• Nursery News - 22nd March 2019

  • It was lovely to welcome the Mummies to school this morning - we do hope you all enjoyed the experience.

    Last week at Oaktree Nursery the Kits focused on health and exercise inspired by “Ready Steady Mo” by Mo Farah.  All the activities promoted active play and a reduction in sedentary behaviour in line with the Healthy Early Years London scheme. During Drama we acted out different Sports and pretended to be in a competition. Our Maths activity focused on speed and timing each other as we moved from one side of the classroom to the other. Everyone enjoyed playing “Simon Says” which tested the children’s listening skills and ability to follow instructions. Conversations about healthy food choices were triggered as the Kits made healthy apple and cinnamon muffins. Cooking continued whilst the children explored the Home Corner where many snacks and meals were prepared for family and friends. Throughout the week the Kits created a footprint display. We painted their feet and they walked along a long piece of paper leaving colourful footprints. Following this, everyone decorated cutouts of their feet.  We revisited the British Value - 'Rule of Law' whilst starting games with the “ready steady go” instruction.

    The Kits explored “Owl Babies” this week and produced beautiful collages with twigs and feathered owls. On Monday we used scarves to depict wings as we reenacted “Owl Babies.”  We ordered owl figurines by size during our Maths lesson and recapped Individual Liberty as we discussed our families and communities. On Thursday the children enjoyed cooking treats for their Mummy in preparation for ‘Bring Mummy to School Day”. The Hairdressing Salon was popular as clients requested restyles and trims throughout the week!

    Our Squirrels were extremely motivated  by our ‘Copy Cat” topic which we linked to individual liberty and mutual respect. At the beginning of the week the children worked in groups of four as they copied each other’s pictures which promoted the exploration of different painting techniques. They went on to create vibrant crowns with jewels, paint and feathers. Throughout the week we focused on phonemes as we consolidated the children’s reading skills. We enjoyed counting actions and everyone was encouraged to synchronise actions with their counting. This proved a little tricky and we have therefore  continued to practise it in free play.  Deconstructing flowers in our Science lesson helped the children to understand the structure and function of the different parts. The Squirrels particularly liked taking a closer look with the magnifying glasses.

    This week’s story “Paper Dolls” prompted many discussions regarding our relationship with our Mummy, focusing on speaking in a group and listening to our friends without interrupting them.  Everyone practised their cutting skills as they created paper doll chains and their measuring skills whilst making muffins as a surprise for their Mummies.

    The natural resources in the Outside Learning Environment have been put to good use as the children created dens and homes for animals with twigs and fern leaves. They  also refined their gross motor skills whilst climbing from one log to another.

    We are hosting a sponsored scavenger hunt on Friday 24th May to raise funds for Ella’s Home.  The hunt will take place in our individual groups and Leisa has kindly given us the run of the church and a couple of other rooms in the building.  Sponsor forms will be sent home next week to allow plenty of time for the children to gather signatures. Our aim is to raise £600 to provide the residents and their children the funds for a day trip. 

    Thank you to those who have contributed to the Ella’s Home Costa coffee voucher drive. If you haven’t yet but would like to, we are still collecting so please do give your donations to one of the teachers.

    Our annual Oaktree Easter Bonnet Parade will take place on Tuesday 26th March and the children will walk to Bertie and Boo (that was) and then return to the church to show off their creations to the pensioners in the Dew Drop Inn.

    An interesting link to an article about young children’s  decreasing exposure to vitamin D which you may find interesting. https://inews.co.uk/news/long-reads/sunscreen-sun-tan-lotion-health-concerns-vitamin-d/

    We break up for the Easter Holiday on Friday 29th March,  Afternoon School will operate as normal.

    Miss Katka will  run her annual Easter Club from Monday 1st to Friday 5th April from 9.30 am to 1.30 pm. Please return booking forms asap if you would like your child to attend.