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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 can get 15 hours per week free early education from the September following their third birthday.


We currently (2020/21) 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.


There are a small number or places still available for this academic year 2020/21 - If you would like any further information, please contact the school office or email us on


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.

Take a virtual tour of our Nursery.

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Lunch Club


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.

Curriculum Overview Autumn 2020

Meet the Teacher

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Welcome to Nursery - September 2020

Our Learning Journey 2020/2021

Happy Easter

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Book of the week: Jasper’s Beanstalk

We enjoyed listening to our story of the week about growing a beanstalk.  We planted our own beans and we can’t wait for them to grow so that we can go looking for giants.  We practised writing our letter of the week ‘i’, repeating the rhyme, ‘down the body and a dot for the head’.
During Child Initiated Learning, we decided to make a long beanstalk by painting and printing.  We explored mixing the colours to make different shades of green.

On Friday, we meet with Reception class to create a garden of flowers on the playground.  We used chalk to draw flowers then added lots of petals. We loved working with our friends in Reception and the flower garden was beautiful.

Wishing all our mums a very Happy Mother’s Day.

We are so pleased to all be back together in the Nursery and we’ve had a very busy week.  
After reading our story of the week - The Secret Sky Garden - we worked in small groups to create our own gardens. During child initiated learning,  we enjoyed playing in our Garden Centre, filling pots with soil and planting seeds.  On our Welly Walk, we noticed there was a lot of rubbish in our beautiful woods so we went litter picking and worked together to tidy it up. Finally, we made our own kites and had great fun sharing our work and (in our own bubbles) flying our kites with Reception class.  

We were very excited that Father Christmas came to visit us before our Party.  He was very jolly and gave us each a present.


We enjoyed learning and singing 'Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star' for the School Nativity performance.  Take a look at the whole show on the Virtual Events page.

The First Christmas

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After reading our book of the week’Shark in the Park’, we made some telescopes and took them to explore the woods.  We also used our telescopes to find different shapes in the Nursery.  Thankfully, we didn’t find any sharks! 

On Monday the cat came to visit us in the nursery garden. We’ve seen him in the woods many times but today he was happy for us to pet him and we were very excited when he went to explore the play house.

This week we read Goldilocks and the Three Bears. We went on a bear hunt in the woods looking for paw prints to help us find Daddy Bear, Mummy Bear and Baby Bear. We also had a visitor in the Nursery garden.

Our Nursery Assembly

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Disco fun!

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Thank you Sean at Magnet Kitchens for donating the Perspex, we love our new painting screen.

On our Wednesday Welly Walk, we looked for signs of new growth.

This week we have been learning about dinosaurs.  Today some dinosaurs came to visit us, it was very exciting.  
In phonics this week we have been learning to listen and recognise environmental sounds.  This morning we could hear lots of noise outside so we went to investigate.  We saw lots of workmen digging the footpath with their machine.  It was very noisy!  When we went back to the Nursery the children decided to dig their own holes in the mud pit.  We had great fun!

Welly Walk Wednesday - We collected lots of conkers.

Our first week in the Nursery has been great fun. We have enjoyed exploring lots of different activities, racing around the track and investigating the Woods.

 Our Learning Journey 2019/2020

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.

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