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Newsletter 1st March

 

Dear Parents,

 

We hope you all had a lovely half term. We have had a very busy and fun week in Nursery.

 

The topic this week is nursery rhymes, focusing on Humpty Dumpty.

 

In Personal, Social and Emotional Development we continued to discuss the importance of being kind to everyone and using our words not our hands to achieve a positive outcome.

 

Some of the children continued to enjoy playing in our Chinese restaurant. Some  also enjoyed playing in our car wash in the outdoor area. It was lovely seeing them wash all the cars! Role play is an amazing way to help to develop the children’s social interactions with each other, extend their vocabulary and further develop their communication and language.

 

In Expressive Arts and Design, the children enjoyed singing and listening to different nursery rhymes. Some of the children had fun making their own pictures of Humpty Dumpty. They drew the wall, then cut out an oval shape and drew Humpty’s face on it. It was lovely to see the children working independently to create their own Humpty Dumpty. This also links to the area of Mathematics.

 

The children also completed an experiment with Humpty Dumpty. They drew Humpty Dumpty’s face on an egg (not hard boiled). They then discussed in their pairs what material they could use to wrap Humpty in to try and protect him from breaking when dropped. It was amazing to see the children working collaboratively with each other, discussing and sharing ideas. The children were excited to see if they had managed to wrap Humpty Dumpty securely enough to stop him breaking. This experiment links to the area of Understanding the World.

 

Also in Understanding the World, the children were interested to learn about chitting potatoes. We discussed how chitting is the process of encouraging the seed potatoes to generate sturdy sprouts ready for when it is time to plant them in the ground. By exposing the seed potatoes to plenty of light and warmth, it spurs them into growth mode. Some of the children enjoyed sorting the potatoes and placing them in egg carton, making sure any shoots were pointing upwards. The potatoes have been placed on the window sill so they get plenty of light. When the shoots appear, we will plant the potatoes in grow bags in the garden.

 

In Mathematics, the children enjoyed learning about positional language. We covered a variety of different vocabulary including above, below, inside, outside, in, on, under, next to, behind, in front of, between and on top of. Some of the children came up to the front of the class together and practised standing in different positions or they placed the bunny in  a variety of different places.

 

Whilst completing the calendar, we discussed that in February there are only 28 days and every 4 years there is a leap year and then there are 29 days in February. We discussed how this year it is a leap year. We also talked about how there are normally 365 days in a year, but this year there is an extra day and there will be 366 days.

We also revised numbers from 0-10 and one more than a given number up to 10. We continued to focus on learning about one less than a given number and played a fun game on the interactive whiteboard.

In Literacy in Letters and Sounds, we continued with  Aspect 6: Voice Sounds.The main purpose of this aspect is to distinguish between the differences in vocal sounds, including oral blending and segmenting. We continued to explore different mouth movements including blowing, sucking, tongue stretching and wiggling. We continued to discuss how when reading a story you can use your voice to add sounds to the stories and also to depict different characters. 

 

Metal Mike was then introduced to the class in our phonics lesson. ‘Metal Mike’ is a toy robot computer. Some of the children came to the front and selected a picture, for example: cat, fan, van. We all sounded out and blended each of the sounds (phonemes) together, using a robotic voice and then the object/picture was fed to ‘Metal Mike’. Some of the children continued playing with Metal Mike during freeflow. We will continue with this next week.

The children enjoyed their weekly visit to the library, selecting a book to take home.

 

In Music:

  • The children started the music lesson off with stretching exercises.
  • The children learnt a song called ‘Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear’ which included some positional language. https://youtu.be/76wc4xdgzGk?feature=shared

We used actions/dance moves to help remember the words and understand the different positional language.

  • The children listened to a variety of high and low music and then they had to stand up and stretch up high or sit down low depending on the music played. This activity was again linked to the positional language theme learnt in Mathematics. 
  • They ended the lesson singing, ‘Incy Wincey Spider’. They stood up or sat down depending on words they heard like, "climbed up the water spout" they got up and  when they heard the word "rain" they knew that rain falls, so they sat down. 

 

In PE:

  • The children enjoyed completing a variety of group activities. They lined up one behind each other and waited their turn.
  • They balanced on the obstacles and then jumped off.
  • They ran through a selection of hoops and then ran back to the end of the line.
  • They stayed focused completing side steps and ensuring they stayed balanced.
  • The children then enjoyed playing with the bats and balls. They were practising their hitting skills.

 

Ivrit:

It was so lovely to see all the children after the half-term break. 

For our upcoming book week, the children were introduced to the story הַזַּחַל הָרָעָב The Hungry Caterpillar in Ivrit.

We read the book and watched a short video in Ivrit. The children saw the changes that happened to the Zachal (caterpillar) from the minute he came out of his egg till he became a beautiful Parpar (butterfly). 

 

During next week's Book Week, the children will take part in a special art and craft about the book.

Morah Sari

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  • Jewish Studies 
  • In Jewish Studies this week we managed to squeeze in such a lot of Jewish Studies learning!
  • This week we started to get ready for Purim and also Pesach. We each made colourful Seder plate pictures to go into our Haggadas, which are coming along well. We also got busy, making beautiful bright classroom decorations for Purim which will go up next week. Nursery I am so impressed by how much joy and enthusiasm you show for celebrating these wonderful Springtime Chagim.
  • Nursery had a very quick look at the parasha from last week- Tetsaveh, which talked about some of the people who work in the Mishkan called Kohanim. They wore special clothes for this job. The most important Kohen was the Kohen Gadol who wore special clothes to show the importance of his job. Their jobs were to light the Menorah every day and to receive the gifts which Bnei Yisrael brought to the Mishkan. The Kohen Gadol and the Kohanim helped Bnei Yisrael to come closer to Hashem. We played matching games on the carpet to explore all sorts of different people - mechanics, teachers, lifeguards etc who help us in our lives, just as the Kohanim helped Bnei Yisrael in ancient times. We also had such fun outside with our pretend car-wash where the children helped each other to wash the EYU ride-on tricycles and cars.
  • We looked a little closer to this week’s parasha, which is Ki Tisa, in which Hashem told Bnei Yisrael to keep Shabbat on the seventh day. We make Shabbat special and different by saying Kiddush over wine and having three meals at which we make a brachah over two challot and sing zemirot. The children were given the chance to make their own pretty Shabbat flowers out of doilies, coloured tissue, lolly sticks and pipe cleaners and other fun crafty supplies. Each child made a lovely challah collage by colouring and cutting out two chalot and then adding a shiny gold challah cloth for the challot to hide behind. Well done Nursery, you are doing so well, not only with your Jewish Studies knowledge, but also with your cutting skills, manual dexterity and self confidence. It is a pleasure to watch you develop every week!
  • On Friday we had our very special Shabbat Party.

 

The following children were on the Shabbat table:

Shabbat Aba:   Jacob

Shabbat Ima:   Lielle

Shabbat Ben:   Jesse

Shabbat Bat :  Alana

 

Important reminders: 

  • Please continue to post pictures on Tapestry of what your child did on their half term holidays. The children really enjoy sharing their news with the class.
  • Please continue to send in waste in a named bag for your child/children to put into our compost bin and put it into our labelled basket placed outside the classroom each morning. 

Reminder: Book Week- Week Commencing the 4th March

We are looking forward to Book Week this year. I know that you have received a letter from Mrs Craig but this is a reminder too!

  • On Wednesday 6th March please send your child dressed in their favourite book character. Please make sure all costumes have easy access for toileting.
  • Please make sure you have signed the sheet available for parents to come in and read to the children during book week and following weeks so that everyone gets an opportunity to read. Please make sure all books are age appropriate.
  • It is really nice for the children to hear stories in different languages, so if you read for example French, Spanish, Italian or Ivrit books at home please bring them in to share with the class.
  • On Thursday 7th March we will be having a special themed tea party. Please send your child in with a special teddy  but not one that they sleep with and would be upset by if they got left at school by mistake.
  • On Friday 8th March we are looking forward to welcoming you for Kabbalat Shabbat at 1.00pm. After the Shabbat party you will be able to stay and play with your child till 2.00pm.

 

Wishing you a lovely weekend and Shabbat Shalom,

 

Miss Cowen, Morah Cassie, Morah Sari and the Nursery Team









 

Newsletter 16th February

 

Dear Parents,

 

We have had another great week in Nursery.

 

Following on from last week, ’Mental Health Awareness week’ we continued to remind the children of the importance of being kind towards each other, using their words to get what they need, rather than their emotions. We reinforced to the children that the teachers are all there to help them, if they have any concerns, or need help in dealing with different situations.

 

We enjoyed another fun Show and Tell session where the children practised their questioning skills by asking questions to the child who had brought in their items. The children really are developing good questioning and answering skills. This links to the area of Communication and Language.

 

In Literacy in Letters and Sounds we started Aspect 6: Voice Sounds.The main purpose of this aspect is to distinguish between the differences in vocal sounds, including oral blending and segmenting. The children explored different mouth movements including blowing, sucking, tongue stretching and wiggling.

 

We discussed how when reading a story you can use your voice to add sounds to the stories and also to depict different characters. The children enjoyed three stories,’ Chicken Licken, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt and Three Billy Goats Gruff’ which incorporated lots of voice changes.

 

The children enjoyed their weekly visit to the library. Please remember to return your child’s library book no later than Tuesday of each week, so that they are not disappointed when they are unable to bring a new book home with them.(This will be the Tuesday after Half Term).

 

In Mathematics, we revised numbers from 0-10 and also went over one more than a given number up to 10. We then focused on learning about one less than a given number.The children enjoyed playing a game called, ’The Less Than Monkey’ where the monkey makes mischief at the zoo. Everytime the zookeeper arrives at the animal enclosure and counts the animals, the ‘less than monkey’ removes one. The children had to help the zookeeper work out what one less will be. For example, how many lions are there? There are 3. What is one less than 3? The children could use their fingers to work out the answer but we also used the large Numicon pieces to help find the answers.

 

We had fun learning  about the Chinese New Year. The children learnt that this new year celebration is also called Lunar New Year. It is celebrated in January or February in many countries. Chinese New Year is a time to feast and to visit family members. People often hang glowing lanterns in temples or carry them during a night time parade. Each year is associated with one of the 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac. This year it is the Year of the Dragon.

 

We talked about how different people celebrate different festivals and have different customs. We compared it to the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah and talked about some of the things we do to celebrate. 

 

The children also enjoyed listening to different songs in Chinese about shapes, the days of the week, months of the year and colours. We counted to 10 in Chinese and also learnt how to say hello - Ni Hao! Some of the children also enjoyed practising learning to write their numbers in Chinese. They enjoyed filling small red bags with rice and numbered coins. They used chopsticks and spoons to place the objects inside the bags. 

 

The children also had great fun role playing in our own Chinese restaurant. They enjoyed trying on our new chinese costumes. They also enjoyed making Chinese lanterns and paper chains which were hung in our role play area for decoration.  

 

The children enjoyed making Chinese New Year biscuits, called Hup Toh Soh with Mrs Dagul. They helped to weigh and mix all the ingredients together. We discussed with the children what a fortune cookie is and attached to the cookie bag you will find a message. We hope you enjoy reading these.

 

They enjoyed listening to the stories, ’Winnie and Wilbur At Chinese New Year’ and ‘Peppa’s Chinese New Year’.

 

The above links to the areas Mathematics, Literacy, Physical Development, Expressive Art and Design and Understanding the World.

 

In Understanding the World the children enjoyed continuing to put their waste brought in from home into our compost bin.

Please continue to send in waste in a named bag for your child/children to put into our compost bin and put it into our labelled basket placed outside the classroom each morning. This can include:

  • fruit and vegetable scraps
  • used tea bags, coffee grounds
  • used eggshells
  • grass cuttings, leaves
  • small amounts of shredded paper

 

The children enjoyed learning about our final artist Pablo Picasso. Pablo Picasso was a Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, and theatre designer who spent most of his adult life in France. He is known for co-founding the Cubist movement. The children enjoyed creating artwork in the style of Picasso. They created faces using felt tips and crayons. It was amazing to see the children following the instructions on a special tutorial.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCg-J6fdFxo

 

Looking back at all the artwork that the children have produced this term in a variety of different artists styles have made us all very proud. They have created some amazing work.

 

In Music:

  • In music the children started the lesson with some stretching exercises.
  • Then they were all given instruments to use. They sang the ‘Beehive’ song and played the different instruments, alongside singing the song.

 

In PE:

  • The children split up into groups and completed a carousel of activities.
  • The children ran around the cones.
  • They completed bunny hops around the cones.
  • They completed a sprint running from one side to the other side.
  • They ended the lesson by discussing what skills they had learned that day. 
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Ivrit

Dear parents הורים יקרים

It was so lovely to see so many of you on Monday afternoon for our Yom Hamishpacha (family day) art activity. Thank you all for coming and making it so special for the children. 

The children have been learning a lot about Hamishpacha Sheli (my family) over the last few Ivrit lessons, practising words such as Ava, Ima, Savta, Saba, Ach (gadol=big), Achot (Katana=small). 

Wishing you a lovely Shabbat

Shabbat shalom, 

Morah Sari 

Jewish Studies 

 

This week we continued to look into the JS general curriculum and we focussed on the brachot we say for fruits and vegetables. Before we eat or drink we say thank you! We say thank you to Hashem when we say a bracha. There are lots of different brachot for different foods. Some fruits like apples, oranges, cherries and pears grow from a perennial tree or vine (one that does not renew its stem ) and does not grow too close to the ground we say בּוֹרֵא פְּרִי הָעֵץ. Some fruit like melons, bananas, pineapples and also veggies are ‘fruits of the ground’. For these we say בּוֹרֵא פְּרִי הָאֲדָמָה. Yum! Each of the children made a gorgeous pineapple craft - pineapples are so sweet and delicious, it can sometimes be tricky to remember that they are Ha-adama fruits, so this craft will definitely help us!

We also looked at Parashat Terumah, in which Hashem told Moshe and Bnei Yisrael to build a Mishkan - a holy building which Bnei Yisrael came to, to feel close to Hashem. Each tribe contributed lovely things to beautify and build it: gold, silver, copper, turquoise, purple and scarlet wool. The Mishkan was filled with gold - the Aron, the Shulchan and the huge seven branched Menorah were golden and intricately decorated. There were wonderful sweet smells of freshly ground spices and delicious cakey breads. There were trumpets… it was quite a feast for the senses! The Bet Knesset/Shul today reminds us of the Mishkan, and saying tefillot and doing mitzvot help us to come closer to Hashem now. We felt some purple and scarlet fabrics which were laced with a fruity, woody orange and bergamot scent, that helped us imagine the sights and smells of the Mishkan. The children made delicious spicy potions from fresh rosemary cut from the EYU garden. Each child made a beautifully textured Menorah - behind- a- curtain-in -the -mishkan craft. They came out really lovely- well done Nursery.

