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'A very warm welcome to Mount Carmel Catholic School's website. At the heart of Mount Carmel is our very strong Catholic Ethos. We aim for every child to leave here as an ambassador of Christ. Working parallel to this is our drive for high standards. Through creating a supportive and nurturing school, children really have a passion for learning. We hope you feel this from looking around our website.'
'A very warm welcome to Mount Carmel Catholic School's website. At the heart of Mount Carmel is our very strong Catholic Ethos. We aim for every child to leave here as an ambassador of Christ. Working parallel to this is our drive for high standards. Through creating a supportive and nurturing school, children really have a passion for learning. We hope you feel this from looking around our website.'

Nursery

Welcome to Genesis Class

Our Class Teacher is: Miss Whittaker

 
     Our Nursery Nurse is Mrs Barber

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome to the Nursery web page. 

 

On this page you will find information about what the children have been learning and ideas for supporting their learning at home.

 

This page will be updated each Friday. 

Dates for the Diary

 

Monday 20th June - Dress up as their 'Power Person'.

 

Wednesday 22nd June - Sports Day for EYFS at 9.00am-10.00am. You are welcome to join us for this event which will be taking place in the same space as our Jubilee celebrations.

 

Friday 24th June-School closed

 

Monday 27th June - School closed

 

Wednesday 29th June at 6pm- Welcome Evening for Nursery/Reception intake

 

Friday 1st July- Stay and Play at 2.15pm

 

 

Our Daily Prayers - Please continue, every day

                 Please remember to check the weekly school newsletter.

17th June 2022

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

Happy Father's Day, for Sunday. The children have been very busy drawing and painting pictures especially for their daddy, this week. A lot of effort went into them, so enjoy. We have shared the books 'My Dad' and 'Daddy is My Hero' and had some lovely conversations about our own dad. 

 

When the children come in to Nursery, in the morning, they are being asked to practice writing their name. They will be expected to do this every day. Can I please remind grown-ups that their is only a capital letter at the start of the name and not for the whole name, for example, Miles would be written like this and not alike this, MILES. 

 

We have been sharing the story 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt' and will continue to do this over the coming week. For Home Learning this week the children are being encouraged to retell the story, using illustrations as cues. 

 

Please keep highlighting the sounds at the start of words and within words. When sharing stories with your child encourage them to listen out for the sounds that make up a word. Use Robot arms to help. If you share a rhyming story listen out for words that rhyme.

 

Next week we are being visited by the Rainbow Fairy, on Monday, we will have a Sports Day on Wednesday and a Wellbeing Workshop on Thursday. A busy week ahead! The children can wear trainers to school on the Wednesday. Please dress your child up as a person that inspires them, on Monday. This is their Power Person. We will be talking about this throughout the day. Please ensure that your child continues to be independent in whatever they wear, that they can still go to the toilet without support.

 

As the weather gets warmer please ensure that your child has sun cream on, before coming in to school (please don't send your child in with a bottle of sun cream), make sure that they have a hat and a bottle of water.

 

Have a great weekend

 

Miss Whittaker

 

 

10th June 2022

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

Welcome back to the final half term in the Nursery. The time is going to fly by...

 

Thank-you for attending the Pentecost Liturgy, on Wednesday. The children were very happy to welcome you and Father Jim and they did very well considering we had just come back from the half term break. Please talk to your child about what happened and who was there.

 

The children have been learning about Pentecost this week and we have been thinking about what it means to be a good friend. We will be continuing to think about this next week and we will be writing some friendship rules for our Nursery. We are continuing to use robot arms to sound out words, we are solving number problems (with our snacks) and we are continuing to reinforce name writing. 

 

There will be a 'Stay and Play' on Friday 1st July at 2.45pm please add to your diary and we hope to see you then.

 

Have a great weekend

 

Miss Whittaker

 

 

20th May 2022

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

Good news! We have a froglet! One of the bigger tadpoles has grown two back legs. It's great watching the tadpoles develop and the children are still interested in looking at them. Well done for the Home-Wow learning, I saw some impressive stories and mark making. We shared the song '5 little frogs hopping through the trees' using numerals and props. 

 

Melania's family also shared some other living creatures, this week. Caterpillars. We look forward to seeing what they change into. The children's sunflowers are growing well. They helped to put support sticks into the soil so the Sunflowers will continue to grow up. 

 

This week we started to share the story, 'Beans on Toast'. This book takes us on the journey of a bean from plant to plate. I wonder if your child can tell you about what happens to a bean, once it has been picked from the stalk. Unfortunately, we didn't get to eat beans on toast in the Nursery so maybe you could do this at home.

 

Just a reminder that we go out in all weathers. Please remember to bring a coat, if rain is forecast.

 

Next week the Nursery will be taking part in the Jubilee celebrations. On Friday the Nursery children can come into school dressed in red, white and blue. We look forward to seeing you there. If you are unable to attend please let your child and Mrs Barber/I know so that we are aware.

 

Have a good weekend

 

Miss Whittaker

 

 

13th May 2022

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

This week we have been continuing with our tadpole watching. They do seem to be growing a bigger. Thank-you to Emma and family for the pond water and mossy rocks. The tadpoles do like to eat spinach leaves and they are definitely munching on the moss. I'm just happy that they are still thriving as are the Sunflower seeds that the children planted a couple of weeks ago. 

