Friday 20th July NO AFTERNOON NURSERY - see below

Health week

The children have had lots of fun playing parachute games and keeping healthy and

  active. We have also talked about how we stay healthy by drinking and heating a

balanced diet. We have also talked about how our bodies change during and after

exercise, such as getting, hot, sweaty, red in the face, out of breath but that these return

to normal when we rest. 

We have also worked on hearing rhyming words and finding rhyming pairs of words. 

We ask parents to bring a small contribution towards the end of year party food. There will be a sign up list on the Nursery door. If you are able to sign up to bring something that would be great. 

Help at home 

Keep listening out for rhyming words.

Talk about how your body feels during exercise.

Talk about how to make sure you diet is varied with lots of fruit and vegetables and a little bit of sugar and fat. 

Friday 20th July - End of year musical Nursery Party with Steve Grocott. ALL CHILDREN TO ATTEND THE MORNING SESSION. No afternoon nursery

 

 

 

Week beginning 25.6.18

Our last week of our 'Farm' topic

The children have heard several stories all set on a farm. We have been teaching the children what the term 'setting' means with regard to a story ie where the story is happening. 

we have also been doing lots of blending and segmenting. Breaking words down into their individual sounds and blending sounds together to make words. We are really pleased with the effort the children are putting into these activities.

The following farm animals all have 3 sounds to blend and segment and are good words to start off with when blending and segmenting orally -  cat, dog, pig, hen, sheep, goat, 

We have now had a go at all our sports day races and are looking forward to lots of fun next Friday. 

How to help at home

When sharing stories together, ask children where they think the story is set and how they know. Is it set on a farm, the moon, the jungle....?

Practice some blending and segmenting by talking like a robot. The animal names above are a good place to start. If you have any farm animal toys at home you could use these  as part of the game. Please can you get me a p - i - g. 

In preparation for going onto Reception classes it would be great to start encouraging your child to dress and undress themselves as they will be expected to do this for their PE lessons next year. 

One of the  Reception teachers from Meadow visited us this week to meet the children in her class next year and another teacher will be visiting soon to start to get to know more of the children going over to Meadow next year. 

We have cut the names off all the children's self registration name tags now and they are doing very well and recognising their names.

We would now like to encourage the parents of the older children who are moving on to Reception to say good bye to your child at the Nursery door. 

The children can come in and do their  jobs themselves (We will be on hand to help them if they need it) Hopefully this will help them in the transition to their Reception classes. They can get used to coming in on their own in a familiar environment before they move on to Reception. 

If your child is staying with us another year then feel free to continue to come in with them. Any problems please talk to a member of the Nursery team.  

Dates for your diary 

Monday 2nd to 6th July Whole school Health week. The children are welcome to come to school in 'Sports clothes' for the whole week. No shoe laces please. Shorts, leggings, t-shirts, football kits or other sporty clothes all welcome. Please make sure they can still use the toilet independently. Thank you

Friday 6th July-  Nursery Fun morning. ALL CHILDREN TO ATTEND THE MORNING SESSION. Sports day style races followed by a trip to the park. Don't forget a t -shirt in your team's colour, a sun hat and to apply sun cream before Nursery. Then over to Cheam park. Bring your own snack/picnic. Nursery staff will attend but please take responsibility for your own child at the park.  No afternoon nursery.

Friday 20th July - End of year musical Nursery Party with Steve Grocott. ALL CHILDREN TO ATTEND THE MORNING SESSION. No afternoon nursery

Rosie's walk and 10 Red Apples - Pat Hutchins

This week we have read Rosie's walk, stopping to predict what might happen next.  We also read 10 red apples and thought about where the books are set. 

The book has also helped us with our positional language (under, behind, between) and finding 1 less than a given number. Animals come along and eat 1 apple off the tree at a time. 

 

We have also been getting ready for Sports day. The children are doing really well and enjoying being on the big field. 

The children are doing really well at finding their name tags, without the pictures. I will cut the rest off this week. 

