Welcome to Genesis Class
Our Class Teacher is: Miss Whittaker
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.
27th November 2020
Time is flying by in the Nursery and the next few weeks are going to go a lot faster. We have such much to do before Christmas including practising for our little Christmas show that you will be able to watch online by the powers of technology, on Friday 11th December at 9am. We will also record the children so that you can share the experience together. We ask that your child wears a Christmas jumper on the day of the show, along with their usual school tracksuit bottoms and shoes. Not got a Christmas jumper? Add a bit of tinsel/sparkle to another jumper that your child owns. Your child will be making a hat in school to wear during the show so no need for Christmas hair bands etc.
This week we have shared the stories 'Stanley's Stick', 'Stick and Stone', 'When I'm Feeling Lonely' and 'Stick Man'. We talked about the different things that we could use a stick for and what is seen/happening in the illustrations in the books.
We have introduced the birthday theme as part of our RE learning this week and we talked about how we celebrate the day of our birth each year. The children were set a challenge this week. 'Mr Troll was feeling very lonely and upset because everybody had forgotten his birthday. What could we do to help make him feel better?' The children rose to the challenge and made cards, had party food, made him pictures, we had games, dancing and celebrated with Mr Troll. He had a great day and the children have had fun too!
Next week we will be continuing the birthday theme and we will be introducing Advent to the children and the Christmas story. We will also be talking about Space and aliens! A busy week ahead.
Have a great weekend
20th November 2020
This week we have been learning about the Jewish Festival of Lights, Hanukkah. We have shared some video clips and we have each painted a Menorah. A Menorah has nine candles. The middle candle is the helper candle (Shamash) and it is used to light the other eight candles. Each of the eight candles represent the days of Hanukkah. Normally, we would have made Potato Latkes but we are not cooking in school (due to Covid) so maybe you could make these with your child at home. Can your child recap anything about the Menorah or Hanukkah?
On Monday your child wore Odd Socks to school. We shared the story 'Mixed' a really good book about difference and we talked about how it is good that we are all different. We have shared the books 'When I'm Feeling Jealous' and 'When I'm Feeling Angry' and talked about these different emotions. As part of this learning we discussed being kind and we shared the story 'The Good Samaritan/Stranger' from a book called 'Stories Jesus Told' which is a child friendly version. We talked about how Jesus wants us to be kind and to look after each other. We looked at the story Cinderella and we talked about the characters not being kind! Next week, we will continue with the kindness theme and also talk about the importance of sharing/taking turns.
Please continue to encourage your child to manage their own personal hygiene, to use a fork and to put on their own coats, at home.
We will be having a Space Dome workshop on the 3rd December 2020 and I am aware that you have been asked to pay for this. Please We will have a 'Space' themed couple of days in between sharing the Christmas learning.
Have a great weekend
13th November 2020
What a busy week we have had in Nursery.
This week we have been learning about the Festival of Lights, Diwali and we continued to learn about Remembrance Day.
The children enjoyed the story about Rama and Sita which can be found by following this link https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/watch/lets-celebrate-diwali and they liked it when we retold the story. The children were given a challenge on Thursday. As I was retelling the story we realised that our Diwa Lamps had gone missing. Our challenge was to make a Diwa lamp so that we could light the way home for Rama and Sita. The children rose to the challenge and created a Diwa lamp, using clay and they decorated them with glitter/glitter shapes. Look out for a picture of these on Early Essence. A display will be created in the classroom. We watched some clips from Cbeebies 'Let's Celebrate-Diwali' and we talked about them as we watched. Maybe you could share them again at home and ask your child to talk to you about them.
As part of our Remembrance learning we created some Poppies, using Salt dough. The children had to think very carefully about how they would make their poppy, using the colours provided. Once these are dry they will also be put on display. The children all did some lovely poppy printing using potatoes, carrots and poppy seeds. These all look great.
We shared the stories 'Chapatti Moon', 'The Runaway Chapatti' and a book called 'Diwali' We also shared some rhymes with a Diwali theme.
It's been a very busy week.
Next week we will learn about another festival of lights, Hanukkah.
Don't forget to wear Odd socks on Monday. Next week we will be thinking about how we can be kind to others.
Have a fabulous weekend
6th November 2020
Hello and welcome back after half term, the children have returned happy and have eased back into the routine.
