Hello and a huge welcome to our class webpage.
Our Nursery staff team are: Miss Quartermaine (M,Tu,Th,F), Mrs Foster (M, W), Miss Johnson (M-F) and Miss Ahmed M-F (Miss Ahmed works in our class and Reception class)
Here, you can find out what’s been happening in Nursery this week.
Hello, this week has been a whirlwind introduction to Australia, USA, Canada, Jamaica and India.
We’ve had three very exciting presentations from a mummy and two daddies. Firstly, we learnt Australia with Clio and her mummy, then about Canada with Keiko and her daddy, then we popped to USA with Esther and her daddy.
For Australia we had a lovely story about the beach and talked about sun safety and why you need a rashie and a hat. We looked at Clio’s photos from her trip and had lots to say as it all looked very exciting. After our presentation we designed our own swimwear and made beach pictures. We were all dreaming of days at the beach by the end of the day.
Next up was a little trip to Jamaica. Mrs Foster taught us about where you might live, what you might do and the blue mountains. Arthur’s family helped us out with some good books- Miss Quartermaine loved the one by Floellea Benjamin as she used to watch her on TV when she was at Nursery!
We saw lots of lovely photos of Canada and found out that it gets so cold in the winter that the rivers can freeze and you can skate to the opposite town. We also looked at pictures of Niagara falls and found out about a boat trip you can take to get up close.
Esther’s daddy told us about a popular dessert in America and we helped to make and eat some delicious banana splits! We looked at the American flag and looked for America on a map.
We’ve learnt lots of important geographical words this term to add to our ever increasing vocabularies; map, Earth, river, sea, land, mountains and monument- to name a few!
We also had a look at some photos of India this week. We loved the trains and looking at all the people that managed to fit on the trains and we were really interested to see that some trains had beds! We saw the river Ganges and were very interested to see people going into the river in their clothes. We learnt that it is a holy river for many people and that people go there to bathe in the holy waters and say their prayers.
We looked at some photos of Indian Block Printing and then had a go at printing for ourselves. We used some Indian blocks to print Easter Eggs ready for our Easter cards.
Next week we’ll be learning more about India with Yasmin’s Dad. Finding out about Hong Kong with TC’s mum and learning about Indonesia with Yasmin’s mum.
Thank you to everyone who has popped in so far, we’ve had a brilliant time learning with you all.
This week we have been learning about African nations. We started the week with a lesson about Zambia, Miss Quartermaine had spent a few weeks teaching there one summer. She taught us about the animals that live there and about the different types of schools; lots of children in the countryside spend some of their learning time outside under the shade of a tree!
We painted pictures of the animals we might find on safari and went on a mini safari in the garden.
We looked at all sorts of different houses that you might live in in Zambia; city flats, brick houses or houses made from mud, brick and straw.
Next we popped up to Eritrea with help from Heran’s dad who had sent us some interesting pictures and information. We found out that you might get to ride on a camel or a donkey and there’s lots of yummy foods to eat. We tasted Injera (a flat sourdough bread) with our school lunch.
On Wednesday Tiwa’s mum came to tell us about Nigeria. She showed us a map so we know where to find Nigeria. She told us about the food you can eat and the animals you might find. It was very exciting.
Thursday was a busy day making cards for mother’s day- check your book bags!
On Friday we had a very exciting start to the day with a presentation from India’s family who told us all about Singapore and her big sister was excellent at hosting the presentation and asking questions. We were very excited to find out about the Merlion and the night time water display.
We also managed to fit in an afternoon of learning about Ireland and St Patrick’s Day. Mrs Hardy showed us some lovely pictures of the country and told us a great story about how Giant’s causeway came to be. We’ve all made a lovely green shamrock to take home.
What a busy week!
Hello. Another very busy week zooming around the world learning about different countries.
We started off in Greece with Clio’s Nanny Gigi who told us about the weather, beaches, olive trees and lukumades- which looked delicious. We painted pictures of ancient Greek pottery and looked at some lovely photos. We were all wishing for a day at the beach, especially as it was so cold here!
