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Welcome to our Nursery!

Our Class Teacher is Mrs Barbara Speer

Our Nursery Nurse is Mrs Clare Hale

Our Teaching Assistant is Mrs Lynette Walker



Welcome to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), which is how the Government and Early Years professionals describe the time in your child's life between birth and age 5.


All 3 and 4 year olds are entitled to 15 hours per week free early education from the September following their third birthday.


At Gade Valley, our Nursery is led by an experienced, qualified teacher and as such, we pride ourselves on delivering a high quality education experience that helps to prepare children for school life.


We currently (2022/23) provide 15 hour morning and afternoon Nursery sessions 5 days per week during term times.   In addition, we are pleased to offer 30 hour funded and non-funded places during term times.


Nursery Session Times

  • Morning Nursery 8.45 – 11.45 am

  • Afternoon Nursery 12.15 - 3.15 pm

  • Pupils in receipt of 30 hours funding 8.45 am - 2.45 pm


Please ensure you drop off and collect your child on time from the Nursery Classroom.


Extended Provision is also available for an additional cost.

Lunch Club (15 hour places only) – 11:45am – 12:30pm  (Children will need to bring their own packed lunch)

After School Club (30 hour places only) – 2:45pm – 3:15pm


We have one intake per year beginning in September, with 30 places available.  We would love to show you around, please call or e-mail the school office to make an appointment.


If you have any questions about our Nursery facilities or the application process, please visit the admissions page, or call or e-mail the school office.

The Parents' Guide link below will help answer many of your questions and help you through your child's future learning and successes.

Useful Information For Parents

Half-Termly Curriculum Letters

Book of the week: Oliver's Fruit Salad

The Nursery children have enjoyed learning all about fruit this week.  We talked about where fruit came from and how some fruit only grows in hot countries.  During 'busy fingers' the children used fruit to print patterns and funny faces.  In snack time, the children chopped up lots of different fruits to make their own fruit salad, just like Oliver and they loved trying lots of fruit they had never tasted before.  Yummy!

Book of the week: The Chinese New Year

This week we have been learning about Chinese New Year, in PE we worked together to dance like a dragon.

Winnie the Pooh's Birthday

This week the children celebrated Winnie's birthday with a Teddy Bear's Picnic and made our own sandwiches.  The children started by deciding whether the were going to make a jam or honey sandwich.  After spreading the burring on their bread or cracker, they put on their favourite topping and folding the bread in half.  We joined Reception class in the dining room for our picnic and we were joined by Mr Barron.  When all the children had finished their sandwiches we sang Happy Birthday to Winnie the Pooh and blew out the candles on his cake.  In P.E. the children were challenged to keep their birthday balloons off the ground by tapping them their hands, feet and knees.  Some of the children were able to stick their balloon to their head.  The afternoon children also enjoyed running round the track with the Teddy Bear's they brought into Nursery.      

Book of the week: Happy New Year Spot!

This week the children have been sharing what their did at Christmas and drew pictures of their favourite present.   After reading our story of the week, the children thought about what new skill they would like to learn to do this year.  During 'busy fingers', the children practised writing their names and recognising the numbers of the new Year 2023.  

After watching the firework display on New Years eve, the children used chalk to create their own firework display on the Nursery playground. 

It's been a great start to the new term and the children have had lots of fun.

Book of the week: Sleepy Jesus

This week the children have been busy creating lots of Christmas decorations.  They enjoyed playing in the snow and carried out an experiment to see what happened to snow when we brought it inside the Nursery.  The children discovered that the snow melted inside but when they put some in the freezer it stayed frozen.

The children had a great time watching the KS1 Christmas performance and in our music session had lots of fun playing instruments to accompany their Christmas songs.

On Thursday the children showed their friends their Christmas jumpers and were excited when Father Christmas came to visit them with a bag full of presents.  We also had 'Buddy Reading' with year 1.  The afternoon children loved watching the Panto 'The Three Bears' and we shared our song of the week during Friday sharing assembly.

Book of the week: The Father Christmas

After lots of rehearsal and singing practise, the children joined Reception class for the Nativity Performance.  They showed great confidence when singing 'Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star' on the stage and enjoyed seeing all their parents and family members in the audience.  What a fantastic show!

During Busy Fingers, the children developed their fine motor skills using scissors to cut out Christmas pictures, practised writing their names in their Christmas cards, drew 2D shapes in shaving foam and shared Christmas stories with their friends.


