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Nursery Newsletter- 16th April

 

We hope you all had a lovely Pesach and a nice break. 

It was lovely to welcome Raymond Salem to Nursery this week.

 

We have had a very busy and fun first week back. The children were able to be outside a lot as the weather was really sunny. They enjoyed chatting and playing with their friends and catching up after the holidays. This is all part of their Personal, Social and Emotional Development and Communication and Language skills. 

 

In Letters and Sounds we started Phase 2. We learnt the letter sound ‘s’ and ‘a’. For each of the letters, we learnt the name of the letter, the sound, the action and the ‘Jolly Phonics’ songs for the letter ‘s’ and ‘a’. (‘Jolly Phonics’ songs are attached. The actions for each of the letters are shown in the songs) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvAYUvQUrGo)

 

The children enjoyed sharing pictures of the object they had chosen to represent the different letters. In Literacy some children enjoyed making a sun for the letter sound ‘s’ and either writing the ‘s’ sound or sounding out the word and writing ‘s-u-n’. For the letter sound ‘a’, some of the children enjoyed apple printing and practised writing the letter ‘a’.

 

Next week we will learn the letters ‘t’ and ‘p’. We will continue to learn two sounds a week on a Monday and Wednesday and revise the letters on a Tuesday and Thursday.

From next week, your child will be able to bring in the actual object beginning with the letter sounds they have learnt to share with the class. Please make sure these objects are hard toys and easily cleaned. 

 

Can the following children please bring an object beginning with the letter sound ‘t’ for our session on Tuesday 20th April:

 

Erin

Bella

Scarlett

Alex

Sienna

Joshua

Eva

Ruby F

Dylan

Lia

Ilse Bella

Lily


 

Can the following children please bring an object starting with the letter sound ‘p’ for the session on Thursday 22nd April:

 

Liora

Eliya

Jethro

Rachel

Ben

Zach T

Ruby T

Zachary W

Yanai 

Hanna 

Raymond

 

Please ensure that objects for both sounds are handed in on Monday 19th April. When selecting your objects, please make sure that the name has the correct sounds when you say it. For example, a shoe starts with a ‘s’ sound, but when sounded out it has a ‘sh’ sound.

 

Please make sure you send your child in with an object to show, otherwise your child will miss out on the opportunity to share with their classmates which can cause disappointment.

 

In Mathematics the children practised their counting skills and enjoyed counting to 100.  We revised all numbers to 19 and learnt the new number of the week; number 20. Some of the children enjoyed being able to play with water. They enjoyed filling different sized containers with coloured water and explored different vocabulary linked to capacity, including empty, full, and half-full.

 

In Expressive Art and Design some of the children enjoyed painting pictures of different spring flowers. They colour mixed the correct colours to match different flowers. The children were so excited to finally be able to dress up in costumes.

 

In Understanding the World we started our new topic: ‘People who help us’. This week we focused on learning the job of a doctor and nurse. We read the non-fiction book ‘Doctors’ by Rebecca Hunter. We discussed that a non-fiction book is about true facts and not made up like a fiction book. We found out what a contents page and a glossary are. We learnt new words like ‘auriscope’, which is an instrument used to look inside someone's ears. In Expressive Art and Design the children enjoyed acting out being doctors in our new role play area which has been turned into a doctor’s surgery. It was lovely to see the children taking turns to be a doctor and a patient. It was fun watching the children putting bandages on each other and the teachers. Role play is an excellent way to extend vocabulary and the childrens’ communication skills.

 

This week in Jewish Studies the children learnt about Yom Ha'atzmaut - Israel's 73rd birthday. The children looked at a power point of important places and people in Israel and we discussed the colours and pattern on the Israeli flag,  who the prime minister is, the currency used in Israel and foods that Israelis like to eat.  We also talked about the "chayalim" - the Israeli soldiers and what their jobs entail.  The children  watched a video of how Israel celebrated Yom Ha'atsmaut last year, with dancing and singing in the streets and barbecues in the parks.

 

On the day of Israel's birthday the children enjoyed wearing special, blue and white clothes. The children enjoyed playing Israeli sporting games with Mr Moses followed by a carousel of activities where they moved around in small groups. These activities included making an Israeli flag, a handprint white dove and icing a biscuit in blue and white. Some of the children enjoyed building the Kottel using bricks.

 

The following children were on the Shabbat table today:

Shabbat Aba: Joshua

Shabbat Ima: Bella 

Shabbat Ben: Raymond

Shabbat Bat:  Erin

 

In Music with Mr Fingerhut

  • The children started the music lesson by moving around in different ways, depending on the type of music played.
  • The children chose different nursery rhymes to sing and they practised singing them in different tempos.
  • Mr Fingerhut ended the lesson by teaching the children how to sing “David Melech Yisrael”.

 

Important reminders:

  • Please continue to post pictures on Tapestry of what your child is doing during the holidays. They are always lovely to see.
  • Please ensure all articles of clothing are named.
  • If wet clothes are sent home in your child’s bag, please can you make sure these are replaced the following day.
  • If you have not already sent in your child’s apron, waterproofs and wellingtons please do so as your child will miss out on messy and wet play if they don’t have suitable clothing.
  • Over the next 3 weeks we will be learning about ‘People who help us’. If you are in one of these professions and would like to come in and speak to the children, please email me and I will arrange a time to discuss this further with you.

 

Thank you.

 

We hope you have a lovely weekend.

 

Shabbat Shalom,

Miss Cowen and the Nursery Team


 

Nursery Newsletter- 19th March

 

We had another very busy week in Nursery. We continued learning about Pesach.

 

The children enjoyed free flowing in and out of the classroom, selecting activities of their choice. These included playing with musical instruments, making pies in the mud kitchen, free painting, drawing and more. The children are developing their personal and social skills and vocabulary.

 

In Letters and Sounds (Literacy) we continued with Aspect 7; oral blending and segmenting. It is important that the children have plenty of experience listening to adults modelling oral blending and that they are introduced to grapheme–phoneme correspondences. For example, when giving children instructions or asking questions, the adult can segment the last word into separate phonemes (sounds) and then blend these together to say the word. ‘Simon says’ is a fun game that we played in class that you may like to play at home. Different words were sounded out, for example, “Simon says get your c-oa-t, coat!”, “touch your t-oe-s, toes!” “Simon says can you touch your f-ee-t, feet?” 

 

We played a fun phonics game called ‘Which One?’ A selection of familiar objects containing three phonemes (sounds) were laid out on the table, for example, jam, bag, dog, cup, chair). The children listened carefully to the name of each object as it was sounded out in sound talk, eg. “j-a-m”, “ch-ai-r”. Some children came to the front of the class to see if they could work out which object had been sounded out. The children repeated the sounds all together and then said each word. You can go around the house with your child and see what objects you can find with three phonemes (sounds) and play this with them.

 

If you play any of the above games it is important that you teach your child the correct letter sound, so I have attached the ‘Jolly Phonics’ songs for you to listen to how each sound is said before you teach your child:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvAYUvQUrGo

 

During the holidays you can also:

  • Continue to read rhyming books with your children and encourage them to say as many rhyming words as they can to create a rhyming string. 
  • Continue to explore alliteration and how many objects/words you can find starting with the same letter sound.
  • You can discuss consonant, vowel, consonant (CVC) words, for example, cat, mat, peg, leg. See if your child is able to say the first, middle and last sounds. Let your child “sound talk” each of the words, for example, c-a-t, m-a-t.

 

In our phonics lessons next term, we will begin to learn our letter sounds. We will learn two sounds a week on a Monday and Wednesday and revise the letters on a Tuesday and Thursday. (On our first week back only, we will learn the sounds on Tuesday and Thursday and revise on Wednesday and Friday). 

It would be nice if the children could bring in a picture of objects beginning with the letter sounds they have learnt to share. Everyone will get an opportunity to bring a picture of their chosen object for the different letter sounds learnt. This will be arranged on a rota basis.

 

Can the following children please bring a picture of their chosen object beginning with the letter sound ‘s’ to the session on Wednesday 14th April:

 

Erin

Bella

Scarlett

Alex

Sienna

Joshua

Eva

Ruby F

Dylan

Lia

Ilse Bella

Lily

 

Can the following children please bring a picture of an object starting with the letter sound ‘a’ for the session on Friday 16th April:

 

Liora

Eliya

Jethro

Rachel

Ben

Zach T

Ruby T

Zachary W

Yanai 

Hanna 

 

Please ensure that pictures for both sounds are handed in on the first Tuesday we are back and each Monday for the weeks after that.

 

In Mathematics we revised all numbers to 18 and learnt the new number of the week; number 19. Some children enjoyed making pictures with the numicon and others enjoyed playing with the magnetic numbers. 

 

During the holidays you can:

  • Continue to look around the environment or your house to see what numbers your child can see? This includes looking for objects with numbers for example weighing scales, telephones, buses.
  • Carry on with counting by rote with your child. How high can your child count?
  • Continue to practice counting objects with your child using one to one correspondence. Make sure they say the number as each object is placed. Your child can practice counting the stairs up to bed and down in the morning. Make sure your child says the number name as they place each foot on the step.
  • You can practice “one more than” and “how many altogether?”. This can be done while shopping. For example, if you have three apples, one more is? If you have two pears and 3 apples how many do you have altogether? 
  • You can practise one less than. This can be done when your child is eating, for example, raisins. If you have 4 raisins and you eat one, how many have you got left?

 

In Physical Development, some children continued practising their fine motor skills by chalking different patterns. They threw the dice and then copied the pattern shown on the dice. Some children enjoyed threading large beads to make necklaces. Threading is a good activity for practicing and developing your child’s hand-eye coordination.

 

In Expressive Art and Design some of the children enjoyed free painting in the outdoor area where they explored what colour they could make by mixing paints together.

 

In Understanding the World and Jewish Studies, the children continued learning about Pesach.  Please continue to discuss the key learning points below with your child.

  • The chag of Pesach starts on the 15th Nissan. 
  • We celebrate Pesach for 7 days in Israel and 8 days outside Israel.
  • It is the time when we celebrate Hashem saving the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt under King Pharoah.
  • We discussed the Jewish people running out of Egypt so quickly that there was no time for their bread to rise. It was baked as matzah whilst they were running. This is the reason why we eat only matzah on Pesach.
  • We discussed how we prepare for Pesach by clearing the house of all chametz foods (foods made using flour), for example, bread, bagels, pasta, cake, biscuits and pretzels and cleaning our houses so there is no trace of any chametz left.
  • We discussed that nowadays we can buy foods that look like usual foods we eat during the year but none of these foods will have wheat flour in them, however potato flour is allowed on Pesach.
  • We discussed that by the night before Pesach, the whole house has to be cleaned from chametz (anything made from flour). We do Bedikat Chametz when we search everywhere in the house to see if any chametz has been left behind and if there is some chametz found we must burn it the next morning: This is called Biur Chametz because on Pesach Jewish people do not eat any bread (Chametz) or anything made of flour.

The children completed the last four pages of their Haggadah. We focused on the following:

  • Shulchan Orech - We eat a delicious meal.
  • Tzafun - We eat the afikoman
  • Barech - We bensch to say thank you to Hashem. 
  • Hallel - We sing to Hashem to thank him for looking after us.
  • Nirtza - We ask Hashem that next year we will be in Israel.

 

Next week, the children will enjoy a Pesach workshop where they will make a variety of different crafts that they can use at the Seder table.

 

The children have done an amazing job working hard to complete their Haggadah. We hope they will enjoy using it during both seder nights. All the teachers were proud to see the finished product.

 

The following children were on the Shabbat table today:

Shabbat Aba: Zachary

Shabbat Ima: Alex

Shabbat Ben: Dylan

Shabbat Bat:  Lia

 

In Music we welcomed back Mr Fingerhut. 

  • The children sat in a circle and passed a rhythm around. One child clapped and the next one did the same and so on. They repeated this activity only faster.
  • Mr Fingerhut stomped his feet on the floor, creating a rhythm for the children to copy.
  • Mr Fingerhut started singing the “the sea shanty” song to the children and asked them to repeat the lines back to him. They started singing the first verse and clapped the rhythm alongside.
  • The lesson ended with a version of ‘stand up, sit down’, where the children had to listen to the instructions before completing the actions.
 

In PE the children had fun pretending to be fairies and used the coloured vest as wings. They listened to the instructions and practised how high they could jump? How strong they could be? How quiet they could creep? They got into a space in the outdoor area and bounced the rugby ball, showing great spatial awareness. They loved to imagine they visited the zoo and threw coloured cones which were pretend food (eg. yellow cones were bananas, red cones, meat for lions). 

 

Important reminders:

  • Please continue to post pictures on Tapestry of what your child is doing during the holidays. It is always lovely to see.
  • Please make sure you return your child’s clothes bag fully stocked.
  • Please ensure all articles of clothing are named.
  • Please send back your child’s apron, waterproofs and wellington boots.
 

We hope that you all have a lovely Pesach and break. 

We look forward to seeing you all back next term.

