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Nursery News ~ 9th December 2018

This week we have begun our final topic of the year – Christmas! Outdoors Mrs Allen has been sharing the Christmas story with you up on the balcony – out of the rain! A new playground game was introduced “What’s the Time Mr Wolf?” – you all were challenged to step and count accurately. The outdoor Christmas craft task began when you made some Christmas baubles using pine cones, paint and glitter and mini Christmas trees using sticks and tying ribbons. Well done Georgie for a super idea to keep these outdoor projects next to your shoes on the balcony so you remember to take them home at the end of the day. Another firm favourite this week has been your very own pizza shop in the building block area and cups and cups of hot chocolate being created in the mud kitchen to wash down this pizza following all that rain!

In the cabin we have had two new visitors – our very own naughty elves, Holly and Jolly. They have been up to mischief every night creating chaos and have helped us with some of our Circle Time games. In Maths we have been learning about taking away, subtracting, stealing and every time you closed your eyes, they just took more. They have also helped us practise our listening skill of “Staying Quiet”, they hid our musical instruments and we had to use just our ears to find them. Our nursery rhyme this week was the Days of the Week song “In a Week” – we could hear you singing this everywhere, I hope you enjoyed singing/sharing with your grownups at home. Our new Write Dance song is called “Tree and Fairy Lights” and we have been flicking our fingers to create colour on the Christmas tree.

CHRISTMAS is STILL COMING!

It was lovely to see so many of you at the Christmas Fair and thank you to those parents who helped support the school by buying the Forest School/Christmas produce the children have created. We still have a few left and so we will leave these out on the bench on the balcony for you to buy – they would make a lovely gift for Christmas.

Thank you for all of your Christmas card orders. You should have now received these ready for you to start that card writing process – enjoy! Now all the orders have been received, the original card will come out to you at some point this week from your child for you to display at home – look out for this in amongst all the many letters and cards.

A reminder of our Nursery Christmas show which is on Thursday 20th December at 2.30pm in the cabin. This is open for all Nursery children to join in and parents to watch and so If your child does not attend on this day, please do bring them along at 2.15pm and enjoy coffee/cake on the balcony while you wait. If possible, could the children wear any Christmas jumpers/outfits that they may have to bring a little Festive cheer!

PARENT CONSULTATION

I am looking forward to chatting/meeting most of you on Wednesday or Thursday this week! It is a lovely opportunity to share their report and chat about how they have settled into nursery life. Just a quick reminder, that these appointments are 10/15 minutes long and so if you feel there is something you want to chat about that will take longer, please do let me know and we can arrange another day/time. Please come to Reception on arrival and I will come and collect you.

Mrs Mander, Mrs Allen, Mrs Franklin, Mrs Broome and Mrs Lewis.

Nursery News ~ 2nd December 2018

What a wet week we have had in the Forest School! That didn’t stop us though. This week Mrs Allen has taken us around to our building area down the side of the cabin. She has taught us all how to pick up, move and tidy away our large sticks and stones. Can you remember what animal you chose to be with your long stick tail? How many large stones do you think are safe to stack? It was great to see this area being used more in the week - building shelters for yourself with the sticks and your insect friends with the stones. We also enjoyed a new take on the game “1, 2, 3 where are you?” with trying to find a hidden person by sound alone – bells. It was difficult with all the wind/rain, but we managed it!

In the cabin we put listening skill of “Staying Quiet” to the challenge with a new game of “Chinese Whispers”. We need to work on those whispering skills but we got there in the end. Our nursery rhyme this week was a new one for all of you “One Finger, One Thumb” – we enjoyed adding our own twist to the rhyme by moving body parts – thank you to Matthew and George for your suggestions. Our Phonics games this week has had us marching, tiptoeing and stopping to the sound of the tinkle bells and drum – you can now even change direction to move towards the sound! In Maths we have been matching out Numicon to number cards, dice and adding the correct number of people into the Numicon boats. We have been mark making with blue paint mixed with handwash (!) and Dough Discoing to “I’m Happy”.

CHRISTMAS is COMING!

We are almost ready to show off our Write Dance and Dough Disco moves to you all with our very own Nursery Christmas show! Please do come along to see us on Thursday 20th December at 2.30pm in the cabin. If your child does not attend on this day, please bring them along at 2.15pm and enjoy coffee/cake on the balcony while you wait.

