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15th June 2020

Hello everyone, we hope you are all safe and well. We can see from Tapestry that you are keeping busy entertaining your children with lots of great activities and stories.

The key workers children are now back at the Whitings Hill site. Some of those younger children are using the nursery room. While it is nice to be back on our own site and in our own room, it feels very strange for us all!

Do have a go at some of the activities we put on for home learning if you haven’t tried them yet. It is important to try and keep the children a little bit engaged in some of the types of activities they would have been doing at nursery. The activities and links will remain on Tapestry and on the website until September so you can access them as and when you like. This term we would have been doing lots of phonic activities with the children who showed an interest in letter sounds. But don’t worry the children will be going through all the sounds and how to blend them to begin to read words when they get into reception. If you would like to gain a deeper understanding of the process used to teach children to read and write, please do take a look at the link for Oxford Owls I have put on Tapestry. There are some explanatory videos on the process, advice on pre reading activities and a guide on how to say the sounds. 

8th June 2020

Hello everyone, we hope you are all safe and well, and thank you to all the people that are regularly uploading things on Tapestry for us to see. It’s a great way to keep in touch and the staff love to see what everyone has been up to!

It is also all the more important now that the final decision not to bring nursery back into school has been made. We will continue to upload activity ideas for those who want to complete activities at home. We put them on Tapestry each week and also on the nursery homework page of the school website. Tapestry also allows us to share activity ideas from parents, with everyone else.

Next week’s activities will be based around PSE (personal and social education) When the children are in nursery we do a lot of activities to develop their skills in PSE, encouraging them to socialise with their peers, and also to talk about and voice their emotions. Some children may be finding this time worrying or confusing and the fact that they cannot mix with their friends makes it really hard for them. To help everyone with this we have found two very good online stories that will facilitate conversations with the children about the present strange situation. (Follow up ideas on Tapestry and the website form Monday.)

One story has ideas of others ways we could express our affection for our friends and ways we could tell them we miss them. The other, deals with the concept of worry. So even if you choose not to complete the follow up activities we set, it’s worth looking at the stories with the children.