Welcome back to the Summer Term 

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Our topic this half term is Heroes, real and imaginary.

We have been talking about the fact that super heroes have a special talent and are often very brave. We went for a walk around the school to look for real life heroes. We found Clara the chef, Mrs Wiggins the caretaker, Ms Brophy in the office and Miss Evans - all with their own special super skill. Some of the children were very quick to point out that they had super skills too - there were lots of demonstrations of high jumping and strong muscles. The children have also talked about what job they might want to do when they are older. 

We set up a car wash and garage outside and the children were busy washing, hoovering and mending the cars. They might be inspired to help you wash your car this weekend?! We also practiced using the maths words'total' and 'altogether' to find teh correct key to unlock Mr Wiggins' padlocks. 

Thank you to everyone who remembered their sun hats - please can you make sure that they are named, especially if it is a school hat.  

Our letter sound of the week is 's' and we have been I know Rhino's - playing with what we know. 

Next week is mutlicultural week -

On Monday the children will take part in a Bollywood dance session. 

Remember to dress up in clothes to reflect your culture or colours of a significant flag on TUESDAY 

and we will also have parent volunteers coming in to do a variety of activities later in the week. 

 

How to help at home

Practice using the words 'altogether' and 'total' as not all the children are secure with this yet. One shoe on the mat and one shoe in the cupboard - how many are there altogether? We did this very practically by physically moving the objects until they were altogether in 1 group and then counting the new group. 1 and 1 altogether is 2. The total of 1 and 1 is 2. etc.  If your child is more confident ask them what  5 and 3 is in total? Remind them that total means the same as altogether. 

Look at a globe ahead of muticultural week and locate the land, sea, ice and any countries that are significant to you. 

Enjoy the sunshine, 

many thanks

The Nursery Team

Week beginning 19.3.18

We have returned to our topic of growing, looking at human bodies and plant growth. The children's beans have all started to sprout a root and some have leaves already. There has been lots of careful observation of their beans. We have learned about bulbs, finding out about them and naming some Spring flowers. 

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Learning power: We have been I know Rhino's using what we've learned about one plant to help us understand or ask questions about other plants

letter sound 'd' for dig, dirt, dandelion

number of the week 6

Thank you to everyone who came to the parent information meeting. I hope it was useful. If you couldn't make it  you should have received the hand outs in your child's book bag. If you are missing a page please help yourself. They are on the notice board outside nursery.

We are starting to get short of ingredients for our messy play and general activities. If you are able to donate an item we would be very grateful. We will make a list and  put it up on the home time nursery door. We have completely run out of tissues so any donations of those would be great - thank you!

How to help at home

Look for more signs of spring. Talk about changes,  similarities and difference they see around them. Maybe plant some flowers in the garden or visit a garden centre and look at the plants. Can they see any roots? Are the leaves smooth? hairy? rough? Find some bulbs and learn the names of daffodils, crocuses and tulips.  Visit RHS Wisley and look at the variety of plants. Look at any house plants you may have - are their roots visible? perhaps growing out of the bottom? What shape, texture are the leaves? Is it flowering? 

Use the words leaves, roots, stem, flower with the children. 

Nursery term ends Thursday 29th March

Summer term begins Monday 16th April. 

Many thanks for all your support.

The Nursery Team 

 

week beginning 12.3.18

Science week

We had so much fun this week, we were very busy! The children have watched vinegar clean up old dirty coins, planted seeds, watched flowers and celery turn blue through drinking coloured water, made toast, played with the slime, made giant bubbles and some big enough for the children to stand inside as well as making a volcano and blasting the cow over the moon! I hope the children had as much fun as we did!

letter sound 'b' for bubble, bear, box, 

number of week 5

Learning power : Go for it Gorilla - don't be scared give it a go!

 

How to help at home

Visit the science museum and go to one of their bubble shows. Blow some bubbles in the garden - listen to the 'b' sound in words.  

Do some simple cooking such as making toast, boiling/frying an egg, making a cake etc Talk about what has changed and why? Heat has made it go brown etc

Thank you for attending parents evening we hope you found it useful. 

Nursery term ends Thursday 29th March

Summer term begins Monday 16th April. 

Many thanks for all your support.

The Nursery Team 

Week beginning 5.3.18

This week we are planning for Mothers Day celebrations on Sunday!  We can't tell you what we've been up to yet, but look out for some surprises coming home!

We are reading and retelling the story "Going on a Bear Hunt," by Michael Rosen.  Perhaps you could share this book at bedtime with your child.  They are getting very good at retelling the story!

How to help at home:

Letter Sound of the week - "M" - munching, marshmallow mountains!

