Welcome to our page, where you will get to know all about the exciting things we get up to in our class. The adults who help us every day in school are Mrs Hall and Mrs Cliffe. At lunch time Miss Fielding, Mrs Callahan and Miss Taylor are some of the adults who come to help us too. We have to show them how we can use our knife and fork all by ourselves and how we can use our manners too.
Over the first few weeks in nursery we have been making new friends, getting used to our nursery routine and exploring our new environment. We have had lots of fun engaging in different activities, both indoors and outdoors. Our favourite things to do at our new nursery are exploring the water play, practising pedalling the bikes and cooking some yummy food in our role play area. The cake is delicious!
As always, if there is something in particular that your child is interested in please let us know and we can adapt our planning and environment to suit both their interests and next steps.
This half term we are going to be reading some familiar stories together, like Peace at Last and The Gruffalo. We will be practising our counting and number recognition so please do lots of this at home too. You could count how many plates you need for tea or how many stairs there are, this will help your child to remember the order in which we count. Point out any numbers you may see so that your child gets used to noticing numbers in the environment, this will help them to remember what the numbers look like.
Phonics Phonics Phonics.
We will soon have daily phonics sessions in Nursery, where we listen carefully to instruments and environmental sounds. We will also learn about the letters of the alphabet. We would like to expose your child to the letters early so that when they are ready to blend sounds, they are already comfortable with what the letters look and sound like. However, we concentrate a great deal on those early, pre reading skills from the Phase One 'Letters and Sounds document', a lot of this includes tuning into sounds, without the need to recognise letters. The reading journey is not a race, each child will achieve when they are ready to, so please do not worry. Again, if you need any further information please arrange an appoinment with Mrs Norcup.
There will be an opportunity to come and work with your child in school, to give you an insight to how we each phonics. A letter will come home with more information about this.
Things to do at home:
I will get a reading diary and library book to bring home. I can change this as often as I would like, and you can help me to do this. Or the grown-ups in school will help me. Please write in my diary every time I read even if it is a book from home.
Soon, I will also bring home a school reading book. At first, this will have no words in, as I just need to know how to turn the pages and talk about what I can see in the pictures. I can make up a story or you can help me to ‘read’ what is happening.
With a little help from an adult I could carry on learning at home using these website links:
http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/Phase1Menu.htm (Just phase 1, 2 – the free bits!)
I will need my book bag EVERYDAY please
I will need warm outdoor clothes; coat, hat, and gloves every day too.