Next, we popped to Russia with Timur’s mum. We found out that Russia has a lovely park that you can visit to see wild animals and we found out about pelmeni (dumplings) which also looked very tasty.
Tuesday morning we had an adventure in Portugal with George’s nanny, Mafalda. We found out all about the town her parents live in, tasted custard tarts and looked at some beautiful Portuguese tiles. We then had a go at painting our own tiles to decorate our home corner.
On Wednesday, we found out about Austria with Aglaia’s mummy. We really enjoyed the story of the Magic Flute and discussed what the different pieces of orchestral music were about. We looked at some postcards of places we could visit and looked at some pictures of tasty food.
Later in the day we popped off to Italy. Learnt about the leaning tower of Pisa and had a tasty snack of mozzarella, basil and tomatoes.
For the rest of the week we recapped the things we had learnt about the countries we visited and practised directing each other to school from our homes on Google Earth. We also learnt how to make some repeating patterns with our coloured penguins and then Mrs Hardy tried to trick us by messing the patterns up and seeing if we could fix them!
Next week, we are off to Zambia, Eritrea, Nigeria and Ireland (for St Patricks Day.) Do send us any photos of yourselves in any African Nation.
A busy week zipping around Europe for us.
We started off by learning about France and having a lovely French lesson with Achille and Neytan’s families. We made French flags, learnt how to say Bonjour and had a French café with baguette and fromage. We found out about the artist; Matisse and cut some coloured paper to collage our own pictures.
Next, we popped over to the Netherlands with help from Yasmin’s mummy. We found out about Dutch pancakes and painted tulips.
We had a quick break from our European tour on Thursday as it was World Book Day. We all dressed up and had a fabulous, if slightly over excitable, day. It was lots of fun, we took part in our first ever parade and we did very well. Lots of fab costumes and I was lucky enough to have a mini Paddington too!
Today we had a busy start with a lesson about Spain, then gymnastics, followed by a quick outside snack, followed by a story with the real Cinderella. She was magnificent and we all really enjoyed ourselves. Then it was time for lunch!
This afternoon we decided to make our home corner into a hairdressers. It was an excellent salon with lots of snacks and some very inventive hair styles. I got to eat a boiled egg whilst my hair was styled with sticks- I’m sure you’d pay a lot of money for such treatment in a top London Salon. I looked marvellous with my 15 bows and clips and stick sticking out of my head!
I’m sure the children would love to carry the game on next week. We’d love an empty shampoo/conditioner bottle if any of you are coming to the end of yours.
This week we had a wonderful first week back. We’ve been learning about the UK with our biggest focus on London and Yorkshire (Mrs Fosters home county.)
We read lots of fun books about London and spotted some of the monuments and building from our city. We found out that there is real gold in the Bank of England.
We’ve been popping all over the place on Google Earth, we’ve been finding our own homes and trying to direct everyone to school from our homes. Lots of fun and I’m super impressed with how well the children can remember the way.
We’ve all made our own passports and as we travel the world this half term we’ll be adding pictures and stamps.
We’ve been learning alliteration (words that have the same sounds at the beginning: sausage, sock, sun etc) and playing a really funny game called silly soup. Only the things that have the sound of the day can go in the soup!
We’ve had a bit of a refresh on how to be good friends and taught our toy rabbits all about asking to play with other people.
Next week we are learning about France, Portugal, Netherlands and Spain. So lots of fun activities on the agenda and lots of yummy foods to taste.
Have a fab weekend!
This week we have been reading Jack and the Beanstalk. We were all very impressed with the idea of a hen that lays golden eggs. We’ve been retelling the story with props and talking about our favourite parts of the book.
We’ve made fantastic progress this half term and have made great strides with our mathematical skills and our vocabulary and story telling skills. We’re also super duper rhymers!
After half term our topic will be: All around the world and we are looking forward to experiencing lots of different cultures and languages. (And hopefully tasting yummy foods!)
Hope you all have a lovely half term!
This week we have been reading the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. We’ve all enjoyed retelling the story with puppets and props and this is helping us to build up our language and memory skills.
Our Word of the Week is: Angry because the Three Bears were very angry when they found Goldilocks had been in their house.
