Week beginning 6.5.19


The children have listened to The Bad Tempered Ladybird and discussed different emotions. We also shared the book Creepy Crawly Calypso and then listened to the instruments  on the CD, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-EsQHr2TQ8 . We used the counting element to learn about the language of 1 more, next, add 1, after.

The children have had lots of large scale mark making opportunities and have been separating 4 black dots between the two sides of a ladybird in different ways, whilst hopefully realising the total remains the same.    

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We have learnt the ladybirds are a type of beetle and under the hard red case there are some very delicate wings. Your child should also know they have 6 legs and are red/orange to tell birds and other animals that they are poisonous. Ladybirds can have upto 20 spots!

We've also been watching our painted lady caterpillars growing and growing. THe children can't wait to see a chrysalis and are having to learn to be patient!

How to help at home. 

Practicing sharing 4 items between 2 people or 2 plates or on the plate and off the plate. You could have 4 grapes, teddies, biscuits, cars. Practice sharing them between two people in different ways (it doesn't have to be fair). Talk about how they have 3 grapes and you have 1 but altogether, in total there are still 4 grapes - they might need to count them to check initially. They might like to have 4 items and 2 cups - how many are they going to hide under each cup? 1 under here and 3 and under there (or 2 +2, 4 +0, 0+4, 1 +3, 3+1,  etc)

If they are really confident with this you could show them the four grapes then tell them not to look while you hide some under a cup and leave the rest out. Ask your child to have a look at the grapes that are on the table -can they work out how many are under the cup?  If there are 2 on the table, there must also be 2 under the cup because 2 and 2 makes 4 altogether. 

We will be sharing a rhyming story next week so keep working on hearing rhyming words and coming up with a list of rhyming words. hat, pat, cat, mat,      it can include made up words such as leg, deg, teg, jeg, peg. 

Please send in any empty and clean yoghurt pots, small bottles, kitchen roll tubes so that the children can make musical instruments next week. 

If you have any old nursery child sized wellies and are willing to donate them to the nursery please send them in. 

Week beginning 29.4.19

Caterpillars and butterflies

Image result for the very hungry caterpillar

Tiny, baby caterpillars have arrived in Nursery! The children were very excited about their arrival. We have read 'The very hungry caterpillar' by Eric Carle  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75NQK-Sm1YY. The children are doing really well at retelling parts of the story and knowing what is going to come next. 

We have done lots of activities focusing on number recognition, including being Postmen butterflies who visit the same flowers in the same order every day. We used numbered flowers to help us with this game on the large playing field. Everyone was quite tired after all the flying from flower to flower so we also talked about how exercise keeps us healthy and how we feel hot, sweaty, out of breath, pink in the cheeks. Here you can watch a postman butterfly emerge from the chrysalis. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SkdtSkO7VHQ

Your child may be able to tell you how many wings a butterfly has (4) and how many feet (6) We also learned that butterflies taste with their feet! 

We have had fun with this rhyme too https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q31_IrnxmP8

How to help at home

Count some fruit in your fruit bowl at home. What would the hungry caterpillar have to eat in your house? 1 apple? 2 pears? 3 plums? Which fruit do you have the most of?  Is there room for 5 oranges in your bowl? 

Use magnetic numerals or the foam ones that cling to the bath to look for numerals that they recognise. Can they show the right number of fingers to match the numeral. Can they find a different way to show it? ie five fingers could be all the fingers on one hand, or 1 and 4 on each hand etc. 

Practice saying the days of the week in order. Talk each morning over breakfast or on the way to school about what day of the week it is. ie It's Wednesday today. On Wednesday we go to Playball. Tomorrow will be Thursday. 


Dates for your diary

6th May - No Nursery Bank holiday

Week beginning 26.4.19

Our new half termly topic is Minibeasts

This week and next we are learning about caterpillars and butterflies. 

Welcome to our new children and their families. They have all had a great first few days and we have been helping everyone to learn each others names. 

We have shared The Crunching Munching Caterpillar this week. The children are familiar with the life cycle of a caterpillar but were interested watching a clip of a caterpillar laying its eggs underneath a leaf . We have seen the long proboscis feeding tube that the butterfly uses to drink nectar from flowers too.  To be accurate we should use the word pupa, or chrysalis to describe the transformation stage as a cocoon is the silk casing a moth spins around itself. Pupa can be used for moths or butterflies, but only butterflies emerge from a chrysalis. 

