Busy week in Nursery

This week has been a busy, busy week in Nursery. Everything has been happening – from Science investigations to flower planting.

Take a look at what we have been up to.

  • Planting beans in glass pots and plastic bags – which will grow the tallest?
  • Investigating what happens to plants in dyed water
  • Planted sunflower seeds
  • Hunted for mini-beasts
  • Counted legs on different mini-beasts
  • Outdoor PE in the sunshine

Nursery, what was the best piece of learning this week? Why?

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Y1 & Y5 Joint Learning: Speaking & Listening

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Y5 have shown a huge amount of focus this week as they prepared to read their ‘Tinga Tinga Tales’ stories to Y1. Year 5 – you have achieved a huge amount over the last 8 days. You have:

  • Written and redrafted a story in literacy based on our learning about adaptation in science.
  • Created a ‘before and after adaptation’ piece of art.
  • Manipulated a scanned image of your art – cropping it, resizing it and super-imposing it on a background in computing. You then laid text over the top of your newly created image.
  • You then rehearsed performing your story to eachother and listened to eachothers constructive criticism.
  • Then we read our stories to Y1 and helped them in their learning by asking them to predict what might happen next and asking them to identify beginning, middle and end.
  • Some of you took huge risks and read your stories out in front of whole class, and even the whole school (many of you wanted to – but there wasn’t enough time!)

Year 1, you were superb and tried really hard to listen to the stories and answer the questions put to you by year 5. Well done you! Did you enjoy year 5 visiting your class? How did you feel about answering all their questions?

Year 5 – how do you feel now we have completed our mini-project? What challenged you the most?


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What is the meaning of the print?

This week Nursery have been print detectives. Over the last three days at school the children have been identifying letters and words, numbers and shape in the environment. Understanding that print carries meaning is vital to the children.

When the children identified words they counted the number of letters in each and tried to spot any letters that also appear in their name.

What can you find at home?

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What an amazing World Book Day that was!

Thank you to everyone for making World Book Day such a success. It was a wonderful to witness so many children reading for pleasure and experiencing a range of stories read by different staff members. Our first book raffle was a popular event with many children finding a winning ticket and choosing from a selection of brand new books!

Please remember to come and visit the spectacular classroom door designs after assembly tomorrow!

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Pirates Love Underpants! Nursery gear up for World Book Day.

This half term, Nursery’s learning has been inspired by Pirates Love Underpants. Today we went into the hall and retold the story.

  1. We packed our cases and boarded the boat
  2. Pulled up the anchor and rigged the sail
  3. Rowed our boat to shore
  4. Balanced across three pants ridge (beware of the crocodiles!)
  5. Tip toed across the swamp
  6. Crawled through the dark cave

Then we found the golden underpants and danced back to the boat.

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Nursery, can you retell the story to your families at home?

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Christmas Celebration Service – War Child Donations

I really hope everyone enjoyed a good sing down at St Thomas’ Church earlier today. I thought you were all in fine voice!

At the end of the service, we read ‘Refuge’ by Anne Booth & Sam Usher. This is a beautifully written and illustrated re-telling of the famous nativity story. The donkey and it’s precious load simply needed the kindness of strangers when they were in danger: a very topical theme.

Lots has been written, and many opinions have been shared about the plight of the refugees; it remains a contentious issue. However, what my class, year 5, unanimously agreed is that the children caught up in dangerous situations are innocent and really should be helped.

This is why we took a collection for War Child at the end of the Carol Service. War Child is a charity that gives aid, support and education to children who are caught up in dangerous and frightening situations; whose lives have been torn apart by war.

If you didn’t manage to donate at the end of the Service but you still want to donate, please see any member of staff and they’ll make sure your donation gets added. Also, if you’d like to buy the book, you can buy it online here. £1 from every book sold goes to War Child. You can get a sneak preview below.

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Could you be a book reviewer?

Today a parent shared an article from The Daily Telegraph about a childrens only book review website. This website is the only website in the UK where children write 100% of the book reviews.

Have a look. Could you write or draw a book review? If you are looking for some Christmas inspiration have a look at the books being recommended.



Keep the ideas coming parents.

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