Other key vocabulary for the week: big, medium, small/little
We also taught Luna and Alfie (our toy rabbits- very famous in nursery!) how to recognise numeral 1-5 and count out the correct number of objects to match. We all became teachers for the day and demonstrated how well we’ve been learning to count and recognise numbers.
Our number of the week was: 4.
Of course, no Goldilocks week is complete without cooking porridge. We made porridge and had a porridge café where we got to choose our favourite toppings. The clear favourite was honey and blueberry.
We also had lots of visitors to our class on Monday and Tuesday. We had a group of Teaching Students from Roehampton University that came to see what learning looks like in our class. It also meant we had lots of new people to chat to and play with. So win-win!
Today we ended the week with a brilliant Lunar New Year assembly. many thanks to everyone that took part in organising it. We watched three different dances and all the children were mesmerised by the performances.
On Monday morning, 30th January, we have an Open Morning for parents. You may come to class from 9:00-9:30 and have a look at our books and see what we get up to. Could you drop me an email if you are planning to join us?
Next week is Little Red Riding Hood week.
This week has been a week packed full of celebration. We have been learning about Lunar New Year.
TC’s mummy came to school on Monday and read us a story all about New Year and how a family might get ready for the celebration at home. She showed us some interesting pictures and told us all about them and made us a lantern and a lion head. It was really interesting. We found out that you have to clean the house and make it tidy for the start of the New Year.
We have painted some lovely blossoms in vases to welcome the spring. You can see them hanging up in our classroom.
As it is the year of the rabbit we made rabbit hats and found out that the personality of the rabbit is kind and calm. We talked about what things are kind to do and how we can help ourselves be calm.
Our toy rabbits; Luna and Alfie, acted out a story this week about Luna not helping at tidy up time. We helped Luna to learn that everyone must help and be part of the team.
Our word of the week was; Celebrate- see if you can fit that into a conversation at home this weekend!
Our Story of the week was; The Great Race (story of the Chinese Zodiac)
Our Number was; 3 and we sorted out lots of threes!
Wow, what a week! We have had so much fun reading the story of the Gingerbread Man. I’m sure you’ve already heard…….
…On Monday we baked ginegrbread men and when we went to get them out of the oven they escaped!
On Tuesday we found some photos of the mischief they had been up to in our classroom overnight. One gingerbread man had learnt to write, one played in the fire engine and several had played in the dolls house.
We needed a plan, so we used all of our recycled materials to make inventions/traps to catch them. Before we went home we set up the traps to see if they worked.
Luckily on Wednesday morning our hard work had paid off and we all had a gingerbread man in our inventions. Phew! We can confirm that they were delicious.
Aside form all that thinking and fun, we’ve been making our own gingerbread man books and using toys to retell the story.
Our Word of the Week was: fast. We decided it was a good word because the gingerbread man was very fast! See if you can fit the word, fast, into your conversations this weekend.
Our Number of the week was 2. Perhaps you can spot some 2s when you are out and about or see what things you can find that are 2s. We found: two eyes, two feet, two socks etc!
We’ll have some photos to share of our Gingerbread man learning soon, but sadly the computer is having memory issues today and won’t process them (I’m sure we can all empathise with the computer at the end of this busy week!)
Next week we are learning all about Lunar New Year. Do let us know if you have any experience of ideas that you’d like to share with us.
Woah, welcome to 2023! How do these years tick by so fast?
We’ve had an excellent first week back. Lots of fun meting our friends again and lots of chatter about Christmas and what we did.
This week we read the Three Billy Goats Gruff. It was only a short week, but we managed to pack in a lot!
We’ve retold the story in the classroom with toys and built the billy goats a bridge and an apple tree! Always nice to have an apple!
In the garden, we used the climbing frame for a very big retelling of the story and made Miss Quartermaine be the troll until her voice nearly disappeared.
We’ve been learning to recognise the number 1 and recognise things that represent one, like one spot, one ladybird etc.
Next week there will be lots of gingerbread fun to be had!
Wow! one whole term of Nursery is complete and it’s safe to say, we’ve all found our feet!
We’ve had a lovely last week together working like little elves to make our Christmas crafts.
