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21/10/2021- Boo!

This week Nursery have been hammering golf tees into pumpkins! We talked about the size, texture and weight of the pumpkins. We held the golf tees in one hand and the hammer in the other.  There were some creepy crawlies hiding in the mathematics tuff tray! We looked carefully and used the tweezers to take them out. We helped the adults make a race track on the floor using masking tape. We placed our cars at the starting position and pushed them to see who went the furthest. On your marks, get set, go!


14/10/2021-Exploring 2D shapes


This week in nursery we have been playing with 2D shapes. Making shapes using elastic bands can be challenging but it supports our mathematics and fine motor skills. We used the large foam shapes to create pictures. In the garden, we created shapes using coloured sticks. We can notice some shapes in our environment and use shapes in our play.


7/10/2021-Communication and Language


This week in Nursery we have been busy talking! We love talking to our friends and teachers about our learning.


We created our bodies using googly eyes, wool for our hair and tissue paper for our clothes. We talked about the way we look and our features.


In mathematics, we are learning to say numbers. We used the Numicon to count and playdough to create our own numbers.


Our role play area gives us plenty of speaking opportunities. We act out our experiences from home with our friends. Making tea and food and looking after the babies.


30/9/2021- The Very Hungry Caterpillar

We are enjoying having tea parties with our friends. We use the role play area to act out our experiences from home. Pre-writing skills develop muscles in our hands to help us write. We love getting messy with different textures like rice, sand and salt. We painted our own caterpillars using pom poms and paint. In mathematics, we are learning to find the number 1. I wonder what number we will find next week?


23/09/2021- Being Brave!

We have had a fun week in Nursery. We are starting to settle without our parents and carers, this can be scary but we are brave! We have enjoyed using the train tracks to construct. Joining pieces together means we are problem solving. Our focus story is The Very Hungry Caterpillar. We used green and red playdough to make our own caterpillars. We’re excited to see what skills we use next week.  


16/09/2021-Construction, Water Play and Painting


We are learning to stack blocks horizontally and vertically. We can work together to share ideas, take turns and use construction blocks.


Water play

Playing with water is a fun sensory experience. We are learning to remember to wear our aprons and share our toys.



Developing our motor skills can be tricky, but we always try hard. Holding and using paintbrushes helps to develop muscles in our body which supports our grip and movement.


10/09/2021- Starting Nursery

Nursery Children have had a great start to the new term as they have started to settle back into the school routine.





We are enjoying our topic on superheroes. This week we have been making Captain America’s shield using coloured tissue paper.


Developing our motor skills is always fun! Recognising numbers 1-10 can be tricky but we always do our best.


Mark making in a quiet area is relaxing. We like to find small spaces where we can write and draw our ideas and thoughts.


We loved our Forest School today, we played exciting games and loved playing inside the tent that we made. We laughed and smiled a lot and ran around in the fresh air. We are growing in confidence in our Forest School and have lots to talk about when we finish our session. 

Our First Forest School Session

We loved our First Forest School session today, we explored our forest and thought about what we could see and hear. Miss Josson is a trained Forest School teacher and she made our first session lots of fun, we are really excited about the weeks ahead and learning in the outdoors.


Benefits of Forest School

Forest School sets learning in a different context for children where they can undertake a range of practical activities and carry out small achievable tasks. At Forest School children can develop their team working skills and also learn to become more independent. Those who are unfamiliar with woodlands and green spaces can become confident in using them and this can form the basis of a life-long relationship with natural spaces.


Colour mixing - We are scientists! We used pipettes to collect coloured water and create a new colour. 


Animal tuff tray - We have been exploring farm animals. We can identify animals by their appearance and the sound they make.


Geoboards - Using elastic bands to make 2D shapes can be challenging for our little fingers. Being a Tryatops helps us develop our motor skills and shape knowledge.


We are using magnets to find letters in the rice. Using phonics helps us to read the words. We can read the words cat, mat and sat.


Using tweezers can be tricky but we never give up. We read the number in the bowl and collected the correct amount of pom poms with the tweezers.


