Happy Freezing Friday!

Many thanks to those of you who have ordered your little ones Nursery Christmas card packs – these should have come out to you in their bags this week.  The children did a wonderful job creating their own Christmas tree using a fern leaf, we hope your families will enjoy these. 

In our morning Music session this week we have learnt our first call and respond song “Who stole the cookie?” and have been joining Reception for some singing practice of songs in our upcoming nativity show.  In Write Dance we have continued to travel, but this time we have been bears and climbed over the top of the mountain to see what we could see.  In our Listening Game we have been practising “Staying Quiet” but this time with our quiet feet.  The grownups enjoyed a snooze in the corner of the cabin and it was your job to see if you could move to sit behind us WITHOUT waking us up.  We have taken our Phonics circle time sessions outdoors where you have had to listen to the instrument sounds (maraca, bell, castanet, hand drum) and find the matching chalk picture.  Poppy B made us all smile when the game had finished and she said “I loved that game, can we play again?”  In Maths this week we have been learning all about the direction of moving forward and backwards through dancing to the songs Hokey Cokey and The Keep Fit Song.  You enjoyed playing with Mrs Mander’s remote controls as you became robots and had to use the buttons – forwards, backwards and stop to move around Forest School and the cabin.  Take time this weekend to look for the symbols of these on your own remote controls at home.  Our dough disco song this week has been chosen by Will, “Crazy Frog” by Axel F -  I hope you get time this weekend to watch the clip as we have talked a lot about what happens during it and matched our disco actions to it.  During our C&L sessions we have continued sharing our family photos and we even managed to take them for a walk around the Forest School.  We have shared a popular story “Box” and how wonderful to spot Erin’s word medium and a character called Nancy in there!  In Forest School this week, Mrs Allen has been creative with clay as you have been making a family face using only objects you can find in Forest School.  We have a whole new group of faces living on our creative shelves in Forest School.  Some of you had the opportunity to create your family using sticks and wrapping material around them for clothes.  Yesterday, some friends collected those Autumn leaves and you had a go at creating faces using just leaves.  During the morning session, Miss Herlihy has also been playing a family game “Mother May I” – a little like Simon Says with a twist. 

A message for parents – On arrival, we have introduced the children to our self-registration as they are now having to look, recognise and collect their own name before popping on their slippers, washing hands and playing.  Please help support us with this at home by displaying their name in different ways, different places, different fonts.  When we are confident children are able to do this, and if they are showing signs of a comfortable tripod grip, we begin to draw the initial sound of their name.  You may spot a few of these marks in their Christmas card home.

Have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Mander, Mrs Allen, Mrs Franklin, Miss Turner (am), Mrs Hampton (pm) and Miss Herlihy (student teacher) X