Weekly Learning
Another busy has flown by in Nursery. The children's artwork was on display for our Open Afternoon on Monday. We were so impressed with how well they had represented their special treasures. 
We have been busy making collages this week of ice lollies and cold drinks. It was interesting to hear all about the children's favourite treats that they like to have on a hot day. With the weather continuing to be so warm the children have enjoyed water play with the guttering and frames and have been trying to revive some of the plants in the mud kitchen. 
We have had our Nursery Graduation today. The children have worked so hard throughout the year and we are all so pleased with their progress and development. They certainly are ready to move up to Reception. We loved their rendition of our Graduation song. 
We would like to say thank you to all the parents of the Nursery for the support and encouragement you have given your children throughout the year. I am sure you are ready to enjoy your summer break. 



We have had another busy week at Nursery. The children are so familiar with the story, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt that they have been reading it to their friends. It is lovely to see them sitting on the teacher’s chair reading to a group of attentive peers on the carpet. They have been busy making masks to accompany the story and have retold it as they played with the different textures in the builder’s tray.


The school in the role play area has been a bit hit. We have seen fantastic phonics lessons being taught which I am sure would be graded outstanding by Ofsted! The children are wearing the “big school” uniforms and practicing their writing in exercise books. They are certainly ready to move up and continue their learning.


It has been another hot week. The children have been busy watering the plants and exploring what happens when they put water down the different areas of the water wall. We have harvested our potatoes and have managed to grow a few this year. They have been washed and are now ready to eat. The children have also been busy washing our toys which they have done with gusto.


We explored the Forest School area today. We were very excited to sit in the new base camp that Jay put in for the school last week. We saw where the fire pit where we will be able to make a camp fire one day and the new hut to store our tools. The children are so confident navigating through the wooded paths. 

The children have been incredibly busy again this week. They have used all sizes and shapes of containers to make sandcastles in the lovely weather that continues. They have used the world map, atlas and other sources to help them make flags for their castles. This has lead to great discussions about summer holidays that the children have had or will be taking. We are all envious! It has been lovely to hear the children share their travelling experiences and learn more about the world through the use of the reference materials.
Moving on from the sandcastles the children were inspired to continue story mapping through the story of the week, The Train Ride. The children are putting their phonic knowledge into practice and writing labels for the pictures they draw to retell their journeys. They used their phonic and mark making skills once again to write their own postcards after receiving one from myself as I have been on Forest School training. They have so enjoyed their phonic sessions that they are recreating these sessions in their play and making their own mini schools. We will build on this next week and change the home role play into a school. This will give them the chance to act out moving onto the "big school".  
Many children made structures this week with the large building blocks. They incorporated positional language in this play using small world characters and talking about where they were on their buildings. 
Finally, the children have used a range of new techniques to create seascapes. Come in and have a look at their work.


I’m sure you have heard the news that the dinosaur has hatched. Some of the children believe it looks like an ‘allosaurus’, so the children made a home for him at the bottom of the garden; thinking about the fact that he would need shelter, food and water. They fed the T-Rex post box with maths equipment, rolling the dice and finding the matching numicon and numeral. We dug for bones in the sand tray, comparing the length of them. The story had some really great language to support their maths knowledge and the children thoroughly enjoyed joining in with actions for Dinosaur Roar.


The hot weather has bought about some fantastic socialising, as the children sat paddling their toes in the shallow water of the tuff spot. We sat singing songs and sharing our experiences of holidays with trips to the beach and the seaside. Water play featured heavily again, this time they were enjoying transporting the water down the guttering to a large bucket and then when it was full, they refilled the tray. It is so interesting to watch their fascinations as they play. 


We have had duplo and small wooden construction outside too, which meant that the children have created constructions that follow their play. For example one child found a bean, drew a long beanstalk with chalk on the ground and then constructed a castle at the top of her beanstalk with the wooden blocks. 


There has been lots of ‘teacher play’ again this week. It is so nice to see the children replicating their phonics teaching as it shows they are retaining the information that they are given but also, and more importantly, that they enjoy it!


I must say a farewell to you all this week, as I have finished my Teacher Training and I am preparing to start my role as a Newly Qualified Teacher at my new school. I was so fortunate that St Mary's have supported me through this year and I feel that I owe them a great deal for the amazing start to my career as a teacher. Getting to know your wonderful children has been an amazing privilege. I have promised to keep in touch, so I look forward to hearing how all of the children are progressing, especially as they move into Reception. Good luck to you all, I will miss you very much from Mrs Howell.


