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Week beginning 7.1.19

Traditional Tales - Theme for the term

The Three Little Pigs

We would like to welcome Mrs Finan to the Nursery team. She will be working Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday alongside Mrs Morss. 

A warm welcome also goes to Miss Stewart a first year BA teaching student who will be with us until half term and to all the new children and their families joining us this term. 

This week the children have been getting to know Mrs Finan and their new friends and have started our new topic on Traditional Tales.  The children have listened to several retellings of the Three Little Pigs story. Our objectives have included becoming familiar with the term 'character' and joining in with the repeated refrains (I'll huff and I'll puff....... Little pigs, little pigs let me come in ..... etc) The children have really enjoyed building a brick house using the tools and large construction bricks in the garden but the highlight of the game was definitely when I slid down the chimney and burnt my tail! "Again, again" they cried!

In Knowledge and Understanding of the world we have been looking closely at some clips of real pigs. The children have been introduced to the terms 'snout', 'trotters', 'bristles', 'sow', 'boar' and piglet.

How to help at home

Help your children to learn Mrs Finan's name (pronounced Fi  (to rhyme with High) nan (to rhyme with can).

Use the word 'characters' when reading any stories to your children. Tell them which characters are in the story before you start reading (in this story the main characters are a bear and a boy, for example). During the story you could mention how the character is being kind, or isnt this character funny. At the end of the story or next time you read the book ask your child who are the characters in the story. Extend this next time or when they are confident by asking them to tell you something about the characters.

Dates for your diary

Wednesday 16th January 2- 3pm Coffee afternoon with Mrs Young (new headteacher) 

Friday 25th January  2- 3pm Coffee afternoon with Mrs Young (new headteacher)

Thursday 31st  2- 3pm Coffee afternoon with Mrs Young (new headteacher)

Monday 18th - 22nd February Half Term- Nursery Closed

Monday 25th February Nursery closed INSET

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week beginning 10.12.18

CHRISTMAS!

 

Well done to all the children for taking part in Born in a Barn and singing so beautifully. Thanks also to all the parents for the costumes. We hope you enjoyed it.  We have been busy with lots of Christmas art and craft activities.  We have been using the language of size to order buttons to make Snowmen gift tags as well as talking about 2D shapes.

We have read several rhyming books about winter and have been reinforcing the concept of each number being 1 more than the previous one when we are counting.

We ask parents to make donations of party food. Please remember to sign up with your class rep (morning nursery) and on the sign up sheet outside the nursery (afternoon nursery). Don't forget to bring it in on Thursday. Many thanks

 

How to help at home

The children were pretty confident identifying 'big' and 'small'  buttons and using the words - "big, large, small, little" but middle sized or medium  was a harder concept and none of the children used this language. Please practice talking about sizes and using middle sized or medium to describe the objects. You can also encourage them to use the comparative language - "bigger, biggest, smaller, smallest".  You could try this when choosing a Christmas tree or wrapping up presents, or different sized baubles to go on the tree or eating blueberries. Model the language whenever you can. Can they line their toys cars or dolls etc up in order of size. Starting with 3 toys is a good idea. 

Include the children with some simple present wrapping. They can estimate whether the paper is big enough, practice their scissor skills (or do this with any left over odds and ends of wrapping paper) by cutting along the line on the back of the wrapping paper (or you could draw a line for them). Using sticky tape also takes a bit of practice to understand that it needs to cover both parts of the wrapping paper. 

Encourage your children to write their name or do a drawing in Christmas cards for family and friends. Model writing "Dear.........., Merry Christmas, love from .........." for example. 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uaRx9v-wkeA 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rylE-TTdsII

 Apologies for the accents. You could read the text to your child and just turn the sound off if you prefer. 

 

Dates for your diary

20th December Nursery Christmas parties. Please bring in any food donations when you drop your child off. 

Normal nursery times apply for both morning and afternoon children. Party clothes can be worn but please no long dresses, belts, buckles, onezies that do up at the back or make it difficult to use the toilet

21st December Nursery Closed all day. 

7th January Nursery closed staff INSET day

 8th January Nursery closed all day to existing children. (We have some new children starting and they will be coming in for their stay and play session)  

9th January Term starts All children in!

 

 

 

 

week beginning 26.11.18

 

Christmas and Arctic/Antarctic animals. 

 

We have been continuing to learn the songs for our production of Born in a Barn this week as well as continuing to work on hearing rhyming words. We watched clips of animals that live in cold snowy climates and found the white icy areas on a globe. We found out the polar bear babies are called cubs and they live in a den under the snow.  We watched baby penguin chicks take their first steps and learned that they are birds that can't fly but can swim. We also saw them slipping around on the ice and jumping out of the water and landing on their tummies. 

We read 1 little penguin and his friends and practised saying the number that is 1 more. We used lots of maths language such as 1 more, add on 1 more, next, after, plus one.  We also read and sang The twelve days of Christmas with the same maths focus. 

Each class has decorated a hoop to go in the school hall - look out for the 5 gold rings the Nursery children painted and glittered. 

How to help at home

The children are definitely making progress with their rhyming skills. Keep working at home on this - listen out for rhyming words in books, make up silly rhyming strings of words, ask your child if a pair of words rhyme or not. 

Practice counting on and back and point out that each time the number is getting 1 greater, larger, more. Use cars, blueberries, fingers etc to demonstrate this. If you have any counting books you could dig them out and look at the pictures to show that each time the number changes there is 1 more animal for instance. When your child is secure with this you can start asking them what it 1 more than 2?  1 more than 4? It is easiest to start off with concrete objects so they can count out 2 cars and then get 1 more and count again to find out there are 3.  (Remember that if they move each object as they count they are more likely to be accurate) 

You can find some of the 'Born in a barn' songs on you tube, If you want the show to be a surprise then don't click on the links but if your child would like to sing along at home then they can practice and learn some more of the words for our Christmas play. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_d_GIG8nMw 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKi1n1ILwRc&list=PLbNir02CPOjxjgouLiCHwvx99oYJMb58d 

 

Dates for your diary 

11th December - Early years Christmas play for parents - Both morning and afternoon nursery children to come in at 8.45 wearing their costumes

12th December Early Years Christmas Play for parents - Both morning and afternoon children to come in at 8. 45 wearing their costumes

14th December Save the Children Christmas jumper day - children to wear a Christmas jumper and bring in a donation for charity.

20th December Nursery Christmas parties. Normal nursery times apply for both morning and afternoon children. Party clothes can be worn but please no long dresses, belts, buckkles, onezies that do up that the back or make it difficult to use the toilet

21st December Nursery Closed all day. 

7th January Nursery closed staff INSET day

 8th January Nursery closed all day to existing children. (We have some new children starting and they will be coming in for their stay and play session)  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week beginning 19.11.18

Dally Ducks' birthday

 

This week was full of preparations for our class puppet's (Dally Duck) 4th birthday. The children made jelly to eat at the party on Friday and enjoyed playing pass the parcel, musical statues, parachute games and guessing 'what's in the box?' The party ended with some magic tricks. We looked closely at a candle while it burned, looking to see what was changing. Some of the children saw "liquid", "something running down" "lumps" on the side of the candle and the wick went 'black' 

Mrs Dillon has asked each child to bring 1kg of rice in by next Tuesday so the children can make sock snowmen. It can be the cheapest type of rice that you can find. Please name your packet.

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All Nursery children are going to be Shepherds in our Christmas play. You are welcome to make/buy/create the costume. Whichever you would rather do.  A man's shirt with a belt and a tea towel for their head with a dressing gown cord would be great or a dressing gown over a shirt or something similar. Please can they not have any shepherds crooks/sheep/lambs or other props. Just clothes to wear would be great thank you. We ask that the children come to school wearing their costumes on the two days of the performances. Thank you

 

How to help your child at home

Whilst making jelly I asked the children a couple of 'how'/ 'why' questions that they really struggled to answer. I showed them the jelly packet and asked them what flavour jelly they thought it was and nearly all of them correctly guessed strawberry, but when I asked them 'how do you know that?' why do you think it is strawberry? they couldn't tell me. There was a picture of a strawberry on the red packet.

The instructions told us we had to put the jelly somewhere cool. We discussed what 'cool' meant and then tried to think how we could make the jelly cold. Again this was hard for most of the children to answer. 

