Seedlings and Saplings Class
Welcome to FS1!
⬇️⬇️⬇️ Please check our blog below regularly to see what we get up to each week! ⬇️⬇️⬇️
Children’s Mental Health Week Mindful Monday
This week we are celebrating children’s mental health week, each day has a different theme and the children will be learning a variety of techniques and activities to help promote and support positive mental health.
For Mindful Monday we concentrated on our bodies and using breathing techniques. We listened to the meditation pirate and followed their instructions to relax our bodies.
We then focused on our breathing, breathing in through our nose to ‘smell the flower’ and breathing out through our mouth to ‘blow out the candle’.
We also learnt candle blowing using our fingers for when we are feeling angry and frustrated. The children held up five finger, took five deep breaths and ‘blew out’ a finger on each outward breath.
The children were all engaged and focused really well on their breathing. 💗
🌳 Outdoor Learning 🌳
🌳 in the Forest School Area 🌳
Today the nursery children went to the Forest School area on the school field to take part in some outdoor learning.
The children have shown great interest in bugs in the playground so to further that knowledge we read the story ‘Mad About Mini beasts’ then split into small groups to hunt for bugs with special magnifying tubs. Throughout the day we found a whole range of things; spiders, cobwebs, bees, flies, slugs, snails, caterpillar holes in leaves, beetles, ants, butterflies and a bug we couldn’t identify!
The children then chose their favourite mini beast and modelled their movements on the way back to class.
It was lovely to see the children explore in an unfamiliar area of school and we will definitely be back to take part in more outdoor learning soon!
Rainbow Day ❤️🧡💛💚🌈
Today we celebrated International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia with Rainbow Day 🌈 The children came to school dressed in an array of beautiful colourful outfits to celebrate Rainbow Day 🌈 The children have enjoyed sharing some new stories. We have used stories to talk about how different families can be. We have also drawn our own family portraits for a display across school!
Goodbye chicks 🐥
After a wonderful two weeks, we have said goodbye to the chicks 🐥. The children had a fantastic experience watching them change and grow; learning to handle them carefully; and discussing the life cycle of the chick which raised the age old question, what comes first, the chicken or the egg?
🏠Home Learning Challenge🏠
Can the children remember the lifecycle of the chicken?
Handling the chicks 🐥
This afternoon the chicks came over to Nursery to visit us ready for going home with Mrs Bennett for the weekend. The children were very excited to welcome the chicks into Nursery and even got to hold them, being very gentle! 🐥
A visit to see the chicks 🐥
Today we got to meet the chicks - they’ve all hatched!
We were all very gentle & calm with them. Although some of the children were a little nervous at first, they all had a little stroke 🥰
🥚A Special Arrival🐣
Yesterday we got a special delivery to school 🥚 ready to show the children this morning. Much to our surprise there were already four little chicks that had hatched overnight before we even got chance to see the eggs and guess what might be inside!!
Everyone got the chance to visit the little chicks, our current count is 7, with some eggs still to hatch. Once they have dried out and fluffed up we will move them out of the incubator and will get the chance to see them again; hold them; learn about how to care for them and clean them out!
Keep an eye out for chick updates 🐣
International Dance Day
To celebrate International Dance Day 2022 we took part in a whole nursery boogie outside in the sunshine. It was great to see everyone showing off their moves, our favourite songs were “I like to move it, move it” and the “Party Freeze Song”.
Easter Parade 🐣
Easter with Bob
As part of our learning around the Christian celebration of Easter, we had a visit by Bob the Pastor (who is also Mrs Studholme’s daddy).
Bob talked about different ways Easter is celebrated:
🐣receiving and eating chocolate eggs
🐣making Easter cards
🐣eating hot cross buns
🐣making Easter bonnets
🐣going to church ⛪️
Bob also explained why Easter is so important to Christians. He said that Jesus died but then came back to life. Jesus came back to life because he loves us.