Book of the week: The Snowman

This week the children have been excited to learn about snow.  After reading our story of the week, we talked about how the little boy felt at the end of the story when his snowman had melted and how snow is made from frozen water.

The children enjoyed sharing their Christmas decorations with the rest of the school during sharing assembly and were helped by pupils from Year 6 to hang their decorations on the school Christmas tree.

We also shared our special song from the EYFS performance,

In 'Busy Fingers', the children made fluffy snowmen pictures, added the correct number of buttons to a snowman to match the number shown and have been busy creating their Christmas cards.

Our Christmas Song

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Book of the Week: Whatever Next!

This week the children had lots of fun finding out about space.  After reading our story of the week, the children took turns to role-play the story both inside and outside, using big boxes and items from the Nursery.  

During 'Busy Fingers', they created moon pictures by using different materials to stamp patterns and explored reading in the dark tent with torches.  

In Maths, we worked in our groups to sort planets and rockets in order of size from the biggest to the smallest.  Some of the children could name the planets too.

During 'Active Learning', the children enjoyed dressing up as astronauts and pretending to use computers to work in space.  They also worked together to make a back pack out of junk modelling resources.

Outside, the children investigated whether different items would sink or float.  They first had to make a prediction before testing the items in the puddles in the mud pit.  

In P.E. the children have been learning to use bats to control the movement of their tennis ball.  It was very tricky to keep the ball near the bat and move it in different directions but they showed great perseverance and determination.

Book of the week: How do Dinosaurs go to School?

This week the children were surprised to find a dinosaur hiding in the Nursery.  They had great fun trying to reach him.

During 'Busy Fingers', they used their fine motor skills to make pictures using dinosaur footprints, colour in pictures of their favourite dinosaurs and practise their Maths skills by counting sets of dinosaurs and copying the numbers. 

During 'Active Learning', some of the children decided to make a hedgehog house in the nursery garden.  Mrs Walker fund an old box and the children carefully filled it with straw and leaves to make a comfy bed, then they placed it by the fence an covered it with sticks and logs to hide it from hungry foxes.  We haven't found a hedgehog living in it yet.

To everyone's delight, we went to the big school to watch Lucas Jet perform lots of circus skills from juggling to riding a unicycle.  In the afternoon, some of the children had a go at juggling themselves and walking along the tight-rope.  

After sharing assembly, the children did some buddy reading with the children from Year 3, choose and book and sat and listened to the older children read.

On Forest Friday, the children went on a number hunt in the woods.  Each children found a dinosaur footprint or dinosaur egg with a number on it and then we worked together to put them into a number line by counting one more.


Book of the week: Owl Babies

On Monday, the children shared their news about the fireworks they had seen over the weekend and the afternoon children created a big firework painting by splattering paint onto black paper.

After reading our book of the week,  the children have had lots of fun learning about nocturnal animals.  Each child decorated an owl mask to use as a prop in their play and during 'Active Learning', some of the children chose to draw, paint or colour in different owl pictures. 

In Maths, we have been learning to match numbers to quantity by sticking the correct number of feathers to match the number shown on each owl.  Our Cosmic Yoga session this week followed the story of Tallulah the Owl.  The children are becoming really good at listening carefully and following the instructions.   In PE, we have been learning to work with a partner to roll a big ball accurately when sitting, kneeling and standing.  

For Remembrance Day, the children each created a poppy picture using handprints and shared their hopes for the future by drawing a picture of something they like seeing in outside.   

All our wonderful work will be on display in the classroom and school hall during Celebration Evening next Wednesday, 16th November 5pm - 6pm.  


Book of the week: Don't Hog the Hedge

This week we have been thinking about animals who hibernate during the winter.  After reading our story, the children thought about what it would be like to sleep all winter.  In 'busy fingers', the children decorated their hedge hogs using leaves from the Nursery garden to make them look like they were hibernating under a big pile of leaves.  We enjoyed showing our hedgehogs and singing our song of the week 'Autumn Leaves are Falling Down', to the rest of the school during sharing assembly.  We were very excited to have our first PE session in the big school and use lots of climbing and balancing equipment.  The children were very good and taking off and putting on their own shoes and socks.

We have also made a start at creating some decorations for the school Christmas tree and worked really hard to design our own Christmas cards.


Harvest Festival - We performed our song 'Conkers!' with Reception

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Book of the Week: Room on the Broom

With Halloween approaching, we have had lots of fun being witches and wizards this week.  During busy fingers, the children created scary pumpkin faces using lots of different shapes and big spiders using handprints.  We made 3D prints in play-dough using our bugs, caterpillars and spiders and wrapped mummies up in wool.  Our fine motor skills have really developing.

