Highbury Infant School and Nursery

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Nursery Class

2017/2018

Summer Term 1

Our topic this half-term will be 'The Great Outdoors'.

We will be developing our understanding of the world around us by growing sunflowers, planting our own flowers, vegetables, herbs and seeds in the outside area and learning about the life cycle of a butterfly.  

The Alligator's Garden story showed us how he looked after his garden and how he grew a range of flowers. We each planted our own sunflower seed and like Alligator we had to water it, leave it in a sunny spot and wait!

 

To develop our learning further, we have helped to prepare soil and plant seeds or flowers in our garden. We will be able to continue to care for these as they grow and talk about the changes we see. 

We discovered that some seeds grow quickly and some take a bit longer! Our cress seeds grew and were ready to eat in a week.

 

We practised our counting skills when making caterpillars. We had to count out circles, one for each letter in our name and then write the letters on the circles. The caterpillars were all different lengths because we have different amounts of letters in our names.

 

We learnt how to create a 3D ladybird using different techniques. First, we had to screw a piece of newspaper into an egg shape. Then we covered it with layers of mod-roc, making sure that none of the newspaper showed through. We commented about the changes we noticed as the mod-roc began to dry and it went from squishy to hard.
Once the mod-roc was ready, we painted our ladybirds using red paint so that no white bits showed through and then let this dry once more. We had to do this so that when we painted the black features, the colours did not mix together. Finally we glued googly eyes onto our ladybirds. Aren't they fantastic!

 

We listened to the story 'What the Ladybird Heard' by Julia Donaldson and painted the characters and a scene from the book for our hall board display.

 

We found lots of insects in the woods and used an identification sheet to help us decide what bug we had discovered. We found woodlice, ants, spiders, slugs, snails, worms, millipedes, centipedes, flies and a bee.

Nursery took part in the school celebrations to mark the Royal Wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. We came to school dressed in red, white and blue and watched the Baldock Midnight Morris dancers and had a picnic lunch.

 

 

 We observed the development of some caterpillars and when the butterflies were ready, we released them into the big wide world.

We were very busy during science week! As the theme was exploration and discovery, we took part in a range of experiments where we could find out things for ourselves. Look at the fun we had!

Spring Term 2

We are continuing the topic of 'Stories' this half term, starting with the traditional tale 'The Elves and the Shoemaker', before moving on to stories written more recently. We will listen to stories written by Julia Donaldson and explore stories about other cultures such as 'Handa's Surprise'.

Our Maths focus this term will be Shape.

To link to the stories that we listened to about shoes, we changed our role play area into Highbury Shoe Shop. Look at the fun we have been having;  measuring our feet, trying on  shoes and paying for them.

 

During Book Week, we enjoyed lots of different activities. We enjoyed an African storytelling session when Thulani came to visit. We pretended to be lots of different animals as Thulani banged his drum and listened to a story called 'The Proud Leopard'. Later in the week we visited the Book Fair and dressed up as book characters. Don't we look fabulous! 

 

We then looked at the story 'Handa's Surprise'. This story was about a little girl who lives in Africa and takes a selection of fruit to give to her friend. On the journey different animals each took a fruit from her basket and when she arrived at her friend's her surprise was tangerines. We did some observational paintings of the fruit found in the story and even had the opportunity to taste the different fruit.

 

We really enjoyed the story 'The Gruffalo' and enthusiastically joined in with the repeated refrains! We had lots of fun going to the woods to search for the Gruffalo. We found the other characters on our journey and marked on a map where we found them. We did find the Gruffalo - he was hiding in the big tree by the storytelling chair but he didn't scare me!

 

We have been learning about the Christian festival of Easter. We listened to the Easter story and looked at objects related to Easter. We made an Easter card for our families and a chocolate Easter nest which was filled with chocolate eggs by the Easter bunny. We went on an Easter egg hunt to find our own egg with our name written on it.
We also tasted a hot cross bun which is traditionally eaten at Easter.
Finally we took part in an Easter egg tombola where we were able to learn the rules for playing the game, label and match the numeral on our lucky ticket.

 

 

Spring Term 1

Welcome back after the Christmas break!

Out topic this term will be 'Stories'.

We started the term by sharing our Christmas holiday news. The children were very excited and confident to talk about their experiences and the Nursery was often full of the children singing a range of the Christmas songs that they learnt.

Our first focus book was 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears'. We listened to different versions of the story and learnt a new song 'When Goldilocks Went to the House of the Bears'. In Maths we focused on size; sorting bears into groups of big, middle sized and small and brought in our bears from home to measure using cubes. Some of the bears were huge and we had to count to very large numbers! We recorded how big our bears were.

We explored both dry and wet porridge oats by filling and emptying different sized containers, making and tasting porridge and making melting moments.

After tasting the porridge we had to find our name and make a choice about whether we liked or didn't like it. As you can see most of the Nursery liked it!

We also looked at the changes we could see when we made our melting moment biscuits which are cooked in porridge oats. 

The second story that we focussed on was the Gingerbread Man. We acted out the story,  taking turns to play different roles. We retold the story using a story rainbow , remembering to use the Gingerbread Man's refrain 'run, run as fast as you can, you can't catch me I'm the Gingerbread Man'. We learnt two rhymes about the Gingerbread Man one which helped with our maths learning.

We have been very creative designing our own Gingerbread Men and  making a story board for the hall display.  

We had great fun playing Gingerbread Man Bingo where we had to recognise the numerals on our bingo card. and used lots of different Gingerbread Men to match numerals and quantity. 

