Welcome to Nursery!
Here is a guide to help you support your child learning to read
Our nursery offers us a range of exciting books to read. We help ourselves to the books on the bookshelf everyday. We also enjoy choosing a book and relaxing in our cosy reading garden where we read on our own, with our friends and our teachers.
We love it when adults read to us and talk about the books. We are learning to read but it’s so important that we talk about the illustrations to build our reading skills. We take a new book home each week to read with our parents and carers.
Counting to 5 everyday helps us with maths knowledge. We love lining up and counting all the children. This week we are exploring maths in various ways- threading coloured beads to make a pattern, building towers using cubes and even using tweezers to pick up pom poms. We are extending our learning by counting the number of beads, cubes and pom poms we have used. In the garden, we sing songs to help us memorise numbers. Our favourite one this week is 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, Once I caught a fish alive.
Can you think of any other number songs to sing?
This week we have welcomed more new friends! We are learning to share our toys and listen to the teachers. We love making marks on paper using paint and crayons. Every day our teacher reads a story to us on the carpet. During this time, we are learning to sit, look and listen. Our focus story is ‘Owl Babies’. The owls miss their mummy but she comes back. We are adjusting to saying bye to our parents and carers as we get used to new faces.
07/09/2022- Welcome back!
We have been very brave settling in the Nursery this week. We are learning to share our toys and become familiar with our new environment. Our teachers have been reading stories with us and supporting us to manage our needs. Some of our old friends are back and it’s been great building new friendships. We’re looking forward to learning new skills and becoming confident learners.
2021 - 2022
20/07/2022- Keeping Cool in the Heatwave!
In the Nursery this week, we've been trying to keep cool! We have been immersed in lots of water play activities and have enjoyed keeping cool in the heat.
13/07/2022- Feeling hot, hot hot!
We love water play, especially in the hot weather. We enjoyed filling up the water pistols and spraying each other. We are learning ways to stay safe when it is very hot. We know we can drink water, have a rest and stay in the shade when it is too hot outside. It is very important we drink enough and wear sunglasses and sun hats to keep us safe.
06/07/2022 - We enjoy pretend play!
This week in our nursery we have made our own ice creams using foam, cones and sprinkles. We’re always focusing on our motor skills so this week we used the pipettes to collect water and soaked the cotton pads. We were filling the clouds with rain water to see what happens.
It was so much fun pretending to be firefighters and using the hose to put out the fires. We had to focus on where the fire was and aim the hose correctly. We managed to soak some of the teachers too…oops!
29/06/2022- Our Visit to BarleyLands Farm!
We went on a visit to the farm! We travelled on a coach, fastened our seatbelts and waited patiently. When we got off the coach we walked to the barn where we used the toilets and started our adventure. First, we got onto a tractor which took us around the farm. We were very excited to see the goats, cows, geese and meerkats. We stayed together, walked sensibly and even fed the animals. After, we ate lunch and continued to see more farm animals. We safely got onto our coach and had a nap- we were exhausted from all the fun. All the adults are very proud of how we behaved on our visit and we are excited for our next educational adventure.
We love to read everywhere! Our focus story is ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ and we have been re-telling the story and sequencing events. Using familiar language from the story helps develop our vocabulary and our reading skills. This week we made story maps using various textures to represent the grass, mud, river and snowstorm scenes. We are learning to ask questions about the book and make comments and predictions about what happens.
In the Nursery this week we are focusing on numbers and shapes. We have been reciting numbers past 5 and saying one number for each item in order. We are using the coloured links to match quantity to number. This also supports our motor development because we have to join the links together. We are using 2D shapes to make shape faces. We have to think about the shape we want to use and try to find it. In the Nursery we always sing number songs. Our favourite is 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, Once I caught a fish alive. Singing nursery rhymes is a great way to help us recite and sequence numbers.
09/06/2022-We are Brave!
We are adapting well to changes in our life. It can be difficult to settle after the holidays but we are finding different ways to help us. We love coming into class to see the activities and start playing. This week we are exploring 2D shapes and using shapes to make models. We are trying hard to problem solve and put puzzle pieces away. We’re excited to see the learning we will engage with next week.
12/05/2022-We are artists!
We have loved having paint outside during this wonderful weather. On the mark making table we were exploring paint, using fingers and other parts of our bodies as well as brushes and other tools. We were using the water colours to express ideas and feelings through making marks, and we sometimes give a meaning to the marks. Sometimes we create new colours by mixing colours together. Painting is great for our motor skills but also supports our communication skills.
We have enjoyed listening to the book Superworm. Superworm is super long and super strong! We have been making our own playdough worms and measuring to see how long they are.
At the mark making table we are drawing our own Superworms and gluing tissue paper to resemble the main character from the story.
