School Target 2020/21 = 96%
Children looked wonderful in their colourful clothes for Elmer Day!
Elmer Day is a celebration of reading, of elephants and of accepting yourself and others, just like Elmer the Patchwork Elephant, star of the Elmer books by David McKee. What a lovely day we’ve all had! 🐘🌈
Life Cycle of a Butterfly
For the last few weeks, Nursery and Reception have enjoyed observing caterpillars grow bigger and bigger just like the caterpillar from our story! We have noticed silky webbing in the cup of caterpillars. The webbing protects the caterpillars from any dangers. Caterpillars use the webbing to stick to their plants, as the wind can easily blow them off the leaves. Caterpillars also use the silk to pull leaves around themselves to hide from predators that might like to eat them!
We have noticed that the caterpillars shed their exoskeletons four times while they are eating and growing. They shed once more after they have attached themselves to the lid of the cup.
Children were fascinated as they observed the caterpillars change into a chrysalis! We then transferred them into a butterfly habitat and awaited for them to emerge as beautiful butterflies! Children were so excited as the butterflies began to emerge from the cocoon! We fed our butterflies slices of apple and ripe banana. Today, we waved the butterflies goodbye and watched them fly around for a little while until they all disappeared to find their new homes! 🐛🦋
14/04/21 Fruit Smoothies
Children had a lovely morning learning about healthy eating. They talked about a variety of fruit and vegetables and the importance of eating ‘5 a day’ which contribute to a healthy mind and body. Children really enjoyed learning how to make a fruit smoothie and got to sample some! Delicious! 🍓🍎🫐
12/04/21 National Pet Day
Children enjoyed sharing photographs of their pets with their friends. It was a great activity to develop speaking and listening skills and children asked lots of questions!
All About Bears
Over the last few weeks, children have enjoyed learning about different bears- Polar bears, Brown bears and Panda bears. They have explored and compared where they live and the conditions they live in. They have talked about their physical adaptations and how this enables them to survive in their environment. Children have enjoyed creating paintings and models of bears, listening to factual clips on the internet and reading stories to gain knowledge. We all had fun using the app ‘Chatterpix’, to record a fact about our favourite bear.
We have been exploring the text ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’. Children have been using porridge oats during role-play activities to retell the story whilst using vocabulary of size- large, medium and small. Children were set a home challenge to use their senses to make their own bowl of porridge that was ‘just right’. They had to talk about how the dry oats felt then compare to how they changed once liquid was added and the oats were cooked. They thought of some fantastic adjectives whilst also making a healthy breakfast with some healthy toppings too!
12/03/21 Science Week
Nursery and Reception have had lots of fun this week taking part in experiments for Science week. First we explored ‘dissolving’ and created a ‘Rainbow’ using skittle sweets. Next, we took part in a colour changing flower experiment. We asked the question ‘Does water travel up the stem?’ If this was true then we could change the colour of the petals! Children placed food colouring into cups of water followed by a single flower. As we observed, we noticed that the petals started to change colour.
Our third lesson explored materials to make a comfortable bed for the ‘Three Bears’. Children had to feel each material and sort them into hard and soft. Our third experiment was to explore how Polar bears keep warm in the Arctic. Polar bears have a thick layer of fat which helps to keep them warm so we wanted to put this to the test! We placed both hands into icy water but one was covered in thick lard. The lard helped to keep our hand warm just like it helps polar bears in those cold Arctic winds! Our final experiment was creating an exploding volcano! What a fantastic week we’ve had.
We have had a lovely day and enjoyed catching up with all their friends. It was so lovely to see their happy faces as they lined up this morning! We had lots of fun exploring our ‘Bear’ topic. Children also enjoyed taking part in a ‘Rainbow’ experiment for Science week. They worked in teams to create a circle of skittles and then poured water onto the plate and watched as the colouring from the sweets dissolved and created colourful rainbow swirls and shapes! This afternoon we embraced Mindful Monday by connecting with nature and looking for things to make our own ‘nature’ paint brushes! We then used these to paint and mark-make back in class! What a wonderful day. 🌈❤️
It has been a pleasure to work with each and every child in Nursery and Reception this term. We are excited for the next chapter in our journey after the holidays. Have a fabulous rest with your amazing children and we will see you in the New Year. As always, many thanks for your continued support.
