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Friday 24th June 2022

This week the sun was shinning, and we enjoyed lots of fun outside in the Nursery Garden. We explored full and empty in the sandpit, and we made sand caterpillars and ladybirds. We really enjoyed water play by filling up different containers with water and pouring them down tubes to see how fast the boats would travel down them.

We made our own junk model Bumble Bees and learnt all about their life cycle, which was so much fun! We also learnt how to segment and blend some CVC words. Some of us are now trying to write them.

Our Story this week was 'The Bumblebear' by Nadia Shireen.

Friday 17th June 2022

This week, we read ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’. We counted the fruits, tasted a range of fruits, created patterned caterpillars, symmetry butterflies and acted out parts of the story.  We learnt about the life cycle of a butterfly and now have five caterpillars to look after and watch them turn into butterflies. . IT HAS BEEN SO MUCH FUN!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar [Board Book]: Eric Carle : Carle, Eric, Carle,  Eric: Amazon.co.uk: Books

Friday 10th June 2022

Everyone was really happy to return to Nursery this week. The children were excited to hear what our new topic will be and all smiled when they heard it was 'Mini Beasts'. This week we have learnt all about Ladybirds.  We all had fun making our own Ladybird out of paper plates.

In Re this term we are learning all about 'How Wonderful Our World is'. We enjoyed going on a wonder walk around the school and discussing all the beautiful things we could see.

Our story this week was 'The Very Lazy Ladybird' by Isobel Finn and Jack Tickle.

Friday 27th May 2022

This week we enjoyed finishing our topic with the 'Little Red Hen'. We learnt that this story is a traditional tale which has been told to children over many years. However, the most fun part of our week  was getting ready  celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. We loved making crowns, necklaces, scones out of play dough, flags all for our Friday Jubilee Picnic. On Friday we wore red, white and blue clothes and enjoyed party games and a picnic. It was so much fun. Please see our photo gallery for pictures.

Friday 20th May 2022

This week the children have enjoyed learning about animals we keep as pets and how to take care of them. The Home Corner was turned into a Veterinary Surgery and the children role played being a Vet or a pet owner. 

We also enjoyed listening to the story 'Snore!' by Michael Rosen.

In RE, we are learning to be more like God by being kind, understanding, forgiving, gentle and loving to our friends and families.

In Phonics, we played lots of different blending games. We are really getting good at blending words in our heads. We have also begun to recognise the grapheme for s, a, t, p, i and n by matching the phoneme to the grapheme.  We are now using our phonic knowledge to read and write simple CVC words. 

In Maths, we have been learning how to make a simple pattern using different materials, such as lego, cubes, shapes and natural materials like sticks and leaves.

We also enjoyed listening to the story 'Snore!' by Michael Rosen.

Friday 13th May 2022

This week the children really enjoyed listening to the story 'Who's in the Shed?' by Brenda Parkes. They all thought it was a dinosaur and where surprise to find out it was a bear. The children have been practising their count and recognising numbers 1-10 and writing their names. They had fun painting their favourite farm animal.

Friday 6th May 2022

 This week's story was 'Farmer Duck,' by Martin Waddell. We enjoyed making a model of Farmer Duck using two balloons, paper marche and paint. As the weather has been lovely this week we have had lots of fun learning outside. Lots of us are really improving our oracy skills through story telling and singing nursery rhymes on our new outdoor stage. 

In RE we learnt all about Pentecost and how Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to help and guide us. We now understand that you can not see the Holy Spirit but only feel it like the wind. The Holy Spirit also helped the disciples to speak in many languages, so they could spread the 'Good News'.

In Phonics, this week we learnt a new phoneme 'i' and played lots of listening and blending games.

In Maths this week we have been learning to recognise numbers 1-5 and write them.

What a fun week we have had!!!!

Farmer Duck : Waddell, Martin, Oxenbury, Helen: Amazon.co.uk: Books

 

Friday 29th April 2022

This week the children really enjoyed painting Farm animals for our display. We also finished our model of a horse to go in our outside stables for us to look after. Please see our Gallery.

