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 (8:45am 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.
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.
Here's what our children have been getting up to in Nursery!
This week the children decided that our beans were ready to plant. We recycled our milk cartons to make plant pots and filled them carefully with soil. We placed our beans in the pots ready to take home and grow. We are very excited to see how tall they grow.
We have been celebrating Holi day by creating some very colourful pictures. We had a great time.
We loved dressing up for World Book Day. We chose our favourite book character and showed everyone our costumes in sharing assembly.
World Book Day - Buddy reading with Year 6.
The children have enjoyed being back in the Nursery after their half term break. We have been very busy reading ‘Jasper’s Beanstalk’ and planting our own beans. We are watching our beans everyday to check for signs of growth.
The Big Bird Watch
This half term we have been observing the different birds who visit our school grounds. We made bird feeders to help the birds and placed them around the trees and bushes. We practised our cutting skills by making a collage showing some of the birds we saw. We loved showing our work in assembly.
Food and Nutrition Day - We talked about having our ‘5 A Day’ healthy food. We love fruit and vegetables, especially broccoli!
To celebrate the opening of Mr Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, we made a machine to make scrumptious chocolate.
This week we have been reading ‘Whatever Next’, we had great fun exploring how to make a rocket zoom into the sky.
This week have been reading ‘Once There Were Giants’ by Martin Waddell. We had a special visit from baby James and investigated how much we had grown. We shared our baby pictures with the class and talked about how we have changed. “We are bigger in school,” said the children. We also thought about what we would like to be when we grow up. Teachers, Doctors, Vets and astronauts were just a few of the jobs we would like to do.
On Friday we celebrated Winnie the Pooh day. We read stories, investigated honey and went searching for Winnie the Pooh’s friends in the Hundred Acre Wood.
We had great fun exploring muddy puddles after the rain.
Happy New Year! This week we have been learning about ourselves. How are we the same and what makes us different. We read ‘What makes me a ME? By Ben Faulks and David Tazzyman, we discovered that some us have the same colour hair and eyes. We made a graph and compared the groups. We found out that most children have blonde hair and brown eyes were most common.
The children have been working very hard to make Christmas cards for their families. We used sparkly finger paints and carefully wrote our names inside.
We had great fun in our Christmas performance.
This week we went on a welly walk looking for Jack Frost, it was very cold.
This week we have been thinking about how to be a good friend. We made a list of lovely ideas.
Our decorations for the Christmas tree.
Children in Need -We made some scrumptious spotty cakes for the ‘Bake Off’!
On 'Take one Country' day, we learnt about France. We each made a little trinket bowl and painted them in the colours of the French flag. We also learnt how to say hello in French. 'Bonjour!'
This week Mrs Plimsaul took us on a bear hunt. We each took our own pet for a walk. When we reached the cave we found a baby bear. We had a great time!
In P.E. we have been learning to control a ball with our golf club. It was very tricky!
Oliver's Fruit Salad - We have been exploring lots of different fruits and making our own fruit salad.
Growth Mindset Day
We can’t put our shoes on YET! But we have made some instructions to help us learn.
First, open your shoe.
Next, lift up the tongue.
Then, push in your toe.
Now, put your finger in the back and push in your foot.
Finally, do up the strap.
We can do it!
We have had a very busy week in the Nursery. On Tuesday, we went to see the fishes and say hello to Bart the rabbit. On Wednesday, we went for our first 'Welly Walk' in the woods and explored all the different trees that are beginning too change colour. During 'Busy Fingers' we have been investigating pine cones, conkers and leaves found in the woods. We have been learning to count up to 10 using acorns from the garden and have been developing our fine motor skills by threading tiny beads and practising making snips with scissors.
Our Year 6 helpers have been teaching us some new games.
Ronald Dahl Day - We made a muddy potion similar to George’s Marvellous Medicine.
We had great fun in our first few days exploring the Nursery.
Our Learning Journey Last Year
Gade Valley Enterprise Challenge - In the Nursery we are making handprint tiles. We made £80! Thank you for your support.
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.
Children in Need Day
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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