Dorothy Gardner Nursery School Newsletter Issue 11 October 2020

Dorothy Gardner Nursery School Newsletter

Issue 11 October 2020

Dear Parents, After the first half term of the year, all the children and staff are all happy to be back into the routine at Nursery! We continue to provide a ‘Covid-safe’environment’, ensuring the children wash their hands and adults maintain social distancing; following a daily routine of enhanced cleaning and washing of our equipment and resources. Unfortunately, parents are still not allowed into the school unless they are settling new children. These parents are asked to wear masks and sanitize their hands on entry. This is to keep our ‘bubble’ at Nursery as small as possible. Thank you your understanding at this time. You can always call Anna if you have any concerns or see me on the Gate. We will be asking our Key People to call and talk to you about how your child has settled and made progress in late November. We’re glad to say that after a few weeks we can see great strides in learning! We have lots to look forward to in the coming half term and will be celebrating seasonal changes and community festivities – you can be sure! Have a wonderful half term break, Wendy Jenkins Federation Deputy Headteacher Dorothy Gardner Nursery School

New Staff You have probably noticed a few new faces around the school! We would like to welcome the following staff to the Dorothy Gardner Nursery School. Lia Garcia has joined the 2’s team as an Early Years Educator. She loves working with very young children and this is her ‘dream job’, she has settled quickly into the Dorothy Gardner family.

Jannine Badstuber is our new Senior Teacher, leading the provision for our 3 – 4 year olds on the Nursery Floor. She comes to us with a wealth of experience in Early Years settings and Primary Schools. She is a Forest School expert and is also passionate about the Natural World. Dean Martin is the new Federation Business Manager, he comes to us having spent significant time serving in the British Army and also working for several other schools as a Business manager. He really enjoys taking short breaks on the Nursery floor getting to know the children.

Keeping Good Time! A gentle reminder - please be on time when dropping and collecting your child. Being late can unsettle your child and is not a positive start to their nursery session. We start our morning and afternoon gathering promptly. Please note our new main Entry Times: Mornings 9.15-9.25 am Afternoons 12.45-12.55pm We also ask parents to sign our late book 15 minutes after our start time.

Thank you for your support.

Remember –No buggies or scooters are to be left on the school premises due to Health and Safety requirements.

Let’s all Avoid Lost Clothing! Please put your child’s name on their coats and clothing-to avoid them getting lost! We do have some children with identical coats!

Library - our New System! Library books will be coming home every THURSDAY with the children. Please take time to share the book with your child. As soon as we can, we will return to the system of Parents and children choosing together upstairs in our lending library.

Forest School Starts Very Soon!

Forest school will be starting in November. Our wonderful programme gives the children an opportunity to spend time in a woodland or natural environment to support the development of a relationship between the child and their natural world.

Inez has contacted our first cohort of children and we aim to give all the Nursery children time over the year.

Celebrating All the Areas of the Early Years Curriculum …

Personal Social and Emotional Development

Our main theme this term –‘All about me’, helped the new and returning children develop friendships and understand about sharing and taking turns.

Communication and Language- Story telling of ‘The Enormous Turnip’

One of our core books this half term was ‘The Enormous Turnip’.The book was read during story sessions and then extended to a magnetic story board where the children became familiar with the new vocabulary and the sequencing of the narrative.

Physical Development

Gross motor and fine motors skills in action here! We all enjoyed going for a local nature walk. The children were challenged by walking and picking up natural objects like fallen leaves, stick and conkers.

Cooking and Food preparation going on here involves using the grater. Some of us learned how to make courgette bread. This provided challenges with using equipment that the children were not familiar with or had not used independently before.


The ‘Core Books’ captured the children’s interest and after listening to adult reading the books, our children wanted to read the books themselves! We have enjoyed: The Owl Babies, The Enormous Turnip, The Gruffalo and So Much this half term. At our morning gathering our children find their photos and their name cards. This has made the children aware of their names and that print carries meaning. We will be doing lots more mark making and will be starting to learn to write our names very soon.

Understanding of the World

We have been developing our awarness of the weather by putting on our waterproofs and getting wet. The recent downpours were great fun and helped our understanding of our need to keep dry and put on our coats. Remember, ‘there is no such thing as Bad Weather …. Its about the Right Clothes!’ Exploring the texture of the new top soil was messy,muddy but fun. We then went on to do plant some daffodil bulbs! We have still got some flowers outside in the garden ! The giant tomato is still growing!!!

Expressive Arts and Design

We love to make and create! Here you can see us making observational drawings of pumpkins, painting pictures of ourselves and making play dough models of the ‘Owl Babies’. These activities stretched the creative ability of all our children.


We have been organising and building with the large blocks enhancing our ability to categorise objects according to shape and size. We have also been playing in the ‘Outdoor Garden Market’, it was a great opportunity to reflect the children’s real life experience of shopping. They were able to sort and count the real vegetables and at the end of the week the children were able to take the vegetables home to make a delicious vegetable soup!

If you have any concerns about your child at home or at Nursery or any questions about Special Educational Needs make an appointment to see Lucie our Federation Assistant Head of Inclusion

Monday 9:15-9:30

Monday 11:30-11:45

Monday 12:45-1:00

Monday 2:45-3:00

Thank you Jeannie for creating this lovely newsletter!

Dates for your Diary

Friday 13th November Pudsey Dress Up Day –

we are fundraising for the BBC ‘Children in Need’ Appeal !

Term Dates The 2nd Half Term is : Monday 2nd November to Friday 18th December Spring Term starts Wednesday 6th January 2021