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Nursery – Archive 14/09/20

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Welcome to our Nursery page. Here you will find important information about our Class  routines, curriculum and general information. We will also keep you updated about the amazing activities we have been getting up to at school. Please scroll down to keep up to date with our class blog.

The government have released a list of home learning websites arranged by subject for parents and children to access at home. For nursery, access the resources linked to Early Years Foundation Stage.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-online-education-resources/coronavirus-covid-19-list-of-online-education-resources-for-home-education

September 2020

PM Pupils Only

Dear Parent/Carer,

We would like to share with you the final plan to open school and welcome back all children in September.  We are pleased to be able to share with you the details for children who would be starting Reception this year, as well as some whole school procedures.  As we are continually risk assessing and receiving new guidance, please be aware that these plans may change in the future.

Return to school Thursday 3rd September

All children will return to school on this date. In order to support the wellbeing of all our children we have decided to enable them to return to their previous year group with their previous teacher and support staff for the first two weeks of the term. This will support them in returning to familiar routines and structures of the day, whilst supporting their positive return to school.

For Reception this means that they will return via the Nursery doors to access the Nursery setting for Thursday 3rd September, Friday 4th September and week beginning 7th September. Your child will   access an afternoon session from 12.30pm – 3.30pm for these two weeks. On Friday 11th September they will have a transition visit to Reception to meet their new teachers for this year and become familiar with their new environment.

Week beginning 14th September your child will enter via the Reception doors to start their Reception class at 9am and will finish at 3pm. It is vitally important you do not arrive early to drop off your child or are late to collect your child as year 1 will be using the same entry and exit doors at 8.45am and 3.15pm. You may be asked to wait to one side while the year 1 children are entering / leaving these doors.

Start and End of School Day Procedures

So we can continue to reduce the number of people on site we continue to ask that children are dropped off and collected by ONE adult to reduce the number of parents on site. Once on site, we ask that parents walk continue to use the queuing system.  Staff will receive the children at the door and parents will follow the one-way system marked out around school to leave the school premises.

We please ask parents not to congregate on the premises for longer than is absolutely necessary. Please also ensure all children are waiting with their adult and not playing together in groups. 

At the end of the day we ask parents to enter the site and wait in the same place using the queuing system.  Children in Reception will need to be collected at 3pm prompt. The children will be brought to you by an adult one group at a time.

There will be signage and staff to point you in the right direction.

Children and staff who show symptoms

We hope that by continuing to keep the children in year group bubbles this will minimise the risk of the virus spreading.  However, this can’t be guaranteed. The following steps will be put in place:

  • NO adult or child should come onto the school site if they, or someone within their household, is displaying symptoms of COVID-19 or has been diagnosed.  Pupils with symptoms must isolate for 7 days but may return to school after this if they are symptom free.  If another member of the household is diagnosed/has symptoms, then the pupil must isolate for 14 days.  This is in accordance with the Government advice. A negative test result means the child can return sooner.
  • If a child becomes unwell at school, or displays symptoms, they will be removed from their group by an adult wearing PPE.  They will be kept isolated until an adult collects them.  It is expected they will be collected immediately and a test is arranged by parents.  They will not be able to return to school for at least 7 days. A negative test result means the child can return sooner.

How parents can help us

We hope that we can continue to work together to look after our school community during these continuing strange times.  We hope parents are understanding about the measures we have put in place and acknowledge these are not to cause inconvenience, but to help us continue to do the best for the staff and children.  Please do not hesitate to contact school via telephone or email if you have any queries or concerns.

We are really looking forward to welcoming all our children back in September.

September 2020

AM Pupils Only

Dear Parent/Carer,

We would like to share with you the final plan to open school and welcome back all children in September.  We are pleased to be able to share with you the details for children who would be starting Reception this year, as well as some whole school procedures.  As we are continually risk assessing and receiving new guidance, please be aware that these plans may change in the future.

Return to school Thursday 3rd September

All children will return to school on this date. In order to support the wellbeing of all our children we have decided to enable them to return to their previous year group with their previous teacher and support staff for the first two weeks of the term. This will support them in returning to familiar routines and structures of the day, whilst supporting their positive return to school.

For Reception this means that they will return via the Nursery doors to access the Nursery setting for Thursday 3rd September, Friday 4th September and week beginning 7th September. Your child will   access a morning session from 8.30am – 11.30am for these two weeks. On Friday 11th September they will have a transition visit to Reception to meet their new teachers for this year and become familiar with their new environment.

Week beginning 14th September your child will enter via the Reception doors to start their Reception class at 9am and will finish at 3pm. It is vitally important you do not arrive early to drop off your child or are late to collect your child as year 1 will be using the same entry and exit doors at 8.45am and 3.15pm. You may be asked to wait to one side while the year 1 children are entering / leaving these doors.

Start and End of School Day Procedures

So we can continue to reduce the number of people on site we continue to ask that children are dropped off and collected by ONE adult to reduce the number of parents on site. Once on site, we ask that parents walk continue to use the queuing system.  Staff will receive the children at the door and parents will follow the one-way system marked out around school to leave the school premises.

We please ask parents not to congregate on the premises for longer than is absolutely necessary. Please also ensure all children are waiting with their adult and not playing together in groups. 

At the end of the day we ask parents to enter the site and wait in the same place using the queuing system.  Children in Reception will need to be collected at 3pm prompt. The children will be brought to you by an adult one group at a time.

There will be signage and staff to point you in the right direction.

Children and staff who show symptoms

We hope that by continuing to keep the children in year group bubbles this will minimise the risk of the virus spreading.  However, this can’t be guaranteed. The following steps will be put in place:

  • NO adult or child should come onto the school site if they, or someone within their household, is displaying symptoms of COVID-19 or has been diagnosed.  Pupils with symptoms must isolate for 7 days but may return to school after this if they are symptom free.  If another member of the household is diagnosed/has symptoms, then the pupil must isolate for 14 days.  This is in accordance with the Government advice. A negative test result means the child can return sooner.
  • If a child becomes unwell at school, or displays symptoms, they will be removed from their group by an adult wearing PPE.  They will be kept isolated until an adult collects them.  It is expected they will be collected immediately and a test is arranged by parents.  They will not be able to return to school for at least 7 days. A negative test result means the child can return sooner.

How parents can help us

We hope that we can continue to work together to look after our school community during these continuing strange times.  We hope parents are understanding about the measures we have put in place and acknowledge these are not to cause inconvenience, but to help us continue to do the best for the staff and children.  Please do not hesitate to contact school via telephone or email if you have any queries or concerns.

We are really looking forward to welcoming all our children back in September.

C McDermott

Mrs C McDermott

September 2020 School arrangements

Dear Parent/Carer,

We would like to share with you some of the arrangements we have made to welcome all children back for school opening in September.

Return to school Thursday 3rd September

  • All children will return to school on this date. In order to support the wellbeing of all our children we have decided to enable them to return to their previous year group with their previous teacher and support staff for the first two weeks of the term.
  • The children will complete a transition visit on Friday 11th September and start their new year group on Monday 14th September.

Start and End of School Day Procedures

So we can continue to reduce the number of people on site we continue to ask that children are dropped off and collected by ONE adult to reduce the number of parents on site. Once on site, we ask that parents continue to use the queuing system. Staff will receive the children at the door and parents will follow the one-way system marked out around school to leave the school premises.

  • We please ask parents not to congregate on the premises for longer than is absolutely necessary. Please also ensure all children are waiting with their adult and not playing together in groups. 

There will be signage and staff to point you in the right direction.

Classroom routines

Lessons

  • Children will learn in their classroom at their table facing the front of the room. Children will not move between classrooms and each child will have their own resource pack to use which will include pencils, pens, rulers etc.
  • No large gatherings will take place in school which includes key stage assemblies and singing events.

Playtimes and Lunchtimes

  • Each class will have their lunch in their classroom at a set time each day.
  • Each class will continue to access the outdoor environment for playtime one group at a time.
  • Water bottles may be brought into school and must be taken home each day to be cleaned and refilled.

Limited Resources

To further minimise the risk of contamination, we ask parents to refrain from sending their child to school with any unnecessary equipment. On warmer days, we ask parents to consider if a coat is necessary and send a hat and named bottle of sun cream into school.

Children are expected to wear full school uniform as this can be easily washed after school.

Hygiene and cleaning

Children will be asked to wash or sanitise their hands regularly. Additional cleaning will also be taking place within school throughout the day. As with government guidelines, masks will not be worn by staff or pupils. The only time a member of staff will wear a mask, is when wearing PPE in order to administer first aid. We will show all of the children what this PPE will look like in advance so they know what to expect should they need first aid treatment.

Children and staff who show symptoms

We hope that by continuing to keep the children in year group class groups this will minimise the risk of the virus spreading.  However, this can’t be guaranteed. The following steps will be put in place:

  • NO adult or child should come onto the school site if they, or someone within their household, is displaying symptoms of COVID-19 or has been diagnosed.  Pupils with symptoms must isolate for 7 days but may return to school after this if they are symptom free.  If another member of the household is diagnosed/has symptoms, then the pupil must isolate for 14 days.  This is in accordance with the Government advice. A negative test result means the child can return sooner.
  • If a child becomes unwell at school, or displays symptoms, they will be removed from their group by an adult wearing PPE.  They will be kept isolated until an adult collects them.  It is expected they will be collected immediately and a test is arranged by parents.  They will not be able to return to school for at least 7 days. A negative test result means the child can return sooner.
  • Parents must inform school if a their child or another member of their household are isolating at home.

How parents can help us

We hope that we can continue to work together to look after our school community during these continuing strange times.  We hope parents are understanding about the measures we have put in place and acknowledge these are not to cause inconvenience, but to help us continue to do the best for the staff and children.  Please do not hesitate to contact school via telephone or email if you have any queries or concerns.

We are really looking forward to welcoming all our children back in September. We have had 20 children in school all the way through lockdown and over 100 children in school since some year groups returned in June. The procedures described in this letter have worked really well throughout this difficult time and we expect them to continue to work well when all children are expected to return in September. School attendance procedures will be followed on our return.

Your sincerely

C McDermott

Mrs McDermott

Head teacher

Monday 6th July

Hi everyone.

I am still after entries for the Sports Day Challenge. Normally it would have been Sports Day at this time of year so I want you to get sporty with your family. You could have a race, take part in a game or do some Joe Wicks etc. You can send a short 5-10 second clip to my work e-mail address emma.richardson@inspiremultiacademytrust.co.uk.

Phonics this week would be continuing to play some Fred Talk Games.

Actions
This game is ideal for outdoor learning.
Fred instructs the children to clap, jump, dance etc.

  1. Say ‘Fred wants you to h-o-p’.
  2. Ask children to say ‘h-o-p’. Pause to see if they can blend and hop.
  3. Say ‘h-o-p, hop’. Ask children to repeat
  4. Pointing
    Fred asks the children to point to various things in the classroom or outdoors.
  5. Say ‘Fred wants you to point to the ‘c-l-o-ck’.
  6. Ask children to say ‘c-l-o-ck’. Pause to see if they can blend and point to the clock.
  7. Say ‘c-l-o-ck, clock’. Ask children to repeat.
    I would also recommend that you Fred Talk single syllabic words at the end of sentences throughout the day e.g. it is time for l-u-n-ch lunch, come and put on your c-oa-t-s coats.

This week’s story is Tiddler.

Can you make up your own story just like Tiddler?

Number

This week I would like you to practice your number formation with numbers 1-10 ready for moving into Reception.

Practice forming these numbers the correct way and recognising them.

Enjoy your week everyone.

Monday 29th June

Hi everyone! Hope you are all okay and enjoyed the sunshine last week.

I’ve put a new challenge on the Class Dojo this week. A sports day challenge! Normally it would have been Sports Day at this time of year so I want you to get sporty with your family. You could have a race, take part in a game or do some Joe Wicks etc. You can send a short 5-10 second clip to my work e-mail address emma.richardson@inspiremultiacademytrust.co.uk.

Phonics this week would be continuing to play some Fred Talk Games.

Animals
Fred names an animal and the children make the noise of that animal.

  1. Say ‘Fred wants you to make the noise of a h-or-se’.
  2. Ask children to say ‘h-or-se’. Pause to see if they can blend and make the noise of a
    horse.
  3. Say ‘h-or-se, horse’. Ask children to repeat
  4. Fingers
    Fred says a number and asks the children to show him that number of fingers.
  5. Say ‘Fred wants you to show him th-r-ee’.
  6. Ask children to say ‘th-r-ee’. Pause to see if they can blend and hold up three fingers.
  7. Say ‘th-r-ee, three’. Ask children to repeat.

This week’s story is Sharing A Shell by Julia Donaldson. Here is the link below.

Maths activity

For this week’s maths activitiy, I would like you to start counting the total of two groups. This is simple practical addition. There are some on the sheet below but you could also do this with everyday objects in the house. Share some objects between you and your Mam/Dad/Carer. How many do you have? How many do they have? Count them altogether.

Monday 22nd June

Hi everyone. We are continuing with the pirates theme this week and moving onto the story Pirates Love Underpants! Here is the story below.

For maths this week, I have attached a pirate counting sheet. Can you count the number of items and match/write the number? If you can’t write the number, you could represent the number using your fingers or get your grown up to help you!

Phonics this week is continuing to practice oral blending and segmenting. This is a bit tricky so if you don’t feel like your child is ready for this, please continue to practice the previous activities. Please note with the activities below, the child does not have to recognise the letters! They just need to repeat them and blend them together.

I would like you to introduce ‘fred talk’ to your children. This is where you segment a word that the children then blend together.

e.g Fred talk c – a – t Blended cat

You can do this individually or start to include it in your daily routine.

e.g. Time for b – e – d, put your h-a-t on!

Encourage your child to repeat the individual sounds and then stretch them together.

You could play a game of Fred Says.

  1. Say: Fred says put your hands on your h-e-d. Ask children to repeat. Pause to allow children to jump in with the whole word and do the action.
  2. Say: h-e-d, hed. Ask children to repeat.

Repeat with: b-a-k, t-u-m, l-e-g, h-a-n-d, f-u-t, n-ee, r-u-n, s-k-i-p, h-o-p, s-t-o-p

Topic – Science Investigation

Pirate Density Investigation

  1. Half fill your container with water and then add oil on the top.
  2. Carefully drop objects into the jar – what happens?

Some questions to start a discussion – what has happened to the oil and the water? What does it look like? Can you find something to float on each layer?

Let me know how you get on!

Have a good week everyone!

Miss Richardson x

Monday 15th June

Hi everyone! Hope you are all okay. I am very sad that we are not able to reunite just yet! I am back in school this week and I’m now working with a Reception bubble. Nursery classroom has changed massively and is now set up for 8 Reception children to attend.

We are continuing with the story of The Night Pirates this week. The link to the clip is below on last weeks blog.

As I said last week, we are continuing with the White Rose Maths activities linked to this story. They are under the week beginning 27th April.

https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/early-years/

We did days 1-3 last week so this week we are moving on to days 4 and 5.

Day 4 – Make a pirate ship! Using junk materials around your house can you make a pirate ship that can hold 5 pieces of treasure! Test out the materials for your pirate ship to see if they float or sink. A margarine tub or plastic bottle would work well! Will your ship have windows and a sail? What will your ship be called?

Day 5 – Trash or treasure – Can you look at the dominoes and find out if they are correct! Count the number of gold coins and see if the correct number is next to them. If it is, they are treasure! If not, they are trash!

Pirate counting song – this one is my favourite!

Phonics this week would be moving on to oral blending and segmenting. This is a bit tricky so if you don’t feel like your child is ready for this, please continue to practice the previous activities. Please note with the activities below, the child does not have to recognise the letters! They just need to repeat them and blend them together.

Topic

For a more creative activity, you could make a flag for your pirate ship! This could be as big or small as you like. You could make a big flag using an old white t-shirt or vest. You could make a little flag using paper and lolly sticks.

Tricky challenge – can you make your flag symmetrical? This means that both sides are the same. Some of our boys have tried this technique before by painting on one side of the paper and folding over! See what designs you can make!

Have a good week everyone!

Miss Richardson xxx

Monday 8th June

Hi everyone! Start of another week and another new story. We are going to move on slightly from Under the Sea and start looking at Pirates.

This week’s story is The Night Pirates.

Well done to everyone who took part in the snail and the whale activities from last week. White Rose also have some nice maths activities linked to the story under week beginning 27th April. I will add the links below as to which activities are appropriate for nursery children. I have listed the first three days activities and we will keep the other activities for next week!

https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/early-years/

Day 1 – Making a pirate telescope using a kitchen tube or toilet roll. Play the game sleeping pirates with members of your family.

Day 2 – Walking the plank, linked with floating and sinking! Choose a group of objects to walk the plank – do you think they will float or sink? You could use a big tub filled with water or just the bath at bath time! How many objects floated? How many sank to the bottom?

Day 3 – Treasure hunt – can you make a treasure hunt around your house? Encourage the children to describe the positions of the objects they have to find. Are they on top of the toaster? under the couch?

Phonics

We would be continuing with our voice sounds this week – making different noises/sounds with our voice.

Here is a rhyme I would like you to learn and practice with your family. It starts with the ‘woo’ sound. See what other sounds you can add into this rhyme.

Topic

For your creative activity this week, I would like you to make a treasure map. I would start by using a tea bag to stain some paper. Then design your treasure map. Here are some pictures to help you. Don’t forget X marks the spot.

Printable treasure maps for kids | Treasure maps for kids, Pirate ...


Beistle Plastic Treasure Map Party Accessory (1 Count) (1/Pkg ...

Monday 1st June

Hi everyone! Hope you all enjoyed half term/bank holiday weekend and this lovely weather we have had! I have spent lots of time trying to get my garden sorted so I can sit and enjoy some sunshine. I am back in work this week supporting our key worker and vulnerable children.

I have chosen a new story this week to go in line with the White Rose Maths work online this week. This week’s story is The Snail and the Whale.

There is also a Julia Donaldson film version available on BBC Iplayer. https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000cslw/the-snail-and-the-whale

White Rose Maths have added some maths activity ideas this week that are linked to this story that I thought were quite nice.

https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/early-years/

If you follow the link above – it will take you to this week’s maths ideas. They start with looking at spiral shapes and making different spiral shapes. There was also a fun activity using wraps and chocolate spread to make some tasty spiral snails!

Day 2 and 3 has some pictures that you can look at with your child and count how many snails they can see. They can also talk about where the snail went and what dangers the snail encountered. Day 4 would be a bit tricky for Nursery children but Day 5 making wiggly worm trails would still be fun and achievable!

In phonics this week we would have been moving on to voice sounds – making different noises using our voices.

Topic learning

This week, can you go on a nature walk and find any snails or any other bugs? How many can you find? What do they look like?

Draw or make a representation of what you find using creative materials!

Enjoy your week everyone, take care!

Miss Richardson x

Monday 18th May

Hi everyone! Hope you are keeping busy and managing to enjoy some of the nice weather we have had. I spent last week in school looking after our key worker children. We enjoyed some of the nice weather and had a nice fish and chips treat on Friday.

This week in phonics we are continuing with our alliteration theme – finding words that start with the same sound! Here is a poster with lots of hidden ‘a’ words.

Can you make the ‘a’ sound? Can you think of any other words that start with the ‘a’ sound? Can you find anything in your house that starts with ‘a’? Note: this is ‘a’ like at the start of ‘apple’ and ‘ant’.

Maths

This week we are recapping 2D shapes. Start by listening to the shape song – this is one of our favourites!

We also love to play the shape monster game and feed the 2D shapes to the correct monster. Find it here https://www.topmarks.co.uk/early-years/shape-monsters

You could go on a 2D shape hunt around your house! How many circles can you find? There are lots of circles in my living room!

Creative activity

I saw this little craft activity online and thought it would be a nice one to do at home (now that I can get eggs again in the shops). Can you make your own ocean in an egg box? What under the sea animals might you add to your egg box?

Egg Carton Ocean Craft - The Imagination Tree

Have a good week everyone! Take care.

Miss Richardson x

Monday 11th May

Hi everyone! Hope everyone is taking care and staying safe.

This week we are starting a new story – The Fish Who Could Wish

In the story, the fish wishes for lots of different things! I want you to start by thinking of what you would like to wish for. Can you tell your grown up? Try making a full sentence.. I would wish for… Ask your parents and brothers and sisters what they would wish for.

