Home Link – ‘What makes us tick?’
Please complete a post-it note this week when you bring your child to Nursery to add it to our ‘What makes us tick?’ board. There are clips underneath your child’s photograph on the red, green, blue or yellow display boards.
This display helps to tell us all about your child’s current interests and fascinations. We often see common themes between children and they help us to plan exciting and relevant learning activities in Nursery. Common interests often include dinosaurs, a particular animal, a favourite book, song or nursery rhyme.
Making new friends
This week, we enjoyed meeting all of our new children and families in Nursery. It was lovely to see our older children welcoming the new children and helping them to find their way around and settle in.
Whilst there were many happy faces at our waving window each morning, don’t worry if your child wasn’t one of them. It can often take a while for children to settle and it’s also quite normal for children to have a little wobble after a few visits. If this happens, remember to talk to your child about Nursery in a positive way; they’ll soon get used to their new environment and settle into routines.
The medical role play enhancement in our home corner continued to be very popular this week. We’ve lost track of the number of broken arms, bandaged heads and fevers that we’ve treated! Children have been engrossed in their role play; it’s provided lots of opportunities to talk to other children, cooperate and take turns during play.
Following on from an interest that we noticed from the new children’s ‘All about me’ information, we’re looking forward to reading ‘The Three Little Pigs’ next week. Please enjoy reading this story at home together so that your child is familiar with it when they come to Nursery.
Run, run as fast as you can!
We loved listening to the story of the Gingerbread Man this week and many children began to re-tell the story in our small world area using some of the repeated refrains. “Run, run as fast as you can! You can’t catch me, I’m the Gingerbread Man!” This is one of the skills that we look for when we’re assessing children in ‘reading’ as part of the Early Years Foundation Stage. Children working in the 30-50 months development band should begin to…
- Listen to and join in with stories, one to one and also in a small group.
- Join in with repeated refrains and anticipate key events, phrases in rhymes and stories.
- Begin to be aware of the way stories are structured.
- Suggest how a story might end.
- Listen to stories with increasing attention and recall.
- Describe the story settings, events and principal characters.
We also look out for children looking at books independently, holding them the correct way up and turning the pages carefully and using the illustrations to help them talk about the story.
In our maths area, we’ve been practising our counting skills by counting out the correct number of buttons onto the gingerbread characters and putting a given number (e.g. 4) of gingerbread people onto a baking tray. It was tricky to remember to stop at the given number and not to put any extra on. Please practise this skill at home. Remind children to ‘STOP’ when they reach the stop number. E.g. Can you put 3 carriages on your train? Park 4 cars in the garage. Thread 3 beads onto the string. Build a tower with 5 lego bricks.
Children enjoyed playing this game on the Interactive Whiteboard. Some may just need a little help to read the digits (1-10) so that they know how many buttons they need to put on the Gingerbread person.
Next week, we’ll be reading ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea‘ as some children were talking about this book during the week. Many of them had enjoyed watching the new animated version of the story during the Christmas holidays. In maths we’ll explore repeating patterns like the orange and black stripes on a tiger.
We also look forward to all of our new children joining us for their ‘stay and play’ and first visits during the week. It may be a little busier than usual in the morning; please be patient and help us to welcome our new families. Thank you.
We always try to follow children’s interests in Nursery and develop their ideas. On Wednesday, some children picked up a tape measure from the maths shelves and wanted to ‘measure’. We looked at the numbers on the tape measures and talked about what they could be used for. Thinking about children’s own experiences of measuring, we talked about going to a shoe shop to get our feet measured.
There was a lot of interest in this activity and before long, the initial two children had been joined by many others. All of them wanted to have their feet measured and waited patiently for their turn. Measuring our feet required team work, turn taking and lots of conversation involving mathematical vocabulary associated with size. Who had the biggest/longest foot? Did anyone have the same size feet? Which teacher had the shortest/smallest foot?
Happy New Year!
Happy New Year! We hope that you enjoyed the Christmas holidays and had lots of fun with family and friends. Please remember to complete the Home Link activity by emailing us a couple of photographs for your child to talk about during group time.
Before the holidays, children showed an interest in the story of the Gingerbread man. This week, we’ll be reading ‘The Gingerbread Man’ and have some areas in Nursery linked to the story. We have ginger cloud dough in our sensory area, ginger play dough to make our own gingerbread characters and lots of buttons to count in our maths area.
Remember to look at the website regularly to keep up to date with our learning in Nursery each week.
Primary school applications
If your child was born between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016 they should start primary school in September 2020 and you will need to make an application for a place at a primary school.
Your application must be completed before 15 January 2020. You may have received a letter providing you with further details on the application process but you do not need the letter to apply for a Reception place. If you need further details, please visit the website.
Please speak to a member of staff if you have any questions.
Pop choir performed some songs for us this afternoon. The whole school then joined in with a Christmas sing-a-long. Merry Christmas and a happy new year to everyone!
Home Link activity – Christmas holidays
Please send us some photographs of your Christmas celebrations with family or of an exciting day out that you enjoy. We will share these photos during group time in the first week back in January; they’ll be a great way of starting our conversations.
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We hope that you have a lovely Christmas holiday and wish you a very happy New Year!
Story time with Santa
Did you hear that Father Christmas came to visit today?
There was a lot of excitement in Nursery this morning when we heard a jingle and jangling of bells. We gathered in the Quiet Room and were very surprised to see Santa appear at the door!
We were very lucky; Santa had heard about how much we love to listen to stories in Nursery and so he had brought a Christmas book to read to us. Children sat very still as Santa told the story of a missing present and a special Christmas star. At the end of our story, Father Christmas very kindly gave all the children a present. Thank you Santa!
A touch of frost
Brrrrrr! It was very chilly outside on the walk to Nursery today. Children came into Nursery talking about the frost that they had seen. We went for a walk in the garden but we had to be quite careful as it was very slippy! Miss Backhouse noticed that you couldn’t see very far into the distance because it was so foggy. Everybody found a leaf on the floor and we talked about the tiny little pieces of ice that covered them. We even found some frozen droplets of water underneath the lid of the water tray.
These were the first signs that we’ve seen of winter so far but we’re sure there’ll be many more when we return to Nursery in January.