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Seedlings and Saplings Class

A special visitor…✝️

 

Reverend Pam came to visit us. She told us what the cross means to Christians. She talked about Jesus’s life. She said that although he died he came back to life because he loved all his fellow Christians.

 


 

She taught us a hymn and the actions to go with it. 
 

Planting Seeds 🌱 

 

Spring has sprung in EYFS this week! The children have been exploring how plants grow and planting cress seeds. 
We’re so excited to watch them grow!
 

 

Big School Clean Up 

 

At New Moston Primary, we’re committed to being eco warriors. Recently, we’ve noticed a bit of litter in our EYFS outdoor area so we decided to do something about it. As a class, we went outside with litter pickers and a bin bag, and the children took turns to pick up bits of rubbish. 

Chicks 🐣 

 

 

We have had such an exciting week in EYFS as we had some tiny, fluffy visitors! It was a bit confusing at first because Ms Rashid told us we were getting chicks but we could only see eggs πŸ€”. 

On Wednesday, though, the eggs started to crack and tiny, wet things came out. When they had dried, we realised these were the chicks and were amazed that they had come out of the eggs πŸ₯š. 
Holding the chicks was a bit scary but really nice because they were so cute and soft. We made sure to wash our hands properly after we had touched them as well. 

EYFS Easter competition

 

 

As part of our Spring activities in EYFS we are pleased to inform you that we are having an Easter bonnet competition and a design an egg competition. 

 

All children are welcome to enter!

 

They need to design and make a bonnet and/or HARD boiled egg at home and bring it into school on Thursday 28th March.  The entries will be judged by Miss Maynard.

 

There will be prizes for ‘best of show’ in both competitions.

 

Thank you for your continued support

 

Mrs Rashid

Assistant Headteacher

Break the Rules - World Book Day πŸ“š 

 

Everyone made such a brilliant effort to celebrate world book day and participate in our break the rules day! The children enjoyed listening to a story from a different adult every hour throughout the day. 

Well done everyone who took part in the spoon competition. All your creations were fantastic and we can tell you all put a lot of effort in at home. Congratulations to Charlotte and Leighton who won the prize for best spoon as well! 

Rainy Day Fun

 

We love to make the most of all weather in FS1! This week we have been exploring with colours and water. We used dry pigment and watched what happened when it rained on them, then used spray bottles to build hand strength and speed up the experiment! 
 

Ice Experiment

 

This week, we conducted an experiment to see what happens to ice when it warms up. We were amazed to see it melt under the heat of our hands, a radiator and a hairdryer!   
 

 

More information on Tapestry. 

EYFS Reading Event

 

It was fabulous to see so many families attend our reading event, the children love having you in and reading is such an important part of their development. Thank you for your continued support 😊 

 

A reminder of future reading dates:

Monday 25th March 2:30
Monday 13th May 2:30
Monday 1st July 2:30
 

Our week in pictures 

 

             
 

This week, we have:

  • Explored number 4 in maths and sang counting songs 
  • Practised writing our names 
  • Learned about Chinese Lunar New Year 
  • Experimented in the water area 
  • Built houses in construction
  • Baked cakes in the mud kitchen
  • Strengthened our hands in our tuff trays 

 

We’ve had another amazing week in FS1 learning and playing together! 
 

More details and pictures on Tapestry. 

Keeping ourselves clean

 

This week, we have been learning about germs and why it’s so important to clean ourselves.

 

    
 

First, did an experiment to see how germs react to soap using pepper and water. I explained the pepper represents germs. The children took turns putting soap on their fingers and touching the pepper which had been sprinkled on top of water in a dish. They were amazed to see the pepper moving away from the soap, just like germs do when we clean our hands! 
We also practised washing our hands whilst signing Happy Birthday twice. This gives us enough time to wash all of those germs off! 

     
 

Finally, the children watched as I used balloons to demonstrate effectively wiping a bottom. 
Step 1: Tear off a strip of toilet paper
Step 2: Fold it instead of scrunching and lie flat on your hand 
Step 3: Press the toilet paper against your bottom from behind and wipe from front to back. 
Step 4: Repeat steps 1-3 until clean. 

