Tales of Hermitage Park Nursery
Nursery News 13th March
Having had a lot of fruit left over from the short week last week, Miss Burgess has been baking lots of yummy things with the children. They made banana crumble cake, banana loaf, apple rock cakes, scones and a birthday cake! The children gave some of the baking to the school staff for their break time. A couple of children had to walk to Tesco with Miss Burgess to buy more eggs and flour! Occasionally we get this great opportunity to go out with the children on a 1-2 ratio. The children helped to look for the items on the shopping list and scan the items at the till.
We have enjoyed some of the left over snow in the garden. Some of the children were using the numbers on the shed door to try and throw their snowballs, there was great competition as to who could get to the highest number!
Miss Young has been working with small groups on their pencil grip. This is something that can be practised at home too. It is important to have this correctly in place early on in your child’s development. Nursery provides lots of opportunities for the children to develop their fine motor skills such as scribbling using various media, craft activities, working with play dough and using tweezers to count objects, to name a few. Here are a few websites to help your child develop their pencil grip:
World Book Day could not be entirely missed so we had a dress up day on Thursday. Some of the pupils dressed up as pirates, a Peter Rabbit, lots of princesses and some parents kindly came in to read us a story. We really enjoyed it. If anyone would like to come in and read us one of their favourite stories then let a member of staff know. We would love for you to join us.
Finally, nursery is quite short of spare clothes. If anybody has age 3-4years trousers, t-shirts, jumpers and socks and pants. We would appreciate any donations.
Nursery News 23rd February
This week in nursery the children have been busy discussing measure in the block play area.
We have been keen to play with small world toys. The farmyard has provided conversations about animals and their babies.
We have been thinking about Chinese New Year this week. Some children have been wearing Chinese costumes in the home corner and there were some Chinese plates and bowls to pretend to eat and cook with. We had noodles for snack and talked about this year being the Year of the Dog and the other animals in the Chinese New Year cycle.
Many children have enjoyed being out in the Winter sunshine this week. We have had the scooters out, making obstacle courses and parking in numbered bays. We have been using chalk to write numbers and draw pictures on the ground. Counting backwards and forwards, counting objects and recognising dice dot patterns are good ways to begin an understanding of number.
We would like to say a HUGE thank you to our parent who re-felted the nursery play hut roof during half term. This resource is used continuously throughout the nursery day by all the children. The leaky roof was hindering its use so we are very thankful to have it fixed. Our parents are very important to us and we value all your help and support.
As the weather improves we will be having a focus on improving the garden. Following HMIE inspection recommendations, we would like the garden to have more literacy and numeracy opportunities along with sprucing up the borders and pots with flowers and bulbs for later in the year. If any parent/carer/grandparent/auntie/uncle has an interest in gardening and would like to be involved with the children, please let a member of staff know. We would love to have you on board.
Mrs Maclaren has started her maternity leave this week, earlier than expected. We wish her all the very best with the birth of her baby boy and look forward to a visit once he has arrived.
Finally, can we ask all parents and carers to pick up and drop off on time. We are limited in staff numbers therefore rely on the smooth and timely transition of all our pupils. Thank you.