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Nursery Topic Letter – ‘Are Eggs Alive?

Dear Parents,

Next half term we are going to be busy investigating our new topic ‘Are Eggs Alive?’

The first week after the half term holiday we will be reading the story ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’. We will be learning about the life cycle of a butterfly and we will also be having some butterfly eggs delivered to nursery to watch what happens first hand.

A few weeks into the topic we will be getting some eggs and an incubator in nursery to watch some chicks hatch. We are sure that the children will enjoy watching this and the valuable first-hand experience will enhance their learning.

To support our topic learning at home, here are some suggestions of how you could help your child :

  • Going on a Spring walk, looking out for signs that Spring is coming e.g. buds on flowers.

  • Talking about animals that lay eggs and what the eggs look like.

  • Visit a local farm e.g. Stockley Farm and look out for animals that lay eggs. We welcome any photo you might take in Nursery!

  • Looking at the different varieties of eggs in the supermarket.

  • Look on the internet for the animals that lay the smallest and largest eggs.

  • Plant a selection of seeds together using a clear plastic/glass container, looking at what happens to seed over time. Talk about how you care for your plant.

  • Teach your child how to boil an egg or make scrambled eggs!

  • Talk about the different parts of the egg, you could make meringue with the egg white!

  • Investigate decorative eggs online, encouraging your child to design their own.

We hope you enjoy investigating eggs as much as we do!

Please let us know about any of the egg-related activities you get up to.

Thank you for your continued support.

From The Nursery Team.

Nursery Home Links-8/2/19

Another half term has flown by! We have covered such a lot and we are really proud of the progress our Nursery children have made.

This week we have enjoyed learning about and celebrating Chinese New Year. We were very fortunate to have a visit from Mrs Shi. She came to talk to the children about the story of the how the Chinese Zodiac came to be and told us about her experience of Chinese New Year celebrations. The children enjoyed making lanterns, learning to write Chinese numerals, exploring the texture of noodles in the Sensory Area and having a go at using chopsticks! The following link has a helpful video showing the Zodiac story if you would like to look at it with your child. https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/stories/lets-celebrate-chinesenewyearperformance If you are planning on celebrating or have already taken part in Chinese New Year Celebrations, we would love to hear about them in Nursery, either via email to the school office or perhaps a few photographs. The following link describes some exciting events in Manchester this coming weekend https://www.visitmanchester.com/ideas-and-inspiration/chinese-new-year

On Tuesday we marked Safer Internet Day. We talked to the children about the concept of being safe generally and they offered lots of ways in which we could stay safe, for example wearing a helmet when riding a bike, holding hands with a grown up when crossing the road and wearing arm bands in the swimming pool. We spoke briefly about being careful when using a computer and read some useful stories such as Penguinpig by Stuart Spendlow and Amy Bradley and Chicken Clicking by Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross.

We have introduced the pure sound ’o’ this week. We talked about how to write an ‘o’

using the words; all around the orange. We went on a hunt around Nursery to find as many ‘o’ as we could. One little girl even said “The clock looks like an ‘o’!”

We looked at the number 9 and where to find it on a number line. The children did lots of physical activities to encourage them to count 9 of something such as 9 jumps, 9 hops etc and read the story ‘Nine ducks nine’. Please continue to encourage your child to look out for numbers around the home and when out and about, and encourage counting and playing games using number.

We hope you have a lovely half term break. We return to school on Monday 18th February.

Thank you for your continued support.

The Nursery Team

Nursery Home Links-1/2/19

Over the last week we have been sharing lots of great stories together as part of Storytelling Week. The children have especially enjoyed listening to stories read by visiting parents and Grandparents. We have introduced ‘Story jars’. The children loved using the objects in the jars (story treasures!) to make up their own stories and to use the story words they have learnt e.g. Once upon a time, a long time ago, the end etc. You could create a story jar with your child using whatever small objects take their fancy. We would love to hear about any stories you make up together.

As part of our topic on ‘How does that building stay up?’ we met Craig, a local builder who came into Nursery to tell us all about his job. Despite the rain, he showed us various building tools and even built a wall that the Three Little Pigs would be proud of! Look out for photos in and around Nursery.

