Welcome to Polyphemus. (Our little Polys!)

The adults who support our learning are Mr Walker, Miss Hawkins, Mrs Brownlee and Miss Maria Cawley.

Mr Walker is always on the door during drop off times and is happy to talk to parents about their children and answer any questions that they may have. 

 

Information.

In phonics we should be working within phase 1.
We are counting the words in sentences using our fingers.

We are also clapping the syllables in words.

The book they are following this term is The Washing Line by Jez Altborough.

Our class library will soon mean you can take books home for a week.

Some basic skills in maths really help us in our work.
In maths it would be really helpful to practise counting different objects.  Counting other things such as claps, jumps or even steps can be really helpful.  Any sort of counting would be great.

We have dance on Monday afternoon or Friday morning so we need to come to school in sandshoes or trainers.

Getting reading.

Reading is a hugely important part of the development of children in Nursery. Not only does reading with your child offer the chance for children to be exposed to new vocabulary but it also allows them the chance to grow in to confident readers. 

 

 

Reading strategies.

We felt extremely pleased with the support that we have had from parents when we have spoken to them about reading strategies that have will support their children. In the Nursery we are working to get the children to look at the pictures in books and either tell their own story or recount the story that they have heard an adult read to them. 

After reading a story with your children some key questions to ask are;

  • Where was the story set?
  • Who were the main characters?
  • What happened in the story? 

Getting your child to hold the book that you are reading is also an important step to developing them into confident independent readers. 

Where are our books?

In order to give children the widest exposure to books that we can, we have books in every area of the classroom as well as having them outside. We try to match the books that we provide to the interests of the children and to match the area that you find them in. In the maths area we have counting books. In the home corner kitchen we have recipe books and books about food.

We have created an area for our book of the week, in this area the children have the chance to access a book that they have been read on multiple occassions. Reading books more than once with children gives them the chance to absorb the story and the ability to be able to recount the story back to you when looking at the pictures. 

Please take your time to look for the books during stay and play with your children. 

Our Library and Stay and Read.

We have recently launched our Nursery library and it has been a great success. We have Fifty different books on over that offer a wide range of book types. Parents are able to take them they drop off their children and then bring them back when they have used them.

On Wednesdays we ask parents to "Stay and Read" during this time we ask parents to look around the classroom and use the different books that we have on offer to look and read with their children. This day is also when we display our Library in the center of the classroom, which gives children and parents to more easily look through the collection. On other days the books are on the Library shelf and parents and children are welcome look through for a book to take home. 

City of Culture

As part of the City of Culture celebrations all children under 5 were given the opportunity to decorate and make marks with different objects on to clay bricks. The bricks will be displayed as part of different art installations around the city. This was a fantastic opportunity for the children to use one handed tools and equipment to make marks on the clay bricks. The need for children to develop this skill is an important part of the Moving and Handling aspect of the EYFS framework.