**This week our learning theme is 'Summer break'**



Welcome to Voles Class (EYFS Unit)




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Teacher:  Mrs Hardwick

Early Years Practitioners: 

Mrs Ray 

Mr Coverdale


It is lovely to see that parents are adding photos , videos and comments to their child's Learning Journal (see below how to do this) - keep them coming, it's great to see what they are doing and achieving! 

Additionally -  whilst children are off school please send in, to admin@swinggate.herts.sch.uk, photos of the activities you are doing which you are happy to share in future newsletters - mark these FOR THE NEWSLETTER.

Welcome to the Summer Term in the Nursery class


Our learning theme for each week is usually guided by the children, so please send in any questions from the children or information about their interests for future activities.


 Week beginning 20.7.20 - ‘Summer break'  

This week's Poem of the week:

I hope that you all received the three Poetry Basket booklets attached to a Parentmail. I really enjoyed learning the poems with the children and am sad that we were not able to continue learning them together. I hope you have enjoyed them too.


I hope that you and your child are able to enjoy a well deserved break this summer. However, there are some things that would be really helpful for the children to keep practising over the holidays.

To support you with this I have added some links for the types of activities you could continue to explore. Also encourage your child to continue to be observant, talking about what they see, what they notice and what they think. Ask them about letters and numbers and words, sing songs, read books and keep active and have fun.

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Click on the links below:

Mark making and fine motor skills activities

Maths trail cards

Outdoor activity ideas


Fifty fun things to do ...

Free family fun ...


You can also continue to log on to Purple Mash and explore activities there.


Continue to explore phonics activities as described on the letter we sent home. Talk about the sounds in words, whether they sound the same and the sounds the words have at the beginning. 

Oral blending: It is important that the children have plenty of experience of listening to adults modelling oral blending. For example, when giving your child instructions or asking questions you can segment the last word into separate phonemes and then immediately blend the sounds together to say the word (e.g. It’s time to get your c-oa-t, coat! or Touch your t-oe-s, toes! Who can touch their f-ee-t, feet?) Use only single-syllable words for oral blending. Oral blending can also be modelled from time to time when books are being shared, particularly rhyming books where the last word in a rhyming couplet could be segmented into separate sounds and then blended.

Segmenting: When the children are used to hearing sound-talk and blending the individual sounds to make words, you can  see whether your child can speak in sound-talk. Choose some objects with three-phoneme names that you are sure your child knows and let them hide them in a box or bag. Ask them to select one object but keep it out of your sight and then ask them to try and say the separate sounds in the name of the object, just like the toy does (e.g. d-u-ck). Then you need to blend the sounds together to make the word, your child can then reveal the object to show whether you are right.


Also this is a parent’s guide to the foundation stage curriculum which may be helpful:


Twinkl is a website which provides many resources for teachers and they have offered a free one month subscription to parents. Setting this up is really easy to do, just go to www.twinkl.co.uk/offer and enter the code UKTWINKLHELPS.

  What the children say...

As usual we will ask the children about what they’d like to explore, play with and learn about over each half term. All ideas will be interwoven through planning.

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The children have also discussed what they would like for role play - inside we have set up a library and puppet theatre and outside we are waiting to see what the Reception children have chosen.


Click here to see the children's ideas 



Other areas of learning in Nursery include....



PE day is Monday

  • Although the children are currently exploring activities at home, I am planning a range of activities which encourage the children to explore a variety of movements and skills which they can use in future PE lessons at school. These will include listening to instructions, creating and holding body shapes, dance moves, travelling in different ways, using their imagination, hand eye coordination (using big and small movements) and aim and balance.

  • We will also continue to promote developing a healthy lifestyle and practices which lead to this such as the importance of exercise and healthy eating.

Please can all children have a named PE kit in a bag for the days we have other extra sessions.


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RE will be explored partly through short periods of Adult Directed Activities which highlight key festivals, celebrations, religious symbols and religious vocabulary with reference to children’s own experiences and also through the children's own Child Initiated Play.

This term the children will have the opportunity to:

  • learn about and from the relationships with the people in their lives and important people in the lives of religious people

  •  explore some of the ways in which people express care and concern for each other and the importance of this for relationships.

  •  develop an awareness of their own value and the value of others

  • explore how people know that they belong to family and other groups, including religious groups

  •  look at, observe and possibly handle:- Rakhis Saris, a Bible, a soft toy cat and Reverend with changeable vestments.


During this half term and throughout the year we will be planning open-ended activities in a technology rich environment to enable the children to have opportunities to explore, tinker and develop their ideas through active learning. 

We will promote safe and careful use of resources and understanding of who to tell if any use of technology makes them feel worried or uncomfortable.

This half term we will explore using technology to explore 'finding out’. The children will be able to:

  • explore simple digital timers (onscreen and physical). Compare these to non-digital types, such as sand timers and talk about how they are different. Talk about time passing; discuss how fast, how slow, how long etc
  • investigate and talk about how we can find out things out at home and school including using onscreen resources, books, pictures, using our eyes and our senses and asking others
  • use simple digital cameras to capture images in the indoor and outdoor environment. Talk about differences between digital and non-digital cameras, looking at camera tools on tablet or phone, digital cameras and some older devices, such as cameras using film
  • explore using a range of input devices, so that they become proficient in using a mouse and touch pad as well as tablet and touch screens. Activities will be provided to support them in moving objects on screen as well as sorting and sequencing onscreen objects.