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It’s been a great week of learning with the classic story ‘The Three Little Pigs’. The children have fully embraced their inner wolves! We told the story with a puppet show with our new puppet theatre. We made a story map together, talking about the characters, the setting and the main events. I drew a picture for them to follow. Then many of the children chose to create their own story maps independently, which were incredible. When they explained their pictures they were retelling the story with great detail or some of them made up their own endings; one of my favourites being that the pigs and wolves became best friends. Then we had so much fun picking a side: Pigs V’s Wolves and told the story taking on the role of our character. They sat on opposite sides of the room, facing each other and recited the repeated phrases of their chosen character, at the appropriate time leading from the cues of the narrator. It was really a very dramatic effect. Many of the parents have been reporting that the children have been coming home retelling the story, which is fabulous to hear.
Several children have been for their pre-school boosters recently, along with the fact that one of our little ones had come in last week with their arm in a sling and another of our families had welcomed a new baby to the world, we have introduced a hospital role play, which has been immensely popular, therefore we will continue this into next week.
In the garden we have played cups, which is an on trend activity! It promotes spacial awareness, co-ordination and develops their concept of patterns. It was really interesting watching the different approaches that the children had to it. This is something that you can play at home with simply a pack of paper party cups.
We have been on a shape hunt around the school, spotting simple 2d shapes in the environment and describing their features. The homework this half term is to go out and spot 2d shapes and numbers in your local environment. You should have received a home learning sheet, but if you did not please collect one from your group leader. I have created an email address that you can email any home learning into. It will be checked once per week, so please continue to direct any other communication to the school office. The email is email@example.com
The excitement that the wolf has caused this week has led us to believe that ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ would be a seamless and obvious choice to focus on next week. Telling the children these traditional tales is so valuable and there’s a reason why they have lasted the test of time.
The children really enjoy the ‘5 current buns’ song and this will fit really nicely with our maths focus of learning how to record 5. FYI: The mnemonic that we are using to teach this is ‘Straight line down, Around his tummy. ‘Put your hat on!’, Says his mummy.’
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It has been a really positive start to our year with the children keen to learn and reach for the stars! Our book of the week ‘How to catch a star’ has helped us to think about how perseverance can pay off. They have learnt a fantastically catchy song about the fun that is had in F1, which sounds amazing with the whole cohort singing it.
We have travelled through space, in a P.E activity out in the year 2 playground, which set their imaginations soaring. We have a solar system song that has taught us some facts about planets and their features. Many children were keen to tell us their favourite planets and shocked us with their knowledge.
We looked at the number 3 and how it can be made up of 2 and 1. The children have recapped the mnemonic that helps them to form the numeral correctly; ‘Around the tree, around the tree, that’s the way we make a three.’
We have been working on rhyming simple words and had great fun with an interactive puppet show, making rhyming strings. You could practice this at home by pointing out rhymes. We have also polished up our listening skills by listening out for the sounds in the setting with our eyes closed, such as water running and the fridge shutting. Again this is something that you can play at home, or better still go for a listening walk out and about!
Next week we really wanted to visit a traditional tale: The Three Little Pigs. The children are really loving building at the moment and we thought this would be ideal as they can take on that role as a builder. Our rhyme of the week will be ‘This Little Piggy’
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BACK TO WORK!
Happy New Year to you all, we hope you all enjoyed the festive period. We were delighted to be back after our Christmas break. The children bounced back through the gate to see their friends and told us all tales of what they had been doing with their families. Their experiences have influenced their play; we have caught them role playing Christmas morning (too cute!) and they have loved wrapping presents and delivering them to people.
They’ve played in the office role play: typing, answering the phone and sipping coffee. I’m not sure that you all have this much fun being back at work!
We have continued our learning with numbers by recapping the numbers and their values 1-5 and have started to show the children that 5 can be split, the beginnings of number bonds. We have started this by showing them that 5 can be shown on one whole hand or you can use 4 fingers on one hand and 1 on the other. We will be continuing this along with comparing two sets of objects and identifying when they are the same number.
We would like to welcome our new families that have joined us this term. The children have been so kind and welcoming to them and they have fitted in to their groups really well.
