Welcome back everybody! We hope you had a truly magical Christmas and created lots of family memories. We are so pleased to see that the children have come in raring to go and with lots of enthusiasm! Not a tear in sight this week!
'I missed my friends in nursery, but I had a nice time at home!' said Daisy.
'I wanted to do painting outside!' said Nala.
The children have enjoyed sharing their holiday news in circle time activities and we were pleased to hear that santa came for all of the children. This week we have started our new topic 'space' and have been thinking about what we can see when we look into the night sky. You will have received our family talk learning to do at home and we thank you for the photos already on tapestry. This week we have been looking at the work of Vincent van Gogh and making our own starry night interpretations. We have also been making the planets and are creating a wonderful learning journey board.
In phonics we have been learning the game, ' I spy' and the children have been thinking of the starting sound in words. Try having a game at home, you may be surprised!
We are planning a 'wow' moment in nursery next week, but it is top secret so you will all have to wait and see!
The children in nursery did absolutely phenomenal in their Nativity! They were brimming with confidence, and we are so so proud of them! It is hard to believe that some children have only been with us for a few months. They looked amazing on the stage in their costumes and their singing was beautiful. This week the children have been talking about their own experiences of preparing for Christmas.....
''We eat lots of yummy food and have a big tree' ( Amelie)
'I get some presents, a dinosaur..' ( Matthew)
'Santa comes to see if you have been good' (Daisy)
The children have also been making cards and decorations and have been developing their fine motor skills using glue spreaders and scissors. Not long now until the man in red comes!
This week we have been busy little elves helping santa to wrap all the presents in the workshop. We have been focusing on the language of size and have been supported to use the language of comparison when looking at different sized parcels. We have also been busily preparing for a Christmas party where the children had to use their problem solving skills to work out which bear needed which cup, bowl, spoon and hat! This week we also made a spectacular Nativity scene with the children designing the costumes. Come and have a look at it in nursery. Ask your child what they remember about the Christmas Story! As always, photos of the children's learning are put on tapestry for you to view and comment on!
This week we brought our story 'Postman Bear' to life with a very special party in honour of the main character! We wrote cards, decorated buns, made jam sandwiches and even wrapped him some presents! Postman bear telephoned us to tell us what time he would arrive so we knew how long we would have to prepare.
The children gave him a very warm welcome and really enjoyed giving him all their cards and presents! The party ended with lots of movement to music with the nursery children showing some fantastic rhythm!
Next week we will begin to think about preparing for the celebration of christmas and all the things we must do. Ask your child, 'What do we do at Christmas time?'
Another fun week of learning in nursery! We have been working in small groups to develop our listening and attention and have been encouraged to use the photo cards to explain what makes a good listener. We have been sharing our wonderful celebrations homework in our groups and have been talking about what and how we celebrate at home. We have had some amazing contributions on tapestry and it has been great to develop home-school links.
We have also been planning a party for Postman Bear - watch this space!
Another fun week of learning in Nursery! This week we explored colour and pattern when talking about Diwali, the Hindu festival of light. We practised subitizing numbers to 5 when looking at a dice. We also used our careful counting fingers to count out food items for the bears picnic.
We had a surprise letter from our friend Postman Bear! This led us to write letters back to him, and even make our own post box. The children are really developing their listening and attention skills in small groups. Ask them, 'show me 5!' Can they tell you what this means?
Welcome back everybody! We hope you had a lovely half term. The children have really impressed us all with the way they have settled and are learning the rules and routines in nursery.
This week we started to read a new story; Postman Bear. We have been talking about the main character in the story and have been attempting to retell the story in our own words. We have started to think about all the different celebrations we have and what we celebrate at home. You will have now received the 'home learning' sheet which explains a few ways to help your child develop in Communication and Language for our new topic.
This week it is Black History Week. We are focusing on the story of 'Handa's Surprise'. Children have learnt about where Handa lived, the weather and what animals live in hot countries. We have added Masks to the reading area so that children can retell the story with their friends. Children have enjoyed tasting the fruit in the story especially the passion fruit! We have also been listening to lively African music and having a go at using instruments to create their own African music.
Our Rhyme of the week is 'Humpty Dumpty'. Every week our aim is to learn a new Nursery rhyme as it helps with children's speech and language development.
This week we have got the third shelf out in all areas as children were accessing these areas well and using the equipment successfully. The children have particulary enjoyed the third shelf in the water and maths areas. We have been sharing the story of 'The Three Little Pigs' and had a go at drawing some pictures to represent different elements of the story. Children enjoyed the repeating language in this story, for example 'I'll huff and I'll puff and I'll blow your house down!" and "Not by the hair of my chinny chin chin!"
This week we looked at the Reading and Paint area in more detail. We enjoyed learning about how to colour mix effectively using the three power paint colours. Children are becoming very independent selecting their own apron and ensuring they get their own water for their paint pot. It is amazing what colours we can make! We have had several circle time sessions in which children sit in a circle and when its their turn they talk about who is in their family. Children have really enjoyed this activity.
This week we have been learning about our bodies. Nursery children had a go at naming different body parts. We also played 'Simon Says' to see if children had remembered certain body parts for example, wrist and shoulder. The book of the week was 'The Hungry Caterpillar' and we used this to talk about healthy and unhealthy food. Children sorted the food into different hoops and talked particular items being unhealthy but children can still eat them in moderation.
Children have enjoyed finding out about our topic. They have started taking home treasure boxes and finding out about what everyone likes and dislikes. They had a great try at drawing their faces and thinking about how they can hold their pencil correctly with a pincer grip. While children were drawing they were looking at their faces in the mirror to ensure they used the correct colours for their hair, eyes and lips. The portraits are on display in the Nursery cloakroom.
This week the children have enjoyed doing their full sessions. They have all come in so beautifully and engaged in lots of different activities. We have been ensuring children know what they can they can do in our areas of provision and how they can get the best out of the resources on offer. Children have also enjoyed playing in our new cafe outside. We have been continuing to take part in circle time activities to build childrens confidence when speaking in a small group.
The children have been enjoying little visits this week. They have all settled in very well and all managed to stay a session on their own. They have been exploring all the areas in the classroom and outside. We celebrated 'Dot day' on Friday in which children talked about what they 'can do' and what they 'can't do..yet!'. Children loved singing the song and copying the actions. We will be focusing on particular areas next week to ensure children know how to use the equipment to its full potential.
The adults in Nursery have been busy doing home visits this week and have really enjoyed getting to meet everybody.