 

How to help at home

Practice counting backwards from 10 to start with and then if your child is ready move on to finding one less than a given number use toys/grapes/blueberries etc to help. Ask your child to count out 5 grapes, then find out how many will be left if they eat 1. When they are secure with this you could try finding out how many would be left if 2 were eaten. You could also model how to record this on paper. You could draw 5 circles for the grapes and cross out 2. 

When reading books at home, stop at relevant places to ask your child what they think might happen next.  Are there any clues in the illustrations to help. We could predict which animal was going to eat the next apple because they were in the picture in the distance. 

 

Dates for your diary 

Friday 6th July-  Nursery Fun morning. ALL CHILDREN TO ATTEND THE MORNING SESSION. Sports day style races followed by a trip to the park. Nursery staff will attend but please take responsibility for your own child at the park.  No afternoon nursery

Friday 20th July - End of year musical Nursery Party with Steve Grocott. ALL CHILDREN TO ATTEND THE MORNING SESSION. No afternoon nursery

 

Welcome back!

This term our topic is Farms and mini beasts. 

We have started the term by reading the Little Red Hen. The children have seen some wheat plants and had a go at grinding grains of wheat in a pestle and mortar. It was hard work but they all saw some flour. Making bread was memorable but the recipe might need tweaking for next year! We have also acted out the story with masks and puppets. 

Outside we had a go at learning the fundamentals of a relay race which is much harder for three/ four year olds than most people imagine, but it all went pretty well  - hooray. We will introduce some different races soon.  

Mrs Dillon and Mrs Morse are looking forward to seeing you at Bocketts Farm on Monday from 10am. The children can wear their own clothes. You're welcome to stay as long as you wish. 

We are currently writing  end of year reports for the children that have been with us all three terms this academic year. If your child started after Christmas or Easter or even more recently you will receive a shorter report commenting on their characteristics of effective learning. The reports will be sent home to you at the end of the term. 

I have cut some pictures off the self registration name tags as I said I would.  Please do not be concerned if I haven't cut your child's picture off, it doesn't mean I don't think your child can recognise their name. I am not doing all the names at once so there are fewer name tags initially without pictures for the children to look through. Please support your child in finding their name by encouraging them to look at the first letter, please don't do it for your child. Recognising their names in different fonts and writing will really help them when they move on to Reception. 

How to help at home

After the trip to the farm . Recounting an activity is a useful skill to help your child develop and a trip to the farm is a great opportunity for this. You could model it to your child by perhaps telling a sibling what you did. Use language such as First Next, Then, After that, Finally. Then encourage your child to have a go at telling another family member what they did at the farm. They might just remember one part, if so support them by asking them what they did after that. 

Keep practicing rhyming. When you see the hen at the farm think of words that rhyme with hen, do the same with other animals such as dog, pig, cow. 

Learn new rhymes such as Hickety Pickety my black hen or How now brown cow. 

Dates for your diary 

 Monday 11th June- Nursery Trip to Bocketts Farm. Meet at the farm at 10.00 £8 per person (adult or child) All children to be accompanied by an adult for the day. 

Friday 6th July-  Nursery Fun morning. ALL CHILDREN TO ATTEND THE MORNING SESSION. Sports day style races followed by a trip to the park. Nursery staff will attend but please take responsibility for your own child at the park. Letter to follow soon. No afternoon nursery

Friday 20th July - End of year Nursery Party with Steve Grocott. ALL CHILDREN TO ATTEND THE MORNING SESSION. No afternoon nursery

 

Week 6 - Supertato

The children have enjoyed looking out for Evil Pea and supporting Supertato in his missions to save the vegetables. We have had several discussions about why Evil Pea doesn't make kind choices and have thought about whether shutting him in the freezer is the real answer to the vegetables problems. 

Mrs Carter has been asked to support in Reception for this week and the week after half term but Mr Thomas will be here to have fun with us in Nursery.  

