YARDLEY NURSERY NEWSLETTER                              AUTUMN TERM 2017

We hope your summer was enjoyable and relaxing and that the children are ready to take on new challenges this term.


Our topic this half term is ‘Colour/Pattern’,


The children will be experimenting with colour using a range of art techniques – sponge printing, string painting, marble rolling, butterfly printing and collage to name but a few. Look out for lots of coloured mobiles appearing in the nursery – green frogs, orange snakes, purple aliens, yellow sunshines and rainbow umbrellas. Other art displays will include a ‘Patterned Clothes’ picture and a nursery portrait gallery.

We will be talking about colours in nature, camouflage and will also be making rainbow spinners.


Maths activities will include a rainbow counting along game, fish number recognition, an umbrella matching game and a washing line shape game.


The role play area will be transformed into a jewellery shop. The children will be making jewellery to ‘sell’ – pasta necklaces and bracelets, paper mache watches and bangles. If you have any unwanted jewellery (non valuable of course!) that could be used in the shop we would be very grateful.


Our ‘sound of the week’ will start this term. The children will be encouraged to bring things from home for the sound table and will play a variety of sound recognition games. They will be doing a range of activities to develop their pencil skills such as tracing over pictures, patterns and text, using templates and making colour books. Look in the cloakroom for information about the sound of the week.


We will also be having colour tables and the children will be encouraged to bring in a colour related item for the table.


Please discourage your children from bringing in toys from home unless specifically requested as there are not opportunities to play with them during the nursery session and they are sometimes a distraction.


For your information a copy of the weekly plan is displayed in the cloakroom along with the Early Learning Goals.


Book bags will go home on a Friday. Please ensure book bags are brought back in on Thursdays in order that the previous book can be changed. You can share the book with your child, reading the story, asking them simple questions and when they are ready asking the more complex questions such as: how and why questions.


If you would like to discuss your child’s progress at any time, please ask a member of staff and a meeting will be arranged.




Please see the posters and school website for details of our events this term

If you would prefer a paper copy please see a member of staff.


Parents often ask how they can help at home. There are lots of ways; here are a few suggestions

  • Look at and talk about colours and patterns in the environment on the way to and from nursery
  • Help your child to count at home. Sort packets and tins by colour and count them together. Encourage them to point to each object as they count. Ask them to tell you how many they have counted; this will help them to understand that the last number relates to the quantity.
  • We will be introducing the following sounds this half term – ‘s,a,t,p,i,n,m’. When a new sound is introduced, talk about the sound the letter makes and look for the letter together in their favourite books. Encourage them to ‘write’ the letter in the air using large movements; this will help them when they use a pencil to write the letter.
  • Help to develop and improve their pencil skills by showing them how to hold a pencil correctly and encourage them to trace over patterns and pictures.
  • Visit the library and try to find some books about colour and pattern. Look at the books together and encourage your child to talk about the pictures and to answer questions about the story. Show them how to turn the pages over carefully.
  • Talk with your child about what they have been doing at nursery, what they had for snack, what the story was about etc. Encourage them to look at you when they are talking and to listen as well as talk.
  • Give your child plenty of opportunities to practice putting on their coats, socks and shoes independently. Please make sure that all outdoor clothing including shoes are clearly named.




Can you help?

If you have any of the following that you would like to lend or donate it would be much appreciated


  • Old unwanted jewellery/watches (non valuable) for the jewellery shop
  • Pasta tubes
  • Books, pictures, posters, DVD’s, relating to the topic
  • Newspaper
  • Empty boxes etc. for making models
  • Kitchen paper


Please make sure that items are clearly named so that they may be safely returned to you.

Thank you in anticipation.



£1 donation collected for the week


Take home maths game/activity


Story books/bags to be returned


Take home story book/pencil activity.

P.E. children will need plimsolls clearly named. Please ensure all jewellery is removed.




As you know we welcome helpers in the nursery (that includes dads and grandparents!). There are lots of ways that you can help in the nursery – cooking, helping with the computer, reading stories or just talking with the children. If you would like to help in the nursery, either on a regular basis or just when you have some free time, please come and talk to a member of staff.

Please note that under current law it is a requirement that all volunteers should be checked against the list 99 database. The appropriate form is available from the school office.


If you wish to discuss any aspect of this newsletter please do not hesitate to talk to a member of staff.


Mr Karayiannis                               Mrs Good

Nursery Teacher                               Nursery Nurse


Mrs  Lines                                                           Mrs Arnold                                         Miss Gregory

Nursery Nurse                                                   Nursery Nurse                                   Nursery Nurse