Welcome to the Nursery
Class Teacher - Mrs O'Connor
Nursery Nurse - Mrs Prince
Week ending 20th July
Thankyou for a wonderful year. We hope you enjoyed our collective worship. Please take time to enjoy the work the children have produced in their special books. They love to talk about all the wonderful things they have achieved.
A big thankyou for all our wonderful presents and kind wishes. Your children really have been a pleasure to teach and we wish them the best as they make their transitions to Reception.
Have a peaceful and relaxing summer and we look forward to our onward journeys in September.
Best wishes from Mrs O'Connor and Mrs Prince. xxx
Week beginning 9th July.
We had a wonderful week in Nursery this week as we approach the end of term.
On Wednesday we went to the Friary rose garden for our Teddy Bear's picnic with the Reception classes. We had a lovely time playing with friends old and new.
We watched the older children perform their country dancing and cannot wait until we are old enough to take part! We were very impressed with their moves!
We were very sad to say goodbye to our friend Lucas who is moving to Portugal. We wish him and his family best wishes as they start their new adventure.
Our star of the week is Aaroz. Well done! Enjoy your adventure with Digby.
We hope you enjoy reading your child's school reports as they have all worked incredibly hard this year and we are very proud of their achievements.
Next week is another exciting week in Nursery as we have our collective worship on Wednesday. We are looking forward to seeing all of you there. Times are as follows: Morning - 10.45 a.m. Afternoon - 2.45 p.m.
Nursery finishes on Thursday 19th July.
We wish you all a lovely weekend!
Week beginning 2nd July.
Just when we thought it couldn't get any hotter it did and the Nursery children have coped very well with the heat.
We explored some more sensory fun this week by making bubble wrap prints with our feet! The children were very excited and had lots of fun trying to find ways of moving to make their bubble wrap pop! They used some amazing wow words to describe their experience.
Thankyou for the tremendous support you all gave us by donating so many grapes and strawberries for our fruit kebab stall at the Summer Fayre. The children worked their socks off making lots of kebabs and we raised £68 on our stall alone! Fantastic!
The children did an amazing job at Sports day and showed off some of the skills we have been developing in our P.E lessons this half term. Unfortunately due to heat and time we didn't get to do all of our races but Mrs Prince and I were very proud of all the children for their efforts and behaviour especially as it was the first time the morning and afternoon children all met together. Our star of the week is Lucas and due to sports day our afternoon star will be announced on Monday.
Have a restful weekend and stay safe in the sun. Lets keep everything crossed for the England team on Saturday!
Week beginning 25th June
We really have been enjoying the glorious sunshine this week in Nursery. At the beginning of the week we were very lucky to get to take part in the Sports for Schools activity day. The athlete Gianni Frankis came to visit our school. He specialises in Hurdles. When we got down to the hall we had to complete a circuit of spotty dogs, leg drives, push ups and star jumps. It was such hard work but the children were amazing and Mrs O'Connor and Mrs Prince were very proud of us all. Luckily we had been practising all of these different exercises throughout the week so we were all well prepared and knew what we were doing. It was so hot outside this week so Mrs O'Connor and Mrs Prince decided that they would cool us all down by squirting water at us. We really enjoyed it and even managed to get them back and then we got to squirt water at our friends. Sports day is fast approaching so during our p.e. lessons we have been practising all of the different races that we are going to do. I hope you are all excited to come and watch us on the 6th July. On Thursday we all had to go outside and take off our shoes and socks. We were a little bit confused as we knew that it wasn't our p.e. day. Mrs O'Connor explained to us that we were going to go on a sensory walk and that instead of using our hands to feel different things we were going to be using our feet!!!!. There were trays filled with hay, cornflakes, shredded paper, rice, flour, mud with creepy crawlies in, shaving foam, sand, water with snakes hidden in and water with bubbles. It was so exciting and even though some of us were nervous at first after Mrs O'Connor kindly demonstrated what we had to do our nerves soon faded and we had an amazing time. The children commented on the different textures that they could feel with their feet. Luke said, " The flour was my favourite. It was soft". Ellen said, " My favourite one was with the snakes. They tickled my feet!!". Ivy said, " I liked the cornflakes. They were so crunchy under my feet". Sonny said, " I liked the mud because it was really squishy". Throughout the week we have been reading the story of " The Little Red Hen" and then on Friday we got to make and bake our own bread. Kneading the dough was tricky but we all had fun ( and had very sticky fingers afterwards). We cannot wait to taste our yummy bread. The Nursery smelt amazing whilst the bread was cooking. Our stars of the week are Clarissa and Andreas. We hope you have a lovely time looking after Digby and Bobby. Enjoy the sunshine this weekend.
