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Catholic Primary School & Nursery

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Our Learning Journey

Summer 1

Expressive Arts- Week 1

Different Types of Lines

 

Nursery have started a brand new topic in Art, where they are learning all about different types of lines. In our first lesson we learnt about the lines that are straight, wavy and zigzag. 

 

The children did an activity wherre they sorted the different lines and described them, talking about what they could see. They also used their cutting skills to cut along different types of line and talked about the lines they were cutting. 

 

 You can see pictures of the children enjoying their Art lesson below. Nursery were fantastic at identifying and describing the different lines they saw around them. Well done everyone!

Understanding the World 

Week 1-Growing and Changing

This week Nursery have learnt about the different seasons on Earth and the different objects associated with them. This is part of our new Understanding the World Topic of Growing and Changing. The children matched different objects and activities to each season and went on a Spring hunt, looking for growing flowers, blossom and green leaves on trees etc. Children also looked at, compared and contrasted different leaves that they saw and their differences whilst also making a beautiful leaf class collage.  You can see pictures of their fossil lesson below and great work everyone! 

 

Maths-Week 1

11.4.2024- Total Amounts

 

 This week the children have been learning all about total amounts. We have discussed how the last number we say when counting is our total and that we can use this knowledge to say how many objects there are altogether.

 

Nursery have been counting different groups of objects such as natural resources like leaves and twigs, using 5 and 10 frames to count different spring objects and adding different toppings to their pizza. We have also been counting different sets of ingredients for The Little Red Hen to find the different amounts she needs to make her recipes.

 

Nursery have been fantastic at counting different amounts and this is very important for their Maths development. Mentally attaching a number name to an object within a group is an important skill for young children to master and we are very proud of all the children. Well done Nursery!

RE- Easter

Week 1- 9.4.2024

 

In the first week back Nursery have been learning all about the joyous story of Easter and how Jesus rose from the dead, after dying on the cross. The children have so enjoyed this story and were so happy and excited at the prospect of Jesus coming back to life!

 

We read through and discussed the story and key vocabulary such as tomb, Jesus, alive etc and also made our own tombs. The children painted the tombs and then decorated them with different materials and glue. They have shown wonderful understanding of the story and have taken such delight in telling us about it and how it makes them feel. You can see  pictures below of Nursery learning about Easter in their first RE lesson of the half term.

Literacy-Week 1 and 2

8.3.2024-The Hungry Caterpillar

Nursery have started a brand new story in Literacy this week- the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. We have had great fun listening to this story and discussing key vocabulary together- the children could not believe how much the caterpillar ate!

 

We discussed key vocabulary from the story and did matching activities, talking about what the different words meant. Nursery also did wonderful pencil control from the story, practising their tripod pencil grips and holding the pencil correctly. We also acted out the story using puppets, did leaf threading and sorted big and small caterpillars and butterflies.

 

This story also links to out Growing and Changing in our Understanding the World Topic, where we learn all about the caterpillar life cycle and how they turn into butterflies. Nursery are going to be having our very own caterpillars in a few weeks time and we will be monitoring how they change and grow into butterflies right in our classroom so keep your eyes posted for photos of this! 

Spring 2

Maths-Week 5

21.3.2024- Extending Pattern

 This week the children have finished off their work on Patterns and have been copying and extending patterns that they see. This includes different ABAB patterns using colours, objects and shapes. We were amazed with how they could all extend and create different simple patterns.

 

Nursery have been able to tell us the next thing in the pattern and have been able to extend and copy the pattern themselves. Most of the children could even look at a pattern, identify the error and correct it so that it was then the correct pattern. They were able notice and correct an error in a repeating pattern. We are so pleased with their work on patterns and are very proud of them all. Well done Nursery!

RE- Holy Week

Weeks 5 March 2024

 

Over the last week Nursery have explored the theme of Holy Week and have been learning about the different events that happened at this time. We have so enjoyed acting out the story of Palm Sunday, waving handmade palm leaves, and eating bread and drinking squash to recreate The Last Supper.

 

The children have done various activities to help them with their understanding of these stories and finished the week with learning about the cross as a special symbol and finding different crosses around the school. We also went around the stations of the cross at our school and spoke about what happened to Jesus before he died.

 

The children have so impressed us with their reflection and reverence during this topic and we have displayed pictures below of Nursery learning about Holy Week for you to see. We hope you all have a relaxing, calm and peaceful Holy Week during the Easter Holidays.

Understanding the World 

Week 5- Fossils

This week Nursery have been exploring fossils and learning that they are the remains of things left from a long time ago. This could include bells, shells or imprints. To help with our understanding the children dug for dinosaur fossils in the sandpit and spoke about what they could see and discover. Nursery also made their own fossil imprints using playdough and learnt that this is similar to what fossils look like. You can see pictures of their fossil lesson below and great work everyone! 

