Welcome to GREEN TEAM
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.
1st April 2020
Further information from Early Essence
Please can all E2P clients be aware that due to unforeseen circumstances, traffic on the various mobile networks due to Coronavirus, we are experiencing issues with uploading video’s to the website.
Whilst the level of traffic is beyond our control. Please can parents upload their video’s of home learning via the website until further notice.
This is purely a short term measure that we could not foresee. However, our app team are working hard to come up with a solution for this virus related issue.
Please be assured the we are doing everything we can to resolve the issue and we will notify you immediately on a solution for parental users of the app.
Many thanks and stay safe.
23rd March 2020
We are aware that some videos are not uploading properly to Early Essence. The videos are coming through to us blank and we are unable to watch these. We have contacted Early Essence and the advice we were given for when you are uploading videos is:
Please email if further assistance is required. We would really like you to use Early Essence during our time out of school.
19th April 2020
We hope you have had a lovely Easter holiday and are well rested. As we will not be returning to school just yet, we will continue to provide home learning activities for your child to complete at home. We will set a variety of challenges, projects and one-off activities to complete on a weekly basis to support the EYFS areas of learning. As well as these, Reception will upload daily tasks that include Phonics, Maths and Physical challenges.
We have created a new EYFS google drive link so we can share our resources and tasks with you, and so the children can go back and self-select an activity, at any point, should they wish. You will only need to be sent this link once and you can then follow the same link to check your child’s updated learning tasks each day. This is an area where all children in EYFS can access their daily/weekly learning and a whole range of other resources that we will slowly build up over time, such as stories. The link will be emailed directly to you, so keep an eye out for it.
We understand these are challenging times we are going through and home learning can be tricky. We would just like to say a BIG thank you for continuing to put time and energy into your child’s learning. We have seen some fantastic work come through Early Essence, so please do continue to upload the children’s work/responses to the activities set, via Early Essence. The children are doing really well, and so are you!
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in contact with your child’s teacher via Info@mountcarmel.ealing.sch.uk... we are only an email away!
Early Years Team
Why not tune into Shonette Bason's Spread the Happiness YouTube channel for some fun Fine motor exercises! The children love doing 'dough disco' at school, so they will know exactly what to do! Don't worry if you have no play dough in the house - a sponge or other squishy household items will do!
You can tune in daily at 9:30am on the following link
2nd April 2020
Dear Nursery children and grown-ups,
Please find attached some activities based around the story 'The Odd Egg' and some Easter themed crafts. Add your work to Early Essence so we can see what you have been doing. I have uploaded some photos and videos of the ducklings to your Early Essence pages, take a look.
Take a look at this website for some more Easter based activities for during Holy Week.
Have a lovely Easter break.
1st April 2020
Dear nursery children,
I hope that you are cracking on with your easter learning.
Unfortunately, we have not been able to make Chocolate Easter Nests this year.
Maybe you can ask your grown-up to help you make some at home, they are very yummy.
The bbc good food website have some very tasty sweet treats and there are some healthy treats on there too!
31st March 2020
Dear Nursery children,
Have you seen any rainbow pictures in windows when you have been out for your daily exercise?
Did you know that lots of children have been making colourful pictures of rainbows and putting them in their windows to spread happiness and hope? Maybe you could do the same.
If you are using paint you could do a little colour mixing. How can can you make purple? What happens if you mix together the two colours red and yellow? What colour do you need to mix with yellow to make blue?
Please send me a photo of your rainbows on Early Essence. Thank-you to those children that have been sharing photos. I have added comments but for some reason they might only show up in the learning journey.
30th March 2020
Have you seen Andy's Wild Workouts on cbeebies? Give them a go...
Please do some careful counting, every day. Remember to point at every object assigning each a number name. What will you count today?
26th March 2020
Dear children, parents/carers,
Here's a link to another set of daily learning videos that are currently taking place...
Today was about seeds, maybe you can see what happens to a potato if you grow it.
25th March 2020
Dear Children, Parents/Carers,
Try doing the Joe Wicks daily workout at 9am, Monday to Friday. It's great exercise for all and I really encourage you to join in with your child. Lucy (my daughter) and I have tried it and we were pretty energised (well I was exhausted)! Make sure you have water to hand. Keep exercising...
How are your Grass Heads growing? Have you given them a trim? Do you think the grass will grow back if you cut it?
Why don't you play a game of hide and seek? Think about the different places that you hide. Just make sure that you play safely.
This week we would’ve started to share the story ‘Rosie’s Walk’ and I would like you to do the same at home. You can use this ‘you tube’ clip if you do not have a copy of the book https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aynZh1-fsBg (I would suggest turning off the volume to start off). Please share as if you were reading a book and pause at each page to ask questions and to talk about what is seen/happening, what might happen next and to focus on the positional language, for example around, over, under.
The story would’ve been shared over the week with activities spread out. There is a suggestion of activities below that could be done, based on the story, at home. You could choose to do a couple of them…
Children can use animal toys for the fox and hen to act out the story. It’s a really good way for them to get to know the story well and helps to build their confidence with books.
Make a map
On a large sheet of paper, using pencils or pens in similar colours to the book, children can draw the farmyard as a storymap. They can look at the pictures in the book to help them but not copy them. Using small toys as Rosie and the fox, children can tell the story in their own words. To begin, you could start moving the hen around the farmyard and telling Rosie’s story, with children moving the fox toy to tell the fox’s story.
Act it out
Use boxes, cushions and blankets and any other suitable props to create the world of the farmyard to go on a walk, going across, around, over, past, through, and under. Children can tell the story as they go on their journey. They might like to make up their own story about going for a walk in a different place, such as a forest or a house.
Make a book
Using paper or card make a book to show favourite parts of the story and the unwelcome surprises for the fox.
Talk about the fox. Is the fox’s journey the same as Rosie’s? How do you think the fox could be feeling? Where do you think the fox lives? (This could lead into some research on foxes!)
There is an animated clip of Rosie’s Walk but I would recommend that you read the story a couple of times before sharing this. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3kNUTwJhf8
News to share is that the ducklings are all doing well and they are enjoying bath time!!! They are growing quickly and they love to run around (and sleep!).
Happy learning and take care,
20th March 2020
This week we have been watching very carefully after five very special eggs were delivered to school. They started out in an incubator but very soon they started to crack. Can you remember what came out of the eggs? Ducklings! We have four very fluffy, lively ducklings. There is another duckling that is requiring some extra special care from Mrs Barber. I will add photos soon. Grass heads have also gone home this week. Please continue to look after these and when the hair gets too long you can give it a trim! Talk to your child about what is happening to the Grass heads and look for other signs of Spring.
The children created a special gift for their mummy, this week. Each child put special thought and effort into their work ask him/her about how they created their painting.
Every day the children are being encouraged to recognise and write their name, when they come into Nursery, please continue to encourage this at home. Remind your child to use the correct pencil grip and to form letters that they make, correctly.
We have been very diligent about washing our hands. Please continue to do this at home.
From next week I will be putting learning online. Please check this website. I have not handed out books as it would be preferable for you to use your child's online Early Essence. Upload photos, videos and comments about what your child has been doing in response to tasks added.
Talking is one of the most important things that you can do with your child. Talk to them about what is seen/happening, about what you are doing, about the different things that you both observe, encourage questioning; ask them questions and encourage them to ask questions. Keep building on your child’s vocabulary by introducing and exploring new words. Try to read at least five stories a day. Talk about the illustrations, about what they think might be happening, about where the story is set, think about alternative endings, what do they like about a story and what do they dislike.
Please continue to look at the school website for updates on Home learning, from Monday.
Hope to see you all soon, take care,
Best wishes to you all,
We have managed to re-arrange our EYFS Church trip for Wednesday 25th March. Timings remain the same. However, the morning trip will now leave at 9:45am and the afternoon trip will leave at 1pm. If you are available to help, please sign up on the sheets outside your child’s classroom from Monday and meet us at the school office at the above times on the day. The more parents the better! Unfortunately, siblings will not be able to join us on the walk up to the Church but they are welcome to meet us there.
Please be reminded that on this day Nursery AM children MUST be collected from the Church at 11.15pm and that the full time children will be attending the afternoon trip.
Please sign up to help
13th March 2020
This week we have started to learn about growing. We have shared the story Jack and the Beanstalk and we have thought about what we would find at the top of a Beanstalk if we climbed to the top. The children drew their ideas and we have put them into their school wow-book. We have planted Beans to see if we can grow our own Beanstalk and the children have created their own Grass Heads, ask your child about what they had to do.
We will be continuing the growing theme throughout the rest of the half term and next week the school will be having a special delivery!
Please continue to reinforce your child's thorough handwashing over the weekend and the disposing of tissues once they have been used.
Have a great weekend
6th March 2020
Please be reminded that Nursery will be closed on Thursday because of Parent Consultations. There will be Stay and Play on Friday so that you have the opportunity to look at your child's book and to spend some time with your child in the classroom.
Have a good weekend
28th February 2020
Apologies for the cancellation of the Church visit today because of the bad weather. We will let you know when we have a rescheduled date.
This week we have been making Pancakes on Shrove Tuesday and the children received Ashes from Father Jim on Wednesday. We have started to talk about the importance of Lent and we changed the fabrics on the Prayer Table to purple. What have you given up for Lent? Talk to your child about this and why you have done it.
This week we have been focusing on the letter sound 'p'. Please play games with your child, for example I spy, that help your child to identify the sound at the start of a word. Please continue to reinforce careful counting and recognition of their name.
Next week is World Book Week and on Thursday your child should come to Nursery dressed as a word of their choosing.
Have a fabulous wekend
4th February 2020
This week we have been learning about John the Baptist and when Jesus was Baptised. After the holidays we will be going to the church to learn more about what happens during a Baptism and Father Jim will demonstrate this using a doll. Please read the attached letter and complete the slip. We will need parent helpers and you are more than welcome to join us.
Over the half term please continue to reinforce mark making, asking your child to tell you about what they have drawn, scissor skills, cutting along lines that you can draw for them and story telling. When you are out and about point out letters and numerals to your child and talk about them. For example if you see a letter 'b' think about what objects/words begin with a b sound (ball, bounce, banana, boat...). If you see a number three ask them to give you three objects or to count three objects.
When we return we will be very busy in the lead up to Easter and in March we will be welcoming some special (little) visitors!
Have a wonderful, rest filled half term
24th January 2020
This week the children have been learning the story 'The Great Race' which is the story of how the years got named after the different animals for the Lunar New Year. Do you know who won the race? The children enjoyed egg fried rice and vegetable spring rolls in the kitchen on Thursday and we had fun thinking of different ways that the twelve animals may move, in the hall on Friday. Each child made a lantern to help decorate the classroom and you will have an opportunity to see these next Friday, at 'Stay and Play'. Cutting skills became a focus this week and this is the Home-Wow for over the weekend. Please allow your child to use child-friendly scissors so that they can make snips in paper/play-dough/catalogues etc. This all helps with your child's Fine Motor physical development.
Please be reminded that your child must only wear stud earrings whilst at Nursery. This is for their own safety.
Please continue encouraging your child to put on their own coats and to zip them up too.
Have a great weekend
10th January 2020
Welcome back and Happy New Year to you all.
The children have settled very quickly back into our daily routine and they have been very busy learning about the Three Kings (Magi's) journey, this week. We found out that the Kings crossed deserts, seas, climbed mountains and went through valleys to meet the new born King, when they followed the very special star. We talked about the very special gifts that the Kings gave to the new baby and during a carpet session the children investigated the smoking Frankincense and the scent of Myrrh. Over the weekend we would like you to talk to your child about what gift they would give Jesus.
The children made a Special Star in the creation area and in the kitchen with Mrs Barber. Ask your child about the Star sandwich that they made.
The children started to talk about space whilst we were talking about the Special Star so we shared the story 'Whatever Next'. Next week we will continue to share this and discuss the story in greater depth.
Mrs Walsh sent out an email that has the Christmas Show attached. Please let Mrs Barber or I know if you have not received this and we will check that we have the correct email address for you.
Currently, we have a shortage of spare underwear in the Nursery. We would welcome any donations of knickers, underpants and socks. Please return any borrowed clothes that belong to the Nursery.
Have a great weekend
18th December 2019
Thank-you so much to all of the parents who attended the theatre yesterday, your help was greatly appreciated. The children had a brilliant time and the feedback from them as been very positive. We will have to start planning the next trip!
Mrs Barber and I have really appreciated the generous gifts that we have received and we would like to say a huge thank-you to you all. We wish you a Merry Christmas and we look forward to seeing you all in the New Year.
Thank-you for your continued support
Miss Whittaker and Mrs Barber.
13th December 2019
What an amazing show the children put on for you today. Mrs Barber and I are super proud of all of them. Great singing, actions and a few dancing moves! They carried on even when the music went off. It turns out that the internet went down across the school but the show still went on!
On Tuesday we are off to the Watermans Centre. We will depart school at approximately 9.30am, with the show starting at 10.30am and return at approximately 12.00pm.
On this day there will be NO AFTERNOON Nursery as all of the children will be expected to go to the theatre together. All children (including afternoon Nursery) MUST be in school at 8.30am. The children will be travelling together, on the bus and attending the same production. AM and PM children are to be collected from the Nursery at 12.15pm from the usual gate (Please be aware that we are relying on public transport and may be a little later than expected).
Full Time Nursery will remain in school but we request that ALL of the children bring a packed lunch on this day as we may not be back in time for a school dinner. Full Time Nursery are to be picked up at the usual time of 3.20pm.
The children must be in full school uniform and they do not need to bring any money or snacks on the day of the trip.
If you are helping on the trip please be in school for 9.15am.
Have a great weekend
6th December 2019
This week the children have been very busy learning new songs and a story that they will share with you next Friday.
The story of Angel Gabriel visiting Mary as been the main talking point this week. From this the children have created some beautiful Angels that are now on the wall. We have also had to make a decoration for the hall so they have created a painting of baby Jesus in his manger, sticking on some straw to help make him more comfortable!
Talk to your child about what they have been learning. What did Angel Gabriel say when he visited Mary?
We look forward to seeing you all at the Christmas Show on Friday 13th December.
Have a great weekend
29th November 2019
This week we have been learning about the Jewish Festival of Lights, Hanukkah. We have been sharing books about how Hanukkah is celebrated and we have watched a clip about a young boy who celebrates Hanukkah with his family. The children have been introduced to a Menorah and they have painted a picture of this, ensuring that they had the correct number of candles. On Thursday they made Potato Latkes with Mrs Barber, these went down very well dipped in apple sauce! make some at home, Mrs Barber followed the Jamie Oliver recipe!
Over the next couple of weeks we will be doing lots of singing in preparation for our Christmas Show. Next week I will be sending out a Secret Santa letter so that your child can purchase a small gift for a named child (there will be a maximum spend). On the day of the show (about 9.30am-ish) we will have a special visitor who will deliver the presents for them. There will be a chance for grown-ups to mingle with their child whilst having refreshments and we will finish at 10am. We are limiting the number of adults attending to three per child, older siblings will also be in attendance. This is a lot of people for these children to be performing in front of but we know that they are super brave and that they can do it. The children are required to wear a Christmas Jumper and it would be great if the grown-ups could too! This is the first time that The Nursery Show is being performed in the hall (normally it would be in the classroom) and on the day it will be the first time that the children will have performed it together as a whole Nursery.
