As we welcome in the final term we also welcome back Miss Benson from her maternity leave. Miss Benson will be in Kendal on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays and Mrs Exton will be teaching on Thursdays and Fridays.
We’ve kicked off Term 6 with a Superheroes theme, using the story of ‘Supertato’ as our inspiration. In the book, Supertato battles the Evil Pea to save his vegetable friends! We’ve been recreating parts of the story using various food containers and vegetable friends.
With Supertato and superheroes on our mind we took time out to talk about our favourite heroes and design our own. We had lots of ideas about what special powers they might have, what their superhero name would be and what their outfit would look like!
We challenged our dexterity with the ‘Hero Mashers’ – different superheroes that we could pull apart and put back together however we liked! We had Spiderman using Hulk hands, Iron man wearing Superman’s trousers and all sorts of funny combinations!
We’ve enjoyed getting back into the library after our week off, taking time to select books independently before coming back together for a silly story about an elephant and his umbrella!
The Twos been looking at the story ‘Wow said the Owl’. In the story, the owl stays up all day and sees lots of colours that she doesn’t usually see at nighttime, and we’ve been exploring various colours in our play just like the owl.
We explored one colour during our playdough activity and enjoyed using various coloured chalks and other mark making equipment to explore many more.
Don’t forget that the 3+ children will be starting their Woodland Wanders next week, and we’ll be on the field for our first session. Please come in ready-dressed to explore!
We’ve been looking at the story Jack and the Giant Beanstalk this week as part of our topic of growing. We’ve made some fantastic story maps where we illustrated and talked about aspects of the story such as the characters, locations and main events.
We have had some ‘mini’ beanstalks growing on the Funky Fingers table and have been threading on more magic beans to help them grow. Some of us even took up the challenge to make a pattern using the various colours and sizes of the ‘beans’.
Rather than venture up any beanstalks ourselves, we’ve been sending the Beebots on little missions. They’ve been sent to collect the Giants treasures, collect more magic beans, climb up and down the beanstalk and visit the castle in the clouds – we made sure to steer clear of that giant though!
With the weather being so lovely, we’ve spent a lot of time outside in our garden! We took part in a car wash to clean all our tricycles and scooters – we had lots of different cleaning tools from sponges to brushes to cloths and using the soap and water we kept scrubbing until they gleamed!
We’ve also been sharing the main schools space and have been exploring the field; we enjoyed using the tyre swings and climbing equipment then had a cool refreshing ice-lolly in the shade – what a treat!
The Twos been looking at the story ‘Goldilocks and the 3 Bears’. We have all enjoyed listening to and watching the story sack of the tale and all agree that Goldilocks is a bit cheeky!
We have been looking at capacity, using porridge oats to pour and fill using containers and spoons that are Big, Medium and Large in size, just like the items in the story. We have added the oats to our playdough too and we’ve been moulding all sorts of treats for the bears dinner.
Using the sorting bears we have been making patterns, looking at the colours and the sizes of the bears as some were big, some medium and some little – just like the three bears themselves!
We hope you enjoy your half term break and look forward to seeing you when we return, along with Miss Benson who will be back from her Maternity Leave!
This week marks the ‘growing’ aspect of our topic; growth in regards to our own bodies as well as in the wider world around us such as in plant and animal life. We’ve been using various measuring tools – tape measures, rulers, blocks and other construction items – to measure ourselves, each others and items we’ve found in and around nursery.
As our Maths activity this week, we’ve been measuring flowers. We had to connect unifix cubes together and compare them with the flowers in front of us, counting how many cubes tall the flower was. Some of the flowers were taller than others so needed a few more cubes and some were the same size. We did a lot of counting and comparing!
We’ve looked at the lifecycle of a bean and watched a time-lapse of its growth; from planting, to root, to shoot then to a new bean. We talked about what a bean – what anything – needs to be able to grow; sunlight and warmth, food and water. We planted beans and sunflower seeds and have been/will be observing any changes over this final fortnight.
We have turned our role play area into a garden centre and have had great fun selling flowers, plants and pots to each other, taking it in turns to be the employees and the customers!
Our story focus has been Jack and the Beanstalk and we’ve ‘bean’ fascinated by the magic elements in the book such as the magic beans, the singing harp and the hen that lays the golden eggs.We listened to stories read by an adult with and without props then had a go at telling it ourselves with picture cards.
To round off our week and in preparation for the Royal Wedding this weekend, we all dressed up in our finest attire and shared a picnic lunch on the field. We made crowns to really feel the part, sang songs and read fairy tales involving princes and princesses.
The Twos developed the royal theme further and have been looking all things red, white and blue.
We explored the sensory trays filled with various textures, talking about the objects we found; their uses and what they felt and looked like.
We’ve been using various shaped cutters in the playdough, making hearts, circles, squares and triangles as well as joining our preschool friends in creating crowns and singing songs to really celebrate.
See you on Monday for our final week of the term!
This week we’ve been showing off our pearly whites and talking about teeth! Over the week we’ve looked at why teeth are important (they help us to crunch and munch our food!) and how we can look after them.
We listened to some top tips from dentists about how long to brush our teeth for (2 minutes) and when we need to do it (in the morning and then again before bed). We’ve all taken home a tooth brushing chart to help us remember and when we’ve completed a week we’ll bring it back to show everyone and receive a special certificate.
Even though we can’t brush our teeth at school, we’ve still got some practise in using some model teeth whilst we sang about brushing the tops, bottoms, backs and fronts to make sure we got every tooth! We’ve also been using the whiteboard pens to dirty some smiles then using toothbrushes to scrub them clean again.
We looked at our own teeth in the mirrors to determine how many we had (children have 20 milk - or ‘baby’ - teeth and when they fall out even more adult teeth grow through). We then counted out and stuck down some teeth into very empty mouths to create beautiful smiles on paper.
We’ve been helping the Tooth Fairy find teeth this week as well. We counted out teeth to go under pillows, and have been practising our grips and pen control by guiding the Tooth Fairies safely through different mazes and along different pathways.
The 2s have been looking at growth. We all took it in turns to be measured and then our heights were mapped out using coloured ribbon with our photos on the top. When we were all measured we were able to see how high up we came and which of our friends were the tallest.
As well as height, we’ve been looking at weight. Through water play we’ve been delighting in finding out which objects float and which sink; all the colourful plastic bottle tops bobbed around like boats!
We’ve spent the last few weeks looking at how to be healthy through diet and exercise, this week we’ve been looking at the people who help to keep us healthy and what’s going on inside our bodies.
Our role play corner has turned into a hospital and we’ve been taking it in turns to play both patient and professional! We’ve been taking x-rays and fixing broken bones, tending to babies with chicken pox and, of course, filling in all our pape work on each patient!
Our interest in bones hasn’t ended in the hospital however; we’ve also been recreating skeletons in the playdough – looking at both human and animal skeletons – using cotton buds. We talked about how we have bones of all different sizes and shapes and felt along our arms, legs and ribs to verify!
We’ve been on a germ busting mission this week as well, talking about and looking at germs and why it’s so important to keep ourselves clean. We rubbed cooking oil over our hands with some sprinkles of cinnamon - they looked like tiny germs all over our hands. First we tried to just rub them off but it didn't work. Then we tried wetting our hands but that didn't work either! Finally we decided to use some soap. We sang a song as washed;
“Wash our hands,
wash our hands,
wash our hands today,
wash the front and
wash the back and
wash them in between"
We discovered that to really clean our hands and to make sure we didn't let those pesky germs win, we need a mixture of soap and water to get rid of them
As well as our own germs, we’ve been helping to rid Funky Fingers of those pesky creatures too. Using the tweezers we had to remove the ‘germs’ from the hands to keep them clean.
The 2s have been looking at growing - height and size - and have been planting cress seeds. We talked about what we needed to do – first we wetted the kitchen paper, then we sprinkled on the seeds. We then talked about what the seeds need to grow - sunshine and a little bit of water. We are going to check the seeds every day to see how they grow!
We’ve also been using the construction to grow some towers too! We’ve been adding blocks of Duplo one at a time to make the tallest towers we could! We compared them with each other’s towers to see who had the tallest and whose needed to ‘grow’ a bit more!
We hope you enjoy a lovely sunny bank holiday weekend, and we'll see you all on Tuesday!
This week we have been getting up close and hands on with the fruit and vegetables that we’ve been talking about this past fortnight. We’ve used various tools to explore texture and smells such as mashers, (plastic!) knives and scissors.
In the playdough, we’ve been using character puppets from the story Handa’s Surprise, as well as the small African animals, to recreate aspects of the story. Some of filled a basket with playdough fruit we had rolled then balanced them on our heads as we walked, just like Handa!
On the Funky Fingers table we’ve been timing ourselves this week. We had to see how many tangerines we could hang on the tree before the time ran out. We had to be fast but more importantly we had to be really careful not to snap the branches. It required a lot of dexterity!
We have been helping Handa to fill her basket by using the numeral dice and a ‘key’ that tells us which number equates to which piece of fruit. So, if we rolled a five we had to look at our key and match it with the corresponding five; we then collected that fruit to put in the basket. Sometimes we had lots of the same fruit, sometimes we had a good selection – it was a fun game of chance! Afterwards we counted how many fruit we had altogether.
The 2s have been focusing on the main character of our story ‘What the ladybird heard’ and have been counting spots on all her ladybird friends’ backs.
We have been exploring the red playdough, adding our own spots of various shapes and sizes to create a fantastic collection of ladybirds and other creature friends too.
Throughout the week we've been engaging in the farmyard small world, recreating our story and have been using different sized containers to pour and fill seeds, straw and other items the ladybird may have come across on her journey around the farm.
