Week Ending 20th October
We finish today for our October half term break. We have had a very busy and successful half term and we are all ready for a break!
Homework for the holiday is to upload to your child’s online learning any activities or exciting things that you do over the break. This could be anything from a walk in the park, number practise, name writing, jigsaws, playdough……..anything!
Our first week back after the break we will be making ‘Mummies’ for Halloween. If you would like your child to make a scary Mummy, please send into school an empty toilet tissue tube.
Please have a happy and safe half term and we will see you back in Nursery from Monday 30th October!
The children loved our neon disco!
Today in Nursery we made pumpkin soup. We watched Mrs Embery cut the pumpkin open and take all of the seeds out. Then we peeled and chopped the pumpkin and made it into soup. Then we tasted the soup!
A reminder that it is school photograph day tomorrow, Wednesday 18th October, this is your final warning to wash hair, brush hair, polish shoes, iron uniforms and practise smiling!
Please do not be alarmed if your child comes home with green feet, we are preparing our artwork for the art exhibition and we have been painting our feet!
Week Ending 13th October
This week we have been learning all about Autumn. We have talked about what we can see in Autumn including the leaves changing colour and falling off the trees, pumpkins and apples and the different animals that we see around Autumn time. We have talked about hedgehogs and foxes and squirrels. In the playdough area and finger gym we have been making hedgehogs and in the small world we have had our Autumn Woods imaginative play. On the investigation table we have looked at different sized pumpkins and all the resources that children have brought in as part of their homework from last week, acorns, pinecones, leaves and twigs.
This week for homework we would like parents to upload to your child’s learning journey a piece of evidence showing what your child has learnt about Autumn. It could be a comment about what they can tell you about Autumn or you could ask them to draw/paint a picture of a hedgehog, squirrel, leaf etc. You could look up on the internet about hedgehogs or squirrels and record this activity on you child’s learning journey. We have a handful of children who have already received bronze awards for consistently completing our homework activities and it would be lovely to be able to give out some more awards before the half term break.
Monday and Tuesday next week are our parent appointment days. If you have not yet made an appointment to see your child’s key worker please contact the school office.
Next Wednesday is our school photograph day. Children will have individual photographs and sibling photographs taken. If your child does not attend Nursery on Wednesday but you would like them to have their photograph taken please speak to a member of staff and we will make provision for this as best we can.
Our neon disco is on Thursday 19th October, please see the latest school newsletter for further information. This is available on the school website and all parents receive a text with a link to the webpage.
We finish for our October half term next Friday for one week and school re-opens on Monday 30th October.
EYFS FOREST SCHOOL ADVENTURES!
Finally, have a very enjoyable weekend!
Week Ending 6th October
This week we have been continuing to learn all about ourselves and our families. We looked at ourselves in the mirror and talked about our facial features and what we could see. We also made our faces using playdough and a variety of different materials. We had a lot of fun doing this!
Next week we will be starting to learn about Autumn. For homework we would like you to go on a walk around your local area or to the woods or a park and look for signs of Autumn. You could even just look out of your window and talk about what you can see. We would like children to collect any brightly coloured Autumn leaves, sticks, acorns or conkers for our Autumn interactive display table.
All Nursery children should come home with their reading bag this week. On the inside cover of their blue reading record is your child’s reading day. Please send your child’s reading bag into school on this day to be changed.
Have an enjoyable weekend and we will look forward to seeing you all back in Nursery next week!
Week Ending 29th September
This week we have continued to learn all about our houses. We have built our houses in the construction area and we have made them out of junk modelling in the creative area.
Next week we are going to be looking at our faces and making some self portraits. For homework this week please sit with your child and look into a mirror. Talk about the features that they have on their face including hair and eye colour. Ask them how many eyes they have?, how many ears? how many noses? etc. Please record what they say and add it as a comment on your child’s electronic learning journey.
I would like to say a huge thank you to the parents who attended our workshop on how to use SPTO to access your child’s learning journey. If you did not attend, your child will be bringing their reading bag home very shortly, please read the information included. Your child’s reading day is written in their reading record. Please send their bag in on that day for their book to be changed.
Week Ending 22nd September
A huge thank you to our children and parents who completed the homework activity last week. We are slowly building up our interactive display about our homes and families and it would be lovely if some more of our children could contribute towards it! Please send into school a photograph or picture of your house that we can use as a communication tool with your child.
This week we would like you to talk about your family with your child. Ask them who lives in your house and record what they can tell you. You can upload your child’s response to their online learning journey using the log on details given to you. For any parent who has not yet received these please see a member of our admin staff in the school office.
Cookery to the end of the half term is bread followed by pizza baguettes. So far we have allowed all the children to participate in our cookery activities however, please bear in mind that we do request parents contribute £1.50 per half term towards cookery. This should be paid via Tucasi. Mrs Spencer oversees the cookery and she takes the online payment as permission from you to allow your child to participate therefore if you have not paid then unfortunately from next week your child will not be able to cook.
A reminder that our parent workshops for EYFS are being held on Thursday 28th September at 9.00am and 2.30pm. This is an opportunity for you to see how we use SPTO to track your child’s progress and also how you can contribute to their online learning journey if you have not already done so. I will also be giving out home reading bags and some other information that you will find useful to support your child throughout their time in Nursery.
Have a very enjoyable weekend everyone!
Week Ending Friday 15th September
We have had a very busy but successful week for our first week in Nursery! The children have really done themselves proud. They had been very brave either returning to Nursery or attending for the first time and we can already see lots of new friendships forming.
This half term we are going to be learning all about our homes and families. We are putting together a display about our houses and so for homework this week we would like children to bring in either a photograph or a picture that they have drawn of their house. We will then display our photographs and pictures on a map of Pensby.
Hopefully by now you will have had the opportunity to log on to the Tucasi system. You can also now pay for your child to participate in cookery if you would like them to. We cook every Thursday as part of our mixed morning provision. Cookery is £1.50 per half term and if you have paid, your child will cook every other week. Please bear in mind that you do not need to pay for cookery if your child does not attend Nursery on a Thursday.
A reminder that our EYFS parent workshops will take place on Thursday 28th September at 9.00 and 2.30. This is an opportunity for you to see how we use our online tracking system to assess children against the Early Years expectations. This tool also allows parents to contribute to their child’s learning journey and again, we will show you how to do this. We will also talk you through what early writing and number look like in Nursery and how you can support your child with these at home. I will be giving parents their child’s reading bag and reading record along with some other information that you may find useful now that your child has started at Nursery.
Please check your child’s online Learning Journey to view their achievements from this week, have an enjoyable weekend!
30 Hour Provision
We have now set up the Tucasi system which will allow parents to make payments for breakfast and after school club, additional provision in Nursery (2.45-3.30), mini dinners and toast for all of our Nursery children. You should by now have received your log on details for Tucasi if not, please see a member of the Nursery staff.
You will need to book any sessions that you require through the Tucasi system if they are NOT being included as part of your 30 hour entitlement. If you are using breakfast, afterschool or the additional provision to 3.30 as part of your 30 hour entitlement you do not need to book these sessions through Tucasi.
Please find below a brief outline of how to use Tucasi to book your sessions:
- Log on to the Tucasi website and register your child.
- You will need to credit your basket BEFORE booking any sessions, the system will only allow you to book sessions if your account is in credit.
- Select ’30 Hour Childcare’ option.
- Click ‘Add Sessions’.
- The drop down menu will now show you the different sessions that you can choose: A=Additional provision from 2.45-3.30, B=Breakfast club, S=Full session in afterschool club (3.30-6.00), H=Half session in afterschool club (3.30-4.30).
- To pay for mini dinners you will need to credit your child’s ‘Dinner’ basket. The office staff will then use that credit to pay for mini dinners as and when your child has one. You will be required to credit their dinner account with a minimum payment of £10.
- Toast must also be paid for through Tucasi, you will be required to put on a minimum payment of £5. Your child’s toast account must be credited by 11.00am in order for them to have toast the following day.
Please be aware that if you have not booked and pre-paid for sessions your child will NOT be able to attend and you may be issued with a fine if your child is not collected from a session that has not be paid for.
If you have any further questions please ask a member of the Nursery Staff or contact the school office.
Information Regarding 30 Hour Provision
Nursery parents should have received a text on Friday regarding paying for any additional provision that your child may be receiving in Nursery. As you are aware, if your child attends Nursery 8.45-2.45 they can stay in Nursery until 3.30 however this is at a cost of £5. Currently the Tucasi system does not allow you to make payment for that provision therefore this will need to be paid in cash until it has been set up. This should be handed to Nursery or office staff in a clearly labelled envelope.
If your child is a new starter and you are wanting them to attend breakfast or after school club, these will also need to be paid for in cash until you have received a log on for the Tucasi system.
We will inform you when Tucasi has been set up for the new provision. The system will then allow you to book breakfast and afterschool club specifically for Nursery age children in addition to pay for the additional provision from 2.45-3.30.
