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



Welcome back Little Saints! We hope you had a lovely half term.

We have truly loved hearing about all your half term fun this week. The children have been developing their Communication and Language skills by explaining what they got up to and answering who, what, why and how questions.

We also celebrated Diwali (the Hindu festival of lights). The children made their own Diva lamps out of play dough, a range of Rangoli patterns out of rice and beans and we even had a special visitor!

Mrs Swamy came in to tell us all about this festival. We got to try on some traditional clothes and learnt so much more about why this festival takes place. Thankyou!

Maths – Shape, Space and measure 30-50 Months

Communication and Language 30-50 Months

People and Communities 30-50 Months




















Apple doughnuts - Baking part 2?!

The children absolutely loved making these doughnuts. Take a look at the pictures to see how we made them – they were so easy to make! (and so delicious to eat mmmmm).

Physical development – 30-50 months

Communication and Language 30-50 months























To celebrate this year’s Harvest Festival we talked about the importance of Harvest time and how hard the farmers work to bring in the crops that will feed us over the coming year (PSED). We said a prayer as a class and some children even came up with their own things to thank God for. We introduced some new language to the children e.g. Harvest, Tractor and Crops. We even discussed different fruits and vegetables that grow above and below the ground! (C+L)










Some children pretended to be farmers themselves - harvesting vegetables out of the soil. We discussed how the vegetables end up in the supermarket for us to buy.

We are also making a big tractor to decorate our church with for our local Harvest Celebration.




WOW! Take a look at some of our leaf men and animals using items collected in our autumn bags!!

The children had to think about what leaf man might fly over on his travels and then try and create it using leaves, conkers, twigs and all other things autumn. We had to think about the sizes of the leaves and conkers to make our creations as best we can!

To make use of some autumn apples we also made apple crumble – they were so tasty!!







































Autumn is on its way!! Thank you to everyone who has returned their autumn filled bags - we now have lots of leaves, twigs, conkers and acorns to investigate and use in our classroom.










This week we have read the story ‘Leaf Man’.  It is about a man made out of leaves who blows away with the wind. We have started to recreate some of the leaf animals from the story and will be doing some more next week (watch this space!).








We have also been investigating different ways to use paint. We have been using pipets, sponges, leaves and even our toes! Come into our classroom and have a look at our beautiful autumn inspired display.

In Phonics we have been focusing on our listening skills. We are getting really good at identifying sounds in our environment. Beep! Beep!


Hooray! It’s the start of a new year at Little Saints. We welcomed back a few children that have already been with us and we also welcomed some new children to our class and will continue to do so throughout this year. We hope that you will all be very happy at Little Saints.

Our main goal in the next couple of weeks is to get everyone settled. We will be experimenting with a variety of activities and finding out what your child’s interests are. Once we know what they like to do, we can use this to help us to plan for their needs and take their learning further.

Over the last few weeks we have been doing lots of singing! Including our new “Hello” welcome song which we do every morning (I am sure your child would to demonstrate how we sing it). We have also been singing 5 little ducks and 5 little speckled frogs - these kinds of songs help us to count. AND as the season changes into autumn we are going to be learning all about that too. We are going to be very busy!!

We look forward to building positive relationships with you all and we are especially looking forward to working with your children!













Well, it’s hard to believe that we are already at the end of our first year in Little Saints Nursery.  We have had a super year with all our children and we are very proud of all their achievements.  Many of our children will be leaving us to go into our Reception class in September.  They are all fully prepared for the next stage of their learning journey and, although we will miss them very much, we are confident they will continue to make progress and build on their many achievements so far.  We are thrilled that a number of children will be staying with us in Nursery next year and we look forward to continuing on their journey with them.  It will be lovely to see them grow in confidence as they become the older children within our class and support our new children. 



We look forward to welcoming our new children into Nursery from September.  They have been for a visit and all had a lovely time playing and exploring their new environment.  We will be meeting them again during our home visits in September before we welcome them into school from 5th September.



Well done Little Saints children, you have all been superstars! We wish you all a wonderful, happy and safe summer holiday and we look forward to hearing all about your adventures when you return to school in September.




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We based our DT week around the book ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’. The children love reading this book so we set out to create an outdoor storyboard together. We started with our caterpillars, the children had a choice of different materials to use as stamps. These were potatoes, plastic tubs of different sizes, apples and wooden rings. The children were to pick ones they’d like to use, a shade of colour and create their prints to make a caterpillar. The best thing about this was that no caterpillar looked the same! We followed this by painting and creating symmetrical butterflies. We showed the children how to paint one side and then print it over to the other side. The children then had to choose their colours and patterns and again they all look so different and unique.











































A few of our children, with support of an adult, painted all the different fruit and food from our story and we laminated everything ready for our storyboard.

So together with all our artwork, days of the weeks and numbers our story board is up and running in the Nursery playground. Please do go and have a look as we are all very proud of it!


Well it’s certainly been a hot week in Nursery!! We have had stories and snacks under our lovely willow tree to keep us cool. 

We started our week off with joining Reception for sports day.  The children took part in an egg and spoon race, an obstacle course and a ‘weaving’ running race.  Some of the children also wanted to take part in the sack race.  We had great fun and all the children and parents cheered each other on.  Once back in the classroom, the children were then presented with certificates and stood on a podium for a photograph!
























































































In Phonics the children have been using robot talk to orally blend and segment words and have enjoyed playing games and teaching our puppet, Sam, to speak in robot talk.  He often makes mistakes, but the children are becoming experts in spotting his mistakes and correcting him.


The children are really enjoying using Numicon to support their counting skills.  They can count out objects to match the Numicon piece/number, are beginning to order the pieces according to size and, through trial and error, are finding different ways to make each number using the Numicon pieces.  This is giving them a good understanding of number as it helps them to visualise the numbers using a multi-sensory approach. 


We had a fantastic day out at Farmer Ted’s Farm Park with Reception.  We enjoyed meeting all the animals in the barn – the cow, horse, ponies, goats, lama, chicks, donkeys, pigs and her piglets.  We then enjoyed playing, climbing, swinging and sliding together outside in the play area before meeting and stroking the guinea pigs.  After lunch we played in the sand pit, went on a very bumpy tractor ride and cheered on our favourite ferret as they raced down the track.  We climbed back onto the coach to drive back to school and many of us had a little snooze!!  What a great day!! All the children were incredibly well behaved and we were very proud of them.



















































































































A ‘Right Royal Do’

Nursery joined the rest of school in celebrating the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan through sharing in a street party at lunch time and parading our amazing wedding hats.  We enjoyed desgining and making wedding cakes, building castles using shapes, decorating crowns, making tiaras, making peg board flags, dressing up and sharing in a wedding reception.  We wish them a happy married life together.



















































































30-50 months:

  • Understandng the World – shows interest in the lives of people and ways of life
  • Physical Development – using one-handed tools and equipment.  Developing fine motor skills.
  • Communication and Language – speaking and listening
  • Being Imaginative – engaging in role play


This week in nursery we have been looking at alliteration with Pix's Peculiar Pizzas. We have been exploring the phoneme 'u' (umbrella). We have had great fun using the book 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' as inspiration for our butterfly symmetry pictures, using a variety of colours. All in all, a busy fun week!!




























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