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Flying Bull

Nursery

Autumn Term 2020

'Amazing Me’

Welcome back to nursery, I hope that you all had an amazing summer break and were able to get out and enjoy the sun. I would like to take this opportunity to welcome all our new starts to our setting. We have had a lovely start to the year and I hope that your children are already starting to feel settled and enjoying their time with us.

This half term, your children will have the opportunity to learn about:

  • different routines within the nursery setting
  • how to identify and talk about their feelings
  • explore what it means to be part of a community
  • sharing and working as part of a team
  • numbers from 1-5
  • 2d shapes

If you would like to follow this up at home, here are a few ideas you might like to try.

· talk about people that are important to your child

· talk about things that they like and don’t like, challenge them to explain why

· visit the library to find stories about topics they are interested in

Resource Requests:

· recyclable materials and packaging for junk modelling 

· photos of people that are important to them

· natural materials they find to talk about

Unfortunately, due to Covid 19 we are unable to have ‘Show and Tell’ sessions on a Monday as children are not permitted to bring any toys in from home. We will keep you updated as to when this changes.

We will start sending home reading books, to those children with a book bag, during the week beginning the 21st September. Children with book bags will also have a chance to share their book with Miss Lawry once a week and to change their books. Please see the timetable for what day is your child’s group to change their book.

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Red group

Green Group

Purple Group

Blue Group

Yellow group

Could we ask you to please write the children’s names on the label of their jumpers/cardigans, coats and changing bags. This is because sometimes things get mixed up and we want to make sure you get your child’s things back.

At Flying Bull, our nursery is a freeflow environment, meaning that the children choose if they wish to be inside or outside for 2 hours of the session based on their own interests. Please ensure that as the weather changes, children wear appropriate clothing, including waterproofs, enclosed shoes and warm clothes. The children are developing their independence as part of their curriculum and therefore there is this open door policy for all children.

Below are the current key worker groups, please ask a member of staff if you are unsure who your child’s key worker is, as this person will be who works with your child most regularly and has the most established relationship.

Nursery Staff

Red Group – Miss Lawry – (Nursery Class Teacher)

Green Group – Mrs Maund – (Lead Nursery Nurse)

Blue Group – Mrs Weller (Nursery Nurse)

Purple Group – Mrs Hogg (Nursery Nurse), Miss Kat (Nursery Assistant)

Yellow Group – Mrs Wilkes (Nursery Nurse), Miss Eaton (Nursery Apprentice)

Please don’t hesitate to speak to any of the Nursery staff if there is anything you are unsure about or any problems you have. We will endeavour to help you out as best we can.

Thank you

 

 


Spring Term 2 2020

Transport

Our Theme this half term is Transport

Welcome back. We are going to use the theme of transport to introduce your child to the different areas of learning.  If you would like to follow this up at home, here are a few ideas you might like to try:

 

  • Visit your local library with your child and look for books about vehicles.
  • Talk about the different vehicles you see on your way to and from Nursery.
  • Bring in different types of vehicles for ‘Show & Tell’
  • Make models using recycled materials or ‘Lego’ etc and bring in to show us.
  • Collect pictures from magazines of different forms of transport.
  • Take your child on a bus or train,
  • Take them to look at the Hovercraft or different boats at Gun Wharf.
  • Talk about the different sounds that children hear while travelling in different vehicles.

Resource requests:

If you have any old cotton reels, plastic bottle tops or small boxes we would love to have them for collage and construction activities.

We would also welcome any magazines or pictures of different forms of transport.

Thank you

Open Session

This term’s open session will be on Thursday the 26th of March or Friday the 27th of March depending on your child’s key group. More details of this will be sent home closer to the time. You are welcome to come in and work alongside your child, find out what they have been learning about and look at their Learning Journey.

Nursery staff

Miss Lawry - Nursery teacher

Mrs Maund - Lead Nursery nurse

Mrs Hogg, Miss Kinahan, Mrs Weller - Nursery nurses

Miss McPherson – Nursery Assistant

Miss Eaton – Apprentice Nursery Nurse

 


Spring Term 1 2020

Happy New Year

Welcome back. We hope you all had a lovely Christmas and Happy New Year. We’d like to take this opportunity to give a special welcome to all our new children and their families.

Nursery Open Day

Thank you to those of you that came to the open sessions in December. It was great that so many parents and carers were able to make it. I hope you all enjoyed yourselves. I know the children loved having you here. We are hoping to have another one later in the year and will keep you posted.

Food & Our Senses

Our theme this half term is ‘Food and Our Senses’. We will start by thinking about fruits and vegetables and how we can explore them using our 5 senses. We will then move on to learning about food from around the world and how we can eat a balanced diet. We are planning quite a bit of cookery and food tasting over the coming weeks so could you please ensure we know about any food allergies your child has.

If you would like to follow this up at home, here are a few ideas you might like to try.

  • When preparing fruit & vegetables let your child help with the washing and safe peeling.
  • Together make a banana split by chopping a banana into slices with a blunt knife, and arranging it around a scoop of ice cream. Decorate it with chocolate bits or colourful sprinkles.
  • Visit a café or restaurant. Involve your child in choosing from the menu and noticing how orders are taken, food is served and bills are paid.  Back home enjoy pretending to be a customer or café owner.
  • Visit the library to find stories about food. Look out for recipe books that your child could enjoy using at home.
  • Plan an indoor or outdoor picnic together.
  • Use food to explore and talk about your child’s different senses
  • Talk to your child about what you are experiencing when trying different foods. How does it taste, smell, look and feel?

