Nursery

JUL
20
2018

What an Incredible Year!

We cannot quite believe that this academic year has come to an end and the children will be starting Reception in September! It has been an incredible year and the children have achieved and blossomed so much. It’s been an absolute pleasure and honour to be a part of their journey. we have been discussing and reminiscing about our favourite moments.

Lucy told the children, “I liked coming to school when it was snowing because we built a snowman.”

Kitty told her friends, “I liked sports day and doing the egg and spoon race and Mummy came and we had lunch together.”

Lily explained, “I have liked going to Forest School and making pictures of ourselves and we used sticks and Mummy came.”

Kyra told her friends, “I liked Day of the Dead and we played with the skeleton and we made a skull and skeleton.”

Elspeth told the children “I have liked playing with all of the toys and making lots of friends and playing altogether.”

Some of the teachers’ highlights include: our Christmas production, World Book Day, Dad and Grandad Stickman afternoon, Mummy and Me craft afternoon as well as joining the whole school for a royal celebration!

We wish you a fun, memorable and safe summer holidays and we look forward to seeing the children start Reception! Thank you for all of your support, enthusiasm and commitment this year; not only is it sad to see the children go but also the wonderful families and we could not have achieved so much without the support we have been shown.

 

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JUL
16
2018

New Nursery Presentation

Please find below the slides from Mrs Hinstridge’s presentation to new parents.

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JUL
16
2018

EYFS Forest School Afternoon

Last week, Nursery and Reception invited their parents in to enjoy an Early Years Forest School afternoon. Together with our parents we worked collaboratively to create an image of all the children in Early Years by combining individual self-portraits made from natural materials.

It was a lovely afternoon and the children thoroughly enjoyed being able to explore the woodland area, finding different ‘treasures’ to combine together to create their final image. A huge thank you to all of the parents and grandparents who were able to attend the afternoon and for your continued support, joining us for different events throughout the year.

Lara’s mummy commented “Lara and I had a lovely afternoon; we really enjoyed looking for things in the forest and deciding what to use to make Lara’s glasses.”

Elspeth’s mummy commented “Elspeth and I had so much fun. We enjoyed trying out different things to make her face and she thought of spelling her name out with sticks.”

Florence’s mummy commented “Great afternoon and to include grandparents is lovely. Florence really enjoyed us being able to see her in Forest School and making her portrait. Thanks for a great afternoon.”

Fraser’s parents commented, “Fraser loves Forest School. He always talks about it at home so it was great to come this afternoon and experience it with him. The self-portrait was a really nice idea too. Luckily we managed to persuade him not to use all of the pine cones he collected for his alien eyes. Lovely afternoon.”

Alba’s mummy told us “Really lovely afternoon in this fantastic weather. A lovely end to Alba’s first year at Summercroft. We really enjoyed it.”

Elliott’s mummy told us, “Lovely afternoon. Enjoyed watching all the children joining in and having fun. Elliott enjoyed collecting specific items for his self-portrait.”

 

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JUN
22
2018

Ready…Steady…Go!

Nursery and Reception have been very busy getting ready for their long awaited sports morning. We have been practising many different skills including balancing along a beam, throwing bean bags into targets, jumping over hurdles and seeing if we are able to keep a quoit on our head whilst navigating in and out of cones.

Not only have we been practising different physical skills, we have also been supporting our peers and showing great sportsmanship by cheering everyone on during our races. Violet in Ash class explained to the children, “It’s the taking part; it’s not the winning that matters.”

Thank you to all of the parents who came and supported and for those who took part in the races…we could see that some of you had definitely been practising!

The Early Years Team

 

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MAY
30
2018

We Are Happy And Healthy!

On Monday, Nursery and Reception had a special visit from Mrs Spencer-Chapman who is a paediatric nutritionist. We learnt all about what foods are best to help us grow and what foods keep our bones and organs healthy. We had to work as a team to sort the food into the correct food categories onto the healthy food plate. Mrs Spencer-Chapman taught us a handy trick on how to measure our potion sizes. You need five fists of fruit and vegetables, four handfuls of carbohydrates, three double fingers of dairy, two palms of meat or fish and one thumb of fat.