Nursery Re-opens on Monday 11th September for children who are returning to Nursery.
Children who are due to start Nursery this term are invited to our ‘Stay and Play’ sessions which will run on Thursday 7th September from 1.00-20.00 and Friday 8th September from 9.00-10.00. At this session you will be given a start date for your child.
You may have noticed on the most recent newsletter that there are parents meetings coming up on Wednesday 13th September – these are for Ks1 and Ks2 ONLY. However – all parents of EYFS children (Wraparound/Nursery/Reception) are invited to a workshop on Thursday 28th September at either 9.00am or 2.30pm. This is because the information we need to share with you is slightly different and we will be demonstrating how to use the online Learning Journey system – which you will also use to access all of your child’s reports throughout their life at the school.
This information is VERY important – please make sure yourself or a member of your family can attend.
Week Ending Friday 21st July 2017
End of the Year
We have had a fantastic fun last week, the children had a great time on pyjama days playing games both inside and outside. Here are a selection of photographs we took during the pyjama sessions.
Ava sent us an email and pictures from Australia after they emigrated earlier on this year. She is having a lovely time and said we could share a photo with everyone. How wonderful to be able to feed kangaroos.
Reception children start school on Wednesday 6th September and Nursery on the dates that have already been given to them.
A big thank you for the cards and gifts that you have given so generously to the teachers. Have a fun filled fantastic summer holiday.
The Nursery Team
Please find below the form you will need to complete to indicate your preference for Nursery sessions for your child. The Nursery Options leaflet provides you with the different options that we offer. Please complete this form and return it to the school office.
Week Ending Friday 14th July 2017
This week we have continued talking about transition in September with the older children moving to Reception with Miss Grant or Reception classes in other schools and also talking about those children who are staying in nursery with Mrs Embery, Mrs Spencer and Miss Goddard.
Next week is our last week, so we are going to have a pyjama fun session on Tuesday morning and afternoon and Thursday morning. So please come in your pyjamas for those sessions. Any questions then please ask.
As it is the last week, there is no homework. Have a lovely weekend, we are all looking forward to the last week after a busy term.
Week Ending Friday 7th July 2017
This week we have had a fantastic Sports week. All the children have enjoyed the activities on offer each day. We combined with reception for the morning activities and repeated the activities with afternoon nursery. On Monday we played our Early years version of Dodgeball. On Tuesday it was target practise with the netball goals, Wednesday was penalty shoot out day with Joe and Harry from Year 6 showing fantastic sportsman ship with the little ones. on Thursday we played rounders early years style and on Friday morning we finished off with the Race for Life with the rest of the school.
As it is the summer fair this weekend there is no homework but we would love to see as many families as possible come down to school on Saturday and support the fundraising. Can you find which stalls the nursery teachers are on?
There have been several cases of D & V this week in nursery so please continue to be vigilant.
Have a lovely weekend and hope to see you on Saturday.
Week Ending Friday 30th June 2017
This week we have enjoyed our transition sessions to reception. We have also been talking about some children going to other schools and some children staying in nursery. We were very proud of how well they have coped in reception this week. Mrs Stocker has also been to visit her new school which she starts in September as Mrs Embery will be returning shortly and will be back in nursery fully in September. Mrs Stocker is in nursery till the end of term.
We are looking forward to Sports Week next week. All children need to wear their kit all week (t-shirt, shorts and pumps/trainers). Any t shirt and shorts – it does not have to be school ones. We would like them to wear a t-shirt in their house colour and parents should have received a txt saying which house/colour they are in – this is to make teams easier to follow. It doesn’t matter if they have pictures / logos on them.
Kentmere – Yellow
Ashlea – Green
Penmon – Red
Greenbank – Blue
Children will stay in their houses for the rest of their time in school.
On Friday morning (7th July) all nursery children – afternoon and children who do not come on a Friday – are invited to join in with the ‘Race for Life’ and parents are welcome to watch this event.
This will be last week for library books and we will be collecting them in from next week onwards.
Please be aware that there have been several cases of sickness and diarrhoea in nursery at the end of the week, please be vigilant and if your child is ill then please keep them off school for 48 hours from the last bout of sickness. Thank you for your support.
Homework this weekend is to help mummy or daddy do a job around the house or in the garden and share on your learning journey.
Have a wonderful weekend.
Week Ending Friday 23rd June 2017
This week in nursery we have watched the life cycle of a butterfly and talked about the changes from a caterpillar to the butterfly.
We have talked about how to keep safe in the sun by wearing a hat, putting on sun cream and drinking lots of water and what could happen if you do not take care of yourself. This also linked in to why we stayed inside during the very hot weather as it was too hot and the sun too strong. A big thank you to the parents that put sun cream on their children and sent hats and water bottles in. It amazes us that there are still some children who do not have sun cream, hats and water bottles with them.
Here are a few of the photos we took when we did get out early morning when the sun was not too strong.
The children really enjoyed the cutting and sticking homework and it was lovely to see so many pieces of work. Thank you for your support. This week our homework is to see if your child can find any signs or letters when you are out and about, photograph them and post them online. Can they recognise any letters in any words on signs or the Tesco / Asda words on the supermarkets. This links into recognising environmental print and we will share your photos in class during next week.
Have a lovely weekend.
Week Ending Friday 16th June 2017
This week in nursery we have been talking about safety in the sun and how to keep us safe. We have talked about wearing hats, using sun cream and drinking water. We have been reminding children to have a drink when the weather is warm, so can all children please bring a named water bottle every day. This is as well as the daily snack we have in class.
We have continued with The Very Hungry Caterpillar story and have also looked at some other stories by Eric Carle. The children have enjoyed painting pictures of butterflies or caterpillars to go on the wall. Please look out for them in class next week.
We had sweet peppers for snack a couple of days this week, despite talking about trying new foods most children were reluctant to taste them – we did cut them up and deseed them.
We have been working on scissor skills, some children are still working on how to hold them correctly so any help at home would be beneficial. Some children can cut out really well. Homework this week is to make a collage of faces / toys / flowers / transport / animals / food / tv characters – anything you can think of, by cutting out any pictures from magazines, comics, leaflets or catalogues you have at home. (Early Learning Centre do both right and left handed scissors and you can get children’s scissors in most places that sell children’s craft and art bits if you haven’t got a pair already – we suggest you keep them in a safe place at home when they are not using them!)
Please bring your creations in at some point during next week.
Have a lovely weekend.
Week Ending Friday 9th June 2017
Apologies for not updating the pages last week, but due to sickness I was not in school at the end of the week.
Last week we enjoyed ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ by Eric Carle. We also enjoyed looking at some photos from Abigail about the caterpillars she had had at home that turned into butterflies during the half term holiday. Her mum had posted them on her Learning Journey so we could share them with the class. We have also had minibeasts in the small world area as well as minibeasts in the gloop (cornflour and water).
We also enjoyed ribbons and pom poms outside on a windy day.
Any fun activities that you do at home we love to see on your child’s Learning Journey and they can be uploaded at any time not just linked to homework activities. There will be a new homework for the weekend posted at the end of the week.
NURSERY SEPTEMBER 2017
Thank you to the parents who attended the induction meeting for nursery for next year. If you haven’t returned the forms please do so by this Friday – if forms are not returned we will assume that you no longer require a nursery place for September 2017. If you need any help or support in completing the form then please ask any of the nursery staff.
Dear parents, this is a reminder about the welcome meeting that will take place on Tuesday 6th June at 5.00pm. This meeting is not just for our new intake of children but for all Nursery children. We will be discussing the offer of 30 hours provision and providing parents with information about how they can claim this. Parents will also be given the opportunity to complete a preference form for the sessions they wish their child to attend. Children who currently attend Nursery will NOT automatically retain their current sessions, parents are required to complete a new form for September 2017. Therefore we strongly advise that you attend the meeting to avoid disappointment.
Week Ending Friday 26th May 2017
This week we have enjoyed ‘Ten Little Dinosaurs’ and have been doing lots of counting both forwards and backwards.
We have also been working on recognising and writing our names and encouraging a correct pencil grip if the children are ready for it.
Cookery has been continuing with making cheese twists. The concentration on the children’s faces when they were twisting the pastry was just gorgeous.
During the half term break, homework will be to upload up a photograph of something fun that you do at home or when out and about.
Can we ask that all children bring a named water bottle, even in this very hot weather there are children without one. Bottles are available from the office for £1.50. As the children do take off their jumpers, cardigans etc.. can you also please make sure they are named too.
Have a lovely week off and see you the following week.
Please remember school is closed to children on Thursday 8th June for the general election.
Week Ending Friday 19th May 2017
For children entering our reception class in September, please see the information and link at then end of this post.
Thank you to the nine parents who helped their child and sent in the homework. This week we will continue with the same homework as we would like more numbers that the children find. If you are having trouble logging onto the on-line learning journey then please arrange with the staff a mutually convenient time to come into school and we will endeavour to support you. Alternatively if there is enough demand we can put a parent help session on during the school day. So please let us know if you are experiencing difficulties and we will try to help you as much as possible. You will need a login from the school office and you will have to sign for it. If you have lost your login we will need to generate a new one and there is a small charge for this, so again please let the ladies in the office know.
There was great excitement earlier in the week when the children received a letter again from ‘Harry’. This time he said there were ‘dinosaur bones’ buried in our school grounds. So we set out to dig them up….
This week in cooking we have been making cheese twists, this is to help with their manipulation skills. The children had fun making twists this week and will continue next week as well.
Have a lovely number hunting weekend.
There is a class photo on Tuesday, if your child does not attend on a Tuesday and you would like them to be on the photographs, then please phone or ask in school on Monday for a time to come into school for the photograph – it won’t take that long.
If you need wrap around provision can we politely remind parents to book on line, we are finding an increasing number of parents are assuming that the children can stay for lunch if they are in all day. We have to ensure we have enough staff to cover for all of the children so please book in. Thank you for your support.
New Reception intake 2017 information
If your child is due to start in Reception class in September 2017 please see the link below:
Week Ending Friday 12th May 2017
We have had a fun week this week. We found some eggs on the funky finger table and when we opened them we found little dinosaurs. We have had great fun opening the eggs to take the dinosaurs in and out as well as helping to strengthen our fingers.
We have continued to look at information books and the children are getting good at saying if the book is a story or information book when we look at the front cover together. As well as finding out facts about the dinosaurs.
We have been having shape hunts with the 2D shapes this week and the children have loved finding them around our classroom. They are also amazing at telling me all about the shapes as well as naming them. We are super impressed and proud of them.
We listened to some more of the ‘Funnybones’ stories and really enjoyed the one with dinosaurs in. So we decided to make our own dinosaur skeletons using black paper and white art straws. We have been using the scissors to cut the straws. Some of us are really good with scissors and some of us need more help. So any cutting activities at home with a pair of children’s scissors are really beneficial.
We have changed the words to our’ elephant on a spiders web’ song to ‘dinosaurs on a spiders web’ and we have had some very scary dinosaurs in class.
Homework this week is to take a photo of a number your child finds in the environment, preferably with your child in the picture too and post it on SPTO. https://secure.schoolpupiltrackeronline.co.uk/index.php?logout=1 This could be the number on your front door or the number on Grandma’s door or a number on a sign or in a shop etc… Do they know what number it is?
We are going to print them off SPTO and make a display of the photos in class next week.
Can we remind parents that all children need a hat in school so they can go outside in this lovely weather. They also need a named water bottle with tap water in and not flavoured water or juice. Water bottles can be purchased from the school office for £1.50. Thank you for your support.
Have a fun number hunting weekend.
Week Ending Friday 5th May 2017
This week we have had fun looking at and listening to information books about dinosaurs. We have learnt some of their names, how big some of them were in relation to buses and if they were plant or meat eaters. We have listened to the Funnybones dinosaur story and have begun to make dinosaur skeletons.
We have enjoyed our outside time this week and have had time on the playground going round the track on the wheeled toys. The children have called the new sit on wheeled toys ‘crazy bikes’ and it has stuck. Some of them whizz round the track but with fantastic control. We have also been walking up and down steps and jumping off as well as rolling and throwing balls with the teachers. Most of the older children are good at rolling, throwing and catching a medium sized ball. We have also been looking at core strength and seeing if they can raise their head and shoulders whilst lying down with a soft toy between their knees. All of these skills are important to help the children develop both gross and fine motor skills and eventually neat handwriting as they progress through school.
As the weather becomes warmer can we ask that the children have a sensible named sunhat in school and also that if you want them to apply suncream in school they must be able to do it themselves and we need a named bottle sent into school. We will put the suncream on their hands so they do not waste it and encourage them to rub it in themselves. Alternatively if they are only in for the morning or afternoon session you may find it easier to apply a high factor before they come to school. We spend a mixture of time inside and outside and when the sun is really strong we will stay inside to keep the children safe from the sun. Please see the school policy for more information.
Homework this week is for parents to try and talk like a robot and sound out words for the children to work out. For example, when going out you could say – ‘Go and get your c-oa-t’ and bed time – ‘Time for b-e-d’ – Do the children know what you are saying? Can they work it out?
We have been doing some of this in nursery and the children are enjoying it. It is best to use the last word in the phrase. Have fun and try and incorporate it into your everyday routine and it will also help when they have to sound out words when reading. Please let us know how clever they are on the online Learning Journey.
Have a lovely weekend.
Week Ending Friday 28th April 2017
This week the children have had a fantastic time with the dinosaur small world area. A big thank you to all of the children and parents who sent things in to enhance the children’s play.
We also had a letter and bucketful of dinosaurs from Harry sent to school this week, the children are beginning to learn the names of some of the dinosaurs and next week we will be looking as some basic non fiction books about dinosaurs.
Homework this week is to find shapes when you are out and about and see if you can name them. In class we work on square, circle, triangle & rectangle for 2D shapes and cylinder, sphere, cube, cuboid and cone (I also mention triangular prism as we have some in our wooden blocks in the construction tunnel) for 3D shapes. We will be doing some more shape work in class next week focussing on recognising and naming them and investigating some of their properties.
Over the bank holiday could we ask that all families check their children’s hair and grown up’s for nits as we have had a few visitors in class over the last week. Thank you to the parents for letting us know so we can alert others to check their family.
Also a reminder please do not let the children bring toys in. On a daily basis we are having to find things from home which we have asked the children to put in their bags and they go and get them out again and then are upset when they leave them somewhere in class. Thank you for your support.
Have a fabulous bank holiday weekend and see you on Tuesday.
Week Ending Friday 21st April 2017
Welcome back and we hope that everyone has had a lovely Easter Break. We have enjoyed hearing about what the children got up to while they were not in school, most of what they told us involved copious amounts of chocolate, but they obviously had a great deal of fun too. We have been very impressed with how they have settled back into nursery so quickly.
We have some super bean plants that have returned to school and we will hopefully be planting them in the garden next week. Please send your bean back in as soon as possible even if it has not grown as we will reuse the pots next time we grow seeds.
Our new theme for this half term is Dinosaurs and the children have enjoyed making dinosaur deserts in cooking this week, they may have said they were putting the dinosaur in ‘mud’ – Chocolate Angel Delight, which we whisked up. We have enjoyed listening to Harry and his bucketful of dinosaurs go to school and we are wondering if any dinosaurs may come to our school soon? We have been doing dinosaur rubbings with chunky crayons holding them on their side.
Homework this week is to find something to bring in to help make a dinosaur small world area in class. Could you go for a walk on the beach and find some interesting pebbles? Or to the park and find some interesting sticks / branches that are on the floor we could use. Or have you got any logs in the garden that we could use. I’m sure you will have fun finding something for our small world area together.
During mixed morning on Thursday we looked at some photos that Mrs Jones had sent to school as she has been in Australia visiting her daughter. We told the children they could look at more if they wanted to at home by going on the reception class page.
Can we ask that all clothes/coats are named, children are starting to take jumpers and cardigans off as the weather improves and we would like them to go home with the correct child at the end of each session. We do try and make sure they have all of their belongings at the end of each session and it makes it easier when items are named. Can we also remind parents to put just water in named water bottles and not flavoured water or juice. This is for several reasons, mainly water is a healthy drink if we are thirsty and secondly if it gets spilt in class it is easy to clear up and does not leave a sticky mess to attract flies, wasps and ants. Thank you for your support in this.
Have a lovely weekend and see you next week.
Week Ending Friday 31st March 2017
This week we have continued to read Jasper’s Beanstalk and the children have planted beans. We have talked about what plants need to grow and the children have each planted a bean and are bringing it home for the spring break. It may need a water when they get home to start it off. While we are off school if you could record what happens to your bean and what your child notices and upload it to the online learning journey that would be fabulous. Please bring your bean back after the break. The learning journey can be found here
Also if you have any fabulous wow moments at home could you also please share them with us over the break through the online learning journey. We are loving seeing the contributions from home and endeavour to comment when new ones are posted.
We have continued to have great fun outside. Last week we had some new resources in nursery including 2 sit on toys. The children have soon grasped how to make them move by sitting on them and using their feet to propel themselves.
The children are thoroughly enjoying the areas and activities that are in Nursery both inside and outside.
There has been great excitement with our new magsnaps and children have been exploring how they fit together, they have also had the teachers making models on the leaflet that was in the box. Mrs Stocker made a pterodactyl and a rocket with some of the children. This is one of the rockets that one of our children made afterwards.
In cooking and maths the children have made spring nests and we have focussed on counting out the correct number of eggs from a bowl to put on our nests we have also been counting how many eggs altogether on both of the nests we have made.
