What we are learning

Week beginning 15 May 2018

This week we have learned about Ramadan with Miss Ahmed and Sarah. Miss Ahmed told us about all the different things she does through this festival, and Sarah told us about Eid where she celebrates with a big party.

We have also talked about the royal wedding for Harry and Megan. We dressed up and walked along our red carpet. We made flags and crowns and had a royal snacktime with jam sandwiches. We also made some sparkly biscuits.


Week beginning 8 May 2018

Big board with drawings

We have really enjoyed our story this week, "Whatever Next!" by Jill Murphy. To help us remember the storyline, we have drawn pictures on our big board and made two big rockets in our Nursery garden.

We have learned a new song, "Zoom, Zoom, Zoom, we're flying to the Moon". This has helped us to count backwards from 10. It's really fun when we blast off.

In Nursery garden, our sunflower and runner bean seeds are starting to grow. We are remembering that they need sun and plenty of water.

Children enjoying a fruit saladIt was a lovely sunny day so we made a fruit salad and had a picnic in the garden.


Week beginning 30 April 2018

Wow, what a busy week we've had.

On Tuesday we had a visit from Ian the Park Ranger. He taught us all about sunflowers and we even got to plant our own.

Checking the sunflowers seeds
Each child planted their own sunflower seed and put the pots into the greenhouse. They have started to grow!

On Wednesday we joined in with KS1 and had a look at a big red fire engine. We saw the blue flashing lights and a really long hose.

On Thursday we visited Forest School. We talked about how to stay safe in the forest and then explored. We found a big foxhole and even climbed a mountain.

Hope you all have a lovely Bank Holiday weekend and see you all on Tuesday.


Week beginning 23 April 2018

We had a great time on the library bus this week. Mrs Bell and Miss Ahmed read us The Gingerbread Man and The Little Red Hen. We used props from our story sacks to help us understand the stories.

Due to one of the children wanting to plant her apple seed at snacktime, Mrs Bell got us some runner bean seeds. We planted them in pots and learned that sun and water will help them grow.


Week beginning 16 April 2018

Welcome back to Term 5. We hope you all had a great Easter break and had fun.

We would like to welcome our newest members to Nursery; Gemma, Mia, Annayah and Logan have all settled well into their new learning environment.

Space role play area

This week we have introduced our Space Station roleplay area, to support our topic relating the "Spirit of Adventure".

Model rockets
Models made by Titi, Gemma and Millie-Annes

Outside we have enjoyed washing our cars in our car wash and making cakes in the mud kitchen.


Week beginning 19 March 2018

What a busy week.

We have enjoyed making ladybird wraps this week as a followup from a child's interest.

We have also enjoyed taking part in Onside PE sessions. Wednesday is our last session as we are having our first Nursery trip to Broughton Grounds Farm next week, 28th March. Please could you make sure your child has appropriate clothing and a named water bottle. Please see Mrs Bell or Miss Ahmed if you have any queries.

We have been learning lots about road safety. Mrs Bell has very kindly made us a chart to tick if we walked to school safely on Friday. We counted our ticks and and got a special treat from Mrs Bell.

On Friday we took part in Sport Relief. We all dressed up as our favourite sporting heroes. We had our hearts racing! It was a brilliant experience.

Easter decorations
We have started to make Easter decorations.

Please note there is no school on Monday the 26th March for children as this is an INSET day - this allows you some extra time to get creative and make Easter bonnets ready for our parade on the 29th March. Have a lovely weekend.


Week beginning 12 March 2018

This week we have learned how to use our knives and forks safely. This is to support our eating at mealtimes. We all chose a cupcake and cut it up into small pieces. We used our forks to pop it into our mouths. We tried really hard and received a special certificate.

Table manners

In our PE session with Onside, we learned the Ten Steps of Fitness. We worked as small teams and followed instructions well.

Mrs Bell and Miss Ahmed would like to thank all of our parents/carers for attending our Parents' Evening and for their continued support.


Week beginning 5 March 2018

Wow, what a busy couple of weeks we have had.

It was lovely to hear the children's news about their adventures in the snow! The children told us all about making snowmen and some enjoyed sledging up and down the hills. "It was cold but fun!" said Layla.

This week we have been preparing for our mothers' special day on Sunday. We have painted portraits of our mums, and made flowers and cards about why we love them. We sang a special song and gave flowers to our parents and carers in our Mother's Day assembly.


Week beginning 20 February 2018

Welcome back after our February half term. We hope you all had a restful week off.

On Tuesday we came back to Nursery to discover a minibeast garden. We talked about who would live in a minibeast garden and did some minibeast printing. We also helped Miss Maycock measure how long the hungry caterpillar in our minibeast area is. We have really enjoyed using our hands and magnifying glasses to look for pictures that were hidden in the soil. We got messy but had so much fun!