We’ve been looking at the story of Handa’s Surprise this week; the story of a little girl called Handa who takes various fruit to her friend, Akeyo, as a gift. However, along the way, various sneaky animals take a piece of fruit each leaving the basket empty until a runaway goat saves the day….
We’ve been engaging in various activities related to the story including counting out fruit to fill Handa's basket up again.
We’ve been completing patterns with the African animals featured in the book too. Some of the patterns needed finishing at the end so we had to follow the pattern to work out which animal came last. Some of the patterns had gaps in the middle which involved some real problem solving to work out!
As well as the exotic fruit in Handa’s story, we’ve been looking at fruit and vegetables closer to home as part of our Healthy Heroes topic. We flexed our Funky Fingers and practised our scissor skills; chop chop chopping at the fruit, vegetables and other healthy foods in our supermarket magazines.
We always do a lot of singing here in Kendal and this past fortnight we’ve learnt a few new songs about fruit and vegetables. Our favourite is called ‘The soup is boiling up’ – we choose different vegetables and add it to our saucepan with a good stir. We even performed it for reception in assembly!
The 2s have continued with their story of ‘what the ladybird heard’, going on a ladybird listening walk to see what we could hear. We heard birds, cars and even a buzzy bee! We looked at all the flowers growing along the way and at the end we even found the ladybird herself!!!
Inside, we scented our playdough with herbs from our garden – we especially enjoyed the rosemary, using it to decorate playdough cakes and to make patterns in the dough.
In this first week back in Kendal we’ve been sharing news and tales from our Easter break. We drew pictures based on what we’d gotten up to and talked about the moments we enjoyed the most – it sounds like there were a lot of memorable visits from the Easter Bunny!
Our focus this term is ‘Healthy Heroes’ – looking at food, exercise and the people who help keep us fit and healthy. We started this week by turning our role play area into a Healthy Eating Café – there were plenty of budding chefs creating salads and smoothies plus waiting staff using their markmaking skills to take down peoples orders
We’ve been looking at patterns in maths and used various fruit to make repetitive patterns in a ‘fruit kebab’. They all looked delicious! We’ve also been looking at weights and measures, using different vegetables to sort out the heavy items from the lighter items.
In PE this week we’ve been boogying with the beanbags, following instructions alongside the music. We had to boogie with the beanbags on our heads, toes and even elbows. It was so funny!
The Twos have been looking at the story What the Ladybird Heard; the story of a ladybird who overhears a plan to steal a farmyards prize cow so her and the other animals hatch a plan to save the day!
We really enjoyed playing with the small world farmyard and animals, stomping around looking for those baddies.
Just like the farmer in the story with his tractor, we’ve been driving our own tractors around…all through the paint!
We made tracks that went up and down, backwards and forward and round in a loop – it was great fun! We’ll continue to pursue our interest in the story next week.
It was a snowy start to the week so we decided to bring a little of the frozen fun indoors! We had great fun scooping and measuring, using containers to create snowcastles, and using the construction toys to push, heap and make marks in the snow before it melted.
We’ve been talking about the upcoming Easter holidays; what traditions people have to celebrate around this time such as eating hot cross buns, spotting new life everywhere in the form of flowers and baby animals, and the giving of Easter eggs. We had our own Easter egg hunt in the Kendal garden, looking out for the different coloured and patterned eggs hidden around and counting how many we’d found as a team at the end.
After showing so much enthusiasm in our daffodil painting last week, we were excited to discover new flowers that we could recreate with the paints this week. We noticed how the tulips were a different shape to the daffodil petals and admired the beautiful mix of colours and tones.
With Easter (and Easter eggs!) on our mind this week we have been matching halves over in the maths area. We had to identify the shape on one half of a cracked egg and then find its corresponding pair. We talked about the properties of the shape – its name and features - as we worked.
The 2s took part in their own Easter egg hunt; searching for the colourful eggs amongst a large ‘nest’, using our finger muscles to open them to reveal the tiny chicks inside!
We were excited by the snow too and joined our 3+ friends in exploring it inside as well as out in the garden.
Our grownups covered a whole table in paper and we had a great time using the dabbers to make marks across the huge space – sometimes we used them two at a time! We used them again to decorate Easter eggs; combining the patterns the paint made with equally colourful tissue paper shapes.
From all of the staff in Kendal, we wish you a Happy Easter and a lovely two weeks together.
See you next term!
This week we‘ve been getting into the full spring swing! We’ve been looking at the parts of a flower, their various shapes and sizes, and the wonderful smells they emit. We created some beautiful daffodil paintings.
We turned our home corner into a flower shop and have been taking turns to buy and sell all sorts of flora and fauna. We’ve been filling out cards for special bouquets and invoices for big bulk orders as well!
Over on Funky Fingers we’ve been racing against the clock to find the chicks hiding in their nest. We used the tweezers to rummage around in the nest, locate the chicks and pick them out before the sand ran out.