 

     

 

 

Making milkshakes πŸ₯› πŸ“πŸŒπŸ«

 

This week we have been reading the Vivian French story Oliver’s Milkshake. After sharing the story, we made our own milkshake by putting fruit and milk in a blender. 
 

               
 

   

Another fantastic week in FS1!

 

We have had a great time learning and exploring together this week! From practicing writing our names, to exploring the number 3, and developing our social skills in our role-play areas, every day is a great day at New Moston Primary!

 

    

 

      

The Dentist 🦷 πŸͺ₯ 

 

We had a visit from the dentist this week to teach us how important it is to keep our teeth nice and healthy! We learnt that we need to brush our teeth twice a day, once in the morning and again before bed. 
 

 

Because we impressed the dentist so much, she gave us our very own toothbrushes to help us take care of our teeth! 
 

More pictures on Tapestry. 

Snow Day! 
 

We had super excited children coming into school this week because of the snow! After registration, we all got cosy and warm in our coats, hats, scarves and gloves and went outside! 
 

     

 

More pictures on Tapestry. 

Party Time! πŸŽ‰πŸŽπŸŽ„

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas, however you celebrate. 

 

 

Reading Morning

It was lovely to welcome so many parents and carers to share a story with the children this morning, all children had a story read to them by an adult and there was lots of discussions about what was happening in the story; what came next and what books the children had read. We look forward to welcoming you into the Nursery again soon.

FS1 Christmas Photographs by Leanne Hindle Photography

Halloween Experiment πŸŽƒ 

As part of our learning around Halloween we put on our scientist hats to explore what happens to pumpkins after Halloween.
Dariela said that pumpkins, “Go in the bin.” but we decided to keep one and see what happens to it. We took it in turns put a handful of soil into a large jar, pushed the pumpkin inside and sealed the lid with tape. Our pumpkin is now on our windowsill and we’re looking forward to seeing what happens over the next few months. 
Saint thinks, “It will grow.” and Ellen thinks, “We will get a new pumpkin.”

Look out for updates throughout the year.

Show Racism the Red Card

Today we wore red to show racism the red card. We explored different skin colours through the story, ‘The Smeds and The Smoos’ by Julia Donaldson and talked about how Janet and Bill wanted to be friends but their families said no. We discussed how Janet and Bill were feeling,
Renesmae - “sad”
Zay - ‘angry’
The children were then asked if it mattered what our friends looked like and we decided it didn’t matter as long as they were kind.

⭐️ Zog ⭐️

This week in Literacy, we have focused our learning around the story, ‘Zog’ by our author of the half term, Julia Donaldson.

Over the week we have read the story, watched the story, taken part in Dragon School like Zog and started sequencing the story by ordering the activities Zog did whilst at Dragon School.

During Dragon School we learnt:-
⭐️ to fly and soar
⭐️ to roar
⭐️ to breathe fire
⭐️ to catch a princess

Everyone then received their very own gold star badge for completing Dragon School (and for our newest members of Nursery, their first full week in school!) ⭐️ 

Feelings

This week we have been exploring feelings through the book ‘The Colour Monster’ by Anna Llenas. We shared what made us feel happy, what made us feel sad and how we felt today.

Nursery 2023/2024

We look forward to welcoming you all to Nursery on Monday, we have been busy meeting all the new faces and getting the environment ready for a wonderful year together πŸ’š

Archive 2022-2023

Potatoes πŸ₯” 

We have potatoes!! πŸ₯” 
Today Miss Toshkesi and the children dug up some of our first crop of potatoes; we will be tasting them tomorrow and I’m sure they’ll all let you know what they think! 


Sports DayπŸ…

We had a lovely morning taking part in Sports Day in the Infant Hall πŸƒ‍β™‚οΈπŸŽ½πŸ…
🌟 ladder relay
🌟 beanbag throw
🌟 dressing obstacle race
Then took part outside when the weather changed
🌟 penalty shootout
🌟 timed jump
Take a look at the photos πŸ“Έ 

EYFS events

 

We have lots going on in the next couple of weeks so please take note of these dates:

 

EYFS sports day
Monday 17th July
All children can wear sports clothes, trainers and sensible shoes only please.  No heels or sandals please.
FS1 10-11.30 EYFS playground
FS2 1.30-2.45 School field

 

EYFS Fun day
Wednesday 19th July
Children can wear what they like for the day but must wear sensible shoes-no heels or sandals.
Thank you to everyone who has already paid £10 for their child.  If you haven't paid, please do so via Pay 360.  