Getting creative in Nursery this week. 14.5.21

We have been exploring textures and colour patterns while we develop our number skills. 

Number Day!

Our Learning

We are working together everyday and learning to take turns. We are considerate of others’ needs. We use our kind words to communicate with our friends when we play.

Sensory play is an important part of our development. We use the nets to try and catch as many fish as possible. Filling empty bottles helps support our gross and fine motor skills.

Exploring magnets is great fun! We pretend to make different flavoured ice-cream using the magnets.

Look at our learning!

We have been are learning about animals and some of us have been matching the animal to the print. We have loved finding different sized tigers and zebras

We are working hard to write our names and form recognisable letters, some of us can hold and use pencils with good control. We really enjoy writing the sounds we have learnt. 


We had some very special visitors in our Nursery today

Our World Book Day Celebration

What exciting learning opportunities we have!

Our teachers have created such amazing spaces for us to explore and learn in. We are really enjoying being back in school and are settling well back into our nursery and our learning. It has been great seeing all of our friends again and meeting new ones. 

More great home learning from Nursery this week, lots of drawing and name writing. Well done Nursery!

Beautiful work produced by Saibah

Adyan counting 3 items of toys

Our Nursery have been very busy learning from home!

Rae has produced some excellent work

Nursery may be learning from home this week but that hasn't stopped them from producing some excellent work for Mrs Josson. Look at Rae's fantastic writing and number formation!

Khadijah has worked very hard on her sounds, well done!

Look at Isaac's homework for yesterday's home learning!

Finger Gym

Spray Bottle Fun

We have been using spray bottles to make chalk numbers on the floor disappear. We had lots of fun doing it, discovering how the water made the chalk vanish. It was also great for developing the muscles in our hands as well as helping us with our number recognition as we played with our teacher. 

Supporting Children in Need

We dressed in yellow today to show our support for Children In Need. One of our teachers even dressed as a lion! We have had great fun this week with our learning and today we particularly enjoyed following a treasure map that was brought to life by Mr Leak as we travelled around the nursery following the map. It was great fun!

We made you healthy cupcakes parents/carers but... we decided to eat them ourselves, they just looked so delicious!

Happy Birthday Cupcake

We have started an amazing new book this week 'Happy Birthday Cupcake' and have some exciting learning that will be taking place over the next few weeks. Watch this space parents and carers, we have a treat install for you! 

Family Friday Physical Development

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We have been making our own playdough this week!

Playdough is excellent for developing our fine motor skills, it helps us develop our finger muscles that we need to write. It is soft and squishy and we can make anything out of it. We can mould, flatten, squish, pinch, break and roll the playdough into all sorts of creations. As we worked on our creations we formed new ideas and concepts and our teachers helped us to extend our vocabulary.  



We are working on our fine motor skills this week in our maths area and getting messy with some hand printing!

Mark making

We are being encouraged to make marks this week with an exciting activity. We love how the crayons have been attached to the cars and have enjoyed pushing them around to make our marks. We give meaning to our marks and enjoy sharing this with our teachers. 

We love our Nursery

Our teacher is amazing in our Nursery, she really thinks about how she sets out our provision and the activities that extend and challenge us. When we are learning she interacts with us to extend our thinking and always asks us to use our words and speak in full sentences. 

We love our snack in nursery

Our healthy snack table is one of our favourite activities in our nursery, we love sitting around it and chatting to our friends and teacher. 

We are really enjoying our learning this week.

In our Nursery this week our teacher has created exciting activities for us to develop our fine motor skills. We have really enjoyed the cereal crushing, trying to hit the cereal loop with the hammer was great fun with our friends. 

We are so happy to be back!

There are just a few of us to begin with but we are really looking forward to meeting our new friends next week. We have all settled back into our learning very quickly and our parents/carers didn't need to stay with us as we were so confident and happy to be back in our Nursery. 


