Welcome To Nursery Class
We hope you enjoy seeing our fantastic learning in Nursery.
Class Teacher: Miss A Patel.
Teaching Assistants: Mrs A Cunningham
From the week beginning 4th May 2020 work will no longer be set on this class page. Instead work will be set weekly on 'Purple Mash' for your child to complete. Your child may also independently access 'Mini Mash' and complete activities of their choice.
Please also make sure your child listens to a story everyday. It can be a story of their choice.
Keep well and Stay safe
Miss Patel xx
Weekly Sports Challenge:
We would like to set you & your families a weekly challenge whilst we are in this challanging situation.
Monday 4th May: This weeks challenge - How many squats can you do in 30 seconds? Send us your videos to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will announce the winners next week on the school websites lastest news.
Week beginning 20th April and 27th April
Hello Nursery, hope you have all had a lovely Easter holiday. Please find below work set for the next 2 weeks.
This week we are starting phase 2 phonics. The children can begin to learn the initial sounds for 's,a,t,p,i,n'. Please watch the videos on espresso so that the children can learn the correct pronunciation of each sound.
Espresso login: Username: Student15842 Password:swannes.
The screenshot below shows the page you need on espresso to access videos:
Can the children please identify each shape on the picture.
Challenge: Can the children talk about the shape
e.g. circle - round, no sides, curved
Explain the difference between a square/rectangle
Square - sides are the same length
Rectangle - 2 long sides, 2 short sides
This term the children would be focusing on the topic 'Growing'.
Please click the links below. Children to watch videos and learn 'What a plant needs to grow'
If you can, plant a plant in a plant pot or in the garden so that the children can observe a real plant grow.
Click the attachments to follow instructions and also colour in a plant pot cover.
I would love to see any additional work/fun your children have been taking part in at home. Please email photos to email@example.com. Once I have received photos I will put a collage of photos tiogether and display on our class page.
Hope you are all well. Stay safe
Miss Patel and Mrs Cunningham xx
The Easter holidays start from Monday 6th April - Monday 20th April. Over this period I will not be setting home learning tasks. However, for those of you who have not yet completed tasks set on purple mash please use this time to do so. The deadline for these tasks is Monday 20th April. If your not sure how to login please email firstname.lastname@example.org and I will happily assist.
Just to keep you going through the next two weeks I have also set a 'Easter home learning challenge sheet'. Please find that attached below:
Week Beginning: Monday 30th March
Purple Mash: www.purplemash.com
This week I have set tasks on the 2do list on Purple Mash. Please use the link above and the log in details that were sent to you last week. I can keep track of which tasks you have done and will happily be available to answer any questions based on the tasks.
Please allow your child to also use the mini mash section of Purple mash. Don't forget to save anything you do in your tray.
I hope you are all keeping safe and well.
Please find a list of resources and ideas to support your childs learning below. I have also attached a copy of the EYFS curriculum and learning goals which are used whilst your children are in Nursery. If you have any queries please email email@example.com and Mrs Attridge will happily forward any questions onto me.
Home learning ideas:
1. Encourage your child to practise their independence skills by dressing/undressing themselves etc
2. Share a book with your child and talk about the pictures:
www.oxfordowl.co.uk - offering free eBook Library
cbeebies bedtime stories and listen to some together.
3. Encourage your child to practise writing the letters of their name
word document - attached above (child individual name template) available.
4. Teach children their phase 2 phonics sounds:
Phonics Play: www.phonicsplay.co.uk - Username: march20 Password: home
Espresso: www.espresso.co.uk - Username: student15842 Password: Swannes
Cbeebies 'Alphablocks' - watch to help practise their letter sounds and alphabet
5. Teach children early Maths:
Topmarks - www.topmarks.co.uk: Fun activities for children to access and learn Maths
Cbeebies 'Numberblocks' - watch to help practise counting, number recognition and ordering.
Espresso: www.espresso.co.uk - Username: student15842 Password: Swannes
6. Twinkl: www.twinkl.co.uk/offer and enter the code UKTWINKLHELPS for a free one month trtial to access worksheets which are for Nursery age.
Other fun activities:
1. Encourage children to draw a picture of your family/friends
2. Encourage your child to listen to some music and suggest they make up a dance to their favourite song.
3. Make models with empty boxes/containers
4. Go for a walk and talk about what you can see and hear
5. Cooking - get children to set the table. How many people are eating? How many plates/cups/mats do we need?
6. Gardening - plant some vegetables and fruit
7. Play a board game as a family
8. Cosmic Kids Yoga on the internet
World Book Day
The children listened to the story 'Pirates in the supermarket' prior to this day. The theme for the week was 'Pirates'. The chlldren took part in a variety of activities today.
