We were all so disappointed that the Mother's Day Performance had to be cancelled so we have filmed the children performing their four songs; see the links below to access the videos.
Please find below links to our YouTube channel to see the children performing this half-term's focus book retell, Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers.
To tie in with our learning on the story Lost and Found where the character travels to the South Pole, the children have been learning about the polar regions and the types of animals you find in the South Pole compared to the North Pole. We taught them how to print using potatoes in order to create their own penguin from the South Pole. We then taught a different skill of combining marker pen with watercolours to create a polar bear from the North Pole. Here are some of the finished masterpieces – very talented children!
As part of our RE work on new life and growing the children are growing their own cress; they are coming on very nicely and the children are enjoying the responsibility of caring for the plants.
We are so proud of this Nursery group in Maths; check them out reading number sentences, building their number sentences with concrete resources, working out the answer then having a go at writing the numeral independently. Super hard-working Mathematicians!
The children love singing and dancing along to the Solar System song on YouTube so when we got a bit of sun this week we decided to have a go at drawing our own solar system outside with chalk.
Week beginning 2 March 2020
Another busy week in Nursery. Lots of children are confident with creating their own oral stories now and some are having a go at mark making them. We have had some great creations in the Construction Area including a zoo and Aladdin’s castle and we saw a wonderful beach scene being made in the Creative Area. We are all so happy that the Spring weather has finally arrived and the children have spent lots of time outside this week making their own obstacle courses, using the crates to role play in and setting up an ice cream shop in our playhouse.
Thank you to all parents who donated items to help us in our mission to buy our new class pets. We now have five fish in residence in our Foundation Stage; Bubbles, Flipper, Goldie, Glowy and Nemo (named by the children). The children are learning about the responsibility involved in caring for pets and it also links to our current RE topic on new life and growing.
World Book Day
Didn’t our children look fantastic all dressed up for World Book Day. We had a special themed assembly and shared lots of books throughout the day but the children still got on with their usual group times and learning through play, working and playing as hard as ever. At the end of the day anyone who had brought in a book to swap was able to swap with another person and take a new book home to read which they found so exciting!
Thank you to Father Chris for spending some time with Nursery and Reception on Ash Wednesday, talking to us about this special day then presenting us each with the blessed ashes.
To celebrate World Maths Day we made Number Cookies! Some of the children added Smarties to represent a given number and some turned their Smarties into Numerals. Here are some photos of the children with their work. After eating our work (the best bit!) we all had a Maths party, dancing and singing along to some super counting videos.
We have recently extended our Creative Area and the children are loving it. Here are some photos of their amazing, completely independent work. We've seen swords and shields, handbags, butterflies, party decorations, pancakes, snowmen and more!
Story Telling Week
Thank you to the Year 4 children for spending some of their time reading to the Nursery children as part of National Storytelling Week - the children loved having someone new reading to them.
As part of National Storytelling Week the children learnt a retell with actions of our focus book, Oliver Jeffers' How to Catch a Star. A video of some of the children performing this can be seen on our YouTube channel - link below
Nursery - February 2020
The children are becoming so skilled at making up their own stories using pictures from books and small world - here they are engrossed in their independent learning time.
We have added some new resources to our mark making area which the children are really enjoying exploring - glittery sand with sticks, blackboard wall, giant whiteboard, aqua-draw mat and mermaid fabric frame!
We love observing the Nursery children at this time of the year when they are settled and so able to lead their own learning. Here we can see them: exploring what happens when they hold the tube at different angles for the toy car to go down, practising their learning on numerals by chatting about which ones they are weaving ribbons through or decorating with loose parts, coming up with their own ideas in the creative area and selecting appropriate materials for their projects, writing their own stories, challenging themselves physically by seeing who could come up with the best 'ice skating tricks' on the frost, chatting about why the ice on the climbing frame might be turning into water, practising their Maths skills sharing out toys fairly, and engaging in various types of role play to practise their social skills and language.
Reception Space topic
Reception have loved learning all about space recently! We have been researching answers to our questions on the internet, painting planets in the solar system, role playing in our space ship and learning the solar system song… here is the link so you can sing it together at home!
National story telling week
This week year 3 and Reception have been reading to each other, it was an absolute pleasure to watch the two year groups working together.
29th January 2020: Chinese New Year!
The children in Foundation Stage have had a wonderful week learning all about Chinese New Year! We have been learning the story of Nian the Dragon and the Great Race in Literacy. In maths the children ordered the animals from the race working on ordinal numbers to 12 and also practised addition and counting using coins and Chinese money bags. In continuous provision we have been tracing Chinese writing in red glitter sand, making and painting junk model dragons, lantern making, watching a dragon parade then recreating the parade outside with our creations and instruments and finally we finished off the celebrations by eating the Chinese food we had made!
