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Welcome to Howe Park Nursery - Autumn Term

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This week in Nursery

Week beginning 20/11/17

Our story this week will continue be: Whatever Next! By Jill Murphy

 We will also look at non-fiction books about astronauts.

Our songs of the week is: Zoom Zoom Zoom we're going to the moon

The value of the week is: thoughtfulness

Some of our learning opportunities this week will include:

  • using the internet to research and answer the following questions:
  • What is an astronaut?
  • What do astronauts do?
  • Where do astronauts live in space?
  • What does as astronaut wear?
  • How do astronauts sleep?
  • What do astronauts eat when in space?
  • having a talk from a parent who works for Royal Mail

  • going for our walk around our school area. We will look for numbers and shapes in the environment and will then post our very special letter in the post box.

  • practising our Christmas performance songs

  • counting to 10 and beginning to count back from 10

With your child at home this week you could: 

  • look for the post box near to school - what colour is it? what does it say on it?

  • get ready to blast off up into space in your imaginary space shuttle - count enthusiastically starting at 10 all the way down to 0.

  • talk about our value this week - how can we show consideration for others at home and in nursery.

 

Previously in Nursery

Week beginning 13/11/17

By Friday 17th November:

  • photograph orders and payment to be returned to nursery
  • let us know if you can accompany us on our Post Box walk on Thursday 23rd November.  
  • Children in Need Day on Friday 17th November - children can wear their own clothes or dress up in the 'spot' theme of Pudsey. £1 donation is suggested.

 

Our story this week will be: Whatever Next! By Jill Murphy

Our songs of the week are:Teddy bear, teddy bear turn around and Climb aboard the spaceship...

 

The value of the week is: Self-control

Some of our learning opportunities this week will include:

  • using props and a story picture map to retell the story of Whatever Next!!
  • going on a listening walk inside and outside nursery (listening for different types of sounds)
  • making a space rocket out of 2d shapes
  • learning the following prepositions - in, on and under
  • baking Pudsey Bear biscuits
  • making rockets out of junk modelling
  • exploring our new 'People who help us' small world
  • making different sizes of stars out of play dough and discussing basic concepts such as big/little
  • reading stories and books on Space in our book area
  • dancing to songs that give us verb instructions, such as jump, hop, fly, squash 

With your child at home this week you could: 

 

Week beginning 06/11/17

Our story this week will be: How to catch a star by Oliver Jeffers

Our songs of the week are: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, 5 little men in a flying saucer

The value of the week is: Self-control

Some of our learning opportunities this week will include:

  • reading the story of How to catch a star, focusing on the illustrations and answering simple recall questions.
  • imitating movement in response to music - an Aerobic Fitness song for children about stars. Touch the Stars
  • using the song 'Twinkle Twinkle' to play a parachute game.
  • writing a very important letter that will be posted in a few weeks time.
  • making firework paintings using cleaning brushes, sponges and cardboard tubes (carried over from last week)
  • discussing Remembrance day and talking about why people wear a poppy this week
  • preparing a Remembrance Day display for our classroom.

With your child at home this week you could: 

  • talk about what is up in the sky. Our Amazing Places, Amazing Spaces topic is now going to take us up into the sky, with a focus on Space.
  • see how many sources of light you can find (torch, candle fireworks etc)
  • begin to practise/sing our performance songs at home 

Previously in Nursery

Week beginning 30/10/17

We will go across to main school on Friday 3rd November to have our individual photographs taken

Our story this week will continue to be: The Gruffalo

Our song of the week is: The Gruffalo Song

The value of the week is: Kindness

Some of our learning opportunities this week will include:

  • playing a gruffalo game where we will have to really concentrate and focus to see which character from the story is missing
  • making our own gruffalo using cereal boxes and other accessories
  • talking about what we did over the half term holidays
  • exploring fireworks that we have seen and heard (lots of them going off around MK at the minute)
  • making firework paintings using cleaning brushes, sponges and cardboard tubes
  • talk about how fireworks affect our pets and other animals that live outdoors
  • Mrs Copeland demonstrating safe sparker use
  • will our own sparkler using a breadstick, chocolate and hundreds and thousands

