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Nursery Newsletter-21st January

 

It was such a pleasure to meet your children and have the privilege to teach them.

 

We started the week off by celebrating Tu B'Shvat, the birthday of the trees. The children enjoyed a carousel of activities which included planting cress, painting trees and sponge painting special crowns with trees and leaves. At snack time they enjoyed their special fruit party where they got the opportunity to taste a variety of different fruits, including some new ones. This links to the areas Expressive Arts and Design and Understanding the World.

 

In Literacy in our Letters and Sounds lesson we continued with Aspect 4, continuing to focus on rhythm and rhyme. Some of the children continued to play the game called ‘Silly Soup’. The children also enjoyed listening to a selection of rhyming stories.

 

In Literacy we also started to learn about syllables. We discussed what a syllable is; it makes up part of a word. Each child said their name and then we clapped how many syllables there were. We did the same for some animals, for example, for a monkey we said, “mon-key”: Two syllables and two claps. Maybe you could 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 the word.

 

The children are really enjoying their weekly sessions at the library where they get the opportunity to listen to a story before selecting their book to take home.

 

In Mathematics we continued completing the calendar, singing the days of the week and months of the year. We also talked about the season we are in. We are exploring shapes and we went over the names of the different 2d shapes. Some of the children enjoyed making shape pictures using Tap Tap Art, the felt shapes and the magnetic shapes.

 

In Understanding the World the children continued to enjoy learning about the artist Henri Matisse and that he was famous for his picture, ‘The Snail’ and for making collages by cutting out different shapes. The children continued to create pictures with their own interpretation of Matisse’s work. 

 

This week we learnt about the artist Vincent Van Gogh. Van Gogh was known for painting still life pictures. 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 colours of the fruit before they started painting. This links to the area Expressive Arts and Design.

 

We continued to encourage the children to come up to the front of the class to talk about the artwork they had created. This comes under the area of Communication and Language. 

 

In Music with Mr Fingerhut, the children enjoyed singing different songs and added actions accordingly. The songs included, “If You’re Happy And You Know It Clap Your Hands”, “Old Mac Donald” and “Sing a Song Of Sixpence”. They learnt a new song “Camptown Races”. They then moved around in a variety of different ways in time with the beat of the music.

 

In PE the children warmed up and were then split into teams to run races. They ran all the way to the other side of the playground to pick up different items, such as bean bags or bricks to bring back to their team. Their races got increasingly challenging and the children had to follow instructions, cheer each other on and had lots of great exercise!

 

This week in Jewish Studies we had a special treat! We started the week by talking about the birthday of the trees and how important they are to us. We spoke about which fruits come from the trees and which bracha (blessing) we make before we eat them. We spoke about how Hashem blesses us with such perfect creations that give us so much more than just fruits. We also compared ourselves to trees, with roots/legs, trunk/body and branches/ arms and fingers. We talked about ways of looking after our trees and our planet in general.

 

Moving on to this week’s parasha, Yitro, we learn that Moshe was married to Yitro’s daughter, Tzipporah and they had two sons, Gershon and Eliezer. Tzipporah and the two children lived with her father Yitro in Midian, while Moshe and Aharon were in Mitzrayim. After Bnei Israel left Egypt, they travelled through the desert and were joined by Moshe’s family, including Yitro, who had heard of all the miracles that Hashem made for us.  Yitro wanted to join the Jewish nation, and he became well known amongst Bnei Yisrael.

 

We learned that whilst in the desert, Hashem gave us a very special present, the Ten Commandments, from Har Sinai. He chose this mountain because it was small and humble.  We learn from this that we should not show off about what we have or what we look like; our achievements and mitzvot are what counts the most. We also learnt a song about the ten commandments and made beautiful pictures of Mount Sinai and the Ten Commandments. 

 

On Friday we had our lovely, happy Shabbat party, where we discussed aspects of Shabbat and we sang and danced. 

 

From next week I would like to introduce "My Kodesh Time". Each week a child will be chosen to bring an item from home that is related to Judaism and they will tell their classmates all about it. This will happen every Wednesday.  We will let you know on Tuesday if we have chosen your child to present that week.

 

The following children were on the Shabbat table today:

Shabbat Aba  Jimmy

Shabbat Ima  Emma S

Shabbat Ben  David 

Shabbat Bat   Isabella

 

Reminders:

 

  • Please continue to test your children every morning before school next week.
  • Please continue to post pictures on Tapestry of what your child is doing out of school, they are lovely to see.
  • Please can you make sure your child’s library book is returned every Monday. If your child’s library book is not returned, they will be unable to pick a new book to bring home, which will cause them disappointment.
  • As doors and windows will be open during the day, please make sure your child has extra clothing to put on if they are cold.
  • Please wear a mask when on school premises

..

Mrs Onona and the Nursery Team



 

Nursery Newsletter-14th January

 

We had a very busy and fun filled week in Nursery.

 

The children are enjoying going into Reception for Tefillah. It is wonderful to see them sitting with their Tefillah buddy and with the help of their buddy starting to follow in the prayer book. They now have their own prayer books so it is lovely to see them starting to take care of their books. This links to the area Personal, Social and Emotional Development.

 

In Literacy in our Letters and Sounds lesson 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 in our soup.

  • We used the bowl and spoon as props to act out the song.
  • The children chose an object to put in the soup and placed 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 ended up in the soup. 

 

“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.

 

The children also continued to enjoy the book ‘ Oi Aardvark!’ from the rhyming book series we have been reading.

 

Also in Literacy the children were excited to pick their first library book to take home. We hope you have fun reading it with them.

 

In Mathematics we continued completing the calendar. We sang the days of the week, and Months of the year song. 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. We also continued to practise our counting skills, counting to 30 and doing exercise counting to 100.

 

Following on from last week the children enjoyed exploring colour mixing and using the colour paint they had made to paint their pictures. We read the book ‘The Dot’ by Peter Reynolds. The Dot is a beautiful story about a girl named Vashti, who is encouraged by her teacher to take a risk.  Vashti does not believe she can draw.  She is filled with self-doubt until her teacher gently persuades her to, Just make a mark and see where it takes you.”  Once Vashti sees her artwork signed and framed, she is inspired to experiment more with dots. The children then created their own dot pictures using a variety of different colours, which included colour mixing. All their pictures are amazing and very individual. The children signed their artwork like true artists.

 

The  children then enjoyed learning about the artist Henri Matisse. We 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. This was a great activity for developing the children’s cutting skills and exploring different shapes. We read the story of ‘Matisse’s Magical Trail’ and ‘How the Snail Found its Colours.’ This links to the areas Understanding the World, Mathematics and Expressive Arts and Design. This will be continued next week.

 

It was lovely to see some of the children come up to the front of the class to talk about the artwork they had created. This comes under the area of Communication and Language. We will continue to encourage the children to talk about their art work as they learn about the art styles of different artists.

 

We have introduced recycling into the classroom. The children enjoyed learning about what can be recycled and what can be made from the recycled materials. We now have a special bag in the classroom for the children to put any recyclable materials into. 

 

The children continued to enjoy visiting the role play area, ‘The Opticians’. The children acted out being opticians. They particularly enjoyed making their own glasses. This links to the area, Expressive Arts and Design.

 

In Music, Mr Fingerhut started with a warm up by getting the children to hum along to the music. He then introduced counting to the beat of the music up to 8. The children sang a variety of different songs and enjoyed moving in a variety of different ways, in time with the beat of the music.

 

In PE this week the children started the session by playing a warm up game called Shark Attack where they moved like different animals. They snapped like crocodiles to warm up their hands, hopped like a bunny, ran like a cheetah and moved like a t-rex. Then they then had to find a spot on the floor and be a different animal. Next they played football, seeing how far they could kick the ball and then they aimed to kick the ball into a hoop on the ground. To end the lesson they had to race to see who could line up the fastest. 

 

Jewish Studies:

In this week's Parashah, the children learnt that King Pharaoh was upset with himself for letting Bnei Yisrael go free.  Pharaoh and his army ran after Bnei Yisrael to try and bring them back to Egypt. 

Bnei Yisrael reached the Yam Suf (The Red Sea) and were not able to run any further away from Pharaoh - he was getting closer to them.

The children learnt that Hashem made a very special miracle happen.  The Yam Suf opened up and Bnei Yisrael were able to walk on dry land through the sea.  As soon as Pharaoh and his army reached the Yam Suf and tried to walk through the split sea, Hashem made the sea return to normal and all the soldiers disappeared.

The children made a beautiful activity to reflect the split sea and they will be happy to show you and tell you the whole Parashah story.

Meanwhile, Bnei Yisrael were SO happy to be free that they sang a special song to Hashem to thank Him for saving them.

Hashem told Moshe that Bnei Yisrael are going to go to Erez Yisrael, and in order to get there they will have to walk through the desert for a long time.  The Bnei Yisrael complained saying, “what will we eat?”

The children learnt that Hashem made another miracle.  He sent Maan - a special food that came down from the sky every morning except Shabbat.  It was always fresh and tasted of anything they would want it to taste like.

This week we also started talking about Tu B’Shevat, the birthday of the trees, and how special this festival is. We learned that on this day, the trees start a new cycle, after the winter, when they start to be fruitful again. We discussed the wonder that it is to have trees and to be blessed and able to eat from their fruits.  We also spoke about the mitzvah of eating new fruits, preferably one of the seven species (the seven fruits that are representative of Eretz Israel) and to say the bracha “Shehechiyanu”. We will celebrate properly next Monday, the 15th of Shevat, the actual birthday.

On Friday we had our lovely, happy Shabbat party, where we discussed aspects of Shabbat, we sang and danced, and this week enjoyed the Shabbat experience together with Reception, warming up for next week, where we will be joined by you all on Zoom.

 

The following children were on the Shabbat table today:

Shabbat Aba  Harrison

Shabbat Ima  Darcey 

Shabbat ben  Judah 

Shabbat Bat   Annabelle 

 

Reminders:

 

  • Please continue to post pictures on Tapestry of what your child is doing out of school, they are lovely to see.
  • Please remember that the children’s starting time is 8.30-8.40am. We will be starting Tefillah prompt at 8.45am this term so please make sure your child is on time.
  • Please can you make sure your child’s library book is returned every Monday. If your child’s library book is not returned, they will be unable to pick a new book to bring home, which will cause them disappointment.
  • As doors and windows will be open during the day, please make sure your child has extra clothing to put on if they are cold.
  • Please make sure all items of clothing are labeled including shoes, gloves, hats and scarves.
  • Please make sure you have sent back your child’s apron.

