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Summer Term 2018

Our topic for the first half term is:  New Life: Growth and Change

During this topic, the children will learn about the life cycles of: frogs, butterflies and chickens.

They will also learn about the life cycles of plants; they will plant seeds and find out what seeds need to grow. We will use the story 'Jack and the Beanstalk' to introduce our week on plants.

We are really excited about our visit to Hardwick Park on Wednesday, 23rd May, which will be a fantastic opportunity for the children to learn more about butterflies and how they evolve. They will take part in an organised workshop based on ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ which will include an outdoor trail, making butterfly decorations, learning about the life cycle of a butterfly and a minibeast hunt.

We will also have time to explore the woodland, feed the ducks on the lake and have some fun in the play area. The park is home to many different kinds of wildlife and we will be particularly looking out for grey squirrels, moorhens, swans and mallards.


Nursery Newsletter Summer 2018

This half term, our topic is : New Life, Growth and Change.
This week, the children are learning about plants and what they need to grow.
After watching a PowerPoint about the life cycle of a sunflower, we took the children outside to do some planting.
Each of the children was given a pot to fill with soil. They made a hole in the middle of the soil then popped a sunflower seed inside and covered it.
We talked about what the seed needs to grow and how it will grow roots to take in food from the soil.
The children used the watering cans to give their seed some water and we put the pots in a light place. 

Enjoying the sunny weather

Making Plant Pizzas

When teaching the children about plants, we wanted them to understand that vegetables are plants, too.
We showed the children pictures of four different vegetables, along with the actual vegetables, and talked about where and how they grow. The children then helped to chop them up and placed them on a pizza base with tomato sauce and cheese. We explained to the children how vegetables are healthy for us.
We all enjoyed a very tasty vegetable pizza outside in the sunshine!

Display of the children’s folding paper frogs

Baby Caterpillars!

Our baby caterpillars have arrived! We can’t believe how small they are. We will enjoy looking at them over the next couple of weeks to see how much they grow then form themselves into a pupa. It will then be very exciting to see the butterflies emerge. 

Look how big they are now!

Now they are huge!!

The caterpillars have made a pupa

The children watched excitedly as we released our butterflies into the Nursery garden.

Take One Picture Week

In Nursery this week, we are celebrating ‘Take One Picture Week’. 

We showed the children the picture ‘Three Flavours’ by Wayne Thiebaud and asked the children to talk about it. They came up with lots of brilliant ideas to describe what they could see, as well as describing the smell, taste, sound and feel of the ice-creams. They used words like: drippy, melts, delicious, lovely, yummy, wonderful, cold, crunchy, bumpy, sprinkles, soft and wet.

Luckily, it was a hot sunny day so we were able to extend this to talking about Summer, too. The children thought of lots of different signs of Summer, such as flowers, butterflies, crabs, wearing short-sleeved tops and sun hats, going to the beach and playing in a paddling pool. 

The children then created their own ‘Three Flavours’ picture based on the original but adapting it with their own ideas. 

Enjoying ice cream

After studying our picture ‘Three Flavours’, we thought it would be nice to have our own ice cream. The children all had a cornet full of Neapolitan ice cream, three flavours just like the picture! As it was a lovely warm day, we enjoyed our ice creams outside.

Excited about Eggs

This week is a very exciting one in Nursery. 

Our incubator and ten eggs have arrived so we are waiting for the first chicks to hatch. 

We can’t wait to see the first tiny chicks appear and hear their cheeping. 

Fluffy Chicks

The children loved it when the eggs hatched and we had some gorgeous fluffy chicks in Nursery. 

We let the chicks out on the carpet so they could get some exercise, and also so we could have a closer look! The children were very careful with them and gave them a gentle stroke as they strolled around.

Stay and Play. AM

Stay and Play PM

Thank you so much for coming to our ‘Stay and Play’ session and helping with our wedding celebrations, including decorating cakes, making crowns and colouring in Union Jack flags. It was lovely to see the children having so much fun.

We all really enjoyed the wedding ceremony, a very special and memorable occasion. The children all did brilliantly well and we would like to say a really big WELL DONE to our bride and groom.

The children all had a fantastic  time on our visit to Hardwick Park.

We enjoyed a lovely walk around the park, feeding the ducks, exploring the woodland and seeing the baby moorhen and ducklings. 

Our Hungry Caterpillar workshop was brilliant - we made beautiful butterfly decorations, collected different items of food from ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ story and scoured the woodland for bugs which we put in little jars to show our friends.

The children also enjoyed some time in the play area. 


The children love watching the tadpoles and seeing them swim around. They are excited to see that some of them have now grown two legs!!

Forest Schools ~ Making a Stick Man

The children in Nursery love taking part in forest schools.

On their first visit, they listened carefully to the story ‘The Stick Man’ then made their own stick man using small pieces of wood, leaves, flowers and sticks that they had collected from the woods.

They proudly showed their stick men when they were finished.


A Visit From The Dentist

Forest Schools ~ Making a House of Sticks 

The children listened carefully to the story, ‘The Three Little Pigs’.

We talked about which of the three houses we could make in the forest. We decided that we could definitely make a house of sticks as there were lots of these!

The children worked together to carry some large branches and place them around the outside of the frame until we had made a big, strong house of sticks. When we had finished, the children all climbed inside.

Then guess what happened next!!

The Big Bad Wolf came along. He tried to blow our house down but it was too strong.

The children were safe!!

Forest Schools ~ Making a Spell!!

The children listened carefully to the story, ‘Room on the Broom’.

We decided to make our own spell, just like the witch in the story!

The children had to work in pairs to collect a certain number of items from the forest, including dock leaves, small twigs, long grass and a mint leaf.

They put the correct number of each item into a bag and took it back to the log circle.

Each pair emptied their bag into our special cauldron and we said a magic spell as one of the children stirred all the ingredients together,

The children closed their eyes and imagined what magical things were happening. We had some fantastic answers, like buttercups dancing to music, unicorns flying over our heads and dinosaurs eating the plants!!

A Visit from Bella

Mrs Scott brings Bella in to school. She shows the children lots of photos to show how Bella has grown and changed since she was just a puppy. Mrs Scott explains how to look after a dog and shows the children some of Bella’s special things, such as her squeaky toy, leader and bag of treats.

Then Bella performs lots of tricks for the children, which they love!

Forest Schools ~ Bug Hunt

The children went on a ‘Bug Hunt’ around the forest.

They looked in the trees and tall grass, under logs, on leaves and flowers and in the ‘Bug Hotel’.

They found lots of exciting creepy crawlies, including slugs, woodlice, green fly, spiders, caterpillars, ants and even a few centipedes!!

The children were very excited when they found something and loved this experience.

Thank you so much for coming to our fantastic Sports Day, and especially for joining in our parent races at the end. We had a great time, the children loved doing their races, especially running against Mammies and Daddies in our ‘Sponge and Bucket’ race.

Luckily the weather was kind to us and we all enjoyed a really good day.

Forest Schools ~ Camp Fire

The children were very excited to learn that we were going to have a real fire in the forest this week.

First of all, Mrs Holmes gave the children a set of igniters especially made for children, to make a spark with.

Then she explained how to use the fire safely - always sitting in the ‘Respect’ position, only going near the fire with an adult, and having a bucket of water ready.

Mrs Holmes lit the fire. It was very exciting to see the flames! 

After a few minutes, four children at a time were allowed to sit beside the fire. They were given a special stick from which we had removed the bark, and put on a large marshmallow.

The children toasted their marshmallows on the camp fire, then Mrs Holmes put each one on a chocolate digestive and the children sat and ate it. It was yummy!! It was also a bit messy!!

The children loved seeing the creatures that Steve brought in to show us. Most of the children were very brave, stroking them and even holding some of the animals. It was great fun!!

The animals he showed us included:  a budwing, black beauty, gals, a cockroach, a beetle, a millipede, a tarantula and a snake.

FUN DAY. - Fun on the bouncy castle

January 2018

Welcome back everyone. The Nursery team would like to wish you all a very Happy New Year. We hope you all had a lovely Christmas - we look forward to hearing about the children's experiences of Christmas and finding out what Santa brought! 

We would like to say a big welcome to our new children starting in January and their parents.

Please remember that we are always happy to speak to you about your child and their time at Nursery. If there is anything you would like to talk to us about, please tell us and we will arrange a suitable time to do this.

We are really looking forward to the term ahead. We have got lots of exciting activities planned and we know this is going to be another fantastic term with lots of new experiences.

Nursery Newsletter Spring 2018

Our Spring Term topic is:  All Creatures Great and Small


During the first week back in January, we will be focusing on Winter; we will  be helping the children to learn about freezing and melting and how to keep warm in Winter.

After that, the rest of the term will be spent learning about animals. During the first half term, we will be focusing on dinosaurs then, after half term, we will be learning about spiders and owls.


The children will learn the names and features of some of the main dinosaurs and will investigate them further in our Research Centre, where they will find out lots of interesting facts about them. We will sort the dinosaurs into those that eat meat and those that eat plants.


We will use the book 'Owl Babies' to introduce our theme on owls. We will help the children to understand why some animals are nocturnal; this will lead to work on night and day when we will also investigate how shadows are formed.

The Mysterious Eggs

On Friday, 12th January, something very exciting happened at Nursery. 

Whilst we were going for a walk through the woods at the top of the Key Stage one field looking for signs of winter, the children found an unusual egg. And then they found another one!

The children were all really excited about the two eggs that we found and were keen to guess what kind of animal may have laid the eggs. The children suggested ways of keeping the eggs safe and warm until they hatch. We put them in a sturdy box with a blanket and hot water bottle and everyone promised to be really careful with them.

We are all looking forward to the eggs hatching and finding out what animal is inside. 


Here are some photos of the children finding the eggs and looking at them more closely :

Eggcellent Work

We talked about how we were going to keep the eggs safe and warm and the children suggested putting them in a box with a blanket. Then we decided to place some signs around the box to let other people know to be quiet and careful. The children came up with some brilliant ideas for what to write, including: ‘Be Careful ‘, ‘Please take care of our egg’ and ‘Don’t Touch’. They all tried really hard to copy the words carefully onto speech bubbles which we cut out and stuck onto the box.

Waiting For The Eggs to Hatch

Look, it’s starting to Hatch!

The First Baby Dinosaur

What kind of dinosaur is it?

The children used some non-fiction books to try to find out the type of dinosaur that hatched from the first egg.

We looked at the pictures in the books to see if we could find one that matched our dinosaur and were very excited to learn that it was a triceratops!


R. E.

In R.E. this term, the children are enjoying listening to stories from the New Testament in the bible and helping to act them out. We talk about the meaning of the stories and what Jesus is trying to teach us.

The Good Samaritan

The Sower

Wise and Foolish Builders

Fun in the snow! 18/01/2018

We had fun making snow angels with Mrs Park!
Do you wanna build a snowman?

Yoga. 26/01/18. AM

Yoga. 26/01/18. PM

The children in Nursery really enjoyed their yoga session. They all tried extremely hard to copy the stretches they were shown and Lauren, the yoga instructor, was very impressed with how well they listened and the way they all took part. She said they were amazing!

Stay and Play

We had a lot of fun at Stay and Play on Thursday, 8th February 2018. Thank you all for coming. 

Chinese New Year

We showed the children a powerpoint to help them learn about China and how Chinese people celebrate Chinese New Year.
They enjoyed having a look at the Chinese objects including chopsticks, New Year cards and decorations, lucky red envelopes and baby shoes.

A Yummy Chinese Feast

The children enjoyed trying the different food at our Chinese New Year feast.
We had prawn crackers, egg fried rice, noodles and Chinese pears.

World Book Day

St Hild’s celebrated World Book Day on Thursday, 8th March.

The children all came to Nursery dressed as their favourite book character.

Mother’s Day Cream Tea in Nursery

This was a really special event and a lovely way to celebrate Mother's Day.

Thank you all for coming. 

Incy Wincy Spider

Incy Wincy Spider was stuck in the tube. The children were investigating how to get him out.

They tried pushing him with their hands and other objects but he was still stuck!

They tried pouring water down the tube but he was still stuck!

Then, they found a long, flexible tube and pushed it down. Guess what! Incy Wincy Spider came out!

Easter Puppet Show

 The children in Nursery and Reception enjoyed a very special puppet show performed by St Nic's church in Durham.

They told the story of Easter.  The children listened carefully and joined in singing the songs. 

Sport Relief Day 2018

We all had a brilliant day and raised lots of money for a really worthwhile cause.

The Nursery children took part in our activities very enthusiastically and had lots of fun!  

We ran around the whole perimeter of the school, some of us even went round twice!

We loved playing on the Key Stage 2 outdoor equipment, we tried really hard to have a go on all of the equipment, just like the big boys and girls, even if some bits were a little bit high!