We read some lovely stories about giving gifts and thinking of others. They were Little Robin Red Vest and Just Right for Christmas. Then we had a think about presents that other people might like.
We finished the week by telling Luna and Alfie all about Christmas and the special Christmas rules:
On that note, we hope oyu have alovely Christmas and New Year.
This week there’s been a very festive feel in the air. The home corner was updated to be a Christmas home/workshop and has been full of tiny elves busily packaging toys etc for delivery. I’ve personally received three digital cameras (sadly all broken), a cup of tea and a Christmas sausage! Who even knew that Christmas sausages existed!
We’ve also been real life elves and we’ve busily made Christmas decorations to sell at the school fair. Please pop along together and see what your little elf has made you. They cost £1.
We watched the Reception Nativity and The KS1 Nativity this week- so a week of shows! It’s one of the things we do best at St Stephen’s.
And, of course, we got to show off our own amazing Nativity film with all of us acting out our parts. It was great fun- thanks so much for coming.
This week we have been reading the Nativity story and finding out about the birth of Baby Jesus. We made a start on our Bible story collection and read the story of creation and had a chat about who goes to church etc.
We’ve been learning all about mixing colours too. We read the Story of Mouse Paint and then learnt how to mix red and yellow to make orange, blue and yellow to make green and red and blue to make purple.
Once we knew how to do that we explored mixing greens in more depth and learning how to change the shade by adding more yellow, blue or white. It was great fun and we used our lovely shades of green to paint some trees. Miss Quartermaine showed us some different ways to use the brush to make different effects and showed us some ideas for painting different types of trees. We have made some lovely paintings and you can see them hanging up in the classroom.
If you’d like to work on some skills at home, Miss Quartermaine would love you to practise scissor skills. here’s some ideas:
If you don’t already have a pair of children’s scissors at home, we like the sort that has a hole for the thumb and a bigger hole below for a few fingers. Our absolute favorite scissors are these…..
because they’ve lasted well, they cut well, they’re comfy and most children seem to choose them from our selection. I’m sure they’re available at many high street stores too.
On Thursday 8th December we have our Christmas lunch and Nativity Film. Please arrive at the school office for 11am. Our film will start at around 11:15am and lunch at 11:30. We’ll be finished by 12ish. Please let me know if you are coming and if your child is staying or going home afterwards.
Have a great weekend!
This week we made a start to filming our Nativity. We managed to get most of it done on Tuesday, but a few of our little friends were missing so we still have some extra bits to film with them.
There were a few dramas as we handed out costumes as some of us wanted to be Princess Elsa or a policeman, but we had a good chat about the story and remembered that they were not present at the birth of Jesus!
We can’t wait for you to come and watch, it’s set to be quite an entertaining production!
Aside form filming we’ve been busy making our own Stick Men. We’ve had many excitable retellings of the story and today our Stick Men get to join us for story time- let’s hope they enjoy it.
Mrs Foster and Miss Johnson got into the Bake Off spirit and helped us make elephant biscuits. They were delicious.
We’ve enjoyed lots of lessons with our toy rabbits Luna and Alfie. We’ve been teaching them how to keep their hands to themselves (i.e. not poking a friends in a fit of excitement!) The rabbits are learning very quickly and we are very good at teaching them.
Thank you so much to all of you that managed to have a catch up with me for Parents Evening. Lovely to be able to spend a few minutes chatting to you about your little one and the joys of Nursery life. If you were abruptly cut off, it was the computer, not me! It automatically closes every appointment at 10 minutes to make me stay on time.
This week we’ve been reading some fun books about transport, getting ready to film our nativity (more about that via email) and thinking a lot about being kind, learning to wait and doing so patiently!
We’ve introduced the children to the Zones of Regulation (we just call the the Zones with the children.) The Zones of Regulation help us learn to manage our feelings.
In it’s most simple terms there are four zones:
obviously for all of us (adults included) we feel our best and most regulated when we are in the Green Zone. However, children are taught that there’s no right zone to be in. All these feelings are natural and acceptable, but we have to learn to manage them appropriately.
