Welcome to Nursery!
Welcome to the St Cuthbert's family! We hope you have had a fantastic summer with your families! The children have had a fantastic first few days in school and have been having great fun making new friends and exploring their new learning environment!
Please find below further information on our upcoming topics, what we will be learning in each area and any special dates and reminders.
Dates for the Diary
School Closes: Friday 25th October
Children will soon be bringing home their first reading book which will need to be brought back to school 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.
Previous Learning in Nursery - Let's look forward to...
Our topic for Summer 1 is 'The Great Outdoors!'
As we explore the story of "We're Going on a Bear Hunt" we will be looking to recall key events of the story, talk about the characters and continue to answer why and how questions! We will also be exploring Non-Fiction using different sources as we fact find about bears and their habitats!
Through the text 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar', we will be exploring sequencing and story structure and the children will creating instructions to make their own fruit kebabs!
Over the next few weeks in maths we will be practising counting to 20 and backwards from 10 using props and lots of fun songs and rhymes to help us. We will be using our bear hunt story to consolidate our understanding and use of positional language to describe where the bears are hiding!
We will also continue to explore shape and measure and apply these concepts to problem solve in the environment!
The children will continue to work on both phase 1 and 2 phonics! We will be having great fun exploring different sounds and how they can be changed and used to accompany the retell of stories! Phase 2 phonics will continue the use of SATPINMD sounds as we practise segmenting and blending for reading and writing, We will continue to practise forming letters and use these skills to label our pictures with initial sounds, write words and even short captions!
The children are really enjoying brushing their teeth along to the brush bus song after they come in from lunch time play!
The little Red Hen
The children had great fun in the Bakers shop role play area pretending to bake bread and cakes...
...and then enjoyed baking some bread of their own to enjoy as a class!
We have been thinking about the shapes we can use to make pictures!
The children enjoy using new words they have learned to explore and describe how much something weighs!
The children enjoyed tasting lots of different fruits from the story and using words to describe the way they look, feel and taste!
We also enjoyed learning lots about Africa and talking about the similarities and differences in where we live and the culture!
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!