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Nursery is all about learning whilst playing and having fun! The children are encouraged to find out new things by exploring the world around them and ask questions. Nursery is a safe, friendly place where children feel happy to take risks and engage in new experiences. All staff strive to build strong relationships with their key children so that they flourish in our setting and children are supported to become "confident communicators" so that they can express themselves effectively to others. Nursery is a wonderful place to be, please take the opportunity to join us at our stay and play events throughout the year.

Hatching Eggs!

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This morning there were 2 chicks already hatched and one about to hatch out of its egg. I was lucky enough to see it hatch so I filmed it. Share it with your child at home! Mrs Abrams

Eating The Bread!

The children had a choice of lemon curd, strawberry jam or chocolate spread on their bread. Chocolate spread was the most popular!
The children wanted to bake bread like the Little Red Hen in the story!
We now have eggs in Nursery! The children have learned all about what is going to happen and are so excited about waiting for them to hatch. We have made a number line at Nursery to count down the days. They take 21 days altogether to hatch but we now only have 9 days left to wait!! We will update you when the baby chicks arrive! 

The Little Red Hen Story Map

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This terms story is The Little Red Hen. The children are already familiar with the words and the actions to the story. There are copies of the story map available if your child wants to read it to you at home. 

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The children that attend Nursery at the end of the week have had a fascination with slime which sparked off an interest for the children at the beginning of the week. On Monday we made slime which the children thoroughly enjoyed exploring. The children were using some great vocabulary to describe the properties of the slime!  
Today we had our Stay and Play sessions. The children took part in activities linked to the Royal wedding. They went on a Union Jack flag hunt in the garden, ate scones with cream and jam at the snack table and made crowns. The children also showed off how amazing they are at re telling this terms story Peace at Last. Well done everybody! 

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Peace at Last

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This terms story is Peace at Last. The children have started to learn actions and words using the text map. They are all very good at using a "grumpy bear" voice! 

Actions for Peace at Last

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Actions for Peace at Last 3 Neeeeeow neeeeeow (baby bear playing)
Actions for Peace at Last 4 tick tock tick tock (the clock)
Actions for Peace at Last 5 Drip drop drip drop (the leaky kitchen tap)
Actions for Peace at Last 6 Meow meow meow ( the cat)
Actions for Peace at Last 7 Tweet tweet ( the birds)
Actions for Peace at Last 8 "Brrrrrr" went the alarm clock

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Jasper's Beanstalk (Story Map)

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Please see the actions the children have been taught to help them remember the days of the week when reading the story map. 

Days of The Week Actions

Days of The Week Actions  1 Monday
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Fire Fighter Project Work

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The Gingerbread Man

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The Gingerbread Man 5 Goat
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Our new story this term is The Gingerbread Man. The children have only read this twice so far, using the story map, and they are already using the words and actions. 

Applying for school places

We now have a Christmas tree in Nursery, if your child would like to bring a bauble in from home to hang on the tree they are most welcome. (Please do not send in expensive baubles as we can't guarantee they will be returned!). We have also had a letter from Santa! He has sent an elf from the North Pole to keep an eye on all of the children but the children will need to keep an eye on him too as he is very mischievous and has been hiding things in our Nursery. This morning at Stay and Play we all went to the garden to hunt for the baubles that he had hidden! The children were very good at finding them and were able to count and sort them into groups after too.

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This week the children have started to use a text map (shown above) to learn the Christmas story. The children will perform this at The United Reformed Church on Wednesday 20th December (Nursery will be closed). Please see you child's keyworker of you do not know what part your child will play. The children are also learning a range of songs, to the tunes of familiar Nursery rhymes, to accompany the story. We will be sending a copy home so your child can practice and there is also a copy of the words below. We look forward to amazing you all on the 20th of December! 

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Now is the time to start applying for your school places for September 2018. We will be posting dates for drop in sessions for parents to complete their forms with Mrs Corson very soon! In the meantime, please consider which schools you are going to apply for. It is really important to apply to several schools so please think carefully about the schools near to you and which ones you would be happy for your child to attend. It's a good idea to go round and visit different schools and look at their websites at this time of year to help you make an informed choice. Please refer to the FAQ document above and ask the staff in Nursery if you have any questions regarding applying for school places.
We are now making regular trips to the garden. The children had a lovely time exploring and collecting interesting things making comments about what they saw and found. They also enjoyed climbing on the branches of the large old Oak tree. 
This week the children have been developing their fine motor skills by hammering golf tees into pumpkins! Hammering is very good for strengthening the muscles in children's arms, wrists and hands (which is needed for writing). The children were very good at using them safely and taking turns with each other. 

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a special celebration called Diwali. The children have taken part in lots of different activities such as Bollywood dancing, designing their own mehndi patterns, rangoli patterns, dressing in traditional Indian clothing and tasting Indian food. We would like to create a "Lets Celebrate" display in Nursery. If you have anything special that you are celebrating at home please let your key worker know. 

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This week at Nursery we have been teaching the children the carpet rules. This will help the children to become active listeners during focused sessions. The children are trying really hard to follow these rules whenever they come to the carpet area. Can your child tell you one of the carpet rules at home?!

Home Visits

Home visits will be taking place between 6/9/17 and 15/9/17. During the visit your child's Keyworker and another member of Nursery staff will come to your home as the first step in establishing a positive, trusting relationship with your child and your family. The aim of the visit is to get to know your child and see them in their home surroundings where they will feel most at ease and confident. One member of staff will play with your child whist the other member of staff completes the admission forms and additional paperwork with a parent.The visit is very informal and is expected to last about 30 minutes. Our safeguarding policy requires that 2 members of staff will attend each home visit. As part of the home visit, staff will need to see your child's Birth Certificate so please have this available during the visit.

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The children are settling in well during their early days. They are playing alongside each other and some children have already started to make new friends. We feel being happy and being able to engage with others at Nursery is a very important for your child to develop and progress.  Key workers will be supporting children to build relationships with adults and friends in the setting. 
The children all enjoyed their stay and play sessions. The staff at Nursery feel these are really important to help the children settle in. If you have any questions about how your child is settling please don't hesitate to speak to the key workers at Nursery. 

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