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  running 2017




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Friday 16th Novemebr

Posted on 16th November, 2018

Hello and welcome back to the preschool blog

In Rolos they have been learning about the different occupations such as soldiers, doctors, dentists, firemen and police and what they do to help us. The children had fun dressing up and talking about what they were dressed as. The have also been reading books and talking about what each occupation on the pictures is doing.

The children have also been practising pencil control and using letter sheets and patterns to practice holding the pen and pencils.

They have also been learning about children in need and why we have it and how it helps others. For children in need we have had a cake sale so the children have had lots of fun baking and decorating yummy cakes.

The children have been starting their jolly phonics lessons this week and practising how to pronounce each letter.

They have also been exploring with lots of colours and how they can be changed.

Heroes have been finding objects that begin with the letter S to support there jolly phonics lessons.

They have also been exploring different textures such as cream and cake and mixing it together to create different textures.

The children have also been making yummy cakes for children in need and learning about why we raise money to help other children. The children have been really excited to learn about this and were keen to help other children.

To encourage the children to explore textures we have been putting glue on our hands and making glue hand prints then putting lots and lots of soil on it.

The Heroes have also been learning about shapes and using the carpet shapes and shape boards to make patterns and arrangements with the shapes.

Thank you for reading our blog.

Hope to see you again next week.

Fri 9th Nov

Posted on 9th November, 2018

Hello and welcome to the preschool blog

The children in preschool have been learning about rememberance day they made wreaths and poppys which we will be taking to the war memoral with the children from preschool. The children have also been learning about why we have rememberance day and dressing up in army uniforms.

The children have been decorating biscuits to look like poppys aswell using icing sugar.

The children have been practising their jolly phonics by learning about the letter s and using the songs, books as well as finding the objects around the room.

They have also been practising the nativity and learning the songs from the play.

Th children have been playing with the role play pretending they were having a party. The children have pretended to make cakes and had lots of fun playing pass the parcel during the day.

The children have also been having a diwali party and listening to the different types of music

Thank you for reading the blog hope to see you next week

Friday 2nd November 2018

Posted on 2nd November, 2018

This week in rolos we have been learning about bonfire night and fire works. We spoke about how we have to be very careful and safe around the bonfires and fire works. We also spkoe about the different colours and sounds that we can see and hear when we are around the bonfire and around the fire works. We have also been making some fire works and bonfire pictures ready for our new display.

We have also been looking and been talking about rememberance day and what it means to different people. We spoke about the war and the different uniforms that they wear. We have been making lots of different types of poppies for the nursiries display, we painted poppies on stones, make poppies from paper and lolly pop sticks and made a poppie wreath.

We have alos been doing lots of different sensory play, we made jelly, gloop, sand and water. We explored the different textures and smells of each item and spoke about which ones were our faourites.

The Rolos have also been looking at different spiders and insects ready for our zoo lab trip, where we will get to look at different animals and talk about where they live and what they eat.

 

 

This week in heros we have been getting very messy and very creative with our play. We made jelly and played with it using spoons to scoop it all up and used scissors to help cut it into different sized pieces. We have been doing some fruit and vegetable printing as well, this is to go to the food bank with our collecton that we gave. As well as fruit and veg printing we also did duplo block printing and looked at the different sizes that we could see.  We have also been talking a lot about our family and what we have all been doing with our families at the weekend. A lot of us spoke about halloween and that we went trick or treating with our families and got lots of different sweets and treats. We also spoke about who has coming to the halloween party and what we were going to dress us as. We then drew pictures of our costumes and what we wanted to be on halloween.

Rolos and Heroes Blog, 26th October

Posted on 26th October, 2018

Rolos

This week in Rolos we have been looking at our phonics and working on pronouncing our letters. 

The children have been working on their pencil control and fine motor skills. They have been doing their tripod grasps and practising holding their pencils.

The chldren have been doing lots of messy play too, gloop, spaghetti, splat painting and insect printing.

We have been talking about bonfire night too, and the safety of bonfire night. The children liked looking at the bonfires in pictures. 

The children have been dressing up in halloween outfits too and loved wearing the hats.

 

Heroes

Thie week we have been gluing and sticking pictures onto paper. They have been using their fine motoro skills to use scissors to cut out the pictueres and then glue them onto their paper.

