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13/07/2018 - This week, Nursery Classes have been learning about the story 'Super Daisy' (by Kes Gray).

Planet Earth is in danger! It is on a collision course with Planet Pea.

If the Planets crash then Planet Pea will explode into a 'gazillionpillionkillion' peas, and that means only one thing...there will be peas with everything! The fate of dinner times world-wide rests with Super Daisy.

We have enjoyed designing superhero costumes for Super Daisy and our very own superheroes. We have had discussions about the story setting, characters, the illustrator and the author. We have also enjoyed role-playing 'Superheroes'.


29/06/2018 - Superheroes:

This week Nursery have been learning about the book ‘Supertato’.

We have been busy creating shapes and mixing paint colours using potato printing techniques. We have been focusing on counting and number recognition; counting vegetables in the supermarket and matching number to amount of vegetables.

The best thing of all, children have been searching high and low for that ‘Evil Pea’ around the Early Years provision.


08/06/2018 - 'Superworm,' by Julia Donaldson is our story in Nursery this week. We have been talking about the superheroes in our lives, such as our parents, family and friends. During choosing time, we have created superhero masks, capes and shields! In Maths, we have been sorting worms into long and short groups. On our creative table, we have formed characters from the story with play dough and developed strength in our hands. Our discovery area has been full of wiggly blue worms (noodles) for us to explore the shape, textures and find hidden letter sounds!

Our sound this week is 'r'.




11/05/2018 - The topic in Nursery this term is ‘Transport’. The children had an exciting experience on Wednesday when they were welcomed with two cars on the school playground – one old, the other new.

An automobile enthusiast – Andy, brought in a Ford Model T to show the children, whilst the other car brought in by Miss Callaghan was of a modern design, a Mazda MX-5. The children had the opportunity to ask questions to the owners, draw the cars and discuss the differences between them.

Vikki from Rangers Equine Transport and her horse called Ranger showed the children that vehicles do not just transport people, they can also transport animals! Nicky also joined us from Downs Farm Trust – a rehabilitation home for horses in Yalding. She brought along her horse named Marcie.

Our book this week ‘Mr Gumpy’s Outing’ by John Burningham, is all about transporting animals.


27/04/2018 - This week in Nursery we have been reading The Train Ride, by June Crebbin. We have been sharing experiences about times we've taken the train and what we've seen out of the window on our journey. Some of us have never been on a train and so we discussed what happens before the train ride, at the train station. For instance, buying a ticket and finding out what platform to wait on. In our choosing time, we have created trains using different materials, used instruments to create train sound effects and had a go at writing some of the sounds in the word train.


16/03/2018 - This week in Nursery we have been reading the story, ‘The Ugly Five’. We have been naming and describing the ugly five animals from the story. There was a spotted hyena, wildebeest, water hog, vulture and marabou stork.

On our messy table, we have been painting pictures of the animals and making party hats with their faces on. In mathematics, we have started learning about 3D shapes; our shape this week is: cube.  In our writing area we have been practising drawing pictures of the animals and writing initial sounds in words. There were spots on the hyenas in the story, so some of us have been making spots with pencils. Our sound this week is: 'g.'


09/02/2018 - Our story this week is Mr Wolf's pancakes. We have been talking about how unkind Mr Wolf's neighbours were in the story. They didn't help him in his quest to make pancakes. However, Mr Wolf was unkind too, by gobbling them up! This lead to a discussion about why we should always do the right thing, even if someone else is doing the wrong thing. We shared ideas of how we could help someone who needs our help. We thought about the ingredients we needed to make the pancakes, then we squeezed and spread lovely fillings onto our own pancakes. They were delicious!


26/01/2018 - In Nursery this week, we have been reading the story 'Handa's Hen', by Eileen Browne. We have been naming and describing the animals from the story. There were spoonbills with spoon shaped beaks and sunbirds with beautiful green and orange feathers. We created the animals in our arts and crafts area, thinking about which materials we could use. In our maths area we have been hiding and then searching for the hen, like Handa and Akeyo do in the story. As we looked for the hen we counted the animals we could see.



12/01/2018 - Our story this week  is "The Very Hungry Caterpillar." We have been retelling the story through role-play. The children have been enjoying their new role play area, "The butterfly room." They have taken turns in dressing up as  an egg, caterpillar, cocoon and butterfly to act out the story. This has inspired learning about patterns in maths and the life cycle of a butterfly. In the creative area, children have been using play dough to create the caterpillar and various food from the story.




8/12/2017 - This week, the Early Years Foundation Stage have been reading a book called 'Father Christmas Needs A Wee'.

At each different house that he visits around the World, Father Christmas drinks and eats all the goodies left out for him. Before long he really, really needs a wee. So much so that he even forgets to leave the presents behind. But he dashes back, delivers all the pressies and flies home at high speed to avoid an embarrassing accident . . . there's just one tiny problem . . . he's lost his house key!

Nursery classes have been focusing on the colours and numbers on each door. In addition, discussing good hygiene habits after using the toilet/potties.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish all our Parents and Carers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Mrs Parkinson.


Nursery are busy this week getting ready for the Christmas season! We have been making our own Christmas decorations, such as paper chain jingle bells. Betsy remembered that in our nativity song we sing, "Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way!" It is an exciting week, as we practise singing and performing actions for our nativity, as well as taking part in various festive arts and crafts.



13/10/2017 - This week in Nursery we have been reading, 'The Tiger Who Came To Tea.' The children have been practising good sitting and listening on the carpet, as they listen to the different food the mischievous Tiger eats. We have been discussing how strange it would be to see a tiger at dinner time! This lead to further talking about where Tigers actually live. The book has inspired lots of learning about colour and patterns, particularly stripes. Some of the children also decided to make painted paper bowl tigers.



29/09/2017 - This week we have been reading the story 'Elmer' written by David McKee.

Elmer is an elephant who has a colourful body, with yellow, orange, red, pink, purple, blue, green, black and white arranged as a patchwork. We have been learning about the square shape and all the different colours in the story.


15/09/2017 - In Nursery this week, we have been reading the story, "Going to school," ​by Anne Civardi. During circle time, we have been talking about how to get ready for school in the morning. Using picture cards, we have been sequencing events, such as brushing your teeth and putting your coat on. Children have discovered that not everyone eats the same food for breakfast or even travels to school in the same way. As well as our book, we have been continuing to settle into the daily routines of nursery life and forming friendships with others.