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Welcome to Nursery!

Future Events
Summer 1
Forest School - 28th April, 12th may and 2nd June for the September children. Please make sure your child is appropriately dressed as it might be cold, hot or wet and we are out for the whole session.
2/05/14 - Information meeting - an opportunity to find out about what will be happening in nursery this term. 11.00am and 2.45pm

5/05/14 - nursery closed

19/05/14 - Class photo

22/05/14 - Pond dipping trip - more information to follow - we will need adult helpers for this trip.

Summer 2

11/06/14 - Father's Day celebration tea
04/04/14 - Thomas Day
Week beginning 22/04/14
Letter sounds Ss and Ll


Week beginning 31/03/14
Letter sounds FF (end of word) and F

This week we were looking at things that fly
Letters and numbers area: We looked at a power point of places around the world and then we drew pictures of where we would like to go and talked about what we would like to do there.

Creative area: We used red, blue and yellow paint to make bubble prints. We talked  about the colours and what happened when the colours mixed together.

Exploration area:We made spinning men, blew bubbles and played with balloons.

Triangles - The children brought in 3D shapes from home and they talked about the properties of the shape.

Letters and sounds:
Triangles - This week we were playing matching pairs and describe it (initial sound games)
Circles -Were playing games and activities linked to this week's letter sound Ff. Each week the letter sounds are introduced on a Monday and the children can bring objects in on Tuesday and Wednesday.



Week beginning 24/03/14
Letter sounds Bb and Hh

Thank you so much to all the Mothers who were able to join us this week for our Mother's day tea. we hope you enjoyed your visit, the children were so excited to see you!

Also to all the the 'triangle' parents who have been able to join us for the look and see sessions. we hope this gave you a little insight into your child's day.

There are two clip boards available for your comments both on the Mother's day tea and the look and see sessions. Please feel free to share your thoughts and ideas as we value feedback. Many thanks.

This week our topic has been on the water
Letters and numbers area: This week we watched a power point and talked about the differences and similarities between old and and new transport. We also played a game on espresso where we found the initial sounds of CVC words. we played games where we had to recognise different 2D shapes and numbers 1-6 on the dice.

Creative area:We were colour mixing this week with different shades of blue and white paint to create the back ground to our sea pictures. When they were dry we added different materials to create a sea collage. Yellow and red group took their pictures home and blue group's pictures are on display in the classroom. We also drew pictures of different kinds of boats.

Exploration area:Even with all the rain we have had this week we have managed to get out in the garden everyday. This week we have been learning about sinking and floating. We experimented with lots of different objects to find out which ones floated and which ones sunk. we are beginning to try and make predictions of what might happen.We had the guttering out again this week and used them to pour water down. We had to think of where to place the guttering in order for the water to pour from one to another and finish up in the bucket. Most of the time we succeeded although the bucket had to be refilled a few times! We also played sink the boat and a fishing game.

Triangles- This week the children were learning about working in partners, taking turns and sharing ideas and resources. They played the game follow the leader.
Triangles - This week the children were introduced to four 3D shapes, sphere, cylinder, cube and cone. We looked at the shapes and tried to think of what they reminded us of. Some of the ideas that the children came up with were balls, tin cans, boxes and ice cream cones. Please can the children bring in something that is one of these shapes for next Monday's maths lesson. Thank you.
Circles - This week the children were talking about size. We looked at a power point about a fish who was measuring his friends. We then worked with our talking partner to sort big and small objects. To finish the activity we ordered three objects by size.

Letters and sounds:
Triangles - This week we were playing hoops. We were sorting objects by their initial sound - by hearing them in the word and then trying to find the correct grapheme.
Circles - Were playing games and activities linked to this week's letter sound Bb and Hh. Each week the letter sounds are introduced on a Monday and the children can bring objects in on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Week beginning 10/03/14
Letter sounds CK (Word ending) and E

This week we continued our topic about trains
Letters and numbers area: We were using the interactive white board to create trains made from 2D shapes. We had to use the pen to move the shapes around the board to make the train and then we were learning how to print our pictures out. We made some great trains which we took home to show our families.

Creative area:In the creative area we were printing trains using 2D shapes and drawing trains with pastels. Some of which will be on display in the classroom.

Exploration area:This week we have practising our skills in balancing our body. We used our new balance beam, wobble boards and stilts. It was quite difficult but we all tried hard and soon our skills began to improve.

Triangles- had great fun playing the traffic light game. They had to stop and go when given different signals.

Triangles - have been developing their skills in calculation by adding two small groups of objects to find the total number.
Circles - were naming 2D shapes and trying to use language to describe the shape. We played guess the shape.

Letters and sounds:
Triangles - were looking at alliteration We played I spy using the children and also objects. We were trying to think of words that had the same initial sound as our name.
Circles - Were playing games and activities linked to this week's letter sound CK and E. Each week the letter sounds are introduced on a Monday and the children can bring objects in on Tuesday and Wednesday

Week beginning 03/03/14
Letter sounds Cc and Kk

This week was book week. Our book has been ‘The Train Ride’. So we have been doing lots of activities around trains and journeys.
Letters and numbers area: We watched a power point of the story the train ride on the interactive white board (IWB). We then sequenced the story using story pictures and retold the story to our adult.
Creative area: We all made a 3D model of a train using a variety of resources. Yellow and blue group took their models home. All of red group’s models are on a display in the class.

Exploration area: We set up a role play train in the garden and the children made up their own stories about a train journey.

Maths time: Our focus this week has been positional language

Letters and sounds focus: Triangles - rhyme
Circles – games and activities linked to this week’s sounds Cc and Kk

Week beginning 24/02/14
Letter sounds Gg and Oo
Blue group bloggers are Olly and Austin

This half term our topic is transport. Each week we will be looking at a different form of transport.This week we did lots of activities with our feet

Letters and numbers area: we looked at poems about our feet, we wrote our own poem about feet and measured things using our feet.

Creative area: We really enjoyed painting our feet and making prints. We talked about how the paint felt and what happened to the colours when two were mixed together. We also made Mr feet characters by drawing around our feet.

Exploration area: We had great fun marching in paint with our wellies and making footprints. We were looking at the shapes and colours we created. We also practiced lots of skills such as balancing and walking on stilts.

Maths time: Our focus this week has been 2D shapes.
Letters and sounds focus: Triangles - rhyme and circles - this weeks letter sounds.
Olly says..."I was playing with the football-you can boot the ball! I was kicking and throwing the ball."
Austin says..." I liked painting my feet. It felt slippy and cold - I made footprints on the paper."

Week beginning 03/02/14
Letter sounds Ii and Nn
Yellow group bloggers are Jacob and George T

Forest school meeting for January children - Friday 7th Feb 11.00am and 2.45pm

Please can blue group children bring in a toy with moving parts this week

As part of our language activity this week we will be talking about interesting facts about space. This could be a fact, a book or a photo. Thank you
Red Group were in the numbers and letters areas this week and they were busy playing games to encourage their counting skills, number recognition and developing their mouse control on the computers.

Yellow Group had a very messy week in the creative area we made 3D flying saucers and designed our own aliens. (see photo) Some of them looked very strange and made us laugh. The children had an opportunity to talk about their models. We also played with space gloop (especially delivered by Q pootle 5 when he crash landed on earth.

George T says... "I liked playing with Barnaby. We were playing jumping numbers. we had to jump on different numbers. I liked making space ships. I put one alien on mine.

Jacob says... I liked making my alien, he had a little bottom. I used eyes, arms and legs. It was perfect. I liked playing outside. We were playing chase the robbers. I was playing it with Ellie and George H."

Blue Group were in the exploration area and were making space rockets with the crates and planks; Decorating their 3D clay aliens (see photo) and each child had an opportunity to talk about it with the rest of their group. We saw lots of fantastic space rockets made from a variety of construction bricks. They also were investigating the magnets and talking about their moving toy which they had brought from home.

Week beginning 27/01/14
Letter sounds - Tt and Pp

This week we have begun our topic on space.
Yellow group have been in the numbers and letters area and they have been busy mark making, playing number games and using crickweb on the computers and interactive white board.
Blue group have been in the creative area and have been designing their own aliens using paint and clay and making 3D rockets.

Red group bloggers are George H and Ellie

George says... "I really enjoyed playing outside this week. I also liked looking at the board (IWB) we watched space."
Ellie says..."I liked playing our letters and sounds game and I liked playing in the space area (role play)
Week beginning 20/01/14

This week we have been busy getting to know each other, learning nursery routines and exploring the different areas in the classroom. The children have taken part in Mrs Annison's music session, PE and assembly, all of which take part in the main school hall. Please look at the nursery time table on the window in the nursery garden and if you want to know what your child has been doing each day please look on the white board, by the back door.
Week beginning 13/01/14

Monday 13th and Tuesday 14th - New children only
Wednesday 15th - older children only. Parents are welcome to join us in a cup of coffee from 10.45

week beginning 06/01/14
Welcome back to nursery we hope you all had a lovely break.
Friday 10th - New children only.
We would like to take this opportunity to introduce our new nursery staff. Mrs Sriram who is our new Early Years Practitioner who will be looking after red group; Mrs Prince who is our learning support assistant and will be working in the afternoon nursery session and Miss Dockerill who will be covering PPA time.
This week Mrs Miller, Mrs Littlefair and Mrs Sriram have been busy visiting all the new nursery children

Week beginning 09/12/13
letter sounds are - Vv and Xx
Bloggers are - Sammy and Zach

Please can we have a named carrier bag for each child. Thank you.

