We finally managed to get some compost to plant our pumpkin seeds and so this week we have done lots of planting and been very busy outside.
We bought some bulbs for our garden; these were in our curiosity box and quite a few children though they looked like onions! In our wild garden outside, we have done some weeding and planted bulbs…. we still have another planter to weed yet! The children enjoyed exploring this area and getting dirty, we found lots of worms and grubs! We all planted our own pumpkin seeds and took the pot home to water and grow. We have also planted some pumpkin seeds to keep at school and see what we can grow!
At Forest School we began to weave our freshly cut willow in between the fence posts that they key worker children put in the ground in lockdown. You can see our fence starting to take shape although we have much more work to do on this!
Also this week, our curiosity box arrived. We will be looking at lots of weird and wonderful things in our box over the coming months. This week we started off with a lemon and a melon. We looked closely at these particular fruits as one lunchtime a child had said they didn’t want to eat their melon as they didn’t like it. When we asked them why they said they didn’t like it because it was sour. The children first looked at the melon and described what they saw, the next day we had a lemon in the box, they told us it was different because one was big and one was small, then we chopped them up and looked inside…then we tasted them. We have some lovely photos of the children tasting the lemon (only if they wanted to try it) and some children liked it so much that they wanted to eat more. The melon however, was much more popular!
Once we had eaten the fruit our box was empty until one lunchtime a child found a spider climbing the wall. We put the spider in the box so we could have a closer look with our magnifying glasses. We counted its legs, noticed that it had ‘black knees’ and then we found the spider on the internet…it was a cellar spider. Once we had a good look at the spider we set it free but not before some really brave children held the spider!
This week we went to Forest School and went on a leaf hunt. We explored the area, found lots of different coloured leaves and collected them, we climbed trees, collected some wood to start making our reindeers, cooked up some delicious treats in our mud kitchen and generally had a great time out in the fresh air.
When we came back inside we explored Autumn colours through painting our own Autumn designs and we made our own Autumn coloured rice to play with.
The children in FS1 had great fun celebrating Children in Need 2020.
In our first week back after October half term we have been busy with the first of our Autumn celebrations…Halloween and Bonfire Night!
We painted pumpkins, made Halloween pumpkins using shapes and we also scooped out some real pumpkins and talked about how they were smelly and sticky. Lori said we could plant the seeds; give them some water and we can grow our own pumpkins! As soon as the non-essential shops are open, we will get some compost and plant our seeds.
We also did some dressing up and made some delicious chocolate apples with sprinkles – yum!
On Friday we made some firework pictures. We used colourful bun cases and practised our cutting skills to open them and make them look like a firework explosion. We also did some firework splatter painting outside, if your child was covered in paint, this is why. If it is any consolation, the teachers were also covered in paint too!
As we talked with the children about the fireworks that they had seen the night before this is what they told us…
Lori – “It’s all foggy this morning because of the fireworks last night”
Logan – “I’ve got fireworks at my house, it go like BANG. They go up into the sky, they looked like red, orange, blue, pink, yellow and green, all the colours”
Marilena – “The fireworks sounded like a banging drum”
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This week in Nursery we were visited by different pets, Cinnamon the Guinea Pig, Daisy the Rabbit and Ebony the Stick Insect. Mostly, the children enjoyed petting the fluffy animals, but some children were brave enough to hold the Stick Insect!
Here’s what the children had to say about the Guinea Pig…
Amelia – “He’s so cute!”
Cobie – “It’s a squeaky noise”
Mohammed – “He’s a baby”
Logan – “I want a Guinea Pig”
Marilena – “He’s soft, he’s all brown”
Louie – “My Guinea Pig has black, red and blue eyes”
And the Rabbit…
Mohammed – “He’s soft”
Lawand – “Cutie”
Louie – “She feels like a bunny”
Reggie – “She’s nice”
Cobie – “She can sleep in the hay”
Logan – “Her eyes are all red, I got blue eyes”
Ruby – “She’s a girl, she’s twitching her nose”
Marilena – “She’s so fluffy, her ears are pink inside”
Eric -“Oh, so soft!” “Look, a tail!”
