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W/B Monday 22nd May 2023


This week we continued learning about the life in a farm and farm animals: what do farm animals give us, how to look after farm animals, what can we grow and harvest on a farm. We have learned how to milk a cow by watching educational videos and practiced milking a pretend udder: a glove filled with water.


Our topic story this week was ‘What the Ladybird Heard Next’ by Julia Donaldson, in which notorious thieves Lanky Len and Hefty Hew planned to steal Fat Red Hen. We recapped on the previous story and made the maps of the farm to help the Ladybird with her plan and save the Fine Prize Cow.


The focus activity of the week was writing, with the areas designed to provide lots of opportunities for children to develop their large and fine motor skills indoors and outdoors: on large pieces of paper, cardboard, and sand, road maps on the floor, on 3D boxes and kitchen towel rolls, on bedding sheets with large brushes and spray bottles, on the ground with some chalk.


Pupils at nursery truly impressed their teachers by producing some amazing work: writing their names, forming the letters for the sounds they learned, drawing characters and events from the story, printing letters on play dough. Fantastic work, Nursery!


We all hope you have an amazing holiday and we are looking forward to hearing about it when you get back to school.


Just a little reminder: there is an Inset/Teacher training Day on Monday 5th of May so the school is going to be reopen for pupils on Tuesday 6th of May.

W/B: Monday 15th May 2023


This week we have been reading our new story of 'What the Ladybird Heard', the children have made wanted posters to help the Police catch 'Lanky Len' and 'Hefty Hugh' as they are on the run after trying to steal the 'Fine Prize Cow'. They have even helped to draw the police a map of the route the thieves took to help the police trace them. 


This week we have also seen our Nursery develop, providing your children with more open ended resources to explore and develop their learning. The children are enjoying our newly set out writing area where they can work on those large muscle movements so crucial to learning how to write. Our phonics this week has seen us learn the new sounds of 's' and 'd'. 


We are looking forward to another week of fun and learning next week.





Half term is Monday 29th May to Friday 2nd June. Children are to return on Tuesday 6th June due to a training day on Monday 5th of June. 



W/B: Tuesday 9th May 2023


Ducklings grew bigger and spent an extra week at nursery, thanks to Ms. Kennedy who adopted them and let us watch them growing at nursery for another week. Over the last few weeks, ducklings have learned lots of new things: how to dive and swim, how to preen their feathers and peck anything which looked like food. Children learned a lot about ducks: how they stay dry in water, what they eat, how to look after them and why they have webbed feet.


After the previous very busy week (ducklings hatching, Coronation Celebration, photographs, and Police visit), this week seemed to be quite relaxing. We have read ‘Doug the Bug’ story and drew him bouncing from a cactus to a ceiling fan, from a toaster to a spider web and landing on a plate with a fried egg. Children remembered sequence of the events and used the words like ‘first’, ‘next’, ‘then’, ‘after’ and ‘finally’.


This week, we have studied mini beasts by counting them, making them from egg boxes and other materials, picking them up with tweezers from the soil, learning about their habitats and examining them through magnifying glasses.


Children continued looking after living creatures by making a home for worms, a Wormery, with layers of gravel, sand, and soil in a glass jar. They dug out some worms in our Nature Garden and gently placed them in the jar. They made sure the soil was moist, left some food scrapes on the top, provided access to the air, and placed the Wormery in a dark place for worm to feel comfortable. Home, sweet home!


We also had another visit from the police to visit our Tiger Cubs!

W/B: Tuesday 2nd May 2023

Wow the excitement continues as we celebrate the Kings Coronation it was wonderful to have a fun filled day with craft activities, having our own Royal Coronation and picnic after to celebrate.


This week we have studied the text ‘Ugly Duckling’ discussing how important it is to be kind to people, and how we are all different just like all of our ducks are different, celebrating our individuality. We have enjoyed watching the duckling’s splash and swim as they have grown slightly bigger and began to change.


We hope you have a wonderful bank holiday weekend.

W/B: Monday 22nd April 2023


This week we have bean learning all about the story ‘Farmer Duck’ and in maths ‘Rosie’s Walk’ in Maths we have even made our own maps of Rosie’s Walk and a map to the gym to see Mr Danquah.


However, what an exciting week we have had. As we received our delivery of duck eggs. We have been observing the duck eggs in the incubator and learning lots about the life cycle of a duck and how they grow. The Tiger Cubs were lucky enough to meet all 4 ducklings as they hatched on Thursday evening. We are bursting with excitement to have bath time next week with them!


The children have brought in images of them when they were little. Over the next week, we will be learning all about how we grow up and change throughout our lives.  


This week we have begun to learn some sounds having a short phonics session. Why not ask your child what sound they have learnt.


W/B: Monday 17th April 2023


We would like to wish a warm welcome back to our nursery children and their families. We hope you had a lovely Easter break, we’ve heard lot’s of fun stories from the children about their time off.


This week we have welcomed our new Class text of ‘Lily and the Polar Bear. The children have explored the book in depth, looking at some of the job roles mentioned in the story, discussing what their parents do and what they would like to be when they grow up. We have looked at different parts of the country, how we are all-different and were people come from and live, celebrating how great it is to be different and kind to others.


