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Nursery Home Links-22/11/19

Dear Parents and Carers,

Another busy week has passed in Nursery!

Wear it blue!

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.

Shiny shiny!

The children have enjoyed a variety of ‘shiny’ activities including polishing tarnished metal objects, investigating shiny metal objects in the water tray and we opened our ‘Shiny Shop’ in the Maths area. On Monday some of the children used the iPad to take photos of the items that were going to be sold in the Shiny shop and with adult support we made labels and prices for the items. On Wednesday we opened the shop. The children were all very eager to learn in the Shiny shop. Items are priced from 1p up to 5p and we are encouraging the children to pay for an item with 1p’s , carefully counting the number of pennies they need. Why not make your own simple shop at home and use just pennies to pay for items.

Sound of the week

We have introduced the pure sound ‘s’ this week. We talked about how to write a ‘s’ sound, using the words; Slide along the snake.  Please 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. 

Number of the week 

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!

 

PTO

Storytelling Area

We have created a new area in nursery called our ‘Storytelling Area’. We have provided the children with different objects to capture the children’s imaginations and to tell their own stories as well as stories they can retell. The nursery adults have been in the new area modelling telling stories and encouraging the children to use the props to tell their own stories.

Christmas Production

We are already getting excited about our upcoming Christmas production ‘Away In A Manger’.  We are busy practising the songs ready to perform over the coming weeks.  We will perform our show on Wednesday 4th at 9am and Thursday 5th at 9am. You are very welcome to join us on either date that suits you.

Christmas Fair

We are really looking forward to the Christmas fair on Saturday 7th 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- 15/11/19

Apologies this should have been sent out last Friday

Dear Parents and Carers,

This week in Nursery has been busy as always!

Remembrance Day

On Monday we talked about Remembrance Day and why people wear poppies. We talked about the colours of the poppy.  The children looked at photographs of real poppies and we looked at the poppies people wear. Some children painted poppies and others printed poppies using different items. Thank you to the families who chose to create a poppy for the Remembrance garden. 

Story of the week

The children have really enjoyed reading the story ‘How to Catch a Star’ by Oliver Jeffers. The story is about a boy trying to catch a star with no luck until he finds one washed up on the beach in a form of a starfish. This then led to the children having the opportunity to look at, touch and talk about a real (dead) starfish.

Day and Night

Our story of the week touches on day and night. We talked to the children about day and night and we sorted through some picture cards and decided if we do these things during the day or at night. E.g.  When do you eat breakfast? When do you wake up? When do you wear your pyjamas?

Sound of the week

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

Number 3!

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. We also read some traditional stories involving the number 3:- The 3 Little Pigs, Goldilocks and the 3 Bears and The 3 Billy Goats Gruff. If you have any of these stories at home you could read them to your child. Encourage them to join in with the repetitive parts e.g. “I’ll huff and I’ll puff and I’ll blow your house down” “Who’s been sitting in my chair/eating my porridge/sleeping in my bed” “Who’s that trip trapping over my bridge?”

 

Dough Disco

The children enjoyed their first session 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.  Thank you for your continued support.

Toast Tuesday

Don’t forget ‘Toast Tuesday’ is every Tuesday for this half term. We are supporting the Crisis charity-Together we will end homelessness. (www.crisis.org.uk) Last year we managed to raise enough money for 15 homeless people to have:- a bed for the night, a Christmas dinner and a shower. It would be great if we could raise more money this year to help more people. We ask for a donation of 50p.

Parents Evening

Thank you to every single one of the Nursery parents for making an appointment to see me to discuss your child. It is very important that we build good, positive relationships between home and school. By us working together we can make sure that your child has the best possible start. 

As always we thank you for your ongoing support.

We hope you have a lovely weekend.

From Mrs Berry and The Nursery Team

 

 

Nursery Home Links-

1st November 2019

Dear Parents and Carers,

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

The Hindu festival of Diwali.

This week we have been busy helping our children settle back into Nursery routines. We started the week learning about the Hindu festival of Diwali and listening to the story of Rama and Sita. The children also watched a short programme on the BBC iplayer on CBeebies called My First Festivals – Diwali. Diwali is a festival of light and is celebrated for five days. This year the festival started last Sunday. As part of our learning about Diwali, the children explored pieces of clay, manipulated the clay and experimented with clay tools to see what different marks could be made in the clay. The children then made special Diva lamps out of the clay. Once dry we will paint and glaze them and then send them home. 