 

On Friday we had our very special Shabbat Party.

 

The following children were on the Shabbat table today:

Shabbat Aba: Isaac

Shabbat Ima: Sarah

Shabbat Ben: Levi

Shabbat Bat :Leora

 

Important reminders: 

  • Please remember that the children’s starting time is 8.30-8.40 am. We will be starting promptly at 8.40am with Tefillah so please make sure your child is on time. If your child is late,your child will be brought in through the side door.
  • Please post pictures on Tapestry of what your child is doing in half term. They can then share with the class on their return. 

 

Reminder: Book Week- Week Commencing the 4th March

We are looking forward to Book Week this year. I know that you have received a letter from Mrs Craig but this is a reminder too!

  • On Wednesday 6th March please send your child dressed in their favourite book character.
  • Please make sure you sign the sheet available for parents to come in and read to the children during book week. So that everyone gets an opportunity to come in and read there will be dates available for the following weeks too.

 

Have a great Half Term week.

Shabbat Shalom,

Miss Cowen, Morah Cassie, Morah Sari and the Nursery Team









 

Newsletter 9th February

 

Dear Parents,

 

We have had another fun  and very busy week in Nursery.

 

This week was Mental Health Awareness Week. We have focused on kindness towards each other. We talked about how people's feelings can be hurt if we are not kind. We reminded the children of the importance of using their words to get what they need, rather than their emotions. We also discussed how we keep our bodies healthy and that it is very important to keep our minds healthy too. 

 

We read a variety of different books throughout the week which focused on the topic of kindness. We talked about the importance of using our voices to speak up, express how we are feeling and that our opinions and voices matter. We reinforced to the children that the teachers are all there to help them, if they have any concerns, or need help in dealing with different situations.

 

We also listened to the following:

 Express Your Opinions | Good Habit Song for Kids | Kindergarten Song | Don't be afraid | JunyTony

Sesame Street: Name That Emotion with Murray!

 

We played a game called,  ‘A Box of Feelings’. We had three boxes labelled with the feelings happy, sad and angry. The children had to throw a ball into the different boxes and then discuss the times they have felt that different emotion.

 

We also re-read the book, ‘Ruby’s Worry’ to remind them of the importance of sharing any worries they may have, so they don’t get bigger. We reiterated to them that they can write down or draw a picture of their worry and put it inside the Worry Monster’s mouth and in the morning the worry will have disappeared.

The links to the areas of Personal, Social and Emotional Development and Communication and Language.

 

We had another fun Show and Tell session where the children practised their questioning skills by asking questions to the child who had brought in their items. The children really are developing good questioning and answering skills. This links to the area of Communication and Language.

 

In Literacy we continued with aspect 5 Alliteration. We went over what alliteration is; when words begin with the same letter sound.

 

The  children enjoyed making alliteration aliens by cutting out different shapes. They enjoyed naming them, trying to use words beginning with the same sound. 

 

The children also enjoyed playing with mirrors. They each had their own mirror and they had to play at making faces and copying movements of the lips and tongue. As the children said different sounds we discussed  the way lips move, for example, when sounding out ‘p’ and ‘b’, the way that tongues poke out for ‘th’, the way teeth and lips touch for ‘f’ and the way lips shape the sounds ‘sh’ and ‘m’. This activity focuses on the sounds at the beginning of words in order for the children to hear the differences between them.

 

The children enjoyed their weekly visit to the library. Please remember to return your child’s library book no later than Tuesday of each week, so that they are not disappointed when they are unable to bring a new book home with them.

 

In Mathematics, we revised numbers from 0-10. We then continued learning about one more than a given number. The children enjoyed playing a game called, ’Roll up! Roll up! The circus master wanted the circus to be spectacular so he kept adding one more to some of the circus acts. The children had to work out what one more will be. For example, there was one juggler and you add one more, how many jugglers are there? The children could use their fingers to work out the answer, but we also used the large Numicon pieces to help find the answers.

 

In Understanding the World and Expressive Art and Design, the children continued to learn about the artist Jackson Pollock. They had fun creating their splash paintings. This is also a great activity for further developing the children’s gross motor skills.

 

The children learned about the artist Georges Seurat. Georges Seurat was known for the painting techniques known as pointillism. Some of the children enjoyed creating their pictures in the style of Seurat by dipping q tips into different coloured paint and creating their (pointillism paintings) dot pictures. This also links to Expressive Art and Design.

We were so lucky to have Mr Budwig come in to talk to the children about how to use the compost bin and how our food waste can be put in the bin. Mr Budwig demonstrated how we make compost using our new composter. We talked about all the things that can be put into the compost bin. Mr Budwig brought in the leftovers from his dinner the previous night! We learnt that we can also add grass, cardboard and newspaper. 

 

The children used a trowel to gently uncover the mud at the top of a container that Mr Budwig brought in and the children were amazed to discover worms. We learnt that worms like to eat vegetables, which is why we add these to the composter. The children then  helped to add leaves and the food waste that they had brought in. The children that wanted to, took it in turns to add a wiggly worm into the bin.  We closed the door and the children took it in turns to spin it around. Mr Budwig told us that it can take up to 6 to 7 months for it to become compost and that the worms eat it slowly.

 

Thank you so much Mr Budwig for coming in to teach the children. The session was enjoyed by all and it was extremely informative. We also appreciate the gift of the worms which were added to our compost bin.

 

Please make sure you regularly send in waste in a named bag for your child/children to put into our compost bin. This can include:

  • fruit and vegetable scraps
  • used tea bags, coffee grounds
  • used eggshells
  • grass cuttings, leaves
  • small amounts of shredded paper

 

There will be a basket labelled compost waste outside the classroom each morning for your children to put their waste bag in.

 

In Music:

  • In music the focus was mental health awareness week where the children learnt a song about emotions. It was called the ‘Happiness Song'. The children learnt the song line by line with actions.
  • The children continued to learn the ‘Beehive’ song playing instruments alongside singing the song.

 

In PE:

  • The children split up into groups and completed a carousel of activities.
  • The children went from one side to the other side, by side walking.
  • They completed bunny hops.
  • They ran to the other side and then completed three star jumps.
  • They used both hands to throw and catch the ball.
  • They ended the lesson by discussing what skills they had learned that day. The main focus was running, throwing, catching and hopping.

 

Ivrit

Dear parents  הורים יקרים

This week we started learning and talking about our family Mishpacha.

The children were so happy to see their family photos and to show where is Ima (mum), Aba (dad), Ach (brother), Achot (sister), Saba (grandfather) and Savta (grandmother). 

We played some games and listened to a song in ivrit about My Family.

 המשפחה בבית  The family in the house

Thanks to everyone for sending your beautiful family photos.

Morah Sari

Jewish Studies 

 

In Jewish Studies we looked into the general JS syllabus and delved into the fascinating world of brachot. We took a close look at the bracha we make over milk (and lots of other drinks), Shehakol. We reflected on the fact that Hashem created the world and continues to let things grow, and that we say thank you before we eat or drink anything because we are grateful to Hashem for our food and drink. We also touched on the concept of having Hakarat HaTov/gratitude towards Hashem's precious creatures that provide milk for us. Each child made their own Shehakol collage depicting fresh cool milk pouring out of a carton into a glass.

This tied in beautifully when we looked at this week's parasha of Mishpatim. Here Moshe went up Har Sinai to receive the whole Torah. We discussed how keeping the mitzvot brings us closer to Hashem. One of the mitzvot of the Torah is to keep milk and meat separate. This is one of the ways of keeping Kosher. We spent time looking at different foods and deciding which were milky/dairy and which were meaty and we played a computer game I made up to categorise foods accordingly. Do you have any special milky or meaty family favourites at home? Do you have any fond food memories? What tastes and smells send you on a trip down memory lane? Each of the children made a meaty/milky food booklet to take home. Have a look and see if it can help you and your child decide what to have for dinner one night next week!

 

I am still collecting kitchen rolls and small plastic bottles. If you have any spares, please bring them to the EYU.

 

On Friday we had our very special Shabbat Party.

 

The following children were on the Shabbat table today:

Shabbat Aba: Jesse

Shabbat Ima: Hannah

Shabbat Ben: Michael

Shabbat Bat : Lielle


 

Important reminders: 

  • Please remember that the children’s starting time is 8.30-8.40 am. We will be starting promptly at 8.40am with Tefillah so please make sure your child is on time. If your child is late, your child will be brought in through the side door.
  • The weather is forecast to be changing. 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 labelled including shoes, gloves, hats and scarves.

 

Have a lovely weekend.

Shabbat Shalom,

Miss Cowen, Morah Cassie, Morah Sari and the Nursery Team









 

Newsletter 1st February

 

Dear Parents,

 

We have had another fun week in Nursery.

 

We continued to discuss the importance of being kind to each other in both how we use our words and hands. We reiterated that if the children need help to  resolve different situations, they must come and find a teacher. This links to the area of Personal, Social and Emotional Development

 

We had another fun Show and Tell session where the children practised their questioning skills by asking questions to the child who had brought in their items. The children really are developing good questioning and answering skills. This links to the area of Communication and Language.

 

In Literacy we revised Aspect 5, Rhythm and Rhyme. We continued to read different rhyming stories. We also continued with Aspect 5: Alliteration. We went over what alliteration is; when words begin with the same letter sound. The children enjoyed playing whose name begins with which letter sounds, whilst completing the register. We also discussed whose names begin with the same sound. The children also had fun trying to make up tongue twisters for each of the initials in the children’s first name.

 

You can also play, ‘I Spy With My Little Eye’, something beginning with the letter sound ‘s’,’a’ etc. Your child can go around the house and see what objects they can find that begin with the same sound. It is very important that you teach your child the correct letter sound, so I have attached a video for you to listen to, to hear how each sound is pronounced before you teach your child.

Please watch the attached video which will help you:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwJx1NSineE

 

The children enjoyed their weekly visit to the library. Please remember to return your child’s library book no later than Tuesday of each week, so that they are not disappointed when they are unable to bring a new book home with them.

 

In Mathematics, we revised numbers from 0-10. We then focused on learning about one more than a given number. The children enjoyed playing a game called, ’The More Than Monkey’ where the monkey makes mischief at the zoo. Everytime the zookeeper arrives at the animal enclosure and counts the animals, the ‘more than monkey’ adds one more. The children had to help the zookeeper work out what one more will be. For example, how many lions are there? There are 3. What is one more than 3? The children could use their fingers to work out the answer but we also used the large Numicon pieces to help find the answers.

 

The children also had fun going on a shape walk around the EYU. They walked around with clipboards and a shape checklist. As they found each shape they put a mark against it. 

 

In Understanding the World and Expressive Art and Design, the children continued to learn about different artists. They learnt about the artist Wassily Kandinsky. Kandinsky was known for his concentric circles on squares. The children enjoyed painting or drawing a picture in the style of Kandinsky. They created the most amazing pictures, each one being very individual. They carefully selected the colours of their choice and painted or drew with great care and precision. Kandinsky was known for listening to music as he painted, so we put on music for the children to listen to as they created their pictures.

 

We also learnt about the artist Jackson Pollock who was famous for creating his paintings by splashing and pouring paint onto the canvas. Some of the children enjoyed going outside and freely created their pictures by splashing paint onto their paper. This is a great activity for developing the children’s gross motor skills and they also had a lot of fun.

The above all links to Expressive Art and Design.

 

In Music:

  • The children had fun learning a new song called ‘Here is the Beehive’. It contains a mixture of different rhyming words. 
  • They also had fun learning about different percussion instruments. They completed some call and response exercises as well as making up some rhythms using the instruments.

 

In PE:

  • The children continued enjoying a carousel of activities.
  • They were split up into three groups.
  • They practised jumping around the cones.
  • They jumped over the hurdles  using both feet.
  • They used a scooter to scoot from one end and back.
  • They ran up and down the hill

At the end of the lesson they discussed what skills they had learnt today.

Ivrit

Dear parents הורים יקרים

On Thursday the 1st of February, the children had the great pleasure to watch a unique theatre show in Ivrit, as part of the Festival of Spoken Ivrit. The show is called The Rabbit Mamushi and is based on a well known Israeli children's book.

We learned new words from the show, such as Tzav (turtle), Parpar (butterfly), Leta’ah (lizard), Arnav (rabbit), Lev (heart) and Oznaim (ears). The show was mostly in Ivrit. It was so much fun!

I would like to invite you into school on Monday 12th February to join Morah Sari for a Family Day/Yom HaMishpacha session at 2pm. The session will last until the end of the school day. In the week prior to you joining us, Morah Sari will be teaching the children about how the day is celebrated in Israel and we thought it would be great if you could come in and share the celebration and an activity with your child.

As part of our new existing topic in Ivrit lessons, we will talk and learn more about My Family in Ivrit. 

Can I please ask parents to send me one family photo? The photo should be only the parents, the child, and their siblings.

It would be great if the photos could be sent to me no later than Monday 5th February. 

The photo can be sent directly to my email: 

Srubin@keremschool.co.uk

Many thanks,

Morah Sari

Jewish Studies 

 

The children reviewed the story of Bnei Yisrael from their time in Mitsrayim as slaves to the horrible plagues Hashem sent to persuade Paroh to let them go. I am so impressed by how much the children remember and how enthusiastically they like to act out some of them! We remembered how in last week's parasha, Paroh changed his mind and wanted to get the Bnei Yisrael back, and how Hashem made a miracle and split the Yam Suf. We carried on the story a bit more by exploring the parasha of Yitro. Now that Bnei Yisrael were in the Midbar (desert), Moshe told them to get ready round Har Sinai to hear the Asseret Hadibrot (the Ten Rules). They were not allowed to go up on to Har Sinai. Hashem and Moshe said these rules to Bnei Yisrael. One of the rules of the Asseret Hadibrot was ‘Keep Shabbat’. Another rule was ‘Listen to your father and mother' (kibbud av v eim) We listened to a fabulous tune I am a Mountain all about how Har Sinai was chosen to be the location of the giving of the Torah (Matan Torah). Do have a listen and see if your child can remember some of the words and actions. Exploring the concept of kibbud av va eim, we listened to the story Mummy Do You Love Me? By J. Willis. Each child made their own beautiful har Sinai / Matan Torah picture with gems, cotton wool clouds, paper flowers and a tiny torah image. 

 

Two small notes:

1. Please check your child's JS folder every week for the lovely crafts they bring home. The small printed explanation on each craft is a nice way to start a conversation about their JS learning. The children are always so proud to show off their knowledge as they are all doing beautifully! 

2. I would like to start collecting kitchen rolls and small plastic bottles for some upcoming crafts. If you have any to hand please do bring them in.

 

On Friday we had our very special Shabbat Party.

 

The following children were on the Shabbat table today:

Shabbat Aba: Elijah

Shabbat Ima: Alana

Shabbat Ben: Isaac

Shabbat Bat : Lexie


 

Important reminders: 

  • Please remember that the children’s starting time is 8.30-8.40 am. We will be starting promptly at 8.40am with Tefillah so please make sure your child is on time. If your child is late, your child will be brought in through the side door.

