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Thursday 14th and Friday 15th July, 2016

Mrs Roberts and Ms Cameron

 

PLEASE REMEMBER:

 

Our Teddy Bears Picnic this Friday (15th July 2016). 

The nursery sessions will run as usual.  Please see the list of party food.  We would welcome any donations.  Thank you.

 

Hello

 

This week in nursery we will be:

 

*having a Morpeth Nursery Olympics on Thursday.  The children will be placed in teams and will work together as a team to try and win the Olympic Games.  Which team will get the gold medal?

 

*holding our Teddy Bears picnic on Friday.  We will have lots of fun: games, songs, teddy bear hunts… PLEASE REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR TEDDY BEAR.

 

*having a visit from a mother duck and her ducklings.  Unfortunately none of our eggs hatched but the mum who lent us the incubator had already had a successful batch so has offered to bring them in to show us what our eggs might have become.

 

Target:

I can remember to bring my teddy bear to nursery on Friday.

 

Please remember to put sun cream on your child before nursery and send a sun hat and long sleeved, light weight top / cardigan / jacket for outside play. 

On a Thursday and Friday the children can access the outside area throughout the whole session so we need to be vigilant about sun protection. 

 

Thank you

Mrs Roberts

 

Thursday 7th and Friday 8th July, 2016

Mrs Roberts and Ms Cameron

 

PLEASE REMEMBER:

 

Our Teddy Bears Picnic next Friday (15th July 2016). 

The nursery sessions will run as usual.  Please see the list of party food.  We would welcome any donations.  Thank you.

 

Hello

 

This week in nursery we will be:

 

*preparing for the arrival of our ducklings.  We will be listening to the traditional tale The Ugly Duckling on the iwb and recording the life cycle of a duckling.

 

*making our own bear headbands ready for our Teddy Bears picnic next week.

 

*making patterns – with bears, cotton reels etc

 

*playing games that involve hearing sounds – Kim’s game, I spy …

 

Target:

I can hear and recognise the first letter of my name. 

Use your child’s registration card and any other items that have their name written on.  What sound does the letter make?  Can you think of other objects or people who have the same sound in their name?

 

Please remember to put sun cream on your child before nursery and send a sun hat and long sleeved, light weight top / cardigan / jacket for outside play. 

On a Thursday and Friday the children can access the outside area throughout the whole session so we need to be vigilant about sun protection. 

 

Thank you

Mrs Roberts

Thursday 30th June and Friday 1st July, 2016

Mrs Roberts and Ms Cameron

 

PLEASE REMEMBER THAT ON THURSDAY 30th JUNE IT IS TRANSFER DAY IN SCHOOL. 

THE NURSERY CHILDREN MOVING INTO RECEPTION WILL BE VISITING THEIR NEW CLASSES. 

CHILDREN STAYING IN NURSERY NEXT YEAR WILL MEET THEIR NEW TEACHER.

 

Hello

This week in nursery we will be:

 

*thinking about the letters in our names.  Can we recognise / know the sound they make?

 

*exploring what happens when we use marbles to print with.

 

*playing listening games and continuing with our phonic activities.

 

*preparing for the arrival of our ducklings.  We will be discussing their needs when they have hatched and will be building the brooder ready for when they hatch.

 

*listen to the traditional tale: The Ugly Duckling on the iwb.

 

*counting along a numberline to find the answer to a problem.

 

Target:

I can tell you what will happen when the ducks hatch out of the egg.

 

Please remember to put sun cream on your child before nursery and send a sun hat and long sleeved, light weight top / cardigan / jacket for outside play. 

On a Thursday and Friday the children can access the outside area throughout the whole session so we need to be vigilant about sun protection. 

 

Thank you

Mrs Roberts

Thursday 23rd June, 2016

Mrs Roberts and Ms Cameron

 

PLEASE REMEMBER THERE WILL BE NO SCHOOL ON FRIDAY 24th JUNE

WE ARE CLOSED FOR A TRAINING DAY

Hello

This week in nursery we will be:

 

*following up from the Big Foot Theatre Company performance of The Selfish Crocodile.  We will be playing games and using puppets to act out scenarios that promote the following:

 

*sharing our toys

*being kind to others

*using ‘kind’ hands

 

*exploring what happens when we use vehicles / wheels to print with.

 

*playing listening games and continuing with our phonic activities.

 

*continuing to monitor our incubator and duckling eggs. 

 

DO YOU HAVE ANY VERY LARGE CARDBOARD BOXES. 

WHEN THE DUCKLINGS HATCH WE NEED AN AREA TO KEEP THEM SAFE BEFORE WE RETURN THEM.

PLEASE HELP IF YOU CAN.

 

Target:

I can ‘have a go’ at writing my name.  Please speak to Mrs Roberts if you want ideas on how to help your child with: pencil control / pencil hold / letter formation.

 

Please remember to put sun cream on your child before nursery and send a sun hat and long sleeved, light weight top / cardigan / jacket for outside play. 

On a Thursday and Friday the children can access the outside area throughout the whole session so we need to be vigilant about sun protection. 

