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Nursery - F1

Nursery

 

Welcome to Foundation 1 2021-2022


'From small seeds, great things grow.'

 

Acorn Class - N2 Children (Mornings & 30 hours)

 

 

Conker Class - N1 Children (Afternoons)

 

Nursery Teacher: Miss Singh
Teaching Assistants: Miss Brown, Miss Squires

Care Assistant: Miss Burn

Meet the Team

Important Dates for Summer Term

 

Transition Day (AM and AD Only) Wednesday 6th July

Sports Day Thursday 14th July (AM only)

Graduation Monday 25th July 11am

 

 

General Information

 

Morning Session children have P.E on a Wednesday, please can the children come in, or with, appropriate footwear.

Please provide spare clothing and a water bottle in back pack for the children daily.
 

Nursery Library

The children are welcome to take books home from the nursery library but could they be returned after a week please.

 

Absence

Reminder: If your child is unable to attend nursery, please contact the office every day of their absence.

 

Weekly Learning Week Beginning 4th July

 

Phonics:

Blending Sounds

Maths:

Memory Games

Reading:

The Whales on the Bus

Skills:

Following instructions

Topic:

Maps

Week Beginning 25th June

Planes

As part of our Journey topic this week we have been thinking about plane journeys. We discuss where we could go on a plane, what it is like on a plane and what we would see out of the  window on a plane.

As part of our focus activity we created collage planes and the children were the pilots! The team were very impressed with how the children tore the paper and carefully placed it on the template.

 

W/B 27th June Planes

Weekly Learning W/B 27th July

 

Phonics:

Blending Sounds

Maths:

Describing Distance

Reading:

The Train Ride

Skills:

Listening to Instructions

Topic:

Planes

Week Beginning 20th June

 

30 Days Wild Update

Although it has been a funny week with class photos and an inset day on Wednesday, the children have still been busy looking for wildlife in the garden. It was lovely to have a magpie feather brought in and we looked at the different colours on it. We also investigated insects in the garden- finding a lot of ants, and found a bird nest in a tree.

We also had wildlife magazines donated to nursery, the children have enjoyed looking at all the animals and discussing them.

W/B 20th June 30 Days Wild

Week Beginning 20th June

Boats

This week we have been investigating boats in nursery. It was lovely to see the children build the boats using different materials. We then did an experiment with them in the water tray to see if they would float. We have discuss why boats are important and what they can be used for. We have also enjoyed singing 'Row, Row, Row your Boat' and changing the words!

W/B 20th June Building Boats

Weekly Learning Week Beginning 20th June

 

Phonics:

Blending Sounds

Maths:

Describing Size

Reading:

The Train Ride

Skills:

Fine Motor Skills

Topic:

Boats

W/B  13th June 

Journey Topic

 

This week has been a great start to our new topic and we have focused on trains. We have read The Train Ride by June Crebbin, made junk model trains, thought about what we would see out of a train window and used cotton buds to paint trains. We have also looked at books and songs about trains. It has also been lovely to have children share their own experiences- thank you to parents who have already shared pictures! Hopefully we will have more next week.

W/B 13th June

P.E

 

This nursery went across to the hall to do P.E and use the mats for the first time. The staff were really impressed with how sensible the children were, they came in and sat on the mats listened to instructions. We played 'the floor is lava' game and then made different shapes with our bodies on the mats. After the children worked together as a team to put the mats away.

W/B 13th June P.E

Friday 10th June

 

Weekly Learning W/B 13th June

 

 

Phonics:

Blending Sounds

Maths:

Counting up and down to 15

Reading:

The Train Ride

Skills:

Pencil Control

Topic:

Trains

Friday 10th June

30 Days Wild: Week 1

 

We have had a great start to our 30 Days Wild Challenge exploring lots of areas in nursery and bringing nature inside too!

This week we explored the garden and investigated the differences between the trees, went to the pond, drew pictures of flowers and leaves we found, did a litter pick and watched wildlife cameras!

It has been great to see the children really enthusiastic about investigating the wildlife we have around the nursery and I can't wait to continue next week! 

 

If you do have any photos of your child exploring wildlife at home please share on Tapestry!

