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Wooden Hill Primary and Nursery School

Wooden Hill Primary and Nursery School

Nursery News

Summer Term 2 - Week 3 - 23 June 2022

This Nursery children have been busy practising for their Sports Morning over the past few days. They have really enjoyed using the astro turf and taking part in races with their groups, we have some very sporty children in Squirrel Class! 

The children have also continued their theme on water, learning specifically about sea creatures. They have created some beautiful, light catching fish, which you may have noticed in the classroom windows. They have been finding out facts about sea creatures and listened to lots of stories.

In maths, the children watched Number Blocks ‘The Terrible Twos’ and have also been using positional language such as ‘on top’, ‘behind’ and ‘in front’.

Summer Term 2 - Week 2 - 15 June 2022

This week the children in Nursery have been busy practising for Sports Day! We have been so impressed with their behaviour in the main school playground and the way that they have taken part in the practise races. 

Our theme for the week has been ‘Under the Sea’, focusing on sea creatures and the story ‘Commotion in the Ocean’. They have explored ocean themed sensory trays and created some fantastic art working including fish had prints and ‘magic’ wax resist sea pictures. 

In maths, children watched number blocks ‘The whole of me’ and they have also been using positional language.

Summer Term 2 - Week 1 - 8 June 2022

What a wonderful first week back we have had in Nursery! The highlight of our week was taking part in the amazing Jubilee celebrations on Tuesday afternoon. The children were very excited to tell us how they had celebrated over the half term break and we have been extremely impressed with their knowledge. On Tuesday morning, some children had the chance to go and serve the adults at the High Tea in the school hall. During the afternoon, we joined the rest of the school on the playground and took part in games and enjoyed some tasty snacks. As you can see from the photos, the children had lots of fun and we were extremely impressed with how sensible they were. 

The children took part in lots of royal themed activities in the classroom, they made crowns and flags as well as playing 'Pin the Tail on the Corgi!'. They also played a fantastic game made by Mrs Findlay, which involved rolling a di and putting numbered jewels onto a crown picture. They listened to some stories including 'Peppa Meets the Queen', 'The Queen's Knickers', and 'The Birthday Crown' (changed to jubilee crown!).

Summer Term 1 - Week 6 - 25 May 2022

This week in Nursery, the children have been learning all about spiders! They have found out facts about them and listened to lots of spider-themed stories including ‘Spinderella’ and ‘Ahhh Spider’. They have been creating some fantastic spider-themed art work such as paper plate spiders and sparkly spider webs. 

Towards the end of the week, the children started to prepare for the Jubilee celebrations for after half term. They have been creating place mats for the tea party and bunting to decorate our classrooms. They have looked at pictures of the Royal Family and started to learn about the Queen’s jubilee and why it is being celebrated.

We have had another wonderful half term in Nursery and we are really proud of the way the newest members of our class are settling. We hope you all have an enjoyable, restful half term.

Summer Term - Week 5 - 18 May 2022

The children have taken part in Art Week this week. They have found out about the artist Piet Mondrian and created a portrait of Queen Elizabeth in his style. They used masking tape to make sections on their portraits and then painted the different sections in red and blue. They really enjoyed peeling off the masking tape and seeing the Mondrian style pictures that they had created. 

Linking with our topic on bugs, the children found out about bees this week and created some bee themed art work. During group time they have enjoyed making insect noises and talking about how they can care for living things. We have been very impressed with the way that some children have shown care and concern over creatures, such as woodlice, found in our Nursery garden!

In maths, the children have been counting from 1-5, we have practised counting objects by lining them up, pointing to the objects and saying number names in order. The children have also started to learn about 3D shapes by looking at boxes, tubs and tubes and speaking about their faces and edges.

Summer Term 1 - Week 4 - 11 May 2022

Our focus in Nursery this week has been the story ‘The Bad Tempered Ladybird’, they have spoken about the way the ladybird in the story felt and discussed their own emotions and things that they can do to be kind to others. They have also learnt about the life cycle of a ladybird and made ladybird and minibeast themed paintings. The children have also been observing change closely, during key group time, we cut up some fruits and left pieces near the window, some children predicted that the fruit would ‘turn black’ and ‘go rotten’. The children have been very interested to see how the fruit has been changing each day.

