Miss Banes (Nursery Teacher)
Mrs Tyrrell (Teaching Assistant)
We have a 30 place Nursery that runs for five mornings a week in a large, bright room. The children have free flow access to the Reception class and to the garden each day.
We regularly take advantage of all the school grounds have to offer and visit Forest School every half term. Parents are invited into the class to share in their child’s nursery experience and we ask for regular contributions to the Learning Journals. We have ‘Share and Learn’ sessions every term and meetings to discuss how to help the children at home. We also have close links to the St Albans Children's Centre, where there are classes for parents and activities for children.
We have a balance between independent learning, where the children choose their own activities, and adult focused opportunities. The activities cover the seven areas of learning, as required by the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum.
This is what the Skippers did in the first half of the Spring Term.
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Welcome back to the new term. The Skippers have been very busy during their first week back. All the new Skippers have been learning about their new classroom and the older children have been very kind, helping them to settle in.
The Skippers enjoy choosing library books to go home. Thank you very much to all the parents who read with their children at home.
This is what the Skippers are doing in the second half of the Spring Term.
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We had a visit from The Story Tent. The children spent time exploring and describing special objects and they enjoyed an interactive version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
Later we set up our own Story Tent in class!
Shall we have a school dog?
That was the question the Skippers had to vote on. They all filled in their ballot papers and posted them in the box.
75% of voters said - yes!
We had a special visitor at Forest School this week - Willow, the hedgehog. Willow was rescued and looked after by a family at Margaret Wix and he will be released into the school grounds later this month.
The Skippers will be looking out for him when they visit Forest School next term.
We wish you all a great holiday.
The Nursery Team
This is what we did in the second half of the Autumn term. Take a look.
Skippers - Autumn Term Newsletter - Second Half
The children and staff are hard at work in our second half term at Nursery and it promises to be a very exciting one.
We will continue our work on ‘All About Me’ this half term and we will also be focusing on Winter celebrations and traditions. We will be talking about our personal experiences of Bonfire Night and experimenting with firework painting! We will put the children’s work on display shortly, pop in to take a look.
Communication and Language
We continue to put a strong focus on Communication and Language this half term. At group time we will be stressing the importance of listening to each other, sharing opinions and developing confidence in using talk partners. The children will be helping to make our home corner into a Hair Dressing Salon. Here, there will be lots of opportunities for speaking and listening.
There will be an emphasis on fine motor skills this half term with lots of time to practise cutting, threading and working with play dough. We will also be building up our muscles in the garden, by dancing with the rainbow ribbons and using the climbing wall on our climbing frame. The children will also be introduced to parachute games which always prove very popular.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
This half term we are focusing on how to sort out problems: what we can do if we fall out with our friends, how to work as a team and how to recognise and manage our feelings. We will also continue to promote independence by encouraging the children to select their own resources and put them back once they have finished. At home you could help by talking about the importance of sharing and taking turns. Model this to your children by sometimes making them wait a moment if they want something you have.
This half term we will be reading books by the author Shirley Hughes. She has written many books about everyday family life and we will be using these to compare them with our own experiences. As well as enjoying her stories we will be reading some of her poems, especially those based on Autumn and Winter. The children will continue with their phonics work based on Environmental and Vocal Sounds.
We will continue with our work on counting and also developing the children’s problem solving skills. The mathematical language of shape, space and measure will also be a focus. At home you could point out different shapes in the environment and talk about their properties eg. Look at this cracker/biscuit, it has 4 sides and 4 corners. You could also draw your children’s attention to the patterns we see around us eg. on wrapping paper or on their clothes. It is very important that the children see maths as part of our everyday lives, thank you for your help.
Understanding of the World
It is in this area that we will focus on Celebrations. We will look at similarities between different celebrations and see how people around the world celebrate Christmas. The children will be learning ICT skills by using the computer to type the inside of Christmas cards. There will also be another visit to Forest School to look at the Winter changes.
Expressive Art and Design
This is a busy term for creative development with lots of opportunities for making decorations, cards and role-play. The children will also be busy learning songs for our Christmas Review. Taking part will boost their self-confidence and be lots of fun. In December there will also be a visit to the Panto!
The Skippers love to learn!
The Skippers visited Chestnut Hair Salon in High Oaks. They learnt all about the tools a hairdresser uses and they tried out the special chairs. One of the class told us how the chairs work - 'You push this with your foot, up and down.'
Thank you so much to the staff for showing us around. I would also like to thank our parent volunteers who made sure the children stayed safe on the walk.
Another Visit to Forest School
The Skippers spent the morning out at Forest School. We all dressed up in our boots, coats, hats and scarves. This time we looked for signs of Winter. The children noticed that lots of leaves had fallen and some of the trees were totally bear. We had great fun in the leaves! We also played parachute games.
We have been very Christmassy over the past few weeks! We made key-rings and shortbread for Enterprise week. The children worked hard putting together our Christmas show - Robin Saves the Day. They all enjoyed taking part. Everyone used loud, clear voices and we heard excellent singing.
Have a great holiday with your families and we will see you all in the New Year.
This is what we did in the first half of the Autumn term. Take a look.
Skippers - Autumn Term Newsletter - First Half
Welcome to the start of the new term. We would like to say hello to Aizah, Shakeeb, Sam, Eliza, Evie, Ed, Stanley, Morgan, Aaron and Alexa.
When you bring your children into Nursery please don’t feel that you have to rush off. There will be a choice of activities between 8.45 – 9.10 and you are most welcome to sit down and join in. Even just one morning a week would benefit your child and show them how important their learning is to you. There will also be a ‘Share and Learn’ morning each term, dates to follow.
Our curriculum focuses this half term are ‘New Beginnings’ and ‘All About Me’. We will be covering all seven areas of learning and activities will be practical and with a strong focus on speaking and listening.
Communication and Language
Developing speaking and listening is a very important part of our work. We give the children lots of time to talk, on a one to one and during group times. We encourage good listening by asking the children to look at the speaker, not to interrupt and to sit calmly when on the carpet. Good listening skills are paramount to future learning. Ask your child about the ‘eye’ and ‘ear’ prompt cards that we use at group times.
Throughout the week there will be many opportunities for the children to make full use of the garden, so do not forget to send in appropriate clothing for our changing weather conditions. Please help your child become independent with putting on and taking off coats, shoes and sweatshirts. To complement the development of gross motor skills such as running, jumping, climbing, balancing and using large equipment we will provide many fine motor activities to improve manipulation and pencil control.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
During the Nursery session we will be putting a lot of emphasis on sharing, treating each other kindly and taking care of our environment. We will also be learning about the behavioural expectations and the routines of the nursery and discussing how we, and others, feel about starting somewhere new. We will introduce the Golden Expectations, which are adhered to throughout the school. A copy is attached.
Over the half term we make time to share good quality story books with the children. We emphasise the importance of taking care of books and we will study how books work. The children will have constant access to our writing areas, both inside and out and they will be encouraged to use lots of different mark making implements. The staff will model good writing and we will show the children that their ideas can be put down in print. Over the term we will be working on phonics which will support reading and writing. We will focus on the following areas: Rhythm and Rhyme and Alliteration. So dig out those old nursery rhyme books to practise with your children at home!
Opportunities for maths learning are seized every day. The children can access a wide range of resources to support learning in the areas of number and shape, space and measure. This half term we will be using number books, rhymes and puzzles as a valuable opportunity for counting and problem solving. The children will also be learning about 2D and 3D shapes. They will be sorting, matching and describing different shapes and there will be lots of opportunities for building models. You can help your child by counting in your day to day activities, for example, as you climb the stairs or how many plates are needed for lunch.
Understanding of the World
As part of our work we will be naming parts of the body and looking in detail at faces and facial expressions. The children will be encouraged to talk about the people special to them and we will encourage them to ask questions to find out about each other.
We will have lots of fun finding out about the Autumn: hunting for signs of Autumn in the school grounds and having time to feel and play with natural materials. We will also start our much loved visits to Forest School, more details closer to the time.
Over the half term we will be learning about different celebrations – Harvest, Birthdays, Eid and Diwali.
We use ICT in many nursery activities. The children will experience lots of games to develop their mouse control and they will be learning about the different parts of the computer and what they do. We will introduce the interactive white board and the ipads this half term.
Expressive Art and Design
Each day there will be a choice of resources in our creative/art area. The children will be encouraged to talk about their work and to explore different materials and textures. We will be encouraging imaginative play in our home corner and using small world toys such as the farm, train set and wooden people. Each week we will be learning new songs and we will be encouraging the children to become confident singers. The children will also have many opportunities for dancing and music making using scarves, ribbons and a range of instruments.
Every day the Nursery children will have the opportunity to mix with the Firetips (Reception class). We find this has huge benefits as all the children learn from each other and it also gives them access to a wider range of resources.
The Skippers will have the opportunity to bring home a school library book each week. Please spend time sharing the book together. As well as supporting reading development it fosters an important link between home and school. Please return the library books on a Monday, thank you. The first books will be coming home on Tuesday 13th September.
I hope you will find this information helpful and I thank you in advance for your support. If we can help in any way please pop in to see us.
Week Beginning 5/9/16
This week the Skippers moved into their new Nursery classroom. They all settled in very well and they are enjoying their learning.
Week Beginning 19/9/16
This week the Skippers have been model making with recycled materials. They have been using masking tape and sticky tape to join bits together.
Week Beginning 3/10/16
The Skippers have been learning how to use the interactive white board this week. They have to remember: only one person at a time, only use one hand and stand at the side of the board. They have been experimenting with a program called 2paint.
Week Beginning 10/10/16
A big thank you to all the parents and family members who joined our Share and Learn morning on Thursday. The children were so excited to show off their learning and it was great to see all the adults getting involved. Everyone had the opportunity to take part in group time and child initiated learning both inside and out in the garden.
Bake Off Week
We have had an exciting week this week!
First, we visited Simmons on High Oaks to buy some bread. Thank you to the staff there for being so welcoming and to the parents who walked there with us. At snack time we ate the bread rolls we'd bought - delicious. The following day we baked some rolls ourselves, mixing the dough was hard work! Finally, we baked smartie cup cakes and decorated them to sell at the cake sale. All the children loved the baking. If you have time over half term, why not do some together at home - a fantastic and fun learning opportunity.
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