All About Us - Autumn 1
Our first learning enquiry is 'All About Us'. This fits perfectly with children's transition into the Nursery and the forging of new friendships. It supports children in getting to know each other, including the differences that make them special. Children will talk about their families, the things that they do together, and how this might be different from family to family. In learning the routines of the Nursery, including why rules are important to keep them safe, children will think about their feelings, needs, likes/dislikes, as well as the things that they are good at. This will help to build a bigger picture of the wonderful, rich community that we have at Farnborough Grange Nursery. Owing to the time of year, the themes of Autumn/Harvest will be introduced, with children encouraged to reflect on and be grateful for the things that they have.
Below are details of our planning, including a medium-term plan, topic web and core book list. These highlight the themes, key learning elements, core books/nursery rhymes, events, and skills that will be taught/introduced in the first half of the Autumn term. All are available in downloadable PDF format below. Please remember to check back regularly for updates on the children's learning and 'weekly highlights' that share the day-to-day excitement of our Nursery.
09/10/2020 - Highlight of the Week: Making Bread
Our highlight of the week has got to be making bread. Before baking, the children talked about how to wash their hands carefully and why this is so important. They then had lots of fun talking about the ingredients that they were going to use, listening to and following instructions, waiting for their turn to mix the ingredients (which also helps to develop fine motor control), talking about how the ingredients had changed and kneading the bread dough (which also helps to develop gross motor strength) until it was ready to put in the oven. Then, the best bit of all. The tasting! We know that the children enjoyed tasting the bread because the Nursery suddenly became rather quiet! The nursery are also very grateful to Mrs Warren for proving and baking the bread. Thank you Mrs Warren!
27/09/20 - It's Ok to be Different by Sharon Purtill - The Silent Version
This week the children have been talking about their similarities and differences. They found out that some of their friends are taller, whilst some are shorter. Some are older, while others are younger. Some have dark hair, whilst others have blonde hair. Some are good at riding a bike and some are not. These are just some of the differences that make them unique. They also found out that, despite their differences, they all wear clothes, they all eat food, they all go to Nursery, and most importantly, they are all friends. To support their learning they shared the book It's Ok to be Different by Sharon Purtill. Attached is a silent version of the book for you to enjoy with the children at home. Please talk to the children about what makes them the same or different to the children in the book and why it is important that we all show kindness to each other.
25/09/20 - Highlight of the Week: Counting & Sorting Treats for Spot
Spot has been a hungry dog this week. There was just one problem, he only likes the black and yellow treats. Unfortunately, they were all mixed up with the red and white treats. The children have been very helpful, sorting the treats into the correct shapes and colours so that Spot could eat the ones that he likes. To make it even more tricky they weren't aloud to use their hands. Instead they had to use the large tweezers which took quite a lot of practice, but will really help them with their writing when they are bigger. Then, there was another problem. Spot is not aloud to eat too many treats or he gets a tummy ache, so the children had to count them carefully to make sure that he wasn't being greedy. When the biscuits were grouped together, the children found it harder to count them, so they practiced lining them up and pointing to one treat at a time. This made counting much easier! You could even try this with the children at home. You could use vegetables, cars, Lego bricks - anything that the children choose (as long as they are safe). Don't forget to remind them to only say one number each time they point to an object. Good luck!
25/09/20 - The Family Book by Todd Parr - Read by Miss Read
In finding out about their new friends the children are going to be talking about their families next week. They will be thinking about how big or small their families are (and how this can change over time), where their families live, the things that they like to do together, whether they have any and what they like to eat. The children will come to realise that these things are likely to be different for every family, but that this is what makes each family extra special. To support their understanding, the children will be sharing The Family Book by Todd Parr, read here by Miss Silver. Please listen to the story at home and encourage the children to talk about what their own family is like. This should help them to share their ideas in Nursery next week.
18/09/2020 - Highlight of the Week: The Nursery Fish
The interest that the children have shown in our new fish has to be the highlight of the week. They have been commenting and asking lots of questions about our water-loving friends, with some children even helping to feed them - much to the delight of the fish! The only problem is that the fish don't have names. Various ideas have been suggested by the children, nursery staff and even our Headteacher, Mrs Cave. But we have yet to decide on what their names should be. This is where our families can help. Please look at the pictures of the fish with your children and ask them what they notice in the fish tank? What do the fish look like? What are they doing? What do they need to do to help look after them? What could their names be? There will be some suggestion slips (see below) on the Walk and Talk Board outside the Nursery from Monday. Please feel free to take one and write down your name suggestions. When you have finished, please submit your ideas to Mr Mellish by Friday 25th September. All names will be entered into a hat and drawn on Monday 28th September. We will publish the new names once they have been drawn. Watch this space!
17/09/2020 - Updated: Help to Decorate the Reading Corner
We often talk about nurturing a life-long love of reading among the children at Farnborough Grange. Through reading, children learn about people, places and events that are outside of their own experience. As adults, we have great influence over how reading is perceived by the children. Whether reading at school, at home, for work or for pleasure, we help to give reading it's purpose in the eye's of the children. It shows children that reading is fun, can be useful and should be continued in later life. The Guardian argues that 'allowing children to see adults as readers really does help to create a culture of reading in a school environment.' We want to challenge our families to take pictures of themselves reading for use in a 'We Love to Read' collage. It could be a picture of a brother or sister, a Nan or Granddad, an uncle or aunt or a close friend. Basically, anybody who is important in the lives of the children. You might also want to provide a picture of more than one person. That is fine too. The more the merrier! The most exciting part of this challenge is where the pictures are taken. It could be in a garden, on a beach, in the park or even on a bus. Provided that it is a safe place to stop and read, we want to show the children that reading is something that can be enjoyed almost anywhere, and at almost any time. Photos will be displayed in our new Book Corner and serve as a prompt to get the children talking about reading. Please send in all photos by Friday 25th September 2020. We can't wait to see where our families enjoy their reading!
10/09/2020 - Highlight of the Week: Stay & Play Sessions
Choosing this week's highlight was a no-brainer for the staff at Farnborough Grange Nursery. It is always an exciting time welcoming news starters to the Nursery but let's not forget that this would usually happen after nursery tours, new parents/carers meetings and a good few stay and play sessions. And in normal circumstances, children would be accompanied by their families to support and encourage them on their first day at Nursery. This year, thanks to COVID-19, the children had to venture into the Nursery alone. For many of the children, this was the first time that they had been away from their parents and carers, let alone set foot in the Nursery. Well, let's just say that the nursery staff were all thoroughly impressed. Parents and carers should be extremely proud of how well the children managed themselves today. A great deal of our curriculum in the Early Years is about building independence and our new starters have already got off to a great start. Even after a few little wobbles, all of the children were soon off exploring and investigating the Nursery on their own. Well done to all of the children who stayed and played today. The staff look forward to seeing you all tomorrow!
31/08/2020 - Mr Mellish visits Farnborough Library
We can't get enough of books at Farnborough Grange and want to nurture a life-long love of reading among all of the children in our Nursery. In their first half term, children will be learning a range of early reading skills including, looking after and respecting books, holding them the correct way up, turning the pages from left to right and identifying front and back covers. They will even begin to borrow books from the school Library and enjoy a story from our school Librarian.
We want to make books available in every area of our Nursery and are fortunate that Farnborough Library will lend us some books to support our current learning. These are story and information books that, spread across the Nursery, mean that reading is available to children in whatever space that they choose to play and learn in. Here is a picture of just some of the books that Mr Mellish has been able to borrow for our first learning enquiry, All About Us. There is also a copy of the key group Library Timetable below. Please note that, in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 the children will not be able to visit the school Library or take books home, but will be able exchange their Library book from a selection box on their Library day.
31/08/2020 - Core Nursery Rhymes - All About Us
Nursery rhymes are fantastic! Not just because they are fun and engaging for children, but because they also help to develop language and communication. Research has shown that children who have a good understanding of rhyme tend to perform better in literacy than children who don't. For this reason, and also because we enjoy them so much, the children will be learning a series of 'core' nursery rhymes each half term. These core rhymes will help the children to learn new words, develop non-verbal communication (using actions), build their listening and attention, learn early maths skills and even increase their confidence. Of course, these are just a few reasons, as we know that songs and rhymes support children's learning and development in so many other ways.
The rhymes that the children will learn this half term are:
Five Little Ducks
One Finger, One Thumb, Keep Moving
Wind the Bobbin Up
Children will be encouraged to use Makaton signs and their own actions to help remember the rhymes. Below are the links to the BBC versions of each nursery rhyme and PDF versions of the lyrics so that you can enjoy and practise them at home. There are also some flash cards to help the children identify which song they are going to sing. Have fun!