AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE
Dear Parents and lovely children in the nursery class,
From Monday 8th of June we will be moving all our online learning to Google Classrooms. You should have received a password and video showing you how to log on. Please have a go at doing this and contact the office-info @ stthomas' if you have any problems.
Good Luck and see you all in the new classroom on Monday
Welcome to the Nursery Class page
I hope that you are all happy at home and looking after each other. We have been blessed with lovely weather so please open up the windows and let the fresh air in. It is strange not seeing all of your smiling faces each morning and not spending my day with all the lovely children, they make my day a whole lot brighter and I miss you all dearly.
I would like stress that play underpins the Early Years Foundation Stage. It also underpins learning and all aspects of children's development. Through play, children develop language skills, their emotions and creativity, social and intellectual skills.
Play is children's work and believe me they play hard! Please join in as much as you can and model how to take turns and promote careful thinking with suggestions such as "I wonder if..." or "Have you thought about...". During their play, be creative and clever, if your child is playing with blocks, motivate them to build in new ways and for a purpose. Perhaps they could build a zoo or a hotel for their toys. Inspire them to have a go at mark making, this could be writing a sign for the zoo or writing the numbers for the hotel rooms.
Please take part in our '102 challenges', each challenge has been chosen carefully to stimulate and support your child's independent learning and their life skills. Although, they may seem little, once you teach them they are more than capable of helping around the house and doing tasks for themselves.
Remember, a good night sleep is essential for children to develop good attention, behaviour, learning, memory and overall mental and physical health. Use this time to rest and develop their physical strength, Exercise their fingers with games such as playdough and enjoy workouts in the living room. Do lots of drawing, draw as much as you can and bring their attention to the details. Children who add in lots of careful details to their drawing often become confident writers. Please spend lots of time practising name writing and singing the Jolly Phonics songs and pointing out the letters on a sound mat to prepare them for reception. Playing games such as I-Spy using the letter sounds is a fantastic way to get them hearing the initial sound in familiar words.
I have attached a variety of resources and web-links to support your child's learning. Please dip into these frequently. Additionally, I will be uploading focused learning tasks, please do not feel you have to make a timetable but ensure distractions such as the TV are turned off when your child is engaging with focused learning time and always support your child to be independent.
Please remember, just because we can't be together doesn't mean we're not still a nursery family!
Love to you all,
Dear Nursery Children,
This is the start of the second week of our Summer Term, we are now officially celebrating the season of Summer, so welcome back. I do hope that you are all still well and are able to get out and enjoy the sunshine in a safe way.
Also I hope that all our Muslim children and parents had a happy Eid even though you couldn't spend it with as many of your family and friends I bet you had some lovely feasts!
I have been spending a lot of time in my garden, looking after my plants growing seeds and making cuttings see the photo below. I thought it would be fun for you to try growing something by using the seeds inside the fruits and vegetables that you have been eating. I hope that you have been saving your yogurt pots and old egg cartons.
Our stories this week will also be about growing and change. You have probably noticed how the trees and plants in your street and in the park change week by week, and that the birds are busy making nests and looking after their young.
Parents please help your child from now onwards by singing the phonics song I've included below as this will help them so much when it comes to starting in their new reception class.
Thank you and love to you all.
Our core text this week is The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle.
Here is another teacher reading the book, with a wonderful story mat behind her. Please watch it then do some of the following activities:
Now have a go at planting your own seeds. Watch these ideas in the clip below.
Parent notes for the growing project:
I have heard from some of you that you have started to experiment with planting seeds, Sidney has already started to grow his own apple trees from a pip /seed he found in his apple. Please get your Mums or Dads to help you with this especially when it comes to using any knives. If you are using yogurt pots you will need to make a few holes in the bottom so that excess water can drain away, if you have any old saucers you could rest the pots on these. Remember to keep your seeds watered and be patient,it sometimes takes up to two weeks for the seeds to start to show their first set of leaves above the soil.
If you plant some of the bigger seeds in a clear jam jar you will get to see the seed develop their roots, but remember NOT to over water seeds in a jam jar because it doesn't have any drainage holes, and if the seeds get too wet they will start to rot. The compost or soil that you use should feel moist not soggy!
Watch this beautiful animation about the life cycle of flowers by AMKK. It carries a wonderful message about resilience (keeping on trying and never giving up):
Many different flowers are growing beautifully and strongly in this world. Taking their roots in the earth, sprouting, blooming, pollination by birds and insects, living on in spite of rain, wind and storms. They pass on the baton of life, rebirth and decay. Everything is so in a continuous, endless cycle.
Hello lovely Nursery!
Recently, Reception class made a 'Toilet Paper Challenge' and it was a triumph!
Now it is time to begin our next venture 'The Dance Challenge'.
We have been on such a journey together, so I want to celebrate all of us!
So... parents, carers, brothers, sisters, grandparents, pets and whoever else is with you are all invited to get involved!
Please, send a video clip of you all showing off your best dance moves! Your video must end by everyone stopping and pointing to the left. This will pass it on.
I would love as many of you to be in the video as we can, however, don't feel pressured, I am more than happy if it's just your child dancing. The most important thing is we have fun!
*Fancy dress is more than appropriate.
Dear Parents and Children,
It was lovely to chat to you all this week and I know how much you are missing your friends.This week I though it might be fun to remind ourselves of the good times we all had back in the nursery, all the lovely learning and most importantly all your wonderful friends.
If you click on the powerpoint link below you will see our friendship photos.
Our Stories This week
This week I thought you might like to hear a story about the Little Red Hen. Its an American traditional tale, all about some animals who live on a farm. Listen to the story and then think about how friendly the animal all are. This retelling of the tale is read in an American accent, which I know you all think is hilarious when I speak with one!
Parents, When your child has finished listening to the story you might like to ask some questions:
I wonder why the animals didn't want to help the little red hen?
Why do you think the little red hen kept on working without any help?
I wonder why the little red hen didn't share her cake with the other animals, do you think that she was a good friend?
What would you have done?
The little Red Hen in the story baked a cake and in the song baked some muffins. I know a lot of you have been helping out with cooking in the kitchen why don't you try making some flap jack biscuits? They use flour like the cake and muffins.
All you need is:
– No golden syrup? Try sugar, honey or even maple syrup in its place.
– When it comes to dried fruits and nuts, use whatever combo you fancy, it’s up to you.
In the story the little Red Hen takes her flour to the mill, I thought you might like to see how a mill works changing corn, grains of wheat into flour. This mill doesn't have sails to make it work but uses water-It's amazing!
Parents you will need to watch this with your child and help to explain whats going on its got a lot going on so its good to stop the video every now and again to explain what all the machinery is doing.
Our second story this week is one of my favourites its called "Not Now Bernard" and its written and illustrated (That means he drew the pictures as well!) by a man named David Mckee.
I've chosen this story especially because I know that some of you are getting very frustrated at having to stay at home all the time and are missing all the things that you used to get up to and sometimes, only sometimes it can make you a little bit cross.
See what you think of the story and then talk about what you think is really happening with your mums and dads.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
Some of you have been enjoying doing some calming Yoga and have found the website "Cosmic Yoga" helpful
I hope that you enjoy stretching out to this.
Good Morning children and Parents in the Nursery Class,
I thought I would remind you about some of the activities that you could do on a daily basis. These will help you to remember some of the wonderful learning that you have done so far in the nursery, as well as practise some new life skills that will help you, and hopefully your parents.
Try to complete the 102 tasks challenge. Thank you Mr Minnard for helping me to show this in chart form now.
Also I would like you to continue to sing the jolly phonics song, to help you to remember the names and sounds that the letters in the alphabet make and I've added a new alphabet song below just to give you all a bit of variety.
Finally parents please use every opportunity to count real objects daily with the children, climbing stairs, counting pennies, knives, forks and plates etc. This will really help your child to embed the early concepts of number.
Thank you for all your splendid hard work, all of you
Love from Hattie
P.S. can you all try to hold onto old yoghurt pots and egg boxes and if at all possible lay your hands on some potting compost. I know its like gold dust but I'd like to do a growing project next week.
This week I thought you might like to think about creating some music and dance. I would like you to try and make a musical instrument.Then I've tried to give you some clips that you can use your instruments to play along with and dance to. Then theres a link to a lovely story called "Giraffes Can't Dance." and finally some action rhymes you can share with your family.
Now listen to the story called "Giraffes Can't Dance!" by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker- Rees
Parents please feel free to stop the clip every now and again and encourage your child to talk about what they see.
You could ask the following questions:
I wonder how the Giraffe felt when everybody laughed at you?
Has anyone ever done that to you?
I wonder what would you do if you were one of the animals-would you laugh?
I wonder why the Giraffe got better at dancing?
Can you remember the character that helped the giraffe?
How do you think the Giraffe felt by the end of the story?
