Welcome to Nursery
Our teacher is Miss Walker and our Higher Level Teaching Assistant/Nursery Nurse is Cindy.
We are lucky to have the support of Miss McCormack on Thursday and Friday mornings, and Tash at dinner time and during afternoon activities.
We always try our best and have lots of fun while we learn through play!
The Early Years (EYFS) curriculum focuses on the learning and development of the whole child. See the link for development matters below.
Outdoor learning is an important part of the early years curriculum so the children spend a lot of time outside. Please ensure your child has suitable clothing for the changing weather e.g. a cap for sunny days or a suitable coat, hats, scarves, gloves etc. as the weather gets colder. Thank you.
Your child will be given a reading book to take home each week to share together. It is a great opportunity to develop their speaking and listening skills and imagination.
This will be provided with a Key Worker book and activity book where parents and teachers can communicate about the child's development. The teachers will provide activities and next steps for your child to work on at home with your support.
Upcoming dates this half term:
Tuesday 10th December - Nativity for Nursery 1 parents (10:00)
Wednesday 11th December - Christmas Dinner Day
Thursday 12th December - Nativity for Nursery 2 parents (10:00)
Thursday 19th December - Christmas Fayre
Friday 20th December - Break up
We will be thinking of how we can make our new friends feel happy and welcome when they come to Nursery. We will be learning about Baptism and how this special occasion welcomes us into God's family.
If you have any photographs of your child's Baptism we would love to see them!
We have been learning all about the festival of Hanukkah and how special it it for Jewish people.
We looked at the Menorah, and made and enjoyed pancakes to think about the special celebration.
During RE sessions we learn to be a good friend, care for others and follow in the ways of Jesus. We are very respectful of our 'prayer table' which the children know is an important area within the Nursery to think about God.
We are learning how 'precious' we are to God and thinking about our names. We have found our names in many differnt areas of Nursery and know that they are very special.
Phonics is a very important aspect of the Early Years curriculum which supports the children with their reading and writing skills ready for school. We focus on Phase 1 in Nursery with some aspects of Phase 2. Attached is the link to the 'Letters and Sounds' document,
Here are some phonics games to play and support your child with.
This half term is a really exciting one in Nursery in the build-up to Christmas.
Our topic is 'Senses' which we will base lots of fun activities around including food tasting, colour mixing, playing with different textures and exploring in the school forest.
In maths we are focussing on positional language, comparing quantities and shapes and patterns.
Our new storybook is the brilliant 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt', which both the children and adults love to read!
We began learning all about our senses through a carousel of activities relating to each sense. We tasted and smelt food without being able to see, listened to sounds on the interactive whiteboard, used a feely bag to guess what was inside using only our hands and looked around nursery trying to find different toys.
Outdoor Learning Day
This week we celebrated 'Outdoor Learning Day' by doing outdoor based activities which the children loved! Our focus was 'wild art'; using natural materials to create pictures. We ventured off in search of wild materials in the Nursery garden, the school 'forest' and even into the garden on the 'big' yard. Take a look at some of our work.
This half term is very exciting in Nursery as it is the time where we all get to know our new teachers and friends. We will spend time exploring and investigating in our new classroom and finding out all about ourselves.
Our first main topic is all about 'Myself' where the children will engage in a variety of creative activities to base their learning on. We will be linking these activities to the story 'Come on, Daisy'
We were shocked to find puddles left in our Nursery with the children questioning, 'how they got here' and 'who left them?' We followed the trail to find Daisy Duck from our new 'Talk 4 Writing' story!
During maths sessions we will be working with numbers to 10, sorting and using the language of size, and focussing on the shapes; square, circle, triangle and rectangle.
Here are some websites to support you at home.
Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
As our topic is 'Myself' we were singing all about our bodies and learning the many different body parts we have. We drew around Orla Nursery 1 and Freddie Nursery 2 before labelling them.
Parent/Carer Information Meetings
Thank you to all the parents and carers that came to meet the teachers and see their child's work. The children were very excited to show you around their classroom.
We are loving learning how to use and move our new robot 'Sphero' with the Ipad. The children found it so funny watching as it rolled towards each other and bumped into our furniture.
Come back and visit Nursery's page soon!