Week beginning 9th October

 

All About Me

 

We have continued to learn about ourselves this week, exploring how our bodies move by throwing things, jumping off objects, balancing/walking along raise paths. Everyone had great fun seeing what they could do and were encouraged to keep trying and push themselves just that little bit further. While learning about ourselves, we have drawn around each other and placed a range of pictures where they should go on the body. e.g. eyes, nose, mouth etc. This created some discussions about if we all looked the same. The children were able to tell me that we all have two eyes, but not everyone has the same colour eyes. This let to some children going around the nursery to see who had the same colour eyes as them, with a lot of children having brown eyes and only a few having blue or green. Outside, we were drawing around hands and feet, seeing who had the biggest/smallest. We have also been using our ears to listen to the world around us, with the inside noises being very different to those we could hear outside.

          

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reminders:

We would like to remind all parents that there is a donation box in nursery, with the money going towards buying craft materials and ingredients for activities e.g. cooking/playdough etc.

Please could you bring in wellies for your child which can remain in Nursery if you wish, with their name on.

We would like to remind parents that Nursery children will often get wet from water play and we ask that spare clothes are provided.

Could we ask that everything brought into school is labelled, including hats, clothes and water bottles which contain only water

As the weather is becoming colder, please could you ensure that children are brought into Nursery with appropriate clothing, e.g. long trousers, leggings or tights, cardigans/jackets which can be removed as well as warm coats for outside

 

Thank you

 

The Nursery Team

 

 

 

Thank you to everyone who came to our Tapestry Information session on Wednesday. We hope you found this as informative as we intended it to be. If you would like to view the presentation here it is:

Tapestry Information

If anyone would like any additional information or would like somebody to go through it one to one with them then please contact  the nursery at: nursery@st-annes.reading.sch.uk where you can make an appointment to speak to somebody after school

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nursery News – Week Beginning 25th September 2017

 

Reminders

Tuesday 3rd October: school pictures for AM children.

               If your child does not attend Nursery Tuesday AM but they have siblings higher up the school then please bring them into school for 9am (school office) where they may get their picture taken

Wednesday 4th October: Tapestry Information Session at 9am. All Nursery and Reception parents are invited to attend.

 

 

We are continuing our topic ‘All About Me’ in Nursery, where we are finding new and exciting things out about each other. This week we have been finding out our likes and dislikes. Lucas has decided that he loves the mud kitchen, particularly pouring the mud and water. Whereas Hannah likes the feel of the “squelchy” mud. We have also been learning about our families, a favourite song this week was the finger family song, with children singing it during their play. Zofia had to go to the hospital this week, and so when she came to Nursery she had a lot to talk about. She told us all about the hospital and then created her own role play;  one of our babies was poorly but luckily Dr. Zofia was on hand to make her all better. Because of this, we were able to learn about what others do to make us feel better and what we can do to help others. We went on to discover that a lot of children like ice-cream and so the children created their own ice-cream parlour outside pretending the plastic cones had ice-cream in them. Magdalene became the shop keeper, selling ice-cream to her friends who in turn shared these with others. Inside we had healthier food, with children using the home corner kitchen to cook meal which they then served to others. It was very interesting watching how children interacted with the kitchen as you can see what they have picked up from watching parents at home. This isn’t the only thing that children observe, while playing outside some of the older children were playing hockey and Savana, seeing this, started to do it too. She was able to improvise and use a toy drill instead of a hockey stick, which showed excellent creative thinking. As a class, we have started to create a tape resist art piece. Everybody has joined in with this, painting the canvas and sticking masking tape onto it. This piece will develop over the next few weeks, we will be encouraging children to predict what will happen when we remove the tape and to try and work out what colours will be hiding underneath. I look forward to seeing their expressions when their final work is revealed.

 

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you to all of those parents who have put money into our donation box. This money is used to purchase additional items for the Nursery e.g. ingredients for play-dough etc. 

We are trying to build up a spare clothes box, any contributions to this would be greatly appreciated

 

Additional Reminders:

Please could you bring in wellies for your child which can remain in Nursery if you wish, with their name on.

We would like to remind parents that Nursery children will often get wet from water play and we ask that spare clothes are provided.

Could we ask that everything brought into school is labelled, including hats, clothes and water bottles which contain only water

As the weather is becoming colder, please could you ensure that children are brought into Nursery with appropriate clothing, e.g. long trousers, leggings or tights, cardigans/jackets which can be removed as well as warm coats for outside

 

Thank you

 

The Nursery Team

 

Nursery News – Week beginning 18th September 2017

Now that everyone is settled into Nursery we have been able to get to know each other and have started to develop friendships, with children playing together and beginning to share the resources. This week we have been exploring the outside area, with the new mud kitchen proving to be the most popular. The children have enjoyed the larger space, using the pots and utensils to make their own mud concoctions. We have used the mini blocks to create our own structures, from a 3 bridge tower to a castle for the small bears completer with 2 arches. We used these mini blocks to talk about shapes, matching shapes and identifying them. Outside we continued to develop our knowledge of shapes by playing with the sticks to create our own shapes. As well as getting to know each other and exploring new environments, we have also been developing fine motor skills by completing simple jigsaws, fitting the shapes into the correct spaces. This also provided an opportunity to talk about our homes, what they are like and who lives there. Other children used their fine motor skills to thread buttons onto string which often proved harder than it seemed, with this we were able to talk about colours and counting how many buttons we could thread. As well as this, we have continued to use transient art to create simple self-portraits, using mirrors to look at key features of our faces and selecting appropriate natural forms to recreate what we see. Below is an example of one child’s picture, with 2 eyes, 2 ears, and a mouth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reminders –

Please could you bring in wellies for your child which can remain in Nursery if you wish, with their name on.

We would like to remind parents that Nursery children will often get wet from water play and we ask that spare clothes are provided.

Could we ask that everything brought into school is labelled, including hats, clothes and water bottles which contain only water

As the weather is becoming colder, please could you ensure that children are brought into Nursery with appropriate clothing, e.g. long trousers, leggings or tights, cardigans/jackets which can be removed as well as warm coats for outside

 

Thank you

 

The Nursery Team

 

Nursery News – Week beginning 11th September 2017

 

Welcome back!

First we would like to say a huge well done to all of our new starters, you have made a great start to Nursery. Also welcome back and thank you all of our returning children who have not only settled back into Nursery with ease but have also been so kind to our newcomers. All of our children have been exploring the environment with vigour this week and it looked like they had great fun too.

This week we have had an enjoyable time getting to know each other and the Nursery. We start each morning with the register and then together we do out prayer and then count how many children are in that day. We then move on to self-directed play where the children can choose what they like to play with, selecting from the activities set out or creating their own theme with the resources available. Some of the things that we have been doing are: using our imaginations while playing with the loose parts to create buildings and racing cars, mixing the Lego bricks with the buildings and people to create an elaborate play which centred around St. Anne’s Church. The water tray has been a huge hit this week, using the jugs to explore pouring and mixing. All of the sea animals came out to play this week which the children ‘cleaned’ and then used them to fill the containers causing the water to overflow into the tray which proved to be a lot of fun. With the playdough this week, the children used the rolling pins to roll the playdough flat and then pushing the tools into the playdough to create different marks. Another popular area was the sand pit where again, we explored pouring but this time we had shells. It was great to see the children pouring the sand over the shells to hide them and then digging them back out with their hands or allowing others to find them. All week we have seen a lot of sharing and kindness and we can already see new friendships starting to blossom which we look forward to seeing develop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reminders –

Please could you bring in wellies for your child which can remain in Nursery if you wish

We would like to remind parents that Nursery children will often get wet from water play and we ask that spare clothes are provided

Could we ask that everything brought into school is labelled, including hats, clothes and water bottles which contain only water

 

Thank you

 

The Nursery Team