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Week Beginning 5th February 2018

This week has been so much fun! We have been super stars with our numbers and have learned all about the number 7! Our rhyme to help us write the number 7 goes like this - 'straight across and down from heaven, that's the way to make a 7!' Can you practise writing the number 7 at home? Can you count out 7 objects to match?


We have done lots of fun counting activities this week such as making birthday cakes in the playdough and counting the candles, we have also been singing the 5 little ducks song and counting in the water tray.


This week has been extra special as we had our nursery rhyme performance and cafe! I'm sure you will agree, the children were absolutely amazing! They all sang and joined in with the actions and they all had so much fun. We hope you enjoyed looking through your child's learning journeys to see how much progress they have made throughout the year. We also made £60.14 from our cafe and we will be using this towards new resources in Nursery.


Next week is our final week of our nursery rhyme topic and we will be continuing with our counting theme. Next week we will be learning all about number 8.


Have a lovely weekend.

Week Beginning 29th January 2018

This week we have loved going into the hall and practising for our Nursery Rhyme performance next week! We are all very excited to sing our nursery rhymes for all our special adults and share our learning journeys.


We have had a number focus this week in Nursery and we have learned all about the number 6. We have been practising how to write it and our rhyme to help us is 'down and round to make a loop, number 6 makes a hoop.' Can you practise using the rhyme to write your numbers at home? Can you count out 6 objects or claps?


Our nursery rhyme for this week has been Hot Cross Buns and the children have loved learning how to sing it. As part of our learning, we decided to bake our own hot cross buns and let me tell you, they were delicious! We worked together to weigh the ingredients, stir them, and cook them. We will be serving them again at our nursery rhyme cafe on Thursday!


Can everybody please return your slip or let a member of the Nursery team know by Tuesday if you are attending our Nursery rhyme cafe/performance.


Have a gorgeous weekend!

Week Beginning 22nd January 2018

We have had a super fun week in Nursery this week! We have been learning all about Incy Wincy Spider as our Nursery Rhyme learning this week. The children loved having their parents and special adults staying and playing in Nursery with them. We hope you enjoyed taking part in our Incy Wincy Spider activities! Thank you to all those who came.


This week we have also been practising singing and performing our Nursery Rhymes in the hall, because as some of you will know, we are hosting a Nursery Rhyme cafe and performance on Thursday 8th February! If you haven't received your letter yet, don't worry as your child will be writing your invitation over the course of the next few days. We are really looking forward to performing for you and sharing our learning journeys from the whole year so far!


We have really enjoyed making slime this week! We have talked about ingredients and measuring to make it. We have then used our words to describe what the slime feels like. 


We have continued to learn about shapes and have played lots of shape games this week. We have used the large shapes on the carpet to make different pictures and describe what we have made. We have also been playing shape games such as Dotty Dinosaurs and Shape Bingo. We have really enjoyed doing this.


Have a lovely weekend and we will see you all next week!

Week Beginning 15th January 2018

This week we have continued with our Nursery Rhyme topic by learning about The Grand Old Duke of York and Hickory Dickory Dock! We have  been singing both songs, learning actions and performing them. We have also made mice using different shapes and painted pictures of soldiers from The Grand Old Duke of York. You can see some of them on our Nursery Rhyme display.


This week we have continued to learn about shapes too. We have used shapes to make pictures, but we have also looked at shapes in the environment. Some of us went on a shape hunt outside, and some of us went on a shape hunt around the school! We saw lots of shapes such as rectangle windows and circle hula hoops. Can you find any shapes in your house?


We have been outside again this week planting bulbs again this week so that our outdoor area is filled with gorgeous flowers throughout the Spring. The children are very good at using the gardening tools and following instructions when planting. 


This week we have also been in the hall using the parachute. We have played parachute games and used it as a tent to get underneath. Some children also used it to make a giant hot air balloon!


Finally, just a polite reminder that next week is our stay and play sessions so we will be seeing lots of you throughout the week. If you have not yet handed in your letter, then please do so by Monday in order to attend a session. We look forward to seeing you all and learning about Incy Wincy Spider together! 


Have a lovely weekend as always!

Week Beginning 8th January 2018

We have had a busy week in Nursery as usual! Miss Bowker has loved working in Nursery again this week and the children have loved spending time with her. We are very happy that she will now be with us full-time. We have also started our topic all about nursery rhymes. We started our nursery rhyme topic with the song Humpty Dumpty. He came to visit us in Nursery but unfortunately there had been a terrible accident! We took the children outside and Humpty Dumpty had fallen off the wall.


This week we have also done lots of learning about shapes. We have learned to recognise a circle, square, triangle and rectangle. We are  all able to talk about these shapes and describe them too. We will be continuing to learn about shapes next week and we are going to go on a shape hunt. Can you go on a shape hunt this weekend? What shapes can you find around your house?


We have been outside lots this week now that the weather is getting a little bit milder. We have planted some bulbs and will be keeping a close eye on them to see if we can spot any of the shoots over the coming months.


We have been playing with some musical instruments and talking about what they sound like. We have been singing songs whilst we play the instruments and learning to play them at the right times. The children have loved doing this and have been performing in our Nursery Rhyme Theatre with the small instruments. 


Finally, we are having a look at communication and language within the Early Years and thought it would be useful to share some top tips about how to communicate with your child. These tips can be found below in the PDF document '5 Golden Rules for Communication.' Please have a look at this short document and share it with the people who care for your child. It is important to remember that the top bullet point which states '10 second rule' is a minimum time to wait. Children often take longer than 10 seconds to answer the questions which you ask, therefore please wait for up to 20 seconds before you repeat a question again.


We look forward to seeing you all again next week! Have a lovely weekend.

Week Beginning 3rd January 2018

Welcome back everyone and Happy New Year! I must start by thanking you all again for your support over the first term in Nursery, it is greatly appreciated. Miss Bowker is now working in Nursery alongside myself, Miss Holdsworth. The children have loved having Miss Bowker with us this week and we hope you will to!


This week has got off to a very busy start! On Wednesday, we began the week by dressing up as a fairy tale character! In Nursery, we have enjoyed reading the tale of Little Red Riding Hood. As part of our learning we have read different versions of the story and talked about how they are all slightly different. We have also been practising our cutting skills by cutting out disguises for Mr Wolf!


On Thursday we were very lucky to have the pantomime of Robin Hood come to school and perform for us. It was a wonderful performance that the children thoroughly enjoyed! I was very proud of just how well all the children sat for the entire show. 


Friday has been a very exciting pyjama day for us. We have worn our pyjamas and enjoyed sharing stories in the morning with our special grown ups. We have all loved reading stories with you all and  hope that you will read lots of stories to your child at home. This will really help your child when they move into Reception in September.


Have a lovely weekend! See you all next week.