Nursery

Mrs Wilding
Nursery Teacher

Welcome to Nursery

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We are excited to welcome our Nursery class of 2019 – 2020. We have lots of fun in our Nursery and learn so much in this very special first year at Holy Family Catholic Primary School. Here is some information that you may find useful.

Staffing

The staff in Nursery are Mrs Wilding and Miss Simms. Please talk to any of the Nursery Team if you need to share any information or have any concerns.

Times of the day

A.M Session – 8.45am -11.45am

At present we do not have any afternoon Nursery provision.

It is important that you collect your child on time at the end of the session as children often become distressed if they are collected late. If you are running late, please contact the school office by phoning 0151 7 09 3672.

Breakfast Club

Breakfast Club is FREE for all children. It starts at 8am each morning. Nursery children who attend breakfast club will be taken to their class at 8.45am.

Illness

If your child is ill, please inform us by phoning the school office on 0151 7093672 or using the ‘Absence Reporting’ tool on our new app. Please ensure that school has your up to date contact details in case your child is ill during school.

Snack

Our children enjoy continuous snack each day. We ask for a contribution of £1 per child per week to make sure this can continue. Snack money needs to be paid in cash please on a Monday morning. Please give to a member of Early Years Staff.

Clothing

Please ensure all items of clothing are labelled, including coats and shoes. It is very difficult to identify lost items of clothing if they are not labelled.

Toys

Children are not allowed to bring their own toys to Nursery as this can cause upset. However, we love to see things that the children have made at home or have found whilst out and about. These items can be bought into school to share with the rest of the class.

Recycling

In the EYFS Unit we love to inspire creativity and our modelling area is always a popular area. If you have any recycling materials at home, please pop them into the large box under the shelter.

Our Topic this half term is ‘Traditional Tales’

Communication and Language

We will continue to develop our communication skills through whole class and small group discussions. We will be working on using full sentences to communicate, for example “I would like….” “Can I please have…..” We will developing our vocabulary around ‘People Who help us’ and using this when playing with friends role playing being a police officer, nurse etc. During story time we will be working on questioning why things happen and anticipating what we think might happen next.

Physical Development

We are continuing to develop our confidence on the outdoor obstacle course. We are working on running skilfully and negotiating space successfully when outside. We will continue to develop our gross motor skills through soft play, parachute, ribbons, scarves, hula hoops and bean bag games. We will continue to develop our fine motor skills through funky finger activities. We are now focusing on holding our pencil in a tripod grip to develop our pencil control.

Within Health and Self-Care we are becoming more independent in washing and drying our hands.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

We are continuing to develop our self-confidence when playing independently. We are also developing our communication skills when playing with peers, learning how to share and take turns. We are learning to be proud of ourselves for carrying out a task independently.

English

We will be enjoying lots of non-fiction books all about ‘People Who help us’. We will also enjoy some fiction books too, such as ‘Daisy goes to the Doctor’ and ‘Charlie the Firefighter’. We will be starting to make marks to represent our names. Every week we will learn a new rhyme, two of which are ‘Ten Green Bottles’ and ‘Miss Polly had a Dolly’. Every day we will enjoy singing lots of Nursery rhymes to support our early reading.

Mathematics

We will be continuing to learn our numbers to 10 as well as consolidating our knowledge of 2D shapes. We will be taking part in number and shape hunts to consolidate out learning. We will exploring shapes and using them to make different 2D pictures, such as fire engines, police cars and hospitals.

Understanding the World

We will be looking at different occupations of ‘People who Help us’ and discussing what their role is. During Snack and Chat we will share our news with our peers, talking about significant events and experiences.

Expressive Arts and Design

We start every day by welcoming our friends to school by singing our ‘Good Morning’ song. We have now started using instruments when singing in the morning. Every day we choose rhymes to sing and music to dance too. We are becoming very talented little movers and are now able to follow the directions in the songs. Instruments are readily available for children to explore freely during child initiated time.

Our Topic this half term is ‘Traditional Tales’ 

SubjectDescription
Communication and Language We will continue to develop our communication skills through whole class and small group discussions. We will be working on using full sentences to communicate, for example “I would like….” “Can I please have…..” We will developing our vocabulary around ‘People Who help us’ and using this when playing with friends role playing being a police officer, nurse etc. During story time we will be working on questioning why things happen and anticipating what we think might happen next.
Physical Development We are continuing to develop our confidence on the outdoor obstacle course. We are working on running skilfully and negotiating space successfully when outside. We will continue to develop our gross motor skills through soft play, parachute, ribbons, scarves, hula hoops and bean bag games. We will continue to develop our fine motor skills through funky finger activities. We are now focusing on holding our pencil in a tripod grip to develop our pencil control. Within Health and Self-Care we are becoming more independent in washing and drying our hands. We will continue to learn lots of new skills and games during our PE lessons, including negotiating space, throwing, catching and how to complete and obstacle course.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development We are continuing to develop our self-confidence when playing independently. We are also developing our communication skills when playing with peers, learning how to share and take turns. We are learning to be proud of ourselves for carrying out a task independently.
EnglishOur talk for writing focus this half term will be ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’. We will be role playing the story in our home corner. We will be using the language of size moving on from small medium and large to other size words. We will be roleplaying the characters in the small world house and talking about key elements of the story such as the characters and the setting. We will use our actions and phrases in talk for writing to retell the story with our peers. We will be singing songs and learning rhymes that link in with the story such as ‘I know a teddy bear’ and the ‘Goldilocks rhyme’. We will be beginning to write our names each morning when we come in to Nursery.
MathematicsWe will be using the language of size to order different objects from the story. We will be using positional language for where Goldilocks could hide in the house. We will be continuing to learn our numbers to 20 in sequence. By the Easter holidays the children will have explored numbers to nine, looking at how to represent them in different ways, such as on their fingers, jumps, numicon, with pencils and be able to recognise the numeral. We are continuing to develop our knowledge of 2D shapes in our environment.
Understanding the World Linking to our growing topic we will be looking at the plants as they grown in our outdoor area, we will observe the changes in the flowers as they are picked, put into water and eventually die. We will use our ICT skills to access programmes including maths and phonics. We will look at how we have grown from babies to children and notice the similarities and differences during these stages. In March we will be taking part in ‘A Big Science Day’. Through dance, drama and role play we will learn about the wider issues across the world involving the environment. We will welcome our parents in to share in a Mouse Club stay and play session focussed on Understanding the World.
Expressive Arts and Design We will be observing and then drawing and painting different flowers. We will learn about famous paintings of flowers that have been painted by artists including sunflowers by Van Gogh. We will be role playing the story of Goldilocks and the three bears in many different ways. We will be making lots of Easter crafts towards the end of this half term including our own patterned eggs.
REAfter completing our ‘Gathering’ topic we will be learning about growing. We will be making lent promises to help us to grow to be more like Jesus. We will celebrate shrove Tuesday by making pancakes and eating them for our snack. We will be looking at how we have grown in our lives so far and how the things around us grow.
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