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Welcome new parents to Nursery (starting September 2020)!

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Welcome to EYFS

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Nursery Teacher

Miss Anna Owen

 

Early Years Practitioners

Mrs Becky Underhill

 A Very Big Welcome to Nursery 2019- 2020!

 

Welcome to Nursery!

 

https://www.foundationyears.org.uk/files/2015/03/4Children_ParentsGuide_2015_WEB.pdf 

Information on how to support your child's development in the Early Years can be found in the document linked above 

 

Important Days

Our PE days for both morning and afternoon Nursery are Thursdays and Fridays. PE is taught by our PE coaches Mr Stephenson  and Mr Wickens. Children do not need a PE kit for these sessions.

Both classes will also have a music lesson with our specialist music teacher, Mr Meek, every Wednesday. 

 

 

 

Home learning w/c 06.07.2020

 

We hope you are still enjoying your home learning, thank you for all of the wonderful learning you have posted onto Tapestry, it is wonderful to see.

 

Below you can find the learning for the week commencing 06.07.2020. 

 

 

Enjoy the learning,

Hopefully see you all soon.

 

Miss Owen and Mrs Underhill 

Home learning w/c 29.06.2020

 

We hope you are still enjoying your home learning, thank you for all of the wonderful learning you have posted onto Tapestry, it is wonderful to see.

 

Below you can find the learning for the week commencing 29.06.2020. 

 

 

Enjoy the learning,

Hopefully see you all soon.

 

Miss Owen and Mrs Underhill 

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Home learning w/c 22.06.2020

 

We hope you are still enjoying your home learning, thank you for all of the wonderful learning you have posted onto Tapestry, it is wonderful to see.

 

Below you can find the learning for the week commencing 22.06.2020 and the two youtube videos you will need. 

 

 

Enjoy the learning,

Hopefully see you all soon.

 

Miss Owen and Mrs Underhill 

Seren's Seasons | Twinkl Originals Children's Book Reading

Today's story is 'Seren's Seasons'. What is your favourite season? Listen to the story, then try the activities 🌼☀️🍂❄️ 👉 https://www.twinkl.co.uk/l/pdq0w 👉ht...

Seasons Song

The Seasons Song is a Science song that teaches the seasons of the year. The Seasons Song teaches the Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter. Download the Science ...

Home learning w/c 15.06.2020

 

Attached below is the learning for this week. This is the link for the bbciplayer version of the story-

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/p0102qfj/room-on-the-broom

 

Hope you enjoy!

Hopefully see you all soon.

 

Miss Owen and Mrs Underhill 

Home learning w/c 08.06.2020

 

Attached below is the home learning and a story which the learning is based around.

I hope you are all still keeping safe and happy during this time.

 

Thank you,

Miss Owen and Mrs Underhill

Home learning w/c/ 01.06.2020

 

Hello everyone! Hope you had a lovely half term enjoying the sunshine.

Attached below is the learning for this week.

Any questions please email me at aowen@rounddiamond.herts.sch.uk

 

Thank you,

Miss Owen and Mrs Underhill

The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Animated Film

In the internationally acclaimed The Very Hungry Caterpillar, a tiny caterpillar eats and eats...and eats his way through the week. Taken from The Very Hungry ...

Happy half term nursery smiley

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Home learning - Summer 1 term w/c 18th May 

 

Attached below is new activities for week commencing 18th May.

Please enjoy completing these with your child.

We hope you are all keeping safe and healthy and enjoying the sunshine. 

 

Thank you for your ongoing support, any queries please email at aowen@rounddiamond.herts.sch.uk 

 

Miss Owen and Mrs Underhill 

Home learning - Summer 1 term w/c 11th May 

 

It was lovely having a catch up will all of you last week, I thoroughly enjoyed hearing about all your fantastic home learning at home and the progress your children have been making in independence such as getting changed on their own and riding bikes without stabilisers! 

 

Below is the week's activities, as always I have left prior week's on incase you have missed any and want to complete. 

I have updated learning in blue. 

 

Thank you for your ongoing support, any queries please email at aowen@rounddiamond.herts.sch.uk 

 

Miss Owen and Mrs Underhill 

Home learning - Summer 1 term w/c 4th May

 

Attached below is the updated activity board. As before, I have kept the original activities just incase you didn't manage to complete them or this is the first time you are accessing the plan. I have added updates in purple for you to explore.

 

Any  resources needed are available below. 

 

Please continue to post your lovely home learning onto Tapestry, it is lovely to see the children and what they have been up to.

 

Thank you for your ongoing support, any queries please email at aowen@rounddiamond.herts.sch.uk 

 

Miss Owen and Mrs Underhill 

Home learning - Summer 1 term w/c 27th April 

 

Attached below is an updated overview of learning. As it was a broad array on activities to begin with, I have added a few more in red to most areas of learning if you wish for a few extras!

 

Any  resources needed are available below. 

 

We hope you are keeping safe and healthy and happy!

 

Thank you for your ongoing support, any queries please email at aowen@rounddiamond.herts.sch.uk 

 

Miss Owen and Mrs Underhill 

Home learning - Summer 1 term

 

Attached below is an overview of some Early Years Nursery activities for you to complete at home with your child.

Documents have been saved below for certain areas of learning, where necessary, with sheets or photos for your guidance. Not all of the activities need sheets as we have tried to ensure the activities will keep the children engaged and active during their learning at home. 

 

We hope you find this useful and enjoy the activities. We will continue to post challenges on Tapestry; our last baking and rainbow challenges had roughly 30 children from the EYFS taking part and we are sure your children loved seeing their friends' learning at home so please continue to join in with the Tapestry challenges as well as the Facebook challenges.

 

We hope you are keeping safe and healthy and happy!