January 2019: The Epiphany Liturgy
We celebrated the Epiphany on our first week back in school, the children estimated then ordered gifts by size and weight, they measured three paths outside with their feet and string to see which kings path was the longest in maths. They went on a word hunt and used the images to act out the story of the three kings using instruments. We made crowns and in the afternoon we came together for our class liturgy and heard the story of the fourth king who didn’t make it to see Jesus until he was grown up because he stopped and helped people along his journey – we thought this was the best gift of all and discussed how we can give “gifts from the heart” to our friends and family.
24th January 2020
The Nursery children are becoming more and more independent each day, taking what has been taught and modelled in adult-led sessions into their independent play time. Examples here show the children using the new self-service poster paint mixing area, sharing stories, playing a game using Numicon modelled in Maths and practising their shape knowledge. They are loving the new Space Station, and the Hairdressing Salon is still going strong!
In RE this week the Nursery children heard the story of Simeon and Anna meeting baby Jesus at the Temple in Jerusalem. They watched a video version, sequenced it then got dressed up to act it out. After looking at the beautiful stained glass windows in some Temples and Churches the children also made some beautiful stained glass window-style biscuits, using coloured melted boiled sweets as the window.
In Nursery we have moved away from having snack in groups to having a self-service free-flow snack station that the children can access independently (with lots of modelling first!) This gives them the opportunity to count out how many snacks they know they are ok to take, to practise sharing out items equally between their table of friends, to exercise self-control and fairness in not taking too much, and to take part in social conversations with their friends, especially discussing whatever is on the Talk Time display that day. We have also set up another new area nearby, our Story Time Voting Station. Each day the children decide which book they would prefer to have at story time. They then take one block and place it in their chosen book's bowl. We all count the blocks in each bowl together at the end of the day to see which has the most, bringing lots of mathematical discussion to story time - Maths is everywhere! January 2020
The Nursery children take part in a fine motor skills activity after their daily phonics to help strengthen up those hand, finger, arm and shoulder muscles for future writing ability. They are really enjoying Squiggle While You Wiggle, Dough Disco, threading and using the tool set so far. January 2020
As part of the RE curriculum we have focus days throughout the year where we look at other faiths. In Nursery, after looking at the celebrations we are familiar with, and acting out our favourite (weddings!), we looked at the Jewish celebration of Hannukah. We looked at how it came about, why it is important to those with the Jewish faith and how they celebrate it, making comparisons with our own celebrations. We then enjoyed taking this learning into our play, making playdough menorahs, playing with a dreidel, playing matching pairs with images of the items discussed, and tasting some delicious doughnuts that Jewish people would traditionally eat at a Hannukah celebration.
After sharing our current focus book, How to Catch a Star, the Nursery children learnt more about some of the less familiar vocabulary in the book. From this session they became really curious about 'starfish' so following their lead we let them come up with their own research questions then showed them how to find the information using a search engine on our laptop. Child-led learning in action! January 2020.
During the week of Epiphany in Nursery, we shared the story of the three Kings, and the children were then able to represent this in various ways of their choosing - through role play, small world play, with paint etc. We held a class Liturgy where, dressed in the crowns they had made earlier, the children heard the lesser known story of the fourth King, King Artaban. They heard about his kind acts and how Jesus appreciated these 'gifts from the heart' more than any material gift. They each presented a friend with a gift then said what 'gift from the heart' (act of kindness) they would show to their friends or family this week. January 2020.
The Foundation Stage children are loving exploring the new role play area; St Anne's Hair Salon. They are learning lots of new vocabulary in context; straighteners, curlers, hairdryer, customer etc and using the language of money when charging their fees! They are getting lots of practice with sharing and turn taking as there is only a small selection of resources and are showing off lots of imagination and role play skills e.g. walking round showing off their 'rainbow hair colour' after their appointment! January 2020.
December 2019 - Foundation Stage Nativity – Humph the Camel
December 2019: Reception special interests
We love creating and mark making!
The children in Reception are such a creative bunch and spend much of their child led play working in collaboration with their friends to think up ideas and enjoying the results of their hard work! They worked hard together this week to build a den and write signs to show the rules “only 4 children allowed” and made welcome signs! Some other children decided to make planes in the creative area and then test them to see who’s plane went furthest. There has been a real desire to mark make, draw and write in all areas of learning and in all areas of the environment this week using a variety of materials and surfaces! The children have been giving meaning to their marks to make signs for the den they built, to practise words they have been learning in phonics, to draw and label pictures, write addition in maths and playing “school” at the adult focus table, all during child led purposeful play!