Have a lovely spring break and see you when we return to school on Tuesday 18th April.
Week Ending Friday 24th March 2017
This week we have had fun reading Jasper’s Beanstalk and also hearing the Jack and the Beanstalk story as Jasper goes looking for giants at the end of the story. Next week we are going to plant beans like Jasper and the children will bring them home over the Easter holiday to look after them and then return them to school after the holiday. We will be seeing who has managed to grow the tallest bean! We then want to plant them in our garden area to see if we can reach the sky like Jasper.
In cooking we have been whisking eggs. The children have had fun learning how to use the whisks as many just wanted to stir. If you whisk anything at home perhaps they could help you.
The children have also had fun making smoothies and watching the food change and use a blender. We have had some lovely comments about how we made them and what they tasted like.
In our phonics sessions we have been using alliteration for the children’s names. We have linked this in to animals so we have had names such as Sid snake, Martha mouse and Barry bat. Ask your child if they can tell you a name. Could you come up with names for the family linked to either animals or adjectives such as marvellous mummy, super sister, lovely Lucy and dashing daddy. You can use brother and sisters first names as well. Please let us know the names you have come up with on SPTO the link is here https://secure.schoolpupiltrackeronline.co.uk/onlinereport0.php
Thank you to the parents who have been sending in resources for us, it is greatly appreciated. We are still on the look out for the following:
Large wooden cable reels
A bi-fold airer for den building
Large stones, logs or wood to create a bug house from the pallets already outside
If you can help then please send anything in.
We finish next Friday for our Easter break and return to school on Tuesday 18th April.
Have a lovely weekend and Happy Mother’s Day to all of our amazing Mums.
Week Ending Friday 17th March 2017
This week we have added actions to Rosie’s Walk and have been saying the story with the actions. For homework see if your child can say the story with the actions. We have included what we have done with the children in class here. Rosie’s walk talk4 writing story and actions
Please can you leave a photo and/or comment on your child’s on-line learning journey about the homework or anything else you have done at home. Thank you to the parents who have uploaded photos and comments. It is lovely to see your children having fun and doing things outside of school. Some parents have still to get their log-in details, please can you go to the office to get this. This is different from the on-line payment log-in and system. The link to the on-line learning journey is below.
We have had great fun in the outdoor area with new resources. Thank you to Saul’s mum for sending fabric, wool and ribbons in. The children have had great fun making dens and weaving on the weaving wall.
We are still on the lookout for
Ball pond balls
Large cardboard boxes or tubes
Wooden cable reels
A bi-fold airer for den building
Large stones, logs or wood to create a bug house from the pallets already outside
If you can help then please send anything in.
Some of the photos we have taken outside this week.
We have reminded the children to please not touch the resources first thing in the morning that we have set up outside. We know they are very tempting!
Spare clothes – we have no girls knickers in class for any accidents – if you have any spare or have not returned spare clothes please send them in. We are also asking that all children do have a spare change of clothes in their bag in case of accidents or getting wet in the water play.
Have a great weekend, we are looking forward to seeing what you have been up to.
Week Ending Friday 10th March 2017
This week we have been reading Rosie’s Walk by Pat Hutchins and have been acting out the story in the outdoor learning area. We have used things we have to represent where Rosie went on her walk as it focusses on prepositions. The tuff spot has been the pond and the tyres have been the haystack. All of the children have a good understanding of prepositions but they now need to increase their actual use when talking. We have a lot of ‘It’s there!’ So homework this week is to use a soft toy and take it in turns to tell each other where to put it. Perhaps you could photograph the funniest place you can find and write a comment on SPTO.
In maths we have been using the balance scales to see which vegetable is the heaviest / lightest. The children have had fun weighing the vegetables in their hands and then using the scales.
We have continued to develop our outdoor learning area further this week and Friday afternoon nursery and wrap helped to plant some sensory herbs and violas as well as extend our musical pans and put up a new weaving wall. We are waiting for guttering to go up to form part of a water wall.
We are asking if parents / grandparents friends or relatives have the following to donate to school:
Large cardboard boxes or tubes
Wooden cable reels
Fabric, sheets etc.. for den building
A bi-fold airer for den building
Fabric, wool or ribbons for weaving.
Large stones, logs or wood to create a bug house from the pallets
If you can help then please send anything in.
As we are developing the outside area we will be having more water play, although we have wet weather gear please can we ask that all children have a change of clothes with them in nursery in case they get wet. Some children do bring a bag with spare clothes in but can we ask that all children do. Thank you for your support.
We had seven cases of chicken pox this week, lets hope that all the children have had it now.
Have a fun weekend and see you next week.
Week Ending Friday 3rd March 2017
We hope everyone has had a wonderful half term, unfortunately the bugs remain with us and we have had sickness again as well as several cases of chicken pox this week in nursery. So please be vigilant if your child has not had chicken pox yet!
This week in nursery we have enjoyed Mr Wolf’s pancakes and we have focussed on helping each other using the story as a starting point. We joined in the pancake flip on Tuesday, with pancakes landing on heads, shoulders as well as the floor. However we all had fun.
The children have been trying to write a shopping list for Mr Wolf to take to the shops, we have had some lovely emergent writing and mark making linking in to our story.
We have also been planting seeds and talking about what the seeds need to grow and what we have used to plant them. Thank you to Mrs Olsen for asking Dave the gardener to come into school and weed the overgrown area. It now looks amazing and we are in the process of getting some sensory plants such as lavender and thyme that the children can plant to make the area more attractive and also add to the experience when outside.
Homework this week is whilst you are out and about over the weekend, can you spot any signs of spring and talk about them together. You should still be able to access the learning journey on SPTO and we have hopefully now got it set up so you can add a photo and comment on the photo you have uploaded. Alternatively you can still do wow moments on paper.
Have a fun weekend.
Week Ending Friday 17th February 2017
This week in nursery we have continued to work on ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’. The children have enjoyed making story maps and also using a storytelling hat and sitting in the storytelling teachers chair to tell their version of Goldilocks. We have been writing to baby bear saying sorry for breaking the chair and pretending we were Goldilocks and we even found a broken chair in our role play and one little one just put it back together and fixed it.
Nursery have no half yearly report as on Mrs Brown’s letter on SPTO, instead we are beginning to use electronic learning journeys and share that with you. This is very early days in nursery but we are very excited by the prospect of sharing more things with you that your child has done as well as you being able to contribute without having to print photos out etc… This should make us more efficient with time as well as increasing the home school links further. Your child’s paper learning journey will still be available in school for you to see and will be out for parents evening but we will increasingly do more electronically. So both will run side by side with observations and your child’s learning in one or the other.
Homework this half term is to do something fun together and then try and upload a photo and a comment onto SPTO that we can share with the class when we return after the half term.
We continue to have chicken pox going round nursery as well as the sickness bug. Hopefully the half term break will eradicate all of the bugs and we will all return to full health.
Have a fantastic fun filled half term and see you on 27th February.
Week Ending Friday 10th February 2017
This week in nursery we have been reading ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’. The children have had fun sequencing and retelling the story. Children suggested then we can work as a team to fix baby bears chair, and fix it with tools and glue! We have been learning actions to go with our story to support children’s language development.
This weeks homework is to practice the actions to Goldilocks and the Three Bears, and to talk about the story with your child. We are creating a display is the classroom of the children’s ‘story map’, so please could you write a wow moment to go on the display – something that your child has said about the story. The story and actions are here: Goldilocks talk for writing
The children have been busy having fun in all of the different areas. Children have been writing letters to the three bears, mark making and popping bubbles in the tuff spot.
We have displayed the children’s trolls which they have worked very hard on, showing them off to the rest of the school in the corridor. Please pop your head outside of our classroom door to have a look if you wish.
We are getting a collection of small toys being brought into nursery. Can we please ask that the children leave their toys at home so that they do not get lost.
Some of the teachers are concerned that younger children are playing and running around whilst waiting to collect older children. We would hate for an accident to happen to any of the children. We will remind the children next week that they are to stay with their grown up when collecting older children. Thank you for your support.
Have a fantastic weekend and we look forward to seeing you next week before half term!
Week Ending Friday 3rd February 2017
This week in nursery we have continued with work on The Three Billy Goats Gruff.
Thank you to the 10 children who did the homework and shared their bridges, we had some wonderful models made from boxes etc.. as well as some great thinking with the construction toys at home using blocks, Lego, train track and even tins from the kitchen cupboard. We are making a display of the photos of the bridges in class and the children can bring them home next week. They have been on display outside of our classroom for the whole school to see.
In class the children have had great fun making trolls heads with air dry clay, pipe cleaners, straws, lolly sticks, googly eyes and glitter. All of them are so individual and I wouldn’t like to meet them if they jumped out from under a bridge. We will display them outside our classroom before they bring them home in a few weeks time. They are still drying at the moment.