We have been listening out for rhyming words. The children have become a little rusty with rhyming since we have been doing lots of listening to initial sounds in words. Working on our pencil grip has also been a focus for this week. We are aiming for the children to be using 2 fingers and thumb to hold their pencil - like this Image result for tripod grip

How to help at home

Practice lots of rhyming. Say strings of rhyming words such as cat, gat, hat, mat, yat, zat, rat, jat. After a few days encourage your child to join in after you've said a few words. 

Sing lots of nursery rhymes and pause when there's a rhyming word - point out to your child that these words rhyme. Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great ......................  fall - Fall and wall they rhyme!

If your child is doing any mark making with pens, chalk, brushes gently remind and support them to hold their pencil correctly. Give them lots of praise for their effort. 

Dates for your diary 

 Monday 11th June- Nursery Trip to Bocketts Farm. Meet at the farm at 10.00 £8 per person (adult or child) All children to be accompanied by an adult for the day. 

Friday 6th July-  Nursery Fun morning. ALL CHILDREN TO ATTEND THE MORNING SESSION. Sports day style races followed by a trip to the park. Nursery staff will attend but please take responsibility for your own child at the park. Letter to follow soon. No afternoon nursery

Friday 20th July - End of year Nursery Party with Steve Grocott. ALL CHILDREN TO ATTEND THE MORNING SESSION. No afternoon nursery

Week 5 Police

The children have been busy using lots of maths skills to solve crimes. How many gems have been stolen if there were 5 gems but now we only have 2? If 2 gems were found in the car and 2 in the garage how many gems were found altogether? 

The children also solved simple 1 more and 1 less problems to find the correct key to unlock the padlocks.

How to help at home

Count forwards and backwards - use silly voices to keep it interesting, or whisper and shout alternate numbers. Don't always start counting from 1 or 0. Choose a different number and count on from there. 

Use the language 'altogether' and 'total' at home in everyday conversation. Oh I need four plates in total for everyone's dinner. 2 Weetabix for you and 1 for me - so I'll need 3 altogether. 

Remind your child to move each object as they count to ensure accuracy. 

Ask your child to count out 6 objects from a larger group. Do they remember to stop at 6? 

Dates for your diary

Friday 6th July-  Nursery Fun morning. ALL CHILDREN TO ATTEND THE MORNING SESSION Sports day style races followed by a trip to the park. Nursery staff will attend but please take responsibility for your own child at the park. Letter to follow soon. 

 

 

week 4 Nurses and Doctors

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We have learned names for less familiar body parts. Can your child point to their elbows? ankles? shoulders? forehead? shins? thighs? 

The children have also been learning using their senses. They learned about the role of opticians and how it feels to be blindfolded and used their noses to identify a range of smells. 

Our letter sound of the week is 'n' for nurse. Does your child have an 'n' in their name? Talk about where their 'n' sound comes. Is it in the middle or at the end? We introduced how to form the letter 'n' correctly. Start at the top, go down, back up and over, down and flick. It is important that the children retrace the vertical line (ie go down and then back up)

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We talked about why we wash our hands after using the toilet and before eating. Several children still need to be reminded to wash their hands after using the toilet. Please remind and support them at home with this. Modelling and giving praise are both effective methods. The children also found out a little bit about the history of nursing and about Florence Nightingale. 

How to help at home

Help your child to recognise their name if they are not yet confident with this. Point it out

on their book bag, on their peg when you drop them off and anywhere else that they

might see it. 

You could write it on a sticky label and stick it on the table where they eat like a

placemat, or next to where they hang their coat/keep their shoes. You could make a door hanger for their bedroom - like this. https://www.tinyme.com/blog/personalized-printable-bookmarks-door-hangers/

 Personalized Printable Bookmarks & Door Hangers | Tinyme Blog

We will shortly be cutting off the picture on their self registration names. We

will do this a few at a time based on initial letter to make it easier to start with. Please

don't be worried or offended if we don't cut your child's picture off first. 