During active learning, the children enjoyed dressing up as witches and wizards and flying around the playground on broomsticks.  We created our own witches potion to turn someone into a frog adding lots of weird ingredients and stirring the pot carefully.  The children also created their own magic potions.  Finally, we each decorated a biscuit using bright coloured icing and added two big eyes to make a Halloween treat which we loved eating after snack time.

We have had a great first half-term and the children have really settled in well to the Nursery setting.  We hope you all have a wonderful break and we look forward to seeing all the children on Monday, 31st October.

Book of the week:  This is Our House

After reading our story of the week, the children talked about how the little boy in the story was not very friendly.  We discussed what a good friend is and how we can be good friends.  some of the things they suggested were: Using gentle hands, letting everybody play our games and using kind words.  During Active Learning, we made our own house out of a large cardboard box and took it in turns to play in the house.  

Our busy finger activities included recognising and matching patterns by finding pairs of socks, creating pictures using stensils, making marks with our fingers in shaving foam and screwing nuts onto bolts. In PE, the children have been trying to beat their personal bests by challenging themselves to run one more lap of the track.  

Book of the week: Stanley's Stick

After reading our the story about Stanley's stick, the children were challenged to find a stick of their own in the Nursery garden.  Once they had found a stick, they children decided what their stick would be.  Their ideas included fishing rods, binoculars, flags, dinosaurs and an aeroplane.  During group time, the children decorated their sticks and proudly showed them to their friends.

During their Music session with Mrs Hale, the children learnt the names of different instruments that make the same sound.  They used egg shakers, maracas and bells to confidently to accompany some familiar nursery rhymes.

In PE this week, the children had a go at some 'Cosmic Yoga',  They used their listening skills to follow the instructions and showed great perseverance trying to balance in different positions.

Our 'Busy Finger' activities this each morning included threading small beads onto pipe cleaners, stretching elastic bands to create a picture, making 2D shapes using lollysticks and blowing paint in different directions with a straw to make colourful patterns.

What a busy week!

Book of the week: Chicken Licken

This week we have been looking for signs of Autumn and noticing how the leaves on the trees are beginning to change colour and the acorns and conkers are falling.  We have been working hard each morning to sweep the acorns off the playground so that we can ride our bikes and scooters and run around without slipping.  We used our mark making skills to create some leaf rubbings of the fallen leaves.

During 'busy fingers', we used large spoons and ladles to scoop up the conkers we collected and sort them into different sized containers.  We making and recognising 2D shapes using our play dough and our pincer grip using tweezers to rescue bugs from the spiders webs.  Finally, we loved practising our scissor skills by making small snips in different coloured paper.

Book of the week: What Makes Me a ME? 

This week we have been talking about how we are all the same but different.  We noticed that we all have eyes, hairs, two arms and two legs but our eyes and hair are different colours and we are all different heights.

During 'Busy Fingers', we used tweezers to pick up match sticks, matched the correct number of bears to numerals to 10 and built tall towers using construction blocks.  We have also been learning to recognise our names and practise our pencil grip by copying the letters and colouring some autumn leaves.

In 'Child Initiated' worked hard to sweep all the acorns off the playground and collected lots of conkers to used in our learning next week.

As part of a whole school display, we drew pictures of Queen Elizabeth II wearing her golden crown.

Book of the week:  The Little Red Hen 

After reading our story of the week, the afternoon children had a go at making their own bread.  They weighed out the ingredients and took turns to mix them all together before kneading and shaping their loaf, then they took them home to bake.


This week all the children enjoyed their first P.E. session on the big playground.  They should great

motivation and perseverance by finding different ways to use their hoop.   Pushing, rolling, balancing, 

catching and hoola hooping.  



Our Learning Journey 2021 -2022

Open Evening

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Book of the week:  The Gingerbread Man

This week we have had lots of fun reading and role-playing the story of the Gingerbread Man.  During 'Busy Fingers', the children enjoyed making their own gingerbread men using playdough and designing their own gingerbread men.  The Maths activity was to use a dice to draw different features on a gingerbread man depending on the number thrown.  We also carried out a science experiment to investigate whether cold water or hot water would make a gingerbread man soggy the quickest.  Each group predicted that the cold water would be fastest but we discovered that hot water makes a gingerbread man soggy the quickest.

