St. Francis- Nursery
Last week in Nursery we explored the world of planets. We engaged in various activities linked to the book ‘Meet the Planets’. Through discussions and interactive reading, we talked about the characteristics of each planet, discussing their names, colours, and unique features. We were counting planets together as a class. During a literacy and creative activity, "If I could make my own planet," children designed their own unique planets using balloons, various colours of paint and they attempted to write the initial letters for their creations.
Recently, nursery children embarked on an exciting literary journey with the book "Whatever Next" by Jill Murphy. Pupils listened to the tale of Baby Bear's adventure to the moon. We encouraged them to express their thoughts and share what items they would choose to take on their own intergalactic journey, they also engaged in a role play, where they acted out key scenes from the book, afterwards, they created their own story maps. Our little astronauts had a blast making their own rockets during our craft sessions using various materials. During maths lessons children were learning about positions and size ordering.
We are excited to share with you the experience we recently had in our nursery class during our Religious Education lesson focused on the miraculous story of the Feeding of the 5000 (Mark 6:31-42). As we read the story, we created a hands-on experience for the children. We were aiming to get the children to understand that Jesus is God, performing miracles. Children engaged in many activities linked to the story, hands – on crafting, creating paper plate fish and bread using various craft materials, retelling the story using small toy figures, exploring sensory play – finding fish and bread, counting and feeding ocean animals.
We are thrilled to share the exciting highlights of Maths Week in our nursery class! Our little mathematicians have been immersed in a week full of engaging activities, fostering a love for numbers and problem-solving. Here is a brief recap of the week:
The Number of the Day: Each day we had a special number and arranged activities cantered around that number.
Number Hunt - our children were exploring the world of numerals hidden around the outdoor area and enthusiastically matching numbers on the number mat.
Civil Engineer - Build a Ramp for Toy Cars - our building civil engineers got creative as they constructed ramps for toy cars. Through hands-on exploration, they learned about slopes and gravity.
Roll and Draw an Alien - children rolled the dice to draw different parts of aliens. This activity, not only reinforced counting skills but also sparked creativity.
Song and Rhyme - we sang counting tunes together. Through music and movement, the children reinforced their counting skills in a fun and interactive way.
Take the Learning Home!
We invite you to continue the fun and learning at home by picking a number each day and doing a simple activity related to that number. Whether it's counting toys, arranging items, or exploring shapes, these activities help reinforce the concepts introduced during Maths Week.
Dear Parents/Cares! Thanks for creating beautiful rockets with your children! I wanted to take a moment to express my huge thanks for your involvement in making the recent homework assignment a truly special experience for your children. We are all amazed about the beautiful rockets that your children brought to class.
Welcome back Everyone and Happy New Year!
Dear Nursery Parents/Carers,
We hope you had a joyful and restful holiday season surrounded by loved ones. Welcome back to a brand new year filled with excitement, growth, and learning!
Our little ones are eager to embark on new adventures, explore, and continue their journey of discovery. We look forward to creating wonderful memories together.
As we kick off the year, please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or concerns. Let's make 2024 a year filled with laughter, learning, and shared milestones.
Wishing you all a fantastic start to the new year!
Warm welcome to the nursery children and their families!
My name is Mrs Szymczak and I am the class teacher of Nursery alongside Mrs Hopkins and Mrs Decruz. We are delighted to welcome all the children to school, to make learning a fun and enjoyable experience. We are very excited about the year ahead and are looking forward to seeing children thrive.
Please drop in weekly for updates on all the exciting activities and learning opportunities that children will engage with.
Christmas Jumper Day - December the 7th
As we gear up for the holiday celebrations, we're excited to announce a special event that not only brings joy and warmth but also supports a great cause. This year, we are organising a Christmas Jumper Day at our school in partnership with the Save the Children charity. The event will take place on Thursday 7th December, and we would love for your child to participate in spreading holiday cheer while making a positive impact. The purpose of Christmas Jumper Day is to raise funds for Save the Children. In supporting Save the Children, we align with our school's Catholic ethos and uphold the principles of Catholic social teaching, particularly the emphasis on the "Option for the Poor."
We understand that these are challenging times for many families, and we want to emphasize that participation in Christmas Jumper Day is entirely voluntary. If you are unable to make a donation, please know that your child is still welcome to join in the festive spirit. For those who are able to make a donation, we suggest a contribution of £2.
Additionally, we want to encourage creativity and sustainability. Rather than purchasing new Christmas jumpers, we invite your child to get creative and decorate an old jumper with festive ornaments. This not only adds a personal touch to the event but also promotes the importance of reusing.
Thank you for your continued support, and we look forward to celebrating the holiday season together.
This week nursery read the book ‘Birthday monsters.’ We engaged the children in a conversation about their birthdays, where they could share some of their experiences. We discussed the elements of a birthday party, such as decorations, cake, presents, and games. Afterwards pupil took part in many activities linked to the story, like wrapping presents, making monster birthday invitations, making party hats and counting and sticking candles on a birthday cake.
This week in the nursery we started a new topic ‘Let’s celebrate’. Children listened to the story ‘Sparks in the sky’ and thought about all of the sounds that characters could hear when they went to the Bonfire Night celebration. Pupils listened carefully to hear the initial phoneme of each sound effect. Afterwards they took part in many activities linked to the story, like building 2D Space Firework Rockets, mark making in glitter, writing sparkly initial letters of their names, making fireworks and retelling the story using small world setting.
This week in nursery we continued celebrating all of our wonderful cultures and diversity during Black History Month by taking part in lots of different activities. We read the story of Handa’s Surprise by Eileen Browne. We had so much fun retelling the story, matching fruits to the animals, making patterns and using our senses to smell, describe and taste the exotic fruits. They were so yummy!
We had great fun in class celebrating the Spanish Day, children came dressed up in Spanish colours and took part in many fun activities related to the theme, for example: counting up to 10 in Spanish, creating Picasso style self – portraits, painting Spanish flags, dancing flamenco. Children also enjoyed authentic Spanish cuisine for lunch.
Celebrating Black History Month, nursery children learnt a Ghanaian folk song, ‘Che Che Koolay’. They enjoyed learning new words, singing all lines and performing actions to the beat.
Spanish Day - Thursday 12th October
On Thursday 12th October 2023 we will be holding a Spanish theme day at school. Pupils will not follow their normal timetable on this day but will instead take part in lots of engaging and fun activities relating to Spain.
We would like to encourage pupils to come into school dressed in the colours of Spain, or traditional Spanish clothing on this day.
We are looking forward to learning and having lots of fun on the day.