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Nursery 2 Year Old Blog 2018-19

Week commencing 22nd July 2019

Week commencing 15th July 2019

Week commencing 8th July 2019

Week commencing 1st July 2019

Week commencing 24th June 2019

Week commencing 17th June 2019

Week commencing 10th June 2019

Week commencing 3rd June 2019 

Welcome back - we hope everyone has had a super week and we are excited for this terms adventures


Week commencing 20th May 2019

Reminder school is closed on Thursday 23rd May for European elections and then closes on Friday 24th May for the half term holiday 

Week commencing 13th May 2019

Week commencing 6th May 2019

Week commencing 29th April 2019

Reminder our 2 year old provision is closed on

Thursday this week (2nd May) for local elections and again on Thursday 23rd May for European elections.

Please find a link to the latest Potty training advice from Health visitors 


Week commencing 22nd April 2019

We hope everyone has had a super Bank holiday weekend enjoying the sunshine and time with family

We are looking forward to continuing our learning adventures inside and out this week. 

Week commencing 15th April 2019

Welcome back - we hope you enjoyed the holidays and are ready for some new adventures this term. 

Week commencing 25th March 2019


School closes for spring holidays on

Friday 29th March and reopens on Monday 15th April 

We are also closed for the Easter bank holidays on 

Friday 19th April and Monday 22nd April

and May day on Monday 6th May

Our 2s provision is also closed on Thursday 2nd May for polling day and Thursday 23rd May for European Elections 


Week commencing 18th March 2019

We have had a busy week exploring outside with a little bit of sunshine and a lot less rain!

Miss Taylor has also started our weekly music and movement sessions this week which the children are really enjoying 

Week commencing 11th March 2019

Well done to everyone who was able to dress up and join in the vocabulary parade and our World book celebrations - you all looked fabulous!


This week we are celebrating Red Nose Day and collecting donations for Comic Relief 


Week commencing 4th March 2019

We are looking forward to Shrove Tuesday - Pancake day on Tuesday this week  

We are reading the story "Pancakes Pancakes!" by Eric Carle 

Click the picture below to read the story at home


Week commencing 25th February 2019 

Welcome back - we hope everyone has had a super half term break enjoying the spring sunshine

Next week we are celebrating world book day with a 'Vocabulary parade'

Nursery will be taking part on Tuesday 5th and Thursday 7th March 2019 to ensure all children get chance to dress up  (Main school on Thurs 7th March only)

We would like families to put their thinking caps on and choose

a new or favourite word that can become a costume – take a look at some ideas below,

there are more on the letter in nursery too

Your child’s costume should have a card / label stating their word

Costumes can be as simple or creative as you please 

Week commencing 18th February 2019

-School closed spring half term holiday-

reopens on Tuesday 26th February 


Week commencing 11th February 2019

Mental Health awareness week

5 ways to wellbeing  

Join us at the start of your child's nursery session on Thursday February 14th for our stay and play session 

Week commencing 4th February 2019 

Internet Safety week 


Chinese New year

Week commencing 28th January 2019 

National storytelling week

Join us on Wednesday 30th for our PJ storytelling day 

Children are encouraged to come to nursery in their PJs as we share a love of reading


Thank you to everyone who was able to join us today 


Week commencing 21st January 2019

Reminder re Indoor shoes - please ensure that your child has a pair of indoor shoes ideally black school pumps - this helps your child's independence skills and also keeps our floors a little cleaner especially in the poor weather - if you are finding sizes difficult to find let us know and we can order pumps for £2.50 Many thanks Miss Haigh

Week commencing 14th January  2019

We have had lots of poorly children this week  and we hope everyone is feeling much better for next week.

We have been showing and talking about hand washing  to help stop the spread of illness. 

If your child is unwell or unable to attend please let us know by telephone or by text

Tel: 0113 378 3100
Text: 0786 000 4869

and use the NHS service to support you in looking after your child 



Week commencing 7th January 2019

Happy New Year to all our families new and old - we hope you have all had a good break over the festive period and we are looking forwards to lots of fun and learning this term

Happy New Year


Week commencing 17th December 2018

Christmas is nearly upon us - we have lots going on this week 

 - Our Nativity on Tuesday 18th at 9.30 am  (morning session children)

-  Our Nativity 2pm Wednesday 19th December (afternoon session children)

-  Thursday 20th December  - Christmas party for ALL children in am session  (8.30-11.30)  (PM session closed) 

Santa  will be visiting us at about 10.30 in the upstairs hall - all parents are welcome to join us - please see the food list in nursery to see what you can bring along

Please note their will be no afternoon session on

Thursday 20th December for our 2 year olds  


Week commencing 10th December 2018

Festive stay and play Wednesday 12th December  - join us at the end of the morning session / beginning of the afternoon session for festive fun and food

11-11.30 and 12-12.30


Week commencing 3rd December 2018

"It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas!!"

The festive season is well and truly on its way to Swinnow

Why not upload a picture of your Christmas to Tapestry - did you attend Pudsey lights switch on? Have you been to see Santa? Do you have a Christmas tree in your house - share your celebrations with us via Tapestry - we would love to see all your festive fun!

