We are Nursery Rabbits 2022-23
Welcome to our Class Page!
This is the Nursery Class Page. We will keep it up to date with information and photographs of the children's learning experiences.
Nursery is all about learning through play. It is a time for fun, exploration and creativity. Both our indoor and outdoor provision offer a wide variety of child led activities for the children to develop their independence and social skills. The children will also join in with guided activities to help move them on in their learning.
If you have any questions please speak to a member of the Nursery team and we will be more than happy to help you.
The Nursery Team
Mrs Elliott (Class Teacher), Mrs Natha (Teaching Assistant), Mrs Naylor (Teaching Assistant).
What are we learning this term?
Please have a look at our Termly Overview. This will show you the learning and activities that will be taking place in Nursery during the Spring term.
Spring Term Overview - Nursery
What's coming up?
Please have a look at some of the exciting things happening in Nursery this term.
Moses Gate Country Park trip - Wednesday 26th April
Nursery is closed on Friday 31st March
Reading in Nursery
In Nursery we read high quality texts each day. There are reading areas in both the indoor and outdoor provision which gives the children plenty of opportunites to read for themselves and with their friends.
This half term we will focus on reading Goldilocks and the Three Bears and The Gingerbread man. The children will be given lots of opportunities to retell the story through puppets, role play and in the small world area.
In Nursery we are always working hard on our communication skills, including our listening! We play ring games, complete listening activities, enjoy stories and poems, and sing lots of nursery rhymes. All of this is helping to develop our ability to listen, concentrate and focus our attention. All of these are complex skills and the children are working so hard to improve them.
You can help your child at home by reading and following the '5 Golden Rules of Communication'.
5 Golden Rules for Communication
Tell us a story…
This half term we have been focusing on Goldilocks and the Three Bears and The Gingerbread Man. The children have helped to make porridge and enjoyed tasting it. They have used puppets to retell the stories and have had fun creating their own Gingerbread Man.
Have a look at our photos to see some of the exciting things we have been getting up to in the provision.
Aqua Explorers Visit
We have had some exciting creatures visit us today! The children have had the opportunity to explore a real rockpool filled with lots of interesting ocean life. A lot of the children showed confidence and were really brave as they touched and even held a variety of creatures. The creatures included hermit crabs, shore crabs, anemone, seaweed, sea urchins and lots of different species of star fish!
World Book Day
Everyone has had a wonderful World Book Day. The children dressed up as their favourite book characters and were keen to show off their fantastic outfits. We focued on the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears and the children enjoyed completing activities linking to the story. Nursery visited the library and enjoyed listening to stories.
Reading in the Library
Both children and parents have enjoyed spending time reading together in our school library.
Leading Through Language
This half term we have been focusing on improving our communication and language skills. The children have had lots of fun exploring the provision and learning how to share and take turns. We have learnt about winter, clothes, body parts, feelings and emotions and we have talked about the people we love, while celebrating Valentine's day.
Nursery have had a lovely time going for a walk to explore our local area. They were keen to look out for homes of family and friends and had fun counting how many cars they could see. We talked about the importance of walking on the path and always putting our litter in the bin. In the distance we spotted a church, mosque and a builder up a ladder! We even met a postman who was busy delivering letters!
Chinese New Year
To help us celebrate the Chinese New Year we invited all our Nursery parents to come in school and celebrate with us. We learnt a little bit about how the Chinese New Year is celebrated and the children enjoyed watching dragon dances. Together the children and parents completed a variety of Chinese New Year crafts. They made chinese lanterns, red money packets and painted chinese banners.
The children later enjoyed tasting some noodles!
Nursery have started to join in with Wiggle Worship! The sessions are delivered once a fortnight by Steph from the Children Changing Places Project at Manchester Diocese. During the first session the children met Wiggle! Wiggle the worm was very shy at first but when he did say hello he also read us the story of Creation. We then danced and celebrated in worship together before closing with a prayer. We're looking forward to our next Wiggle Worship session!
Meeting Father Christmas
Nursery had a very speical visitor at our Christmas party... Father Christmas came to visit! First we heard the bells and then we saw Father Christmas arriving with a sack of presents. The children were all very excited to recieve a gift from Father Christmas.
The Spirit of Christmas
The children have had lots of fun celebrating Christmas. We have read Christmas books and spent time understanding the Christmas Story. We have done lots of creative activities, enjoyed dressing up as Nativity characters and watched a pantomime. The children have worked hard to learn Christmas songs which they performed for their parents and family members. Nursery also enjoyed their first St Matthew's Christmas party where we danced, played games and ate some delicious party food.
Christmas Craft Activities
We invited our parents to support their child in completing a selection of Christmas craft activities. Before completing the festive activities the children really enjoyed showing their parents our Nursery daily routines. First the children find their name card and self register. Next they find their place at the table and practise writing their names. Once they have done this they choose a book and read with their friends until it is time for registration with the teacher, followed by a whole class teaching input.
Today we introduced Christmas and the children were show the Christmas activities on offer. With their parents the children made Rudolph hot chocolate cones, a Christmas bauble and a Christmas tree decoration.
We hope the parents enjoyed visiting Nursery and we look forward to seeing you again soon.
Come and Join the Celebration
Nursery have been learning all about celebrations with a big focus on birthdays. The children helped to plan a birthday party for Teddy who celebrated his 4th birthday in Nursery. We wrote birthday cards, had birthday cake and enjoyed a party for Teddy.
A walk to Aldi and our Tea Party
After singing 'I'm a little tea pot' the children thought they would like to have a cup of tea in Nursery. We decided to have a tea party! Everyone walked to our local Aldi and we bought the things we would need for a tea party. When we returned to Nursery some children enjoyed a cup of tea for the first time. Other children showed us how to enjoy a biscuit by dipping it in their tea!
Nursery have been very lucky and have had a visit from some firefighters! The visit began by listening to a short talk all about how dangerous fire can be and what we can do to keep ourselves safe around it. Mrs Robson then dressed up in the firefighter uniform and we learnt that firefighters carry oxygen on their backs to help them breathe in thick smoke.
The most exciting part of the visit was when all the children went outside to see the fire engine and use the hose!
Stay and Play!
Everybody enjoyed our Stay and Play!
The Nursery session happened as usual except all parents were invited! The children practised writing their names, joined in during teaching time and learnt about fireworks. Parents then had the opportunity to support their child in creating a firework painting. The children enjoyed exploring the provision with their parents, joined in during maths time, sang nursery rhymes, enjoyed snack together and ended the Stay and Play by listening to The Gruffalo story. What fantastic day in Nursery!
Thank you to all the parents who attended. We will look forward to seeing you again next time.
Autumn 1 in Nursery
We are so proud of how well Nursery have settled in. The children have had lots of fun exploring the provision and have been learning valuable skills such as sharing, taking turns and how to wait.
As part of our Help is at Hand theme the children have been keen to dress up as Doctors and role play in our Doctors Surgery.
Nursery have had a lovely time exploring our Forest School and looking for signs of Autumn. The children spotted the different coloured leaves and were excited to collect a selection of red, yellow and orange leaves from the forest floor. We found some sycamore seeds, acorns and even discovered some mushrooms!
Police Officer Visit
Nursery have had a visit from a Police Officer! The children were keen to hear all about his job as part of the police in our community. We learnt that the police communicate with one another using radio's and the children were lucky enough to speak to a police officer through the radio. We also had a look at some handcuffs and a baton. The children's favourite part of the visit was trying on some of the police offier's uniform!
The Nursery children have explored daffodil bulbs and we have talked all about how they turn in to beautiful daffodils. We planted plenty of bulbs in our Nursery garden and the children are excited to see them grow in Spring! The children learnt that they will need to water the daffodils once they start to grow.
Dental Nurse Visit
The dental nurse has been to visit Nursery! The children learnt about how important it is to brush our teeth twice a day. We also talked about the different foods that we can eat to keep our teeth healthy. The children met some very special characters and gave their teeth a very good brush! We then acted out a role play. We had a patient, a receptionist, a dentist and a dental nurse.
Nursery have had a visit from Mrs Tinker, Road Safety Coordinator, who spoke to the children about how to keep safe when outside of school. The children learnt about the different vehicles on the road and how important it is to walk on the pavement and hold their adults hand. We learnt about the job of a lollipop person and some children even wore the lollipop uniform! After Mrs Tinker's visit the children enjoyed colouring in their own lollipop person, making sure they used bright colours.
Nursery Class 2021-22
Have a look at all the wonderful things the Nursery children got up to last year.
Exploring Nursery and developing our fine motor skills
In Nursery this week we have enjoyed doing lots of things with our hands. We are developing our grip and control on tools for mark making and also our scissor skills for snipping!
Visiting Our School Forest
We have visited our school forest this week and have used our senses to explore the natural resources that are there. We found leaves, twigs and trees which we named and talked about their colour and how they felt. We played in the mud kitchen making mud pies together and played with sticks in big muddy puddles. Finally, we looked together for a teddy who had got lost in the forest.
A sunny day in the sandpit
The sun was shining so we took a trip to the giant sandpit. We spent our time filling and emptying the buckets making different sized sandcastles.
We have been exploring pumpkins using all of our senses. We have even tried home-made pumpkin soup!
Celebrating bonfire night at Nursery
We have been creating firework pictures using pastels, painting splatter pictures, making glittery stars from playdough and learning about the role of our fire-fighters. We have also been singing together and acting out 'Five LIttle FIre-fighters' and using our fingers to count.
Our fireworks and rockets!
We have been learning about keeping safe on bonfire night, making rockets and learning to count backwards and doing firework dances with pompoms. To help develop our listening skills we have been listening to the firework sounds that rice krispies make when the milk is added - snap, crackle and pop! Finally, we have been talking about light and dark and turning our lights and torches oo on and oo off.
This week we have been learning about Diwali and how Hindus celebrate at home and in the temple. We have made diva lamps, built Hindu temples, created simple rangoli patterns, learnt to do a Hindu dance and drawn mehndi patterns on hand outlines.
Celebrating Children in Need
For 'Children in Need' the Nursery dressed up in fancy dress clothes. We decorated cupcakes and cookies to make them look like Pudsey and his bandana. We had bunting and did some special activities. At the end of the day we watched Pudsey dancing with a dog that did tricks. It was lots of fun!
Celebrating birthdays in Nursery
We have been talking about how we celebrate birthdays, having parties in the home corner, making birthday cards and playdough birthday cakes and creating a birthday display board where we can see who is 3 and who is 4. We have also enjoyed lots of stories about people having birthdays.
Celebrating Kwame's 4th birthday
Kwame is a toy monkey who often comes to visit us at Nursery. When he was about to have his 4th birthday we asked the children to plan his party and help to get ready to celebrate with him. We had a busy week making cards, wrapping presents and learning to play party games. On the Friday we had a great party with a big birthday cake and we all sung the 'Happy Birthday' song to him.
Christmas at Nursery
This week we have been listening to and discussing some lovely Christmas books, learning all about the very special Nativity story, making Christmas cards to send home, creating Christmas crackers and decorating our classroom to look cheerful and festive. We have been very busy!
Our visit from the reindeers
The reindeers came to visit us at Nursery. We enjoyed watching them eating the hay, taking turns to stroke their coats and learning more about them.
Our Christmas Party
Look who came to visit us!
The children explored a snowy playground. We brought some ice inside and watched what happened when it became warm. After this we used different techniques to make a display of us all enjoying the snow.
Brushing our teeth at Nursery
We have been learning about cleaning our teeth, we have practised brushing using corn on the cobs with our friends. Also in the classroom we have played with the puppets and brushed their teeth too. At the playdough table we have made the crocodile some teeth using white dough.
Our Values Day at Nursery
Today, we celebrated 'Values Day' at Nursery. Our value was 'love' and as a link to this we all wore something red, listened to stories about people we love, talked about special people in our lives and made a special red heart to give to someone we love at home.
We have been talking about caring for one another and the world around us. We also need to look after ourselves, we thought about love and peace. Here we are in our reflection area enjoying the gifts we were given to share together, we counted our roses and our candles.
Celebrating Chinese New Year at Nursery
This week we have been making Chinese dragons and talking about how different people celebrate Chinese New Year. We have played with cooked noodles and have used chopsticks to pick them up! It was very tricky! In the Writing Area we have had a go at doing some Chinese writing and finally, we have all used our dragons to dance with to traditional Chinese music. It was great fun!
This week we have been learning to ride on balance bikes with the team from Bikeability. We have all improved our balancing, steering and scooting skills. It has been challenging and physically hard work but we've had a lot of fun!
We have been winning treasure to put in our treasure box. We do this by helping our friends and working together as a team. When the treasure box is full we get a reward, here we are having a popcorn party. There were even some m-m-m-maltesers that we found hidden in our popcorn, what a nice surprise!
This week we have celebrated 'Shrove Tuesday' by making pancakes with a range of different toppings. We also talked about the initial sounds of the words p-p-pancakes, s-s-s-strawberries and s-s-syrup. As a group we talked about the change that had occurred to the pancakes when they went from the fridge to the microwave by using our hands to feel the difference.
We have been learning all about the animals that live on the farm. We have listened to lots of stories with farm animals in and made the different sounds they make. We have painted sheep and made them woolly by adding cotton wool, explored vegetables that grow on farms, counted animals and looked at the corresponding numerals. Finally, we have played in a beautiful farm with animals in fields made up of different cereals. This has been a very sensory experience and has encouraged us to talk about how things feel and look.
World Book Day at Nursery
Today we celebrated World Book Day. We dressed up as animals and shared the story 'Pig gets stuck!' We found a chicken on every page! Outside we painted pigs on the painting wall and later celebrated with a pink pig cake. In our creative area we made potato characters and some of us had made them at home too. Scarlet won a prize in the whole school competition. Well done Scarlet.
We dressed in yellow and blue to show our support for Ukraine. We also put our own special, sparkly heart on the Ukraine flag and prayed for all the people in the war. We printed the flags colours using circles.
