To make our hometime process easier, please can we request that a small bag, with a change of clothes only, stays on the children's pegs in the boot room and doesn't come home daily. These will only come home if they need replenishing. Also, could all helmets be placed on the hooks at the top of the ramp for parents to collect once the children have been released down the ramp.
Please could we also send a reminder that if your child does want to bring a toy into Nursery (which they do not need to) that it is just one toy and it is small. We do not have the space to store large toys or the opportunity in the day to play with them. A small toy for Quiet Time would be ideal or a story to share.
Both of these requests will help support us getting the children ready independently for home with very little adult support. :-)
Thanks, Mrs Mander
Happy Friendly Friday! Our favourite day!
Another fun week in the outdoors with a lot of mark making. We started the week by looking for marks around the Forest school and discovered boot prints in the rain, tool marks in the sand and animal prints in the gully (!) I wonder whether you can find some outdoor prints yourself this weekend. We then moved on to making marks by creating our own tool (whittling a stick) and dipped it in mud, shaving foam and paint. We even had a go at mark making with our fruit peelings – banana skin, apple peel – it was funny to see what marks these make! In the afternoon, Mrs Allen has taught us some new “team games” – Stuck in the Mud and Tails. It was funny to see your tails stuck on your waterproofs with masking tape!
Indoors our “schoolies” have begun a new Phonics topic – alliteration. We have been listening and practising how to correctly say our own sound and shown the action to match. Can you show your families this weekend your sound? Can you remember the sounds of your friends? We have also been dice crazy now we have learnt all about the numbers 1-6. We have matched our roll of the dice to numicon, number strings and the trickiest, number cards. For our younger children, you have been working on your Looking skills with Mrs Allen using the stop/go paddle. It was fun to hear you having to stop...
What a beautiful end to the week - the sun has shone all day today making our outdoors feel very much like Spring.
It was lovely to meet most of your grownups at Parent Consultations this week - it is always so lovely to find out what you are like at home. :-)
We have begun our "Families" topic and lots of you now have your family photograph up on our wall. We will be playing some fun games with these over the next few weeks. If you do not have a family photograph on the wall, please can you ask your grownup to get one to us.
Outdoors we have explored the new pond area with Mrs Allen, it is going to be fun to watch and see how this area develops as the weather warms up. When the big children go to Forest School in the afternoon, they are always munching on apples and so Mrs Allen decided it would be fun to steal the pips and plant them - how exciting to see if anything happens! Your looking skills have been put to the test by using the magnifying glasses to explore broccoli, lettuce and asparagus and using the binoculars to find and spot those singing birds. Our safety rules have been revisited on how we move the long sticks in the building area to build a den.
Indoors we have been role playing the Nursery Rhymes of Jack and Jill by building and climbing up some hills and flapping our...
I hope you have all had a wonderful, if not a little wet, half term break.
We look forward to seeing you all back next week for another half term of fun.
Parent Consultations are being held next Wednesday 4th and Thursday 5th March and it is a chance for us to catch up on progress for our older children and discuss how the younger children have settled into Nursery life.
I still have a lot of outstanding slips to be returned so please can these be returned by tomorrow with your preference on an appointment time and day, thank you.
See most of you in the morning. :-)
The sun has made a very welcome addition to Forest School this week which has meant we have had the chance to spend the majority of our time outdoors, even our circle times. We have certainly noticed the difference in the children during Quiet Time as they have been a lot more settled.
Outdoors Mrs Allen has been showing us how to saw safely to make our very own wooden cookies - we hope you enjoyed these with a hot drink this week. We have also all had the chance to whittle with potato peelers to create our own mark making tools. A big focus on ball skills in the afternoon has had us passing over and under and throwing to each other. On the trim trail we have been exploring the den area behind the tree and continued with our balancing on the wobbly bridge.
In the cabin we have all been scooting, sailing and skating around with a new Write Dance song “Round we Go”. Next week, we repeat the song but with a mark making element, prepare for some colourful hands. We have been squeezing the dough with a classic Mary Poppins tune of “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”. Our new Forest friends have been practising the listening skill of “Sitting Still” on both the floor and on a chair and for their Maths circle time, have been singing and counting about 5 monkeys jumping, 5 ducks swimming and 5 frogs jumping. The rest of us have been outside matching...
