2020. Spring 1. Week 3. A visit from Tracey the troll.

Our imagination topic continued this week, and we learnt lots about trolls. Our main book was The Troll by Julia Donaldson, but we have also read the Billy Goats Gruff lots too. On Wednesday, we were so lucky to be visited by the troll who lives under the bridge in the rocks. Although she was a little scary at first, we learnt that she is actually quite friendly. Reception thought of some recipes for Tracey that she might like to cook. The ingredients were disgusting; eyeballs, slime, ants, mouldy cheese, yuck!!!

We have painted lots of trolls on the easel this week using watercolour paints.

In the malleable area, we got really messy exploring the shaving foam. It was so much fun to write our names and the sounds we know in the foam.

Nursery’s new sound this week was t, and to explore the jolly phonic song further we played a game of tennis on the playground. It was so hard to hit the balls with the racquet.

On the creative table this week we began a junk modelling project. We learnt the skills of using tape to stick pieces together, and trimming the cardboard with scissors to make our items the correct shape. We have made racing cars, caterpillars, houses to name a few.

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2020 Spring 1, Week 2. Dinosaurs!

This week we have been thinking about dinosaurs, and have loved reading the story Dinosaurs Love Underpants. Our small world has been taken over with dinosaurs. And we have painted and crayoned dinosaurs on the easel.

Nursery have learnt a new sound this week, a. We have found a written down all over our classroom in signs and in books. We have practised writing our own a using aqua pens, sand trays and whiteboards. In the continuous provision we have been practising our sounds using cards and envelopes.

We have been finishing off our art week creations and our spheres are being displayed around school. We have enjoyed using plasticine on the playdough table to mould Matisse shapes, and create funny faces.

There has been lots of beeps in Early Years as the children have been using metal detectors in the classroom. Some metal we can see and feel like the radiators, but some metal is hidden like the nails in the floorboards under our carpet, or screws underneath the tables.

This week, Nursery found out about another Ten Town character, Fiona 5. She runs the leisure centre in Ten Town and we have been finding out about different ways to keep healthy. For mathematics, Nursery logged into ten town and played an interactive fruit smoothie game with Fiona.

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2020, Spring 1, Week 1. Art Week and the start of our imagination topic.

First of all, we want to wish you all a happy new year. We have had three new children start in Nursery this term, and all of the children have welcomed them warmly into Early Years.

This term our topic is imagination and we are looking at everything magical. This week we have been looking at fairies, and Kings and Queens.

Nursery have begun to look at phase 2 phonics, and are now learning new sounds. This week’s sound was s, it was so wonderful to see the children find s in text around the classroom, and hear s in words. Thank you to all of our parents who have been helping their child at home by thinking about this sound too.

Reception have been looking at weighing objects using the weighing scales, and exploring what is heavier and lighter.

In big writing we have been writing about what we would do if we were a fairy or a royal.

The whole school has been busy with Art Week this week. Early Years have been thinking about the artist Henri Matisse. He was famous for using collage to create his artwork. We have made a giant collage of Biff, Chip and Kipper. We loved matching the colours to the artwork. Next, we made some 3D sculptures inspired by Matisse. We have enjoyed this so much that there are some more activities planned for next week too.

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‘‘Twas the week before Christmas…

The last week of the Autumn term was a very busy one with lots of treats and festive surprises.

We started the week on Monday with a visit from the Kirklees Musica band. They taught us all about music from the 1950s to the present day.

On Tuesday we delivered a Christmas card to John at the garden centre, then had a play in the woods.

We joined the whole school and teachers in the hall for our Christmas dinner. We pulled Christmas crackers and listened to the music. Thank you Lisa and Karen for a delicious lunch.

We had a lovely treat watching a Jack and the Beanstalk pantomime in the hall. It was great fun joining in with the cast.

On Thursday we had a visit from Mr and Miss Lister who both play for the Salvation Army band. We learnt all about how Mr Lister reads music, and how songs can be written as notes. We joined in singing some of our favourite carols, and helped Mr and Miss Lister by being their conductor.

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Lights, Camera, Action!

This week, Nursery and Reception performed their Christmas Nativity show for their grown ups, and we performed it for the whole school as well. All of the children sang and performed so well. They had been practising for the past few weeks and all of their hard work paid off.

Below are some of the pictures from the dress rehearsal.

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