Nursery News 5th February 2024


5th February 2024 – Edition 323

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A.Parent Consultations. A reminder….

B.Could you help us with some tissues or some fruit? A big Thank You.

C. An Evening Event, For Big Nursery Children: Bedtime Stories Thursday 29th February 2024 at 5pm

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


A: Parent Consultations. A reminder….

Big Nursery Consultations will be taking place during this week, week beginning 5th February 2024. These consultations will be on the telephone, will last 5 minutes and be at the following times:

Mrs Patterson Monday 5th February between 3:15pm and 4:30pm

Miss Skai  Tuesday 6th February between 3:15pm and 4:20pm

Miss Howe Thursday 8th February between 3:15pm and 4:20pm

Mrs Cashmore Friday 9th February between 3:15pm and 4:30pm


B. Could you help us with some tissues or some fruit?

Thank you to all the parents that have responded. We are very grateful.


C. An Evening Event, For Big Nursery Children: Bedtime Stories Thursday 29th February 2024 at 5pm

All Big Nursery children are invited to bring a parent along for a bedtime story at Willow Nursery School. Children and parents will join your child’s keyworker for a bedtime story. Children can come in their pyjamas and bring a teddy bear or favourite cuddly toy with them. Older and younger brothers and sisters are welcome, but please remember the stories will be aimed at 3 and 4 year olds. Parents will be asked to monitor the behaviour of brothers and sisters, and will be expected to take noisy or wriggly children out of the story circle so as not to upset the quiet atmosphere created. We expect stories to last approximately 30 minutes (perhaps less for the youngest children) and we will then have warm ‘Hot Chocolate’ and cookies together.


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

The theme this week is The Three Little Pigs

In Catkins Class, the children will be learning about how the pigs built a strong house. The children will have access to some oversized soft building bricks, which they will use to build houses, walls and enclosures. The staff will talk with the children about all of the houses that the Three Pigs made and try to blow down their houses made from bricks like ‘The Big Bad Wolf’ did in the story.

In the Link, the children will focus on developing play around the Three Little Pigs story. They will use props such as shredded paper, lollipop sticks and Lego, along with characters from the story and house templates to expand their play. Children will be familiar with the story of The Three Little Pigs and will use their knowledge of the story to retell the tale.

Outside, the children will look for characters from the story. They will try to remember all of the characters and their names in the book. Staff will hide laminated pictures around the garden and encourage children to show where they were hidden using language and gestures.

In Room 3, staff will discuss the materials used by the three little pigs to build their houses. They will provide materials for the children to create their own collages to represent houses of straw, sticks and bricks. Children will talk about using glue to attach their materials to paper and relate what they are making back to the characters from the book.

In Room 2, there will be an invitation to play at the playdough table. The children will be able to explore the resources available and take their play in different directions. Staff will follow the children’s lead and support those that need it. New ideas will flow naturally as the children play.

In Room 1, the children will focus on building. They have really enjoyed using the Lego to create different designs and this will be encouraged with an even bigger range of building resources. The children will also work on number recognition and amounts as they play. There will be some laminates available that have quantities of objects for the children to count and match. As the children count or subitise* the objects, they will be encouraged to add the matching number of blocks to their card. *Subitise means: the ability to look at a small number of objects and instantly recognise how many objects there are without needing to count.

Outside, the children will be role playing as the Three Little Pigs. They will be making and playing in the houses built in the story. Children can choose to be a pig or a wolf and act out their roles accordingly. They will be prompted to say the repeated refrains that their chosen character uses during the story. Children can explore all characters and will be encouraged to swap roles often.