Muddy Boots Nursery

Welcome to Muddy Boots Nursery 2017 – 2018

  Autumn Term  1   2017

 

Week commencing 9th October 2017

 

During group time this week, the children will be learning:

  • The letter and sound ‘m’
  • The focus colour is Yellow
  • The focus number is 4
  • Talk for writing is ‘Room on the Broom’
  • Rhyme of the week – Incy Wincey Spider
  • Festival of Light – Diwali

We would kindly appreciate donations for;

  • Halloween resources (appropriate for our age group and noting that is scary). The children are talking about seeing resources in the shops and are taking an interest in Halloween.
  • Fruit for snack time

Other Learning Opportunities

  • Exploring pumpkins
  • Decorating our hands
  • Making salt dough Diwali lights
  • Visiting the WI @ Grendon Village Hall on Thursday am, sharing practice with our local community.

What can you do at home to support us?

  • Practice counting and reciting number names in sequence (0-10)
  • Practice ‘m’ (mmmm sound) – Down Maisie, mountain, mountain.
  • Practice kicking and catching with balls.

 

To Make Play dough: 2 cups of flour, 1 cup of salt, 1 teaspoon of bicarbonate soda, 1 tablespoon oil, food colouring and 1 cup of water. Mix all together and kneed.

To make salt dough:

  • In a large bowl mix salt and flour together.
  • Gradually stir in water. Mix well until it forms a doughy consistency.
  • Turn the dough onto the bench and kneed with your hands until smooth and combined.
  • Make your creations using the salt dough.
  • Place the salt dough creations into the oven at 180C

 

Walking around Grendon 

The children are getting much more confident in walking around the village with staff. We promote; stop, look, listen, sensible walking and good road safety.   We often visit the post office and have a chat with the lovely owners who gladly welcome us in. We usually walk back through the fields and look at the sheep and lambs, the children are then able to have a free range and run and scream having fun.

 

Talk for writing

We are now learning about the ‘Room on a Broom’ story (with the lead up to Halloween).

 

Forest School- The children have been attending Forest School with the Reception class this term (Thursday am sessions)which has worked really well. They have done lots of bug hunting and making fishing rods, while making lots of adventures exploring the environment.

Forest School

 

Lunch boxes and water bottles – PLEASE LABEL ALL LUNCH BOXES, POTS AND BOTTLES.

We promote Healthy eating at GUCS so please consider the sugar content of your child’s lunch boxes. No chocolate or sweets please.  No Nuts please.

We have a child who is sensitive to squash and juices therefore to support this we are asking that only water is put in our water bottle and please make sure they are named.  This is a whole school policy.

https://www.nhs.uk/change4life-beta/healthier-lunchboxes

Snack time:

To encourage healthy eating we like to offer our children different snacks, to support us in this could you please occasionally supply us with different fruits, vegetables, crackers etc

 

 Clothing

Play Time- Please take in mind when you dress your child that we can get very messy at nursery, through playing outside or inside. Also think about footwear, we do tend to do a lot of climbing and jumping, running, skipping and dancing (wellies are only ideal for outdoors).  As we have mud water and sand it would be really helpful to have a spare change of clothes and appropriate shoes for indoor and out.

Mud, mud glorious mud!
This is what your children will often look like! Unsure about the benefits of getting mucky? Have a look at this article: http://www.letthechildrenplay.net/2011/08/10-reasons-why-we-should-let-children.html?m=1

 

Dates for your diary.

Autumn  1 & 2

12 October The Dragon learning group will be visiting the Women’s Institute @ Grendon Village Hall (the second Thursday of the month), 9:30 – 10:30am.

19 October The Dragon learning group will be visiting some local residents (with disabilities) every other Thursday @ 2:00pm.

 

 

Getting Messy

We supply aprons to try and save dirty clothes, however sometimes the children either refuse to wear them or we haven’t got there in time to protect them.  Thank you for your understanding.

http://www.letthechildrenplay.net/2011/08/10-reasons-why-we-should-let-children.html?m=1

 

The School Day

The main school gate will be opened at 8.45am.

Muddy Boots Nursery sessions:

Morning sessions start at 8.45 – 11.45am.

Afternoon sessions start at 12.15 – 3.15. Lunch will take place at 11:45-12.15.

Arriving on time for your child’s session is very important for your child/children, as we all learn to sing the ‘hello song’, to learn each other’s names. We then spend a short time on the carpet sharing important news/stories in our learning groups. The children start interacting with each other and this is where friendships can start to form.

School registers/lunches must be completed and ordered by 9.00am. Lunchtime register by 12.00 noon.

The main school day ends at 3.15pm, therefore if you do have other children to collect in the main school, please make sure you collect your Nursery child/children first.

 

Early Years Outcomes

Please follow the link below to explore the Early Years document. This is how we assess all children across the early years phase from birth- 60+ months.

https://www.gov.uk

 

What to Expect, When?

This document explains the Early Years Outcome in through the voice of a child. It also gives you a range of ways you can support your child’s learning at home. We think this is a much more user friendly document and will be using it ourselves in the classroom!

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If you have any queries or questions please speak to any member of the Nursery Team, Jayne Myers (EYFS Leader), Lynne Zverko (Nursery Leader) or contact the school office.

 

Uniform Update!

Humility…..The newsletter on Friday stated children should wear black shorts for PE, however children should be wearing navy blue shorts!!

Kevin Morrissey

A Royal Day!

To mark the milestone of Queen Elizabeth II becoming Britain’s longest serving monarch, Year 5 led a ‘Royal’ assembly for the whole school.  The children also handed out commemorative coins to the school which were generously purchased by our FRoGS (PTA).  A huge Royal ‘wave’ and thank you to all who contributed to today!

Have a safe and fun weekend and I look forward to seeing you all on Monday!

Mr. Morrissey

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Proud Headteacher!

I am so proud of how all of the children, new and old, have settled so quickly back into Team GUCS.  Behaviour so far has been amazing!!  Ask your children about our new Learning Behaviour.

Don’t forget it’s ‘meet the teacher’ on Tuesday 8th September.  You may choose to attend one of three times:

4.30 – 5pm Presentation 1

5.00 – 5.30pm Presentation 2

5.30 – 6pm Presentation 3

I know Reception class have already had their ‘meet the teacher evening’, however, Mrs Mackie will be available from 3:30pm for any parents who were unable to attend before the summer break.

Lastly, I am looking forward to hearing all of the leadership speeches this week for Grendon’s Pupil Parliament.  Move over Mr. Bercow!

Thank you all for your continued support.

Mr. Morrissey

Counting down….

I am so excited, I simply can’t wait for the start of term tomorrow.  It feels like Christmas!

 

The gates open at 8.55am on Thursday 3rd September.

 

I look forward to seeing each and every one of you, with your smart new uniform, polished shoes, and all your Learning Behaviours ready for an action packed Autumn Term.

Mr Morrissey

 

Summer holiday

School closed for summer holiday

Summer holiday

School closed for summer holiday

Summer holiday

School closed for summer holiday

Summer holiday

School closed for summer holiday

Back to School…

School resumes on Thursday 3rd September.

See you all bright and early at 8.55am

Kevin Morrissey

Summer holiday

School closed for summer holiday