Run, Run As Fast As You Can…

Nursery have been focusing on the story ‘The Gingerbread Man’. Last week we read the story and at the end a mystery envelope fell out of the book. It was a note from the Gingerbread Man explaining that he had left clues around the school for us to follow.

“I’ve left my friends for you to snack,
But I’ll bet you’ll never get me back!
Look for me where there are lots of books!”

“I’ve read lots of books,
But I’m gone, can’t you see?
I’m the Gingerbread Man and you can’t catch me!
Look for me by a friendly face who answers phones in a busy place”

“The Business Manager has a friendly face
And answers phones in a busy place.
Find me by the leader of our school.”

“This is Mrs Hinstridge’s office.
She’s nice, you know.
She told me not to run anymore,
But to walk, wherever I go.
Go find me where lunches are served.”

“This is the lunch hall.
Mary and her friends like us a bunch,
And always make sure we have a good lunch.
I’m getting a bit tired as you can see,
Nursery class is where I will be!”

When we arrived back in Nursery we found the Gingerbread Man and he had left us some special biscuits to enjoy. We then enjoyed a variety of different activities based around the story, including sequencing pictures, putting the correct number of buttons on the gingerbread men using finger paints, designing our own Gingerbread Man and making Gingerbread Men in the playdough.




Last week Nursery were busy learning all about Diwali. We looked at how people prepare for the festival and how it is celebrated. Throughout the week the children made their own Rangoli patterns using coloured rice, created their own Diva lamps using a recycled CD and have very carefully painted Mehndi patterns onto a hand outline using a cotton bud! Throughout the week the children were very keen to recall what they had learnt.

Elsie told everyone, “It means good luck the Rangoli. They do Diva lamps at the windows because so everyone can see.”

Aisha explained, “They decorate the door with Rangoli patterns. They give people sweets and they have fireworks and put Diva lamps on the windows.”

Rudy told the class, “They do fireworks for Diwali and they put candles in the windows. They make Rangoli patterns and they put Mehndi on their hands.”

Helena explained, “They put Rangoli patterns on the doorstep for good luck. They put Mehndi patterns on their skin. They make Diva lamps for Diwali because Diwali means row of lamps.”



Signs of autumn

Nursery has been very busy learning all about autumn and noticing the changes which happen throughout the season. During Forest School we looked at the story ‘Leaf Man’ by Lois Ehlert. The children then went on a leaf hunt collecting leaves and other natural autumnal objects to use to create their own Leaf Man. As we collected leaves from different trees the children spoke about the signs of autumn that they had noticed. Iris told us “In Autumn the wind blows the leaves to the floor and they change colour to yellow and brown. “Kaitlyn told everyone “the leaves go orange, red and brown and red and it gets cold and dark. “Emma also told us “the sunshine doesn’t come out very much and the leaves change colour and fall off the trees. “Benjamin explains “the sun doesn’t stay out for very long. The days are shorter and shorter.”

In the classroom we have also been looking at autumn animals and what happens to them during the autumn. We have been busy making fat balls for the birds by mixing together bird seed and carefully scooping them into a cup before adding lard, we have been making lolly stick hedgehogs at the craft table and developing out fine motor skills by squeezing the correct number of pegs onto the numbered hedgehogs. Helena told the class “a squirrel hides nuts in a hole in the ground and gets them in winter and a hedgehog hibernates.” Charlie D explained “the birds fly away in autumn because it gets too cold.”



His Eyes Are Orange, His Tongue Is Black!

This week Nursery have been focusing on the well-loved story of ‘The Gruffalo’. Throughout the week we have been using the puppets to retell the story as well as having a Gruffalo tea party in the Gruffalo’s den. The children have also enjoyed making Gruffalo biscuits – selecting a green smartie for the poisonous wart on the end of his nose and using marshmallows for his terrible teeth in his terrible jaws!

The children have had the opportunity to be very creative making their own Gruffalo face by adding the correct features to a paper plate and they have worked together to collage the different characters using a variety of materials. Nursery has also enjoyed having the challenge this week of painting the mouse and gluing the correct number of triangles onto the numbered snakes! In the maths area we have been ordering the characters by size and adding the correct number of purple prickles to the corresponding Gruffalo. What a very busy week!



The Start Of Something New!

WOW! What an incredible start to Nursery we have had so far. We are so proud of how the children have settled in and it’s lovely to see so many friendships already blossoming between the children. They have adapted extremely well to the new routine and are very keen to follow all of our golden rules!

The children have loved exploring both the inside and outside areas – with the dressing up and stage area being a real hit – with performances taking place multiple times a day! They have also thoroughly enjoyed making cakes with the playdough and taking on roles as mummies and daddies in their imaginative play.

During circle time the children have spoken about why they enjoy coming to Nursery. Poppy said, “I like Nursery because of all the toys and the drawing and play house.”

Rachel told the children, “I like drawing and playing with the dolls and Sienna.”

Charlie explained, “I like playing outside with the cars and in the house.”

Bibi told the grown-ups, “I like all of the friends I have made and playing princesses play balls with them.”

Emma told everyone, “I’ve made a new friend and that’s Bibi and we play playdough together.”

We cannot wait to see what fun we have over the next few weeks!



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.



New Nursery Presentation

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


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.”




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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