We then used fruit to create repeating pattern kebabs for our yummy snack. All of us enjoyed tasting the different fruit and making our snack. During ChIL some of us made our own healthy eating plate, practising our portion control.

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MAY
11
2018

Dinosaurs have arrived!

Nursery have thoroughly enjoyed learning all about dinosaurs and playing with different dinosaur themed activities. In our roleplay area we have been dinosaur experts – looking closely at fossils and different dinosaurs through our magnifying pots and spotting different dinosaurs with our binoculars.

We practiced our cutting skills by cutting out a variety of dinosaurs and we arranged shapes to create our own dinosaur picture whilst talking about the different properties of each shape. We even made our own dinosaur counting books! We also looked at a fossil of an archaeopteryx and discussed what questions we might ask a dinosaur expert to find out more information. We came up with questions such as does it have sharp teeth? Does it eat fish? Does it have spikes to protect itself? Has it got a mouth or a beak? And does it fly?

 

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APR
27
2018

Celebrating All Things St George!

Nursery has been extremely busy learning all about the story of St George. Together we sequenced the story and then the children retold their versions to their peers. We also made swords during a forest school session by tying sticks together with string, collaged helmets with different textures, created our own shields with foil and made our own English flag. On Monday we came to school dressed in red and white and joined Reception in the afternoon for a parade around the playground – showing our parents all of our amazing creations and also performing a song which we have learnt about St George.

Throughout the week the children have shared their thoughts on who St George was Miles explained “George is a knight who fights a dragon with his sword.” Stanley told his peers “St George is a knight about England. He saves people from the dragon and he is brave and never dies.” Shifra told everyone “St George is a knight. He killed the dragon and he wears armour. He wears the flag of England. It has red and white.” Adam explains, “St George has a horse. He is the patron of England. He has the England flag. It has a red cross.”

 

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APR
25
2018

A Tiny Seed

Last week Nursery learnt all about the life-cycle of a sunflower. We planted our own sunflower seeds and spoke about what they would need to grow and what would happen to them. The children then discussed the life cycle of a sunflower between themselves with Lilah explaining, “You put the seeds in then the stem comes out. It grows and then it dies and it starts to grow again.” Lucas also told his peers, “First you put the seed in and then the stalk comes and then the head of the sunflower opens and it dies and it goes into the ground and grows more.” The children were very excited when after a few days some of the shoots were beginning to show! The children will bring their sunflowers home over the Easter holidays to continue their journey. Please do take photos of them as they grow so the children can share their sunflower’s journey with the class.

Not only did we plant our own sunflowers we also spruced up our flower beds in Nursery garden whilst looking at different bulbs. We planted daffodils, tulips and crocuses. We then discussed how we could look after our flowers. Zachary told us, “Give water for them to grow and they can shoot out. They don’t like being picked, they die and bees can’t eat it.” Ronnie explained, “You give flowers water to grow and don’t pick them because they will die and bees need them to make honey in the sun.”

 

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MAR
23
2018

Mummy and Me Craft Afternoon

Last Friday our Mummies joined us for a craft afternoon. Throughout the afternoon we made crowns for our Mummies using lots of glitter, sequins and feathers. We planted a flower, decorated biscuits with marshmallows and sprinkles and even made a lolly stick photo frame. It was lots of fun having our Mummies at school and being so creative with us!

Lucy spoke about the afternoon, “I liked making the flowers with Mummy. We have to put soil around the flower. I liked eating the biscuits too. We made one for each other and Mummy made a castle one for me and I made one with sprinkles on.”

Elspeth told us, “I liked when she made me a biscuit with icing and sprinkles and the marshmallows. I liked making the crown with Mummy. I made one with sparkles and pretty things and Mummy made a pretty one with glue sparkles and feathers on the top.”

Kitty told us her favourite part of the afternoon, “I liked making the crowns. I put glitter on them and also sparkly bits and glue. I put stickers on the photo frame, they were pink and purple and I put pom poms on there. We are going to put me and Mummy in the frame.”

 

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