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Welcome back after the half term break, and welcome to our second newsletter for this Nursery year.
We welcome Mrs Alcock to the team, as Nursery teacher for the first couple of weeks, due to Mrs Traynor being on compulsory Jury service. We know that the children are in very good and experienced hands until Mrs Traynor returns, and Mrs Leah and Miss Thomas will be there as always, as familiar, friendly faces.
We have planned some really exciting activities for this Autumn half term. We're learning all about LIGHT and DARK for the next few weeks including the festivals of Bonfire Night, Diwali and of course Christmas! As well as learning about what happens during these festivals and talking about the significance of them to the different faiths and cultures involved, we will be creating lots of art and crafts and music to help us to understand the stories behind them.
We will be learning about animals that like to be awake at night rather than the daytime (nocturnal animals), reading Owl Babies and Wow! Said the Owl. We will be consolidating our colour knowledge, reading Noah's Ark and talking about the rainbow's significance in the story. We will be improving our ability to count movable objects accurately and our knowledge of 2D shapes.
In phonics, we will be practising listening to and distinguishing between environmental and instrumental sounds and listening for rhyming words in phrases and stories. We will be listening for the initial sounds in our names and other words and try forming in writing those we can hear.
Just a reminder. Our P.E. slot for Peacocks group is Monday
and for Butterflies group, it is Thursday.
Please make sure your child has their PE kit in school for their day. Many thanks.
At Nursery we are continuing to learn to :-
Fasten our own coats
To take turns when we play with our friends.
To be kind and helpful to all the children in Nursery.
To remember to say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’.
If you wish to continue to help your child at home we recommend reading as often as possible to your child anything that you will both enjoy. Please share shapes and numbers in the environment around you, when you are out and about, and if you wish to encourage writing, please use lowercase lettering (except for initials of names). When writing, don't draw dots for the children to follow. Ask them to try to copy a letter you have written first or write a letter in a light coloured pen or pencil and ask them to trace over it, forming it as you did. If your child is really eager to learn letters try to use their sounds not their names. For example a = 'ah' not 'ay', s= 'sss' not 'ser'.
Finally, we would like to thank you for your support and encouragement over the first few weeks of the Autumn term. It has been a pleasure teaching and getting to know the children. This coming half term is always fun with Nativity practice always bringing us laughs, as well as helping the children with the key skills of listening, waiting their turn and hopefully growing in confidence to sing or speak in front of their peers and family.
The Nursery Team