Spring Term 2020
Early Years Work
The topics we will be covering during the Spring Term are:
Snow, ice, keeping warm, how the environment changes, birds in the winter time.
Rain, sun, snow, fog etc. How different types of weather affect us / our lives / the environment and clothes (materials) we wear for different types of weather.
Food from Different Countries
Chinese, Indian, Italian, French – appreciating and respecting other cultures.
Changes in the environment and new life – chicks, tadpoles etc.
The Easter story, customs and traditions.
We will continue to develop our knowledge of letters and sounds, numbers, patterns, shape, size and capacity.
All activities are planned to help the children develop skills in all areas, and we observe and listen to them to monitor their progress and plan the next step. Please ask your child about what they have been doing at Nursery. You can also help by telling us about your child’s interests and achievements outside the Nursery by using Tapestry. Tapestry is the online journal that we use in Nursery to record all the learning and fun of children's early years education. Parents are also able to upload observations onto Tapestry at https://tapestryjournal.com/. Please contact Mrs Seccombe in the School Office if you have any problems logging into your Tapestry account.
We will be starting our next round of ‘Focus Observations’ shortly. We found them to be very informative and hope you did too. Please look out for the ‘Parent Focus Sheet’ in your child’s book bag over the next few weeks.
PE is on Thursdays and the children will need their PE kit in school. We also spend a lot of time outside and at Forest Schools, so it is very useful for the children to have a pair or wellingtons in school all the time. Please make sure that all items of uniform are clearly named.
Please encourage your child to find things at home beginning with our letter of the week and bring it to Nursery for our letter table and to have a go at the handwriting sheet sent home each week. Number bags have been put into bookbags for the children to practise recognising, ordering and writing numbers.
Books will be changed on the first day of the week that your child is at Nursery. It is very helpful if you write comments in their reading record booklets about your child’s responses to what they read.
Penny Wilkes from St Mary’s Church will visit us fortnightly to share songs and stories with the children.
If your child is unfortunate enough to suffer from diarrhoea and sickness, please make sure that they are clear of it for 48 hours before returning to Nursery, and that they have fully recovered from any illness before coming back.
If your child borrows any uniform items or underwear from Nursery could you please wash and return it as soon as possible. We would also be grateful for any uniform your child grows out of.
Parents are always welcome to help in the Nursery; this may include sharing books, playing games, art/cooking activities or whatever you feel comfortable doing. Please speak to either of us if you would like to help out at any time. You will, however, need to have had an Enhanced DBS Certificate. Please see Mrs Seccombe who can apply for a check for you.
We would also be grateful for any donations of the following to develop the children’s play and learning:
- old mobile phones, walkie-talkies or cameras;
- hobby-type magazines i.e. fishing, horses, cycling, countryside etc;
- any used but in good condition comics; or
- dressing-up clothes, bridesmaid dresses, interesting pairs of shoes, hats, handbags etc.
If you have any questions or problems please see either of us, so that they can be dealt with quickly. We are here to help.
Thank you for your continued support and we are looking forward to another interesting, busy and fun term with the children.
Mrs Rebecca Valentine - Class Teacher