Week Beginning 16th April:
Welcome back after the Easter Holidays.
The children have come back to school ready and eager to learn as always. We have started our new topic Down on the Farm. Already we have been growing and planting seeds, we have painted pictures of animals that live on the farm, read the story The Littel Red Hen and generated a sentence about who our favourite charachter was, we have been watching educational videos about being on a farm and what a farmer grows, we have discussed animals and their babies and we have been improving our number formation 1-10. All this and we have done it all in 3 days.
Next week will be baking bread, pizzas, learning all about the story What the ladybird Heard, making tally charts, bar graphs and measuring the weights of animals.
I would also like to say a huge thank you to parents for all the support they have given their children at home over the holidays with their new homework Green Card words. The children are so excited to show me the words they can now segment and blend and they can't wait to get their next set.
Just to remind you the cards get put in their wallets on
Wednesdays or Fridays- dependent on when your child attends school
Week Beginning 19th March:
We have started our new topic Easter.
The children have heard the Easter story, we have been drawing daffodils to beckon in the Spring, developed number recognition into the teen numbers, been writing sentences I like Easter. and so much more.
The children are now reading green word cards in Read Write Inc phonics sessions. These cards are broken down sound by sound (this is called segmenting) and then we have put the sounds back together to say the word (this is called the blend). Children will be bringing these words home starting from next week to develop reading skills for Reception. Please support your child with this at home. They will need it demonstrating before they can read it independently.
I would just like to say how proud I am of Nursery currently. This is a class that work their socks off and they do it with a beaming smile on their faces. They have been a joy to teach this half term!!!!
Week Beginning 5th March:
This week the children have been learning to write a sentence. We have used a capital letter, finger spaces and full stops to write 3 the sentence 'I am the bad wolf'.
The children are starting to try and sit writing on the line so please where possible use lined paper at home. We have also started to read green words. This week we have worked as a class group to segment and blend the words at and sad. We will be sending all children home for the Easter Holidays with a pack of green words that you are to work on to start to introduce the idea of reading.
In Maths we have been focusing on number formation and recognition. We have been forming them with play dough, shaving foam, paint and pencils. As we are still finding this tricky we have decided to introduce a new scheme called Ten Town which introduces numbers as character. Each character has a song and rhyme to help them write the number.
Please take a look below at our fantastic writing:
Week Beginning 19th February:
This week the children have been learning about space. We have made alien 2 colour repeating patterns, we have played eye spy and recorded using numbers how many of each items we found. Our class have made aliens from play dough, dressed up in space suits, made moon sand, measured how long a variety of rockets are and so much more.
Next week we will be looking at numbers 10-20, continuing to read and write cvc words (some of which are on the main board outside the classroom if you wish to take a look) and we are starting to learn to write our surnames.
Please continue to read letters, write and mark make at home. We can see a marked improvement already. Keep up the good work.
Week Beginning 5th February:
Well we said we had a surprise in store and by gosh do we. This week the children have been learning to Read!
We have been learning to segment and blend cvc words together in our dragon word maker. The children were able to segment words such as rat, sat, sit, cat, pig and as a group we blended them together. Please try and encourage your children to sound out the letters of cvc words using their fingers and then help them to blend the word together.
Not only did we do some fantastic reading but we have been flying with our writing. We are writing words independently and we hope that by summer term we will be writing a short sentence with some children.
Children are working hard in number but please keep practicing number recognition at home to 10 with your child as some children are still finding this tricky.
After half term we will be starting another new topic Space. We are very excited about this topic and have a small project for all children to do at home. Please stay tuned for the project launch and have a fantastic half term holidays.
Week Beginning 29th January:
This week we have started our new topic Chinese New Year. 2018 is the year of the Dog. We have been looking at traditions, festivals and celebrations. The children have been tasting noodles, Chinese vegetables, prawn crackers and spring rolls. The children found the noodles to be "delicious".
The children have worked so hard on their writing this week and we have been writing the names of the animals from the Chinese myth, we have ordered the animals in accordance to their place 1st 2nd 3rd 4th and we have been using them to support role play.
We set up a Chinese food shop where the children were buying and selling in Yhen. The children had calculators to add up their food bill and write the shopping list they needed.
We have loved making lanterns and fortune fish to decorate the classroom with. Keep posted for next week as we have a surprise in store.