Assessment Week in Nursery

Week 4

 

 

Week 4 saw Nursery take part in their termly assessments, which we do 1: 1 with them to assess their progress in Literacy and Numeracy. We were so amazed by the progress the children had made and how well they had done- they absolutely blew our socks off!

 

The children were able to count up to 10, identify numbers to talk about patterns, identify rhyming words and initial sounds and so much more. It is so wonderful to see all our children so well and we also want to thank our parents for your continued support at home, which makes such a difference. Well done to all of Nursery- we are so proud of you all on your progress!

Literacy-Week 3 and 4

10.3.2024-Jasper's Beanstalk

Over the last few weeks Nursery have been learning the story of Jaspers Beanstalk and have explored all about how Jasper grew his very own plant. They have been using key vocabulary such as 'planting, watering, raking, growing' etc and have enjoyed learning this story together.

 

To help with our understanding of the story we have sequenced the story together and roleplayed using puppets. The children have even planted their very own beans and are watching them grow. We hoe they grow as tall as Jasper's beanstalk! You can see pictures of the children enjoying the story in their Literacy lessons below.

Understanding the World 

Week 3- Paleontologists

This week the children have been learning about paleontologists and how they look at dinosaur bones to discover the past. Nursery have learnt about and explored the tools they used to find different objects and even tried out looking and finding different objects in the sand using digging tools and magnifying glasses. The children also looked at natural objects using these tools and described what they could see. We so enjoyed being explorers and investigated and finding different dinosaur bones and fossils in the sand! You can see pictures of the children enjoying their lesson from this week below. 

 

 

 

RE- Spring 2

Weeks 1-3- Lent

 

Nursery have been learning all about the time of Lent at the start of this half term and have been learning all about the colour of Lent and how it is observed as a time of reflection. Nursery have made a handprint collage of the colour purple together and wrote their own sorry and thankyou prayers to God. They also spoke about how in Lent we make good choices and discussed some that we could make such as being kind, helping each other up and sharing out toys. The children then decorated these choices in a heart.  We even made friendship flowers and bracelets for each other to show that we want to be loving and caring, just like Jesus. Nursery have really enjoyed this topic and you can see the pictures of them roleplaying below!

Maths-Week 2 

29.2.2024- Describing Pattern

 Nursery have been describing different patterns this week and have been comparing what they see. The children have matched up different pattern with spots, lines, stars etc and have also described patterns using natural materials such as leaves, sticks and rocks. 

 

The children have been wonderful at explaining patterns to us and they know that a pattern continues to repeat over and over.t. You can see photos below of Nursery enjoying their Maths learning below and perhaps you could ask them to even create some patterns at home for you, using objects around the house?!

Literacy-Week 2

27.2.2024-The Little Red Hen

 

 This week Nursery have finished their story of The Little Red Hen and have been very busy taking part in different activities to do with the story.We have made freezeframes of the story in different parts, sequenced images from the story on a story map and written lists to The Little Red Hen. The children have been practising their initial sounds and drawing different objects that the hen might need.

 

Nursery have so enjoyed retelling and learning this story and we are so proud of them. You can see pictures of the children enjoying their Literacy lessons below- well done Nursery!

Understanding the World 

Week 2- T Rex and Stegosaurus

The children have been learning about two different types of dinosaurs this week- The T-rex and Stegosaurus. We have been describing these two dinosaurs and talking about what they look like and their features.

 

Nursery have had great fun creating models of these dinosaurs, playing with them in the roleplay area, painting and describing them and even creating them from playdough. They have been fantastic at labelling the different parts of the dinosaurs such as claws, tails, plates and sharp teeth!You can see pictures of the children learning about these dinosaurs this week below- well done Nursery!

Phonics Initial Sounds

Spring 2 Week 1 and 2 2024

 

Nursery have been working really hard on their Phonics over the last few weeks and have been learning the sounds and actions for SATPIN. They have then been matching initial sounds to words and finding words which have the same sound e.g 'sun' and 'soup.'

 

The children have been working in small groups to say initial sounds and find the correct pictures which contain them. Nursery have been amazing with their Phonics skills and so focused! Well done everyone and you can see photos of them enjoying their Phonics lesson below. 

Expressive Arts- Week 1

Henry Moore- British Sculpture

 

Nursery are continuing to learn about Clay and Sculpture over Spring 2 as part of their Art topic. This week they have been learning about the work of Henry Moore, who was known for making modern sculpture.

 

The children looked at some photos of his work and discussed what they could see- he had used bronze metals, the sculptures were big, hard etc. The children then used playdough to create their own Henry Moore sculptures using picture prompts to help them and copy.

 

 You can see pictures of the children enjoying their Art lesson below and making their fantastic sculptures. Well done everyone!

Maths-Week 1

Size and Height

 Nursery have been learning about size and height this week, looking at big and small and short and tall. The children have compared different sizes and heights through building towers, ordering different beanstalks and comparing different animals. Nursery have also drawn beanstalks of different sizes and heights and measured themselves on a wall.

 

The children have been great at naming the different vocabulary and have even worked towards ordering 3 objects by size and height. You can see photos below of Nursery enjoying their Maths learning below and please ask them what they have learnt at home- I am sure they would love to tell you and well done to all of you! 

Literacy-Week 1

20.2.2024-The Little Red Hen

 

 The children in Nursery have been learning a brand new story this week of The Little Red Hen. They have been listening to the story and trying to join in with repeated refrains and key actions.

 

Nursery have also been making their very own bread, just like in the story so that we can understand what The Little Red Hen had to do. There are lots of different steps such as mixing the dough together, kneading the dough and baking it, before we finally get to eat it.

 

 The children have also been fantastic at learning their new story and have enjoyed the practical activity of making bread. This has really helped them to use and develop the vocabulary from the story such as flour, bread, grains and wheat. You can see pictures of the children making their bread below- well done Nursery!

Understanding the World 

Week 1- The Past and Dinosaurs

Nursery children have started a brand new topic for this half term all about Dinosaurs. To begin this topic they have been learning all about the past, and how dinosaurs lived a very, very, very long time ago! We have been sorting things from the past and the present and have then moved onto exploring dinosaurs.

 

 We know that there were different types of dinosaur that lived in the land and sea, and that they lived on every continent, all over the world. Nursery have started to look at the names of different dinosaurs and we will look at these in more detail over the coming weeks. You can see pictures of the children learning about dinosaurs this week below- well done Nursery!

Spring 1

Literacy- Week 5- 6.2.2024

The Gingerbread Man

 

  Nursery have finished their story of The Gingerbread Man this week by retelling the story using masks and props. The children have looked at different pictures to help them sequence, recall and remember the story and they have also been retelling the story orally on Ipads, as a Seesaw task. The children know the story so well and have so enjoyed saying key phrases and events from the story. You can see some pictures of Nursery enjoying their lesson below.

Understanding the World

Week 4 - Water Transport

 

Nursery children have been learning all about vehicles that go on the road and boats that travel on the water this week in their Journeys topic. They have been looking at the concept of floating and sinking and had great fun exploring the water tray and making boats out of playdough. Nursery discussed how the boats which were wider would float.

 

 The children have been looking at different types of boats and water transport such as cruises, rowing boats, cruises and dinghies. They also explored different vehicles that went on the road such as cars, bikes, lorries, and buses. nursery had great fun using the vehicles to make different tyre and tread marks using paints. You can see pictures of them enjoying their lessons below- well done Nursery!

Expressive Arts- Week 3 and 4

Clay and Sculpture

 

For our Art topic this term Nursery have been learning about sculpture and clay. They have been talking about how sculpture is a 3D piece of artwork, which can stand up on its own and is not flat.

 

We have been looking at different types of sculpture to show the children what these look like. They have then created their own sculptures of animals and natural materials. Nursery have been using their hands and different tools to mould and sculp the clay and make their sculpture. 

 

 You can see pictures of the children enjoying their Art lesson below and their fantastic sculptures. Please ask them about what their sculpture is and what they have made!

RE- Week 4 30.1.2024

Baptism and Water

Nursery have began a brand new topic in RE all about Baptism. Today the children learnt about the key parts of a baptism service and were taught about how the priest use water for the babies head and makes the sign of the cross.

 

Nursery now know that people are welcome into God's family when they are baptised and that this is a very special celebration. We acted out baptising babies in the classroom and spoke about what happened in the service. The children were so wonderful at remembering- you can see the pictures of them roleplaying below!

LITERACY- Week 4- 29.1.2024

The Gingerbread Man

 

 The children in Nursery have been learning a brand new story of The Gingerbread Man. Nursery have familarised themselves with the story by listening to it multiple times and drawing our key vocabulary and new words from the story.

 

The children have been acting out the story using stick puppets and have even made and decorated their own gingerbread men using sprinkles and icing. You can see some pictures of Nursery enjoying their lesson below.

PE-Gymnastics

Weeks 1-4 Spring 1

 

 

This half term, Nursery have been performing Gymnastics as part of their topic in PE. We have been learning about how to use our bodies to perform different shapes, jumps and travelling movements.

