Athelstan Community Primary School

"To be the best that we can be"



This week we have read the story of Leaf Man. We have started thinking a little more about Autumn and how the world around us changes from each season.  We have enjoyed rolling conkers down tubes and guttering in our outdoor area, we have made our own leaf men and looked at how leaves fall and move in the wind.  We have looked at size and compared the size of a pumpkin, squash, carrot, cabbage and potato.  We have also done some leaf printing in our painting area.

Puddles have had a super half term. We wish all of our families a wonderful half term holiday. 


This week we have read The Lion Inside to our Puddles children.  We have thought about what makes us brave and when have we had to be brave.  We have also been learning about the parts of a book, front cover, back cover, blurb and spine.  The children have been pointing out the features of books throughout the week.

We have been making some super lions of our very own (keep checking our page for our display photograph). The children have also been thinking about sorting in maths.  We have been using natural objects such as conkers, leaves, acorns, sticks and pine cones to sort by colour and textures, such as smooth, rough, shiny and dull. 


This week in Puddles we have read the book Super Duper You.  We have been focusing on what makes us special and how we all have different feelings.  In class we have been drawing and collaging paper plate faces, making feelings faces for our Funky Finger activity and also discussing emotions during carpet time.  We have also been looking at rectangles and patterns as the pages in the book are illustrated with lots of lovely patterns.  The children have been using foam sand to draw their own patterns in.  We have also enjoyed the lovely warm weather this week and have explored our digging area. 


This week in Puddles we have read the story of The Little Green Hen.  This story tells the tale of a little green hen who lives in an apple tree, the hen asked some other animals to help her tend to the tree.  Some of the animals say yes and others say no.   One day the rain comes and it soon turns into a flood, the animals that helped the little green hen all have somewhere dry to shelter, the tree.  The other animals ask for help from the hen and she offers them shelter too.  In the end all of the animals work together to tend to the tree and plant new seeds, they soon have an orchard to care for.  This week we have spoken lots about friendship and kindness in Puddles.  We are looking out for lovely friendly behaviours and kindness throughout the day.  This week the children have printed with apples, played in corn flour apple gloop and made transient art with dried apples, conkers and leaves.  We have also been exploring conkers in our Funky Finger activities. 

We would also like to share two of our displays with you this week, you can see our Dot Day display full of the children 's Dot Day art work and our Puddles Splash of Art gallery which we use as a working wall to fill with different art from the children. 


This week in Puddles we have been continuing to think about colour and have enjoyed listening to the story of Wow Said The Owl.  We have focused on the words Fluffy and Floated as our words of the week and we have been saying them in different sentences. The children have used colour to make towers, explored our colour tuff tray, made rainbow patterns in our Funky Finger activities and created flowers collages using real flowers.  We have also continued to develop our friendships and learn our new Puddles routines. 


This week in Puddles we have focused on the story of The Dot.  The Dot celebrates a little girl called Vashti as she gains her confidence with making marks and drawing.  Encouraged by her teacher, Vashti realises that any marks she makes are important and special.  The children in Puddles have made their marks this week using different medias, they have used pencil colours, crayons and pained with different circle shapes to create our wonderful Dot Day display board. We have also continued to develop our relationships, friendships and new class routines with our children in this week.


This week we have really enjoyed welcoming our returning Puddles children and new children to our nursery.  This week we have read the story of Pete The Cat and we have done lots of lovely activities with colour. We have painted with different colours both indoors and out, we have played with different coloured play dough and sorted objects into colours.  We have also enjoyed settling in activities and getting to know each other activities such as playing with our parachute. We have also enjoyed a very sunny week and the Puddles children have enjoyed playing with our new Puddles water wall.


Puddles have enjoyed their last week of learning about Minibeasts.  We have focused on non-fiction books this week.  We have talked about where we can get information from, looked at the features of a non-fiction book and compared it to a fiction book.  The children have enjoyed spotting minibeasts in our outdoor area, they have drawn a range of minibeasts using different media and even had a visit from some giant snails.



Puddles children say goodbye to our butterflies.

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This week we have really enjoyed listening to the rhyming words in our story Twist and Hop Minibeast Bop.

We have suggested other words that rhyme and clapped when we heard the rhyming words in the story.  We have also been using tissue paper to collage minibeasts and have used cotton buds dipped in paint to create paint patterns.

In the warmer weather the Puddles children have been enjoying exploring water play.  They have made water shoots using pipes and pipe holder and have been pouring the water down to see where it comes out of. 

We have had a very exiting week as our butterflies emerged at the end of last week and over the weekend.  The children in Puddles on Monday got to say bye to our butterflies and watched as they were released into the world. 


This week we have read the lovely story of The Very Greedy Bee.  We have enjoyed watching videos of how bees collect nectar to make honey and how they travel back and forth from their beehive.  We have painted bees, made collage bees using yellow and black tissue paper and made playdough bees. Our Puddles children have been very busy bees themselves!