In the maths area we’ve been creating vehicles and buildings out of various 2D shapes. We made cars, castles, and even caravans! We talked about the shapes we’d used; their properties and how many we’d used.
We have been working hard to solve some spring puzzles as well. By ordering the numerals and/or counting the dots at the bottom we have been able to connect the pieces together to generate the photo.
The 2+ children have been printing with fruit – some of the same fruit that the hungry caterpillar was munching on last week in fact!
We talked about our favourite fruit we like to eat, the smell and how fruit helps us grow big and strong!
Some of us will be moving up to the 3+s after the Easter holidays and we have had fun getting ready to do this.
This week (some of us!) are relieved to see and feel the spring weather pushing through now that the snow has melted.
We have been looking at various flowers and recreating them in paint, pen and playdough form. We used and mixed various colours to create unique and wonderful results.
In key group this week we’ve been focusing on Nursery Rhymes and songs using the song dice and song box. We have also been using the beads and buttons to create fantastic patterns and counted the items we used, as well as looking at our names and practicing our mark making.
As last week’s snow meant that we missed World Book Day, Castle Book Day was held this week and the costumes were amazing! Well done to everybody who made such a super effort - it was lovely to hear all about your favourite books. We invited our Year R friends over and had a great time sharing our costumes and stories with them.
The 2’s have been continuing with our hungry Caterpillar theme. We’ve been practising using the tweezers to pick up pompoms and fill up containers and pots. We’ve even been using them to create our own caterpillars.
We have using different materials to create our caterpillars too, talking about the sizes and shapes of what we were using.
We enjoyed Book Day too, dressing up as our favourite characters and looking at lots of different stories independently and with our grownups.
This week we combined a gradual introduction to Spring with snow and ice! Inside we’ve been doing activities alluding to spring animals and new floral life; however, outside we’ve been finding ice fragments in the mud kitchen and dancing around catching snowflakes! What a funny week!
We’ve been really focusing on our maths this week, looking at our wider mathematical knowledge and comparing it to what we knew back in September. We looked through our special purple nursery books at our previous work and have been commenting on our learning since then, taking part in small challenges to show our adults how far we’ve come – they were so proud!
We’ve been creating animals out of the shape blocks, finding the shapes with the correct numbers of sides and angles and rotating them to fit into our template. We’ve created caterpillars, ducks, butterflies and many more!
Since its been too cold to plant real flowers, we’ve been using our fine motor skills to plant some artificial ones. We’ve had to twist and push the lollypop stems into small slots in our containers to create a beautiful bunch worthy of a windowsill display!
The 2s have been looking at construction and working together as a team. We’ve used different construction materials to build towers and long winding paths both independently and w
This final week has been the busiest by far and it has flown by!
Its been share and share alike in the Early Years as we were invited to see the Reception Nativity. It was amazing and we loved singing along to all the familiar songs. We then responded in kind by practising our own nativity for them to be dazzled by!
Wednesday was our busiest, most important day as not only was it Christmas dinner - delicious! - but it was 'grand performance' day in both the Toddler and Preschool room. We wore our costumes and Christmas jumpers with pride and sang our hearts out for all of our special people - our Nursery adults were all very proud of us!
On this final day of term, we had a visit from someone very special....Father Christmas popped by to give us a Ho Ho Ho, make sure we were still on his 'good' list, and to deliver us a present to share as a class! We're very excited about our new Hungry Hippos game and cant wait to play!(Special Thanks to the Friends of Castle School for making his visit possible).
As we've worked so hard all term, we finished the week with a DVD as our end of year treat. We love Minions in Kendal!
From all of the Nursery staff, we want to wish all of our children and families a safe and happy holiday. We're looking forward to hearing all about your festivities when you return in the New Year. Merry Christmas!
As we say hello to December we’re also excited to officially say hello again to the Christmas season! We’ve dusted off the tree and polished the baubles and now Kendal is looking very festive!
This week we’ve been building a snowman using the numeric and dotted dice. We had to roll and then match the result with the corresponding key so that we could add all the accessories. There were many dapper looking snowman when we were finished!
We’ve also been using our counting skills to see how many presents we can fit onto Father Christmas’s sleigh. We needed to add the presents one by one, stacking them up however we could without them falling off! We made piles and towers of presents for him to deliver!
After more than the recommended 24 hours of drying time (and a quick blast in the oven to boot!), our saltdough ornaments were finally ready to decorate! We used lots of glue, glitter and Christmas colours to really make them sparkle – they’ll look amazing on our trees at home!
We used the leftover cinnamon in our playdough – it smelled amazing! We used the Christmas cutters and gems to make some festive creations.
We’ve been really getting to grips with our fine motor skills this week. Using tweezers we’ve been racing against the sandtimer to pick up and place pompoms on the Christmas tree and bauble. We used the bigger tweezers on the real baubles and decorations as well; some of the baubles were very interesting shapes and all different sizes so they were quite tricky to pick up!
