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Newsletter - 14th June

 

Dear parents הורים יקרים


We hope you had a great Shavuot.


Even though we have had a short week we have still been very busy! We continued to discuss the importance of kindness and how unkind hands and feet can upset our feelings.This links to the areas of Personal, Social and Emotional Development and Communication and Language. 


In Literacy the children learnt the letter sounds ‘r’ and ‘h’. If you are practising the letter sounds with your child, please make sure you are using the correct pronunciations. Attached is a video of how to pronounce each of the sounds correctly. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwJx1NSineE


The children enjoyed sharing the objects they chose to represent the different letters and sounds learnt with their classmates. Some of the children enjoyed making robots by cutting out different shapes. Some of the children enjoyed painting rainbows by colour mixing to make some of the colours. Others enjoyed drawing houses for the letter sound ‘h’. They also practised learning to write both letters using the correct letter formation. This also links to the areas Expressive Art and Design and Physical Development.


The children were excited to visit the library this week and select a book to take home. Please make sure your child’s library book is returned so they are not disappointed when they can’t bring a new book home. 


In Mathematics we carried on practising our counting skills up to 100. We completed the calendar reinforcing the days of the week, months of year and the date. 


The children also enjoyed making special cheese and sweet corn muffins for Shavuot with Mrs Dagul. They discussed the recipe and the quantities for each of the ingredients. We hope the children enjoyed eating them.


In Understanding the World we continued with the topic: ‘People Who Help Us’. This week we focused on learning about the role of a dentist. We read the book 'Dentist' by Rachel Hunter. We also read the book ‘The Recycling Officer’. We talked about what recycling is and that it is the process of collecting and processing materials that would otherwise be thrown away as trash and turning them into new products.


This week there was no PE or Music. Both these lessons will resume next week.


Ivrit:
As part of our Shavuot topic, we listened to a song in Ivrit about Shivat Haminim (The seven species of Erez Israel).
Here it is, to listen and enjoy:
https://youtu.be/7YmYHPM4R3k?feature=shared

After, we decorated  Salim (baskets) and added a lovely rebrand to it.


Jewish Studies:
Nursery class was busy this week concluding their Shavuot preparations. We made sure to finish counting the omer on our beautiful and colourful classroom omer calendar and practised old and new favourite Shavuot and Torah tunes, including 'Torah Tsiva Lanu Moshe', 'Hashem gave us the Ten Commandments,' and 'Little Torah' . Each of the children made and decorated their own brilliant luchot ha-brit crowns, while we played this seasonal musical medley to get everyone in the Shavuot mood: Shavuot Medley by M. Gammerman . We had a look at the story Sadie and the Big Mountain by J. Korngold and reviewed the story of Matan Torah on Har Sinai. Nursery class, I am so impressed by how much you have learned!


On Friday we had our usual but super fun Shabat party. The following children were on the Shabbat table today:


Shabbat Aba: Joseph
Shabbat Ima: Alana
Shabbat Ben: Joshua
Shabbat Bat:  Leora


Important reminders:

  • Please could you post on Tapestry pictures of your child’s sunflower so we can discuss its growth.
  • On a hot day please make sure that you apply sun cream on your child first thing in the morning. (sun cream that will last for the whole day) Please can you also send your child in with a sun hat.
  • All boys must come in wearing a kippah.
  • Forest School will be on Thursday 27th June and Thursday 4th July. Further details will be sent out.

 

Shabbat Shalom  שבת שלום
Miss Cowen, Morah Cassie, Morah Sari and the Nursery Team

 

 

 


 

 

 

Newsletter - 7th June

 

Dear parents הורים יקרים

We hope you had a great half term.

It has been another busy week in Nursery. During circle time we continued to reiterate the importance of using kind words and kind hands. We recapped how unkind words can really upset our feelings and that if we use our hands incorrectly, for example pushing or hitting, someone can get hurt. This links to the areas of Personal, Social and Emotional Development and Communication and Language. 

In Literacy the children learnt the letter sounds ‘e’ and ‘u’. If you are practising the letter sounds with your child, please make sure you are using the correct pronunciations. Attached is a video of how to pronounce each of the sounds correctly. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwJx1NSineE

The children enjoyed sharing the objects they chose to represent the different letters and sounds learnt with their classmates. Some of the children enjoyed making handprint elephants for the letter sound ‘e’ and drawing an umbrella for the letter sound ‘u’. They also practised learning to write both letters using the correct letter formation. This also links to the areas Expressive Art and Design and Physical Development.

The children were excited to visit the library this week and select a book to take home. Please make sure your child’s library book is returned so they are not disappointed when they can’t bring a new book home. 

In Mathematics we carried on practising our counting skills up to 100. We reviewed numbers 1-10, and the children had fun saying one more, one less than a given number up to 10. We also focused on the number 11.

The children also enjoyed making cheesecake for Shavuot with Mrs Dagul. They discussed the recipe and the quantities of each of the ingredients. We hope the children enjoyed eating them.

In Understanding the World some of the children visited the gardening area to see what had grown during the holidays. They were very excited to see that the onions, potatoes and radishes were growing well.They enjoyed helping to pick some of the broad beans that were ready to eat and if you took some home we hope you enjoyed them!

We continued learning about different people who help us and this week we focused on learning about a vet and a farmer.

In Music:

  • They spent the lesson practising lots of songs for the end of year surprise which we cant wait to share with you.

 

In PE:

This was our last practise before Sports Day. The children carried on with the different carousel of activities which they have been working on. 

  • This included completing an obstacle course.
  • Walking, balancing a quoit on their heads.
  • Running into the hoops.
  • Scootering from one end and back.
  • Walking whilst balancing a bean bag on a bat.

 

First Aid

This week the children were so lucky to have a mini first aid course at school. The course gave them an overview of what to do if they or one of their friends or family have hurt themselves or are unwell. The session was very interactive and they practised on the teddies.

 

The following key points were discussed:

  • How to help people if they feel poorly or hurt themselves.
  • To inform an adult if they have hurt themselves.
  • Shout ‘help’ if you have hurt yourself badly and no one is around.
  • If you graze or cut your knee the question was asked, what comes out? ‘Blood’. We discussed the importance of keeping the blood in. We discussed wiping the cut with a tissue and then applying a plaster.  
  • We talked about if you bump your head. We roleplayed by asking the teddy if he was feeling sick or dizzy. They also applied an ice pack to the bump. 
  • We helped the teddy after he fell down unconscious and rolled him on his side.
  • We learnt about 999 and who to call if you need help.
  • We ended the session by listening to a story about Freddy. Freddy hurt his knee and Mummy fixed it. He hurt his head and his mummy put an ice pack on it. His mummy fell over and he put his mummy on her side and called 999. The ambulance came to help and everyone felt better.

Ivrit:

Shavuot is coming and we are all getting ready.

We learned a new song called Salenu Al Ktefenu when we bring lots of goods to people in need and give them during Shavuot (it's called Bikurim).

Podi came to visit and his favourite food his Ugat Gvina (cheesecake)

 עוגת גבינה

We had to think together of how do we make Ugat Gvina.

The children said: Podi Ochel Ugat Gvina (Podi is eating cheesecake).

 

Jewish Studies:

 

In Jewish Studies this week, Nursery class started to learn about the beautiful chag of Shavuot. We learned that Shavuot happens 7 full weeks after Pesach. Shavuot marks the fact that long ago when the Bnei Yisrael were still in the desert, we were given the Torah on Har Sinai. We explored how Har Sinai was a very plain mountain, but Hashem made it blossom and bloom with colourful flowers. Each of the children had a chance to make their own unique flowers from tissue paper and pipe cleaners. Everyone made their own tiny Torah scrolls out of lolly sticks, ribbon and wallpaper to take home. We sang our old favourite songs: 'Hashem gave us the ten commandments' and 'I am a mountain' and had a listen to Little Torah - My First Singalong Siddur. We also learned that on Shavuot, it is a minhag/tradition to eat dairy foods. We discussed our favourite dairy foods and held a debate on which is the best cheesecake flavour! Outside we played with milk bottles and cheese containers in the water tray. 

 

This week, we also learned about Yom Yerushalayim, which took place on Wednesday. Some of the children chose to decorate Kotel pictures with pens, crayons , tissue paper and other decorative materials. We watched a beautiful video montage of Yerushalayim, accompanied by Ofra Haza's tune Yerushalayim Shel Zahav.  

 

On Friday we sang Hodu from Halllel to mark Rosh Chodesh Sivan - The new Jewish month of Sivan. Well done Nursery, you all sang with such heart! 

 

On Friday we had our usual but super fun Shabat 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 continue to post any pictures on Tapestry of fun things you did during half term or anything of interest that would be nice for your child to share.The children get really excited to discuss with their friends what they have been doing out of school.
  • On a hot day please make sure that you apply sun cream on your child first thing in the morning. (sun cream that will last for the whole day) Please can you also send your child in with a sun hat.
  • Sibling photos will be taking place at 7:45am on Monday 10th June at the EYU. Due to logistical reasons, the only time and place for these photos to be taken will be at that time. If you would like a sibling photo, please drop your children at the EYU at 7:45am. Once all of the sibling photo have been taken, staff will escort the children from Y1 - Y6 back to school. All other sibling photos (non EYU) will take place at the main school. All children must be dressed smartly in their full school uniform.
  • Please see below which house your child is in and what colour t-shirt they need to wear for sports day.

SA- Sacks-Yellow

Bader-Ginsberg - Red

Szenes - Green

Ramon - Blue

Sarah

Hannah

Lielle

Elijah

Jacob

Benji

Noah

Jesse

Isaac

Michael


 

Micah

Lexie

Joseph

Alana




 

Levi

Joshua

Leora





 

Shabbat Shalom  שבת שלום

Miss Cowen and the Nursery Team








 

Dear Parents,

 

Please can you send in your child’s object for our phonics lessons on Monday 10th June.

 

Please can the following children please bring in an object beginning with the letter sound ‘r’:

 

Noah

Sarah

Levi

Hannah

Joshua

Lielle

Micah

Lexie

 

 

Please can the following children please bring in an object beginning with the letter sound ‘h’:

 

Elijah

Jesse

Jacob

Isaac

Joseph

Michael

Leora

Alana

Benji

 

Please can you make sure that the objects sent in begin with the actual sound for example ‘a’. An apple has the ‘a’ sound but an acorn does not have the ‘a’ sound the children are learning. 

If it is hard to find objects for any letters please send an object which has that letter sound in it.

 

Thank you

Kind regards

Miss Cowen

 





 

Newsletter 24th May

 

Dear Parents שלום לכולם

It has been another busy week in Nursery. During circle time, we reiterated the importance of using kind words, kind hands and feet. We recapped how unkind words can really upset our feelings and if we use our hands incorrectly, for example pushing,  someone can get hurt. This is part of Personal, Social and Emotional Development and Communication and Language.

In Literacy the children learnt the letter sounds ‘c’ and ‘k’ this week. We also discussed ‘ck’ and talked about how it can be found at the end of words and has the same sound as ‘c’ and ‘k’. If you are practising the letter sounds with your child, please make sure you are using the correct pronunciations. Attached is a video of how to pronounce each of the sounds correctly. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwJx1NSineE

 

The children enjoyed sharing the objects they had brought in to represent the different letters. Some children enjoyed making a cow for the letter sound ‘c ‘and a kite for the letter sound ‘k’. For both activities they cut out a variety of different shapes.They also practised writing the letters ‘c’ and ‘k’.  This also links to the area of Mathematics.

In Mathematics the children continued practising their counting skills all the way up to 100. We also carried on reinforcing the concept of one more and one less than. Linked to Lag Ba’omer and our topic 'Firefighters’, some of the children enjoyed matching the numbered fire engines to the different Numicon pieces. 

 

The children also enjoyed making chocolate krispie cakes with marshmallows 

inside for Lag Ba’omer. The children discussed the different ingredients and helped to mix them all together. 

 

In Understanding the World we continued learning about different people who help us. This week we focused on the ‘firefighter’. We read the book Firefighters by Rebecca Hunter. We discussed that this is a nonfiction book which is an information book and has  true facts. We talked about the job of the firefighter and the different equipment they use. 

 

We also focused on the role of a police officer. We read the non-fiction book, ‘Police Officers’, by Rebecca Hunter. 

 

Some of the children enjoyed dressing up in our police and firefighter dress up costumes and others  enjoyed making  props out of junk modeling including walkie talkies and telephones.

 

In Ivrit:

This weekend, in Israel and all over the world, we will celebrate a very special day on our Jewish calendar. It’s Lag Ba'omer לג בעומר.

Big bonfire around the country, dancing and singing for a great victory that happened to the Jewish people long ago.

 

We had  great fun learning a new song (shir) שיר.

אֵשׁ אֵשׁ מְדוּרָה.  

לָג בָּעֹמֶר הִנֵּה בָּא

Esh esh medura, 

Lag Ba'omer hine ba.

Using logs to knock and pretended we are having a real Medura  מדורה (bonfire) with Esh אש (fire).

 

Jewish Studies:

This week in Jewish Studies, we took a look at Lag BaOmer which is coming up over the weekend. Nursery class has been Counting the Omer every morning as part of tefillah and marking each day on our Omer Chart with a pom pom, feather or foam shape. Everyone was very excited to learn that Lag Ba Omer is going to be happening on day 33 of the Omer. On Lag ba Omer, we remember Rabbi Akiva and also his student Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai who brought a lot of light into the world with his Torah lessons!. Nursery learned about some of the minhagim traditions that people like to enjoy on this special day, such as having hair-cuts, having bonfires, weddings, dancing and shooting bows and arrows.  Each of the children made their own beautiful Lag BaOmer fire picture to take home as an aide memoir.

 

We also looked at Parashat Behar. In this parasha we learn about the importance of rest, which helps us to stay strong. We learned that when we rest our body, it has a chance to regain its strength and is good for our wellbeing. Rest also helps us to grow. In Parashat Behar, Hashem tells us that even the ground needs a rest, and that fruit and vegetables which grow from ground which have had a rest, taste even more delicious! We looked at the different tasty morsels growing in the EYU garden and picked sweet smelling fresh mint. We discussed our favourite fruits and vegetables and everyone had a chance to plant seeds, which we will be able to watch grow over the next few weeks. We planted a variety of different seeds, including basil and spinach. We enjoyed watching this short clip Shmita, a sabbatical year for the land with some beautiful images of modern day Shmittah in Israel. Each of the children made their own multi-textured carrot collage.

 

The following children were on the Shabbat table today:

Shabbat Aba: Elijah

Shabbat Ima: Leora

Shabbat Ben: Benji

Shabbat Bat: Hannah

 

In Music:

  • The children continued to practise previous learnt songs and learn new songs for our end of year surprise.

 

In PE:

  • The children were split into two groups.
  • They practised jumping over the hurdles and into the hoops.
  • They completed squats going up and down 10 times.
  • They had fun trying to jump up and touch the roof.
  • They ran around the garden practising their running skills.
  • At the end of the lesson they discussed what skills they learnt today.

 

Important reminders:

  • Please continue to post pictures on Tapestry. Half term holiday pictures are always lovely for the children to share with their peers. 
  • Please ensure that when the weather is hot, you apply sun cream on your child first thing in the morning. Please also remember to send your child in with a sun hat. Please make sure all items of clothing are named.
  • When sending in your child’s packed lunch can you please make sure that all foods sent in are on the kosher list.
  • Please make sure all boys come into school wearing their kippah.

 

We hope you have a lovely half term.

Wishing you a fabulous Shabbat and Lag Ba Omer,

 

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

 

Phonics:

Please can you send in your child’s object for our phonics lessons on Monday 3rd June.

 

Please can the following children please bring in an object beginning with the letter sound ‘e’:

Noah

Sarah

Levi

Hannah

Joshua

Lielle

Micah

Lexie

 

Please can the following children please bring in an object starting with the letter sound ‘u’:

 

Elijah

Jesse

Jacob

Isaac

Joseph

Michael

Leora

Alana

Benji

 

Please can you make sure that the objects sent in begin with the actual sound for example ‘a’. An apple has the ‘a’ sound but an acorn does not have the ‘a’ sound the children are learning. 

If it is hard to find objects for any letters please send an object which has that letter sound in it.




 

Newsletter - 17th May

 

Dear parents שלום לכולם

 

We had another great week in Nursery and it is lovely to see how the children have been  playing together collaboratively, sharing their ideas and taking turns using the different resources. This links to the areas of Personal, Social and Emotional Development and Communication and Language. 

