Nursery Spring Term Newsletter 2022
This term we will continue to concentrate on the Prime Areas of Learning.
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Being secure in these skills are essential for children to access the wider curriculum.
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Art and Design
The theme for the first half of the Spring Term (Spring 1) is Space. We will be learning about space travel, how astronauts live in space, facts about the planets in the Solar System and about the moon, specifically, how it is different from the Earth.
We will use this theme to spark interest in the activities that we will provide that are aimed at covering all the areas of the Early Years curriculum.
We will be reading a variety of space themed fiction and non-fiction books starting with the story of ‘How to Catch a Star’.
At the beginning of February, we will be learning about and celebrating Chinese New Year. Amongst many other activities we will be listening to traditional Chinese music, making and eating a traditional Chinese meal, wearing traditional Chinese clothes, listening to the story of the ‘Great Race’, using chopsticks, transforming our home corner into a Chinese home, making paper lanterns and dragons and best of all, making giant dragon heads, draping the children in cloth and dancing like Chinese dragons.
At the end of Spring 1 we will transition from our space theme into looking at our planet and it’s features e.g. land and sea, rivers, mountains, jungles, deserts, towns, cities, countryside etc. We will start by reading ‘Peppa Goes Around the World’ to help the children to be able to relate to and engage in the topic.
In Spring 2, we will continue to learn about features of our planet whilst introducing a Traditional Tales theme. We will also learn about how our season is changing from Winter to Spring and we will learn about Easter.
COVID rules allowing, we will visit Woodlands Farm on Shooters Hill. We will have a tour of the farm to meet all of the animals and we will have an activity session based on the story of The Three Little Pigs.
In Maths and Literacy, we will continue to build and develop the skills we have been learning in the Autumn Term.
- Syllables in words.
Moving from clapping parts of their names to clapping the syllables in topic words.
- Identifying sounds.
Moving from identifying environmental sounds to hearing and identifying the initial sounds in their names and, in the names of familiar objects and topic vocabulary.
Moving from identifying photographs of their faces to finding their names and adding them to the next available space in a 5 Frame.
- Mark Making
This will continue in all forms but it will also progress, where appropriate, to forming some recognisable letters. We will be starting with the initial letters in their names or in other words that are important to them e.g. Mum, Dad etc.
- Cardinality and Number Value
5 Frames and subitising activities will continue to be used to build on the children’s understanding of numbers up to 5. The children will continue to use their fingers to represent numbers but will be encouraged to begin to use them in different combinations.
- Awareness and understanding of time.
During our daily routines we will continue to use and build on a variety of calendars, timers, visual timetable, clocks, countdown props, birthday displays etc to build an understanding and an awareness of time.
- Patterns, shape and positional language.
This will be developed by continuing to take part in a wide variety of outdoor games, use of climbing and ride-on equipment, large and small construction, threading resources, indoor games and craft activities.
During the Winter months, please make sure your child attends Nursery with a waterproof jacket each day. Additional hats/scarfs etc may be needed if the weather is cold. Please ensure all clothing is labelled with your child’s name. We have permanent markers in class that you are welcome to use to write on labels if you need to do so.
Please be aware children may become slightly messy or slightly damp from playing outside. Children learn a great deal from playing in different weather conditions. Please rest assured that your children will not be left in soaking wet clothing for the whole session. Please be sure to return any clothes borrowed from school. We are a little low on supplies as a result of clothes not being returned last term. Please return these items ASAP. Donations of clothes would also be gratefully received!
The Nursery Team: Jane Budden, Carina Philpot and Joanne Hitchin
Autumn 1 Term 2021
A big welcome to all the children joining us this year!
This is a very exciting time for our new starters.
This half term we will be focussing on settling the children into their new environment.
- Children enter the Nursery via the Early Years entrance. They will say goodbye to parents at this entrance and will then be lovingly supported by all three members of the Nursery Team into their classroom.
Class Teacher: Mrs Budden
Nursery Nurse: Mrs Philpot
Teaching Assistant: Mrs Hitchin
- On arrival into the Nursery each morning, we will help them to find their tray and put away their book bag, find their coat pegs and hang up their coats and, wash their hands before finding their named photo card for self-registration. After this they will begin self-selecting from a wide variety of stimulating resources, activities, and experiences.
- During a great part of each day the children have something called ‘free flow’. Free Flow is when the children can move freely between the classroom and outside area. At several points during the day we will also use the grass area and, or MUGA (Multi Use Games Area) for more physical activities including riding on tricycles and scooters, climbing on A-Frames, taking part in ball games, building with large construction resources, circle games etc.
- All transitions are announced by gently ringing a bell. When the bell is rung, the children raise their hands and wriggle their fingers ready to listen to simple verbal announcements or instructions. Visual prompts are also shown to support the children when necessary.
- Every day we have ‘Snack and a Story Time’. This is when the children sit on the carpet or, weather permitting, on the grass outside, to enjoy a healthy fruit snack and a drink from their water bottle whilst listening to a story. Milk is also available throughout the day at the snack table.
- Full time children go to lunch at 11.30. After visiting the toilet, they line up and are taken to the dinner hall by Mrs Philpot (Nursery Nurse), Mrs Hitchin (Teaching Assistant) and Bev (Lunchtime Supervisor).
Lining Up Song
(Sung to the tune of, ‘Skip to my Lou’.)
Make, make, make a line.
Make, make, make a line.
Make, make, make a line.
Make a line together.
Initially the children will be seated and their food brought to them. Later in the year they will learn to line up to choose their food and then carry it back to their tables by themselves.
- Morning children will be collected from the Early Years entrance at 11.45 and afternoon children will be dropped off at 11.50 at the Early Years entrance. Afternoon children should have eaten lunch before arriving at school. Parents collecting the morning children should line up on the left-hand side of the EY’s entrance and parents dropping off the afternoon children should line up on the right-hand side of the EYs’ entrance. Please wait for all the children to be collected before attempting to drop off your afternoon child.
- During the first few weeks and, if necessary beyond, we will ring a bell at regular intervals to help to remind the children to use the toilet.
Toilet Time Song
(To the tune of, ‘The Farmers in the Den’.)
To toilet we must go!
To toilet we must go!
If you feel the need to go,
To toilet we must go.
- At the end of the school day, the children will gather on the carpet ready for home time. Parents will enter the school via the main gate and make their way round to the Early Years building to collect their children from their classes at 3pm.
- Once we feel the children are ready, we will begin sending home picture books that will be chosen by your child and sent home in their book bags twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays.
ALL ABOUT ME!
The Autumn term begins with the topic ‘All About Me!’. We will encourage the children to talk about themselves and also about their families for example, who is in their family, their pets, what they celebrate in their families e.g. birthdays, special events and, their favourite toys, TV programmes etc.
Please send in, or email a picture of your family plus, if you wish, any other photos of things your child would like to share e.g. pets, toys, grandparents, holiday snaps etc.
These photos will be displayed on your child’s special square on our ‘Learning Journey’ wall display and will greatly help your child to settle in their new setting and will encourage them to talk about their family and interests too.
Please email or send in a hard copy of a photo of your family.
In the Early Years, we plan each term around a broad topic and key texts, but we are also very keen to follow the children’s interests, which are not always the same as ours! Our flexible approach allows the children to choose the path to their own learning and follow what they are interested in, within each topic.
- Book Bag
- Reusable and named water bottle
- Spare clothes in a named cloth tote or plastic bag to be kept in school on child’s peg. Please supply, socks x2, pants x2, top and joggers or leggings.
- Labelled and weather appropriate coat. NB When buying a winter jacket, please ensure it is waterproof and has a hood.
- Weather appropriate footwear. NO SHOELACES PLEASE.