Thank you for all your Christmas card orders. The print that was sent home on the letter is just an example of what it will look like – your child’s own version is by far much better! These cards ordered will be coming out to you this week, ready for you to write to friends/family.

As well as Christmas cards, the children have created some beautiful Forest School/Christmas produce with Mrs Allen for you to buy at the Christmas Fair on Friday – please do come and find us on Friday night between 6-8pm.

See most of you tomorrow for what looks set to be another wet week!

Mrs Mander, Mrs Allen, Mrs Franklin, Mrs Broome and Mrs Lewis.

Nursery News ~ 25th November 2018

Outdoors in Forest School this week we have continued learning about Diwali. Mrs Allen has shared with you Diva lamps made by some of the older children in the school. We all then had a go at making them using salt dough and adding patterns using anything we could find in the Forest. A highlight for you all was on Thursday and Friday when we all created Rangoli patterns on the patio using coloured chalks and made them sparkle with coloured sand. We also all enjoyed making a palace for an outdoor role play using the crates.

In the cabin we have continued with the listening skill of “Staying Quiet” by hiding a friend under the blanket and listening to their voice to work out who it is. Our nursery rhyme of the week has tied in with the rangoli patterns as we learnt “I can sing a rainbow”. We have named, spotted and sequenced all seven colours of the rainbow. We have used our metronome to sing the song fast/slow and the musical symbol for loud/quiet to change the volume. In Maths we have been placing our new people into boats (egg boxes) and rescuing the number shown on the flashcard, the dice and the numicon! Our dough has turned blue and so we have used “Baby Shark” for a morning wake up disco dance and the actions of rolling, patting and squeezing for Dough Disco!

On top of all this outdoor and indoor fun, you have all been busy little elves creating your own Christmas cards and Christmas produce. For any grownups who want to order a pack of cards, please ensure order forms are returned by Wednesday 28th November and they will come out to you the following week. Your Christmas produce will be on sale at the school Christmas Fair on Friday 7th December 6-8pm.

See you all bright and early and wrapped up warm tomorrow!

Mrs Mander, Mrs Allen, Mrs Franklin, Mrs Broome and Mrs Lewis.

Nursery News ~ 17th November 2018

Outdoors in Forest School this week we have started our topic on “Special Festivals around the World” with Diwali. Mrs Allen has been sharing the story of Rama and Sita with some very sparkly Rama and Sita characters. We have all enjoyed role playing the story with the Diwali masks of Rama, Sita, the Monkey King and the ten headed Ravana, and then the next day some of you had the opportunity to make your own Rama and Sita masks. A favourite game this week was when we practised our new listening skill of “Staying Quiet” by having some Quiet Time in the Forest and talking about the sounds we could hear – it was a big hit for us grownups to have a minutes peace so we may be repeating this game!

In the cabin we have been practising our listening skills of “Staying Quiet” with musical toys hiding in the nursery. Our Nursery Rhyme of the week has had us making our own “Pat-a-cakes” and marking them with our own initial sound. We have combined our Write Dance song “The Toy Train” with a key Maths skill of forward and backward – you enjoyed programming your own friend robot with the commands of forward, backward and stop. Perhaps you could play this with your grownups at home? We have been finishing our day with a song and dance. “Can’t Stop the Feeling” has been our Dough Disco tune and Write Dance has had us making circles in shaving foam and paint! What fun that was!

The first cold spell for us is coming next week – please come in lots of layers. If you are planning on wearing boot socks, please bring them into the cabin with you in the morning and you can put them on instead of your slippers.

Please can grownups ensure coats are placed on the balcony at drop-off and that hats are taken out of bags and put into the hat basket by the door. A quick reminder, children do not need their own gloves as we have Forest School gloves, so please can they put these into coat pockets so they are safe for the end of the day.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Mrs Mander, Mrs Allen, Mrs Franklin, Mrs Broome and Mrs Lewis.

Parent Consultation Letters

These letters should have come out to you this week so if you haven't already, can they be completed and returned this Monday (19th November) so times can be allocated.