We looked at the number 8 this week and where to find it on a number line. The children did lots of physical activities to encourage them to count 8 of something such as 8 jumps, 8 hops etc. They had a go at various activities around Nursery involving the number 8 including drawing 8 legs on a spider, cutting and sticking 8 legs onto a paper spider and putting 8 pegs onto a laminated spider. Please continue to encourage your child to look out for numbers around the home and when out and about, and encourage counting and playing games using number.

We have introduced the pure sound ’p’ this week. We talked about how to write a ‘p’ sound, using the words; down the plait and around the pirate’s head. Maybe you could look around the home for objects that begin with the ‘p’ sound.

Next Tuesday is Safer Internet Day. We will be talking to the children about the general concept of being ‘safe’ and ask for your support in talking to your child about being safe online e.g. using the internet on tablets etc. The following link is helpful

http://www.childnet.com/resources/smartie-the-penguin

 Next week we are really looking forward to learning about and celebrating Chinese New Year. Look out for information on what we get up to in next week’s home links.

 

Thank you for your continued support.

We hope you have a lovely weekend.

The Nursery Team

Nursery Home Links-25/1/19

We have had a great time during History Week. The children enjoyed investigating toys from the past and saw that some of the toys they recognised, such as lego, an Iggle Piggle toy and a Jessie doll from the film Toy Story, were actually very old now! (Lego was first made in 1932!) The children looked at photos of themselves, their peers and staff and tried to guess who was who. We talked about how we have changed over time. Staff have spent time 1:1 with each child sharing Learning Journeys together, looking at what has been learnt since starting Nursery and what the children can remember about the time spent at Templemoor so far.

Thank you to all of the Grandparents who came and shared stories/artefacts and took part in our Afternoon Tea. It was really special to see our little ones enjoying learning about the past alongside their relatives and of course tucking into the delicious treats! Look out for photos to come which will be displayed around Nursery.

To coincide with our Grandparents visit, the pure sound we taught this week was ‘g.’ We talked about how to write a ‘g’ sound, using the words; Round her face, down her hair and given her a curl. Maybe you could look around the home for objects that begin with the ‘g’ sound and continue to reinforce the sounds covered so far.

We looked at the number 7 this week and where to find it on a number line. The children did lots of physical activities to encourage them to count 7 of something such as 7 jumps, 7 hops etc. Please continue to encourage your child to look out for numbers around the home and when out and about, and encourage counting and playing games using number.

Next week we are really looking forward to Story Telling Week. During this week the children will enjoy reading a variety of traditional stories and act out different roles.

Over the next few days we will be sending home the targets we are currently working on in Nursery with your child. Please see a member of staff if you have any questions.

We are still in need of various cardboard boxes for our James Rizzi art project which also begins next week. If you have any tissue boxes or larger, please send them into Nursery asap.

Thank you for your continued support.

Have a lovely weekend.

The Nursery Team

 

Nursery Home Links-18/1/19

Phew what a busy week in Nursery!

This week the children met a very important person, Tom Ross-The Mayor of Trafford! The children were really interested to talk to him when he came to Nursery and were especially taken with his ‘special necklace!’ The Mayor is going to put some information about the visit on his Twitter page if you would like to read about it.

The children have enjoyed listening to and re-telling the traditional story of the 3 Little Pigs. They have enjoyed acting out the story and using our small world figures with their friends.

We introduced the first of our Rainbow Challenges this week. Look out for our envelope houses in the Nursery gallery area and the hammer and golf tee challenge in the funky fingers area!

We have introduced the pure sound ’n’ this week. We talked about how to write an ‘n’ sound, using the words; down Nobby and over his net. Maybe you could look around the home for objects that begin with the ‘n’ sound. We continue to review all of the sounds we have already covered.

We looked at the number 6 and where to find it on a number line. The children did lots of physical activities to encourage them to count 6 of something such as 6 jumps, 6 hops etc. Please continue to encourage your child to look out for numbers around the home and when out and about, and encourage counting and playing games using dice and dominoes.

The children are really enjoying using our new builders tools and real bricks to construct in our outdoor building site. So far they have made aeroplanes, towns, houses and trains to name just a few of their projects! It has been lovely to see our little ones learning to work together to create such imaginative things. We will continue to talk about the jobs a builder might do and we are very much looking forward to our real builders visiting Nursery in the next few weeks. The children have also been looking out for the Winter birds visiting our garden area. They have learnt to recognise some common garden birds such as pigeon, sparrow, robin and blue tit. You could help your child to look out for these particular birds in your own garden or local green space.

