Early Years Weekly News & Events

Filed in Early Years Newsletters | Posted on November 24, 2017


Please ensure your child’s name is clearly labeled on all their belongings, ie coats, wellie boots, water bottle etc.

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Please can we remind you the Baby Unit and Nursery are open 8.00am – 6.00pm.

Pre School is open 8.30 – 3.30pm. If you require early room (8.00 – 8.30am) or late room (3.30 -5.00/6.00pm) please collect a booking form from the Main Office.

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Please ensure your child has wellie boots and appropriate clothing for Forest School every Wednesday

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Please come along to our Christmas Fayre Saturday 2nd December 11.00 – 2.30pm

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Baby Unit Stay and Play Friday 1st December 9.00 – 10.00am, all baby unit parents welcome

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Pre School Nativity Monday 4th December 9.30am

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Early Years Christmas Party Monday 11th December 9.30am, if this is not your child’s booked session please come along and join in the fun!

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Babies…

This Week– We have been creating an interactive advent calendar where the children will create a stocking or object which will be turned over each and every day. This will involve singing and gaining knowledge of each child’s name, picture of themselves and others and the festive period. We have began to create some of our Christmas cards, presents and calendars ready to be given out before each child breaks up for the Christmas period. We have been encouraging block play and building simple structures using the wooden and plastic blocks alongside different boxes and crates. This helps to develop both the children’s gross and fine motor skills through picking up and placing the objects on top of one another.

Next Week– we will be looking at ‘St. Andrews day’, where we will create flags for this event using our fine motor skills. We also will discuss this event with the children. We will carry on creating our beautiful decorations and objects for our Christmas Play which is on the main board in the baby room. We will also be focusing on reading times where we will be exploring our senses using our fine motor skills. We will explore the books by touch and this will enable the children to feel different textures using their senses. We will be looking at stories from ‘That’s not my..’ books. Our main story for Christmas from this collection is ‘That’s not my reindeer’ which can be seen on the left hand board as you enter the room. By encouraging the children to explore their senses it will enable them to develop their touch, taste, sight, hearing and smell.

Please Remember-  To check your children’s drawers as there have been lots of letters and invitations handed out recently, thank you. To label your children’s clothes. It is very important that parents not only close, but lock both bolts on the gate when arriving/leaving the nursery garden. Please join us in show casing your child’s developments, achievements and interests on their online journal on Tapestry. If you have not yet signed up please let Megan or Sarah know. Please ensure you sign your child in & out every day.  Breakfast is served between 8.00 – 8.30am.

Acorns…

This Week– We have been focusing on Autumn themed activities for the last two weeks of Autumn. Acorns have been enjoying some sensory activities like creating spiders out of playdough using pipe cleaners, googley eyes, and beads. We have also been focusing on listening skills, playing a listen and match game with animal sounds. The children did really well, recognising the sounds that they could hear. Acorns have replaced the rice play with sand again to practise our filling and emptying.

Next Week– We will be beginning to start our Christmas folders, making them sparkly to keep our Christmas crafts in them. We will also be continuing to encourage our listening skills playing animal lotto and recognising familiar sounds in a group game e.g. Doorbell, telephone. We are also going to be making apple crumbles, which we can take home and enjoy.

Please Remember-  To check your children’s drawers as there have been lots of letters and invitations handed out recently, thank you. To label your children’s clothes. It is very important that parents not only close, but lock both bolts on the gate when arriving/leaving the nursery garden. Please join us in show casing your child’s developments, achievements and interests on their online journal on Tapestry. If you have not yet signed up please let Megan or Sarah know. Please ensure you sign your child in & out every day.  Breakfast is served between 8.00 – 8.30am.

Squirrels…

This Week– We have been doing lots of number activities to help with counting and number recognition. We have explored the numbers in the sand tray, done some magic number painting, and a number puzzle activity using the numerals and counting the correct number of bricks to match. We have begun creating our Christmas folders by using stars in paint and also begun to write our Christmas letters and drawing a picture for Father Christmas. In forest school this week we got to explore the area with our new forest school leader Mr Wherrett who will be leading it every week. We have begun our fire place display and continuing to practice our Christmas singing. We have got very Christmassy in the squirrels class and put up our Christmas, tree the children loved to decorate it. We would love some more decorations so any donations would be really appreciated.

Next Week– We will continue with our number topic the children really enjoyed it this week so will continue it on with more activities. We will continue with our Christmas folders and Father Christmas letters and will be finishing off our fire place. We will also be making our advent calendar called ‘poke a tree’ ready for the 1st December.

Please Remember–  To check your children’s drawers as there have been lots of letters and invitations handed out recently, thank you. To label your children’s clothes. It is very important that parents not only close, but lock both bolts on the gate when arriving/leaving the nursery garden. Please join us in show casing your child’s developments, achievements and interests on their online journal on Tapestry. If you have not yet signed up please let Megan or Sarah know. Please ensure you sign your child in & out every day. Breakfast is served between 8.00 – 8.30am.