Dates for your diary.
July 6th - Nursery Sports Day
July 11th - Teddy Bears Picnic ( letter to follow)
July 18th - Nursery Collective Worship ( letter to follow)
Week beginning 18th June.
What a fun week we have had, enjoying the sunshine. The children have been exploring different vegetables and we made a yummy and healthy vegetable stir fry with noodles. The children chopped and prepared carrot, courgette, peppers, baby corn and sugar snap peas.
We also had great fun acting out the story of "The Enormous Turnip", next time I will choose someone else to be the turnip as our children are very strong!
We also walked 7 laps of the playground and astro-turf to raise money for CAFOD. Each child completed 1/2 a mile. Mrs Prince and I were amazed at their stamina as they jogged, skipped, marched and galloped around their laps. When we stopped for a short break the children decided to do press ups! In total we raised £35 and completed 25 miles collectively. Thankyou for your support.
Our sound this week was "qu." Thankyou to our sound hunters for researching an amazing animal called a quokka which lives in Australia. I learnt something new this week too! I love it when the children teach me new things.
Our stars of the week are William and Stephen who have both shown great perseverance with things that are challenging. Congratulations to both of you. Enjoy your adventures with Digby and Bobby.
Next week we will be looking at the story of "The Little Red Hen" and baking our own bread.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Week beginning 18th June.
We started the week by choosing our favourite fruits. We discovered there are so many to choose from! We made a chart to show the fruits we liked and found that in the Nursery our favourite fruits are oranges and strawberries. On Friday we used this information to select fruits to use when making healthy fruit kebabs. The children demonstrated great chopping skills and were very careful when placing their fruit onto the kebab sticks. The best part was eating our lovely juicy fruit kebabs. Clarissa said, " Its delicious!" Emily said, "It's yummy!" Everyone else was too busy munching!
I hope you have all been keeping your fruit diaries this week and Mrs Prince and I look forward to seeing them on Monday.
Next week we are looking at vegetables so if you are at the supermarket have a look and see what types of vegetables you can see. We will making vegetable stir fry next Friday!
Our sound this week is Zz. Thankyou to our sound hunters for bringing in zebras, zips and stories about Zog the dragon!
Our stars of the week are Connor and Andreas. Well done! Enjoy your adventures with Digby and Bobby.
Have a lovely weekend!
Week beginning 4th June 2018
We hope you had a restful half term break. The children were excited to share their holiday adventures.
Our topic this term is keeping healthy and what better way to start than with a week of fitness challenges. We did a daily run and whenever the challenge bell rang we all stopped and did a range of fitness activities. The children are now very good at star-jumps and press-ups.
Next week we are looking at healthy eating with a focus on fruit.
Our sound of the week is Yy. We had great fun learning to yodel with our resident expert Oliver! We also tasted yoghurt and banana at snack time. Well done to our sound hunters that brought in yoghurt, yellow items and a story about a yeti!
We had a visitor to nursery this week... a giant beetle! The beetle which we now know to be a Stag beetle arrived on our doorstep and caused much excitement. Thankyou to Bruce and his brother Donald for identifying what type of beetle it was.
We have been focussing on friendship in R.E and the children all know and show ways in which they can be good friends to one another. Our stars of the week this week are Renzo and Aimee. These children have shown themselves to be kind and helpful to their friends and teachers. Congratulations to you both! We look forward to sharing your adventures with Digby and Bobby in class next week.
Have a lovely weekend!
We spotted a Stag Beetle!