Share some stories and rhymes

Think about initial sounds in names and letters of the alphabet.

 

Why not try this website to help your child to learn sounds.....

https://www.teachyourmonstertoread.com/

 

 

Week beginning 26.2.18

Our plans changed a little to enjoy the snow this week. We observed snow melting in our water tray and talked about why the snow inside had melted when it hadn't outside. 

We also celebrated World Book Day

Thank you so much for all the fantastic costumes. The children really loved wearing them and we had lots of discussions about the different characters. It  was a great day with the morning children going into assembly to show off their costumes and the afternoon children enjoying stories with children from Year 3. Thank you to everyone  for all the time and effort and last minute adaptations to make them warm enough for a snowy day.  If you spent a lot of time/effort/money on a costume but your child was unable to attend Nursery on Thursday then I am very happy for them to wear it this Thursday 8th March if they would like to (or you would like them to!) 

Before the Eastern Beast arrived we had started talking about Spring!!! and new growth!! The children listened to the story Jaspar's Beanstalk and we started to think about what seeds need to grow. We also talked about the need to be patient and applied this to lots of activities and times throughout the day in Nursery. 

Thank you also for all the cut up bottles. The children that were in, have planted their beans and the children that were absent will have a chance to plant theirs this coming week. Please send in a bottle if you haven't yet done so. 

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How to help at home

Enjoy the snow. Talk about what they see - icicles on cars, icy puddles, snow, melting, What happens to their bodies - rosy cheeks, cold feet and noses, steaming breath if they run around

Enourage your child to build up their patience. Praise them when they do good waiting without interupting, patting etc. 

Let your children help you water any indoor plants you have. Talk about what happens if you don't water them. How do you know they need watering? 

Dates for your diary

8th March parent consultation meetings after school

9th March - Nursery shut for parent consultation meetings during the day

22nd March - Nursery parent/carer information meeting - Literacy, maths and learning powers 9.00 - 9.45 approx. or 12.45 - 1.30 approx. in the studio as last time. I

 

Many thanks for all your support.

The Nursery Team 

week beginning 19.2.18

Welcome back! Our new topic for this half term is 'Growing'. We will look at the human life cycle and talk about how we grow and change as well as observing some seeds/plants growing. We will celebrate Easter before the holidays too. 

We talked about babies this week and enjoyed looking at some photos of the children as babies. If you have a baby photo of yourself or your child that you are happy to send in we would love to share them. 

Many of the children didn't think that the teachers had ever been babies. So we brought in proof in the form of our baby photos. We have talked about what babies can and can't do, what helps them to grow and what helps us continue to grow and be healthy. We have read several stories about babies, including Alfie and Annie Rose and The Owl babies 

The children loved being adventurous outside and challenging themselves to be' Go for it Gorilla's'. Have a try and don't worry if you can't do something first time.

Our number of the week is 5 and our letter sound 's'

Next week we will be planting seeds. Please could you send in a transparent bottle cut in half that we can use for planting, by Friday. We will need both halves of the bottle. The top half with the neck will point down and balance inside the bottom half of the bottle.

If you could name the bottle that would also be helpful. Many thanks.

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How to help at home

 Get out the family photo album and show your child photos of you/ their grandparents as children. Talk about when you were a baby, child, teenager. What was it like? Did you have a mobile phone? Computer? Scooter? Did you read the Gruffalo? Are there any stories you enjoyed that you still have that you could share with your child? Ask any grandparents or older family friends to talk to your child about when they were a baby to help them realise that everyone was a baby once! 

The children are doing really well at listening for the first sound in a word. We are beginning to extend some of the children by asking them to listen for where in the word they can hear a particular sound. For example 'Sock' and 'Sand' start with 's' but 'buS' and 'horSe' have the 's' sound at the end of the word. If your child is confidently hearing a given sound at the start of a word try asking them to listening for the sound at the end of the word. Or say a word and ask your child where the 's' sound comes. Is it at the beginning or the end? 

 

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 during the day

22nd March - Nursery parent/carer information meeting - Literacy, maths and learning powers 9.00 - 9.45 approx. or 12.45 - 1.30 approx. in the studio as last time. 

 

Many thanks for all your support.

The Nursery Team 

Week beginning 5.2.18

Chinese New Year 

We have been learning about Chinese New Year this week although the celebration actually falls in half term. The children have heard the story about how each year was named, practiced using chop sticks and watched clips of dragon dancing. 'F' bingo was very popular with the children listening for words starting with 'f'

Our number of the week has continued to be 4

Our letter sound is 'f' 

and we have continued to make links with other areas of learning by being Slinky Linky Snakes

We said goodbye to Miss Rutherwood who will be greatly missed by the children and 

would like to thank Mrs Radcliffe for helping us with our French on Friday afternoon. 

