Welcome to Our Lady Nursery class. Our new children have settled into their daily routines wonderfully and are really enjoying coming to Nursery every day. On this page, you will find pictures and videos of what we have been doing since the start of term.
This term we will be focusing on the different subjects which are detailed in the Curriculum newsletter. Each subject will be taught during a carpet session and activities set in the classroom and in the outdoor area are linked to their learning.
Our aim is for children to develop their social skills, interacting and connecting with each other as well as with the outer world. Curiosity will be developed towards the environment and its natural elements in order to learn to take care and respect our world. Most importantly, children will be learning essential values such as sharing and taking turns, considering others and learning to forgive and say sorry.
We have all been working together as a class learning and improving every day. We are happy to say that we cannot wait to continue growing together and seeing and valuing all of our improvements and successes.
This week in English, we have been working on the book 'Supertato'. Children have enjoyed reading the story and have been using adjectives to describe the characters. Children have thought about their superhero name and as a creative activity, we have made superhero headbands and our very own Supertato.
Here are some activities our children have been doing in school. Have a look at all the fun out little ones have had learning about superheroes and how not all superheroes wear capes.
Children have been enjoying discovering our new Adventure Playground! They have been developing their climbing skills and have gotten good at it. Check out the pictures to see how confident our children are turning to be.
In the following video you can see one of our students learning about rhyming words and having a go at reading them! I am very happy to see so much improvement and hard work done from home!
I am so happy to see all the hard work done from home! This week children have enjoyed counting, learning about superheroes, rhyming words and talking about celebrations. One of our students has shared some celebration pictures. Thank you all for the pictures sent in and all the enthusiasm placed in home learning! Can´t wait to see next week´s work, keep it up!
Phonics Home Learning: Here you can see one of our students playing and singing a nursery rhyme from home. I am happy to see so much enthusiasm and joy when learning!
Happy New Year everyone! May the New Year bless you with joy, prosperity and health. It has been a lovely start of the year seeing our remote learners working from home and all the hard work they have been doing this week. Thank you for all the pictures sent in. It has made me very happy to see how they have been enjoying home learning so much! Keep it up! I can´t wait to see next week’s work!
Christmas Jumper Day: Children had lots of fun today shining bright with their jumpers. Children wrote post cards to each other to place in our Santa post box and were really excited to decorate our Christmas tree at our Funky Fingers area.
Festive Friday: Children had lots of fun rocking their reindeer antlers and shining as little Santa's. Here are some pictures of what their day was like, have a look at the beautiful jingle bells they made!
This week was "Antibullying Week". In relation to this, we read the story "The Ugly Duckling" and talked about the importance of being kind to each other. We coloured in a big kindness love heart with children's comments in it and displayed it in class to remind us to be a good friend. We had a reflection time in RE where children included each other in their prayers by saying "God, please take care of... as I will do". Children placed their promise into our prayers and wishes pouch at our RE table. Here are some pictures, I have written down the children's comments on the heart images.
Learning about Diwali, a festival of lights celebration. (Other Faiths - Hinduism): We made rangoli patterns with coloured rice and also made diya lamps. We created our own fireworks at our funky fingers and at our writing area, we traced firework patterns and had a go at writing the initial of our name.
Home learning project focused on ‘Your Local Area’. Congratulations on the hard work to parents and children during the half term break!
PE with Progressive Sports
In progressive sports, children have learned to dance and sing "head, shoulders, knees and toes".
English: Learning to share and say "please".
In class, we have been working on the story "Rainbow Fish" learning the values of being a good friend. In the video, you can see how children have created a game where one says "please" and the other says "okay" handing the chair to sit.
Phonics: Learning to make your own rhythm
Children have been playing percussion instruments and have been creating their own. In the video, you can see our students following the pace they have set and others repeating it.
In math, we have been learning to recognize amounts without needing to count one by one and matching the amount to its numeral. In this video, you can see how children are given a numeral and they run towards the amount of animals matching their card.
Here are some pictures of what we have been doing for the past few weeks! The classroom is set around sea creatures due to our English book “Rainbow Fish”. We have also added a display on Black History Month with animal masks and rainy clouds done by children after reading 'Handa’s Surprise' and ‘Bringing the rain to Kapiti plain’. In phonics, we have introduced the guitar as a string instrument opposite to the percussion instruments we have been working on and children had a go at holding and playing the guitar. As a creative activity, children created their own guitars with cereal boxes. In funky fingers, we have done different activities to make our fingers stronger in order to have a better hold of our pencils.
After settling in, we have started this week with new topics. In English, we are focusing on the book Rainbow Fish and learning how to be a good friend by sharing and caring. We have also started working on the book Handa's Surprise welcoming Black History Month. This week, in Phonics we are tuning into instruments and children are enjoying a lot playing and dancing to the rhythm of the music! Check the photos below to see what we have been working on!
Playing “Grandmother´s footsteps” with instruments during our Phonics lesson
During our Phonics lesson, we decided on a movement for each instrument sound. We had lots of fun playing a game where children move in different ways depending on the instrument they hear while another child chooses what instrument will be played. Children stop when music stops and the one playing the instrument can decide on who takes over. In the following video, you can see how children enjoy moving to the sound of the maracas and how the conductor tells others "stop" when he stops playing the music.
These past few weeks, children have made a great start getting to know each other and settling into their new class. Check out the following pictures and see the activities we have been working on!
On our first day, we had a stay an play where children met their new friends and teachers. Children enjoyed using the different activities together in our inside and outside classroom and had lots of fun making new friends.