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Please read our termly newsletter below to find out what will be happening in Nursery.
Each week we will post an overview of what has happened in Nursery!
Nursery Class Newsletters 20-21
Week 2 w.c 14th June
What an exciting adventure we’ve started this week, diving in to explore our planet’s underwater world! Yes, we actually became deep-sea divers for the morning with a fully immersive experience ‘swimming’ under the water, amongst the coral, taking in the sights, sounds and feelings of being under the Ocean!
We loved sharing our knowledge about the Ocean, such as “coral is alive but, when it turns white it dies.” After reading some non-fiction books, we also came up with some fantastic questions all by ourselves, of things we’d like to find out more about, such as; “How do fish breathe?” and “How do fish and other animals talk under water?”… and of course, began to find out and discuss our findings!
We also loved beginning to explore marine life in lots of areas in the classroom, from our water area to our small world play, sorting and recognising lots of different features that make different types of marine life unique! We can’t wait to find out more about the features of our Oceans and the marine life that live there!
Week 1 w.c 7th June
We have loved coming back to Nursery this week after the holidays and have been so excited to share all of our holiday news – we’ve been having so much fun in the sun!
Our friends loved hearing all about it, as we worked in groups to share where we have been, who we have seen and all of the activities we have been doing. We were also bursting to share what we have been practising at home to carry on our Nursery learning too!
We couldn’t wait to get going using our creative skills to record all of our holiday experiences, such as holidays and seeing special people (some who we haven’t seen for a very long time!) by drawing and painting.
We have also been getting very excited about starting our new Under the Sea topic next week, sharing what we know and what we’d like to find out more about… we’re really looking forward to ‘diving in!’
Week 6 w.c 24th May
What a busy and exciting week in Nursery this week!
We loved our focus text, Jack and the Flum Flum Tree, joining in with the crazy rhymes! It’s a good job we were reading this in time for Maths Day on Tuesday as Jack wrote to us needing our help! The cheeky monkey (and other animals!) from the Isle of ‘Blowyernose’ somehow escaped from the Island and caused chaos along the way in Nursery!
We had to use all of our number, problem solving, designing and pattern spotting skills to fix some of the problems they caused! From helping Granny to make more patterned handkerchiefs, to designing a new boat for Jack and his friends and estimating how many of Granny’s special red and blue balloons they had taken, not to mention retrieving and counting his treasure!
To finish our very busy week, we loved dressing up as our favourite book characters to celebrate our Storyland topic before we finish for the half term holidays.
Week 5 w.c 17th May
This week we have been continuing with our focus on Goldilocks, as there has been such a lot to do and so many problems to solve!
We’ve also been very busy with visitors this week, meeting all of the Bears and taking turns at being these characters too… now we know how they feel about Goldilocks and what we can do to help them out this week.
The Bears wanted to catch up with Goldilocks, so we set off to track the footprints she left behind, using our counting and positional language skills to discover her hiding place and bring her back!
We were also able to help Daddy and Mummy Bear sort out the mess by spotting the items and their labels. Some of the things from their house were either gone or broken, so we’ve been really busy helping them to make shopping lists and replacement items too!
The children also decided that making wanted posters to warn people in the woods about Goldilocks, as we had for the big bad wolf, was a good idea… it looks like everyone needs to be on full alert when visiting Early Years this week!
Week 4 w.c 10th May
Having sorted out the Three Little Pigs, we continued our journey through story land this week- next stop, the house of The Three Bears!
We loved getting to know and retelling the story, using special actions and had lots of fun helping to make our own class story map (so that everyone who visits Nursery can retell our special focus story!).
The story helped us to think and talk about kindness this week and why people (characters) may act the way they do. We really enjoyed making our own masks and taking on character roles too, stepping into role to talk about what we would do if we were The Bears!
We also had a very special visitor this week… Goldilocks herself (busy running home from the Bears House we thought!) She was actually quite sad and sorry for what she did. We asked her questions to find out why she did some of those terrible things and were so happy to try and help her set right some of her wrongs! Needless to say, we’ve been very busy, using our problem solving, mark making, creative and capacity skills- it all got a bit messy too! Porridge for breakfast anyone?
Week 3 w.c 4th May
A short but very busy time in Nursery this week! We have continued to be firmly immersed in the land of The Three Little Pigs, taking on character roles and also playing detective, sorting and measuring the wolf’s footprints to keep tabs on him!
The children also decided (rightly so!) that designing traps to catch the troublesome wolf should be our top priority this week… we don’t think he’ll be on the loose for too long thanks to us!
We’ve also loved our book talk sessions this week, focusing on similarities and differences, as we read the slightly twisted tale ‘The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig!’… thankfully he wasn’t so big or bad in the end!
Week 2 w.c 26th April
We’ve had a very exciting and busy week in Nursery this week. After reading and retelling our focus story The Three Little Pigs, we’ve been very busy both inside and outside, from creating masks and lots of other things in our workshop to retell the story and solve problems for the Pigs, to retracing the Wolf’s footprints and measuring to check which wolf they belong to!
We also had a visit from Mummy Pig, who was so worried about her little pigs. She rang the police to let them know of a strange character with pointy ears and sharp teeth, heading over to her little pigs houses. We were so keen to help during activity time, that we created posters to warn the public and help the police catch the cheeky wolf!
And when we came into our outdoor area this week we discovered some strange things lying all over the floor.....
Myles said; "They sticks and straw and bricks!"
Thomas explained excitedly; "It’s from the three little pigs and the wolf blew those houses down!
The children decided we could help by rebuilding them…
Darcey explained: “We can build them all up really good for the pigs and so the wolf won't blow it all down!"
Of course, we got straight to work! What a busy week we’ve had!
Week 1 w.c 19th April
What a lovely first week back we’ve had in Nursery! We’ve been so excited to get back into Nursery and see all of our friends. We’ve so enjoyed settling back into all our routines and having lots of fun accessing all of the areas and activities.
It’s been a packed week full of holiday news! We have loved sharing all of our exciting adventures during group time discussions, asking and answering lots of questions, taking turns to speak and listen to one another.
With everyone so busy around Nursery, we’ve enjoyed using our creative and pencil control skills, to record our holiday experiences to share with anyone who might have missed our chats!
We’ve also had so much fun ‘Stepping into Storyland’, seeing and hearing what you have been reading over the holidays as part of our Westroyd reading challenge!
Week 6 (W.c 29th March)
What an ‘egg’citing week we’ve had in Nursery! Easter is just around the corner and we have had so much fun listening to and retelling ‘We’re Going on An Egg Hunt’ and listening to the Tales of Peter Rabbit too!
What’s even more ‘egg’citing is that we actually did go on our own egg hunt! We were left a special letter to go in search for all the eggs the Bunny had left behind in outdoor area. We loved using all our counting and sorting skills to figure out how many of each type we had found so far and how many we had left.
Outdoors, we’ve also been enjoying getting our bodies moving, putting our gross motor skills and coordination to work, thinking about how we can move like the Easter bunny around our special ‘Bunny Hop’ trail!
Finally, Easter fun wouldn’t be complete without using our creative skills and fine motor control to create lots of lovely Easter themed crafts. Happy Easter everybody!
Week 5 (W.c 22nd March)
It’s been another Pet mad week in Nursery this week! From making sure all of our Nursery pets are well cared for by looking after them at ‘home’ and using our vets and pets shop, whenever we need to! It's been brilliant for developing our cooperative skills. We’ve also been busy mark making, writing prescriptions and appointments during our play, as well as doing lots of counting in the pet shop too!
We’ve also had lots of fun this week developing our gross and fine motor movements and practising with our ‘snappy crocodile’ pencil grip to ‘sign’ our names on the Vet prescriptions we sent out whilst at the vets. Alongside this, we have really enjoyed having a go at weaving to create a dark spot for all our pets to go to sleep in, as well as threading skills to make special pet collars too.
Outside we also had lots of fun playing movement and listening games to move like all of the different animals we met in one of our favourite class stories of the last few weeks, The Great Pet Sale!
Week 4 (W.c 15th March)
After buying and taking our new pets back to our Nursery home corner last week, we have been busy looking after them at ‘home’, making sure they are eating their food and getting lots of exercise! It’s a good job the sun has been shining for us all to get outside!
When practising our rhyming and retelling skills this week, it was of course all about dogs (our favourite Nursery pet, as discovered when we made our bar chart!). We loved reading ‘Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy’ and learning to retell parts of the story through rhyme and actions.
