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Welcome to Nursery's class page

New to Nursery in September 2021 induction PowerPoint

In Nursery we follow the Early Years Curriculum which is split into the seven areas of learning:

  • Communication and language
  • Physical development
  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive art and design

The children learn through adult led and child initiated activities, which develop key learning skills and provide new experiences in a stimulating environment.



Later in the year children will come home with a name writing book to practise writing their full name.   


Nursery's PE day is a Wednesday.

What we have been up to

Week commencing 10th January


This week we will be focusing on pets and talking about what pets the children have. We will be sharing photographs of the children's pets and discussing what they need to do to look after them. Our main story of the week is 'What pet should we get?' by Dr Seuss. 


The older Nursery children will start their new writing books and will be taking these home to practise their name writing each week.


In maths, the children will continue to practise their counting skills using a large ten frame. We will be comparing amounts and using vocabulary such as 'lots', 'more' and the 'same'. The children will also be introduced to the language of 'more than' and 'fewer than'.



Week commencing 3rd January


We look forward to seeing your children after Christmas. The children will be returning to school on Tuesday 4th January.


Our new topic will be 'Can I have a dog?' They will be exploring pets, farm animals, zoo animals, woodland animals as well as dinosaurs during the course of the topic. If you have any animal related books you would like to share with Nursery that would be fantastic please.


As part of our memorable experience we will be having a pet dog who will visit us on Tuesday 4th January. The children will have opportunities to ask the dog's owner a range of questions. They will learn how to look after a dog and will be spoken to about the needs of a dog. If there are any phobias or allergies please do let us know in advance.


Our key books for the first week will be 'Can I have a pet?' by Lauren Child and 'Dogs' by Emily Gravett. The children will be exploring counting with dog figures as well as learning how to create patterns. 


In PE the children will be using apparatus. 

Our Christmas party! We had a fantastic time finding clues from our cheeky elf, meeting elves in the elf workshop, playing in the snow as well as meeting real life reindeer and Father Christmas!

Our sensory mark making using ginger, cinnamon, caster sugar, raisins, cinnamon sticks, flour and nutmeg. The children used spoons, spatulas, whisks, sieves and cake cases to make role play Christmas cakes.

Week commencing 13th December


This week the children will be talking about their future plans for Christmas day and the upcoming holiday. The main story we will be focusing on is 'There's an elf in your book' by Tom Fletcher. 


On Wednesday we will be having our special Christmas event where the children will have some surprise treats. We are very excited!

Week commencing 6th December


This week we will be continuing our practice for our Christmas play performance. Don't forget to come and watch our Nursery play Wednesday morning. We can't wait to show you!


During the week we will be writing letters to Santa, practising our cutting skills and building homes for arctic animals.

Our special visit from Amy Elf. We sang Christmas songs, listened to a Christmas story and we even made our own Christmas story.

We hope you enjoyed the surprise snow! We even brought some snow inside to play, explore and experiment with...,

Week commencing 29th November 2021

This week we will be continuing our water topic by observing how water can be transformed into ice (a solid). They will also be revisiting ice and how it can be melted using salt and some of the ideas used last week. Queen Elsa has another challenge in maths for the children to solve.


On Friday to end our week we will be having a special visitor from the North Pole called Amy Elf. She is our special author this half term who will be coming in to read her new book 'Octoclaus'. Our special elf will be doing a range of activities with the children. Please can you provide your child with a teddy or favourite cuddly toy for this day.


We will also getting creative and making our Christmas cards. The children will be mark making in a range of media and exploring what creatures live beneath the sea.

Our ice related activities this week so far...

Week commencing 22nd November


This week we will be exploring ice. The children will have a surprise visitor from Queen Elsa who has frozen some of their toys and treasures. How will they free their frozen objects? The children will be investigating how they can do this.


Our story of the week will be 'The Rainy Day' by Anna Milbourne. They will be asked a range of what, when, why and how related questions throughout. 


We will be introducing 3-Dimensional shapes to the children in maths. We will discuss the 2-dimensional faces that we can see and try to count these. Vocabulary being discussed will include, flat, straight, round and curved to describe the shapes. 

Some of our exciting experiences during Wrap Around this term...

Week commencing 15th November


This week we will be focusing on road safety. The children will be going on a walk around the school grounds and crossing the zebra crossing with members of staff. This will introduce them to the importance of staying safe near roads. They will also be making traffic light biscuits. 


Next week is also anti-bullying week where the children will be discussing the word 'kindness' and how we can show kindness to others. We will be reading the story 'Be Kind' by Pat Zietlow Miller. 


In maths the children will be exploring and experimenting with marks to represent numbers. They may draw circles, crosses, dots or lines to represent an amount. 

Our animal day visit. We met a giant hissing cockroach, corn snake, leopard gecko, bearded dragon, crested gecko, tenrec, owl and a kinkajou.

Learning about capacity, whether containers are full, half full or empty.

Painting our umbrellas and experimenting with water.

Our bare foot walk!

Week commencing 8th November


This week we will be talking about rain water and the purpose of an umbrella. The children will be designing and decorating umbrellas as well as printing raindrop colour patterns. 


We will be focusing on recognising numerals of significance. They will be shown numerals 1-10 and be encouraged to order some of these. The children will explore the concept of capacity and have the experience of measuring water using a range of cylinders and cups. 


Our story focus will be 'Little Raindrop' by Autumn Publishing. The children will be asked a range of questions throughout to develop their listening and comprehension skills. 


Due to some hall changes because of Diwali events and photographs we had to cancel our memorable experience so we will be doing it on Wednesday 10th November instead. Please bring in an old hand towel for your child on this day. Thank you.