 

Shabbat Shalom,

Miss Cowen and the Nursery Team



 

Nursery Newsletter- 12th March

 

We had another very busy week in Nursery. The main focus being Pesach.

 

The children continued free flowing inside and out of the classroom, selecting activities of their choice including the home corner, puzzles, building blocks, junk modelling and more. All activities which allow the children to develop both their communication skills with each other and their personal and social skills. 

 

In Letters and Sounds (Literacy) we started aspect 7; oral blending and segmenting. It is important that the children have plenty of experience listening to adults modelling oral blending and that they are introduced to grapheme–phoneme correspondences. For example, when giving children instructions or asking questions the adult can segment the last word into separate phonemes (sounds) and then immediately blend the sounds together to say the word. The children played ‘Simon says’ and when different words were sounded out, for example, “Simon says get your c-oa-t, coat!”, “touch your t-oe-s, toes!” “Simon says can you touch your f-ee-t, feet?” 

 

Clapping sounds: We discussed which words can be made using the sounds ‘s, a, t, p, i, n’ (e.g. sat, pin, nip, pat, tap, pit, pip). We sounded out each word and clapped each letter sound in unison, then blended the phonemes orally to say the whole word.

 

In Mathematics we revised all numbers to 17 and learnt the new number of the week; number 18. Some children enjoyed making pictures with the numicon and others enjoyed playing with the magnetic numbers.

 

In Physical Development, some of the children continued practicing their fine motor skills. They practiced their pen control by following different patterns, keeping their pen on the paper as they drew. This activity is great for developing their hand strength and hand-eye coordination skills.

 

In Expressive Art and Design some of the children enjoyed using junk modelling to be creative and they made a variety of different objects, including houses and space rockets.

 

In Understanding the World and Jewish Studies, the children continued learning about Pesach and carried on making their Haggadah which they will bring home to use at their Seder.

It is lovely to have Mrs Roodyn back in the class. She discussed the following points with the children:

 
  • The chag of Pesach starts on the 15th Nissan. 
  • We celebrate Pesach for 7 days in Israel and 8 days outside Israel.
  • It is the time when we celebrate Hashem saving the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt under King Pharoah.
  • We discussed the Jewish people running out of Egypt so quickly that there was no time for their bread to rise. It was baked as matzah whilst they were running. This is the reason why we eat only matzah on Pesach.
  • We discussed how we prepare for Pesach by clearing the house of all chametz foods (foods made using flour), for example, bread, bagels, pasta, cake, biscuits and pretzels and cleaning our houses so there is no trace of any chametz left.
  • We discussed that nowadays we can buy foods that look like usual foods we eat during the year but none of these foods will have wheat flour in them, however potato flour is allowed on Pesach.
  • We discussed that by the night before Pesach, the whole house has to be cleaned from chametz (anything made from flour). We do Bedikat Chametz when we search everywhere in the house to see if any chametz has been left behind and if there is some chametz found we must burn it the next morning: This is called Biur Chametz because on Pesach Jewish people do not eat any bread (Chametz) or anything made of flour.

Please continue to discuss these key facts with your children leading up to Pesach.

 

The children completed the next four pages of their Haggadah. We focused on the following:

  • Rochza -  Everyone at the table washes their hands and says a bracha - al netilat yadayim.
  • Motzi Matzah -  we all eat Matza, to remind us of the time when the Jewish people left Egypt in a hurry and their bread did not have time to rise and became Matza instead.
  • Maror -  we eat bitter herbs (horseradish, lettuce) to remind us of the terrible times the Jewish people had in Egypt.
  • Yachatz - The person leading the Seder breaks the middle matzah, (there are three Matzot at the Seder table), broken in two unequal parts. One piece goes back on the table and the other piece is put away for the Afikomen.
  • Korech -  We eat a sandwich of matzah and maror

 

The children enjoyed using a variety of collage materials to make the different pages for their Haggadah.

 

The children will finish learning about the order of the seder next week and complete the Haggadah ready to bring home for Pesach.

 

The children also enjoyed planting parsley. This hopefully will be able to be used at the Seder table. The children filled their pots nearly full. They sprinkled the parsley seeds on top and then put some more soil on top of the seeds. It is important for the children to care for their own plants. You will need to ensure that the plant has a nice sunny spot and that the soil is kept moist.

 

It is the time for starting to plant potatoes. We discussed that we have to chit the potatoes before we can plant them. Chitting is the process of encouraging seed potatoes to produce sturdy sprouts before planting. The potatoes are on the windowsill and the children will be able to watch their progress over the next week.

 

The following children were on the Shabbat table today:

Shabbat Aba: Dylan

Shabbat Ima: Scarlett

Shabbat Ben: Ben

Shabbat Bat:  Liora

 

In Music we welcomed back Mr Fingerhut. 

  • The lesson began with the children requesting their favourite nursery rhymes.
  • The children crouched down and made themselves small to be a seed of a large tree and as the music grew louder they stretched up to grow up tall.. There were no words, just music. 
  • The children listened carefully to Mr Fingerhut. They had to hear the number of times he clapped his hands. They counted and copied.
  • The children sang ‘Old MacDonald’ and made the noise of a pig.
  • They learnt a Pesach song ‘Mah Nishtana’ to sing at the Seder.
 

In PE the children enjoyed role playing their favourite superheroes. They chose a bright, coloured vest for a cape, struck a superhero pose and ran around the blue track. They pretended the plastic cones represented people who needed to be rescued and picked up each cone. The children were asked to name their special power and move like that superhero. For example, if they were super strong, they had to pick up three cones or spread out their arms and run fast. The session ended with a game of ‘shark attack’.

 

Important reminders:

  • Please continue to post pictures on Tapestry of what your child is doing out of school.
  • Following an email sent by Mrs Fisher regarding cutting certain foods, please make sure you cut grapes, cherry tomatoes, cherries etc in half, lengthways and then into quarters. Think long and thin. Anything smaller than a two pence piece can get stuck. If you are sending in vegetables like cucumber, carrots or celery please send them cut into narrow batons. 
  • Please make sure all snack boxes are named. I have several unnamed containers in school which can’t be returned as they are not named. The children only need a morning snack sent in a labelled container. This should only be cut fruit or vegetables (no crackers).
  • Please can you continue to send in junk modelling materials, including egg boxes, milk cartons, cereal boxes etc (items will not be used for 72 hours, under covid rules). Thank you.
 

We hope that you all have a lovely weekend.

 

Shabbat Shalom,

Miss Cowen and the Nursery Team


 

Nursery Newsletter- 5th March

 

We had another very busy week. The main focus over the next three weeks will be Pesach.

 

The weather again this week has allowed the children to enjoy the outdoors. They have continued to play freely, inventing their own games and role play. This is a good way for the children to continue to develop their social and communication skills, extend their vocabulary and develop their turn taking and sharing skills. This is part of Personal, Social and Emotional Development and Communication and Language.

 

In Letters and Sounds (Literacy) we continued with Aspect 6; voice sounds.

 

We discussed how we can make different sounds with our voices. We talked about how we can make our voices loud, quiet, deep and high. We read the stories ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ and ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff’. The children used their voices to make different sounds in line with the story, e.g. whispering, growling, shouting, squeaking and discussing the differences.  When you are reading stories at bedtime, allow your child to practise different voice sounds for the different characters or actions in the story you are reading.

 

The children split into small groups. They were given mirrors to allow them to observe their faces, lips, teeth and tongue, as they made different speech sounds and experimented with their voices. 

 

In Mathematics we revised all numbers to 16 and learnt the new number of the week; number 17. The children helped to count a selection of objects to 17, continuing to practice their 1-1 correspondence. Some children liked playing with various shape activities during free flow.

 

In Physical Development, some of the children practiced their fine motor skills. They had to place counters on the lines of different patterns. Some of the children chose to practice their pen control by following different patterns, keeping their pen on the paper as they drew. Both these activities are great for developing their hand strength and hand-eye coordination skills.

 

In Understanding the World, the children started to learn about Pesach and started making their Haggadah which they will bring home to use at their Seder.

 

We discussed the following points:

  • The chag of Pesach starts on the 15th Nissan. 

  • We celebrate Pesach for 7 days in Israel and 8 days outside Israel.

  • It is the time when we celebrate Hashem saving the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt under King Pharoah.

  • We discussed the Jewish people running out of Egypt so quickly that there was no time for their bread to rise. It was baked as matzah whilst they were running. This is the reason why we eat only matzah on Pesach.

  • We discussed how we prepare for Pesach by clearing the house of all chametz foods (foods made using flour) for example, bread, bagels, pasta, cake, biscuits and pretzels and cleaning our houses so there is no trace of any chametz left.

  • We discussed that nowadays we can buy foods that look like usual foods we eat during the year but none of these foods will have wheat flour in them, however potato flour is allowed on Pesach.

  • We discussed that by the night before Pesach, the whole house has to be cleaned from chametz (anything made from flour). We do Bedikat Chametz where we search everywhere in the house to see if any chametz has been left behind and if there is some chametz found we must burn it the next morning: This is called Biur Chametz because on Pesach Jewish people do not eat any bread (Chametz) or anything made of flour.

Please continue to discuss these key facts with your children leading up to Pesach.

 

We also discussed that we have two Seder nights and that we use a Haggadah.

The children completed the first five pages of their Haggadah. We focused on the following:

 
  • Kadesh - We make Kiddush and drink the first (of four) cups of wine. We also discussed that we lean when we drink.

  • Urchatz - the person who is leading the Seder washes their hands BUT does not say a Bracha. In some families all the people at the Seder wash their hands.

  • Karpas - We dip a piece of radish or potato or parsley or celery into salt water, we say the bracha Ha'adama. The salt water reminds us of the tears of the Jewish people when they cried in Egypt because King Pharaoh made them work SO hard.

  • Yachatz - The person leading the Seder breaks the middle matzah, (there are three Matzot at the Seder table), into two unequal parts. One piece goes back on the table and the other piece is put away for the Afikomen.

  • Maggid - We tell the story of when the Jewish people left Egypt.  Ma Nishtana is said by the youngest at the table. We also discussed the ten plagues.

 

The children enjoyed using a variety of different collage materials to make the different pages for their Haggadah.

 

The children will carry on learning about the order of the seder next week.

 

The following children were on the Shabbat table today:

Shabbat Aba: Yanai

Shabbat Ima: Hanna

Shabbat Ben: Zachary

Shabbat Bat:  Rachel

 

Important reminders:

  • Please continue to post pictures on Tapestry of what your child is doing out of school.

  • Following an email sent by Mrs Fisher regarding cutting certain foods, please make sure you cut grapes, cherry tomatoes, cherries etc in half, lengthways and then into quarters. Think long and thin. Anything smaller than a two pence piece can get stuck. If you are sending in vegetables like cucumber, carrots or celery please send them cut in to narrow batons. If you are sending in vegetarian sausages for lunch, please cut them in half and lengthways and really narrow (this only applies until the whole school returns). Please also make sure you do not send in any stoned fruit.

  • School lunches will start from next week. The children will only need a morning snack sent in a labelled container. This should only be cut fruit or vegetable (no crackers).

  • Please can you continue to send in junk modelling materials, including egg boxes, milk cartons, cereal boxes etc (items will not be used for 72 hours, under covid rules). Thank you.

  • In the mornings, please can you make sure you bring your child right to the front of the gate and not let them walk any distance on their own. 

  • We need to continue to maintain social distancing when you are dropping off in the morning and picking up at the end of the day. Please make sure you stick to the original drop off times you were allocated. This will avoid too many people being together at any one time. Please email me if you are unsure of your time slot.

 

 

We hope that you all have a lovely weekend.

 

Shabbat Shalom,

Miss Cowen and the Nursery Team


 

Nursery Newsletter- 26th February

 

I hope you all had a lovely half term.

It was so nice to finally welcome Hanna Hoole to Nursery this week.

 

We had yet another very busy week, the main focus being on Purim.

 

We were so lucky with the weather and the children were able to spend a lot of time in the outdoor area. It was great to see the children sharing, taking turns and chatting freely with each other, developing their social and communication and language skills further. It makes us so proud to see what a cohesive group they have become. This is part of Personal, Social and Emotional Development.

 

In Letters and Sounds (Literacy) we continued with Aspect 6; voice sounds.

The children enjoyed exploring making different sounds using their voices. For example: Making their voices go down a slide – wheee! Making their voices bounce like a ball – boing, boing, hiss like a snake – ssssss, moo gently like a cow – mmmooo, mimic a steam train – chchchchch, buzz like a bumble bee – zzzzzzz and tick tock like a clock. 

 

The children were introduced to ‘Metal Mike’. ‘Metal Mike’ is a toy robot computer made out of junk modelling. Some of the children came to the front and selected an object or a picture, for example, cat, fan, van. We all sounded out and blended each of the sounds (phonemes) together, using a robotic voice and then the object/picture was fed to ‘Metal Mike’.