 

Thank you for your ongoing support, any queiries please email at aowen@rounddiamond.herts.sch.uk 

 

Miss Owen and Mrs Underhill 

 

 

 

 

Easter Holidays

 

We hope you have had an enjoyable couple of weeks learning from home and have found the activities useful. Thank you for updating Tapestry with your lovely photos of your rainbow challenges and baking challenges.

There are a few Spring time craft and baking activities posted below if you wish to be creative during the Easter holidays.

 

We hope to see you soon and hope you are all keeping well.

Miss Owen and Mrs Underhill 

 

 

 

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Update 27th March 2020

 

Hello to children and parents, Mrs Underhill and I am missing you all!

I hope you are staying healthy and happy during this confusing time.

If you haven't already, please check in on Tapestry. The EYFS team have been uploading challenges and reposting photos and challenges your friends in Nursery and Reception and have been taking part in while at home so that we can keep communication and learning going throughout the next couple of weeks.

These include baking challenges and rainbow challenges.

Thank you for your ongoing support,

Any questions please email aowen@rounddiamond.herts.sch.uk and I will be happy to get back to you. 

Miss Owen and the EYFS team 

 

School Closure 

 

Attached you will find an assortment of activities should you wish to complete with your children at home. There are also links to videos and songs that the children have been enjoying whilst in nursery.

 

There is also a link to twinkl.co.uk which is a resource bank filled with interactive games, videos, stories and printable resources. Parents are being granted free access during this uncertain time. For a free log in use www.twinkl.co.uk/offer and use the code PARENTSTWINKLHELPS 

There is also free access to phonicsplay which is another great resource with phonics games for free access;

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If you have any questions regarding this learning please email aowen@rounddiamond.herts.sch.uk

 

Thank you for your ongoing support, as always,

Miss Owen, Mrs Underhill and Mrs Mason 

Week beginning 16th - 20th March  

 

This week we have been thinking about Mother's Day and St Patrick's Day.

We have explored activities around both of these events. We have talked about what makes our Mummies so special and also made some special vouchers for them to open on Mother's Day along with a special card. 

We also listened to some Irish folk music and tried our hand at Irish dancing! 

 

Thank you got your ongoing support,

Miss Owen and Mrs Underhil

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Week beginning 9th March - 13th March

 

This week we have continued our topic of Pirates and Adventures. We have learnt a new song called 'I'm a pirate!' and discussed the new start of Spring.

We also celebrated the festival of Holi on Tuesday where the children got to explore colour mixing and powder paints with water outside.

Next week it's our stay and play on Tuesday 17th at 8:30 - 9:30 for morning nursery and 2:30-3:30 for afternoon nursery, we look forward to seeing you there!

 

Thank you got your ongoing support,

Miss Owen and Mrs Underhill 

Week beginning 2nd - 6th March

 

This week we have been continuing our topic of pirates.

The children listened to the story of 'Jake's First Day' and loved making their own bridges to get away from crocodiles just like in the story.

They enjoyed using their team work skills and their physical development skills to negotiate the space and the different levels of the obstacle course.

 

Thank you got your ongoing support,

Miss Owen and Mrs Underhil

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Week beginning 24th - 28th February 
 

This week we have been exploring different colours and patterns. 
We have been reading the story of ‘Pirates love Underpants’ and we have drawn our choice of patterns onto pairs of pants.
We discussed range of patterns and then drew them onto the pants.

We also explored messy play on the table and discussed the changes in colour.

 

We have our Easter stay and play on the 17th of March

AM nursery 8:30-9:30

PM nursery 2:30-3:30

Where you will get the opportunity to spend time with your child completing spring time activities.

 

Thank you got your ongoing support,

Miss Owen and Mrs Underhill

Week beginning 10th - 14th February 

 

This week we have been discussing Valentine's day and exploring activities surrounding this topic.

 

We have practiced counting and matching to numerals, made valentine's cards, drawn pictures of people we love and had a circle time where we discussed the importance of showing love.

 

The children have thoroughly enjoyed talking about their family members and showing kind and caring behaviour to their friends. 

 

We have had a wonderful half term with the new members of our class and can't believe we are already halfway through the academic year!

 

Enjoy the half term with your child and we will see you back in school on the 24th February.

 

Thank you got your ongoing support,

Miss Owen and Mrs Underhill

Week beginning 3rd - 7th February 

 

This week we have been developing our counting skills.

We have been exploring counting groups of objects and matching them to familiar numerals (0-5). 

We have also been sharing out amounts too, making sure that the total we have at the end is the same to make it fair. 

 

Next week we will be learning all about Valentine's Day <3 

 

Thank you got your ongoing support,

Miss Owen and Mrs Underhil

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Week beginning 27th January - 31st January 

 

This week we have been learning about people who help us.

We have been counting different amounts of people who help us and forming the numbers with help. We have also been helping to collage emergency vehicles and painting our own pictures of people who help us. We have also had a circle time about staying healthy so we do not get poorly tummies and discussed the importance of washing hands and exercising.

The children are looking forward to thinking about what makes them super next week.

Thank you for all of the fabulous home learning the children have enjoyed sharing this and a video is on Tapestry for you to see your child talking about their learning with a friend.

 

Thank you got your ongoing support,

Miss Owen and Mrs Underhill

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Week beginning 20th - 24th January 

 

This week we have been learning all about Chinese New Year.

We have been exploring the story of Chinese New Year, learning about the animals included in the story, painting our favourite animals from the story, retelling the story and even having a go at dancing to some music using a Chinese lion and some shakers that we made using milk bottles and rice!

 

It has been a very creative week indeed and we look forward to continuing our 'Superheroes' topic next week.

 

 

Thank you got your ongoing support,

Miss Owen and Mrs Underhil

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Week beginning 13th January - 17th January 

 

This week we have been exploring lots of shapes!

We have looked at shapes in pictures and books as well as in our indoor and outdoor environment. We have spoken about the properties the shapes have and how we can tell them apart. After this we had a go at making our own shape pictures using paper and pens.