This week we have been talking about Autumnal changes, bonfire night and we have touched on why they are seeing people wearing a Poppy, at the moment. Whilst talking about remembering people that had died a child mentioned that they had known someone who had died and that they were now in heaven. We talked about this further and I told them that we keep them close in our hearts and in our heads (by thinking about and remembering them).
We also talked about fighting being wrong and that we should use our words instead when things don't go the way we want it to. We shared two books 'When I'm Feeling Angry' and 'When I'm feeling scared' and we talked about these two emotions and what we can do when we start to feel them. We will continue to talk about this next week as we will have our two minutes silence on Remembrance Day.
You may have noticed at pick-up that the layout has changed in the garden area. We are becoming a separate bubble from Reception and we have had to divide the garden in two. The children have helped to sort this and they have been made aware that they will no longer be able to mix with Reception children. Scooters/bikes are to be left in front of the Nursery window so that our play space is not interfered with. We showed the children this afternoon where they now need to leave them.
Please ensure that your child is dressed suitably for outside play. The temperature has dropped this week and the children will still be going out to play.
Have a good weekend
23rd October 2020
Can you believe that we have made it through our first half term. The children have settled in well and they have adapted to their new routines. Give them a great big well done!
Thank-you so much for taking your time to talk to me, yesterday. It was lovely to chat with you all and it's good to hear that your children are happy coming to Nursery. If at any time you are concerned please email me, via the office, and I will respond accordingly.
Please remember to upload to Early Essence. I have seen some wonderful photos/videos of some of the children learning at home but I want to see more, from everybody. If our bubble closes or we go into a lockdown I will want to see that the children are completing the activities I put online (Google Drive), at home. Early Essence is where you will upload the learning so please start doing this now, check that your Usernames/Passwords are working. Please also sign up to Class Dojo's if you have not yet done so.
Each week I will set a weekly home learning task, on a Friday and I will expect that the home learning is uploaded to Early Essence by the following Tuesday (unless the children are expected to bring something in from home). Please see the home learning for the half term task by following 'children', 'home learning', 'Nursery', on this website.
Have a fabulous half term
16th October 2020
Time is flying by in the Nursery and we have been building on previous learning, sharing the story 'Aaarggghh Spider!', doings activities that involve following instructions, sharing nursery rhymes/rhyming books and thinking about counting carefully. We continued to learn about the wonderful world that God has created for us. We have each painted a picture showing what we like about the world that God has created. We have learnt the 'splat it' move in Dough disco and we have been moving to music using big movements.
At the end of the day today we shared a book 'When I'm feeling Kind' and we will continue to talk about the way that we can show kindness towards each other, next week.
Thank-you for sharing your family photos. The children have really enjoyed sharing these with their friends. They can be heard making comments and asking each other questions.
Yesterday, I gave out login details for Early Essence. Please check that these work and upload a video/photo so that I can check if they come through from your account.
Miss Demiray sent out an email regarding 'Loose Parts', we would like to build on this throughout the setting. We would welcome all donations to help enhance exploration. Thank-you.
Please ensure that you have signed up for the Parent Consultations, next Thursday. I will be phoning from school and be keeping to the allocated time of 10 minutes. Please keep your phone with you when you are expecting a call.
Have a great weekend
9th October 2020
This week your child has been given their first home learning challenge. Some of the children have been bringing in photos of their family this week so we have decided that we want all of the children to bring in a photo. This links in nicely with the story 'Aaaarrgghh Spider!' which we have started to share. Please look in the home learning section on this website for further info. We will talk about our families and pets next week. If your child does not have a pet we will ask them what pet they would like, if they could have one.
We have continued to share nursery rhymes, we are encouraging good listening and we have shared the book 'Hands Are Not For Hitting'. This book focusses on the positive uses of our hands. The children have been introduced to Dough Disco and the two moves 'squeeze it' and 'ball it'. We do Dough Disco to music and we encourage this activity to help build finger muscles. The children have each created their own salt-dough spider and thought up a name for it. They were encouraged to talk about what there spider liked to do and when making we talked about how many legs would be required. We went out on a spider hunt, in the big playground and beyond. We didn't find any spiders but we did find lots of webs!
Maybe you can go out on a spider hunt or look for spiders around your home? One of the children did find a spider when they ventured into the toilet today. The children who were playing inside managed to see it but the spider was too fast and it managed to disappear before all of the children had a chance to have a look. We are teaching the children that spiders are one of God's creatures and we must look after them. We need to be kind, gentle and not hurt them. We have shared the story of 'Creation' this week and we will continue this over the next two weeks. Each time we have a snack we discuss where the food has come from, how God has helped the trees that produce the fruit to grow and we say our prayer before eating. Thank-you God.
