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Welcome to Conway Nursery!

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Welcome to Conway Nursery where we aim to provide a bright, fun, stimulating environment that encourages our children to learn through their play. Our team is passionate about developing children who are confident, eager learners who are challenged to achieve the very best.

 

"I love nursery" Safiya age 3

"I play lots with my friends" Sulieman age 4

"It is fun" Abdulrahman age 3

"My teachers are nice" Ifrah age 4

What we like to do at nursery!

Our children are encouraged to become independent in their play, they are given the opportunity to select and carry out activities of their choice and have the freedom to explore their surroundings.

Playing outdoors

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Role play

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Being creative

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Exploring

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Topic 1 - Ourselves

The children joined our nursery in September 2015 and in order for them to build relationships and to get to know each other better, our first topic was ourselves. The children spoke about their families and made connections between their home lives and those of their peers. We also talked about our likes and dislikes and made beautiful family portraits that we displayed in our classroom.

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Topic 2 - We're going on a bear hunt

The children have been learning the story ' We're going on a bear hunt' by Michael Rosen. They learnt how to retell the story from memory by using a story map, this involved them using pictures and actions to help them recall key events and phrases from the book. We then made our very own bear cave in the classroom and went on a bear hunt. We made story maps using a range of collage and natural materials and painted portraits of the bear.

Our story collages

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Bear hunt role play

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How many bears are in the cave?

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Topic 3 - Food

We are learning all about food. The children took part in a group discussion about their favourite foods, they completed a fruit survey where they were encouraged to ask the question "what is your favourite fruit?" and took part in a tasting lesson where they were given the opportunity to try a range of foods from around the world. The children also made healthy and unhealthy plates of food using collage materials and used pasta to create repeating patterns.

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We also went on a trip to the local supermarket to buy fruit and vegetables in order to set up our own grocery shop in the role play area. The children wrote shopping lists of what they wanted to buy and paid the shopkeeper at the till. Back at school the children took turns to play the different roles of the shopkeeper and customers. They were encouraged to ask each other questions and had lots of fun acting out their experiences.

Topic 4 - Christmas

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The children were taught about the true meaning of Christmas. They listened to the Christmas story and made their own angels. They talked about father Christmas and his reindeer, made paintings of Rudolph and stockings for Santa to fill. We visited the school entrance hall to look at the beautiful Christmas tree before coming back to class to decorate our own.
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The classroom looked beautiful. The children made a Christmas house in the role play area, Christmas cards, calendars and a stunning collage of frosty the snowman. They also had the opportunity to wrap presents and play in the snow. We had a wonderful time learning all about Christmas and the children were all really excited.

Our Christmas Party!

Look at how much fun we had at our Christmas party. We played games such as musical chairs, statues and bumps. We ate party food and had a very special visit from father Christmas, who gave us all a present for being such good boys and girls this year.

Topic 5 - Goldilocks and the three bears

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The children read the story 'Goldilocks and the three bears'. They then used puppets to act out the story taking on the roles of daddy bear, mommy bear, baby bear and Goldilocks. The children were brilliant at remembering the key phases from the story and imitated the characters voices.

Teddy bears picnic

The children brought their teddy bears into school today to have a teddy bears picnic. They made flapjacks using porridge oats, butter, sugar and golden syrup and made their own cheese and cucumber sandwiches. We then sat on our picnic blanket to sing songs and eat the delicious food we had made.
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Topic 6 - The Gingerbread Man

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The children have been learning the story of 'The Gingerbread Man'. They made their own gingerbread during a cookery lesson. They used the wooden blocks to build a bridge for the gingerbread man to cross over the river and used positional language to describe the location of the hidden gingerbread men around the classroom.

The Gingerbread race

The children each took on a role of a character from the story and had races in the school playground. We talked about 1st, 2nd and 3rd positions and gave out medals to those children who won.

Topic 7 - Transport

We have been learning about different forms of transport. Our role play area was transformed into a garage. We made a giant hot air balloon and the children made a picnic to take with them on their balloon ride. The children were engaged in many creative activities, they used papier-mâché to make their own hot air balloons, modelling clay  and junk modelling to form various vehicles. They also made rockets, racing cars and bicycles using shapes and participated in a transport survey where they took a trip to the school car park and sat in Miss Gibbins' car.

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Transport survey

Road Safety!