How to help at home

Over the holidays if you are out and about you could start to look for signs of Spring. This would be good preparation for our topic of 'Growing' after half term. Talk about similarities, differences, patterns and change. Eg we still have day and night but it's getting lighter earlier, spring bulbs are starting to emerge etc. Continue to look after the grass seeds we sent home and watch to see if any changes occur. 

Go on a 4 hunt particularly if your child doesn't yet confidently recognise the numeral 4. If you're travelling keep the children occupied by looking out for the number 4 on road signs, door numbers, car number plates etc.  How many can they spot in 4 minutes?

Dates for your diaries 

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 during the day

22nd March - Nursery parent/carer information meeting - Literacy, maths and learning powers 9.00 - 9.45 approx. or 12.45 - 1.30 approx in the studio as last time. 

Hope you all have a lovely half term

Many thanks for all your support.

The Nursery Team 

Week beginning 29.1.18

Gingerbread Man

 

Lots of running as fast as we can this week! The children have also acted out 5 currant buns in the bakers shop song and practiced counting out the correct amount of 1p coins to pay for their buns. The children had to use full sentences to tell the baker what they would like ie Please may I have a doughnut.  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-mi79hRcSXI

We have been asking why and how questions after listening to the Gingerbread man story. How did the GIngerbread Man get across the river? Why did he jump on the fox? Why did he move up to his nose? Why could the fox swim across but not the Gingerbread Man?

This led us to an experiment to find out what would happen if the Gingerbread man got wet. First of all we predicted what might happen making links with previous experiences and then we tried putting Gingerbiscuits into a 'river' and seeing what happened. The children had to look carefully to see if there were any changes, but with a little patience the children soon found out why the GIngerbread Man didn't swim across the river. 

The children have also explored our musical instruments finding ways of creating different sounds to accompany the story. They have made short, loud,  banging sounds as the oven door slammed shut, fast running sounds, slower, swishy, swashy sounds for swimming, finishing with another short, sharp, snapping sound!

 

Letter of the week - 'm'  this is a long, voiced sound. Listen out for words starting with the sound this week. Bring in any 'm' objects you find around the house. 

Number of the week - 4

Learning power - Slinky linky snake - making links with our learning. Noticing that when we dip our brioche in our milk it goes soggy and so does the ginger biscuit in the water. When we bang the drum harder it makes a louder sound, when I shake the bell harder it also makes a louder sound for example. 

How to help at home

Make a simple musical instrument such as a shaker by putting some rice in a plastic cup or empty cardboard box/youghurt pot. Cover with foil/paper and stick on tightly. Then shake! How many different sounds can they make with this instrument. Loud, soft, fast, slow? What happens if they tap the sides of the yoghurt pot/box? Is the sound the same? Which type of sound is best for the fox snapping at the Gingerbread man?

Make some Gingerbread - look closely at how it changes in the oven. Is it still soft and malleable? Is it the same colour? Does it smell the same? Encourage them to use all their senses to explore what has happened. Practice counting out a given number of buttons. Ask your child to put three buttons (currant/smarties)on their  biscuit. Ensure they move each item as they count it to ensure accuracy. 

Cut out some paper doll style Gingerbread men and practice drawing on 1 button on the first man, 2 buttons on the second etc. This is a good way to start recording their maths work with dots or crosses for the buttons. 

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Dates for your diaries 

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 during the day

Many thanks for all your support.

The Nursery Team 

Week beginning 22.1.18

Goldilocks

We have talked about healthy food this week, talking about too much sugar being bad for us and our teeth in particular. The children tasted some porridge and recorded whether they liked it with sugar or not on a chart and we did some simple data handling using the information. 

The postman delivered us a letter from Goldilocks asking the children for their help as she knew she had made some bad choices but didn't know what she should do to make it better. We wrote a reply suggesting she said sorry. There were many more suggestions such as buying Baby Bear a new chair or inviting him over to play at her house. 

Hopefully the bears all enjoyed their picnic. The children were very excited about showing their toys the sandwiches they had made for them. They did great spreading.  After that we sang some bear songs and rhymes and listened out for the rhyming words. 

 

Our sound of the week has been 'b' for bears. The children found objects that start with 'b' and put them into the basket to take to Baby Bear to cheer him up. 'B' is a trickier sound to listen for as it is similar to other sounds and the mouth shaping is the same as 'p' for example. The main difference is that 'p' is an unvoiced sound and when saying 'b'  we use our voices. 

