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
- 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
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.
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...
- 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
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!
- 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.