Nursery 2018 - 2019

Mrs Grills


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


Goldilocks and the Three Bears

We have loved reading this story. Using the small world characters and the doll’s house we created our very own bear’s house and used the props to help us re-enact the story. Goldilocks ran so far away we still haven’t found her! We have been using lots of mathematical language (big, huge, medium, small, and tiny).

The bears wrote us a note asking if we could make them some of our special play dough porridge. We had to be sure to make the right amount! We even made some real porridge, making sure it wasn’t too hot or too cold for us to eat. It was very yummy. Some children thought they didn’t like porridge but after they tasted it they realised they did!

Outside we have been retelling the story too. We built a house and some chairs and added some extra characters such as: Goldilocks’ Mummy and Daddy and even a Doggy Bear.

In maths we have been practising our careful counting (1-1 Correspondence) and Subitising numbers up to 5 (recognising how many are there without counting). Some of us have been matching the amount to the numeral.

Physical Development – 30-50 Months

Maths – 30-50 Months

Communication and Language – 30-50 Months



































This week Reception and Nursery have been learning about the festival of Eid. We learnt that Muslims decorate their houses at Eid, prepare and eat special food, visit their families and go to pray at the Mosque. We have made window lanterns, these might be used to decorate houses. Using playdough the children decorated star and moon shapes, the symbols for Islam.


People and Communities – 30-50 Months

We also did some investigating. Our mission was to get the Gingerbread Man across the river away from the animals. We couldn’t use a bridge because they would be able to catch up so we decided on a boat. We had to test a few different materials to see which one was the best. We wanted our boat to float. In the end we used various materials such as plastic containers, wooden blocks and tin foil. This involved lots of problem solving and testing out different ideas.

Understanding the world – 30 – 50 Months




















































We have been very busy this week!

The week started by sharing something that happened in the February half term. We asked our friends who, what and why questions about their activity. It was lovely to hear all about the different experiences. (Communication and language 30-50 Months)

We made the most out of the wonderful weather! Look at this flying car a group of boys made! What great teamwork. (Physical Development , EAD, PSED 30-50 Months).

Look at us performing on the stage. We sang some of our favourite pop songs and nursery rhymes using skittles as microphones and a range of instruments for the backing music! Including the Greatest Showman! Great performing. (EAD 30-50 Months)

We have been reading and exploring the story ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ The children used props and costumes to act out the different roles to re-tell the story whilst the T narrated. They really enjoyed experimenting with the different roles. Now they are much more confident in recalling the main events from the story! (Reading, Being Imaginative 30-50 Months)

We even created our own version of the story. The children decided on their own characters and events that would happen.

































We have been enjoying this fabulous weather this week. Its great to get outside to see spring arriving.



















Chinese New Year

This week we have been celebrating the Chinese New Year – The year of the Pig.



We have been learning lots about the preparation that goes into this celebration and exploring how people celebrate Chinese New Year. We have been busy making our own moving dragons and Chinese dishes. The children receive money wallets from their parents to give them good luck.



We learnt about the story behind the different animals and we even figured out what year we were born. Most of us were born in the year of the horse or the sheep.



We explored with food and chopsticks, filling up bowls, tipping out and mark making. We even got to taste some real Chinese food.



People and Communities

30- 50 M - Shows interest in different occupations and ways of life.

40-60 M - Enjoys joining in with family customs and routines.







































Polar Bear, Polar Bear

What do you hear?



After reading this story the children have been very interested in pretending to be different animals. From this we decided to make some different animal masks. The children had to use their cutting skills to cut the mask out. We worked really hard and we were so proud with the end results!

We also thought of some other things that we might hear. Some of our suggestions were “a frog ribbeting, a dog barking and a cat meowing!

In phonics we have been learning all about alliteration. We made some pizzas with lots of silly toppings on! All the toppings had to have the same initial sound (or else the alien would not like them).



























Well it has been a very busy week! We have spent a lot of time exploring outside: making pineapple chocolate soup, pie and plenty of tea. We have also been on the lookout for worms. Some of us have been making houses for the worms and taking care of them.



Understanding the World – 30-50 Months

In the water we have been fishing out numbers using tweezers! This has been helping us to recognise numbers and strengthen our fine motor skills.

Number 30-50 Months

We learnt how important it is to wash our hands to make sure that we don’t spread germs. Now we are experts!!



Health and Self Care – 30-50 Months























Welcome back!

We hope you all had a lovely Christmas.

This term, we have welcomed some new children. We have enjoyed getting to know them and playing with them.

After reading The Gingerbread Man story, we made our own! They were very tasty. We used raisins for their eyes and buttons.















Some of us have been using different props to help us re tell the story.





Today we have shared the Christmas story, in our own special way.


























































































Christmas fun!!

In Nursery we have had a special visitor… the elf!! We go on a hunt every morning to see where he is hiding.

A mysterious tiny door appeared in our classroom and we wondered who it was for. We also found that our deconstructive role play area has been transformed into Santa’s workshop!

We figured out that the elf wants us to help him make some toys for boys and girls in time for Christmas. The children have been dressing up and role playing in this area: delivering the presents on the sleigh and putting them under the tree and putting some presents together using the wood pieces.

We also wrote a letter to Father Christmas because we wanted to ask him if he could come to our Christmas party. And he did!!! We were so excited. The party was lots of fun because we got to play lots of games with our friends and eat delicious food. We even got a present from the man himself!




























Footprints… in our classroom!!!

Who could it be?

After plenty of investigating, we thought it could be an elf. We decided to write a letter to the North Pole to see if he had visited us.

This morning we were surprised to find a letter addressed to us in the register box and found out that it was the elf that sneaked into our classroom!!

We also wrote to Father Christmas to invite him to our party next week – we are very excited to see him.

In phonics we have been experimenting with body percussion. What different sounds can you make with your body?












Wow!! Take a look at some of our stickmen!




























Also this week we have been using positional language to describe where we found the hidden characters from the story. We really enjoyed this game – play it with us at home using things around the house.



After reading the story ‘Stickman’, we went on a stick hunt and made our own stickmen and stick ladies. We will be using these next week to help us retell the story so stay tuned!!

We have also been learning all about shapes. We are so good at describing the different shapes and even saying some of their names too!!

Shape, space and measure (30-50 Months)

On Friday it was Children In Need and we all dressed up! Mrs Bennett helped us to make our own play dough to make Pudsey cookies and cupcakes! We had to mix it really hard and we got to watch it change from runny to thick.

Physical development (30-50 Months)

EAD (30-50 Months)

Communication and Language (30-50 Months)






















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