Nursery News 11th March 2024

NURSERY NEWS

11th March 2024 – Edition 327

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A. A reminder: An Open School Event: For Big Nursery Orange Group Parents: Basic Skills, on Wednesday 13th March.

B. Catkins Class Offers for 3+ Nursery in January 2025 for children with dates of birth from 01/09/21 to 31/12/21

C. Mrs McGrath will be absent for the next few weeks.

D. A reminder to renew 30 hour codes

E. Phonics program Big Nursery: Slithery Snakes!

F What are the children are learning about this week?

 

A: A reminder: An Open School Event: For Big Nursery Orange Group Parents: Basic Skills, on Wednesday 13th March.

Miss Skai teaches Big Nursery Orange Group children ‘Basic Skills’ on a Wednesday morning. The children move to a quiet space in Room 5 where they work in small groups (approx. 8 children) to learn reading, writing, mathematical skills and problem solving.

This character on the left is Biff, she features in the Oxford Reading Tree Scheme books that we use to help teach reading skills. The group on Wednesday will focus on a story about Biff losing her toy aeroplane. We look forward to parents coming in to observe their child in a taught session.

 

B. Catkins Class Offers for 3+ Nursery in January 2025

for children with dates of birth from 01/09/21 to 31/12/21

We are now beginning our enrolment process for the 3+ Nursery for Autumn born children who attend Catkins Class. Mrs Davies has written an offer letter for the 15 families who attend Catkins Class in this age bracket. Office staff will be handing out these letters to you this week. Please ensure you collect it. You are of course welcome to come in to school to pick up your offer letter.

We would ask that all completed Option Choice forms are returned to us by Monday 18th March 2024, at the very latest

We assume that all of these families would like a place in Big Nursery. Please let us know as soon as possible if you have other plans.

 

Note: I am aware that many parents in this age group are entitled to the new Funding for Two Year Olds – Working Families- 15 hour Offer. I know many families would like to increase their sessions in the Summer/ Autumn Term whilst their child is still 2 years old. I am working on this, but I need to know everyone’s choices for January 2025 first.

 

C. Mrs McGrath will be absent for the next few weeks.

Mrs McGrath underwent planned jaw surgery last week. She is home from hospital now and beginning her recovery.

So, in the next few weeks, myself (Mrs Davies) and Mrs Evans will be providing some cover in Catkins Class. Mrs Chiriac will also be working some additional hours, so the children will be supported by adults they are familiar with.

 

D. A reminder to renew 30 hour codes

Parents who are entitled to 30 hours free funded Nursery hours must ensure a valid code is in place by 31st March 2024 if they wish to have 30 hours funding for the summer term 2024.  Codes need to be renewed approximately every three months. The government does usually send out reminder emails directly to parents. Do check your Junk Mail or Spam folders, as sometimes the reminder can end up there.

If the code is not valid your child will not get the funding from the government, and would have to fall back to 15 hours attendance or choose to pay for the additional 15 hours.

Similarly, the New Funding for Two Year Olds – Working Families- 15 hour Offer- will begin in April.  Parents must ensure their code is valid on 31st March.

 

E. Phonics program Big Nursery: Slithery Snakes!

Phonics began last week in Big Nursery. Your child will have made a sock Snake hand puppet, which they will have hopefully brought home. We try to make our sessions interactive and playful. Children will remember the ‘SSSSSS’ sound if they have fun playing with their snake, making a ‘SSSSS’ sound. Adding a movement to the sound does help children to recall it at a later date. Spend just a few minutes each week going over the sounds at home. Each letter sound will come home on a Jolly phonics page, which allows the child to colour in a picture associated with the sound, has some dotted practice letter shapes to write over, and has a little picture at the side of the page to show how the movement should be made that supports the memory of this phonic sound. If you build up your child’s letter knowledge, week by week, adding new letters to the already familiar letters, they will progress with their phonic knowledge.

Give this a go. This will REALLY help your child to learn their phonic sounds which will in turn help them to read and write!

Look out for some ‘Ants on my arm’….. this week.

 

F.  What are the children are learning about this week?

The theme in nursery this week is ‘At the Doctors’.

In Catkins, the children will have a simple role play area set up that includes beds, doctors bags and bandages. The children will use soft toys as patients and will be looking after them and helping them to feel better. Staff will model lots of language to the children as they play.

In the Catkins garden, the children will have a rotary washing line, some clothes and pegs to play with. As they play and open and close the pegs, the children will be strengthening their hand and finger muscles. The clothes that they place on the line will all be dry as the weather is not quite warm enough for outside water play.

In the Link area, the children will be strengthening their fine motor skills as they use scissors to cut through playdough. Staff will support children with holding their scissors effectively and beginning to make snips in the playdough. The children will also be using paint to create pictures that represent Spring.

In Room 3, the staff will set up a doctor’s role play area. There will be a surgery and waiting room for the children to expand their play. Staff will provide a table and chairs for the children, as well as beds and medical equipment. The children will learn what happens at the doctors and can share their own experiences. Staff will model appropriate language as the children play and will encourage the children to learn new words linked to a doctor’s surgery.

In Room 2, the children will be making their own doctor’s bags that can support their play throughout the nursery. They will learn the names of different medical equipment such as ‘stethoscope’, ‘bandage’ and ‘syringe’ as they work.  They will also create their own hand x-ray pictures using chalk and cotton buds. The children will look at some real x-rays before they make their own.

In Room 1, there will be an in depth Doctor’s Surgery role play area. The children will have access to dressing up clothes, medicine bags, clip boards and hospital beds. Staff will talk to children about making appointments and telling the doctor what is wrong. The staff will model lots of language that will help the children learn how to name parts of their body, there will be lots of labels and images to support this knowledge.

Outside, the children will be looking at nature and may use natural resources that they find, to create some art. The children will be encouraged to explore the mud kitchen and all the utensils, they will be encouraged to wear aprons but please don’t send your children in their best clothes. As the children play, their imagination can be triggered and this will promote the use of communication skills to express new ideas.