We hope you and your families are all staying safe and well. We are really missing you all at Nursery and hope that we will see some of you very soon. Miss Johns and Miss Harding are back updating this blog each week from now on and if you have any photos or news you want to share, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Mark your email ‘For the Nursery Team’.
We hope you have been getting outside as much as possible – cycling or walking in the park, or bug hunting in your garden if you have one. For days when you are stuck in, there are lots of resources online to try:
Reading together every day – at bedtime or whenever suits your routine – is one of the most important things you can do to support your child’s development. Reading familiar stories again and again is great, but if you are looking for some new material while libraries are shut, then:
Can you count the steps in your home as you climb up and down them …..
Can you find something in your home for each colour in the rainbow ?
What shape is your TV ? What shape is your table ? What shape is your bed ? What shape is your plate ? Can you draw them ?
Ask if you can have a washing up bowl full of water …. and using plastic containers/ cups can you carefully pour and fill them full and empty them ?
If you can go to the park …. run …. jump and skip …. you could have races !! Look for minibeasts ….
Can you remember how to sing …12345 once I caught a fish alive …. if you are happy and you know it clap your hands …. 3 blind mice …. you could fill a plastic bottle with rice or pasta to make a musical shaker to use when you sing !!!
Can you draw your family ? Or maybe what you have enjoyed doing at home .
Perhaps you could make some cupcakes …. and have a picnic in the park .and take a story to have read to you .
Please try to read daily with your children. Nursery children need to be able to experience books; they should be encouraged to recognise the story being read to them, they can help with telling the story and anticipating the end of the story. They should be encouraged to join in with rhymes and to begin to recognise words that start with the same sound such as ‘big boat’.
In nursery, we would be teaching the children their sounds (not the alphabet or letter names as this may confuse the children). Please start to introduce the sounds to your children so they become familiar with them. Please focus on single sounds e.g. m, s, a, t, p
Link to maths – Use language such as full, half-full and empty when filling up containers and pots with pasta, water, rice etc.
Look at old family photos. Can you find out about what it was like for your grandparents when they went to school in the past? Was it the same or different? What do you want to be when you grow up… talk about your hopes for the future!
We had some exciting visitors to the class this week – two of Reception’s newly hatched chicks! Before they arrived, we all washed our hands well and talked about how we needed to try and be still and quiet. The children learned to spot the boy (bright yellow) and the girl (browny-yellow) and looked at their pointy beaks for pecking, and their feathers, wings and scratchy feet. The chicks cheeped noisily and we took them out of the box so they could move around. They flapped their wings and had a run in our classroom! The children each had the opportunity to very gently stroke one of the chicks and have a closer look. We all washed our hands again after meeting them.
The children enjoyed joining in with the rhyme ‘We’re going on a Tiger Hunt,’ making binoculars and pretending to be explorers looking for different animals in the Jungle!
World Book Day was great fun! We scattered cushions around the classroom and read some of the children’s favourite stories! Reading is important to develop children’s language and creativity and it’s a great way to have fun with your children at home. Thank you to all the parents for the hard work you put into the children’s outfits. They looked amazing! 🙂
Well done to Izaarn and Darcie for receiving the proud clouds this week!
Next week we will be reading Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell. We will be enjoying making noises and predictions while reading, and will be looking at different wild animals from the book and beyond and matching them to their young. In our sound groups we will be singing a special song and making a sound box with things starting with the sound /s/.
Don’t forget Friday 13th March school is closed for INSET!