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Nursery Curriculum

Our Nursery class follows a Reggio Emilia inspired emergent curriculum with opportunities for individual and group projects to arrise. We use the 'Talk for Writing' approach to dive deep into one focus text per term.

We follow the 'Development Matters' framework for learning as per the Department of Education.

Our students vary in age and abilities, therefore our two year old children follow the same curriculum as our 3-4 year old children however, their learning journey is realised through a heavier focus on scematic play.

 

 

Thursday 26th March - Nursery News

Dear parents and carers,

It is with great sadness that I am writing to let you know that Miss Bray will be leaving us at the end of this term since her VISA to work in the UK has expired and cannot be renewed.

Miss Bray has been a fabulous member of the team bringing compassion, a love of the outdoors and an Aussie twang into all she does.  The Nursery children have been truly blessed to have her as their teacher with her singing and her love of dancing in puddles.  We wish Miss Bray all the best as she finds her new path and send with her all our love.  

From next term, Nursery will be taught by Mrs Orife on Mondays and Tuesdays supported by Miss France and by Mrs Cosgrove on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays - again, supported by Miss France.  Reception will be taught full-time by Mrs McAdden supported by Miss Bradshaw.

All kind regards,

Sarah.

Nursery Songs - 31st March 2020

We love singing in Nursery. This link takes you to a playlist of some of our favourites. Enjoy!

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5d_huHeFSBJHbzeHA5EXcn-l7276qvsB

Home Learning (30th March - 2nd April 2020)

Literacy

Fox Group

Please see guide video: https://youtu.be/zUHSqrBMVqY 

Have a look at the Little Old Woman & Little Old Man, Gingerbread Man and the Fox. What do they look like on the outside? Do they look like nice people? Then have a think about what they feel like on the inside. Are they happy? Angry?
Story map - Use the guide in the video to see if you can tell the story verbally and using pictures!

Do you have any other stories with foxes in them?

Squirrel Group

Please see guide video: https://youtu.be/SPRESYBUzu8 

Please read one different book each day. Encourage your child to hold the book, turn the pages and finish the book.

You can extend their thinking by asking "Can you tell me what is happening in this picture" and "Can you tell me more?"

Maths

Please see guide video: https://youtu.be/T_m1VfdesgA 

Fox Group: Please use the pizza shape resource sheet from home learning packs. Make shapes using match sticks from home learning packs. What shapes can you see around the home?

Squirrel Group and Fox Group: Shape colouring/drawing using the frameworks suggested in the video.

Phonics

Please see guide video: https://youtu.be/266Z8Az9h7c 

Fox Group and Squirrel Group: Games on PhonicsPlay website (site free until 31st March) - https://new.phonicsplay.co.uk/resources/phase/1  

Incy Wincy Spider puppet - Which words rhyme?

Fox Group: Can you help Zoe the Zookeeper name the new baby animals at the Zoo?
Zoe likes names that use alliteration (when two words start with the same sound).
So far, Zoe had thought of Charlie the Chimpanzee and Leo the Lion. Can you think of alliterating names for:

- Seal
- Tiger
- Hedgehog
- Kangaroo

Once you have finished, you might feel like drawing the baby animals or making a zoo using your blocks or Lego.

R.E

Please see guide video: https://youtu.be/RQDVfFg6Gsg

Fox Group: Bunny Hop finger control activity

Squirrel Group and Fox Group: Easter chick shape collage, look out your window or go for a walk to find some fresh spring flowers. Remember to thank God for the bountiful Earth and for the beauty and wonders of Spring.

Extra: If you have some bits and bobs around the house, maybe you could make an Easter themed hat.

Please photograph your child's work and upload to Tapestry by 3pm Thursday 2nd April 2020.

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Friday 27th March 2020 - Home Learning Catch Up Day

Fox and Squirrel Groups

Hi Everyone! Please take today to catch up on any activities that you may not have had time to finish this week. Moving forward, all Fridays will be catch up days. If you would like to post what you do today on Tapestry to stay in touch then please feel free to do so.

