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Autumn 2

W/B: Monday 6th and Monday 13th November 2023


It was lovely to see our Bear Cubs and Tigers Cubs returning refreshed to nursery after the half-term holiday. Some children began attending nursery full-time and met some lovely friends in both classes.


Our new Literacy topic for Autumn 2 term is ‘Everyone Is Welcome’ and it was opened with the story book the ‘Odd Dog Out’. We discussed that, just like the Dog in the story, who didn’t fit in with other dogs, it’s okay to be different and to stand out. We talked about how we all are similar and different at the same time, and how we can celebrate our differences.





Children learned about different occupations, what people do if they are the Police or a Pilot. They shared with friends whom they wanted to be when they grew up and drew themselves in a chosen job. They also continued learning about the Seasons and changes in weather.


Both classes began learning about mathematical Pattern: they clapped it, stomped it, made it out of natural materials and two different colours. Children began completing ABAB pattern using two different colours linking cubes.


Week 2 was the Nursery rhymes week, with children busy singing different rhymes each day. On Wednesday, the Bears and the Tigers went on an Environmental walk in the nearby area in Byker. We were looking for traces of Autumn, collecting natural materials and talking about what we’ve seen.


Hurrah! We’ve also begun our PE lessons with our PE teacher, Mr. Danquah, in the gym. Children looked excited when they were exploring sport equipment: climbing frame, balls, hoops, swinging ropes and balancing benches.


We’re looking forward to see you all next week again and continue our topic with a new story!


Nursery Team

November - December 22-23


Firstly, we would like to thank all those parents who engaged in our Seven Stories parent and child storytelling session. The children were so engaged and it was a magical experience for you both to be involved in to support your child's love for stories. We would like to thank all those parents who also donated any pots and pans to support us in developing our outdoor environment. We now have a studio, mud kitchen, clay station, bird watching area, music zone, loose part play where we have developed our team work and much more. Our pupils have LOVED it. 


Nursery have had a busy and fun filled time during November celebrating space week, Nursery rhyme week, Children in Need, Anti-Bullying week and not forgetting our festive month this term. 


They created their very own movie of 'T'was the Night Before Christmas' which they created using a green screen and sang live to the parents during their movie. They were simply fantastic. 


They have have been out and about visiting local attractions of Fenwick's Window, had live performances from Year 3 as they sang their wonderful carols. We had our very own Polar Express adventure as we traveled on our train and had hot chocolate with Reception. These are just some of the wonderful festive activities our children have been doing. 


We have now started our home learning activities where a story book has been sent home which you can share with your child over Christmas. Please return this to school on the first day your child returns back. 


If you have not applied for your child's reception place. Please do ASAP as the deadline in 15th January. If you need any support with this please contact our school office - we are happy to help. 


We would like to wish you all a wonderful Christmas and we look forward to seeing you in the New Year. We return back to school on Tuesday 10th January 




Home Learning Friday 17th December 2021


Hello to our lovely Nursery,


We hope you had another fun day yesterday completing the Christmas activities. We are sorry we cannot see you in school again today, which means we will now sadly not see you until the New Year. We have decided after you have worked so hard this half term you’d like to have your school Christmas Party but at home!  


  • First, we thought you might like to create your own Christmas place mat. You can draw all your favourite Christmas party food on it.


  • Next, why don’t you make your own Christmas headband to wear whilst at the party.


  • Please see attached our PDF document of the fun filled Christmas Party activities to do at home with your families.

Finally, we also thought you might like to relax watching a nice Christmas Film after all that fun partying. Get yourself wrapped up in a nice cosy blanket with a hot chocolate and enjoy watching ‘The Snowman’ as a family.


We hope you have a fantastic Christmas boys and girls and a very Happy New Year. We can’t wait to see you all on our return to school on Tuesday 4th January for our Bear cubs and Wednesday 5th January for our Tiger cubs.


Merry Christmas


Your Nursery Teachers.

Home Learning - Thursday 16th December

Hi Nursery,

We hope you had a fun day yesterday completing the Christmas activities. We are sorry we cannot see you in school today, but we have another fun day of Christmas activities for you to complete. Have a look and see what fun you can have today!

The four activities we have for you are:

  1. Go on a hunt to find a leaf that you can use as a Christmas Tree print for your Christmas Card. Think about who you would like to make a Christmas card for. Now we would like you to make your Christmas Card using your chosen leaf. What can you use to decorate your tree?
  2. Once you have finished the front of your card have a go of writing your name inside.
  3. Now you are feeling festive, it’s time to make your Christmas Marshmallow Treats with your adult. Please see attached the PDF link and follow the step by step instructions to make your delicious snack.
  4. Go to and play on the Gingerbread Man Game to practise your counting skills and number recognition.


You could then end your day with a fun scarf dance using any material or a real scarf that you might have at home.


We hope that you have a fun day! Take care.


Home Learning - Wednesday 15th December

We are so sorry we are unable to be in school today due to having no heating but we would like you to continue to have fun and lots of learning opportunities at home.

Today we have Mrs Richards reading 'Oh, Christmas Tree' by Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet (please log in to Tapestry to view this video). 

With your adult discuss who your favourite character is and why? Why not have a go at drawing your very own favourite character. Please find attached the correct sheet.

To break your day up let’s have some fun creating a cardboard roll snowman. See what resources you can gather in the house and have fun. Please find attached step by step instructions.


Your Maths challenge of the day is to watch the number block video below. Can you sing along to the 12 days of Christmas song. Pause the video and count how many objects they have found.

Numberblocks - 12 Days of Christmas


To finish your day get out and about for a walk in your local environment. See how many Christmas trees you can spot. Think about whether they are all the same or if they are different.


We have one final song for you to sing along too. We know how good you are at this one.

Jingle Bells

We hope you have a fun filled day and can not wait to see you soon!

W/B: Monday 6th December


What a fun filled week we have had! We have enjoyed writing our Christmas list to Santa, making tree decorations, listening to festive stories and preparing for our special performance. We have also loved being elves in Santa’s workshop.

We enjoyed having a Christmas dinner and feeling warm and festive in our Christmas jumpers.

Next week, we will be having a Christmas party on Wednesday 15th December, children can come to school in party outfits.


Take a look at the fun we have had this week.

W/B: Monday 29th November 2021

This week has been an extremely exciting week in Nursery. We have enjoyed being festive, putting up the Christmas tree and enjoying delicious hot chocolate after! We have also loved exploring the snow and seeing how it changed throughout the day. Thank you to everyone who supplied hats, scarves and appropriate footwear for the cold weather.


This week we have continued delving into our story ‘Whatever Next’ and studying space. We have blasted off to space and visited all the planets in our rocket together. Our focus this week in maths has been positional language. We have also been practicing writing our name on rockets and seeing which words rhyme. Why not have a go at seeing what rhymes in your house. E.g bed and head, leg and peg.

W/B: Monday 22nd November 2021


This week in Nursery has been so much fun! We have been reading ‘Whatever Next’ by Jill Murphy, hearing all about the amazing adventure Baby Bear had to the Moon. We have been learning about the different planets in Space and singing along to our new Space song. We have also been making rockets on the creative table using a range of different materials, learning how to draw teddy bears on our writing table and counting from 1-10 using our number rockets in our Maths area. We have even had the opportunity to discuss healthy and    unhealthy food once we saw Baby Bear had taken a picnic to the moon with lots of different food.

          We have also been excited this week as we have been able to see the Moon outside during the day. This enabled us to discuss all about day and night and the different animals we can see outside during night time. We even got to see a Hedgehog on a night vision camera, that was taken from Mrs  Richard’s Dad’s back garden, how amazing!

Still image for this video

Still image for this video


W/B: Monday 16th November


This week in Nursery, we have been exploring colours and what happens when we mix different colours together, fishing in the water tray and experimenting with magnets to investigate which materials are magnetic and which are not.

We have also enjoyed making marks on paper and playing with the animals in the small world area and our absolute favourite has been playing hairdressers in the role play corner!

We also took part in ‘Odd Sock Day’ by wearing lots of different silly odd socks and enjoyed participating in some Children in Need arts and crafts too.


W/B: Monday 8th November


Wow, what a busy time we have had in Nursery this week. We have been making predictions about our new text ‘Not a Box’ written by Antoinette Portis. We have been exploring size and using the language big and small as well as short and tall. We even pretended to be rockets using our bodies and built rockets using building blocks of different heights to help us understand the concept of size.

Furthermore, we have been practising our cutting skills using scissors to make snips in paper and using musical instruments to express how we feel. Finally, we have enjoyed washing the baby dolls in the water tray and learning how to dress and care for them.


Please remember to sign up to a time slot for parents evening on the poster situated on the Nursery door entrance/exit.



Monday 15th November
Anti-Bullying Week- Odd socks Day

To show our support for anti- bullying, we are celebrating all of our differences and uniqueness by wearing odd socks. It's great to be different and an individual! Your child is encouraged to wear odd socks, on Monday, to celebrate their individuality.

Friday 19th November
Children in Need

Next Friday is Children in Need and so we are allowing children to wear something related to children in need for this day. Non uniform/ uniform is also fine. If anyone would like to donate anything to the charity, please click on the link provided and donate.


W/B: Monday 1st November


Welcome back to all our children, parents and carers, we hope you had a restful half term and enjoyed the Halloween celebrations. We are happy to start off an exciting term ahead!

This week our exciting theme and mini topic has been BONFIRE NIGHT!  During this time we have been learning all about Bonfire night and fire safety.

We have been getting creative and hands on making firework pictures and rockets, scooping pumpkins and having our very own bonfire stall. Using our small world fire station, we have rescued people and made marks in sparkles to develop our fine motor skills. These have been some of the wonderful things we have enjoyed this week.


During our focus groups we have been exploring 2D shapes, creating fantastic shape rockets. We have been following instructions to make chocolate finger sparklers! They tasted delicious. As well as this we have explored musical instruments and what sounds fireworks would make.


Take a look at what we have been learning below. 

We hope you enjoy Bonfire night and look forward to hearing about it next week.