The Spring term has been very busy. We have welcomed several children to the Nursery and it has been lovely to see how quickly they have all settled, and starting to make new friends. The staff feel very proud of the way in which the other children have looked after their new friends.
Everyone enjoyed learning about the Chinese New Year and how it is celebrated by the Chinese community. Some children helped to re-enact the traditional story of the animals competing in a swimming race, to decide who should have the year named after them; whilst others helped to create a fantastic dragon model. The dragon was used to perform a dance for the Nursery parents and the children in Key Stage 1.
The children enjoyed using chopsticks to eat noodles and prawn crackers at snack time; it definitely wasn’t as easy as it looked.
Lots of children have now received their Marshall, Everest and Rocky ‘Paw Patrol’ certificates, and are well on the way to changing their library books 20 times. This means that they will achieve their Zuma book voucher, which can be exchanged for a book of their choice from the school book shop.
BLP in Nursery
Two elves named Elsie and Elvis have come to live in the Nursery this half term. They are encouraging the children to use their collaborative learning muscle, whilst being kind and thoughtful to others. Here are some of the ways that the children have been doing this.
The children work collaboratively to put on and fasten their coats. They remember to use the stuck prompts:
- First, try yourself
- Then, ask a friend
- Finally, ask an adult
A group of children from the morning class worked together to make buns for the ladies in the office, whilst some of the afternoon children decided to bake a treat for Mr Cooper and Mrs Yates.
GREAT COLLABORATION EVERYONE.
Since returning to Nursery after the half term break, the children have enjoyed exploring the seasonal changes.
Everyone went outside to find out what had happened to the trees during the half term holiday. Where were the leaves? The children decided that they had been blown off the trees by the wind. They found them on the ground. The children looked up through the branches and said that they could see the sky. Some of them noticed that one tree still had its leaves and also some berries that looked a bit like tiny tomatoes. Everyone looked for two special leaves and placed them in a long line, so that we could see their beautiful colours.
The children used Autumn leaves, conkers and pine cones to create seasonal pictures.
A big dinosaur – “ROAR”
After sharing their experiences of seeing fireworks, some children responded through mark-making.
Lots of children have received their first ‘Paw Patrol’ certificate for changing their reading books 5 times. Well done.
Nursery Apple Harvest
Lots of children were keen to help pick apples from the trees in the orchard. They used them to make apple crumble.
Picking the apples:
Carrying the apples:
Smelling the apples:
Cutting the apples:
Eating apple crumble:
Welcome to Nursery
We would like to welcome you and your child to the new school year. We hope that you all had a great summer and are feeling refreshed and ready to enjoy all the exciting activities we have planned this year. The children are already settling into the Nursery routines and it is lovely to see friendships beginning to develop.
Please could we ask that all children come to Nursery each day wearing appropriate clothing for playing outside, particularly as the weather gets colder (ie: warm coat, mittens, hat and welly boots on rainy days). We use the outdoor areas in all types of weather and it is much more fun for your child if they are suitably dressed.
If you have any questions or feel that there is any information that we may require in order to get to know your child more quickly, please do not hesitate to speak to your child’s key worker.
In order to help you become familiar with names and faces more quickly, here is a list of the key workers and the group names.
Ms Rolston – Frog group
Mrs Larvin – Ladybird group
Mrs Goldsborough – Butterfly group
Autumn – half term 1
During the first half term the children will be learning about themselves and how special they are in the topic ‘Who Am I?’. They will be involved in activities that encompass all areas of the curriculum (eg: speaking and listening in small groups, drawing and painting self-portraits, naming body parts, comparing heights, counting fingers and toes, developing self-confidence in using the outdoor equipment and much more).
Please could you talk to your child about how they have changed since they were a baby. Encourage them to think about the things that they can do now, that they couldn’t do when they were babies. The children are welcome to bring in photos of themselves as babies, to show the class and display on the ‘Wonder Walls’.
Calling All Babies!
Are there any brave babies out there who wouldn’t mind being bathed in front of the Nursery children and any even braver parents who wouldn’t mind doing the bathing? (Don’t worry, you won’t have to do any talking). If so, please have a word with Ms Rolston.
Autumn – half term 2
Our topic after the half term break will be ‘What is a Celebration?’, during which the children will have opportunities to share some of the special events celebrated by their own families. There will be lots of baking and food tasting, music, stories and art work.
The term will finish with many exciting Christmas activities and celebrations. More details will be given closer to the time.