The children really enjoyed meeting Bob and they learnt the sign language for ‘Easter egg’ and ‘god loves you’ too.
Reading morning 📖💙
It was wonderful to finally welcome parents into class this morning.
The children really enjoyed reading with you all, thank you for coming and we look forward to seeing you all again soon. 📖 💙
World Book Day 🌍 📚
We have had a wonderful day together celebrating our love of books!
The children looked fantastic & enjoyed some brilliant stories together.
- had class story time throughout the day
- held a book swap
- had special visitors share their favourite book - and we got a new book to take home which we read along together at home time because we just couldn’t wait!
Filling and planting 🌱🌼
We have been very lucky to get some new planters in the FS playground. We spent some time this morning finding the right place for them, then the children had the opportunity to get their hands dirty and we filled them up with compost ready for planting. When asked what we should plant, flowers was the most popular answer but some children asked for trees, grass and strawberries!
Once all the compost was used up, we found some bulbs which we planted in the three planters near the nursery, keep a look out for any sign of growth! 🌼
As part of our learning around internet safety, we shared the story, ‘The Adventures of Smartie the Penguin’.
We learnt how important it is to stay safe online; what to do if we see something we don’t like or aren’t sure of; and not to speak back to strangers when playing online.
Smarties’ Mum taught us a song the help keep us safe:
🎶 Before you tap and click…
You need to stop and think…
And TELL someone!🎶
We thought about who we could tell and the children came up with the answers; Mummy, Dad and teachers.
Well done everyone, it’s important to remember these rules to help us stay safe on the internet.
Exploring our New Provision!
The children have enjoyed discovering and exploring the new areas set up in our provision. Take a look at what we've been up to!
The Dentist Came to Visit! 🦷
This afternoon the dental team nurse came to visit us in Nursery! She talked to us about the importance of looking after our teeth. She was very impressed that the children could tell her ways that we can look after our teeth and gums and to keep our mouths healthy! She talked to us about brushing our teeth twice a day, using a pea sized blob of toothpaste does the job, showed us a 2 minute timer and how to brush for 2 minutes in circles on our teeth and gums. She talked through different kinds of foods that are healthy and unhealthy for your teeth. She told us the importance of visiting the dentist to make sure our teeth stay healthy.
Every child even got to take home a toothbrush and toothpaste with them too!
The children have enjoyed exploring in our new Pen Disco area during our discovery time. They have been creating marks on paper to music.
17.01.2022 - Another Day Another Half a Mile 🚶🏻♀️🚶🏽🚶🏼♂️
Our lunchtime organisers joined us today for our half mile walk! We chatted about our weekends, had races and sang songs 🤩
Same again on Friday 🚶🏻♀️🚶🏽
African Animals 🐘
Today the children learnt all about African animals and how they have adapted to their habitats. The children loved learning all about the animals camouflage, their diets and how fast or big they are!
14.01.2022 - Another Weekly Half Mile 🚶🏻♀️🚶🏽🚶🏼♂️
This afternoon we went on our second half mile walk! The children loved walking in the sunshine and were very good at avoiding using our new bikes until we were all done. It was very tempting but they showed brilliant patience and self-restraint ⭐️
10.01.2022 - Our Weekly Half Mile
We have started a whole school health and well-being project of walking a weekly mile. Because our children have very little legs we have split our weekly mile into two sessions & today we did our first half mile walk around the playground!
The children powered through and were very tired at the end! As we get used to the distance we will try and do a mile in one go!
We’re so proud of them, well done children, you’ll sleep well tonight 🚶🏽🚶🏻♀️🚶🏼♂️
Christmas Party Day 🎄🎅
The children had a very busy day for our Christmas Party and looked lovely in their Party/Christmas outfits!
We played lots of party games, such as Musical Statues and Pass The Parcel, we ate lots of party food (Thank you to parents for providing this!) we danced away with our friends and the children had a very special visitor pay them a visit at the end of the day!
