Assalamu Alaykum Parents 😊
It has been another adventurous week in the nursery. The dinosaurs decided to stay with us for another week of roaring excitement 😉
We learnt about their world in a little more detail this week; what they ate? Which dinosaurs were carnivores, herbivores and omnivores? What palaeontologists do with fossils?
This week we started our parent book reading sessions too alhumdulillah. JazakAllah to the Mummies who came in to read wonderful books to our lovely children.
If you would like to come in for a reading session, please let one of the nursery team members know so we can book you in inshaAllah.
Morning session parents can come in on a Wednesday at 11.00am
Afternoon session parents can come in on a Thursday at 2.45pm
Full day parents can come in at any of the sessions mentioned above.
Lets go through the week…
In Arabic, children continued to practice the Arabic letters and words. This week children have been practising
Morning children have Arabic every Thursday at 11am and Afternoon children have Arabic every Tuesday at 1.30pm.
In circle time this week, we played a phonics game where children had to guess which picture’s name began with the initial displayed.
The sounds we focused on were S A T P, along with the sounds of the initials in their first name.
We also had a fun time pretending to go on a dinosaur hunt in our time machine. The hunt led us to camp with the dinosaurs and at one point we had to hide in a cave from the Tyrannosaurus Rex!
Try this at home: Ask your children to differentiate between animals who are carnivores, herbivores or omnivores. It’ll be good practice for them!
I Wonder Why…
This week we have started our “I wonder why?” series of books. I introduced these to develop the children’s curiosity and nurture their critical thinking. These books have answers to all sorts of different questions that children ‘wonder’ about. The book we began with was “I wonder why…the Sea is salty” and we investigated the answers to, “Why is the sea salty?”, “Is the Red sea really red?”, “How do fish breathe under water?”, “Which bird flies under water?” and “Which animal loves to play?”
We continued with our kindness box and some children made their own kindness boxes and took them home. It would be great for parents to carry on this initiative.
We ended the circle time with going through the visual routine of the day.
This week’s books were “I Wonder Why”, “Its great to share” and “10 little dinosaurs”.
We also enacted “We’re going on a dinosaur hunt” (e-book).
This week we concentrated on perfecting Surah Fatihah.
Please do repeat all of the duas on a daily basis to help your child with the memorisation.
On Monday our palaeontologist children went out to find dinosaur fossils!
It was a serious mission for our mini scientists as the dinosaur fossils were in the depth of sticky, gooey tar pits (cornflour!).
We all then took turns to record all of our findings on the big system.
JazakAllah to all the parents for bringing in lots of recyclables for our junk modelling table. Alhamdulillah the children have been very busy planning and creating their art work.
On Tuesday, our palaeontologists went on another expedition, to uncover more dinosaurs found on sandy plains.
Whilst some were found in the caves of nursery, others were discovered on outskirts of the playground, near the red lava!
On Wednesday, we were busy practising our fine motor skills! Not only did we do lots of writing and pencil control activities, we were threading away too!
On Thursday the children made their own fossil cookies. The ingredients used for this recipe were as followed:
Once we mixed all the ingredients and made the cookie dough, the children were given an equal amount each and rolled it out using their hands. They were then given a selection of Dinosaur cookie cutters and all chose their own to shape their cookies.
For this activity, children learnt about measurements, quantity and food hygiene.
They were very proud of themselves with the end result and looked forward to baking them at home and sharing with their family members Alhamdulillah.
On Friday, we did a group project of making a giant Papier mâché dinosaur egg! For this activity we used a balloon, newspaper strips and plain flour mixture.
Children had to dip the newspaper strips in the plain flour mixture and stick it on to the balloon egg.
We also prayed our Jummah Salah together and made dua for our parents, our nursery friends, some presents (of course) and thanked Allah swt for everything we have.
Please continue to bring in any recyclable items that our children can use for their imaginative art work.
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.
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!