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Nursery News ~ 18th May 2018

The Spring sunshine is really warming us up in Forest School at last – our winter hat basket has turned into a cap/straw hat basket! We do keep these in the nursery for the days when the sun does come out, but let us know if you need it back! Otherwise, we will return them in July!

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

* Phonics – the sound machine has been a huge hit in listening and learning about short and long sounds. We then moved on to making our own short and long sounds which were quite challenging for some – perhaps something you could practise at home?

* Maths – our warm-up “Little Soldiers” song has made our number brains working and we then have moved on to learning about 3D shapes e.g. a cylinder, sphere and cone. We have enjoyed testing out whether they roll, stack or both.

* Technology – the bee bots have paid us a visit this week in Nursery and they are much more temperamental than the guinea pigs. As the week has gone on, they have got tired and so think they are ready to go back to BIG school for some charging! We have all had a turn at moving them forward, backward, left and right and they ended up dancing by the end of the week.

* EAD – we have been designing and creating our own bunting and fruit punch cups. We used these as part of our Tudor Ball day yesterday! We all loved a bit of fruit and fizz in our fruit punch and it was good to see lots of children trying out different flavours of juice for the first time.

Outdoors, in Forest School, we have been:

* Using our tools to hammer nails into our frame ready for some weaving activities.

* Decorating the Forest School with ribbons – we have seen super weaving skills from everyone, even bow tying from some!

* Watching and learning a new Forest School dance for our ball on Thursday to the tune of Greensleeves.

* Practising some of our Sport Day events ready for our Sports afternoon next Friday.

Next week is our final week of this half term and so on Friday afternoon, we will be holding our very first Nursery Sports Afternoon. This will be from 2pm-3pm and if your child does not attend on a Friday usually, you are more than welcome to bring them along for the event. Please do let us know if you plan on coming along so we can ensure we have equipment accessible for all.  Please can you ensure you send your child in with suitable clothing and footwear.

Enjoy your weekend!

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

Thursday 17th May - Tudor Day

With the rest of the school taking part in a Tudor Day, we will be joining in the fun.

The "Thursday" children will have the opportunity to visit the rest of the school "castle" and so if they have a sibling in another class, we will ensure they get to see them at their allocated time.

Once we have visited each part of the castle, we will be decorating our own Forest School with homemade bunting and enjoying the dances we have learnt with Mrs Allen this week. 

Some children are keen to dress up for the occasion, which is fine, but please ensure they are still Forest School and weather appropriate as we will be continuing our day as normal after lunch. :-)

Many thanks

Mrs Mander

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Happy “Friendly” Friday.

What a lot of Spring May birthdays we have in Nursery. There are lots of children who are so proud to turn four and some of us a little less proud to be turning a number with four in again!

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

  • Phonics – we have had fun making and listening to each other’s sounds and playing a simple lotto game

  • Number – some of us have been matching our Numicon BIG pieces with the SMALL pieces up to 10, finding different ways of making numbers using coloured pegs and pressing the Numicon into playdough and adding one more

  • Communication and Language – our big book of Cinderella has had us thinking about our main character and how her feelings change throughout different parts of the story

  • Write Dance – a welcome change in the weather has had us revisiting the tune “Little Sun” and we have created our own suns with both hands drawing curved lines, straight lines and dots

    Outdoors, in Forest School, we have been:

  • Weaving ribbons in and out the fence to develop our fine motor skills;

  • Playing parachute games on the grass field to develop gross motor skills;

  • Using our home grown herbs in the mud kitchen to be creative and

  • Building castles with boxes and crates developing all sorts of skills.

    With the whole school Tudor Fayre next Thursday, we are in preparation for our very own Nursery ball on the same day. Our Thursday children will be visiting the different parts of the castle throughout the school and then enjoying our own homemade punch with some dancing thrown in.

    For the children leaving us in July and moving into Blackwell Reception, Mrs Moss and Mrs Webb just wanted to add a reminder that if your child attends on a Thursday, you can just drop them at normal time and we will ensure they get to enjoy these story sessions with Mrs Webb in preparation for Reception in Red class.

    Enjoy your weekend!

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

Sun hat and Sun cream

Please don't forget a named sun hat and named sun cream tomorrow (if you haven't already sent it in).

If you can put some on before school, we can help you put it on for the afternoon. :-)

Thanks

Mrs Mander

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Happy “Friendly” Friday.

