What we are learning

Week beginning 17 December 2018

EYU and Nursery Nativity Dec18

The Nativity play by Nursery and Reception classes was lovely!

Week beginning 10 December 2018

Our story of the week was "Our Visit to Santa".

Snow and ice play - Nursery

In our tuff spot we had snow and animals that live in the Arctic.

We have been practising our nativity in the hall with Early Years. We even put on our costumes, which was fun. We were beautiful stars.

The children told us at chatty time that they liked colouring snowmen pictures with felt tips, making robots out of junk modelling (which were amazing!). We had to think about box sizes and how to fix them together. Some children built a swimming pool from the Duplo bricks without any help. We took photos to show our adults.

Our parents and grandparents came to see our Christmas creations and help us ice our biscuits, we even had mince pies!!

After our nativity practise we ate Christmas tree crumpets as a treat. They were delicious!

Wishing you a very happy and healthy Christmas and New Year. Looking forward to seeing you all in 2019.

Week beginning 3 December 2018

Wow - what a lot has been going on in Nursery.

Christmas jumpers in Nursery

We wore Christmas jumpers and each donated a bottle to the PTFA Christmas Bazaar. It was funny seeing all the different jumpers.

We have been preparing for Christmas with lots of arts and crafts; we have made gifts tags, calendars, decorations and lots of jolly snowmen. It's been such fun!

Christmas - nursery

Reindeer garland

Week beginning 26 November 2018

Duckling Post box

Our story of the week is the Jolly Postman.

We have talked about being kind and we are all friends together.

We have been to the library bus to change our books.

We have practised our nativity songs with EYU in the hall. We even went up on the stage which was very exciting. We are all being stars.

We played board games and memory games with our adults, which we were very good at.

We made our Christmas cards then wrote our names in. We all walked to the Post Office and even saw the postman who opened the postbox with a big key, which was very exciting.

At the postbox

Thank you so much to all of our parent helpers who kept us safe and walked with us.

Week beginning 19 November 2018

We have been learning the song "5 Little Ducks Went Swimming One Day" and even made our own yellow playdough. We are so clever! We made wind sticks with coloured tissue and ran around outside with them.

We had a day playing with musical instruments and went to singing assembly with the rest of the school in the hall. We have been practising our Christmas songs to sing to our mums and dads.

We did lots of cutting out. We had ducks to cut out (from our story) and our adults helped if it was tricky.

Making Playdough ducks      Rainbow Spaghetti

The most fun we had was painting our rainbow spaghetti in lots of colours.

Week beginning 12 November 2018

What another busy, fun week we have had. We did a gingerbread man number activity on the computer with an adult. We counted the buttons on the gingerbread man. We are learning to click and drag the mouse, with adult support.

Post Office


We are starting to recognise our name and played a fun game of musical chairs. Our names were on the chairs and we had to find and recognise our names when the music stopped.

We are really enjoying our post office area, writing, mark making and wrapping parcels. We even made a birthday card for Mrs Agate and took it to her office.

Thursday was Childen in Need day. We made Pudsey masks, iced yellow biscuits and Pudsey headbands. We went to the other classrooms to join in all of the activities.

Week beginning 5 November 2018

Our story of the week is The Gingerbread Man.

On Monday we went on the library bus and chose books to take home to read with our grown ups.

We made firework pictures which were very pretty and sparkly.

Fireworks artwork

It was also Divali this week and we watched some children on CBBs talking about Divali and we made lanterns practising our cutting skills.

We iced gingerbread men in yellow, red and orange icing. They were delicious.

On Friday we cooked as a team making a poppy collage.

Week beginning 29 October 2018

Our story of the week was We're Going on a Bear Hunt. We joined in with the repetition and actions. It was fun!

We have been learning to look after books on our own and to turn the pages carefully.

On the writing table, we have been mark making on pumpkins. Later we scooped out the pumpkins and counted the seeds with our adults. The pumpkins felt very sticky inside.

We loved the orange playdough. We rolled it into balls and put pipecleaner stalks on the top. We talked about fireworks and sparklers. We made sparklers out of chocolate and sprinkles with Mrs Froude, our student teacher. They were delicious!

Fireworks paintings
Our fireworks painting.

