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Wooden Hill Primary and Nursery School

Wooden Hill Primary and Nursery School

Nursery News

Summer Term - Week 7 - 12 June 2020

In Nursery, our new theme is Water and The Sea.

We have been reading Commotion in the Ocean and Sharing a Shell.

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  • Zac has been thinking about the different ways that we use water, such as to fill the paddling pool.
  • Hannah has been making rainmakers.
  • Freya and Hannah have been finding out about WaterAid and the different uses of water.
  • Zack has been experimenting with putting toys in bowls of water to test if they float or sink.
  • Jesse and Jude have been making jelly.

This week, some of the children in Squirrel class have come back to school. We have even had some new children join Nursery. Everyone settled in well and we have enjoyed discovering how the Nursery can be very different, but still a lot of fun. We are looking forward to more children joining us next week.

Summer Term - Week 5 - 22 May 2020

In Nursery, we have been continuing our theme of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and other bugs.

The focus this week has been on the story of Aaaarrgghh! Spider by Lydia Monks.

The children have been enjoying sharing this story and other stories about bugs.

They have been creating some wonderful craft.

Bethany, Freya, Zach and Zac have been working hard to develop their fine motor skills.

Hannah, Freya and Ollie have played family games to find objects beginning with the sounds that we have been learning.

George is very proud of himself because he can ride his bike without stabilisers.

Well done to all of the children in Squirrel class. You are working so hard!

Summer Term - Week 3 - 8 May 2020


In Nursery, we have been continuing our theme of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and other bugs.

The focus this week has been on the story of The Bad Tempered Ladybird by Eric Carle.

The children have enjoyed sharing the story with their families, joining in with the repeated words and retelling the story.

They have been very creative and have been making ladybirds from tubes, paper, playdough and boxes.

Zach has enjoyed making a wildlife pond in his garden and many children have been searching for bugs and wildlife. Teddy found a bee and a caterpillar and Hannah found a tiny frog.

Lots of children have been enjoying the phonics and have been trying to learn the different sounds. Hannah and Freya turned their phonics into a film evening, and ate their pizza while they watched the lesson. Mia-Rose has been practicing the a and m sounds.

Many children have been developing their pencil control and having a go at writing their name. Arabella has been practicing her spelling and writing. Henry has been writing his name. Ollie C has been carefully completing dot to dot pictures. Hannah is persevering to write her name in lower case letters and Niranjan has been copying over dotted letters. 

The children have been developing their motor skills in lots of other ways too. Ollie C has been drawing letters in a tray of lentils. Isla has been doing puzzles. Grey has been modelling with playdough. Zach has been colouring. Zachary has been writing in flour and Hannah has built an amazing tower.

There has been lots of baking and cooking going on. Hannah helped to make lasagna and a huge rainbow cake. Arabella, Freya, Mia, Jesse and Jude have been baking. Grey and Zac have made rice crispy nests. 

Jesse, Jude and Zachary have all learned to ride their bikes without stabilisers. Well done!

Summer Term - Week 1 - 20 April 2020

This week, the children in Nursery have begun a theme of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and other bugs.

The focus this week has been on the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. Hannah and Freya have been busy sequencing the story with pictures and Mason has been re-telling the story to his family.

The children have been learning all about how caterpillars change as they grow and then turn into butterflies. They have been looking at the patterns on butterfly’s wings. Douggie has been creating symmetrical pictures with paint. 

The children have also been busy developing their mark making. Zachary and Teddy have been working on their pencil control.

Many of the children have been enjoying the lovely warm weather outside. Charlie has been searching for bugs, Jesse, Jude, Zack and Noah have been for walks with their families and Grey has been playing in his sandpit.

There has been lots of delicious cooking going on too. Hannah and Freya have made all sorts of Hungry Caterpillar food, including fruit kebabs and jam caterpillar balls. Zach has made flapjacks, cookies and cakes.

Week 20 - Thursday 6 February

This week, we have continued exploring ice and melting. The children have been investigating ice in the water tray and trying to get objects out of ice blocks.

We have also been talking about size. We have been using vocabulary such as small, tall, bigger, smaller and long to compare objects.

In Phonics, we have been listening to sounds made by instruments and described sounds as quiet, loud, fast and slow.

We have read winter themed stories and during afternoon story choice, we have shared I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato, Bumpus Jumpus, Dinosaurumpus, Pig in the Pond and Oi Frog.

Mrs. Millman and Mrs. Saraff

Week 17 - Thursday 16 January

This week, we have been talking about the seasons and what the children know about them. We have introduced our theme of Winter and been on a winter walk.

We have been using positional language and played games using the vocabulary on top, under, behind, in front and next to.

We have also been developing turn taking and sharing skills.

The children are continuing to settle well and have adapted extremely well to the new routines.

Mrs. Millman and Mrs. Saraff

Week 16 - Thursday 9 January

We would like to wish you all a Happy New Year and to thank you for all of the kind gifts, cards and messages that we received before Christmas.

Nursery has been very busy this week, with many new children joining us. It is lovely to see the children coming back after the break and they are all settling in well.

Our theme this half term is Frozen and Winter. Please see the Curriculum and Home learning section in the Nursery area of the website for more information. We will be learning about freezing and melting, weather and seasons and keeping warm.

