Tasks for Friday 27th March:

The tasks and date will be updated between 4pm and 9am.

Today's learning 

This weeks theme - Easter

Task 1: Literacy 

 Hearing the initial sound 'h'


 Go on a hunt around the house looking for things that start with 'h'.  We're focussing on the sound that the letter makes - see you tube link below

You could sing a song as you go - We're hunting round the house, We're hunting round the house, h, h, h, h, hunting round the house

(to the tune A hunting we will go) 


You could make a collection of 'h' things/ take photos of all your 'h' items/ draw your 'h' items./make a tally chart of the number of items you find.

How many 'h' things can you find? 

Can you think of any other words that start with 'h' that you didn't find an object for?


Remember when you say the 'h' sound not to add a shwar/ uh sound at the end. If you're not sure of the correct pronunciation listen to this link.  H is at 48 seconds https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ksblMiliA8


Task 2: Expressive Art and Design

 To engange in imaginative role play based on first hand experiences - create a pretend shop

Set up a shop.


Ask your child what they would like to sell - they could sell the footballs they made yesterday as either footballs or eggs, or use toys from around the house or leaves, petals, pebbles, things they find in the garden etc

Use a chair, small table, large box etc as a checkout desk.

Raid the penny pot, a grown ups purse, the toy money box for some coins or be more imaginative and use pebbles, pegs, marbles etc as payment.


Let your child choose whether they want to be the shop keeper or the customer. Then act out going to the shops. 


"Good morning!" "please may I have the soft white rabbit?" "How much is it?" "3p thank you, 1, 2, 3 (as you count out the 'money') "Thank you very much, Goodbye"

Swap roles when your child is ready. Model the language a shop keeper might use "Please come again soon" "That's 5 p please"


To extend the game you could ask for something that isnt in stock (you can't see set up) See how your child responds. You could suggest that they phone the warehouse to see if there is any in stock, or ask the customer to come back later

It's always more exciting if different characters visit the shop. If you have siblings who are happy to be roped in that's great, or you can use different voices and pretend to be yourself, an older person, someone of the opposite sex, a cross customer who isnt pleased about anything, a chatty customer who doesnt stop talking etc etc . 

Your child might need to make an open and closed sign to let people know when to come  - this can be useful if they are having a lovely time but you need to stop for lunch etc (green on one side and red on the other for open/closed is an easy way to make a sign)

You could add extra resources like bags for customers to take their purchases home in or a purse for the money to be stored in, a hat or apron for the shop keeper to wear, or a pair of Daddy's/Mummy's shoes and a handbag as a customer's costume. 

 Happy shopping!


If you come across any pasta, tinned tomatoes or toilet rolls on your shopping exercusions let me know where they're in stock!

Please use the Tapestry app to upload observations of your child's learning, up to a maximum of 5 observations per child, per week.

This week, we are learning...

PSED: I can take responsibility for carrying out small tasks.

Communication & Language: I can focus my attention and listen to others one to one or in small groups.

Physical Development: I can dress myself with a little support.• I can draw lines and circles using gross motor movements. 

Literacy: To hear the 'h' sound at the start of words

Maths: I know that numbers identify how many objects are in a set. 

Understanding the World: I am developing an understanding of growth and changes over time. 

Expressive Art  & Design: I can play pretend 'shops'

Helpful websites for home learning

PhonicsPlay This has activities for phonics letters & sounds.

BBC Bitesize Primary

This has activities for children aged 3+

Free online ebooks: National Geographic Young Explorer, Storyline Online and Oxford Owl

Websites with lists of recommended books for different ages / topics: Booktrust and Love Reading

Twinkl: This is a website of resources for teachers which has been made free for families at this time. The resources cover all areas of learning. Enter the code UKTWINKLHELPS


Children's mental health resources, designed to support children who are struggling emotionally with the current situation.


Contact us:

Questions about online learning or to contact the class teacher: teachers@nonsuchprimary.sutton.sch.uk.

All other school matters: office@nonsuchprimary.sutton.sch.uk 

These email addresses are checked daily; responses may be the following day.




Growing - our last week of this topic


This week the children have planted the seed potatoes that have been chitting  and have started weeding our digging area. We have been looking closely at the beans we planted in our bottles and have seen a root starting to grow down to reach the water.

The children have read several ‘Supertato’ stories and enjoyed rescuing Supertato from several sticky webs outside.  We have also revisited the Little Red Hen and looked at a real wheat plant, talking about the parts of the plant and their function. We shook the seeds out and used a pestle and mortar to grind the seed to get the flour. On Friday the children kneaded some  dough and decided what shape roll they wanted. I hope they tasted as good as they smelled! Did your child act like the Little Red Hen and eat it all themselves or did they share some with you? You could ask your child to retell the story to you. You could mute this and read the story to your child to remind them if they have forgotten the story https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYwjuufc19Q  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gwx5FvZi18U

We  have reinforced that when reading we go from left to right and from the top to the bottom. We have also continued our work on blending sounds together to make words and identifying sounds at the start of words

The children were focussing on circles in maths—learning that they have a curved side and no pointy corners.


How to help at home

Go on a circle hunt around the house— your child could take photos of all the circles they can see in class. If you can print them out we’d love to share their home learning with the class. You could present your child with a few objects that are circles or have circular faces and a couple that don’t. Ask your child how they know that  the Tupperware box lid isn’t a circle, for example. (It doesn't have a curved side and it has got corners)

Your child might enjoy trying to turn a potato (or other vegetables) into a Supertato or Super carrot. They could draw eyes on the potato with felt tips or tie/stick a small bit of fabric on for a cape or belt or sash. Again we’d love to see their efforts—send them in to share in Nursery. Encourage them to act out rescuing/helping others and being a good, kind citizen. You could use your £1 world book day voucher to buy the new Supertato book.

You could make a collection of all the food in your house that is made from flour—biscuits, cake, bread etc. Your child might like to do some more baking. Remind them as you cook about where flour comes from. If you have a pestle and mortar at home your child might enjoy doing some arm strengthening by grinding up some herbs/spices/raisins/egg shells/ etc https://www.howwemontessori.com/how-we-montessori/2017/09/give-the-child-a-mortar-and-pestle-.html


Dates for your diary

Friday 3rd April Nursery Closed

Monday 6th April Easter Holiday

Monday 20th April First day back—Summer Term




Week 2 Book week and growing continued


Thank you so much for all your effort with the costumes on Thursday, the children looked brilliant and loved a day of sharing stories in the library, with year 3 and in class. We have read 21 stories this week! 