W/B 6th June A Midsummer Night's Dream

Monday 6th June

Wow Day

 

This week is a extra special start to the term because the whole school is learning about the Shakespeare play 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'. In nursery we have decided to learn all about the fairies in the story and think about what fairies like to do!

Today when we came into nursery all the fairies had disappeared! The children had to look up and down and all around to find them all! 

Once the fairies were back on the shelves we talked about what we would do if we were fairies and what spells we would cast. We also watched a short version of the story and created our own fairies out of leaves and flowers!

Week Beginning 6th June

Weekly Learning

 

Phonics:

Identifying Sounds

Maths:

Counting to 15

Reading:

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Skills:

Being a Good Listener

Topic:

Fairies

26th May 2020

30 Days Wild

 

After half term nursery will be taking part in 30 Days Wild run by the Wildlife Trust. Each day we will complete a wild life challenge to bring us closer to the wildlife around our nursery! 

 

If you want to take part at home too you can sign up with the wild life trust and they will send you a pack full of exciting ideas!

 

We are really looking forward to all the different activities to take part in!

 

Week Beginning 23rd May

Last week of Term!

 

We have had a lovely week for our last week of term building up to celebrating the Queen;'s Jubilee on the last day.

The children have really enjoyed exploring stories we have already learnt and discovering new ones! This week we took part in a Jack and the Beanstalk role play and it was lots of fun!

We have created a ice cream stand next to the home corner and the children have been selling ice creams all week!

To celebrate the Queen's Jubilee the children arrived at nursery in red, white and blue and got to eat the crown shortbread we made in the week

 

We hope everyone has a lovely break and we will see you on Monday 6th June.

Jubilee Day in Nursery 26th May

Weekly Learning Week Beginning 23rd May

 

Phonics:

Identifying Sounds

Maths:

Completing Patterns

Reading:

Aesop's Fables

Skills:

Listening to Instructions

Topic:

The Queen's Jubilee

Week Beginning 16th May
Bye Bye Butterflies

 

On Monday our butterflies emerged from their chrysalises and began to fly around the net enclosure set up for them. Everyone in nursery enjoyed watching the butterflies learn to fly and flap around the enclosure and some of us were lucky enough to see them eat!

      We were inspired by the butterflies emerging to create symmetrical paintings of butterflies and the children made some beautiful pictures.

      By Thursday and Friday it was time to let them go, so we went into the garden and let them out. The first few were very eager to fly away, but the last few stayed around allowing some of the children the chance to hold them before they too flew away. It has been really exciting to see the transformation of the caterpillars into butterflies and we are sad to see them go!

 Weekly Learning Week Beginning 16th May

 

Phonics:

Listening to and Repeating sounds

Maths:

Positional Language

Reading:

Jack and The Beanstalk

Skills:

Performing with Puppets

Topic:

Why are plants important?

Week Beginning 9th May

Helicopter Stories

As well as reading Traditional Tales this half term for our topic, we have also been telling our own stories!

Helicopter stories allow the children to tell a story, which is then written down, read back to them and then performed to the class. So far this week, we have created lots of stories and listened back to them and some children even designed a front cover for their story! All of the stories were fantastic and the nursery team think we have some bestselling authors in our midst!

In the coming weeks the children will perform their stories with the rest of the class as the audience. 

Helicopter Stories

Week Beginning 9th May

Jack and The Beanstalk

 

This week we have been reading the story of Jack and The Beanstalk and it has inspired us in lots of different ways! We have enjoyed listening to the story, planting beans, thinking about the different characters and recreating the stories in role play and in the small world area. We were really interested in the magic beans and what we would do if we had some!

Jack and the Beanstalk

Weekly Learning Week Beginning 9th May

 

Phonics:

Identifying Sounds

Maths:

More Than/Less Than

Reading:

Jack and The Beanstalk

Skills:

Retelling a Story

Topic:

How do Beanstalks Grow?

Week Beginning 3rd May

Traditional Tales

The children have loved hearing the stories of Goldilocks and the Three Bears and The Three Billy Goats Gruff so far this half term. It has been great to see them use the stories in their play across the nursery, from dressing up to painting! 

We are all excited to read a new story next week and see what inspiration it brings!