We have got wet and wild in Nursery this week. So sorry about all the extra washing you’ve had, but it has been fun. The children have been tipping, pouring, washing, squirting, sploshing and splashing everywhere. Guttering and water is always a hit. We have had a great amount of sharing with the bubble wands and the ‘watery paint sprayers’. They have had water with the tea set, which meant that we were served tea and coffee very frequently! The children quickly learned that they were over filling the cups and managed the rate at which they poured.  


The children have written messages in a bottle and designed treasure maps, which has led into them constructing a pirate ship role play scenario. The most common comment that was used whilst bubble painting was ‘wow!’


The overriding feature of the week has been the discovery of a dinosaur egg in our garden. We had to contact the Natural History Museum in order to find out how to care for it. The children helped to think of some questions that they would like to ask, then wrote postcards with their questions to the museum. They cannot wait for the dinosaur to hatch.


We have provided snipping activities, to develop their fine motor skills, such as snipping the grass. Whilst reading the story this week we have cut out the bath and all of the characters, sticking them on to a picture as they present in the story. This has enabled the children to tell the story themselves and some have used their phonics to label them. 


The children were using the microphones to sing songs from Frozen and The Greatest Showman, so we constructed a stage and props to enhance this interest. We thoroughly enjoyed being entertained with comedians, singers and dancers. The children made tickets to sell and posters to advertise their show. We had such a great time, taking turns and applauding our friends; our very own St Mary's got talent!

Another great week of learning through play in the Nursery has been had by all. Our week started with a focus around the story of Whatever Next. By midweek the children were so familiar with the story that they were recalling the plot themselves. Story mapping has proved to be a fantastic way for the children to retain the information and replicate it in their own way onto paper. You can see that the black paper and gold pens that were used, added to their inspiration to write. We continued our journey through the famous artists work, using Van Gogh's Starry Night. They used this in a similar way to the story map, to tell the story. This was an extremely popular activity, which encourage some great communication and story language. Many of the children also began to label their features/characters with the initial sound, using their phonic knowledge. 



There was a real buzz of excitement that an alien had landed his rocket postbox in our classroom and was hoping to find out about earth. The children enthusiastically posted their letters to him to take back to the moon, drawing on their natural motivation to post in order to entice them to mark make.  We are delighted to see the progress in their writing skills. Outside we have had the garden fairies writing letters and the children responding, imagination can be so powerful in Nursery!



Moon sand in the tuff spot was an extremely popular choice, with mini aliens and numicon; encouraging the children to count and use mathematical language in their play. We had an alien that enjoyed eating space junk, again a posting activity. We have continued our discussions about simple 2d shapes, incorporating further shapes such as semi-circles and rectangles. It has been great to observe their development in recognising them and beginning to describe their properties. On Thursday we prepared a picnic; making sandwiches with the children. They cut them into different shapes. The learning continued into lunch club; as the children compared their lunchbox shapes and found that they each had triangles, squares and rectangle sandwiches! 