In Phonics, we played lots of different blending games. We are really getting good at blending words in our heads. We had to listen to our Teacher's sound talk a name of an animal and then blend it in our heads and make the sound of the animal. We have also begun to recognise the grapheme for s, a, and t by matching the phoneme to the grapheme. It was so much fun!

This week's story was 'A Squash and a Squeeze,' by Julia Donaldson.

Friday 22nd April 2022

The children have settled back well after the holidays. They were very excited to hear all our new topic 'Farm Animals' and that they were all going to become Farmers. The children have begun to make their own model farm animals for our Nursery Garden Farm.

This week we have been identifying the name of the animals and through the noises they make.  We have also been learning the Makaton sign for each animal. Please ask your child to show you the sign for pig, horse, cat, dog, chicken, cow, duck and sheep.

The children have also enjoyed hearing the story 'Noisy Farm' by Rod Campbell.

Friday 1st April 2022

We had a lovely week this week learning all about Easter. Mrs Giordmaina read us the story of the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ and learnt about all about Palm Sunday, The Last Supper, how Jesus died on the cross for us on Good Friday and then rose again on Easter Sunday. We also learnt that we decorate eggs and give  chocolate eggs because they symbolise new life.

Throughout the week we did lots of Easter activities, but we really enjoyed making Easter chocolate nests. Please see our Nursery Gallery.

We also took part in a sponsor run for the Catholic Children society, and we also donated money to the Ukraine Appeal, so we could wear Yellow and Blue to Nursery. 

We listened to two stories this week, 'The Enormous Turnip'by Ladybird Tales, and 'We're going on an Egg Hunt' by Bloombury.

Happy Easter Everyone!!

The Enormous Turnip: Ladybird First Favourite Tales : Yates, Irene:  Amazon.co.uk: BooksWe're Going on an Egg Hunt: A Lift-the-Flap Adventure (The Bunny  Adventures) : Mumford, Martha, Hughes, Laura: Amazon.co.uk: Books

Friday 25th March 2022

This week's story was 'Baby goes to Market' by Atinuke. Lots of us recognised the basket on Mama's head and remembered that people in Africa carry their shopping in baskets on their heads. Some of us also linked it to 'Handa's Surprise', which we read together in Autumn.

Our home Corner had turned into an African Food Market, and we learnt all about different foods from Nigeria like Chilli peppers and chin -chin biscuits. We even noticed how different the taxis were, as in the story they were motorbikes and here in England they are cars.

In Phonics, we played 'Simple Simon Says', it was so much fun. We also continued practising our oral blending skills and Rhyming skills.

In Maths, we looked at patterns around the nursery and tried to make our own patterns through vegetable printing. We also did some simple subtraction using the story, as baby liked to eat one of every amount of things the market sellers gave him.

We also enjoyed making sandwiches from the cress we had grown from seeds this term. Please see our photo gallery. 

Baby Goes to Market : Atinuke, Brooksbank, Angela: Amazon.co.uk: Books

 

 

Friday 18th March 2022

This week's story was 'Oliver's Vegetables' by Vivian French. We really enjoyed listening to how Oliver only ate chips with his mum, but when he went to stay at his Granpa's house who told him he could have chips if he found the potatoes, but if he found something else he had to eat it. This story really helps us learn all about different vegetables and their names. We were then able to use knowledge in our Market role play area where we got to buy real life vegetables that were in the story. 

We also got to celebrate St Patrick's Day in Nursery where we all wore green for the day and learnt that St Patrick drove the snakes out of Ireland.

In Phonics, we played lots of different blending games. We are really getting good at blending words in our heads. We also played' What's that Noise?'. We had to listen to our Teacher's sound talk a name of an animal and then blend it in our heads and make the sound of the animal. It was so much fun!

In Maths, we continued learning about full and empty using different objects and containers. 

Oliver's Vegetables : French, Vivian, Bartlett, Alison: Amazon.co.uk: Books

Friday 11th March 2022

This week we continued our learning about 'Growing'. We looked at all different types of flower seeds and bulbs. We learnt the life cycle of a plant and what it needs to grow. We all had lots of fun planting in the Nursery Garden. 

In Phonics, we played lots of different blending games. We are really getting good at blending words in our heads. We also played 'Rhyming Soup' and are now able to identify words that have the rhyming 'an' sound at the end.

In Maths, we learnt about full and empty through planting seeds.

Our story this week was 'We found a seed', by Rob Ramsdon.

 Friday 4th March 2022

Wow, what a busy week we had this week.  We learnt all about the life cycle of a human. We read 'When I grow up' by Jon Hales, which helped us think about what we would like to be when we grow up. 

We also learnt all about Pancake Day and Lent. We enjoyed making pancakes, tossing them and of course eating them. Please see our Nursery Gallery.

It was also Book week this week and had lots of lovely activities around Reading, and we all dressed up as a Book Character. It was so much fun!!

In Phonics this week we played our oral blending game 'Can you touch your - head, arm, neck, leg, feet. We are getting so much better at this game. 

In Maths, this week we learnt about Tall and Short. We really enjoyed measuring ourselves to see who was the tallest and who was the shortest. We also measured different things around the Nursery.

 

When I Grow Up

Friday 25th February 2022

This week we settled back into nursery very well after our half-term holidays. We were all able to discuss what we did in the holidays. Some of us travelled to different countries on an aeroplane, and we could say whether the weather was hot or cold. 

We were very excited to see lots of babies in our role platy area and couldn't wait for Mrs Giordmaina to tell us what our new topic is. Mrs Giordmaina explained that our new topic is 'Growing'. This week we learnt how to take care of babies and what we can do know that we couldn't when we were a baby.

In Maths, we explored heavy and light using weighing scales.

This week's story was' Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes' by Mem Fox and Helen Oxenbury.

Walker Books - Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes

 

Friday 11th February 2022

This week we had so much fun being Hairdressers. We read the story 'Hair Love' by Matthew A. Cherry and 'My Hair' by Hannah Lee. We learnt we all have different hair and that it is part of us and our family and makes us who we are - very special. It was very interesting learning about all the different hairstyles we can have and trying them on our friends. Please see our Nursery Gallery.

In Maths, we sorted long and short objects and used this language within our Hairdressers' role play.

In Phonics, we played lots of different blending games. We are really getting good at blending words in our heads. We also played 'Rhyming Soup' and are now able to identify words that have the rhyming 'at' sound at the end.

We have really enjoyed learning about 'People Who Help Us' and look forward to carrying on this learning in Reception next year.

  

 

 

Friday 4th February 2022

This week we read the 'Jolly Postman or other People's Letters' by Janet and Allan Ahlberg. We learnt what happens to the letters and cards we send to our friends and families through our Post Office Role Play Area. We had lots of fun writing letters, putting them in an envelope and taking them to the Post Office to buy a stamp and then post them in the big red letter box. We also took parcels and watched them being weighed before being sent off to the sorting office. Some of us even applied for our passports and had them checked and stamped.

In Maths, we posted different 2D shapes, and then we went on a shape hunt around the Nursery. We also looked at money and learnt how to pay for our stamps and parcel deliveries.

In Phonics, we played 'What's that noise?' . We learnt how to blend a word in our head by listening to our teacher segments the name of an animal, and we blended the name of the animal in our heads and then made the noise of the animal. It was so much fun! 

The Jolly Postman or Other People's Letters by Allan Ahlberg, Janet Ahlberg  | Waterstones

 

Friday 28th January 2022

This week we learnt all about Oral Health.  Adele from NHS Oral Health came and visited us and was amazed with all the information we remembered from our Circle Times. We learnt that we must brush our teeth twice a day for 2 minutes using a circular movement and that an adult has to help us until we are eight years old. We also looked at the types of food and drink that can harm our teeth if we eat or drink too much of them. 

Our story this week was' Maisy, Charley and the wobble tooth' by Lucy Cousins.

Maisy, Charley and the Wobbly Tooth: 1 : Cousins, Lucy: Amazon.co.uk: Books

Friday 21st January 2022

This week Bob the teddy had a toothache when he visited the Nursery and the children helped him to become brave and visit their Dentist Surgery. Throughout this week the children have learnt all about what happens in a Dentist Surgery. Next week they will continue to learn how and why we keep our teeth clean.

The children are really enjoying our rhyming game' Silly soup'. In this game the children have to make a soup using pictures of objects that rhyme and placing them in a bowl. This week they learnt words with the rhyming 'at' sound at the end - hat, mat, cat, bat etc. 

