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Nursery 2020 - 2021

Miss Pickering


Nursery checklist:

  • Named wellies – to be kept in school
  • Pump bag with a full set of named spare clothes (including underwear and socks)
  • Toast money – 20p per day (payable daily or weekly in a named purse)
  • Warm waterproof coat – we will go outside in the wind, rain and cold weather!!
  • New guidance requires school to obtain copies of birth certificates for each child in Nursery.  Can we ask you to please take your child’s birth certificate to the school office where staff will make a copy of it to keep in your child’s file
  • Please ensure all forms are completed and returned to school



Autumn 2020



All the children have settled so well into Nursery. It has been lovely to welcome back our existing children and meet some new smiley faces! The children have thoroughly enjoyed making lots of new friends and exploring their new environment inside and out.

Over the past couple of weeks we have been learning all about ourselves. We have made self-portraits, talked about who is in our family, learnt about different emotions and our body parts!

The children have also enjoyed spending time outside, making some interesting meals in the mud kitchen and using the bricks to build bridges and houses.


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Physical Development


The children enjoyed using their bodies to help them get around this obstacle course. They used a range of skills like: jumping, crawling, rolling, climbing and balancing. â€‹

Physical Development – Moving and Handling â€‹

22-36 months​

- Climbs confidently and is beginning to pull themselves up on nursery play climbing equipment.​

30-50 months​

- Moves freely and with pleasure and confidence in a range of ways​

- Mounts stairs, steps or climbing equipment using alternate feet.

40-60 months​

- Travels with confidence and skill around, under, over and through balancing and climbing equipment. â€‹

- Jumps off an object and lands appropriately.








Happy New Year and Welcome back!


This week we have had some new children join us at Little Saints. They have enjoyed exploring their new environment, making new friends and getting to grips with our routines – they have all settled in wonderfully!

The children have enjoyed seeing their friends after a long Christmas break. We have seen lots of cooperative role play, children sharing thoughts and ideas as they build and take on different roles.

We have also heard lots about what they have been up to over the holidays – it seems everyone has had an amazing Christmas spent with family and friends.

Our topic this term is ice. As an introduction the children explored ice in the tray and talked about how it feels and looks.























Christmas / The Nativity

We have been reading and watching lots of different versions of the Christmas story to help us understand why we celebrate Christmas. We used small world figures and nativity teddies to help us re-tell the story and even create some alternative endings. Rosie made a car and a special driver to take Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem – because it’s faster than a donkey!

The World – People & Communities – 30-50 months

Remembers and talks about significant events in their own experience.

Recognises and describes special times or events for family or friends.

Literacy – Reading – 30-50 Months

Listens to stories with increasing attention and recall.

Describes main story settings, events and principal characters.

Being Imaginative 30-50 moths

Uses available resources to create props to support role-play.













Little Saints trip to Southview residential home –

Thank you for having us @  South view. The children had so much fun singing to you and making Christmas cards – what an experience!
















Happy kindness and friendship week!



In honour of this special week we have been focusing on playing together in a group, elaborating on each other’s ideas and inviting children to come and play if they are by themselves.


Following on from our circle time, where we had to teach a particular teddy bear how to be kind (because he didn’t know how!). We have been practicing being kind to our friends during our play. We talked about how the other teddy felt when mean things were said to him and when nobody wanted to play with him or share.

PSED - 30 50 months





























We have had great fun outside this week.

























For Respect and Tolerance day we made collage fish with prayers on the back “Lord Jesus, thank you for all the things we can do… painting pictures, singing, dancing, playing nicely with our friends and helping others. Please help us to do all the things for you.






















We then had great fun making and tasting tuna sandwiches after listening to the story about Jesus feeding the 5000.





The children have enjoyed reading the story ‘Leaf Man’ and using their collected autumn items to make their very own leaf man and other animals!

PD – 30-50 months

BI – 30-50 months



We have also been learning all about Harvest. We talked about how the crops are harvested and what happens to them once they are ready. The children enjoyed role playing as farmers, collecting the fruits and vegetables and getting them ready to be sold in our shop!




















This is Me




The children very much enjoyed looking in the mirror then carefully choosing their resources in order to recreate their face. As the children created their face they commentated on the feature they were wanting to represent.

“Look that’s long hair!”

“I have two eyes”



“I have a big smiley face”

Personal, Social and Emotional Development – Self-confidence & Self-Awareness 30-50M

Communication & Lang – Listening & Attention, Understanding 30-50M

Maths – 30-50M


Autumn Term



What a lovely start to our new term this week. It has been great to see some new smiley faces. We have been so busy this week getting to know each other and making new friends. You are all fabulous additions to our Nursery.
