In maths we have started to look at 3D shapes, we introduced the words cube, cuboid and sphere, faces and 3D but have continued to consolidate 2D shapes alongside this. 

The children were all fabulous during our visit to see the photographer today. They were all on their best behaviour while they were waiting for their turn and all tried very hard to do as they were asked. 

They also enjoyed pretending the tunnels in the outside area were cocoons. 

How to help at home 

Talk about shapes, name 2D or 3D shapes. I often say that an elephant sat on the 2D shapes and squashed them flat, but this time we blamed the carpet fitters. Use words such as sides, long, short, curved straight, corners, and for 3D shapes faces, cube, cuboid, sphere. 

The children have really enjoyed the rhyme Little Arabella Miller-  they might like to perform it to you at home. Here are the words in case they forget any.

Little Arabella Miller found a hairy caterpillar, 

First she put it on her Mother, then upon her baby brother

They all said Arabella Miller, take away that caterpillar!!

You could highlight the rhyming words and keep working on making up strings of rhyming words. 

Dates for your diary

6th May - No Nursery Bank holiday

Week beginning 18.3.19 - Growing Plants

The Nursery children were very excited about Farmer Brown coming to visit on Friday.The class learned all about how wheat grows and what it is used for. Then the children looked at a variety of bean seeds, looking for similarities and differences between them before choosing which seed they would like to plant. Hopefully we will soon have some climbing, runner and broad bean seedlings. Thank you for sending in the bottles, we will be able to watch the roots grow as well as the leaves and stem. 

How to help at home

Plant some seeds - sunflowers are often a popular choice if you have a sunny posiition, or some vegetables. Get the children to help you with a bit of weeding in the garden. When you pull up a weed talk about what you can see. Did you get the roots up? Why do plants have roots. We talked about plants being able to make their own food, a special type of sugar called glucose using the green colouring in their leaves, oxygen from the air and sunshine. 

Talk about which features plants in your garden share eg they all have leaves. Then talk bout how they are different eg pointy leaves or curved leaves, serrated leaves.  Are all the flowers you can see similar? How are they different?

Do a plant experiment to find out what happens if a plant doesnt get any water. Or a more interesting one is to put a small plant in a very dark place. What happens? Can the children apply this information to think about where they would put a plant if they wanted it to be really tall?

Keep working on being able to continue a rhyming string and learning the names of 2D shapes and their properties

Dates for your diary

4th April FON Easter Egg hunt. Nursery children will do this in our garden during their Nursery session £1 to enter. All children will receive a small chocolate treat. No parental help re


23rd April Term starts 

26th April Class Photos

 6th May - No Nursery Bank holiday


Week beginning 11.3.19 Growing 

This week the children have been looking at how people might share similar features or interests but they may also have features or interests that are different. As a class we have discussed the fact that all the children have hair but their hair may be a different colour, length or type for example. We have shared a fun flap book called All Kinds of People and looked at photos and short clips of school children from around the world, including a school on a boat, children that sit on the floor outside for lessons or in metal huts with a mud floor.  

In maths we have been looking at 2D shapes - mostly circles, squares, triangles and rectangles. As well as learning to recognise the shapes and name them we have been helping the children to deepen their understanding by asking them 'How do you know it's a triangle?' We have been talking about shapes having sides that are curved or straight and have called the corners 'sharp pointy corners'. We have sung a simple song about triangles having 3 straight sides and 3 corners to the tune of 3 blind mice. It goes like this:

Triangle, triangle,

3 straight sides, 3 straight sides,

It isn't a circle, it isn't a square

you can see triangles every where,

you can even hear, if you listen with care

a triangle (ting!! on a triangle musical instrument)


Thank you to everyone for your support with the Mini Marsden March on Friday, whether you donated or came in to help with the walk. The children did really well and the rain held off - hooray!! We raised over £200 for the Royal Marsden just in the Nursery classes. The rest of the school will be marching at a later date. 

Pyjama day raised £130 which will be put towards renovating our garden along with the Scoot athon money (we're just waiting for a final few sponsorships forms and money to come back) THANK YOU SO MUCH for all your support, it is greatly appreciated. 

How to help at home

Talk about how as a family you share some features and interests but how you are also different.  Use a mirror to look carefully at each others eye colour. Is it the same or different? Who is tallest? Who likes playing football? Does everyone like carrots? chocolate?

