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November 2020: Celebrating the Sikh festival of Diwali On Friday 13th November we talked about the Sikh festival of Diwali. The children viewed pictures on the computer and Miss Panesar told us all about how her family celebrate Diwali. During our busy learning activities the children had lots of fun making a clay Mendhi hand and using paints to paint Rangoli pattern. They especially enjoyed dressing up in traditional dress and joined in really well when Miss Panesar taught the children how to do Bhangra dancing. At the end of the morning Miss Panesar showed us how to light a special diva light and we all ate some delicious Indian food which Miss Panesar family had tried. The children watched carefully as the diva light was lit and was willing to try the new Indian foods too. We had such a lovely time celebrating Diwali.

November 2020 : Our Autumn walk to Stubbs Pool Context: Many of the children had noticed the fallen leaves in our outdoor area and some children had started to bring in leaves, sticks and twigs that they had found on the way to school. We talked about the changing season and then went on our own Autumn walk around Stubbs Pool to see what signs of Autumn we could find around our school. We looked at the changes in the natural environment and had lots of fun throwing the leaves in the air, creating tree rubbings and threading leaves onto laces.

November 2020 ; This week the children have been learning about Guy Fawkes and the celebrations on the 5th November. We listened to the story Guy Fawkes and we learnt about ways in which the story is remembered each year. We talked about the shapes and colours fireworks made in the sky and created our own firework pictures on the computer. We made our own firework fruit rockets and firework toast and made safe sparklers in the creative area. We talked about the sounds and ways in which fireworks moved in the sky and we performed our own firework actions and write dance in the outdoor area. We talked about the firework code and learnt how to be safe on Bonfire Night

October 2020 : Halloween As part of our learning theme relating to Halloween the children listened to the story Room on the broom and used the resources from the story sack to help sequence the events. The children also made bubbling potions and counted the ingredients needed to make witches brew, during busy learning the children developed their hand eye coordination through pumpkin tapping activities and they also printed spider and pumpkins shapes. For home learning the children were asked to watch the Room on the Broom video and made magic potions at home

October Painting in the style of Picasso As part of our learning theme relating to ourselves we learnt about the famous Artist Picasso who painted colourful portiats of people. We looked at the famous paintings he had produced and talked about how he used different colours to reflect his mood. We leanrt to use lines to create a shape and then filled this with p[aint. we used thinner brushes to add facial detail to our pictures. we used different colours to reflect our feelings in the same way as Picasso did. Our paintings are now on display in our Art Gallery

October 2020 Making vegetable soupDuring group time we looked at the vegetables we had brought back from the farm and talked about how we were going make Vegetable soup. After talking about and naming the vegetables, we took turns in peeling and chopping them for our soup. Mrs Milner then used our vegetables to make a delicious soup. We enjoyed eating this together with crusty bread, alongside our friends in the snack area.

October 2020 A trip to the Pumpkin Farm On Wednesday we went to Poplars Farm to learn about Harvest and to pick our own pumpkins ready for Halloween. We met Richard the farmer and he took us on a tractor trailer ride so we could see all the vegetables growing in the fields. Richard stopped the tractor and picked some vegetables for us to see, smell and feel. After our tractor ride we explored the farm yard and saw the singing pumpkins in the barn and had fun looking at all the different types of pumpkins which were in the pumpkin garden.

October 2020: The children in our butterfly room have really enjoyed making cakes with playdough over the last few weeks. So following their interest we decided to make real cakes together today. The children helped to add and mix the ingredients together and when their cakes were cooked they decorated them with runny icing and sweeties before enjoying them at snack time.

October 2020 Phonics in Nursery: Over the last week we have been learning to discriminate the sounds which we hear in the environment. We read the story Peace at Last. In the story poor Daddy bear could not get to sleep because of all the sounds he could hear in the house. During our phonics group times We have talked about the sounds Daddy bear heard and have tried reacreating these with our voices. We have also played a sounds bingo and drew pictures of the things which kept Daddy bear awake.

September 2020: Developing our manipulative skills through play dough

October 2020: This week Mr Booth came to join us in Nursery and he delivered our first busy feet movement session. The children had lots of fun exploring different ways of moving and travelling around.

September 2020 We all fit together

Our Butterfly Room: We are so pleased with how our new 2 year old children have settled into Nursery. They are all now bravely saying goodbye to their grown ups and are becoming more independent in exploring the learning areas. This week we have had fun both indoors and outdoors and the children are building good relationships with familar adults through their play.

Lunchtime in Nursery: The full time children are enjoying having their lunch together at Nursery. We are really pleased with how well they are following the routines of hand washing and eating.We are also hearing lots of beautiful manners which is fantastic. Well done full time Nursery.

September 2020:Harvesting our vegetables. This week the children have been harvesting the carrots, onions and runner beans from the vegetable patch and have picked the tomatoes from the greenhouse. After washing and preparing the carrots and tomatoes the children enjoyed eating them at snack time. As we had so much produce we decided to set up our own community garden pop up shop and sold our produce to our grown ups and staff in school.

September 2020: Our first week at Nursery: This week the children have bravely said goodbye to their grown ups and have set off to explore the Nursery environment. The children have all settled so well and are beginning to build relationships with staff and other children. We are very proud of them.

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