Week Beginning 15th January:
The children have continued to learn about Castles, Knight and dragons. We have been testing out our design skills through making clay dragon models, designing and testing catapult systems that could be used to knock down a castle wall and we have been seeing who can make the largest castle tower to protect the princess.
The children have made dragon masks, dragon puppets, invitations to a castle party and we have been writing stories about the magic dragon.
In phonics we have learnt all of our letter sounds but we are now going back over them to ensure we can read the sound, say the sound and write the sound. If you can support your child with this at home it will help them progress at a faster rate.
Week Beginning 8th January:
This week we have been learning all about Castle Knights and Dragons. We have been dressed up, we have been learning to write our letter sounds s,p,d for our posters, we made maps linked to our topic discussing how to cross the river and what other features maps need to find the dragon gold.
We had to count the jewels to match the numbers on the crowns 1-5, we have been making 3 pictures repeating patterns and we have been making magic potions to kill the dragons.
The children have been dressed up in the castle role play area and we have been slaying the dragons.
Week Beginning 4th December:
I would first like to start off by saying a huge Thank You to all the parents and Grandparents that came along to Christmas Craft Day it was lovely to see the children having fun and making lots of things to take home.
The children have been working so hard over the past 4 weeks and the writing that they are now producing is fantastic. We have labelled Santa with words like hat, boot, sack/bag, we have made Christmas cards to bring home, we have worked on the next set of Phonic sounds gbckfe and we have been singing along to many Christmas songs and pantomimes. You should be very proud of how hard the children have been working this half term and although we are in the run up to Christmas we still have so much to do.
Experiments with ice and melting, making snowflakes, decorating cakes, making our Christmas lists to Santa and working woth numbers and repeating patterns.
Please take a look at how busy we have been this half term:
Week Beginning 6th November:
We have had so much fun in Nursery learning all about how to be a Vet and look after our Pets. We have been in the role play vets corner, drew our favourite pets, made animal masks, made birds to hang in the trees outside, decorated fish bowls, ordered numbered dog bones 1-10, played pet bingo and we still have so much to learn.
The children have enjoyed watching My Pet and Me videos on Ceebeebies so you could try and get these for home too.
Look below at all the things we have learnt so far and keep posted for the writer of the week.
Week beginning 31st October:
Welcome back after half term. We had a Spooky start to our week with our Halloween themed day. We made cakes, scooped pumpkins, made Jack O lanterns, glittered hanging bats, made witches potions and dressed up.
Now we will start out new Topics for this half term. They will be as follows:
Vets and Pets
The Gingerbread Man
Take a look at what we did for Halloween:
Week Beginning 16th October:
This half term nursery have worked their socks off. I would like to thank parents for attending parents consultations to see some of what we have been doing. The children have made a great start with Read Write Inc and we have been having a phonics session every day before lunch. Please use the pack I gave you to practice writing the letters:
We have been working just as hard in Mathematics to develop number, counting and shape. Any number recognition you can be working on at home will only help and support the work we are doing in school.
I would like to say a huge Thank You to Mr and Mrs Costigan for the ingredients to make Rock cakes with the class. It was a lovely donation and the children had so much fun making, baking and tasting them.
Congratulations to Mr and Mrs Turnbull on winning the Harvest Raffle, and a huge thank you to all that took part to help us raise funds for our class.
Please take a look at the video below to see what the children have been learning in Nursery so far this year:
Week Beginning 11th Sep
This week the children have had lots of fun in the outdoor area. We dressed up as lots of things from Robin Hood to a space man, we have been learning how to use Numicon to count and add, the children were cutting shapes with Mrs Dickinson and we built towers with bricks and had a race to see who could build the tallest. It was safe to say the children were far quicker than Miss Broderick at putting the bricks together. We have danced along to Frozen at the request of the girls and we have been reading lots of stories. A list of books we have been reading can be found below.
Books read this week:
Shark in The Park
The Blue Chamelion
Wiffy Wilson goes to school
So far the class have voted Shark in the Park as their favourite. They like to make the telescopes.
Next week we will be having a big push on writing, mark making and pencil control. If you get chance at home try and use pens and colouring pencils as much as possible. Bring in any work you do to show to the class.
Here is what Nursery did in Week 2
Week Beginning 5th September 17:
Firstly I would like to welcome all of the new families to Waverley Nursery. We have already had a super week getting to make new friends, learn new routines, getting to know new members of staff and playing with lots of new toys.
Already I have seen children write their names, draw pictures of their family, count to 20, sort colours, match animals and paint lovely pictures for our new art wall.
I can't wait to see where this year will take us and I look forward to getting to know you all more.
Please take a look at our journey so far:
Week Beginning 3rd July
This week we have continued to learn all about Dinosaurs. We have made fossils, dinosaur hats, masks, measured footprints, made dinosaur patterns and learnt who eats what in the dinosaur world.
The children have also had lots of questions this week about time and money so we made piggy banks, set up a pet shop linked to the story 'The Great Pet Sale' to discuss coin value and we made watches and developed our knowledge of o'clock.
Take a look at how busy we have been:
Week Beginning 7th June:
Welcome back for our last 7 weeks of Nursery. We have lots of exciting things to be part of and this starts with our new topic
Down at the Seaside
We have already made an Octopus, sparkling fish to hang in our classroom, read books Commotion in the Ocean and Titch the Tiddler. We have so much more to learn and make so keep posted for this.
Week Beginning 15th May:
This week we will be starting our new topic Down at the farm.
We have lots of exciting and challenging activities to take part in over the next 2 weeks. Please keep posted to see what we have been learning.
Week Beginning 8th May:
This week we have continued to learn all about Nocturnal animals. We made hedgehog bread, read new stories about Percy The Park Keeper and his friends, copied out how to write new words such as fox, owl, bat, rat, badger and mole. We named our new class pets Sammy Squirrel, Rose the fox and Betsy the Badger. The children chose the names and we voted upon the classes favourites. We painted animals for our displays and we went animal hunting in the school garden.
We have also had a new edition to our classroom in the form of an interactive television. This is a computer screen on the wall that can be used as a touch screen to progress the childrens learning during Teacher Directed Activities. We will be using it to develop Maths. Literacy, Physical Development in the form of mark making and using it to watch educational programms linked to our Topic work where appropriate.
Week Beginning 2nd May:
We have been busy bees as always in Nursery this week. We have made clay hedgehogs and owls, relayed information about Nocturnal and Diurnal animals from non-fiction text, sorted animals, learnt to read and write 3 new phonic sounds g, c, o on top of the 6 we already know, made hedgehog collage, named our new class pets and built animal shelters outside.
Week Beginning 2nd May:
Welcome back after the Easter Holidays. I have been hearing all about holidays, Easter Egg Hunts, birthdays and much more. It is so lovely hearing the children discuss what the have been getting up to over the holidays.
We have come back to school eager to learn and what a superb start to the half term we have had.
This week we have so much more to learn and lots more creative things to make. Wait until you see our clay hedgehogs we will make today.
Take a look so far and see what we have learnt.
Week Beginning 27th March:
I would just first like to start by saying a huge Thank You for you co-operation yesterday with the Nursery changes. We appreciate your understanding and patience.
We are now back and ready to celebrate Easter. We will have lots of fun activities for all to take part in including Easter egg hunts, Easter basket making, designing eggs, marble painting eggs, masks, Easter book marks, board games to help the Easter Bunny and find the Easter Bunny Hunt. Easter is a fun time for the children with games and chocolate but we also want the children to understand the real meaning behind Easter so we will also be looking at the cross, traditions and the bible.
Keep posted for photographs.
Week Beginning 20th March:
This week brings changes to our Nursery classroom. We have now started our extra days so you will see lots of new faces in our classes. Yesterday was a huge success and the children rallied around each other to make new friends feel welcome.
We are coming to the end of our zoo topic this week and on Friday we will celebrate red nose day. Although we are not dressing up children can bring in a nose to wear and the classroom will be filled with red nose day activities in the afternoon.
Due to the larger numbers in our class please bare in mind that it may take a little longer at the end of the day to see the children out. I will of course do my best to run as smoothly as possible but it may take a few days to get timings right.
Week Beginning 12th March:
We have also had a super learning day this week based around Maths. We have been adding, ordering numbers to 20, counting animals into their cages, seeing which zoo animal is the lightest and heaviest, making 2 potions have the same number of frogs in to keep the Good and Bad Witch happy. We have been filling jars with water beads and counting the scoops it takes, we made numbers with pretend hands to 5 bending down fingers and we had to play 1-10 leapfrog along the beanbag number line.
Week Beginning 12th March:
This week is Science Week
We have taken part in lots of experiments this week. We have made Lava lamps, toasted bread, made rain clouds, played in gloop, watched what happens when you add water to skittles and it is only Tuesday!
Keep posted to see what else the children have been learning.
World Book Day
I would like to say a huge well done to everyone for dressing up ad taking part in our world book day. Great costumes and lots of fun had by all.
Week Beginning 27th February
Welcome back one and all after the half term holidays. We have come back to school full of readiness to learn and it is great to see the children getting stuck into our new topic:
Pattern and Colour
We have been looking at repeating patterns, making concentric circle pictures ordering in circles from largest to smallest. We also celebrated pancake day, tasting pancakes with a variety of toppings and Thursday is Book Week so come dressed as your favourite book character. Last year we had a 'Disgusting Sandwich', 'George and His Marvellous Medicine',' Puss in Boots' and a Dalmatian.
Next week we will be looking at patterns on animals skin and fur and developing our colour mixing skills.
Take a look at some of the activities we have done so far.
Week Beginning 6th Feb:
This week we have started our new topic based around the story Whatever Next. This will lead us to discussion about Space, Aliens and Space travel. We have lots of exciting things planned including building rockets, making handprint aliens, writing nonsense words, designing our own star constellations, making galaxy chalk pictures where we smudge the chalk and much more.
Take a look at some of the books we will read:
Week beginning 30th January:
The children have been celebrating Book Week in school. We had the pleasure of year 5/6 coming to our class on Wednesday afternoon to read with us. They even stayed for snack. Thank you Year 5/6.
Week Beginning 30th January
This week we have been learning all about Chinese New Year. This year is the year of the rooster. So far in class we have made dragon masks, dragon puppets, played a board game 'the animals race' to develop our understanding of positions 1st, 2nd, 3rd. We have also had giant dragons outside, made Chinese stir fry, tasted prawn crackers, learnt how to write Chinese symbols and sorted items according to colours red and gold. We have even discovered facts about Chinese New Year from the help of a little boy called Ian. He was in our Video and told us how his family celebrate Chinese New Year in Manchester.
Did you know they hide coins inside dumplings for good luck.
Hope you are all reading lots of books for your Reading Records. Why not try and read a topical book on Chinese New Year.
This is what the children had to say about noodles:
"I had noodles with my dad. Wow look at this long noodle" Mason
"These noodles are slippery" Will
"Are these things called snappers that grab the food?" Carter describing chopsticks
"My noodles are warm and delicious. Mmmm yummy in my tummy" Phoebe
"We have prawn crackers from the shops" Jake
Week Beginning 23rd January
Next week we will be celebrating Book Week in school. As we are trying to become super readers in Nursery I will be sending home a reading Journal for the week. If you can try and read at least a book a night with your child that week and fill in your journal. Ask them to colour in the stars to give it a rating, state the title of the book, write down who their favourite character was and why. This is to be returned to school the following week. There will be book prizes for the most read children. Have fun reading.
Books we love to read in class:
Shark in the park
Going on a bear hunt
Bear sleeps on
Room on the broom
Dave the cat
Why not read one of these.
We would like to say a huge Thank You to Nate who was very generous and brought in his giant build an igloo to share with his friends. The children had so much fun building it, colouring it in and then getting snuggled up inside.
Thank you Nate and family for being so thoughtful and kind to our class.
Week Beginning 23rd January
Well done Class 2 you have made so much effort with your igloos. It is a pleasure to watch them come to school full of sparkles, Polar animals and cotton wool. They will be displayed for the whole school to see down by the gym.
Week Beginning 23rd January
This week has been jam packed with Maths fun and more ice exploration. We have been counting beyond 10, having bean bag throwing competitions, helped people escape from the ice with tools and salt water. We have been timing how long it takes for ice to melt and what happens when you add sugar to ice.
Me and the staff have been extremely impressed with all of the homework this Topic and we have had some amazing igloos brought in for our display.
Please don't forget we will be displaying them in and around school so have them in by Friday this week. Take a look at what the children in class 1 have made so far. They are so proud of them.
Week Beginning 16th January
We have already had some amazing Igloos being created at home. Here are the first two. Well done boys they are amazing.
Week Beginning 16th January
The children have had so much fun learning facts about our new topic Ice and Snow. We were even lucky enough that we had real snow on Friday. The children made snowmen outside, collected it in wheel barrows, went sledging and we even carried out a snow experiment to see what would happen if we added colours to the white snow as it melted.
The children told me what they already knew about Polar Animals, here's what they said during snack:
"Penguins are white and black, they have no feathers and they eat fish"
"Polar bears are covered in white stuff to keep them warm"
"Reindeers live in the snowy woods"
"Whales are big and eat baby seals"
Keep posted at the end of the Topic to see how the childrens knowledge has progressed and evolved throughout the topic.
We have one more week left on this topic before we learn all about Chinese New Year. I look forward to seeing everyone's igloos they have been making at home to finish our topic off.
Week Beginning 9th January:
Welcome back after what I hope has been a fun and festive holidays. I'm sure Father Christmas was kind to you all and you have all had lots of fun playing with new toys and presents. I would personally like to Thank you all for the kindness and generosity shown in gifts bought for staff, you are too kind.
This half term is going to be jam packed with fun, experiments, learning new skills and new topics. The first topic we will be learning about is:
Ice and snow
In this topic we will look at how to grow snowflakes in the classroom, symmetry, melting, freezing, facts about animals that live in Antarctic, floating and sinking, Eskimos and their lifestyles, building igloos and much more. I will be setting a project for all children to complete at home during week 2 so please keep posted to find out what this will entail. Letters will be sent home in regards to this with all key elements you will need to follow to complete the project. I do ask however that it is completed by children as much as possible please. I know how tempting it is to help them but I want to see their work no matter what the outcome.
I look forward to getting started and want to Welcome new children and families to our classroom. I'm sure you will all help us to make them feel welcome for a great start to 2017.
Week Beginning 12th December:
Well done to all of Nursery! This week we have all made huge leaps forward in our Understanding and Speech. All children are now working at Age Expected levels well done.
I would also like to say a huge Thank You to all the parents and Grandparents that stayed for our Christmas Activity Day last week. The children had lots of fun and it was lovely to spend time getting to know you all a little better. Don't forget to sprinkle that Reindeer dust on Christmas Eve so Santa can find you all.
We have also been trying on costumes for the Nativity. Take a look at our photographs. We will be selling these photographs laminated at our Nativity on Wednesday 14th for 50p each to raise school funds.
We look forward to seeing you all there.
Week Beginning 5th December:
This week the children have been getting ready for Christmas. We have decorated the Christmas tree, hung the tinsel, practiced our Nativity, had hot chocolate outside in the frost, made Christmas cards and wrote letters to Santa.
We hope to see you for Christmas crafts on Wednesday. We have lots of sparkling activities for you to get involved in.
Keep posted for craft day pictures and winter smiles.
Week Beginning 28th November:
We have started our new topic
Traditional Tales- Goldilocks and the 3 Bears
The children have already been having lots of fun in our new Bears Cottage Role Play area. They have been dressed up as Mummy Bear, Daddy Bear and Baby bear. They have been cleaning up the mess that Goldilocks left, they have been filling large, medium and small bowls with porridge oats in the sand area and we have been decorating porridge bowls.
We have also started learning our songs for the Christmas Nativity. Everyone has been cast a character to dress up as which will be provided by school. We will be singing songs but we will not have speaking parts as this is a little daunting for Nursery. It will be about 30minutes long so please make sure you have tickets to come and watch. I also have a few spare if needed so please ask.
We also have Christmas Activity day next Wednesday and you are welcome to come and help out. We move throughout Nursery and Reception making lots of Christmas crafts for the children to take home. It is full of glitter and glue and fun so don't miss out.
Week Beginning 7th November
This week the children have been showing me how much they have improved in Maths since our first week back in September. All children made progress in colour, shape and number recognition. Well Done Nursery.
My Maths Whizz of the Week has to go to Nate. He was able to recognise all his numbers in the 100 square. When challenged by year 6 on his Knowledge he blew their socks off getting every quick fire number correct! Well done Nate your a super star.
