Assalamu Alaykum Parents 😊
This week was very exciting in Nursery. We continued with our sea-animals theme and met our sea friends again. We learnt more about each animal and what features Allah (swt) has endowed them with. The children learnt to distinguish between sea and land animals (scroll down for more information).
This week was Friendship week in Suffah Primary school and nursery took full participation in it alhumdulillah.
Seeking friends and building friendships is one of the major milestones for a child’s personal, social and emotional development. Once friendships are established, communication skills are developed more quickly as efforts are made find out about one another.
We introduced a “Kindness Box” to the children which encouraged acts of kindness. From picking up their friend’s glove and handing it to them, to sharing their personal toy with their friend. Each act was praised and celebrated at the end of the day. Teachers wrote the act down as they witnessed it and placed it in the box and at the end of the session examples were read out and children were rewarded with a sticker.
On Tuesday it was “Odd Sock day”. MashaAllah all of our children turned up with odd socks and had so much fun showing them off in circle time! Children were told that odd socks were worn by everyone around the country to show they all agree that friends must be kind and caring towards one another.
Lots of children brought in presents and treats for their friends as a token of kindness and everyday nursery children were taking goodies home. mashaAllah.
We shared out those presents children had brought in. Those in receipt of presents were encouraged to say ‘JazakAllah’. We attempted to enjoin the concept that kindness is not merely a reciprocation of presents, and sharing and speaking nicely to one another are also forms of kindness.
We have decided the “kindness box” will be a standing theme within the setting to encourage acts of thoughtfulness towards their peers and teachers.
JazakAllah to all the parents for all the thoughtful contributions this week. Even the teachers received yummy goodies 😉 Please continue to encourage your child to build friendships and show kindness towards their friends inshaAllah.
In Arabic, children continued to practice
and attempted to write it independently mashaAllah.
We had a lot of fun this week in circle time. We did our regular circle time routine, for example, morning exercises, date and day and daily duas. We then played educational games on the interactive board.
We continued to work on our phonics understanding. Children have started to recognise some letters and their sounds mashaAllah. In fact, some of us have even started blending the sounds into words mashaAllah, for example, C-A-T is CAT. We are currently on phase 1 of the phonics program, where children focus on developing their speaking and listening skills. They focus on listening to the sounds around them and recognising the letters.
Try this at home: Listen out for sounds in the environment and ask your child to identify the different sounds they can hear. You can also practice letters sounds together using the video link below.
We repeated the Duas from the previous weeks and revised our new Dua too.
We ended the circle time with going through the visual routine of the day.
This week’s books were “commotion in the ocean”, “Alans big teeth” and “The smartest giant in town”. Whilst the former two books continue the theme about oceans and habitats, the latter focuses on the theme of friendship and kindness.
We revised all of our previous duas and this week we learnt the Yunus AS’s dua from the Quran;
“Laa ilaaha illa anta subhanaka inni kuntu minaz zalimeen”
Meaning: None has the right to be worshipped except you, Glorified be you, Surely I have been a wrong-doer.
On Monday we played a game on the interactive smart board. Children had to guess each sea-animals based on their features. We gave them three hints, for example, “…it has two fins and a shell on its back”. The children had to pick the right animal from a selection of images shown.
We also attempted to draw an octopus! Teacher drew a picture of an octopus and children tried their best to mirror the picture and draw their own versions of it. We had some amazing results mashaAllah!
On Tuesday children carried out a matching activity. For this activity, they had to sort the animals according to their habitat. For example, an octopus lives in water and a lion lives on land. For this activity, we encouraged the children to cut and stick independently, whilst we were available for any support required.
We also played a game on the smart board to practice sounding letters. For this game children were shown an item and 3 letters. They had to guess which letter the item began with.
On Wednesday, our gardening corner was somewhat completed and children couldn’t wait to dig in! The Garden area is still a work in progress…
Nursery worked together in making SLIME too! We used PVC glue, food colouring and a special activator that thickened the mixture into a slime consistency.
We had so much fun playing with it once it was ready! We had all sorts of reactions to the slime making process, for example “Eeww that’s eeww”, “That’s awesome”, “spider web”, “its squishy, squeezy, stretchy” and many more interesting observations😊
On Thursday we were super busy. Not only did we play a lot, we made “Jellyfish Jelly” too! Children were so excited to see how Jelly is made and then waited patiently for it to set so they could take it home to share with family mashaAllah. We all imagined whether jelly fish looked transparent like this jelly and whether they are ‘wobbly’.
As the friendship week came to an end we discussed how we must maintain our kind gestures and friendly behaviour towards one another. All the children made friendship bands for each other and it was lovely to see the reactions on their faces when they exchanged the bands with each other.
Friday was “Just one tree” day. Just One Tree is a non-profit initiative that supports established reforestation projects, namely the International Tree Foundation and Eden Reforestation Projects, who plant in areas severely affected by mass deforestation such as Kenya, Madagascar, Haiti & Indonesia.
Whilst it was non-uniform day for the rest of the school, nursery came dressed all green. JazakAllah to all the parents and children who participated and gave charity towards this initiative.
To appreciate the importance of trees in our lives, we all drew our own versions of trees.
We then all made Tree branches using playdough 😊
Suffah is a Nut-Free school.
Please remember Suffah primary and Early years is a NUT FREE school therefore any items containing Nuts will not be allowed. Please be VERY careful about what your child brings in for snack as we have children with Nut allergies in the school.
Unhealthy snack items
Please also remember we do NOT allow unhealthy snacks; for example, any chocolate items, juices and crisps etc. Please help us teach your children healthy eating concepts.
Recently we have had an increase in unhealthy snack items being provided for the children. Any unhealthy snack given will be confiscated unfortunately, as we do not want your child to be eating anything that could be harmful to them in any way.
For further information on healthy snacks for children, please visit https://www.nhs.uk/change4life/food-facts/healthier-snacks-for-kids
Every Thursday is ‘book day’ so children must bring in a book bag in order receive a book to take home. Please remember to return books every Thursday.
The Nursery Team!