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Talking Friends

Some of the morning children were lucky enough to go fishing before the half term break…with our talking friends! The children and residents of Westwood had lots of fun catching fish and singing fishy songs together!

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The children also sang the ‘How do you do?’ song whilst shaking hands with the residents and enjoying talking with them.

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Our book for the next few weeks is ‘The Three Little Pigs’. The children are really enjoying acting out the story around the unit.

Thinking time…

If you were a little pig, what would you build your house out of? You might choose a new material such as glass, metal or fabric. Write a sentence to explain your choice.

I would build my house out of metal because…

Talking Friends

Each Thursday some of the part-time morning children go to visit their ‘Talking Friends’ – the residents of Westwood Care Home. This year Westwood is hoping to retain its award for 1st place in the Blooming Marvellous competition and has been busily preparing lots of decorated pots to be filled with an array of colourful blooms. That sounded like something we wanted to be a part of so, armed with an array of bedding plants, the children worked alongside a few residents to pot some summer bloomers.

The team of children and residents also worked to create a collage of flowers.

What are toys made of?

As part of our topic this term, the children are considering what some toys are made of.  They have found that they can be made of wood, metal, glass, fabric, stone or plastic. Some things we found can be made of a mixture of materials!

This morning Mars used construction to make some 3D shapes – can you see which shapes we made?

Outside in the garden the children continue to explore the resources – can you see children writing/mark making, using their large muscles to roll objects? We have also visited our talking friends at Westwood Home on National Dignity Day when we played parachute games and decorated buns!

Thinking Time…
Can you find objects around your house made from wood, metal, glass, fabric, stone or plastic? You could draw some and label them or make a list. Which material can you find the most of? Why do you think that might be?
Which is better…a wooden spoon or a plastic spoon? Why?

Snow! (Well, a little!)

Our first snow of the year – it’s been really exciting! We are getting better at putting on our coats, hats, gloves and scarves ourselves so that we are ready to explore the snow and ice. We’ve learned that ice can be slippery, that ice can trap leaves and sticks inside it but best of all we’ve learned that we can use sticks to draw and write in the snow!

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Thinking time…

Which is best – hot weather or cold weather?

The Nativity is here!

We hope that you enjoyed our Little Nativity this week – we loved performing it! We thought you might like to see some pictures of the children in their costumes just before the performance.

  Well done children what a fantastic Nativity 

And here are some photos of the children backstage after the big event!

Thinking time…

The 3 kings gave Jesus presents of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

If you had been at the stable when Jesus was born, what present would YOU give him? Why would you want to give that?

It’s nearly our Nativity!

The children have been busy practising the Nativity and are getting very excited to show it to you next week!

In between practices the children have been playing and exploring the unit both inside and outside.


As outdoor experiences are an important part of our learning can we please ask that your child comes to school with a hat, gloves, a scarf and a warm coat.


Thinking Time

Are the clouds in under or above the sky? Why do you think this?


One of our favourite books of all times is ‘Elmer’ and we’ve been reading it a lot! We’ve really enjoyed finding out how Elmer tricked the other elephants by covering himself in elephant-coloured berries.

You can watch and listen to the story by following this link.

We have made our own patchwork Elmers by choosing different colours of paper to make a collage with. Next we would like to try printing a patchwork Elmer.


Thinking time…


Thinking Time!

These animals are from our story, ‘Dear Zoo’. Can you put them in order from most scary to least scary?

Can you write sentences to explain your thinking?

I think the scariest animal is the……………………because………………

I think the least scary animal is the …………………because……………


This week we were lucky enough to visit the library in Worksop where we listened to some stories about jungle animals and had the chance to look at some books ourselves too! Many thanks to the library for allowing us to invade your special place and reading us some great stories!

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