Watchlytes Primary

Creativity, Inspiration and Achievement

 

Nursery

 

 

Here you will be able to find everything you need for Nursery. You will be able to keep up to date with everything going on in Willow Class, as well as finding useful information that can be used at home. Please check in every week to see more updates of what we have been learning about.

Please share any of your childs achievements with us by sending them to Mrs Williams via our class email, which is willowclass@watchlytes.herts.sch.uk

How to use Google Classroom

Curriculum Overview:

Autumn Curriculum Overview

Spring Curriculum Overview

Useful websites: 

Nursery Rhymes

Letters and Sounds - Phase 1

Home learning - week beginning 04.01.21

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. We are very sad to not be able to see all of our nursery children and look forward to seeing everyone as soon as we can. Below is a list of suggested activities for home learning this week.

If you need any support please contact me via our class website - willowclass@watchlytes.herts.sch.uk

Literacy challenge

We love sharing stories at nursery. Click on the link below to hear one of our favourites - 'The Cave.'

The Cave

Have you got a favourite story at home? Can you share this with your family? We would love to see which books you enjoy at home. Can you send us a picture of you reading your favourite book?

Phonics Challenge

Click on the link below to view a variety of fun sound discrimination games. Listen carefully to identify the sounds.

Phase 1 sound game

Maths Challenge

Please recap numbers 1 - 5. Can you identify the numbers in a random order? Can you put them back into the correct order? Can you match the number to an amount of objects? At nursery we use numberblocks to help us learn about numbers. Please click on the link below to view numberblocks episodes.

Numberblocks

Physical Challenge

 Please see the document below which suggests daily activities aimed at developing gross motor skills.

Physical Development

Exploring Colour

What colours can you see in your home? Can you sort objects around your home according to their colour? How many blue objects can you find? How many green? Which is your favourite colour? Which colour group has the most objects in? Can you ask a grown up to send us a photo of your colour groups?

From next week we will be providing online learning activities via Google Classroom. School will be in touch soon to provide you with further information about this. In the meantime if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me via willowclass@watchlytes.herts.sch.uk

 

Week beginning 14.12.20

Nursery class have had so much fun this week. The highlight of our week was definitely the snow machine. What a wonderful experience it was for the children. We are all very thankful to our amazing PSA for organising this.

We have also had the chance to watch Cinderella, an online pantomime.

On Wednesday we had Christmas jumper day and ate Christmas dinner together. The children were thrilled with their crackers and party hats!

On Thursday we had a Christmas party with lots of games and competitions where every child won a prize!

The children were all so worn out, we ended the week with a movie treat! The children chose to watch Madagascar. 

Our parents had the chance to take their child's learning journal home over the weekend. We have had lots of positive feedback. Thank you so much for all your support.

We hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and a happy and healthy 2021.We look forward to seeing all of our wonderful nursery children in January.

 

Week beginning 07.12.20

We have had a very special letter delivered to our nursery class this week, all the way from the North Pole!! Santa had sent one of his elves (Dobby) to our nursery class to keep an eye on all the boys and girls. The letter we received from Santa said how proud he was as everyone is being so kind and helpful.

This week we finished recording our nativity production. We are in the process of putting it all together and we cannot wait to share it with you soon.

In maths this week we have learnt about the number five. The children have practised counting out five objects and identfying the digit. We have looked at how four plus one more makes five. We have a favourite number song at nursery. Click on the link below to hear it.

Ten Little Numbers

 The children have also been mark making in different ways. We have had lots of paint in the tuff tray. The children have used a variety of tools to make different shapes and patterns in the paint. We have also practised making patterns and writing letters in sand trays.

 

Week beginning 30.11.20

What a busy week for nursery! We have been making christmas cards, which has given the children a perfect opportunity to practise writing their names. Every child has a name card to help them copy the letters of their names.

We have introduced a new art area outside. The children have put on their wet suits and have enjoyed using rollers to paint in a large space in front of and above them. They have also used sponges for printing, paintbrushes and paint scrapers to create different patterns.

The children have now been told which character they will be in our nativity story production. We look forward to filming this next week and we can't wait to share it with you all.

The highlight of our week was definitely the very kind donation of advent calendars from Morrisons. The children were delighted with them.  

 

Week beginning 23.11.20

Christmas has arrived a little early at Watchlytes nursery this year. The children have been so excited to play in our Christmas role-play area, dressing up as Santa, elves and reindeer. We started to make some Christmas decorations, which the children will be able to bring home to put on their Christmas trees!

The children have enjoyed playing with our nativity story figures and are using them to act out the nativity story to each other.

The balance bikes are very popular at nursery. We have noticed a huge improvement in the children's ability to hold their balance. Their confidence has grown and some of our children have even started riding the two wheeled pedal bikes!

We have been practising our cutting skills, making snips and cutting out pictures from old christmas cards. The children have been encouraged to use the scissors with one hand and have been shown how to handle them safely.

