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.
Nursery have had a great first week back at school after Christmas. Mrs Hall and Mrs Cliffe have enjoyed hearing all about the children's news from over the Christmas break, it sounds like you've had lots of fun! The children have quickly settled back into our routine and are already very busy, doing lots of learning around school.
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 stories about different types of animals. During the first week we will be reading What the Ladybird Heard and thinking about the animals that we might see at the farm. We will be continuing to practise our counting and number recognition so please continue to do lots of this at home too. 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.
In Nursery we try to go outside every day. As it is getting colder we will spend time outside exploring the changes in the weather, so please ensure that your child has appropriate clothing and footwear for winter weather (thick coat, gloves, hat, scarf).
Fun with Phonics
Last half term the Nursery children began their phonics journey, focussing on developing their listening skills - a key skill when learning to read. This term we are starting to learn some letter sounds. We will learn the shape of the letter, the sound of the letter and the letter name. Once the children can recognise some letters and remember their sounds, we will begin to segment and blend words.
The children are very excited about phonics and love looking around the classroom for our 'letter of the day'. Ask your children to find some letters around your home or while you are out, I'm sure they will impress you!
The reading journey is not a race, each child will achieve when they are ready to, so please do not worry.
If you would like to learn more about how phonics helps your child to read and write, please return the Fun with Phonics letter to Mrs Hall and attend our parent sessions. It will be a great opportunity to learn with your child at school and find out how to support their early reading at home too.
Things to do at home:
Please read with me every day. Reading stories to me will create a love of reading that is so important as I get older.
Soon I will begin to have a 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.