Wednesday, 30 April 2014

The Nursery and PC Hopkins

We very lucky as PC Hopkins found the time to visit us at Nursery this week. He was very impressed with the Police Station the children had helped to create. He told us lots of interesting facts about his job. We were amazed to find out that there are 33000 Police Officers in the MET.

More Bug Man Fun, with the afternoon Nursery!

Running club run round new trail

Running club enjoyed running round the new pathway. We found it difficult to run on the shells. Over the tunnels, under the slide and up the steep hill up the end. Exhausted!!

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Fresh air for our chicks!

Day by day the chicks are growing before our very eyes. This afternoon it was time for their daily exercise. It was a beautiful spring afternoon, so we took them outside. The chicks enjoys exploring the astro turf, many of them moving at great speed. One little chick decided exercise wasn't for him and decided to have a cuddle instead.

Monday, 28 April 2014

Nursery Weekly Newsletter

Term: Summer 1 Date: 29.04.14

The visit from the ‘Bug Man’ was fantastic last week. The children had a wonderful time, every child had an opportunity to look at and hold some mini beasts from around the world such as a tarantula, stick-insect and locus.

We also had a some special visitors. We were delivered a batch of eggs, complete with an incubator, and have enjoyed spending time handling the chicks. 

Finally we said goodbye to our class butterflies, we have had them since they arrived as tiny caterpillars.

The story this week will be, ‘The Hungry Caterpillar’ and the songs will be, ‘Ladybird Ladybird’ and ‘Incy Wincy Spider’.

Personal, Social and Emotional
Can play in a group, extending and elaborating play ideas.
Enjoys the responsibility of carrying out small tasks.
Keeps play going by responding to what others are saying and doing.

Communication and Language
Questions why things happen and gives explanations.
Uses talk to connect ideas, explain what is happening and anticipate what might happen next, recall and relive past experiences.
Builds up vocabulary that builds up the breadth of their experience.

Physical Development:
Holds pencil near point between first 2 fingers and thumb
Uses three finger tripod grip.
Observes effects of activity on their bodies.

Show an interest in representing numbers.
Knows that a group of object changes in quantity when something is added or taken away.
Sometimes matches numeral and quantity correctly.

Understanding of the World
Shows care and concern for living things and the environment.
Can talk about some of the things they have observed such as plants, animals
Shows interest in different occupations and ways of life. 

Expressive Arts and Design
Understands that they can use lines to enclose a space, and then begin to use these shapes to represent objects.
Uses available resources to create props for role play.
Beginning to be interested in and describe the texture of things. 

Can copy some letters in their name
Holds pencil near point between first 2 fingers and thumb.
Listens to stories with increasing attention and recall.

We are beginning to learn our sounds. We will start with ‘S’. Your child can bring something in beginning with ‘S’. Please write your child’s name on it if possible.

Thank you for your continued support.

Kind Regards,

The Nursery Team

Sung to: "I'm a little Teapot"

I'm a police officer

With my hat,

I help people

With this and that.

If you have a problem,

Call on me,

And I will be there

One, two, three!

Ladybird Ladybird

Ladybird ladybird fly away home

Your house is on fire

Your children have gone

All except one

And his name is Dan

And he crept under the flying pan



Sunday, 27 April 2014

Reception Weekly Newsletter

Term: Summer 1 Date 28.04.14

What a fantastic start to the term! Last week was filled with curriculum enrichments from releasing butterflies to the arrival of chicks and then in between enjoying a visit from the bug man. This week we will be completing follow up work relating to these wonderful curriculum enrichments. Our book of the week is, ‘The Bad Tempered Ladybird’.

Your child will be taking part in the following activities within the seven areas of development (although the skills remain the same, the activities may differ depending on the children’s interests):

Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Continuing to care for our chicks and handling them during circle time working as part of a group and following the rules.

Communication and Language 
All the children have a set reading day. Please make sure their book is in school at least for their reading day. We praise the children who regularly read at home to an adult and have a reward system in place.
Sharing the story of, ‘The bad tempered ladybird’ and getting the children to ask, who, what why and how questions. 

The children will be continuing to go out in small groups with Mr Clark. All children need a PE kit in school.
Fine manipulatives skills set up daily to improve children’s pencil control. 

Writing our names encouraging correct letter formation.
We will be continuing our daily Read, Write Inc. sessions.
Writing questions to speech bubbles to the bad tempered ladybird
Writing recounts about the bug man and our chicks, encouraging the children to discuss what they liked best and questions they would like to ask.
Sharing a range of non-fiction books about bugs. 

Playing number bingo.
Playing ‘What the time Mr Wolf’ and other time games, starting explain a sense of time.
Ensuring accurate number formation
Problem solving challenge – can you make a chick out of an egg?

Understanding of the World
Discussing our chicks, noting similarities and differences in relation to living things. To make observations of animals and talk about changes.

Expressive Arts and Design
Enjoying our daily dance warm up to the ‘5 a day’ fitness programme.
Role play – dressing up
To do observational drawings of chicks exploring with a variety of materials, tools and techniques.

Please follow Broadford on facebook (remember to press the ‘like’ button) and twitter. We update the Early Years blog regularly with photos and information.

Please continue to read daily with your child and sign their reading record. When your child brings home their words, please practise them as this supports their learning in school.

Many thanks to the children and parents who regularly bring in work from home that the children have done at home – it is always lovely to see children following up their learning at home. We have recently seen some fantastic writing and super artwork from the children.

Thank you for your continued support.

























Friday, 25 April 2014

The Chicks are having a sleepover!

We didn't want the chicks to be left at school over the weekend so they have gone to Mrs Stanley's for a sleepover. Rest assured Early Years children, Alexa and Jake will take great care of them. They have already cleaned the chicks out and laid new bedding and the chicks have been for a run around.

The Chicks meet the Nursery Children

The Nursery children got to meet the chicks. This was a great opportunity. The children were very gentle and talked about the detail and features of the chicks.

New Amazing Resources!

Mrs Chisholm and the Nursery children have began to create a Police Station in the role play area. They were given a few huge boxes today and the children got really excited and couldn't wait to create some new props for their Police Station. The children had  some amazing ideas...we can't wait to see the final result!

Nursery Stars of the future!!!

The girls had great fun performing on our new stage!