1. Shared reading with year 6
2. Farmer Duck read by Mrs Jones
2. Pirates in the classroom savenger hunt
The children also enjoyed various acitivites such as designing treasure maps and searching for treasure in the sand
Nursery have been focusing on this story all week. They have learnt actions and the repeated refrains within the story. Here is a video of the children acting out the story.
Today the children learnt about Shrove Tuesday. They even enjoyed tasting a pancake with their topping choice. Some chose sugar, chocolate spread or lemon juice and sugar. The children enjoyed making different pancake shapes and flipping them using playdough.
Chinese New Year
The children having been learning about this festival this week. A child from the class who celebrates 'Chinese New Year' brought in his lion costume and chinese drum. He confidently performed his drum to his peers. The children also learnt how to say 'Happy New Year' in Chinese.
Take one Picture Week
This week the children have been looking at the picture 'The Embarkation of the Queen of Sheba'. They have spent this week creating cloud paintings, making boats using junk modelling and making rainmakers which sound like the sea. In Science, the children also learnt about floating and sinking.
The children enjoyed making Christmas party hats. They also loved wearing them whilst eating a Christmas lunch.
This week the children have been learning about 'Christmas in England'. Nursery presented what they had made a learnt to Reception class confidently. The children learnt that Christmas is all about giving so they made Christmas cards for their family. They were able to answer questions such as;
1. When is Christmas Day?
2. What is an Advent Calender?
3. Why is there a star on top of the tree?
4. Where do people go on Christmas Day?
5. How do people decorate their houses?
6. What food do people eat on Christmas Day?
Nursery had a visit from an author. Terry Willis came into school to share the books she had written to the children. The children were engaged and able to answer her questions relating to the stories. Nursery learnt that an Illustrator - draws pictures and an author - writes stories. The children also learned vocabulary such as 'Inferences'. The children were very good and picking up what might be happening by looking at the pictures. The children also learnt that all of the stories had 'rhyme' in the text.
The children have been learning 'what makes a good friend?'. We have focused on the children learning how to share, play nice and use kind words when interacting with our peers. The children have celebrated 'odd socks day' and have learnt its ok to be different. They designed their own pair of odd socks. The children have listened to friendship stories e.g. 'The Ugly Duckling' and 'Elmer's special day'. The stories have allowed them to learn that it is important to make sure all their friends join in with their games.
The children had a visit from the Mayor of Broxbourne today. They confidently spoke to him about the focused book 'The Very Helpful Hedgehog' and about the natural materials they collected during their Autumn walk. The children also enjoyed showing him how to make hedgehogs using the leaves they had collected.
This week the children have been learning about Harvest. The focus story this week was 'The Scarecrow Wedding'. The children enjoyed painting a scarecrow and participating in fruit and vegetable printing. They learnt the song 'Dingle Dangle Scarecrow' song along with the actions which they performed to their parents in a small class harvest assembly. Finally the children learnt why food is harvested and who the food is given too. The Nursery staff would like to thank all parents that attended.
The children have been taking part in a variety of different experiments during Science Week. They have learnt about magnets in class and experimented with making a superhero fly. In class they have also looked at how colours can mix together. Outside the children enjoyed making volcanos and watching coke explode when mints were added.
Take One Book Week
Nursery have focused on the book 'Jack and the Beanstalk' to start of our Traditional Tales Topic. They have been busy turning our role play area into a castle and making crowns to play the role of people who live in a castle. In Maths, they looked at which plant pot would fill the most/least magic beans and sorted beans into different types. In Science, the children learnt what a plant needs to grow and planted their own beanstalks. During CIL the children also had the opportunity to grow their own beans both inside and in the outside learning area.
World Book Day
The children dressed up as their favourite book characters. They spoke about their character. Nursery also took part in a dance workshop acting out 'The Gingerbread Man'.
People Who Help Us
Nursery are focusing on the topic 'People Who Help Us' this term. They have been learning about how to stay healthy and people who help us when we are unwell. Today the children had a visit from a nurse. They learnt about her job role and how a nurse helps people. She showed the children how to test blood pressure and how a stethoscope works. The children then had a go at checking their own pulse.
Science week this year was fantastic, so I feel it is important to celebrate what the children have learnt. Firstly, I would like to thank all the parents and our two special visitors Chancellor Paul Seeby and one of our School Governors Mrs Spears for their involvement this week.
The Fossil and Dinosaur workshop was a real success. All the children learnt how to identify dinosaur fossils and found out where the dinosaurs came from. The aminated life-like dinosaur filled the assembly hall with excitement.
It was lovely to see parents in every classroom during the Science Fair. It was also great to see that every class had a different investigative focus.
Below are some pictures of the week and a video of the animated dinosaur: