F1 (Nursery) - Busy Bees - Mrs Gelder

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Welcome to Nursery
Nursery is a very exciting and riveting time for young children. Whilst at nursery they are beginning to learn some of the most important life lessons. They are developing their skills to become effective learners.

Check out our Twitter Page @nurserykinged to see all the fun and learning that happens in Busy Bees.

Teacher: Mrs Gelde

Nursery Nurse: Mrs Parmley

Dough Disco

The children take part in Dough Disco which involves moulding dough in time to music and performing different actions such as rolling it into a ball, flattening it, putting each individual finger into the dough, rolling it into a sausage and squeezing it.

This activity helps to strengthen children's fine motor muscles to enable them to develop their pencil grip which in turn will help to develop their writing skills. But most of all it's fun!
Here is a clip of the Dough Disco inventor Shonette Bason Wood; take a look.


At Nursery the children make their own play dough if you would like to why not try our recipe.
• 1 cup of salt
• 2 cups of warm water
• 2 tablespoons of cream of tartar
• 2 cups of flour
• 2 tablespoon of oil
• Food colouring

• Mix the flour, salt, cream of tartar and oil in a large mixing bowl.
• Mix the water with the food colouring.
• Add the water/colour-mix to the other ingredients, stir well.
• Stir continuously until it becomes dough.
• When the mixture has cooled start to knead. Knead it until the stickiness has gone.
• Add more flour if it remains a little sticky.
• When desired texture is achieved, the play dough is finished, enjoy your dough disco!

We also take part in ‘Sqiggle While you Wiggle’.


In Nursery we enjoy counting by moving, dancing and singing.
Take a look and have a go!


Go on a shape hunt and see what shapes you can find.
What shapes can you see?

Nursery Rhymes
Learning Nursery Rhymes is very important to a child’s development as it affects their vocabulary and knowledge of the world around them.
We enjoying learning nursery rhymes so much our first term is dedicated to learning them. Here are a few of our favourites sang by the lovely Mr Tumble.
Can you sing along?

Here at King Edward we follow a program called Letters and Sounds
It aims to build children's speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children starting by the age of five, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven.

Phase Phonic Knowledge and Skills
Phase One(Nursery/Reception) Activities are divided into seven aspects, including environmental sounds, instrumental sounds, body sounds, rhythm and rhyme, alliteration, voice sounds and finally oral blending and segmenting.

Phase One of Letters and Sounds concentrates on developing children's speaking and listening skills and lays the foundations for the phonic work which starts in Phase 2. The emphasis during Phase 1 is to get children attuned to the sounds around them and ready to begin developing oral blending and segmenting skills.
Phase 1 is divided into seven aspects. Each aspect contains three strands: Tuning in to sounds (auditory discrimination), Listening and remembering sounds (auditory memory and sequencing) and Talking about sounds (developing vocabulary and language comprehension).
It is intended that each of the first six aspects should be dipped into, rather than going through them in any order, with a balance of activities. Aspect 7 will usually come later, when children have had plenty of opportunity to develop their sound discrimination skills.

Aspect 1 - General sound discrimination - environmental
The aim of this aspect is to raise children's awareness of the sounds around them and to develop their listening skills. Activities suggested in the guidance include going on a listening walk, drumming on different items outside and comparing the sounds, playing a sounds lotto game and making shakers.
Aspect 2 - General sound discrimination - instrumental sounds
This aspect aims to develop children's awareness of sounds made by various instruments and noise makers. Activities include comparing and matching sound makers, playing instruments alongside a story and making loud and quiet sounds.
Aspect 3 - General sound discrimination - body percussion
The aim of this aspect is to develop children's awareness of sounds and rhythms. Activities include singing songs and action rhymes, listening to music and developing a sounds vocabulary.
Aspect 4 - Rhythm and rhyme
This aspect aims to develop children's appreciation and experiences of rhythm and rhyme in speech. Activities include rhyming stories, rhyming bingo, clapping out the syllables in words and odd one out.
Aspect 5 - Alliteration
The focus is on initial sounds of words, with activities including I-Spy type games and matching objects which begin with the same sound.
Aspect 6 - Voice sounds
The aim is to distinguish between different vocal sounds and to begin oral blending and segmenting. Activities include Metal Mike, where children feed pictures of objects into a toy robot's mouth and the teacher sounds out the name of the object in a robot voice - /c/-/u/-/p/ cup, with the children joining in.
Aspect 7 - Oral blending and segmenting
In this aspect, the main aim is to develop oral blending and segmenting skills.
To practise oral blending, the teacher could say some sounds, such as /c/-/u/-/p/ and see whether the children can pick out a cup from a group of objects. For segmenting practise, the teacher could hold up an object such as a sock and ask the children which sounds they can hear in the word sock.


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