WELCOME TO NURSERY
Teacher: Mrs Kiziltan Teaching Assistant: Mrs Morris
Welcome back and Happy New Year!
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while your child is at school.
Homework is sent home (with school library books)
Please return on Wednesdays.
No empty tummies!
Any gurgles or rumbles of tums are soon satisfied in EYFS. Whether it’s toast on arrival, healthy snack throughout the day or a delicious home-prepared lunch, you can rest assured that your child is catered for.
NB Snack money is £2 a week.
Scout the Bear
Scout is our adorable class bear who can often be found stowing away with a child for the weekend. Scout is constantly using binocular eyes and super-listening ears to check whether children are doing the right thing. Then... Scout will choose a child to go home with for the weekend.
We love to hear all about Scout’s amazing adventures on Mondays.
SPRING TERM 1
Chinese New Year
We are now focusing on the upcoming event: Chinese New Year. The celebrations in Chinatown will take place on 25/26 January.
AUTUMN TERM 2
On our return from the half term break, Nursery children had a super time celebrating Diwali – the Hindu Festival of Lights.
The children 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. Check out our ‘Firework Display’ below.
Children in Need
Each year we join in with Children in Need by wearing our spottiest clothes and making donations to help children who are less fortunate than ourselves. It’s a very worthy cause and also...lots of fun!
The children have been learning all about the season of Autumn, but as we move into Winter, our attention turned to those animals that hibernate. We focused on our native hedgehogs in particular, listening to stories such as Hedgehog Howdedo (Lynley Dodd) and finding out facts and information. The children also researched their own facts at home and added to our knowledge. The Hedgehog Song proved to very popular and the children loved singing along and doing the actions.
This year’s performance took inspiration from the popular children’s book – ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’. Rewritten and renamed ‘We’re Going on a Baby Hunt’ retold the story of Jesus’s birth through the eyes of the sheep! On hearing an important message from an angel, our brave sheep battled through long grass, freezing rivers, thick mud and a sand storm to finally reach the stable where newborn, baby Jesus lay in a manger.
We couldn’t be prouder of our angels, shepherds, animals (and dragon!) – they were amazing.
Christmas Jumper Day
What better way to celebrate Christmas than supporting Save the Children by wearing a beautiful, Christmas jumper! Our children arrived in clothing adorned by reindeer, Santas, presents, penguins and even, dinosaurs and unicorns - what a wonderful sight! A super way of teaching children how to think of others at this special time of year.
We are now into our sixth week of the Autumn term and we are so pleased with how the children have settled. They have explored the provision – inside and out – and thoroughly enjoyed themselves. They are becoming accustomed to the routines and making lots of friends. If you need confirmation of this, then just take a peek at the slide show below!
Autumn has arrived and it’s a sight to behold. As the leaves on the trees change colour from green to earthy browns and reds, then fall to carpet the ground; there is plenty to see. The children have been learning all about the changes that happen: colder weather, shorter days, the need for warmer clothes and, of course, the harvesting of delicious fruit and vegetables. Take a little peek at some of the fun we’ve had.
We are fortunate to have beautiful school grounds, so when we were given a crisp, sunny day we took the opportunity to go and explore. The children were delighted to see so many fruit and vegetables in the ‘Grow to Learn’ allotment and they each had chance to pop into the greenhouse. They loved walking through our ‘forest’ area where we spotted autumn leaves, berries, bird boxes and various fungi. We identified one type of the fungi as the ‘shaggy ink cap’ – a very pretty mushroom indeed! Of course, we took a few snaps for you to see.
Seasonal Vegetables - Pumpkins
Pumpkins are popular for many reasons but many children may not have eaten them. We looked at a lovely story called ‘Pumpkin Soup’ by Helen Cooper and wondered what it might taste like. There was no question about it – we had to make our own and try it. It looked and tasted amazing and this was summed up by Keira from Reception: “I never knew that pumpkin soup tasted this good!” Yummy!!!
(If you would like to try this heartwarming soup, the recipe is listed below.)