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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!

 

 

 

School Closure Support

During school's closure we will be uploading activities weekly and daily onto Tapestry. In addition to Tapestry we will post a weekly overview of the planned activities here. This will be posted every Monday. Resources and further support for the activities can also be found on Tapestry.

 

Please note that during this period, it is possible that you may experience some difficulty accessing the website or Tapestry, due to much higher web traffic nationally. We are sure the system providers will be working hard to ensure accessibility. If you do experience problems and are unable to access for a prolonged period of time, please contact school.

 

 W/C 15th July 2020 

 

Wow! we have made it to the final week! Although a very different year, it is one with many many successes and new achievements from the Nursery class. From mastering riding their bikes without stabilizers, to becoming budding gardeners and artists and learning how to listen and respond to others. Many precious moments of learning and discovery!

 

Please see attached a wonderful link with loads of fun ideas for developing imagination, talk and creativity. Please try a  few activities this week!

We have also attached a 'core skills' document which indicates the normal age related expectation at the end of the Nursery year when children move to Reception. You may like to have a look and refresh yourself with the games/ideas we continue to recommend.

 

Please also see certificates from our sports event to download! Well done to all participants!

VIRTUAL SPORTS CERTIFICATE

General Guidance and Activity ideas

 

W/C 6th July Home Learning

 This week sees our very first 'Westroyd Virtual Sports Week'

Please take part in the challenges and earn some points! See details below.

 

We will also take a visit to Spain and learn how to do some Flamenco dancing!

 

w/c 29th June Home Learning Overview

This week it is a trip to the Land of the Rising Sun - Japan! We will learn about Mt Fuji and make our own volcanoes. We will try our hand at a traditional Japanese greeting and develop our fine motor skills using chopsticks!

W/C 22nd June 2020 Home Learning Overview

This week we are heading to Africa! Please see attached activities for the week and additional resources. Don’t forget to log on to Tapestry for additional information and be sure to bring your passport!

W/C 15th June 2020 Home Learning Overview

This week we are going to the U.S.A! Grab your passport and get ready for a trip to Staten Island and a visit to The White House! I wonder what other adventures await us!

We will also be talking about the volcanoes of North America - the children will love the volcano experiment this week!

W/C 8th June 2020 Home Learning Overview

We hope you are enjoying our ‘All Around the World’ topic. Please see attached activities related to the topic and phonics activities for this week. As always, please do log on to Tapestry for additional information related to the attached and keep sharing your wonderful learning!

W/C 1st June 2020 Home Learning Overview

We hope you have a had a lovely May holiday in the sunshine. Our new topic for this half term is ‘All Around the World’. Please see attached activities related to the topic and phonics activities for this week. Please do log on to Tapestry for additional information related to the attached and as always, please do share your fantastic home learning with us.

W/C 18th May 2020 Home Learning Overview

Please see attached Nursery Topic overview and resources for this week which gives ideas for supporting learning across all areas. As always, please log on to Tapestry for additional support, daily storytime and to share all your fantastic learning with us.

W/C 11th May 2020 Home Learning Overview

Please see attached Nursery Topic overview and resources for this week which gives ideas for supporting learning across all areas. As always, please log on to Tapestry for additional support, daily storytime and to share all your fantastic learning with us. 

 

W/C 4th May Home Learning Overview

Please see attached Nursery Topic overview for this week which gives ideas for supporting learning across all areas. Alongside this, please see the daily 'talk time' document which includes daily phonics ideas. As always, resources are uploaded to support these key areas and we will be providing additional support via Tapestry.

 

We have been so impressed by all the activities you have been doing over the past few weeks and how much fun you are having with your learning. We’re looking forward to seeing more from you all this week, have fun!

W/C 27th April Home Learning Overview

Please see attached Nursery Topic overview which gives ideas for supporting learning across all areas. Alongside this, please see the daily 'talk time' document which includes daily phonics ideas.

 

Resources are uploaded to support these key areas and we will be providing additional support via Tapestry. As always, be sure to take a look at the 'weekly physical' skills for things you can do in your garden.

 

Have fun, we can't wait to see all the fantastic learning you will be getting stuck into! 

