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Martenscroft Nursery School & Children's Centre, 33 Epping Street, Hulme, Manchester, Lancashire, M15 6PA

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Martenscroft Nursery School & Sure Start Children's Centres

Play, Learn, Grow

Palm Room Blog....

Another fantastic week the children have been learning the rhyme 'One potato, two potatoes, we added real potatoes for the children to use. They discovered rolling the potatoes observing the way they rolled different shapes and sizes of potatoes moved differently it was very interesting.
Some children spent time sorting and grouping the potatoes placing them in different baskets and we were able to calculate more and less by looking talking about more and less.
Also, this week as it is so near the Easter holidays the children have been enjoying an egg and spoon challenge they've all had fantastic fun it was a lot harder than it looked lots of concentration, focus, and learning to share with friends.
The Great British Spring Clean children parents and staff helped to get the nursery grounds clean and tidy.
Looking after our green spaces and learning about the Environment.
Our bean plants have been sent home please continue to grow them and add photos of your child's bean plant onto their tapestry.
The children helped to make some Easter cupcakes for our Martenscroft Market.

Article14 (freedom of thought, belief and religion)

Every child has the right to think and believe what they choose and also to practise their religion, as long as they are not stopping other people from enjoying their rights. Governments must respect the rights and responsibilities of parents to guide their child as they grow up.

Islamic religion Happy Ramadan Mubarak to our families.

Those parents that attended the Toilet Training Workshop, please continue to remain positive and keep trying so your child has established their bathroom routine over the holidays.

Palm staff team would like to thank all our parents and carers for their support.

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We have had the most amazing weather this week the children have enjoyed the opportunity to really appreciate the outdoor environment.
We set up a painting activity outside it was very popular with the children they were encouraged to look at daffodils and paint their own representations.
In the nursery Reception area, you can see some of the children's creative work on the bean plants and the daffodil paintings.
We have also set up the UNICEF take-home bags with dolls named Anna or George the bag will contain some crayons and a book which in turn every child will get to take home.
The idea is that you with your child involve the toy doll in activity this can be really simple for example the doll shared a favorite toy or story that your child enjoys. they complete one page in the book you can write in it what your child did or talked about. We will then share this with the other children at group time.
This activity promotes the UNICEF Articles on the Rights of the Child and supports the shared learning between home and nursery it also embeds communication and language development and building positive relationships.

We have been baking healthy wholemeal bread rolls with the children some of which helped to mix the ingredients together.
Once they had been baked the morning children enjoyed having jam and butter on their rolls served with a drink of milk or water.
The afternoon children also baked but this time they had some honey and butter on their rolls they were very delicious.

 

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As part of our Eco-Schools initiative, some of our children have been very busy planting herbs, lettuce, and some butter beans in the big planters in the Aquarius play area.
The children developed their skills in digging and raking the soil and learning about how things grow.
We revisited the bean seeds the children had planted last week the children noticed some of the pots had tiny shoots appearing from the soil it was very exciting.
We read the story Jack and the Beanstalk outside with the children from Palm and Blossom rooms. It was the ideal environment and the weather was amazing we talked about the illustrations some children are now beginning to predict what will happen next and saying some of the key repetitive phrases in the book.
When the story finished the children pointed to the sky and noticed the tall trees they went off to look for a giant Beanstalk.
There was an opportunity to extend the children's creativity and imagination as they drew their representations of the beanstalk. This links really well with our Unicef Rights Respecting Articles.
Article 12 - The right of the child to express their views.
Article 29 - Education must develop every child's personality, talents, and abilities to the full. It must encourage the child's respect for human rights, as well as respect for their parents, their own and other cultures, and the environment.

We have produced a Bill of Rights and added photographs to the key statements in a child-friendly way there is a display in Reception.
We have also been getting really healthy through physical actions and movements we introduced the children to the Sticky Kids CD the children have had so much fun and demonstrated how much energy they have.

 

Welcome to our new starters this week the children have been very interested in planting their bean seeds which we will observe and see if we can notice any changes over the next few weeks.
As part of our Eco School initiative we have recycled and reused the empty yoghurt pots.
We also moved and pretended to be a bean seed curled up small and then we did the actions for the watering can and sunshine and stretched up tall as we grew into a plant.
Our rhyme has been Five Speckled Frogs the children have used their fingertips to count with.
We have explored mark making using textured printers in different colours blue and yellow as they mixed together it made green.
Our Big Question is What can you see?
Some of the children looked at the trees as we focused on tall from the story Jack and the Beanstalk.
We looked at the trees and noticing the different sizes.

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The children have been very enthusiastic this week as we introduced our Self Registration, we are asking all Parents/Carers to encourage their child to find their label on their coat peg and post it in the box. This will help the children to recognise their picture and eventually their own name.
We will be doing 2 signs a week from BSL they will be placed on the inside of the entrance door to Blossom Room and we can all learn them together. The first 2 signs we will be learning are ‘Hello’ and ‘Help’.
Our book of the term is Jasper’s Beanstalk linking to our theme for Spring 2 ‘Living and Growing.
We will be concentrating on Number Rhymes such as, Five Green Bottles, Five Little Ducks, Five Speckled Frogs, Five Little Peas in a Peapod and Here is the Bee Hive.
The children really enjoyed eating pancakes for tea on Shrove Tuesday.

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Following the children’s interest in our story The tiger who came to tea. The children used props and resources developing their imagination to prepare a pretend tea for the big tiger in the den.
We have practicing our scissor skills cutting paper to make stripes for paper tigers. Some children liked to make marks drawing vertical lines using crayons , coloured pencils and paint.
We have been encouraging the children to practice rolling skills using the laydough, squeezing moulding and animating the dough.

Outdoors the boys liked the challenge moving the bigger wooden trucks down the wooden blocks . Some of the children enjoyed going to the crèche climbing frame

You can see a video clip of my adorable cat who only comes in to see me a feeding time.
I would like to see your pet photos or videos too add the to your child’s Tapestry.

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The children had a fantastic week learning about Chinese New Year the year of the Tiger.
We had a big tiger staying in the den it was a speacial suprise for the children.
The children enjoyed tasting Chinese cuisine tasting noodles and vegetables, carrots, spring onions and bell peppers.
On the creative table the children explored Mark-making making tiger pictures and masks.

Some of the. Holder listened to the story about The tiger who came to tea.

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Our children have been very engaged in using soap and water to wash and clean the babies. The children have been really enjoying the obstacle courses Suaad has created from cones,which they could go in between and around. City in the community has been something that they have thoroughly enjoyed each week. This week the children learned how to bounce and catch the balls onto coloured when colours have been randomly called out.

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This half term we have been focusing on journey’s how we to travel to and from nursery. The children enjoyed sharing their experiences of how they travel each day with their families. They did this through constructing farms, roads and train tracks. This interest in construction then developed for children to explore construction through
using card board boxes and pipes. Their were lot’s of language being used and they shared ideas amongst their peers with the staff of Palm room role participating in role modelling construction play. We have also been focusing on how to develop their gross motor skills through mark making using large paper, dabbers, large chalk with the large paint brushes.
During the week we have been baking, the staff asked the children if they liked cake or pizza they chose pizza which was the activity of the day.

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We introduced the children to our rhyme time this week it is Row, row, row your boat, at grouptime the children joined in with holding a sparkly blue fabric using movement to move the boat as we sang the rhyme together.
Lynnette has been reading the story of the Duck in the Red Truck the children used props to illustrate their understanding and used key words from the story.
The children have enjoyed using paint to explore Mark-making on big sheets of paper. On the creative table the children have been developing their scissor skills and using sticky tape and straws to make connections and joining with adult support.

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Christmas has arrived in Palm room this week.
The children have been making salt dough tree decorations we have extended the light theme into Palm room lightopia!
The children have shown a lot of interest in the fibre optic lights and the Christmas lights.
They have helped to hang baubles on the small Christmas tree in the room.
As it snowed last week the children had another opportunity to investigate ice and learn new words as they noticed it melting, feeling cold, frozen, transparent ice slippy.

We have shared festive books Dear Santa and, That”s not my present.

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This week children were exploring the new malleable material clay. The children used natural resources such as sticks, leaves, little pipe cleaner and shredded tissue. This children were exploring the big boxes play. A big empty box is a great starting point for creative and imaginative play. Children can decide how to change the box into something they can use for pretend play, like a castle, shop, cave and so on. Then they can use their imagination and problem-solving skills to turn ideas into reality. The children also had fun exploring the corn flour using their hand to mix the mixture to develop their fine motor skill involve the use of the smaller muscle of the hand, lots of language. We extended our children learning noticing change using coloured changing tea lights.

