Welcome to Nursery!
Our Nursery children are happy, curious and full of fun! In Nursery we love to explore outside and we have small group visits to the garden every day. The children love to make music, sing and dance which is fantastic preparation for learning to read and write. The most important thing we do in Nursery is talk! The children are encouraged to talk to each other as much as possible and we promote speaking & listening throughout all that we do.
Each week we will update you on our class page about what we have been learning in Nursery.
This week we have developed our movement play further. The hall has been set up each day with a large variety of equipment and resources to promote all aspects of developmental movement. It is essential that we allow children the time and space to revisit key movement patterns such as crawling, spinning, balancing etc as this helps them to develop the strength and core stability needed for skills such as reading and writing. The children have really enjoyed this play and we can see their progress as they keep practising with challenging equipment such as the spinning cones and balance boards.
If your child has something exciting to share with us that they have done at home please send it in to share with their keyworker who will then put it on our new WOW WALL in the cloakroom for everyone to see. This may be a certificate,a special achievement, a place they have visited, something special they have seen or found or a special family event. Also if your child has any particular sustained interests please let your keyworker know, to help us inform our planning and activities.
Last week the children started to learn about The Chinese New Year celebration. They made Chinese lanterns and had different "chopstick challenges" to do. We look forward to some more Chinese New Year fun next week on Wednesday 11th February at the stay and play sessions. The children (and adults) are invited to wear something red on this day as this is a symbol of good luck when celebrating The Chinese New Year. Please ask a member of staff if you have any questions about the stay and play sessions.
Each week in Nursery we have a movement pattern which we focus on. This week it has been circles!The children have been making gross circular movements by using scarves and ribbons, riding around in on bikes and scooters, travelling around the large construction blocks and spinning around . The children then "mark make" the movements they have been making, which supports fine motor skills and early writing skills. The children have been "squiggling while they are wiggling" drawing and painting circle shapes to music on large sheets of paper.
Practise drawing circles at home!
We hope the children had a lovely Christmas! The staff were full of praise for the children at the end of term as they performed amazingly at church! The children have matured since September and are following rules and routines at Nursery very well. All of the children are settled and saying happy goodbyes. We look forward to seeing the children flourish further this term and build on their good relationships with their peers and staff at Nursery.
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
Our new story this half term is “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt”. Following the success of using actions to learn The Christmas Story the children will be learning actions to go with this story. The children will create story maps, act out the story and eventually change part of the story to create their own version of The Bear Hunt. If you would like to see the actions watch Michael Rosen performing the story on story on You Tube.
Top Talking Tip to Try at Home!
Find a short story that your child enjoys listening to. Read the story to them every night for 4/5 days encouraging them to join in with you (you could even come up with actions for certain words/phrases!!). Once your child is familiar with the story try pausing before saying the last word in each sentence to see if they finish your sentence for you. Finally take it in turns to read pages of the story.
If you try this at home and your child is happy for us to share their story please bring it into Nursery!
Following the success of our visit to St Georges library in December we would like to offer another session. The children that participated enjoyed walking with their parents and friends to the library from Nursery. They had a story session and were able to choose books to bring back to Nursery to share with their friends.
Our next library visit will be on Wednesday 4th February.
A.M session—leave nursery at 9.30
P.M session leave nursery at 12.30
The visit lasts approximately 90 minutes. The children will be escorted to the library with a member of the Nursery team but must also have a parent/carer with them for the visit. If you are interested please see a member of the nursery team ASAP as there are only 10 spaces per session. It was lovely to see many dads visiting the library with their children and supporting the importance of sharing stories. If your child does not attend Nursery on a Wednesday you are still very welcome to come along!
Also this week the children have been encouraged to move in different ways. They have been hopping,crawling,sliding,balancing and jumping. Movement helps to support brain devevlopment so get moving at home!
This week in nursery we have been continuing to learn the Nativity Story. The children have been practising the actions which are helping them to remember the words in the story. The children have also helped to make the characters from the story to create a wonderful display, please come and have a look! This week all children should have come home with their parts for the Nativity performance, if you have any questions regarding parts or costumes please ask a member of the Nursery team.
READ AND RELAX
Next week in Nursery we would like to invite parents or carers to share a story with their child before saying goodbye. We will be giving out book start packs to the families that take the opportunity to share a story with their child at some point during the week. Read and relax will start on Tuesday 2nd December -Friday 5th December.
There are still places available for the Library visit on Tuesday the 9th and Thursday the 11th of December. Please see a member of the Nursery team if you would like to come!
Christmas is Coming!
Next week we will be decorating Nursery to get ready for Christmas. Please send your child with a bauble to hang on the tree (not an expensive one!). If you have any decorations you no longer want at home please donate them to Nursery!
In Nursey this week we have been continuing to learn the Nativity story. Can your child remember any of the actions from the story? The children have particularly enjoyed playing a sound bingo game and were very good at using their "magic ears" to listen carefully and identify everyday noises/sounds.
Nursery children have also been very busy making music. We have been exploring creating sounds from everyday objects all around us. It has been particularly noisy outside!
This week Nursery children have been wearing their magic ears and listening very carefully to the sounds all around them. They have really enjoyed our listening walks in the garden. Why don't you have a listening walk somewhere this weekend and tell us all about it next week?