Nursery Noticeboard

12.6.17

Our focus story is the Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle.

The spider in the story has written to the children asking them to make her some new friends and new homes. The children will be visiting the woodland to complete this activity. We will provide the waterproof clothing but please can you ensure that your child has wellies, clearly labelled with their name. In order to complete Spider’s Challenge, the children will be working in pairs. Hence the focus will be on Personal and Social Development as well as Knowledge and Understanding of the World. Key questions are “What do you think a spider will need in their home?” and “What could a spider’s home look like?”. We will encourage the children to be as creative as possible.

Mathematical Development

  • Talking about/describing 3D shapes learnt so far: cube, cuboid, cylinder, pyramid. Eg. What shapes make a cuboid? What shapes can you see on cylinder?
  • Garden Centre: Recognising coins and matching coins to price tickets. Eg. Using a 10p coin to pay for something that costs 10p.

Welsh

Naming body parts related to a spider:

  • body-corff
  • eyes-llygaid
  • legs-coesau

 

22.5.17

Shape of the Week: Pyramid-How many triangles are in a pyramid?

Welsh: Names of pets-cat/cath, dog/ci, cwningen/rabbit

Learning Experiences this Week:

Dragon Room:

Focus-Read Write Inc; Handwriting (m, a, s, d, t) Numicon (Ordering Numicon Shapes and matching shapes to number cards)

Role Play-Taking on a role in the Vet; Naming pets in Welsh

Finger Gym-Cutting a strip of paper and writing their name on it to make a name card.

Mark Making Table-Drawing a self portrait and writing name underneath.

Maths Area-Practising writing numbers to 10.

I-Pads-Sound recognition and word building games

Computers-Top Marks Website: Counting and number recognition games; Symmetry games

Daffodil Room:

Focus-Retelling the story of The Three Little Pigs using adjectives.

Construction-Can you build a strong house for the 3 Little Pigs?

Dough-Can you use the rolling pins and cutters to make a dinosaur?

Sand/Small World-Children choose different equipment each day.

I-Pads-Sound recognition and word building games

Computers-Top Marks Website: Counting and number recognition games; Symmetry games

Outdoors:

Focus-Introducing the new Garden Centre-Taking on a role.

Focus-Develop understanding of 2 step instructions and following a direction whilst riding a bike on a course.

8.5.17

Shape of the Week-Hexagons and Pentagons: What are the differences?

Learning Experiences this Week

Dragon Room:

Focus-Read Write Inc; Handwriting (m, a, s) Numicon (Ordering Numicon Shapes and matching shapes to number cards)

Role Play-Introducing The Vet and job roles

Finger Gym-Developing scissor skills: Cutting snips, cutting along a line, cutting around a shape

Interactive Whiteboard-Top Marks Website: Counting and number recognition games

Daffodil Room:

Focus-Printing using stamps and paint: Copying and completing patterns

Dough-How many cakes can you make at the bakery?

Sand-Making sand castles using different sized buckets: Comparing 2 buckets in terms of weight/capacity

Mark Making Board-Can you find your name and write it? Can you write someone else’s name by copying their card?

I-Pads-Sound recognition and word building games

Computers-Top Marks Website: Counting and number recognition games

Outdoors:

Focus-Developing balancing skills with rackets and bean bags; Weeding our Garden Plot and looking after the potatoes

25.4.17

Date for your diary: Our Sports Day will be held on Tuesday 16th May @ 1:15pm (weather permitting)

Welsh-Naming colours and responding to “Pa lliw?” (What colour is it?)

Shape of the Week-Pentagons-Counting how many sides?

Learning Experiences this Week

Dragon Room:

Focus-Read Write Inc; Numicon (Ordering Numicon Shapes, matching shapes to number cards, Calculating one more/less)

Reading Den-Introducing a Storytellers Chair and gown to encourage the children to retell stories previously learnt.

Role Play-Drawing pictures/writing a list of what we would need to set up a vet.

Mark making Area-Colouring pictures of animals associated with a vet.

Finger Gym-Practising threading skills and making patterns with 2/3/more colours.

Interactive Whiteboard-Matching pictures, shapes and patterns to develop understanding of symmetry.

