Friday 24th March 2023
This week's story was 'Baby goes to Market' by Atinuke. Lots of us recognised the basket on Mama's head and remembered that people in Africa carry their shopping in baskets on their heads. Some of us also linked it to 'Handa's Surprise', which we read together in Autumn.
Our home Corner had turned into an African Food Market, and we learnt all about different foods from Nigeria like Chilli peppers and chin -chin biscuits. We even noticed how different the taxis were, as in the story they were motorbikes and here in England they are cars.
In Phonics, we played 'Simple Simon Says', it was so much fun. We also continued practising our oral blending skills and Rhyming skills.
In Maths, we looked at patterns around the nursery and tried to make our own patterns through vegetable printing. We also did some simple subtraction using the story, as baby liked to eat one of every amount of things the market sellers gave him.
Friday 17th March 2023
This week we read ‘Oliver's Vegetables' by Vivian French. Our role play area turned into a garden Centre. We are enjoying buying seeds and plants.
We would like to thank you all for your kind donations of seeds, compost and plants. The children have really enjoyed sowing the seeds and planting the plants.
We would really appreciate donations of fake (not real) - plastic or silk flowers and plants for us to play with in our Garden Centre, as we have nearly planted all our bedding plants and daffodils.
This week we continued to learn Rhyming words that end in the sound 'at'. We are getting much better at this.
In Maths, we have been learning heavy and light. Mrs Giordmaina will put a video on for us to practice at home.
Today we really Science today. We experimented with different smells to see if they made us feel happy or not. We all really enjoyed smelling chocolate powder, but not smelly cheese so much.
EYFS and KS1 are having an Easter Bonnet Parade on the last day of term - Friday 31st March 2023. Please help your child make an Easter Bonnet for them to wear.
The PM children will wear their Easter Bonnets on Thursday 30th March.
Book Bags to be returned to school on a Thursday.
Friday 10th March 2023
This week we continued our learning about 'Growing'. We looked at all different types of flower seeds and bulbs. We learnt the life cycle of a plant and what it needs to grow. We all hope that the weather is much better so we can have lots of fun planting in the Nursery Garden with all the lovely bedding plants and seeds you have donated. Please keep donating Bedding plants, as we now have enough seeds.
In Phonics, we played lots of different blending games. We are really getting good at blending words in our heads. We also played 'Rhyming Soup' and are now able to identify words that have the rhyming 'at' sound at the end.
In Maths, we learnt about full and empty through planting seeds. Why don't you get your child to fill up different size containers while they are in the bath and get them to tell you when they are full or empty.
Our story this week was 'We found a seed', by Rob Ramsdon.
Next Week - BRITISH SCIENCE WEEK: On Friday 17th March we will be celebrating British Science Week. The children will take part in a range of science activities. Come dressed as a scientist, astronaut or any other science related character, for the day!
Book Bags to be returned to school on a Thursday.
Friday 3rd March 2023
This week was a fun packed week due to it being World Book Week. We had lots of lovely activities around Reading, and we all dressed up as a Book Character. It was so much fun!!
In Phonics this week we played our oral blending game 'What's in My Box' - where the teachers sounded out the objects, and we had to say what they are by blending the sounds in our head. One of the objects was a c-oa-t - coat. It was our first time playing the game, but we did really well and our teachers were very proud of us.
In Maths, this week we learnt about Tall and Short. We really enjoyed measuring ourselves to see who was the tallest and who was the shortest. We also measured different things around the Nursery.
Next Tuesday is Parent Consultation Day. I have sent you all your times. Please go to the school office, and they will let you know where to go.
Our story this week was 'When we Grow up' by Melanie Walsh
Friday 24th February 2023
This week we settled back into nursery very well after our half-term holidays. We were all able to discuss what we did in the holidays. Some of us travelled to different countries on an aeroplane, and we could say whether the weather was hot or cold.
We were very excited to see lots of babies in our role platy area and couldn't wait for Mrs Giordmaina to tell us what our new topic is. Mrs Giordmaina explained that our new topic is 'Growing'. This week we learnt how to take care of babies and what we can do know that we couldn't when we were a baby.
We also learnt all about Pancake Day, and we celebrated it in the style of Mardi Gras. We enjoyed coming into Nursery in bright colours, wearing our decorated masks, making pancakes, tossing them and of course eating them.
In Maths, we explored heavy and light using weighing scales.
This week's story was' Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes' by Mem Fox and Helen Oxenbury.
Book Bags to be returned to school on a Thursday
World Book Day – Wednesday 1st March – Dress up as your favourite book Character
Friday 10th February 2023
The children really enjoyed being hairdressers for another week. Thank you so much for the kind donations of hair clips and hairbands.
We enjoyed reading 'My Hair' by Hannah Lee.
We really enjoyed learning about Internet Safety, Healthy Eating and Mental Health this week. A reminder that after half-term the New Lunch policy starts and the children are not allowed to bring chocolate of any kind, biscuits, cakes, crisps except on (Wild Wednesday's) or fruit juices in their lunch boxes .
If these products are in your child's Lunch box we will be sending them home with a reminder note.