 

In Mathematics we revised numbers to 15 and learnt the new number of the week; number 16. The children helped to count a selection of objects to 16, continuing to practice their 1-1 correspondence. Some children liked playing with various shape activities during free flow.

  

In Understanding the World, the children continued to learn about the Purim story and all the different characters. In Expressive Art and Design, the children selected two of the characters and made puppets using a variety of different materials. Let your child use their puppets to reenact the Purim story. The children enjoyed making gregors. They learnt that when Haman’s name is called out, they need to shake their gregor and make lots of noise. They used a roller to paint paper plates in a colour of their choice. They dipped Purim themed sponges into paint and pressed onto the plate. They decorated their gregor by sprinkling it with glitter. When it was dry they filled the gregor with beans. 

 

Celebrating Purim was a lovely way to end the week. We started the morning with the children saying tefillah. They enjoyed listening to a video of the megillah read by Rabbi Guttentag and made lots of noise when they heard Haman’s name. We had a Purim parade, when all the children and teachers walked down the catwalk showing everyone their different costumes. It was lovely to see the children walking with great confidence and excitement. The children had fun using a variety of collage materials to decorate their boxes to store their mishloach manot and masks. They enjoyed their fruit snack and hamantaschen whilst watching a special magic show. This was followed by a sponsored zumba session for Jewish Care and Jami,  which the children really enjoyed. We then had our seudah followed by our weekly shabbat party. This week we did not have specific children on the Shabbat table; all the girls were Imas and the boys were Abas. The day ended with the children swapping their mishloach manot.

 

On Purim there are four special mitzvot:

  • Hearing Megilat Esther, every time Haman is mentioned people make a noise to drown out the sound of his name.

  • Children send gifts called mishloach manot to each other – gifts of two foods to at least one person.  

  • Have a Purim Seudah (a special meal).

  • Give Tzedakah (charity) on Purim.

During all the Purim celebrations the children were able to achieve all of the mitzvot of Purim.

 

Important reminders:

  • Please continue to post pictures on Tapestry of what your child is doing out of school.

  • Please can you make sure all clothing is named. It is hard to return certain items if they are unnamed.

  • Following an email sent by Mrs Fisher regarding cutting certain foods, please make sure you cut grapes, cherry tomatoes, cherries etc in half, lengthways and then into quarters. Think long and thin. Anything smaller than a two pence piece can get stuck. If you are sending in vegetables like cucumber, carrots or celery please send them cut in to narrow batons. If you are sending in vegetarian sausages for lunch, please cut them in half and lengthways and really narrow. (This only applies until the whole school returns).

  • Please can you start to send in junk modelling materials, including egg boxes, milk cartons, cereal boxes etc (items will not be used for 72 hours, under covid rules). Thank you.

 

We hope you all have a lovely weekend and a great Purim.

Shabbat Shalom,

Miss Cowen and the Nursery Team


 

Nursery Newsletter- 11th February

 

This week has been an unusual week in Nursery. 

On Monday the children enjoyed another fun day in the snow, from making ice potions to simply just enjoying playing with their friends.

 

It was amazing to see how everyone adapted so quickly to the huge change to online learning. The Nursery team wants to thank you all for your support with joining them on Google Classroom to celebrate Book Week. All your participation was greatly appreciated and it made book week extra special for all of us to be able to share some of our favourite stories.

 

Some of you sent in lovely videos of you and your children reading the book they chose to share with their friends. Please continue to send these in, either by email or post onto Tapestry. We look forward to sharing your videos with the class after half term.

 

Your child should have received a special delivery in the post from Ms Simon to mark Book Week. It would be lovely to see pictures of your child’s beautiful artwork in personalising their own bookmarks, which they will be able to use in the future to develop a love of reading. Please could you post any pictures onto Tapestry. Thank you.

 

It would also be appreciated if you could post any pictures of activities you did with your children during the week of homeschooling and half term week. It is always lovely to see what your children have been doing.

 

Purim:

Friday 26th February 2021

We are so excited to celebrate Purim with your child in school on Friday 26th February.

  • Your child can come to school in fancy dress. Please make sure that the costume your child is wearing is easy for them to take up and down for toileting purposes. Please ensure that any trousers/dresses are not too long. Any props, including hats and glasses, must be named separately.

  • So that your child can fulfill one of the mitzvot of Purim, please can you send them in with some Tzedaka. 

  • The children swap Mishloach Manot with each other. So that everyone has the same, please can you send in 1 small bag of crisps, one carton of drink and a packet of raisins. You do not need to gift wrap these as the children will be decorating special boxes to put their Mishloach Manot into.

Please make sure all food sent in is on the Kashrut list. Please can this be sent in, in a small named plastic bag. For the children to be able to swap Mishloach Manot with each other, we need you to send this in on Monday 22nd February (Covid rules).

  • From Friday 26th February (Purim) the children will stay at Nursery until 2.00pm. The full list of Friday finishing times can be found on the Kerem school website, under the parents section; calendar and term dates.

  • On Purim please send your child in with a fruit snack as normal and a packed lunch. On Purim Friday the children will have challah, grape juice and a Hamantaschen, so they won’t need extra snacks with their lunch.

 

It was lovely to end the week with the online Shabbat party.

We wish you all Shabbat Shalom and a healthy and happy half term week and we look forward to seeing you all very soon.

Miss Cowen and the Nursery Team

 






 

Nursery Newsletter- 5th February

 

Welcome Hanna Hoole:

Firstly I want to welcome Hanna Hoole and her family to Kerem. Hanna will be joining us from Thursday 11th February. We are so excited for Hanna to join and become part of our Nursery class.

 

Next week is Book Week:

We would really like the children to enjoy a variety of different books, both fiction and non-fiction, during Book Week. Unfortunately parents are unable to come in to read to the children this year. We don’t want the children to miss out on hearing lots of lovely stories or interesting information books. It would be really appreciated if you could select your child’s favourite book with them and ask another family member to record you reading the chosen book with your child. Some of your children may like to read the story themselves by interpreting the pictures and that too would be lovely to play to their classmates. Please email any recordings to me. Thank you in advance.

 

Picking up and dropping off children at the gate:

Please can you remember, when you are dropping off or picking up your children, that we must continue to social distance and not segregate in groups chatting. It is important that we maintain the rules. Please can I remind you that everyone should be wearing a mask when dropping off or picking up your children. Thank you for your support with this. 

 

The children have had yet another very busy week in Nursery. 

 

In Personal, Social and Emotional Development we continued to discuss different emotions. We talked about the importance of the children being able to freely express how they are feeling daily, whether it be happy, sad or worried.

 

Following on from last week, we discussed what is meant by being grateful and thankful for what we have. Each child coloured in a leaf and then said what they were particularly grateful for. At this unusual and difficult time, it is important that we reflect on all the positive and good things in our lives. The children's leaves will be displayed on a ‘Gratitude Tree’ in the classroom. 

 

It was so lovely to welcome Pepsi back to Nursery. Some of the children enjoyed walking her around the outdoor area. It was lovely to see them waiting their turn and showing great care and concern for her.

 

In Understanding the World, some of the children enjoyed helping to clear up the garden area. They were fascinated by the huge worm they found and they watched it move with great interest. It is lovely to see how they are starting to show real care and concern for living things and the environment.

 

In Letters and Sounds (Literacy) we continued with Aspect 5; developing the children's knowledge of alliteration. We made up fun sentences and discussed words that begin with the same letter sounds. We discussed how different sounds are articulated to extend our understanding of alliteration. We did this by playing with mirrors. The children enjoyed making faces and seeing how their lips moved when sounding out different sounds, for example ‘p’ and ‘b’. We talked about how the tongue pokes out for ‘th’ and the teeth and lips touch for ‘f’. The children experimented saying different sounds to see how the position of their tongue changed as each sound was said.

 

In Mathematics we revised numbers to 14 and learnt the new number of the week; number 15. The children helped to count a selection of objects to 15 continuing to practice their 1-1 correspondence. Some children liked playing with various shape activities during free flow.

 

Also in Mathematics the children enjoyed learning about positional language. We discussed that this is also called a preposition. Vocabulary included above, below, inside, outside, in, on, under, next to, behind, in front of, between and on top of. Some of the children came up in class and practiced placing ‘Humpty Dumpty’ in a variety of different positions.

 

In Expressive Arts and Designs the children enjoyed listening to different nursery rhymes. We focused on ‘Humpty Dumpty’. Some of the children had fun making their own pictures of ‘Humpty Dumpty’. They drew the wall. Then they cut out an oval shape and drew Humpty Dumpty’s face on it. The children cut out strips of card for the arms and legs. They folded the card to make a concertina effect. 

 

Some children completed an experiment with ‘Humpty Dumpty’. They drew Humpty Dumpty’s face on an egg (not hard boiled). Then they discussed in small groups what material they could use to wrap Humpty in to try and protect him from breaking when dropped. The children were excited to see if they had managed to wrap ‘Humpty Dumpty’ securely enough to stop him breaking.

 

In Jewish Studies the children learnt about Parashat Yitro:

 

  • Moshe was married to Yitro’s daughter, Tzippora. They had two sons, Gershom and Eliezer.

  • Now that Bnei Yisrael were in the desert walking towards Israel, Hashem wanted to give his very special present ‘The Torah’.

  • He asked lots of different nations of people if they wanted his special present. 

  • All the different nations of people said “no” for different reasons, but when Hashem asked the Jewish people they said, “Yes, we want the Torah.”

  • Moshe then tells Bnei Yisrael to get ready around Har Sinai, the mountain especially chosen. They were not allowed to go up Har Sinai, only Moshe went up Har Sinai to Hashem and came down with the Luchot (Two Tablets) to give Bnei Yisrael.

  • There was thunder and lightning and when Hashem and Moshe said the Aseret Hadibrot (10 Commandments) the Bnei Yisrael answered “Na’aseh V’nishma”-which means we will do whatever Hashem tells us to do without asking why.

  • We all heard Hashem’s voice at Matan Torah. This was a very, very special occurrence.

 

The Ten Commandments:

1-Believe in Hashem.

2-Do not serve idols.

3-Do not say Hashem’s name in vain (when you don’t need to).

4-Keep Shabbat

5-Listen to your parents.

6-Do not kill.

7-Do not marry someone else’s wife.

8-Do not steal

9-Do not lie.

10-Do not be jealous (wish to have something that someone else has).

 

The main commandments we focused on were:

  • Listening to our parents- we must do as our parents tell us without always having to know why straight away.

  • Shabbat.

  • Do not steal.

  • Do not be jealous.

 

The children enjoyed making their handprints. We discussed 10 fingers on our hands and 10 commandments. On each of the thumbs and fingers a commandment was stuck. Please enjoy discussing this Parasha with your children over Shabbat.

 

The following children were on the Shabbat table today:

Shabbat Aba: Ben

Shabbat Ima: Lily

Shabbat Ben: Joshua

Shabbat Bat:  Eliya

 

Important reminders:

  • Please continue to post pictures on Tapestry of what your child is doing out of school, it is lovely to see. It would also be nice to see how your cress seeds are growing.

 

  • Please make sure that if your child is sent home with wet clothes, you send in replacements the following day. It is important that your child has enough clothes to change into.

 

  • Please make sure all clothing is named, including hats, gloves and scarves. We are being left with unnamed clothes and it is really hard to return these back to you. 

 

We hope you all have a lovely weekend.

Shabbat Shalom,

Miss Cowen and the Nursery Team






 

Nursery Newsletter- 29th January

 

The children have had another fun and exceptionally busy week in Nursery.

 

It was lovely to see all the children having a great time playing in the snow. Some of the children enjoyed lying on the floor being snow angels, while others enjoyed using the snow to cook different recipes in the mud kitchen. Some children had fun experimenting by mixing different colour paints with the snow to see what happened. The occasional snowball was thrown, but a lot of fun was had by all, including the teachers.

 

It is Mental Health Awareness week. In Nursery this comes under Personal, Social and Emotional Development. We focused on the importance of children feeling comfortable to express their feelings, from happy to worried or scared. We read the book ‘Ruby’s Worry’ and discussed the importance of chatting about what may be worrying the children so that the worry does not get bigger. The children learnt that if they talk about it, the worry will go away. Miss Cowen introduced the children to the worry monster who is sitting on her desk. We explained that if the children have a worry they can write it down and put it inside the worry monster’s mouth and the worry will disappear. 

 

We read the book, ‘The Lion Inside’, which is a story about confidence, self-esteem and a shy little mouse who sets out on a journey to find his voice. The children enjoyed the story ’The Colour Monster’ which talks about the colours that make us feel different emotions. We walked around the room and the children expressed how different colours made them feel.

 

In Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design, we continued to learn about our artist, Pablo Picasso. The children enjoyed listening to a fun story called ‘Picasso’s Trousers’. Some of them liked making a collage face by cutting out a selection of different coloured paper to create the different facial features in the style of Picasso.

 

In Letters and Sounds (Literacy) we continued with Aspect 5 and explored alliteration. When doing the register we played ‘I spy’ someone whose name begins with the letter sound ‘s’, for example, and we discussed how many children’s names in the class began with the same sound. We also made up fun sentences using alliteration starting with the initial letter sound of each child’s name. You can continue to play, “I spy with my little eye something beginning with the letter sound ‘s’,’a’” etc. It is important that you teach your child the correct letter sound, so I have attached the ‘Jolly Phonics’ songs for you to listen to how each sound is said before you teach your child:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvAYUvQUrGo

 

Continue to develop your child’s understanding of alliteration by going around your house and finding lots of objects beginning with the same sound. Pick a letter you would like the name of the objects to begin with. 

 

In Mathematics we revised numbers to 13 and learnt the new number of the week; number 14. The children helped to count a selection of objects to 14 continuing to practice their 1-1 correspondence. Some children liked playing with various shape activities during free flow.

 

In Jewish Studies the children learnt about Tu B’Shvat. Tu B’Shvat is the New Year for the trees. It is a special day for trees and is celebrated on the 15th of Shvat.

On Tu B’Shvat we appreciate that Hashem makes things grow from little seeds that are planted and we are grateful for the many things that trees provide for us.

 

The bracha “Borei Pri Ha’etz” is said before we eat fruits that grow on trees. On Tu B’Shvat we try to eat different kinds of fruits that grow on trees.

 

We also try to eat the 7 special species of produce for which Israel is praised in the Torah; wheat, barley, grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives and dates. These are known as the “Shivat Haminim”. It was lovely to see the children dressed in the colour of the trees to celebrate Tu B’Shvat. They enjoyed eating their selection of different fruits and reciting the bracha before eating.

 

Some children had fun making hand print trees by painting their arms and hands and pressing them onto the paper to make the trunk and branches of the tree. They dipped their fingertips into different coloured paints and fingerprinted their tree to create a leaf effect. 

 

The children enjoyed using ‘Q-tips’ to decorate white cups. They filled their pots with soil and sprinkled the top of the soil with cress seeds. It is important for your child to look after their pots by watering them. Let your child enjoy watching their cress grow and eating it to see what it tastes like. 

 

The following children were on the Shabbat table today:

Shabbat Aba:  Jethro

Shabbat Ima:  Eva

Shabbat Ben:  Joshua

Shabbat Bat    Ilse Bella

 

Important reminders:

  • Please continue to post pictures on Tapestry of what your child is doing out of school, it is lovely to see. It would also be nice to see how your cress seeds are growing.

 

  • Please make sure that you send your child in with enough spare clothes in case they need changing.

 

  • Please make sure all clothing is named including hats, gloves and scarves.

 

Week Commencing the 8th February: Book week.

On normal occasions we would invite parents to come into school during book week to read your child’s favourite book to their classmates. 

So that we can enjoy book week, but in a slightly different way, we thought it would be nice if any parents would like to record themselves with their child reading their child’s chosen book. Please send in any videos so we can play these to the class. This will allow the children to listen to a wide variety of books. Some children may like to read the story themselves by interpreting the pictures and that too would be lovely to play to their classmates.

 

Thank you.

 

We hope you all have a lovely weekend.

Shabbat Shalom,

 

Miss Cowen and the Nursery Team






 

Nursery Newsletter- 22nd January

 

The children have had another fun week in Nursery. 

 

It has been so nice to see the children just having fun, laughing, chatting, sharing, taking turns and becoming a lovely, cohesive group, which is part of their Personal, Social and Emotional Development. It is lovely to see happy children, especially during these very unusual and difficult times. 

 

In Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design, we continued to learn about different artists. This week we learnt about the artist Van Gogh. Van Gogh was known for painting still life pictures. Some of the children enjoyed creating still life paintings of a fruit basket. We discussed with the children what fruits they saw. We talked about the shape and colour of the fruit before they started painting.

 

We also learnt about the artist Georges Seurat whose style of art was pointillism. Some of the children enjoyed painting pictures in this style by using ‘Q-tips’ dipped in paint to create their dotted design.

 

We continued to talk about what happens in winter. We discussed that there is not much food around for the birds to eat. The children enjoyed making bird feeders by threading ‘Cheerios’ breakfast cereal onto pipe cleaners: This is a great fine motor activity. Please hang up your child’s bird feeder in your garden and see which birds come to visit. Do take pictures or videos and post on Tapestry. It would be lovely to see. Discuss with your child the names of the different birds that visit.

 

The children are enjoying playing in the café role play area. It is so lovely to see them  interacting together so nicely. Role play situations help to develop the childrens’ confidence to speak to each other and enables them to extend and develop their vocabulary and social skills. 

 

In Letters and Sounds (Literacy) we continued exploring syllables in different words. When taking the morning register, each child clapped their name and we discussed how many syllables there were. When completing the calendar, we also counted the number of syllables in the days of the week and the months of the year. Please continue to go around your house with your child and find different objects. Let your child say the name of the object and then clap how many syllables they think there are in each word.

 

We also started Aspect 5: Alliteration. We discussed what alliteration is; when words begin with the same letter sound. The children enjoyed looking in a special box to see which objects were in it that began with the letter sound ’s’. We will continue learning about alliteration next week. Let your child go around your house and find lots of objects beginning with the same sound. Pick a letter you would like the name of the objects to begin with.

 

You can also play, “I spy with my little eye something beginning with the letter sound ‘s’,’a’” etc. It is important that you teach your child the correct letter sound, so I have attached the ‘Jolly Phonics’ songs for you to listen to how each sound is said before you teach your child.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvAYUvQUrGo

 

In Mathematics we revised numbers to 12 and learnt that the new number of the week was 13. On a table there were a variety of objects in different quantities. Some children counted a set of objects to see how many there were. The children counted together using 1-1 correspondence. Then they had to find the correct number to match the quantity. 

Some of the children continued to enjoy a variety of shape activities as part of freeflow. 

 

In Jewish Studies this week we learnt about Parashat Bo. Please discuss the following story with your children during Shabbat:

  • In this week's Parashah, Hashem continued to punish King Pharaoh and the Mitzrim (Egyptians) with more plagues.

  • The eighth plaque was locusts. Hashem sent many locusts all over Egypt. They ate up all the fruit. They ate up all the vegetables. After a while there was nothing left to eat.

  • King Pharaoh said, ”Moshe, ask Hashem to take away these locusts”. 

  • But King Pharaoh again, did not let the Jewish people leave Egypt.

  • The ninth plague sent to King Pharaoh and the Egyptians was darkness.

  • All of a sudden Hashem made the land of Egypt become very dark, (turn the lights off and ask the children to close their eyes to experience darkness.)

  • For three days the Egyptians couldn’t see anything. For the following three days they could not move either. They had to stay where they were. (Tell the children to close their eyes and not move!) Only the Bnai Yisrael had light. Still, Pharaoh would not let the Jewish people leave.

  • Moshe and Aharon told every Jewish family to take a lamb. They were to cook it and eat it on the night of Pesach together with matza and maror. 

  • In the middle of the night, Hashem made every firstborn Egyptian child become unwell. After that, Pharaoh let us leave the land of Egypt.

  • In the middle of the night the tenth plague started. The firstborn of every Egyptian family became unwell that night.

  • Pharoah ran to Moshe and Aharon.”Get out of my country fast!” he shouted.

  • At last the Bnei Yisrael were free! They left Egypt the next day.

  • Moshe was their leader.

 

The children enjoyed decorating their house and drawing their family for their parashah craft. 

The following children were on the Shabbat table today:

Shabbat Aba:  Joshua

Shabbat Ima:  Bella

Shabbat Ben:  Zach

Shabbat Bat    Erin

 

Important reminders:

  • Please continue to post pictures on Tapestry of what your child is doing out of school, it is lovely to see.

 

  • Please make sure that you send your child in with enough spare clothes in case they need changing.

 

  • Please make sure that your child’s fruit snack is in a separate, named container and not in the same container as their lunch. Please also ensure that fruit is cut accordingly. Please send in the correct cutlery to enable your child to eat their lunch.

 

On Thursday 27th January we will be celebrating Tu B’Shevat in school. 

  • Please let your child wear tree coloured clothes on Thursday, eg. browns, greens, pinks.

  • We would like to have a fruit party to celebrate Tu B’Shevat; the new year for the trees. Please could you send your child in with a fruit box with a selection of small portions of fruits that only grow on a tree (Ha’etz). Examples of fruits from a tree are: Apples, oranges, pears, tangerines, lychees, grapes, avocado, mango, apricot, peaches, plums.

  • Please could you include in your child’s fruit box a new fruit they have not eaten in the last month so that we can say the bracha She’hechiyanu.

 

Thank you.

 

We hope you all have a lovely weekend.

Shabbat Shalom,

 

Miss Cowen and the Nursery Team






 

Nursery Newsletter- 15th January

 

It has been another busy and enjoyable week and we have done so much.

 

The children were really excited when Pepsi spent some time in Nursery this week. Some of the children took Pepsi outside to explore. They enjoyed taking Pepsi for a walk around the outdoor area and it was great to see the children taking turns in holding Pepsi’s lead. Taking turns and sharing comes under Personal, Social and Emotional Development. In understanding the World we teach the children the importance of caring for living things so it made me so proud to see all the children showing great care and concern towards Pepsi to make sure she was kept safe.

 

In Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design, we continued to learn about different artists. This week we learnt about the artist Wassily Kandinsky. Kandinsky was particularly known for his concentric circles on squares. Some of the children enjoyed painting a picture in Kandinsky’s style.

 

We also learnt about the artist Jackson Pollock who was known for creating his paintings by splashing and pouring paint onto the canvas. Some of the children also enjoyed creating pictures in his style.

 

 We continued to discuss what happens in Winter, focusing on Hibernation. The children enjoyed a variety of different stories. We also talked about what a Nonfiction book- true facts and we read the book Hibernation which discussed some of the animals that hibernate.

 

The children continued to play in the role play area of the cafe where they continued to make coffees and sandwiches. It was lovely to see the children continuing to play so nicely together and develop their language and social skills further.

 

In Letters and Sounds we continued with Aspect 4, continuing to focus on rhythm and rhyme. The children enjoyed listening to a variety of rhyming stories including Giraffes can’t Dance’ ,‘The Cat in the Hat Comes Back’, ‘Room on the Broom’, ‘The Gruffalo’ and ‘Rhyming Dust Bunnies’ and we discussed a variety of different rhyming words heard in the different stories. Please continue to explore rhyming with your child to see how many words they can say to create a rhyming string.

 

In Literacy we also started learning about syllables. We discussed what a syllable is- a part of a word that contains sounds (phonemes) of a word.  Each child said their name and then we clapped how many syllables there were. We also did the same for some objects, for example dinosaurs. Di-no-saur 3 syllables and 3 claps. Maybe you could go around your house with your child and find different objects and let your child say the word and then clap how many syllables they think there are in the word.

 

In Mathematics we revised numbers to 11 and then learnt the  new number of the week-12. On a table there were a variety of different objects in different quantities. Some children came up to count a set of objects to see how many there were. The children counted together using 1-1 correspondence. The children then had to find the correct number to match the quantity.

 

We continued completing the calendar continuing to learn the days of the week and Months of the year. 

 

Some of the children enjoyed a variety of shape activities as part of freeflow. They made pictures using the magnetic shapes and also using felt shapes to make pictures on felt boards.

 

In Jewish Studies this week we learnt about Parasha Va’aira. Please discuss the following story with your children over Shabbat.

  • Moshe and Aharon went to King Pharaoh's Palace and they said, “let the Jewish people go!” King Pharaoh said “I don’t know who Hashem is….I will not listen to him.”

  • Aharon took out his stick and threw it onto the floor. It turned into a snake! Look he said,”my stick turned into a snake! “That is nothing”,said King Pharaoh,”my magicians can also do that!” I will not listen to Hashem”.

  • Moshe said to King Pharaoh ”if you don’t listen to Hashem, he will turn your water into blood”. “Who cares” king Pharaoh answered. So the Makka (punishment) came. All the water in Mitzrayim turned to blood. The people had to wash with blood, they had to drink blood! Only Bnai Yisrael had water. Still Pharaoh did not listen

  • Bnai Yisrael worked very hard. Still King Pharaoh did not listen.

  • Hashem said “if King Pharaoh does not listen, the land of Mitzrayim will become full of frogs”.The frogs came into Pharaoh's palace. They jumped and hopped everywhere. Still King Pharaoh did not let the Jewish people leave his land.

  • The third Makka (punishment) was lice. The lice came on the Mitzrayim and on the animals….very itchy! Still King Pharaoh did not let the Jewish people go.

  • The fourth Makka was wild animals. All kinds of wild animals….lions, bears, tigers, wolves….came to the land of Mitzrayim. King Pharaoh was scared and he called Moshe and said “ask Hashem to take away the wild animals and I will let the Jewish people go” But King Pharaoh did not keep his promise.

  • The fifth Makka for King Pharaoh and the Egyptians was that all their animals became very sick. The horses, the donkeys, the cows, the sheep-all very very sick. Still King Pharaoh would not let the Jewish people go.

