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Sharp Lane Primary School

Aspiration, Belief, Commitment & Discovery


Welcome to Dodd Class!

Please keep checking this page for regular updates and information about Nursery.

The children were so excited to see the butterflies finally hatch from their chrysalis. Today we released them into the garden! 

Today we went to the garden and found strawberries, cucumbers and peas in the pod that were all ready for us to pick and enjoy back at Nursery!

Supporting England!

The children have made England flags and decorated biscuits with white icing and red shoe laces to make a cross shape. They have also been learning how to take a penalty and trying to shoot on target!!

Pond Dipping

The children are enjoying looking for different types of pond life. Today we found 7 newts in the pond! We also found pond snails and pond skaters. 

A trip to the garden

Today we had a lovely trip to the garden. We went to the pond and saw "crocodiles" and "lizards!" in there. ( They were actually newts!). Next week we will learn more about the creatures you find in a pond. 

The children used the loose parts to create their own butterflies and caterpillars. What a super job they did! 

The Caterpillars have arrived!

The children were so excited when the caterpillars arrived! We can't wait to see them grown and turn into butterflies!

Hunting for Caterpillars!

Natural Art Caterpillars

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

This term we are learning The Very Hungry Caterpillar story. The children have been drawing and printing pictures of caterpillars.We have learned all about the life cycle of a caterpillar and that they have 6 legs and 2 antennae. 

Jack and The Beanstalk

The children have really enjoyed this story this term. They have amazed me how quickly they have learned the words and actions. They are now experts at retelling the story! 

Jack and The Beanstalk

Jack and The Beanstalk has enabled us to cover may areas of the curriculum. They have built the giant's castle using the large construction (which lead itself to problem solving and other mathematical skills ,used marks to solve maths stories linked to the magic beans,  planted beans, flowers, carrots, tomatoes potatoes and more,  made silly soup for the giant where all of the items had to start with the same initial sound and drawn their own story maps. 

Next week we will plant magic beans, I wonder what will grow?!

The children are being encouraged to use verbs in their sentences. Playing in the movement area has been a great way to reinforce this! 

Drawing our friends

We have been encouraging the children to add more detail to their drawings, look how well they did! 

Initial Sounds

We are beginning to introduce letter sounds to the children. So far we have done "s as in sun" and " a as in apple". To help the children with the formation of these letters we have used the phrases, "slither down the snake," for s and "around the apple and down the leaf" for a. The children have made silly soup for the giant from the Jack and The Beanstalk story. All the things in the soup had to start with the same sound. 

The children are starting to practise writing their names ready for Reception. We are encouraging children to give this a go at each session and then post their name in the post box to show they have tried. Please do not worry if your child is not quite ready and just continue to with lots of fine motor activities to support improving their pencil grip. This could  include, play dough (dough disco) , sorting small objects by picking them up using their thumb and finger, threading, using pegs, screwing and unscrewing lids. Also gross motor activities such as climbing and digging help strengthen the muscles in children's arms and hands ready for writing. You could try mark making with paintbrushes and water outdoors on a bigger scale. Children also enjoy making marks in sensory trays such as coloured and and rice. 

The children have enjoyed celebrating Easter this week. We have tried hot cross buns at the snack table, learnt the Easter story, but the best part was going on an Easter Hunt. The children did egg rolling down the hill on the big field and then we searched for the Easter Bunny and found some chocolate eggs in the garden. When we got back to Nursery there were Easter Bunny footprints and he had left a not and some Easter treats! 
What amazing eggs! It was far too hard for the Nursery team to judge this competition as we thought that all children deserved a prize! We asked the office staff to decide who the winner should be. They also found it very hard and picked 13 winners! (We then ran out of prizes!!). Congratulations to all of those children lucky enough to get picked! 
This week as the sun was shining we decided to eat our lunch outside! The children really enjoyed having a picnic style lunch lets hope we can do this again soon! 