Thanks also for all the bottles, small boxes and the generous donations of tissues for the class. We now have enough of all of these things to keep us going. Thank you. 


We talked about fiction and non fiction texts and some ways to tell the difference this week. 

The children have chosen either a broad bean or a runner bean and planted it in their bottles. We also watched some time lapse photography of some different types of beans growing. We have read Jaspar's Beanstalk by Nick Butterworth and continued to learn the names of parts of a plant and the function of each part. In 'Ten Seeds' by Ruth Brown the children saw the flower producing new seeds. We are chitting some seed potatoes ready for planting out later in the term. 

Earlier in the week the class learned about the life cycle of frogs learning about frog spawn, tadpoles, froglets and frogs. 

In maths the children were counting actions and using the musical instruments to tap a given number of times and learning about the properties of circles. What makes a circle? How do you know it is a circle? What might you need a circle for when playing or building - is it good as a roof? for car wheels? etc


How to help at home

Research shows that children that love reading and have positive experiences of sharing books do well in this area. Now is a great time to teach children that reading is amazing (or continue to reinforce this). To foster a love of reading make story time a special, cozy, snuggly time where your child gets your full attention. Talk with them about what you think of the book. "That's a bit sad isnt it? I think he's going to get stuck! I like that story it's really funny especially when......."

Talk about whether the book you are reading is a fiction or non fiction text - is it a made up imaginative story or something true/real that is giving you information? Model these words to your child so they hear them and become familiar with them. 

Plant some seeds at home to keep on the windowsill-cress grows quickly, or start some peas/ beans or seed potatoes. Talk about what you can see happening, remember to be more patient that Jaspar was with his bean!

You could have a day out at Wisley or Kew/ the park and look at all the amazing different types of plants. They all have leaves but are the leaves all the same? Do all plants have flowers? Which plant do you like? Why? Can you find a flower with a lovely scent?

Learn Mary Mary quite contrary https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61vDyFc7bsI, sing round and round the garden like a teddy bear with your childhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXzZAssN9Lk

Upcoming dates for your diary

Thursday 4th March World Book day—dressing up.

Friday 3rd April Nursery Closed all day (apologies for previous wrong month) 

Monday 6th April Easter Holiday

Monday 20th April First day back—Summer Term




Welcome back!


week 1 Growing

The children have listened to many stories about plants  including the Enormous Turnip, 10 little seeds and Big, yellow Sunflower. The children planted sunflower seeds and are watching and waiting to see what happens. We have looked closely at some real plants and some artificial flowers, finding similarities and differences. The children have been learning to use the words leaf, stem, root, flower and seed and some also know the function of each of these parts.  The should also know what plants need in order to grow well.

In maths the children have been using maths language to talk about shapes , for example straight, curved, round, flat, raised, long. short, faces, sides, edges. corners


How to help at home

Look out for signs of spring when you are out and about. Help your child spot  daffodils, blossom (children often think trees don’t have flowers so now is a good time to clear up that misconception) tulips, hyacinths and other spring flowers.  You could buy a small bunch of daffodils or pick one from the garden that is in bud then watch what happens as it opens up into a flower. Dip your finger carefully inside and see if any pollen sticks to your finger once it is open.  Reinforce the plant vocabulary  above. Involve your child with watering any house plants you have and remind them that plants need light and water  to grow healthily.  Try asking your child whether trees are plants. What about grass? How do they know?


Use the upcoming World Book Day to motivate you to share lots of stories at home and perhaps try a non fiction book/ comic/magazine. You could go on a hunt around the house for all the different places you keep books—recipe books in the kitchen,  DIY  manuals in the cupboard under the stairs,  guarantees and instructions  in the kitchen drawer or in the board game boxes, maps in the car. Help your child to know that text and writing gives us information or tells  a story. 


Upcoming dates for your diary

Thursday 4th March World Book day—dressing up.

Friday 3rd April Nursery Closed all day

Monday 6th April Easter Holiday

Monday 20th April First day back—Summer Term






Week 5 Goldilocks and the Three Bears


The children have been using the language of size to describe and compare objects, joining in with repeated phrases in stories and remembering the order of events in the story. We talked as a class about Goldilocks' choices and what we can do to make things better if we realise we’ve made a bad choice.

We have been very excited to see that the grass seeds we planted last week have germinated and the children have been  observing their grass closely!

On Friday everyone made flapjack and used this as an opportunity to look at how things change. We used the microwave to melt the butter and sugar. We also talked about healthy and not so healthy foods and how sugary things aren’t very healthy but are OK in small quantities. We also talked about how we could add fruit to the flapjack or eat some fruit with the flapjack to make it a little healthier.  The importance of  brushing our teeth was also discussed.


How to help at home

Do some cooking. It is a great way to spend quality time together and your child can learn so much from 1 activity (maths, science, literacy etc). Lots of the children struggled to see and/or describe the change that happened when we melted the butter  (ie going from pale, yellow, solid cubes to a melted, golden, yellow, runny liquid), so more practice at this would be great. For example cooking scrambled eggs, pasta, boiling carrots, making porridge. Melting chocolate is a good  activity for looking at changes as is leaving the ice cream tub out for too long! Watching ice cubes melt in a drink would be a healthier option. Model words such as hard, runny, snap, soft, crispy, crunchy, chewy, solid, liquid, shiny, pour, change, different, the same, colour, smell, feel,

If you don’t manage a family cooking session use meal times to talk about the textures of the foods you are eating—oooh this is a crispy, crunchy apple, mmmm my macaroni cheese is very soft. You could show your child the raw pasta and talk about how cooking has changed it.

Talk about the foods your child is eating. You could look at the traffic light labels on the packaging and talk about whether the food is high in sugar or salt and what this means.  Remind your children about their food choices when cleaning their teeth and why it is important to do this.


Next Thursday will sadly be Miss Andrew’s last day with us . She will be returning to university after half term. We wish her well with her future placements and career.

Dates for your diary

Friday 14th February NURSERY CLOSED ALL DAY Don’t forget your parent consultation appointment!

17—21 February Half term holiday—NO NURSERY

3rd April  Nursery closed all day. End of term





week 4 The Three Billy Goats Gruff


This week we have listened to several versions of the Billy Goats gruff story. We have revisited ‘characters’  and ‘setting’ and simple story language. We listened to a metronome going fast, slow and medium speed and have tried clapping a steady beat at different tempos to show everyone which goat we are thinking of.

We have planted grass seeds so we can grow our own sweet, green grass and the goats won’t need to cross over the nasty Troll’s bridge. We have extended our vocabularies whilst thinking of words to describe the Troll. He’s mean, greedy, scary, vicious, rude, cruel, unkind. We also talked about what we can do in real life if we feel someone is being unkind to us.  The children have done really well with their rhyming– thank you for all your support. We have started listening carefully to the first sound in a word. This week we have tried to identify words that start with ‘g’ like goat, gate, goose, grass. We have continued trying to be Go for it Gorillas with problem solving challenges such as how to cross a wide river with only 2 stepping stones.


Thank you to everyone who has signed up for a parents evening appointment. If you haven't done this yet, please do so. If you are having any problems with the online system please talk to the school office.


How to help at home

Listen out for words that start with ‘g’ at home, either in day to day conversation or when reading stories. Words that have a ‘g’ followed by a vowel are the easiest for the children to hear (is goat, gate, goose). It is often more challenging for them to hear the ‘g’ sound when its followed by a consonant (grass, green). If you hear or read a ‘g’ word say it to your child and let them know that the words STARTS with a ‘g’ sound. (Rhyming has the same sound at the end of the word)

Can your child remember the story? You could swap roles with your child and ask them to tell you a story at bedtime (or whenever you share stories together) Do they remember the repeated refrains— “Who’s that trip trapping over MY bridge?” If your child isn’t sure you could act out the story together the next day. Use some wooden bricks and a ruler to make a bridge and pictures or toy sheep/horses or playdough goats to pretend to be the goats.

Dates for your diary

Friday 14th February NURSERY CLOSED ALL DAY

17—21 February Half term holiday—NO NURSERY

3rd April Nursery closed all day. End of term







Week 3 Chinese New Year

The children have listened to the story of how the Jade Emperor decided to name the years and learned that this year is the year of the rat! We have practiced saying Kung Hei Fat Choi and learned about how Chinese New Year may be celebrated. The children loved making their own lion and doing a Lion dance, have tried Chinese calligraphy and used a globe to look at China and the UK.

 The children have done really well with rhyming this week– I have sent home some pictures you can use to play some simple games with to help your child consolidate their rhyming skills as we will be moving on to hearing sounds in other positions in words from next week.

In maths the children have practiced counting coins in a random arrangement. They have been encouraged to move each item as they count it so they don’t miscount or count any twice. They have put the coins in a red Chinese money envelope with a corresponding numeral/dot pattern.

Thank you for all the carrier bags and donations of art/craft/cutting/sticking/collage resources. It is really appreciated. We’ve also loved receiving the magic moments!


How to help at home

Play the rhyme game that was sent home,  keeping it short and simple and stopping before your child loses interest.

If your child count any objects (blueberries into their porridge etc), remind your child to physically move the item into another pile/area as they count it to help them to be accurate.

Cook some rice, noodles, make a stir fry, try some Chinese food, try using chopsticks. Talk about the taste, texture, similarities, differences, personal preferences. You could go into London and visit China town and perhaps see the parade starting at 10am on Sunday 26th January. 


Dates for your diary

14th February NURSERY CLOSED ALL DAY for parent teacher consultation meetings.

17th – 21st February Half term holiday. No Nursery

3rd April Nursery Closed all day  End of term

Thank you






Happy New Year!

Week 1- 3 Little pigs and settling back in



Welcome to all our new children - Darya, Eden, Amélie, Laila, Penelope, Zuzanna and we look forward to welcoming Darcy soon too. They have managed the first few days very well and our existing children have been modelling the rules and routines to support them.


This week we have started our Traditional Tales topic by listening to The three little pigs. We will continue this theme next week.

The children really enjoyed climbing aboard our cardboard box train and plane and were very busy making tickets and passports as well as deciding where they wanted to go. We had some amazing trips to South America, the pyramids in Egpyt and Africa. Not all the children bought return tickets but they all made it safely home somehow.

We have continued to work on hearing words that rhyme and trying to think of our own words to add to a list of rhyming words.

This week we introduced our first Learning Power to the children. As well as teaching children to share, rhyme, recognise numbers etc we also teach the children how to be a successful learner. This week we have talked about being a Persevering Parrot. The parrot keeps on trying to open the nut, even though it might be tricky and eventually he manages to do it. We use the motto 'Keep on trying, dont give up!' We have put this to the test when encouraging the children to do the zips up on their coat or to put their shoes on by themselves.

The children were generally quite tired by the end of the week. Try and make sure they are back into term time bedtime routines and getting a good nights sleep to help them get the most out of their time at nursery. Many thanks. 


How to help at home - Existing children

We will soon be moving on to hearing sounds at the start of a word rather than at the end, so if your child is still finding it tricky to identify rhyming words then some extra practice at home would be a great idea. (We will cover rhyme again for the new children who have just started so there is no expectation for them to be confident with this yet.) 

Play 'What's the time Mr Wolf' in the garden or at the park. Support your children to take the correct number of steps. You could talk about whether they are taking long or short steps. 


How to help at home - New starters

There are lots of adults in the nursery for your child to get to know. Please help your child to learn our names as it makes it easier for your child if they need us. Our photographs are below and can be used to support with this. You could print 2 copies of each photo and then cut out each photo. Place all the photos face down and then turn 2 cards over at a time to see if you can find a matching pair. Say the name of the teacher each time you turn a photo over. If you find a matching pair you can keep them and take them out of the game. 

Model the phrase "Please can I have a turn with ........"  (rather than "I want.......")


Tell them they have done really well at learning all our routines and remembering where everything goes. Several of them hung their water play aprons back on the pegs without being asked or reminded.  They have all had the confidence to chat with the grown ups and enjoyed many different areas of the nursery. Well done to them all!


Week 7 Christmas 2

Well done to all the children for their fabulous performances of 'Nativity'. I have heard they all sang and did the actions beautifully. Thank you for all your support with the costumes, they also looked fabulous. 

This week we have continued identifying rhyming words - playing a sorting game called Santa's sack. The children could only drag and drop the items that rhymed into Santa's sack using our interactive whiteboard. We have looked at a globe and found the cold snowy environments near  the North and South pole. We have watched polar bear cubs come out of their winter den and explore the world for the first time and talked about camouflage. We have also read The Snow Bears by Martin Waddell and Snow Bear by Piers Harper.

We recapped our learning from last week about the features of writing a card. Starting with who the card is going TO and finishing with who it is FROM. Writing a few thank you cards after Christmas is another real life  opportunity you could use for modelling and practicing this with your child.  The children also practiced writing their names using lower case letters apart from the first letter in their Christmas cards. We also worked on holding the pencil using a tripod grip.

We have had some Christmas fun - hunting for the missing part of a Christmas card, dancing and playing instruments to Jingle bells and playing musical statues.  

We are looking forward to some new children starting with us after the holidays in both the morning and afternoon sessions. Please help us to make them and their parents feel welcome. 

How to help at home

Try and spend as much quality time as you can with your children, talking and playing their games with them. Involve them with what you are doing as well. The children could peel the sprouts for Christmas lunch or help wrap bacon around sausages or prunes for example. Ask your child to help you wrap presents for someone special - they can try cutting the paper, putting the sticky tape in the correct place to stick the paper down, writing their name on the gift tag etc. 

Read lots of stories together - running your finger under the text as you read so your child knows we read from left to right across the page. Ask a few simple questions about what, how or why something has happened. Talk about the CHARACTERS - who was in the story? Where was the story SET? In the Arctic? at the beach?

Have lots of hugs and cuddles and tell them how well they have done at settling into Nursery and getting to know all us adults.  

Enjoy the magic of Christmas and I hope everyone's wishes come true - especially the ones about not being woken up before 5am :)

Merry Christmas everyone!!

Love from Mrs Gilbert

Dates for your diary

Monday 6th January INSET
Tuesday 7th January first day back at Nursery.

Thursday 13th Feb Parent Consultation evening 3.30 - 8.00

Friday 14th February NURSERY CLOSED ALL DAY for parent consultation meetings. 

Week 6 Christmas I

The children have had several practices of their show in the hall with Reception. They have performed brilliantly. As many early nights as possible will help them be at their freshest for the performances. Please make sure they have their costumes ready to wear. 

We had a wonderful Christmas themed yoga session with Mrs Anderrson for all the children today. We flew like a toy aeroplane, went ski ing and relaxed like a Christmas star. The children all did really well and enjoyed trying to balance like a Chrismas tree and running like a T Rex. Thank you Mrs Anderrson. 

We have been learning how to write a card or a letter this week. The children often get confused about whether it is going TO them or is coming FROM them. If you can model or include your children in writing some Christmas cards together this would really help them consolidate this.  eg "We are giving this card TO Granny so lets write TO Granny" We have read The Jolly Christmas Postman, Meerkat mail, Dear Santa and Winnie the Pooh's Christmas letter. 

The children have made lots of Christmas art and craft including some rocking robins - we used positional language t0 talk about where the red patch might be- top, bottom, middle, underneath, front, back, high, low, above, below. We also made bird feeder fat balls to feed the birds in your gardens - look out for any robins or other birds. The children mixed the fat with the seed and described the textures they could feel and talked about why it is kind to put food out for the birds in winter. Thank you for all the yoghurt pots, really appreciated. 

How to help at home

The children take their shoes off for our yoga sessions and many of the children are able to do this independently - and also put their shoes back on. If your child isn't confident doing this yet it is a good skill for them to start developing. Start encouraging them to have a go themselves. 

if you see any birds on your bird feeder or in the garden use this online bird identifier to work out which bird it is. Go through the questions together https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/wildlife-guides/identify-a-bird/ or look at these pictures https://www.lovethegarden.com/uk-en/article/19-common-british-birds-you-can-find-your-garden

We've had a few children starting to say a string of rhyming words which is great - please keep practicing/ pointing out rhyming words on a daily basis. The children enjoyed a really simple game we played last week. I had some pictures of rhyming objects on the board like cat, bat, rat, hat, and the children had to say which one was associated with Dally Ducks party in some way. ie the party HAT. We did the same with cake, snake, rake etc. I then covered up the pictures and asked the children to remember all the rhyming words. We chanted the words several times to help them hear the rhyming sound at the end of the word. They did very well at remembering 3 or 4 pictures. 

You could say some rhyming words and ask your child which one has something to do with Christmas. Key, three, me, knee, tree........Stocking, locking, flocking, docking, or card, hard, lard, (like we used for the fat ball bird feeders) 

Monday 9th December Chicks (afternoon) and Goslings (full time) will be taking part in a dress rehearsal for the Christmas play. Please could the Chicks arrive in costume and the Goslings bring their costumes in a named carrier bag to hang on their peg. 

Tuesday 10.12.19 Early Years Christmas Play 9.30 am (morning and full time children only).

Please can all children arrive at Nursery already wearing their costume.

Full time children will need a bag with their uniform to change into after the play - please make sure their costume will fit in this bag so it stays safe and complete when they take it off. 

Morning children are allowed to go home straight after the show has finished if you wish or they may stay until the usual time of 11.45. 

Tuesday 10.12.19 Early Years Christmas Play 2.15 pm (afternoon and full time children only) 

Children are allowed to go home straight after the show if you wish or they may stay until the usual finishing time of 3.30. 

Wednesday 18th December Nursery Christmas party in the morning only . ALL CHILDREN (am and pm) are invited to attend the morning session
for the party. Part day children (Ducklings and Chicks)  will all need to be collected at 11.45. If your child normally stays all day on a Friday you can choose to either collect them at 11.45 or 3.30. The children can wear their own clothes to the party but please ensure they have sensible shoes and can still use the toilet independently.

Monday 6th January INSET
Tuesday 7th January first day back at Nursery.

Week 5 Stickman

The children have listened and joined in with Stickman by Julia Donaldson, It's not a stick by A Portis and Where's my teddy by Jez Alborough. We talked about the story setting. Where is the story happening?  Are they at the beach? In space? In the woods? etc During shared reading sessions we have been thinking about where you start reading (at the top and on the left). The children have really enjoyed making up their own stories and telling these to an adult to scribe for them. 

To warm ourselves up after reading the snowy story (and to continue building on our science work) we made hot chocolate by melting a square of chocolate in hot milk. The children seemed to really enjoy this and did very well at talking about what they could see happening and what was changing. The idea of washing up after they finished was a little foreign, as was how to wash up a cup but they had a good go at cleaning and drying up by themselves. They also had to 'read' the recipe using the pictures to help them, but showing me where to start reading on each line.

We learnt some new rhymes relating to hot drinks, such as 'Polly put the Kettle on' https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/school-radio/nursery-rhymes-polly-put-the-kettle-on/zf8vhbk and 'I'm a little tea pot'. We highlighted the rhyming words and thought of other words that would fit in with the rhyme, ie pot, hot, got, not, cot, dot, 

Number of the week - 5. 

Both morning and afternoon children have been to the main school hall to have a run through of the Christmas play. They sang and did the actions beautifully - a great start!

How to help at home

When you are reading a story, ask your child to point/run their finger along the line of text as you read. (If the page has a lot of text on, it's probably easier to ask your child 'Where should I start reading, which word should I read first? and then ask, which direction do I read in, which word next?) If there is only 1 line of text per page they can run their finger along under the text as you read. This not only means we can tick off some of the Early Years objectives but will also help them towards understanding what a word is and the need for spaces between words.

You could ask your child if they could make you a mug of hot chocolate (with some help). Can they remember what they did? What did they have to do first? Next? After that? How long did the milk go in the microwave for?  You could see if they can explain what is changing, and happening. Say something like, uh oh, something has happened to my milk - what is happening? Did yours change like this? The children often struggle to remember what it looked like before it changed. Show them the white milk in the bottle and then ask them to look in their cup - is it the same? etc. Don't forget to wash your hands!

Some of the children are doing really well at hearing rhyming words. Little and often is the best way to learn. Keep practicing using the ideas suggested below in previous weeks or have a look at these for inspiration https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJ8g5dxsPIE https://www.themeasuredmom.com/free-simple-rhyming-game/

Please send in a yoghurt pot for next Thursday so we can make bird seed fat balls.  Thank you for those already sent in and apologies for so many requests in such a short period of time. 

Saturday 3oth November School fair 1 - 4pm. Come along and support the school if you can.

Monday 9th December Chicks (afternoon) and Goslings (full time) will be taking part in a dress rehearsal for the Christmas play. Please could the Chicks arrive in costume and the Goslings bring their costumes in a named carrier bag to hang on their peg. 

Tuesday 10.12.19 Early Years Christmas Play 9.30 am (morning and full time children only).

Please can all children arrive at Nursery already wearing their costume.

Full time children will need a bag with their uniform to change into after the play - please make sure their costume will fit in this bag so it stays safe and complete when they take it off. 

Morning children are allowed to go home straight after the show has finished if you wish or they may stay until the usual time of 11.45. 

Tuesday 10.12.19 Early Years Christmas Play 2.15 pm (afternoon and full time children only) 

Children are allowed to go home straight after the show if you wish or they may stay until the usual finishing time of 3.30. 

Wednesday 18th December Nursery Christmas party in the morning only . ALL CHILDREN (am and pm) are invited to attend the morning session
for the party. Part day children (Ducklings and Chicks)  will all need to be collected at 11.45. If your child normally stays all day on a Friday you can choose to either collect them at 11.45 or 3.30. The children can wear their own clothes to the party but please ensure they have sensible shoes and can still use the toilet independently.

Monday 6th January INSET
Tuesday 7th January first day back at Nursery.


Week 4 Dally Ducks Birthday and Jelly on the plate

This week Dally Duck turned 3 years old! The children made birthday cupcakes, party hats and wrote invitations and lists as a class. We used balance scales to weigh out the sponge cake ingredients, using the language 'same' ,'more', 'less', 'heavier' to compare the quantities. The children guessed what the wrapped up present  might be based on the shape, size and texture of the item. We used maths vocabulary such as long, thin, pointy, curved, round, sphere, corners, straight, rectangle etc. We took turns playing 'pass the present' game, waiting for our turn was tricky for some children and we reminded the children to say 'thank you' when they received a small gift.

The highlight of the week was the party on Thursday! Dally opened his presents and then we played party games such as musical statues, parachute games, hokey cokey and joined in with some silly action songs.  The children watched a candle melt and we discussed what was happening as well as safety issues regarding matches. The morning children had a piece of Dally's chocolate cake and the afternoon children had gelatine free jelly. We talked about the texture, smell and taste as well as singing the rhyme Wibble Wobble jelly on the plate. 

Number of the week - 4.

How to help at home

Talk about your child's last (or upcoming) birthday. What do they remember? Encourage them to use a full sentence or to add more words to their phrases by modelling this to them eg If they say "dinosaur cake" you could say. "You had a green dinosaur cake for your 4th birthday." If a family member or friend has a birthday help your child to make a card for that person (or if you are super organised start your Christmas cards). Talk about who the card is for. Why you are making the card (ie for a birthday/ Christmas) 

Have a party for a teddy. You could:

Make a shopping list - what food would you like at the party? 

Write invitations to your other toys or family members to come to the party.

Make a sandwich/ some jelly etc for your teddy. 

Let your child wrap up one of their toys as a present. Practice cutting the paper and sellotape and using the tape to stick it together. 

Play musical statues, hockey cokey, ring a ring a roses etc

Friday 29th November MUFTI day - please remember sensible velcro shoes, no long dresses or garments that make toileting difficult ie belts etc.

Saturday 3oth November School fair

Tuesday 10.12.19 Early Years Christmas Play 9.30 am (morning and full time children only).

Please can all children arrive at Nursery already wearing their costume.

Full time children will need a bag with their uniform to change into after the play - please make sure their costume will fit in this bag so it stays safe and complete when they take it off. 

Morning children are allowed to go home straight after the show has finished if you wish or they may stay until the usual time of 11.45. 

Tuesday 10.12.19 Early Years Christmas Play 2.15 pm (afternoon and full time children only) 

Children are allowed to go home straight after the show if you wish or they may stay until the usual finishing time of 3.30. 

Wednesday 18th December Nursery Christmas party in the morning only . ALL CHILDREN (am and pm) are invited to attend the morning session
for the party. Part day children (Ducklings and Chicks)  will all need to be collected at 11.45. If your child normally stays all day on a Friday you can choose to either collect them at 11.45 or 3.30. The children can wear their own clothes to the party but please ensure they have sensible shoes and can still use
the toilet independently.
Monday 6th January INSET
Tuesday 7th January first day back at Nursery.

Thank you,
Mrs Gilbert

Week 3

Humpty Dumpty

Thank you to everyone who came to one of the parent information meetings. I really hope you found them useful and that you've found a copy of the hand out in your child's book bag. Any feedback that will help me plan the next one would be appreciated. I will do another meeting after Christmas about reading, writing and maths. Suggestions for books/CDs as promised are below please scroll down.

This week the children have sung and listened to different versions of Humpty Dumpty including the Humpty Dumpty opera!!! We have talked about how they are the versions are the same a different and discussed whether the story is different at the beginning or the end of the story. The children have practiced understanding time vocabulary such as before, after ie What was Humpty doing before he fell off the wall? Was he broken at the start of the story? The children made scrambled eggs and talked about how they change when they are heated. 

Number of the week is number 3.

We would also like to welcome Miss Andrew to the team. She is a teaching student from Roehampton who will be training with us. Miss Andrew will in on Fridays until Christmas and then for 5 weeks after Christmas. 

How to help at home

Look at similarities, differences and changes through a cooking activity. You could cook pasta, more eggs, a cake or anything else at all. Let your child look, smell, touch at the ingredients before cooking and look again afterwards. What has happened? 

Use the words 'before' and 'after' in everyday life. We've got to get dressed before we have breakfast. We've got to go to Sally's house after breakfast. That means we're going to eat breakfast first and then go to Sallys house. You could draw 2 simple stick people pictures of breakfast and Sally's house. Can your child point to what they are going to do before they go out? What are they going to do after eating breakfast. 

Act out Humpty Dumpty - use a playdough egg/ paper cut out egg/hard boiled egg (or a raw egg if you're brave!) and some bricks. Build a wall and then act out the song. You could take a photo of each stage on your phone (Humpty on the wall, Humpty broken, toy people or horses with broken Humpty.  Ask your child questions about the rhyme. Was Humpty broken at the start of the rhyme? (If they're not sure you could look back at your photos) What happened at the end of the story? What was Humpty doing before he fell off the wall. 

Take some photos during a day at the weekend. Print  out or down load onto a screen 2 or 3 of these photos. Can your child say which thing they did first? Before or after another event? First we went to Sainsburys and then we watched TV etc. 

Keep working on rhyming - Can your child tell you what Humpty saw when he sat on a log, Did he see a frog or a car? 

Humpty Dumpty sat on a hat. Humpty Dumpty saw a star or rat? Which word rhymes? How do you know? (It has the same sound at the end.) 

Gentle costume reminder for the Christmas play. The children are going to be shepherds. Please make this easy for yourself and for your child. There are no prizes for best costume. If you're struggling to get a tea towel to stay on your child's head either leave this accessory out or try a recommendation from a Nursery parent and put a baseball cap over the tea towel but back to front!

Recommended books for Nursery/ audio CD's/MP3's etc

3 Little Pigs, 3 Goats Gruff, Goldilocks, Magic Porridge pot, Enormous Turnip

Owl Babies, Farmer duck, Little Bear and other Martin Waddell books 

Whatever Next and Peace at last

We're going on a bear hunt

Hungry caterpillar and other Eric Carle stories

Jez Alborough - Duck in the truck series, Wheres my teddy series

The Tiger who came to tea

Guess how much I love you

Jane Simmons Daisy books

Meg and Mog cat and witch books

Oliver Jeffers books

Jan Klassen books

Kes Gray books - great for rhyme!!

Hairy MacLary books - good for rhyme too

Each peach pear plum 

Rod Campbell - Buster books/ Dear Zoo

Juila Donaldson books

Pat Hutchins books - The doorbell rang, the wind blew and others....

Shirley Hughes Alfie and Annie Rose books

Friday 22nd NOVEMBER Nursery closed all day for INSET day. (apologies for previous error) 

Friday 29th November  MUFTI day - please remember sensible velcro shoes,  no long dresses or garments that make toileting difficult ie belts etc. 

Saturday 3oth November School fair

Tuesday 10.12.19 Early Years (Yr N and Yr R) Christmas Play 9.30 am and 2.15 pm

Wednesday 18th December Nursery Christmas party in the morning only . ALL CHILDREN (am and pm)  are invited to attend the morning session

for the party. Part day children will all need to be collected at 11.45  If your child normally stays all day on a Friday you can choose to either

collect them at 11.45 or 3.30. The children can wear their own clothes to the party but please ensure they have sensible shoes and can still use

the toilet independently. 

Monday 6th January INSET

Tuesday 7th January first day back at Nursery.


Thank you

Mrs Gilbert


Week 2

The Grand Old Duke of York and Fireworks

This week we have been singing the Grand Old Duke of York https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0389klc and talking about our experiences of fire works. We have read The very lonely firefly by Eric Carle and talked about different light sources. We listened to Handel's Music for the Royal Fireworks and used scarves to make firework shapes building up gross motor control. We also watched clips from The Trooping of the Colour and have had a go at being soldiers marching in formation. we practiced "quick march, slow march and attention!" We also took on the role of Sargeant and used positional language to tell our soldier friends where to march such as OVER the bench, UNDER the post, UP the steps. We have practiced sharing a group of 4 soldiers into 2 groups in different ways being aware that the total remains the same. 2 soldiers at the top of the hill and 2 soldiers at the bottom - we still have 4 soldiers altogether. 3 at the top and 1 at the bottom is still 4 in total.  Number of the week is number 2. We had a lovely finish to Friday afternoon when Mrs Anderrson came to do yoga with the afternoon children. We visited little witch Clumsy and made some great potions before breathing deeply and relaxing like a star. 

How to help at home

Sing the rhyme and act it out, march round the room with siblings following BEHIND or INFRONT or let your child be the Sargeant and tell you where to march - IN FRONT of the TV, behind the sofa, over the chair etc. If they find this tricky let the adult take on the Sargeants role first to model this to your child. 

Ask your child to show you 2 fingers, how many different ways can they do this? 1 thumb on each had or two little fingers or the first and second finger of the right hand for example. Look for the numeral 2 in the environment - door numbers, car number plates, food prices in supermarkets. How can you split a group of 2 blue berries into 2 separate pots. 1 and 1 or 2 and 0 or 0 and 2. If they can already do this move onto questions such as What is 2 more than 1? 2 more than 2? 

Keep working on the rhyming!

Dance around to the Royal firework music with a tea towel or some tinsel - be aware of safety issues - only use a short piece of tinsel to avoid injury or worse. 

Practice some of the yoga moves we learnt such as the tree, camel, dog, mouse, and don't forget to stir the potion pot!

Raid the kitchen cupboards for the best pots pans and make your own band with some wooden spoons. Can you drum as well as these soldiers? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPX3ZbFtPiE



Dates for the diary

 Friday November 15th Nursery Parent Information meeting at 9.00 and 2.30 in the music room (in the Porta cabin on the main playground behind the door into Nursery) We will give you an overview of what we are teaching your child this term and how you can help support them at home. You are welcome to attend either the 9am or 2.30 meeting.

Friday 22nd NOVEMBER Nursery closed all day for INSET day.

15th November MUFTI day please remember sensible velcro shoes,  no long dresses or garments that make toileting difficult ie belts etc. 

29th November  MUFTI day - please remember sensible velcro shoes,  no long dresses or garments that make toileting difficult ie belts etc. 

Saturday 3oth November School fair

Thank you 

Mrs Gilbert



Welcome back! We hope you had a lovely half term. 


Week 1 Pumpkins, potions and Diwali


This week the children have been learning about Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights. They made barfi sweet treats and  rangoli patterns using coloured rice and grains. The children gave the pumpkins a good wash and scrub before looking at them very closely with magnifying glasses and talking about what they could see, feel and smell. We have shared the story 'The magic porridge pot' and made up rhyming spells. The highlight of the week was saying some real rhyming words that made pictures appear in a book and made scarves appear and disappear from a bag. The children have also practiced using language to describe objects that Meg and Mog put in their spells such as a spider, pumpkin, bat, cheese, a sneeze! This week we started our 'number of the week' with number 1. The children have practiced writing a number 1 in the air, on the carpet with a finger, on a friends back etc. We have encouraged them to do just 1 clap/ stamp/jump/ nod and looked for numeral 1 around the nursery. The morning children also had a fantastic themed yoga session led by Miss Anderson where we balanced like trees, made cat shapes with our bodies, rode on a broomstick and relaxed with the stars. The afternoon children will get their chance to join in next week. Thank you very much to Caspian's mum for a great start to our morning we are looking forward to more yoga sessions in the future too!


How to help at home. 

Share this version (or another) of the Magic porridge pot, encouraging your child to join in with the repeated refrains (cook, little pot cook!)

http://www.communication4all.co.uk/Traditional%20Tales/Magic%20Porridge%20Pot%20Story%20Book.pps. Your child might be able to tell you how this version is a little bit different to the book we shared in class. Run your finger underneath the text as you read so your child can see that we read English from left to right, starting from the top. As you go through the book you could ask your child to take over from you and they could point to the text as you read. 

The children found recognising which words rhyme quite tricky (as would be expected at this point in the year) but it is a skill that they generally pick up over time, with little and often being the best way to learn. Please keep pointing out any rhyming words that come up in stories that you read and model saying pairs of lists of words that rhyme such as cat, bat, hat, mat, zat, jat, wat. we did lots of looking at the shape of mu mouth as I said the words and I elongated the words as I said them to make it more obvious. 

The children enjoyed casting spells on me to turn me into a frog, snake, cow and more - you could play this game at home, or enlist a sibling to help if you're not so keen on crawling on the floor like a snake! Choose a magic word/phrase such as Ziggety, Zaggety Z....... or Abracadabra ca d.............  your child has to chose what they are going to turn you into ie a cat and then they need to help you make the spell rhyme Ziggety Zaggety Zoo --- does that rhyme with cat? Is my mouth making the same shape? What about Ziggety Zaggety Zat - oh look my mouth is round and wide - sounds a bit like I'm at the dentist saying 'Ahhh'

Dates for the diary

 Friday November 15th Nursery Parent Information meeting at 9.00 and 2.30 in the music room (in the Porta cabin on the main playground behind the door into Nursery) We will give you an overview of what we are teaching your child this term and how you can help support them at home. You are welcome to attend either the 9am or 2.30 meeting.

Friday 29th November MUFTI day - please remember sensible velcro shoes,  no long dresses or garments that make toileting difficult ie onesies/belts etc. 

Saturday 3oth November School fair

Friday 22nd November Nursery closed all day for INSET day.

Thank you 

Mrs Gilbert



Week 5 Twinkle Twinkle and Hey Diddle Diddle

This week the children have made rockets launch into space using air through a straw and by stomping on the foot pump to launch Stomp rocket. They also watched the cow jump over the moon using a chemical reaction (vitamin C tablet) to propel the cow up into the air. We have been singing both the rhymes mentioned above as well as Zoom Zoom Zoom we're going to the moon. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEHBrmZxAf8 (there's an advert first - apologies) . We watched the first moon landing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwZb2mqId0A and talked about there being less gravity on the moon and why astronauts need to wear space suits. The children know that the sun is our nearest star and it gives us heat and light and they have learned the names and properties of the planets in our solar system. They are really good at recognising planet Earth and Saturn in particular. We have read Whatever next, Man on the moon as well as Peppa in space. 

The children have been learning about 2D shapes and using them to make rockets and pictures of their own choosing.  We have also been practicing counting forwards and backwards to blast off into space. 


How to help at home 

Sing/learn Hey Diddle Diddle https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbhF943skmI - remind the children what the vocabulary means (fiddle - violin) Find an image on the internet to look at and discuss with your child. This will really help their vocabulary. Go to the library or search your home book shelf for any nursery rhyme books and enjoy learning some new ones. If there are some rhymes they know well pause every now and again for your child to fill in the missing word - highlight the words that rhyme and explicitly tell them  "moon - soon they rhyme, they both end in oon" When reading books run your finger under the text as you read so the children learn that we start on the left on the top line and work to the right and then down to the next line. 

