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Nursery Class

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,

Hattie

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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

 Hattie

 

 

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Welcome to Nursery

 

Our School focus this term will be Dinosaurs and Monsters

Please have a look at our Parent Overview for Nursery Spring Term 2020

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