 Easter Activity Ideas

W/C 30th March Home Learning Overview

Please see attached Nursery Topic overview which gives ideas for supporting learning across all areas. We have also provided a document showing daily 'talk time' and daily phonics ideas.

 

Resources are uploaded to support these key areas. Please see 'weekly physical' skills that you can do in your garden.

 

We have also put together our favourite outdoor activities for you to try!

W/C 23rd March Home Learning Overview

Please see attached Home Learning Overview and Activity ideas. You will also receive this via Tapestry, where you can access additional resources/ links and most importantly, upload the activities you try... we can't wait to see and comment on all the fun and fantastic learning you will get stuck into!

Spring 2

Week 3

This week we have really enjoyed developing or mathematical measure language when trying to measure the many different Beanstalks Jack had grown and left for us! We have also been fascinated by the progress of our own beans and have been discussing them lots with each other! It's been great fun using our creative and mark making skills to record what we know about how plants grow and have loved learning the actions and words to the song 'A tiny seed was sleeping...'

 

It has also been a fun but tiring day in nursery today as we completed our Sports Relief challenge- racing around our bike track not one, not two but three times! Thank you to all the grown ups for sponsoring us!   

Spring 2

Week 2

We have had such fun this week continuing to learn about new life and taking part in World Book day activities. We've really enjoyed learning about how plants grow, through reading books such as Jasper's Beanstalk, singing songs with actions and by planting our own beans! one extra special Beanstalk also appeared in our classroom just before World Book Day, followed by a very special visitor... Jack! We also loved dressing up, making potato characters at home and getting more people coming to visit us from the local library. We loved singing some new action songs and listening to other stories linked to our topic.

 

Spring 2

Week 1

We were excited to be back in Nursery this week and enjoyed starting our new topic. We started by going outside on a nature walk and answering questions about what we could see and what we notices. We talked about the weather (it snowed!) and about other things we saw after the snow had melted away. We also looked at some pictures our teachers had taken over the holidays of some things they had seen when out and about - we noticed some new flowers, leaves and little buds coming out on some of the trees in our garden. The birds seemed happy to visit us after we used our threading skills to make bird feeders so they wouldn't go hungry! 

Spring 1

Week 6

What a busy last week we've had in Nursery. The highlight of our week was our Superhero Day to celebrate the end of our topic and share some of our learning journey and activities with you all. We hope you enjoyed the open sessions and thank you for joining in with our Superhero themed Wake up Shake Up, the children thoroughly enjoyed this! Alongside our open sessions we had lots of fun doing our own class fashion show to introduce who we dressed up as and explain why we were special. We also enjoyed the challenge of completing  a special Superhero obstacle course; it's a good job we had our super listening and movement skills at the ready to negotiate our way around and through the obstacles by moving in lots of different ways.

Spring 1

Week 5

This week we had such fun experimenting with mark making and recording for a range purposes. Supertato's arch enemies, the Evil peas created yet more chaos in Nursery! We had to use our problem solving, communication and team work skills to catch the peas oncde and for all! We got busy designing traps, as well as figuring out how many peas were on the loose each day. We also met Super Jack, another super hero and loved using actions and story language to retell and recall the story. Once we could recall key parts of the story we had fun drawing the characters and using our gross motor skills to 'take our pens for a walk' when retelling Super Jack's  exciting tale.

 

Today we also enjoyed wearing red for British Heart Foundation day and talking about this charity, with the help of a very special bear and his friend.

Spring 1

Week 4

This week we loved reading about a very special superhero, Supertato and his super veg friends! We learnt about all of his super skills of listening and problem solving and how he defeated the evil peas! After we had gone home from nursery one night something terrible happened! The evil peas escaped from the story into our classroom! They ruined everything.... Supertato wrote to us and asked for our help so we used our super problem solving, number and team work skills to get the peas under control! 

Spring 1

Week 3

This week we have continued to think about what we are all super at. We have been thinking about the 'super skills' we have developed since starting nursery - the things we couldn't do before but are really good at now like drawing and mark making, and trying new things that we think we can't do or might be difficult, such as climbing . We have enjoyed reading and talking about our 'book talk' text 'Along Came Different', building on our understanding this term of how we are the same and different and celebrating this. It has also been fun welcoming and getting to know the new children who have just joined us this week and thinking about how we cab be good friends and help them enjoy nursery as much as we do!

