Nursery News 23rd November 2018

23rd November 18

Hooray, Christmas has arrived in Nursery!

In Busy Fingers we decorated our Christmas tree, wrapped parcels and wrote some Christmas lists using our emerging phonic knowledge, (PD and Literacy).

In our adult-led activity Mrs Radgman read us the story of the very first Christmas and we talked all about the characters in the story and why we give presents at Christmas time, (Literacy, CL and UW). Later on during the session we drew some of the characters from the story and collaged them with different textures, (EAD). We drew Mary, Joseph, a shepherd, a sheep, a king and baby Jesus. They are going to be fabulous for another new display.

We awarded some more ‘Next Step’ certificates today and were very proud of the friends who received them, (PSE).

We were so busy with our Christmas activities on Tuesday morning. We used paint stampers to make Christmas pictures, used tweezers to sort tiny silver baubles and Christmas sequins out of trays of rice, and made the most amazing Christmas cards for our families, (PD. EAD and Literacy).

In our Phonics lesson today we learnt our new sound ‘t’. We then played a game using our first three sounds, ‘s’, ‘a’ and ‘t’. We found objects beginning with those sounds and had to match them to a letter tile and try to say the initial sound correctly and make the Jolly Phonics sign. We tried really hard and all put a marble in the jar for great work.

We had a great session in the library sharing a Christmas story whilst cuddling our toys.

On Wednesday morning we made more characters for our ‘First Christmas’ display. We have now added the donkey that carried Mary to Bethlehem and the very kind Inn Keeper who let Mary and Joseph stay in his stable, (EAD, PD and PSE).

In our adult-led activity today we remembered how in ‘The First Christmas’ story a special star led the kings, shepherds and angels to Bethlehem where baby Jesus had been born. We sang a rousing rendition of ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’, followed by our favourite, ‘Twinkle Twinkle Chocolate Bar’, (Literacy, CL and EAD). We decided to make salt dough star Christmas decorations. We mixed ingredients together and noticed the changes as we added water. We then rolled out our dough and used cutters to make stars, (UW and PD). We will decorate them soon.

In Music today we worked really hard trying to tap out the correct number of beats on a triangle. We had three soft toys, a frog, tiger and ladybird. Mrs Harte helped us to tap once for frog, twice for tiger and three times for ladybird. It was very tricky but she was very pleased with us.

In the afternoon with Mrs Radgman we made holly wreaths. We cut out paper holly leaves and berries, coloured them in and then stuck them onto a plate, (PD and EAD). They will look fabulous on our front doors this Christmas.

Thursday was a really cold day and we discovered that the new pond had frozen. We had great fun collecting bits of ice and smashing them on the ground. We are going to leave some dishes of water out overnight to see if they also freeze, (UW).

We had lots of fun with Mrs Weir exploring lots of different musical instruments. We learnt their names and tried to play them in time to the beat,(EAD).

In the afternoon with Mrs Radgman we made Christmas baubles by sewing thread onto binca, (PD and EAD). They are going to look great on our Christmas trees.

On Friday we thought about the special star that led everyone to Bethlehem. We used jewels to make the outline of stars and then some of us filled in the middle too, (Maths and PD).

We then had our outdoor leaning session. To our amazement we found magical stars all around the field and playground. We followed the clues and gradually found all the characters in the first Christmas story. Eventually we found baby Jesus in his crib. We shared another lovely Christmas story in the outdoor hut, (Literacy and UW).

Enjoy the Christmas Bazaar and see you on Monday for more Christmas fun.

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