This week in Nursery the children have enjoyed reading the story ‘Giraffe’s Can’t Dance’ by Giles Andreae. We used this as a platform to talk about what we can’t do yet, but will be able to in time if we keep trying! The children thought about some of the things they couldn’t do yet but wanted to get better at. Some of the ideas they came up with included doing cartwheels, fastening zips, jumping high and using a pencil! We thought about ways in which we could help each other to get better at these things. The children enjoyed learning the names of some different animals which feature in the story including warthogs and baboons! We used the animal names to help us in our music time, keeping the beat using claves as we said the animal names e.g. el-e-phant, bab-oon etc.
We have also enjoyed reading the story Walking Through the Jungle by Julie Lacome. The children learnt to recognise the repeating parts of the story and to predict what might come next. They even went on to suggest some of their own animal ideas.
This week the children attending Reception at Templemoor have had further opportunity to meet their Reception teachers. The Reception staff have been visiting the Nursery and have enjoyed getting to know the children better. To further add to our transition activities, the children have taken part in their first Nursery Mini-Mile! This is a shorter version of the Templemoor Mile that each year group in main school do daily. Our Nursery group learnt some stretches to warm their muscles up, then ran or jogged for three minutes around a track on the big playground. We finished with some cool down stretches. We were so impressed with how the children responded to this and aim to continue this in our final week on Tuesday. We also enjoyed taking part in egg and spoon races in preparation for our special event next Wednesday! On Friday we took the children onto the trim trail on the big field. We talked about how to stay safe whilst using it, including only two children to use a section of the trim trail at a time, to take turns and to wait patiently for the person in front to move off the equipment before starting your turn.
Just a reminder that Wednesday morning is our ‘End of Nursery picnic celebration’ We ask for Parents/Grandparents to stay in nursery when dropping their child off. We will start the morning with the children having a short play inside nursery with their grown up. We will then bring the children and grown-ups altogether and each child will be presented with a certificate to celebrate their time in nursery.
The children will then sing some songs for the grown-ups. You might want to bring a tissue!
Time depending we might then have the mini picnic (we don’t want to eat too close to lunchtime)
The children will then take part in some team games. We have been practicing the games this half term. The parents can support the children and cheer them on.
We aim for the ‘End of Nursery picnic celebration’ to finish about 11.15am. If you can only stay for part of the morning that’s fine. If you have any questions please ask.
We ask for you to provide for your child a small amount of picnic food e.g. a small sandwich, crisps, a small amount of fruit/veg, small cake or biscuit. Please put the food in a clearly named box or on a plate covered with foil or cling film. The amount of food only needs to be small bearing in mind the children will still be having lunch. Please feel free to bring something to eat for yourself. The nursery staff will provide cold drinks for adults and children and ice pops. We hope you can join us.
If you would like to view your child’s Learning Journey before the Summer break, please pop into Nursery during the final week. They will be passed on to Reception staff/sent to new schools where appropriate over the Summer.
We hope you have a lovely weekend.
The Nursery Team
Nursery Home Links-5/4/19
What a busy half term this has been! We are really proud of all of the things that our Nursery children have achieved and want to thank you for your support.
As part of our learning during ‘Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies’ week, the children have taken part in yoga sessions, met people whose job it is to keep other’s healthy (a sonographer, a doctor, a guide dog with her owner and a representative of the charity for sight loss-Henshaws. The children enjoyed learning about the various roles and asked some interesting questions. They have particularly enjoyed playing with our doctors kits and ‘treating’ each other! We read the story of ‘Oliver’s Fruit Salad’ by Vivian French and the children learnt the names of some fruits they hadn’t seen before. They made and ate delicious fruit kebabs which were very popular! The children then chose their favourite fruits to create a group pictogram.
We have greatly enjoyed our week of exercise including football skills, egg and spoon races, parachute games and of course our sponsored jump! If you have yet to send in your child’s collected sponsor money, please send this in by Tuesday 23rd April, along with the sponsor form. We talked briefly about having a healthy diet and answered the children’s questions about what it means to be healthy. We looked at examples of foods that we need lots of and foods that are good to have as treats. Look out for photos of our week of fun in and around the Nursery.
As part of our work on healthy minds, we continue to talk to the children about kindness. We have read several stories relating to this including ‘Superworm’ by Julia Donaldson and ‘Alfie Lends a Hand’ by Shirley Hughes. If you have any stories at home that are particularly about kindness, please send them in for us to share with the group.
We are so excited about our beach trip to St Anne’s on Wednesday 22nd May. If you haven’t already done so, please send back your completed reply slip as soon as possible so that we can plan appropriately. After the holidays our new topic will be ‘How many pebbles on a beach?’ which will culminate in a (hopefully!) sunny day at the beach together.
We return to school on Tuesday 23rd April.
We hope you have a wonderful Easter break.
The Nursery Team
Nursery Home Links-3/5/19
This week in Nursery we have learnt more about the seaside and enjoyed working on our large scale seascape based on the story of ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch.’ The children have worked on their pre-writing skills in paint using wavy lines to make the waves of the sea, look out for these on our Nursery display board. They particularly enjoyed using the parachute outside to make giant waves!
We had great excitement on Friday, the children had the chance to look at and handle a range of seafood including a crab, fish, prawns, muscles and oysters! Thank you to Sale Fish and Seafoods on Claremont Road for giving us a good deal!
We have talked about the kinds of things we might take on holiday with us and worked together to draw our ideas. We have encouraged the children to use their growing knowledge of phonic sounds to help to write the initial sounds of each item, for example ‘sunglasses’ begins with ‘s.’ Please encourage your child to think about what sound things begin with at home, this could be toys they play with, items found in the kitchen or even things they notice whilst out and about!
We continue to reinforce numbers 1-10 with both recognition and counting and are encouraging children to have a go at representing numbers on paper and outside on the floor using chalk. We continued to look at the words ‘heavy’ and ‘light’ and encouraged the children to take part in the weight Rainbow Challenge in the Maths Area. The children used our role-play sea creatures to help them test out their ideas of what might be heavy and light.
We have introduced the pure sound ’h’ this week. We talked about how to write a ’h’ sound, using the words; Down the head to the hooves and over his back. Please help your child to find things that begin with ‘h’ around your home.
As we (hopefully) enjoy warmer weather, we ask that all children wear sun cream to Nursery on sunny days. If you put long lasting sun cream on your child before school, please let a member of staff know. If you require your child to put on sun cream during the Nursery day, please send it in, clearly named and we will make sure that your child is protected. May we also ask that you provide sun hats. Thank you for your help with this.
Can we ask all parents to look out for a child’s blue padded coat. We believe it went missing this week. Please let a member of staff know if you find it!
Just a reminder that Wednesday 8th May is our school photograph day.
We hope you enjoy the extended weekend! We return to school on Tuesday 7th May.
The Nursery Team