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30/11/20 Mindful Monday
Today we talked about times when our minds are too busy and we need to release the tension! Children talked about times when they feel angry or annoyed:
Children made stress balls by filling balloons with water beads. They all enjoyed squeezing the balloons! We talked about using these to ‘squeeze out’ their anger or when they are annoyed.
Children enjoyed learning about the Festival of Lights called Diwali. We learnt about the story of Rama and Sita. We talked about how people prepare for Diwali by decorating their houses and making bright Rangoli patterns on the front door step to bring good luck.
Mehndi is also known as henna - it’s a body art tradition where intricate patterns are drawn onto the hands and arms. Mehndi is part of the celebration of Diwali, but it’s also said to be a general good luck charm.
Children enjoyed following instructions to make Coconut Barfi sweets. Once all the ingredients has been mixed together, children rolled the mixture into a ball and left it in the fridge to set.
Whole School Harvest Collection
Sefton Community Pantry has asked me to pass on their thanks for the food donations that you sent in. They talked about the work they do in the local community and how they support families all over Sefton. THANK YOU ♥️
18/10/20 Repeat Patterns
This week children have enjoyed creating autumnal repeat patterns using natural objects. 🍁🍂🪵
25/09/20 Science Experiment- Dissolving
Following on from children talking beautiful ‘rainbows’, we decided to create a rainbow experiment using skittle sweets. We talked about whether the water would dissolve the sweets. Children asked, “What does dissolve mean?” We used coffee granules to demonstrate this. The water broke up the coffee granules - they dissolved into the water and turned it brown! The lumps of coffee had gone! We placed skittles around the edge of a plate. We made predictions, talking about what we thought would happen if water was poured over the skittles. Children loved seeing the colouring from the skittle dissolve into the water to create a beautiful rainbow! Following on from this experiment, we decided to find out what other substances dissolve in water. Children used their senses to describe the following substances and predict whether or not they thought each would dissolve:
rice, sugar, coffee, cake sprinkles.
We found that sugar and coffee dissolved while the rice grains didn’t. The cake sprinkles were similar to the skittles- the colouring dissolved and turned the water purple but the hard white balls remained! Check out your child’s Tapestry account to see their comments!
This week Nursery and Reception have been learning about what it means to ‘recycle’. We looked at recycling symbols on packaging and learnt about the different materials that can be recycled - glass, cardboard, plastic,paper, metal. We read lots of stories about the effect of plastic pollution on God’s Creatures and environment. Children made a handprint on a world template to represent how they can leave a positive mark to help combat pollution. We watched ‘A Whale’s Tale’ on YouTube- Under the sea a whale tries to help the smaller creatures who are struggling with plastic waste. On land a young boy seeks help to clear the sea in his area. But neither the boy nor the whale can succeed on their own. This reinforced the need to work together. Happy Recycling everyone. 🌎
11/09/20 Roald Dahl Day
Today children enjoyed dressing up in character to help raise money for Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity. They all looked wonderful and we had fun using the Green Screen app to superimpose our pictures onto a chosen background! We also enjoyed reading ‘The Enormous Crocodile’ 🐊
Thank you all for your kind donations.
01/03/20 St David’s Day
On Friday, we enjoyed learning all about St. David's Day. We located Wales on a map and looked at a Welsh flag, talking about how the red dragon is a symbol of Wales. Children also used their senses to explore and paint daffodils and we talked about how they are a popular emblem of a Wales, especially on St David's Day. We are all looking forward to baking welsh cakes for our snack tomorrow!
25/02/20 Pancake Day
Following on from reading 'Mr Wolf's Pancakes' by Jan Fearnley, children helped to write a list of ingredients to make our own pancakes. At lunch, I went to the shop and bought all the items on the list then we talked about how we would make the pancakes. The following day, children followed instructions to each make their own pancake mixture before watching as it was transferred into the pan and cooked on the stove. We talked about safety in the kitchen- washing our hands before touching food/ after handling raw egg, handling utensils safely and the dangers of a hot stove ensuring only adults use the cooker and we must not touch. Children enjoyed watching as their pancake was tossed in the pan. Children practised tossing a 'playdough' pancake. Children then chose a topping for their pancake and enjoyed eating it for snack!
10/02/20 Star Constellations
Today we enjoyed making star constellations using marshmallows and cocktail sticks. We learnt how star maps are made of the brightest stars and the patterns that they make carry names and take the shape of hunters, princesses, objects and mythical beasts associated with Greek mythology.
27/01/20 Chinese New Year
Today Nursery and Reception had a special visitor who talked about how Chinese New Year is celebrated. Children enjoyed asking questions about decorations, food and the symbolism behind the 'Dragon' and Year of the 'Rat'. We found out the the Rat was clever, tricking the Ox into giving him a ride across the river! Children enjoyed making Rat crafts, dragon models and also enjoyed some delicious noodles cooked by our visitor!
23/01/20 Space Party
We had a wonderful time at our Space themed party! We danced, sang, played games and enjoyed a party snack together! Children enjoyed presenting rockets they had made at home. We also helped our ‘alien’ friends learn about planet Earth and talked about what it meant to be ‘healthy’. What a fun morning we had!
16/01/20 Science Experiment
Today we had a great time making our own ‘Moon Craters’. First, we watched internet clips of asteroid explosions on the moon. Then we made our own ‘moon’ by mixing cornflour and baby oil into a tray before levelling it out to create a smooth surface. Children stood by the tray and dropped their chosen pebble or ball into the mixture. We noticed that the bigger the pebble, the greater the impact and indentation. Some children chose a light ball which made a light impression. Some children stood on a chair to drop their pebble. We noticed that the higher the drop, the greater the impact and deeper the crater. 🌟🚀
10/01/20 Space Topic
This week we started a new topic all about ‘Space’. We have been reading the story ‘Whatever Next’ by Jill Murphy. Just like Baby Bear, we decided to visit the Moon! We put on our space suits, jumped in our rocket and counted back from 5 to BLAST OFF into Space! On arrival we had fun walking and jumping on the moon! The moon has less pull from gravity than the earth because it is smaller. We found we could jump six times higher on the moon than on the earth! We can’t wait to learn more about the moon next week. The children have already thought of questions to explore including ‘Why does the Moon have craters? ‘. 🚀
14/11/19 Toasting Marshmallows
Today we set up a campfire with the necessary fire safety equipment. We talked about how fire is a light source and how it is used for warmth and cooking on. We also talked about how if fire is not respected or treated with care it can cause injuries such as burns and damage the natural environment. We also discussed what things you need to make a fire such as sticks and twigs. We felt the warmth from the fire as we toasted some delicious marshmallows and ate them as we watched the flames flicker. We enjoyed singing some songs and reading 'Kipper's Monster' by Mick Inkpen. On return to class, we warmed up by drinking some hot chocolate! What an exciting start to the day.
Nursery and Reception watched 'Poppies', a CBeebies animation, which was followed by a one minute silence. Children worked together to make a wreath in remembrance of all the soldiers and families affected by war.
'We have a poppy wreath,
As red as red can be,
To show that we remember
Those who fought to make us free.'
23/10/19 Parents as Partners- Baking Cakes
Today we were extremely lucky to have one of our talented parents share her baking talents with the children. Children helped to make ‘Spooky’ cakes linked to our key texts this week. They helped to measure and mix the ingredients and learn about the different utensils used in the process. Children spooned the mixture into cake cases and then used coloured icing to create their own cake topper. What a fun morning we all had! A BIG THANK YOU to our talented parent for sharing her skills. 🧁
23/10/19 Harvest Celebration
Children from Foundation and KS1 have been taking part in a sponsored Harvest 'Sing Song' to raise money for CAFOD- helping to Brighten Up the lives of children around the world living in poverty. We joined together to perform our Harvest Celebration for family members whilst also celebrating our whole school collection of food donations. All year groups have been collecting food for our local South Sefton food bank who will distribute it to those who require a helping hand within the local area. Children from all year groups accessorised their uniform with something bright in support of CAFOD and we all came together for a whole school photograph as our food donation was collected.
A BIG THANK you for all your support with our fundraising and food collection. 💕
Children mindfully walked in our wooded area which helped to calm the mind and body whilst also providing good exercise. We stood still and took three deep breaths and talked about the beauty of nature around us. Children took time to notice the detail in the natural objects they found- colour, texture, smell.