These are an opportunity for me to share your child's report and chat to you about how they have settled into nursery life.  They are on Wednesday 12th December (3.30-7pm) and Thursday 13th December (3.30-8pm).

If these days/times do not suit, then we can arrange another more suitable day/time to suit. :-)

Many thanks

Mrs Mander

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Nursery News ~ 21st October 2018

Happy Sunday!

Outdoors this week we have been sharing the story of Stick Man. Mrs Allen has been showing you how to use a peeler with your own sticks to create a head/face. Using mirrors to look at your own faces, you drew a face for your character. As it was cold, you then moved on to “wrapping” Stick Man with some warm clothes. The final session was taking Stick Man around the Forest School site, teaching him where he can and can’t go and introducing him to our Forest School swing. This has opened up another part of the Forest for you and was a very popular choice for all! We have done a lot of work on taking turns this half term and you have put it into place with this new popular piece of equipment.

In the cabin we have been practising our looking skills using a woodpecker! You did well at watching and waiting for the woodpecker to reach the bottom before following a series of actions. Our Nursery Rhyme “It’s Raining, It’s Pouring” has had us role playing, sleeping and snoring on the mats. I wonder how many of your friend’s names you can now remember? In Maths we have been learning about the number five and you are doing so well at “seeing” how different the number five can look on Numicon, Dice, Egg Box, in a Row, on a hand! We were amazed on Friday when you were able to “Show Me” an Egg Box from a randomly chosen Numicon piece 1-5. We really do have some strong mathematicians this year! The end of the day has us Write Dancing and this week we have been drawing with chalk, flour and glitter to our song “Pat-a-Cake”.

The colder Autumn weather is finally coming and those warm hats have made an appearance. Please can you ensure that you either come in with one to wear OR leave one with us in Nursery in our hat basket.

For those of you without siblings in the school, we are closed for TED days on Thursday and Friday next week and so Nursery is not open on Thursday 25th and Friday 26th October.

See you in the morning!

Mrs Mander, Mrs Allen, Mrs Franklin, Mrs Broome and Mrs Lewis.

Nursery News ~ 14th October 2018

Another week has passed as quickly as that wind on Friday!

We have continued our Autumn topic this week with our very first fire on Tuesday when Mrs Allen showed you how to build, start and stay safe around the fire. We have enjoyed some fire-based activities in the circle, sharing the story of Pumpkin Soup. Mrs Allen made the story come to life with outdoor role play from the characters in the story. We have also helped to prepare the vegetables for some of our very own soup and on Friday we all enjoyed sitting around the fire, eating the warm soup.

In the cabin we are making our Listening Games more challenging by hiding children under the blanket and seeing who can spot who is missing by just looking at the slippers. In Phonics we have been playing sound animal lotto and our Nursery Rhyme “Incy Wincy Spider” has had us role playing other objects beginning with /s/ to climb up the water spout. I wonder if you can remember which objects they were? In Maths we have been spotting shapes in the cabin and in Forest School you enjoyed playing with the magnetic shapes to create patterns. In Write Dance we have moved on to a new song of Pat-a-Cake and we have been circling our arms, shoulders and bodies in time to the music.

Next week we will be moving back onto more number work in Maths. If you have collected any conkers, chestnuts or acorns over the past few Autumn weeks, please bring them in to help us play and explore with the number five.

Mrs Mander, Mrs Allen, Mrs Franklin, Mrs Broome and Mrs Lewis.

Nursery News ~ 5th October 2018

Happy Friendly Friday!

We have started our Autumn topic this week and Mrs Allen has been sharing lots of her Autumn ideas out in Forest School! She has taught you how to make an Autumn crown, an Autumn bracelet and today you had fun making some Autumn clay plates. The outdoor chalks also made an appearance and you have used these for a Hopscotch game and to create some wonderful artwork on the patio area. We have seen lots of Kringeli Krangeli patterns, letters from your name and a rocket courtesy of Charlie! A favourite game made a return “1, 2, 3 Where Are You?”. We really need to work on your hiding skills but nevertheless you had a lot of fun finding each other in Forest School.

In the cabin we have been playing our Listening Game “A Good Listener is looking at the person talking”. This week the game you picked up so well was “Who Feels Different?”. We used our own “Happy” to hide in someone’s lap and ONLY that person could smile. The person guessing had to take a good look at all of your faces to work out where Happy was! In Phonics “Mrs Mander had a bag” was a great song/game as you had to listen to the sound made by the items in my bag! Can you remember any objects in the bag? Do you think your grown ups might have the same items that make the same sound? In Maths we have been learning about the number 4. As always, we looked at the pattern of Egg Box Four and discovered that Numicon Four and Dice Four is the same. Well done Teddy who kept spotting the Dice Four pattern everywhere and thank you Ben for sharing all four of your names with us. Our Nursery Rhyme “Rain Rain Go Away” was an easy one this week as it was so short with only eight words. We had fun replacing the weather symbol and changing the lyrics. I am not sure we would ever sing “Sun Sun Go Away” but some of you chose it. We always finish our day with our Write Dance circle time. You enjoyed drawing some Kringeli Krangeli patterns in time to the music this week in shaving foam, textured paper and on chalk boards. You are really improving with your dance moving in time to the slow and fast music.

We have practised daily our circle time sessions around the fire circle and learnt all about the safety elements of how we come to and leave the fire circle, so we are now ready for a Mrs Allen fire!! Get those chopping skills ready next week as we are going to be making our own soup and cooking it on the fire pit!

Mrs Mander, Mrs Allen, Mrs Franklin, Mrs Broome and Mrs Lewis.

Nursery News ~ 28th September 2018

Happy Friday! How lovely the weather has been this week – what a difference to last week!

Indoors, during Circle Time, we have been:

·         Continuing with our Listening Game “A Good Listener is looking at the person talking”.  A favourite this week was “Who is hiding under the blanket”?  You all giggled when we chose a grown up to hide and you had to work out who had gone.  We have applied this skill all week with looking for our name and matching/sticking onto our picture.

·         Phonics – this week we have been using loud and quiet sounds to find a missing Minion.  Being able to hear loud and quiet sounds and using them to locate an object is a game you could play at home.

·         Maths – we have been learning about the number 3.  We have looked at the pattern of Numicon Three, Egg Box Three and Dice Three.  We have been singing songs with three in, telling stories with three in and “moving them all around” to show we still have three.  Can you teach the “Three in a row” song to your family this weekend?

·         Nursery Rhyme – “Polly put the Kettle on”.  We had fun changing the names of the characters to our own names.  This has really helped you to get to know your new friend’s names.

·         Write Dance – we have moved on to our Kringeli Krangeli tune this week and have been twisting our wrists to help strengthen our muscles.  Next week, we will be drawing to the music with some KringelI Krangeli patterns.

Outdoors, we have:

·         In our story area, Mrs Allen has been sharing the story of the Three Billy Goats Gruff and it has been lovely to see you all choosing to do this on your own during “Play and Explore”

·         Opened up the Building Area – Mrs Allen has been showing you lots of ways to build a shelter for the troll.  You have learnt how to move the large sticks around safely to keep everyone safe.

·         “1, 2, 3 Where Are You?” – a new favourite hide and seek game around the Forest School.

A quick reminder – Blackwell Forest School club runs in the afternoon daily for the rest of the school.  They return to the Boot Room around 2.50pm and so we need to ensure these are all safely off the ramp before we allow Nursery parents to come up onto the balcony.  If you do arrive before 3pm for collection, please refrain from pressing the buzzer if you can see these children lining up on the ramp.  As soon as they have left, we can release the gate.  Thanks for your help with this.

Have a lovely lovely weekend – fingers crossed the sun continues to shine!

 

Mrs Mander, Mrs Allen, Mrs Franklin, Mrs Broome and Mrs Lewis.  

Happy Friday!  How lovely has the weather been this week – what a difference to last week!

Indoors, during Circle Time, we have been:

·         Continuing with our Listening Game “A Good Listener is looking at the person talking”.  A favourite this week was “Who is hiding under the blanket”?  You all giggled when we chose a grown up to hide and you had to work out who had gone.  We have applied this skill all week with looking for our name and matching/sticking onto our picture.

·         Phonics – this week we have been using loud and quiet sounds to find a missing Minion.  Being able to hear loud and quiet sounds and using them to locate an object is a game you could play at home.

