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Welcome to Nursery
 

2019-2020

On this class page we will share with you some of our fun learning journeys.  Please also visit your child's Tapestry account. 

The staff working in nursery are:   
Mrs Alderson (EYFS Leader and Assistant Head), 
Mrs Ashcroft (Teacher), 
Miss Walker 
(Assistant Teacher), Mrs Holdsworth (Assistant Teacher), Miss Millard (Assistant Teacher),Mrs Pritchard (Morning Assistant Teacher), Mrs Hustwick (Afternoon Assistant Teacher), Mrs Moore (Assistant Teacher).
  

If you have any questions regarding day to day nursery life, please contact Mrs Alderson by e-mail: nursery@primrosehill.owlcotesmat.org or speak to a member of the nursery team at the start or end of sessions.

Our learning theme during the first half of the Spring term - January 2020 - February 2020) is: Build It!

The focus of our learning is to develop children's knowledge and awareness of shapes in the environment. By exploring the characteristics of everyday objects and shapes in a variety of ways, we intend to develop exciting and memorable learning journeys. The knowledge organiser for this half term will be added soon. In the meantime here are some of the stories we will be using to support our learning: Not a box, No-Bot, The Three Little Pigs.

Making sense of numbers on Valentine's Day.

The children were challenge to find out how many hearts there were using their knowledge of number and counting skills. A magical pot supported talking about number values before being able to see how many heart sweeties there were. Counting carefully, saying one number name at a time followed by the name of the object being counted helps to slow counting down. Why not have a go at doing this at home.

Making sense of numbers on Valentine's Day.
Owlcotes Literature Festival - Magical Learning

In the last week of the first Spring half term, our learning is linked to magic. We are visiting a magical emporium in school, creating spells and potions and developing imaginative thinking and story-telling skills. Watch this space for some of our super learning.

Owlcotes Literature Festival - Magical Learning
Rhyme Time

We are learning rhymes during our rhyme time learning twice each day and as we sing songs, share stories and play. Here are the rhymes we strive for every child in nursery to be able to recall by the time they leave nursery, if not before!

Making sense of maths- number sense and exploring shapes, space and measures.

Learning linked to maths in nursery focuses on helping children to develop a secure understanding of number and shape, space and measures. Through first hand experiences, using lots of objects, acting out experiences linked to real life maths and re-visiting effective methods for learning about number values (quantity), children develop their mathematical knowledge and skills. Counting by moving objects, exploring number values with a wide range of objects and recognising number values in images, objects and in the environment, all support the development of good mathematical knowledge. Sorting, grouping, comparing objects helps children to learn about shapes and sizes. Knowing the stopping number, support children in understanding what number names are for and how we use them is part of everyday learning in nursery. Here are some of the ways children develop their mathematical knowledge and skills.

Making sense of maths- number sense and exploring shapes, space and measures.
We are scientists, finding out about the world!

Developing curiosity about the world and making connections between the things we see, hear, taste and know about, help children to make sense of the world around them. Observing livings things, learning about materials and how things change over time are all part of scientific learning in early years. Our gallery of learning from January 2020 will be added to over time to show the children's interests and the opportunities provided in nursery, to support the development of scientific knowledge and understanding.

We are scientists, finding out about the world!
Designing, making and exploring media and materials.

The early years curriculum supports exploration of a wide range of media and materials. We enjoy working together to create model and pictures and working by ourselves to make models, props for play and pictures, patterns and abstract creations. We also enjoy sensory experiences where we explore how media and materials feel, look and smell. Please have a look at this gallery of our learning from January 2020 on wards. We will keep adding to this gallery of learning.

Designing, making and exploring media and materials.
Music Making, Songs and Rhymes.

We enjoy learning through songs and rhymes. We have a dedicated time for rhyme twice each day where we focus on chanting the chosen rhyme of the week. We also enjoy creating music and sounds with percussion instruments, body percussion and objects in nursery. Here is a collection of our learning from January 2020 on wards. We will keep adding to this gallery of images. Watch this space for film footage of our wonderful performances!

Music Making, Songs and Rhymes.
Children in Need fun learning - thank you for your donations.

