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Nursery News ~ 13th September 2019

Happy Friday everyone and welcome to our weekly blog!

What a smashing start you have all had to Nursery life. You are settling into the swing of our days and with the support of our visual timetable, you are getting to know our daily routine.

In the cabin, during Circle Time, we have been playing and learning:

Listening Games. To help us with our first rule “Listening is Looking at the Person Talking to you” we have all enjoyed the two games of “Who Looks Different?” and “What/Who is Missing?”. It made you giggle when the Nursery grownups stood in a line and when you had your eyes closed, ones hid in the kitchen.

Write Dance. To start getting our arms strong for handwriting, our first song/dance has been “Just Like This”. We have been marching, building, zigzagging and eating and we even performed it on several occasions to new faces. What a confident bunch you are!

Number. A daily warm up dance of the Funky Monkey Finger Dance has had you wriggling those fingers and learning all about your left and right hands. The popular “Counting to Five” songs of Five Naughty Monkeys and Five Speckled Frogs have had us jumping around. You took on the part of the monkeys and frogs so well, we will definitely be revisiting these two songs.

Nursery Rhyme. Tommy Thumb has been teaching us all about the names of our fingers and thumbs. Keep practising naming and hiding Tommy, Peter, Toby, Ruby and Baby.

Dough Disco. To get us ready for the disco feel, we have been playing musical playdough. When the music stops, you have to put the dough back into the pot, lid on, hands in lap. Get ready for our first disco track next week and if you have any favourite disco tracks, please do let us know!

Outdoors, in Forest School, Mrs Allen has now introduced you to two areas:

The Sand. This is always a popular choice and you have done so well to keep safe in the sand by keeping those tools low, ensuring the sand stays in the sandpit and helping at the end of the session to brush off the tools and pop them back into the shed.

The Patio. Stacking the small crates to create towers and using different combinations to make your own settees was popular with all. You have been putting them in a line to create a vehicle to travel to Peppa Pig Land, Elsa Land and the beach. Following a story with Mrs Allen and using the larger crates, a few of you enjoyed creating a safe place for the three little pigs – a very sensible idea!

Next week Mrs Allen is going to be introducing us all to the mud kitchen/gully – be prepared grownups for some muddy hands and nails.

Have a lovely weekend, get plenty of rest for some more Forest School fun next week!

Mrs Mander, Mrs Allen, Mrs Franklin, Mrs Lewis, Mrs Barrett and Mrs Flynn.

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Hello New Nursery 2019!

Hello New Nursery 2019!

We hope you have had a lovely summer break and are looking forward to some Forest School fun this year.

On Wednesday, please remember to bring in a:

  • Pair of named wellington boots (to be placed under the left hand side bench in the boot room)
  • Pair of named slippers (to be kept in the cabin)
  • Bag with a change of clothes in (to be kept on your peg in the boot room)

All of these items are to stay in Nursery.

If the sun decides to make an appearance again, as usually happens in September, please bring a named sunhat and sun cream.  You can leave these in your bag in the boot room at drop off so we know where to find them if we need them.

Nursery doors open at 8.30am and so a quick kiss to your grown-up, time to play!

Grown-ups, collection time is 3pm.  Due to the boot room being accessed by the rest of the school, we cannot open the side gate until after they have left the balcony.  After 3pm, if the ramp appears clear, please ring the buzzer and we can release the gate.  If you could wait on the patio area next to the sand pit, we will release the children from the top of the ramp to you.  :-)

See you all tomorrow.

Mrs Mander, Mrs Allen, Mrs Franklin, Mrs Lewis and Mrs Barratt. 


Thank you

We finish the year with our favourite Nursery word - "thank you". :-)

Thank you all for your kind wishes, gifts and most importantly, kind words in all of the cards we have received.  These are what mean everything to us as a team as it makes us feel we have done the job we set out to do back in September.

However, it is a complete team effort between all of the staff, the children and of course, you.  You have given us some amazing children to mould into "little learners" and we now send them on their way to their next adventure, wherever that may be.  

Have a lovely summer everyone.

From all of the Nursery Team here at Blackwell!


Teddy Bears' Picnic

On Monday 15th July, we will be heading to Burcot Grange for a Teddy Bears' Picnic.

We will be leaving school at 9.30am and returning in time for lunch at 11.30am.

If you want to bring your own bears then do please ensure they are named and small.  You are more than welcome to borrow one from our own bear basket if you forget or do not want to run the risk of losing them. ????

After lunch it is the whole school transition afternoon at 12.40pm - 1.40pm.  This is for the children only and so collection times are 1.40pm and 3.00pm.

Mrs Mander

Nursery News ~ 5th July 2019

What a smashing sunny time we have had in Nursery this week, a super end to our time together.  Those cold winter days seem a lifetime ago now!

We have been enjoying our Nursery Rhyme this week of Baa Baa Black Sheep - a real favourite with all of us.  Our Write Dance song of "Horsey Horsey" has had us galloping on our horses - thank you to Charlotte for showing us how we hold on to the reins correctly.  Our story this week has been "What the Ladybird Heard" and has had us talking about settings, playing Spot the Difference on the farm and using our Phonics skills of spotting and showing what Mrs Mander could see using only the letter sounds for a clue.  We have had fun outdoors in the sunshine creating our own shows, making a car wash with the crates and we bid a farewell to our very own pet butterflies yesterday afternoon.  What an experience to watch this lifecycle happen in front of our eyes in such a short space of time.  Thank you Mrs Allen for starting off these caterpillars on their journey - we are sad you missed the final stages!

Enjoy your weekend and we have everything crossed for a return of a healthy Mrs Allen next week. 

Mrs Mander :-)

Nursery News ~ 28th June 2019

What a beautiful sunny end to the week we had today.  Sun hats, sun cream and sun fun was very welcome after such a wet Tuesday - that rain even put our own waterproofs to the test!

Transition times into your new Reception classes has begun with lots of you attending new schools or heading across the gully to Red class "Story Club".  You are handling it all so well and am sure your grown ups are all very excited about this special time to come. 

For us this is our final push to get you all "school ready" as you have all come so far.  Our final topic links in with the rest of the school as we finish with "Farming".  Lots of nursery rhymes to play with - Old McDonald, Baa Baa Black Sheep, Mary had a little Lamb and "Horsey Horsey" will be our Write Dance tune for next week.  We will continue sorting animals into farm or zoo and ensuring we can match our sounds to the correct animal.  We will also continue working on those early reading skills of blending and segmenting sounds in simple animal words e.g. pig, cat, dog.  Your ability to create these pure letter sounds using our picture prompts, blend two/three together and hear the word is so impressive and a super start to your reading journey!

Lots of you have noticed that we are missing Mrs Allen at the moment.  Unfortunately she is suffering with a trapped sciatic nerve and will not be in back in school with us for a little while yet.  We all wish her well and a speedy recovery - me more so than anyone as I am in charge of the gardening and caterpillars (I think we need to wish them well too!)  Luckily for me, I have some very keen gardeners in George and Alice to keep me in line. :-)

I hope you all enjoy your sunny weekend!

Mrs Mander :-)

Nursery News ~ 16th June 2019

Happy Father's Day!

We hope you all have a lovely family day today. We have talked lots about our Daddies and Grandads this week through stories, matching games and even had a go at drawing them (which can be seen displayed on the nursery window). In Maths we have been learning about mark making number by using tally. We practised in the cabin first by tallying objects, sounds and then went out to the front of the school and tallied passing vehicles. The speed and number of vehicles passing our school in the day was perfect for us to keep track on our numbers and help us remember to close the gate on the number five. In Phonics we have met Nat and Pat who you helped by listening to their sounds and blending together to tap different parts of your body. In Write Dance we have been using our magic painting hands again to create new colours by dancing to "Air Train" and in Dough Disco we have been willing that sun to make an appearance with "Bring me Sunshine".

Outdoors, the production of items for the Summer Fair has begun with Mrs Allen. You have been planting seeds and creating your own minibeast pegs - fingers crossed these seeds are now looked after enough to see some shoots ready for you to sell. With some new furry friends in the nursery, you have been looking at the lifecycle of a caterpillar. The classic story of the Hungry Caterpillar was read to you with just story spoons - it was lovely to see lots of you telling the story in this way on the balcony during Outdoor "Play and Explore". We are all looking forward to seeing the change happen before our eyes with the caterpillars that are growing bigger every day.

With lots of wet weather comes lot of wet clothes! Please can you ensure your child has a change of clothes in a bag on their peg as we are running short of spares again. If there are any clothes changed, we will send home the bag to be restocked. If your child is sent home in clothes labelled SCHOOL, please could you return when you are able.

Fingers crossed for some better weather next week!

Mrs Mander, Mrs Allen, Mrs Franklin, Mrs Lewis and Mrs Broome.

New Gate - New Collection Point

We hope you have all enjoyed your half term week. :-)

Over half term, we have had a new gate fitted at the top of the ramp.

