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Nursery News ~ 7th February 2020

The sun has made a very welcome addition to Forest School this week which has meant we have had the chance to spend the majority of our time outdoors, even our circle times.  We have certainly noticed the difference in the children during Quiet Time as they have been a lot more settled.

Outdoors Mrs Allen has been showing us how to saw safely to make our very own wooden cookies - we hope you enjoyed these with a hot drink this week.  We have also all had the chance to whittle with potato peelers to create our own mark making tools.  A big focus on ball skills in the afternoon has had us passing over and under and throwing to each other.  On the trim trail we have been exploring the den area behind the tree and continued with our balancing on the wobbly bridge.  

In the cabin we have all been scooting, sailing and skating around with a new Write Dance song “Round we Go”.  Next week, we repeat the song but with a mark making element, prepare for some colourful hands.  We have been squeezing the dough with a classic Mary Poppins tune of “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”.  Our new Forest friends have been practising the listening skill of “Sitting Still” on both the floor and on a chair and for their Maths circle time, have been singing and counting about 5 monkeys jumping, 5 ducks swimming and 5 frogs jumping.  The rest of us have been outside matching rhyming pairs in our Phonics sessions and adding “1 more” in the Forest.  Mrs Webb came to visit us on Thursday and was very impressed with how far your Maths skills have come on so far.

Our independence focus this week has been those coats – for some it is finding and putting your arm in and for the rest of us, it is those zips!  We calculated we put on our coats five times a day  - please help support us by allowing the children time to show you over the weekend.  Next week, hand washing!!

Parent Consultation letters came out today and I look forward to chatting with you all again, after half term, about how your little one has settled or how far they have come!

Have a lovely weekend

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

Nursery News ~ 31st January 2020

It has been a hot week this week in Forest School and we do not mean the weather!  Mrs Allen and Mrs Cain (Reception class TA) have made a fire with you every day.  We started the week with a WOW fire where we enjoyed watching Mrs Cain get the fire going.  We then moved on to how to build a fire and use the end product (charcoal) to create our own marks.  The best part is always getting to taste/drink something new and so we have had two days of making and baking damper bread.  Good luck to Freddie's parents who (according to Freddie) are going to be baking it all weekend.  As well as all this fire fun, Mrs Allen has been showing you different ways we can move a ball - kicking, rolling, passing through a hoop.  We even had a go at playing a hockey game with a stick (from forest) and ball - it was a giggle to try and get the ball to move in a chosen direction. 

In the cabin, we have begun our Phonics work on Rhythm and Rhyme and have been sharing lots of rhyming stories.  When you read to your little one this weekend, see if they can hear that words sometimes sound the same.  We have been singing and acting out our weekly rhyme of "Ten in the Bed" - it was funny watching you roll off the blanket in the Boot Room.  To get our arms, hands and wrists strong and ready for handwriting we have been mark making in water to "The Bear went over the Mountain" and patting the dough FAST to "Mr Blue Sky".  Our number work has been all about recognising numbers to five, showing how numbers to five can be arranged in different ways and always the trickiest part, creating actions of numbers to five.

Now all of our friends have joined, we have introduced the Trim Trail as an activity for after lunch.  This has been a huge hit.  This week, we have begun by wearing our wellies as we know they can all put these on independently.  However we will be moving on soon to putting our own shoes on to play on the trail.  Please can you ensure shoes that the children travel to school in are "child friendly" and where you can, allow them time at home to put on their own shoes and coats as this helps support us when we can have up to 24 children to get ready in any one time.  

Our topic changes next week to Lifecycles.  Thank you to those parents who have emailed (or passed on) their baby photograph.  We are planning on having a lot of fun with them!

Have a lovely weekend,

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

Baby Photograph Request

Our new topic of Lifecycles begins next week.

If you haven't done so already, please could you email me a photograph of your little one when they were a baby or bring one in for us to share with friends.

Thank you to you all of those who have emailed one so far. :-)

Mrs Mander

Nursery News ~ 24th January 2020

Another week in the Forest has flown by and even more children have joined us and are settling well! :-)

Outdoors Mrs Allen has been showing us how we can use clay in our Outdoor Creative Area.  You have put your dough disco skills to the test to make clay bears and created your own individual clay patterned plates by using sticks and stones.  Lets just hope we can get these dry enough to send home now!  We have had fun playing Follow my Leader and this was put to good use this morning when we had a fire drill and had to follow the leader out of the cabin and into the playground.  We have shown our new friends how we can stack and transport the red and blue crates and you made an excellent bear cave for some bear friends.  A favourite outdoor activity this week was making jam sandwiches for a Teddy Picnic - yum yum!

In the cabin, we have been practising our new Listening Rule of "Staying Quiet" with the game of Chinese Whispers.  How funny it is to hear what you hear when one word is passed around the circle.  This is usually the hardest listening rule for children of 3 and 4 but it is so important in your journey to be "school ready" and allow your friends to talk and share their ideas.  In Maths you have blown us away with the "Show Me" game  of numbers from 1-5.  You are able to see, spot and show me these numbers in lots of different ways e.g. egg box style, dice pattern, tally and numicon.  During C&L we have been sharing our "Brown Bear" story and have enjoyed matching the toy animals to the animals in the story.  Have you sung the song with your family yet?  "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, what do you see.....".  Our Dough Disco has had us passing our hot dough from hand to hand with the song Hot Chocolate - can you remember the sign for Hot Chocolate?

