Mesty Croft Academy

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Afternoon Nursery

Dear Parent/Carer,


We find ourselves in an unprecedented situation and empathise with the anxieties you may feel as a family in regards to your child’s transition into Nursery. We would like to take this opportunity to reassure you that an induction process will take place, even if a little later and a little differently to the usual.


It might be really useful for you to continue to share the introduction video to school with your child which we sent out to your just before Christmas. In addition to this resource, we will be sending out recorded videos of Mr Treadgold and Miss Farley each week. Scroll down to the bottom of this message for this week's video.


There are lots of games and activities you can do with your child to have fun together and get them developing important skills, such as speaking and listening and developing eye-hand co-ordination.


Here are some fun learning ideas for you to try at home:


1. Sing together

Children enjoy exploring and experimenting with language and it helps them to learn new words and their meanings and also to listen to the sounds that make those words. So sing, rhyme, shout, whisper, rap and dance to the beat!


2. Painting and drawing

Give your child lots of opportunities to draw and paint. This is not only fun, but also can help to develop eye-hand coordination and control.

Let them experiment with lots of different materials – paint brushes with a range of widths, pencils, crayons, chalks and finger paint. You could try playing music when they paint and draw as this can help to create a relaxing environment.


3. Hands-on games

  • Use modelling clay to get creative and develop fine motor skills.
  • Threading beads, macaroni or cotton reels on wool or string can help with eye-hand co-ordination and control.
  • Joining the dots and drawing paths through simple mazes are not only fun but are a great way to develop eye-hand coordination and pen control.
  • Enjoy jigsaws together and chat about finding the right pieces!


4. Reading books of all kinds together

Have fun reading books of all kinds to your child: picture, words and pictures, pop up, information and poetry.


5. Talk about numbers around you

It’s never too early to explore numbers with your child. Numbers are all around us, from calendars to the remote control, the telephone to car registration plates.

Try pointing out numbers when you’re out and about – on front doors, signs, the front of buses and train platforms. Talking about numbers around you early and often will help your child to recognise numerals and show them that numbers are part of everyday life.


Thank you for your continued support. Together we can and once again, will get through this. 


In the meantime, stay safe and well.


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