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Mental Health Awarness Week

Preschool children have been learning about Mental Health.  They have time each morning to stop, think about how they are feeling and then self register on our Colour Monster.  The Colour Monster is a monster who has lots of different feelings.  After this we walked around the parameter of the school playground to try and walk a mile.  When we first started we could only manage half a mile.  By the end of the week the children have walked a full mile.  What superstars they are!

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Supertato Carnival Catastro Pea

This week in Nursery, we have been sharing the story 'Supertato Carnival Catastro Pea' from the Supertato series of books. The children used their gross motor skills to spread different coloured paints over sheets of paper on the floor using large mark making tools. Practitioners then drew various shapes on the painted paper for the children to practice cutting along the lines to increase their scissor skills. The multi-coloured shapes were then used to create Carnival bunting which we displayed around the room. The children have also joined in with a Carnival parade, each choosing a musical instrument to play along to party music whilst marching around the room! In addition to this, they have had the opportunity to create tie-dye patterns using twisted wet-wipes and felt tip pens and they have been mixing their own paints, exploring the different colours that can be made by combining them. The children have also been making some exciting Easter surprises this week and have received some special treats to take home too!

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Run Veggies Run

This week in Nursery, we have been sharing the story 'Run Veggies Run' from the Supertato series of books. We set out a gym in our Physical Room with beanbags, ribbons, hoops and spinning bowls. The children have used these to practice their gross motor skills and they have been practicing their Superhero strength by doing some weight lifting using weights that they helped to create with poles and balloons. They have also done some potato printing, talking about colour-mixing, shape, size and patterns. And they have been creating some special Superhero surprises for their Mummies too! In addition to this, the children have had the opportunity to explore a Spring themed sensory tray and some chocolate gloop with animals to make marks. We had lots of fun filling and emptying various containers with the rice, lentils and split peas. We talked about the sounds that the various dried items made when sprinkled or poured, and the gloop got extra messy with smiles all round! The children have continued to enjoy dressing up as Superheroes to act out the Supertato stories they are becoming familiar with.

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Learning about Space in Pre-School

This week the children have been learning about planets.  We looked at the colours, patterns and size of each planet.  The children went outdoors to paint the planets.  Together the children placed each planet in the correct order ready to hang up in our space themed room.  They had a great time scrunching up newspaper to make moon rocks to throw through some hoops as we pretended they were planets.  Later in the week the children used ipads to take photos of the school environment.

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Exploring Supertato in Nursery

This week in Nursery, we have been focussing on a different 'Supertato' story. The children have helped to set up a Supermarket in the role play area using real vegetables and have been encouraged to use their imaginations to recreate the story using the vegetables and the different props available to them.  They also had the opportunity to think and talk about different weights using a set of scales to put the vegetables into. The children used pieces of pasta to measure vegetables, discussing which vegetables took more pasta to measure and which took less. In addition to this the children have mashed potatoes using mashers and have been learning new vocabulary such as "squash" "squeeze" "mash". We created a gym for the children to use, giving them the opportunity to practice their throwing and catching skills using balls and beanbags. In addition to this the children have designed their own Superhero capes and created pictures of Supertato by printing with potato mashers. 

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Supertato Stories

This week in Nursery we have been focussing our activities on the series of 'Supertato' stories. The children have had the opportunity to discuss what could have happened when they came into the room to find vegetables taped up with 'HELP' speech bubbles around them. Practitioners read a note to the children explaining that 'Evil Pea' had taped up the vegetables and we then shared a 'Supertato' book to find out how 'Evil Pea' was captured. The children have also been exploring different vegetables, drawing round them and discussing the different shapes of them. In addition to this, the children have engaged in some messy play involving mashing and mixing vegetables and filling and emptying containers with them, they also explored some gloop, mixing colours into it to observe the change when two colours were combined. It has also been World Book Day this week and the children have loved dressing up as different characters from books, the Year 6 class came to read to the children, and they have also been gluing and sticking onto animal pictures discussing the different patterns on the animals.

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Lots of Fun in Pre-School

This week the children have be learning about space.  They helped to change the role play area into a space station using their own ideas.  The children enjoyed making  their own space rocketsusing junk modelling.  We also had an astronaut training day where the children pretended to walk on the moon, collected moon rocks and numbered stars.  Once they had collected all the star the children then has to order the numbers from 0 to 10.  My goodness they did this so quickly, super proud.

We have celebrated pancake Tuesday by tossing pancakes in a pan and we have also celebrated World Book Day. B The children dressed up as an animal, we had some fantastic costumes.  Well done to everyone, we have had a busy week’

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Winter Weather

This week in Nursery we have been exploring winter weather, we have been practising becoming more independent when putting on our own coats, hats, scarves and gloves.  The children have also explored winter clothing and used them to peg up on a washing line, counting them as they go.  We have also been creating ice lanterns in our outdoor learning and exploring small world arctic animals wrapped in ice.  In messy play we have used ice paints to create winter scenes and to finish off the week we have made creamy chicken and ham parcels,  Phew what a busy week we have had.

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Learning about the Cold

This week the children in Adventurers have been learning about cold weather here and in different countries.  They have been making their very own snow using different ingredients and enjoyed the different textures that they have created.  They have also had lots of fun using snow flakes to subitise with on the parachute.  The sound of the week has been 'a' and the children have been practising the correct formation of this in glitter and chalk.  They have finished the week making creamy chicken and ham parcels in our cookery session.  Phew what a busy week we have had.

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Exploring Winter in Nursery

This week the nursery children have been having fun learning about snow, using gross motor skills to spread winter colours on to paper ready for our display.  They have had a go at making their own snow using soap and tissue paper.  They have made winter pictures and igloo’s.  We have been practising getting dressed for the winter weather, listening to stories and singing new rhymes.

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Exploring Ice

The children have settled back in to preschool life and have been exploring ice.  They have been using ipads to find out how other people live in really cold countries and how there clothes may differ to ours.  The children have played with small world figures in ice.  The children have had great fun exploring colours with ice painting.  We have been learning the letter sounds ‘s’ and trying to write this.  What a really busy week we have had.

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The Colour Monster

This week we have been continuing with the colour monster concentrating on angry and scared.  The children have used red paint to splatter onto paper and fold to make symmetry monster.  They also went outdoors to do bark rubbing with black crayons to create the black colour monster.  We then made a dark den for the black colour monster.  We made monster puppets and played with light and shadow in the dark den.  We have had so much fun.

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A Special Gift from Lidl

This week the children in Nursery and Pre-School have received a donation of two child size shopping trolleys from Lidl supermarket.  These type of resources are invaluable to our imaginary play areas as they can really support our children’s learning and promote many language opportunities.  The children have already put the trolleys to good use and are enjoying them tremendously.  A very big thank you to Lidl supermarket for these wonderful resources.

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Settling into Nursery

The children in Nursery have begun to settle in to the setting well.  They have been very busy meeting their new friends and practitioners and getting involved in playing games and activities.  They have enjoyed using the nursery rhyme box to pick out props and sing the appropriate nursery rhyme, we have been looking at books together, learning to climb, balance and jump on the climbing equipment, playing “all about me” games in the forest area and getting very messy making playdough, gloop and flour paint.  What a great start we have had to the new term

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Settling into Pre-School

The Pre-School staff would like to say a welcome back.  Over the last few weeks the children have been getting to know their new environment and staff.  Here are a few photographs of the things we have been getting up to.  The children have been drawing on large paper to music using fast and slow actions, they have been navigating their way around large equipment and working on new ways of moving.  We have been dancing, learning new rhymes and searching for shapes.  We have had a few busy weeks and the children are much more settled. 

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