We are in a new week, and a new month! It's now May (April is finished!) I do hope that you are able to see when your out on your walks how all the flowers and trees are growing. We are still in the season of Spring but soon it will be summer.
This Week I thought you might like to look at some familiar stories which were created by Janet and Alan Ahlberg. Alan wrote the stories and Janet illustrated them- drew all the pictures.
Parents if you listen to these stories with your child, stop the video every now and again,and then talk about some of the things that they remember about the characters, settings, songs and familiar stories that are contained within the book.
See if they can remember all the characters in the picture below.
Do they know the nursery rhymes used in the story?
You might want to sing along to some favourite and some new nursery rhymes. click the link below the picture below.
When you listen to "Peepo" keep stopping the video to look at all the wonderful details that you see in the pictures and get the children to share with you what they notice about how different things look in their houses now.
Some questions you might like to ask.
Does your kitchen look like this?
I wonder what the dad carrying in his bucket, what does he need it for?
Does your Mum or Dad hang out the washing to dry on a clothes line? How do they dry your clothes?
How does the family cook their food what sort of cooker do they use?
I wonder why the baby is having a bath in a tin tub by the fire?
I wonder why the Dad is wearing a uniform what do you think he does?
How many times can you spot the dog in the pictures?
I wonder if the baby is happy?
After speaking to most of the parents yesterday I know that you are missing you're friends, playing outside with them as well as the staff at school. I am so proud of the learning that you are all busy with at home.
I thought it might be interesting to think back to when you started at St Thomas' and perhaps draw some of the things you miss and can't wait to get back to. Then talk about what your missing get your parents to write these on these drawings for you to share when were all back in school.
I've included another story by Janet and Alan Ahlberg called "Starting School" which might be a little different to your experiences but might give you some ideas. Remember to scroll down all the learning ideas to get to see all of your friends dressed up as book characters if your missing them.
I hope you enjoy the story.
A few years ago Everyone in the school everyone in the school had a go at writing their own book-even the teachers!!!!!
I thought that the children at St Thomas' would like to see where I went to school when I was your age.
Get your Mum or Dad to read you my story and then look at some of the pictures of the school- it's very different from St Thomas'
Hattie's First School
I called the story " A pig in the cloakroom!"
The part of my life that I wanted to share with you is all about my first primary school. I thought you might find it interesting to see the contrast between a rural, ancient school 50 years ago and the lovely brand new St Thomas in busy Ladbrooke Grove.
In 1963, a long, long time ago….(51 years ago to be precise), I started at my first primary school. It was in a small Oxfordshire village called Ewelme- pronounced YOO-ELM.
The school was built in 1437 by Henry the sixth. It is the oldest school building in the UK still being used as a state school. As a five year old, I did not appreciate being taught in such an extraordinary school. It was just where everyone in the village went to learn.
I used to walk to school with my Mum. We would pass a stream teeming with young trout, the watercress beds, the King’s pool bulging with frog spawn in the spring and the comforting smell escaping from the honey factory.
I can’t recall exactly what happened on my first day but I know I was very excited to go to my new school. It was only on the second day that I understood that school was forever, not just that one day and I clung to my mum and said “But I’m only 5!” I got used to this in the end, and on the whole, enjoyed this early part of my education, where I was taught by Mr and Mrs Nicols a very kind husband and wife teaching team with a rather naughty son, who was in my class, called Jonathan.
My memories of this time in school are still strong; the most vivid was whilst we were getting our coats ready for playtime. One day we found a young pig in the cloak room! It had come down some steps, got stuck and looked very unhappy. We thought it was hilarious.
As for the rest of my formal education I have very little memory of (apart from having to learn my times tables off by heart). It was the playtimes, games and lessons spent outdoors on Cow Common opposite the school that have stayed with me .Making dens in the bushes, playing tag, hide and seek and “Sneak” a game we invented-that was later banned when the dinner ladies found out that it involved torture! I adored it whenever we got to be outdoors going on nature walks, collecting leaves, sticky buds and conkers or dancing round the maypole. However best of all was that once a week I got to go home on my best friend’s pony called Tommy.
Having to leave the school at nine years old to go to a convent was a huge shock – no more walking to school, I had to get up earlier and get a bus dressed in a bottle green school uniform with thick green knickers and a very silly hat. As hard as they tried the nuns were never as kind, fun or exciting as Mr and Mrs Nichols
When I was older, training to be a teacher, we were told that we were going to visit to a most amazing school ….guess where they took us to?
It was the first time I had visited the school since I’d left and I don’t know why, but I didn’t tell anyone that I had been there as a child. I think it was because I started to see the school, the almshouses and church through their eyes, an extraordinarily beautiful place to grow up and be taught in.
I do hope that you're still all well and keeping busy and healthy. I thought I would give you some links this week to help you stay fit, especially as I think there will be a lot of rain this week. Please see the links below.
Also, at the end of last week on Friday it was the start of Ramadan, this is a festival that is observed by Muslims around the world. This year is very different, with families asked to observe it within their own homes because of the coronavirus. Ramadan is an important spiritual time for Muslims where families pray together and think about and help those less fortunate than themselves. Ramadan lasts for around 30 days and finishes with Eid, which is a special celebration.
Ramadam Mubarak to all our family's fasting at this difficult time.
Good luck everyone with this weeks activities
I'm going to send you a story each week with some suggestions of what you might like to do or make once you have listened to them.
This weeks story is all about a cat that likes to hide in boxes.
Parents, after your child has listened to the story a few times you could ask your child if they can hear any words that rhyme- sound similar. This will be hard at first, but as the children become more familiar with the story they will start to tune their ears in to the rhyming words and may even start noticing/ using rhyming words in everyday language.
Do you have a cat at home? Some cats are kind and gentle but some cats can be very naughty- Shocking Behaviour!
Have a go at drawing a cat it could be your own or an imaginary cat that you might like to own. I would love to see your pictures. Please send them to the school website and I can share them with all your friends next week. See the link at the top of this weeks activities.
Watch the clip below and see what they get up to and then talk to your mum, dad brothers or sisters about what you have seen.
You might want to make your own cat that hides in boxes. I've given you some ideas below of how you might do this. you will need a lolly stick and an envelope.
An interesting fact for you!
Lynley Dodd who illustrated- drew all the pictures in the "My cat likes to hide in boxes" story also wrote all the "Hairy Maclary" stories.
There are lots and lots of words that rhyme- sound like one another in this story. See if you can hear all the rhyming words.
There are two cats in the Hairy Maclary stories can you remember their names?
Which cat would you rather own?
Some dogs are very special, they are called "working dogs" some help to guide blind people who can't see very well. Other dogs help the mountain rescue teams look for people who are lost, and some dogs work with shepherds or farmers to help them to round up their sheep.
Parents for the children to get the most out of these clips you will need to sit with your child and talk, to help explain what they are seeing. Stop the clip and check that your child understands by answering any of their questions or by asking your own. Just watch parts of the clip and skip bits that are not relevant.
Remember the songs that we sing to help us remember the days of the week and the months of the year? See if you can remember them off by heart, if not you can find them by clicking on you tube then typing in
Days of the week song
Months of the year song
Enjoy singing along to these songs.
Do you know who this is?
It was her Birthday yesterday, she has two birthdays every year! One is on April the 21st and the other one is in June, isn't she lucky!
Can you remember when your birthday is?
Ask your family what you were like as a baby and how much you have changed since then.
Perhaps you would like to make your own crown at home with some tin foil and paper jewels, then you too can become princes and princesses or kings and queens in your own home
This is a very famous painting by Paulo Uccello he painted it over 500 years ago.
It shows the bit in the story when St George Slays -Kills the dragon and rescues the princess who had been snatched away by the dragon.
You can visit the website at the national gallery by clicking the link below and get to look over all the details in the picture and then perhaps draw your own dragon- not all dragons are fierce like this one!
Best Ever No-Cook Play Dough Recipe
I spy with my little eye
Dear Parents and Children,
I hope that you are enjoying the sunshine. This section is for all the core books that we have been reading. Mr Minards and I are going to put onto the website some of the old core books with some added resources and links to You Tube, as well as some new ones for you to access at home.
Parents you have been so good at coming to our Wednesday reading mornings, and sharing books with the children. Many of you attended our reading workshops and already know the incredible power reading with children has. Reading with your child is one of the best things you can do, helping to widen their vocabulary, taking them off into new worlds, firing their imaginations and interests, helping them to understand the structure of stories, other people’s feelings, helping them giggle and think.
Reading is the key to learning and taking time each day, in a quiet area, all snuggled up (which we realise is sometimes difficult) is how you can best support your child on this exciting journey. During these difficult times were having to hand all of this over to you so this comes with a very big thank you.
We hope that you enjoy the choice of books and resources and we look forward to sharing these with the children when everything eventually gets back to normal.
Until then keep checking your class page on the website for new ideas.
With love to you all
A link to a Julia Donaldsonan and Axel Scheffler's new information and story book books explaining the Coronavirus.