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Welcome to our class page. Here you will find all of the exciting things that we are getting up to in Nursery . This section will have information to help you support your child and maximise learning by finding out about what is going on, including homework, curriculum details and wider learning opportunities.

 Mrs Symonds and the Nursery Team 

This week in Nursery 

14th November

This week we have been very busy in our garden. The children have been using the spades and trowels to dig out the old plants. We have been transferring all the soil from the big tyre into our new big digging pit. Some of the children worked all morning on this activity.

The children have all enjoyed thinking of games to play in our new house. It has been an ice cream shop, somewhere to hide, a cosy corner to look at books and talk to friends and sometimes some very scary, loud, roaring lions have been in there too! 

7th November

It was great to welcome so many parents and grandparents in the last week of the half term. They all joined in with our Squiggle while you wiggle session and I think they were very impressed to hear the children retelling the story of Mrs Wishy Washy. We also had a lovely, peaceful bedtime story evening. It is so good that all our parents and carers are supporting the children to develop good language and physical skills which will help them to become good writers in the future. Thank you too for sharing books with your children regularly. We know that children who look at books at home will find it easier to develop their reading skills.  

Today Larissa and Tracey from the Children's Centre came to work with the children to help them understand how to look after their teeth. The children were able to paint sparkly teeth, brush the big teeth, pretend to be a dentist and we all  played a game to make a healthy low sugar lunch box. Next week there will be a new display about looking after our teeth; please take time to have a look - we were very shocked to see how much sugar is in the yogurt and the raisins.

17th October

We had so much fun in the rain and we discovered lots of different things:

  • always put your waterproof trouser legs over your boots otherwise your feet get wet when you splash in puddles
  • water disappears as you splash in puddles 
  • you can make footprints and tyre marks 
  • you can see your reflection
  • you can make bubbly puddles with some soap
  • you can have fun!

10th October

Slug maths?!

We had  great time exploring the Forest school field this week. Some of the children found some slugs in amongst the wooden blocks. They were all very interested and curious and keen to find more. At the end of the session we realised we had used and learnt lots of mathematical language.

We counted the slugs. 

We counted how many were alive and how many were not and worked out how many altogether.

We watched them getting longer and shorter as they moved along the wood.

We noticed that they were hiding under and behind the blocks where it was dark and damp.

The children all wanted to find the biggest slug and they compared each one that they found.

What a great way to learn!


3rd October

It has been a messy week in nursery! We have been experimenting and discovering what happens when we mix different things. Yesterday we mixed powder paint and water. We discovered that water droplets roll across the powder like a ball - it was amazing! Today we mixed shaving foam and runny paint and tomorrow we will mix cornflour and water to make gloop.

The adults have noticed that the children have concentrated for a long, long time on these activities. The children have been learning new words to describe what they can see and feel too. 

16th September

Today is Healthy School day and nursery joined in with all the older children to walk round the big field.

We have been thinking about healthy food this week and have been trying different snacks. Today we all made a sandwich to eat. We all tried to spread the butter and filling on by ourselves. This activity helped us to plan what we need to do first, next and finally and it was great for developing our fine motor skills.

Perhaps this is something the children could try at home too.

19th September

We are all very settled in nursery and the teachers are very proud of all the children. They are following the routine, listening very carefully at hello and story time and they are already becoming great story tellers!

This week we have started reading Mrs Wishy Washy and the children are joining in with the actions and words.

We will start making our own Mrs Wishy Washy books and I am sure the children will enjoy telling you the story at home.

This is a great way for children to become enthusiastic readers and writers. 

13th September

Welcome to everyone! We have had a very busy first week at nursery and are so pleased that all the children are settling and are enjoying their time with us.

This week has been all about exploring the environment, following our new routine and making friends.

We have made the most of the pleasant weather. We had a lovely walk all round the school grounds and collected lots of interesting things in our special collecting bags.


18th July

We have been celebrating the end of another fantastic year at nursery!

We went on a teddy bear's picnic today and after we had eaten, a paper aeroplane appeared! There was a message on it which said that something was stuck in the tree. We had to search the wood and eventually found a bear hanging by his parachute on a branch. The next problem was how to get him down and the children thought of great ideas and at last we succeeded in rescuing Barney the bear. Barney was so pleased to find us and he has asked us to look after him now.

We have had a very special end of year celebration and entertained our families with our favourite rhymes and stories. The children who are moving to Reception all received a very special certificate and their Learning Journey.

The nursery team wish everyone a happy and safe summer.

See you in September!

11th July

It has been very hard keeping cool in nursery but Miss Tedstone had a great idea and made a shower! The children were able to see that as the water level went down the shower did not work as well - a great opportunity for thinking about how and why things work.

4th July

We all had a great afternoon at Dean Hill playground today. Before we left we talked about how to keep ourselves safe when we go out. The children know how important it is to hold a grown up's hand so that they are safe on the roads and don't get lost.

When we got to the park the children were very busy. Many of them had a go at new challenges and were so pleased with themselves when they achieved their goals.

Physical activities like this are great for developing children's upper body strength and coordination and this will support them as they begin to develop their fine movement skills ready for writing and detailed work.

The children learned and achieved so much this afternoon and they had lots of fun!

27th June

The children and their families had a fantastic day at Newbridge farm last Thursday.

We were able to look closely at and stroke a 2 day old chick, some lovely fluffy rabbits and a hard, bumpy tortoise. We helped the farmer to collect the eggs and feed the llamas and the pigs. The goats were very greedy and tried to eat the whole bag of food!

The children had a great time playing in all the different areas. They climbed, and balanced and bounced!

Everyone enjoyed the ride on the bus too.

Today we had a magical butterfly picnic! We sang our butterfly song and  watched as the butterflies flew away. 

20th June

The children are very interested in our caterpillars. We have been looking at them closely using magnifiers and some of the children drew some really detailed pictures of them. On Monday the children were very interested to see that our caterpillars have changed into their cocoons. We are wondering how long we will have to wait to see our butterflies.

13th June

Nursery have been busy exploring the outdoors this week. The children were very excited when Miss Tedstone brought lots of snails for us to look at. We looked at the patterns on their shells, watched the way they moved and wondered what the slimy trail was that they left behind. The children carried on their explorations when we went out and about. We found more snails, earwigs, woodlice and spiders. Inside the class we are watching our caterpillars grow and grow - they are very hungry caterpillars!

6th June

In nursery we have been saying hello in different languages each morning.

We have learnt some of the languages that our nursery children use.

Labas (Lithuanian); Jambo (Swahili), Ahoj (Czech), Buna (Romanian),  Cześć (Polish) and Привет (Russian).

One of our mummies came in and read a story to us in Czech. All the children listened very carefully, enjoyed the story and asked lots of questions.

If anyone else would like to come and read a story with us that would be lovely.


23rd May

The children have been busy playing in our garden centre role play area. They particularly enjoyed being 'real' shopkeepers when their families came to buy their plants and garden decorations. Thank you for your support for our business venture!

Have a good half term.

16th May

Thank you for donating the big cardboard boxes to nursery. We have been enjoying using them to make castles, boats and lots of other exciting things. We discovered that it's really hard work to cut holes into cardboard but this is a great activity to develop the strength in our arms and fingers ready for writing later! 

We hope you will come to our Nursery Garden Centre shop next Tuesday and Wednesday. The children have been busy making decorations and looking after their plants ready to sell.