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Welcome to the first term at Edward the Elder Nursery for this academic year!
We, the nursery staff, hope that you had a wonderful summer break. We are pleased to be able to welcome new children to Nursery this term. As always, we will work hard to ensure that all pupils are settled, safe and happy. We are looking forward to the learning and fun to begin again! I hope this letter will inform you of all you need to know for the term ahead.
Continuing to support the children in Nursery this term will be myself Miss Lockley (Class Teacher).
We welcome back Mrs Smith, who will support our morning sessions.
We also welcome Miss Carrington, who will support both morning and afternoon sessions.
Mrs Houlston will support welcoming in the children arriving to an afternoon session.
Miss Housden, Mrs Harris and Miss Collins will also be on hand in Reception to offer support and a familiar, friendly face for you children.
And of course, Mrs Evans will continue to lead the phase and will be on hand to support both children and families when needed.
Learning at Nursery and Home
We have some new fantastic topics planned for this term. Our learning will be based around a theme titled ‘Tell Me A Story’. We will start the topic by learning about fairy tales and other well-loved stories. We will explore how to hold a book, how to turn pages, retelling stories and describing characters. We will develop a love of books!
We have lots of exciting learning ahead of us, beginning new skills and developing skills from across the curriculum.
Children will continue to learn Communication and Language skills with Floppy’s Phonics. A reminder that you are welcome to log into Oxford Owl to access Level 1 Floppy’s phonics to consolidate this learning at home. New passwords will be sent home in the coming weeks.
Children will continue to visit characters from ‘Ten Town’ in Maths, securing number 0-3 and beyond when ready. This includes recognising numerals and quantity, subitising and much more! Again, a reminder you are welcome to access Ten Town from home using your passwords. New passwords will be sent home in the coming weeks.
All children will have a log in to Purple mash, a website we use to enhance and support learning. You can log in to this as and when you wish. Children will on occasion be set tasks using this programme to complete at home. New passwords will be sent home in the coming weeks.
In Nursery we love to read and understand its importance to children’s progress, with this in mind, pupils will continue to have an opportunity to borrow a library book weekly from our own library in Nursery. Our current children are really enjoying sharing books with their families.
Sharing Together Journals
New children will soon be receiving a ‘Sharing Together Journal’ to share experiences. They will be a wonderful keepsake of your child’s journey. Thank you so much to our current families for your efforts during Summer Term in Sharing Together Journals – they are looking fantastic! We kindly ask for you to continue to add to them. We feel that it has worked well for staff to update the books during term time and send them home during holidays. As always though feel free to add to the journals as and when you wish to, sharing special days or achievements. Feel free to request your child’s book from the Nursery staff whenever you wish.
PE will continue to take place once a week (Tuesday). PE lessons will be taught by Mrs Harper and will cover a range of skills. Please ensure your child is prepare with the correct black PE pumps to keep in school. It is important your child becomes independent in putting on and taking off shoes, where possible. Please can we remind parents that jewellery should not be worn in school, with the exception of stud earrings, and in line with Health and Safety guidelines these too should not be worn on PE days. Children may be asked to remove earrings before PE sessions. Long hair should also be tied back.
It is always useful for you children to bring with them a little bag of spare clothing, all of which should be labelled with a name.
To continue our previous learning on keeping our bodies healthy we kindly ask that children continue to bring a water bottle with them each day, again labelled with a name.
It would be appreciated if all belongings, including coats, bags, pumps, wellies, clothing, bottles are all labelled with your child’s full name and class, this supports your child and us when looking after their belongings.
Please ensure you have informed the School Office with any updated information, such as medical information change of phone numbers or addresses.
A reminder that if your child is asthmatic and/or uses an inhaler, please ensure an in-date inhaler and spacer is in school at all times, as with any medication.
Thank you to our families who are using the Arbour App. Please ask at the office if you need any support setting this up as we use this to send important communications.
Nursery is an especially important year and we look forward to one which is full of learning and progress. If you have any questions/queries now or throughout the year, please do not hesitate to speak to us, either after school or by making an appointment via the school office. Thank you for your continued support.
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