 

Monday 17th January we will be celebrating Tu B’Shevat in school. 

  • Please make sure you send  your child in wearing  tree coloured clothes on Monday eg. browns, greens, pinks.
  • Thank you for signing up to bring in fruit for our special fruit party. Please can this be brought in on Monday. On this day you do not need to send in a fruit snack. 

 

We hope you all have a lovely weekend.

 

We wish you all a Shabbat Shalom and a Happy Tu B’Shvat!

 

Miss Cowen and the Nursery Team

 

Nursery Newsletter- 7th January 2022

 

We hope you all had a lovely break.

It is great to be back at school! We have had a fun few days.

 

Firstly we reminded ourselves of the class rules. In Personal, Social and Emotional Development, we 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 are going to be learning about different artists over the coming weeks. In preparation for this, we explored colour mixing. We read the book ‘Mixed,’ and how from the three primary colours, a variety of different colours can be made when mixed together. Some of the children had fun experimenting by using the paint they had mixed to create their pictures. They also used black and white. We discussed how the shades can be made lighter or darker. Some of the children also enjoyed making playdough and used the same concept to see what colours their playdough turned out. This covers the area Expressive Arts and Design.

 

The children were excited to go into our new role play area which has been changed into an Opticians. The children enjoyed acting out being opticians and completing an eye test and  helping their customers to choose new spectacles. The children also enjoyed making their own glasses by using different coloured pipe cleaners.

 

In Literacy, in letters and sounds we continued with Aspect 4 Rhythm and Rhyme. We went over what a rhyming word is and the children enjoyed listening to the rhyming book Oi dog!  We will be continuing with the topic of rhyming over the next few weeks. Also in Literacy some of the children enjoyed drawing their holiday pictures. 

 

In Mathematics we discussed the calendar and how we are in January and in the new year of 2022. We talked about the seasons and that we are now in winter, and how during the winter the weather changes, the days get shorter and the mornings and nights get darker. 

 

In Jewish Studies this week we learned about Parashat Bo. We caught up with the parshiot from the last few weeks, where one of the most important characters of the Torah appears - Moshe Rabbeinu. Moshe, who was raised as a prince in Pharaoh's palace, was chosen by Hashem to lead the Jewish people out of slavery and out of Egypt. Moshe would bring Hashem's messages to Pharaoh, and as he consistently refused to release Bnei Yisrael, the Egyptians were punished. 

 

The children made beautiful activities to represent the eighth and the ninth plagues - locust and darkness respectively. We learned that the plagues only affected the Egyptians, and the Israelites that lived in Egypt were spared from the plagues. The parasha ends with Pharaoh giving up and telling Moshe and Aharon (Moshe's brother who was also one of Hashem's messengers, together with Moshe) to get out of his country!

 

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

On Friday we had our lovely, happy Shabbat party, where we discussed aspects of Shabbat, we sang and danced, and enjoyed the Shabbat experience.

 

The following children were on the Shabbat table today:

Shabbat Aba  Gabriel

Shabbat Ima  Emma K

Shabbat Ben  Reuben

Shabbat Bat   Ariella

 

Reminders:

  • Please continue to post pictures on Tapestry of what your child is doing out of school, they are lovely to see.
  • Please remember that the children’s starting time is 8.30-8.40am. We will be starting Tefillah prompt at 8.45am this term so please make sure your child is on time.
  • Every Wednesday your child will be visiting our school library where they will be able to select a book to bring home. Please make sure your child’s library book is returned by Monday. If your child’s library book is not returned, they will be unable to pick a new book to bring home, which will cause them disappointment.
  • As doors and windows will be open during the day, please make sure your child has extra clothing to put on if they are cold.
  • Please make sure all items of clothing are labeled including shoes, gloves, hats and scarves.

On Monday 17th 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. On Monday 10th January there will be a sign-up sheet in the outdoor area for you to sign against which fruit you will bring in. 

 

We hope you all have a lovely weekend.

We wish you all a Shabbat Shalom and a Chodesh tov - Happy month of Shvat everyone!

 

Miss Cowen and the Nursery Team


 

Newsletter 10th December 2021

Dear Parents

I cannot believe that this is the last newsletter of the term. 

This week have have continued to talk about the importance of using kind words and kind hands. We reminded the children that if they are concerned about anything, they must talk to the teachers, so that they can help them resolve the situation. We read a book called ‘Being Kind’, which talks about different scenarios where children do helpful and kind things to help each other. This covers the area Personal, Social and Emotional Development and Communication and Language.

It was our last Show and Tell session of the term. Again, really interesting items were brought in. Great questions were asked and answered with confidence. It makes us so proud to see how confident the children are when speaking in front of their peers. We will continue with Show and Tell next term. This covers the area of Communication and Language. 

In Literacy, in letters and sounds we started Aspect 4 Rhythm and Rhyme. We talked about repetitive phrases. The children enjoyed listening to the story ‘The Gingerbread Man’. It  was lovely to hear the children joining in with the phrase, ’Run, run, as fast as you can, you can’t catch me, I’m the Gingerbread Man.’ We also started to discuss what a rhyming word is and the children enjoyed listening to the rhyming book Oi Frog!  We will continue the topic of rhyming when we return from the holidays.

The children had another visit to the school library where they listened to a story and looked at the different books. After the school holidays, the children will bring home a library book each week.

 

In Mathematics, we continued to practise our number recognition skills from 0-5. We also practised counting by rote to 20 and counting using one - one correspondence.

 

In Music:

  • Following on from learning about rhythm and rhyme in Literacy, Mr Fingerhut taught the children different songs including nursery rhymes, which have a variety of different rhyming words. These songs included “Sing a song of sixpence”, “Hot Cross Buns” and also “Humpty Dumpty” and “London’s Burning”. The  children discussed the meaning of the words and also added the actions.
  • My Fingerhut also clapped out different rhythms for the children to listen to and copy.

 

In PE the children enjoyed a variety of different activities:

  • Coloured discs were spread out and they practised jumping onto the different discs.
  • They collected different coloured cones and matched them to the coloured discs.
  • They jumped like rabbits to pick up a cone and match it to the correct coloured disc.
  • They practised their throwing skills by throwing the different coloured bean bags onto the coloured discs to match.

 

This week in Jewish Studies we had so much fun! We started by learning the Parashah of the week – Vayigash.  Yehuda, Yoseph is now second in command of Egypt. His brother Yehuda pleaded with him for Binyamin’s freedom. The children remembered from last week, that Yoseph had hidden a precious cup in Binyamin’s bag so that he would be accused of theft and be kept in Egypt. This was Yoseph’s way to test if his brothers were sorry for what they had done to him in the past. And they were!

After understanding that his brothers were sorry for their actions, Yoseph told them who he was. “I am Yoseph. Is my father still alive?” The children acted this scene out and were so excited about this part of the story. We made masks, showing how Yoseph was as an Egyptian, but remembering that inside, he was still a Jewish man who listened to Hashem and kept all his mitzvot.

Towards the end of the week, we finished the parasha story, learning that Yoseph sent carriages to Yaakov to bring him and the whole family to Egypt, to live near him. Yoseph settles his family in Goshen, a separate area, where they would not be influenced by Egyptian culture. Yaakov couldn’t believe that after 22 years he would see his beloved son, the first son of his much loved wife Rachel. The children made nice carriages to show how Yossef cared for his father and family.

 

On Friday, we had our Kabbalat Shabbat party with some Israeli dancing, which the children enjoyed very much.

 

The following children were on the Shabbat table today:

Shabbat Aba - David

Shabbat Ima - Eden

Shabbat Ben - Gabriel

Shabbat Bat -  Talya

 

Mitzvah notes: Please send in Mitzvah notes telling us about the amazing mitzvot your children are doing at home, especially over the holidays. We want to be able to read your child's mitzvah note out during Tefillah so that your child will get the chance to put a leaf on the Mitzvah tree.

 

Fun things you can do on your holidays when 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 for objects containing numbers, for example tape measures, telephones, weighing scales. 
  • Please keep on practising your child’s counting skills, for example by counting the steps up to bed and down in the morning.
  • You can go on a shape hunt. Discuss with your child all the different shaped objects you can see when out and about, eg, what shape is the pizza or the wheels on your car.

Literacy:

  • Having started to learn about rhyming and explore different rhyming words in class, continue to read rhyming books with your child. See how many rhyming words your child can think of  to create a rhyming string, for example, sat, cat, hat, mat, chat. 

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 the following websites:

  • Hands-on as you grow fine motor skills: https://handsonaswegrow.com/fine-motor-skills-activities/
  • Hands-on as you grow gross motor skills: https://handsonaswegrow.com/kids-activities/gross-motor-activities/
  • Fine motor skills Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/TheOTToolbox/fine-motor-skills/
  • Gross Motor skills Pinterest:https://www.pinterest.co.uk/stirthewonder/gross-motor-activities/
  • 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 the correct pen/pencil grip to your child. At this stage your child should be able to mark, make and express what they have drawn. 

Tapestry:

  •  It would be lovely to see photos and videos of fun activities you do with your child on your holidays. It would be lovely to be able to share with the class on our return.

 

It has been an amazing first term and the children have achieved so much.

We want to thank you for all your support.

We look forward to seeing you all back next term.

We wish you all a lovely break.

Shabbat Shalom

Miss Cowen and the Nursery Team

 

 


 

Newsletter 3rd December 2021

Dear Parents

The children had an exceptionally busy and fun week in Nursery. The highlight was being taken over to the main school in the minibus with Mr Moses for the Chanukah fair and Chanukah sing along which the children thoroughly enjoyed.

We continued to talk about the importance of kind words and kind hands. We reminded the children that if they are concerned about anything, they must talk to the teachers, so that they can help them resolve the situation.

 

We also focused on turn taking and read a book called ‘It’s Mine’. It is about different scenarios and asks questions about what the children need to do when faced with a difficult situation. For example, if the children want the same toy, it explains how they can resolve the situation fairly by using their words rather than their hands. This is something we will continue to work on at school. Some of the children came up to the front of the class to role play this in order to give clearer understanding. At home, if situations arise when sharing is difficult, please help your child by modelling the correct words to them to help them achieve what they need. This covers the area Personal, Social and Emotional Development and Communication and Language.

 

Also in Personal, Social and Emotional development we read the book, ‘The Colour Monster’ where the children enjoyed discussing how different colours make them feel. For example, yellow makes them feel happy, green calm and red angry and fast. We also continued to talk about how our actions can affect how we can make someone feel.

