Nursery Home Links

Nursery Home Links-23/2/18

We have had a very busy week in Nursery! We have introduced our new topic of ‘Are eggs alive?’ We have focused on the story of the Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. The children have enjoyed trying a variety of caterpillar related activities e.g. Making holes in leaves using hole punches, painting caterpillars and butterflies and using jewels and sequins to follow wiggly caterpillar patterns. We also learnt a new song called ‘Tiny caterpillar on a leaf’, the words are printed on the reverse of this sheet and the following link takes you to an audio clip of the tune! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LI2Wo2rRWqM

We have introduced the pure sound ’c’ this week. We talked about how to write an ‘c’ sound, using the words; curl around the caterpillar. The children really enjoyed writing ’c’ in custard and

making cups of coffee in the water area! Maybe you could look around the home for objects that begin with the ‘c’ sound.

We continue to review and practise recognising and counting numbers 1-10. This week the

children have enjoyed playing target games, aiming balls and bean bags into numbered shapes 1-10.

This week we are delighted to say that some of our Nursery children went to visit Mr Hodgson after trying very hard with their writing. They were rewarded with a really

special Templemoor pencil which can be kept for writing at home.

Thank you for the Parent Technology forms that have already been returned. We really

appreciate your help with building a clearer picture of how/if your child accesses

technology at home. This can include remote controls, phones, tablets, laptops, CD

players, robots and computers.

Next Thursday is World Book Day. We invite all children (and staff!) to come dressed as a

traditional story character (no film characters please). The children will enjoy a variety of book related activities, look out for more information next week.

On Monday we are really looking forward to a visit from Keystrings, a musical experience

company. The children will have the chance to listen to and handle a variety of real string

instruments and will learn about the orchestra. Look out for photos to come!

We are in need of empty tissue boxes for next week. If you have any, please send them in on Monday!

 

Thank you for your continued support.

The Nursery Team

 

 

 

Nursery Home Links-9/2/18

This week in Nursery we have been talking about how amazing our brains are. We have learnt that every time we learn something new, our brains grow stronger! The children have thought about all of the different things that our brains help us to do and have posed lots of their own questions about the brain e.g. How does the brain help our fingers to work? Can the brain help you to dance? We will continue to learn about our magnificent brains in the weeks to come.

Safer Internet Day was on Tuesday. The children spent time talking about what it means to ‘stay safe’ in a very general sense (how to be safe in the nursery e.g. not running inside, only travelling one way around the track etc) The children then brought up their own ideas about how to be safe outside of Nursery e.g. staying with grown ups in busy places, not running away from parents etc. We then talked briefly about being safe when using technology (tablets, phones, laptops,

computers etc)

We have reviewed all of the phonic sounds taught so far including m,a,s,d,t,i,n, p, g, o. We also

introduced the number 10 and where to find it on a number line. The children did lots of physical activities to encourage them to count 10 of something such as 10 jumps, 10 hops etc. Please

continue to encourage your child to look out for numbers around the home and when out and about, and encourage counting and playing games using number.

Over the half term holiday, there are lots of exciting things happening. Tuesday 13th

February is Shrove Tuesday (pancake day!) Wednesday 14th is Valentines Day and Friday 16th is Chinese New Year! We would love to hear about anything you do over the holiday to mark or

celebrate any of these events.

We are delighted that so many people borrow our story sacks. We have recently acquired some lovely material that we would like to use to make some new ones. If you, or possibly a grandparent are particularly good at sewing and would be willing to help us make some more story sacks, please see a member of staff.

Finally, as we continue to add to your child’s Learning Journey, we ask for your help in

telling us about how/if your child accesses technology at home. The questionnaire attached to this letter will help us to gather a broader picture of where your child is up to in terms of using

technology when not in school. Thank you for your support with this.

 

We hope you have a lovely half term holiday. We return to school on Tuesday 20th February.

 

Thank you for your support.

 

The Nursery Team

 

Nursery Home Links– 26/1/18

This week the children have really enjoyed learning about the work of artist James Rizzi. His colourful buildings have inspired the children to draw, paint and construct their own versions. In the next couple of weeks, look out for a display of their creations on the large Nursery display board.

We have introduced the pure sound ’g’ this week. We talked about how to write a ‘g’ sound, using the words; Round her face, down her hair and given her a curl. Maybe you could look around the home for objects that begin with the ‘g’ sound.

We looked at the number 8 and where to find it on a number line. The children did lots of physical activities to encourage them to count 8 of something such as 8 jumps, 8 hops etc. We enjoyed counting legs on our toy spiders and matching the correct spider to the right web. Please continue to encourage your child to look out for numbers around the home and when out and about, and encourage counting and playing games using number.

Next week we are really looking forward to Story Telling Week. The children will have the opportunity to take part in a special drama session based around one of our favourite traditional stories; The 3 Little Pigs. You could have fun with this story and other traditional stories, asking your child to change the names of the characters, e.g. The 3 little dinosaurs and talking about what they could get up to.

If Henry or Barney Bear should come to visit you over the next couple of weeks, please can you return them after a maximum of 3 days as this will ensure that all of our Nursery children get a turn.

Thank you for all of your donations of cardboard boxes. For now, we have enough. The children have put them to good use!

 

Thank you for your continued support.

The Nursery Team

 

Nursery Home Links– 19/1/18

This week in Nursery the children have enjoyed investigating our new builders role-play toys. We have talked about the names of each piece of equipment and what they are used for e.g. saw, hammer, spanner, spirit level etc. Using our building site role-play area, the children are learning all about being safe builders, learning about the different jobs a builder might do and how different parts of buildings are made e.g. walls.