It is our last week of the Bears topic next week and we then move on to lifecycles.  With two of our parents expecting babies in the next few months, we are taking the opportunity to talk about the human lifecycle.  Please could I request that a baby photograph of your little one is emailed to me for us to play some fun games with!

Early Years After School French class will be beginning after half term on a Wednesday.  Please see the attached flyer on the school website and if you want to join in, give the school office a call.

Have a lovely weekend.

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

Nursery News ~ 17th January 2020

How lovely it has been to have most of our Forest Friends join us over the past two weeks (still a few more to go!).  You have began to settle into how our Nursery day works with the help of the visual timetable and a big thank you to our current friends who have supported you in this.  You can see and feel how far you have come in one term!

In the cabin we are in full swing with our Bear topic as we have been dancing and mark making to our Goldilocks song and sharing a lot of Bear stories during transition times.  Thank you to those of you who have brought in your Bear stories from home - it is always lovely to share a familiar story with your friends.  We have had fun dancing in, out and around the hoop and you are starting to understand the direction of clockwise and anti-clockwise - very tricky concepts for 3/4 year olds.  This week we have been learning about the number 5 and our favourite activity was completing a "tally 5" by counting cars that come past the school.  It is lucky we are in a quiet village where the vehicles are few and far between!  Our C&L bear sessions have had us singing the Nursery Rhyme "Round and Round the Garden" and like Goldilocks when she meets the bears, we have been talking about what makes us feel scared.  We always finish our day with a favourite circle time of Dough Disco - the past two weeks we have been discoing to Annie (thank you Sophie and Charlotte!!!!) and a Frozen song courtesy of Belle.

Outdoors, Mrs Allen has been reintroducing the areas of Forest School to remind us all of where we can/can't go.  The use of the Red hand ensures we know when to "stop" and turn around to keep us all safe.  We took our bears on a tour and showed them where they can and can't go and we have been searching for paw prints in the Forest where those bears have been stomping.  The fairies have been a huge hit with you all as Mrs Allen has opened up our story area shed around the corner and you have been drawing some wonderful pictures of your families on the chalkboard in the same area.  This week, the focus has been on colour as you have been outdoor mark making rainbows, painting with mud (always a favourite!) and yesterday, you even had the chance to grate chalks.  Although the weather hasn't been cold, it has been a little wet which has created a very wet mud kitchen - it is great to see those muddy fingernails have made a return.

Now we have some new sleepier Forest Friends, our Quiet Time runs from 12.30-2.00pm and so if you are doing a 1.40pm pick, could we ask the buzzer isn't pressed (it is loud in the cabin) and instead, we will get them ready and bring them down to the gate for you.

Have a lovely weekend all!

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

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Merry Christmas 2019!

What a super Christmas show you performed this afternoon! Those children that arrived 15 weeks ago are virtually unrecognisable. You sang, you danced and you smiled - what more could we ask for! A HUGE thank you to all of your grownups that came along to support too.

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! 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.

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 with some new friends!

Merry Christmas everyone!

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

Nursery Christmas Show 2019

Just a reminder that the Nursery Christmas show is tomorrow at 2.30pm in the school hall.  If your child does not attend on a Friday, please bring them along to the cabin between 2/2.15pm and head back down to the hall.

If they could come in wearing something Christmassy and if they want, bring a small teddy to join them in the show.

After the show, we will take all the children back to the cabin and you can come and collect them via the usual route.

With only just over half of our children being part of the show this year (more children to join us in January), we hope to see lots of extra grownups/siblings at the show to cheer them on!

We also still have some Christmas produce that the children made with Mrs Allen available to buy for £2.50 that didn't get sold at the Christmas Fayre.  We will put these out in the hall, please do collect if you want to buy.

See you all there!

Mrs Mander

Nursery News ~ 13th December 2019

What a fun packed Christmas week we have had.

Indoors, Holly and Jolly have been up to their usual mischief by hiding things around the cabin - what fun we have had trying to find them first thing in the morning.  We have enjoyed practising our Christmas songs and dances for a very special show (see below).  We have been recreating the Christmas story with our Small World props - I wonder if you can remember the names of any of the characters in the story so far?  Mrs Lewis and Mrs Allen have been making Christmas hats for most of you ready to wear today for our Christmas lunch.  It was delicious - thank you very much Mrs Barker and Mr Hopkins!

Outdoors, Mrs Allen has gone Christmas tree crazy and has shown you lots of ways to create them using outdoor equipment.  You started off by sorting different lengths of sticks and tied them together with rope to create the tree shape and added the Forest decorations afterwards.  On Wednesday you all enjoyed hammering nails into a wooden frame and used wool to wrap around to create another tree shape.  You have even had a go at making trees out of pine cones, glue and glitter - please do not add glitter to your tree at home in the same way!

Next week the whole school will be performing their Christmas shows down at Blackwell Church and we will be performing ours.  Our Christmas show will be in the school hall on Friday 20th December at 2.30pm.  Please bring all your family and friends and come and enjoy watching the children show off their learning so far with a Christmas twist!  If you child does not attend on a Friday, please drop them at the cabin between 2-2.15pm and head on down to the hall to find your seat.  Could we request they come in dressed in Christmassy clothes and bring in a Christmas cuddly toy/teddy to join the show.