  • The sixth Makka was boils/blisters. All the Egyptians were covered in blisters and boils which were very painful. Still King Pharaoh would not let the Jewish people go.

  • The seventh Makka was hail. Huge hailstones fell from the sky. The special miracle from Hashem was the hail stones also had fire inside. (normally fire would melt the hail but this time Hashem made a special miracle and the hailstones did not melt). Any Mitzri or animal that was outside was hurt by the falling hailstones. King Pharaoh promised “just stop the hail” then I will let the Jewish people go. The hail stopped and again King Pharaoh changed his mind and did not let them go.

 

The children enjoyed making a snake for their parasha craft. They coloured their snake and then cut it out. This activity was also a great activity for developing their cutting and hand eye coordination skills further.

  

The following children were on the Shabbat table today:

Shabbat Aba  Zach

Shabbat Ima  Lia

Shabbat Ben  Jethro

Shabbat Bat   Ruby F

 

Important Reminders:

  • Please continue to post pictures on Tapestry of what your child is doing out of school, it is lovely to see.

 

  • Please remember to send in your child’s apron, wellington boots and waterproofs. If your child does not have the correct clothing they may miss out on fun activities.

 

  • Please make sure that you send your child in with enough spare clothes for if they need changing.

 

  • Please make sure that your child’s fruit snack is in a separate named container and not in the same container as their lunch. Please also send in the correct cutlery to enable your child to eat their lunch.

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Thank you

We hope you all have a lovely weekend.

Shabbat Shalom,

 

Miss Cowen and the Nursery Team





 

Nursery Newsletter- 8th January

 

It is great to be back at school! We have had a fun and busy first week.

 

Firstly we reminded ourselves of the class rules. In Personal, Social and Emotional Development we also reiterated the importance of kindness towards our classmates, using kind words, taking turns and doing good sharing. We also discussed when we need to wash our hands to avoid germs.

 

In Understanding the World we learnt about the artist Matisse and talked about his particular style of art. Matisse was famous for his picture, ‘The Snail’, and for making collages by cutting out different shapes. Some of the children enjoyed creating their own interpretation of Matisse’s work. We read the story of ‘Matisse’s Magical Trail.’

 

We talked about a real snail and we read key facts in an information book. We talked about why this book was different from a fiction book. Some of the children went on a snail hunt to see how many snails they could find.

 

In Expressive Art and Design, some of the children enjoyed doing a fun activity called plate twisting. They squeezed a selection of different colours onto a plate and placed a second plate on top. They rubbed the plates together with both hands before taking the plates apart. We discussed what colour the children thought they had made.

 

The children were excited to go into our new role play area which has been changed into a cafe. The children enjoyed acting out working in the cafe or being a customer. They enjoyed making special drinks including cappuccinos using cotton wool for the froth. They made different sandwiches using a variety of collage materials using the correct colour to depict the filling, for example red for a tomato, green for a cucumber. The role play area is great for helping the children develop their communication and language skills further and also allows them to take turns.

 

In Letters and Sounds we continued with Aspect 4, continuing to focus on rhythm and rhyme. Some of the children enjoyed playing a game called ‘Silly Soup’.

We used a bowl and a spoon and a selection of rhyming objects/pictures (e.g. rat, hat, cat) to put into our soup.

  • We used the bowl and spoon as props to act out the song.

  • The children chose an object to put into the soup and place it in the bowl.

  • After each child took their turn, they stirred the soup and sung the following song to recite the growing list of things that end up in the soup. 

  • We chanted the song.

“I am making lots of silly soup, 

 I am making soup that’s silly,

 I am going to cook it in the fridge, 

 To make it nice and chilly,

In goes… a fox… a box… some socks…” 

This is a fun game to play at home using a variety of objects that rhyme.

 

Unfortunately, due to the current situation, we are unable to have Music or PE lessons

for the foreseeable future.

 

In Mathematics we revised numbers to 10 which we finished learning before the holidays. The number of the week is 11. On a table there were a variety of different objects in different quantities. Some children came up to count a set of objects to see how many there were. The children counted together using 1-1 correspondence. 

 

We enjoyed completing the calendar. We chanted the days of the week song and months of the year. We talked about the seasons and that we are in Winter and how during the Winter the weather changes, the days get shorter and the morning and nights get darker.

 

In Jewish Studies this week we learnt about  Parashat Shemot. Please discuss the following story with your children over Shabbat.

  • Yaacov’s children and grandchildren were the Bnai Yisrael. They lived in Mitzrayim - Egypt.

  • There was a new King in Egypt, his name was Pharaoh. He was very very wicked and mean. 

  • He said,”the Jewish people must build houses for us!” “They must work in our fields!” “They are slaves!”

  • Bnai Yisrael worked very hard. They were very sad and cried.

  • King Pharaoh then gave a new order. He told his officers, “You must put every Jewish baby boy into the river!”

  • Yocheved had a new baby boy. She was happy, but she was also scared, she did not want King Pharaoh's officers to find him. 

  • Yocheved decided she would hide her baby. At first, she hid him at home but when he grew too big, she put her baby into a wooden box and she placed the box in the river. 

  • The baby’s older sister Miriam hid herself in the tall reeds around the river and stood watching over her little brother to take care of him and make sure he was safe.

  • Princess Batya came to the river. She was King Pharaoh's daughter. “I hear a baby crying” she said. She saw the box and looked inside. “What a beautiful baby” she said. “I want to keep him. I will call him Moshe” 

  • Moshe grew up in Pharaoh's palace.

 

 

The children enjoyed making their parasha craft using a variety of different collage materials.

 

The following children were on the Shabbat table today:

Shabbat Aba  Jethro

Shabbat Ima  Ruby T

Shabbat Ben  Zach and Joshua

Shabbat Bat  Sienna

 

Please continue to post pictures on Tapestry of what your child is doing out of school, it is lovely to see.

 

Please remember to send in your child’s apron, wellington boots and waterproofs.

 

We hope you all have a lovely weekend.

Shabbat Shalom,

 

Miss Cowen and the Nursery Team

Nursery Newsletter- 11th December

 

We have had another exceptionally busy week in Nursery where the main focus has been on finishing our preparations for Chanukah.

 

Over this first term the children have developed their Personal, Social and Emotional skills in many ways. It is lovely to see how the children have made new friendships and developed their Communication and Language skills with each other. They have continued to further their sharing and turn taking and are starting to be able to use their words to deal with different situations. 

 

In Understanding the World some of the children enjoyed going into the garden area to make different potions. They explored mixing different ingredients together including soil, water, glitter, coloured sand and other natural items from the outdoors. They talked about the potions they had made. This activity was a great way to practise their turn taking as they had to share different utensils and resources, which was lovely to see.

 

Some of the children enjoyed participating in the oil and water experiment and they were keen to learn if oil and water would mix together. The children helped to pour the oil and water into a container which they then shook. We discussed what they thought would happen and they learnt that oil and water do not mix because oil is less dense than water and floats on the top. The children then used a pipette to drop food colouring into the oil and water solution. We discussed what they thought may happen next. The food colouring is water based, so once you add the oil to the water, the food colour droplets start to drop down since they are heavier than the oil. Once they drop into the water they start to dissolve and look like tiny explosions or fireworks.

 

In Expressive Art and Design the children made a special, handprinted Chanukiah card for you. This week, in Literacy, they wrote their name inside. We hope you like the beautiful cards they created. It is lovely to see how the children are developing their pen grip, mark making and writing skills.

 

Some of the children enjoyed sponge painting with the Chanukah sponges and sprinkling their pictures with glitter. Others enjoyed free painting and chalking Chanukiahs in the outdoor area.

 

The children’s Chanukiahs went home this week in time for Chanukah. We look forward to seeing pictures of your child lighting their Chanukiahs on Tapestry. Many thanks to Mrs Dagul and Mrs Jungbacke who spent a lot of time with each of your children individually designing their own Chanukiahs. The children then spent time carefully painting them in their chosen colours and pattern. 

 

In Expressive Art and Design some of the children enjoyed helping to make props and signs for our new home corner which is going to be a coffee shop. They enjoyed making a coffee machine using a variety of different collage materials.

 

In Letters and Sounds we continued with Aspect 4, continuing to focus on rhythm and rhyme. We read different rhyming books including ‘The Stick Man’ and ‘A Squash and a Squeeze’. We discussed the different rhyming words in the books. We learnt that a rhyming word has the same or similar sound endings. 

 

A little while ago we listened to the story 'Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?'. We created our own story book called 'Nursery, Nursery, What Do You See?'. The children designed their own pages. They had to draw what they saw on their walk. We discussed how it could be something real or imaginary. This activity linked to Literacy and the children enjoyed listening with pride to their story book.

 

In PE the children pretended to run like jaguars, prowl like lions and slither through the grass like snakes. They imagined they went to the ocean and moved sideways like a crab. The children were given a football each to practise their ball skills. They had to listen and follow the PE teacher's instructions, from bouncing the ball, to making it jump, to trying to balance it on their head. They played catch and everyone joined in the game of 'Shark Attack' at the end.

 

In Mathematics we revised numbers to 10. We also discussed adhoc numbers for 10 and above. On a table there were a variety of different objects of different quantities. Some children came up to count a set of objects to see how many there were. The children counted together using 1-1 correspondence. The children then had to find the correct number to match.

 

In Jewish Studies this week  the children continued to learn about the story of Chanukah.  They learnt that after the Jewish people successfully beat the strong Greek army, they went to the Bet Hamikdash to thank Hashem for helping them overcome the Greeks, only to discover that King Antiyochus and his soldiers had smashed it up and set it on fire.  The Jewish people were very sad and worked hard to clean and repair their holy Bet Hamikdash.  When it was time to light the beautiful golden Menorah, they were only able to find a small jug of oil that would burn for just ONE day.  However, Hashem made a miracle and the oil lasted for Eight days! 

 
Today, we celebrate Chanukah on the 25th Kislev, by lighting a chanukiah and adding a new candle each night for eight nights.
We remember the special miracle of the oil and eat foods fried in oil - Latkas, doughnuts.
We also remember how the Jewish people tricked King Antiyochus' soldiers by playing dreidel when they heard them marching around looking for them and when they left they carried on learning the Torah.  We too, have fun spinning dreidels on Chanukah.
Have an enjoyable Chanukah and a lovely fun winter holiday.
Mrs Roodyn 

 

The following children were on the Shabbat table today:

Shabbat Aba  Zachary

Shabbat Ima  Rachel

Shabbat Ben Jethro

Shabbat Bat  Ruby F

 

Please continue to post pictures on Tapestry of what your child is doing out of school, it is lovely to see.

 

Here are some fun things you can do during the holiday when you are out and about:

  • Mathematics: Continue to look at numbers in the environment. Discuss with your child which numbers you can see on doors and buses. Also look around and see which objects/numbers can be found on, for example, tape measures, telephones, weighing scales, car number plates. Please post on Tapestry any numbers you find which we can share with the class when we are back.

  • Literacy: Following on from learning rhyming words in class, please continue to read rhyming books with your child. See how many rhyming words your child can say for each of the different words for example sat, cat, hat, mat, chat. See how many words your child can say to create a rhyming string. Rhyming words can also be made up words.

  • Gross and fine motor skills: It is important to continue to work on your child's fine and gross motor skills. Lovely activities for both fine and gross motor skills can be found on Pinterest and a website called ‘Hands On As You Grow’.

  • Practise your child’s scissor cutting skills. It is important to remind your child to keep their thumb on the top when cutting.

       Pen and pencil grip: It is important to continue to model to your child the correct pen/pencil grip. At 

       this stage your child should be able to mark make and express what they have drawn. 

  • Busy things: Fun games can be found on ‘Busy things’ for all areas of the curriculum.

       Classroom username: eyupupils

       Classroom password: rgbp255

 

Finally, we hope you enjoyed the special surprise Chanukah video your children made. They worked really hard learning the different Chanukah songs which they had to adapt as they could not sing. They are amazing and made all their teachers so very proud.

 

It has been an amazing first term and the children have achieved so much. We want to thank you for all your support during this very unusual time.

 

We look forward to seeing you all back next term and wish you all a happy Chanukah and a lovely break.

Shabbat Shalom

Miss Cowen and the Nursery Team

Nursery Newsletter- 4th December

 

We have had another great week in Nursery, where the main focus has been preparing for Chanukah.

 

This week in Personal, Social and Emotional Development it was lovely to see the children being so kind to each other, using their words to work out situations and playing collaboratively together as a cohesive group.

 

In Understanding the World we discussed how the weather has turned so cold and that the vegetable plants need to be kept warm. We have some covers but not enough, so we needed to find a solution to keep the rest of the plants warm. Some of the children enjoyed using the wheelbarrows to collect lots of leaves. They used the leaves to totally cover the vegetable plants in order to try and keep the plants warm enough throughout this cold spell. We will see if it works depending on how well the vegetable plants grow.

