Autumn Term 2018
Welcome back. We hope that you all had a wonderful summer. We’d like to take the opportunity to welcome the new children that have started with us and hope they are enjoying their time here. We have had a large intake of new children this term and it will take some time for everybody to settle and for us to get into our usual Nursery routine. Please be patient with us at pick up times as it takes us a while to get the children ready. We are still getting to know all of the parents/ carers and want to make sure that we match everyone up with the correct people!
Our learning this half term is based around an ‘Amazing Me’ theme. The children will be finding out what they can do and how amazing their bodies are. They will be learning about how to look after themselves and how to keep healthy.
We will also be looking at Autumn and how the environment around them changes. The children will be using our Environmental Area and going on walks to collect natural objects that they find. There will also be a ‘Dinosaur’ area, where the children can experiment with the concept of size.
If you would like to follow this up at home, here are a few ideas to try.
- When your children get up in the morning and when they get ready for bed talk about the importance of washing, cleaning teeth and combing hair.
- Visit a park and explore the way arms can be used to push, swing, throw and lift.
- Draw attention to how useful parts of our bodies are. For example listen for traffic when crossing the road and how their eye lids protect their eyes.
- Visit your local library and look at books about Autumn.
- Point out Autumn colours in the trees and collect fallen leaves to bring into Nursery.
Your children will have the opportunity:
· To experience handling different materials
· To recognise seasonal changes
· To ask questions to investigate and explore
· To become more aware of the human body and the importance of different parts
· To learn how to keep healthy
· Bring in any Autumn things that you find like leaves, cones and conkers etc.
· Parcel bows, wrapping papers, wall papers and any interesting boxes and packaging for collage work.
· Any old children’s dressing gowns or slippers etc for dressing up.
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.
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.
Summer Term 2018
We hope you all had a lovely Easter break. We’d like to take this opportunity to give a special welcome to all our new children and their families.
The home corner has been set up as the Three Bear’s house and we will be building the Three Little Pigs' houses outside and re-telling the story using character masks. We will be making porridge, gingerbread men and bread. We will also be growing beanstalks and measuring them. Our mathematical learning will be based around shape, size and counting.
We will be learning some new songs and investigating the sounds that musical instruments make. During our English sessions we will be learning the letter sounds; s, a, t, p, i, and n, about rhyming words and practising writing patterns and letter shapes.
If you would like to follow up some of theses stories at home, here are some activities you might like to try.
- Share your favourite fairy stories with your child. Either tell them the story as you remember it or borrow fairy tales from the Library to read aloud and talk about.
- Read fairy stories at bedtime (not the scary ones!). Talk about the morals in the stories - doing good deeds, not breaking promises, being kind to other people.
- Help your child make mobiles and pictures of fairy tale characters to decorate their bedroom.
- Make biscuits in the shape of people or animals and decorate them to look like fairy tale characters.
- Talk about the royal family and princes and princesses.
- Visit a castle. (Portchester Castle is free if you just go in the grounds)
If you have any old dressing up clothes, scarves, beads or hats that you no longer want we would love to have them. The children love getting dressed up but they wear out really quickly.
Nursery Open Sessions
Thank you to those of you that came to the open sessions this term. 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.
Show and tell
Just a reminder that we have a regular ‘show and tell’ slot during the Nursery session on Mondays. If your child has anything they wish to bring in to show, or any important news, this will be their chance to do it. Anything brought in to show should be placed in the ’Show & Tell’ box by the door when dropping your child off.
Home reading books
We have a system where children can choose books to take home for you to share with them. When you want your child to change their book just return the book bag and put it in the yellow box and we will support your child to exchange their book. We also talk to your child about the book and encourage them to answer questions about it.
The children really enjoy choosing and taking books home, so we hope you will support them in their early steps in learning to read.
Mrs Wiggins - Nursery teacher
Mrs Maund - Lead Nursery nurse
Mrs Hogg - Nursery nurse
Miss Kinahan - Nursery nurse
Mrs Weller - Nursery nurse
Miss Eaton – Apprentice
We also have a trainee teacher with us this half term and her name is Miss Phillips.
Spring Term 2018
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 day 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.
Our theme this half term is food. We will start by thinking about fruits and vegetables and then move on to learning about food from around the world. 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. 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.
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 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.
Mrs Wiggins - Nursery teacher
Mrs Maund - Lead Nursery nurse
Mrs Hogg, Miss Kinahan, Mrs Weller - Nursery nurses
We also have a new apprentice working with us: Miss Eaton