We hope to see you all their next Friday to help us enjoy and celebrate our last afternoon of what has been a long term for both the children and the adults.

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

Nursery News ~ 6th December 2019

Christmas is coming and we have had two new friends to help build up the excitement.  Holly and Jolly, our resident Nursery Elves, have not only been up to mischief in the nursery but are doing a super job of keeping an eye on how friendly we are with one another to report back to Father Christmas himself in two weeks time.

Indoors, we have been recapping on some of our favourite listening games, creating body sounds as part of our Phonics topic and learning all about the number 4 and the different ways it can be seen e.g. in a row, as a curved line, dice 4.  We have had fun with Mrs Allen to our Dough Disco tune "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer".  I have a real Christmassy treat for dough disco next week which Erica in particular is going to love!

Outdoors, you have been very creative with the pine cones and created your own Rudolph's as well as making some excellent carpenters with your sawing skills.  You enjoyed Mrs Allen helping you to make some wood cookies for our mud kitchen and were very sensible about this sharp tool.  These skills are going to be key to help you next week to create your own outdoor Christmas tree.

It was lovely to welcome our new nursery friends on Tuesday morning to their "Stay and Play" session, we are looking forward to having all of you with us in the New Year. 

Next week we will start practising and choosing some of our favourite songs, dances and action songs to share with you, our "audience", at our very own Nursery Christmas show.  This will be on the last day of term, Friday 20th December, at 2.30pm in the school hall.  If your child does not attend on this day and you want them to take part, please drop them at the cabin at 2.00pm and head on to the hall.  Everyone is welcome to come and have a hot drink and mince pie - the more the merrier!

Have a lovely weekend

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

Nursery News ~ 29th November 2019

Happy Friday Everyone! What a relief to see the sunshine today, even though with it comes the cold weather. Thank you for providing them with those warm hats, we definitely needed them.

In the cabin, we have been playing/learning:

Listening Games. Our second listening ruleGood Listening is Sitting Still” has continued with a range of distractions to test your ability to be still. We have had ribbons, a tickling stick and this week, toys! The moving dogs were definitely a highlight, a must have Christmas present this year!

Phonics. With our topicInstrumental Sounds” we have been playing the game of “Which Instrument”. We had to listen to an unseen instrument and match it up to one in our row – your favourite version was when we split into two teams and played against each other. We have also played a game of “hidden instruments” where Mrs Allen hid an instrument in the cabin and we had to find it. The finder played it loudly and we all move towards the sound.

Number. We have been learning a new song “In a Row” to help us line up our objects for counting and then understand that even when they are “moved around” the number is still the same. We have been checking that we have a good understanding of the numbers we have learnt about so far with games to show that you can arrange 1, 2 or 3 in an egg box, in a group of friends and hear/make 1, 2 or 3 sounds accurately. The last one is by far the trickiest – clapping and counting out the syllables in our names is still a work in progress.

Nursery Rhyme. We have added to our Nursery Rhyme collection linking to our topic of Blackwell Bear Travels with “The Big Ship Sails” and “The Wheels on the Bus”. We have had a lot of fun changing the vehicle with wheels and singing about what we might find/hear in these vehicles. Suggestions from you ranged from a scooter, bicycle, tractor, fire engine, police car - you certainly know your vehicles. Thanks to Isaac and Harry we had a giggle singing about the “baddies” in the police car and what sounds/actions they might make. Have a go this weekend at continuing our work with your families – select your vehicle and make the sound/action you would hear/see fit the song.

Write Dance. You had fun mark making to “Down at the Station” with Mrs Allen and this week we have learnt a new dance for “Row Row Row the Boat” with a twist. We have been drawing rainbow shapes and bowl shapes for the rowing and digging part of the song. Today we had fun with our new mark making paintsicles – frozen paint, an excellent invention for those of you wanting to try something new at home.

Dough Disco. Thanks to Beccy, you enjoyed discoing with the dough to “Let It Go” with Mrs Allen last week. An excellent link to some new winter tunes coming our way courtesy of a new film! This week it has been a Mrs Allen favourite “Bring me Sunshine” and look what happened when you sang about it, it came!

Outdoors, in Forest School, we have been playing/learning with:

Creating Forest School Vehicles. We enjoyed the story of the “Duck in the Truck” in our Quiet Area on the balcony which led us into trying to create our own vehicles using both the crates and the building area. The car you created using long sticks was excellent and how lovely to see you all sitting ready to go on holiday to the beach together. J

Retelling familiar stories. “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” is always a favourite story to recreate in our Forest School but with the added bonus of Mrs Allen’s story spoons, story stones and a bear soft toy – this became all the more exciting. It was so lovely to see you all crawling under and over objects around the Forest School hunting for that bear! Your poor wellington boots following the squelch squelch part of the story!  

Road pathways. Linking with our travel topic, the toy cars made an appearance at Forest School. Mrs Allen showed how you could use the guttering, crates and bowls to create a track/ramp for each car. You worked so well as a team to ensure the cars moved fast enough to reach the Finish Line and thought up ways that you could catch and collect them when they went too fast.

Christmas Produce. Mrs Allen has had you busy with collecting all items you would need for your own personalised Christmas produce which will be on sale at the Christmas Fayre next Friday, Please do bring your grownups to the teachers stall to find her and find your item for sale. On this note, thank you to you all for your Christmas card orders – we think you will be pleased with what you receive and so lovely to be able to give out personalised Christmas cards to friends and family. The busy elves coming our way next week will be starting the production of them at the beginning of the week.

It was lovely to meet and chat to you at Parent Consultations these past two weeks. It is always nice to hear what your little ones are like at home, this is so important to help support us with the journey we are all on to get them “school ready”. Once the final few meetings are completed next week, the Nursery Photobook for Autumn Term 1 will be available on the balcony for you to look through.

Have a lovely weekend!

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

Nursery Information Evening - Wednesday 27th November 2019

We will be repeating our Nursery Information Evening next Wednesday at 6pm for parents that did not make it in the summer term and for parents of children who will be starting in January 2020.

Please do come along as it gives you a good insight into Nursery life.

Nursery News ~ 15th November 2019

Happy Friday Everyone! Can you believe we have been back for two weeks already?

In the cabin, we have been playing/learning:

Listening Games. We have moved on to our second Listening Rule which is “Good Listening is Sitting Still”. Sitting still during circle time, meal times and around the log circle is important to “show” that you are listening and learning. Your sitting skills are being put to the test with bubbles, disco music and having to wait to play an instrument only when a visual cue is given.

Phonics. We have moved on to our new Topic “Instrumental Sounds” and the musical instrument basket has made an appearance! Last week we explored the sounds an instrument can make – loud/quiet and we created a Musical Nursery Band to find items around the nursery – when the band played loud, you were close to the object. This week we have matched the musical instruments to ways we can move our body e.g. maraca = footstep, drum = march. Your favourite game was “Grandmother’s Footsteps” where the unseen instrument was played and you had to make it to Grandma (or even Grandad today!) – definitely the hardest part was freezing when the instrument stopped.

Number. We have been learning a new song “In a Week” to help us with our days of the week – I wonder if you can remember which day of the week we rub our tummy, which is the naughty day and which is our friendly day? We have been comparing lengths of different things – sticks, ourselves and ripped paper to help us create our very own Christmas cards (order forms for these have now come out). This week we have added the Number 3 to our Number Line and played lots of 3 games including seeing whose letter shape we can create with 3 sticks.

Nursery Rhyme. We have added to our Nursery Rhyme collection with the “Grand Old Duke of York” and “Row Row Row the Boat”. We enjoyed making our own soldiers to follow the Duke up and down the hill and then used these at 11am on the 11th November to complete our very first minute’s silence. This week we have been rowing our boat and learning the signs for boat, crocodile, polar bear and lion. We enjoyed Ariana’s story about her holiday on a boat where she told us there were little boats on the big boat in case of an emergency. This leads us beautifully into next week’s Nursery Rhyme about a sailing ship that sinks.

Write Dance. We finished off our mark making element with the song “The Rainbow” where we colour mixed two rainbow colours with our hands to create a new rainbow colour. Can you remember what colour yellow and red make when mixed? This week we have moved on to a new song/dance with “Down at the Station” - a popular song for lots of you as you enjoyed picking up the hose and putting out the fire. We definitely have a team of future firefighters this year!

Dough Disco. New dough = new dance moves. We have enjoyed Sophie’s choice with a song from Moana. Creating water drops and an island for Moana to live on helped us with our ball and pinching skills. We have returned to a Rory favourite from last year of “I Like to Move, Move It”. This song has had us passing from one hand to the next, taking the dough around our body; let’s not forget the wiggles/jiggles that this song makes us all do. J

Outdoors, in Forest School, we have been playing/learning with:

Firework fun. We enjoyed watching a clip of fireworks on the balcony and then we tried to create the sounds ourselves with musical instruments. Can you remember an instrument that made the best firework sound? Mrs Allen also showed you how you could use the coloured chalks and paint with water on the patio to create a firework pattern/picture.

Magnifying glasses/Binoculars. To put our looking skills to the test, Mrs Allen created some photocards of things you could hunt for in Forest School. Using the magnifying glasses, you all had a lot of fun finding and sometimes collecting (!) the smaller bugs/leaves and the binoculars helped you with your bird spotting. A designated area in Forest School for all those budding bird watchers definitely needs thinking about.

The Swing. On Tuesday, Mrs Allen and a team of carpenters managed to get the tree swing back into action. Hurrah! You helped to cut the rope with a hacksaw, found a perfect length stick to sit on and even had to help a very short Mrs Allen, get the rope over the tree branch. Taking turns on the swing is the next challenge as it is a popular choice with both Nursery and Red class!

Stick Shakers. To link in with our Phonic “Instrumental Sounds” theme, Mrs Allen helped you to create your own musical instruments using a Y stick, some string and pasta. This was a popular choice as we are all keen to create some tracks for the Nursery Music Band this term. These threading skills are excellent to support your fine motor control – have a go at home with some string/dried pasta.

Obstacle Courses. Using ropes, tarpaulin and cargo netting, you helped to create an excellent obstacle course to match up to the “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” story. You enjoyed stepping over ropes, balancing on wooden beams and crawling on those hands and knees to go under the cargo netting (definitely the hardest part of the course).

Dens. Following on from the obstacle equipment coming out, you took on your own play ideas and used them to create a den and didn’t we need it!!! Thank you for creating a dry space for us all to hide under when that rain came on Thursday!

I am really looking forward to seeing you all at the Parent Consultations this week. At your given time, please come to the main Reception. On the main table there will be a Nursery photobook of our learning for the first half term for you to look through whilst you are waiting.

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

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Nursery News ~ 25th October 2019

Happy Half Term Everyone!

In the cabin, we have been playing/learning:

Listening Games. We have finished off our final “Looking” game with “Who is Hiding Under the Blanket?” We chose a friend to hide their eyes whilst we hid another friend under the blanket. You had to work out who was missing, sometimes needing clues of their voice or looking at their slippers. Always a favourite game. We move on after half term to a new listening rule of “Good Listening is Sitting Still”.

Phonics. We have finished off our Phonics work on Environmental Sounds by exploring “Mrs Mander’s bag”. We sang our song and then you had to listen to objects that were in the bag and work out what they were. Can you remember the five objects? It made us smile to hear what are in your mummy’s bags too!!! “My mummy has lollipops in her bag for me” Erica. “My mummy has cream for her eyes in hers” Harry.

Maths. The “Cheeky Monkey Counting song” has had us counting backwards by placing our ten monkeys in our ten frame and watching them fall out of their tree. We have been sorting objects first by colour – which has led us into one of Belle’s favourite songs “I can sing a rainbow” - and sorting objects by shape. This is something we will be revisiting next half term as “same” and “not same” are difficult concepts to understand.

Nursery Rhyme. Our Nursery Rhyme this week has been “I’m a Little Teapot”. We have been singing and dancing to the rhyme and sssshhhhhh, don’t tell your grownups, but we used our very own mini teapot set to make a real cup of tea and most of us even had a sip! Can you remember what we did to make it?

Write Dance. We have moved on to a new song/dance of “The Rainbow” – what beautiful rainbow shapes you can create with your fingers. The tricky part was swaying left and right and keeping your feet on the floor – have a practise over half term.

Dough Disco. The poor monkeys have worked hard this week as we had to replace the dough with them. We created a little dance for them to “Dance Monkey”. I am sure this is song that will be played at many a party in years to come – a great song! We are moving on to a Sophie favourite after half term courtesy of Moana.

Outdoors, in Forest School, Mrs Allen has taken us to:

The Gully. We have now been shown how we can keep it clean and clear of sand, leaves, bark and mud! The brushes box has been added with a range of shapes and sizes to keep us busy cleaning. What a difference it made to have the water flowing through the gully – a definite job to revisit every Monday! She has also added in the syringes and pipettes and talked to us about how we can now transfer water from the gully to other areas of the Forest School by filling pots and cans.

The Balcony. We now have another activity that we can do on the balcony by using the wooden table as our base. Mrs Allen has shown us how we can use the natural materials in pots e.g. cones, shells, rocks to create our very own natural artwork. When the rain comes, this is the part of the Forest School that will definitely become a popular choice!

Painting. You had fun on Tuesday with Mrs Lewis when you did some outdoor sponge paintings using autumn colours. Your creations have been cut out and turned into leaves which now make a beautiful display in our window seat in the cabin. Have a look next time you are up on the balcony.

The Patio. A popular choice this week has been using the long wooden sticks as a form of transport with our friends. I think the maximum number of friends to fit on the “Broom” was four but how much co-operation did you need to ensure you were all facing the same way and moving at the same speed – hilarious to watch!

What a long half term it has been but you all – you are certainly ready for a well-deserved rest with your families. Enjoy every second!

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

Nursery News ~ 18th October 2019

Happy Friday!

We are almost there, we have almost completed our first half term together…..phew, what a long half term it will have been for us all!

In the cabin, during Circle Times, we have been playing/learning:

Listening Games. We have enjoyed playing with the new “Stop/Go” paddle to help support us with our looking. The funniest game so far was our Silent Disco where we moved our bodies to no music and had to watch out for the Stop/Go instruction. Anyone looking in would have found us a strange bunch!

Phonics. We have continued this week with our work on environmental sounds where we have been matching Green class with their musical sounds with our own drumsticks! We took our drumsticks for a walk into Forest School today to see how they sounded when banged on different objects.

Number. The “Teddy Dance” song has had us placing our dancing teddy in different positions around our body – in front, behind, above, around, under, next to, between and on – see if you can have a go at doing this at home with your favourite teddy. We have had fun being the dancing teddies with a partner, placed our own small world person around the cabin in different positions and played “Hide and Seek” in the Forest by hiding “behind” so as not to be caught.

Nursery Rhyme. Our Nursery Rhyme this week has been “Little Miss Muffet”. We have had some excellent role play this week from some brave Mr and Miss Muffets who have chosen a seat for “tuffet”. We explored the Forest School bug bag and had some very different bugs frighten us away – moths, bees, ants.

Write Dance. We have had another week on “Tickle Tree” but added in the mark making element by creating fingers marks in soap, shaving foam and flour. We move on next week to “The Rainbow” where we are naming our rainbow colours – thank you Rory for letting me photocopy your jumper yesterday to help support us next week.  