Science Day Fun

Fun with phonics in today's Nursery Together

We had a great time practising our sounds as we zoomed down the slide today with our teacher. Our teacher shouted out a sound and we had to find it before we flew down the slide, it was great fun and we were all really good at taking turns and lining up.  

We had excellent speaking and listening skills on today's shopping trip!

Exploring Textures

We have loved our provision this week!

We have had great fun developing our fine motor skills this week while we also practice our counting. Our teacher has set up really exciting activities and we have loved exploring them and learning with each other. 

We have enjoyed following our interests and exploring magnets

We were great Shareadons today and shared the magnets between us with our friends. We have loved exploring what the magnets do and using them in our play while we learn. 

Fresh Water Theatre

We had a visit from the Fresh Water Theatre today, it was great fun. It was a story telling session and we became part of the story. We sang lots of nursery ryhmes and met different characters along the way. 

This week in Nursery

We have been exploring the bee bots in nursery with our friends. This week we are learning to programme the bee bots by pressing the buttons to help it move. We are beginning to use directional language such as forwards, backwards, left and right. 
Our focus story this half term is The Three Billy Goats Gruff. We are using different coloured paper to create a scene from the story.

Happy New Year!

We have made an excellent start to 2020 and are really enjoying all of the learning our teachers have set us for our first week back. When we play in the sand we love exploring filling containers and pouring the sand, we use fine and gross motor skills and our teachers encourage us to think about what we are making and doing. 

Look who visited us in Nursery!

Christmas Celebrations in Nursery

We really enjoyed having our families in today to help us share in our Christmas celebrations at school. There were lots of activities for all of us to enjoy together, we wrapped up parcels, decorated Christmas cards and we even made guacamole Christmas tress at our snack table. 

Shape Week

We have been thinking about shape. We used the wooden shape box to connect and layer shapes to form pictures and patterns. We are learning to name shapes and to think about their properties, we have been using language such as straight, curved, corner and side. 


Here are some of our ideas:


“It is a Elmer bus because it has lots of squares and rainbow colours”


 “This is my brother….the round one matches…...I am not making my brother now, I am making a truck.



Small World

We love our 'Small World' play in nursery. We benefit a great deal from getting into character and acting out scenarios, our teachers in nursery are excellent at following our lead and joining in with our play. 

We had a visit from Falconry UK

Today was very exciting as we had a visit from Falconry UK. We saw lots of different birds, we met Rocco the Pygmy Falcon and Bailey the White Faced Scops Owl. We also met a baby Eagle Owl but he was enormous and still didn't have all his feathers. Some of us had the birds perch on our arm, we were very brave and loved meeting all the birds. When we got back into nursery we were so excited about what we had seen that we drew lots of pictures of the birds and wrote about them. 

Reading at our Nursery Together

Today some of our parents and carers looked at what we do around reading in the nursery. The session finished with Miss Harris telling a very engaging story of 'Goldilocks and The Three Bears', she used lots of exciting props and we loved joining in with parts of the story. 

We love our bikes in nursery

Our 'Bike it!' Nursery Together

Today was brilliant, we had our parents and carers in to see how we have been learning how to ride the balance bikes. They could see the hard work we have been putting in, learning with our teachers. Jeremy was showing them how he taught us to ride the balance bikes and the steps we went through. It gave our parents lots of help to support us at home riding a bike and now they know that stabilisers are banned because they don't help us learn to balance.


The session wasn't just for us though, we also gave our parents and carers the opportunity to ride the bikes too! Some of them had never been on a bike before and some had not been on one for a very long time but Jeremy worked with them, going through the steps that he taught us. 

Look at me!

Today I learnt to ride a bike and pedal while I balance and I am only still in nursery! I have been practicing very hard since the beginning of September on the balance bikes, developing my skills and control over the bike. Now I can ride a bike and pedal while I steer, then use my brakes to stop. My teachers were so proud of me they had tears in their eyes! 

Cosmic Yoga

Nursery Yoga


In Nursery to promote good mental health we have started mini yoga sessions. 

Yoga teaches children that their bodies are different; different bodies do different things and all of them are okay. There is no one better or worse at yoga than anyone else; we are all having fun,  exploring our bodies and learning from them in our own way.

Any exercise begun in childhood helps children to remain physically active and healthy as a lifestyle. Exercise makes us feel good about ourselves and develop better confidence and self esteem. 

We have been using the Cosmic Kids Yoga videos. We had lots of fun practising ‘The Bouncing Bunny.’

We had to follow the instructions carefully. Learning how to bounce our legs from the floor whilst balancing on our hands took some practice and coordination. We were nice and relaxed for our story time afterwards.

Thursday 17th October

Rockets, Rain and Roads


We have been mark making using the large chalks. We thought about what we were going to draw and observed the marks we made.

“Rain” says Enosh making spotty marks, we decide to Sing ‘Incey Wincey Spider’

Fatin talks about a spider she saw at her home

“I saw a spinder on my home….it was a big one….I say arrrrgh!”

Omaima decides “I need to make a rainbow” she draws an enormous spiral using her gross motor skills
Rayyan makes  a fantastic story about his rocket.  “It a rocket to the moon. It blasting off….they fall out…..on the ground….they go to the hospital….they break they eye”

Teen and Toddler Project 


We are hosting a 'Teen and toddler' group in our Early Years setting. Working with 'Power 2' who work with young people aged 13-16 to achieve their full potential. These young people will volunteer for 1.5 hours per week for the next 16 weeks. Each of them becomes a one-to-one mentor for someone in our nursery or reception. We are working with pupils from Little Ilford School and today was their first visit. They were all great at using the strategies needed in the Early Years to interact and communicate with us and we all loved meeting our new friends today.



Nursery Shoppers

We had our first shopping trip today to help us develop our communication and Language. We thought about what healthy foods we could buy at the shops and wrote our own shopping lists. It also helps us develop lots of other areas of our learning, we especially like counting out the money from the office before we leave. When we got back from the shops we helped Mrs Begum prepare the fruit for our snack table and put away the shopping. 

Friday 4th October


We had our very first 'Nursery Together' event today where our parents and carers came into our nursery. Today they learnt about how important it is to develop our communication and language and some of the strategies our teachers use in school such as; child directed speech, self talk and parallel talk to develop this area of our learning. They found out about why we have become a mobile free zone and the importance of making opportunities to have high quality conversations with us outside of school. The best bit of all though after Miss Allen had brought them all down into our nursery was when they all joined in with our learning and had conversations about what we were doing. Some of our parents and carers were even using the strategies our teachers use, they were all amazing!


Our amazing parents, carers and families were helping us today with our Communication and Language:

Here are some of the things our parents said about today's Nursery Together: 


"I will try to communicate with my child with new vocabulary and language."


"I will communicate with him in different times like mornings and evenings."


"The session was very helpful, I will do self talk with my child at home. I think it will be helpful for my child."


"I will let my child talk more about school, about what he did and how he enjoyed school."

Wednesday 2nd October

We are so lucky to get to ride our balance bikes and we are making lots of progress. Lots of the teachers in our school have never learnt to ride a bike so Jeremy who comes in to help us is helping them too. We all cheered for Mrs Begum today, after she kept trying Mrs Begum learnt to ride the bike with us.

Our teacher learnt to ride a bike!

We are full time in the nursery and we eat our lunch in the school hall with the rest of the school. We sit and chat together, talking about what we are eating and making healthy choices. We are all very confident now and finish all our dinner!

We are so confident now!

We are very creative in the nursery

We had a poet come to visit

We are Poets


We used our imaginations and used a familiar song to create a song of our own. We included our own sound effects and actions.


Miss Harris has a Nursery ee-i-ee-i-o,

And in that Nursery she has a slide ee-i-ee-i-o,

With a zing zing here and a zing zing there

Here a zing, there a zing, 

Everywhere a zing zing. 


In that nursery she has some glue ee-i-ee-i-o,

With a stick stick here and a stick stick there

Here a stick, there a stick, 

Everywhere a stick stick.


