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Penguin Big Talk 20.11.17, by Mrs Fitzsimons

Date: 19th Nov 2017 @ 9:47pm

This week, we will be continuing to read our story, 'Monkey and Me' by Emily Gravett. In the story, a little girl takes her monkey toy to see some different animals. One of the animals is a penguin. Share the image below with your child. Talk about what you can see, what you think is happening, where this is. We have suggested some questions to share with your child below:

Image result for penguin and egg photo

What can you see?

What is the penguin doing?

What is he holding on his feet?

Why?

Where do you think the penguin is? How do you know?

How do penguins move? Can you move like a penguin?

Can penguins fly?

Can you think of another animal that lays eggs?

Wild Animals Big Talk 13.11.17, by Mrs Fitzsimons

Date: 12th Nov 2017 @ 9:45pm

This week, we are going to be reading a fantastic story called 'Monkey & Me' by Emily Gravett. In the story, a little girl and her monkey soft toy see lots of different wild animals. Our Big Talk image is a Zoo Map:

Share the image with your child and talk about your thoughts, opinions, feelings and ideas. Here are some questions you might like to share with your child:

What do you think this is?

What can you see?

Which animals can you spot? 

Where would you like to go first on a visit to this zoo?

What might you smell / hear / see / feel?

We would love to hear your feedback - please post your child's responses on our blog pages.

Diwali Big Talk 06.11.2017, by Mrs Fitzsimons

Date: 5th Nov 2017 @ 11:14pm

(IMAGE SOURCE - http://www.heartbowsmakeup.com/)

This week we will be learning about the 5 day long Hindu celebration of Diwali, also known as the Festival of Lights. The children will learn about some of the Hindu tradional customs during Diwali - dressing in their best clothes, giving presents and sweets, visiting their family and friends, worshipping in the temple, decorating their houses, lighting diya lamps. They will also learn about how Hindus decorate the ground with rangoli patterns during this time.

Share the image with your child and ask each other these questions:

What is this? (a rangoli pattern)

What has it been made with? (coloured rice)

What can you see?

What colours can you spot? 

What else can you see in the pattern? (flowers, diya lamps with flames)

Why has this been made? What special time of year was this made? (during Diwali)

Who might have made this pattern? (Hindus)

We have also included 2 fantastic videos that we will watch in Nursery of very talented people creating beautiful rangoli patterns with rice. It would be great for the children to watch these at home with you this week.

Bonfire Night Big Talk 30.10.17, by Mrs Fitzsimons

Date: 29th Oct 2017 @ 10:17pm

Bonfire Night Big Talk

Welcome back! We hope you all had a relaxing and enjoyable half-term break! This week we will be learning about Halloween and also Bonfire Night. Our Big Talk image this week is a Bonfire Night photograph:

Share the image with you child and ask them:

What can you see?

What time of year is it?

What do you think is happening?

Which colours can you spot?

What might you hear? Smell?

What sort of sounds might you hear?

We would love to hear your children's responses, so please feel free to post their comments below!

Autumn Picnic Big Talk 15.10.2017, by Mrs Fitzsimons

Date: 15th Oct 2017 @ 8:56pm

This week, we are continuing our Autumn theme. Following an exciting week reading Leaf Man, we are going to be reading Stick Man this week.

We have another autumnal image for you to share with your child...

Ask your child questions about the picture...

What can you see?

Who is there? 

What do you think is happening?

What are they doing? Why? Where?

What time of year is it?

How do you know? 

Tell them your own opinions about the picture and then ask for their opinions. How does it make you feel? We hope you enjoy this week’s Autumn image!

Autumn Big Talk 09.10.17, by Mrs Fitzsimons

Date: 8th Oct 2017 @ 10:17pm

Autumn Big Talk

This week we are reading Leaf Man (Lois Elhart) and learning about the features of Autumn. Share the Autumn image below...

Ask your child questions about the picture – What can you see? Who is there? What do you think is happening? What are they doing? Why? Where? What time of year is it? How do you know? Tell them your own opinions about the picture and then ask for their opinions. How does it make you feel? We hope you enjoy this week’s Autumn image!

Feelings Big Talk 02.10.17, by Mrs Fitzsimons

Date: 1st Oct 2017 @ 9:06pm

Feelings Big Talk 02.10.17

This week we are reading a book called How Do You Feel? by Gillian Liu. We will be learning about the different emotions we may feel.

Share the image below with your child. It has been taken from the children's movie, Inside Out.

Image result for emotionsTalk about the image and ask your child:

How does the little girl feel? 

How are each of the characters feeling?

What are they doing with their faces / mouths / eyes? Can you make this face too?

Why do you think they may be feeling that way?

Have you ever felt this way before? Why?

We would love to hear about your child's responses! Please post on our blog!

Faces Big Talk - week beginning 25.09.17, by Mrs Fitzsimons

Date: 24th Sep 2017 @ 9:44pm

Big Talk - Faces

We do not set homework as such in Nursery, as we believe that it is important that families have plenty of time after school to be together, to read together and also to enjoy each other’s company! Each week we will send home, as part of the newsletter, a picture, photo or image for you to look at with your child. These photos have been sourced from Google Images and Pinterest and are usually linked in to the quality books we are reading each week! They are interesting and unusual images chosen to encourage, develop and increase children’s vocabulary and listening skills. There will also be some examples of questions you could ask. We would LOVE to hear your child’s responses on our Nursery blog page!

Image result for faces book

Our first image is the front cover of a book we are reading this week, Faces. We are learning all about our faces and how different and special we all are. We will be looking in the mirror, drawing self-portaits and making face collages with loose parts in our Finger Gym.

Share the image with your child and ask questions like:

What can you see?

Which features can you spot? Can you see the eyes, nose, mouth, ears, etc?

What have the authors used to make the eyes, nose, mouth, etc?

Which colours can you see?

Who does it look like? Why?

We would love to hear your child's responses (like "James thought this face looks like his grandpa because he has curly hair too" or "Ana said 'he's got a beard!'"). Don't forget to comment with the responses on our blog below!

A message from Baby Bear??? Whatever next!, by Mrs Fitzsimons

Date: 15th Nov 2016 @ 8:57pm

This week we have been reading Whatever Next! by Jill Murphy.

This afternoon, the Nursery children discovered a very unusual message from Baby Bear! They set to work straight away to write lists for him to help remind him of the items he needed to take to the moon on his repeat visit!

Diwali Big Talk 11.11.16, by Mrs Fitzsimons

Date: 13th Nov 2016 @ 7:38pm

(IMAGE SOURCE - http://www.heartbowsmakeup.com/)

This week we have been learning about the 5 day long Hindu celebration of Diwali, also known as the Festival of Lights. The children have learnt about some of the Hindu tradional customs during Diwali - dressing in their best clothes, giving presents and sweets, visiting their family and friends, worshipping in the temple, decorating their houses, lighting diya lamps. They also learnt about how Hindus decorate the ground with rangoli patterns during this time.

Share the image with your child and ask each other these questions:

What is this? (a rangoli pattern)

What has it been made with? (coloured rice)

What can you see?

What colours can you spot? 

What else can you see in the pattern? (flowers, diya lamps with flames)

Why has this been made? What special time of year was this made? (during Diwali)

Who might have made this pattern? (Hindus)

We have also included 2 fantastic videos that we watched in Nursery of very talented people creating beautiful rangoli patterns with rice. It would be great for the children to watch these at home with you this week.

Bonfire Night Big Talk 04.11.16, by Mrs Fitzsimons

Date: 3rd Nov 2016 @ 9:01pm

(IMAGE SOURCE - PINTEREST)

Thank you so much for the comments on our blog page last week! We loved reading about Ava and Olivia's responses!

Please share this week's Bonfire Night image with your child at home. Here are some lovely questions you could ask each other:

What can you see? What do you think is happening? Why? What time of year is it? Which colours can you spot? What sounds might you hear? Which clues can you see?

We would absolutely love to hear your child's responses and whether they have been to a Bonfire Night over the weekend. Please login and comment on the blog page below. We have been talking a lot about firework safety with the children. We hope you all have a fantastic, safe Bonfire Night!

Autumn Big Talk 21.10.16, by Mrs Fitzsimons

Date: 20th Oct 2016 @ 9:10pm

We do not set homework as such in Nursery, as we believe that it is important that families have plenty of time after school to be together, to read together and also to enjoy each other’s company! Each week we will send home, as part of the newsletter, a picture, photo or image for you to look at with your child. These photos have been sourced from Google Images and Pinterest! They are interesting and unusual images chosen to encourage, develop and increase children’s vocabulary and listening skills. There will also be some examples of questions you could ask. We would LOVE to hear your child’s responses on our Nursery blog page!

(IMAGE SOURCE - J. PETRA)

Here is the half-term's Big Talk picture. Ask your child questions about the picture – What can you see? Who is there? What do you think is happening? What are they doing? Why? Where? What time of year is it? How do you know? Tell them your own opinions about the picture and then ask for their opinions. How does it make you feel? We hope you enjoy this week’s Autumn image!

Big Talk 08.07.16, by Mrs Fitzsimons

Date: 7th Jul 2016 @ 9:55pm

Minibeast Big Talk!

 

Here is this week's Big Talk image. Share the picture together and talk to your child about what they see. You could ask them questions like...

What can you see in the photo? Where have they come from? What would they feel like? Can you think of some “wow” words to describe them? Do you know any facts about minibeasts? 

Big Talk 30.06.16, by Mrs Fitzsimons

Date: 30th Jun 2016 @ 9:18pm

The Monster In The Hood

Last week, we had a very unusual visitor! The Monster In The Hood! We spent the week reading all about him and the the children have been writing their own newspaper article about the very unusual events that they have witnessed.

This week, our Big Talk image is an illustration from Steve Anthony's book.

 

 

Share the image and ask your child: who are these characters? Who is the monster in the hood? Why are they looking for him? What does he look like? Think of some really interesting describing words. How does he feel? What happens in the story? What did the monster in the hood do at our school?

Big Talk! 17.06.16, by Mrs Fitzsimons

Date: 16th Jun 2016 @ 8:59pm

Caterpillars

This week's Big Talk is an absolute wonder! A truly fascinating photograph taken of one of God's most peculiar looking creations! As we have welcomed our 5 new caterpillars into Reception, we thought this would be an ideal image to share.


Caterpillar of a Chinese Moon Moth It looks like me in the morning!:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share the photograph (taken from telegraph.co.uk) and talk about what your child can see. Ask them: What do you think this is? Where is it going? What is it going to do? Can you describe it? Think of some really interesting describing words – e.g hairy, spotty, wriggly, spiky.

NB. This is a Chinese Moon Moth caterpillar!!!

Big Talk 13.05.16, by Mrs Fitzsimons

Date: 18th May 2016 @ 7:14pm

Pies!

Inspired by all of the delicious (!!!) mud pies that have been made outside, here is this week's Big Talk image (taken from Pinterest). Share the photo with your child, talk about what they can see? What do you think is happening? Why are they doing this? What will happen next? Make up a story about the image. Does your story have a happy ending or a sad ending? Write a fantastic mud pie recipe that you could make in our mud kitchen!

Big Talk 06.05.16, by Mrs Fitzsimons

Date: 18th May 2016 @ 7:10pm

Pig In Boots!

This week, the children have LOVED playing in our new Mud Kitchen. Inspired by their wellies, we have selected this image for the week's Big Talk! (Taken from tpet.co.uk). Share the photo with your child, talk about it together. What do you think this is? What can you see? What is happening? Can you make up a short story about this piglet?

Big Talk 29.04.16, by Mrs Fitzsimons

Date: 18th May 2016 @ 7:06pm

First Man on the Moon

This week, we have been learning about the first moon landing. Share the photograph of Neil Armstrong landing on the moon in 1969. Can the children remember any facts about the moon landing? How many astronauts flew to the moon? What was their rocket's name? Which space ship did they then fly in to the moon? Why was this so special? What did Neil Armstrong say? What would you do if you went to the moon? How would you feel? What would you see? How would you move?

We watched the following video, which the children absolutely loved!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jd0C8HuGOHM

Big Talk 14.04.16, by Mrs Fitzsimons

Date: 18th May 2016 @ 6:59pm

Ladder to the Moon!

Share this image (taken from Pinterest) with your child. Talk about what they see, the way it makes them feel, and their opinions. What can you see? Where is the ladder going? Would you climb the ladder? What might you see, hear, smell, taste? Can you mup a story about this picture?

Big Talk! 22.04.16, by Mrs Fitzsimons

Date: 21st Apr 2016 @ 9:31pm

Take a look at the image and talk to your child about it. Encourage them to use their imagination and memory of their own experiences. Can they make predictions? Here are some questions you could ask them:

Where is this? What can you see happening? How are people feeling? Why? What will happen next?

Dinosaur Big Talk 26.02.16, by Mrs Fitzsimons

Date: 28th Feb 2016 @ 10:01pm

The children have loved this week's text - How to Grow A Dinosaur.

Share the following images at home with your child. Imagine you meet a dinosaur. Where might you meet the dinosaur? What type of dinosaur is it? Is it friendly? Do you go on an adventure together? Talk about good adjectives to describe your dinosaur, not just 'big', but try to think of other words to use. Does the dinosaur speak? If so how does it talk? Quietly, grumpily, noisily, ferociously?

 

Chinese New Year Big Talk! 11.02.16, by Mrs Fitzsimons

Date: 11th Feb 2016 @ 10:14pm

 

  

 

Kung hei fat choy! Happy Chinese New Year to you all! The Chinese New Year fell on the 8th February this year and the children have loved learning about traditions and customs. This week's Big Talk picture is an image of Nian the monster visiting a village. For more information on this story, please follow the link:

http://www.st-ninians.e-dunbarton.sch.uk/_files/a_the_story_of_chinese_new_year.pdf

Share the image together and ask your child:

Who is this? What do you think he is doing? Why? What might Nian be thinking / saying? What might the people be saying? What do you think might happen next?

We have been learning a lovely Chinese New Year song. To listen to it click the play button below, or for the song and lyrics follow this link:

http://www.nancymusic.com/Gunghayplay.htm

Big Talk! 29.01.16, by Mrs Fitzsimons

Date: 28th Jan 2016 @ 8:35pm

This week's Big Talk picture is the Royal Family (taken from Google Images). Share the image with your child. Ask them:

Who do you think these people are? Can you tell that this is the Queen of England? Why / why not? Where might they live? What might you say or do if you met them?

Big Talk 14/01/2016, by Mrs Fitzsimons

Date: 14th Jan 2016 @ 10:33pm

Welcome back! We hope verybody had a fantastic Christmas!

This week, as part of Colour and Shape topic, we have been reading Pants by Giles Andrae and Nick Sharratt. Here is this week's Big Talk picture:

Look at the illustration and discuss these questions together:

Which is your favourite pair? Can you describe the pattern? Who might wear each pair?

Letters to Father Christmas!, by Mrs Fitzsimons

Date: 3rd Dec 2015 @ 1:54pm

Next week, the children will be writing their own letters to Father Christmas telling him all of the lovely things they would really like for Christmas this year. We cannot guarantee that he will be able to reply to every letter. A parent very kindly sent in some information about the Royal Mail's Christmas letter scheme, and I thought I would share it here, as I know other parents may be interested...

 

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