November 10, 2017 at 12:28 pm
The children were excited to share their experiences of bonfire night with us. Not many of the children knew why we celebrated bonfire night so we showed them a short story to explain who Guy Fawkes and what he tried to do.
We have been busy learning to count forwards to 20 and back from 5/10 to 0. Lots of number songs have been sung and we have practised counting 3 objects and marking the number 3.
In phonics we have been on a sound hunt, we had to hear 5, shhhh what can you hear? We heard clocks ticking, elephants, stomping, rabbits jumping, monkeys, wolves and so much more!
Over the last 2 weeks the children have had the opportunity to buy a poppy band, reflector badge or ruler. We asked the children if they knew why so many people we wearing a flower. They managed to tell us it was called a poppy and it was red. We watched a lovely short story about a rabbit and how he felt before, during and after the War.
(Copy and paste the link in to your browser for this Cbeebies short story called ‘Poppies’ –https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/cbeebies/episode/b04p4zsl/poppies )
Another fun week…
Terrific Tapestry Tutorials
Thank you to all the parents/carers who made it to one of our Tapestry Tutorials. We hope you found it really useful. Well done to those who have since sent in observations from home, fantastic! For those who didn’t make it we will be sending out 2 booklets to help you use Tapestry effectively: one is for using it on a computer and the other a mobile device such as phone or tablet. We would urge anyone who hasn’t activated their account to please do so. If you need further support, please let us know and we would be happy to show you how it works.
Have a great weekend.
The Nursery team
November 10, 2017 at 11:15 am
We’ve had an active week in RH this week as the children have been asking to do exercise! Zaynab planned an active maths lesson where we had to run and hunt for numbers. We then had to count jumps, hops and twirls. The children have also been looking at number lines and using them to help them to help work out ‘one more than’ and ‘one less than’. We have also talked about what exercise is and why it is so important.
Number hunt and ‘active maths’. Some children were very crafty during our number hunt and found numbers on the hop scotch.
In PE, the children did lots of activities to get their heart rates up, including dancing, jumping on trampolines, performing stretches, running and so on.
Here is the song the children used in their warm up if you’d like to have a go at home:
Snails and Slugs
The children have been very interested in some snail and slug trails they found in the hall. They thought that they needed cleaning up so they wrote letters to Mr Harris. Some children then made snail and slug homes to put in the hall with a note explaining that they could sleep in there. We went to check the homes and found some slugs and snails in there. We decided to write letters to the snails and slugs asking why they were coming to school. We practised spelling the tricky word ‘to’ at the beginning of our letters and we looked at segmenting sounds in words to write them.
The letters were sent to the snails and slugs and they wrote back to us saying that they were coming into school because it was warm.
The children have been holding the snails and slugs, making pictures using chalks and pastels, looking at non-fiction books about snails and slugs and have read ‘The Snail and the Whale’ and looked at rhyming words. We have also looked at snail and slug habitats and have made a snail home outside.
We haven’t learnt any new phonemes this week as we have been focusing on forming the phonemes that have been taught correctly, and also blending.
Our tricky word this week was ‘into’. The children were able to spot that it was two words stuck together.
The children have been practising writing the tricky words that have been taught this week. We’re very impressed with how their cursive letter formation is progressing. We have included a cursive handwriting sheet at the back of the children’s Communication Books so you can see how each letter is formed correctly.
November 3, 2017 at 3:58 pm
Halloween played a big part in RF this week. Lots of the children had been to parties over the weekend and were keen to continue the theme in school.
Some children went to our farm and returned with pumpkins and other large vegetables to carve into exciting lanterns. The next day Mr Catto supported them to carve out the vegetables and give them scary faces. As you can see from the photographs, it was very hard work but the results were excellent. We continued this theme in PE and the children pretended to be witches making potions. They were so involved we forgot to take any pictures!
One of our focus children had been to the opticians during the holidays and wanted to set one up in class. Lots of other children helped to find all the things we needed and then had lots of fun taking on a role.
Outside provision continues to be very popular and some children decided to have races on the bikes. Miss Kear acted as the starter and judge. Some children also played football. Lots of energy was used that day.
Don’t forget to sign up for our Tapestry information sessions next week and you should have received your parents’ evening appointments.
Have a good weekend.
November 3, 2017 at 3:02 pm
Welcome back to school! We hope everyone enjoyed having a week off school. The children have come back full of enthusiasm and have settled back in to our routines.
We have had a busy week…
We are signing lots of counting songs. This week we have focused on counting up to 10 and 20 and back from 10 to 0. The children have all had a go at counting 2 objects and writing the number 2. Some children compared their feet with their friends so we decided to use chalk to draw around them and use match sticks to measure how long our feet were.
We have had some purple sand and paint brushes in a large tray on the floor to encourage children to mark make. We have also been playing lots of listening games.
Nursery are having an open evening on Tuesday and Wednesday next week. You are welcome to drop in and have a chat. No appointments are necessary.
Our ‘Terrific Tapestry’ tutorials start next week. Please sign up if you haven’t already done so we would really like to see as many parents there as possible. If you can’t make a session then please let us know and we can arrange a mini tutorial.
We hope you have a great weekend, enjoy the fireworks!
The Nursery team.
October 31, 2017 at 4:06 pm
Terrific Tapestry Tutorial
We would like to invite you to our launch of ‘Tapestry’. We are offering a short session to help your understanding of how Tapestry can work for you and your child. We will show you how to log in to Tapestry, respond to an observation, create and send your own. We can’t emphasise enough what a great learning tool Tapestry is: it helps us to get to know your child and you get to see what they do at school and how they are developing.
The following dates are available for you to discover how terrific Tapestry is:
Monday 6th November – 1pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm
Wednesday 8th November – 9am and 10.30am
Friday 10th November – 1pm and 2.30pm
We would like to see as many parents as possible attending. If any of the above dates or times don’t work for you then please let us know and we would be happy to arrange more.
October 19, 2017 at 4:16 pm
This week has been a busy last week of term. The children all had their school photos taken on their own and with siblings. During story time we have been learning all about the Hindu festival – Diwali. The children listened to the story of Rama and Sita. We know it is the called the festival of light. To listen to the story please copy the link below in to your internet browser…
Don’t forget tomorrow is a training day so school is closed.
Tapestry accounts should be active now. Please make sure you sign up for a ‘Tapestry Tutorial’ to help support you using it effectively. The sessions will past about 30 minutes.
If you have any spare clothes – trousers, leggings, pants, socks and tops we would love to have them in Nursery. Ideally if your child has spare clothes on their peg this does help of they get wet!
We have been busy learning about the number 1 and singing counting songs. In phonics we have been listening to environmental sounds and using instruments to tap out words using syllables, for example tri-angle. The children also played their instruments according to whether the quiet or loud puppet was shown.
We would like to wish our Hindu families a ‘Happy Diwali’. Have a great week off school and we look forward to seeing you back to school on Monday 30th October.
The Nursery Team