Week beginning 8.1.20

Dear all,

Firstly, welcome back and we wish you all a very Happy New Year. It has been lovely to see all the children back at Nursery School this week and even lovelier to hear them remembering to be kind and helpful to each other, play gently and talk through their needs and ideas. We have welcomed 7 new children and their families this week and we can all look after each other as they settle in and become confident Nursery School children.

This week

This week the children have been busy telling us all about their Christmas break and what they got up, if you have any photos your child would like to share with us please feel free to send some in or email the photos over. Please note this newsletter has come from a new Nursery School email address and this is now the email which you can respond to or send photos etc. Lexy, Helen and Zoe will all then pick up the message.

child making junk modelSome of the children have been really enjoying the junk modelling station and making the most amazing creations. We hope this creativity will continue. Any junk modelling donations would be very welcome.

We have been recapping on last terms poems from our Poetry Basket collection, we repeat each poem three times for children to become confident with the words and actions. This is the latest poem:

A Little House

I’m going to build a little house

With windows big and bright

And chimneys tall with curling smoke,

Drifting out of sight.

In winter when the snowflakes fall,

Or when I hear a storm,

I’ll go and sit in my little house,

Where I’ll be snug and warm.

wooden house in woods

Forest Friday

Well we seized the day and began Forest Friday as we mean to go on. It is not until you have been outdoors for the whole day with children that you remember why it is so good for children to be outdoors all day. Resilience, confidence, well-being, problem-solving,

imagination, health and lots and lots of fun. Next week we will go straight outside the moment you arrive at the garden gate. Make sure you have a look at some of the photos an experiences we had on our Forest Friday Notice board in the cloakroom. Below is Stickman and his family.

stick man models

Playdough recipe

We have been asked by several parents for our playdough recipe, we use this non cook recipe https://theimaginationtree.com/best-ever-no-cook-play-dough-recipe/

(You can use a squirt of paint instead of food colouring to colour paint before adding boiling water if preferred).

Please see attached document ‘Playdough Power’ to see why playdough is such a good cross curricular tool to support your child’s development. Included is a list of everyday household items to enhance play.

Lunch Club News

The children have had a lovely smooth start to the new lunch club term. We’ve already had a helicopter stories session, specifically requested by the children; and two great books. One of the stories was called Some Days which is about two children showing different emotions depending on the type of day they’re having. some day book coverFor example: “Some days are chocolate pudding pie days. Kites up in the sky days. Jumping super high days”. Our children have told us what their ‘days’ would be, and next week we’ll be in contact with you directly because we’re making our own book of Some Days, and may need some photos!

Just one quick reminder: we’re always supporting the children to be as independent as possible and, with this in mind, please could you check that the containers or wrapping that the food is put in can be opened by your child, For example, fewer layers of clingfilm; not a knot in plastic bags but a clip-it; easy open boxes and drinks. The more they can do, the more satisfied they are, and the more they can eat at their pace, not needing to wait for us to get to them.

  • Please remember to bring in some snack for your child to share for their snack, we ask for the any of the following; fruit, vegetables, breadsticks, rice cakes.
  • Please choose gloves that are easy for your child to put on. Mittens are great for quickness, but we will encourage and support your child to become independent in putting their gloves on themselves.
  • Please can we ask you to name everything which can be “detached” including lunch boxes and coats as this makes such a difference to keeping belongings where they are meant to be.
  • Please can you return any Nursery School toys that come home, we seem to have less metal cars than at the beginning of the week!
  • Please also return any Tizzy books from our Early Talk Boost programme you have from last term. There is a black basket by the internal door where you can return any books. Thank you.

Home Corner

Can we ask you to save / bring in any attractive tins or food packaging especially from other cultures to enrich our home corner. Thank you.


Please if your child was born on or between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016 , you need to apply for a primary school place now. Deadline for applications is 15 January.

Apply online at www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/primaryadmissions for any assistance needed please do not hesitate to speak to Alison or Leigh in the office.

Next week

World Chaos Cardboard Box Day – Monday the 13 of January 2020

If able can your child please bring in a cardboard box (any size) for a upcycled, imaginative and creative session on Monday. Any spares will be very much appreciated. Let’s see how creative we can be!

Have a great weekend and we look forward to seeing you all next week for more exciting learning experiences.

Best Wishes

The Nursery School Team