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Marigold Nursery

2021-2022

Staff:

Miss Jones

(Mrs MacGregor from

Autumn 2)

Mrs Von Bargen 

 

Opening Times: 

Monday                8:45am - 2:40pm 

Tuesday               8:45am -2:40pm 

Wednesday          8:45am - 11.40am

Extra session are available on a Wednesday afternoon, please speak to a member of staff for more details. 

 

Please be aware that the door will close in the morning at 8:55am, if you arrive at school after this time you must report to the office. 

 

Email         hmacgregor@nethertonmoss.co.uk

Twitter      @netherton_moss

Autumn 2, Week 1

 

We’ve had a very busy first week back at Nursery and have joined in with lots of autumnal activities. We have:

 

  • explored colour mixing, making spooky monster biscuits;
  • compared sizes and weights of pumpkins and squashes;
  • represented movement and sounds with our bright and sparkly firework paintings. 

 

We have been reading “Room on the Broom” and learning how we can support and be kind to each other by hearing a story called “Purple Plays Differently” through our new whole school PSHE curriculum.

Autumn 2, Week 2

 

In Nursery this week, we have been continuing to learn about autumnal celebrations. We have:

 

  • made edible chocolate sparklers for snack, talking about our experiences of Bonfire Night, and observing how chocolate changes when it has been melted;
  • learned about the Hindu Festival of Lights (Diwali), and chalked colourful Rangoli patterns on black paper;
  • found out all about Remembrance Day and what it means. We very respectfully observed a short silence, and made and painted beautiful red poppies.

 

We have been reading Funny Bones stories and have been joining in with daily number songs and rhymes. Our favourite this week has been “5 Little Pumpkins”!

Autumn 2, Week 3

This week, we have been taking part in Anti-Bullying Week. This year’s theme was One Kind Word, so we have been learning about how we can show kindness. 
 

We watched an animated story called Rainbow helps at home and followed this up with drawing pictures of our families and thinking about how we can show kindness to our family. We were also spotted showing kindness in school, and we received lovely certificates to celebrate this. 

 

Autumn 2, Week 4

 

This week, we have welcomed two early years trainee teachers to our class: Miss Parkes and Miss Quinn. They will be with us each Wednesday until the spring, and will then be full time with us for 4 weeks running up to Easter.

 

We have been reading “Stick Man” by Julia Donaldson this week in Nursery, and decided to make our very own stick people. We went to the forest to collect sticks, and we:

  • listened to and followed instructions;
  • learned how to keep safe on our way to and from the forest;
  • learned how to carry sticks safely around the forest. We know that we need to keep our sticks pointing downwards, so that we don’t accidentally hurt other people with them. We also know that the safe way to carry big sticks or branches is to drag them behind us. 

 

We used the sticks that we found in the forest to make our very own stick people.  We chose ways to decorate them, using feathers, leaves and googly eyes. We also found out the best ways for attaching sticks together and for attaching the decorations, using pipe cleaners and glue.

Autumn 2, Week 5

 

This week in Marigold class, we have continued reading “Little Robin Red Vest” by Jan Fearnley.

 

We found out that the cold winter weather makes the ground hard, and that makes it difficult for the robins to find worms to eat.  We think it’s really important to help to look after the birds in our garden, so we made bird feeders. We mixed bird seed with lard, pushed it into cookie cutters and then left them to harden in the fridge. Our birds should now have plenty of food to see them through the winter!

 

We have also made robin Christmas decorations. We made pom-poms, using brown and red wool, and then added eyes and a beak.  Winding the wool onto the pom-pom maker really helped us to strengthen our finger muscles.  We then practised our cutting skills when we cut the wool from the pom-pom maker.

 

This week, we have also made candy cane Christmas decorations. Threading beads onto pipe cleaners helped to develop our fine motor skills, and we learned to make ABAB patterns, alternating between red and white beads.

 

Autumn 2, Week 6

 

It’s been another busy week in Marigold class, as we prepare for Christmas! We have made salt dough decorations, comparing quantities of salt and flour, and noticing how the dough changes as it cooks. Now that our decorations have hardened, we will be able to make them lovely and sparkly next week.

 

We have also decorated Christmas bags to take home all of our wonderful Christmas decorations, cards and presents. We chose how we wanted to decorate the bags and used glitter, glue, pom-poms and stickers to make them festive.

 

We have been practising our Christmas songs, dressing up and playing with the small world Nativity set, and we sat together to eat Christmas dinner in class 🎄 

Autumn 2, Week 7

 

We have had a lovely week in Marigold class this week. We have:

  • Enjoyed a special Christmas breakfast;
  • Recorded our Christmas songs, which will be shared with or families next week (they’re in for a treat!);
  • Been decorating gingerbread men and learning to subitise with jelly tots;
  • Linked numerals and amounts, counting the correct number of snowballs into pots;
  • Been developing our fine motor skills and hand/eye coordination, making paper chain decorations for our classroom;
  • Written Christmas cards independently for our friends and families. We are learning to use some of our print and letter knowledge in our early writing, and we are learning to write our names.

 

Autumn 2, Week 8

 

We have had a fun-packed final week of our Autumn term in Marigold class. We have painted Christmas decorations and made paper chains. We have also played lots of Christmas games to support our mathematical development, and we loved our Christmas party!

Spring 1, Week 1

 

We have had a very busy and exciting time in Marigold class this week. Our new topic is “Space” and we have learned lots of interesting facts, read stories (Back to Earth with a Bump, We’re off to look for Aliens, and The Darkest Dark). We made a visual replica of the moon’s surface when we baked moon bread. We mixed flour, salt, yeast and water to make our dough, and we talked about how the ingredients changed during each stage: mixing the ingredients / kneading the dough / proving the dough / baking the dough. We ate our moon bread for snack and noticed that the salty crust was dusty, just like the moon’s surface. The crust also had cracks and craters, like the moon’s surface. 

 

As part of our space theme, we have made binoculars and telescopes, to help us to spot the planets. We chose how to decorate them, using glue, sellotape and different craft materials. We have also been busy with space small world activities, and space explorer role play.

 

We had new friends visiting us in class this week and we are very excited for them to join us properly next week. To help us to understand how our new friends might be feeling, and to help us to think about how we can welcome them into class, we watched an animated story called “Pink goes to school” as part of our 1decision PSHE session.

Spring 1, Week 2

 

We have been continuing with our Space theme this week and found out that Saturn has rocky, icy rings around it. We have been playing a counting game, where we rolled the dice and threaded the corresponding number of “Saturn Rings” onto a skewer.

 

We have also been finding stars and crystals in the moon dust and using tweezers to count the correct amounts into pots.

 

These games have helped us to:

 

  • develop our fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination;
  • say one number name for each ring in order;
  • understand that the last number reached when counting a small set of objects tells you how many there are in total.

 

We have also been practising our cutting skills this week, making split pin Space Explorers 😁

 

 

Spring 1, Week 3 

This week, we listened to a story called “Katie’s Starry Night” which was all about a girl who visits an art gallery and has adventures around Vincent Van Gogh’s painting, “Starry Night.” We loved the different colours used and the swirly effects in Van Gogh’s painting, so we painted our very own Starry Night pictures on foil, using cotton buds. 
 

We learned to:

  • explore different materials and tools;
  • use drawing to represent ideas like movement;
  • pay attention and respond to stories;
  • develop manipulation and control.

 

We have also played a fun Space game this week. As well as supporting our mathematical development, our game helped us to:

  • develop friendships;
  • follow rules;
  • develop patience and turn-taking skills (which can be really difficult when you’re only three or four!).

Spring 1, Week 4

 

In Marigold class this week, we have been celebrating Chinese New Year. We found out that it is the year of the tiger and we learned that the colour red symbolises luck. We counted gold coins into lucky red envelopes; this helped us to understand cardinality and to use number names in order. We painted some Chinese symbols, which helped develop our fine motor skills, and made lanterns, where we practised cutting with scissors. We have dressed up in traditional Chinese costumes and joined in with a dragon dance. For snack, we tried prawn crackers and noodles!

Spring 1, Week 5

 

This week, we have been investigating freezing and melting, with a Valentine’s Day twist! We used different methods to retrieve our red lips sweets from three blocks of ice: we blasted the first block with warm air from a hairdryer, we poured warm water on the second block and we left the third block outside in the garden.

 

We also investigated what happens with primary-coloured ice cubes when they melt. We had blue and yellow ice cubes, and red heart-shaped ice cubes. We found that we could make green when we mixed blue and yellow, orange when we mixed yellow and red, and purple when we mixed blue and red.

 

These activities helped us to learn to:

  • talk about the differences between materials and the changes we noticed;
  • understand “why” questions;
  • talk about what we saw, using a wide vocabulary;
  • explore colour and colour mixing.

 

As it is Valentine’s Day next week, we have also been making cards to share with our loved ones at home 💕 

Spring 2, Week 1

 

We have started our new topic, “Growing” this week. We began by reading two new stories: “Jack and the Beanstalk” and “Jasper’s Beanstalk.” We sowed beans and will be looking after them in our classroom over the new few weeks; we’re hoping that they grow as tall as Jack’s beanstalk!

 

We have also been making castles from blocks and painting golden eggs during busy time.

 

In our PSHE 1decision session this week, we watched an animated story called “Rainbow gets angry.” This story, and our discussion afterwards, helped us to think of ways that we could channel our anger in a safe way. We also linked this to how the giant felt in Jack and the Beanstalk, when Jack stole his gold!

Spring 2, Week 2

 

We continued to learn about Jack and the Beanstalk this week. The giant was asleep, so we decided to be really sneaky and see how many of his gold coins we could take before he woke up and chased us! The timer was set, so that we could see how long we had left. We’ve never counted so quickly! Luckily for us, our gold coins contained chocolate, so we each kept one as a special treat.  We have also been doing observational paintings of daffodils; spring is definitely in the air in our classroom now. 
 

This week, we also celebrated World Book Day in Marigold Class. We wore pyjamas and brought in our favourite teddies, so that we could be extra cosy when we shared a story. 

Spring 2, Week 3

 

This week, we have been continuing to explore how things grow. We have been looking after the beans we planted a couple of weeks ago and are hoping that they are as tall as Jack’s beanstalk by next week - photo update to come next week! We have been planting and digging during busy time, and pouring and filling containers with magic beans.

 

We have been developing our cutting skills and our story sequencing skills by cutting out characters from our story and sticking them (and leaves) to beanstalks. This week, we have also started to make some very special Mother’s Day cards, ready for the big day in a couple of weeks - we think our grown ups will love them and they’ll be so impressed when they see our writing inside!
 

On Wednesday afternoon, our girls joined lots of other girls from the other classes for a girls’ football training session in the hall. We had a great time: we loved learning new skills and spending time with the older children.

Spring 2, Week 4

 

It’s been a very busy week in Marigold class this week! We found out all about the Very Hungry Caterpillar and how he transformed into a beautiful butterfly. We learned that eating a wide range of foods helped him to grow. 

 

On Wednesday, we had a special “Very Hungry Caterpillar” snack. We tried watermelon, strawberries, Swiss cheese, salami, sausages and cupcakes! Some of us were reluctant to try different foods but a couple of us found out that we liked watermelon and strawberries, when we thought we wouldn’t! We have also printed some fantastic caterpillars, which are proudly on display on our “spring” wall.

 

We checked how our beanstalks were coming along - some of them have really taken off and we’re hoping that they’ll soon reach the heights of the giant’s castle. We have taken them home to carry on looking after them.

 

On Wednesday, we celebrated Red Nose Day by wearing something red and decorating delicious red nose biscuits.

Spring 2, Week 5

This week, we have continued to find out about spring but have also learned about what spring is like in Japan. We found out about the Japanese cherry trees which blossom in March and April, and compared these to our spring flowers in England. This led to us painting our own beautiful cherry blossom. 

We tasted a special Japanese treat called “Happy Sticks” for snack and learned about a Japanese food called sushi, and made some of our own!

Spring 2, Week 6

 

We have been getting ready for Easter, finishing off our Easter cards for our families and making Easter nest cakes. 
 

We have been linking quantities to numerals this week, joining in with lots of counting games. The Easter Bunny visited our garden and left 3 eggs for each of us (we even found some of his tail fluff in the garden!). We have learned what the number 3 looks like, how to count 3 on our fingers and we counted 3 eggs into our baskets. We are also learning to subitise up to 3, looking at a group of eggs and knowing there are 3 altogether without having to individually count each egg.

Summer 2022

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