We have also been thinking about our favourite books in the reading area and sorted them so they are more manageable to explore during our child initiated learning time.

Next week we will be learning all about Chinese New Year and thinking about celebrations we have experienced in our lives.

 

Thank you got your ongoing support,

Miss Owen and Mrs Underhill

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Week beginning 6th January - 10th January

 

Welcome back!

We hope you had a fantastic Christmas.

 

We are excited to start our new topic of 'Superheroes' and will be developing to the following skills throughout the term;

- adapting behaviour to new changes

-exploring shape

-developing phonics skills

-developing independent learners

 

As some of you may be aware we will have new starters beginning this week therefore we hope you will wish all new children and parents a warm welcome to Round Diamond as they settle into their new routines.

 

Thank you got your ongoing support,

Miss Owen and Mrs Underhill

 

Week beginning 16th December - 20th December

 

This week we have taken part in lots of fun Christmas craft as well as performing our songs in the Early Year's Christmas production.

We enjoyed wearing our Christmas jumpers to perform and have enjoyed making reindeer food and cards for the Christmas period.

 

 

Thank you for your ongoing support, we hope you have a lovely 2 week break and a wonderful New Year.

 

See you on Tuesday 7th January,

 

Miss Owen and Mrs Underhill

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Week beginning 9th December - 13th December

 

This week we have been extremely busy bunnies preparing for our Christmas play.

We have learnt 7 songs with actions and are excited to share these with you all on Monday and Tuesday.

We have had a special visitor in our classroom since the 1st of December - Rupert the elf! He has been causing mischief and entertaining the children.

We have also been using our craft skills to make Christmas cards and our literacy skills as we discussed the Christmas story and our favourite parts.

On Friday, Santa visited us and we were allowed to wear Christmas jumpers which made us all smile smiley

 

We look forward to seeing you on Monday 16th or Tuesday 17th.

 

Thank you for your ongoing support,

 

Miss Owen and Mrs Underhill 

Week beginning 2nd December - 6th December 

 

This week we had our fantastic stay and play session.

Thank you so much to all of the grown ups who attended and helped make the sessions so magical and special for the children. 

Please remember next week is our Christmas jumper day on Friday 13th December.

Next week we will be continuing to learn our Christmas songs for the production in preparation for our show.

 

Thank you got your ongoing support,

Miss Owen and Mrs Underhil

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Week beginning 25th November - 29th November

 

This week we discussed our favourite books from the topic of 'Fairytales'. We completed a class tally to see which books were the most popular to gain an understanding of fairness.

Within our phonics learning we recapped the sounds 's' and 'a' by making silly soup!

We matched magic beans to numicon plates during some maths learning to develop our counting skills and have learnt how to match numerals to quantities.

 

Thank you for your ongoing support, please be mindful of the weather getting colder and children needing to have hats and gloves for outdoor learning.

 

Miss Owen and Mrs Underhill 

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Week beginning 18th - 22nd November

 

This week we have been thinking about how to be independent within our school day. We went through the steps of how to successfully put on our coats and have been practising this all week! We used a poster with each step on to help us complete this challenge and have been trying so hard all week!

 

We also discussed different emotions we can feel and all the children recognised emotions in the traditional tales we have been reading such as happiness, sadness, fear and anger. We talked about how it is ok to feel different emotions and when we might feel this way. 

 

We look forward to seeing you on the 4th of December for our stay and play session.

 

Thank you,

 

 

Miss Owen and Mrs Underhill

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Week beginning 11th November - 15th November

 

Throughout this week we have been learning about phonics, making porridge, size ordering and thinking about stranger danger!

The children have shown levels of engagement with their new skill of phonics and it has been lovely to see them exploring the classroom for 's' objects.

On Monday we made porridge (just to look at!) and were able to follow instructions in picture form. We really enjoyed discussing size words we could use to describe the three bears bowls, chairs and beds and were introduced to the word 'medium' to talk about size.

 

Thank you for the fantastic response to the home learning so far, we cannot wait to find out all of the children's favourite home books.

 

Miss Owen and Mrs Underhill

Week beginning 4th November - 8th November

 

 

Welcome back!

We hope you had a restful and fun half term holiday.

This week we have been settling the children back into school life and discussing our holiday news.

We also went on our beautiful Autumn walk; the children were beautifully behaved and we had a great turn out of parents, grandparents, aunties and uncles so thank you!

 

Reminders for upcoming dates

Christmas stay and play Wednesday December 4th

AM nursery - 8:30-9:30

PM nursery - 12:30 - 1:30

 

Christmas performance

AM nursery - Tuesday 17th December at 2:15

PM nursery - Monday 16th December at 9:30

 

Thank you,

Miss Owen and Mrs Underhill

Week beginning 21st October - 25th October

 

During our learning this week we have been retelling the story of 'The Tiger who came to Tea'. We have also been painting plates of our favourite foods that we would present to the tiger if he came to our house!

On Tuesday and Wednesday we enjoyed meeting with parents and carers to share your child's successes and next steps; thank you for all of your ongoing support.

 

Thank you,

Miss Owen and Mrs Underhill

Week beginning 14th October - 18th October

 

This week we have been learning all about numicon!

Numicon is a fantastic resource for teaching children about counting, matching and sorting.

We gave the children the opportunity to explore numicon in a variety of ways including playdough printing, paint printing and using tweezers and marbles.

We also took part in a pretend tea party following our story 'The Tiger who came to Tea.' This was a fantastic opportunity to practise our speaking and listening skills.

We also took a trip to see our beautiful disply; we were so proud of our learning!

 

Thank you to all the parents who responded to the Tapestry questionnaire;

We had lots of responses and questions about what can be added from home.