Get out the pots, pans and wooden spoons and find different ways to make sounds. Can

they make loud, soft, fast and slow sounds. Can they make it sound like a siren? or a

marching drum? Children often want to play loud music fast and soft music slowly but

this doesn't have to be the case. Challenge your child to play fast but quietly or slow but

loudly.

Dates for your diary 

Friday 6th July-  Nursery Fun morning. ALL CHILDREN TO ATTEND THE MORNING SESSION Sports day style races followed by a trip to the park. Nursery staff will attend but please take responsibility for your own child at the park. Letter to follow soon. 

Thank you

The Nursery Team

week 3 Firefighters

Thank you all for the beautiful pictures for the diversity quilt. 

The children have been putting out fires and describing the position of the fire. We also

did lots of weeding and planted some sunflower seeds and pea seeds. The strawberry

plants are doing well and will soon be flowering. 

If you ever find your clothing alight we learnt that you should Stop, Drop and Roll. 

We have been singing a simlar version of this song this week. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aD3LZe7IoOo

We listened to the 't' sound in words. top, tail, tap, tin are good words to use for the robot game. Or try hat, pot, bat, hut and listen to where the 't' sound is. 

How to help at home

Support your children in their understanding of positional language eg up, on, in, under,

beneath, behind, above, below, in between, opposite. Play hunt the teddy (or other

object) Give your child a clue to find their teddy. For example, Teddy is behind a chair, or opposite the T.V.

Then swap over and let your child hide the toy and give you the clue. Encourage them to

use the correct positional language rather than 'its over there'. Repeat the positional

language for them to hear. "Oh the teddy is  under the table"

Thank you

The Nursery Team

Multicultural Week

The children have had some fantastic experiences this week. Thank you so much to everybody who provided some food for the children to try and particular thanks to Mrs Bush for coming and sharing a story, showing  and talking to us about South Africa and to Dr. Zaninotto for helping us make delicious pizza's.

The afternoon children have their diversity quilts to complete at home - apologies to the morning children I forgot to give them out. These will come home on Monday. Decorate the paper in any way you like to represent your cultural heritage and we will put the pieces together to make a whole school quilt display in the hall. 

 We listened to stories from Africa and New Zealand and learned a song from Israel. Here is a clip of a similar version https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGHLUYgRpQI

We have also been locating land, water, continents and islands on a variety of maps.  The children created their own maps of an island and we looked at using a simple key. 

 

How to help at home 

 If you have one, show your children your sat nav. You could plan simple familiar journey - perhaps your route to school or family, or the shops and talk about what the sat nav is showing. Or look at a road atlas, globe or other map, perhaps google map.  Can the children identify roads, parkland, railway lines etc.  You could begin to introduce left and right. Doing this on car journeys can be a good time. Get your children to call out which direction they think you need to turn, or which side of the car they need to get out of. Everybody out of the right hand side - nearest the pavement etc. 

 

The children are doing well at hearing initial sounds in words. It might be time for your child to become more confident in listening for the sound at the end of the word. 

listen out for the 's' sound at the end of words - house, mouse, bus, fuss, nice, spice (different spelling but still the 's' sound) 

 

 

Thank you

The Nursery Team

Welcome back to the Summer Term 

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Our topic this half term is Heroes, real and imaginary.

We have been talking about the fact that super heroes have a special talent and are often very brave. We went for a walk around the school to look for real life heroes. We found Clara the chef, Mrs Wiggins the caretaker, Ms Brophy in the office and Miss Evans - all with their own special super skill. Some of the children were very quick to point out that they had super skills too - there were lots of demonstrations of high jumping and strong muscles. The children have also talked about what job they might want to do when they are older. 

We set up a car wash and garage outside and the children were busy washing, hoovering and mending the cars. They might be inspired to help you wash your car this weekend?! We also practiced using the maths words'total' and 'altogether' to find teh correct key to unlock Mr Wiggins' padlocks. 

