Nursery Home Links

Nursery Home Links-14/12/18

This week in Nursery we have really focused on playing fairly with each other. We have talked a great deal about sharing and taking turns and staff continue to work hard to model those behaviours whilst the children are playing. We are also working to help children further develop their independence skills. You can support this by encouraging your child to try to put on and fasten their own coat, find their own book bag and put their own photo tag in the basket in the morning. We continue to encourage children to tidy up an area when they have finished using it. We also continue to practise name writing and appreciate any help you can do to support this at home.

We introduced the pure sound ‘i’ this week. We talked about how to write an ‘i’, using the words; down the body, dot for the head (we imagine we are drawing an insect!). We looked at things that begin with ‘i’ such as an igloo, ink and an iguana.    

We revised the 2D shapes we talked about previously; triangle, circle, square and rectangle. The children had to find shapes around the Nursery grounds, naming them and counting the sides. They posted 2D shaped Christmas cards into matching shaped post boxes and used natural materials to make 2D shapes in our outside area.

We talked about some of the things we see at Christmas such as Christmas crackers, Christmas stockings, mince pies, Christmas cards and Christmas presents. We enjoyed listening to the children talking about things they do at Christmas time at home including what they might leave out for Father Christmas! We played ‘Kim’s Game’ using Christmas items and encouraged the children to describe the items they thought were missing from the tray to encourage their use of language. To help the children develop their understanding of mass, we looked at wrapped Christmas presents and talked about ways to describe their size. We put the presents into size order using the words small, medium and large.

Next Thursday is our Nursery Christmas party. Children are welcome to come dressed in party clothes if they wish. We are asking parents to contribute to the party food, the list of which is displayed in the Nursery entrance. If you can help with this, please sign up.

We are really excited about our school History Week after Christmas, especially the Grandparents Traditional Storytelling session and afternoon tea on Wednesday 23rd January. If you haven’t already sent back to reply slip, please can you send them into school asap. Please see a member of staff if you have any questions.

We hope you have a lovely weekend. We finish for the Christmas holidays next Thursday.

Thank you for your continued support.

The Nursery Team

Nursery Home Links-23/11/18

Another busy week has passed in Nursery! This week saw us mark Unicef’s World Children’s Day. We talked in very simple terms about the rights children are entitled to under the Unicef Rights of The Child charter. These include; the right to play, the right to be safe, the right to eat healthy food, the right to clean drinking water and the right to go to school. We will continue to talk about this as the year progresses.

We have asked the children to ‘vote’ for their favourite stories. The children all had a counter that they placed next to their favourite book. The cubes were then counted to find the most popular choice.

The children have enjoyed a variety of ‘shiny’ activities including polishing tarnished metal objects, investigating shiny metal objects in the water tray and finding golden pirate treasure in the outdoor sand tray.

We have introduced the pure sound ‘d’ this week. We talked about how to write a ‘d’ sound, using the words; Round the dinosaur's back, up his neck and down to his feet. Please look around the home for objects that begin with the ‘d’ sound and encourage your child to continue to find things that begin with the sounds we have already covered; m, a and s.

We looked at the number 4, where to find it on a number line and what a numicon number 4 piece looks like. For more information on numicon, the following link is useful https://global.oup.com/education/content/primary/series/numicon/numicon-at-home/?region=uk

The children did lots of physical activities to encourage them to count 4 of something such as 4 jumps, 4 hops, turning around four times etc. Please continue to encourage your child to look out for numbers around the home and when out and about, and encourage counting. Dice games are also excellent for encouraging early number skills and having fun together!

We are already getting excited about our upcoming Christmas production. We are busy practising the songs ready to perform over the coming weeks. We will perform our show on Wednesday 5th at 9am and Thursday 6th at 9am. You are very welcome to join us.

We are really looking forward to the Christmas fair on Saturday 1st December 2-4pm. Your child has been given some raffle tickets in support of this. If you need any more raffle tickets, please see the school office.

 

Thank you for your continued support. We hope you have a lovely weekend.

The Nursery Team

Nursery Home Links- 16/11/18

This week in Nursery has been busy as always!

We continued to talk about our topic of ‘Is it Shiny?’ and the children have been busy buying and selling things in our shiny shop.

We have introduced the pure sound ‘s’ this week. We talked about how to write a ‘s’ sound, using the words; slide around the snake. Maybe you could look around the home for objects that begin with the ‘s’ sound and encourage your child to continue to find things that begin with the sounds we have already covered; m and a.

We looked at the number 3 and where to find it on a number line. The children did lots of physical activities to encourage them to count 3 of something such as 3 jumps, 3 hops, turning around three times etc. Please continue to encourage your child to look out for numbers around the home and when out and about, and encourage counting.

The children enjoyed their first sessions of ‘Dough Disco,’ a fun programme of physical development using play dough to music. This is designed to help our little ones strengthen their hands and arms, in preparation for the writing they will do in the future. For more information you could look at the following link (and get dancing!) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-IfzeG1aC4

We read the story of Paddington this week in preparation for World Children’s Day on Tuesday 20th November. We talked briefly about how Paddington had to leave his home in another country and travel a long way to find a new place to live. The children thought about if they could only put one thing in their suitcase, what would it be? They then practised their spreading skills by making marmalade sandwiches or marmalade on toast. This Tuesday staff and children are asked to wear blue to mark Unicef World Children’s Day, for example a blue t-shirt, blue-trainers etc. (One item of blue is fine!) We will be learning more about this important day next week.

We are really happy to lend out our Story Sacks. The children love having this opportunity to share books and props at home and often come into Nursery talking about the story they have enjoyed. When Story Sacks are borrowed, please sign them out using the pink folder kept on the book bag trolley. When you return them, please hand them to a member of staff and we will sign them back in.

Thank you for your continued support.

We hope you have a lovely weekend.

The Nursery Team

 

 

 

 

Nursery Home Links-2/11/18

Welcome back to a new half term! We hope you had a good break.

This week we have been busy helping our children settle back into Nursery routines as well as introducing some new ones. We have read the story ‘Room on the Broom’ by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. The children have enjoyed investigating a range of related activities such as making potions, playing with black glittery play dough, scooping out pumpkins and floating pumpkin boats in the water tray.

We introduced Fred the Frog who talks in ‘pure’ sounds and introduced the pure sound ‘m’. We talked about how to write an ‘m’ sound, using the words; Maisie mountain mountain. Maybe you could look around the home for objects that begin with the ‘m’ sound. We will continue to learn new phonic sounds throughout the year, please look out for our sound of the week on the Nursery Entrance display.

We looked at the number 1 and where to find it on a number line. Can your child find a number 1 in your house? Can they count out 1 apple, 1 teddy or 1 spoon? We will focus on a different number each week in the run up to Christmas, you can see where we are up to using the display in the Nursery entrance. To support this at home you could look out for numbers with your child when you are out and about, talking about door numbers, numbers in the home e.g. clocks, on the telephone etc, playing dice games and counting the number thrown each time.

We looked at the colour black; how black is good to see some colours and how it makes other colours look darker.

We have introduced our new topic ‘Is it shiny?’ and next week we will be opening a shiny shop in our maths area where everything is 1 pence! The children will go on to investigate a range of materials, looking at their appearance, what they are used for and what they are made of. If you have anything particularly shiny that you have finished with at home e.g. tinsel, shiny decorations, small toys we would really appreciate some new items to add to our current collection.

Next week we will look at Bonfire Night and the Hindu celebration of Diwali amongst lots of other things!

Next Tuesday and Thursday are Nursery Parents Evenings. If you haven’t already done so, please make an appointment to see the Nursery Staff. Parents of Yellow Group children will need to see Mrs Leigh on Tuesday and parents of Blue and Red Group children will need to see Mrs Berry on the Tuesday or the Thursday.

Thank you for your continued support.

We hope you have a lovely weekend and enjoy any Bonfire Night celebrations!

The Nursery Team