We hope you all have a lovely Christmas break and we'll see you all in the New Year ❤
Christmas is coming 🎅🏼
The children have had a very Christmassy day, we did our performance for the Honeysuckle parents this morning and have spent the rest of the day exploring the Christmas provision and making Christmas crafts to bring home in Friday; we can’t wait for you to see them! 🎄⛄️
EYFS Chocolate Raffle!
We are selling raffle tickets for a chocolate raffle. It’s £1 a strip. We will be using the money raised to buy plants and flowers for the EYFS outdoors. Tickets can be bought in the morning or at home time There are 3 prizes! Thank you!
Today we have been watching Pantosaurus and learning how to keep our bodies safe. The children have learnt that their bodies belong only to them, their private parts are covered by pants and if someone asks to see or touch under your pants we say ‘No!’ and tell a safe adult.
You can find the video here on YouTube at the following link:
Winter Tree 🌲⛄️❄️
The children in Nursery have been busy completing winter crafts to decorate our season tree in our cloakroom area. The children have enjoyed making melted snowmen, fingerprint snow trees and Christmas tree handprints. We think it looks lovely ❄️
Decorating Our Christmas Tree 🎄
On Friday the children really enjoyed helping Miss Honeyford to put up our main tree in Nursery. The children helped to spread out the branches of the tree and then enjoyed placing the decorations and tinsel onto the tree. We all think it looks fantastic! 😊
🌟 Above and Beyond 🌟
A big well done for going above and beyond in Nursery this week and making the Nursery staff proud! Miss Maynard wrote her name in her proud book, gave her a gold sticker and a squishy unicorn prize!!
Fun in the snow ❄️
Today the children had lots of fun exploring the snow outside!
Children in Need 💛
The children came to school in their PJs and gave donations to show support to the charity Children in Need. Throughout the day we learnt about what the charity does with the money raised and the children made their own Pudsey hats 💛
The children decorated some poppies today to remember those that fought to keep us safe
🌟 Above and Beyond 🌟
These children have gone above and beyond in Nursery this week. They paid a special visit to Miss Maynard, our headteacher to have their name put in her special book, get a prize and visit Pippa, Our school dog as a special treat
Our Week In Pictures
Firework Art 🎆
Today we talked about Bonfire Night and how we remember Guy Fawkes, we also talked about keeping safe around bonfires and fireworks and listening to our adults. Lots of children told us they were going to see fireworks over the weekend so we decided to make our own firework pictures.
Happy Half Term
We hope all the children in nursery have a lovely half term and we can't wait to see you all back ready to learn next week!
We are so proud of you!
Today to mark the end of the children's first half term in our Nursery we had a little celebration afternoon. We are so proud of all the children who have settled into our Nursery routines amazingly these last few weeks. To celebrate the children's hard work we played some party games this afternoon, including musical statues and had a dance off. We then had a special treat off Mrs Bennett to end the day perfectly. Here are some of the pictures of us playing our party games and enjoying our treat
Wear Red Day!
Today we wore red to show racism the red card!
We love to spark the children's conversation skills here in Nursery so we asked parents if they would send some family pictures in to us so we can use these throughout our learning. We've also used some of the pictures to create a family photo wall in our home corner. We can't wait to hear the children talking about these with each other
New areas in our Provision!
The staff have been very busy in Nursery creating some more new areas for our children to explore when they come back after half term!
The children have really enjoyed our halloween inspired areas in the provision this week.
🌟 Above and Beyond 🌟
These children have gone above and beyond this week. We are so proud of them! 🌟
Our Week in Pictures
Meet the Staff!
The children have painted some fantastic portraits of the staff working in Nursery, we are very pleased with them!
Twit Twoo 🦉🍂
The autumn crafts continue! The children used felt and card to make their very own owls 🦉
We are family!
This week we have been using puppets to enhance our number songs. The children have been singing number songs up to 5!
