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Hello Nursery!


We have reached the last week of the school year!  In class this week we will be celebrating the final week of Nursery.  Here are some of the things we will be doing:


  • Exploring measurement by using scales to measure ingredients to make cupcakes.  Each child will wash their hands and will make their own mixture.
  • We will be talking about what makes us happy at school and making our own book of drawings and writing of things we enjoy.
  • We will vote on a Cosmic Kids yoga video – we love yoga! (You can find the clips on Youtube)
  • Each child will practise writing their names using labels and from memory.
  • We will play games to practise turn taking, such as snakes and ladders.
  • The children will choose a story to listen to throughout the week.  Each child will then have a go at being the teacher and practise retelling the story by themselves!
  • Choose a favourite song on Youtube and have a dance party!
  • See if we can count all the way to 20 and practise counting backwards.


For the children who are learning at home, I will give you a phone call on Thursday morning to hear about how you are and to say goodbye and good luck!


Thank you for a brilliant year Nursery, have a lovely summer and good luck in Reception!  Stay happy and safe, love Miss Ibsen x


                                         Dear Nursery

We hope this message finds you safe and well at home.  Myself and Mrs Ormrod are in school with key worker children from Nursery.  Each week I will put up some actvities which we will being doing in class for you to try at home.


Have fun and we hope to see you soon!


Love from, Miss Ibsen and Mrs Ormrod





Week beginning 22nd of June - The Very Busy Spider

Home learning for the week beginning 15th of June

Learning at Home

Here are some ideas of things that you can do with your child at home.


Practical activities:



Ebooks which read aloud to your child:



Websites with games you can play with your child:

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Term 4 - Castles


This term we will be learning all about castles, what they looked like and who lived in them.  Our role play area has become a medieval castle where knights and princesses enjoy banquets.  There's a dungeon with a fire breathing dragon and a moat and guards to keep the castle safe from invaders!  The children are already enjoying taking on the roles and finding out about castles.


Come and see our fantastic castle paintings in our class!


                              Science Week


This week Nursery have become scientists!  We started the week making paper aeroplanes to explore how they fly and to test which aeroplane could travel the furthest.  The children particularly enjoyed racing their planes outside!  Nursery have also looked at the earth and the continent of Europe, where we live.  We have learnt facts about bumblebees and we have found out that bees are in danger from humans.  We have decided to make our garden bee friendly and have planted lots of different seeds to attract bees.  The children have also made their own bee from salt dough which we have hung near our altar to remind us to be kind to bumblebees.    

World Book Day


On the 5th of March we celebrated World Book Day!  The children came to school dressed as their favourite book characters and enjoying showing their outfits to their friends.  We had a special assembly with the rest of the school and played a book quiz together.  In class we painted our own potato pals of the characters we had dressed as.  The children particuarly enjoyed taking their pals on adventures in our classroom, we also had a rolling race to see which pal was the fastest!  We had a lovely end to the day reading stories with the Year 6 class in our garden.



This week we have started to learn about Lent.  We listened to a story about Jesus going into the wilderness to pray and think about God for 40 days and 40 nights.  We found out before the start of Lent on Shrove Tuesday people often make pancakes so we decided to make our own.  First, the children each wrote a list of the ingredients we would need.  The children then took turns to make the pancake mixture, adding ingredients and whisking it together.  They particularly enjoyed flipping the pancakes over in the pan!  Ask your child about how to make pancakes.  Which toppings did they choose?  

Term 3 - Traditional Tales

This term we are learning about traditional tales such as:

  • Goldilocks and the 3 Bears
  • Jack and the Bean Stalk
  • 3 Billy Goats Gruff
  • Little Red Riding Hood
  • The Ginger Bread Man
  • The 3 Little Pigs

and lots more...

Dinosaur Drinks!


Nursery have been learning about the letter 'd'.  As we know that many of our children are very interested in dinosaurs we decided to find out about what they like to eat.  We had a look in some non-fiction books and watched a video about Diplodocuses.  We learnt that these dinosaurs were herbivores so they did not eat meat.  We talked about what a Diplodocus might eat instead and wrote our own shopping lists to make dinosaur drinks.  On Friday we blended berries and bananas to make our own delicious Diplodocus drinks!  We sat outside in the sunshine to enjoy them together.

RSPB Birdwatch


This week we have had very cold and windy weather at Nursery.  We decided to help the birds by putting out seeds for them to eat as we know that in winter it is hard for birds to find food.  The children have been looking at different pictures of birds and have been learning facts about them, such as female blackbirds are actually brown!  On Thursday we took part in the RSPB birdwatch.  The children used binoculars to look for birds in our outdoor area and we counted how many we saw.  We enjoyed watching the birds and we tried to be quiet so we didn't scare them.  We saw lots of magpies and pigeons and some seagulls and blackbirds.  The children have also made bird feeders using seeds, coconut and oranges.  Ask your child where they could find a safe place to put their bird feeder.




                               Child-led Play


In Nursery we encourage the children to choose what they would like to play with in class and the teachers in class follow the children's interests.  We have attached pictures of the children to give you a feel of what your children like to do in class :) 


This week many children have enjoyed playing in the water both inside and in our outdoor area where they have practised filling and emptying different sized containers and have used funnels and pipettes. 


The children have also shown an interest in planets and we were lucky enough to have been given a poster of the solar system from Alfie.  They have been painting different planets and have been learning the names of the planets using a song.


Mrs Ormrod has noticed that many children like to play with dinosaurs and dragons.  She has made a volanco small world area with some children using papier mache.  The children have enjoyed using this area to make up their own stories and narratives.



Nursery have been learning the letter sound 'c' this week.  They have particuarly enjoyed singing 'who stole the cookies from the cookie jar?' On Thursday we decided to vote between baking cupcakes or cookies for a Friday treat.  Miss Ibsen drew a tally chart and each child drew a line to cast their vote.  Cookies won!  The children helped to measure the ingredients and mix it all together.  They then used their hands to roll them into balls.  Miss Ibsen put them in the oven and we could smell them baking in our classroom.  The children were very excited to taste their cookies at home time.

Chinese New Year


As part of our RE work Nursery have been learning about different celebrations.  This week we have been exploring Chinese New Year.  The children have listened to the story of the Chinese Zodiac to help us to understand why each year is named after an animal.  We then decided to have our own Chinese New Year celebration and made lanterns to decorate the classroom.  We found out that children receive Chinese money wallets during Chinese New Year and we were all given our own.  The children wrote their names on their wallets and then we used them to practise counting different amounts of gold coins.  They have also been busy painting chinese numbers and making play dough and paper dragons!


On Thursday we enjoyed a Chinese banquet with Reception and we ended the week by listening to traditional music and dancing the dragon dance!  

Big or Small?  Hard or Soft?


This week we have continued explore the story of ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’.  The children have drawn their own three bears and have been able to use relevant vocabulary to talk about size, pointing out the big, small or medium sized bear.  After talking about big and small objects Miss Ibsen showed the children how to measure how tall Lochlan was using handprints.  We then practised measuring other children and the three bears! 


The children have also been using their sense of touch to feel different objects to explore various materials.  They were able to decide whether they were hard or soft.

Goldilocks and the Three Bears


We have started our work on Traditional Tales this week by reading the story of ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears.’  The children have been learning about size and we have introduced the terms: big, medium and small.  We used the bears in our new cottage to match different sized bowls to Daddy Bear, Mummy Bear and Baby Bear.  The children particularly enjoyed working in pairs to play a game on the computer, matching different sized foods to a big and small bear.  On Friday we decided to make our own porridge for snack time, the children were able to remember all of the ingredients and helped to make their own bowl of porridge.  Luckily Goldilocks didn't eat our porridge!


Can your child find a big and a small teddy at home?

Term 2 - Festivals and Celebrations


This term we are learning about different types of festivals and celebrations which take place in different communities at this time of year.  We will be learning about Halloween, Bonfire Night, Diwali, Baptism, Advent and Christmas.




Celebrating Christmas


This week our Nursery and Reception classes had a Christmas party. The children enjoyed playing pass the parcel and dancing to festive tunes.  After, we sat down together to enjoy some party food.  Whilst we were eating, we heard some jingle bells and a knock at the door... It was Father Christmas!  We sang songs with him and then he gave everyone a present.


The next day, we were treated to a special Christmas dinner.  The Nursery children ate together with their teachers and pulled lots of Christmas crackers!



Here are some wonderful pictures of Nursery and Reception in our fabulous production of 'The Sleepy Shepherd' which we performed on Tuesday.  The children have been working very hard to learn all of the songs and the actions. On the day the children performed amazingly, we are VERY proud of them all.


Well Done!



This week we have continued our work on ‘what it is to welcome and be welcomed’.  We have learnt a new welcome song and each child has drawn a self-portrait for our door to welcome visitors into our class.  On Monday we visited our church, St Joseph’s, to talk about baptism.  We saw the holy water in the font and the Easter candle from which our own baptism candles are lit.  Nursery have also enjoyed learning about different members of the family with Mrs Tyrrell.  Come and see our lovely family pictures in our classroom. 

The Tiger Who Came to Tea


This week Nursery have been learning about the letter sound 't'.  The children have enjoyed listening to the story of 'The Tiger Who Came to Tea' and we had a surprise visit from Terry the tiger!  We have been practising counting different amounts from 0 to 5 by feeding lots of hungry tigers.  On Friday afternoon we hosted our very own tea party for Terry, we drank cups of tea and ate teacakes.  








This week Mrs Ormrod has set up a church in our classroom for the children to explore.  We have discussed Baptism and how it is a way of welcoming children in to God’s family.  Together with the Reception class, we have acted out this special celebration in our new church area.

