Happy Friday everyone!
What a strange week it has been in Nursery as it feels like we have returned from a half term break. I know this isn’t true as we have evidence of how hard you were working with the children last week with our very own “Lockdown” photobook. The children are really enjoying showing and sharing these photographs with their peers – I think Benji has the most to share with three pages of photographs.
We returned this week to our new topic of Spring. Miss Turner had been busy at home making some Spring labels for our display and yesterday some of you even read the words! Connie did an excellent job of sounding out “lambs”. Reading words by looking at the first sound and the picture linked to it is just one of many reading strategies. I wonder whether you have any stories at home in this format where you could practise? We have been messy mark making with shaving foam to “Just Like This” – I know how familiar lots of you are with this Write Dance song now. We will return to our Rhyming Phonic topic next week as we have revisited our listening rules by playing a game with a red hand and a tunnel – can you remember how we played it? In Maths we have been counting forwards and backwards fast and slow and then had a go at running fast and slow in the funniest running race I have seen. We have talked about fast and slow things and Ralph, once again, came up with his own ideas of a motorbike and a tortoise.
After lunch, in the Quiet Area we have revisited some of our favourite Dough Disco routines to get ready for an end of term show on the 1st April at 1.30pm. We hope to see you all there via Zoom! You are in for a treat with our yearly Easter show singing a classic Easter song. We have begun exploring our Spring story Jasper’s Beanstalk as we have been looking at the characters and objects and clapping out how many syllables are in each. Even though you know what a “Watering can” was, it was definitely the most challenging word to clap out. Mrs Allen has gone all magic on us as she introduced us to how to make a magic potion using water, coloured sand, cake sprinkles and anything we could find around us in the Forest School. How did your potion work when you “sipped” it? My favourite was the one that made us all have magic manners. In the afternoons, you had the chance to mark make Spring flowers with forks and you then moved on to create your own mark making tools with sticks, twigs and string.
A message for parents – we never got around to saying a huge thank you to you all for the delicious cakes that the Nursery staff enjoyed on those last few days before we broke up. It was such a kind gesture of your thanks but we should be thanking you for enabling us to stay open by following restrictions. We did well didn’t we to stay open all that time? Fingers crossed it is only a one off as, as lovely as Zoom was, it isn’t the same as being with you in real life.
Mrs Mander and the Nursery Team X