In Maths, the children enjoyed recognising their numbers 1-5 with the number puppies. Some of those puppies were very naughty and kept hiding. The children had to say which number puppy was missing and find them.

This week's story was 'Going to the Dentist' by Usborne First Experiences 

Going to the Dentist | Usborne | Be Curious

 

Friday 14th January 2022

This week the children began their learning journey on our new 'Topic People Who help us!'. All the children were able to discuss who helps them at home and in Nursery. This week we learnt all about our special doctors and Nurses. Our Role play area turned into a Doctors surgery and the children really enjoyed role playing the Doctor and the patient. Please check out our Nursery Gallery for photos taken this week.

We have begun to teach the children oral blending (sounding out a word - l -e - g etc.) and rhyming this week, which will continue to the end of the Summer term.  This week we played 'Can you touch your - head, arm, neck, leg, feet. Ask your child to play the game with you at home. 

In Maths, we WERE recognising common 2D Shapes and finding them in the Nursery environment. It would be great practise if you can play 'Hunt the Shape at home.

This week's Story was 'I want to be a Doctor' by Laura Driscoll

I Want to Be a Doctor (I Can Read Level 1) : Driscoll, Laura, Echeverri,  Catalina: Amazon.co.uk: Books

Friday 7th January 2022

The children have settled back into Nursery well and enjoyed sharing what presents Santa had left them under their Christmas Tree with their friends.

Next week we will be starting our new Topic - People Who Help Us.

Reminders:
BOOK BAGS must be in nursery every Thursday to change books
 

Friday 18th December2021
This week we have continued our preparations for Christmas. We made snowmen  Christmas cards and threaded stockings. We all enjoyed wearing our Christmas jumpers and our party day. 

This week's story was 'Father Christmas needs a Wee' by Nicholas Allan

The Nursery Team would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

We return on Wednesday 5th January 2022.

Friday 10th December 2021

It has been a very busy week in Nursery. We have been learning all about winter and preparing for Christmas. We really enjoyed learning about Artic animals. We got to make ice and used it in our play with the Artic animals. It was great fun watching it melt.

This week's story was 'Elmer in the Snow' by David Mckee


 
Reminders:
BOOK BAGS must be in nursery every Thursday to change books

 

Friday 3rd December 2021

We finished off our Transport around the world Topic in Ghana, Africa. The children enjoyed learning all about their traditional dress which Mrs Mepham, Miss Mashuta and I wore for the children to truly experience what their clothes look and felt like. To really bring this week's learning alive we read 'Handa's Surprise' by Eileen Browne. This linked well with our transport of walking. The children were immersed into the life of an African child through the story of Handa, and they reacted the story throughout the week in different ways, through using props, masks and visual cards. 

Reminders:
BOOK BAGS must be in nursery every Thursday to change books.

Handa's Surprise : Browne, Eileen: Amazon.co.uk: Books

Friday 26th November 2021

What Another amazing week we have had in Nursery travelling around South East Asia by boat. The children really enjoyed learning about the South East Asian Culture from traditional dress, food and celebrations. Two of our children enjoyed sharing their home life cultures and songs from the Philippines and Burma (Myanmar). The children were very surprised to learn how colourful the buses are in South East Asia compared to our red London Buses. Next week is our last week of travel and the children are very excited to find out where they are going and how they are going to travel.

Reminders:
BOOK BAGS must be in nursery every Thursday to change books.

This week's story was 'Who Sank the Boat?' by Pamela Allen.

Who Sank the Boat? (Picture Puffin): Amazon.co.uk: Pamela Allen:  9780140509403: Books

 

Friday 19th November 2021

The children really enjoyed travelling on a train around India. They learnt all about Indian culture from traditional dress, food and celebrations. The children really enjoyed learning about Tuk-Tuks, which is a means of transport used in Indian. They also liked the Indian buses, as they are decorated with flower garlands. We wonder where we will be travelling next and what means of transport.

This week the children also learnt about being welcomed into God's family through Baptism. Please see our Photo Gallery.

This week's story was a traditional Indian Nursery rhyme, 'Engines, Engines' by Lisa Bruce.