We encourage you to post anything your child could share and talk about with the class. The children love sharing their learning with their friends and it is a fantastic way of developing their self confidence as they share their home experiences. There is no limit to how much you upload and we look forward to seeing what your children have been getting up to at home.

 

Thank you,

Miss Owen and Mrs Underhill

 

 

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Week beginning 7th October - 11th October

 

Throughout this week we have been reading the story of 'Hedgehugs' ; a story about two hedgehogs who cannot cuddle because of their prickles! They eventually realise that they can use socks to cover their spikes and have a lovely cuddle!

The children have completed a range of activities this week including decorating socks with spotty patterns, matching socks, using paint to decorate a big hedgehog, mark making hedgehogs and practising cutting skills by snipping spikes into their own hedgehogs.

 

All children enjoyed the story and could talk about the characters and their favourite parts.

 

Please ensure you have booked your parent consultation appointment online for the 22nd or 23rd of October.

 

Have a lovely weekend!

Miss Owen and Mrs Underhill

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Week beginning 30th September - 4th October

 

This week we have been exploring different sizes and enjoyed ordering characters from the story of Percy the Park Keeper. 

We had to use our cutting skills to cut out each character and then ordered them using the language of small, medium and big. We also enjoyed an Autumn leaf hunt, collecting a range of leaves with our friends!

 

We continue to learn our new routines and are becoming really speedy at tidying up and washing our hands for snack!

 

Thank you for your ongoing support,

Miss Owen and Mrs Underhill smiley

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Week beginning 23rd September - 28th September

 

The children have loved exploring the outside area this week. They have been independently learning to put on their welly boots and all in one suits and have persevered even when it has been challenging!

Within our adult inputs we have been learning about the numbers 1,2 and 3 and have practised forming them and recognising these numbers.

We enjoyed a getting to know you activity where we asked each other questions about our favourite things so that we can continue to bond with our new friends.

 

Please continue to practise shoe and coat changing as much as possible at home, thank you smiley

Miss Owen and Mrs Underhill

 

 

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Week beginning 16th September - 20th September 

 

During this week we have been exploring pattern and shape. The children discussed different lines we could make and they all had a go at completing some of their own independently.

We have been excited to go to PE this week and had some fun in the hall playing group games!

Lots of new friendships are forming in Nursery and it is so lovely to see the children growing in confidence as they settle into Round Diamond School. We are very proud of them.

 

A reminder that books are changed on Tuesdays and Fridays smiley

Thank you for your ongoing support,

Miss Owen and Mrs Underhill 

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Week beginning 9th September - 13th September 

 

The children have had a really successful first week in Nursery.

Throughout the week we have been introducing children to their new routines such as washing their hands for snack, independently using the toilet and putting on their coats for outdoor learning.

We have started introducing carpet time and have had lots of fun singing number songs!

 

Next week we will focus on our busy finger activities in the morning and will be starting to engage the children with more focused learning time in small groups.

 

A reminder if you have not bought your child in a pair of wellies to please do so and put them on the AM or PM rack and to bring in waterproof trousers/all in one which can stay in school.

 

Thank you!

Miss Owen and Mrs Underhill  

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Week beginning 01.07.19

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Today we released our butterflies! After recapping the stages of the life cycle, the children enjoyed watching the butterflies fly away. We talked about being gentle and quiet during the process, to show care and concern for living things around us.

Week beginning 24.06.19 - The Life Cycle of a Frog

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This week, we have started learning about the life cycle of a frog and have introduced the following vocabulary:

-pond

-water

-frogspawn

-tadpoles

-froglet

-frog

Week beginning 17.06.19 - Our Display

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The children are very proud to share their learning, which is up on display in the corridor! All the activities were linked to the story 'The Very a Hungry Caterpillar'. We used the story to: 
- recap the days of the week 
- learn about the life cycle of a butterfly 
- discuss symmetry 
- practise counting 
- explore textures

Well done to all the children for their active learning on this topic - the final outcome is amazing!

Week beginning 10.06.19 - Observing Changes

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We have been busy planting seeds and observing changes recently. The children planted grass seed and bean seeds and have loved watching as they change and grow. We have been discussing what seeds need in order to grow so have positioned them by a window and have been remembering to water them regularly. 

Week beginning 03.06.19

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Welcome back after Half Term! We are continuing with our topic on Growing and will be learning more about the life cycle of a frog. 

Week beginning 20.05.19 - Our Topic Display

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The children have worked together to create a spectacular display to show our learning on our Summer Term topic - Growing. 
We used our knowledge of the life cycle of a butterfly to represent three stages using a range of media. We used paint, card and also enjoyed exploring the texture of sawdust.

Week beginning 13.05.19 - The Lifecycle of a Butterfly

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The children have been enjoying the story of the ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’. We used the book to help us create a diagram, showing the different stages of the lifecycle of a butterfly. 

Week beginning 06.05.19 - Our New Topic

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The children shared their existing knowledge on the word ‘Growing’. We created a colour coded mind map to show their ideas. 

Week beginning 29.04.19 - Family Portraits

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The children have enjoyed updated their self portraits on our ‘Progress Wall’ this week. During CIL, some children chose to extend this opportunity and draw portraits of themselves with their families. 

Week beginning 22.04.19 - Growing!

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Welcome back after the Easter break! Our new topic this term will be ‘Growing’. How many different things can you name that grow?

Week beginning 25.03.19 - Counting Challenge!

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We have been continuing to explore numbers and counting in Nursery recently. The children are always reminded of using their 'counting finger' to point to objects when counting, to encourage accuracy. We practised this by using counting bears. 

Week beginning 18.03.19 - A Special Visit

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The children enjoyed a visit from a Police Officer as part of their topic learning linked to ‘People Who Help Us’. They asked questions to find out new information and had a wonderful time trying on some of the different parts of an Officer’s uniform. 

Week beginning 11.03.19 - Small World Play

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Our small world area is linked to our topic ‘People Who Help Us’ - what stories will the children create this week? 