I like this song about shapes,


There is a shape song 2 it mostly just names the shapes but for those that enjoy learning new shape names it goes on to name shapes with 10, 11 and 12 sides. There may be an advert at the start, so you may wish to load it before your child starts viewing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTeqUejf3D0

 Go on a shape hunt around the house. Which shapes can you find? Which shape did you find the most of ? Practice drawing circles in the air, in a baking tray of flour, in the bubbles in the bath. Cut out some simple shapes from paper and use them to make a shape picture.  Talk about the properties of the shapes - squares have 4 straight sides all the same length, with 4 pointy corners. 

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Please send in a transparent, see through, bottle that has been cut in half so that we can plant beans and watch them grow. We will need them by next Friday 22nd March. Thank you. See the letter outside the nursery class door. 


Please could everyone check the jumpers they have at home. Caleb is missing a jumper with a school logo. Please send it back in if you find it. Thank you

Dates for your diary


21st April Odd socks day - Down's Syndrome Awareness day

23rd April Term starts 

26th April Class Photos

 6th May - No Nursery Bank holiday



Week beginning 4.3.19

Growing - human life cycle

The children have been learning more about our bodies and how they grow. The children have been really interested in parts of the body. We have talked about when we grow and challenged some misconceptions such as "we grow when it's our birthday". The children have really enjoyed guessing who everyone is from their baby photo. Thank you so much for sending them in. We still have a few more to share next week.

So far the sponsored scoot has raised an amazing amount of money Thank you so much! If anyone is yet to send in their money please do so and we will announce the final amount. 

I hope the children enjoyed book day. We shared lots of stories in class, acted out the bear hunt and Mr Wolf's pancakes in the garden, used lots of our lovely new story sacks  and listened to stories read by the Year 3 children who came to visit us. 

Thanks to everyone for your support at parents evening. It was really useful and valuable for us and I hope for you too. 

How to help at home.

We shared lots of rhyming books and revisited our work on rhyme. Share some rhyming stories at home or visit the library to find some new ones. The Oi series by Kes Grey(Oi Frog, Oi Cat, Oi Dog) has lots of funny rhyming words and is good for the children to predict what might happen at the end. 

Next week we will be finding out how our bodies change during and after exercise. If you go to the park,  play in the garden, go swimming etc, you could talk about how we become out of breath, hot, sweaty, your heart beats faster etc. 

We have been measuring parts of our body and using maths language such as taller, tallest, longer, longest. The children could line up any teddies or soft toys and find out which is the tallest, shortest, which one is taller than ..... When measuring, the children need to use something like the edge of a table or a piece of masking tape on the floor to act as a base line, and ensure all the teddies feet touch the line and are being measured from the same starting point. Are any of your teddies the same length? 

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If you don't have one you could start a growth chart to measure your child and record how much they grow over time. "I'm as big as" are fun ones to use. 

Dates for your diary

On Friday 15th  we are taking part in a Mini Marsden March with the other schools in the Sutton Education Trust to raise money for the Royal Marsden. The Nursery children will be marching around the playground (and if not too muddy the woodland area) at 11.00 am for the morning children and 2.30 for the afternoon children. Parents are very welcome to come and join us, extra pairs of hands would really help. Thank you. 



Welcome back. We hope you had a good half term break. 

Our new topic is 'GROWING'

This week we have learned about how humans grow from babies, to toddlers, into children, teenagers, adults and elderly people.  We have talked about what babies can and can't do and compared this with what they can do now. 

We also introduced the idea that everybody starts life as a baby. Some children were unsure whether the teachers had ever been babies and were certain that their grandparents had never been a baby. If you have a family photo album or photos of family members when they were younger now would be a great time to dig them out and show your children. 

A massive thank you to everyone for you support with the Scoot a thon. All the children took part and despite the change in the weather tried their hardest. I'll let you know the sum raised when all the money has been collected in. Thank you. 

How to help at home

Please send back the coloured piece of paper given out on Friday with the photos of your child as a new born and a recent photo. There is an example page stuck up by the nursery door if you are unsure of where to put the photos. Image result for image paper folded in half Put a baby photo on the top/front 

Put a recent photo inside. 

The idea is we can try to guess who the baby photo is of and then lift the flap and see who it is underneath.  If they could be back by next Friday that would be great. Any questions please ask. 

Dates for your diary

6th March  Parent's evening 3.30 - 8.00

7th March NURSERY CLOSED ALL DAY to allow Parent teacher consultations

8th March World Book day celebration. Children to come to school dressed in their pyjamas. Please NO onesies that do up at the back or anything that makes it hard for the children to use the toilet independently. Thank you 







Week beginning 


The Gingerbread Man


The children are much more confident with the terms 'character' and 'setting' which is great. Thank you for all your support with this at home too. The children have enjoyed joining in with the repeated refrains and sequencing the story line. Many have relished the not so happy ending as well as comparing and contrasting the story with The Runaway Chapati and the Ninjabread Man. We talked about the similarities and the differences and which story they liked best and why. 

The children have acted out 5 currant buns and played 'Baker shop'. We modelled using full sentences to ask for what they wanted and did some simple maths problem solving to work out how many pennies we needed to pay for all the items. We took the opportunity to reinforce our maths language of less, more, fewer as the buns in the shop reduced in quantity and the pennies built up.  We have also looked at solving number problems based around the Gingerbread Man's buttons. If he has red and yellow buttons in his wardrobe and chooses a different selection of buttons each day how could he arrange his buttons ie all red, all yellow, one red and two yellow etc. We established that he always had to have 3 and that 2 yellow and 1 red is still 3 in total. 

The children were all keen to come and find out why the Gingerbread Man didn't want to swim or wade across the river. We dunked some Gingerbread men biscuits into water and looked carefully at what happened. The children all noticed changes and many were able to vocalise what they could see happening.  We supported the children to tell us what had changed and supported them to look at the colour of the biscuit and the texture. We used words such as squishy, soggy, crumbled, broken, gone, sink, dark brown. Lots of the children said the biscuit had melted. We talked about melting needing heat to cause a change and introduced the word dissolving


How to help at home

You could keep the momentum going with the children's learning about rhyme. We dont want them to forget the great learning from last term. Sing the "Run, run as fast you can, you cant catch me I'm the Gingerbread Man" refrain. Point out the rhyming words or ask your child to identify them. Can they think of any other words that rhyme with Man. 

The Gingerbread man runs away, we've been moving in a variety of ways at school - hopping and skipping are still the trickiest and jumping with 2 feet together sometimes too. You could use this song as a stimulus to practice some hopping, skipping, jumping and even standing on 1 leg. 


You could get lots of good maths language from this song too. Pause the song and ask whether there are more or less/fewer Gingerbread men. (You could also point out the rhyming words) Zero is an important concept in maths, the end of this song can be used to help children see nothing as zero. 

Make some Gingerbread men biscuits Talk about how the dough changes from soft and malleable to crunchy and hard (or buy some biscuits to decorate). Use coloured smarties to decorate them. Can your child count out three buttons? Can they use 2 colours and put them in a different pattern on each gingerbread man? 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uAzkw5Qd7IE enjoy this short Gingerbread man song together


Keep sending in any magic moments. Thanks to those that did this week. If you do any of the suggested activities take a photo and send it in to us -we'd love to see and share the learning in class. 


Dates for your diary

Friday  15th February Miss Stewart's last day with us. 

Monday 18th - 22nd February Half Term- Nursery Closed

Monday 25th February Nursery closed INSET

6th March  Parent's evening 

7th March NURSERY CLOSED ALL DAY to allow Parent teacher consultations

8th March World Book day celebration. Children to come to school dressed in their pyjamas. Please NO onesies that do up at the back or anything that makes it hard for the children to use the toilet independently. Thank you 





Week beginning  28.1.19

Goldilocks and the Three Bears


This week the children have cooked porridge and tasted it. They tried adding different ingredients to find out if they preferred  it sweet, salty or plain. I hope the children enjoyed the flapjack we made on Friday. We talked about what we could see and what was happening/changing. We looked at the cold, hard, solid butter and the runny liquid melted butter. We asked more 'how' and 'why' questions to reinforce this skill. Why is the butter runny? How could we melt the butter? We also described the textures of various ingredients - the syrup was sticky, icky and we talked about the butter feeling greasy and the oats were dry. 

The children listened out for the 'b' sounds in words and sorted items depending on their initial sound. 

We have continued to reinforce our learning of the language of size, using small, medium, large, bigger, biggest, smaller, smallest etc. 

We read a book called 'A chair for Baby Bear' and predicted who the parcel might be from and why Goldilocks might be sending a chair to Baby Bear. The children were then given the opportunity to express their personal preferences and say which chair they would choose. We highlighted the fact that it's OK for people to like different things, no one is right or wrong. 