Week Beginning 1st November-
Welcome back after half term. What a great start we have made to our first week back. I have received lots of fantastic homework from both classes and I can't wait to see the last few. You have impressed me with your cutting skills and your shape knowledge! Big smiles all round. We have also started our new topic Vets and Pets. Lots of dressing up, writing medical notes for the poorly animals, making birds for our new display, name writing on dog tags, painting pictures of our pets, counting Dalmatian spots onto my dogs 1-10 and so much more. We have only been back 2 days and already my camera is full of exciting photos to post.
Your challenge for this week at home is:
To bring in a photograph of you and your pets. If you don't have a pet but someone in your family does then please bring this in to share. If you are unable to print it then please let me know and we can work out other arrangements for handing it in.
Keep watching for lots more fun activities to come.
Week Beginning 17th October:
This week the children have been getting excited about Halloween. Our class got spooky with pumpkin carving, lantern making, ghoulish slime exploration and lots of Halloween dressing up. We shared our pumpkins out across the school and the children got to pick as a class where we sent the 6 pumpkins we carved. Well done year 5/6, reading stories with us last week made you a very popular decision.
We hope you all have a great holidays and remember to stay safe when trick or treating. Only visit houses that you know and never go alone. Stay with an adult and stay safe at night. We shall see you after the holidays for new topics and more fun packed days.
Week Beginning 10th October
MATHS WEEK AT WAVERLEY
The children have had a jam packed week full of maths events and activities. We have been counting, looking at time, using money, playing dice games and so much more. We all took part in the coin trail around school where the children placed 2p and 1p coins in a line to see how far we could travel around the school grounds. We got all the way down the corridor, back and all around the school gym. We also had Mrs McGettricks year 5/6 class come and read the Maths stories and Rhymes they made to our class on Friday. We had bring a board game to school day and I must admit there were a few games the children brought from home that I have been and purchased for our class to play in the near future.
To top the week off we had a Cake Sale. I would like to thank all parents that attended and contributed to this. We were able to raise £100 with your help so thank you for stopping, chatting, having tea and coffee but most of all thank you for the cake donations and purchases.
Please take a look at everything Nursery have done during Maths Week:
Week Beginning 3rd October
The children have started their new topic Autumn. We all ventured outside to look at change in the environment. We looked at the leaves, the changing colours, we talked about seasons and we discussed what types of trees grow on school grounds. We discovered we have Sycamore, Maple, Oak, Apple Trees and Bay. Take a look at our leaf hunt and the sticky leaf pictures we made with our findings.
Week Beginning 26th September
This week in Nursery we have been looking at ways we can make shapes and draw pictures in shaving foam. We have been learning how to make big and small circles, drawing people we know, playing Naughts and Crosses, practicing our new Letter sounds masd and writing numbers and marks to represent numbers.
At home ask the children to show you how they can draw circles and show your child how to turn circles into people and animals.
If you're feeling brave why not get the shaving foam out in a tray ay home. The children had lots to say about it:
"it feels soft and slippery" "it smells so nice, just like daddy" "Wow look I have made my mummy"
"I can swirl my hands around and around"
Welcome to a new school year. The children have been settling in to their new classes extremely well. We have made new friends, learnt our new routines and we are having so much fun in the process.
I want to say a huge Thank you to parents for working alongside us during this settling in period, you have said your goodbyes promptly and this has allowed us to fit so much more into our session. We have one more week left of half days and then it will be full time sessions.
Please ensure your childs name is on water bottles and Packed Lunch boxes to help your child find their lunch quickly and easily when we begin full days. If you are a school dinner please place the money in an envelope and hand it to Miss Broderick in the morning or hand it in at the school office with your childs name and class on.
We have also started learning our new Phonic sounds using our schools new Read Write Inc reading scheme. Letters about this scheme and Parent training will soon follow to inform you of how this scheme works, what it entails and how it will develop your childs learning skills for phonics, reading and writing.
The letter sounds we have been learning so far are: msad
We will be focusing on these 4 letter sounds for the next 2 weeks for consolidation before moving on to the next letter sounds: tinp
Our Topics for Autumn Term will be as follows:
Vets and Pets
Please take a look below to see what your children have been learning:
Our new Topics:
Animals in the Jungle
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