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St Mary Magdalene Catholic Primary School

Growing Together in Faith and Love.


Chinese New Year 2021 - The Year of the OX

Author spotlight! - Julia Donaldson. We have enjoyed exploring stories written by Julia Donaldson at nursery and at home.

Fairy Tales - Over the last few weeks we have been focussing on some traditional stories. We enjoyed role playing the characters and learnt the phrases 'Once upon a time' and 'they lived happily ever after'

Snow Day Fun! We have had lots of fun exploring the snow. The children used words like crunchy, deep, sparkly, glittery, white, happy and cold to describe the snow and how it made them feel. We observed footprints and shadows, made snow angels and tried to build with the snow. The snow on the hill in nursery made a wonderful slide! We then went inside to warm up with some yummy hot chocolate and a biscuit. What a fantastic day!

Christmas Party Day! The children all had a fantastic time at our party to celebrate Christmas. Have a peaceful christmas and we look forward to welcoming you all back in the new year.

Advent Day – We have been learning the story of the Nativity, counting down the days until Jesus’s birth. We have made advent wreaths and completed some cutting and sticking of the characters from the story. The children played with small world models of the nativity to consolidate their understanding of this important religious story.

Baptism – We looked at artefacts from the rite of Baptism. The children role played the different roles within a baby’s baptism.

November Fun!

Poppy Day and Harvest – We looked at how the Queen commemorates Poppy Day and we made poppies. The children role played a ‘Fruit and Vegetable shop’ using real produce. This was a great opportunity to look at size, weight, texture as well as understanding how the different roles of people in a shop i.e. customers, checkout staff etc.

Diwali and Firework Celebrations – The children learnt the story of Rama and Sita, the Hindu story of Diwali. The children made Diya’s using clay. They also moved to music pretending to be fireworks whooshing and zooming through the sky.

Handa-surprise Week

Look at what we have been doing in Nursery

World Book Day - The children came to nursery dressed as characters from stories they have at home. The Nursery adults dressed as the characters from one of our favorite traditional tales The three little pigs. The children became the narrators and recalled the story. The grown-ups acted out the story, following the children’s direction. We had a fun day!

RE During Lent - We started this term thinking about Anna and Simeon meeting Baby Jesus for the first time in the Temple. We enjoyed acting out the story. On Shrove Tuesday we made and ate pancakes. They were yummy! The following day we considered what promises we could make during Lent to help others. We hung our promises on the Lenten Tree.

Fairy Tales and Traditional Stories - Over the first half of Lent term we have been looking at lots of stories. Some of the children’s favorites were Jack and the Beanstalk, The Little Red Hen, The Gingerbread Man, The Three Little Pigs and stories of Princesses and Princes.

The children had lots of fun learning about Jonah and the Whale

We had a great time at our christmas party

Pumpkin Patch - We had a lovely time visiting the Pumpkin Patch MK, it was amazing to see all the different shapes and sizes of pumpkins in the field and we were able to compare their weight by lifting them up. The children loved being able to choose their own pumpkin to take home and the mini bus ride was very exciting for all.

We have had a wonderful start to the half term with opportunities for parents to come in to listen to stories and build Den's with their children. We have also had visits from two policemen and the school lollypop Lady , Lin.

Pyjama Day

On Wednesday 22nd May we held our annual Teddy Bear's Picnic. We were so pleased to see the sunshine. The children made their own jam sandwiches which we took to our picnic..We sat on the school field to eat our picnic, play games and sing songs. It was a wonderful day which I'm sure the Teddies also enjoyed.

Science Week - The children had a fabulous week observing, questioning and taking part in our science week. We made volcanoes using Lemons, our own bubble wands, we flew kites and the highlight of the week was when Mrs Ledger made giant bubbles for us to stand in! Mrs Ledger said " it was the best day ever!"

The children were very excited to meet Nikki and her animals from the Pop Up Farm. We all enjoyed meeting Timothy the Pony, Jack and Vera the ducks, Flossy and Rossy the goats, Godfrey and Fraser the sheep and all the other animals. The children learnt how to stroke and pet the animals safely and how to behave around the animals. The sun shinning made it for a wonderful visit for the animals.

Bring your mum's to Nursery - Mothers Day. On Tuesday the 26th March we invited our Mummies, Grandma's and Aunties to join us at Nursery. We had a great day making them tea and cakes, reading with them, playing with them and spending time with them at Nursery. Thank you to all those who came and we wish them all a very happy Mother's Day.

Fairy Tales - We have had lots of fun learning about some traditional fairy tales. We explored and re-enacted the stories, discovered that fairy tales begin with 'Once upon a time' and end with 'they lived happily ever after' and enjoyed coming to nursery dressed up as princes and princesses.

Chinese New Year - We celebrated Chinese new year by running our own Chinese restaurant , practicing writing Chinese symbols and tasting some delicious Chinese food.

Noah - We had fun building our own Arks and making rainbows when learning about Noah.

Cold Animals/Places - We enjoyed learning all about cold places, the animals that live there and some cold sports.

Story Telling Session - 13th December 2018 - On Thursday 13th December, Paul from Milton Keynes Library came to read us some stories. The children really enjoyed the books he brought along and had a fun time. Thank you Paul for visiting us.

Christmas Concert - Thank you everyone who came to watch the nursery children perform in their concert. I am sure you will agree that they were amazing and did us all proud. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.

Celebrations - During celebrations week we have learnt all about bonfire night and Diwali. We watched a firework display and danced along to some music pretending we were fireworks. "Whoosh", "bang", "crash", "whee", "zzzz" were some of the fantastic words the children used to describe the fireworks. We also explored making patterns on the floor using chalk, paint and water.

Parents Stay & Learn Literacy - Handa's Surprise - We had a lovely time acting out the story of Handa's Surprise, we were able to explore real fruits and show all the parents how we are learning and using our early literacy skills.

Our Bodies - This week we have been learning about our bodies, how we move and our senses. We have had fun tasting different foods and feeling our heartbeats after exercise.

Den Day 2018 - Dads and Grandads visited Nursery to share their skills aand real tools to help the children builds den's.. Everyone had a great time. Thanks to all who came.

This week we have been thinking about ‘People who help us’. We have had lots of fun role playing! We have also been lucky enough to have had a visit from the School Lollypop lady, Mrs Goddard.

Science week at Nursery - The children have had a marvellous week learning all about science. We have been exploring the properties of different objects, how things move, floating and sinking, magnetism and even tasted different foods.

The Royal Wedding - We have had a lovely time in Nursery preparing for and celebrating the up coming wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. The children have been painting portraits of the Queen, decorating crowns and enjoying a Royal tea party with cucumber sandwiches, strawberries and cream. There was some fantastic dancing and we even had our very own bride.