 

This week we have been sharing videos about our emotions and feelings. We are really trying to encourage the children to talk about how they are feeling and we are helping them to name the emotion that they are experiencing. This is so important to help with the children's development of self-regulation. I have added a link below with some clips of a show 'Feeling Better' that we share in the Nursery. We will continue to share these to help further develop their awareness of what they are experiencing. 

 

Feeling Better - BBC Teach

 

We also share stories around feelings in particular the Trace Moroney series, for example When I'm Feeling Lonely' (there are ten books in the series). Please can we request that you inform us of any family changes that may occur, for example, a parent returning to work or a parent going away. This will help us when talking with your child if we spot any behavioural changes. 

 

Have a great weekend,

 

Enjoy the weather

 

Miss Whittaker

A floral picture of me! The children where asked to create a picture of themselves using flowers. We are replacing the Leaf Man pictures that we created in the Autumn term. The photos came out really well and you can see that the children had spent time thinking about the different body features that they would need to add.

We are thinking about Mary during the month of May. We looked at two pictures of Mary and the children could then choose which one they would like to paint. They look amazing, such attention to detail.

Tadpoles

Still image for this video

6th May 2022

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

A big thank-you to Emma and family for sharing some tadpoles with the Nursery. The children have been watching very carefully to see if they are frogs yet! We will see how the tadpoles develop before returning them to the pond. We have been talking about the Life Cycle of a Frog, reading a variety of non-fiction books to support our learning. 

 

The songs '5 Little Speckled Frogs' has been used to help with some problem solving and we have been using our robot arms to sound out words that rhyme with frog. On Thursday the children made an edible Life-Cycle of a Frog, with Mrs Barber. Ask your child to tell you all about when they ate frogspawn (eggs), a tadpole, a froglet and a frog.

 

See above for our paintings of Mary, we are talking about her during the month of May and you will find some pictures of ourselves that we created using flowers. I have also added a video of the tadpoles in our mini pond!

 

Have a great weekend

 

Miss Whittaker

29th April 2022

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

This week we have been sharing the story Rosie's Walk and the children have been encouraged to think about using positional language, during their play. Please continue to reinforce this at home using the vocabulary over, under, between, through, around, across and along

 

The children have planted Sunflower seeds (fingers crossed that they grow) and they chose from a variety of six seeds. The children could choose if they planted an Italian White, Teddy Bear, Russian Giant, Red Sun, Pacino Gold or Colour Parade (did you know there were so many varieties!) The Russian Giant is the most common. A child from Year 4 donated some Sunflower seedlings that we will plant out. 

 

Outside we have been busy creating a sensory planted area and we now have a bird bath and a solar fountain. The children have been very helpful and hopefully we can continue to care and nurture these areas. We spotted a Robin near our bird bath and that was quite exciting!!! 

 

Please continue to help your child with their name recognition/name writing. Please be reminded that only the first letter in the name is a capital letter.

 

Have a great bank holiday weekend

 

Miss Whittaker

22/04/22

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

Welcome back after what was hopefully a relaxing and restful Easter break. The children seem to be happy that they are back with their friends and they have settled back in to the Nursery routine. 

 

Spring has sprung in our playground and we have been looking at all of the changes that have occurred whilst we have been away. The trees are blossoming and we have many new plants and colours to explore. Before the holidays we put some bean seeds into a pot of soil and they have grown so much. We were quite surprised to see how quickly they had grown. 

 

This week we have been talking about what happened when Jesus' friends visited the tomb on Easter morning, we have changed the colour on our Prayer Table and we cracked open the Easter Egg that we put on the Prayer Table at the start of Lent.

 

We have been focusing on our careful counting and sharing the story 'Ten Cheepy, Chirpy Chicks'. We have talked about the animals that the chicks saw on their adventure around the farm and we have been using robot arms to sound out animal names.

 

Over the next half term we will be sharing books that have an Adventure/journey theme. 

 

Have a great weekend

 

Miss Whittaker

 

 

1st April 2022

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

This week we said goodbye to the four ducklings. We all walked them up to the van and saw the other 9 ducklings that were in there and we said goodbye.Having the ducklings in the class has been an amazing experience and the children have benefited hugely, they were very gentle and caring. 

 

The children have been learning about Easter and have each made an Easter Garden. In the garden there are objects that represent the Easter story. A Pansy, a cross, a stone and an egg. The children have 2 ribbons, one purple and one gold. The purple ribbon needs to be on the cross during the run up to Easter and on Easter Sunday it can be changed to gold. Please continue to reinforce the learning during the holidays and talk about the importance of Easter. Please also encourage your child to look after the Pansy so that it continues to grow

 

Have a great holiday, stay safe

 

Miss Whittaker

25th March 2022

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

This week we have been learning more about New Life. Our grass has been growing taller, some of our beans are starting to grow and we had a very special delivery, on Monday.  I'm sure the children have been talking about the ducklings and you can see daily updates if you scroll up this page. The ducklings will return to the farm, next Thursday but until then we will have fun watching them grow. 

 

Happy Mothers Day to all the mum's. I hope that you have a lovely day and you like the paintings and drawings that your child has created for you. The children have been busy making something special.

 

Please be reminded that your child's CCS box needs to be returned, next week. 

