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Welcome to EYFS – Nursery!
St Michael’s First School Nursery is a great place for your child’s learning journey to begin. The children learn through hands on experiences both indoors, out and in our fantastic onsite woodland area. The children can begin from the age of 3 years and join a caring, adventurous and wonderful team of staff and children to begin their transition into school life.
We have a fantastic team in Nursery with a wealth of experience in the teaching and learning of your child.
Mrs Carnes (Teacher) , Mrs Hassall (HLTA) and Mrs Cunningham (Teaching Assistant).
The children in Nursery are settling in greatly and enjoying each day exploring new ideas. The topic for this term is ‘Autumn’. We will be exploring new songs, writing our names, counting to 10 and enjoying activities in the forest. Also this half term we are having our Macmillan Coffee morning where you are invited to join us to help decorate cakes and raise money. For more information on this half term please see the letter below.
What an exciting topic ahead for Nursery. Our new topic ‘Festivals and Celebrations’. To support your child’s learning please send in celebration photographs for ‘show and tell’. These could include: a wedding, christening, birthday party or Christmas festivities. In literacy we are now learning phonics phase 2 looking at alphabet letters and singing songs. In maths we are learning to touch count up to 10 and practice reading our numbers. Thank you for all your support at home to date and joining in your child’s learning. To see more about this half term, please open the November letter at the bottom of this page.
This half term our topic is ‘Winter’. We will be exploring the school grounds and the forest so please ensure your child has the appropriate outdoor wear daily.
Our core stories are by Julia Donaldson such as The Gruffalo which the children will enjoy listening to and answering questions about. Our focus this half term is on engaging children in reading. For this we regularly invite family members to join in a story time at 3pm to read to children. If this interests you, please see Mrs Carnes. Also on Tuesday 6th February we are holding a family cafe to model reading strategies to use at home and you can join in a fun activity with your child on the day. Please see letter at the bottom of the page for further details.
‘Spring and new life’ is our topic with lots to look forward to in our learning. We are reading ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ alongside looking at non-fiction books. We will explore the outdoors even more with this topic so let’s see where our wellies take us! To explore how our children have changed since growing up we ask you to send in a baby photograph of your child for us to share and talk about. We will be holding a Nursery Easter Cafe this half term on Wednesday 10th April, all family members welcome to join in learning with your child from 9-10am.
We are looking forward to a busy last half-term in Nursery. Our new topic is ‘Seaside and Holidays’, so please send in any holiday photos or postcards you may have. If your child has collected pebbles or shells on a beach, please send those in too or any storybooks related to the seaside or journey. For more information on this topic and key dates please see the newsletter attached at the bottom of the page. Many of the children are now getting ready to transition in to Reception and they are very excited. Their new teachers have been to visit them and we have some play times booked in to see their classrooms. If your child is moving into Reception in September 2019 and you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask the nursery team or Miss Kinsey the EYFS leader who is in Reception. Our next adventure is sports day and we look forward to seeing family members encourage and praise their children as they race and have fun!
Helping at home:
Learning at home is easy and fun so here are a few ideas to get your children inspired:
- Nature hunts – take your children outdoors and explore the world. Build their curiosity in asking questions. Click here to visit the Nature Detectives website for more ideas.
- Shape and colour hunts – These are all around us in the world and its great to get the children spotting them.
- Phase 1 phonics the phase 2. We use the Jolly Phonics scheme in school t promote learning the alphabet alongside letters and sounds. If your child likes to sing songs, paint and draw this is a great way to engage them. Use you tube for jolly phonics songs to enjoy as a family.
- Chatter time – Talking is crucial to a childs development and feeds into every aspect of the EYFS curriculum. Enjoy talking with your child whether its reading stories, role play, walks, days out…all great opportunities to talk and capture their confidence and imagination.
- Rhyme time – Each week your child has a new rhyme sent home. Encourage your child to learn this, join in and enjoy the songs as a family.