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Welcome to our Nursery!
We aim to be a friendly, welcoming environment where every child feels happy, safe and secure.
The Nursery children are the ‘Kangaroos’. Mrs Kenworthy is the teacher supported by Mrs Hunt and Miss Goodair.
In nursery, we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum with a strong emphasis on the ‘Prime’ areas of learning; Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language and Physical Development. These areas are fundamental and work together to support development in other areas of learning called the ‘Specific’ areas of Learning; Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design.
In nursery, we aim to provide an enabling environment where children learn through play and are challenged, stimulated and engaged. This is planned through fun, purposeful activities, both indoors and outdoors, responding to the children’s interests and stage of development. We are committed to providing positive relationships where children are a valuable member of the team and community. We encourage all children to cooperate and share and to have the confidence to make choices and decisions for themselves.
An information board for parents is displayed in the cloakroom and hard copies of leaflets linked on this page and items of interest for young families are available to read.
Meet the Nursery Team
At this moment in time we are unable to welcome parents into our nursery building but you can access ‘Seesaw’ to see what your child has been up to at school.
You can also upload your own photos onto ‘Seesaw’ to show us what your child has been doing at home!
School and Parent/ Carer communication continues to be vitally important to us and we appreciate that it’s not always easy to speak with staff at this moment in time so please use ‘Seesaw’ as a way of working in partnership.
Take a virtual tour through our nursery.
"What do you like about nursery? I like to play and explore! - Pandora"
"What do you like about nursery? I like playing with my friends - Alfie"
Our Indoor Provision
Our Outdoor Provision
Our Wow Wall!
In our Nursery we have a ‘Wow Wall’ so that we can record special events in your child’s life. Wow cards, completed by parents/carers, give a wonderful display of achievements and events that the children feel very proud of. They don’t need to be amazing feats, just special to your child. So it could be that, ‘David slept in his own bed all night’, or ‘Jane got dressed all by herself’, or ‘ Tom tried a new fruit and liked it’.
Wow cards are a huge boost to your child’s self esteem and confidence, and show them that their life events are truly important to the adults around them. Each time your child brings in a new wow card, we place the previous card in their individual learning journey folders.
8:30 – 11:30
12:20 – 3:20
(Please note that we open the doors 10 minutes before the end of each session to ensure the children are released in the safest way possible while allowing staff to pass on any messages regarding your child)
Attendance is really important, should your child be unable to attend their nursery session, please inform a member of staff.
It is very important to us that you and your child feel happy and settled at Nursery, therefore if you have any queries or concerns please do not hesitate to talk to any of our nursery staff.
We are sure your child will thoroughly enjoy their time with us!
Our Topic for Summer 2 is ‘Aye Aye Captain!’
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Nursery Experiences 2021-2022
Summer 1: A Bugs Life!
Another busy busy term. We welcomed more new starters into our nursery as well as some teeny tiny creatures! We explored and found out about lots of minibeast creatures, including going on our own minibeast hunt! We ended the term with joining in the celebrations for the Queens Jubilee.
5 teeny tiny Caterpillars arrived in nursery and we observed and talked about the changes that had happened to them.
We pretended to be the very hungry caterpillar and we tasted different fruits. We talked about what fruits we liked and did not like, then we voted for our favourite fruit.
Here are some of the activities that we got to play with and explore whilst learning all about different bugs!
Here come the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations and many more fun activities!
Spring 2 – That’s Not My Pet!
To finish the half term we were very lucky to be visited by the Easter Bunny and sent on an egg hunt around our ‘woodland area!’
Look what arrived in nursery!
We watched the eggs hatch. It was so exciting!
We observed closely to the changes that happened to them. We petted them – “they are so fluffy!” Noah. We learnt all about them!
We even got to hold them!
I am pleased to say that one of our Nursery families have taken the chicks home to have on their allotment and they are growing incredibly fast and doing really well! Here’s an updated photo of them now!
Thoughout the half term we were also fortunate enough to have ‘Boo’ the pet dog and ‘Buttons’ the pet rabbit come to visit.
Throughout the half term we enjoyed a wide variety of activities including an experiment and learnt some ‘wonderful words’.
A fantastic way to start the term by celebrating ‘Pancake Day’. In nursery we talked about what Pancake Day is called and why it is celebrated. We all got the opportunity to taste pancakes with a lemon juice topping and a golden syrup topping. We then voted for our favourite, we talked about the tallest tower being the favourite and the shortest being the least favourite! Golden syrup was the favourite! We ended the day with some fun pancake races.
World Book Day…
In Nursery we celebrated World Book Day by dressing up as our favourite story character. We talked about who we had come dressed up as and shared our favourite stories. The children were also challenged to find certain characters in books!
Spring 1 – If you go down to the woods today…
This half term has been incredibly busy. We have welcomed and settled 15 new starters into our nursery as well as enjoying many fun activities. Whilst exploring our topic we found out about brown bears, black bears, polar bears and panda bears. We shared the story of Goldilocks and the three bears then reinacted this in the home corner and at the story table. We also retold the story of ‘We’re going on a bear hunt!’ Below are some of the fun things we have been doing in nursery.
Chinese New Year
At the beginning of February Nursery learnt about how the Chinese celebrate their New Year. We shared the story of the Jade Emperor and how he decided of a way to measure time. We also tasted some prawn crackers and learnt about the story of Nian. We danced around the classroom with a dragon costume and then made lots of noise using tambourines and clapping – this was to scare Nian away! We had lots of fun!
Internet Safety Day
In nursery we were challenged to find technology in our home. We also explored motion toys in nursery. On Internet Safety Day we shared the story ‘ The Adventures of Smartie the Penguin’, learning how to stay safe whilst having fun online! We looked at and talked about the different internet symbols.
Bear Hunt and Teddy Bears Picnic
We’re going on a bear hunt, we’re going to catch a big one or maybe a small one! We went in search of a bear in our woodland area. They were hiding everywhere! Once we had all found a bear we went back to nursery to have a picnic with our Teddy Bears!
On the last day of half term we celebrated with a number day! We shared the story ‘Pete the Cat and his 4 Groovy Buttons’ and we kept on singing his song! We came in clothes with numbers on and made number crowns to finish our outfits off! We went on a number hunt, we wrote numerals, we counted buttons and played number games!
Autumn 2 – Let’s Sparkle!
In this half term we have looked at and joined in with many celebrations. Here are just a few of the fun activities we have been doing in nursery.
Bonfire and Halloween
In nursery the children had lots of fun dressing up, dancing and playing games. They looked at our pumpkins, helping to carve them and remove all the insides as well as retelling stories using puppets and creating fireworks using a range of media.
In nursery we enjoyed exploring and playing with a range of activities focused on Remembrance day. We made poppies in the dough, coloured poppies, created sticky poppies and made poppy biscuits.
In nursery we learnt about Diwali. We shared and retold the story of Rama and Sita. We dressed up in typical Hindu clothing. We created mehndi patterns, coloured and paint the story characters and made clay divas. We also tried some Indian food and talked about what we liked and did not like.
Children in Need Day
We came to school in non uniform to raise money for ‘Children in Need’. The children had lots of fun adding spots to the bear at the funky finger station, manipulating the dough to make Pudsey bear, colouring Pudsey, sponge painting Pudsey and taking part in our whole school challenge to ‘balance a penny on a lemon’.
In nursery we have been very busy retelling stories, dressing up, setting the elves to work in Santa’s workshop, making a Christmas list and many many more fun activities!
Autumn 1 – Marvellous Me!
What a busy half term. Once all the children had settled into our setting we started our topic ‘Marvellous Me!’ We started by looking at ourselves in the mirror and talking about what we could see, eyes, nose etc. We explored our environment and recreated our faces using different objects and materials. We have shared photos of when we were babies and compared them to now and how we have changed. We also looked at our own family pictures and talked about the members in our family.
Communication and Language:
We have completed a Rhyme Challenge. It involved learning 6 rhymes over 6 weeks. The rhymes below are what we learnt and performed to some Year 6 pupils and the Upper Foundation Meerkats and Ladybirds. We raised a staggering £1334. I am pleased to announce that with the money we raised we have ordered a made to measure sand pit cover, Story sacks (Stickman, Monkey Puzzle, Dear Zoo and many more, all include the story, characters and props), many small world toys such as scenery, cars, car mat, microphones, clipboards and weaving numbers! I can’t wait to share our new toys with the children. Thank you so much once again for your amazing support.
The children will be performing their rhymes to the Reception children. All the money raised will enable us to purchase more much needed resources for our nursery provision, such as small world toys and story sacks.
This half term we have been developing our listening skills and we went on a listening walk around our school grounds.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development:
I am pleased to say that all the children have settled well into our nursery routine. This has been with the support of our class ‘Buddies’. Everyday we have chosen some children to be the class buddy and these children have risen to the challenge and supported their peers, through being a friend to play with or helping them in whatever they are doing, eg opening their straw, putting on their coat.
In nursery we have enjoyed copying dances and moves, making hedgehogs in the playdough, using scissors, squeezing pegs on to lego people, building and balancing and much much more!
As the bones in our hands are not fully formed until we are seven years old it is really important that we support the development of structure and strength in our hands. Everyday we warm up our fingers and hands with some fun ‘dough disco’ activities.
We have started to find and recognise our own names. We have loved looking at and sharing stories. We have enjoyed retelling the story ‘The Three Little Pigs’ and ‘The Little Red Hen’ at our story table with friends. We have also enjoyed retelling ‘Owl Babies with the puppets.
In nursery we always start our day with the daily calendar, changing the day and date and learning language to talk about time, such as ‘today is…, yesterday was…’ We have also been counting out the correct number of candles for the cakes and exploring our environment.
Understanding the World:
In nursery this half term we have been exploring our environment and developing an understanding of the natural world around us. We went on a ‘leaf hunt’ in search of signs of Autumn! Their excitement and visible displays of awe and wonder were infectious and they just cant wait to put on their wellies and go back to our forest! When we came back to our nursery we used the leaves to create hedgehogs at the creative table!
“I’ve found a long yellow leaf!” – Ethan
“My leaf has brown spots on it!” – Edward
“It’s brown!” – Olivia
“There’s lots of leaves here!” – Layla
“It’s changing colour!” – Leo
Expressive Arts and Design:
In nursery we have explored the materials in the modelling area and enjoyed finding ways to join them together to create models. We have also been enjoying pretending in the role play area, making lots of delicious meals and cups of tea!
Every week we choose children who have tried really hard, who we are super proud of and share their achievements and give them a big ‘faaaan-tastic’. We have also celebrated some birthdays!
EYFS Phonics Meeting for Parents
In the Autumn term we normally hold a parents meeting to share how we teach phonics. Due to the current situation we have been unable to do this. However, we will be sharing a series of presentations out on seesaw to inform our parents about how we deliver phonics.
We have created some long term goals for our children to achieve by the end of nursery. These goals will be supported with a variety of opportunities and experiences throughout their time with us.
We recognise that all experiences at this age are learning opportunities and therefore we love to hear about your child’s home experiences. This can be done through seesaw (where you can upload photos, videos and messages).
You can also send a ‘wow’ card in to school to say what your child has done to support and achieve each goal, these can then be celebrated with their peers and displayed on the ‘wow’ wall. These are displayed and available in the cloakroom.
"The incubator keeps the eggs warm because the mummy is not here! - Kitty"
"mmm I like syrup on my pancake! - Nico"