Rememberance Day


This week we have been learning about Remembrance Day.  We enjoyed a circle time session where we talked about how different people help us, from our friends to nurses and doctors.  We also sat together to have one minute silence to think about these special people.  The children then drew fantastic pictures of the people who are important to them.  They have also made poppy finger paintings where the children have practised counting to 4.


Bonfire Night


We have been learning about the celebration; Bonfire Night. We heard the story of Guy Fawkes and learnt why we celebrate on the 5th of November. The children enjoyed creating their own firework displays using playdough. They also made chocolate apples, sparklers and hot chocolate. The Nursery and Reception classes enjoyed their tasty treats in front of our very own bonfire! 



Pumpkin Soup

In Nursery one of our favourite stories is called Pumpkin Soup, so today we decided to make some. 

We began by going out to our allotment and picking the biggest pumpkin! We then cut the pumpkin in half and spoke about what we found. 


With the help of Mrs Shaw we cut the pumpkin in to small pieces and  put them in the pot for cooking along with some celery and onion. Mrs Shaw  added some stock cubes and boiling water then we left it to cook for a long time. When it was ready Mrs Ormrod blended it all together to make a nice smooth soup. 

Term 1

During the first two weeks of school we have been really busy settling in to Nursery, exploring our classroom and making lots of new friends. 



Breakfast and A Book 


Thank you to everyone who came to our first Breakfast and a Book session, it was a great success!

In Nursery we love sharing books and this morning we showed our friends and family that we don't just read books in Nursery. We use them to help us act out stories, to create our own version of stories, to find out information about our favourite topics then use this in our play, to teach us nursery rhymes, help us count and sometimes we love to sit down and be transported to another world whilst listening to a wonderful story. 


We decided to go for a walk to explore the wonderful school grounds. 

We began in the Allotment where we saw some Poppy’s and some HUGE sunflowers. 

Then we continued in to the Orchard where we found lots of different types of apples growing on the trees, some had fallen on the floor. We all picked up lots of different apples and put them in baskets to take back to class. 

We then walk towards the wooded area to have a look at the Autumn leaves. We each looked for a yellow leaf then a brown leaf then a green leaf. Unfortunately we couldn’t find any that we red or orange. 

We finished our walk with a trip to Mary's Garden where we learnt about Mary being Jesus's Mother. 

Everyone was very tired by the time we returned to class!



Macmillan Coffee Morning

 The children baked some chocolate chip cookies for our Tea Party for the Macmillan Nurses, we all put a donation in the box then sat down to enjoy cookies and milk.  

 We spoke about how Nurses look after people who are poorly.



Phonics and Reading Workshop


We would like to thank all the people who were able to some to our reading work shop this week.

Below is our promise to you and your children and yours to us. 


We Will...


•Teach your child phonics daily
•Build your child’s confidence in reading and writing
•Keep you informed of your child’s progress
•Send home newsletters to let you know what we have been learning


You will... 


•Read Daily with your child
•Build your child’s confidence in reading and writing
•Keep us informed of your child’s progress- our door is always open
•Practise recognising sounds we are learning in school 


Click the link below to see the correct pronunciation of all the letter sounds. (remember U is the southern pronunciation)



If you would like any more support or have any questions about phonics and early reading please come and speak to us.



Carrot Soup 


In Nursery we have been exploring our lovely garden, on Thursday we found some carrots growing in the allotment. So we decided to pick them! 

Whilst picking them we spoke about how some were small and some were big. We sorted them in to different sizes then counted the groups. 

On Friday we carefully sliced the carrots and made carrot soup. In the afternoon we tried it, some liked it more than others!
















Rosh Hashanah

On Monday we learnt about Rosh Hashanah. We joined together with Reception to listen to what they had learnt about in Assembly that morning. They told us Rosh Hashanah is a Jewish Festival and it is their New Year celebration, it means 'head the year'. 

At Rosh Hashanah Jewish people eat platted bread, so we decided to make some of our own to share at our celebration in the afternoon. We also found out that Jewish people eat apples dipped in honey to make their new year sweet so we tried some of this as well. It was delicious!


Going on a Bear Hunt 

We have all really enjoyed listening to the story 'We're going on a bear hunt' so Mrs Ormrod decided to make our own big bear hunt in the classroom. 

We had a fantastic time Acting out all the different parts, especially the Squelching mud (which actually squleched!)

We have also made a small world bear hunt and been outside recreating the story of the bear hunt, see if you can spot who is pretending to be the bear!


5 Currant Buns 

In Nursery we have learning lots of new songs, one of our favourite is 5 Currant Buns. 

We decided to make our own bakers shop with currant buns and pennys. 

Then we took it in turns to dress up as the baker and sing the song.

We then decided to make some playdough currant buns. We made play dough as normal then added currants and red pompom to be the cherry’s on the top.

Next we decided we needed to make our own currant buns, that we could eat. 

First we washed our hands because we don’t want germs.

Then we helped Mrs Shaw read the ingredients and made sure we had everything we needed. We weighed the ingredients on the weighing scales then helped mixed them together in a big bowl.

When they were cool we iced the buns and put a cherry on the top.