Nursery Diary

Monday 19th – Thursday 29th March

We are delighted to once again have full use of all of our rooms! Our choice board activities and small group support will restart immediately after the Easter holidays.
Our planned learning will continue this week and next.

In Literacy we have noticed lots of interest from the children in mark-making, with some beginning to write letters, or shapes which resemble letters. We will be enhancing opportunities across the nursery to allow them to explore letters, their shapes and the sounds they make.

Our words of the week this week are ‘biggest’ and ‘smallest’, and so in our maths opportunities, we will be exploring size, encouraging the children to identify the biggest and smallest item in a group or collection.

We have some exciting sensory play planned for the next couple of weeks, and so in Science, we will be supporting the children to recognise their senses and link these to the parts of the body that help us to experience these sensations.

With Easter nearly upon us already, we will begin to explore some of the stories and customs related to this, and the importance of this festival in Christian peoples’ lives.

• REMEMBER – Tempest photography are taking group photos of preschool children on Tuesday 20th March from 10am.

Nursery Diary

Friday 23rd February- Thursday 1st March

With all of our recent upheaval due to our building work, we have noticed that our children need some extra support to follow rules and routines, and to take care of our nursery belongings. We have had a great number of toys and resources broken over the last few weeks.
We are going to spend time reinforcing the importance of taking care of toys and resources, and ask for your support in this. We will be discussing this at toothbrushing time and throughout our interactions across the nursery rooms.
In the block play room, there has been a lot of interest in measuring, and we are going to continue to extend this through play this week.

With our recent return to the Quiet Room, we will be supporting the children with how to use the ‘loose parts’ resources and to keep voices low and behaviour calm in this room.

Across the nursery, we have noticed an interest in letters and numbers, and we will be providing lots of opportunities across the nursery to explore these further.

All staff will spend time observing the children’s play, looking for popular themes to allow us to expand on interests and extend learning through opportunities linked to current interests.

* Remember – it is World Book Day this THURSDAY
* Our building work should be completed in the next few days. Thank you for your support during this challenging time!

Nursery Diary

Friday 26th January – Thursday 1st February

The children are continuing to enjoy our focus on traditional tales. We are going to continue to use these as a basis for our new focus – sharing our likes and dislikes about different stories. Adults will be modelling this and encouraging the children to share their opinions.
Our maths focus will be on counting collections. Our children have been showing an interest in counting during their play, and we will be providing resources and opportunities to support this.
In Health and Wellbeing, we will be continuing to think about friendship, caring, sharing, fairness and equality. As we work with our friends we will be working on learning their names.
As we have had so many different types of weather recently, the children have shown an interest in discussing and exploring this. We will continue to encourage this as we learn outside in different weather, linkng it to how the weather makes us feel. Some of our bulbs are growing in the garden and we will look at this, linking it to the seasons.

*Eye tests for preschool children will take place this week on Monday and Tuesday.
*Maintenance work on our ceilings is ongoing for the time being. Thank you for your continued support and understanding and please continue to bear with us!

Nursery Diary

Friday 18th – Thursday 25th January

Our traditional tales have been very popular! This will continue to be our literacy focus, alongside some Scots language stories as we celebrate Robert Burns’ birthday on Thursday.
Our maths focus will continue to be on sorting. We will be exploring a range of shapes and objects that we can collect, sort and be creative with. This is an important stage in understanding shape.
In Health and Wellbeing, we will be thinking about friendship, caring, sharing, fairness and equality our new friends settle in to nursery. We will do this through discussion as we play.
Our Social Studies focus continue to be on making choices in our play. We will be supporting each other in choosing where we work, how we work and who we work with across the nursery. This is important for encouraging independent working and thinking, as well as developing social skills and enquiry learning.
To celebrate Robert Burns’ birthday on Thursday, we will be eating traditional Scottish foods, reading some stories and poems in Scots, singing some Scottish songs and dressing up in tartan.
*Maintenance work on our ceilings is ongoing for the time being. Thank you for your continued support and understanding and please continue to bear with us!

Nursery Diary

Friday 12th – Thursday 18th January

In literacy this week we will be reading traditional and favourite tales. We have chosen this focus as we have noticed lots of children choosing to dress up in robes and make crowns, as well as showing an interest in reading traditional tales. The children will be encouraged to re-enact these stories in their play, using props and taking on the roles of the characters.
Our maths focus will be on sorting. We will be exploring a range of shapes and objects that we can collect, sort and be creative with. This is an important stage in understanding shape.
In Health and Wellbeing, we will be thinking about friendship, caring, sharing, fairness and equality as we welcome our new friends in to nursery. We will do this through discussion as we play.

Our Social Studies focus will be on making choices in our play. We will be supporting each other in choosing where we work, how we work and who we work with across the nursery. this is important for encouraging independent working and thinking, as well as developing social skills and enquiry learning.
*Maintenance work on our ceilings is ongoing for the time being. Thank you for your continued support and understanding and please continue to bear with us!

Nursery Diary

Friday 17th – Thursday 23rd November

In literacy this week we will be continuing to focus on mark-making opportunities across the nursery. We will be using a range of materials to make marks and talking about what our marks mean or represent.

Our Maths focus continues to be on exploring the routines and events in our world and exploring clocks and calendars, linking to seasonal change and darker nights.

In Health and Wellbeing, we will be continuing to focus on friendship, caring, sharing and showing respect for ourselves and others. We will be encouraging good manners and positive interactions. We will be talking about how to solve disagreements with our friends.

In Science we will be spending time exploring the sky and space. We will be looking at the sun, moon and stars and linking this to the seasons and darker nights.

 

Nursery Diary

Friday 3rd – Thursday 9th November

In literacy this week we will be continuing to familiarise ourselves with our new approach to ‘word of the week’ through stories. We will have activities throughout the nursery linked to our words ‘scrub’ and ‘squirt’. These are taken from ‘Tigers Love to Say Goodnight’. We will be exploring this story and the language used in it.

Our Maths focus will continue to be on the concept of number. We will be trying to recognise numbers and use them in conversation through play, as well as counting and ordering them.

In Health and Wellbeing, we will be continuing to focus on encouraging the children to make choices using our choice boards and throughout the different play spaces available to them.

The children have been very interested in fireworks – even more so now that most have them have seen/hear fireworks. We will continue to explore this theme, linking it to darker nights and seasonal change.

 

Nursery Diary

Friday 27th October – Thursday 2nd November

In literacy this week we will be starting our new approach to ‘word of the week’ through stories. We will have activities throughout the nursery linked to our words ‘swirl’ and ‘chatter’. These are taken from ‘Tigers Love to Say Goodnight’. We will be exploring this story and the language used in it.

Our Maths focus this week be on the concept of number. We will be trying to recognise numbers and use them in conversation through play, as well as counting and ordering them.

In Health and Wellbeing, we will be focusing on encouraging the children to make choices using our choice boards and throughout the different play spaces available to them.

With Halloween and Bonfire Night both coming up this week, there will be lots of different art and play experiences available linked to these festivals.

Our Parents’ Group Coffee Morning is this Friday at 10.30am. We look forward to seeing you there!