Croeso i'r Nursery / Meithrin

The Head Teacher and staff are pleased to present you with this handbook which contains information about the Nursery. This will be useful to you during your child’s time in the Nursery so please keep the book handy for future reference:
Parent Information Pack for starting Nursery

All the Nursery staff are so proud and impressed at how confident and brave the children have been settling into Nursery.
They have said goodbye to their families at the door, with a smile, kiss and a wave and straight away been ready to join in the day’s activities. They have started to make friends and show their personalities to staff as well enjoying chatting to staff. Many are keen to show how independent they are with dressing and how kind they can be to each other.
The children have been showing us what they can do and also what they need some help to do. We have been able to gather all this information together to create a baseline on each child, and find out the next steps to support all children develop their knowledge and skills through a fun and meaningful topic.

This term our topic is called:

We the Curious

We have been talking about what the word curious means and thinking carefully of some questions the children would like to ask. As we have been using the outdoors so much, lots of our questions have been about our environment. We have decided to be curious about the season Autumn and this should answer lots of our questions- here are some examples:
Why is the grass green?
Why have the flowers died ?
How does the sun know when to be in the sky?
Why are the leaves yellow and brown ?
Why are there no apples on that tree ?
What are these? (acorns)
Can animals eat them? (acorns)
Do the squirrels eat them? (acorns)
Nursery children will listen to information books read to them about autumn, as well as stories about autumn. We will investigate animals that hibernate in autumn and find out why the leaves are changing colour.
There are plenty of counting, size, measurements, sorting and matching skills to develop using leaves, conkers, acorns and twigs. Opportunities to mix colours to match the leaf colour, as well as print with leaves or create conker pattern art will develop their knowledge as well as creative skills.
As a Christian faith school, the children will learn about the Christian festival of Harvest, and how it is celebrated. Staff will develop the children’s curiosity about fruits and vegetables by allowing children to handle them, play with them, print with them and the best part cook and eat them. (Not the ones we have printed with !!). The children will also learn how to make bread and what ingredients are needed.
Autumn time is a very beautiful season with plenty of colour and changes happening all around us. We can’t wait to get started on all these fun, practical activities.

The following information about Nursery may be helpful. Upcoming or daily events are communicated via Schoop (our school messaging platform), newsletters, and our school website. Our Twitter page @bhvcprimary shows how much fun we have in Nursery each week!
We are continuing to foster a love of reading through a range of stories and information books this term. We will be talking about what happens in the beginning, middle and ending of the stories along with retelling those using puppets and props.
Don’t forget to use our Nursery library to share some great stories with your child and help them love books.
The children will continue to recognise and write their own names using the school’s letter formation. Please encourage your child to write their name and hold their pens/pencils correctly in whichever hand they feel comfortable.
Please continue to have a variety of different mark making tools for your child to use at home (paint, chalk, crayons, thick pens, thin pens etc) to support their learning.
The children are joining in with all the number rhymes and songs, which is helping them to count forwards and backwards. It is also introducing them to simple addition and subtraction. During the term we will be using maths vocabulary of measuring (short, tall, long,), as well as recognising numbers to match with the same amounts.
Our daily days of the week song is helping children gain an understanding of time and sequencing events during the day and week.
Please support your child’s development of counting, recognising numbers and shapes while you are out and about, as well as in the home
Other Information
SNACK-TIME: Snack costs £2.00 each week. Can parents please try to bring the money in each Monday.
Don’t forget to label any drink bottles your child brings into Nursery and that the drink is water or sugar free squash. Milk is available daily for all children.
CLOTHES: Please can parents remember to provide a complete change of clothes for their child. This needs to be in a carrier or drawn string bag on their peg.
Just a reminder to check that your child’s clothes are clearly labelled, with their names, to ensure there is no confusion over items, especially jumpers and cardigans. All the Nursery staff feel that the poem below explains our role and how we view our job.

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