Our “School Day” on Monday was a huge hit. We had fun exploring the whole school with a photo hunt. I think I can guess which was your favourite room to have an explore of – sorry Mrs Moss! Did you show your grown ups and brothers or sisters the photos? Did they spot where the pictures were taken? We enjoyed having lunch in the hall and finally got to meet Mrs Barker! However, the biggest hit was cuddling and stroking both Mabel and Peggy, our school guinea pigs.

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

  • Phonics – using the magic microphone to SSSLLLLLOOOOOWWWWW the words down.

  • Number – talking about properties of shapes e.g. a square has four sides of the same length. You used this to help you create squares and triangles with straight objects. Can you remember if the triangle needs to have sides the same length like the square?

  • Communication and Language – Rumpelstiltskin came to life this week with our very own role play. He started stealing numbers from our number line too! He is a thief!

  • Write Dance – our tune “Tickle Tree” has had us creating trees with our straight lines, “scrimbles” and circles.

    Outdoors, in Forest School, we have been:

  • Learning a new playground game of “What’s the Time Mr Wolf?”

  • Creating some Natural Art pictures on the balcony

  • Building with our new balcony blocks on the balcony

  • Using our very own herbs to make and drink herbal tea with our friends

  • Knot tying (and untying!)

    We all hope you enjoy the sunny long weekend. See you all on Tuesday!

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

Nursery News ~ 29th April 2018

Happy Sunday!  Hope you are having a lovely weekend and resting after another busy week.

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

  • Phonics – practising how our voices can make different sounds.
  • Number – recognising, reading and matching numbers up to 10 using numicon.
  • Communication and Language – we have been reading our Castle themed story of Rumpelstiltskin
  • Write Dance – our tune “Tickle Tree” has had us tickling each other’s backs by drawing circles, “scrimbles” and lines with both hands in unison.

Outdoors, in Forest School, we have been:

  • Building castles from boxes, sand and wooden blocks
  • Learning a new playground game of “stuck in the mud”
  • Using paintbrushes to decorate the outdoor area with rainwater!

We really have seen some April showers this week and as a result, lots of bags went home over the weekend.  Our supply of spare clothes has diminished.  Please can you ensure that you bring back your bags to be kept on your pegs with a change of clothes in as I am sure we have a lot more rain to come!

We look forward to seeing you for our “school” day tomorrow – it is going to be fun having the run of the school…

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

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Nursery News ~ 25th March 2018

Happy Sunny Sunday!

 

We are almost ready to show off our singing, dancing and artwork that we have been working on so hard this week.  Our Easter Coffee morning is on Thursday from 8.30am – 9.00am.  If you say goodbye to grownups at the door as usual and let them enjoy an Easter drink and cake on the balcony.  We will get our singing voices ready to show off a Dough Disco Dance about the sun, a Write Dance Dance about a rainbow and a fun Easter song about a Spring chicken.  If you do not normally attend on a Thursday and would like to come, then you are welcome to join us for this half an hour celebration. 

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

Nursery News ~ 18th March 2018

This week, it was great to chat with you all at the Parent Consultations - it is always lovely to get a chance to catch up properly and of course for you to meet the guinea pigs!  The children had their very own visit from Mabel and Peggy on Friday morning when Miss Kuriger brought them over for a cuddle - I have never known you all so quiet, they can come again!

A huge warm welcome back this week to Mrs. Thompson, who will be working with us in Nursery every morning.  It is lovely to have another friendly face on board!

Indoors, we have been singing, role-playing and creating with the nursery rhyme "Mary had a Little Lamb".  In Phonics we enjoyed an initial sound sort of objects beginning with /S/ and had fun allowing those with this sound to go to the school that Mary goes to.  In Maths, we have been singing about more/less and played a fun Numicon game of Top Trumps where you had to compare pieces and the winner gets to keep both.  In dough disco, we became the "Music Man" -  a firm favourite for footballing Freddie H.  We have been drawing rainbows with our Write Dance song and we all agreed, our arms would be aching by the weekend after so much use!

Outside, Mrs. Allen has continued with the potion theme and brought in her own mint plant.  You enjoyed making minty potions with the leaves, water, mud and chalk.  It was great to see children exploring colour mixing with the chalks - George, in particular, was very excited to discover that blue and yellow make his hands green like the Hulk!   Jack and the Beanstalk was our big book story shared in our Quiet Area, Mrs. Allen even brought in some magic beans!!  A favourite game though was "1, 2, 3 where are you?" - it was lovely to see this being played independently following Forest School sessions.  The rain on Thursday night, created lots of water fun on Friday - some super splashing in the HUGE puddle meant lots of wet trousers!  I hope all of your bags have been filled back up with dry clothes ready for some more fun next week as we have run out of spares!