 

In Literacy the children learnt the letter sounds ‘g’ and ‘o’ this week. If you are practising the letter sounds with your child, please make sure you are using the correct pronunciations. Attached is a video of how to pronounce each of the sounds correctly. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwJx1NSineE

 

The children enjoyed sharing the objects they had chosen to represent the different letters and sounds learnt with their classmates. Some of the children enjoyed colour mixing blue and yellow together to make the colour green for the letter sound ‘g’. For the letter sound ‘o’ they enjoyed making an octopus, by cutting out different collage materials. They practised their number formation by writing the number above each of the arms and legs up to 8. They also practised learning to write both letters using the correct letter formation. This links to the areas Expressive Art and Design and Physical Development.

 

In Mathematics we continued to complete the calendar and sang the days of the week song and months of the year. We also continued to focus on recognising numbers 1-10, one more and one less than a given number.

 

In Understanding the World we continued with the topic: ‘People Who Help Us’. This week we focused on learning about the role of an optician and a postman. 

 

We read the book ‘Topsy and Tim goes to the Optician’. The children enjoyed watching a video about children having their eyes tested. We also discussed the role of a postman and read the non-fiction book ‘Postman’ by Rebecca Hunter. They also enjoyed watching a video about the journey of a letter and what happens to the letter after it is posted.  Some of the children enjoyed writing letters, putting addresses on the envelope and a stamp and then posting their letter in our school post box.


In Ivrit:

What a Kachol and Lavan (blue and white) week we had, learning about the shapes that the flag of Israel is made off and practising how to put it all together. Podi came to say Shalom and to greet all the children with Yom Ha'atzmaut Sameach.

Happy Yom Ha'atzmaut!

 

Jewish Studies:

In Jewish Studies this week we continued to decorate the classroom, each child making their own beautiful blue and white tube-decoration. We really have turned the Nursery class into our own little piece of Israel! The Nursery Kotel in the home corner has come together and Israeli flag bunting hangs from wall to wall. Nursery explored Israel as an ancient, holy and special land, when Morah Cassie brought in an Israel Archeological dig box, filled with sand and all sorts of interesting ancient items - coins, fossils, jewels and gems. When you look around Israel, every part of the land has a story to tell. We discussed how sometimes when people start to dig up the land, either to build or just to explore, they find coins, bones, pottery, weapons or other interesting bits that reveal Israel’s past. Nursery class listened to a beautiful song called 'Home' by the Maccabeats, which can be found online easily, if you would like to listen at home.

 

On Yom Ha’atzmaut itself, we had a jam-packed day. The children made flags, Israeli salad and humus, squeezed oranges to make juice and decorated biscuits. This was followed by a wonderful flag parade and an Israeli Dance workshop. The children also enjoyed army training with Mr Antony.

 

Nursery class also explored this week's Parasha of Emor. In the parasha Hashem told Moshe about some of the different Chagim that Bnei Yisrael should celebrate and their associated mitzvot. These included Pesach, Shavuot, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot. The children discussed their favourite aspects of our different festivals: the food, the songs, the colours and the seasons. You might want to chat with your child about your favourite Chagim. Do you have any favourite foods? Do you have any favourite songs? What does each of the Chagim make you feel? Each of the children made a shiny spinner with pictures that represent the different Chagim in Emor. They look absolutely smashing,  well done Nursery class!

 

The following children were on the Shabbat table today:

Shabbat Aba: Micah

Shabbat Ima:Sarah

Shabbat Ben: Noah

Shabbat Bat: Hannah

 

In Music:

  • The children started learning songs for our end of year surprise. 

 

In PE:

  • The children continued to practise for Sports Day.
  • They were split into teams and completed a carousel of activities.
  • They practised running from one cone to another cone.
  • Side stepping and bear walking from one side to the other side.
  • Riding the scooter from one side to the other.
  • Balancing a small coit on their heads and walking from one end to the other.
  • Jumping over the hurdles using both feet.
  • Balancing the egg on the spoon and walking with it.

During each activity, they had to wait patiently for the person in front of them to return before they could go.

 

Important reminders:

  • Please continue to post pictures on Tapestry of fun activities you do out of school so the children can share them with their classmates.
  • Please ensure that when the weather is hot, you apply sun cream on your child first thing in the morning. Please also remember to send your child in with a sun hat. Please make sure all items of clothing are named.
  • When sending in your child’s packed lunch can you please make sure that all foods sent in are on the kosher list.
  • Please make sure all lunch boxes and containers are named.
  • Please make sure all boys come into school wearing a Kippah.
  • Please can you send your child in with a plastic water bottle as the metal bottles are too heavy and could hurt someone. Thank You! 
  • Today your child has been given a badge to commemorate Kerem’s 75th birthday. We have explained to the children that they can wear it to shul tomorrow to mark the special occasion.

 

We hope you have a lovely weekend.

 

Shabbat Shalom,

 

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


Phonics:

Please can you send in your child’s object for our phonics lessons on Monday 20th May.

 

Please can the following children please bring in an object beginning with the letter sound ‘c’:

Noah

Sarah

Levi

Hannah

Joshua

Lielle

Micah

Lexie

 

Please can the following children please bring in an object starting with the letter sound ‘k’:

 

Elijah

Jesse

Jacob

Isaac

Joseph

Michael

Leora

Alana

Benji

 

Please can you make sure that the objects sent in begin with the actual sound for example ‘a’. An apple has the ‘a’ sound but an acorn does not have the ‘a’ sound the children are learning. 

If it is hard to find objects for any letters please send an object which has that letter sound in it.

 

 



 

 

Nursery Newsletter - 10th May

 

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

 

Firstly we want to wish Mr and Mrs Sharer, Leora and MJ mazeltov on the birth of their daughter and sister.


We have had a very busy and fun first week back. The children settled back into nursery life really quickly. We went over the rules and daily routines. We discussed the importance of being kind to our friends, remembering kind words and kind hands. The children enjoyed chatting and playing with their friends and catching up after the holiday. This is all part of their Personal, Social and Emotional Development and Communication and Language skills. 

 

In Literacy we continued to practise oral blending and segmenting. We played ‘Simon Says’. Different words were sounded out, for example, “Simon says get your c-oa-t, coat!”, “Touch your h-ea-d, head!” “Simon says can you touch your b-a-ck, back!”  

 

The children continued learning the letter sounds following the phonics scheme; Essential Letters and Sounds. If you are practising the letter sounds with your child, please make sure you are using the correct pronunciations. Attached is a video of how to pronounce each of the sounds correctly. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwJx1NSineE

 

They learnt the letter sounds ‘m’ and ‘d’. Some children enjoyed making monkeys for the letter sound ‘m’ and practised writing the ‘m’ sound. For the letter sound ‘d’, some children enjoyed cutting out different shaped paper to create a dinosaur. They practised writing the ‘d’ sound. 

 

The children enjoyed sharing the objects they had chosen to represent the different letters and sounds learnt. 

 

Next week the children will learn the letters ‘g’ and ‘o’. 

 

The children enjoyed their weekly visit to the library to select their chosen book to bring home.

 

In Mathematics we revised all numbers to 10 and also one more than and one less than a given number.

 

In Understanding the World we started our new topic: ‘People Who Help Us’. This week we focused on learning about the role of a doctor and nurse. We read the non-fiction book ‘Doctors’, by Rebecca Hunter. We discussed that a non-fiction book is about true facts and not made up like a fiction book. We found out what a contents page and a glossary are. We learnt new words like ‘auroscope.’, which is an instrument used to look inside someone's ears. 

 

In Expressive Art and Design some of the children enjoyed acting out being doctors in our new role play area which has been turned into a doctor’s surgery. It was lovely to see the children taking turns to be a doctor and a patient. 

 

This week the children planted their own sunflower seed to bring home.

  • They watched a video about the life cycle of a sunflower. 
  • Then they filled their pots with soil, placed their seed in the middle and then covered it with more soil. 
  • They then sprayed the soil with some water. It is important that the children learn to take care of their plants by watering it well, but also to see what can happen if the plant is overwatered.
  • After half term we will be learning about changes and looking at different life cycles. Please discuss with your child the different stages, as their sunflowers grow. They can draw pictures of their sunflower at each stage and then bring their pictures in to share with the class. (This is optional)
  • Please post pictures onto Tapestry of your child’s sunflower as it progresses through the different stages. 
  • To begin with you can place the pot on the windowsill in a warm place.
  • Once your plants have reached approx 30cm (12 inches) in height, you can plant them in the garden or move them to a bigger pot. 

This links to the area of Understanding the World.

 

In Music:

 

The children enjoyed learning songs for Yom Ha’atzmaut.


