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Nursery

Nursery

Welcome to Nursery!

Welcome everybody to the Nursery section of the website. 

Class Teachers: 
NH - Miss Hayhurst/NJ - Mrs Bruce Learning Support Assistants:  Mr Duncan, Miss Roscoe, Mrs Phillingham (Speech and Language) Miss Lindon, Mrs Taylor, Miss Wilkowska, Mrs Allen. 

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask one of the Nursery team.

Our topic for Summer 1 - Growth, change and new life

This half term we will be learning about growth, change and new life. We will look at ourselves and how we have grown and changed from when we were born. We will discuss the things that we are able to do now as children that we couldn't do when we were babies. (Please could you send any photographs of your child when they were a baby to Seesaw so we can share and talk about them). We will develop our knowledge of growth and change by planting seeds and observing what happens over time. We will learn about growth, change and new life through a selection of fiction and non-fiction texts and experiences. We are very excited about some special eggs that are going to be delivered this half term. We will experience the eggs hatching and learn all about the life cycle of a duck, chicken and butterfly. That's not all, as we will also get to meet some farm animals when they come and visit us at nursery school. Additionally, the children will take part in lots of fun play based activities in the continuous provision areas that are linked to our topic to develop their knowledge and understanding of the world around them. 

Books we will be reading this term:

Jasper's Beanstalk (Nick Butterworth and Mick Inkpen) 

Once We Were Giants (Martin Waddell)

The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Eric Carle)

Farmer Duck (Martin Waddell)

What the Ladybird Heard (Julia Donaldson)

The Little Red Hen

Farmyard Hullabaloo (Giles Andreae)

Sam Plants a Sunflower (Kate Petty)

Key Person

Every child has a Key Person as well as their class teacher. This person will get to know the children and families well. The children take part in daily Key Person groups to support their learning and well-being. 

Nursery essentials

Please provide your child with lots of spare clothes to leave in a draw string bag at Nursery. Ensure everything is labelled with your child's name including their uniform, coat and shoes. Your child will also need a pair of wellington boots and a waterproof coat to ensure they can access the outdoor environment in all weathers. 

Reading at home

In Nursery, we encourage you to share stories with your child everyday.  We also suggest you access the local library where you can enjoy a range of books and stories. In class we have a bank of 'core stories' that the children will hear often throughout their time in Nursery. They should become familiar with these stories, allowing them to talk about the story, characters and settings confidently.

P.E.

Our P.E. day is Tuesday.

Children in Nursery do not need a P.E kit.

Water bottles and snacks

Don't forget to bring a water bottle to school each day - it is important for children to stay hydrated throughout the day. Please label bottles with the children's name and refill them each day.

Children are provided each day with fresh fruit and water.  Children are also eligible for free milk, remember to sign up through the office. Bread sticks can be purchased at the start of each half-term (please speak to the school office about this.)

Please do not send your child in with their own snacks as we have many allergies in nursery. Any questions please speak to a member of the nursery team. 

Seesaw

Seesaw is an online learning journal that documents a very special record of a child’s experiences, development and learning journey through their primary years. Using photos, videos and diary entries, Seesaw tells the story of your child and how they are growing and developing. Parents are able to view online their child’s progress and how much fun they’re having,  whilst also uploading their own comments and media. If you can not access Seesaw please give your child’s class teacher your email address to activate your account.

Please respond to the things that we post with a comment, and post your own photographs or videos so that we may share in your child's home learning journey.

Also, on Seesaw we may write notes to parents so please look out for these, thank you.

Homework

 

Every Monday there will be a post on Seesaw displaying the weeks learning that will be taking place and key skills that you can help your child to develop at home. Please ensure you upload photographs, comments or work your child has done on Seesaw before the following Monday. Children will also receive WellComm homework each week. 

This half term we will be posting on See Saw activities that that you can do with your child at home to help develop your child's communication and language, literacy and mathematical skills. Please look out for these!

Talk in Nursery

Communication development is a big part of our Nursery day. Communication skills are essential to develop positive relationships and pave the way for future success. We recognise that each child is unique in their development and we work closely with parents and carers to identify how we can support the children to be successful and confident communicators. 

Maths

We will explore number and counting through lots of fun number rhymes. We will share our Number Rhyme of the Week with parents on SeeSaw so that you can practise at home. We will also develop our sense of number through maths sessions involving Numberblocks.

This half term we will be learning about measurements by exploring capacity, length and height. As well as, practising one more and one less of a given number as an introduction to simple addition and subtraction sums.

Phonics

This term the children will begin to start Phase 1 phonics, through planned and purposeful play. We will use stories, songs and the learning environment to develop speaking and listening skills and phonological awareness. Phase 1 Phonics paves the way to developing good early reading and writing skills.

This half term we are introducing our phonics scheme Read Write Inc. It is a systematic approach in teaching children the literacy skills they need to be confident readers and writers. We will be uploading links to videos on See Saw of how to teach your child the sounds they are learning so you can support your child at home. More information regarding this will follow.

Home Learning

Environmental Print
From a very young age children can recognise familiar print around them. Make the most of every day activities such as shopping or walking to school and talk together about the different signs, symbols and print in the environment. This helps to develop early literacy skills as children begin to understand that print has meaning and is a very important pre reading skill. 

Make Dough
Have fun making a dough by following this simple recipe-

Mix together- 2 cups of flour, 1 cup of salt ,food colouring, 2 cups of water, 1 tbsp of oil, 2 tbsps of cream of tarter.

When the dough is ready your child can enjoy manipulating the dough into different shapes and strengthen the muscles in their arms and hands at the same time. 

Sing songs
Singing is a great way to develop communication and early literacy skills. Number rhymes are also very good to support children to use number language and sequence numbers. If you speak English as an additional language teach your child songs in your home language. You could share these with us in school using See Saw. 

Sharing books
Every child will take home their new library loan book each Friday. This is a good opportunity to enjoy sharing a book together and talk about the story. See if your child can answer your questions or retell parts of the story.  It is important to share a wide variety of books so please continue to share your books from home and visit the library. 

Reminder- Please ensure that your child's book is returned every Friday so it can be changed, thank you.