Carpet-Completing puzzles of varying difficulty.

Daffodil Room:

Focus-Introducing handwriting books to practise writing sounds learnt so far.

Small World-Setting up a farm and naming the animals and their babies.

Construction-Different set each day: What can you make?

Dough-Using rolling pins and cutters to make animals.

Computers-Top Marks Website: Matching pictures/shapes and patterns to develop understanding of symmetry.

Giant Whiteboard-Practising writing own name.

Outdoors:

Focus-Practising throwing and catching skills in pairs and small groups.

Gardening Area-What’s happening in our potato planters? Watering the potatoes when needed.

27.3.17

Remember…….”Onesie Wednesday” to raise awareness of Autism.

Numeracy Golden Thread-Developing one to one correspondence when counting.

Welsh-1. Responding to “Pwy wyt ti?” (Who are you?) For example………”Mrs Fox ydw i.”

               2. Naming fruits in Welsh.

Shape of the Week-Ovals

Story of the Week-The Ugly Duckling: The children will become storytellers and will learn to tell the story using actions and different voices.

Learning Experiences this Week

Dragon Room:

Focus-Read Write Inc

Finger Gym-Goldilock’Challenge-Can you make a nest for a chick using egg boxes, wool, straw etc.?

Maths Area-Dewi Dragon Challenge-Can you peg the chick numbers onto the washing line in the correct order?

Reading Den-Egg themed stories

Mark Making Area-Practise writing name and sounds learnt so far.

Daffodil Room:

Focus-Looking at the eggs in the incubator-What do you think is inside the eggs?

Dough-Choosing a number card and making that amount of eggs to put in an egg box.

Sand-Money Hunt-How many coins can you collect in your tub?

Construction-Poly M-What can you make?

26.3.17

Read Write Inc-The children have now been assessed on the sounds that they have learnt so far. I will feed back the results during Parent Meetings next week and let you know what the next steps are in their learning.

Numeracy Golden Thread-Developing the concept of “one less” in play activities.

Welsh- 1.Responding to “Pwy wyt ti?” (Who are you?)     For example……”Mrs Fox ydw i.”

                2.Naming fruits in Welsh.

Shape of the Week-Cylinders (tubes)

Learning Experiences this Week

Dragon Room:

Role Play/Cafe-Using a Fruit Menu and saying the names of fruits in Welsh.

Finger Gym-Practise writing m,a,s,d,t and own name.

Mark Making Area-Creating their own Fruit Menus for the Cafe.

Reading Den-Completing a Book Review Sheet: Draw a picture of your favourite character/book.

Daffodil Room:

Sand-A variety of containers and scoops: How many scoops will it take to fill a container?

Fine Motor Tray-Developing pincer grip and hand-eye coordination: Can you rescue the little creatures from Spider’s web using the tweezers?

Creation Station-Can you make a Welsh Dragon by cutting and collaging?

Mark Making Table-Can you find your name card and practise writing your name?

Dough-Can you make a picnic for your favourite story character?

27.2.17

REMEMBER-Wear your Welsh Costume on Wednesday (St David’s Day) and Friday.

REMEMBER-World Book Day on Thursday: Dress up as a character from a story.

REMEMBER-Book Fayre will be held on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

REMEMBER-Pancake Day Stall after school on Tuesday run by the PTA.

This week the children are revising all of the sounds learnt so far……. m a s d t. Please could you do this at home with the sounds cards the children have been given. Remember to say the sound and not the letter name.

Numeracy Golden Thread: Ordering two or more objects in terms of size and developing vocabulary for size. For example-big/small/bigger than/smaller than/ huge/large/tiny etc.

Welsh: Pwy wyt ti? Who are you?     For example-Mrs Fox ydw i.

Learning Experiences this Week

Dragon Room:

Role Play-Story of St David: Building the monastery; Cooking on the fire; Having lessons with his teacher, Paulinus.

Interactive Whiteboard-Top Marks Website: Story of St David and activities.

Reading Den-Introducing Book Review Sheets: Draw a picture of your favourite book/character.

Maths Area-Goldilocks’ Challenge: Can you be the teacher and share a number book with your children.

