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St Luke's C.E. Primary School

St Luke's C.E. Primary School

High expectations, by all, for all, reflecting the example of Jesus

The Nursery

Below is our most recent blog from the Nursery.  This includes a summary of the two weeks including any important information for the coming weeks (reminders etc).  These will be updated every other Friday.

Friday 22 June 

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Friday 8 June 

On Tuesday there was great excitement from the Nursery children as they arrived back after half term to find that our ‘painted lady’ butterflies had hatched and were ready to be released. We observed them carefully and noticed the patterns and colours on their wings.  We noticed their antennae and the different colours shown on the underside. We waved goodbye to the butterflies as they flew away in the Nursery garden.

Afterwards the butterflies inspired lots of artwork from the children.  Some experimented with symmetrical patterns using paint on one side of a butterfly shape and folding it over.  Others created butterflies with playdough or collage materials. 

Some children have also created books and drawn and written about the life cycle of the butterfly.

We also talked about what the butterflies might need to feed.  We found out that butterflies eat nectar from flowers and looked to see where they might like to feed around the school grounds. 

Before half term we planted our own seeds: spinach, cress and peas.  We have been watering them and checking to see if they grow.  Over the next few weeks we will continue to add new plants and seeds to our Nursery garden.  Maybe we will see the butterflies coming to feed nearby.

Friday 18 May 

The children have been very excited to look at our new visitors in the classroom: caterpillars!  The caterpillars have been busy eating and we have already noticed that they have grown quite a lot since they first arrived. We have been reading lots of stories about caterpillars and butterflies and also doing some finding out using information books. 

Some of the children have also been interested in exploring symmetrical patterns inspired by butterflies using printing. Can you look at some pictures of butterflies in a book/ on the internet? What do you notice about the colours / patterns?

We have also visited the tadpoles in reception class and have been talking about the life cycle of frogs as well.

Please do send in some wow moments linked to using technology.

Friday 4 May 

The children have really enjoyed showing their baby photos. Thank you for sending them in. We have encouraged the children to talk about what they looked like when they were a baby and how they have changed. They talked about what they can do now that they couldn’t when they were a baby / toddler. If you haven’t sent photos in yet, please do. If you have problems printing them, email them to the school office and we can print them out for you.

Technology in the early years comes under ‘knowledge and understanding of the world’.  In nursery we have electronic voice recorders, timers, calculators, a CD player and cameras among other things that the children have been learning to use and play with. We know that there are probably lots of other times that the children are using technology at home. It would be great if you could record this for us by sending in a photo / writing on a wow sticker. This could include turning on a CD player, finding out about something using the computer, using a remote control, using a camera, mobile phone, making toys work e.g. by pressing parts or lifting flaps to achieve effects such as sounds, movements or images.

Friday 20 April 

In Nursery we teach the pre-phonics skills needed before learning to recognise letter sounds. This begins with using sounds in play e.g. animal sounds.  We also spot rhyming words when we sing songs/ nursery rhymes/ share books.  You could have fun playing a rhyming string game with your child e.g. big, pig, dig, slid….

Another skill is clapping out the syllables that make up the words e.g. el-e-phant – clapping 3 beats.  Have fun clapping the names in your family – who has the same number of beats/syllables?

A final step is for the children to be able to hear, use and say the sounds in words. We often say just the first sound of the child’s name and then ask whose name begins with that sound?  You can play “I spy” at home to help with this.  We also practise orally blending the sounds e.g. by saying the sounds separately c-a-t, and then the whole word cat, and then the opposite of this, segmenting, saying the word e.g. dog, then counting and saying the sounds separately, d-o-g.

These are all activities to be done orally – without the actual letters. In Reception they will spend lots of time reading and writing letter sounds.  It is really useful to develop these pre-phonic skills so that the children are ready for this.

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