Hedgehogs…

This Week– The hedgehog children have spent this week creating our advent calendar ready for the 1st of December. We have made and decorated mini Christmas trees, they are each numbered and contain a Christmas activity for the class to carry out each day! We then used star and Christmas tree shaped stamps to decorate our individual art folders, ready to fill with all of our Christmas goodies and crafts! Or forest school teacher Mr Wherrett is back from his holiday now, the children loved having him back to lead the session, they practised new rules and explored the forest school area, searching for creepy crawlies!

Next Week– We will finally be putting our Christmas decorations next week! The children will be able to decorate the tree with a mixture of bought and homemade baubles! We will be adding our finishing touches to the advent calendar, ready for Friday! The hedgehogs have been showing an interest in shapes recently so we will work on our shape recognition and will be completing simple puzzles!

Please Remember–  To check your children’s drawers as there have been lots of letters and invitations handed out recently, thank you. To label your children’s clothes. It is very important that parents not only close, but lock both bolts on the gate when arriving/leaving the nursery garden. Please join us in show casing your child’s developments, achievements and interests on their online journal on Tapestry. If you have not yet signed up please let Megan or Sarah know. Please ensure you sign your child in & out every day. Breakfast is served between 8.00 – 8.30am.

Owls…

This Week– We have set up our stable role play area which the children really enjoy.  They have been dressing up and singing our Christmas nativity songs.  We have been looking at the sound ‘J’ and learning how to write it in our phonics book.  At forest schools we made a den out of sticks which was great fun and everyone was really helpful by finding as many sticks as they could.

Next Week– Monday we will be having a dress rehearsal so please can you bring in your child’s outfit for the nativity.  We will be looking at the phonic ‘ t ‘ so please bring in items from home beginnings with this sound to help reinforce the learning.  We are having a lot of toys brought in from home and at times this causes upset within the room, if your child is happy to come into preschool without a toy we would appreciate it.

Please RememberTo check your children’s drawers as there have been lots of letters and invitations handed out recently, thank you. Return any borrowed underwear as we have completely ran out. Please can you remember to bring in items from home beginning with ‘M’ for our alteration table.  Please can you check all your children’s jumpers as we have many that have gone missing that are named. To label your children’s clothes. It is very important that parents not only close, but lock both bolts on the gate when arriving/leaving the nursery garden. Please join us in show casing your child’s developments, achievements and interests on their online journal on Tapestry. If you have not yet signed up please let Megan or Sarah know. Please ensure you sign your child in & out every day. Breakfast is served between 8.00 – 8.30am. Please remember to help your child to self-register, before long they will be able to do it all for themselves! Also named wellies are a must for the upcoming months as we like to make the most of outside play, even in the rain! In your child’s drawers should be celebration and achievement certificates, please fill them in and hand them to us so we can celebrate them during our assembly.

Bunnies…

This Week– We have been talking a lot this week about school rules and behaviour inside and outside the classroom.  We will be following this up at a later date with our own ‘Bunnies Classroom Rules’ – set out by the children themselves which will be put up in the classroom for us all to see.  During this week we have also had a quick Nativity practice on the main stage and hopefully on Monday we will have the opportunity again. It is lovely to hear the children singing their songs during free play.  We have been busy changing the den area into a stable complete with Mary Joseph and baby Jesus of course and provided lots of dressing up costumes for free play.  The children have re-enacted the Christmas Story using the small world table with characters and straw.  During Forest School this week we were excited to meet Mr Wherrett and we learnt about the Forest school rules and what we need to do when we hear the whistle (ask your children).  We collected lots of large sticks and other natural objects to build a big den to shelter us from the weather conditions (because it was rather windy!).  Following on from our ‘windy day’ at forest school we watched a short video this week – Come Outside – Windy Day. It was interesting discussing what a video was and how it worked verses a DVD!  The children were fascinated!  We provided a different activity for phonics this week using a large bowl and oversized spoon to mix together items beginning with j to add to the silly soup.

Next Week– Our phonic letter will be ‘t’, please do encourage your children to find up to three items themselves that begin with the letter sound, it is really helping them to understand the phonic.

Please Remember– As a reminder could we ask that your bring in your child’s Nativity costume as soon as possible as we are hoping to run a dress rehearsal early next week.  Our Christmas party will be held on December 1st and a list of food items has been put up in the classroom to replace lunch on that day, thank you in advance for your generous offerings. The children always enjoy it!  We hope you have returned your Santa Visit letters to the FOSS shop and we look forward to seeing you all on the 2nd of December at the Christmas Fayre.  Have a super weekend ahead. Please check your children’s drawers as there have been lots of letters and invitations handed out recently, thank you. Return any borrowed underwear as we have completely ran out. Please can you remember to bring in items from home beginning with ‘M’ for our alteration table.  Please can you check all your children’s jumpers as we have many that have gone missing that are named. To label your children’s clothes. It is very important that parents not only close, but lock both bolts on the gate when arriving/leaving the nursery garden. Please join us in show casing your child’s developments, achievements and interests on their online journal on Tapestry. If you have not yet signed up please let Megan or Sarah know. Please ensure you sign your child in & out every day. Breakfast is served between 8.00 – 8.30am. Please remember to help your child to self-register, before long they will be able to do it all for themselves! Also named wellies are a must for the upcoming months as we like to make the most of outside play, even in the rain! In your child’s drawers should be celebration and achievement certificates, please fill them in and hand them to us so we can celebrate them during our assembly.