Author Archives: Miss A. O'Connor

Care packages for new Nursery parents/carers

Following six glorious weeks in the sunshine we welcomed Mrs Walton (TA) into Nursery! It is a very exciting time for Nursery, meeting new children, meeting new parents and establishing routines. Saying goodbye to your little ones on their first day of Nursery can be a real tearjerker. ‘First day of Nursery’ packs were put together for parents/carers, complete with a few words of advice to mums, dads and carers who have a sniffle or two! The gift bags have been met with thanks and appreciation. We cannot wait to meet more new families and friends next week!

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‘Loose parts’ play in Nursery

The children have wasted no time in exploring the exciting activities on offer this week! The creative table was an instant hit with ‘loose parts’ play. Loose parts possess infinite play possibilities. Children can carry, combine, redesign, line up, take apart and put loose parts back together in almost endless ways. These objects invite conversations…Read More

Teddy Bears Picnic with Nursery and Year 5

Buddy systems help to promote friendship and support between older and younger peers. The benefits of a buddy system are twofold – the older children learn to take on responsibility, while the younger children know that they have a special friend they can confidently turn to for support. The Year 5 children joined with the…Read More

Year 2 at Forest School: Session 2

Year 2 were super excited to be going back to ‘Forest School’ this week! They independently got dressed in record time and were ready to go! This week’s session was based on ‘camouflage.’ The children put camouflage paint on their faces and made camouflage hats. Tree identification books helped Year 2 to identify a holly…Read More

A new term in Nursery

Nursery were very pleased to start a new term with glorious sunshine. The outdoor area was in full bloom and the children painted observational drawings of daffodils.         The termly topic is ‘Traditional Stories.’ The home corner was turned into the ‘Three Bears Cottage’ and the children explored the story sack full…Read More

Year 2 at Forest School

Following on from the success of Year 1 ‘Forest School’ sessions it was Year 2’s turn to become explorers and hit the outdoors. The previous week the children were given the ‘Forest School’ rules and they were ready to go. They began the session as always with a team building game. They used their senses…Read More

Nursery ‘Stay and Play’

Nursery had an amazing ‘Stay and Play’ session! These popular sessions are well supported by parents/carers and family members. It is an opportunity to participate in planned activities, to develop friendships and to provide a safe and supportive environment for the children.          The children showed their family member around the nursery and made…Read More

Art Studio in Nursery

It is very important that Early Years practitioners continually evaluate the areas of learning in their setting. Children should have the opportunity to access the areas independently and creatively. It was recognised that the creative area in Nursery was well resourced and inviting, however the layout was not working as efficiently as it could. Miss…Read More

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.  …Read More

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