Due to the limited space on the balcony at pick up time with parents/grownups/siblings and the Nursery children trying to find their own coats/shoes, we will be changing the collection point at 3pm.  Please could you wait on the patio slabbed area to the left of the ramp and we will get the children ready on the balcony and an adult will release them from the gate.

This will also ensure that "Story Time" for our After School children can continue and of course, will be a great step for transition for the majority of our children who are off to Reception in September.

Drop off in the morning will stay as it is at 8.30am to the cabin door.  At 8.45am, the door will be shut as we will be ringing the bell to take the register and so if you arrive after this time, please just open to let your little one in. :-)

Thank you for your support with this.

Mrs Mander and Mrs Allen.

Nursery News ~ 17th May 2019

Happy Friday everyone!

What a beautiful week it has been – the sun has certainly put his hat on and come out to play. Thank you for all the sunhats and suncream at very short notice – without these, Forest School can become very limiting for the children.

Indoors we have made “Ten Little Pirates” come alive as we have been marching to a new pirate song and thanks to Captain Allen and Captain Lewis, you were chosen one by one to climb aboard their ships. We have linked the story with our Maths and taken it all outside in the sunshine where we have role-played the story of pirates being eaten by sharks, blown away by a hurricane and sang to by a mermaid (!). This has helped us SEE what it looks like in a ten frame/egg box when we count backwards.

Outdoors, Mrs Allen has been teaching you the races we will be taking part in for Sports Day next Friday – the one you enjoyed the most was the welly wanging! I just hope I am not the one at the Finish line when these are thrown! Mrs Allen has enjoyed turning the mud kitchen (with its new oven!) into a galley, cooking meals for the Captain and you have enjoyed hunting golden nuggets buried deep in the sand. During the afternoons, you have enjoyed being taken a group at a time to tend to the Early Years patch – digging out the weeds, sowing the seeds and watering them ready to attract some butterfly visitors.

The biggest hit this week though has been the introduction of the Trim Trail. To encourage some slower eaters and to duplicate what a lunch time will look like for most of you in Reception in September, we have been heading out for a fifteen minute climb, balance, swing after we have eaten. A HUGE hit this week!

Sports Day for Nursery will be Friday 24th May at 2pm on the school field. If your child does not attend on a Friday, please do bring them along to meet us on the school field for this time. You will see there have been some lanes painted and a circle for the parents to stand in. We look forward to seeing lots of you there!

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Mander, Mrs Allen, Mrs Franklin, Mrs Broome and Mrs Lewis xxx

Sunhat and Suncream

Hi All,

As we are outdoors for a big part of our day, please can you ensure your children are prepared for the sunny weather.

A sunhat of their own can be left in the hat basket and a named bottle of suncream to be left on top of the shoerack on the balcony.

On sunny days like today, children without a hat and suncream will have to stay in the shady spots of Forest School which will limit their play experience.

Many thanks,

Mrs Mander and Mrs Allen :-)

Nursery News ~ 10th May 2019

Hello Team Pirates!

What an excellent start we have made to our Pirate topic both indoors and outdoors since we have come back from the Easter holiday!

In the cabin we have been enjoying Pirate PiggyWiggy which, thanks to the beautiful pictures in the story, enabled us to play a Pirate bingo game where we had to match up word labels to the pictures. Later in the week we moved on to matching the real life pirate objects to the pictures from the story e.g. hats, swords, cannons, treasure chest, gold coins. Our Maths work has had us focusing on the number 9 both indoors and outdoors and we have even extended ourselves to finding ways to make 9 using the Numicon as puzzle pieces. Our Phonics on “Voice Sounds” is the start to us blending sounds to make words ready for reading in Reception. Can you remember which words the sounds /sh/ and /ee/ make? /m/ and /oo/? Our Write Dance of “Row the Boat” has had us drawing an arch going up and an arch going down and alongside this, we have been dough discoing to Galway Girl (thanks to Rosie) and Giant (thanks to the character of George in The Smartest Giant in Town). Next week Ten Little Pirates will be coming alive and we will be getting “Getting Jiggy wit it” courtesy of Mrs Lewis!

