Week Beginning 4th December

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Nursery and EYFS Nativity Performance: Wednesday 9.30am

We have been getting into the Christmas spirit, starting with different Christmassy activities. Last week we painted a snowman on card, using it this week as a target for throwing snowballs (bean bags) this was a huge hit and was very good to use up any extra energy we had. This activity was great for developing gross motor skills.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To prepare for the Nativity performance next week, some of the children have been decorating stars. These will be used on headbands for the children to wear during the show.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas themed goo, exploring textures, finding treasure

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have been practicing in the hall for our Nativity performance, singing the songs and doing the actions. Everyone was super! We are all looking forward to showing everyone what we can do

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This week we have had a name recognition activity out. For this, children were to find their name and then use the letters on the gingerbread men to recreate this. When we had our names, we were able to explore the sounds of each letter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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 bottle

Please ensure that children are brought into Nursery with weather appropriate clothing

Home learning books are to be returned by the Wednesday of each week

Thank you

The Nursery Team

Week beginning 27th November

Advent: Getting Ready

We have been continuing to look at getting ready in Nursery. This week it has included getting ready for Nursery, the things that we do to help out at home, getting dressed, brushing our teeth etc.

These pictures show some of the Nursery children getting the babies ready but getting them dressed. This sounds easier than it was, even though the babies were only pretend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have used shaving foam in the outside tuff tray so that children can brush the teeth with the toothbrushes. The teeth had numbers on for children to mark make and represent the numbers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have also looked at the importance of brushing our teeth, using the toothbrushes to remove ‘plaque’ on the teeth and make them clean and shiny. Continuing the number recognition inside we used play-dough to create our own teeth and placed these on the numbers, matching the numerals with quantity.

 

 

 

 

 

All of our afternoon Nursery children went to see the Beauty and the Beast Pantomime in the school hall this week. Everyone had a really fun time, and were happy when the Beast was happy at the end (several children said that he looked sad throughout the panto)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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 bottle

Please ensure that children are brought into Nursery with weather appropriate clothing

Home learning books are to be returned by the Wednesday of each week

Thank you

The Nursery Team

 

 

 

Week beginning 20th November

Why do leaves go crispy? 

 

On Wednesday 29th November at 1.45pm the school will be showing a production of Beauty and the Beast to all pupils in school.

For children to watch the Pantomime the cost is £1.00 each.

We would also like to welcome family members to come along, to watch and enjoy the Pantomime. 

The ticket price for Parents/Siblings/Relatives/Friends – £3.00 each (to be purchased in advance)

 

This week we have been beginning our Advent: Getting Ready. We have started to create our own Advent Wreath using green hand prints and colouring in our own candles. We have also got our real Advent Wreath out, talking about the meanings of the candles and the different colours. The children helped to count out the candles and place them on the wreath and prepared the Prayer Table. We will continue to look at Advent:Getting Ready next week, and will be looking at how we get ourselves ready for Nursery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have also joined up with Year 3 this week to read stories in the library. Each Nursery child sat with a Year 3 student who read them a story. Everyone was really engaged during this, even choosing their own books from the library for children to read to them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have been looking at the seasons; finding out information on the computer, matching pictures to the seasons pictures. This created opportunities to discuss the differences in the seasons, the changes we see on the trees and what we need to do for the different seasons e.g. wrapping up for the cold weather in Autumn and Winter, drinking more during Summer to keep cool. In addition to this we have started to create sounds using instruments to represent the different weather that we hear e.g. stormy, raining, windy etc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To continue our Autumn investigations, we have been exploring some vegetables that we harvest during Autumn. This included, exploring the textures of the vegetables, scooping, cutting, digging and squeezing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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

Please can home learning books be returned by the Wednesday of each week

 

Thank you

 

The Nursery Team

 

 

 

Week beginning 13th November

Why do leaves go crispy?

Parents meetings continue next week, please see a member of the Nursery team if you are unsure of your appointment.

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We have been continuing our ‘Why do leaves go crispy?’ topic, looking at animals who hibernate during winter. Thank you to the home learning books that came in this week, children already had some ideas about animals hibernating. They have continued to develop their curiosity when we received a little visitor to Nursery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs Evans brought Lola to Nursery for the day. Everyone was very eager to look after her, helping to put food and water in her bowls. Together we talked about the things that animals need and we were able to observe her up close. They knew that they couldn’t shout near her as she has small ears and they couldn’t poke her as this would scare her. A few children were a little nervous when they first saw her as they thought she could hurt them with her spikes, others wanted to get even closer to her and seemed fascinated by her spending ages watching her walk around the tray or hiding under the blanket. As well as learning about animals that hibernate, we were able to find out why Lola kept hiding under things and trying to sleep. Some children thought she was scares, others that the was nervous or freaking out. Several knew that she was tired and with the help of Grandpa Pig we discovered that hedgehogs are nocturnal meaning they sleep in the day and are awake at night.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lola had a very calming effect on many children in Nursery, and we were able to discover a lot.

