batteries and bulbs. Look out for news of our special “Bedtime story morning” coming up soon when we’ll be sharing some of our favourite stories with each other.

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Our Value for this term is KINDNESS.
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