Week beginning 04.03.19 - People Who Help Us

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This week, we have started our new topic ‘People Who Help Us’. The children shared their existing knowledge and named people who we can turn to for help in different situations. Their contributions were used to create a colour coded mindmap. 

Week beginning 25.02.19 - Dinosaur Land! 🦖

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The children have been showing a continued interest in dinosaurs so we have set up a dinosaur themed small world area for them to explore! 

Week beginning 11.02.19 - Traditional Tales Challenge

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The children have been enjoying the story of ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff’. What would you use to build a bridge?

Week beginning 04.02.19 - The Three Little Pigs Display

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The children have been busy completing a range of learning for our corridor display. They have been learning about shapes, number formation, colour mixing and materials whilst enjoying the story of ‘The Three Little Pigs’. Doesn’t it look fab? 🐷 

Week beginning 28.01.19 - Chinese New Year

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The children in Nursery are ready to start learning about Chinese New Year! 

Week beginning 21.01.19 - Numbers Everywhere!

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The children enjoyed going on a number hunt through the school. We learnt that numbers are all around us and the children had lots of fun pointing them out in our environment. 

Week beginning 14.01.19 - Counting!

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We have been practising our counting skills in Nursery this week! A really simple and effective way to engage young learners is through songs and rhymes. Some of the counting songs we have been singing are:

5 Little Speckled Frogs

There Were 10 in the Bed

1,2,3,4,5 Once I Caught a Fish Alive

5 Currant Buns 

 

Week beginning 07.01.19 - Spring Term 2019

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Happy New Year and welcome back after the holidays! We are starting the term by sharing familiar stories and Nursery rhymes together. The small world area is set up and ready with figures and books for the children to explore during child initiated learning. 

Week beginning 17.12.28 - Reindeer Dust

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The children were visited by Jingle the Elf! He helped us make our own magical reindeer dust (made with oats, hundreds and thousands and a special wish each), ready for Santa’s reindeer on Christmas Eve. 

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas from everyone at Round Diamond Nursery! 🎄☃️❄️

Christmas Performance Reminder

PM Nursery will be taking part in the Early Years Christmas show on Monday 17th December at 2.30pm.

AM Nursery will be taking part in the Early Years Christmas show on Tuesday 18th December at 9.30am.

The children have been busy learning the songs and are looking forward to performing for their grown-ups! We look forward to seeing you there. Please send your child into school wearing a Christmas jumper/Christmas hat.

Week beginning 10.12.18 - The Nativity Story

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Our small world table is ready for the children to explore and retell the story of the first Christmas. 

Week beginning 03.12.18 - Stay and Play! 🌲

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The children have loved exploring their Christmas Stay and Play craft activities! Thank you to all the grown ups who joined us for the sessions! 

Week beginning 26.11.18 - Traditional Tales

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We are continuing to enjoy our learning based on Traditional Tales in the Nursery with lots of opportunities for role play and retelling! 

Week beginning 19.11.18 - Goldilocks and The Three Bears

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As part of our learning on Traditional Tales, we shared the story of ‘Goldilocks and The Three Bears’. We then shared a circle time together, talking about special teddies that we have at home before the children painted them. 

Week beginning 12.11.18 - Celebrations!

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As part of our learning on ‘Celebrations’, the children created a spectacular Fireworks display! We discussed how fireworks are used to celebrate occasions such as Bonfire night, Diwali and New Years Eve, before the children used glitter to make their own fireworks pictures. We enjoyed junk modelling too when making zooming rockets! 

Week beginning 05.11.18 - Fireworks Challenge!

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This week, the children are enjoying a range of activities and challenges linked to our theme of ‘Fireworks’! 

 

On our Discovery Table, part of the challenge is to use one to one correspondence when counting. 

Week beginning 22.10.18

 

This week, the children will be receiving their ‘Bookstart Treasure Pack’. The scheme aims to encourage a love of reading, so every child is gifted their own book to share with family. Below is a link outlining further details:

 

https://www.booktrust.org.uk/what-we-do/programmes-and-campaigns/bookstart/practitioners/bookstart-packs/bookstart-treasure-gift/

 

Happy Reading! 

 

 

Week beginning 15.10.18 - Dive Into Nursery!

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The children in Nursery are very proud of our learning which is on display in the school. We included photos, paintings, portraits and our collage of Orlando the Octopus! 

Week beginning 08.10.18 - Number Formation

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In Nursery, we have been learning that anything can be counted! We have counted children, claps, conkers and so much more!
To help us start to form our numbers correctly, we have been using the rhymes pictured above. 

Week beginning 01.10.18 - Fruit & Veg Printing

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This week, Nursery have been busy exploring various fruits and vegetables! We discussed the smell, taste and textures of these and have used fantastic vocabulary such as ‘squidgy’ and ‘bumpy’ to describe them. 

We then used these fruits and vegetables to create beautiful prints using a variety of colours. 

Week beginning 24.09.18 - Numicon!

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This week in Nursery, the children have enjoyed exploring Numicon both inside and outside the classroom. We have painted with Numicon plates and counted the giant Numicon during our child initiated learning time. 

Week beginning 17.09.18 - Counting to 10

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This week in Nursery, we have been singing the song ‘1,2,3,4,5 Once I Caught A Fish Alive’. We have looked at how numbers are written and have practised counting out loud. 

We painted and decorated fish to help us remember the song. 

Week beginning 10.09.18 - Aliens Love Underpants!

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The Nursery children are settling in well to new routines at Round Diamond Primary School. As part of Literacy and to learn our ‘Carpet Time’ behaviours, we have been sharing stories together. The children particularly enjoyed the story ‘Aliens Love Underpants’ and have created a wonderful display for our classroom! 

 

Tuesday 8th May to Friday 11th May 2018

 

This week in nursery we have been learning about the life cycle of a hen. The children have learned about the different stages and shared their experiences of seeing chicks on farm visits. In busy fingers we are making hatching chicks and in our adult led sessions the children have been ordering pictures of the stages to create cyclical diagrams.

Monday 30th April to Friday 4th May 2018

 

This week in nursery our learning has been themed around the story The Great Pet Sale by Mick Inkpen. The children have talked about  pets and painted pictures of them. We have created a pet shop in the role play area in the nursery. In mathematics we have learned about money and looked at some coins.

 

 

Monday 23rd April to Friday 27th April 2018

 

On Monday we learned about St George's Day and the story of St George and the Dragon. Afterwards the children chose to paint some lovely pictures of St George and we made a large dragon for a display.

 

 

On Thursday we introduced our new topic about animals and the children shared their previous knowledge and understanding. Some children painted some pictures of animals.

On Friday we learned about mother animals and their young and the children cut out pictures of baby animals and matched them to the correct adult animals. We learned these new words: piglet, foal, calf, duckling, chick, kid, gosling and lamb.

 

Monday 16th April to Friday 20th April 2018

 

This week in nursery we have been sharing our Easter holiday news with our friends and creating representations of special events in the form of drawings. We have also been reviewing learning and progress in mathematics since last term. We have been really impressed with the progress that the children have made in counting objects and matching numerals to quantities. As an additional challenge we have also been problem solving and finding one more or less in a group of objects. Well done everyone!

 

Monday 26th March to Thursday 29th March 2018

This week in nursery we have had our Easter 'Stay and Play.' The children were joined by their family to take part in a range of Easter arts and crafts activities.

Monday 19th March to Friday 23rd March 2018

 

This week in nursery we shared the story of The Rainbow Bird which is an Aboriginal folk tale from Northern Australia. We thought about how the characters were feeling in the story and the children used feelings fans to interact with the text and share their thoughts and ideas. Afterwards, the children talked about their own feelings and recalled a time when they felt happy, sad, cross or worried.

 

Monday 12th March to Friday 16th March 2018

 

This week in nursery we have been continued to learn how to use Numicon in mathematics. The children have ordered Numicon pieces, solved simple mathematical problems and matched Numicon pieces to numbers.

 

Monday 5th March to Friday 9th March 2018

This week in nursery we have been thinking about our mummies and how special they are to us. We have shared stories about mummies and made some lovely cards to give to them on Sunday.

In mathematics we have been learning how to make repeated patterns with shapes.

Monday 26th February to Friday 2nd March 2018

This week in nursery we have been learning about the police and how they help us through their work. We had a visit from a police officer and a PCSO who talked to the children about their duties, uniform and equipment. The children were also allowed to sit in their police car.

 

Monday 19th February 2018 to 23rd February 2018

 

 

This week in nursery we have introduced our new topic about people who help us. The children have thought about what jobs they would like to do when they are older and painted a picture of themselves carrying out the work.

Monday 5th February to Friday 9th February 2018

 

This week in nursery we have been learning about Chinese New Year. The children have learned the story of how the years got named after animals. We have watched film clips of dragon dances in parades and taken part in our own lion dance. The children enjoyed painting dragons and looking at Chinese artefacts.

 

                 

 Monday 29th January to Friday 2nd February 2018

This week in nursery our learning has been themed around the story 'The Giant Jam Sandwich' by John Vernon Lord. The children have enjoyed retelling the story while sequencing pictures of key events. In busy fingers we threaded shapes with black wool to make our own wasps. In mathematics we counted wasps and practised writing the corresponding numeral. Some children painted wasps and we made a lovely display of our learning.

 

                                       

Monday 22nd January 2018 to Friday 26th January 2018

 

This week in nursery our learning has been themed around shapes. We have been on shape hunts around the school and made pictures using 2d shapes.

                                                    

Monday 15th January 2018 to Friday 19th January 2018

 

This week in nursery our learning has been themed around the story 'Brown Bear, Brown Bear,  What Do You See?  The children have been encouraged to join in with the repeated phrases and retell the story using a story map. We have created our own books and story maps thinking of our own characters.  The children explored colour mixing and looking for colours in our environment.

 

                                                       

Friday 5th January to Friday 12th January 2018

 

We hope you all had a lovely break and we would like to welcome you to the new term. The children have been very keen to share their holiday news with us and tell their friends about how they have celebrated Christmas with their family.

This week we are welcoming some new children to our nursery and helping them to make new friends and understand our routines.

We are practising our counting skills and learning how to recognise numbers. Some children have been matching numerals to quantities and making comparisons between amounts. We have been impressed by the progress that they have made in mathematics over the last term.

Well done everyone!

 

Tuesday 12th December to Friday 15th December 2017

This week in nursery we have been busy making our Christmas cards and calendars. On Friday we enjoyed a visit to Father Christmas. The morning children enjoyed performing their Christmas show.

Monday 4th December to Friday 8th December 2017

 

This week in nursery we had our Christmas Stay and Play. The children enjoyed making lots of different festive crafts and activities with their families.

 

 

 

 

Monday 27th November to Friday 1st December 2017

This week in nursery we have started learning the songs for our Christmas show of The Nativity. The children are doing really well learning all the words and actions. We can't wait to show our families!

Monday 20th November to Friday 24th November 2017

 

This week in nursery we have been learning the story of The Three Billy Goats Gruff. The children have been recalling the characters and key events in the story and learning about positional language. 

 

Monday 13th November to Friday 17th November 2017

 

This week in nursery we have started a new topic about Traditional Tales. The children have listened carefully to Goldilocks And The Three Bears and The Gingerbread Man. We have been encouraging the children to join in with the repeated words and phrases in the story. In Literacy, they have talked about their favourite part of these stories and drawn pictures of the key events and characters.

