Welcome to our Nursery Home Page 2020-2021
We are really happy to welcome all our families and children back to our Nursery and we wish you a very happy new year.
Teacher - Mrs Searle
Learning Support - Miss Dowdall
The Early Years gate opens at 8.30am. The Early Years bubble (Nursery and Reception classes) will close at 8.40am prompt. If your child is late you will need to wait until all other minischool bubbles have closed before entering the school through the school office. Please ensure your child arrives promptly at school each day. At the end of the day the doors open at 2.40pm. Please arrive on time to collect your child.
This term we will continue uploading home learning onto Seesaw and we are really grateful to you and the children for your positive response to this new way of learning at home. The quality and variety of learning uploaded onto Seesaw has been outstanding and the children have really enjoyed sharing their work on Seesaw with the class. If it becomes necessary this term for your child to work at home you will be able to use Seesaw to access their home learning. In the meantime we will continue to post weekly home learning activities onto Seesaw.
Tapestry Online Learning Journal
Tapestry is proving to be a wonderful method of home/school communication enabling you to view your child’s experiences and comment on the posts, as well as share with us what you have been up to at home. Please continue posting on Tapestry as we love seeing what the children have been doing at home.
In The Moment Learning
We have an ''in the moment' child-initiated approach to learning which encourages the children's natural curiosity in a safe and enabling environment. It starts with the child and their interests and is led by the child. Instead of a topic based approach, we plan 'in the moment' based on the interests of the child at that particular time. Each week we focus on different children and work with those children to seize the moment and move their learning on. Each child is a focus child once per term and as we did last term, we will let you know when it is your child's turn to be a focus.
Literacy and Phonics
Alongside our in the moment planning we do make sure that we cover particular texts this term which are shown below. You can find these stories being read or animated on YouTube and we would recommend that you look at them at home with your child.
and we sing a range of nursery rhymes including the following:
Hickory Dickory Dock
If You're Happy And You Know It
Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush
This Old Man
There are lots of version of these nursery rhymes and songs on the internet so you and your child can enjoy joining in with these songs at home and learning all the actions. Action songs are a great way for children to develop their language, their sense of rhythm and rhyme in language and their concentration.
Our focus in Phonics this term is on rhyming, action songs and awareness of syllables. You can support your child by pointing out rhymes when you hear them in stories and nursery rhymes. It is also helpful for your to leave gaps and wait when reading a rhyming story or a nursery rhyme so that your child can fill in the missing word eg.
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall
Humpty Dumpty had a great.........(wait for your child to fill this in themselves)
You can also encourage your child to make up silly rhymes for their names eg. Jack/snack/back/wack.
To encourage awareness of syllables we invite children to clap words by clapping the syllables in the word and we usually begin by clapping their names eg. Jim = 1 clap Stacey = 2 claps (Sta - cey)
The focus this term is on looking closely at numbers 1,2, and 3. For each number we will be doing the following:
watching the corresponding episode of Numberblocks (available on BBC iplayer)
counting to that number from
counting back from the number
representing the number with our fingers
looking at the number and writing it in the air
finding the number in the environment
finding the number on a number line
counting out that number of objects from a larger pile
counting that number of actions (eg claps)
looking at the number on a dice
looking at ways of separating the number eg 3 counters can be: 2 and 1
1 and 1 and 1
or 3 and 0
The children will continue to practise copying their names. Some of the children can copy their names now and the focus for them will be on writing their names without copying and learning to form the letters correctly.
This term we will covering the topics of Local Church and Community and the Eucharist before moving on to exploring the season of Lent next term. As Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday fall in the half term holiday we will explore these special days before the half term and then continue the work on Lent more fully in the second half of the Spring term.
We will also be working on the theme of Rights and Responsibilities exploring the following:
God wants us to be happy
God gives us all we need to be happy
Making the right choices
Sharing God's gifts
As you know we go outdoors in all weathers and regularly use our 'Let's explore' muddy area. We have waterproof trousers and coats that the children wear when using this area but for other times and for their feet your child will need:
a waterproof coat
a pair of wellies
a drawstring bag containing a change of clothing including underwear which can be left on their peg.
As we did last term, we will send reading books home in reading bags each Friday for your to share and enjoy with your child. The books should be returned on the following Wednesday to allow enough time for them to quarantine before we send out new ones. Home learning is now on Seesaw rather than in Learning Log books and there is information about Seesaw above and in our newsletters.