We have had a super week this week, the weather has been beautiful and we have been outside enjoying it. We have been checking the progress of the strawberries. When we were inside, we made ice creams.



















This week our focus story has been ‘The Rainbow Fish’. We introduced the story using many props to illustrate and to encourage children to engage and retell the story. The children agreed that Rainbow Fish was selfish for keeping all his scales to himself and he must share. During circle time, we passed round a shiny fin and each told one of our friends something we like about them. We then went on to draw a portrait of our friends.

We also read the story Jonah and The Whale. Jonah betrayed god so he sent a storm! Some children made their own boats in various places of the classroom and re told the story.

PSED, MR – 30-50M

C&L- 30-50M








































We have also been taking advantage of the beautiful weather! Some of our strawberries were ready to be picked, they were delicious!

They loved exploring the texture of shaving foam outdoors, experimenting using their fingers to create different marks on in the tray from wiggly lines to big circles. Some children wrote their names, using clearly identifiable letters.

PD – MH – 30-50M

Writing 40-60 M



What a busy week we have had this week. We were so lucky with the weather on Wednesday and had a great time participating in Sports Day with our friends. As well as this, we had a great time dressing up as what we would like to be when we are older. 























The Very Hungry Caterpillar



We have loved reading this story and learning lots of things about it. Some children were already familiar with the story and therefore helped us to re-tell it and join in with the familiar parts. The children were able to say what happens next and how the caterpillar is feeling at different points in the story. We have used story stones and we manipulated fabric squares by moving in different ways to tell the story and life cycle of the caterpillar. We started by scrunching the square into a small ball in our hand to represent the egg. The egg ‘popped’ open so we threw the fabric into the air and watched it fall. We then swayed up and down to represent the caterpillar wriggling and eating lots of food! Once the caterpillar got really fat we spun around and made a cocoon and once then we broke out of it and fluttered around as a beautiful butterfly.

Communication and Language – 30-50M

Literacy – reading and writing – 30-50M

Physical Development – Moving and Handling – 30-50M




























In maths we have been singing lots of number songs including 5 little speckled frogs, 5 little ducks and 12345 once i caught a fish alive. We have also been doing lots of categorising of different minibeasts and also using them to help us extend our number knowledge of recognising amounts that have been rearranged and to generalise that, if nothing has been added or taken away, then the amount is the same.

Maths – Number 30-50M – 40-60M


Look at some of the minibeast we have found whilst on our hunt! The children enjoyed talking about the different insects and learning what they are. The slug felt ‘slow, slimy and smooth’ whereas the woodlouse was ‘fast and tickly’!

Communication and Language – 30-50M

Understanding the World – the World 30-50M


It has been a very busy week but we are looking forward to learning more about this story next week too!


The last week before half term week involved lots of outdoor play. We made mud pies, performed our favourite songs on the stage, constructed new houses in the builder’s yard, built tents and had picnics under them and played other imaginative games.

We hope you all had a wonderful half term and we are excited to see you all back.



























Elmer the elephant. Our story for this week has been Elmer. Following on from this, we talked about why the rain washed the berry juice off Elmer to reveal his colours again. We then went on to predict and investigate what would happen to the skittles when it ‘rained’ on them. We watched and patiently waited to see lots of lovely patterns and colours emerging into the water.

Understanding the World – 30-50M

We also went on an Elmer march. This involved travelling around outside in lots of different ways like various animals. We hopped like a rabbit and prowled like a tiger! We then talked about hoe Elmer differed from the rest of the elephants. The chn thought that Elmer would move fast and the grey elephants would move slowly. We had to make out bodies wide and big so we could stomp like an elephant. When the chimes played we moved fast like Elmer and when they stopped we moved slowly with big strides like the grey ones.

EAD – 30-50M

PD – 30-50M

Maths fun with fish! When playing this fishing game the chn had lots of fun using their fine, gross motor and coordination skills to try and catch the fish in the pond. The chn were reading the numbers as they caught them and counting them.

Numbers 30-50M

PD – 30-50M



This week in Nursery we have been making the most out of the beautiful weather. We planted lots of new things in our tyre planters outside such as: radishes, beetroot, beans and strawberries. We cannot wait to taste them all when they grow! We know we have to take great care of them by making sure they have enough water and get enough sunlight.



We had so much fun on our trip to Blackpool Zoo! First, we watched the sea lion show. Gina the sea lion is very clever, she balanced a ball on her nose and pretended to be a shark! Then we got to walk around and see lots of different animals. We looked at how big or small the different animals were. Giraffes have very long necks! We also got to walk through dinosaur world and see just how big and scary dinosaurs really were.

When we got back we talked lots about our trip. We recorded what our favourite part of the day was. The tiger was the most popular choice.