Outdoors, we have taken our Pirate theme with us. Mrs Allen has been teaching us the game of Shark Island where we had to move around the space and when the bells were shook, we had to stand by an island to stay safe from the shark. When the sun shone, you all enjoyed creating the largest treasure map I have ever seen and the fun part was watching you try to carry and follow it at the same time. Mrs Lewis has been showing you how to make pirate boats which were then taken into the gully for some sailing. The biggest hit since we have been back though was when Mrs Allen took small groups to do some gardening. You all loved your little gloves and tools and digging up those weeds – I hope you continue to do this at home with your grownups over the weekend with everything growing so quickly now we are having a mix of warm and wet weather!

Have a lovely weekend and remember to show off how you can ALL do your own zips now when you keep on trying! Don’t give up after the first attempt!

Mrs Mander, Mrs Allen, Mrs Franklin, Mrs Broome and Mrs Lewis xxx

Nursery News ~ Happy Easter!

Happy Easter to you all!

Thank you for a wonderful afternoon - your singing, dancing and Spring Chicken actions were the best we have seen you perform.  We are all so proud of you, we really are.

I cannot wait to see how our family of tadpoles develop over the Easter break - I think there may be some legs on show for the summer term!

We hope you enjoy a well-earnt rest with your families and we look forward to seeing you all in a few weeks time ready to get stuck into our "Pirates" topic!  I think it is set to be an enjoyable one.

Take care Team Nursery

Mrs Mander, Mrs Allen, Mrs Franklin, Mrs Lewis and Mrs Broome XXxxx

Nursery News ~ 5th April 2019

Hello Team Nursery.

Another week has flown by and we have now begun our preparations for next Friday’s coffee afternoon at 2.30pm. If your child does not attend on a Friday and would like to join us, you are more than welcome to drop them in the cabin with us at 2pm and head on over to the school hall. If you could just let us know before Friday if you plan to do this so we can ensure we are prepared for how many we will actually have.

In the cabin we have continued our work on Alliteration with our alliteration jars. Each jar is full of little objects beginning with the same sound. If you find anything at home over the weekend that you are happy to share with us and pop into a jar, please do bring it in next week. We have even managed to put little photographs of ourselves in the jar and some of us wished we were in Charlie’s jar as he shares it with chocolate and cheese! Our topic has changed to “Easter” and we have started learning about the Easter story. We had fun creating a palm pathway for Jesus and the donkey by printing with our own green palms and today we moved on to learning about the “Last Supper”. We have made some great predictions about what we think might happen next to Jesus and next week we will see whether he is caught under a net, frozen in ice or put in prison when we learn about Good Friday, Easter Saturday and Easter Sunday.

Outdoors we have been creating some Easter produce for us to share with our families for Easter. We have all been painting our own hard boiled eggs in our favourite colours – we then used these today for an Easter egg hunt. This was definitely the highlight of the week as you spent both Forest School hiding and finding eight eggs with a designated person being in charge of the basket. Mrs Allen showed us all how to create healthy Easter nests with grated carrot and cucumber. We enjoyed munching on them during our lunch. In the afternoon, you have been practising your throwing and catching with balls, beanbags and scoops – this is something you could maybe have a go at doing over the weekend. Our number this week was the number 8 and we enjoyed playing “Follow my Leader” outdoors around our own number 8 track.

It was lovely to chat to you all again during Parent Consultation evenings this week – it is always nice to share with you how much progress these little stars have made since they joined in September and how ready for school lots of them already are.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Mrs Mander, Mrs Allen, Mrs Franklin, Mrs Lewis and Mrs Broome x

Nursery News ~ 29th March 2019

Hello Nursery!

What a super sunny week it has been! Spring is finally here!

In the cabin we have been Dough Discoing to “Everything is Awesome” (thank you Ben!) and Write Dance Dancing to “Merry-go-round”. We have been spinning around and around and around with our bodies, friends, hoops and the parachute making ourselves quite dizzy. For Communication and Language (C&L) we have been talking about, mixing and matching and even attempting our first drawing of our Mummy. WOW!! The grownups in the Nursery (and am sure your grownups at home) will be blown away by your pencil control – all the hard work is beginning to pay off! Your Mummy pictures are on display in the cabin window and don’t they all look beautiful. In Maths we have been looking at how numbers get smaller when one is taken away (subtracted). We have had children rolling out of bed, jumping off the train and stealing biscuits from the biscuit tin – all as a way of “seeing” how the amount changes. In Phonics we have continued our work on alliteration and had fun sorting objects into glass jars if they begin with the same sound. I wonder if you could work out on the weekend who would go in a jar with you?

