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House Spirit Day

On Friday 22nd October, it is House Spirit Day. Nursery are invited to wear their favourite colour or if they have a sibling they wear the colour of their house to help raise money for each house charity. 

Nursery Book Bags

After half term, we will be visiting the Infant Library on a Friday. Each child will need a Belmont book bag to carry their library book to and from school. If you do not have a book bag, please let the Nursery staff know as we have some spare. You can order them through the school uniform website. 

Nursery Uniform

Please make sure your child is wearing the correct Belmont Nursery uniform. You will find this information on the uniform page under parent/carers. 

Pick up and Drop off routine

When you drop off your child at the beginning of the session, please can you drop them at the gate and go. 

For pick up, we would like try a different way of collecting the children as the playground gets very busy. Please can you line up in the playground (along the train) and we will send the children out in small groups. Please stand back away from the door and we will call your child when we see you. Once you have picked up, please leave the playground as it does get very busy. 

Thank you for all your support with this. 

BSHA Class Reps

We now have class reps for each Nursery group. 

Blueberries: Rose (Ruby's Mum), Yasmeen (Makarem's Mum), Katie (Martha's Mum), Ariane (Hector's Mum) and Michelle (Charlotte's Mum)

Strawberries: Danielle (Ivy's Mum), Chloe (Isabel's Mum) and Sam (Annalise's Mum). 

 

Autumn Walks

Everyday we talk about what the weather is like that day. We have also started to discuss the season and the changes we have noticed. We would love to have some Autumn gems for our discovery table in the classroom. When you go to the park or for a walk, collect some Autumn gems and bring them back to class. Conkers, sticks and acorns: there are lots of things that fall from trees. So grab your wellies and grown-ups hand and go at explore how Autumn affects the land. 

Diary Sheets

Don't forget to complete your diary sheets. Scroll down to find out more information. You can send them to the Nursery email address: Nursery@belmont.hounslow.sch.uk

 

If your child says they do nothing at Nursery, try these 5 things. 

1. If at all possible, go for a walk. Walking seems to work nicely to facilitate chatting. 

2. If they don't want to chat at all, tell them about your day. Explain what you had for lunch and where you have been. Then they can see the conversation modelled when you ask "what did you do today?"

3. Play a game. When you get home from Nursery, play for 5 minutes. It is amazing to see what they drop into conversation when engaged in play, especially role-play. 

4. Share one good thing or one bad thing about their day. 

5. Asking silly questions or opposite questions.

 

Appropriate Clothing

As the weather is getting colder, please make sure your child is wearing appropriate clothing to Nursery. As you may have noticed the Nursery garden gets quite cold as we don't get the sun till later in the afternoon. We also have the windows open for ventilation inside and some children have said they are cold. 

Book List

As part of our focus on reading in school, we would like to develop the lending library of books within each class. This will enable the children to foster a passion and love of reading at Belmont and ensure that they have access to high quality texts.

Please find a link to a book list that have a variety of we would love to have in class.  Once a book has been donated to the class we will add it to the list of books purchased.  Please check this list to ensure that the book that you would like to donate is one that we don't already have.

Book donated to Nursery

50 Reads for Nursery

Book Chat Poster

Guide to Book Chat

These books will be stamped to show who has generously donated them and shared with all the class.

Nursery Profile

Please make sure you have returned your child's Nursery Profile. If you need another copy, please click on the link here

Home School Partnership Presentation

We have put together a short video with some information we hope will be useful.  

https://youtu.be/8BOLXoiqLmg 

Learning next week: Week Beginning 18th October 2021

This will be where you will find the children's learning for the week. 

Story of the Week Rhyme of the Week

 

Finger Family Song

 

We will be:

  • Continue to show an understanding of the story, 'So Much'. 
  • Listen to the story 'Anna Hibiscus' Song' and talk about her family. 
  • Look at where Anna Hibiscus lives and find Africa on the world map. 
  • Talking about our families using the photo from our profile page. Who is in our family? Do we have any aunties or uncles? What special activities do we do together? Does our family visit us at home? 
  • Working as a team to develop our turn taking skills. 
  • Developing our finger strength by taking part in 'Dough Disco' and learning the different actions. See video below.  

 

We will be looking at developing the following skills: 

  • Developing the skill of listening to our teachers.
  • Following simple instructions given. 
  • Taking turns with one other friend when we want to play with the same toy. Using the sharing timer and once the timer has finished, we can change over. 
  • Carefully looking at images from the story and recreating these independently. 
  • Learning to dress ourselves including putting on our coats ourselves. 
  • Naming shapes we can see. 

To reinforce your child’s learning you could:

  • It is Black History Month. It is held to highlight and celebrate the achievements and contributions of the black community in the UK. Explore Black History Month with CBBC. Click on Link here.
  • Talking about rules and why they are important. (They keep use safe)
  • When walking to school, looking for different colours. Name these colours. Are there any colours that are the same or different? 
  • Remind your child that you will come back at the end of the session to put them up. 
  • Explain that you will be saying goodbye at the gate. Please do not say you will stay at the gate or office. The children will expect to see you when you go outside and will get upset when they see you are not there. 
  • Encouraging your child to put on their jackets independently. Use the magic coat flip. See video below.

 

Diary and Observation Record Sheets

There are some sheets below that we would love you to complete so that we can add them to your child's Learning Journal. 

The sheet below is for you to let us know if your child has made a significant achievement in their learning.  It might be learning to do their zip on their own or recognising their name.

Look What I Can Do

We will be adding diary sheets for you to complete each month.  Please let us know what they have been doing during the month and any special activities that they have been involved in.  It is always lovely to have photographs for the children to look back at and then love to share these with us and their friends.

September Diary

October Diary

Library and Book Bags (to be confirmed)

Your child should now have a library book and a book bag with their name on. Please can you return the library book inside the book bag the day before their Library day. 

Return books on: Library Day:
Strawberries
Blueberries

 

Nursery Staff

Nursery Manager/ Teacher: Miss Skinner

Early Years Practitioners: Mrs Colgan and Miss Bright 

There are additional staff who support individual children. 

Drinks and Snacks

 We encourage the children to drink water throughout the day.  Please can children bring a bottle of water with their name on every day. These will be stored in the classroom so that the children can help themselves throughout the day. You can also order milk.  Please see website for more details. 

To reinforce our commitment to healthy eating, we like to be able to offer the children fruit/vegetables and bread sticks or rice cakes as a snack during their session.  We would very much appreciate donations and will let you know when to bring these in at the beginning of September. 

We are a no nuts school.  We have no nuts in our school dinners and children are not permitted to have products with nuts or sesame seeds, as some children have serious allergies to these foods. Please be mindful of all snacks that you send into school that may contain nuts that are not obvious.

It is essential that you inform us of any allergies that your child may have. 

Home School Communication Book

This book is intended to be an additional way for parents and school staff to communicate information.  If you have something that you would like to tell us, please write in the Home School Book and hand it to the member of staff who is on the gate. We will read your comments and reply either in writing or in person. Please note that this book is not for communication about going home arrangements.

Names on clothes

Please name ALL of your child’s uniform, including coats and shoes. As I’m sure you are aware, the children do have a tendency to leave jumpers and cardigans around. If they are not named, it becomes very difficult for us to reunite lost items with the correct child.

Visible Learning

As you may be aware, the school is engaged in the Visible Learning.  As part of this process all staff have undertaken projects within their year groups.  The characteristics of effective learning are a key element in the early year's foundation stage. They detail the ways in which children should be learning from their environment, experiences and activities. Children will be displaying the characteristics of effective learning every day.  We would like the children to become more familiar with these so have created alien characters for each characteristic. 

Characteristics of Effective Learning Aliens

You can support us with the project by:

1. Using the language of learning with the children. For instance, rather than asking “what work have you done?” you could ask “what have you learnt?”

2. Talking to the children at the beginning of the week about the learning that we will be focusing on. This is always on the weekly letter that comes home.

3. When the children are engaged in learning outside of school, make this explicit to the children. For instance, “you have been learning how to write your name.”  

4. Become familiar with the alien characters and encourage the children to think about which characteristics they have been using in their learning. For example, “I loved how you kept on trying to learn to ride your bike.  You have been a real Trying Trip.” 

Home Learning

Recent and extensive educational research has found that homework for primary aged children has minimal impact unless it reinforces learning and regularly allows children to rehearse and practise skills and facts e.g. times tables and spellings. Below are some of the things that you can do to support your children at home.

Reading

Helping your child with reading 

Nurturing young readers

 

Reading at home