Hope you are all keeping safe and well. Mrs McCloskey wanted me to send you a big thank you for the wonderful portraits you did for her birthday – she loved them – you made her feel very young and beautiful! She is looking forward to having a party with you all when we are back together again, She has sent us a photo of her amazing birthday cake – as you know, Mrs McCloskey loves birthday cake! Sending you all lots of love!
A few parents have been asking about reading and additional books. Unfortunately sending more books home isn’t something we are able to do at the moment however there is a comprehensive site called Reading Eggs that you can access from home.
The site is normally charged however they have a 30 day free trial for parents that will hopefully be able to assist with reading at home. All that is required is an email address for access and it will then ask you to set up a profile for your child/children.
Once you have activated your account your child will need to do the placement test (on their profile) this will show the level they need to begin at. For each level there are different activities, lessons and books that the children can read online. There are word recognition activities, reading comprehension and lessons they can complete.
The children work through the level with a map and when they get to the end of the activities and books there is then the chance to move onto the next level.
With the books you can choose between a ‘read to me’ function where the book is read aloud to them or the child reads the book out loud themselves. For those that are just beginning to read or struggle with some vocabulary it may give them a bit of confidence to have the book read to them first and then for them to try it themselves.
It is a good resource to use and as it is free to access for a short while it may be worth setting up an account if you feel your child is not reading enough or could benefit from more reading activities and practise. It is for all ages from 3 up to 13 years.
I hope you are all keeping safe and well. Some of you are having difficulty opening the two documents I put into the home learning for this week – apologies as I’m not the most computer savvy person! I have added ways you can adapt these activities on the Nursery home learning plan. Keep safe!
First of all Happy Mother’s (or Nanny’s) Day! It was with great sadness we said goodbye to you and your children on Friday but hopefully we will all come back together as a Nursery before the Summer. It has been such a joy and pleasure to teach your children and we are so proud of the progress they have made so far. My Weekly activities have been put online for the following week and they will be posted on the website every Sunday, ready for the week ahead. The most important thing you can do with your children is enjoy them, have fun, keep on talking to them, share lots and lots of stories and encourage them to ask and answer questions. Above all I would try and develop a curiosity and a desire to learn through hands on, practical activities such as cooking, gardening, art and craft activities. Turn that telly off and try and get out in the garden as much as possible – I still remember the joys of making mud pies – luckily my mother let me dig up the lawn – or if you’re not as libereral, you could designate a part of the garden that they can dig up and call their own! There are lots of websites with great ideas and activities for the Early Years which we will try and keep you informed about. One of my favourite places to get great ideas from is Pinterest. If you have any queries or need help or support with your children, my email address can be found on the school website. Thank you so much for your continuing support and hopefully we will see you soon.
The Nursery Team
Looking at different crosses in R.E
Making crosses for Lent
Below is a guide to how help structure your day and help maintain routine, learning and stimulating experiences. We hope that you find it useful.
8.45 Prayer time
9.00 Talk to children about what is going to be happening today. Including looking at the weather today and talking about what day of the week it is.
9.10 Mathematics – to include shape, jigsaws, numbers, rhymes and pattern.
9.45 Exercise break (see examples online)
10.00 Snack time
10.15 Fine motor skills,including handwriting and mark making and phonics.
10.45 Outside exploring/Art and creative activities
11.15 Story time
8.45 Prayer time
9.00 Talk about what you are going to be doing this morning. Discussing what the weather is like and what day/month it is.
9.05 Literacy activities
10.00 Exercise break
10.15 Snack time
10.30 Mathematics – covering a range of activities found on the weekly instruction page
1.00 Discussing the afternoon activities
1.05 Understanding the World/PSED/RE activities
1.45 Arts and creative activities
2.45 Story time/Prayer time
We hope that this helps provide some guidance to how your day can be organised. We will issue a Weekly Instruction Page that will give more details in each area of learning. Please do not stress about this, we do appreciate everyone is working under different circumstances and may not have the time to complete the full timetable. It is more important that you spend quality time with your children and that it is a happy and stress free time for you all. Thank you for your support.
A MESSAGE FROM MRS QUINN, HEADTEACHER:
Please can I assure you that there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at All Souls’. We have a number of children currently absent due to sore throats, raised temperatures and coughs.
We are grateful to those families who have informed us of these symptoms and taken the decision to isolate their child. As per the current Government guidance, whole families are now being told to self isolate should any one member display symptoms.
Up to date advice can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response
We will not be providing work packs for those children absent at this time (unless in exceptional circumstances). Please encourage your child to:
- Read – their reading book or other books at home
- Write – keep a diary, write a review on a book they’ve read, write a story
- Practice their spellings and times tables
- Stay active – gentle indoor exercises
- Say their prayers – they could try writing their own
- Art – get creative with the resources you have at home
I take the health of our staff, children and their families very seriously and thank you for your cooperation and support during these difficult times.
Our fifth and final day of British Science Week 2020 was just as brilliant as the rest of the week!
To end our Science-filled week, children were invited to come into school dressed as Mad Scientists – everyone looked fantastic!
We also had a slithering visitor as Synthia the snake came to say hello!
Thank you to Mrs Rolison and Suntrap Centre for sharing their amazing animals with us this week – a highlight for most children (and staff!) for sure!
We ended the day with a beautiful prayer service led by Miss Corkerry, reminding us of how much Science has made our lives better. We learned more about the life of Marie Curie, her contribution to Science and the the works of her charity before being encouraged to put our own God-given talents to good use.
A huge thank you to all children, parents and staff who helped to make British Science Week 2020 our best one yet! As always, your support is greatly appreciated.
We have had great fun this week being scientists – our experiments generated great thinking and talking about what they thought would happen etc. Our experiments included;
Making a Gummy Bear grow
How can we rescue the teddies from the ice!?
Put it in a bowl of hot water to melt the ice…
Put the bowl by the radiator…
Put it outside in the sun…
Put it in a dark cupboard…
Which one melted the quickest?
The children have loved the experiments so much we will make them a regular feature in Nursery.
Have a great weekend!
The Nursery Team
This afternoon was our last Science Carousel afternoon of British Science Week 2020 and after seeing the faces of all the children in our school across the week, I think it’s fair to say…
Year 1 and 2 were busy dunking biscuits and meeting some new less-than-furry friends:
Year 5 and 6 created snow fluff using a mixture of shaving cream and corn starch before seeing her could fly their rocket ‘mice’ the furthest:
Reception have been making volcanoes using coca cola:
To end our week of all things Science, children are invited to come into school dressed as Scientists! In return, we would really appreciate £1 donations towards our Science fund!
Thank you so much to all the teachers who have worked so hard to prepare these investigations for all involved and really bring British Science Week 2020 to life!
This afternoon, Year 1 and 2 created snow fluff using a mixture of shaving cream and corn starch before seeing her could fly their rocket ‘mice’ the furthest:
Year 3 and 4 discovered which nappy is the most absorbant and therefore the best to buy and investigated whether the weight of an egg affects the speed it travels:
Year 5 and 6 have been busy dunking biscuits and meeting some new less-than-furry friends:
Reception have been exploring the colours of a rainbows using skittles and investigating where chocolate melts the quickest:
Nursery have been making raisins dance in lemon and Gummy Bears grow bigger: