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Rhyme and Crafts

On Thursday 9th June at 10.45am and Friday 10th June at 1.30pm our children will visit Gateshead library for a rhyme and crafts session. As this is a local visit, no written consent needs to be given as most parents have already signed a consent form.

 

However, we need additional adults to accompany the class from school to the library. The session will last around 40 minutes.

 

A letter will be sent out on Tuesday, however, if you are able to give your time and help it would be greatly appreciated. Either comment on this post or let me know on Tuesday.

 

Thanks,

 

Miss Doherty

I'll huff and I'll puff and I'll steal your blocks!

Firstly, I need to apologise for how quiet the blog has been over recent weeks and secondly, I need to apologise for how picture-heavy this post is going to be - there is a lot to catch up on!

 

During the last week of term Caedmon Primary School celebrated National Science Week and the whole-school topic centred around Crime Scene Investigation. On Monday morning the children were gobsmacked to find that some of their blocks had been taken from the construction area and in their place was a series of clues. Our little investigators found a giant footprint, a lock of golden hair and two animal footprints, which, after using the internet, they discovered belonged to a wolf and a pig.

The children decided that the potential culprits for this dreadful act could be the following:

 

- Goldilocks

- The Three Little Pigs

- The Big Bad Wolf

- The Giant from Jack and the Beanstalk

 

The children made decisions as to who they thought the culprit was and drew posters to try and track them down.
 

Later on in the week a few more blocks were taken and some new clues emerged; a bowl of porridge and some strands of straw. This helped the children to whittle down the suspects and they spent some time discussing who they thought it could be.

 

At the end of the week, having seen that all of the blocks had disappeared, the children followed some clues to the outdoor area where they found a house made of blocks next to the book of The Three Little Pigs. The children then all decided that what the three pigs had done was wrong and that stealing is against Nursery rules. The children showed a very good understanding that taking toys or items that belong to someone else is wrong and it helped them to understand that taking toys from Nursery could get them into trouble. 

 

Poppie wrote a message to the pigs

 

Finally, last week we had another Stay and Play session; thank you to everyone who was able to come and spend some time in Nursery. We hope you enjoyed it. Also, a special thanks to Blanca and her family and Meg and her mum who went snail-hunting and brought us snails. They children absolutely love their new pets and it's helping them to learn how to care for animals and insects.

 

Someone's been eating MY porridge!

Last week, the children really enjoyed reading the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. 

As the week drew on, there were lots of learning opportunities surrounding the story:

 

Some children made and tasted porridge - we even had to leave it to cool just like the three bears did! After they'd tasted it, we made a pictogram of how many children liked the porridge and how many didn't. We worked out that most children enjoyed it!

 

 

The children also re-told the story of Goldilocks and together we drew the story on a story map. I was so impressed with how well the children recalled the story from start to finish.


"Someone's been sitting in MY chair," growled Daddy Bear.

 

The boys and girls also loved acting out the story of Goldilocks; they were superb and needless to say, there are a lot of budding actors in nursery!

 

Finally, we found lots of maths opportunities with the language of size. The children enjoyed sorting out pictures of Goldilocks, the bears, the porridge and the cottage. They were fabulous at using the words small, medium and large.

 

Easter fun

The Nursery children definitely got into the Easter spirit during the last few days of half term. There was lots of baking, Easter egg decorating and a Stay and Play; no wonder we were all so tired when the clock struck 3.30 on the last day of term!

 

Thank you to all of the parents who joined us for the Stay and Play on the last Monday and Tuesday of term. I was thrilled to see so many parents there -  26 in total! I hope you enjoyed it. I will also be starting monthly Stay and Play sessions this month - a letter will be sent out with further details.

 

Joshua and his mammy make handprint pictures

Olivia R and her mammy and daddy paint together

Spaceman Thomas and his mammy make an Easter basket

Dominic and his daddy make a basket for Easter chicks

Amelia-Rose and her mammy work together to make an Easter basket

Tiarna loved having her mammy in Nursery

Riley and his Nan play in the block area

Kiran makes an Easter chick with her mammy and sister, Kinza

Macey and McKenzie do some crafts with their mammy

Bobby shows his mammy his favourite area in nursery!

Lara and Yara make Easter cards

 

Amidst all of the Easter fun, the children have also been exploring the new maths area, set up by students from Gateshead SCITT. The work that the students have done is remarkable and we can't wait for sunnier days so that we can enjoy the area fully.

 

 

Hope you all have a lovely weekend. See you Monday! 

 

Miss Doherty

A busy busy week!

What a very busy week we've had in Nursery!

 

Over the past fortnight, we have spent a lot of time talking with the children and reminding them of rules and boundaries. It's been fantastic to hear the many great ideas the children have about rules in the classroom and how rules keep us safe and help us to look after ourselves and each other.

 

As many parents will know, this week we also began our Rainbow Rewards system and the children have loved it! Each child has their own space on a rainbow chart and throughout the day they have lots of opportunities to gain rainbows. At the end of the session, the children come back together with their key worker and count the rainbows they've accumulated that day. Those with three or more rainbows will have their name written on a pot of gold that goes into a draw for a prize at the end of the week. We've also loved having Star of the Day in Nursery and it's been so fulfilling to see the children responding so well to it.

 

We've been doing lots of shape work this week - the children have enjoyed hunting for shapes in our outdoor area and even found everyday objects that are similar to the shapes they found. There's also been lots of sorting and talking about shapes too.

 

Joshua dives into the basket of eggs to find the shapes hidden inside!

Bobby was so enthusiastic to talk about the shapes he'd found.

At the moment, we are very fortunate to have a group of students from the Gateshead SCITT working with us to improve our outdoor area and our maths provision - they're doing a terrific job and the area looks incredible (these photos really don't do it justice!)

 

And finally, I'll leave you with a few photos of the day-to-day activities your child/children enjoy!

 

Philip working hard to make a Mobilo model

Fraser focusing on how to keep his cube tower from toppling over

Lara and Evie make tea for each other in the mud kitchen

Isaak enjoyed exploring the cornflour and shampoo concoction!

Our afternoon children practise letter formation by erasing the chalk sounds on the floor

Dominic and Fraser painted the house like professionals!

About Miss Doherty

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Nursery teacher, pug-lover and permanently covered in playdough and paint!

I'm lucky to spend my days with the most funny, vibrant, lovely children who are taking their first steps in education.

Email kathryndoherty@ gateshead.gov.uk with My Special World photos and queries.

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