Next week we are starting the New Year with a story called ‘How to catch a star’. This tale has a great message for the children that if the persevere they will succeed. This fits nicely with our school VALUES – Aspiration. We will be encouraging the children to aim high and keep on trying, even when it is a bit tricky.
Learning through play is the only way!
As the children embark on their exciting journey through education, we are passionate about making this a fun and happy start: inspiring a life long love of learning.
Young children learn best through their engagement in play. We resource the environment and support their learning by following the children's fascinations and interests. Their ability to access and choose freely encourages the development of the characteristics of effective learning. Our provision stimulates the children's natural curiosity to interact with the world and make sense of it. They have free access to a range of child initiated and adult led activities both indoors and outdoors, which cover the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.
The nurturing nature of our Nursery team means that children feel secure and are able to develop strong relationships with both the adults that care for them and their peer group. Our Early Years Practitioners have key groups which include Foxes, Hedgehogs, Badgers and Squirrels. The children have a group time, which is a short focused activity based on maths, phonics, literacy and physical development.
Each week, based on our observations of the children's interests we choose a story which influences a number of activities that are offered to the children. The text is read throughout the week and is delivered in a variety of ways; using puppets, story mapping and acting it out. The repetition of the story means that it influences the children's play, extends their vocabulary, build's their knowledge of stories and their structure, extend's their repertoire of books and promotes a love of reading. By the end of the week the children have a real ownership of the story and are able to join in with telling the story themselves.
The benefit of the children attending our Nursery provision means that their transitions to school are smooth. They are familiar with routines, behavioural boundaries & expectations and the F2 team. All of which means that we are able to send the children off to their first day at school well prepared, confident and ready to learn.
NURSERY PLACES SEPTEMBER 2018
In September 2018, we will be offering the following options when you register for a place in our Nursery (Foundation 1 class)
* 15 hours funded place: all 3-4 year olds are eligible for free 15-hour Nursery education and you can join us from 8.45 am till 11.45 am each day.
* 30 hours funded place: if you are eligible for a free 30-hour nursery education you can join us from 8.45 am till 2.45 pm each day. (Please go to www.childcarechoices.gov.uk To find out if you meet the criteria for one of these places)
* 30 hours top-up place: if you are not eligible for free 30-hour place you can opt to pay for the extra five afternoon sessions at £19.50 for each day.
* 24 hours funded place: if you are eligible for a free 30-hour place but would prefer your child to come for more than 15 hours but less than 30, we are offering a 24-hour place, where your child comes all day (8.45-2.45) Monday, Wednesday and Friday and mornings only (8.45-11.45) on Tuesday and Thursdays.
* 24 hours top-up place: if you are not eligible for free 30-hour place you can opt to pay for the extra three afternoon sessions; Monday, Wednesday and Friday at £19.50 per session.
If your child is here all day, you have the choice of providing them with a packed lunch or buying a hot school meal at £2 per day. Our meals are all cooked freshly on site each day by an experienced chef who used to work in hotels in London and his amazing team! Our menu is available on the website under the Parents tab for you to see what we offer.
We have a before and after school club called Sunflower Group, running from 8.00 am till 9.00 am and 3.00 pm till 4.00 pm to extend your day a little further. Your child will be taken from Sunflower Group to Nursery in the morning and from nursery to Sunflower Group in the afternoon. The cost of this is £3 per session (morning or afternoon) and is bookable through our online ParentMail system once you are a parent of our school.
We also have Grover Club on site, a private Before and After-School Club, running from 7.30 am till 9.00 am and 3.00 pm till 6.30 pm each school day and full time in the school holidays. Grover take children from when they turn 4 years of age up to 11 years old (children can remain with them once they transfer to the Junior school for Year 3). Their Manager, Mrs Carter, can be contacted on 07879 876 830 to book a place on their waiting list. They are very popular!
Please contact the school office on 01296 481353 to talk to Theresa Headley about our Nursery places.
Each half term we will suggest an activity or experience that you may like to do with your children at home to extend their learning. We display any work or photographs that your children produce in your child's classroom. We now have an email address that you can send their home learning in to.
The email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
This will only be checked once per week, so please do not use this email address for anything other than home learning, thank you.