The older children have begun to learn some letter sounds this week during our phonics sessions. They have been practising the sounds m,a,s,d and t. Our maths focus has been the number 5.

Summer Term 1 - Week 3 - 4th May 2022

This week in Nursery, the children have continued their learning around the Very Hungry Caterpillar. They have worked on their fine motor skills by threading pasta onto pipe cleaners to make their own ‘Hungry Caterpillars’. They have also listened to other minibeast themed stories including ‘A Good Place’ by Lucy Cousins and ‘The Wooly Bear Caterpillar’ by Julia Donaldson.

Our maths focus this week has been the number 5. In welcome time, the children have continued to talk about the sounds that they can hear in their names, and in the days of the week. Next week we will begin some phonics sessions with our older children and will be focussing on the sounds m, a, s and d. 

Summer Term 1 - Week 2 - 27th April 2022

This week in Nursery the children have listened to the story ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’. They have explored pretend bugs using magnifying glasses and tried to spot pictures of them in books. They have been creating butterfly pictures using collage and have also made symmetrical painted pictures. During key groups time, we have sang songs about caterpillars and butterflies and moved in different ways to show the life cycle of a butterfly. 

We welcomed some new children to Nursery this week and have been very impressed with the way in which the older children have helped them, showed them around and made them feel welcome.

Spring Term 2 - Week 6 - 30th March 2022

The children in Nursery have had a wonderful week in the lead up to the Easter Holidays. They have made bunny rabbit ears, chicks with feathers and done Easter themed printing. They have also worked on their fine motor skills by putting playdough into hollow eggs, using tweezers to pick up eggs and pompoms and by spreading shaving foam onto bricks to stick them together. 

On Wednesday morning, the children had some special visitors when Mrs Jones brought in her pet chickens. The children got the chance to stroke and feed the chickens and look at their eggs. We were very impressed with how careful and gentle they all were. They spoke about and learnt that chickens are covered in feathers, lay eggs and eat corn. Some of the children in Red group asked about the ‘red bit’ on the chicken’s head and found out it is called a comb!

We have been listening to stories about chickens this week, including ‘The Little Red Hen’ and ‘Chicken Licken’. They have also looked at lots of non fiction books about chickens and other farm animals.


Spring Term 2 - Week 5 - 23rd March 2022

In Nursery this week the children had lots of fun going on a shape walk in the school playground. They were looking at different shapes in the environment and looking for straight and curved edges. Some children also used the vocabulary ‘wiggly’ and ‘flat’ to describe what they saw. They noticed that the edges of the fences were ‘straight’, the shapes on the playground floor were made up of ‘curved’ lines that went ‘round and round’ and they also found some ‘spiky’ shapes inside the sun shelter. Following this, they used different shapes and stuck them together to make bear faces and use arrangements of 2D shapes to represent objects.

In key group time, the children have enjoyed reading lots of different bear themed stories, spoken about the special things that their family members do for them and spoken about similarities and differences between themselves and other children.

Spring Term 2 - Week 4 - 16th March 2022

We have taken part in Science Week in Nursery this week and the children have been investigating growth and change. At the start of the week, they planted cress in key groups. They have taken responsibility of watering their plants and have observed them throughout the week. As well as this, the children took part in a Spring themed nature walk on Tuesday, they observed signs of Spring such as grass growing, buds on trees and lots of daffodils! They also helped to make porridge, they took turns to add oats, pour in water and stir the mixture. They observed how the porridge changed as it heated and then cooled down. Lots of them enjoyed tasting the porridge too! 

The children have also enjoyed listening to more bear themed stories, including Peace at Last. Our maths focus this week was the number 3.

Spring Term 2 - Week 3 - 10th March 2022

The Nursery children have loved exploring our themed trays this week and we have really enjoyed watching them using their imagination and learning through their play. Inside, we have had a ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’ themed tray and children have been sorting bears by colour and size and making bear families. They have developed their fine motor skills through scooping, pouring and mark making and used their imagination by making porridge for each other. Outside, was the ‘Whatever Next’ themed tray, children enjoyed playing with the characters and looking at the pebbles, filling containers. 

We have continued to learn about the number 2 this week. Children have been playing pairs games and finding 2 of the same, counting to 2, looking for the number in the environment and printing with the number 2.

Spring Term 2 - Week 2 - 2nd March 2022

We have been very busy in Nursery this week celebrating both Shrove Tuesday and World Book Day! On Tuesday, the children listened to stories about pancakes (Mr Wolf’s Pancakes) and took part in pancake races in our Nursery Garden, some children tried very hard to toss and catch the pancakes and had lots of fun doing this. On Wednesday morning during group time, we listened to our friends, and shared how we had enjoyed eating our pancakes.

The children have taken part in Book themed activities throughout the week. The theme has been ‘Stories from around the World’ and in key groups, children heard and acted out ‘Handa’s Surprise’, ‘We’re Going on a Lion Hunt’ and The ‘Ghanian Goldilocks’. They have spoken about their favourite stories, coloured in favourite book characters and even made them into puppets. They learnt about bookmarks and how they are used and they had a chance to make their own book mark characters from lolly sticks. As well as this we watched a lot of story videos on the World Book day website. Of course, the highlight of the week was seeing all of the children in their amazing costumes on Thursday! 

Our maths focus this week was the number 2 and really understanding this number. The children watched the Number Blocks episode ‘Another One’ and learnt about two as one, and another one. They learnt the rhyme ‘Me and you makes two’. During group times they fetched two objects that were the same from around the classroom and learnt about these as one and another one.

Spring Term 2 - Week 1 - 23rd February 2022

We have had a very exciting start to the term in Nursery hunting for bears! The children greatly enjoyed listening to the story “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ and joined in with the words and actions. The children have greatly enjoyed acting out the story using the small world figures in the bear hunt themed tuff tray and acting it out themselves in the playground. They climbed in and out of the tyres pretending it was ‘squelchy mud’ and used the climbing frame as the ‘deep, dark cave’. Some children have even drawn pictures showing the places that the family from the story walked on their bear hunt.

The children have also been decorating bears and completed bear pencil control activities. Our home corner has been transformed into ‘The Three Bears Cottage’.

Our maths focus this week has been the number 1 and children have been busy finding ‘1’ in the environment and forming the number one. As a class, they also watched the first Number blocks episode, which can be found on CBeebies.

Spring Term 1 - Week 6 - 9th February 2022

During the final week of the term, the children have been exploring musical instruments. They enjoyed looking at different types of instruments and how to play them. They then tried to make loud and quiet sounds and play the instruments quickly and slowly. The children also had the opportunity to build snowmen from a cornflour mixture, they developed their fine motor skills by patting, rolling and squeezing the mixture and then decorated their snowmen. They also enjoyed painted characters from ‘Frozen’, they looked and pictures and figures and thought carefully about which colours to use. 

Our maths focus this week has been counting, and the children were encouraged to line objects up and say the number names as they counted. During story time this week, the children enjoyed choosing stories from our reading areas to listen to. 

We have had a lovely half term in Nursery, we have been very proud of the way the new children have settled, that the way that they older children have welcomed them. We look forward to seeing the children after a well earned half term.

Spring Term 1 - Week 5 - 2nd February 2022

Our focus in Nursery this week has been capacity. In key group times and during child initiated learning time, the children have been exploring sand, rice and water. They have filled containers and used the vocabulary full, empty and half full. They have also poured water and rice between containers, to find out which can hold most. Other activities have included making marks in flour, a numeral treasure hunt and junk modelling.

They also found out about Chinese New Year on Tuesday, they watched some CBBC clips on how it is celebrated and listened to a story about the animals of the zodiac. From this they completed activities included making lanterns and tiger masks. Some children also chose to draw and colour pictures of the animals from the Chinese zodiac. 

The stories that children have listened to this week are ‘A Dark, Dark Tale’, ‘Avocado Baby’ and ‘Five Minutes Peace’.

Spring Term 1 - Week 4 - 26th January 2021

This week we have been very lucky to have a brand new mud kitchen in our Nursery garden, this was kindly made by Mrs Bhatti who has also sourced new utensils and pots and pans for the children to use. The children have greatly enjoyed gardening to get the area ready and have also had lots of fun role playing and working together in the new kitchen.

The children have been making snow globes, they really enjoyed shaking them and watching the ‘snow’ whirl around in the bottles. They have also explored painting with colourful ice, and observed what happened as the ice started to melt on their paper. They noticed that they could make lots of new colours by mixing the paint. 

The children have continued to explore weight this week, and they have compared heavy and light items. They have also had lots of fun counting actions such as claps, steps, pats and spins and began to understand that you don’t need to see something to count it. 

The stories that we have read in group times this week are ‘Stick Man’, ‘The Snail and the Whale’ and ‘There was and Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly’. The Children in green group have read ‘Where’s Spot’ and ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’.

Spring Term 1 - Week 3 - 19th January 2021

This week in Nursery, the children have had lots of fun investigating ice. On Monday morning, we discovered some frozen ‘Dinosaur eggs’ in the garden. This prompted lots of discussion about where they had come from and how we could break them. The children came up with lots of ideas such as throwing them on the floor, using the tools from our tool box, and putting them in warm water. They said the frozen eggs felt slippery, cold and freezing. We placed them in different places within the setting and observed the changes, as the ice melted. The children also chose toys to put into water and then into the freezer and predicted that the water would freeze. We also put salt onto the ice and watched what happened, as the ice began to crack and made ‘crackling’ sounds. During key group time, we have discussed the dangers of ice and keeping safe. 

Our roleplay area has been transformed into ‘Elsa’s Palace’ and the children have enjoyed playing with the Frozen characters, dressing up and acting. They have been colouring ‘Frozen’ picture too. One child said excitedly, “It is like Frozen Day today!”

Our texts this week have been ‘Where the Wild Things Are’, ‘They all Saw a Cat’ and ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’. The younger children in Green Group have also read ‘Dear Zoo’ and ‘Rosie’s Walk’. The maths focus of the week was weight, children have been comparing objects and using vocabulary: heavy, light and balance.

Spring Term 1 - Week 2 - 12th January 2021

This week in Nursery the  children have continued to learn all about winter. They particularly enjoyed going into the main school playground and observing signs of winter. They spotted bare trees, holly and the grey and cloudy sky. They also spoke about needing to wear warm clothing when the weather is cold. They have had the opportunity to make ‘snowy footprint’ pictures and play with ‘snow’ made from flour which they enjoyed sprinkling with sieves. 

The children have been using the vocabulary ‘taller’ and ‘shorter’ in key group times, they have compared how tall they are and built towers using multilink, this is something that lots of children continued to do during their child initiated learning.

The books that we have listened to this week are ‘There’s a Monster in my Book’, ‘Spinderella’ and Peace at Last’.

Spring Term 1 - Week 1 - 4th January 2021

This week, the children have returned from their Christmas break full of enthusiasm and excited to see their friends and teachers. We have really enjoyed welcoming some new children to our setting. The older children have been thinking about how they can welcome the younger children and have come up with ideas including: showing them where things are, sharing toys, smiling, waving and showing them how to use their listening ears and looking eyes.

Our Topic for this half-term is ‘Frozen’ and children will be focussing on the season of winter. This week, they have enjoyed looking at winter themed sensory bottles in the exploration area, looking at some wintery stories and making collages using wintery coloured materials, foil, cotton wool and glitter. On Wednesday, we spoke about the cold, frosty weather and enjoyed taking part in an obstacle course in the Nursery garden.

Autumn Term 2 – Week 7 – 15th December 2021

The highlight of our week was going to the school hall to join Reception for the Early Years Nativity. We were so proud of the way the children sensibly walked through the school and joined in with singing. We hope you enjoy watching the film! 

The children have been busy doing lots of Christmas themed crafts and listening to Christmas stories. They have been playing games to work on their listening and understanding skills, such as Kim’s game and joining in with action stories.

