This term is usually the time of year when parents start to ask the Staff how they can prepare their child for Reception in September. If you have any concerns or questions please do not hesitate to speak to a member of the Nursery Staff for any reassurance or advice. Below I have attached a link to very practical useful tips on how to help your child become ‘school ready’.
This term our topics have included ‘Spring’, ‘Our Outdoor Learning’ and our story focus was ‘The Tale of Peter Rabbit’. We have squeezed so much learning into this short half term, here are some photographs below to show some of the activities we have enjoyed.
This term Afternoon Nursery has had a big focus on learning through the seven areas of development in our fantastic, newly developed outdoor area. The children have had so much fun exploring the outdoor environment on our spring and sensory walks, playing in the Nature-Nurture Nook, making flower soup and playing circle games. We also found that creating our two new areas together was very exciting; the dinosaur/fairy area and Mr McGregor’s garden. With the help of the children we have planted a herb garden which we will use throughout the year in our sensory activities, flowers and vegetables which we cannot wait to see grow.
This term our topics have included ‘super heroes’ and ‘people who help us’. The children have enjoyed creating and playing in our super hero role play area, measuring super heroes using non-standard measurements and completing super hero literacy activities. We also enjoyed making our own super hero masks to use in our weekly PE lesson, where we negotiated space like a super hero by running, skipping, crawling and hoping like a super hero. This was a great introduction to our ‘people who help us’ topic as there are real life superheroes all around us!
Today we were very lucky to have a special visitor who came into our Nursery, Christina who is a Nurse. She talked to us about the role of a nurse and how she helps the sick children in Alder Hey Hospital. All the children enjoyed the talk and were able to use her equipment. We were then lucky enough to ask Christina a variety of questions and then play with her in our Doctor’s role play area. We would like to say a big thank you to Christina for giving up her time so generously and for our lovely donations that we added to our doctor’s role play, I am sure we will have a lot of fun with the equipment.
What a fantastic and busy day! All the children looked amazing in their costumes of their favourite book characters. We would like to say a big huge thank you to all the parents for making such an effort and for participating in our book swap, it is really appreciated.
Afternoon Nursery celebrated World Book Day with the Year 3 children who came into our area to read a variety of stories to us. This was a huge success and we would like to continue to share our love of books with the older children in the school throughout the year.
Select the link below to view a collection of bedtime stories read by famous people for your child to enjoy.
Afternoon Nursery celebrated Valentine’s Day this week with a Valentine’s Day disco and lots of activities related to our book focus 'Guess how much I love you'. The children have enjoyed creating love potions, baking and making Valentine’s Day cards and keepsakes for their Mummy’s and Daddy’s.
The children have had lots of fun exploring activities relating to the nursery rhyme Incy Wincy Spider this week. We have re-enacted the rhyme in the water area, enjoyed turn taking whilst playing the Incy Wincy Spider board game and produced fabulous writing and paintings of Incy Wincy Spider. We also improved our fine motor skills in the finger gym and play dough area by creating lots of legs for the spiders.
Nursery rhymes are very important for children’s future literacy development as they improve speaking and listening skills, which give children a solid foundation for future success in reading and writing. By singing familiar rhymes children learn about auditory discrimination, develop a rich range of language and phonemic awareness. Therefore, we kindly ask that you continue to sing a variety of nursery rhymes daily at home to instil a love for rhymes.
Here are a few photographs of the activities we have enjoyed this week and useful home learning activities linked to this topic.
It has been lovely to welcome back all of the children this week after our Christmas break. The children have been very excited to see their friends and talk about the fun activities they have been doing with their families during the half term.
Afternoon Nursery have started the year by focusing our learning around our new book topic ‘Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers’. This story enables opportunities for the children to explore the themes of winter and friendship. Friendship is especially important this term as we will be welcoming some new friends to our Nursery during our January intake of pupils. We are very excited to meet all of our new friends and to complete our fun activities.
We will keep you updated with photographs below to show our learning over the upcoming weeks.
This week we have been learning about the importance of the Advent Wreath. We were very lucky to have a visitor, Edie from Churchview farm, who came into school to demonstrate how to make our very own. Afterwards we went back to class and discussed the different symbols that the Advent Wreath represents, made our own instructions and then created our Nursery Advent Wreath which we carefully placed on our Come and See table.
This week we have explored the seven areas of learning through the story focus ‘Delicious – a pumpkin soup story by Helen Cooper’. We started the week by writing a PLOD (possible lines of development) focused around the children’s interests of what they wanted to learn based on our story. All the children had fabulous ideas which we have completed throughout the week.
The children have really enjoyed this topic and were so pleased to invite their ‘grown ups’ to see them in their learning environment at our Stay & Play afternoon. This was a fantastic opportunity for families to see their child learning through play and so settled in their new nursery.
Thank you to all the adults who attended this fun afternoon. We will be arranging stay and play sessions each half term on different days to allow all adults the opportunity to see their child in school. Below are a selection of photographs from the stay & play session.
This term our topics have included ‘This is Me’ and ‘Autumn’. We have already squeezed so much learning into this short term. Here are some photographs below to show a snap shot of the activities we have enjoyed so far.
What a fantastic start to the new school year! All the children have settled in so well to their new school routine and are looking so smart in their new ‘big boy’ or ‘big girl’ uniform.
In nursery we are committed to ensuring full coverage of the EYFS Curriculum, as well as acting upon current research into effective Early Years pedagogy when planning purposeful, first-hand experiences and opportunities.
During our afternoon session we enable children to be active, independent learners by providing a safe, stimulating and exciting indoor and outdoor learning environment, in which children are encouraged and supported to develop critical thinking skills in order to achieve their maximum potential.
This page will be used to keep you up to date with photographs of all our fabulous learning that takes place during the afternoon session. I aim to keep this page updated regularly with our current topics and any important information will be added to our notice board in the cloakroom. However, if you have any queries please don’t hesitate to speak to me at the start or the end of each day.
Thank you for your continued support, Mrs Duke and Mrs Davey.
· Snack money is £1.50 per week and to be paid on a Monday morning if possible please. Children receive snack twice a day and any extra money is spent on baking/playdough ingredients and messy play activities.
· Home Time – the Nursery door will be opened at 3.00pm until 3.05pm for children leaving nursery at 3pm (Please note if you pick up your child later than this time you will be charged £2 for the child care cost of the 3pm-3.30pm session). The Nursery door will then close until 3.20pm when it will be opened for children leaving at 3.30pm. This is to enable parents to pick up nursery children from school first before older siblings. We hope this does not cause any inconvenience to our parents but opening and closing the door can be very disruptive to our nursery children who are still learning and it also takes a member of staff away from the children at these times.
· Our lending library and busy bags are available to borrow in our nursery cloakroom. We kindly ask if you can sign the items in and out in the record book. Thank you. (Due to the success of these home learning activities I will be providing more stories and busy bag activities in the upcoming weeks).