Special message from Miss Bray and Grizzles here: https://youtu.be/srYf3EGTL-Q

As something a bit different, I am recommending watching the stream of 'Peter and the Wolf' by the Royal Ballet at the Royal Opera House which will be streamed tonight at 7pm on the Royal Opera House's Youtube channel and can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/royaloperahouse

Have a lovely and safe weekend!

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Thursday 26th March 2020 - Home Learning

Morning prayer:

Hands together, think of somethign to put love in your heart.... catch the love! Let's send it to God in our prayer.

"In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, amen. Dear God, we are sorry for the times that we aren't so kind, and so we keep you in our minds, and thank you for your endless love, and forgiveness from above. In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, amen."

Fox Group (Green manilla folders - 3-4 year olds)

Please see guide video: https://youtu.be/n6VnzavJzvQ

Maths: Making groups/number problems with glass gems. 

Literacy: Character analysis - What do the little old woman, the little old man, the Gingerbread Man and the Fox look like on the outside? (Revisit the Powerpoint version of the story from Monday to help you)

Phonics: Any Phase 1 game from phonics play website - https://new.phonicsplay.co.uk/resources/phase/1 

(login free for March Username: march20,Password: home)

Other: Gingerbread Man tracing sheet

RE: Stained glass window colouring or animal colouring or drawing whilst listening to Taize https://youtu.be/go1-BoDD7CI

Squirrel Group (Brown manilla folders - 2 year olds)

Please see guide video: https://youtu.be/MxHffDr-eg8

Maths: Coloured bears - can you label the colours?

Literacy: Listen to "That's not my dolly...". Choose your favourite doll or toy. What does it feel like?

Phonics: This is primarily for the older children but definitely give it a go! Any Phase 1 game from phonics play website - https://new.phonicsplay.co.uk/resources/phase/1 

(login free for March Username: march20,Password: home)

RE: Stained glass window colouring or animal colouring or drawing whilst listening to Taize https://youtu.be/go1-BoDD7CI

Please photograph your child's work and email to nursery@st-annes.reading.sch.uk AND rfrance@st-annes.reading.sch.uk by 3pm.

Wednesday 25th March 2020 - Home Learning

Morning prayer:

Put your hands together, put some love in your heart and catch it!

"In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, amen. God our Father I come to say, 'thank-you' for your love today. Thank you for my family, and all the friends you give to me. Guard me in the dark of night, and in the morning send your light. In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, amen"

Fox Group (Green manilla folders - 3-4 year olds)

Please see guide video: https://youtu.be/cwyMb0y5du8

Maths: Using the glass gems, make small groups of between 5 and 10. Mix the colours up...is there still the same amount of gems all together if they are different colours?

Literacy: Last day of reading and learning 'The Gingerbread Man'.

Phonics: Make one instrument from the muscycle kit.

Other: Nature Walk Scavenger Hunt - Only if you have a safe place to do so.

Squirrel Group (Brown manilla folders - 2 year olds)

Please see guide video: https://youtu.be/MzEQzoqk4Kc

Maths: Making more dough balls. Key words: big, small, more, less.

Literacy: Read 'That's not my......' books if you have any. Find things around your home that feel 'rough'.

Phonics: Make one instrument from the muscycle kit.

Other: Nature Walk Scavenger Hunt - Only if you have a safe place to do so.

Please photograph your child's work and email to nursery@st-annes.reading.sch.uk AND rfrance@st-annes.reading.sch.uk by 3pm.

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Tuesday 24th March 2020 - Home Learning

Lent

This is a time where we think about Jesus, we say sorry to God for the times when we didn’t make good choices and we do kind things for others to show them that we love them. You could help tidy your toys and dishes, draw a nice picture for someone that you love, tell someone that you love them. What other kind things can you do?

Fox Group (Green manilla folders - 3-4 year olds) 

Please see guide video:https://youtu.be/qUswpRXLlwI

Maths: Play dough numerals using number poster (uploaded).

Literacy: Keep learning 'The Gingerbread Man'.

Phonics: Letter Sounds Powerpoint and Letter Formation Sheet (looking at letters and what sounds they make). Please ensure that your child is making lots of attempts to write/copy their name.