Mini beasts garden and kindness board

This week we also introduced our kindness board. Each time we do something kind or make our friends happy, it gets written on a special star and put up on the board.

We enjoyed having our indoor car wash with toothbrushes and soapy water. Our Nursery cars are now squeaky clean!


Snack time

Week beginning 29 January 2018

This week we have been practising writing our names. We were so good Miss Ahmed and Mrs Bell were very impressed!

We enjoyed doing handprints this week as we all got together to do a leaving card for our friend Jude. We are sorry he's leaving. We will miss him.

Some of our friends from Early Years came to explore in Nursery. We made them feel welcome and explained our Nursery rules to them. We remembers the rules well without being reminded.

We are getting very confidence with counting beyond 10. Some of us can count beyond 20 independently. Our numicon has really helped with our learning.

We had our class reward on Friday as we managed to fill our pom pom pot. For our reward we made some dinosaur jam sandwiches! We practised washing our hands, following the right procedure and using our listening ears to follow instructions.


Week beginning 22 January 2018

What a busy week!

We have been playing sound lotto and have been super at taking turns. We had to remember where our animal pictures were.

On Wednesday we put on our all-in-one suits and went outside to splash in some puddles. We had so much fun! Mrs Bell showed us different types of weather on our smart board.

We have been learning about different textures. We got creative and painted on foil. We displayed our painting in our classroom.

Welcome to Akshata, our new member of Nursery.

We made our very own playdough with Miss Ahmed. We got messy but had a great time. We used our playdough for dough gym. This helps to strengthen our muscles!

Painting dinosaur models

Finally a big thank you to Miss Maycock for helping us finish our modroc dinosaurs. It has been a great experience.


Week beginning 15 January 2018

This week we have made dinosaurs and Miss Maycock has helped us modroc our models. Next week we are going to paint them! Please ask to see them.

Children with their dinosaur models

We have enjoy
ed blowing bubbles in our garden and watching the wind help them to climb really high.

We had a visit from Ms Pamplin who showed us how to eat a chocolate button in a "mindful" way. We really enjoyed this session. We also made playdough with Miss Ahmed. We talked about different textures and enjoyed getting messy with our hands.


Week beginning 8 January 2018

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to all of our children and parents/carers. Mrs Bell, Miss Ahmed and Hannah wish to say a big thank you for all of our wonderful cards and presents over the Christmas period.

We would like to welcome our newest children Joshua, Harvey, Cleo, Olivia, Dakotah and Lexi to Ducklings. The children are all beginning to settle well and have enjoyed exploring their new learning environment.

We started this week with our dinosaur day. We made our own dinosaur name pictures, rescued dinosaurs from the slime and the lake and heard about Harry's adventures with his bucket full of dinosaurs. If your child has a dinosaur story at home, please bring in to share with the children.


Week beginning 11 December 2017

Nursery at Christmas

Wow, we have had a week full of Christmas fun. And some of us saw snow for the first time!

We have made lots of Christmas crafts and can't wait to show our grown ups.

We sang Jingle Bells in the carol concert and received a huge round of applause. We are now ready for our Christmas party and are looking forward to wearing our party clothes.

Mrs Bell and Miss Ahmed would like to wish all of our parents/carers a wonderful Christmas and a fun-filled 2018.


SnowmenWeek beginning 4 December 2017

Wow, what a great week we have had! 

Our week started with us performing our Christmas show to KS1 and then to our families. We were brilliant and our families gave us the biggest clap!

We have been busy making Christmas reindeer, snowmen and a sleigh in Santa's workshop.

On Friday we got to play in REAL SNOW in the Nursery garden! We were very excited.


Week beginning 27 November 2017

This week in Nursery we have been busy practising our songs and learning the actions for our special Christmas show. We even practised standing on the stage safely. We are very excited to perform for our families next week!

On Monday we made our Christmas cards, which we were very proud of. This linked in to our trip to the post office. We posted our cards ourselves. As we were so well behaved, Mrs Bell brought us a little treat. We really enjoyed our trip.

Bus photos

On Thursday we welcomed our Banbury Mayor to the opening of our amazing library bus. We were the first to explore the bus!


Week beginning 20 November 2017

Christmas has now started in Nursery.

We have been busy practising the songs for our performance and we are getting really good at our actions.

We have enjoyed playing with our rainbow rice this week and have counted how many spoonfuls it takes to fill our containers.