In the garden, we are using water colours to paint. Using a paintbrush to make marks supports our motor skills. We are very proud of our achievements this week. We wonder what exciting activities we will explore next week…
28/04/2022- Developing Oracy
We are learning to use a wide range of vocabulary and develop our communication skills. Our small world area supports our pretend play and extends our sentences.
In mathematics, we are starting to make comparisons using language related to size, such as tall, taller, short and shorter.
We love having a snack in class and we can now use the snack table independently. At the snack table we talk to our friends and teachers about what foods we like and dislike.
We have enjoyed playing in our new role play area. Dressing up is exciting and challenges us to get dressed independently. We are using pencils and scissors with good control by cutting patterns and writing some letters. In mathematics, we are measuring using cubes and problem solving during tidy up.
01/04/2022-Understanding the World
We loved having the parents in for our Nursery Together session on Monday to support us with our learning. We are learning about the features and changes taking place in our environment. In mathematics, we had to find the hidden eggs. This was tricky as they were hiding in the shredded paper. In the garden, we made Easter cards with our parents and drew pictures of daffodils. We are beginning to talk about the different parts of a flower and what they need to grow.
17/03/2022- Oral Health
This week we had a visit from the dentist. They checked our teeth and applied a fluoride varnish to help prevent tooth decay. We lined up in a line, walked down the corridor and waited for our turn.
In our provision, we have been using the toothbrushes and toothpaste to brush plastic teeth. We know it’s very important to brush twice a day and look after our teeth.
10/03/2022- Nursery Together
This week the parents joined us for our learning. They supported us with reading activities in the class and the garden.
We used coloured laces to thread letters and tried to identify the sound of the letter. During the carpet session, we used our listening skills to join in with the story and say repeated phrases.
We have also been developing our PSED and communication skills with our friends by joining in with each other's play.
3/03/2022-Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Our nursery allows us to share our own ideas and opinions. We are developing confidence to be increasingly able to talk about and manage our emotions. In the morning, we put our face photos onto the emotion we are feeling. This helps us to talk about our feelings with our teachers and settle us.
We are developing friendships with other children. This requires us to use our communication skills such as listening and speaking. We can play with one or more peers, extending and elaborating play ideas.
24/02/2022-People who help us
This half term we are learning all about animals. Our role play area has been transformed into a Veterinary surgery. We love using bandages and plastic injections to help the animals. The role play area helps develop our oracy skills by listening and talking to one another. In mathematics, we are learning to recognise numbers and put quantity to number.
We love reading everyday in the Nursery. We enjoy looking at the illustrations and listening to a story. Our reading den is comfortable and cosy but we also enjoy reading on the carpet. Our teachers read the same story over time so we become familiar with the language which helps us join in. Over the past few weeks we have read Goldilocks and The Three Bears and The Three Little Pigs. We can confidently talk about these books and join in with repeated phrases.
03/02/2022- Chinese New Year
This week in Nursery our provision has linked to the Chinese New Year. We used brushes to form Mandarin numbers in the tuff tray. It was a challenge to copy the same shapes but we tried our best.
We decorated our own lanterns using gold and red paper. We used PVA glue to stick the paper and left it to dry.
Sensory play helps develop our motor skills and we love it! We used the Numicon to form marks in the shaving foam.
We love problem solving in the Nursery! This week, we have been sorting links by colour and making chains. We can count how many links we have used and find the number in our environment.
Some of our 2D shapes were hiding! We found them in the tray with straw. We can identify and describe some 2D shapes.
Working together helps us share ideas and take turns. We love using the wooden blocks to build towers. This week we have been building a house for the Three Little Pigs- The Big Bad Wolf blew their house down so we’re trying to find a stronger material.
20/01/2022-Goldilocks and The Three Bears
This week we have enjoyed reading our focus story. At the mathematics table we used sticks, eyes and stones to make a bear's face. We had to think about the features and try to create our own.
We have been exploring and talking about different forces we can feel. Our investigation area allows us to explore and talk about what we notice.
Our role play area represents the bears cottage. We use the bears and props to act out scenes from the story. Our favourite part is when Goldilocks runs away!
We are pleased to be back in school and learn. This week, we are using Bee Bots- trying to navigate them is exciting. We are learning to use words such as forwards, left, right and backwards.
Our focus story is Goldilocks and the Three Bears. We used the small world tuff tray to retell the story. At the mark making table we have been drawing pictures of Goldilocks and the Bears.
In mathematics, we are sorting bears. We can sort the bears by colour and size.
17/12/2021-Nursery Tea Party!
This week, we had a Christmas tea party with our parents. We ate cheese sandwiches, drank juice and iced biscuits.