In PE:

  • The children continued practising for Sports Day.
  • They were split into teams.
  • They had to run to the cone and back. They then had to sidestep to the cones and back.
  • They then completed a gorilla walk by using their hands and feet. They went to the cones and back.
  • They had to throw the bean bags into the hoop.
  • They had to put a quoit on their head and walked to the cone and back.
  • They completed the egg and spoon. They walked balancing the egg on the spoon to the cone and back.

 

In Ivrit:

It was wonderful to see all the children after the long break. They were all full of stories and good energies.

 

My favourite day of the year is coming soon - Israel's birthday - Yom Ha’atzmaut. 

 

We had so much fun learning a new song called Cachol ve Lavan and dancing to it. We also saw Podi who brought a big big flag from Israel to show us.

 

Next Tuesday we will celebrate Israel Independence Day and I am sure it will be a very special day. 

 

Jewish Studies:

Welcome back Nursery. It has been lovely hearing all about your Pesach celebrations, travels and afikoman presents! Each morning, as part of tefillah, we have been Counting the Omer - seven complete weeks until Shavuot. Every day someone new gets a turn to choose a gem, pom pom or foam shape to mark a new day of our big classroom Omer counter. Everyone has been very keen to have a go and take part in this mitzvah- well done Nursery, I am so proud of you!

Nursery looked at the parasha for this week, which is Kedoshim. In Kedoshim we learn about the concept of ‘Veahavta lere’acha kamocha’- loving others as we love ourselves. We listened to this song: Belibi, by Uri Davidi , which features the phrase ‘Veahavta lere’acha kamocha’ . Have a listen at home and see if your child can remember any of the beautiful words. The children really relished talking about the people (and animals) that they really really love in their lives. We discussed how Hashem loves us so much and is so happy when we show each other kindness. Each of the children painted a small plaster of paris heart, which they can choose to either keep as a keepsake themselves or to give to someone they really love.

 

Nursery also started to prepare the classroom for Yom Ha’atsmaut this week. Each of the children made a fabulous blue and white, Israel themed 'hot air balloon' picture which will be going up on a special display. Everyone also had a go at painting bricks made of card to turn the walls of our home corner into the Kotel. We learned that Israel will be turning 76 in a few days time. We looked at the flag of Israel, the Degel Yisrael, with two lines on it that remind us of a talit, and a Magen David, which reminds us of the wise and brave King David. The children tried their hands at drawing Magen Davids in shaving foam, and building different sized Kotels out of foam bricks, duplo and stickle bricks. We listened to a gorgeous classic Israeli song in class called Eretz Yisrael Sheli Yafa by Datia Ben-Dor about our beautiful flourishing holy land. There are lots of different versions online, so do have a look and a listen.

 

We also enjoyed our lovely weekly Shabbat party.

 

The following children were on the Shabbat table today:

Shabbat Aba: Joshua

Shabbat Ima: Lexie

Shabbat Ben: Noah

Shabbat Bat: Alana

 

Important reminders:

  • Yom Ha’atzmaut next Tuesday 14th May: we will be celebrating Yom Ha’atzmaut in school. Please make sure you send your child in blue and white.
  • If it is a hot day, please can you apply 12 hour sunscreen before school to your child, so they do not need to reapply it during the day. Also please send a sun hat/cap as the weather is getting warmer and the children spend a lot of time outside. Please make sure your child’s sunhat is named.

 

We hope you have a lovely weekend.

Shabbat Shalom,

Miss Cowen and the Nursery Team

 

Phonics:

Please can you send in your child’s object for our phonics lessons on Monday 13th May.

 

Please can the following children please bring in an object beginning with the letter sound ‘g’:

Noah

Sarah

Levi

Hannah

Joshua

Lielle

Micah

Lexie

 

Please can the following children please bring in an object starting with the letter sound ‘o’:

 

Elijah

Jesse

Jacob

Isaac

Joseph

Michael

Leora

Alana

Benji

 

Please can you make sure that the objects sent in begin with the actual sound for example ‘a’. An apple has the ‘a’ sound but an acorn does not have the ‘a’ sound the children are learning. 

If it is hard to find objects for any letters please send an object which has that letter sound in it.

 

Nursery Newsletter - 12th April

 

I cannot believe this is my last newsletter of the spring term!

 

A big thank you to Morah Cassie who has spent hours with the team preparing a very special Haggadah with each of your children. We hope you enjoy using it with your child at your Seder, whichever country you may be in. We are very proud of what they have prepared and we are sure you will be too.

 

The children continued learning the letter sounds following the phonics scheme; Essential Letters and Sounds. They learnt the letter sounds ‘i’ and ‘n’. If you are practising the letter sounds with your child, please make sure you are using the correct pronunciations. Attached is a video of how to pronounce each of the sounds correctly. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwJx1NSineE

 

The children enjoyed sharing the objects they had chosen to represent the different letters and sounds learnt. Some children enjoyed making iguanas for the letter sound ‘i’’ and practised writing the ‘i’ sound. For the letter sound ‘n’, some children enjoyed practising writing numbers and writing the ‘n’ sound. This also links to the area of Mathematics.

 

In Mathematics we revised all of the 2D shapes. The children enjoyed listening to the book, ‘Mouse Shapes.’ This book is about three mice named Violet, Martin, and Fred who escape from a big, scary cat by hiding in a pile of shapes. "Look!" says Violet, once the coast is clear, "We can make things with them." The mice use the circles, triangles, and squares to create all sorts of pictures: a house, a tree, a book, and a fish. Some of the children then created their own shape pictures by cutting out different shapes in a variety of colours.

 

In Understanding the World the children enjoyed carrying on with the topic of minibeasts. We focused on the ant and the children enjoyed going into the garden area to see how many ants and other minibeasts they could find . They enjoyed listening to the non fiction book, ’Ants’ where we talked about true facts about the ant. Some of the children came into the garden area to clear up the beds by pulling up the old plants and weeds and putting in new soil. We then planted onions and radishes.

 

Please find below some activities that you can during the holiday with your child:

  • Continue to read rhyming books and encourage them to say as many rhyming words as they can to create a rhyming string. 
  • Continue to clap how many syllables there are in different words.
  • Continue to explore alliteration and see how many objects/words you can find starting with the same letter sound.
  • You can discuss CVC words (consonant, vowel, consonant) , for example, cat, mat, peg, leg. See if your child is able to say the first, middle and last sounds. Let your child ‘sound talk’ each of the words, for example, c-a-t, m-a-t.
  • Continue to look around the environment or your house to see what numbers your child can see. This includes looking for objects with numbers for example weighing scales, telephones, buses.
  • Carry on with counting by rote with your child. How high can your child count?
  • Continue to practise counting objects with your child using one to one correspondence. Make sure they say the number as each object is placed. Your child can practise counting the stairs up to bed and down in the morning. Make sure your child says the number name as they place each foot on the step.
  • You can practise “one more than” and “how many altogether?”. This can be done while shopping. For example, if you have three apples, one more is? If you have two pears and 3 apples how many do you have altogether? 
  • You can practise one less than. This can be done when your child is eating, for example using raisins. If you have 4 raisins and you eat one, how many have you got left?

Music:

  • Mr Style joined the model seder. The children sang all the Pesach songs they had learnt with Morah Cassie and in their music lessons. They were accompanied by Mr Style playing the guitar. They sang so beautifully and with confidence and it made us all so proud.

 

PE:

  • The children were split into groups and enjoyed a carousel of activities.
  • They practised running to the cone and back.
  • They completed a bear walk to the cone and back.
  • They put both feet together and did bunny hops from one cone to another.
  • They practised jumping over the hurdles.
  • They walked from one end to the other with a ring on their head.
  • They used the scooter to scoot to the scone and then scoot back.

 

Ivrit:

Shalom everyone,

In Ivrit this week, we learn more about Pesach and what we are not allowed to eat, such as:

Lechem לחם bread

Pasta פסטה  

Ugiyot עוגיות cookies

Challah חלה

Pita פיתה

 

We were so lucky to have Podi with us telling us what we can and can't eat on Pesach. Toda Podi. 

 

We loved the Matzah song. 

 

It was fun to learn the song about baby Moshe in his Teiva (basket). We sang it a few times and played The Parachute game using our River Nile from the story of Moshe. Inside we tried to catch the Matzah.

Here is the link to the song: 

https://youtu.be/XZ2zBKs-9Vk?feature=shared

Please share the song with your child to enjoy. 

 

In Jewish Studies this week, we had a fantastic time in our Home Corner, which was turned into a Matzah Factory, complete with a realistic looking oven, and play dough matzot. We have been learning so many brilliant Pesach songs in class, one of our favourites being: Frogs Here, Frogs There.