We have had a super, spotty day in nursery, dressed in bright colours and spotty clothes! Nursery has spots. We have been counting them, seeing how many different coloured spots there are and exploring spotty shapes and spotty soup! Circles are everywhere. Where can you find circles in your house?

Children in Need fun learning - thank you for your donations.
Our learning theme during the second half term (November - December 2019) is: Let's Celebrate.

Information about areas we are focusing on during the second half term of this school year are attached in the knowledge organiser. Please speak to Mrs Alderson, or Mrs Ashcroft if you have any questions, or would like to get involved in supporting our learning. Information is also shared via your child's individual Tapestry account. Please ask for help if you are not able to access your account.

Pudsey the bear came to nursery!

Pudsey bear came to see us today. He wrote a letter asking to come and visit us. He left us stickers and asked us to collect two pence pieces for 'Children in Need.' Please could you help us with this appeal. Thank you

Pudsey the bear came to nursery!
Focus Week - In the News!

In the News is our first focus week for this year. Children throughout school are linking their learning to this theme. We are exploring builders as we look at clues left in nursery and talk about what we like about nursery. Clue 1. Who has muddy boots? Clue 2. Who has set up an office area in nursery and left lots of keys? Clue 3: Two pairs of gloves have been left in nursery. Clues 4: Two bunches of keys have been found in nursery. We have also received two letters from someone whose name starts with a B. Who could it be? they have a cat whose name starts with a P... On Wednesday we solved the mystery. Bob the builder has been visiting nursery. We are learning the bob the builder son and all about the letter sound b. Can you hear b in words?

Focus Week - In the News!
Making leaf collages.

In our last week of this first half term, we will be making leaf collages, using leaves collected from Autumn walks. The story book Leaf Man will be used to inspire our creations.

Making leaf collages.
Pumpkin Watch!

To support learning in maths, an ever increasing number of pumpkins and squashes have been arriving in nursery. The children are enjoying the challenge of trying to pick each one up and they have been sorting them by size. This week (7-10-19) we will be exploring making patterns whilst developing fine motor control skills - the challenge is to hammer wooden sticks into pumpkins to make marks and create patterns. Child friendly hammers and close supervision will ensure this challenge is enjoyable and safe. During the week beginning 14-10-19 the challenge is to explore pumpkin seeds: scooping them out and counting them. Home challenge: Look at the pictures of pumpkins and squashes. Can your child talk about their shape and colour? Can you child identify things which are the same and things which are different about the pumpkins and squashes? Can they tell you which is the heaviest and which is the lightest? Parents/carers - come in to nursery to have a go at this size challenge with your child, at the start of the nursery day, or afternoon session (for afternoon children).

Pumpkin Watch!
A Drawing Challenge

This week in nursery the children have been challenged to draw pictures of themselves, others and characters from stories. Have a look at some of our super learning!

A Drawing Challenge
Science Super Learning Day!

We have been exploring ice, talking about animals that live in cold places and how we can keep warm in cold weather. This has helped us to begin to understand about cold places in the world, like Antarctica and how to look after ourselves when the weather is cold in England.

Science Super Learning Day!
We went on an apple hunt!

We have been exploring the school orchard at the bottom of the field. Instead of going on a bear hunt we went on an apple hunt and found lots of big ones, small ones and funny shaped ones! We also found pears. The children picked the fruit and took them back to nursery where we have sorted them, printed with them and tasted them.

We went on an apple hunt!
Our learning theme during the first half term (September - October 2019) is: Who are we?

Information about areas we are focusing on during the first half term of this school year are attached in the knowledge organiser. Each half term a new knowledge organiser will be made available on the class page and be on display in the nursery entrance. Please speak to Mrs Alderson, or Mrs Ashcroft if you have any questions, or would like to get involved in supporting our learning. Information is also shared via your child's individual Tapestry account. Please ask for help if you are not able to access your account.

Learning Together

The children in nursery are settling in well to their new routines and getting to know one another. Learning together, sharing and being a caring friend are all areas of focus. Finding out about one another, what we enjoy and are confident at doing are also ongoing themes for the first half term. Here are some photographs of our learning in nursery during the first couple of weeks of the new academic year.

Learning Together
Making New Friends

We have lots of fun learning together in nursery. Here are some of the fun things children who will be in nursery in September 2019 have been doing.

Making New Friends