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Welcome to Oak - Nursery!

The teacher in Nursery is Mrs Townsend.  In Nursery we are helped by Mrs Hovell, Miss Barford and Miss Griffiths.  Mrs Walton is our Specialist Speech and Language Intervention Assistant.

Meet our Team!

Meet our Team! 1 Mrs Townsend
Meet our Team! 2 Mrs Hovell
Meet our Team! 3 Miss Barford
Meet our Team! 4 Miss Griffiths
Meet our Team! 5 Mrs Walton

We have two nursery sessions and also offer 30 hours places:

 

Morning Nursery

The morning session starts at 8.35am and ends at 11.35am.

 

Afternoon Nursery

The afternoon session starts at 12.20pm and ends at 3.20pm.

 

30 Hours

Our 30 hours session starts at 9.20am and ends at 3.20pm.

 

We lock the door 10 minutes after the start of the session to keep the children safe. If you arrive late or you need to leave early you will need to use the main entrance of the school.

Please tell us if someone different is going to take your child home.

 

Children in the Nursery learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outdoors. We are proud to be working towards our 'Curiosity Approach Accreditation' and provide a homely, curiosity focused learning environment.

 

MONDAY is PE day in nursery. For PE the children need to take off their shoes and socks to go into the main hall. It would be really great if you could teach them how to take off and put on their own shoes and socks, to promote their independence. We ask that the children wear shoes with Velcro fastening and no laces.

 

FRIDAY is the day that we take part in Forest Schools. On this day children need to dress in warm clothes and have a pair of wellies that can be left on their peg. We go to Forest Schools in all weathers, so their clothing is really important.

Our fabulous learning environment!

                  Our Learning 2019-2010
Autumn 2- Cracking Celebrations!
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During this term we will be learning about Cracking Celebrations! We will look at a variety of celebrations and events from different cultures, such as Bonfire Night, Diwali and Remembrance Day. A big focus will be upon learning new words to extend our vocabulary. Towards the end of the term we will be learning all about Christmas and the nativity story, in preparation for our very own nativity. We will begin to explore what happens in the Winter at our forest schools site each Friday. We will base our learning on the things that we show our teachers that we are really interested in within these themes. We are also looking forward to a visit from the local fire fighters and our Christmas party.

We had the most exciting first week back! We learnt all about how we celebrate bonfire night and had some very special visitors in to teach us all about how to stay safe. As you can see, we had a great time!

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We were very happy when our Mummies and Daddies came to visit for our Autumn Stay and Play. We did a super performance and then enjoyed doing craft activities in nursery. We can't wait for them to come and visit in nursery again!

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Autumn 1- Our House!

 

 

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During this term we will be learning about Our House. We will talk about our families, who lives with us and explore the local community. We will also think about how where we live changes during the autumn time and the animals that share our environment with us. We will begin to explore what happens in the Autumn at our forest explorers site each Friday. We will base our learning on the things that we show our teachers that we are really interested in within these themes.

We are also welcoming new children to our nursery and will be spending time getting to know each other and our nursery rules and routines.

We have had so much fun exploring the activities in our new classroom and making friends!

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We couldn't wait to get our hands dirty at Forest Explorers, we found lots of different coloured leaves and a little green bug. 

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We welcomed our Grandparents into nursery for Grandparent's Day. It was a very special day and we loved showing them our favourite things to do when we are at nursery!

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Our Learning 2018-2019

Autumn 1- Reach for the Stars!

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During this term we will be learning about space. We will look at the things that you find in space. We are also going to explore light and dark through looking at shadows and sources of light. The children will be exploring different shapes that can be found in space and learn related counting rhymes. They will explore fiction and non-fiction books about space. We will also be getting messy through exploring the painting 'Starry Night' by Van Gough.

We are also welcoming new children to our nursery and will be spending time getting to know each other and our nursery rules and routines.

We had an amazing time during our first Forest School session! We hunted for our names, enjoyed hot chocolate and a biscuit and played '1,2,3 where are you?' We can't wait until the next Forest Schools!

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We have really enjoyed learning all about aliens. We had fun reading the story 'Alien Tea on Planet Zum Zee' and then preparing for our own Alien Party! We made alien biscuits and party hats specially. We had so much fun eating our snack and playing party games!

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This week at Forest Schools we have been exploring patterns in nature by doing crayon rubbings on different surfaces. We are super explorers!

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We had the best time on 'Grandparent's Day' and were super lucky to have such fun grandparents. They played with us in nursery and helped us to make astronaut pictures, some of them even went on the bikes! Grace's Grandad even brought his guitar along so that we could sing nursery rhymes. We loved listening to him play, he even played us a beautiful song that he wrote. A BIG THANK YOU to all of our lovely Grandparents that came to visit.

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At Forest Schools this week we went on an Autumn leaf hunt. We looked for the colours that you see at Autumn time; red, yellow, orange and brown. Then we made leaf crowns, we were so pleased with them!

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One of our favourite things to at nursery is to bake. This week we made yummy jam tarts. First we lined the tin with butter. Then we carefully cut out a circle from the pastry and placed it in the tin. Finally we spooned in some strawberry jam and they were ready to go in the oven. We ate them at snack time and thought that they were delicious.

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We are really interested in spiders at the moment. So we went to Forest Schools we went on a spider hunt, can you see the huge spider that we found! Whilst we were hunting for spiders we found a huge worm, some of the children were brave enough to hold it! Then we made our own special matchbox houses for our spider friends. We collected lots of miniature treasure that we thought that they would like to go inside. We even made sure that the spider houses looked nice by drawing pictures on them.

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We are having lots of fun exploring the painting 'Starry Night' by Van Gough. We got very messy making our own finger painted versions and star shaped bird feeders!

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We had a fun time learning all about Halloween in nursery and dancing at the Halloween disco. Don't we look amazing!

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As it was going to be Bonfire Night during half term the fire fighters came to speak to us about how to stay safe. They showed us all of their equipment and even let us get into their fire engine. They put the siren and flashing lights on, it was very loud!

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Autumn 2- Cracking Celebrations!

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During this term we will be learning about celebrations. We will look at a variety of celebrations from different cultures, such as Bonfire night and Diwali, to see how they are both similar and different. A big focus will be upon learning new words to extend our vocabulary. Towards the end of the term we will be learning all about Christmas and the nativity story, in preparation for our very own nativity. We will begin to explore what happens in the Winter at our forest schools site each Friday. We are also looking forward to our festive trip to White Post Farm.

We spent time learning all about Bonfire night and the Hindu festival Diwali. We found out that although the foods at each of the celebrations was different, they both had amazing fireworks! We made fireworks with our bodies, marks on paper and icing sugar on biscuits! We even made a big bonfire and had hog dogs for snack at forest schools.

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Our grown-ups came and watch us perform Autumn songs and dances and then stayed at nursery to play with us. We loved it!

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We really enjoyed Pudsey themed activities in our classroom and thought that it was very funny that we could wear our pyjamas to school for Children in Need.

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When we learnt about birthdays we asked Miss Barford is we could make a real birthday cake in baking. Look how amazing our birthday cakes turned out, they were delicious too!

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We raised money for the British Heart Foundation by doing 'Jump Rope for Heart', as you can see we were very good at the activities.

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We had the most amazing trip to White Post Farm! We got to hold lots of animals, including snakes, and saw Santa! We hope the grown-ups that joined us had a great day too!

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We had an extremely exciting day when Santa came to visit. We loved singing him Christmas songs and practising our best ho ho ho's!

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We had so much fun at our Christmas party! It was full of party games, dancing and party food, yummy!

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Spring 1- Dinosaurs and all that Rubbish

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During this term we will be learning about Dinosaurs and all that Rubbish. We will be learning about different types of dinosaurs, what they eat and reading lots of fun stories about them. We will also be learning about recycling, why it is important and the wider impact on our world. We will be spending time talking about different dinosaurs and recyclable materials and sorting them into groups.

We also want to say a big welcome to our new children in nursery!

Our talk for writing story for this term was 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt'. We loved this story and even went on a real bear hunt at Forest Schools. We went through the swishy swashy grass, splash splosh through the river, squelch squerch through the mud, stumble tripped through the forest, wooo hooo through the snow storm and tip-toed up to a cave. In the cave we found... A BEAR. We had to run very quickly all the way home and decided that we're not going on a bear hunt again! We had so much fun!

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When we got nursery we found something very exciting. A dinosaur had laid an egg in our water tray! We carefully watched it over the week as it cracked and slowly hatched. We name her Rosie Rex and took very good care of her. She had her own house and we wrote a shopping list for Mrs Townsend to take to the dinosaur shop. We brought her a bowl, dinosaur food, a dinosaur bath, dinosaur shampoo and a lead so that we could take her for a walk.

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We are getting really good at writing our names now! We carefully wrote our names and then made marks using dinosaurs and paint. We moved the dinosaurs in lines, circles, spirals, loops, zig-zags and eights.

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We learnt all about Chinese New Year, but our favourite part was trying some Chinese food! We tried spring rolls, prawn crackers and sweet and sour noodles. We talked about how the Chinese food was similar or different to the foods that we eat and why we did or didn't like it.

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We held Mental Health week in school. Over this week in nursery we painted pictures based upon a piece of art using straws, as we painted we talked about how the different colours made us feel and how we were feeling in that moment. We also had a yoga session for our PE and learnt a few moves to help us to relax and stay healthy.

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Spring 2- Fantasy Tales, Nice Nursery Rhymes and Fairy Tales

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During this term we will be learning about Fantasy Tales, Nice Nursery Rhymes and Fairy Tales. We will be learning about the characters that you find in fairy tales, where they are usually set and the typical sequence of events that you will find. We will be focusing on expanding our vocabulary and story telling skills. We will also be linking stories to songs to support us in retelling them.

In the first week we learnt all about pancake day and made our own pancakes. As you can see we worked very hard to whisk the mixture! It was also world book day, look at our fantastic best costume winners!

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We had great fun making royal themed things in nursery! We made castles, crowns, princess biscuits and royal pudding... yum!

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As part of our topic we also learnt about Easter. Our friends at the local Coop donated the ingredients  for us to make chocolate Easter nests, I think we enjoyed eating them just as much as making them! Our grown-ups came to watch us do a special Easter performance with lots of songs about Spring, then they stayed and played with us in nursery. We love it when our grown-ups get to come to nursery! To finish our amazing term we got to dance the night away at the Easter disco, we definitely have some moves!

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Summer 1- Down on the Farm

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During this term we will be learning about Down on the Farm. We will be learning about the different kinds of animals that you will find on the farm and their babies. We will look at lifecycles and how to care for animals. We will also look at where our food comes from and the different things that can be made using things such as eggs, wheat and milk. This will link to how we can keep ourselves healthy through exercise and a balanced diet. 

We also want to say a big welcome to our new children in nursery!


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