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Nursery News ~ 18th October 2019

Happy Friday!

We are almost there, we have almost completed our first half term together…..phew, what a long half term it will have been for us all!

In the cabin, during Circle Times, we have been playing/learning:

Listening Games. We have enjoyed playing with the new “Stop/Go” paddle to help support us with our looking. The funniest game so far was our Silent Disco where we moved our bodies to no music and had to watch out for the Stop/Go instruction. Anyone looking in would have found us a strange bunch!

Phonics. We have continued this week with our work on environmental sounds where we have been matching Green class with their musical sounds with our own drumsticks! We took our drumsticks for a walk into Forest School today to see how they sounded when banged on different objects.

Number. The “Teddy Dance” song has had us placing our dancing teddy in different positions around our body – in front, behind, above, around, under, next to, between and on – see if you can have a go at doing this at home with your favourite teddy. We have had fun being the dancing teddies with a partner, placed our own small world person around the cabin in different positions and played “Hide and Seek” in the Forest by hiding “behind” so as not to be caught.

Nursery Rhyme. Our Nursery Rhyme this week has been “Little Miss Muffet”. We have had some excellent role play this week from some brave Mr and Miss Muffets who have chosen a seat for “tuffet”. We explored the Forest School bug bag and had some very different bugs frighten us away – moths, bees, ants.

Write Dance. We have had another week on “Tickle Tree” but added in the mark making element by creating fingers marks in soap, shaving foam and flour. We move on next week to “The Rainbow” where we are naming our rainbow colours – thank you Rory for letting me photocopy your jumper yesterday to help support us next week.  

Dough Disco. Thanks to Harry, we have been moving the dough to “The Music Man” sang by Mr Tumble. We have been creating and playing the piano, big bass drum, saxophone and triangle. Our dough disco dough has finally lost its sparkle for this half term and so next week we will moving some monkeys to a Mrs Mander favourite song “Dance Monkey”. Get ready mini monkeys!

Outdoors, in Forest School, Mrs Allen has opened up a new part of the Forest School for us to access on those rainy days – the balcony.

The Story Area. Cushions, blankets, stories and teddies have been added to our own balcony Quiet Area and you have enjoyed coming up on your own or with a friend to share a story with some animal friends. This area is going to be a popular choice for lots of you when that rain comes!

Building. Blocks on the balcony are now open for you to come up and get creative with your construction skills. There are photographs of familiar buildings for you to create and as the weeks go on, photographs of your own buildings will be added to help give us ideas. If you arrive early in the morning, feel free to build away until the door opens but always remember to place the blocks back on their shadows ready for the next person.

Spiders. Outdoor craft is up and running now that we are all settled into the expectations of Forest School. Up on the balcony you have been able to come along and create your very own spiders using pipe cleaners. You then took these down into Forest School to play Incy Wincy and then took them home to continue the fun there.

Painting. You had fun on Wednesday with Mrs Lewis when most of you opted to create some conker paintings – who would have thought that rolling conkers and a little bit of paint could create such different and unusual patterns!

The Patio. The pipes and crates were open to play with on the patio and Mrs Allen taught us all how to carry around the pipes safely by dragging them like a tail. Popular games this week in this area were Pirates (where you used the pipes as a flagpole), Animal dens (where you created an enclosure for our soft animal friends to live using wooden blocks) and Ten Frame fun (where you laid the crates out in the ten frame pattern and found just enough friends to join you)!

Please can we make another request for warm hats to be left at Nursery in our hat basket. Yesterday was a particularly cold day and although we have spares, it is helpful if they can bring in (and leave) their own.

Have a lovely weekend - especially Belle who turns 4 this weekend!

Mrs Mander, Mrs Allen, Mrs Franklin, Mrs Lewis, Mrs Barrett and Mrs Flynn.

Nursery News ~ 11th October 2019

Happy Friday!

Well the colder weather has definitely kicked in this week and for some of us, those warm winter hats have made an appearance. If you haven’t done so already, please could you send in a named warm winter hat for us to keep in our hat basket here at Nursery. By all accounts, we are going to need it this Winter!

In the cabin, during Circle Time, we have been playing/learning:

Listening Games. We enjoyed the looking game of “Follow my Leader” this week in the cabin. This skill of looking at not only adults talking, but also friends, is so important and the game helped support this as we had to keep up with a friend’s actions.

