Nursery Teacher: Miss C Forster
Teaching Assistants: Mrs P Park, Miss N Reed, Mrs T Scott
Welcome back everyone. The Nursery team would like to wish you all a very Happy New Year. We hope you all had a lovely Christmas - we look forward to hearing about the children's experiences of Christmas and finding out what Santa brought!
We would like to say a big welcome to our new children starting in January and their parents.
Please remember that we are always happy to speak to you about your child and their time at Nursery. If there is anything you would like to talk to us about, please tell us and we will arrange a suitable time to do this.
We are really looking forward to the term ahead. We have got lots of exciting activities planned and we know this is going to be another fantastic term with lots of new experiences.
Our first topic is, 'Winter Wonderland'. The children will be helping to look after a little polar bear cub that has been found in the school grounds. The children will learn about the polar bear's natural habitat and we will help them to understand why some animals are suited to warm climates and why some animals prefer cold climates. We will also be helping the children to learn about freezing and melting and how to keep warm in Winter.
After half term, we will be sharing some of our favourite stories and doing lots of follow-up activities based on these stories. These will include: 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt', 'The Gingerbread Man', 'Owl Babies' 'Peace At Last' and 'Can't You Sleep Little Bear?'.
As it is the start of a new year, we have been talking about New Year's Resolutions, and explaining that this is a good time of year to set ourselves a goal that we can keep working on over a few weeks. We would like parents and carers to help their children to achieve a goal at home, for example: putting their shoes on, writing their name, riding a bike etc.
This week, our goal was to pass a tambourine around the circle without making a noise. The children tried really hard to do this and, after a few attempts, we achieved our goal. Well done, everyone!
In R.E. this term, the children are enjoying listening to stories from the New Testament in the bible and helping to act them out. We talk about the meaning of the stories and what Jesus is trying to teach us.
On Tuesday, 28th January, something very exciting happened at Nursery.
Whilst we were going for our morning run around the Key Stage one field, the children found a cardboard box on the path. They were very keen to see what was inside so we opened the box and, to our amazement, we found a little polar bear cub!
The children were all really excited about the little polar bear cub and were keen to give it a stroke.
We took it inside and the children passed it round the circle so they could all have a closer look.
Inside the box, there was a note asking us to look after the polar bear cub for a little while. We talked about how we could take care of the cub, and how to keep it safe and warm. The children suggested giving it a toy, a blanket and some food. Then, we thought of a safe place to keep him.
We are thinking of a name for our little polar bear and looking forward to taking care of it until it's Mummy comes back.
Here are some photos showing the children finding the polar bear cub :
We gave the children some blocks of ice to investigate, each block contained a small toy animal frozen inside.
We talked about where we had put the ice to freeze and what it felt like. The children used some super words to describe the ice, like cold, hard, smooth, icy and freezing.
The children enjoyed touching the ice and realised it made their hands really cold and wet! They also noticed that the ice was starting to melt and we discussed why this was happening.
We then set the children a challenge - to try to rescue the animals from the ice. The children enjoyed using the small toy hammers to tap the ice and free the animals.
The children had a great time and it was lovely to see their excitement as they managed to free the animals!
We had a lovely ‘Stay and Play’ session on 7 February.
Our theme was reading but it was lovely to see the parents engaging in a variety of activities with their children.
We had a brilliant time in the Forest Schools Area. We read the story, 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt' which was our book of the week, then the children helped to act out the story in the forest. We decided to make some sound effects for the story so we got some empty plastic bottles and the children helped to fill them with things from the story: grass, mud, water for the river, sticks for the forest and pretend snow.
Then, we went on a walk around the forest, singing the story and shaking the bottles to make the sounds. It was great fun! We even found a bear sitting in the cave. He was a friendly bear and wanted to go back to Nursery to play with us.
But, before that, the children enjoyed some yummy hot chocolate and a biscuit.
This week, our topic story was The Gingerbread Man.
The children listened to the story then enjoyed making gingerbread men biscuits. We talked about the different ingredients and what each one looked like and smelled like. We thought the flour looked like snow! The children were keen to smell the ginger and most of them liked the smell.
They all had a go at stirring the mixture, cutting the biscuit out of the dough and sticking currants on for eyes and buttons.
St Hild’s celebrated World Book Day on Thursday, 5th March.
The children all came to Nursery dressed as their favourite book character. It was lovely to see so many fantastic outfits, well done, everyone!
Sport Relief Day 2020
Everyone wore sports clothes for the day.
The Nursery children took part in our obstacle course very enthusiastically and had lots of fun!
We all had a brilliant day and raised lots of money for a really worthwhile cause.
The children had great fun in the forest. They listened to the 'Owl Babies' story then collected twigs, grass and leaves to fill their bag to make an owl puppet, before sticking on two eyes and a beak. They looked very cute!
At the end of the session, the children enjoyed some hot chocolate with marshmallows and a biscuit.
It was lovely to have the help of our Year 5 and 6 children who were very caring and patient with their nursery friends.
Welcome back to a brand new year in Nursery, and a very special welcome to all of our new Nursery starters and their parents and carers.
We are looking forward to a great year in Nursery; the children will be taking part in lots of new and exciting experiences, learning many new things and having lots of fun!.
If you have any concerns or questions about any aspect of Nursery, please come and speak to a member of the team. We really want to resolve any issues as quickly as possible and can always make time for a quick chat or we can make an appointment to discuss things in more depth.
We look forward to working with you all.
During this topic, we will talk to the children about their family and help them to understand how important they are. Every two weeks, we will focus on a different traditional tale; we will talk about particular family members and carry out various activities related to the story.
The children will also learn what makes them unique. For example, we will look at our thumb and finger prints through a magnifying glass and the children will make pictures using fingerprints and handprints. After half term, we will focus on our body parts and our senses.
Throughout the term, the children will be making and tasting some delicious food and we will be visiting our Forest Schools area regularly and carrying out a range of activities related to the forest and our topics.
We will also be learning about Autumn.
The children in Nursery love to take part in ring games. Our favourites are: The Farmer's in his Den, Here we go Looby Loo and There was a Princess Long Ago.
On Wednesday, 2nd October, the children in Nursery took part in a Sponsored Obstacle Course in the school hall. We were hoping to raise enough money to buy some new resources for our outdoor area.
The children had great fun and did brilliantly well, all managing to complete 10 laps.
A big WELL DONE to all of the children and a huge THANK YOU to parents, family and friends for all of your kind donations.
This week, our topic story is ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’. We took the children to our forest schools area and read the story. Then, they worked in pairs to go on the hunt for pictures from the story. They had to collect seven pictures, putting each one in their bag and making a mark against the same picture on their worksheet so we could see which ones they had found and which they were still looking for.
The children in our Forest Schools Team joined us and helped the nursery children to complete the activity. We went back to the Fire Circle to show our friends the pictures we had found then the children enjoyed some time playing in and exploring the forest before having our yummy hot chocolate and a biscuit.
The children loved our forest hunt and were very excited to find all of the pictures.
Thank you to the Forest Team for helping us.
In R.E. this term, we are teaching the children about Harvest. We are helping the children to understand where in the world different foods come from, giving them the opportunity to try some different foods and thanking God for his Creation and for the Harvest.
The children helped to chop the fruit to put into our yummy fruit salad, which contained: orange, apple, pineapple, banana and mango.
The children learnt where in the world the different fruits come from and placed them on a large map of the world.
They then learnt how to chop the fruit safely before we put it all in a large bowl and shared it out. It was delicious!
Thank you for coming to our Autumn ‘Stay and Play’ session.
The children loved going for a walk in the woods with Mums and Dads to collect Autumn treasures to put in their bag.
We enjoyed sharing our stories with you and, at the end, we all enjoyed some yummy bread that the children had made.
We had lots of fun on our Fun Day.
The children iced biscuits, danced, played Musical Statues and Musical Bumps, then had crisps, juice and cakes. We all had a really good time!