It has been lovely to welcome all the children back into school and they have settled back in to our routines well. We have also been able to welcome some new starters into Nursery and would like to give their families a warm welcome to Bentinck.
We have enjoyed making grass heads, kites, dinosaur fossils, mud cakes and Easter decorations and cakes.
We have also been busy learning about taking care of our teeth and making repeating patterns, role playing 'Octonauts' and doctors, performing Nursery Rhymes on our 'stage' and practising our mark making and cutting.
Because of the snow and ice on the school playground and paths we can not open school to parents as it would be unsafe.
Please collect your work packs on Monday 1st February between 9.30 am and and 10am.
In the meantime here are a few activities that you could try at home:
I would like you to use the internet or look in some information books and find out how bees make honey.
You could then get your grown up to email me the answer.
Can you make or draw a bee?
What materials will you use?
What will your bee need?
Look at the picture of the bee below to help you.
We are excited to be welcoming many of our children back to Nursery. We have missed you so much and can't wait to see you!
Because many of our children will now be in school, we will no longer be adding home learning activities to the website.
For those parents who have chosen to keep their children at home, we will continue to provide you with a weekly work pack.
Work packs need to be collected from school EVERY Monday between 9.30 am and 10 am.
Please remember to return any work that your child has completed the previous week, when you come to collect their new work pack.
We hope that you have had a lovely break and that you have managed to stay safe in these difficult times. Hopefully, we will be able to see each other soon.
To support your child's learning whilst they are at home we will:
Please help your child complete one activity from their Home Learning Pack and one activity from this page every day.
We would love to keep in touch and celebrate the work your child is doing at home. Please send photo's of the children doing the activities to me at
If you send photos in, please let me know if you are happy for them to be shared on our class page. That way everyone can see what their friends have been up to!
We have participated in and learnt about many different celebrations as part of our topic this term. We dressed up in our own clothes to mark Children in Need. We made our own firework paintings using the salad spinners, and for Diwali we made clay diva lamps using Miss Meier's pottery wheel.
Our Christmas preparations have already begun. This week we have been busy making some decorations for our school Christmas Tree. Next week we will be decorating the Nursery classroom and putting up a small Christmas Tree. We can't wait! Each day we take it turns to open our advent calendar. Over the coming weeks, we will be learning all about the Christmas Story and finding out who celebrates Christmas. We will also be having our very own Christmas Party.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE!
We continue to welcome our new starters and their families. Welcome to the Nursery and to Bentinck.
Now that the majority of our children are settled and are used to our routines, we have started to introduce our group times which include Phonics, Maths, ECAT and Funky Finger sessions.
Funky Finger Sessions
Learning to write is a complex process and can be very demanding for our youngsters. We often forget how complex the task of manoeuvring a pencil across a page can be. Holding a pencil, pen or any other mark making tool, puts a great deal of strain on the thumb and first two fingers of the writing hand and can prove quite tricky when you are 3 or 4, especially if the muscles in your hand, wrist, forearm, upper arm, shoulder and back lack the strength required.
Funky Finger activities are aimed at strengthening these important muscle groups, so that our little ones develop the gross and fine motor control needed to hold a pencil with the correct grip - enabling them to form their letters correctly, once they have the strength and co-ordination in their backs, shoulders, arms, wrists, hands and fingers to do so.
We run our ECAT, Phonics and Maths sessions twice a week.
What do we teach in Phonics?
The first step in the phonics journey is to teach our little ones to listen carefully to the sounds around them in their environment and support them as they learn to discriminate between the different sounds that they hear. Children need lots of opportunities to listen to these sounds and to develop their listening skills to identify and match them.
This ability to listen carefully and identify the different sounds is crucial for their phonic progress. These are the prerequisite skills to being able to blend words for reading later on.
What do we teach in Maths?
Through the use of a variety of active, practical activities that promote mathematical talk, we aim to help develop an early understanding of number, measurement and shape.
Children are then given further opportunities to explore these concepts in their play by offering them opportunities: for example, to build on a large scale, tackle physical challenges, dig holes in the sand, fill containers with water, play games, collect natural objects and talk to each other and the adults around them.
What do we teach in ECAT?
ECAT stands for Every Child A Talker. Good speaking and listening skills are essential for children to make good progress in their learning as they progress through school. Our ECAT sessions aim to develop children's vocabulary and sentence building skills by providing them with opportunities to: listen to the correct language being modelled and then copy that language; retain and recall useful information; organise, sequence and clarify thoughts; explain what is happening; predict what will happen next and listen to and respond appropriately to others.
In between our adult led sessions, children are able to choose their own activities and they are encouraged to independently access the resources on the shelves. This is the best part of the day, because this is when we get to join in with the children's play in order to facilitate their learning by using their ideas and becoming involved in their imaginative play. This is where the 'magic' happens and children's learning goes from strength to strength.
Where has the time gone? I can't believe it is half term already. We have had a busy five weeks and our new starters have settled in nicely and are starting to become familiar with our class routines and expectations. Everyone has been busy making new friends and all the children are getting really good at sharing and helping to look after our resources and environment. They are also getting more independent and more confident to choose their own activities and take part in new experiences - which has been lovely to see.
Eventhough Goose Fair was cancelled, we still managed to celebrate it in school. We made and bought our own popcorn and played our own fairground games like Hoopla, Hook a Duck and Beanbag Throw. We had a great time!
We also went on an Autumn walk and discovered that the trees in winter loose their leaves because they are old. They turn from green to yellow, red and orange. The oldest leaves are brown.
It is lovely to have the children back in school again. We have really missed them and we are enjoying being able to spend time with them again. It is such a privilege to be able to play a part in their development and learning. We really do have the best job in the world!
Our returners have quickly got back into our routines and, much to our delight, have remembered lots of our Class Rules. Over the coming weeks we will be welcoming our new starters into Nursery and we would like to take this opportunity to welcome them and their families to Bentinck.
Our days are very busy, and although the children are only with us for a short period of time, we manage to learn and do lots of new and exciting things. Here is an overview of what a typical week looks like.