Welcome to Oak - Nursery!
The teacher in Nursery is Mrs Cantrell.
In Nursery we are helped by Mrs Hovell and Miss Barford.
Mrs Walton is our Specialist Speech and Language Intervention Assistant.
We have two nursery sessions and also offer 30 hours places:
The morning session starts at 8.35am and ends at 11.35am.
The afternoon session starts at 12.20pm and ends at 3.20pm.
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.
After half term, our topic will explore 'Nurturing Nature'.
We will be thinking about farms, farm machinery, the animals who live on farms and where our food comes from.
We will also find out about mother and baby animals and life cycles as we celebrate spring and Easter.
We will even be hatching our own chicks and watching carefully as they grow!
During this term we will be learning about 'Once upon a time.'
We will discover the magical world of fairy tales, castles, princesses, knights and dragons through lots of different stories and traditional tales.
We will explore story language as we develop our speaking, listening and communication skills.
Our talk for writing will be 'There was a princess long ago' which we hope everyone will enjoy acting out. So a big focus will also be on practising large and small movements as we use songs and actions to help us retell stories.
Our physical skills might also be put to the test as we have a go at making and flipping pancakes at the end of this half term.
We will base our learning on the things that we show our teachers that we are really interested in within the themes.
During this term we will be learning about 'I Wonder...' A big focus will be upon developing our skills in understanding the world. We will be looking at the ways that people celebrate and how this is similar and different to us. In particular we will learn about Bonfire Night, Remembrance Day, Diwali, Birthdays and Christmas. We will also be extremely creative, so keep your eyes peeled for the wonderful creations that we will be sending home! We will begin looking for signs of Autumn and then Winter 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 were so excited to be back, even more so when we started learning about Bonfire Night. We had an extremely exciting Forest Schools, we built a humongous bonfire and had hot dogs as a treat!
We have enjoyed learning all about Diwali. We made our very own Diva Lamps with a tealight inside to take home. We spotted lots of similarities with the things that we celebrate at home such as fireworks, decorations and giving gifts.
We were very snuggly wearing our pyjamas for Children in Need. We had a great time doing Pudsey crafts and making spotty cakes, Pudsey loves spots!
We made our own Christingles. The orange was the world, the red band the blood of Christ, the candle the light of the world and then there were four sticks to represent each season. We hope that the children enjoyed lighting and eating them at home!
As always we are having lots of fun each week at Forest Schools! Last half term we found a massive caterpillar, this time we have found a beautiful butterfly! We have had lots of fun collecting Autumn leaves, I wonder if the children can tell you the colours that we found?
During this term we will be learning about 'Where will I go?' A big focus will be upon developing our skills in understanding the world. We will be looking at transport, where we live and the people who are special to us. We will also be doing lots of PSED as it has been a while since we have all been together at nursery! We will begin looking for signs of 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 had a wonderful time decorating green biscuits for MacMillan Cancer Support, but we had an even better time eating them!
We have really enjoyed learning about Autumn and have learnt the names for Autumnal objects.
We have had the most wonderful time exploring at Forest Schools. We most certainly aren't afraid to get stuck in!
We looked amazing for a Halloween Party Day, it was such a spooky day!
Spring 2- People Who Help Us!
During this term we will be learning about People Who Help Us! We will explore lots of different texts including fiction, non-fiction, instructions and recipes. A big focus will be upon developing our skills in understanding the world. Our talk for writing text will be 'How to Brush your Teeth' following a visit from the Tooth Fairy! We will begin looking for signs of Spring at our forest explorers site each Friday. At the end of this term we will learn all about Easter and invite our grown-ups to nursery for a performance/stay and play session. We will base our learning on the things that we show our teachers that we are really interested in within these themes.
We loved celebrating pancake day! We made delicious pancakes and sat around the table and ate them together. We learnt lots of vocabulary like: stir, mix, batter, crack, flip, measure, recipe, pour and smooth. We found the story 'Mr Wolf's Pancakes' really funny, we spotted some of the characters that were in the traditional tales that we read last term.
