Nursery and Reception have taken advantage of the windy weather this week to fly home made kites. The wind was so strong they had to hold on tight to the string to stop them blowing away!
What a pleasure it was today to welcome so many nursery parents to join in with some learning activities this morning. They played dominos, I spy, read books together, matching games and puzzles. When the parents had left, the children told us how much fun it had been.
This week in Nursery the children have been putting their shape knowledge to the test and looked for shapes around the school. We were so surprised to see that many things are squares, circles or rectangles. We did find a pentagon hard to find though!
This week, Nursery have been learning all about nocturnal and diurnal animals. Among other things, they have made paper plate owls, sorted and identified different shapes, helped to compile a story map of the book ‘Owl Babies’ by Martin Waddell and separated animals into two groups, nocturnal and diurnal.
The children in Nursery and Reception had a campfire today. Firstly we needed to find a safe area clear of leaves to place our fire. We collected sticks for kindling and then safely lit the fire making sure we didn’t stand too close. Once the fire was burning well, we toasted crumpets on it. The children told us that we shouldn’t get too close or we might get burnt and of course, at the end we poured cold water onto it so it didn’t continue to burn.
In Nursery the children learnt about Remembrance Sunday and why poppies are used in remembrance. Then they made some poppy pictures using potato printing, a skill they learnt a few weeks ago.
Thank you so much to everyone who came and joined in with our Christmas card making day. It was so lovely to see so many adults come to make cards with the children. The cards look fantastic and we can’t wait to see what they look like when they are professionally printed. The Year 6 children did a brilliant job preparing all the resources and the PTA were fantastic at keeping the day running (and the room clean!)
In nursery this morning, inspired by our recent exploration of pumpkins, we made pumpkin models using salt dough. We remembered that pumpkins can be green or orange and different sizes and noted that the one we had in class had ridges in it. We rolled the salt dough into a ball and then added the ridges with play dough tools. We finished it by adding a green stalk on the top.
Maple Cross Nursery 18/19 now Reception 19/20 entered the Potato Bucket Challenge set by Rickmansworth Garden, Arts and Homecrafts Society. They were given 10 buckets, each containing three seed potatoes and were asked to grow the potato plants over the next few months. We are pleased to announce that Maple Cross won with the largest combined weight of potatoes. Mrs Biss has just collected the winning certificate and trophy. Well done to all involved.