 

Thursday 20th July 
School is out for Summer!

 

If you have any questions, please speak to a member of the team.

 

Thank you 

Class Photo Day

 

We will be having our yearly whole class photos taken this week on Thursday 29th June πŸ“Έ

World Environment Day 🌎 

 

Today we enjoyed learning about our World and how we can help to improve the environment we live in based on the  theme was ‘litter’. We explored the story ‘The Odd Fish’ which looked at the amount of litter that is thrown into our oceans and seas every year. We talked about how this impacts the living things in the oceans and discussed how we could make our oceans ‘happy’ again. The children had the opportunity to explore the water tray full of litter which on removal uncovered sea creatures that had become trapped and covered.

We also received a letter from the ‘Litterbug’ who needed our help; she had dropped litter in the outdoor environment and needed our help to sort it for recycling. The children went on a ‘litter’ hunt and then we sorted it into two groups- plastic and cardboard and explained the importance of recycling.

Sun Safety β˜€οΈ

This week we are learning all about being safe; keeping ourselves safe; and people who help keep us safe. Today we looked at being safe in the sun; to become ‘Sun Safe Superstars’ we must follow the five ‘S’ rules.
β˜€οΈSLIP - on a t-shirt
β˜€οΈSLAP - on a hat
β˜€οΈSLOP - on some suncream
β˜€οΈSUNGLASSES
β˜€οΈSHADE
Follow the link below to remember the rules again with George.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7ghJsZug60

 

M is for Melanin

 

This week we have continued with our learning around Colour, exploring books by our Author of the Half Term, Tiffany Rose. We watched the story, M is for Melanin and learnt that melanin gives us -

Rebeka - skin colour

Grace - hair colour

Raine - eye colour

We then talked about the differences between Mrs Bennett and Ms Khatri and decided it doesn’t matter that we have differences we are all special and important. Our second story by Tiffany Rose took us to the library, where we read Dear Reader: A Love Letter to Libraries we learnt that lots of books have white characters so Tiffany Rose wanted to change that by celebrating people of colour too and making sure there are books for libraries to stock.

 

Remember that we are all different and it is important that we are all celebrated and represented ❀️

 

Colours and Feelings

This week we continue with our learning around colour; we talked about how different colours can represent different feelings - blue when you’re feeling sad and red when you’re feeling angry. We watched ‘The Colour Monster’ and had the opportunity to share the colour we were feeling and why. We also explored the story, ‘The Day the Crayons Quit’ and how the crayons were feeling and listened to the Pharell Williams song, ‘Happy’ and shared what makes us feel happy.

Colour Mixing

 

As part of our colour learning we have explored colour mixing.

We learnt that red ❀️, yellow πŸ’› and blue πŸ’™ are the primary colours that all other colours are made from. 

Today we explored whole class and tomorrow everyone will have the opportunity to explore during discovery time. We used paint on hands to show the primary colours then rubbed hands together to mix the colours up and create a new colour.

We learned:
red and blue make purple 
❀️+πŸ’™=πŸ’œ 
blue and yellow make green
πŸ’™+πŸ’›=πŸ’š
yellow and red make orange
πŸ’›+❀️=🧑

Ordering Numbers

To support our number recognition we have been ordering numbers 0-7. We created human number lines using large number cards; we made it extra tricky by jumbling the numbers up and having different children work out what number came next and identifying out of the group.

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§King Charles III

Coronation CelebrationπŸ‡¬πŸ‡§

 

We have had a lovely day celebrating the King’s Coronation; we had the opportunity to make crowns, pictures and flags. We ate jelly and had a lovely afternoon tea on the grass this afternoon.

Special shout out to our flag competition winner;   Miss Maynard had a very tough time choosing, thank you for all the entries. 