Can you draw a picture of your wish?

Phonics

Last week, I asked you to start looking for words that start with the same sound and play some odd one out games! This week, I want you to play some I Spy. Now this could be in your house or using the picture below. Can you find all the words that start with the same letter as your name? What about the letter p or m? What else can you see?

Maths

This week, we would have started looking at different patterns we could make with stones and colours. Can you find any patterns in your home? Can you make a repeating pattern? Try some of the challenges below.

Science/Understanding the World

The last activity for you to try this week is a little science experiment. We love doing science experiments in nursery and have very curious little minds. This science experiment is focused on floating and sinking in water versus salt water (to replicate the sea). This should provoke lots of interesting discussions with your children about what they can see and why they think it might be different. Don’t forget to keep sending your photos in of your fabulous learning.

Have a good week everyone!

Monday 4th May

Hi everyone! Wanted to start with a well done to everyone who made Rainbow Fish last week – they were fab! Pictures can be found in our Nursery Gallery. I wanted to continue with the Rainbow Fish this week – there is another story called Rainbow Fish and the Big Blue Whale – you can find this here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQbO9h8cRyw

In Phonics – we would have moved on to Phase 1 Aspect 5 – which is alliteration and initial sound. This is where children can identify words that start with the same sound.

Odd One Out

You could start with a game of odd one out – this is where you choose four pictures/objects where three start with the same sound and one is different. For example, pig, pen, parrot, frog – you repeat these words with your child – can they identify which word has a different sound? It is all about listening and identifying the sounds – not recognising the letters at this point! Here are some more ideas –

Maths activity

Use a number line to help you identify the correct number and copy it down!

Creative activity

I loved seeing all your Rainbow Fish from last week. Can you make his whale friend?

Whale Craft for Kids with Free Printable Template - Buggy and Buddy

Have a good week everyone! Keep sending your pictures in 🙂 I love to see what you are up all up to. Take care x Miss Richardson x

Monday 27th April

Hi everyone! Hope you have had a good week and are enjoying the sunshine. This week we would have been starting the story of The Rainbow Fish. This is one of my favourite stories from school – our classroom used to have a rainbow fish and if you were star of the week, you got to decorate a fish scale!

Listen to the story – was the rainbow fish being a kind friend? How did he feel at the start of the story? How did he feel at the end of the story?

Creative challenge – Can you make your own rainbow fish? You could use tin foil to make his shiny fish scales.

Phonics challenge – we would have been continuing to practice rhythm and rhyme within our phonics sessions – here are some home learning ideas you can continue to practice!

Have a good week everyone and don’t forget to keep sending me your photos in! I am missing your smiling faces!

Miss Richardson x

Monday 20th April

Hi everyone! Hope you are all keeping safe and well and enjoying some quality time at home with your families. I am missing you all loads and I’m even missing Mrs Ross and Mrs Green! I have been in school the last couple of weeks to keep me busy as I currently live on my own. On my days off, I walk round to my Dad’s and pick up his dogs and take them out for a walk. I have been trying to do the Joe Wicks at home and realised how unfit I am, those work outs are hard! I am watching lots of Disney+ and baking lots of treats. Last week, I tried to make Salted Caramel brownies – they didn’t look the part but they tasted great!

I know you may be struggling for home learning ideas at this point – the government list of websites is really handy and the websites linked to Early Years are great. I would also recommend Cbeebies games – they have lots of educational games that your children will be used to playing on from school. Don’t worry about doing too much, I understand some of you may be working from home and may find it difficult to home school! Little and often is fine!

Our new topic was going to be Under the Sea. You could start by looking at which animals live under the sea – can you find any facts about under the sea animals? Can you draw an animal that lives under the sea?

Massive thank you to all the parents who sent in photos for our nursery video – it made me so happy to see all your smiling faces. Stay safe, stay home and keep being good! I can’t wait until we are all back together again and having fun at nursery!

Take care, Miss Richardson x

Friday 13th March  

Nursery

Our Topic this term is Traditional Stories and Rhymes

This week

  • This week we have continued the story of The Little Red Hen.
  • We wanted to make bread like the Little Red Hen this week. We started to look at the ingredients and talk about how we would make the bread. On Tuesday, we made the bread dough and baked it in the oven. On Wednesday, we had bread and butter for snack. It was delicious!
  • We have started practicing for our class assembly on the 1st April. Some children may be bringing out lines to learn.
  • On Friday, it was Sports Relief. Thank you for all the donations. The children enjoyed taking part in some games in the sports hall.
  • Key dates – Morning trip 24th March – Wharton Park
  • Afternoon trip 25th March – Wharton Park   

Attendance: Full time:

Part time:

Key Dates and Reminders

  • Morning session 8.30 – 11.30
  • Afternoon session 12.30 – 3.30
  • 30hr session – 8.30 – 2.30
  • The gate is opened during the day by nursery staff. Please be on time to drop off and collect your child. The gate is closed 5 minutes after the start/finish time. Any late children should be taken to the office to be signed in as late.