Father's Reading Day
We enjoyed reading stories with our Fathers and Grandfathers on Friday. It was particularly nice to see how all the children were invited to share stories with our visitors. The children finished the session by singing one of our songs for the week, 5 little men in a flying saucer. It is amazing to see how confident the children have become with their counting and recognising the matching Numicon shapes. 
Our book this week 'All Change' has really set the tone for the children's enthusiasm. I am sure they will share with you that the main character is a tiger, whose birthday it is. They go on a birthday ride on many different modes of transport; as we have done throughout the week. They have made buses and trains in their role play outside with large creates, drawing signs for the places that they are going. They have enjoyed experimenting with the car tracks in paint, whilst others have been charging lots of money for a car wash in the water tray, I must say 'forty quid' is rather expensive! 
The woodland trail has been ever popular with an animal safari, we are beginning to see some great emergent writing from this. They are really enjoying exploring what they can do with water in the side garden: pouring through the drain pipes, filling up containers and sweeping (or mainly splashing in!) the puddles they have created. We added some rose petals and rosemary to the water tray for making potions/perfume.
A natural pattern of behaviour is for young children to 'envelope' things; a schema. Many of you will have received some beautifully wrapped parcels/envelopes, as the children wrapped up anything that they could find in the birthday paper that we provided for the tigers birthday. Jumping from the low climbing frame onto a chalked number line involved their natural urge to propel things forward (trajectory schema), along with an element of maths. Next week we are involving another schema of young children, which is posting (if you have ever had anything posted in your dvd player you will understand!). 
One of our focuses this half term have been on famous artists. You may recall that we used Monet's Water Lily picture to inspire transient art. Well, this week we have used Kandinsky's Concentric Circles picture which inspired so many wonderful comments from your children about what they could see. We used the piece to discuss the properties of simple 2d shapes. The children had the opportunity to paint a log disc and we have displayed them all together, on a large piece of wood, as a joint art project. Please come in and have a look, it really does look so effective. 
It's been a busy week of building in Nursery. Our story, the three little pigs, has been so influential in their play and learning. We have huffed and puffed all week! For story time we told the tale using a 'story map' approach which the children responded really well to. The very next day, they were straight to the writing area to replicate what they had seen and heard. We were incredibly impressed with their ability to recall the plot and repeated refrains. 
This then influenced their role play within the 'construction site' outside, where they took on the roles of the characters. To enhance and encourage more mark making, we have asked the children to plan their buildings before hand. Building with cement (shaving foam) and bricks in the tuff spot involved an incredible amount of skills but mostly it was jolly good fun! The woodland trail focused on a hunt for numbers on houses this week, which has encouraged many to make marks for a purpose. 
We continued with the family trees, adding the pictures that you have sent in. Their joy is so sweet to see, when they realise that we have their families pictures. They have been bursting to talk to us about them. We have displayed some around the classroom, I am sure they would love to show you their work. 
The maths focus this week was six. The children have been super keen to tell us that they know which numicon represents 6 "because it has six holes" and they have learnt that the colour is 'turquoise', which provoked lots of questions about colour names. The dice games that we created reinforced this, with many starting to recognise the pattern of six on a dice. 
We have been leaf printing outside, ready to label our herbs that are growing well in our garden. When writing their names, on their work at Nursery, we are now encouraging them to collect their name tag from the tree and have a go at writing it themselves.
Literacy Stay and Play
It was great to see so many parents join us for the Literacy stay and play session this week. We explored many different ways to mark make inside and outside. The children really enjoyed sharing their learning with you. 

The children have been very busy looking after the babies in the hospital this week. They have learned how to check in patients, take temperatures and change nappies. Outside they have been washing and drying the babies. They have liked listening to the story of Za Za’s Baby Brother and some of the children have been able to talk about the birth of their own siblings. We were very pleased to have Alicia’s Mummy in to talk about her baby bump.


The children have had fun exploring the shaved soap and water. We have had bubbles everywhere! They have used the plastic needles and threads to sew a decorative border along a babies quilt showing good fine motor skills. They have started their own family trees and are beginning to add in their photos. Thank you for sending them in.


Literacy Stay and Play

We are holding a Literacy Stay and Play on Wednesday 23rd May  (8:30 – 9:15 and 12:30 – 1:15) with a focus on mark making. If you would like to come please speak to a member of the Nursery Staff.


The children have listened attentively to the story of the Rainbow Fish this week and have incorporated dance into the story. This was planned and led by Mrs Howell who has joined the Nursery as a trainee teacher. Leading on from the story we are developing a Kindness Tree in class and giving out kindness certificates throughout the week to children.
The children have experimented with colour mixing this week and have found out how to make new colours. The playdough was in balls this week with a splash of food colouring in the middle so that when the children worked with the dough they discovered a surprise of colour as the manipulated it. 
We are encouraging mark making and were pleased to see many children writing out their own shopping lists this week with the aid of a word bank and using the salt boxes to practise their letter formation. 
The children used Monet's Waterlilies painting as an inspiration for their transient art this week. We saw some lovely creations with the glass gems on our fish template. 
The children have joined in with gusto when reading the repeated refrain, Aaaarrgghh Spider! Out you go! from our book of the week. They sang the familiar song Incy, Wincy Spider with confidence and enjoyed learning Three Blind Mice.
We looked carefully at the many minibeasts in our tough spot and were very excited to find real ones in the outside area. We put them in our observation pots so that we could watch them carefully. We enjoyed exploring our new mini woodland walk area in our mud kitchen that Mrs Welland has developed. 
The children have demonstrated dexterity when working in the role play area hanging up the socks with the pegs. 