 

Have a great weekend

 

Miss Whittaker

Enjoy your Mother’s Day Flowers

18th March 2022

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

Thank-you so much for getting involved in the 'Day for Ukraine' on Wednesday. We talked to the children about the importance of Charity, about giving and not receiving anything in return. There were a few shocked faces when they were told to pour their donations into the bucket! On this day we shared the story of 'The Good Samaritan', a story that Jesus told about the importance of looking after others, being kind and not expecting anything in return. We have also been talking about our Lenten CCS boxes and about how these will help other children who have not got the same things that we have. 

 

The children have been taking care of their grass seeds and we are happy to say that the cups are becoming plentiful. The children have also been investigating what might happen to a bean seed. We are helping them to grow. We have shared the story 'Jack and the Beanstalk' and 'Jack and the Jelly Bean Stalk'. I wonder which one you would rather climb up?

 

On Thursday the children made Soda Bread as part of their learning about Saint Patrick's day. We introduced the children to Saint Patrick, I wonder what your child can recall? There is a story on 'cbeebies Lets Celebrate' that you can look at, with your child

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/watch/lets-celebrate-st-patricks-day

The children enjoyed the Soda Bread and some Jam Mallows (biscuits) that were donated to the children (thank-you). We had a bit of a green themed day.

 

Thank-you also for the donation of cinnamon swirls, they were a lovely snack time treat and tied in well with our learning from the Little Red Hen and the baking of Soda Bread. 

 

Have a great weekend, hopefully it stays sunny!

 

From

 

Miss Whittaker

 

11th March 2022

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

During Lent we are starting to focus on our manners, especially saying please and thank-you. The children are being encouraged to use them at lunch times, snack times and when interacting with each other. We have also had to share the story 'Words are not for Hurting' and we have talked about how it feels when other children use unkind words when playing with us. 

 

We have started to learn about Spring and we started the week with a bunch of unopened Daffodils. The children were asked to predict what colour flowers we may see when the buds open up and the flowers bloom. We had predictions ranging from all colours of the Rainbow and beyond. we visited our prediction and we talked about the colours that we could see after the Daffodils had bloomed. 

 

We went on a Spring walk around the school and we saw lots of Daffodils starting to bloom. The children have been told about not picking flowers as they are for everyone to enjoy. The children have planted their own seeds this week. Ask your child about this to see what they can remember. I wonder if they will remember the different steps:

1) Draw a face on cup

2) Scoop soil into the bottom of the cup

3) Sprinkle in some seeds

4) Put the seeds to bed by covering them with more soil

5) Water the seeds

The children are quite eager for their seeds to grow so fingers crossed we will start to see some growth, soon!

 

As part of our RE learning we have shared a story about Jesus going into the Wilderness and we have thought about how we can be more like Jesus during Lent. We are continuing to learn our Lenten Prayer so hopefully you will be hearing this at home. 

 

The story 'The Little Red Hen' has been shared and we have been thinking about using robot arms to sound out CVC words (eg pig, cat, hen and rat). The children are starting to join in and this is helping with developing their early reading skills. 

 

Have a great weekend and thank-you for the great attendance at Parent Consultations, yesterday. It's great to be able to chat with you as I know that drop off and pick up are always quite busy times.

 

Have a lovely weekend

 

Miss Whittaker

 

4th March 2022

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

This week we have been making pancakes, we received ashes from Father Jim and we dressed up as a word, for World Book Day. The children have shared their favourite stories and we have been talking about why they like the book that they chose and what they like about it. 

 

On Monday we shared a story about the Baptism of Jesus, we acted this out and pretended to be John the Baptist/Jesus.

 

On Shrove Tuesday the children made pancakes with Mrs Barber. I wonder if they can remember what ingredients we used? We read the story 'The Runaway Pancake'. Can your children tell you how that story ends?

 

On Wednesday we talked about how it was Ash Wednesday and that it was the start of Lent. Lent is a time for growing in love, to be more like Jesus. Jesus loves us and he wants us to love one another. We are going to continue to talk about this during the coming weeks. Father Jim came in to put ashes on our forehead and he talked to us about being a good person. The children also helped us to change the colour on the prayer table. 

 

On Thursday we took part in the World Book day activities that took place around the school. We dressed up, some of our grown-ups came in to read stories with us, we had a visit from an author, we took part in a parade with the rest of the school, we had Year 4 children visit us to share stories and Miss George read us a story. It was a very busy day and the children adapted really well to the change in routine. Thank-you to those grown-ups who joined us in the Nursery to share some stories. 

 

Running through the week we have been practising careful counting, solving simple number problems using our snack and we have continued to focus on words that rhyme. 

 

Please be reminded that there are Parent Consultations next Thursday. Children are to be picked up at 1.15pm, on this day. Please could you sign up if you have not already done so. 

 

Have a great weekend

 

Miss Whittaker

25th February 2022

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

This week we have focused on the story 'The Gingerbread Man'. Do you know this story? Ask your child to tell you all about it. Whilst thinking about the story of 'The Gingerbread Man' we have been thinking of different endings and even a different setting. Ask your child if they remember what happened when the Gingerbread Man went through the jungle!

 

The children made gingerbread men with Mrs Barber. We were told that the gingerbread men were very yummy, we are glad that they didn't run away!

 

Do you know what happens to a Gingerbread Man when it goes into water? We do! We did a little investigating whilst eating a gingerbread man for snack! 

 

We investigated floating and sinking and each child chose an object from around the classroom that they wanted to explore. The children were encouraged to predict if an object would float or sink. This week's home learning is to investigate objects from around your home that will float/sink. 