 

Have a lovely weekend.

Shabbat Shalom,

Miss Cowen, Morah Cassie, Morah Sari and the Nursery Team









 

Newsletter 26th January

 

Dear Parents,

 

We have had an exciting week celebrating Tu B'Shvat, the birthday of the trees.

It was lovely that you were able to join us and make it so special. The children loved the workshop run by Seed. We hope you enjoy using the fruit plates that you decorated with your children and discussing the Tu b’shvat quiz further with them. 

 

The children were lucky to have a special מסיבת פירות fruit party (mesibat perot) on Monday with Morah Cassie and Morah Sari. Thank you for sending in all the fruit. The children were so excited to try a lot of different perot and to see their seeds inside. We made Ha Etz, Hadama and on a beautiful dragon fruit, we made a Shechiyanu together. We tried 3 of the Shivat Minim; tamar, olive and rimon and learned so many new names of fruits in Ivrit. They also made birthday crowns to wear to celebrate Yom Huledet to the Etz tree.

 

The children also enjoyed a baking session with Mrs. Dagul where they made apple crumbles. They helped to measure out all the ingredients and then mixed them altogether to make the crumble.

 

During the week, Nursery had fun making their grass heads and also planting cress. They filled the soil to the top of their pots. They covered one pot with grass seeds and the other with cress seeds.The seeds were lightly covered with a little bit more soil. They then sprayed the soil. 

 

Please encourage your child to look after their plants following the instructions which were sent home. It is important that your child understands the importance of caring for all living things, including plants. Once the grass has grown, your child can give their grasshead a hairstyle using bows and clips and once the cress has grown, your child can enjoy eating it.

 

Please post on Tapestry any pictures of your child caring for their grass head and cress and also showing any growth. It would be lovely for them to be able to share with the class!

 

On Thursday, Tu B’shvat it was lovely to see the children dressed in tree colours and they were lucky to celebrate with a second fruit party.

 

All the above links to the areas of Understanding the World, Mathematics, Physical Development and Communication and Language.

 

We had another fun show and tell session where the children practised their questioning skills, asking questions to the child who had brought in their show and tell. The children really are developing good questioning and answering skills. This links to the area of Communication and Language.

 

In Literacy we revised Aspect 4, rhythm and rhyme. We went over what a syllable is; it makes up part of a word. We continued to clap out the syllables in all the children’s names, months of the year and days of the week. We also continued to read some fun rhyming stories.

 

We then started Aspect 5: Alliteration. We discussed what alliteration is; when words begin with the same letter sound. We played ‘I Spy With My Little Eye’, somebody’s name beginning with the letter sound ‘J,M’ etc. We discussed whose names begin with the same sounds. We also started to see how many words the children could name beginning with the letter sounds, ‘a, b and c’. We will continue with alliteration next week.

 

In Mathematics, the number of the week was number 10. We practised counting a variety of different objects up to 10, using 1-1 correspondence.  Some of the children also enjoyed playing on the iPads where they completed a variety of different number games.

 

We read the book ‘’Handa’s Surprise’. Handa collects delicious fruits for her friend Akeyo. When she arrives at Akeyo's village, they are both surprised to find different fruits in the gift basket. They meet animals on the way who steal the fruit, but a goat butts the tangerine tree just in time and replenishes the lost goodies. We discussed one more and one less, whilst the fruit was being put into the basket and taken out.

 

In Understanding the World and Expressive Art and Design, the children continued to learn about different artists. This week we focused on the artist Vincent Van Gogh who was particularly known for his still life paintings. Some of the children enjoyed creating a still life painting of a fruit basket. They discussed the different fruits, including their shape and colour. They explored colour mixing to create some of the fruit colours to add into their pictures. This also links to Mathematics and Physical Development. 

 

Over the last few weeks the children have been doing a lot of artwork in the style of different artists. In class we have been encouraging the children to talk about their art work. It is important that they feel proud of their achievements. Please look at the posts of their work on Tapestry and you will be incredibly proud. This links to the areas of Personal, Social and Emotional Development and Communication and Language.

 

In Music:

  • The children did stretching and warm up exercises.
  • They carried on learning the Tu B'shevat song.

 

In PE:

  • The children continued enjoying a carousel of activities.
  • They practised two footed jumping into the hoops, jumping over the hurdles and also balancing on the grass obstacles.

 

Jewish Studies 

In JS this week we delved into the parasha of Beshalach. In it, Bnei Yisrael leave Mitzrayim, but are soon pursued by Paroh and his mighty army. They arrive at the Yam Suf where Hashem makes a miracle happen and the sea splits so that Bnei Yisrael are able to walk across on dry land. Hashem makes another miracle for Bnei Yisrael; all the time that they are in the Midbar they eat Mann which miraculously appears each morning (except on Shabbat) and there is always enough for each family. We looked at some (pretend) Mann and talked about its sweet taste. Can you think of any miracles that happen in your life?

 

Nursery had a go at catching big plastic fish in the outside area and had a go at reenacting walking through the Yam Suf just like Bnei Yisrael. Each child painted their own Splitting of the Yam Suf scene, mixing and blending blue and green hues and using their fingers and brushes to mark the waves of the splitting sea.

 

In Jewish Studies this week we joined Morah Sari to celebrate Tu B’Shevat with a Tu B’Shevat Seder. We said the bracha ha’etz over lots of familiar fruits: grapes, apples , peaches and nectarines, and some more exotic fruit like mangoes, passion fruit and coconut. We looked at the seeds within the fruits, noticing which ones have lots and which ones have only one seed/stone. We said the bracha of ha’adama over banana and carrots, and we were able to say the special shehchiyanu bracha over a beautiful pink dragon  fruit. In class we looked at the Shivat HaMininm / The 7 Species of Israel- 7 foods that traditionally grow in Eretz Yisrael. These are: olives, figs, dates, pomegranates, grapes, wheat and barley. Can you remember them all? Have a listen to this fun fruity song Mango Banana V’ Melon  that we played in class, as Nursery created their own glittery pomegranate decorations.

On Friday we had our very special Shabbat Party.

 

The following children were on the Shabbat table today:

Shabbat Aba: Micah   

Shabbat Ima: Lexie

Shabbat Ben: Joseph  

Shabbat Bat : Sarah  

 

Important reminders: 

  • Please remember that the children’s starting time is 8.30-8.40 am. We will be starting promptly at 8.40am with Tefillah so please make sure your child is on time. If your child is late, your child will be brought in through the side door.

 

Have a lovely weekend.

Shabbat Shalom,

Miss Cowen, Morah Cassie, Morah Sari and the Nursery Team









 

Nursery Newsletter - 19th January

 

Dear Parents

 

On Wednesday 24th January we look forward to seeing you at a special activity run by Seed for Tu B’shvat. If you are unable to attend, grandparents are welcome. The session will start promptly at 8.45am and end at 9.45am. We ask parents to drop the children off at 8.30am so that the children can settle and then they will join you upstairs for the activity, as soon as they are ready. Please can you let me know who will be attending so I can set up the classroom accordingly. 

 

We have had another fun and busy week in Nursery, even though it has been very chilly!

 

We continued to talk about being kind to each other. We talked about the importance of using our words, not our hands to achieve a positive outcome. We also discussed that if the children are struggling to sort out a situation on their own, they must ask a teacher for support. This links to Personal, Social and Emotional Development. 

 

We continued with our ‘Show and Tell’ sessions this week. The children enjoyed asking questions to the children who had brought in their ‘Show and Tell’. We focused on using the words ‘who, what, when and why.’ We will be working on this for the rest of the term. This links to the area of Communication and Language.

 

In Literacy in our Letters and Sounds lesson we continued with Aspect 4, continuing to focus on rhythm and rhyme. The children  enjoyed playing some rhyming games on the IWB. Two rhyming words appeared on the screen and if they rhymed with each other, the children put their thumbs up and if they did not match it was thumbs down. We also played another game where four pictures and words were shown on the board and the children had to pick the one that did not rhyme and was the odd one out.

 

Please continue to read rhyming stories to your children. You can also practise developing your child’s knowledge to be able to say a rhyming string.

 

We also revised what a syllable is; it makes up part of a word. We then practised clapping how many syllables in the children’s names and then said how many syllables there were. We also practised clapping how many syllables there were in the days of the week and months of the year, whilst completing the calendar.

 

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. Please make sure your child’s library book is returned no later than the following Tuesday.

 

In Mathematics, the number of the week was number 8. We practised counting a variety of different objects up to 8, using 1-1 correspondence.

 

The children enjoyed baking with Mrs Dagul where they made blueberry muffins. They helped to measure out all the ingredients. This was the first of two baking sessions for Tu B’shvat and the next session will be next week.

 

In Understanding the World the children enjoyed 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 created their own collage pictures in the style of Matisse. They signed their pictures like true artists. 

 

We then learnt about the artist Claude Monet. We learnt that Claude was the founder of the impressionist movement. Impressionism was all about using light, colour and small brush strokes. He was famous for landscapes and some of the children tried creating a picture in this style.

 

It made me so proud to see the wonderful artwork the children created. It was amazing!

 

The children were excited to see that the water in our water tray had turned to ice. They discussed why and also watched to see what happened to the ice throughout the day.

 

In Music:

  • The children started the lesson with some warm up exercises where the children had to follow the instructions from Mr Style.
  • They carried on learning the Tu B’shvat song from last week's lesson and sang some other popular songs the children know.

In PE this week:  

  • The children enjoyed a variety of activities.
  • The children enjoyed running around the cones, jumping over the hurdles using both feet and jumping into a set of hula hoops and completing 5 star jumps in each hoop.
  • They worked on developing their turn taking skills.

Ivrit:

Dear parents הוֹרִים יְקָרִים

We had an exciting lesson this week, connecting with Tu Bishvat.

We looked on few fruits פירות and search for the hidden treasure. The children were thrilled when they found it. 

Also, looking over sizes of the different fruits, using the words 

Gadol. Big. גדול.    And Katan. Small. קטן

 

Here are the words we repeated in our lesson:

Tapuach. Apple. תַּפּוּחַ

Tapuz. Orange. תַּפּוּז 

Klemantina. Clementine. קְלֵמֶנְטִינָה 

Geshem. Rain. גֶּשֶׁם

Shemesh. Sun. שֶׁמֶשׁ

Adama. Soil.  אֲדָמָה

 

Next week, we will celebrate Tu Bishvat with lots of yummy delicious fruits. 

 

Have a lovely weekend and Shabbat Shalom,

Morah Sari

 

Jewish Studies:

This week in Jewish Studies we continued to discuss the thrilling story of Bnei Yisrael's exodus from Egypt. In this week’s parasha - Bo, Paroh continues to refuse to let Bnei Yisrael out of Mitzrayim and so Hashem sent the final three makot/punishments, which were: Locusts, Darkness and Sickness of the Firstborn. Hashem rescued Bnei Yisrael from slavery and took them out of Mitzrayim to be free to become the Jewish Nation. It must have been very scary but also very exciting for the Bnei Yisrael. Hashem gave Moshe lots of different instructions to tell to Bnei Yisrael. The people listened carefully and followed all his instructions. Hashem also told Bnei Yisrael to celebrate the chag of Pesach every year from then on. Hashem told us that for seven days we must eat matzot, we must actively remember Yetsiyat Mitsrayim and we must refrain from eating chametz. Nursery class spent a little time this week preparing some beautiful crafts that we will use to enhance their Haggadah, including 'matzot', little water jugs and painted hand prints.

 

The children have had a fabulous time learning about TuB’Shevat which is coming up next week. Each child made a beautiful blossomy painting using all sorts of different media to apply their paint - cotton wool balls, tissue, fingers and brushes. We started to explore some TuB’Shevat songs as we will soon be celebrating the Birthday of the Trees. We listened to lots of TuB'Shevat songs including Carol Boyd's Tututubshvat and Rabbi B's Tree Song. We also looked into brachot HaEtz and HaAdama, which we say to thank Hashem for giving us such delicious fruits and vegetables for our snacks every day.

 

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

 

The following children were on the Shabbat table today:

Shabbat Aba - Levi  

Shabbat Ima-  Leora

Shabbat Ben - Jacob

Shabbat Bat -  Hannah

 

Reminders:

  • As the doors to the outside area are 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 labelled including shoes, gloves, hats and scarves.
  • Please continue to post pictures on Tapestry of what your child is doing out of school. The children are enjoying sharing their pictures with their classmates.
  • Please remember that the children’s starting time is 8.30-8.40 am. We will be starting promptly at 8.40am with Tefillah so please make sure your child is on time. If your child is late, your child will be brought in through the side door.
  • On Thursday 25th January please send your child in wearing tree colours. (Brown, green or pink).
  • On Thursday 25th January you do not need to send your child in with a fruit snack as we will be having a fruit party.
  • Please remember to bring in the fruit you have signed up for on Monday 22nd January. Thank you.

 

We hope you all have a lovely weekend.

Shabbat Shalom

Miss Cowen, Morah Cassie, Morah Sari and the Nursery Team


 

Nursery Newsletter - 12th January

 

Dear Parents,

 

We have had another fun and busy week in Nursery.

 

We continued to discuss the class rules, reiterating good sharing and kindness towards each other. This links to Personal, Social and Emotional Development. 

 

We started the ‘Show and Tell’ sessions this week. We introduced the meaning of questions and some of the children were picked to ask the child a question who had brought in their ‘Show and Tell’.  We focused on using the words ‘who, what, when and why.’ We will continue to further develop the children’s understanding of asking questions over the coming weeks. This links to the area of Communication and Language.

 

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 continued to enjoy listening to some rhyming stories.

 

The children enjoyed playing some rhyming games on the IWB. They enjoyed listening to pairs of rhyming words and they had to work out if the words rhymed or not. If the words rhymed, they put their thumbs up and if the words didn't rhyme it was thumbs down.

 

The next game was a game called ‘Silly Soup’. We learnt the rhyme:

“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.”

 

The children had to decide from a selection of different objects which objects rhymed to put in the soup, for example a mat, hat, and cat.

 

The children started to focus on writing their name, learning the correct letter formation and starting points for each letter. This will now be a weekly focus.

 

In Mathematics, the number of the week was number 8. We practised counting a variety of different objects up to 8, using 1-1 correspondence. The children enjoyed practising counting up to 100 when exercising.

 

The children 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 learnt how from three primary colors, a variety of different colours can be made when mixed together. The children had fun experimenting and created some lovely artwork. We discussed how the shades can be made lighter by adding white or darker by adding black. This links to the area Expressive Arts and Design.

 

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. This links to the areas of Expressive Art and Design and Understanding the World.

 

All their pictures were amazing and very individual. The children signed their artwork like true artists. We will continue with the topic of artists the following week.