We are on the lookout for any cardboard boxes to help with a special construction project that we have coming up. We really need boxes of tissue box size or smaller. If you have any, please send them into Nursery.

We are really looking forward to History Week next week. Look out for next week’s home links where we will share with you some of the lovely things we have been doing.

 

Thank you for your continued support. Have a lovely weekend.

The Nursery Team

 

Nursery Home Links-11/1/19

Happy New Year! We hope you had a great Christmas and enjoyed the extended break!

This week in Nursery has been a chance for us to talk about our time at home with friends and family and to learn about what Christmas looks like for our individual children.

The children learnt that our Nursery bears Henry and Barney spent time at home with Mrs Leigh or Mrs Berry over the Christmas holidays. Photographs and information can be found on the display board next to our Sensory Area, please feel free to come and have a look with your child. Barney and Henry are very much looking forward to spending time in the homes of our Nursery children over the next term. Information regarding this will be sent out next week, please look out for it!

We have begun our new topic of ‘How does that building stay up?’ Over the next few weeks the children will learn about many things including what makes buildings strong and will get to meet a real life builder. If you have a building project currently going on at home, please see a member of staff and we would love to talk to you!

We have spent time this week talking about Winter and the colder weather we are experiencing. We talked about ice and frost and looked at the different patterns that had formed in the ice. We sorted various items of clothing, focusing on those that were suitable for Winter and talked briefly about what materials they were made from. The children learnt that some birds find looking for food difficult in icy weather and so worked together to make ‘bird cake’ to help our feathered friends! Over the coming weeks the children will spend time looking at what birds come to visit our Nursery garden, learning their names and spotting the different features. You could encourage your child to look out for Winter birds in your garden or local park. The following website is useful, https://www.rspb.org.uk/fun-and-learning/for-kids/facts-about-nature/facts-about-birds/what-do-wild-birds-eat/

Next week the children will start to take part in Rainbow Challenges. Rainbow Challenges are short tasks that the children should complete independently, based in both the Indoor and Outdoor learning areas. Each challenge, if completed, is rewarded with a coloured lolly stick. Once each lolly stick is collected (thereby collecting the whole rainbow of colours) the children will then be presented with a special Rainbow Challenge certificate to take home and celebrate. If you have any questions about this, please see a member of staff.

Thank you for your continued support.

We hope you have a lovely weekend.

The Nursery Team.

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-1/2/19

Over the last week we have been sharing lots of great stories together as part of Storytelling Week. The children have especially enjoyed listening to stories read by visiting parents and Grandparents. We have introduced ‘Story jars’. The children loved using the objects in the jars (story treasures!) to make up their own stories and to use the story words they have learnt e.g. Once upon a time, a long time ago, the end etc. You could create a story jar with your child using whatever small objects take their fancy. We would love to hear about any stories you make up together.

As part of our topic on ‘How does that building stay up?’ we met Craig, a local builder who came into Nursery to tell us all about his job. Despite the rain, he showed us various building tools and even built a wall that the Three Little Pigs would be proud of! Look out for photos in and around Nursery.

We looked at the number 8 this week and where to find it on a number line. The children did lots of physical activities to encourage them to count 8 of something such as 8 jumps, 8 hops etc. They had a go at various activities around Nursery involving the number 8 including drawing 8 legs on a spider, cutting and sticking 8 legs onto a paper spider and putting 8 pegs onto a laminated spider. Please continue to encourage your child to look out for numbers around the home and when out and about, and encourage counting and playing games using number.

We have introduced the pure sound ’p’ this week. We talked about how to write a ‘p’ sound, using the words; down the plait and around the pirate’s head. Maybe you could look around the home for objects that begin with the ‘p’ sound.

Next Tuesday is Safer Internet Day. We will be talking to the children about the general concept of being ‘safe’ and ask for your support in talking to your child about being safe online e.g. using the internet on tablets etc. The following link is helpful

http://www.childnet.com/resources/smartie-the-penguin

 Next week we are really looking forward to learning about and celebrating Chinese New Year. Look out for information on what we get up to in next week’s home links.

 

Thank you for your continued support.

We hope you have a lovely weekend.

The Nursery Team