 

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Puddle Safari

This week the children enjoyed attending our Puddle Safari with their parents and the staff. This idea was helped and designed by one of our parents from Willow room, the puddle safari map was designed in and around Hulme where puddles could be found.

 

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Happy Diwali

This week in Palm room we have been busy creating tea light holders as part of our Diwali celebrations. The children enjoyed the process of mixing the ingredients together, baking their holders and then painting them in some lovely bright colours.

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Hello everyone,

This week Blossom room and Palm room have joined together to take part in the 30 days of June nature activities. The children collected twigs and sticks for the jungle garden. The children also enjoyed collecting leaves, mud and sticks for the bug hotel. We did a community litter pick and cleaned the area. We had fun watering the plants. The weather has been so good, we had lunch outside. It has been a great and busy week.

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Hello Everyone,

Welcome back to our Summer Term in Palm room!!!

Hope you all had nice week off, going out and about in sunny weather. Please do share the activities you did with your children and family with us on Tapestry, we would love to see it.

We have been very busy this week. This week was our  ‘Reading week.’ We carried on children’s choice book from last term “Goldilocks and Three bears.” We added different resources to enhance the story in different areas e.g. we had big, medium and small sized bears in the home corner. Why don’t you have look at different sized bowls, chairs or beds in your house. Children chose their favourite books to look at with adults or independently.

Outdoor we challenged with different physical activities like climbing on the tree and obstacle course. As the weather has been really good, we opened our outdoor sandpit and children enjoyed and had experience of going to the beach.

We spent lots of time outside looking at the bugs and went for bug hunting. While you are out and about walking, see whether you can spot any bugs.

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After sharing the story ‘Slow snail’ we have been hunting for snails all week outside. We have been looking high and low, under things, on top of things and we even used magnifying glasses to help.  Sadly we couldn’t find any, but we did find spiders, ladybirds and worms. Luckily for us today Cathy found 2 snails in her garden and brought them in to nursery for us to look at. We collected leaves, mud and twigs for the snails and made them a new home. We spent time observing how they move around and watched as they left trails of slime behind them. We then looked on the iPad at different kinds of snails and we also found out what snails like to eat. Here are lots of pictures of the fun we had, maybe you could go on a snail hunt in your garden, the park or on your journey to nursery, we would love to see some photographs on tapestry if you do.  

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Hello Everyone,

Welcome to our last week of the Summer1 term!!!

Following our rhyme of the week  “I Can Sing a Rainbow,”  we had different activities around the room. We used different textured creative materials like pompoms, tissue paper, feathers and coloured pipe-cleaners to create our collage pictures. Why don’t you have a go at home?  We used different coloured stickle blocks to create structures in the construction area.

Here is the rhyme to practise with your family.

Rainbow song

Red and yellow and pink and green
Purple and orange and blue,
I can sing a rainbow,
Sing a rainbow,
Sing a rainbow too.

Listen with your ears,
Listen with your eyes,
And sing everything you see!
I can sing a rainbow,
Sing a rainbow,
Sing along with me...

We enjoyed listening to the story of “Three bears and Goldilocks..” We looked at Big and small things in our environment. Try to find big and small things in your house.

When we were outdoor we had “no bike week” and explored other activities. We created some difficult obstacle course and tried hard to balance on them, we splashed in puddles and played different games by using hula-hoops.

 

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Welcome to our Summer term!!!

Children who started this term have settled very well in Palm room.

Our rhyme of the week is “I can sing a Rainbow.” We have been singing the rhyme with signs. We have been busy mixing different colours in creative area and during outdoor play.

We enjoyed rainy days. During outdoor we splashed in the muddy puddles and explored them by adding leaves, sticks, flowers in them.

Children made Eid cards for Eid celebrations. We wish our families Happy Eid!!! Eid Mubarak!!!

 

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Welcome back everyone!
We hope you all enjoyed the Easter holidays. It's lovely to have you all back and ready to have lots of fun in Palm Room!
Our rhyme of the week this week is;
'Polly put the kettle on'
We have been enjoying singing and signing it at school, here is a link to the rhyme on BBC Teach.