The 2s have been exploring colours, blocks and marks – with a Christmas twist of course! We’ve used sponges and stampers to paint and then decorate a big Christmas tree for the toddler room – it looks so festive!
We’ve also made calendars using shape cutters dipped in paint – we talked about the colours we’d chosen and the names of the shapes.
Its been a bit of a Santa’s grotto in toddlers as well as we took on the role of Father Christmas’ helpful elves. We wrapped up presents (various boxes!) to put under our class tree.
See you next week for our Nursery Christmas performances!
We’ve had a snowball fight in Kendal this week! Though the frost has been settling on all our cars before Nursery and we had to wrap up warm, we hadn’t seen any snow so we decided to pretend. We played in pairs; each of us trying to defending our snow forts as we rolled a dice and counting the dots to see how many snowballs we could ‘throw’ at our partners fort. After a few turns, we counted how many snowballs had damaged our forts altogether to see who came out victorious. We shook hands at the end though with a cheery “good game, good game” to show there were no hard feelings – as long as we have fun it doesn’t matter who the winner is!
We’ve been feigning cold in the winter small world too. We used our winter animal figurines, cotton wool, tinfoil and other blue, white and silver material to create a pretend world for our toy people to explore. We used the same winter animals as prompts to help develop our descriptive language. We played a game of ‘describe and find it’ where we had to talk about one of the animals - its special features and habits – to help our friends guess which animal we were thinking of.
Having sorted out all the winter accessories last week into sets, we decided to hang them up to make it easier to find again. We had to use our funky fingers (our fine motor movements and muscles) to peg them up onto the line. It was quite tricky but we were resilient! We’re ready to help hang out the laundry at home now!
As our Nativity practise gets into full swing, we have been reminding ourselves of the story between rehearsals. We’ve been using books and knitted characters to retell the story of baby Jesus and the very first Christmas.
In preparation for Christmas, we all got stuck-in to a cinnamon salt dough recipe. We measured, mixed and kneaded the dough before rolling it out and using special seasonal shapes to cut out some decorations. Once they’re dry we’ll glam them up ready for the Christmas takeover!
The 2s have also been simulating the winter weather, filling up gloves with cold coloured materials and textures to create feely fingers; The gel was cold and the cotton wool felt like snow!
We put a chilly twist on our Sunshine time this week too, using cotton [snow] balls to gently go round the garden on our partners hands and apply a little bit of lotion to keep our skin from getting sore from the cold wind.
We’ve been practising our songs for our festive sing-a-long too. We’re so excited to share them with our special people soon!
It's shape week here in Kendal so we’ve been looking at various 2D shapes and their special, defining features.
Over in Funky Fingers we have been challenging our fine motor skills by setting a time restriction on the activity! We had to show many different shaped sequins we could pick and peel off the double sided tape in one minute. It was super tricky as they were really stuck fast so we had to use all our finger muscle strength combined with our pincer grips to free them.
Elsewhere in Kendal we have been feeding some shape monsters that wandered in for a visit. They were always very hungry… but very fussy! They only liked ‘biscuits’ with the same shape on as themselves so we had to be careful at feeding time! Circle monster only likes the biscuits with circles on and square monster didn’t like the triangle biscuits at all!
Alongside the biscuits, we’ve been ‘cooking up’ some shape pizzas too! We talked about the round, circular base and added some delicious toppings. We discussed our favourite pizzas and set to work topping our paper plates bases with various shapes. It was suggested that the circles were like pepperoni and the triangles were like pineapple!
Inspired by our ‘cooking’ over in the numeracy area, we opened up a pizzeria in the role play area, with menus that came through the door and we took it in turns to wait on our friends, take their order and create the pizza of their choice.
Outside we’ve been on a hunt for shapes in our environment, using photographs of the garden as well as our own ideas to locate any shapes hidden within our nursery. We found: circles - the tyres and scooter wheels; squares - the window in the Wendy house and boxes of resources; rectangles - the wooden decking and patio slabs, and many more!
As well as exploring shapes this week we looked into road safety on our Beep Beep! Day. We watched a short clip courtesy of Sesame Street where we learnt about the dangers of the road and to make sure we stay with our special people even when we’re on the pavement as there could be driveways backing onto the path or people on bikes whizzing past.
We used signs and symbols such as traffic lights and stop signs alongside the car mat, as well as using the Bee-Bots on our smaller road mats, to make sure our transport and pedestrians stayed safe. We also decorated large hands that we stuck onto a lollystick to hold up outside and to take home to remind us and our friends to “Stop, Look and Listen” before we crossed the road.
The 2s have been focusing on two senses: sounds and smell. We investigated a pile of smelly socks but were very pleased to discover they were pretty pleasant smells! We discovered coffee, lemon, lavender and soap.
We have been testing our listening ears to. We read the story ‘Peace at Last’ with all the environmental sounds that kept daddy bear awake and listened out for sounds in our own environment; we heard the big children playing in their room and the sound of footsteps too.
