Miss Anna Owen
Early Years Practitioners
Mrs Becky Underhill
A Very Big Welcome to Nursery 2019- 2020!
Welcome to Nursery! We are so excited to get the year started with our 'Marvellous Me!' topic.
Throughout the upcoming weeks we will be focusing on settling the children into new routines and ensuring that they are familiar with their new setting and teachers.
We will be spending plenty of time getting to know one another through circle time games as well as 1:1 learning with Miss Owen and Mrs Underhill.
Information on how to support your child's development in the Early Years can be found in the document linked above
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.
Wednesday 4th December 8:30 - 9:15 morning nursery - Autumn stay and play
Wednesday 4th December 12:30 - 1:15 afternoon nursery - Autumn stay and play
Monday 16th December 2:15 pm - Afternoon nursery Christmas production
Tuesday 17th December 9:30 am - Morning nursery Christmas production
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
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.
Miss Owen and Mrs Underhill
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
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
AM nursery - Tuesday 17th December at 2:15
PM nursery - Monday 16th December at 9:30
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.
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.
Miss Owen and Mrs Underhill
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
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
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
Miss Owen and Mrs Underhill
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
Thank you for your ongoing support,
Miss Owen and Mrs Underhill
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.
Miss Owen and Mrs Underhill
This week, we have started learning about the life cycle of a frog and have introduced the following vocabulary:
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!
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
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! 🎄☃️❄️
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.
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.
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:
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our eggs have arrived! The children are very excited and can't wait to see what hatches!
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.
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.