Nursery 2017 - 2018

Mrs Grills


It has actually snowed this week in Hesketh Bank!! The children had so much fun exploring the cold, how the snow feels, making marks – for most children it was their first experience of ‘real’ snow.  A perfect end to our Frozen topic.

The World 30-50 months




















We continued with the story ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’, talking about how Baby Bear might have felt after Goldilocks’ visit.  We made more porridge for Baby Bear and asked his permission to eat it!  The children re-told the story through their play and used the story as a basis to extend their learning and role play.  We also read and acted out the story of David and Goliath to extend the children’s learning of shape, space and measure.

Literacy: Reading 30-50 months

Beginning to be aware of the way stories are structured.

Listen to and join in with stories.









Mathematics: Shape, Space and Measure 30-50 months

Shows interest in shape and space by playing with shapes or making arrangements with objects.

Expressive Arts and Design Being Imaginative 3-50 months

Engages in imaginative role play based on their own first-hand experiences.

Build stories around toys.

Uses available resources to create props to support role play.

We joined Reception to celebrate Chinese New Year.  The children have begun to have an understanding about how the Chinese community celebrate new year and enjoyed sharing in a dragon dance with Reception.

Understanding the World: People and Communities 30-50 months

Shows interest in different occupations and ways of life.




































In Phonics we have been exploring rhyme, singing lots of nursery rhymes and playing games such as rhyming bingo.  The children have also been introduced to the letter sound /p/.


Well it’s been another busy week in Nursery.  The children have really enjoyed exploring the new loose parts – who knew what a few colourful glass beads could be … breakfast, pasta filling, treasure, stepping stones, money and so much more!!























The loose parts in our deconstructive role play areas (indoors and outdoors) have been a bit hit too – we’ve had trains, pirate ships, a stage and the three bears’ house.








































The three bears also came to visit Nursery this week.  We had been reading ‘Snow Bears’, so we wondered if they came to Little Saints to warm up!! They ate porridge, made in the mud kitchen outside and we built them a house.  I wonder if a little golden-haired girl might find their house?



























In Phonics we have been thinking about ‘Moving to the beat’ in our Phase 1 sessions.  The children had the wonderful opportunity to play a huge gathering drum where they were able to listen and copy patterns and rhythms and then make up their own rhythms.  We also enjoyed singing lots of rhymes whilst tapping out the beat on the drum.  It got very loud on some occasions!!!  The children have also been introduced to the letter sound /t/.



















Who says it never snows in Hesketh Bank??!! It certainly did for Little Saints this week!! Following on from the children’s interest in ice and snow, we managed to get a snow machine to produce a beautiful snow experience for the children.  After lots of excited squeals, came laughter, joy and lots of language and mark making.  Even Mr Currie joined in!!


















Understanding the World: The World (30-50 months)

  • Can talk about some of the things they have observed.
  • Comments and asks questions about their world.

The children also enjoyed using their amazing imaginations and turned boxes into rockets, boats, tracks, tunnels and many more wonderful inventions.  They shared well with their friends, taking turns in conversation and with the resources, they played well together in groups, extending and elaborating their play ideas.


PSED: Making relationships and Managing feelings and behaviour (30-50 months)

Communication and Language: Listening and Attention, Speaking and Understanding (30-50 months)

Expressive arts and design: Exploring and using media and materials and Being Imaginative (30-50 months)












The children have also enjoyed exploring and extending their play using our new loose parts.


Spring Term 2018


The children all came back to school after the Christmas holiday full of smiles and excitement to share their holiday news.  We also were able to welcome all our new children to Nursery as we are now offering five full days (30 hours).  All the children have settled in well and are enjoying getting to know each other.

Following on from the interest about ice and frost we have spent lots of time exploring, investigating and making predictions about ice, freezing and melting.  The children found different containers and trays to pour water into and place in the freezer.  After making some predictions about what might happen to the ice when placed in the water tray, in a warmer environment than the freezer, the children investigated the ice and were able to talk about what was happening using language such as 'freeze' and ‘melt'.  The children used language such as cold, ice, hard, freeze, melt.  We also explored and found out about the different animals that live in the Arctic and Antarctic.





























Understanding the World: The World (30-50 months)

Can talk about some of the things they have observed. 

Talk about why things are happening. Develop an understanding of change.

The children have spent lots of time outside playing with the Podley and made some super models to support their role play.  They have made igloos, trains and pirate ships.  After placing the planks in the cubes we talked about what we could make the construction in to.  The children decided the planks were for a pirate ship and the pirates had to walk the plank.  The had to be very careful to balance and not to fall off into the icy water where crocodiles were snapping at their feet!!  We had lots of excited screaming!!

























 Expressive Arts and Design: Being Imaginative (30-50 months)

Engages in role play

Build stories around toys

Uses available resources to create props to support role play.

PSE : Making Relationships (30-50 months)

Can play in a group

PD: Moving and Handling (30-50 months)

Mounts stairs and climbing equipment

Moves freely and with pleasure and confidence in a range of ways.












We have started Phase 2 in our Phonics sessions and this week we have been learning the sound sssssss.  We have had lots of fun exploring this sound in different ways and the children can confidently identify the sound it makes.  They have even had a go at writing the sound on post-it notes, placing them around the classroom to remind them our focus letter sound.



We have another exciting term ahead.  We have now opened Nursery for full days and are thrilled to welcome our new children into Nursery and look forward to getting to know our new families.  We are also so pleased that many of our current children have increased their hours too.


























This term we will continue to follow the ‘In the moment planning’ approach which allows us to completely follow the children’s interests.  With the cold weather before Christmas, we looked at the frost outside and talked about why it was frosty and cold. To continue this interest and explore this further, this term we are going to investigate freezing and melting, how we can turn water or other liquids to ice, what happens when we warm the ice up and investigate where the most effective place is to freeze and melt liquids and solids.


