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27th January 2021

Hi everyone, we hope you are all keeping safe and well.We are seeing some lovely things on Tapestry, so don’t forget to take a look at the photos on the friends gallery of some of the things the children have put on their journals. Please do take a look with your child,talk to them about nursery and let them see their friends! If you haven’t put anything on Tapestry yet, please do try. Just a photo every couple of weeks means we can send an individual message back to the children, and their friends can see them on the gallery. A few parents have been asking about phonics teaching this week. Please don’t worry about this, you know your child, if they are ready and showing interest encourage them, the oxford owl site has a very good section for parents on phonic teaching, (link below). But please don’t feel anxious that the children will be missing out, they won’t. We start the structured phonic teaching in the last term of nursery and those children that are not ready then will start it in reception. The most important aspect of learning to read is curiosity and enthusiasm! If you read stories,talk to your children, let them see you reading and writing and develop an awareness of print around them they will soon get it. It is very helpful in developing these skills if they see them in action! So help them become aware of letters and words by pointing out some of the letters in their names in text or on shop fronts, TV programme's occasionally. Remember to say the letter sound and not the name. (demo link below) Talk like a robot using the sounds sometimes! C-a-n y-ou s-i-t d-ow-n let the children try this. Write some simple notes in front of them, sounding out what you are writing so they can hear you and see you using a pen. Just little things enable them to see the purpose of letters and numbers and motivate them to learn.

21st January 2021

Hello again, we hope you are all keeping safe and well. We are seeing some lovely things on Tapestry so we are going to start doing a Friends Gallery on there once a week. We will put some of the photos that the children have put on their journals into the gallery for everyone to see. Please do take a look with your child, talk to them about nursery and let them try to name some of their friends in the photos. The children can then keep us in mind, and when they can come back it won’t be such a big transition!

If you haven’t put anything on Tapestry yet, please do try. Just a photo every couple of weeks means we can send an individual message back to the children, and their friends can see them on the gallery.

I am going to put some useful web addresses on here and I will also put the links on Tapestry. If the children were in nursery now they would be doing lots of counting, looking at numbers, solving simple number problems, finding shapes in objects and the environment around them, beginning to become aware that letters are used to communicate language, starting to develop curiosity for letter sounds. Some of these sites will help with these things. It is very helpful in developing these skills if they see them in action! So, count out loud sometimes when you are doing something so they hear you using number, write some simple notes in front of them, sounding out what you are writing so they can hear you and see you using a pen. Just little things enable them to see the purpose of letters and numbers and motivate them to learn.

14th January 2021

Hi everyone, we hope you are all doing well, thank you for all the lovely things you are putting on Tapestry for us to see. We are all fine but missing the children!
Please make sure you have completed your child’s 2021 reception place application…closing date tomorrow!
We have seen lots of lovely zoos the children have been making this week, some great ordering by size, lovely storytelling, great counting and some brilliant writing. It has been so cold and wet recently, all this home learning is obviously going to be that much harder this time because we don’t have the lovely weather we had last time. But we can see that everyone is doing a great job and despite everything rising to the challenge. We love to see those happy little faces on Tapestry so please keep putting photos on.
We hope you are enjoying the activity ideas we put up for the children but please don’t feel obliged to do all the activities if the children are not keen. It is more important that you just spend some time playing imaginative games with them, counting games, dancing, making music, shape hunts, paint, cook, knead some dough, dress up, read stories poems and rhymes, make up nonsense rhymes, play I spy games, draw, throw and catch balls, kick balls, find things from nature in the garden or on your daily walk, observe natural things from your windows, talk to them and sing songs with them, and don’t forget to send us your photos of them having fun with you on Tapestry. There are lots of things online and on the BBC that will keep the children entertained and learning at the same time. If you and your children find something you really enjoy do let us know through Tapestry and we can share it with everyone.

4th January 2021

Hi everyone, Happy New Year! We hope you are all safe and well in these difficult times.  We will be doing our best to stay in touch. Newsletters will continue to be sent out to you on Fridays so we can at least keep you updated. Tapestry is also available for staying in touch, weekly challenges will be put onto Tapestry, and onto the website, so parents can meet attempt these with their children and post photos for us to see and comment on. Some parents have done this already last year! So we have seen some great things happening at home! You can post ideas of successful activities you have discovered on there as well, and if you write ‘for sharing’ in the comment box we could post them onto the tapestry journals of all the children.

There is sometimes a perception that nursery children are young and it doesn’t matter if they miss nursery. This is far from true. Your child is in a crucial stage of learning development. (See lower box *) So please do set aside two or three fifteen minute sessions over the day. Use the challenges we set as a base for your teaching and add your own ideas, play imaginative games with them, counting games, shape hunts, paint, cook, dress up, read stories poems and rhymes, make up nonsense rhymes, play I spy games, draw, throw and catch balls, kick balls, find things from nature in the garden or on your daily walk, observe natural things from your windows, talk to them and sing songs with them. The list is endless and the best part is you will have fun too! We do, that’s why we all love working in the nursery and why we miss all the children. So don’t forget to send us your photos on Tapestry so we can see them. Take care, see you all on Tapestry!

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