Eid Celebration 🎊 πŸ•Œ 

 

Today we have explored the celebration of Eid. Here is what we have learnt: 
Oisìn remembered that the celebration is called Eid
Bobby told us that Muslims celebrate Eid

Ameera shared with us that she had lots of yummy food and wore pretty clothes to celebrate Eid with her family
Grace remembered that Muslims pray in Mosques

 

During discovery time we had a look at mosques and designed our own; painted moon crests and created our own henna patterns.

 

We have also tried chapatis, which Raine described as “like wraps”. As well as dates which were a bit like raisins and are what lots of Muslims eat to break the fast following Ramadan.

Eid Mubarak πŸ’š

 

Happy Eid to all those celebrating today, enjoy the delicious food and have the best day.


 

We look forward to celebrating Eid and learning all about how Muslims celebrate on Monday with our children.

Welcome Back

We have had a wonderful first week back, introducing new learning and exploring the new provision.

St George’s Day

 

Today we have been learning about St George’s Day; we learnt that people celebrate this day to honour St. George and the sacrifices he made for his beliefs, and the many heroic deeds he took part in. 

We watched a video which explained how  people celebrate St George’s Day then shared what we had learnt:

Easter Parade 🐣

 

We had a lovely time at the Easter Parade this morning, the eggs and bonnets were all decorated so beautifully; Miss Maynard had a very hard time judging!

 

We hope the well-deserved winners enjoy their Easter books and Miss Maynard kindly bought EVERY child a chocolate bunny too!

 

Have a wonderful Easter and we look forward to seeing you all in the Summer term β˜€οΈ

Eco-Warrior Cake Sale 🧁

 

This week the Eco-Warriors came down to nursery with a selection of cupcakes for sale to raise money for ‘The Marine Conservative Society’ to help protect our oceans and seas. 
 

The children went up to the cake stall to give their donation and choose a cupcake to eat. 

 

Thank you for your kind donations 🌊 

 

The school book fair.πŸ“š

This week the children had a look around the book fair. The year six students helped the nursery children read titles and pick out their favourite books.

 

The children were all very polite and thanked their lovely helpers.

 

A big thank you to all of the families who came and purchased a book from the schools book fair. πŸ“š

Name writing.✍️ 

The children in nursery have started to practice name writing every morning as they come into school. Practicing once a day has helped the children with the process and sets them up for the day ahead. 
All of the nursery team are very proud of the progress that the children have made. Well done everyone, keep up the hard work.😁✏️

 

A visit from the dentist.🦷πŸͺ₯

This week the dentist visited our school to tell us all about our oral health and how to brush our teeth properly. 
All of the children were given a new toothbrush from the dentist, so they can practice brushing their teeth properly at home.😁

Let it snow.β˜ƒοΈβ„οΈ

The children were very excited to see that it had snowed this week. They had lots of fun making snow angels and snow men in our outdoor provision area.

Saying goodbye to the ducklings.πŸ¦†

This week the children had the opportunity to hold one of the ducklings before we said our goodbyes. 
They handled the ducklings safely and with care. 

World book day!πŸ“šβœ¨

To celebrate world book day this year the children came dressed as their favourite book characters. Throughout the day all of the adults in FS1 have each read their favourite stories to the children.

Thank you to the children for all getting involved and a big thank you to all our families for their efforts. The children all looked fantastic!πŸ“–βœ¨

We finished off the day by doing a class book swap and parents came into nursery to read to the children. Thank you to everyone who came along! πŸ“–πŸ“š

The ducklings visited nursery.πŸ¦†πŸ¦†πŸ¦†

The children were able to watch the ducklings paddle in the water tray this week. The children were very excited to finally meet our special visitors. They all laughed along as the ducklings splashed around in the water.πŸ₯

They’ve arrived πŸ¦† 

 

Farmer Jodie from Incredible Eggs delivered our 5 duck eggs!!
 

 

They are ready to hatch and Farmer Jodie has said if we are really quiet, we might hear them churp/tweet inside the shells! 
 

