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Christmas Card Winner!

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E.R.Reilly visit

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Our Learning Week

Our Learning this Week

Nursery week ending 13/11/15


Language, Literacy and Communication


This week Ben and Betty have introduced us to the sound h. The children have listened to stories with g in the title eg The Little Red Hen and Handa’s surprise. They have learnt the shape of the letter and looked for the letter in the sand and around the classroom. They have collected items beginning with h and placed them in our basket. The children have learnt new rhymes linked with the sound eg Heads, Shoulders,Knees and Toes and Hickery, Dickery Dock. The children have learnt new vocabulary linked with the sound eg heart,hedgehog etc.

Mathematical Development

The children have been practicing their counting skills again this week and learning to recognise numbers 1 to 5. The children have responded well to stories about the numbers 1-5. The children have learnt about height and used the terms shortest to tallest. The children have weighed out ingredients to make cakes this week and used the weighing scale.

Knowledge and Understanding of the World


The children have learnt about hedgehogs this week and they have made hedgehog cakes. They have tasted hot chocolate and eaten hot dogs. The children have talked about helping other children who might be ill or disabled and how we raise money to help them on ‘Children in Need Day’. The children have talked about people who help us like the police, doctors and the fire service.                                                         






Personal and Social Development, Wellbeing and Cultural Diversity.

The children have been reminded about taking turns and sharing toys and equipment again this week. They have practiced good sitting and listening.  The children have taken turns to give out the snack and milk. They have become very confident using the mood board and like to tell Rhodri how they are feeling. The older children continue to help the younger ones and this is very pleasing to see! I am especially pleased with their efforts to say please and thankyou as we have been reminded about good manners again this week. The children have been reminded about how important tooth brushing is and how to brush properly. We have talked about washing hands this week as it is important after using the toilet and before eating snack.

 Creative Development.

 The children have painted hedgehogs  and collaged them using items from the outside area. The children have cut up spikes using cardboard and glued them on. The children have created hedgehogs using dough and matchsticks. The children have made hats and decorated them with Pudsey pictures. The children have made happy faces for our display board.

Physical Development

The children have played some new games this week and learnt some simple rules. They have practiced their fine motor skills and  practiced using scissors. The children have played games with the hoola hoops and we have learnt the game’ Here we go round the Mulberry bush’.

Welsh Language Development

The children are continuing to develop their greetings and they are now responding well to simple instructions. The children are responding well to stories read to them in welsh and responding to welsh stories on the whiteboard.

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Thank you for your contributions to ‘Children in need.  Next Friday (November 20th) we are holding a disco in school  and we will be donating the proceeds to Ty Olwen hospice in Morriston. Diolch yn fawr.

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Childhood influenza vaccination programme 2015/2016

For more information on the vaccination programme for children aged 2-16 years, please see link below:


Please return your consent forms back to school as soon as possible.



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Jeans for Genes day 2015

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Safety Alert

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Welsh Government Education Penalty Notice

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Penalty Notice update

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Penalty Notice

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Whats on Jan/Feb 2015

Our Family Facilitator
Jess is our family facilitator for Blaenymaes and is available to any parents or families in need of support or advice. Give her a ring for a chat on 07584140848. Jess also runs a parenting group every Wednesday morning at the setting, see staff or give Jess a ring if you are interested.

Speech and Language
Weekly one to one sessions and language groups continue to run for children
referred for Speech and Language therapy or language support. If you have any concerns or questions about your child’s development or progress speak to Emma or Nat.

Be Beautiful Course
Juliet and Natalie from the LIFT project will be running a beauty course starting on Thursday January 15th from 9.30am/11.30am, see Emma or pop in on a Thursday morning for more information or to sign up.

Story Sacks
We will be running a story sacks program where children get to borrow a story sack each week to take home and share with their parents. The sack includes a story and activities to enjoy with your child. Places are limited with only five spaces available for morning children and five spaces
for afternoon children. Please see staff to join in! First sacks will be given out on Monday 19th January.
Awards Party
As you are aware we are the winners of the National Stars in our lives team award! The award ceremony takes place on Monday the 19th
January in Cardiff but we would like to celebrate with you all!!
We are holding a party for all flying start children and their parents/carers both past and present on Friday Feb 6th from 1-3pm in
Blaenymaes Community Centre. Invites with more information to follow!!

Time for me
Come and join us for a cuppa and a chat each Friday morning from 9-11.15, a chance to meet some other parents and put the world to rights! Starting Friday 16th January.

Tuesday 27th January the setting will be closed to children. Emma and Nat have recently completed their Masters Degrees in Developmental and Therapeutic Play and are off to in their cap and gown to their graduation ceremony! Childcare staff will be completing foundation phase training on this day.

We break up for half term on Friday 13th February and we return on Monday 23rd February.

We hope you can join us for our awards party!

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