With your child at home this week you could: 

  • play a game using action words - jump, eat, swim, walk, run, hop, drink etc. Ask your child to act out the word.
  • set your child a daily challenge where he/she shows kindness at home
  • ask your child to retell the story of the Gruffalo in his/her own words

 

Week beginning 09/10/17

Our story this week is: The Gruffalo

 

Click on the following blue link to watch the story of the Gruffalo narrated by Ollie Heath -The Gruffalo

Our song of the week is:The Gruffalo Song

The value of the week is: kindness

Some of our learning opportunities this week will include:

  • having visitors from the Friends Association to help us make our charity Christmas cards (these will be available for parents to preview when we come back after half term)
  • introducing the story of the Gruffalo and looking at how we should always treat books carefully and with repsect everywhere (some books got ripped last week in nursery)
  • painting our own pictures of the Gruffalo
  • talking about the exciting Hindu festival of Diwali and making a traditional Hindu sweet called barfi. This will be on Thursday of this week.If your child is celebrating Diwali, please let us know at the beginning of the week 

 

  • challenging the children to think of as many different ways to show kindness at nursery and at home.
  • moving and dancing during our 'boogie' session on Friday morning. Does child have a favourite dance song? Please let us know!

With your child at home this week you could: 

  • put on some lively music and move and dance together.
  • sing a few action nursery songs with your child. For example head, shoulders, knees and toes, wind the bobbin up.
  • make some autumn leaf prints using red, yellow and orange paint. Mix red and yellow together to make orange.

 

Week beginning 09/10/17

Our story this week is: Autumn non fiction books

Our song of the week is: Do you know how pumpkins grows? (Click on the blue link to follow the song). This song will teach us about the lifecycle of a pumpkin. 

The value of the week will continue to be: honesty

Some of our learning opportunities this week will include:

  • talking about the season of Autumn and thinking about what the season brings

  • learning to put on our coats independently - we will teach the children 2 different methods

  • going to our Forest school area for a walk to look for the signs of Autumn 

  • looking at autumn colours we can see on trees and we will be creating our own tree painting using corks for the leaves.

  • making art pictures by matching numerals and quantities with autumn resources

  • creating pumpkins out of play dough

  • looking at a pumpkin and painting it (observational painting)

  • using a paper plate to make a collage of a pumpkin

  • exploring and examining what is inside a pumpkin and talking about what if feels like   
  • continuing to strengthen our fingers (ready to be great writers) at the Funky Fingers table. We will be reminding ourselves of some of the shapes we have been learning about - making shape pictures using stickers.
  • reading the story of the boy who cried wolf during our circle time and talking about why it is important to tall the truth.

With your child at home this week you could: 

  • talk about our special word of the week - honesty. Stress to your child why it is always important to tell the truth.

  • count objects at home  touching each object as you count and do so slowly and carefully, only counting each object once. Quite a few children are counting objects in nursery but doing so very quickly and inaccurately.
  • As you walk, look at the changing colour of leaves on the trees. Are all the leaves still on the trees? Enjoy kicking through the leaves/rolling in the leaves or gathering the leaves and throwing them up in the air. Have lots of fun and laughter doing this activity.

Week beginning 02/10/17

Our story this week is:

Our song(s) of the week are:

The fish is the ocean ....... Tommy Thumb

Week 5 02/10/17 Song of the Week The fish in the sea.doc

 

 

The value this week is:

Some of our learning opportunities this week will include:

  • going into our small groups and learning our make a circle song
  • learning about the special skills we need for circle time
  • reading the story of the Rainbow Fish
  • making a fish collage for our display in the entrance area
  • sharing and waiting our turn to decorate a biscuit
  • creating a rainbow fish using a paper plate
  • exploring our new farm small world area
  • using our thumb and finger (pincer grip) to put the coloured discs into the holder.
  • playing with magnetic shapes to make pictures and seeing if we can name any of the shapes we will be using.

With your child at home this week you could: 

  • ask your child to retell you the story of the Rainbow Fish in his/her own words? Why was the Rainbow fish unhappy/happy?
  • play a sharing game
  • look around the home - can your child find any shapes, such as a circle, triangle, square or a rectangle? (For example a clock, your front door, a plate, a slice of pizza etc)

Week beginning 25/09/17

Our song(s) of the week are: familiar nursery rhymes, such as Old McDOnald had a farm, Miss Polly had a dolly, Humpty Dumpty, 1 2 3 4 5 once I caught a fish alive, A Sailor went to sea sea sea.

All of the nursery rhymes this week can be found on the BBC School Radio Nursery Songs and Rhymes website. See the top of the page for the link.

 

The value this week is: Trust 

Some of our learning opportunities this week will include:

  • continuing to explore the nursery environment

  • developing our understanding of the nursery routines
  • decorating a fish template with celery and paint to give the fish beautiful multi coloured scales. 
  • practising our pencil control by making straight line marks
  • using various construction like sticklebricks and mobilo to make wonderful creations
  • free painting and encouraging the children to talk about what they have painted
  • playing maths games on the ipads
  • strengthening our fingers and hands at the Funky fingers table - matching colours of clothes pegs to the colours on a CD disc. 

With your child at home this week you could: 

  • Autumn is upon us - talk about the changes in the weather, trees etc that Autumn brings with it
  • Ask your child to give you a different number of items in a random order between 1-5. For example "Give me 2 spoons", Give me 5 cars"
  • Play a game where your child has to wait his/her turn.  

Week beginning 18/09/17

This week we will have a full class. Our children who have returned have settled back in to the nursery routines so quickly and calmly - we are very proud of them. Home visits as well as settling in sessions are now completed for our new families. Thank you for inviting us into your homes. We are looking forward to 'Exploring and Playing' with your child over the coming weeks and months.

We will continue to develop the whole school topic of 'Amazing Places, Amazing Spaces' this week as we begin to look at life under the sea.

Our story of the week is:

Our song(s) of the week are: familiar nursery rhymes, such as Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, The Wheels on the Bus, Incy Wincy Spider, 1 2 3 4 5 once I caught a fish alive, A Sailor went to sea sea sea.

All of the nursery rhymes this week can be found on the BBC School Radio Nursery Songs and Rhymes website. See the top of the page for the link.

 

The value this week is: Trust 

Some of our learning opportunities this week will include:

  • exploring the nursery environment - inside and outside and beginning to express our own preferences and interests
  • hopefully separating from our parents without too much upset
  • using paints and different fish stencils to make fish shapes on paper.

  • using resources in the craft area to make a jelly fish

  • reading our story Commotion in the Ocean and looking at different creatures that live in the Ocean.

With your child at home this week you could: 

  • encourage your child to put on and take off coat by him/herself.

  • sing our Wake up dance, Tidy up and Come to the Carpet songs

  • we are rabbit class - find out 1 or 2 facts about rabbits. You could bring these facts to nursery to share with us.

Week beginning 11/09/17

Our first whole school topic this year will be 'Amazing Places, Amazing Spaces.' We have introduced this topic by talking about our summer holidays and looking at a map of the world. We then looked at the song 'It's a wonderful world' Click on the link to watch and listen to the song!

The returning children and their families have been busily preparing a display for our classroom on different aspects of the song. We have had many parents singing/humming the song in the last week. The display should be finished this week . Please remember to have a look! 

Week beginning 04/09/17

Welcome back to our children and their families who are returning. This week we will focus on settling back in to the nursery environment. We will begin to learn our new morning wake up song (see the top of the page for the link.)

 

In the afternoons this week Mrs Copeland and Mrs Hoskin will be out on home visiting our new children and their families.