We are afternoon Nursery. Our teachers are Mrs Bell, Miss Shaikh, Mrs Asmal and Miss Hussain. We start school at 12.00 and finish at 3.00.
All children will be offered milk and a piece of fruit for their snack. Please inform a member of staff if your child has an allergy or food intolerance.
Most of the learning in nursery is through play where your child will have many opportunities to explore a variety of different activities. Creative activities and outdoor learning are popular with many young children and it is likely that your child will occasionally get wet or dirty clothing. Please could you pack a change of clothing so we can ensure your child stays comfortable during the rest of the nursery session. Thank you for your support!
Please help your child to remember their book bags everyday. We will change books twice throughout the week.
Week commencing 22nd January 2018
We had a very exciting week last week, discovering a letter from some Elves to say that they have been living behind the small door that had appeared. We had a very important job to do on Wednesday as the Elves paintbrushes had frozen in some ice and we needed to free them so that the Elves could finish painting their door. We worked out that we needed to melt the ice and began to think about where we needed to put the ice to melt it quickly. We experimented with lots of different places, including outside in the car park, in a jug of hot water and even in the oven. We then worked out that the ice needed to be somewhere hot to help it to melt quicker.
At the beginning of this week we will be experimenting with colour mixing, we will be choosing 2 primary colours (red, blue, yellow) to mix together and find out what happens. Later on in the week we will be combining what we have learnt about colour mixing and ice. The children will all get 2 different coloured ice cubes and must try to remember where to put the ice cubes to help them melt the quickest. They must also predict what colour the ice cubes will turn into once the two colours have melted together.
We will be introducing the children to the story of 'The Elves and the Shoemaker', we will be modelling how to hold the book correctly and encouraging the children to predict what they think is going to happen as we read through the story.
In maths we will be practising our counting skills, encouraging the children to recognise numbers to 10 and then count out the correct quantity of objects to each number.
Week commencing 15th January 2018
In maths we will be revisiting positional language, encouraging the children to use the correct vocabulary to describe where an object is (under, next to, on, in etc). You could play a game at home with your child using a box and an object, and describing where the object is!
Last week we were thinking really hard about what we thought was hiding behind the small wooden door that appeared in nursery. The children thought of lots of ideas and this week will be finding out if they were correct.
We will be carrying out different experiments with ice, exploring what happens when it is not kept in the freezer. We will begin to think about how we can melt the ice quicker and experimenting with painting the ice. Later in the week the children will receive another surprise when they have to rescue something that is trapped in the ice! Please could you talk to your child about water and ice and how they can be changed. This will greatly support your child's learning this week.
Week commencing 8th January 2018
We will begin the week by thinking about what we have been doing in the holidays. We will be modelling to the children how to use extended sentences to share what we have been doing. We will then be developing our mark making skills by drawing pictures of our holidays.
Later on in the week we will be finding a mysterious door in our shared area. We will be using this as a talking point to extend our speaking and listening skills, enhancing our confidence to speak in a group and developing our imaginations. We will begin to think about what could be behind the door and how it may have got there. Again we will be using this as a stimulus to develop our mark making skills by drawing pictures of what we think may be behind the door. As the week progresses we will get some clues to help us decide what it is.
In maths we will be continuing to develop our counting and number recognition skills by matching numeral and quantity together. The children will be learning some rhymes to help them to recognise the numbers and then match the correct quantity of objects to each number.
Week commencing 20th November 2017
This week we will be learning all about the story of 'The 3 Billy Goats Gruff'. We will be learning to re-tell the story, using Makaton actions to help us. We will be practising using lots of expression when re-telling the story, including our scariest troll voices.
In maths we will be learning about size. We will be ordering 3 or more objects by size and encouraging children to use vocabulary such as big, medium and small.
Week commencing 13th November 2017
This week we will be continuing to find different objects in our special box. We will begin the week by finding a goat inside the box. We will be using our imaginations to think about how it got there and what it has been doing in the box. Throughout the week there will be different objects that join the goat inside the box. At the end of the week we will be using all of the objects to help us to learn about a story.