We have had another enjoyable Show and Tell session. The children brought in more interesting objects. Again, great questions were asked and answered with confidence.  This covers the area Communication and Language. 

In Literacy, in letters and sounds, the children continued to play a sound game.  Miss Cowen began by producing a body percussion sound such as clap, clap, clap. We discussed if the sounds got faster or slower. The activity got more difficult by introducing a simple sequence of sounds, for example clap, stamp, clap. The children had to carefully listen and then copy. We will be continuing this activity and other general sound discrimination and body percussion games next week.

After the holidays, the children will be starting to visit the library and bringing home weekly library books. This week the children had an introductory session in the Library with Mrs Dagul where she informed them of how the school Library works. She also read them a story. We will continue to visit the Library next week to continue to familiarise the children with the Library.

 

In Mathematics, we continued to go over the numbers 0-5. We practised counting by rote and counting using one - one correspondence. Please keep on practising your child’s counting skills, for example by counting the steps up to bed and down in the morning. Please encourage your child to look for different numbers when you are out. 

 

In Physical Development some of the children enjoyed playing with the playdough. We started with four colours, red, yellow, green and blue. The children enjoyed free playing and making different imaginary things and they also enjoyed using the cutters to make different shapes. Amazingly after mixing the four colours of playdough it is now purple. Other children enjoyed playing with the tap tap where the children had to use small hammers to tap different shapes and objects into their cork board. This is a great activity for developing their fine motor skills.

 

In Expressive Art and Design the children enjoyed a variety of different activities. Some of the children enjoyed exploring colour mixing, others enjoyed making chanukiahs using the lego or making a chanukiah picture using straws and cellophane.

 

In Music:

  • The children had their final rehearsal in preparation for the Chanukah singalong. The children made all the teachers so proud when they stood up in front of the whole school and confidently sang the song, ‘Doughnuts Doughnuts are so yummy’. We could not believe this was their first show and they were amazing. We know you will all be so proud when you see the video of them performing. 
  • During music, the children also sang a selection of Nursery rhymes and an action song called ’Run Like The River’ where they had to move their arms in line with the music.

 

In PE the children enjoyed a variety of different activities:

  • The children did a warm up game where they had to listen to the colour called out and run to the colour cone to match.
  • The children then played shark attack. Christian pretended to be a shark. They practised their running skills to avoid being caught. If caught, they joined the teacher’s team.
  • They played another game where the red, green and yellow cones were traffic lights. If the red cone was held up, the children had to hop and stop, if the yellow cone was up, it meant get ready, and if the green cone was up,  they had to run and go.

 

In Jewish Studies, the children were very excited to learn what happened next, following on from last week’s Parashah when Yoseph was sold by his brothers.  The children remembered that Yoseph’s brothers were jealous and angry about the dreams that he had. In his dreams, all his family bowed down to him. Yoseph ended up in Egypt, in prison.

This week, we learned that his dreams came true! When in prison, Yoseph interpreted the butler and the baker’s dreams correctly, and years later, when Pharaoh needed someone to interpret his own dreams, the butler remembered him. Pharaoh summoned Yoseph, who gave full credit to Hashem for interpreting Pharaoh’s dream and even finding a solution to them. In Pharaoh’s dream, seven fat, meaty cows were eaten by seven skinny, hungry cows. Yoseph explained that the seven fat cows meant seven very fruitful years and the seven skinny cows meant seven years of famine. We learned the importance of saving something when we have too much of it.

 

So, after 22 years of believing that Yoseph had died, his family came to Egypt to buy food, and behold! Yoseph’s brothers bow down to him, just like they had done in the dream all those years earlier.  It’s getting juicy!!!  Next week we will finally know if Yoseph forgives his brothers or not.

 

This week we also did a lot of singing and learning about Chanukah and about the importance of this beautiful and bright festival. We learned that once again Hashem made miracles for us when Hashem saved us from Antiochus and the Greeks, and when He made a little jug of oil last for eight days!

 

We also had a beautiful Shabbat party once we had lit our Chanukah, what a great feeling to light a Chanukah with all our friends.

 

Mitzvah notes:

Please send in Mitzvah notes telling us the amazing mitzvot your children have been doing at home. We want to be able to read your child's mitzvah note out during Tefillah and then your child will get a chance to put their leaf on the Mitzvah tree.

 

On Friday we had our beautiful Shabbat party.

The following children were on the Shabbat table today:

Shabbat Aba - Judah

Shabbat Ima - Annabelle

Shabbat Ben - Jacob

Shabbat Bat -  Liba

 

Important Reminders: 

  • Please continue to send a coin for your child to put in the tzedaka box.
  • Focus Meetings: Please can you make sure you send your child’s home diary prior to our focus meeting so I have a chance to read it before the meeting. Due to the current covid situation, I still would like to meet face to face. We can meet outside but if you would like to meet inside please can I ask you to take a lateral flow test the night before we meet, and also to wear a mask when inside the school.
  • Cutting of fruit: Some fruits are still not being cut as per the guidelines that were sent out. It is important that the fruit is cut correctly for the children’s safety.
  • Tapestry: It would lovely to see your children using their Chanukiahs they made at school. Please post pictures onto Tapestry.

We hope you enjoy the last days of Chanukah.

May we have the merit of seeing the great Menorah shining in the Beit Hamikdash soon!

Miss Cowen and The Nursery Team.

Newsletter 26th November 2021

Dear Parents

The children had another fun and busy week in Nursery.

Following on from anti-bullying week, we continued to discuss the importance of how words and actions can impact our emotions. 

We reviewed all the positive comments and actions discussed last week that made our peers feel happy, such as asking our friends to play with us and sharing our toys.

We also re-discussed all the negative actions that can make our peers feel sad. For example: I don’t like you, not letting someone play with you, telling someone to go away, not sharing our toys.

We also reminded the children that if they are unhappy or worried, or someone has said or done something to upset them, they must always come and speak to the teachers so we can help them to sort out the situation.

We reread the book, “Giraffe Left Out”.  It is about a Giraffe that was not kind to the Leopard. Leopard subsequently handed out party invitations and excluded Giraffe. Eventually, 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. We also discussed that if we see our friends playing alone, we must go and make sure that they are happy to play alone, and if not we should invite them to join us.

This topic comes under the area Personal, Social and Emotional Development. Developing the children’s social skills will continue throughout Nursery. 

We had another fun Show and Tell session where the children brought in interesting objects. Again some great questions were asked and answered with confidence.This covers the area Communication and Language. 

 

In Literacy, in letters and sounds, some children continued to enjoy shaking the socks to see if they could identify what was inside them, either by the sound they made when shaken or by the feel of them.  Some of the items inside the socks were lego, coins, shells, and pasta.

The children enjoyed playing a sound game.  Miss Cowen began by producing a body percussion sound such as clap, clap, clap. We discussed if the sounds got faster or slower. The activity got more difficult by introducing a simple sequence of sounds, for example clap, stamp, clap. The children had to carefully listen and then copy. We will be continuing this activity and other general sound discrimination and body percussion games next week.

 

In Mathematics, we went over the numbers 0-5. We have continued to practise counting by rote. Some of the children enjoyed counting the numicon pieces and finding the matching numeral. This activity allowed the children to practise their one to one correspondence. Continue to practise your child’s counting skills, for example by counting the steps up to bed and down in the morning. Please encourage your child to look for different numbers when you are out.

In Understanding the World we continued to discuss Autumn and hibernation.

We discussed more keys facts about what happens in Autumn:

  • Animals such as hedgehogs, dormice, toads, bees and bats hibernate to escape the  cold of winter. 
  • Hibernation is when an animal goes into a very deep sleep during the winter. 
  • During hibernation, animals breathe much more slowly and their body temperature becomes very low.

 

In Expressive Art and Design the children finished painting their Chanukiot. The children took real pride in painting them. We hope you get pleasure lighting the chanukah candles using the special chanukiot that you made with them. It would be lovely to see pictures of them being used so please post photos on Tapestry. We hope you also like the beautiful handprint Chanukiah cards your child made for you.

In Music the children continued to learn different Chanukah songs in preparation for the Chanukah singalong next week.

 

In PE the children enjoyed a variety of different activities:

  • The children discussed that last week they played hockey. 
  • This week they played with tennis racquets. They practised holding the racket at the bottom. They then balanced a cone on the racquet and they moved around the outdoor area ensuring they did not drop the cone.
  • They then moved  around the cones like snakes and jumped over the cones.

 

In Jewish Studies this week, being taught remotely, we learned all about Parashat Vayeshev. We learnt that Yosef, the first son of Yaakov's beloved wife, Rachel, could interpret dreams! We discussed what dreams are and some children were happy to share what they remembered from their own dreams.

One day, Yaacov gave a special coat to Yosef. His brothers got jealous and wanted to harm Yosef. We learned that even tzadikim (righteous people), like Yosef's brothers,  can get upset about things, but we must know that we can not harm others because of that. The children agreed that one way of controlling bad feelings is to take a breath and wait a few seconds. Yosef's brothers did not control their temper and they threw Yosef in a pit, out of jealousy. Yosef was then sold to a tribe of Ishmaelites, on their way to Egypt and was sold as a slave in the king's palace. The story becomes juicier next week and we can't wait to see what happens next!

In our Chanukah lesson, we remembered how the Greeks and their king, Antiochus, forbade us from practicing the Jewish religion. We learned that the Jewish people didn't want to give up on doing mitzvot, so they kept studying Torah, and when the Greeks approached, they pretended to be playing dreidel, this way they were left alone. This continued until the Maccabees organized a revolt, and even though they were much smaller in number than the Greek army, with Hashem on our side we were victorious and regained our religious freedom. 

This was just one of the miracles that happened on Chanukah. The other miracle was the oil that ,instead of lasting one day, lasted eight! Just imagine your phone battery is about to die and you're expecting that important call in 20 minutes. You pray to Hashem and He hears you! Your phone lasts the whole phone call and gives you enough time to get to a charger! When the Jewish people cleaned the Beit Hamikdash and found the menorah that should be lit, there was only one drop of oil, but the oil lasted 8 whole days, after which they had managed to produce more pure olive oil. What a giant miracle!

The children said that at Chanukah, we eat doughnuts and latkes, and now they can also tell that we eat these fried treats in celebration of the oil that lasted for 8 days.

Mitzvah notes: It was so lovely to be able to read out special mitzvah notes during Tefillah and to see the amazing mitzvot some of the children have been doing at home. The children felt so proud and were really happy when they could put their mitzvah leaf onto our school mitzvah tree. Please continue to send all your children’s mitzvot to Miss Cowen so that your child’s good deeds can be celebrated.

On Friday we had our beautiful Shabbat party.

The following children were on the Shabbat table today:

Shabbat Aba  Reuben

Shabbat Ima  Mila

Shabbat Ben  Eli

Shabbat Bat   Chloe

 

Important Reminders: 

  • Please continue to send a coin for your child to put in the tzedaka box.
  • Focus Meetings: Please can you make sure you send your child’s home diary prior to our focus meeting so I have a chance to read it before the meeting. Due to the current covid situation, I still would like to meet face to face. We can meet outside but if you would like to meet inside please can I ask you to take a lateral flow test the night before we meet, and also to wear a mask when inside the school.
  • Cutting of fruit: Some fruits are still not being cut as per the guidelines that were sent out. It is important that the fruit is cut correctly for the children’s safety.
  • Tapestry: It would be lovely to see what your child has been doing out of school on Tapestry, so please continue to post any photos.
  • Reminder: On Monday 29th November the children will be going to the Chanukah fair at the main school, followed by whole-school candle lighting.  Please can you collect your child at 3.25 pm from the main school on this day. 
  • Reminder: On Tuesday 30th November, the children will be joining the whole school for a Chanukah singalong, followed by candle lighting. Please can you collect your child at 3.25 pm from the main school on this day too. 
  • On Monday and Tuesday please do not send in school bags. Please could you send your child’s snack in a disposable bag labelled morning and afternoon snack. Please send in your child’s water bottle as normal.

 

Going to the main school for the school fair and chanukah singalong will be a new experience for your children. It will be the first time some of them have visited the main school. They will be in a much bigger environment and it may be a bit overwhelming for some of them. Over the weekend please could you spend time discussing with your child that on Monday they will be going to a chanukah fair at the main school followed by chanukah lighting with all the older children. On Tuesday they will be participating in a chanukah singalong where they will be singing one song in front of the whole school and then listening to the older children singing their songs. This will be followed by candle lighting. 

We wish you all a happy Chag Chanukah and may the lights of our Chanukiot be the background of many more miracles.

May we have the merit of seeing the great Menorah shining in the Beit Hamikdash soon!

Miss Cowen and The Nursery Team.



 

Newsletter 19th November

 

Dear Parents

 

This week has been another very busy week in Nursery.

 

This week has been anti-bullying week. We started the week by everyone wearing odd socks and we discussed that this was to celebrate what makes us all unique and that we are all different. This topic comes under the area Personal, Social and Emotional Development. 

 

During circle time, we had a whole class discussion on what kind words and  kind actions the children can say/do and also what unkind words and unkind actions that they can’t say/do to their friends. It was lovely to see the children participating and really thinking about the impact words and actions can have on their peers from making them happy or really sad.

 

It made us so proud to hear some of the comments the children made and how self aware and  understanding they were of this topic.

Some example of what the children said for kind words and kind actions: 

  • Asking your friends to play with you.
  • Using our manners and saying please and thank you.
  • Sharing our toys with our friends.
  • Giving presents to our friends.

We discussed how the above actions can make us feel really happy.

 

Some example of what the children said for unkind words and unkind actions:

  • I don’t like you.
  • Not letting someone play with you.
  • Drinking from someone’s bottle.
  • Smacking someone.
  • Telling someone to go away
  • Hitting someone
  • Not sharing our toys

We discussed how the above actions can make us feel really sad.

 

We also stressed to the children that if they are unhappy or worried, or someone has said or done something to upset them, they must always come and speak to the teachers so they can help them to sort out the situation.

 

We reread the book, “Cinnamon Girl” which is about appreciating differences. It is about a little girl who is called Kimberly but they call her cinnamon girl, because of the colour of her skin. It talks about how we may all be different on the outside, but we are made of the same ingredients on the inside. We discussed if someone is different from us, for example, skin colour or they have a disability, that we should always be kind and not make them feel uncomfortable or sad.

 

The children watched the video Topsy and Tim Help a Friend https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hhH9NCtaZt8. This touches on the subject of bullying in an age-appropriate way.

 

Next week, we will continue with this topic, where we will discuss different scenarios that the children may find themselves in, and give them the tools for how to deal with it. For example, how to use their words correctly to solve different situations, eg, “I was playing with that, can I please have it back”. Developing the children’s social skills is one of the biggest learning areas in Nursery which is something we will be working on throughout the year.

 

In Communication and Language we continued with ‘Show and Tell.’ It is really lovely to see all the interesting toys the children are bringing into class. This is an amazing way to develop your child’s confidence to speak in front of their peers and also to develop their Communication and Language skills. It is also amazing how the children are developing the art of asking great questions.

 

Following on from our site walk, some of the children started to design their own page in our class storybook. This will be completed next week and when our book is completed we look forward to putting it outside for you all to see. This covers the area of Literacy.

 

In Literacy, in letters and sounds, some of the children continued to enjoy shaking the socks to see if they could identify what was inside them, either by the sound they made when shaken or by the feel of them.  Some of the items inside the socks were lego, coins, shells, and pasta.

 

Some children also enjoyed playing the game Grandmother's Footsteps.The person playing the ‘Grandmother’ had two instruments. The children had to decide which movement goes with which sound (e.g. shakers for running on tip-toe, triangle for fairy steps).The children took turns being the Grandmother.The Grandmother stood with their back to the others and played an instrument whilst the other  children moved towards Grandmother in the manner of the instrument.They had to stop when the instrument stopped. The first person to reach Grandmother took over that role and the game began again. 

 

In Mathematics, the number of the week was number 5. We have continued to practise counting by rote. You can practise your child’s counting skills by counting the steps up to bed and down in the morning. Please encourage your child to look for different numbers when you are out.

 

In Understanding the World we continued to discuss the season Autumn.

We discussed more keys facts of what happens in Autumn:

  • The children were interested to learn that some animals, for example hedgehogs, hibernate through Autumn and Winter. We discussed that hibernation means that the animals will sleep until spring.  
  • We talked about how the geese and birds will migrate in Autumn. We discussed that migration means that the birds will fly to find a warmer place to live until Spring.

 

When you are out and about, continue to talk with your child about Autumn and what you 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 for the week.

 

In Expressive Art and Design the children started to paint their Chanukiot. It was lovely to see them taking real pride in how they painted it. They selected the colour of their choice to paint with. These will be finished next week and sent home in time for Chanukah.

 

In Music the children continued to learn different Chanukah songs. 

 

In PE the children enjoyed a variety of different activities:

  • Firstly they enjoyed running around and when a colour was called out they stood by that particular coloured cone. They also had to move in different ways towards the cones, for example bunny hop. 
  • They practised their ball skills by rolling the tennis balls to hit the different cones that were set out.
  • Using hockey sticks, they had to practise hitting the balls.

 

This week in Jewish Studies, the children learned about Yaacov’s return to Eretz Canaan.

We spoke about how the parasha starts with the word “Vayishlach” which means “and he sent”, referring to the messengers that Yaacov sent to check if Eisav was still angry at him. The messengers came back saying that Eisav was preparing to meet Yaakov together with 400 men. We remembered that last week we learned that Yaacov left his home to go to his uncle’s house in Charan, where he got married and had 12 children.

 

Now, it was time to go back to Canaan but he needed to be prepared for his meeting with Eisav. Yaacov did three things: he prepared for a fight, in case Eisav wanted to hurt him or his family. Yaacov sent many gifts to Eisav, to soften his heart, and most importantly, he prayed for Hashem to help and protect him.

 

On the night before the meeting, an angel in the shape of a man came to fight with Yaacov, who won the fight. Yaacov asked for a bracha from the malach (angel), and the bracha that he got was that his name was changed from Yaacov to Yisrael.

The children recognised the name Yisrael, and some even said that they have been to Israel!

 

It was a pleasure to interact with the children, although remotely, this week.  They were also very excited to learn the parasha and to answer questions about it. If you have time for a fun game with your children this Shabbat, you can play a game of questions and answers. Some of the questions they should be able to remember are:

- Was Eisav angry or happy with Yaacov? Why?

Angry. Because Yaacov had taken Eisav’s firstborn bracha.

 

- What did Yaacov do to prepare for the meeting with Eisav?

Three things: He prepared to fight, he sent him a lot of presents and he prayed to Hashem.

 

- Did Eisav forgive Yaacov?

Yes. We learned at this stage that they hugged and kissed.

 

- What should we do when we are scared or if we want something very much?

We should pray to Hashem and talk to Him because He is always ready to listen and to protect us.

 

- When do we speak to Hashem together, at school, can you name one time?

In school twice a day: at Tefillah and at Birkat Hamazon.

 

On Friday we had our beautiful Shabbat party.

 

The following children were on the Shabbat table today:

Shabbat Aba  Liam

Shabbat Ima  Ariella

Shabbat Ben  Reuben

Shabbat Bat   Mia

 

Important Reminders: 

  • Please remember to send a coin for tzedaka.
  • We would also like to keep focusing on good deeds that your children do at home, so every “mitzvah note” will be very much appreciated. These notes will be put on our special “mitzvah tree”.
  • Focus Meetings: Please can you make sure you send your child’s home diary prior to our focus meeting so I have a chance to read it before the meeting. Due to the current covid situation, I still would like to meet face to face. We can meet outside but if you would like to meet inside please can I ask you to take a lateral flow test the night before we meet, and also to wear a mask when inside the school.
  • Cutting of fruit: Some fruits are still not being cut as per the guidelines that were sent out. It is important that the fruit is cut correctly for the children’s safety.
  • Tapestry: It would be lovely to see what your child has been doing out of school on Tapestry, so please continue to post any photos.
  • On Monday 29th November there is a Chanukah fair at the main school which the Nursery will attend, followed by whole-school candle lighting. Please can you collect your child at 3.25 pm from the main school on this day. 
  • On Tuesday 30th November, the whole school will join together for a Chanukah singalong. This will start at 2.15 pm and will be followed by candle lighting. Nursery will go over to the main school on this day. Please can you collect your child at 3.25 pm from the main school on this day too. 


 

We wish you all a Shabbat Shalom.

 

Miss Cowen and The Nursery Team.



 

Newsletter 12th November

 

Dear Parents

 

This week has been a very busy and exciting week. 

 

In Personal, Social and Emotional Development, we continued to talk about being kind to each other, and working on using our words to resolve different situations. 

 

In Communication and Language we continued with ‘Show and Tell.’ The children have really developed their confidence to talk in front of their peers which is lovely to see. They are also developing their understanding of how to ask questions to each other. This is a good way of developing their conversational skills and introducing and extending your child’s vocabulary.

 

In Understanding the World the children enjoyed learning that there are four seasons, and we are focusing on Autumn. We discussed some of the things that happen in 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 squirrels collect lots of nuts and acorns and hide them in the ground. During winter they stay in their nests and only come out to eat the food they have hidden.

 

The children loved going on our Autumn Walk where they collected many different objects which they placed in their special bags.It was lovely to be joined by so many parents, which made it extra special. Thank you!

 

With all the special things collected on their walk the children designed their own collage pictures. 

 

Some of the children also enjoyed making playdough in Autumnal colours.

 

When you are out and about, continue to talk with your child about Autumn and what they can see. 

 

The children listened to some lovely Autumn stories including Pumpkin Soup, Ferdie and the Falling Leaves, and Leaf Man.

 

Last week for the sense of sight, the children made binoculars. This week they used them on a sight walk around the outdoors area. Before going on their walk the children watched the story “Brown Bear, Brown Bear what can you see?”. We talked about how the children will design a page in their own story book called “Nursery, Nursery what can you see?”. This will be done next week. On their walk, the children discussed what they saw, which included real and imaginary things and also ideas that they could use on their page in our story book. The children also listened attentively to last year's class book that was written by last year's Nursery Class.

 

In Understanding the World some of the children continued to help plant the Autumn vegetable plants. We continued to put manure and fresh soil into the beds to make the soil healthy. 

 

Last week in  Understanding the World, the children learnt about the story of Guy Fawkes which was linked to Bonfire Night and Diwali. Having seen the different fireworks in the sky and all the different colours, some of the children enjoyed making firework pictures by splashing paint onto the paper and then sprinkling their fireworks with glitter. This covered the area of Expressive Arts and Design. This activity is also good for developing their gross motor skills.

 

In Literacy, in letters and sounds, some of the children enjoyed shaking the socks to see if they could identify what was inside them, either by the sound they made when shaken or by the feel of them.  Some of the items inside the socks were lego, coins, shells and pasta. 

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In Mathematics the number of the week was number 4. We discussed higher numbers that have a 4 in them, for example, 42, 14, 400. We have also been continuing to practise counting by rote to 30. You can practise your child’s counting skills by counting the steps up to bed and down in the morning. Please continue to get your child to look for different numbers when you are out.

 

In PE the children enjoyed moving around in a variety of ways. A selection of coloured cones were put down, which represented different flavours of ice cream. The children had to run to pick up the different flavoured ice creams. The children were also given (children’s) hockey sticks which they were shown how to hold, with both hands. The children were given tennis balls which they then practised hitting with their hockey sticks.

 

In Music the children enjoyed learning  a variety of different Chanukah songs. 

 

This week in Jewish Studies, we learned that in Parashat Vayetzei Yaacov had to leave his hometown in Eretz Canaan. The children discussed why Yaacov had to leave his home. They remembered from last week’s parasha that Eisav had been very angry with Yaacov for taking his firstborn blessing. Last week, your child brought home a laminated page with a song from Tehillim (psalms), in which we ask Hashem to keep siblings united and loving towards each other. This is a beautiful short song and a wonderful value to teach our children. It is ready to be stuck on the wall!

 

We also learnt that Yaacov’s parents wanted to make sure that he found a good wife from the same place that his mum, Rivka, came from, so they sent him to his uncle Lavan’s house, in Charan.  On the way, Yaacov stopped to sleep and dreamt of a ladder that reached the sky with angels going up and down on it. In this dream, Yaacov heard Hashem speaking to him, saying that He would always protect him. We discussed how Hashem always protects us and ways that we can ask Him to always look after us. The children drew Yaacov sleeping and created a beautiful ladder – they will be able to tell you some facts about the story.

 

The children acted out Yaacov’s journey– we had a lot of fun.

 

We spoke about the meeting of Yaacov and Rachel. We learned that Yaacov married not only Rachel but also Leah, and that he had 12 sons.

 

This week, we also started talking about Chanukah, the festival of lights. We learnt that Antiochus Harasha (The Evil) forbade us from keeping mitzvot, making the Jewish people very sad. We sang some songs – some of the children can sing entire Chanukah songs and are very proud to sing them out loud. Next week we will continue to learn more about the story of Chanukah.

 

It was lovely seeing you all in Nursery, making Chanukiot with your children this week. They look amazing and the children will paint them ready to come home to light on Chanukah. 

 

On Friday we had our beautiful Shabbat party.

 

The following children were on the Shabbat table today:

Shabbat Aba  Eli

Shabbat Ima  Leah

Shabbat Ben  Judah

Shabbat Bat   Avia

 

Important Reminders: 

  • Please remember to send a coin for tzedaka.
  • We would also like to keep focusing on good deeds that your children do at home, so every “mitzvah note” will be very much appreciated.
  • Focus Meetings: Please can you make sure you send your child’s home diary prior to our focus meeting so I have a chance to read it before the meeting. Due to the current covid situation, I still would like to meet face to face. We can meet outside but if you would like to meet inside please can I ask you to take a lateral flow test the night before we meet and also to wear a mask when inside the school.
  • Now that the weather is turning cold, please can you make sure your children have suitable clothing for outdoor play, including gloves and scarves. Please can you make sure that scarves that are sent in are not long and are safe as during play these can get pulled. Please can you also make sure all these items are clearly labelled.
  • At this current time there will be either windows or the door open. It can be quite drafty especially on cold days so can you please make sure your child has extra clothing to wear.
  • Cutting of fruit: Some fruits are still not being cut as per the guidelines that were sent out. It is important that the fruit is cut correctly for their safety.
  • Tapestry: It would be lovely to see what your child has been doing out of school on Tapestry, so please continue to post any photos.
  • For Anti Bullying week next week we are having an odd sock day on Monday 15th November. Please let your child come to school wearing ODD Socks to celebrate what makes us all unique!

 

We wish you all a Shabbat Shalom and a month of Kislev full of miracles!

 

Miss Cowen and The Nursery Team.



 

Newsletter 5th November

 

Dear Parents

 

The children have been extremely busy this week.

 

In Personal, Social and Emotional Development, we continued to discuss kindness towards each other, sharing and taking turns and being aware that our actions can affect our friends’ emotions.

 

In Communication and Language we started ‘Show and Tell.’ It was lovely for the children to share with their friends a favourite toy or something of interest that they had brought in to show their classmates. It made us so proud to hear the children speak with such confidence. We look forward to future Show and Tell sessions over the coming weeks.

 

We continued with the Topic ‘All About Me’ and discussed the five senses.We talked about which part of the body each sense was linked to. A variety of activities were set up which allowed the children to use their different senses. Learning the senses covers the area Understanding the World.

 

For the sense of sight, the children made binoculars. They painted and decorated their kitchen roll which was cut in half. These will be used on a sight walk next week. We discussed how we are very fortunate that we have our sight and that not everyone can see and this is called being blind. Some of the children put on blindfolds and then painted a picture. We discussed how it felt painting with their eyes covered. This also covers the Area Expressive Arts and Design.

 

For the sense of smell and touch, some of the children enjoyed making moon sand. They measured out the ingredients and mixed them together with their hands. They added orange essence. This also covered the area of mathematics. Some of the children enjoyed writing in shaving foam for the sense of touch and smell. This also covered the area Literacy.

 

In Understanding the World some of the children came to help in the garden to plant some of the Autumn vegetable plants. Before we could do planting the children had to help put down manure and fresh soil. We discussed how the manure makes the soil healthy. This activity allowed the children to develop both their sense of smell and touch.

 

Also in Understanding the World the children enjoyed learning about the festival Diwali which started this week. This is a Hindu festival which is their Festival of Light. It is important that the children learn about other religions and that other people celebrate in different ways. Some of the children enjoyed chalking Rangoli patterns which is one of the things that is done on Diwali.

 

Still 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 firework pictures by splashing the paint on the paper and others used forks dipped in paint to create a firework effect.

 

In Literacy the children enjoyed fingerprinting their names, saying the letters sounds as each letter was formed.

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In Mathematics the number of the week was number 3. We discussed higher numbers that have a 3 in them, for example, 23, 32,300. We have also been continuing to practise counting by rote to 30. You can practise your child’s counting skills by counting the steps up to bed and down in the morning. Please continue to get your child to look for different numbers when you are out.

 

In PE the children enjoyed a warm up game where the cones were cookies. They had to see who could get the most cones/cookies without being caught. The cones were lined up opposite each other. In pairs, the children had to roll the ball to try and hit their partner's cones. If they succeeded, they took the cone to their side.

 

In Music the children enjoyed starting to learn some Chanukah songs. They also enjoyed moving around the room using different movements in line with the music being played. Firstly they were stomping around the room like elephants. They waved their arms around representing the elephant’s trunk; they also jumped and hopped around on one leg. They  listened to the movement song standing up and sitting down. For storm music, they moved around like tigers and lions. 

 

In Jewish Studies, we started the week talking about last week’s parashah, since the children were on half-term. We spoke of how Yitzchak met Rivka, his wife. We learned that Rivka was a good-hearted woman and that Rivka and Yitzchak married and had twins – Eisav and Yaacov. The children were excited to speak about their friends who are also twins! 

 

We then moved on to this week’s parasha – Toldot. In this parasha we learn that Yaacov and Eisav had different personalities. Yaacov liked to study Torah and Eisav liked to spend his days hunting. Yaacov had dark hair and Eisav had red hair and was very hairy. One day, Eisav came back from the fields and was very hungry. He agreed to swap his firstborn bracha with Yaacov for a bowl of lentil soup. The children had a lot of fun acting this scene out, and some even said they love lentil soup!

We created paper faces of Eisav, which you can enjoy looking at while your child tells you all about Eisav and Yaacov.

Further on, we learned that Yaacov did get the firstborn bracha, but had to run away from Eisav who got very angry when he realised that he wouldn’t get this important blessing.

 

This week we also started talking in more in depth about brachot, the blessings we say before eating food: We learnt about why we say them and when, and which bracha for which food.

 

On Friday we had our beautiful Shabbat party.

 

The following children were on the Shabbat table today:

Shabbat Aba  Jacob

Shabbat Ima  Isabella

Shabbat Ben  David

Shabbat Bat   Annabelle

 

Important Reminders: 

  • Please remember to send a coin for tzedaka.
  • We would also like to keep focusing on good deeds that your children do at home, so every “mitzvah note” will be very much appreciated.
  • Focus Meetings: Please can you make sure you send your child’s home diary prior to our focus meeting so I have a chance to read it before the meeting. Due to the current covid situation, I still would like to meet face to face. We can meet outside but if you would like to meet inside please can I ask you to take a lateral flow test the night before we meet and also wear a mask when inside the school.
  • Chanukiah making: Monday 8th November and Tuesday 9th November.  On the day you are making Chanukiahs with your children you will come straight in at drop off and come  straight through the classroom. Before making your way upstairs your children will put their coats and bags onto their pegs. In order to make sure we are as covid safe as possible, Please can we ask all adults to take a lateral flow test the evening before coming in and wear a mask whilst inside the building.
  • Now that the weather is turning cold please can you make sure your children have suitable clothing for outdoor play, including gloves and scarves. Please can you make sure that scarves that are sent in are not long and are safe as during play these can get pulled. Please can you also make sure all these items are clearly labelled.
  • At this current time there will be either windows or the door open. It can be quite drafty especially on cold days so can you please make sure your child has extra clothing to wear.
  • Autumn Walk: Wednesday 10th November 9.00 am. We are looking forward to going on our Autumn walk (weather permitted). If you have offered to be a parent helper please could you meet outside the Nursery classroom at 8.50am for a quick briefing.
  • If you are out and about and see any lovely coloured leaves, conkers, acorns or pine cones, please can you collect them to bring into school.
  • Tapestry: It would be lovely to see what your child has been doing out of school on Tapestry, so please continue to post any photos.


 

Shabbat Shalom

Miss Cowen and The Nursery Team.



 

 


 

 

Newsletter 22nd October

 

Dear Parents

 

The children have been extremely busy this week.

 

In Personal, Social and Emotional Development, we continued with the topic ‘All About Me’. The children finished off their self portraits. It was lovely to see the children looking in the mirrors, discussing their different features and then selecting the correct colours to match.This also covers the area Expressive Art and Design.

 

In Personal, Social and Emotional Development we discussed 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 practise their cutting skills. We also talked about if they were ever worried about anything they must also talk to the teachers and tell them how they are feeling. We introduced the children to the class worry monster and showed them that if they have any worries they write them down and put them inside the worry monster and their worries will disappear. We read the book, ‘ Ruby’s Worry”.

 

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.

 

Last week we read the book ‘Hands are not  for hitting’. We reviewed what we can use our hands for and that we must not use our hands for hitting but only for kind things. This week we read the book ‘Words Can Hurt and we discussed that unkind words can hurt our feelings.

 

In Literacy we continued with the Letters and Sounds programme, aspect 1, where we continued working  on developing your child’s awareness of sounds in the environment. The children continued exploring the different sounds in the outdoors by 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 2. Please continue to look around your house and the environment for numbers or objects with a 2. We have also been continuing to practise counting by rote to 20. You can practise your child’s counting skills by counting the steps up to bed and down in the morning.

 

In Understanding The World, the children enjoyed making their grass heads. They filled their pots to the top with soil making their pots full. They then sprinkled grass seeds on the top of the soil and watered their plants. Your child will bring home their grass heads today. It is important that they learn to take care of their plants and also start to gain an understanding of growth. It would be lovely to see how well the grass heads grow, so it would be lovely to see any photos posted on Tapestry.

 

In PE the children started the lesson with a warm up. They moved around the blue track in a variety of ways including jogging, running, sprinting on tippy toes,and slow walking. They then discussed playing tennis. They practised bouncing the tennis ball with the bat, throwing the tennis ball in the air and trying to catch it and transferring the ball from one hand to the other.They also discussed how you hold the racquet and how you let the ball bounce and then hit it.

 

In Music the children continued to explore different tempos. The songs they sang included old MacDonald, Mary had a little lamb, The Wheels on the Bus, Baa Baa Black Sheep and Twinkle Twinkle. They experimented singing the different songs using the different tempos from whispering, loud, fast then slow. They ended the lesson by playing musical statues. 

 

In Jewish Studies this week, we learned in Parasha Vayera, that Avraham Avinu was a great tzadik, and that he used to wait for people outside his tent to welcome them and give them a place to eat and to rest. Even when Avraham wasn’t very well he still made an extra effort to welcome the three guests that he saw walking by and these guests were angels sent by Hashem. They brought Avraham and Sarah the good news that they would have a baby the following year, which made them both very happy. The children made a lovely Avraham to place next to the tent on their JS craft activity.

 

We are now building our mitzvah note tree. Please send in mitzvah notes telling us what amazing mitzvot your child has done at home. This will enhance our tree and make the children very proud of the good deeds they have done.The mitzvah notes will be shared with their classmates.

 

On Friday we had our beautiful Shabbat party. It makes us so happy to see how the children participate and enjoy their time in JS.

Can I please remind you to send in coins to put in the tzedaka box on a Friday.

 

The following children were on the Shabbat table today:

Shabbat Aba Jimmy

Shabbat Ima Tayla

Shabbat Bat  Leah

Shabbat Ben Jacob

 

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). 
  • Focus Meetings: Please can you make sure you send your child’s home diary prior to our focus meeting so I have a chance to read it before the meeting.
  • Autumn Walk: Wednesday 10th November 9.00 am. If you have not yet signed up to come on our Autumn walk and you would still like to come email me. We should be back no later than 10.00am.
  • If you are out and about and see any conkers, acorns or fir/pine cones, please can you collect them to bring into school.
  • Please could you send your child in with a kitchen roll, which will be used for an activity after half term.
  • Snack: Children are still coming in with fruit  that has not been cut properly and in line with the guidelines that were sent out. Please can you make sure this is done as it is for the safety of your child.
  • Tapestry: It would be lovely to see what your child has been doing on Tapestry during their half term, so please post any photos.


 

We cannot believe that the children have already been in Nursery for half a term.  It has been a lovely first half and the children have done such lovely things. We want to wish you all a lovely half term.

 

Shabbat Shalom

Miss Cowen and The Nursery Team.

 

Newsletter 15th October

Dear Parents

 

The children have had another very busy week.

 

In Personal, Social and Emotional Development, we continued with the 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 read the book ‘Cinnamon Girl”. It is about a little girl who learns she is beautiful just as she is and that we are all different in our own way. She was upset because she was judged because of the colour of her skin, not for who she really was. We discussed that we must be kind to everyone, whatever our differences are, and that unkind words can hurt someone's feelings.

 

We also read the book Giraffe Left Out. This talks about the importance of not leaving anyone out and making sure everyone is included and also being kind to our friends at all times. We discussed that we must always include everyone in our play and if we see anyone playing alone, we must ask them to join. Sometimes our friends may like to play on their own out of choice, but sometimes they may be a bit shy to ask to join and need that bit of extra encouragement.

 

The children continued to share with their classmates the special things that they had selected to put in their ‘Me Bags’. It made the teachers so proud to see all the children sitting in front of their new friends and sharing special things about themselves. It was lovely seeing them speaking with such confidence. It is not an easy thing to do, especially when you have not known the people in front of you for very long.

 

In Expressive Art and Design, the children finished their self-portraits. Again it was another proud moment. The children have created such amazing pictures of themselves. They enjoyed looking in the mirror and discussing what they saw. It allowed them to explore mixing different colours together in order to get the correct colours for their different features (these will be finished next week).

 

We started to learn about the different parts of the body and the children enjoyed different music and movement songs, where they had to point to or move the part of the body called out in the song.

 

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.This week some of the children were given beaters and they went around the outdoors tapping different surfaces. We discussed how the sounds change depending on the surface that is being hit (this activity will be continued next week).

 

In Mathematics we will be focusing on a different number each week. This week, the number  was number 1. We discussed higher numbers that have a 1 in them, for example, 11,21,100. While you are out and about, you could discuss with your child which numbers they can see, including door numbers, bus numbers or even looking at different objects that have numbers on them, for example a telephone, weighing scales, a ruler. This is a great activity for extending your child’s number recognition. The children also enjoyed making pictures using the magnetic shapes. 

 

In Understanding the World the children helped to tidy up the garden. We discussed that they were allowed to pull up a weed and explained why.  The children had great fun pulling out the old plants and this is a great gross motor activity to help in strengthening the upper body.  The children were excited to find different things in the garden including slugs and snails and even some potatoes which had been previously grown last school year.

 

In PE the children practised their throwing skills. They were given a beanbag and had to find a space. They practised throwing the bean bag up in the air and trying to catch it. They then practised throwing the beanbags into different coloured hoops.

 

During Music the children continued to explore different tempos. They learnt signs using their hands to show  the music getting louder and softer. They also learnt how to  use their hands to start and stop the music.They continued to move around the room like elephants and mice. They ended the lesson with some of the children selecting their favourite Nursery rhymes to sing.

 

In Jewish Studies this week the children learnt about this week's Parashah – Lech Lecha.  In this Parashah, HaShem told Avram to leave the place where he was born and to go to another country that He would show to him. Avram didn’t doubt or question HaShem’s instruction, and so we learn that neither should we. Also, in this Parashah, HaShem promises the Land of Israel to Avraham’s descendants and tells him that he would have as many children as the stars in the sky and as the grains of sand. The children worked out that we are all children of Avraham Avinu!

 

The children made a beautiful piece of work reflecting the promise HaShem made to Avraham - you can talk about it together whilst you enjoy looking at their crafts.

The children had a lot of fun packing the right items to go on a journey to the desert and knew what was needed when travelling to a hot place.

 

This week’s Parashah also tells us about how extremely kind Avraham was, and how important it was to him to be in peace with everybody. We saw this when Avraham let Lot (his nephew who was travelling with him to Eretz Canaan) choose which land he wanted first, having established that there was not enough grass in one place for all their cattle.  The children then related Avraham’s kindness to being kind themselves, like for example when not fighting with friends over toys, or helping the needy.

We also did a role play, where the children pretended to be Avraham, Sarah and Lot, travelling through the desert with all their possessions. They loved to be a live part of the story.

 

On Friday we had our beautiful Shabbat party.

The following children were on the Shabbat table today:

Shabbat Aba  Harrison

Shabbat Ima  Chloe

Shabbat Ben  Jimmy

Shabbat Bat    Isabella

Important Reminder: Please remember to send a coin for tzedaka.