 

In Music this week:

  • The children warmed up to a game of Simon Says.
  • They learnt a special song for Tu B’shevat and Mr Style taught them the words. It was a song about soil and planting seeds.
  • They then learnt the song Frère Jacques.
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In PE this week:  

We want to firstly wish Mr Antony congratulations on the birth of his daughter. He will be back at school soon, but the children still enjoyed a PE lesson in his absence.

  • The children were split into teams to complete an obstacle course.
  • The obstacle course included hopping around the cones, jumping over the hurdles using both feet and jumping into a set of hula hoops.
  • They worked on developing their turn taking skills.
  • They ended the lesson by practising their running skills in small groups.

 

In Ivrit this week:

Dear parents שלום הורים יקרים

It was lovely to see everyone back after the holidays. I hope you all had a relaxing time.

We are back with our new Ivrit topic Tu Bishvat טו בשבט

The New Year for the trees. 

This week we learned all about what a tree עץ (Etz) needs to grow; Adama (soil), Shemesh שמש (sun) and Geshem (rain). We also mentioned fruit trees and learned to say Tapuach תפוח (apple), Tapuz תפוז (orange), Anavim ענבים (grapes) and Agas אגס (pear). 

שבת שלום

Morah Sari❤️

 

Jewish Studies:

This week in Jewish Studies, Nursery got to experience some real magic in the EYU as Morah Cassie showed them how she could turn lovely clean water into bright red (pretend) 'blood'. Nursery was learning all about the scary plagues/makot that come up in this week's parasha Va’era. In this parasha, Moshe has grown up into an adult, and Hashem tells him to go to Paroh to ask him to let Beneh Yisrael go out of Mitzrayim. Paroh says ‘no’ so Hashem sends the first seven out of ten punishments/makot. The punishments are in the form of plagues which affect everything. There is blood in the water, frogs all over the place, lice on the people and in the air, wild animals roaming everywhere, animals getting sick, horrible boils on people and huge hail stones falling from the sky. 

Nursery made bouncy frogs jumping out of the red river Nile to enjoy at home. We listened to the song Frogs Here, Frogs There by Shaboom, which can be found easily online if you would like to listen at home. Nursery used foam bricks to build pyramids like the Bnei Yisrael. We used this week’s parasha as an opportunity to get an early start on our preparations for Pesach. The children prepared their colourful makot pictures which we will keep safe here at the EYU, ready to go into their Haggadahs. Ask your child how many of the makot/plagues they can remember.

 

Today we had our Kabbalat Shabbat party and the following children were on the Shabbat table:

Shabbat Aba - Joshua

Shabbat Ima -  Lielle

Shabbat Ben  - Noah

Shabbat Bat  -  Alana

 

Reminders:

  • Please continue to post pictures on Tapestry of what your child is doing out of school (especially any holiday pictures). The children are enjoying sharing their pictures with their classmates.
  • Please remember that the children’s starting time is 8.30-8.40 am. We will be 

starting prompt at 8.40am with Tefillah so please make sure your child is on time. If your child is late, your child will be brought in through the side door.

  • As the doors are 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 labelled including shoes, gloves, hats and scarves.
  • Please make sure you sign the sheet for bringing fruit in for Tub’shvat. This will be outside the classroom on Monday 15th January. Fruit to be brought in for Monday 22nd January.
  • Reminder- The Seed workshop for parents is on Wednesday 24th January at 8.45am -9.45 am.

 

 

We hope you all have a lovely weekend.

 

We wish you all a Shabbat Shalom

 

Miss Cowen and the Nursery Team


 

Nursery Newsletter - 5th January

 

Firstly I want to welcome the Benichou family and Sarah to the Kerem family. It is lovely that she has joined the class.

 

We hope you all had a lovely break and we wish you all a happy and healthy 2024.

 

We have had a fun few days and it is great to be back at school! 

 

In Personal, Social and Emotional Development, firstly we discussed the class rules. We reiterated the importance of kindness towards our classmates, using kind words, taking turns and sharing. 

 

The children enjoyed coming up to the front of class to share with their classmates what they did during the holiday. Some of the children also enjoyed drawing a picture showing what they had done. This links to the area of Communication and Language and Literacy.

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 a fun rhyming story called ‘There’s a Wocket in my Pocket!’

In Mathematics, we looked at the calendar. We discussed that it is now January and that it is the new year of 2024. We talked about the seasons and that it is winter and how during the winter the weather changes. We discussed that the days are shorter and the mornings and nights are darker. We also talked about the different clothing we wear to keep us warm over the winter months. Some of the children enjoyed creating winter pictures including painting snowmen. 

Jewish Studies:

Welcome back Nursery! This week, we discussed the parasha of Shemot. This is the first parasha of the second book of the Torah. In this parasha Moshe is born to Yocheved and Amram. However, Paroh, King of Mitzrayim wanted to get rid of all the Jewish baby boys. Yocheved hid him for three months at home and then when she couldn't hide him any longer, she put him in a Tevah (basket/box) in the river. His sister Miriam watched over him and he was spotted and taken out of the water by Paroh's daughter, Batya. 

 

The children all made lovely moving crafts of baby Moshe in the Tevah. We talked about the middah of kindness in the parasha and all the different kind people who looked after Moshe in the story. We played with baby dolls and talked about being kind and caring to babies. We read the book Moses in the Bullrushes by K. Sully and listened to the song Try a Little Kindness from Sesame Street /Tori Kelly, which can be easily found online if you would like to listen at home. 

Today we had our Kabbalat Shabbat party and the following children were on the Shabbat table:

Shabbat Aba Noah

Shabbat Ima Sarah

Shabbat Ben  Benji

Shabbat Bat  Leora

 

Reminders:

  • Please continue to post pictures on Tapestry of what your child is doing out of school. (especially any holiday pictures.) The children enjoy sharing their pictures with their classmates.
  • Please remember that the children’s starting time is 8.30-8.40 am. We will be starting promptly at 8.40am so please make sure your child is on time. If your child is late they will be brought in through the side door.
  • 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 labelled, including shoes, gloves, hats and scarves.
  • Please make sure you have sent in waterproofs and wellington boots so that your child can enjoy all weathers, especially if we get snow. 

 

We hope you all have a lovely weekend. 

 

Shabbat Shalom.

 

Miss Cowen and the Nursery Team



 

Newsletter 13th December

 

Dear Parents,

 

Firstly, I want to say good luck and goodbye to Micah and the Celniker family who will be returning back to Israel. It has been a pleasure having Micah in the Nursery class this term. We want to wish them a lot of Hatzlachah for the future. 

 

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

 

On Monday, the children enjoyed making latkes. They helped Mrs Dagul grate the potatoes, mix all the ingredients together and then they were baked in the oven. They looked delicious.

 

The children also enjoyed watching the Reception Chanukah show and performing their show to the Reception children.

 

In Literacy in Letters and Sounds we continued with Aspect 4 Rhythm and Rhyme. We continued to discuss what a rhyming word is and the children enjoyed listening to a fun rhyming series called ‘Oi Puppies!, Oi  Duck-Billed Platypus!’

 

This week in Jewish Studies we explored the parasha of Miketz. In the parasha, cows feature quite a bit, so each Nursery child made their own spotty cow craft to take home. In the parasha, Paroh has a very worrying dream about seven fat cows and seven thin cows. He is told about Yosef who is able to interpret dreams. Before meeting with Paroh, Yosef washes, shaves and dresses himself nicely in order to show honour to the king. We do the same and prepare ourselves for Shabbat to meet the Shabbat Queen –Shabbat Hamalkah. Respect for king and queens is to teach us how to show respect to Hashem. Yosef explains to Paroh that his dream means that there will be seven years with lots of food and then seven years with very little food. Paroh’s dream comes true. The children dressed Barbi dollies to meet King Charles and we also had the chance to make cow and Paroh puppets.

 

We continued to get into the Chanukah spirit by looking at the difference between a menorah, which has seven branches, and a Chanukia, which has eight branches and a shamash. 

 

Nursery children, I am so proud of how beautifully you have settled in this year and I am so excited to continue to learn with you after the Winter break.

 

Ivrit: 

Dear parents שלום לכולם

It was so lovely to see so many of you for our Chanukah show last week. The children had great fun learning the Ivrit song and dancing to it.

This is our last week before our winter break, we had a very special story about Levivot לביבות (Latkas) and we had more Chanukah games in Ivrit. 

Attached is a video from the original book in Ivrit called גברת קרש ומר מערוך/ מאת דתיה בן דרור

https://youtu.be/b-Ls8WPZoIM?feature=shared

Enjoy watching with your child

Happy Chanukah חנוכה שמח 

Morah Sari

 

This week in PE:

  • The children did warm up drills focusing on core motor skills.
  • They were split into four groups with four different activities.
  • The first activity was Jumping over hurdles with both feet together.
  • The second activity the children had to run to the hoop and perform 3 squats.
  • The third activity they had to hop around the cones on one leg.
  • The last activity the children had to side step to the cone and back.
  • They ended the lesson playing the ball game,’Dodgeball’.  They focused on throwing and catching the ball and using speed and agility to dodge the balls.

 

Fun things you can do on your holidays:

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:

Some games you can play with your children:

 

Which instrument?

  • Lay out a set of instruments on the floor. 
  • The identical set of instruments are hidden. 
  • One person plays one of the hidden instruments, whilst another person has to choose which instrument has been played. 
  • Once an instrument has been chosen, the person playing the hidden instrument can come out to see if a match has been found. 

 

Grandmother’s footsteps

  • Choose someone to be the grandmother.
  • Select a range of instruments and decide which movement will go with which sound, for example shakers for running on tip-toe and a triangle for fairy steps.
  • The grandmother stands with her back to the others and plays an instrument.
  • The other children move towards the grandmother in the manner of the instrument, while it is playing. They stop when it stops.
  • The first person to reach the grandmother takes over that role and then the game starts again!

 

Follow the sound: 

  • Sit in a circle and one of you produces a body percussion sound which you then pass around the circle passing it to the person sitting next to them such as clap, clap, clap. 
  • Pass the sound all the way around the circle and when it has reached the end ask the following questions. Do you think that the sound stayed the same all the way round? What changed? Did it get faster or slower? 
  • We then made the activity more difficult by introducing a simple sequence of sounds for the children to pass on (e.g. clap, stamp, clap).

 

Rhythm and rhyme:

We started Aspect 4 rhythm and rhyme.

  • We talked about repetitive phrases. For example in, ‘The Gingerbread Man’. ’Run, Run, as Fast as you Can, you Can’t Catch me, I’m the Gingerbread Man.’ When reading stories to your children, if there are any repetitive phrases in the book you are reading, encourage your child/children to join in. 
  • 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. During the holidays, read rhyming stories to your child and discuss with them which words rhyme. If your child is starting to understand rhyming, explore with them how many rhyming words can they make to create a rhyming string. These words can be made up. For example: pat,cat, hat, jat, mat, vat.
  • You can 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. We will continue with this next term alongside developing the children’s further knowledge of rhyming.

We will be continuing rhythm and rhyme next term.

 

Gross and fine motor skills:

It is important to continue to work on your child’s/children’s fine and gross motor skills.

 

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/children on your holidays. It would be lovely to be able to share with the class on our return. Please post on Tapestry.

 

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

We want to thank you all for all your support.

We look forward to seeing you all back next term.

We wish you all a lovely break and happy new year.

Miss Cowen, Morah Cassie and the Nursery Team


 


 

Nursery Newsletter 8th December

 

Firstly we want to wish you all a Happy Chanukah! We hope you enjoy lighting your child’s/children’s chanukiah that you made with them. I think you will all agree they painted them so beautifully. Please post any pictures of your child/children lighting their chanukiah on Tapestry. It will be lovely to see them and it will allow your child to share it with the class.

 

The highlight of the week was watching the children perform their first Chanukah show. It was amazing to see them singing so confidently for their first Kerem performance. It has been an amazing term and it has made all the teachers’ feel so proud to see how much they have grown since they first walked through the classroom doors in September. 

 I think everyone will agree they were all fantastic and I am sure you all got lots of nachas. This links to the areas of Understanding the World and Expressive Art and Design.

 

We continued to discuss the importance of how words and actions can impact our emotions.

We also talked 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. The above is linked to the areas of 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. It is wonderful to see how the children have gained so much confidence when speaking in front of their peers. We will continue with ‘Show and Tell’ next term. Some of the children enjoyed sharing their photos that had been posted on Tapestry of special things they had done out of school. Please continue to post. This links to the area of Communication and Language.

 

This week there was no library session. Library will resume next term. 

 

In Literacy, in Letters and Sounds we continued with Aspect 4 Rhythm and Rhyme. We continued to discuss what a rhyming word is and the children enjoyed listening to a fun rhyming series called Oi Cat!, Oi Dog and Oi Frog. 

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. 

 

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. We will continue with this next term alongside developing the children’s further knowledge of rhyming.

In Mathematics, the number of the week was number 7. We have also continued to practice counting by rote up to 30. You can practice 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 this week:

  • The children were split into 3 teams.
  • They had to jump over the hurdles.
  • They had to hop around the cones and then run around them.
  • They completed some different exercises  which included lying on the floor and then standing back up again.
  • They then completed 10 squats.
  • They ended the lesson by discussing what skills they had learnt today.

 

Ivrit and Music:

The focus this week in both these lessons  was practising all our songs for our Chanukah show.

 

Jewish Studies

 

This week, we continued to learn about Chanukah, and focussed on the nes/miracle of the pure oil lasting eight days. We looked at how oil and water don't like to mix and shook up bottles of oil and water to see what would happen. We sang a song about latkas which goes to the tune of 'Five Little Sausages'. The words are:'Five little latkas sizzling in a pan. One went pop! the others went bang!

Then there were four little latkas sizzling in a pan......'. Each child made a latka in a frying pan craft to cherish at home.

 

We also explored the colourful and thrilling parasha of Vayeshev. We learned about Yosef, the son of Yaakov and Rachel. In this parasha Yaakov gives Yosef a beautiful coat as a gift. Yosef shows it to his older brothers and they become jealous of him. Yosef has two dreams. One of them is about the sun, moon and stars bowing down to him. Yosef tells his brothers about his dreams. They become angry and even more jealous of him. They send Yosef away and he eventually arrives in Mitzrayim. We explored colour with our coloured peg picture games. Each child made their own small Yosef’s Coat picture to take home and we also filled a large Yosef’s Coat poster with colourful fabrics, gems sponge-shapes as a class project. We listened to some songs from the show Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and a beautiful song called Coat of Many Colours by Dolly Parton.

 

The following children were on the Shabbat table today:

Shabbat Aba  Benji and Micah C

Shabbat Ima  Hannah

Shabbat Ben  Jacob

Shabbat Bat  Lielle

 

Reminders:

  • On our last day of school, Wednesday 13th December we will finish at 12.30pm.

 

Have a lovely weekend and Shabbat Shalom.

