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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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Nursery News ~ 18th February 2019

Happy Half Term!

We hope you and your families are having a fun-filled week. :-)

This time last Monday, we were explorers on a hunt of interesting objects, pictures, and even animals around Blackwell School.  What a different day we had following our picture clues - the top three highlights were drawing an interactive picture on Yellow class IWB (interactive whiteboard), sitting on the big chairs in Blue class and playing with Miss Townsend's Maths equipment (I hope we put them back correctly as she is very fussy about things being tidy!) and cuddling the guinea pigs in Purple class.  The school will be going on another whole school trip in March so shall we do the same thing but this time explore some different areas.....perhaps experience what lunch is like in the hall, see if our daily "Smart Moves" has made us strong enough to try out the Trim Trail.....

Last week in the cabin we have also worked on a new skill of syllables.  We began by trying to sort our own names into hoops of either 1,2,3 claps and then as the week moved on (and we improved!) we mixed this with our Maths focus and tried listening to and copying sounds using musical instruments.  The chime bars were the biggest hit - we definitely need to bring a set of these to the cabin!  Perhaps this half term you could show your grown-ups how many claps are in your name and see if they can repeat with their own?  I wonder if there are any names out there with four claps in your family?  We also have been enjoying our Write Dance song of "Little Sun" and with the weather warming up, we enjoyed dancing and mark making outdoors to this in the flour on the patio!  Thank you Darcie for sharing your favourite disco song of "We Will Rock You" - how funny to see you all master that Rhythm Pattern with clapping on your own, clapping with a friend and of course with the dough!

Outdoors, Mrs Allen has introduced us to more tools - a hand drill and a screwdriver.  You all had a good try to twist the screws into the wooden block.  This was so much trickier than the hammer/nails from the week before.  Perhaps your grownups could use your help during half term with some DIY!  Mrs Allen has also been teaching you some new songs and playing the playground game of tag.  In the Story Area, she showed you how you could use the toys/props to recreate the story of the Princess and the Frog.

Speaking of frogs - I wonder how the frogspawn slime that we made on Friday is getting on in the tank...... :-O

When we come back after half term, the topic will be "My Family" - could you bring in a photograph of you and your family for us to copy and keep and we are going to be using for all sorts of games/activities!

Enjoy the rest of your week!

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

 

Nursery News ~ 10th February 2019

Hello Team Nursery!

Our weekly nursery rhyme “Five Little Speckled Frogs” has had us exploring the new green playdough and making our frogs jump into a cool pool. This has led us into making some “silly soup” where we have been adding three rhyming ingredients to sing our silly song. In Maths, we have been talking about and understanding our “position” words and have been jumping in, out and around the hoop and trying to use full sentences to describe where our friend’s faces are on the cupboard. For Dough Disco, we have been moving the dough to the “Locomotion” – thank you Matthew for putting that song in our head – and learning the words and actions for our Write Dance song “Little Sun”.

What a windy week! Although it did make us all a little wild, we managed to keep cool and calm around the fire circle where Mrs Allen introduced some new tools to us. We enjoyed using the potato peeler to take the bark of the sticks to make some mini stick men and a hammer to knock some nails into wooden blocks to create a web by weaving wool in, out and around. In the afternoons, Mrs Allen has been teaching us a new outdoors game of “40-40” where we had to make our way back to the den without the “finder” spotting us. We have also all been clapping out patterns and copying patterns on the balcony to keep dry from the rain up on the balcony.

With a whole school trip tomorrow, we will be exploring the old and new school buildings and having some fun in each classroom! We may even make it into Mrs Moss’ office but shhhh, don’t tell.

See most of you in the morning ready for some final week fun

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

Nursery News ~ 3rd February 2019

Hello Team Nursery!

Another fun packed week with our new Phonics topic of "Rhythm and Rhyme". We have been working hard on trying to listen and keep the beat to songs that are sometimes fast and sometimes slow. We have had a go at reading musical symbols to make some Rhythm patterns and next week we will have a go at making our own. We will then be moving on to hearing the rhyme in common words.  Perhaps when you share a book with your grownups this week, see if you can fill in that missing rhyme word from your favourite familiar stories. In Maths we have introduced the number six and what this looks like in an egg box arrangement and on our mini fabacus. Can you remember what happens to the colour once we count past five?

What a cold cold week we have had in Forest School but that hasn’t stopped us getting out and about - we have just added more layers and moved about more! Mrs Allen has been teaching you how to use clay to make necklaces and animals. We hope they have survived the journey home for some of you. You have also been enjoying the final week of our Bear topic by painting animals face masks on the balcony to my favourite story “Brown Bear Brown Bear”. We have tried to get that sun shining with singing some high and low sounds for all the school to enjoy!

Next week we are moving on to a new topic of lifecycles where we will be talking lots about babies – a topic very real for lots of you at the moment!

See you all in the morning ready for some fun February frolics!

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

Nursery News ~ 26th January 2019

Hello Team Nursery!

We hope you are having a lovely weekend.

What a super first few weeks it has been back in Nursery – fun packed full of new songs! I hope you have enjoyed singing and sharing your Dough Disco moves with your own chosen favourite disco songs - Shotgun and Karma Chameleon. Do you think your families are prepared for our weekly classics disco songs that you have chosen to splat, roll and ball too! We have also been working hard with our Write Dance sessions which links in to our Bear topic. We have been mark making to “Bear went over the Mountain” and “House of the Bears”. I think your favourite marks to make have definitely been the claw marks. Our Phonics sessions have focused on Body Percussion and we have explored and now mastered a whole range of sounds our bodies can make! We have made the sounds quieter/louder, faster/slower and even put two together to make a repeating pattern! Why not see if you can share a pattern with your families this weekend?

Outdoors we have had a big focus on opening up the provision on the balcony. Mrs Allen has now taught you how to use the Quiet Area, the block area and the Art area to create a picture using sticks, stones, cones and shells. On the rainy days, the balcony always becomes a very popular choice for lots of you! If you arrive early in the morning, why don’t you have a go at playing with some of these with your grown up or siblings. Please remember to put it all away ready for the next people to play with. We also had fun this week watching Mrs Allen getting the fire started to help us stay warm during this Winter spell. It was baked apples on the menu this week and well done to those of you that gave it a go and tasted it!

A quick reminder about those boot socks – to speed up the time it takes to get ready for Forest School, please bring them into the nursery with you in the morning and you can wear them instead of your slippers.

See you all next week for fingers crossed, some snow!

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

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Merry Christmas Team Nursery!

Dear Nursery,

What a super Christmas show you performed yesterday! Those children that arrived 15 weeks ago are virtually unrecognisable. You sang, you danced and what super pulse you kept with that Rudolph dough disco! Thank you to all of your grownups that came along to support you. It is clear we weren’t expecting quite so many and even clearer that our Easter Coffee afternoon is going to have to move location to the School Hall to fit everyone in. :-)

It has been a long long term and the most difficult one for transition to a new setting with new expectations, but you did it, we all did it! Team Nursery are the best! Now it is time for a well-deserved break from it all with your loved ones, it definitely seems like lots of you need it.

We still have lots of Christmas cards, reports and thank you slips for your wonderful messages and gifts in the Nursery so these will have to wait for the New Year now – something to look forward to.  Holly and Jolly, those naughty elves, say goodbye too - they will miss you all, especially Georgie!

So on behalf of all of the team – thank you for these cards and gifts. It is really generous of you. We all hope you have a wonderful Christmas and we will see you in the New Year ready for some more Forest School fun!

Merry Christmas everyone!

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

Nursery Christmas Show

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at our Nursery Christmas show this coming Thursday (20th December).  The show will be at 2.30pm in the cabin. This is open for all Nursery children to join in and parents to watch and so if your child does not attend on this day, please do bring them along at 2.15pm and enjoy coffee/cake on the balcony while you wait.  If possible, could the children wear any Christmas jumpers/outfits that they may have to bring a little Festive cheer!

 

Nursery News ~ 9th December 2018

This week we have begun our final topic of the year – Christmas! Outdoors Mrs Allen has been sharing the Christmas story with you up on the balcony – out of the rain! A new playground game was introduced “What’s the Time Mr Wolf?” – you all were challenged to step and count accurately. The outdoor Christmas craft task began when you made some Christmas baubles using pine cones, paint and glitter and mini Christmas trees using sticks and tying ribbons. Well done Georgie for a super idea to keep these outdoor projects next to your shoes on the balcony so you remember to take them home at the end of the day. Another firm favourite this week has been your very own pizza shop in the building block area and cups and cups of hot chocolate being created in the mud kitchen to wash down this pizza following all that rain!