Extra: Minibeasts (insects) colour by number

Squirrel Group (Brown manilla folders - 2 year olds)

Please see guide video: https://youtu.be/rH4fVVCAcsE

Maths: Keep making balls using play dough. Key words: big, small, more, less.

Literacy: Dear Zoo - read it if you have it :)

Phonics: Dear Zoo games - http://www.dearzooandfriends.com/games

Please photograph your child's work and email to nursery@st-annes.reading.sch.uk AND rfrance@st-annes.reading.sch.uk by 3pm.

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Heavenly Father,

Thank you that you are a generous God and that you give us so many good things.

We are sorry that we are not always generous with others.

Please help us this week to be kind, to do our very best, and to be generous when we are helping others.

Amen.

Monday 23rd March 2020 - Home Learning

Morning prayer: Put your hands together. Think of something to put some love in your heart. Catch the love! We are going to send it to God in our prayers.

"In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit amen. Good morning Lord, we praise your Holy name and thank you for giving us this lovely new day. In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, amen."

Fox Group (Green Manilla Folder - 3-4 year olds)

Please see guide video: https://youtu.be/tfbGhf_TPH0

Maths: Making playdough balls. How many can you make? Can you write that number?

Literacy: Learning 'The Gingerbread Man' - Powerpoint story uploaded here.

Phonics: 5 Senses Scavenger hunt

Other: Learning to wash hands thoroughly

Squirrel Group (Brown manilla folders - 2 year olds)

Please see guide video: https://youtu.be/MZrj4R7IsFw

Maths: Making playdough balls. Key words: big, small, more, less. Rainbow challenge - can you find objects of different colours and make a rainbow?

Literacy: Tell me your favourite book! Read it today.

Other: 5 Senses Scavenger Hunt and learning to wash hands thoroughly.

Please take a photograph of your child's work and email to nursery@st-annes.reading.sch.uk AND rfrance@st-annes.reading.sch.uk by 3pm.

Spring term 1 - Curriculum Overview

Planned intentional teaching for the Spring 1 half term.

Deconstruction - Reconstruction

An interest and curiosity in box construction had been emerging towards the end of last term. This week, the group picked up where they left off with a large box being the focus for sustained shared thinking and collaborative play. The box was initially used to 'wrap up' members of the class. The consistent rules of the game that focused around turn taking provided opportunities for less vocal members of the class to join in and ask for a turn. 

The box was soon completely dismantled, but this then opened up more possibilities for ways to use the box. Drawing from their previous experience of glueing and decorating a cardboard box, some of the children initiated the process of repairing the box which soon led to a frenzy of taping, gluing, drawing and designing. The bends in the cardboard allowed for open interpretation of how to reconstruct the box which eventually became some hats and a makeshift car, complete with a seat for Grizzles.

We will continue to follow this project, incorporating maths and design principles as we explore shapes, project design and the use of tools such as scissors.

We went on a bear hunt!

After getting to know Grizzles, our class mascot bear as well as diving deep into our core text 'We're going on a bear hunt', we had the opportunity to get some real world experience as we embarked on our own bear hunt/walk to the park.

We set off, wellies at the ready, and followed clues left for us by Grizzles. The clues evenutally led us to a treasure chest with red tinsel and a letter informing us that Grizzles had left us a picnic back at Nursery!

A great morning was had by all, a huge 'thank you' to the parents who were able to share their time with us and ensure that we were safe on our walk.

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Feelings and emotional intelligence

As part of our literacy topic this term we have been learning to identify a range of complex feelings and emotions. This has helped us to understand the antagonist in our text – the Bear – whilst also help us to understand ourselves and our peers. We have incorporated emotion flash cards into our register meetings and each child has an opportunity to identify how they are feeling at the time or to recall a time when they felt a certain emotion.

The class can all identify each emotion and our older class mates can provide an example of when you might feel that emotion. The class enjoy taking the flashcards out themselves and mirroring the song/game that we use each morning.

