Welcome to our Nursery!
Our Class Teacher is Mrs 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 can get 15 hours per week free early education from the September following their third birthday.
We provide morning Nursery sessions (8:50am to 11:50am) 5 days a week during term time.
We also offer extended provision in the form of a Lunch club.
Gade Valley Nursery
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 have one intake beginning in September, with 30 spaces available. We would love to show you around our Nursery and hold open mornings in February and March. Please check the admissions page for dates and times and contact the school office on 01442 391324 to book your place.
Please note the deadline for applications for academic year September 2019 is 15th March 2019.
If you have any questions on our Nursery facilities or application process, please visit the admissions page below, or call or e-mail the school office.
We run a Lunch club every day from 11.50am - to 12.50pm at a cost of £4.00 per day. Children should bring in a pack lunch. If you would like more information please speak to a member of the nursery team or call the school office on 01442 391324.
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
Here's what our children have been getting up to in Nursery!
Summer Term 2019
Gade Valley Enterprise Challenge - In the Nursery we are making handprint tiles. If you would like to make your own handprint tile, visit our workshop during breaktime for only £1:00
Hook-a-Duck sponsored challenge - We hooked as many ducks as we could in 2 minutes.
Sports Week - We loved taking part in all the different sports during Sports Week, particularly the Rhythmic Gymnastics!
We have been reading ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’, we enjoyed tasting some of the fruit that the caterpillar ate. We loved the Watermelon and Strawberries but only a few of us thought the plums were delicious.
This week we took part in a drama workshop. We loved being pirates and mermaids.
It has been a busy first week in the Nursery. Firstly, we welcomed the builders and were excited to see the enormous diggers and cement mixer. Then, we went to see the chicken eggs and were shocked to see that one little chick had already hatched. By Tuesday, 7 more chicks had arrived! We can't wait to hold some of them next week. Finally, we enjoyed spending some time exploring Reception class and their garden.
This week we have been reading 'Mrs Mopple's Washing Line'. We have been exploring bubbles washing up in bubbly water and washing the dressing up clothes and hanging them up on the washing line. During busy fingers, we made our own bubble picture and we sang 'I'm forever blowing Bubbles'. On Science day, we made our own giant bubbles and talked about the sizes, shapes and colours. We had great fun!
This week we have been exploring different types of transport. After reading 'The Train Ride' we made our own train and went to the beach.
Spring Term 2019
On our Wednesday Welly Walk we looked for signs of spring.
We made Mother’s Day cards to say thank you to out beautiful mummies.
We have been working hard this term.
This week we have been reading ‘The 3 Billy Goats Gruff’. We have been learning to build our own bridges and travel over different types of bridges on the trim trail.
Celebrating World Book Day
During world book week we read ‘The Gingerbread Man’, we listened to the story and sang the running song. We talked about the characters in the story and how the fox tricked the Gingerbread man. We had gingerbread man for our snack on Friday. They were yummy.
In child initiated learning, we made our own gingerbread men. We were challenged to count the buttons to match the number we were given.
We also carried out a Science experiment to find out why the Gingerbread man didn’t swim across the river to get away from the Fox. “He will get wet and soggy” said the children. We put one gingerbread man in water and one in oil. We counted to 10 but the gingerbread men hadn’t changed so we counted to 10 again. This time the gingerbread man in water was all wet and soggy, just as we had predicted. The gingerbread man in oil didn’t change though, even when we counted to 11.
Andrew Masters read us a story from the children’s bible, then we sang a song. It was lovely to sit in the sunshine together.
A dinosaur came to visit us, he was huge but great fun to play with.
We have been exploring dinosaur eggs. We used vinegar to melt the dinosaur eggs in Science and we found a giant egg in the classroom. After a few days we noticed that the dinosaur egg was hatching.
We have been celebrating Chinese New Year with our own interpretation of Dragon Dancing.
During P.E. we used out gross motor skills to keep the enourmous balloon in the air. It was great fun.
Winnie the Pooh day. We searched for Winnie the Pooh and his friends in the woods and tasted honey. Winnie the Pooh loves honey, some of us were not so sure!