Number 1.

On Thursday 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.

Coats, hats and gloves.

Now the weather is getting colder, please make sure your child brings a coat to nursery every day. The children do have the choice to play outside and inside so please do send them to nursery with a winter hat and gloves. Please ensure they are named so we can return them to the right owner if they are mislaid.

 

Nursery Facebook page

For your information one of the nursery parents has set up a Facebook group for this year’s nursery parents. It is Templemoor school nursery 2019/20.

 

Is it shiny?

Next week we will be starting to learn about our new topic ‘Is it Shiny?’. Can your child bring in something that we can talk about that is shiny or not shiny? We will look at the different objects, talk about them and sort them. If possible please name the object your child brings in to make it easier to return to you. PLEASE CAN YOUR CHILD BRING IN THEIR OBJECT ON TUESDAY 5th NOVEMBER?

 

Thank you for your continued support.

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

 

The Nursery Team

Nursery Home Links-18/10/19

Phew what a half-term we have had in Nursery! We are so proud of how well the children have settled in and how confident they are in and around our setting. 

Story of the week

This week we read the story ‘Wow! said the Owl’ by Tim Hopgood. This half-term we have read this story quite a few times and the children now know it quite well. We talked about the order of the story and the adult drew a story map of the different parts of the story. The children told the adult the colours she needed for the map e.g. orange flowers, green leaves etc.  

Learning outdoors

Outside, the children have been hunting for pictures from the story and practising their physical skills to jump, hop, run etc to different parts of the book. The children have been using lots of natural materials to create their own transient art owls in our outdoor space. We have started to plant daffodil bulbs in the cut down 2litre plastic bottles. We will continue to plant the bulbs after the holiday.

Colour hunt

Inside the children had the opportunity to go on a hunt for items of different colours or multi colours. The children were given a sheet of different photographs and they needed to hunt around high and low for the different items. This activity made the children look more closely at the nursery environment.

Listening games

We have played a variety of listening games this week to help our children develop their listening skills and we have continued to use ‘Lola the Leopard,’ a cuddly leopard we use in Nursery who encourages good listening especially when things are quiet. 

Harvest

Thank you for sending in your harvest donations for the local food bank. We have been talking about what harvest means and how at this time of year farmers gather their crops. We looked at a photograph of a combine harvester and talked about what it does. We also read the traditional story of ‘The Little Red Hen’ who wants to make some bread but none of her friends will help her.

Firefighter Colin

On Tuesday the children who are in Year 1 had a visit from a real life Firefighter and a mini fire engine. As Firefighter Colin’s daughter is in nursery, he kindly offered to talk to the nursery children. He showed them his uniform including his mask and helmet. The children were also able to look at the mini fire engine and some children every got to use the hose!  Thank you Firefighter Colin, the children loved your visit.

Thank you

We want to thank you for your support during this first half-term in Nursery.  We look forward to working with you further after the half-term holiday.  Children return to Nursery on Tuesday 29th October.

Have a lovely half term break.

The Nursery Team

Nursery Home Links-11/10/19

Colour Explosion!!

We had a great time creating our ‘colour explosion’ art project this week.  The children learnt about the artist Jackson Pollock and looked at examples of his work, including his distinctive style of drip painting. The children then scattered brightly coloured powder paint on to material and used water sprays to squirt the colours into action! Please pop in to Nursery to see our art work and photos on display. 

Story of the week

We have read the story ‘A Rainbow of my Own’ by Don Freeman and talked about the more unusual colours of the rainbow including indigo and violet.  The children have enjoyed investigating a range of rainbow related activities around the Nursery and this will continue into the coming week.  We also read ‘Elmer’ and talked about how everyone is unique, just like Elmer!

Autumn Finds

If you managed to go on an Autumn walk last weekend, thank you for sending in your Autumn finds. The children have enjoyed showing what they found and talking about them.

Movement and music

The children have enjoyed our music sessions this week.  We have listened to Vivaldi’s ‘Autumn’ and used colourful ribbons to move in time with the music, whilst improving our gross motor skills. The children have also investigated a range of percussion instruments and experimented with different ways to play them. 

Transition records

As staff, we continue to get to know your child and build relationships with them.  In order to help us with this, we ask for a copy of any transitional documents you may have from your child’s previous childcare setting. Information will be used to add to our initial assessments and to help us focus on the next steps in learning for your child.  You might have already handed transition documents to us at the start of the year.

Parents Evening

Parents Evenings for Nursery parents are Thursday 7th November and Tuesday 12th November. Mrs Berry will have appointments from 2pm till 6pm on both dates. The school office team will be in touch shortly for you to book an appointment.

PTO

 

Foodbank donations.

Thank you if you have already brought in items to donate to the local food bank. We are collecting items until Thursday 17th October. Just to remind you what the food bank have asked for :- juice (cartons and cordials), tinned pasta, tinned tomatoes, long life milk and sponge puddings.  Toiletries are also always gratefully received e.g. shower gel, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes. We hope that you will support our collection and talk to your children about the need to help people in our local community who will benefit from our support. Whilst remembering that Templemoor is a Rights Respecting School…UNICEF Rights of the Child. Article 24. (health and health services) Every child has the right to the best possible health. Governments must provide good quality health care, clean water, nutritious food, and a clean environment and education on health and well-being so that children can stay healthy. Richer countries must help poorer countries achieve this.

Nursery Technology Questionnaire

If you have already returned the Nursery Technology Questionnaire, thank you. If not, it would be great if you could return it to us next week. 

End of half term is drawing near! 

We can’t quite believe that the children have almost been with us for half a term! School breaks up for the half term holiday on Friday 18th October at 3.20pm.                                       

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

The Nursery Team

 

 

Nursery Home Link

Friday 4th October 2019

Dear Parents and Carers,

We have been extremely busy in Nursery this week.  Continuing to learn about colours, the children have enjoyed various green and brown activities which has also linked nicely to us starting to learn about Autumn. 

Autumn

Over the weekend you might want to take your child on an Autumn walk.  Please send in any ‘Autumn finds’ you discover when out and about such as conkers, leaves, acorns etc plus any photos of your child enjoying the season. They are useful for many things including counting, sorting, matching and singing!

Andy Tooze, Poet visit

On Tuesday we had 2 visits (am and pm) from a fantastic poet called Andy Tooze. He shared some of his poems with the children and we enjoyed reciting them with him. Andy brought his poems to life and encouraged the children to use actions.

Planting bulbs

Thank you for sending in the 2 litre plastic bottles for us to use for planting. In the next couple of weeks we will be planting Spring bulbs.  We are on the look out for any bags of spare compost (already opened is fine!) and surplus bulbs.  If you can help with either of these things please let us know. 

Colours, colours everywhere!

Next week we will begin learning about the artist Jackson Pollock.  Groups of children will take part in our ‘colour explosion’ art project.  Look out for our large scale art work coming soon! We will also be learning about the colours in a rainbow and how a rainbow is made.

The children’s self portraits are now all displayed in nursery. Please feel free to come and have a look.

Harvest and foodbank.

In celebration of Harvest we have once again decided to collect gifts for our local food bank. Harvest gifts can be sent into school from now until Thursday 17th October. The Food Bank are desperate for juice (cartons and cordials), tinned pasta, tinned tomatoes, long life milk and sponge puddings.  Toiletries are also always gratefully received. We hope that you will support our collection and talk to your children about the need to help people in our local community who will benefit from our support. Thank you.

Nursery Technology Questionnaire. Please find attached this questionnaire and return next week. Thank you.

We hope you have a lovely weekend.  From The Nursery Team.

 
 
 
 
 

Nursery Link

Friday 6th September 2019

Dear Parents and Carers,

What a wonderful week we have had in nursery. The nursery team are very pleased with how the children are settling into nursery and are getting used to our routines.

We have been very impressed with how many children are trying to be independent. When your child first arrives at nursery please encourage them to take their tag off their peg and hang up their own coat.

As some of you may be aware the Friends of Templemoor (PTA) kindly buy each child a Templemoor book bag. Unfortunately they haven’t arrived yet. As soon as they do we will give one to your child. Thank you for your patience.

This week the children have been painting their self- portrait. If your child has not painted theirs yet they will be doing so next week. Look out for their masterpiece displayed in nursery soon.

At Templemoor Nursery we have a wonderful resource of a Story Sack library. A story sack has a story with props and suggestions of how you can share the story sack with your child. If your child wants to borrow a story sack please can you sign the sack out in the PINK FOLDER on the page that corresponds with the story sack you have chosen. When you return the story sack please hand it back to a member of staff to check. Thank you. If you have any queries please speak to a member of the nursery team.

We look forward to another exciting week in nursery welcoming some more new nursery friends.

Have a lovely weekend.

From The Nursery Team.