Nursery Weekly Newsletter 03/05/19

Dear Parents and Carers,

Morning Provision:

The morning class have been exploring our natural world this week. We have been discussing lifecycles of seeds and insects. We have also monitored how our garden is growing and talked about how to care for the plants, we have been on scavenger hunts to find natural materials that have been used to create art work as well as looking for bugs.

We have explored fruits creating art work inspired by it an have dissected it to explore its texture, smell and to find the seeds.

In the role play area, the children have shown a keen interest in play hairdressers this week, discussing different ways of styling hair and then creating them!

Afternoon Provision :

The afternoon class have been following the literacy focus of ‘The Gruffalo’ this week. We read the story and discussed the characters. we then spoke about the different places where the animals from the story live and went for a walk around the school to try and find them. We followed on from this by going on a percussion walk around the school, using drumsticks to see what sounds different natural objects made.

A lot of the children have shown a keen interest in discussing there holidays this week. They also spoke about how they got there. Using the classroom chairs they created a plane which they flew to different destinations such as India, the beach and Hop Farm.

 

Home Learning:

This week’s home learning is to create a collage or picture using different natural objects from the Garden!

Photos of these activities or any other exciting news can be emailed to nurseryparents@Tubbenden.Bromley.sch.uk

Mrs Seal:

A message from Mrs Seal:

Dear Parents and Carers

I would like to take this opportunity to let everyone know that as of May 1st I have been appointed to the role of Nursery Manager. I love working in the nursery and feel privileged to be given the opportunity to lead such a kind, dedicated and passionate team as this one. 

Mrs Ruth Seal

Congratulations Mrs Seal!

Mrs Seal will now be available from Monday- Thursday 8.30am until 4.30pm

Class Photos:

On Tuesday 7th May the photographer will coming in to take whole class photos. Please make sure your children attend wearing full school uniform this day.

Sponsored Bounce:

Well done to all the children for their excellent effort during the sponsored bounce! If you have returned the form but not the money please could you send it in as soon as possible so we can pass it on to the TFA.

Parents of children starting Tubbenden School:

If your child is starting at Tubbenden School in September, you will have received a large brown envelope containing documents for starting in Reception in September. Please can we ask you return these either to the school office or a member of the nursery team as soon as possible.

 

Dates For your Diary:

Monday 6th May is a bank holiday, Nursery will be closed on this day.

Thursday 23rd May is polling day. Please note, the school will remain OPEN on this day.

Monday 27th May to Friday the 31st May Nursery will be closed for the May half term. We return Monday 3rd June.

Friday 14th June is Sports Day! Parents are welcome to join us on the field from 10.30-11.30 to cheer on your child and their key person groups! please note, sports day will be held in the morning only. on this day afternoon children are invited to join us for sports day from 10.30, they can then stay and have a packed lunch with us.

Tuesday 23rd July is the last day of term and also our end of term party! we will be having a bouncy castle, outdoor games and music and invite the parents to join us from 10.30 until lunch time to enjoy these activities with us. We also ask you send your  child in with a packed lunch on this day so everybody can have a picnic on the field together. Again, afternoon children are invited for the morning as this event will only be taking place in the morning.

Here are some photos of this week’s activities:

           

Have a lovely weekend!

The Tubbenden Nursery Team

Nursery Weekly Newsletter 26/04/19

Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome to our new weekly newsletter!

Morning Provision:

The morning class have been learning about St George’s Day this week. First, we read the story of St George at registration then the children engaged in activities such as designing and making their own shields and making castles with construction blocks.

They have also been working hard to complete different puzzles, the favourite being an alphabet peg puzzle. The children worked really well as a team working through the alphabet to find which letters came next.

Another popular activity this week involved the children using their sense of smell, sight and touch to explore different items from a beach. The children also enjoyed turning the role play area into a hairdresser salon!

Afternoon Provision :

During PE, The afternoon provision have been practicing different races for Sports Day, they have been taking part in running races, hurdles and balancing bean bags on tennis rackets.

Their have also shown a great interest in writing their names so this week we used tracing paper to write over the letters of their name and we identified our initial sounds.

other activities this week include matching numerals to quantities using number cards and sorting bears and going on a nature walk to look at the changes since last season.

Both Provisions:

All the children really enjoyed sharing their home learning, thank you for helping them to take photos and sending them in.

Home Learning:

This week’s home learning is to create a wacky hairstyle! you can either draw it or make a hairstyle with different materials. All photos can be emailed to us at nurseryparents@Tubbenden.Bromley.sch.uk

3.30 Collections:

If you collect your child at 3.30pm, please could we ask from now on that you line up against the blue gate going up the playground to help us safeguard your children. Please could we also ask that you keep siblings and other children with you so nobody is under the shelter. We are noticing more and more people are crowding under the shelter and sometimes it can be difficult to dismiss when there so many people in the doorway. Thank you for your cooperation.

Donations:

if anybody has any spare children’s socks or any small junk modelling materials they’d like to donate it would be greatly appreciated.

Dates For your Diary:

Monday 6th May is a bank holiday, Nursery will be closed on this day.

Monday 27th May to Friday the 31st May Nursery will be closed for the May half term. We return Monday 3rd June.

Friday 14th June is Sports Day! Parents are welcome to join us on the field from 10.30-11.30 to cheer on your child and their key person groups! please note, sports day will be held in the morning only. on this day afternoon children are invited to join us for sports day from 10.30, they can then stay and have a packed lunch with us.

Tuesday 23rd July is the last day of term and also our end of term party! we will be having a bouncy castle, outdoor games and music and invite the parents to join us from 10.30 until lunch time to enjoy these activities with us. We also ask you send your  child in with a packed lunch on this day so everybody can have a picnic on the field together. Again,afternoon children are invited for the morning as this event will only be taking place in the morning.

Here are some photos of this week’s activities:

       

We hope you have a lovely weekend,

regards,

the Tubbenden Nursery Team

This Week in the Nursery…

Both Provisions this week, have been discussing Spring and the different animals and plants which are related to the Season. We made rabbits with paper plates and used cotton wool to make sheep.

The morning provision have been making their friends invitations and inviting them to tea parties which they held in the role play area. They made lunch and snacks for their friends and poured them some tea. The children have also shown interest in racing games again so during PE we have been practicing different races, many which we can expect to see on Sports Day.

The afternoon provision have been exploring different literacy focuses this week. we then acted out the stories during PE and discussed the different people and things involved. Threading has also proved to be a popular activity again this week. We used shoelaces to thread different sized beads in different patterns

 

           

This Week in the Nursery…

The morning class have been helping to sort out our garden this week, we’ve been planting seeds and herbs and set up a bug hotel. the children have also noticed somebody has been leaving presents around the garden, all the presents lead us to believe we have a garden fairy!

They have also been playing football games in PE and showing off their kicking and catching skills.

The afternoon class began the week exploring the literacy focus ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’. We read the story and then acted it out with finger puppets. We then planted sunflowers which we’re looking at each day to see if they’re growing. The children are really enjoying helping to look after them.

We have also been using the infant playground to play whole class games such as hide and seek and what’s the time Mr Wolf.

Both Classes really enjoyed Friday, thank you to all the parents and family who attended and took part in the activities with the children.

     

   

This Week in the Nursery…

Both Provisions have been celebrating ‘Book Week’. All the children have been engaging in activities based around our literacy focus ‘The Lion King’. We also had a visit from an illustrator, Liz Million. she came in and told us all about how she started her career drawing and showed us her to draw different animals, all starting with the same shape.

The morning provision have been exploring the different movements and sounds of animals from the African Planes. Using instruments, we made different sounds and noises, the children then associated the instrument to the way an animal moves, for example, the drum sounded like an elephant running. Using library books, the children had to find the animals who live on the African Planes and then attempted to draw them.

The afternoon provision enjoyed a game of ‘lion tag’, using Velcro belts and ribbons for tails, the children had to chase each other and take as many tails as they could before the time ran out. We also played an animal listening game and discusses how the different animals might move and then attempted to move like the animals. towards the end of the week we read the story ‘Handa’s Surprise’ which the children then enjoyed acting out, wearing animals masks to re create the story.

 

           

 

 

This Week in the Nursery…

The morning class began the week engaging in activities based on the literacy focus ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’. The children drew story maps to explain what happens in the story. In PE the children enjoyed taking part in a porridge obstacle race. The children were in 3 teams, each had a pot of oats. They had to tackle each obstacle without spilling any of their porridge on the floor. They also used puppets to re create the story and used our ‘sorting bears’ and duplo to create bear houses.

Towards the end of the week, the children showed a great interest in using bendy tubes in the construction area to make people and robots. To follow on from this, the children made their own robots using different junk modelling materials including bottle tops, foil and large boxes.

The afternoon class have been exploring the five senses this week. On Monday we learnt what the five senses are and began with exploring ‘sight’. we went for a walk around the school to see what different objects we can see our reflection in. We then used water and CD’s to create rainbows. On Tuesday we explored ‘hearing’. We went on a listening walk around the school then played a listening game in PE based on what we had heard on our walk. On Wednesday we learnt about our sense of smell. The children were able to smell different herbs, spices and flowers. They then used excellent descriptive words to describe each different thing. On Thursday we explored the sense of touch. We played  a game of ‘What’s in the Box’ and during PE the children had to navigate their way around cones and other obstacles in the hall with their eyes closed and with a partner, only by touching each object. Finally, on Friday we explored the sense of taste. The children were able to taste different fruits which they then described. We also had a recap of what the five different senses are.

Both classes enjoyed celebrating ‘ Shrove Tuesday’ this week. We read the story ‘ The Run Away Pancake’ then the children enjoyed helping to make and eating pancakes!

             

This Week in the Nursery…

The morning provision have been exploring different quantities this week by taking part in different emptying and filling activities. The children used rice and lentils to fill different size containers and find which was the heaviest. They also filled buckets with sand and some with mud to compare the weights.

In the construction area, the children enjoyed making different size dinosaurs and dragons out of stickle bricks, they then used Duplo to create homes for them. This then turned into village of houses for dragons and dinosaurs!

The afternoon provision have been exploring shadows this week. We took full advantage of the sunshine this week and went onto the playground, the children got themselves into pairs and we drew around each others shadows. The following day we went for a walk around the school, looking to see if we could find any shadows.

The children have also shown an interest in looking in our small mirrors this week so we have also been looking at our reflections. We looked at our faces in the mirrors and drew our different emotions. This led onto us discussing feelings and emotions and what makes us feel them.

Both Provisions enjoyed sharing their ‘half term snapshot sheets’. They showed their pictures then answered questions from the other children such as ‘how did you get there?’ and ‘what was your favourite thing you did?’

On Friday, we celebrated St David’s Day in the Nursery. The children took part in different crafts such as making daffodils, drawing their own dragons, and making dragons with junk modelling materials.

 

           

 

This Week in the Nursery…

The morning provision have been concentrating hard, working on their fine motor skills this week, they have been looking for buried items in sand, using tweezers to pull them out. they have also been snipping paper, using the ‘tap a nail’ resource and threading beads on to string. During PE they have been engaging in different obstacle courses travelling, over, on through and around different equipment. They have also enjoyed different listening songs by ‘Sticky Kids’ .

The afternoon class had a visit from a bubble scientist at the beginning of the week. The children had the opportunity to join in and make bubbles of different size and engage in different experiments. They have also been practicing writing their names and listening games involving their initial sounds. Our literacy focus has been the story ‘rainbow fish’ we read the story then made a story map about a fish. They also enjoyed activities such as making collage fish, drawing fish of different colours and sorting ‘people and boats’. putting the right number of people into the correct number boat.

 

             

This Week in the Nursery….

The morning provision has been having a go at different types of puzzles this week from 9 piece wooden peg puzzles to 12 piece jigsaw puzzles! They have shown excellent problem solving skills and correctly matched pieces together by looking at the colours.

They have also been exploring colour matching in PE, taking part in different racing/ colour matching games. First we played a game in teams where the children had to find coloured objects and place them on the correct colour mat, this proved WAY too easy, so we played a game where in teams, there were different coloured objects on the wrong coloured mat, they demonstrated excellent problem solving skills to move the objects and matched the colours correctly.

The afternoon provision have shown a great interest in ‘making biscuits’ in the role play area. So this week the children all helped to measure ingredients to make salt dough from which the children made ‘biscuits’ and shared at a ‘picnic’ .

They have also shown interest in practicing name writing this week so a few children had a practice at writing and identifying their initial sound and some had a go at writing their whole name!

Both Provisions celebrated Chinese New Year on Tuesday. The children took part in lots of different activities such as learning the story of Chinese Years, taking part in chopstick and noodle races, attempting to write numbers in Chinese and made some Chinese lanterns.

We have also been focusing on our current phonic sound ‘s’. The children have been looking for different items in the nursery beginning with this sound and practiced writing it too. They also played a game where they had to find different pictures of things beginning with ‘s’ which were hidden around the room, there were some trick pictures hidden amongst them which the children managed to avoid well!

       

This Week in the Nursery…

The morning class have been continuing to show interest in our snails this week so have been exploring the different patterns on the snails shells and have even attempted to make their own snails using junk modelling materials. Using play dough and shaving foam, the children have been making ice creams this week, and used scissors to cut toppings of different shapes. At our literacy table the children have been trying to find letters of their names which were hidden in cornflour, shaving foam and jelly. They then attempted to try and write their names by copying the letters.

The afternoon provision have been exploring a lot of mark making activities this week such as large scale mark making with chalk, using their fingers to draw in sand and flour and using paintbrushes with water to draw in a tray. After a lot of excitement last week when our volcano erupted, the children enjoyed playing a listening game in PE about volcanoes, mountains, rocks and earthquakes. They also played a game of mountains and valleys. As a few of the children this week have been talking things that make them happy, we used play dough to make different facial expressions and discussed different things that make us feel happy, sad, surprised or angry.