Weekly Learning
We have all had the opportunity to plant a sunflower seed this week. We talked about what the seed would need to grow and where we should keep them. Reading the story, Jasper's Beanstalk helped our understanding of what they need to grow. We also got to use mathematical vocabulary related to height whilst reading the story.
We have continued to compare our height with our classmates this week. Mrs Welland has helped us to draw around our bodies and we have been decorating  them. We will look at them next week to see who is the tallest and shortest.
We enjoyed using our new climbing equipment that Mr Troop got for Early Years with part of the School's Sports Premium Budget. It is quite challenging to use and we have been impressed with how the children have persevered to climb across it.
WanderHouse Art Project
The PTA has funded the Artist, Pippa North to spend time in Nursery and Reception. The children and Staff have worked on a piece of collaborative art which will be displayed in the Early Years building. The piece will reflect the school's values.
Mother's Reading Day


 We have listened to the story, Room on the Broom this week and have been able to join in with some of the repeated phrases. We have all worked very hard on making our Mother’s Day cards this week. It was nice to talk about how we will help out our Mum’s this weekend. The children worked very hard to write independently in their cards.



We worked in the mud kitchen this week where we have planted some seedling potatoes. We have also enjoyed making our own potions like the witch in Room on the Broom. It has been very muddy this week and we have had to wear our wetsuits most days. We have been using the ropes on the banks to help us climb up them.

This week the children have enjoyed listening to the stories, Owl Babies and Supertato and can now retell the stories themselves. They have made their own Supertato pictures using mixed media and 3D owls using junk modelling resources.
As part of World Book Day the children were visited by both the Year 4 and Year 2 children who read stories with them. We hope that your child enjoys choosing a book with their World Book Day tokens.
As the children have been learning and playing this week, we have been encouraging the use of mathematical vocabulary; long, short, big and small. Thank you for your home observations of your children using these terms at home.
The children have been talking about and exploring the cold weather this week. Enjoy the snow at home and send us pictures of your snowmen.
This week our movement session took place outside, the children enjoyed playing with balls and following directional instructions.
We have been exploring lots of size language through-out the week, the children have been drawing round their feet and bodies outside and comparing their sizes against their friends. The children have been using the language you will have had sent home on the mathematical Elmer sheet. 
The children really enjoyed our story of Elmer this week, they have joined in with retelling familiar parts of the story. They have also all had a go at making an Elmer first using paint and then collage with different media and materials.
This week the children have been trying very hard to hang their own coats up on their pegs with great success! We can now all do this. It is nice to see the children gaining more independence.
The children enjoyed visiting the Hall again this week for their movement session where they practised rolling hoops to a peer and rolling along mats. They also visited the willow tunnel again where they were amazed to see some changes; they found some pussy willows growing along the tunnel. They enjoyed spotting these as they wandered through.
The children enjoyed the story of Handa's Hen and have been practising counting all the animals in the story. They are getting very good at remembering to touch and count as they go.
Mrs Welland is taking the children out for their weekly Lola Listening activity where the children are practising the skills needed to listen with attention. She has been very impressed with how well the children are responding to these activities.


This week the children have enjoyed investing the different shapes of ice in the tough spot with the ice castle. We have discovered that ice melts into water and that it is very cold!

The afternoon children were very excited to have finally had their visit with Stuart the Community Policeman who brought in his van. They got to go inside the van, sit in the driving seat and try on the police jackets. The morning children had their turn going through the willow tunnel and squeezing into the willow den.

The children went to the Library on Tuesday and listened attentively to the story of Mog the Forgetful Cat. There has been lots of cat related activities going on this week; collaging masks, making patterns on cats and even a cat in the role play area, who has been well cared for this week.

Many children have been interested in writing and we are encouraging correct letter formation of lower case letters. You will find a handwriting letter formation leaflet attached below to help your child learn the correct formation of their letters.

Thank you for sending in your child's birthday photos. Mrs Welland has chatted to all the children about their birthday photos and posted the conversations they had on Tapestry. We will make a birthday book with all the photos so that the children can look at them in class. The children have enjoyed making birthday cakes in class this week and singing Happy Birthday.
Many children have been having at go at writing this week which has been great to see. They have also learned how to use the plastic blocks to make structures by overlapping blocks. We all had the opportunity to look at the new willow structures in the school field. It was interesting to watch it being made and even more fun to walk through it!
The children have continued to use the making area and are still very involved in building models from boxes and containers. They are getting better at using a range of tools and joining materials together. The playdough continues to be very popular. Thank you to all who have volunteered to make it for the Nursery. Please sign up if you would like to make some. Thank you.
We enjoyed welcoming parents in to our Maths Stay and Play this week where we participated in a range of counting activities.  Have a look at the photos below.
The children have learned the words to the rhyme, 5 Little Ducks this week and have been reciting it independently using the puppets and plastic ducks. We have been into the Hall this week for a movement session where we played, Busy Bees and Duck, Duck Goose.
The children have really enjoyed making cakes with the playdough this week and adding candles and numbers to them. They are working hard with their counting skills. The boxes have also been a big hit and they have been used for boats, buses and trains.


