• Nursery News - 27th September 2019

  • Thank you to those of you who were able to attend our Harvest Festival celebration. We were most impressed with the children’s singing and hope you enjoyed it too. Your generous donations will be taken to Trinity Hospice where we know they will be gratefully received.

    Squirrels News
    Our Squirrels have been absorbed in many exciting activities based around “ I Really Want That Cake” and “The Enormous Turnip”. The highlight of last week was baking a sugar-free cake, where we focused on describing and weighing the ingredients. The children were fascinated to use the new raising agent, a mixture of apple cider and bicarbonate of soda and were then terribly excited to bake and eat the end result. There was also a focus on naming and depicting the emotions raised in “I Really Want That Cake’. Everyone took a selfie depicting a particular emotion and then were encouraged to describe and name the emotion.

    We continue to explore initial and end sounds during Phonics, both individually and in small groups. Listening skills were tested as the children were encouraged to recall and share their friends Weekend News. 
Our Maths games incorporated weight and size, the children were invited to compare light and heavy objects and order turnips by size. This led to the introduction of mathematical language such as more than, biggest, bigger than etc which we linked to the topic books.

    Fine motor skills activities included decorating cakes with buttons, beads and sequins and cutting turnip leaves with scissors, all of which support the development of hand eye co-ordination and concentration. 
Our budding Artists created faces with a range of vegetables which they arranged within a frame adding facial features including eyes, noses and even a beard! The vegetables were then subsequently used for printing. 


    Mini ecosystems were created during our Science lesson. Following discussions about what a plant needs to grow we planted beans in plastic bags and placed them around the classroom on windowsills to observe their growth. The Squirrels predicted how many days it will take to see the first shoots develop. During Circle Time we also placed some beans in a cupboard to see if they could grow in the dark. 
The Oaktree Bakery provided the facilities for the children to make bread for their peers, whilst the Oaktree Garden Centre was very popular with gardeners potting, planting and nurturing their flowers with real gardening tools.

    
The Squirrels are looking forward to welcoming their Grandparents to Oaktree on Friday 4th October from drop off until 10.15am/10.30am. Please don’t worry if you are unable to bring a Grandparent you won’t be the only one and there will be plenty to share. 
We are celebrating World Porridge Day on Thursday 10th October in aid of Mary’s Meals. We will talk to the children about the charity and the importance of having a hearty meal before they make their own Porridge Smile. 
We would also like to invite parents to visit the nursery and share their hobbies or interests with the children. For example,last term one of our Parents, a seamstress, brought her sewing machine into the school and the children were shown how to operate it and then invited to have a go. Another parent kindly gave renditions of the children favourite songs on his saxaphone.
    Emily the founder of Ella’s Home is visiting the BBC Coffee Shop on Wednesday 9th October at 9.30 when she will discuss all the amazing things they do. Oaktree will provide coffees for all those attending and all money raised will go towards Ella’s Home.
    Katka and Jill revisited Finton House on Wednesday to catch up with Mr Ben, the Head Teacher, and meet Kate Hebblethwaite, the new registrar. We were delighted to hear that Finton remains completely coeducational until Year Six rather than losing many of the boys in Years 3 and 4 as in previous years. They have an Open Morning on Saturday 28th September and are looking forward to welcoming prospective families.
    The Parents Evening sign up sheets will be available from Monday 30th September. However, if you are unable to attend Parents’ Evening on Thursday 17th October please do let us know and we can arrange an alternative time for you to discuss your child’s progress with their teacher.
    We are thrilled to have introduced a “Deconstruction Area” to encourage exploration, language development and critical thinking skills. The children are encouraged to take apart electrical equipment with real tools, such as our old photocopier, speakers, phones and laptops. Please do feel free to donate any suitable items that you no longer need which we could add to our stock.
    Finally we are considering incorporating an Outdoor Learning day into the Squirrels timetable. Initially we would like to spend one entire morning every fortnight in a woodland environment and are therefore exploring our options. We would walk with the children to the destination on either Wandsworth or Tooting Common immediately after drop off but would ask for those children who aren’t staying for lunch to be collected directly from the common at the usual going home time. In the first instance we would like to gather your views concerning the suggestion and whether you believe the alternative pick up arrangements feasible.

    The Kits News
    “Car Car Truck, Jeep” a rhyming story set to the tune of Baa Baa Black Sheep, and “Rosie’s Walk” were the platform for the Kits recent activities and learning. The children revelled in singing along to “Car Car Truck Jeep” whilst pretending to be different vehicles. This led to further transport themed sing-a-longs to My Big Red Bus and The Wheels on the Bus. Small world planes, trains and cars dipped in paint were used to mark make and create collages and patterns. Exploring the Messy Play area containing gravel and trucks led to many imaginary games and adding small cars to shaving foam provided further mark making and creative opportunities. The Kits have created an amazing wall display inspired by “Rosie’s Walk”. Everyone worked together to replicate themes and prints illustrated in the book. A range of media including, forks, sponges, feathers and apples were used as painting tools. 


    During Communication and Language small group work we played sound bingo, inviting the children to name and describe a range of vehicle sounds. The Kits were also encouraged to retell ‘Rosies Walk’ describing the characters and sequencing the events. Completing the Montessori Practical Life activities such as pouring and transferring items with spoons and tweezers captured the Kit’s interest whilst developing concentration, fine motor skills and hand eye co-ordination. Vegetables were widely used during cooking sessions as the children made colourful potato salad and carrot and butternut squash soup. 
The “Oaktree Market Stall” was stocked with an array of fruit and vegetables with customers queuing to fill their baskets before scanning items through the self service checkout.  

    
We are celebrating World Porridge Day on Thursday 10th October in aid of Mary’s Meals. We will talk to the children about the charity and the importance of having a hearty meal before they make their own Porridge Smile.
    We would also like to invite parents to visit the nursery and share their hobbies or interests with the children. For example,last term one of our Parents, a seamstress, brought her sewing machine into the school and the children were shown how to operate it and then invited to have a go. Another parent kindly gave renditions of the children favourite songs on his saxaphone.

    Emily the founder of Ella’s Home is visiting the BBC Coffee Shop on Wednesday 9th October at 9.30 when she will discuss all the amazing things they do. Oaktree will provide coffees for all those attending and all money raised will go towards Ella’s Home.
    Katka and Jill revisited Finton House on Wednesday to catch up with Mr Ben, the Head Teacher, and meet Kate Hebblethwaite, the new registrar. We were delighted to hear that Finton remains completely coeducational until Year Six rather than losing many of the boys in Years 3 and 4 as in previous years. They have an Open Morning on Saturday 28th September and are looking forward to welcoming prospective families.

    The Parents Evening sign up sheets will be available from Monday 30th September. However, if you are unable to attend Parents’ Evening on Thursday 17th October please do let us know and we can arrange an alternative time for you to discuss your child’s progress with their teacher.

    We are thrilled to have introduced a “Deconstruction Area” to encourage exploration, language development and critical thinking skills. The children are encouraged to take apart electrical equipment with real tools, such as our old photocopier, speakers, phones and laptops. Please do feel free to donate any suitable items that you no longer need which we could add to our stock.
    Finally we are considering incorporating an Outdoor Learning day into the Squirrels timetable. Initially we would like to spend one entire morning every fortnight in a woodland environment and are therefore exploring our options. We would walk with the children to the destination on either Wandsworth or Tooting Common immediately after drop off but would ask for those children who aren’t staying for lunch to be collected directly from the common at the usual going home time. In the first instance we would like to gather your views concerning the suggestion and whether you believe the alternative pick up arrangements feasible.