Willow Blog January/February 2018
It's been a very busy half term so far. We have been having some regular drama sessions with Z Arts and have enjoyed sharing stories, learning new dances and playing games around our key texts "The Gingerbread Man" and "Dear Zoo"
City in the Community are still working with us and the children are benefiting from the workshops every week. They are learning some key ball skills as well as the importance of teamwork.
Our Learning Wall - "How We Play" is looking fantastic. Please take some time to see what your child has been doing in Willow and don't hesitate to ask any questions about your child's progress.
Thank you to everyone who has completed our information sheets giving us details about your child's current interests. It has enabled us to plan lots of exciting activities for the children. We are running a focus key group each week so every child will have been part of a whole team around your child at least once every half term. Again, please don't hesitate to ask us if you need more details.
Thank you for your on going support - it really does make a difference.
Willow Blog January 2018
Welcome back to everyone in Willow Room and a very special welcome to our new friends who are coming over from Palm. We look forward to getting to know you all and having lots of fun.
Z Arts will be visiting school this week to lead a workshop on "The Gingerbread Man" - a particular favourite of Willow children this year. We will also be starting our City in the Community football workshops.
Our theme this half term is "How Children Play". We are developing a learning wall to show examples of the many different ways in which children are playing. Remember to take a look and let us know if there is anything you would want us to add.
We are adding observations to Tapestry regularly, again, please have a look to see how your child is doing in school. We are a very busy classroom!
Thank you for your on going support. If you need any more information about anything, don't hesitate to speak to your child's key worker.
It's the final week in Willow and all the children and staff are excited about the upcoming holidays. We enjoyed our Festive Sing a Long last week and was happy to share our "Mopoke" story with everyone. Thank you to all the adults who came to watch our little show. Our Christmas party was fun and the children looked lovely in their party clothes. Yesterday was Christmas dinner day. The children loved our festive table decorations. Dinner was also a great success with everyone enjoying their food.
Next term, the theme in Willow will be "How Children Play" We are also starting a new learning wall to share with everyone. Please keep checking to see what your child has been learning in nursery!
Finally, everyone in Willow would like to wish you all a very happy and safe holiday. Best wishes for the New Year.
Children return to school on Wednesday 3rd January 2018!
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All the children have settled back into Willow class after the half term break. We are working very much on following children's interests and have started to develop a learning wall in Willow Room. Our current interest has been using different construction kits. The children have made a range of complex structures and used some amazing words like "design", "plan", "attach" and "record". They are clearly showing their skill in creating and thinking critically! We also enjoyed a fantastic den building day. Lots of parents helped us to build some large scale den structures. Thank you for your support. The pictures are on Tapestry.
We also had a special musical performance by Katie and her colleagues yesterday called "The Song Bird" The children watched, listened and participated in the live show eagerly and the feedback was very positive.
We are looking forward to starting some of our Winter/Christmas events. Dates to follow!
Welcome to Willow room! 26/09/2017
We would like to welcome all our children and families whether they are returning to us or new to school.
All the children coming over from Palm and Blossom Room have made an excellent transition to Willow. Our new to school children are finding their feet and are beginning to settle really well. We know some children are still building on their gradual admission but their confidence and well being continues to develop daily. We are very proud of them.
Willow Room is a fantastic space for children to explore, play and learn in. All the children are accessing our provision and some children are developing interests that are leading to some deep learning opportunities. We currently have children who are interested in Superheroes, mini beasts, football, visiting the doctor and birthdays.
Our theme this half term is "All About Me" The children have been finding about themselves and their friends, celebrating their similarities and differences. We are using a range of Big Books to develop story telling opportunities. Brown Bear, Brown Bear , All About Me as well as I Go Walking are proving popular at the moment.
We have been closely observing the children and have regularly updated Tapestry with their achievements. We will be completing our baseline assessments to discuss with parents and carers in the near future. Please add any of your own observations to Tapestry and don't forget to "like" what you see. Its really important that we continue to develop our relationship in order to provide the best possible nursery experience for children and their families.
Don't forget, all children need a named bag with spare clothing. Whilst we do try to keep children dry and clean, we play out in all weathers wearing our wellies and wet suits. Sometimes, however, children are messy because of their play experiences during the day.
Thank you for your on going support
Donna and the Willow Team