 

Thank you

Mrs Roberts

We had a performance of 'The Selfish Crocodile' by Big Foot Theatre Company. We all took part in helping to tell the story and learnt about how good it is to share. MORNING CHILDREN

The Selfish Crocodile

The Selfish Crocodile 1

Thursday 16th June  and Friday 17th May 2016

Mrs Roberts and Ms Cameron

Hello

This week in nursery we will be:

 

*having a visit from the Big Foot Theatre Company who will be performing The Selfish Crocodile.  If you would like to hear the story at home too you can watch it on the ‘itv signing stories’ website.  The children will be making a puppet crocodile to take home.  Ask them to tell you what happened in the story.  In the nursery we will be using small world animals to retell what happened.  Can you do this at home?

 

*again be focusing on writing our names.  Finding our name cards and looking at how we form the letters correctly.  If you want help at home please speak to a member of the Nursery staff.

 

*Learning new rhymes about crocodiles and recapping our new under the sea songs.

 

*exploring what happens when we use marbles to paint / print with.

 

*playing listening games and continuing with our phonic activities.

 

*continuing to monitor our incubator and duckling eggs.  We are counting down until they hatch.  The children help to turn them twice a day.

DO YOU HAVE ANY VERY LARGE CARDBOARD BOXES. 

WHEN THE DUCKLINGS HATCH WE NEED AN AREA TO KEEP THEM SAFE BEFORE WE RETURN THEM.

PLEASE HELP IF YOU CAN.

 

Target:

I can use my crocodile puppet to orally retell the story of the Selfish Crocodile.

 

Please remember to put sun cream on your child before nursery and send a sun hat and long sleeved, light weight top / cardigan / jacket for outside play. 

On a Thursday and Friday the children can access the outside area throughout the whole session so we need to be vigilant about sun protection. 

 

Thank you

Mrs Roberts

We visited the school library to celbrate National Bookstart Week

We visited the school library to celbrate National Bookstart Week 1
We visited the school library to celbrate National Bookstart Week 2
We visited the school library to celbrate National Bookstart Week 3
We visited the school library to celbrate National Bookstart Week 4

THE DUCKLINGS HAVE ARRIVED! Come and look in our incubator - we are hatching ducklings

THE DUCKLINGS HAVE ARRIVED!  Come and look in our incubator - we are hatching ducklings 1
THE DUCKLINGS HAVE ARRIVED!  Come and look in our incubator - we are hatching ducklings 2

Thursday 9th June  and Friday 10th May 2016

Mrs Roberts and Ms Cameron

Hello

This week in nursery we will be:

 

*Celebrating Book start week 2016 and encouraging all our families to attend our local Morpeth library.  We will be visiting the school library and sharing books linked to one of our themes this term ‘Under the sea’.  Please visit the website Bookstart to read the story ‘Hole in the bottom of the sea’ and play some of the games and activities.

 

*Playing Kim’s game.   Memory game that will promote playing and taking turns together.  Listening to instructions and hearing the initial sounds in words.

 

*Focusing on writing our names.  Finding our name cards and looking at how we form the letters correctly.  If you want help at home please speak to a member of the Nursery staff.

 

*Learning rhymes and songs about under the sea.  Please see the document link under this week’s Parents Information

 

Target:

I can share a book with my family.

 

Please remember to put sun cream on your child before nursery and send a sun hat and long sleeved, light weight top / cardigan / jacket for outside play. 

On a Thursday and Friday the children can access the outside area throughout the whole session so we need to be vigilant about sun protection. 

 

Thank you

Mrs Roberts

Under the sea rhyming song sheet

Thursday 26th May  and Friday 27th May 2016

Mrs Roberts and Ms Cameron

Hello

This week in nursery we will be:

 

*using the new technology resources we bought with the money raised at our Easter Extravaganza.  We purchased:

 

‘Recordable Pegs’ which we will be using in a game which encourages the children to listen and then follow instructions

 

and

 

‘Talking Turtles’ which we will be in our inside water tray.  The children listen to what they say when they press the turtles tummies and then match them to the numberline 1 – 10.

 

THANK YOU AGAIN FOR ALL THE DONATIONS THAT ENABLED US TO BUY THESE RESOURCES

 

*playing ‘Underwater Counting’ games on the ipad.  You can use these games at home.  Explore the website ‘Topmarks’ Early Years Maths games.

 

*recognising  and  hearing letter sounds in games that assess the children’s knowledge.

 

Target:

I can practise using scissors to cut along a line.

 

We have been completing simple basic scissor skills with all the children over the past few weeks.  Please encourage your children to use scissors at home.  Safety scissors for children can be purchased and make it safe for children to use independently.

 

Thank you

Mrs Roberts

Thursday 19th May  and Friday 20th May 2016

Mrs Roberts and Ms Cameron

Hello

This week in nursery we will be undertaking an ‘Observation Week’. The children will be able to choose where they work in the nursery and we will watch their activity. This will be written on ORBIT as a ‘Long Observation' which we will then use to inform our planning, set targets (if appropriate) and then it will be put in their Learning Journals to share with you.

We will be looking at the three characteristics of effective teaching and learning:

 

*playing and exploring – how / if children investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go’

 

*active learning – how / if children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements

 

*creating and thinking critically – how / if children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things.

 

We will also be:

*celebrating CHRISTIAN AID WEEK by asking the children to bring in spare coins (any loose change) to make worms.  We will be comparing how long the nursery worm is alongside the one made by Mrs Roberts.  Thank you for all donations to Christian Aid.  Please watch the website for photographs of our worm.

 

*singing number rhymes that involve taking away / subtracting.  We will be singing :

5 Little Speckled frogs

5 Little Ducks went swimming one day

10 fat sausages sizzling in the pan

 

*Recapping all the letter sounds we have been learning and also going on a listening walk in our outside area

 

Target:

I can make a ‘worm’ of coins at home using loose change.  Make one out of the copper coins and one out of the silver coins.  Which is the longest / shortest?  Compare the two.  Take a photograph and show us on ORBIT.

 

Thank you

Mrs Roberts

 

The Afternoon children enjoy party games after the Queen's 90th Birthday tea party celebrations

The Afternoon children enjoy party games after the Queen's 90th Birthday tea party celebrations 1
The Afternoon children enjoy party games after the Queen's 90th Birthday tea party celebrations 2
The Afternoon children enjoy party games after the Queen's 90th Birthday tea party celebrations 3
The Afternoon children enjoy party games after the Queen's 90th Birthday tea party celebrations 4

The MORNING children enjoying the Queen's 90th tea Party celebrations

Thursday 12th and Friday 13th May 2016

Mrs Roberts and Ms Cameron

 

Hello

 

 

This week we will be:

 

*celebrating the Queen’s 90th Birthday with a Tea party.  We will be making our own crown / party hats selection the pattern ourselves using the colours red / white / blue.  We will be remembering when we blew up 90 balloons for her first birthday in April.

 

*continuing our work on ‘the use of scissors’.  Encourage your child to use scissors safely at home.

 

*playing games with the letters:  s  a  t  i  p  n      

 We will be making words using these letter sounds and blending the sounds together to read the word – pin / pan / sat / sit …

 

 

Target:

 

I can find a Union Jack. 

Talk about the flag with your child.  What does it represent?  Where can you see it?

 

Look the school website – click on the Menu bar (Children) then Class pages.  The click on the Rainbow (Indigo Nursery) then on Thursday / Friday Nursery.  You will see lots of photographs detailing our work on Creating & Thinking Critically.  The children really enjoyed our bridge building activity.

 

Mrs Roberts

 

Please remember that now the weather is improving could you please make sure that your child has a sun hat and long sleeved top (labeled with their name) in their bag and also apply sun cream before the session.  Thank you.

 

We are still on the lookout for large boxes for our duckling brooder.  Do you have one that we could have?

 

Characteristics of Effective learning -This term we are working on Creating and Thinking Critically. We are encouraging the children to: *Have their own ideas *Make links *Choosing ways to do things. We listened to the story of The Three Billy Goats Gruff and built bridges to help the goats cross the river. Mrs Roberts challenged us to make bridges that different shapes (Mr Men and Little Misses) could go underneath. Look at what we built.

I worked on my own independently.I tested my bridge.I developed my idea to improve its stability.

I worked on my own independently.I tested my bridge.I developed my idea to improve its stability. 1
I worked on my own independently.I tested my bridge.I developed my idea to improve its stability. 2
I worked on my own independently.I tested my bridge.I developed my idea to improve its stability. 3

I remembered our whole class work.I planned the task and solved a problem.I reviewed my strategy and changed it when it didn’t work.

I remembered our whole class work.I planned the task and solved a problem.I reviewed my strategy and changed it when it didn’t work. 1
I remembered our whole class work.I planned the task and solved a problem.I reviewed my strategy and changed it when it didn’t work. 2
I remembered our whole class work.I planned the task and solved a problem.I reviewed my strategy and changed it when it didn’t work. 3
I remembered our whole class work.I planned the task and solved a problem.I reviewed my strategy and changed it when it didn’t work. 4

I was very eager to build.I found a solution to the sides of the bridge not being the same.I kept testing my model.I adapted my idea.

I was very eager to build.I found a solution to the sides of the bridge not being the same.I kept testing my model.I adapted my idea. 1
I was very eager to build.I found a solution to the sides of the bridge not being the same.I kept testing my model.I adapted my idea. 2
I was very eager to build.I found a solution to the sides of the bridge not being the same.I kept testing my model.I adapted my idea. 3
I was very eager to build.I found a solution to the sides of the bridge not being the same.I kept testing my model.I adapted my idea. 4

I thought of my own ideas.I adapted my model and added new parts.I kept testing my idea.

I thought of my own ideas.I adapted my model and added new parts.I kept testing my idea. 1
I thought of my own ideas.I adapted my model and added new parts.I kept testing my idea. 2
I thought of my own ideas.I adapted my model and added new parts.I kept testing my idea. 3

Look at our bridges. Here the children took our whole class work and adapted it for themselves working in groups. They adapted, refined and checked that their models work.

Thursday 5th and Friday 6th May 2016

Mrs Roberts and Ms Cameron

 

Hello

 

This week we will be:

 

*reading and retelling the story of ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff’.