The aim of the zones is to help children learn to regulate. We have a little chart in the classroom that shows us the zones and then some colour posters that help us learn what we can do to help ourselves with big feelings.
For example, if we are feeling tired we know we can take ourselves off to the book corner for some quiet time.
If we are feeling angry, frustrated, over excited or overwhelmed with tears we take some deep breaths and try to regulate our bodies that way. See if your little one can show you how we take deep breaths- they’re really good when we practise.
It’s a really good little system for helping children learn to regulate themselves and it’s something we use across the whole school.
When we’ve felt overwhelmed by our big feelings this week the adults have been helping us look at the zones display, discussing what we feel and then looking for a solution to help ourselves. We also use it if we have upset someone else or had a falling out with a friend as it helps us look for problem solving strategies with our relationships too.
You can see our Zones of Regulation pictures on the kitchen by our water bottles and below:
Zones of Regulation feelings A4 1.2
We’ve also got two lovely (soft toy) rabbits, Luna and Alfie, who come to nursery and we teach them the skills they need to make friends and manage their friendships. The rabbits act out a little scenario for us and then your children become the teachers and teach Luna and Alfie how to solve the problem. So far we’ve taught them how to say hello nicely, how to share and take turns, how to wait for a toy that they want to play with and how to put their socks and shoes on. Luna and Alfie don’t have their nursery uniforms yet, but they will do when Miss Quartermaine has time to finish making them! Then we will be able to teach them to get dressed!
We’ve also had a very exciting delivery of toys from the 80s. Fresh from Miss Quartermaine’s parents’ loft! I wonder how many of you recognise some of these from your childhood? I know some of you recognised them this morning. Your children have enjoyed brushing their hair today and taking them for a picnic in the home corner.
Finally, we have lots of lost things without names- M&S cardis, school jumpers, smock, fleece, gloves etc. Please could you take a look and check for your things?
We’ve had a lovely first week back. We were all really pleased to see each other again.
We’ve been learning all about the Hindu festival of Diwali and making our own Rangoli patterns.
Towards the end of the week we started to learn about bonfire night too. So lots of lovely colourful celebrations.
We’ve been practising our counting skills with some fun counting games and songs. This week’s game was strawberries in a basket where we had to roll the dice and count out the correct number of strawberries. Our song was five speckled frogs.
We’ve been making some lovely firework pictures using a variety of household objects for printing.
The children have been really into cutting out this week. So if any of you would like to practise at home, an old magazine and a pair of scissors will keep them busy for a while. The children love looking for things to cut out and stick.
Next week we’ll be having a pirate week and a bit of learning about Autumn too.
Have a lovely weekend.
This week we celebrated Black Voices with with lots of brilliant books.
We kicked off the week by reading Everybody in the Red Brick Building. Then we made our own houses and stuck pictures of our families inside. We’ve made a beautiful display of all of our wonderful work in the classroom.
We’ve also enjoyed the following books:
So Much- Trish Cooke
Baby Goes to market and Catch that Chicken by Atinuke.
In other news, we made slime. And oh my, it WAS slimy! Loads of fun to play with for those that were brave enough to touch, but it took AGES to clean up. Luckily small children are always ready to help with washing up so we’ve been scrubbing green slime off of our dinosaurs all morning.
Aside form all that there’s been lots of lovely playing and we’re all settling in well to Nursery life.
This week we have been reading about Princess Dress who lives in a Pasta Palace and doesn’t know which colour dress to wear to her party. It’s lots of fun and we are getting very good at recalling the sequence of the story.
We made our own pasta palace pictures with lots of pasta. We designed some beautiful princess dresses. We painted watercolour pictures with lots of beautiful colours and we sorted out lots of things into colour groups- bears, pom poms, sorting people etc. All in all a very creative and colourful week.
Next week is Black Voices Week and we will be reading lots of fun books by black authors and delving into some poetry and rhymes too.
Have a fab weekend!
We had a lovely week reading We’re Going on a Bear Hunt.
We made our own bear hunt in the garden and stomped barefoot through all the things in the book- water, mud, snow etc. and we found a bear at the end.
On Thursday we all bought our teddies to school and made sandwiches for our teddy bear’s picnic.
