Firstly, the nursery team would like to say a massive well done to all of our new nursery children. They have all settled extremely well and are really enjoying their nursery experience. All children are beginning to make some lovely friendships and are having a great time joining in with all of our exciting activities.
Our focus story this half term has been ‘Owl Babies’ by Martin Waddell. The themes in this story have been brilliant in supporting the children in their understanding of the transition period of starting nursery. To further support their understanding, we have engaged in class discussions about their own Mummies and Daddies leaving them for the first time. We have had conversations about how the owl babies must have felt, as well as about the children’s own feelings and emotions. We have enjoyed being creative during this focus, and have designed and made our very own nets for the baby owls in the story by collecting leaves and twigs from the nursery garden.
Along with this theme, we have been engaging in the topic of ‘Ourselves’, which has given us plenty of opportunities to get to know all of our friends, as well as learn what is unique and special about each other and ourselves. This has also enabled the children to make positive relationships with all of the adults in the room.
To further support our learning around this area, the children have created some amazing self-portraits that are now up in the classroom to be celebrated. We have also completed some home learning all about ourselves and our families, and have celebrated all of the similarities and differences between our families.
The next topic we will be exploring is going to be ‘People Who Help Us’, so please talk to your children about some of the services that support and help us such as the emergency services, dentist, doctors, teachers, transport employees etc. to support their thinking and learning around this area.
Kind reminder that our reading sessions are on a Friday at the beginning of each of the morning and afternoon classes. If you haven’t had a chance to attend please do come along to enjoy an exciting reading session with your child and their friends, as well as take some of our lovely reading books home to enjoy.