The children in Reception have been demonstrating the Characteristics of Effective Learning in their play, these are the positive learning behaviours that they need to thrive in school and become resourceful, thoughtful and engaged learners!
3rd December 2019
To celebrate World Nursery Rhyme Week we included this year's 5 focus rhymes in our daily Rhyme Time then themed some of our activities around them - we especially enjoyed Baa Baa Black Sheep themed sensory play and Incy Wincy Spider themed Maths.
To end Nursery's RE Topic on Baptism the children Baptised our class baby, wrote a Baptism certificate for him then celebrated with a party afterwards, making their own decorations and cakes to enjoy.
November 2019: Reception Maths and Literacy through The Gruffalo!
We have been busy learning the story of the Gruffalo in Literacy and describing the characters in the story, sequencing the story and working on one less than, subtraction and addition in Maths!
November 2019: Reception special interests…
Lots of the children have been keen to work in the creative area to make junk models this afternoon so we supported them in finding materials and working on techniques to build their models. The children worked together and individually making all sorts of creations including rockets, flying trains and a camera using scissors, tape, glue, paint and collage!
25th November 2019
One of Nursery's Anti-Bullying Week activities used apples to represent people. One apple we had been really kind to, the other not so kind. We opened up the apples to see how unkindness affects people inside in their hearts - this one was bruised and clearly hurt on the inside.
The Nursery children are loving the new hospital role play area. They have learnt lots of new language, such as stethoscope, thermometer, oxygen mask and more. They are getting lots of practice in sharing/taking turns and we definitely have some budding actors in the making.
After all the excitement from the Nursery children around fireworks recently we watched some fireworks videos then let the children represent them in whichever way took their interest.
To develop pre-writing skills in Nursery we provide opportunities for the children to work on their gross and fine motor skills in lots of ways; giant and small-scale mark making, Squiggle While You Wiggle sessions, playdough and more.
Reception children are exploring - October 2019
The Bear Hunt story, map making and storytelling, making a scene from the story using mixed media, ICT sorting games, colour mixing to make brown, ICT teddy bears picnic sorting game.
National Poetry Day - October 2019
In Reception we have been listening to the poem Chocolate Cake! by Michael Rosen with a focus on onomatopoeias. We made up our own poem about chocolate for National Poetry Day with a focus on truth. We were so brave and performed it in front of the whole school during assembly!
Our Nursery children have been learning lots of new vocab this week; selecting ingredients for their potion recipes, whisking and stirring, then telling their group what their magical potion would do. We've been turned into frogs, princesses and more!
To tie in with Black History Month the Nursery children looked at the country of Africa, in particular the story Handa's Surprise. They learnt how to do some African drumming and dancing then had a go at retelling the story.
The Nursery children have been loving playing with conkers this week so we decided to go on an Autumn hunt. We found tiny pine cones, berries and apples growing, lots of beautiful leaves and more! We can't wait to explore, play with, and talk about, all the collected items over the next few days.
Going on a Bear Hunt
In Nursery we have been learning all about Michael Rosen's; We're Going on a Bear Hunt. A group of children volunteered to perform the retell with actions - didn't they do an amazing job!!
We decided to mix up our scissors skills practice today in Nursery and cut up lots of beautiful herbs. The children loved this multi-sensory experience. Next mission - to grow our own in our new mud kitchen area!
Early Years Literacy in action
Mark making with meaning, cosy reading, strengthening fine motor skills through sewing and exercising our gross motor skills!
Settling into Reception
The children in Reception class have settled into school brilliantly and we have had the most wonderful first couple of weeks together. We have enjoyed getting to know each other and making new friends, following instructions and settling into new routines. The children have worked together to set our “Bee Happy” rules that will keep us all safe and happy in school. We have spent lots of time exploring the resources and learning where things belong and how to safely use the toys and equipment. We are so impressed already with how well the children have adapted to their new environment and looked after the resources and each other! Well done and we look forward to the exciting year ahead with you.
The Nursery Class of 2019-20 are doing very well settling in to the St Anne's family, exploring our various learning areas and making new friends.
After looking at the St Anne's Mission Statement together, the Reception children planned and delivered a Welcome Party to celebrate our new Nursery children joining the St Anne's family. They baked cakes, made bunting decorations then had lots of fun with the new children dancing, playing with balloons, blowing bubbles and playing games together.
Roald Dahl Day
The Nursery children looked fabulous all dressed up for Roald Dahl Day. After looking at some of Roald Dahl's books together, we made crocodile bookmarks to celebrate The Enormous Crocodile, we made our own chocolate lollies to celebrate Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, we mixed dream potions to celebrate The BFG and we tasted peaches to celebrate James and the Giant Peach.