We would like to invite you to join us in 2s on Wednesday 12th December for our Festive stay and play  - making hats, decorations, Christmas songs and even a sample of Christmas lunch!

11- 11.30 for morning Children and from 12 till 12.30 for afternoon session children


Week commencing 26th November 2018

Maths stay and play / open evening - Wednesday 28th November

Join us in nursery or after school in Reception class for an insight into Maths in the Early Years

The children have had a super time this week with Maths!

We have been exploring colour, pattern and sorting.


CLICK HERE for further ideas to support maths understanding at home

Week commencing 19th November 2018

This we will be celebrating World Nursery Rhyme Week with lots of singing and dancing. 

Kimberley from Shake Rattle and Boogie joined us on Thursday for a fun music and movement session          

Does your child have a favourite rhyme or song - upload a picture or video clip to Tapestry to let us know.  Rhymes and songs help develop children's listening and speaking skills as well as being lots of fun for everyone!



Week commencing 12th November 2018

What a busy week we have had in 2s, take a look at some of our super learning 

Don't forget you can share learning and experiences from home with us via tapestry - see Miss Haigh if you are having technical difficulties logging on or uploading your entries. 


We engage in a range of experiences to develop our social and physical skills 


We develop an understanding of the world by experiencing and reenacting what we have seen, heard or experienced.

Tapestry - click here

Week commencing 5th November 2018

Welcome back - we hope you had a super half term break - thank you for the photographs that were uploaded to Tapestry of the children enjoying the Autumn activities around Halloween and Bonfire night we do love to see what the children enjoy at home. 

Non uniform day Friday 16th November  for children in need - we will be collecting donations to send to Pudsey bear. 

Along with settling back into routines after the holiday - the children have been trying really hard sharing and taking a turn - this is a key skill to master as they change and begin to develop an understanding of others needs - it takes time, patience and space to deal with the concept of waiting for a turn but they are all doing really well and you should be very proud of them all. 

Week commencing 22nd October 2018 

Please check the school weekly newsletter for important dates

School is closed for training days on

Friday 26th October and Monday 5th November  


Week commencing 15th October 2018

This week the children have been busy exploring the story

'Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell'

Click the picture to hear Rod Campbell tell the story.  

The children are able to join in the repeated refrain "I sent him back", they are anticipating the next animal in the book and love to lift the flaps to see if they are right.


Week commencing 8th October 2018

 We have been enjoying the autumn warmth and sunshine this week in the outdoor area


The adults in 2s sensitively support the children to play alongside and with each other to enable beginning friendships to blossom.  The children's personal and social development is a major part of the learning each day and the children make such big step between being 2 and being 3. 

We have been dancing, singing and playing instruments inside and out this week.  Hearing and joining in different songs and rhymes is part of developing skills for speaking and listening and is lots of fun too!  Using instruments in different ways is part of early phonics and listening skills. 

     Click this link for one of our favourite songs    Dingle Dangle Scarecrow 



Week commencing 1st October 2018

"Big chef, little chef" - This week in nursery we have been baking buns, we have had lots of fun taking turns to weigh, to mix and to stir to create the tasty treats.  The children have been supported to develop their language,  to talk about what they can see happening and to notice the change from dry to wet ingredients.  Why not have a go at making buns at home

You will need 

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup self raising flour
  • 8 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1/2 cup  sugar
  • a pinch of salt

Heat the oven to Gas mark 4 or 180'C

Mix the flour and salt together and leave to the side

Mix the butter and sugar till light and fluffy

Slowly add the egg a little at a time and mix well

Gently stir in the flour mixture

Divide the mixture into 12-14 bun cases

Bake for 10-12 minutes 

Ice and decorate your buns and enjoy

Do let us know if you bake at home and add a picture or message to your child's Tapestry learning journal.


Week commencing 24th September 2018

This week we have been enjoying the Autumn sunshine, together we explored the big garden collecting leaves, gathering sticks and looking for 'garden treasure'. 

 We have used familiar and new words to extend the children's  vocabulary,  talking about what we could see, feel, hear and smell. 



The children used their 'garden treasure' to create pictures in the gluing and painting area - take a look in nursery at our Autumn display wall. 



Week commencing 17th September 2018

The 4 key priorities across school this year are

  •  Parental Partnerships 
  • Well-being 
  • Maths
  • Writing

Each week we will share our learning experiences with you and link to our key priorities. If you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to talk to Miss Haigh.   The 2yo provision staff will keep you updated with 'What's on' at the Children's Centre and will support you to attend courses, activities and events.  Please take a look and 'like' Swinnow Children's centre facebook page too. 

Week commencing 10th September 2018

 Welcome back to the 2year olds who are rejoining us this term and a big hello to all our new families, we hope you all enjoyed the summer and we look forward to a busy Autumn term of learning.  

The children are all settling to the routines of school, they are busy exploring the resources and getting to know each other, lots of learning within the prime areas of the EYFS taking place.