Friday 6th March  

Nursery

Our Topic this term is Traditional Stories and Rhymes

This week

  • This week we have started a new story of The Little Red Hen – we have been practicing acting as the characters in the story.  
  • We discussed the little red hen and his friends and looked at what makes us a good friend.
  • On Thursday, it was World Book Day. The children loved coming in and sharing their costumes with each other. We used our drawing skills to draw a representation of our costumes.
  • Huge thank you to the parents that came in to share a story with their child. The children loved having you in nursery and sharing our books with you.
  • Key dates – Sports Relief is on Friday 13th March. Children can wear their sports clothes for a £1 donation.  

Attendance: Full time: 95.8%

Part time: 94.9%

Key Dates and Reminders

  • Morning session 8.30 – 11.30
  • Afternoon session 12.30 – 3.30
  • 30hr session – 8.30 – 2.30
  • The gate is opened during the day by nursery staff. Please be on time to drop off and collect your child. The gate is closed 5 minutes after the start/finish time. Any late children should be taken to the office to be signed in as late.

Friday 28th February

Our topic this term is Traditional Stories and Rhymes

This week

  • We would like to welcome you back after half term! We hope you enjoyed your holidays and made the most of the snow before coming back!
  • It was well-being week this week in school which meant we were off time table and taking part in lots of fun events!
  • We started the week by wearing yellow for mental health awareness. We talked about ways we could make ourselves and our friends feel happy and who we could talk to if we felt sad.   
  • On Wednesday, the circus came into school. We watched a circus performance in the main hall. We then took part in circus workshops. The circus showed us how to do magic tricks with a small bit of fabric. They taught us how to pencil roll on the mats. We also played some games using the hula hoops.
  • On Thursday, Year 6 came down to accompany us on a well-being walk around the school grounds. We paired up with our older children who shared a walk with us in the sunshine.
  • On Friday, we were lucky to have yoga in school. We took part in some mindfulness and practised our yoga moves! What a fantastic week.
  • Key dates – World Book Day on Thursday. Parents are invited in to share a story with their child. AM session 11am – 11.30am. Full time session 2 – 2.30pm. PM Session 3 – 3.30pm.

Friday 14th February  

Nursery

Our Topic this term is Traditional Stories and Rhymes

This week

  • This week we have continued with the story of Thumbelina. We acted out the story using our Read Write Inc techniques – we were very good at retelling the beginning, middle and end of the story.
  • We made castles for Thumbelina using our construction skills in lego, blocks, sand and playdough.   
  • We have enjoyed making castles on Purple Mash using the iPads.     
  • On Friday, we were very lucky to have the Beacon of Light in to deliver a nursery rhyme themed sports session. We started with a warm up, running in and out of the farms and practicing standing on one leg and walking backwards. We then learnt some football skills, doing big kicks and little kicks to move the ball. We had a fantastic time!
  • We hope you all have a lovely half term break! We are back on Tuesday 25th February.
  • Key dates – week beginning Tuesday 25th February is Parents Evening! Please do not miss your scheduled appointment. We will send you a reminder via Class Dojo. Thank you.

Attendance: Full time: 95.8%

Part time: 95.2%

Key Dates and Reminders

  • Morning session 8.30 – 11.30
  • Afternoon session 12.30 – 3.30
  • 30hr session – 8.30 – 2.30
  • The gate is opened during the day by nursery staff. Please be on time to drop off and collect your child. The gate is closed 5 minutes after the start/finish time. Any late children should be taken to the office to be signed in as late.

Friday 7th February  

Nursery

Our Topic this term is Traditional Stories and Rhymes

This week

  • This week we have moved our focus to the story of Thumeblina. We have also learnt some new nursery rhymes – Rock-a-bye-baby and Miss Polly had a Dolly
  • We started the week listening to the story of Thumbelina and looking at what happens in the story. We watched the Hans Christian Anderson video of Thumbelina dancing.  
  • We made toadstools for Thumbelina and added the correct number of spots using finger paints.    
  • We had Show and Tell this week and enjoyed sharing our toys and books with our friends.
  • Our areas changed this week in line with our new story. We have been exploring watercolours in our investigation area. We have a new fairy garden in our small world area. We have been making magic wands using beads and pipe cleaners in our finger gym.
  • Key date – Friday 14th February – Beacon of Light sports day

Attendance: Full time: 95.8%

Part time: 95.2%

Key Dates and Reminders

  • Morning session 8.30 – 11.30
  • Afternoon session 12.30 – 3.30
  • 30hr session – 8.30 – 2.30
  • The gate is opened during the day by nursery staff. Please be on time to drop off and collect your child. The gate is closed 5 minutes after the start/finish time. Any late children should be taken to the office to be signed in as late.

Friday 31st January  

Nursery

Our Topic this term is Traditional Stories and Rhymes

This week

  • This week we have moved our focus to the Teddy Bear’s Picnic nursery rhyme.  
  • We started the week talking about picnics we might have been on and which food we would like for a picnic.
  • We have been counting the cakes for Daddy Bear’s picnic and matching the correct number!   
  • We used the iPads to create representations of teddy bears using Purple Mash.
  • Finally, on Thursday, we brought our teddy bears into nursery for a picnic! We made our own sandwiches and enjoyed cakes, sausage rolls, crisps and juice I think the teddy’s had a lovely time and would come back again soon!    
  • Next week we start a new story Thumbelina!
  • Key date – Thursday 6th February Show and Tell!