This week we welcomed eleven new children into the Nursery. The older children have been very kind and have helped them learn new routines and showed them how to play with their new resources. They have been to the library and in our outside area to play.

The children have enjoyed listening to the story of Jack and the Beanstalk this week. They have been joining in with the repeated refrains in their angry Giant voices. They have used different building materials to make their own beanstalks in the classroom and even managed one taller than Mrs Long! They have had lots of fun sorting the Giant’s treasure and putting it in different containers.

The children have been enjoying making junk models this week and have improved their joining and cutting skills. We would appreciate any donations of unwanted boxes, tubes or yoghurt pots.


The children have explored the effects of the cold weather this week. They particularly enjoyed making footprints in the snow around the school field on Tuesday. The children discovered other footprints on the field which we decided were made by birds, foxes, dogs or maybe even dinosaurs. We saw how the cold weather had changed the puddles into ice and talked about how slippery they were. We walked through the wooded areas and ran up and down the school banks. It was great fun! The following day we went on the field again and discovered that the sun had melted most of the snow and that the puddles were no longer frozen.


We had a cooking session this week. We talked about the importance of washing our hands properly and are trying very hard to remember to use soap carefully. We learned how to make peppermint cream mixture, knead it, roll it out and cut out shapes.


On Friday we walked to Fairford Leys Church for our first visit out of school. We had a chat by the Minister, Anthony Howells and sang a new song that we had learned this week, Christmas Bells. We then had the opportunity to explore the church. Thank you to all the parent volunteers.



Well done to all the children for taking part in our Christmas Concert, The Sleepy Shepherd. They have worked very hard to learn six new songs and the associated actions and enjoyed having their turn on the stage. Thank you for your support with the costumes. We have moved some of the costumes into the role play area where the children have enjoyed wearing them and acting out the Christmas story.


The morning children were very excited to have had a visit from the Community Police Officers today. They were able to go inside their panda car and sit in the driver’s seat. The Police Officers will be coming back again to meet the afternoon children.


Thank you to Mrs Hawkins who has brought in a slide for the children which they enjoyed using this week. She has also brought in an easel which we have used in our new outdoor mark making area.


We have been busy making Christmas decorations this week. If anyone has any Christmas cards that they do not want we would appreciate the donations for the writing area.



The children have been busy in the post office this week writing, posting and delivering letters. They have also been telling us how they celebrate Christmas with their families and what they would like Father Christmas to bring them this year. If you are stuck for ideas the marble run has been a big favourite with all the children this week.


We had our first outing this week. We took the letters that we wrote to Father Christmas and posted them in our local post box. It was very exciting and we can’t wait to receive the response from him. Thank you for supplying your child with a stamped envelope.


The children have been working very hard to learn the words and actions to our Christmas songs. We had two dress rehearsals this week and are now ready to perform for our families.



The children enjoyed listening to five nursery rhymes this week, some of which were new and some that were familiar. It is great to see the children joining in with our rhymes. The office has been a bit hit this week with the children. They have used their imaginations well; using it as a police station, restaurant and post office. They have learned how to label an envelope and make their own stamps.


Some children have been spending time in the mud kitchen this week. We have done some weeding and lots of digging and mixing. We have seen countless worms of varying sizes and have used mathematical language to describe them; long, short and thin.


In PE the children are continuing to practise their climbing, balancing gymnastic skills. We saw some fantastic somersaults this week. We have also been in the hall to sing our Christmas songs on the stage. It was very exciting. Next week we will have our dress rehearsal.


We have demonstrated how to use the iPads this week and the children can now access the app, Collins Big Cat Stories where they can listen to and explore a story.



The children have enjoyed listening to the story of The Little Red Hen. They explored the wheat bran in the builder’s tray, measuring and mixing. They have been buying bread, cakes and biscuits in the bakers shop. They have particularly liked using the mini laptops, keyboards and writing down their friend’s orders. To extend their writing we will make the role play area into an office next week.


The children have seen a wheat stalk and learned about all the ingredients that go into bread. They helped to make a loaf of bread in the bread maker and particularly enjoyed eating it at snack time today.


Mrs Hawkins donated her Mr Potato Head toys to the Nursery. The children have spent a lot of time making lots of different combinations with them.


They have continued to make sand castles outside using different shaped containers and enjoyed using the farm set. This led to discussions on foods grown on farms and the animals that farmers look after.


The children are working very hard on learning the songs for their Christmas concert. Well done!

Stay and Play     



We held our Physical Stay and Play on Thursday. The photos below show the range of activities that were on offer to help develop the children’s gross and fine motor skills. We finished the session by demonstrating a Dough Disco session with our parent and grandparent visitors. If you would like any of the hand-outs given on physical development please ask a member of the staff for a set.  Please see the link below for a demonstration on a Dough Disco session you may like to try with your child at home.