And the Stick Insect…
Isabelle – “It’s tickling me!”
In Nursery we have made shape houses with the children. Each child made their own picture and talked about who lives in their house. We also made some chocolate brownies.
Before we looked at the ingredients, we asked the children what we might need to put in the cake, Shane knew that we needed eggs to make it. Alfie said the cocoa smelled “chocolatey”. We looked at the chocolate chips and each held one between our fingers, Shane told us they were melting, then we washed our hands in warm soapy water. We talked about the different colours we could see while we were mixing and after we had melted the butter in the microwave and counted down from ten to zero, Lori said it looked ”eggy”.
We had some messy play outdoors in the sand pit. When it had rained, our sand was very wet and sloppy, so we used it as cement and built a wall with some bricks.
We had some messy play indoors with shaving foam!
This week we have had a very busy and eventful week in Nursery! The children did their very first baking, they made chocolate cornflake buns, one to eat and one to take home… these were definitely a hit with the children.
During the mixing and tasting, the children discussed what they could see, hear and taste.
Shane – The chocolate melts in the microwave.
Amelia – Yummy, yummy in my tummy!
Bella – The cornflakes are making a crunching noise.
Cobie – It looks delicious.
Marilena – It smells good.
Amelka – You’ve got to put the chocolate in the microwave.
Archie – It’s gooey and its soft.
As part of our ‘All about me’ learning, this week in Foundation 1 some of our children chose to paint a self-portrait. The children used mirrors to look at their face and then discuss their eye, hair and skin colour before choosing colours to use to paint themselves. They have produced some fantastic paintings!
This week we have had lots of fun playing outdoors in the wind, rain and in the sunshine. We have had all four seasons in the space of a week!
21st September 2020
Now that our children are settled and happy in Nursery, we are starting to see them begin to learn as they play.
We hope that you enjoy reading our autumn term newsletter.
We have all settled well during the first week in nursery, take a look at some of our fun learning.
2019 – 2020
We had a very busy week in Nursery during Science Week
We had a visit from Leeanimals and saw lots of different animals, some were very scary, some were soft and some were slithery, squeaky or smooth!
We were all very brave and got a certificate to say so!
We saved the seeds from inside our apples when we had apples as a snack. We learned how to plant seeds and what order to do things in and then we had a go at planting our own seeds. Together we estimated how long we though it would take for our seeds to grow and put the timer on to check if were right. The seeds didn’t grow after 2 minutes, 5 minutes or even 16 minutes so we had another guess at how many sleeps it would be.
Some children painted some spring flowers.
We loved our science experiment mixing different ingredients together and making messy gooey slime.
We all got to make and take home our own pot of slime to have fun with at home!
This week we have had lots of exciting things happening all around reading and books in Nursery. We had a lady come to school who exchanged our world book day tokens for a brand new story book for every child, the children enjoyed going to visit the school library and choosing their own books.
We had a cosy pyjama day where the children brought in their favourite stories from home to share with their friends and adults in school, we painted pictures of our favourite books in school and we shared toast and hot chocolate and watched a Julia Donaldson story on TV.
On World Book Day, the children brought in the masquerade masks that they had designed and decorated at home and they entered a competition. Well done to Everlynn who won a prize of two storybooks. We also had a visit from an illustrator who read a story and then spent some time with the children doodling, drawing shapes and shading.
We have enjoyed making, eating, flipping and talking about how to make pancakes this week in Nursery.
The new children have settled well into nursery and are enjoying their learning.
Take a look at our first photos from Forest School.
Tree Planting in the school grounds
Foundation Stage One children have been busy planting tree saplings to create a wood for the benefit of all children at Kingfisher Primary. Miss Geraghty applied to the Woodland Trust who donated 105 saplings to create a medium working wood along with an additional 30 saplings and 30 small bushes.
The long term project for the area of land at Kingfisher where the saplings are planted, is for the pupils to be able to engage in Forest School learning and experiences. They will benefit from Forest school as it allows them the freedom and challenge to explore and learn first hand what happens in the natural world. Children will develop problem solving skills which they can then apply to their indoor learning.