·         Maths – we have been learning about the number 3.  We have looked at the pattern of Numicon Three, Egg Box Three and Dice Three.  We have been singing songs with three in, telling stories with three in and “moving them all around” to show we still have three.  Can you teach the “Three in a row” song to your family this weekend?

·         Nursery Rhyme – “Polly put the Kettle on”.  We had fun changing the names of the characters to our own names.  This has really helped you to get to know your new friend’s names.

·         Write Dance – we have moved on to our Kringeli Krangeli tune this week and have been twisting our wrists to help strengthen our muscles.  Next week, we will be drawing to the music with some Kringeli Krangeli patterns.

Outdoors, we have:

·         In our story area, Mrs Allen has been sharing the story of the Three Billy Goats Gruff and it has been lovely to see you all choosing to do this on your own during “Play and Explore”

·         Opened up the Building Area – Mrs Allen has been showing you lots of ways to build a shelter for the troll.  You have learnt how to move the large sticks around safely to keep everyone safe.

·         “1, 2, 3 Where Are You?” – a new favourite hide and seek game around the Forest School.

A quick reminder – Blackwell Forest School club runs in the afternoon daily for the rest of the school.  They return to the Boot Room around 2.50pm and so we need to ensure these children are all safely off the ramp before we allow Nursery parents to come up onto the balcony.  If you do arrive before 3pm for collection, please refrain from pressing the buzzer if you can see these children lining up on the ramp.  As soon as they have left, we can release the gate.  Thanks for your help with this. 

Have a lovely lovely weekend – fingers crossed the sun continues to shine!

Mrs Mander, Mrs Allen, Mrs Franklin, Mrs Broome and Mrs Lewis. 

Nursery News ~ 22nd September 2018

Hello from a very wet team!

What wet and windy weather we have had this week but did it stop us having fun? Absolutely not! Dealing with wet, muddy boots and hands is all part of the fun! I am sure your grownups have thoroughly enjoyed scrubbing those finger nails this week and getting sand out of your hair!

Indoors, during Circle Time, we have been:

  • Continuing with our Listening Game “A Good Listener is looking at the person talking”.  A big hit was “Blink for a Turn” – who knew some metal rings could create such good looking skills.  We have applied our looking skills to find and match our names on our photograph on the wall.  We will be using this as a “self registration tool” in the next few weeks so perhaps your grownups can help you look for your name at home.
  • Phonics – we have enjoyed using our special paperclips to record sounds inside and outside the Nursery.  Thankfully Mrs Franklin and Mrs Broome were very noisy when cleaning away after lunch as we captured that sound easily.  Being able to listen to and copy these sounds is the start of your journey into reading!  How exciting!
  • Maths – we have been learning about the number 2.  We have used parts of our body to talk about the number 2 – can you remember what parts of your body you have two of?  We have looked at the pattern of Numicon Two, Egg Box Two and Dice Two.  It is so important to see how different it can look.
  • Nursery Rhyme – “I’m a Little Teapot”.  We all enjoyed the dance and of course, the shouting teapot part of the rhyme.  Today we enjoy jumbling up the parts of the rhyme and trying to put it back together so it sounded right. 
  • Write Dance – we have continued with our Sandy Hills song and started mark making to the music this week with flour and shaving foam.  How funny to see the difference in you all in mark making when it came to making a mess!  The challenge of Write Dance is to use both hands in unison – this was very tricky for lots of you.  J

Outdoors, we have:

  • Opened up the Story Area – Mrs Allen has been sharing the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears in lots of ways, using lots of outdoor props.  Our favourite part of this was today watching a group of you act out the story with Three Bears, Goldilocks and a super warm up act courtesy of Luna. J
  • Mud Kitchen and Sand – with lots of rain comes lots of wet mud and sand and what fun we had making pies, soup, drinks, cakes….!  How different it all is when it is easier to handle. 
  • Gully – we have been talking about floating and sinking and you have enjoyed sailing all sorts of bits and pieces along a very full gully.  Our boats seem to have multiplied thanks to Mrs Allen!