We have joined in well with the counting in the story of the Very Hungry Caterpillar this week. We are practising touching each object as we count it. The children have had the opportunity to practise their throwing skills in a variety of ways both inside and out this week. They have used bean bags to feed the hungry caterpillar and also used them  throw at targets outside on the builders tray. The McDonalds role play was a real hit this week. We saw lots of children writing down orders and making chips and burgers. The children had a go on the climbing apparatus in the hall this week for our movement session.


The flour has been very popular (and messy) this week. We have been scooping, mixing and sieving it with great joy and concentration. We then finished the week by making real cakes to bring home. The children used the balancing scales to measure out the ingredients. We learned how to balance, mix and cream the ingredients. We talked about where the ingredients came from and healthy and unhealthy foods. We hope the children enjoyed eating them after school.

The children have enjoyed being back at Nursery this week. They have joined in well with the repeated refrains from our story this week, Aarrrgh Spider! They have used playdough and clothes pegs to make spiders and hunted for them in the green sand. They have carefully navigated the spiders web in our outdoor area particularly enjoyed our PE session where we climbed over and through the benches.


They have enjoyed making cakes in the sand this week so we will make cakes with them next week. The afternoon children have been playing “McDonalds” all this week so we will turn our role play area into a McDonalds for them.

This week we will read the story, The Odd Egg by Emily Gravett.
Our Nursery Rhymes are:
See below for more ideas on how to support your child with the language of height.
This week we will read the story, Jasper's Beanstalk by Nick Butterworth. Just like Jasper in the story, we will be planting some seeds too.
We will learn two new songs about planting seeds:
See below for the maths activity sheet.
Our focus stories for next week will be; Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and Commotion in the Ocean by Giles Andreae.
Our Nursery Rhymes will be:
See the attached for our Mathematical language focus for the week.
Next week is world book week so we will be reading lots of stories through-out the week. We will be reading; Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson, Owl Babies by Martin Waddell and Supertato by Sue Hendra.
Our Nursery Rhymes are:
The Farmer's in his Den
Our story after half term will be,  Elmer by David McKee.
Our Nursery Rhymes are:
To tie in with the work that Mrs Welland is doing in her Lola listening sessions, please see the listening sheet from the Bucks Speech and Language Team below.


Next week is National Internet Safety week which the whole school will be participating in. We will be reading the story, Chicken Clicking by Jeanne Willis on Tuesday. You can read more about it on the link below:


Chicken Clicking


The rest of the week we will read Handa’s Hen by Eileen Brown. It is a counting based story. You can see an animated version of the story on the link below:


Handa's Hen


Our Nursery Rhymes this week will be:


Yellow Bird


Hickety Pickety My Fat Hen

This week we will read the story, Mog the Forgetful Cat by Judith Kerr as it is a favourite of one of our focus children this week. The nursery rhymes are also favourites of our focus children.
As the children have been interested in birthdays this week we will be reading the story, Happy Birthday by Ann Morris and Elizabeth Falconer.
Please send in or post on Tapestry a photo of your child celebrating one of their birthdays to share with the class.
Our Nursery Rhymes are:


As we are having our Maths Stay and Play on Tuesday our book this week will be a counting one, One Mole Digging A Hole by Julie Donaldson .

Here is a Julia Donaldson singing her book:
Our Nursery Rhymes are:


We will finish the term with another version of the Christmas story and the poem, The Night Before Christmas. We will have a Christmas party on Tuesday. We will play some games, dance and enjoy a cake that we will decorate before the party. 

Our nursery rhymes are:


The North Wind Does Blow


Put Your Right Mitten In


We will continue to read a new Christmas story each day. Our nursery rhymes are:


Put Your Right Mitten In


Down at the Station


We will be visiting Fairford Leys Church on Friday 15th December. Christmas jumper day is Wednesday 13th December. We look forward to seeing your festive jumpers.

This week will open a new book each day to read which is related to Christmas or winter. We will have a Christmas themed home in the role play area and the Nativity figures out for the children retell the Christmas story.
We will sing the following songs:
Christmas Cards
If you would like to give Christmas cards to the children in Nursery there is a red post box in class that you can post them in. We will hand them all out by the end of the term.


We will participate in Nursery Rhyme week this week. Here is a link to the website which lists the rhymes we will be doing on each day.


Nursery Rhyme Week


Below will be an audio clip for each rhyme for you to listen to with your child. We will be sending home a pack with all the rhymes and the day that we will be singing them. There will be activity ideas for you to try at home. We hope you enjoy singing the rhymes with your child.



As the children have thoroughly enjoyed using the flour for play this week we thought it would be informative to read the story of the Little Red Hen to find out how we get flour. We will then make our own bread like the Little Red Hen. If anyone has any small world hens or chicks we could borrow for our farm, we would be grateful.


Alongside learning our Christmas songs we will also sing the nursery rhyme, I am the Baker Man.

I am the Baker Man


Our story for next week is The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. Here is a link to an online version of the story:

The Very Hungry Caterpillar


Our nursery rhymes are:

Five Currant Buns


Five Little Butterflies


On Thursday we will be having our Physical Stay and Play (8:30 – 9:15 and 12:30 – 1:15). There are spaces available if you would like to come. Please speak to one of the Nursery staff if you would like to attend this session.