We would also like to invite you to bring in and share any finger foods that you have made at home with your children.  If you would like to take part then please speak to one of the Nursery staff and we will arrange a time for you to bring it into school.

Show and tell

Just a reminder about Monday ‘Show and Tell’ time. If your child has anything they wish to bring in to show, or any important news to tell, this will be their chance to share it. Anything brought in to show should be placed in the ’Show & Tell’ box, in the cloakroom with your child’s name or initials on it. Please remember that toys should not be brought to nursery other than on Mondays for ‘Show and Tell’ and they can get lost or mixed up with the toys we have in nursery.

Nursery staff

Miss Lawry - Nursery teacher

Mrs Maund - Lead Nursery nurse

Mrs Hogg – Nursery nurse

Miss Kinahan – Nursery nurse

Mrs Weller - Nursery nurse

Miss McPherson – Nursery Assistant

Miss Eaton – Nursery Apprentice

 


Autumn Term 2019

'Festivals'

After spending an exciting first half term in our nursery exploring our ‘Amazing Me’ topic and introducing our new children into our setting, we are moving on to look at festivals. It has been lovely to see how the children are all engaging with the environment and learning together.

Our new topic of ‘Festivals’ will give children the opportunity to learn about different celebrations and how they may mean different things to different people. We have already explored Halloween before the half term break, where the children engaged in a range of activities including, pumpkin messy play, Halloween songs, trick or treat themed role play and much more. They all really enjoyed these experiences and had an amazing week.

Your children will have the opportunity to learn about:

· different festivals and celebrations

· handling different materials

· asking questions, investigating and exploring

· enjoying rhymes, stories and talking.

If you would like to follow this up at home, here are a few ideas you might like to try.

· talk about your favourite festivals and celebrations

· talk about what you do and why you do it

· visit the library to find stories and rhymes about festivals

· visit a Firework or Festival of Light celebration

· use CBeebies website to find out about different festivals

Resource Requests:

· recyclable materials and packaging for junk modelling 

· magazines and leaflets for cutting up

· photos of the children taking part in a festival or celebration to share

· natural materials they find to talk about

 

Just a reminder that we have a ‘Show and Tell’ session on Mondays when children can bring in objects from home and talk about them to the other children. Please put the objects in the ‘Show &Tell’ box in the cloakroom. Children with book bags will also have a chance to share their book with Miss Lawry once a week and change their books. Please see the timetable for which day is your child’s group to change their book.

Could we ask you to please write the children’s names on the label of their jumpers/cardigans, coats and inside changing bags? This is because sometimes things get mixed up and we want to make sure you get your child’s things back. This includes any bags that they may bring in.    

Please don’t hesitate to speak to any of the Nursery staff if there is anything you are unsure about or any problems you have. We will endeavour to help you out as best we can.

Thank you.

 

Summer Term 2019

People Who Help Us

We will be using the theme of ‘People Who Help Us’ to introduce your child to different areas of learning.  The children will be finding out about a range of different jobs people do and how they help everybody.  They will also be dressing up and role playing different occupations.  If you would like to follow this up at home, here are a few ideas to try!

· Invite your child to help with safe cleaning jobs such as dusting. Encourage them to sort washing and pegging it out to dry.

· Visit the local library and look out for books about people who help us or Elmer the elephant.

· Tell stories about people who helped you when you were a child as well as those who help you now.

· As you walk outside, help your child to recognise people who help in the community such as police, ambulance drivers, shop assistants and so on.

· Help your child to recognise ambulances, fire engines and police cars.  Look out for people who deliver the post, refuse collectors and vehicles for carrying food.

· Help your child make a list of the jobs that they do in a week to be helpful. Stick the list up where your child can tick off the jobs as they are done.

We are hoping that one or two visitors will be coming to Nursery to talk to the children about the kind of work that they do.  So, if you know of anyone who can help us by coming in and talking to the children please contact Mrs Wiggins.

On Friday 24th May, we will be holding an ‘Elmer Day’ in the Nursery. All the activities will be based around the stories of Elmer the Elephant.

Elmer is a patchwork elephant who is made up of lots of different colours and as it is also non-uniform day we would like to ask if the children could dress up in bright colours for the day,

 

Thank you

 


Spring Term 2019

Pets and Wild Animals

Welcome back. We hope you all had a lovely Christmas and Happy New Year. We’d like to take this opportunity to give a special welcome to all our new children and their families.

Nursery Open Day

Thank you to those of you that came to the open day in December. It was great that so many parents were able to make it. I hope you all enjoyed yourselves. I know the children loved having you here. We are hoping to have another one later in the year and will keep you posted.

Our themes this term are ‘Pets’ and ‘Wild Animals’.

The children will be finding out all about how to look after their pets and about the different categories of animals and where they live.  They will have the opportunity to handle and observe a number of small animals and we hope to visit a Pet store later this half term.  We will be having our own Pet Parlour in Nursery in which the children can role play buying, selling and looking after pets.  They will also be using story and information books about animals to support their learning.

The children will be introduced to ‘Makaton’, which is a form of signing words, so look out for them signing the names of different animals.

We would love for the children to talk to us about their pets and if they have any photos they could bring them along too!

As usual, there will be a ‘Homelinks’ leaflet about how to help your child at home.

We will be holding a session about how we support children with developing their Reading skills.  There will also be Parent/Carer open sessions the week before the Easter break for you to come along to.

Please let us know if your child has any allergies to or are afraid of any animals so that we can take the necessary steps to support them.