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Seedlings Newsletter

Welcome back to the second half of the academic year. We have lots planned to keep us busy over the next 6 weeks.

Topic: The children have been really engaged in the topic of the arctic so we will be continuing this for a short while and introducing caring for our planet. We will look at environmental issues including the melting polar ice caps and pollution and developing what we learn into every day good practice in our lives at school and home.

Nursery have now begun to take part in a daily listening activity in their first steps into the world of phonics. Phase One of phonics sessions concentrates on developing children's speaking and listening skills and lays the foundations for the work which starts in Phase 2. The emphasis during Phase 1 is to get children attuned to the sounds around them and ready to begin developing oral blending and segmenting skills.

Thursday 7th March is World Book Day we will spend the morning working on book related activities with the rest of the school. Gemma will also be providing a special book day themed dinner. Children are invited to join staff and dress up as a character from a book that they know.

PE: For this half term PE will be on a Friday morning with Mrs Tilley. Your child’s kit should stay in school all week in case of timetabling changes. Kits should contain a change of footwear and clothing suitable for outside PE in a variety of weather conditions; it is also useful if kits contain a pair of socks. As shoes get muddy outside on the field a change is essential, once muddy shoes are unable to be worn in the building. Anyone without a change will be asked to wear their wellies.

Time to talk: Will continue this half term but as I failed miserably last half term missing children and forgetting to tell parents their child’s day I have a new plan! The theme for this half term will be ‘Family’ this can include pets and extended family. All you need to do is send in a photo or two of your child and family members (if you would rather your photo is not on the classroom wall please let me know 😀) I will then choose a child at random to talk about their family, things you do as family, jobs and so on. A favourite joke would be a great feature to have…..!

Swimming: Our yearly swimming slot for Reception children will be on Wednesday afternoons during May. We have managed to secure the use of a small swimming pool in Fressingfield. Children will need a suitable swimming costume, hat and armbands. More details nearer the time. Unfortunately this means I am having to put a temporary freeze on new nursery spaces for Wednesday afternoons. If your child already attends on a Wednesday afternoon they will be catered for.

Finally: We encourage all children to be as independent as possible so it is helpful if they are wearing clothing and shoes that they can manage to take off/put on and do up themselves.

Feel free to pop in to see me or email me on n.jones@wvpschools.org if you have any questions or concerns.

Many thanks                                       Nikki Jones

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