In the cabin we have had two new visitors – our very own naughty elves, Holly and Jolly. They have been up to mischief every night creating chaos and have helped us with some of our Circle Time games. In Maths we have been learning about taking away, subtracting, stealing and every time you closed your eyes, they just took more. They have also helped us practise our listening skill of “Staying Quiet”, they hid our musical instruments and we had to use just our ears to find them. Our nursery rhyme this week was the Days of the Week song “In a Week” – we could hear you singing this everywhere, I hope you enjoyed singing/sharing with your grownups at home. Our new Write Dance song is called “Tree and Fairy Lights” and we have been flicking our fingers to create colour on the Christmas tree.

CHRISTMAS is STILL COMING!

It was lovely to see so many of you at the Christmas Fair and thank you to those parents who helped support the school by buying the Forest School/Christmas produce the children have created. We still have a few left and so we will leave these out on the bench on the balcony for you to buy – they would make a lovely gift for Christmas.

Thank you for all of your Christmas card orders. You should have now received these ready for you to start that card writing process – enjoy! Now all the orders have been received, the original card will come out to you at some point this week from your child for you to display at home – look out for this in amongst all the many letters and cards.

A reminder of our Nursery Christmas show which is on Thursday 20th December at 2.30pm in the cabin. This is open for all Nursery children to join in and parents to watch and so If your child does not attend on this day, please do bring them along at 2.15pm and enjoy coffee/cake on the balcony while you wait. If possible, could the children wear any Christmas jumpers/outfits that they may have to bring a little Festive cheer!

PARENT CONSULTATION

I am looking forward to chatting/meeting most of you on Wednesday or Thursday this week! It is a lovely opportunity to share their report and chat about how they have settled into nursery life. Just a quick reminder, that these appointments are 10/15 minutes long and so if you feel there is something you want to chat about that will take longer, please do let me know and we can arrange another day/time. Please come to Reception on arrival and I will come and collect you.

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

Nursery News ~ 2nd December 2018

What a wet week we have had in the Forest School! That didn’t stop us though. This week Mrs Allen has taken us around to our building area down the side of the cabin. She has taught us all how to pick up, move and tidy away our large sticks and stones. Can you remember what animal you chose to be with your long stick tail? How many large stones do you think are safe to stack? It was great to see this area being used more in the week - building shelters for yourself with the sticks and your insect friends with the stones. We also enjoyed a new take on the game “1, 2, 3 where are you?” with trying to find a hidden person by sound alone – bells. It was difficult with all the wind/rain, but we managed it!

In the cabin we put listening skill of “Staying Quiet” to the challenge with a new game of “Chinese Whispers”. We need to work on those whispering skills but we got there in the end. Our nursery rhyme this week was a new one for all of you “One Finger, One Thumb” – we enjoyed adding our own twist to the rhyme by moving body parts – thank you to Matthew and George for your suggestions. Our Phonics games this week has had us marching, tiptoeing and stopping to the sound of the tinkle bells and drum – you can now even change direction to move towards the sound! In Maths we have been matching out Numicon to number cards, dice and adding the correct number of people into the Numicon boats. We have been mark making with blue paint mixed with handwash (!) and Dough Discoing to “I’m Happy”.

CHRISTMAS is COMING!

We are almost ready to show off our Write Dance and Dough Disco moves to you all with our very own Nursery Christmas show! Please do come along to see us on Thursday 20th December at 2.30pm in the cabin. If your child does not attend on this day, please bring them along at 2.15pm and enjoy coffee/cake on the balcony while you wait.

Thank you for all your Christmas card orders. The print that was sent home on the letter is just an example of what it will look like – your child’s own version is by far much better! These cards ordered will be coming out to you this week, ready for you to write to friends/family.

As well as Christmas cards, the children have created some beautiful Forest School/Christmas produce with Mrs Allen for you to buy at the Christmas Fair on Friday – please do come and find us on Friday night between 6-8pm.

See most of you tomorrow for what looks set to be another wet week!

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