Mrs. Millman and Mrs. Saraff

Week 13 - Thursday 5 December

This week the children have enjoyed writing their letters to Father Christmas. 

We have been busy learning our songs for the Christmas Play ‘The Sleepy Shepherd’ and we enjoyed going over to ‘big’ school to rehearse with the Reception children.

The Jolly Postman is visiting Cinderella, so we are sharing fairy stories about Princesses and using the storylines in play.

We have also made reindeer food, which will be on sale at the Fundraising afternoon on Friday 6thDecember. We hope to see you there.

Mrs. Millman and Mrs. Saraff

Week 12 - Thursday 28 November

The children thoroughly enjoyed Aria’s Mum coming into Nursey on Monday to help us make decorations for the Christmas Fundraiser. The decorations will be on sale next week in Nursery and they will cost £1 each. Many of the children have made two. Please help us raise money for the school and buy your child’s decoration. They will be lovely to keep and get out each year. We will also be having a stall at the fundraiser on Friday 6 December. 

This week, the Jolly Postman has visited the Giant. We are reading different versions of Jack and the Beanstalk and the story Jim and the Beanstalk.

We are also busy learning the songs for the team performances of The Sleepy Shepherd. Please remember to bring your costumes to Nursery by 4 December.

Mrs. Millman and Mrs. Saraff

Week 11 - Thursday 21 November

Last Friday, we supported Children in Need in Nursery. Thank you to everyone who donated money to wear non-uniform clothes. We raised over £44.

This week, we have been talking about Autumn and looking at the changes in nature that are happening outside. We have been on Autumn walks and have collected leaves to use in collage.

The Jolly Postman visited a witch and we have been reading stories featuring witches. We have shared Room on the Broom, Meg and Mog and Hansel and Gretel. 

We have also been developing our skills to share and take turns by playing games with our key groups.

Mrs. Millman and Mrs. Saraff

Week 10 - Thursday 14 November

This half term, our theme is set around the book The Jolly Postman by Janet and Allan Ahlberg. We will be looking at the different characters in the book and reading traditional tales.

This week, we have been reading different versions of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. We have also been looking for Nursery rhyme characters in The Jolly Postman and singing the matching rhymes.

We have also been playing games to develop shape recognition and have been talking about the properties and features of basis 2D shapes.

On Friday, we will be giving our support to Children in Need and raising money by collecting donations to wear non-uniform clothes. Thank you in advance for your donations and support.

Mrs. Millman and Mrs. Saraff

Week 6 - Thursday 10 October

This week, we have been talking about eyes and our sense of sight. We have discussed our Nursery rule of looking when listening.

We have enjoyed playing games that use our sense of sight, such as I-spy and hide and seek.

The children have explored colours with paints and have enjoyed mixing two colours with their hands.

We have shared books and stories such as Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see? and traditional tales.

For the next two weeks, our theme will be Dinosaurs. We know that lots of the children are fascinated by dinosaurs and we look forward to hearing some interesting facts and learning through dinosaur related activities.

Mrs. Millman and Mrs. Saraff

Week 5 - Thursday 3 October

This week, we have been talking about hands and our sense of touch. We have discussed the importance of washing our hands.

Many of the children have enjoyed exploring drawing and writing in shaving foam and using their hands to explore different textures.

We have used our fingers to count and add actions to songs such as Toby Tall is up, Twinkle-Twinkle, Five Currant Buns and Five Little Ducks.

We have shared books and stories with textured pictures, such as That’s not my Pirate.

Next week, we will be learning about eyes, our sense of sight and our Nursery rule of using our eyes to look at the teacher or adult who is speaking.

We would like to take this opportunity to remind you to name clothes and footwear belonging to your children. 

Mrs Millman and Mrs Saraff

Week 4 - Thursday 26 September

This week, we have been talking about our sense of hearing and the importance of listening.

The children have been making cup and string telephones and have enjoyed talking and listening to each other.

We have talked about listening carefully to stories and the children have listened to stories including Dear Zoo, The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Gruffalo.

At the beginning of the week, the garden in Nursery was covered in some huge puddles. We had a wonderful time splashing and playing in the water. We would like to remind you that children do need coats and wellington boots to go outside in the wet weather. They also need changes of clothes for accidents and when they get wet outside.

Next week, we will be learning about hands and our sense of touch.

Mrs. Millman and Mrs. Saraff

Week 3 - Thursday 19 September

This week, we have been talking about our families. We have counted how many people are in our families and compared numbers by talking about more or less.

We very much enjoyed your family photographs. Thank you for sharing them with us.

We have been listening to Julia Donaldson rhyming stories.

Next week, we will be learning about ears and our sense of hearing and listening. 

Mrs. Millman and Mrs. Saraff

Week 2 - Thursday 12 September

The children are all settling in very well to the routines of the Nursery day. They are learning to share toys and take turns.

Next week, as part of our theme of ourselves, we will be talking about our families. 

On Wednesday (18thSeptember) in our group time, we would like to look at pictures of families. Please send a family photograph in to school with your child on Wednesday. 

If your child does not attend Nursery on Wednesday, they may bring a photograph on another day and share it with their group.

It would be lovely if we could borrow the pictures to display in Nursery. If you would rather that we did not display your family photograph, please let a member of staff know.

We look forward to seeing your pictures and learning about your families.

Mrs. Millmanand Mrs. Saraff