The Heroes have enjoyed mixing paints to dark colours and making scary pictures.

The children have enjoyed making halloween pictures using paper plates, they have been able to paint eyes and a nose and mouth onto their plates.

They have also been doing physical activities with their friends, such as running, racing and taking it in turns to play on the bikes.They have also been following instructiosn to make flapjacks and jelly. 

Friday 19th October 2018- Rolos and Heroes.

Posted on 19th October, 2018

This week we have been very busy in Rolo's. We have focused our learning on a few areas which include;

Our Fine Motor skills, in which we have been practicing with ativities such as threading, writing sheets, peg boards and messy activities such as cooking and Halloween sensory play.

Letter Formation/Pencil Control: We have been working very had in being able to write the first letter of our own name, doing this in a variety of ways including salt mark making, Initial letter sheets and also shaving foam marking.

Halloween Topic: We have been getting involved with a variey of activities such as slime play, gooey spaghetti play with spiders and insects and also dressing up in Halloween costumes and masks.

We have also been working on our Makaton signs which are "Please" and "Thank You".

 

This week in Heroes we have been working on a variety of topics which include...

Joining letters to practice writing our own names, which includes holiding a pen correctly. We have been doing Halloween activites including dress up and creating our Halloween dress up corner, playing games such as making mummies of our friends with toilet roll, creating our own Halloween masks, and creating our own Halloween spooky stories at circle time.

We have also took part in our weekly cooking in which we made yummy Jam Tarts.

 

 

Friday 5th October 18

Posted on 5th October, 2018

This week in Rolos we have been focusing on the autumn term, we made lots of play dough using different autumn colours such as orange and yellow. As we played with the play dough we spoke about what things we could make that links in with the autumn term, we decided to make lots of different sized leaves and show them to our friends. As we had spoken about autumn leaves during our play dough activity, we then spoke about how the leaves change colour when the weater gets colder. We also spoke about conkers and that they only come out in the autumn term and where abouts we could fnd them and tried to see if we could find them at the forest school when we went. Our teachers also created us an autumn tray full of different sensory objects for us to ecplore and look at. We had leaves, sticks, conkers and soil to play with. 

The Rolos have also been looking at different halloween characters, we looked at pumpkins, witches and skeletons. We have also done soe lovley drawings and colourings of each of these charaters. 

 

 

 

This week in Heros we have been writing our weekly news letter about what we have been doing over the weekend. We have also been practicing our cutting skills, by cutting up different leaves with lots of different textures. We also tried to cut up small twigs and sticks to see which ones were hard and which ones were soft and easy to cut up. The Heros have also been doing lots of different painting using different materials to create new art work for our autumn display. We used sponges, our hands, leaves and sticks to create different textures on our papers. To tie in with our autumn theme we have been listening to different autumn songs to learn about the different factors and stages of autumn. For our autumn theme we have also been using food colouring to make the shaving foam different autumn colours and mixing them togther to see what autumn colours we are able to create. 

When we visited the forest school, the Heros were pretdning to make each other yummy food and drinks from the soil. We have also been pretending to be builders at the forest school by trying to build different objects from soil, sticks and leaves. 

Thursday 27th September 2018

Posted on 27th September, 2018

Hello and welcome back to the preschool blog the children have been very busy this week and have had lots of fun.

The Heroes have been making pizza, each child was given a piece of bread and given simple instructions as how to make the pizza. The children spread the tomato base onto the bread and spoke about the different food they could see. The children were given a variety of foods such as cheese, onion, chicken and peppers. During this activity the children were able to share the ingredients and take turns with the resources. 

The children have also been running around and doing different types of exercise. The children have been doing this because they have been learning about how our bodies work and what the job of the heart is.

As our topic book this month is the jolly postman the children have been making a post box and have used a wide range of tools such as paint and sticking materials to create this. They have also been on a little adventure to the post box and listening to the teachers when they showed us how to stay safe. We were able to hold hands and walk nicely with our teachers. The children were very excited to visit the post office and said "please" and "thank you" to the post office workers.

The children have also had a chance to go to the shops and get some ingredients for cooking as well as visiting the library for story sessions.

The Rolos have been visiting the forest school and had lots of fun finding all the leaves. These will be used for leaf printing.

They have also had lots of fun playing with the sensory play such as foam and corn flour. The children have also been looking for letters in the foam. Some of the children were able to name the letters they saw.

Thank you for looking at all the fun we have had

Hope to see you next week

Friday 21st September 2018.

Posted on 21st September, 2018

Rolos

 

This week in Rolos we went on our first trip to forest school! We really enjoyed going outside of the nursery and talked a lot about road safety and stranger danger too. We found many leaves and even some acorns on our journery and have been talking about autumn, where the colour of the leaves change and what acorns do.

 

We have started learning Makaton and are currently learning 'please' and 'thank you' to start with, so ask us at home and we should be able to show you! Also we have joined in with making a chocolate cake that is egg and dairy free so that everyone is able to have some cake as some of the children have allergies and the cake was very yummy!

 

We have also been learning about the weather and how the weather has been really windy and storm like and talking about different types of weather and expressing our favourite type of weather is and the children have enjoyed sensory play with sand, soil and even squishy water bread!

 

Heroes

 

In heroes this week we have been practising using scissors! We have been learning the safe way to hold scissors and the rules regarding using scissors - never walk around with scissors, hold them accurately, only use scissors for cutting paper etc as well as creating lots of display work for Jolly Postman which is our book of the term and they had done this via gluing and sticking, painting, and drawing too. The children painted a red post box and a yellow post card and they also created a picture of their favourite part of their story too.

 

We have also been learning how to hold our pencils accurately using a pincher grasp and using these skills to write our news of 'what I did on the weekend'. We have also been exploring the outdoors and moving in a variety of ways - such as, jumping like a frog, crawling across the floor like a snake and so on. We have also been to forest school this week too :)

 

 

14th September 2018

Posted on 14th September, 2018

Rolos

This week the rolos have been working on their fine motor skills by using crayons and pencils and doing drawings. 

The Rolos have been understanding, learning and following the new routine. They have been talking about what they will be doing next and what they want to do. They have also been looking at the days of the week at circle time to. 

They have been talking about hygiene and self care such as washing their hands before meals and brushing their teeth.

The rolos have been practising their manners by remembering to say thankyou and please to their friends and teachers. 

Heroes

The Heroes have been focusing on numbers, shapes and colours this week. They have been talking and identifying different shapes and colours. 

During circle time the children have been learning to sit nicely and listen to their friends and teachers and how they sit whilst doing different activities.

The Heroes enjoyed their visits to forest school this week, they have been exploring the area and practising their counting.

The children have been working on their pencil control and how to hold their pencil correctly. They have been working on how to form different shapes too.

The children have loved doing party games this week too and playing musical chairs and musical statues.

The children have been doing some baking too, they made chocolate concrete cake and talked about how much to measure out and weigh and helped to mix the ingredients to, 

Friday 7th September, 2018.

Posted on 7th September, 2018

Rolos

 

This week in Rolos the children have been learning a new routine and learning their new teachers and friends names. They have been sitting down in a circle and talked about their new teachers names and what their favourite thing to do is, the children have also participated in this and said their names infront of their new friends and teachers and spoke about what they like to do at home. This way the children are able to learn their new friends and teachers names and can help them build some relationships with their new friends and teachers.

This week the Rolos have also enjoyed decorating biscuits. They have used their fine motor skills to add on icing and other ingredients to the them so that they could create their own unique biscuits!

 

The Rolos have also been developing their fine motor skills through the use of threading activities, where they have had a string and used their fingers and thumbs - pincher grasp, to pick up the beads and thread them onto the piece of string. The children have also been learning about one of the children in their room called Emily who have recently come back to the nursery after having some time off due to an illness, the children have been getting to know Emily on her settling in sessions and learning about her individual needs.

 

Heroes

 

This week in Heroes the children have been getting used to their new routine and learning their new teachers and friends names. The children have been exploring the new toys within the Heroes room and have been playing with lots of sand and water within the room also to enhance their sensory play experiences.

 

The children have also enjoyed exploring a variety of paint activities involving vegetable painting and feeling the textures of paint also in a varitry of colours. The children have also explored gluing and sticking activities, using a variety of materials to add to their pictures enhancing their fine motor skills.