It was so lovely chatting to you all over Zoom and telephone this week and catching up about how the children are all settling in. We are now at the end of Week 3 and what a difference we are seeing as they are feeling more settled with us. They are getting more confident with knowing the adult’s names – next the children’s. We will start playing games over the next few weeks so they become clear who everyone is. In their bags, you may have spotted a list of children’s names who are with us this year in the nursery – hopefully this will help when they begin mentioning names at home.
We have had a fun week with our circle times and Forest School fun. Here is a little taster of what we have been doing:
Circle Time 1 – Our Write Dance has been the Wheels on the Bus as we have been wheeling, swiping and beeping with big arms actions (we are on a bus after all). Our Listening Game has been the “Blinking Game” where children take a turn with a blink instead of their name. Buckaroo and Pop up Pirates always make us giggle. Get ready for a popping Funny Face!
Circle Time 2 – Our Maths has been all about “subitising”, counting with your eyes. We sang the subitising song to the tune of Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes – “Subitise with your eyes, with your eyes. Subitise with your eyes, with your eyes and put your hands behind you back. Subitise with your eyes, with your eyes. We moved around the cabin counting soft toys, slippers and numicon. In Forest School we looked and spotted no 1, 2 and 3. Keep practising this weekend by looking for 1, 2 and 3 objects in and out of the home.
Circle Time 3 – Our dough disco song this week was Head and Heart - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uk3KhRyfa-M and we have been continuing playing musical dough where the music stops, so does the dough. We have also started trying out some of the dough actions – pat, pass, pinch, disco. With our topic being All About Me we have been sharing the story You Choose where you have begun talk partner work making your own choices on where to travel to, which house to live in and which bed to sleep in.
Forest School – Mrs Allen has opened up the mud kitchen this week and what a hit it was. She showed you how you use the new tools to make some cakes and even how to decorate them with leaves around you. We have all enjoyed lots of strawberry, chocolate and even blueberry cupcakes this week. The sand continues to be a huge hit, especially with the animals and dinosaurs and chalks have now made it from the patio floor to colouring in the wooden blocks and building with them. We definitely have some future builders in our mix!
A message for parents – please could you help support us over the weekend with the listening skill – “A good listener always looks at the person talking”. Allow time to stop what you are doing, come down to their level and encourage looking at you when you are talking to them.
Mrs Mander, Mrs Allen, Mrs Franklin, Miss Turner (am), Mrs Hampton (pm) X