Now the weather is cooling down, please do come in with warmer clothes and if you want, bring that warm hat in ready to leave with us in the nursery.  Grownups, can you ensure you send your child in appropriate “child friendly” clothes for Forest School.  We are working on independence a lot in this first half term and so bear this in mind when dressing them in the morning.  J

Have a lovely lovely weekend.

Mrs Mander, Mrs Allen, Mrs Franklin, Mrs Broome and Mrs Lewis. 

Nursery News ~ 14th September 2018

Hello Friday to you all!

What a smashing week we have had and you have settled in very quickly! You are really into the swing of our days and with the support of our visual timetable, you are getting to know our daily routine

Indoors, during Circle Time, we have been:

  • Playing “Listening Games” – our focus this week has been on “Listening is looking at the person talking”.  You have enjoyed the games we have played – Who Looks Different?, Blink for a turn, What is missing?
  • Phonics – we have begun our Phonics work on listening to the sounds in our environment.  In particular you enjoyed when we used the special paperclips to record our red, amber and green voices.  Perhaps you could tell your grownups what part of the day we use these different voices?
  • Maths – we have been learning about the No 1.  What it looks like when it is written, how we can find one, how the number looks different in an egg box arrangement compared to a dice arrangement.
  • Nursery Rhyme – Rock a Bye Baby.  You enjoyed looking at the photographs of Mrs Allen’s baby Michael and Mrs Mander’s three girls, although they are all a little too big to pick up now and rock to sleep!
  • Write Dance – we have learnt our new song Sandy Hills and stretched/exercised the muscles in our arms, wrists and hands by digging and making some hills.  You won’t realise but all these actions will be getting your muscles ready for writing.

Outdoors, we have been:

  • Playing in the sand – learning all about the tools we can play with, how to handle them safely and how to clean and tidy them away afterwards!
  • Mud kitchen – Mrs Allen’s favourite spot is here and she really enjoyed all the food and drink you made her using the pots, pans and wooden spoons.
  • Gully – you have learnt all about staying safe on some uneven floors in the gully.  You have enjoyed floating boats, leaves and today fish along the water.  We have also talked about how important it is what to NOT put in the gully (mud and bark) as this will block it up and create big puddles!
  • Circle Time games – you have enjoyed the Farmers in the Den and learning how we move around the outside of our fire circle with a fun swapping game.

Have a wonderful weekend and get plenty of sleep ready for some more fun next week!

Mrs Mander, Mrs Allen, Mrs Franklin, Mrs Broome and Mrs Lewis. 

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Hello New Nursery!

Hello New Nursery!

 

We hope you have had a lovely summer break and are looking forward to some Forest School fun this year.

Whenever your first day is next week, please remember to bring in a:

  • Pair of named wellington boots
  • Pair of named slippers
  • Bag with a change of clothes in (to be kept on your peg in the boot room)

All of these items are to stay in Nursery.

If the sun decides to make an appearance again, as usually happens in September, please bring a named sunhat and sun cream. 

Nursery doors open at 8.30am and so a quick kiss to your grownup, time to play!

See you all next week.

Mrs Mander, Mrs Allen, Mrs Franklin, Mrs Broome and Mrs Lewis. 

Nursery News ~ 20th July 2018

What a week we have had for transition into Blackwell school life.

We started by being spectators at the school sports morning.  You were all so sensible holding a friends hand, crossing the road, sitting and cheering on your friends from other classes.  This gave most of you a taste of the things to come for you in September.

We then moved on to taking part in our very first Wake and Shake competition.  Mrs Allen and I were speechless at how confident you were showing off our “Number Fun Keep Fit Song” to the WHOLE school – I think even Blue class were a little worried about the competition!  We will find out the final result next week - fingers crossed.

Purple class Farmers assembly was another highlight as we got to enjoy their version of a big book we have been looking ourselves in the nursery, The Little Red Hen.  We followed this assembly by heading straight into Red class and doing our very own first performance of the same story!

The grand finale to the week was our very first Sporting afternoon today.  What an enjoyable time we all had as the weather was perfect and you took part with big smiles and on your face, even when you fell over!  Thank you Mrs Moss for the tea and Miss Townsend, Mrs Webb and Mrs Lewis for your support. J

Although some of you have said goodbye to us now, we are still lucky enough to have a few days left to enjoy with you.  I hope your grownups are prepared for the volume of items of yours we have that are coming your way on Monday and Tuesday.