Engines, Engines: An Indian Counting Rhyme (Bloomsbury Paperbacks) : Bruce,  Lisa, Waterhouse, Stephen: Amazon.co.uk: Books

Friday 12th November 2021

What an exciting week we had in Nursery. The children became Airport staff and experienced check in, passport control and flying on a plane. This week we travelled to Poland and the capital city Warsaw. The children really enjoyed comparing the Warsaw buses to London buses. The children are very excited to see where they travel to next week and on what means of transport. Please look at our photo gallery.

Our focus stories 'Suzie goes on an aeroplane' by Charlotte Olson helped really engage the children this week.

Friday 5th November 2021

Wow, what an amazing week we have had in the Nursery. Firstly all the children returned after the holidays with a big smile, which made the Nursery Team very happy. The children quickly settled back into the Nursery routine and were excited to learn that our new topic was 'Transport Around The World'. The topic started off our journey around the world in England where the children learnt that this is the country they live in and that the capital city is London. The children enjoyed travelling on a Red Bus all around London this week seeing and learning all about Big Ben and Buckingham Palace where Queen Elizabeth works and lives.

Our focus story 'Naughty Bus' by Jan and Jerry Oke really engrossed the children this week. They even learnt the song.

 

Naughty Bus: Amazon.co.uk: Oke, Jan: 9780954792114: Books

Friday 22nd October 2021

The children had an exciting time explore our season Autumn. They went on an Autumn walk around the school and discussed everything they could see and hear. The enjoyed the leaf hunt and found many coloured and different shaped leaves. Outside the children made Autumn soup in the mud kitchen using conkers, leaves, pine cones and mud. They learnt how to do leaf rubbings using the colours that represent Autumn. Our focus book was 'Autumn' by Ailie Busby.

 

Book: Autumn by Ailie Busby

 

Friday 15th October 2021

We have had a lovely week in Nursery. The children really enjoyed sharing information about there families - who is in their family, whether they were big or small, which country they come from and what their home language is. During the week the children got to explore globes of the world and maps. Our focus book was 'My Family Your Family' by Lisa Bullard.

My Family, Your Family (Cloverleaf Books (TM) -- Alike and Different):  Amazon.co.uk: Bullard, Lisa: 9781467760294: Books

In Maths, we read ‘Where’s Spot?’. We tried to familiarise ourselves with the positional language in the book (in, on, under etc…) throughout the week.

Where's Spot? : Hill, Eric: Amazon.co.uk: Books

Friday 8th October 2021
This week the children really enjoyed learning about birthday's and how they are special to us. The children learnt to plan for Rosie and Jim's Birthday by writing invitations, writing a shopping list for the items and food needed  for a party, making birthday cards, counting candles for different number cakes and making birthday cakes on the play dough table and in the mud kitchen. They also learnt how birthdays are celebrated in different countries and how to say Happy Birthday in their home language. Our focus book this week to support the children's learning was 'Kipper's Birthday.

Also in Maths  we read  ‘Brown Bear, Brown Bear’. The children loved joining in with the repeated refrains (BROWN BEAR, BROWN BEAR, WHAT DO YOU SEE?). We used the book as a starting point to explore colours and 1:1 correspondence (counting by placing a finger on each object).

In RE, we are learning that we are all precious to God and that God knows us all by our names. We are trying to recognise our names independently and make the sign of the cross. 

Next Week:
We will be reading ‘My Family, Your family’ 

Friday 1st October 2021
All the children have now joined our Nursery and we have started walking into the building independently. Mrs Giordmaina, Mrs Mepham and Ms Mashuta are so proud of us all!
We are focusing on learning the rules and routines of our new setting and building relationships with staff and peers. We have been learning about how special we are and sharing lots of things about ourselves.  We really  enjoyed making self-portraits this week.

Reminders:

  • Please bring a spare change of clothes and leave at Nursery (trousers / socks / pants / shoes)
  • We expect children to use the toilets independently – practise flushing and washing hands.
  • Do not let your child bring toys/sweets to nursery
  •  Label all your child’s belongings clearly
  • Register online for free school milk at ‘Cool Milk’.
  • Email consent for Class Dojo to the office- admin@olovrc.com