The weather was cold but we dressed up warmly and ran outside with our friends playing hide and seek, playing in the mud kitchen and on the bikes and scooters.

Week beginning 15 October 2018

This week our story of the week was The Enormous Turnip. We role played our story, it was so much fun! We got a really good understanding of the story.

reading room
Our reading corner.

On Wednesday, we took part in the whole school singing assembly. We all sang beautifully and joined in. We are looking forward to going again after half term.

We have been very excited about the Banbury Fair. We talked about keeping safe and the importance of holding a grown-up's hand.  On Thursday and Friday, we had lots of Chatty Chair time to share our evening news about the fair. We even drew pictures and made chocolate apples.

This week we also filled our pom pom pot so as a treat on Friday we had hot chocolate and watched a film.

Finally we would like to wish you a restful holiday.

Please remember to send your child in with a named coat and wellies every day and water bottles.


Week beginning 8 October 2018

This week we have been celebrating Harvest.

We started our week by going on a leaf hunt. We collected all different types of leaves, big leaves, small leaves, brown, yellow, green and red. We then used our leaves to make patterns by painting them, rubbing them and cutting around them.


We also had our Harvest assembly. We bravely sang our song "Mister Scarecrow" to our grown-ups and proudly stood on the stage. Everybody clapped and Mrs Bell told us we were great. Thank you to all of our parents who kindly donated food for our Harvest festival.

Shape houses

To help us learn our shapes, we have made our own shape house. We learned we have square windows, a rectangle door, a triangle roof and a circle doorknob.

Week beginning 1 October 2018

Ducklings hats

This week in Ducklings we have been busy practising our songs for our Harvest Assembly. We hope you can come and watch us on Wednesday 10th October at 9.10 am.

We have gotten messy painting spaghetti and making rainbows. We have also enjoyed filling pots and bowls with rice in our home corner.

Outside we have been digging for conkers, shells and worms in the compost. We even found some potatoes!

Please can parents remember to provide a named pair of wellies for their child.

Week beginning 24 September 2018

In Nursery this week we have been listening to our story The Three Little Pigs. On Wednesday we went on a stick hunt to help us build our house of sticks. We explored the outdoor area and Mrs Bell taught us how to carry safely. We got very messy making our straw house and we are now building our brick house.

Construction area

One of the children told Mrs Bell that their favourite story was We're Going on a Bear Hunt. In PE went on our own bear hunt. We especially enjoyed being the bear!

Week beginning 17 September 2018

What a busy week we have had!

On Monday we had our first visit to the Library Bus. We were all very sensible. We are looking forward to going again, and next week we will be exploring upstairs. We have been thinking of stories to look at when we visit.

We went to Early Years for our enrichment session on Tuesday. We made houses from junk modelling and displayed them in our home corner. This linked in with our House for Mouse story.

Home corner

Wednesday we went up to the hall to have our first PE lesson. We took off our shoes and socks and danced to sticky kids. We loved it!

We were all dressed smartly on Thursday for school photos.


We then came back to Nursery and made some dinosaur footprints, which we will carry on next week to create a display.

Friday we joined Early Years for assembly. We sat really well and listened to a story. To end a busy week, we introduced our Nursery friend Harry the monkey, who likes to go home with a child each weekend.

Week beginning 10 September 2018

We would like to welcome our new Nursery children who have joined us. They have all settled in really well. Welcome back also to children who have come back to Nursery so grown up! We hope you have all had a restful break.


This week we joined Early Years for our enrichment sessions. We painted our portraits. We looked carefully at our eye and hair colour. We have displayed our portraits in our classroom and would be grateful if you could send in a baby photo for us to display with our paintings.

On Wednesday we joined Early Years to watch their PE lesson. This was our very first walk up the school corridor. Mrs Bell and Miss Ahmed were very impressed with how sensibly we walked. When we got to the hall, we sat and watched the children do PE and later we joined in. Our PE sessions will start next Wednesday, if parents could please send in named plimpsoles or trainers, clearly named.

This week the children have played various turn-taking games which we are getting very good at.

A quick reminder to all parents: please label each item of clothing you child brings to nursery. Also please ensure your child has a named coat and water bottle every day. If your child would like to bring in a piece of fruit, they are more than welcome to as there is limited choice.