Welcome to Nursery!
We hope you and your families are all well and trying to stay positive through these strange times. We miss you all so much and cannot wait to see you all again! We hope you have been able to enjoy some of this lovely weather and daily exercise but also had time to relax over Easter.
Message for parents/carers
Thank you very much for helping your children with their home learning over the past month, it is very important that the children maintain some structure with their education and I understand this can be difficult at the moment. we have updated the web page with links to home learning during this time. We`would love to see some photos of some of the activities you have been doing - please send these to:
St Cuthbert's VE Day Competition
On Friday 8 May 2020 Britain will be commemorating the 75th anniversary of VE Day when the guns fell silent at the end of war in Europe.
Due to the coronavirus restrictions most VE Day 75 events and street parties have had to be cancelled or postponed including our celebrations at St Cuthberts. We still want to be able to mark this special occasion, share your pride in our country and honour the men and women of WW2 as a school community.
To do this, we want to create our very own VE Day school bunting including designs from as many pupils as possible. Each pupil is asked to design one of the bunting triangles. You can decorate your bunting triangle with pictures of whatever inspires you, whether it’s those who fought on the frontline or worked hard on the Homefront, or whether it’s a celebration of enduring peace or your own personal hero.
All entries will be included in our final school bunting, but there will be a prize for the most creative design awarded to each year group.
A bunting template is available to print off and use, but you can also draw or cut out a triangle shape on any paper to create your design.
Please send a photo of your design to email@example.com. Please entitle the email as ‘Bunting Competition’ and include pupil’s name and year group.
Remember to hold on to your original art work to bring to school once we open again!
Closing Date for entries: Friday 15th May
see documents at the bottom of this page or the class Google Drive for the design template and furher VE Day activities.
Dates for the Diary
We will update you when school re-opens.
Please see the Nursery Google Drive for up to date home learning resources.
At the bottom of this page there are some links and documents to support home learning.
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.
Look at our Learning!
The children have had great fun exploring their new outdoor space!
We have also been working really hard to be independent by putting on our own coats, wellies and wet suits!!
Look at us!
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!