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It's been a fun packed week with a visit from the fire service. We had a tour of the engine, climbed up into the firefighter's seats and held their big hose! We had a session on what fire fighters do and their safety clothing, along with learning a dance called stop, drop and roll. It was so much fun (as well as being an extremely valuable learning experience!).
The story 'Room on the Broom' helped us to continue our rhyming, as the children made rhyming spells with rhyming strings such as frog, dog and bog. These are displayed in Hedgehogs and Foxes room. We had a really long broom that the witch asked them to draw an animal on. This is displayed up high in Squirrels and Badgers corner. It was a really fun activity that got them all mark making for a purpose.
This week's maths focus continued to embed the children's knowledge of 1-5. We also worked on trying to fill the baseboards with numicon. This required the children to problem solve and develop their spacial awareness, filling the gaps with smaller numicon.
We watched a short BBC clip on remembrance day, which was a really gentle introduction to why we wear poppies. The children then went on to print their own poppy with half an apple and their finger print to show respect. We have displayed these around the Interactive Whiteboards. I am sure you'll agree they look very smart.
We felt that because the children have really enjoyed activities that have included animals this week and they always love role playing journeys on trains, cars etc when they build large constructions, we are going to use 'All Change' written by Ian Whybrow. The nursery rhyme will be:
As the children are really enjoying their learning around numbers we have planned to move on with learning the number 6 this week and we will start to look at 2d shapes, starting with a circle.
Just a little note to say that when some parents filled out their forms at the beginning of the year they opted out of their children's photos being used for things. We have had some parents come forward to change these options as they would like their child to be able to appear on the blog. Please talk to your child's group leader if you wish to change this and they will be able to advise you what to do.
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It’s been a great first week back for our children. We have introduced the Numicon number 5 to them. They may tell you that they had to help the fire fighter had to climb the ladder. This was to help them to see that the Numicon shapes 1-5 should be placed in size order, with the shapes making a pattern of steps. We have been reinforcing the number 5 by singing number songs during our daily singing sessions. Many of the children are now automatically holding up their fingers to represent their numbers.
Our story was based around fire fighters. At the end of the story it turns out that the barn was not actually on fire it was some campers with their campfire, phew! So, we had a fantastic time eating our treat day doughnuts and singing around a campfire.
To encourage the children to be aware of rhyme, we have read the story ‘Don’t put your finger in the Jelly Nelly!’ and we made up silly words that rhymed with their names. The children had to listen carefully to recognize if it was their name, which they all really enjoyed. At home it would be great if you can continue to point out or use rhyme to develop this skill.
We have learnt about Diwali, the festival of light. We lit a candle and listened to the story of Rama and Sita. Some children were able to share their experience of the celebration and many enjoyed making Rangoli patterns with 2d shapes and beads. There was also rice and lentils in the tough spot with the weighing scales (which was often transported to the home corner!).
We have been using pipettes to exercise our fine motor skills and make really effective patterns to represent the fireworks that many children saw at the school before half term.
Due to the interest that many children have had in witches and potions and the rhyming element, we will be using Julia Donaldson’s ‘Room on the Broom’ for next week’s story. As there is a frog and we’d like to embed the mathematical learning so far, we thought that the rhyme of the week could be 5 Little Speckled Frogs.
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This week has seen many classic pirate phrases being bandied about. Our focus was number 4, so our main character Pirate Pete’s favourite number was four. Whenever 4 was mentioned the children knew that Pete would be pleased. They helped him dig for his lost treasure and of course they had to find four pieces of gold each!
We demonstrated how to draw a map and all of the children created their own. The next day many of the children return to repeat their task independently, of their own accord, rolling them up to be a message in a bottle. A naughty pirate stole Pete’s 4 coins, so some children made wanted posters to alert people of the crime.
They carried on their fascinations with rainbows and loved the activities that we provided.
Our children have shown us that they can be creative with the construction materials. Here a child has made a dinosaur! We are very pleased to share our new large construction area with the children, thanks to the generosity of the PTA for our new large wooden blocks, don't they make you want to be a child again!!
After half term we will be looking at fire fighters, fireworks and Diwali. Some of our children are are engaging in emergency services play and we thought with the up and coming firework events, it may be an appropriate focus. Our story is called ‘Barn on Fire’ from the apple tree farm collection. Our songs will be ‘Hurry hurry, call the firemen’ and ‘London’s burning’. We will focus on the value of number 5.
Have a fantastic half term everyone!
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It’s been a right royal affair here in Woodlands. The Queen (Of course Mrs Warwick, sshhh!!) came to visit us but whilst she was here someone stole her jewels. There were 3 rubies, 3 sapphires and 3 emeralds. Our children investigated the crime scene and soon realised that some footprints led to the garden. We searched outside and found each of the jewels, counting to check at the end. We started to see them using the maths that they had learnt straight away in their play.
They have been creative in the garden, using some Tesco crates which they quickly realised resembled the bars of roller-coaster. They role-played this with excitement, recalling trips to Peppa Pig World and Thomas Land. The wind whipped us up into a frenzy on Friday, so many children made kites. We keep finding that the children are being inventive with the guttering, as they appear to have a fascination with rolling things down them; we’ve had cars and then conkers rolling onto a number line, as we attempted to predict which number we would land on.