In maths we will be practising counting to 10 to ensure that we can consistently do this from memory. We will then be practising counting out different quantities of objects to ensure that we can say how many objects there are altogether.
We will be continuing to carry out listening games to help us tune into the different sounds that we can hear, for example the different sounds that we may hear around the house.
Week commencing 6th November 2017
We will be starting this week by talking about bonfire night and the different fireworks that we may have seen over the weekend. We will be watching a short video of fireworks to encourage the children to talk about the different colours and patterns that they can see and the different sounds that they can hear. We will be talking about how to stay safe around fireworks and begin to think about people who help us, such as firefighters. This follows the children's interests as we have lots of children making fire engines and beginning to role play with these in their own learning time.
In maths we will be learning about positional language, using words such as on top, underneath, next to and behind to describe where an object is.
On Friday we have a whole school Science day. We will be exploring throughout the EYFS unit to access the exciting different science experiments. We will then encourage the children to talk about what they have discovered and why.
Week commencing 30th October 2017
This week we will be starting our new topic 'What's in the box?'. We will be using this topic to enhance the children's speaking and listening skills by encouraging them to think about different objects that could be in the box. We will be opening the box on different occasions throughout the next few weeks and finding some exciting objects in there, which will act as a stimulus to the activities we will be carrying out.
In our maths lessons this week we will be continuing to practising counting to 10. We will then be using numicon to encourage the children to count out how many holes each numicon piece has.
In phonics we will continue to practise listening activities to encourage the children to tune in to the different sounds that they can hear, using environmental sounds, instruments and identifying different animal sounds.
Week commencing 16th October 2017
This week we will be learning about Diwali. We will be talking about the different ways that it is celebrated and why. We will be making our own Rangoli patterns and Diva lamps and talking about they are used.
In maths we will be continuing to practise counting to 10, counting out different groups of objects to 10 and beginning to match the numeral and quantity together.
In phonics we will be carrying out different listening activities to encourage the children to distinguish between different sounds. This will help them on their journey through reading and writing as it will enable them to hear the different sounds that there are in words.
Week commencing 9th October 2017
This week is a very exciting week in nursery! We will be baking our very own Gingerbread Men! The children will be using their senses to explore the different ingredients before we start. We will be discussing the changes that occur during baking; initially as we mix together the ingredients and then as the gingerbread men are in the oven. The children will be learning about following instructions/ recipes and trying to sequence the method!
Each child will be able to take their gingerbread man home with them at the end of the week.
Week commencing 2nd October 2017
This week we will be learning all about different 2d shapes. The children will be learning the names of some shapes and taking part in a shape hunt! We will be focusing on square, triangle, circle and rectangle and looking to see if we can find some of these shapes in the environment. If you would like to support your child with their learning, you could have a shape hunt in your house. See if your child can find objects in the house that look like circles- clocks, plates, washing machine windows etc. Repeat with other shapes! You could take your own pictures and bring them into nursery to show the rest of the class!
We are continuing to familiarise ourselves with the story 'The Gingerbread Man' and have many opportunities to re-tell the story in the nursery provision.
Week commencing 25th September 2017
This week we will be welcoming some more friends into nursery. We will be continuing to play different circle time games to help us to get to know each other. We will carry on learning about the story of 'The Gingerbread Man', encouraging the children to join in with the different actions and the repeated refrains. We will be adding lots of different role play resources into the provision, which will encourage the children to use the resources to help them to re-tell the story in their own words.
In maths we will be practising counting to 10 and singing different number rhymes to help us to remember the order of the numbers.
Week commencing 18th September 2017
This week we will be continuing to welcome some more friends into nursery. We will be playing games to help us to get to know each other and to help the children to develop their confidence and speaking and listening skills.
We will be introducing the children to the story 'The Gingerbread Man', including actions; learning these will help the children remember the story, which will enable them to re-tell it.
Week commencing 11th September 2017
This week we will be welcoming some more new starters into nursery. We will be continuing to learn about the different rules and routines that we follow throughout the afternoon.