Phonics. As our listening skills improve, we have been able to add in a daily Phonics session to match what happens in Reception and KS1 in school. Phonics is the beginning of our reading journey. We start with listening and recognising environmental sounds both indoors and outdoors. You all enjoyed the bingo game where cabin sounds were played and you had to listen and match to the pictures on your board. We also went on a sound hunt outdoors – Green class definitely provided us with the loudest noise thanks to their musical instrument playing on their balcony!

Number. The “Good Morning” song has been our warm up song this week and has taught us about the sequence of our day – can you remember the signs for good, morning, afternoon, evening, night? We have also braved the scissors and glue this week, ready to add to our Creative shelf in the cabin, by cutting out and sticking the sequence of our Nursery day. These will be ready to come home to share with your family next week so you can talk to them about what you do all day.

Nursery Rhyme. “Incy Wincy Spider” has been a familiar Nursery Rhyme this week and we had fun by replacing the spider with something different from our /s/ glass jar to help our alliteration skills. Which did you find the funniest /s/ object to go down the water spout? Mine was definitely Sophie as she got stuck and we couldn’t get her out. Sorry Sophie, I hope it wasn’t too dark in there???!!!

Write Dance. We have moved on to a new song this week “Tickle Tree” and we have been practising our “tree pose”, tickling fingers and rolling arms for the acorns falling off the trees. If you are out and about this weekend, please could you see if you can collect and bring in some fallen acorns for our acorn bucket?

Dough Disco. A big thank you to Erica this week for Baby Shark, it truly is a classic song we all need to have on repeat in our heads! You enjoyed adding in the dough and squashing it with those hands for jaws. Next week, Harry has shared his favourite – The Music Man – I wonder what interesting instruments the dough can create?

Outdoors, in Forest School, Mrs Allen has shared some of her favourite animal friends with us that we can now enjoy playing with in Forest School.

The Story Area. “After the Storm” with Percy the Park Keeper was our shared story in the quiet area this week – definitely a perfect story for outdoors! Mrs Lewis also shared her Hedgehog story and talked about hedgehogs up on the balcony with some of you. Can you remember any interesting facts about hedgehogs?

Animals. The rabbit, the hedgehog and the squirrel all enjoyed some Hide and Seek fun with us following on from our story as Mrs Allen had hidden them around the Forest School and it was our job to find them. Once rescued, we then had to talk about and create new homes for them. Harry the Hedgehog was definitely safe under his pile of bark, leaves, sticks and feathers during the day – I hope he found his way out of it at night time as he was buried quite deep!

Follow the Leader. Every afternoon, Mrs Allen introduces us to a new playground game. This week, it was “Follow my Leader”. It is still a challenge for us to follow the person in front when there is so much of the world around us that we want to see! Definitely a game we will revisit and practise.

The Gully. Keeping the gully clear of leaves is always high on our agenda at this time of year! These Autumn days do create havoc when it comes to letting the water flow through. Luckily we had plenty of cups, jugs and wooden spoons to scoop it all out and keep that water moving. It was also great to see some of you using the wooden planks to create a bridge over the gully this week.

The Patio. The crates were used this week to create a pathway for us to climb, step and jump over thanks to the ideas of Red class. The wooden planks were added to make it trickier as we had to use our balance for part of the journey. Some of you came up with the idea of using these planks to make a seesaw for you and your friends - it always amazes me how your brains work with all these new ideas!

For those parents who are considering applying for a Reception space in September 2020, there is a whole school Open Evening on Wednesday evening (16th October) at 6.30-7.30pm for parents only. We hope to see lots of you there.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Mander, Mrs Allen, Mrs Franklin, Mrs Lewis, Mrs Barrett and Mrs Flynn.

Nursery News ~ 5th October 2019

Happy Saturday Team Nursery!

In the cabin, during Circle Time, we have been playing/learning:

Listening Games. We have been practising our happy, sad, angry and shocked faces in the mirrors to help us play a new game of “Who Feels Different?”. One person “felt” different to the others and it was your job to look at all friends’ faces to work out who it was. This was the most challenging Looking game so far and so we will be revisiting later in the term.

Write Dance. “We Can Do Anything” has continued to wake us up every morning with some excellent moves to the music. The challenge this week was to move behind a chair and add in some mark making up and down actions with our hands on the table. You thought the wet tables were slippy until we added in the handwash too! How clean were your hands (and the tables) once we had finished our morning moves??