 

Spring 1

Week 2

What a 'Super' week we've had in Nursery as we started our 'Superheroes' topic. We have enjoyed doing lots of activities focused on thinking about why and how we are all 'super'. After reading and discussing our book of the week 'We Are All Wonders', we thought and talked about how we are all different and discussed our own 'super skills' such as how to be be a really good listener and explain things and how we can be a really good friends by sharing, negotiating and being kind and caring towards one another. These skills came in really handy this week as we welcomed some more new children to our nursery class - we're so excited to have even more friends to play with! 

 

 

Spring 1

Week 1

We have had a lovely calm start to the new year in Nursery as we enjoyed learning all about Buddhism. From learning key things about the religion such as who Buddha was and why he is important to some people, to engaging in meditation and mindfulness activities. We also enjoyed creating our own lotus flowers, which are symbols of the Buddhist religion. Our book choice reading about Elmer the elephant led us to discuss how we can be same and different to one another - we loved drawing ourselves and our friends, chatting about our different and similar features too.

Autumn 2

Week 7

What an eventful last week we've had in Nursery! Continuing our Winter theme, we enjoyed getting creative and making some special Winter art pictures of snowmen. We enjoyed developing our cutting, sticking and creative skills and hope you enjoyed the finished results on display at our art exhibition! After that we have been 'laughing all the way' to the end of the week, getting excited for our Christmas Party! We enjoyed making decorations and sending out invitations and when party day arrived, we had fun playing games and eating lots of delicious party food - thank you so much for all your contributions! To round off our day, we were so excited when a very special visitor popped in to surprise us! Merry Christmas everybody! 

Autumn 2

Week 6

It's been a very busy time in Nursery this week, with the magic of Winter setting in! We have thoroughly enjoyed getting out to explore the changes in our environment, observing and talking about the frosty mornings and other signs of Winter. We've been on a fantastic journey through story, with a special Owl who had to trek through the snow and make a few Winter rescues along the way! She helped us learn and talk about the different features of Winter time, as well as some of the animals that may venture out in Winter ... or tuck up in their beds! And of course, the most exciting part of the week, our Nativity performances! We thoroughly enjoyed dressing in our costumes and performing... we hope you enjoyed the enthusiastic singing as much as we did! 

 

Autumn 2

Week 5

This week, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Nursery! We have had lots fun decorating our class tree, where we all took turns to place a bauble on the tree and enjoyed describing the features of each bauble we chose. We've also been very busy in our workshop, using our creative skills to make lots of lovely gifts to sell at the Christmas Fair. To complete are busy week, we have been thinking about the Nativity story and have enjoyed practising the songs for our special Nativity performance next week, we can't wait to share it with you!  

Autumn 2

Week 4

This week, during Art Week, Nursery received some special letters from a very lonely Stick Man. He explained he was feeling sad and asked for our help to make him feel better. We decided he needed to be reunited with his family and discussed lots of ways we could help to recreate his 'Stick Lady Love and his stick children three!'. We selected lots of different media and materials inside the classroom. Alongside this, we enjoyed collecting sticks and leaves from our outdoor area to help us make pictures of him and his family - we really needed our counting and observation skills for this! We also enjoyed working as a team to make a bridge for Stick Man to cross the river, where we had to use our problem solving skills and make lots of choices about the materials and objects we could use to make a strong, secure bridge.

Autumn 2

Week 3

This week, following on from all the lovely Autumn walks and adventures that you have added to Tapestry, we were excited to go on an adventure walk of our own in the Early Years garden. Alongside looking for signs of Autumn, we have had lots of fun learning about patterns in the environment and we were so excited when we identified many different types of patterns, whilst out and about! We have also really enjoyed continuing to read and talk about the story of Stick man. Alongside recalling and retelling key parts of the story, we have really enjoyed joining in with the rhymes and looking at the illustrations to help support our understanding of the story.  