Thank you to everyone who remembered their sun hats - please can you make sure that they are named, especially if it is a school hat.  

Our letter sound of the week is 's' and we have been I know Rhino's - playing with what we know. 

Next week is mutlicultural week -

On Monday the children will take part in a Bollywood dance session. 

Remember to dress up in clothes to reflect your culture or colours of a significant flag on TUESDAY 

and we will also have parent volunteers coming in to do a variety of activities later in the week. 

 

How to help at home

Practice using the words 'altogether' and 'total' as not all the children are secure with this yet. One shoe on the mat and one shoe in the cupboard - how many are there altogether? We did this very practically by physically moving the objects until they were altogether in 1 group and then counting the new group. 1 and 1 altogether is 2. The total of 1 and 1 is 2. etc.  If your child is more confident ask them what  5 and 3 is in total? Remind them that total means the same as altogether. 

Look at a globe ahead of muticultural week and locate the land, sea, ice and any countries that are significant to you. 

Enjoy the sunshine, 

many thanks

The Nursery Team

Week beginning 19.3.18

We have returned to our topic of growing, looking at human bodies and plant growth. The children's beans have all started to sprout a root and some have leaves already. There has been lots of careful observation of their beans. We have learned about bulbs, finding out about them and naming some Spring flowers. 

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Learning power: We have been I know Rhino's using what we've learned about one plant to help us understand or ask questions about other plants

letter sound 'd' for dig, dirt, dandelion

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Thank you to everyone who came to the parent information meeting. I hope it was useful. If you couldn't make it  you should have received the hand outs in your child's book bag. If you are missing a page please help yourself. They are on the notice board outside nursery.

We are starting to get short of ingredients for our messy play and general activities. If you are able to donate an item we would be very grateful. We will make a list and  put it up on the home time nursery door. We have completely run out of tissues so any donations of those would be great - thank you!

How to help at home

Look for more signs of spring. Talk about changes,  similarities and difference they see around them. Maybe plant some flowers in the garden or visit a garden centre and look at the plants. Can they see any roots? Are the leaves smooth? hairy? rough? Find some bulbs and learn the names of daffodils, crocuses and tulips.  Visit RHS Wisley and look at the variety of plants. Look at any house plants you may have - are their roots visible? perhaps growing out of the bottom? What shape, texture are the leaves? Is it flowering? 

Use the words leaves, roots, stem, flower with the children. 

Nursery term ends Thursday 29th March

Summer term begins Monday 16th April. 

Many thanks for all your support.

The Nursery Team 

 

week beginning 12.3.18

Science week

We had so much fun this week, we were very busy! The children have watched vinegar clean up old dirty coins, planted seeds, watched flowers and celery turn blue through drinking coloured water, made toast, played with the slime, made giant bubbles and some big enough for the children to stand inside as well as making a volcano and blasting the cow over the moon! I hope the children had as much fun as we did!

letter sound 'b' for bubble, bear, box, 

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Learning power : Go for it Gorilla - don't be scared give it a go!

 

How to help at home

Visit the science museum and go to one of their bubble shows. Blow some bubbles in the garden - listen to the 'b' sound in words.  

Do some simple cooking such as making toast, boiling/frying an egg, making a cake etc Talk about what has changed and why? Heat has made it go brown etc

Thank you for attending parents evening we hope you found it useful. 

Nursery term ends Thursday 29th March

Summer term begins Monday 16th April. 

Many thanks for all your support.

The Nursery Team 

Week beginning 5.3.18

This week we are planning for Mothers Day celebrations on Sunday!  We can't tell you what we've been up to yet, but look out for some surprises coming home!

We are reading and retelling the story "Going on a Bear Hunt," by Michael Rosen.  Perhaps you could share this book at bedtime with your child.  They are getting very good at retelling the story!

How to help at home:

Letter Sound of the week - "M" - munching, marshmallow mountains!