Week beginning 21st May 2018
What a busy week we have had this week in Nursery. At the beginning of the week we were lucky enough to get hold and stroke our chicks!!. It was so much fun. The chicks felt all soft and fluffy and when we stroked them and when we got to hold them in our hands their little feet tickled us. In P.E. this week we have used all of our new balls skills that we have learnt to play different games and we even got to play dodge ball with Mrs O'Connor and Mrs Prince!!. During the week we have been carefully observing our little chicks to see what different changes have been happening. We noticed that as they were getting older their little legs were getting stronger and they were staring to grow their adult feathers. We drew lots of different pictures of the chicks changing and at the end of the week we painted pictures of what we thought the chicks looked like. Today the chicks have gone off to their new home, so we send them lots of love and we will miss them lots ( but we did get to have one final cuddle before they left). Congratulations to Lois and Luke on being our stars of the week!!!. We hope you all have a restful and peaceful half term.
Week beginning 14th May.
On Monday our eggs arrived ready to incubate. The children were very eggcited! They watched patiently and quietly for three whole days for signs of hatching. We arrived Thursday morning to discover six fluffy chicks had hatched overnight! The children all scrambled to see this amazing eggstravaganza and during the day we witnessed three more chicks hatching. A family of nine with one to go. It was a beautiful sight and the awe and wonder in the children's faces was something to behold.
We now have ten fluffy chicks, four boys and six girls. Ask your children how we can tell the difference!
Thank you for dressing up in your finest red, white and blue for the Royal wedding celebrations. We enjoyed our tea party and raised a toast to the happy couple.
Our sound to the week is Xx and we are looking for things that end with x. ( box, fox)
Congratulations also to our two stars of the week, Jesse and T'Zara. You have both demonstrated how to be a good friend and are always kind and caring to others. Well done and enjoy your adventures with Digby and Bobby.
Week beginning 8th May.
We hope you enjoyed the bank holiday in the sun. We have been loving the sunshine in the Nursery garden but to ensure we stay safe in the sun please put sunscreen on your child before their session begins. Could you also ensure they have a named sunhat to wear when we go outside. It is much safer to wear closed toe shoes when we are cycling, climbing, running and jumping at school, so no sandals please. Summer uniform should be red polo shirts and navy shorts. Thankyou.
We continued looking at the story of the Very Hungry Caterpillar this week and are very good at telling the story and acting out the lifecycle of butterfly.
Our theme in R.E is Friendship and the children are making their own friendship rules for the week. They are trying very hard to share with one another and to be helpful and kind to everyone. Some children have used our prayer chairs to take time out to say quiet prayers to Jesus for their friends and loved ones.
Our sound of the week is Ww. If you spot anything beginning with "w" over the weekend please take a photo or bring in an object for us to share.
It was a difficult choice this week as so many children were stars, however Sienna B and Victoria stood out for us with their kindness and willingness to help and care for others. Well done!
Have a fantastic weekend!
Week beginning 30th April.
We have certainly packed a lot into four days this week!
We started the week by reading The Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. The children were excellent at recalling all the different foods that the caterpillar ate. We had a hungry caterpillar picnic and tried a variety of foods that the hungry caterpillar munched. We tried apple, swiss cheese, orange, and watermelon. Some of us even tried foods we had never tasted before. Strawberries and sausages were very popular, pickles less so (except for Monty and Gracie who demolished all the leftovers!)
We finished the week by making our own Volcanos! As mini scientists we mixed baking soda with vinegar and red food colouring to create our own eruptions and marvelled at the "lava flows" we created. As you can probably guess our new sound of the week is Vv.
Nathan and Adrian are our stars of the week. Well done to both of you for great counting and phonics.
Enjoy the long weekend!
Week beginning 23rd April.
Our tadpoles have settled in well and we have been keeping a close eye on any changes that may be taking place.
Our sound of the week is Jj and we have been making and sampling some jelly. It was delicious and very wobbly.
Our stars of the week are Jack. W and Annabelle. Well done to both of you!
Week beginning 16th April.
We hope you all had a lovely Easter.
Our topic this term is all about Lifecycles. I was lucky enough to discover some frogspawn in my mother's pond and we are now looking after some very wriggly tadpoles, The children are fascinated and cannot wait for them to turn into froglets. The children are making sure they are fed and looked after during their stay with us in Nursery.
