Stay and read in Nursery

January 17, 2020 at 3:35 pm

On Wednesday this week we held our first ‘Stay and Read’ sessions at the beginning of both the morning and afternoon sessions. Several parents stayed to share a story with their child and everyone really enjoyed the experience. We will continue to hold these sessions every Wednesday so if you weren’t able to stay this week then please try to stay soon.
Lots of other things have been happening as well. Some children have been making models…
Others have been playing with friends or being busy by themselves…
We continue to do ‘Dough Disco’ with our children to develop their fine motor skills and the connections between their brains and their bodies. This week we have started ‘Write dance’ which develops gross motor skills and promotes core strength. Have a look on YouTube and have a go at home. The children have been doing ‘Banana Boogie’ and ‘Stuck in the Mud!’ Have fun!
Have a good weekend, from the Nursery team.
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A great start to 2020

January 10, 2020 at 4:24 pm



This week we have learnt the tricky word ‘he’. The children thought of some sentences including the tricky word, had to find it in some sentences and then practice forming the letters.

The children have been learning ‘qu’ and ‘ch’ this week. They have participated in oral activities and practised letter formation and writing sentences.


During maths we have been looking at the number 0. The children have discussed what zero means and practised representing the numeral.

The children have also been introduced to number bonds. This week we have focused on number bonds to 5. The children have experienced using 5 frames and part whole models to show the number bonds for 5.

A new planter!

We were very generously donated a potato platter by The Outdoor Classroom. The children have been learning about growing vegetables. We are looking forward to planting our potatoes once the weather warms up. As the potatoes grow so will the planter!

Eggs, ice and everything else!

Homework this week is to practise forming numbers to 20. The child may like to go on a hunt to find numbers in their environment and copy them or simply practise copying over the sheet provided.

We hope you have a fantastic weekend,

The Reception Team

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A new year in Nursery

January 10, 2020 at 3:45 pm


Welcome back to a new term. The children have returned refreshed and ready to learn. They have settled back into our routines and are happy to see their friends again. This week has been very busy. Lots of the children wanted to use all the boxes and found materiels brought in after the Christmas break.

Some children were eager to play a maths counting game with the support of an adult…
Other children were just happy to be back playing and being with friends…
The children really enjoy playing in our areas of provision and like the reassurance of things being familiar. We do change role play areas and add resources to other areas. This half term we have set up a ‘Winter Wonderland’ which the children have enjoyed experiencing.
Part of our curriculum is developing speaking and listening skills. This also covers vocabulary development. The word we have chosen to work on is related to the time of year and our new role play area. Please try to use this word with your child at home and talk about what it means.
Don’t forget we are starting ‘Stay and Read’ next Wednesday. We hope lots of you are able to stay and share a book with your child.

Have a good weekend from the Nursery team.

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A busy last week!

December 20, 2019 at 3:53 pm



During our phonics sessions we have learnt the tricky word ‘into’ and looked at the sounds and formation for z and zz.


This week we have been assessing the children on their number skill. We have been really impressed with how much the children have learnt. We have also continued to look at ordering with a focus on days of the week.


Some children wanted to make a shop to sell Christmas decorations. We decided to make labels to let people know how much the items cost. We discussed each coin in detail and how we add a ‘p’ after the amount to show it is pence.

RP’s Trip

The school trip was a great success. The children and adults had a lovely time.

RB’s Trip

Party time

What a lovely way to end the term and prepare for the Christmas celebrations. Fun was had by all!

Have a lovely break and we will see you again in 2020!

From Team Reception

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Nursery Christmas party

December 20, 2019 at 11:57 am

On Wednesday we had our Christmas party, two in fact! The children had a great time and I’m sure they we very tired when they got home.

All the children made party hats using lots of glitter…

They also made Christmas stockings and attached a candy cane for later…
No party is complete without party food. The children played musical statues and Pass the Parcel and then enjoyed eating all the generous food donations we received. Thank you to all the parents for their contributions.
Finally we had an extra special visitor…
A big thank you for all the cards and gifts you gave to the staff.

Happy Christmas everyone and a peaceful New Year.

From Nursery team.

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A star studded Reception

December 13, 2019 at 7:20 pm



This week we have looked at the phonemes x and y. We have spent some extra time focusing on letter names as some children are still a little unsure of a few. Have a look at the video below to help practise with your child.


This week we have introduced time (not telling the time just yet- don’t panic!). We have been using vocabulary such as before, after, first, next and last. We also continued to learn our days of the week and started to discuss today, yesterday and tomorrow. Lots of children find these concepts tricky so practise at home would be helpful. We used our school dinner menu to discuss our meals today, tomorrow and yesterday as well what we will eat before and after a given meal.

We have also introduced the concept of a minute. The children had a great time trying to count how many of a certain movement or action they could complete in a minute.

Dragon Eggs

Some children found some dragon eggs outside and decided to build a nest. They were amazed when they came to school the next day and found that the eggs had hatched and the Mummy Dragon had left a letter. It inspired the children to write their own letters. They did a fantastic job using sound mats for support.


As usual the weather never stops us!

Our performance

We are extremely proud of all the Foundation Stage children for their efforts during our two performances. It was fabulous seeing the children performing so confidently. Well done everyone!

Have a lovely weekend,

The Reception Team

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