Welcome back after Christmas!
This half term we are learning about winter and changes in the weather and researching facts cold climate animals such as polar bears and penguins. Nursery went on a winter walk following the story, ‘Oliver’s Winter Adventure’, and even spotted a robin like the one in our story.
Nursery wrapped up warm and enjoyed our first Forest school session in the snow. We had a discussion and game about animals, then warmed up round the fire pit. We had tasty hotdogs and hot chocolate, whilst watching Mrs Moulsdale making popcorn! We had a fantastic time!
Over coming weeks we will be learning all about ‘People who help us’.
Don't forget to log on to your Bug Club account and enjoy the online resources available to you. Any problems accessing this site, please just let me know.
If you need to contact me Tapestry is the best place. If you are struggling to contact me on Tapestry, you can email me firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome to our class page, a useful source of information about life in Nursery. Check here regularly to keep up to date with all of the amazing things the children have been doing.
At Willow Tree Nursery, we believe passionately that every child should have the best opportunities, to learn happily and reach their full potential. We value the uniqueness of each of our children and celebrate their individual talents and interests which form the basis for our planning and development of the learning environments.
Through this, we provide a learning environment which is both exciting and challenging for all. One which promotes their wellbeing, independence, sense of community and belonging.
To help your child’s day go smoothly…
Please bring your child’s water bottle (with their name on) to enable your child to stay hydrated.
A FULL change of clothes in a labelled bag (this does not need to be uniform and should be left in on your child’s peg.) Please include underwear and socks!
Our children have access to the outdoors in all weathers, so please ensure that your child is appropriately dressed in practical clothing. This means wrapping up with strong shoes and waterproof coat in colder weather and covering up on hotter days.
Your child will need:
- A pair of wellington boots, marked with their name in each boot.
- A sun hat and suncream with their name on, for spring/summer.
These are to remain in nursery.
PE will be every Wednesday and Friday. Children should come to Nursery wearing comfortable clothing such as leggings, joggy bottoms and trainers are a must. As some sessions might be conducted in bare feet, please prepare your child by encouraging them to be independent with taking off and putting on their own socks and shoes. This is a really good self-help skill to teach at home, as part of their daily routine.
Library books are given out each Friday. However, due to current guidance linked to the Corona virus, we are asking for these to be returned by the following Tuesday, to allow adequate time in quarantine. Equally, you could choose a book of your own to share or access your child's online Bug Club account (please ask me if you've forgotten your unique login to access this) A book before bedtime is a lovely way to settle your child into a routine and prepare them for sleep. Talking about the pictures and predicting what might happen next are all good skills to help your child with their reading. Reading is a priority in our nursery and so we have made our reading areas inside and outside as engaging as possible. We have a ‘story of the week’ and will be teaching lots of reading skills each day, during our shared reading sessions in nursery.
Home tasks will be given out each Friday via our online newsletter. We very much value our parent/carers as our children’s first educators and see first-hand the positive impact your involvement has upon your child’s learning. All our home tasks will be appropriate to your child’s learning journey and linked to our learning focus in nursery. Many of the tasks will have no right or wrong answers and can be taken in any direction which your child chooses. Other tasks are about experiencing new things, with a focus on learning together as a family and consolidating prior knowledge gained in nursery.
Tapestry is our online Early Years learning journey and assessment tool. It is a wonderful way to share with you, on a daily basis, your child's achievements, progress and experiences. Please feel free to like or comment on our observations, or even share with us any interesting things you are doing at home with your child. We love to share and celebrate each step of your child's learning journey!
The newsletter is paperless and available weekly on our class page, keeping you informed about the fun we are having in nursery, the highlights and achievements we have made and our future plans. We also set a learning task for you to take part in at home. You are welcome to share your experiences with us via Tapestry.
Finally, as parents ourselves, we understand how exciting and daunting it can be for you as your little ones begin life away from home. If you would like to discuss your child’s wellbeing or learning journey please make an appointment with myself, Mrs Lawrenson. I will be more than happy to accommodate, answer your concerns or questions and share the joy of working with your precious child.