We will continue to provide a variety of opportunities for the children to explore and further develop their Literacy and Maths skills through play, following their own interests.  The children will be encouraged to use numbers names accurately in their play, recite numbers to 10, identify how many objects are in a set and begin to represent numbers in a variety of ways, sometimes matching numeral to quantity. 


Through stories and Phonics the children will be exploring rhythm and rhyme, looking at story structures, describing the main character or story setting and we will be encouraging the children to listen with increasing attention to stories and joining in with repeated refrains.  In our Phonics sessions we will also be introducing letters sounds, using the Jolly Phonics scheme and songs.  






This term we will be learning the sounds in Set 1 – s,a,t,p,i,n



It has been lovely to welcome our first class of children into Little Saints Nursery.  They have all been superstars and have enjoyed exploring their new environment, both indoors and outdoors.  We are looking forward to getting to know each child and joining them in their learning journey.





































This week (wc 25th September) in Nursery the children have enjoyed making marks in paint using tools such as whisks, rollers, spatulas and straws.  We then went outside and made marks in the bubble puddles!  We were very excited to open a box of new wooden bricks of different shapes and sizes and the children have made some super models.

We have spent lots of time outside, blowing bubbles, making large models and creating some wonderful recipes in the mud kitchen!  We even found 2 worms and some of the children a sustained period of time creating a Wormery.  We are looking forward to seeing what the worms have done over the weekend.













We have also been learning the number rhyme ‘5 Little Ducks’, focusing on counting out how many ducks come back to the pond each time.  We have been singing along to the rhyme using a link on the Interactive board.  You may want to listen to this at home with your child, please see the link below:


Here are a few pictures from the last few days:




















Nursery class went for a lovely walk with the Reception class on Tuesday 3rd October. First we sat and listened to the sounds around us. It was a very windy day and we found lots of leaves on the ground. We talked about the colours that we could see and how the ground felt to walk on. It was  a little bit muddy!
































We have been reading the story ‘Leaf Man’ by Lois Ehlert and enjoyed spotting the different animals and objects created by the leaves.  We used all the treasures we had collected in our bags over the weekend to create some beautiful Autumn pictures – we have made Leaf Man, the animals from the story and our faces. 

Understanding the World: The World – Comments and asks questions about aspects of their familiar world (30-50 months)


























We have been learning the song ‘In the Autumn’:


In the Autumn, in the Autumn

Leaves fall down, leaves fall down.

Lots of red and yellow, lots of brown and orange

On the ground, on the ground.

(Tune: Freres Jacques)





























In Phonics we have been playing around with the Nursery Rhyme ‘Incy Wincy Spider’ and have enjoyed enlivening the rhyme (Letters and Sounds – Phase 1 games) by adding voice sounds and finding different places for Incy to climb, for example up a tree, on the tap, up the steps.  We also used the website below to help us sing the rhyme:
























We have created all sorts of models and vehicles using the construction resources outside.  The children worked well together to build their models and enjoyed engaging in role play once they had been made.

Expressive Arts and Design: Exploring and using media and materials – Use various construction materials.  Beginning to construct, stacking blocks vertically and horizontally, making enclosures and creating spaces.

Expressive Arts and Design: Exploring and using media and materials – Use various construction materials.  Beginning to construct, stacking blocks vertically and horizontally, making enclosures and creating spaces.

Expressive Arts and Design: Exploring and using media and materials – Use various construction materials.  Beginning to construct, stacking blocks vertically and horizontally, making enclosures and creating spaces.

Being Imaginative – Build stories around toys (30-50 months)
















We have continued counting, using number names in play and reciting numbers to 10 (Mathematics: Numbers 30-50 months) throughout our play. 



We have also had the school photographer in this week who has taken some lovely pictures of all the Nursery children.

We have had a busy week:
























Happy Diwali


This week in Nursery we have been celebrating Diwali.  The children have been making beautiful Rangoli patterns using coloured rice, pasta, lentils and beans and have used them to decorate the Nursery.  They have made Divas (lamps) in the play dough area, adding sequins and beads, and have displayed them in the role play house where they have been preparing food for the celebrations.

Understanding the World: People and Communities – Shows interest in different ways of life. (30-50 months)

Maths: Shape, Space and Measure - Shows an interest in shape and space by playing with shapes or making arrangements with objects. (30-50 months)














They have continued to enjoy exploring the environment and following their own interests as they led their own learning.  A particular highlight this week has been working with the Reception children outdoors.  They built a fire engine and, following 999 calls, they found the correct numbered houses to put the fires out.  There was lots of communication and language, turn taking, team work and bucket loads of imagination!


Personal, Social and Emotional Development - Can play in a group, extending and elaborating play ideas, e.g. building up a role-play activity with other children.

Begins to accept the needs of others and can take turns and share resources, sometimes with support from others. (30-50 months)



Expressive Arts and Design: Being Imaginative - Uses available resources to create props to support role-play.

Engages in imaginative role-play. (30-50 months)


Enjoy our photographs from this week’s fun and learning:
















































All things Autumn

This week in Nursery we have had great fun digging out pumpkins and making pumpkin soup in the mud kitchen.  The children enjoyed using the tweezers to pick out the pumpkin seeds, which developed their fine motor skills.  We also helped Reception to tidy up our outdoor area and planted new plants in the tubs.  One frosty morning we observed the dew on the spider webs, it looked very pretty.  The children then chalked their own spider webs on the trees.  “Why is there smoke?” asked one of the children.  We then talked about out warm breath in the cold air.


Understanding the World: The World (30-50 months)

  • Can talk about some of the things they have observed.
  • Talk about why things happen and how things work.









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