 

*building different shaped bridges to help the goats cross the river.

 

*continuing to explore 2D shapes.  Reinforcing the names of the shapes – circle, triangle, square, rectangle, oval, diamond.  We will be playing games, solving problems, building bridges so that different shape Mr Men and Little Misses can go underneath them

 

*using the ipad / computer / interactive whiteboard to explore and complete different programmes.

 

*learning new songs

 

*continuing to work in the school garden.  On Thursday afternoons we will be going up to the garden to work on a range of activities.

 

Target:

 

I can make a bridge so that the Three Billy Goats Gruff can cross the river.

(Use any resources you can – take a photo and share it with us on ORBIT or a ‘News from Home’ sheet)

 

Mrs Roberts

 

Please remember that now the weather is improving could you please make sure that your child has a sun hat and long sleeved top (labeled with their name) in their bag and also apply sun cream before the session.  Thank you.

 

We are still on the lookout for large boxes for our duckling brooder.  Do you have one that we could have?

 

Thursday 28th and Friday  29th April 2016

Mrs Roberts and Ms Cameron

 

Hello

 

Now the weather is improving could you please make sure that your child has a sun hat and long sleeved top (labeled with their name) in their bag and also apply sun cream before the session.  Thank you.

We are still on the look out for large cardboard boxes for our duckling brooder.  Do you have one that we could have?

 

This week we will be:

 

* exploring 2D shapes.  Reinforcing the names of the shapes – circle, triangle, square, rectangle, oval, diamond.  We will be playing games, making pictures, using shape cutters and stencils …

 

*using the ipad / computer / interactive whiteboard to explore and complete different programmes.

 

 

*learning new songs – Round and round the circle, Triangle, triangle, Find for corners …

 

 

*continuing to work in the school garden.  On Thursday afternoons we will be going up to the garden to work on a range of activities.

 

 

Target:

 

I can make a shape picture. 

(You can do this in a variety of ways – look on the website to see our pictures.  You could use cut out shapes, natural materials in a collage, pre-made shape construction / maths materials …)

Please bring them to nursery to show us.

 

Mrs Roberts

Thursday 21st and Friday  22nd April 2016

Mrs Roberts and Ms Cameron

 

Hello

 

Our new starters settled really well by the end of last week.  I really enjoyed getting to know them a little bit more and sharing our nursery routines and activities.  Our older children were a great help being fantastic role models and showing them what to do.  Please remember that if you have any queries or questions just ask a member of the nursery team.  We will be happy to help.

 

This week we will be:

 

*celebrating the Queen’s 90th birthday on Thursday with a balloon activity.  The children will be helping to blow up, count, sort and have lots of fun with 90 balloons.  Thank you to those parents who kindly donated balloons.

 

*learning new songs – London’s Burning, ten Green Bottles, songs about frogs …

 

 

*continuing to work in the school garden.  Ask your child to show you where it is on the main playground.  Due to the rain last week this activity was shortened so we will repeat for those children who didn’t get a chance this week.  We will be working on the butterfly garden and our flower bed.

 

*exploring the role of the fire service.  Painting engines and uniforms.  What do they wear, what tools do they use, what is their job … (cont)

 

Target:

 

I can name triangle, square, circle, rectangle, diamond, heart.  I can look around my home and find objects that are the same shape.

 

Mrs Roberts

Planting fruit trees in the prayer garden

Thank you to all the parents who gave advice on finding 'tadpoles'.  We have successfully collected a bucketful ready for us to observe over the following weeks at nursery.  Please keep a look out for large cardboard boxes - we still need these to build our brooder (for hopefully hatching our ducklings in the next few weeks).  Mrs Roberts

 

 

Thursday 14th and Friday 15th April 2016

Mrs Roberts and Ms Cameron

 

Hello

We hope you had a happy Easter and a special welcome to all our new starters.  This term we will be investigating the following areas following observations and discussion with the children last term:

 

  • communication and language – Speaking and Listening (oral story telling with an awareness of the listener / audience)

     

  • physical development – ball skills (throwing, catching, aiming at a target …)

     

  • personal, social and emotional development – Keeping Safe (road safety)

     

  • literacy - General sound discrimination – instrumental sounds and continuing oral blending & segmenting

     

  • mathematics – Shape and pattern

     

  • understanding the world – People who help us (the police, fire brigade, lollipop man / lady, the ambulance service …)and new growth (life cycles of frogs and ducks)

     

  • expressive arts and design – Paint effects (printing, colour mixing, marbling …)

     

     

    This week we will be:

     

    *planting fruit trees, climbing plants and bulbs in our new prayer garden.  Ask your child to show you where it is on the main playground.

     

    *talking about where baby animals.  The names we call them and where animals like ducks and chickens come from – eggs.  We will hopefully in the next week be hatching some of our own birds with the help of a parent of a Year 3 child.  Do you know where we can get some tadpoles from?  I have a tank.  If you know where we can find some I would be very grateful to know.  Thank you

     

    *exploring the role of the fire service.  What do they wear, what tools do they use, what is their job …

     

    Target:

     

    I can talk about the names of baby animals.  How many different animal baby names can you think of?

     

    Next week we will be celebrating the Queens 90th birthday on Thursday 21st April.  We are going to undertake a math’s activity where we will blow up ninety balloons.  Do you have any spare balloons hiding in the back of your cupboards?  We would like lots of different balloons so would appreciate any spare ones that you can donate. 

     

    We would also appreciate the donation of any very large cardboard boxes that we can use to build our brooder for when our ducklings arrive.  Thank you

     

    Mrs Roberts

Nursery Easter Extravaganza - Look at what we made for the Easter bonnet and decorate an egg competition

Celebrating Science Week - How do we make our bubbles grow bigger?

Thursday 17th March, Friday 18th March and Thursday 24th March 2016

Mrs Roberts and Ms Cameron

Over the next two weeks in nursery we will be:

*celebrating SCIENCE WEEK with a visiting scientist demonstrating a Bubble Experiment to us.

*carrying out our own experiments mixing colours and ingredients.  What might happen?

*learning some new Makaton signs introducing names for family members and some food related items.  Ask your child to show you Mummy and Daddy at home.

*using the scooters, tricycles and bicycles in our outside area.  We will be using them to tackle some mathematical concepts – counting, same and different, position and spatial awareness.

 

TARGET

I can ‘have a go’ at one of the ‘Awe and Wonder’ experiments:

FIZZY COLOURS / PAPER TOWEL COLOUR MIXING / ROLLING EGGS / HOW TO MAKE AN EGG BOUNCE

Please see the sheet sent home with four different experiments, celebrating Science Week.  If you do one at home please fill in an ORBIT postcard or a News from Home sheet.

 

Please remember to sign up for our STAY & PLAY sessions.  We would love you to join us.

 

Date to remember:

Friday 18.03.16 Nursery Easter Extravaganza 11 AM and 2.15PM

Friday

Thank you  Mrs Roberts

Thursday 10th March  and Friday 11th March  2016

Mrs Roberts and Ms Cameron

This week in nursery we will be:

*talking about the activities we do at nursery and identifying our favourite areas.  The children will be encouraged to talk about why they like undertaking certain activities.

*using the scooters, tricycles and bicycles in our outside area.  We will be using them to tackle some mathematical concepts – counting, same and different, position and spatial awareness.

 

*using the playdough to roll balls and sausages.  Making sausages for the song ‘5 Fat sausages’.  The children will be encouraged to sing the song and also make props to use in roleplay

 

*continuing our phonic work asking the children to listen to the Sound Talk and blend the sounds together to identify simple words.Eg. log, zip, hat, bag, box, jam

TARGET

I can listen to a rhyming story and identify a rhyming pair.  (jog/dog, twirl/girl, on/swan – taken from the book STICKMAN)

You can find some rhyming books on the website: www.bookstart.org.uk

(Rumble in the Jungle / Some Dogs Do)

Please remember to sign up for our STAY & PLAY sessions.  We would love you to join us.

Dates to remember:

Wednesday 16.03.16 Parents afternoon.  Please sign up to speak to a teacher about your child’s progress / targets.

Friday 18.03.16 Nursery Easter Extravaganza AM and PM (see letter on website)

Friday

Thank you  Mrs Roberts

Easter Event - Friday 18th March 2016

World Book Week - we made our own stickmen

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Thursday 3rd March  and Friday 4th March  2016

Mrs Roberts and Ms Cameron

REMEMBER THAT THIS FRIDAY YOU CAN DRESS UP AS YOUR FAVOURITE BOOK CHARACTER WHEN YOU COME TO NURSERY

This week in nursery we will be:

*celebrating National Book Week with our book STICKMAN by Julia Donaldson.

*making our own stickmen and photographing them.

*completing a Finger Gym activity where we dress our own stickmen.  To do this we will wrap a lollipop stick in wool and then add our own features to the stick – eyes, hair ...

*making rhyming strings that have the ‘–at’ ending (cat / mat / rat / hat / Pat / …)

*playing games that involve different ways of moving – running, hopping, skipping …

*singing nursery rhymes and Easter songs in preparation for our Easter activities.

TARGET

I can hear and identify a rhyming pair.  (cat / mat, dog / frog, van / man)

Can they think of other words that rhyme to make a rhyming string – dog / frog / log /  clog / …?

Please remember to sign up for our STAY & PLAY sessions.  We would love you to join us.

Thank you. 

Mrs Roberts

Thank you to all parents who returned the Child Interest sheets - I have collated all the information in the word document below. We will try and include some of the children's interests in our adult led planning and continuous provision over the next term.

The Afternoon children found lots of sticks to make their own Stickmen.

The Morning Children hunting for Stickman. we think we found 'the family tree'.

Thursday 25th February  and Friday 26th February  2016

Mrs Roberts and Ms Cameron

This week in nursery we will be:

*reading the story of ‘Stickman’ in preparation for World Book Day next week.  To prepare for next week we will also be going on a walk around the school grounds to find natural resources for our creative activities.

*talking about families.  We will be asking the children who is in their family, what we call members of a family and talking about how families are different.

*exploring the way we move.  Can we walk, run, hop, skip …?

*reading rhyming books and playing games that involve the children listening to, hearing and generating rhyming pairs.

