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 look forward to hearing about the children's experiences of Christmas and finding out what Santa brought!
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, we will be sharing some of our favourite stories and doing lots of follow-up activities based on these stories. These will include: 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt', 'The Gingerbread Man', 'Owl Babies' and 'Peace At Last'.
As it is the start of a new year, we have been talking about New Year's Resolutions, and explaining that this is a good time of year to set ourselves a goal that we can keep working on over a few weeks. We would like parents and carers to help their children to achieve a goal at home, for example: putting their shoes on, writing their name, riding a bike etc.
This week, our goal was to pass a tambourine around the circle without making a noise. The children tried really hard to do this and, after a few attempts, we achieved our goal. Well done, everyone!
This week, our theme is: SOCKS
The sock fairy has muddled up lots of pairs of socks, so the children helped to find the matching pairs.
We looked at the socks to see how they were different and noticed there were lots of white pairs. We decided to sort the socks into white, pink and dark socks. Then we talked about how the socks were made of different material to wear in Winter and Summer. The children felt the socks to see if they could tell which ones were thick and which were thin.
On Monday, 21st January, something very exciting happened at Nursery.
Whilst we were going for a walk through the woods at the top of the Key Stage one field looking for signs of winter, the children found a little polar bear cub! It was sitting under the hedge, on top of a basket. We wondered what was inside the basket!
The children were all really excited about the little polar bear cub that we found and were keen to give it a stroke.
We took it inside and the children passed it round the circle so they could all have a closer look.
We opened the basket and were surprised to find a toothbrush inside, and a note asking us to look after the polar bear cub for a little while. We talked about how we could take care of the cub, and how to keep it safe and warm. The children suggested giving it a toy, a blanket and some food. Then, we thought of a safe place to keep him.
We are thinking of a name for our little polar bear and looking forward to taking care of it until it's Mummy comes back.
Here are some photos of our Winter walk and the children finding the polar bear cub :
We gave the children some blocks of ice to investigate, each block contained a small toy animal frozen inside.
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 and wet! 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. The children enjoyed using the small toy hammers to tap the ice and free the animals.
The children had a great time and it was lovely to see their excitement as they managed to free the animals!
In R.E. this term, the children are enjoying listening to stories from the New Testament in the bible and helping to act them out. We talk about the meaning of the stories and what Jesus is trying to teach us.
We took the afternoon children to Tesco's to buy the ingredients to make pizza. This week, we are focusing on words beginning with ‘p’, so we decided to make pizza with pepper and pepperoni.
The children helped to put our items in the trolley and to scan them with the self-service scanner. The lady in Tesco’s gave them each a blue token to post in one of the slots in the charity box on the way out.
We were helping the children to identify words beginning with ‘p’.
We decided to make pizza, putting pepper and pepperoni on top.
The children enjoyed helping to make the pizza - first cutting the pepper with a knife, then spreading the tomato sauce on the pizza base, adding pieces of pepper and pepperoni and finally sprinkling some grated cheese on top.
The children were very excited to go to the staff room and watch us putting the pizza in the oven, and they enjoyed eating the pizza. They even helped to wash the dishes afterwards!!
We had a lovely ‘Stay and Play’ session on 13 February.
Our theme was maths but it was lovely to see the parents engaging in a variety of activities with their children.
We had a brilliant time in the Forest Schools Area. We read the story, 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt' all week in Nursery, and we wanted to finish the week by acting out the story in the forest. We decided to make some sound effects for the story so we got some empty plastic bottles and the children helped to fill them with things from the story: grass, mud, water for the river, sticks for the forest and pretend snow.
Then, we went on a walk around the forest, singing the story and shaking the bottles to make the sounds. It was great fun! We even found a bear sitting in the cave. He was a friendly bear and wanted to go back to Nursery to play with us.
When we got back, the children enjoyed some yummy hot chocolate and a biscuit.
St Hild’s celebrated World Book Day on Thursday, 7th March.
The children all came to Nursery dressed as their favourite book character. It was lovely to see so many fantastic outfits, well done, everyone!
The Nursery children loved our visit to Clayport library on Monday 11th March.
They sat really well while Alison, the librarian, read them several stories, including 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt' which the children loved joining in with.
They also enjoyed looking through the books and choosing one to take home. They took it to the counter to be scanned.
We had a fantastic visit and the children were all amazing, listening really well and following directions. Well done, Nursery.
The children in Nursery dressed in red for Comic Relief Day.
We had lots of fun!
The children listened really carefully to the story of Lawand, a little boy from Syria.
They iced red nose cakes, played 'Stick the Nose on Mr Tumble' and then we practised singing and dancing to the Mr Tumble Comic Relief song. It was a lovely morning.
The children had great fun in the forest. They listened to the 'Owl Babies' story then collected twigs and leaves to fill their bag to make an owl puppet, before sticking on two eyes and a beak. They looked very cute!
At the end of the session, the children enjoyed some juice and a biscuit.
Welcome back to a brand new year in Nursery, and a very special welcome to all of our new Nursery starters and their parents and carers.
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 P Park, Miss N Reed
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.
We will also be learning about Autumn.
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. Photos to follow shortly.
The children enjoyed helping to make oat biscuits. We put porridge oats in as we remembered the bears in our story like eating porridge!
The children all helped to stir the mixture then rolled it out with a rolling pin.
They used the round cutter to cut out a biscuit. They are all starting to recognise that this is a circle.
This week, our topic story is ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’. We took the children to our forest schools area and read the story. Then, they worked in pairs to go on the hunt for pictures from the story. They had to collect seven pictures, putting each one in their bag and making a mark against the same picture on their worksheet so we could see which ones they had found and which they were still looking for.
The children loved our forest hunt and were very excited to find all of the pictures.
Thank you for coming to our Autumn and Harvest ‘Stay and Play’ session.
The children loved going for a walk in the woods with Mammy to collect Autumn treasures to put in their bag.
It was lovely to see the children sharing a book with Mammy and listening carefully as she read a story in one of our areas.
At the end, we enjoyed some yummy bread that the children had made, and a cup of hot chocolate while watching ‘Old MacDonald had a Farm’ on the big screen.
In R.E. this term, we are teaching the children about Harvest. We are helping the children to understand where in the world different foods come from, giving them the opportunity to try some different foods and thanking God for his Creation and for the Harvest.
The children helped to chop the fruit to put into our yummy fruit salad, which contained: orange, apple, pineapple, banana and pomegranate.
The children learnt where in the world the different fruits come from and placed them on a large map of the world.
They then learnt how to chop the fruit safely before we put it all in a large bowl and shared it out. It was delicious!
On Wednesday, 31st October, the children in Nursery took part in a Sponsored Toddle. We were hoping to raise money to buy some lovely new resources for the children.
The children had great fun and did brilliantly well, all managing to complete two laps around the Key Stage one and Key Stage two fields and all around the school building.
A big WELL DONE to all of the children and a huge THANK YOU to parents, family and friends for all of your kind donations.
We took the children to Tesco's to buy the ingredients to make cakes. The children enjoyed hearing about Little Red Riding Hood taking cakes to Grandma's so we decided to make some too!
The children helped to put our items in the trolley and to scan them at the checkout.
When we got back to Nursery, we made our cakes and put them in the oven to cook. They were delicious!
In our PSED lesson, the children in Nursery passed a box around and sang our ‘What have we got in our special box today’ song. When the song ended, the person holding the box took out a statement which I read. Each statement gave an example of a something that one of the children might do in Nursery, some things were kind but others were unkind. We talked about how these situations might make us feel. The children used their facial expressions to reflect the different feelings.
Then, we talked about how we can be kind at Nursery. The children came up with some super ideas which they acted out :
- Asking someone to play with you if they are sitting on their own
- Sharing toys
- Helping someone up if they have fallen over
We celebrated Diwali in Nursery. The children watched a PowerPoint presentation about Diwali - we showed them lots of photos and explained what happens during this festival.
The children looked at images of Mehndi designs on hands, then created their own patterns on paper hands, they also made paper lanterns.
We gave the children some Indian food to try, including onion bhajis, vegetable samosas, pakora and naan bread.
The Nursery children enjoyed a special visit to Simon Berry Opticians in November.
Some of the children wanted to sit in the big chair in front of the equipment to have their eyes checked. We looked at a picture of each eye on the computer screen and talked about the different parts. It was great to see an eye in so much detail!
Then, Emma pointed to some of the pictures the optician uses to check the eyesight of children who haven't yet learnt the letters of the alphabet - the children could all identify them correctly.
Each of the children took it in turns to look into the mirror to find out the colour of their eyes, then they sat with the children who had the same colour eyes. We talked about which group had more and realised we have more children with blue eyes than brown eyes!
We then had a little rest and Emma kindly gave the children some juice and a yummy biscuit to eat.
After that, each child tried on a pair of glasses to know what it would be like to wear glasses, they looked very stylish.
The last thing we did was to water the plants in the sensory garden that our Year 5 and 6 children had helped to create. The Nursery children were really keen to help as they know that plants need water to grow!
We had a fantastic visit to the opticians and learnt lots about our eyes, it was a lovely experience.
We had lots of fun on our Fun Day.
The children iced cakes, danced, played Musical Statues and Musical Bumps, had fun with the parachute then had crisps, juice and their cakes. We all had a really good time!
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. Then they all helped to blow out the candle on the cake to celebrate Jesus' birthday.