We had fun dancing to our favourite songs in the Dance-a-thon and showing off our dance moves.

After all that exercise, we were pleased to have a rest back in Nursery, enjoying some fruit, pizza subs and juice. 

One of the children summed up the day by asking, “when it’s Sport Relief on the next day, can we do this again?”



Sport Relief. AM

Ready for our sporty activities

Our run around school

Having fun on the KS2 equipment

Showing off our moves on the dance floor

Sport Relief. PM

Ready for our sporty activities

Our run around school

Having fun on the KS2 equipment

Showing off our moves on the dance floor

Thank you all so much for coming to our Easter Egg Decorating and Fun Day in Nursery on Tuesday 27th March and for supporting us with our fund-raising. We had a fabulous day and it was lovely to see the children having fun with parents, grandparents and carers. The Easter Egg decorating was a huge success, with so many wonderful and creative designs for the judges to choose from. Well done to all of the Nursery children, you should feel very proud of your amazing eggs!

September 2017

Welcome back to a brand new year in Nursery, and a very special welcome to all of our new Nursery starters and their parents and carers. 

We are looking forward to a great year in Nursery; the children will be taking part in lots of new and exciting experiences, learning many new things and having lots of fun!.

If you have any concerns or questions about any aspect of Nursery, please come and speak to a member of the team. We really want to resolve any issues as quickly as possible and can always make time for a quick chat or we can make an appointment to discuss things in more depth.

We look forward to working with you all.

The Nursery Team are:


Nursery Teacher: Miss C Forster

Teaching Assistants: Mrs T Scott, Mrs P Park, Miss N Reed

Our topic for Autumn Term is:

God Bless Me and My Family

During this topic, we will talk to the children about their family and help them to understand how important they are. Every two weeks, we will focus on a different traditional tale; we will talk about particular family members and carry out various activities related to the story.

The children will also learn what makes them unique. For example, we will look at our thumb and finger prints through a magnifying glass and the children will make pictures using fingerprints and handprints.  After half term, we will focus on our body parts and our senses.

Throughout the term, the children will be making and tasting some delicious food.


We are also learning about Autumn.

Settling In

The children in Nursery love to take part in ring games. Our favourites are: The Farmer's in his Den, Here we go round the Mulberry Bush and There was a Princess Long Ago. Here are some photos of us.

Autumn Walk

Making Fruit Salad

In R.E. this term, we are teaching the children about Harvest. We are helping the children to understand where in the world different foods come from, giving them the opportunity to try some different foods and thanking God for his Creation and for the Harvest. 

The children helped to chop the fruit to put into our yummy fruit salad, which contained: orange, apple, pineapple, banana and grapes. 
The children learnt where in the world the different fruits come from and placed them on a large map of the world.
They then learnt how to chop the fruit safely before we put it all in a large bowl and shared it out. It was delicious!

Physical Play

On Wednesdays, the children take part in a variety of physical activities. They enjoy playing the 'Corners' game in which they have to move in different ways to a number card displayed in one of the corners on the Key Stage 1 yard.

We have also been developing the children's ball skills when kicking a large ball and keeping the ball under control when manoeuvring it around obstacles. 

Sponsored Obstacle Course

On Wednesday, 1st November, the children in Nursery and Reception took part in a Sponsored Obstacle Course in the school hall. We were hoping to raise enough money to buy some new resources for our outdoor area. 

The children had great fun and did brilliantly well, all managing to complete at least 7 laps. 

A big WELL DONE to all of the children and a huge THANK YOU to parents, family and friends for all of your kind donations. 

Our two year olds (Morning Group) take part in the Sponsored Obstacle Course

Children In Need

We came to Nursery in pyjamas on Children In Need day and helped to raise lots of money for this important charity.

Jumping in Puddles

The 2-year olds had great fun outside in the rain, jumping in the puddles!

Anti-Bullying Week

In our PSED lesson, the children in Nursery passed a box around and sang our ‘What have we got in our special box today’ song. When the song ended, the person holding the box took out a statement which I read. Each statement gave an example of a something that one of the children might do in Nursery, some things were kind but others were unkind. We talked about how these situations might make us feel. The children used their facial expressions to reflect the different feelings.

Then, we talked about how we can be kind at Nursery. The children came up with some super ideas which they acted out :

- Asking someone to play with you if they are sitting on their own

- Sharing toys

- Helping someone up if they have fallen over