This week at Nursery School

We have been giving the children lots of opportunities to practise subitising: with dice,  conkers, ladybirds, playdough and working with structured apparatus such as tens grids, sorting trays and matching tables.  Subitising refers to our ability to instantly recognise numbers zero to five by their pattern. Everyone has got involved and building these early maths muscles, even just with numbers one and two is a great beginning for building strong mathematical thinking.

Links to home learning

This term the children have been enjoying learning some of the shorter Poetry Basket Poems, from Trisha Lee’s collection, that we teach each week with actions and repetition.  Here are the three we have learnt so far: When we recite them we repeat each three times because although this seems strange to an adult, for a child it allows them to really enjoy the language and gives them the confidence to join in.  You could try making your own actions up or asking your child to show you the actions they have done at school. It might be nice to recite them quietly together before bedtime!

Chop chop choppity chop  

Chop chop choppity chop

Cut off the bottom and cut off the top

Whats left in the middle you put in the pot

Chop chop choppity chop

Apple Tree

Here’s the tree with leaves so green

Here are the apples that hang in between

When the wind blows the apples will fall

and here is a basket to catch them all

A Cup of Tea

Here’s a cup and here’s a cup

and there’s a pot of tea

Pour a cup and pour a cup

and have a drink with me.

This week’s poem

Leaves are falling

Leaves are falling, leaves are falling

One fell on my nose

Leaves are falling, leaves are falling

On fell on my toes

Leaves are falling, leaves are falling

One fell on my head

Leaves are falling leaves are falling

Yellow orange red

(If you have fun at home with any of these ideas, we would love you to take a photo and email Nursery School  briefly telling us what happened, so that we can celebrate and learn from each other. I will include pictures and stories in the following newsletter.)

Notices and housekeeping

  • Please keep up your fruit and cracker donations. We are always very grateful.

Next week

We will be focusing on the changes in weather and season that are going on at the moment.  We would like your child to bring in interesting “signs of autumn” that they find either at home, on a walk or on the way to school. We will create an autumn science display and start investigations around what is brought in, modelling how to ask questions which help you explore and helping the children to wonder and ask these active learning questions themselves.

Love from

The ACE Centre Nursery School Team