Nursery 2019 - 2020
End of the Nursery Year!
Mrs Carr, Mrs Da Silva and Miss Dale want to say we've had a lovely year with your children and wish you all the best in Reception! We will see most of you after the summer as Mrs Da Silva will continue to work with your children in Reception as well as the new nursery class, and some of the children will be going up to Reception with Mrs Carr. We will be saying goodbye to five of our nursery children and wish them good luck in their new school!
Thank you also for your generous gifts, cards and wishes. We really appreciate them all and found ourselves getting a bit teary today when we read your lovely cards!
Have a lovely summer!
Friday - Change library books
Friday - class bears go home - due back Monday
Please bring Book Bags in every day
Please leave spare clothes on pegs
If your child has had any sickness or diarrhoea, please keep them off for 48 hours since the last episode.
Junk Modelling - The children are enjoying making models so much that we're running low on boxes and tubes. If you have any recycling at home, we would be very grateful for it!
Talk For Writing
Nursery have been learning all about the text The Three Little Pigs. They have listened to the story, helped re-tell it, and really enjoyed joining in with the repeated refrains; "Little pig, little pig, let me come in" and " Not by the hairs on my chinny chin chin!" We have even made our own little houses in the workshop area, then placed them in the small world area which the children have been using to tell the story. They also used their mini-me's to include theirselves in the story! Some children made playdough pigs to tell the story! We have sequenced the story, acted it out with masks and even thought about other materials that would or wouldn't be good to make houses from. Check out the gallery!
Nursery was excited to find out what their 'surprise' was on Monday! When they came into Nursery there were 10 chicken eggs in an incubator, ready to hatch on Wednesday and Thursday.
We have talked about looking after the eggs and what they will look like when they hatch and that some may not hatch. We have said that next week they will be strong enough to be held. We have even done 'The Lifecycle of a Hen' sequencing activities. We will keep you updated in the gallery section.
Wednesday - 3 chicks have hatched so far - videos in the gallery!
Friday - We have moved the chicks from the incubator to the brooder box, they are chirping away and the children love them, photos in the gallery.
The nursery class are now using the hall every week for PE. We've enjoyed lots of different games and exercises so far.
We've learned about warming up, finding our own space, we're learning to follow instructions about starting, stopping, slowing down and speeding up when 'driving' in our Traffic Light game,
We have used our imagination for seaside adventures, forest adventures and even a 'Whats the Time Gruffalo?' game. The children have been warming up and cooling down in different ways but particularly enjoy it when we pretend to be seeds that slowly start to grow and stretch when they're watered! Pictures are in the PE Gallery below.
Role Play Area - Hairdressers!
We knew the children wanted to change our 'Vet's' role play area into a hairdressers when we found them shaving each others hair with the sticklebricks and using the fish tank as a sink!
Thank you for all the hairdresser bits and bobs, the children have loved choosing styles and colours, mixing hair dyes, taking phone calls for appointments and writing them down, washing and drying hair, and looking after their customers with tea and magazines! Even Mr Redmond came in for a shampoo and set!
We will add some more items to the role play area, such as a till and money to keep the children's interest in the area, but at the moment they are really engaged and trying hard to use the language of a hairdresser and customers, there are a couple of pictures here and more in the gallery!
Phase 1 Phonics
The children have been joining in with Phase 1 phonic activities since the start of the year. We are currently focussing on rhythm, rhyme, alliteration and oral blending and segmenting.
We have enjoyed using 'Metal Mike' and 'Ted' to help support us with blending and segmenting. Metal Mike can only speak in sound talk, so we have been posting cvc pictures such as 'hat', 'tap', 'mop', 'leg' into Metal Mike's mouth to see how he says them. If we post a 'hat', he will say 'h-a-t'. This is a fun game that really helps the children's early reading and writing skills. Ted also can only speak in 'sound talk' so the children can help guess what word he is saying.
We have also had fun jumping into 3 sound hoops - so we pick a cvc object/picture, such as a 'sock', 'pig' etc and jump in a hoop for each sound, 's-o-ck', 'p-i-g' which we love. We use 'sound buttons' as well, pressing a button for each sound in a cvc word.
We have also been trying hard to hear how words rhyme in our rhyming bingo game, then have been matching the rhyming pictures on the bingo board. Metal Mike, the rhyming bingo game, the sound buttons and other fun Phase 1 resources can be downloaded for free at the sparklebox website. There are lots of other interactive phonics games / activities available online that are lots of fun to do with your child! Please look at the Phases gallery to see what we've been doing!
We hope you had a lovely Easter, and enjoyed the lovely weather. The Easter gardens looked great, you all worked really hard! We have put a few pictures in the Easter gallery so you can see our activities, we hope you enjoyed the easter nests and cards!
Nursery will be looking at 'Growing' over the next few weeks. We will talk about plants, tadpoles, butterflies, chicks and us!
Please look at our growing galleries including the 'Planting Seeds' gallery and our 'Very Hungry Caterpillar gallery! (Scroll all the way down!)