*practising our songs for our Easter performance.  A lot of these songs involve also learning the Makaton signs.  Ask your children to demonstrate and teach you.  They know:  Baa Baa black sheep, The Wheels on the bus, Little Peter Rabbit

TARGET

I can try to hop and skip.

We will be practising these movements this week.  Can you do this at home too?

Please remember to sign up for our STAY & PLAY sessions.  We would love you to join us.

Thank you. 

Mrs Roberts

Thursday 11th February  and Friday 12th February  2016

Mrs Roberts and Ms Cameron

This week in nursery we will be:

*continuing our work towards the whole schools Love and Kindness Challenge.  We will be learning a new game that encourages co-operation, practising our heart rhyme and using our fingers to make the heart shape.  We will be making heart mobiles and making a little Valentines surprise for the children to share with you.

*using scissors.  This could involve:

  • showing the children how to hold and then open and shut the scissors.Making snips in paper.

  • cutting along a straight, curvy and zig-zag line.Encouraging the children to stay on the line.

  • cutting around an object

*practising our songs for our Easter performance.  A lot of these songs involve also learning the Makaton signs.  Ask your children to demonstrate and teach you.  They know:  Baa Baa black sheep, The Wheels on the bus, Little Peter Rabbit

TARGET

I can use scissors to snip, cut along a line or cut around an object.

If your child has never used scissors before please speak to Mrs Roberts for help and advice.

Please remember to sign up for our STAY & PLAY sessions that start after half term.  We would love you to join us.

Thank you. 

Mrs Roberts

S T A Y    &    P L A Y

Stay & Play is a chance for you to come and see what we do during a nursery session. 

We invite you to come on a Thursday and Friday from 10.30pm on a morning and from 2.00pm on an afternoon until the end of that session.

If your child has started this term please wait until next term to let them settle in.  The signup sheet can be found just outside the nursery door. 

Thank you Mrs Roberts

Sharing the Nursery Rhyme books we all helped to make

Have you started our Great Kindness and Love Challenge? Start hear with our Heart Rhyme - learn it together and then say it to someone for one of your challenges.

Thursday 4th February  and Friday 5th February 2016

Mrs Roberts and Ms Cameron

Hello

This week in nursery we will be undertaking an ‘Observation Week’. The children will be able to choose where they work in the nursery and we will watch their activity. This will be written on ORBIT as a ‘Long Observation' which we will then use to inform our planning, set targets (if appropriate) and then it will be put in their Learning Journals to share with you.

We will be looking at the three characteristics of effective teaching and learning:

 

*playing and exploring – how / if children investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go’

 

*active learning – how / if children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements

 

*creating and thinking critically – how / if children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things.

 

We will also be:

*talking about the months of our birthday and completing the Birthday Graph

*reading and sharing our class nursery books containing the children's work.  Please hand in any late sheets.  Its never too late!

*using SOUND TALK to blend and segment sounds during our snack times.  Do you know who Charlie our puppy dog puppet is?  Ask your child to tell you and show him to you in our book corner.

 

Target:

I can learn the rhyme about 'The Heart' and practise making the heart shape with my fingers and thumbs.

Please see the rhyme above and we will add photographs to show you how to make the heart shape.

Thank you

Mrs Roberts

Thursday 28th January  and Friday 29th January 2016

Mrs Roberts and Ms Cameron

This week in nursery we will be:

*thinking about what we look like and drawing pictures of ourselves.

*recognising numerals on birthday badges and making birthday cakes with the right number of candles on them.

*continuing to sing and playing games that involve nursery rhymes. 

* continuing to learn songs which involve Makaton signs.  Ask your child to show you:  yes  / boy / girl

*role playing having a birthday party.  What do we do at a party?  How do we celebrate? 

TARGET

I can draw a picture of myself.

Please do this together and encourage your child to think about all the different parts of their body.

Thank you. 

Mrs Roberts

Useful websites

http://www.bbc.co.uk/learning/schoolradio/subjects/earlylearning/nurserysongs

Exploring our new outside area. We will be finding out about 'HEALTHY LIVING'

Thursday 21st January  and Friday 22nd January 2016

Mrs Roberts and Ms Cameron

This week in nursery we will be:

*singing and playing games that involve nursery rhymes.  We will be encouraging the children to listen to the rhymes.  For example from Twinkle Twinkle you can hear:  star / are, high / sky,  Do you have any rhyming games at home?  Play them together and bring them in to nursery.  Look at the website BBC Schools radio using the following link:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/learning/schoolradio/subjects/earlylearning/nurserysongs

*creating our own class nursery rhyme book.  Please complete the A4 sheet sent home asking you to illustrate your child’s favourite nursery rhyme.  Please return to school by Friday 30th January and we will include them in a class book that  will keep and share in our book corner.

*making gingerbread men and counting how many buttons he has.  Look at the website using the following link:

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/learning-to-count/gingerbread-man-game

*role playing having a birthday party.  What do we do at a party?  How do we celebrate? 

TARGET

I can think of my favourite nursery rhyme and together with my family draw a picture to illustrate it.

Thank you. 

Mrs Roberts

Morning Children exploring the new snowfall 14th January 2016

Thursday 14th and Friday 15th January 2016

(taken from previous week due to staff illness)

Mrs Roberts and Ms Cameron

Hello - HAPPY NEW YEAR and welcome to all the new children starting nursery this January.  We hope you had an enjoyable Christmas and thank you so much for your gifts.

This week in nursery we will be:

*welcoming new children to our nursery.

*starting a terms work on rhythm, rhyme and oral blending and segmenting.  Each week we will explain the activities we are completing at nursery so you can do them at home. 

*making the correct number of candles to place on the birthday cakes.  The children will recognise the numbers and make the set to match correctly.

The children have been very interested in the birthday display showing which month their birthday is in.  So we will be starting this term exploring the theme of birthdays.  This week we will be talking about the months of the year and finding out how many children have birthdays in each month.

TARGET

I can find out which month my birthday is in.  Look on a calendar together.  Talk about when other members of the family have birthdays.

WHAT CAN WE DO AT HOME?

Oral Blending (Definition of oral blending -Hearing a series of spoken sounds and merging them together to make a spoken word  (no text is used) For example, when a teacher calls out ‘b-u-s’, the children say ‘bus’– This skill is usually taught before blending and reading printed words)

It is important that the children have plenty of experience of listening to adults modelling oral blending.  For example, when giving children instructions or asking questions the adult can segment the last word into separate phonemes and then immediately blend the sounds together to say the word (e.g. It’s time to get your c-oa-t, coat! or Touch your t-oe-s, toes! Who can touch their f-ee-t, feet?)

Oral blending can also be modelled from time to time when books are being shared, particularly rhyming books where the last word in a rhyming couplet could be segmented into separate sounds and then blended by the adult. (Letters and Sounds)

 

If you would like any more information please come and ask a member of the Early Years Team.

Thank you. 

Mrs Roberts

Christmas Party Thursday 17th December 2015 - Morning and Afternoon Children

Thursday 10th December  and Friday 11th December 2015

Thursday 17th December  and Friday 18th December 2015

REMEMBER our Christmas Performance – 1.15pm on Wednesday 16th December. 

All children to arrive at nursery at 12.30pm.

 

REMEMBER OUR CHRISTMAS PARTY – held on Thursday 17th December (Boys bring a savoury donation of food and girls to bring a sweet donation.  Thank you)

Mrs Roberts and Ms Cameron

Hello

Over the next two weeks in nursery we will be:

*making edible Christmas decorations using different shapes.

*playing Christmas Bingo

*continuing with the creation of our Christmas tree decorations and Christmas cards from the previous weeks.

*drawing Christmas figures.  What do we need to draw on our picture? A head, body, arms, legs …

*continuing to learn the songs for our Christmas performance

TARGET

I can learn the words and actions to our Christmas songs.

Thank you. 

Mrs Roberts

HAVE YOU LOGGED INTO ORBIT YET?

IF YOU HAVE ANY DIFFICULTIES PLEASE LET US KNOW.

Thursday 2nd December  and Friday 3rd December 2015

Mrs Roberts and Ms Cameron

Hello

This week in nursery we will be:

 

*continuing the design of our Christmas cards.  Adding the fine detail to the handprints we made last week and writing our names for the Christmas wish inside.

*making Christmas tree decorations by ordering lengths of paper according to their size.  We will decorate these next week.

*drawing Christmas figures.  What do we need to draw on our picture? A head, body, arms, legs …

*welcoming new children who are coming for their starter visits this week.

*continuing to learn the songs for our Christmas performance

TARGET

I can talk about the size of an object.

Look around your home – find objects that are the same but different sizes.  Talk about words such as: big, long, small, little … Can the children order items according to their size?

Thank you. 

Mrs Roberts

International Week - we found out about where the children had been on their holidays

International Week - we found out about where the children had been on their holidays 1
International Week - we found out about where the children had been on their holidays 2
International Week - we found out about where the children had been on their holidays 3

Thursday 26th November  and Friday 27th November 2015

Mrs Roberts and Ms Cameron

Hello

This week in nursery we will be:

 

*CELEBRATING FRIENDSHIP WEEK.  We will be talking about ‘kind hands’.  What can our hands do that welcome and look after each other?

*start making our own ‘handprint’ xmas cards.  The children will select their own design this week and make the correct coloured print.  After this we will reinforce how to wash our hands correctly.

*recognising and ordering numbered snowmen.

*welcoming new children who are coming for their starter visits this week.

*learning new xmas songs.

TARGET

I can wash my hands properly. 

Please reinforce this at home.  Using soap, really rubbing the soap in, washing the soap off and drying.

Thank you. 

Mrs Roberts

International Week - we shared a French breakfast and dressed in the coloured flag of our choosen country. Can you guess which country we are?

International Week - We flew on an aeroplane to France

Thursday 19th November  and Friday 20th November 2015

Mrs Roberts and Miss Baker

Hello

This week in nursery we will be:

*CELEBRATING INTERNATIONAL WEEK.  Please remember to bring in you maps showing where you have been on your holidays.