 

We have continued to focus on being a Go for it Gorilla and not being too scared to try an activity or join in with something. Making mistakes or not being right is part of  learning we have to practice to get better. 

 

Our number of the week has been 3

 

How to help at home

Go on a sound hunt around the house/garden looking for things that start with 'b'. Your child could bring 1 small item into school to share with the class. Thank you to the children who brought it pictures of things that start with 'g' this week. They are up on the wall around out letter sounds display. 

If your child finds saying sorry difficult you could use this week to work on this, saying "sorry" if they make a bad choice, like we told Goldilocks to.

Have a Teddy Bear Picnic at home. Decide how many toys are going to come and then find the correct number of plates (toy, paper, real or draw some out of paper) and beakers. Practice counting out the items moving each one as you count it. 

Draw attention to the rhyming words in the rhyme Teddy Bear Teddy Bear. You could make up some new verses or add ones you already know. There are many different versions. Here are a couple of versions

https://www.learning4kids.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Printable-Lyrics-Teddy-Bear-Teddy-Bear.pdf?35aecf

Teddy bear, teddy bear,
Turn around!
Teddy bear, teddy bear,
Touch the ground!
Teddy bear, teddy bear,
Jump up high!
Teddy bear, teddy bear,
Touch the sky!

Teddy bear, teddy bear,
Bend down low!
Teddy bear, teddy bear,
Touch you toes!
Teddy bear, teddy bear,
Turn out the light!
Teddy bear, teddy bear,
Say good night!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76wc4xdgzGk

Dates for your diaries 

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 during the day

Many thanks for all your support.

The Nursery Team 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week beginning 15.1.18

Three Billy Goats Gruff

The children are becoming much more confident in using story language when  retelling the story.  We have introduce the words 'character' and 'setting' and talked about where the story takes place and what sort of character the Troll is and about whether the goats are good characters or not? Is it OK to push someone off a bridge if they won't let you past? What could they do instead? We have talked about finding an adult if they can't fix a tricky situation by talking. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1saKeVlsQY A Barney version of the 3 goats with a different ending.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ScMHgVbpmg&t=8s - a short song about the 3 goats 

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Our new learning power is Go for it Gorilla. Don't be too scared to try. Have a go and don't worry if you don't manage it perfectly the first time. We all learn by trying new things and practicing them until we get better at them.  It's OK not to achieve something on the first time of trying but it's important to Give it a Go.

We have been listening out for words that start with 'g' for goat. This link will help you pronounce the sounds clearly  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwJx1NSineE

We have also looked at the number 2 as our number of the week and use our fingers to show different ways of making two,recognising sets of two without needing to count and counting on from the number 2 ie start counting from 2 (this is a really useful skill for later on the in the school when they are adding 2 numbers by counting on from the largest) 

How to help at home

Spend a few days pointing out words that start with 'g' during your day to day life. I'm just popping into the garage - Oh garage - g- garage starts with g! Later in the week you could go on a 'g' hunt around the house looking for things that start with 'g' - your child could take photos or draw pictures of the things they find. We would love to see any of the photos or drawings at school - please send them in so we can share the learning in class. 

Practice counting on from the number 2. Which number comes next? What is 1 more than 2?     2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7....... etc.                                                                                                        Notice things that come in pairs/sets of two such as shoes, socks etc and point these out to your children. Let them have 2 grapes/blueberries/biscuits etc but encourage them to count them out themselves. If they have a sibling ask your child to get 2 beakers out for tea time etc. Can they count out 2 things from a larger set. This is often quite tricky.        Try moving the beakers around as ask your child if there are still 2 beakers. The children need to know and understand that the amount hasn't changed, they've just changed position. 

If your child is ready for more challenge you could use the 2 little dicky birds sitting on a wall rhyme to model to your child how to record maths. You could draw 2 dots sitting on top of a line for a wall. Then cover up 1 dot (bird) with your hand as it flies away and do the same with the other dot. Then reveal each bird one at a time as they "come back". Talk to your child about your picture. "I'm going to draw the two dicky birds, one, two. Now one flies away so I'm going to cover it up. There's only 1 left that I can see. One is hidden and I can only see one. Now that one has flown away too! There are no birds left. 2 birds have flown away. Oh, now 1 bird has come back, but one is still hidden away, oh look now they are both back and none are hidden." Again we would love to see any of these pictures/mark making in school. Please send them in. They don't need to look pretty or be neat. Just marks on paper that the children can talk about and explain. 

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. If they can be named that would be great. 

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

Many thanks for all your support.

The Nursery Team 

 

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.