Saturday, 21 January 2017

Nursery Newsletter 23.1.17

Term: Spring 1                      Date: 23.01.17

Dear Parents,

We had a great week reading the 'The Tiger who came to tea'. After we heard that Mrs Chisholm was collecting a special visitor from the airport the children were very busy making letters and cards for the tiger. They were very surprised when he arrived at Nursery on Tuesday! The children found out lots of facts about the tiger by asking him questions and we even had some time to sing and dance to 'Down in the Jungle'. This week we are going to focus on the story 'Monkey Puzzle' by Julia Donaldson.

This Newsletter can be seen on the Broadford Primary School Facebook Page and the EYFS Blog which you can reach from the school website. If you follow the school Facebook page you will see lots of blogs including photos of the children's time in Nursery.

Personal, Social and Emotional:
Confident to talk to other children when playing, and will communicate freely about own home and community. We are praising the children for sharing resources and modelling sharing.
Communication and Language/Literacy:
We are encouraging the children to learn Nursery Rhymes and join in with actions to help them re-tell these. We are focusing on learning the rhymes 'Miss Polly had a Dolly', 'I'm a Little Tea Pot' and 'Pat a Cake' this week. They are encouraged to listen carefully to adults telling the rhymes and say the missing words. We are pointing our rhyming words in these rhymes and stories and encouraging the children to hear how words rhyme.
The children are always encouraged to use the correct tenses and word endings when talking e.g. "I slid down the slide." "I found a pretty bead." "Soon it will be my Birthday." Please continue to model this at home. Encourage the children to talk to you in full sentences and share their ideas.
Physical Development:
We are focusing on ensuring children are able to hold scissors correctly and are enjoying daily
'Dough Disco' sessions to develop the muscles in the children's fingers.
We are focusing on the children's individual targets in play and moving them forward in this
way. Some children will be encouraged to and count amounts correctly and those able will be encouraged to match numerals to amounts.
Expressive Art and Design:
We are modelling how to cut materials to create collages this week. This will be left for the children
to explore and create their own designs.

Understanding the World:

This week we have lots of various animal books, animal puppets and toys, vet role-play items and
photos of real pets. In small groups we will share these items with the children to encourage them to
talk about animals and the children's experience own of pets. If you have any photos of pets please
either send these in with the children of email them to

Snack focus:
Last week the children cut bananas and added natural yogurt and milk to create their own delicious smoothies. This week we have rice crackers, cream cheese and various fruits and veg available. The children will be encouraged to create their own faces/patterns with the fruit and vegetables to create their own healthy snack.
Learning Challenge
Thank you for the Learning Challenge's we have already received. The display of all the children's work is looking great! If you would like to complete this half term's learning challenge please read the details below:

Each half term we will be setting our pupils a challenge related to their learning. We believe that it is important for us to provide guidance for parents on how their children's learning can be extended at home.
The learning challenge will include either a nursery rhyme, famous person, illustration or a piece of music. Please talk to your child about the challenge and help them to engage in their learning. The children can choose how they present their learning challenge outcomes to their teacher or class.
Poem/Song to learn: 5 Little Monkeys Jumping on a bed.
Five little monkeys jumping on the bed,
One fell off and bumped his head. Mother called the doctor and the doctor said: 'No more jumping on the bed!'
(Repeat down to 0)
Painting: Guido Daniele – Animal Hand Painting

Nursery Rhyme
1.      Learn it off by heart.
2.      Draw a picture to illustrate the rhyme.
3.      To create your own hand art and take a photo.
4.      To create your own animal picture at home.
If you would like to contact a member of the EYFS team via email the address is
Kind regards,
The Nursery Team

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