Our topic next term is 'Growing'. We start our topic off by discuss our life cycle and then moving on to the life cycle of plants and vegetables.
It would be lovely if you could message me a baby photo of your child for me to print off and play 'Guess who the baby is' with the children.
We will be asking for donations of seeds, compost, plant pots and plants for the third week of term, where we will be doing lots of planting.
Friday 4th February 2023
This week we had so much fun being Hairdressers. We read the story 'Hair Love' by Matthew A. Cherry. We learnt we all have different hair and that it is part of us and our family and makes us who we are - very special. It was very interesting learning about all the different hairstyles we can have and trying them on our friends.
We loved it so much that we want to carry on being hairdressers next week, so if you could donate some hairbands and clips that would be lovely. If you have an old hairdryer, curling tongs, straighteners or clippers that you don't want any more can you please donate them to the Nursery. Don't worry we will be cutting the wires of, so they don't really work.
Photo's will be shared next week.
In Maths, we sorted long and short objects and used this language within our Hairdressers' role play.
In Phonics, we are beginning to learn the initial sounds of objects . This week all the objects started with the sound ssssss.
Friday 27th January 2023
This week we read the 'Jolly Postman or other People's Letters' by Janet and Allan Ahlberg.
We learnt what happens to the letters and cards we send to our friends and families through our Post Office Role Play Area. We had lots of fun writing letters, putting them in an envelope and taking them to the Post Office to buy a stamp and then post them in the big red letter box. We also took parcels and watched them being weighed before being sent off to the sorting office. Some of us even applied for our passports and had them checked and stamped.
In Maths, we posted different 2D shapes, and then we went on a shape hunt around the Nursery. We also looked at money and learnt how to pay for our stamps and parcel deliveries.
In Phonics, we played 'What's that noise?' . We learnt how to blend a word in our head by listening to our teacher segments the name of an animal, and we blended the name of the animal in our heads and then made the noise of the animal. It was so much fun!
We wonder what we will be next week!!!!
Friday 20th January 2023
This week Bob the teddy had a toothache when he visited the Nursery and the children helped him to become brave and visit their Dentist Surgery. Throughout this week the children have learnt all about how and why we keep our teeth clean and what happens in a Dentist Surgery.
We were really lucky to have a visit from DR Patel and Dentist from KINGS Dental Practice, Greenford. He was amazed with all the information we remembered from our circle times. We learnt that we must brush our teeth twice a day for 2 minutes using a circular movement and that an adult has to help us until we are eight years old. We also looked at the types of food and drink that can harm our teeth if we eat or drink too much of them.
In Maths, the children enjoyed recognising their numbers 1-5 with the number puppies. Some of those puppies were very naughty and kept hiding. The children had to say which number puppy was missing and find them.
Our story this week was' Going to the dentist,' by Usborne First Experiences.
We wonder who we will be role-playing next week.
Friday 13th January 2023
This week the children began their learning journey on our new 'Topic People Who help us!'. All the children were able to discuss who helps them at home and in Nursery. This week we learnt all about our special doctors and Nurses. Our Role play area turned into a Doctors surgery and the children really enjoyed role playing the Doctor and the patient. Please check out our Nursery Gallery for photos taken this week.
In Phonics this term we are learning Aspect 3 - General Sound Discrimination - Body Percussion: The aim of this aspect is to develop children's awareness of sounds and rhythms. Activities include singing songs and action rhymes, listening to music and developing a sounds vocabulary.
Action songs Singing songs and action rhymes is a vital part of Phase One activities and should be an everyday event. Children need to develop a wide repertoire of songs and rhymes. Be sure to include multi-sensory experiences such as action songs in which the children have to add claps, knee pats, or move in a particular way.
At home with your child try adding a body percussion sound to different nursery rhymes, performing the sounds in time to the beat of the song. Change the body sound with each musical phrase or sentence. Encourage the children to be attentive and to know when to add sounds, when to move and when to be still.
In Maths, we were recognising common 2D Shapes and finding them in the Nursery environment. It would be great practise if you can play 'Hunt the Shape at home.This week's Story was 'I want to be a Doctor' by Laura Driscol
Friday 6th January 2023
Happy New Year Everyone,
The children have settled back into Nursery well and enjoyed sharing what presents Santa had left them under their Christmas Tree with their friends.
Next week we will be starting our new Topic - People Who Help Us.
This term the children will be concentrating on recognising their names and beginning to write them. This is an expectation for the end of Nursery - Children can independently write their own name. Please can you start to practice this with them at home. Start with the first letter of their name.
When we write our names we only write the first letter as a capital letter the rest are written in lower case form - David. Please don't teach your child to write their whole name in capital letters.
Friday 16th December 2022
This week we have continued our preparations for Christmas. We made Robin Christmas cards and decorated stockings. We all enjoyed wearing our Christmas jumpers on our party day.
This week's story was 'Father Christmas needs a Wee' by Nicholas Allan
The Nursery Team would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
We return on Wednesday 4th January 2023.
