Miss K McIntosh – Nursery Class Teacher
Mrs P Hodgson – Nursery Teaching Assistant
Wow! What a busy start to the year! We have welcomed lots of new children into Nursery and we spent the first few weeks of September learning the class rules and getting used to our classroom routines. We are so proud of ALL our little superstars, they have come a long way since they first walked through our doors. They are now really good at listening to instructions and following the routines. They work as a team at tidy up time and everyone knows exactly where to put all the toys and how to sort them into the correct boxes.
All visitors into Nursery have commented on how amazing they are! We think they are amazing too!
Our days are very busy, and although the children are only with us for a short period of time, we manage to learn and do lots of new and exciting things.
This half term we have been looking at all of the changes autumn brings for example the darker nights, the leaves falling from the trees and the weather getting colder. We have been looking at how the autumn leaves change colour and the children have been exploring our autumn box and doing leaf prints.
For the past few weeks we have been reading Owl Babies by Martin Waddell and the children have had a ‘hoot’ retelling the story! We even have an owl’s den in our role play area where the children are able to wear owl masks and use props to support their learning.
The next text we will be reading is The Stickman by Julia Donaldson. If you come across any sticks at the park please bring them into Nursery to use in our displays and learning!
A polite reminder that snack money (£1) is to be paid each Monday.
Nursery had lots of fun celebrating Spanish Day. We dressed in red and yellow, learnt how to sing ‘heads, shoulders, knees and toes’ in Spanish, made hats and tasted a variety of Spanish foods. What a super day!
This week we had a challenge to make a house for the Three Bears! Challenge accepted and what fantastic house nursery made. we also made puppets to take home so we can tell the story of Goldielocks at home.
We look forward to seeing you after the half term.
This half term Nursery have been listening to traditional tales. We started this weeks parent workshop by telling the tale of Goldielocks and the Three Bears all by ourselves to our parents and carers, we even used different voices for Daddy Bear, Mummy Bear and Baby Bear.
This workshop we focused on retelling a story and ordering the events corrects. We asked questions such as:
. What happened at the beginning of the story?
. What do you think will happen next?
. What did the Bears say when they came home?
These types of questions are perfect after a bedtime story.
We look forward to seeing you next week.
This week’s parent workshop we focused on finding words that rhyme. Nursery have been really enjoying making rhyming soup, there was many rhyming activities to share with our parents and carers.
Rhyming is an important part of phase 1 phonics, fun activities to try at home:
. create a rhyming soup, find any objects that rhymes to put in a big bowl and stir with a wooden soup. Put objects in that don’t rhyme – can your child recognise that they don’t belong in the soup?
. Go on a rhyming hunt, look around your house, park or garden for anything that rhymes eg bin, tin.
. Sing lots of nursery rhymes, pause at the rhyming words can your child finish the sentence? or shout the rhyming words as loud as you can.
As always thank you to all who joined us and we look forward to seeing you next week.
This half term nursery will be becoming Super Story Tellers. We will be focusing on Traditional Tales such as ‘Goldielock’, ‘The Three Little Pigs’, ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ and many more.
We will be retelling the stories in our own words using puppets, masks and story sacks as well as exciting activities such as creating our own houses for the three little pigs.
We aim to become immersed in stories and develop a true love for all books.
This is very exciting half term and can’t wait to start.
Please return your child’s reading book on a Friday ready to be changed for the following week.
Snack Money: £1
Sleepy Stories Workshop.
This week Nursery held a very exciting’ Sleepy Stories’ Workshop. The children came into Nursery after school in their pyjamas, with their favourite teddy bear. Sharing a favourite story or tale before bed is an important part of every child’s bedtime routine. This workshop was a fantastic time to share tips and tricks to create a routine and share stories in an exciting way with your child as well as being lots of fun.
Thank you to all who attended Nursery’s ‘Sleepy Stories’ Workshop. We all had a fantastic time in our pyjamas, sharing our favourite bed time stories under the stars.
We especially loved having a hot chocolate and listening to a bedtime story.!!
Parent weekly workshop.
What a fantastic time we had going on a shape hunt! Matilda (our Maths Friendly Monster) showed us that shapes are everywhere.
The wheels on cars are circles, the roof of a house can be a triangle, doors are often rectangles, books and cushions are sometimes squares and many other shapes can be found in our environment.
We hope you enjoy going on a shape hunt at home.
Next weeks workshop will be on Wednesday 22nd November.
We look forward to seeing you there.
Weekly Parent Workshop.
This week we had a lot of fun being creative with glitter, paint and collage making fire work painting. We talked about the bonfires we had visited and what the fireworks looked like.
Next weeks workshop will be on Tuesday 14th November.
Weekly Parent Workshop – see pictures below!!!
This week we enjoyed many different number games and looked at developing our knowledge and understanding of numbers.
Here are the statements for mathematics for nursery children ages 30-50months. These are the goals we are aiming for at the end of nursery to ensure children are ready for reception year.
Although we recognise that all children develop at different rates these are the national statements used for children aged 30-50months.
We will use a range of exciting and engaging activities throughout nursery to ensure the children have a good independent knowledge of these skills, however supporting your child at home to reach these goals will have a huge impact on their learning.
|• Uses some number names and number language spontaneously.
• Uses some number names accurately in play.
• Recites numbers in order to 10.
• Knows that numbers identify how many objects are in a set.
• Beginning to represent numbers using fingers, marks on paper or pictures.
• Sometimes matches numeral and quantity correctly.
• Shows curiosity about numbers by offering comments or asking questions.
• Compares two groups of objects, saying when they have the same number.
• Shows an interest in number problems.
• Separates a group of three or four objects in diff ways, beginning to recognise that the total is still the same.
• Shows an interest in numerals in the environment.
• Shows an interest in representing numbers.
• Realises not only objects, but anything can be counted, including steps, claps or jumps.
Shape, Space and Measure:
|• Shows an interest in shape and space by playing with shapes or making arrangements with objects.
• Shows awareness of similarities of shapes in the environment.
• Uses positional language.
• Shows interest in shape by sustained construction activity or by talking about shapes or arrangements.
• Shows interest in shapes in the environment.
• Uses shapes appropriately for tasks.
• Beginning to talk about the shapes of everyday objects, e.g. ‘round’ and ‘tall’.
As always thank you for attending. Next week’s parent workshop will be on Monday 6th November. We will be getting messy with lots of paint and glitter to make a firework piece of art!!!
Weekly Parent Workshop – see pictures below
This week’s parent workshop was all about developing our fine motor skills and building up the muscles in our hands and fingers. We talked about how this is an important part of learning to write and mark make. Nursery have been really enjoying taking part in dough disco to help build up our muscles and have a weekly finger gym activity to support our concentration, determination and fine motor skills.
We hope you enjoyed taking part in the activities and found something you can do at home.
Google – ‘Finger Gym’ (or look on Pintrest) for lots of fun and exciting activities to try at home.
Youtube – ‘Dough Disco’ for exciting videos to follow, or simply play your favourite music and make up your own.
Thank you for joining us, we wish you a happy half term and look forward to seeing you again.
Our next parent workshop will be on Friday 3rd November.
Weekly Parent Workshop.
Nursery really enjoyed learning all about what a bulb needs to grow. We then planted a range of bulbs in the foundation outdoor area. We can’t wait to watch them grow in the spring.
Early Years Curriculum
Understanding the World.
- Developing an understanding of growth, decay and changes over time. (30-50months)
- Shows care and concern for living things and the environment.(30-50months)
Our next Parent workshop will be on Thursday 19th Oct, we look forward to seeing you there.
Weekly Parent Workshop – please see below
Another fantastic turn out for our nursery parent workshop. This week we focused on recognising our name and starting to write it. We hope you enjoyed the range of activities provided and try some at home.
An easy tip for encouraging your child to write at home is to fill a baking tray with sugar and mark practise letter formation using your finger.
Next week’s Parent workshop : Wednesday 11th October.
We will be look at understanding our world. Hope to see you there