 

The children have visited in small groups, they were very quiet 🀫 

Mental health and wellbeing day.heart

Mental health and wellbeing day at New Moston Primary School was our version of the #HelloYellowDay from the mental health charity for young people, Young Minds. 

To raise money for Young Minds the children wore yellow in support of mental health and wellbeing.

As a part of our MHWB dat all the children took part in a yoga session and completed some mindfulness activities. This included learning how to self sooth through breathing techniques and making a 'helping hand' of strategies to help us learn how to manage our own MHWB.

How to care for our teeth.laugh

Recently the children have been learning about how to take care of our teeth. We have learnt about the role of dentists and what they do. The children have also watched clips on how to brush our teeth properly so they have strong and healthy teeth. We then looked at how different kinds of food and drinks can affect the health of our teeth.

Little Red Riding Hood.

In Nursery we have been reading 'Little Red Riding Hood' and had class discussion about the big bad wolf.

During our literacy lessons the children have been able to sequence and recall the whole story.

 

We went onto create a class wanted poster that was filled with some amazing adjectives that the children had generated.

The Colour Monster

Every morning after registration, the children have the opportunity have some self-care time and reflect on how they are feeling. In Nursery we do this by relating our feeling to the monsters in the book 'The Colour Monster'. The children walk up to the class feelings board and identify how they feel at the beginning of each day. We then take some time to talk about why we might feel this way and suggest things that we could do to help us manage our own emotions. 

Chinese New Year!laugh

The children have enjoyed learning about different celebrations from around the world in our topic lessons. To celebrate Chinese New Year we set up different activities in the provision for the children to enjoy. 

The children have loved dressing up in traditional Chinese clothing, having a go at writing numbers in Chinese and also making their own lantern decorations for the New Year.

Free delicious bagels.cheeky

From Monday (16th January) FREE bagels will be available to all children daily as soon as they start school in the mornings. If you would like any further information is provided on our school website. 

hhtps://www.newmoston.manchester.sch.uk/bagel-breakfast/

Meeting with class teachers.

Miss Webster and Miss Bennet will be delivering presentations about how to support your child at home for Phonics and Maths via zoom.

 

The phonics meeting will be at 12pm on 24th January with Miss Bennet.

The Maths meeting will be at 12pm on Wednesday 25th January.

The zoom links will both be posted on Tapestry and we look forward to speaking to you all soon.

A visit from Santa!yes

Nursery had a visit from the one and only Santa Claus! We all had the opportunity to meet Santa one to one and to tell him what we have all wrote on our Christmas list. 

 

Merry Christmas everyone and have a lovely Christmas break. We cannot wait to see you all in the New Year!laugh

Nursery Christmas Party!laugh

The children had lots of fun at the EYFs Christmas party. They took turns playing a lots of fun party games such as pass the parcel, musical bumps and musical chairs. We even shown off our best dance moves during our Christmas disco before getting cosy with some treats and a Christmas film!

A visit from Pastor Bob.laugh

 

The nursery was visited by Pastor Bob today, who kindly read the Christmas Story to the children.

We learnt about how Christians around the world celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. We spoke about how people celebrate Jesus's birthday by having Christmas cake, gifting presents and having a special Christmas meal.

 

The children were well behaved and very respectful for our special visitor. 

Christmas provision!

The children have enjoyed accessing the different kinds of Christmas related provision around nursery this week. They have been showing off their fine motor skills by decorating snow flakes with small beads. 

Christmas Dress rehearsal

Today we had our first dress rehearsal for our Christmas show. The children did extremely well and looked amazing!

Just a friendly reminder that Seedlings Christmas show is on Monday 12th December and Saplings Christmas show is on Tuesday 13th December. We look forward to seeing you all. 

 

EYFS Christmas party πŸŽ„

 

The EYFS Christmas party is on Thursday 15th December.  We are asking for your help in catering the party, as we do each year. 

 

Please send enough for 10 children please πŸ’—
Requests are as follows:

 

Drinks; Cherry
Crisps; Saplings
Biscuits; Seedlings
Cake; Honeysuckle
Sweets; Blossom

 

Thank you in advance πŸ₯°

EYFS Christmas sing-a-long πŸŽ„πŸŽ…πŸ½

 

Christmas has come to the EYFS at NMPS! Rehearsals are in full swing for our Christmas Sing-a-long!

