Looking forward to this half term
We would like to say a big hello to the children and families who are starting at Woodlands in September 2019 and a warm welcome back to the children who are returning to nursery after the summer holidays.
As we get to know each other better, our focus for this Half-Term is All About Me.
Harvest & Eid Celebrations – ‘Saying Thanks and Giving Back’
Many religions and cultures have special celebrations to say ‘Thank you’ for all they have and to think of others that may be experiencing difficulties and challenges.
For this year’s Harvest and Eid celebrations we would like to focus on helping the wider community and we will be asking families if they are able to bring in one non-perishable food item that we will then donate to our local ‘Food Bank’
We are also supporting the children to think about harvesting the food grown in our own garden. So we are collecting apples, pears and rhubarb and using them in a range of recipes and cooking experiences. A letter with further information will follow.
Looking forward in Blue Room
We would also like to welcome all parents and carers; we are very much looking forward to working together in partnership with you to ensure the best possible start for your child.
During the summer months the Staff have been carrying out Home Visits which are an important part of our transition programme; helping children to form attachments and settle in their new nursery environment.
We understand that as a parent/carer, you may be feeling a little anxious about leaving your child at Nursery. Children settle into Nursery differently. Some will be fine from day one; others will need a lot longer and much more support. Please be assured that both of these approaches are normal and expected and we will do our very best to make the transition into nursery as easy and positive as possible for all the children. If you have any questions, concerns or require any further information please do not hesitate to talk to your child’s Key Person or any of the Rooms Team Leaders.
Curriculum Plans for the First Half-Term
The Curriculum Map gives you an overview of our intended plan for the half-term and these will obviously be updated and adjusted according to the various learning needs and interests etc. of the children. We will give you an idea of a few of the planned experiences in this document but more detailed and comprehensive weekly plan is available for you to review in Blue Room.
We will be introducing the children to our Core Books as well as sharing lots of books and stories relating to our Theme including: My Body,Handa’s Surprise, Oliver’s Vegetables. Our Talk for Writing Core Text will be The Little Red Hen.
We will be focussing on helping children to develop their listening skills and behaviours. We will be starting our Home Lending library early in the term and ensuring your child has a book bag to participate in this scheme.
Language and Communication/Understanding of the World.
We will be looking at photos of ourselves and talking about the different skin colours that people have. We will be talking about what is the same and different about our own and other people’s faces/bodies and learning about some foods, and how we use our senses in different ways.
School Readiness Workshops/Discussion Groups
We will be working on: counting; more; shape; length and weight.
Trips and Visits
During this first half-term we will be focussed on settling in and supporting children to be comfortable and confident in the Nursery environment so there won’t be any large outings or trips. We will however provide a series of outreach experiences; this term as part of our All About Me Theme we will be looking at People Who Help Us and we will have visits from the local Police Force and Firefighters. More information about these experiences will follow shortly.
Transitions to Blue Room
How you can help your child with their learning at home:
- Read with your child everyday – discussing what is happening in the story and the pictures and talking about what any unfamiliar words mean.
- Talk about numbers and shapes in the environment around you and have a go at our Song of the Week together.
- Talk about our bodies and different parts of them and similarities and differences between people’s bodies. Talk about how food, exercise and sleep helps us to stay healthy. Talk about how we use our senses.
Introduction to Family Learning Workshops in Blue Room.
We will be running a series of introductory workshops for families on a range of subjects including; An Introduction to the EYFS, including Early Talk and Supporting Early Learning and Encouraging Healthy Lifestyles. Further information re; times etc and sign-up sheets will be advertised shortly
Looking forward in Green Room
We would like to welcome all our new families to Green Room and welcome back to our existing families. The team are really excited about the new term and getting to know you all.
For those children who had a home visit, a big thank you for allowing us into your home – home visits are such an important part of our transition programme and something a child remembers for some time. It is also the beginning of the attachment process between your child and their keyperson. We understand that as a parent/carer, you may be feeling a little anxious about leaving your child at nursery especially if it is your first time away from them and they are very little. Our experienced team we will do our very best to make the transition into nursery as easy and positive as possible for all the children. If you have any questions, concerns or require any further information please do not hesitate to talk to your child’s Key Person or any of the Rooms Team Leaders.