We were really interested in hunting for Spring flowers at Forest Explorers, so we did some observational drawings/paintings in our classroom. They are now displayed in the small world area, we would love for the parents to go and have a look!
We have been learning all about how Dentists help us this week. We were super excited when the Tooth Fairy came to see us! She showed us how to look after our teeth and explained what happens when you go for a check up at the dentist.
We looked amazing dressed up as characters from our favourite books for World Book Day. We also enjoyed decorating potatoes to resemble our favourite stories.
During this term we will be learning about our schools Rainbow Rules through Traditional Tales! We will read lots of different traditional tales and think about the things that the characters did and didn't do to follow our Rainbow Rules. A big focus will be upon learning story language and personal, social and emotional skills. Our talk for writing story will be 'The Three Little Pigs' which we hope will inspire story telling and mark making in Nursery. We will begin to explore what happens in the Winter and Spring 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 looking forward to looking after pet guinea pigs for a week at the end of term!
"Little pigs, little pigs, let me come in!" We made our own story map to tell the story. We have been busy retelling the story and can now remember lots of the story phrases. We said that the little pigs definitely followed our Rainbow Rule 'We try our best', by persevering until they built a strong house.
Little Red Riding Hood wasn't very good at following our Rainbow Rule 'We listen'. Luckily we are brilliant listeners in Nursery! Here we are making some jam tarts for Little Red Riding Hoods basket.
"Run, run, as fast as you can. You can't catch me I'm the Gingerbread Man!" Luckily none of our Gingerbread Men ran away when we opened the oven! We learnt about the Rainbow Rule 'We are honest' and decided that the fox needed to come to nursery so that we could teach him all about honesty. We are loving baking this term and are learning lots about numbers and quantity.
We had a special visit from a theatre company where we explored the story 'The Gingerbread Man' through movement and imagination.
We enjoyed reading the story 'The Enormous Turnip' and talked about how important it is to 'try our best'. We had lots of fun exploring what different vegetables smell, feel and look like by chopping them up!
It has been snowing! We couldn't wait to get wrapped up warm and explore outside. We enjoyed snuggling up with a good book and watching the snow fall just as much!
In the last week we focused on the rainbow rule 'We are gentle and look after each other'. We were lucky enough to have a class pet, our teachers were very impressed at how well we looked after our guinea pigs. White Post Farm even let us choose their names. We chose 'Monkey' because he didn't always do the right thing and 'Marshmallow' because he was white and fluffy.
Forest Explorers is a perfect time for us to show how good we are at following our rainbow rules. We love how kind and helpful our children are and how good we are at working as a team!
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!
We were very inspired by our visit from the fire fighters! At forest explorers we found 'hoses' and set to work putting out fires. We also found a leaf with insect eggs on it and lots of wriggly worms.
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!
We have loved learning all about Autumn, we used our left over pumpkins to feed the birds and squirrels in our woodland area. We had a problem... how can we get it into the tree? As you can see, we didn't stop until we had solved the problem!
We had a great day at nursery wearing our pyjamas for Children in Need, we loved making spotty biscuits for our snack!
Christmas is one of our favourite times in nursery. So we prepared by decorating the tree and inviting our grown ups in for some festive crafts. We absolutely loved it and had lots of excited grown ups turn up. Thank you!
We had a great time learning the songs and dances for our nativity. We really did put on an amazing show!
We know how to party! We had so much fun dancing, playing pass the parcel and musical statues. Then we enjoyed our party food and even had a surprise visit from Santa.
Autumn 1- Our House!
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!
We couldn't wait to get our hands dirty at Forest Explorers, we found lots of different coloured leaves and a little green bug.
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!
Our Learning 2018-2019
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!
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!
This week at Forest Schools we have been exploring patterns in nature by doing crayon rubbings on different surfaces. We are super explorers!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
We had a fun time learning all about Halloween in nursery and dancing at the Halloween disco. Don't we look amazing!