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.

 

The week ahead

Scorchio

It’s scorchio out there and set to continue for the next couple days.  PLEASE ensure your child has a hat, sun-cream and water bottle with them at school. The sports hall is open to the children at break and lunchtime to provide the necessary shade and a lovely cool breeze.

Lanterns

This week, we have the paddling pool out, and the water guns at the ready!  If you want to join in the with the fun and games, please contact the school office who can book you in.  Come along and join in the fun.

Camp Out

Advance Warning! It looks like the weather on Friday evening may be on the turn from about 9pm.  The family disco will run regardless, however, if we have rain, we simply cannot continue with the Camp Out as the cars will churn up our sports field.  Fingers crossed for continued sunshine…

The entry to the camp out/family disco is £5 and paid on entry.  The money will be collected on the door.  Entry is for the disco and camp out, however, if the camp out does not go ahead, the £5 charge will still stand to cover the cost of the family disco. We still want to have a fun time, so come rain or shine, there will be some sort of activity to end the year in style.

Grendon is 50!

As you are aware Grendon will be holding a ‘Time-Slip’ Tea Party for the children of GUCS on Friday 26th June to celebrate Grendon being 50! I already have my costume ready to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of the current school building being opened in the academic year of 1964 – 1965! Your child is invited to choose an outfit / costume from either the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, 00’s or 10’s. They can be a pop / rock star, a prime minister, TV presenter, spaceman – Neil Armstrong etc…. Someone / something that represents what Britain / Grendon was like ‘Back in the Day’. Let your creative juices run wild!!! The local media will be at the school during the day as well as a local dignitary who will plant a special Golden Dawn Redwood tree to mark the occasion.

On your marks, get set, go…… Sports Day is going ahead on Tuesday 16th June

We’ve checked the weather for our Sports Day event: currently, its dry with sunny intervals – that’ll do for me! We’re on!

Please arrive from 12:30pm for a 1pm start.

As always, refreshments will be available (Thank you FroGS), and Paul Biz, our school DJ, will provide the entertainment.

We’re coming home

We’re on our way home! I expect to be back at 3.15 – 3.30pm

When you collect them, please encourage your child to thank their staff member before they bolt off. The staff have been brilliant this week and have looked after each member of their group 24/7 as if they were their own – even Mr B has been a fantastic ‘mum’.Additionally, please don’t go without collecting your child’s medication and touching base with the group leader about any First Aid/Medical issues. Every child (and adult) is displaying a colourful array of bruises – when you abseil, climb, hang off ropes, kayak and hide from predators, you’ve got to expect a scratch or two.

We’re coming home….

Year 6 have just left Southampton… more updates shortly….

 

 

I apologise in advance: one of the last activities this morning is pond dipping in a stagnant lake – boy oh boy it hummmmms! Still, they’re all yours in four hours or so…. so enjoy giving them a big hug when you see them! (Oh, and avoid the grey grime line on the back of their necks when you give them a kiss, I just don’t know what you might catch!)

It’s the last morning here at Fairthorne; children are a mix of excited and sad. They’re ready to go home but will miss their friends and activities so much. Breakfast had a very continental feel with brioche and juices this morning, all the children tucked in, and lunch today is once again the coveted JUMBO SAUSAGE ROLL! It really is a winner – and when I say jumbo, I mean JUMBO. It’s huge!

We are leaving at 12.30pm. If traffic is good we could be back by 2.30, but last year there was significant congestion on the A34 so we will stick to 4pm just in case. I will continue to give you updates via the blog to let you know how we are progressing. Please do not panic though, if we do return earlier than 4pm and you still have commitments, the children will continue to be supervised (we’ve got some ice pops ready to welcome them back).

When you collect them, please encourage your child to thank their staff member before they bolt off. The staff have been brilliant this week and have looked after each member of their group 24/7 as if they were their own – even Mr B has been a fantastic ‘mum’.

Additionally, please don’t go without collecting your child’s medication and touching base with the group leader about any First Aid/Medical issues. Every child (and adult) is displaying a colourful array of bruises – when you abseil, climb, hang off ropes, kayak and hide from predators, you’ve got to expect a scratch or two.

Wish us luck on the coach home – the smell of Group 2 has just wafted past us ………….. SOS (again) x

Year 6 Residential to Fairthorne Manor, Southampton 8-12th 2015

Year 6 will be heading off to Fairthorne Manor for their residential.