We also listened to sounds on a CD player and matched them to their corresponding photographs. It was a bit tricky but we listened really well and helped our friends to identify the noise too!
Congratulations to our pupil of the week, a young lady who has shown herself to be so respectful, helpful and kind to both friends and grownups! Well done!
This week in Kendal we’ve said goodbye to Autumn and welcomed in Winter. We talked about seeing frost in the mornings, on our cars and on the grass, as well as having to start wrapping up in extra layers such as gloves and scarves.
We have been reading the story ‘say hello to snowy animals’ – a book all about arctic animals. We have discussed the environment they live in and have been making our own snowy landscapes. We added different animals to our scenes and used lots of mathematical language when talking about the amount such as same, different, more than, less than and counting who was playing in the snow and icy waters of our picture.
On Thursdays with Mrs Gillard we have been looking at the story of the Gingerbread Man and this week we have been making our own salt dough gingerbread men to decorate. We weighed and measured all our ingredients and had a lot of fun getting sticky with the mixture and using the cutters to create our final piece.
With our wet winter weather affecting some parts of the garden, we have relocated our mud kitchen and have been having lots of fun with the sand, water and soil creating delicious concoctions such as mud pies and then teasing Mrs Exton with offers of 'chocolate cake'!
Both inside outside we’ve been really interested in the transport and have set up a petrol station outside to top up our scooters and bikes. £5 for a full tank of petrol – what a bargain! Inside we’ve been working together to design racecourses, adding ramps, bridges and tunnels for our transport to go up, under, through and around before building the courses using the wooden blocks and putting them to the test.
As its Anti Bullying Week, we’ve had a lot of discussions during snack and key group time about being kind; with our words and our hands/feet. We know that in Kendal we’re all friends and we all stick together. There’s no room for bullies in Nursery!
The 2s have been working on our physical development. We watched the bear hunt story again on the interactive whiteboard and moved to the music. We stretched up tall and swayed like the long swishy grass, we tiptoed through the bear cave and we moved our feet up and down slowly as if we were wading through the squelchy mud.
We also went out onto the field and balanced along the logs, climbed over the tree stumps and crawled through the small tunnels. We found lots of bears at the end of our journey but luckily they weren’t scary – they just wanted a hug!
Congratulations to our Pupil of the Week who has tried very hard all week to receive the honour and her positivity, resilience and delightful conversations have been noted and much appreciated by her grownups. Well done, super star!
This week in Kendal we’ve been helping Mrs Exton with her conker counting. She had too many to keep track of so we helped group them into more manageable clusters; being able to add “1 more” or “2 more” to the groups and sometimes even matching the amount we had to its corresponding numeral.
We’ve been taking time out of our routine as well this week to stop and listen to what’s going on around us, defining the sounds and noises that we could hear both inside and outside of the nursery. We heard all sorts, from our friends playing with certain toys, to shoes walking across the floor.
As this is the week leading up to remembrance Sunday, we’ve been curious about why there are poppies on people’s jumpers, in all the shops and along the high street. We’ve talked about how this is a time when we remember the special people who did - and who do - good things for our country; for where we live. We talked about how those people wanted/want to help us to have the life that we have; safe and happy and together. We chatted about seeing people selling poppies to help raise money for these special people and that by wearing them and seeing them grow it helps us to remember them. We even watched a special video explaining it all through classical music and the animals' point of view (you can find it on the CBeebies website if you would like to share at home too).
As well as painting and making our own, we’ve been using our fine motor skills to plant the poppies on their lollypop stems into small slots in boxes and tubes to create a lovely remembrance garden. It was quite tricky as we had to angle some of the flowers to push them in, but we did it!
We’ve also be practising our scissor skills this week. Leading on from the fun we had last week cutting our fireworks we’ve been let loose on the magazines; chopping, snipping and cutting around items we found on the pages. We inadvertently found lots of things we’d like to ask Father Christmas for at the same time – sorry grown ups!
The 2s have been going on a bear hunt! We’ve been using our listening ears to check for any noises – bear or otherwise – that we might hear along the way. Inside, we looked at the storybook and used sensory bags and pictures to encourage our talking and sharing of ideas. We used the sensory bags in our small world play later, taking the figures on a journey through the swirling snowstorm of cotton wool, the long, swishy grass and the dark, box cave.
We also enjoyed watching the animated version on the interactive whiteboard in the big room after reading it in our own room…We spotted the bear before the adventurers did!
We have noticed poppies everywhere too; we shared our experiences and thoughts with our grown ups after looking at lots of photographs and poppies on our display table. We looked at the colours of the poppies and had fun sorting through lots of different red and black fabrics and textures, getting very sticky in the process!
Its been a busy first week back in Kendal with so much to talk about after our week's break, so much so that we wrote it all down in a journal with an adult and drew pictures to remind ourselves what we’d been up to.
During PE this week we used our story ‘Room on Broom’ to get us motivated. We moved around the hall like the animals would in the story – bouncing like a frog, flapping like a bird – then we flew around on our brooms making sure to stop at the red light, be alert and keep on our toes for amber and zoom, zoom, zoom when the green light shone to go. Even witches have to obey the traffic laws! We're becoming so independent with our shoes and socks each week but if one of us does find it tricky, there's always a kindly helping hand around to save the day!
We have all been seeing fireworks around this week in the lead up to bonfire night so we combined some scissor skills with our numeracy. We created and counted how many fireworks we could send up into our paper sky! We used a little rhyme to help with our scissor grip – “two fingers at the bottom, one thumb at the top, open the mouth and go chop, chop, chop!” – and added lots of glitter to create a really spectacular show. We also used the straws tied in a bundle to stamp some colourful explosions across the page – of course adding some more glitter so the fireworks really sparkled!
With Autumn slowly turning into Winter, we've noticed that the last of the leaves are slowly making their way down to the ground and had heaps of fun jumping into handmade piles and making it rain leaves. We didn’t want to upset Mr Hamer (who’d spent a long time clearing our garden!) so made sure to sweep them back off our garden floor when we’d finished. We worked as a team to clear it as it was all our responsibility and afterwards it became an impromptu broomstick race just like in our book for PE!
On Thursday with Mrs Gillard, we finished our work on the story of Goldilocks and the 3 Bears with a special snack of porridge – Mrs Gillard made sure it wasn’t “too hot” or “too cold” and luckily, as with Baby Bear's, it was “just right”. We kept an eye out for Goldilocks though in case she came to take a sneaky taste of our snack!
The 2s have been excited about the fireworks too. We’ve drizzled and dripped glue across black card and added glitter to makes some beautiful firework displays.
As well as creating fireworks on paper, we also became the fireworks this week. We listened to some classical music and accompanied it with the musical instruments so that we could all pretend to be fireworks; whizzing, twirling and dancing across the sky! We made our own light show as well in the sensory tent using the torches and disco balls, talking about what colours we could see on the walls.
Please note; our weekly Field Fun will start again next Wednesday, 8 November. Thank you.
We have been robots, pilots, ticket salesmen and even Father Christmas this week as we’ve engaged in some open ended play using tubes and boxes and just our imaginations!
We went on a colour hunt mid-week on the field. We read the story Colours by Julia Donaldson and then, using a piece of coloured wool, searched around for something that matched. We found big red leaves, tiny yellow leaves, green grass, brown oozy mud and a white feather!
We’ve looked at colour inside as well, combining it with our maths knowledge in order to make different sized towers with the Duplo. We made tall towers, small towers and counted the blocks in order to check we had matched the building plans!
One of our favourite activities in Kendal is the marble run, so we took that idea, adapted it as the toddlers did last week and made a giant conker run! We used the conkers we scavenged from the field and some different sized cardboard tubes to roll them down. We also realised we could use it for the transport too and had a few races!
We used the conkers afterwards for a spot of painting, making paint trails by tilting the conker in different directions across our paper. We used the rest to engage in a spot of measuring and pouring; experimenting with capacity by talking about full and empty, and comparing quantities.
In Toddlers we’ve also been looking at capacity; pouring and filling with water and using various containers to experiment.
In an exchange of activities with our preschool friends who borrowed our conker run idea, we thought we’d have a go at some leaf art too and swapped some resources. We gathered up some extra leaves on an expedition to the field and set about decorating and creating.
We rounded off our week of collaboration by coming together for a special group time with the preschool.
Congratulations this week go to someone who has shown himself to be very resilient and independent. Well done!
Please note, that for the final week of term, there is no Wednesday Woodland Wander on 18 October so waterproofs and wellies will not be needed; please come in normal attire. Thank you!
What a perfect week of Autumn weather we’ve had! The sun’s been shining, the leaves are crispy, the grass is dewy and we’ve been wrapping up warm to explore it all.
We’ve been the Kings and Queens of Autumn, parading around the field in our autumnal crowns. We foraged for Autumn leaves and tiny conkers to create our marvelous headpieces and had a great time living up to our royal roles on the Castle apparatus, climbing to the top and sliding back down after surveying our kingdom.
We took some leaves back to Kendal with us and have been creating some stunning leaf prints in those well-known autumn colours. We carefully painted one side then pressed them down onto our paper to create some natural patterns. The results were ‘tree-mendous’! As well as our art work, we’ve been using our autumnal resources to help solidify our counting and mathematical vocabulary too. We’ve been looking at how many items we have; counting and using words like more, less and lots to describe our hauls!
Alongside our autumn palette, we’ve been looking at the whole rainbow of colours too. We’ve been using the coloured pegs to challenge our finger muscles and recreate colourful patterns. We’ve also been using the coloured teddy bears to replicate the peg patterns and create our own.
Outside in the Kendal garden we’ve been looking at spatial awareness and direction. We’ve used the scooters and tricycles on our track and have been trying really hard to call to each other about which direction we’re heading in, and alerting any pedestrians that may stray into our path. We’ve been making sure to steer away from obstacles and to slow down when nearing other ‘drivers’.
In the Twos' Room we’ve also been going bonkers about conkers; sorting and counting them, using them in our ‘cooking’ role play, as nature’s marbles in a cardboard tube run, and as part of our small world exploration.
We went on a nature ramble as well around the field to see what other autumn objects we could find. Before we left Nursery we counted to see if we had everyone and we talked about how to stay safe outside such as holding hands with our buddy and coming back to a grown up straight away if they called us. We all took a basket to put or treasures in and ended up with quite the collection of leaves, conkers, feathers and twigs.
Special mentions this week go to two little people - one for showing great resilience all week and another for being very respectful to both adults and peers. Well done!
As we officially transition into Autumn, children in Kendal have marked the occasion with a range of different activities. We’ve taken an Autumn stroll around the field, looking for the different signs of the season, such as the changing colour of the leaves, the disappearance of the flowers and vegetables in the allotment and the appearance of shiny round conkers falling out of the trees from their spiky shells.
With the leaves changing colour outside, we wanted to see if we could do the same inside with our paint collection. We’ve been experimenting with various different paints, light and dark, to see what changes occur and what we can make. So far we’ve discovered a way to make purple, orange and green using only two colours!
As well as changes in colours and the weather, we’ve noticed that the beginning of Autumn is spider season, meaning our garden and shelter have become the setting for a bit of a spider party! We don’t mind sharing though, we’ve been on the lookout for small spiders, big spiders, spiders building their webs and spiders who have moved on and left their beautiful webs behind.
We’re learning that spiders are our friends – they get rid of the germy flies for us - so we've tried to be kind and helpful too by carefully rescuing and redirecting any spiders who get a bit lost and find their way inside. (Mrs Exton has had to put on a very brave face for the latter activity!)
With the story of the Owl Babies being our focus this term, we’ve been creating story maps to show our understanding of the tale and retelling it to our peers in a variety of ways; through props in the book corner to puppets in the playdough.
We’ve been combining some of our interests in transport with our markmaking this week. We’ve attached pens to different vehicles and driven them across and around big pieces of paper to make a felt tip traffic jam!
In the Twos' Room we’ve been taking in the seasonal changes too, going on mini-beast hunts and also learning about how to be kind and gentle with our many-legged friends.
Just like our older peers we’ve also been looking at colour and similarly combining our own interest in transport to help us explore. We’ve used the paint to create fantastic patterns and collisions of colour, watching as the colours changed as they mixed.
Congratulations this week go to someone for whom the Responsibility and Independence shown in each session has really shone through and resulted in him being chosen as our Pupil of the Week. Well done!
1…2…3... Hello! It’s been a focus of all things mathematical this week; from counting songs with the stretchy cloth, to challenging ourselves over some pretty tricky puzzles, making patterns with objects of various sizes and shapes, and even helping Mrs Exton out of a maths muddle when all her pompoms went missing!
We used both natural and colourful resources to build towers and make patterns, using lots of mathematical language. We've made 'big' towers and 'long' ones. We've counted how many things we have used to create our patterns and have scrutinised our patterns with an aritists eye to decide if they needed 'more' of any colour.
We’ve enjoyed Mrs Gillard’s story sack of ‘The 3 Bears’, using our fingers to show our number knowledge whilst we counted how many things that cheeky miss, Goldilocks, ate, broke or borrowed - she certainly wasn’t following our Kendal Golden Rules!
In other news, we started our PE sessions in the hall and had a really good boogie! We used our listening ears to follow the instructions in the songs and were really resilient when it came to taking our shoes and socks off and on again independently.
In the Twos' Room we’ve settled in really well! Whenever we do get a bit worried though we look at our pictures so we know what we’re going to do before our special people come back – this helps us to feel safe and find our smiles in no time!
Just like our friends in the ‘big’ room, we’ve been exploring patterns and colour too by making some really colourful prints with the cotton reels and paint. Our new Story sack this week is ‘Down in the Jungle’ and we all love to count how many animals we can spot and use the puppets to slither, jump and crawl along to the tale.
Big congratulations to our Pupils of the Week for showing such responsibility and for kindness and respect for her peers.
Don’t forget to check Tapestry – or your emails for the Tapestry registration link if you’re new to Kendal! – for more information on what we’ve been getting up too. See you all next week!
This week in Kendal, we have been really getting to grips with the routine and expectations. As a cohort, we have a talked about what we would like to see and experience in the classroom, such as mutual respect and safe conduct. Together we have drawn up a few favourite ideas that we call our ‘Golden Rules’ and are going to try really hard to embody at Nursery – and at home!
In Kendal we are going to try to remember our Listening Ears, to use our walking feet inside and speedy feet outside, kind hands and our ‘inside’ voices. The final and most important rule however, is that we’re all going to have fun because if we’re not having fun, we’re not learning!