Welcome to Polyphemus. (Our little Polys!)
The adults who support our learning are Mr Walker, Miss Hawkins, Mrs Brownlee and Miss Khatun (Jo).
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 Three Little Pigs.
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.
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.
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.
The children took part in planting flowers in the area outside our classroom. We will be using the plants to discuss with children what the plants need to grow. We hope that you can help by starting to have these conversations with your children.
Please look at the changing state of our planter and talk to your children about why the plants are growing and what they need to grow.
The children have talked about what the plants we are growing need to survive.
After talking about what plants need before continuous provision the children asked to water the plant.
This is linked to the "World" in the EYFS Curriculum which states that children need to develop an understanding of the world and show care and concern for living things and the environment.
We are using the planting to challange the children to observe the changes that have taken place in our planters. The planting has offered the children a chance to see plants grow over a period of time.
Turn taking and teamwork.
The need to water the plants everyday has offered all of the children the chance to have a go at taking responsibility for watering the plants and asking staff members for more water. With support the children are developing their turn taking skills and using their communication skills to organise themselves.
An increasingly important part of the development of our children is to encourage them to ask questions about aspects of their familiar world. When you are dropping off the children and picking them up please take the time to look at our planters and talk about what the children can see.
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.
The World - Explore
During the summer term we have observed the children starting to take much more notice of the creatures that they find in the forest and have helped to make it easier for them to explore the environment around them. We appreciate all the time that parents are taking at drop off and pick up in the to talk to the children about the animals and minibeasts that they find.
It is very important for children to be aware that they need to be careful when handling minibeasts that they find. We have talked will all children about this in morning circles and it has been shown in their handling of the minibeasts.
As part of the EYFS framework it is important for the children to talk about things that they have observed such as plants, animals, natural and found objects. Staff have encouraged children to do this and it is clear when seeing them in forest and the classroom that they are enjoying talking about what they are discovering.
The experiences that the children are able to have when they are exploring the forest are brilliant opportunities to ask them to explain what they have found and ask them if they have any questions. It is an integral part understanding the world that children have the confidence to ask questions and we would ask parents to encourage this and praise this step in their childs developement.