|Homerton Early Years Centre – Weekly Bulletin
31st January 2024
|Message from the Head Teacher:
Just a final reminder that we have a parent workshop tomorrow evening – Thursday 1st February at 7.30pm-8.45pm. The theme of the workshop is how we support the development of Communication, Language and Literacy. We will also be covering what you can do at home to support your child’s language skills to develop. Please come along and thank you to Jacqui, our West Room teacher, and Literacy co-ordinator, for delivering this session.
Here at Homerton we monitor children’s progress through the year in all areas of the curriculum, including in Communication and Language.
As we have so many languages spoken here at Homerton we also track the language development of any child who has English as an Additional Language. If your child’s language skills are developing well in their first language, then usually they start to first understand, absorb, and then begin to use English towards the end of a year with us. If you feel their language development in their first language is not progressing quite as you would expect then please speak to class staff who may signpost you to the speech and language service.
If any parents have any particular talents or skills they might like to share here at Homerton by, for example, coming in to play a musical instrument, sing with us, cook or do a particular art and craft, or science activity, then please speak to class staff, or myself, as the more experiences the children can have here the better.
The Local Authority has sent through some information, which I am attaching about the rise in measles cases in young children. If your child has not yet been vaccinated for measles, mumps and rubella then please do read the letter and think about going to your GP to get this combined vaccination.
If you are collecting your child from the Nursery between 2.45pm-3.00pm then can we ask you to come through the main office entrance, rather than going to the park gate. If you are collecting at 12.45pm or 3.45pm then you collect via the park gate as usual.
Just a reminder to Nest parents to collect on time at 12pm, 1.00pm and 4pm as our staffing ratios need to be adhered to, and staff are needed at these times for lunch and tea, so late collection can make this difficult.
As we are now making more use of our social media accounts such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram we wanted to check we have your explicit permission to use your child’s unnamed photos on these sites. In the next few days you will be receiving a sign up ‘yes’/’no’ permissions slip for this. If you are happy for your child to appear in unnamed photos of activities then please circle the ‘yes’ and sign on the sheet, and if you would prefer for this not to happen then please circle the ‘no’ and sign for this. Your help with this is much appreciated.
I have been sent through an email about a free on-line story telling event that is taking place during half term so please do sign up for this if you would like to via Eventbrite. The information is below ….
I am emailing to let you know about the free online storytelling performances and training in inclusive storytelling that I will be running for Cambs Festival of Stories 2024
1. We All Are Special – Storytelling Performance
Wednesday 28th Feb 2024
10.30 – 11am
Join Cassandra for a FREE online performance of We All Are Special, a fabulous folktale from Australia, told in Cassandra unmissable inclusive style – with LOTS of audience participation!
For: Nursery, Reception and KS1
To book your ticket via Eventbrite:
2. We All Are Special Workshop in Inclusive Storytelling
For: Teaching staff , parents, carers and volunteers
For those of you who would like to learn more about the inclusive storytelling techniques Cassandra uses to bring this story alive, especially for children with Additional Needs
Please join either FREE online workshop:
Tuesday, 13 February 2024 6.30 pm to 7.30 pm
Thursday, 22 February 2024 6.30 pm to 7.30 pm
To book your ticket via Eventbrite:
Please do get back to me if you would like to know more about either event
Or to find out more about my storytelling programme for schools across UK
www.wesharethesamemoon.org Teaching Science Through Story
Please have a look at all the photos in the ‘Learning this week’ section to see the variety of activities that have been enjoyed by children, and just how much they are learning from them. I have mainly chosen individual photos of children at activities. These have included learning how to plant and nurture bulbs, finding shapes in our environment and looking at their particular properties, measuring using different length beanstalks, which is linked to the traditional tale ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’, learning to sew, and enjoying outdoor activities including making musical shakers from containers filled with dry pasta, rice or pulses.
|Medical Update: We have had a case of ‘Slapped cheek’ this week.
The Local Authority has sent through some information, which I am attaching, about the rise in cases of measles in young children. If your child has not yet been vaccinated for measles, mumps and rubella then please do read the letter and think about going to your GP to get this combined vaccination.
|Some of the Learning this week
Learning how to plant a bulb and that it will need compost, water and light to grow
South Room have been learning how to sew – carefully choosing the beads to go onto their fabric
South room have also been using our different sized beds, chairs and bowls and a doll to retell the story of Goldilocks and the three bears
The Nest have continued to explore the properties of shapes and went on a shape hunt around the room to find objects that matched the shape of the circle, square, triangle and rectangle in the pictures
West Room have been using our different sized beanstalks to do some measuring comparing the tallest and smallest – this is in preparation for reading the Jack and the Beanstalk traditional tale
The Nest have been looking at capacity in maths this week using porridge oats to fill the bowls that were three different sizes
The bear theme continued with an impromptu teddy bears picnic
The Nest have been doing some Chinese writing with our resident expert Katy
Children in the garden enjoying outdoor play opportunities including making musical shakers
|Dates for your diary:
Thursday 1st February 2024 – Parents evening workshop on Communication, Language and Literacy 7.30pm-8.45pm – Please book your babysitter now so you can come along
Half Term holiday 19th– 23rd February 2024 – holiday club will be running this week so please book your children in.
Term restarts on Monday 26th February 2024
|Reminders/Requests: Please let us know if you have particular skills to share here at Homerton – see above.
With Best wishes from
Alex and all at Homerton