Welcome to Nursery!
Welcome back! I hope you have had a lovely half term break and a well deserved rest with your family and friends! The children have settled really well into our nursery class and are ready to have a fun filled year learning lots of new things!
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
EYFS Nativity: Wednesday 11th December 9.15am
EYFS & KS1 Pantomime, Christmas dinner and party: Monday 16th December
House Day: Friday 20th December
School Closes on Friday 20th December
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.
We begin the term with a visit from Needles the hedgehog who will introduce 'Bonfire night' to the children. Needles is a little afraid of fireworks and so the children will be caring for Needles and his friends making hedgehog homes in our outdoor area and learning lots about staying safe on Bonfire night! We will also be working hard in the writing area making posters to warn people to look out for animals when making fires!
Over the next few weeks in maths we will continue to enjoy exploring number name and counting through action nursery rhymes and songs! Children will have lots of opportunities throughout the classroom to explore counting, numeral recognition and early concepts of more and less..
We will also continue to explore shape and measure and apply these concepts to problem solve in the environment!
The children will continue to explore phonics within phase 1! We will be having great fun exploring different letters and the sounds they make. We will also be working hard learning about rhyme and the fun we can have using rhyming words! Children have been working hard looking out for familiar worlds and logos in and around the classroom!
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!