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Sharp Lane Primary School

Working together to capture and nurture the imaginations of young minds

DODD (Nursery)

Welcome to Dodd Class!

Keep checking this page for regular updates and information about Nursery.

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 will strive to build strong relationships with their key children and their parents so that they flourish in our setting. All 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. 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 will strive to build strong relationships with their key children and their parents so that they flourish in our setting. All 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. 

Please be aware that it is now time to start applying for your child's school place ready for September. It is very important that you choose more than one option. We advise you to choose 3-4 options. The closing date for applications is 15th January 2020. 

Thank you so much to everybody who joined us for our Christmas themed stay and plays this week! It was lovely to see so many of you. 

Exploring the new outdoor area

The children have been very eager to explore  the new outdoor area and have had lots of fun doing so! The pump and stream is a very popular area and therefore we have made the decision that ALL children must wear wellies when accessing the outdoor area. Please could you send your child with a NAMED pair of wellies which they can store in their bag or in the cubbyhole under their peg. 

Clever Counting

This week during guided time we have been continuing to practise the rules of clever counting which are: 

  • Line objects up
  • Count everything once
  • Say the numbers in the right order
  • The last number is how may

(Please take a copy from the cloakroom and reinforce these counting rules when practising at home!)

Some of the children have also had a go at representing how many they have counting by making marks. 

Nursery and Reception Outdoor renovations are finished!!

The children are very excited and can't wait to explore our new outdoor area renovations which look amazing. The staff can't wait too! We will be having a talk with the children next week about how they can explore the new equipment safely and enjoy new learning experiences. We will also be strongly encouraging the children to care for the new areas as part of their learning and journey in school. 

This week the children have enjoyed using the finger torches to make different marks e.g bumps, zig zags, circles and lines. All of these types of marks the children will use when they start to form letter shapes. After using the torches the children then used pens to make the same marks on paper. 

This week we have celebrated Bonfire Night by visiting a campfire in the garden. The children followed the safety rules and were able to have toasted marsh mallows and edible sparkler sticks which we made at Nursery. We also made fireworks and firework pictures in the creative area and fine motor area,  did some firework dancing and learned a new firework number rhyme. 

What fantastic outfits we saw today at the Halloween Party! The children enjoyed playing monster statues, musical pumpkins, pass the parcel and we also played a game in the outdoor area where children had to hunt for ghosts and witches. Fun was had by everyone including the staff!! 
This week the children have had fun learning about Diwali. The children have  made their own rangoli patterns, drawn around their hands and decorated them with mendhi patterns, made Diva lamps, taken part in Bollywood style dancing, tasted Indian treats and have also learned the story about Rama and Sita and the ten headed demon! A big thank you to all our parents that brought in some delicious traditional Indian food for us all to try this week. 
This week the children have been very interested in the pumpkins and the witches den! We have learned a new story called that's not my witch and have also learned a counting song "5 Little Pumpkins in the pumpkin shop."  The children have helped to make pumpkin soup and pumpkin pie! In the fine motor area this week the children have been hammering golf tees into the pumpkins. They then used elastic bands, stretching them across the golf tees to create a spider web.  When tidying the area the children had to use the wooden tongues to pull out the golf tees. This activity was great for hand and eye coordination and for strengthening the muscles in children’s arms, hands and fingers (needed for holding a pencil to write). High levels of concentration and involvement where evident when taking part in this activity. The children showed an awareness of how to use the tools safely and were challenged if they didn’t. The activity also encouraged children to take turns when sharing the hammers.
Please take a look at our Autumn Notices with important information for you to know!
The children are showing a real interest in finding treasure and pirates! This week they have built pirate ships, made treasure maps, been on treasure hunts and in a guided maths session we have sorted treasure encouraging the children to explain why they have sorted it in a certain way. 

Nursery Rhymes

This term we will be focusing on Nursery Rhymes. Each week the children will learn a new rhyme using a text map. This is a series of pictures, signs, words or symbols which will help the children memorise the rhyme. The children will learn both words and actions to match each part of the text map. Please take a copy of each rhyme as they are taught - copies will be available each week in the cloakroom. The children are keen to take them home and show you what they can do!

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

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This week our Nursery Rhyme is Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. Please take a copy of the text map (from the cloakroom) so your child can read it to you at home and show you the words and actions. You could video or take photographs and send this to your child's keyworker on Tapestry.  

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

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We are very proud of Aadhya for reading the text map remembering the words and actions!

Humpty Dumpty

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Humpty Dumpty by Amber and Amalee

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Maths

This term in maths we will be focusing on matching, sorting and classifying. There are lots of opportunities to do this in many areas of provision around Nursery. Lots of the children are very good at sorting things from a pile into groups but when we ask for them to explain why this can prove to be more challenging! Therefore we will be focusing on being able to speak in sentences to explain why a group has been sorted in a certain way. We will also be teaching the children to say one number name for each item they have sorted and then to know that the last number they say means how many there are.                   

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Here are just a few pictures of the children during their settling in sessions. We had lots of children that did not want to leave, which is a good sign they had lots of fun! Please take the opportunity throughout these sessions to play with your child, talk to other parents and your child's keyworker and the other members of the team. 

 

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