It has been a hot week this week in Forest School and we do not mean the weather! Mrs Allen and Mrs Cain (Reception class TA) have made a fire with you every day. We started the week with a WOW fire where we enjoyed watching Mrs Cain get the fire going. We then moved on to how to build a fire and use the end product (charcoal) to create our own marks. The best part is always getting to taste/drink something new and so we have had two days of making and baking damper bread. Good luck to Freddie's parents who (according to Freddie) are going to be baking it all weekend. As well as all this fire fun, Mrs Allen has been showing you different ways we can move a ball - kicking, rolling, passing through a hoop. We even had a go at playing a hockey game with a stick (from forest) and ball - it was a giggle to try and get the ball to move in a chosen direction.
In the cabin, we have begun our Phonics work on Rhythm and Rhyme and have been sharing lots of rhyming stories. When you read to your little one this weekend, see if they can hear that words sometimes sound the same. We have been singing and acting out our weekly rhyme of "Ten in the Bed" - it was funny watching you roll off the blanket in the Boot Room. To get our arms, hands and wrists...
Our new topic of Lifecycles begins next week.
If you haven't done so already, please could you email me a photograph of your little one when they were a baby or bring one in for us to share with friends.
Thank you to you all of those who have emailed one so far. :-)
Another week in the Forest has flown by and even more children have joined us and are settling well! :-)
Outdoors Mrs Allen has been showing us how we can use clay in our Outdoor Creative Area. You have put your dough disco skills to the test to make clay bears and created your own individual clay patterned plates by using sticks and stones. Lets just hope we can get these dry enough to send home now! We have had fun playing Follow my Leader and this was put to good use this morning when we had a fire drill and had to follow the leader out of the cabin and into the playground. We have shown our new friends how we can stack and transport the red and blue crates and you made an excellent bear cave for some bear friends. A favourite outdoor activity this week was making jam sandwiches for a Teddy Picnic - yum yum!
In the cabin, we have been practising our new Listening Rule of "Staying Quiet" with the game of Chinese Whispers. How funny it is to hear what you hear when one word is passed around the circle. This is usually the hardest listening rule for children of 3 and 4 but it is so important in your journey to be "school ready" and allow your friends to talk and share their ideas. In Maths you have blown us away with the "Show Me" game of numbers from 1-5. You are able to see,...
How lovely it has been to have most of our Forest Friends join us over the past two weeks (still a few more to go!). You have began to settle into how our Nursery day works with the help of the visual timetable and a big thank you to our current friends who have supported you in this. You can see and feel how far you have come in one term!
In the cabin we are in full swing with our Bear topic as we have been dancing and mark making to our Goldilocks song and sharing a lot of Bear stories during transition times. Thank you to those of you who have brought in your Bear stories from home - it is always lovely to share a familiar story with your friends. We have had fun dancing in, out and around the hoop and you are starting to understand the direction of clockwise and anti-clockwise - very tricky concepts for 3/4 year olds. This week we have been learning about the number 5 and our favourite activity was completing a "tally 5" by counting cars that come past the school. It is lucky we are in a quiet village where the vehicles are few and far between! Our C&L bear sessions have had us singing the Nursery Rhyme "Round and Round the Garden" and like Goldilocks when she meets the bears, we have been talking about what makes us feel scared. We always finish our day with a favourite circle...
What a super Christmas show you performed this afternoon! Those children that arrived 15 weeks ago are virtually unrecognisable. You sang, you danced and you smiled - what more could we ask for! A HUGE thank you to all of your grownups that came along to support too.
It has been a long long term and the most difficult one for transition to a new setting with new expectations, but you did it, we all did it! Now it is time for a well-deserved break from it all with your loved ones, it definitely seems like lots of you need it.
So on behalf of all of the team – thank you for these cards and gifts. It is really generous of you. We all hope you have a wonderful Christmas and we will see you in the New Year ready for some more Forest School fun with some new friends!
Merry Christmas everyone!
Mrs Mander, Mrs Allen, Mrs Franklin, Mrs Lewis, Mrs Barrett and Mrs Flynn xx
Just a reminder that the Nursery Christmas show is tomorrow at 2.30pm in the school hall. If your child does not attend on a Friday, please bring them along to the cabin between 2/2.15pm and head back down to the hall.
If they could come in wearing something Christmassy and if they want, bring a small teddy to join them in the show.
After the show, we will take all the children back to the cabin and you can come and collect them via the usual route.
With only just over half of our children being part of the show this year (more children to join us in January), we hope to see lots of extra grownups/siblings at the show to cheer them on!
We also still have some Christmas produce that the children made with Mrs Allen available to buy for £2.50 that didn't get sold at the Christmas Fayre. We will put these out in the hall, please do collect if you want to buy.
See you all there!
What a fun packed Christmas week we have had.
Indoors, Holly and Jolly have been up to their usual mischief by hiding things around the cabin - what fun we have had trying to find them first thing in the morning. We have enjoyed practising our Christmas songs and dances for a very special show (see below). We have been recreating the Christmas story with our Small World props - I wonder if you can remember the names of any of the characters in the story so far? Mrs Lewis and Mrs Allen have been making Christmas hats for most of you ready to wear today for our Christmas lunch. It was delicious - thank you very much Mrs Barker and Mr Hopkins!
Outdoors, Mrs Allen has gone Christmas tree crazy and has shown you lots of ways to create them using outdoor equipment. You started off by sorting different lengths of sticks and tied them together with rope to create the tree shape and added the Forest decorations afterwards. On Wednesday you all enjoyed hammering nails into a wooden frame and used wool to wrap around to create another tree shape. You have even had a go at making trees out of pine cones, glue and glitter - please do not add glitter to your tree at home in the same way!
Next week the whole school will be performing their Christmas shows down at Blackwell Church and we will be performing ours. Our Christmas show will be in the school hall...
Christmas is coming and we have had two new friends to help build up the excitement. Holly and Jolly, our resident Nursery Elves, have not only been up to mischief in the nursery but are doing a super job of keeping an eye on how friendly we are with one another to report back to Father Christmas himself in two weeks time.
Indoors, we have been recapping on some of our favourite listening games, creating body sounds as part of our Phonics topic and learning all about the number 4 and the different ways it can be seen e.g. in a row, as a curved line, dice 4. We have had fun with Mrs Allen to our Dough Disco tune "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer". I have a real Christmassy treat for dough disco next week which Erica in particular is going to love!
Outdoors, you have been very creative with the pine cones and created your own Rudolph's as well as making some excellent carpenters with your sawing skills. You enjoyed Mrs Allen helping you to make some wood cookies for our mud kitchen and were very sensible about this sharp tool. These skills are going to be key to help you next week to create your own outdoor Christmas tree.
It was lovely to welcome our new nursery friends on Tuesday morning to their "Stay and Play" session, we are looking forward to having all of you with us in the New Year.
Next week we will start practising and choosing some...
We will be repeating our Nursery Information Evening next Wednesday at 6pm for parents that did not make it in the summer term and for parents of children who will be starting in January 2020.
Please do come along as it gives you a good insight into Nursery life.
Happy Friday Everyone! Can you believe we have been back for two weeks already?
In the cabin, we have been playing/learning:
Listening Games. We have moved on to our second Listening Rule which is “Good Listening is Sitting Still”. Sitting still during circle time, meal times and around the log circle is important to “show” that you are listening and learning. Your sitting skills are being put to the test with bubbles, disco music and having to wait to play an instrument only when a visual cue is given.
Phonics. We have moved on to our new Topic “Instrumental Sounds” and the musical instrument basket has made an appearance! Last week we explored the sounds an instrument can make – loud/quiet and we created a Musical Nursery Band to find items around the nursery – when the band played loud, you were close to the object. This week we have matched the musical instruments to ways we can move our body e.g. maraca = footstep, drum = march. Your favourite game was “Grandmother’s Footsteps” where the unseen instrument was played and you had to make it to Grandma (or even Grandad today!) – definitely the hardest part was freezing when the instrument stopped.
Number. We have been learning a new song “In a Week” to help us with our days of the week – I wonder if you can remember which day of the week we rub our tummy, which is the naughty day and which is our friendly day? We have been comparing...
Happy Half Term Everyone!
In the cabin, we have been playing/learning:
Listening Games. We have finished off our final “Looking” game with “Who is Hiding Under the Blanket?” We chose a friend to hide their eyes whilst we hid another friend under the blanket. You had to work out who was missing, sometimes needing clues of their voice or looking at their slippers. Always a favourite game. We move on after half term to a new listening rule of “Good Listening is Sitting Still”.
Phonics. We have finished off our Phonics work on Environmental Sounds by exploring “Mrs Mander’s bag”. We sang our song and then you had to listen to objects that were in the bag and work out what they were. Can you remember the five objects? It made us smile to hear what are in your mummy’s bags too!!! “My mummy has lollipops in her bag for me” Erica. “My mummy has cream for her eyes in hers” Harry.
Maths. The “Cheeky Monkey Counting song” has had us counting backwards by placing our ten monkeys in our ten frame and watching them fall out of their tree. We have been sorting objects first by colour – which has led us into one of Belle’s favourite songs “I can sing a rainbow” - and sorting objects by shape. This is something we will be revisiting next half term as “same” and “not same” are difficult concepts to understand.
Nursery Rhyme. Our Nursery Rhyme this week has been “I’m a Little Teapot”. We have been singing and dancing...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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.