Hello and welcome to Nursery. The staff within Nursery are;Mrs Antcliff, the class teacher, Mrs Kaur, the key worker for Chicks group, Ms Meade, the key worker for Goslings group and Mrs McMahon, the key worker for Cygnets group. We are really looking forward to welcoming you all to Nursery, there will be lots of fun and exciting learning on our journey together.
Please read these documents, Nursery parents information letter and Curriculum plan. There is useful information and tips of how you can support your child at home, so we can ensure fantastic communication between school and home.
We are learning all about water - our title is Why Is Water Wet?"
The challenge is to bring in a picture or an object that explains the varied things we use water for. Your child/children could draw a picture, take a photograph, cut a picture from a magazine or paper, or bring an object in from home that is something to do with water.
We hope you all had a fantastic Spring/ Easter break. We are looking forward to the Summer term ahead. Welcome to our new children starting, you will have a wonderful time at Birches Green Nursery. If you have any questions please ask a member of the Nursery team - thank you for your continued support.
Shape, Space and Measure. Orders 2 or 3 items by length or height - 30-50 months. We measured the characters with bricks, some of us were able to estimate how many bricks we were going to need for each character.
Thank you to all the parents and carers that supported our Spring Celebration today. The children all looked wonderful in their colourful Easter hats. Well done to Inaaya for winning the Nursery prize.
This week we are exploring our sense of smell. All the children smelt coffee, lemon, toothpaste, curry powder, peppercorns, soap and onion. Then they were covered up - who do you think could identify the items by smell alone?
Spaceman Sid crashed his spaceship at school. He left some of his food in the kitchen. We tasted the food and decided which ones we liked, which were our favourite and why we liked them. Understanding the World - The World - 22-36/30-50 months. Literacy -Writing-22-36/30-50 months.
Do you know what Spaceman Sid looks like? We painted pictures so we know how to find him.
WOW! Kashante's Mum reported that he said, "I help my Mommy to put the toys away." Keep it up Kashante, you should be tidying your toys away everyday.
WOW! Aanayia's Mum said, "Aanayia made herself a square and a circle, a triangle and count this sides. She also wrote numbers 1,2,3 herself." We are really impressed Aanayia, you will have to show us what you can do in school.
WOW! Aanayia has been busy at home. Her Mum said she picked up two pencils and made the shape of the letter 'X'. Keep up the good work Aanayia.
We have been working hard to Walk Once a Week, to school. Everyday that we walk we put a piece of pasta in a jar. Today we filled up the jar so we had a treat. We took the parachutes outside, in the sun, and had lots of fun!
WOW! Sophia's family have said, "Sophia has settled into Nursery so well and has been teaching us her French and Spanish songs. She can also count up to 30! We are very, very proud!" Keep up he good work.
WOW! Freddie managed to complete his Avengers Assemble floor puzzle all on his own. That is amazing Freddie, well done, that is excellent-you can have two dojo points for our school value "excellence."
WOW! Freddie's Mum is so proud of him for reading the story, Dear Zoo, to her.
WOW! Freddie has been busy! Last week he got himself showered without help and ready for Nursery. Great independence skills!
This term our Nursery children are developing their ball skills. We started with beanbags because they are easier to grab hold of and they can't roll away! To begin we warmed up by walking around the hall, balancing the beanbags on different parts of our body. Then we had a go at throwing and catching. Most of our children were able to begin to throw and catch the beanbag, just a little bit. We had to make sure we...1) Watched it all the time. 2) Threw it up, a little way, with control 3 )Had our hands ready to grab it when it came back down again. About three of our children were able to do this with confidence, so they were encouraged to throw the beanbag a little higher in the air. Watch our progress throughout the coming weeks.
Two boys have been showing persistence, in Nursery. This morning they couldn't spin the spinning tops, "we can't do it Yet!", they said. They tried and tried and NOW they can do it! Dojo points were rewarded for persistence.
We were really excited to see snow this morning! We went out in the garden to explore and investigate. Knowledge and understanding of the World- the world - comments and questions about aspects of their familiar world, developing and understanding of growth, decay, and changes over time.
Happy New Year to all our children, families and carers. We hope you had a fun but restful holiday. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your generous cards, gifts and wishes before the Christmas holiday.
Our new topic this term is "Can I have a Dog Yet?" We will be exploring what we need in order to be able to care for a pet dog.
We are also having a whole school push on being fitter and healthier with our WOW campaign. This is a National campaign to encourage everyone to Walk Once a Week, to school. Even if you have to come in the car try to park a little further away and walk more than you usually do. Everyone who walks, in Nursery, can take a piece of pasta and put it in our jar, we are aiming to fill up the jar, super quick, so we can have a healthy treat.
Our Topic this term is...
Our HOOK, to gain the children's interest in our new topic, was to invite Mrs Harvey and her dog into school. All our Nursery children stayed behind the fence, we watched Bobby playing, we watched him drinking and we asked Mrs Harvey questions about her dog and how she cares for him.