The Gingerbread Man popped up in lots of our activities around the Nursery.

We have been exploring floating and sinking by experimenting what happens to a Gingerbread Man when he is placed in water. He really needed to learn to swim because he sunk to the bottom of the tank. We did manage to find some different objects that floated.

 

Although Shrove Tuesday fell in the half term holiday, we celebrated it a week early by making and tasting  pancakes and having pancake races.

Chinese New Year was also in the half term holiday but we learnt about the festival by listening to the story about how the new year gets its name and by watching a video of a little girl and her family celebrating the festival. We made dragons, lanterns and practised Chinese writing. This year is the Year of the Dog and by searching on the computer, we found out that we were born in either the Year of the Snake or the Year of the Horse.

Autumn Term 2

Our topic this half term is 'Festivals and Celebrations'.

We will be learning about Bonfire Night, Remembrance Day, Birthdays and Christmas.

Before Bonfire Night we learnt about firework safety with Welephant to ensure that we kept safe. We were lucky to have a visit from a fireman who showed us his special uniform and talked to us about what to do if there is a fire and the different jobs that firemen do.

 

We learnt a firework song, 'On Bonfire Night at 5 o'clock I Took my Money to the Firework Shop' and enjoyed making the firework sounds from the song.  After Bonfire night we drew pictures of fireworks in the night sky with chalks and created more with paint and salad spinners and recyclable materials.

We also made firework biscuits using black or dark blue icing and sprinkles. They were really yummy!

 

As part of our learning on Remembrance Day, we each made a poppy which we wore during the Nursery session.  Mrs Doran lit a candle and we sat quietly and thought about all the soldiers who had fought for us. 

 

During our learning about Birthdays we played party games to help us develop our number awareness and positional language vocabulary. When we opened pass the parcel a number card was hiding.

 

The final festival that we celebrated was Christmas. We listened to the Christmas story and learnt some new songs and rhymes. We took part in the Christmas production 'Angel Express' where we were stars. We used many different creative techniques to decorate our Nursery.

Please click on the pictures below to enlarge.

 

Autumn Term 1

Welcome to our Nursery!

Our topic this half-term will be 'Nursery Rhymes'.

 We look forward to getting to know the children as they settle into the Nursery. Look how busy they have been getting to know each other and exploring their new environment.

Look at everyone in our class!

We have been learning about Autumn and the changes that we see. We went for a walk to Highbury Woods and had a fun time listening to the sounds that the birds and leaves make and explored the environment.

We used some of the leaves that we collected to make Autumn suncatchers.

In Nursery we do lots of singing including both traditional and new rhymes and songs. We enjoyed a 'Pyjama Day' where we came to Nursery dressed in our pyjamas, accompanied by our favourite bedtime toy. We had a bedtime story by torchlight and even had hot chocolate and a gingerbread man biscuit! Our singing on this day focused on songs and rhymes about bear and night-time.  

We also had great fun on an underwater adventure during a Perform drama workshop.

To help us learn about the festival of Diwali, we watched a film about a family preparing and celebrating their festival. We made Mehndi patterns and made a diva out of clay.

We learnt about Harvest and joined in with others in the school to collect food to help people who are not as lucky as ourselves.

2016/2017

Summer Term 2

We continued our mini-beast theme and enjoyed a fun day out at Haverings where we explored in the woodlands, hunted for mini-beasts and ran and played games in the meadow area. We were lucky to have a visit from Safari Stu, who brought a variety of animals for us to look at, stroke and hold.

 

Summer Term 1

Our topic this term will be 'Mini-beasts'.

Each week we will have a mini-beast themed question to challenge the children’s thinking and curiosity. We will be thinking about where mini-beasts live, how they move, the noises they make and why spiders spin webs. We will have the opportunity to observe the life-cycle of a butterfly when the caterpillars are delivered to Nursery.

In maths we will be focusing on shape and space. We will be exploring 2D and 3D shapes and their properties. We will be discussing size and comparing lengths; measuring objects using non standard units such as cubes. We will be recording our findings in different ways.

In literacy we will be looking at non-fiction books linked to our topic and will also be listening to stories about mini-beasts. In phonics we will be practising blending and segmenting the sounds in simple words.

In computing we will be developing our skills using the Beebots. We will practise using cameras and develop our mouse and keyboard skills.

We will have lots of creative opportunities with music, role play, small world and art. We will finish our topic with an 'Ugly Bug Ball'.

 

We found lots of insects in the woods and used an identification sheet to help us decide what bug we had discovered. We found woodlice, ants, spiders, slugs, caterpillars, snails, worms, ladybirds, millipedes, centipedes, flies, a cranefly (daddy long legs), butterflies and a wasp. 

We have been very creative, painting and creating minibeasts using different media. We made habitats for our pretend minibeasts and took photos and labelled these. We practised our counting skills when making caterpillars. We had to count out circles, one for each letter in our name and then write the letters on the circles. The caterpillars were all different lengths because we have different amounts of letters in our names. Six letters was the most popular amount of letters.  

We had great fun at our 'Ugly Bug Ball' where we paraded in our costumes, played bug activities and made our own savoury bug biscuit. We even had a minibeast picnic!

Nursery joined in activities to prepare for the circus extravaganza by taking part in a circus workshop. This was fun and challenging.

For science week we had a music 'Junk man' workshop where we watched him play a range of recycled material instruments and then explored playing them ourselves. It was great fun trying to keep to the rhythm, 'boom, boom, bang'.