 

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). 
  • Focus Meetings: Please can you make sure you email your child’s home diary prior to our focus meeting.
  • Autumn Walk: Wednesday 10th November 9.00 am. We still need volunteers for our Autumn walk. Please let me know if you would like to come with us (we should be back no later than 10.00 am). 
  • If you are out and about and see any conkers, acorns or fir/pine cones, please can you collect them to bring into school.
  • We would like to change our role play area into a shoe shop. If anyone has any children’s shoes that no longer fit please could you bring them in.
  • Tapestry: We hope you are enjoying seeing all the amazing things your children are doing at school. It is also lovely for us to see what your child is doing out of school so please post pictures onto Tapestry for us to see.
  • Early finish Friday: On Friday 22nd October we will finish at 2.00pm. After half term on a Friday the children will finish at 12.30 pm.
  • Making Chanukiahs: Chanukah is early this year and we would like to invite you to come in to Nursery to make a clay Chanukiah with your child. This will happen on Monday 8th November and Tuesday 9th November. You will bring your child in and come straight in and make their Chanukiah with them. A sign up sheet will be outside the classroom on Monday 18th October.
  • After school treats: If you are giving your child an afternoon treat please do not give it to them on the school premises, but wait until you are outside the gate as this makes it hard for other children not receiving a treat.

 

We wish you all a Shabbat Shalom!

Miss Cowen and the Nursery Team




 

Newsletter 8th October
 

Dear Parents

 

The children have been very busy during their first full week at school.

 

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.  

 

The children loved sharing with their classmates the special things that they had selected to put in their ‘Me Bags’. It was lovely to see the children listening so carefully to each other while each child shared what they had in their bags. This activity helps to develop the children’s listening and communication skills. It was great to see the children having the confidence to speak in front of their peers. It is important that each child gets the opportunity to talk about themselves, which takes time, so this activity will be finished next week. 

 

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.)

 

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 this week’s parashah story of Noah’s Ark.

 

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 to go on a listening walk around the EYU. On their walk, they discussed all the different sounds they could hear. They continued to enjoy listening to different sounds on the IWB and trying to figure out what each of the sounds were. 

 

In Mathematics we continued practising our counting. The children enjoyed listening to a variety of different number songs which they joined in with.

 

In Understanding the World some of the children enjoyed using magnifying glasses to look for different minibeasts and were fascinated by the slugs they found.

 

During Music the children enjoyed singing a variety of different nursery rhymes and they discussed different tempos including loud and quiet and also fast and slow. They learnt a new song “Puff, the Magic Dragon.” They moved around like elephants and when the music stopped, they had to freeze. They also moved around like little mice to fast music.

 

In PE the main focus was listening to instructions and moving in a variety of different ways. Firstly they had to run around collecting the yellow and blue cones. They had to make sure that they carefully moved around demonstrating good spatial awareness. They then moved around in a variety of different ways, for example with their hands on their head, or walking backwards.

 

In Jewish studies this week the children learnt about this week's Parashah - 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 - or Teivah as the children now can say - and to put his whole family and a pair of each animal into it. Hashem then brought a Mabul, (the children will be able to tell you that this means flood), for forty days and forty nights. Only Noach and his family, and all the animals in the ark were saved.   When it was time to leave the ark, Noach 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 lollipop sticks and choosing animals to go inside their ark. The children also made rainbows by mixing prime colours and discovering that they can create all the colours of the rainbow.

Linking with developing the children’s listening skills, the children had the opportunity to hear the Shema directly to their ears, through headphones. They waited patiently for their turn and were quite excited with their personal Shema listening. 

 

The following children were on the Shabbat table today:

Shabbat Aba - Gabriel

Shabbat Ima - Mia

Shabbat Ben - Harrison

Shabbat Bat - Emma S

 

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). 
  • Focus Meetings: This week you will have received a letter from myself with the date and time of your child’s Focus meeting. It is really nice if both parents can attend as it is a time we can share with you all the amazing things your child has been achieving at Nursery.
  • Autumn Walk: Wednesday 10th November 9.00 am. We still need volunteers for our Autumn walk. Please let me know if you would like to come with us (we should be back no later than 10.00 am). 
  • If you are out and about and see any conkers, acorns or fir/pine cones, please can you collect them to bring into school.
  • We would like to change our role play area into a shoe shop. If anyone has any children’s shoes that no longer fit please could you bring them in.
  • Girls hair: Please make sure all long hair is properly tied up. All hair bows, headbands should be navy/ blue.
  • Coats: Please can you send your child in with a coat, though please be aware that it may well get messy. Part of Early Years is enjoying messy play and at times it is impossible to avoid coats getting paint or other messy play products on them, even with aprons.
  • Early finish Friday: On Friday the 15th October the children will finish at 2.30pm and on Friday 22nd October they will finish at 2.00pm. After half term on a Friday the children will finish at 12.30 pm.

 

Shabbat Shalom and Chodesh Tov (a good month of Cheshvan)!

Miss Cowen and the Nursery Team



 

Newsletter - 1st October

 

Dear Parents

 

We hope that you had a lovely Simchat Torah and the children enjoyed waving their beautiful flags that they made at school.

 

In Personal, Social and Emotional Development we continued working with the children to get to know each other by name. It was lovely to see the children confidently come to the front of the class and tell their classmates their name, favourite colour and favourite food. One key thing we learnt is that most of the children’s favourite food is pasta.

 

In Communication and Language and Physical Development, the children continued to enjoy their daily sessions of music and movement. It is great to see the children listening to the music and starting to move according to the instructions given.

 

In PE the children had their first lesson with Christian, their PE teacher. They started the lesson by putting coloured cones onto the matching colour on the other side of the playground. They practised their ball skills by kicking the football and then threw the football into the air and had to clap between each throw.

 

In Literacy we started with the Letters and Sounds programme, aspect 1, where the focus is to develop your child’s awareness of sounds in the environment. We discussed the importance of being a good listener. The children enjoyed listening to different sounds on the IWB and trying to figure out what each of the sounds were. The children started to make their listening ears to help them with this. They drew their own ears, decorated them using different collage materials and practised their cutting skills by cutting out the ears. These were then stuck onto a headband. These will be finished next week and be worn when we go on our listening walk around the EYU.

 

In Mathematics we continued to complete the calendar, discussing the days of the week, months of the year and the date. We also discussed the new season we are now in, ‘Autumn’.

 

In Jewish Studies this week we learnt about the  Parasha of the week - Bereishit and that Hashem created our beautiful world in 6 days and He rested on 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 - Shabbat - Hashem rested.  We too rest on the 7th day each week.

The children also enjoyed a puppet show through which they learnt how Adam and Eve did not listen to Hashem, but did listen to the snake who told them to eat the forbidden fruit. This linked to aspect 1 in our Letters and Sounds Programme, developing  children's listening skills.

 

The children enjoyed completing their parashah crafts for Day 1 of creation. They painted their card yellow for day and black for night. They enjoyed sprinkling glitter to create stars in the night sky.

 

The following children were on the Shabbat table today:

Shabbat Aba David

Shabbat Ima  Avia

Shabbat Ben Jacob

Shabbat Bat  Mila

 

Important Reminder :

 

  • Next week the topic is ‘All About Me’. Please could you email me a baby photo of your child to share with the class.
  • ‘All About Me’ bag: So that we can get to know all about your child we will be sending home a bag on Friday 1st October to be returned on Monday 4th October. Your child will select 5/6 key items which are special to them and objects that will enable us to learn about them and what they like to do. These objects will not be sent home till the end of the week so please make sure your child picks objects that they are happy to leave at school.
  • Autumn Walk: Wednesday 10th November 9.00 am. We like to take the children on an Autumn walk to the park. We need lots of parent volunteers to be able to do this. Please let me know if you would like to come with us (We should be back by no later than 10.00 am). 
  • If you are out and about and see any conkers, acorns or fir cones please can you collect them to bring into school.

 

Shabbat Shalom 

 

Miss Cowen and the Nursery Team

Nursery Newsletter 24th September

 

We hope you are all having a lovely Sukkot.

 

Although another short week, the children have been very busy and have enjoyed staying all day. They have continued settling into the lunchtime routine and are really enjoying the lunches and playing with the Reception children at playtime.

 

In Personal, Social and Emotional Development we continued to discuss the class rules. We have focused on building the children’s confidence to freeflow inside and outside the classroom independently and to be able to freely access the resources available.

 

The children are developing their relationships with each other and starting to become a cohesive group, which is lovely to see. It is important that the children get to know each other by name. The children have started to take turns to introduce themselves to each other by coming up to the front of the class, saying their names and telling the class two things about themselves - for example their favourite colour or favourite food. We will carry on with this next week as we continue to become one class.

 

In Physical Development some of the children enjoyed fine motor activities, which included playing with the playdough, making patterns with placing small pegs into the peg boards and cutting strips to make paper chains to hang in our Sukkah. These are great activities for developing your child’s hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills.

 

Each day we listen to a variety of action songs and it is lovely to see the children starting to follow the instructions and make the appropriate actions. We do these before our learning sessions. This covers many areas from Physical Development, Communication and Language and also Expressive Arts and Design.

 

The children enjoyed their first PE lesson where they were introduced to Mr Selulle who explained the importance of paying attention and following  the rules, but also they must have fun. The children played an introduction game of banana tag. A few children were selected to be the taggers. They ran around catching the children by tagging them gently. The children that had been tagged had to stand still like a banana. They had to wait there till one of the other children untagged them by pretending to peel open their banana skin in order for them to be set free. 

 

In Mathematics we started to introduce the calendar focusing on the days of the week, months of the year and the date.

 

In Jewish Studies the children enjoyed having their morning snack in the Sukkah which was decorated with pictures and decorations the children had made. Whilst in the Sukkah, Ms Tabach went over the key reasons why we sit in a Sukkah and some children remembered what they learned last week, that the Sukkah represents the clouds that protected Bnei Yisrael in the desert, before they entered Eretz Yisrael.  

 

They also enjoyed talking with their friends about their experience in their own Sukkah.Some children told us that they shook the lulav and we talked about the importance of being a united people, and that, like the arba’ah minim (the 4 species - Etrog, lulav, hadas and arava), we are all different and unique, but need one another for completing a mitzvah.

 

We continued to learn about Simchat Torah, which is on 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 using rollers dipped in paint and then sprinkled with glitter. This covers the area of Expressive Art and Design.

 

We continue to join Reception for both Tefillah and Bensching. 

