The Nursery Staff would like to say a big thank you to all the parents for allowing us to be part of your child's first stage in their education it has been a pleasure, we would also like to thank you all for your cards and gifts. Many of the words you wrote bought a tear to our eyes.
We hope all the children enjoyed their prom party we all did below are some photographs of the evening event.
Welcome to Nursery!
Hello we are delighted that you have come to visit our webpage where we hope to give you an insight into the fantastic range of learning that takes place each day through pictures of your children involved in their learning.
For the start of the summer term our first theme is going to be fairy tales and we look forward to sharing lots of our favourite tales together and planning fun activities around them for the children to learn as they play.
Essex Wildlife Trust
We had a fantastic morning on Monday 2nd July in our woodland are with Gemma from the Essex wildlife trust, the children went on a mini beast hunt before using self drying clay to make the mini beasts they had discovered. We then sat around our camp fire and the children toasted marshmallows, on the end of sticks they had found and scraped the ends of using potato peelers. Lots of fun and learning about the environnment took place as well as how to keep safe near fires.
For the second part of the summer term our topic has been 'Minibeast's, we have had lots of fun finding out about different insects and exploring the life cycle of butterflies. We have been lucky enough to watch butterfly eggs hatch and the caterpillars transform into butterflies. Take a look at the pictures of some of our fun activities we have had access to this term, spray painting and rock painting mini beasts has been a favourite activity outside.
We have been having lots of fun this week including quiet reading in our beach huts.
Exploring Life Cycles 27.4.18
The children have had a super time this week pond dipping in our wild life area. We are continuing to observe the growth and change of the tadpoles as they change into froglets and then frogs.
Please now that sunny days are with us it is important that you apply suncream to your child before they come to nursery and provide them with a named sunhat. If your child attends all day then we would suggest an all day sunblock, as the children spend a lot of time taking part in fun activities in our garden area. Thanks
Nursery Class Sports Day
When: 6th June
Where: On the sports field
Please join us with your child for ice-creams after the event which will be available at a small cost.
Welcome back to all our children and a warm welcome to all the new children who will be joining us this term.
We will be posting who is our star of the week here please check to see if it is your child.
Lilly-Marie for always being kind and helping others 11.5.18
Here you can see some of the nursery children enjoying practicing dancing around our School Maypole. Maypole dancing is a very old tradition that some say originated in Germany, long ago in Pagan times. We hope to learn a simple dance that the children can perform to their friends in May. May is when it is traditional to dance around the Maypole.
On May Day, people used to cut down young trees and stick them in the ground in the villages to mark the arrival of summer.
People danced around the tree poles in celebration of the end of winter and the start of the fine weather that would allow planting to begin.
Celebrating World Book Day In Our Nursery Class
We had great fun celebrating world book day in our classroom, can you see all the favourite book characters some of the children dressed as. Princess Pearl (Meadow) from the story, 'Zog and the Flying Doctors,' by one of our favourite Authors Julia Donaldson brought her story book into the classroom and we read it together. What a great choice!
Today we wore red or blue in memory of Mr Kevin Spiers our dear caretaker who sadly passed away last year. Kevin was a great Arsenal fan and his birthday was this week. All donations will go to St Helena Hospice where kev spent his last few weeks.
This second half of the spring term our topic is going to be 'Pets,' as lots of the children have been talking about their pets and what pet they would like to own. We hope you will take them to the local pet shop for a look around. We have been very busy during the half term and have created our own pet shop outside and animal clinic inside to allow the children to care for sick & injured animals and learn to handle them gently.
We have been sharing the story of, 'Dear Zoo,' this week and have been having fun learning through play. Look at all the fun activities we have taken part in.
Owl Bark Rubbings
Getting Ready to Read and Write
Alongside all of our fabulous play opportunities, children access daily letters and sounds groups. These include playful activities to support and promote early phonetic development. This means that children begin to identify the similarities and differences in the sounds and words they hear. They are encouraged to listen out for different environmental sounds such as the birds 'tweeting' and planes flying in the sky. As their phonetic knowledge develops, children are exposed to a world of rhyming and alliteration. We share lots of rhyming stories and have so much fun singing rhyming songs. When children are ready, they then begin to listen out for the individual sounds that make up words and begin to learn how to represent these sounds through writing.
Children have access to a rich and varied provision to support and promote mark making and fine motor development.
We Love Maths Too!
We love to explore the mathematical concepts of shape, space and measures through lots of exciting real life experiences such as baking, water and sand play. Children are encouraged to explore the similarities and differences in the shapes and amounts that they see and find in the world around them. We have so much fun doing lots of active maths activities such as counting as we jump, hop or clap and enjoy lots of engaging small group activities to promote mathematical development as we play. We love to give children maths challenges!
Below is an external link to some Christmas Games