Autumn 2017 in Nursery
We have come to the end of the first half term and all of the Nursery children have settled in fantastically. The fulltime Nursery class is up and running and the children have coped with the full day routine very well. Thank you to all the parents, carers and families for your support with the home visits, staggered entry and helping to settle the children in. It has been a team effort and it's really paid off.
Take a look at the photos below to see some of the things the children have been up to.
Fulltime Nursery Updates
This summer will see some changes to EYFS. As you may have heard in the press, the government has increased their childcare provision for 3 and 4 year olds who’s parents are both working. From September 2017, these families will now be eligible for 30 hours of free childcare. In order to accommodate these changes here at Kings Road Nursery, from September we will be offering 26 part time morning or afternoon places for those families eligible for 15 hours provision, but we will also be offering 26 full time 30 hour places for working families (subject to eligibility. Please see Trafford Council website for further details). In order to do this, this term we will be converting the music room into a new Nursery. Changes will be made so that the entrance will be within the Nursery outdoor area, linking the classroom to the rest of the EYFS areas. Its and exciting time for EYFS and we look forward to seeing the new classroom take shape.
Look What We Have Been Growing!
We have been growing things in Nursery. We have grown potatoes, mint, strawberries, wild flowers, sunflowers and beans. We have learnt that to grow plants and flowers you need seeds, soil, water and sunshine. We cooked our potatoes to make a yummy snack!
We have been exploring numbers and developing our Talk 4 Maths skills. The children were given an open ended question such as "show me 5" and could choose from a wide variety of resources to do so. The response from the children was fantastic. They were independent and enthusiastic and found different and interesting ways to represent numbers, all whilst talking and explaining their choices. Such a fun maths session!
This week in Nursery we invited parents, carers and families in to share some of their skills and interests with us. We had so much fun learning about new skills and really enjoyed having different grown ups in Nursery. Some of the skills shared with us were:
Dressing mannequins in different clothes for different types of weather
Sewing clothes for our dolls and teddies
Mehndi patterns drawn on our hands
Reading stories in Spanish
The children made the following comments:
"My mummy can do Mehndi, look!"
"I have Mehndi at home too."
"This doll is from my mummy's work, we have to put the clothes on. She needs a hat, it's cold."
"I'm Spider-Man, look at me. My face is red."
Thanks to all the adults who gave up their time to come in to Nursery and share these things with us.
Happy Chinese New year 27.01.17
This week Nursery have been learning about Chinese New year and the celebrations that will take place. We had noodles in our messy play area and were having a go at using chopsticks. We have been making paper lanterns and learning a dragon dance. We also tasted some Chinese food. The children were great at trying all the different flavours and made the following comments:
"I have this sauce at home, its yummy."
"This sauce is the best because it tastes like honey, I have it at home."
"There are yummy bits in the sweet sauce, it's my favourite!"
Nursery Space Dress Up Day 19.01.17
For the last couple of weeks Nursery have been learning all about space. We have been enjoying stories such as 'Aliens Love Underpants', 'Whatever Next!', and 'Daddy on the Moon'. An alien even came to visit our classroom and left us a note. To conclude our space topic, Nursery had a dress up day. The costumes were fantastic, we had lots of different planets, some brave astronauts, the sun and some stars. We even had a few aliens! It was a fun day.
Last week in Nursery, Parents were invited to spend a session in class with their child to take part in a range of activities based around the story 'Don't call me sweet!'. Following the monster theme of the book, the children and their families were able to make a monster pizza face, use the class iPad's to create a shape monster and play in the mud kitchen making monster stew for the guests staying in our monster hotel. The children also had a great time having their face painted to look like a monster of their choice. We had a fantastic turn out for both the morning and afternoon sessions and would like to thank those parents and family members who took the time to come along. Feedback has been really positive, comments made were:
"With this lovely occasion I spent a unique moment in Nursery. My daughter was very happy and excited to have me and her little brother there."
"The experience went very well and was well organised, I enjoyed playing with my son."
"It was lovely to see my daughter confident and happy and to see her speaking English."
"It was great! I now have some ideas of how to create a role play whilst we are playing at home."
Our Nursery children have just finished their first half term in school and the Nursery staff are so proud of them. They have settled well and are enjoying the activities on offer to them. Over the last few weeks we have been learning different nursery rhymes. Hopefully you have found the parent help sheets that we give out each week useful, they tell you a bit about what the children will be learning at nursery and how you can help them further at home. These photos show some of the activities we have done recently.
We have some new staff in our Nursery for September 2016; Miss Hodges is the Assistant Head for Early Years Foundation Stage and will be teaching in morning Nursery. Miss Hussain will be our afternoon Nursery Teacher and our Teaching Assistant Mrs Khan will be in Nursery all day.
Staff are always available so please just come and have a chat if there is anything at all you wish to discuss.
Nursery had a great time today at Stockley Farm.
The children in Nursery have enjoyed watching the frogs-spawn turn intro tadpoles then tiny frogs.
Watch the VIDEO and SLIDESHOW below.
There are lots of things that you can do to help us....
· Come into Nursery to settle them at an activity..
· Let them know what you will be doing whilst they are at Nursery
· Chat to the staff if you have any worries or questions.
· Be on time to drop your child off and collect them.
· Put your child’s name on all of their belongings.
Parent/carer observation forms
To find out as much as we can about your child we encourage parents and carers to fill out observation forms. These forms are a real opportunity to share what your child has achieved outside school and for us to work together in partnership. These observations can be ‘Wow!’ moments where your child has done something you are really pleased with, helped cook the tea, read a book to their sister, got dressed by themselves. Anyone can fill one of these forms in; Auntie, Dad, Grandma, childminder etc. These observations will then be stuck into their Learning Journals. Please come and look at your child’s Learning Journal, they are there for you to look at anytime! If you would like any help writing an observation just speak to a member of staff.
The children have free flow access to the outside area and so they need a warm coat, wellies, waterproof, hat, gloves and a scarf. We go out in all weathers so please make sure that your child comes to school with clothes that are appropriate for the weather. If you think that your child is not well enough to play outside then they are not well enough to come to school.
Out of School Achievements
We would love to hear about anything that you or your child have achieved outside of school so please let us know if there is anything that you would like to share in our newsletters. For example mum having a baby, mum or dad passing an exam, your child getting a swimming badge, taking a dance exam.
Mini Adventure Days
As part of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum we want our children to experience as many different experiences as possible. We would like to take the children on some ‘Mini Adventure Days’ where we visit places in the local area. This might be a trip to Longford Park, the library, the allotments, the shops, the new trams etc. Once we have your permission slip this will give us the flexibility to go when the weather permits. Please sign your child’s slip and return to school.
The school’s website has lots of important information on it in the ‘Parents Section’ and the ‘Pupil Pages’. There are lists of good websites that you can use at home with the children to support their learning and also photos of some of the activities we have been doing.
The address is: www.kingsroadschool.com
We love having you into school to help so please come and ask if you would like to help out on any of our trips or if you would like to come in to school on a more regular basis. We are eager to have parents, carers, grandmas, granddads, aunties and uncles into school to help out or share a talent you may have with our children. This could be anything from extra reading support, showing the children how to play a musical instrument, cooking, gardening, sewing, crafts or playing a sport. Last year we had parents and family members coming in to bake, teach cricket and show the children craft activities. If you are interested please speak to a member of staff.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask a member of staff we are here to help!
We are keen to work closely with parents and carers and are here to answer any questions you may have.
Please come and speak to any member of staff at the start and end of the day if you would like to ask anything. Foundation Stage Team