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St Antony's

Catholic Primary School

God is at the heart of our school

Nursery

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Class Teachers - Mrs Mills & Mrs Paynter

Nursery Nurse - Mrs Hudson & Mrs Prince

Friday 13th March 2020

Dear Parents,

We’ve had a super time outside this week, enjoying the spring sunshine. We have been counting magic beans and learning to recognise numbers up to 10 in Maths. In Literacy we have been predicting story endings and practising writing our name. There has been lots of creative play as usual; we’ve enjoyed painting, collaging and modelling with playdough.

EASTER BONNET PARADE:

We would like you to help your child make an Easter bonnet so that they can take part in our Easter bonnet parade. On Wednesday 1st April the children will bring in their bonnets and parade them around the school for all the older children and staff to admire. You can be as creative as you like!

MILK BOTTLES:

We are collecting 4 pint plastic milk bottles to be used as planters to grow herbs in. Please begin sending in milk bottles that have been washed out and have a lid on. Thank you.

Wishing you all a lovely weekend. Kind Regards, The Nursery Team

 

Notices:

Friday 27th March – STEM WEEK: dress up as a mathematician, scientist, ecologist or engineer. Bring a non-fiction book or magazine to share.

Wednesday 1st April – Bring in your Easter bonnet

Friday 6th March 2020

 

Dear Parents,

At the beginning of the week a giant beanstalk appeared in nursery – we couldn’t believe our eyes! The children were fantastic detectives and decided that the beanstalk had grown from Jack’s magic beans. We read the story ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ and have enjoyed playing with puppets, digging up magic beans in the compost and making golden eggs for the hen.

It was lovely to see the children all dress up for World Book Day. Thank you for all of the donations and for getting involved. We had a super day and had fun looking at each other’s favourite stories. We have put some photos on the school website’s nursery page.

Wishing you all a lovely weekend.

 

Kind Regards,

The Nursery Team

 

Notices:

Tuesday 10th & Wednesday 11th March – Parent Consultation evenings. You should be able to book your appointment online using Scopay. If you have any problems with booking an appointment please see Mrs Mills on Monday.

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Friday 28th February 2020

 

Dear Parents,

Welcome back, we hope that you all had a lovely half term break despite the wet and windy weather!

It was lovely to hear the children talk about their time off during our show and tell sessions. The children took great pride in showing their things and sharing their news with the class. We’ve enjoyed returning to nursery and taking part in lots of fun activities this past week. We were all very excited to see the snow arrive on Thursday morning and the children showed a great understanding of the signs of winter and changes in weather. We all decided that we must wrap up warm during winter by wearing our coat, scarf, hat and gloves!

Next week we will begin our new topic ‘Growing’ which will continue until the end of term.

We hope that you all enjoy your weekend.

Kind Regards,

The Nursery Team

 

Notices:

Thursday 5th March – World Book Day. Dress up as your favourite book character and bring in the corresponding book.

Tuesday 10th & Wednesday 11th March – Parent Consultation evening

Friday 14th February 2020

 

Dear Parents,

This week we read the story of the Three Little Pigs. We’ve had lots of fun pretending to be the big bad wolf; huffing and puffing the houses down! The children have had the opportunity to make the three pigs a new house using straw, sticks, bricks, Lego, wooden blocks and sand. They created some fantastic houses and enjoyed mixing cement and laying bricks to build the model house.

We return to nursery on Monday 24th February and will be talking about our half term holidays. Please can your child bring something in to ‘show and tell’ from their week off e.g. a photograph or souvenir.

We wish you all a lovely half term break.

Kind Regards,

The Nursery Team

 

Notices:

Monday 17th - Friday 21st February – CLOSED for half term break

Monday 24th February – Nursery reopens

Thursday 5th March – World Book Day. Dress up as your favourite book character and bring in the corresponding book.

Tuesday 10th & Wednesday 11th March – Parent Consultation evenings. More information to follow after half term.

Friday 7th February 2020

 

Dear Parents,

 

We’ve had a lovely week in nursery and have enjoyed being outside in the winter sunshine! We even got to take part in some PE activities out on the big field. The children are getting very good at kicking, throwing and catching the large balls. At the beginning of the week we took part in lots of maths activities that involved matching sets of objects with their number. The children have been improving their counting skills and are beginning to recognise numbers. We are making good progress in phonics; being able to recognise the set one letters and we have been learning how to blend the sounds to read words.

Next week we will be introducing another traditional story.

We wish you all a wonderful weekend.

 

Kind Regards,

The Nursery Team

 

Notices:

Friday 14th February – Valentine’s Day. We LOVE different authors. Wear something red. Bring in a book by your favourite author and a £2 donation.

Monday 17th - Friday 21st February – CLOSED for half term break

Monday 24th February – Nursery reopens

Friday 24th January 2020

 

Dear Parents,

This week we have been learning new facts about different types of bears, making bear faces using paper plates and we all enjoyed kicking balls around the hall as part of our PE lesson!

 

As part of the children’s personal and physical development we are encouraging them to learn how to put their coats, socks and shoes on by themselves. It will be fantastic if you can support us by doing the same at home. Thank you.

 

Next week we are continuing with the Traditional Stories topic and will be introducing a new book to the children.

 

We wish you all a wonderful weekend.

Kind Regards,

The Nursery Team

 

Notices:

Friday 31st January – Bedtime story day. Please see overleaf for more information.

Friday 17th January 2020

 

Dear Parents,

 

We started the week off with having to solve a mystery as someone had been in the nursery and left a big mess! There was an empty bed, a broken chair, 3 bowls of porridge and foot prints. The children used their investigative skills to work out who had made the nursery so untidy. They decided that it had to have been Goldilocks because she eats porridge and breaks small chairs! We’ve enjoyed making wanted posters, counting bears, painting pictures and experimenting with porridge oats.

 

This week we also welcomed six new children to our nursery. They are all settling in well and new friendships are being made. The older children have shown great care and kindness towards their new classmates. Well done everyone!

 

Kind Regards,

The Nursery Team

 

Notices:

Unfortunately we are running low on spare clothes for when children have a toileting accident. Please would you be so kind as to wash and return any nursery clothes that your child may have borrowed from us. Thank you.

Friday 10th January 2020

 

Dear Parents,

Happy New Year! It has been lovely welcoming you all back to nursery this past week. The children have had a great few days, settling back into the swing of things. This half term our topic is going to be ‘Traditional Stories’.

Next week we welcome six new children to our nursery. These children have been to visit us over the last couple of days and are already settling in nicely.

On Monday we will send home the phonics book containing a new activity for you and your child to complete together. Throughout the week we will also allow the children to choose a new reading book to bring home to share with you all.

We wish you all a wonderful weekend.

 

Kind Regards,

The Nursery Team

 

Important Notices:

  • LEARNER PROFILES – at the end of last term you should have received an email containing your child’s Learner Profile. This is a document of photo and video evidence taken of your child’s learning throughout the autumn term. This email is sent from the ‘2simple 2build a profile’ website and may have gone to your ‘junk’ inbox. If you have not received this email, or have had difficulty activating your account, please come to speak to Mrs Mills next week and we will be able to help you.
  • MISSING JUMPERS – Please check to see if your child has mistakenly brought home someone else’s jumper. Unfortunately a few went missing at the end of last term. On that note, please remember to label all of your child’s belongings. Thank you.

Friday 20th December 2019

 

Dear Parents,

 

What a wonderful autumn term we have had! We’ve thoroughly enjoyed getting to know you all and seeing the children settle so well into nursery routine.

 

We’ve had a lovely week preparing for Christmas and enjoying celebrating this special time of year. We hope that you all have a wonderful Christmas holiday! Over the holiday you will receive your child’s Learner Portfolio from the ‘2simple 2build a profile’ website – this will include photos and observations that we have taken during the autumn term.

 

We will return to nursery on Tuesday 7th January 2020.

 

Thank you for all of the lovely cards and gifts we have been receiving. Your kindness and generosity is most appreciated.

 

We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

 

Kind Regards,

The Nursery Team

Friday 13th December 2019

 

Dear Parents,

 

The children have enjoyed taking part in lots of Christmas activities this week. We’ve continued rehearsing our Nativity performance and have been making cards, baubles and decorations. The children have had great fun playing in the Christmas Post Office as well. It is a joy for us to share their excitement at this special time of year!

 

Next week we are looking forward to the Christmas celebrations. Parties and Christmas jumper day will be held on Wednesday 18th December. Then we will be finishing off the term with our Nativity performance on Thursday 19th December. We look forward to seeing you all there.

 

Please note there will be no Phonics homework sent out next week.

 

We hope that you all have a lovely weekend.

Kind Regards,

The Nursery Team

Friday 6th December 2019

 

Dear Parents,

 

Over the last two weeks we have begun our new topic ‘Christmas’. The children have been learning about Advent, why Christmas is important and the ways in which we celebrate it. We have continued having lots of fun practising the songs and actions for the upcoming Nativity performance. Please note that we have costumes already so you do not need to provide any, thank you.

 

Yesterday we opened our ‘Christmas Post Office’ and have been busy writing letters to Santa, wrapping up presents, making Christmas cards and posting them in our special post box. A naughty elf appeared and brought along a ‘Santa Cam’ to keep an eye on us all. There has been lots of Christmas excitement and we’re all looking forward to more fun things next week.

 

REMINDER: Nursery will be closed on Thursday 12th December.

 

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.

 

Kind Regards,

The Nursery Team

 

Dates for the Diary:

Wednesday 18th December - Christmas jumper day and Nursery parties

Thursday 19th December – Nativity performance and Christmas activities with parents (please see separate letter for more details)

Friday 20th December – Nursery is closed

Christmas Post Office

Friday 22nd November 2019

 

Dear Parents,

We have had a very creative week! We talked about the different seasons and have been making things for our new display. We’ve made autumn leaf prints, potato print snowmen, glittery daffodils and symmetrical butterflies. The children have had lots fun using a range of art tools and different media to be creative with.

 

We have also listened to Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and played instruments to accompany the music. We all enjoyed taking part in a very calming yoga exercise for PE.

 

Next week we will begin our new topic ‘Christmas’.

 

Thank you all for your continued support.

Kind Regards,

The Nursery Team

 

Dates for the Diary:

Wednesday 18th December - Christmas jumper day and Nursery parties

Thursday 19th December – Nativity performance and Christmas activities with parents (more information to follow)

Friday 20th December – Nursery is closed

Friday 15th November 2019

 

Dear Parents,

This week has been another busy one with lots of fun things going on. We’ve been counting, writing numbers, mixing paint to make new colours and even painting ice!

 

We also found out about the Jewish festival Hanukkah and made our own Menorahs using paper plates, tissue paper and lolly sticks.

 

Next week we will be talking some more about the seasons and creating a new display for the classroom.

 

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.

 

Kind Regards,

The Nursery Team

 

Reminders:

Phonics homework is sent home on a Monday and is to be returned by the Friday. Reading books will be changed once a week and are for you to share with your child. Thank you for the continued support.

 

Dates for the Diary:

Wednesday 18th December - Christmas jumper day and Nursery parties

Thursday 19th December – Nativity performance and Christmas activities with parents (more information to follow)

Friday 20th December – Nursery is closed

 

Friday 8th November 2019

 

Dear Parents,

 

We have had a lovely week continuing with our topic ‘Colours’. We all painted a beautiful firework picture and made firework sounds with musical instruments. We looked at images of firework displays and discussed what shapes and colours we could see. We also pretended to be fireworks by moving our bodies and making sounds with our hands and mouths. We’ve had so much fun!

 

Over the course of this week we have been giving out the home learning resources for you and your child to take part in. Phonics activities will be sent out on a Monday and collected in by Friday. We have also encouraged the children to choose a book from the nursery reading area that they can bring home to share with you. This book will be changed once a week. Please keep checking your child’s book bag for any letters or home learning resources. Your support is greatly appreciated.

 

This weekend Bobby the Bulldog and Dotty the Duck are going home with our two ‘star of the week’ children. We look forward to hearing about their adventures next week!

 

Kind Regards,

The Nursery Team

Friday 1st November 2019

 

Dear Parents,

 

Welcome back! We hope that you all had a lovely half term break.

 

It has been wonderful to see the children settle back into nursery with such ease and enthusiasm! We’ve had a very busy week as we began our new topic ‘Colours’. We started with finding out about the four different seasons, then we focused on autumn and all the lovely colours that we see at this time of year. We went on an ‘Autumn Walk’ where we looked for signs of autumn. The children collected leaves, twigs and acorns to put on our nature table. They have been using the magnifying glasses to take a closer look at things. We even learnt some new autumn themed yoga poses during our PE session!

 

We also started phonics sessions and have been listening out for all different types of sounds. Next week we will begin sending out the home learning resources for you to share with the children.

 

We hope that you all have an enjoyable weekend.