This week we have been very busy making our Christmas decorations
Zach says..." I liked making my Christmas decoration, I liked my stocking, it was blue and it had sequins on it. Today I was building with my friends. We used lots of bricks. We made a ball track,the balls went down it and under the table and I tried to catch it."
Sammy says..." I liked the garden. I played on the bikes and the water. I was tidying the leaves and the sand. I liked singing in the Nativity play and I am a wise man. I made lots of stars and I made an angel. I stuck a photo of me on the angel."

Week beginning 02/12/13
letter sounds are - Uu and Ww
Bloggers are - Tobias and Ella

This week's topic is Christmas
We are looking for a big box to use in our role play area. If you have one can you please let a member of staff know. Many thanks
We have sent home the children's clothes bags as we no longer need than at nursery.
The children have all been busy making their Christmas cards this week. If you haven't already please look at the lists on the white board to see what part your child is playing in the Nativity play.
Please can you look at your emails as there has been some changes to January dates.
Tobias says..." I liked playing with the toys. I played with Danny. We played with the dolls house. We played outside and we played running."
Ella says... " I liked playing in the house in the garden. We played with the tea set. I played with Margot. I liked drawing, I draw everyday. I made a Christmas tree today.

Week beginning 25/11/13
letter sounds are - Ss and Tt
Bloggers are - Sophie and Darci

Thank you for all the the objects and interesting facts that the children bought in this week. The children enjoyed telling us all about them and answering the other children's questions about them.
This week the children have had opportunities to make a Vincent van Goghs starry night picture, lanterns and Christmas trees
Darci says..."I liked music with Mrs Annison. We are learning songs about Mary. My favourite is Hammer, hammer, hammer. I drew some pictures, one was a witch. I made a Christmas tree. I had to make some prints on it. I did some puzzles to help Mrs Miller to sort them out."

Sophie says... "I liked going outside I was sweeping leaves, there was so many. I liked PE we were pretending to be fairies and giants. I liked the starry night picture, we didn't use paintbrushes. We used knives, spoons and cotton buds. We made lanterns too."

Forest School

Today was our last Forest School for this term. We had lots of activities to choose from. The children explored and investigated the Spinney. Some were role playing, 'Goldilocks and The 3 Bears,' using various resources this was a story they had learnt the previous week. They also listened to the story Stanley's Stick and created their own character from a stick learning how to secure things to it. The extra special treat was the hot chocolate and biscuits for our snack.
We know the children have had a fantastic learning experience as we have had many discussions in nursery with the children. If you would like to comment on any aspects of Forest School please leave a comment on the clipboard in the nursery garden or speak to a member of staff.
Thank you for all the help we have received over the weeks.

Week beginning 18/11/13
Letter sounds are - Qq and Rr
Bloggers are - Sophie and Darci - transferred to next week

Thank you to everyone who responded to our name the fish request. We had lots of good ideas the most popular being Tiddler, Finn, splashy, bubbles, Nemo and Goldie.
The children were asked to make one vote for their favourite name to help us choose the three names needed.
The winning names are... Tiddler, Finn and bubbles.

This week's topic is Winnie the Witch
What a busy week we have had. In the creative area the children have been bubble and blow painting and playing with cloud dough.
In the numbers and letters area we have been sequencing by size, practicing our name writing and writing spells
Outside the children were witches and wizards making potions from a variety of ingredients

week beginning 11/11/13
Letter sounds are - Nn and Pp
Bloggers are - Freya and Sam

Just a reminder that next Monday is the last week of forest school. Please dress for the weather.

This week's topic has been Elmer and his colours. All the children enjoyed the variety of activities available this week.
It was lovely to see so many children showing their support for children in need by coming to school in their pyjamas and donating to such a worthwhile cause. Thank you so much.
Sam says..." We were learning about Elmer. we had to hide him in the garden and then we had to find him.
I was learning numbers and letters. we counted Elmer's.
We had to choose three different things. I chose rings. We had to put them in the right order.
This week I went to lunch club. I like to talk to Lisa when I am at lunch club. I eat sausages, grapes, cheese and wraps."