Talk For Writing
We have looked at some lovely texts for our Talk for Writing Sessions. So far we've read 'Naughty Bus', 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt', 'Bear's Magic Pencil' and we're currently looking at Handa's Hen. We've acted out the stories, signed them, sequenced them, thought up our own endings and re-told them in our small world area! You can see some pictures in the gallery at the bottom of the page.
Role Play - The children have really enjoyed our role play areas. We've had a hospital, cafe, Chinese restaurant and a school so far. Who knows what the children will choose next!? You can see more pictures in the gallery below.
The nursery children are being encouraged to think about what they would like to make and what they need. We've had some great rockets, robots and vehicles. If you have any small boxes, tubes etc at home we would be very grateful to have them for our modelling, thank you!
World Book Day - 7th March
The children really enjoyed dressing up as their favourite characters, the costumes were fab! We read some of our favourite stories as well as making bookmarks. Scroll down to look at the gallery!
Sponsored Event - Planting a Wildlife Hedge
We teamed up with some helpful Year 6 children to plant a hedge along the fence. The gallery shows you our hard work! Thank you for your sponsorship money!
We love to celebrate in Nursery! Look at our delicious pancakes and the topping we chose in the gallery.
Making Soup with Mrs Tatham
After the break, the children enjoyed making soup with Mrs Tatham. We learned lots of skills and names of herbs and vegetables. We all tried the soup, it was delicious. Please look at the gallery!
Welcome to our nursery page! The children have settled in beautifully to nursery and are getting used to our daily routines such as finding their pegs, names and pictures for their milk!
We have been getting to know each other and have enjoyed finding out what we all like. We have made a fantastic book showing our favourite colours, foods and toys. We can't wait for you to see it at parents evening!
We have been doing lots of fine motor activities to get our hands strong ready for writing, such as threading, playdough, trains, using big tweezers and pom poms and big chalks. We had a great time creating our first colourful painting and are proud of our work which is displayed on our walls for us all to see!
Our home corner is set up as a teddy bear's picnic, we love pretending to make and eat the food and to feed the teddies and babies.
We have gathered natural materials and had fun feeling the different textures and using them to make pictures and patterns, when we have finished we can start all over again!
We have enjoyed watching the change to Autumn and seeing the leaves change colour. We have been doing lots of sweeping leaves outside as well as riding the bikes, playing in the sand, building with the blocks and dressing up!
We will keep you up to date with what we have been up to, please scroll down to the bottom of this page to look at our news and gallery pages to follow our adventures in nursery!
The Early Years Foundation Stage
The Early Years Foundation Stage begins from a very early age. Children will have already learnt a great deal by the time they are three years old, particularly from their families, and will have varied interests and skills.
Children aged three, four and five are constantly encountering new experiences and seeking to understand them in order to extend their skills, develop their confidence and build on what they already know. They learn in many different ways.
Children deepen their understanding by playing, talking, observing, planning, questioning, experimenting, testing, repeating, reflecting and responding to adults and to each other.
Well-planned play is a key way in which children learn with enjoyment and challenge during the Early Years Foundation Stage.
Personal, Social and Emotional development
Supporting the children as they are admitted to the Nursery and Reception years. We provide opportunities for each child to become a valued member of the school and the community so that strong self-image and self-esteem are promoted.
By developing an enthusiasm for knowledge and learning and a confidence in their ability to be successful learners. Children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and celebrate their achievements.
Playing and Exploring
By providing opportunities that enable them to learn how to co-operate and work harmoniously alongside and with each other and to listen to each other, they investigate and experience things by ‘having a go’.
Creating and Thinking Critically
By developing the capacity to concentrate on their own play or on group task. Children develop their own ideas and start to make links between ideas, developing strategies for doing things
Communication and Language
By providing opportunities for all children to talk and communicate in a widening range of situations, to respond to adults and to each other, to practise and extend the range of vocabulary and communication skills they use and to listen carefully.
Reading and Writing
By providing opportunities for all children to explore, enjoy, learn about and use words and text in a broad range of contexts and to experience a rich variety of books.
By providing opportunities for all children to develop their understanding of numbers, measurement, pattern, shape and space providing a broad range of contexts in which they can explore, enjoy, learn, practise and talk about them.
Understanding the World
By providing opportunities for all children to solve problems, make decisions, experiment, predict, plan and question in a variety of contexts, and to explore and find out about their environment and people and places that have significance in their lives.
By providing opportunities for all children to develop and practise their fine and gross motor skills and to increase their understanding of how their bodies work and what they need to do to be healthy and safe.
By providing opportunities for all children to explore and share their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of art, design and technology, music, movement, dance and imaginative role play activities.
The last year of the Early Years Foundation Stage is the Reception year when children are admitted to the Reception classes in the Infant School. The Early Years Foundation Stage prepares children for learning in Key Stage 1 and is consistent with the National Curriculum.
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