Practice asking your child some 'how' questions during the week as you go about your daily jobs. How am I going to get these clothes to dry? Why are these clothes still wet? How could  I warm up this custard for your pudding? My hands are cold. How could I warm them up?  etc

To help your child look closely at similarities, differences and change encourage them to help with some simple jobs in the kitchen, reminding them to wash their hands first. Ask your child to put 5 handfuls of pasta in the pan, talk about how the pasta feels, is it soft? brown? Help them pour in some water and tell them you are going to boil the water. When the pasta is cooked ask your child to come and see if it is the same or different. What's the same? (shape) What's different? Get a piece of raw pasta out to compare the cooked pasta with as your child may have forgotten what it looked like to start with. You can do this with many other food, rice, potatoes, vegetables, fruit, meat etc.

Link this with the first activity asking "how" has it changed?

 

Dates for your diary 

11th December - Early years Christmas play for parents - Both morning and afternoon nursery children to come in at 8.45.

12th December Early Years Christmas Play for parents - Both morning and afternoon children to come in at 8. 45. 

14th December Save the Children Christmas jumper day - children to wear a Christmas jumper and bring in a donation for charity.

20th December Nursery Christmas parties. Normal nursery times apply for both morning and afternoon children. 

21st December Nursery Closed all day. 

7th January Nursery closed staff INSET day

 8th January Nursery closed all day to existing children. (We have some new children starting and they will be coming in for their stay and play session)  

 

 

Week beginning 12.11.18

 

Grand Old Duke of York and Humpty Dumpty

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The children have been learning the rhymes this week and acting them out. We have discussed what a Duke is, marched like soldiers, following the instructions "quick march, slow march and halt", and changed the rhymes, listening carefully for the rhyming words. eg Humpty Dumpty sat on a log, Humpty Dumpty saw a ........ frog or Minion? crayon on dog? 

 

We have also separated 4 objects in different ways, practised using scissors to cut up Humpty into little pieces and have started learning the songs for our Christmas play.  

Some of the new resources I ordered last week have arrived so the children have had new trains to play with and they loved christening the new chalk pens so they could use the light up drawing pads. Thanks again to everyone for their fund raising support. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktkM2GtaSMk - singalong to the Grand Old Duke  and a Caribbean style Humpty

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXUoR8mxItU 

 

Next week is very exciting because it is Dally Ducks birthday! (Our class puppet) We will be preparing all week and then enjoying some party fun on the Friday. 

 

We will also be welcoming Mrs  D'Araujo to the afternoon sessions next week. She will be working with us every afternoon and is looking forward to getting to know the children. 

 

How to help at home

I've noticed quite a few children are good at counting a set of objects but if I then ask them how many there are they are not sure. We have been working on moving each object as they count and then saying the last number again so they realise that is the total number in the group. Ie 1, 2, 3, 4,..........4 there are 4 soldiers. If you use the words altogether, in total, that helps in readiness for future maths learning. 

Ask your child how many cars are on the table - remind them to move each object as they count it and then ask them again so, how many cars are there? If they just keep counting from 1 again and again tell them that the last number they say tells us how many there are. 1, 2, 3, 4, ...... there are 4. Repeat with different numbers until they pick up the pattern. 

Practice using scissors at home with your child. You could give them an egg shape like Humpty and ask them to cut it into lots of pieces. We remind the children to keep their thumb on the top - this sometimes involves them rotating their wrist. 

Keep on listening out for rhyming words during the week. Perhaps you could make up some more versions of Humpty Dumpty. H. D. sat on the ground, H.D. looked all around. 

Another objective that we work on in Nursery is being able to climb stairs using alternate feet Please practice this at home if your child is not yet confident. You can model how to do this and encourage them to go slowly, one foot and then the next. 

If they are confident with this then the next objective is to do the same but whilst carrying a small object. You could use a lolly stick and paper to make the Grand Old Duke of York's flag and then practice marching up and down the stairs whilst carrying the flag and singing the rhyme! You could even look at different flag designs on the internet and your child/ren could create their own flag. If you do this, then we'd love to see your flags  - bring them in to share with the class. 

