Fountain Primary School

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Week 4

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This has been a health and sports week in school and Nursery have been thinking about keeping fit. The weather was not kind to us this week, but some children had a chance to run and roll on the field on Monday when the weather was good. We have also thinking about what happens to our body when we exercise and what we can do to keep healthy. We have practised lots of energetic songs, maybe the children can show you some of the actions. You could try this one.... it gets faster and faster! At the end of the week we had a healthy picnic with Reception.  We made fruits salad for it, and Reception brought fruit kebabs and crackers spread with cream cheese or hummus. This gave the children who are starting school in September a chance to find out from the children in Reception what they might like to do. We have also started practising for our sports day next week.  We hope you can join us on Wednesday at either 11.20 am or 2.40 pm.

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Week 3

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The children have been very interested in ice creams during the warm weather. This week we have enhanced our playdough area with ice-cream scoops, cones and smelly playdough. Outside we set up an ice cream shop which has been very popular!

We have had some very long queues!

We have also been playing with bee-bot, a programmable floor robot, sending it to our friends.  We have been learning directions and estimating how far we need to send it. Our older children have been continuing their phonics work on segmenting and blending, using 'robot talk' to help them. 

We are looking forward to our healthy theme week next week and have some exciting activities planned!

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Week 1

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We hope you all had a lovely half term break. What an exciting week we have had in Nursery! This week we found a note asking if we wanted to go on a bear hunt. Of course we did! We followed arrows outside around the big playground and at the end there was a bear! The bear had brought us some buns and a drink so we had a teddy bear's picnic. We then read the story of 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt' and learnt some actions to retell the story.

We have been looking at our shapes again and making pictures and models using different shapes.

Our older children read the story of 'Harry and the Robots' and have been practising robot talk. We have continued to enjoy our mud kitchen outside and have visited the trim trail to practice balancing.

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What fantastic weather this week!  You may have noticed our muddy shoes and clothes, this is because we have been enjoying our mud kitchen. Thank you for being understanding about this as we are having a fantastic time in it! We have continued to learn our story 'The Enormous Turnip' and we made story maps to help us retell the story. Some of us thought about ways we could change the story, e.g., the enormous carrot. We have been thinking about 'one more' and have used it a lot when playing. We have also been practising writing our numbers. The older children have been learning about the 'g' sound and have been making silly soup. Our younger children have been listening carefully to musical instruments and trying to copy patterns.  Thank you everyone who came to our stay and play sessions. We hope you enjoyed them as much as the children! Have a wonderful half term break.

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Airasa Maughan-Strickler (a.maughan-strickler) on: Nursery Blog

What fantastic weather this week!  You may have noticed our muddy shoes and clothes, this is because we have been enjoying our mud kitchen. Thank you for being understanding about this as we are having a fantastic time in it! We have continued to learn our story 'The Enormous Turnip' and we made story maps to help us retell the story. Some of us thought about ways we could change the story, e.g., the enormous carrot. We have been thinking about 'one more' and have used it a lot when playing. We have also been practising writing our numbers. The older children have been learning about the 'g' sound and have been making silly soup. Our younger children have been listening carefully to musical instruments and trying to copy patterns.  Thank you everyone who came to our stay and play sessions. We hope you enjoyed them as much as the children! Have a wonderful half term break.

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Welcome back! We hope you have had a good rest over Easter. The children have come back to Nursery full of enthusiasm and we have had a great week. We started our new topic of 'growth' with a visit from Theo's mum, a nurse, who told us all about her job.  We have changed our role play area into a doctor's surgery and the children have enjoyed being in role as the doctor, patient and receptionist! We have had lots of poorly tummies and sore ears to sort out!

Some of our new children have started and are settling in well. They have enjoyed exploring all areas of our nursery both inside and out.

Some of the children visited our school library this week. We found lots of exciting books to read and will be going back to look again soon!

