week beginning 08.1.18

Three little pigs continued...

This week we have been finding out how bricks are made and exploring the properties of clay. We have also been on a materials hunt around the garden trying to describe the texture of things we find. The children have also made paper plate wolves and pigs and have been acting out the story with different props. They are very expressive wolves and pigs!

We would like to formally welcome Miss Rutherwood, a student from Roehampton, who will be with us until 9th February. She has already got to know the children, sharing stories and playing games with them. 

We have continued the learning power of being a Persevering parrot and listening for the 'p' sound in words. 

How to help at home

The children were pretty good at identifying objects that were hard and cold, but found the concepts 'smooth' and 'rough' harder to describe. You could look at any brick work on your house (we briefly looked at the pattern bricks are laid in) and use the words rough or smooth to describe them. Throughout the week bring to your child's attention any rough or smooth items (or prickly, soft, squidgy, lumpy etc) and name the texture.  Their beaker might be smooth for example. At bedtime you could talk about their lovely soft pillow or feel the bristles on their toothbrushes etc.

A simple phonics game you could play at home is the password game. We have played this at school. The children are only allowed into the house if they can say one of the  secret passwords. The secret password can be any word that starts with 'p'. We modelled this first by looking at objects and deciding which start with the 'p' sound so they had some ideas before they started playing the game. I also had a sheet with pictures of things (some of which started with 'p' and some of which didn't ie penguin, peg, ant, pencil, orange, pan, pig, shoe) which I put up near the house which they could refer to initially.

If your child is not quite ready for this activity yet you could swap roles and your child could be the gate keeper and you could say the 'p' words. You could think out loud "hmmmm,    orange doesnt start with 'p' my lips aren't together errrrr, what about shoe? oh no that doesn't start with 'p' I can't feel any air on my hand in front of my mouth. What about penguin? p- p- p penguin!! Yay! It starts with 'p' - penguin! I can come in!"

 

Dates for your diaries

Friday 26th January - Bring your teddy in (for a little picnic at snack time) We would prefer a traditional teddy bear but if your child doesn't have one or it is too precious then another soft toy will be fine. This will link with our work on Goldilocks and the three BEARS. 

12th Feb half term holidays

19th Feb INSET - no Nursery

1st March World book day. Children to come to school dressed as a book characters - please make sure they can still use the toilet independently - no belts, buckles, costumes that do up at the back etc and sensible shoes - please no laces. 

8th March parent consultation meetings after school

9th March - Nursery shut for parent consultation meetings

 

Thank you for all your help and support. 

 

The Nursery Team

Week beginning 3.1.18

Traditional Tales - Three Little Pigs

Happy New Year! We hope you all had a wonderful festive holiday. Also many thanks again for your kind words, cards and gifts. 

We would like to welcome our new children to Chick class and look forward to getting to know them. 

This week we have been settling back into the nursery routines and getting to know our new afternoon friends. This term our theme will be Traditional Tales and we have started learning the story of the Three little pigs. 

This term we will start learning to discriminate between individual letter sounds. Each week we will choose a letter and practice hearing which words start with that sound.

This week and next we will be listenining out for words that start with the 'p' sound.

When saying the letter sounds it is important that you don't add an 'uh' to the end of the sound. Try to say 'p' not 'puh'

Here is a link to how to say letter sounds without the added shwar and why it's important  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwJx1NSineE

Learning Powers

This term we will introducing the children to a new learning power each week. 

The learning powers are part of the curriculum and are formally known as 'characteristics

of effective learning' or in other words 'how to learn effectively'.   This week we are going to try to be 'Persevering Parrots' our motto is 'Keep on trying - don't give up!'

How to help at home

Practice saying the tongue twister Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers. Watch each others' mouth shape asyou/they say the words. Put one hand in front of your mouth as you say the words to feel the puff of air that leaves your mouth each time you say 'p'. Encourage your child to do the same. 

During your daily life stop and highlight any words that start with 'p' to your child. For example at breakfast time you might ask Would you like porridge or Shreddies today? Oh Porridge - listen! Can you hear a 'p' sound at the start of the word? p, p, p, porridge! Towards the end of the week you might be able to say Ooooh what sound did you hear in the word porridge? 

At this stage it is all about modelling this to your child. They will learn much more quickly by watching and listening to you than by being "tested/questioned" I can hear a 'p' sound can you? look at my lips, they start together when I say porridge   is much more effective than 'What does parrot start with?' Does horse start with 'p'?

This is a skill that takes most children time to master. Be patient! Dont expect them to get it immediately. We will be working on this in class right up untill the end of term in July. Learning should be fun. If it stops being fun, then stop! Try again in a day or two or week or two or month or two.   If you have any concerns or amusing tales please share them with us. Have fun!

 

Many thanks

The Nursery Team

Week beginning 4.12.17

Christmas week 2

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The children have been very busy learning words and actions for the Christmas play. We have also been practicing our best smiles for you all!

We have been making and writing Christmas cards, including practicing our pencil grip.  The children are doing much better at understanding who the card is from and many knew to write their name at the bottom of their card.

The children have learned about Reindeer and know that they have large feet to dig through the snow to get to their food (moss) and that their coat has 2 layers to keep them warm.  They have watched a short clip about nomadic children that live in the Tundra and look after a herd of reindeer. We saw them melting ice over a fire to get water. We talked about the differences between their life and ours. Most children said they'd prefer to live in England with taps and where it's not so cold. 

On the interactive whiteboard we have been sorting objects to go into Father Christmas' sack. We put in all the objects that were red to start with and then all the food items and then we listened for words that start with the 's' sound ie sausages, socks, sand. The children started to get the hang of this. We looked carefully at the shape of our mouths as we make the 's' sound. 

How to help at home

Play sorting games. Make a selection of items from around the house.  If your child is learning to recognise colours practice sorting them by colour. Eg put all the red items on a red plate or all the green items on the rug.

The children could pretend to be a word monster and practice their monster faces/noises. Then you could say a word and if it starts with a 's' sound they pretend to gobble up the word. If you say a word that does not start with 's' they shake their heads and don't eat it.  The monster would pretend to eat 'socks', 'sandals', 'sand', 'Santa', 'sausages' but not a banana or a mummy or a box, or money.  (B and M sounds contrast well with the 's' sound as they are made with the lips closed so it will be easier for your child to hear and feel the contrast between these sounds.

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Please remember to send your child in wearing their costume on Monday Tuesday and Wednesday next week. Thank you

It is Christmas jumper day  next Friday 15th December. Your child can come in wearing a Christmas jumper if they wish (a bought or home made jumper are both great - you could stick small bits of tinsel on to a jumper for example) 

8th December FoN Non school uniform day 

9th December FoN Christmas fair

Tuesday 12th December Nursery and Reception Christmas Play performance 9am

PM Chick class children to attend the performance in the morning. 

Wednesday 13th December Nursery and Reception Christmas Play performance 9am

PM Chick class children to attend the performance in the morning. 

15th December FoN Christmas Disco and Christmas jumper day

week beginning 27.11.17

Christmas!

This week we have been practicing the songs for the Christmas play and learning the Christmas story. We have been learning about how to write a letter or card.  Quite a few children find the concept of who the card is from quite tricky. We have played lots of games to help with this and I think we're nearly there! We have also been learning about what happens at a post office.  The children have written lots of letters in our Post office role play area and are becoming more confident in taking on different roles. Next week the children will be making and writing their own Christmas card in school. The children have listened to the story of the Jolly Christmas postman and have been counting objects ensuring they move each item as they count it so they don't accidentally count some twice. 

Christmas play costume arrangements

As per the email from the office Nursery children do not need to send their costumes into school. but they do need to come to Nursery wearing their costumes on Monday 8th, Tuesday 9th and Wednesday 10th December for a dress rehearsal and the two performances.  If your child is staying for the rest of the session please could you send in a NAMED school t shirt and jumper for them to change into afterwards in a NAMED bag.

For fire safety reasons we have to limit the number of people in the hall for the performances, so please return your ticket request form ASAP. Some years we are able to offer extra tickets after the first allocation has taken place and you will be informed of this when everyone has received their two tickets. Please wait for further information regarding this.  

How to help at home. 

If you have any parcels to post take your child along to the post office with you and talk to them about what is happening.  You could involve your child in opening the post, junk mail would do. Point out the bit that says To Mr./Mrs xxxxxxx    and From xxxxxxx.  If you're organised enough to write some Christmas cards again involve your child and help them say who they want to give the card to and who the card is from. 

Thank you SO much for helping your children put on their own coats. They have all done brilliantly and we are getting outside so much quicker. Your help and support is really greatly appreciated. Keep up the good work! If your child is ready for it the next step is to practice pulling the zipper up after you have fastened the bottom of the zip together, but don't worry if they are still practicing getting their coat on. Let them enjoy that feeling of  "I can do it". 

 

Dates for the diary

8th December FoN Non school uniform day 

9th December FoN Christmas fair

Tuesday 12th December Nursery and Reception Christmas Play performance 9am PM Chick class children to attend the performance in the morning. 

Wednesday 13th December Nursery and Reception Christmas Play performance 9am

PM Chick class children to attend the performance in the morning. 

15th December FoN Christmas Disco and Christmas jumper day

Thank you 

week beginning 13.11.17

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Dally Duck (our class puppet)  turned 4 on Thursday.

The children have been busy writing invitations, making hats, jelly and playing party games such as pin the tail on the donkey and musical statues.

We have been observing closely  and describing what we can see. We watched a birthday candle melting and noticed that it got shorter and that some wax dribbled down the side of the candle.  We have also been remembering and talking about special family times such as parties. 

With the Christmas Nativity play - "Humph the Camel"  coming up soon the children have been learning the songs and we are starting to go into the hall to practice with the Reception class.

We ask parents to provide a simple costume for this and a letter will be coming out soon to let you know what your child will need. 

How to help at home

Ideas for Christmas presents to help language development:

Some parents were asking us for suitable games to develop language at home. 

This site has some great recommendations:

https://www.wiseoldowlslt.com/blog.cfm/article/10-games-to-encourage-language-development-in-older-children

We boiled the kettle in class and watched and listened to what was happening. Many of the children didn't know the word 'kettle' and weren't sure what you put in a kettle or what it did. Next time you make a cup of tea talk to your child about what you are doing and why. "This is our kettle and I want some boiling hot water so I'll fill it up from the tap and switch it on. Ooo listen! Can you hear it boiling? Oh look it's bubbling. It's boiled now. I'll fetch the tea/coffee now. Perhaps you could make hot chocolate with your child using water. 

Keep practicing making four in different ways using fingers ie 2 on one hand and 2 on the other. 3 and 1, 4 and zero etc

We will be making snowmen out of socks and rice in the coming weeks. We will provide the socks but we would be very grateful if you could send in a 1kg bag of rice into Nursery. Many thanks

Friday 24th November NURSERY SHUT ALL DAY - INSET DAY

1st December Friends of Nonsuch (FoN) Movie Night

8th December FoN Non school uniform day 

9th December FoN Christmas fair

Tuesday 12th December Nursery and Reception Christmas Play performance 9am P Chick class children to attend the performance in the morning. 

Wednesday 13th December Nursery and Reception Christmas Play performance 9am

Afternoon Chick class children to attend the performance in the morning. 

15th December FoN Christmas Disco

Many thanks

The Nursery Team

Week beginning 6.11.17

Fireworks and The Grand Old Duke of York

This week we have been looking at the different shapes fireworks make and singing and dancing to our Bonfire night song.  We have been thinking of good words to describe fireworks such as whizz, band, pop, fizz, sparkle. In maths we have been looking at opposites such as up and down, fast and slow and finding different ways to make/show 4, such as 2 and 2, 1 and 3 and 4 and 0. In art the children used brightly coloured paint and spread it out in straight lines with a fork to make fire work pictures - they are hanging on the strings in the classroom, look up and you'll see them. 

Well done to all the children who are now able to put on their coats themselves and thank you to you all for helping and encouraging them with this. It's brilliant. Thank you!

How to help at home

Keep practicing putting  coats on! 

Sing the Grand Old Duke of York and act it out, going up and down. 

Find as many opposites as you can. Model this first to your child and then later in the week they can take turns with you. If you say "up", can they say the opposite? Then swap over. 

Use coins, counters, cars or something similar and practice showing different ways of arranging 4 items. Start with 2 plates and 4 items. Show how you can have all the counters on one plate and none on the other. Or how you can have 3 on a plate and 1 on the other plate but stress that we still have 4 in total. Arrange the 4 items in a long line horizontally, then rearrange them vertically. Check your child knows there are still 4 counters. Rearrange them into a square (2x2) shape. There are still 4 counters. The quantity only changes if something is added or removed. 

17TH NOVEMBER NURSERY SHUT ALL DAY FOR PARENT TEACHER CONSULTATION APPOINTMENTS - Please come in through the main school office and walk down the corridor to the nursery. Take a seat and we will come out to meet you. Many thanks. 

Friday 24th November NURSERY SHUT ALL DAY - INSET DAY

1st December Friends of Nonsuch (FoN) Movie Night

8th December FoN Non school uniform day 

9th December FoN Christmas fair

Tuesday 12th December Nursery and Reception Christmas Play performance 9am PM Chick class children to attend the performance in the morning. 

Wednesday 13th December Nursery and Reception Christmas Play performance 9am

PM Chick class children to attend the performance in the morning. 

15th December FoN Christmas Disco

Many thanks

The Nursery Team

Week beginning 30.10.17

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, Hey Diddle Diddle, 5 little men in a flying saucer and Zoom, zoom, zoom!

The children have settled back in brilliantly after the half term break, remembering the rules and routines. 

We have been learning all about space this week, The children all had a turn at using the 'Stomp Rocket' to use the power of air to launch a 'rocket'. They have become really good at counting back from 5 and 10.  We watched the first moon landing and practiced moving in a variety of ways including walking like we were on the moon. The children have been moving to music and dancing with the scarves to a variety of music. We have been encouraging them to create their own movements/actions to represent spinning planets, shooting stars,  rockets blasting off, walk like an astronaut. 

Here is a link to a good clip about our solar system. We have watched it in class and talked about the features of each planet.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZ-qLUIj_A0

Thank you to everyone who came to the Curriculum meeting and for the great feedback. I photocopied my notes for everyone, but please be aware these were written for my own personal use so they are rough and contain many spelling/ grammatical errors and even unfinished words and sentences. Apologies. 

How to help at home

Learn any of the ryhmes that your child doesn't know. 

Here is a version of Hey diddle diddle, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OSELJdLRwz0

a version of Zoom zoom zoom! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVLDtZEBfMI

and 5 little men in a flying saucer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2E3p_51tJx0

 

Practice counting backwards from 5, 10 or even 20. 

Act out 5 little men in a flying saucer using conkers or coins to represent the spacemen. Ask questions such as how many will be left if 1 spaceman leaves? What if 2 spacemen leave? Let the children solve it practically by physically taking away an object. 

 

Listen to parts  of this clip. Can your child recognise which tube the music is based on? The first few verses are worth listening to - can they hear one that sounds very fast, I think one sounds a bit like a jumpy kangaroo, another verse sounds like someone has hiccups to me! You could then skip to 2.44 minutes where the music changes significantly  and then again to 4.26 minutes to find contrasting variations on the theme.

 

Play throw and catch in the garden with a large ball. Encourage your child to keep their eyes on the ball and watch it coming. They also need to have their hands up and ready to catch. After doing this a few times you could swap the ball for a balloon and feel how light it is and how slowly it moves in comparison. This is similar to the feeling on the moon where there is less gravity than we experience here on Earth. 

 

Talk to your child about where we live. You could teach them their street name. Point it out each time you walk past it. We live in England on planet Earth. 

 

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

16TH NOVEMBER parent teacher consultations - sign up for a 10 minute appointment with the class teachers. 

17TH NOVEMBER NURSERY SHUT ALL DAY FOR PARENT TEACHER CONSULTATION APPOINTMENTS - Please go to the main school office if you are having difficulties. 

Friday 24th November NURSERY SHUT ALL DAY - INSET DAY

1st December Friends of Nonsuch (FoN) Movie Night

8th December FoN Non school uniform day 

9th December FoN Christmas fair

Tuesday 12th December Nursery and Reception Christmas Play performance 9am PM Chick class children to attend the performance in the morning. 

Wednesday 13th December Nursery and Reception Christmas Play performance 9am PM Chick class children to attend the performance in the morning. 

