‘I love knowing what the children have been doing and often use what I’ve seen/read to find out more from my child!’
Autumn Term 2020
We offer early starts from 8.45 am at the cost of £2.50. You can either book for a term in advance or use on an ad hoc basis. if you would like to take advantage of this option please let your child's key person know.
As the weather starts to get cooler we recommend that you dress your child in warm layers. We spend a lot of time outside and also it is recommended we keep the windows open as much as possible to increase ventilation and air circulation. We find layers work best for the children to keep them comfortable.
Celebrating Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year)
Children around the world have been celebrating Rosh Hashanah. On Monday we ate apples for snack and dipped them in honey. It was delicious. We learnt about the Jewish New Year and that the honey represented the sweetness of the year to come and the apple represents the circle of life. We talked about celebrations and the children told us that they ate cake and received presents when they celebrated their birthdays.
Conkers Or Hedgehogs?
The children were presented with a puzzle to solve. What was under the tea towel? The children had to describe what they felt, without peeking. 'It's spikey!' 'Is it a hedgehog?' 'A porcupine?' Very carefully they lifted the tea towel and discovered a green, prickly shell. 'Ooo what's inside?' They gently peeled apart the shell to reveal a beautiful big conker. 'Now it's so smooth'. 'And shiny'.
We're Going On A Bug Hunt
Keen to find a few bugs the children searched in the garden looking under logs and in the bug hotel. They were amazed to find so many spiders, woodlice, snails, worms and centipedes.
One, Two Buckle My Shoe
We have been learning a new counting Nursery rhyme:
'1, 2 buckle my shoe
3, 4 knock at the door
5, 6 pick up sticks
7, 8 lay them straight
9, 10 a big fat hen'
We decided to make a collage for the wall to brighten up a corner of the hall.
We sorted the numbers into the correct order and set about making a shoe complete with buckle; a lovely, shiny door and a big, fat colourful hen. We went into the play ground and found a range of sticks which we snipped into different lengths. We sorted the sticks from longest to shortest which proved to be quite tricky! We were all very pleased with the finished collage which involved a lots of cutting, snipping, gluing and sorting. Well done children.
We also took the opportunity to look at all our shoes and see how they were done up. We discovered that Velcro was the most popular way to do up our shoes but there were also zips, laces and, of course, even a buckle.
It was one of the children's birthday so we were discussed what we like to do on our birthdays. 'Eat cake!' was a very popular answer. We thought about the ingredients we would need to make a cake, flour and eggs were some of the suggestions. We checked in our cupboard and discovered we had the ingredients so we decided to bake some cakes. We weighed out the different items, cracked the eggs and mixed everything together. The children thought the mixture was 'soft' and 'sticky'. The mixture was spooned into cupcake cases and then popped into the oven. Once cooked the children noticed the mixture had changed and was now 'firm' and 'solid'. Cooking is a great way to start to learn about science by seeing the transformation of food throughout the process. The children then took their cake home to enjoy.
Who's The Tallest
'I'm the tallest! Two friends exclaimed. We set about finding out who really was the tallest by building 2 long line of cubes, the same length as each boy, on the floor. 'We need a few more' said the boys. Having put the cubes together, they compared the lines and decided one was just a little longer. They then measured with a meter rule and finally measured themselves, deciding their heights were a draw!
Marrows, Hammers And Lots Of Golf Tees
The children were interested to explore the large marrows that was brought into nursery. They felt the texture of the outer skin, even giving one a hug! They then compared it to the softness of the inside pulp and the squishy seeds. The marrows were halved and the children were given a selection of golf tees and a hammer. There were lots and lots of tees banged into the marrow. The children then pulled all the tees out to start again. They observed the pattern of holes the tees made.
Designing And Creating A See Saw
We made our own see saw. We experimented with various sizes of sticks and worked out that the smaller ones broke in two when sitting on them! Finding an enormous one we all managed to sit on it without it breaking. Singing 'See Saw Marjory Daw' we had lots of fun.
We do love to research things on the iPad. This time it was dinosaurs. After completing a puzzle we looked up the dinosaurs featured, we found out their names, what they ate and how big they were.
Relaxing In The Sun
Making the most of a sunny moment the children stretched out in the sand pit and enjoyed the warmth! Another popular activity for a sunny day is taking a ride on the caterpillar to the beach - sometimes the teachers are invited to enjoy this trip too!
Drop Off And Pick Up Procedure
Our drop off and pick up routine has changed in line with Covid 19 advice. Parents/carers will be asked upon arrival if their child has any Covid 19 symptoms and a note will be made of their response in the register. Children will be welcomed to nursery at the gate where there will be a handwashing station. Children need to wash their hands for 20 seconds before entering the Nursery. Parents/carers will not be allowed to enter the Nursery. Parents are asked to observe the 2 metre social distancing rule at drop off and pick up. Children will again be asked to wash their hands when leaving the nursery. Thank you for your cooperation. Please click on the following link and refer to the flow chart for more information on what to do should you or anyone in your household have symptoms.
COVID-19 - A quick guide for parents and carers (Setting version).pdf
As, unfortunately, parents and carer can not enter the nursery at the moment the following is a picture of our noticeboards with information and contact numbers.
Please follow government guidance and stay home if anyone in your household, develops a temperature or cough, isolating for 14 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:
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.