 

Whilst reading the story of 'The Gingerbread Man' we discovered that there were rhyming words (feet, street, man, can, said, head, fox, socks). We explored this a little further and thought of other words that may rhyme. We chose the word cat and started to make a list of words that rhyme with cat...hat, pat, rat...can you think of any more?

 

Next week is going to be very busy. We have Shrove Tuesday, Ash Wednesday and World Book Day! Pancakes will be made, Ashes will be received and we will be celebrating books. 

 

The children and I worked together to decide on the days that your child can bring in their favourite book to share with the rest of the class. I have put the list on the Nursery door and we look forward to sharing the books, next week. On Thursday your child should come to school dressed as a word. Whatever word they want.  Please talk to your child about the word they will be dressed as. Try and avoid words such as Princess, super-hero, pirate etc and please make sure that your child can still go to the toilet, independently.

 

Have a great weekend

 

Miss Whittaker

 

Apologies, I forgot to give out the CCS collection box, as mentioned in the school Newsletter. These will be given out on Monday. 

 

 

 

11th February 2022

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

This week we have shared three different versions of the story 'Little Red Riding Hood' and each has had a different ending. Ask your child about the story 'Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion' this is a great story, same plot but different characters.

 

On Tuesday we talked about staying safe when using the internet. The children have been encouraged to tell a grown-up if they are unsure of something that may come onto their screen. We shared a story about Smartie the Penguin and he was super sensible when he was unsure. Key messages included, not everything we see on the internet is true and tell grown-up if things come up on the internet that you don't want to see. 

 

As part of Children's Mental Health Week we have been exploring some emotions and talking about what they are called and what we can do about them when we feel them.  The children have enjoyed sharing the story 'Ruby's Worry' and 'Ravi's Roar' and we have talked about the emotion 'love', what with it being so close to Valentines Day. Linked to love we talked about how much Jesus loves us and that everyday when saying our prayers we mention the word love. We love one another as Jesus loves us. After half term we will continue to learn about our feelings and how they change as we grow. 

 

Have a great half term

 

Stay safe and have fun

 

Best wishes

 

Miss Whittaker

4th February 2022

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

This week we have been learning about the festival 'Chinese New Year'. Did you know that it is the year of the Tiger? Did you know that if your child was born in 2017 they were born in the year of the Rooster and if they were born in 2018 they were born in the year of the Dog? Mrs Barber was born in the year of the Dragon and I was born in the year of the Monkey.  Have fun finding out what animal year you were born in! 

 

We thought about a few Tiger facts this week and we watched some clips of tigers. The best was probably the one with the tiger cub learning how to swim. 

 

We told the story of 'The Great Race', we watched clips of people celebrating Chinese New Year, we did some dancing with our scarves, we learnt some songs, we listened to music, we moved our bodies like animals and we had races in the hall. Such a busy week! The children helped to decorate our classroom, it looks very bright with the paper chains and lanterns. We have focused on cutting skills this week. Please continue to practice using scissors when at home. 

 

On Thursday the children tried Vegetable Spring Rolls and Noodles. They could try Soy sauce and Sweet Chilli sauce. They were given the challenge of eating with chop sticks or they could use the giant tweezers that we have. They all gave it a good go. We also ate some tangerine and orange. These are lucky fruits, in China. 

 

This week we have had to think again about our Nursery rules and to remind ourselves that we need to be loving, kind and friendly towards each other. Jesus wants us to love one another, just like he loves us. 

 

Have a great weekend

 

Miss Whittaker

28th January 2022

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

This week we have been sharing the story 'The Three Little Pigs'. At home please ask your child to retell you the story. Do they remember that there are three pigs? That the three pigs build three houses? Are all of the houses the same? Who comes along to blow the house down? Your child may tell you an alternative ending as we have been thinking about different ending for the story. 

 

We have been thinking about objects that begin with the 'p' sound. We thought about this when 'Wendy Wolf went for a walk in the woods. Whilst out walking Wendy Wolf found... a pizza, a peach, a pie, a pen,.. up ahead Wendy Wolf could see Percy Pig. Percy Pig was upset because he had lost his shopping. Wendy Wolf went to him and gave him back his shopping. Wonderful, Wendy Wolf'. Can you think of other objects that Percy Pig may have lost, beginning with a 'p' sound?

 

Careful cutting has been a focus this week. Please encourage your child to use scissors at home. You could draw simple lines for them to cut along. This helps with your child's fine motor development.

 

At home see if you can find any circle shapes. We have been thinking about the circle shapes that go round and round. We have also been thinking about patterns. The children have been encouraged to make a pattern using beads/other objects. A song we shared was 'clap your hands and wiggle your fingers, clap your hands and wiggle your fingers, clap your hands and wiggle your fingers, now we've made a pattern'. Ask your child to show you and encourage them to think of other movement patterns. 

 

We have run out of spare clothes in the Nursery. Please return any clothes that you have borrowed. A grandparent, from last years Nursery, very kindly donated ten pairs of new socks in September. They have all now gone and not been returned. Please return all clothing asap. Please continue to encourage your child to put on their own coat and ask them to put on their own shoes, independently.

 

Have a great weekend

 

Miss Whittaker

 

 

17th January 2022

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

I hope those of you that are off sick feel better soon and your symptoms stay mild. If you are just self-isolating and you have no symptoms you might like to do some of the activities in the Three Billy Goats Gruff document, that you will find below. This is some of the learning that we will be doing in the Nursery, this week. 

