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June 2022 - Sponsored Walk

On the hottest day of the year so far, the children did amazingly well navigating a tricky obstacle course around the field for their sponsored walk, raising lots of money for the Nursery. Weaving in and out of cones, balancing on logs and climbing through tunnels were just some of the obstacles they faced. After all that hard work they finished with a well deserved ice lolly and cold drink. 

June 2022 - The Queen's Jubilee Celebrations 

The children had a fabulous time celebrating the Queen's Jubilee at our Nursery party. They made crowns and flags for the occasion and enjoyed eating all the party food we had prepared. A very special guest made an appearance and children were hugely excited to talk to her whilst they ate their food and listen to a Paddington Bear story. Every child went home with a gift of a Platinum Jubilee coin, which they can keep forever to remember the event. 

May 2022 - The Smartest Giant in Town

We have been further developing children's love of reading with our core book 'The Smartest Giant in Town'. The children have been exploring rhyme for a number of weeks and this story has really helped to develop this further.  Children have been using their investigation skills to see if they can make a 'boat for a goat' using a variety of materials. They have also been dressing up in 'giant' clothes and using their measuring skills to compare different animal footprints. 

April 2022 - Jack and the Beanstalk

Children have loved listening to one of our 'Core Books'  Jack and the Beanstalk the last few weeks. We have been acting out the story using our most ferocious Giant voices, finding the lost golden egg using positional vocabulary, colour mixing to make green beanstalks and of course planting our own beans in the Nursery garden, hoping they will grow high enough for us to climb!

March 2022 - Eggciting News!

Children have been excited to see the hatching of five little ducklings to the nursery. It has been a fantastic opportunity for children to develop their knowledge and understanding of life cycles and lots of discussions have taken place, with children asking fascinating questions to satisfy their curiosity. We have made strong connections with stories and rhymes such as ‘The Little Red Hen’ and of course singing the children’s favourite ‘Five Little Ducks’ nursery rhyme.


  

January 2022 - Owls 

This week the nursery children had a lovely visit from some beautiful owls. They were able to watch them fly and given lots of information about them which sparked lots of questions and discussions between the children and staff. Before they left the children had the opportunity to have a photo with one of the owls if they wanted too. 

 November 2021 - Fireworks galore

We returned after half term to lots of whizzing and zooming for firework night. We pretended to be a flickering flames as we whirled around with ribbons and streamers and used discussion around our creative fireworks to think about new words and sounds.

 

November 2021 - Remembrance

CBeebies produced a beautiful short, animated film entitled 'Poppies' to help convey the notion of Remembrance to our young learners. We watched this together and discussed the feelings that the rabbit character felt and how this links with people wearing poppies today.

 

November 2021 - Children in Need

Everyone used their group floor books to document 'Children In Need' and create a truly spotty dotty day. The children discussed their own actions and the importance of kindness towards others.

 

October 2021 - Our First Half Term Together

During the first half term the children have been getting to know each other, exploring their own interests and discovering new things. There was lots of different mark making happening as the writing and creative area was introduced and the cosy book became a peaceful retreat. We had a close look at Autumn and the changes happening around us and used pumpkins to discuss size and to make some spooky potions.