Freya says... "I liked doing purple painting on squares. We are going to make a giant Elmer.
I liked the Elmer counting, I counted to ten.
Today we dressed in our pyjamas because it's a special day. We had to pay money to wear our pyjamas."

Letter sounds are - Mm and Oo
Bloggers are - Danny and Margot

This week we have been learning about fireworks
Danny says... " I enjoyed making firework things. I liked flick painting the fireworks. I really enjoyed the dark den, it's a square tent and it's quite dark inside. There are lots of things to light up. I like the wand and the ball, they change colours."
We also went to forest school. Some children made a crown. I played with the gruffalo and we had to tell the story book.
Margot says... "At PE we were fireworks and we had to go zig zaggy, we danced to the music. I sat beside Louis in assembly - It was someone's birthday. I am taking Harry bear home today, he's going to sleep in my bed."

Forest School
Monday 4th November
The weather has changed so we learnt about the animals that hibernate and build hibernating homes for our animal. Some of us collected autumn colour leaves to make a crown and we matched leafs. (Photos at bottom of page).
Monday 11th November
We will be reading the story of Goldilocks and the 3 Bears and retelling the story using our own words.

Thank you.

Letter sounds are - Jj and Ll
Bloggers are - Rose and Florence
This week was a busy week for nursery forest school on Monday, cooking on Tuesday and Grand parent's day on Wednesday.
The children were busy cooking 90 cakes and 60 biscuits for our Grand parents. It was lovely to see so many of you. The children were so excited and have been talking about it all week.
In the class room we have busy learning about autumn, painting giant leaves and collecting autumn objects. If you are out and about in the half term holiday could you please collect some conkers for nursery we will be using them to sort by size and counting. Thank you.
Thursday and Friday were choosing days and the children were encouraged to access the room independently.
Don't forget next week is half term, so have a lovely time with your children and we will see you back on Monday 4th November.

A big request from us to you, please can you encourage your child to put on and take off their own socks, shoes and coat independently.
When we return after half term break we are going to encourage the children to be more independent in the morning and afternoon at the beginning of each session. Therefore can you please say goodbye to your child at the door. Thank you.
Florence says.. "We made cakes with flour, sugar, butter, apple and cinnamon for Grand parent's day. Granny and Granddad Ron and Daddy came. I played with them. We played games with them. We played what comes next."

Rose says ..."We went to the forest and the fairy just left us some fairy dust. I did follow it and I saw some eggs.
Grandma and Great Grandma and Great Granddad came to nursery and we played games and they had biscuits and tea."

Forest School
The children have started Forest School with great enthusiasm.
We learnt how to keep ourselves safe and well on our first visit. Putting out our boundary sticks really help us remember.

21st October With the weather being so wet the decision was made to stay nearer to school. the children looked at the colour and shapes of leaves, learning the names of trees sycamore,ash and oak. We used the leaves to collage a little red hen for our display. The highlight of the day was the Fairy Godmother leaving us a lovely story about her surprise tea party. She kindly left us some cakes for snack and ingredients hidden in the garden to help us make our cakes for grandparents day.
7th October: This week we went on a listening walk and Mrs Coot made us some very large ears to help us listen. We heard lots of interesting sounds including a blackbird and woodpecker hiding in the woods.
30th September: We learnt about textures collecting some fascinating rough and smooth objects for sorting and investigating. (Photos at bottom of page).

We have been really lucky with the warm weather but we must remember that Autumn is well and truly here and the children will need to be dressed warmly.


Week beginning 14th October
Letter sounds are - Ii and Kk
Bloggers are - Martha and Chloe

This week yellow group have been busy learning about 2D shapes. We have been making tap a shape pictures and using 2D shapes to create pictures. We have also been using the space bar and arrow keys on the computer.
Martha says " I enjoyed playing outside, I liked playing with the buggies and my friends."
"We went to the mill and we made bread we took it to Nanny and Gramps house and we ate it there. It was really nice. We played with the grain at the mill, I put it into pots and pans."

Blue Group Have been in the creative area this week and have discovering what happens when the mix different coloured powder paints. We have also been playing with the "The little Red Hen" small world and the children have been retelling the story using the props. On the dough table we have been making prints using autumn objects brought in by the children.
Chloe says "I liked mixing paints, blue and red it made a brown and then I added yellow and it made orange. It felt squidgy. I drew a picture of Mumma, she was blue and purple. I like the little red hen song, I liked saying the words.

