Welcome to Nursery!
alongside Mrs Lydon and Miss Barranu
The children have enjoyed their settling-in period and we are looking forward to getting to know you and your families and to sharing some wonderful times and adventures this year.
Please ensure your child brings a labelled water bottle to school each day and at least one spare set of clothes (more if you think they might need it). Please remember that children should bring water in their bottles and not juice or any other drink. Milk and water are available in school at all times for the children.
Nursery will finish for Christmas on Wednesday 20th December and school reopens again on Monday 8th January 2024.
EYFS Nativity Thursday 14th December at 2:15pm
The nursery gates open at 8.35am and will close promptly at 8.45am. Please ensure that your child arrives on time ready to start the day.
At the end of the day the gates will open at 3.10pm
Reading Books and Home Learning Logs
Reading books are changed once weekly. These will be given out each THURSDAY and need to be returned the following MONDAY 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 and sequence the story - the beginning, middle and end etc.
Alongside your child's reading book they will also bring home a project based challenge to complete at home. We will give these out on the first THURSDAY of half term and your child can complete it over the half term. We ask that their project is brought into school in the last week of term to share and celebrate with their peers. You will be given a sheet of paper that will be stuck in your child’s learning log that will outline what the project is and ideas of activities you can do. We feel this will give children more freedom to learn about real life world events, share personal experiences and will help motivate them to engage in home learning as it is child managed. It will also encourage them to be more independent, inquisitive and encourage outdoor learning together.
Throughout this half term we will we will be focusing on the following key texts...
An overview of our learning objectives for this half term...
You can support your child's developing awareness of phonics (sounds in words) by reading, tallking and singing with them on a daily basis. You could spot words that rhyme in nursery rhymes or claps the syllables in words and you can talk about the first sound ( not letter) that we hear in words eg cat begins with c and your name begins with c. In school we will be playing lots of listening games, singing and reading together every day.
In Maths we will be singing lots of number songs and saying counting rhymes. We will be learning to count 1-10 and back again and exploring counting objects and saying how many there are. We will also explore ideas of matching, sorting and making patterns.
.Help at Home
Please find below lots of useful websites and links to great resources that can be used to support your child's learning at home!
Government support for home learning for children aged 0-5 years.
Here is a list of websites/ apps and youtube videos that we love and will help with our learning at home!
Jolly Phonics Lessons
Meet the alphablocks
Read with phonics games
First words sampler
Teach your monster to read
Phonics YouTube Videos
Tricky words songs phase 2
Letter names and sound song
Geraldine the Giraffe
Bugs and Numbers
Maths ages 3-5
Maths YouTube videos
2D shape song
El Nombre for number formation
Meet Bobby Bear
Bobby Bear is our new UNICEF nursery Mascot! Bobby will be used during some of our group activities to discuss feelings, news times and other activities. Every Friday a child will get the chance to take Bobby home. The bear will come with a story book, a tooth brush and his bear book for you to fill in with your child. The idea of taking Bobby home is for your child to take the bear along with on things they like to do at the weekend, and then be able to share an aspect of their life with their friends by looking at their time with Bobby. The bear book could include some photos and/or comments about what they have done at the weekend, so that we can share this experience with them the following Monday.
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 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!