PLEASE send in your child’s costume or Christmas jumper ASAP. If you need any help with this please talk to any member of the team πŸ’—

Each class will be performing for their own parents. Dates and times are as follows:

 

 

We will take a picture of every child in their Christmas jumper/costume and class photos. These will be posted onto tapestry. 

 

During the shows, IF YOU HAVE SAID YOU DON’T WANT PICTURES OF YOUR CHILD ON SOCIAL MEDIA, YOUR CHILD WILL BE TAKEN OFF STAGE BEFORE OUR FAMILIES WILL BE GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE PICTURES OF THEIR CHILD.  

 Welcome to FS1!

Our Christmas Nativity.angel

Nursery have been working very hard by practicing the Christmas Nativity. They are currently working on singing Christmas songs and joining in with actions. Please encourage your children to practice and show off their singing skills at home.

 

We look forward to seeing you all on show day!yes

 

​​​​​​Name writing.

 

The majority of our children are making great progress in their writing and are beginning to show recognisable letters when writing their names. The children are increasingly given opportunities to write/mark make independently in our provision areas. 

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Friendship!cheeky

In our topic lessons we have been looking at friendships and having discussions around what makes a kind friend and a unkind friend. The children have been able to look at images and categorise them into kind and unkind.

The children have also made a friendship potion full of everything that makes a kind friend such as kindness, sharing, taking turns and using kind hands in school.

 

Outdoor fun for the EYFS staff πŸƒ 

 

New Moston Primary School is delighted to announce that we have been awarded a Local School Nature Grant, thanks to players of the People's Postcode Lottery.
 

Our pupils will be benefitting from Log Seats in the Early Years playground, a Wildlife Kit to be used in Gardening Club and a Woodland Activity Kit which will be used at Forest School.

 

In addition to this our Early Years Team received training to increase the outdoor provision available to our pupils.

 

The EYFS staff used natural resources to make fly away art as part of their training

 

Pupils played an important role in applying for the grant and selected equipment that would benefit their peers.
 

The project is run by Learning Through Landscapes and is funded by People's Postcode Lottery, Postcode Neighbourhood Trust, Postcode Places Trust, Postcode Society Trust, Postcode Local Trust or Postcode Community Trust.

 

Fiona Macnab from Learning Through Landscapes

The World Cup.laugh

The children had lots of fun celebrating England in the World Cup today. After cheering along to the football match, some of the children were inspired to play their own game of football in our outdoor provision area. 

Children in Need Day.

 

All of the children dressed up for children in need day. They were head to toe in polka dots and had lots of fun showing off their amazing outfits! Thank you to all of the parents, carers and children for getting into the Children in Need spirit.

 

 

Crash landing!

We were in for a big surprise when we went to the carpet for our literacy lesson this week, the carpet was covered in glitter! There was also a teddy, wellies and a box left behind. We wondered where they had all come from and stumbled across the book 'Whatever Next'. We then realised that baby bear must have crash landed in our classroom. The children had lots of questions that needed to be answered. So we read the book and looked out for any clues. 

 

Remembrance Day.heart

 

Nursery remembered those who have fought and died for our country by making poppies. We also participated in a two minute silence at 11am on the 11th November to show our respects. 

 

We are so proud of all the children for being so quiet and respectful whilst we took a moment to reflect. 

 

 

Friday yoga.laugh

 

Every Friday the nursery children take part in a weekly yoga session. This provides the children with an opportunity to reflect on the week, be mindful and to relax their bodies and minds. 

Aliens at New Moston primary school?

 

We were in for a surprise today…we returned to the carpet to find it covered in underpants! 🩲
We didn’t know where they had come from or who they belonged to. Then the phone rang and it was someone from a Space Agency to tell us that aliens had been spotted in the sky over New Moston. They said a trail of underpants had been left and we had to read a story called ‘Aliens Love Underpants’ to learn all about them!

We made sure to check the underpants in our classroom to check there were no aliens left behind!!