The children have been having fun in our new water tray, pouring and filling as well as learning how to put the aprons on properly and keep as much water as possible in the tray without getting it on the floor.
We have also had rice in the other tray and we have been filling cups up and emptying them and focussing on the vocabulary linked to capacity – full, empty, half full and half empty. These are good words to use when playing in the bath with toys or just plastic cups to see if they can use the words in other contexts.
In Stacey Time this week the children have enjoyed going into the hall and using a variety of instruments for quiet and loud sounds. They have been listening very carefully to distinguish high and low sounds as well as using the instruments to represent each of the three billy goats in the story. They have been making loud and quiet sounds as well as going fast and slow when playing their instruments.
As Spring approaches we have been having a tidy and a sort out in the outdoor area and we want to put out more activities for the children to do over the coming weeks linked into our themes and planning. Please can we ask that the children do not play with the toys and resources before school as we will be talking about the activities before they go outside. If any parents or grandparents have any spare time to help us weed and sort out the digging, planting and bug area we would be very grateful for any help.
Once again this week we have a variety of bugs going round nursery please be vigilant for sickness and diarrhoea as well as chicken pox. There are the usual winter coughs and colds which we expect and we do have tissues freely available in nursery and we encourage the children to wipe and blow their noses and then dispose of the tissue and wash their hands.
We have decided that the children can hang their coats up anywhere now. We easily have enough coat pegs for every day but due to parental choice of sessions and increasing numbers in nursery we no longer have enough to give everyone a dedicated peg across the week. So far the children have been able to find their coats easily and from Monday we will go back to finding their name on the low table near the carpet and putting it on the whiteboard in the carpet area.
Homework for this week is following on from our maths work in class. We have been sorting, counting and ordering Smarties. We have emptied a tube of Smarties out and then sorted for colour, counted each colour and found the numeral to match with it and then we have ordered them before putting them on a bar model.
At home we thought you could either sort and count a tube of Smarties or other similar sweets such as Haribo’s or count a small box of raisins or segments in a tangerine etc.. before eating them! Can you help your child to count accurately pointing to each sweet as they say a number. You may also want to count other things whilst at home or out and about. Remember we love to hear about your child’s activities at home and we put any parents wow moments and comments into their Learning Journeys. You can download a WOW moments here.
Have a fun weekend, full of lots of counting and see you next week.
Week Ending Friday 27th January 2017
We have enjoyed activities based around The Three Billy Goats Gruff this week. The children have enjoyed listening to the story and then using the character toys we have to act out the story in the small world area. We have also been making bridges using the blocks from the construction tunnel for the goats to cross over the river.
In hall time this week we have been focussing on traditional circle games so we have been playing The Farmers in his Den and There was a princess Long Ago. The children have enjoyed learning the songs and actions as well as putting their pumps on for the session. I was really pleased and thankful that all the pumps sent in were named, it is really appreciated and makes changing a lot easier.
We have listened to the story about the Jade Emperor this week and how he named the years after animals in China, this has also linked in to the spring rolls we have made in class.
Homework this week is to make a bridge from either found materials (boxes etc..) or construction toys such as Duplo and photograph it or bring it in (junk models only) so the children can show and talk about to all of the children in class and make a display of the photos of their bridges.
Children are allowed to bring in a named water bottle every day for if they are thirsty in class, this is as well as the carton of milk they get in class. Please remember it has to be plain water, not flavoured water or juice as if it gets spilt it is very messy. Thank you for your support in this.
There have also been a lot of bugs and illness going round nursery this week including chicken pox in case your child has not had it and develops spots.
Have a fantastic bridge building weekend and see you next week.
Week Ending Friday 20th January 2017
You may have noticed an extra teacher in class. Miss Wright has joined us from LJMU for this half term and she is enjoying getting to know the children and working alongside all of the existing nursery staff.
We have had lots of fun with activities around the story of the Gingerbread Man, from drawing characters, and painting gingerbread men. Putting raisins on a gingerbread man with plastic tweezers to help our fine motor skills. Counting and putting buttons on gingerbread men. The children enjoyed joining in with the the repetitive part of the story and making the sounds of the animals as we read the story. We have been singing 5 currant buns and using real pennies to pretend to buy a current bun and we also had pennies and made a shop area to buy gingerbread using the pennies too. We have been ordering gingerbread men and the other characters from the book for size and getting the children to use the correct vocabulary.
We are moving onto the Three Billy Goats Gruff next week.
Homework this week is to find something in your home which you can order in size, such as teddy’s, cars etc……You may also want to count them pointing to each object as you say the number, please write a wow moment and/or take a photo about the homework or anything else that makes you say wow at home and send it in to school to go in your child’s learning journey. You can down load a wow moment or just use a post it note or piece of paper.
Thank you to all of the parents who have paid online for the cooking for the rest of the academic year. If anyone is having trouble logging on or with payments then please see the staff in the office. We are unable to accept cash in class.
Have we any green fingered parents or grandparents?
The garden area in nursery is looking rather sorry for itself and I’m not sure what is dead or alive or what will grow again if anything! So before the spring it would be nice if anyone would be willing to weed it and help create an area for planting with the children as well as a weed free digging area. If you can help at some point then please let me know.
Towards the end of the week we have had a few cases of sickness and diarrhoea in school so please be vigilant and if your child is poorly then please keep them away from nursery for 48 hours since the last episode. Thank you
Have a wonderful weekend and see you next week.
Happy New Year and welcome back to school.
Apologies for not updating on Friday but the internet was down in school and so we were unable to update our page.
The children have settled back into class really well. I think they have grown over the holiday in both height and maturity.
This half term we are looking at traditional tales and focussing on The Gingerbread Man, The Three Billy Goats Gruff and Goldilocks. We will also be sharing a wide variety of other traditional tales at story time. Last week the teachers have all enjoyed hearing about the children’s Christmas and the lovely presents that Santa brought them.
Cooking on a Thursday. If your child is in on a Thursday cooking will resume this week. In order for your child to take part there is a contribution of £4 for the rest of the academic year. Please pay online and this also gives the school your permission for your child to take part in this extra activity.
On Tuesday mornings we are continuing to go into the hall and we are going to get the children to take their shoes off and put black school pumps on. Please send them in with names in both pumps and shoes to help us if they get separated from each other! All children except the new starters for this term have had a red kit bag so please bring them in and we will have a box to put them in. We are also trying a new coat peg system as due to the increase in numbers there are not enough coat pegs to even double up due to session choice. We have more than enough for all of the children every day but not enough for a dedicated peg for everyone.
Remember if your child does something that amazes you then please write a wow moment on a star, post it or paper and send it in.
Thank you for all of your support.
Week Ending Thursday 22nd December
We have had another fun filled few days in nursery. Thank you for all of the kind gifts we have received. We wish everyone a wonderful
and fun filled Christmas and New Year.
The Nursery Team
We all return to school on Monday 9th January 2017.
Week Ending Friday 16th December
The week was finished off by some lovely singing from the children. It was fantastic to see so many parents and grandparents. The children made us so proud with their super singing and behaviour. It is hard to believe they are only 3 and 4 years old. Thank you to everyone who supported us, the children loved having you there. They also enjoyed the surprise visit from Father Christmas at the end.
This week in nursery we have heard ‘The Nativity Story’ and have been playing with the small world nativity figures to encourage us to retell the story.
We have continued with our craft activities and this week we have been using air dry clay. It was very cold and squishy and made our hands all dirty. We have watched it dry and become hard.
Homework this week is to do something Christmassy and see if the children can tell us something they have done next week in nursery.
Have a super weekend and we will see you next week. Please remember we break up on Thursday afternoon and we return to school on Monday 9th January.
Week Ending Friday 9th December
We have continued to have fun in nursery doing our Christmas craft activities. The children have also enjoyed decorating the Christmas tree outside of our classroom. The yule logs continued to look amazing and the children enjoyed making them.
We have been ‘writing’ our names and looking at how we hold our pencils and crayons. We are continually doing activities to promote hand eye coordination and strength in the children’s wrists and fingers to help with their writing now and in the future. Since last half term the progress the children have made is so wonderful so see and the teachers think they are very clever.
We have not sent book bags home on Friday as we are collecting the books in over Christmas as well as using the bags to send the Christmas activities home in during the last week. Please send the bag in as soon as you have enjoyed the book together. If you have lost your bag then please send a named carried bag in to bring things home. Thank you.
We have had a case of chicken pox in nursery this week so please keep an eye on your child if they have not yet had it.
Homework this week is to go on Busy Things and find the Santa dash game (it’s in the foundation section) and play it with a grown up. Please write a wow moment and send it in if you have enjoyed it. Wow moments can be downloaded here.wow If you have mislaid the login then please ask the teachers next week and we can give you a flyer with the details on again.
Most children should have brought their 2 tickets home for ‘Songs Around the Christmas Tree’, we still have a few left to give out at the start of next week.
Have a fun weekend and see you next week.