 

Teacher's Blog: Week 6

This week in Nursery we have been continuing our role play and building outside. Not only have we been continuing to pretend to be the police, but we have also been camping and played pirates! We have been getting ready for Easter, making baskets for eggs from the Easter Bunny. We have been on an Easter egg hunt and counted and matched numbers.
Our book this week was 'Sheep is Scared' and we thought about the things that we feel scared about and what we can do to help others feel happy.
We are all looking forward to the Easter Holidays. Have a lovely break and we look forward to seeing you all after a good rest! Nursery opens again on Tuesday 18th April.

Teacher's Blog: Week 5

It was so wonderful to see so many of you this week at our art gallery. We're sure you'll agree that the children are fantastic artists! We hope you enjoy the pictures and they take pride of place at home.
We have been thinking a lot this week about our mums and all they do for us. We enjoyed reading our stories, 'Hunny Bunny' and 'My Mum is Fantastic', and the children thought of lots of ways their mums were fantastic.
Despite the weather we have enjoyed being outside. We have been building lots of exciting things on our terrace, including a police boat. It had to keep getting bigger as more children joined in! We had to make police badges otherwise we couldn't go on the boat. We really want to do some more building with big boxes, so if you have any at home, it would be wonderful if you could bring them in. This week we also made a big robot, which then turned into the engine for our boat!
We have continued learning nursery rhymes and our older children have been learning new letter sounds. Keep an eye out for our sound of the week.
We are beginning to look at numbers and match them to how many objects we have or can see. Please keep a look out for numbers when you are out and about!
 

Teacher's Blog: Week 4 

This week has been Black History Week in Nursery. Our minion friends brought us some special books to read, "It's OK to be different" and "My World, Your World". We have focused on our similarities and differences and how we are all unique and special.
We have been preparing to show you our learning, and invite you to our art gallery next week; Wednesday at 11.20am for those children who attend Nursery at the beginning of the week and morning sessions, and Friday at 3.00pm for those children who attend at the end of the week and afternoon session. We have also been playing parachute games, learning about working together.
The children have really enjoyed being outside in the lovely spring weather. They have been thinking about what they like to do outside, and built a campfire to read stories around and toast marshmallows.

Teacher's Blog: Week 3

We have had a great week in Nursery. It was nice to see you all at parent's meetings and to share how proud we are of the children's learning. If you didn't manage to see us, please let us know and we can arrange another time.
We have been enjoying the warmer weather this week and went for a walk with Mr Fowler to see signs of spring. We saw lots of flowers coming up and buds beginning to grow on the plants. Following on from three billy goats gruff we have been talking a lot about farm animals. We have been looking at what is the same and what is different, which has sometimes been a bit tricky to explain! You could continue this at home comparing all sorts of things, e.g., toys, pets, plates, people, etc.
Our older children have been listening out for the sound 'a' at the beginning of words. We made silly soup with lots of 'a' words, e.g., ambulance, apple, arrow. Can you think of anything else?
Next week is black history themed week at school. Nursery will be looking at similarities and differences between people. We are all unique and special! You should have had a text about when we will be sharing our learning: Weds 22nd March (11.20am) and Friday 24th March (3pm) as we are continuing our focus for 2 weeks.

 

Teacher's Blog: Week 2

This week in Nursery we have been continuing to retell the story of Three Billy Goats Gruff. We have been building bridges outside and then acting out the story using masks. We have been building bridges in the small world and using figures, finger puppets and stick puppets to retell the story. We have also been drawing story maps to help us remember what happened in the story.
We have been thinking a lot about numbers and Mr Troll has come to Nursery to find out about counting. We have been counting all sorts of things, making sure we say the numbers in order.
The highlight of our week was world book day. The children came in amazing costumes and we spent the day thinking about our favourite stories, reading stories and retelling stories. Thank you for making the effort with the costumes!
Next week are parents meetings. Please sign up on the Nursery noticeboard if you have not already done so. For children who come at the beginning of the week, please sign up to see Mrs Anderson on Tuesday. For children who come at the end of the week or in the afternoon, please sign up to see Miss Maughan-Strickler on Thursday. For children who come in the morning, please sign up on either day.
Thank you.