Homework Activity Spring 1 week 1
Our topic this half-term is……
“Can I Have a Dog Yet?”
Please bring in pictures of your pets, or pets
belonging to family and friends.
It can be a photograph, a drawing a painting or a picture cut out of a paper or magazine, that looks like the pet.
Start to talk about what we need to do to care for our pets.
Party Day-first we had to make the sandwiches. We showed how good we are at using knives to spread and cut, we took care to use them safely. #physicaldevelopment
Party! Party! Party!
Learning through play. We wrapped boxes to go in Santa's workshop. Before we started we decided which box was the biggest and which was the smallest. Then we matched the pieces of paper to the box, to make sure we have enough paper to wrap them properly. We used our Shape, Space and Measure skills, our Physical skills and chatted about our trip to the Farm, at the same time!
Our Impy Elf was found hanging down from the ceiling in the hallway today! He said Santa was very pleased with our behaviour, yesterday at the Farm. He asked us to tell him our favourite things from our outing to the Farm. Ms Meade has been writing them all down to put in our Learning Journals.
Isaaq, "I see chicks."
Mikayeel, "I liked the horses and pigs, there's no cows! I seen sheep."
Scarlett, "When Santa opened the door he rang the bell. I got the sheep to eat the food."
Lola, "I liked feeding the goats and seeing the goose and ducks. They said, hello! They said quack, quack!"
Freddie, "I liked the pigs because they're big and smaller. I see the goats and feed them, cornflakes!"
At Ash End House Farm, today, the children, parents and staff had a fun and informative time. Understanding the World-The World-30-50 months-can talk about things they have observed, such as animals.... -shows care and concern for living things and the environment.
We also looked at different ways to celebrate Christmas........with a retelling of the Nativity story. Understanding the World-People and Communitities-30-50 months-remembers and talks about significant events in their own experience.-40-60 months-enjoys joining in with family customs and routines.
.....then we visited Santa! Personal, Social,Emotional Development-Managing Feelings and Behaviour-30-50 months-can usually tolerate delay when needs are not immediately met, and understands wishes may not always be met.-can usually adapt behaviour to different events, social situations and changes in routine.
Finally we developed our physical skills in the Big Play Barn. Physical Development-Moving and Handling-30-50 months-moves freely with pleasure and confidence in a range of ways.-mounts stairs using alternate feet.-40-60 months-jumps off an object and lands appropriately.-negotiates space successfully when playing racing and chasing games with other children.
WOW! Justyna's Mum and Dad were very proud of her performance in her dancing show. then she came home with a drawing and writing. She had written her own name and her brother's name too! All without any adult support. A copy will be going into her learning journal!
Exploring Autumn Leaves-we used the leaves as templates and them printed with them to allow us to explore their shape and texture. EAD-EUMM- 30-50 months. We also developed our physical, and Understanding the World skills.
One of our Physical Development targets is...."handles tools with increased control", 40-60 months of development. We had great fun practising this today!
We are very proud of our Nursery children. They very sensibly observed the 2 minutes silence, in remembrance of all soldiers that have died for our country in wars. We light a candle and watched the flame for 2 minutes. We watched the Cbeebies film about the poppies growing in the battle fields after the fighting ended, and explained that is why we wear poppies at this time of year.
When we went outside we were very excited to explore the ice in the tray. We discussed where the ice had come from, "the rain," how it had become ice, "it is frezzing cold" and what will happen to the ice now the sun is coming out, "it will melt!" Understanding the World - The World - notices detailed features of their environment (22-36 months) or comments and questions about aspects of their familiar world, can talk about some of the things they have observed (30-50 months).
Caring for animals in our Wild Animal Hospital. Using writing skills, talking skills and our knowledge of what animals need to thrive.
Justyna brought in a WOW voucher today. She has "begun to write words. she wrote the word 'Mum' and her name. She also writes somenumbers. Superstar!!!" Then in school she showed Mrs Wildman how clever she is. Her target is to now form the letters correctly.
Caleb can now count to 20! Keep up the good work!
Congratulations on receiving a well deserved Headteachers Sticker for completing a fantastic homework project on Autumn leaves. You and your family should be very proud of your work!
We have received lots of WOW vouchers from families this week, letting us of know about the 'WOW' moments they have had at home. Moments when their child has surprised them with a new skill or piece of knowledge they have learnt at home or at school, then had the confidence to demonstrate at home.
Justyna has successfully completed Grade 4 in her swimming class. We have photocopied her certificate and put it in her learning journal. Well done for improving your swimming skills Justyna.
Inaaya has again been very caring towards her baby sister, helping to change and bathe her. That is very kind of you Inaaya!
She has also independently dressed herself and she ate her breakfast today!
Elnathan sang the ABC song, he counted to 18 and when his family went to LEGOLAND, on holiday, he saw a castle and said, "Mamy, Mamy, a castle!" Fantastic work Elnathan, keep it up!
We have been learning an exciting Autumn story, "Where is Hedgehog Hiding?" Here is the Powerpoint with the story for you to share at home. Ask your child to show you the actions and the words we have learnt.
One of our teachers came into today to show us her beautiful baby. We talked about the things we can do that a young baby can't, and how to care for babies. Afterwards we explored looking after our baby dolls.
We have been reading the book 'Titch', we looked carefully at the character and painted him. Have you used the correct colours? Has your character got a head and a body?
Whilst learning about Titch we have been writing lists of all the things from the book. We started to write at the top left corner of the page, we wrote from left to right and moved down the page for each new word. Finally we ascribed meaning to our marks,"hammer", "spade", "plant pot", etc. At the same time we are all learning to hold our pencils correctly.
We have also been measuring the characters from the Titch story. We built towers of bricks as tall as each person and counted each bricks to see who was the tallest and who is the shortest. So we have developed our counting skills and our shape, space and measuring skills.
One of our children has been singing the Number Rumba at home. See our school Twitter page for a video of us singing the chorus and the first verse. Here are the words so you can all join in singing it at home.
Freddie's Mum said, "Freddie was able to sing a new song for us. He was able to remember 'I've got a body, a very busy body and it goes everywhere with me,' with a little YouTube search we found the song and he sang along with it for all the body parts."
We love taking part in our dough gym. It helps to strengthen our hands and our fingers to get us ready to write. It is great fun, have. Go with the whole family at home.
Children's pack Animation - Wash Your Hands
This is a short video we used in class today to teach the children about washing our hands, getting rid of the germs that might make us sick. Watch it with your child and see if they can tell you when we need to wash our hands and why.
We are learning about germs and how to wash our hands to help us stay healthy and well so on the malleable tray we had soap, water and sponges. We strengthened our hands, ready to start writing, by squeezing and squashing, making circles and rubbing the soap. We had lots of fun doing it!
Bike time trials in Nursery this morning. Using our number and physical skills while we are playing.
Hamza's Family said, " Hamza we love you so much because you're always smiling, you help me out, you give me surprise hugs and kisses, we sing nursery rhymes together. You are cheeky and funny. I love the way you say 'I love you' and we have fun together."
Freddie's family have said, "I love you so much because you make me smile and make everyday a good day. You give me the best hugs and make me so proud that you call me Mom." How lovely!
Thank you for all the wonderful WOW vouchers, we love to hear about all the clever and amazing things you are doing at home.
Justyna's Mum said, " after four days in Nursery Justyna began to count from 1 to 20. Well done."
Adam's Mum said, "Adam washed himself and hair all by himself. Adam go toilet by himself. Adam brush his teeth on his own. Adam wash his hand all on his own. Adam can take his shoe off on his own."
Amyrah-Jae's family are very impressed with her. They said, "Very impressed with Amyrah-Jae knowing the wake up shake up song after her first week, she even teaches us the actions and reminds her older brother what to do. A yah-Jae has also tried really hard this week with learning to spell her name!" Well done Amyrah-Jae.
"Thomas has settled into Nursery really well. He had no tears all week! He has settled into his bedtime routine great. He has learnt to brush his teeth himself. He has started listening to me and Gaz and likes to do things together." Well done Thomas, your family are impressed with you.
Creating a dinosaur swamp! Being imaginative-"building stories around toys." The children were excited about playing with the dinosaurs, seeing who could roar the loudest! They became more creative when we introduced the play to the sandpit and added some pieces of wood AND water!
WOW! Jaden brought a WOW voucher into school on his first day! Well done Jaden and well done Mum.
She said, "Jaden is very keen in counting numbers from 1 to 10. Your whole family is proud of you Jaden."
Thank you for returning more of our topic letters. This is what the Mums and Dads are saying about our children.
"Lexie I love you so much because you're my little angel. I love the way you sing me songs, so beautiful! Love from Mommy Clare x x x."
"Adam I love you so much because you are kind and a loving person."
"Jaden I love you so much because you are always loving and caring."
"Lexie I love you so much because I brought you into this World and you are my Princess. Love Mommy Nikki and your brother Jermaine."
We have been trying to work collaboratively in Nursery this morning. We used lots of skills - "keeps play going by responding to what others are saying and doing," 30-50 months, Making relationships. "Begins to accept the needs of others and can take turns and share resources, sometimes with the support of others," 30-50 months, Managing feelings and behaviour. "Welcomes and enjoys praise for what they have done," 30-50 months, Self-confidence and Self-awareness."Counts objects up to 10, begins to count beyond 10," 40-60 months, Number.
Rolling the ball to knock down the skittles.
Putting the cones back up for a friend.
Counting the how many skittles are knocked down.
Clapping to encourage our friends.
Our Children have returned from their Summer holidays - we are all please to see them.
This is what we did on our first day.
We are enjoying our home visits to meet the new children and their families. It's lovely to see how eager and excited they are to start Nursery.