We have also continued to observe our caterpillars and we have been very lucky to have seen two butterflies at the end of the week.  


This week in Puddles we have been very excited to have our very own caterpillars arrive.  We are going to watch them as they eat the food from inside their container and see how they grow! Keep watching for updates on our caterpillars.

This week we have enjoyed reading the story book of The Crunching Munching Caterpillar.  They children have been making caterpillars of their own by using circle shapes to make the caterpillars body.  The children have also been thinking about repeating patterns and have made some lovely repeating patterns with our large colourful multilink blocks. We have also been threading leaves for our Funky Finger activity.  


This week in Puddles we have finished our pirate topic with a book called We're Going on a Treasure Hunt.  We have enjoyed meeting the animals in the story, looking at the lift and flap pictures and finding the ten golden coins.  We have concentrated on developing our physical skills this week and have used large boxes to mark make on outside, created obstacles and used our large soft play equipment.  We have also been digging in the sand and practicing our cutting skills.  


This week in Puddles we have been thinking about pirates and treasure.   We have read the story of Zoe and Beans Pirate Treasure and enjoyed going on treasure hunts in and around Puddles. The children were very excited on Monday to discover our large outdoor sandpit full of new sand and shiny golden coins. They enjoyed digging for the coins and collecting them. We have also enjoyed role playing pirates, drawing our own treasure maps and discussing routes and familiar places. The children have also made glistening sequin treasure chests for our creative task. 


This week we have continued our under the sea theme and have read the story Bright Stanley.  The children have really enjoyed this story and have created little golden fish just like Bright Stanley.  They have used shiny gold paper to collage their own Bright Stanley fish.  We have also been developing our finger muscles by pegging pegs onto lobsters and creating seaweed by using pipe cleaners and upside down sieves.  The boys and girls have loved our under the sea stories and they have used a range of media to create some sea themed art work.  You can see from the picture of our display how much effort and enjoyment the children have put into their creations.  We have also been thinking about heavy and light and the children have been weighting objects in our weighing scales.




This week in Puddles we have continued with our sea theme and have read the story book 'Silly Sea'.  The book talks about different sea creatures such as an humpbacked whale, an octopus and a lobster.  We have talked lots about the different sea creatures and what they look like.  The children have enjoyed making paper plate octopuses, using chalks outside to draw fish and moving like a fish in the sea.  Also, we have played in our new Puddles outdoor stage area, painted, played in the sand and water and enjoyed developing our physical skills outside. 


This week the children in Puddles have enjoyed listening to the story Barry the Fish with Fingers.  They have also enjoyed singing the Five Little Fishes Song.  The children have loved drawing Barry and have used different media to do this.  They have used chalks on the outdoor floor, drawn Barry on the Interactive White Board and painted him.  They have also used bubble wrap in paint to create bubble effects on starfish.  We have also collaged starfish using different coloured tissue paper.  The children have also been sequencing the events of planting their sunflower seeds for our maths this week and we are all enjoying singing nursery rhymes and playing listening games in phonics. 


This week in Puddles the children have enjoyed learning all about Spring.  We have listened to our story Rabbit's Spring Adventure and sang our Spring song.  The children have enjoyed exploring our grassy area outdoors and have had fun in our mud kitchen area.  They have also enjoyed painting spring pictures and they have created blossom pictures with pink paint and pink tissue paper. We have also started planting our very own sunflower seeds. We have learnt what a flower needs to grow and will enjoy watching them over the coming weeks to see if we can spot any signs of our sunflowers growing. 


Watch Puddles singing our Easter song of the week, 'Sleeping Easter Bunny'.


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This week we have been celebrating Easter. We have read the story of 'We're Going on an Egg Hunt'.  The children have thoroughly enjoyed listening to this story, counting how many eggs they find and lifting the flaps on the book to look for the eggs. We have also painted eggs, looked at patterns on Easter eggs for our maths and even had our very own egg hunt outside.  The Easter bunny delivered a very special Easter letter to our Puddles children and had hidden lots of colourful plastic eggs for them to find.  They had great fun!

Puddles have also made Easter crispy buns, they have watched the chocolate turn into melted chocolate and have mixed it together with rice crispies to create their own Easter nests.


This week in Puddles we have been reading the book 'Super Duck' and thinking about superheroes.  We have painted and drawn pictures of superheroes, we have looked at 2D shapes, posted shapes through our shape monsters and spotted shapes outdoors.  The children also celebrated Red Nose Day on Friday and were able to come to Puddles dressed up as a superhero to raise money for the charity.  We all had a fabulous day, we discussed the importance of giving to others and being kind, we made superhero masks, coloured in Red Nose Day pictures and danced to superhero music.



This week in Puddles we have been learning about different occupations and People Who Help Us.  The children have role played doctors and looked after babies, being firefighters and used waster spritzers to squirt water at fire numbers and brushed dirty pretend teeth with toothbrushes.  They have listened to a range of books about People Who Help Us such as firefighters, police and doctors.  The children have drawn emergency vehicles and played People Who Help Us matching games.  