As a next step, we used the natural objects we collected to create ‘Lanterns’ using plastic milk jugs. This would be a great reminder of our nature walk whilst also reinforcing recycling and caring for the environment. We went on to using our lanterns as a part of a reflective session, talking about how they felt on our Autumn walk and how the objects collected made them feel.
16/10/19 Parent Phonics Workshop
On Wednesday, family members learnt all about how we teach phonics and early reading skills. We talked about the different stages of reading development and activities to help learning at home. What a fun morning we all had!
07/10/19 Parents as Partners- Football Fun
Today we were extremely lucky to have one of our parents work with the children to develop their football skills. The children listened carefully and were able to practise simple dribbling skills before scoring several goals!
03/10/19 Under the Sea
Children have been using the iPads to learn about sea creatures! We have been using the internet to search for images of our favourite sea creatures then using the app 'Chatterpix' to add a 'mouth' and speech! Children had fun adding 'eyes' and 'moustaches' to their creatures and recording facts that they had learnt. We then used their work to create an interactive 'Under the Sea' simple fact sheet using the app ‘ThingLink’.
24/09/19 Mindful Monday- Calm down bottles
Today we made our own ‘calm down’ bottles using warm water, clear glue and glitter. We talked about our emotions and compared swirling glitter to what happens in our heads when we are upset, mad, angry and anxious. The thoughts swirling about are all mixed up, moving around quickly in and out of our mind. Breathing slowly helps us to calm our thoughts, focusing our mind only on the glitter as it slows and settles, like our thoughts.
20/09/19 Visit from the Ice-Cream Man
Today Nursery and Reception had a visit from a local ice cream man. Children rushed to the door as they heard the jingle as Alex drove into the car park! We all had an ice-cream and sampled some delicious toppings too! Alex came into our own 'Ice Cream' role play area where we asked him questions which the children had prepared earlier in the week. Alex told us about the different types of ice-creams and lolly ices that he sells and other items that you can purchase on his van. He talked about the most popular toppings and where he goes to sell ice-creams. Alex then took on the role as a customer and we sold him some of our ice-creams! What a lovely end to a fun week! 🍦
19/09/19 Seaside Adventure
Today we created a mini 'Seaside' adventure! We began by singing 'Oh I do like to be beside the Seaside!' Children took their socks and shoes off and explored sand trays and a paddling pool in the lovely sunshine. We used a selection of buckets and spades to build sandcastles and bury our feet! Children talked about how the sand felt between their fingers and toes. Then they went 'paddling' in the sea and used nets to catch sea creatures! What a beautiful morning we had!
16/09/19 Mindful Monday- Cloud Watching
Today we took time to relax and enjoy nature’s beauty by ‘cloud watching’. We took blankets and lay on our backs. We are learning how to relax and enjoy the ‘moment’, using our senses to enjoy the beautiful world around us. Children talked about what the clouds looked like- fluffy, white, like ‘cotton wool’. They also used their imagination saying some looked like a ‘dinosaur’, ‘dragon’ and ‘tree’! We also used our cuddly toys as ‘breathing buddies’ to practise breathing deeply. We finished our mindful session by sharing snack together.
Thank you for such a successful cake sale- we raised £90.05 for ‘Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity’. This money funds Roald Dahl Specialist Children’s Nurses in communities across the UK which provide expert care and support to children with serious illnesses.
THANK YOU for all your support. ♥️
13/09/19 Roald Dahl Day
We have been busy all week creating work based around the story 'The Enormous Crocodile'. Children used a variety of collage materials to make art work of the different characters as well as exploring colour mixing. Today children created a 3D model of the 'Enormous Crocodile' and used them whilst singing our rhyme of the week 'Row, Row, Row your Boat'. What a fun week of learning we have had ending with a fabulous dress up day with so many wonderful outfits!
9/09/19 Mindful Monday
Today children practised ‘Balloon Breathing’ which helps to calm the mind and relax whilst helping to focus attention so you can enjoy the moment! Children sat with legs crossed and hands on their stomach. Children breathed in through their nose and noticed their stomach getting bigger like a balloon blowing up! They then slowly breathed out through their mouth noticing how their stomach got smaller like a balloon deflating. We used the video below to aid this breathing technique.
