Welcome to your Autumn 2 letter, informing you about the areas we will cover over the next half term. All of the children have settled so well into Belleville Nursery and we are so proud of them. Our focus topic for Autumn 2 is ‘Special Times’. On the next page you will find an overview outlining what we will cover each week. The nursery team plan in detail responding to the children’s needs as their learning develops and their interests emerge. This ensures that the nursery activities are relevant and interesting for all of the children in each class. This half term we will also continue to focus on Phase 1 of the “Letters and Sounds” programme which is integral to children’s understanding of sounds before they move onto the phonetic sounds. In particular we will be concentrating on the skills we use to listen to the sounds in the environment.
Books and Book bags
Please ensure that your child has a book bag that they bring into school every day. This can be used to take books home from our ”Book Borrowing Library” . Please remember to sign out books borrowed from the library in the correct class book in the cloakroom and to cross it out when the book is returned.
Uniform and spare clothes
Please ensure all items of clothing are named clearly. Every child will also need a bag of weather appropriate spare clothes to hang on their peg. If your child has had a toilet accident or becomes wet from playing in the water tray, we will change your child into their spare clothes and put the wet clothes in a plastic bag on your child’s peg. If your child has had to borrow Nursery spare clothing, please wash them and return the clothes to us as soon as possible.
As the days are getting colder, please ensure your child comes to school in a named coat, hat and appropriate foot wear. Children have continual access to the outside area but need to be wearing a coat to do so. Please also encourage your child to remove their own coat when they start the session and put it on their peg. This will enable them to find it later when they wish to access the outside area.
Bob’s Diary and the Star Box
Next half term we will be sending home Bob’s Diary and The Star box. These are great opportunities for your child to speak and share with the class.
Bob’s Diary is a book which gets sent home on a Friday. Your child needs to share with Bob (our Nursery mascot) their favourite toy and the adventures they get up to with this toy over the weekend. You can also illustrate this with photos and drawings. The diary will need to be brought back to school by the following Wednesday, where your child will then share this with the class on Friday.
The Star Box is another opportunity for children to speak in front of the class. This is also handed out on a Friday. Inside the box your child can put 5 small special objects. They then bring the box into school the following Monday for them to share with the class. After they have shared the star box, your child’s special things will be sent back home with them. Please also send them in with an extra carrier bag so the special things can return back home without getting lost!
Please reassure your child that every child will get the opportunity to have Bob’s Diary and the Star box over the year so not to worry if they aren’t chosen straight away.
If you are concerned about anything, please do not hesitate to come and have a chat with either one of the Nursery Teachers: Lucy Cliff or Clare Trotter.
The Nursery Team
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