Mud Kitchen

The children are enjoying the new mud kitchen area we have created. Many are pretending to plant and grow things linking to the Jasper's Beanstalk story we have learned this term. Other children are having fun mixing and stirring up witches potions! 

5 Currant Buns In The Bakers Shop!

Red Nose Day!

Happy Mother's Day!

The children have been talking about yet another celebration! Mother's Day! This week we have talked about what a plant needs to be able to grow. The children then used a text map of instructions on how to plant a sunflower seed. This was a little gift for Mother's Day. Don't forget to send us photos on Tapestry when your seed starts to grow! 

Number Games

We are playing lots of number games at Nursery at the moment, they are very popular and lots of children want to join in. The children are developing many number skills; counting out a set amounts, comparing amounts, practising counting using 1:1 correspondence as well as having to take turns and manage their feelings when they don't win!

Celebrating World Book Day

It was lovely to see so many children dressed up for World Book Day. We enjoyed listening to and responding in different ways to the stories we listened to. 

Celebrating The Chinese New Year

It was great to still have some snow at Nursery this week as it linked well to our Polar Bear Polar Bear story! The children had fun sledging, making marks in the snow, building snowcastles and going on a polar bear hunt in the garden!

Mental Health Week

This week we took part in different activities to lift our spirits! We had fun taking part in different workouts and then finished off by relaxing with a pizza massage! This made the children giggle lots! (See your child's Tapestry account and try the Pizza Massage at home). 

Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See?

The children both at home and at Nursery have enjoyed learning the story "Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See?" They have done some fantastic re telling, made up their own versions  of the story and have acted out becoming the animals by moving their bodies in certain ways  We saw some very creative houses being made for the animals. Children used natural materials, junk model materials, lego, and also den building skills to create these homes. The book was full of different colours which the children explored during a magical experiment smarties. 

Please see the document below for outlining whole school plans for our return to school next week.

The Nursery staff team are all really looking forward to welcoming new and returning Nursery children back this September.

 Please see below for all of our Key Workers in Nursery this year.



Key Person System

At Sharp Lane Primary School we continually strive for the best outcomes for our pupils both academically and emotionally. Our Key Person system plays a vital role in connecting and tuning in with children and families at a more personal, small group level. Whilst Mrs Abrams will have overall responsibility for children across Nursery, your child's Key Person will play an essential role in caring for your child, supporting their development and developing rich relationships with them and their family, resulting in a 'community of learners' approach. Spending daily time in our Key Person groups supports our ethos of 'togetherness' which is embedded within our nurturing approach. Through this approach, we are able to become engaging companions for their curious young minds, supporting their explorations and facilitating their learning. 

Here is an overview of this weeks home learning. Please access your child's Tapestry account for more information, pictures and videos that will support you with this. We look forward to seeing what you get up to this week!! 

Home Learning W.C 1.2.21

Home learning W.C 25.1.21

Home Learning W/C 18.1.21

Home Learning W/C 11.1.21

What a wonderfully festive week we are having full of creativity and smiles! The children especially enjoyed our socially distanced visit from Santa this week, as well as playing games and dancing at their Christmas Party and making beautiful decorations from natural materials found in the garden.

A special visit from Santa!

Today we had a Christmas celebration day. The children were thrilled to get a visit from Santa and his elf! We played musical statues and musical bumps in the outdoor area and also went on a elf and chocolate coin hunt. The children enjoyed having a bun and some crisps as a treat at the end of a busy morning! 
This week the children have had lots of fun taking part in activities to celebrate Christmas. They have written letters to Santa, made Christmas tree pictures, painted robins, tasted mince pies (not many children liked them!!), made robins and reindeers out of special chocolate playdough and we've even had a Christmas photo booth! 

Jingle Bells with Mrs Garden's Team

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We have had a wonderful time learning the Makaton signs and actions to Jingle Bells. We hope you enjoy it and have a very Merry Christmas!

The Nursery Team

Jingle Bells with Mrs Davies' Team

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We have had lots of fun learning our makaton Christmas song. We hope you enjoy it!

Hearts For Homes

This week we joined in with a project called "Hearts for Homes." We had a discussion about how elderly people in care homes have been unable to see members of their family for quite some time. We discussed how this would make them feel. We then made lots of hearts using different media and attached them onto a large piece of paper to make a huge collage. Miss Thompson is going to deliver it to the elderly people at Nesfield Lodge in Middleton and we hope it will make them smile! 
This week the children have continued to be interested in the new mud kitchen area and most importantly Christmas! We further enhanced these interests through developing a reindeer kitchen. The children loved making reindeer food, chopping carrots, scooping cereals and adding a little touch of magic.  We hope they like it!

Fun in the snow

The children were all very excited about the snowfall today. They enjoyed exploring it with all of their senses and talking about where it was coming from. 
The children have enjoyed learning about different celebrations, festivals and special events such as Halloween, Bonfire Night, Birthdays, Rembrance Day, Children on Need etc. This week they have learned all about Diwali. The children have been very busy making Rangoli patterns, Mehndi patterns, Diva lamps, food tasting and have even learned some Bollywood dance moves! 
The children have been using the den area to build campfires. We have had some lovely imaginary play happening in this area. They have even set up beds in their camp! We have also been reinforcing the rules around staying safe around fire. The children have particularly enjoyed having hot chocolate and toasting marshmallows! 

We have had lots of fun dressing up and celebrating Children in Need today.... Look at all of our little Pudsey Bears!

Please take a look at our photographs and video of provision. We are sorry that you are unable to come in for a nosey and to see what your children have been learning this term.


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This week we have been learning all about the number two!


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That's Not My Witch

The children were very keen to tell us how they celebrated Halloween even if they couldn't go out trick or treating this year. This week we have continued with a Halloween theme based around pumpkins. 



We have had lots of birthdays to celebrate this half term including Mrs Davies. Happy birthday everyone!

The children have shown great fascination in all things Halloween this week, particularly spiders. After watching a video about spiders we decide to go on a spider hunt and were very excited by what we found!

Our most recent Nursery Rhymes

Last week the children visited the garden, for many of them it was their first time. The purpose of this visit was to go on a listening walk to identify environmental sounds such as birds, the wind, leaves crunching , cars etc. The children also were given the chance to explore as there are lots of exciting things to see. We will certainly be going on many more visits to the garden. 

Decorating Fish!

The children were taught a new Nursery Rhyme "Once I caught a Fish Alive". After learning this using our new text map we then showed the children a video of fish swimming in the sea. In provision we put out templates of fish for the children to decorate and mark make on. This proved to be a very popular activity and the whole of Nursery wanted to do it! Some children chose paint, others wanted to use felt tip pens and there was also some very sparkly fish after putting out glitter and sequins! 

Playing with the Parachute

Nursery Rhymes

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Please watch the nursery ryhyme videos with your children and have a go at using the text map to remind you of the actions


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Using our Nursery Rhyme Text Maps

The children have been brilliant at using the text maps to learn Nursery Rhymes. We have been teaching them that when reading you must start at the top and read from left to right and top to bottom. So far we have learned Twinkle Twinkle and Humpty Dumpty. See if your child can show you the words and actions using the text map at home! 

Washing The Windows!

Last week at Nursery lots of children took on the role of a "car washer". This week we put out the scrubbing brushes, squeegees and sponges and this time they became window cleaners! Lots of children participated cleaning the windows of the house in the outdoor area. I was very impressed at how well they shared the resources with each other.
Last week the children enjoyed pretending to bake buns in the playdough area, so this week we decided to make real buns! 

In the beginning... Look at all the fun we have been having during our first week in nursery.

Please see the attached document for our Autumn 1 newsletter.

The Nursery staff have been busy over the past few weeks preparing provision and planning lots of lovely things for your children to explore . Please share the video with your children and take a tour of Nursery.

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