Outdoor learning

 

The Nursery children have lot of fun learning outdoors from playing in the mud kitchen to getting creative by making wands out of sticks a leaves. Some children have even used the different outdoor areas to develop their own writing by making marks in the mud, sand pits and glitter trays. 

All about Space!

 

This half term the children are learning about space. We introduced the topic by reading Whatever Next! by Jill Murphy. The children have been very creative and had a picnic on the moon just like baby bear in the book.

Mark making!yes


In nursery the children have been mark making and telling adults around the school what they have wrote. We have used different kinds of resources to help the children start to write such as sand, paint brushes, mud, sticks, whiteboards and white board pens to name a few.

Weekly mile walk!laugh

 

Every week we complete a weekly mile as a part of our schools health and well-being project.

The weekly mile is split into two sessions so the children don’t get too tired. The children had lots of fun getting fit and healthy. I am so proud of you all, keep up the hard work.

Autumn fun.

 

To welcome the Autumn season we have created an Autumn themed tuff tray. This includes different colour leaves, conkers, pinecones and pumpkins of different shapes and colours. The children have enjoyed exploring in the autumn tray and have had a lot of discussion around the different shapes and sizes of our funny looking pumpkins! 

 

                                              

Forces - Push!

Black History Month - Rosa Parks

Tug of war

This week during topic we have been looking at forces. The children all had lots of fun participating in a friendly tug of war so they could look at the two forces pull and push. 

 

                        

 

                                                   

 

Nature walk

 

During phonics we have gone on a nature walk to listen to all of the different sounds that we could hear around us! The children had lots of fun getting involved in outdoor learning. 

Black History Month

To introduce our learning around Black History Month we watched and talked about the following episode of JoJo and Gran Gran.

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m001crtf/jojo-gran-gran-specials-1-its-time-to-go-on-a-voyage

 

We then looked at the differences between JoJo and Gran Gran in comparison to Goldilocks and discussed how our differences make us special.

 

Re-enacting

The Three Billy Goats Gruff 🐐 

The children decided to lie underneath the slide and shout, “Who’s that trip trapping over my bridge?” as others were sliding down. This initiated a game in which the children took turns banging their feet on the slide as the ‘troll’ shouted. They were engaged for a prolonged period of time, showed excellent turn-taking and extended their play by becoming the different goats.

Fantastic imagination everyone, you all looked like you were having so much fun!

 

Autumn time!

The children have been working very hard this week. They have been creating trees and hedgehogs linking with our topic Autumn. During our carpet time we have been discussing the changes we can see. 

 

Below you will find our tree and hedgehog paintings. 

 

                                                 

 

Thank you Ma’am

In honour of Queen Elizabeth, the children have created a piece of collective art; it has been proudly displayed for all the parents and children to see on their way into school. 
We have briefly discussed the Queen’s passing as it has been brought up by the children; we have read stories including The Queen’s Handbag and have watched age appropriate videos from the recent Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

A big welcome to our new starters πŸ’š

We have had a wonderful first week, exploring the environment, listening to stories and developing new friendships. We are super proud of how resilient the children have been taking this big step as they start their journey with us at New Moston.

Hello and welcome to the

FS1 Blog for 2022-23!

Archive 2021-2022

⬇️⬇️⬇️ Please check our blog below regularly to see what we get up to each week! ⬇️⬇️⬇️

πŸͺ© End of Year Disco πŸͺ© 

 

The children had a wonderful time at our end of year disco. 

We had a dance outside under the trees with FS2 before moving inside where we sang some songs and took part in action rhymes.

The children then all had a hotdog and drink before tucking in to treats from the tuck shop! 

We finished off with more dancing before home time.

Science

As part of our Science enquiry learning, the children took part in a range of experiments which linked previous learning taught throughout the year.

We looked at the story of the Gingerbread Man and discussed helping him cross the river in a boat; we made boats of paper and foil and used a plastic toy boat before sending the gingerbread men off on their journeys across the water tray. We predicted the toy boat would be best for helping the Gingerbread men; the children were very excited to see the paper boat take on water and cheered when both our foil boat and the plastic boat ensured the gingerbread men were safe!

