Welcome to Nursery!
Welcome to Nursery at St Anne’s. The children have settled into the Nursery class really well and they are getting used to their new environment. The adults in Nursery are Mr Harwood (Class Teacher) and Mrs Raggett, Mrs Bieganska and Mrs McManus (Teaching Assistants).
What we do.
We instil a sense of independence in the children. We want them to have the confidence to make their own choices and find their own ways of doing things. We follow the EYFS curriculum and we teach phonics with the aim of all children knowing all the initial sounds by the end of Nursery and we teach maths with the aim that children have an understanding of number and quantities. Most importantly, we have fun!
What you can do.
You can also have lots of fun with your children. I think that activities like cooking can be lots of fun and very valuable in terms of education. It gives the children the chance to experience different smells and textures. If you are mixing dough this is a great way to strengthen small fingers and get them ready to write. Shopping is a great opportunity to have the children counting in a real context and the park helps the children develop muscles and the ability to share and compromise. Most important of all is talk. Talking to your child while doing this broadens their vocabulary and understanding and helps them learn.
As independence of the children is so importance they often take off their own jumpers and coats but sometimes put them on a hook that is not theirs. To helps us avoid lost coats please can you write your child's name in all of their clothes
If you have any questions of would like to talk about any of this please come and see me. I'm always happy to have a chat!
Our favourite story so far is 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt' Can you join in with the actions?
We have been learning about the story 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt' and we lost our own bear. We looked everywhere and asked all of the other teachers but we just could not find it! We decided to make a picnic and go on our own bear hunt. It was great to have so many grown-ups in to help us make our picnic and it helped us broaden our vocabulary.
We have had a space theme and we have had lots of fund exploring goo and moon dust. We also made some fantastic rockets at home. Well done to everyone that made one, they are awesome!
We have been looking for Ruby, a bear that looks a little different to the other bears at school. We have spotted her around the school but we have not yet found her. We think she ran away because the other bears were mean to her. She has different sized ears, a spotty tummy and the letter 's' on her foot. If you see her can you say some kind things to her and hopefully she will come home.
We had an awesome trip to see the reindeer at Adsa today. We were fascinated by the reindeer and how big they were. They were also much softer then we thought they would be. They were very hungry too, they must have a big night that they need to get ready for!
The children were all superstars! We were so grown up and so sensible.
I would like to thank all of the grown-ups that gave up their time to come with us, without you we would not have been able to have gone!
Today Nursery enjoyed some las posadas based activities. It is a custom from Mexico where children look for the inn where Jesus had been born. We looked for a star above the classroom doors and eventually found the right classroom. Then we left gifts just like the 3 wise men.
We have had lots of Cinerella fun. We found Cinderella's shoe in Nursery then we went to look to see who's feet it matched. We found that most of the teachers' feet were too big or too small. When we did find Cinderella we celebrated with a fancy dress ball!