We hope you all had a lovely Easter break! For the next few weeks the children will be thinking about farm animals. Farmer Ian from Longdown Dairy Farm will be visiting us next week too, bringing a range of farm animals for the children to touch and feed. How exciting! Perhaps you could visit the library with your children and see if you can find any fiction or non fiction books about animals? Or maybe you could draw a farm picture with your children? We would love to hear about things you have done or see your lovely creations!
Easter Egg Hunt
On the last day of term the children enjoyed going on an Easter egg hunt in the Nursery garden. The children helped each other to find all the eggs and then later were able to exchange their paper eggs for chocolate ones! Happy Easter everyone!
'Rescheduled' World Book Day!
Our planned World Book Day had to be postponed due to the snow, so today the children enjoyed dressing up as their favourite book characters! Can you recognise any characters? What is your favourite book?
Perhaps you could make a visit to Shirley Library this weekend? They have a lovely selection of children's picture books and usually have free crafts for the children to enjoy!
Stay and Play
Today we welcomed lots of our families who enjoyed staying at Nursery to play with their children. Even though the weather is a little unusual for this time of year, we have started our new topic all about spring and Easter, and today the children enjoyed exploring activities related to this topic.
Thank you to all the families who were able to stay today! The children loved playing with you and showing off some of the things we do at Nursery!
Now the snow has melted I wonder if you can spot any other signs of spring? Perhaps you could point out some things when walking to and from Nursery? Happy hunting!
SNOW AT NURSERY!!!
Today we had an unusual surprise for March...yes snow!!! The children loved going outside to explore the look and feel of the snow! It was great fun and very white! Sadly it did not last long, but we enjoyed this unusual 'spring' weather!
Today are children have been mini explorers... looking, touching, smelling, observing, changing, making predictions, describing and evaluating. The children love to follow their own lines of enquiry in their play on a daily basis, but today really enjoyed participating in some scientific experiments! What fun!
I wonder if you can carry out some scientific investigations of your own at home? Try mixing colours, exploring a new recipe, making some observational drawings, building models out of Lego or something else. We would love to hear about things you have done! Have a lovely weekend!
Thank you so much to all the families who came to watch our assembly this morning. It was lovely to see so many of you! We have sent home packs with the children today; inside is a copy of the story map for the Gingerbread Man and some puppets to make so they can retell the story at home.
Here is a video of the children in action this morning...
Baking Gingerbread Men
As part of our Gingerbread Man (Talk for Writing) topic, the children baked their own Gingerbread Men. They made the dough, rolled it out and cut out a man shape. They then baked them. After they had cooled the children decorated their biscuits to bring them to life! Such good fun!
Next week we will be thinking about the traditional story of 'The Gingerbread Man'. Do your children already know this story?
This weekend perhaps you could retell the story to your children, ideally in your home language, so the children familiarise themselves with the characters and plot.
We will be exploring this story over the next few weeks and the children will learn how to retell the story using the 'Talk 4 Writing' story map and actions.
Have a lovely weekend everyone! Please remember warm coats, hats and scarves next week as it is going to be very cold!
Chinese New Year
This week the children enjoyed exploring activities around the theme of 'Chinese New Year' which started in the half term holiday. Many of our children had seen some of the celebrations in Southampton at the weekend and were very excited to find out more about this festival. We discovered that 2018 is the year of the dog! The children enjoyed exploring a range of creative activities and especially enjoyed tasting some Chinese food as part of snack time. The boys especially enjoyed the food and were keen to have second helpings!
Why do you love me so much?
On the double doors inside the Nursery we have placed some laminated hearts... Please can you take a moment to write a comment about your child and why you love them so much? We will be reading the comments out to the children as part of our topic and to celebrate how lucky we all are to have so much love in our lives!
Why do you love me so much?
This week we started a new topic called 'Why do you love me so much?' It is all about who is in our families, who our friends are and also thinking about how we show these people we love and care fro them. The children have loved exploring lots of activities and talking about how we are all similar and different. Tigers group loved exploring how tall they are during group time today. Have a look at our pictures below!
Tummy Time is not just for babies :-) Do you know that encouraging children to draw and write when laying on their fronts can help develop their core strength which is crucial for effective writing? We give time for 'Tummy Time' drawing each week and encourage sharing of resources to help children negotiate and manage their space effectively. Have a look at the photos below... perhaps you could enjoy some 'Tummy Time' at home together!
We enjoyed smelling, touching and tasting the fruits that the Very Hungry Caterpillar enjoyed eating! We then cut the fruit up with help from the grown ups and pushed the fruit onto sticks to make fruit kebabs. The kebabs smelt delicious! The children all felt very hungry while waiting to eat the fruit!
We have been so busy in Nursery since we returned from the Christmas break. The children have enjoyed exploring the Talk 4 Writing topic of 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' and we have been amazed with how well many of them can retell the story using the story map or book. Please ask your children to share the story with you at home to help them develop their talking and story telling skills!
Christmas Stay and Play
It was so lovely to see so many parents come to play with their children. We enjoyed exploring some exciting Christmas activities together and had lots of fun. Thank you to all the parents who came! Don't forget to come to our Nursery Tableau next week! Merry Christmas!
Can we explore it?
This week we started a new topic called 'Can we explore it?' We are pretending to be explorers who enjoy going on adventures. The children are doing good looking and listening to see what they can find. We will be exploring different spaces, searching in, on, under and through, using these words to describe where we travel.
We started off the topic by taking the children on an adventure around the school grounds. At the end of our exploration it was time to set up camp and enjoy a camp fire to keep warm! The children were very excited and enjoyed talking about what they could see, hear and smell.
Perhaps you can go exploring somewhere this week with your children? Happy exploring!
Some of the children have been sharing a short story about knitting this week. Many of our children had not seen anyone knit and so as always we saw a perfect opportunity to invite in some volunteers! Luckily Mrs Stewart and Mrs Archer enjoy knitting at home, and so they came into Nursery to give the children a live demonstration. Some of the children were even able to have a little try at knitting themselves! The children could not believe that clothes and toys started as balls of wool and knitting needles! Thank you Mrs Stewart and Mrs Archer! Have a look at some of the photographs below.
Remembrance Day 2017
Today the children had some quiet time to think about Remembrance Day. We watched a short video on CBeebies which you can watch here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04p4zsl
We then watched Miss Myszkowski create a Remembrance scene using crosses, glittery flour and poppies, which the children enjoyed watching, and then described what they could see and how it made them feel.
Afterwards we made our own Poppy Remembrance cards to take home and share with our families.
Have a look at the photos below and talk to your children about what they can remember.
To follow on from our Diwali topic, the children will be exploring some Bonfire Night activities in the first few days after half term. We will be making and eating s'mores (marshmallows and chocolate biscuits) around a camp fire when we return on Monday 30th October! We will also consider fire safety. Please make sure your child has a warm coat with them!
Have a lovely Half Term break! We look forward to seeing you soon!
Best wishes from all of the Nursery Team :-)
Today we took part in 'Wear it Wild' day. Our children and staff dressed up as animals in return for a donation of money. All money raised will be sent to the WWF (https://www.wwf.org.uk/) to raise money for endangered animals. Thank you to all our families who supported this fundraising event today!
Today Pradeepa came in to talk to the children about Diwali. The children were very excited when they saw Pradeepa and Aadhira dressed in their special clothes. We found out all about how their family prepare for this festival and how they celebrate at home and in their Temple. The children were very excited to hear that children receive presents and sweets for Diwali! Thank you Pradeepa for coming in to Nursery today! Perhaps we will see or hear some fireworks in the sky tonight? Happy Diwali everyone!
Next week we will be exploring the festival of Diwali. Have a look at the link below from the CBeebies website:
After watching the song you could talk to your children about this festival. If you celebrate it at home we would love to hear about your celebrations! Come back next week to have a look at our learning. Have a super weekend everyone!
This week we have continued to explore autumn activities in Nursery. The children have been thinking about working together and sharing to explore our three school rules of 'Ready, Respect and Safe'.
We are so proud of our children this week. They have been exploring autumn and harvest activities, and talking about all the autumnal changes they can see. In addition to this we have been encouraging our children to continue retelling the Brown Bear, Brown Bear story. These three boys have enjoyed retelling the story to their friends. Here they are retelling the story for you to enjoy! Good work boys!
Our families have been collecting food to donate to the Salvation Army's food bank. Thank you for your donations. You have all been very kind.
