Nursery News

Welcome to our Nursery and Pre-Nursery blog!
We will update this page weekly to keep you up to date with all our new learning experiences and news. 

Home Connections  
  • Using the photos as a reminder try using these prompts with your child to find out more about the learning below: 'Tell me...',  'Show me...', 'Talk to me about...'.  
  • Look out for links to songs, websites and ideas within our blog which will provide opportunities for you to continue the learning at home.  Miss Tricia and Miss Natasha

Week Beginning 26th March

posted 21 Mar 2018, 19:21 by Nursery Teacher 2   [ updated 22 Mar 2018, 19:32 ]

We have really shown an interest and excitement in our planets learning this week! We are going to continue to explore planets next week as we still have so many exciting things to learn about them! We will finish our papier mache planets, we have made all the planets in our solar system. We will hang them from our ceiling so that we can continue to practice identifying them all. We are learning to use the planetarium to guide us in naming each of the planets in order. We already can identify many of the planets based on their features. 

We will have a little investigation/enquiry into Spring time this coming week too. We have a special action song to learn about a Spring Chicken which you may hear your child continue to sing at home through the week, it is very fun to sing. We will make some flowers, bunny rabbits and chicks which will hep us explore all the changes that happen in Spring time. As part of our cooking learning we will practice cooking eggs and get to eat them afterwards!
*Click picture to watch/listen to our Spring Chicken song*

Weekly Nursery Outcome Focus (Reflection Week)

IEYC Outcome Focus

2.77a Exploring and creating 2D and 3D art work

3.18a Representing the environment through model making, drawings and art work

3.17a Exploring the sky, sun, moon and stars

Photos from our previous week's Learning Experiences

Week Beginning 19th March

posted 14 Mar 2018, 19:50 by Nursery Teacher 2   [ updated 15 Mar 2018, 19:17 ]

We had great fun exploring stars and their constellations last week! This coming week we will have an exciting time enquiring about planets. We will learn the different names of the planets and what different colours and shapes they each have! We will look at a planetarium to help us understand where our planet Earth is in relation to the sun and other planets. We will develop our creative art skills as we use our senses to make different textures using paints and materials to make planets with! 

We will make some papier mache planets at school this week. Here is some amazing planets another family made in their home using balloons, papier mache and paint which might inspire you to have a try at home! :-)

Our Big question this week is Can you describe this planet? We can practice our communication skills as well as our observational skills throughout the week as we practice answering this question through our enquiries. 

Weekly Nursery Outcome Focus (Reflection Week)

IEYC Outcome Focus

1.6a Expressing personal choices

4.4a Exploring food and drink, textures and tastes

3.4a Exploring how we move

Some of our previous week's Learning Experiences;

Week Beginning 12th March

posted 11 Mar 2018, 22:13 by Nursery Teacher 2   [ updated 11 Mar 2018, 22:31 ]

This week we continue learning Block 1; Friends from outer space. We will have a special focus on "Up above the world so high" which is all about the stars! We will be making our own stars, exploring real star constellations as well as learning about astronomers and the special equipment they use. We will make star gazing telescopes in class for our role play area. 
We will sing twinkle twinkle little star in class, one of our favourite nursery songs so we know it well. Perhaps at home you could sing this song together before bed, then look at the sky to see if any stars have appeared outside your window. 
Our Big Question this week is What Do Stars Look Like? By taking part in a star enquiry this week we will discover what stars really look like and that they are not like the star shapes we usually draw. This will open up several ore questions about what stars are made of and what they are doing in the sky!

Weekly Nursery Outcome Focus (Reflection Week)

IEYC Outcome Focus

1.7a Making choices with other

3.8a Using materials to carry out simple investigations

2.54a Exploring size and shape through construction materials, puzzles, modelling and creative ideas

Photographs from last weeks learning;

Week Beginning 5th March

posted 28 Feb 2018, 21:35 by Nursery Teacher 2   [ updated 28 Feb 2018, 21:37 ]

This week was begin learning block 1 of our new space unit; Friends from Outer Space. The alien family who landed in our playground this week have a lovely safe home to live in, we built it together in our role-play area. This week we will learn about rockets and fix/make one for the alien family (the moonbeams) so that they can fly back to their own planet. We will use our enquiry skills to explore how rockets move and what kinds of shape they are. We will also look at real rockets that are used by astronauts to fly to the moon and the space station.

