Newsletter Autumn(2) 2017

Nursery team: Ms Rose (Nursery Teacher) Mrs Yong (Nursery Nurse)
Mrs Stevens (Nursery Nurse) Mrs Abraham (LSA)

Personal, Social and Emotional Development: Children will start or continue to initiate play, offering cues to peers to join them. This might happen in our role play corner or in our dark room, where children will find all sorts of intriguing things to stimulate games! They also will learn to take turns playing games in small groups. We will be building confidence to talk about our favourite colours and bedtime routines, as we explore our topic. The children also will continue to enjoy the responsibility of carrying out small tasks in the Nursery, be it taking the register to the office, moving the arrow on our visual timetable or helping empty the water tray outside.

Physical Development: Children will be using both small and large movements to explore shape and colour – whether it is through creating a piece of Kandinsky circle art or twirling ribbons outside. We also will be using equipment to practise throwing, catching and rolling. Children will be encouraged to tell us when they are tired or need to rest, and will be encouraged to use our quiet tepee where 1 or 2 children can play quietly in the classroom at any given moment of the day.

Communication and Language: Children will be encouraged to listen to stories with increasing attention and recall as we share books about colour, day and night. We will be talking about the purpose of certain objects such as traffic lights and torches, and will be learning new words to describe materials, i.e. shiny, sparkly, dull, reflective and twinkly. We also find that the children are very communicative and learn lots of new language when we prepare food (such as making our own butter which we did at the end of last term), so we will be aiming to do as much cooking as possible in small groups to continue this valuable talk time. Talking about experiences with Rainbow and Chase Bear and looking at Learning Journeys also will continue to develop communication skills.

Literacy: We will be using different coloured pens, pencils, chalk and other media to make and give meaning to our marks. Children will be encouraged to use writing for purpose, whether it be labelling something in the classroom or creating tickets for a show. We will continue to encourage the children to look at books independently. So please feel free to borrow 2 or 3 books at a time from our book area to share at home. Children also will enjoy rhyming and rhythm through songs and stories during carpet time.

Maths: Children will be developing their numeracy skills through sorting and counting coloured objects, talking about times of the day and routines – teatime, bedtime – and making patterns. They will begin to show an interest in shape and space by playing with shapes or making arrangements with objects, sometimes through transient art.

Understanding of the World: Children will be encouraged to comment on and ask questions about the world around them. They will be finding out about sources of light – the sun, torches – and will be exploring shiny and dull objects.

Expressive Arts and Design: Children will explore colour and how colours can be changed through colour-mixing. We will be doing lots of creative movement in response to music – pretending we are fireworks, taking trips to the moon and using movement to express how we feel.

Helping at home:
Please look for different shapes and colours wherever you are – whether it is at home, in the street or at the supermarket. “I spy” games are always good for this!

We also want to celebrate the children’s achievements outside Nursery – whether it is that they’ve dressed themselves, retold a story, been kind or helpful to someone or counted the ducks at the park. Please help us record their WOWS. There is a template attached to this newsletter for you to use. You will find more WOW slips on the Parents’ Notice Board and a box in which to post them. We will be sharing them with the class throughout the week and they will go into the children’s Learning Journeys for the year.

House-keeping: Please check your child’s tray on a regular basis to take home things they’ve made. They may share the tray with another child so you might need to ask them if it is their piece of work. Special pieces are kept in the Nursery for display or are stuck into their Learning Journeys for posterity and assessment.

Newsletter Autumn 2017

Nursery team: Ms Rose (Nursery Teacher)
Mrs Yong (Nursery Nurse), Mrs Stevens (Nursery Nurse), Mrs Abraham (LSA), Mrs Mullins (LSA)

Personal, Social and Emotional Development:
Children will start to develop the skills to initiate conversations and form good relationships with peers and familiar adults as we share our Learning Journeys and talk about family members in displayed photos. They will develop the ability to select and use with help, the wide-range of activities and resources inside and outside the classroom. These will range from our home corner, to the mud kitchen and our creative workshop which will be set up with numerous fun things to explore. The children will also become aware of their own feelings, and we will encourage understanding that some actions and words can hurt others’ feelings through books and games. Our class bears and other puppets will help develop empathy.

Physical Development:
Children will be taught to understand that equipment has to be used safely – this includes our climbing apparatus in our outside area and using scissors. They will be encouraged to keep themselves healthy by washing and drying hands. Children also will be encouraged to develop the independence to manage their own clothing, e.g. putting on shoes, unzipping zippers on jackets, and taking off unbuttoned shirts. They all have their own pegs in the classroom and an accessible wellie and apron rack box so that children can access clothing independently.

Communication and Language:
Children will be encouraged to listen to others one to one or in small groups during our daily carpet sessions. During this time we will sing songs, play games and share stories. They also will learn to respond to simple instructions, e.g. to get or put away an object. This is very important during our tidy-up time when every child will be encouraged to help keep our classroom organised and clean. Children also will be involved in setting up certain activities such as filling our water tray or adding objects to the sandpit.

Our seaside themed reading area provides a quiet space for children to look at books and magazines – make sure to book your place on our deck chairs! We will be sharing lots of books this term and children will be encouraged to join in with repeated phrases in rhymes and stories.

Children will be encouraged to use some number names and number language during their play, be it throwing bean bags at numbers, counting bunting or measuring out cups of water. We always encourage curiosity about numbers and will find opportunities to explore numbers that exist all around us. Children also will be developing the ability to talk about the shapes of everyday objects, e.g. ‘round’’ and ‘tall’’ as we look at our bodies and faces, and compare natural objects in our outdoor space.

Understanding of the World:
Children will be able to share their interest in the lives of people who are familiar to them, and will be encouraged to describe special times or events for family or friends. Our role-play area and playing with dolls will allow children to remember and talk about significant events in their own experience.

Expressive Arts and Design:
We will be painting our self-portraits and will begin to use representation to communicate. Children also will sing familiar songs and have a chance to make their own music, either with conventional percussion or using our outdoor music wall.

Helping at home:
Reading – please read to your child to help instil a love and appreciation of books. Let your child talk to you about the characters in stories and retell stories through pictures and familiar phrases. You are welcome to select books to borrow whenever you like from our reading racks DOWNSTAIRS to take home to share with your child. Please be aware that we have books on display connected with our termly topic within the classroom. Please could you refrain from borrowing the books from upstairs as we use these on a daily basis.