Welcome to Apple Tree Nursery!
Welcome to Apple Tree Nursery Class page.
We are always very busy in nursery and we will be sharing our learning with you.
Come and have a look.
Thank you for your continued support.
The Nursery Team
Dear Parents and Carers of Apple Tree Class,
We would like to thank you for following the government's advice on handwashing, social distancing, and other measures they have put in place to protect the people of this nation. These are difficult times as we are all trying to understand this unprecedented situation but please know that you are not alone and that as a community, we will get through this together.
In the meantime, we will be posting various things on our class page that will help your child continue their learning at home. Please check back regularly as we will post links to websites or suggest fun home projects to complete. We are committed to providing the best educational experience for your children, whether on school premises or not.
We wish good health for you and your families during these times!
Apple Tree Class
Home Learning S1 Week 3
Reading books aloud to children stimulates their imagination and expands their understanding of the world. It helps them develop language and listening skills and prepares them to understand the written word. Please continue reading on a daily basis with your child!
To help expand your at-home library since the public libraries are closed, we have included a link to an award winning children's literacy website where stories are read aloud. Research has shown that: "Reading aloud to children has been shown to improve reading, writing and communication skills, logical thinking and concentration, and general academic aptitude, as well as inspire a lifelong love of reading."
Please have a discussion after reading the story asking questions such as these:
1. Did you like the story? Why or why not? What did you like about it? What didn't you like about it?
2. Who was your favourite character? Why? Who was your least favourite character? Why?
3. What do you think happened after the story ended?
4. What happened if...
5. How was this character feeling? How do you know?
* REMINDERS *
APPLE TREE NURSERY PICK UP AND DROP OFF TIMES...
Full time 9:00am - 3:00pm
Morning Nursery 8:30am - 11:30am
Afternoon Nursery 12:15pm - 3:15pm
We will be opening the doors every morning at 8:30am and having a soft start. Full Time Nursery are welcome to come in from 8:30am.
At the end of the day for Full Time and Afternoon Nursery we will be having a soft release from 3:00pm
Take a look at our display where we hang up our coats if you are unsure of our school uniform.
Each child should have...
* Navy tracksuit bottoms
* A Navy jumper with our school logo
* Blue polo top with school logo
* Black shoes preferably with no laces
* A navy or black jacket
Please can you make frequent checks that all items of uniform are labelled with your child's name.
Can children have their hair tied back while at nursery.
Welcome to Apple Tree Class Mrs. Brodie! We look forward to all the learning to be had in Nursery :D
Apple Tree Nursery Newsletters
What a busy last 2 weeks we have had in Nursery. First the children did a fantastic job at the their Nativity Performance singing 'Whoops a Daisy Angel'. Then the children all wore their festive Christmas Jumpers and made fairy cakes on the Friday. This week has been just as busy with lots of work going into making our Christmas cards.
It's been a fantastic first term and we will see you all in January. Have a happy and safe Christmas and New years,
from the Nursery Team.
Come to our Christmas fair tomorrow the 7th of December at 12pm and buy a one of a kind recycled puzzle piece Christmas ornament. Hope to see you all there!
As part of home learning this week the child have been bringing in their Nativity Scenes that they made with their parents. They look incredible and the children in class have been able to learn more about the people that were present at Jesus' birth.
Odd Sock Day
As part of Anti Bully Week last week, the children came to school with odd socks to make an awareness of Bullying in schools. The children enjoyed wearing silly odd socks and were able to talk about the different colours and pictures that were on each others socks.
All the children enjoyed dressing up for Halloween and walking in the parades . Thank you to the parents for all their efforts in the costumes, they all looked fantastic!!
Today Nursery learnt about the Harvest Festival and why it's important to help those less fortune. In the morning, Nursery went to the chapel and donated the items of food we have been collecting. This afternoon we had a Harvest Festival Mass, we sang songs to thank God for making the food that grows, for us to eat.
We have reached the end of the
First Half Term.
The children have had an amazing start to their school year. There has been lots of different learning, we have been so busy creating memories.
Half Term begins
On Tuesday 29th October the school photographer will be in to take individual photos. Practice them smiles.
On Thursday 31st October we will be having a Halloween Parade organsied by our school PFA.
Remember to come in that day in a Halloween Costume. We would prefer if you did not wear an all in one costume for toileting and still wear your sensible school shoes.