Please continue to help your child to be independent in toileting, hand washing, nose-blowing and in the putting on of their coat. We encourage this in the Nursery.
Have a lovely weekend
2nd October 2020
Can you believe we have stepped into October! Time is flying by and the weather is changing. Please make sure that your child is dressed sensibly for the seasonal weather changes. Your child is able to access outdoor learning, everyday (even when it is raining!). Please also continue to reinforce personal hygiene at home. This includes going to the toilet independently, washing hands without prompting and blowing/wiping own nose.
Unfortunately, there is no/little time for us to chat to grown-ups at drop off/pick up time. This is new to Mrs Barber and I as well. Those of you who have been through the Nursery before will realise that the drop off/pick up has changed due to the pandemic. Previously, you would have come in to the cloakroom and helped your child to put their belongings on to their peg, at drop-off time and at the end of the session you would've helped them to get their things out of the cloakroom. At this time we cannot allow this and our priority is ensuring that children are collected by the correct adults/carers and that they go to their grown-up, when instructed. If you wish to talk to us please drop us an email and we can make an appointment to speak to you or wait in the Early Years outdoor area until all of the children have been collected at the end of the session. Please also remember to wear a face mask when dropping off/picking up your child.
This week we have continued exploring Nursery rhymes, specifically ones that are spider related, we have shared many stories, we count everyday, talk about day of the week and the weather, say our prayers daily, encourage the children to follow simple instructions and to respond to their name. We have been talking about how to be a good friend and why we need to use kind words when speaking to others. We encourage that we are all friends and that we look out for each other, when in Nursery.
Please ask your child about the word God. We had a rather interesting conversation about this today with comments ranging from them believing that God was 'he loves me', 'Santa-Claus', 'Father Jim', 'school', and rather impressively 'Mrs Barber'. We will continue our discussions over the coming weeks with us learning the story 'Creation'.
Please be reminded that Christmas card designs need to be returned on Monday 5th October.
Book Bag Bundles will be given out again on Monday and they MUST be returned the following Thursday. I know this is a short time but we have to do this due to the pandemic.
I am also aware that some parents have not signed up to the Dojo system. Please do this as we will communicate with you via this system if we are told to close the Nursery.
Have a great weekend
28th September 2020
Book Bag Bundles
Today your child will be bringing home a Book Bag Bundle. Please encourage your child to look after the 5 books that are in the bag by teaching your child how to handle books carefully. Books are precious and we look after them.
I have attached a document ‘Reading with your child 3-4 years’. This will give you some ideas to help you and your child to enjoy the reading experience.
Please remember that reading is FUN!
Enjoy the Book Bag Bundles (although there may be some books that your child likes more than others!)
25th September 2020
Thank-you for attending yesterdays 'Meet the Teacher' meeting. Apologies, for it being so rushed but there is always so much to get through at the start of the year. Please scroll down to the bottom of this page to see a copy of the power point.
I have sent home your child's Dojo log in details. Please check that this works. Please be reminded that this system will be used for communication if we have to close the Nursery.
We will send out the Early Essence logins shortly.
The children have settled in nicely to their lunch routine and we look forward to them staying until 3pm next week. They will continue to stay until 3pm until further notice. This is to allow for Nursery to leave before Reception so there are not too many people in the same area at the same time. Please be on time to collect your child. We will take your child to the office at 3.15pm if they are not collected, this is the time that the gate will be opened for Reception.
Please look below for information on 'Harvest week'.
Have a fabulous weekend
23rd September 2020
In last week's newsletter Miss Hunt wrote about the upcoming Harvest Festival and the donations we collect for Ealing Foodbank.
Harvest Week – wc 28th September With the harvest festival falling on the 4th October, now more than ever, families in Ealing will need our support. On Friday 2nd October, 6W will lead a Harvest Liturgy, so during Harvest Week, please bring in a small contribution to your class’ harvest box so that we can support those families in need. Ealing Food Bank have a list of essential items that are running low in their collection centres, so please see below what their September shopping list includes. Your class teacher can work out with the class who is bringing in what, so that we do not have a box full of Fray Bentos or shampoo! Your contributions make such a difference to those vulnerable families so thank you for your generosity.
