Week beginning 3.2.2020

Dear all,

This week: It has been a very good week. Lots of great conversations. Children finding corners to chat; negotiate turns; solve problems. We are enjoying building relationships with our new starter children who are beginning to grow in confidence and are talking to us more; beginning to share their smiles and preferences. children's prints hung with pegsSpeed and balance skills have grown outside on the bikes and through designing and creating ramps as well as an unusual climbing frame, which turned into a treehouse on Thursday. Nona read the Gingerbread boy to all the other children at lunch club on Wednesday and you could have heard a pin drop as the quiet and quality of listening was so deep. Children have also extended their printing skills from last week’s table painting to etching onto polystyrene tiles. And rolling printing paint over their marks, then pressing down hard with a dry roller to make many different coloured prints.

Next week’s Poetry Basket poem:

A Little Seed

A little seed for me to sow

A little soil for it to grow

A little hole, a little pat,

A little wish, and that is that.

A little sun, a little shower,

A little wait, and then a flower.

sunflower growth stages

Forest Friday

Starting the day outside was a huge success last week, but it did seem hard work this Friday morning, mainly as the mist and cold took a while to clear. However, we are noticing a marked difference in children’s resilience and ability to happily stay outside, even for those who at first believe it’s a dreadful idea! children sitting on logsNext week we will move the waterproofs to the middle of the garden, so there is not a crowd around the gate. Come in through the garden gate and register, then move up into the garden. This will help children happily get involved in the many experiences arranged for them more quickly and allow you to get off sooner. May we ask you to continue to support us by bringing your children ready to spend a couple of hours outdoors: two layers of trousers, waterproofs if possible and hats and gloves on colder days; also, to help them feel ready by discussing how it will probably be fun!

This week we enjoyed dough balls and hot chocolate around the fire, dug over the allotment and discussed what we will plant and played happily in the afternoon sunshine, once the day had warmed up.

Writing folders

children's writing displayed outdoorsWe’ve had a great response of writing folders and are now training children to write their name on the back of their work and add it into their folder.

Sofa Superheroes

We would like to say a big thank you to the two parents who have so far volunteered and enjoyed coming in to read to the children. It is wonderful to share this with you and we really recommend getting involved if you think you are able.


Early Talk Boost – Please make sure you return in any Early Talk Boost books, if this applies to you, for the end of this half term. It is our last week of the programme and time to celebrate all the fun we have had. A new programme will start next half term.

Friends of the Ace Centre

The friends of the ace centre are having an informal meeting on Thursday 13th Feb (next week) at 9am in the outdoor classroom in the nursery garden. Please come along to discuss fundraising ideas and to see how you could get involved. If you would like to get involved but can’t make this meeting then please email Friends of the Ace Centre.

The friends of the ace centre are selling tea and cake at Chastleton house on the 8th March. We are looking for volunteers both to bake cakes and to help on the day. If you think you may be able to do either (or both!), then please email Friends of the Ace Centre.

Thank you


Enjoy the weekend, we look forward to seeing you all next week.

Best Wishes

The Nursery School Team