During active learning, the children spent a lot of time creating an obstacle course using different pieces of equipment.  Each day they added more and more obstacles to make the course longer.   

Book of the week: The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch 

After reading the story, the children had lots of fun during our seaside themed week.  Our busy finger activities included decorating sea creatures with buttons, blowing and printing bubble pictures, taking turns to catch fish with a magnet, matching objects to numerals and practising our pencil control.  

During PE, the children used the Trim Trail to develop their balancing skills. It's amazing to see how confident the children have become.  In PSED, after drawing around one of the children in their group, they worked together, sharing their ideas to name different parts of their body.  In Maths, the children thought about their favourite sandwich fillings and found out that Jam and Ham were the most popular.


Thank you to all the parents who were able to join us on Wednesday, the children were really excited to share a story with their Mummy's and Daddy's.   

Sports Week

Book of the week: The Large Family Sports Day

Wow! what a fantastic week of sports we've had. 

One Tuesday, the children we're motivated and perseverant in their races, running as fast as they could in the flat race whilst staying in their lane, and jumping over some small and large hurdles in the relay race.    The children have had so much fun trying lots of different sports activities and earning points for their House.  They took part in Long jump and running jump, javelin and shot put.  The children worked with their house teams to perform some rhythmic gymnastics and completed the long distance race around the track with some children completing 3 laps! 

We worked hard to learn our song of the week and were very proud to share our song with the whole school during sharing assembly.  

Book of the week: The Ladybird Who Heard


After reading our story of the week, the children enjoyed hunting for ladybirds in the nursery garden.  Sadly we only found one but it didn't look like the ladybird in our story, it was black and yellow.  Our busy finger activities this week helped us develop our scissor skills, cutting along wavy and zig zag lines.  We used our pencil control to draw ladybirds and had great fun printing red circles and stamping black dots to create lots of bright ladybirds.  We practised our number recognition skills and matched each number by drawing the correct amount of ladybird dots.  Finally, we used our programming skills to make the Beebots move across the carpet.

During active learning, the children took part in the Wateraid Challenge.  After watching a video about how some children around the world do not have fresh water in their homes and have to carry water over long distances for their family, the children has to carefully carry cups of precious water from one end of the playground to the other.  It was the perfect day for playing with water and the children had lots of fun.  


Book of the week: The Train Ride

This week the children have been learning about trains and transport.  In the story,  little girl goes on a train ride to meet her grandma at the seaside.  After reading the story, the children enjoyed sharing their own experiences of going on holiday, travelling by car, plane, boat and train.  During 'active learning', the children were inspired to make their own trains using boxes, building blocks and cones for wheels.  They loved using their mark making skills to make tickets.  Once our trains had been built, the children decided that they wanted to go on a camping holiday.  We set up some tents and enjoyed pretending to be on holiday in the woods.

Our 'busy finger' activities included, writing our names on a train, using our counting skills to add small groups of objects and practising our number recognition by writing numbers in shaving foam.  They also used their knowledge of rhyming words to create rhyming trains.

Buddy Reading.  On Friday we met Year 4 in the hall to share some books and stories.  The children loved reading with their siblings and making new friends. 

Song of the Week: Down at the station

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Song of the week: The Royal Family

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Book of the week: Tea with the Queen

During our Platinum Jubilee week, the children have enjoyed learning about the Queen and the Royal Family.  During ‘busy fingers’, we created cards for the Queen and practised writing our names inside.  Using different buttons, the children decorated crowns and used their maths skills to match the correct number of jewels to given numerals.

After reading our book of the week, many of the children shared their experiences of trips to London where they had seen the real Buckingham Palace and the London Eye.  Some of them wanted to make their own crowns during active learning, just like the one Ava had been given by the Queen at the end of the story.  They were very proud to show their sparkly crowns during our Friday sharing assembly. 
Our noisiest activity this week was creating our own marching band.  After a little practise playing our chosen instruments whilst marching, we confidently marched all the way round the school during break time.  
We hope you all have a wonderful Jubilee holiday and look forward to another exciting half term. 

Book of the Week: Once There Were Giants


This week the children have been looking at their baby photo's and talking about how they have changed.  Miss Christie measured all the children on the class height chart to see if they had grown any taller since the autumn term.  Some children had grown a lot while some had stayed the same height.  The children also thought about what they would like to be when they grow up.  There were lots of boys and girls who wanted to be firefighters and police officers but we also some exciting jobs such as bakers, racing drivers and astronauts. 