 

Miss Cowen, Morah Cassie and the Nursery Team


 

Nursery Newsletter 1st December

 

This week has been another very busy week in Nursery!

 

We continued focusing on the importance of being kind to each other. We started our mornings by sitting quietly listening to relaxing music doing our breathing. We imagined putting on our kindness socks for the day and the children were reminded that they needed to make sure they used kind hands, kind feet and kind words. The above is linked to the areas of Personal, Social and Emotional Development and Communication and Language.

 

We enjoyed more amazing ‘Show and Tell’ this week, where the children spoke with confidence, sharing what they had brought in. This links to the area of Communication and Language.

 

In Physical Development the children enjoyed playing parachute games with Mrs Jungbacke. They had to listen carefully to the instructions. This is a great gross motor activity for further strengthening the upper body and also their hand strength.

 

In Literacy, we started Aspect 4 Rhythm and Rhyme. The main focus is to develop an understanding of rhythm and rhyme in speech. We read the book,‘The Gingerbread Man’, where the children were encouraged to join in with the repetitive phrase,’ Run, run as fast as you can, you can’t catch me, I’m the Gingerbread man.’  We also read the book, ‘We are Going on a Bear Hunt’, where the children also had fun joining in with the repetitive phrases running throughout the book. The children also had fun singing along to a lot of nursery rhymes.

 

In Mathematics, the number of the week was number 6. We have also been continuing 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 continue to get your child to look for different numbers when you are out.

 

In Understanding the World we continued to discuss how some animals hibernate during autumn and winter and wake up in the spring.  The children enjoyed listening to a non fiction book called, “Hibernation.” We talked about how a non-fiction book is not a made up story, but contains true facts. Some of the children enjoyed making a cave for the cuddly toy bears to hibernate in. They made the cave very cosy by using a variety of different materials. 

 

The children enjoyed a baking session with Mrs Dagul where they made autumn leaf chocolate chip cookies. They helped to measure out all the ingredients. They rolled out the dough and then used the leaf cookie cutters to make their leaf shapes. This links to Understanding the World and Mathematics.

 

It was lovely to see all the amazing hairstyles that were created for Mad Hair Day entering the classroom. The children were really excited to share their new hairstyles with the class .

 

The children had fun decorating the Chanukah gift bags with sponge stampers dipped in paint. They finished the bags off by sprinkling them with glitter. We discussed with the children that there are children who are not as fortunate as themselves who may have very few toys. We talked about the gifts they had brought in and how they were going to be given to children in Israel for Chanukah. This links to the area of Personal,Social and Emotional Development, Understanding the World and Expressive Art and Design.

 

Thank you to all parents for sending in gifts for this lovely initiative. Also a big thank you to the parents who came in to sort all the gifts and put them into the gift bags.

 

In Music this week:

  • We continued practising a variety of different Chanukah songs which we will keep as a surprise till our Chanukah concert.

 

In PE this week:

  • The children were split into 4 teams.
  • They had to do squats.
  • They completed 3 star jumps and then had to run.
  • They practised their jumping and hopping skills.
  • At the end of the lesson, they then discussed what skills they had learnt today.

 

Ivrit:

This week in our Ivrit lessons, we continued to practise the Chanukah songs and learn more about Chanukah. 

We used the verb אוהב/ת Ohev/Ohevet, means 'love', to say: 

Ima Ohevet Sufgania = mum loves Sufgania.

Aba Ohev Sevivon = dad loves Sevivon.

 

Jewish Studies

 

Nursery focussed on the role of the sevivon/dreidel in the Chanukah story this week. We practised singing Sevivon Sov Sov Sov, twirling around like sevivonim, and made our own pop-up sevivon craft. We learned that King Antiochus would not let any of the Bnei YIsrael learn Torah. When the soldiers came by, the Jewish people covered up that they were learning Torah and instead played dreidel/ סביבון. When the soldiers asked “are you learning Torah?” the Jews would say “no, we are playing dreidel/סביבון”. Once the soldiers were gone the Jews would once again continue to learn Torah quietly. 

We also looked at the parasha of Vayishlach. In Parashat Vayishlach, the time has come for Yaakov to return home with all his family. He is frightened to meet his brother Esav because the last time they were together, Esav was angry with him. Yaakov wants to make friends so he sends lots and lots of animals as presents to Esav. When they meet this time, Yaacov and Esav don’t quarrel. Everyone in Nursery made their own googly-eyed sheep out of paper doilies and fluffy paper shreddings. In the garden we explored our own tiny farm set up in a tuff tray and discussed which animals were given to Esav by Yaacov (sheep, cows, donkeys, goats, camels) and which were not (dog, pigs, ducks). The children took turns to play with animal dominoes and practise their pen control skills with some traceable pictures of shepherds. Well done Nursery, you are all doing such great work in Jewish Studies!

 

The following children were on the Shabbat table today:

Shabbat Aba  Joseph

Shabbat Ima  Lielle

Shabbat Ben  Noah

Shabbat Bat  Alana

Reminders:

  • Tapestry: We love to see pictures of what you have been doing with your child/children at home, including fun outings, baking, playing games etc. Please post any pictures onto Tapestry for us to see.
  • Please make sure you send your child in with a coin for Shabbat. We like the children to learn and understand the importance of giving Tzedakah.
  • 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 are not long and are safe as during play these can get pulled. Snoodes are a very safe option. Please can you also make sure all these items are clearly labelled.
  • Reminder: Chanukah Show 8th December. Nursery’s show will commence prompt at 8.50am and will be followed by Kabbalat Shabbat.

 

Have a lovely weekend and Shabbat Shalom.

 

Miss Cowen, Morah Cassie and the Nursery Team


 

Nursery Newsletter 27th November

 

This week has been another very busy week in Nursery!

 

Following on from Anti-Bullying Week, (kindness week) we continued to discuss the importance of how words and actions can impact our emotions. 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 resolve the situation.

 

We continued the morning routine by sitting quietly listening to relaxing music doing our breathing. We imagined putting on our kindness socks for the day and we talked about all the kind things the children were going to do. The above is linked to the areas of Personal, Social and Emotional Development and Communication and Language.

 

The children enjoyed their regular weekly visit to the library where Mrs Dagul read them a story. Please make sure your child’s library book is returned every Monday in order for your child to be able to select a new book.

 

We enjoyed more amazing Show and Tell this week, where the children spoke with confidence, sharing what they had brought in. This links to the area of Communication and Language.

 

In Literacy (Letters and Sounds) we continued with Aspect 3. We continued to focus on developing the children’s awareness of sounds made with instruments and noise makers. They carried on  playing the game where we discussed which movement would go with three different instruments. For example when they heard the tambourine they jumped, the shaker, they hopped and the bell, they touched their toes. They had to listen carefully to which instrument was being played and change the action accordingly.

 

We then played the game called “Follow the Sound” again to reinforce the learning. The children sat in a circle and the adult produced a body percussion sound which was then ‘passed’ to the child sitting next to them, such as clap, clap, clap. The sound went all around the circle and when it had reached the end we asked the following questions. Do you think that the sound stayed the same all the way round? What changed? Did it get faster or slower? We then made the activity more difficult by introducing a simple sequence of sounds for the children to pass on (e.g. clap, stamp, clap).

 

In Mathematics, the number of the week was number 5. We discussed higher numbers that have a 5 in them, for example, 15, 52, 500. We have also been continuing 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 continue to get your child to look for different numbers when you are out.

 

In Understanding the World we continued to discuss how some animals hibernate during autumn and winter and wake up in the spring.  The children enjoyed listening to a variety of different autumn stories including Pumpkin Soup and The Long Sleep. The children finished their autumn collage pictures using all the lovely things they had collected on their autumn walk. Some children enjoyed leaf rubbing where they selected a leaf, put it under the paper and rubbed the crayon across the leaf. They were excited to see the imprint of the leaf appear.

 

Some children enjoyed creating their own autumn tree where they mixed colours together to make brown for the trunk of the tree. They also mixed colours to make orange which they used to handprint the leaves on the trees. Others just enjoyed discussing the three primary colours and then experimented mixing them together to see which colours could be made.

 

Some of the children enjoyed visiting the garden to see how the autumn vegetable plants are growing. They also enjoyed planting some daffodil bulbs. We will continue planting different spring bulbs over the coming weeks.

 

In Music this week:

  • There was no Mr Style as he was off.
  • We continued  practising lots of different Chanukah songs which we will keep as a surprise till our Chanukah concert.

 

In PE this week:

  • The children were split into 4 teams.
  • They had to run over the hill and back.
  • Hop around the cones. 
  • Run and jump over the hurdles and jump into hoops.

 

Ivrit:

We are getting ready for Chanukah and learning our song for the coming Chanukah party. It is so exciting.

We finally saw Podi today and he asked us many questions about Chanukah.

We continued playing with the Sevivonim and listened to more Chanukah songs in Ivrit.

 

Jewish Studies

This week in Jewish Studies we had a fabulous class discussion about dreams. We heard from some of the children about some of the funny things that they have dreamt about. We learned that lots of us in the class have dreams about our family and that we sometimes have nice dreams and sometimes we have dreams that are a bit confusing or sometimes even scary. We looked at Parashat Vayetzei, in which Yaacov leaves home and travels to Charan to find a wife. On the journey he stops for a rest and has a dream in which there is a big ladder with angels/malachim going up and down. In the dream Hashem promises Yaacov that he will have lots of children and that Yaacov and his family will be given Eretz Yisrael. We made ladders out of all sorts of materials including sponge bricks, coloured pegs and lolly sticks. We counted rungs, compared ladder lengths and had a go at snakes and ladders on a big snakes and ladders play mat. Each of the children made a picture of Yaacov’s dream with the ladder rungs made from colourful gems.

We carried on looking at Chanukah this week, and focussed our attention on the significance of the sevivon/dreidel. Why did the Jewish people play with a sevivon? In order to hide their Torah learning from horrible King Antiochus’ soldiers- what a clever ruse! The children played sevivon and showed such beautiful middot taking turns to have a spin. Each child made a bright handprint-Chanukiah picture.

 

Thank you to all of you who made it to the EYU for our Chanukiah making session. It is always so lovely to see the children with their loved ones and we can definitely see where the children get their creativity from! Well done Nursery! We look forward to the children painting them ready to send home to light on Chanukah.

 

The children had great fun at our Kerem Challah bake. Before the children started we recited some special brachas. The purpose of the whole school challah bake was to have in mind and pray for the safe return of the hostages and the soldiers in Israel. They listened to Morah Cassie on how to make their challah. They carefully broke their challah dough into three pieces. They then learnt how to plait their challah. We hope you all enjoy eating these special challahs this Shabbat.

 

The following children were on the Shabbat table today:

Shabbat Aba  Joseph

Shabbat Ima  Alana

Shabbat Ben  Levi

Shabbat Bat  Hannah


 

Reminders:

  • Tapestry: We love to see pictures of what you have been doing with your child/children at home, including fun outings, baking, playing games etc. Please post any pictures onto Tapestry for us to see.
  • Please make sure you send your child in with a coin for Shabbat. We like the children to learn and understand the importance of giving Tzedakah.
  • Please make sure gifts for the gift bag initiative to be sent to Israel are sent in no later than Tuesday 28th November.
  • It is really important that the children’s fruit is cut up correctly in line with the guidelines previously sent out. Particularly grapes and tomatoes need to be cut lengthways in halves and then quarters. Blueberries must be cut in half lengthways.    

 

Have a lovely weekend and Shabbat Shalom.

 

Miss Cowen, Morah Cassie and the Nursery Team


 

Nursery Newsletter 17th November

Firstly I want to say a huge Mazeltov to Mr and Mrs Eman, Lielle and Mia on the birth of their son and brother.

 

This week has been another very busy week in Nursery!

 

It was Anti-Bullying week. We approached this subject in a sensitive and age appropriate way by calling it ‘Kindness Week’ where we discussed using kind words and kind hands.

 

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.

We talked about the importance of being kind to everyone whatever our differences are. The children designed their pair of odd socks and discussed one kind thing they were going to do. 

 

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 sort out the situation. We reminded the children that they could put any worries they may have inside the worry monster.

 

We started each morning off listening to relaxing music and breathing through our noses and out through our mouths. Some of the children closed their eyes. We imagined putting on our kindness socks for the day to remind us to do only kind things.

 

We read a variety of different books including ‘The Go Away Bird’ and ‘Walk Tall.’ The focus of these books is about friendship, kindness and inclusivity. This topic will be ongoing.

 

The above is linked to the areas of Personal, Social and Emotional Development and Physical Development.

 

The children enjoyed their regular weekly visit to the library where Mrs Dagul read them a story. Please make sure your child’s library book is returned every Monday in order for your child to be able to select a new book.

 

We enjoyed more amazing show and tells, where the children spoke with confidence, sharing what they had brought in. This links to the area of Communication and Language.

 

In Literacy (in Letters and Sounds)  we started  Aspect 3: General sound discrimination – body percussion.  Miss Cowen began by producing a body percussion sound such as clap, clap, clap. 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.

 

The children also enjoyed playing a game on the carpet. There were 4 instruments and then an action was assigned to each of the different instruments. The children were informed of the different movements and when they heard that instrument played they had to complete the different actions and so on.

 

In Mathematics, the number of the week was number 4. We discussed higher numbers that have a 4 in them, for example, 14, 42, 400. We have also been continuing 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 continue to get your child to look for different numbers when you are out.

 

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, designing mehndi patterns by drawing around their hands and then creating a pattern using brown felt tips. Mrs Uddin also brought in a sari to show the children and Mrs Dagul had fun making an Indian sweet with the children in their baking session.

 

In Understanding the World the children enjoyed learning that there are four seasons, and we are focusing on the current season 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 leaves turn, including brown, orange and yellow.
  • The squirrels collect lots of nuts and acorns and hide them in the ground. During the winter they stay in their nests and only come out to eat the food they have hidden.
  • The children were interested to learn that some animals, for example hedgehogs, dormice, toads, bees and bats hibernate to escape the cold winter. We discussed that hibernation means that the animals will sleep until spring.
  • We talked about how 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, please 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. 

Thank you for sending in your child’s bags with lots of interesting items. With all the special things the children started to design their own collage pictures which will be finished next week.

 

We will continue to discuss autumn over the next few weeks.

 

In Music this week:

  • The children started the lesson with some warm up exercises.
  • They then started practising lots of different Chanukah songs which we will keep as a surprise till our Chanukah concert.

 

In PE this week:

  • The children were split into teams.
  • They had to jump over the grass blocks and hop around the cones.
  • They also practised their catching skills by throwing the bean bags or a ball in the air and trying to catch it.
  • They discussed what they had done in PE today. The main focus was hopping, jumping, catching and balancing.

 

Ivrit:

I can't believe it is soon Chanukah.

