Thursday, 17 December 2020

Advent and Christmas

The children have enjoyed two weeks of ‘Festive fun’!

Firstly, they learned about getting ready for Christmas during Advent. They worked together to make Advent wreaths.

Creating our Nativity scenes 

We have enjoyed lots of Christmas activities. We have made cards, cup lid decorations, calendars and beautiful angels using lots of sequins and glitter! The children also enjoyed making some chocolate krispie Christmas puddings.

The children worked very hard practicing the songs for their performance of “The Nativity Tableau”. We hope you all enjoyed the performance. Thank you for your comments on Tapestry. 

There was much excitement today for the Christmas Party. Everyone enjoyed party snacks, craft activities, games and a surprise visit from Father Christmas who gave a present to each child and remarked how well behaved they all were. 

Please do post a WOW moment on Tapestry during the Christmas holidays. We would like to hear all about your Christmas celebrations.

We wish all the nursery children and their families a very Happy Christmas and best wishes for a happy and healthy 2021.
Mrs Corcoran and the Nursery team.

Friday, 27 November 2020

World Nursery Rhyme Week

Last week was World Nursery Rhyme Week.  The initiative, which was launched in 2013, promotes the importance of nursery rhymes in early childhood development and education with a particular focus on how nursery rhymes boost early language and literacy skills. We enjoyed a nursery rhyme each day and our activities throughout the week were linked to nursery rhymes.  One particular favourite was ‘The Wheels on the bus go round and round’. We created a bus outside with the ‘crates’ and a wooden steering wheel.  Inside we each created a bus and added our own passengers!  



In RE we started a new topic on Birthdays. We held a little party to celebrate Bumble's birthday, enjoying some party games and a piece of cake. Bumble celebrated his birthday on the same day as Laurie, who also turned 4!  A double celebration. Our role play area has seen lots of visitors as it is now the place to have a party with your friends. 


In addition, we talked about bullying with the Nursery children as part of Anti-bullying week.  The week began with odd sock Monday and we used this to explain to the children that  odd socks help us to show that we’re all unique, different and we don’t all have to match one another. It’s ok for us all to be different. 

We watched  this story from Topsy and Tim When Topsy and Tim discover that their friend Stevie is being bullied they try to find the best way to help him at school.  


This week, the children have been learning about 2d shapes.  They have been arranging 2d shapes on the carpet to create their own individual patterns and pictures.  They have been spotting shapes in the environment too! 

We have made some decorations for the school Christmas tree.  Today, we visited the hall and added 6 decorations to the tree.  We admired the decorations created by other classes across the school. 


We have been practising ‘Our First Nativity” and choosing the part we would like to play in preparation for our virtual performance -details coming soon!  


Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Corcoran 



Saturday, 14 November 2020

Fireworks, Diwali and Remembrance

We talked about fireworks and shared experiences of fireworks that we had seen (and heard!). We made some lovely firework pictures and created a mobile.  The fireworks move in the hot air above one of the heaters and the children have been mesmerised as they move around. 


This week the children have been learning about similarities and differences between different cultures and beliefs by learning about the Hindu festival of Diwali.  We have created Rangoli patterns and Diya lamps and heard the traditional story of Rama and Sita. We tried some new foods, poppadum’s, garlic and coriander naan and chapatti bread.  Individual photos will be posted in  your child’s Tapestry journal. 



On the 11th November we talked about why lots of people wear poppies. We took part in some different activities to make our own poppies and had a special time (2 minutes silence at 11am) in nursery when we said thank you to God for all the brave men and women during times of war.  


It has been a busy start to our term.  I thought you might like to see some pictures of the children in Forest School. 

Next week, we will be taking part in  World Nursery Rhyme week practising some well-known rhymes and learning some new ones. 


Have a  lovely weekend.

Amanda Corcoran and the Nursery team.