Welcome to Nursery!

Your teachers this year are Miss Frankland and Mrs Lydon    

 

                               Dates for the Diary                                                                                       

29th March

          School closes for half-term.            

 Reminders

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.

Topic

 Last week the children really enjoyed sharing the story of the Three Little pigs!

In Maths the children have enjoyed learning all about measure and have been using cubes to measure which of the characters are the tallest and the shortest.

In Literacy the children have been thinking about the order of the story and what happens next. We have also been thinking about which material would be best to build a house to keep us safe from the big bad wolf! We tested our ideas by exploring which materials moved when we blowed them and also used a hairdryer! We have also worked hard drawing pictures of our favourite part of the story and even tried hard to write some letters to label the pictures!

 

As the children are enjoying this topic so much we are going to spend next week exploring houses and homes including our homes and those of children who live in different countries! We will be looking at similarities and differences in where we live and will be talking about these in our groups. The children will be exploring information books and how we can find out things using computers as we explore this new topic and will use what we find out to inspire some fantastic mark making!

In maths we will be focusing on shape and the arrangements we can make with them. We will be sorting and counting various objects according to their shape size and colour. 

You could help your child by bringing in a picture of your home next week for them to share with their friends and as a starting point for discussion during out groups!

 

 

 

 

 

 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 beggining, middle and end etc.

BookStart

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!

 

 Writing

 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 behing 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)

Useful Websites to support your child's Learning

www.topmarks.co.uk

www.phonicsplay.co.uk

www.cbeebies.co.uk

www.bbccouncil.co.uk

 

Here are some links to some of the favourite learning songs the children love on youtube!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-IfzeG1aC4 - Dough disco

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=jolly+songs - jolly phonics

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RfIKqkvHTY - zero superhero

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qjhSgMqsAfM - the ladybug song

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e54m6XOpRgU - skeleton dance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

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. You can access more information within the document 'Early Years Development Matters'. https://foundationyears.org.uk/files/2012/03/Development-Matters... 

 

 

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!       

 

Message from the Headteacher

Dear Friends

The prayer of which Bishop John has always asked us to say is

“Stay with us, Lord, On our Journey”

This is so appropriate for all of us here in St. Cuthbert’s School Community as we embark on our special journey of making the school Outstanding. The prayer is written throughout the school and is a constant reminder and prompt that all that we do in serving this community is done with the help of the Lord.

May we be generous in embracing change and always be sensitive to one another as we take the next step on our Journey together with the Lord.

God Bless,