Songs around the Christmas tree..
Change of details
Due to the many Christmas activities in school and our determination to give as many Christmas activities and opportunities to all of the children in our school we have had to change the timing of our singing. Morning and afternoon nursery will now be as normal, but children who do not attend on a Friday morning are welcome to join us for our songs starting at 11.00am. Doors (main entrance) open at 10.45am. Tickets are in the process of being amended before being sent out with the children as soon as we are able to.
For afternoon only children you may want them to have lunch in school which can be booked and paid for through club – lunch session is £3.50. (Please call Hayley at club to make these arrangements, bookings cannot be taken on the day due to staffing organisation)
The Christmas fair is now first thing in the morning. As this is a PTA event children in nursery can bring up to £3 in a named envelope / purse and we will take them in small groups around the fair. We are not able to accept money not in a named envelope or purse, so please send the money in as we have asked.
Thank you for your patience and support.
The Nursery Team.
Week Ending Friday 2nd December
This week in nursery we have been busy printing with our hands and feet, we had great fun and it was very tickly on our feet. We are continuing with this next week as we are making special things with them over the coming weeks.
We had great fun in the hall using the large parachute during our hall time, singing rhymes and making waves and mushrooms. I am so proud of how sensible and quiet the children are when walking through school to the hall. You would not think they are nursery at all they are so grown up.
We have continued to make yule logs and will continue next week, if your child has not made one and attends Thursday mornings then please send in a decoration as soon as possible. Thank you.
As part of our pre-phonics work we have been listening for sounds in school and talking about what we can hear and we have also enjoyed drumming with drumsticks on different things outside and finding different sounds when drumming.
We will be sending 2 tickets per family out next week for the ‘songs around the Christmas tree’. Details were posted earlier in the week and can be found by scrolling down to end of this post.
As it is cold season, if your child has a cold please encourage and support them in wiping and blowing their nose independently. We are also encouraging them to wash their hands afterwards to reduce the spread of germs. A good way to help children learn to blow their nose is to blow a feather by blowing down their nose when they are cold free! Its also a fun activity.
Homework this week is to sing ‘Jingle bells’ and ‘Rudolph the red nose reindeer’ together. We have been learning some makaton signs to Rudolph so if your child starts to make signs then you know they are learning them in school.
Thank you to the handful of parents who did the homework last week. The children enjoyed sharing their stories and making sounds to their friends in class.
On a safety note, please can you not let the children walk, run and play along the wall at the front of the school at home time. We would hate one of them to fall and have a nasty accident once we have handed them over to you or grandparents.
Have a lovely weekend and see you next week.
Songs around the Christmas Tree
On Friday 16th December it is our traditional songs around the Christmas Tree for Nursery. All children in nursery are invited for the morning and then 2 adults per child are invited to join us at 9.30am for a Christmas sing song, followed by refreshments and mince pies. There will be no nursery session for the afternoon as all are invited for the morning. It is also Christmas jumper day so if both children and their grown-up’s could come in festive tops that would be lovely and make it even more Christmassy. We are looking forward to singing lots of lovely songs for you.
Week ending Friday 25th November 2016
We had a special visitor on Tuesday morning as the fire engine came to visit. We enjoyed using the hose pipe and sitting in the cab. The siren was very loud and we found out about how firefighters help us.
This week some children have made their yule logs, the rest will make them over the coming weeks. Please can you send in a small decoration for the log as soon as possible. Thank you.
All the children in nursery have snack every day. There is a small carton of milk and fruit/vegetables given to the children every day. As parents you also have the option of buying a piece of toast every day for your child. This needs to be paid through the online payment system and is linked to the electronic registers. In class there are a mixture of children who have both toast and fruit, just toast or just fruit. If you need any help or support using the online system then please contact the school office where they will be more than willing to help you iron out any problems.
Last half term we sent out a learning story for each child on the chip making activity. There are quite a few that have not been returned so if you have not sent it back then please do so by next week so we can stick it in your child’s learning journey books. If you need another one please let us know so we can print another one off.
Please be vigilant as we have had a sickness bug and high temperature going round nursery this week. If children are sick they need to be at home for 48 hours after the last sickness bout.
Homework for this week is to pick a favourite story book and find objects around the home to make sounds or make sounds with your voice or body parts to enhance the story as you read the book together. Stories such as ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’, ‘The very hungry caterpillar’ and ‘Dear Zoo’ are starter ideas. I’m sure you will have amazing fun together and this all works towards the skills they need when they begin to learn the letter sounds. Please could you send in the book (with your child’s name inside) so that we can share them with the rest of their friends in Nursery next week and hear about the wonderful sounds you have made together.
Have a wonderful weekend and see you next week.
Week Ending Friday 18th November
This week in nursery we have all made a card for Mrs Embery to wish her well on her exciting new family adventure. We will miss her but she will visit us in the new year once she is settled with her new family.
Mrs Stocker takes over as Key Person for all of Mrs Embery’s children and you can read her profile here
The midwife came to visit us this week and told us how she helps look after mum’s and their babies before and after they are born. We saw how a baby was weighed on the scales and had a go at weighting the ‘baby’.
In cooking on Thursday over the new few weeks the children will be making yule logs. Could you please send in a small cake decoration in a sealed bag / envelope with your child’s name on in preparation for this activity. If you have any question then please ask the teachers. Thank you for your support.
Homework for this week is to find things around the home that make a sound. Such as keys when they jingle, money in a purse, noisy toys etc.. Can you find some things and then play a guessing game to see if you can find which one makes that sound. You can hide the objects behind something or use a blindfold, but we hope that this is a bit of fun as well as linking into the sound work we are doing in nursery over the coming weeks. If you enjoyed the game you may want to do a wow moment or let us know on a piece of paper / post it note.
Have a lovely weekend and see you next week.
Week Ending Friday 11th November
This week in Nursery we have been having lots of fun counting backwards from 5 like rockets. We have also been counting objects and our friends in class not forgetting to count ourselves.
On Tuesday we went into the big hall for some action songs during movement time. We really enjoyed the session and we will continue these each Tuesday morning. After Christmas we will need a pair of pumps each and we will change our footwear, but at the moment we will stay in our shoes. For those children in during the afternoon we also did some of the songs in class.
Cooking this week and next week is mince pies, we rely on the voluntary contribution of £1 each half term. If your child is in on a Thursday please send in the contribution as soon as possible so that we can continue this weekly activity. This half term each child will cook 3 times. Thank you so much to the parents who have already sent the money in.
Lots of children can now do their coats, please keep up the good work at home too. If your child is struggling the Montessori way of putting the coat on the floor, standing by the hood, putting your arms in and then throwing it over your head is very effective and we have seen children who are not yet 2 put their coats on by this method. Although there are a couple who can do their own zip we are helping the children to fasten their coats once on.
Homework this week is to go on a listening walk with a grown up and listen carefully to all the sounds you hear. Talk about what you heard, did you recognise all of the sounds? Were they loud or quiet? Were they long or short sounds? Please write a wow moment which you can download here wow or a note on a piece of paper/post it note.
Have you see the amazing firework collage the children have created in class? It looks amazing and the children had so much fun creating their piece.
Have a lovely weekend and see you next week.
Week Ending Friday 4th November
This week in Nursery we have had fun printing firework pictures and adding glitter to make them sparkle. These will form a display in Nursery over the coming weeks so please keep a look out.
We have also been having fun in the sand and water play filling and pouring playing with the diggers and boats.
We have also been seeing who can put their coat on by themselves and we have certificates to give out next week for those who have shown us they can do it this week. We will be working with those children who still need support to become independent as the weather gets colder. Please can you continue to support your child to put their coat on themselves. The children have also had a great deal of fun putting different hats, scarfs and gloves on and looking at themselves in the mirror.
Next week we are starting our people who help us topic for the next few weeks before moving onto winter for the remainder of the term.
Homework for this week is to see how many words you can think of to describe the colours and sounds of fireworks and you can write a wow moment with which ones your child can think of.
Please can we remind parents about library books, they are changed on a Friday and need to be returned on the first day your child attends the following week. If your child does not attend nursery on a Friday please collect from the from the out box when they do come in. We know that some children are not taking them home and we will endeavour to catch those that go to club and who are not collected by a parent / family member.
Please keep safe and enjoy any fireworks you are going to over the weekend.
Week Ending Friday 21st October
This week in Nursery we have been doing our Autumn half term writing and number assessments. Our teachers are very impressed with the progress that we have made in just one half term! We have been investigating all the different Autumn resources that we collected for our homework last week and we have been learning all about shape and making shape pictures. Mrs Stocker has been making ‘shape witches’! in preparation for Halloween and to help us to develop our fine motor skills and revisit our shape learning. During ‘Mixed Morning’ this week some of us used the tablets in the Reception class area all by ourselves!