We would love you to sing along at home too. We have been singing -
🐒 5 little monkeys jumping on the bed
🧁 5 currant buns in a bakers shop
🐸 5 little speckled frogs
🐣 5 little ducks
If you aren’t familiar with the songs, YouTube is a great place to start.
Encourage your child to show the correct number on their fingers.
In Nursery we...
Our Week in Pictures
We have had a busy week this week in nursery, lots of autumn crafts, using our senses to explore our surroundings, using our imagination in our play, learning to put our coats on independently, trying new things and our first week getting into our keyworker groups to do some learning!
Our Autumn Displays 🍂
The children have been working really hard this week doing lots of different crafts to create our autumn displays around our nursery. We can't wait to see what else we can add to them in the coming weeks!
Leaf Printing 🍂
Today the children have been doing some leaf prints to add to our Autumn display. The children enjoyed choosing the colours for their leaves and we talked about how leaves change from green to lots of other colours during this time of year.
Enjoying our New Kitchen 🧑🍳
The children have been enjoying playing with our new kitchen equipment. We are really lucky that Ms Rashid ordered us a new kitchen so now we have one inside and outside! They were taking it in turn to cook, eat the food and explore all the new equipment.
Exploring the Provision!
The children have been enjoying exploring our new and enhanced areas in the provision this week! Take a look at some of them above!
We are also very lucky that we have been able to add a disco light to our indoor music area too! The children have been enjoying making their own music with the instruments and dancing along under the lights!
Our First Big Question!
This morning we had our first big question in Nursery! We all sat in a big circle on the carpet and we used Fred the frog to help us to take it in turns to share our answer with the rest of the class. In our big question sessions, known as P4C (philosophy for children) there are no right or wrong answers, we love to hear the children’s opinions and get them thinking about different topics! As the children have been with us in nursery for some weeks now our first big question was “What is your favourite thing about nursery?” as we discussed about settling in and the children’s interests. All the children participated in the session and sat beautifully on the carpet waiting for their turn to hold Fred the frog and listen to the rest of the class’ answers. Here are some of the children's answers above!
Splashing in puddles 💦💦
The children made the most of the rainy weather this week and have enjoyed jumping and splashing around in the puddles with their wellies on!
Snack Time Superstars ⭐️
Nursery have started to settle into nursery routines brilliantly. We have all been enjoying eating our snack together before provision time.
Meet Our Nursery Classes!
Look at our fabulous display contributed to by all the children in Nursery!
We have looked at our facial features in the mirror, talked about our skin, hair and eye colours, how many eyes we have and what our hair is like. We then had a go at writing our name independently.
We will complete this task again at the end of the year to show a comparison in our learning.
Well done everyone, we are so proud of you all!
Role Play Area - We Need Your Help!
Our new role play area for the next few weeks is going to be a baby clinic. The children will be able to feed, dress, weigh and check over the babies 😊
We would love to spark a conversation with the children about them as babies. If you have any baby pictures of your little ones that you’d be happy for us to display in the classroom please share them with us!
You can do this via Tapestry, email firstname.lastname@example.org or you can airdrop them to our iPads - whichever is easiest for you ⭐️
Exploring Our Feelings!
This week we have been reading the story The Colour Monster to help us to understand the different feelings that we might have. Each morning after the register we will be asking the children how they are feeling and discuss the reasons why they might be feeling that way and how we can express these feelings. We have also included a 'How do you feel?' station in our provision so the children can discuss and explore their feelings with their peers throughout the day
Learning Can Be Messy!
In Nursery we like to get messy with our learning! We have sand, water, paint, gloop, playdough, an outdoor mud kitchen and much more. Messy learning is fun!
Pippa - Our School Dog 🐶
We were very lucky that our school dog Pippa came down to Nursery to meet the new children! They were very excited and were so gentle with her
A New School Year ❤️
We have had a lovely first week welcoming our new children for this year into nursery! Here are some of the areas in our indoor provision that the children have been enjoying exploring.