 

As a class, we looked at what happens towards the end of the Pesach Sedarim. On both Seder nights at the end of the Seder we sing לְשָׁנָה הַבָאָה בִּירוּשָלַיִם הַבְּנוּיָה! We hope to be in Yerusahalayim next year! We learned the words and practised singing Leshana Haba B'Yerushalayim as a class. We did such a great job, that we sang it with such gusto at the end of our Model Seder on Wednesday. Well done Nursery, I am so proud of you! Here is a nice clear online version, if you'd like to practice at home Lshana Haba by Olive Tree .Each of the children made their own sparkly and colurful crown complete with musical notes and the words לְשָׁנָה הַבָאָה בִּירוּשָלַיִם to wear with pride at the Sedarim.

On Wednesday we had our Model Seder. Each child had a role in the seder, be it saying a bracha or holding up an item on the seder plate, and they all did us so proud!  

 

Nursery class learnt that at the end of the second Seder we will start to count the Omer. We start to count up 7 complete weeks from Pesach until Shavuot. We will be counting the Omer every morning during tefillah after the Pesach break on a giant Omer Counter in the classroom. Each of the children made their own mini Omer Counter to use at home to count the Omer from the Second night of Pesach.

 

A few Pesach questions you can ask your child:

 

Why do we eat matzah on Pesach?

Answer: The Bnei Yisrael left Mitsrayim in such a rush that their bread dough had no time to rise, so they made flat matzah instead. 

 

Who did Hashem send to ask Paroh to let Bnei Yisrael out of Mitsrayim? 

Answer: Moshe

 

Why do we eat bitter herbs / maror on Pesach? 

Answer: To remind us of how bitter our lives were in Mitsrayim. 

 

Why do we dip our vegetables in salty water?

Answer:  To remember the tears Bnei Israel cried when we were slaves in Mitsrayim.

 

Can you name any of the 10 Makot / Plagues that Hashem sent to the Mitsrim?

Answer: blood, frogs, lice, wild animals....

 

What season is Pesach in ? 

Answer: Spring

 

We start to Count the Omer at Pesach. We will count seven weeks until the next big chag. Do you remember the name of that chag?

Answer: Shavuot.

On Friday we had our very special Shabbat Party.

 

The following children were on the Shabbat table:

Shabbat Aba: Levi

Shabbat Ima: Lielle

Shabbat Ben: Benji

Shabbat Bat : Leora

 

Important reminders:

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

 

Phonics:

Please can you send in your child’s object for our phonics lesson on Tuesday 7th May.

 

Please can the following children please bring in an object beginning with the letter sound ‘m’:

Noah

Sarah

Levi

Hannah

Joshua

Lielle

Micah

Lexie

 

Please can the following children please bring in an object starting with the letter sound ‘d’:

Elijah

Jesse

Jacob

Isaac

Joseph

Michael

Leora

Alana

Benji

 

Please can you make sure that the objects sent in begin with the actual sound for example ‘a’. An apple has the ‘a’ sound but an acorn does not have the ‘a’ sound the children are learning. 

If it is hard to find objects for any letters please send an object which has that letter sound in it.

 

Wishing you all חג אביב שמח

Happy Pesach , Chag Aviv Sameach

We look forward to seeing you back next term.

 

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

 

Newsletter 5th April

 

Wow, another great and very busy week in Nursery!

 

In Personal, Social and Emotional Development we sat in a circle and discussed the importance of kindness and how it makes us feel if someone pushes us or uses unkind words. We also reminded the children that they must tell an adult if they are upset and the adult will help them resolve any situations. This also links to the area of Communication and Language.

 

The children continued learning the letter sounds following the phonics scheme, Essential Letters and Sounds. This is the scheme that the whole school is following and they will continue as they go into Reception. They learnt the letter sounds ‘t’ and ‘p’. If you are practising the letter sounds with your child, please make sure you are using the correct pronunciations. Attached is a video of how to pronounce each of the sounds correctly. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwJx1NSineE

 

The children enjoyed sharing the objects they had chosen to represent the different letters and sounds learnt. Some children enjoyed making teeth for the letter sound ‘t’ and practised writing the ‘t’ sound. For the letter sound ‘p’, some of the children enjoyed colour mixing to make the colours pink and purple. They then used the paint colours they had used to paint their picture and practised writing the ‘p’ sound. This also links to the area Expressive Art and Design. Next week the children will learn the letters ‘i’ and ‘n’. 

 

The children enjoyed their last visit to the library for this term. Please make sure all library books are returned no later than Tuesday 9th April.

 

We would like to thank all of the parents who came in to read a story to the class this week. 

 

In Mathematics, we continued to revise numbers 0-10 and one more and one less than a given number up to 10. 

 

The children enjoyed making coconut pyramids with Mrs Dagul and weighing out all the ingredients.

In Understanding the world the children enjoyed carrying on with the topic of minibeasts. We focused on the snail and the children enjoyed going into the garden area to see how many they could find. They enjoyed listening to the non fiction book, ’Snails’ where we talked about true facts about the snail. 

The children also enjoyed making potions using different things found in the outdoor area. They discussed what happens when certain things are added to their potions. They also helped to plant more potatoes, radishes and onions.

Music:

  • The main focus was Pesach and the children continued learning songs ready for the festival, including Ma Nishtana and Dayenu.

 

PE:

  • They practised running from one cone to the next.
  • They put their feet together and then bunny hopped from one cone to the next.
  • They had fun practising bear walking using their hands and feet and crawling.
  • The children then started to practise the activities for Sports Day. 
  • These included throwing a bean bag into the hoops, balancing the egg on a spoon, balancing a ring on their head whilst walking and running from one side to the other.
  • At the end of the lesson the children had a discussion about what skills they had learnt today in the PE lesson

 

Ivrit:

 

Spring is here and Pesach is on its way too.

We started to learn more new words such as:

Matza מצה

Yaien יין  wine

Hagada הגדה

Parparim פרפרים butterflies

Prachim פרחים  Flowers

Tzipor  ציפור  bird

 

Podi came to visit us all the way from Israel and sang to us his favourite song for Pesach: Simcha Raba  

‎שמחה רבה אביב הגיע פסח בא

 

We also had a very nice surprise from the ‘big school’ when Morah Sharon came and joined our Ivrit lesson. She was so proud to listen to all the children using many words in Ivrit with a good understanding and behaviour. Kol Hakavod Nursery!

Jewish Studies:

This week Nursery class did brilliantly looking into what goes on during the Seder at Pesach. There are so many different steps to the Seder that we use a Haggadah to help us get it right. We learned that the Seder has 14 different steps, starting with Kadesh where we have our first cup of grape juice and ending with Nirtzah. Each of the children made a handy Order of the Seder poster which the children can use at home to keep track of the Seder.

Nursery class also had a closer look at the meaning behind the Ma Nishtana and the four questions it poses at the start of the Seder: Why do we only eat matzah? Why do we eat maror? Why do we dip our vegetables twice? and Why do we lean? We discussed how the matzah is eaten to remind us of how we left Mitzrayim in a hurry incase Paroh changed his mind. We dip our vegetables in salt water to remind us of our tears as slaves in Mitzrayim and the maror reminds us of the bitterly hard work we suffered. We learned that we lean during the Seder to show that Hashem took us out of Mitzrayim and we can lean like free people now. We practiced some actions for each of the verses in the Ma Nishtana to help us bring the song to life.

We reviewed the ten plagues that Hashem brought upon Paroh and the Mitzrim before they let the Bnei Yisrael go and each child made a colourful lion picture to represent the plague of 'Wild Animals'.

On Friday we had our very special Shabbat Party.

 

The following children were on the Shabbat table:

Shabbat Aba: Noah

Shabbat Ima: Hannah

Shabbat Ben: Jacob

Shabbat Bat : Lexie

 

Important Reminder:

  • Please continue to post pictures on Tapestry. 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.
  • Please send your child in with Tzedaka every Friday. Thank you!
  • 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 you arrive after this time and the blind is down and the door is closed this means that the carpet session has begun. You will need to then take your child back round to the side door where an adult will be waiting to bring your child into school. Children walking through the classroom unsettles the children already sitting and it is really important that we have a calm start to the day. Thank you for your support with this.
  • Please can you also make sure that your child is escorted to the classroom door each morning and that they don’t run through the playground and then into the classroom on their own.
  • Please make sure you send your child in with an object for the letter sound we are learning. 
  • On Friday the 12th April the children will break up at 12.30pm.

 

Phonics:

Please can you send in your child’s object for our phonics lesson on Monday 8th April.