Number. The “Pattern Parrot” has extended us this week with patterns of “1 and 2, 1 and 2” and you showed me this with Numicon, fingers, number cards. We began looking at what 1 and 2 look like in the “ten frame” too thanks to our Autumn conkers. The “ten frame” will be a key tool in our Maths learning this year – if you have any empty egg boxes that hold 10 at home, keep them to show your family how we do it! We have enjoyed comparing 1 and 2 with “Musical Groups” and yesterday we enjoyed a 1 and 2 Numicon hunt around the cabin. These Maths skills are sinking in as you seem to spot “pairs” everywhere now!!! Can you spot any at home this weekend?

Nursery Rhyme. “Rain Rain Go Away” has been a perfect choice of Nursery Rhyme this week! We played with the words of the Nursery Rhyme too by changing the Day of the Week and the weather to make it “Snow Snow Go Away…..”. I loved your answers to the question of which weather do you like/not like – fascinating how those young brains work! “I like the rain because of the patterns it makes” (Joshua). “I like the rain best because of the pitter patter sound” (Beccy). “I don’t like the sun as it shines in my eyes” (Harry).

Dough Disco. We have started to create a combination of Disco moves this week with Eden’s choice of music “You’ve Got a Friend in Me”. By the end of the week, you remembered it all the way through – sausage, pass, poke and play that dough musical instrument you created.   Next week, Erica has chosen a song I hoped we wouldn’t hear again in Nursery, “Baby Shark”. Get ready grownups, as they will be bringing it home!

Outdoors, in Forest School, Mrs Allen has introduced us all to the Story Area which is a perfect place to come if you feel like some outdoor Quiet Time.

The Story Area. Mrs Allen shared one of her favourite stories “The Enormous Turnip” in lots of different ways this week – pictures, role play and props. It made us giggle when we watched a team of children (and Mrs Allen) take on the roles of characters from the story and try and pull up our very own enormous turnip!

The Patio. We enjoyed a new game of “What’s the Time Mr Wolf” this week and it was great to see so many of you keen to take on the part of the wolf. You counted times up to five o’clock with steps and waited for those dreaded words “It’s dinner time”. It was lovely to hear Koa asking if we could play it again the next day.

The Gully and The Mud. Following a lot of rain and a new batch of mud, the tools and toys in the Mud Kitchen were looking like they needed a little TLC this week. Well don’t to those of you who helped Mrs with her washing pot in the gully. Same time again next week?

The Patio. It was lovely to see so many of you keen to try out the red trolley to transport objects around the Forest School this week. The wooden blocks made excellent ice creams and hot chocolates – I am not sure how we ate so much! The magnifying glasses were also a big hit with lots of you on the patio and Isaac seemed to find every bug living in Forest School.

The children have come in so well this week and now they have the added job in the morning of finding their name and adding it to their photograph before slippers and play. If you do arrive earlier than 8.30am (when the Nursery doors open), please can you help support us with our “no running” rule on the balcony. Thank you.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Mander, Mrs Allen, Mrs Franklin, Mrs Lewis, Mrs Barrett and Mrs Flynn.

Nursery News ~ 27th September 2019

Happy Friday everyone!

Well the first batch of wet weather this week definitely tested out our waterproofs and lots of bags went home with wet clothes as a result. We will only send a bag home if there are wet clothes that need washing and replenishing. Thank you to ALL who provide those bags in Boot Room, they make our job so much easier!

IN THE CABIN during Circle Time, we have been playing/learning:

Listening Games. We have been playing a new game of “Wink for a Turn” to help support those looking skills. It is so important you can show that you are listening by looking at the person talking and this game helped support this – try it out at home with your families.

Write Dance. We have been jumping, swinging arms, shaking hands and stretching to a new song of “We Can Do Anything” – get ready because next week we are going to move on to the next Write Dance stage of mark making to the music on the tables.

Number. The “Pattern Parrot” has helped us warm up our Maths brains by creating a repeating pattern of two actions e.g. open/close, left/right, up/down. We have moved on to learning about the number 2 and you have shown me 2 objects, built towers with the light blue numicon 2, practised drawing number 2 on a friend’s back. The favourite game this week has been “Musical 2’s” where we have boogied around the room to the disco music and when the music stopped we have created a group of 2 children, a “pair”. See if you can spot some “pairs” at home this weekend!

Nursery Rhyme. “One Finger, One Thumb” has had us exercising those Baby Shark digits. Adding our own body actions on to the song had us giggling yesterday – I think in the end we had a list of 8 actions to remember including: arm, leg, wiggly bottom, stand up, sit down, nod of the head.

Dough Disco. We have been pinching and squeezing the dough this week to “Hakuna Matata” to get our fingers, hands and wrists ready for handwriting. Next week it will be Eden’s choice of song – one of my favourites too!