If you have any blocks or bricks at home use them to make pictures - can they make a space rocket? a house? Use words such as straight, curved, round, pointy, flat to help them develop their maths vocabulary.Image result for 2D shape pictures

Use the slider rocket pictures or the straw rocket launchers we sent home with the children to practice counting forwards or backwards. If your child is confident counting forwards then practice going backwards. If they are not secure counting on from 1 yet then practice 1, 2, 3, blast off.

Whatever Next is a classic Early Years book and great for reading again and again. It is often one of the first books a child learns to read by themselves. Children often love acting out the story with a cardboard box, pari of wellies, colander, blanket some biscuits and an apple. It would make a great Christmas present if you don't already have a copy in the house. 

Parent consultation appointments on Wednesday evening and Thursday are 10 minutes per child. Please come in to school through the main office and walk down the corridor towards the Nursery. Take a seat in the foyer area just o

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Welcome to the Nursery Class web page

Well done to everyone for such a great start to Nursery. The children have done extremely well!! They have settled quickly and are already learning the nursery routines and rules. We have been trying to learn our friends' names at carpet times by singing and playing lots of name games. We have listened beautifully to several stories including Mr Gumpy's outing and Oh dear! and sung lots of duck and chick songs like this one https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HOWt5un1-Ts  

Thank you also to everyone for arriving on time so we can get the doors closed,  keeping the children safe and allowing us to get the day started. 

The school has been looking carefully at how we safe guard all the children at Nursery. We are very sorry to have to change the arrangements for the 3.30 collection but a final decision about where the children are collected and dropped off has been confirmed. 

FROM MONDAY 16th September at 3.30 pm children will always be collected from the black nursery gate entrance on  Chadacre Road. We will be asking parents not to come into the Nursery building to ensure that the safety of other children on site is guaranteed. If you wish to speak to a member of the Nursery team if you could collect your child and then just wait until all the other children have been dismissed you can then come in to the Nursery for a private chat. 

8.45 - entrance via the main school playground as usual - this has not changed. 

11.45 - collect your child from the black gate on Chadacre Road - this has not changed but we ask you don't come into the building unless you need to speak to a member of staff. Your child will already have their coat, bag etc with them. 

12.30 - drop your child off through the black gate on Chadacre Road - this has not changed


Sorry for any confusion and inconvenience caused.  

The nursery doors will be locked 10 mins after each session starts, to safe guard the children. If you arrive more than 10 minutes late, please enter the school through the main reception/office entrance through the car park. 

How to help your child (and us!)

Help your child to learn the names of the adults in the room. Remind them it will be Mrs Finan and Mrs Morse on Monday

Help your child to do their 3 morning jobs when you drop them off. Hang their coat on their peg, change their book and put their name tag in the pot. You can do these in any order. Encourage them to get into the routine of doing these each day.

Please check the key rings on your child's book bag. One small picture type keyring is useful to help them identify their bag but please could you take off any that make noises, light up, are bulky etc. The children become very distracted by these when we are expecting them to be listening out for their names. Thank you for your co operation with this. 

Some of the girls are finding the skirts tricky when using the toilets we would prefer all children to be in leggings or tracksuit bottoms please. 

If there are any parents who would be happy to take on the role of parent representative please talk to a member of the Nursery team. 

All full time children need a drink in a spillproof bottle of drink (or carton) included in their lunch boxes please. 

If you think your child might be eligible for Early Years pupil premium (if you receive certain benefits) funding please speak to Mrs Steynburg in the main school office. 

Any questions or queries please do come and ask us, or ask at the office, don't feel shy we know starting nursery can be a lot for the parents to take on board too!

I think the children might sleep well tonight and hope that you all have a wonderful weekend. They have all been super stars. Thank you for all your support.

Mrs Gilbert

This term we are learning about different environments. 

We have been learning about oceans and rivers this week. 

In order to prepare the children for their move up to reception next year we are starting to cut off the picture from their name tags. Please don't worry if we haven't cut your child's picture off yet - we do it gradually so there are fewer names to look through initially. 

We are also encouraging the children moving upto Reception class soon to come into class by themselves. You can drop off your child at the classroom door so your child gets used to coming into school on their own and hanging up their coats etc independently. (If your child is staying with us next academic year please continue to bring them in and help settle them) 

The children have listened to several rhyming books/ poems including Commotion in the ocean and Sharing a Shell.  We have also been working on hearing the initial sounds in words. We have focused on 'f' for fish this week in particular. 

We have also started our 30 days wild initiative with the rest of the school. The children have enjoyed snack time outside and listening to how many sounds they can hear in a minute as well as sharing the photos you have sent in of your children doing something outside.   Please continue to send in any photos of your children being wild at home over half term or recently. 

Using the book Hooray for Fish! we have looked closely at similarities and differences. There are lots of fish and they all have fins, eyes and tails but they are different sizes, shapes, colours and even personalities. The children particularly enjoyed spotting the strawberry and pineapple fish. 

How to help at home

Hearing the first sound in words takes regular practice. You could start with your child's name and point out things you see that start with the same first sound "oh look! Apples, a..a...apples, a....a....Abigail. They both start with the 'a' sound. When you say the sound try to keep it short and not add a 'uh' sound to the end of it. This helps when they blend sounds to gether to make words. This link shows you how to say the sounds - look out for 'c' 'h' 'r' 'b' 'm' 'f'. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ksblMiliA8

Looking at similarities and differences - the children often find it difficult to look closely and verbalise what they can see. You could choose some of their toy cars or teddy bears. How are they all the same? How are they different? Looking at flowers or leaves is good for this. How many different leaf shapes can you find? Are they all the same green colour? Are all the blueberries in the packet exactly the same? Why did you choose that blueberry? If they are struggling you could model some answers for them to choose from Did you choose it because it was the biggest? the softest? 

Dates for your diary

28th June 2.45 - 3.30 Open afternoon

29th June School fair

5th July Nursery fun morning - sports day style races followed by a picnic at the park

23rd July  Nursery closed. 

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

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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 proble