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Welcome to Little Owls Nursery


What have we been doing recently?


Children have been enjoying the better weather and spending more time outdoors in the first half of the Summer Term. Popular activities include water play; transporting water, filling and pouring from different containers, using pipes and channels and watering the plants.

Children have helped to plant seeds and plants, and many are growing despite the best efforts of the squirrels! Some children even tried our home grown radishes at snack time.

They enjoy looking for bugs in the playground and out in the 'forest' area.

Children have also been practicing their ball skills. They have been learning about keeping fit, and staying safe and hydrated in the sun.


What are we finding out about this half-term?


We are continuing to follow the interests of the children by finding out more about bugs this term. Through the story about The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, we will learn about how caterpillars change into butterflies, and take part in associated activities - including watching our very own caterpillars grow and change before releasing them. We will also use this text to explore healthy eating,perhaps our strawberries will be ready to eat too.


The second half of the term, we will be looking at people who help us, and transition - supporting children who are moving onto school, and those returning in September to prepare for change.


Throughout the term, we will have literacy focus, listening to stories, can we remember what we have heard, can we hear the different sounds of the words and letters.  


How are we learning through play?


Listening to stories - can we remember who the characters were, what happened first, what happened at the end? Perhaps we can act them out with our friends, or draw a picture about the story.

Trying some of the foods the Very Hungry Caterpillar eats - do we like them, perhaps we do but our friends don't. Which are the most popular? Preparing them for eating, cutting them up, peeling them, looking at the seeds inside.     

What changes do our caterpillars go through? Using the Ipads to record changes over time. 

Counting games and days of the week games inspired by our story.    

Lots of creative caterpillar crafts.

(Forest School area based Come and Play session on this theme Tuesday 11th June 2.30pm, all welcome - prompt start.) 


Meeting some 'people who help us' and finding out about their jobs. Learning to be a good audience and how to ask questions. 

Visiting school, looking at what is different and what is the same as nursery. Dressing up in school uniforms and role playing being teacher.

(look out for details of our end of term arrangements and 'Teddy Bears Picnic' information later this term)


What can you do at home?


Some ideas for activities to try with your child 

  • Share stories with your child daily and talk about the book afterwards - what can they remember, how did the story make them feel, who is their favourite character?
  • Take your child along to the library and let them choose books to take home, and operate the scanner themselves
  • Look for bugs, where can you look for information about what you find? (books/internet/ask an adult - let your children see that gadgets are not just for games) 
  • Make a bug from junk modelling - can you create a new bug?  How many legs does yours have, how many eyes, where does it live?
  • Create a bug hotel - lots of ideas that are very simple online
  • Go along to Pick Your Own - let children pick lots of different foods, help you to prepare them and try something different at home
  • Talk about the jobs people do - perhaps your own job, or that of other family members. 
  • Encourage your child to ask questions (not just WHY!) by modelling and always make time to answer
  • For children going to school, take any opportunity to visit the school, the summer fayre is a great time to have a look around on a fun day. Buy some uniform and let them practice putting it on. Encourage your child's independence in the toilet, dressing themselves (including in and out of a PE kit and shoes) and dealing with their lunch, be it carrying a plate, opening a crisp packet or using cutlery. (We have lots of books about starting school in the resources area in the porch which you are very welcome to borrow)
  • For children returning in September, talk about the changes, perhaps their friends will have moved on, but there are new friends starting too. 








Last day of Summer Term is Tuesday 23rd July 2019. Back to school Tuesday 3rd September 2019