OUTDOORS, IN FOREST SCHOOL, Mrs Allen has now opened up the mud kitchen and couldn’t we tell – I bet your grownups had to get the nail brushes out at bath time!

The Sand. More birthday cakes were being created using the animals as decoration – Happy 4th Birthday Rory – we were lucky enough to enjoy the day with you!! Another popular activity was burying those diggers!!! Parker dug a hole so deep that we couldn’t actually find it - excellent!!

The Gully. Well the rain made this part of Forest School very exciting this week as it kept getting so flooded, we couldn’t actually find it. We had fun nevertheless trying to keep it clear of all the leaves, mud and sand – you are super helpers, I hope you are like this at home!

The Mud. It is finally open for business – hooray! I was missing those hot chocolates and mud pies and you certainly didn’t disappoint. Thanks to the rain, it made the mud even more moveable which was great as Mrs Allen could then teach you how to draw with a stick and mud just like the “Cave Baby” story.

The Patio. A popular play choice this week has been using the tubes from the shed for all sorts of weird and wonderful things: talking through them, reins for a horse and a skipping rope. You have also discovered that when you create a vehicle using the crates, they make excellent seatbelts – safety first!

It was so lovely to see so many of you at the Open Evening on Wednesday night and we had the chance to have a chat about how your little ones are settling in. They are certainly a confident bunch which has meant they have settled into Nursery life very quickly! We do have a more formal Parent Consultation in November (19th/20th) but in the meantime, do come and chat (or email for those working parents) about any questions, worries, concerns you may have.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Mander, Mrs Allen, Mrs Franklin, Mrs Lewis, Mrs Barrett and Mrs Flynn.

Nursery News ~ 20th September 2019

Happy Friday everyone!

What a beautiful week we have had with some warm autumn sun.

In the cabin, during Circle Time, we have been playing/learning:

Listening Games. We continued with the listening rule of “Listening is Looking at the Person Talking” by playing versions of Grownup Matching Pairs. Yesterday was by far the most challenging when you had to find a matching pair mixed up on the tables and share with your friends who it was. You are doing so well at remembering all six of our names – use the photographs on the door to help you in the morning when waiting.

Write Dance. We have continued with our song “Just Like This” but this week you have had the added challenge of moving your bodies to the music, as well as your arms, and creating patterns with the ribbons. I am hoping your arms are aching as much as mine are!

Number. A daily warm up song/dance of “You Can Clap Your Hands” has had us all clapping, stamping and shaking our heads to three – the challenging part is always stopping at three. You are now experts so am sure you could teach the song to your families and have them singing the song too! We have also been learning about the number 1. You have shown me what 1 looks like with objects, learnt about the orange Numicon 1 and yesterday we were explorers and found number 1 shaped objects in the Forest. Your favourite activity was definitely tickling a friend by drawing number 1 on their backs – did you find time to have a go at drawing on someone’s back at home? Did they recognise the shape?

Nursery Rhyme. “Heads Shoulders Knees and Toes” has had us pointing and naming parts of our bodies and we have made the song faster, slower and even reversed the actions – “Toes, Knees, Shoulders, Heads”.

Dough Disco. We have been passing and sausage rolling our dough this week to “Happy” but you still remembered our Musical Playdough rules of “dough away” when the music stops – definitely a game to show the grownups at our Christmas singsong in December. Thank you to Leo for choosing our Dough Disco song next week, please do let me know your favourite disco songs so I can add to my playlist.

Outdoors, in Forest School, Mrs Allen has now opened up the gully and as this was a huge hit, the mud kitchen will now be waiting for us next week.

The Gully. Fish and chips have definitely been on the menu for lunch this week as you have enjoyed creating your own fish with corks and then attempted to fish them out of the fast moving river.

The Sand. Creating birthday cakes and decorating them have been a popular choice with one of us having their fourth birthday – Happy Birthday Ariana! I am not sure I was so impressed with how many candles were put on mine, but still it is definitely a lot less than it should be.

The Patio. The crates have been used this week for making beds for us all to rest inside – it is hard work at Nursery!! Your bodies were small enough to tuck into the blue crates with material as your blanket. However we grownups had to have at least six red crates in a row on which to fit our long bodies - well not Mrs Allen obviously!

We all hope you have a lovely lovely sunny weekend and keep practising those Traffic Light Voices – red, amber and green at home.

Mrs Mander, Mrs Allen, Mrs Franklin, Mrs Lewis, Mrs Barrett and Mrs Flynn.

