Welcome to Nursery!
Welcome back! We hope you enjoyed a wonderful Christmas and new year with your family! The children have settled back into Nursery very well and are enjoying learning lots of new things! We are going to have lots of fun this year as we love, we learn and we grow together.
Please find below information on our upcoming topics, what we will be learning in each area and any special dates and reminders.
Your teachers this year are:
Miss Frankland, Miss Kozij and Mrs Lydon
Dates for the Diary
Literacy parent workshop - 18th January
Internet Safety Day - 5th February
School closes - 15th February
Childrens reading books are changed each Wednesday
Could you please ensure that your child has a labelled water bottle, labelled wellies and a waterproof coat available in school at all time.
All family observations have now been emailed out to those that provided an email address at the parent/Carer meetings last term. If you would like to receive regular updates regarding your child's progress and fun learning experiences at school, please speak to your child's class teacher. Alternatively, if you would prefer a paper copy, Please just ask!
Our topic for Spring 1 is Dinosaurs!
We will be exploring the story of Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs as a class where we will be learning to recall key events of the story, talk about the characters and begin to answer why and how questions! Over the next few weeks we will be learning new words to describe texture/smell/taste/touch and so will be looking at the book "That's not my" and creating our very own textured dinosaurs to show everyone!
Over the next few weeks in maths we will be practising counting to 10 using props and lots of fun songs and rhymes to help us. We will be using dinosaurs to learn new positional language to describe where they're hiding!
We will also be continuing to learn simple shape names and to be able to use shapes appropriately for different tasks!
The children have been working very hard learning about rhyming words and will we will be continuing to practise this over the coming weeks! We will also be learning to hear and say the initial sound in different words which will help the children as they begin to describe the marks that they make and even label their drawings!
The children are really enjoying brushing their teeth along to the brush bus song after they come in from lunch time play!
Help at Home
Reading books are changed once weekly. Your child will be given a reading book to take home to share with you for the week. You can read it together, talk about the pictures and what is happening or what might happen next. As they become familiar with the story, you can ask them what they remember about the story and also encourage them to talk about ad sequence the story - the beginning, middle and end etc.
Our celebration wall has been a great success! The children have loved sharing and celebrating their achievements at home with the class and all of their friends! Thank you for your continued support!
Bookstart is a nationald programme designed to support parents reading with their children. Research shows that children who recieve bookstart packs are far more likely to regard reading as one of their favourite activities!
The packs are filled with free books and useful guidance materials which are available for different ages and stages of development!
For more information about Bookstart and the different packs available please visit the Bookstart website or alternatively click on the following link - https://www.booktrust.org.uk/supporting-you/families/our-programmes/bookstart/
You can also find usefull tips and activity ideas to help with your childs development on the 'Learn With Me' page by following this link - https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/people-and-community/family-information-service/education-and-learning-advice-for-families/early-learning
Number and Shape
You can practice counting with your child - anything can be counted! Stairs, cars, items of shopping etc!
Encourage them to look out for shapes in their environment - road signs, windows, plates etc!
Talk to your child about the size of different things - encourage them to use words like tall, short, taller, shorter, big and small etc!
Your child is working hard at school to develop the muscles in their hands to enable them to learn to write - activities include using and manipulating playdough, learning to use scissors with one hand, using pencils, felt tips and other mark making materials.
You can support your child by encouraging these sorts of activities at home!
Also by encouraging the children to talk about the marks they have made - even if it looks like nothing more than a squiggle - There may be a story behind these marks!
Look out for and encourage your child to recognise signs and print in the environment - they are learning that writing serves a purpose and carries meaning! (This could be anything! - shopping lists, food labels, road signs, etc
The EYFS Curriculum
Our curriculum is unique. The 'Early Years Foundation Stage' curriculum enables children to develop the skills needed to become happy, successful and life-long learners.
The children access the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum through a mixture of adult directed and child initiated activities which are available both inside and outside the classroom so please ensure that child is equipped for the weather each day!
We plan for and adapt our teaching to meet the changing needs and interests of the children that we observe daily and welcome you to let us know if there is something at home that your child has expressed a particular interest in!
Please feel free to approach us with any ideas, expertise and/or resources you would like to share!
Here are some links to some of the favourite learning songs the children love on youtube!