The Snow Queen visits Bicester!

We have really enjoyed learning about the story of the Snow Queen. We pretended we were in a boat trying to get to her castle, painted self portraits and have moved on this week to learning about the animals and the environments of the arctic and Antarctic.

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Do you wanna build a snowman…..

Another cold & frosty day, please make sure the children have hats, scarves & mittens. If you could also ensure their names are written in them that would be great.
Thanks,
The Nursery Team

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F-F-F-Phonics!

This week we have begun to navigate the tricky world of reading and writing in English, with our Read Write Inc. phonics sessions.

We will be learning 2/3 letter sounds per week in a fun and pacy way. Each letter we learn has a handwriting rhyme to help with the correct formation of the letters. But please note at the moment we are more focused on hearing, saying and recognising the sounds correctly, rather than forming them. However, the children will have opportunities to practise writing these and we will also be sending home letter formation sheets every Friday to practise at home if you and your child so wish.

This week we have started with ‘m’ and ‘a’. M is a long sound (stretchy consonant, mmmm) and a is a short sound (bouncy vowel a, a, a). It is important to ensure that when we are saying the words we do not add an extra sound (e.g. mmmm not ‘muh’) as this confuses things later on when the children move on to blending the sounds to read words.

Any questions please feel free to ask.

Traditional Tales Hook-In Day

We have had a lovely day at the start of our new topic on ‘Traditional Tales’. The children were good at guessing the characters that we were dressed up as and enjoyed listening to the tales.

Following the story, we built ‘wolf-proof’ houses for the little pigs, played in Grandmas cottage, made collage ‘Chicken Lickens’ and the best bit of all? Eating some of the cakes that red riding hood had bought for Grandma!

Tomorrow we will begin work on the ‘Snow Queen’.

Merry Christmas

We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Thank you very much for all of the generous gifts which have helped to get us all through these last few busy weeks.
Enjoy the break and we look we look forward to welcoming you back in the New Year.
Best Wishes
The Nursery Team

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We’re going on an elf hunt….

We had great fun yesterday morning looking for elves! Our resident elf, Elvis, tricked us all by hiding himself and some friends in the Nursery gardens.
More fun today with our Christmas party. Don’t forget for those children who only do half day, please come in 10.30 until 2.30 so you don’t miss out on the fun!

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Christmas Cheer

Christmas preparations are in full swing! We’ve been very busy baking cakes, making cards, tree decorations and placemats which of course involved lots of paint & sparkle! We even managed to find time to sing some Christmas songs and play our musical instruments.

We hope to see some of you on Monday evening for carols around the tree and don’t forget to wear your Christmas jumpers tomorrow!

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Snakes!

We’ve had lots of fun with the unifix blocks this morning working together to make a really long snake! We used lots of language to describe the shape and size and needed to work as a team to fix any breaks!

Foundation Stage Performance

We are so looking forward to sharing our hard work with you in our Foundation Stage Performance “Away in a Manger” on Wednesday and Thursday.

Please remember to send your child in wearing black bottoms. We will be changing tops so any top from home is fine.

The timings are: 10:30 am on Wednesday and 1:45 on Thursday. We will be starting promptly at these times so please make sure you’re here on time. We will be opening the doors a few minutes before the show starts.

We are selling lucky programmes this year for £1. Two programmes from each performance will win a prize, so don’t forget to bring some change. Monies raised will go towards resources for the classrooms.

There will be a short time for photo opportunities at the end of the performances but please be aware we need to clear the hall for lunches so may be leading the children out promptly after the show.

Immediately after the performance on Wednesday, Nursery am children may be collected from the normal doors. Immediately after the Thursday show children may be collected from the normal doors.

Thanks for your support and we hope you enjoy the show.

The Nursery team

Our New Playground

We are so pleased that we are finally using our wonderful new play area and climbing equipment! The children have been very patient and are loving the new space.

We are awaiting for a final piece of work to be completed before we can officially declare the garden open, and we are hoping this will happen before December.

Thanks to everyone who has helped with the fundraising so far! It’s been a mammoth task and all your support has been appreciated.

If anyone can make use of any of the green rolls of Astro please help yourself to them at the top of the garden.

Lastly, please do not let children play on the equipment before or after school.

Many thanks

The Nursery Team