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Tall Oaks from Little Acorns Grow


Week Commencing Monday 8th October 2018


Where does a Leaf Man go when the wind blows?

Do you know?

…Past the chickens; over the fields of pumpkins and winter squash; through the orchards; under the spotted cows; over the prairie meadows; past the river…


We have been able to use our story of the week, Leaf Man, to help us understand about the world around us. We’ve looked very closely at the details of our autumn treasures. Conkers, pinecones, acorns and pumpkins are among some of the children’s favourite. This has also enabled us to think about the different sounds and textures that autumn brings. We sat with our eyes closed, and listened to the howl of the wind. We could also hear chirping birds and a grass cutter! We felt the crunch of the leaves in our hands and could hear the rustle of them on the ground.




The children were so immersed in the tale of Leaf Man, they even laid down on the cold ground and felt what it is like to be a leaf!



Where a Leaf Man will land, only the wind knows. So listen for a rustle in the leaves. Maybe you’ll find a Leaf Man waiting to go home with you.


Next week...

Autumn craft and bird nest making.


Week Commencing Monday 1st October 2018


This week was a very exciting one in Nursery! Our class fairy left a letter telling us about a mysterious object in the outdoor classroom… something round, white, hard, smooth and sitting on top of a nest! The children used their detective skills to decipher the clues and were thrilled to discover that it was indeed an egg!


Deciphering the fairy's clues.


BUT… whose egg did it belong to?


There were more clues! Someone with sharp claws, two large wings, red scaly skin and breathes fire!

It was the dragon Zog from our story of the week!




Zog is the keenest dragon in school. He’s also the most accident-prone, flying into trees and even setting his own wing on fire! Luckily, a mysterious little girl comes by and patches up his bumps and bruises.


The children have been building their literacy and developing their vocabulary on our story walk. The children particularly enjoyed going to dragon school; just as Zog does in the story!




In the same way as the little girl Pearl in the story, the children have been fixing bumps and bruises in our new doctor surgery. We have also enjoyed singing Miss Polly had a Dolly. By participating in dramatic role-play, the children are able to gain in confidence in relation to their own medical experiences.


NEXT WEEK…  our focus story will be Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert.

Week Commencing Monday 24th September 2018



We would like to start by saying a great big THANK YOU to all the parents who attended our 'Stay and Read' session this week. The children have worked so hard on their performance and we know how special it is that they were able to share their work with you.

We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did... But don't worry if you couldn't make it. There will be plenty more!


This week there were some mysterious objects left in our classroom. The children became detectives and had to investigate who had left the clues. We used all our senses to think about how we could describe these clues, to help us understand where these objects came from. Can you guess who had been?



Long wavy grass. A deep cold river. Thick oozy mud. A big dark forest. A swirling, whirling snowstorm. A narrow, gloomy cave...


It's a



We're Going on A Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen is one of our favourite books in Nursery. Throughout the week the children have enjoyed lots of bear hunt related activities. They particularly liked creating their own bear to go on display in our reading area!



Some pictures from our Stay and Read



Next week ...

ZOG will be our focus story. We hope this inspires our children to be kind and help others...



Week Commencing Monday 17th September 2018


This week in Nursery we have been super busy learning all about what makes our bodies special. We have looked at all the different body parts and discussed what we can do with each part of our body. For example the children said, "I can run with my legs, I can talk with my mouth." We were so eager to show our grown ups what we had learnt, we made a body part display.







We then looked closer at the details of our body parts that feature on our face. The children used mirrors to look closely at their eyes, nose, mouth and hair. We had some great discussions about the different shapes on our face. We were able to make our 'Marvellous Me' self-portraits, that we are super proud of.



Our self-portrait paintings inspired us to use a range of mark making resources in our writing area. The children used crayons, felt tips and coloured pencils to add features to blank faces. We are lucky to have such fabulous artists in Nursery!


The children have loved learning about themselves and others in the world around them. We also hope you enjoy your child's 'First Week in Nursery' photograph letter.  


Next week ...

We look forward to having the grown ups in school with us for our 'Stay and Read' sessions. These will be at 8:45am and 12:15pm on Thursday 27th September and last around 45 minutes. We also have a very special book related performance from the children! See you there!



Welcome to Nursery!




Let's introduce ourselves: we are Miss Fuller and Mrs Stanhope!


Welcome to our Nursery page. We will keep this page updated weekly with lots of information about what we have been learning and other key information!


We truly believe that Nursery is such a fun place to be and learn!



Our First Week


The children have been extremely busy already and we are lucky to have some new children join our Nursery. Our topic this term is Marvellous Me!  In this project, the children will learn all about love, families, friends, and how people are the same and different.


During the school day we have lots of fun and learn in a variety of ways!

Monday’s, Wednesday’s and Friday’s: Dough Disco!

Tuesday: Mindfulness.

Thursday: Wakeup Shakeup!

Once a week the children will also visit the outdoor classroom where we sing songs and play games.

Please see our Nursery Timetable next to the door in our classroom for further details of our school day.


We like to learn in a variety of ways. In our classroom you will be able to find an array of different areas for the children to have fun and play.


We also have a class bear. His name is Ted. Ted is an educational bear who loves bed-time stories, brushing his teeth, playing games, writing, and drawing pictures. If your child is chosen to take Ted home for the weekend, please take some time to sit with your child and enjoy these activities. Ted will visit on a Friday, and should be returned to school with all his belongings on Monday.



Thank you.