This week our nursery buzzed with excitement as our little ones enjoyed a day filled with snowy fun inspired by “The Snowman” story.

The children crafted their own snowmen using cotton balls, buttons, and colorful paper.

We used the Tales Toolkit to retell the story and we also carried out a melting snowman science experiment. We used ice cubes and salt to observe the gradual melting process. This activity introduced basic scientific concepts and sparked wonder about the world around them.

The children also participated in a lively “Snowman Freeze Dance,” giggling and twirling to wintry tunes. This session promoted body coordination and it can also be carried out at home with parents!

We would really appreciate it if you can talk to your child about what they did in the nursery setting this week, what did they enjoy the most and perhaps make their very own snowman using some arts / crafts or pen & paper at home!

Thank you for your continued support.

The nursery team

Thank you to all the parents that have come to our Parents/ Carers’ Evening. We look forward to seeing the rest of you.

Please find below the learning information that we said we would share with you.

Phonics Autumn Term

These are the letters and sounds we have been learning this term:

s a t p i n m d g o c k ck u e r b f l

Please continue to go over these letter sounds to support your children in using them confidently and securely. This will enable their reading and writing. Don’t forget to use your online library at Big Cat ebooks – your username and password can be found in your child’s reading record.

Maths Autumn Term

We have been learning to count, recognise and work within numbers from 0 to 20. Below you will find some links to helpful videos and websites to support your child’s continuous learning.

Shapes are everywhere! To support your child’s ongoing learning, you can challenge them to Shape Hunt the environment – can you see a circle, square, triangle, rectangle? What shape is the bus stop sign? How many sides does the square have? Can you see another shape like it?

Finally, please remember to check the school blog every two weeks for updates.

Have a lovely weekend,

Reception Team

As we are preparing for the festive season, we wanted to share with you our classroom doors decorated for Christmas! Hubble class have created Christmas elves and Pioneer have made a reef from their handprints.

 

Please help your child to learn to sing these songs at home for our upcoming nativity on Monday 18th December at 10am Top hall. All parents/ carers are welcome to attend and watch our lovely performance.

Donkey plodding 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1vHUKUE_Ks

The Virgin Mary

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8T0eZ6wkcko

Jingle bells 

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/go/resource/tgv2-t-02-jingle-bells-christmas-carol-with-british-sign-language-bsl-video

Rudolph the red nosed reindeer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozLjM2qUyT0

Santa got stuck up the chimney 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gt_LdUbE1oI

 Feliz Navidad

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcrWIErP4HI

Thank you very much for your support

We are now using the Tales Toolkit in our nursery setting. We use 4 main areas to retell the story. These include: characters/ setting/ problem and solution. This magical toolkit not only kindles the joy of storytelling but also works wonders in promoting speaking and listening skills among the children. The children eagerly wait for the props to come out and listen to the story! The Tales Toolkit isn’t just a collection of stories—it’s a great way to develop language amongst these little learners. Empowered by the toolkit, the nursery children eagerly step into the role of storytellers themselves.

This week in Year 5

This week in Year 5 we have continued to study WW1, this week we have written our first draft of our balanced arguments and the outcomes are positive.

In Maths we have begun to look at fractions, all the children have been sent home with login details for Timestables Rockstars which the year 5 team highly recommend for the improving of multiplication skills. These skills will continue to be essential for year 5 and 6 maths and all children have room for improvement in this area.

We continue to practise for the upcoming Christmas performance which will take place on Wednesday the 13th December.

This Friday we enjoyed a trip to the Tate Modern to see El Anatsui’s Behind the Red Moon installation in the Turbine Hall. (photos to follow next week)

Upcoming Events

5/12/2023 – Parents Evening

15/12/2023 – Christmas Performance

21/12/2023 – Last day of Term (School closes at 2pm)

Notices

PE needs to be brought in but not worn on Thursdays

Swimming for Calipso will continue 4/12/23

Last week, Year 6 took part in the Bexley Junior Citizenship Scheme giving them the opportunity to learn citizenship messages and life skills directly from the:

  • Metropolitan Police
  • London Fire Brigade
  • London Ambulance Service
  • The Blue Cross
  • Transport for London

If you would like to practice singing our first three songs for the Nativity, please follow the links!

Scroll down for the lyrics…

A Wriggly Nativity

Wriggly nativity, wriggly nativity!

Somehow you’ve just got to move:

It’s a wriggly nativity.

Can you feel the thrill?
Can you feel the thrill?

Glory, glory, what a story!

No-one’s sitting still!

Wriggly nativity, wriggly nativity!

Somehow you’ve just got to move:

It’s a wriggly nativity.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EeTzILIv5wo

Donkey Plodding

Ee-or!

Donkey plodding, donkey plodding

Move your weary bones.

Donkey plodding, donkey plodding

Over rocks and stones.

Or-ee-or, ee-or, ee-or,

Never ever moans

Donkey plodding all day long.

Ee-or!

Carry gentle Mary,

Carry gentle Mary,

All the way to Bethlehem.

Ee-or!

Ee-or!

Donkey plodding, donkey plodding

Move your weary bones.

Donkey plodding, donkey plodding

Over rocks and stones.

Or-ee-or, ee-or, ee-or,

Never ever moans

Donkey plodding all day long.

Ee-or!

Joseph walks beside you,

Joseph walks beside you,

All the way to Bethlehem.

Ee-or!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1vHUKUE_Ks

Knock On Another Door

We’ve got no room, we must confess

We can’t take any more.

We’ve got no room, so we suggest

You knock on another door!

Rat-a-tat! Rat-a-tat! Rat-a-tat-a-tat!

Any room for a couple

With nowhere else to stay?
Any room for a couple

Who come from far away?

We’ve got no room, we must confess

We can’t take any more.

We’ve got no room, so we suggest

You knock on another door!

Rat-a-tat! Rat-a-tat! Rat-a-tat-a-tat!

Any room for a lady

Whose baby’s nearly due?
Any room for a lady

We don’t know what to do!

We’ve got no room, we must confess

We can’t take any more.

We’ve got no room, so we suggest

You knock on another door!

Rat-a-tat! Rat-a-tat! Rat-a-tat-a-tat!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1A1p0CHa7k4

Hello lovely grown ups!

Please see the timetable for your child’s 1:1 reading day with an adult.

Gemini

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Muntaha

Brittany

Dawud

Mai

Jason

Halimat

Maella L’or

Sienna

Matilda

Jezreel

Alesha

Thiago

Melanie

Ruguiatu

Joel-Manso

Leonardo-Adonis

Daisy

Wilhelm

Kahnita

Nashmia

Trey

Voyager

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Bernice

Abdirahman

Mina

Mallak

Wed

Shaeden

Connie

Hayriye

Santana

Annalise

Avarei

Grace

Abdullah

Reem

Elizabeth-Louise

Jacob

Maryam

Iris

Jaxon

Isaiah

1:1 readers: Al Ameen, Josiah, Amira

Miss Ellery and Ms Kelleher

This week in nursery our little explorers have been on an exciting journey through the pages of the enchanting book, “How to Catch a Star” by Oliver Jeffers. This week was filled with wonder and discovery as we delved into the world of the determined little boy who dreams of catching a star. We carried out lots of activities in class which the children were engrossed in! The children made a spaceship out of tower blocks in order to catch a star, they enjoyed making treasure boxes to put their stars in, they enjoyed playing with play-dough and creating different shapes/objects using their fine motor skills. We are so proud of our little learners. They are all shining stars in the nursery classroom!

At home you can continue their learning by asking what happened in the story, where might we see stars and role play the story by providing some easy cut up props.

Thank you for your continued support.

The Nursery Team.