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Sharp Lane Primary School

Working together to capture and nurture the imaginations of young minds

Nursery

The Nursery Team

Welcome to Nursery! On this page we will keep you up to date with all the exciting learning that has been taking place. Please also check you child's Tapestry account which will be personal to your own child's learning. Your child's keyworker will check Tapestry regularly therefore this it is a great way to communicate with the Nursery team about your child. Communication between your child's keyworker and parents is vital to ensure your child makes progress and reaches their true potential. We use a child-led approach to learning which allows children in Nursery to thrive and make accelerated progress. Children's interests are key to this approach so please send in your own observations and tell us about your child's current interests so we are working in partnership to move their learning forward. 

Melting Ice and Rescuing Animals

The children explored different ways of melting ice to rescue the animals stuck inside. They are loving Science at Nursery this term! 

Exploring Ice!

The first day back at Nursery, after the Christmas holidays, was a freezing cold one! The children were excited to find huge pieces of ice in the playground. We talked about how it got there and what would happen to it. We brought some of the ice inside and the children observed what happened to it throughout the session. The children were intrigued by this, we will continue to explore ice next week. 

Celebrating Christmas at Nursery

Christmas was a very special time in Nursery. The children enjoyed a Christmas party where we played traditional games, ate party food and even had a special visitor; Santa!
We also went on a hunt for the magic post box so that the children could post their letters to Santa. It was lovely to hear from many of you telling us you got a reply from him. 

Look who sneaked into Parker's lunchbox today!

Letter To Santa

The children have been writing their letters this week, we are going to post the letters in the magical post box we found in the garden. Hopefully Santa Claus will receive them and send a letter back to each child! (Don't forget we need a stamped addressed envelope for each child)

The Nursery Nativity

The children performed the Nursery production of the Nativity, beautifully. Thank you to all the parents for showing their support and for raising £113 for Candle Lighters.

                            

Nursery Christmas stay and play 

It was lovely so see so many parents came to join in with Christmas activities at the Nursery stay and play.

Pudsey Bear Visits

Celebrating Diwali

The children enjoyed learning about Diwali. We made Diva lamps, created Rangoli patterns, did Bollywood dancing and learned the Rama and Sita story. 

HALLOWEEN FUN!

The children have shown a real interest in Halloween this year! The children have engaged in many activities based around this theme. We have made repeating patterns, created a pumpkin shop, learned new Halloween counting rhymes, hammered into pumpkins and chopped up pumpkin to practise fine motor skills, we've been on a Halloween hunt around school (the children's favourite part was finding the sweets), we've created a witches den which initiated lots of role play, made witches potions, played with witches slime, drawn on pumpkins, used loose parts to make pumpkin faces , read different stories about witches and much more! To finish off this celebration we had a Halloween party!

Nursery Rhyme Text Maps

These are the text maps we have used to teach the children several different Nursery Rhymes. They learn to track the pictures from left to right and top to bottom just as they will when they begin to read words. We encourage the children to look at the title of each rhyme and count the words. The children are taught words snd actions which correspond to each picture in the rhyme. Show your children and get them to teach you the rhymes! We have been very impressed with the children when learning these rhymes. Remember you can share your own pictures and video with us on Tapestry. 

We have ticked off the first thing on our Sharp Lane Journey bucket list. The children were excited and enthusiastic about  going on a walk around the school grounds hunting for Autumnal objects. We found different coloured leaves, berries, mushrooms, pine cones, apples, plums and much more. They were a little disappointed we didn't see any squirrels! 

Don't forget to go on your own Autumn walks and collect items for the Autumn table. 

Repeating Patterns

The children have been making repeating patterns. This is something you can encourage them to do at home. 

The children have shown an interest in building towers. They seem to love to build vertically! We have introduced them to some famous towers and as they build model language such as long, short, tall, tallest , higher, lower, round, curved, straight, pointy etc as well as using the names of shapes. 

Movement Play

The movement area is a very popular place at Nursery. This is great as in this area the children are strengthening many different muscles. The children need a strong core if they are going to be able to sit on a chair to write in the future. They need strength in their arms, hands and fingers if they are going to be able to hold a pencil correctly. Spinning helps the brain make connections which is needed for children to be able to track a text from left to right. As the children move it is helping make connections between both sides of the brain which is needed for it to function properly. Encourage your child to move in lots of different ways at home too!

We have also been developing the children's language in this area by encouraging them to use the verb to describe the movement they are doing. 

The children have also made links between the ways in which their bodies move to the marks they can make on paper. 

Visiting The Garden

Today we had a very exciting trip to the garden and found lots of different things growing. We picked apples, tomatoes and plums and then took them back to Nursery for snack. 

The Maths Area

This term the maths area has many items for the children to sort, categorise and count. We encourage children to do what is called "subatising" which is being able to instantly recognise small amounts such as 1,2 or 3 without counting. You can help your child's early maths skills by singing number rhymes, counting whenever possible, sorting and matching objects found both inside and outside, talking about patterns you see e.g spotty, stripy and then making your own patterns. 

This term we are focusing on modelling how to play in the many different outdoor areas of provision. Children enjoy learning on a "bigger scale" in the outdoor environment. The children have the freedom to explore, use their senses, take risks and be physically active and exuberant.  As we encourage children to engage with nature on a daily basis throughout the four seasons  it is essential that the children have suitable clothing and a change of clothes. 

Stories and Nursery Rhymes

We are beginning to introduce reading to children through sharing both stories and teaching children different Nursery Rhymes. We have also incorporated maths through number rhymes. The children are taught words and actions to Nursery Rhymes using a text map. Adults model reading from left to right and top to bottom as they teach the words and actions to the songs. We will be sending home the text maps in the future so that you can support your children to learn several different Nursery Rhymes. 

Our Families

We have used the family photos to set up a display in the home corner. Many children go to this area to find their pictures and talk about members of their family. If you have not sent in your picture please do so to eyfs@sharplane.co.uk. We still have space to put up more photos!

Stay and Play

It was lovely to welcome both parents and children back into the setting. The children had a great time engaging in play with their special "grown ups" and discovering the many different areas of provision. Look out for stay and plays which will be held in the future! 

New Sharp Lane Journey.mp4

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We are beginning something brand new at Sharp Lane. Each child will be given a special book  which has some very exciting activities the children will take part in throughout their time at Sharp Lane. Take a look at what they shall be doing throughout their Sharp Lane Journey, all the way from Nursery to Year 6!

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