Welcome to the Nursery
The Nursery runs a September intake each year and only offers places in January if space is available. There will not be a January intake in 2018. The Nursery accepts children entitled to the universal 15 hours funding a week as well children entitled to the extended 15 hour entitlement for parents working more than 16 hours a week. The Nursery opens from 9.00-3.00pm. We offer full day sessions as well as morning and afternoon sessions.
The Nursery is run by a team of well qualified staff:
Mrs Lovibond-Stephens- Teacher
Mrs Horsey- Nursery Nurse
Mrs Francis- Assistant Level 3
Mrs Fear- Assistant Level 3
Mrs Munro-March- Assistant level 4
Miss Brooks- Assistant level 4
Mrs Painton- Governor volunteer assistant
The ethos of the Nursery is to provide a mixture of child initiated play alongside adult-led activities.
Please remember if you change any contact details to let us know especially mobile numbers. It may worth keeping the School's phone number in your diary or phone incase you get unavoidably held up it is:
If you are held up picking up your child please let us know as soon as possible we will obviously look after them in the Nursery until you arrive. If it is the end of the day and Mrs Lovibond-Stephens has meeting they will be cared for in after school club.
The children have been talking about the fruit they have enjoyed the most for snack over the last few weeks. Last Friday the children voted for their favourite fruits which we had for snack.
The children voted for the type of role-play area they wanted. The winning vote was a doctor's surgery and animal rescue center.
We found out about why we wear poppies and made our own poppy memorial in our garden.
We have started our topic about, 'Winter' this week. We have watched the, 'The Snowman and the Snow dog'. We have made a display and role-play area inspired by the film. We have a wonderful igloo in our role-play area for reading in with torches. We have also made some yummy melting Snowmen biscuits see photos below.
Of course we have also spent most of the week practising for our Christmas show!
This week we have finished making our individual carnival floats. We have been starting to look at our new topic, 'Winter'. We watched a film about winter birds and then made bird feeders to ensure the birds in our garden have enough food as weather changes. See photos below.
This week most of us went to the Carnival so we have talked about what we saw and looked at lots of photos of floats. We have started to make individual small 3D floats using cereal boxes.
On our welly walk today we looked for signs of seasonal change. We spotted bare trees, glistening cobwebs and our shadows. See photos below.
We are continuing to work on the, 'Write Dance' program in PE as well as practising songs and actions for our Christmas performance.
Our focus this week has been on Fireworks. We have looked at photos of fireworks and talked about the sounds they make. We have also had great fun making large paintings of fireworks by throwing tennis balls covered in paint at sheets of paper on the floor. See photos below.
This morning we used the pom poms to dance like fireworks in PE and yesterday we made large chalk firework pictures on the playground as part of our welly walk.
We have been trying lots of different foods from countries around the world this week. We have tried rice, pop a doms, hot dogs and French pastries. We have also found the counties on the globe.
We have finished making favourite food plates. Everyone has had the opportunity to talk about the foods they enjoy eating and have also made a collage food plate.
On our welly walk we have been on a scavenger hunt looking for leaves, twigs, stones, feathers and a surprise!
Wow what an amazing day we have had. This morning a rocket crash landed in our Nursery with a puppet called, 'Twinkle' inside. Twinkle was on her way to the North Pole when she ran out of petrol. We had to help re-fuel Twinkle's rocket with shape fuel. We worked really hard to find shapes around our classroom to put in the rocket but also took lots of photos of shapes we found outside to fill the rocket up. After about an hour we managed to fill the rocket and we launched Twinkle into the sky nearly taking Mrs Horsey with her. We have just received a phone call from Twinkle to say she has made it back to the North Pole and is having a cup of tea with Santa.
Over the last few weeks we have all been settling in and learning the Nursery routines such as lining up, sharing a story and eating together. Last week we made portraits of ourselves using paint. These are now displayed in our room with our individual targets. This week we are starting to make family trees using photos from home. This is to encourage us to talk to our adult helpers and share memories about special times.
This week we have continued to make Family trees. Today we have been looking for bears on our welly walk linked to the story, 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt'. The children found 9 bears in total. We have also started looking at the globe and other countries particularly Australia. Our volunteer governor, Pat Painton bought in a wonderful Australian glove puppet which we sang the song, '5 in the bed' to.
This week we have been designing our own Christmas cards which will be sent away to be printed in time for Christmas. We have used 2D shapes to help make our snowmen, pudding, reindeer, trees and Santa pictures.
We have continued our theme of 2D shape in other areas as well. We went on a 2D shape hunt, welly walk looking for and photographing shapes in our school environment. See photos below.
We have also been playing with lots of shape matching games and puzzles in our child initiated play.