We’ve also had lots of fun learning all about Vets and what they do to help us look after our pets. It's lucky we enjoyed reading ‘Mog and the VET’ too as it was time for all of our Nursery pets to make an appointment at our class Vets surgery! From ringing to make an appointment, to check-ups and making all our animals feel better… it’s been a very busy week!
Week 3 (W.c 8th March)
What a week we’ve had! It’s been a busy time in Nursery settling back into our full-time hours and remembering and following some of our Nursery routines to help keep us happy and safe at school. We’ve also had lots of fun making some new friends, as we welcomed some of our new starters for this term.
Pets have well and truly taken over Nursery this week! After enjoying reading lots of pet themed stories such as Kipper’s New Pet and The Great Pet Sale, we were so excited as our new Nursery Pet shop opened for business!
We loved doing some research, looking at and talking about real-life pet shops and had so much fun developing our cooperative play, role play, mark making and counting skills through buying selling things and keeping our Nursery Pet shop fully stocked up!
Week 2 (W.c 1st March)
This week, it has been wonderful to welcome all the children back to Nursery! The children have been brilliant at settling back into all our routines and have been having lots of fun with their friends!
We have been so excited to get started on our new topic all about animals and our Pets. During our group time, we shared our wonderful photographs and information about our own pets and how we look after them. We also enjoyed gathering information and to create a big bar chart to show all the different pets Nursery class have at home.
It’s been such fun reading our new class focus story ‘Chicken Licken’ and learning some special actions and pictures to retell the story. We have even been retelling to our grown-ups at home!
Finally, we were so excited this week to meet some live chicks at school, after the special delivery of eggs we received last week. We loved looking at some live action videos of them hatching into chicks! We couldn’t believe it when we got to go and see them too and watch them eating, drinking and having fun with their siblings!
W.c 22nd February – Remote Learning Resources
Spring 1 – Remote Learning General Resources
Remote learning, including weekly overview and daily teacher video sessions and resources, will be posted on Tapestry during each Nursery session day, so please ensure you log in to Tapestry each day. Copies of any resources to accompany the sessions will also be posted here.
W.c 8th February – Remote Learning Resources
W.c 1st February – Remote Learning Resources
W.c 25th January – Remote Learning Resources
W.c 18th January – Remote Learning Resources
W.c 11th January – Remote Learning Resources
Nursery's outdoor Nativity is now able to be viewed on the video/movie section pages. Please take a look.
Week 7 (w/c 14th December)
It’s been such a busy and exciting last week at Nursery, having lots of fun in the build up to Christmas. It started with a very special treat going to the (virtual) pantomime! We even had theatre snacks too!
We had an early delivery in Nursery over the weekend… a very special post box from Santa, all ready for the children to send him some important letters with their Christmas wishes. Our post box got full very quickly and then, magically, overnight all the letters disappeared!
Santa’s elves also popped in during the night and left us a letter with some very important jobs to do, including making some presents for Santa’s workshop. Of course we got to work straight away in our workshop, using our creative skills and working together to make toys such as robots and toy cameras.
Finally, we had so much fun celebrating Christmas with our Nursery Christmas party! Making party hats and playing lots of party games, not to mention tucking into some delicious party food! We couldn't quite believe it when we got a very special video message, from a very special person… Santa! He's been watching us at Nursery and has been so amazed at how brilliant we are in school that he sent us a very special present for us to share and use in our outdoor area... thank you Santa and Merry Christmas everyone!
Week 6 (w/c 7th December)
It’s beginning to look (and sound!) a lot like Christmas in Nursery! We’ve been having such fun continuing to decorate our classroom for the big day, using our creative and fine motor skills and quite a lot more glitter and sparkle!
Our Book Talk sessions this week have been children’s choice from our selection of Seasonal stories and Non-fiction titles in our book corner… we have thoroughly enjoyed listening to and discussing some lovely Winter and Christmas themed stories, involving some funny characters, not to mention a few sprouts!
Last but not least, we were so excited this week as we performed our special little virtual Nativity to retell the Christmas story to our special grown-ups. We loved dressing up and acting out the story, as well as singing some wonderful seasonal songs too! I’m sure some of our grown-ups will know the words by now!