We have found that ‘Sing a rainbow’ is a particular favourite of the children’s, so Miss Jenkins shared her beautiful voice and played her guitar; singing their favourite song. This week we have modelled painting pictures in our group times and the work that the children have produced following this is wonderful to see. They have been using the equipment appropriately and have been passionate about their pictures, many of which have been rainbows! The ‘loose parts’ play also flowed into rainbows with the coloured buttons.
The children’s excitement for treasure and an interest in making maps has prompted us to use a great book called ‘Pirate Pete’ by Nick Sharratt for next week. This book is very interactive and will support the children in understanding that they are able to make up a story. The song of the week is 'Row, row, row your boat'.
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You would not believe the fun we have had this week on our Bear Hunt adventures. We’ve retold the tale in so many different ways: acting it out, story mapping, collaging and actually touching grass (in our tuff spot), squelchy mud, cold water, snow (cotton wool) and we’ve been in a cave (dark tent). We encouraged them to describe what they were feeling and gave them some further adjectives that they could use to extend their vocabulary. The amount of pictures that the children have produced is incredible. When we asked the children to tell us the story from their picture, they were able to recall many of the main events. Check out the display in the Hedgehog/Fox room by the creative area.
We have learnt the value of 2 and can now identify it’s correlating numicon. We found the number two in all sorts of places. Including a hunt for bears around the garden that had numbers on their tummy. The children used a chart to record when they had found the bears, which was a fantastic way of using their mark making for meaning. We also put on two welly boots and went for a walk in the paint making foot prints, chanting 1,2,1,2.
Autumn is a really great season for covering ‘Understanding of the world’. Thank you to those of you who have bought conkers in and completed the home learning, which is now being displayed in each of the classrooms. We have been investigating some very extraordinary pumpkins, along with some interesting vegetables from the school garden. The children have been collaging with leaves and doing leaf rubbings. We have had ice outside and discussed its properties and the melting process.
We hid the food colouring inside plain playdough balls (kind of like a doughnut). When the children played with the dough they discovered the colour inside, then they enjoyed mixing the colours together. As I have explained before; numicon can be put into many activities to encourage mathematical development. We popped the numicon 1-3 in the playdough and this prompted lots of discussion about number, as they printed the impression of the numicon into the dough.
Thank you for attending our ‘Objectives Evening’, we hope you found it useful and informative. If you were unable to attend the slides from the presentation are available for you to view. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.
During an impromptu role play on the climbing frame, the children took me to London to see the Queen (Mrs Warwick). She knighted children using a broom, as they knelt in front of her. Their engagement in this activity has prompted us to focus on Royalty and London next week with ‘Peppa meets the Queen’. The children seem to self-select Peppa Pig books in our book corner, so we anticipate a great response to this story.
This is an episode:
The rhymes of the week will be ‘Sing a song of sixpence’ and ‘Pussy cat, Pussy cat’.
14th September 2018
What an amazing start to the year your little ones have made! Their personalities are shining through already. The children have been having a fantastic time exploring all of our provision and getting to know the other children in their groups.
There has been a buzz about treasure in our ‘Loose parts’ area, created by us adding a few jewellery boxes. You may have noticed that we have moved our outdoor construction area. This is because it was so popular that we needed more space. As you can imagine the cars and bikes are a highlight to their day. They’ve danced in the garden to music and Mrs Warwick has entertained us with a puppet show. She sold her tickets and made us laugh with her great acting, which some children replicated following her performance.
We know that children have differing preferred learning styles, therefore we have given them the opportunity to listen to the story of the week. 'Dear Zoo' told with puppets, we have been outside acting out the movements of the animals and we have made a story map using the pictures of the animals and their boxes. You may have seen some of the stories that the children completed as they are displayed in the Squirrel’s corner. If you ask them what animals the zoo sent, I am sure you will get a list of naughty, tall, grumpy, jumpy animals.
Those children staying to enjoy our chef’s delicious meals are eating them with gusto. It is so sweet to see them sat with their lunch tray and socialising with their new friends.
The children have shown a fascination around the play animals this week, along with the home corner. We thought that these interests tie in nicely with ‘The Tiger who came to tea’ book by Judith Kerr and we look forward to some great tea parties. Our rhymes of the week will be ‘I’m a little teapot’ and ‘A Leopard has lots of spots’.
Story: The Tiger who came to tea:
7th September 2018
Thank you for attending your child's settling in appointment today and a special thank you for your support and understanding regarding the change of appointments due to this week's events. It was so great to see our new children confidently exploring the environment and so eager to start in F1. We had some very keen builders in our outdoor construction area and both of our role play areas have proved a hit!
We are really looking forward to all of our new children coming for their settling in sessions on Monday or Tuesday next week. This is now the time that your child should be left with us.
Each week we will be focusing on a story, which will be influenced by the children's interests. There is a story tree in the middle room that we will hang miniature books on to display all of the stories that your children will have focused on throughout the year. We can not wait to see how it blossoms. Next week we will be looking at 'Dear Zoo'. We thought that this would be a great interactive story that may be familiar to some of the children. We will also have Nursery Rhymes of the week and will be starting with the old classic 'Baa baa black sheep'. Singing is a fantastic way to develop their speech and language skills.
Click on this link to find the song:
Next week's learning will mainly be based around the children getting to know our setting, the adults that are caring for them and their peers. Exciting times!
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.