Welcome to Nursery!
The current staffing is as follows:
Miss Henderson (Class Teacher)
Miss Hutchison (Teaching Assistant)
Miss Smith (Teaching Assistant, Wed and Thurs afternoons)
We also work alongside the Reception classroom so that the children to move between the different areas as they wish. Within their class, they have the following staff members:
Mrs Beniston (Class Teacher, EYFS Phase Leader)
Mrs Wilson (Teaching Assistant)
Thank you so much for joining in with all your online sessions It is so wonderful to see your children online! We have also loved seeing all your emails and messages with your work, it's great to see that you're continuing your learning at home. Thank you for supporting your child with this at home, you're all doing an amazing job!
Next week, we have changed our timetable to have just 2 sessions per day. This is to support parents who need to also access different sessions for siblings. The morning session will either be maths or phonics, the afternoon session will be any other area of the curriculum. We will post this online tomorrow evening for you.
We had a think about resources that you need at home and have made a list for you. These are:
Name Writing Sheets
Number flash cards
Part Part Whole Model (We will show you what this looks like next week)
Images or objects of CVC objects to support phonics e.g. cat, dog, jug, pen etc.
If you would like any materials sent to you, printed out or made for you, please let us know so that we can sort this for you.
The Nursery Staff Team
We will start our sessions on Tuesday 5th January at 9am. You need to download 'Microsoft Teams' and login using your child's account details. These have been emailed to you. If you are having any difficulties with accessing your online learning, please contact the school office.
The Nursery children were super busy last week decorating our Christmas tree and posting letters to Santa! Lots of fabulous learning opportunities for them!
We work very hard throughout the year to support the children's independence.
Last week, they have been learning how to use our snack table on their own. They have been washing their hands, pouring themselves a drink, enjoying a piece of fruit and then wiping down any mess they have made.
They have been fantastic and we are so proud of all of them! We also enjoyed some yummy hot chocolate!
The Three Billy Goats Gruff
Last week flew by so quickly! We listened to the story of 'The Three Billy Goats Gruff' to talk about 'early warning signs'. This is a part of our Protective Behaviours scheme in which we support the children to understand their feelings as to when something does not feel safe.
In the story we discussed what early warning signs the goat might have felt when he met the troll. We had lots of discussion on the early warning signs such as our hearts beating faster, sweaty hands, crying. We then talked about what we should do if we felt like that (talk to our parents/carers/teachers).
The children loved the story and we used this in our learning to build a bridge for the troll and act out the story. Take a look at some of our photos below.
Road Safety Day!
The children have been learning all about the importance of wearing a helmet and how to cross the road safely.
Phonics Workshop 2020
Due to the current situation we cannot hold a phonics workshop as we normally would. However, we have a Phonics Powerpoint available for you below. There is a voiceover on the slide. Unfortunately, it can only be played via a laptop. If you can't access the powerpoint, there are lots of videos available on YouTube. 'TwinklKidsTv' have lots of phonics videos to support phonics.
We focus on phase 1 phonics in Nursery which is all about fine tuning to the sounds around us. We aim to support the children to orally blend and orally segment sounds at the end of the school year.
If you need any support with this please let us know. We follow 'Letters and Sounds' which we've also attached here for you.
We loved learning about the story of Rama and Sita and enjoyed celebrating Diwali. We made diya lamps, tasted Indian food, enjoyed Bhangra dancing, made Rangoli patterns with dyed rice and retold the story to our friends.
Nursery observed the Armistice silence today at the eleventh hour. They have been learning about the Veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice to give their tomorrows for our today.
We had lots of discussion following the Cbeebies video following a young rabbit through the poppy field. Please use the link below if you'd like to have a look at it at home.
Today, we celebrated Bonfire Night with edible fruit rockets, hot dogs and hot chocolate around a pretend bonfire. We made lots of lovely firework paintings and enjoyed pretending to be fireworks outside.
Rosie Bear's Birthday Party!
We have started our new topic of 'Celebrations'. Today we celebrated Rosie Bear's 4th Birthday with cakes, party games, party prizes and dancing. The children also spent lots of time writing cards to give to Rosie Bear.
Children's Flu Vaccine
We've had lots of questions regarding the flu vaccine for children. All school age children from Reception to Year 6 will be able to have the nasal spray flu vaccine at school, however, we are still awaiting a confirmed date.
For Nursery children, they will not be able to have this done at school. If you would like to have your child vaccinated, please speak to your GP where it will be offered for free on the NHS.
Applying for a school place in Reception 2021
Hello everyone! We hope you and your families have had a wonderful half term holiday. We can't wait to see you all tomorrow for our new topic: Celebrations!
Just a little reminder that the application period is open for applying for your child's school place for September 2021. The closing date is 15th January 2021.
Please note that even though your child currently attends the Nursery here at St. Matthews, it does not guarantee your child a place in Reception.
There's lots of information online with how to apply, however, please speak to a member of staff if you need more support.
End of Autumn Term 1
A wonderful end to our first half term with lots of fantastic learning opportunities. We spent this week learning all about the African culture and took part in lots of activities from African dancing, drumming, tasting moroccan cous cous and making African tribal necklaces. We even learnt a little bit about Mary Seacole. Have a wonderful half term holiday and we'll see you all soon!
Pumpkin Fun in the Nursery!
Here you can find an amazing booklet that you can use to help you understand what children should be able to do depending on their age. It also has tips to support learning!
There's also a link for 'Top 20 things to do before reading'.
Music Making in Nursery!
Today we practised making music outside using sticks. We made loud, quiet, fast and slow noises. We then all got together to play a beat to our new Autumn song
Autumn is here!
The children are learning all about the changes in Autumn. We went on a leaf hunt to find lots of different leaves of different shapes, sizes and colours. We then used them to create a leaf collage.
We also visited our school chicks and each took turns stroking one of the chicks. We were sure to ve very careful and gentle around them!
We're going on a bear hunt!
Nursery were so excited on our bear hunt today, we found lots of bear including Rosie Bear, our class mascot. She left us some honey which we used on top of our banana porridge.
We then played duck duck goose using a honey pot and wrote our very own poem! The children loved clapping out the syllables for each word.
Another wonderful start to our week with lots of fantastic learning taking place in the Nursery. The children have loved our reading den especially! We've played lots of 'getting to know you' games so that the children can now start learning each other's names :)
18th September 2020
Another fantastic week at Nursery! We've been very busy this week doing lots of activities from making apple pies to painting portraits! We can't wait to see you all again on Monday! Have a wonderful weekend!
We have thorougly enjoyed our week with the children and can't wait for new friends to join us on Monday! Have a wonderful weekend! We'll see you Monday morning bright and early 😄
The link to the game on your home school letter is linked below.
Happy Talk - Get Talking!
Good communication is essential for learning. Take a look at the document below for some useful information on supporting your child with communication.
A SUPER start to our learning!
A fantastic start to our morning with lots of smiley faces! Lots of new children that have settled so well. Thank you to all parents for being so supportive with your child's first day :)
First Week Back!
We have been super busy over the past few days! Yesterday, we did lots of colour mixing and painting. Today, we built a home for some dinosaurs and started learning all about different shapes. We then went on a walk to the orchard and found apples and pears. The children have decided they'd like to go bak tomorrow to collect some fruit for snack time. It's been wonderful to have the children back in Nursery!
Miss Hutchison and I are very excited to meet you all soon For those returning to Nursery tomorrow, we are looking forward to seeing you in the morning! We have lots of exciting activities planned and can’t wait to hear what you’ve been up to.
For those who are new to Nursery, we are so excited to meet you soon on your visits to St Matthews Bloxam
Please ensure that during your visit, adults are wearing a face mask to help everyone stay safe during the current situation.
We can’t wait to start our learning! See you all soon!