The children were all very excited to be back in School this week. We have been reading ‘Happy New Year Spot’ and thinking about our own wishes for the new year. During P.E. used our gross motor skills and hand/eye co-ordination to keep our balloons in the air.
Welcome to the Nursery - Autumn Term 2018
We had a wonderful Christmas party and enjoyed seeing Santa. He gave us an animal mask and present each. We promised to be good and help mummy and daddy.
This week in the Nursery we have been using our maths skills to count pasta. We painted our pasta pieces to make them sparkly.
During 'Busy Fingers' activities we have been using our fine motor skills to create pictures with cotton buds and beads.
This week we have been thinking about how we can look after animals. We set up a Vets surgery to look after poorly animals in the nursery. During our group activities we thought about how we look after our pets at home.
DEAR - Drop Everything And Read.
This week we have been learning about Autumn. We used our Maths skills to find 3 yellow leaves, 4 red leaves, 2 brown leaves and 1 green leaf. In our groups we created Autumn trees with all our leaves.
Over the last two weeks we have been reading stories about beanstalks. Natalie, from the garden centre, brought us some beans and showed us how to grow them. We put them in plastic bags and have just started to see them sprout. In the nursery garden, we made our own beanstalks and put them in the trees. We also played find the golden egg, taking turns to hide different balls around the garden. We ended the week by sharing our class song, Dingle Dangle Scarecrow, in the Harvest assembly then we planted flowers with our parents.
This week we have been reading Supertato by Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet. As a result, we have been busy Superheroes looking for Evil Peas in the Nursery garden, making our own Supertatoes and trapping Evil Peas in poisonous jelly. We also had a visit from some real life superheroes. Our two local PCSO's.
Our book of the week was Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell. After reading the story we decided to write to the Zoo to ask for a pet.
On Thursday they sent us a Bearded Dragon. He eats bugs, so went on a bug hunt. The Bearded Dragon was tricky to look after so we sent him back.
On Friday the Zoo sent us a tortoise. He was getting ready to hibernate so we sent him back. We pretended to be tortoises instead. We really wanted a dog so Mrs Hale brought her dog, Milo in to Nursery for a walk in the woods. We liked him very much.
This week we have been learning to balance.
On Roald Dahl Day we looked at the story, The Giraffe, The Pelly and Me. We decided to have our own cleaning business. We worked together to clean all the toys in the Nursery garden.
Our first few days exploring the Nursery.
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Join in with the Numtums and learn about numbers from 1 to 10.
Our Learning Journey Last Year
For our End of Year Party we asked the children what them they would like to have. They gave some ideas and then voted for their favourite. They chose a Dinosaur and Fairy/Wizard party!
They were able to come in dressed in their chosen theme. Here are their fabulous costumes...
Hook a Duck!
All the children had 1 minute to hook as many ducks as they could. They all tried really hard and did well.
19/3/18 A Snowy Woodland Wellie Walk
To make the most of the snow while it was here we decided to go on a snowy walk in the school woods. We looked at our footprints in the snow, thought about how different the wood looked with the snow there and the children even took their own photos with their own camera.
Here are some of the pictures the children took with their own camera...
Look at our wonderful costumes!
We're Going on a Gruffalo Hunt!
Today we went on a Gruffalo walk in the woods. We found all the different characters from the book and then made a collage of the Gruffalo out of lots of natural things we had collected and found in the woods.
Thank you to all the parents who joined us for our walk, we hope you enjoyed it!
Woodland Story Time
We went into the school woods to read our Story of the Week; Stick Man. We all sat on the logs in a circle, listening to the story and discussing what was going to happen. We then collected lots of interesting leaves and sticks for the activities we are going to do in Nursery that link to Stick Man.
Planting Our Poppies for Poppy Day (Remembrance Day) 10/11/17
Today we went on a woodland walk through our school woods. We used our listening ears to hear all the different sounds around us and our eyes to see the different natural things. We heard the leaves crunching and rustling on the ground and saw them fall from the trees because it's now Autumn. We hope to use the woods lots more to help our learning in the future.
Look what we found outside at Nursery today!