 

The children were fascinated when a cricket was found inside on one of the coat pegs. We brought it into the classroom to look at. We put it in a special pot with a magnifying glass and we also put a picture of the cricket onto the whiteboard so everyone could see and we talked about what it looked like. At the end of the day we discussed that it was important to let the cricket go, which we did.

 

In Expressive Art and Design the children enjoyed making handprint Chanukiahs. They put their hands into the paint and then put their hands together when they put their hands onto the card. The two thumbs when put together made the 9th candle; the Shamash. The children then dipped their finger into orange paint and added the flame to each finger and thumb print. As the children did this they recited the number names.

 

The children also enjoyed making special Chanukah crowns by printing with the Chanukah sponges. We discussed the different shapes. The children explored making a pattern with the sponges, for example, Chanukiah, jug of oil, dreidel, and then they had to work out what would come next in the pattern.

 

The children started to paint their Chanukiahs. It was lovely to see them taking their time, choosing the colours and carefully painting them with great pride. We look forward to seeing pictures on Tapestry of your children lighting their Chanukiahs.

 

In Letters and Sounds we began Aspect 4 which focuses on rhythm and rhyme. We enjoyed reading some rhyming books including 'Room on the Broom' and 'The Gingerbread Man'. During this story, the children were encouraged to join in with the repetitive phrase; "Run, run, as fast as you can, you can’t catch me I’m the Gingerbread Man". We discussed how a rhyming word has the same or similar sounding endings. When reading a book with your child, it would be beneficial if you could start reading rhyming books in order to familiarise your child with what a rhyming word is.  Discuss the different words which rhyme in the books and see if you and your child can add another rhyming word to extend the rhyming string. 

 

In PE the children started with exercises to warm up their bodies. They started with star jumps and said the number names as they counted each one, counting all the way up to 10. They rested for 20 seconds and then balanced on one leg and tried to touch their noses at the same time. The children practised jumping with their knees up. They played some imaginary games where they pretended to climb a tree, tiptoed through the forest and hid behind a tree. They heard a roaring sound and then ran through the forest. They stretched their arms and legs as if climbing a mountain.

 

In Mathematics the number of the week was 10. We discussed higher numbers that have a 1 and 0 in them, for example 100, 109, 1000. We counted a variety of objects to match the numeral 10. The children practised their 1-1 correspondence skills and counted out 10 objects. Please continue to encourage your child to look for different numbers in the environment and practise their 1-1 correspondence. 

We continued to learn the days of the week and the months of the year and completed the calendar. We discussed that one month has 28 days, some have 30 days and some have 31. We talked about how we were starting a new month.

 

In Music with Mr Fingerhut, the children recorded a special Chanukah surprise for you. They worked so hard and watching them perform made the teachers feel so proud, which I am sure you will be when you see what they have made for you.

 

In Jewish Studies this week the children started to learn the story of Chanukah.  The children learnt that a new king came to power over Jerusalem, King Antiyochus.  He was a mean king and did not allow the Jewish people to keep Hashem’s mitzvot.  He stopped them keeping Shabbat, Rosh Chodesh and Brit Milan.  And he instructed that people bow down to idols.  The Jewish people did not listen to king Antiyocus, and insisted they carry on learning the Torah and keeping the mitzvot.  This made king Antiyocus very angry.  Some Jewish people ran away to hide in the hills and mountains in Jerusalem, this way they would be able to carry on learning Torah.  King Antiyocus sent his soldiers to look for the Jewish people.  So the Jewish people planned to trick the soldiers.  They carried on learning Torah and when they heard the soldiers coming they quickly hid their Torah and took out a dreidel to play. When the soldiers asked if they were learning Torah they said “no, we are playing dreidel! “. This clever trick allowed the Jewish people to keep learning Torah.  

Next week, we will complete learning the story of Chanukah, and learn about the miracle of the oil.

The children enjoyed practising how to spin a dreidel and making a Chanukiah using lollipop sticks. 

 

The following children were on the Shabbat table today:

Shabbat Aba  Joshua

Shabbat Ima  Lia

Shabbat Ben  Ben

Shabbat Bat  Bella

 

Birthday celebrations:-

We had our first end of the month birthday party celebration for Ben, Lily, Lia, Dylan and Ruby T. It was so lovely to celebrate. The children enjoyed dancing to a birthday song as well as different music. When the music stopped they had to freeze. The children demonstrated great listening skills and we had good fun.

 

Please continue to post pictures on Tapestry of what your child is doing out of school. It is lovely to see.

 

We hope you have a lovely weekend.

 

Shabbat Shalom

Miss Cowen and the Nursery Team

Nursery Newsletter- 27th November

 

We have had another great week in Nursery.

 

This week in Personal, Social and Emotional Development we continued to reiterate the importance of kind hands, sharing and most of all including our friends in our play and not leaving anyone out. The key message is that we are all friends together and that we don’t have best friends. It makes me so proud to look at how the children have already developed so much in this area, both socially and in their turn taking. They are also developing their communication skills and starting to be able to use their words to get what they require by themselves.

 

In Understanding the World we continued to learn about Autumn. We discussed the scientific reason why leaves change colour. It is important to discuss new words with the children to extend their vocabulary and to enhance and make their learning more interesting. This week we discussed the words chlorophyll and pigment. You can watch the video attached with your child and discuss with them the reasons for the changes in the leaf colour.

Why Do Leaves Change Colors in the Fall? - Bing video

 

The children loved watching the leaves fall off the trees and some of them enjoyed running around the garden to see if they could catch the leaves as they fell. They also picked up a pile of leaves and threw them into the air and let them fall around them. Catching and throwing are great gross motor activities for strengthening the upper body.

 

This week the children have enjoyed looking at our class grass heads. Some of the children have helped to water them and we have been watching them gradually grow over the week. 

 

In Expressive Art and Design some of the children enjoyed colour mixing to make different Autumn colours. They then used the paint they mixed together to paint their autumn pictures. Others enjoyed using a variety of different collage materials including the main Autumn colours to create a tree in their own creative style. They cut, ripped and scrunched their pieces of paper to create their individual pictures.

 

The children started to make their own Chanukiah using clay. It has been lovely to see them spending time designing the Chanukiah of their choice. Next week the children who have not yet made their Chanukiah will do so and they will continue to learn about Chanukah with Mrs Roodyn.

 

In Letters and Sounds the children continued copying different rhythm patterns. They repeated the rhythms alongside Miss Cowen. Some of the children got the opportunity to come up to the front of the classroom and clap the rhythm they wanted the class to follow. 

 

In PE, the children started with a warm up session and practised moving around in a variety of different ways. They then pretended to feed the animals and had to put the discs on top of the cones. They then continued practising their ball skills where they had to put the ball under their foot and then kick the ball. They ended the session with a game of Shark Attack.

 

In Mathematics the number of the week was 9. We discussed higher numbers that have a 9 in them, for example 19, 90, 900. We counted a variety of different objects to match the numeral 9. The children practised their 1-1 correspondence skills counting out 9 objects. Please continue to encourage your child to look for different numbers in the environment and practise their 1-1 correspondence. We continued learning the days of the week and months of the year and completing the calendar.

 

The children enjoyed using our new car park in the outdoor area. The bikes and cars all have a numbered picture attached to them. Once they have finished using the bikes/ cars they have to park them back in the space that has the matching picture for the vehicle they are parking. This is a good activity for re enforcing number recognition. Some of the children also enjoyed parking the toy cars in the homemade car box. They had to count the number of dots drawn on the car park and find the matching numbered car.  Some children also enjoyed painting with the number stampers. They found the number they wanted to print with and then they found the matching stamper with the correct number of dots. 

 

In Music with Mr Fingerhut, the children continued learning some special songs for your special end of term surprise. They also continued copying different rhythmic patterns.

 

In Jewish Studies this weeks Parasha is Vayaizai. The children learnt that Yakov (Jacob) had to run away from his twin brother Eisav (Esau).  Whilst running through the desert to his uncle Lavan’s (Laban) house, Yakov became very tired.  He took a rock as a pillow and lay down to sleep.  During his sleep, he dreamt of a ladder reaching all the way to the sky, with malachim (angels) going up and down.  When Yakov awoke Hashem told him that his dream meant that Hashem and His malachim would always be there to keep him safe.

When Yakov arrived at his uncle’s house, he met Lavan’s two daughters, Leah and Rachel.  Yakov loved Rachel and asked Lavan if he could marry her.  Lavan insisted Yakov work for him in his fields for 7 years and then he could marry Rachel.  After 7 years of hard work, Yakov prepared to marry Rachel.  His bride wore a heavy veil and her face could not be seen. After the ceremony Yakov lifted the veil and saw his uncle had tricked him and given him Leah to marry instead.  Lavan insisted Yakov work a  further 7 days in order to marry Rachel.  

 

The children enjoyed creating their own ladder using paper straws with Yakov sleeping beneath it. 

The following children were on the Shabbat table today:

Shabbat Aba  Yanai

Shabbat Ima  Ilse Bella

Shabbat Ben  Zachary

Shabbat Bat  Ruby T 

 

Birthday celebrations:-

You will all have seen the email from Ms Simon about celebrating birthdays in school.  In Nursery, because it is such a short day on a Friday and the children celebrate Kabbalat Shabbat,  there is very little time.  For this reason we will be celebrating birthdays for the month on the last Wednesday of each month, beginning in the new year. This term we will be celebrating September, October and November birthdays next week on the 2nd of December.  December birthdays will be celebrated on the first Wednesday we are back at school.

The birthday children are:

September: Ben

October: Lily and Lia

November: Ruby T and Dylan.

 

In Nursery we will continue to celebrate your child’s birthday individually on the day or near the day depending on when it falls. On their actual birthday the children can still wear their own clothes and will wear a special birthday crown made by the teachers. We will make sure they have a wonderful birthday during this difficult period.

 

Please continue to post pictures on Tapestry of what your child is doing out of school. It is lovely to see.

I hope you have a lovely weekend.

 

Shabbat Shalom

Miss Cowen and the Nursery Team

 

Nursery Newsletter- 20th November

 

We have had another great week in Nursery.

 

It is Anti-Bullying week at school. In Nursery this topic comes under the area of Personal, Social and Emotional Development. We cover this theme by talking about the importance of kind hands, sharing and most of all including our friends in our play and not leaving anyone out. We encourage the children that we are all friends together and that we don’t have best friends. We have been practicing how to deal with difficult situations through role play scenarios and how to use our words correctly to resolve different issues. For example, “I was playing with that, can I have it back?” Developing the children’s social skills is one of the biggest learning areas in Nursery, this will be something we will be working on throughout the year.

 

We read two books linked to this topic. The first one is called "Giraffe Left Out" and is about a giraffe who is not kind to a leopard. Leopard handed out party invitations and excluded Giraffe. In the end they all become friends and Leopard invites Giraffe to his birthday party. We discussed how we feel when someone is not kind to us or excludes us. The second book we read is called “Cinnamon Girl” which is about appreciating differences. It is about a little girl who is called Kimberly but others call her Cinnamon Girl, because of the colour of her skin. The story teaches us that we may all be different on the outside, but we are made of the same ingredients inside. We discussed that if someone looks different, for example, in skin colour or if they have a disability, that we should always be kind and not make them feel uncomfortable or sad.

 

In Understanding the World the children enjoyed learning about the four seasons. We focused on autumn. 

We discussed keys facts about what happens in the autumn:

  • The days start to get shorter and colder and it gets dark much earlier.

  • The leaves start to fall off the trees and change colour. We talked about the different colours the leaves turn, including brown, orange and yellow.

  • The children were interested to learn that some animals, for example hedgehogs, hibernate through autumn and winter. We discussed that hibernation means the animals will sleep until spring.  

  • We talked about the geese and birds which migrate in autumn. We discussed that migration means the birds will fly to a warmer place to live until spring.

  • We chatted about how the squirrels collect lots of nuts and acorns during autumn. They hide them in the ground. During winter they stay in their nests and only come out to eat the food they have hidden.

 

When you are out and about, please continue to talk with your child about autumn and what they can see. Even though words like hibernation and migration are long, the children really enjoy learning new words and interesting facts about the topics we are learning.

 

We listened to some lovely autumn stories including 'Pumpkin Soup' and 'Ferdie and the Falling Leaves'.

 

In Expressive Art and Design some of the children enjoyed painting autumn trees. They colour mixed brown for the trunk of the tree and orange for the leaves. They designed their own trees and used paint brushes and their hands to create their paintings. 

 

Last week we sent home grass heads. The children have been so excited to tell me how their grass heads have started to grow. It is lovely to see how the children have been looking after their plants with such care and attention. Please continue to post pictures of your child’s grass head on Tapestry as it is lovely to see. I have also been able to share some of the pictures I received on the IWB with the class.

