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Welcome to a new year in nursery!  

We have a fun filled and exciting year ahead of us, packed full of activites, visitors and trips.

Keep checking our page for updates and photographs.

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Chinese New Year Celebrations

 

To celebrate Chinese New Year we transformed our role play area into a Chinese Restaurant with authentic Chinese food and crockery.  We took on the role of waiters, chefs and customers.  We even tried to master using chopsticks!  

At our painting easel we had the opportunity to make Chinese symbols on lucky red paper.  

In the creative area we made colourful dragon masks and wore them to preform in a dragon dance! 

Our sand tray transformed into a rice tray and we had lots of fun exploring its texture.

We watched an animated story about how Chinese families celebrate the new year.

Ryan very kindly gave the whole class a special present of a fortune cookie to celebrate the new year.

 

Kung Hei Fat Choi everyone!

 

 

 

Ormeau Road Library Trip

Nursery and P1 walked through the park, along the river and across the bridge to the library.

We turned our whisper voices on and listened to some lovely stories read by Kathryn.  

We sang some action songs before exploring the children's books.

We selected some books to borrow and used our library card.

 

Enchanted Evening and Day

 

While exploring some traditional tales during the theme of 'Our Favourite Stories', we held an Enchanted Evening followed by an Enchanted Day in our nursery classroom.

 

The children dressed up for the occasion and explored their classroom under the cover of darkness.  Play areas were enchanted by fairy lights and glittering decorations. 

 

The children prepared a banquet snack of fairy cakes and buns fit for a king!

 

Parents were treated to an IMovie snapshot into nursery life and were amazed as to how busy we are in school!

 

Thank you all for coming and making the event a success.  Everyone had a fabulous time!

Dentist Visit

 

We had a very special visit from the dentist.  

She read us a story about why it is very important to brush your teeth and to eat healthy food.  We helped the dentist to brush her friends teeth, the upstairs ones and the downstairs ones!

Sensory Bottles

 

We upcycled plastic bottles by adding water, paint, pipe cleaners, glitter, straws and other bits and bobs from our creative area.

We used our strong muscles to shake the bottles and mix everything together.

We watched the objects swirl around and settle again.

We are going to bring them outside and make a sensory area in our playground.

Santa Visit

 

We had a very special visitor in nursery....Santa!

We sang him some Christmas songs before visiting him in his grotto.

He gave us a present and smiled for a photograph!

 

Have a relaxing Christmas break and we will see you in the New Year for lots more fun.

Whoops-A-Daisy Angel

 

The nursery children worked extremely hard to put on our nativity production of the Whoops-a-daisy angel.  

We all looked fabulous in our costumes and sang beautifully!

Well done everyone!

 

 

Garden Fun!

 

Here we are having lots of fun exploring our garden area!

 

Anti-bullying Week

 

We are all good friends in nursery and work hard everyday to ensure everyone is happy and included.  

For anti-bullying week we decorated friendship superhero masks and celebrated that there were no two the same, everyone had made theirs different, unique, just like them.

We looked at pictures on our interactive whiteboard and found things that were different and things that were the same.  

We discussed that everyone is different, a unique friendship superhero!

Museum Trip

 

We walked through Botanic Gardens to the museum.

We learnt all about nocturnal and local animals.

(Badger, fox, mink, bat, moth, owl, red and grey squirrel)

We gently touched the animals and played a game to see if our hearing was as good as a bats.

We explored the nurture area and discovered more nocturnal animals sleeping in the tree.

 

Working with natural objects

 

The children used the natural objects they found on their Autumn walk to compliment their clay hedgehogs and art work.  

We used pine needles to give clay and collage hedgehogs their spikes.

We used leaves to add texture to a collage squirrel and to help bring our display board to life.

Autumn Walk

 

We walked through Botanic Gardens exploring the signs of Autumn.

We discovered pine cones, conkers and fallen leaves on the ground.  

We listened to the leaves 'crunch' below our feet as we stepped on them.

We collected natural objects for an art project.

PTA Fancy Dress, Disco and Pumpkin Party!

 

To help raise funds for our PTA we wore our fancy dress comstumes to school!

We showed everyone or dance moves at the disco.

We had a pumpkin party in our nursery class after lunch with some yummy treats and more dancing!

What a busy and fun filled day!

 

Happy half term - stay safe!

Library Visit

 

Conor from the Ormeau Road Library came to visit our class.

He read us some spooky stories and we sang some actions songs.

He was really impressed with our actions!

 

Pumpkin Carving

 

We had great fun exploring pumpkins.  

We held and carried them, deciding if they felt heavy or light.  

They were very heavy!

We scooped out the inside of the pumpkin, exploring its smell and texture.

We thought it felt slimy and cold!

 

Cancer Focus Visit

 

Rebecca and Bernard the bear came to visit our class.  

They talked to us about healthy eating.  

We helped Bernard make 'good choices' while doing his shopping.  

We helped him to select healthy foods for his trolley and leave the 'treat' foods behind.

 

 

Autumn Vegetable Printing

 

We cut up some Autumn vegetables and dipped them into bright coloured paint to create our lovely pictures.  

Our hands got messy but we had great fun!

Ark Farm Harvest Roadshow

 

Farmer Lorraine came to visit our class.  

She talked to us about all the jobs a farmer does in the Autumn time to bring in the harvest and take care of the animals.

We met a hedgehog, a snake, four chicks, two tortoises and two bunny rabbits.

We sang an Autumn song and used Autumn leaves as props.

Thank you!

Active Panel Drawing

 

We used the active panel to create colourful pictures.

We learnt how to select and change colours before we saved our work and printed it out to be displayed.

Outdoor Painting

 

We made a banner for our home corner using lots of squirty paint.

What fun!

More Outdoor Fun!

 

In nursery we love playing outside! 

We have lots of resources to explore, whatever the weather .... don't forget your coat!

Rice Crispie Buns

 

In nursery we enjoy cooking.  

We melted chocolate in the microwave and added rice crispies.  

We mixed everything together and made delicious treats!

European Languages Day

 

Today we celebrated all the different languages in our school by having an European snack of Croissants and orange juice.

What a delicious treat!

Making Playdough

 

In nursery the children help to make the playdough.

We follow the visual recipe, count out the ingredients and mix in a variety of colours. 

Bubble Painting

 

We mixed paint, washing up liquid and water together to make this fun and exciting method of painting.  

We used straws to blow bubbles in the mixture before printing it onto paper.  

We added a face, ears, nose, eyes and legs.  

We are very proud of our 'Baa Baa Black Sheep'!

Outdoor Play

 

In nursery we love to play outside! 

We enjoy cycling and scooting around our track, digging in the sand pit, climbing on the climbing frame, playing in the house and balancing on the stepping stones.

 

Healthy Snack

 

Everyday in nursery we eat a healthy snack.

 We have fruit, milk and a selection of breads or yoghurts.

Snack time enables us to make choices and socialise with our peers.

 

Please do not think that we simply 'play'.

 

Play is the vehicle on which we learn. 

It takes us on an ongoing journey, allowing us to stop off, revisit and move on towards new goals.

Through play we develop physically, socially and academically.

Play enables us to explore, problem solve, predict and test theories.

Play provides us with natural opportunities to explore our world around us, discover our talents, to refine our gross and fine motor skills and to develop our early literacy and numeracy skills.

Through play we learn to negotiate and to work in groups, developing our communication and leadership skills.

We grow in confidence, independence and self esteem, all while developing a thirst for learning!

Picture 1 Small world play
Picture 2 Being creative with paint
Picture 3 Enjoy looking at books
Picture 4 Taking on different roles
Picture 5 Sorting objects
Picture 6 Developing mathematical concepts
Picture 7 Become independent in routines and making choices
Picture 8 Develop social skills
Picture 9 Develop gross motor skills
Picture 10 Observe how ingredients change through cooking
Picture 11 Explore materials using our senses

Here is a sneaky peak into nursery life!

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