The children have joined in enthusiastically with the repeated refrains from our story, Walking Through the Jungle and have added actions as we have read it.


They have been very busy planting bulbs, herbs and vegetables in the mud kitchen . We look forward to caring for them over the next few weeks.  The children have observed the snails that we have had in the class this week and have looked through non-fiction books to learn more about them.


We have had the clay out this week and made snakes using our hands to roll them into different shapes. The children used a range of tools to make the scales on their snakes. We will paint them next week. They have also decorated paper snakes with coloured sticky shapes in a range of different patterns.


The children kindly welcomed our newest Nursery children in to the class this week. It is lovely to see how friendly and welcoming they have been.

The children have loved the story, The Tiger Who Came to Tea and have been able to retell the story independently. They have painted pictures of tigers and made collages of tiger fur.

The children have used a variety of different brushes to mark make in tea leaves placed in a shallow tray. They used water and brushes outside to mark make on the playground. Both of these are an easy way to encourage mark making at home.

In our movement session this week the children have been working with bean bags and learning how to balance them on different body parts and throw to a peer.

On Friday we worked hard to clear our tyres and replant bulbs in the mud kitchen. We are continuing to watch and water the sunflower seeds we planted before the Easter break.



The children have been discussing the changes that happen in Spring as they have been listening to the story, Guess How Much I Love You in the Spring. They are now able to identify some of these changes as they spot them outside when at play.


They have completed their Easter cards working hard to write in them independently. They enjoyed using cotton buds to paint patterns on their Easter ornaments. As well as their ornaments they have been creating many other Easter crafts independently.


We enjoyed playing Duck, Duck Goose this week in our movement session in the hall. The children played in our new den in the mud kitchen. We have sent our thanks to Mr and Mrs Johnson who came in over the weekend to make the structure for us.



It has been a good week for exploring outside; we have searched for signs of Spring on the school grounds, had a turn on the trim trail and walked around the field in aid of Sport’s Relief.


The children have enjoyed our egg related activities especially singing the nursery rhymes, Goosey, Goosey, Goosey and Humpty Dumpty. We were very pleased to have a donation of a golden egg, just like the one in the song which led to lots of discussion on what could be inside the egg.


We have been looking after our sunflower seeds but they haven’t started to grow yet. The children have had a different set of wooden blocks in Nursery this week. We have seen some interesting buildings and many of towers which encouraged height discussion.

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


In our final week of the year we will read the story, Starting School by Janet and Alan Alberg. This is a lovely story which is based what happens when you start school in a Reception Class. We will take the children who are moving up into Reception into their new classes throughout the week so that they can see how the register is done. We will also walk over to the Hall to meet the dinner ladies and learn about how lunch time works.


Our rhymes for the week will be:


Yellow Bird


The Shape Song



We will be talking about different 2D shapes and participating in a range of activities such as, shape hunts and collage activities. Please feel free to share any shape activities you do at home with us on Tapestry.



On Friday 20th July we will be holding our Graduation Ceremony. The younger children will be collected earlier to allow this to be held. If you have any questions please speak to a member of the Nursery Team.