Autumn Term 2 – Week 6 – 7th December 2021

Christmas has really arrived this week in Nursery! On Monday, the children really enjoyed helping to decorate Squirrel classroom, they used tinsel, baubles and lights and this sparked lots of discussion about decorations and traditions that they have at home. They were also very excited to explore our new role play area – ‘The Elves’ Workshop’, and have been busy wrapping presents ready for Christmas. The children have continued to tell us about their advent calendars and elves and really enjoyed opening our class advent calendar. We have also been busy doing lots of Christmas crafts and preparing for the EYFS Nativity. 

The Jolly Postman visited the Wolf at Red Riding Hood’s Cottage this week, and the children have been listening to some wolf themed stories such as Little Red Riding Hood and Mr Wolf and the Three Bears during their key group times.

Autumn Term 2 – Week 5 – 29th November 2021

This week in Nursery, the Jolly Postman visited Cinderella at ‘The Palace’. The children have enjoyed listening to the story of Cinderella and completing themed colouring and fine motor skills activities. They have also been decorating Cinderella’s dress. 

We have begun to prepare for the Early Years Christmas Performance, learning songs and decorating star headbands, which the children are really looking forward to wearing. In key group time, we have discussed advent and what children have been doing to countdown at Christmas at home, some children were very excited to tell us about their calendars and what their elves had been up to!

The children have also been focussing on comparing quantities, and matching number to quantities.

Autumn Term 2 – Week 4 – 22nd November 2021

This week the children have listened to different versions of the traditional tale ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ and linked this to the story of ‘The Jolly Postman’. They also listened to an alternate version ‘Jim and the Beanstalk’, as well as planting beans and predicting what will happen.

They collected autumnal resources and were very excited to go into the big playground for this! They then had the opportunity to be creative and use natural autumn resources to make a textured collage and also make their own beanstalk pictures. 

During key group times, the children have played turn taking games and compared quantities of objects using the language more and fewer.

Autumn 2 – Week 3 – 15th November 2021

Over the past week, the children continued their learning from last week on ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’ by sequencing pictures from the story. They have also continued to listen to the story of ‘The Jolly Postman’ and  and other children’s stories including ‘Meg and Mog’, ‘Hansel and Gretel’ and ‘Room on the Broom’. 

This week was ‘Anti-bullying week’ so the children listened to stories about friendship and spoke about what makes a good friend. On Friday, for Children in Need, they learnt about the meaning of the event, why they weren’t wearing school uniforms and decorated ‘Pudsey Bear’ pictures.

During key groups, children learnt to count actions such a claps and jumps, subitise up to 3 and follow simple instructions.

Autumn Term 2 Week 2 – 8th November 2021

This week in Nursery, the children have been listening to the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. They have been listening to different versions of the story and using bears, dolls and the doll’s house to retell the story. During key group time, they have used positional language with the bear figures and the doll’s house and counted bears.

We have also been talking lots about the season of Autumn. We started the week by talking about changes and observing changes in our playground, looking carefully at the leaves on the ground and talking about the weather. The children also created autumn leaf print pictures using autumnal colours.

Autumn Term 2 Week 1 – 1st November 2021

The children started the week by sharing their half-term news, they were very excited to tell their teachers what they had been up to during their week and all about Halloween. The children also watched some clips of people celebrating Diwali and enjoyed lots of Diwali themed activities which included lots of colour and sound. 

Over the next few weeks, the children’s learning will be focussed on the story ‘The Jolly Postman.’ This week they were introduced to the story and enjoyed listening to it during key group times, finding out about and discussing the characters.

Autumn Term 1 Week 8 – 20th October 2021

It has been a brilliant term in Nursery, and the children have all achieved so much. In our final week of term, we continued to find out about dinosaurs. 

The children listened to lots of dinosaur stories, sang songs and did arts and crafts. They also played with dinosaur themed slime which was very sticky and slimy! 

The children also completed ‘Proud clouds’ with their key workers and spoke about what they like most about Nursery. They said they enjoy riding on the bikes outside, playing in the water tray, and colouring dinosaurs! 

This week we also listened to some stories and did some crafts to celebrate ‘Black History Month’. 

The children particularly enjoyed the story “The Mega Magic Hair Swap” by Rochelle Humes and this sparked some great discussion about similarities between them and their friends.

Autumn Term 1 Week 7 – 13th October 2021

This week in Nursery the children have been learning all about dinosaurs. We have been so impressed with the children’s knowledge! We started off the week by looking at toy dinosaurs and non-fiction books during key group time. Ralph told us all about the moving T-rex he saw at a museum and Scarlett explained how “a big, massive rock fell out of the sky and it landed on the Earth and killed all the dinosaurs.” 

The children have been making model dinosaurs from junk, trying hard to join boxes together and thinking carefully about which pieces to use for different body parts such as heads and tails. They have also been playing with the dinosaurs in the role play area and got messy with the dinosaurs in slime! We have sung lots of dinosaur songs including “10 little dinosaurs”.

We have also introduced the character ‘Tough Tortoise’, he always keeps trying and never gives up. Firstly, the children watched the story ‘The Hare and the Tortoise’, then we tried some activities in which the children needed to be tough tortoises, such as throwing beanbags in pots. During group times, the children have thought about times when they were ‘Tough tortoises’. Here are their ideas: Doing up buttons by themselves, trying hard to open straws at snack time, finding trays by themselves and batting balls.

Autumn Term 1 Week 6 – 5th October 2021

The children in Nursery have been continuing to learn about themselves – linked to their senses. Over the past week, the theme has been ‘looking’. 

During group times, the children have been making careful observations – playing eye spy, Kim’s game and making simple repeating patterns using colour. The children have been looking very carefully at colour, exploring how colour changes when it is mixed. To do this, they have painted in the Nursery garden, made handprints, and symmetrical pictures using paint. They have also been using the magnifying glasses to look at natural resources such as pinecones up close.

Autumn Term 1 Week 5 – 27th September 2021

This week in Nursery, the children have continued to learn about their senses, focussing on the sense ‘touch’ 

The children have been busy making collages using different materials and talking about texture. During groups times, we have been looking at the ‘That’s not my…’ books and feeling the different pictures inside them – using words such as rough, soft, fluffy and prickly to describe texture. They also experimented with counting objects and tried to see how many they could pick up using one hand. The children have also used paint to make handprints and we have spoken about the importance of washing hands. During their child initiated learning, children have been exploring different textures.

Autumn Term 1 Week 4 – 20th September 2021

It has been another very busy week in Nursery and the children have been working on ‘listening.’ 

They have been trying very hard to use ‘listening ears’ and ‘looking eyes’. This has involved singing lots of songs and playing musical statues, going on a sound walk and copying sounds such as clapping, tapping, knocking and stamping. They also had the opportunity to make shakers and explore the sounds that they made. We have been using the vocabulary loud, quiet, fast, slow and gentle. 

Here are some photos of the children enjoying their child initiated learning.

Autumn Term 1 Week 3 – 13th September 2021

We have had a very busy and exciting week this week as all of the children have been in Nursery. The older children have been wonderful helpers, showing the younger children how to do things such as play with the resources and tidy them away. The younger children are all settling in well and have been enjoying exploring the setting. 

Our theme of the week has been ‘Families’, the children have been listening to stories and telling us about their own families. We have really enjoyed looking at their photos and hearing about their family members. As our Nursery class is called ‘squirrels’ they have also been busy making squirrels in our creative area.

Next week, our theme will be ‘Listening’.

Autumn Term 1 Week 2 - 5th September 2021

We would like to say Welcome back or Welcome to all of the Nursery children and their families.

We have had lots of new children visiting during this week and we look forward to them starting properly from Monday. We have been very proud of how helpful and friendly the older children have been in helping them to settle in.

It has been lovely to see the children and we are enjoying hearing their holiday news. They are all very pleased to be back at school. 

Throughout the week, the children have been creating some beautiful self-portraits. They have been looking in mirrors to check the colour of their eyes and hair and they have looked carefully at their features. Their paintings will be displayed in the School hall and in the Nursery classroom.

Our theme this half term is Ourselves. Next week, we are going to be talking about our families.