Our aim in Nursery is to provide a happy, safe and stimulating environment, which makes all children feel secure and valued. Nursery is an important first step for you and your child towards school. We look forward to meeting you and getting to know you.
The work in the Nursery is in partnership with the parents, building on the important first steps to learning that your child has already made with you. We appreciate that you know your child best and encourage you to share with us anything that you feel is important about them.There may be times when problems arise that concern your child, please feel free to talk to us about this, any information you share with us will be treated as strictly confidential.
Summer Term 2015-April
Welcome back! We hope you all had a lovely Easter holiday! We are looking forward to a busy and exciting term ahead with lots of interesting tasks and activities.
This half term we will be investigating the topic "Growth and Changes." We will be exploring life cycles, such as frogs and caterpillars and will be learning about seeds and things flowers need to help them grow. We will also be learning about animals and their babies.
Week 5 - 18.05.15
This week we have been busy continuing learning about beans and growth. We have explored measuring using different things to help us and we measured beanstalks using multi-link cubes. We developed our mathematical vocabularly and used words like "big" and "bigger" to describe the beanstalks. When we went to the woods last week we found lots of ladybirds and one of the children brought a very funny book in called "The Bad-Tempered Ladybird." We read this together on the carpet and later we painted some pictures of ladybirds, using photographs to help us. We also talked about what beans need to grow and we compared runner beans and broad beans.
Some of us enjoyed exploring the cornflour in the builders tray and used new words to describe the texture. We thought of great words like, "Gloopy," "Gooey," and "Slimey!"
We also enjoyed another whole class trip to the school library. We go here every week to choose a new book to take home and share with our family. We have all learnt that we have to walk through the school very quietly and slowly as there are lots of other children concentrating on their work. Lots of people within the school have commented on how nicely we behave and sit in the Library.
Have a great half term and we look forward to seeing you all back in Nursery on Tuesday 2nd June.
Week 4 - 11.05.15
Another busy week at the Nursery! We read the story of Jack and the Beanstalk as we are continuing learning about growth and change. We have enjoyed using the interactive whiteboard this week with Miss Merrett's new and special pointy stick! We had to move the ladybirds onto the correct leaf depending on how many spots they had. We are getting really clever at recognising numerals 1 to 5 and a lot of us are starting to recognise bigger numbers now too!
We also had "Stay and Play!" again this week and lots of parents stayed and came for a walk with us into the woods. We tooks lots of things with us to explore like magnifying glasses, clipboards and pencils and books about wildlife. We saw a lot of interesting things like ladybirds, bird nests, spider webs, worms, bluebells and buttercups. We all really enjoyed our walk in the woods and it was great for some of the parents to come with us also.
Week 4 - 04.05.15
This week has gone very quickly here at Bluebell Nursery as we have been so busy learning through play, exploration and investigation! We have continued to explore the life cycle of a frog and we carried out a sticking activity where we needed to put the pictures in the correct order. Some of us thought the frogspawn looked a bit like eyes and somebody even said a froglet looked similar to a lizard which is a great way to describe it!
We have also been practising representing numerals using number cards and whiteboards to help us.
We decorated yummy cakes to make them look like frogs. We thought marshmallows are good to use as froggy eyes as they are nice and big! We learnt that frogs have big eyes so they can see their food when it moves!
Week 3 - 27.04.15
It has been another exciting week in the Nursery! Lots of us have been playing outside this week and we have been exploring den building. We had to work has a team and collaborated together in order to build the den. We also had to demonstrate resilience as it did not work the first time we tried so we had to try, try, try!!! We showed great pride in our finished den! Collaboration, Resilience and pride are three of our school's golden behaviours for learning!
Mrs Holland has kindly brought us some tadpoles to look after as we are learning about Growing and Changing. We looked at the tadpoles carefully and painted pictures of them this week. We were also very busy making paper plate frogs...Take a look at our wonderful work!
The Mud Kitchen!
We are really enjoying exploring the mud kitchen at the moment! Investigating the mud kitchen helps us to learn in many ways...
It develops our personal, social and emotional development as it enables us to make relationships with our friends through initiating play and responding to the things that others are doing. We develop our self confidence and self awareness by selecting resources we need and we gain confidence to speak to others about our own ideas. We also learn to manage our feelings and behaviour and have a clear understanding of the rules of the mud kitchen!
We gain communication and language skills by listening to others and maintaining attention on various activities. We learn responses to, and understand "how" and "why" questions and develop our speaking skills through role-play and communicating ideas with others.
We also develop our physical development through using different tools to mix, stir, pour, transport the mud and other resources. We learn how to use tools with increasing control and safety.
This week we have been developing our writing skills in the mud kitchen also. Riley and his friends were making "soup" in the mud kitchen and Riley decided they needed to write down the recipe. Riley selected a clipboard and wrote down everything a person would need to make the mud. Riley was then able to tell an adult in the setting what his marks said. Vinnie also made marks whilst exploring the mud kitchen this week. He explained to the adult that he was a "Bin man" and he was collecting the rubbish from the mud kitchen and taking it away. Vinnie wrote marks on his paper so he was able to know which bins he had taken and which ones he needed to still collect.
And Megan...got very, very, muddy exploring the various textures!!!
Week 2 - 20.04.15
We have really been enjoying the lovely sunshine at school this week! We are all settled back in after the Easter holiday and have had a busy time learning and exploring with our friends. This week we continued to learn about caterpillars and butterflies. We played a number game where we had to match the correct quantity of mini-beast with the correct butterfly number card. We are getting much better at recognising our numbers from 1 to 5 and above! There was a very special visitor in the Reception class this week...A tiny chick! Mr Baker brought him in from home and he spent some time in the Reception activity area - he was so fluffy and made lots of noise!!! We went through and had a look at him and talked about how he had hatched out of an egg. We had to be very quiet so we did not scare him! Some of us have been practising writing our names this week and we have also explored the beebots during "Stay and Play!"
Phew...what a lot of fun we managed to fit into our Nursery week!
Week 1 - 13.04.15
It has been lovely to see all our Nursery friends again this week after the two week Easter holidays. We began the week by sharing news about the things we had done over the Easter break. Lots of us had been to exciting places like the park, the cinema and swimming. We listened carefully to our friends as they told us about their special time.
This half term we are learning about Growth and we set up our role-play area as a fruit and vegetable shop. This area encourages our speaking and listening skills and our social development.
We read the story "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" and made yummy butterfly buns.
Spring Term 2015-February
Welcome back! We hope you have all had a fun half term and we are looking forward to a busy few weeks ahead!
This half term we will be looking at books that have been written by the author Julia Donaldson. Please see the half termly newsletter which will give you more information about the exciting things we will be doing over the next few weeks.
Week 5 - 23.03.15
We have had a wonderful and fun time at Nursery this week. We have continued to read books written by Julia Donaldson. One of our favourites was "The Snail and The Whale." We made salt dough and used it to make snails. We thought of good words to describe the texture, like "soft," "gloopy," and "gooey!" We rolled the dough into a sausage shape which helps to develop our hand muscles and this then helps with our writing skills!
During "Stay and Play!" this week we focused on "Easter activities." There were lots of fun activities for us to do and we were all very busy. We ended the week by making Easter cards and chocolate nests!
Happy Easter everyone and we will see you on Tuesday 14th April!
Week 4 - 16.03.15
This week has been very busy for us at Bluebell Nursery! We have been enjoying the outside area alot this week and have been focusing on our Collaboration skills (This is one of our golden behaviours for learning!)
Lots of us worked together as a team to build a campfire in the mud kitchen this week. We were super learners and developed our social skills, communication and team work! This also developed our physical development skills and we explored mathematical concepts such as heavy and light and size ordering. Miss Merrett was so proud of us she put us on the "Gold!" and we all got a prize from the golden box!
We have been reading another Julia Donaldson book this week called "The Smartest Giant in Town" and we have been learning about height and size. We measured our friends with the construction blocks (more collaboration!) and then counted how many blocks tall we were. Maybe you could measure some things at home?
Week 3 - 09.03.15
What a beautiful sunny week! It has been a very busy time at Bluebell Nursery and we have been enjoying lots of fun and exciting activities.
This week we read the story "The Gruffalo's Child" written by Julia Donaldson. We talked about the story and retold it in our own words. We practised our scissor skills and cut out a picture of the Gruffalo's child. We then stuck it all back together again!
We have also been practising our communication and language skills and our understanding by answering "how" and "why" questions. We have been talking about our special mummies as it is Mothering Sunday this weekend. We hope they like their cards and gifts that we have made!
Week 2 - 02.03.15
We have had a really busy week in Nursery!!!
It began with us reading the story of The Gruffalo. We read the book all together and then retold the story using masks. It was great fun and we are very good at remembering the important words! We have painted pictures of the Gruffalo also and made a very yummy Gruffalo crumble (it was pear and apple flavour really!)
It was World Book Day on Thursday and we had to come to Nursery dressed up as different magical book characters. It was good to look at each others costumes and talk about the books the different characters came from. We shared books with special people and talked about the stories.
On Friday we had a special visit from a community police officer. He talked to us about his role and how he helps to keep us safe. We tried on his hats, sat in the police van and he also turned on the lights and the siren! The siren was SO loud Mrs Hall came to see if there was an emergency!!!
Week 1 - 23.02.15
It has been lovely to see all the children coming back into Nursery full of smiles and laughter and ready to learn! They have all enjoyed seeing their friends after the half term holiday.
This week we have began our topic of "Julia Donaldson." We looked at a variety of books that she has written including The Gruffalo, What the Ladybird Heard and Cave Baby. We are getting really clever at talking about the things we can see in illustrations. Some of us have already read these books at home.
We went into our big school hall this week also and played on some of the large equipment. We climed and travelled on the benches in different ways and practised our jumping and landing. We also got the ropes and the rope ladder out and used them. We had to think carefully about turn-taking and safety.
Spring Term 2015-January
Welcome back and Happy New Year to you all! We have had a really fun few days back in Nursery with our friends. As you can imagine there has been lots of exciting talks about what we got for Christmas and the fun things we have been doing during the holidays.
We are beginning this half term by looking at the season "Winter" and we will be comparing this to other seasons. We will then move onto "Heroes and Heroines."
Week 6 - 09.02.15
It has been another busy week at Bluebell Nursery. We are still enjoying learning about people who help us and the different jobs people do to keep us safe. This week we explored dressing up and lots of us had great fun pretending to be police officers, fire fighters and paramedics. We enjoy pretending to be different things and play like this helps to encourage and develop our speaking and listening skills and social friendship groups.
We have also spent a lot of time playing with shape and patterns this week and explored repeating patterns on emergency vehicles. Lots of us have also enjoyed investigating puzzles this week. We have been working well as a team and this has developed our collaboration skills (which is one of our golden behaviours for learning!) We have been exploring patterns using different rolling pins in the paint as well.
What a busy week!
Have a wonderful half term and we look forward to seeing everyone back in Nursery on Monday 23rd February.
Week 5 - 02.02.15
This week we have been finding out information about real-life superheroes! We have discussed the different jobs that people do to help others and keep people safe. It was really interesting to talk with our friends and find out the special jobs they would like to do when they get older. Blake would like to be a photographer, Vinnie would like to be a teacher and Riley told us he would like to be a fire fighter!
On Wednesday we had a special visit from some local fire fighters. They came in and talked to us about all the equipment they need to keep themselves safe. They talked about their heavy boots and helmets and showed us how their breathing equipment worked. It was good fun listening to the firefighters. We were going to go and look at the engine but the fire fighters had a real emergency and had to leave quickly! We watched them leave the car park with their flashing lights on and the loud siren going!
Please note that this weeks "Stay and Play" session will be on Tuesday 3rd February.
Week 4 - 26.01.15
We have had great fun this week learning about Superheros! We have enjoyed reading special books like "Super Daisy" and "Super Duck!" We are getting really good at making predictions about what may happen next in the story.
During "Stay and Play" on Wednesday we explored our fine motor skills and practised our cutting skills. Please do not forget that we often have Debi Cooke from the Uplands Children's Centre visiting during "Stay and Play" and she is able to give advice and answer questions about your child's development. She can also give information about various groups that may be happening at your local children's centre.
We had a lovely time outside this week exploring the recycling centre! We talked about the importance of sorting the items carefully and it was very exciting to watch the real bin men pick up the schools rubbish in their big truck!
Week 3 - 19.01.15
We have had another busy and fun week at Bluebell Nursery! This week we began our new theme of "Heroes and Heroines." It was very interesting to hear about all the Superhero characters the children watch on their televisions at home.
Luca has been busy exploring the numbers and buttons on the maths table. Lots of us are getting more confident with exploring numbers.
We had a really fun time playing with the listening centre this week and lots of us sat and listened to the "Frozen" story. We were very clever and followed the story whilst wearing the special headphones. We looked at the pictures and described what we could see. Samantha, Connie, Ava and Oliver were also very good at pressing the buttons on the CD player.
We have had a great time exploring the "Frozen" small world play area. We developed wonderful commuication skills and also our social skills and turn taking.We also have an exciting new Superhero Den to play in! We love being superheroes! We have also been busy making fantastic pictures for our Nursery walls.
Week 2 - 12.01.15
This week has been really busy!!! We have been exploring numbers and identifying different numerals. Some of us have had a try at writing numbers also. Blake and Oscar tried really hard whilst playing with numbers.
We have been practising our writing outside using clipboards and different pens and pencils. Jayden told me "I am writing a list!"
In the builders tray we explored ice as we have been learning about winter. All the children really enjoyed this and we thought about some wonderful words to describe the texture of the ice. Vinnie and Mollie talked about melting.
Nathan has been busy at home growing carrots! He brought 2 in to show his friends. Roger Rabbit really liked them and had a little nibble on one!
Please have a look at the photographs below to see the fun we have had...