Our Nursery Chickens
The nursery chickens are now 3 years old and they came back to visit us. We all stroked them and heard their life story. We gave them rice krispies to eat and Queenie the chicken even laid an egg!
Celebrating British Values
We have celebrated British Values together by wearing the colours of the Union Jack - red, white and blue. In the library today we voted for which story we wanted to listen to and then came back to our classroom to talk about the people we love and what we enjoy doing together with them. We decorated biscuits to give to our special person and finished our celebration by taking turns whilst playing ring games.
Red Nose Day
On red nose day we all dressed up and wore red noses. We raised lots of money and had so much fun!
It was science day as well. We looked at how much noise a flat piece of card made and compared it with a folded piece. Wow how much noise! We danced and beat our fans together.
The children have all created a special jewelled pot to plant a beautiful pansy in. We have talked about what the flowers need to grow to be strong and healthy. We have reminded the children to keep their gift a surprise for mum on Sunday. Shhh!
We have all been learning about Easter and about the different animals that come out of eggs including dinosaurs! We all sang 'Humpty Dumpty' together and drew pictures of our own Humpty Dumpty. Everyone made a chick Easter card to take home and enjoyed an Easter egg hunt together on the last day of term. We decorated eggs and had an Easter egg raffle and Easter bonnet competition. We had lots of fun!
Our Springtime Walk in the Forest
We visited the forest this week and became detectives hunting for signs of spring. When we found something interesting the children used the i-pad to take photographs of all the different things that we had discovered. Afterwards we explored the forest together with our friends.
Our minibeast hunt!
This week we have all been searching in our nursery garden for minibeast. We looked together and then used our classification sheet to correctly name all of the minibeast that we had found. We talked about how they looked, how they moved and what they liked to eat. Throughout the week we studied spiders, slugs, beetles, woodlice, snails and miliipedes. The children found it fascinating! Why not have a look outside with your child and see what minibeast you can find at home.
Celebrating Eid in our Nursery
Our Eid celebrations involved making Eid cards to take home, creating Rangoli patterns using 2d shapes, building Mosques using 3d blocks, cooking playdough chapatis in the home corner and having a party with food and games! We had lots of fun!
Mrs Sharples' leaving day
The morning children went to a special assembly to say goodbye to Mrs Sharples. They all sat beautifully as the rest of the school made speeches, and gave her cards and presents. The morning and the afternoon children made her a special card and in the afternoon Tamara visited her in her office to present it.
Learning about road safety at Nursery
This week Mrs Tinker from the Road Safety Unit visited us in school and talked about how to keep ourselves safe crossing the roads when we are out and about with our family. We learnt that we must always hold our grown ups hand and use the lollipop person to stop the traffic when they are available. Afterwards we role-played crossing the road safely and took it in turns to be the lollipop person. It was great fun!
Chris from Zoolab visited us yesterday and brought with him a collection of different creatures for the children to observe and touch, or if they were really brave to hold! He told us lots of interesting facts about them including where they live, what they eat, how they move and how big they will grow. The children listened very well and answered lots of questions. Everyone was gentle and kind to the creatures. They were stars!
We have been learning all about the seaside with a focus on finding out about the creatures that live in the ocean. Each week we have visited the large whole school sandpit and pretended that we were at the beach and we have listened to and enjoyed many 'fishy' tales together at story time. At the end of this month we will be visiting the aquarium in town to see sea creatures up close with the Nursery team and our parents/carers. It will be amazing!
You're my cup of tea!
We made something special for someone who helps us at home, some of us gave it to our daddies, grandads, uncles or aunties.
We have all really got creative this week using a wide range of different natural materials to make beautiful temporary pictures with. Everyone's work has been unique and we have all used the camera on our class i-pad to record our masterpieces! Here is a selection:
Hunting for treasure!
Dossie and Kwame came to Nursery today and set us a challenge. They asked us to work together in the forest to find 9 pieces of treasure. We worked as a team to find 9 different and interesting things. As a group we then took turns to explore what we had found, naming the objects, and using lots of language to describe the colour, texture, size and weight of each of our interesting things.
Our trip to the library in town
We visited the library in town together with the Nursery team and our parents/carers. We had a story all about fish and then, with our grown ups, we made our own unique fish using a range of creative materials. Finally, we all visited the aquarium where we looked at all the different types of fish and watched them getting fed. It was a great experience!
Our teddy bears' picnic
This week we brought in our teddy bears from home to take them on a special picnic to our forest school. They had a great time!
Last Thursday we went to Edgworth Park in the minibus. We had a fantastic time exploring the woods, searching for fairies and playing on the playground equipment. We had an ice-cream to cool ourselves down at the end! It was a great adventure with all of our friends.
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Please read what we are doing in Nursery during this first half term. If you have any questions ask a member of our team who will be happy to help you.