In busy fingers this week, the children have been using mirrors to look at their faces and draw their features.  They also learnt a song about drawing their faces.  They also enjoyed programming the BeeBots to move around the carpet and cutting out bugs.

All our caterpillars have now spun their cocoons and are waiting to be transferred into their new home where they will emerge as beautiful butterflies. Some of the children found caterpillars in the garden this week which looked very different from the ones we have in the classroom.

Book of the week: The Very Hungry Caterpillar 

This week we have been learning to be scientists, exploring, observing and making predictions about some new friends.  We were very excited on Monday, to meet 5 tiny caterpillars.  They were only 1cm long when they arrived.  We have observed them growing each day and now they are nearly 2cm long.  After reading our story of the week, we have learnt that once the caterpillars have eaten all their food and have become big, fat caterpillars, they will form a cocoon around their body and stay in their cocoon for more than two weeks.  Then they will nibble a hole and cone out of their cocoon as beautiful butterflies.  We can’t wait to see them. We think they will have colourful wings. 

In our group time, we learnt about the life cycle of a caterpillar and in ‘Busy Fingers’, we used different types of pasta to create the four stages of their life cycle.  First the butterfly lays her eggs, then out pops the caterpillar.  Once he is big and fat he forms a cocoon, then after two weeks he comes out as a butterfly.

During ‘Active Learning’, the children had an opportunity to paint their own colourful butterflies, creating symmetrical patterns by painting one side of the paper and folding the paper to print on the other side.  The children were really pleased to see their butterflies fluttering in the cherry tree.

We also made edible caterpillars using cucumber for the body and tomato for the head, we added two raisins for the eyes and enjoyed eating them at snack time.

In PE this week, we have been practicing for sports day by taking part in running and obstacle races.  We had a great time!  



Book of the week: The Ugly Ducklings

The children were so excited to see the ducklings this week, they noticed how much they had grown.  The children carefully held one of the ducklings and described how they felt.  'Cute', 'fluffy', 'wriggly' and 'noisy'.

during busy fingers, the children used their fine motor skills to paste glue on their duck template and pinch tissue paper to stick on.  They practiced writing their names in a duck pond and colouring in the ducks and reeds and used small nets to catch the ducks in the water tray.  

During Forest School, the children worked in groups to create a nest for our duckling and her golden egg.  They found sticks and logs to make a circle and then filled it with soft flowers and leaves.  Some of the children were confident enough to tell a duck story and we sang our song of the week, '5 Little Ducks'.

Finally, the children loved riding the bikes and scooters on the new playground road.  They stopped at the crossing to let people cross the road and parked neatly in the parking bays.

Book of the week: Supertato

We had a great week dressing up as superheroes and making superhero masks.  During 'busy fingers', we used potatoes to explore mixing colours and making patterns.  The children loved picking out the peas from jelly with their tweezers and rescuing the vegetables by picking off the tape with their fingers.

We were very excited to see the ducklings arrive and we are looking forward to holding them next week.

Book of the week: Superworm

It was lovely to welcome the children back to Nursery after the Easter break.  After reading Superworm, they enjoyed dressing up as superheroes and running around the garden saving their friends from baddies. 

In 'busy fingers', the children practiced their number recognition by completing a worm number puzzle and made long worms by threading pasta onto laces.  They placed paperclips on wiggly worms and  made worms with repeating patterns using Unifix cubes.

During our Forest School session, the children used their maths skills to represent numbers using natural resources.  For example, they were asked to find the 5 leaves, 4 sticks and 1 feather.  We noticed how the woods have changed during the holidays, the daffodils have been replaced by beautiful bluebells and whitebells.  

We are looking forward to continuing our 'superhero' topic next week.

Book of the week: We're Going on an Egg Hunt

The children have had lots of fun learning about Easter this week, they all joined in with our story of the week and ran around the nursery garden hunting for their own Easter eggs.

We sang our song for the whole school in sharing assembly on Thursday and created a video in the classroom to share. 

During busy fingers, the children made colourful eggs for their Easter cards and wrote their names inside, they also used playdough to practise their number recognition and shared stories with their friends in  the reading area.  On the whiteboard, the children were able to continue a repeating pattern by choosing the next shape and colour in the sequence.   

We planted our beans in pots and the children were excited about taking them home to watch them grow.  We are looking forward to finding out who's beanstalk has grown the tallest when we come back to school after the holidays.

We have had a busy but enjoyable spring term and hope you all have an amazing Easter break.

Little Flopsy Rabbit

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Book of the week: The Shopping Basket.

This week the children enjoyed listening to the story and predicting which animal Steven was going to meet on his way home.  We have been learning to recognise and name different coins and set up a shop in the nursery garden.  
During group time, the children played an interactive game buying toys from a toy shop.  The children had to recognise the number of pennies needed to buy their toy and count out the correct number of pennies. The children have had great fun playing in the sunshine this week, they investigated ways of moving water from one tray to another and filling watering cans to water the plants.  We’ve seen lots of butterflies in the meadow this week so Mrs Hale created a game where the children used nets to catch butterflies hanging from the tree.

During Forest School, the children compared their beans to see who had the tallest beanstalk.  We noticed that some hadn’t grown very much at all and some already had leaves.  The children planted their beans in a pot and will be taking them home to observe them growing during the holidays. 

Finally, we made our mummies some lovely cards by creating some observational drawings of the daffodils.  We hope all our mummies have a wonderful Mother's Day.

Theme of the week: Oral Hygiene

This week we have been learning about the importance of keeping our teeth clean.  We watched a programme about a little girl visiting the dentist for the first time and shared our own experiences of the dentist.  We listened to BBC radio and learnt a song about brushing your teeth and joined in with some actions.  During busy fingers, the children had fun cleaning dirty teeth with shaving foam and tooth brushes, used laces to thread around large teeth, used their scissor skills to cut new teeth for a crocodile and sorted food items that were healthy and unhealthy.  

We set up a dentist surgery in our role play area and the resident dentist was kept very busy checking everyone's teeth.

On 'rainy Wednesday', the children had fun indoors exploring how colours change when mixed together, then used their new colours to create a large painting using tooth brushes and printing with sponges.  Some children also investigated who could make and fly the best paper aeroplane.

During the week we read a selection of books about teeth including: Going to the Dentist, Titus' Troublesome Tooth and The Selfish Crocodile. 

Book of the week: Wakey, Wakey

Our story this week was all about animals waking up from hibernation after the long winter.  We discussed how the seasons are changing and that spring has begun.  We have also been thinking about how the birds collect different materials to build nests and some of the children were very creatives and had a go at building their own nest using sticks, branches and lots of leaves and grass.  We have noticed lots of daffoldils and crocus' blooming in the nursery garden and in the woodland.  Some of the children used the camera to take lots of pictures of the flowers, some children tried to count them all and others looked for the tallest and the shortest daffodil.  Our busy finger activities this week included: making the letters of our names using playdough, threading pasta onto laces, cutting pieces of wool, exploring books about the seasons and using tweezers to rescue bugs from a spiders web.

Book Week

During book week we read the story - Sharing a Shell.  The story inspired us to think about how we could be good friends and in our groups we created some Friendship Rules.  The children agreed that - Helping others, including everyone in our games and having happy faces were some of the things that made us good friends.

We enjoyed 'Buddy Reading' each day with different classes including Year 6, Year 4, Year 3 and Year 1.  We listened carefully as our siblings and new friends as they shared stories with us.

We loved dressing up on World Book Day.  We took part in the whole school assembly, confidently walking round and showing our costumes.  

We have also noticed that some of our beans have started to grow and we are really excited to see how quickly they reach the clouds.

In PE, we developed our hand/eye coordination by keeping our balloons in the air and balancing them on different parts of our body.

Book of the week: Jasper's Beanstalk

This week we have been learning about how plants grow, after reading the story the children thought about what plants need to grow.  We agreed that plants need soil, water and sunshine.  

Our Forest school activity was to plant a bean in a bag with a wet paper towel.  We put them in the nursery window so that they could get lots of sunlight and now, like Jasper, we are waiting for them to start growing.

Our Busy Finger activities included: Threading the correct amount leaves to match the numbers on flowers, counting beans in a basket up to 10 and beyond and matching different sized lids to the circles on our worksheet.

In PE the children have been learning to interpret different types of music.  They enjoy making giant steps, dancing like twinkling stars, hopping like bunnies and being very angry and stomping around.

In the garden, the children have been noticing new flowers growing, we've seen daffodils, snowdrops and crocus'.  The children also had great fun making a long beanstalk by making green footprints with their wellies and finding long sticks to make the stalk.