Also there will be a pumpkin competition for all to join in with, judged by the PFA.
Get creative over the half term.
This week we have been learning all about the Golden Rules in nursery.
We Learn: We always do our best to learn and achieve.
We Care: We wear our uniform with pride and look after our school.
We Respect: We listen and follow instructions respectfully.
We are Safe: We make good choices; think of others and play safely.
The children thought very hard about what we do in our nursery and what we shouldn't do to continue to follow good rules.
Yasmien said, "The police help us."
Miguel explained, "We will trip over if we leave the toys out and not tidy up."
Sienna said, "We listen to the teachers and my friends."
"We are safe in school and at home," said Louie.
"We do not go away on our own or run away anywhere on our own because it is not safe," Jacob said.
On Thursday the children came in and seen that Nursery was in a big mess.
'It had not been tidied or set up beautifully'
The children then thought about how we look after our toys and equipment and that it is not safe to not tidy, as we could trip over, our toys could break and we would no longer have nice things.
The children understood that we need to care for our things.
Making Gingerbread People
As we have been learning all about ourselves and our bodies, we have made some yummy Gingerbread. We had to work as a team to mix, stir, count the ingredients, weigh with help, roll, cook and cut our gingerbread.
We went for an autumn walk around the school grounds. We used our senses to explore and learn about the changes that happen during autumn.
Our 5 Senses
Have a look at the work we done using Mr Potato Head to help us learn about our 5 senses.
We have been exploring our senses throughout the week.
Apple Tree Nursery have been very busy with their mark making. We have been thinking about how special our names are, who gave us our names and we have written our names and used sand to create our sand names which are displayed in nursery.
We have also painted our self portraits. We looked at ourselves in the mirrors to think about eye colour, hair colour and where our features are placed on our faces.
We are so proud of our work.
Apple Tree Nursery
Class of 2019
Apple Tree Nursery 2019-2020
Let the fun, learning and exploring begin.
End of a Wonderful Year
Thank you everyone for such a wonderful year. We have love seeing Nursery grow over the year, all of them ready for Reception and we are excited to see how they will continue to grow as they move through the rest of the school!
During the summer holiday we encourage you to explore with your child.
Teddy Bear's Picnic
Nursery loved their picnics today! We ate lots of delicious food with our friends and teddies and played lots of games!
We all really loved playing pass the parcel and stick the bow tie on the teddy!
Thank you parents for all the healthy lunches you sent in.
100% Attendance Assembly
A massive well done to all the children who received a certificate for coming into nursery everyday for a whole term and an even bigger well done to Lara for NEVER missing a single day of Nursery!
Let's see how many children can get a certificate next year in reception
Nursery had so much fun competing together in sports day and we loved watching them work together to overcome all the tasks and challenges!
Our World Assembly
Nursery did so well in their end of year assemblies and we are so proud of how they have grown over the year and how much more confident they are now!
We look forward to seeing how they continue to grow in their assemblies next year.
Thank you so much parents for all your hard work helping the children learn their lines and the amazing art work you did that helped decorate the stage!
Teddy Bear's Picnic
Thursday 18th will be our teddy bear's picnic! The children will be playing party games and having a picnic with their favourite teddy bear so please make sure to bring it in on before Thursday for the celebration.
Morning and Afternoon nursery will be coming together on the Tuesday 16th July to participate in sports day together. This means that all pupils need to arrive at 8:30am so sports day can start shortly after drop off and all children will need to be picked up at 11:30am.
Parents are welcome and encouraged to stay for sports day.
New Role Play Area
Nursery are so thankful to all the parents who brought in props for our new garage role play area!
The children absolutely adore playing in it and are having SO MUCH FUN!
Take a look at the pictures below to see what they've been getting up to.
Nursery had so much fun in maths week using their colouring in skills to help them problem solve!
We were looking at how many different ways we could colour in 6 dinosaurs using only 3 colours, look at what we did:
Nursery had so much fun releasing our butterflies today.
We really enjoyed watching them grow and turn from hungry caterpillars into beautiful butterflies.
We hope they come back and visit!
Spiral Write dance!
Nursery had so much fun today drawing spirals outside with the chalk!
We love using all our muscles and seeing how big we can draw things.
Today we had a very special visit from a very special visitor.
Callie the dog came to see us and Nursery had so much fun meeting her and giving her lots and lots of cuddles and strokes.
Fine Motor Week
In Apple Tree Nursery this week we have been working very hard making the muscles in our fingers stronger. We have been using our fingers and hands to rip, tear, tweeze, fold, scrunch and squeeze to help with our writing. When we work on making our muscles stronger in our fingers and work on our fine motor skills it helps us then with our writing. We have had a great week exploring different ways to make our fine motor skills better.
wrapping writing under the table tracing patterns
colouring threading with chop sticks scrunching paper
This week some eggs arrived at school and we were lucky enough to watch them hatch. We are looking forward to watching them move from the incubator to their new cage next week where they will continue to grow.
We have been doing lots of learning about chicks and the life cycle of a hen. We made collages, showed the order of the life cycle and tried reading lots of different books.
Try asking your child about where a chick comes from to see what they can tell you!
The Life Bus
On Tuesday Apple Tree Nursery got to step on board the travelling classroom.
In there we met Harold the Giraffe and he taught us about caring for ourselves.
We learnt about how we get ready for nursery and we helped Harold the giraffe to prepare for nursery by helping him...
1. Wash his face.
2. Brush his teeth.
3. Eat his breakfast.
4. Get changed.
5. Make our way to nursery.
We also got to look up at the ceiling in the bus and watch the stars as it went dark. We learnt that sleep is a very important part of the day too.
Some of the children shared what they thought.......
Hazel said, "The stars looked so cool all bright."
Natan said, "I see Harold. I give him cuddle."
Olympia said, "Harold went to nursery like I am at nursery."
Easter Bonnet Parade
We could see the children have been super busy over the Easter holidays creating their Easter Bonnets. We had lots of chicks, rabbits, nests and Easter creations.
The children enjoyed parading around and showing off their beautiful work. Every child got an Easter sticker and were very happy.
A big well done to our winners who received an Easter egg each.
Sara and Lewis Eirinn and Alan
The children have been very busy creating their lettuce caterpillars. The children had to look at the ingredients they would be using and the instructions they needed to follow to create their snacks.
The children worked in groups to listen and follow the instructions and then once they had made their lettuce caterpillars they got to eat them.
Sara said, "I like the cream cheese it is yummy for me."
Amber said, "We use lettuce and cream cheese and we have to wash our hands because of the germs."
There was some mixed opinions on the taste.
Mothers Day Act of Worship
We are thankful to all the mummies who came to share and rejoice in our Act of Worship this morning. The children were very happy to share their learning of songs, poems and prayers with you.
We hope you loved your gift and have a very Happy Mother's Day.
World Book Day - Thursday 7th March
For World Book Day we dressed up as our favourite story characters. We paraded around to show all of the parents our fantastic costumes. The Year 1 children visited the Nursery to read us stories.
Next week the travelling book fair is visiting the school. This is a great opportunity to purchase some of the books the children dressed up as.
We are learning to count objects up to 10. Have a look at the games below and practice your counting.
This term we are starting to learn our sounds. We will be playing phonic games and singing some songs. This half term we will be learning a sound each week, s, a, t, i, p.
We will be asking the children to bring in objects beginning with each weeks sound.
In our RE Topic of Growing, the children have all made their Lenten Promises. We are learning about Lent, Ash Wednesday and the Easter Story.
On Shrove Tuesday we made our own pancakes and enjoyed eating them.
We had to follow the steps to make the pancakes and then after flipping them in the pan we got to eat them with some toppings of sugar, lemon or syrup. Yummy!
In nursery we have very busy the last few weeks learning all about the first Christmas story. We have supported this learning through role play including our Nativity production, learning new Nativity songs, listening to ‘The First Christmas Story’ books and exploring the small world Nativity builder tray. The children have embraced this RE topic and have really been interested and engaged in all the different learning opportunities.
In the creative area we have drawn the different senses of the nativity story, made individual Christmas cards for their families and practiced our name writing by signing the cards.
Our maths focus has been recognising numbers zero to ten and beyond and 1-1 counting; the children have enjoyed this focus especially counting our Christmas themed objects.
After the New Year in our Spring 1 term we will be exploring traditional fairy tales, The Three Little Pigs, Goldilocks and the Three Bears and The Gingerbread Man. We will be focusing on the sequencing on the story, including the beginning, middle and end and the repeated refrains including once upon a time and they all lived happily ever after. This will be an exciting topic with many different learning opportunities.
Thank you for your continued Support.