Library bus

On Monday we visited our new Library Bus. We explored all around the bus and we very carefully walked up the stairs to the top deck. When we looked out we could see St Mary's Church and our Nursery. It was great! We had a story and learned how to look after our Big Red Bus!


Week beginning 13 November 2017

Pudsey-smMaking biscuits

We have had a very exciting, busy week. On Tuesday we joined Early Years to do Children In Need activities. Our favourite was the Pudsey biscuits - we made two! They were yummy.

We have made our very own kindness jigsaw which is displayed in our classroom. This linked in with anti-bullying week. We learned a lot about being kind to each other.

We went out to the big playground to welcome our new Library Bus. We can't wait to explore!

A big thank you to all the parents who came to Parents' Evenings this week. We appreciate all of your support.


Week beginning 6 November 2017

We have learned all about fruits and vegetables this week.

Emma from Morrisons visited us and brought lots of different things to try. We tasted melon, pomegranate, persimmon, lemon and limes.

Fruit or vegetable display

We learned that fruits have seeds and vegetables do not. We also got to draw the fruits and vegetables and Mrs Bell has put them on the wall.

We would like to say thank you to Emma for a fun day!


Paper pumpkinsWeek beginning 30 October 2017

We have had another busy week. We made paper pumpkins. We cut our own strips of paper and talked about how to keep safe with scissors. We also had real pumpkins which we made marks on then scooped out the seeds. Some of us counted the seeds (there were so many!).

We had orange playdough and rolling pins and plastic knives to cut the playdough. This helps to strengthen our fingers.

We had such fun splattering paint and making rockets for our firework display in our classroom.

Rockets

We went to forest school this week. We played hide and seek and explored around the forest using magnifying glasses. We were really good and remembered our forest school rules.

As the weather is turning colder, please could make sure all children bring a named hat and gloves.


Week beginning 16 October 2017

It's hard to believe we are at the end of our first term in Nursery! The children have been fabulous and have settled into their routines brilliantly.

This week we have been learning all about numbers and have enjoyed using our megablocks to build towers and then count how many blocks are in our towers. Some of the children tried to write our numbers 1-5 using our number lines.

We finished our week off by decorating apples with chocolate and sprinkles. They were very messy but really nice.

We wish you a restful holiday and look forward to seeing you after the break.

Nursery Post Office
Our new Post Office


Week beginning 9 October 2017

Another busy week in Nursery!

We have been preparing for our Harvest assembly. We did so well with practising our "Big red combine harvester" song and remembering our actions. We also made our very own combine harvester crowns. We would like to thank our parents for all of our harvest produce donations.

This week we have looked at different vegetables and even used them to print with! We tried to make patterns and really enjoyed the activity. We also increased our knowledge of different types of vegetables.

Because we have all been super stars this week, we managed to put all of our pompoms in the pot. For our treat, we iced biscuits and decorated them with sprinkles!


Nursery at Forest SchoolWeek beginning 2 October 2017

We would like to welcome our student helper Hannah, from Banbury College. She will be joining us every Thursday and Friday until February.

This week we took a walk around Forest School. Mrs Bell gave us each a pot. We had to find leaves that were red, yellow, brown and green. We then took our leaves back to Nursery to create our leaf print tree. Please make sure you have a look.

This week we have started our new class reward scheme, which is to fill our pot with pom poms. On Friday we had our first treat, due to us using our listening ears and being kind to our friends. We enjoyed our special treat at snacktime. Yum yum!


Week beginning 25 September 2017

What a busy week we have had!

Playing with the dollsOn Wednesday we walked up to the hall to join the rest of our school to say goodbye to Mrs Agate who is going on maternity leave. We all made her a special card.

On Thursday we had our very first visit to Forest School. We talked about how to keep safe in the forest and then we explored.

We have enjoyed doing our portraits. We used mirrors to look closely at our features, like our eye and hair colour.


Week beginning 18 September 2017

This week the children have start to come in confidently, self-selecting activities to support their busy learning.

Bug Rug

We have now started sitting on our new bug rug at carpet times. We do our days of the week song, which we all enjoy. We also have a class calendar which helps us learn our numbers and the date. While discussing our topic "me and my world" the children showed an interest in dinosaurs. Miss Maycock has helped us make special homes for our dinosaurs. We got very messy, but we had so much fun!

The school photographer came to take our photos this week. We all looked so smart and had our best smiles.


Week beginning 11 September 2017

Welcome back after the summer holidays - we hope you have had a restful break.

We would like to welcome our new starters to Little Harriers and hope to give you the best start in your learning journeys.

Nursery tree

Our Nursery children have settled really well. Over the last two weeks, the children have learned to select resources of interest to them. This has helped to support their confidence within the setting.

We look forward to sharing further news and seeing more of you soon.