HALEWOOD CofE NURSERY
TEACHER: MRS J KIZILTAN
TEACHING ASSISTANT: MRS M MORRIS
WELCOME TO THE NURSERY WEB PAGE
(Our web page is designed to show you the most recent series of events.
Scroll to the bottom of the page for information from the beginning of the academic year; scroll up for the most recent half term news.)
The greatest show is moving on
to make way for
Chinese New Year!
SPRING: HALF TERM 1
Welcome back and Happy New Year!
We begin the term by looking at the season of winter. Throughout January and February we will take any opportunities to look at the changes in the weather and discuss these with the children. We particularly look forward to a flurry of snow or frozen puddles so that children can learn firsthand about the science behind the wintry days. Keep wrapped up kids!
Roll Up for the Greatest Show
Last term, we realized that some of the children were enthralled with ‘The Greatest Showman’ movie. They knew about the characters and could sing lines from the songs. On their return following the Christmas holidays, it became clear that their enthusiasm for the film had not diminished. There was only one thing to do – create our own circus! Without further ado, we found 'stage' curtains and circus tents, set up a Big Top outside, provided lots of role play materials for the children, and then, watched the magic happen!
30.01.2019 – Snow Patrol!
We hoped for snow and we were blessed with a gentle offering that was just enough for our children to explore. Super science as well as lots of fun as the children:
Please watch our lovely video to see some highlights from the day!
- thoroughly enjoyed investigating snow and ice;
- gathered it and built with it;
- watched how ‘solid’ ice thawed into ‘liquid’ water with simply the heat from our hands;
- collected water when it dripped from the roof as it thawed.
AUTUMN: HALF TERM 2
Autumn and Hibernation
We began this half term by continuing to learn about the season of Autumn, followed by, the unusual occurrence of hibernation. We looked at animals that hibernate through the cold, winter months, and then, we focused on hedgehogs in particular. The children thoroughly enjoyed the activities within the provision and Mrs Morris also taught them a new song - the Hedgehog Song!
02/11/18: For homework this week, we decided to share the song with you. However, we thought that you might need some help to join in...
...so please view the video below!
This week, Nursery children had a super time celebrating Diwali – the Hindu Festival of Lights.
The children listened carefully to the story of Rama and Sita – learning how good triumphed over evil and light over darkness. They learned that Diwali is a time for spring cleaning; decorating homes with Rangoli patterns, diwa lamps and lanterns; using henna to create Mehndi patterns on hands; wearing lovely clothes; exchanging gifts; eating delicious food and, of course, prayer.
To experience this, the children designed their own Rangoli patterns and diwa lamps. They enjoyed trying on saris and were eager to have Mehndi patterns drawn on the palms of their hands. (Mrs Morris is particularly accomplished in the art of henna tattoo!)
On Friday we had a variety of Indian vegetarian food for the children to sample – delicious!
Diwali is also celebrated with fireworks and this year it happened to coincide with Bonfire Night. Having seen fireworks first hand, the children created lovely paintings and described their work using lots of ‘noisy’ vocabulary.
Armistice Day 100 - 11.11.18
In preparation for the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, pebbles were painted red to create a poppy in the school grounds. On Monday 12th November, each child placed a pebble on the poppy template – each pebble represented 2,000 lives lost. The whole school met around the poppy at 11.00 to reflect on the sacrifice made by so many during the Great War. We held a two minute silence and Mr Tunstall played ‘The Last Post’. It was very moving to see all the children showing such respect on this momentous occasion – even the little ones.
15.11.18: With BBC’s Children in Need on our screens again and Spotty Uniform Day on Friday, we were privileged to welcome Pudsey Bear to our school today!
The children were delighted to see Pudsey and their excitement was practically palpable. The cuddly bear waved, gave ‘high fives’, blew kisses and, more importantly, reminded us that there are children in our world whose needs are greater than ours.
Thank you Pudsey!
All about owls!
We had so much fun learning about owls through stories, non-fiction and songs. The topic ended with a visit from Steve and Derek from a local bIrd of prey rescue centre. They brought with them: a Little Owl, a Barn Owl, a Turkmenistan Eagle Owl, a Kestrel and a Harris Hawk. They were amazing to see and the children were spellbound. Each child had the opportunity to have a photograph taken with one of the birds. Thank you so much Steve and Derek.
The EYFS Nativity
This year we had a new nativity play called ‘Christmas Counts’. As expected, the play featured a lot of counting but, more importantly, it supported our teaching of the real meaning of Christmas.
The children worked very hard to learn the songs and remember their cues and we were really impressed with their efforts. We hope you enjoyed watching the performances as much as we did!
International Dot Day
Inspired by ‘The Dot’ by Peter H Reynolds, children all over the world are encouraged to ‘make a mark and see where it takes you’. The Dot is a lovely story about building confidence and ‘having a go’. There were lots of activities planned for the children and we had great fun.
Signs of Autumn
The season of autumn is most definitely here! Cooler weather, misty mornings and a wealth of colour from the falling leaves. Surely, there is no better time to go out for Nursery’s first school walk.
FOR YOUR INFORMATION!
We are extremely fortunate to have beautiful, school grounds, where we can explore and observe nature’s offerings. Mr Coleman manages our premises and he ensures that the grounds are always ready for the children to experience the best that our surroundings can offer.
THANK YOU MR COLEMAN!
We set off to search for signs of Autumn and we were not disappointed. From courgettes, pumpkins and pears in the ‘Grow to Learn’ area to grey cloudy skies, dewdrops and a carpet of leaves all around, we had lots to look at.
Take a look at our slide show to experience the fun.
A NEW ACADEMIC YEAR - SEPTEMBER 2018
We have had a lovely start to the new academic year and have really enjoyed helping the children settle into the Nursery class routine. We only had three returning children this year, so there were a lot of new children to welcome to our setting. We are pleased to say that all the children are settling nicely.
We have spent the last few weeks observing the children closely to find out what they already know and are able to do. From this information, we can establish what each child’s next steps are and use this to plan effectively, in order to ensure that children make rapid progress. We continually monitor progress and tailor our planning to ensure we help the children achieve their personal targets.
We are looking forward to working in partnership with you at home so that your child has the best possible start at school.
School Library Books
On Friday, your child will begin to bring home a school library book to share with you. We hope that our library books will supplement your own reading range and ensure that your child realizes that reading is important, not only at school, but also at home. We, at Halewood CE, are passionate that children should be ‘Reading for Pleasure’.
Research shows that children who read for enjoyment every day not only perform better in reading tests than those who don’t, but also develop a broader vocabulary, increased general knowledge, a better understanding of other cultures and are more successful in adult life.
Sharing books with your children at home not only provides endless opportunities for adventure and discussion – it provides a solid foundation on which they can build, in order to extend their knowledge and understanding of the world.
Library books are sent home every Friday and are to be returned on Wednesday.
‘THIS IS ME’ Display
Have you seen our lovely display in the cloakroom area. There are fabulous photos of the children; taken whilst they were exploring the provision. Alongside them, are speech bubbles of what each child had to say!
For the second year running, children in Nursery may be entitled to or opt for ‘30 hour provision’ (08.30-14.30 hours). This means that many of our children now have lunch in school.
Full-time children bring a packed lunch and enjoy dining with their classmates. They enjoy comparing and discussing the contents of each lunchbox and it is a relaxing time accompanied by peaceful background music.
Scout the Bear
Scout is our class bear. Scout the Bear gets lonely at the weekend and loves to go home with a child to spend time with them. When it is your child’s turn, he/she will bring Scout home and hopefully have an exciting time, and then, tell us all about it on Monday morning.
Pip and Pop
Pip and Pop are our ‘listening owls’ and like all owls, they are very wise. They always make time to listen carefully to what children have to say and encourage others to do the same. Pip and Pop love to be cuddled and there is no shortage of cuddles on offer.