Friday 9th December 2022
What Another amazing week we have had in Nursery travelling around South East Asia by boat. The children really enjoyed learning about the South East Asian Culture from traditional dress, food and celebrations. Two of our children enjoyed sharing their home life cultures and songs from the Philippines. The children were very surprised to learn how colourful the buses are in South East Asia compared to our red London Buses. Next week is our last week of travel and the children are very excited to find out where they are going and how they are going to travel. This now ends our 'Transport around the World Topic', we wonder what we will be learning next week.
This week's story was 'Who Sank the Boat?' by Pamela Allen.
Friday 2nd December 2022
This week our Transport around the world Topic linked to the World Cup as we travelled to Ghana, Africa. The children enjoyed learning all about their traditional dress which Mrs Mepham, Miss Mashuta and I wore for the children to truly experience what their clothes look and felt like. To really bring this week's learning alive we read 'Handa's Surprise' by Eileen Browne. This linked well with our transport of walking. The children were immersed into the life of an African child through the story of Handa, and they reacted the story throughout the week in different ways, through using props, masks and visual cards. We ended the wheel celebrating World Cup Day, which we enjoyed all the activities we have learnt through the week and dressed up in the colours of Ghana's flag.
Friday 25th November 2022
The children really enjoyed travelling on a train around India. They learnt all about Indian culture from traditional dress, food and celebrations. The children really enjoyed learning about Tuk-Tuks, which is a means of transport used in Indian. They also liked the Indian buses, as they are decorated with flower garlands. We wonder where we will be travelling next and what means of transport.
Our story this week was 'Engines, Engines', an Indian counting Rhyme.
This week the children also learnt about being welcomed into God's family through Baptism. Why don't you discuss your child's baptism with them and share photos of the special occasion.
Over the next couple of weeks the children will be learning songs for their Nursery Nativity play which will be on Wednesday 7th December.
Caterpillars (AM) performance - 11am
Ladybirds and full time children - 2.30pm
There is limited space in the Nursery, so only 2 members of each family are welcome to come and watch. Please make sure you have given your ticket order to the office.
Friday 18th November 2022
What an exciting week we had in Nursery. The children became Airport staff and experienced check in, passport control and flying on a plane. This week we travelled to Poland and the capital city Warsaw. The children really enjoyed comparing the Warsaw buses to London buses. The children are very excited to see where they travel to next week and on what means of transport.
We also celebrated 'Children in Need' Day by wearing our pyjama's to school.
Our focus stories 'Suzie goes on an aeroplane' by Charlotte Olson helped really engage the children this week.
Friday 11th November 2022
Wow, what an amazing week we have had in the Nursery. The children were excited to learn that our new topic was 'Transport Around The World'. The topic started off our journey around the world in England where the children learnt that this is the country they live in and that the capital city is London. The children enjoyed travelling on a Red Bus all around London this week seeing and learning all about Big Ben and Buckingham Palace where Queen Elizabeth works and lives.
Our focus story 'Naughty Bus' by Jan and Jerry Oke really engrossed the children this week. They even learnt the song.
Friday 4th November 2022
The children had an exciting time explore our season Autumn. They went on an Autumn walk around the school and discussed everything they could see and hear. The enjoyed the leaf hunt and found many coloured and different shaped leaves. Outside the children made Autumn soup in the mud kitchen using conkers, leaves, pine cones and mud. They learnt how to do leaf rubbings using the colours that represent Autumn. Our focus book was 'Autumn' by Ailie Busby.
Friday 23rd October 2022
This week, we read ‘Kipper’s Birthday’. We counted the candles on different birthday cakes, wrote invitations for a party, made birthday cards and acted out parts of the story. We even got to have our own birthday party at the end of the week. We had so much fun!
In RE, we continue to learn to make the Sign of the Cross.
Next Half Term:
We will begin to send home Reading Books on a Monday. These will be due back on the Thursday of the same week. It is important that your child has a book bag in school.
Friday 14th October 2022
We have had a lovely week in Nursery. The children really enjoyed sharing information about their families - who is in their family, whether they were big or small, which country they come from and what their home language is. During the week the children got to explore globes of the world and maps. Our focus book was 'Love makes a family' by Lisa Sophie Beer.
Also in Maths we read ‘Brown Bear, Brown Bear’. The children loved joining in with the repeated refrains (BROWN BEAR, BROWN BEAR, WHAT DO YOU SEE?). We used the book as a starting point to explore colours and 1:1 correspondence (counting by placing a finger on each object).
Friday 30th September 2022
All the children have now joined our Nursery and we have started walking into the building independently. Mrs Giordmaina, Mrs Mepham and Ms Mashuta are so proud of us all!
We are focusing on learning the rules and routines of our new setting and building relationships with staff and peers. We have been learning about how special we are and sharing lots of things about ourselves. We really enjoyed making self-portraits this week.
- Please bring a spare change of clothes and leave at Nursery (trousers / socks / pants / shoes)
- We expect children to use the toilets independently – practise flushing and washing hands.
- Do not let your child bring toys/sweets to nursery
- Label all your child’s belongings clearly
- Register online for free school milk at ‘Cool Milk’.
- Email consent for Class Dojo to the office- firstname.lastname@example.org