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Flying Bull

Nursery

Summer 2022

Welcome back. We hope you all had a lovely Easter break and that you were able to get out and enjoy the sun. We would like to take this opportunity to give a special welcome to all our new children and their families who will have their settling in sessions in the first week of term.

 

Life Cycles

Our theme this half term is ‘Life Cycles where we will explore the different stages in the life cycles of plants, insects, mammals, birds and amphibians. We will spend a week exploring each type of living thing through stories, malleable play, observations of what we can find in our school environment and many other activities. We will continue to develop the children’s personal and social skills by encouraging kind hands and feet; turn taking and sharing; and developing children’s independence.

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

  • Go on a walk to the local park or spend time in any outdoor space looking for what different living things you can see. Can you spot any different stages of the life cycles we have looked at in nursery?  
  • Visit the library to find stories and non-fiction books about different living things and their life cycles, including animals and plants.
  • Get creative with a craft activity of your choice to represent one of more stages of a life cycle. This could be done through collage, playdough, paint or any other drawing materials your child has access to.
  • Support your child with forming the letters in their name. Please encourage them to only use a capital letter for the first letter of their name as all others should be formed in lower case, not all capitalised.
  • Please continue to share books at home with your child and remember, if they bring in a book bag to school they can borrow 1 new book a weeks to share with you at home and 1:1 with an adult at school.

School Starts September 2022

For our children going up to reception this year, we will have a real push on supporting the children in being ‘school ready.’ This includes ensuring all children moving up are toilet trained so please contact the nursery staff if you need any further support in assisting your child with reaching this milestone. We will also be supporting children in writing their own names as this gives them a sense of ownership and achievement and well as continuing to develop children’s understanding of numbers from 1-10.

Tapestry

Remember, we love to see all the exciting things that you do with your children at home so please feel free to upload any pictures that you take to your Tapestry account for the nursery staff to see.

Your children will have observations at nursery uploaded by their key worker to Tapestry so please make sure you check it regularly to see what they have been doing with us and how your child is progressing. We would love to see some more comments and ‘likes’ on your children’s observations so we know that you are accessing them.

 

If you are having any problems with Tapestry, please do not hesitate to speak to Miss Lawry or contact via the nursery email address, yearn@fbacademy.co.uk .

Nursery staff

Miss Lawry - Nursery Manager (red group)

Miss Eaton – Nursery nurse (PM purple group)

Mrs Hogg – Nursery Nurse (AM purple group)

Mrs Weller - Nursery Nurse (blue group)

Miss Blades – Nursery Nurse (yellow group)

 

Spring 2022

Happy New Year

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

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 five 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.

Tapestry

Remember, we love to see all the exciting things that you do with your children at home, so please feel free to upload any pictures that you take to your Tapestry account for the nursery staff to see.

Your children will have observations at nursery uploaded by their key worker to Tapestry, so please make sure you check it regularly to see what they have been doing with us and how your child is progressing. We would love to see some more comments and ‘likes’ on your children’s observations, so we know that you are accessing them.

If you are having any problems with Tapestry, please do not hesitate to speak to Miss Lawry or contact via the nursery email address, yearn@fbacademy.co.uk .

Nursery staff

Miss Lawry - Nursery Manager (red group)

Mrs Maund - Lead Nursery Nurse (green group)

Miss Eaton – Nursery Nurse (PM purple group)

Mrs Hogg – Nursery Nurse (AM purple group)

Mrs Weller - Nursery Nurse (blue group)

Miss Blades – Nursery Nurse (yellow group)


Autumn 2021

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 15
  • vocabulary linked to shape and size

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

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.

Red Group – Miss Lawry – (Nursery Class Teacher)

Green Group – Mrs Maund – (Lead Nursery Nurse)

Blue Group – Mrs Weller (Nursery Nurse)

Purple Group AM – Mrs Hogg (Nursery Nurse), Miss Kinahan (Nursery Nurse)

Purple Group PM – Miss Eaton (Nursery Nurse)

Yellow Group – Miss Blades (Nursery Nurse)  

Members of the team are available to answer any questions via our nursery email address yearn@fbacademy.co.uk

 

Thank you,

Miss V. Lawry

Nursery Class Teacher