Next week, get those singing voices and those creative hands ready as we start preparing for some Easter fun!

Happy Snowy Sunday!!  We hope you are enjoying some snow fun today!

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

 

Nursery News ~ 10th March 2018

Happy Saturday!!

This week, it has finally been feeling like Spring is in the air. Indoors, we have been talking lots about our mummies as we get ready for a special day on Sunday: we have read lots of stories, made a special something and you have shared some very interesting information about them all!    In Phonics we have enjoyed playing Eye Spy where you have taken on the role of being the person “on” – that was quite tricky for some of you to hear the initial sound in your friend’s name.  In Maths we have being counting sounds and have started to draw numbers using tally.  We have turned our dough into a “Hot Potato” – now a firm favourite disco song and we have enjoyed digging those Sandy Hills with our Write Dance song.

Outside, Mrs Allen has been enjoying the last of the snow with you by mixing colours and chalk to make some wonderful potions.  She has also been showing you how you can play noughts and crosses with some large sticks, pebbles and discs.  Rolling the wheeled sand toys down the balcony was fun to see, even setting your own challenge by trying to get it through the Year 4 children’s legs – thank you to our Play Partners who come every day to enjoy some nursery fun.  Well done to those children who made that wonderful cake for Mrs Franklin’s birthday yesterday – I know we couldn’t find 100 candles as requested, but we tried!

We all hope you have a lovely Mother’s Day on Sunday, remember to spoil them as they love you all very much.

Mrs Mander, Mrs Allen, Mrs Franklin and Mrs Lewis

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Happy Half Term!

Happy Half Term!!

What a fun week to finish on with all our Diwali activities! Indoors we have learnt, and then retold, the Diwali story, building up to our very first role play on Friday.  Well done to all those who took on the roles of Rama, Sita, Ravana and Hanaman so confidently.  Outdoors, we enjoyed making rangoli patterns, diva lamps and character puppets in our new Quiet Zone on the balcony.

World Book Day is on Thursday 1st March. Have a hunt through your books at home and choose/share your favourite one with someone in your family.  Please can you then bring in for our Show and Tell sessions to share with us!  We are looking forward to seeing your choices and exploring why you enjoy them. 

Have a fun packed half term and remember Friendly Friday next week!

Mrs Mander, Mrs Allen and Mrs Franklin

Nursery News ~ 9th February 2018

Hello Nursery,

In the cabin this week in “Maths” we have gone pattern crazy ~ patterns on socks, clothing, toys and animals.  Our “Communication and Language” sessions have focused on the story “Brown Bear, Brown Bear”.  We had fun visiting Red class’ interactive whiteboard to watch the story and spot the colours.  We then enjoyed creating our own puppet characters from the story and sang along to the song.  Our favourite listening sessions this week have definitely been the ones that involved the recording paperclip ~ how funny it was to hear our voices being played back!  These daily sessions have really improved your listening skills; even Mrs Moss was impressed with how well you can stay focused now.

Our play in Forest School has taken a turn this week as everything was frozen ~ mud, sand, water in the gully.  It hasn’t stopped us having fun though with more circle time fun, chalking patterns and creating our stick man characters using our wrapping skills.  You all worked well together to create our very own nursery theatre ~ we had performers, a curtain and seats for the audience.  It was great to see you then taking our indoor puppet show of “Brown Bear, Brown Bear” outside this afternoon.

We hope you have a lovely weekend and remember to show your grownups, brothers and sisters how great you are with those helping hands!  See you next week for some Diwali themed fun!

Mrs Mander, Mrs Allen and Mrs Franklin

Nursery News ~ 4th February 2018

Hello Nursery,

Happy Sunday!

Well done for all the new tastes you have tried this week!  We have had some new meals from Mrs Barker at lunchtime and we made our own fruit smoothies for our Teddy Bears’ picnic.  It is so important to keep trying new things before deciding whether you like it or not.