 

We hope to see you soon

 

Miss Whittaker

The Three Billy Goats Gruff

14th January 2022

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

This week we have been sharing the story 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears'. We have talked about the story, we have used props to retell the story and we have been learning a song called 'When Goldilocks went to the House of the Bears'. During PE the children moved like the three bears and three bowls (!).; we thought about being in a space and looking at where we were going. The children did very well at responding to the instructions and carrying out the correct actions. We talked about words that rhyme with bear and  told them a story using the rhyming words. For example, daddy bear sat on a chair eating a pear that he said he would share with baby bear.

 

The children made porridge with Mrs Barber and it must have been just right because they ate it all up! What does three look like? Three objects, three children, three actions, three sounds, the numeral three, has been a focus this week. Three bears, three beds, three bowls, three chairs...maybe you could keep practicing this at home; counting out three objects carefully. Think about how the three objects can be separated (two and one, one, one and one, three and zero) with the total still staying the same. 

 

Over the next couple of weeks we will be thinking about celebrations that take place in a Church, as part of our RE learning. We re-visited  what a celebration is and how we celebrate (with cake, balloons, family, friends, nice clothes, candles, music, singing, games, etc) but next week we will be focusing on Weddings and Baptism. Your child has been asked to bring in a photo of their parents celebrating their wedding day or of another wedding that they have attended. Please talk to your child about this photo as we will be sharing it in class. 

 

Please continue to encourage washing hands, blowing nose and the catching of coughs and sneezes.

 

Have a great weekend

 

Miss Whittaker

7th January 2022

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

Happy New Year to you all. 

 

It was lovely to see all of the children back in Nursery, this week. They have been ready to learn and we have settled back into the daily routine. 

 

This week we have been talking a lot about 'Germs are not for Sharing'. There is a book, with the same title and we are encouraging children to be more independent in remembering to wash their hands and to catch their coughs and sneezes.  Please continue to encourage this at home. We demonstrated to the children how easily germs can be spread from person to person and to the resources that we used. We used glitter (pretending that they were germs) and baby oil to show the children how easily germs can go from one person to another, when we shake hands. We also showed the children that the germs are not easily removed so we had to do extra scrubbing (glitter gets everywhere!).

 

Yesterday was the Epiphany and the children made cheese star sandwiches and created a star picture. They were told about the long journey that the Kings made, following a star, to find the special newborn King. We looked at some Gold, Frankincense and Myrhh and we used our sense of smell to explore the Frankincense (using an incense burner) and Myrhh (essential oil on cotton wool).

 

Ask your child to tell you about what has appeared in our Wonder Windows, this week. 

 

During phonics we have been thinking about objects that begin with the 'b' sound and we have been using bears to make up stories, using this sound. For example, Billy Bear, Bertha Bear and Bonnie Bear went to the shops and bought bread, bananas and beans. They put them into a basket before going home to eat the bananas, beans and bread. Then they went to bed. 

 

The children were very excited to find that Jack Frost had visited Nursery and left ice in the garden. Lots of ice was brought into the classroom and added to the water tray. This was a great time to talk about what was seen and happening. Maybe you could put some water into the freezer at home and talk about what happens. 

 

Have a great weekend

 

Miss Whittaker

17th December 2021

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

It's Christmas! The children have been so busy Christmas crafting this week, see below for some amazing creations. Let's celebrate this fabulous work. They have all worked so hard this term and deserve a good rest! 

 

Thank-you so much for the wonderful gifts and for the lovely card that came to our inboxes; they are very much appreciated.

 

We wish you all a very Merry Christmas, have fun, stay safe and we will see you all in the New Year

 

Best wishes

 

Miss Whittaker

 

Just one more thing...I forgot to give out the Home-Wow Books. Really sorry, those bags with your child's creations in took a lot of organising!

 

 

Santa's New Beard. Santa shaved his beard off! What could we use to make him a new beard?

A present for our grown-ups at home

We love using glitter and sequins!

10th December 2021

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

This week we have been very busy preparing for the show; we hope that you enjoyed it. They were little Superstars and children/staff from around the school have commented on how well the children did. In the lead up to the show we have continued to learn about the Nativity and we have talked about all of the people involved. I hope that your child has talked about this with you at home. 

 

We have talked a lot about 'Germs are not for sharing' and we looked at the book with the same title. So many children are coughing and sneezing and we encouraging them to catch these and to wash their hands more frequently. We will continue to talk about this next week, it is the season for colds.

 

Next Thursday there are class parties through the school. There is no need for your child to bring food/drink on this day. Your child will be making their own snack to eat, in Nursery. 

 

Your child has not been given their Home-Wow this week as their learning is to watch the video of the show with you at home. The books will be given out next week. 

 

Have a great weekend. 

 

Miss Whittaker

3/12/21

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

Christmas is well and truly on the way. The Nursery children have been busy making Angels, stars and baubles this week. They look really good and lots of time and attention have been spent on them. The Angels are on display in our classroom, the stars will be up in the hall and the baubles are currently on the drying rack but they will be up on Monday. The children have been very busy learning words and songs for our Christmas Show, next Friday. They are doing really well and we hope that you can join us online. The Nursery children perform in the comfort of the Nursery classroom and this space would be too small under current Covid circumstances. We hope that you wear your Christmas jumper in support!!!

 

The story of the Nativity has been shared and we have been talking about who appears in the story; we have mainly talked about Angel Gabriel, Mary, Joseph, the Three Kings, baby Jesus and the Innkeeper. The children have been told that the baby Jesus is born in a stable, in Bethlehem. Maybe you could ask your child about what they can recall, so far.

 

The children have not been given their Home-Wow books as they have the challenge of making a decoration for our tree that hangs on the wall. 

 

Have a great weekend

 

Miss Whittaker 

26th November 2021

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

This week has been a little different in the Nursery. Mrs Barber has unfortunately got a bad back and been unable to come to school. The children have had to adapt to having different adults in the classroom, daily and they have been coping well. The children (and I!) have been missing Mrs Barber and we hope that she is back soon.

 

This week we have been sharing the story Leaf Man and we created our own leaf people using Autumnal objects. The children were encouraged to create their own designs and were only given a little prompting with body parts. They look amazing as you can see from the photos below. The leaf people did blow away so they no longer exist. Talk to your child about their leaf creation. 

 

The rhyme we have really focused on this week is 'Five Little Apples'. The children are encouraged to join in the words and to show the correct number of fingers every time an apple falls off a tree. We also talked about how many apples are falling on the floor and the change in quantity. We looked at what the numerals from 0-5 look like and we have been using these when doing some careful counting. It's important to encourage your child to assign each object a number when counting otherwise we recount and get the incorrect total at the end. We have encouraged the children to line up objects, if they are able to, before counting them out. 

 

Next week, we will start with our learning about Christmas and we will be learning songs that we can share with you. 

 

Towards the end of the week we have started to share the story Stick Man and we have talked about how the weather is getting colder and that we are nearly in Winter. Please ensure that your child has suitable coats for Nursery. We also recommend hat, gloves and scarves. We do go out in all weathers. Please check that your child's clothing is named and that your child has the correct item of clothing when they come home.

 

Their are many children with cold symptoms in the Nursery, currently. Please encourage your child to be independent in blowing their nose and to put the tissue in the bin after using it. 

 

Have a good weekend

 

Miss Whittaker

Our Leaf People using Autumnal objects

19th November 2021

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

It's been a busy week in the Nursery. We have been learning about Autumn and talking about the changes that are happening around us. We went on an Autumn Walk around the school grounds. The leaves are changing colour, leaves are falling off the trees and the weather is getting cooler. The children explored colour mixing and created a Autumn Tree. What colours did we mix to make green? How did we make orange? We shared the story 'We're Going on a Leaf Hunt' and a non-fiction book 'Let's Look at Autumn'. 

 

We talked about hedgehogs and learnt a few facts. Hedgehogs will soon be going into hibernation because the weather is getting cooler. They will sleep from November until March, that is a long sleep! Did you know that hedgehogs like to eat slugs, worms and beetles? The children used their developing scissor skills to make hedgehog bread with Mrs Barber. 

 

Thank-you for sharing the Baptism photos with your child. They liked sharing them with the class and we will continue with our learning next week. 

 

This week we have been singing lots of Nursery rhymes. The children have been encouraged to think about what their favourite rhyme is. What is yours? Maybe you could talk about this with your child. 

 

We will continue with the Autumn and Baptism themes, next week. Soon we will be starting our Christmas learning!

 

I have not added a 'Stay and Play' to the calendar for this half term. You will have the opportunity to spend some time with your child, in the classroom, after the Christmas Sing-a-long which takes place on the 10th December. Just so you have time to prepare, Christmas jumpers are a must for children and adults and we are only able to have a maximum of two adults per child. 

 

Have a great weekend

 

Miss Whittaker

 

 

12th November 2021

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

This week we have been learning about the Jewish festival of light, Hanukkah. The children made potato latkes, with Mrs Barber and they made handprint Menorahs. We shared the clip called 'My First Festivals Hanukkah' which can be found on the cbeebies website, if you wish to share. 

 

This week we have also been looking at Poppies and thinking about what they mean. We learned a new song and we shared a poem. The children created some beautiful poppy paintings (these can be seen below) and we made a poppy using saltdough.

 

In the hall we have continued to practice our catching, throwing and batting skills, using a balloon. Maybe you could continue to do this at home. 

 

Next week we will start our learning about Baptism and we will be thinking about Autumnal changes.

 

Have a good weekend

 

Miss Whittaker

5th November 2021

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

Welcome back to the second half of the Autumn term. 

 

This week we have started to think about celebrations. At the start of the week we talked about birthdays and how we celebrated them. The children were encouraged to help Mr Troll to celebrate his birthday when his friends had forgotten all about it. The children made and decorated cupcakes with Miss Haffner and they lit a candle and sang happy birthday to Mr Troll. Some of the children made hats, cards and presents for him. Mr Troll had a great 4th birthday. 

 

We then went on to talk about Diwali, the festival of lights. The children watched some clips of children celebrating Diwali and they made Diva lamps, using clay. The Diva lamps look terrific. The children used clay tools to make marks and they pressed in sequins that are different shapes. Together we used shapes to make Rangoli patterns and we used a salad spinner to create a firework picture. The children used only red, blue and yellow paint, which they squirted onto paper using a pipette and there was excitement in the room when they discovered orange and green in their firework picture. 

 

Next week we will learn about another festival of lights, Hanukkah. We will also be talking about 'In November we Remember' and creating poppies. 

 

This week I noticed that the cloakroom was becoming overcrowded with grown-ups. Please leave your child at the door. If your child does need assistance with their coat help them to take it off before they come in through the door. We are trying to encourage the children to become more independent when taking care of their belongings. 

 

Have a great weekend

 

Miss Whittaker 

22nd October 2021

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

This week we have continued our Spider theme and we created Spider Sandwiches. This was a careful counting activity and the children were encouraged to count out 8 legs. They could choose from celery, cheese and carrots. We only created a spider with 2 eyes, using raisins.  After making them they were able to eat them.

 

During tidy up time on Monday one of the children found a spiders web inside a building block. This was not an ordinary web, it was filled with eggs. We were hoping that we would have had some spiderlings but this has not happened, so far. Currently, the web and block are inside our Wonder Windows but I might just put them outside, for the holidays. 

 

We have talked about who is 3 and who is 4 and we drew a picture of ourselves to put on the board. We really focused on the body parts that God has made for us. God gave us a beautiful head, with a beautiful face and on that beautiful face we have two eyes, a nose a mouth etc. When drawing the picture of ourselves we talked about the different body features and what they can do. Our eyes help us to see, our legs help us to walk etc. 

 

We revisited the story of Creation. We talked about the world that God has created for us and how he made us to live in it. This will be continued next half term. 

 

'Hands are not for Hitting' is a book that we have shared. We talked about all the good things that we can do with our hands. Focus on the positive.

 

This week I sat with small groups of children and shared the story of 'Incy Wincy Spider'.  This is about the Incy Wincy who lives on a farm. We talked about the animals, that Incy Wincy visited and maybe what Incy Wincy was feeling like when he was blown around. When I share a story I name the front cover, back cover and explain to the children that I am going to read the words, this helps me to tell the story. 

 

I wish you all a very happy and safe half term.

 

Miss Whittaker

15th October 2021

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

Thank-you for attending the 'Stay and Play', yesterday. The children were very excited to see you and I can assure you that it is normally a lot calmer during our everyday Nursery (apart from when singing and dancing!) The children really like seeing you in their learning environment and it helps to give you a taste of Nursery life. We will hold another 'Stay and Play', next half term.

 

Thank-you so much for the many donations that we have received. They are very much appreciated and I can assure you that the money gets spent wisely. 

 

Next Thursday we will be having Parent Consultations. On this day your child MUST be collected at 1.15pm. Please be prompt. 

 

This week we have been talking about how God knows our name and that God loves us very much. We shared a story from the bible 'Let the children come to me' and we looked at some pictures of Jesus with children. We talked about how each and everyone of us is beautiful and special in the eyes of Jesus. The children were also introduced to a story named 'Mixed'. This is a great one for talking with younger children about our diverse society. We talked about our families and how are families are similar or different. The children were encouraged to draw a picture of their family.

 

On Thursday the children made some playdough that they brought home. Please practice squeezing and balling the dough. Playdough is really good for developing fine motor muscles. 

 

We have continued to develop our cutting skills. The children have access to scissors in the setting, along with different tools that can be used with paper. Please continue to develop scissor use at home. You can even use scissors with the playdough your child brought home. 

 

We have continued with the spider theme, sharing rhymes and stories. We changed the words to 'One elephant went out to play' and we are encouraging the children to show the correct number of fingers for quantities 1-5. Please continue with this learning at home.

 

Apologies, today I forgot to give your child a slip that will allow you to see your child's school photo, online. I will give these out on Monday. Please check this online. 

 

Have a great weekend

 

Miss Whittaker

 

 

8th October 2021

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

This week we have been continuing our learning about Spiders and the world that God created. The children have worked really hard to make their own spider and we focused on their use of scissors, as they cut their spider legs to the size they wanted. We also introduced the use of a glue spatula (spreader) and talked about wiping off the excess glue before taking it from the pot (we did the same with paint brushes). It would be great if you could continue using child friendly scissors at home, making snips into paper or cutting around simple shapes. 

 

We are continuing to sing nursery rhymes and we are sharing the non-fiction spider book. Did you know that some spiders can walk on water?

 

What do you like about the world that God created was a question that we asked the children this week. Maybe you could ask your child this question at home. 

 

This week we did a Wow shout out for last weeks Home-Wow work. What wonderful work. Well done to grown-ups for writing down what your child said whilst drawing. It really helps when we are sharing the work. 

 

Just a reminder that

-Book Bag Bundles are given out each Monday and we ask them to be returned on the Thursday of the same week

-Home-Wow books are given out on Friday and we expect them to be returned by the following Tuesday.

-Only stud earrings are to be worn in school. 

-Next week there is an Early Essence meeting (this is our online tool for sharing your child's learning, through videos and photos) on Wednesday, in the school hall at 

-We have our first Stay and Play on Thursday 14th October, from 2.15pm. We will open the Early Years gate at this time. 'Stay and Play' is an opportunity for you to come into Nursery to share your child's learning experiences and to let them show you what they like to do. This is not a time to discuss your child's progress. You are welcome to bring younger siblings but they will be your responsibility. Please, if you know that you will not make 'Stay and Play' tell your child in advance and us. This will help them to adjust if they know that you are not coming. 

 

Today your child has brought home two letters. One is regarding applying for a Primary School place (this is so important. Your child does not yet have a Reception place) and the other is regarding a voluntary contribution.

 

Have a happy weekend

 

Miss Whittaker

 

1st October 2021

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

We did it. We made it through the first full time week in Nursery and the children did so well. Today we even ventured up to the hall for a short PE session and they attended their first music session with Mrs Coleman. 

 

This week we have been learning the rhyme 'Incy Wincy Spider' and the children have been introduced to a book with the characters, 'Itchy Nitchy Spider', 'Tutti Frutti Spider', 'Hippy Hoppy Spider' to name a few. All climbing up different parts of a house and experiencing different weathers. Ask your child what they remember from this book. We will continue to share it next week.

 

We have shared a non-fiction book about Spiders, to find out a little more. Did you know that spiders have pale blue blood and that they have little claws on the end of their legs. The children have been encouraged to go on a spider hunt, this weekend. It is Spider Season so there should be plenty around. 

 

As part of our number learning we shared the rhyme 'One elephant went out to play...' and we talked about how many elephants were on a web, each time we added one more. 

 

The children have started to learn the story of creation. This week we have focused on what God created on the first 4 days. Maybe you could continue to talk about this at home. The children were asked to close their eyes, to think about what they could see and to imagine a world with nothing! 

 

We have continued to reinforce 'Whole Body Listening' during carpet times  and we are still encouraging the  children to tidy up after themselves. 

 

Please remember to bring a coat in every day and help your child to develop their independence when putting their own coat on. 

 

The children will be having their individual class photo, on Monday at 9am. Please ensure that your child is wearing full school uniform. 

 

Have a great weekend

 

Miss Whittaker

 

24th September 2021

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

Welcome to the Nursery page and give your child a big pat on the back for starting their settling time in the Nursery. 

 

We have had a very busy week, all of the children are now staying for lunch and they are adjusting well to the transition time. 

 

You may find that your child is unsettled coming back into Nursery after the weekend but this is normal. Your child will start to realise that Nursery is going to be a more permanent routine in their life and they will adjust in their own time. 

 

This week we have focused on developing your child's listening skills. We have talked to them about whole body listening and the expectations that we have at carpet times, we will continue to reinforce this over the coming weeks. At home this can be supported through sharing stories, talking about books, giving your child easy  instructions to follow and by playing simple games, for example 'I Spy'. 

 

Please continue to reinforce personal hygiene, at home. We have a lots of children with runny noses and we are encouraging the children to use tissues and then to put the tissues into the bin (not back into the tissue box or on the floor). Handwashing is so important, please continue to encourage your child to wash their hands after going to the toilet and before eating. 

 

Thank-you for attending last nights meeting. I have attached the presentation below and today your child has been given their Dojo Login detail. Please make a note of the date 13th October at 2.30pm. Miss Demiray will be leading a workshop on how to use Early Essence. 

 

I am proposing the date Thursday 14th October at 2.15pm for our first 'Stay and Play'. This is a chance for you to come and join your child in the Nursery and to play with them. I will let you know more nearer the time. 

 

Book Bag Bundles will be distributed from next  Monday and every Monday thereafter. Please return on the Thursday of the same week. 

 

We will give out Home-Wow Books from next Friday. We expect these to be returned on the Tuesday of the following week. 

 

Sorry, lots of information but it will become clearer as the weeks progress.

 

Best wishes

 

Miss Whittaker

 

Harvest Food Collection
Next week is Harvest Week, so, like we did last year, we will be collecting again for Ealing Food Bank. Our Mount Carmel families have been so unbelievably generous each time we collect, and with the pandemic still affecting families across the borough plus huge hikes in energy bills, now more than ever our local community will need our support this autumn.  If you are able to, please send in one item from the list below with your child next week - each class will have their own collection and the collection will be running all week. I will then take the collections to the food bank next Friday after 6W's Harvest Liturgy. If any parents are available to help me deliver the boxes to the food bank at St Mellitus Hall, 1 Church Rd, Hanwell, London W7 3BB for 10am next Friday, I would greatly appreciate it. Please drop me a line through the school office to let me know if you can help.

Please note, the food bank has got plenty of baked beans, meat, soup and fruit so please do not bring in these items.

Thanks for your continued support,

Miss Hunt

Deputy & RE Lead

24th September 2021

 

Letter from Louise, our Therapeutic Lead from Ealing Schools Counselling Partnership

 

Helping with transitions

Children need our help to make the transition from one activity to another. Just like when we are engrossed on the computer screen or another activity, we find it hard to pull ourselves away to tend to a whining child. Children experience our repeated nagging in the same way we experience their whining: meaning they try to tune it out.

 

How can parents help?

Give one warning before they need to change activities. Then when you go back in five minutes:

· Connect with your child by commenting on the activity they are engaged in for example: "Wow, look at those trains go!"

· Remind them of your deal: "Ok, Nico, it's been five minutes. Remember our deal? Five minutes and no fuss. It's bath time now."

Then, create a bridge from their play to what you're asking: "Do you want the two engines to leap off the track and race all the way to the bathroom? Here, I'll take this one and you take that one; Let's zoom!"

Sometimes we could all do with someone to talk to. If you would like to meet Louise for a confidential and non-judgemental chat about you, your child, or any other worries, she is available on Fridays 9-10am. You can call/text Louise on 07582310756 or email her at lalltimes.307@lgflmail.org

Please check read the letter below to see how you will access your child's learning during self-isolation (hopefully we won't need it!).

What to expect, when?

Our aim is that every child leaves here an Ambassador of Christ; a person who will make a powerful, positive change in the world. #Encourage, Challenge and Support.#
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