We have had lots of proud clouds to share this week. Thank you so much to all the parents who have sent them in. The children love sharing them during circle time and we are displaying them in the classroom. It is lovely to hear about all the fantastic things the children are doing at home to make you all proud!

We have also been practising 'robot talking.' This is where the sounds in words are broken up, for example cat - c,a,t. The children listen to a word in 'robot talk' and have to guess what the robot is saying. This helps to develop the blending and segmenting of sounds for future reading and writing.

 

 

Week beginning 16.11.20

This week the nursery children have enjoyed mark making under our tables. Laying on the floor and writing 'upside down' helps to strengthen the muscles needed for efficient writing. Although it has been quite wet outside, we have still enjoyed being in our EYFS garden. The children have been wearing wet suits and have had great fun rolling down our hill. We have learnt about the number 4. Mrs Hall has created some number blocks for us to use within the classroom. The children are enjoying playing with these, matching each number block to an amount of objects. We have discussed how 4 is one more than three.  The children are learning to recognise the digits as well as counting objects.

We have started to learn about the Christmas story. The children in nursery and reception will be learning a selection of songs to help tell the nativity story. We have been really impressed with how quickly the children have learnt the first few songs. It's lovely to hear that so many of our children are singing these songs at home.

 

Week beginning 09.11.20

Wow, what a busy week! We started our week off learning about the hindu festival Diwali, which is happening this Saturday. The children have learnt why it is called the festival of light and made divas out of clay to bring home. We also had remembrance day on Wednesday. The children enjoyed making poppies to wear and made us all very proud when we stopped for the two minutes silence. They did a fantastic job!  We have finished our week dressed in our pyjamas for 'children in need.' We took part in the BBCs Rickshaw Challenge by making our pedal bikes stationary, turning them into exercise bikes.

This week the children have learnt how to find their very own name stickers so they can put their names on each piece of work they create.

On top of all this fun, we have also enjoyed playing with some new diggers in the classroom, practised throwing and catching balls, celebrated a birthday and much more!

Week beginning 02.11.20

This week we have been learning about the number 3! The children explored what 3 can look like in different ways. For example three can be one plus one plus one, or two plus one, or one plus two! We practised counting out three objects with one to one correspondence. We are using the numberblocks to support our learning. Click on the link below to view numberblocks episodes.

 

Numberblocks

 

The children have been using their fingers to mark make in coloured sand. We have practised making a range of patterns including zig zags, swirls, wavy lines, circles and dots.

Some children have been able to share photos and WOW moments from home. Please do remember you can email Mrs Williams at willowclass@watchlytes.herts.sch.uk

When we returned after half term our playground was full of autumn leaves. The children have loved incorporating the leaves into their play, transporting them across the playground with wheelbarrows, sweeping them and of course, throwing them high into the air!

We have explored colour mixing with powder paints on the playground floor. The children enjoyed seeing how the colours changed and used the brooms to mix them.

We have had a focus on putting our coats on independently. The children have been shown how to pull their sleeves the correct way when inside out. We are encouraging the children to do this without adult support at nursery.

 

 

Week beginning 19.10.20

We have had a fun and spooky week. The children enjoyed playing in a pumpkin patch outside. They role played purchasing pumpkins of different sizes, shapes and colours. We made halloween decorations to display in our classroom and finished the week with a halloween fancy dress party. It was amazing to see all the carved pumpkins brought in from home. Thank you so much to all our parents for participating in this.  

 

Week beginning 12.10.20

This week we have been exploring pumpkins. We have opened a range of pumpkins to investigate what they look, smell and feel like on the inside. We used whiteboard pens to mark make on the outside of the pumpkins, creating some wonderful pictures and patterns. The nursery children were excited to use real hammers to put nails into the pumpkins. We were very proud of how safe every child was in using the hammer and nails. The children have also had lots of fun putting on wet suits and jumping in a huge mud puddle outside.

Week beginning 05.10.20

This week we have been having lots of fun using our new nail boards to make pictures. This is a fun 'fine motor' activity that helps to build up strength in the children's fingers. We have introduced the writing equipment outside and some of the children have been using chalk to mark-make on the floor. The children have enjoyed listening to the story 'Jack and the beanstalk' this week and on Friday we put on our wet suits and painted a big green beanstalk using paintbrushes, our hands and our feet!

 

Week beginning 28.09.20

This week we have had lots of fun exploring musical instruments. The children have had a chance to play a recorder, violin, cello, drums and many more! On Wednesday we had PE in the hall with our sports coach, Regan. We practised moving in a variety of ways and following simple instructions. We have also learnt how to put on our wet suits. As it's been raining this week, the children have had lots of fun getting muddy!  

Week beginning 07.09.20

Welcome to Watchlytes!

We have had a fantastic start to the term so far and I am really impressed with how quickly the children have settled. We have had lots of smiles and the children have all seemed excited to come and play again soon. All the nursery staff are looking forward to having the whole group in as normal. We can't wait to get to know the children better and start planning lots of fun learning opportunities for our Watchlytes nursery children.