All of the nursery children visited Poppelwood to meet Father Christmas.
When we arrived, we went with Santa’s elves to write our letter to Santa. We had to tell him if we had been naughty or nice and write what we wanted from him for Christmas. We talked about how we’d been nice this year, by sharing with our friends, helping our mums and dads and tidying our bedrooms.
Next, we went to Santa’s grotto but... OH NO! He was fast asleep! We sang a Christmas song to wake him up but that didn’t work so we sang even louder!
When we met Father Christmas, we went one at a time to give him our letter and tell him how we’d been good and asked nicely for the presents we would like this year, remembering to say
please and thank you. We posted our letters in the postbox and had a special present from Santa.
We have been reading the story “Owl Babies”.
In the story, three little owls, Sarah, Percy and Bill are feeling sad, worried and lonely because their Mother Owl has flown away. The baby owls don't know where she has gone! They all sit together on Sarah’s branch to close their eyes and wait for Mother Owl to return.
We’ve been using our owl puppets to role play the story as well as using feathers and twigs in our mark making and making owls in the creative area.
We have been thinking where Mummy Owl could have gone. Some of thought she’d gone to work, or maybe the shops! Then we wondered if she’dgone to buy sweeties for the owls like our mummies and daddies do. But no, we realised that’s not what owls do!
On Thursday, we read the next part of the story... and Mother Owl CAME BACK!
We were so excited to see that the Mother Owl had come to visit us in our classroom!
She brought her friends too; we met seven birds altogether! We learnt lots about owls and had a go at seeing if we would make a good owl. We had to stand up straight like a soldier and balance on one leg, because that's how owls go to sleep! Owls sleep in the day time when we are awake and wake up in the night time when we are asleep. We also put on our binoculars to see what it would be like to see like an owl as they can’t move their eyes, they move their heads around from side to side. We also learnt that some owls have 70,000 feathers! And we even saw a few owls going to the toilet too...
We then had a go at touching some of the owls. We had to be really careful. We felt their soft, smooth feathers. Alison from the Owl Sanctuary was showing us how to be sensible and she chose sensible children to have a go at holding an owl using a special glove!
It was very exciting and we’ve even been given a free ticket to the Owl Sanctuary in Ebbw Vale so we can go and visit Mother Owl and her friends again soon
Lots of us in nursery have begun learning our sounds. We have been having Read Write Inc phonics sessions each day to learn how to hear, say, see and write our sounds.
We’ve been learning the sound ‘m’ for mountain, monkey, mum and map.
First, we had to hear the sound and we practised saying lots of words beginning with the sound ‘m’.
After we’d seen the sound and recognised its shape, we went on a hunt to find the sound ‘m’ around our school! We used our iPads to take photos of the ‘m’ sounds we could find.
Later in the week, we learnt how to write the sound ‘m’.
We have to go down Maisie and then over the mountains.
We say: “Maisie, mountain, mountain” to help us to write the sound!
We brought in things from home which began with the sound ‘m’ for our sound table. We have been saying the words and hearing how they start with the sound ‘m’.
We had an important job to do! We had to help Henry the Hedgehog. He needed us to help him to get ready to hibernate over the cold winter months. He needed food and a warm place to sleep.
We had a big think about what Henry would need and then wrote a list before we went on a hunt for autumn treasures! We walked around our school grounds to find all the things we would need; we found crunchy leaves, twigs, sticks, pinecones and acorns! We learnt that in autumn the leaves go brown, orange, yellow and red; they turn crispy and crunchy and fall off the trees. We jumped in the leaves to hear the sound they make.
We used our digital skills to take photos of what we had found on our iPads.
We brought everything back to our Nursery to build a home for Henry the Hedgehog and fill it with food for him to eat over the winter. We used our counting skills to see how many autumn treasures we had found.
We have been photographers in nursery! We are so lucky to have iPads in our class, so we have been showing off our digital skills!
We now know the camera button we need to press to take the photo or sometimes we can just swipe the screen.
We have been trying hard to make sure you can see the person’s face clearly on the screen and then we hit the white circle... SNAP!
Most importantly, don’t forget your cheesy smile!
We even had a practice at taking a selfie...