Nursery: Spring 2 - Week 1

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Welcome back everyone! This week we had a special visitor. Eden came to tell us a story and what a great time we had! He told us all about the three billy goats gruff and we really enjoyed listening to him, watching him and hearing the sound effects. We also had fun making a 'story bubble' with the parachute and we made up a story together.
We have been doing a lot of learning about the three billy goats gruff this week. We have been acting out the story, telling the story using toys and puppets, and building lots of bridges! We have also been thinking a lot about size (which billy goat was the biggest?) and using positional language, e.g., on, under, next to, in front, behind, to describe where the billy goats and troll are.

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Teacher's Blog: Week 4

It has been an exciting week in Nursery.  We have been doing lots of activities to help us learn all about Chinese New Year. We found out that people celebrate by cleaning and decorating their houses, wearing new clothes, having a special meal, and watching parades. We have been trying some 'dragon dancing' outside and eating some tasty Chinese food. We also made some lucky red packets to take home. Did you enjoy what was inside?

It has been very cold, which has given us more opportunities to look at and explore ice. Some days the ice has hardly melted! Despite the cold, we have still been enjoying being outside, especially playing on our new scooters.

We have continued our work on rhyming this week by reading 'Oi! Frog!' In this book animals sit on things that rhyme with them, e.g., cats sit on mats, hares sit on chairs and mules sit on stools, but Frog doesn't want to sit on a log.  We have been thinking about what other things the animals can sit on that rhyme. What might pigs sit on?

Next week is a special week in Nursery when we will be sharing our learning about 'Respect'. Please come along to our stay and play sessions so you can see what we have been doing. There is a sign up sheet on the nursery noticeboard in the cloakroom.

 

Nursery Blog: Week 3

It has been a great week in Nursery. All of the new children have started and are settling in well. We have read the book 'One Snowy Night' and talked about the animals that Percy the Park Keeper shared his house with. We retold the story using puppets, trying to remember which animal visited next. We then talked about our houses and who lives in them with us, drawing a picture of them. 

We have been learning about 2D shapes and their properties, playing games to help us remember their names and what they look like. You might want to try looking for different shapes at home or when you are out and about!

We have continued to think about winter weather and have been exploring cold and ice and animals that live in cold places. We have even been doing a penguin dance!

We have been learning more rhymes, reading 'Shark in the Park' and 'Shark in the Dark' and listening carefully for the rhyming words. Do you have any books at home with rhyming words in them?

Please remember to sign up to our stay and play sessions, taking place in the week beginning 30th January. There is a sign up sheet on the nursery noticeboard.

 

 

Nursery Blog: Week 2

We have had a lovely busy week at Nursery. We have welcomed lots of new children and having been teaching them to work in all our nursery areas. Our book of the week Ping and Pong are best friends (mostly) helped us to think and talk about what makes a good friend. We also talked about who we liked to play with at Nursery. After reading the story we also talked about where Penguins live and looked at pictures of places to see if Ping and Pong would live there. 

We had lots of fun in our letters and sounds working thinking about rhyming words to complete our funny sentences. You may like to make some up of your own eg I know a word that rhymes with bat you wear it on your head the word is...

In our painting area we have been learning to work independently selecting our resources and exploring colour mixing. We have also been remembering to wash and clear away afterwards ready for the next person to paint.

Nursery Blog: Week 1

Happy New Year to everyone and welcome back to Nursery.

We had a super day on Wednesday doing the home visits for all the new children coming to Nursery. A big thank you to everyone for making us feel so welcome on the visits and we look forward to the children joining nursery. We also welcomed Mrs Maughan-Strickler to the nursery team and wish her a happy time at Fountain Nursery.Nursery reopened on Thursday and it was lovely to see everyone after the Christmas break and hear if Santa had made a visit! The children settled back well and we know they will be super role models for the children starting Nursery.

Nursery Blog: Week 7

We have had a super busy week in nursery with our Christmas celebrations. On Wednesday we shared our Christmas learning with parents retelling the story of Little Owl and the Star. A big thank you to everyone who came and proved to be a super audience. Our parties involved dancing, sharing our party food, playing games and a special visit from Dom with his magic show. He amazed us with his tricks and the children who helped him were budding magicians! The week has flown by and we would like to thank you for all your support over the term.

Nursery Blog: Week 6

Christmas celebrations are well under way in nursery!

We have been thinking about all the things we do to celebrate Christmas and everyone chose a decoration to hang on our tree.  We talked about sending cards to each other and we have been busy designing the front of our Christmas cards using printing techniques and then collaging onto our designs.We have been playing a Christmas lotto game to develop vocabulary and turn taking skills. We have been retelling  the story of Little Owl and the star and learning some new songs to accompany the story and we look forward to sharing this with you next week.Please remember our parties next week are on Tuesday afternoon and Thursday morning, hopefully everyone has had a letter asking for items for the party.We really look forward to sharing our Christmas celebrations with you on Wednesday so please join us at 11am and 2.30pm. This will take place in nursery so we ask for a maximum of 2 adults to watch each child. Thank you. 

Nursery Blog: Week 5

We have been practising our number recognition skills this week by exploring printing with numbers. Many children commented on the numbers they printed and some children printed numbers in the correct order.  You can help your child with number recognition by having fun looking for numbers around your house or when out and about.We also did lots of counting and sorting with compare bears too making sets by size or colour. We talked about and counted the sets we made.This week we have been doing more purposeful writing as we suddenly remembered we hadn't written any cards for Kipper's birthday! We did super writing in our cards and even remembered to write a number on the front of the card.Outdoors we have continued our physical challenges and this week focussed on moving along our balance beam unaided. Then we jumped off trying to land in the hoops safely. The children amazed us with their determination and set themselves challenges by asking us to move the hoops further away!In preparation for Christmas we shared the story of Little Owl and the Star and look forward to sharing the story with you at our Christmas celebration on the 14th December.

Nursery Blog: Week 4

We have had a lovely busy week in Nursery with lots fun and learning!

We shared the story Owl Babies and joined in with the key phrases as we retold the story. At the painting table we painted owl characters from the story using our observational skills to represent the owl's features.We have been practising our counting skills making play dough faces and candles for birthday cakes. We played a game guess the bugs in the pot counting sets and identifying sets with the same or more objects in.We have had lots of super writing this week through writing invitations just like Kipper in the "Kipper's birthday" story. We had to write the name of who the invitation was for, the time of the party and our names too. The children amazed us with their writing skills and the activity helped the children to see the purpose of writing.

Teacher's Blog: Week 3

This week we have shared the story Kipper’s birthday. We have introduced characters to the home corner to help Kipper celebrate his birthday including Anna, Olaf, Chase and Peppa Pig.

In our number work we have learnt to play a number song game on the smartboard choosing a number from a basket and then choosing the right song to play on the number machine. We have been using tweezers to collect and count bugs too.

On Wednesday we all decorated a spotty biscuit for Pudsey Bear. It was amazing to see how many sweeties we could fit on the biscuits to make the spots! We are looking forward to Children in Need day on Friday.

We have also been continuing our Wussywat positive mindset work and everyone has “Had a go” drawing a picture and writing our names in our new Wussywat drawing and writing books

 

Nursery Blog: Week 2

We have had a very busy week. We have been practising our scissor skills cutting and sticking sets for Meg's cauldron. We shared Meg's favourite story "Winnie the Witch," and have been using her wand to help us count aloud. We met the characters from the story and are using them to retell the story at our Meg and Winnie interest table.

Meg sent a letter and a box of cornflour to Nursery. The letter told us to mix the cornflour with water and see what happens! We had lots of fun exploring and commenting on what was happening. The children amazed us with their vocabulary and descriptive language e.g. It's gooey...sticky.......smooth....like milk....it's too hard for me I can't put my hands in.

We also played a fun language game "Tummy ache" where we had to name and choose things for a nice dinner not the tummy ache cards!

