Hello and welcome back after our Easter break.
This half term promises to be a very busy and exciting one!
As we have noticed a number of children are interested in dinosaurs, this half term we have planned the topic, Land Before Time. This will give us the opportunity to learn about the world and its animals from
long, long ago. We will be finding out how palaeontologists dig up clues about the past and will even make some fossils of our own. We will be freezing and melting ‘dinosaur eggs’ and mixing slime recipes for a dinosaur swamp.
We will have lots of opportunities to use our non-fiction books to learn amazing facts about where dinosaurs lived, what they ate and some very long dinosaur names!
We will be using our artistic skills to draw, paint, print and collage dinosaurs, as well as making props for our role play Dinosaur Park.
In maths we will be following recipes, counting and comparing amounts and learning to use shapes to make pictures and repeating patterns. We will also be comparing length, height and weight.
All of our learning will centre around some amazing dinosaur stories, poems and songs. We will even learn some dinosaur dances and music.
While we are learning about dinosaur teeth, we will also take a look at our own and find out how to take good care of them.
We are looking forward to visiting the library, taking a day trip to Cockfield’s Farm and visiting Eccles mosque. Also, we hope to visit the park to look for signs of spring. Closer to home, we will be using our litter pickers to take care of our playground and remembering to help each other look after the environment.
Here are some key dates for you to remember:
Our library visit is Wednesday 20th April
Our school trip to Cockfield’s Farm is Wednesday 27th April
School is closed on Monday 2nd May for a bank holiday
Our Nursery phonics workshop for parents is on Wednesday 4th May
We finish for half term on Friday 27th May
A typical day in Nursery
We begin each morning with registration, putting bags away and hanging up our coats. We meet on the carpet and share important news about our day.
Immediately after this we have our phonics session where we learn to say, read and write two new sounds each week.
The children then access all areas of the indoor and outdoor learning environments. Here, challenges are set up to encourage new learning and consolidate prior learning.
We encourage children to engage with the opportunities in all of our learning areas and reward their efforts with a challenge sticker. After three challenge stickers, the children choose a toy from our prize box.
At snack time the children have milk or water, wholemeal toast and fruit. We also enjoy special foods to help us celebrate cultural festivals from around the world.
We finish our morning with a teaching session based on our current topic or focus story.
The children will then have lunch under the care of our lovely lunchtime staff. We try to leave the rubbish in the packed lunch boxes so you can see what they have eaten.
In the afternoon we have registration again and another teaching session. After our lesson, the children can again access all areas of the outdoor and indoor learning environments. At the end of the day we gather on the carpet with our coats and books bags for a story or song and say our class prayer.
Key messages to remember for Nursery families
* School starts at 9 am and ends at 3.10 pm. Our classroom door shuts promptly at 9am and any late children must go to the office where they will receive a late mark.
* Homework will be sent out on a Friday. The orange talk book to be complete by your child over the weekend, ready for school the following Monday. Your child’s phonics folder will have your child’s latest sounds added. These will be collected in on Thursdays. Please practise your child’s sounds regularly over the week, to aid their long term memory.
* Reading books are changed on Tuesdays and Fridays. We encourage you to share your child’s reading book daily.
* Please continue to log into Tapestry to see what your child is learning in school, we will also discuss what your child's next steps within the comments on Tapestry.
* Keep in touch, if you need any extra support of if you have any questions about anything we are here to support you.
Educational Websites to use at home:
Reading websites -
* The website www.lovemybooks.co.uk has fantastic reading activities linked to popular books which are suitable for 3-5 year olds. The website is free to access and has art and craft activities and audio stories for your child to listen to.
* The website Oxford Owl has a free eBook library for you to access at home. You will need to make an account to access this library, but it is free to do so. There are over 1000 children's books in the eBook library for you to look at. Follow this link to view this online eBook library now. https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/find-a-book/library-page/
* www.phonicsplay.co.uk gives parents access to online reading games. Use the Login : March20 and the Password: Home
* the web link https://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/find-out-more/parents/ will take you to an official Read Write Inc website which provides videos of how parents can support RWI learning and advises them on how to say the pure sounds correctly to support early reading.
Maths websites -
* The website Top Marks has free online games suitable for Early Years children. The games will help with number recognition, counting practise and also simple addition and subtraction problem solving https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/3-5-years/counting
Mrs Clavin, Mrs Durham, Mrs Cunningham and Mrs Boubendir
Your Nursery team