We started to learn about things we do in Chanukah, such as playing with Sevivon סְבִיבוֹן

eating Sufganya סֻפְגָּנִיָּה

lighting the Chanukiah חֲנֻכִּיָּה

, and counting how many candles נֵרוֹת חֲנֻכָּה we have including the Shamash שַׁמָּשׁ. 

We saw different Chanukiyot חֲנֻכִּיּוֹת and tried to tell which one was heavier or lighter by holding them. 

We also had to find the right candles for the Chanukiah.

We just started to learn our Chanukah song for the Chanukah show.

It is a surprise 

 

Jewish Studies

This week in Jewish Studies the children learnt about the parasha of Toledot in which Yitzchak and Rivkah got married and had twin boys – Esav and Yaacov. The twins grew up to be very different in appearance, character and behaviour. Esav was a hunter and Yaacov loved to study. When Yitzchak was old he asked Esav to hunt an animal and prepare a tasty meal. Esav listened to his daddy and went immediately to prepare such a meal. Rivkah asked Yaacov to do the same thing, and he did as she asked. We learn from Esav and Yaacov how important it is to honour our mummy and daddy. We call this middah ‘Kibbud av va-em’. This tied in really nicely with Anti Bullying Week, as we reflected as a class on the fact that Esav and Yaacov had different interests and strengths, but they shared the beautiful common ground of kibbud av va-em. Nursery children each made an Esav/Yaacov puppet to enjoy at home. We also cared for baby dolls outside - dressing them, hugging them and giving them lots of love just as Rivka would have done with her twin babies.

Nursery class also celebrated Rosh Chodesh Kislev and have started to learn some fabulous chanukah tunes including Maoz Tsur and Dreidel Dreidel. We started to make our very own laminated Chanukia picture with candles that fold up for each new night of Chanukah and we have started to work on some Chanukah decorations to get the EYU in the festive spirit. 

We are so looking forward to making Hanukiot with you next week. Boys, please do make sure to wear tsitsit and kippot on the day.

 

The following children were on the Shabbat table today:

Shabbat Aba Michael

Shabbat Ima  Leora

Shabbat Ben  Joshua

Shabbat Bat  Lexie


Reminders:

  • Tapestry: We love to see pictures of what you have been doing with your children at home, including fun outings, baking, playing games etc. Please post any pictures onto Tapestry for us to see.
  • Please make sure you send your child in with a coin for Shabbat. We like the children to learn and understand the importance of giving Tzedakah.
  • We are looking forward to seeing you on Friday 24th November to make a Chanukiah with your child. The session will start at 8.45am-9.30am. Please be prompt.
  • It is really important that the children’s fruit is cut up correctly in line with the guidelines previously sent out. Particularly grapes and tomatoes need to be cut lengthways in halves and then quarters. Blueberries must be cut in half lengthways.    

 

Have a lovely weekend and Shabbat Shalom.

 

Miss Cowen, Morah Cassie and the Nursery Team


 

Nursery Newsletter 10th  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 Literacy (Letters and Sounds) we started Aspect 2. In this aspect we will develop the children’s awareness of sounds made with instruments and noise makers. A set of instruments were laid out on the floor. The identical set of  instruments were hidden. One child was chosen to go and play one of the hidden instruments whilst another child had to choose which instrument had been played. It was then revealed if they had found the same match. The instruments will be available for the children to continue exploring the different sounds they can make.

 

Some of the children enjoyed playing a game of Grandma’s Footsteps. The grandmother has a range of instruments and the children had to decide what movement goes with which sound, for example shakers for running on tip-toe and a triangle for fairy steps. First an adult modelled to the children how to play. The grandmother stands with her back to the others and plays an instrument. The other children move towards the grandmother in the manner of the instrument, while it is playing. They stop when it stops.The first person to reach the  grandmother takes over that role and then the game starts again!

 

The children enjoyed their regular weekly visit to the library where Mrs Dagul read them a story. Please make sure your child’s library book is returned every Monday in order for your child to be able to select a new book.

 

We enjoyed more amazing Show and Tells, where the children spoke with confidence, sharing what they had brought in. This links to the area of Communication and Language.

 

In Mathematics, the number of the week was number 3. We discussed higher numbers that have a 3 in them, for example, 13, 33, 300. Please continue to look around your house and the environment for numbers or objects with a 3. We have also been continuing to practice counting by rote to 20. You can practice your child’s counting skills by counting the steps up to bed and down in the morning.

 

In Understanding the World the children continued learning about the five senses. 

Following on from the sight walk the children designed their own page in their own story book called “Nursery, Nursery what can you see?”.  

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. This also covered the area of mathematics. Some of the children enjoyed mark making  in shaving foam for the sense of touch and smell. This also covered the area Literacy.

 

The children also enjoyed a smelling activity with Mrs Dagul. They all were blindfolded while they passed around the different smelling pots. The children enjoyed guessing what the smells were and then were excited to see if they were correct once the lids were removed. The smells included coffee, curry, chocolate mint and cinnamon.

 

In Music with Mr Style: 

  • The children started the lesson by practising a selection of Chanukah songs for our Chanukah show.
  • We then ended the lesson learning the ‘Firework song.’

 

In PE with Mr Antony:

  • The children were put into two groups. 
  • One group started completing squats and quick jumps.
  • The other group jumped in between the cones moving forward hopping on one leg. 
  • The children then swapped over.
  • Once both groups had completed the activities they split into twos and practised their ball skills by throwing the ball to their partner.
  • At the end of the lesson they discussed what skill they had learnt today.

 

Ivrit:

This is our 2nd week learning on the topic Stav = Autumn.

We explored the different colors of the leaves around us and used our hands to express Geshem (rain) and Ruach (wind). 

Podi came back from his holiday and together with him, we explored more games and new words in Ivrit on our Interactive board game, Misaviv La'olam.

 

עָלָה צָהֹב    Yellow leaf

עָלָה אָדֹם    Red leaf

עָלִים נוֹשְׁרִים  Falling leaves

חִלָּזוֹן         Snail

נַחְלִיאֵלִי     Nachalieli (type of a bird who travels all the way from Europe to Israel during the Stav season). 

עֲנָנִים        Clouds

חָצַב         Chatzav (Type of a flower that grows in Israel during the Autumn season).

 

We listened to the song about Nachalieli, a bird who comes to visit Israel each Autumn, all the way from Eastern Europe. 

Here is a link for your child to listen to and enjoy:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CtByO418xBE

 

This week in JS Nursery the class learned all about the parasha of Chayei Sara. We learned that Avraham and Sarah were blessed with a son called Yitzchak. When he grew up Avraham sent his servant Eliezer to find Yitzchak a wife. Eliezer met Rivkah at the well where she gave water not only to him but to all his camels. When Eliezer saw what a kind person Rivkah was, he knew that she would be the right wife for Yitzchak. We read a book called Let's be Kind by P.K Hallinan and learned some fabulous songs.The first was Alice the camel makaton- Singing hands. We listened to the catchy tuneEliezer Made a Test by Rabbi M.Dubin and we also learned a song that goes to the tune of Frere Jaques - you might like to have a go at singing it at home. The lyrics are :“Rivka met Eliezer x2 At the well x2 She gave him lots of water, x2 His camels too! X2”

Nursery children built a brilliant life-sized well in the garden out of big foam bricks and a few mini wells out of lego. They also had a chance to explore water toys, jugs and containers in the water tray, pretending to serve thirsty camels lots of water. We aeach made a well scene with Rivka to take home.

Rivkah agreed to marry Yizchak and Eliezer gave her lots of beautiful gifts including jewelry. Nursery children had a chance to thread their own chunky necklaces out of colourful wooden beads. When Rivka married Yitzchak, she lit shabbat candles in Yitzchak’s tent just as his mummy Sarah had done in her and Avraham’s tent. Nowadays when we light shabbat candles we are joining generations and generations of Jewish people (and especially Jewish women) who have brought the beautiful light of Shabbat into Jewish homes for thousands of years. The children each made a really special shabbat candle lighting poster, which we are going to use for a display in the EYU.

 

On Friday we had our beautiful Shabbat party.

The following children were on the Shabbat table today:

Shabbat Aba Isaac

Shabbat Ima  Lexie

Shabbat Ben  Jesse

Shabbat Bat  Lielle

 

Reminders:

  • Please return your child’s Parasha folder every Monday. 
  • Tapestry: We love to see pictures of what you have been doing with your children at home including fun outings, baking, playing games etc. Please post any pictures onto Tapestry for us to see.
  • Please make sure you send your child in with a coin for Shabbat. We like the children to learn and understand the importance of giving Tzedakah.
  • We are looking forward to seeing you on Friday 24th November to make a Chanukiah with your child. The session will start at 8.45am-9.30am.
  • It is really important that the children’s fruit is cut up correctly in line with the guidelines previously sent out. Particularly grapes and tomatoes need to be cut lengthways in halves and then quarters. Blueberries must be cut in half lengthways.    

Have a lovely weekend and Shabbat Shalom.

 

Miss Cowen and the Nursery Team


 

Nursery Newsletter 3rd November

 

We hope you all had a lovely half term break.

 

We have had another very full and busy week in Nursery.

    

In Personal, Social and Emotional Development we continued to discuss the importance of using kind words, kind hands and how actions can affect someone's feelings. This links to the areas of Communication and Language.

 

In Literacy (in Letters and Sounds) in Aspect 1, the children enjoyed shaking 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. 

 

This week we started our show and tell sessions. It was lovely to see the children speaking confidently and informing their classmates about the items they had brought in to share. This is a great way of developing your child’s confidence, extending their vocabulary and developing their communication skills further. This links to the area of Communication and Language.

 

In Mathematics, the number of the week was number 2. We discussed higher numbers that have a 2 in them, for example, 12, 22, 200. 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.

 

The children enjoyed learning about the five senses. We discussed which part of the body each sense is linked to. We focused on the sense of sight. The children enjoyed making binoculars. They selected which colours they wanted to paint their binoculars and then decorated them with glitter. We discussed that the shape used to make their binoculars is a 3D shape called a cylinder which links to Mathematics.

 

We listened to the story Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? After the story, the children went on a sight walk around the EYU using their binoculars to see what they could see. Next week the children will create their own story book called, Nursery, Nursery what do you see?

 

We discussed that some people need to wear glasses to help them see better. We also talked about some people who can't see at all and are blind. We discussed how they read using Braille. 

 

In Understanding the World The children learnt about Bonfire night. They learnt the following facts:

 

  • People celebrate Bonfire Night on the 5th of November.
  • We discussed how a long time ago some men wanted to be rid of the King. They put gunpowder under the Houses of Parliament. The gunpowder was found just in time and the King was saved. Guy Fawkes was the man that tried to get rid of the King. Bonfire Night is also called Guy Fawkes Night.
  • People watch fireworks and bonfires burning.
  • We talked about some of the food that people eat on Bonfire Night including jacket potatoes and toffee apples. Some people also eat a cake called Parkin and drink hot chocolate.
  • We talked about the importance of fire safety and that they must stay far away from fire and lit fireworks.
  • We discussed the colours and sounds of the different fireworks. The children then enjoyed making a firework picture by splashing the paint onto the paper. They then sprinkled their fireworks with glitter.

This links to understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design.

 

In Music with Mr Style: 

  • The children started the lessons playing Simon Says. They carefully listened to the instructions.
  • They then practised marching, walking activities on the spot, counting as they went.
  • The children enjoyed starting to learn some Chanukah songs for our Chanukah concert. The song choices will be kept a surprise.

 

In PE with Mr Antony:

  • The children were put into three groups. Firstly they had to run from one cone to another. They then had to hop to the cones like a bunny and then run using side steps to reach the cones.
  • The children were then given tennis bats and balls. They had to hit the ball with their bats.
  • They finished the lesson by discussing which skills they had learnt today.

 

Ivrit:

In Ivrit lessons, we started to learn about our new topic Stav = Autumn = סתו

We met my friend Hezi the Hilazon (Hezi the snail) who came out of his shell only when we sang Geshem Geshem (rain rain) song for him.

We checked the weather outside and talked about what we found around us that could be about Stav (autumn).

 

We sang and danced with different colored leaves and did an art activity about Hezi the Hilazon.

Our new words in Ivrit:

 

גֶּשֶׁם      Geshem  rain

עֲנָנִים    Ananim  clouds 

חִלָּזוֹן    Hilazon   snail

עָלִים נוֹשְׁרִים     Alim Noshrim  falling leavs

אָדֹם     Adom   red

כָּתֹם     Katom   orange  

יָרֹק       Yarok      green

חוּם       Hoom    brown 

 

Jewish Studies:

Welcome back from your well deserved break, Nursery class. I am thrilled at how beautifully you have all settling back into Kerem and I am so pleased to see you back in class refreshed and ready to dance, sing, create and learn with me! 

In Jewish Studies this week, we looked at two parshiot - Lech-Lecha and Vayera. In Lech Lecha we meet Avraham and Sarah. Hashem told Avraham to take his family and leave his home and his country. Avraham and Sarah listened to Hashem and did what He told them to do straight away! They didn't dilly-dally at all. They took all their possessions with them, their animals and their servants. Avraham and Sarah also took their nephew Lot and his family and his animals with them. Avraham was sad that he and Sarah didn't have any children, and in this parasha Hashem promised Avraham that one day he and Sarah would have lots of descendants - as many as the stars in the sky! We followed all the actions in a song by Julia Donaldson called Pull a Funny Face, just like Avraham and Sarah followed Hashem’s instructions. We also read the book Azriel the Airplane Follows Directions by Rochel Burstyn. Nursery made fabulous hand print camels to enjoy at home. 

We then looked into parasha Vayera, in which Avraham welcomed three special visitors, who were angels (malachim) in disguise to his tent. He brought them water to wash their feet and told them to rest under the tree. Then he hurried to organise and prepare a delicious meal for them. We learn from Avraham’s actions how to welcome and care for guests. We listened to the catchy tune Hachnosas Orchim (Welcoming Guests) by Uncle Moishy. Have a listen at home and see if you can sing along. What do you do to make guests feel comfortable? Nursery made beautiful collages depicting Avraham serving the angels food under the shade of a big tree. Well done Nursery, you are all doing so nicely in Jewish Studies!

 

On Friday we had our beautiful Shabbat party.

The following children were on the Shabbat table today:

 

Shabbat Ima   Lielle

Shabbat Aba  Jacob

Shabbat Ben   Elijah/Micah C

Shabbat Bat    Leora

 

Reminders:

  • 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.
  • Autumn Walk: Due to the current situation it has been decided to cancel the autumn walk on Thursday 9th November. Your child will bring home the autumn walk activity. Please could you take your child on an autumn walk. On the front of the bag are a selection of objects to look for on your walk. Your child can add any other items of interest they find. Please send in your child’s bag on Monday 13th November. The children will create an autumn picture with all the things they collected on their walk. Please could you also post pictures on Tapestry of your child on their walk. It will be great for your children to talk about and share with the class.
  • Please remember to check the previous email sent out with the date of when your child can bring in their show and tell.

 

Shabbat Shalom, 

Miss Cowen, Morah Cassie and the Nursery Team




 

Nursery Newsletter 20th October

 

Firstly, I want to welcome Mr and Mrs Celniker to our Kerem family and Micah to Nursery.

 

We have had another very full and busy week in Nursery.

    

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. We also talked about if they were ever worried about anything that they must talk to the teachers and tell them how they are feeling. 

 

We talked to the children about the class worry monster and that if they have any worries, they can write them down by mark making themselves or with the support of a teacher and then put them inside the worry monster. The worries will then disappear. We read the book, ‘ Ruby’s Worry”. This book covers the importance of discussing your worry because if you don’t, the worry gets bigger, but if you talk about it your worry will disappear. We also read the ‘Colour Monster’ which discusses how different colours can reflect how we are feeling, for example yellow can make us feel happy, blue sad and green calm. Have a chat with your child and discuss with them how the different colours make them feel.

 

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

 

All the above link to the areas of Communication and Language and Understanding the World.

 

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 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. 

 

In Mathematics, we are starting to focus on a number a week. The focus number this week is the number 1. We found one of a variety of different objects. We showed one finger, discussed how we write the number 1, what is one more than 1 and what other numbers have a 1 in it including the numbers 11, 21, 100. Please look around your house and the environment for numbers or objects with a 1. 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 we discussed Black History month. The children learnt about Rosa Parks. We talked about how she came up against racism and how black and white people had separate restaurants, parks and even bathrooms. Black children were not allowed to go to the same schools. We talked about how during this time in history, many things were segregated. On the buses, the rule was that black people had to sit at the back of the bus. They also had to give up their seats to white passengers. Black passengers who did not obey the rules would be arrested. On December 1st 1955 Rosa refused to give up her seat for a white passenger. She refused to move and was arrested and put in jail.  The most important message for the children to understand is that we must be kind and accepting of everyone whatever their differences are.

 

Some of the children enjoyed planting the autumn vegetables. We discussed the different names of all the plants planted and also used a tape measure to ensure the correct amount of space was given depending on the size of the different vegetables when fully grown. We look forward to sharing the progress of our vegetables over the coming weeks.

 

In Music with Mr Style: 

  • Mr Style continued using the guitar during his lesson. The main focus is continuing to explore different tones and tempos through listening to different notes and music played. 
  • The children also enjoyed singing a variety of familiar songs.

 

In PE with Mr Antony:

  • The key focus was to ensure the children are able to listen to and follow instructions.
  • The children enjoyed participating in a carousel of activities in 2 groups.
  • The different activities included hopping around the cones.
  • They practised jumping over the obstacles.
  • They practised their throwing and catching skills using a bean bag. Firstly they tried catching the bean bag with both hands and then with one hand.
  • They finished the lesson off by talking about what skill they had learned today!

 

Jewish Studies:

 

In Nursery this week we have been looking at Parashat Noach. We learned that Noach was a good man but the people all around him were horrible to each other. Hashem told Noach to build a Tevah - a big ark, with space for lots of animals and their food, because he was going to bring a Mabul - a flood. Hashem told Noach to take his family and lots of animals into the Tevah so that they would be safe. Noach and his family looked after the animals while they were in the Tevah. Noach was kind and he and his family worked day and night to care for the needs of the animals. When the flood was over a dove brought Noach a branch from an olive tree. Nursery class made their own beautiful moving tevah picture full of animals and spotty blue raindrops. We also cut animal shapes out of play dough and did lots of Noach and animal puzzles.

 

We learned that Hashem placed a rainbow in the sky and promised never to make such a big flood ever again. When we see a rainbow we can say a bracha to remember Hashem's promise. Nursery children made beautiful rainbow crafts with the bracha on for when you next see a rainbow at home.

 

We read some gorgeous Noach themed books, like The Chamelion that Saved Noah's Ark by Yael Nolchadsky. Nursery are a very tuneful bunch, so we had a go at learning the song 'The Animals Went in Two By Two' along with some brilliant animal actions. Well done Nursery!

 

On Friday we had our beautiful Shabbat party.

The following children were on the Shabbat table today:

 

Shabbat Ima   Leora

Shabbat Aba   Jesse

Shabbat Ben   Micah

Shabbat Bat    Lexie

 

Reminders:

 

  • 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.
  • Autumn Walk: Thursday 9th November 9.00 am. We still 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 no later than 10.00 am) Nearer the time we will assess the situation about going on this walk. If there are any concerns, it will be cancelled.
  • Please could you send your child in with an empty kitchen roll on Monday 30th October. 
  • Show and Tell will start Thursday 2nd November. Please check the previous email sent out with the date of when your child can bring in their Show and Tell.
  • After half term we will finish at 12.30 pm on a Friday.

 

Have a lovely weekend and a great half term.

Shabbat Shalom, 

 

Miss Cowen, Morah Cassie and the Nursery Team

 

Miss Cowen and The Nursery Team





 

Nursery Newsletter 13th October

    

We have had a very full and busy week in Nursery.

        

We continued with the topic, ‘All about Me’, focussing on learning about the body. We discussed the names of the different parts of the body. We went over the familiar ones, but also discussed the ones that we may not be so familiar with, such as knuckles and thighs. For our music and movement sessions the children enjoyed different body songs including, ‘Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes’. We also discussed the different organs inside our bodies, including the heart and the brain. We discussed how the body is covered with skin and that we have a skeleton that has many bones in our bodies. 

 

We continued discussing the importance of being kind to each other. The  children finished off making their rainbow fish and discussed one kind thing their fish would do. 

 

Please continue to work with your children by helping them to use their words to deal with difficult situations as they arise. 

 

We also read the book, ‘Giraffe Is 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 in. 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 are fascinated by some of the jobs Ismail (our caretaker) carries out. They all watched with great fascination as he carefully took the Sukkah down piece by piece. As he dismantled the Sukkah, he informed the children what he was doing at each stage.

 

All the above links to the areas of Communication and Language and Understanding the World.

 

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. The children had fun going around the EYU on their listening walk, wearing their listening ears  and listening to lots of sounds around them.

 

In Mathematics we started measuring using cube sticks. Some of the children made measuring sticks by fixing the cubes together. They then used their measuring sticks to see how many cubes long different items were. They practised counting the cubes, using 1-1 correspondence. This means learning how to count a group of objects by assigning one number to each object and only counting each object once.

 

In Music with Mr Style: 

  • The children were introduced to Mr Style’s guitar. He discussed all about the different strings and how each string has a different sound. He also talked about turning the pegs to tune the guitar.
  • He played a variety of different songs and discussed different sounds for example were they high or low notes.
  • He ended the lesson singing some familiar songs with actions.

 

In PE with Mr Antony:

  • The children enjoyed participating in a carousel of activities in 4 groups.
  • The different activities included running from one cone to the other cone.
  • They pretended to be bunny rabbits hopping from side to side.
  • They jumped over the obstacles.
  • They completed star jumps and squats three times.


 

In Jewish Studies:

Nursery class had a fabulous time looking into the first parasha of the Torah - parashat Bereishit. In this parasha we learn all about Briyat Ha Olam; that Hashem created the world in 6 days. Hashem created the sea, the sky, the earth and all the creatures and people. We learned that the first man was Adam and the first woman was Chava. We learned that Hashem rested on the seventh day, and He called that rest day Shabbat. We discussed the fact that we too have a rest on Shabbat and that Shabbat and our beautiful planet are wonderful gifts from Hashem.

Nursery learned a special days of the week song that goes to the tune of 'Oh my Darling Clementine'. the words are :

Sunday Monday,

Tuesday Wednesday,

Thursday Friday,

Shabbos/Shabbat day.

Each child made a craft depicting the first day of creation (light separated from dark)  as well as a craft representing the second day of creation (the sky/ heavens and the seas). The children also got to choose from a mix of other Briat Ha Olam themed activities - making people and faces from play dough, looking at our toy bugs and insects and trying out our big 6 days of creation floor puzzle.

 

Shabbat Ima   Hannah

Shabbat Aba   Elijah

Shabbat Ben    Joseph

Shabbat Bat    Alana

 

Reminders:

 

  • 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.
  • Please make sure you cut your child’s morning and afternoon snacks in line with the guidelines previously sent out.
  • Autumn Walk: Thursday 9th November 9.00 am. We still 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 no later than 10.00 am) Nearer the time we will assess the situation about going on this walk. If there are any concerns, it will be cancelled.
  • You should now have received the date of your child’s focus meeting. Please do not swap with each other but contact me directly if you can’t make the date and time.
  • Next week Friday 20th October Nursery will finish at 2.00pm

        After half term we will finish at 12.30 pm on a Friday.

  • Please make sure you return your child’s library book every Monday, so that they can choose a new one. It does cause disappointment if they can’t take their new library book home. Thank you

 

Have a lovely weekend.

Shabbat Shalom, 

 

Miss Cowen, Morah Cassie and the Nursery Team


 

Nursery Newsletter 6th October

    

We hope you all had a lovely Sukkot.

        

In Personal, Social and Emotional Development, we continued our topic, ‘All About Me’. The children finished sharing their special things that they had selected to put in their ‘Me Bags’ with their classmates, continuing to develop their confidence. To further develop their speaking skills in front of their classmates, we will be starting ‘Show and Tell’ sessions after half term. (The ‘Show and Tell’ rota has been sent out). This links to the areas of Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language and Literacy.

 

We have been discussing the importance of sharing and using kind hands. We read the book ‘Hands Are Not For Hitting’. We talked about what we can use our hands for and that we must not use our hands for hitting but only for kind things. 

 

Please continue to work with your children by helping them to use their words to deal with difficult situations as they arise. 

 

We read the book ‘Rainbow Fish’ and talked about the importance of being kind to our friends. We discussed making sure we share, take turns and if our friends are on their own, checking that they are happy and asking them, “Do you want to play with me?” The children then made their own Rainbow Fish and discussed one kind thing their fish would do. This will be continued next week.

 

This week your child enjoyed another visit to the school library where they listened to a story and then selected a book to bring home. 

 

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. The children finished off making their own listening ears. They drew their ears and then cut them out and stuck them on their band. Next week they will use their ears to go on a listening walk.

 

In Mathematics we continued to practise counting by rote to 20 and singing different numbered songs, using our fingers to count. You can practise your child’s counting skills by counting the steps up to bed and down in the morning.

 

The children enjoyed making special cupcakes with a squeeze of lemon, which they iced and decorated. They made a Sukkah by using a wafer biscuit and some green sour sticks. They helped to measure out all the ingredients and then mixed them together. It was a real treat for Nursery to have their baking session with the Reception children.

 

The children were really excited when Year 2 visited the EYU. The Nursery children were paired up with different children and they had great fun exploring with their buddies. Some of the children came into the garden and helped to put new soil and manure into the raised beds, ready for the delivery of our autumn vegetables. We discussed how the manure makes the soil healthy. This links to the areas of Understanding the World and Personal, Social and Emotional Development.

 

In Music with Mr Style: 

  • The children enjoyed singing songs that featured environmental sounds, linked to what we are learning in letters and sounds. 
  • The children made a variety of sounds and actions linked to the songs sung.
  • The children also worked on developing their listening skills.

 

In PE with Mr Antony:

  • The children enjoyed participating in a variety of activities.
  • They practised moving from hoop to hoop.
  • They had to do three squats and then run.
  • They then practised their ball skills including throwing and catching.

 

It is important to continue to consolidate the different skills learnt from week to week.

 

In Jewish Studies:

This week in Nursery we continued to focus on the chag of Sukkot and all the children enjoyed spending time in our Sukkah here at the EYU. We learned that long ago when Bnei Yisrael left Mitzrayim they traveled through the desert for a long long time and lived in Sukkot or booths. 

We learned that we wave the lulav and etrog and it is a mitzvah to make a bracha and shake them in all directions. Each of the children in Nursery made a fabulous picture of themselves in the sukkah.

Nursery class used stamps, paints and rollers to perfect their fabulous flags to wave in Shul on Simchat Torah which is coming up this weekend. Everybody worked so hard on their flags - I am so proud of you all, Nursery! We learned that it is a fun minhag or tradition for us to dance in shul with flags and the Torah scrolls. The children made their own lulav and etrog out of play dough to 'sell' in our very own lulav shop in the Home Corner.

Thank you to Mr and Mrs Salem and Joseph for welcoming us to their Sukkah. The children enjoyed eating their snack and a delicious biscuit whilst they were there. They also enjoyed talking about why we sit in a Sukkah and listened to a lovely Sukkot story. The children also had fun visiting our school Sukkah where they ate their snack and listened to a story. 

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   Alana

Shabbat Aba   Micah

Shabbat Ben    Lexie

Shabbat Bat    Isaac

 

Reminders:

 

  • 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.
  • If you think your child will be hungry, please send in an afternoon snack for your child. Please make sure each snack is clearly labeled morning and afternoon. Snack must only be fruit or vegetables.
  • Autumn Walk: Thursday 9th November 9.00 am. We still 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 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.
  • Next week Friday 13th October  Nursery will finish at 2.00pm.

       On Friday 20th October we will also finish at 2.00pm.

       After half term we will finish at 12.30 pm on a Friday.


 

Have a lovely weekend.

Wishing you a fantastic Chag and Shabbat Shalom, 

 

Miss Cowen, Morah Cassie and the Nursery Team


 

Nursery Newsletter 29th September

    

We hope you all had an easy fast.

        

Although it has been a shorter week the children have still been very busy!

 

In Personal, Social and Emotional Development, we continued our topic, ‘All About Me’. The children continued to create their self-portraits. They worked one on one with an adult to give them the opportunity to take their time to look in a mirror. They discussed all the different features they had seen including the colour of their eyes, hair and the colour of their skin. They also discussed the shape of their face. They selected the correct paint colour or mixed colours and added their different features.  

It has made us so proud to see the incredible artwork they have created.

This activity also links to Expressive Arts and Design, Communication and Language and Physical Development.  

 

We also continued to talk about the importance of being kind to each other, focusing on appreciating our differences. 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 read a book called, ’Taking Turns.’ We discussed different scenarios and talked about different strategies on how the children should deal with different situations. For example, if someone is using the bike and they want a go they cannot push someone off the bike. They need to use their words. For example, “ Please can I have a go?” We also discussed that the person on the bike may have just started their turn on the bike and they can say,” I have just come on the bike, I will let you have a go when I have finished.” 

 

Please work with your children by helping them to use their words to deal with difficult situations as they arise. Some of the children came up to the front where we practised role-playing different situations and which vocabulary to use.

 

The children loved sharing the special things they had selected to put in their ‘Me Bags’ with their classmates. It was lovely to see the children listening so well to each other while each child shared what they had in their bag.  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. All the above link to the areas of Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language and Literacy.

 

In Literacy we continued to encourage the children to self register when coming into the classroom. 