I bet you are all so tired, I know we are! Get plenty of rest this weekend!  See you bright and early Monday morning.

Mrs Mander, Mrs Allen, Mrs Franklin, Mrs Lewis, Mrs Cain and Mrs Thompson.  

Sporting Afternoon ~ Friday 20th July 2pm

With this beautiful sunshine still upon us, we have everything crossed for our Nursery Sports Afternoon on Friday 20th July at 2pm.  Unfortunately, the downside to all this hot weather is that the small school field is now out of action for any sporting events as there is very little grass on it.  Therefore, we will now be hosting our events on the field by the park

Please bring along a blanket and position yourself inside the circle on the middle of the field by 2pm.  We will not be rotating around the field like the other classes; our races will just take place on the running track.

Please ensure you send your child in with suitable clothing and footwear.  Hats and sun cream are already in setting so we will make sure they have these.

When our final running event is over for all of the children, please allow us time to return the children to school before coming to collect them.  J

Nursery News ~ 29th June 2018

Happy Friday!

Indoors, in Circle Times, we have been focusing on:

  • Phonics – we have been listening to the sounds in colour words this week to complete and match a grownups pattern e.g. /r/ /e/ /d/ = red. Some of you have even had a go at being the teacher by segmenting the sounds yourself – a VERY tricky skill!
  • Maths – we have been recognising and reading our numbers to 10 and then applying this knowledge in filling up our cone cups. Some children even took on the challenge of putting their cones together to combine the two numbers. Another favourite game this week was “Number Top Trumps” when the person with “more” won the pile – a great skill when it comes to adding by “counting on”.
  • Nursery Rhyme – a beautiful rendition of “You are my Sunshine” has been enjoyed by all this week – thank you Nell for bringing in that guitar as it opened up our learning to what other instruments we could play to the tune.
  • C&L – we have enjoyed a week talking about babies. We had fun predicting who in Blackwell School was growing a baby in their tummy and then we found out on Wednesday when we had Mrs Dudek come and answer all of our interesting (!) questions. Thank you Mrs Dudek and thank you too Mrs Webb for letting us have a peek into your life as a Mum in your photobook. We finished off the topic today with looking at the Mander girls’ scans on the lightbox – they were very hard to work out but I can assure you, I didn’t grow a dolphin! J
  • Write Dance/Dough Disco – our Write Dance song “The Gateway” has had us jumping up and down with our bodies and zigzagging with our writing materials.

Outdoors, in Forest School, we have enjoyed our:

  • Pruning – we have used our scissor skills this week in helping to keep the Forest School bushes smart and tidy.
  • Water Play – with the hot weather upon us, we have enjoyed playing in the water to keep us cool and taking this water into the sand to make ponds.
  • Building dens – we have been using Y sticks to build a shelter suitable to keep us all out of the sun. Well done for using your tying and wrapping skills to secure the sticks together.
  • Mrs Allen enjoyed introducing you to the chime bars and you tried really hard to listen and copy the sounds of C, D and E.

We look forward to seeing you all at the Summer Fair tomorrow. Please do come and find us as the clay creations of the Butterfly lifecycle are ready for purchase! J

Mrs. Mander, Mrs. Allen, Mrs. Franklin, Mrs. Lewis, Mrs Cain and Mrs. Thompson

Nursery News ~ 23rd June 2018

Happy Friday!

Story club began this week for our children who are going into Reception in September. Mrs Webb was really impressed with how well the children remembered our listening rules – they are all so ready to be in the big school now!

Indoors, in Circle Times, we have been focusing on:

  • Phonics – we are crazy for a game of bingo! All week we have had to listen to the segmented sounds to match the pictures on our boards e.g. /b/ /u/ /s/ = bus
  • Maths – we have been adding one more with numicon and adding animals to our “Loo Queue” (a definite favourite book this week). We have then moved on to adding two small numbers to find out a total, some children enjoyed the challenge of adding three numbers
  • Nursery Rhyme – our “Little Caterpillar” song has helped us with our listening games this week as we have had to listen to each part of the song and select the correct “story stone” piece
  • C&L – our book this week “Monkey Puzzle” has had us talking about the characters, the setting and predicting “who” comes next. We have had fun with the monkey visitors in the nursery who have been making up some monkey puzzles for us to solve!
  • Write Dance/Dough Disco – all of our work this year on strengthening our fingers, hands and wrists has been put into practice this week as we have been trying to model our own art creations with clay ready for the Summer Fair next Saturday.