On Friday the children had an opportunity to make pizzas with Mrs coot

Week beginning 7th October
Letter sounds are - Gg and Hh
Bloggers are - Maggie and Eve

This week yellow group have been busy creating our invitations for Grandparents day and learning our colours and discovering what happens when we mix colours. This week Maggie has enjoyed creating her flower using two colours to make a third colour.

" I put red in the yellow, then I mixed it up. Then the paint started to go orange."
Blue group have been learning about 2D shapes this week. They have been matching socks (Patterns) and using the IWB to match and sort by type and pattern.
This week's blogger Eve says "I did number counting with the persons, one person , two person, three person. We have also had to find things in nursery that were circles, squares and rectangles."
Eve has really enjoyed the outside space this week and Mrs Miller gave Eve a challenge to learn to bounce a big ball and to catch it. It didn't take Eve long to learn the new skill. well done Eve.

Week beginning 30th Sept

Letter sounds are - Ee and Ff
Bloggers are - Joseph and Henry

Well done to all the children for completing the sponsored walk.

In nursery we have been looking at safety in the environment and forest schools. The children watched a CBeebies DVD 'Hoof and Safety'. We spoke about how to be a safety ranger. The children came up with lots of ideas of how to stay safe.
This week we have been looking at our sense of touch and the children have had lots of opportunities to use descriptive language to describe different objects and materials.

BLUE GROUP have been in the creative area for group time and Joseph has really enjoyed making a picture of himself and experimenting with the textured paint.
YELLOW GROUP have been in the numbers and letters area and Henry enjoyed playing find the number, playing the teddy bear game and working on the IWB sorting different objects.

Week beginning 23rd Sept
Letter sounds are - Cc and Dd
Bloggers are - Eddy and Lily

This week nursery have busy learning about autumn and playing number games
Lily - This week Lily really enjoyed...
"I liked making Mr Leaf, I called it Holly like my sister."

"I liked going to the hall for music I learnt a new song "The bear went over the mountain."
On Friday in assembly Lily was given a brilliant sticker for being such a good friend and being thoughtful to the other children.

Eddy - This week Eddy really enjoyed...
"When I first came to nursery I liked playing with the train and now I like playing in the garden with the pushchair and climbing on the climbing frame."
This week Eddy has been playing lots of number games. He was able to recreate a flower number line beginning at number 1 and finishing with number 10.

Week beginning 16th Sept
Welcome to a new year at nursery. The children have been busy in their first couple of weeks with us, settling in, getting to know us and the new routines.

This half term our topic is “All about me”.
The children will have an opportunity to talk about and take part in a variety of activities where they can explore their senses, talk about themselves and their families. Don’t forget to look on the white board to see what we have been doing each day.

Each week some children will have an opportunity to have a learning leaf put on the learning tree. (Situated in the main school hall) On the leaf it says why the child has been chosen that week. (A copy of the leaf will be sent home with your child)

Every Monday the children are introduced to two new letter sounds. This week’s sounds are Aa and Bb. On Tuesday and Wednesday the children are invited to bring in objects that begin with this week’s sound e.g.. an apple for ‘a’ and a ball for ‘b’ Please look on the board to see what the sounds are each week.

Books bags are needed each Wednesday so the children can choose two new books to share with you at home.

Each week we will be choosing two bloggers for our nursery website. Hopefully they will be telling everyone what we have been up to in nursery that week.

This week's bloggers are: Catherine and Enayah
Catherine was very busy throughout the week making new friends and exploring the nursery resources.
Catherine made a smelly flower using perfume to make her flower smell nice.
"I like playing on the bikes with Henry. I went on a 'smelly walk' I found some lavender. We went to the hall for music and we did some singing."
This week Catherine went on the learning tree for sharing her thoughts and ideas with us.
"I enjoyed painting a thunder storm. I used green and blue, red and yellow and purple. I used colours for the sky, it was black because it was very, very dark it was going to rain.
We went on a 'smelly walk'. We smelt lots of flowers and we walked around the garden and talked about things that were dangerous and not dangerous.
I also did some writing, it was a shopping list and I took it when I went shopping."

Enayah has been busy taking rubbings of different textures we found in the garden and making smelly flowers.

Wanted: Newspaper, Boxes of tissues (lots of colds this time of year) and Small empty water bottles. Thank you


Gallery - please click to view







We retold the story of the Little Red Hen.

We retold the story of the Little Red Hen. (197KB)


What can see and hear?

What can see and hear? (276KB)

Snack time.

Snack time. (284KB)

Look at me swinging.

Look at me swinging. (285KB)

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