Also over the summer as a team, we had chance to review the room and think about a layout that would benefit both our youngest children – cosy areas with textured throws, natural resources and low level tables whilst maintaining a stimulating environment with open ended resources and provocations for the older children.
In Green Room, during this first half-term we will be focussing on settling in and supporting children in the Nursery environment.
As part of our All About Me theme, we will be making family books, using mirrors and paints to make pictures of ourselves and thinking about how we can represent ourselves in the garden using natural materials like sticks and leaves. We will explore using our bodies for movement through Yoga, and music and movement and through sensory experiences like hand and foot painting.
Books play a big role in helping children understand routine and also supports them through separation and having to say goodbye to mummies and daddies in the morning. Some of the books we will be reading will be ‘My First Day At Nursery School’ and ‘Owl Babies’ which deals with both these issues.
In the garden…
we look forward to collecting leaves and twigs and generally observing all the beautiful colours that autumn brings to the outdoors. Please bring in anything exciting that you find along the way to nursery like a big bright leaf or from a park trip – conkers, acorns etc
We have also enjoyed harvesting fruit from the front garden and the children have been chopping apples and pears and making pear crumble. Yum.
Looking forward Community Room
Welcome back to all children, parents and carers and to all new families, we hope you all had a fun and safe Summer. We would like to share next half term events with you, so you can plan ahead. Please remember we have a great team with lots of knowledge, skills and experience, if you have any questions big or small, we are here to help you and your children. Please don’t forget to pick up a new timetable.
Stay & Play
Barbara has been working hard on the community room and garden area to make it as fun as possible. We will be taking forward the theme of ‘All about me’ this half term with a range of activities. If you have any ideas of particular activities you would like to see, please speak to Barbara and we can add this to our planning.
We will be running a range of workshops this term, based on your feedback, look out for the flyer with all the dates.
- Introduction to Solids - 1/10/2019 & 12/11/19
- Learn through Play - 24/09/2019
- Behaviour & Praise - 8/10/2019
- Early Communication & Language- 5/11/2019
- Potty Training - 19/11/2019
- Healthy Eating – 3/12/2019
All workshops will be held on the above dates on Tuesday afternoons, 1.20pm –3.00pm, unless otherwise stated. Some workshops will be delivered in the Community Room with your children. Places are limited so please book with Nicola or Khamis.
Childcare Level 1 & 2 Enrolment & Information Session.
are interested in attending a Childcare course this year, please come along to the session on Friday 13th Sep 2019 at 9:00 -12:00pm at Woodlands Park.
These are offered every week by Lucy, if you would like to come along and talk about any issue big or small, please book an appointment with Nicola or Khamis.
Housing Support & Advice.
Peabody offer a range of support on housing issues, every Tuesday afternoon from Sep 2019. If you need some advice, please book an appointment with Nicola or Khamis.
CARIS deliver a toy library within our Stay & Play on Wednesday afternoons; 2nd October & 18th October 2019. Please come along and borrow some toys.
Singing and Music
Liz will be singing and dancing with you and your children throughout this half term and Jean will be doing the same during the October holiday.
Great outdoor fun with Tamsyn for all the family; preparing the Garden for winter (harvesting, clearing, sowing seeds) and lots of creative activities (acorns, conkers and fir cones). Every Friday 9.30-11.30am in the Community Garden (term time only).
Volunteer/Parent Forum Morning
This will be on Friday 27th Sep 19th and 1st Nov 2019, please come along - 9.00 – 10.00am in the Community Room. We really welcome working in partnership with families to develop Centre services, hear your views and it’s a great opportunity to get involved in fundraising activities/events.
Liz will be singing and dancing with you and your children throughout this half term, please come along and join the fun every Tuesday morning, remember it gets busy so get here early.
Supporting children and/or parents with disabilities or Special Educational Needs, providing advice on 27th Sep and 18th Oct 2019. Please speak to Nicola or Khamis to book an appointment.
Communication & Language Support
If you are concerned about your child’s language or not quite sure about their development, please come and speak to a member of the Community team (Debbie, Barbara, Julie or Stephanie) as we have a range of support and sessions that may help.
Please see our timetable and the website for new activities