 

The children have been practising jumping, walking, skipping, hopping and even rolling and we have learnt how to perform these movements safely around the hall. We have also been learning how to perform simple shapes such as stars and tucks as well as different pirate poses. Nursery have been saluting to the captain, scrubbing the decking and even walking the plank!

 

Well done all of Nursery in their fantastic PE this term and you can see them working having so much fun in their PE lessons in the photographs below. Amazing Gymnastics Nursery!

 

 

RE- The Christmas Story

Week 3 25.1.2024

 

Nursery have been focusing on Christmas during their RE lessons so far and have looked at the story of Christmas. We have learnt about Mary as Jesus' mother and have sequenced key events throughout the story.

 

Nursery have been sequencing the pictures so well and know events such as an angel appearing to Mary to tell her she was with child, Mary and Joseph going to the inn, then Jesus being born in the stable and the shepherds and kings visiting him. They are wonderful at retelling the story using Seesaw and have also been using the Christmas story to develop their pencil control and mark making.

 

The children have also been playing with the dolls, understanding the role Mary and Joseph would have had as parents to look after and care for the baby. Nursery have also cut and stuck different characters from the story onto their own nativity scene.

 

You can see pictures of Nursery enjoying their lesson below. The Christmas Story is so special and we hope the children have enjoyed learning about- well done to all of you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maths-Week 3 and 4

Learning Positions 

 Nursery have been studying Position this week in Maths, looking at and describing objects in relation to where they are. We have been focusing on the positions under, on top of, next to and inside.

 

The children have had great fun showing us different positions using dinosaurs, teddy bears and even themselves! They have grasped the topic really well and are starting to use the vocabulary more independently in their play, which is fantastic news! 

 

You can see photos below of Nursery showing different positions below and please ask them what they have learnt at home- I am sure they would love to tell you and well done to all of you

Understanding the World

Week 3 - Older Vehicles 

 

Nursery children have been learning all about older vehicles and transport this week in their Journeys topic. They have been looking at horses and carriages and steam trains and know that these types of transport were used in the past, a long time ago.

 

 The children have been exploring how these vehicles work and what they would use to power them- horse power or coal turning water into steam. We have acted out these types of transport in groups and have sorted different vehicles into those from the past and present.

 

The children could not believe how different these vehicles were to our cars and aeroplanes of today. They were amazed by these types of transport and would love to them out. You can see pictures of them learning about steam trains and horses and carriages below- well done Nursery!

Literacy-Week 3 17.1.2023

The Three Billy Goat's Gruff- Story Mapping

 

 The children in Nursery have been carrying on with their story of The Three Billy Goat's Gruff this week. Nursery have continued to sequence the story and have been creating their own story maps, drawing pictures and talking about the key bits they know. This helps us to remember and plot key parts of the story and talk about key vocabulary.

 

The children have also been using junk modelling to make bridges and masks to act out the story of the trolls and goats. They have been making different parts from the story within the classroom and have so enjoyed learning it together. The children have also been working on their pencil grips and doing pencil control with an adult, to support their early Writing. You can see some pictures of Nursery's work below and well done everyone!

Maths-Week 2- 18.1.2024

Working with Numbers within 5 

 

 Nursery have been working with Numbers to 5 this week in Maths, identifying numbers to 5 and matching number to quantity. We have been so impressed with how well the children have done and the progress they have made since Autumn.

 

They were brilliant at counting the objects and matching it to the correct number up to 5 and are able to recognise the various numbers. Nursery did lots of counting to 5 and matching it to the correct number and made towers and blocks up to 5. We even tried some subitising to 3 and saying the total number without even counting!

 

You can see photos below of Nursery showing different positions below and please ask them what they have learnt at home- I am sure they would love to tell you and well done to all of you! 

Expressive Arts- Week 2 

 Sculpture- 17.1.2024

 

Nursery began their first Art lesson today in our Sculpture topic. We began with exploring what a sculpture is and the children learnt about how a sculpture is 3D and can stand up on its own. This is different to a painting which is flat.

 

Nursery then sorted different objects- they sorted 2D paintings and 3D sculptures and identified them using words. The children also described the differences saying ' sculptures stand up' and 'paintings are flat.'

 

Everyone also had great fun making their own 3D sculptures using Sticklebricks, Lego and cubes. What an amazing start to our Art lessons Nursery! You can see pictures of the children enjoying their Art lesson below and please ask them what Autumn colours they know at home!

Learning about Mary our Mother

Week 2 16.1.2024 

 

Today the children learnt about Mary and that she wa