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Hurst Park Primary School

Hurst Road, Molesey, West Molesey KT8 1QS

Nursery

Autumn Term

Welcome to all our new children and their families.

This web page will be updated every term, with the activities that your child will be participating in. As always these topics are not set in stone as your children’s interests are always our priority, so the activities below may change due to us following your child’s interests.

 

Topics

The topics this term will revolve around activities that will help us get to know your child/children and the celebrations that they may participate in with their families.

 

Getting to know you – During the beginning half of this term, the children will be participating in activities that will enable us to get to know them a bit better, and also enable them to learn our rules and routines. These activities will include:

  • Story time, via Tapestry, so the children can get to know their Nursery Teachers.
  • Stay and Play sessions, so the children and parents can meet the Nursery staff and explore the Nursery environment.
  • Looking at the children’s ‘All About Me Posters’
  • Finding out what the children already know through focused activities.
  • Observing the children, to find out their interests and knowledge for future planning
  • Drawing pictures of themselves
  • Making Birthday Bears
  • Reading stories about; feelings, sharing, good manners etc.

 

Colour – Below are some of the activities your child/children will be participating in:

  • Learning about primary colours – red, yellow and blue
  • Experimenting what happens when we mix two primary colours together
  • Mixing primary colour playdough together
  • Decorating the covers of our Learning Journeys

 

Fireworks and Poppy Day – Below are some of the activities your child/children will be participating in:

  • Making firework pictures
  • Observing what happens to chocolate when it is put over hot water – to make Breadstick sparklers
  • Practising our cutting – to make our own Poppies
  • Watching a video of why we wear Poppies

 

Diwali – Below are some of the activities your child/children will be participating in:

  • Making Diwali Diva lamps
  • Listening to the Diwali Story
  • Diwali small world play
  • Learning about how Diwali is celebrated

   

Christmas – Below are some of the activities your child/children will be participating in:

  • Making Christmas Cards
  • Listening to the Christmas Story
  • Christmas role play
  • Singing Christmas songs and reciting Christmas poems

 

Maths

Each week the children will split up into 3 groups and participate in various maths activities, all three groups will take part in these activities over a three week cycle, so they get to do all 3 activities. Our focus this term will be counting songs and shape.

 

Phonics

Each week the children will split up into 3 groups and participate in various phonics activities, all three groups will take part in these activities over a three week cycle, so they get to do all 3 activities. Our focus this term will be environmental and instrumental sounds.

 

Finger gym

The children will participate in activities to prepare the muscles in their shoulders, arms, hands and fingers ready for writing.

Each week the children will split up into 3 groups and participate in one of the following activities, all three groups will take part in these activities over a three week cycle, so they get to do all 3 activities.

  • Dough Disco – The children manipulate play dough to music.
  • Ribbon Sticks – Making big movements to music using ribbon sticks.
  • Pompoms and tweezers – How many pompoms the children can pick up using tweezers, by the time the music stops.
  • Dough Disco – The children manipulate play dough to music.
  • Nuts and bolts – How many nuts the children can screw onto their bolt, by the time the music stops.
  • Pegs and peg boards – How many pegs the children put in their peg board, by the time the music stops.
  • Shape cutting – How many shapes the children can cut out, by the time the music stops.
  • Bead threading – How many beads the children can thread onto their lace, by the time the music stops.

 

Forest School

The children will participate in Forest School every Friday, where they will spend the entire session in our Forest School setting. Please ensure your child has their Forest School clothes on this day, these include; waterproof trousers, waterproof jacket and wellington boots.  Please bring these in a separate bag to their spare clothes and ensure everything is named. School uniform is not worn on this day, so on warm days ensure you send your child to school wearing a light weight long sleeved top and long trousers, and on colder days many thin layers, a hat and gloves should be provided. Below is listed some of the activities that your child will participate in:

  • Getting changed into our Forest School clothes
  • Learning the Forest School rules and boundaries
  • Planting bulbs and meadow flower seeds for the Spring
  • Feeding the birds
  • Playing games
  • Climbing trees
  • Looking for mini beasts
  • Digging
  • Watering the plants
  • Looking for wild life in our pool

 

Special week

Each Friday we will choose a total of 6 children, they need to complete the poster of things they like to do, play with etc. They then can put up to 5 of their favourite things in the bag provided. They need to bring these back to Nursery on the Monday, where their posters will be displayed on the wall, sometime during that week your child will show their poster and special things at a carpet session. Their poster will then be stuck into their Learning Journey.

Activities that you can do to support your child’s learning at home

  1. Any of the activities mentioned above
  2. Reading to your child and asking your child questions about the book/pictures e.g. can you find the ………..?
  3. Playing board games with your child, especially those that have a dice, so your child can develop their counting skills and knowledge of number patterns.
  4. Going for walks and talking about what you can see, hear etc.
  5. Encouraging your child to be more independent e.g. putting on their coat, shoes etc. by themselves.
  6. Talking with your child. to develop their language and communication skills and introducing new words.

A few gentle reminders…

  • Please ensure your child brings a named water bottle to Nursery each day.
  • Please make sure that you are prompt at pick up and drop off times – this will allow our Nursery session times to work smoothly and also it is distressing for your child if you are late picking them up.
  • Can you bring in your child’s ‘All about me’ posters, if you haven’t done so already, as we will be looking at these at carpet times over the next few weeks.
  • Can you ensure that if your child has long hair, that it is tied back in a ponytail.
  • Ensure that your child does not wear any jewellery, including earrings, for health and safety reasons.

Documents

The presentation from our Nursery Parents’ Information Evening (which was, unfortunately, cancelled due to the COVID-19 restrictions) can be found HERE.

Notes to go with the presentation can be found HERE.