Nursery Class News

Support the Big Summit Sofa Challenge for Sport Relief – Friday 6 March

Posted on Tuesday 03 March 2020 by Mrs Latham

The excitement is building for the launch of the Big Summit Sofa Challenge that the Look North presenters are doing for Sport Relief 2020.  The starting point this year is our school, Scholes (Elmet) Primary! Harry Gration, Amy Garcia and Paul Hudson from BBC Look North will join in with Wake Up Shake Up as their warm-up at 9.30am.

Each class is planning their own sports challenge and children are invited to come to school in their sports kit, in exchange for a contribution to Sport Relief.

The BBC television cameras will also be in school to film us and talk to as many people as they can – some may even feature on the news that night.

They have asked that we encourage as many parents, family and friends to stay after they have dropped children off in the morning, so please feel free to show your support and join in with the fun!
See you on Friday!

Friday – Big Sofa Day

Posted on Monday 02 March 2020 by Foundation One team

Don’t forget to wear sports clothes to Nursery on Friday this week as we’ll be taking part in the ‘Big Sofa Day’ fun! We’ll also be collecting £1 donations for Sport Relief.  Please refer to the letter that was sent home a few weeks ago for more details.

World Book Day and Home Link

Posted on Friday 28 February 2020 by Foundation One team

On Thursday 5 March, we’ll be joining in with World Book Day celebrations. Children are invited to bring in their favourite story and can also bring a small soft toy to Nursery. (Please name books and toys.)  Parents/carers, if you are able to, please join us for a ‘relax and read’ on Thursday morning.  There’ll be lots of new ‘book themed’ enhancements in Nursery and you can enjoy sharing a story with your child before you leave at Nursery drop off time.  Please read the letter in your child’s folder for more information. 

Home Link Activity – Look out for a ‘Reading’ activity sheet in your child’s folder this week. Please complete it and return it to Nursery. Thank you.

Shrove Tuesday

Posted on Friday 28 February 2020 by Foundation One team

Thank you to everyone who e-mailed us information about your holiday activities and brought in a leaflet from somewhere you had visited. This really helped children to remember and talk about their experiences.  As you’ll have read on our recent letter, whenever you take part in a Home Link activity, we’ll add a star to your child’s photograph. Don’t forget to tell us when you’ve completed one!

This week, we talked about how Christians celebrate Shrove Tuesday. We enjoyed lots of pancake day fun, including making our own pancakes and sampling different toppings at snack time. We learnt a rhyme too… Mix a pancake, stir a pancake, pop it in the pan. Fry a pancake, toss a pancake, catch it if you can!

We continued to ‘make’ pancakes in the malleable area throughout the week, although we found flipping them in the pan quite tricky! In the sensory area, children loved using the lemon juicers to squeeze out lots of lemon juice.

 

 

Hearts

Posted on Friday 14 February 2020 by Foundation One team

It’s hard to avoid all of the Valentine’s Day cards, chocolates and flowers in the shops at the moment and children often notice these seasonal changes in the supermarket too.  This week, we added a few heart themed enhancements to Nursery.   In the malleable area,  we had strawberry scented dough and we added different sizes of heart cutters . Children experimented with the sizes and different ways of stacking them.

There’s always a lot of learning associated with each photograph in Early Years. Here, you can see a tray of 3 identical playdough ‘biscuits’. This took time, some thought/planning and a great deal of concentration to complete. During the process, the dough needed to be manipulated in different ways; it needed to be rolled flat with a rolling pin and then cut out using different tools. All of which requires lots of fine motor coordination and skill.  In order to make these biscuits, two different sizes of heart needed selecting and stacking on top of the other, in size order. Before this photograph was taken, there were only two biscuits on the tray. At this point, we talked about how many biscuits we thought we could fit onto the tray (estimating) and how many more we would need to make. There were so many different areas of mathematics covered in one simple activity. So, the next time you see a photograph of us ‘playing’, remember to think about all of the learning that was taking place during our play.

In maths, we used the pictures on heart playing cards to help us count out the correct number of  heart beads to match the number shown on the card. Our sensory area was full of red items and some children managed to find extra red things from around Nursery to add to the tray.

The ‘Fiddly Fingers’ (fine motor) area was really popular this week. Children practised using their pincer grip to pick up the tiny pegs and enjoyed creating different patterns in the peg boards.

Home Link – Holidays

Posted on Friday 14 February 2020 by Foundation One team

February half term

Please bring in a leaflet from somewhere that you visit or send us one or two photographs of your adventures and activities during the holidays.  We will share these throughout the week when we return to Nursery. They’re always a great way of starting conversations and children love to show their friends.

Please email [email protected]

Sport Relief – The Big Summit Sofa Challenge Friday 06 March

Posted on Tuesday 11 February 2020 by Mrs Latham

We are very excited to announce that Scholes (Elmet) Primary School will be the starting point of the BBC’s Big Summit Sofa Challenge on Friday 06 March.
Harry Gration, Amy Garcia and Paul Hudson from BBC Look North will join in with Wake Up Shake Up as their warm-up before they set off at 10am. They will then head towards Barwick, pulling and pushing their red sofa 100 miles, incorporating some of Yorkshire’s biggest climbs. We will be making banners, flags and as much noise as we can to create an amazing send off for the celebrity team.
It would be amazing if we were able to start this challenge off with a generous donation and so we are inviting the children to come to school in their sports kit, in exchange for a £1 contribution.
The BBC television cameras will also be in school to film us and talk to as many people as they can – some may even feature on the news that night.
They have asked that we encourage as many parents, family and friends to stay after they have dropped children off in the morning, so please feel free to show your support and join in with the fun!
Thank you in anticipation of your support.

Home Link – More or fewer?

Posted on Friday 07 February 2020 by Foundation One team

During some of our maths activities and during day to day play in Nursery, we have been comparing quantities of objects.  Many children understood the concept of who had  ‘more’ or the ‘most’ but children were less familiar with the word ‘fewer’.

Try to use this language at home as you play and during everyday tasks. You could make a game to play by gathering a handful of objects e.g Lego bricks, coins, buttons, beads or anything small that can be counted.   Put them into a bag or box and take turns to put your hands in and pull out a handful of objects. Who has more? Who has fewer? 

To encourage your child to think even more, try asking questions, such as:

  • What can you tell me about the number of objects?
  • I think I have more than you – how could we check?
  • What makes you think you collected more?
  • Who do you think collected more objects?
  • Who collected fewer objects?
  • Have a go at taking handfuls of different sizes. For example,
    sometimes take a big handful of items and the next time only take
    a small handful of items.

Handy hint – we have been learning to use the word ‘fewer’ to describe
a smaller number of countable objects, such as coins, buttons, people or
pencils. ‘Less’ would be used to describe smaller amount of something
that cannot be individually counted, such as money, water or time.

Unicorns, dinosaurs and balancing on the cracks!

Posted on Friday 07 February 2020 by Foundation One team

Whilst we haven’t had much frost, snow or ice yet this winter, it was quite chilly one morning this week. So much so, that children decided they needed to do something to warm up.  We had great fun chalking an obstacle course on the path. It began with children talking about cracks in the ground; we drew some lines/cracks to carefully balance along and then drew some lava to jump over and stepping stones to hop between.  Children took turns to balance along the cracks and jump over the hot lava.

Physical Development is one of the Prime areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage. Children working within the 30-50 month developmental band should:

  • Move freely and with pleasure and confidence in a range of ways, such as
    slithering, shuffling, rolling, crawling, walking, running, jumping, skipping, sliding and hopping.
  • Mount stairs, steps or climbing equipment using alternate feet.
  • Walk downstairs, two feet to each step while carrying a small object.
  • Run skilfully and negotiates space successfully, adjusting speed or direction to avoid obstacles.
  • Can stand momentarily on one foot when shown.

Children continued to enjoy the dinosaur enhancements and as requested last week, the new unicorn rainbow drops in the sensory area were very popular, with both boys and girls. There was lots of scooping, filling, emptying and pouring.

Over the last few weeks, children have continually returned to a game where they play ‘librarians’. As a result of this continued interest, we’ve created a mini library role play area in the Sunshine room and during group time, children enjoyed visiting the school library.

 

 

Reminders and Home Link

Posted on Friday 31 January 2020 by Foundation One team

Reminders

  • Please name all shoes, hats, coats, cardigans, jumpers and wellington boots! If it might come off in Nursery, name it!  Thank you for your help, it will enable us to reunite children with their property.
  • Remember to sign your child up for a school lunch or packed lunch on the signing in sheet.  Please also write your child’s NAME on their PACKED LUNCH BOX.  Remember we have a NO NUTS policy.
  • If you are new to Nursery and haven’t returned your snack payment, please do so as soon as possible. Thank you.

Home Link

We regularly post an activity for you to take part in at home. This is usually something fun and easy to join in with and should only take a few minutes. It’s often an activity that is linked to some learning that has taken place in Nursery and is great way for you to share this with your child and help them to make links between home and school. Please remember to tell your child’s Key Person when you have completed your home link; children love to share their learning and be praised.