Summer Term 2017
Our topic for the first half term is:
New Life: Growth and Change
During this topic, the children will learn about the life cycles of: frogs, butterflies and chickens.
They will also learn about the life cycles of plants; they will plant seeds and find out what seeds need to grow.
Our topic for the second half term is:
Under The Sea
During this topic, the children will learn about several different sea creatures and how they survive.
We are really excited about our visits to Blue Reef Aquarium at Tynemouth in June which will be a great introduction to this topic. The children will discover a whole new world of life under the sea. We will see sharks, otters, monkeys, iguana and several different species of fish, as well as watching the seals perform in the Seal Show.
The children loved it when the eggs hatched and we had some gorgeous fluffy chicks in Nursery.
We let the chicks out on the carpet so they could get some exercise, and also so we could have a closer look! The children were very careful with them and gave them a gentle stroke as they strolled around.
Welcome back everyone. The Nursery team would like to wish you all a very Happy New Year. We hope you all had a lovely Christmas. We would like to say a big welcome to our new children starting in January and their parents.
Please remember that we are always happy to speak to you about your child and their time at Nursery. If there is anything you would like to talk to us about, please tell us and we will arrange a suitable time to do this.
We are really looking forward to the term ahead. We have got lots of exciting activities planned and we know this is going to be another fantastic term with lots of new experiences.
Our first topic is, 'Winter Wonderland'. The children will be helping to look after a little polar bear cub that has been found in the school grounds. The children will learn about the polar bear's natural habitat and we will help them to understand why some animals are suited to warm climates and why some animals prefer cold climates. We will also be helping the children to learn about freezing and melting and how to keep warm in Winter.
After half term, our topic will be, 'Keeping Safe and Healthy'. We will help the children to understand how to stay healthy by doing exercise and eating a variety of healthy food. The children will learn which foods are good for us and which ones they should have in small quantities.
We hope to have visits from the dentist, police and fire brigade who will talk to the children about how to stay safe and healthy.
We gave the children some blocks of ice to investigate, each block contained a small toy animal.
We talked about where we had put the ice to freeze and what it felt like. The children used some super words to describe the ice, like cold, hard, smooth, icy and freezing.
The children enjoyed touching the ice and realised it made their hands really cold! They also noticed that the ice was starting to melt and we discussed why this was happening.
We then set the children a challenge - to try to rescue the animals from the ice. Some groups used the small toy hammers to tap the ice and free the animals, whilst other children used their hands to melt the ice.
The children had a great time and it was lovely to see their excitement as they managed to free the animals!
Our younger children enjoy singing their favourite rhymes and experimenting with the musical instruments. We played them loudly and quietly, we shook them and tapped them.
The children enjoyed playing our game 'Guess the Instrument'. We hid the instruments under some lycra and asked the children to take turns to listen to the instrument and try to guess which one they could hear by pointing to the matching photo or naming the instrument.
In R.E. this term, the children have enjoyed listening to stories from the New Testament in the bible and helping to act them out. We have talked about the meaning of the stories and what Jesus was trying to teach us.
On Friday, 17th February, we had an amazing visit from one of the vets and nurses at Dunelm Veterinary Practice.
They brought lots of equipment for the children to look at and handle, including stethoscopes, surgical masks and hats. They also showed some x-rays and the children had to guess what was going on.
The children really enjoyed watching the vet and nurse put bandages on their 'poorly' teddies but their favourite part of the visit was stroking the two pet lambs they had brought with them, Shaun and Flossy.
Thank you so much to our friends at Dunelm Veterinary Practice for coming to see us and giving the children such a wonderful and memorable experience.
The children really enjoyed the visit from the Fire Brigade on Monday, 20th March.
They saw the fire engine and listened to the siren. It was very loud!!
The children were allowed to sit inside the fire engine and put on the fire fighters' helmets, then they had a go with the fire hose.
Welcome back to a brand new year in Nursery, and a very special welcome to all of our new Nursery starters.
We are looking forward to a great year in Nursery; the children will be taking part in lots of new and exciting experiences, learning many new things and having lots of fun!.
If you have any concerns or questions about any aspect of Nursery, please come and speak to a member of the team. We really want to resolve any issues as quickly as possible and can always make time for a quick chat or we can make an appointment to discuss things in more depth. We look forward to working with you all.
Nursery Teacher: Miss C Forster
Teaching Assistants: Mrs T Scott, Mrs K Hughes, Miss N Reed, Mrs P Park
During this topic, we will talk to the children about their family and help them to understand how important they are. Every two weeks, we will focus on a different traditional tale; we will talk about particular family members and carry out various activities related to the story.
The children will also learn what makes them unique. For example, we will look at our thumb and finger prints through a magnifying glass and the children will make pictures using fingerprints and handprints. After half term, we will focus on our body parts and our senses.
Throughout the term, the children will be making and tasting some delicious food.
The children in Nursery love to take part in ring games. Our favourites are: The Farmer's in his Den, Here we go round the Mulberry Bush and There was a Princess Long Ago. Here are some photos of us :
On Wednesday, 2nd November, the children in Nursery and Reception took part in a Sponsored Jog-a-Long. We were hoping to raise enough money to buy some story headphones to keep in both story areas.
The children had great fun and did brilliantly well, all managing to complete several laps of the field.
A big WELL DONE to all of the children and a huge THANK YOU to parents, family and friends for all of your donations. So far, we have raised £320.
This term, in Religious Education, we are telling stories that Jesus would have heard when he was a boy, stories from the Old Testament.
The 2-year olds had great fun outside in the rain, jumping in the puddles!
We came to Nursery in pyjamas on Children In Need day and helped to raise lots of money for this important charity.
The children in Nursery and Reception enjoyed a very special puppet show performed by St Nic's church in Durham.
They told the story of Christmas. The children listened carefully and joined in singing some Christmas songs.