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Staff: Miss Gavaghan / Mrs Ward / Mrs Deacon / Mrs Kalawska

Contact info –natalie.gavaghan@panshanger.herts.sch.uknicky.ward@panshanger.herts.sch.uk

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Welcome to Panshanger School and to our Nursery class. On this page we post photos every half term sharing updates on the activities and learning the children are completing. 

Autumn 2

Nursery have really enjoyed their Light Festivals Topic, we explored Halloween, Diwali, Hanukkah, Birthdays and of course Christmas. We had a visitor from our Jewish community who showed us some of the things they do when they are celebrating Hanukkah and we compared this to festivals we celebrate at home. We held a Birthday party for our class cat Chloe and made cupcakes as part of the celebrations. As the evenings have drawn in, we have explored the concept of light and dark, looked at nocturnal animals and explored shadows.

  In phonics the children have become very good at identifying rhyme and we have enjoyed sharing some fun rhyming texts such as “Oi Frog” and playing games such as rhyme and seek. There was great excitement when the Christmas Elf “Elvis” left us an Elf on the Shelf rhyming game. We have also explored the letter sounds s, a , t and p and the children have been very good at bringing in objects for our sound of the week table.

  We have been focussing on activities that support the children’s fine motor skills such as threading beads, manipulating playdough and posting pegs. This has really helped the children when it comes to holding a pencil and their mark-making has greatly improved. We have also helped the children’s writing by working their rotator muscles by using tools such as the large brooms.

The term ended with our early years production of “Wiggly Nativity”, we were so proud of Nursery as it was their first time singing and dancing in front of an audience and they were amazing! We also enjoyed a festive Santa Cycle, a family bauble decorating morning, a trip to the panto and a Christmas Party.