Mark making Area-Colouring sheets for symbols of Wales.

Daffodil Room:

Water-Making Cawl and singing a song in Welsh.

Sand-Building a Welsh Castle.

Investigation Area-Looking at traditional Welsh Symbols and Costume.

Dough-Currant dough: Making Welsh Cakes.

13.2.17

Our sound of the week is “t”. The children will be bringing home a sound card with the sound on and information for parents (homework to complete with your child). Please display the “t” sound card next to the other sound cards so your child has the opportunity to recall all of the sounds throughout the week. Remember to use only the sound and not the letter name.

Numeracy Golden Thread: Developing the concept of “one less” in play activities.

Welsh: Describing the weather each day and completing Tedi Twt’s Chart.

Learning Experiences this Week

Dragon Room:

Introducing our new “Reading Den” and a Reading Menu for children to choose what they want to read.

Mark Making Area-Writing/drawing menus for the Cafe: Recipe books for inspiration.

Maths Area-Goldilocks’ Challenge: Can you make a Numicon Number Line to show Goldilocks.

Cafe-Saying “diolch”.

Interactive Whiteboard-Practise counting and number recognition through games: Top Marks Website.

Daffodil Room

Mark Making Table-Making a Valentine’s Card.

Dough-Valentine’s Bakery: Using dough to make biscuits/cakes for Valentines and decorating with a selection of toppings.

Investigation Area-Feely Boxes: A selection of objects hidden inside. Discussing vocabulary for texture.

Sand-Wet sand and a selection of moulds: What shapes can you make?

Computers-Practise counting and number recognition through games: Top Marks Website.

6.2.17

Our sound of the week is “d”. The children will be bringing home a sound card with this sound on and information for parents (homework to complete with your child). Please display the “d” sound card next to the other sound cards so your child has the opportunity to recall all of the sounds throughout the week. Remember to use only the sound and not the letter name.

Numeracy Golden Thread: Developing understanding of the concept of “one more” in play activities.

Welsh: Describing the weather each day and completing Tedi Twt’s Chart.

Learning Experiences this week

Dragon Room:

Finger Gym-Developing hand eye coordination and pincer grip by threading different sized beads onto laces. Encouraging the children to make patterns when threading: red bead, blue bead, green bead and repeat.

Interactive Whiteboard-Top Marks Website-Matching amounts of objects with the correct numbers.

Reading Corner- Discussing ideas for our new “Reading Den”.

Mark Making Area-Encourage recognition and writing of sounds learnt so far-m, a, s, d

Daffodil Room:

Focus-Painting a special picture as a gift for Valentine’s Day.

Water-Setting up an Aquarium: How many fish can you catch in your nets?; Discussing size and colours of fish

Investigation Table-Feely Boxes: Discussing textures and developing vocabulary for texture eg. hard/soft, sticky, prickly, rough/smooth etc.

Dough Table-Making 2D shapes with shape cutters; Printing with 3D shapes: Naming and discussing properties of shapes eg. how many sides?

Mark Making Table/Board-Encourage the writing of numbers and sounds learnt so far: cards for children to copy.

30.1.17

Our sound of the week is “s”. The children will be bringing home a display card with this sound on and information for parents (homework to complete with your child). Please display the “s” card next to the “m” and “a” cards so your child has the opportunity to recall all of the sounds throughout the week. Remember to use only the sound and not the letter name.

Numeracy Golden Thread: Developing number recognition and to relate a number to its quantity.

Welsh: Describing the weather each day and completing Tedi Twt’s Weather Chart.

Learning Experiences this week

Dragon Room:

Focus-Looking at a photograph of the classroom: Identifying areas, drawing objects in each area and discussing likes and dislikes.

Finger Gym-Joining dots/follow arrows to write numbers.

Dewi Dragon’s Challenge-Can you be the teacher and teach the weather in Welsh to your children using the Tedi Twt Cards?

Goldilocks’ Challenge-Can you put the correct amount of sweets in the bags for the Sweet Shop?; Can you play Sweet Shop and give the correct amount of pennies when buying a bag of sweets?

Mark Making Area-Practising writing “m”, “a” and “s”; Sound bags to identify objects beginning with “m”, “a” and “s”.

Interactive Whiteboard-Putting the numbers in the correct order to complete the dragon’s body.

Daffodil Room-Chinese New Year Theme:

Sand-Lucky Money: Can you put the correct amount of coins into an envelope?

Dough-Fortune Cookies: Can you choose a number and make that amount of Fortune Cookies for the feast? Write a little message to go inside.

Fine Motor Tray-Oodles of Noodles: Can you use the chopsticks to fill the bowls with noodles (lengths of wool and ribbon)?

Creation Station-Making a Chinese Dragon: Folding strips of paper to make the body and then adding a head and tail.

Mark Making Area-Can you copy Chinese Numbers using charcoal pencils?

23.1.17

Our sound of the week is “a”. The children will be bringing home a display card with this sound on and information for parents (homework to complete with your child). Please display the “a” card next to the “m” card so your child has the opportunity to recall both sounds throughout the week. Remember to use only the sound at home and not the letter name.

Our story of the week is Tedi Twt a’r Tywydd (Tedi Twt and the Weather). In the story Tedi Twt teaches the children how to describe the weather in Welsh.

Numeracy Golden Thread: Developing number recognition and to relate a number to its respective quantity.

Learning Experiences this week

Dragon Room:

  • Focus-Making a number line up to 10 using Numicon. Discussing how the numbers/shapes get bigger as you move along the line and identifying the biggest/smallest number.
  • Mark making Area-Practising writing “m” and “a”; Sound bags: What things begin with “m” and “a”?
  • Goldilocks’ Challenge-Can you use your pencil to follow the dotted lines?
  • Interactive Whiteboard-Counting and number recognition games.
  • Role Play-Taking on a role in the Cafe and wearing a medal to show what the role is.
  • Dewi Dragon Challenge-Can you be the teacher and use the cards to teach your children the weather?

Daffodil Room:

  • Focus-Practising writing “m” in shaving foam.
  • Water-Practising pouring and sieving little objects to develop counting and number recognition skills.
  • Fine-motor Tray-Developing pincer grip and hand eye coordination by poking straws through the holes in upside down colanders.
  • Creation Station-Choosing items from the Pic n Mix to decorate a crown/tiara to go on the Royal Coach/Stage.
  • Dough-Developing sound recognition: Making the sounds on the cards using dough?
  • Investigation Table-Sorting a variety of materials.
  • Computers-Counting and number recognition games.

16.1.17

This week we will be beginning Read Write Inc. This a program which teaches children to read and write. The program is written by Ruth Miskin and details can be found on line by googling Ruth Miskin or Read Write Inc. As always, if you would like to speak me about the program, please do so and I am happy to answer any questions. In Read Write Inc the children learn sounds first so please remember to only use the sound at home and not the letter name. In the beginning the children will be learning one sound each week. This week the sound is “m” and the children will be bringing home a display card with this sound on and information for parents (homework to complete with your child). Learning the sound of the week will now be nursery homework each week as well as Library.

When the children have be taught 5 sounds we will assess them to see which sounds they can remember. If they remember all 5 sounds, they will learn to make/read words containing these sounds. I will update you on your child’s progress during the next Parents’ Meeting.

Learning Experiences this week

Dragon Room:

  • Mark Making Area-Practising writing “m”; Sound bag: What things begin with “m”?
  • Goldilocks’ Challenge-Can you put the correct amount of buttons on the snowmen?
  • Finger Gym-Making tickets for the Royal Coach: Cutting strips of paper and writing numbers to show the price.
  • Interactive Whiteboard-Counting and number recognition games.
  • Role Play-Taking on a role in the Cafe and wearing a medal to show what the role is.

Daffodil Room:

Wet Sand-Making sandcastles using different sized buckets and spades.

Mark Making Board & Table-Making flags for the castles using sticky labels and lollipop sticks.

Dough Table-Rolling dough to make numbers.

Computers-Counting and number recognition games.

Outdoors:

  • See 9.1.17

Numeracy Golden Thread:

To recognise numbers 0 to 5 (and beyond if capable) and relate a number to its respective quantity.

9.1.17

Our story of the week is The Tiger who came to Tea.

Learning Experiences this week

Dragon Room:

  • Focus-Writing/drawing a menu for when Tiger comes to tea at their house.
  • Book Corner-Copies of the story and tiger masks for the children to have a go at retelling the story independently.
  • Finger Gym-Making tea: Spooning loose tea into miniature tea sets.
  • Taking on a role in the cafe-waiter/waitress, chef, customer

Daffodil Room:

  • Focus-Making a plate of food for tiger using items in the Creation Station.
  • Water-Making tea for Tiger using a variety of cups, jugs, tea pots. Adding sparkles and colouring to the water.
  • Dough-Making food for Tiger using a variety of utensils.
  • Making tickets for the Royal Coach outdoors.
  • Investigation Area-Sorting materials and identifying things made of wood, plastic and metal.

Outdoors:

Fairy Tale Theme/Tiger Theme

  • Buying tickets at the Ticket Station to ride on the Royal Coach.
  • Royal Coach
  • Stage-Dressing up as a character from a fairy tale.
  • Kitchen-Making a plate of food for Tiger using natural resources.

Construction-Building a castle/home/den for Tiger or a fairy tale character.

Our shapes of the week are squares and rectangles. Please look for things that are these shapes around your home and in the outdoor environment.

Numeracy Golden Thread-To count reliably up to 5 objects (AND BEYOND if capable).

IMPORTANT: Both Nursery classes, AM and PM need a parent representative. This person needs to be willing to liaise with the PTA and to keep Nursery parents informed about current PTA events. Please come and chat with me if you’re interested.

Happy New Year everyone!

Cath Fox

 

 

 

21.11.16

Story Time:

Our story this week is Tedi Twt ar y Fferm-Tedi Twt on the Farm. The story introduces the children to the names of farm animals in Welsh, encourages them to to say “how are you?” in Welsh-Sut wyt ti? and to respond.

wedi blino-tired

da iawn diolch-very well thank you

bendigedig-wonderful

gweddol-ok

hapus-happy

drist-sad

Learning Experiences this week:

  • Puppet Show-Taking on the role of one of the animals in the story and communicating in Welsh-See above
  • Opening of the Christmas Grotto in class
  • Developing cutting skills through making tickets for Santa’s Grotto
  • Sand-Setting up a farm and role playing with the animals in Welsh-See above
  • Creation Station-Making hedgehogs using oak leaves
  • Dough-Currant dough-Making currant buns and singing 5/10 Currant Buns in a Baker’s Shop-Encourage counting backwards.
  • Practise singing songs for our Christmas Concert.

Numeracy Golden Thread: To compare and order numbers to at least 5.

Shape of the Week: Square

Important-Costumes for our concert need to be in on Friday 

14.11.16

Learning Experiences this week:

  • Playing a game to develop turn taking and counting skills.
  • Talking about how we feel and relating facial expressions to feelings.
  • Welsh-Responding to Sut wyt ti? (How are you?)
  • Dough: Rolling dough, cutting out a circle shape and using a selection of resources to make a face.
  • Intercative Whiteboard-Counting with Artt-Counting how many things Artt paints and then finding the correct number.
  • Finger Gym-Practising cutting on strips of paper to make tickets for Santa’s Grotto; Pic n mix-Picking out the number of sweets that it says on the bowl using tweezers and pegs.
  • Water: Fishing to find the matching Numicon shape.
  • Elf Train-Introducing a hot chocolate and ticket station; Gloves for the elves to encourage matching and self help skills; Blankets and ear muffs to keep warm on the journey.

Numeracy Golden Thread: To compare and order numbers to at least 5.

Shape of the Week: Circles-Relate to shapes on faces.

8.11.16

Thank you to all the parents who attended the Read Write Inc meeting today.  Please find the link below to the Ruth Miskin website where you will find all the resources mentioned in the meeting.

http://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/parents/

We are unable to attach a link to the actual Powerpoint used, sorry, due to copyright reasons.

Weekly Update 7.11.16

We are continuing with the story, The Three Billy Goats Gruff and the children have been sent a letter from Farmer James at Apple Tree Farm. Farmer James writes that the troll has been spotted again spying on the goats in his farm and he wants to let other farmers know that their goats are not safe. Farmer James is asking the children to make posters to warn others farmers and goats that the troll is back.

Other activities this week:

  • Painting Area-Colour mixing grey to paint the troll’s face.
  • Maths Area-Following a recipe to make Troll Stew.
  • Playdough-Rolling sausages and putting them in a frying pan: Singing 10 fat sausages sizzling in a pan.
  • Mark Making Areas-Drawing pictures of fireworks; Colouring Autumn pictures using Autumn colours.
  • Finger Gym-Making elastic pumpkins: Developing pincer grip to wrap elastic bands around baby pumpkins.
  • New for outdoors:
  1. Dressing up as elves and riding on the Elf Train to the Elf Work Shop ( Shed).
  2. Stage-Nativity costumes and practising songs for our Christmas Show.
  3. Kitchen-Making food for woodland animals or the troll.
  4. Construction-Building dens for woodland animals or the troll.

Numeracy Golden Thread-Counting a number of objects accurately.

Shape of the week-Triangles: Please look for triangle shapes around your house and in the outdoor environment.

Weekly Update 31.10.16

Story Time:

This week the children will be learning the story, The Three Billy Goats Gruff. They will be retelling the story using actions and different voices.

Learning Experiences this Week:

  • Role playing the story using puppets, costumes and a troll bridge!
  • Mark Making Areas-Making paths for the three billy goats; Drawing pumpkins
  • Dough: Rolling balls to make pumpkins.
  • Creation Station: Collage a pumpkin using natural materials.
  • Water Play: Making Witches’ Brew.
  • Interactive Whiteboard: Story of the Three Billy Goats Gruff.
  • I-Pads-Experimenting with drawing programs.
  • Investigation Area: Exploring and naming Autumn artefacts and talking about textures.

Numeracy Link: Talking about size-Relate to the sizes of the goats in the story.

Weekly Update: 17.10.16

Story Time:

This week I am introducing the children to a Welsh Story called Tedi Twt yn Siopa (Tedi Twt goes to the Shops). Tedi twt is a little teddy in the story. The story teaches the children the sentence pattern “Ga i…..plis?” (Can I have a ………please?)

Learning Experiences this Week:

  • Outdoor Kitchen: Making lunch for Tedi Twt and using “Ga i….plis?” to ask for something.
  • Cwtch Cymraeg: Tedi Twt story sack-Items for the story placed into a sack with Tedi Twt to encourage the children to retell the story and use the new sentence pattern.
  • Goldilocks’ Challenge: Can you build a tower that is taller than Baby/Mummy/Daddy Bear?
  • Dough-Numicon printing
  • Painting Area-Learning how to print using Autumn leaves and colours.
  • Investigation Area-Looking at a selection of autumn leaves and discussing colour, size, shape and texture.
  • I-pads: Introducing a drawing programme.
  • Computers and Interactive Whiteboard: Counting and number recognition games using the Top Marks Website.

If you have any concerns, please come and speak to a member of Nursery Staff. Please do not attach comments to this page.

Kind regards,

Cath Fox

Fortnightly Update: 3.10.16 & 10.10.16

Our theme for the next 2 weeks is The Three Little Pigs. The children will be learning to tell the story using different voices and actions. There will also be a variety of activities for the children to choose based on our theme.

  • Construction Area-Using a variety of construction equipment to build houses
  • Book Corner-Puppets to retell the story
  • Joining in with the story using the interactive whiteboard
  • Finger Gym-How many bugs can you pick out of the Wolf’s stew using pegs and tweezers?
  • House-Dressing up as pigs or the wolf
  • Painting-Mixing red and white to make pink and painting a pig face

Our library will begin on Friday 7th October. The children will bring home a letter with their library book explaining our system.

We are in the process of assessing the children in order to complete their Foundation Phase Profiles. I will share the assessments with you during the November Parents’ Meetings.

If you have any concerns or questions, please come and speak to a member of Nursery Staff. (Please do not attach comments to this message.)

Kind regards,

Cath Fox, Nursery Teacher

 

 

 

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