Homework for the holidays is to continue practising our number recognition and counting using 1:1 correspondence. Please click here to download the resources you will need to help your child complete their homework-number-flashcards-to-20 some children will be working with numbers 0-5 others will be working with numbers 0-10 and some children will be working with numbers 0-20. It is really important that you child becomes secure with 0-5 before progressing any further. It would be lovely if parents could complete WOW! moments to accompany your child’s homework. You can download WOW! moments here wow
Thank you to all of our parents who attended parents evening, if you did not manage to make an appointment please see Mrs Embery to make an appointment.
After the half term break we will really start to focus on our independence skills. We will reward all of the children who can put on their own coats with a certificate at the end of the first week back! Below is a link to a YouTube clip that may help you out!
When we come back after half term we will be learning all about Bonfire Night. We will be practising putting on hats, gloves and scarfs in preparation to watch the fireworks! If anyone has any old hats, gloves or scarfs that they could donate to Nursery it would be very much appreciated!
Please have a happy and safe half term!
Week Ending Friday 14th October
This week in Nursery we have continued with our ‘Vegetable’ theme. When we read the story ‘Oliver’s Vegetables’ last week, we were shocked to discover that chips came from potatoes and not from McDonalds! So this week Mrs Embery made chips with us so that we could see how they came from potatoes.
We also had a visitor from Pensby High School this week. He did some lovely potato printing with us.
Please be aware that we still have some nasty bugs in Nursery. Keep and eye out for diarrhea and vomiting and if you spot any signs please keep your child off Nursery for a minimum of 48 hours.
We have also had a reported case of headlice. I would like to thank our parents for their honesty when informing us of any cases so that we can warn other parents.
This weekend we would like all of our children to continue practising putting on their own coats, now that the weather is getting colder this independence is even more important!
This weekend we would like you to go on an Autumn walk and collect 5 things for our Investigation Table, you can practise putting your coat on for the walk! Please count the objects with your child using 1:1 correspondence as explained in last weeks weekly news. If you would like to please feel free to complete a WOW! moment telling us how amazing your child is at counting or collecting Autumn objects.
Download your WOW! moments here wow-moments
Below you will find information about our upcoming school events the Halloween Disco and the Fireworks display, click on the pictures to see an enlarged version.
A quick reminder for any of our parents who use our Wrap Around service, please ensure that you are completing your booking forms in advance of the sessions that you wish to use. The service is very flexible and the staff are more than happy to accommodate short term or 1 off care however this must be arranged through the Wrap Around service not through Nursery. Therefore if you require your child to have lunch or use the afternoon service that day, please ring Wrap using the ‘Extended Children’s Service’ option or pop in to see the Wrap Around Staff. Booking forms are available to download from the website on the school office page.
Have a safe and enjoyable weekend!
Week Ending Friday 7th October
Warning! We have now had 2 reported cases of diarrhea and vomiting in Nursery this week! Please be extra vigilant with your child. If they show any signs of illness please keep them off Nursery for a minimum of 48 hours to stop the bug spreading and to prevent other children catching it. Our children’s little bodies do not cope well with tummy bugs so please be considerate of others.
This week we have continued with our vegetable theme. Homework is for your child to tell you all about a vegetable that they have learned about this week. Children might like to draw a vegetable and they can ask an adult to label it for them. If they do not wish to draw they can tell you all about a vegetable and an adult can record their learning on a WOW! moment.
This week we are sending home our ‘Number Sacks’. The sack contains a card with a song or a story to encourage counting. It also has resources to encourage children to count with your support. They are activities for you to complete together as parent and child. Please look after these very precious resources and return them to Nursery on Monday or at your child’s first session following the weekend. if any of the resources are lost you may be asked to replace them or cover the cost of them being replaced. We only have 8 number sacks so we will have a rota for them being sent home. Please have lots of fun with your child.
All children who are due to start in Reception in September 2017 will require an application to be completed online. We have an information leaflet available for parents, if you have not yet received it please ask a member of the Nursery Team. We like to hand out the application in person so that we can ensure you have received it. If you struggle to get to school and see the staff in person for example if your child attends breakfast and after school club, then please contact the school and ask to speak to Mrs Embery and I will be able to assist you. Each year we have many parents disappointed when they are allocated a school place for September, please bear in mind that applications are completed and dealt with by Wirral authority, unfortunately school has no say in allocation. I would strongly advise ALL parents even those who have older siblings in the school or who think they may live in the catchment area to check where exactly your catchment school is. Parents cannot simply choose a school rather they are assigned a school place for their child based on where you live. This is the main criteria for places, if your child has an older sibling in the school this DOES NOT guarantee you a place for a younger sibling and again, every year we have families whose children have been assigned to schools different to where their sibling attends. Unfortunately last year we experienced what the local authority referred to as a ‘bulge’ year with an extremely high birth rate, therefore sadly even some families who did live in catchment still did not receive a place. I am aware that this can all sound very worrying but I would rather be open and transparent with our parents and provide you with the information that you need sooner rather than later. If you have any concerns do not hesitate to speak to me or contact the school office and make an appointment to see me. The leaflet provides you with all the information you need as does the Wirral.gov website. To look up your catchment school please click on this link:
The deadline for admissions is January 15th 2017. Please be aware that there is no ‘first come, first served’ basis, rather as mentioned above places are allocated on catchment.
To complete your online application please click on this link:
In Nursery this week we have been using the smart board to complete data handling, looking at our favourite vegetables and counting how many children chose each one!
Remember to keep practising children’s independence skills!
Have a lovely weekend everyone!
Week Ending Friday 30th September
Please find our weekly Newsletter here 30-09-16
WOW! moments are available to download here wow-moments
This week in Nursery we have been continuing with our ‘All About Me’ topic. In our playdough area, we have been making faces using playdough and Autumn materials.
We have also been using acorns to help us with our counting. Our job in the number area was to match the correct number of acorns to the leaf with the corresponding number on it. Our teachers have been showing us how to count using 1:1 correspondence. That means that as we count we say the number out loud but only as we touch the acorns, this helps us to count slowly and clearly instead of just counting in rote.
Please feel free to practise counting using 1:1 correspondences at home with your child. It helps to put the objects that are to be counted in a straight line to avoid confusion.
If we are able to count securely, our teachers have been working on number recognition with us, 0-5 and then 0-10 if we are ready!
Week Ending Friday 23rd September
Please find our weekly Nursery newsletter here 23-09-16
WOW! moments are available to download here wow-moments
This week we have been very busy in Nursery! On Tuesday we went to the hall for P.E and played games with the giant parachute.
In the outdoor area, we have been building our houses. We are making lots of new friends as we play and learn together.
Welcome Back Everybody!
It is the start of a brand new school year and we are learning all about ‘Ourselves’. Please find here our weekly newsletter 16-09-16
Each week we set the children a homework that is appropriate for Early Years. This week in preparation for learning all about ourselves, please look in a mirror with your child and talk about their hair and eye colour, how many eyes they have, where their nose is etc.
Ask them to look at your hair and eye colour, is it the same or is it different?
We very much welcome contributions from our parents regarding your child’s learning. We encourage you to use our WOW! moments to record any achievement or goal that your child meets at home and send them into school. This information will form part of your child’s learning journey. You can download WOW! moments here wow-moments
Alternatively you can record your child’s achievements on post its or just on a scrap of paper, any contribution is welcome. Please feel free to use a WOW! moment to record their homework this week.
Nursery Holiday Homework
In preparation for your child starting in Nursery, it may be useful to check if your child can do the following independently:
- Can they recognise their own name? This is a useful skill to help your child to identify where their coat peg is and which jumper/cardigan is theirs at the end of the session.
- Are they able to pull their own trousers/leggings/tights up? If they are still learning how to be independent when going to the toilet it is much easier for them to wear loose clothes that they can manage themselves…..no skinny jeans!
- Can they put their own coat on? They may still struggle with zips and buttons but if they can manage to put their arms in the sleeves of their coat independently this will help them to access the outdoor area more readily.
- Can they wash their hands without assistance after using the toilet? Please use constant reminders with your child to wash their hands after using the toilet, this is vital for the health and safety of your child and others in the setting.
Have a practise of the above with your child over the summer and help them to be Nursery ready!
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WOW moments You can download WOW! moments by clicking on the link.
This week we having continued with our ‘Minibeasts’ topic. We had a special visitor to our classroom, a tarantula named ‘Tilly’. We learnt lots of facts about Tilly and other spiders, ask your child to tell you something that they have learnt and record it on a WOW! moment.
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This week we have been celebrating the Queen’s Birthday in Nursery. We have written birthday cards for the Queen, played in the castle small world, built sandcastles, dressed up like the royal family, and on Friday we had a birthday party and played party games.
Our homework was to make a crown to wear at the party, we had some amazing ones!
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Have an enjoyable half term break everybody and we will see you back in school on Monday 6th June!