15th December FoN Christmas Disco

 

 

 

If you are still not receiving Tapestry photos/videos and emails please come and see us at the end of the session and we will send a new activation email out.

Many thanks

The Nursery Team

Week beginning 17.10.17

We've been learning about Diwali this week.  We have enjoyed dancing for Diwali, making colourful patterns and we've even made our own diva tealights!  Perhaps you could add your own candle at home and look at our lovely decorations! 

Thank you to Anahita's mum for the Divas and Diwali sweets, and also to Sruthi's mum and sister for the sweets and coming in to talk to the children. 

 

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

FRIDAY 20th OCTOBER - no nursery - school shut for staff training (Inset day)

23RD TO 27TH OCTOBER - Half term holiday - no nursery

31ST OCTOBER NON SCHOOL UNIFORM DAY - children to wear their own clothes or Halloween costume to school - organised by the Friends of Nonsuch. No long dresses or costumes that making independent toileting difficult please. We will still be outside climbing and playing in all areas 

 Friday 3rd November 9 - 9.45 or 12.45 - 1.30 Nursery Curriculum meeting with Mrs Gilbert. Come along and find out what we are teaching this term and how you can help at home.

FRIDAY 3RD NOVEMBER 3.30 Halloween disco in the hall organised by the Friends of Nonsuch

16TH NOVEMBER parent teacher consultations - sign up for a 10 minute appointment with the class teachers. 

17TH NOVEMBER NURSERY SHUT ALL DAY FOR PARENT TEACHER CONSULTATION APPOINTMENTS

If you are still not receiving Tapestry photos/videos and emails please come and see us at the end of the session and we will send a new activation email out.

Chick class parents please check your Tapestry account for a message about you new class rep Alison Coleman.

Many thanks.

Week beginning 9.10.17

Incy Wincy Spider and Little Miss Muffet

We've been learning all about Spiders this week. Did you know they have 8 legs and up to 8 eyes too! We read the Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle and Argh! Spider.  The children also enjoyed a bit of weeding in the garden but found more worms than spiders!

We've been completing some maths activities with all the children as well as making spider hats. 

How to help at home this week. 

Encourage your child to join in with the repeated parts of a story that they know well. Here is a link to the Very Busy Spider that we read several times this week.  Can they children join in with 'the spider didn't answer she was very busy spinning her web'

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhkZi28sE_E

Go on a spider web hunt in the garden. Talk about why spiders make webs. Can they remember how many legs a spider has? Can they show you 8 fingers? (We've practiced this at school by holding up 4 fingers on each hand and tucking away our thumbs)

 

We have also been singing Little Miss Muffet this week at school. Not many of the children are familiar with it so you could practice singing along to this....https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZzlgVuestmI

 

IMPORTANT DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

FRIDAY 20th OCTOBER - no nursery - school shut for staff training (Inset day)

23RD TO 27TH OCTOBER - Half term holiday - no nursery

31ST OCTOBER NON SCHOOL UNIFORM DAY - children to wear their own clothes or Halloween costume to school - organised by the Friends of Nonsuch. No long dresses or costumes that making independent toileting difficult. We will still be outside climbing and playing in all areas of the classroom. 

 Friday 3rd November 9 - 9.45 or 12.45 - 1.30 Nursery Curriculum meeting with Mrs Gilbert. Come along and find out what we are teaching this term and how you can help at home

FRIDAY 3RD NOVEMBER 3.30 Halloween disco in the hall organised by the Friends of Nonsuch

16TH NOVEMBER parent teacher consultations - sign up for a 10 minute appointment with the class teachers. 

17TH NOVEMBER NURSERY SHUT ALL DAY FOR PARENT TEACHER CONSULTATION APPOINTMENTS

If you are still not receiving Tapestry photos/videos and emails please come and see us at the end of the session and we will send a new activation email out

Please email Paola our class rep (and also Tommaso's mum) if you would like to be part of the class network at  zaninottopaola@gmail. Paola has also set up a closed facebook page called Nonsuch Primary Ducklings. If you find the group you can send a request to join it. 

 

Alison Coleman (Lucy's Mum)  has kindly volunteered to be the Chick class parent rep and she will be in touch soon. 

                                                            

Many thanks