 

In Letters and Sounds some of the children enjoyed playing a sound game.  Miss Cowen began by producing a body percussion sound which then ‘passed’ from one child to the next, such as clap, clap, clap. The sound passed around the circle until it returned back to Miss Cowen. We then discussed if the sound had stayed the same all the way round the circle and if it hadn’t what had changed? Did the sound get faster or slower? We made the activity more difficult by introducing a simple sequence of sounds for the children to pass on (e.g. clap, stamp, clap), copying the different rhythms made by the teacher. The children had to listen carefully and then copy. We will be continuing this activity and other general sound discrimination and body percussion games next week. We also played a game where we selected three instruments and then decided which action went with each instrument. The children had to move around using the correct action and then change actions when the instrument changed.

 

In PE, the children started with warm up exercises by jumping like a jumping bean and wobbling like a jelly bean. Then they rolled a football to their friend. To practice their ball skills, they took their football for a walk by tapping it from foot to foot. Then the children had to see how fast they could run with the ball. They were very good at following instructions in the Traffic Light game. When they saw the green cone, the children ran around the track but when the green cone changed to red, they froze and stopped still. At the end of the session, the children played 'Stuck in the Mud'. 

 

In Mathematics the number of the week was 8. We discussed higher numbers that have an 8 in them, for example 18, 80, 800. We counted a variety of different objects to match the numeral 8. The children practised their 1-1 correspondence skills counting out 8 objects. Please continue to encourage your child to look for different numbers in the environment and practise their 1-1 correspondence. This is a great activity for extending your child’s number recognition. Some children also enjoyed sorting the keys by colour and size and making 2 and 3 colour patterns with the coloured pegs. Other children enjoyed making number necklaces. 

 

 

In Music with Mr Fingerhut, the children started learning some special songs which have been adapted as we are not allowed to sing at this time. This is a surprise the children are working on for you which will be revealed at Chanukah!

 

In Jewish Studies the children learnt about Parashat Toldot. Yitzchok and Rivka had twin boys Eisav and Yacov. Eisav was a hunter and Yacov loved to study Torah. Eisav swapped his firstborn status for a bowl of red lentil soup after coming home starving from a day of hunting. Yitzchok who is blind wanted to bless his older son Eisav so Rivka dressed Yacov up as a hairy man (like Eisav) and Yacov got the blessing instead.

The children learnt about twins and how they can either be identical and look the same or can look completely different. The children enjoyed making plates of Eisav and Yacov using different collage materials.

 

The following children were on the Shabbat table today:

Shabbat Aba  Dylan

Shabbat Ima  Eva

Shabbat Ben  Zach

Shabbat Bat   Liora

 

 

The autumn walk has been temporarily postponed but the plan is still to take the children out for a walk over the coming weeks.

   

Please continue to post pictures on Tapestry of what your child is doing out of school. It is lovely to see.

  

I hope you have a lovely weekend.

 

Shabbat Shalom

Miss Cowen and the Nursery Team

Nursery Newsletter- 13th November

 

We have had another great week in Nursery.

 

In Personal, Social and Emotional Development we continued to discuss how our actions can affect the way our friends may feel. We talked about kind hands, kind words and to make sure we include others in our games.

 

In Understanding the World the children enjoyed learning about the five senses. We discussed which part of the body each sense is linked to. We focused on our sense of sight. The children enjoyed making binoculars by cutting their card in half and then rolling it into a cylinder shape, which links to Mathematics. They drew patterns on their binoculars and looked through them on a sight walk to see what they could see.

 

We listened to the story 'Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?'. We created our own story book called 'Nursery, Nursery, What Do You See?'. The children started to design their own pages. They had to draw what they saw on their walk. We discussed how it could be something real or imaginary. This activity linked to Literacy and will be continued next week.

 

As part of Understanding the World, the children enjoyed making their own grass heads. Before we started, we discussed if the container was empty or full. The children filled their pots to the top with soil. They counted how many scoops of soil were needed to fill their containers. This activity also links to Mathematics. They covered the top of the soil with grass seeds and watered them. A picture of your child was placed on the front of the pot. The seeds will grow to look like hair and your child can give their grass head a haircut! The purpose of this activity is for your child to learn how to care for living things and what will happen if they don’t. They will also begin to understand how things develop and grow. The seed pots will be sent home for your child to care for. Please post pictures on 'Tapestry' of your child looking after their grass heads. It would be lovely to see.

 

The children enjoyed learning about the festival of Diwali which starts on Saturday 14th November. This is the Hindu festival of light which is similar to Chanukah; our festival of light. It is important that the children learn about other religions and that other people celebrate in different ways. 

 

Mitzvah day: We also talked about what a Mitzvah is. The children learnt the importance of doing mitzvahs for other people less fortunate than themselves. All the children made a beautiful Chanukah card to send to the charity Aleh which is a home for children with severe disabilities.

 

In Letters and Sounds some of the children enjoyed playing the game Grandmother’s footsteps. Before the game started the children discussed different actions that would match different instruments when played. For example when the tambourine is played the children would jump or when the shaker is heard the children would skip. The children then started to move towards Grandma in different ways, as the instruments were played. The first child to reach her, had a turn at being Grandma.

 

As a warm up activity in PE, the children had to find a red cone and stand by it. The teacher then changed the colour of the cone that they had to find. They enjoyed playing with the balls and loved bouncing them. The teacher also asked them to kick the ball slowly next to them as if it was a little pet walking beside them. The children also participated in the 'Traffic Light' game where red means stop running, green means go and amber is run more slowly. The session finished with a game of 'Stuck in the Mud'.

 

In Mathematics the number of the week was 7. We discussed higher numbers which have a 7 in them, for example 17, 70, 700. We counted a variety of different objects to match the numeral 7. The children practiced their 1-1 correspondence skills to count out 7 objects. Please continue to encourage your child to look for different numbers in the environment and practice their 1-1 correspondence. This is a great activity for extending your child’s number recognition. 

 

During Music, Mr Fingerhut discussed how different instruments make different sounds depending on what they are made of. i.e wood makes a loud sound and a triangle that is made out of metal makes a clanging sound. Mr Fingerhut discussed different ways to play instruments, for example shaking or banging a tambourine. The children then had to relate the sounds to pictures of animals. They talked about how a hippopotamus would need a loud musical instrument to make the animal's sound. Some children were then called up to look at an animal picture and find an instrument similar to the sound that animal would make. The children then did different exercises moving around like different animals. they crawled on the floor like a turtle. They listened to a piece of music called the "Tortoise" song from the 'Carnival of the Animals'.

 

In Jewish studies this week the children learnt Parashah Chayei Sarah.  Avraham told his servant Eliezer to go and find a wife for his son Yitzchak. Eliezer travelled with 10 camels on a long journey through the desert.  During the journey, Eliezer became very thirsty because it was so hot in the desert.  He came to a well.  He thought to himself, “I am going to ask one of the girls for a drink of water, if she says yes, but also feeds water to my 10 camels as well, then I will know she is a kind girl and will be a good wife for Yitzchak”.  Eliezer asked Rifka for a drink of water, and not only did she bring Eliezer water she worked so hard to feed all his camels too.  Eliezer knew this was the right girl for Yitzchak.  He asked Rifka’s parents if he was allowed to take Rifka back to meet Yitzchak and they agreed.  Eliezer gave Rifka lots of jewellery as gifts.  Rifka met Yitzchak and they were so happy together and got married. The children had lots of fun painting their hand with brown paint to make a camel and then drawing a bucket of water for the camel to drink! 

 

The following children were on the Shabbat table today:

Shabbat Aba  Jethro

Shabbat Ima  Ruby F

Shabbat Ben  Dylan 

Shabbat Bat   Eliya  

 

Next week the topic is Autumn: 

  • On Wednesday 18th November the children will go on an Autumn walk in small groups to Lyttleton park.

  

  • Due to Covid rules, please make sure your child does not come into school eating food.

 

  • Please continue to post pictures on Tapestry of what your child is doing out of school, it is lovely for us to see.

 

I hope you have a lovely weekend.

 

Shabbat Shalom

Miss Cowen and the Nursery Team


 

Nursery Newsletter- 6th November

 

I hope you all had a lovely half term break. We have had another very busy week in Nursery.

 

In Personal, Social and Emotional Development we continued our topic ‘All About Me’. We have been discussing the different feelings and emotions we may experience on a daily basis. We talked about different vocabulary to describe how we feel, including happy, sad, angry, worried, sleepy and excited. The children then drew a feeling face, adding their different features and using wool for their hair. They drew an expression to reflect how they were feeling at that moment and talked about what made them feel that way. They cut out their faces to practice their cutting skills. 

 

We discussed how our actions can affect the way others feel. We talked about the importance of sharing, taking turns and using kind words and kind hands.

 

In Understanding the World the children learnt about the story of Guy Fawkes which linked to Bonfire Night and we discussed the importance of fire safety. This linked to Expressive Art and Design and the children enjoyed making a firework picture. Some of the children made fireworks by splashing the paint on the paper and others used forks dipped in paint to create a firework effect.

 

In PE the children started with a warm up activity. When they heard the cymbals played they had to move around on tip toes. When the tambourine sounded they had to shake. Then they moved around the blue track like a butterfly, swaying their arms like an elephant with a trunk and growing tall like a giraffe. The children went on a search for treasure. They crept quietly towards the bag and told the teacher what they found [rugby balls]. The children also enjoyed playing the bean game and moved around in different ways, depending on which type of bean they were (i.e. jumping like a jumping bean, wobbling like a jelly bean and crouching down, like a baked bean).

 

In Literacy the children enjoyed playing different phonics games on the IWB. The focus was on general sound discrimination. For the first game the children had to listen to the animal sound played and then click to match it to the correct animal. During the next game the children had to listen to the sound coming from a man's hat. Then they had to listen to the sound on each of the boxes and select the matching sound. 

 

In another activity, the children had to shake different socks filled with a variety of objects. They discussed what they thought the socks were filled with and listened to the different sounds they made. The children were excited to see what was in the socks. The contents included coins, pasta, shells, beads and Lego. After, the children listened to an instrument that was played which they could not see and they had to guess which instrument made the sound. They also had fun playing the different instruments.

 

In Mathematics the number of the week was 6. We discussed higher numbers that have a 6 in them, for example 16, 60, 600. We counted a variety of different objects to match the numeral 6. The children practised their 1-1 correspondence skills counting out 6 objects. Please continue to encourage your child to look for different numbers in the environment and practise their 1-1 correspondence. This is a great activity for extending your child’s number recognition. 

 

During Music, Mr Fingerhut introduced the children to the term 'pitch' and used this word to describe high and low sounds. The children listened to different chords and talked about how these sounded like rain and wind. They also listened to music that was slow and described how it made them feel sad and when they heard fast music it made them feel happy. The children loved stomping around the room to angry sounds!

 

In Jewish studies this week the children learnt Parasha Vayaira.  Avraham was a tzaddik - a very good man.  He did lots of mitzvot, but there was one mitzvah he excelled in  - he loved to invite people into his tent.  One day Avraham was visited by 3 men. When they arrived at his tent, Avraham immediately asked them to sit in the shade and washed their sandy feet to cool them down from the hot sun. Avraham and his wife Sarah then prepared a beautiful meal for their visitors. After the meal one of the men stood up and said to Avraham “next year your wife Sarah will have a baby boy”. Sarah laughed and said, “I’m too old to have a baby”. Avraham was not aware that these 3 visitors were in fact malachim (angels) sent from Hashem.   However, the following year Avraham and Sarah had a baby boy - they called him Yitzchak (Isaac).  

 

The children had fun making their own house and inviting guests to visit. They enjoyed playing in the role play area and making delicious meals for their “guests”.

 

The following children were on the Shabbat table today:

Shabbat Aba   Ben

Shabbat Ima   Ilse Bella

Shabbat Ben   Zachary

Shabbat Bat    Liora

 

 Important Reminders:

 

  • Please ensure you return your child’s blue folder each week as this this will be used to send home your child’s weekly Parashat craft.

  • Please remember to wear your masks when dropping off and picking up.

  • Busy Things:

       There are some fun activities on Busy things that you can play with your child.

       The log in details are:

 

      Classroom username: eyupupils

      Classroom password: rgbp255 

  
Thank you for the really lovely photos that you shared with us on Tapestry. It was lovely to see the things your child did at half term. Please continue to post pictures on Tapestry as it is really lovely to be updated on what your child does out of school.
 

I hope you have a lovely weekend.

 

Shabbat Shalom

Miss Cowen and the Nursery Team

 

Nursery Newsletter- 23rd October

 

In Personal, Social and Emotional Development we continued our topic ‘All About Me’. The children continued to share with their classmates the special things they had selected to put in their ‘me bags’. It was amazing to see how excited the children were to share what was in their bags with their classmates. They spoke clearly and confidently and considering the short amount of time the children have been at school, it was wonderful to see. It made us all feel very happy.

 

The children continued to learn about the different parts of the body and enjoyed listening to the different music and movement songs. They had to point and move the part of the body called out in the songs. Some of the children enjoyed playing a dice game. When the dice was rolled they had to put a post it note on the part of the body displayed.

 

In Expressive Art and Design some of the children enjoyed painting rainbows. They mixed colours to make purple, orange and green. This activity linked in with the parashat and Noah’s Ark.

