Nursery School Newsletter 13


Dear Parents

This week’s Nursery School highlights:

  • Snack/Cooking – This week a group of children made carrot and parsnip soup with Lynn. They discussed how vegetables grow in the ground, how roots feed the plant, how vegetables have different smells and tastes and how the vegetables change from raw to cooked. Key vocabulary – roots, skin, large, big, thin, short, long, smell and flavour. Here is the recipe if you would like to make it at home.
  • Outside – The children have wrapped up warm this week and spent time exploring the ice. They have been experimenting with the ice and wanted to know if they could eat the ice. Marlena suggested that they put the ice in a glass and wait to see if it looked clean when it melted. When the ice melted the children could see it was not clean and had sand and grit floating around in it. Together they decided it was not a good idea to eat the ice as it may make them poorly. Additionally, they looked for where the ice was melting quickly and where it was taking longer to melt. They also spied animal footprints in the ice and made a fantastic reindeer and sleigh, where they then enjoyed dashing through the snow singing lots of Christmas songs.
  • Inside – The shopping theme has continued but this week we have introduced the police as there were apparently robbers in the shop at the end of last week! Detectives were needed to help solve the crime.

Phonics – This week’s sound is ‘h’. We learnt the song where we did lots of ‘hopping’, here is the link to the song. The children have remembered all the sounds so well and enjoyed recapping what they have learnt so far. We have also continued to explore voice sounds, the children were great when representing noises in stories, a particular favourite was ‘We are going on a bear hunt’.

The children have been practising for the ‘Twinkly Twinkly Nativity’ and have done a super job. Keep encouraging them to sing the songs over the weekend, we will be singing:

  • Twinkle Twinkle Christmas Star
  • Out of the corner of my eye
  • Robin is my name
  • Jingle bells
  • When Santa got stuck up the chimney
  • We wish you a Merry Christmas

Our poem this week is the same as last week:

5 Little Reindeers

Five little reindeers playing in the snow,

The first one said, ‘Can you see my nose glow?’

The second one said, ‘Listen to me sing.’

The third one said, ‘I can hear the bells ring.’

The fourth one said, ‘Let’s eat some pie.’

The fifth one said, ‘I’m ready to fly.’

Then clomp went their hooves,

And the snow fell white,

And five little reindeers flew out of sight

To help with clear communication here are a few reminders (helpful information):

Costumes for the ‘Twinkly Twinkly Nativity’ – Can you please bring them in by Tuesday. Thank you.

Christmas dates:

Wednesday 14th of December at 11am & 2.45 – The Twinkly Twinkly Nativity doors will be open from 10.45 and 2.30, please arrive in good time so we can start promptly. We will also be asking for donations of £1 per ticket/square for our Christmas raffle (organised by the Friends of the ACE centre). So please do bring some cash along with you if you would like to purchase any tickets/squares. We have some fabulous prizes, here are some of the prizes:

  • Ace Centre Xmas Family Hamper
  • Mr Simms Hamper
  • The Blue Boar voucher – 4 x 3 course Sunday lunch in January with a bottle of house wine
  • The Cotswold Wildlife Park – 1 x Adult & 1 x child entrance
  • Family visit to Fairy Tale Farm
  • Little Wild Things – family adventure
  • £20 Whistlers voucher
  • £10 Old Shed voucher
  • Chipping Norton Leisure Centre – family swim voucher
  • 2 x £20 Sainsburys voucher, kindly donated by Owen Mumford
  • Children’s book, kindly donated by a parent
  • Soft toys

The raffle will be drawn on Monday the 19th of December.

Monday 19th of December – Christmas activity day/Father Christmas visit (organised by the Friends of the ACE Centre).

Tuesday 20th December (last day of term) – Christmas party day, we will put up a sign-up sheet/do labels for food donations next week. You are also very welcome to come and enjoy the last part of the session with us in nursery school while the children tuck into the party food:

  • AM – 11.20 – 11.50am
  • PM – 3.00 -3.30pm

If your child is 30 hours, you will not have to provide a lunch on the last day unless you feel your child will not eat any of the party food. We will ensure there is a good mix of savoury and sweet treats.

  • Friends of the ACE Centre – We have a stall at Christmas in Chippy this Sunday from 12.30, please come along and say hello. We will be selling Xmas playdough and will have a game or two to play. All monies raised will go to the ‘Friends of the ACE Centre’.
  • Scarlet Fever – We have had a confirmed case of Scarlet Fever in Nursery School, here is the NHS guidance link. Please look out for signs and symptoms and follow the guidelines.
  • We have been informed of a case of headlice, can you please check your child’s hair and treat if necessary. Here is the NHS guidance link for advice and what to look out for.

I hope you have a lovely weekend

Best wishes,

Zoe Wakefield.