Welcome to Nursery!
It was lovely to see you all yesterday and we look forward to seeing you again very soon! In the meantime Miss Frankland and Miss Dawson have attached lots of fun learning activities for you to enjoy at home - please see the top of the page for today's learning link!
Included are phonics, Maths and Creative activities and a story to enjoy read by Miss Dawson! We look forward to looking at all of your amazing home learning! Please send any photos to our class email address at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Take care and stay safe!
Message for parents/carers
Parents as Partners
One week each term your child will bring home a 'In The Moment Planning' sheet which provides us with a wonderful opportunity to hear from you as parents/carers and share in the achievements and interests of your child outside of school. So far the children have loved talking about the photos and home learning you have shared with us and enables us to create a home from home environment which tailors individual learning experiences to further ensure your child has the best experience at school!
Reading books are changed once weekly. These will be given out each THURSDAY and need to be returned the following MONDAY. 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.
As the weather is becoming colder (and wetter!) please ensure that your child brings a warm waterproof coat and a labelled pair of wellies to school. We aim to enjoy and make the most of our outdoor area whatever the weather - so much new learning happens on a rainy day! Thank you!
Our main topic for the next half term will be Autumn and Changes
As part of this topic we will be talking about how we have already changed since starting Nursery such as what we can do now that we couldn't do before and what we want to learn! We will also be looking at the changes around us as we move through Autumn into Winter. We have already enjoyed an Autumn hunt exploring natural objects found in our outdoor area and have learned lots of new vocabulary to talk about these things. There will be a focus around the vocabulary of the weather and the natural environment. We will be exploring how to change colours and investigate different textures within our setting and of different objects and materials. As we move into the season of Advent we will discuss the changes we make as we prepare for Christmas.
Other texts we will be sharing are...
In Literacy, we will continue to enjoy sharing stories together and to begin to recall what happened throughout, join in with key repeated phrases and to be able to talk these things and what we enjoyed (or did not particularly like!) about a story and why. We continue to work hard learning to recognise our names and to identify the names of letters and the sound that they make! We enjoy mark making in a variety of contexts on a large and smaller scale and celebrate all our creations individually as we begin to give meaning to these drawings and paintings!
In Maths, we have had great fun learning to count and recognise numbers and shapes with lots of different action songs and small group games! we will continue to develop these skills to be able to understand what numbers and shapes are used for and learn to use numbers accurately and in context during our play. We will also be exploring new words to describe number and measure (More/less heavy/light) and given lots of fun experiences to be able to use these new words!
Take a look at the the learning we have enjoyed so far...
Personal, Social and Emotional....Settling in, becoming confident and making friends
We have played lots of games in small groups as we made new friends and learn how to share and take turns!
We were so excited to eat our lunch in the hall for the first time!
We had great fun exploring our outdoor learning area where we learn how to skillfully move in a variety of ways and how manage risks for ourselves! We have also been developing our independence by putting on our own coats and will soon be learning to tackle to zippers/buttons!
.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 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!