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Autumn Term 2021
All the children are invited to our Christmas parties. One is on Thursday morning and one on Friday morning. If your child does not normally attend on either of these days an email has been sent to invite them to one of the mornings. There will be Christmas fun, games, music and a festive snack. We look forward to celebrating with all the children.
It's Beginning To Look A Bit Like Christmas...
Nursery is getting ready for the festive season. We have put our Christmas tree up, thanks to the children helping to figure out how to put it together and then hanging lots of twinkly decorations.
The children have had the opportunity to make lots of different decorations for their home. They have made:
Tinsel angel tree toppers from cardboard tubes covered in tinfoil, doily wings and tinsel hair.
Cardboard cut out tree decorations which the children coloured green and then added plenty of tinsel or glitter.
Rainbow scratched Christmas decorations with magnetic backs.
A handprint Christmas tree collage for one of our display boards. The children used different coloured green paints to make the tree and then added multi coloured foam baubles.
Santa Advent calendars, counting and drawing 24 circles ready to have cotton wool glued on as the count down to Christmas begins.
Christmas bunting by painting many envelopes with red and green patterns, stripes, spots, bells, angels and more. The envelopes were then strung together to make the bunting. A very effective use of envelopes.
Pasta wreaths, painting pasta bows by shaking them in jars full of paint and glitter and then gluing them to a cardboard ring.
Everything looks spectacular!
The children made some glittery play dough, they used a cup measure to place the correct amount of ingredients in a saucepan. They then added a very good squeeze of food colouring and plenty of glitter. A teacher added the hot water and stirred it together. When it had cooled enough the children kneaded the warm dough into a large ball. They then rolled, moulded and manipulated into different shapes. A favourite was a sparkly snowman. We had some excellent versions including some interesting melted snowmen!
The children painted a compostable pot, some painted Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer while others did more abstract designs. They then added earth and a daffodil bulb, being careful to place the bulb the right way up. They added a bit more earth to cover the bulb. The whole pot can be planted in your garden ready for Spring.
Wet Weather Play
On a rainy day the children had fun with our umbrellas. Twirling them whilst keeping themselves dry as they floated ducks down the gutters! They counted the ducks as they floated down the gutters. They then raced the ducks, adding more and more water down the gutters so the ducks floated faster and faster. Whose will win? Come on number 2!
There wasn't a lot of snow but we made the most of it this week. Collecting it from any horizontal surface in wheelbarrows using the dustpan and brushes. We made a snowman and a snowman's friend. We even carved a tiny carrot for their noses!
Please let us know, if you haven't already, if you would like the lovely Christmas artwork the children have made. They are £5 each, every child has made one.
Please remember that applications for primary schools have to be made by January 15th. Applications online can be made from November 3rd. Please click on the following link for more information:
Dates For Your Diary
We are hoping we will be able to run events this year so in anticipation of this we are planning the following:
Sports Day - Tuesday June 14th (June 21st if postponed due to rain). All children and parents invited.
The Royal Foundation Research
In 2020, The Royal Foundation commissioned Ipsos MORI to conduct a major research study, exploring what the UK thinks about the early years. (https://mk0royalfoundatcnhl0.kinstacdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Ipsos-MORI-SON_report_FINAL_V2.4.pdf
There are three main themes that emerge from this research:
1. The importance of promoting education and dissemination of evidence on the primacy of the early years to parents, parents of the future and the whole of society.
2. The need to cultivate and sustain more support networks for parents to enhance their mental health and wellbeing.
3. Encouraging society as a whole to be more supportive of parents, carers and families in the early years.
What we experience in the early years, from conception to the age of five, shapes the developing brain, which is why positive physical, emotional and cognitive development during this period is so crucial.
Please see the following leaflet to explore this further:
Family Learning Courses Online - New Courses added
Buckinghamshire Adult Learning are running free workshop for parents of early years children to help support early language, play development and healthy, active lifestyles. The short courses are practical and provide valuable opportunities for parents to meet virtually, talk, share ideas and explore how to support their child's development. Please click on the following link to see the flyer for more information:
Buckinghamshire Healthy Start poster amended (1).pdf
Please stay at home if anyone in your household, develops a temperature or cough, isolating for 10 days. Symptoms are:
- A high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)
- A new, continuous cough
- A loss of taste or smell
Please follow social distancing advice and keep your distance to protect all those who are most vulnerable.
A UK wide campaign has been launched to provide clear advice on how to slow the spread of Coronavirus. Please support the campaign which promotes basic hygiene practices, such as regularly washing hands and always sneezing into a tissue, to stem the spread of viruses.
For further information please click on the following link:
Please see the latest advice on keeping safe with Lateral Flow Testing:
Universal Testing_A4_Loved Ones.pdf
Universal testing_A4_High Street.pdf
Let's Try To Keep The Germs Away!
We always teach the children to cough into the crook of their elbows to keep their hands clean and stop the spread of germs. As there are a lot of colds and coughs around we thought it would be good for everyone to practise this at home too.
Please take a look at the Buckinghamshire Family Information Service (BFIS) website for information on a range of topics relating to family life, from childcare, local services, education and family centres, to health, money and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.
The service offers open-access sessions and health services for early years children and parents from a network of 16 family centres across the county. It also offers a range of support for parents with children aged up to 19 years. For more information on all the BFIS has to offer click on the following link:
Tiny Happy People
The Duchess of Cambridgeshire is supporting this initiative from the BBC. Tiny Happy People is there to help you develop you child's communication skills. It has simple activities and play ideas for you to explore and find out more about your child's amazing early development.
Hungry Little Minds
Your child's brain grows fastest during the first 5 years of life. As a parent, you play a huge role in feeding your child's mind and helping them to communicate. The government has launched an initiative called Hungry Little Minds which is designed to provide information and ideas to support your child's development at home. We hope you will find this information helpful and interesting. The website can be accessed via the following link:
Early Years Pupil Premium
The Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) is additional funding for Early Years providers to help them improve the education they provide for 3 and 4 year-olds in need. Please use the following link to check and see if your child may be eligible to receive this additional funding.