Last morning at Fairthorne Manor

I apologise in advance: one of the last activities this morning is pond dipping in a stagnant lake – boy oh boy it hummmmms! Still, they’re all yours in four hours or so…. so enjoy giving them a big hug when you see them! (Oh, and avoid the grey grime line on the back of their necks when you give them a kiss, I just don’t know what you might catch!)

It’s the last morning here at Fairthorne; children are a mix of excited and sad. They’re ready to go home but will miss their friends and activities so much. Breakfast had a very continental feel with brioche and juices this morning, all the children tucked in, and lunch today is once again the coveted JUMBO SAUSAGE ROLL! It really is a winner – and when I say jumbo, I mean JUMBO. It’s huge!

We are leaving at 12.30pm. If traffic is good we could be back by 2.30, but last year there was significant congestion on the A34 so we will stick to 4pm just in case. I will continue to give you updates via the blog to let you know how we are progressing. Please do not panic though, if we do return earlier than 4pm and you still have commitments, the children will continue to be supervised (we’ve got some ice pops ready to welcome them back).

When you collect them, please encourage your child to thank their staff member before they bolt off. The staff have been brilliant this week and have looked after each member of their group 24/7 as if they were their own – even Mr B has been a fantastic ‘mum’.

Additionally, please don’t go without collecting your child’s medication and touching base with the group leader about any First Aid/Medical issues. Every child (and adult) is displaying a colourful array of bruises – when you abseil, climb, hang off ropes, kayak and hide from predators, you’ve got to expect a scratch or two.

Wish us luck on the coach home – the smell of Group 2 has just wafted past us ………….. SOS (again) x

Final sleep in the Fairthorne Manor House…

I had no idea a school residential could prove to be so lucrative. We could well have bagged an additional£250 for the school budget today thanks to the lovely Mrs Wilkes!

Allow me to explain… Using the learning behaviour of courage, Barbara decided to have a go at kayaking. She imagined herself, gliding along the lake,  sun in her face, sun beams reflecting off the rippling water… instead, with grace and aplomb, Mrs Wilkes put one foot in her kayak and dived headfirst into the water. Fully clothed. Glasses on. The whole kit and caboodle!!

There’s a vicious rumour that we have photographic evidence – (shock, horror!) But we’ll keep it hidden, it could really come in very useful when finances are running low… (…You’ve Been Framed).

Other than that, we’ve had a glorious last day. The children have embraced everything – even each other – when celebrating their teamwork successes. They really are a great bunch of children, you should all be very proud of each and every one.

Spag Bol was on the menu for tonight’s dinner – the children were like termites, chomping their way through piles and piles- it was like they’ve never seen food!!!!

We’ve got the Talent Show now then the Disco (it’s always a sweaty treat), so I’ve gotta go! Mr B’s already through to judges houses and is threatening to throw some serious shapes on the dance floor. I have a duty of care to protect our children … SOS!!!!

Day 4 in the Fairthorne Manor House…

As predicted, the children slept like logs: not a peep, squeak nor wheeze – but there were some throaty snores reverberating through the halls…(that’s enough about Mr B though!)

After a cooked breakfast this morning (double helpings for those Year 6 boys again) we’ve headed out to our activities; Jacob’s Ladder, Pirate Obstacle Course (ahoy me hearties!) Archery, to name but a few.

The weather is utterly glorious, but please be assured that the children are lotioned up: with military precision, necks, ears, noses have been assessed for ‘lotion residue’ and by pain of death, the children have not moved a muscle without their hats and water bottles.

It’s the Talent Show and disco tonight so excitement’s beginning to build… We’ll bring you more on this later…

As always, VERY happy campers.

Day 3, evening update from the Fairthorne Manor House

Wow! It’s been a scorcher – the best possible day for Kayaking! Of course, the obligatory child fell in and had to be rescued by the leader, but that’s all in a day’s work for the volunteers. Don’t worry. We’re still bringing 52 children back (one might still be a bit damp though).

Some children had ‘Shrek Bog’ again: the teachers literally cannot tell the children apart as they are just a blur of brown, grey and leaves. Perhaps it’s camouflage – who knows?

It was pork stir fry for dinner – double helpings for most of the Year 6 boys – Gawd knows where they put it… And now we’re  off for a Campfire sing-along.

I have no doubt we will all be sleeping well again tonight!