Dates for your diary 

11th December - Early years Christmas play for parents - Both morning and afternoon nursery children to come in at 8.45.

12th December Early Years Christmas Play for parents - Both morning and afternoon children to come in at 8. 45. 

14th December Save the Children Christmas jumper day - children to wear a Christmas jumper and bring in a donation for charity.

20th December Nursery Christmas parties. Normal nursery times apply for both morning and afternoon children. 

21st December Nursery Closed all day. 

7th January school closed staff INSET day

 

 

 

week beginning 5.11.18

Diwali, Bonfire night and Remembrance Sunday

 

We have read 'The lonely fire fly' by Eric Carle and talked about different sources of light. The children were encouraged to make predictions about how the story might end as we got near the end. The book has a lovely surprise at the end - have a look in the library to see if they have a copy.   

 

 There has been dancing with scarves, making  firework shapes and coming up with their own movements and dance ideas to represent various fire works. This has helped the children  develop their arm and shoulder strength in preparation for writing. 

 

Your donations from pyjama dress up day, organised by your lovely class reps.  have been spent. Arriving soon will be some chalk pens for our light up black boards, some self correcting wooden number puzzles, snap and learn turtles, a few wooden train engines,   squeezy tweezers and some counting cows! Thank you so much everyone for your support and generosity. 

 

How to help at home

Now that is it getting darker earlier you could go on a hunt around your home for light sources. Ceiling lights, wall lights, lamps, are obvious but perhaps you could then turn the main lights off and search for other sources such as the TV, digital displays on the microwave etc, radio alarm clock displays, nightlights etc. If you want to challenge your child have a hunt around for something with some reflective material on, often coats have a reflective strip on them, or sports wear/ school bags. Discuss and find out whether the reflective material is a source of light. Does it light up a dark room? but what happens when you shine a light on the reflective material? A common misconception is that the moon is a source of light. It actually reflects the sun's light rather than generating it's own light. You can teach your child this now using the analogy of a mirror reflecting back their image/face/ 

 

When you read stories this week to your child, stop just before the end and ask them to predict how they think the story might end. Some children like to be 'right' and can lose confidence if they think they've got it wrong/ if their prediction isn't accurate but you can tell them that this is how this author chose to end the story but there's no right or wrong way. You can even praise them and tell them you like their ending even more. If your child struggles to manage not being accurate with their prediction you could model making a prediction too. Show them that you don't know how its going to end and its fine to make a sensible guess and not be correct. Dally Duck often has a go at predicting the end of our stories to help the children see there can be lots of different answers . 

 

 

Dates for your diary 

11th December - Early years Christmas play for parents - Both morning and afternoon nursery children to come in at 8.45.

12th December Early Years Christmas Play for parents - Both morning and afternoon children to come in at 8. 45. 

14th December Save the Children Christmas jumper day - children to wear a Christmas jumper and bring in a donation for charity.

20th December Nursery Christmas parties. Normal nursery times apply for both morning and afternoon children. 

21st December Nursery Closed all day. 

 

Week beginning 29.11.18

Potions and pumpkins

 

 

The children have been looking closely at pumpkins this week. They used magnifying glasses (learning that you put the lense near the object rather than your eye) to look at the inside of a pumpin. We also talked about different textures and words to describe these. 

The children have also been making lots of their own pretend magic potions in the role play corner and messy tray. 

We read the Magic Porridge pot story and encouraged the children to join in the with the repeated refrain - Cook, cook little pot, make me porridge steaming hot. We noticed the rhyming words in this refrain and the other one - stop stop little pot no more porridge that's the lot. 

We began our work on rhyme by identifying the person  magic spells were being cast upon by listening to words that rhymed with the children's names ie. Wiggly waggly wam I've cast a spell on ........... Sam! The children then used their imagination to decide what the spell did to them - we had a lot of spells that made them smile!

The children then worked in small groups to decide which of two objects could go in the magic cauldron based on which word rhymed. I said mat, bat, lat, flat, wat, and then showed the children a cat and a banana and they had to say which was allowed into the cauldron. This took a lot of practice and support so would be a great activity to practice at home. 

The grand finale included making a ball disappear and re apear - real magic that only worked once the children had helped me find the correct rhyming word to finish the spell (we used words that rhymed with numbers). We also made pictures in a colouring book disappear, turn black and white and then re appear. 

The children did some of their own magic when making bonfire pictures. They painted one hand red, one hand yellow and printed on paper to make a bonfire shape, then they rubbed their hands together and as if by magic orange appeared!!!

How to help at home

Keep practicing rhyming with your child - you could use some of the activities written up above here at home, or just keep pointing out rhyming words as you come across them. Point out to your child that the reason they rhyme is because the end sound is the same.  Have fun making up your own silly rhyming magic words ie Waggly, Jaggly or Izzy Wizzy, 

or asking your children silly rhyming questions - would you like some porridge worridge? or shreddies meddies?

Make some porridge, talk about textures, taste. Encourage your child to stir the bowl of porridge is it easy? Stiff? 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/b03g6twj A version of the magic porridge pot to listen to. The actual story starts at 06.00 - does your child notice the differences with the story we read?  (Our version had the rhyme written out above and the main characters were a little GIRL and her MUMMY)  There are no pictues so you might want to break the story into smaller chunks and listen to a bit at a time. Actively listening with your child will help them concentrate for longer. 

Dates for your diary

Nursery shut ALL DAY for parent consultations Thursday 8th November. 

 

 

 

Week beginning 15.10.18

 

Wheels on the bus 

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AsAzI4Jdsj0

 

We've encouraged the children to be imaginative this week and think of new verses to add to the traditional song. We've had a dinosaur on the bus, crocodiles, monkeys, penguins, fairies and giants on the bus

The children read 'The naughty bus' with Mrs Dillon and thought about different scenarios the bus might end up in. The children thought of their own endings for the story as well as making tickets to go on a bus ride. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sqQ1BAEj1oE

We have talked about how to cross a road safely and acted this out. The children held an adult's hand, looked left and right and listened (while toy buses, cars and bikes whizzed by) and the children had to decide when it was safe to cross.  We talked about the difference between shaking your head left and right and actually 'LOOKING' left and right. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgkKUnpckws

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTJUBz6Rps0

In the garden we had some traffic lights, road closed signs and a zebra crossing for the children to experience and again we talked about how to cross the road safely. 

How to help at home

We have also started listening for rhyming words - this is a hard skill that takes time to  master, so the more practice they get the quicker they will become confident. 

The children were very good at finishing off the words in the nursery rhymes that Dally Duck kept forgetting. We then tried identifying which words belonged in a rhyming string and which words didn't. For example I said, star, car, far, jar, biscuit and Dally Duck shook his head to let the children know that biscuit doesn't have the same end sound as star, car, and jar.  Try this at home with as many rhyming strings as you can think of

cat, mat, flat, rat, bat, sat, trampoline, 

pig wig, zig, lig, yig, England

As your child/ren become more confident you can make the non rhyming word less obvious

tree, he, me, three,  knee, key, moo

We encourage the children to look at the shpe of our mouth as we say the words to see if they are making the same shape. To make the 'oo' sound in 'moo' my lips will stick forwards in a round shape rather than be stretched out in a smile for the 'ee' sound in tree. 

At this stage we are just encouraging the children to hear rhyme. We are not teaching spelling patterns so it is fine to say he, three, key - they all rhyme. The fact the ee sound has different spellings it not relevant yet!

We hope you have a lovely INSET day and half term break and we will see you back on Monday 29th October for Diwali and bonfire night 

Dates for your diary

Nursery shut ALL DAY for parent consultations Thursday 8th November

 

 

Week beginning 8.10.18

Twinkle Twinkle and Space

 

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A huge thank you to the three wonderful class reps for organising pyjama day and to everyone for your support and donations.  You raised £149.50. I am consulting with Mrs Dillon and scouring ebay for bargains and will let you know what we buy. I'm hoping to get some kid knex construction sets and some plastic nuts bolts and screw sets similar to junior meccano. Ebay is great for small world toys like castles and airports so I'll see what they have available. Many, many, thanks to everyone. it is so greatly appreciated and your children will have some lovely new resources to play with  very soon.  

 

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