Mrs Kay Nursery - Monkshouse Minis
Class Teacher: Mrs Kay
Teaching Assistant: Mrs Harrison
Teaching Assistant: Mrs Monaghan
Additional Support Teaching Assistant: Mrs Holland
Additional Support Teaching Assistant: Miss Herd
Lunch time supervisor: Miss Tweed
Welcome to the class blog for the Monkshouse Minis nursery class! Here you will find a snapshot of some of the wonderful learning that has occurred each week. Parents will be able to see posts in greater detail and with more photos by logging in to their personal Tapestry account.
Happy New Year! Term 3 has got off to a fantastic start with the children settling back in very quickly, enjoying being back with their friends and excited to get out and explore the environment. We have been digging in the outdoor area and discovered some worms, just in time for one of our Super Stories this term, Superworm by Julia Donaldson. This term we will be theming some of our learning around Superheroes and Super Stories. We will be finding out about real superheroes in our local community as well as some significant real superheroes both from the past and present. We will be sharing some traditional tales both in books and through storytelling around National Storytelling Week and are looking forward to holding our annual Bedtime Story Evening.
Nee naw nee naw! Emergency services coming through!
This week we have been fortunate to welcome some real-life community superheroes into the nursery. We have had a visit from the fire brigade and a nurse and are looking forward to a visit from some postal workers and Border Force. The children have been eager to find out more about how these people help us and others in the community. We have learnt about some famous, real-life superheroes including Rosa Parks, Max Woosey, Sir Captain Tom Moore and the Lionesses including Chloe Kelly and Beth Mead. We have been inspired to go for a walk around the school grounds, try out a tent and have a go at some sports in the school sports hall. We have enjoyed reading Zog and Zog and the Flying Doctors by Julia Donaldson. Our role play areas, both inside and out have been a hive of activity with lots of discussion about the roles of different people who help us in the community.
This term has whizzed by! The children's confidence and communication skills have soared and there are smiles to be found around every corner. Through our theme we have been busy exploring different celebrations including Diwali, Thanks Giving and Christmas. We have done lots of baking, learnt about different traditions that some of our friends have and have made lots of festive crafts. The Christmas performance and family craft morning was a huge success with joy being shared amongst us all. Term ended with a Christmas party. The nursery staff would like to wish you all a very happy Christmas time.
The Monkshouse Minis have loved the beginning of their forest adventures! Every Wednesday we go out to the school woodland area to explore the natural world around us. The children have loved adding leaves and twigs to their mud kitchen recipes, building dens with logs and tarpaulins and role playing with fairy wings. In the nursery setting we have been finding out more about ourselves and where we live. The children have retold the story of The Three Little Pigs, adding extra characters to live with the pigs!
Term two has started with a whizz, pop, bang! Inspired by Hallowe'en and witches potions and Bonfire Night, the children have been exploring colour, sounds and enchanting language. The children have been sorting ingredients and mixing them together, creating wierd and wonderful spells that did everything from turn their friends into animals to make the recipient have hiccups! We role played with pumpkins, baked pumpkin cakes and had a go at making some tasty, edible sparklers. It really has been an engaging, fantastic first week back.
All the staff are incredibly proud of all the new Monkshouse Minis. Everyone has settled in to nursery life wonderfully and already new friendships are being formed and there are smiles and giggles around every corner. The children are really enjoying exploring our fabulous setting, working together and sharing the things they have discovered.
This week we have enjoyed reading the book The Colour Monster, and talking about different feelings as well as different colours. We celebrated Harvest by exploring locally grown fruits and vegetables, including some from our own nursery garden! The children made a delicious vegetable soup and a very tasty fruit crumble, cutting the produce themselves and mixing the ingredients together.