Welcome to our Nursery page.
We hope that you enjoy finding out about the learning and play that takes place every week.
Mrs Burke Mrs Roche Mrs Ivill Mrs Foster
We hope that everyone had a wonderful break.
This term we will begin our learning by reading lots of traditional stories.
Thank you to all the families who donated toys for our Early Years Playground. We have loved playing with them and sharing them with our friends. If you have more we would be happy to receive them.
Mrs Willett and the Early years team
We're Going on a Bear Hunt!
The children have been very busy learning all about our new story. We have retold the story with puppets and been on our very own Bear Hunt! We made our own long wavy grass too, helping us to improve our scissor control and cutting skills.
Welcome Back After the Half Term Break!
Nursery have got a very busy half term ahead with lots of learning and fun activities planned.
As Bonfire Night approaches we will be speaking to our children about staying safe. Here are a few top tips:
Tasting New Foods
We now know the names of lots of fruits and vegetables after all of our learning during Harvest week! We used some of these to make vegetable soup and pumpkin soup. If you would like to make some at home you will need:
Ask an adult to carefully chop the vegetables & cook them for you, but you may be able to help! In school we used a hand blender to make the soup smooth. We dipped wholemeal bread in to the soup - it was very tasty!
In addition to taking part in whole-school Harvest activities, our Nursery children have also been learning about the different types of fruits & vegetables that we can grown on the farm that are harvested at this time of year.
Have a look at the picture below: can you name some of the fruits & vegetables that you can see?
Settling in to Nursery & learning new things!
Over the last few weeks our children have been settling in to Nursery, learning all about our routines & building wonderful relationships with the staff.
Our first story of the year is 'The Gruffalo' by Julia Donaldson. Please come back & see some of the wonderful work we have been doing very soon!
Welcome to Nursery!
September has arrived and we are really looking forward to meeting all of our new families & children. Please ensure that you provide school with your child's 'All About Me' pack that was distributed to our families before the summer break. If you would like to request an 'All About Me' pack, please speak to a member of staff. Thank you.
Role-Play for the Story 'Whatever Next'
You will need:
* A big cardboard box or container
* A colander (to use as a space helmet)
* Your favourite teddy
* A packed lunch (for your long journey into outer space!)
Now share the story with an adult & then retell the story in your own words, using the objects you have collected! We have been trying this in school & it was lots of fun!
Summer Term Learning
Following our children's interests, we begin the term learning about Space!
We have lots of fun activities planned, including exciting experiments, making alien poo & teddy bar's picnics! Please have a look at the learning overview letter we have uploaded.
We have also chosen some books that you may like to share at home.
Have A Wonderful Easter Break!
We will miss you whilst we are away & look forward to sharing your news when school reopens next half term!
The chicks have arrived!!
The children have been very excited about the arrival of the hen eggs. We looked after the eggs by keeping them warm in a special incubator & turning them each night. Sadly, none of the eggs hatched, but the farmer gave us a new born chick to look after.
We hope you have had a lovely half term break - here at Nursery we are all ready for lots more learning!
We have water-colour paints in our creative area - we have created some wonderful work! The brushes are very thin, and they are trickier to use.
HAVE A WONDERFUL HALF TERM BREAK!
Thank you to all of our parents for your continued support this half term. A special thank you to all of you that completed our Early Years questionnaires - we have read them carefully & will take suggestions into careful consideration.
Have a wonderful half-term break!
We made our own pancakes & watched how they changed as they cooked in the pan. We topped our pancakes with sugar & lemon or chocolate sauce! They were delicious!
We measured ingredients & counted each spoonful - this really helped us with our maths work!
This week we have been making heart shaped biscuits - we topped our biscuits with sweet coloured icing & other toppings!
We have been making Valentine's day cards - we all tried to write our own names. We are doing really well with our mark-making in Nursery!
A special thank you to all of our children for attending our Chinese New Year party! We wore red, yellow & gold - the traditional colours of China. We danced with our home-made fans to traditional music, tasted some Chinese foods & even learned some Chinese words!
This half term, parents are invited to attend our fine motor skills workshop - will you join us for Dough Disco and our name writing workshop?
The aim of this workshop is to help us all improve our fine motor strength - ready for writing!
Nursery Christmas Cracker!
Our Nursery Christmas performance has been a huge success! The children have worked so very hard & have made us really proud!
May we say a big thank you to all our parents for coming to watch & taking part in our Christmas workshop. We hope you enjoyed looking at your child's learning journal & taking part in our festive activities.
Your costume contributions have been really appreciated, and have added that extra sparkle to our production!
We have been learning all about this important celebration. We have been making diva lamps, learning traditional dance & tasting new foods.
We have started our new term by exploring the colours, tastes & sounds of Bonfire Night! We have danced with colourful streamers, made music, tasted Parkin cake & so much more....have a look at our class photos.
October Half Term Holidays
There are lots of things that you can do during half term to help your child to continue with their learning. In addition to the homework your child will receive, here are a few ideas:
REMEMBER - You can always tell us about your child's learning by completing a WOW moment and bringing it back to school.
Have a wonderful break, and we look forward to seeing you soon!
Autumn & Harvest
We have been learning about how the world around us changes in Autumn. We have made natural art work, explored pattern, printing and sorting, learned all about harvest vegetables & have been singing lots of autumn songs. We even had a leaf shower!!
One of our songs: Autumn Leaves are Falling Down (to the tune of London Bridge is Falling down):
Yellow leaves are falling down,
Falling down, falling down,
Yellow leaves are falling down,
Falling all around!
(Don't forget to encourage your child to change the colour of the leaves in the song to match the colours of autumn).
We have started our learning this year with a familiar story that we all love - The Gruffalo! We have been building Gruffalo caves, going on a Gruffalo hunt, creating textured art work and so much more!
A New School Year!
All of the Nursery team would like to welcome our new families and children to Light Oaks Infant School. We hope you have had a lovely summer break and we are looking forward to meeting you all again!
We understand that this time of year can be both an exciting and nervous time, and we aim to support all of our children (and parents) during this initial period of settling in.
All parents and carers are welcomed into our school at the start of the nursery session to help to settle your child and speak with staff - there will always be someone who can listen to your worries or concerns.
Please find attached the Parent Welcome Pack that we gave to our families at the Open Evening in July. It contains useful information regarding the school day, routines & general information to help your child settle into school life.
We look forward to seeing you very soon!
This term we are thinking about growing. Here are some of the things that we have been learning about in our class:
Summer Term 2
Welcome back after a lovely half term holiday! We will continue to explore growth this half term, thinking about how animals grow and change. We hope to have some exciting visitors in our classroom very soon - stay tuned!
The Little Red Hen Hits the Big Screen!
We have been reading the story 'The Little Red Hen'. We can retell the story using our own words and actions! One of our parents is a professional camera lady and she filmed our story using her big camera! It was very exciting. Our retelling of the story hit the big screen and our families were invited to come and watch it!
A big thank you to the our Hazel's mummy for donating her time and camera equipment to our school!
We have been interested in making our own bread since reading The Little Red Hen. We explored the dough in our malleable area and have been making and tasting our very own bread! The butter melted when we spread it onto the warm baguette. It was delicious!
DOUGH DISCO WORKSHOPS
The nursery children are now taking part in dough disco & name writing activities each morning, and our parents are invited to stay and join in!
Nursery Fun Day! 30th June 2015
Today all of our Nursery children took part in our Fun Day event which included lots of games such at the wheel barrow race, the obstacle course and so much more!
All of the staff involved would like to say a big thank you to all of the families who came to support our children - a brillant day was had by all!
Summer Term 1
Growth - plants
A big thank you to the parents who have kindly donated lots of tasty fruit & vegetables.
We made vegetable soup after reading 'The Enormous Turnip'.
Tasting Fruit Salad
One of our parents has kindly donated lots of fruit. Thank you so much. We made a delicious fruit salad and tried lots of fruits that we have never tasted before. I wonder if you can name some of the unusual fruits that we tried? Have a go!
Our Surprise Visitor!
We had a surprise visitor! One of our children's parents is a policeman! He came to visit us and we had the chance to try on a policeman's uniform. We learned lots about what the Police do in our community and we even got to sit in the police van! It was very exciting! A big thank you to our special visitor for coming to see us all!
People Who Help Us
Over the next few weeks we will be looking at a variety of people who help us in and around our community.
We have been talking about lifeboats and how they help us.
Mr Williams from the RNLI came and told us all about how they help people to be safe on the beaches and at sea.
Download the song that we sang to Mr Williams. He loved it!
We supported our learning with the help of Fireman Sam and his lifeboat, Neptune. We have watched some clips where they rescued people and animals.
We have listened to a variety of stories linked to boats too. We used these to stimulate our outdoor role play.
At home, you could share some more boat stories with your child.
We sang a song about five little boats. Some of us are using this to help us recognise our numbers to 5 and to count small groups of objects.
Float, float, float a boat!
We have been junk modelling to make boats. Our boats had to sail on top of the water. The children had to think about what they could do if their boat was sinking or if it got too soggy. They had so much fun and it was very interesting to listen to them problem solve independently.
What else have we been doing?
The children have had some new small world buildings and cars. They have used large paper and felts to design their very own towns.
Thank You Jessica's Mummy.
Jessica's Mummy is a nurse and she has been in to Nursery this week to help support our hospital role play. The children have been bandaging each other properly, learning about stethoscopes and how to give medicine safely. They really enjoyed every minute.
What the Ladybird Heard
The children really enjoyed this story which is about two robbers who plan to steal a cow from a farm. Fortunately the ladybird had a plan and they were caught by the police. Phew!
There is a lovely song version on youtube that the children LOVED to watch and sing along with.
The children decided to create their own maps. They chose their own animals to "steal" and plotted arrows to show the way. We were able to listen to the initial sounds of animals and put them on our maps too.
Oh No! What a horrible surprise!
Today, we arrived in school and there appeared to have been a burglary.
The children had fun in their role as police officers, documenting all of the things that had been broken or taken. The police have found their information very useful.
It was lovely to see the children so engaged with their markmaking.
We know a song about five fast police cars.
Download the songsheet and sing it at home
We have been exploring one less by watching a thief steal sweets.
We have been writing numbers all on our own. Some of them are quite tricky!
Is it an emergency???
We have set up a medical environment in the role play area. The children are exploring lots of different medical professions from doctors and nurses to opticians and dentists.
The children are developing their language skills and are using the props and materials appropriately. It is lovely to see them all engaged in medical scenarios. Poor Mrs Willet had every limb bandaged!
Spring 2 w/b 23-02-2015
The morning children have been story detectives this week. We have read several different versions of Goldilocks and the three bears.
We have been spotting how the stories are the same and how they are different.
Share the story with your child.
Do the bears live in a house or a cottage? Was the porridge hot, cold, salty or sweet? Did Goldilocks break the chair? What happened at the end?
The children have enjoyed using puppets and props to develop their story telling. We can use very deep loud Daddy Bear voices for "Someone's been eating my porridge" and very high voices for Baby Bear saying "It's broken!"
Encourage the children to change their voices when retelling the story.
We know a song about five little bears.
This has helped us with our number recognition and counting development.
Some children have been learning about finding totals.
We used five bears and two houses and are starting to understand that when you arrange the objects, the total is still five. The children loved to explain it by saying "we havent taken any away or got any more so there's still FIVE."
Big, Medium and Small.
The children have explored painting their own bears. They used their knowledge of size from the story to decide on the size of the paper. They talked to adults about what bears look like and the colours they were going to use.
Of course, we have been singing about when Goldilocks went to the house of the bears.
Click on the link and share this with your child.
The children have loved playing with dice this week. We have been counting the spots and challenging each other to do that many things.
For example can you jump two times? Can you clap five times?
To extend this further we used two dice.
Try playing this game at home. The children will get you doing some interesting actions.
w/b 9th February
Chinese New Year
This year is the Year of the Sheep.
We have listened to the story of The Great Race.
Click on the web links below and share the story with your child.
Who came 1st? Who came 2nd?
Up and Down
We were really lucky to take part in lion and dragon dancing. We listened to chinese music and copied the movements well. It was lots of fun!
Tangerines and oranges symbolise good luck and riches.
We have been using chopsticks to pick up segments of tangerine. We have been collecting the right number too.
Ask your children to count out amounts of things such as crisps or toys.
We loved our noodle play, trying to use chopsticks and exploring how long and sticky they were. The nursery smelt lovely!
We were lucky enough to taste some noodles too. The children loved trying to use the chopsticks to eat their noodles. It's trickier than they thought!
The morning children have enjoyed making a large dragon head and using fabric paints to decorate their tail.
We used chinese music to perform our very own dragon dance celebration.
Kung Hei Fat Choi!!!
m d o g
What things can you find in your house that begin with these letters?
Friday 6th February
What a productive day!
Mrs Stirling's class came to help us look for our dragons. They knew how to trap a dragon.
We worked together searching for dragons, making traps to catch our dragons, creating WANTED posters and we even made dragon food.
During our dragon week, we have also been learning to recognise letter sounds.
We know s, a, t, p, i and n.
We have been using the jolly phonics songs to help us say the sound correctly.
Can you spot these sounds in your reading book or in the environment?
Download the phonic songs and sing along with your child.
If you are unsure of how to pronounce the sounds, please see member of the nursery team.
We have been singing a song about five little dragons and using this to help us recognise numbers 1-5.
Some of us have been drawing eggs in nests and working out how many we have if we have 1 more or 2 more.
Thursday 5th February
We moved the nest into the classroom and have been looking after them carefully.
We made signs and recorded messages to make sure people left them alone.
Oh no! This morning the eggs were gone!
They had disappeared. We thought the dragons had hatched.
The children were worried that Pip would be cross so they looked around the classroom to find them.
The children used clipboards to record where they had checked and whether the dragons were there or not.
We have asked Mrs Stirling's class if they can help us to catch a dragon. Hopefully they can help us tomorrow.
Monday 2nd February 2015
We found some interesting things in our outdoor area.
We used the tuff cam to photograph them and wrote labels for what we found.
We even found some dragon poo!!!!
We found a nest with 2 eggs in it. There was also a letter.
The children wrote signs to protect the eggs and used sound buttons to record their messages.
Friday 30th January 2015
We had a letter. A very surprising letter.
We are very excited about what might happen on Monday when we come back to nursery.
Once upon a time.......
We have been listening to traditional tales that involve a princess. We have loved Rapunzel and saying "Let down your hair." We managed to find lots of different versions of the story and were detectives talking about if they were the same or different.
Ask your child to retell the story in their own words.
We have enjoyed building towers for Rapunzel. Instead of using the words big and small we have been using tall and short.
The children have enjoyed working out which tower is the tallest or shortest.
Follow the link above and have fun singing a song about a princess.
Let it burn, burn, burn!!!
What a fantastic experience this was for all of us.
Paul came and talked about how to light a fire using wood, cotton wool and flints. We talked about how to keep the fire going and about all of the smoke. We had to be really careful around the fire when we were toasting the marshmallows. They changed colour and went really really sticky.
The children are very engaged in our castle work. They have painted and printed to help build and construct our very own castle. The costumes were added towards the end of the week. Let the role play commence!
You could go to the library and find some more non-fiction books, all about knights or castles.
We have been learning the names of some 3d shapes. These shapes help us to build tall towers.
We can name a cube, a cuboid, a pyramid, a cylinder and a cone.
You could go on a 3d shape hunt.
How many 3d shapes can you find in your house?
Click on the above link and have fun dancing and singing to our castle song.
w/c 12th January 2015
This week we have been learning all things french. The children have enjoyed leanring french words for Hello and Goodbye. We even managed to count to 5 and learn parts of Head & Shoulders.
Ask your child to count to five: un, deux, trois, quatre, cinq.
Cut, cut and glue.
We looked at Henri Matisse and his artwork "The Snail."
He used coloured paper and cut it into shapes, before sticking them in arrangements.
He called this gouaches découpés.
Look at our interpretations and see if you can spot the real one.