Week 5 (w/c 30th November)
As part of whole school Art Week, we have really enjoyed continuing to develop our creative and fine motor skills with lots of lovely winter crafts. We have loved exploring colour, different textures and selecting different materials and joining techniques to create lots of things like stars, snowflakes and representations of winter animals.
In our Book Talk sessions this week, we loved returning to Sam’s Snowflake story, focusing on all the special preparations and crafts that Sam takes part in before Christmas and comparing this to our own experiences at home.
We have also been learning more about the Christmas Story through a lovely retelling and have been having lots of fun listening to and learning some seasonal songs, in preparation for a special performance to be shared by the power of technology next week!
... and the most exciting thing of all this week; decorating our classroom for Christmas and starting the Christmas count-down with our own class advent calendar, we can’t wait to fill up Santa’s beard!
Week 4 (w/c 23rd November)
Our classroom has begun to sparkle a little this week as we started to look at some signs that Winter is coming. Leading on from our focus on Birthdays, the children identified a special birthday celebration that’s coming up within the Winter season! This led us to read and discuss the main characters and events in the Christmas story. We also loved using our outdoor stage to begin to retell the story through role play and singing some seasonal songs too!
We had lots of fun in our workshop area this week, developing our creative and fine motor skills by creating some lovely Winter crafts. We have also really enjoyed exploring winter animals in our small world area and through stories.
During our carpet time Book Talk sessions, we chose to read and discuss Sam’s Snowflake, a lovely story featuring some Winter magic and lots about how people celebrate Christmas too! We’re so excited for the next few weeks!
Week 3 (w/c 16th November)
What a busy week we’ve had in Nursery this week continuing our focus on Birthday’s. We’ve been getting into full party planning mode to develop lots of key skills including sorting and counting, mark making for a purpose and continuing to develop our pencil control.
It’s been all go during focus activity time and in provision! Getting busy making and sorting party bag items, creating lists (as any good party planner does) and of course using our amazing imaginative and role play skills to host and attend lots of parties. Of course, no great birthday party would be complete without organising and playing party games too! We love Birthday celebrations!
We’ve also loved reading our key text this week, Postman Bear, following the story as he delivered some very special invitations. It was so much fun talking about the story. We were very surprised about the ending… finishing before Postman Bear’s party had begun! In provision, we thought it was a great idea to add more pages to the story. Using our knowledge, party planning and mark making skills, we came up with some great ideas for the characters and what might happen at Bear’s party!
Week 2 (w/c 9th November)
What an exciting week we’ve had in Nursery! We’ve had so much fun thinking and learning about birthdays! We loved talking about our own birthday’s and looking at lots of lovely pictures, reflecting on what we did to celebrate and how we’ve grown and changed. At story time, we’ve read Kipper’s Birthday and really enjoyed spotting all the things he tried to do to celebrate his own birthday.
Of course, no birthday celebration would be complete without a proper celebration and we’ve been busy in provision! Developing our Maths and creative skills making play dough cakes with candles in for different people, creating items to fill party bags in the workshop and developing our imaginative and mark making skills to represent celebrations, create invitations and host and attend lots of parties!
On Wednesday, we also talked about why we have poppies, the significance of Remembrance Day and held a silence. We also used our creative skills to create some lovely poppy representations in our workshop area.
Week 1 (w/c 2nd November)
What a brilliant start to our new half term in Nursery! We have loved learning all about Bonfire Night, watching virtual firework displays and making some fantastic bonfire and firework crafts, whilst learning about pattern and shape. With the help of our friend Fireman Sam and his friends, have also been learning lots about how we can stay safe on Bonfire Night.
We have loved using our imagination during role play, in both our indoor and outdoor kitchen’s, to make some scrumptious food to keep us warm whilst we sat around our fire.
Our bonfire imaginations just kept going whilst outdoors, having lots of fun using the stage and our music and movement resources like pom-poms and streamers, to experiment with different ways of moving like a firework!
Week 7 (w/c 19th October)
We’ve had such a fantastic week celebrating in Nursery! We have loved looking back at our learning journey and seeing how much we have enjoyed settling into Nursery, learning new things and making new friends!
We have been sharing all the new things we have been trying and persevering with both in Nursery and at home and can’t believe how much we’ve achieved! We've loved getting busy in the workshop to make our own medals to celebrate! Darcey exclaimed when showing hers to the class… “a medal is for how proud you are when you do something!”