*flying on an aeroplane to France.  Learning all about the country, their flag, their food, the places you can visit, their language …

*making towers (Eiffel Tower) and flags.

*playing listening games.

*learning a new Makaton song with CBeebies Something Special.  It is called ‘Friends’.  It will help us use the signs we already know but also introduce new ones.

TARGET

I can find France on a map and share with my family some of the things / facts I have learnt at nursery this week.

Please remember to bring in food for our food tasting event on Friday afternoon. 

Blue Class and Indigo Class have been asked to provide : Chinese Food For example: prawn crackers, noodles, rice, spring rolls

 

The morning children will not miss out as we are going to have a French breakfast in nursery that day.

Thank you. 

Mrs Roberts

Thursday 12th November  and Friday 13th November 2015

Mrs Roberts and Miss Baker

Hello

This week in nursery we will be:

*playing sound lotto games asking the children to use their listening skills

*describing animals and vehicles in a game where the children have to guess what the adult is talking about but also reversing the process and asking the children to make up clues for others to guess what they are thinking of.

*exploring toys in Mrs Roberts ‘Special Box’ independently.  The toys in here all need the children to think about how they work.  They may need to be wound up, squeezed, pressed (buttons), pulled back … Have you any toys like this at home?

TARGET

Play a game that involves listening to sounds.  If you don’t have a sound lotto game at home look online at BBC schools radio.  Under the early learning section there are lots of programmes and clips encouraging children to listen.

Please remember to send in your completed maps for next week.

Thank you. 

Mrs Roberts

Thursday 5th November  and Friday 6th November 2015

Mrs Roberts and Miss Baker

Hello

This week in nursery we will be:

*using the programme ‘Paint with Bing’ to create our own pictures.  All the children will have the chance to make a picture which we will print out for them to bring home.

*using the ipads working on the CBeebies app ‘Playtime’ which you can also use at home as the app is free to download.

*exploring toys in Mrs Roberts ‘Special Box’.  The toys in here all need the children to think about how they work.  They may need to be wound up, squeezed, pressed (buttons), pulled back …  Have you any toys like this at home?

TARGET

This week it is a shared target for the whole family.  Please look at the world map sent home on Friday.  Read the instructions on the back and return to nursery by Friday 13th November. 

On Friday 20th November the whole school are being asked to wear colours that represent a countries flag.  For the UK of course it will be red, white and blue, You can pick any country and it would be good if you could also draw the flag of the country you are dressed as.

Thank you. 

Mrs Roberts

Miss Baker showed the children how to cross the road using the zebra crossing

Miss Baker showed the children how to cross the road using the zebra crossing 1
Miss Baker showed the children how to cross the road using the zebra crossing 2
Miss Baker showed the children how to cross the road using the zebra crossing 3
Miss Baker showed the children how to cross the road using the zebra crossing 4

Thursday 22nd October  2015

There will be no school on Friday 23rd October 2015 due to it being a Teacher Training Day

Mrs Roberts and Miss Baker

Hello

This week in nursery will be a short one with the children only attending on the Thursday due to the teacher training day.

The children will :

*be making shakers that mirror the sound of the sea.

*making repeating patterns looking at the patterns on lighthouses.

Target:

I can talk about what I see and hear at the beach.

If you can go for a walk to the beach, look in books, watch/listen on Cbeebies radio has lots of programmes that encourage children to listen to the sounds you might find at the seaside and Old Jacks Boat has lots of stories about the seaside.

Thank you to all the parents who attended our Parents Consultation afternoons.  If you missed it do not worry please approach a member of staff and we will book a time to speak to you.

Have a super holiday

Thank you

Mrs Roberts

A police car came to visit - linked to our PSE on Wednedsay afternoons with Mrs Pallett

We made and listened to sounds outside using drum sticks. Mrs Roberts

We made and listened to sounds outside using drum sticks.  Mrs Roberts 1
We made and listened to sounds outside using drum sticks.  Mrs Roberts 2
We made and listened to sounds outside using drum sticks.  Mrs Roberts 3
We made and listened to sounds outside using drum sticks.  Mrs Roberts 4
We made and listened to sounds outside using drum sticks.  Mrs Roberts 5

Thursday 15th October  and Friday 16th October 2015

Mrs Roberts and Miss Baker

Hello

This week in nursery we will be continuing our ‘Observation Week’ for one more day. The children will be able to choose where they work in the nursery and we will watch their activity. This will be written on a ‘Long Observation Sheet’ which we will then use to inform our planning, set targets (if appropriate) and then it will be put in their Learning Journals to share with you.

We will be looking at the three characteristics of effective teaching and learning:  playing and exploring / active learning / creating and thinking critically

The children will also :

*be undertaking lots of activities that involve fine motor skills.  They will follow the lighthouse light on the interactive board mark making game, draw their own train journey maps and use scissors.

*pretend role play that they are going on a train journey using small world equipment and making trains with cardboard boxes and chairs.  We will need lots of imagination!

*listen to the story of Old jack and the lighthouse.

*make and listen out for different sounds made when using a drum stick.

Target:

I can talk about what I see when I am going on a journey.

This could be as simple as going to and from nursery – what do you see?

Thank you

Mrs Roberts


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