Nursery progress reports (covering the time up to 14th February 2020) have now been emailed out. Please look out for an email from Kingsley Primary Academy (it is very likely that this will go into your spam or junk folders so please do check). There is a live link in the email which will enable you to access your child’s report. This link can be used by anyone who receives it so please do not forward it to others unless you wish them to have access to the report.
This week would normally be our last week in Nursery before you all go home for your summer holidays and prepare for moving up to Reception in September.
For those of you moving to new schools – good luck and best wishes from all of us as you continue to learn and grow. For those of you remaining at Kingsley, you should soon receive the names of your new teachers, and will no doubt be excited to find out more about them. Please keep an eye on Mr McCrae’s Headteacher Blog as he will be publishing videos for you of your new teachers.
Miss Harding and Miss Johns would like to say goodbye and happy holidays to you all. You can watch our video here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/18bqlS1VcbxAljRrul9Kab-KXaNdBJgMg/view?usp=sharing
Preparing for Reception
Hopefully you will be spending lots of time outdoors and seeing family over the summer break. There are a few things you can do to help with starting school:
-Keep reading regularly. Before bedtime is a good idea.
-Sing nursery rhymes and favourite songs regularly – this is a great early reading activity, and will help prepare your child for learning sounds at school.
-Try to establish a bedtime routine and ensure a good night’s sleep. This will really help when trying to get children settled happily in Reception.
-Practise getting dressed/undressed and taking shoes and coats on and off independently. Choose trousers/shoes for school that are easy for your child to pull down/do up on their own.
-Practise independent toilet routines and good handwashing practices (count to 20 while washing).
-Practise using cutlery and drinking from a cup independently.
Happy holidays! 🙂
This week we continue our health and well being theme with ‘Healthy Body, Healthy Mind’.
What do you do to get ready for sleep each night? See what Charlie and Lola do:
Try to enjoy a bedtime story every day, as well as brushing your teeth and washing.
Can you make a Dreamcatcher? You could use a paper plate or pipe cleaners to make the circle shape, or you could get even more creative:
We are making board games in school. If you have a dice and some paper you can make one too. Choose whatever theme interests you – cars, dinosaurs, lego people. Draw a snake shape and divide it into sections. Or a loop like this:
Make sure you have a START and a FINISH. Decide what you are each using as a counter (car, small toy, coin) and take it in turns to roll the dice, count the spots and move your counter forward to race to the end. If this is too tricky, try covering the faces of the dice with stickers and just using numbers 1-3 for example. Board games like this are a great way to learn turn taking skills as well as practising counting. When you move forward remember not to count the square you are on!
Watch Miss Harding make a board game from home and model how to play – click on the links below. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1nYMdkTmV3gjoi62HOfzpKYSRV90-wrxX/view?usp=sharing
We hope you have been having fun in the sun, keeping safe in a hat and suncream.
This week we are reading the story, Kitchen Disco!
There is also a song to sing, inspired by the book!
We are painting pictures of fruit and vegetables this week but also printing WITH them! Use whatever you have leftover – apples, pears, peppers, onions, carrots – dip them in paint and press onto paper.
This week we are also talking about what foods we need to eat to stay healthy. Some foods are ‘always’ foods and some are ‘sometimes’ foods – just for a treat. Have a look at the Eatwell guide. https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/eat-well/the-eatwell-guide/
Which of these foods do you eat? What ‘always’ foods do you eat in your house? What ‘sometimes’ foods do you get to have as a treat? Can you help Mum and Dad plan a dinner so it has something from each of the sections?
Counting and number recognition
Let’s do some counting and number recognition with Mrs Parker! Click on the link – https://drive.google.com/file/d/1doXMigSRlA3hcOXRjJUYtRDYecUT8WsB/view?usp=sharing
Can you count how many apples or bananas are in your fruit bowl? How many tins are in your cupboard?
Can you match the numbers to the numerals? Practise by playing this game. Count the hearts and find the fruit with the same number – eg three hearts so find number 3. Position the little red circle over the fruit and click to splat!
For a simpler number recognition game, try Helicopter rescue:
This week at school we are looking at a non-fiction book, The Big Book of Bugs by Yuval Zommer. This is a trailer for the book – can you spot any minibeasts you know?
Can you go on a mini beast hunt in your garden or in the park? Be very gentle and try not to touch any you find, but use your eyes to look closely! If you want to look under logs or stones remember to move them very slowly, and to roll them back into place after you’ve had a look. After a rain shower is a good time to spot slugs and snails – usually eating Miss Johns’ courgettes! There are some great hints and tips, and a downloadable tick sheet, on the Woodland Trust website https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/blog/2019/04/minibeast-hunt/
You could also read any non-fiction (information) books you have about mini beasts to find out more.
Can you draw your favourite mini beast? Does it have legs or wings or antennae? How many of each? What colour is it? Can you find out a fun fact about your mini beast and get a grown up to help you write it next to your picture? Perhaps you could send us a picture of your drawing and your fact via email!
Build a bug hotel
If you have some outdoor space, you can give insects a helping hand by building a bug hotel. Find out how, and why, here: https://www.rspb.org.uk/get-involved/activities/give-nature-a-home-in-your-garden/garden-activities/build-a-bug-hotel/
Get singing and counting
Let’s do some ‘subtraction’ with Mrs Parker using biscuits! Get your plate and biscuits ready and click on the link below – https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Ee9ZTXIIe_SoExZZNIgzPXHDuyWKS71i/view?usp=sharing
Don’t forget the Kingsley Stories collection: https://sites.google.com/kingsley.education/kingsley-stories/home
Remember the Jolly Phonics songs if you’d like to learn them: https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2wpdvv