In that nursery she has some bricks ee-i-ee-i-o,

With a bang bang here and a bang bang there

Here a bang, there a stick, 

Everywhere a bang bang.


In that nursery she has some paint ee-i-ee-i-o,

With a paint paint here and a paint paint there

Here a paint, there a paint, 

Everywhere a paint paint.


In that nursery she has a bridge e-i-ee-i-o,

With a wobbly wobbly here and a wobbly wobbly there

Here a wobbly, there a wobbly, 

Everywhere a wobbly wobbly.


Look at our Balance Bikes!

We had so much fun learning to balance on our new balance bikes today with Jeremy and our teachers. We learnt how to sit up straight and how to stop using the brakes. We persevered and tried hard to balance on the bikes, we started to hop with both feet at the same time to help us develop our balance. It was very exciting and we can't wait until our next 'Bike it!' session. 

First Week Back

It is our first week in Nursery and a very exciting time, we have been very brave and are settling in  well. We love the new friends we have made and are getting to know our teachers. We are enjoying exploring the space around us and getting involved in lots of different exciting activities. 



What an exciting end of year visit we had!


On Tuesday 18th June we went on our end of year visit to the Olympic park and explored the Tumbling Bay playground. We enjoyed going down the really fast slide, being chased along the wobbly bridge, and making  sand castles in the enormous sandpit. Our day ended with a delicious picnic in the park with our parents and a nice walk around the park where we saw a family of ducks. It was a very fun day and we really enjoyed it!



Reading Day with our parents

We really enjoyed having our parents and carers in our nursery today to read with us. It was a very special event sharing our love of books and how amazing we are at reading. We loved listening to them read us our favourite stories and then we chose books to read to them too.  

Zoolab visited us on Wednesday 15th May



Tom from Zoolab came to visit nursery, he brought lots of his favourite pets for us to find out about. We met Peter the Giant African Snail, he has 10,000 teeth!

“He is so hard and so big!” said Abdulrahman touching his shell.


We met Arthur and Albert the millipedes. They have 112 legs and no teeth. Nailah held the millipede, she thinks they have twelve feet and decides that they feel like a hair brush. We saw Trevor the Australian Tree Frog. Trevor likes to live high up in the trees.

Araf said ‘Ooooh' when Trevor jumped high.


We met George a Fire Corn Snake. Did you know snakes use their tongues to smell?

We also met Harry and Ron the gerbils, they were small and had little whiskers. They were very friendly but we had to be careful because they like to bite!





This term we started our Shoppers project in nursery. Every week we take orders from all our friends in nursery, for what healthy food they want to eat at our snack table. We take our shopping bag, count and collect our money from the office and then set off into the local area to visit the shops. It is great for developing our language as the experience gives us lots to talk about.  

This Week's Shoppers

Friday 29th March


To celebrate Mother's Day we had someone close to us join us in our nursery today. We decorated tasty cakes and gave hand massages as a lovely treat for that someone special. 

Tuesday 19th March

Today we had our families in to visit nursery to share in our learning, as part of our Number Day. Our teachers had set up lots of different activities for our parents to play along side us and find out how we learn in school. What a lot of fun we had!

We loved dressing up as our favourite book characters for World book Day!

Ten Frames


Some of us in nursery are enjoying using the ten frames to show what one more and one less than a number is. We can count the pegs to make sure that the correct number has been made and then add one more. 


What a fantastic time we had mark making with our parents!


We had our parents into our Nursery to share in our very special mark making event to explore how we begin the journey from mark making to writing. There were a range of activities including playdough to strengthen our hand writing muscles, messy shaving foam to practice lots of different lines and shape patterns. We even came away with our own box of crayons to mark make at home!

September 2018


This term has seen Nursery learn about Nursery Rhymes. We have been doing our best to sing a long and remember them as much as possible. The children have also spent time making Nursery Rhyme related crafts to go on our displays.


The start of the year has also meant settling children in to Nursery, establishing routines, and making friends. The children have spent time learning each other’s names and learning to play with other people. It has been a fun first few weeks!