Learning letter sounds – Ssss
This week, our older children have started to learn about the sounds that letters make. We listened to the Jolly Phonics ‘s’ song and learnt the action (weave hand in an s /snake shape and say ‘ssss’).
To begin with, children are learning to recognise the letter and say the sound. We learn to say the pure sounds that letters make, so for ‘s’, we say ‘sssssss’ rather than ‘suh’.
Children are learning to hear the initial sounds in words by playing eye-spy type games. Some children may try to write the letter, but at this stage in Nursery, our main focus will be learning to hear the sounds in words. Phonics learning in Foundation 2 will have a greater focus on writing and letter formation.
Happy New Year!
We hope that you have all had a lovely time over the Christmas holidays and enjoyed the New Year celebrations. We’re looking forward to seeing you all on Tuesday 8th January. Remember, Nursery is closed on Monday 7th January as staff will be going on home visits to meet children that are going to be joining us in Nursery over the next few weeks.
Please remember to join in with our Home Link activity by sending us some of your holiday photographs. Children love to show their friends and we’ll use their photographs to help children to remember and talk about some of their experiences over the holidays.
Email your photos to [email protected]
A special visitor…
Children wrote to Father Christmas to invite him to visit us in Nursery. They were very excited on Tuesday morning when they discovered that he had got their letter!
We listened carefully to the story that Santa read and afterwards, we told him what we would like for Christmas. Before Santa left, he kindly gave all the children a present. Thank you, Father Christmas!
Primary school places – It’s time to apply!
If your child was born between 1st September 2014 and 31st August 2015, it’s time to apply for their Primary school place. The deadline for applying is 15th January 2019.
Even if your child is attending a school nursery or other early years provision or you have children at school already, you mist still apply for a place.
Please visit the website www.leeds.gov.uk to apply online. If you need any more information, you can contact the admissions team on 0113 222 4414.
In between our concerts last week, we still had time to enjoy some Christmas themed learning. One of the most popular activities was helping Father Christmas in his Elves’ Workshop. After wrapping the presents, children built a sleigh and enjoyed delivering them to all of their friends. We’ve also been writing Christmas cards, counting baubles, sorting Christmas shapes and making reindeer in the playdough. We’ll continue with our Christmas activities for the final week.
Children will listen to the Nativity story and find out more about how some people celebrate Christmas. We’ll be watching some of these short clips from the ‘Let’s Celebrate‘ programme on CBeebies.
If you want to play some games on the computer at home, there are lots of links to Christmas games on the Topmarks website. Our favourite games last week, were playing tunes on the reindeer’s noses and putting the correct number of baubles onto the tree. This is a great game to practise counting out the right number of objects from a group and knowing that you need to stop when you’ve reached the required quantity. That’s quite a tricky early maths skill to master!
A Snowman at Sunset
Wow! We hope you enjoyed watching your super snowflakes performing on stage this afternoon. We were really proud of all of the children today. There were a few wobbles and nerves before our performance but we’re sure that you couldn’t tell; children confidently went on stage and sang along to our ‘Snowflakes’ song. It really is quite daunting to stand on a stage in front of eighty or more grown ups, especially when you’re only three or four. Well done, Nursery!
We hope you enjoyed watching the show as much as the children enjoyed peforming it. If you didn’t come today, you’re in for a treat on Wednesday morning.
Book People Book Fair
This week, we’ve a Book People book fair at school. The Book People are an online book shop, selling books at up to 70% off RRP prices. We’ve a great selection of individual books starting from £4 and a wide range of boxed books, too. Tomorrow is the last day we will be selling the books in school. We will open the book fair at 3.15pm for parents to buy and browse before the end of school. The fair is located in the main reception area.
Thank you to everyone who has already paid us a visit and bought a book.
We’re going to read one of our favourite Julia Donaldson books this week, ‘Stick Man’.
If you have a copy, please enjoy reading it together so that your child gets to know the story well. Mrs Long has just visited the theatre in Manchester to see a stage production of ‘Stick Man’ – it was great! It held the attention of a two year old for 55 minutes. If you can’t get hold of a copy from the library, you could always watch the animated version. (Amazon Prime members can access the full version.)
The story provides lots of learning opportunities to help develop early reading skills. We’ll order events in the story and talk about how Stick Man is feeling at different parts. Is he sad, scared, lonely, happy or excited? There are also lots of points in the story where children can join in with the repeated refrains, “I’m Stick Man. I’m Stick Man…”
Have fun doing the Home link activity this week; we look forward to seeing your own Stick Man creations.
Incy Wincy Spider
On Tuesday, it was very wet and miserable outside. We said lots of rainy day related rhymes, including ‘Doctor Foster’, ‘Rain, rain go away,’ and of course, ‘Incy Wincy Spider’.
Doctor Foster went to Gloucester
In a shower of rain.
He fell in a puddle, right up to his middle
And never went there again.
Whilst singing in the Nursery Rhyme corner, a big spider ran across the carpet. We caught it and looked at it closely before letting it go again. A few minutes later, somebody found another spider in the bottom of a box. Sadly, this spider was dead, but that also meant that we could use our magnifying glasses and Exploroscope to look at its eight legs very closely. (The Exploroscope is a digital microscope that connects to the iPad. It is easy to use and very child friendly.)
Children were fascinated!
“Look at all those spikes,” one child commented when they saw the tiny little hairs on its legs. Once we’d finished looking at the spider, children went on to explore other items including shells, pine cones and their own hands and hair!
“It’s on the iPad and its really, really big!”
“Can I see my finger nail? Closer, closer,”
World Nursery Rhyme Week
We’re looking forward to joining in with World Nursery Rhyme Week. We have lots of fun activities planned around some of our favourite rhymes. Look out for more information in your child’s folder this week.
Here are a few of the popular rhymes that we’ll enjoy learning and singing along to:
Remember to take part in our Home Link activity. Please bring in an item that is linked to your child’s favourite Nursery rhyme. We’re going to create a collection of Nursery rhyme props in the Rainbow Room for children to share with their friends.
If you’d like to find out more about why singing Nursery rhymes are so important for your child’s early literacy skills and language development, there are lots of links on the World Nursery Rhyme Week website and an article here that summarises some of the many benefits.