Our class is called Skippers. Skippers are taught by Miss Banes (class teacher) and supported by Miss Claridge (teaching assistant).
Friday 22nd June – Reading meeting
Tuesday 10th July – Forest School
Wednesday 4th Thursday 5th and Friday 6th July – Lunch Experience
Thursday 21th June – Share and Learn
Friday 29th June – Sports Day, parents invited
Saturday 23rd June – Summer Fair
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.
The Skippers love to learn!
Autumn Term 2017
The Skippers are settling in well and I would like to extend a warm welcome to all our new families and children. This week we have started to learn how to use the Nursery resources carefully and safely. The children have been brilliant and they are already starting to show pride in their new classroom. I am particularly pleased with how friendly everyone has been.
Keep it up!
This week the Skippers have been very busy in the garden. They are developing their physical skills by using small apparatus and painting with water and large brushes. They are also learning about the natural world and have spotted many insects.
This week the Skippers have been developing their fine motor skills in the dry messy play. They have been scooping, stirring and making patterns in the flour. Some children were very proud to show the initial letter from their names.
We are learning to join different materials. We have been using glue, sticky tape and masking tape. It is not always easy. Sometimes we have to wait for the glue to dry and sometimes we need to ask for help from our friends.
If you have some interesting recycled materials at home,please send them in for our model making area.
Well done to all the Skippers for performing so well in our EYFS Christmas Show. We had lots of fun learning new songs and we enjoyed working with the Firetips. Thank you to all the parents who came to watch.
Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year
Spring Term 2018
The Skippers have been working hard all week.
The children are showing good progress in their pencil control and they are confident to mark make using pens, pencils, paint, water, chalks and crayons. Reading in our comfortable book corner is a popular activity and these children were enjoying familiar stories together. In the garden there has been time to explore the environment and a spider was found in the sand tray.
The Skippers are learning to read and write.
We are enjoying Traditional Tales in class and the children are joining in with the different repeated refrains. We have also been thinking back to the different stories and writing our own stories in groups.
This week at Margaret Wix it was Book Week. The Skippers enjoyed lots of book related activities throughout the week.
Thank you to Mrs Kajoch and Ms Pallia for coming in to read stories in Polish. This was an excellent experience for the children. The children all were able to choose a new book on the Book Swap day and on Thursday everyone made a real effort to dress up as a book character. A great week, thank you for everyone's support.
Summer Term 2018
The Skippers have made a new personal number line this week. This is going to be pegged up on a washing line to support our leaning of mathematics. These are some of the problems we are going to be solving -
What number comes next?
What numbers are missing?
Can you find the number three?
Who is holding the number six?
A big thank you to Phil, who brought in two wild hedgehogs to the Nursery. Conan and Fiver have been looked after at home for a period of time because they were both injured. Fiver had lost a leg and they were both under-weight. This week they have been released back into the wild, but not before coming to visit 'The Skippers'. The children learnt that usually hedgehogs sleep at night and that Phil gave them cat food to build them up. The children loved it when they saw Conan curl up into a ball.
This week has been International Week at Margaret Wix School. The Skippers have been learning about Greece and Japan. We found the countries on a map of the world and have been making flags to hang up in class. At snack time we tried pitta bread and we made our own fish shaped biscuits (koinobori), to celebrate Japanese Children's Day. A highlight of the week has been the Samba Drumming session with children working together in a band.
The Skippers are in training for Sports Day.
For Science week the Skippers went out on a scavenger hunt in the school grounds. They all carried clipboards and had to tick items off when they found them. We collected leaves, pine cones and stones and had time to notice the beauty of the natural world.
Happy holidays to all the Skippers. You have been a pleasure to teach.
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