In the cabin we have continued with our “Phonics” of looking at objects with the same initial sound ~ can you remember the items that came out of the sound bag? Fox, fairy... Thank you Freddie for letting us use your coat!   We have been looking at an information book on Toys and even compared some actual old toys to new toys ~ you did well to sort the horses, car and train into two hoops.  Can you remember how the old train moved?  In “Maths” we have been counting backwards with some familiar number songs. It was lovely to see those naughty monkeys taking their Maths learning outside and jumping on the crates in Forest School.  We also looked at where Mrs Lewis has travelled to on our globe and then enjoyed being little people in flying saucers, flying around the world.

The cold weather returned again in Forest School but we managed to get out and have some fun.  We have been playing lots of circle time games to keep us warm and moving.  You all did so well with learning new skills of tying slipknots and using our new mini hammers.  I think the highlight of the week was on Wednesday afternoon when we found some sun on the field and took our teddies for a picnic to enjoy our smoothies and teddy biscuits.  We were very proud of how you helped your teddies to eat that second biscuit! 

We hope you are having a lovely weekend and remember to show your grownups at home how independent you can be with those coats!  See you next week for play dough fun with our Days of the Week!

Mrs Mander, Mrs Allen and Mrs Franklin

 

Nursery News ~ 27th January 2018

Hello Nursery,

Happy weekend! 

First of all, well done to you all for remembering our four rules for good listening when we went over to BIG school and watched Year 1’s Bear Hunt assembly. It was lovely to see you all enjoying it and joining in with the words to the story.

Forest School has been a little wet this week but it didn’t stop us.  The huge puddle created by all that rain just gave us a super river to float our boats in!  You also really enjoyed singing some of our favourite songs with an outdoor song cube and we have added a seesaw to our Forest School playground. J 

Indoors, we have started work on initial sounds and can now listen and hear our own sound at the beginning of our name.  We have looked at the end of our story “Brown Paper Teddy Bear” and our very own teddy has brought in some of his old toy friends ~ soldiers, horses and dinky cars.  In our Write Dance sessions we have enjoyed our new song “Dinky Car” and taken them for a drive through chalk and shaving foam.  In our “Maths” session, we have been hokey cokeying; to learn all about “in” and “out” and using Bear Hunt to teach us about “over”, “under” and “through”.

We hope you are having a lovely weekend and remember what we talked about yesterday; happy faces make others feel happy too!  See you next week for our Teddy Bear’s Picnic – we have biscuits and smoothies to make for it so get those hands ready for some work!

Mrs Mander, Mrs Allen and Mrs Franklin

 

Hello Nursery,

Happy weekend! 
First of all, well done to you all for remembering our four rules for good listening when we went over to BIG school and watched Year 1’s Bear Hunt assembly.  It was lovely to see you all enjoying it and joining in with the words to the story.

Forest School has been a little wet this week but it didn’t stop us.  The huge puddle created by all that rain just gave us a super river to float our boats in!  You also really enjoyed singing some of our favourite songs with an outdoor song cube and we have added a seesaw to our Forest School playground. J 

Indoors, we have started work on initial sounds and can now listen and hear our own sound at the beginning of our name.  We have looked at the end of our story “Brown Paper Teddy Bear” and our very own teddy has brought in some of his old toy friends ~ soldiers, horses and dinky cars.  In our Write Dance sessions we have enjoyed our new song “Dinky Car” and taken them for a drive through chalk and shaving foam.  In our “Maths” session, we have been hokey cokeying; to learn all about “in” and “out” and using Bear Hunt to teach us about “over”, “under” and “through”.

We hope you are having a lovely weekend and remember what we talked about yesterday; happy faces make others feel happy too!  See you next week for our Teddy Bear’s Picnic – we have biscuits and smoothies to make for it so get those hands ready for some work!

Mrs Mander, Mrs Allen and Mrs Franklin

Nursery News ~ 22nd January 2018

Hello Nursery,

Another week has flown by and we cannot believe how quickly you are back into the swing of routines.

Forest School has been a lot of fun, if not a little cold!  We have been on a Bear Hunt, built homes for our bears and made a new tree swing.  Well done Mrs Allen for getting a fire started on a very cold Friday morning.  You did so well at remembering safety rules for our fire circle, I think it is time to start warming up some food on there...

Indoors we have continued listening and learning about Rhyme in our “Phonics” sessions.  We all enjoyed the story “There’s a Bear on my Chair” ~ can you remember the items that were allowed in our own teddy bear’s house?  In our “Number” session, you have done really well at “showing” a number using fingers, numicon, eggs and the fabacus’.  Our hands, wrists and arms are getting stronger with our Dough Disco daily moves – this not only helps warm up our hands on a cold day, but gets us ready to write!