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Nursery Bake Sale

To raise money for Christmas decorations and craft items we held a bake sale on Friday 22nd. Some families generously brought in some delicious cakes but, as we love cooking in Nursery, we naturally had to get to work baking our own contribution. We used some of the leftover cocoa given to us by Grizzles the bear to make some delicious double chocolate ‘Brown Bear Cookies’.

We were able to use a recipe as a visual guide, broadening our understanding of the uses of written text and how text can convey meaning. We used our counting skills, number recognition and understanding of capacity to count and measure out the ingredients. We were able to observe the effect of heat and time on materials as our gooey dough transformed in the oven into delicious cookies.

Once again our classroom (and the hallways of the school!) smelled delightful! One of our class parents even joined us to make a second batch in the afternoon. Thank you to the parents who brought in cakes or came in to help and a huge thank you to those who bought some treats from our stall.

World Environment Week

We braved the chilly winds to clean up our Nursery garden, plant some spring bulbs and enjoy a hot chocolate as a hard earned reward for our toils.

Numeracy - The Oneness of One

This term we have been unpacking the concept of numbers and counting. It is easy to recall the rote sequence of numbers but it is another thing entirely to really understand and feel what each number represents. 

Using music, the light box and visual aids, we have been acquainting ourselves with the numerals 1-3 to gain a deeper understanding of what each numeral looks like but also, what the corresponding amount feels and looks like. We use the 'Numbers rhumba' song to get our bodies moving and blood flooding to our brain to help us concentrate and retain information before looking at the numeral represented in a variety of ways as well as counting objects, claps, jumps, stomps, children - everything! 

Writing numerals can be tricky but whether we are able to write the number, trace on top of the teacher's marks or make our own marks, we are consolidating our knowledge that marks and writing contain meaning - a powerful skill indeed.

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We're going on a bear hunt....

This term our core literacy text is “We’re going on a bear hunt” by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Helen Oxenbury.

A stuffed teddy ‘Grizzles’ has quickly become the class mascot and a means to bring the story to life.

The class have received some letters from Grizzles and are beginning to experiment with writing back to him.

Grizzles kindly gave us some cocoa along with a letter and we made the most delicious smelling 'brown bear' play dough. Some children were able to create bears using the dough along with goggly eyes or create models of the scenes from the book such as the cave.

In PE we explored physicality of the words ‘under’ and ‘over’ – key positional language vocabulary from the text – by crawling under chairs and tunnels and over ramps and other gym equipment.

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Embedded Blog

The medium term planning and Curriculum overview for Nursery - Autumn 2 2019

Environmental Sounds

In both our PE lessons with Miss Gould and music lessons with Mrs Asbury we have been exploring different ways to move and 'travel' to different types of music.

This week we created a visual representation of those different ways of moving in the form of dance painting. We took off our socks and shoes and moved to some different types of music from fast to slow and of course - 'Baby Shark'. We finished the dance off with 'The Grand Old Duke of York', a current class favourite inspired by one particularly enthusiastic fan of the nursery rhyme.

Many laughs and moments of joy were shared and it was wonderful to see our older children advocating for the safety of their younger peers by holding their hands to keep them from slipping. What a lovely reflection of the love and compassion shared by the Nursery children. 

Music and the sound of instruments is one of the aspects of Stage 1 Phonics. This term the Nursery class have been exploring the first aspect - Environmental Sounds. Would you like to explore some environmental sounds at home?

We love BBC School Radio Stimulus Sounds. Check them out here https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03g64q5

Miss Bray

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Changing Seasons

As the weather starts to change, Nursery have been out investigating and observing the effects of the autumn season. 

On the field have been able to observe leaves changing colour from green to brown, spotted busy grey squirrels collecting food for the winter and have gathered a small collection of chestnuts (conkers) that have fallen from the trees. We have been able to count our conkers (17 in total) and order them from smallest to biggest. 

In the Nursery playground we have been able to spot many minibeasts such as snails, spiders, caterpillars, millipedes and a variety of green beetles. Magnifying glasses helped us to get a closer look. When we found a bug that we were unsure of, we were able to count their legs to see if it was a spider or a beetle and used our smart screen to look at different types of beetles.

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