Happy New Year!

Tuesday 09 January 2024

Happy New Year and welcome back to Nursery!   We hope that you all had a great Christmas and enjoyed a break over the festive period. It was lovely to see everyone on Monday morning and hear about your holiday adventures and presents from Santa.

This week, we’re reading ‘The Gingerbread Man’ and children are already beginning to retell the story in our small world area.  If you have a copy of the story at home, please enjoy reading it together. If not, you might like to listen to Mr Tumble reading it.

Children love to join in with the repeated refrains in the story. Can they remember what the Gingerbread man shouts?  “Run, run, as fast as you can, you can’t catch me, I’m the Gingerbread Man.”

So far this week, we’ve made Gingerbread Men in the playdough area, counted buttons on his tummy and we’ve loved getting messy in the gingery cornflour gloop!

This week’s letter is ‘m’ for mouse.  We pronounce it as  ‘mmmmm’.

Help at home: In group time, our sound bag had lots of ‘m’ objects including a marble, a mouse, a map and a mirror.  What can you find around the house that begins with the ‘m’ sound?  What other ‘m’ objects could we have put in our sound bag?

Nursery rhyme of the week: Pat-a-cake

Pat a cake, pat a cake,  Baker’s man.  Bake me a cake as fast as you can. Pat it and roll it and mark it with B. Put it in the oven for baby and me. 

There are lots of different versions of this rhyme, here are two from CBeebies if you would like to sing along at home.  CoComelon   The Baby Club

It’s been a cold start to the week so children decided to make a ‘fire’ and loved toasting marshmallows on the sticks that they collected.  Just as a reminder –  we play out in ALL weathers at Nursery and at this time of the year, it can be very cold.  Please make sure that your child has a warm coat, a hat and some gloves to wear to help keep them warm and happy whilst we play.  Please write their name in them too as it’s really helpful when we’re trying to find who they belong to. Thank you in advance.

You may have noticed some new faces in Nursery this week or heard your child talking about some new Nursery members of staff. We’d like to welcome Mrs Gall, Miss Swift and Miss Bennett to our Nursery team.

Next week  – 15 January 2024

We look forward to welcoming some new families and children to Nursery for their first sessions on Monday 15 January. Our new ‘yellow group’ children will join red group as they come into Nursery through the main door each morning so it may feel a little bit busier than usual. Please be patient as we help to settle the new children into Nursery. We’re looking forward to getting to know everybody and making some new friends.

Story – Little Red Riding Hood

Letter next week – ‘d’ for duck

Nursery rhyme next week – The Grand Old Duke of York