… and last but not least, we have loved our sponsored Welly Walk challenge! We couldn’t wait to get started and managed to do a whole 15 laps around our Early Years grounds! What a brilliant half term we’ve had!
Week 6 (w/c 12th October)
It’s been all about our Marvellous bodies this week in Nursery! During story times we've loved reading and joining in with some rhymes in Julia Donaldson’s Wriggle and Roar book. We’ve had lots of physical fun both in our movement area and outdoors, using our bodies to balance and move in different ways 'can you slither like a snake, bounce like a kangaroo!’ We’ve also enjoyed playing lots of games with our bodies to continue developing our skills of listening and following instructions.
During group time activities, it’s been so much fun learning and matching parts of our bodies and thinking about what we do with them too, using life (child 😊) size outlines of our bodies and our lovely ‘All of Me’ poem to help us … My hands are for clapping, my arms can hug tight….
Continuing with our key story, The Bear Hunt, we’ve really enjoyed independently choosing to retell the story in the book corner using the story sack characters and props and also ‘taking our pens for a walk’ to communicate the story through gross motor movement and meaningful marks.
Week 5 (w/c 5th October)
Another busy week in Nursery! The children couldn’t wait to get busy in the classroom and have really been embracing and enjoying the routines, ‘showing 5’, super tidying up and responding to group times and story times really well.
After discussing how we could help Gerald the Giraffe and Cara the cow have fun at Nursery during our group time, it’s been lovely to see the children enjoying cooperative play with each other, making new friends and expressing their feelings, ideas and exciting news to one another, as well as beginning to respond to the wishes and feelings of others too.
We’ve loved focusing on ‘My Special Family’, taking it in turns to listen and share our home learning, draw pictures and make things to show the people and things that are special to us.
We also had a great adventure going on a ‘Bear Hunt’, exploring parts of the story and joining in with key actions and Rhymes... we haven’t managed to catch him, yet! :)
Week 4 (w/c 28th September)
What an exciting and busy week we’ve had in Nursery this week! We have loved staying at Nursery all day and becoming familiar with all the fun routines, as well as building our confidence to explore areas of provision independently and have a go at lots of new things and experiences.
We have loved sitting in our new colour groups, developing our communication and language skills, taking it in turns to listen and talk about ourselves and the things we love. We have also been learning about each other, comparing similarities and differences and drawing self-portraits and .
In story time, we have been reading about Gerald the Giraffe, a Giraffe who can’t dance but tries really hard, never gives up and succeeds in the end! We have all tried to be more like Gerald in Nursery… 'having a go' at new things and approaching tasks with a 'can do' attitude… saying we 'Can't do it YET!' and enjoying keeping on trying.
Week 3 (w/c 21st September)
This week we have had so much fun settling in and learning about our new Nursery day and routines, including staying for lunch! It has been exciting making new friends as more children have joined our sessions and we have loved being kind and helpful to one another whilst playing and tidying.
We have loved choosing which activities we want to explore for ourselves, both indoors and outdoors and have really enjoyed following routines and practising our independence when playing, putting our things away and finding the resources we want. Here are a few quotes from the children;
Betsy “I give this one to you to play with- we both can play now!”
Darcy; "How did you find your name by yourself?"
Scarlett, "It’s my face here" (on the play dough) "It's my pink one!"
Henry “I’m trying to keep all the water in, so so it no go on the floor!” (Water tray)
Week 2 (w/c 14th September)
This week we have enjoyed staying at Nursery without our grown-ups for the first time! We have loved exploring all the areas in Nursery, making new friends and even remembering some of the Nursery routines all by ourselves!
The stay and play visits went really well and the children could not believe how quickly home time came around, leaving with a big smile and great big cheer when asked if they would like to come back next week, we can’t wait to see you.
Week 1 (w/c 7th September)
A very big warm welcome to all of the children who came to visit us this week! It was lovely to see some familiar faces back in Nursery and meet lots of new ones too!
We know how much you enjoyed exploring the new classroom and are so looking forward to your 'stay and play' visits next week, we can't wait!
Each week we will update you here with some of the children's activities and favourite learning from the week so watch this space!
General Guidance and Activity ideas
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