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“This is a warm, friendly and welcoming school. The pupils are rightly proud of it. The staff are proud to work at it. The headteacher is proud to lead it.” (Ofsted October 2019)

Ladybirds

 

This week Nursery has welcomed some new children who have settled in really well.  They have been settling in to routines amazingly and the teachers and children have done lots of work to ensure the children feel safe, secure and are most importantly happy.  The children are making and developing new friendships and making relationships with the staff members in the early years team.  A brilliant start to the summer term. Well Done!

Our topic is Minibeasts and over the next few weeks we will be sharing different stories about minibeasts and learning new minibeast rhymes.   This week we have been reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar and we have been learning the days of the week.  Our new pet caterpillars arrived this week too so we are learning about why we need to look after them and we are excited to watch them change and grow over the next few weeks.  We are excited to see how they change into a butterfly!  Watch this space for the photographs.

Week 1 Caterpillars

In Nursery we are always singing.  We sing nursery rhymes every day and we send a copy of the new rhyme of the week home so please encourage your child to sing it with you.  We also have a focus story each week which is read every day so by the end of the week they will have learned some new vocabulary and they should be able to retell you the story at home so ask them to tell you about the story of the week.

The children can bring home a story book to share at home and re read over the week.  Please spend time with your child reading the story every day over the week so that your child becomes familiar with the story.  Enjoy spending time looking through the illustrations, discussing what you and your child can see.  Enjoy spending this quality time with your child as we want to develop a love for reading and sharing stories with your child at this young age will help to develop this.  Please ensure that the book is returned in the plastic bag it went home in.  Many thanks.

In Nursery we have access to regular outdoor play daily so please ensure that your child has a change of clothes just in case they get muddy or wet when playing in the different areas of provision inside and when in the outdoor area.

Oracy and developing vocabulary is a huge focus for us in Early years as our aim is to help our children be the best communicators that they can be.  Sharing stories together and singing lots of nursery rhymes will help to develop this language.  We have introduced vocabulary flowers with targeted new words on that we as adults model to the children with the aim for the children to start using this vocabulary.  Look out for vocabulary flowers coming home.  These are the words we are focusing on so please encourage your children to use them at home too.

All of the Early Years children had a lovely walk down to our local church St John’s just before the Easter holidays to spend time with Reverend Tracey where we learned about the Easter story.

We have lots of fun in nursery.

 

Top tips to get ready for reading

1. Share Nursery Rhymes

One of the most valuable things you can do to get your child ready for reading at nursery is to share traditional nursery rhymes together. There’s a wealth of nursery rhymes to choose from and they all offer a variety of pre-reading skills.

Nursery rhymes are fantastic because they:

Familiarise children with the features of a story e.g. character, setting, plot, structure (a beginning, middle and end).

Explore rich and unusual vocabulary (e.g. ‘tuffett’ and ‘curds and whey’ in Little Miss Muffett).

  • Create a strong foundation for early phonics through rhythm and rhyme.
  • Can be a sociable activity and encourage early communication – adults and other children can join in the words and actions together.
  • Spark a child’s imagination showing that words and pictures can be fun.
2. Explore Signs and Logos

As children begin to explore the world around them, they start to make associations between signs and logos they see and the idea that they hold meaning. Your child’s teacher will be exploring environmental print like this at nursery to encourage pre-reading skills.

Look for and talk about logos, labels and signs at home or out and about: on cereal packets, toy boxes, shops, posters, street signs and so on. You can even have fun cutting out logos and seeing how many your child begins to recognise or talk about even though they can’t decode text yet e.g. “Lego” or “Weetabix”.

3. Play I Spy Sounds

Helping your child to get ready for reading at nursery can be great fun! A game that everyone enjoys is “I Spy”. When children first start this game, they will need lots of extra support as they start to make connections between sounds and objects – a strong basis for learning to read later on. It’s useful to scaffold each game with a topic, such as “Animals on the Farm” to give your child a context.

  • First, hide some farm animal toys or pictures in a box or bag.
  • Next, choose one and without letting your child see it say: “I spy with my little eye, I can hear with my little ear, something beginning with c – and it goes “Moo! Moo! What is it?”
  • Give your child lots of praise if they say the right answer and plenty of encouragement if they don’t. If they do struggle you could choose two animal toys and ask what noises the animals make before asking the question again.
  • One day, you won’t need to do the animal sound and your child will learn c is the initial letter sound in cow
4. Understand First Phonics

When you talk about letters with your child, such as playing games like “I Spy”, try not to use the alphabet names, such as in the ABC Alphabet Song. At nursery your child will be encouraged to use the letter sounds introduced in phonics (e.g. /a/ for apple and /sh/ for sheep). This will give your child a great foundation for learning to read with phonics at school.

5. Talk Together

Speaking and listening is critical in laying the foundations for early reading and writing.  How we engage and communicate with our children in the first few years of life directly impacts their reading. Research shows that the more words a child knows at an early age, the more proficient they are at reading challenging texts later on.

Conversations in the home encourage thinking skills, concentration and patience. These are great building blocks in the learning to read process.

6. Share Books Together

Children who read for pleasure are more likely to succeed academically. Children will be sharing stories and books at Nursery on a daily basis. You can help your child get ready for reading at nursery by encouraging an enjoyment of reading at home too. Aside from online and high street book shops, libraries are a perfect way for children to experience the joy and independence of choosing their own books to read.

7. You Are a Reader

Why should a child choose to read if they don’t notice significant adults in their lives reading? Make sure your children see you reading and perhaps talk about why you’re reading (if it comes up naturally). And what is the point of reading if a child doesn’t understand why reading is important. Think about how you read in everyday life and how you can show your child that it is important: reading instruction manuals, reading the news, finding out information, making a cake, online searching, reading a novel for pleasure, and so on.

8. Your Child’s Name

One of the first words your child will recognise and read is his/her name. Initially, at nursery, your child is likely to have a peg with their name on it. This is often accompanied by a photo of their face or a familiar picture so they don’t worry when they can’t yet read the word. It won’t be long until your child begins to recognise the first capital letter and soon all the letters in their name.

9. Creative and Imaginative Play

Play is critical in early child development. In terms of getting ready for reading at nursery, role play is one of the most important activities a child can do.

When children play at taking on the role of another person or character, they begin to re-enact real-life scenarios or elements of a story. You will notice that your child starts to mimic phrases that they have learnt with a variety of expressions. As your child role-plays in this way, they will learn the power of language. All these things are a fantastic foundation for learning to read.

 

Useful Links

Classroom Secrets- https://kids.classroomsecrets.co.uk/category/eyfs/

Cbeebies Radio- https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/radio

Nature Detectives- https://naturedetectives.woodlandtrust.org.uk/naturedetectives/

Red Ted Art- https://www.redtedart.com

The Imagination Tree- https://theimaginationtree.com

Numberblocks- https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/shows/numberblocks

Alphablocks- https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/shows/alphablocks

Jolly Phonics- https://www.jollylearning.co.uk/resource-bank/learn-the-letter-sounds/

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