Lots of fun all round!
Next week we are reading a book called; Princess Dress which has lots of lovely colour in it.
This week we read a very popular book that has been in circulation for so long that Miss Quartermaine remembers reading in her first class at school! It was Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Bill martin Junior and Eric Carle.
We had a great time reading together and trying to remember which animal came next. Our friend Jojo had the best memory and could do the whole book in order, but we were all pretty good at remembering.
We’ve made our own class version on the book to read next week. It is full of photos of ourselves. We had to practise our scissor skills by cutting out our own pictures and sticking them in.
It was Harvest festival on Thursday and we read the story of: The Last Chip. It’s about a very hungry pigeon who can’t find anything to eat. We also read, Eat up Gemma, all about a baby who won’t eat anything.
We then thought about our favourite foods and what we’d like to thank God for. We made Harvest plates by cutting and sticking our favourite foods onto paper plates. They’re up on the classroom wall if you’d like to see what we thanked God for (Vanilla ice cream was very popular!)
Mrs Foster (Our Wednesday teacher) took us on a colour hunt to see what we could spot around the classroom and also helped us make a giant person.
We’ve been singing: 5 Little Men in a Flying Saucer, Tommy Thumb is Up and the Animal Fair song.
Miss Johnson taught us our very first Spanish lesson. We learnt some numbers and some animals.
We enjoyed Music, Kick London and Gymnastics (loved the sock choices for gym day, thank you!)
This week we have been reading the story of Dear Zoo. We are getting very good at retelling parts of the story by ourselves.
In honour of our story, Mrs Foster helped us to make some snakes from paper chains.
We’ve really enjoyed the 10 Elephant song again! (and again and again!) Ask your children to teach you it, it is a bit of an ear worm though, so you’ll probably spend the whole weekend humming it.
We’re getting even better at coming into school happily and there are much less tears throughout the day.
We made our first loaf of bread in the bread maker. It was very tasty and we had it warm with butter at the end of the day.
The home corner has been very busy with people playing make believe games. There’s been a lot of doctor role play happening and we’ve all had numerous check ups with the nursery doctors.
Next week we will be reading Brown Bear Brown Bear and going on a colour hunt.
It was our first full time week at school. We have done very well and all our learning so far is focussed on helping us feel more relaxed in class and learning how to be part of a group.
We have been learning to sit in a circle, line up and walk together and sit at the tables for lunch. We’ve also learnt how to put our lunch things away and put our things on our pegs. None of which sound terrible exciting, but they’re important group skills to learn and they help us feel more confident in class.
We’ve managed to listen to a few good stories together. we especially like the Hairy Toe and The Bartholomew Bear collection.
Our favourite song in class is currently Five Fat peas because we have a bit of stretchy lycra that we stretch wide and then let go of so it flies away at the end of the song.
We have been busy making hand prints and beautiful marbled papers for our Special Books. these are going to be books all about us, filled up with photos and comments.
We met Miss Rachel who will teach us music on Mondays and Mr Alastair that will teach us PE.
We had our first proper gymnastics lesson today too. It was great fun and we learnt a few gymnastics moves and danced to some funny songs.
There’s definitely a more relaxed air in the class and most of the children now manage to come in happily in the morning. We’re making really good progress!
Hello! A busy and somewhat tearful start to term for our little people. But, they are doing a tremendous job of settling in. It’s always hard in the first week!
There’s been lots of exploring our classroom and garden to see what we can do. The water tray has been a big hit and there’s also been a lot of playdough waffles and pancakes made.
We have started to build in a little bit of routine which is very important for making us feel secure and letting us develop our sense of time.
We managed to say a quick hello to each other on the carpet and we’ve sung a few songs. Five Fat Peas has been really popular and raucous laughter could be heard throughout the class as we made our stretchy, Lycra pod pop. We also loved meeting Miss Quartermaine’s collection of Thai elephants and learning the song, 10 Elephants Went Out to Play.
We had our first lunches on Thursday and Friday and the majority of us managed to eat a good amount of food. The teachers were really pleased.
So all in all, a good start despite the tears and eventually those tears will turn to smiles and laughter.
Have a great weekend!
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