In mathematics the children have been counting buttons on a gingerbread man and writing the corresponding numeral. We also finished our clay poppies for Remembrance Day and they all look really beautiful. We hope you like them! 

 

Monday 6th November to Friday 10th November 2017

 

This week in nursery we have been sharing our experiences of Bonfire Night and made some beautiful fireworks pictures.

The children also made up a fireworks dance to music.

 

                                                      

 

                                                         

 

   

We have also learned about Remembrance Day and the significance of poppies. The children made their own poppies during busy fingers.

                                         

                                                        

 

 

                                                        

         

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Monday 30th October to Friday 3rd November 2017

 

This week in nursery we enjoyed a lovely autumn walk with our families. The children looked for seasonal changes in nature and collected interesting natural objects to use for collages. 

 

      

Monday 16th October to Friday 20th October 2017

 

This week in nursery we have been learning about our five senses. The children have smelled different products and expressed their preferences. We have been on a listening walk and used our eyes to observe the outside area for signs of changes in nature. The children have talked about the tastes they like and dislike and drawn pictures of different food. We have touched objects with different textures and learnt new words to describe the textures. 

We have also learnt about Diwali and why it is a special time of celebration for some members of our community. We have watched a film about how some families celebrate Diwali. 

 

                                                        

              

                                                        

Monday 9th October to Friday 13th October 2017

 

This week in nursery we have been learning how to use instruments to make different sounds. We have explored the different sounds we can make using claves, shakers, drums, cymbals and bells. Afterwards some children chose to make their own shakers using milk bottles, rice and pasta. They then performed playing their shakers in a show to their friends.

 

 

 

Monday 2nd October to Friday 9th October 2017

This week in nursery we have been sharing the story of The Gingerbread Man. Afterwards the children were very keen to paint their own pictures of a Gingerbread Man for our hall display. We hope you like it! Some children were able to retell the story of The Gingerbread Man using a story map.

 

 

 

Monday 25th September to Friday 29th September 2017

 

This week in nursery we have enjoyed learning in our outdoor area.

 

 

 

Monday 18th September to Friday 22nd September 2017

 

This week in nursery we have been bringing in five special objects in a 'Marvelous Me' box so that our friends can learn about us. We have shared photographs of our families and special times we have spent with them. 

 

 

We have also been learning how to count a set of objects with one to one correspondence.

 

Monday 11th September to Friday 15th September

 

This week in nursery the children had their first music lesson with Ms Thomas. They learnt some new songs and were encouraged to join in with the actions.

 

 

Monday 4th September to Friday 8th September 2017

On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday we carried out home visits for our new children. It was lovely to meet the children in their own environment where they feel happy and secure. Thank you for making us feel so welcome in your homes!

On Thursday we held our first 'Stay and Play' sessions of the year. The children enjoyed exploring the nursery with their parents and taking part in some creative activities. Thank you to everyone who came and joined in playing.

On Friday 8th and Monday 11th September the nursery children came to visit by themselves for the whole session. They all did really well for their first time and are developing an understanding of the nursery routines. Thanks to these transition procedures we are already getting to know the children. Now we are looking forward to the year ahead! 

  

                                                         Our nursery - ready and waiting for children to explore!

  

Autumn Term 2017

 

During the first half term our topic is 'Marvellous Me!' We will be learning about the children's interests and hobbies as well as family members. The children will be exploring the resources in the nursery and developing an understanding about our routines and expectations. They will be developing their social skills and beginning to build new friendships with other children in the class. 

Please ensure that your children have a coat and wellies in school every day so that they can access our outdoor area. 

 

2016-2017

5th June to 9th June 2017

Welcome back to the last half term in nursery. This half term we will be preparing the children for their transition into reception. We will also be having our annual Sport's Day and family picnic in July. We are looking forward to these exciting events.

Please ensure that children have a coat in school every day as the weather is so changeable at the moment. On hot and sunny days children will need a sun hat and sun cream applied before coming to nursery. 

This week in nursery we have been learning about the life cycle of a hen and the life cycle of a frog. The children have been learning the names of the different stages and putting them in order on a cyclical diagram.

 

22nd May to 25th May 2017

This week in nursery we have been observing signs of growth in our runner bean seeds. The children have learned about roots and shoots.

We have recorded our observations in our bean diaries.

 

15th May to 19th May 2017

This week in nursery the children have been learning about what seeds need to grow. We have carried out an experiment with cress seeds and the children learned that seeds need water to grow. 

8th May to 12th May 2017

This week in nursery we have been learning about growing plants. The children have created observational drawings of some geraniums. They have thought carefully about what colours to use and the shape of the leaves.  

 

 

2nd May to 5th May 2017

This week in nursery our learning has been inspired by The Great Pet Shop by Mick Inkpen. The children have enjoyed painting pictures of animals from the story and creating a Pet Shop in our role play area. We have been learning about money and been set a 'Housepoint Challenge' to find out more at home. 

 

Writing a label for the role play pet shop.

 

 

 

24th April to 28th April 2017

This week in nursery we have been learning about St George's Day. The children have painted pictures of St George, the princess and the dragon. In mathematics we have been solving problems about sharing small quantities of objects. 

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18th April to 21st April 2017

Welcome back to the new term. We hope that you all had a lovely Easter break. Thank you to everyone who added some observations to Tapestry. We have enjoyed reading them. 

This week we have been sharing our holiday news and reviewing learning in mathematics. We are really proud of all of the children and impressed with how much they have progressed since September. 

The children have decided that they would like to have a pet shop in their role play area so we will be developing this over the next few weeks with their help. 

Ethan practising his counting skills.

27th March 2017

Today we have enjoyed participating in some themed craft activities with our families at our Easter 'Stay and Play.' 

 

20th March to 24th March 2017

This week in nursery we have been using our construction resources to build enclosures both inside and in our outdoor learning area. 