Our sound this week is Ll and as the weather has been so beautiful we have been licking some ice lollies to keep cool!
The children have been so well behaved it was difficult to choose just two stars of the week. We finally decided upon Ellen and Chloe. Well done girls!
Week beginning 26th March.
Our beans are finally growing! We have used our magnifying glasses to observe the changes taking place.
We have listened to the Easter story this week, so we may be talking to you how about Jesus died on the cross on Good Friday and rose again on Easter Sunday.
The Easter bunny also visited us with his Bunny Squad from Year Four. The children took part in an egg hunt and Easter themed games. We all had lots of fun!
On Wednesday we arrived in magnificent style wearing our Easter Bonnets. Well done to everyone for their fantastic efforts. The hats were truly spectacular and the children enjoyed parading them to Reception and Year Two. Everyone received an Easter treat for taking part. Thankyou for the donations to CAFOD.
Our stars of the week this week are Bruce and Gracie. Well done to you both. We hope you have an amazing Easter break with our friends, Digby and Bobby.
Nursery is closed tomorrow and we look forward to seeing you again on Monday 16th April.
Mrs Prince and myself wish you a very happy and peaceful Easter.
Week beginning 19th March
Our sound of the week is Ff. Thanks to all of the sound hunters that brought in fairies, fingerlings, fire-engines and fishing rods.
Our stars of the week this week are Oliver and Sonny. Well done boys! Enjoy your weekend with Digby and Bobby.
Week beginning 12th March.
This week we have been learning the letter sound Bb. Our sound hunters were out in force and lots of children brought in objects beginning with B. We love seeing what you find.
We are praying for our beans to start growing and have planted sunflower seeds after listening to the story of "The little seed" by Eric Carle. We are going to have a competition to see who will grow the biggest sunflower.
You should have received a letter about our Easter Bonnet Parade on Wednesday 28th March. We are looking forward to seeing your fantastic creations and prizes will be awarded for the most inventive!
This weeks stars of the week are; Sophia M and Evelyn. Well done and we hope you have some great adventures with Digby and Bobby.
Week beginning 5th March.
The children enjoyed planting beans this week. We are anxiously waiting for them to grow! Well done for the fantastic costumes on book day. We all had lots of fun dressing up as our favourite story characters.
Our sound of the week this week is Hh.
Congratulations to Conor S and Jack L, our stars of the week this week. Have fun with Digby
and Bobby this weekend.
Week beginning 26th February.
A very snowy week!
We hope you like our photos of our fun in the snow before the school closed.
Week beginning 19th February.
The children had a lovely half term and enjoyed sharing their adventures with us.
Our new topic is " Growing" and we will be planting seeds over the coming weeks. This week we weeded our garden in preparation for planting vegetables. We have sown our potato seedlings and are keeping them warm inside the Nursery as we anticipate an icy blast of cold weather and snow next week.
If anyone would like to donate any packets of seeds, pots, bedding plants or compost we would be very grateful. We are also looking for old pots and pans to use in our mud kitchen.
Our sound of the week is Uu. Thankyou to all the children that brought in umbrellas, unicorns and a toy wearing a uniform! Excellent sound hunting!
Our stars of the week this week are Sienna. M and Lelia. Well done!
Week beginning 5th February.
This week we have introduced the letter "Ee". Our sound hunters discovered eggs, elephants and empty boxes at home. Well done!
We have also been learning about Islam and the special objects that Muslims use in prayer. We talked about our own special objects and designed a prayer mat.
Well done to our stars of the week, Emily and Rose. We hope you enjoy your half term break with Digby and Bobby.
Week beginning 29th January.
This week we have been looking at how Dentists help us. The children have talked about their own feelings and experiences when visiting the Dentist. They all know how important it is to brush their teeth twice a day and that eating healthy food is good for our teeth.
When listening to Freddy's sugar story we were astounded to learn that one can of fizzy pop contains 10 teaspoons of sugar!
Our letter sounds this week are C c and K k. Thankyou to the children that brought things beginning with those sounds into school. Keep sound hunting at home! We love to see what you can find.
A polite reminder that Nursery sessions start at 8.30a.m and 12.30 p.m.
