Art and Beanstalks

We have had another busy week in nursery, finishing off our arts week activities. We are really pleased with them and have displayed our work in The Reception area. Sadly because of restrictions we cannot invite you all in to see it, so have taken lots of pictures for you. You will receive an email with a link to the videos showing you all the fun we had making our mixed up animals.

We have started learning about Jack and the beanstalk too this week, which will be our mini topic for the next week also.

Inductions to Reception

We would like to assure all of our nursery families that in the coming weeks we will be arranging induction sessions within the school day for our current nursery children. They are in the fortunate position to be able to spend time with their new teachers in their classrooms. We will not be offering after school inductions for parents this year due to COVID regulations however we hope to be able to hold a ‘meet the teacher’ and curriculum event in September for parents if restrictions allow.

Information packs will be coming home with the children today. On it are details for the new Reception Blog. This will be a really useful tool to keep up to date with useful tips and FAQ’s about Reception. (Please note we have not included another ‘All About Me’ booklet in the packs as you have already made one, however we have sent it home to you in case you wish to make any additions).

Please also feel free to email the office or call in if you have any specific questions about this exciting time for your family.

We will send further information home over the coming weeks about the induction activities that we are holding in school.

Wishing you all a happy Father’s Day weekend,

The Nursery Team

This week in nursery……

We have had a wonderfully busy week doing lots of art linked to our story of The Mixed-Up Chameleon by Eric Carle. In the story, the chameleon wishes he could be more like some of the animals he meets at the zoo. Ask your children to tell you what happens to him.

In our Monday morning assembly we collaborated to design our own mixed up animal which we then made out of chicken wire, mod roc, paint and lots of tissue paper. We have made some individual art pieces too using clay and pictures of animals. You will be able to see photos of what we have been doing in our Arts Week film that will be shared with you all next Friday.

We have enjoyed being outside in the garden lots this week. The sandpit has been a hive of activity with the children making some delicious meals in their “cafe”. Please remember to apply sun cream at home before coming into school and provide a hat. We don’t know how long this good weather will last so let’s make the most of it!

Next week we will be sharing the story of Jack and the Beanstalk and basing our learning around it.

Have a lovely relaxing weekend in the sunshine. Stay safe.

The Nursery Team xx

Here is a link to dough disco on you tube which the children like doing in school. It helps to strengthen the muscles in their hands ready for writing.

Stories by Eric Carle

This term we have been sharing stories by the author Eric Carle. He has written many wonderful stories which I’m sure you have heard of. Sadly we heard on Thursday that he had passed away. However the legacy of his wonderful characters and stories will live on in the hearts of our children.

Eric Carle

The stories we have shared are The Tiny Seed, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Bad Tempered Ladybird, The Very Lonely Firefly and The Very Busy Spider. The stories are full of beautiful, colourful illustrations all done by the author himself.

Inspiring children to love books is one of the best ways to prepare your child for a lifetime of learning. Sharing a story is a powerful way of having extended conversations with your children. It can help to build their vocabulary and develop their awareness of rhythm and rhyme. You can draw their attention to the different parts of a book, for example, the cover, the author, the page number. When you read with your children, you are teaching them how to handle books, turn pages one at a time, that print is read left to right and top to bottom. You can show them what a ‘word’ is and how some words are longer than others and there is always a space before and after it. Encourage the children to retell you the story, using the pictures as a guide to what is happening on each page. This is a great way of developing their listening and memory skills. Helping your child understand that there are clues in the pictures of a story will help them with their early reading skills.

These tips will help you give your child the skills they need to become confident and fluent readers as they progress through school.

The Very Lonely Firefly

This week in Nursery we have been looking at a new Eric Carle book, ‘The Very Lonely Firefly’. It is about a firefly who cannot find his family and friends, and goes looking for them in the night. We loved making bright firefly pictures and exploring light and dark in our dark den.

We had a Foundation Stage assembly on Monday where we spent some time thinking about how we could be a good friend, and celebrated those children who had been good friends in the previous week. Each Monday we will be celebrating children who have shown kindness to their peers.

We enjoyed sharing stories inside the dark den.

We hope you all have a lovely weekend, and look forward to talking with you all during our telephone conversations next week.

PE with Mr Davis

Over the past few weeks, we have been learning how to run relay races. This can be quite tricky as we need to hand our baton over to our team mate before they can have their turn to run. Sometimes we run and forget the baton or it gets dropped! We are getting better with each week and Mr Davis is very proud of us. Next week we are going to try doing an obstacle race.

Crunching Munching Caterpillars

We have had a super week in Nursery learning all about caterpillars. We welcomed 5 new class members this week who started very small, and have now more than doubled in size! They are always eating, and always hungry, just like the main character in our story of the week ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ by Eric Carle. We have been using his book to explore new language and to learn about a butterfly’s life cycle.

We have also been caring for our sunflower seeds, which are now seedlings. We are looking forward to watching them grow, and we will plant them into our lovely garden.

We had fun today in the garden, playing in dens and also doing some gardening jobs with Mrs. Bennett. We were hunting down weeds and planted some marigolds.

We are looking forward to our NSPCC numbers day next Friday, where we will be raising money for the great work of the NSPCC as well as playing lots and lots of number games. Remember children can come in with a number t-shirt and please bring £1.

Have a lovely. long weekend.

The Nursery Team

Celebrating Holi

Yesterday we learned all about Holi, the Hindu spring festival of colour. We talked about our favourite colours and had great fun splatter painting outside.

Spring is here!

We have had a lovely time this week spotting the signs of spring. We started off going on a spring walk on Monday, finding new life everywhere! We spotted buds on trees, spring flowers such as daffodils and some blossom.

We bought some frogspawn into the classroom to watch the changes in the life cycle of a frog. They have very quickly changed into tadpoles, it’s been great fun to watch and draw.

Next week we will be thinking about Easter, learning Easter songs and drawing Easter pictures.

Have a lovely weekend,

The Nursery Team

Gardening day!

Tomorrow we are planning to spend the session in the back garden.

Please send your child into school in old clothes and wellies. (If we don’t already have wellies here).

A spare set of clothes would also be useful in case we get wet and muddy!

Thanks very much!

The Nursery Team

Our week in Nursery

We started our week celebrating St David’s Day. We tried some welsh cakes, learned about the Welsh emblem and made some swords and shields to fend off the dragons from our very own castle.

In our music session we investigated the sounds that different instruments make, everybody especially loved playing the accordion!

We enjoyed listening to our favourite stories for World Book Day and had lots of story based activities to play with.