Autumn Term 2017
Shoes, Shoes, Shoes
The children enjoyed trying on shoes in our shoe shop role play. They measured their feet with a tape measure and a shoe slide. They then picked out shoes to try on and buy. They practised tying laces and using Velco straps. They used the till, wrapped their new shoes in tissue and placed them in a bag. They had fun walking around in their new shoes. Luckily we did manage to find their original shoes at the end of the day!
Following on from our shoe shop, we drew around our feet and then cut around the shape. We used Lego to cover the shoe shape and then counted the Lego bricks. 'Look I've made a pattern. It's red and white.' 'Mine's a straight line. I like it like that.'
We read the book Duck in a Truck, which has lots of rhyming words. The children enjoyed the story and were able to identify some of the rhyming words such as duck, truck, stuck; shout, out; goat, boat. They children were then shown a basket of objects. They were asked to pick out the items that rhymed, such as stone, bone; brick, stick; whale, snail. The children did really well 'house and mouse they sound the same!' Continuing a rhyming string is a fun and easy game to play and helps children to recognise sounds a skill needed for early reading.
The children had the opportunity to take part in various ball activities, run by 'Coach Jo' from Playball. They followed instructions whilst running, throwing, catching and kicking balls. They were asked to stand on a coloured spot, shout out their name and what colour their spot was. They then warmed up, running to a cone and back and freezing when the whistle was blown. 'Coach Jo' then explained how to hold your hands out and apart to have "digger" arms, ready to scoop up the ball. She demonstrated how to bounce a ball, balance a ball on a small cone and then kick it off. At the end of the session the children became Pirates and had to launch their ball, a "cannonball", at a moving target (a very large ball). The children enjoyed this, smiling and laughing as the ball rolled along the playground.
Blindfolded Obstacle Course
We set up a small obstacle course. We then challenged the children to lead a friend, who was blindfolded, around the course. We encouraged the child leading to give verbally instructions - walk around, step up, bend down - while holding their friend's hand and helping them to complete the course. the children took care to ensure their friend did not trip or knock into anything and hurt themselves. They each had a turn being blindfolded and being the leader. The children took on the challenge and tried hard to follow instructions without peeking.
We talked about camouflage, how it is used to hide. One of the children remembered that chameleons use camouflage. We looked at them on the iPad. We saw them change colour, blue, red, orange, green and brown. We then took the challenge to see if we could camouflage our dinosaurs. Can you spot them?
Goldilocks and the 3 Bears
We acted out the story of Goldilocks and the 3 Bears. The children joined in with the refrain 'Who has been....' We then acted out the story. Each child took on a role acting out a part and remembering the words, such as 'Who has been eating my porridge?'. We then made and ate porridge for snack. The children really enjoyed their porridge choosing from a selection of fruit including blueberries and bananas to add to their bowls.
A Big Thank You
Dates For Your Diary
Nativity Play - Monday 4th December and Tuesday 5th December at 10 am - all children will be invited to perform on one of the days.
A dress rehearsal will take place on Thursday November 30th - if you feel it is difficult for you to make alternative arrangements for younger siblings then it may be possible for you to attend the dress rehearsal with them, as they can NOT be admitted to the performances. Please speak to your child's key person if you require a ticket. Please note this is part of your 2 ticket allocation. Thank you.
Easter - Wednesday 28th March - all children who attend on Wednesday and our older year group will be invited to attend.
End of Term Concert - Friday 13th followed by a picnic in the playground
Please note all our concerts will be followed by tea and coffee and a seasonal treat. Only 2 spaces can be allocated per family per event as we are restricted on numbers (this includes older siblings). We kindly request alternatives arrangements are made for babies and younger siblings. We hope that this advance notice gives everyone time to prepare. Thank you.
Sports Day - Tuesday June 12th with June 19th as a reserve date in case of rain
Parents Consultation Evening - Thursday June 28th - a time slot will be allocated nearer the time
Christmas Pudding Workshop - Thursday November 23rd at 8pm
Primary School Admissions
Children who will be moving on to primary school in September 2018, those born between 1st September 2013 and 31st August 2014, need to make their applications soon. The online applications open on 6th November 2017. Applications need to be made by 15th January 2018. Please take a look at the following link to find out more.
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.
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.
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