Outdoors, in Forest School, we have enjoyed our:

  • Fire – always a favourite when Mrs Allen gets her flint and steel out and we sit around the Fire Circle watching her “trying” to get the fire going. This week we enjoyed toasting marshmallows on the fire - yum yum!
  • Forest School collage – to help with our clay projects, we have been collecting items from around Forest school to press into play dough
  • Sand Play – we have enjoyed building tunnels in the sand this week with the Reception children
  • Our Playground game of “Fishes in the sea” is now getting harder with more challenging instructions.

It looks set to be a HOT week next week – please ensure you have a hat and sun cream in nursery. Remember to put your sun cream on before you come in the morning and then we can always add more for the afternoon.

Enjoy the sunshine this weekend.

Mrs. Mander, Mrs. Allen, Mrs. Franklin, Mrs. Lewis, Mrs Cain and Mrs. Thompson

Nursery News ~ 15th June 2018

Happy Friday!

Indoors, in Circle Times, we have been focusing on:

·        Phonics – segmenting the sounds of CVC words and blending back together e.g. /c/ /a/ /t/ = cat

·        Maths – counting an irregular arrangement of up to ten objects by moving them and starting to matching to correct digit

·        Nursery Rhyme – Our Nursery Rhyme of “Little Miss Muffet” has had some of us playing the main character part sitting on a tuffet.

·        C&L – we have been focusing on the fruit the “Very Hungry Caterpillar” ate in the story and we have created some super printing patterns with the real fruit.  I have never seen or eaten a blue apple or a pink pear!

·        Write Dance – our short songs of “Straight” and “Curved” have had us moving both hands, in unison to the music, making straight and curved patterns.

Outdoors, in Forest School, we have enjoyed our:

·        Water play – Mrs Allen’s challenge of moving the water from one bucket to the other, only using the tools we could find in the Forest School, was a huge hit

·        Porridge making skills as Little Miss Muffet would have been hungry without her curds and whey

·        Forest school song “Ugly Bug Ball” - this has us thinking about the different bugs we know and how we can move like them.

·        NEW Playground game of “Fishes in the sea” – we have never quite seen fishes move in the way these were.

We hope you all have a wonderful weekend and make sure you spoil those Daddys and Grandads this Sunday!

Mrs. Mander, Mrs. Allen, Mrs. Franklin, Mrs. Lewis, Mrs Cain and Mrs. Thompson

Happy Friday!

Indoors, in Circle Times, we have been focusing on:

·        Phonics – segmenting the sounds of CVC words and blending back together e.g. /c/ /a/ /t/ = cat

·        Maths – counting an irregular arrangement of up to ten objects by moving them and starting to matching to correct digit

·        Nursery Rhyme – Our Nursery Rhyme of “Little Miss Muffet” has had some of us playing the main character part sitting on a tuffet.

·        C&L – we have been focusing on the fruit the “Very Hungry Caterpillar” ate in the story and we have created some super printing patterns with the real fruit.  I have never seen or eaten a blue apple or a pink pear!

·        Write Dance – our short songs of “Straight” and “Curved” have had us moving both hands, in unison to the music, making straight and curved patterns.

Outdoors, in Forest School, we have enjoyed our:

·        Water play – Mrs Allen’s challenge of moving the water from one bucket to the other, only using the tools we could find in the Forest School, was a huge hit

·        Porridge making skills as Little Miss Muffet would have been hungry without her curds and whey

·        Forest school song “Ugly Bug Ball” - this has us thinking about the different bugs we know and how we can move like them.

·        NEW Playground game of “Fishes in the sea” – we have never quite seen fishes move in the way these were.

 

We hope you all have a wonderful weekend and make sure you spoil those Daddys and Grandads this Sunday!

 

Mrs. Mander, Mrs. Allen, Mrs. Franklin, Mrs. Lewis, Mrs Cain and Mrs. Thompson

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