Digby and Bobby are looking forward to going home with our stars of the week Sophia D. and Monty. Well done !
Week beginning 22nd January
We came into Nursery to find our reading corner had been ransacked and our name cards were missing. It was time for our young Detectives to investigate! We looked for clues, gathered evidence and dusted for fingerprints in the hope we would find the culprit! The next day a letter arrived demanding we leave six bananas in the postbox if we wanted our name cards to be returned. How strange!
We did as asked and on Friday discovered that two cheeky monkeys had eaten all the bananas and were fast asleep under the table. Crime solved! We have let the monkeys stay at Nursery as long as they promise to behave!
Our letter sound this week is O o. Thankyou to the children that brought in things beginning with these sounds from home. keep sound hunting!
Our stars of the week this week are Betsy and Jack R. Well done to both of you and we hope you have a great time with Digby and Bobby.
Week beginning 15/01/18
We have had another busy week in Nursery. The children have continued to enjoy their roleplay in our Nursery Hospital.
Today we had a very special visitor! Dr Gemma Constable came to talk to us about her job as a G.P.
She explained how bugs that give us coughs and colds are spread when we do not put put our hands in front of our mouths when we sneeze. She brought along Bobby the balloon to demonstrate and when he sneezed the bugs and germs covered us all! The children pretended to be Doctors and took temperatures and listened to heart beats through a stethoscope. We all learnt a lot.
Thankyou Dr Gemma!
Our stars of the week this week are Rowan (Nursery a.m.) and Florence (Nursery p.m.) Well done to both of you! have a lovely weekend with Digby and Bobby.
We would like to say a big welcome to our new children that have started in January. After just two weeks they are all settled and are making a positive impact on our Nursery class. They have embraced our routines and are having lots of fun making friends and exploring our activities.
Our topic this half term is People who help us and the Emergency services. We have talked about the Fire service and Hospital staff so far. The children have loved playing doctors in our roleplay Hospital and are developing very caring bedside manners!
Last Friday we all organised a Welcome party. The children had great fun making chocolate crispy cakes and decorating party hats. We had a lovely time sharing food we had made and playing party games. It was a very exciting end to the week!
We have introduced a star of the week for each session and Austin and Ivy took Digby the Mole and Bobby the Bulldog home with them to spend the weekend. They took some wonderful photos of their adventures. We are looking for new stars this week!
Week ending 15/12/2017
Nursery have been busy, busy, busy this week!!. We have done so many exciting things in the build up to Christmas but we have still learnt lots. Our new sound this week was the letter 'M' and we looked lots of different objects that begin with this letter. We've concentrated very hard on our shapes, even though it has been rather difficult with Jingles the Elf being around as he keeps causing lots of mischief!!!!. The nursery playground was COVERED in snow and we were lucky enough to get to see it. On Wednesday we got to dress up in our Christmas jumpers and had so much fun taking lots of pictures with our friends. Baking and decorating is one of our favourite activities and this week we had to decorate biscuits to make them look like Santa. Jingles caused lots of mayhem in the nursery this week. He knocked over the Christmas tree, he brought a bike inside, he borrowed some children's coats and hats and he even wrapped his friends up in tape so that they couldn't move!!!. Jingles had an exciting two weeks in nursery and caused lots and lots of mischief, but sadly he has to go back to the North Pole to talk to Santa about the children in Nursery. He has left the children a little goodbye present and a note. We will be sad to see him go, but we had lots of fun with him and we even taught him the right thing to do.
Dates for your diary.
Monday 18th December - Christmas party day. Each child is to bring in a small plate of party food and a small carton of drink clearly labelled. Please ensure that there are NO NUTS. The children are to wear their school uniform but please no book bags.
Tuesday 19th December - Children who attend nursery in the morning will come into nursery at 9.30 with their guests.
Children who attend nursery all day on a Tuesday will come to nursery at 9.30 but their guests will arrive at 1.30 pm.
Children who attend nursery in the afternoon will come into nursery at 1.30 with their guests.
There will be no lunch club on this day.