Have a lovely weekend and remember how hard Mrs Allen had to work at getting the fire started – she didn’t give up.  If something is tricky to do; keep on try, try, trying.  See you next week for some more Playground fun in Forest School!

Mrs Mander, Mrs Allen and Mrs Franklin

Nursery News ~ 15th January 2018

Hello Nursery,

What a fun first full week back we have had with our new topic “Bears”.

In our “Number” circle times sessions, we have started work on 2D shapes by naming them and looking at whether the sides are straight or curved.  We took this learning into Forest School by playing “follow my leader” games ~ spotting circles, jumping through circles and by the end of the week, disco dancing with circles.

Our “Dough Disco” Circle Time has been a hit with our new “Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear” dance.  We also had fun in “Handwriting” by painting straight and curved lines using trains.  This linked in with our Write Dance song of “The Toy Train” where we enjoyed creating our own train around the cabin.

Our “Phonics” sessions have been all about rhyme.  We have enjoyed some favourite nursery rhymes but in particular, Baa Baa Black Sheep was a hit as we made different coloured sheep and pulled off three balls of wool for the Master, the Dame and the little boy who lives down the lane.

We hope you are having a lovely weekend and look forward to seeing you all next week for some more bear fun when we will be going on a Bear Hunt at Forest School!

Mrs Mander, Mrs Allen and Mrs Franklin

Nursery Christmas Coffee Afternoon

Hello Nursery Families,

 

Our Nursery Coffee Afternoon will be on Monday 18th December at 2.30pm.

 

If your child attends on a Monday, please arrive at 2.30pm where there will be hot drinks and mince pies available to buy on the balcony. You are welcome to bring these indoors to enjoy.  

 

If your child does not attend on a Monday, please bring them along a little earlier at 2.20pm and leave them with us as you would on a usual morning so we can settle them in. 

 

We are looking forward to sharing some of our circle time games with you ~ with a Christmas twist! If the children would like to wear a Christmas themed item/outfit – that would be great.

 

We hope that you can come. You are welcome to film the children but only use the footage for your own personal use. Please do not upload onto the internet via social media.

 

Thank you.

Mrs Mander and Mrs Allen

Nursery News ~ 3rd December 2017

Another fun packed week - Forest School has certainly looked a lot different these past few days now the cold weather has arrived.  Frozen sand, frozen animals, frozen water in the gully and an ice rink in the mud kitchen!  It has been lovely to see you “play and explore” - cracking the ice, collecting the ice, melting the ice by lying it in the sun and even drawing with ice.  Who knew it could be so much fun?

Luckily our cabin has been toasty warm and we have had some delicious warm meals to keep us going.  A huge hit was Spaghetti Bolognese on Wednesday – I have never seen so many empty bowls!  You are doing so well with your knives and forks; remember keep practising this at home by having a go at cutting your own food and feeding yourself.  All of these actions are great for exercising and controlling those fingers/hands.

How lovely to see some of you at the Christmas Fayre on Friday with your grownups! J  We hope you had fun.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend – get those singing voices ready for next week as our Christmas theme is finally here!

Mrs Mander, Mrs Allen and Mrs Franklin

Nursery news

Hello Everyone,

Another week has flown by, much like the windy days we have had!

In our indoor circle time sessions this week you have enjoyed playing our
"Good Listening" games - the Giant's Keys is by far your favourite at the
moment!  Our number focus has been "finding" a number in the cabin.  It is
good to see that 3 can look very different dependant on what you are
counting.  A HUGE well done to those of you who found this "finding" game
tricky at times - this is great, you are learning something new!  My
favourite indoor game has been seeing you warm up those cold fingers after
Forest School with our Dough Disco song and dance.

Outdoors, Mrs Allen and I have really enjoyed seeing you play and explore
in new parts of our Forest School.  The side of the cabin has been a huge
hit this week as we have had leaf weaving, creating a leaf picture, dens,
torches, teddy bears' picnic, balancing and a new space for us to practise
our running skills.

We are looking forward to seeing you bright and early tomorrow morning,
get those fingers ready for some bug printing for some special artwork
that we are creating - ssshhhhhh don't tell your grown ups! :-)

Mrs Mander, Mrs Allen and Mrs Franklin