24.2.16 Today we had a visit from Paul the road safety officer who spoke to the children about how they can keep themselves and others safe on the roads. The children had a brilliant time trying on all the different costumes and gained a better understanding of how important it is to be safe and hold hands whilst crossing the road. Paul demonstrated the importance of wearing a seat belt in the car and told the children they should always sit in the back of the car. 

World Book Day

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Today is world book day. The children came into nursery wearing their pyjamas and their parents were invited into school to share their favourite stories with the class. We read the story 'Not now, Bernard' and the children designed their own scary monsters. We also made monster snacks which included monster fingers, monster eyeballs and monster ears. The children really enjoyed their snacks and were very excited that their parents had attended nursery with them today.

Topic 8 - Superheroes and Princesses

We are learning about Superheroes and Princesses. We transformed our role play area into a Superhero gym and created a beauty and hair salon for our nursery princesses. The children made superhero masks and enjoyed trying on the various superhero costumes. We also made crowns to accessorize our princess dresses.

The children then had the opportunity to create their own heroes, coming up with ideas for the special superpowers their hero could have. They then made up stories about their own superheroes. 

Topic 9 - Animals

Look at what we have made!
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Dotty's visit
Ms Almond's dog Dotty came into nursery to visit the children.
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Our trip to the farm
We went on a school trip to Sheldon Country Park where we saw cows, sheep, horses, ducks and goats. We were able to hold a baby chick and went into the chicken coop to feed them their seed. The children then had a play in the play area before returning to school. We had a fantastic time and the children were very excited to see the animals up close. 

Topic 10 - Pirates/ Under the sea

Wow! Look at the pirate ship we made in nursery.
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The children made their own pirate hats and telescopes before setting sail across the sea. They let down the anchor and searched the land for treasure using their treasure maps to help them.
Our search for treasure!
The children found a treasure map inside their pirate ship. We put on our pirate hats and went in search of the gold, following the map every step of the way. We eventually found the treasure hidden in the school garden. Hooray! 

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Nursery newsletter

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Here are some links to fun websites your children can use at home.

Language Land

Language land is a structured language group that is suitable for children who struggle in communication or have English as an additional language. Language land encourages children to develop their vocabularies, to speak using full sentences and to acquire basic skills that are needed to build their confidence, self-esteem and social skills.
    Language land targets the skills of listening and memory, vocabulary and use of language.
If you have been told by your child’s teacher that they are a part of Language Land below is a few examples of what we do during Language Land sessions in school and can also be used to reinforce learning at home.

 Week One

Magic Sack Activities

Memory:

Place 6 animals onto the magic carpet. Ask each child in turn to pick up two animals in the right order and put them into the magic sack.

Looking Game:

“Everybody do this” Children are to copy what adult does with no talking

Magic Tree Activities
Sorting:

Clothes and transport.

Use 4/6 items of clothing and 4/6 transport items or pictures and 2 coloured circles. Explain that we are collecting all the clothes in one circle and all the transport items in another. Give the child and item or picture and let them decide what circle it goes in.

 

Week Two

Magic Sack Activities

Memory:

As above however extend to 3 animals if appropriate.

Each child has 2 turns.

Listening game:

‘Jump in the middle’

Children stand in a circle and jump in if they match the statement e.g. if you are a girl jump in the middle, if you are wearing trousers.

Magic Tree Activities

Clothes Vocabulary:

Each child is to name at least 2 on adult request e.g. ask “what’s this called?”

 

Week Three

Magic Sack Activities

Memory:

Feed the monster using monster mouth and 6 items of plastic food or pictures.

As above ask each child to give 2/3 items (as appropriate) in sequence to the monster.

Magic Tree Activities

Sorting:

Summer and winter clothes.

Children to have 2 turns and adult check vocabulary knowledge

Week Four

Magic Sack Activities

Memory:

Feed the monster.

As above and increase the choice to 8 items if appropriate for children. Ask children to give 2 or 3 items in sequence to the monster.

Listening:

‘pass the clap’

Adult starts off a clap and it passes around the circle, when passed one way, go back around the other way.

Magic Tree Activities

Sorting:

Road and air transport items.

Sort using the road and air boards, objects and pictures, bike, bus, care, aeroplane, helicopter, hot air balloon. Reinforce Vocabulary.

If this is too hard or advanced for the group sort between transport and animal pictures and reinforce the vocabulary.

 

If you would like any resources please come and see Miss Holt or Mrs Pervez in Reception.

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