We’ve enjoyed listening to ‘Dinosaur Roar‘ during our story times in Nursery this week. We talked about the different parts of a book, including the front and back cover, the title and blurb. As we read the story, we identified the words on the page and followed them with our finger as we read from left to right.
Top tip for watching YouTube with your child: go to the settings cog (it’s along the play bar) and turn off auto play – this avoids an inappropriate clip coming up automatically, and helps to discourage your child from passively watching clip after clip.
Dinosaur roar, dinosaur squeak. Dinosaur fierce, dinosaur meek. Dinosaur fast, dinosaur slow… We looked at the illustrations and talked about the meaning of the different words in the story. Children loved working together to add lumps, spikes and claws to a giant dinosaur.
In our maths area, children have been counting and sorting dinosaurs by type and colour.
We’re also learning about the number two. We found a domino that had one spot on one end, and one spot on the other. When we looked at the spots together, there were two. Children knew that they had 2 eyes, 2 ears and 2 feet. We jumped twice and counted two claps. Have a look at home – What can you find two of? You might see two wheels on your bike or 2 eggs left in the box. Can you spot any number twos on doors or number plates?
In the sensory area, we loved playing with the slime in our dinosaur swamp! Ergh.. it’s very sticky!
Outside, we talked about the changes in the weather. It was very, very windy on Wednesday and we could hear it blowing through the branches in the trees. Children enjoyed holding onto a piece of fabric to feel, and see it blowing in the wind.
Brrrrr! Exploring ice and frost
We’ve had a few very cold mornings recently and children noticed the frost on their walk to Nursery and on the wooden beams in the playground. We talked about frost, snow and ice and had lots of conversations about where children thought it had come from.
The frost glistened in the sunshine and children enjoyed scratching it with their fingers and making patterns.
There was a lot of excitement as we hunted around the garden to find some ice and we talked a little bit about how ice forms. We found ice in the water tray, on the ground where a puddle had been and in the guttering. We loved trying to break the ice in different ways and wondered where it had gone later in the day. Some children noticed that it was sunny and we talked about ‘melting’.
Later, we collected different objects from around the garden and put them in some water. We left them over night and children were very excited to check them again in the morning to see if anything had happened.
Exploring Nursery and making friends
Yellow group are settling well into Nursery routines and have been busily exploring both independently and with their friends. You’ll see lots of engaged, happy faces in these photos!
We don’t always catch everyone on camera to share each week, but we try to post a photo of everyone over the term. Remember to check each week to see what we’ve been learning and for ways to continue this at home.
Getting to know each other
We’ve enjoyed welcoming all of our new children to Nursery this week for their first sessions. It’s been lovely to see our older children helping to show them around and making new friends.
We listened to ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ and re-told the story in the book corner using props. Children tried to remember some of the repeated phrases in the story. “Grandma, what big eyes/ears/teeth you have!”
In group time, we learnt about the number one. We showed one on our fingers, did one hop, one clap and one jump. We found a number one on a domino and looked at a unicycle with only one wheel. Have a look for ‘one’ in your house. You might see one handle on the door or one mirror on the wall. Can you find a numeral one on a house door or number plate?
It was lovely to see everyone this week and we enjoyed hearing all about your Christmas holidays. It sounds like Santa was very busy delivering presents!
This week, we listened to ‘The Gingerbread Man’ and children loved creating their own gingerbread people with the scented play dough. We counted out buttons and talked about the different sized cutters. This led to some discussions about ‘height’ and language including big, little, tall and short. In group time, we compared our heights to see who was tallest/shortest.
Miss Morris and Mrs Kilburn have been busy visiting all of our new families at home. Look out for some new faces in Nursery next week, and please be patient as we help our new children to settle in.
School applications- September 2023
Have you applied for your child’s school place yet for September 2023?
Children born between 1 September 2018 and 31 August 2019 are due to start primary school in September 2023.
You must apply on-line for your child’s primary school place. Applications must be submitted before 15 January 2023.
If you haven’t received an e-mail about applying for a place, you must contact Leeds City Council .
Leeds City Council recommend choosing five schools to give your child the best chance of getting a place at a school you prefer. Children that attend Scholes (Elmet) Primary School Nursery are NOT guaranteed a place in Reception.
Please visit the Leeds.gov.uk website for more information.
We have been absolutely overwhelmed by your generosity. At the recent Christmas productions, we collected for our school charity, Cancer Research UK. You didn’t let us down and you managed to raise an amazing £266.91.
Thank you so much.
Snowman at Sunset
Thank you to everyone that was able to watch our performance of ‘Snowman at Sunset’. We’re really proud of the children ; it’s quite daunting standing on stage in front of a hall full of people and we thought that they did brilliantly. We hope you enjoyed the songs about building snowmen and snowflakes falling and that it left you feeling in a festive mood. Super singing Nursery, well done!
In Nursery, we’ve been learning about the Nativity story, making Christmas lists, building sleighs, drawing maps for Santa and decorating the trees outside.
We’re looking forward to our final week of the term and have lots of Christmas themed learning planned. Don’t forget it’s our Nursery party on Monday afternoon and you are also invited to join us for one of our ‘stay and decorate’ sessions where you can read your child’s Learning Journey and enjoy making some Christmas crafts together. Please see the Christmas letter or reminder letter for more details.
A donation pot for your £1 contribution towards our party costs will be outside Nursery this week. Thank you to everyone that has contributed already.
A few week’s ago, we enjoyed reading ‘Peace at Last’ written by Jill Murphy. This week, we listened to another of her stories about a family of bears, titled ‘Whatever Next’. It’s about a little bear who went on an adventure to the moon. He used a cardboard box as a rocket, some wellies as his space boots and a colander for a space helmet. He packed some food and shot up the chimney into space. When he got there, he enjoyed a picnic with his friend owl. What would you take into space with you?
Children loved making their own rockets in the creative area using different shaped boxes and bottles. It was quite tricky working out how to attach the different parts together. Some children used PVA glue, some tried a stick of glue and for some things, only cellotape would hold the parts in place. Once the rockets were ready, there were lots of count downs!
10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1 BLAST OFF!
We loved singing ‘5 Little men in a flying saucer‘ and counting the aliens in our maths corner. At the dough table, we used different tools and star shaped cutters to make rockets, stars and space ships.
Outside, children enjoyed exploring some unusual objects that appeared near our space rockets.
We also had some very special visitors in Nursery at the start of the week. Children enjoyed looking after some Giant African snails and watching them crawl around the tank, eating their cucumber snack. Thank you for sharing them with us.
- Please return the Christmas slip to let us know if you can attend one of our ‘Stay and Decorate’ sessions in December. Please see the letter for more details of dates and times.
- Remember to send your child’s costume for the Christmas concert to school as soon as possible. Please NAME all items and put them in a NAMED bag. As you can imagine, changing 20-3o children can be tricky; having items named and in a clearly named bag makes things much easier for us. Thank you.
World Nursery Rhyme Week
We always sing lots of rhymes in Nursery, but as it was World Nursery Rhyme Week, we sang even more than usual! Nursery rhymes are an essential part of developing early literacy skills and have many benefits.
Here’s a link to lots of popular Nursery Rhymes – pick your favourite to sing along to at home, or find a new one to learn together. What’s your child’s favourite rhyme? Send us an email to let us know and we’ll make sure we sing it in Nursery. firstname.lastname@example.org
This week, lots of our areas of provision were linked to popular rhymes. We sorted Twinkle Twinkle Little Stars in the maths area and made some simple repeating patterns. Big star, little star, big star, little star... Children carefully folded legs for Incy Wincy Spider and printed Baa Baa Black sheep at the creative table. In the sensory area, children loved making Jelly on a plate wibble and wobble! We also had lots of cups of tea in the water area as we sang I’m a Little Teapot.
On Friday, we enjoyed joining in with some fun, spotty themed activities to join in with fundraising for Children in Need.