We have made paper aeroplanes and kites and explored how things fly as part of the whole school STEM week. 


How to help at home

It would be great to have any Magic Moment sheets to share with the class. Don't forget to fill one in when your child shows you some new learning of any kind or impresses you in some way. 

We are also spending more time than we'd like doing up shoe laces  at the moment. If your child has any velcro or buckle shoes they could wear to Nursery instead of laces, that would be appreciated. Thank you. 

Make porridge for breakfast. Can your child remember how they did it? What did they do first? After that? Describe and talk about the texture and how it changes when it is cooked. Add some different fruit as toppings and talk about which they like best. Whilst stirring or waiting for the porridge to cook you could sing this song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CsYKTTNNusI

Do some cooking together - cakes, biscuits, pasta, rice, potatoes, vegetables. Talk about what happens when it gets cooked. Is the carrot still hard and crunchy? Is anything still the same? Is it still the same colour? 

Listen and look out for words that start with 'b' - words that have a vowel after the 'b' are easiest to identify. Words that start with br______ or bl______ are tricky to identify initially

You could say a list of 'b' words and then make a mistake - can your child tell you when you've gone wrong? Eg  ball, bat, biscuit, bench, boy, orange

Join in with this song about Goldilocks (it's quite fast!) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-Q8L85VPQs

Dates for your diary

Thursday 31st  2- 3pm Coffee afternoon with Mrs Young (new headteacher)

Monday 18th - 22nd February Half Term- Nursery Closed

Monday 25th February Nursery closed INSET

6th March  Parent's evening

7th March Parent's evening





Week beginning 21.1.19

Three Billy Goats Gruff


We have been reading and joining in with another traditional tale. CLick here for a link if you don't know the story https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OO-5KgcfHmI

This week in maths the children have been using the language of size. We recapped our previous learning on small, medium and big to describe the goats and then extended this to use the comparative language of big, bigger, biggest, long, longer, longest etc. We will continue to work on this next week. 

We started encouraging the children to listen to the first sound in words and the children helped me sort objects into the pot that started with the 'p' sound. The children are used to doing rhyme activities with us where they have to listen to the end of a word, so this was a different skill to develop. 

We decided to help the goats by planting some sweet green grass seeds so they wont have to cross the Troll's bridge for something to eat. We will keep a close eye on the seeds to see what is happening over the next few days and weeks. 

On Friday Alan brought a variety of birds to visit. This included owls, a falcon, an eagle and a Kookaburra that laughed for us. The children listened really well and asked lots of quetsions about the birds. We learned that if an owl has black eyes it is nocturnal. If it has yellow eyes it hunts during day light hours. The children got to see how an owl can turn its head and learned that it needs to do this because, unlike humans, owls can' t move their eyes. 


How to help at home

Model using the language of size (small, medium, larger, bigger, biggest, taller, tallest etc) You could ask children "Would you like the small apple or medium sized apple? Which plate is the biggest? 

Look for information about birds of prey on the internet, or find a book in the library. You could find out more about where Kookaburra's come from.

Listen out for words that start with 'p'. 

Make sure you don't add an 'uh' sound at the end (often called a shwar). It makes it harder to blend the sounds together to create a whole word if you do this. Make each sound as short as possible. 

Puh, i, guh - doesnt sound much like pig (it makes per, i, ger,) when you blend the sounds together to make a word. This website shows you how to say each sound. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ksblMiliA8

We also look at the shape our mouth makes in school. This is sometimes more obvious to the children than the sound to begin with. Talk about how your lips start together when you say 'p'. Contrast it with words that start with an open mouth shape such as apple, orange, goat, 

B and p are quite similar sounds, m also has the lips together so these will be harder for your child to distinguish. 

Dates for your diary

Thursday 31st  2- 3pm Coffee afternoon with Mrs Young (new headteacher)

Monday 18th - 22nd February Half Term- Nursery Closed

Monday 25th February Nursery closed INSET

6th March  Parent's evening

7th March Parent's evening




Week beginning 14.1.19

Traditional Tales - Theme for the term

The Three Little Pigs

We would like to welcome Mrs Finan to the Nursery team. She will be working Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday alongside Mrs Morss. 

A warm welcome also goes to Miss Stewart a first year BA teaching student who will be with us until half term and to all the new children and their families joining us this term.