Attendance: Full time: 95.8%

Part time: 95.2%

Key Dates and Reminders

  • Morning session 8.30 – 11.30
  • Afternoon session 12.30 – 3.30
  • 30hr session – 8.30 – 2.30
  • The gate is opened during the day by nursery staff. Please be on time to drop off and collect your child. The gate is closed 5 minutes after the start/finish time. Any late children should be taken to the office to be signed in as late.

Friday 24th January

Nursery

Our Topic this term is Traditional Stories and Rhymes

This week

  • This week we have started a new story – Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Our new rhymes this week is Teddy Bear’s Picnic.
  • We used our creative design skills to build beds and chairs from the story!
  • We have done lots of talking and comparisons about size this week. We have been comparing the sizes big, medium and small and sorting the objects for the three bears.  
  • We made Baby Bear’s porridge this week and had a taste of sweet porridge and salty porridge!   
  • Our environment changed again this week – we have been investigating hard and soft materials in the investigation area, we have been scooping up the porridge using spoons in the finger gym and we have been having a picnic with the teddy bear’s in small world.

Key Dates and Reminders

  • Morning session 8.30 – 11.30
  • Afternoon session 12.30 – 3.30
  • 30hr session – 8.30 – 2.30
  • The gate is opened during the day by nursery staff. Please be on time to drop off and collect your child. The gate is closed 5 minutes after the start/finish time. Any late children should be taken to the office to be signed in as late.

Friday 6th December

Nursery

Our Topic this half term is Transport!

This week

  • This week we have started a new story – The Naughty Bus!  
  • We used our creative skills to make a naughty bus using playdough or creative materials – we used different shapes to make the windows and wheels.  
  • We practiced our counting skills in our naughty bus maths area. We started by rolling the dice and counting how many people got on the bus. We were able to say which bus had more passengers.
  • We enjoyed two trips to the Northern Stage this week to see Wolf! Thank you to all the parent helpers who came! The children had a fantastic time.. there’s a wolf, pass it on!  
  • Thank you to everyone who has joined the class dojo app! We hope you enjoy seeing what we get up to in nursery!
  • 30 hour codes need renewing this half term ready for January!

Friday 22nd November

Nursery

Our Topic this half term is Transport!

This week

  • This week we have continued on with our story The Train Ride – we talked about what the characters could see out of the train window. They could see hot air balloons!
  • We used our cutting skills to cut out stripes to make our own stripy hot air balloons.
  • It was Road Safety week this week so on Wednesday and Thursday we learnt about how to keep ourselves safe when travelling to and from nursery.
  • We played some road safety games in the main hall – learning which colour mean stop and which colour means go.
  • Thank you to everyone who has joined the class dojo app! We hope you enjoy seeing what we get up to in nursery!
  • Morning/Full time children – Trip to Northern Stage Monday 25th November – Morning children to be collected at the later time 12pm
  • Afternoon children – Trip to Northern Stage Tuesday 26th November – Afternoon children to come in to nursery at the earlier time of 12pm.

Attendance: Full time: 82.9%

Part time: 78.3%

Friday 15th November

Nursery

Our Topic this half term is Transport!

This week

  • We have been very busy this week in Nursery. We started the week with Remembrance Day. We discussed why we have Remembrance Day and what the poppy represents. We talked about what the poppy looked like and decided to make our own in playdough and the creative area!
  • We started our Transport topic this week with the children. We have started by reading the story The Train Ride.
  • We used 2D shapes to make our own representations of trains. We did a fantastic job!
  • Children enjoyed wearing their spots this week for Children in Need. We played lots of fun games including Pudsey Says! Thank you to everyone who donated.
  • Thank you to everyone who came to the Class Dojo meeting and who has signed up to the Class Dojo app. We hope this is going to improve communication between nursery and home. If anyone still needs their parent code, please see Miss Richardson!
  • Morning/Full time children – Trip to Northern Stage Monday 25th November – Morning children to be collected at the later time 12pm
  • Afternoon children – Trip to Northern Stage Tuesday 26th November – Afternoon children to come in to nursery at the earlier time of 12pm.

Attendance: Full time: 79%

Part time:       79.3%

Friday 8th November

Nursery

Our Topic this half term is Transport!

This week

  • Welcome back from a lovely half term! We hope you enjoyed relaxing and spending time with your family.
  • We were back with a bang this week and started with a Halloween disco! The children loved wearing their Halloween costumes to nursery!
  • Our classroom environment has changed and we now have a train station. The children are enjoying making tickets and travelling on the train.
  • We also got excited about bonfire night this week and made lots of firework pictures.   
  • We used the iPads to make fireworks on Purple Mash! The children did a fantastic job.  
  • We also had French Friday this week! The children dressed up in red, white and blue. We learnt the nursery rhyme ‘frere jacques’ and made a French flag using our handprints.
  • Huge thank you to all the parents who attended the stay and play. The children loved sharing their learning with you and it was a nice opportunity for parents to look in journals. We will be doing another stay and play in the spring term!
  • Thank you to everyone who made topic projects! They are fantastic and are a lovely addition to our classroom!
  • Parent meeting – Class Dojo – Monday 11th November 3.30pm MAIN SCHOOL HALL

Attendance: Full time: 95.2%

Part time:       86%

Key Dates and Reminders

  • Morning session 8.30 – 11.30
  • Afternoon session 12.30 – 3.30
  • 30hr session – 8.30 – 2.30
  • The gate is opened during the day by nursery staff. Please be on time to drop off and collect your child. The gate is closed 5 minutes after the start/finish time. Any late children should be taken to the office to be signed in as late.

