No afternoon nursery Friday 6th July and Friday 20th July - see dates for your diaries section below

Week 6 - Supertato

The children have enjoyed looking out for Evil Pea and supporting Supertato in his missions to save the vegetables. We have had several discussions about why Evil Pea doesn't make kind choices and have thought about whether shutting him in the freezer is the real answer to the vegetables problems. 

Mrs Carter has been asked to support in Reception for this week and the week after half term but Mr Thomas will be here to have fun with us in Nursery.  

We have been listening out for rhyming words. The children have become a little rusty with rhyming since we have been doing lots of listening to initial sounds in words. Working on our pencil grip has also been a focus for this week. We are aiming for the children to be using 2 fingers and thumb to hold their pencil - like this Image result for tripod grip

How to help at home

Practice lots of rhyming. Say strings of rhyming words such as cat, gat, hat, mat, yat, zat, rat, jat. After a few days encourage your child to join in after you've said a few words. 

Sing lots of nursery rhymes and pause when there's a rhyming word - point out to your child that these words rhyme. Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great ......................  fall - Fall and wall they rhyme!

If your child is doing any mark making with pens, chalk, brushes gently remind and support them to hold their pencil correctly. Give them lots of praise for their effort. 

Dates for your diary 

 Monday 11th June- Nursery Trip to Bocketts Farm. Meet at the farm at 10.00 £8 per person (adult or child) All children to be accompanied by an adult for the day. 

Friday 6th July-  Nursery Fun morning. ALL CHILDREN TO ATTEND THE MORNING SESSION. Sports day style races followed by a trip to the park. Nursery staff will attend but please take responsibility for your own child at the park. Letter to follow soon. No afternoon nursery

Friday 20th July - End of year Nursery Party with Steve Grocott. ALL CHILDREN TO ATTEND THE MORNING SESSION. No afternoon nursery

Week 5 Police

The children have been busy using lots of maths skills to solve crimes. How many gems have been stolen if there were 5 gems but now we only have 2? If 2 gems were found in the car and 2 in the garage how many gems were found altogether? 

The children also solved simple 1 more and 1 less problems to find the correct key to unlock the padlocks.

How to help at home

Count forwards and backwards - use silly voices to keep it interesting, or whisper and shout alternate numbers. Don't always start counting from 1 or 0. Choose a different number and count on from there. 

Use the language 'altogether' and 'total' at home in everyday conversation. Oh I need four plates in total for everyone's dinner. 2 Weetabix for you and 1 for me - so I'll need 3 altogether. 

Remind your child to move each object as they count to ensure accuracy. 

Ask your child to count out 6 objects from a larger group. Do they remember to stop at 6? 

Dates for your diary

Friday 6th July-  Nursery Fun morning. ALL CHILDREN TO ATTEND THE MORNING SESSION Sports day style races followed by a trip to the park. Nursery staff will attend but please take responsibility for your own child at the park. Letter to follow soon. 

 

 

week 4 Nurses and Doctors

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We have learned names for less familiar body parts. Can your child point to their elbows? ankles? shoulders? forehead? shins? thighs? 

The children have also been learning using their senses. They learned about the role of opticians and how it feels to be blindfolded and used their noses to identify a range of smells. 

Our letter sound of the week is 'n' for nurse. Does your child have an 'n' in their name? Talk about where their 'n' sound comes. Is it in the middle or at the end? We introduced how to form the letter 'n' correctly. Start at the top, go down, back up and over, down and flick. It is important that the children retrace the vertical line (ie go down and then back up)

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We talked about why we wash our hands after using the toilet and before eating. Several children still need to be reminded to wash their hands after using the toilet. Please remind and support them at home with this. Modelling and giving praise are both effective methods. The children also found out a little bit about the history of nursing and about Florence Nightingale. 

How to help at home

Help your child to recognise their name if they are not yet confident with this. Point it out

on their book bag, on their peg when you drop them off and anywhere else that they

might see it. 

You could write it on a sticky label and stick it on the table where they eat like a

placemat, or next to where they hang their coat/keep their shoes. You could make a door hanger for their bedroom - like this. https://www.tinyme.com/blog/personalized-printable-bookmarks-door-hangers/

 Personalized Printable Bookmarks & Door Hangers | Tinyme Blog

We will shortly be cutting off the picture on their self registration names. We

will do this a few at a time based on initial letter to make it easier to start with. Please

don't be worried or offended if we don't cut your child's picture off first. 

Get out the pots, pans and wooden spoons and find different ways to make sounds. Can

they make loud, soft, fast and slow sounds. Can they make it sound like a siren? or a

marching drum? Children often want to play loud music fast and soft music slowly but

this doesn't have to be the case. Challenge your child to play fast but quietly or slow but

loudly.

Dates for your diary 

Friday 6th July-  Nursery Fun morning. ALL CHILDREN TO ATTEND THE MORNING SESSION Sports day style races followed by a trip to the park. Nursery staff will attend but please take responsibility for your own child at the park. Letter to follow soon. 

Thank you

The Nursery Team

week 3 Firefighters

Thank you all for the beautiful pictures for the diversity quilt. 

The children have been putting out fires and describing the position of the fire. We also

did lots of weeding and planted some sunflower seeds and pea seeds. The strawberry

plants are doing well and will soon be flowering. 

If you ever find your clothing alight we learnt that you should Stop, Drop and Roll. 

We have been singing a simlar version of this song this week. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aD3LZe7IoOo

We listened to the 't' sound in words. top, tail, tap, tin are good words to use for the robot game. Or try hat, pot, bat, hut and listen to where the 't' sound is. 

How to help at home

Support your children in their understanding of positional language eg up, on, in, under,

beneath, behind, above, below, in between, opposite. Play hunt the teddy (or other

object) Give your child a clue to find their teddy. For example, Teddy is behind a chair, or opposite the T.V.

Then swap over and let your child hide the toy and give you the clue. Encourage them to

use the correct positional language rather than 'its over there'. Repeat the positional

language for them to hear. "Oh the teddy is  under the table"

Thank you

The Nursery Team

Multicultural Week

The children have had some fantastic experiences this week. Thank you so much to everybody who provided some food for the children to try and particular thanks to Mrs Bush for coming and sharing a story, showing  and talking to us about South Africa and to Dr. Zaninotto for helping us make delicious pizza's.

The afternoon children have their diversity quilts to complete at home - apologies to the morning children I forgot to give them out. These will come home on Monday. Decorate the paper in any way you like to represent your cultural heritage and we will put the pieces together to make a whole school quilt display in the hall. 

 We listened to stories from Africa and New Zealand and learned a song from Israel. Here is a clip of a similar version https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGHLUYgRpQI

We have also been locating land, water, continents and islands on a variety of maps.  The children created their own maps of an island and we looked at using a simple key. 

 

How to help at home 

 If you have one, show your children your sat nav. You could plan simple familiar journey - perhaps your route to school or family, or the shops and talk about what the sat nav is showing. Or look at a road atlas, globe or other map, perhaps google map.  Can the children identify roads, parkland, railway lines etc.  You could begin to introduce left and right. Doing this on car journeys can be a good time. Get your children to call out which direction they think you need to turn, or which side of the car they need to get out of. Everybody out of the right hand side - nearest the pavement etc. 

 

The children are doing well at hearing initial sounds in words. It might be time for your child to become more confident in listening for the sound at the end of the word. 

listen out for the 's' sound at the end of words - house, mouse, bus, fuss, nice, spice (different spelling but still the 's' sound) 

 

 

Thank you

The Nursery Team

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

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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. 

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