Welcome to Nursery
Nursery Teacher: Miss C Forster
Teaching Assistants: Mrs P Park, Miss N Reed, Mrs T Scott
Summer Term 2021
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.
We are really excited that we will once again be getting an incubator and ten Living Eggs, these will be arriving on Monday, 10th May. This is always an amazing opportunity for the children to learn about life cycles and to be able to look after the baby chicks for a few days.
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.
Our topic for the second half term is: Myths and Magic
We will go on a magical adventure and let our imaginations run wild with stories about dragons, fairies, unicorns and aliens. The children will be able to create their own amazing stories using the Small World creatures.
Each week, we will be spending at least two sessions in our new Wonderful Woodland area : playing, learning and exploring in our amazing new outdoor area.
We will also visit our Forest Schools area several times during the term.
Welcome back everyone. The Nursery team would like to wish you all a very Happy New Year. Let's hope it is a lot brighter than 2020.
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.
Our first topic is, 'Winter Wonderland'. The children will be helping to look after a little polar bear cub that has been found in the school grounds. The children will learn about the polar bear's natural habitat and we will help them to understand why some animals are suited to warm climates and why some animals prefer cold climates. We will also be helping the children to learn about freezing and melting and how to keep warm in Winter.
After half term, we will be sharing some of our favourite stories and doing lots of follow-up activities based on these stories. These will include: 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt', 'The Gingerbread Man', 'Owl Babies' 'Peace At Last' and 'Can't You Sleep, Little Bear?'.
On Monday, 18th January, something very exciting happened at Nursery.
Whilst we were going for a walk in the sensory garden looking for signs of winter, the children found a box.
We wondered what was inside the box! When we opened it, we were astonished to see a little polar bear cub!
The children were all really excited about the little polar bear cub that we found and were keen to give it a stroke.
We took it inside and the children passed it round the circle so they could all have a closer look.
Inside the box, we were surprised to find a toothbrush, and a note asking us to look after the polar bear cub for a little while. We talked about how we could take care of the cub, and how to keep it safe and warm. The children suggested giving it a toy to play with, a blanket and some food. Then, we thought of a safe place to keep him.
We are thinking of a name for our little polar bear and looking forward to taking care of it until it's Mummy comes back.
Here are some photos of the children finding the polar bear cub :
The children had a great time exploring the forest, climbing the trees and looking for interesting sticks and logs to show their friends.
Then, they enjoyed a yummy jacket potato that they had carefully put on the camp fire earlier. We sprinkled some grated cheese on top and then ate it with a fork (or our fingers!!).
To finish, we had a cup of hot chocolate and a biscuit.
It was lovely to see our friends again.
We enjoyed playing, chatting, exploring, making things and joining in with all the activities.
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.
Although some things are a little different this year, we have still planned lots of new and exciting experiences for the children to enjoy, we will be helping them to learn many new things and having lots of fun! So, we are really looking forward to the year ahead, with hopefully as little disruption as possible. But, most importantly, we hope that everyone stays safe and healthy.
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.
Our topic for the 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 and we will be visiting our Forest Schools area regularly and carrying out a range of activities related to the forest and our topics.
We will also be learning about Autumn and Harvest.
The children in Nursery love to take part in ring games. Our favourites are: The Farmer's in his Den, Here we go Looby Loo and There was a Princess Long Ago.
This week, our topic story is ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’. We took the children to our forest schools area and read the story. Then, the children went on the hunt for pictures from the story. They had to collect pictures of each of the three bears and Goldilocks, putting each one in their bag.
We went back to the Fire Circle to check that we had collected all four pictures, then the children enjoyed some time playing in and exploring the forest before having our yummy hot chocolate and a biscuit.
The children loved our forest hunt and were very excited to find all of the pictures.
In Nursery, the children listened to a poem called, 'Out And About', which was about a girl who went for a walk on a windy day with her dog and waving a stick ribbon streamer.
Then, we went to our Forest Schools area and the children looked for a stick which we tied a ribbon to, to make our own stick ribbon streamers.
The children loved waving these around the forest.
We read the story 'The Three Little Pigs'.
We talked about where ham comes from and the children made ham sandwiches. They were yummy!
On Wednesday, 14th October, the children in Nursery took part in a Sponsored Obstacle Course in the school hall. We were hoping to raise enough money to buy some new resources to develop the children's fine and gross motor skills.
The children had great fun and did brilliantly well, all managing to complete 5 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.
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, pomegranate, strawberries and mango.
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!