 

In PE the children moved around in a variety of different ways. They jumped around like kangaroos and frogs. They played the game Shark Attack. When Miss Nolan called “shark attack”, the children ran to an island which was made of coloured cones. The children then practised their catching skills. They stood in pairs and threw the balls to one another.

 

In Literacy the children finger painted their names. As they created each letter they recited the letter sound. This activity will be completed after half term.

 

In Mathematics the number of the week was number 5. We discussed higher numbers that have a 5 in them, for example, 55, 125, 225. During the holiday it would be great if you could go on a number walk to see which numbers your child can find. This is a great activity for extending your child’s number recognition. Please post any pictures on ‘Tapestry’, so we can share them with the class after the holiday.

 

In Understanding the World some of the children helped to tidy the garden and we discussed how well the vegetable plants are growing. We also discussed that some of the plants had been eaten and what may have eaten them. Slug or snails?

 

During Music, Mr Fingerhut explained the purpose of the pedal under the piano.  He discussed how it prolongs the music. He played a piece of music and asked the children what it sounded like. They said it sounded like dinosaur music. The children had to listen to the music and then stop moving when the music stopped. The children also talked about high and low sounds. Mr Fingerhut taught them a rhyming song to chant called the mice song:

 

“Mice, mice eating all the rice,

Nibble, nibble, nibble, nibble,

Nice, nice, nice!”

 

The children ended the lesson by talking about how soft music is “like a dream” and “sleeping music”.

 

In Jewish studies this week the children learnt about this week's Parasha - Noach.  The children learnt that Noach was a good man but the people who lived around him were not good. This made Hashem very sad. Hashem told Noach to build a very big boat - an ark.  He was to put his whole family, along with seven kosher Daddy animals, seven kosher Mummy animals of all the types and one, non-kosher Daddy animal and one non-kosher Mummy animal of all the kinds, into the ark. We discussed the names of some kosher and non kosher animals. Hashem then brought a flood for forty days and forty nights. Only Noach and his family and all the animals in the ark were saved. Noach then released a dove to see if it was time to leave the ark, however the dove flew back with an olive branch in his beak. This showed Noach that it wasn’t time to leave the ark yet.  Seven days later, Noach let the dove out again and this time the dove did not return. Noach knew it was time to leave the ark. Noach then saw a beautiful rainbow in the sky - a sign from Hashem that He would never ever bring another flood over the whole world again.

 

The children had lots of fun making their own ark, using small sticks and choosing animals to go inside their ark. They then dipped their finger into paint to show rain falling down from the sky.

The following children were on the Shabbat table today:

Shabbat Aba         Jethro

Shabbat Ima         Lily

Shabbat Ben         Yanai

Shabbat Bat          Rachel

 

Important Reminders:

 

  • ‘All About Me’. If you have not already sent in a baby photo of your child, please do so. (A photocopy in place of the original will be fine). 

  • Please make sure that your child has spare clothes in their bag, including socks. We will not be able to change them if there are no spare items and you will be called to bring them in. Due to the current situation, we are only able to use your child’s clothes to change them into.

  • If you have still not returned your child’s folder for art activities, please do so.

  • Snack time: Please only send in a morning and afternoon snack clearly labelled. This should only be fruit or vegetables. Please do not send in rice cakes, pita bread, yoghurts, snack bars. Your child will not be allowed to eat them and it will only cause disappointment. Please also remember to cut your child’s grapes lengthways.

  • Please remember to wear your masks when dropping off and picking up.

 

During half term it would be really great if you could post special things you have done on to ‘Tapestry’. Your child can then share this with their classmates.

 

I hope you have a lovely weekend and half-term break.

 

Shabbat Shalom

 

Miss Cowen and the Nursery Team

Nursery Newsletter- 16th October

 

We hope you had a lovely Simchat Torah.

 

The children have enjoyed the school lunches and it was lovely to see them eating so nicely.

 

In Personal, Social and Emotional Development, we continued our topic ‘All About Me’. The children loved sharing the special things they had selected to put in their ‘Me Bags’ with their classmates. It was lovely to see the children listening so well to each other as some of the children shared what they had in their bags. This activity helps to develop both the children’s listening and communication skills. It was great to see how confident the children were to speak in front of their peers. As it is important that each child gets the opportunity to have time to talk about themselves, the activity will be continued next week. 

 

Carrying on with the topic ‘All About Me’ the children started to learn the names of the different parts of the body. The children enjoyed different music and movement songs, where they had to point or move the part of the body mentioned in the song. This included the song Head, Shoulder Knees and Toes.

 

In Expressive Art and Design the children finished off creating their own self-portrait. They looked in the mirror and discussed the different features they could see. This included the shape of their face, hair and eye colour. They selected the correct paint colour or mixed colours and added their different features. Some of the children also made self portraits using the leaves, twigs and acorns to depict their different features.

 

In PE the children started the session moving around the blue track in a variety of different ways, including running and jumping. Next, they pretended to be kangaroos and crabs. After, they played the game ‘Stuck in the Mud’. The children had to run to an area with coloured cones in it and if they got tagged they had to stand in the area and wait for another child to high five them. They finished the lesson with a game of ‘Shark Attack’.

 

In Literacy we continued with the Letters and Sounds programme, aspect 1, where the main focus is on developing your child’s awareness of sounds in the environment. This week the children were given beaters and they went around the outdoor area tapping different surfaces. We discussed how the sounds change depending on the surface that is being hit.

 

In Mathematics the number of the week was number 4. We discussed higher numbers that have a 4 in them, for example, 14, 24, 44. Please continue to look around your house and the environment for numbers or objects with a 4.

 

In Understanding the World some of the children helped to check that the vegetable plants we planted were progressing well and that there were no slugs or other minibeasts eating them. Some of the children enjoyed using magnifying glasses to look for different minibeast models in the water tray which were hidden under the leaves and acorns. We discussed the names of the various minibeasts and we added new ones for the children to identify.

 

During Music, the children carried on clapping to the number, for example 1,2,3, up to 5. Mr Fingerhut played different sounds on the piano and the children had to move around in different ways, for example stomping. Mr Fingerhut played different music and discussed with them how the music made them feel. The children then danced to the beat of the music. They listened to up beat music and then dreamy music and shared their ideas.

 

In Jewish studies this week the children learnt about the  Parasha - Bereishit.  The children learnt that Hashem created our beautiful world in 6 days and He rested on the the 7th day - Shabbat.  

The children learnt that:

On day number 1 Hashem created the night and the day.  

On day number 2 Hashem created the sky and the sea.

On day number 3 Hashem created the flowers, trees and grass.

On day number 4 Hashem created the sun, moon and stars.

On day number 5 Hashem created the birds and the fish.

On day number 6 Hashem created all the animals and Adam and Eve. 

And on the 7th day Hashem rested - Shabbat.  We too rest on the 7th day each week.

The children had lots of fun making their own candlesticks or kiddush cup to honour Shabbat.

 

The following children were on the Shabbat table today:

Shabbat Aba - Zachary

Shabbat Ima - Alex

Shabbat Ben - Dylan

Shabbat Bat - Ruby T

 

Important Reminder:

  • ‘All About Me’. If you have not already sent in a baby photo of your child, please do so. (A photocopy in place of the original will be fine). 

  • Please make sure your child has spare clothes in their bag, including socks. We will not be able to change them if there are no spare items and you will be called to bring them in. Due to the current situation, we are only able to use your child’s clothes to change them into.

  • If you have still not returned your child’s folder for art activities, please do so.

  • Focus Meetings: if you have not yet signed up for your child’s focus meeting session please do so.

  • Snack time: Please send in a morning and afternoon snack clearly labelled. This should only be fruit or vegetables. Please do not send in rice cakes, pitta bread, yoghurts, snack bars.  Your child will not be allowed to eat them and it will only cause disappointment.

 

As I said in my newsletter last week, due to the current climate where your child is dropped off and collected from the gate, please can I remind you that for the safety of the children I am not able to have a long conversation with you at these times as it slows down the process of the children entering and leaving the school.  It is important that pick up and drop off is a quick process. 

 

It is also important that you arrive promptly at your given time to collect your child at the end of the day. For security reasons it is important that we are not hanging around by the gate for too long. 

 

If anyone has anything they would like to discuss with me please do not hesitate to email me and I will happily ring you, either before or after school. Even though I can’t chat face to face with you I do wish to reiterate I am available for any questions or concerns you may have. Thank you for your support with this.

 

I hope you have a lovely weekend.

 

Shabbat Shalom.

 

Miss Cowen and the Nursery Team

 Dear Parents
We hope you had a lovely Sukkot.
In Personal, Social and Emotional Development, we started our new topic ‘All About Me’. We talked about how we are all different, from the colour of our eyes and hair to the colour of our skin. We discussed that some people may have other defining features, for example they may have a birthmark, wear a hearing aid or have freckles. We also spoke about the importance of being kind to everyone even if they are different. We read the book ‘Cinnamon Girl’ which is about appreciating each other's differences.
In Expressive Art and Design some of the children created their own self-portrait. They looked in the mirror and we discussed the different features they could see. This included the shape of their face, hair and eye colour. They selected the correct paint colour or mixed colours and added their different features. This activity will be continued next week.
We will carry on with the topic ‘All About Me’ next week. We would like the children to start talking to the class about what they have brought in to share in their brown paper bags. If you have not yet sent this back to us, please make sure it is returned by Monday 12th October. Just a reminder, due to Covid rules, the children cannot bring in physical objects, only photographs. If you are unable to print the photographs at home, please send them to me by email and I will print these out and place them in your child’s bag. This is a fun activity which is great for developing your child’s communication and language skills and their confidence to speak in front of a group. It is important that the children develop their listening skills and the ability to listen to others when they are talking. We will be doing this activity all week to include all the children.
In PE the children had to find the matching coloured discs. They then played a game of Shark Attack. After that they practised their ball skills by kicking a ball and then they had to run and get it.
In Literacy we continued with the Letters and Sounds programme, aspect 1, where the main focus is on developing your child’s awareness of sounds in the environment. We reiterated the importance of being a good listener. The children enjoyed using their special listening ears that they had made last week to go on their listening walk around the outdoor area.
In Mathematics the number of the week was number 3. We discussed higher numbers that have a 3 in them, for example, 30, 33, 300. Please continue to look around your house and the environment for numbers or objects with a 3.
In Understanding the World some of the children helped to check that the vegetable plants we had planted were progressing well and then they helped to water them. Some of the children enjoyed using magnifying glasses to look for different minibeast models in the water tray which were hidden under the leaves and acorns. We discussed the names of the various minibeasts.

 During Music, the children carried on clapping to the number, for example 1,2,3, up to 5. Mr Fingerhut played different sounds on the piano and the children had to move around, for example, stomping like an elephant and starting very small and growing tall like a tree. The children played Musical Statues, they danced to the music and then froze when it stopped. Next, the children danced in the style of different music from classical to pop, and performed some amazing ballet movements.
In Jewish Studies the children enjoyed having their morning snack in the Sukkah which was decorated with pictures the children had made. We continued to learn about Simchat Torah which is the last day of Sukkot - a time when we rejoice in Shul as we have completed reading the whole Torah over the year and are ready to start again with Bereishit. The children completed making their special flags which they painted and decorated themselves.
The following children were on the Shabbat table today:

Shabbat Aba  Joshua
Shabbat Ima  Scarlett
Shabbat Ben  Ben
Shabbat Bat   Sienna


Important Reminder :
‘All About Me’​. If you have not already sent in a baby photo of your child, please do so. (A photocopy in place of the original will be fine).
● Please ensure your child’s shoes are named.
● Please check that all of your child’s uniform is labelled so it can be returned if it is
mislaid.
● Please make sure your child has spare clothes in their bag, including socks. We will not
be able to change them if there are no spare items and you will be called to bring them in. Due to the current situation, we are only able to use your child’s clothes to change them into.
School lunches start on Monday 12th October​. You will no longer need to send in a packed lunch. Please remember to send in a morning and afternoon snack (fruit or vegetables) and make sure they are clearly labelled. If you are sending in an apple please cut it up if you know your child prefers this.
● If you have still not returned your child’s folder for art activities, please do so.
Focus Meetings:​ if you have not yet signed up for your child’s focus meeting session
please do so.
Due to the current climate where your child is dropped off and collected from the gate, please can I remind you that for the safety of the children I am not able to have a long conversation with you at these times as it slows down the process of the children entering and leaving the school. It is important that pick up and drop off is a quick process.

 It is also important that you arrive promptly at your given time to collect your child at the end of the day. For security reasons it is important that we are not hanging around by the gate for too long.
If anyone has anything they would like to discuss with me please do not hesitate to email me and I will happily ring you, either before or after school. Even though I can’t chat face to face with you I do wish to reiterate I am available for any questions or concerns you may have. Thank you for your support with this​.

I hope you have a lovely Simchat Torah. Shabbat Shalom and Chag Sameach.

 

Miss Cowen and the Nursery Team