Donaldson Class Nursery

Welcome to Donaldson Class!

 

Hello my lovely Donaldson's

These are our class rules:

We share and take turns.

We walk in nursery.

We keep our nursery tidy.

We play together and we are kind to our friends.

A Day in The Life at Nursery.

Children learn in many different ways, this is known as the 'Characteristics of Effective Learning'.

Please look at our video resource page for a video to look around our garden.

Come and Play in our Early Years Foundation Stage
Lots of our activities are set up using tuff trays, here are some examples of ones we have used.
Developing gross motor skills are very important, as children need to master these skills to help them to write and form letters. These muscles are developed by encouraging the children to take part in physical activities, such as climbing, balancing, dancing and crawling.
In nursery we do lots of 'Funky Finger' activities, this helps the children with their fine motor skills. These activities help the children to develop the muscles in their fingers, which will help the children develop their writing skills.

We are having a new nursery built and we have enjoyed watching the builders and playing in our construction area.

The inside of our new nursery is coming along nicely

We are fantastic builders in Nursery

We are becoming expert builders in Nursery

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Nahum and Kalli are really good at mixing the cement

Take a look at our video resource page to see Orla's expert building skills

Nursery - Long Term Planning

 Summer Term 2 

This term our topic is water. the first book we are reading is 'Bog Baby' by Jeanne Willis and Gwen Millward.

This week we have been painting in the style of Ivey Hayes

First we painted the paper blue for the sea then we added the fish, rocks and plants

Our book 'Bog Baby'

Our Bog Babies

We made 'Bog Babies' using blue playdough and different materials for arms, legs, tails and eyes.

This term we are hoping to grow fruit and vegetables in our garden and hoping the weather is kind to us and the grass will grow in our new areas. 

 

We are reading 'What The Ladybird Heard' and 'The Gruffalo' both by our favourite author Julia Donaldson. 

 

Nursery has also been getting ready to celebrate the Queen's Jubilee by making cakes from playdough, making crown and flags and learning a song to sing with the whole school on our celecbration day.

Jubilee Day ! We enjoyed our day playing party games, dancing and singing along to our Jubilee song, 'Here's To The Queen'

'Here's To The Queen'

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'Here's To The Queen' Afternoon children

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Making our lovely crowns, we had to use our fine motor skills to stick the crowns on

Look how much we enjoyed volleyball, we had an elephant race

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We had animal races

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Today we have lots of fun playing in our new sand pit it's so big we can play with lots of things and reception can play with us as well.

We used the falling blossom to make potions

We used our listening ears to hear sounds in our enviroment

Spring - Term 2

We have been enjoying the story 'The Hungry Caterpillar' by Eric Carle and 'Handa's Surprise' by Eileen Browne'. We have learnt about the life cycle of a butterfly, how to eat healthily and lots of different mini beasts. 

Please look on the video resource page for a video about our trip to Africa.

Morning children enjoying their dancing

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Morning children

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Fabulous Lola and Oscar

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We were fantastic at dancing !

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Our lovely afternoon children enjoying Bollywood dancing

Lovely Isla-Blue from our 2 year old room really enjoyed the dancing

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Our afternoon children

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We had a really fun time

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Today was World Book Day, we came to Nursery dressed in our pyjamas and listened to lots of different stories.

Spring Term 1 

This term we are learning about Dinosaurs. The first book we are reading is 'Cave Baby' written by our favourite author Julia Donaldson.

 

Today was the last day of term and we had a 'Growth Day', we have listened to different music, taken part in volley ball and painted in the style of Wassily Kandinsky.

Volley Ball

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More volley ball

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Volley Ball games

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Morning Volley Ball

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Afternoon children

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Afternoon children volley ball

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Afternoon volley ball games

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We painted like Cavemen using leaves, twigs and grass as paint brushes.

Autumn Term 2 

This term we are learning about Traditional Stories. The books we are reading are 'The Enormous Turnip', 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears' and 'The Three Little Pigs'. 

We have been learning about numbers that make 5. These are our numbers bonds to 5

We have a been having a go at really tricky maths this week. We had to work out if a number was bigger than or smaller than a given number. We were fantastic at it.

We all pretended to be Goldilocks, we made porridge and added different flavours to it and then decided which was the best flavour.

To celebrate Diwali this year we talked about and did symmetrical painting and we made Diva Lamps

We made a poppy using red handprints for Remembrance Sunday.

Our finished poppy

We enjoyed making firework pictures using a cardboard tube

Today we made vegetable soup. This is what we used to make our soup.

Then we put the chopped vegetables and the stock into the soup maker to cook.

We then had lovely vegetable soup for our snack

This term we are learning about prepositions. One of the books we are reading is 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt' by Michael Rosen. We have also been looking at Rosie's Walk by Pat Hutchins.

Have a look on the video resource page for a video of our Bear Hunt.

Going through the grass

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Through the water

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Stumble trip, stumble trip

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It was cold through the snow

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We found a cave

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The afternoon children went through the water

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Through the forest

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We needed hats and scarves for the snow

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We found a cave

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We made it safely back home

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Today we took part in Bollywood Dancing, we were fantastic !

Morning children dancing

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Morning children

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Morning children

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Morning children

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Morning children

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Afternoon children

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Afternoon children

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Afternoon children

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Afternoon children

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Afternoon childen

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Afternoon children

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We enjoyed making 'Rainbow Toast' this week, we used food colouring and milk to paint our bread then we toasted it.

Today we made pizzas in preparation of the grand opening of our 'Pizza Shop' on Friday 17th September 2021. These are the things we used to make our pizzas.