Outdoors Mrs Allen has introduced us to weather boxes. For most of the week, we have been playing and exploring in the “Sunny Day” box with the travel brochures, sunhats, sunglasses, picnic items. Today, Mrs Allen introduced us to the “Foggy Day” box and we all enjoyed exploring with binoculars, tracing paper and the torches. Mrs Allen also took you all into the big playground to play the island game where you had to stand on one leg when you heard the shaker – balancing on one leg is a skill we need to do more of after Easter! In the afternoons, some of you had the opportunity to create some clay necklaces using your dough disco skills of balling, pressing, pinching and we enjoyed turning the patio into a dancefloor, choosing a friend to leave when they looked tired! We have noticed lots of you revisiting fishing in the gully, painting with water and creating ball runs with the guttering.

Thank you to you all for your Parent Consultation preferred times back - these have now been allocated and I look forward to chatting to you on Wednesday and Thursday next week about your child’s progress. Please come to the school office at your allocated time.

Next week we will begin choosing which of our favourite songs and dances we want to share for the Nursery Easter Coffee afternoon on Friday 12th April at 2.30pm. I know without question one will involve getting our chicken wings wiggling!

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Mander, Mrs Allen, Mrs Franklin, Mrs Broome and Mrs Lewis xxx

Nursery News ~ 22nd March 2019

Happy Friday!

Another week has flown by but luckily this time with a little less in the way of windy weather meaning we have had some lovely calm/quiet days.  With a whole school trip on Monday, we took the opportunity to explore the whole school again and this time we ate our lunch in the big hall!

In the cabin we have continued our “Families” topic and have been mastering the game of Happy Families.  Thank you for all of your lovely photographs - we almost have a full set! On Thursday we had another family join us in the cabin, a family of tadpoles.  We are all so excited to watch them grow and learn about the lifecycle of a frog.  Rest assured, once they are ready for it, they will be returned to my pond as some of us are NOT frog fans and they will NOT be jumping around the cabin!  We have also started our Phonics work on alliteration and have introduced the game of I Spy.  Our displayed faces have had a shuffle around as we are now next to friends and grownups with the same starting sound as our own.  I wonder if you can play a game of I Spy this weekend to see if you can hear the sounds at the beginning of those words.  With the Spring season comes more outdoor learning and we have taken our Maths circle time outdoors, creating shapes with outdoor objects.  We finished the week with a “Patio Pattern Parade” where we all took part in creating shapes with shapes/chalks.  Our Dough Disco has been Georgie’s choice this week with James Arthur and well done to her for leading us with the actions this week! 

Outdoors we have been mark making as part of our Write Dance with our song “Dinky cars” – the cars have had quite a journey around the forest in the sand, water and down the tunnels.  Next week we will be taking a journey on a “Merry-Go-Round” and practising our circular movements!   Without the rain and wind, we have been able to have a few fires this week.  You are doing really well at remembering the safety elements of sitting around the fire circle and lots of you know how to create a fire too!  We have been singing to a new song “De Di Diddle Do” where we have been holding hands and swinging arms with a friend.  We have enjoyed some different outdoor play on the big playground using the new Basketball nets - we then used these balls to practise our throwing and catching skills.  We have also enjoyed an outdoor Play and Explore on the trim trail!  A firm favourite on Friday when we enjoyed making our own fishing rods with a stick and string and taking them to catch some fish in the gully.  We really enjoyed eating them at lunchtime for Fishy Friday!

Parent Consultation letters went out this week – could these be returned next week so an appointment time to discuss your child’s progress can be arranged on 3rd/4th April.

Mrs Mander, Mrs Allen, Mrs Franklin, Mrs Broome and Mrs Lewis xxx

Nursery News ~ 15th March 2019

Happy Red Nose Day! Well done Darcie for wearing your nose and headband today! We had a search in the cabin this morning and found some matching red objects to play listening games with – Who Looks Different and Kim’s memory game.

This week in the cabin we have met a new family – our very own finger family with the Nursery Rhyme “Tommy Thumb”. Can you remember the names of all five members? We have finished off our work on Rhythm and Rhyme with a fun matching game when we split into three teams and had to listen and match our rhyming object. More than half of you are now hearing rhyme in words, which is an excellent start ready for Reception in September. Please do keep going with listening out for rhyming words when sharing stories/singing at home. In Maths we have been matching our numerals to objects with some of us extending onto reading, matching and counting objects up to 10. Thanks to Eve, our Dough Disco song of “Let it Go” has had us singing at the top of our voices while we ball, sausage, pass and pinch the dough – not sure this is one for the Easter coffee morning!! We have continued sharing and talking about our family photos and enjoyed a game of finding all of our own family members when they are all together in a hoop! We are still missing a few family photographs and so could these be brought in next week (or emailed if easier) ready for our Happy Families game.

Outdoors, the plan was to have a fire every day but the weather put a firm stop to that with a lot of rain and wind. Mrs Allen managed to light one on Monday and it was welcomed by us all as we warmed up our hands around it! With a lot of rain, came a lot of wet mud, sand and waterproofs. This gave us the opportunity to Play and Explore on the balcony where we have had stories, playdough, creating pictures with natural materials, puzzles and building blocks. Once the rain had stopped, we ALL enjoyed using the puddles and our paintbrushes to paint and decorate almost all of Forest School! In the afternoons we have discovered an excellent running area down the side of the cabin and have been practising running, slowing down and stopping – quite a tricky skill! We have continued to enjoy our song of “How do you do” and learnt how to greet in different ways. We have also enjoyed our Write Dance song of “Dinky car” and driven our dinky cars around Forest School. Next week, we will be taking some dinky cars to mark make in paint, mud and sand.

Have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Mander, Mrs Allen, Mrs Franklin, Mrs Broome and Mrs Lewis xxx

Nursery News ~ 8th March 2019

Bonjour Nursery!

What a lovely week we have had with Maelle and Enora who have come all the way from France to play with us. They taught us the Days of the Week, counting to ten and they even taught us some new French nursery rhymes! We are sad to see them go today as lots of you have enjoyed playing with them.

This week in the cabin we have been working on our Maths skills of reading numerals and did really well playing Numeral Bingo for the first time! I wonder if you can read the numbers on your door at home and share these with your friends next week? We continued our work on “Families” and really enjoyed puzzling the family photographs back together. We talked about how many are in our family and even met the Oxford Reading Tree family of Mum, Dad, Biff, Chip and Kipper! Recognising and learning their names will help lots of you when you move in to Reception in September. Our Nursery Rhyme was “This Little Piggy went to Market” and we role played this with small world props and then our own little pigs in our socks! The Greatest Showman was a lot of fun for Miles as a dough disco song, next week Eve’s choice!

Outdoors, we have had fun finding ways that we can mark make outside. We started the week by using our whittling skills to create our own pens with sticks. Mrs Allen showed us how we can make them look even better by tying leaves, bark, feathers around the top – they ended up looking like “Quills”! Once we made our tools, you then had a lot of fun using these with mud by dipping it in and mark making on paper. At the end of the week, we moved on to exploring other ways to mark make using brooms, charcoal and even carrots. We also took our Write Dance outside in the week and made marks to our song “We can do Anything” in the sand with two sticks. J In the afternoons, we have been enjoying a new song “How do you do?”. I wonder if you can remember how to sing it and teach it to your family this weekend?

Have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Mander, Mrs Allen, Mrs Franklin, Mrs Broome and Mrs Lewis xxxN

Nursery News ~ 1st March 2019

Welcome back Nursery!

We hope you all enjoyed a lovely half term with your families. Thanks to those of you who have brought or emailed in your family photographs – we have already had a lot of giggles sharing them and today, puzzling them back together. Next week we will be using your family photographs to talk about what a “family is” as we all have so many different combinations. We will then be using the faces in the photographs to sort into groups and may even combine into making new families! In Phonics we have continued with Rhythm and Rhyme with our new Nursery Rhyme “Jack and Jill”, recapped on making Silly Soup, and played a new game of the odd one out. I wonder if you can spot the odd one out of a group of three objects over the weekend as we found this concept quite tricky! In Maths we have been learning the number 7 and thank you to Mrs Webb for her Dough Disco suggestion of “We are Family”. Get ready for the Greatest Showman next week!

Outdoors, we have been sharing the story of Stick Man and looking at what makes up his family. We then recapped on the skill of “whittling”, creating our own Stick Men and took them for a “Play and Explore” in the Forest. We hope you remembered to pop them next to your shoes to take home at the end of the day! We also used some Forest School sticks as Rhythm sticks to make music by listening to and copying Rhythm patterns. We finished off the week with a game of “Follow my Leader” in the glorious Spring Time sunshine - fingers crossed for many more days like this!

A quick reminder that all left over gloves and boot socks will be on top of the shoe rack for your grownups to spot and take home.

World Book Day is on Thursday and so could our Thursday children please bring in a favourite book to share with us all. Do you think you can tell us the names of the characters in these stories?

Have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Mander, Mrs Allen, Mrs Franklin, Mrs Broome and Mrs Lewis xxx

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