Can you believe it? We started school a whole month ago! Time flies!
We thought you might like to see some of the exciting activities we have taken part in, and perhaps you might like to do some of these exciting things at home.
George is a toy monkey who belongs to the Summerfield Nursery classes.
George likes to have weekend sleepovers at children's houses, where he can join in with all the activities our children enjoy with their families.
Every Friday, George will choose the child he would like to spend the weekend with, and he will go home with that person on Friday, and will return to school on the following Monday.
George has his own journal, which goes with him. When he visits you, we would like you to take one or two photographs of George with your family, and write a short diary entry of George's experiences with you. If you would like to see what George got up to last year, please ask Mrs. Chana, Miss Razaq or Miss Geary to show you last years journal. Thank you.
It's half term already, and we have been working very hard in Nursery.
We have seen tremendous progress being made by the children in just a few short weeks.
Here are some of the activities we have done.
We would like to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who has supported their child in completing their homework tasks. Can we remind you that we provide homework to support your childs' learning, by practicing the skills they are developing, at home, as well as at school, and it is for them to complete. If you would like a second copy in order for you to work alongside your child, please ask one of the Nursery staff.
Some of the homework that has been returned this term, has not been completed by the nursery children.- we know, because we have been doing similar work in the class, and have been able to compare the work!
We would like to say "Happy Diwali" to all our friends who will be celebrating The Festival of Light during half term.
The Autumn Term is nearly over! During the month, we have been taking part in "Forest School" sessions, and have been producing some excellent art work using natural materials. Autumn is a great time to look for and use fallen leaves, twigs, acorns, conkers, pine cones and small stones..
We have worked together, and worked on our own to make faces using these natural objects. Look at some of our pictures, and try to identify what we have used.
As you can see, all of the faces are different!
We were so good at making the faces, we were challenged to make our own.
We used tree trunk slices for the face, and we chose different materials to make the facial features.
Here are some we made.
We have also been meeting milestones in the classroom. we have been practising tracing our names, and several of us are now confidently writing letters some of which are in our names.
One of our next challenges will be to write our names independently, writing our names on all our work!
Tomorrow we are going on our trip to Wibbly Wobbly soft play centre. Pictures will be posted a soon as possible!
Although we have only been at school for two weeks in December, we have been extremely busy.
On the first of December, we went to Wibby Wobbly soft play centre, where we were able to climb, slide, jump, and crawl on the play equipment. The children were exceptionally well behaved, and everyone had a wonderful time.
We are planning other trips out next term, as they are extremely valuable to our understanding of the world around us, and a vital part of the Early Years curriculum.
We have been practicing a song which is part of our "Wake Up, Shake Up" routine, to perform infront of the school and our parents.
In the classroom, we all join in with the actions, and some of us sing most of the words too.
When we were confronted by an audience, we lost some of our confidence, but with the help of our teachers, the audience AND Mr. Ellis, we performed our dsong and dance really well. We were all very proud of our efforts.
The Nursery Staff would like to say a VERY big THANK YOU! for supporting your childrens' learning throughout this term.
We wish you a safe and happy holiday, and look forward to seeing you in 2017!
This month we have been learning about animals. We have learned about jungle animals, safari animals and the twelve animals from which the Chinese years are named.
We have moved like animals, been on an animal hunt, drawn, painted and collaged animals, and read lots of animal stories - our favourite story is "Dear Zoo", by Rod Campbell.
February / March 2017
We are half way through the school accademic year already, - how time flies!
Everyone is working very hard, and we are enjoying developing our skills.
As part of our topic, we have been looking at emergency vehicles. Today a police officer brought his patrol car to school so we could look at it closely.
The officer was only able to see the afternoon Nursery children, but we are hoping to ask him back later in the term to provide the morning children with a similar experience.
The police officer allowed us to get into the car. We pretended to be drivers, and passengers and we enjoyed turning all the dials, and pressing all the buttons in the car.
The children enjoyed the experience very much, and were all excitedly looking forward to going home and telling their families all about their special afternoon.
The Nursery Staff would like to say a huge THANK YOU to all the parents who were able to attend our Parent workshops. Don't worry if you were unable to attend this time, another set of workshops is being planned for the Summer Term.
We had three days where our parents were invited in to the classroom to work alongside their children. Miss Geary's family group parents were invited in on Tuesday 21st March, Ms. Razaq's family group parents were invited in on Wednesday morning and Thursday afternoon, and Mrs. Chana's family group parents were invited in on Thursday 23rd March.
We challenged the parents to make a vehicle - (which linked directly to our theme of transport) with their children. There was a selection of tubes, boxes, paper, and shallow plastic trays to choose from, and the children showed their parents how independent they are becoming, by locating and using scissors, and glue. All of the materials we used (with the exception of paper fasteners), are items which we usually throw away at home. Below are some photographs of our efforts.
April / May 2017
We are now well into the Summer Term. There is still lots to do, but here are some of the highlights of this half term.
It has been another busy but enjoyable time in Nursery.
We have had two successful trips to the Birmingham Conservation Centre.
21st June - Afternoon children's trip
Our first visit, - with the afternoon children, took place on the hottest day of the year (so far)!
Luckily the centre has plenty of trees, and we were able to find lots of shaded areas to stop to drink our extra bottles of water.
The children were so sensible, - it was a pleasure to see them so happy, and so interested in the animals. The children were a credit to their families and to Summerfield School.
Here are some snap shots of our day.
28th June - Morning children's trip
What a difference a week makes to the weather in this country! On the first trip, we had sunshine, and heat, on the second trip, it was overcast and cool, and it had rained overnight!
The children wore their coats all day, and we didn't need many drinks breaks!
The cooler weather seemed to encourage more of the animals out into their enclosures.
We saw some animals before lunch, before playing in the adventure playground. Before we came back to school, we had time to see some more animals.
We are delighted to tell you, we were complimented on the behaviour of our children on both trips!
The Nursery staff would also like to say a big THANK YOU to all of the parents who listened to and acted upon our advice.