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Nursery 2021 - 2022

Nursery Teacher

Miss Anna Owen

 

Early Years Practitioners

Mrs Becky Underhill

Miss Claire Palmer

Welcome to Nursery!

 

Welcome video and PowerPoint below smiley

 

 

Welcome to Early Years video

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Welcome to early years PowerPoint 

Nursery 2021 - 2022

 

A warm welcome to Nursery. We are so excited for the year ahead and look forward to getting to know your children.

 

Important information

PE is twice a week and the children will not need a PE kit for this session.

Our class timetable is posted below for you to look at and you can also find our curriculum map for the year.

 

Any questions please do not hesitate to ask to arrange a meeting with Miss Owen or post your questions on Tapestry.

 

 

W.B 04.10.2021

 

This the children have been learning about the story ‘Hedgehugs’.

They explored mixing paint to see what happens, they explored different textures and what these felt like. They learnt the language spiky, rough, smooth, fluffy and prickly.

 

Next week the children will be continuing their learning about different celebrations and extending their learning on shape and number.

 

Thank you for your ongoing support,

the nursery team 

What did it feel like?

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What does it feel like?

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W.B 27.09.2021

 

This week the children have completed learning linked to the story of The Smartest Giant in Town.

 

We practised counting the different amounts of clothing and animals from the story, we also thought about the different patterns we could make on some socks just like the diamond socks in the story. 

 

Next week we will be basing all of our learning on ‘Hedgehugs’. We will be exploring textures and making our own hedgehogs!

 

Please remember we have our school photos on Friday 8th.

 

Thank you for your ongoing support,

The Nursery Team 

W.B 20.09.2021

 

This week the children have continued to learn about themselves. They have continued learning their new routines and enjoyed consolidating their friendships.

 

We explored our names and how special all of the letters are! The children looked at the letters they recognised and enjoyed saying the names of some of the letters. We also shared our lovely collages and they are now on display for the children to see! 

 

Next week we will be basing all of our learning on ‘The Smartest Giant in Town.’

 

Thank you for your ongoing support,

The Nursery Team 

W.B 13.09.2021 

 

This week the children have continued learning about life in nursery and have taken further steps to becoming independent such as putting on their puddle suits and welly boots by themselves!
Next week we will be thinking about the seasons and changes that we see throughout the year. 
One of our adult led activities included making a shape house. The children had the opportunity to talk about their families and home life whilst identifying the shapes they were using.
We will also be starting rolling snack which is where the children help themselves to snack throughout their nursery session.

thank you for your ongoing support,

the nursery team 

W.B 06.09.2021

 

This week we have explored the rules of the classroom. We have had plenty of opportunities to make new friends through circle times as well as through our child initiated play. 
All children developed their independence when learning how to find their Wellington boots and change their schools for outdoor learning. 
The children have also experienced music and PE which they were fantastic in.

 

Next week we will learn some new routines within nursery such as busy fingers activities and self registration.

 

thank you for your ongoing support,

The Nursery team 

 

W.B 30.08.2021

What a fantastic first couple of days the children have had in Nursery!

They have settled brilliantly and we are so proud of how independent they have been.

Some reminders for you:

- Please ensure your child is in full uniform every day for school

- Please ensure you have brought in wellington boots and a puddle suit to keep in school

- Please remember to let the class teacher or the office know if anyone different is picking your child up

 

Thank you for your support,

Miss Owen

Mrs Underhill

Miss Palmer 

2020-2021

W/c 12.06.2021

 

This week we have continued our transition activities in preparation for reception. We consolidated some of our maths skills including counting amounts of objects and matching to the correct numeral.

The children also ensured they were familiar with all of the letters in their name and decorated them using butterfly colours.

 

Parental reminder 

A parent mail was sent out with guidance on how to download your child’s journal, please do this should you wish by the end of term.

 

Another parent mail went out with information on our teddy bears picnic on Wednesday 21st July. 
 

thank you for your ongoing support as always,

the nursery team 

W.C 05.07.2021

 

This week we have been focusing on transition. The children have been learning about the changes of the world and in particular the changes of a butterfly. They learnt about the life cycle and ordered the images, they also learnt that even though the caterpillar was very scared to change it was exciting too! This led onto our move up day where the children spent some time in their new classrooms, they showed resilience and eagerness as they explored their new rooms and met their new teachers! On Friday we had our RE afternoon where the children learnt about the religion of Humanism. We compared this to different religions we knew and learnt about the 10 commitments.

Next week we will continue our transitional learning and thinking about being in reception!

 

thank you,

nursery team 

W/c 21.06.2021

 

This week we have been learning all about capacity! The children have learnt about the word capacity and that it means how much something holds.

We also spent plenty of time in the water area exploring the different containers and vocabulary such as full, empty and half full.

The children are starting to talk more about going into reception so we took some time getting into groups of our new classes to see which friends would be in each class to reassure the children. 
Next week we will be learning about positional language and some more transitional activities linked to reception. 

 

Thank you for your ongoing support,

the nursery team 

W.c 14.06.21

 

This week the children have been learning all about keeping our planet safe! The children have learnt about being responsible for their own litter and trying hard to recycle when they can. 
We also started our group reading sessions which we will complete every week. This is the opportunity for the children to share their reading book as a group and focus on the questions using the pictures to help. 

 

next week we will be learning all about matching numeral to quantity and exploring ways to create texture.

 

thank you for your ongoing support,

the nursery team 

w.c 07.06.2021
 

Welcome back! We hope you had a wonderful half term break. This week we have been reflecting on the Spring term and learning about the new season of Summer and the safety we need to take when outside in the hot sunshine! 
We discussed the importance of wearing sun cream, a sun hat, sun glasses and we even went outside to find shade! We also discussed the language of length and height and ordered items by length developing our space and measures.

Next week we will be learning about safety measures further and also looking after the environment.

 

thank you for your ongoing support,

nursery team 

W/c 17.05.2021

 

This week the children have enjoyed learning all about animals through information books.

They have learnt about information books being used to find out facts about animals and also had a go at drawing their own animals by using the correct colours and a defining feature of that animal.

We have been thinking about initial sounds in phonics and have enjoyed matching animals to their habitats.

 

REMINDER

next week the last day of half term will be Wednesday 26th May.

 

thank you for your ongoing support,

nursery team 

w/c 10/05/21

 

This week the children have learnt all about the Islamic celebration of Eid. The children have explored special places of worship, special items and special symbols. They also had the opportunity to reflect on their prior learning linked to Diwali and Easter and made links between different religions.

 

Next week we will be exploring non-fiction books and exploring our phonics is greater depth!

 

Thank you for your ongoing support,

The Nursery Team 

w/c 03.05.21

 

This week the children have learnt all about shapes! We had a review about the 2d shapes we knew and learnt some new 3D shapes too.

We completed a range of activities such as making shape monsters, shape pictures and building using shapes.

The children discussed the properties of shapes and recognised them in the classroom. 

Next week we will be learning about the Islamic celebration of Eid. 

 

Thank you for your ongoing support,

The Nursery Team 

w/c 26/04/2021

 

This week the children have continued their learning about growing and has a special two days of cross curricular learning too! 

The children were immersed in the world of theatre and had a go at some acting out of the story of the Lion King. They watched parts of the production and had a go at acting out a short scene too.

The children also learnt about herbivores, carnivores and omnivores, extending their vocabulary and learnt new animals such as warthog and meerkat!

 

Thank you for your ongoing support,

The Nursery Team 

w/c 19.04.21

 

This week the children have continued to learn about changing and growing.

They have helped plant cress seeds as we have been observing how these have changed over the week. 

We have also completed some beautiful creative learning and made 3 different flowers; a daisy, a rose and a daffodil. 

On Friday we learnt all about St George’s day. Thank you for your ongoing support.

The nursery team 

w/c 12.04.2021

 

This week the children have been introduced to their new topic of growing and changing.

They have adored explored the outdoor area, finding different creatures and features of Spring and planting their own flowers.

In maths the children learnt about sharing an amount into two equal groups and talking about why it needs to be fair.

The children have also loved learning about living and non living beings and completed an activity where they needed to sort them into the correct groups.

Next week we will be learning about growing plants. Thank you for your ongoing support.

The nursery team 

w/c 15.03.2021

 

This week we have been learning all about Easter.

We have learnt about what Easter means to Christians and made our own eggs!

We also completed a science investigation linked to sinking and floating.

The children are going to continue learning about Easter next week smiley

 

REMINDER

School finishes at 2:00pm on Friday 26.03.2021 and it is non-uniform and wear a hat day!

 

See below a lovely song about sinking and floating to listen to together. 

 

 

Sinking and Floating

W/c 08.03.2021

 

We have had a fantastic first week back in nursery. The children have gotten back into their routines and have loved seeing each other after so long apart.

We have been learning about Mother’s Day this week and the children have some lovely things to give to their mummies on Sunday! 
 

please remember to bring back your child’s wellies and puddle suit if you haven’t already.
 

Thank you for your ongoing support.

the nursery team

 

W/c 01.03.2021

 

What an 8 weeks we have had! We have come to the end of online learning and I am so proud of how the children have coped. 
They never fail to impress me and surprise me at their resilience. 
I hope you have been able to find some joy in learning from home and I cannot wait to see you all on Monday.

Remember timings are as normal;

AM nursery 8:30-11:30

PM nursery 12:30-3:30

 

If you are new to Round Diamond you will have received an email explaining your children will do an hour settling on the Monday and Tuesday and then in full time to give them some time to settle. 
 

Thank you for all of your ongoing support! 
I have attached a story that was shared during online learning linked to transition incase you missed it!

W/c 22.02.2021

 

This week we have been discussing our new topic of pirates and adventures! We listened to a fun pirate song which you can find below and some children had a go at making their own pirate ships! 
 

Some cheeky pirates pinched some letters from my picture and the children helped me find the initial sound! 
 

Next week we will be exploring world book day on Thursday 5th March and the children will be wearing costumes of their favourite book character for the day!

 

thank you for your ongoing support,

Miss Owen

Port Side Pirates! | Barefoot Books Singalong

w/c 08.02.2021

 

I can't believe we have done a whole half term of online learning! I am so proud of you all.

This week we have enjoyed exploring 3 different events that happen each year; Valentine's day, Pancake day and Chinese New Year.

The children loved learning about halving and sharing and also learnt the ways we can halve our toys as well!

We listened to the story of Chinese New Year and even had a go at speaking Chinese!

 

Have a wonderful half term and I will see you back online on 22.02.2021.

 

Thank you,

Miss Owen 

w/c 01.02.2021

 

We have been exploring pattern and shape this week online and have consolidated our knowledge of circles, ovals, triangles, squares and rectangles! The children enjoyed continuing repeating patterns and also had a go at sorting some objects into their shape categories.

 

During CIL we thought about things we loved and drew them in a bucket to show what we carry around with us that makes us happy. 

 

We focused on out S, A, T and P sounds and also learnt the new sound I.

 

Thank you for your ongoing support,

Miss Owen 

w/c 25.01.2021

 

This week we have been having lots of fun with our online learning! We have been exploring numerals and different sizes. The children sorted their toys and household objects into length and learnt the golden rule of measuring from the base of each object. 

In phonics we learnt the P sound and recapped our learning of S and A and T.

Activities for home learning

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W/c 18.01.2021

 

This week the children have continued their online learning with thinking about people who help us - superheroes in the community! 
They drew pictures of people who help them at home and also thought about the equipment that particular occupations use and matched these up.

During CIL the children held tea parties, dressed up as their favourite superheroes and made wanted posters!

w/c 11.01.2021

 

This week the children have continued their learning on superheroes. They had great fun rescuing their toys from the ice by exploring different ways the ice could be melted! They also practise some patterns and creative learning by designing their own superhero masks!

w/c 04.01.2021 

 

What a start to the year! As always, thank you so much for your ongoing support and flexibility during these uncertain times.

The children kick started their online learning with some super counting and number recognition. They had the opportunity to practise their super cutting skills and were engaged in story time every day as well as show and tell! 

w/c 14th December - 18th December

 

We have enjoyed plenty of Christmas festivities this week including learning about the Christmas story, Christmas dancing and of course the Christmas party!

The children have done extremely well this term and we are so proud of how they have settled into life at Round Diamond. We look forward to seeing you all on the 5th January.

 

Have a fantastic Christmas and a Happy New Year! 

 

Thank you for your continued support this year,

Stay safe,

The Nursery Team 

w/c 7th December - 11th December 

 

This week the children have been getting really excited for Christmas! We have been exploring shape this week and discussing their properties, we even went on a shape hunt! The children have enjoyed drawing self-portraits and drawing the objects they would like for Christmas too. All of the children adored Christmas jumper day and the Santa dash!

 

Thank you for your ongoing support,

The Nursery Team 

w/c 23rd November - 27th November

 

This week our learning has been based around the story 'Monkey Puzzle' by Julia Donaldson. The children have enjoyed matching pictures of mother and offspring during adult learning and loved looking at their baby photos too.

The children were able to discuss the changes they could see between being a baby and being a child in Nursery and used language such as 'older, bigger, walking, talking, feeding'.

Next week our learning will be all about the story 'The Grunt and the Grouch' by Tracey Corderoy and Lee Wildish.

 

Thank you for your ongoing support,

The Nursery Team 

MONKEY PUZZLE Story Time for kids live pictures in my book STORIES AND TALES

w/c 16th November - 20th November

 

This week in nursery we have been reading the story of 'A Squash and a Squeeze' by Julia Donaldson. We have practised re-telling parts of the story and even had a go at making our own houses to fit the farm animals in!

On Wednesday we discussed the 5 senses and smelt some different items. We decided whether we liked them or not and then put a tick or a cross on our sheet to show which ones we liked and ones we didn't.

We have also started to listen to the phonics song which I have attached below for you to have a listen to.

 

Please remember our home learning of bringing in a baby photo or posting it to Tapestry is due in on Monday.

Thank you for your ongoing support,

The Nursery Team 

Phonics Song 2 (new version)

It's a phonics song with a picture for each letter. This is designed to help children learn the sounds of the letters in the English alphabet. This song was ...

w/c 09 - 13 November 

 

This week Nursery have been learning all about the Hindu festival of Diwali. We have read the story of Rama and Sita and have taken part in a range of activities linked to Diwali such as mehndi patterns, rangoli patterns and we have also created our own rangoli patterns whilst learning about shapes.

 

On Friday we had a Diwali celebration where we listened to traditional Indian music, had a special sweet treat and completed some more Diwali themed activities. 

 

Below are some photos from the week and the story of Rama and Sita if you would like to share it with your child again.

 

Thank you for your ongoing support,

The Nursery Team 

w/c 2nd November - 6th November 

 

Welcome back! We hope you had a restful half term. This week we have been completing lots of learning on mark making!

We have mark made using a range of resources such as chalks, felt tips and have even used our fingers in water! The children have been practising using a pincer grip and have been using this language throughout their mark making learning.

 

Next week we will be exploring and celebrating the Hindu festival of lights - Diwali. 

 

REMINDER - you can now apply for a reception place for 2021. This needs to be done via the Herts County website. 

Please see leaflet attached for more information. 

 

Thank you for your ongoing support,

The Nursery Team 

W/C 19th - 23rd October 

 

This week in Nursery we have been reading ‘Aliens love Underpants’. We looked at our class timeline and discussed some of the exciting things we might be doing in half term holidays too and discussed things we enjoy. 
During the week we also discussed patterns and how we could make our own patterns on pants! We talked about spots, zig zags, lines, waves and many more before having our own go! 

 

We hope you have a wonderful half term and look forward to seeing you all again on Monday 2nd November. 

 

Thank you for all of your on-going support,

The Nursery Team 

Parent feedback

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A quick video for parents following parent voice 😊

w/c 12th October - 16th October

 

This week we have been learning all about keeping healthy.

We have learnt about keep our teeth healthy as well as our bodies and even how to keep our minds healthy.

We sorted foods into healthy and unhealthy and discussed the importance of a balanced diet. 

The children loved listening to the relaxing music below and did some lovely mindful colouring whilst focusing on their breathing.

We look forward to speaking to you online next Tuesday and Thursday for parents evening.

 

Thank you,

The Nursery Team 

Calming and Relaxing Music for Children |

W/C 5th October

 

This week in nursery we have been learning about Autumn and all of the changes we see such as leaves and animals hibernating. 

In maths we explored the numbers 0-5 and practiced our super counting skills as well as seeing if we could recognise some numbers to 5. 

The children have enjoyed playing in the rain in their puddle suits and exploring the changes in weather too. 

We had our photos taken on Friday and your child will have a photo slip in their book bag, please use this to log in and see your child's school photos as they will not have a proof sent home. 

 

Thank you for all of your on-going support,

The Nursery Team 

W/C 28th September 

 

This week in Nursery we have been practicing our pencil grip when holding our pens to draw our family members in houses. We have also been learning to count to 10 and even had a go at counting out some groups of objects 0-5. We have really enjoyed learning the days of the week song which you can see in the video posted below the photos. Have a go at home too! 

 

Thank you for all of your on-going support,

The Nursery Team 

Days of the Week Song | The Singing Walrus

W/C 21st September 

 

This week in Nursery we have been learning how to be independent! We have been exploring the classroom and finding the resources when we want to use them. We also learnt how to put on our puddle suits. This was a challenging activity but we all persevered and were so proud of how well we did. 

 

A reminder: If you have not provided your child with wellies please do so and pop them on the welly rack outside the Nursery. Puddle suits are also fabulous as they protect the children's uniforms and it means they can in amongst the mud and rain during child initiated learning. We do have some spare waterproof trousers if this is not possible. 

 

Thank you for all of your on-going support,

The Nursery Team 

W/C 14th September

 

This week in Nursery we have been learning new routines and getting to know each other. We have been focusing on following Round Diamond rules and learning how to explore in our new environment.

The children have been loving our brain breaks of 'shake your sillies out' and have also enjoyed music lessons and PE lessons too!

 

Thank you for all of your on-gonig support,

The Nursery Team 

Goodbye Nursery 👋

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2019-2020

 A Very Big Welcome to Nursery 2019- 2020!

 

Welcome to Nursery!

 

https://www.foundationyears.org.uk/files/2015/03/4Children_ParentsGuide_2015_WEB.pdf 

Information on how to support your child's development in the Early Years can be found in the document linked above 

 

Important Days

Our PE days for both morning and afternoon Nursery are Thursdays and Fridays. PE is taught by our PE coaches Mr Stephenson  and Mr Wickens. Children do not need a PE kit for these sessions.

Both classes will also have a music lesson with our specialist music teacher, Mr Meek, every Wednesday. 

 

 

 

Home learning w/c 20.07.2020

 

We hope you are still enjoying your home learning, thank you for all of the wonderful learning you have posted onto Tapestry, it is wonderful to see.

 

Below you can find the learning for the week commencing 20.07.2020. 

 

 

Enjoy the learning and we hope you have a lovely summer.

 

Miss Owen and Mrs Underhill 

Home learning w/c 13.07.2020

 

We hope you are still enjoying your home learning, thank you for all of the wonderful learning you have posted onto Tapestry, it is wonderful to see.

 

Below you can find the learning for the week commencing 13.07.2020. 

 

 

Enjoy the learning,

Hopefully see you all soon.

 

Miss Owen and Mrs Underhill 

Home learning w/c 06.07.2020

 

We hope you are still enjoying your home learning, thank you for all of the wonderful learning you have posted onto Tapestry, it is wonderful to see.

 

Below you can find the learning for the week commencing 06.07.2020. 

 

 

Enjoy the learning,

Hopefully see you all soon.

 

Miss Owen and Mrs Underhill 

Home learning w/c 29.06.2020

 

We hope you are still enjoying your home learning, thank you for all of the wonderful learning you have posted onto Tapestry, it is wonderful to see.

 

Below you can find the learning for the week commencing 29.06.2020. 

 

 

Enjoy the learning,

Hopefully see you all soon.

 

Miss Owen and Mrs Underhill 

The Rainbow Fish (HQ)

Home learning w/c 22.06.2020

 

We hope you are still enjoying your home learning, thank you for all of the wonderful learning you have posted onto Tapestry, it is wonderful to see.

 

Below you can find the learning for the week commencing 22.06.2020 and the two youtube videos you will need. 

 

 

Enjoy the learning,

Hopefully see you all soon.

 

Miss Owen and Mrs Underhill 

Seren's Seasons | Twinkl Originals Children's Book Reading

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Seasons Song

The Seasons Song is a Science song that teaches the seasons of the year. The Seasons Song teaches the Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter. Download the Science ...

Home learning w/c 15.06.2020

 

Attached below is the learning for this week. This is the link for the bbciplayer version of the story-

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/p0102qfj/room-on-the-broom

 

Hope you enjoy!

Hopefully see you all soon.

 

Miss Owen and Mrs Underhill 

Home learning w/c 08.06.2020

 

Attached below is the home learning and a story which the learning is based around.

I hope you are all still keeping safe and happy during this time.

 

Thank you,

Miss Owen and Mrs Underhill

Home learning w/c/ 01.06.2020

 

Hello everyone! Hope you had a lovely half term enjoying the sunshine.

Attached below is the learning for this week.

Any questions please email me at aowen@rounddiamond.herts.sch.uk

 

Thank you,

Miss Owen and Mrs Underhill

The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Animated Film

In the internationally acclaimed The Very Hungry Caterpillar, a tiny caterpillar eats and eats...and eats his way through the week. Taken from The Very Hungry ...

Happy half term nursery smiley

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Home learning - Summer 1 term w/c 18th May 

 

Attached below is new activities for week commencing 18th May.

Please enjoy completing these with your child.

We hope you are all keeping safe and healthy and enjoying the sunshine. 

 

Thank you for your ongoing support, any queries please email at aowen@rounddiamond.herts.sch.uk 

 

Miss Owen and Mrs Underhill 

Home learning - Summer 1 term w/c 11th May 

 

It was lovely having a catch up will all of you last week, I thoroughly enjoyed hearing about all your fantastic home learning at home and the progress your children have been making in independence such as getting changed on their own and riding bikes without stabilisers! 

 

Below is the week's activities, as always I have left prior week's on incase you have missed any and want to complete. 

I have updated learning in blue. 

 

Thank you for your ongoing support, any queries please email at aowen@rounddiamond.herts.sch.uk 

 

Miss Owen and Mrs Underhill 

Home learning - Summer 1 term w/c 4th May

 

Attached below is the updated activity board. As before, I have kept the original activities just incase you didn't manage to complete them or this is the first time you are accessing the plan. I have added updates in purple for you to explore.

 

Any  resources needed are available below. 

 

Please continue to post your lovely home learning onto Tapestry, it is lovely to see the children and what they have been up to.

 

Thank you for your ongoing support, any queries please email at aowen@rounddiamond.herts.sch.uk 

 

Miss Owen and Mrs Underhill 

Home learning - Summer 1 term w/c 27th April 

 

Attached below is an updated overview of learning. As it was a broad array on activities to begin with, I have added a few more in red to most areas of learning if you wish for a few extras!

 

Any  resources needed are available below. 

 

We hope you are keeping safe and healthy and happy!

 

Thank you for your ongoing support, any queries please email at aowen@rounddiamond.herts.sch.uk 

 

Miss Owen and Mrs Underhill 

Home learning - Summer 1 term

 

Attached below is an overview of some Early Years Nursery activities for you to complete at home with your child.

Documents have been saved below for certain areas of learning, where necessary, with sheets or photos for your guidance. Not all of the activities need sheets as we have tried to ensure the activities will keep the children engaged and active during their learning at home. 

 

We hope you find this useful and enjoy the activities. We will continue to post challenges on Tapestry; our last baking and rainbow challenges had roughly 30 children from the EYFS taking part and we are sure your children loved seeing their friends' learning at home so please continue to join in with the Tapestry challenges as well as the Facebook challenges.

 

We hope you are keeping safe and healthy and happy!

 

Thank you for your ongoing support, any queiries please email at aowen@rounddiamond.herts.sch.uk 

 

Miss Owen and Mrs Underhill 

 

 

 

 

Easter Holidays

 

We hope you have had an enjoyable couple of weeks learning from home and have found the activities useful. Thank you for updating Tapestry with your lovely photos of your rainbow challenges and baking challenges.

There are a few Spring time craft and baking activities posted below if you wish to be creative during the Easter holidays.

 

We hope to see you soon and hope you are all keeping well.

Miss Owen and Mrs Underhill 

 

 

 

Update 27th March 2020

 

Hello to children and parents, Mrs Underhill and I am missing you all!

I hope you are staying healthy and happy during this confusing time.

If you haven't already, please check in on Tapestry. The EYFS team have been uploading challenges and reposting photos and challenges your friends in Nursery and Reception and have been taking part in while at home so that we can keep communication and learning going throughout the next couple of weeks.

These include baking challenges and rainbow challenges.

Thank you for your ongoing support,

Any questions please email aowen@rounddiamond.herts.sch.uk and I will be happy to get back to you. 

Miss Owen and the EYFS team 

 

School Closure 

 

Attached you will find an assortment of activities should you wish to complete with your children at home. There are also links to videos and songs that the children have been enjoying whilst in nursery.

 

There is also a link to twinkl.co.uk which is a resource bank filled with interactive games, videos, stories and printable resources. Parents are being granted free access during this uncertain time. For a free log in use www.twinkl.co.uk/offer and use the code PARENTSTWINKLHELPS 

There is also free access to phonicsplay which is another great resource with phonics games for free access;

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password: home 

 

If you have any questions regarding this learning please email aowen@rounddiamond.herts.sch.uk

 

Thank you for your ongoing support, as always,

Miss Owen, Mrs Underhill and Mrs Mason 

Week beginning 16th - 20th March  

 

This week we have been thinking about Mother's Day and St Patrick's Day.

We have explored activities around both of these events. We have talked about what makes our Mummies so special and also made some special vouchers for them to open on Mother's Day along with a special card. 

We also listened to some Irish folk music and tried our hand at Irish dancing! 

 

Thank you got your ongoing support,

Miss Owen and Mrs Underhil

Week beginning 9th March - 13th March

 

This week we have continued our topic of Pirates and Adventures. We have learnt a new song called 'I'm a pirate!' and discussed the new start of Spring.

We also celebrated the festival of Holi on Tuesday where the children got to explore colour mixing and powder paints with water outside.

Next week it's our stay and play on Tuesday 17th at 8:30 - 9:30 for morning nursery and 2:30-3:30 for afternoon nursery, we look forward to seeing you there!

 

Thank you got your ongoing support,

Miss Owen and Mrs Underhill 

Week beginning 2nd - 6th March

 

This week we have been continuing our topic of pirates.

The children listened to the story of 'Jake's First Day' and loved making their own bridges to get away from crocodiles just like in the story.

They enjoyed using their team work skills and their physical development skills to negotiate the space and the different levels of the obstacle course.

 

Thank you got your ongoing support,

Miss Owen and Mrs Underhil

Week beginning 24th - 28th February 
 

This week we have been exploring different colours and patterns. 
We have been reading the story of ‘Pirates love Underpants’ and we have drawn our choice of patterns onto pairs of pants.
We discussed range of patterns and then drew them onto the pants.

We also explored messy play on the table and discussed the changes in colour.

 

We have our Easter stay and play on the 17th of March

AM nursery 8:30-9:30

PM nursery 2:30-3:30

Where you will get the opportunity to spend time with your child completing spring time activities.

 

Thank you got your ongoing support,

Miss Owen and Mrs Underhill

Week beginning 10th - 14th February 

 

This week we have been discussing Valentine's day and exploring activities surrounding this topic.

 

We have practiced counting and matching to numerals, made valentine's cards, drawn pictures of people we love and had a circle time where we discussed the importance of showing love.

 

The children have thoroughly enjoyed talking about their family members and showing kind and caring behaviour to their friends. 

 

We have had a wonderful half term with the new members of our class and can't believe we are already halfway through the academic year!

 

Enjoy the half term with your child and we will see you back in school on the 24th February.

 

Thank you got your ongoing support,

Miss Owen and Mrs Underhill

Week beginning 3rd - 7th February 

 

This week we have been developing our counting skills.

We have been exploring counting groups of objects and matching them to familiar numerals (0-5). 

We have also been sharing out amounts too, making sure that the total we have at the end is the same to make it fair. 

 

Next week we will be learning all about Valentine's Day <3 

 

Thank you got your ongoing support,

Miss Owen and Mrs Underhil

Week beginning 27th January - 31st January 

 

This week we have been learning about people who help us.

We have been counting different amounts of people who help us and forming the numbers with help. We have also been helping to collage emergency vehicles and painting our own pictures of people who help us. We have also had a circle time about staying healthy so we do not get poorly tummies and discussed the importance of washing hands and exercising.

The children are looking forward to thinking about what makes them super next week.

Thank you for all of the fabulous home learning the children have enjoyed sharing this and a video is on Tapestry for you to see your child talking about their learning with a friend.

 

Thank you got your ongoing support,

Miss Owen and Mrs Underhill

Week beginning 20th - 24th January 

 

This week we have been learning all about Chinese New Year.

We have been exploring the story of Chinese New Year, learning about the animals included in the story, painting our favourite animals from the story, retelling the story and even having a go at dancing to some music using a Chinese lion and some shakers that we made using milk bottles and rice!

 

It has been a very creative week indeed and we look forward to continuing our 'Superheroes' topic next week.

 

 

Thank you got your ongoing support,

Miss Owen and Mrs Underhil

Week beginning 13th January - 17th January 

 

This week we have been exploring lots of shapes!

We have looked at shapes in pictures and books as well as in our indoor and outdoor environment. We have spoken about the properties the shapes have and how we can tell them apart. After this we had a go at making our own shape pictures using paper and pens.

We have also been thinking about our favourite books in the reading area and sorted them so they are more manageable to explore during our child initiated learning time.

Next week we will be learning all about Chinese New Year and thinking about celebrations we have experienced in our lives.

 

Thank you got your ongoing support,

Miss Owen and Mrs Underhill

Week beginning 6th January - 10th January

 

Welcome back!

We hope you had a fantastic Christmas.

 

We are excited to start our new topic of 'Superheroes' and will be developing to the following skills throughout the term;

- adapting behaviour to new changes

-exploring shape

-developing phonics skills

-developing independent learners

 

As some of you may be aware we will have new starters beginning this week therefore we hope you will wish all new children and parents a warm welcome to Round Diamond as they settle into their new routines.

 

Thank you got your ongoing support,

Miss Owen and Mrs Underhill

 

Week beginning 16th December - 20th December

 

This week we have taken part in lots of fun Christmas craft as well as performing our songs in the Early Year's Christmas production.

We enjoyed wearing our Christmas jumpers to perform and have enjoyed making reindeer food and cards for the Christmas period.

 

 

Thank you for your ongoing support, we hope you have a lovely 2 week break and a wonderful New Year.

 

See you on Tuesday 7th January,

 

Miss Owen and Mrs Underhill

Week beginning 9th December - 13th December

 

This week we have been extremely busy bunnies preparing for our Christmas play.

We have learnt 7 songs with actions and are excited to share these with you all on Monday and Tuesday.

We have had a special visitor in our classroom since the 1st of December - Rupert the elf! He has been causing mischief and entertaining the children.

We have also been using our craft skills to make Christmas cards and our literacy skills as we discussed the Christmas story and our favourite parts.

On Friday, Santa visited us and we were allowed to wear Christmas jumpers which made us all smile smiley

 

We look forward to seeing you on Monday 16th or Tuesday 17th.

 

Thank you for your ongoing support,

 

Miss Owen and Mrs Underhill 

Week beginning 2nd December - 6th December 

 

This week we had our fantastic stay and play session.

Thank you so much to all of the grown ups who attended and helped make the sessions so magical and special for the children. 

Please remember next week is our Christmas jumper day on Friday 13th December.

Next week we will be continuing to learn our Christmas songs for the production in preparation for our show.

 

Thank you got your ongoing support,

Miss Owen and Mrs Underhil

 

Week beginning 25th November - 29th November

 

This week we discussed our favourite books from the topic of 'Fairytales'. We completed a class tally to see which books were the most popular to gain an understanding of fairness.

Within our phonics learning we recapped the sounds 's' and 'a' by making silly soup!

We matched magic beans to numicon plates during some maths learning to develop our counting skills and have learnt how to match numerals to quantities.

 

Thank you for your ongoing support, please be mindful of the weather getting colder and children needing to have hats and gloves for outdoor learning.

 

Miss Owen and Mrs Underhill 

Week beginning 18th - 22nd November

 

This week we have been thinking about how to be independent within our school day. We went through the steps of how to successfully put on our coats and have been practising this all week! We used a poster with each step on to help us complete this challenge and have been trying so hard all week!

 

We also discussed different emotions we can feel and all the children recognised emotions in the traditional tales we have been reading such as happiness, sadness, fear and anger. We talked about how it is ok to feel different emotions and when we might feel this way. 

 

We look forward to seeing you on the 4th of December for our stay and play session.

 

Thank you,

 

 

Miss Owen and Mrs Underhill

Week beginning 11th November - 15th November

 

Throughout this week we have been learning about phonics, making porridge, size ordering and thinking about stranger danger!

The children have shown levels of engagement with their new skill of phonics and it has been lovely to see them exploring the classroom for 's' objects.

On Monday we made porridge (just to look at!) and were able to follow instructions in picture form. We really enjoyed discussing size words we could use to describe the three bears bowls, chairs and beds and were introduced to the word 'medium' to talk about size.

 

Thank you for the fantastic response to the home learning so far, we cannot wait to find out all of the children's favourite home books.

 

Miss Owen and Mrs Underhill

Week beginning 4th November - 8th November

 

 

Welcome back!

We hope you had a restful and fun half term holiday.

This week we have been settling the children back into school life and discussing our holiday news.

We also went on our beautiful Autumn walk; the children were beautifully behaved and we had a great turn out of parents, grandparents, aunties and uncles so thank you!

 

Reminders for upcoming dates

Christmas stay and play Wednesday December 4th

AM nursery - 8:30-9:30

PM nursery - 12:30 - 1:30

 

Christmas performance

AM nursery - Tuesday 17th December at 2:15

PM nursery - Monday 16th December at 9:30

 

Thank you,

Miss Owen and Mrs Underhill

Week beginning 21st October - 25th October

 

During our learning this week we have been retelling the story of 'The Tiger who came to Tea'. We have also been painting plates of our favourite foods that we would present to the tiger if he came to our house!

On Tuesday and Wednesday we enjoyed meeting with parents and carers to share your child's successes and next steps; thank you for all of your ongoing support.

 

Thank you,

Miss Owen and Mrs Underhill

Week beginning 14th October - 18th October

 

This week we have been learning all about numicon!

Numicon is a fantastic resource for teaching children about counting, matching and sorting.

We gave the children the opportunity to explore numicon in a variety of ways including playdough printing, paint printing and using tweezers and marbles.

We also took part in a pretend tea party following our story 'The Tiger who came to Tea.' This was a fantastic opportunity to practise our speaking and listening skills.

We also took a trip to see our beautiful disply; we were so proud of our learning!

 

Thank you to all the parents who responded to the Tapestry questionnaire;

We had lots of responses and questions about what can be added from home.

We encourage you to post anything your child could share and talk about with the class. The children love sharing their learning with their friends and it is a fantastic way of developing their self confidence as they share their home experiences. There is no limit to how much you upload and we look forward to seeing what your children have been getting up to at home.

 

Thank you,

Miss Owen and Mrs Underhill

 

 

Week beginning 7th October - 11th October

 

Throughout this week we have been reading the story of 'Hedgehugs' ; a story about two hedgehogs who cannot cuddle because of their prickles! They eventually realise that they can use socks to cover their spikes and have a lovely cuddle!

The children have completed a range of activities this week including decorating socks with spotty patterns, matching socks, using paint to decorate a big hedgehog, mark making hedgehogs and practising cutting skills by snipping spikes into their own hedgehogs.

 

All children enjoyed the story and could talk about the characters and their favourite parts.

 

Please ensure you have booked your parent consultation appointment online for the 22nd or 23rd of October.

 

Have a lovely weekend!

Miss Owen and Mrs Underhill

Week beginning 30th September - 4th October

 

This week we have been exploring different sizes and enjoyed ordering characters from the story of Percy the Park Keeper. 

We had to use our cutting skills to cut out each character and then ordered them using the language of small, medium and big. We also enjoyed an Autumn leaf hunt, collecting a range of leaves with our friends!

 

We continue to learn our new routines and are becoming really speedy at tidying up and washing our hands for snack!

 

Thank you for your ongoing support,

Miss Owen and Mrs Underhill smiley

Week beginning 23rd September - 28th September

 

The children have loved exploring the outside area this week. They have been independently learning to put on their welly boots and all in one suits and have persevered even when it has been challenging!

Within our adult inputs we have been learning about the numbers 1,2 and 3 and have practised forming them and recognising these numbers.

We enjoyed a getting to know you activity where we asked each other questions about our favourite things so that we can continue to bond with our new friends.

 

Please continue to practise shoe and coat changing as much as possible at home, thank you smiley

Miss Owen and Mrs Underhill

 

 

Week beginning 16th September - 20th September 

 

During this week we have been exploring pattern and shape. The children discussed different lines we could make and they all had a go at completing some of their own independently.

We have been excited to go to PE this week and had some fun in the hall playing group games!

Lots of new friendships are forming in Nursery and it is so lovely to see the children growing in confidence as they settle into Round Diamond School. We are very proud of them.

 

A reminder that books are changed on Tuesdays and Fridays smiley

Thank you for your ongoing support,

Miss Owen and Mrs Underhill 

Week beginning 9th September - 13th September 

 

The children have had a really successful first week in Nursery.

Throughout the week we have been introducing children to their new routines such as washing their hands for snack, independently using the toilet and putting on their coats for outdoor learning.

We have started introducing carpet time and have had lots of fun singing number songs!

 

Next week we will focus on our busy finger activities in the morning and will be starting to engage the children with more focused learning time in small groups.

 

A reminder if you have not bought your child in a pair of wellies to please do so and put them on the AM or PM rack and to bring in waterproof trousers/all in one which can stay in school.

 

Thank you!

Miss Owen and Mrs Underhill  

Nursery Class Page 2018-2019

Week beginning 01.07.19

Today we released our butterflies! After recapping the stages of the life cycle, the children enjoyed watching the butterflies fly away. We talked about being gentle and quiet during the process, to show care and concern for living things around us.

Week beginning 24.06.19 - The Life Cycle of a Frog

This week, we have started learning about the life cycle of a frog and have introduced the following vocabulary:

-pond

-water

-frogspawn

-tadpoles

-froglet

-frog

Week beginning 17.06.19 - Our Display

The children are very proud to share their learning, which is up on display in the corridor! All the activities were linked to the story 'The Very a Hungry Caterpillar'. We used the story to: 
- recap the days of the week 
- learn about the life cycle of a butterfly 
- discuss symmetry 
- practise counting 
- explore textures

Well done to all the children for their active learning on this topic - the final outcome is amazing!

Week beginning 10.06.19 - Observing Changes

We have been busy planting seeds and observing changes recently. The children planted grass seed and bean seeds and have loved watching as they change and grow. We have been discussing what seeds need in order to grow so have positioned them by a window and have been remembering to water them regularly. 

Week beginning 03.06.19

Welcome back after Half Term! We are continuing with our topic on Growing and will be learning more about the life cycle of a frog. 

Week beginning 20.05.19 - Our Topic Display

The children have worked together to create a spectacular display to show our learning on our Summer Term topic - Growing. 
We used our knowledge of the life cycle of a butterfly to represent three stages using a range of media. We used paint, card and also enjoyed exploring the texture of sawdust.

Week beginning 13.05.19 - The Lifecycle of a Butterfly

The children have been enjoying the story of the ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’. We used the book to help us create a diagram, showing the different stages of the lifecycle of a butterfly. 

Week beginning 06.05.19 - Our New Topic

The children shared their existing knowledge on the word ‘Growing’. We created a colour coded mind map to show their ideas. 

Week beginning 29.04.19 - Family Portraits

The children have enjoyed updated their self portraits on our ‘Progress Wall’ this week. During CIL, some children chose to extend this opportunity and draw portraits of themselves with their families. 

Week beginning 22.04.19 - Growing!

Welcome back after the Easter break! Our new topic this term will be ‘Growing’. How many different things can you name that grow?

Week beginning 25.03.19 - Counting Challenge!

We have been continuing to explore numbers and counting in Nursery recently. The children are always reminded of using their 'counting finger' to point to objects when counting, to encourage accuracy. We practised this by using counting bears. 

Week beginning 18.03.19 - A Special Visit

The children enjoyed a visit from a Police Officer as part of their topic learning linked to ‘People Who Help Us’. They asked questions to find out new information and had a wonderful time trying on some of the different parts of an Officer’s uniform. 

Week beginning 11.03.19 - Small World Play