Merton Bank Nursery
Mrs Clay, Miss Johnston, Mrs Cronin and Miss Lowe welcome you to Merton Bank Nursery!
Kind Hands Kind Feet Kind Words Sharing is Caring
Thank you for supporting our charity fundraising for Save the Children.
It was lovely to see you all having so much fun building (and rebuilding) such fantastic shelters!
"Excellent. Thank you :)." "I like how the school involve us in our child's learning." "We all worked together (parents and children). It was fun for us all to see the den finished even though our first attempt fell down!" "(I enjoyed) spending time with my grandson and seeing him in school and his friends as he talks about them and his teachers each time I pick him up." "Thank you for inviting us."
Superhero Dough Disco Day
Thank you for joining us for our big Dough Disco!
We had great fun mixing the ingredients for our own playdough and adding scents, colours and sparkles to make it extra special! Then we used all our best Dough Disco dance moves to get our muscles moving and strong! It was great to see all the parents and friends joining in on the dance floor!
Our Nursery Garden
Our nursery garden grows and changes everyday day and we spend lots of our time outside, exploring, wondering, playing and learning. We have planted strawberries, potatoes, broad beans, peas, tomatoes and sunflowers. We are learning lots about the natural world and how plants grow and change and we are taking good care of the little plants in our growing area. Hopefully we will have a big grow-your-own feast very soon!
We have learned about the lifecycle of frogs and butterflies and our not-so-tiny tadpoles are now in Mrs Clay's pond ready to grow into happy, healthy frogs.
Outdoor Learning Workshop
Thank you to all the parents who joined us for some outdoor learning fun in our Forest School area. We celebrated the value of outdoor play in promoting children's learning and development and we hope to hear about all the outdoor adventures you have together, whatever the weather!
Fred the Frog has come to help us learn the letters that go with the sounds we say in words. Fred only talks in sounds and he splits up words into sounds when he talks to us (that's called segmenting). We have learned to put the sounds back together in the words he says so we know what he is saying (that's called blending!). We have learned to say the sounds when we see the letter shapes and we are also learning how to put the sounds together to read words.
We are learning the Read Write Inc Set 1 sounds.
You can find out more about helping your child learn the set 1 sounds here: http://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/resources/parent-tutorial-teaching-set-1-sound/
This term we are learning to:
- say the sounds in words and write some of them down in the right order
- write some letters clearly using the correct formation
- find the total of two groups by counting how many 'altogether'
- estimate how many there are and then count to check
- ask questions to find out things from other people
- talk about things we are good at
- sort out little problems on our own
Rhymes and Rhyming Words
We sing nursery rhymes and read rhyming stories and poems everyday. This is so important for helping children's language and communication. The children are beginning to think about words that rhyme and fill in the missing rhyming words in stories. The children also love finding words that rhyme with their own name (especially nonsense words!)
Alliteration and the sound at the start of words
We are starting to think about the sounds at the beginning of words. Games like "I spy with my little eye, something beginning with…" are great for getting children to think about the sound that starts a word. The children are also having fun saying words that start with the same sound - especially when it links to their own name: Super Sarah, Jumping Joseph, Cheeky Charlie!
It is important that we teach children the pure sounds - have a look at the link below which explains what this means.
We begin to introduce the Read Write Inc. phonics resources in nursery. Here is a link with useful information for parents: http://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/parents/
Many of the activities we do in Nursery help to build children's muscle strength to get them ready to learn to write. Some activities involve large movements to help build strength in shoulders and arms (raking leaves and sweeping the floor, lifting and moving large construction materials, painting with large brushes on the wall, climbing etc.).
Some activities develop movement and strength in the wrists, hands and fingers (threading beads, play dough, lego, twisting and turning parts on toys, peg boards, sand play, water play - the list is endless).
This term we have started our daily Dough Disco - a great way to wake up our fingers ready for writing! If you want to find out more - have a look at the link below, or come and join in with us, there's room on the dance floor for everyone!
Our Rhyme Time Rhymes:
Incy Wincy Spider
Miss Polly Had a Dolly
Wheels on the Bus
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
1,2,3,4,5 Once I caught a fish alive
Hickory Dickory Dock
One, One a sticky Bun
One, One a sticky bun
Two, two point to your shoe
Three, three, clever old me
Four, four, knock on the door
Five, Five bees in a hive
One, two, three, four, five
One, two, three, four, five,
Once I caught a fish alive
Six, seven, eight, nine, ten,
Then I let it go again
Why did you let it go?
Because it bit my finger so
Which finger did it bite?
This little finger on my right.
Nursery Number Workshop
Thank you to all the parents who took part in our Nursery Number workshop. We explored lots of ways of helping children with early number learning and the children loved playing and showing their Mums and Dads how clever they are!
How can you help your child with learning number?
Count the stairs up and down, count footsteps to the bus stop or to the front door
- Count out pennies and help read price labels when you're out shopping
- Sing number rhymes
- Make groups of different amounts (3 grapes on a plate, 3 raisins in a bowl, 5 sweets in a bag)
- Play I spy with numbers when you're out and about
Have a look at the website below for lots more ideas!
Nurturing a Love for Learning
We believe that children learn through play, exploration and by following their own interests and curiosities. We provide a rich, stimulating environment and give children time and space to play, interact, explore and discover.
We spend a lot of time playing and learning outdoors and the children develop respect and a love of the natural world. Our learning is often based around the seasons, festivals and the wonderful world around us.
In Nursery, we follow the statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage.
The three Prime Areas are:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
The four Specific Areas are:
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
Personal, Social and Emotional Development involves helping children to develop a sense of themselves and others; to form positive relationships with other children and adults; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings. In Nursery, the children learn how to behave appropriately and develop confidence in their own abilities. We actively promote and celebrate the '5 Rs': Respect, Responsibility, Resilience, Risk taking and Resourcefulness.
Communication and Language Development involves giving children experience of a rich language environment and supporting them in developing their confidence and skills in expressing themselves. The children in Nursery learn how to speak and listen in a range of situations and begin to develop a broad vocabulary.
Physical Development involves providing opportunities for the children to be active and develop their coordination, control and movement. Children learn how to move, climb and balance in different situations and also begin to develop their fine motor control skills ready for writing.
Literacy development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and begin to read and write. We sing songs and rhymes and read and tell stories every day. We follow the Letters and Sounds programme for developing skills in listening to sounds, rhyming, and hearing the sounds in words. We also introduce the children to the Read, Write Inc phonics programme which they will continue to follow in Reception.
Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems, describing shapes and using different measures. Opportunities for developing mathematical skills are supported in all areas of the learning environment including outdoor learning.
Understanding the World involves guiding children to make sense of the world around them, particularly the natural world and their community. We spend a lot of time learning outdoors and in our Forest School area where children are free to explore, play and follow their own curiosities.
Expressive Art and Design involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of materials and media. Children explore how to express themselves, their thoughts, feelings and ideas, through painting, model building, singing, dancing, role-playing and many other creative activities and experiences.