Watch this video of the real space landing, this will help you understand more about what the moon actually looks like close up!

We are practicing our skills in showing morality towards others and are considering the feelings of the moonbeam family as they are far away from their home. We will continue to take care of them and think about what we can make for them to be more comfortable and happy. We will also think about the children in nursery who are new and are away from their Mummy and Daddy. We will consider ways we can make them feel more happy and safe at nursery too!
Our Big Question this week will be; What can we see in the sky. We will use this big question to begin our big enquiry into space in general and whats up there!!

Weekly Nursery Outcome Focus (Reflection Week)

IEYC Outcome Focus

1.11a Being empathetic and sensitive towards others

2.60a Using language associated with time; morning, afternoon, day, night etc.

2.13a Listening to others and joining in listening activities for developmentally-appropriate periods of time

Week Beginning 27th Feb

posted 19 Feb 2018, 18:36 by Nursery Teacher 2   [ updated 19 Feb 2018, 18:37 ]

This coming week we begin our new IEYC Unit called Blast Off! We are going to learn all about space! We begin with our Entry point on Wednesday, this will be a very exciting day where a space rocket will have landed in our playground!! We will discover an alien family have landed here and are looking for a home. Their rocket is broken and they need us to build them a cosy place to live in our classroom. We will then go and create a cosy den in our roleplay area. The children will practice making decisions and cooperating together as they use blankets and materials to build the home. We will use our reflection and enquiry skills to think about our own individual homes and what we need in them to feel cosy and happy. 
We will also look at the Big Picture of the Blast off unit and learn what exciting learning we have coming up! The children will have to opportunity to capture their curiosity and share their own interests and ideas for the Space unit. We will reflect on what we already know about space and decide what we would like to explore further.

Here is a space video you can watch at home to take part in your own space enquiry, try to chat more at home to get our ideas and excitement flowing about space!

Weekly Nursery Strand Focus (Entry Point Week)

IEYC Strand Focus

1.8a Being considerate towards individuals

2.3a Expressing ideas and experiences through language

3.3a Exploring similarities and differences in people

Week Beginning 19th Feb

posted 14 Feb 2018, 18:43 by Nursery Teacher 2   [ updated 14 Feb 2018, 18:45 ]

On Monday - Wednesday this week we will have our Reflection week to say goodbye to our Learning Unit; My Toy Shop. We will practice our reflection skills as we think back on all our special toy learning and recall our favourite games/toys that we experienced. Our Big Question will be "What was your favourite game we learned in this unit?"
The children will have the opportunity to practice communicating to an audience as we each present our favourite to the group. We will have lots of fun playing with these games/toys one last time before the toy shop learning goes away. We will also use Seesaw as a reflection tool to help us remember and identify all the super learning we have experienced. 
Our Nursery Exit Point was our class assembly last week, so we will also look back at some of the videos of our performance and celebrate our clever learning together!

At home you can reflect back on the Naughty Bus story. We all agreed that this was our class favourite story!! It features a Red Toy Bus who gets up to mischief. Maybe you can drive your own toy vehicle around your home too, but stay off the dinner plate! :-)

Weekly Nursery Outcome Focus (Reflection Week)

IEYC Outcome Focus

 45. Similarities and differences in people, living things, the environment and materials

9. Play, cooperate and collaborate with others in a variety of situations  

33. The names of a range of shapes and measures

Photos from last weeks' Learning Experiences;

Week Beginning 12th Feb

posted 8 Feb 2018, 18:47 by Nursery Teacher 2   [ updated 8 Feb 2018, 18:51 ]

This will be our last week of My Toy Shop Learning before our Reflection week. We will continue Learning Block 4; Old and New and learn about activities Playing With Senses and Too Many Toys. This learning will give us opportunities to enhance our play by using our senses. We will learn what our senses are and use them in a variety of games. We will also explore the story Too Many Toys by David Shannon. Then learn some action songs which become a fun guessing game, memory came and cooperation game. These songs will help us to learn what Morality means and the importance of sharing.

Click on the photo to listen to this story at home together. Perhaps afterwards you could reflect on our big question, "Do you have too many toys?". What can we do with the toys that we don't need anymore? 

