As part of our Chinese new Year celebrations in Nursery, we have been learning about the different ways people celebrate Chinese New Year and have been involved in a range of festivities.
Nursery have been using the internet to find out about China and the different ways people around the world come together to celebrate this special festival. We made dragons and lanterns and held our very own parade in class to show each other. We even went on to share our lanterns with the rest of the school as part of our ‘Chinese New Year’ assembly.
We had the privilege of meeting a professional dancer who taught us a chinese new year routine and we used umbrellas, fans and ribbons as part of our dance sequence. During our dance we had children dressing up as the dragon and joining in.
In our classrooms, we made cards for our families telling them about all the different ways they could celebrate Chinese New Year. We decorated our classroom with red and gold and we even used tweezers to collect coins and put them into red envelopes to bring us luck. The children enjoyed listening to chinese music, making dragon puppets and even attempting to use chopsticks to collect things.
Maybe you could try some of the things we have done as part of your Chinese New Year celebrations!
(Have a look in our class gallery to view some Chinese New Year celebration pictures)
Nursery have been working on naming their numbers. We focused on learning our number names and then looked for some numbers in Nursery. Once we became experts at this we transformed ourselves into number hunters and encouraged our parents and carers to come with us on a number hunting adventure around our local area. We noticed that numbers could be found everywhere!!
We found some numbers in our playground…We found some numbers around the school and we even found some numbers outside. Have a look at some of the numbers we have found. If you need help you can always ask our number hunting experts in Nursery!!
On 22nd March 2017 Nursery had an exciting day out at the Natural History Museum to look at the dinosaurs!!
We had an amazing time at the dinosaur gallery exploring some of the world-famous dinosaurs. We looked at dinosaur fossils, skeletons and a skull of a Triceratop. We even come face-to-face with a roaring T. rex, which proved to be very popular with both adults and children. The trip was a memorable experience, and children were able to name some of the dinosaur skeletons they saw and link it to their previous learning.
Parents accompanied us to make this trip a huge success, so a massive thank you to all!
Younes ” I not scared”
Mujaheed ” This is a Triceratop”
Ya-Qi ” I like the trip, it is fun”
Did you know…..
- The word dinosaur comes from the Greek language and means ‘terrible lizard’.
- Dinosaurs ruled the Earth for over 160 million years.
- The longest dinosaur was Seismosaurus, which measured over 40 metres, this is as long as five double-decker buses.
- The heaviest dinosaur was Brachiosaurus at 80 tonnes. This is equivalent to 17 African Elephants. –
- One of the largest meat-eaters ever unearthed in Europe, is the Baryonyx
As part of our topic on transports, Nursery had a fantastic trip to Vallance Gardens. A local trip where children were asked to spot the different transport they could see in 5 minutes! Children recorded their findings on a tally and counted to find the total of the different types of transports they saw. Here are some of the transports we spotted…
Can you guess which transport was most spotted/popular?
In Nursery, we are celebrating the love for reading by telling stories in different languages. Parents have been invited to come along and enjoy listening to stories with their children as well as taking part in telling the story in their own language. Parents were then given the opportunity to read stories with their child and encourage them to retell stories using pictures.
This is what the parents and children had to say about the sessions:
‘I like story. Its nice.’- Ya-Qi
‘I like it when my mummy reads stories with me. She let me look at the pictures and then she read the words.’- Zaira
‘I’m happy when my mum comes to story time.’- Wasima
‘It’s so fun! Marwah mum, Muaaz mum read story. We all do good listening.’-Zayn
‘Ratan say ‘Ki dasthe? Ki dasthe? (What can you see? what can you see?’- Ziyad
As part of our Christmas story we learnt about Baby Jesus. We visited Spitalfield’s farm to meet our local donkey and look at other animals that live on the farm.
‘The donkey eating grass.’- Ya-Qi
‘That’s the donkey. Like Mary ride to Bethlehem.’ -Muaaz
‘The horse in the stable…Baby Jesus in stable.’-Ibrahim
The children had an opportunity to look around the farm and talk about the different animals and their homes.
In class, during literacy children have been writing invitations to invite their family and carers to the winter festival where we will be performing our own ‘nativity’.
This half term our topic in nursery is ‘celebration’, as part of this we are learning about different celebrations such as Halloween, Diwali, Birthdays and Christmas.
We read the story ‘Meg and Mog’ and made our very own magic potions. Children were excited to put things into the cauldron and cast a spell on their friend, this promoted opportunities for speaking and listening, group play, sharing resources and most importantly engagement from all children!!
As part of the ‘birthday’ theme the children assisted the adults to write a class shopping list for a party during the literacy carpet session. Adults and children used the list to do the shopping and ended the week with a class party.
We would like to say a warm welcome to all the children that have started nursery, and thank you to all the parents for supporting us settle the children into nursery. We are delighted to say all children have smoothly adapted to our morning and afternoon routines. The children are now currently focusing on playing alongside each other and engaging in conversations with both adults and peers. They are also learning to share toys and take turns.
The children in nursery have started exploring the learning environment independently and learning through play! We have read lots of traditional stories such as ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff, ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’ and ‘The Three Little Pigs’.
This term Nursery have been participating in an exciting gardening project with Spitalfield’s. We have been growing our own fruit and vegetables in the nursery’s garden patch.
Parents were invited to join each session, taking part in planting seeds with their child, which they took home later that day. Children actively engaged in the session filling up the cups with soil, planting their seeds and writing their names on the plant pot. We talked about the texture of the soil, seeds and changes that may occur over time.
This term Nursery had a great adventure on their summer trip to West Ruislip Lido. Parents were invited to join us on our trip. Both parents and children had a a fantastic day exploring the mini seaside. Everyone on the visit had an opportunity to get on a superb train ride, which took us on a journey through the woods directly to the beach. Children then spent time playing in the sand building sandcastles, others were excited to splash in the water, whilst some played near the water sprinklers.
Children engaged in conversations with peers and adults, asking questions and developing an understanding of the world around them.
“I like playing in the sand.” Adam Nursery Red
“I made a sandcastle with my friend.” Ayyan Nursery Pink
“The children enjoyed playing in the water, they were excited during their train ride.” Parent Nazma
On the whole it was a memorable experience for everyone!