Dear Parents, Carers, Governors and Friends of Golborne and Maxilla
Our topic this half term is Love for learning. Each week we will focus on a different area of the curriculum. This week we have been focussing on children’s physical development. We have supported this by practising cutting skills with scissors, holding pencils in a tripod grip and writing letters from their name. We have also been teaching exercise and dancing activities so that the children can observe and talk about the effects this has on their bodies. This will be followed by ‘Communication and Language week’ (03/05/21), during this week we will read The Hungry Caterpillar, we will write invitations and we will read recipes and cook. During Creative week (10/5/21) we will read Dear Zoo, we will paint our self-portraits and we will make musical instruments. Maths Week (17/05/21) – during this week we will read The Doorbell Rang, we will focus on counting, sharing out and going on a shape hunt. Finally during Understanding of the World week (24/05/21) we will engage in experiments with baking soda and vinegar, we will navigate remote control cars and we will use mirrors to look at similarities between us and our friends.
We would like to introduce you to Meg. Meg is Veronica’s new puppy (6 months old) who will be visiting us regularly. Some of our children have already met Meg and it has been very positive. Research has shown that having a pet in school teaches empathy, respect, kindness, love, responsibility and friendship. Our aim is to support children’s wellbeing and mental health by allowing them opportunities in very small groups to spend some time with Meg. She will never roam around school off lead and will predominantly be based in Veronica’s office. A suitable risk assessment has been completed and a dog policy will be presented for approval at the next Governing Body meeting. If any parents would like any further information please talk to Veronica H. Once the Policy has been approved by Governors, this will be available on our school website and whenever Meg is going to be on site this will be included on website too.
School Book Loan
Our Book loan scheme has restarted this week. For those families who have joined us this year. Each week children are able to choose one book to take home to read for the week. We have adapted this for this term and each day a different keyworker group will choose their books to take home for a week; returning them the following week. Books chosen are recorded in the Book Loan Folder and any lost books are chargeable.
Natalie and Veronica’s group loan day is Monday, Begoña’s group on Tuesday, Alketa’s group on Wednesday, Thursday is Stanka’s group and Friday Amanda’s. Please remember to bring the book bags in on your allocated day. If you are unsure, please ask.
Keyworkers will be available on set days to have a quick catch-up with parents. For longer discussions please call the office to make an appointment.
Some important dates for your diary:
Wednesday 5th May: Tomo (local artist) will be coming in to finish our school contribution to the Grenfell memorial site; with the children
Tuesday 18th May and Thursday 20th May – Tomo will be working with our children on some small mosaic pieces, these will be installed at the front of nursery to expand our existing memorial piece.
Tuesday 18th May – 3.15pm Communication and Language Workshop, Begoña will send individual invitations.
For those of our parents who are fasting, in anticipation of Eid al-Fitr, Eid Mubarak.
We welcome back Neera following her maternity leave. Neera is our speech and language therapist. She will be on site 2 days per week to give additional support to some of our children.
We use Schoolcomms (also known as school gateway) to invoice you for meals, after school club, childcare fees etc. You should have received an email with details of how to register. If you have not received the email please contact the office on 020 8968 5622. If you are eligible for free school meals please ensure that you have completed the relevant form so that we are able to confirm this. Please log in to check.
Reminders and Requests
Thank you for all the fruit contributions, please keep them coming!
We desperately need carrier bags, if you have any spare please bring some in.
Half-Term is week commencing 31st May. If you need to book a holiday scheme place, please let us know. This is available from Tuesday 1st June to Friday 4th June. The cost is £64 per day. Please book by Friday 14th May.
Health and Safety
Please wear a face mask when collecting your child each day unless exempt, keep 2m distance from others when collecting and dropping off. We appreciate your support during this time but can we remind you that we still need to follow government guidelines.
Our new website is live, please have a look and frequently access to look for upcoming information. A virtual tour of the inside of the nursery will be available to access through the website. For those of you who did not attend Parents Forum before Easter. Please have a look.
You can now also follow us on Instagram #golborneandmaxilla
Veronica H and the Nursery Team