Nursery News ~ 13th September 2019

Happy Friday everyone and welcome to our weekly blog!

What a smashing start you have all had to Nursery life. You are settling into the swing of our days and with the support of our visual timetable, you are getting to know our daily routine.

In the cabin, during Circle Time, we have been playing and learning:

Listening Games. To help us with our first rule “Listening is Looking at the Person Talking to you” we have all enjoyed the two games of “Who Looks Different?” and “What/Who is Missing?”. It made you giggle when the Nursery grownups stood in a line and when you had your eyes closed, ones hid in the kitchen.

Write Dance. To start getting our arms strong for handwriting, our first song/dance has been “Just Like This”. We have been marching, building, zigzagging and eating and we even performed it on several occasions to new faces. What a confident bunch you are!

Number. A daily warm up dance of the Funky Monkey Finger Dance has had you wriggling those fingers and learning all about your left and right hands. The popular “Counting to Five” songs of Five Naughty Monkeys and Five Speckled Frogs have had us jumping around. You took on the part of the monkeys and frogs so well, we will definitely be revisiting these two songs.

Nursery Rhyme. Tommy Thumb has been teaching us all about the names of our fingers and thumbs. Keep practising naming and hiding Tommy, Peter, Toby, Ruby and Baby.

Dough Disco. To get us ready for the disco feel, we have been playing musical playdough. When the music stops, you have to put the dough back into the pot, lid on, hands in lap. Get ready for our first disco track next week and if you have any favourite disco tracks, please do let us know!

Outdoors, in Forest School, Mrs Allen has now introduced you to two areas:

The Sand. This is always a popular choice and you have done so well to keep safe in the sand by keeping those tools low, ensuring the sand stays in the sandpit and helping at the end of the session to brush off the tools and pop them back into the shed.

The Patio. Stacking the small crates to create towers and using different combinations to make your own settees was popular with all. You have been putting them in a line to create a vehicle to travel to Peppa Pig Land, Elsa Land and the beach. Following a story with Mrs Allen and using the larger crates, a few of you enjoyed creating a safe place for the three little pigs – a very sensible idea!

Next week Mrs Allen is going to be introducing us all to the mud kitchen/gully – be prepared grownups for some muddy hands and nails.

Have a lovely weekend, get plenty of rest for some more Forest School fun next week!

Mrs Mander, Mrs Allen, Mrs Franklin, Mrs Lewis, Mrs Barrett and Mrs Flynn.

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Hello New Nursery 2019!

Hello New Nursery 2019!

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

On Wednesday, please remember to bring in a:

  • Pair of named wellington boots (to be placed under the left hand side bench in the boot room)
  • Pair of named slippers (to be kept in the cabin)
  • 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.  You can leave these in your bag in the boot room at drop off so we know where to find them if we need them.

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

Grown-ups, collection time is 3pm.  Due to the boot room being accessed by the rest of the school, we cannot open the side gate until after they have left the balcony.  After 3pm, if the ramp appears clear, please ring the buzzer and we can release the gate.  If you could wait on the patio area next to the sand pit, we will release the children from the top of the ramp to you.  :-)

See you all tomorrow.

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


Thank you

We finish the year with our favourite Nursery word - "thank you". :-)

Thank you all for your kind wishes, gifts and most importantly, kind words in all of the cards we have received.  These are what mean everything to us as a team as it makes us feel we have done the job we set out to do back in September.

However, it is a complete team effort between all of the staff, the children and of course, you.  You have given us some amazing children to mould into "little learners" and we now send them on their way to their next adventure, wherever that may be.  

Have a lovely summer everyone.

From all of the Nursery Team here at Blackwell!


Teddy Bears' Picnic

On Monday 15th July, we will be heading to Burcot Grange for a Teddy Bears' Picnic.

We will be leaving school at 9.30am and returning in time for lunch at 11.30am.

If you want to bring your own bears then do please ensure they are named and small.  You are more than welcome to borrow one from our own bear basket if you forget or do not want to run the risk of losing them. ????

After lunch it is the whole school transition afternoon at 12.40pm - 1.40pm.  This is for the children only and so collection times are 1.40pm and 3.00pm.

Mrs Mander

Nursery News ~ 5th July 2019

What a smashing sunny time we have had in Nursery this week, a super end to our time together.  Those cold winter days seem a lifetime ago now!

We have been enjoying our Nursery Rhyme this week of Baa Baa Black Sheep - a real favourite with all of us.  Our Write Dance song of "Horsey Horsey" has had us galloping on our horses - thank you to Charlotte for showing us how we hold on to the reins correctly.  Our story this week has been "What the Ladybird Heard" and has had us talking about settings, playing Spot the Difference on the farm and using our Phonics skills of spotting and showing what Mrs Mander could see using only the letter sounds for a clue.  We have had fun outdoors in the sunshine creating our own shows, making a car wash with the crates and we bid a farewell to our very own pet butterflies yesterday afternoon.  What an experience to watch this lifecycle happen in front of our eyes in such a short space of time.  Thank you Mrs Allen for starting off these caterpillars on their journey - we are sad you missed the final stages!

Enjoy your weekend and we have everything crossed for a return of a healthy Mrs Allen next week. 

Mrs Mander :-)

Nursery News ~ 28th June 2019

What a beautiful sunny end to the week we had today.  Sun hats, sun cream and sun fun was very welcome after such a wet Tuesday - that rain even put our own waterproofs to the test!

Transition times into your new Reception classes has begun with lots of you attending new schools or heading across the gully to Red class "Story Club".  You are handling it all so well and am sure your grown ups are all very excited about this special time to come. 

For us this is our final push to get you all "school ready" as you have all come so far.  Our final topic links in with the rest of the school as we finish with "Farming".  Lots of nursery rhymes to play with - Old McDonald, Baa Baa Black Sheep, Mary had a little Lamb and "Horsey Horsey" will be our Write Dance tune for next week.  We will continue sorting animals into farm or zoo and ensuring we can match our sounds to the correct animal.  We will also continue working on those early reading skills of blending and segmenting sounds in simple animal words e.g. pig, cat, dog.  Your ability to create these pure letter sounds using our picture prompts, blend two/three together and hear the word is so impressive and a super start to your reading journey!

Lots of you have noticed that we are missing Mrs Allen at the moment.  Unfortunately she is suffering with a trapped sciatic nerve and will not be in back in school with us for a little while yet.  We all wish her well and a speedy recovery - me more so than anyone as I am in charge of the gardening and caterpillars (I think we need to wish them well too!)  Luckily for me, I have some very keen gardeners in George and Alice to keep me in line. :-)

I hope you all enjoy your sunny weekend!

Mrs Mander :-)

Nursery News ~ 16th June 2019

Happy Father's Day!

We hope you all have a lovely family day today. We have talked lots about our Daddies and Grandads this week through stories, matching games and even had a go at drawing them (which can be seen displayed on the nursery window). In Maths we have been learning about mark making number by using tally. We practised in the cabin first by tallying objects, sounds and then went out to the front of the school and tallied passing vehicles. The speed and number of vehicles passing our school in the day was perfect for us to keep track on our numbers and help us remember to close the gate on the number five. In Phonics we have met Nat and Pat who you helped by listening to their sounds and blending together to tap different parts of your body. In Write Dance we have been using our magic painting hands again to create new colours by dancing to "Air Train" and in Dough Disco we have been willing that sun to make an appearance with "Bring me Sunshine".

Outdoors, the production of items for the Summer Fair has begun with Mrs Allen. You have been planting seeds and creating your own minibeast pegs - fingers crossed these seeds are now looked after enough to see some shoots ready for you to sell. With some new furry friends in the nursery, you have been looking at the lifecycle of a caterpillar. The classic story of the Hungry Caterpillar was read to you with just story spoons - it was lovely to see lots of you telling the story in this way on the balcony during Outdoor "Play and Explore". We are all looking forward to seeing the change happen before our eyes with the caterpillars that are growing bigger every day.

With lots of wet weather comes lot of wet clothes! Please can you ensure your child has a change of clothes in a bag on their peg as we are running short of spares again. If there are any clothes changed, we will send home the bag to be restocked. If your child is sent home in clothes labelled SCHOOL, please could you return when you are able.

Fingers crossed for some better weather next week!

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

New Gate - New Collection Point

We hope you have all enjoyed your half term week. :-)

Over half term, we have had a new gate fitted at the top of the ramp.

Due to the limited space on the balcony at pick up time with parents/grownups/siblings and the Nursery children trying to find their own coats/shoes, we will be changing the collection point at 3pm.  Please could you wait on the patio slabbed area to the left of the ramp and we will get the children ready on the balcony and an adult will release them from the gate.

This will also ensure that "Story Time" for our After School children can continue and of course, will be a great step for transition for the majority of our children who are off to Reception in September.

Drop off in the morning will stay as it is at 8.30am to the cabin door.  At 8.45am, the door will be shut as we will be ringing the bell to take the register and so if you arrive after this time, please just open to let your little one in. :-)

Thank you for your support with this.