We are incredibly lucky because we have an animal man coming into visit us on Friday 12th November too. The children will have the opportunity to view and possibly pet a range of animals. This will coincide with our topic 'Why is water wet?' as we are learning about who and what needs water. 

Diwali dancing and firework painting

Our woodland day photographs from October. We made tree guardians, made a campfire, toasted marshmallows, drank hot chocolate, made mud paintings and bark rubbings. We also played in the mud kitchen.

Week commencing 1st November


We will welcome the Nursery children back to school on Monday 1st November. 

During this week we will be introducing children to our new topic 'Why is water wet?' They will discuss where water comes from and what it is used for.


We will be going on a bare foot walk as part of our memorable experience. The children will walk through a range of tuff spot surprises and will be encouraged to describe what they feel like.


In addition to this, the children will be learning about Diwali through dance and rangoli art. We will be celebrating the 5th November and will be making some firework pictures using cotton buds and paints.

Fire Fighter visit

Our Fire Fighter visit

Our police officer visit

Week commencing 18th October

This week we will be focusing on the role of a firefighter and police officer. We are lucky to have some special visitors during the week to talk about their jobs in the community. There will be photographs to follow.


On Thursday 21st October the children will be having their very own woodland session. This will involve making 'tree guardians' using clay and natural materials that the children find in our woodland area. They will also have the opportunity to explore the mud kitchen, observe a campfire being made and eat toasted marshmallows and drink hot chocolate. We are incredibly excited about this experience! Please ensure your child is wearing non uniform on this day. They will need to wear a long sleeved top, trousers/jeans, trainers and a warm and waterproof coat. Please ensure your child has wellington boots in a plastic bag and a spare set of clothes which we will change them into. 


Friday 22nd October is the last day of term. We hope you have an enjoyable break and we look forward to seeing the Nursery children back in school on Monday 1st November.

Week commencing 11th October


This week we will be learning about the job of a dentist. The children will explore how important it is to brush their teeth. They will also learn a song about people who help us. We will be focusing on the story 'We're going to the dentist: Going on a check-up'.


We will also be talking about Harvest and what this is. The children will be learning a Harvest related song and reading the story 'A wet and windy Harvest for Puddles'. In maths, the children will be learning about pattern and will have the opportunity to do some vegetable pattern printing. 

Thank you to Jaime the Nurse for visiting Nursery class this week. :)

Week commencing 4th October


This week we will be concentrating on 'Doctors' and 'Nurses' who help us. We are luckily enough to have a Nurse visit Nursery class on Monday to start our week off. We can't wait to hear what she will be teaching us. We will also be reading books relating to doctors and nurses during the week. 


In PE the children will be exploring how they can move their bodies. They will be moving in a range of ways and learning how to stay still like statues and balance on one leg. The children will also be practising their jumping, hopping and skipping skills. 


The children will be creating their very own 'Love Monster' where they will have the opportunity to explore a range of materials and media.


In maths, we will be reading the story 'Rosie's Walk' which will introduce the concept of positional language to them. 

Our Lollipop lady visit

Week commencing 27th September


This week we will be having a special visitor. She is our local Lollipop lady. She will be introducing our theme of 'People who help us'. Our Lollipop lady will be talking about her job role and there will be opportunities for the children to ask her some questions. Can your child tell you anybody else that can help us in our community?


We want to thank you for your generous donations for our danceathon on Wednesday 22nd September. smileyThey are greatly appreciated by all of the Early Years Team. The children have been amazing!


The books we will be exploring are 'Real Superheroes' by Julia Seal and 'Vet' by Amanda Askew.


In maths, the children will explore numbers 1-10 and will work on recognising some of these. The children will then have time to practise touch counting a range of objects. 

Our Danceathon

We had a visit from baby Annabelle today. The children have learned about how to look after a baby and what they need in order to live.

Week commencing 20th September


This week we will be talking about our families. It is important that your child has brought in their 'All About Me' sheets with their family photograph to share with the class. We will have a circle time to discuss who is in our family.


We also have a special visitor on Tuesday who will be bringing their new born baby into Nursery. This will give the children the opportunity to ask questions about the baby. They will be learning about what a baby needs to survive. 


The books we will be focusing on are 'Knock! Knock! Open the door' by Michaela Morgan and 'There's a house inside my Mummy' by Giles Andreae. 


In maths, the children will be introduced to 2-dimensional shapes. We will talk about their properties including the number of sides and number of corners each have.

Comparing different sizes activity

Our Class Rainbow Fish

Week commencing 13th September


This week we will be exploring friendships. They will have the opportunity to hear the story 'Rainbow Fish' by Marcus Pfister and will be creating their own fish craft. The children will also be reading the story 'Love Monster' by Rachel Bright.


As part of Roald Dahl day the children will visit one of his revolting rhymes. We will be concentrating on 'Goldilocks and the three bears'. There will be an introduction to rhyme. The children will be participating in a range of activities based on this story from mark making in porridge to ordering objects by size. 


We will be learning new number rhymes in maths.

Week commencing 6th September 2021


This week we are excited to introduce the children to our new routines within Nursery. We will discuss how to stay safe in school and will be modelling our class rules.


We will be introducing our class mascots 'Tatty' bear and 'Hatty' bear. Children will be chosen each week to take a bear home to look after. You may add photographs or pictures of your child's experience with the bear. Please let us know what you have been doing with Tatty and Hatty. We can't wait to hear about their adventures!


We will be reading the story books 'Superheroes love starting Nursery', 'Sometimes' and 'Where's my Teddy?'. They will be introduced to our new topic 'Why do you love me so much?' The children will also be talking about their bodies and discussing body parts.


We are looking forward to getting to know the children in their first week of Nursery. smiley



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