 

Please can the following children please bring in an object beginning with the letter sound ‘i’:

Noah

Sarah

Levi

Hannah

Joshua

Lielle

Micah

Lexie

 

Please can the following children please bring in an object starting with the letter sound ‘n’ for the session on: 

Elijah

Jesse

Jacob

Isaac

Joseph

Michael

Leora

Alana

Benji

 

Please can you make sure that the objects sent in begin with the actual sound for example ‘a’. An apple has the ‘a’ sound but an acorn does not have the ‘a’ sound the children are learning. 

If it is hard to find objects for any letters please send an object which has that letter sound in it.

 

Wishing you a lovely  weekend, Shabbat Shalom.

 

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

 

Newsletter 28th March

 

Wow, another great and very busy week in Nursery!

 

In Personal, Social and Emotional Development we continued, reiterating the importance of using our words rather than our hands. We also reminded the children that they must tell an adult if they are upset and the adult will help them resolve any situations. This also links to the area of Communication and Language.

 

In Literacy we continued to practice oral blending and segmenting. We played ‘Simon Says’. Different words were sounded out, for example, “Simon says get your c-oa-t, coat!”, “Touch your h-ea-d, head!” “Simon says can you touch your b-a-ck, back!”  

 

The children started to learn the letter sounds following the new phonics scheme, Essential Letters and Sounds. This is the scheme that the whole school is following and they will continue as they go into Reception. They learnt the letter sounds ‘s’ and ‘a’. If you are practising the letter sounds with your child, please make sure you are using the correct pronunciations. Attached is a video of how to pronounce each of the sounds correctly. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwJx1NSineE

 

The children enjoyed sharing the objects they had chosen to represent the different letters and sounds learnt. Some children enjoyed making a sun for the letter sound ‘s’ and either wrote the ‘s’ sound or sounded out the word and wrote ‘s-u-n’. For the letter sound ‘a’, some of the children enjoyed hand printing an alligator and practiced writing the letter ‘a’. This also links to the area Expressive Art and Design. Next week the children will learn the letters ‘t’ and ‘p’. 

 

The children enjoyed their weekly visit to the library to select their chosen book to bring home.

 

We would like to thank all of the parents who came in to read a story to the class this week. 

 

In Mathematics, we continued to revise numbers 0-10 and one more and one less than a given number up to 10. 

We revised the 2D shapes including a pentagon, hexagon and octagon. The children enjoyed exploring different iPad games to continue to develop their shape, number recognition and 1-1 correspondence skills. Again, it was lovely to see the children waiting so patiently for their turn.

Music:

  • This week the children  started learning songs for Pesach.
  • They discussed how the youngest child sings the Ma Nishtana and they started learning the words.
  • They discussed the Afikomen and the four questions.
  • They also started to learn Dayenu and the frog song.

PE:

  • They practised their running from one cone to the next and then sidestepping from cone to cone.
  • They put their feet together and then  bunny hopped from one side to the other.
  • In pairs they practised rolling the ball to their partners.
  • At the end of the lesson they discussed what skills they had learnt today.

 

Ivrit:

 

This week there were no Ivrit lessons.

Jewish Studies:

In Jewish Studies this week we started off with such a brilliant day of Purim celebrations! The children had such fun strutting their stuff in their Purim costumes on our special EYU Purim catwalk. Each child made chocolate chip hamantaschen with Mrs Dagul, and while they baked the EYU was filled with a gorgeous sweet Purim smell! Nursery decorated their Mishloach Manot boxes with gems, stickers and coloured paper and everyone had the chance to use our Purim sponge shapes and bright paints to make Purim collages. Thank you so much to the PTA for arranging for Mr Marvel to join us at the EYU for a brilliant magic show!

Just as soon as our Purim celebrations were over, it was time to start getting ready for our next chag; Pesach. We talked about how lucky we are to have so many joyful days in the Jewish calendar, and how there is always something nice to look forward to! We started to look more deeply into Pesach, when we remember and tell the story of Bnei Yisrael and their bitter time as slaves in Mitzrayim. We worked on some of the pages that will be going into our very own hand-crafted Haggadot, which will help us to tell the story of Yetsiyat Mitzrayim (leaving Egypt) at our seders.

Nursery explored the difference between matzah and chametz. We looked into the fact that we have a mitzvah to look for chametz (Bedikat Chametz) and burn Chametz (Biur Chametz) just before Pesach arrives. The children joined Morah Cassie in a treasure hunt for chametz around the classroom, and armed only with torches, big feathers and wooden spoons, managed to get all the hidden bits of chametz. The children also started on their own picture of Biur Chametz to enjoy at home. Well done Nursery class, you are doing so well learning all about Pesach!

 

Important Reminder:

  • Please continue to post pictures on Tapestry. 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.
  • Please send your child in with Tzedaka every Friday. Thank you!
  • 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 you arrive after this time and the blind is down and the door is closed this means that the carpet session has begun. You will need to then take your child back round to the side door where an adult will be waiting to bring your child into school. Children walking through the classroom unsettles the children already sitting and it is really important that we have a calm start to the day. Thank you for your support with this.
  • Please can you also make sure that your child is to the classroom door each morning and that they don’t run through the playground and then into the classroom on their own.
  • Our topic for next term is People Who Help Us and I would be most grateful if you have a career that covers this area including being a doctor, dentist, optician and would be able to come in to talk to the children about what your role involves. Family members including grandparents, aunties, uncles who have interesting careers are also welcome. If you would like to email me if you are available to come in or speak to me at drop off or pick up that would be great. 

 

Phonics:

Please can you send in your child’s object for our phonics lesson on Tuesday 2nd April.

 

Please can the following children please bring in an object beginning with the letter sound ‘t’:

Noah

Sarah

Levi

Hannah

Joshua

Lielle

Micah

Lexie

 

Please can the following children please bring in an object starting with the letter sound ‘p’ for the session on: 

Elijah

Jesse

Jacob

Isaac

Joseph

Michael

Leora

Alana

Benji

 

Please can you make sure that the objects sent in begin with the actual sound for example ‘a’. An apple has the ‘a’ sound but an acorn does not have the ‘a’ sound the children are learning. 

 

Wishing you a lovely long  weekend, Shabbat Shalom.

 

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

 

Newsletter 22nd March

 

Wow! Another great week in Nursery!

 

In Personal, Social and Emotional Development the focus continues to be kindness towards each other, reiterating the importance of using our words rather than are hands. We also reminded the children that they must tell an adult and the adult will help them resolve any situations. This also links to the area of Communication and Language.

 

In Literacy, we continued with Aspect 7: Oral blending and segmenting. We carried on playing the game ‘Simon Says’. Different words were sounded out, for example, “Simon Says get your c-oa-t, coat!”, “Touch your t-oe-s, toes!”, “Touch your f-ee-t, feet!” 

 

We also carried on practising sound talking using the puppets. The pictured sound mat was held up and different words were sounded out and the children had to see if they could find the correct picture to match.

 

We would like to thank all of the parents who came in to read a story to the class this week. It has been wonderful for the children to continue to listen to a huge variety of books. 

 

In Expressive Art and Design the children enjoyed listening to the nursery rhyme ‘Hickory, Dickory, Dock’. In class we learnt about the minute and hour hand and learnt about o’clock and half past. Some of the children enjoyed making a clock. They cut out a circle and wrote the numbers around the clock face. They then made small and big hands and then enjoyed practising moving their hands around to make different times, including 1 o’clock, 2 o'clock and so on.  This links to Mathematics.  We also read the story ,’The Bad Tempered Ladybird’ which focuses on time.

 

In Mathematics, we continued to revise numbers 0-10 and one more and one less than a given number up to 10. 

 

In Understanding the World the children planted parsley and radishes to take home to watch grow, ready to use for Pesach.

 

How to look after your Parsley pots:

  • Place in a cool, lightly shaded spot to germinate.
  • Make sure the compost doesn't dry out and you water it regularly.
  • Please post pictures of your child’s parsley pot, so we can discuss growth in class.

 

Music:

  • The children started the lesson with stretching exercises and a game of Simon Says.
  • They enjoyed singing Purim songs including La Kova Sheli Shalosh Pinot and the Teddy bear song which they had learnt in the previous lesson.

PE:

  • At the beginning of the lesson the children talked about how to develop their skills by listening and following instructions.
  • They split into four teams.
  • They practised their running skills by running from one side to the other side.
  • They practised their throwing and catching skills by throwing the ball to their partners.
  • They practised throwing the ball higher aiming to throw over their partners head. 