Week ending 8/12/2017
We had a very special visitor come to visit us in the nursery this week. He has come all the way from the North Pole and his name is Jingles the Elf. Jingles is one of Santa's little helpers and he has come to keep an eye on us during Advent to make sure that we are all being kind to each other and listening to Miss Sheridan and Mrs Prince. Jingles is a bit of a naughty elf sometimes, he keeps doing mischievous things in the nursery. You will have to have a look at the pictures below to see what he has been up to. The children have been looking at the sound 'N' this week and have learnt a few new words that begin with this letter such as ' naughty' for Jingles the elf. We have been learning about advent and the Nativity and learning the meaning behind Christmas. We were very lucky to make Rudolph cakes this week and we hope that they tasted delicious!!!. Have a lovely weekend.
Dates for your diary:
13th December - Christmas Jumper day
18th December - Christmas Party day
19th December - Parent/Child activity day
20th December- Nursery Closed.
Week ending 17/11/2017
This week we have been exploring the letter 'T' and the sound that it makes. The children had fun using different resources to see how they can form the letter 'T' and some children even brought in objects from their homes that start with the letter 'T'. Our book this week was ' The Rainbow fish'. We enjoyed listening to the story of the rainbow fish and learnt a lot about sharing and being kind to our friends. The children drew pictures of their favourite part of the story and we all decided that it is very kind to share and be nice to our friends. We explored colour mixing with our hands this week. The children got to choose two different colours and guess what colour they thought it would make. They then rubbed their hands together to mix the colours to see if they were right. Outside the Nursery this week there has been gardeners. They were using their wheelbarrows to fill and empty different materials. We enjoyed watching them and decided that we too were going to be gardeners and use our wheelbarrows to move the blocks and leaves around the Nursery.
Dates for your diary.
Friday 24th November: Own clothes day - Please bring in a bottle for the bottle stall.
Week ending 10/11/2017
We have had lots of fun in Nursery this week!!. At the beginning of the week we learnt all about our new phonics sound which is the letter 'A'. The children had lots of fun trying to identify different objects around the Nursery that begin with the letter 'A' and some children even brought in special objects from their homes that begin with the letter 'A'. We had lots of fun getting messy in the foam trying to hunt for the letter 'A' and we used marbles in the playdough to roll out the letter 'A'. We even had bags filled with slime and had to try and form the letter 'A'.
The children have learnt all about 'Elmer' this week. We read the story and had to try to remember the order in which the story went in. We explored all of the different colours on Elmer's patchwork and got to design our own patchwork elephant. We have been focusing on 'Shape' this week, looking around our Nursery environment and trying to identify all the different shapes. We used the paint to print different shapes onto pieces of paper, putting the shapes in the correct places. We had a treasure bag that was filled with all different shapes. Without peeking we had to put our hands in the bag, pull out an object and try to identify what the shape was just by counting the corners and sides. It was really tricky but we were all fantastic at it!!.
We hope you had a good rest after a lovely first half term settling in Nursery. The children have had a very busy week getting to know Mrs O'Connor and Miss Sheridan. This week the children had lots of fun making firework splatter paintings and creating rockets using their knowledge of 2d shapes. We learnt our first phonic sound this week which is the letter 'S'. It would be lovely to see some photographs of the children finding different objects beginning with the letter 'S'. We got very messy exploring the patterns that we could make in the foam. We finished the week by talking about bonfire night and firework safety. We hope the children enjoyed decorating and eating their firework biscuits. Have a lovely weekend.
Philosophy for Children - P4C
You may heard about P4C, Philosophy for Children, from older children within the school. This is something that was introduced earlier in the year and that the whole school, including the Nursery take part in. It is easier to recognise how older children are able to have in-depth discussions and conversations and ask difficult questions; but when you're only three and cannot yet form a question or when asked a question say something random that's not linked to the topic, it can seem almost impossible.
At the heart of philosophical discussion is the skill of giving reasons for answers, but sometimes even the concept of a reason can be difficult for very young children to grasp. So in the Nursery we have been paying a lot of attention in becoming "Becausers". Where answers are extended by a "because" for example "How can you tell the little boy was sad?", answer, "Because he was crying."
To help us understand this within the Nursery we've used games, pictures and most recently a book as stimulus. You can try this at home, it will extend your child's language, listening, understanding and empathy towards others.