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Little Lennie's Nursery 

Autumn time

Recently our theme has been all about fireworks and colours. 
The children have been very creative, making glittering rockets and using paint and pipe cleaners to print brightly coloured firework patterns onto black paper.
The children have enjoyed lots of sensory play this week, investigating coloured kinetic sand and moulding it into different shapes. They have also enjoyed experimenting with soap foam, mixing it with different coloured paint and spreading it around on the tuff spot to create different effects.
The children have enjoyed listening to lots of firework sounds in Phonics, describing them and creating their own sounds with instruments. You might want to try asking your child what noises fireworks make at home.  

Autumn time

Our activities have been on the theme of "Goldilocks and the three bears". In our home corner the children have enjoyed pretending to be the three bears, with three bowls, three chairs (small, medium and large) and three beds.

In our messy play corner we introduced a tuff spot with porridge oats and teddy bears. The children have enjoyed filling different sized containers and feeding the bears with spoons.

TWe have made porridge and added a choice of jam or honey as a topping. The children were very good at following the rules for safe cooking. We all managed to be calm and sensible in the kitchen. The children were very helpful with measuring the oats and stirring them. We waited until our porridge was not too hot, not too cold but just right!

Outside we have an exciting mud kitchen and water play area with lots of pipes and guttering which the children have really enjoyed and made the most of. 

Autumn time

We have been learning all about the story of Noah's ark. 
The activities have mostly been on the theme of animals or rainbows. The children have been doing lots of arts and crafts, including using lots of different colours to paint rainbows and making some beautiful glittery jellyfish with paper plates and ribbons.
The children have also been trying really hard to hold their pens and pencils with enough control to carefully trace patterns and follow dotted lines without wobbling in different directions! Some children enjoyed following the patterns as carefully as they could whereas others wanted to be creative and make up their own! We thought both approaches to the task were fantastic.
We have been having lots of discussions about animals, including naming animals, what we call different baby animals, as well as describing the size, pattern of animals and counting how many legs different animals have. In PE the children tried to mimic different animals in their movements.
Outside we have introduced a sand tray with shells and a water tray with pretty pebbles and sea creatures which the children have really enjoyed.

Autumn time

We have had lots of fun in Little Lennies with activities based on the theme of Harvest and the story of the Little Red Hen. We talked about fairness and how it was fair that the Little Red Hen got to eat all of the bread - because her friends didn't help her! We talked about the importance of being kind and helping each other.
We started to get out some flour and make some bread. The children volunteered to help at different stages! Some children helped to measure the ingredients. Others helped with stirring and kneading the dough. Some children even helped with the entire process from start to finish! This meant that everyone deserved to have a slice of the lovely warm bread.
We have been talking about food, learning each others' favourite foods and where different foods come from. The children have loved playing a shopping board game where the aim is to collect the food on your shopping list in a basket. They are so kind to one another and getting better and better at taking it in turns.
We were treated to a really special visit from Reverend Tracy. She taught the children a song and told them all about her job as a vicar.
We have been digging for worms. We have added them to a wormery outside so that we can keep an eye on them when we go out to play!
Our new classroom is beautiful and we love it. We have also enjoyed sharing Reception's outdoor area, particularly the kitchen with all the pots and pans. 
The main nursery rhyme we have been learning this week is 'Old Macdonald'. We have enjoyed playing with the farmyard animals.
The children have loved playing with the small world and some of the children have especially enjoyed playing hospitals with the dolls' house people. A few of them have been enjoying having dressing up competitions. 

Autumn time

Little Lennies we have been reading a book called 'Not a Stick' by Antoinette Portis. It shows how by using our imagination, a stick can become anything -from a fishing rod to a paint brush. We enjoyed going to the woods to collect sticks and sorted them from longest to shortest. The children are getting very good at using the words "long" and "short". They could tell us which stick is longer or shorter. In our key time we thought of all sorts of ideas about how sticks could be used.

We have also been reading the Creation story this week. The children have been playing with animals from different worlds of land, sea and sky and sorting them into their different homes and habitats.

The children have been keen to get their aprons on and do some painting. Some of them enjoyed using lego bricks to print patterns. Some lovely art work has been produced.

We are very excited to be moving to a lovely new classroom this week. The children have been to look around and are very excited!

Autumn time

The children have been settling in really well. There have been smiles all round! The children have especially enjoyed picking ripe plums from the trees outside. We have practiced counting them together. They have also been loving their water play, filling up watering cans to water the plants. The children were excited to race cars down the ramp and see which is the fastest. We have begun to learn a few nursery rhymes too.

We are so excited to welcome lots of you back to Nursery next week! We hope providing a few photos of the setting for you to discuss with your child might just help them get ready and build excitement for their return. 

What a busy time we've had this morning! The children led us on a large scale painting project, playing and developing in so many areas across the EYFS - their gross motor and cross body skills, communication and language, experimenting with colour mixing and creating different effects. Mostly though, we just had the BEST TIME!

We're going on a bear hunt.

We enjoyed looking for the bear in our school woods.

Week commencing 21/02/22.