Thank-you so much, we have had a lot of volunteers for the trip to the Watermans. A list will be put up next week. If you are no longer able to help please let us know. I am aware that some payments are outstanding and we have not received all of the slips. Please return the slip asap. Your child will not be able to come if we do not have this!
Have a great weekend
22nd November 2019
Thank-you so much for joining us for 'Stay and Play' today. It's great that the children can share their learning with you. We look forward to seeing you all on Sunday. The children are on stage at 12.20pm but please arrive at the stage for 12.15pm.
Have a fabulous weekend
See you Sunday
From Miss Whittaker
15th November 2019
We started this week by touching on Remembrance Day. The children were shown a short video clip that can be found on the cbeebies website https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/watch/poppies that shows a rabbits journey through the poppy fields. We talked about the different emotions that the rabbit went through. The children created some beautiful poppy paintings and a salt dough poppy each. We talked about the significance of the Poppy and asked God to hear our prayer to help us and others to make good choices and to use our words instead of fighting.
With it being anti-bullying this week we have talked about being kind to ourselves and others. We shared a story that Jesus told 'The Good Stranger' (Samaritan) and we talked about how in the story the third man was good and kind because he helped somebody in need. We continued the theme of being kind and the children made a kindness biscuit with Mrs Barber. The children were asked who they would like to make the biscuit for and they were encouraged to think about others. For home learning this week the children have been asked to think of all the kind things that they may do when they are feeling kind.
Please continue reinforcing personal hygiene at home. We have a lot of children with coughs and sneezes and we encourage the children to cover their mouths/noses when coughing/sneezing. We also encourage children to blow their own noses and to put the tissue in the bin once used. Please also remind your child to wash their hands when they have used the toilet, this includes boys and girls, to get them into the habit. We are noticing that we are reminding them a lot at the moment.
Next Friday we will have our first 'Stay and Play'. This is an opportunity for you to join in with your child's Nursery experience. It is not a time to chat with the teacher about your child's progress but a chance for you to spend some time with your child within the setting. Siblings are welcome but they are parents/carers responsibility. All phones MUST be switched off. We will open the gates at 10.15am and 2.15pm to let you in. Please can the parents of Full Time Nursery tell their child which session they will be attending. If you are not going to attend please prepare your child in advance.
Have a great weekend
8th November 2019
In November we remember! This week the children have been introduced to three Saints. Saint Peter, Saint Paul and Saint Mary. We chose Saints that are linked to our school and church and the children were shown pictures of them. Saint Peter was good at fishing (for fish and people, to join the church), Saint Paul was good at writing and Saint Mary was good at loving. They gave what they were good at to Jesus and God. We talked about what the children are good at and what they could give to God. We also talked about the Halo around the heads of the Saints.
The children created some wonderful firework paintings on the 5th November. They used a paint palette and water (and were reminded to clean the brush before they chose a new colour) glue and glitter. You can see the paintings in the Nursery. The children were encouraged to move like a firework to music, they shared a bonfire night story and we watched a firework display on the whiteboard. Ask your child about a Catherine Wheel. What does it do?
We have re-capped on our Diwali learning and the children have painted their salt-dough Diva lamps. Whilst painting them we chatted about what they could remember about the Diva lamps and why/how they are used. The children re-read the stories 'The Runaway Chapati' and 'Chapatti Moon'.
Thank-you for all the leaf donations. Next week we will be sharing a story called 'Leafman' and they will be creating their own leaf pictures. This week we went on a Leaf Hunt in the playground after sharing the story 'We're Going on a Leaf Hunt'. On Monday the children will be learning a little about Remembrance Sunday so maybe you could talk to them about the Poppies they will be seeing when they are out and about.
Please remember to return the slips for the Nursery trip to see Pinocchio. There are still some slips outstanding. The slip is required so that we have permission to take your child out of school.
A huge thank-you for the voluntary donations that we have received for cooking/arts/crafts activities. It is hugely appreciated and the money is used towards your child's learning experiences. Thank-you.
