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
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.
The Parents' Guide link below will help answer many of your questions and help you through your child's future learning and successes.
Half-Termly Curriculum Letters
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 each dinosaur had. They used our toy dinosaurs to make footprint pictures using different colours and explored how the colours changed as they were mixed. The children also enjoyed looking at different story books about dinosaurs and chose some of the stories to read each day. Finally, they practised their pencil grip when colouring in a dinosaur picture.
The children loved dancing at the disco, moving to the music in different ways and singing along to some familiar tunes.
This week we celebrated Diwali by making hand prints out of clay and using a range of tools to create different patterns. Our Friday Forest School activity was to work together to collect leaves of different colours, shapes and sizes. We are already excited about using all the leaves we collected in our busy finger activities next week.
Book of the week: Room on the Broom
This week, the children enjoyed listening to the story 'Room on the Broom'. After hearing the story each day, they were able to join in with the repeated refrains and recall the story in detail. The children could name all the characters in the story and remembered the correct witches belongings that they found. Most of the children enjoyed explaining how the characters scared the dragon at the end of the story and saved the witch.
At the beginning of the week the children were introduced to our song of the week. 'The Ghosts in the House'. As the week progressed, the children suggested new verses for the song. These included zombies in the house, mummies in the house and people in the house.
Our 'active learning' took on the theme of witches and wizards. The children enjoyed finding lots of different items to put in the cauldron. Sticks, leaves, stones, slugs and snails, to name but a few. The children chanted the witches magic spell, iggety, ziggety, zaggety zoom!
Using the dressing up box, the children chose items of clothing and the garden brooms to become witches and wizards flying around the play ground.
Our 'busy finger' activities included using our scissors skills to make a face for the pumpkins, rescuing bugs from the spiders web, wrapping up mummies, making spiders with long legs and googly eyes and exploring the texture, smell and insides of a real pumpkin.
We hope you all have a wonderful half term break and look forward to seeing all the children on Tuesday, 2nd November 2021.
Book of the week: The Three Little Pigs
The children enjoyed listening to the familiar tale and joined in with the repeated refrains. We talked about which was the best material to use to make a house and during our active learning, we tried to make a house for a pig using straw. When we visited the woods on Forest School Friday, we worked together to gather a pile of sticks and then made animal shelters. Sticks are better for making houses but we all agreed that bricks are best because they are stronger.
Our Busy Finger activities included exploring shaving foam. We used our fingers to spread the shaving foam around and described what if felt like - slimy, soft and sticky. We also used playdough to make piggy faces, different 2D shapes to create pictures and practised drawing using stencils. For PE this week, the children were very excited to explore the Trim Trail. They used different ways to travel along, over, under and climb. Some of the equipment was very tricky and we had to be brave to walk along the balance beam and the wobbly bench.
Book of the week: Stanley's Stick by John Hegley
After reading Stanley's Stick, the children were challenged to find a stick in the nursery garden and were asked what their stick might be. They had some very creative ideas. The most popular was to use their stick to catch some fish and to make a flag on a pirate ship. They had great fun finding suitable sticks and building a pirate ship big enough for everyone to play in. We couldn't find a stick big enough for the flag pole so we used a piece of pipe. The children re-made the pirate ship everyday, adding planks, blocks and crates where necessary.
Some children managed to find sticks to make fishing rods and tried catching fish in the buckets but in the end, found it much easier to catch a fish in a net.
Our 'Busy Fingers' activities included using sticks to make a house, using tweezers to pick up match sticks and using straws to blow paint to make sticky shaped paintings. The children also used their fine motor skills to create shapes with elastic bands on the geoboards and join construction pieces together using nuts and bolts of different sizes.
In P.E. this week, the children had great fun throwing bean bags into hoops. They had to concentrate and throw accurately to get their bean bags into hoops placed at different distances.
Our Forest School activity was to make muddy pictures. We made muddy playdough by digging the ground and adding water. Used our hands to shape and mould the mud and then used a stick to add eyes, a nose and a mouth. The children used lots of interesting words to describe how the mud felt including sticky, cold, soft, wet and smelly! We were very proud of our pictures and enjoyed sharing them with our friends.
What a busy week we’ve had!!! The children worked really hard during busy fingers this week practising their scissors skills by cutting along wavy and zigzag lines, using play dough to represent numbers, sorting the compare bears by colours and working together to create a track for the trains.
For PE the children had to make their hoop move in lots of different ways. We tried rolling and catching our hoop, twisting and spinning, hula hooping around our waist and spinning the hoops on our arms. In Forest Schools the children explored some new areas. We walked along the secret path and listened carefully for the special Forest School call. When the children heard the call, they had to run back to the big tree. The children have also been trying to put their shoes on by themselves and are becoming much more independent. Lots more practise at home would be really helpful!
We have ended each session this week with some familiar counting songs that the children might want to sing at home: 5 Little Ducks and 5 Currant Buns.
Just a reminder: Monday, 4th October - INSET DAY (Nursery Closed)
This week we read the story about Jack and Lily starting nursery school. We recognised lots of similarities between their nursery and our nursery. The children are becoming familiar with our daily routines and love singing our morning greeting together.
We started our busy fingers activities and enjoyed completing a different task every day. We have been learning to recognise our names and decorated them using the autumn colours we are beginning to see in the woods. We used our creative skills to make a collage of shapes and colours and our counting skills to match the correct number of bears to represent the digits 1 - 10.
During our visit to the woods on Forest School Friday, we used magnifying glasses to look for lots of different mini-beasts. We had to lift logs and move leaves to find them hiding in the dark. We found slugs, millipedes, beetles and worms to name but a few. We had a great time.
The children were really excited to have their first PE lesson this week. We used a range of different sized balls to practise our rolling, throwing and catching skills.
We also started our Forest Schools sessions. We explored the woods to find a variety of leaves. Once we had filled our basket we looked at each leaf carefully and talked about their shapes, colours and texture. We noticed that the ivy, holly and laurel leaves were very shiny and had beautiful patterns and colours. We left the leaves in a big pile for the animals and creatures in the woods.
During our morning ‘busy fingers’ session, the children used 3D shapes to create colourful 2D shape pictures for our Maths display.
Our first week in the nursery has been fabulous! The children have settled in well and enjoyed exploring all the different resources and activities that we have to offer. The cars, painting and puzzles have been a particular favourite. We have loved playing outside, building in the construction area, catching fish in the water tray and rising on the bikes and scooters. On Friday we took a walk around the Daily Mile track and went to look for dragons in the woods.
As a class, we have been sitting quietly on the carpet to listen some stories and excitedly sing some familiar songs and nursery rhymes.
We are really looking forward to next week!
The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch
This week we have been talking about our favourite holidays. We all agreed that we love being by the seaside and playing in the sand. We also thought about the lovely sandwiches that Mrs Grindling made and shared our favourite sandwich fillings. They included: ham, cheese, peanut butter and jam. During snack time we all made our own sandwiches with strawberry jam. They were delicious!
The Train Ride
This week we have been listening to the rhythm and rhyme in our story. During busy fingers we have been practising our pencil control by colouring pictures of different trains. We had to concentrate and try to keep our marks within the lines. We created colour sequences by putting the engine driver's keys onto key rings and made railway tracks with our friends.
On Monday, we were visited by WildScience who brought along some very interesting animals and reptiles.
Amber, our expert, introduced us to Terry the Tarantula, Barry the Bearded Dragon, Hetty the Hedgehog, Kelly the Cockroach, Sally the Snake, Freda the Frog and Millie the Millipede. We found out lots of interesting facts about them all and we were able to touch or hold them. We were very brave!!! After the visit, we drew pictures of our favourite creature and explained why we liked them the most.
On Wednesday we were visited by a very hungry tiger. He rang the doorbell and then, when the door was opened, he drank water from the sink, ate all the tea cakes and tried to take some of the children’s lunch boxes. We were very pleased when he left!
During busy fingers, we all created a perfect dinner fo a tiger, thinking carefully about the food he might like to eat.
Finally, we were really excited to see our butterflies emerge from their cocoons. On Tuesday we had 2, on Wednesday another emerged then on Thursday the final 2 butterflies joined their friends. We fed them with fruit and sugary water. We can’t wait to see them fly away. 🦋
The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Last week children loved watching our caterpillars grow and this week we were surprised to find they have all wrapped themselves up in a cocoon. After reading our book of the week, we decided to count how many days it would take before the beautiful butterflies emerge. So far we have counted 5 days on our number line. In the story we found out that caterpillars stay in their cocoons for more than 14 days.
The children have also been painting and printing to make symmetrical butterfly pictures and using their maths skills to draw the correct number of fruit to match numerals. They also threaded large beads onto a lace to make their own caterpillars and cut out 2D shapes to create a butterfly picture.
During PE with Miss Layman, we have been practising our races for Sports Week. This week we learnt to pass the baton in our relay race.
We have enjoyed being outside in all weathers this week. We cooled ourselves down in the hot weather by dipping our feet in the paddling pool and investigated different flowers in our rain-soaked woodland.
This week we have been talking about what makes us special and unique. We used our self portraits to identify our features and compare them to our friends. We used our maths skills to match the Ladybird’s numeral the correct number of spots. In ‘Busy Fingers’, we had great fun drawing 2D shapes in shaving foam.
We have had so much fun being Superheroes this week. After reading Supertato, we used big tongs and our fine motor skills to rescue the veg, we investigated 2D shapes and patterns by making our potato printing pictures and used tweezers to free the Evil Peas from the strawberry jelly traps. Finally, we practised all the phonics we have been learning by searching for Evil Peas around the Nursery garden.
Book of the week: Dear Zoo.
After reading our story of the week we had a visit from a Bearded Dragon. We thought it might be a fire breathing dragon but he was very calm. We were told by Lee, his owner, that Ozzy loved wandering around her house. We thought about different questions we could ask.
What does he eat? Apples, cucumber and insects.
Where does he sleep? On an old T-Shirt to keep him warm.
How old is he? About 9 or 10 years.
We decided that, much as we liked Ozzy the Bearded Dragon, he wasn’t a good pet for the Nursery, so we sent him back!
Please come and see us again soon Ozzy!
We have really enjoyed learning Archery with Miss Layman in P.E. We are really good at hitting the target.
We are also enjoying taking part in outdoor assemblies with our friends in Reception Class and KS1 and sharing some of the exciting work we have been doing in the Nursery.
This week we have been reading ‘The Elves and the Shoemaker’. During Busy Fingers, we design a new pair of shoes using lots of colours and patterns. We measured our feet by carefully drawing around them and joining multilink cubes to the same length. We compared our multilink towers to see who has the biggest feet. We also practised lacing some shoe templates.
In the woods we worked together to make a house for the elves. When we returned to the Nursery someone rang the doorbell. It was the elves! They gave Mrs Hale a letter to say thank you for building them a new house.
What busy week we’ve had!
After reading our book of the week - The Three Billy Goats Gruff - we worked together to make bridges with the wooden blocks in the Nursery, different loose parts in the construction area and logs in the woods. We enjoyed acting out the story and pretending to be the billy goats and the ugly troll.
On Earth Day, we planted our sunflower seeds and made grass caterpillars. We are looking forward to seeing the sunflowers and grass grow.
This week we have been reading Little Red Riding Hood. The children have enjoyed joining in with the repeated refrains and acting out the story during Child Initiated Learning.
Before going on our Wellie Walk, Mrs Hale showed the children how to make a map to Granny’s house. They excitedly made their own maps to follow in the woods. On Thursday, the children made some cookies for Granny. They each took turns to mix the ingredients before rolling out their cookie dough and choosing their favourite cookie cutter. We are looking forward to telling Reception class how we made our cookies before gobbling them up.