Across our Early Years phase this week we have been learning about Africa. Some of us enjoyed finding out about the Savannah, Rainforest and Desert. 'Camouflage' was a key word that we explored - creating animals and matching them to their habitats to see if they were easy or harder to see. We have celebrated how precious and unique we are - developing our drawing skills through self-portraits. Some of us have thoroughly enjoyed feet printing. This sensory experience was heightened further as the children worked together to use the paint, balance and print. We have spent time outdoors and decided together that the return of our 'potion station' would support new experiences and ideas - no doubt we will have lots to share about this play space very soon!

Week commencing 28/02/22.

This week we have had a super time reorganising and developing our play spaces across the early years phase. The children have enjoyed finding out about Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday. Some of our children have thought about the story of the Gingerbread Man whilst others have remembered our Bible story when Jesus fed the 5000 with loaves and fishes. We have enjoyed activities involving floating and sinking, tasting our own pancakes, pancake tossing, and dough play to strengthen our fingers. A very busy week with lots and lots of fun. 

week commencing 07/03/22.

This week we have been space explorers in our early years department. In Little Lennie's we have loved hearing the story of 'Aliens love Underpants' and in Blackbirds 'Q Pootle 5' has held our interest as we have found out more about the sky and beyond. The children have been very creative learners this week, using a range of media and materials to chalk the solar system and build their own 3-dimensional rockets. In Little Lennie's we have continued to use our new classroom spaces very well - we are amazing at tidying up and our 'styling teams' have done a great job at looking after our enabling environments. Well done everyone! Great learning. 

Week commencing 14/03/22.

This week has been exciting for everyone! Our Reception children enjoyed their educational visit to 'Imagine That!' They made snow, slime and even painted their own magnets. The role-play spaces were very popular, as was painting a real car! For the rest of the week, we have been thinking about England and what we know about it. In Little Lennie's the children have enjoyed making the most of the outside classroom and lovely weather. Our story of the week was called 'The Smeds and the Smoos' and we have thought carefully about how special we are and how being different is a wonderful thing. Another super week for our early Years children - well done!

Week commencing 21/03/22.

This week our early years children have been on exciting under water adventures! They have enjoyed finding out about what creatures live beneath the waves and we have used the stories of 'The Rainbow Fish' and 'Tiddler' to help us. Some of us have made our own sea creatures, whilst others have looked more at ships and how they float on the sea. Some children made their own tin foil boats to see how many toys they could rescue whilst others have preferred to make collections of shiny under the sea things! Amid lots of singing and continuing to think about sharing and being kind to each other, we have had another very busy and successful week. Well done everyone!

Week commencing 28/03/22.

What an exciting week we have had to end of spring term. We have had great fun finding out all about Easter. Some of us have made stained glass windows, whilst others have made cards. We have watched the story of Easter, made palms and had fun thinking about Easter nests and gardens. The weather has supported our outdoor learning and we are really ready for a wonderful Easter holiday. Well done everyone on such a great term!

Week commencing 18/04/22.

This week in our early years phase we have had such fun enjoying the warmer weather. All the children have spent a lot of time building, imagining and creating in the outdoors. In Little Lennie's the children have listened carefully to the story of 'Kipper's Toybox' which has led to lots of art and counting activities. In Blackbirds class we have read 'One is a snail, ten is a crab.' This book has allowed us to explore numbers beyond 10 and up to 100! We have begun learning about Ramadan and also the story of the wise and foolish builders. Amid lots of singing and a newly designed inside classroom, we have managed to fit a great deal into just four days. Well done everyone

Week commencing 25/04/22.

This week in early years we have been learning all about St George and enjoyed listening to the stories 'Zog' and 'Zog and the Flying Doctors.' In Little Lennie's we have been excited to be Doctors in our very own Doctor's surgery. We have been very creative, making our own model castles and designed our own flags. The weather has continued to be kind and we have made the most of our outdoor classroom. In Reception, we had an amazing time at the beginning of the week with our woodland learning. We used hammocks, made swings, dens, went fishing in the brook and chalked pictures on the trees. We have thought carefully about vaccinations and keeping ourselves healthy. Problem solving has been a focus for our week too... listening to different social scenarios and deciding how we would teach others and solve issues. A wonderful week for all our early years children - well done as always everyone!

Week commencing 02/05/22.

This week in our early years phase the children have enjoyed thinking about the world around them. In Nursery we have enjoyed the story of 'The Town Mouse and The Country Mouse' and in Reception we have used the book 'The Street Beneath My Feet.' We have used famous artists such as John Constable and Thierry Noir to develop our creative skills. We have made comparisons about different places as well as learning about the underground, in particular, The London Underground. Our Reception parents also joined their children for a teaching session and had fun creating a piece of writing together. A very busy week and we managed to fit everything into just four days! Well done everyone

Week commencing 09/02/22.

What an exciting week full of adventures in early years this week! Our stories of 'Peace at Last' and 'Whatever Next!' have led us to think about many things. In Little Lennie's we have built houses, thought about day and night and the sounds we hear around us. We have also made our own dough and planted sunflowers seeds. In Blackbirds we have had great fun thinking about and making our own moon buggies using a variety of different materials. We have learned more about space as well as trying hard to work as a team to continue developing our outdoor learning skills in our woods. Well done everyone!