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In Nursery we learn through play based experiences.           This year we will be learning about the following topics.


      Autumn Term

  Our First Week at Nursery

  Good Manners, Making Friends, Our Feelings.

  The Senses - sight, sound, touch, taste and smell.

  Celebrations - Bonfire Night, Diwali, Birthdays, Christmas.


       Spring Term

Toys, Bears - "We're going on a Bear Hunt" and "Goldilocks and the 3 Bears", Winter, Chinese New Year

Traditional Tales - The Elves and the Shoemakers, The Gingerbread Man and Easter


       Summer Term

Healthy Living - Oliver’s Vegetables, Oliver’s Fruit Salad, Oliver’s Milkshake, Rosie’s Walk, Down on the Farm                               (during this topic we will visit Ash End House Children’s Farm), Handa’s Hen.

Journeys and Transport - On Foot, On the Road, On track, Up in the Air, Across the Sea, To the Seaside.




Week Beginning 28th September 2015


Our First Week At Nursery


This week we were getting to know each other, finding out all about Nursery and what we liked to do when we are at Nursery.

We are getting used to the Nursery rules and routines and are beginning to join in with our routine songs 'Hello' and 'Days of the Week'.

At the end of each day we are enjoying singing our favourite songs and we always look forward to story time.

Our favourite activity this week has been learning a new movement song 'Clap, clap, clap' which we are sure is going to be a favourite to come back to throughout the year.

If you would like to join in at home the lyrics are:

'Clap, clap, clap, Stamp, stamp, stamp, Hear what a lovely sound we make,

Stretch up high, Shake, shake, shake, Are you wide awake?'

'Clap, clap, clap, Stamp, stamp, stamp, Hear what a lovely sound we make,

Stretch up high, Shake, shake, shake, Are you wide awake?'

'Now wiggle your fingers, Scrunchy up your nose, Touch your head, shoulders, knees and toes,

Dance all around, Sing Tra-la-la-la-la, Now run on the spot and stop' 

Week beginning 5th October 2015


Good Manners and Making Friends


We began our week thinking about how to be polite when talking and playing together. We thought about using kind words such as please, thank you, excuse me, pardon and sorry and also kind actions like using our kind hands, sharing, listening to others and being a friend by saying hello and smiling at each other.

We learnt the Please and Thank you song:

Sang to the tune of Frere Jacques

“Please and Thank you, Please and Thank you

 Sounds so nice, Sounds so nice

 Manners are important , Manners are important

 Be polite, Be polite”.


Our activities this week included drawing our self-portraits, exploring colour and basic art techniques such as printing and painting inside the lines, talking about our families and sharing our family photos, thinking about using shapes and numbers for counting objects and writing our names. We ended our week by making a promise to remember the Nursery Rules and to think about how to be kind by painting our hands and making a print on our class Promise Tree.

Week Beginning 12th October


How We Feel - Exploring our Emotions


This week we have been thinking about what makes us happy, sad, angry and scared. We have been exploring how we show happiness, sadness, angriness and scared feelings on our faces. We have used lots of different materials to create different faces including pasta shapes, tracing and drawing, making feelings stick puppets, creating fuzzy felt faces and Picasso style portraits. Our Role Play changed to a doctors surgery, and luckily we have had lots of doctors on hand at Nursery to help their friends feel better.

We have also experienced lots of new things this week. We had our photos taken by the school photographer, we took part in our first PE sessions and we also had a fire alarm practice. The children have responded really well to these new things and although some were unsure at first, the children demonstrated good listening to the teachers to have fun as well as to keep safe and we even saw some lovely smiles for their first school photographs.



Week Beginning 19th October 2015


Our Five Senses


"We use our eyes to see, we use our eyes to see, and when we want to a star, we use our eyes to see,

 We use our ears to hear, we use our ears to hear, and when we want to hear a bird, we use our ears to hear,

 We use our nose to smell, we use our nose to smell, and when we want to smell a flower, we use our nose to smell,

 We use our tongue to taste, we use our tongue to taste, and when we want to taste our food, we use our tongue to taste,

 We use our hands to touch, we use our hands to touch, and when we want to touch a cat, we use our hands to touch"


We began the week thinking about what our five senses were, and talked about how we can use these in our activities this week.

We read stories that helped us think about our senses:

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, what do you see?

The Listening Walk

Peace At Last

Counting Hands

Eat Your Peas


We have has so much fun this week it's hard to choose our favourite activities. We used our eyes to explore sight and talk about what we could see inside and outside the classroom.

We went on a listening walk around the school to find out what different sounds we could hear, these are some of the things we heard:
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We've been using our hands to be really busy, drawing, playing with animals, making patterns, threading our story necklace and rolling and cutting our hand prints from clay.
We ended our week in the best way with a fun and exciting cooking activity. We used our senses of smell and taste to decide which ingredients we liked and what we would like to put on our pizzas, then we cooked and ate them for snack they were delicious!

Week Beginning 2nd November 2015


This week our theme has been Bonfire Night!

We started our week thinking about having a Bonfire Party and writing lists of food and drink we would like to have at the party. Throughout the week we painted flames to create our own pretend bonfire and have filled the pretend night sky around it with lots of fireworks that we made in lots of different ways. We used construction straws to build fireworks, pipe cleaners and forks to print fireworks and created rocket fireworks using 2D and 3D shapes. Fireworks make lots of different noises and we thought about and recreated all the different sounds they make to create our own noisy firework show.

Outside we were role playing as firefighters and have learnt about the important job they do to keep us safe during bonfire night. We collected leaves of orange, red, and yellow to create a pretend bonfire and made sparklers from sticks we found around the garden.

We ended our week making a Bonfire Night favourite snack, chocolate apples! We thought about different ways we could melt the chocolate by making it warm, and once melted we each got a turn to dip our piece of apple in the chocolate and then cover it with sprinkles. They looked yummy!

Week beginning 9th November 2015


It's Diwali!

We would like to wish all our families celebrating a very Happy Diwali and a prosperous New Year.


Diwali is the Hindu festival of lights which signifies the beginning of the Hindu New Year. It's a fun and colourful celebration to share with the children, and it was wonderful to see how interested the children were in the activities and stories about this celebration. 

We began our week, meeting Jessica who was getting ready for Diwali with her family ( She showed us how she makes Divas (candles to light on Diwali day) and Rangoli patterns to decorate her doorstep (to welcome guests and bring good luck). She also showed us the new clothes she will wear, how she has her hands decorated with traditional Mendhi patterns and some of the food her family will eat during Diwali, including some delicious Indian sweets.

To begin getting ready for Diwali at Nursery we decided to make our own Divas by rolling clay first into a ball shape, then using our pinchy finger technique to make a hole in the middle to put a tealight candle. When the clay had dried we decorated them with bright colourful paint and glitter. We also had a go at copying some Mendhi patterns on big hands at the easel and making our own Rangoli patterns by sprinkling glitter onto templates.

We found out about the Diwali story ( and made our own puppets of the characters Rama, Sits, Hanuman and Ravana, the king with 10 heads, to retell the story.

Our week ended watching how Jessica celebrated with her family by lighting her divas, visiting temple, sharing a meal together, exchanging gifts and visiting a diwali display which finished with some beauitful fireworks ( We also had our own little Diwali celebration (mixed in with Children In Need dress up) where we lit our divas and made our own Coconut Barfi, we hope you got to try some!

Ronav made a book of his Diwali sharing with us some photos of his Diwali celebrations at home! Thank you Ronav, it looks like you had a great time celebrating with your family.
Picture 1 Happy Diwali 2015
Picture 2 What a beautiful Rangoli pattern.
Picture 3 Wow the diyas really light up the room.
Picture 4 I think the fireworks were your favourite part.

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