The children loved meeting/looking after Lola and so if you have any unusual pets that you would like to bring in for the day please speak to a member of Nursery staff.

 

 

 

 

To say thank you to Mrs Evans for bringing Lola in, the children decided to write her a thank you card. They chose the colour of the card and helped to decide what to write inside. Choosing to put love hearts on the front that they had coloured in themselves. A few children were able to try to write their names inside :

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other things happening this week include; exploring paint, pouring and scooping lentils/pumpkin seeds, feeding dinosaurs, practicing our balancing skills.

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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

Please can home learning books be returned by the Wednesday of each week

 

Thank you

 

The Nursery Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week beginning 6th November

Why do leaves go crispy?

 

Parents meetings continue next week, please see a member of the Nursery team to arrange your appointment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have started this week with a bang, looking at fireworks and making our own firework pictures. We watched a video and talked about the different sounds that they make. Some children told us about watching fireworks in their gardens, from their bedrooms or going with family to see them.

Words from the children to describe the fireworks:

Bang
Pop
Loud
Explode
Colourful
Beautiful
Round/Circle
Bwoosh 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have also continued our music lessons with Reception, continuing to learn the songs for our Nativity play. We will be sending home the lyrics to the songs so that you can practice at home with your child.

 

PE with Mr Meakin

 

This week our PE lesson was taught by the coach, Mr Meakin. During the lesson the children got to explore different ways of moving, wiggling on their tummy like a worm, running around the hall, balancing a bean bag on their head/arm/foot, skipping, hopping, jumping and many more.

We will continue to explore movement in different ways next week

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A big thank you for the money towards buying bread for our tasting session. As you may be aware, we have turned the home corner into a bakery and made our own salt dough bread to enhance our role play. With this a prominent play for the children, we wanted to try some different bread so we have a greater understanding of what happens in a bakery and the products they make. At the end of the tasting everybody voted for their favourite bread using the compare bears. With Bagels coming out on top.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week beginning 30th October

 

Parents meetings begin next week, please see a member of the Nursery team to arrange your appointment.

 

This week we have started our new topic:  Why do leaves go crispy? As part of this topic, we are asking children and parents to go for a walk around your local area or to look in your garden and tell us some of the things that you can; see, feel, smell.

To begin our topic, we have gone on a walk around the school field; where we found lots of leaves which everybody helped to collect. Some of the leaves were brown and crispy but some were still green which allowed us to talk about why the leaves were different colours. We will continue to investigate the changes of leaves during the next few weeks. On our walk, we were also lucky enough to find some pine-cones and a few conkers.

 

We placed all of these treasures in a tuff tray along with treasures that staff had brought in and some donated by a parent. This tray proved to be very popular, with children sorted out the treasures, e.g. placing all the big objects together and all of the little objects together. They started to count the conkers and sort them into trays and were able to talk about the different textures of the objects in the tray. Many children were able to describe what the objects felt like and could identify other items which felt the same. 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The inside tuff tray was so popular that we created one outside too. This one included bigger objects, such as large pine-cones, mini logs and twists of wood. Additions to the tray were made throughout the week to suit the children’s interests, with small pots and tweezers being placed in to support their investigations. A few children used the pots to ‘cook’ the natural forms using sticks to stir them. Others brought over the magnifying glasses so that they good look at the objects better and then did the same with the microscope, placing the smaller objects underneath. This allowed children to get a better look at the natural forms and so they could describe them with better detail.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As well as going on our Autumn walk, we have also changed our home corner into a bakery complete with cakes and cupcakes. However, when we started to talk about the things you can buy in a bakery, we realised that we were missing some essential things. Bread! We had no bread to sell in our bakery! This was easily remedied as we could make bread but we didn’t want it to go off while we were playing with it and so we decided to make some salt dough bread. We used flour just like we would with real bread but added salt and water to create our ‘dough’. Everybody helped to pour some of the ingredients into the bowl and to count out how many cups we needed by counting them on their fingers. We then rolled out the dough, some children choosing to flatten it with their hands, others with their fingers. A few children copied the examples and rolled the dough into sausages and then curling them around. These will be cooked to harden and then painted next week to enable us to use them in our bakery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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