 

The following children who were on the Shabbat table today:

Shabbat Aba - Judah

Shabbat Ima - Eden

Shabbat Ben - Eli

Shabbat Bat -  Emma S

 

 

Other Information:

  • Please can you make sure you return your child’s Jewish Studies folder each week.
  • Please make sure that you send in Tzedaka (coins for charity) each Friday. It is important that the children understand the importance of giving and that there are people less fortunate than ourselves.
  • Snack: Please can you make sure that your child's snack boxes are clearly labelled. If you are sending in an extra snack for the afternoon, which is optional, please make sure the snack pots are separately labelled am and pm. Snacks don’t need to be large. Please can you make sure that all snacks are cut according to the guidelines previously sent out. 
  •  Please make sure your child’s bottle is plastic and not metal.


 

Week Commencing 27th September

It is a soft start from 8.30-8.40am. Please make sure your child arrives by 8.40am in time for Register and Tefillah. It is important that your child arrives on time so that they are part of the morning routines and are in class so that they know the schedule for the day.

 

Monday        27th September  8.30-1.30pm      Erev Shemini Atzeret - (lunch will be served)

Tuesday       28th September  School closed      Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah - 

Wednesday  29th September   School closed      Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah - 

Thursday     30th September   8.30 am-3.00pm        

Friday          1st October         8.30 am-3.00pm 

 

Wishing you and all your families a lovely Simchat Torah  and Chag Same’ach

 

Shabbat Shalom

 

Miss Cowen and the Nursery Team









 

Nursery Newsletter 18th September

            

We hope you all had a good fast.

 

We have had another very busy week at school. The children continued to come in confidently and independently. Now that we have become one class, the children are starting to mix well together, and starting to become a cohesive group. Due to the Jewish holidays, and being in and out of school, it takes time for the children to get to know each other and form friendships.  Over the next few weeks we will continue to focus on the children introducing themselves to their classmates so that they start to get to know each other by name. 

 

We encourage the children to become as independent as they can, especially encouraging them to put their coats on and off by themselves. 

 

We introduced the children to a visual timetable which informs the children of the schedule for the day. It is important for them to have a routine.

 

We have been going over the class rules and also  the importance of looking after the resources, especially putting our lids back on our pens and glues so they don’t dry up.

 

We talked about the importance of being kind to each other, taking turns and using our words to get what we need. This links to Yom Kippur. The children enjoyed listening to the story of ‘The Rainbow Fish’  who, in the beginning, would not give his scales away, but in the end was so kind he gave most of them away. 

 

All the above covers the area Personal, Social and Emotional Development.

 

In Expressive Arts and Design some of the children enjoyed apple printing.They colour-mixed blue and yellow paint to make green and used it to print green apples. They also made apple prints with red paint.They enjoyed sprinkling glitter on to their pictures.

 

In Mathematics some of the children enjoyed playing with water. We discussed capacity with the children and they filled bottles. We talked about full, half full and empty. Some of the children enjoyed using the weighing scales to weigh different objects found in the outdoor area. We discussed which side was heavier or lighter and we showed the children how to make the scales balance.

 

In Jewish Studies with Ms Tabach the children learnt about Yom Kippur - a very important day in the Jewish calendar on which we ask Hashem to forgive us for all the things that we have done which were not so good, and to give us another chance to do better, and we say “sorry” to our friends for anything we might have done to upset them. The children learnt about the story of Yonah and the big fish that we read on Yom Kippur in Shul.  The children enjoyed making their own Yonah sitting inside the tummy of the big fish. On the back of your child’s work is a small synopsis of what they learnt in class so you can discuss this with them.

 

The children were able to visualize using weighing scales, the way Hashem judges us. The children learned that Hashem is always ready to forgive us.

 

We started to  learn about the Chag of Sukkot.  The children found out that during Sukkot it is a mitzvah to eat in a Sukkah - a temporary home built outdoors. The children learnt that on Sukkot it is a mitzvah to shake a lulav and etrog each day. The children were shown a lulav and etrog and it was demonstrated to them how to shake it. Sukkot is a Chag that lasts for 8 days in Israel and 9 days around the rest of the world. The children learnt that on the last day of Sukkot, we celebrate Simchat Torah  - a time when we celebrate in Shul as we have completed reading the whole Torah over the year and are ready to start again with Bereishit.  They made a picture of their families in the Sukkah using lollipop sticks for the walls and leaves for the roof. This linked to Literacy where the children were able to develop their mark making skills by drawing family members - they have made lovely pictures of their families in the Sukkah. On the back of your child’s work is a small synopsis so you can discuss Sukkot with them.

 

We also continued to practise the different brachot said at fruit time.

 

On Friday the children were joined by Reception for Tefillah. We mainly focused on Modeh Ani to thank Hashem for waking us up, and Al Netilat Yadayim for washing their hands. The children will develop their knowledge of the different tefillot over the coming weeks.

 

The children enjoyed eating lunch and playing with Reception at playtime. After lunch they were joined by Reception for Birkat Hamazon (bensching).

 

The children ended the week with Kabbalat Shabbat where they enjoyed grape juice and challah. Each week, different children will be on the Shabbat table (Shabat Ima, Aba, Ben and Bat) and everyone will get a turn.

 

This week:

Shabbat Ima   Liba

Shabbat Aba   Reuben

Shabbat Ben   Liam  

Shabbat Bat    Darcey   

 

In Music the children were introduced to their Music Teacher, Mr Fingerhut. They sang a variety of different songs including “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star', ''Old MacDonald” and “Mary had a little lamb”. They discussed different tempos including fast and slow. They then moved around to the music acting out being different animals, including being mice and elephants... 

 

Reminders:

  • Please make sure your child has wellington boots, waterproofs and an apron. It is really hard to say no to the children when they do not have the right clothing to join in the activities.
  • Please make sure that all of your child’s belongings are labelled including their shoes.
  • Please can you cut all fruit and vegetables as shown in the guidelines previously sent out.  Grapes must be cut in quarters and the same for stone fruits.
  • Please can you return your child’s Jewish Studies folder every Monday.

 

Week Commencing 20th September

It is a soft start from 8.30-8.40am. Please make sure your child arrives by 8.40am in time for Register and Tefillah.

 

Monday       20th September  8.30am-1.30pm  Erev Sukkot (lunch will be served)

Tuesday      21st September   School closed    Sukkot

Wednesday 22nd September  School closed    Sukkot 

 

Thursday    23rd September  8.30 am-3.00pm        

Friday        24th September   8.30 am-3.00pm 

Wishing you and all your families a lovely Sukkot and Chag Same’ach

 

Have a lovely weekend and Shabbat Shalom.

 

Miss Cowen and the Nursery team

Nursery Newsletter 10.09.21

 

Dear Parents

We hope you all had a lovely Rosh Hashanah.

What an amazing first few days we have had in Nursery! The children have settled in so well and we were amazed how confidently they  walked through the classroom doors on their own. It made us feel so very proud.

                            

The children have been very busy. They started by walking around their new surroundings and were shown where their pegs and trays were. We discussed the class rules. It  is very important that the children get to know each other, so we started to play some introductory name games. The children took turns to introduce themselves to each other. We will carry on with this next week as we become one class. 

 

In Communication and Language the children enjoyed listening to the story ‘Kissing Hand’. It is about a raccoon that is starting school and feels a bit sad. His mummy places a kiss in the palm of his hand, so when he is sad he can place his palm on his cheek and the warmth from the kiss goes straight to his heart. Then he is happy again. 

 

This linked to Expressive Arts and Design and Personal, Social and Emotional Development  where the children made their own kissing hand and discussed how they felt on their first day at school.

 

In Communication and Language the children discussed where they went on holiday. This linked to their Literacy activity where they drew a picture of their holiday, developing their mark making skills.  Some of the children also enjoyed role playing in the kitchen. 

    

In Mathematics, some of the children enjoyed exploring weighing. They enjoyed using the weighing scales to weigh different objects, especially the apples that they had found in the outdoor area. We discussed which side was heavier or lighter and we showed the children how to make the scales balance.

                   

In the outdoor area, the children learnt the rules for using the climbing frame. They enjoyed riding on the scooters and bikes and also running over the hill and crawling through the tunnel. This covers the area Physical Development.      

 

In Jewish Studies with Ms Tabach the children started learning about the different brachot recited at break time. 

  • The children  learnt why we say a bracha before eating any food - we show Hashem how appreciative we are for all the yummy food that he provides us with.
  • The children discussed the different fruits that grow on a tree, for example apples and mangoes.The children who had brought these fruits for snack then held up a piece of the fruit and recited the following bracha before eating: “Baruch Ata HaShem Elokeinu Melech Haolam, Boreh Peri Haetz”.
  • The children discussed the different fruits and vegetables that grow on the ground, for example cucumbers and strawberries.The children who had brought these fruits for snack then held a piece of fruit and recited the following bracha before eating: “Baruch ata HaShem, Elokeinu Melech Haolam, Boreh Peri Haadama”. They then recited the following bracha before drinking: “Baruch ata HaShem, Elokeinu Melech Haolam Shehakol Nihiye Bidvaro”.
  • They all said “Amen” to each other’s brachot.

 

Next week they will continue familiarising themselves with the above brachot. Your children may enjoy practising these different brachot at home when eating their fruit and having a drink.

 

On Friday, the children had their first Shabbat party, and, although shorter than normal, the children were happy to eat their challah and drink grape juice. 

Next week they will start learning the importance of giving Tzedakah. We would appreciate it if your children could bring a coin or two for our tzedakah box!

 

Reminders:

 

  • Please make sure you are cutting all fruit and vegetables as shown in the guidelines previously sent out.
  • Please make sure that you have sent in a picture of people who will be collecting your child on a regular basis. Please remember that if your child is having a playdate and will be going home with another member of the class or is going home with anyone else, you must send an email authorising this. Without this information we are unable to dismiss the child without calling you.

 

Week Commencing 13th September

 

From next Monday the whole class will be in. 

It is a soft start from 8.30-8.40am. Please make sure your child arrives by 8.40am in time for Register and Tefillah.

 

Monday      13th September  8.30am-12.30pm (lunch will not be served)

Tuesday      14th September  8.30am-12.30pm (lunch will not be served)

Wednesday  15th September  8.30am-12.30pm (lunch will not be served)

Thursday    16th September  Yom Kippur         (school closed)

Friday        17th September  8.30 am-2.00 pm (lunch will be served).

 

We wish you and your family an easy fast and Gmar Chatimah Tovah.

Have a lovely weekend and thank you.

 

Shabbat Shalom

 

Miss Cowen


 

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