Nursery 2019 - 2020
Welcome to our Nursery.
We have two nursery settings 'Rainbows' and 'Sunshines.'
In 'Rainbows' Mrs Williams will work with your children on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and Mrs Barker on a Wednesday afternoon, Thursday and Friday. In 'Sunshines' Mrs White will work with your children. Our team also includes Mrs Linford, Mrs Westwater and Mrs Ellis. Other members of staff also assist our children during the lunch hour.
This page will help to inform you about what your child is learning at Nursery and give you suggestions for activities to do at home. We continue to follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and if you want to know more about what your child will be learning, click on this link
A very special welcome to our our new families! We hope that you and your child/ren are now feeling settled here at Chester Blue Coat. Please feel free to talk to us if you have any questions at all.
The Prime Areas
Personal, Social and Emotional Development - We will be spending time this term teaching and reminding our children of the rules and routines we have in Nursery. We aim for them to be as safe, happy and independent as possible during the sessions and to be able to access lots of learning opportunities throughout our provision. We will model good sharing and help the children to make new friendships.
These are our Nursery rules...
We are kind.
We always try our best.
We listen to each other.
We look after our toys.
Inside, we walk and use quieter voices.
Communication, Language & Literacy - Our book focuses for this term are 'Chinese New Year - The Animal Story', 'The Three Billy Goats Gruff', 'Big Book of Nursery Rhymes' and a selection of non-fiction books about 'People who Help Us'. There will be lots of learning opportunities based upon these books during the coming weeks that will require the children to listen and talk to others about their ideas.
Physical Development - Ask your child to show you how to 'nip, flip and grip' a pencil! Learning how to hold a pencil properly is quite tricky, so we will be practising lots this term. Our balance bikes and bikes without stabilisers will also feature this term... let's see how many children we can help to learn to ride a bike without stabilisers! We will also be going to the main hall in school this term to do P.E.
Writing - Our daily funky fingers exercises are helping to strengthen the muscles in our hands, to help prepare us for writing. We trace our names each day and find our name cards so that we can copy it onto our drawings, paintings and pictures. We have also set up a Post Office in the mark making area linked to our theme of 'People who help us' which we hope will encourage the children to 'write for meaning' as they send each other letters and cards.
Personal. social and emotional development - We are sharing the story 'The Colour Monster' by Anna Llenas about a monster whose emotions are mixed up. The story is designed to help the children understand and talk about their emotions, linking them to colour. We are going to do some painting and colout activities based on the story. The children are also going to learn the song '1,2,3 it's good to be me!' with makaton signs which you can find on You tube
Maths - We are continuing to focus on counting accurately and recognising the numerals to !0. The children are enjoying playing lots of number games and a good place to find some online is the Top Marks Maths website https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/3-5-years/counting
Phonics - We are continuing to play lots of games to help the children hear the initial sound of words. This will lead onto Alliteration. A good game to play at home is 'I Spy with my little eye' We are focusing on the sounds letters make rather than the names of the letters. Speak to a member of staff if you want any advice on this.
How You Can Help...
We are encouraging your children to be as independent as possible. It would be really helpful if you could practice the following skills at home with your child - putting their own coat on, taking their shoes and socks off and putting them back on again, washing their hands, independence when using the toilet and pouring their own drink. This will then give the staff more time to work and play with your children.
If you send a named bag into school, we can offer a school library book for your child to take home each day. Once returned a new book can be taken. Please look after the books. A bag is also ideal for carrying home any letters or pictures/models they have made. Some children are really struggling to carry everything on their way out. At the school office you can buy a school book bag which is ideal for this job and they can use later on in school.
Please remember to label your child's coat, drink bottle, shoes, wellies and book bag.
If for any reason you are late in the morning, please come to the main door at the 'Sunshines' building including children from the 'Rainbows' Nursery. However please try to arrive on time at 9 a.m. so that the session is not interrupted for the staff and so your child can start the session from the beginning.
If you have any spare clothes that you would like to donate to the Nursery that would be very much appreciated.
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