‘Race For Life’
We have celebrated our ‘Race for Life’ in school today. We had a warm up session on the top playground with the whole school and then completed our laps of the race circuit. We are very proud of the Nursery children despite their very short legs they have very big hearts and every child completed the course with a huge smile on their face!
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This week in Nursery we have been showing off our 3-D space models that we have made at home, we had some amazing models sent into school!
20 05 16 Newsletter
This week we started our ‘Space’ topic.
We have been dressing ourselves in the spaceman costume and engaging in role-play flying our spaceships and working on the space station.
We have also been playing in our small world space station and reading stories about space and aliens.
In the finger gym we have been choosing different size, shape and textured materials to create a space scene.
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Race for Life/Charity Day 2016
To donate, please go to our Just Giving Page by clicking HERE.
You can also view the information letter by clicking HERE.
Friday 6th May 2016
A special thank you this week to Abigail Irons and her family for bringing into Nursery a beautiful African mask for us to look at as part of our ‘Africa’ topic. Dad kindly brought the mask all the way from Angola!
This week we have been learning all about the fruit from the Hand’s Surprise story. Homework this week is an interactive activity for you to complete with your child. Please see below a recipe for a healthy, fruity treat. Please complete WOW! moments to accompany your child’s homework.
Frozen Fruity Yoghurt Cups
200g of yoghurt (any yoghurt will do!)
Selection of different fruit cut up into small pieces
- Lay 12 paper cake cases out on a baking tray or you can use silicone cake cases.
- Dollop the yoghurt equally between the cases.
- Place pieces of fruit on top of the yoghurt and press them down slightly using the end of a spoon.
- Place the baking tray with the filled cases into the freezer for 2 hours.
- Remove the tray and serve peeling off the paper case (any leftovers can be placed into a sandwich bag and popped back into the freezer for later).
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This week we have been learning all about Africa!
Jamie and Ellie have been reading stories about life in Africa. The children carried their ‘buckets of water’ on their heads and Saul went on safari. Ava has been playing in our safari small world.
Africa Homework 29/04/16
29 04 16 Newsletter
I hope you had an enjoyable spring break and are ready to tackle the summer term. Please find below our topic web for the summer A half term.
22 04 16 Newsletter
Please remember to complete WOW! moments over the Easter weekend if your child makes you go “Wow!”
EASTER EGG COMPETITION
Well done to all of our children who entered the competition and congratulations to our winner……
for your ‘Big Blue Monster’ egg.
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Our Week 14th March-18th March 2016
For Sport Relief today, we completed 3 laps of the playground!
This week we have had a very sporty week! On Tuesday we went to the school hall for P.E. We listened to the music and moved our bodies and our ribbons in time to the music.
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This week we have had another very busy week in Nursery! We have been playing in our Pirate small world and sharing pirate stories with our friends and teachers. In our construction area we have been building pirate ships using the photographs for inspiration and in the making area we have used 2-D shapes to make pictures of pirate ships. In our mathematics we have learnt positional language, on, under, behind, in front of and next to. We had to listen very carefully to the instructions and put the pirate and the octopus in the correct place. In phonics we have re visited ‘s’ and we sorted the animals into two groups. One group who’s name started with ‘s’ and the other group who’s name did not start with ‘s’. Next week we will be writing messages in a bottle.
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World Book Day!
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Well done to Freya Morris for fantastic homework this week!
This week we have been learning all about Chinese New Year. We listened to the story of the animal race and used the masks in the role-play area to retell the story. We have been exploring in our investigation area with noodles and giant tweezers to build on our motor control and we have been writing numbers using Chinese symbols. In our construction area we have been building Chinese temples and we have watched a Dragon Dance on the smartboard.
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This week in Nursery we have been learning all about winter. Our classroom has been turned into a winter wonderland! We have been marmaking in the snow, decorating our winter tree with snow, making Christmas cakes and snowy pictures and building igloos! On Friday when we came into Nursery, two naughty penguins had become trapped in the ice and we had to think of a way to rescue them.
Topic Web Winter
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Autmn 2 Topic WebBonfire Night
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This week we have been preparing for Bonfire Night. We have been making rockets in the creative workshop and we have been practising putting on our hats and gloves to keep us warm whilst we watch the fireworks. Today we made chocolate dipped apples for a tasty Bonfire Night treat.
Please click the link below to view our Halloween Disco Flyer…
Please read our first newsletter of the term. We look forward to welcoming some more new children to Nursery next week. Once everyone has started we will let you know all the exciting activities we have planned for this half term and beyond.
All of our Nursery children have been stars this term ! We wish those moving on to new schools lots of luck, we’re sure that you will have lots of fun in your new classes. We look forward to seeing and working with those children moving into Miss Scott’s class every Thursday during mixed morning. To those children returning to Nursery – have a great summer and we will see you either at our stay & play sessions on Thursday or Friday 3rd/4th September or in the week beginning 8th September.Thank you to all our parents who attended our mini sports day and family picnic on Friday – we were so lucky with the weather ! If you have a child taking part in the main school sports day on Tuesday 14th July and wish to collect your child from Nursery so that they can watch their sibling compete please let staff know.
The children were fascinated by our visit from The Creepy Crawly Show – we were able to watch and handle some amazing creatures including Liz the Royal Python, Ginge the Corn Snake, and Michelle the Terrapin. We were very proud of the children when Steve the “bug man” said Nursery children usually scream and squirm but ours sat so still and listened and asked sensible questions. Check out our Nursery window to see some of the photos of the children handling the creatures…..you will notice there are non of the staff – we had to hold the camera of course !
Well done to all our Nursery children who completed our 1k Race for Life challenge. Children who were in Nursery all day actually completed it TWICE so a fantastic effort from them ! We have had amazing amounts of sponsor money sent in, a big thank you to all our Nursery families for their support.
Friday 27th March
Easter Bonnet Competition – Wednesday 1st April.
Nursery children are more than welcome to take part in this competition. We will choose a winner and a runner up for the best bonnet.
Every child who comes to school in a Easter Bonnet willreceive a Creme Egg.
Friday 20th March
Friday 13th March
Comic Relief came to Pensby and Nursery did themselves proud by making their faces funny and bringing in their money. The children ran a beauty spa and throughout the day staff were able to visit and have a make over. This was a once in lifetime experience as staff were treated like super stars and looked like super stars! Well, nearly.
Thank you to all of our children and our fellow staff members for being such fantastic sports. We had a great day together.
Friday 6th March
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Friday 13th February
Valentines Day and finsihing our topic – Chinese New Year.
The children have experienced more Chinese traditions – the Lion Dance, where some lucky individuals were selected to take part in their own dance using the Lion head! We have listened to music, tasted some more delights from the orient and made wishes for our wishing tree for familiy and friends.
Finally the children have made their own cards for their loved ones ready for Saturday 14th February.
Half term – school closes Friday 13th February and we all return ready to learn and have fun – Monday 23rd February.
Have a lovely holiday.
Friday 6th February
Chinese New Year Celebrations. The children have started to learn about Chinese traditions and how and why they celebrate Chinese New Year.
The children really enjoyed reading the zodiac story, tasting different food and making Chinese Dragons and lanterns.
Friday 23rd January
A reminder to parents that toast is available at snack time in both morning and afternoon nursery.
10p for half a slice and 20p for a full slice.
Friday 16th January
Friday 9th January
Happy New Year.
Thursday 18th December
Friday 12th December
Wow what a fantastic Christmas Performance!!!!!
Nursery we are so proud of you – absolutely awesome singing with all the children taking part and looking great.
Thank you to all who mangaged to attend our small but wonderful performance.
Next week is our last week in school. Our last day is Thursday 18th December.
However we have a fun packed week ahead. Christmas cards to finish and of course our CHRISTMAS PARTY! Donations for party food please – 50p.
Our party will be Tuesday 16th December in our classroom with all Nursery children being asked to arrive at 12.30pm for a full afternoon session. Therefore please can we remind parents that as a result we will have no morning nursery that day, but Wrap have offered to swap all afternoon sessions that day to morning sessions. So if this is convenient for parents then please contact club to arrange this.
Have a lovely weekend.
Friday 5th December
Friday 28th December
This weeks newsletter details our plans for next week!
Keep practising our Christmas songs – Twinkle Twinkle, Rudolf the Rednose Reindeer and We Wish you a Merry Christmas.
Friday 21st November
A busy week in Nursery practising our songs ready for Friday 12th December! Remember we need to practise at home too.
Three songs – Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer and We Wish you a Merry Chrstmas.
This week – Don’t forget your Christmas decorations for Yule Logs – in bags with names please.
Friday 14th November
Friday 7th November
Friday 21st October
Friday 17th October
It’s been a great week in Nursery. Read our latest newsletter to find out why?
Friday 10th October
We have had a great week welcoming our new friends into Nursery. The weather has been fantastic and enabled us to utilise our outdoor area to its full potential.
Friday 3rd October
Please find the first newsletter listed below for you to enjoy reading over the weekend. 12th September 2014