 

Ivrit:

 

We are so close to my favourite festival, Purim.

This week, we listened to more Purim songs in Ivrit. We also had to guess what Podi will dress up for Purim and also, learning that in nature, some animals like to dress up. We looked at some cards to find what they dress up as.

 

For our art activity, we created either Sad clown  ליצן עצוב  Leitzan Atzuv or Happy clown ליצן שמח  Leitzan Sameach. We made them using paper plates, foam shapes and pom-poms.

 

Looking forward to some amazing Purim fun.

Jewish Studies:

In Jewish Studies this week we had so much fun working with Mrs Dagul and Ishmael to build 'Queen Esther's Quarters' in the home corner. The children painted the big grey castle walls made of cardboard last week and this week, they were hung and decorated with flowers and swaithes of bright fabric. It all looks very regal! Nursery set the table for Esther's special feast and they even made yummy looking Hamansachen out of playdough. We reviewed the story behind Megillat Esther and the 4 special Purim mitzvot - mishloach manot, tzedakah, listening to the Megillah and having a special Purim seudah. We delved a little further into the mitzvah of tzedakah this week, and each of the children made and decorated a meaningful collage of a tzedakah box with silver coins.

Nursery also started to learn about our next Chag, Pesach which will be coming up soon. We had a look at some Pesach items - a seder plate, matzah, haggadah etc and talked about the meaning behind each one. We started to introduce the song Ma Nishtana, and got to work decorating some of the pages that will go into their very own Haggadah to be used at Seder.

On Friday we had our very special Shabbat Party.

 

The following children were on the Shabbat table:

Shabbat Aba: Benji

Shabbat Ima: Alana

Shabbat Ben:  Joshua

Shabbat Bat:   Lielle

 

Important Reminder:

  • Please continue to post pictures on Tapestry. 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.
  • Please send your child in with Tzedaka every Friday. Thank you!
  • 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. 
  • Please make sure your child’s library book is returned by Tuesday. If your child’s library book is not returned, they will be unable to take home a new book, which will cause them disappointment. 

 

Important reminders: Purim Monday 25th March

   

  • We are so excited to celebrate Purim with your child in school.
  • Your child can come to school in fancy dress. Please make sure that the costume your child is wearing is easy for them to take up and down for toileting purposes. Please ensure that any trousers/dresses are not too long. Any props, including hats and glasses, must be named separately. (No swords, toy guns)
  • So that your child can fulfill one of the mitzvot of Purim, please can you send them in with some Tzedaka. 
  • If you have not yet sent in your child’s Mish loach Manot please make sure it is brought in on Monday 25th March.
  • Please send your child in with a fruit snack as normal on this day.

 

Phonics:

 

Due to a short Summer Term we will begin to learn the letter sounds next week. We will learn two sounds a week. 

 

It would be great if the children could bring in an object beginning with the letter sounds they are learning to share with the class. Everyone will get an opportunity to bring an object for the different letter sounds and this will be arranged on a rota basis. This will also replace our weekly ‘Show and Tell’ sessions. Please can all objects be brought in on Monday 25th March. Only send in items that your child is happy to leave in school.

 

Please can the following children please bring in an object beginning with the letter sound ‘s’:

Noah

Sarah

Levi

Hannah

Joshua

Lielle

Micah

Lexie

 

Please can the following children please bring in an object starting with the letter sound ‘a’ for the session on: 

Elijah

Jesse

Jacob

Isaac

Joseph

Michael

Leora

Alana

Benji

 

Please can you make sure that the objects sent in begin with the actual sound for example ‘a’. An apple has the ‘a’ sound but an acorn does not have the ‘a’ sound the children are learning. 

 

Wishing you a lovely weekend, Shabbat Shalom.

Wishing you all a wonderful Purim over the weekend!

 

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

 

Newsletter 15th March

 

Dear Parents,

 

Wow! Another busy and fun week in Nursery.

 

In Personal, Social and Emotional Development we continued to focus on being kind to each other and reiterated the importance of using our words rather than are hands. We talked about examples that even if someone pushes us, takes something from us that we don’t retaliate back in any way. We must use our words, however frustrated we may be. We reminded the children that they must tell an adult and the adult will help them resolve any situations. This also links to the area of Communication and Language.

 

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

 

We also introduced the children to a puppet that can only speak in ‘sound-talk’. The children met the puppet who we named

ch-i-p, Chip only whispers in Miss Cowen’s ear. To add to the activity, as Chip whispers, Miss Cowen repeated the sounds, and then said the word straight afterwards. For example: What would Chip like for tea today? Chip spoke silently in Miss Cowen’s ear and repeated ‘ch-ee-se’ and then said ‘cheese!’ We used different scenarios: What does Chip like to do in the playground? (hop,skip,jump,run, etc.) What is Ch-i-p’s favourite colour and Chip answered r-e-d, g-r-ee-n, m-au-ve. 

 

We would like to thank all of the parents/grandparents who came in to read a story to the class. It has been wonderful for the children to continue to listen to a huge variety of books. 

 

We continued to focus on nursery rhymes and this week we focused on, ‘Incy, Wincy, Spider’. The children enjoyed singing the nursery rhyme with actions. 

 

In Expressive Art and Design, some of the children enjoyed creating their own handprint spiders and then used a q-tip to create a spider's web. The children were interested to learn key facts about spiders and enjoyed listening to a non fiction book called, ’Spiders’. Some of the children went on a spider hunt around the outdoor area with magnifying glasses. This links to the area of Understanding the World. 

 

In Mathematics, we continued to revise numbers 0-10 and one more and one less than a given number up to 10. We played a fun game on the interactive whiteboard called ‘Colin the Chimp’. Colin loves to explore the jungle and gets muddled up with his numbers. The children had to work out the answers to different scenarios. For example there were three bananas  and one more was found on the floor. How many bananas are there now? There was one toucan and he flew away. How many toucons were left? 

 

The children also enjoyed continuing to learn about patterns and that patterns are everywhere. Some of the children enjoyed making different patterns using the keys, stickle bricks and Octons and others painted their own patterns. We discussed all the types of patterns, including stripes and spots and the children created their own. They enjoyed playing a shape game on the interactive whiteboard where they had to work out what was next in the pattern. Attached is the link for your child to continue to play this game. https://www.topmarks.co.uk/ordering-and-sequencing/shape-patterns

 

Music:

  • The children started the lesson with stretching and warm up exercises.
  • They enjoyed learning some Purim songs and continued learning the Teddy Bear song from last week.

 

PE:

  • The children enjoyed a selection of activities.
  • They ran and jumped over the hurdles and then ran back again.
  • In pairs they were given a tennis ball. They had to roll the ball to their partner and also then practised their catching skills by throwing the ball to each other. This was a good activity for developing their gross motor skills.

 

Ivrit:

Dear parents הורים יקרים

 

We are getting ready for the most happiest festival of the year

 פורים Purim

 

This week we listened to the story The Egg who Dressed Up הביצה שהתחפשה

After discussing about the book and learning new words such as:

Be’ytza ביצה egg

Kador כדור ball

Balon בלון balloon

Pitrya פטריה mushroom

Perach פרח flower

Chatul חתול cat

Tarnegolet תרנגולת hen

 

The children drew their own imaginary egg.

They have also created a 3D egg. The children chose to dress them up for what they will dress up for Purim. They decorated them with different materials and gave them names.

That was fun!

 

Jewish Studies:

This week in Jewish Studies Nursery looked into the parasha of the week Parashat Pekudei. In Parashat Pekudei, The Mishkan was now finished. An Anan, a cloud, came down from heaven and rested on the Mishkan. It showed Bnei Yisrael when to travel and when to rest. When it began to move from the Mishkan, Bnei Yisrael knew that it was time to fold up their tents and move on to another place. When it stopped moving, Bnei Yisrael knew that it was time to set up their tents round the Mishkan and have a rest. The Anan showed Bnei Yisrael that Hashem was always with them. Each child made a fantastic red and green stop-and-go sign to remember how the Anan told the Bnei Yisrael when to move and when to rest.

We also continued our learning about the upcoming chag of Purim. We looked into the four key mitzvot of Purim; giving mishloach manot משלח מנות;  giving charity צדקה; listening to the megila מגילה;  and having a special Purim meal/seudah. The children each made a colourful painted gragger - painting the base of the gragger a bright yellow using a variety of paint rollers and then using Purim sponge shapes to overlay the yellow with wonderfully textured colored Purim images. The children also enjoyed role-playing Queen Esther's Beauty Parlour outside with our hair stylist equipment- brushes, clips, hair dryers and combs.

 

The following children were on the Shabbat table:

Shabbat Aba: Joseph

Shabbat Ima: Leora

Shabbat Ben: Micah

Shabbat Bat: Sarah

 

Important Reminder:

  • Please continue to post pictures on Tapestry. 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.
  • Please send your child in with Tzedaka every Friday. Thank you!
  • 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. 
  • Please make sure your child’s library book is returned byTuesday. If your child’s library book is not returned, they will be unable to pick a new book to bring home, which will cause them disappointment. 
  •  

Important reminders: Purim

Monday 25th March   

  • We are so excited to celebrate Purim with your child in school.
  • Your child can come to school in fancy dress. Please make sure that the costume your child is wearing is easy for them to take up and down for toileting purposes. Please ensure that any trousers/dresses are not too long. Any props, including hats and glasses, must be named separately. 
  • So that your child can fulfill one of the mitzvot of Purim, please can you send them in with some Tzedaka. 
  • The children swap Mishloach Manot with each other. So that everyone has the same, please can you send in 1 small bag of crisps, one carton of drink and a packet of raisins. You do not need to gift wrap these as the children will be decorating special boxes to put their Mishloach Manot into.
  • Please make sure all food sent in is on the Kashrut list. Please can this be sent in, in a small named plastic bag. For the children to be able to swap Mishloach Manot with each other, we need you to send this in no later than Friday 22nd March. 
  • Please send your child in with a fruit snack as normal on this day.

 

Wishing you a lovely weekend and Shabbat Shalom.

 

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

 

Newsletter 8th March

 

Dear Parents,

 

Wow! What an amazing week it has been in Nursery celebrating Book Week.

 

We would like to thank all of the parents/grandparents who came in to read a story to the class. It has been wonderful for the children to listen to a huge variety of books and they loved listening to a story in French too! 

 

In Understanding the World this week the children celebrated World Book Week. We had a local author called Stephanie Mason in to talk to the children. She has written a book called, ‘JoJo’s Jump. ’Jojo's Jump is a heartwarming story about a pony trying to perform her first jump. It was amazing for the children to meet a real life author and hear her life experiences and how she created her book. 

 

We have also focused on the book, ’The Tiger Who Came to Tea’ by Judith Kerr. The children enjoyed listening to the story and some of the children enjoyed pulling the different tabs to see who popped out.

 

Some of the children enjoyed creating their own tigers which they painted on a plate. They discussed the colours and pattern on the tigers body and then freely designed their own. This links to Expressive Art and Design.

 

We talked about the importance of manners and whether it is thoughtful to eat everything without considering others, like the tiger did. We continued to remind the children of the importance of saying please and thank you.

 

The children enjoyed preparing for our special ‘Tiger Who Came to Tea’ party. Some of the children enjoyed making paper chains to decorate the classroom. This activity was great for developing the children’s cutting skills as the children had to try and cut on the lines. This links to Physical development. 

 

It was lovely seeing the children come in all dressed as their favourite characters. The children enjoyed showing their lovely costumes to their classmates. 

 

All the children prepared their own food for our special tea party. This included making fairy cakes and making a plain or jam sandwich. When making the sandwiches, the children discussed the different shapes they could make when cutting their sandwiches including, squares or triangles.  This links to Mathematics.

 

The children enjoyed the party and all the food they had made. It was lovely seeing them at the party with their favourite teddies. They also were surprised when there was a knock at the door and another guest arrived at the party. The tiger actually came for tea. They soon guessed it was Miss Cowen who had dressed up!

 

In Mathematics, we continued to revise numbers 0-10 and one more and one less than a given number up to 10. We played a fun game on the interactive whiteboard covering this.

 

The children also enjoyed learning about patterns and that patterns are everywhere. Some of the children enjoyed making different patterns using the pegs and teddy bears and others painted their own patterns. We discussed all the types of patterns, including stripes and spots and the children created their own.

 

In Letters and Sounds we continued with Aspect 6 - Voice Sounds. We continued to play with Metal Mike, the toy robot computer. They selected a picture, for example, a cat, a fan, a van. We then sounded out and blended each of the sounds (phonemes) together, using a robotic voice and then the object/picture was fed to ‘Metal Mike’.

 

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

We will continue with oral blending and segmenting next week.

 

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

The children were keen to see how the potatoes were doing on the window sill. We discussed chitting again and checked to see if any roots had grown and whether any were ready for planting. They were excited to see that there were some. We then filled up a grow bag with soil and placed 5 potatoes in each bag and then covered them with more soil. We will continue to check the progress of the potatoes on the window sill and also monitor the potatoes in the grow bags. This links to the area of Understanding the World.

Music:

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

  • They also enjoyed singing the nursery rhyme ‘Here is the Bee hive’ with actions.

 

PE:

 

  • The children were split into 4 teams.
  • They began with a warm up activity where the children had to run from one cone to another.
  • The children enjoyed completing a carousel of activities.
  • They practised their hopping skills and hopped from one side to the other side.
  • The children then enjoyed playing with the bats and balls. They practised hitting the ball to develop their hands and eye coordination skills.
  • At the end of the lesson they had a discussion about what skills they had learnt that day.

 

Ivrit:

 

We had great fun learning about the Zachal (Caterpillar) and how he became a beautiful Parpar (butterfly).

We read from the book in Ivrit and watched the cartoon video in Ivrit.

We played some memory games and matched pictures to numbers.

For our fun activity in the book, some of the children made pictures from the story on lolly sticks. 

Jewish Studies:

This week we looked at the parasha of the week, which is Vayakhel, in which Bnei Yisrael are now building a Mishkan, a very special place where they will be able to come to talk to Hashem. Bnei Yisrael are told not to do any of the building work for the Mishkan on Shabbat. By not doing weekday activities on Shabbat, we make Shabbat special. There is a gorgeous song we have learned about Shabbat. Can your child sing it with you? The words are: ‘Yom Rishon avodah, Yom Sheni avodah, Yom Shlishi avodah, avodah! Yom Revii avodah, Yom Chamishi avodah, Yom Shishi avodah avodah! Yom Shabbat menucha, Yom Shabbat menucha, Yom Shabbat menucha, menucha! At the end of Shabbat we look for three stars in the sky and make Havdalah. At Havdalah we smell sweet spices as we say goodbye to Shabbat and hello to a brand new week. The children started to work on their own wonderfully fragranced piece of abstract art painted using pastes we made together from water, glue and ground spices such as cinnamon and paprika.

 

Nursery listened attentively to an abridged version of Megillat Esther, while some of the children and Mrs Dagul acted the story out for us with character puppets. We talked about how Megillat Esther is an amazing, almost unbelievable story that is still as scary, exciting, and pertinent today as it was when it happened hundreds of years ago. The children had fun practicing their 'boo's' for shul on Purim. Each of the children made puppets of two of the Purim story characters using lots of different materials and fabrics. We hope you have fun at home using them to tell the story of our brave hero Esther and wise Mordechai.

 

What a lovely way to end the week with the stay and play visit. We hope you enjoyed joining us for Kabbalat Shabbat. It was lovely seeing you all enjoying the different activities with your children. I hope it gave you an insight to what your child does during the day in Nursery. Thank you for joining us.

 

The following children were on the Shabbat table:

Shabbat Aba: Michael

Shabbat Ima: Lexie

Shabbat Ben: Elijah 

Shabbat Bat: Hannah

 

Important Reminder:

  • Please continue to post pictures on Tapestry. 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.

Important reminders: Purim

Monday 25th March   

  • We are so excited to celebrate Purim with your child in school.
  • Your child can come to school in fancy dress. Please make sure that the costume your child is wearing is easy for them to take up and down for toileting purposes. Please ensure that any trousers/dresses are not too long. Any props, including hats and glasses, must be named separately. 
  • So that your child can fulfil one of the mitzvot of Purim, please can you send them in with some Tzedaka. 
  • The children swap Mishloach Manot with each other. So that everyone has the same, please can you send in 1 small bag of crisps, one carton of drink and a packet of raisins. You do not need to gift wrap these as the children will be decorating special boxes to put their Mishloach Manot into.
  • Please make sure all food sent in is on the Kashrut list. Please can this be sent in, in a small named plastic bag. For the children to be able to swap Mishloach Manot with each other, we need you to send this in no later than Friday 22nd March. 
  • Please send your child in with a fruit snack as normal on this day.

 

Wishing you a lovely weekend and Shabbat Shalom.

 

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








 

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