Autumn Term 2017
It was lovely to see all the children back and raring to go. They have all grown over the summer and we loved hearing about their holidays and adventures. We would like to welcome all our new parents and children, we are looking forward to sharing many exciting times with you all.
Early Years Pupil Premium
In order to improve the process for applying for EYPP and to remove and barriers to parents checking their eligibility there is now an online checking facility.
You should all have received a letter about our new online reporting system Tapestry. If you haven't please ask your key person. We would be grateful if you could sign the consent section and hand it back. Please do not hesitate to ask your key person if you have any questions or would like anything clarified. We hope to have this new system up and running soon.
Pease remember to bring in some spare clothes for your child to put in the drawstring bag on their peg. The children often get wet playing outside or from over enthusiastic hand washing. It is useful to have a pair of wellies and raincoat at nursery as we go outside whatever the weather. Please remember to name all items. Thank you.
We encourage healthy eating at nursery offering fruit and vegetables at snack time. At lunch we ask the children to eat their sandwiches/pasta first followed by their fruit. Unfortunately we do not have the facilities to heat up food. Please remember to put an ice pack in their lunch box to keep the food fresh. Thank you.
We hope you are enjoying choosing a book with your child in the morning. We believe this system is a success so please continue to change your child's book with them. Once the book is changed or if your child wishes to keep the same book please place the book bag in the green box. If you do not have time to change books one morning please place the book bag in the pink box. We will then change the book later in the day. Thank you.
Julie and Lisa
We would like to thank Julie for being a truly wonderful manager for the nursery. She has masterfully steered us through numerous extremely successful Ofsted visits, whilst maintaining her calm, gentle and always approachable self. Julie will be staying at nursery as one of the team and Lisa Ballard will take over the manager role alongside Liz Phillipps.
We have had a busy week at nursery which we hope you enjoy reading about:
Always a firm favourite. The children like manipulating the dough - squeezing, squashing, rolling and shaping it. They played with it inside and outside this week. Making shapes and party food inside and shaping faces for logs and numbering shells outside.
We set up the drainpipes outside for the children to race the cars. They love to watch them zoom down the guttering. To extend the game we measured the distance each car landed away from the pipe. First the children drew a chalk line from the pipe to the car. Next they measured the line with our extra long wooden ruler. They then logged the distance on a white board. They compared the different distances to see which car travelled the furthest.
The children decided the play house needed a clean after the long summer break. They used scrubbing brushes and paint brushes to wash the dirt away and brighten up the house. Great job!
Over the summer our vegetables have grown and are ready to pick. The children dug up the potatoes and picked the broad beans ready to use. They were amazed to see the different sized potatoes hiding in the soil 'Wow mine is so small' 'Mine is much bigger.' Once we had gathered all the potatoes we thought about what we could do with them, 'eat them - yum'. We discussed what we should do next, if we wanted to eat them. 'Wash them!' We got a bowl of warm water and some sponges and the children scrubbed the potatoes to clean off all the earth. 'Do we eat them now?' we asked. 'We have got to cook them' came the reply. We decided we would cut them to make them smaller before cooking them. The children cut the potatoes using a knife, under supervision, into halves and quarters. One child cut the potato into tiny pieces 'so they can fit in my mouth', he told us. Once the potatoes were chopped they were placed in a saucepan of water. When they had cooked and cooled the children were able to enjoy them for snack. 'I cut this one...tasty!'
All About Me
We made a collage for one of our boards of a face - numbering the face's features. As the children cut out the pieces for the face, from coloured paper, we discussed our own features. 'I have 2 blue eyes'. 'I have 10 freckles'. ' I have 1 nose'. We cut out numbers to label our face - 1 - nose, 2 - eyes, 3 - teeth, 4 - freckles. We added handprints along the bottom - 5 - fingers.
Which Is The Longest?
Some children used our star pieces to create a super long construction. They lay down next to it to measure whether it was bigger then them! Whose the longest?
3 Little Pigs
We have a lovely story sack for the 3 Little Pigs. The children really enjoyed acting out the story with the props provided. They made houses out of straw, twigs and bricks and placed their pigs in each house. As the wolf came along they joined in with the refrains 'I'll huff and I'll puff'.
Bug Hotel, Sandpit and Slide
We checked our bug hotel for bugs - to see who had come to visit over the summer.
In the sandpit some of children buried themselves in the sand 'I did this on my holidays to my daddy!'
The children had fun sliding down our train slide.
We have a selection of lovely children's birthday cards for sale. They will be on display all next week. They are reasonably priced and all proceeds will go to the nursery.
Please be aware we have had a case of nits at nursery. They are now easily dealt with by over the counter shampoos.
Sally Wilson, who helps at nursery every Monday, and whenever needed, also makes fantastic cakes. So if you need a cake, cupcakes or other cake goodies for a special day then Sally will be happy to discuss ideas with you. For inspiration please go to Sally's website. http://www.cakesaboutu.com