Play Dough Meditation
After practising our 'Balloon Breathing', we played calming music and gave each child a ball of play dough. Children described how the dough felt- was it warm or cold? They described the colour and moved it from hand to hand. They then squeezed, rolled and made shapes with their dough, thinking carefully about how it felt in their hands. We finished the meditation by taking three balloon breaths. What a relaxing way to start the afternoon!
17/07/19 Visit from the Fire Service
Children had an exciting morning meeting our local Firefighters and learning all about the special uniform they wear and equipment they use. They were delighted to be able to try on helmets and also climb aboard to see inside the fire engine for themselves! The fun continued as the children eagerly queued up to have a chance to turn on a real fire hose!
At Our Lady Queen of Peace, we pride ourselves on providing playful learning and this was a perfect opportunity to teach about fire safety in a fun and interactive way. A huge thank you to all the fire crew for visiting today and providing such a rich experience for our children and staff too!
Fire Engine Model
Children enjoyed showing the Firefighters our own Fire Engine project which has taken over a week to build and paint. Children used boxes, glue and masking tape to construct then paint a wonderful model which has been used during role play activities.
4/07/19 Den Building
Children and family members had a lovely morning building dens together in our wooded area. We used pegs and string to join blankets and sheets to tree branches whilst also creating dens using chairs and tables. Children shared books and enjoyed snack in their cosy hideouts! What a lovely morning exploring outdoor learning.
6/03/19 Spanish Day 🇪🇸
Children had an ‘increíble’ time learning about ‘Spain’ thanks to our parent governor who taught us how to count to ten and say some basic greetings including ‘good morning’- buenos días, ‘hello’- hola and ‘goodbye’- adiós. We talked about Spanish culture and learnt some basic ‘Flamenco’ moves in the hall with another family member sharing her talents with the children! We listened to some Spanish music whilst eating ‘churros’ for snack. Children made Spanish flags and fans as well as working together to break a piñata! What an amazing day we all had! We would like to say a BIG ‘Gracias’ to our family members who help to support and enhance children’s learning by sharing their talents.
10/02/19 Chinese New Year
Children have had a lovely week learning all about Chinese New Year. On Monday, we welcomed our special visitor Frendy, who talked to the children about how New Year is celebrated and he also cooked us some delicious noodles for snack! He had fun exploring our Chinese Restaurant and serving 'noodles' in our water tray. On Thursday our fabulous cook served the children a delicious Chinese banquet.
28/02/19 Maths Workshop
Nursery and Reception children enjoyed sharing Maths games with family members. We talked about how we teach maths and ideas to help support learning at home.
30/11/18 Phonics Workshop
Nursery and Reception children enjoyed playing phonic games alongside family members. We talked about the different stages of reading development and activities to help learning at home.
Nursery and Reception enjoyed a visit from our local Police Community Support Officers, Chelsea and Liam. They came to investigate a ‘missing’ cake but luckily the culprit had left lots of clues for us to investigate. Chelsea and Liam helped the children to carefully collect the evidence. All the clues pointed to our Caretaker who was interviewed by the children. The evidence and cream smeared on his t-shirt and face led to his guilty conviction!
Chelsea and Liam talked to the children about how they work to help children and adults stay safe in our local community. Children enjoyed sharing their own thoughts about the role of Police Officers: “Police help you when you’re lost!” “They walk all around and keep us safe!”
Children learnt about the special clothes that Police wear and got to try on the different hats and items of clothing.
Children also had the opportunity to explore the Police van and sit in the Prisoner cell! Some children even sat in the drivers seat! We all covered our ears as they put on the sirens and blue lights.
A few of the children were so inspired they shared their ambitions to enter the force themselves! “When I grow up I want to be a Police man too!”
25/09/18 Dough Disco Workshop
Children and parents had lots of fun following instructions to make their own ‘no-cook’ play dough! We then went through a series of hand and finger exercises designed to improve fine muscle control. The movements develop children’s fine motor and gross motor dexterity, hand-eye coordination and self-esteem. We practised these exercises to the song ‘Happy’ by Pharrell Williams!