The children have enjoyed learning how to move our new remote controlled all terrain beetle bug outside. 

 

 

 

 

13th March to 17th March 2017

This week in nursery the children have been exploring shapes. We have been creating repeated patterns using 2D shapes and been on shape hunts around our school. We were very excited to have a visit from two police officers to find out how they help people in our community.

 

 

 

 

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6th March - 10th March 2017

This week in nursery we have been learning how to recognise and order numbers on gold coins. We have enjoyed a range of pirate themed activities including dressing up in 'Pirate Land' and using tweezers to pick up treasure in our finger gym. 

In our phonics lessons we are learning how to write letter sounds on whiteboards and match them to objects that begin with this sound. 

 

 

 

27th February to 3rd March 2017

 

This week in nursery we have learned about Shrove Tuesday and celebrated with pancake races. We have also celebrated World Book Day by coming to nursery dressed up as a character from a book.  We were very fortunate to have a visit from an author called Sue Searle who read the children her story called Farmyard Friends.  The children enjoyed joining in with signing the animal names and saying the repeated words and phrases.

 

 

 

 

 

20th February - 24th February 2017

This week in nursery we have been sharing the story of The Giant Jam Sandwich by John Vernon Lord. The children have enjoyed listening to the story and identifying rhyming words. They have been threading stripes on wasp shapes, sponge painting 'jam' and making their own jam sandwiches. Some children have chosen to make models of wasps for a beautiful classroom display. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6th February 2017 - 10th February 2017

This week in nursery the children have been learning how to use Numicon to support their counting skills. In music with Mr Meek the children have been using claves to tap out their names. To continue our learning about people who help us, we have watched a short film clip about the emergency services and then shared our own experiences in a circle time. The children have enjoyed listening to the story of The Jolly Postman and painted pictures of the characters for a new display in our reading area. 

Chinese New Year Dragon Dance. Thursday 26th January 2017

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This week the children have been learning about Chinese New Year. They have taken part in a Dragon Dance.

17th January 2017    Welcome Back!

Welcome back to the new year. We have got an exciting half term ahead. This week the children have started learning their new topic about people who help us. The children have been sharing their prior knowledge and understanding about the emergency services. Some children have painted pictures e.g. police officers and firefighters, while others have made models. 

 

 

Early Years Reading and Phonics Workshop

Useful links for Phonics games:

 

www.phonicsplay.co.uk

 

http://www.ictgames.com/literacy.html

 

 

13th December 2016 Our Christmas Show

13th December 2016       Our Christmas Show 1 The children enjoyed performing our Christmas show
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Welcome to Nursery!

 

Our eggs have arrived! The children are very excited and can't wait to see what hatches!

Wow! Five of our eggs have hatched and we have baby chicks to enjoy!

Wow! Five of our eggs have hatched and we have baby chicks to enjoy! 1

We are pleased to say that all our eleven eggs have hatched! We have three girls and eight boys.

We are pleased to say that all our eleven eggs have hatched! We have three girls and eight boys. 1

Emilia watching a chick hatching

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In nursery the children learned about the life cycle of a chicken. They were very lucky to be able to watch some chicks hatching from eggs in an incubator.

Non-Uniform Day for charity 6th May 2016

This week we have been learning about babies and how they grow and change over time. We had a visit from some babies in our nursery. The children asked lots of interesting questions to help them extend their knowledge and understanding.

This week in nursery we are learning about the life cycle of a butterfly. We have got some caterpillars in the nursery that we are hoping to observe changing into cocoons and then hatching into butterflies.

On Thursday morning we were very lucky to have Mrs Phillips join us in the nursery. The children listened to the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Mrs Phillips joined in and played the part of the caterpillar. The children participated by serving food from the story to our Headteacher. We had great fun and the children wanted to put on their own show for reception. They have made posters, costumes and tickets for this event.

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Welcome back to our last half term this year. This week the children have created a new hall display to show our learning about the life cycle of a butterfly. We hope you like it.

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Welcome to the new school year. In Nursery we have been very pleased to meet our new children. Last week the nursery staff spent three days visiting the children in their homes. Home visits are very effective in supporting the transition into our setting and building early relationships with children and their families. They provide an opportunity for parents to ask questions about the nursery, share any concerns that they may have and talk about their child's development. Thank you to all the parents who made us feel very welcome, we really enjoyed meeting you.

 

This week the children have been making new friends and learning how to select the resources that they would like to use. They have been exploring our classroom and the outdoor area. We have been teaching the children some of our routines which aim to develop independence and they can all now wash up their snack bowls by themselves. The children also met MrMeek, our music teacher, who helped them to find their singing voices.

Over the last few weeks we have been improving our outdoor area. We have turned our tree house into a grocery shop and our willow arch into an Enchanted Forest. Our construction area has now been extended and new resources added. The children have really enjoyed exploring the new learning areas.
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This week we have enjoyed using binoculars to look for bugs in our 'bug hotel' and nature area.

This week we have enjoyed using binoculars to look for bugs in our 'bug hotel' and nature area. 1
This week we have enjoyed using binoculars to look for bugs in our 'bug hotel' and nature area. 2

Nursery Autumn Walk With Grandparents 31st October 2016

Nursery Autumn Walk With Grandparents 31st October 2016 1 We went for an autumn walk with our grandparents.
Nursery Autumn Walk With Grandparents 31st October 2016 2 We collected autumn leaves and acorns in our bags.
Nursery Autumn Walk With Grandparents 31st October 2016 3 We looked closely at the natural objects we found.

Firework Pictures 6th November 2016

Firework Pictures 6th November 2016 1 The children enjoyed making firework pictures.

Remembrance Day 11th November 2016

Remembrance Day 11th November 2016 1 Today we made Remembrance Day poppies.

Children In Need Day 18th November 2016

Children In Need Day 18th November 2016 1 The children enjoyed supporting Children In Need.
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