Dough Disco. Thanks to Harry, we have been moving the dough to “The Music Man” sang by Mr Tumble. We have been creating and playing the piano, big bass drum, saxophone and triangle. Our dough disco dough has finally lost its sparkle for this half term and so next week we will moving some monkeys to a Mrs Mander favourite song “Dance Monkey”. Get ready mini monkeys!

Outdoors, in Forest School, Mrs Allen has opened up a new part of the Forest School for us to access on those rainy days – the balcony.

The Story Area. Cushions, blankets, stories and teddies have been added to our own balcony Quiet Area and you have enjoyed coming up on your own or with a friend to share a story with some animal friends. This area is going to be a popular choice for lots of you when that rain comes!

Building. Blocks on the balcony are now open for you to come up and get creative with your construction skills. There are photographs of familiar buildings for you to create and as the weeks go on, photographs of your own buildings will be added to help give us ideas. If you arrive early in the morning, feel free to build away until the door opens but always remember to place the blocks back on their shadows ready for the next person.

Spiders. Outdoor craft is up and running now that we are all settled into the expectations of Forest School. Up on the balcony you have been able to come along and create your very own spiders using pipe cleaners. You then took these down into Forest School to play Incy Wincy and then took them home to continue the fun there.

Painting. You had fun on Wednesday with Mrs Lewis when most of you opted to create some conker paintings – who would have thought that rolling conkers and a little bit of paint could create such different and unusual patterns!

The Patio. The pipes and crates were open to play with on the patio and Mrs Allen taught us all how to carry around the pipes safely by dragging them like a tail. Popular games this week in this area were Pirates (where you used the pipes as a flagpole), Animal dens (where you created an enclosure for our soft animal friends to live using wooden blocks) and Ten Frame fun (where you laid the crates out in the ten frame pattern and found just enough friends to join you)!

Please can we make another request for warm hats to be left at Nursery in our hat basket. Yesterday was a particularly cold day and although we have spares, it is helpful if they can bring in (and leave) their own.

Have a lovely weekend - especially Belle who turns 4 this weekend!

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

Nursery News ~ 11th October 2019

Happy Friday!

Well the colder weather has definitely kicked in this week and for some of us, those warm winter hats have made an appearance. If you haven’t done so already, please could you send in a named warm winter hat for us to keep in our hat basket here at Nursery. By all accounts, we are going to need it this Winter!

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

Listening Games. We enjoyed the looking game of “Follow my Leader” this week in the cabin. This skill of looking at not only adults talking, but also friends, is so important and the game helped support this as we had to keep up with a friend’s actions.

Phonics. As our listening skills improve, we have been able to add in a daily Phonics session to match what happens in Reception and KS1 in school. Phonics is the beginning of our reading journey. We start with listening and recognising environmental sounds both indoors and outdoors. You all enjoyed the bingo game where cabin sounds were played and you had to listen and match to the pictures on your board. We also went on a sound hunt outdoors – Green class definitely provided us with the loudest noise thanks to their musical instrument playing on their balcony!

Number. The “Good Morning” song has been our warm up song this week and has taught us about the sequence of our day – can you remember the signs for good, morning, afternoon, evening, night? We have also braved the scissors and glue this week, ready to add to our Creative shelf in the cabin, by cutting out and sticking the sequence of our Nursery day. These will be ready to come home to share with your family next week so you can talk to them about what you do all day.

Nursery Rhyme. “Incy Wincy Spider” has been a familiar Nursery Rhyme this week and we had fun by replacing the spider with something different from our /s/ glass jar to help our alliteration skills. Which did you find the funniest /s/ object to go down the water spout? Mine was definitely Sophie as she got stuck and we couldn’t get her out. Sorry Sophie, I hope it wasn’t too dark in there???!!!

Write Dance. We have moved on to a new song this week “Tickle Tree” and we have been practising our “tree pose”, tickling fingers and rolling arms for the acorns falling off the trees. If you are out and about this weekend, please could you see if you can collect and bring in some fallen acorns for our acorn bucket?

Dough Disco. A big thank you to Erica this week for Baby Shark, it truly is a classic song we all need to have on repeat in our heads! You enjoyed adding in the dough and squashing it with those hands for jaws. Next week, Harry has shared his favourite – The Music Man – I wonder what interesting instruments the dough can create?

Outdoors, in Forest School, Mrs Allen has shared some of her favourite animal friends with us that we can now enjoy playing with in Forest School.

The Story Area. “After the Storm” with Percy the Park Keeper was our shared story in the quiet area this week – definitely a perfect story for outdoors! Mrs Lewis also shared her Hedgehog story and talked about hedgehogs up on the balcony with some of you. Can you remember any interesting facts about hedgehogs?

Animals. The rabbit, the hedgehog and the squirrel all enjoyed some Hide and Seek fun with us following on from our story as Mrs Allen had hidden them around the Forest School and it was our job to find them. Once rescued, we then had to talk about and create new homes for them. Harry the Hedgehog was definitely safe under his pile of bark, leaves, sticks and feathers during the day – I hope he found his way out of it at night time as he was buried quite deep!