Building upon the children's love of our woodland walk, we will read the story, We're Going on a Bear Hunt, a familiar and favourite story. 
We will sing:
We will continue to use and encourage positional language. Perhaps you could make your own bear hunt at home and use language such as, go through the tunnel, down the slide or over the bench. 
This week we will read the story The Train Ride by June Crebbin as the children have been interested in journeys, vehicles and holidays. It has a repeated refrain and the opportunity to discuss journeys and holidays. 
We will be talking about positional language all of this week and encouraging the children to hide their "mini mes" and use words such as, behind, under, next to, beside etc to describe where they are hidden. This could easily be mirrored at home using a favourite toy or playing hide and seek. 
Our song for the week will be, The Wheels on the bus
Tuesday 3rd July 
Move Up Morning
For the children who will be moving up to Reception, they will have their move up session on Tuesday. They can attend their Nursery session as normal. Please come to the Nursery Class door to collect your child. They can then return after their visit. Please ensure you sign your child out for their visit. Thank you and enjoy your session in Reception. 
The dinosaur egg that the children have found in the garden has inspired this week's story: Dinosaur Roar.
The songs that we will be singing are: 
Eid Mubarak! Wishing all those celebrating today a very happy Eid. We look forward to seeing your photos on Tapestry. Enjoy!! 
The children's fascination with water has been notable this week, so we thought we would have a big focus on all things wet. Please make sure that your children have got a spare change of clothes, as we anticipate a lot of splashing! The story we will be looking at is: Big Red Bath which incorporates both animals and water in a really similar fashion to the 'All change' book that we recently used. We have also added an element of dinosaurs, as there are some children that continue to show us that they are interested in them. 
Nursery Rhymes/Songs: 
I had a little turtle, 
His name was Tiny Tim, 
I put him in the bath tub, 
To see if he could swim.
He drank up all the water,
He ate up all the soap,
And now he's ill in bed, 
With a bubble in his throat. 
Bubble, bubble, bubble, POP!
Week 11/06/18:
This week we will be reading the story of 'Whatever Next'. It is a well known story about a bear that uses his imagination to turn a cardboard box into a rocket and takes a trip to the moon, where he has a picnic. They so enjoyed the picnic after sports day, that we thought this needed to feature in our plan for the week. We have noticed that some of the children have an interest in space, which will fit nicely with the story. We also felt that they have really enjoyed being creative with their role play scenarios, with the creates this week. Just as the bear uses his imagination, we hope the children will get creative with the cardboard boxes we plan to provide next week. 
... please take a look at this link to see how/why role playing with cardboard boxes is so beneficial. 
The songs/ rhymes we plan to sing next week are: 
5 Little men in a flying saucer
Hey diddle diddle
Teddy bear's picnic
Week Commencing : 04/06/18
This week we will be reading a story called 'All change' by David Melling. It incorporates two aspects that the children are showing interests in; animals and transport. It has a really fun and lively narrative that encourages active participation. We can not wait to share it with them. 
Our nursery rhymes are: 
(The above are links to the Nursery Rhymes on the BBC website)
Half Term
As it is half term this week, we are setting the homework 'to have fun!' Please share on tapestry any experiences that you have while you are on your break such as: going to the park, having a picnic, baking, visiting the zoo, sharing stories. Also if you try out any of the mark making ideas from the stay and play this week, please be sure to post them on tapestry, it all adds to the bigger picture and helps us to know your child even better.
Have a great half term everyone!


This week we will be reading the story, The Three Little Pigs as many of the children have shown an interest in building.


We will sing the songs:


This little piggy


Ten fat sausages

This week we will read the story, Za Za's Baby Brother by Lucy Cousins as there are a few children in the Nursery who have had or will have siblings. We are pleased that we will be able to have some of our Mums in to talk to us about babies.
Our Nursery Rhymes will be:
Hush little baby don't you cry
Rock a bye baby 
5 little men in a flying saucer
This week we will read the story, The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister.
Our nursery rhymes are:



We will read the story, Aaaarrggh, Spider by Lydia Monks next week, as many of the children have been showing an interest in minibeasts.


Our Nursery Rhymes will be:


Incy Wincy Spider


Three Blind Mice



We will read the story, Walking Through the Jungle by Julie Lacome next week, which has repeated refrains and a rhyming text. It will lead to many different creative activities and we will be able to act it out in our movement session.


Our Nursery Rhymes will be:


Down in the jungle



Brush your teeth


Our first book of term will be, The Tiger Who Came for Tea by Judith Kerr. This is a favourite story as suggested by Joshua. This will be a good starting point to discuss healthy eating.


Our nursery rhymes will be:

Down in the Jungle



Brush Your Teeth


Have a restful Easter. We would love to see the things your child does over the holidays. You could share these activities via Tapestry.



Our last book of term will be, Guess How Much I Love You in The Spring by Sam McBratney. This is a lovely story that explores the changes in Spring.


Our nursery rhymes will be:


Five Little Speckled Frogs



It's Raining, It's Pouring

We have had another busy week in the Nursery. The children have loved joining in with Aaaarrgghh Spider! story and joined in with the repeated refrain, Aaaarrgghh Spider! Out you go! with great gusto. 
The minibeasts have been out this week and the children have looked carefully at the differences between them. They were very excited to find some real minibeasts in the outside area and brought them in to observe. While they have been in our outside area they have enjoyed exploring our new mini woodland walk in the mud kitchen that Mrs Hawkins has developed. 
The children have been using the pegs to hang up the socks in the role play kitchen. They have concentrated hard on this task and managed to do this with dexterity. 
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: