Welcome to our St Michael's Early Years Unit!
Nursery Staff - Mrs Sims/ Mrs Dorman/ Mrs Brown
Reception Staff - Miss Vile/ Mrs Hughes
This topic will be looking Advent and how it is a time when we appreciate the love in our lives and prepare to celebrate love becoming a reality in the person of Jesus. Christians at Christmas celebrate the gift of Jesus, given by God as a sign and expression of God’s love. Giving and receiving reflects the truth that all life is given by God and life is given meaning through the gift of Jesus.
Do you want to be my Friend?
Through this topic, the children will be able to look closely at making friends, collaborating and settling in as this is an important part of our learning journey this term!
We will be meeting a new classmate soon and the children will be able to tell you all about this new friend in the following weeks to come.
Nursery - Wednesdays
Reception - Tuesdays
Please can all children come dressed in their PE kits.
Forest Schools/ Outdoor Learning
Nursery - Wednesdays
Reception - Thursdays
Please make sure all children are to bring wellies into the unit. If possible, please label and leave the wellies in school to ensure that weekly sessions can go ahead especially when it is raining!
Snacks / Drinks
Please provide a healthy snack for your child - fruit or veg.
We would like to kindly remind you that we will not allow any special treats (such as pastries/chocolate bars/crisps) as we are promoting healthy eating in school. For health and safety reasons, we also have a number of allergies in our unit and will refuse any nut products to be opened or consumed inside the learning areas.
Please provide a labelled water bottle for your child as we encourage them to drink often throughout the day. We also provide fresh water in our setting which always available for our young learners.
We provide milk for our children in the unit which is consumed during snack time for Nursery and story time for Reception.
If your child has an allergy to dairy, you are welcome to provide an alternative drink (soy, oat etc) which we will keep in our fridge. Please make sure that it is well labelled with your child's name and class.
Sometimes our learners are very busy challenging themselves with an activity and can have an accident. Please make sure your child has spare clothes in their bag or on their peg, especially the Nursery children.
The nursery doors will open at 8.45am and will close promptly at 9am due to the children starting their learning. If you arrive at 9am onwards, you will need to go through the office doors and sign in late.
Please can we remind Reception parents that the side door is open in the morning for the Nursery children and parents to access until 9am. All Reception children will need to walk into the yard.
NATIVITY REMINDER FOR NURSERY PARENTS
Next week will be our Christmas concert.
On Tuesday 10th December, your child will need to stay in school all day so they can take part in the afternoon concert.
Please make sure that your child has a packed lunch or alternatively request and pay for a school dinner at the beginning of the week so that the staff can inform the kitchen staff. As the performance starts at 1.30pm, we are hoping to release your children at 3.30pm (normal pick up time for the rest of the school).
However, if you are watching the afternoon performance, you can collect your child once the performance has ended. Please be patient when we are releasing the children as we would like to make sure that they have all their belongings with them and to make sure that their costumes are ready for the following day.
If you have any queries, please talk to Mrs Sims or any other staff member in the Early Years Unit.
OUR CLASS BEARS
(Starting from the first picture - see above)
Rosie Mike Peggy Paddy
We have been very lucky to have 4 new bears join our Unit this term after making them on our Build A Bear trip.
Every Friday starting from 21st November 2019, the bears will choose a boy and girl from both classes to go home to. The bears will choose the children based on fantastic learning and following the St Michael's Way rules.
The children will love having our class bears and we know you will too!
In the bears' learning journey books, you can write as much or as little as you want. The class teachers have put in an example to show that the bears love having a movie night in or even a quick trip to Tescos. Once the book and bears are back in school each Monday, your child can share their adventures which will promote confidence in talking in front of their peers and develop their communication skills. This is such a fun activity to do with the children and we know they will have lots to say once they have a Bear for the weekend!
Quick Bear reminder
Fridays: Bear goes home with a child.
Saturday and Sunday: Fun weekend with your child!
Mondays: Bear returns to school along with the Learning Journey Book.
Wednesdays: Learning Journey Book to be returned (only if it is not back by the Monday).
Our bears have been made with love by the children, so please make sure they feel plenty of love when they come to you for a visit
We have been busy singing and preparing for our Nativity. The children have been given roles for the concert in which they will need a costume. Please see a member of the EY Unit if you are unsure of what your child is wearing.
The following dates for the foundation phase performances are ...
Monday 9th December at 10.30am (doors open at 10.15am)
Tuesday 10th December at 1.30pm (doors open at 1.15pm)
Wednesday 11th December at 10.30am (doors open at 10.15am)
Please check our Twitter and Home page to see the remaining availability in tickets as they are selling out fast! If you are purchasing tickets, you must make sure the slip and payment is placed in an envelope with your child's class and name on it. Due to the demand in tickets, we can't issue any tickets if you have not payed.
A kind reminder that videos and pictures will NOT be allowed during the concert due to safeguarding reasons. Thank you!
Literacy / PSD
This week we have been exploring Goldilocks and the Three Bears. We have discussed why The Bears felt sad at the end of the story and discussed Goldilocks' behaviour. The children had the opportunity to come up with various ideas on how Goldilocks could say 'sorry' to the bears. We decided to make 'sorry' cards by using our emergent writing skills.
How can you help at home ...
Discuss with your child the story and talk about why it is important to say sorry when something unkind has happened. It is important for our young learners to also understand that we are all learning and that saying sorry is a great way of making our friends and family happy!
This week we have been able to look closely at the concept of 'more'. In Nursery, we have been sharing pizza slices with our new friends (Mike and Rosie). We could see who had 'more' pizza and we even got challenged to compare different amounts.
In Reception, we have looked at 'one more' any given number to 5, 10 and some of us were challenged to 20!
How you can help at home ...
At the dinner table, you can serve food to your family and discuss 'who has more?'. Sharing items or objects with your child will enable them to see an amount getting bigger which will support their addition understanding in the future.
Why not play a fun game where the adults forget the next number? for example, 'What is one more than 5?' Our learners love to be little teachers so why not play along!
Learning Week Beginning 14-10-19
We have been busy learning about ...
Nursery - Drawing a friend and explaining why we love him/her. We have also looked at the story 'Guess How much I love You' to see how love can be stretched to the moon and back!
Reception - Writing a list of the qualities our friends by making a friendship recipe. We have been discussing why we have friends, what friendship means and why we love our friends so much!
How can I help at home … Why not discuss with your child about their friends in school and why they are special to them. Can they draw a picture of them?
Nursery - We have been recognising numbers to 3 and beginning to count using out finger. We have been counting the bears on the bus!
Reception - We have been counting to 5, 10 and 20! We were able to listen to the story 'Handa's Surprise' to see why Handa was bringing special fruit to her friend Akayo. We were able to recognise a number, collect an amount of fruit and check if we were right by counting the amount.
How can I help at home … Why not go on a number hunt in your local area and find numbers in the environment (doors, car reg, shopping aisles...)
Why not ask your child to collect certain amounts of fruit or veg when you go shopping? Can you collect 4 apples? How many red cars can you count? etc.