Hello and welcome to Little Bridges Nursery class page. Thank you for taking the time to come and look at the exciting learning, we love to share photos of our learning! Please have a read of this blog to find some interesting information about life in Nursery. We will keep this page updated regularly with blogs, pictures and information.
Little Bridges Nursery consists of two rooms. Miss Lake is the Nursery teacher with Mrs Best in ‘Big Nursery’ with children aged 3-4 years. Mrs Divall is the Play Leader with Miss Brown in ‘Little Nursery’ for children aged 2-3 years.
Learning in Nursery
We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage: Development Matters Document. This enables us to plan and provide a range of play activities which helps each child to make progress. Play helps young children to learn and develop their physical, social, emotional and intellectual skills through doing and talking. We aim to provide a calm, caring and supportive environment with varied, fun and exciting activities, carefully planned to follow individual child's’ interests and needs. Making new friends, building confidence to have a go and try new things are all a major part of a child settling and enjoying their time with us. In line with our school values, we promote the use of the following learning skills; keep going koala (determination), ideas iguana (creativity) and have a go hippo (enthusiasm). These closely link to the characteristics of effective learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage; playing and exploring, active learning and creating and thinking critically.
Each morning, we ask that the children are dropped off the green gate near the school Reception between 8:25am and 8:45 am. This is where they will say goodbye to their grown up and greeted by the Nursery staff to enter their classroom. Children in Little Nursery may walk across the outdoor learning space and dropped by the classroom door. Children are then supported to self-register and sort their belongings. We understand this can be a tricky transition and so Nursery staff will be there to reassure you and your child. We are more than happy to give you a phone call a little later on to say they have settled. This time of day is a busy time for teachers so we ask that any messages are passed on via the teacher on duty who will then pass the information on to the class teacher. If you have any further concerns or questions then an appointment can be made via the office. Unfortunately, due to the current situation, parents are not allowed into Nursery classrooms.
End of day routines
At the end of the day, please come to the same green gate between 2:25 and 2:45, so that we can dismiss your child to you and pass over any messages about the day. If you are ever unable to collect your child, please either phone the office or pass it on to the teacher on the gate in the morning. We will not send any child home with anyone different unless we have had a message to do so. Please remember that on a Friday, children should be picked up between 12:25 and 12:45.
Things to bring to Nursery
Children do not have to wear a Nursery uniform but a Little Bridges jumper and t-shirt is available to buy. We ask for sensible footwear and preferable a pair your child can put on/off independently e.g. Velcro straps. Please bring a bag with spare clothes, a waterproof coat and wellington boats and waterproof clothing all named. In the winter months please pack warm clothes, hats, gloves etc. In the summer months please bring a hat and sun-cream. Please bring a named water bottle.
Free fruit/vegetables will to be provided. However, if your child would like to bring their own fruit then they are more than welcome to. In order to promote healthy eating, we do ask that children only bring fruit/vegetables for snack.
If your child is staying for lunch they must bring lunchbox and we ask that this is named.
At Little Bridges Nursery we know that lots of learning takes place at home too. Home learning allows parents, carers and the school to work in partnership for the benefit of the children. The home learning tasks give opportunities for children to practise and apply the skills learnt in Nursery. We will regularly share home learning activities with you for ideas on how to support your child further at home. We know that the children often get up to some amazing things out of Nursery too. If you have visited somewhere interesting or achieved an award (swimming, ballet etc.) then please let us know! We love to celebrate all types of learning and achievements.
We look forward to letting you know more about Nursery soon and sharing pictures and learning with you. If you have any questions, please do feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org
You can find all of our lovely home learning activities on Tapestry :)
We will be uploading a weekly activity sheet, daily videos of challenges or stories and Phase 1 phonics activities.
We are so sad that we will not be able to see you for a little while, but we hope you will have fun doing these activities at home.
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Take care and hope to see you soon,
Miss Lake and the Nursery team.
From the talking tub, the children showed a huge interest in birthdays and parties, so this week we have captured this interest by celebrating Tommy Ted's birthday! We started off the week by writing and sending party invitations to Tommy Teds friends. We needed to include some drawings of what they would see at party (balloons, cakes, presents) and a picture of Tommy Ted so they knew who it was from. Then we used an envelope to post our invitations in the post box. Next we thought about what we might need to give Tommy Ted on his birthday and the children suggested a birthday card, so we spent a few mornings creating birthday cards. Lastly we thought about what we might eat at a birthday party. And of course it had to be cake. Mrs Best helped us to bake some fairy cakes. We talked about how to be safe when baking and why we needed to wash our hands. To finish our birthday celebrations we had a party for Tommy Ted where we played musical statues, pass the parcel and of course sung happy birthday. What a super week!
The children have had a wonderful week celebrating Diwali. We have been busy creating rangoli patterns, making diya lamps, re-telling the story of Rama and Sita and planning a Diwali party where we tried some Indian food.
The children have settled back into Nursery life extremely well.
We have been busy exploring colour this week. Mixing coloured water to make potions and experimenting with powder paint and water to mix colours outside.
Mrs Best and I are unbelievably proud of all of the children and how well they have settled in Nursery life.
We have had a busy week learning the story of 'Where's Spot?' and using prepositional language in lots of activities like 'where is the teddy?' and 'hide and seek'.
The children are making progress with their independence skills as they can nearly all put their coat on dong the 'superhero coat flip trick'.
We hope you have a wonderful half term and please share your adventures with us on Tapestry.
See you on the November 3rd :)
As part of our Healthy Under 5's Award, Little Bridges Nursery aim to promote good oral health. We have had a visit from Brighter Smiles to talk to the children about the importance of good oral hygiene. We talked about what we use our teeth for and how we can look after them. The children were taught to brush for 2 minutes in the morning and before bed. We shouldn't scrub our teeth and to brush in little circles instead.
Today was the first time the children started brushing their teeth at Nursery! They were very excited about getting their brand new toothbrush and watched the sand timer as they brushed in tiny circles for 2 minutes. Well done everyone!
You can also visit the Health Under 5's website for more information about teethbrushing https://www.healthycornwall.org.uk/organisations/healthy-under-5s/topics/dental-health/
This week the children have taken a real interest in Dinosaurs!
The children have practiced their scissor skills by snipping carefully to create dinosaur masks to use in their imaginative play. We have heard lots of roaring! One morning the dinosaurs were even trapped and we had to snip them free from string and elastic bands.
In small groups we talked about the names of different dinosaurs and how they looked different. Somebody said they eat people so we investigated what dinosaurs eat.
We even had a dinosaur swamp to explore and get messy!
We have been amazed with how well the children have settled this week. They have been incredibly brave as they said goodbye to their grown ups at the gate and coming in on their own. All of the children have begun to follow the Nursery routine and have explored their new environment confidently. The children have especially enjoyed playing the new home corner and exploring the loose parts to make arrangements. We can't wait to see what the children get up to next week!
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