Friday, 16 March 2018

Mini Beasts

This week we have been busy finishing off our topic on Mini Beasts. We have had great fun finding out about the different creatures we can find in the garden....and learning not to step on some of them!
Lot's of creative activities and also new language using big/small, long/short, fat/thin etc. Of course we have been continuing with our new letter sounds and everyone is beginning to repeat the rhymes and can often be heard using them while playing with their friends.
Next week is assessment week so we will be having a little break from new sounds but will continue to reinforce the sounds we have already been learning. While the children are writing their names etc we repeat the rhymes, helping them to use the correct formation of each letter.
Today we had another special Birthday in Class:

Happy 4th Birthday Belinda!

We just love any excuse for a party in Nursery!
We did some fruit tasting this week, tasting the fruits that The Very Hungry Caterpillar ate, everyone found something they liked.

We made ladybirds, but had to cut the wings first, aren't they doing well with their cutting skills?

Started painting our bumblebees...

And used our finger muscles to roll out the dough to make our snails

We made towers of bricks to see how tall we was a little bit tricky!
Next week is going to be very busy for us all. We will be finishing off crafts, and having lots of Easter activities before finishing for our Easter Holidays on Friday. We will also be having Sport's Day so I hope the children all keep their energy levels as high as normal.
Important Reminders:
Tuesday: Parent's meetings, if you have not already arranged a time for these informal meetings please see me as soon as possible. We are very fortunate in Nursery and I see many of our parents on a daily basis but if you have any concerns or questions about your child's recent report please come and discuss it with me.
Thursday: Sport's Day (normal school hours)
Friday: End of term and also our BBQ, I hope to see as many of you as possible coming along to enjoy the day with us.
Have a great weekend,

Miss Jackie


Sunday, 11 March 2018

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The children have loved retelling the tory of the Very Hungry Caterpillar and have gained so much new language from the story. They are getting very confident on their days of the week, number and fruit names and also the life cycle of the butterfly. So many of the children can retell the story in  the correct order for their friends.
Our daily phonics lessons are going really well and the children are being split into separate groups according to ability but also to avoid any unnecessary distractions. Next week we will be introducing the letters:- f, l and h. As we now have so many letters we are also starting to blend them to make words e.g. in, on, dad, mad, pin, sit, pig and many more. I am sure they are all repeating some of the rhymes at home and you can help your child by looking at the letters and practising the sounds.
In maths we have been attempting to write some numbers and also recognising and naming numbers to 10.
Most of the children are attempting to write their own name and if you are doing this at home please encourage them to only use capital letters for their initial letter.
We also had two special birthdays in class this week
Happy 4th Birthday to Samantha and Maria!

 we had some delicious cake...I think they liked it

 then a mini disco in class
for maths we practised writing our numbers to 5


we made clothes peg butterflies by mixing colours on the coffee filters


And of course we finished off the week with Carnival! And they were all wonderful
Next week we will be continuing with our minibeast theme but with our new books: The Very Lazy Ladybird By: Isobel Finn and Jack Tickle and The Bad Tempered Ladybird By: Eric Carle.
Important Reminders:
If any of the our parents have more photos of Carnaval, it would be great if you could send them to me and I will share on a special blog for all to see.
If anyone had a butterfly plant with live caterpillars on it we would love to have it in class for the children to see the life cycle live.
Due to popular demand I will now be sending our weekly information by email. I have each parents email address but if you have any doubts please speak to me so that I can check everything is correct.

Happy Weekend

Miss Jackie


Friday, 2 March 2018

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

We have been continuing with our Hungry Caterpillar topic. The children are loving exploring each stage of the caterpillar to butterfly cycle and are talking about it in other areas of the class. We hear them repeating the story to each other while playing.
The weather has also become quite a topic for the children and we had to adapt our activities a little, it's very exciting for them to have rainy and windy days as we don't get so many of them here on Gran Canaria, this has produced lots of new language.

Our tiny caterpillars ate so much food and then began to spin their cocoons,

We have been looking at symmetry this week, by looking at pictures and books of butterflies and observing that both wings are the same.We tried this out by stamping the same amount of spots on our butterflies...

And also by using paint spots and folding paper over to see the effect

We have also had a couple of children learning to look after their baby!

Next week we will be doing more activities about what happens to The Very Hungry Caterpillar.We will be food tasting some of the fruits that he eats, talking again about eating healthy eating. We will be introducing our next letter sounds, u, b, and f.

Important Reminders:
Next week we will be celebrating  Caranaval we will be doing our parade at 9.00 am and it would be wonderful if as many parents as possible could attend. The children love to see you there. There will not be a theme so the children can dress up as whatever they choose, but no masks please as it often scares  our younger pupils and also we like to see their beautiful faces.

If any parent has a plant in your garden with caterpillars or silk worms we would love for you to bring them in to class. The children would be so excited to watch the caterpillars spin their cocoon and then let the butterfly go free.

Have a great weekend, I hope the sun comes back out for you all!

Miss Jackie