Miss Hunt RE Lead
THANK YOU FOR CHOOSING TO SUPPORT EALING FOODBANK. WE'VE BEEN OVERWHELMED WITH THE AMOUNT OF DONATIONS WE'VE RECEIVED DURING LOCKDOWN, BUT AT PRESENT OUR STOCK LEVELS ARE DWINDLING. THERE WAS A 4909KG GAP BETWEEN DONATIONS AND FOOD GIVEN OUT IN AUGUST. WE APPRECIATE THE KINDNESS TO CONTINUE GIVING TO THE FOODBANK AND WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO DO THIS WITHOUT YOU. PLEASE FIND ATTACHED OUR SEPTEMBER SHOPPING LIST.
LONG LIFE FRUIT JUICE AND SQUASH
PIES (FRAY BENTOS)
KETCHUP & MAYO
INSTANT DRINKING CHOCOLATE
SHOWER GEL/HAIR SHAMPOO
NAPPIES - SIZES 4, 5 & 6
BISCUITS - SWEET AND SAVOURY
I would suggest that we use the following system, please bring in the product that is next to the first initial in your surname.
LONG LIFE FRUIT JUICE AND SQUASH- Surname beginning with 'C'
TINNED FRUIT - Surname beginning with 'F'
TINNED VEGETABLES- Surname beginning with 'G'
TINNED SOUP- Surname beginning with 'J'
VEGETARIAN CHILLI - Surname beginning with 'K'
CURRY - Surname beginning with 'L'
PIES (FRAY BENTOS) - Surname beginning with 'M'
KETCHUP & MAYO - Surname beginning with 'N'
TINNED FISH- Surname beginning with 'P'
INSTANT DRINKING CHOCOLATE- Surname beginning with 'R'
SHOWER GEL/HAIR SHAMPOO- Surname beginning with 'S'
NAPPIES - SIZES 4, 5 & 6- Surname beginning with a 'Sc'
BISCUITS - SWEET AND SAVOURY- Surname beginning with 'W'
Please bring in to school, next week, if you wish to donate.
18th September 2020
Hello to you all. The children seem to have had a great week in the Nursery and I hope that they have come home happy. Some of the children may have had a little wobble when coming in to the classroom but I can assure you that this does not continue for very long and that they soon have a smile on their face. It has been lovely spending time with your child and getting to know them in these early stages.
This week we have been busy settling in and some of the children have stayed for lunch. This has so far proven to be successful, with all 11 children having clean plates by the end of lunch today. Little superstars!
Please continue to work on your child becoming independent with toileting and the washing of their hands after. Please check that your child is able to pull up/down their shorts/trousers, independently.
We are coming into the cold season and there are lots of coughs and sneezes in the classroom. We encourage the children to catch their coughs and sneezes, to wipe their nose and to wash their hands after. We have a special monster bin (with a lid) to put the tissues in.
We have encouraged your child to bring a water bottle into school and we do ask the children if they want a drink. Your child is able to help themselves to their water bottle throughout the day, although we do not allow them to leave the carpet at carpet times (unless it is at snack time) to get their bottle as this would be disruptive to others. We have informed the children of this. Please make sure that your child's water bottle is named and encourage them to drink water through the day. Please also ensure that your child's name is visible on their rucksack (put it on the label provided). There are so many in the cloakroom and they are not all identifiable from the outside.
You will be informed if your child has an accident whilst they are at school. Your child will come home with a piece of paper with a brief description of the treatment they have received. They may also be wearing a wristband. A red wristband indicates that your child has injured themselves above the shoulders and a green one indicates that they have injured themselves below the shoulders. We will call you if we feel that an injury needs further medical attention.
Next week, we will be holding a 'Meet The Teacher' meeting on Thursday 24th at 5.00pm-5.30pm. This will be delivered through Microsoft Teams. More information will follow. We hope that you can make it.
By next week all the children will have stayed for lunch. Please inform your child of the different pick up time so that it does not come as a surprise to them when we tell them that they are staying for lunch. Please encourage your child to eat independently, especially when using a fork.
Please be reminded that the drop off time have changed so that the Nursery gate is opened from 8.30am-8.40pm. It is compulsory for all adults to wear a face mask otherwise they will not be allowed inside the gate. Please drop your child at the door and move away as quickly as possible to allow others to get in. If you want to take off your child's jumper do this away from the door before they come in.
Have a fabulous weekend
See you next week