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
On Monday afternoon we had an amazing session of songs, stories and sounds with a lady called Sal. Some of the children's parents and grandparents came too. There were lots of rat a tat tat and ding dong sounds as we tried to wake up Sal's guitar! Sal showed us a case which she said contained thousands of stories. We were all very excited to see what was inside. It was full of sticks and we all had 2 each. The sticks became drum sticks, an elephant's trunk, the Grand Old Duke of York's hill, reindeer antlers and binoculars. The children listened, sang, imagined, created, danced, talked and had fun. The adults all had a great time too and the teachers have got some super new ideas for our story and song times.
16th January 2019
We have had a great first week back at nursery. The new children are settling in and have been busy exploring the environment and the adults have spent time with all of them building trusting relationships and finding out what they are interested in and enjoy doing.
This term our story is Walking Through The Jungle. This week we have been learning lots of new rhymes about wild animals. The children are using the monkeys and crocodile as they act out the rhyme 5 Little Monkeys Swinging In The Trees. They are beginning to do some simple maths problems as they work out how many monkeys are left in the tree and how many are in the crocodile's tummy.
Everyone had fun at the party in nursery yesterday! We danced, played musical statues and pass the parcel. After that we had a delicious party tea - thank you to all the parents for providing the food for us.
We have had a fantastic and very busy term and I think we are all ready for a good rest.
We are looking forward to seeing you all at the beginning of term which starts on Wednesday 9th January.
Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year to all our children and their families!
Yesterday the nursery children sang songs and acted out a Christmas story for their families. They were amazing! We are all very, very proud of them.
After the show we had a surprise visitor - Father Christmas! He had brought a present for each of the children as a special treat.
Today the children received a letter from him saying how much he had enjoyed coming to see them. He has also sent Eddie the elf who is going to help remind the children to be kind friends.
We are walking to the post box on Friday to post our cards for our families.
It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas in nursery!
Mummies, daddies and nannies came to our Christmas craft sessions this week. They had lots of fun making different decorations and finding out how much maths their children were learning through these creative activities.
We learnt about number, size, shape, quantity, position, measure, pattern and comparison.
One of the mummies said that the session had given her lots of new ideas for how to support her children at home.
We are glad that everyone enjoyed themselves and found out that maths is fun and it's everywhere!
We have been enjoying some 'risky' play with planks and tyres this week. The children have been moving and using this equipment to create a climbing and balancing course. Teachers have been showing the children how to check if the course is safe enough to try out.
This activity has been great to develop:
- upper body strength and coordination
- team work
- risk assessment
- planning and reviewing
- problem solving
- turn taking
The children have been very interested in the torches. They have been experimenting and trying out their ideas to see what they can discover and what they can do with them. Some of them have used the Perspex building blocks to change the colour of the light and then they explored what happened when they put two different colours together and shone the light through. Some of the children tried making shadows on the walls and ceiling using objects and their hands.
Our children have learnt so much through their play with torches. I wonder what they will discover tomorrow.....
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.