Getting Creative

Week Beginning 3rd May

Nursery Visitors

Last week we had some new arrivals in nursery and they have grown so much already! These arrivals are caterpillars, which are now living in nursery. We have been amazed at how quickly they have grown and nearly all of them have now crawled to the top and are making their chrysalis. Soon they will be moved so we can observe them transform into butterflies. We are all very excited.

Weekly Learning Week Beginning 3rd May

Phonics:

Alliteration

Maths:

Making Patterns

Reading:

The Three Billy Goats Gruff/ Goldilocks

Skills:

Retelling a Story

Topic:

Drawing Characters from stories

Weekly Learning: Week Beginning 25th April

 

Phonics:

Alliteration

Maths:

Subitising

Reading:

The Three Billy Goats Gruff

Skills:

Acting out a story

Topic:

Observational Painting

Week Beginning 19th April

Welcome Back! 

We hope everyone has had an enjoyable Easter break and we are excited to welcome all the children back into nursery and it has been lovely to see old and new faces join us this week. 

We have started our new topic 'Traditional Tales' and this week we have listened to the story of Goldilocks and The Three Bears. For our WOW day the children came into nursery to discover three chairs and one was broken! Also there were three bowls of porridge, one small, one medium and one large. The children were quick to work out that our story was Goldilocks and The Three Bears! This week we have enjoyed playing with the porridge oats, using the spoons and pouring them into different bowls.

Week Beginning 19th May

Dave Draws

 

This week the children went over to the school hall to see the artist Dave Draws who has created a map of Nottingham on the wall. The children were really excited to spot different places they recognised on the map. After seeing the map the children were inspired to create maps of their own.

WOW day

Weekly Learning W/B 19th April

 

Phonics:

Copying a Rhythm

Maths:

Counting to 10

Reading:

Goldilocks and The Three Bears

Skills:

Acting out a story

Topic:

Story Maps

End of Term

A big thank you to all the parents who came to our assembly and Easter Bonnet Parade! The children did a great job and the nursery team are very proud of all of them.

Our topic next half term is Traditional Tales and it would be great to have the children bring in stories or toys related to the topic to share with the class. If you would prefer you can always add a picture to tapestry and we can share it that way.

Thank you again for your continued support and we will see you after the break!

Easter Bonnets

Weekly Learning W/B 28th March

 

Phonics:

Tongue Twisters

Maths:

Number Songs

Reading:

Little Rabbit Foo Foo

Skills:

Using different tools

Topic:

Understanding Easter

We have all enjoyed playing outside this week making the most of the lovely weather. The all day children even had a picnic in the garden at lunchtime!

It was World Maths Day on Wednesday and we have fun writing numbers, playing with a dice and showing amounts in different ways.

World Maths Day

Counting with Jack Hartman

Still image for this video
The children love dancing along to Jack Hartman videos and we really enjoyed learning how to write numbers on World Maths Day!

Weekly Learning W/B 21st March

 

Phonics:

Nursery Rhymes

Maths:

Counting to 10

Reading:

Little Rabbit Foo Foo

Skills:

Telling Stories

Topic:

Programming Robots

What a week!

We have had a lot of fun this week making space rock cakes and celebrating Red Nose Day! The children looked amazing on Friday in their outfits and we enjoyed being very silly! 

Red Nose Day

Space Rock Cakes

Weekly Learning W/B 14th March

 

Phonics:

Rhythm

Maths:

More and Less

Reading:

Little Rabbit Foo Foo

Skills:

Measuring Ingredients

Topic:

Investigating Robots

Cheese Tasting

This week we watched a Wallace and Gromit: A Grand Day Out and discussed what the moon was made of and what it was like on the moon. We thought it would be cold, bouncy, rocky, sandy but nobody thought it would be cheesy! In the story Wallace thinks the moon is made of cheese and builds a rocket so he can try some! This week we have been trying different cheeses and discussing what they taste like. We didn’t think any of them tasted like the moon! On Friday we voted on which cheese we liked the best and Cheddar was the winner but lots of the children enjoyed trying all the cheese. 

Dough Disco

One of our favourite activities in nursery is Dough Disco. The children each get a piece of play dough and complete different actions with their dough to a song. As well as improving their fine motor skills, it is a fun way to improve whole body movement and listening skills. Yesterday, we walked through the jungle with our dough and played Captain's Coming.

Weekly Learning W/B 7th March

 

Phonics:

Rhyme

Maths:

More and Less

Reading:

Whatever Next!

Skills:

Describing Different Flavours

Topic:

What is it like on the moon?

Busy Bees

This week has been a very busy week in nursery, we have had Pancake Day, World Book Day and our Parent Event.

A big thank you to all the parents who came to our Parent Event, it was lovely for the children to have the opportunity to show you their nursery and all the activities they enjoy.

 

World Book Day

Pancake Day

Today Miss Brown set up her pancake shop in nursery and helped the children learn how to make pancakes. Miss Brown then cooked the pancakes for the children, who then got to decorate them with different fruity toppings- delicious!

Weekly Learning W/B 28th February

 

Phonics:

Rhyme

Maths:

Number Songs

Reading:

Kitchen Disco

Skills:

Making An Instrument

Topic:

Where Do Rockets Go?

Back at Nursery

Welcome Back WOW Day!

On Monday the children came into nursery to find strange music playing and a tough spot covered in moon dust and space figures. The children enjoyed playing withe the figures and touching the moon dust! We then discussed our new topic Rockets and Robots and asked the children what they would like to learn this half term.

WOW Day

A Busy Week For Nursery

 

The children have been very busy this week doing a range of activities!

We have been reading A Busy Day for Birds. In P.E we acted out the actions of the birds and in music thought about the sounds the birds would make. Some of the children have been drawing the birds from the story too!

We have also been planting bulbs outside nursery, making animal suncatchers and lots more! 

After all this hard work the staff think the children have deserved a well earned break.

 

Staff wish parents and children lovely half term holiday and we will see you after the break!

 

Bird boxes, bird pictures and being birds!

Planting Bulbs

Parent Event

 

We will be holding a parent event on Thursday 3rd March at 10.45am. Parents are invited to come into nursery and take part in different activities with the children. It will be a great opportunity for the children to show you what they do in nursery and for you to see and take part in some of our regular activities.  The session will finish at the usual time of 11.30.

 

Hope to see you there!

Weekly Learning W/B 7th January

 

Phonics:

Making different sounds

Maths:

Subitising to 3

Reading:

A Busy Day for Birds

Skills:

Animal Suncatchers

Topic:

Describing Birds

A Busy Week in Nursery!

 

Nursery have been very busy this week finishing our salt dough models. They have been painted and had details drawn on. The models look fabulous and the children should be really proud of themselves! The children made the dough, cut out an animal shape and then decorated them. They will look great on display at home!

Also the children took part in Write Dance. The children listened to the music and imagined being on a walk in the countryside and thought about how their movements fit with the music. We then used the same movements when drawing on paper with a wax crayon and when we had finished we looked to see if we could see any animals hiding in the lines! The children were great at complimenting each others work afterwards.

Salt Dough Models

Write Dance

Weekly Learning W/B 31st January

 

Phonics:

Jolly Phonics ‘t’ sound

Maths:

Singing number songs

Reading:

Owl Babies

Skills:

Painting Salt Dough Models

Topic:

Animal Habitats

 

Topic

We have continued our animal topic this week painting our salt dough animals, making animal prints and watching animals live from the zoo and on Winterwatch! The children have done an excellent job painting their models really carefully and Miss Singh thinks they will all look fabulous when they are done!

Games

On Wednesday went over to the hall to play some games and the children really enjoyed having a big space to run around in! The nursery staff were really impressed with how sensible the children were walking over to the school- Miss Singh doesn't think anyone saw them! The children showed great listening skills, waiting for instructions and played all the games safely. The children moved their bodies in lots of different ways but particularly enjoyed moving like different animals! Miss Brown really liked being a monkey.

Weekly Learning W/B 24th January

 

Phonics:

Identifying Sounds

Maths:

Spotting Patterns

Reading:

Owl Babies

Skills:

Painting Salt Dough Models

Topic:

Sea Animals

Woodland Animals

This week we have been looking at woodland animals and have really enjoyed reading Owl Babies together. The children have been making masks of different animals that can be found in the countryside and the woods. It has been great to see the children exploring the topic through drawing, construction and books this week. We also started our salt dough models this week. The children mixed the dough, rolled it out and cut out an animal of their choice.