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Nursery 3 and 4 Year Old Blog 2018-19

Week commencing 22nd July 2019

We close for the summer break at 3pm on Wednesday 24th July and for those remaining in Nursery we re-open on Wednesday 4th September 2019

For those moving on to Reception or starting a new school we have really enjoyed supporting you and watching you grow and thank you for being part of our nursery.  We wish you lots of new adventures for the future.


Week commencing 15th July 2019

"Ian's mobile farm" - will be with us today- children will visit in groups to hear about the animals and have a chance to hold / touch them.

If you would like to join us please let a member of staff know.

You are also welcome to visit Ian and the animals with your child at the end of your child's session on the main field.

Week commencing 8th July 2019

As we draw near to the end of the summer term we would like to celebrate  with you the success and progress your child has made over the year - Children will bring home  a copy of their end of year report on Wednesday this week - if you have any questions or queries please see Miss Haigh

Week commencing 1st July 2019

Sports day for our 4 year old's and current Reception children will be held on Wed 3rd July at 9.30 on the main field - we would love you to join us


Week commencing 24th June 2019


Week commencing 17th June 2019


Take a look at our focus book and find out just how many football boots a spider football team would need! 


Week commencing 10th June 2019

Reminder school is closed on Friday 14th June for a training day 

Week commencing 3rd June 2019

Welcome Back

We hope everyone has had a super half term and we look forward to the adventures ahead. 

We are starting with a new focus book 

Week commencing 20th May 2019

The Rainbow Fish is our chosen book this week 

Listen to the story at home - click here 


Reminder School closes for half term on

Friday 24th May and reopens on Monday 3rd June


Week commencing 13th May 2019


Week commencing 6th May 2019

We are looking at the story 

"Mr Gumpy's outing"

Take a look at this stop-motion animation of the story at home

(click the title above) 

Week commencing 29th April 2019 

This week we are going to have a look at the poem "Daddy fell into the pond"

Click the link to have a read at home


Week commencing 22nd April 2019

We hope everyone had a super Easter bank holiday weekend enjoying the sunshine and spending time with family and friends. 


Week commencing 15th April 2019

Welcome Back -we hope you have all had a super break and are looking forward to some new adventures this half term. 

School places are confirmed this week for those children starting school in September 2019. 

We will be thinking about Easter celebrations - don't forget to add a post to Tapestry to share what you do in your family to celebrate Easter too!


Week commencing 25th March 2019

This week we are thinking about "Mothering Sunday" and all the people who look after us and do some Mothering - be this Daddys, Grandparents, childminders as well as Mummys.


School closes for the holidays on Friday and reopens on Mon 15th April 


Week commencing 18th March 2019

After all the rain last week we are certainly glad to see a little bit of sunshine!

We are very aware that we have a large but muddy outside area which the children absolutely love exploring but is less kind to clothes and socks!

We do have suits and welllies at school and children are encouraged to put them on before playing out but if your child has their own wellies / waterproofs please send them to school too and we will do our best to reduce the unfortunate side effects of outdoor play

Many thanks for your understanding and support


The children have enjoyed making shopping lists, cafes and tiger pictures as we have read "The tiger who came for tea"



Week commencing 11th March 2019

Well done to everyone who joined in our vocabulary parade and was able to get dressed up for World book day - all the children looked fabulous!


Thinking about words and talking more about words at home is part of our whole school drive to widen the vocabulary used by our children, in turn this supports their future attainment in writing

Take a look at all the super selfie photographs in nursery 


We would encourage families to donate rather than actually buy the red nose as they are made from non-recyclable plastic  - we will be 'painting' the children's noses in nursery and 100% of our donations will go to comic relief 

This week we are raising money for comic relief and having some Comic relief fun....but just watch out as I think there maybe an unexpected guest for tea!!!

Our book next week is 


Lunchbox idea

Try to include some fish in your weekly balanced diet, there are different types of fish that the body needs - take a look here for more information  - click the picture


Week commencing 4th March 2019

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

We are reading "Mr Wolf's pancakes"  by Jan Fearnley

Click the picture above to hear 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 



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 - Healthy Inside and Out 

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 

If your child does not attend on Thursday you are still very welcome to join us at 8.30am / 9am or 12 o'clock 


Week commencing 4th February 2019

Internet safety week  

Thank you to everyone who was able to join us for our 'PJ storyday' -  the children really enjoyed it so much so they are requesting another!! watch this space!



We have been talking to the children about their use of tablets / i-pads / telephones and how they can be safe when they are doing so.

We have suggested to the children that they let an adult know if something unexpected 'pops up' when they are playing a games on a device. 

Take a look at the guidance about under 5s use of the internet



Week commencing 28th January 2019

National Storytelling Week

'#Get caught Reading'  - where is the most unusual place you have read a story? take a look at some of our photographs - many thanks to everyone who shared their snaps and don't forget you can still add posts to Tapestry to share your home reading.



Week commencing 21st January 2019

It is National Storytelling week next week 

 Who is your favourite Character? Where do you like to read your stories? 

Join us on Wednesday 30th for our PJ storytelling day

Children are invited to wear their PJs to Nursery on this day to share the love of reading  


This week we have been looking at Goldilocks and the 3 Bears and developing our Maths language  - too big, too small, just right

Try singing this song at home

Click here


Week commencing 14th January 2019 

We have had lots of poorly children (and adults) this week and hope everyone is feeling much better now 

We have talked with the children about hand washing and germs spreading to help reduce the spread of illness.

Try this song to help at home too 

Click to see the HAND WASHING SONG 

If your child is poorly or unable to attend please let us know by 

Tel: 0113 378 3100
Text: 0786 000 4869 


Dates for your diary 

-Fri 25th Jan All Day Pudsey Does Denim for Dementia 

 - We are planning a visit to Pudsey library in February - look out for your letter once dates are confirmed with Matthew the librarian

- National Storytelling week - wc 28th January parents welcome to join us on Wed 30th for our PJ storytime at the end of the sessions-

further details to come

-  Tue 5th Feb All day Safer Internet Day

- Thur 14th Feb PSHE Celebration Mental Health week -

join us at the start / end of the session  - further detail will follow 


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

Just a reminder of our whole school priorities for this school 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 

-  Our Nativity 2pm Wednesday 19th December 

-  Thursday 20th December  - Christmas party for ALL children in am session  

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


Week commencing 10th December 2018


Week commencing 3rd December 2018

"Christmas is on its way!!"

Share your Christmas with us on Tapestry - Are you going to Pudsey lights switch on? Have you put up your Christmas tree? Have you visited Santa? Let us know what traditions your child is involved in this Christmas by uploading a photo or video to Tapestry


We would like to invite you to the first of our Christmas events 

Our festive stay and play session on Wednesday 5th December at the start of the morning session and the end of the afternoon session (8.30 / 9am or 2pm) 

Lots of Christmas fun, decoration making, reindeer food, party hats, Christmas music - come along in your festive jumper and make some memories with your little ones.



Thank you to all the parents who were able to attend stay and play 

- the children really enjoyed sharing the festive fun 


Lunchbox idea

 This week why not add a little note to your child's lunch box to let them know how proud you are, or to tell them something you love about them  - we will try to capture the moment on Tapestry for you so you can see their reaction as we read the note to them - its is quite an amazing feeling to be told something positive about yourself, great for a boost to your emotional health and well being...you could even try it at home with the adults. 


Week commencing 26th November 2018

Maths is all around - join us on Wednesday for our Maths stay and play  at the beginning of each nursery session or in main school at the end of the school day (3-4pm), we will show you some super activities and ideas for early Maths at home and share teaching and learning expectations for young children's mastery of mathematics. 


We would like to say a big thank you to all who were able to join us to explore maths through play - the children really enjoyed showing you all their super learning -

please CLICK this link if you were unable to for some super ideas for Maths at home



Maths is... pattern; sorting; ordering; talking about; trying things out; trying again; counting and so much more to develop an understanding about Number, Shape, Space and Measure



Week commencing 19th November 2018

What a busy week in Nursery!

We have been celebrating 'World Nursery Rhyme Week' 

We have been singing; dancing; storytelling; counting and mark making this week whilst sharing lots of favourite rhymes.

 Shake rattle and Boogie

Kimberley and Boogie Bear came to visit too for a music and dance session which everyone enjoyed!

Let us know your child's favourite rhyme by uploading a photo / video to Tapestry


Lunchbox idea

Try adding something new  this week - perhaps

a hard boiled egg, 

pitta bread and humous

tuna and pasta 


Week commencing 12th November 2018

We have been exploring our feelings this week through 'The colour monster'

Click here to watch and listen to the story at home

The children have been thinking about things that make them feel different ways, they have been encouraged to talk about how feelings look and had great fun pulling lots of different faces so we can add photos to our display.  

Early childhood is when children begin developing their social and emotional skills, which influence their mental health and wellbeing, now and in the future. Children learn these skills through their important relationships including families, caregivers, peers and adults in early childhood settings.  


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. 


Week commencing 22nd October 2018

Don'y forget to check the weekly school newsletter for important dates 

School closed for training days

Friday 26th October and Monday 5th November  


"Is there room on a broom for a cat like me?"

This week we are continuing with 'The Tunnel' and also reading and exploring

"Room on the broom by Julia Donaldson'

Click the picture link below to hear and watch a song about the story

Lunchbox idea

According to NHS Choices a healthy lunchbox should contain

Starchy food like bread, rice, potato or pasta

Protein like eggs, fish, meat or beans

A dairy item like cheese or yoghurt

Vegetables or salad and a portion of fruit


Try a fruity sundae - click here for details



Week commencing 15th October 2018

Our whole school "Take one book" text this week is

The tunnel - Anthony Browne

Through the illustrations in this book we will explore feelings and develop the children's ideas by asking  "What might...... what if....... and I wonder..."


The children came up with some fantastic ideas for where the tunnel may lead...to a park, to a secret garden, to princess -land, to Grandma's house...

Where would your secret tunnel take you? 


Week commencing 8th October 2018 

Our focus book this week has been

"We're going on a Bear Hunt by Micheal Rosen"  

We have hunted for bears in the garden, drawn bears,  made dinner for the bear, looked at the setting and the different places in the story - 'the oozy mud, the swishy swashy grass' ,  This story has enabled the adults to support the children's developing vocabulary, encourage the children to retell a familiar story , allowed the children to explore different feelings through story, provided opportunity for drawing and mark making and captured the children's imagination. 

Next week we are continuing to use the children's interests in the 'bears story' alongside our new focus text. 


Lunchbox idea

Why not swap sandwiches for a pitta pocket - wholemeal or seeded add extra fibre,

filled with tuna/sweetcorn and mayo or shredded roast chicken and salad


Week commencing 1st October 2018

We have been enjoying the story "Owl Babies by Martin Waddell.

The children are able to retell the story quite confidently, join in with the repeated refrain (the part where Bill says "I want my mummy" again and again) and talk about how the baby owls feel when mummy has gone hunting.   This story has supported development in our speaking and listening skills, our understanding of relationships and our knowledge of the world around us and in particular Owls.  

Click on the picture below to hear the story for yourself and to share at home


Lunchbox idea 

Instead of a full packet of crisps just add a few crisps (4-6 crisps)  to a small container in your child's lunch box - did you know a suitable portion size is the same as a handful  amount for the person eating it 


Further information re portion sizes click here

Week commencing 24th September 2018

The children have been enjoying the autumn sunshine this week. 

We have been exploring the changes within the garden, different types of weather and the change in the colour of the leaves.  We have been supporting the children to use new or extended vocabulary and phrases to describe what they can see, hear, smell and feel.   We have used the leaves in our creative experiences, painted with them and on them.  Made our own pictures by gluing the leaves and drawn around the outline shape supporting our developing fine motor skills for writing.  We have used them to develop our mathematical understanding of shape, pattern and size both inside and outside. 



Lunchbox idea 

Why not use a shaped cookie cutter to make sandwiches smaller and more appealing 


Week commencing 17th September 2018

The 4 key priorities across school this year are 

  • Parental partnerships
  • Well-being
  • Maths
  • Writing 

Each week we will try to link our class blog to these main priorities to share our progress and work towards raising standards.  If you have any questions or queries please don't hesitate to speak to Miss Haigh.


Week commencing 10th September 2018


to all our children and families returning to Nursery, transitioning from our 2 year old provision or joining us for the first time.

We are looking forward to a busy term of learning as the children settle to the routines of school, explore their new surroundings and get to know each other. If you have any questions or queries please speak to

Miss Haigh or Miss Wilkinson at the start of the session.