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East Acton Primary School "Growing Together"

Nursery Archived 2016-17

Autumn 2 - Week 3 - 14th November 2016

 

 

Children in Need - 18th November 2016 - Please wear something with spots and donate to this charity.

 

Anti-Bullying Week 14th - 18th November 2016

 

We will continue with our theme of celebrations this week by looking at parties. Our stories this week are based around this theme.

 

 

The Toys' Party by Roderick Hunt and Alex Brychta.

This is a story about a little boy called Kipper who is bored because no-one wants to play with him so he decides to make a party for his toys. He wants to make a cake and ends up making a huge mess instead! His mother is not very pleased.

 

 

     

 

Kipper's Birthday by Roderick Hunt and Alex Brychta.

We once again meet Kipper and his family, this time it is Kipper's birthday. Things don't go exactly as planned.

 

 

 

Kipper's Birthday by Mick Inkpen.

In this story Kipper the dog invites his friends to his birthday, but doesn't send the invitations out on time. Will anyone turn up for the party?

 

All these books discuss feelings and how we cope in different circumstances. For Personal Social and Emotional development we will be talking to the children about their feelings and will be linking this to Anti-Bullying Week. We will be talking about what makes us happy, sad, excited, scared, worried and angry and how we can cope with these feelings? Please discus feelings at home with your child.

 

 

For physical development this week we will continue to practise catching and throwing a ball. Help your child to practise at home or in the park.

 

 

 

 

 

For Maths this week we will focus on counting and number recognition. We will be making play dough cakes and counting candles, matching the amount of candles to the number. When counting with your child, please help them to count accurately by encouraging them to point to each object as they count, to begin counting with number one and to stop counting when they point to the last object. Ask your child how many objects they think are there and then encourage them to check by counting.

 

 

 

 

     

In Literacy this week we will continue to introduce Read Write Inc. phonics focusing on letter formation. We will be introducing the letters t and i this week and reviewing the letters we learned last week m, a, s and d . Please help your child to practice at home. 

 

                

                                                        

We will also continue to practise oral segmenting and blending, when a word is broken into the sounds in a word for example "h-a-t" and then the person listening will put the sounds together and say the actual word "hat". This is a very important skill for the children to learn as it is the precursor to reading.

 

We will continue to practise writing our names. Please help you child to practise writing their name at home and give them a purpose for writing e.g. signing their name on a letter or card or putting their name against an item on your shopping list that is for them. Point out letters and words as you go out and about so that they understand that writing has a purpose. Here are some examples of how to form the letters correctly.

 

 Lower Case Letters      

 

Upper Case Letters

 

Autumn 2 - Week 2 - 7th November 2016

 

We will continue with our theme of celebrations this week by looking at visiting family and friends. Our main story this week is called 'The Train Ride,' written by June Crebbin and illustrated by Stephen Lambert.

 

 

The story is about a little girl who goes on a train ride to visit her grandmother who lives by the sea. During the journey she constantly asks "What shall I see?" and then she looks out of the window and describes all the interesting things that she during her journey. Have you been on a train ride or a car ride or even on a plane to visit family members? Talk to your child about the experience, do you have any photos that they can bring into class to share with their friends?

 

     

 

For Understanding of the World this week we will be looking at video clips of an actual train ride and then we will be using a small world train set and props to build the tracks for our own imaginary journey.

 

 

 

 

For physical development this week we will be practising catching and throwing a ball. Help your child to practise at home or in the park.

 

 

 

We will also be practising our mouse control to click, drag and drop objects on the computer screen.

 

 

 

 

For Maths this week we will focus on counting and early addition skills. Please help your child to count accurately by encouraging them to point to each object as they count, to begin counting with number one and to stop counting when they point to the last object. Ask your child how many objects they think are there and then encourage them to check by counting.

 

 

 

 

     

In Literacy this week we will continue to introduce Read Write Inc. phonics focusing on letter formation. We will be introducing the letters s and d this week and reviewing the letters we learned last week m and a . Please help your child to practice at home. 

 

   

                                                        

We will also continue to practise oral segmenting and blending, when a word is broken into the sounds in a word for example "h-a-t" and then the person listening will put the sounds together and say the actual word "hat". This is a very important skill for the children to learn as it is the precursor to reading.

 

We will continue to practise writing our names. Please help you child to practise writing their name at home and give them a purpose for writing e.g. signing their name on a letter or card or putting their name against an item on your shopping list that is for them. Point out letters and words as you go out and about so that they understand that writing has a purpose. Here are some examples of how to form the letters correctly.

 

 Lower Case Letters      

 

Upper Case Letters

 

Our topic this term is 'Let's Go Celebrate'.

 

 

 

Autumn 2 - Week 1 - 31st October 2016

 

Welcome back everyone to the new term, from the topic overview you will see that our topic this term is 'Let's go celebrate'. There are lots of celebrations at this time of year and this week is no exception. We will be looking at two different celebrations that will be going on this week around the theme of fireworks, Diwali the Hindu Festival of Light and Bonfire Night.

 

 

  

Celebrating Diwali                                                                 Divas 

 

          

A family dressed in traditional clothes celebrating Diwali       A traditional Rangoli pattern.

 

      

 

Diwali food and sweets.

 

Diwali fireworks.

 

 

    

Fireworks.

 

 

       

  

A Bonfire and fireworks.                                  A family celebrating Bonfire Night with fireworks.

 

    

 

Traditional Bonfire Night food, baked potatoes, sausages and toffee apples.

 

For Understanding of the world this week we will be looking at these two celebrations and comparing them. Have a look at the pictures with your child and see what you can find that is the same or different to the way you celebrate with your family and friends. Look at who is celebrating, what they wear and what they eat.

 

We will be making traditional sweets for Diwali called Coconut Laddoo. Do you have any recipes that you make for your family celebrations that could be made with the children? Please let us know as the children really like cooking activities and we would enjoy you coming and sharing your traditions with the children.

 

 

 

 

For Maths this week we will focus on shape recognition and patterns. Please help your child by pointing out shapes as you go out and about. Talk about the properties of shapes for example the number of sides and corners or is the shape flat or curved?

 

 

 

 

We will look at Rangoli patterns for inspiration and will make our own simpler versions to celebrate Diwali. 

 

      

 

 

In Literacy this week we will start to introduce Read Write Inc. phonics focusing on letter formation. We will be introducing the letters m and a this week. Please help your child to practice at home. 

 

                                                          

We will also be practising oral segmenting and blending, when a word is broken into the sounds in a word for example "h-a-t" and then the person listening will put the sounds together and say the actual word "hat". This is a very important skill for the children to learn as it is the precursor to reading.

 

We will continue to practise writing our names. Please help you child to practise writing their name at home and give them a purpose for writing e.g. signing their name on a letter or card or putting their name against an item on your shopping list that is for them. Point out letters and words as you go out and about so that they understand that writing has a purpose. Here are some examples of how to form the letters correctly.

 

 Lower Case Letters      

 

Upper Case Letters

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Autumn 1 - Week 7 - 17th October 2016

 

Please note that school is closed to children on Friday 21st October 2016 for a Staff Training Day. The following week is the half-term holiday and children will return to school on Monday 31st October 2016.

 

October is 'Black History' month. We will be continuing with our theme of life in an African village.

 

Have a look at these pictures with your child. Discuss with them what is the same and what is different to the way we live here. 

 

Do you have any pictures of another country that you could share with us?

 

 

This week we will be reading the counting story 'Handa's Hen' by Eileen Browne. This is another story about the little girl called Handa who lives in a village in Africa.

 

     

 

Every morning, Handa feeds breakfast to Mondi, her grandmother's black hen. This morning, however, Mondi is nowhere to be seen. So Handa and her friend Akeyo set off on a hunt, coming upon two fluttery butterflies, three stripy mice and many more interesting creatures. But where could Mondi be? 

 

For Understanding of the World this week we will be making and tasting a fruit smoothie. We will use some of the different fruits that Handa and her friend Akeyo eat in their home in Africa. Our smoothies will be made using soft yellow bananas, ripe red mangoes and round juicy oranges. We will also be using words to describe the smoothies such as smooth, delicious, sweet, tasty etc. 

 

 

What fruits smoothies do you like? Have you got a recipe for a fruit smoothie that you make at home with your child that you would like to share?

 

In Maths we will be counting animals. Help your child to count the African animals in the picture.

How many lions are there in the picture?

How many gorillas can you see?

How many elephants can you find? 

How many scorpions are crawling on the ground?

How many animals are there altogether in the picture?

How many different types of animals can you count? 

 

 

 

Please continue to help your child to count actual objects when you go shopping. For example ask them to get you 3 oranges and support them by counting each one with your child as they put them in the bag for you. To extend their counting you could ask them to get you 1 apple and 2 bananas and then ask the "How many have we got altogether?"

 

In Literacy we will continue to practise writing our names at every opportunity. Please help you child to practise writing their name at home and give them a purpose for writing e.g. signing their name on a letter or card or putting their name against an item on your shopping list that is for them. Point out letters and words as you go out and about so that they understand that writing has a purpose. Here are some examples of how to form the letters correctly.

 

 Lower Case Letters      

 

Upper Case Letters

 

                                                 

 

 

 

                                                              

 

 

A big thank you to all the parents and carers who were able to come to the Nursery's Family Picnic Lunch on 7th October 2016, even though it was raining!

Autumn 1 - Week 6 - 10th October 2016

 

Once again well done to parents and carers for good attendance in the Nursery last week.

 

 

 

October is 'Black History' month. This week we will be looking at life in an African village.

 

This week we will  be reading and role playing the story 'Handa's Surprise' by Eileen Browne. The story is about a little girl called Handa who lives in a village in Africa.

 

Handa carries seven different delicious fruits in a basket to take to her friend Akeo as a surprise. But thanks to a variety of animals, it's Handa who gets the surprise.

 

For Understanding of the World this week we will be using our senses of sight, smell, taste and touch to explore and taste some of the different fruits that Handa and her friend Akeyo eat in their home in Africa. We will be using words to describe the fruit such as smooth, rough, spiky, prickly, delicious, sweet etc.

 

 

Which fruits will Handa's friend Akeyo like the best? Was it the soft yellow banana or the sweet smelling guava? Will she like the round juicy orange or the ripe red mango? Will she like the spiky-leaved pineapple, the creamy green avocado or the tangy purple passion fruit? What fruits do you like?

 

In Literacy we will be practising writing our names by making a thank you card for Handa and Akeyo who very kindly sent us the fruit to explore and taste. Please help you child to practise writing their name at home and give them a purpose for writing e.g. signing their name on a letter or card or putting their name against an item on your shopping list that is for them. Point out letters and words as you go out and about so that they understand that writing has a purpose. Here are some examples of how to form the letters correctly.

 

 Lower Case Letters      

 

Upper Case Letters

 

                                                 

 

In Maths we will be counting fruit. Please help your child to count actual objects when you go shopping. For example ask them to get you 3 oranges and support them by counting each one with your child as they put them in the bag for you. To extend their counting you could ask them to get you 1 apple and 2 bananas and then ask the "How many have we got altogether?"

 

                                                                                     

 

 

 

In Expressive Arts and Design we will be printing patterns with fruit. You can try this at home and your child can bring it in to school to show their friends.

 

Autumn 1 - Week 5 - 3rd October 2016

 

Well done to all the parents and carers, the Nursery Class has won the attendance certificate 2 weeks in a row. Keep up the good work!

 

 

Please come to our picnic.

By now you will have received your invitation to our picnic on Friday 7th October, we do hope that you will all be able to come. The children are getting very excited that you will be coming to share their picnic. The children will be making some special treats for the picnic. It is a great opportunity to get to know and spend some time with other parents and carers as well as meeting other members of the school staff.

 

 

Please make sure that your picnic lunch does not contain any nuts, this includes Nutella as we have children in school with severe nut allergies.

 

Once again we will focusing on Personal, Social and Emotional Development. We will be reading the story 'Owl Babies' by Martin Waddell. In the story three baby owls wake up in their hole in a tree to find that their mother has gone. As it gets dark they start to worry and wonder what has happened to her. Mother owl finally returns and wonders why they were worried about her.  She reassures them that mummy will always come back and they realise that they don't need to be frightened. 

 

 

 

 

Every day we have a story time and we encourage children to choose books to read together. The children will be choosing a book to take home each week. Please find time at home to look at books with your children and encourage them to hold the books the right way up and turn pages one at a time. Talk to your children about the books you share with them, comment on what you see and ask your child about the characters and settings in the stories and what they think might happen next. 

 

If your child has a favourite book at home and would like to share the story with their friends, please bring it in and we will read it to the class at story time.

 

This week will also be learning a poem about an owl. Please help your child to practise it at home.

THE OWL POEM

Still image for this video

 

 

  

 

For Understanding of the World this week we will be exploring Autumn trees and leaves. Why not take your child to the park this week-end and help them to collect leaves, acorns and conkers to bring to school. What will you find?

 

 

For Maths this week we will begin to focus on number recognition and formation. 

 

 

Please help your child by pointing out numbers as you go out and about. Numbers are everywhere.

 

       

 

     

 

 

 

Autumn 1 - Week 4 - 26th September 2016

 

Lots of new friends joined us last week and we are getting to know one another and to settle in and learn our nursery routines. We will continue to encourage the children to become more confident and independent in learning to do things like select resources, hang up their coats, use the toilets, wash their hands before snack time and helping each other at tidy-up time. 

 

This week we will focusing on Personal, Social and Emotional Development. We will be reading stories from the Growing Up series of books by Jane Amos. Each book contains two stories related to the theme, one based in a school setting and one in a home setting.

 

 

Every day we have a story time and we encourage children to choose books to read together. The children will be choosing a book to take home this week. Please find time at home to look at books with your children and encourage them to hold the books the right way up and turn pages one at a time. Talk to your children about the books you share with them, comment on what you see and ask your child about the characters and settings in the stories and what they think might happen next. 

 

If your child has a favourite book at home and would like to share the story with their friends, please bring it in and we will read it to the class at story time.

 

 

Autumn 1 - Week 3 - 19th September 2016

 

New friends will be joining us this week and we will be getting to know the children and help them to settle in and learn our nursery routines. We will be encouraging the children to become more confident and independent in learning to do things like select resources, hang up their coats, wash their hands before snack time and helping each other at tidy-up time. 

 

On Wednesday 21st September we will be having a fun-packed phonics drama workshop.

 

This week we will focusing on two stories.

 

Harry and the Dinosaurs go to School by Ian Whybrow.

It is a story about a little boy's first day at school. Harry and his bucketful of dinosaurs are very excited to be going - all except Stegosaurus who's very nervous. Then when they get to school Harry and his bucket get separated and Harry's not sure he's going to like school after all.  

 

 

Maisy goes to School by Lucy Collins.

School for Maisy means a day filled with friends and things to do, from the time she hangs her coat on a special peg to the time she says good-bye.

 

Every day we have a story time and we encourage children to choose books to read together. The children will be choosing a book to take home from next week. Please find time at home to look at books with your children and encourage them to hold the books the right way up and turn pages one at a time. Talk to your children about the books you share with them, comment on what you see and ask your child about the characters and settings in the stories and what they think might happen next. 

 

Autumn 1 - Week 2 - 12th September 2016

 

We have had a great start in the nursery this week week. It has been an exciting time for the children. They have been welcoming back old friends and making new friends. The children are beginning to settle back into the nursery routines.

 

Here are some of the things we have been doing this week.

Our topic this term is 'All About Me'.

Hello and welcome from the Nursery team.

                                     

      Mrs El Masry                                              Ms Dawkins                                          Ms Baker    

      Nursery Teacher                                      Nursery Nurse                                   Nursery Nurse

 

 

On our class page you will find information about what we will be learning in class in the week ahead, examples of learning that has taken place, links to useful websites and resources for home learning, photos of activities and events and much more! Be sure to check this our class page every week.

 

We offer both part-time and full-time places in our Nursery. For further details please contact the school office or a member of the Nursery team.

 

Our Nursery team have many years of experience in welcoming children and their families to our school. Our aim is to get to know each child to help them settle into the Nursery environment. To facilitate this we visit each child at home. We also have a staggered entry system so that during the first weeks of the term only a few new children start each day. We want the children to be happy in the Nursery so that they will enjoy participating in a wide range of learning experiences.

 

Nursery is all about developing the friendships, skills, behaviour and attitudes they will use for the rest of their lives to make them lifelong learners. 

 

The children will enjoy a creative curriculum that encompasses the Prime and Specific areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first. These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning. As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are: 

 

PRIME AREAS: Personal, Social and Emotional development, Language & Communication, and Physical Development.

SPECIFIC AREAS: Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding of the World and Expressive Art & Design.

 

We use these 7 areas to plan your child’s learning and activities suited to their interests and needs. Children learn through play and exploration, being active, and through creative and critical thinking. This learning takes place both indoors and outdoors as we use a free-flow system and children can choose whether they want to be indoors or outdoors.   

Here are some photographs of children from last year that are learning through play in both the indoor and outdoor environment.

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