Author Archives: Miss A. O'Connor

African topic in Nursery

This half term the Nursery topic is ‘Africa’. It is a topic close to Miss O’Connor’s heart following her visit to Rwanda a few years ago.



The children have been discussing African animals, looking at colours and patterns as well as creating the warmth and happiness of Africa through music and dance.





Handa’s Surprise is a wonderful book that we love in Nursery! The children learned the names of all the animals and fruits in the story! In the writing area we talked about the ‘antelope’ and ‘avocado’ then formed the letter ‘a’ on post it notes.


Mrs Weir walked all the way to Africa and back to surprise the children with a lovely basket of fruit! It’s amazing what you can achieve in one evening! The fruit was placed in the art area and the children made observational drawings!


Copies of the story, artefacts and fruit made of felt were available to independently explore. Adult interactions consolidated the children’s understanding of the story and we cannot wait to read ‘Handa’s Hen.’


Writing in Nursery

Writing has been a big focus in Nursery this half term! Before children are able to form letters, they need to learn how to make marks. These marks can be with their finger or pictures they have drawn or painted. They are working out how writing works, how to hold their pencil, what pressure to…Read More

Happy Christmas from Nursery

December has been a magical month in Nursery. The children learned about the first Christmas and how people celebrate Jesus’ birthday each year. They role played the Nativity in the home corner and made an Advent wreath to take home. As always Nursery put on their amazing Nativity Play. This years performance was called ‘A…Read More

Building Walls in Nursery

Nursery had a wonderful time this week building walls using wooden blocks and shaving foam. They donned safety hats and used trowels to add the ‘mortar’ to their bricks.   The children used spirit levels to check that their walls were straight and level.       We definitely have some prospective architects in Nursery!…Read More

‘Forest School’ in Year 1

Year 1 donned the famous St Columba’s red suits and participated in one of many new ‘Forest School’ sessions with Miss O’Connor. The session was linked to Year 1’s English work; a scary troll left the children lots of exciting activities to explore!       The children made leaf crowns and independently decided to…Read More

A Creative Week in Nursery

It has been a wonderfully creative and energetic week in Nursery. We began the week by making ‘Halloween’ spiders. The children showed super spacial awareness when sticking on the spiders legs as well as good one to one correspondence in counting to 8. On Wednesday creativity was enhanced even further with independent water colour painting…Read More

Stay and Play in Nursery

The ‘Stay and Play’ sessions we provide here at St Columba’s are extremely popular and well supported. We aim to foster opportunities to enable the children, parents, carers and staff to be more sensitive to each others needs. We provide ideas, activities and opportunities that can be replicated in the home environment.    The children…Read More

Happy ‘Diwali’ from Nursery

It has been a very busy week in Nursery. We have had ‘Stay and Play’, ‘Italian Day’ and celebrated ‘Diwali.’   We value the role that festivals and celebrations play in supporting children’s learning and development in every area of learning. Miss O’Connor encourages families to help understand one another’s cultures and beliefs in a…Read More

Autumn in Nursery

It is not just children who love Autumn. Forest School Leaders relish in fallen leaves too! We are very lucky at St Columba’s to have such beautiful green surroundings. It’s fair to say the ground is positively gleaming and everything has become a bit more atmospheric.   We made collections of leaves, used them to…Read More