***Well Done Nursery!!! You performed so well at our assembly, we are all very proud of you :-) **

Weekly Nursery Strand Focus


Literacy (Art/Music inc.)

Maths (ICT & Science inc.)

1.4a Developing positive friendships

2.11a Listening to familiar sounds and identifying them

2.35a Sorting and grouping objects

Some of last Weeks Learning Opportunities    

Week Beginning 5th Feb

posted 1 Feb 2018, 14:57 by Nursery Teacher 2   [ updated 4 Feb 2018, 15:35 ]

This coming week we begin Learning Block 4; Old and New. We would love to see any traditional toys that you might have at home to show the children at school. We are going to explore what toys we have now that our Parents or Grandparents would not have had when they were little children. We will also look at real traditional toys/antique toys and compare them with the new toys that we have now. The children will practice using their enquiry skills by thinking of questions and sharing their ideas as we investigate. 
We will also be exploring toys from around the world. Again, let us know if you have any special toys at home from your home country you would like to show us. In class we have some traditional Russian toys we will examine. Ms Irina and Ms Natasha will talk to us about these toys they had when they were young in Russia and their children also play with them now.
Our Big Question this week is; "What is an old toy? 
Our learning this week will help us gradually be able to find many answers to this big question. 

Click on the Old Bear to watch a lovely tv episode that is about traditional toys that our Mummies and Daddies would have had when they were little. Which of these kinds of toys do we still have in our homes now? 

Weekly Nursery Strand Focus


Literacy (Art/Music inc.)

Maths (Science inc.)

1.7a Making choices with others

2.4a Asking questions

2.57 Identifying similarities and differences between shapes

Photos from our previous weeks learning;

Week Beginning 29th Jan

posted 24 Jan 2018, 18:53 by Nursery Teacher 2   [ updated 25 Jan 2018, 18:32 ]

This coming week we continue Learning Block 3; On the Move. We are having a great time making toys that we can move in different ways. We have learned about push/pull toys as well as toys that fly. We will next explore 'Jack in the box' jumping toys and Spinning toys. We will take part in crafts and learn to follow instructions step by step to make our own spinners & jack in a box. We will also have the opportunity to invent our own spinning toy using our imaginations and junk modeling skills. We will take part in some science as we enquire about springs and the types of toys that have a spring to help them move or bounce.
Here is a video showing you a real jack in a box and how it springs up and gives you a fright! This is a traditional toy your Mum or Dad may have had when they were young. DO you have one at home? If you do bring it to school to show the class, we'd love to see!

Our Big Question this week is; "What kinds of toys have springs?"
Our learning this week will help us gradually be able to find answers to this big question. 

Weekly Nursery Strand Focus


Literacy (Art/Music inc.)

Maths (Science inc.)

4.10a Developing gross motor skills using a range of equipment

2.75a Exploration of colour, texture, materials, textiles, space, line, and shape involving tools manipulation techniques and construction

3.10a Exploring what makes things move

Photos from the previous week's learning:

Week Beginning 22nd Jan

posted 17 Jan 2018, 18:31 by Nursery Teacher 2   [ updated 17 Jan 2018, 18:47 ]

This coming week we begin Learning Block 3; On The Move. We will take part in alot of maths/science experiments as we enquire about push and pull toys (exploring forces). We will make tracks in the sand for the cars to experience having to push the cars up and down the hills and discover what requires more 'force'. We will have boats in the water that we have to move using our breath, we must experiment with blowing hard and softly to see which makes them move faster. We will make our own handmade game called 'worm in a box'. the children must practice pulling the string as they thread it carefully through the holes. This will help develop our fine motor skills/hand control. 
We will answer the big question 'How do toys move'. By enquiring using the toys in our toy show we will make a chart to record our results as we investigate how each toy moves when we play with it. 
We will need to use our personal quality Resilience this week as many of the toy challenges will be difficult and require alot of concentration and force to make them move!

Here is a story we will be singing/reading this week in class.
You can also watch/sing along to it at home.

Weekly Nursery Strand Focus




4.11a Developing confidence, control and coordination using small and light equipment

2.5a Describing objects that are present/not present

3.10a Exploring what makes things move

Photos of our previous week's learning:

1-10 of 124