Have a great weekend
From Miss Whittaker
1st November 2019
This week the children have been learning about the Hindu 'Festival of Lights' Diwali. They have each made a 'Diwa' out of salt dough, we will decorate this when they have dried and they made a Chapatti with Mrs Barber. The Chapattis were quickly eaten with the children having a choice of either yoghurt or Raita to dip them into. The children have had the opportunity to create Rangoli Patterns, using paint or rice and to draw around their hand so that they could decorate the outline with a pattern. Together we coloured some rice and whilst doing this we touched on colour mixing, The children were excited to see that the rice had changed colour. To learn more about Diwali we watched a cbeebies show called 'Let's Celebrate' which showed us how a girl called Jessica prepared for and celebrated Diwali with her family.
This week we have been sharing two stories about a Chapatti. 'The Runaway Chapati' a story similar to the Gingerbread Man and 'Chapatti Moon'. Ask your child about the stories.
This week your child has received two letters. One is regarding the online payment system that is used in school and the other is regarding a trip to Watermans Centre to watch their Christmas show 'Pinocchio'. I have attached a copy of the letter below. Please remember to return the slip, this gives us permission to take your child out of school.
Have a great weekend
18th October 2019
Today your child has brought home a Christmas card template. It is my understanding that you have received an email regarding this. I would recommend that all the children complete this task. Please return the form on the first Monday back.
Thank-you so much for meeting with me at Parent Consultations, yesterday. It is great to hear that your children enjoy coming to Nursery. Please make an appointment to see me if you have any concerns in the future. I hope that all of you log in/passwords worked for Early Essence. I will be uploading the presentation later today, explaining the app.
This week we have continued to discuss how God has created our wonderful world. The children have painted some lovely pictures showing what they can remember from the Creation story. They were asked the question 'What did God Create?' Maybe you could continue this discussion over the holidays, especially when you are out and about.
Have a fabulous half term
From Miss Whittaker
11th October 2019
This week we have been learning about the story of bread and the role that God plays. Where does bread come from? Who helps to make the bread? God created the soil that the seed grows in, God put the sun in the sky, God created the water that helps the seed to grow, God created the people that are involved in growing the wheat and making the bread. Thank-you God for the Farmers, the Millers and the Bakers. All food has a story. Maybe you could talk about this during meal times. We have shared the story 'The Little Red Hen' and the children have been encouraged to talk about what is seen and happening in the illustrations.
Please be reminded that all children need a coat in school everyday, we are outside in all weathers. Your child must also bring a water bottle everyday.
Please be reminded that Parent Consultations are next Thursday. Nursery is closed all day.
Next Wednesday we will be having a meeting at 2.45pm for parents regarding Early Essence, our online assessment system. passwords will be handed out at Parent Consultations.
Have a great weekend
4th October 2019
We have been very busy in the Nursery over the last few weeks. We are now happy to say that the children are settled into the routine and adapting to life in the Nursery. We are really focussing on tidying up after we have finished playing with a resource and how we look after all that we have in the Nursery. The children are being encouraged to share, to take turns and to use kind hands. We ask the children to use their words if they are not happy with something that has happened for example, if someone takes a toy from them. If using their words doesn't work they must tell a grown-up.
The weather is turning colder and the children are expected to have a coat in the Nursery. Please encourage them to be independent when putting their own coat on. We also require independence when the children are toileting or need changing. This is something that can be helped with at home. Encourage your child to dress and undress themselves, daily.
This week we have been learning a little about Harvest. This will continue next week as well touching on God's wonderful world and how we can continue to look after it. On Thursday the children used some vegetables to help make a vegetable soup. Can your child tell you what vegetables were used? (Potato, leek, celery and carrot) Can your child tell you what they had to do with the vegetables? Maybe you could make some soup at home. Most of the children enjoyed the taste.
This week we have given out the Home-Wow books. Please look after these books and return it on Tuesday.
Have a good weekend
Dear Parents/ Carers,
Thank-you for attending the 'Meet the Teacher' information evening last night. It was great to see so many of you there. I have added a copy of the power point below.