 

Kind Regards,

The Nursery Team

Friday 18th October 2019

 

Dear Parents,

 

This week we have been talking about our families. The children have decided that ‘family’ means giving hugs and kisses, saying “I love you” and having fun together. The children have made a fantastic start to the year and we are very pleased with how well they have settled into nursery.

 

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Mrs Prince for all her hard work and wish her the best of luck as she begins her maternity leave – we will miss her!

 

Next week Nursery will be closed for the half term holiday. We hope that you all have a lovely week and we look forward to seeing you after the break.

 

Kind Regards,

The Nursery Team

 

Dates for the Diary:

Monday 21st – Friday 25th October – Nursery CLOSED for half term holiday

Monday 28th October – Nursery reopens

Friday 11th October 2019

 

Dear Parents,

 

This week we have been developing our speech and language skills further by talking about our likes and dislikes. The children are settling in well and are becoming more confident each day! It was lovely to see so many of you at the Welcome Meetings yesterday. Thank you for joining us. 

 

Next week we will be talking about our families – what it feels like to be part of our own family, and also how it feels to be part of God’s family.

 

Reminder – please send in a family photo for our wall display if you haven’t already done so.

 

Many Thanks,

The Nursery Team

 

Dates for the Diary:

Tuesday 15th & Wednesday 16th October - Parent Consultation Meetings

Thursday 17th October at 1.45pm – Prospective Parent Meeting for Reception

Monday 21st – Friday 25th October – Nursery closed for half term holiday

Friday 4th October 2019

 

Dear Parents,

 

This week we have been getting creative! We’ve used paint, Play Doh, felt pens and pencils to create self-portraits. We’ve been learning new songs and we even had our first PE lesson over in the main school hall.  It has been lots of fun!

 

Next week we will be talking about our likes and dislikes. In particular we will focus on our favourite food so you might like to have a chat with your child to discuss what foods they like and dislike.

 

Reminder – please send in a family photo for our wall display.

 

We hope you all have a good weekend.

 

Many Thanks,

The Nursery Team

 

Dates for the Diary:

Thursday 10th October – Nursery Welcome Meeting 3.45pm* and 5.30pm

*A crèche will be available for children of parents attending the 3.45pm meeting

Tuesday 15th October – Parent Consultation Meetings 3.50-6.00pm

Wednesday 16th October - Parent Consultation Meetings 3.50-6.30pm

Friday 27th September 2019

 

Dear Parents,

 

We have had a lovely few weeks meeting you all and welcoming your children into the Nursery. They have been having lots of fun and settling in well. We have been learning our daily routines and all been getting to know each other better.

 

Next week we will be starting our topic ‘I am Special’. We will focus on finding out more about your children and getting to know them. We would like to create an ‘Our Family’ display using your family photos. Please could you send in a photo of your child and the family that can be put up in the classroom. 

 

We hope you all have a good weekend.

 

Many Thanks,

The Nursery Team

 

Dates for the Diary:

Thursday 10th October – Nursery Welcome Meeting 3.45pm* and 5.30pm

*A crèche will be available for children of parents attending the 3.45pm meeting

NURSERY INFORMATION

Learning in the Nursery

In the Foundation Stage children learn best through first hand experience, by doing things. We as adults call it play. Play is children's work, and you can help by taking an interest in your child's early achievements. Painting and drawing, junk-modelling and collage are important evidence of their skills and stages of development. When they tell you their news about school they are giving a gift of language and speech so please take time to listen.

 

We will provide music, games, story sessions, materials for creative activities; opportunities for role-play, pretend games and equipment and expertise for the practice of physical and mental skills. And being a part of a vibrant class we are developing the social skills needed for dealing with life in school such as learning to share adult attention with other children in the class and with each other.

 

Entry to the Nursery

A.M- parents come in through the main gate, turn right towards Friary Lane, left through the gate at the front of the school. Walk alongside the building. The Nursery is at the end of the path.

 

P.M- parents gain entry via the large double gates in Friary Lane. Turn right, the Nursery is at the end of the path. Exit through the main gate is at 3:30pm.

 

Clothing

Nursery uniform consisting of a navy tracksuit and red polo shirt with the school logo are available to order online via the school webpage. Please label ALL items of clothing. Footwear should be black and suitable suitable for outdoor activities. Velcro straps are preferred.

NO JEWELLERY should be worn at any time.

 

 

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