Autumn 2

Week 2

This week we have been learning about Autumn.  We have thought about what happens at Autumn time and what colours we see during Autumn.  We have loved seeing all your Autumn walks and adventures that you have added to Tapestry.  We have also started reading the story Stick Man in our story sessions and really thinking about the events and characters in the story.  On Friday we celebrated Children in Need.  Everyone looked amazing with their own clothes and spotty outfits and thank you all for your contributions for our bun sale and donations.

 

Autumn 2

Week 1

Welcome back and hope you all had a lovely half term break.

This week we have loved learning about Bonfire Night.  We have loved looking at pictures and videos of fireworks and talking about how we celebrated Bonfire Night.  We have also produced lot's of firework artwork.  Our story this week has been Handa's Surprise and we have enjoyed using the story sack in the reading area to re tell the story.  We have also enjoyed counting the seven different fruits that Handa has at the beginning of the story.

Week 8

Our work with The Three Little Pigs has continued this week and we have loved learning actions to help us to re tell the story.  We have practised these actions lots and they have helped us to remember key story words and phrases from the story.  We have also been practising our cutting skills to help us in the workshop area.  We have been showing how we can make snips in paper with scissors and some of us even followed straight and wavy lines with our scissors.  In our group time we have enjoyed sharing our 'Profiles' with our friends and showing our friends all the things that we have done and are proud of.  

We hope you all have a happy half term.

Week 7

This week we have been learning the story of The Three Little Pigs.  We have been making the little pigs houses using straw, sticks and bricks in the workshop and the playdough area.  We have enjoyed listening to all the different versions of the story and been re telling the story outside using puppets and props.  Next week we will be learning some actions to help us re tell the story.  We have been enjoying doing 'Dough Disco' every morning and it has been helping us with our mark making.  

Week 6

This week in Nursery we have been looking at our families.  We used Maths resources to show how many people live in our house and counted how many people live in our house.  Some of us even used the Numicon to show how many people were in our family.  It has been lovely learning some new songs about families and we loved dancing to the Baby Shark song.  This week we have also been focusing on colours.  We have been matching and naming different colours and we are are loving our new 'Funky Fingers' area where we can practise our fine motor control and our colour recognition.

Week 5

This week we have been learning all about the parts of our body.  We have labelled parts of the body for our Learning Journey board and sang the song 1 finger, 1 thumb.  We have also been sorting body parts that we have 1 and 2 of for example we have two eyes and we have one nose.  We enjoyed reading and learning actions for a poem called All of Me to help us think about all the things that our body can do.  This week we have also continued with lots of different ways of mark making.   

Week 4

We have had so much fun this week continuing with our topic, Marvellous Me!  We have been busy drawing and painting pictures of ourselves and our family.  We have also drawn around each other and thought about parts of our bodies.  We have sang Heads Shoulders knees and toes and Tommy Thumb to help us remember parts of our bodies.  In the reading corner we have loved sharing stories with Sam Bear and he has loved listening to all the stories.  We have also thought about how to be kind to our friends in Nursery and how to make our friends happy.

Week 3

This week we have all had so much fun and settled into Nursery routines very well, especially the new children.  We been learning and remembering how to be a good listener and used Mr Potato Head to help us listen well during our group times.  We have loved playing in the home corner, playdough area and outside in the sunshine this week.  We have also been celebrating 'Dot Day'.  We have loved creating lots of different artwork using dots and our pictures and paintings are on our display in the classroom.

Week 2

This week we welcomed back our 2nd Year nursery children. Together we reminded ourselves of the rules and routines. The returning children were told of their very important job, to look after the nursery new starters on their visits.

    We talked about how we could help the new children; by showing them the toilet, or by helping them to play in different areas of nursery. 

  Our favourite activities have been making faces with the natural materials, painting swirls and lines, and exploring what happened to the rain!

   

 Week 1

This week staff have been busy visiting all the new starters in nursery. Sam the Bear also visited the children all ready in his school uniform. We have been busy preparing the nursery making a cosy area for stories, a 'calm' area and creating some new amazing outdoor areas.

You will love 'The Nook' and the music wall!

 

We have enjoyed reading the 'all about me' information and are looking forward to the start of an exciting journey together. 

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