We have been very busy making Christmas decorations for our tree. We carefully glued 3 lolly sticks together and added sequins.
In mathematics, we are learning to use numbers in our play and count to 10.
In our mark making area, we cut pictures of toys from magazines and wrote a letter to Santa. We are learning to give meaning to our marks and write recognisable letters.
It has been fun listening to Christmas songs. Our favourite song at the moment is Jingle bells.
9/12/2021- Understanding our World
In mathematics we are learning about length by using words such as long, short, longer and shorter. We used these key words when making our Christmas Tree’s.
In phonics, we have learnt the sounds m, a and s. We are learning to identify these sounds in our environment and make marks to represent sounds.
Our Elf workshop is now open! We are super busy wrapping presents to place under our Christmas tree. It can be a tricky task but working together makes the job manageable.
02/12/2021-The Tiger Who Came To Tea
We have been exploring our focus story this week in the Nursery.
In Maths we made tall towers using orange and black cubes. We tried to make an ABAB pattern- orange, black, orange, black. Can you count the number of cubes we used?
At the playdough table, we used orange playdough, googly eyes and black pipe cleaners. We looked at a picture of a Tiger and made our own stripy tigers.
Mr Ervalho made fruit smoothies with us. We put bananas, mixed berries and milk in a blender. We enjoyed making and trying a new healthy snack.
24.11.2021-Understanding the World
We are learning about the celebration called Christmas. This week, we decorated our own stockings using sequins and stars. We have been listening to the Christmas story during carpet time and trying hard to remember key events.
There was something different about our mark making table this week. The paper was underneath! We had to lay on our backs and look up to make marks.
Outside, we used paint brushes to make marks with water. We enjoyed making big and small circles by moving our bodies.
We are developing the muscles in our fingers every day. Our challenge this week was to hang socks using wooden pegs.
Next week we'll be learning more about Christmas and how it is celebrated. We’re looking forward to new activities!
Nursery have enjoyed counting and recognising numbers. We used our toy cars to go over the road numbers. This supports our number knowledge and motor skills.
Some of the toy cars had crayons attached. We used the cars on big paper to make marks. It was interesting to see the marks made when we moved the cars back and forth, applying pressure.
We have noticed changes in our garden so we decided to go on an Autumn hunt. We were looking for different coloured objects outside and collected these in our paper bags. We found some green, orange and yellow leaves as well as plenty of sticks.
Our teachers know we love to be a Challenge- Rex. This week, we had to rescue the animals. They had lots of elastic bands wrapped around- we had to remove the elastic bands one by one then count how many we collected.
11/11/2021- Little Shoppers
On Monday, some of the children walked to Tesco Express to buy snacks for our snack table. They chose a healthy snack, gave money to the cashier and walked back to school. We can’t wait to do this again next week.
Our focus story Happy Birthday Cupcake has inspired us to make our own playdough cupcakes. We added cocoa powder to make it smell and look like chocolate.
We also made birthday cards and collaged balloons to help us talk about birthday celebrations.
In the mathematics tuff tray, we tried to pick conkers using the big tweezers. We counted how many we collected and tried to find the number.
We enjoy choosing a book from our reading den and sitting with our friends. We found new books and we can’t wait to read them in class.
We used the balance bikes in the garden and it was so much fun! We remembered to wear helmets and wait our turn. Using balance bikes helps develop our core muscles.
This week Nursery have been learning about the festival called Diwali. Hindus and Sikhs around the world celebrate this special festival.
We made rangoli patterns using different shapes. Rangoli patterns can be square, rectangular or circular – or a mix of all three. They are often symmetrical.
During this time of year, you may hear fireworks outside. The children used chalk on black paper to create their own fireworks. They described the fireworks using words such as ‘loud’, ‘bang’ and ‘shiny’.
The children drew around their hands to make a mehndi pattern. They used squiggly, straight and wavy lines.
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.
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.
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!
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
Khadijah has worked very hard on her sounds, well done!
Look at Isaac's homework for yesterday's home learning!
Spray Bottle Fun
We made you healthy cupcakes parents/carers but... we decided to eat them ourselves, they just looked so delicious!
Happy Birthday Cupcake
Family Friday Physical Development
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!
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
We love our snack in nursery
We are really enjoying our learning this week.
We are so happy to be back!
Science Day Fun
Fun with phonics in today's Nursery Together
We have loved our provision this week!
We have enjoyed following our interests and exploring magnets
Fresh Water Theatre
This week in Nursery
Happy New Year!
Look who visited us in Nursery!
Christmas Celebrations in Nursery
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.
We had a visit from Falconry UK
Reading at our Nursery Together
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!
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.
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.
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!”
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.
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: