Welcome to Busy Bees@Chesterton!
This area is dedicated to supporting you to understand a little more about the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum relevant to your child as they progress through nursery. Here, you will find overall support in key areas as well as current themes and planning within nursery. If you are a prospective parent, please feel free to use this area to gain an insight into some of the fun and developmental experiences available to the children at Busy Bees.
We hope you enjoy exploring as much as we enjoy engaging with and sharing the included activities with the children.
Please also see the link below for further resources and information regarding keeping your children safe online
A message for everyone returning to school along with some fun games to play in school and at home.
we are all missing you very much and hope you had a fantastic half term! You may notice that online learning changes slightly over the next few weeks as we begin the phased reopening of school. We will continue our aim to provide support and activities that enable you to practice the skills we are looking at within nursery at home, however, please do not hesitate to contact us if you require further support. We will often link games or resources we are using in school and hopefully some practical activities and ideas that the children will enjoy.
If you are returning this week please use this page as an overview of the activities happening within nursery. We appreciate that you may feel anxious as things begin to build, please be reassured that we are here to support and work with you. Staff are happy to answer any further questions you may have, although please be patient at drop off and pick up to ensure we are able to maintain social distancing and keep everyone safe. There really is no such thing as a silly question and if there is I have probably already asked them myself. I will now be based in school full time, however, will still try and answer your questions as soon as possible. To support social distancing please send these questions via email or telephone where possible, opposed to asking staff on the gate.
Hi everyone, we are missing you lots and it has been lovely to catch up with some of you this week. If you have not already heard from us we hope to catch up with you soon. This week the children in school and I had a lovey time exploring the pond which is blossoming in the Spring sunshine. We were very excited to see that the tadpoles we had looked after have begun to grow legs, soon their tail will be getting shorter and they will grow into fully grown frogs. We were also lucky enough to spot some newts basking in the Spring sunshine. Ellown helped me to carefully put this one back after it crawled from the weeds and got caught in the tyre. We had to be very careful. Thank you to Elowyn and her mum who kindly allowed me to share this lovely picture.
We were also excited to share the growth of the bean Layla planted earlier in the term. As you can see it has now started to shoot and the roots are growing longer.
We received this message and photo today from Madison and her Mum:-
Madison is missing her teachers so she decided to draw a picture of them she hopes they like it, and she’s really tried hard writing her name.
Thank you for the lovely picture and message, we miss you all very much.
we are missing you lots and hope that you and your families are safe and well. We know this is a difficult and challenging time and wanted to send a message sending our best wishes and support to each of you. We are aware that families are all facing very different struggles and with this in mind I have been adding lots of resources to the mental health and well being section of the nursery pages to hopefully offer supporting activities and organisations that are there for you should you need. I have also added more resources linked to starting school within the sub folder for school readiness, hopefully you find these useful. Please also remember we are only a phone call away if you need.
Alongside the struggles of lock down I wanted to end on some positives and hopefully a moment to reflect on the community, friendships, family and team spirit that has helped all us cope with the challenges we currently face. I am so proud to be part of a team that truly cares for each other and our whole school community and I have enjoyed coming together as a team to make our keep in touch challenges, I've enjoyed spending time with family in new creative ways (thank goodness for technology) and I am so proud of the children for their amazing resilience. While I spend time planning activities to support the children's learning I am reminded just how much we can learn from them! So my lock down challenge for everyone is to write down 3 things they are thankful for.
Mr Pents balls as read by the staff at Chesterton
We hope you are all safe and well, look after each other. We hope you enjoy watching our version of the story Mr Pents balls by David Walliams :
Hi everyone, we hope you had a fantastic Easter, we have loved seeing some of your pictures, please keep sharing it's lovely to see you having fun. We hope you enjoyed our Easter messages and have had the chance to watch our story of the Gruffalo below. We hope this made you smile! Please don't worry about completing all the activities if it is too tricky. This is such an unusual time, which as it continues, may be hard for your children to process and continue to cope with. Your children's happiness and mental well-being comes first and foremost!
As some of you may have noticed I have created a school readiness page above for our preschool parents who I'm sure may have many questions about the transition to primary school after receiving their confirmed places. We do not yet know exactly what this may look like however wanted to reassure you that there is lots you can and are already doing to help your child. You are amazing!
Stay safe and take care,
The Busy Bees Team
A Happy Easter message to all our pupils from everyone here at school.
Everyone at Chesterton misses you very much and hopes that you are safe and well.We wish you a very happy Easter full of fun, laughter and hopefully lots of chocolate too. Please take care of yourself and each other.
Keeping in touch 02/04/2020
Hi everyone! We hope you having a fantastic time making lots of great memories with your Mum's and Dad's, we know this time is tricky and we miss you very much but please remember your grown ups are doing and amazing job at keeping everyone safe. As we near the end of the first 2 weeks away from school and approach the Easter holidays we are very aware of the difficult messages often shared within the media and wanted to share with you some hopeful and positive messages we have read this week:
'we will look at this time as a time we got to stop and be present. We will remember when we put our health first. We will remember when there was a global feeling of 'togetherness'
We are not underestimating or forgetting the impact of coronavirus but on an evening where neighbourhoods cheered and applauded those still working hard to combat coronavirus we are reminding ourselves to savour the small moments, the playful giggle as the children have time to play, the extra time together, the love of family and the strength in the community.
We will be reviewing the page as more information is released but I would be really grateful for your feedback on the activities and links provided and anything that would help moving forward, with this in mind I have added a comment box below. Please be aware, although I will try to answer all your questions I cannot guarantee to answer straight away. I look forward to hearing from you.
Please share with us any feedback we can use to continue to improve the support we are able to offer.
Dear parents and children welcome to the Busy Bee's class pages.
Unfortunately we may not see all of you for a while however please be assured you are very much in our thoughts. We continue to be extremely proud of the children's achievements so far and cannot wait to see all the new things they have learnt when we are together as a group again. We recognise that this must be a difficult and worrying time for some families however we are reassured that the children are safe with their first and most important teachers- you. Over the next few weeks, I will be adding suggestions and activities for you to enjoy with your children at home. Please be reassured these are only a suggestion of activities that you may choose and are designed to build on the great play opportunities already happening at home. Every moment is a learning experience and being part of everyday tasks such as reading, cooking, shopping and talking are all fantastic opportunities for learning.
As a school and nursery we continue to open for our most vulnerable families and those of key workers so please do contact us if you need additional support and fit within these guidelines.
As well as this, I will leave links to useful free resources. These are just a suggestion of things you could use and any of them may be really beneficial to your children. Please check back often for updates and changes to the page.
Have fun and take loads of pictures of your learning at home that we can all share together once we are back at nursery!
The Busy Bees Team