This week in Puddles we have been reading the story of the Big Yellow Digger. The children have enjoyed drawing diggers and thinking about going on journeys.  They have been thinking about the route they take from their house to Puddles and thinking about what they see in the village when they walk through it.  We have been drawing maps of our own and using vocabulary such as left, right, straight ahead, turn.  The children have enjoyed continuing to explore our bikes and scooters outside and we have also learnt some facts about Australia.



This week in Puddles we have been reading the story of the Big Blue Train.  We have listened to the trains adventures and discussed the animals that boarded the train along the way.  The children have enjoyed making their own trains using crates outside, riding our own Puddles blue train and playing train role play in our outdoor Train Station.  The children have also enjoyed painting and drawing trains using a range of different media!



This week in Puddles we have been learning about Chinese New Year.  The children have listened to the Chinese New Year story on Cebeebies, watched dragon dancing and looked at Chinese resources and pictures.  They have also danced with dragon masks, painted dragons and tigers and drawn them on the smart board.   We have also made a class dragon head which our Puddles children used to help them become a dragon and do some dragon dancing themselves. 



This week in Puddles the children have been listening to Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp.  We have been pegging pegs onto dinosaur numbered feet for our Funky Finger activities, painting dinosaurs and using dinosaur feet in paint to print with.  The children have used the interactive white board to draw dinosaurs on and have also enjoyed role playing dinosaurs in our dinosaur cave and small world areas.



This week in Puddles we have read the Gruffalo's Child.  The children have enjoyed role playing with the character masks and exploring small world play with woodland creatures and logs.  We have also continued to paint the characters from the story and cut out and stick tissue paper to Gruffalo masks.  During this week we have also been exploring 2D and 3D shapes. The children have been doing shape hunts both indoors and out, drawing around shapes and make their own shape pictures and 3D shape models.



This week we have been reading The Gruffalo.  The children in Puddles have thoroughly enjoyed listening to the story, finding out about the different characters and singing our snake song of the week. They have also enjoyed watching and listening to The Gruffalo song, they have collaged a large Gruffalo for our display and painted a mouse.  They have used brown, purple and green paint to paint their own Gruffalos and made Gruffalo masks.  We have also been practicing our mark making, the children have used mark making to describe what the Gruffalo looks like and to write a recipe for a Gruffalo Crumble. 



We have been thinking all about Winter in Puddles for the last two weeks.  We have read the story One Winter's Day, which is all about a little hedgehog who gives his warm things away to help his friends.  We have looked at ice and watched what happens to it as it gets warm, we have practiced our cutting skills by making snow flakes from white paper and painted the woodland animals from our story. We were even lucky enough to see actual snow in Puddles!



This week we have been celebrating Christmas in Puddles.  The children have listened to a simple version of The Nativity Story and we are also reading lots of other lovely Christmas stories.  We are singing lots of Christmas songs and enjoying the decorations in our classroom.  The children have enjoyed making Christmas cards and calendars this week. They have also used the Interactive Board to decorate a Christmas tree, decorated our home corner tree, painted Christmas pictures, use Christmas cutters in the play dough area and played Christmas games.  




This week the children in Puddles have enjoyed reading the story of Say Please, Little Bear.  The children have painted bears, used the Interactive Board to draw bears, made bear masks with paper plates and tissue paper and built bear caves in our outdoor area.

We have also celebrated Children in Need.  The children have dressed in something spotty to raise money for Children in Need, they have danced to Jump Up and Dance, listened to our Pudsey Bear story and have enjoyed hunting for Pudsey picture cards in our outdoor area.



This week the children in Puddles have enjoyed a range of creative bonfire activities.

We have explored painting with different mark making tools, created firework effects with paint and a spray water bottle and danced with ribbons to make firework effects in the air.

The children have also built bonfires in our block area, used chalks to draw fireworks and listened to firework sounds at carpet time.


This week we enjoyed visiting the school orchard to look for signs of Autumn. We listened to the story The Very Helpful Hedgehog whilst we were in the orchard and we have had lots of fun painting autumn trees, printing with apples and creating hedgehogs.


In Puddles we have been reading the story Owl Babies. We have been printing using forks in brown paint to create feathers for the owls and using different props to retell the story. We have also been looking at signs of Autumn and sorting different natural objects.


Puddles have enjoyed reading the story Walter’s Wonderful Web and learning about different 2D shapes. We had lots of fun printing with shapes, using shapes to make pictures and looking for shapes in the environment. We enjoyed painting spiders and also created our own giant friendship web which helped us to learn each other’s names.


Puddles have had lots of fun celebrating International Dot Day. We listened to the story The Dot and enjoyed creating our own dot pictures.


We have all had a great time exploring in our indoor and outdoor areas during our first week in Puddles.