Follow the Leader. Every afternoon, Mrs Allen introduces us to a new playground game. This week, it was “Follow my Leader”. It is still a challenge for us to follow the person in front when there is so much of the world around us that we want to see! Definitely a game we will revisit and practise.

The Gully. Keeping the gully clear of leaves is always high on our agenda at this time of year! These Autumn days do create havoc when it comes to letting the water flow through. Luckily we had plenty of cups, jugs and wooden spoons to scoop it all out and keep that water moving. It was also great to see some of you using the wooden planks to create a bridge over the gully this week.

The Patio. The crates were used this week to create a pathway for us to climb, step and jump over thanks to the ideas of Red class. The wooden planks were added to make it trickier as we had to use our balance for part of the journey. Some of you came up with the idea of using these planks to make a seesaw for you and your friends - it always amazes me how your brains work with all these new ideas!

For those parents who are considering applying for a Reception space in September 2020, there is a whole school Open Evening on Wednesday evening (16th October) at 6.30-7.30pm for parents only. We hope to see lots of you there.

Have a lovely weekend.

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

Nursery News ~ 5th October 2019

Happy Saturday Team Nursery!

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

Listening Games. We have been practising our happy, sad, angry and shocked faces in the mirrors to help us play a new game of “Who Feels Different?”. One person “felt” different to the others and it was your job to look at all friends’ faces to work out who it was. This was the most challenging Looking game so far and so we will be revisiting later in the term.

Write Dance. “We Can Do Anything” has continued to wake us up every morning with some excellent moves to the music. The challenge this week was to move behind a chair and add in some mark making up and down actions with our hands on the table. You thought the wet tables were slippy until we added in the handwash too! How clean were your hands (and the tables) once we had finished our morning moves??

Number. The “Pattern Parrot” has extended us this week with patterns of “1 and 2, 1 and 2” and you showed me this with Numicon, fingers, number cards. We began looking at what 1 and 2 look like in the “ten frame” too thanks to our Autumn conkers. The “ten frame” will be a key tool in our Maths learning this year – if you have any empty egg boxes that hold 10 at home, keep them to show your family how we do it! We have enjoyed comparing 1 and 2 with “Musical Groups” and yesterday we enjoyed a 1 and 2 Numicon hunt around the cabin. These Maths skills are sinking in as you seem to spot “pairs” everywhere now!!! Can you spot any at home this weekend?

Nursery Rhyme. “Rain Rain Go Away” has been a perfect choice of Nursery Rhyme this week! We played with the words of the Nursery Rhyme too by changing the Day of the Week and the weather to make it “Snow Snow Go Away…..”. I loved your answers to the question of which weather do you like/not like – fascinating how those young brains work! “I like the rain because of the patterns it makes” (Joshua). “I like the rain best because of the pitter patter sound” (Beccy). “I don’t like the sun as it shines in my eyes” (Harry).

Dough Disco. We have started to create a combination of Disco moves this week with Eden’s choice of music “You’ve Got a Friend in Me”. By the end of the week, you remembered it all the way through – sausage, pass, poke and play that dough musical instrument you created.   Next week, Erica has chosen a song I hoped we wouldn’t hear again in Nursery, “Baby Shark”. Get ready grownups, as they will be bringing it home!

Outdoors, in Forest School, Mrs Allen has introduced us all to the Story Area which is a perfect place to come if you feel like some outdoor Quiet Time.

The Story Area. Mrs Allen shared one of her favourite stories “The Enormous Turnip” in lots of different ways this week – pictures, role play and props. It made us giggle when we watched a team of children (and Mrs Allen) take on the roles of characters from the story and try and pull up our very own enormous turnip!

The Patio. We enjoyed a new game of “What’s the Time Mr Wolf” this week and it was great to see so many of you keen to take on the part of the wolf. You counted times up to five o’clock with steps and waited for those dreaded words “It’s dinner time”. It was lovely to hear Koa asking if we could play it again the next day.

The Gully and The Mud. Following a lot of rain and a new batch of mud, the tools and toys in the Mud Kitchen were looking like they needed a little TLC this week. Well don’t to those of you who helped Mrs with her washing pot in the gully. Same time again next week?

The Patio. It was lovely to see so many of you keen to try out the red trolley to transport objects around the Forest School this week. The wooden blocks made excellent ice creams and hot chocolates – I am not sure how we ate so much! The magnifying glasses were also a big hit with lots of you on the patio and Isaac seemed to find every bug living in Forest School.

The children have come in so well this week and now they have the added job in the morning of finding their name and adding it to their photograph before slippers and play. If you do arrive earlier than 8.30am (when the Nursery doors open), please can you help support us with our “no running” rule on the balcony. Thank you.

Have a lovely weekend.

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

Nursery News ~ 27th September 2019

Happy Friday everyone!

Well the first batch of wet weather this week definitely tested out our waterproofs and lots of bags went home with wet clothes as a result. We will only send a bag home if there are wet clothes that need washing and replenishing. Thank you to ALL who provide those bags in Boot Room, they make our job so much easier!

IN THE CABIN during Circle Time, we have been playing/learning:

Listening Games. We have been playing a new game of “Wink for a Turn” to help support those looking skills. It is so important you can show that you are listening by looking at the person talking and this game helped support this – try it out at home with your families.