Song of the week: Teddy Bear’s Picnic

This week we have been sharing lots of bear stories and learning our song of the week.  We decided to have our own teddy bears picnic.   During group time, the children thought about their favourite picnic foods and party games.  On Friday, we all made our own sandwiches to eat at the picnic and chose a piece of fruit.  We walked into the woods singing our song of the week.  We played hid the Teddy and took our teddies for a walk around the ‘daily mile’ track. 
some of our busy finger activities included making bird feeders for the nursery garden, using tweezers to pick compare bears and matching unifix cubes to the number we rolled on a dice and matching letters to our names. 
We have made a fantastic start to the spring term and hope you all have a wonderful half term holiday.  

Book of the Week: Handa’s Surprise

The children enjoyed listening to our story and learning our song of the week all about Handa’s journey to see her friend.  They experimented mixing paint to create new colours for their sunset pictures, then added a silhouette of one of the animals in the story. 
During busy fingers, they sequenced the numbers 1-10 by threading fruit pictures, explored weighing different fruits to find out which was the heaviest and lightest and used fruit to print patterns.  The children tried to program the Beebots to move around the carpet and made basket pictures by weaving strips of card in different colours.

They were very excited to see the snow on Friday, going out to see if they could catch a snow flake on their tongues.  On our woodland welly walk, some of the children were keen to find horse chestnut shells which they pretended were tiny hedgehogs.  

Book of the Week: Oliver’s Fruit Salad

The children have had so much fun this week learning about keeping healthy.  After reading our book of the week, the children thought about where fruit and vegetables grow.  We sorted different fruit and vegetables into those that grow under ground and those that grow above ground.  During ‘Busy Fingers’, the children created funny faces using pictures of different fruits and practised their scissor skills by cutting out fruits and working together to make colourful fruit bowls. 
We investigated some of the fruit mentioned in our story of the week by cutting and chopping them to use in our fruit kebabs. The children loved eating their kebabs during snack time.  In PE, we are continuing to practise balancing and moving around equipment in different ways.  

Book of the  Week: Oliver’s Vegetables

This week the children were challenged to think about the food they eat.  After reading our book of the week, they were able describe some of the vegetables they had tasted and enjoyed eating. 
During ‘Busy Fingers’, the children were able to compare different vegetables and describe which were the biggest, smallest, fattest and thinnest.  They practised copying the letters of their names and recognising numbers.  
In PE, the children explored different types of equipment.  They enjoyed climbing and balancing as they moved around the obstacle course.  
They are becoming very independent when taking off and putting on their socks and shoes.
On Forest School Friday, the children planted lots of bulbs which they hope to observe growing during the spring and summer months.  

Book of the Week: Elmer

This week the children have been busy investigating colour and patterns. After watching the London New Year firework display, they talked about the special celebrations they shared with family and friends during the Christmas holidays.  They created their own firework pictures using chalk, painted their own pictures of Elmer using lots of different colours and, with Mrs Hale, made a 3D Elmer by recycling their milk bottles and using glue and tissue paper.

In PE, the children enjoyed using a small selection of equipment to explore different ways of moving.  Balancing, sliding, crawling, jumping and swinging were just some of the ways they travelled around. 
The nursery garden was very muddy this week, so we choose to spend some time on the big playground.  This gave the children a chance to ride the bikes and scooters faster and further than ever.  They also played ball games with their friends.  
Congratulations to all the children who have already received their certificates for reading 50 or 100 times at home.  Finally, we were pleased to award our first CHAMP of the Week awards to two children who have shown great confidence this week.  

Happy New Year!

It was so lovely to welcome the children back for the start of our Spring term and in only two days we have managed to do so much.  During 'Busy Fingers', the children enjoyed telling us about their favourite Christmas presents and practised their scissor skills by cutting out different fireworks.  Some of the children were brave enough to play outside on Thursday and were excited to find frost on some of the equipment and ice in the tough tray.  They thoroughly enjoyed breaking the ice together and were surprised by how cold the water underneath was.  We visited the woods on Forest school Friday and enjoyed creating drawings of the different things we could see on our walk around the woods.  

Topic: Christmas

During ‘Busy Finger’ activities, the children used their fine motor skills to build Christmas models using Duplo, decorate Christmas trees using ribbon and laces, use their scissor skills to cut out Christmas pictures and practise their number pattern recognition by playing ‘build the snowman’, with Mrs Hale.  The children took it in turns to role the dice and win different pieces to create a snowman.  They had great fun!  
In ‘Active Learning, some of the children chose to build Santa’s sleigh in the construction area and pretended to fly around the world delivering presents.  
We have had a brilliant first term, the children have all settled really well and have made great progress.  We are really looking forward to another busy but enjoyable Spring term.  

Book of the week: The First Christmas 

The children have been working very hard in Nursery this week, they enjoyed listening to the Christmas Story and practising our Christmas performance which is based on the story.  We went into the big school to rehearse our performance on the stage, which was really exciting.  Everyone who walked through the hall said the singing was beautiful.  We are really looking forward to all our parents watching in the audience on Friday, 10th December.  
During ‘busy fingers’, the children used their fine motor skills to decorate pine cones with elastic bands, threaded beads onto long laces and decorated Christmas pictures using buttons of all shapes, colours and sizes.  They practised forming the letters of their name on their Christmas pictures and worked together to complete some large puzzles.

Buddy the elf appeared in our classroom this week.  We have been giving him silver coins every day and so far he has been very good.  We found him hanging on our interactive whiteboard on Wednesday, sitting in the Christmas tree on Thursday and swinging from some tinsel above the window today. 
We hope he doesn’t make a mess over the weekend!!!

Book of the Week: What Makes Me a ME?

We have had a fantastic week learning about ourselves.  We investigated how we are all similar but different.  We looked at our faces in a mirror and talked about the colours of our eyes, skin and faces.  We carefully chose the correct colours to paint our portraits.   

During Busy fingers, we created our own family tree.  We discussed the different people in our families: Mum, Dad and brothers and sisters.  We enjoyed colouring in our family trees.  

As a class, we measured ourselves on the class height chart to find out who was the tallest and who was the shortest.  We were excited to find that some of us are the same size.

In PSED, we talked about our favourite toys and explained to our friends why we liked them.  We noticed that we all like different things.

In PE, we used our balancing skills to balance a beanbag on different parts of our body.  Our head, shoulders, knees and toes!  We found balancing a beanbag on our knee very tricky as we had to stand on one leg.  

Book of the week: We're Going on a Bear Hunt

The children thoroughly enjoyed listening to and joining in with the actions to our story of the week.  We listened to lots of different versions of the story including a story song.

For busy fingers, the children explored different textures and by choosing and gluing different fabrics to their bear template.  The practised their counting skills by matching the different quantities of bears to the correct numeral and shared lots of bear story books with their friends.  

One Forest School Friday, we went on a bear hunt  in the woods.  We created our own story as we walked through the woods, crunching over the fallen leaves, going round the fire pit that crackled and banged and swishing through the long grass and bushes.  The children hunted for pictures of different bears and then we created a tally chart to see which bear we found the most of.

The children took part in their first PE session in the hall.  They made a great start at taking off their shoes and socks before working with a partner to pass a large ball from one to the other from different starting positions.  Sitting, kneeling and standing.  

Book of the week: Don’t Hog the Hedge

This week we have been learning about hedgehogs.  After reading our story of the week, we learnt that hedgehogs make a nest using leaves which they snuggle into to keep warm and dry during the winter.  During ‘Busy Fingers’, the children decorated their hedgehog pictures using the leaves we collected last week.  We sang our song of the week: ‘Autumn Leaves are Falling Down’ and used the brooms to sweep the leaves on the playground into piles.  We threaded leaves onto string to represent the autumn leaves falling down.  It was very tricky, but we did a great job! 

On Thursday, 11th November we talked about why we wear poppies.  One of the children told us that the poppies were for soldiers who had died.  We all decorated a poppy using finger paints and we didn’t talk for a whole minute at 11 o’clock. 

Our phonics focus this half term is environmental sounds.  We went for a walk using our listening ears to hear different sounds around the school.  We heard children playing in the hall, teachers talking in classrooms, car driving along the road and birds singing in the trees.  During our walk we stopped to see the Goldfish in the pond and the rabbit. 

On Forest School Friday, after looking for signs of hedgehogs hibernating, we enjoyed using leaves to print patterns.  We worked together to create a big autumn picture for the classroom. 

Book of the Week: How Do Dinosaurs Go To School?


Last half term, the children loved playing with the small dinosaurs in our small world area.  As a class we wrote a letter to the zoo asking if they could send us a dinosaur.  The children told us what to write.  On Tuesday, the children listened to our story of the week, How Do Dinosaurs Go to School? and agreed that dinosaurs are too big for school.   When we opened the blinds, the children were very excited to see two dinosaurs looking through the windows. They had great fun playing with the dinosaurs and worked together to make a house for the dinosaurs in the construction area. 

During our busy finger activities, the children used their fine motor skills to thread laces around different sized dinosaurs.  They tried hard to squeeze clothes pegs to make legs for dinosaurs and counted how many legs eac