Miss Dempster, Mrs Young and Mrs Whittle make up our Nursery Team. Miss Goodwill is our Early Years Leader.
Our new children have settled quickly and happily into life at Backworth Park Nursery. We have been very busy getting to know each other and making lots of new friends.
Our topic this half term is "Woodlands and Wildlife" and the children have enjoyed exploring this theme through a variety of picture books, especially We're Going on a Bear Hunt which we explored through Talk for Writing and which provided a stimulus for much of our Literacy, Maths and PE teaching. During this topic, we went on a hunt for a real bear who broke into our classroom; built him a cave when we realised that he was a kind bear; baked him biscuits so that he wouldn't be hungry and did lots of writing, counting, modelling and role- play based on the story.
The children have been learning about Autumn changes and harvest time. The children have been enjoying building their observation skills and are becoming confident at sharing their observations. We were very proud of our children for performing so brilliantly at our very well attended Harvest Festival. It was a positive end to a successful half term.
Our Topic between October and Christmas has been "On the Move". We have enjoyed using all the bikes, trikes and cars that we have in Nursery as well as running a bicyle repair shop then a car wash role play area outside.
We have been exploring shape in Maths and have used them to make some beautiful transport pictures. We have also been enjoying lots of transport themed stories and rhymes such as The Wheels on the Bus and The Journey Home from Grandpa's.
The run up to Christmas was busy, fun and very sparkly! The children entered fully into the festive spirit and had a lovely time at the Christmas craft morning with their parents. They threw themselves into making decorations, building sleighs, looking after our class Elf and, of course, preparing for our Nativity play. Our very talented children made their parts their own and we were all extremely proud of them. They also enjoyed performing at the whole-school Big Sing and had a fantastic time at their Christmas Party.
This term we enjoyed a fantastic Science Week and completed all sorts of investigations to do with gravity, floating and sinking and magnets. The children also enjoyed making magic potions with the fizzing potions and colour changing potions being the most popular. One child said that he felt like a wizard!
The children have launched themselves fully into telling traditional tales this half term. They have been solving a crime scene based on Goldilocks, enjoyed role play in Goldilocks' house and exploring how porridge looks and feels; opinion was split!
We also enjoyed the Enormous Turnip story as our talk for writing text, and learnt about the language of size and comparing objects. We made soup with turnips and other vegetables and had great fun digging up all sorts of vegetables outside.
We finished the half term by looking at Little Red Riding Hood, doing writing based on the story and acting out scenes in small groups. We have some very talented actors and actresses in this class!
In Spring 2, we have been looking at the topic of Africa and comparing life in Africa to life in the UK. We have been looking at the story of Handa's Surprise, and made a delicious fruit salad using all of the ingredients. We have also been doing Maths investigations to do with proving statements; our investigation proving that pineapples are heavier than mangoes produced some particularly fascinating conversations.
We have been learning about some animals which live in Africa, and our Safari Park Vet role play has been very popular with children administering medicine, vaccinations and bandages with great care.
The children looked fantastic in their costumes on World Book Day and really enjoyed taking part in the school's Comic Relief celebrations.
the children enjoyed learning about Spring changes and baby animals. They were particularly interested in Easter and worked very hard at learning Easter songs to perform to their families at our Easter Celebration. They performed beautifully and everyone who participated had a lovely morning.
This half term the children are learning all about dragons and castles. They enjoyed learning about the story of St George and transformed their role play area into a castle. In Maths, we have been studying pattern and shape. The children have made beautiful shields with jewels in alternating patterns and they progressed to making their own pattern rules. They have also been busy sorting treasure and building a defence to keep us safe from the dragon. We have moved on to doing Talk for Writing based on the story the Royal Dinner. The children made their own pizzas like the chef in the story and were very keen to sample the results.