We then reviewed our learning of the parts of a plant and discussed how we thought a plant absorbed water and where it went to help keep the plant alive and to help it grow. The children were given a celery stick to look at and as a class we discussed where the water entered the plant and how it travels around the plant. We added some food colouring to the glass of water and observed what happened after a few minutes. We discovered that the plant absorbed the water from the roots and it then travelled up ‘little veins’ within the plant. During discovery time the children independently had a go at doing an observational drawing to show how the plant absorbed the water.

Children’s Mental Health Week 

Thoughtful Thursday

Today we learnt all about being thoughtful. We talked about our feelings and how we can make other people feel happy through our actions.

We discussed different ways in which we can be thoughtful in school and shared ideas.

During discovery time, the children were challenged to perform a thoughtful act; it was lovely to see cuddles shared between friends, pictures gifted & some beautiful turn-taking.

Children’s Mental Health Week

Teamwork Tuesday 

Continuing with Children’s Mental Health week,  we celebrated Teamwork Tuesday with a balloon game. 

The aim of the game was to keep the balloon up in the air and not let it touch the ground. We worked in small groups with the rest of the class in supporting roles, cheering for their friends then sat down for a whole class game.

The children had lots of fun and although they were very excited they were still aware of others  around them and made sure everyone was safe.

Well done! πŸ’« 

 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. πŸ’—

🌳 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 β€οΈπŸ§‘πŸ’›πŸ’šπŸŒˆ

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 πŸ₯ 

After a wonderful two weeks, we have said goodbye to the chicks πŸ₯. 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 πŸ₯

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! πŸ₯

A visit to see the chicks πŸ₯

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 πŸ₯°

πŸ₯šSpecial Arrival🐣 

Yesterday we got a special delivery to school πŸ₯š 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 🐣

πŸͺ© International Dance Day πŸͺ© 

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 β›ͺ️ 

 

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 πŸ“–πŸ’™

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. πŸ“– πŸ’™

World Book Day 🌍 πŸ“š 

We have had a wonderful day together celebrating our love of books! 
The children looked fantastic & enjoyed some brilliant stories together. 
We …
- 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! πŸŒΌ

 

      
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!

Pen Disco!

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 🚢🏻‍β™€οΈπŸšΆπŸ½πŸšΆπŸΌ‍♂️

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 🚢🏻‍β™€οΈπŸšΆπŸ½

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 🚢🏻‍β™€οΈπŸšΆπŸ½πŸšΆπŸΌ‍♂️

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 🚢🏽🚢🏻‍β™€οΈπŸšΆπŸΌ‍♂️

Christmas Party Day πŸŽ„πŸŽ…

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 πŸŽ…πŸΌ

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! πŸŽ„β›„οΈ

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!

Pantosaurus!

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: 

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=-lL07JOGU5o

Winter Tree πŸŒ²β›„οΈβ„οΈ

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 πŸŽ„

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 πŸŒŸ

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 β„️

Today the children had lots of fun exploring the snow outside!

Children in Need πŸ’›

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 πŸ’›

Remembrance Day heart

Remembrance Poppies

The children decorated some poppies today to remember those that fought to keep us safe heart

🌟 Above and Beyond πŸŒŸ

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 heart

Our Week In Pictures heart

Firework Art πŸŽ†

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 heart

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 heart

Wear Red Day!

Today we wore red to show racism the red card! heart

Conversation Starters heart

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 heart 

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!

Halloween Provision

The children have really enjoyed our halloween inspired areas in the provision this week. 

🌟 Above and Beyond πŸŒŸ

These children have gone above and beyond this week. We are so proud of them! πŸŒŸ

Our Week in Pictures heart

Meet the Staff!

The children have painted some fantastic portraits of the staff working in Nursery, we are very pleased with them!

Twit Twoo πŸ¦‰πŸ‚

The autumn crafts continue! The children used felt and card to make their very own owls πŸ¦‰

We are family!

Number Songs!

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 -
πŸ’ 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 heart

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 πŸ‚

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 πŸ‚

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 πŸ§‘‍🍳

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 πŸ’¦πŸ’¦

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 fs1parents@newmoston.manchester.sch.uk 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 heart

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 heart

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.

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