Outdoors we have been creating autumn collages and had a big surprise on Wednesday with the first fall of snow! We thoroughly enjoyed making snowballs, snow castles and collected snowflakes on black paper and watched what happened to the snow.

Nursery Blog Autumn 2: Week 1

We have had a lovely start to the term sharing our Halloween experiences. We have been listening to Meg and Mog stories and have been very imaginative in our water area creating spells for Meg.

We have also  been thinking about autumn time and we were amazed to see the carpet of leaves outside! 

We have been helping to sweep the leaves and counting and sorting conkers and acorns. Following on from our Percy the Parkeeper story last term  we have been finding out about hedgehogs and created our own Spiky hedgehogs using clay. We found out hedgehogs like to sleep through the winter so created our own hedgehog beds using the autumn leaves we collected.

Nursery Blog: Week 7

As the weather starts to change we have started to think about what happens in autumn time. We shared a Percy the Parkeeper book called The Hedgehog's  Balloon. We practised our pen control drawing spikes on a hedgehog. We have also looked at things Percy the Parkeeper sent e.g. Confers, leaves,acorns.

This term our letters and sounds work has focussed on discriminating sounds. We have played lots of listening games and this week everyone has played a sound lotto game when we had to listen very carefully and identify sounds on our lotto board.

We are continuing our growth mindset work and this we our target has been to " have a go" at putting our coats on! We have been giving out coat stickers and would appreciate you continuing this over the half term break. 

We wish everyone a happy half term and thank you for all your help and support this term. It was so lovely to see everyone at Parents Evening and celebrate your child's 

Nursery Blog: Week 6

This week we have had lots of fun exploring bubble blowing after watching Wussywat "Pop" episode. With lots of practise and perseverance we have blown different sized bubbles and chasing them to pop.

We have also practised walking and balancing on our stilts, trying our best to have a go like Wussywat even if it proved a bit difficult at first! 

Our Stay and Play sessions have been well attended. The children have enjoyed showing our visitors the nursery learning environment and activities round our nursery rhyme theme. 

 

Nursery Blog: week 5

As a whole school we are looking at ways to encourage children to develop a positive growth mind set. In Nursery we have used the loveable character Wussywat the Clumsy Cat and his friends from Cbeebies to introduce children to the idea.

Wussywat is a cat who welcomes what his garden has to offer and loves new challenges.  Even if things go a bit wrong he keeps trying and learns from his mistakes!

We have shared two stories Balance and Tidy. We reflected on Wussywat’s antics and how it is good to be curious, keep practising and see how things work out. There are more episodes you may like to share on Cbeebies and useful parent information on creating a growth mind set.

We are using some key phrases to promote this approach including “have a go,” “try something new” and “work together”.

We hope you can join us next week for our Stay and Play sessions to see Nursery learning in action. Please sign up for a time you can attend- we look forward to seeing you. 

Nursery Blog: Week 4 

All the children have settled well into Nursery life. This week we have been sharing our whole school Golden Rules and our Class Rules.In the classroom we are learning to share and turn take and all help to tidy up. We are also trying to be kind to each other and to be a good friend.To help with this work we have shared stories about Bartholemew Bear and his friend George who always helps Bartholemew. We have been looking after George and Bartholemew in Nursery and helping Bartholemew to count aloud.

Nursery Blog: Week 3                                                                                              

This week we introduced more new children to Nursery life. Everyone has enjoyed exploring the provision and making new friends.We have been learning a range of nursery rhymes at our Nursery rhyme interest table. We painted and drew pictures of our favourite Nursery rhyme characters.We use a nursery rhyme on the smartboard to learn a range of rhymes, taking turns to choose a rhyme. We worked hard to manipulate the dough to make friends for Incy Wincy Spider too.Outdoors we have been super firefighters and used the large blocks to create a fire engine to help us get to the fires quickly.We were also fascinated by the visitors to our garden which led to lots of discussion about snails eg how they, what they might like to eat.