Friday 25th October

Nursery

Our Topic this half term is Houses and Homes

This week

  • This week we have started to get excited for Halloween!
  • Our classroom environment changed and we had a witches’ house, a spider finger gym and a pumpkin sensory tray!
  • We enjoyed making magic counting potions for the witch and adding lots of different ingredients including bats, eyeballs and spider’s legs!  
  • We have loved exploring pumpkins this week, using the scoops to scoop out the seeds.
  • We made pumpkins in different ways! We drew our own pumpkins and cut them out using the scissors. We also used the iPads to create our own pumpkin.
  • Thank you for all the donations of tea, coffee and jam this week! It was a fantastic success and the children loved being in non-uniform.
  • Have a fantastic half term and enjoy the rest!
  • Stay and Play after the holidays – Thursday 7th November
  • Mornings 11-11.30am
  • Afternoon/30hr children 2pm – 3pm

Friday 18th October

Nursery

Our Topic this half term is Houses and Homes

This week

  • This week we have continued our topic, Houses and Homes.
  • We have been learning all about shapes this week! We started our week by learning what the shapes were called and singing some shape songs.
  • We went for a walk around the school to see if we could find any shapes! We found lots of shapes in the library and on our displays!  
  • We had Show and Tell this week which was a fabulous success. The children enjoyed bringing in their favourite toy/book and sharing it with the class and they were all still in one piece by the end of the day! Fantastic!
  • We wore red on Friday in support of ‘Show Racism the Red Card’. Thank you for all the donations to such a worthy cause. We took part in some fun sporty activities in the main hall. Miss Richardson enjoyed the day in her red dressing gown!

Attendance: Full time: 97%

Part time: 92.7%

Friday 11th October

Nursery

Our Topic this half term is Houses and Homes

This week

  • This week we have continued our topic, Houses and Homes.
  • We read the story “New House for Mouse” and explored the features of our own homes and the features of a new house for Mouse.
  • We made a representation of our lovely house using given shapes.
  • We learned a new song to help us count in sequence “1,2,3,4,5 Once I Caught a Fish Alive.”
  • We wore yellow and took part in wellbeing activities e.g. listening to calming music, Yoga and rainbow painting our pebbles. We all feel relaxed and refreshed now.

Friday 4th October

Nursery

Our Topic this half term is Houses and Homes

This week

  • This week we have continued our topic, Houses and Homes.
  • We read the story “Tom Goes to Nursery” and explored different feelings, happy, sad, scared, and excited.
  • We focused on our bathroom this week! We talked about why we wash our hands and brush our teeth.
  • We learned a new song “5 White Teeth.”

Attendance: Full time: 97.4%

Part time: 90.1%

Friday 27th September

Nursery

Our Topic this half term is Houses and Homes

This week

  • This week we have started our new topic Houses and Homes.
  • We read the story Quiet! This week. In the story, the little girl walks around her house and hears lots of noises! We talked about the different noises that we hear in our house and which noises we hear in different rooms.
  • We focused on our kitchens this week! We talked about what we do in the kitchen and what you might find.
  • We talked about our favourite foods this week and made plates with our favourite food on!

Friday 20th September

Nursery

Our Topic this half term is Houses and Homes

This week

  • We would like to say a big welcome back to our nursery children and a huge welcome to our new nursery starters. We have had a busy week settling in our children to the new nursery environment and routine.
  • Last week, we started to explore some new resources. We have set up our dolls house with furniture and the children are enjoying playing Mams and Dads.
  • We are settling into our lunchtime routine and enjoying eating our dinners in the big dinner hall.

Attendance: Full time: 89.1%

Part time: 97.3%

Friday 13th September

Nursery

Our Topic this half term is Houses and Homes

This week

  • We would like to say a big welcome back to our nursery children and a huge welcome to our new nursery starters. We have had a busy week settling in our children to the new nursery environment and routine.
  • A little introduction to the nursery staff – Miss Richardson is the nursery teacher. Mrs Green and Mrs Ross are the teaching assistants in nursery and also our lunchtime supervisors!
  • The boys and girls are enjoying exploring our environment. We had a good time choosing outside on the climbing equipment and big slide.
  • We are settling into our lunchtime routine and enjoying eating our dinners in the big dinner hall.

Key Dates and Reminders

  • Morning session 8.30 – 11.30
  • Afternoon session 12.30 – 3.30
  • 30hr session – 8.30 – 2.30
  • The gate is opened during the day by nursery staff. Please be on time to drop off and collect your child. The gate is closed 5 minutes after the start/finish time. Any late children should be taken to the office to be signed in as late.
  • There is no need to send bottled water into school as staff will provide the children with cool drinks.Please try to ensure your child is in school every day and on time.