Mrs Mander and Mrs Allen.

Nursery News ~ 17th May 2019

Happy Friday everyone!

What a beautiful week it has been – the sun has certainly put his hat on and come out to play. Thank you for all the sunhats and suncream at very short notice – without these, Forest School can become very limiting for the children.

Indoors we have made “Ten Little Pirates” come alive as we have been marching to a new pirate song and thanks to Captain Allen and Captain Lewis, you were chosen one by one to climb aboard their ships. We have linked the story with our Maths and taken it all outside in the sunshine where we have role-played the story of pirates being eaten by sharks, blown away by a hurricane and sang to by a mermaid (!). This has helped us SEE what it looks like in a ten frame/egg box when we count backwards.

Outdoors, Mrs Allen has been teaching you the races we will be taking part in for Sports Day next Friday – the one you enjoyed the most was the welly wanging! I just hope I am not the one at the Finish line when these are thrown! Mrs Allen has enjoyed turning the mud kitchen (with its new oven!) into a galley, cooking meals for the Captain and you have enjoyed hunting golden nuggets buried deep in the sand. During the afternoons, you have enjoyed being taken a group at a time to tend to the Early Years patch – digging out the weeds, sowing the seeds and watering them ready to attract some butterfly visitors.

The biggest hit this week though has been the introduction of the Trim Trail. To encourage some slower eaters and to duplicate what a lunch time will look like for most of you in Reception in September, we have been heading out for a fifteen minute climb, balance, swing after we have eaten. A HUGE hit this week!

Sports Day for Nursery will be Friday 24th May at 2pm on the school field. If your child does not attend on a Friday, please do bring them along to meet us on the school field for this time. You will see there have been some lanes painted and a circle for the parents to stand in. We look forward to seeing lots of you there!

Have a lovely weekend,

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

Sunhat and Suncream

Hi All,

As we are outdoors for a big part of our day, please can you ensure your children are prepared for the sunny weather.

A sunhat of their own can be left in the hat basket and a named bottle of suncream to be left on top of the shoerack on the balcony.

On sunny days like today, children without a hat and suncream will have to stay in the shady spots of Forest School which will limit their play experience.

Many thanks,

Mrs Mander and Mrs Allen :-)

Nursery News ~ 10th May 2019

Hello Team Pirates!

What an excellent start we have made to our Pirate topic both indoors and outdoors since we have come back from the Easter holiday!

In the cabin we have been enjoying Pirate PiggyWiggy which, thanks to the beautiful pictures in the story, enabled us to play a Pirate bingo game where we had to match up word labels to the pictures. Later in the week we moved on to matching the real life pirate objects to the pictures from the story e.g. hats, swords, cannons, treasure chest, gold coins. Our Maths work has had us focusing on the number 9 both indoors and outdoors and we have even extended ourselves to finding ways to make 9 using the Numicon as puzzle pieces. Our Phonics on “Voice Sounds” is the start to us blending sounds to make words ready for reading in Reception. Can you remember which words the sounds /sh/ and /ee/ make? /m/ and /oo/? Our Write Dance of “Row the Boat” has had us drawing an arch going up and an arch going down and alongside this, we have been dough discoing to Galway Girl (thanks to Rosie) and Giant (thanks to the character of George in The Smartest Giant in Town). Next week Ten Little Pirates will be coming alive and we will be getting “Getting Jiggy wit it” courtesy of Mrs Lewis!

Outdoors, we have taken our Pirate theme with us. Mrs Allen has been teaching us the game of Shark Island where we had to move around the space and when the bells were shook, we had to stand by an island to stay safe from the shark. When the sun shone, you all enjoyed creating the largest treasure map I have ever seen and the fun part was watching you try to carry and follow it at the same time. Mrs Lewis has been showing you how to make pirate boats which were then taken into the gully for some sailing. The biggest hit since we have been back though was when Mrs Allen took small groups to do some gardening. You all loved your little gloves and tools and digging up those weeds – I hope you continue to do this at home with your grownups over the weekend with everything growing so quickly now we are having a mix of warm and wet weather!

Have a lovely weekend and remember to show off how you can ALL do your own zips now when you keep on trying! Don’t give up after the first attempt!

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

Nursery News ~ Happy Easter!

Happy Easter to you all!

Thank you for a wonderful afternoon - your singing, dancing and Spring Chicken actions were the best we have seen you perform.  We are all so proud of you, we really are.

I cannot wait to see how our family of tadpoles develop over the Easter break - I think there may be some legs on show for the summer term!

We hope you enjoy a well-earnt rest with your families and we look forward to seeing you all in a few weeks time ready to get stuck into our "Pirates" topic!  I think it is set to be an enjoyable one.

Take care Team Nursery

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

Nursery News ~ 5th April 2019

Hello Team Nursery.

Another week has flown by and we have now begun our preparations for next Friday’s coffee afternoon at 2.30pm. If your child does not attend on a Friday and would like to join us, you are more than welcome to drop them in the cabin with us at 2pm and head on over to the school hall. If you could just let us know before Friday if you plan to do this so we can ensure we are prepared for how many we will actually have.

In the cabin we have continued our work on Alliteration with our alliteration jars. Each jar is full of little objects beginning with the same sound. If you find anything at home over the weekend that you are happy to share with us and pop into a jar, please do bring it in next week. We have even managed to put little photographs of ourselves in the jar and some of us wished we were in Charlie’s jar as he shares it with chocolate and cheese! Our topic has changed to “Easter” and we have started learning about the Easter story. We had fun creating a palm pathway for Jesus and the donkey by printing with our own green palms and today we moved on to learning about the “Last Supper”. We have made some great predictions about what we think might happen next to Jesus and next week we will see whether he is caught under a net, frozen in ice or put in prison when we learn about Good Friday, Easter Saturday and Easter Sunday.

Outdoors we have been creating some Easter produce for us to share with our families for Easter. We have all been painting our own hard boiled eggs in our favourite colours – we then used these today for an Easter egg hunt. This was definitely the highlight of the week as you spent both Forest School hiding and finding eight eggs with a designated person being in charge of the basket. Mrs Allen showed us all how to create healthy Easter nests with grated carrot and cucumber. We enjoyed munching on them during our lunch. In the afternoon, you have been practising your throwing and catching with balls, beanbags and scoops – this is something you could maybe have a go at doing over the weekend. Our number this week was the number 8 and we enjoyed playing “Follow my Leader” outdoors around our own number 8 track.

It was lovely to chat to you all again during Parent Consultation evenings this week – it is always nice to share with you how much progress these little stars have made since they joined in September and how ready for school lots of them already are.

Have a wonderful weekend.

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

Nursery News ~ 29th March 2019

Hello Nursery!

What a super sunny week it has been! Spring is finally here!

In the cabin we have been Dough Discoing to “Everything is Awesome” (thank you Ben!) and Write Dance Dancing to “Merry-go-round”. We have been spinning around and around and around with our bodies, friends, hoops and the parachute making ourselves quite dizzy. For Communication and Language (C&L) we have been talking about, mixing and matching and even attempting our first drawing of our Mummy. WOW!! The grownups in the Nursery (and am sure your grownups at home) will be blown away by your pencil control – all the hard work is beginning to pay off! Your Mummy pictures are on display in the cabin window and don’t they all look beautiful. In Maths we have been looking at how numbers get smaller when one is taken away (subtracted). We have had children rolling out of bed, jumping off the train and stealing biscuits from the biscuit tin – all as a way of “seeing” how the amount changes. In Phonics we have continued our work on alliteration and had fun sorting objects into glass jars if they begin with the same sound. I wonder if you could work out on the weekend who would go in a jar with you?

Outdoors Mrs Allen has introduced us to weather boxes. For most of the week, we have been playing and exploring in the “Sunny Day” box with the travel brochures, sunhats, sunglasses, picnic items. Today, Mrs Allen introduced us to the “Foggy Day” box and we all enjoyed exploring with binoculars, tracing paper and the torches. Mrs Allen also took you all into the big playground to play the island game where you had to stand on one leg when you heard the shaker – balancing on one leg is a skill we need to do more of after Easter! In the afternoons, some of you had the opportunity to create some clay necklaces using your dough disco skills of balling, pressing, pinching and we enjoyed turning the patio into a dancefloor, choosing a friend to leave when they looked tired! We have noticed lots of you revisiting fishing in the gully, painting with water and creating ball runs with the guttering.

Thank you to you all for your Parent Consultation preferred times back - these have now been allocated and I look forward to chatting to you on Wednesday and Thursday next week about your child’s progress. Please come to the school office at your allocated time.

Next week we will begin choosing which of our favourite songs and dances we want to share for the Nursery Easter Coffee afternoon on Friday 12th April at 2.30pm. I know without question one will involve getting our chicken wings wiggling!

Have a lovely weekend.

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