We have been learning the story of Brown Bear, Brown Bear! Using our 'Talk 4 Writing' story mapping, the children have been learning to retell the story by following the pictures.
Click on the link below to see our children retelling the Talk 4 Writing Brown Bear story!
We love to read!
Little lambs have been enjoying sharing books and rhymes in the school library.
Welcome back! Over the last two weeks our children have been settling into their routines and welcoming new friends who started this week.
This week Little Lambs Nursery have been thinking about the rhyme 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star' and have enjoyed exploring lots of fun and exciting activities. The children loved making rainbow bread and made lots of mess making stars with shaving foam.
Nursery have been thinking about colours this week. We have enjoyed exploring colour and colour mixing activities throughout the week. A highlight was making rainbows with skittles sweets! This theme will continue next week when we begin to learn our 'Talk 4 writing' story 'Brown Bear, Brown Bear'. Please come back next Friday when we will share the story with you!
Have a lovely weekend! See you next week!
Best wishes from Nina Myszkowski and the Early Years Team
Best of British week!
This week the children in Little lambs and Nursery have been enjoying a range of activities to celebrate British culture. The children in Nursery have been learning about British values and have been taking turns, sharing and listening to other children's ideas. In Little Lambs the children have been following the class rules; sharing, taking turns and good tidying.
We have been having lots of pirate fun in Little Lambs this week; making pirate hats, digging for buried treasure, making pirate maps and going on a treasure hunt for pirate chocolate!
Stay and Play
Thank you to all the parents who stayed and played today!
Longdown Diary Farm visited our school on Wednesday 24th April. Farmer Ian brought some animals for us to look at. We learned about the animals need and like. We got to handle some of the animals too. We even put chicks on our heads!
We really enjoyed ourselves. Have a look at some of the picture to see what we saw!
Click here for videos of the day.
Little Lambs at the farm
The children in Little Lambs enjoyed meeting Farmer Ian and all his farm animals!
Today the children performed a school assembly. They re-told the story of 'The Gingerbread Man' using our Talk4writing actions and story map. They did so well. The children painted some of the characters too. We think they are amazing!
Well done Nursery!
Please click on the link below for a video of the assembly.
Little Lambs have enjoyed reading the story 'Oh dear!' by Rod Campbell. We have been learning the names and noises of different farm animals. On Thursday the children got to meet the school chickens!
Exploring the sensory room!
The children in Little Lambs had a lovely time exploring the school's sensory room. The children watched the fish in the huge bubble tube, played with strings of fibre optic lights, watched patterns from the lamp on the wall and listened to music. The bubble tube was definitely a favourite!
World Book Day!
The children in Nursery and Little Lambs have had lots of fun dressed up as their favourite book characters. We even had a surprise visit from the Gruffalo!
In Nursery we have been thinking about the story of 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar'. The children have loved exploring the story and eating the food the hungry caterpillar ate! We have also been learning to orally retell the story, using a story map and actions to help us remember the parts of the story. The children have loved doing this and we hope you all received your story maps and story to practise with your children at home. Here is a video of the children today. We are so proud of them for having a go and joining in! Well done Nursery! We hope you all have a lovely half term break and we looking forward to seeing you back here on Monday 27th February.
3 Little ducks
Little Lambs had lots of fun going on a 'duck hunt!' We walked all along the woodland walkway, looking for duck pictures on the way. At the end of the walkway we found the school pond with 3 little ducks swimming in it!
Chinese New Year
The children have enjoyed celebrating Chinese New Year this week. Everyone helped to decorate our Chinese dragon using handprints to make his scales!
The children in Little Lambs have enjoyed a special pyjama day at the end of our topic of winter. Today they have been exploring ice and 'snow dough', playing games and enjoying a hot chocolate drink at snack time.
Happy New Year!
Nursery and Little Lambs are having lots of fun learning about 'Winter' and 'Where does snow go?' They have been exploring ice, shaving foam and oats, making beautiful winter art work with paint, chalks and glitter, as well as wrapping up warm to enjoy the new play equipment in the FS garden.
Don't forget next Friday is pyjama day in Nursery and Little Lambs!
Nursery Christmas Party 2016!!
Wow what a fun Christmas party we had today! The children loved watching Buttons the Magician, playing party games, eating party food and having a special visit from Father Christmas!!! Have a fantastic Christmas break and we will look forward to seeing you all in the new year!
Best wishes from the Nursery Team
Thank you to all the Parents and Carers who came to our special Nursery Tableau on Wednesday 14th December. The children retold the Christmas Story through action and movement and then sang some favourite Christmas songs and rhymes. I'm sure you will all agree that they did so well and lots of parents commented on how lovely the performance was. We wish you a happy Christmas and happy and healthy new year! See you on Tuesday 3rd January when we launch our topic ''Where does snow go?' - lets hope for some snow in January! Best wishes from all the Nursery Team
It's beginning to look a bit like Christmas....
After our visit to the library on Thursday, Little lambs went to see Santa's grotto and look at the huge Christmas tree in the hall! We sat by the tree singing our favourite Christmas songs.
Stay and play
Thank you to all the parents who were able to 'stay and play' with their children on Wednesday. The children had a lovely time playing with their mums!
Little Lambs have been visiting the school library to listen to stories and enjoy looking at books independently on the lovely squashy beanbags! All the children were able to take a book home, to share with someone in their family.
The children in Little lambs have enjoyed listening to the story of the 'Owl babies' by Martin Waddell. After the story we went on a hunt outside to find some owls that were hiding! The children have been making collage owls, building nests with sticks, mark making and exploring night-time sensory bags.
Wednesday 16th November 2016
Today Nursery had an assembly. We sang some of our favourite Nursery songs, which included Makaton actions. Well done Nursery! Thank you to all those families who were able to come and watch.
Today Nursery parents were invited to 'Stay and Play'. Lots of our families came this morning and they all had a wonderful time making medals for our Children in Need Mini Marathon, decorating dragons, baking, and exploring the Nursery environment. Thank you to all those parents who came today and supported the children with their activities.
Monday 7th November 2016
Our trip to Furzey Gardens in Minstead!
The children had a wonderful time at Furzey this morning, looking at autumnal changes and searching for fairy doors! The children loved spending the morning in the great outdoors and having their snack time in a barn! What a lovely way to launch the start of our new topic this term ‘Did dragons exist?’ which explores dragons, fairies, castles and imagination! Have a look at the photographs to see some of the outdoor learning that took place today!
Little Lambs enjoying having a fire in the secret garden. They sat on the tree stumps watching the orange flames and all the smoke that was made! There was even time for a biscuit and a sing-song.
The children enjoyed making Diwali diva lamps using old CDs and lots of glitter.
In Little Lambs we have been washing pumpkins, hammering golf tees into them, scooping out the seeds and making them into delicious pumpkin soup!
In Little Lambs we have been thinking about harvest and exploring lots of different types of vegetables. We have been playing shops with real vegetables, printing with vegetables and making delicious salad sandwiches!
Elmer the elephant
Week beginning 26.9.16
In Nursery we have moved on to a new topic... 'Why do leaves go crispy'. This topic explores autumn and autumn treasures, harvest, and adaptation of animals to seasonal change. The children have started looking for signs of autumn. When you are out and about with your child over the next few weeks, try and point out any signs of autumn you can see (conkers, leaves changing colour etc.) and encourage your child to talk about what they can see. If you would like to bring in some autumn treasure (leaves, acorns, conkers) we would love to see what you have found!
Little Lambs love the new garden!
Little Lambs have settled back into Nursery. Our topic has been 'Twinkle, Twinkle little star' and we have enjoyed lots of singing, creative and physical activities. Everyone has had fun playing in the new Foundation Stage garden!
Little Lambs teddy bear picnic
Thank you to all the parents for coming to our teddy bears picnic. Everyone enjoyed a feast of lovely foods!
Nursery Graduation 2016
Thank you to all the parents who came to watch the oldest Nursery children graduate to Reception class. The children all looked very smart in their mortar boards and a few tears were shared by parents and staff. We wish all the children well as they move on to their new classes.
We hope you all had a lovely half term break. This half term our first topic in Nursery and Little Lambs is 'Under the Sea'.
We will be doing lots of fun activities to explore this theme- photos of these to follow!
If your child has any particular interests that we could use for future topics please let their key person know!
Easter Egg Hunt
The Easter bunny visited our nursery this week, leaving a trail of eggs. The children went out on a hunt around the garden to look for the eggs. The children were egg-tremly egg-cited to find the eggs that the bunny had left behind.