We also have the Police in the share what they do, showing us their police car and we even got to dress up!


Check in next week as we have some exciting news coming up!


W/B: 23rd May 2022


What a 'quacking' week we have had in Nursery this week. We have continued to learn about ducks, how to look after and care for them as well as enjoying lots of fluffy snuggles with our ducklings too. 

Our story this week has been 'Duck in the truck' by Jez Alborough in which the children enjoyed spotting the rhyming words throughout and playing with our own trucks in the muck and rescuing the animals. 

We have been counting and recognising numbers with hook the duck games, creating feathered duck paintings in the style of the artist Jackson Pollock, used dough to create feathered ducklings and used materials to make a life cycle of a duck too. It has been a very busy week and unfortunately on Friday we will be saying goodbye to our ducklings as they return to their home. We have really enjoyed our time with them and the children have wowed us with their kindness and interest in learning about them. Well done Nursery. 


A little reminder that we close for half term on Friday 27th May and return to school on Tuesday 7th June (or Wednesday 8th June for our Tiger cubs). 

On Wednesday 8th June, you are invited to our 'Jubilee Celebrations' stay and play session - please check your emails / Tapestry for your invitation. 


We hope you all have a wonderful half term and we can't wait to welcome the Nursery children back for our final few weeks together. 

W/B: 16th May 2022


Well, we have had an amazing week here in nursery. The children have been bursting with excitement all week as we have had ducklings in school. They arrived on Tuesday in an incubator and we have had 5 ducklings hatch. The children have enjoyed learning about how ducks hatch out of their eggs using their beaks, they understand this is a long process and waited patiently across two days to be introduced to our new classroom friends. They have enjoyed 'duck time', where they have each been able to come and see the the ducklings, learning how to take care of them through feeding and cleaning their cage.


Next week we will be learning more about ducks through exploring their life cycle; ensuring the children have a good understanding about how our little ducklings arrived and what they will grow into. We may even be able to give them a bath next week which the children are so excited about. 


Our class story this week has been based around the 'Ugly Duckling'. The children have also explored numbers to 5 though the '5 Little Ducks' song by expanding their counting skills, as well as learning all about ducklings. 


Dates to remember:- 


We break up for May half term on Friday 27th of May. We will return on Tuesday 7th of May due to a teacher training day. 


W/B: Monday 9th May 2022


Once again what a lovely week we have had here in Nursery. This week our story has been 'What the Ladybird Heard'. The children have been creating Wanted posters to try and catch the dastardly 'Lanky Len and Hefty Hugh' as they were trying to steal the 'Fine Prized Cow'. The children captured their likeness excellently.


The children have also been using this story to explore all about farms, what animals belong on a farm and what they give us. The children were eager to learn that a cow brings us milk, sheep bring us wool and chickens bring us eggs. They were also excited to make the connection that we need cows and chickens so we can have the ingredients to make a cake! 


This week in Math we have been developing our understanding of positional language and placing farm animals around the farm. E.g. Put the cow in the barn, put the chicken next to the pen. Why don't you practice this at home with your children using their toys? 


The children have also enjoyed creating 3D ladybird decorations which we are sure by now are displayed proudly in your homes. 


What a fun filled week we have had! We can't wait for next week for more fun and learning!

W/B: Tuesday 3rd May 2022


What a lovely week we have had in Nursery this week. The children have continued their learning around our story of 'The Tiger who came to Tea'. The children have made rain shakers using natural materials found in our nature garden, made their own party invitations, play dough cakes and even tiger masks. This week they have learn't interesting facts about Tigers. For example, did you know that Tigers can't climb trees? Useful to know if you are ever running from one!


The children have also had an invitation sent to Nursery from 'The Tiger' in our story. They made a shopping list together of things the tiger would like and we has jam sandwiches, crisps, biscuits, raising and juice; yummy! They danced to music and played games; they had so much fun!


We can't wait to see what fun and learning they get up to next week!

W/B: Monday 25th March 2022


We would like to wish a warm welcome back to our nursery children and their families. We hope you had a lovely Easter break, we’ve heard lot’s of fun stories from the children about their time off.


What a fun and eventful week we have had in Nursery. This week we have welcomed our new Class text of ‘the Tiger who came to Tea’. The children have explored the book in depth, looking at some of the job roles mentioned in the story, discussing what their parents do and what they would like to be when they grow up. We have also explored weight using scales and comparing different items of food that the tiger ate in the story. The children have used playdough to make cupcakes, drawn their own Tigers and learnt some new sounds through our RWI phonics Scheme ‘n’ and ‘p’.


Children at the beginning of the week, in the Bear Cubs, had the exciting opportunity to see a Fire Engine that was booked in to visit our Reception class. They were able to ask lots of questions and even had a go at putting out their own pretend fire and using the hose. We can’t wait to see what fun things we will get up to next week. A quick reminder of Bank Holiday Monday this coming Monday. Bear Cubs will return to school on Tuesday 3rd of May. 





· Reminder of Tiger Cubs Individual Photos on the 29th of April.


· Reminder of Parents Evening on the 4th of May. Time slots have been     given and it would be fantastic to see you all there.