 

This week your child enjoyed their first visit to the school library where they listened to a story and then selected a book to bring home. Please can you return your child’s library book each Monday. If the book has not been returned, your child will not be able to bring home a new one and this causes the children disappointment.

 

In Literacy, we continued with the Letters and Sounds Programme Aspect 1, developing your child’s awareness of sounds in the environment. The children continued developing their listening skills. We listened to more sounds on the IWB and the children had fun trying to distinguish what the different sounds were.

 

The children enjoyed making their own listening ears. They drew their ears and then cut them out and stuck them on their band. These will be finished off next week to be used on our listening walk. This links to the areas of Communication and Language and Physical Development.

 

In Mathematics we continued to practice counting by rote to 20. You can practice your child’s counting skills by counting the steps up to bed and down in the morning.

 

In Music with Mr Style: 

 

  • The children started the lesson warming up, completing a variety of different movements alongside the music played.
  • Mr Style discussed what low and high notes sound like. He told the children that when he played a high note they had to stretch up high and when a low note was played they had to bend down low. He played a selection of different notes on the piano and the children had to guess whether it was high or low.
  • He then discussed fast and slow sounds. When he played slow sounds the children pretended to sleep and when he played fast sounds the children moved around quickly as if they were in a busy city.
  • The children finished the lesson by singing the song ‘The Grand Old Duke of York.

 

In PE with Mr Antony:

  • The children were split into 4 different groups.
  • They practised jumping over hurdles.
  • They also practised their hopping skills and jumping landing on two feet.
  • They worked on jumping and balancing over the different shaped blocks. 
  • They ended the lesson with some running races.

It is important to consolidate the different skills learnt from week to week.

 

In Jewish Studies:

 

This week Nursery started to recite the Shema in morning tefillah. We took a look at what it means, why it is special and why we say it.  The Shema is a beautiful Jewish prayer and declaration of faith. We say it every day and it is one of the first prayers that Jewish children learn. The Shema reminds us that there is only one Hashem. The Shema tells us to love Hashem with all our hearts, souls and strength. When we say the first line of the Shema we cover our eyes so we can really concentrate on the special words we are saying. Each of the children made a lovely Shema craft with the letters shin, mem and hey spelling out the first word of Shema. Nursery also played with lots of Shema themed items that reminded them of what we talked about in class, some big googly eyes to recall that we cover our eyes when we start the Shema, some plastic hearts to recall that we should love Hashem with all our hearts and lots of mezuzah cases, because mezuzot contain the Shema. 

Well done Nursery class, you are doing so well in your tefillah and Jewish learning!

 

This weekend we will start to celebrate Sukkot and so we discussed the mitzvah to sit in a Sukkah and we started to make decorations for our beautiful sukkah at the EYU. Next week we will really delve into Sukkot in more detail and also learn about Simchat Torah. 

 

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   Lexie

Shabbat Aba   Levi

Shabbat Ben   Lielle

Shabbat Bat    Michael

 

Reminders:

 

  • 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.
  • When you are sending in your child’s packed lunch, please can I ask you not to send in popcorn.
  • If you think your child will be hungry, please send in an afternoon snack for your child. Please make sure each snack is clearly labeled morning and afternoon. Snack must only be fruit or vegetables.
  • Autumn Walk: Thursday 9th November 9.00 am. We like to take the children on an Autumn walk to the park. We still 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 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.
  • If anyone has any unwanted newspapers please can you bring them in.
  • Next week Friday 6th October Nursery will finish at 12.30pm.


 

Have a lovely weekend.

Wishing you a fantastic Chag and a Shabbat Shalom, 

 

Miss Cowen, Morah Cassie and the Nursery Team

Nursery Newsletter 22nd September

            

We have had another very busy week in Nursery. The children continued to come in confidently and independently. It has been amazing to see how quickly they have settled into staying for lunch and all day. 

 

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, hair and skin tone. Some of the children created their own self-portrait. They looked in the mirror and we discussed the different features they could see and they painted all of these using the correct colours. This activity links to Expressive Art and Design and will be continued next week . 

 

The children are developing relationships with each other and are starting to become a cohesive group, which is lovely to see. It is important that the children get to know each other by name. We played a fun name game where we sang a song,  ‘Hicklety, Pickelty Bumblebee who can say their name for me’. We will continue to make sure that the children continue to familiarize themselves with their friends' names next week. This also links to the area of Communication and Language.

 

We introduced the visual timetable which informs the children of the schedule for the day. It is important for them to know the routine and what is happening throughout the day.

 

The children have their own places on the carpet where they sit for all carpet sessions. Each row is a different fruit group. ‘Pears, Cherries, Apples and Grapes’. The children will be called by their fruit groups to go to different activities including washing for snacktime/lunchtime and lessons including PE and Ivrit. These are not ability related groups.

 

In Physical Development some of the children enjoyed fine motor activities, which included threading beads to make a necklace and making patterns using the small pegs. These activities are 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 links to many areas such as Physical Development, Communication and Language and also Expressive Arts and Design.

 

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 sat quietly in the class listening to what sounds they could hear around them. When the sand timer had finished, the children discussed what sounds they had heard, including a door shutting and someone knocking. The children enjoyed listening to different sounds on the IWB and trying to figure out what each of the sounds were. We will continue developing our listening skills further over the coming weeks.

 

In Literacy, we also started to encourage the children to self register when coming into the classroom by selecting their individual named bee to put into the pot. This will help the children to develop the ability to recognise their own names.

 

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

 

The children enjoyed playing counting games on the IWB and playing shape games on the iPads. It was lovely to see them sharing and taking turns so nicely.

 

The children enjoyed making fish biscuits where they discussed the recipe, helped to weigh out the ingredients and mixed it all together. They helped to roll out the biscuit dough and then used the fish cutters to create their fish. This is linked to the story of Jonah in Jewish Studies.

 

In Music with Mr Style:

  • The children were introduced to their music teacher.
  • They sang a variety of different songs including ‘Twinkle,Twinkle’ and the ‘Wheels on the Bus’.
  • They learnt the words to a ‘Grand Old Duke of York’ and added actions to the song, including marching.

 

In PE with Mr Antony:

 

  • They enjoyed a variety of different activities which they completed in teams and then swapped over.
  • The activities included jumping over hurdles and running over the hill and back again.
  • They then had to line up behind a cone and run to the fence and back again to Mr Antony.
  • They ended the lesson by finding a space and completing 10 start jumps on the spot.

 

In Jewish Studies, the children have settled in so beautifully and this week we started to learn some of the morning tefillot with modeh ani and oseh shalom. What a tuneful bunch nursery is! Well done!

 

This week we focussed on the topic of Yom Kippur which is coming up this weekend. The children learned that on Yom Kippur grown-ups do fast and that nobody, grownups or children wears leather, as leather is seen as a bit too much of a fancy luxury for the serious day of Yom Kippur. We looked at pictures of different types of shoes that don’t have leather in them - flip flops, wellies and even crocs. The children made such beautiful, colourful collages of their ideal comfy slippers, with sequins, pompoms and all sorts of sparkly bits.

 

We looked at the story of Yonah, which we will read in shul over Yom Kippur. The children had a go at role-playing the part of the story of Yonah where he was thrown off the big boat and ended up getting swallowed by a huge fish. We all thought that being in a fish for three days would be a bit uncomfortable! The children reenacted bits of the story of Yonah using our toy pirate boat, little plastic sea creatures and a big fish made from a milk bottle and their wonderful imaginations. The children enjoyed pretending to be Yonah being swallowed by a big fish in the playground as we dressed up a table with huge googly eyes, scaly blue fabric skin and sheer white fabric teeth. Everyone got to make a Yonah collage with a big fish and Yonah wiggling about in his tummy.  There is a brilliant song of the Story of Yonah that you might enjoy listening to at home - look for www.bimbam.com/jonah/

 

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   Lielle

Shabbat Aba   Joshua

Shabbat Ben   Leora

Shabbat Bat   Joseph

 

Reminders:

 

  • Please make sure your child arrives by 8.40am in time for register, learning the daily schedule, dancing and then Tefillah. It is important they are on time so they know what is happening and don't miss out.
  • Snack: Please can you make sure that all snacks are cut according to the guidelines previously sent out. Key foods are still not coming in cut according to the guidelines previously sent out. This includes grapes that must be cut lengthwise in half and then in quarters and blueberries and strawberries which must be cut in half.
  • ‘All About Me’ bag: So that we can get to know all about your child we will be sending home a bag to be returned on Tuesday 26th September. 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. Please only send in objects that your child is happy to leave in school as this activity may take longer as it is a short week next week.
  • Autumn Walk: Thursday 9th 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 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.
  • It was lovely seeing you at the Nursery Curriculum Evening. I mentioned some websites for fine and gross motor activities that you can do with your children. Please find links attached:

Improve Kids Fine Motor Skills with 30 Materials & Activities | HOAWG (handsonaswegrow.com) Fine motor skills.

Gross Motor Activities for Kids (handsonaswegrow.com) gross motor skills.

110 Fine Motor Skills Activities ideas | motor skills activities, activities, fine motor (pinterest.co.uk)

780 Best Gross Motor Skills ideas | gross motor skills, motor skills activities, activities (pinterest.com)

If you were unable to join the Curriculum Evening and would like to speak with me about  what was covered, please do not hesitate to email me.

  • Parents have highlighted that their children don’t often tell them much about their school day. Please find a list of questions attached below which you can ask your child.
  • Next Friday 29th September Nursery will finish at 12.30 pm for Sukkot.
  • If anyone has any newspapers they have finished reading and are about to throw away please could you bring them in.Thank you.

 

Wishing you a meaningful and easy fast and a gmar chatima tov.

 

Have a lovely weekend and Shabbat Shalom.

 

Miss Cowen, Morah Cassie and the Nursery team

 

Questions to ask your child instead of 

“What did you do today?”

 

Parents often find that when they are asking their child “what did you do today?” the response is “nothing”. Of course that is not true so try these questions instead and we’re sure you will find out lots about their day.

 

  • What made you smile today?
  • What made you proud today?
  • Did you learn any new words today?
  • What is your favourite part of the school day?
  • Tell me something you know today that you didn’t yesterday. 
  • What made your teacher smile today?
  • Were you a good friend today?
  • Who (plural) did you sit with at lunch time? 
  • What did you do that was creative?
  • What games did you play at lunch time?
  • What was the best thing that happened today?
  • Was there anything that surprised you today?
  • Was anything about today challenging?
  • What did you eat for lunch today?
  • What are you looking forward to tomorrow?
  • What was the hardest rule to follow today?
  • What made you feel happy today?
  • Teach/show me something that you learnt today.
  • What were the best 2 things from your day today?
  • Did anything make your teacher frown today?
  • Is there anything you wished didn’t happen today?
  • Is there anything on your mind that you would like to talk about?

Nursery Newsletter 15.09.23

 

Dear Parents

 

What an amazing first week 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. They also settled into staying for lunch. It made us feel 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 which we will carry on next week.

 

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, it was lovely to see some of the children role playing in the kitchen in the home corner, making new friends and further developing their language skills. Others enjoyed riding the bikes around the blue track together, and it was lovely to hear them chatting away as they went around and around.

 

In Literacy, the children enjoyed listening to a variety of different fun stories during fruit time about starting school.

   

In Mathematics, the children enjoyed counting the different coloured balls on the abacus to 10 and also sung along to a variety of different number songs.

 

The children enjoyed making honey cake where they discussed the recipe, helped to weigh out the ingredients and mixed it all together to make their yummy cake.

 

In Expressive Arts and Design, some of the children enjoyed apple printing. Firstly, they learnt how to make green by mixing together yellow and blue. They then used the apples to make their prints and then sprinkled them with red and green glitter.

 

In the outdoor area, the children learnt the rules of playing outside, including how to use the climbing frame. It was lovely to see some of the children climb up the climbing wall using alternate feet to get themselves up and then coming down the slide with confidence. They also enjoyed running over the hill and sliding down it. Others had fun crawling through the tunnel. This links to the area of Physical Development.    

  

The children had their first PE lesson with Mr Antony.

 

  • They practised their running skills. They were split into teams. They had to run to the cones and back. Once they had come back the next member of the team went. This exercise was good for developing the skills of turn taking.
  • They then repeated the above activity but instead of running to the cones they practised their hopping  and jumping skills.
  • They then practised their throwing skills using the beanbags.

 

This week there was no Music or Ivrit lesson,  although the afternoon group were introduced to Morah Sari who is going to be their Ivrit teacher.

 

Next week all the children will have Music, Ivrit and PE lessons.

 

Jewish Studies:

 

It has been so lovely meeting all of the new nursery children this week and we have had such a fabulous start to the year already! Rosh HaShanah has been the main focus of Jewish Studies this week, and we really hope you like the beautiful Shana Tovah cards each child has lovingly made. We spoke about the shofar and the children were thrilled to hear me blow my shofar for them. It was very loud! We learned that we eat round challah and apples dipped in honey for a sweet and good new year ahead. We looked at some real honeycomb and got to taste the delicious sweet honey that came from it . The children told me all about how bees work together to make honey from the nectar found in flowers and we looked at some fascinating pictures of bees doing their amazing work. 

 

In the garden, Nursery enjoyed playing in the water tray with our collection of squirty honey bottles and glittery water. They measured and compared the weights of different-sized apples, pears, and acorns with our scales.

 

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

The following children were on the Shabbat table today:

 

Shabbat Aba: Noah

Shabbat Ima: Hannah

Shabbat Ben: Benji

Shabbat Bat: Alana

 

Reminders:

  • Please make sure you are cutting all fruit and vegetables as shown in the guidelines previously sent out. (Please read) It is really important that you follow these guidelines for your child’s safety. Grapes in particular must be cut in half lengthways and then in quarters. Blueberries, even though small, still need to be cut.
  • 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 authorizing this. Without this information we are unable to dismiss your child without calling you.
  • If you have not already sent in spare clothes, aprons, wellingtons and waterproofs please do so, so that your child does not miss out on fun activities.
  • Please can I remind you that no Tapestry pictures can be posted on the WhatsApp group. You have all signed a confidentiality agreement and some parents are not happy for their child’s photo to be shared with others. If you are unable to get onto Tapestry please contact Karen.

 

Week Commencing 18th September

 

From next Monday it will be a soft start from 8.30-8.40am. Please make sure your child arrives no later than 8.40am in time for registration, learning the daily schedule, dancing and then Tefillah. It is important they are on time so they know what is happening and don't miss out. The classroom door will be closed at 8.40 am so if you are late your child will then be brought into the school by security.

 

The children will stay full days next week and finish at 3.00pm. Lunch will be served Monday to Thursday and on Friday you will send your child in with a packed lunch. Please make sure you have read the separate email sent out by Mrs Craig about what to send in.

 

We wish you all a Shana Tova and a healthy and happy year ahead.

 

Shabbat Shalom

Miss Cowen, Morah Cassie and the Nursery Team

 

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