We have introduced the pure sound ’p’ this week. We talked about how to write a ‘p’ sound, using the words; down the plait and around the pirate’s head . Maybe you could look around the home for objects that begin with the ‘p’ sound.

We looked at the number 7 and where to find it on a number line. The children did lots of physical activities to encourage them to count 7 of something such as 7 jumps, 7 hops etc. Please continue to encourage your child to look out for

numbers around the home and when out and about, and encourage counting and playing games using dice and dominoes.

We have loved hearing all about Henry and Barney Bear’s adventures whilst

visiting some of our Nursery children this week. The children have really

enjoyed sharing what they got up to with Henry and Barney, thank you for

supporting this at home.

Next week we will introduce the work of the artist James Rizzi. He is well known for his colourful painting of buildings and we are going to use his ideas to inspire our own Nursery artwork. We still need cardboard boxes to help with our construction project, in particular boxes of tissue box size or smaller. Thank you to everyone who has sent some in so far.

Following discussion with Mr Hodgson, it is agreed that Templemoor is officially a nut-free school. Please help us by not sending in any nuts or nut products (e.g. peanut butter) in packed lunches.

 

Thank you for your support. Have a lovely weekend.

The Nursery Team

 

Nursery Home Links-12/1/18

This week in Nursery we have really enjoyed reading the story of the 3 Little Pigs. The children have been acting out the story using character masks and practising their best pig and wolf voices. You might have noticed the 3 Little Pigs house of bricks in our Nursery grounds! We will continue to investigate this story next week as well as opening our brand new outdoor construction area.

We have introduced the pure sound ’n’ this week. We talked about how to write an ‘n’ sound, using the words; down Nobby and over his net. Maybe you could look around the home for objects that begin with the ‘n’ sound.

We looked at the number 6 and where to find it on a number line. The children did lots of physical activities to encourage them to count 6 of something such as 6 jumps, 6 hops etc. Please continue to encourage your child to look out for

numbers around the home and when out and about, and encourage counting and playing games using dice and dominoes.

This week we have introduced the Nursery bears Barney and Henry. So far they have visited a few of the Nursery children and have had a great time! When the bears visit your house, please can you return them after a maximum of 3 days so that they can meet all our of children.

We are on the look out for any cardboard boxes to help with our construction

projects. We really need boxes of tissue box size or smaller. We would also be

grateful for any plastic or cardboard tubes that we can use to build with.

If you could donate a box of tissues to Nursery we would really appreciate it as there are so many coughs and colds around at the moment, thank you!

 

Thank you for your continued support.

 

The Nursery Team

 

Nursery Topic Letter- ‘How does that building stay up?’

This half term we are really excited to begin our new topic; ‘How does that building stay up?’ To launch this topic, we will have a visit from a real builder and the children will be able to build their own structures in our brand new building site area! We will focus on the story of The Three Little Pigs and enjoy investigating the different types of houses the pigs made.

To support our new topic at home, you could;

  • Go for a walk, looking at the different types of houses nearby. Talk about what they are called and why e.g. a bungalow is a house with no upstairs.
  • Talk about the home you live in. You could take a photo and discuss what type of house it is e.g. semi-detached, made of bricks etc.
  • Use bricks or lego to build different structures, talk about how to make your building strong. If your building falls down, talk about how to improve it to make it stronger.
  • Read stories that involve different buildings e.g. Rapunzel in the tower, Hansel and Gretel in the Gingerbread House etc.
  • Investigate animal homes. Do you have any pets that live in a hutch, tank or kennel? Look at what each home has to keep your pet comfortable. You could also look at wild animal homes e.g. A bird’s nest, a spider’s web, a rabbit’s burrow, a bee hive.
  • Look at different types of building tools you might have around the house e.g. a hammer, a screwdriver, a drill etc. Talk about what each tool might be used for.
  • Investigate tape measures. What could your find to measure together?

 

We would love to hear about any of the building-related activities you get up to at home, please send in any information or photos you take for us to share together.

 

Thank you for your support.

The Nursery Team

 

 

Nursery Home Links– 8/12/17

We have had a busy week in Nursery. The children sang beautifully in our

Christmas show ‘Wriggly Nativity’ and made us very proud.

We introduced two new Rainbow Challenges; counting 5 beads and threading them onto a sparkly pipe cleaner to decorate our Christmas tree and performing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star using musical instruments. The children continue to work with enthusiasm to complete the Rainbow Challenges and some children have already completed all 6!

This week we have recapped the sounds we have already covered; m,a,s,d,t. Please continue to help your child to find things that begin with these sounds. We have

also revised the numbers 1-5. Please continue to count with your child at home and to point out numbers as you are out and about.

The children have all planted a daffodil bulb and decorated the pot. We hope you enjoy taking care of the plant together and watching it grow!

This week the children have enjoyed playing ‘Nursery detectives’ finding out where stray toys belong in Nursery and putting things back where they belong! This is part of a general push to encourage all children to put away things they have used and to take proper care of our resources. We continue to ask for your support with this at home.

We are now helping our Nursery children to recognise their own names in print, in preparation for the New Year. We really appreciate your help with this at home. You could have your child’s name put up on the fridge, in their bedroom, on their door, they could look out for it in Christmas cards etc.

If your child wishes to send Christmas cards to other Nursery friends, there will be a post box available in Nursery.

 

We hope you have a lovely weekend.

Thank you for your continued support.

Mrs Suzanne Cundick   Mrs Anna Leigh   Mrs Nicola Rowland

Mrs Jo Hardman   Mrs Beth Handford   Mrs Janice Jeng