Write Dance. We have been jumping, swinging arms, shaking hands and stretching to a new song of “We Can Do Anything” – get ready because next week we are going to move on to the next Write Dance stage of mark making to the music on the tables.

Number. The “Pattern Parrot” has helped us warm up our Maths brains by creating a repeating pattern of two actions e.g. open/close, left/right, up/down. We have moved on to learning about the number 2 and you have shown me 2 objects, built towers with the light blue numicon 2, practised drawing number 2 on a friend’s back. The favourite game this week has been “Musical 2’s” where we have boogied around the room to the disco music and when the music stopped we have created a group of 2 children, a “pair”. See if you can spot some “pairs” at home this weekend!

Nursery Rhyme. “One Finger, One Thumb” has had us exercising those Baby Shark digits. Adding our own body actions on to the song had us giggling yesterday – I think in the end we had a list of 8 actions to remember including: arm, leg, wiggly bottom, stand up, sit down, nod of the head.

Dough Disco. We have been pinching and squeezing the dough this week to “Hakuna Matata” to get our fingers, hands and wrists ready for handwriting. Next week it will be Eden’s choice of song – one of my favourites too!

OUTDOORS, IN FOREST SCHOOL, Mrs Allen has now opened up the mud kitchen and couldn’t we tell – I bet your grownups had to get the nail brushes out at bath time!

The Sand. More birthday cakes were being created using the animals as decoration – Happy 4th Birthday Rory – we were lucky enough to enjoy the day with you!! Another popular activity was burying those diggers!!! Parker dug a hole so deep that we couldn’t actually find it - excellent!!

The Gully. Well the rain made this part of Forest School very exciting this week as it kept getting so flooded, we couldn’t actually find it. We had fun nevertheless trying to keep it clear of all the leaves, mud and sand – you are super helpers, I hope you are like this at home!

The Mud. It is finally open for business – hooray! I was missing those hot chocolates and mud pies and you certainly didn’t disappoint. Thanks to the rain, it made the mud even more moveable which was great as Mrs Allen could then teach you how to draw with a stick and mud just like the “Cave Baby” story.

The Patio. A popular play choice this week has been using the tubes from the shed for all sorts of weird and wonderful things: talking through them, reins for a horse and a skipping rope. You have also discovered that when you create a vehicle using the crates, they make excellent seatbelts – safety first!

It was so lovely to see so many of you at the Open Evening on Wednesday night and we had the chance to have a chat about how your little ones are settling in. They are certainly a confident bunch which has meant they have settled into Nursery life very quickly! We do have a more formal Parent Consultation in November (19th/20th) but in the meantime, do come and chat (or email for those working parents) about any questions, worries, concerns you may have.

Have a lovely weekend.

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

Nursery News ~ 20th September 2019

Happy Friday everyone!

What a beautiful week we have had with some warm autumn sun.

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

Listening Games. We continued with the listening rule of “Listening is Looking at the Person Talking” by playing versions of Grownup Matching Pairs. Yesterday was by far the most challenging when you had to find a matching pair mixed up on the tables and share with your friends who it was. You are doing so well at remembering all six of our names – use the photographs on the door to help you in the morning when waiting.

Write Dance. We have continued with our song “Just Like This” but this week you have had the added challenge of moving your bodies to the music, as well as your arms, and creating patterns with the ribbons. I am hoping your arms are aching as much as mine are!

Number. A daily warm up song/dance of “You Can Clap Your Hands” has had us all clapping, stamping and shaking our heads to three – the challenging part is always stopping at three. You are now experts so am sure you could teach the song to your families and have them singing the song too! We have also been learning about the number 1. You have shown me what 1 looks like with objects, learnt about the orange Numicon 1 and yesterday we were explorers and found number 1 shaped objects in the Forest. Your favourite activity was definitely tickling a friend by drawing number 1 on their backs – did you find time to have a go at drawing on someone’s back at home? Did they recognise the shape?

Nursery Rhyme. “Heads Shoulders Knees and Toes” has had us pointing and naming parts of our bodies and we have made the song faster, slower and even reversed the actions – “Toes, Knees, Shoulders, Heads”.

Dough Disco. We have been passing and sausage rolling our dough this week to “Happy” but you still remembered our Musical Playdough rules of “dough away” when the music stops – definitely a game to show the grownups at our Christmas singsong in December. Thank you to Leo for choosing our Dough Disco song next week, please do let me know your favourite disco songs so I can add to my playlist.

Outdoors, in Forest School, Mrs Allen has now opened up the gully and as this was a huge hit, the mud kitchen will now be waiting for us next week.

The Gully. Fish and chips have definitely been on the menu for lunch this week as you have enjoyed creating your own fish with corks and then attempted to fish them out of the fast moving river.

The Sand. Creating birthday cakes and decorating them have been a popular choice with one of us having their fourth birthday – Happy Birthday Ariana! I am not sure I was so impressed with how many candles were put on mine, but still it is definitely a lot less than it should be.

The Patio. The crates have been used this week for making beds for us all to rest inside – it is hard work at Nursery!! Your bodies were small enough to tuck into the blue crates with material as your blanket. However we grownups had to have at least six red crates in a row on which to fit our long bodies - well not Mrs Allen obviously!

We all hope you have a lovely lovely sunny weekend and keep practising those Traffic Light Voices – red, amber and green at home.

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

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.