What we are learning

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.

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 door knob.

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 everyday. If your child would like to bring in a piece of fruit, they are more than welcome to as there is limited choice.

Week beginning 16 July 2018

It's hard to believe that this is our last blog for this academic year!

We are all looking forward to our party on Tuesday and we have been practising our dance moves in preparation.

Our classroom is looking very bare but we now have a special folder with all of our creations in it to look at with our grown ups.

Mrs Bell and Miss Ahmed would like to thank Kelly (Ella's mummy) and Linda (Codi's mummy) for coming and helping us through the year, and we also thank all of our parents for their support.

We wish all of our children moving up to the Reception class in September the very best for their next adventure and we look forward to welcoming back our youngest in ones in September. We wish you all a safe and happy summer holiday. Relax and have fun.

Week beginning 9 July 2018

Nursery Term 6 July 2018 sports day

Nursery Term 6 July 2018 sports day picnic

Our sports days were amazing. On Tuesday we took turns at throwing activities, which included throwing balls into hoops, throwing a javelin as far as we could, and also knocking down some cricket stumps. On Thursday we used our running legs to race against our friends. We also took part in the egg and spoon race; it was tricky but a lot of fun!

Mrs Bell was very proud of how we all listened and followed instructions. This keeps us safe.

Friday we joined in with Early Years for our picnic in the garden. Our parents joined us to have our lunch. There were activities for us to participate in and even ice creams!

Mrs Bell would like to thank all of our parents for support in making our events so successful.

Week beginning 2 July 2018

On our return to Nursery on Monday, we found that our caterpillars had turned into butterflies. We spent some time with them then used our magnifying glasses to have a good look as we knew we had to say our goodbyes soon.

On Tuesday we made some junk modelling boats. We then made predictions about whether they would float or sink. We all ended up very wet as Miss Ahmed got the hose out. It was so much fun!

The time had then come to say goodbye to our butterflies. We watched them as they flew away. The next day we had a surprise visitor...it was one of our butterflies coming back to visit! We also made lots of sparkly butterfly pictures.

Just a quick reminder: please could you ensure your child has a named hat and water bottle, and could parents please apply sun cream. Thank you. Sports day is next week. We had sent a letter, and also have key information on our notice board.

Week beginning 25 June 2018

Wow, World Cup art day and exhibition were so much fun! Our country to learn about was Peru and who lives in Peru? Paddington Bear of course!

Art day Nursery

Week beginning 18 June 2018


We have had a really exciting week watching our caterpillars grow. They are getting bigger and bigger!

We have been telling each other the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Using our story map, we have learned it brilliantly.

On Thursday we came to Nursery in our running shoes ready to compete in the whole school Race for Life . We ran around the field until we got tired, some of us ran around the field 4 times! We did really well as we only have little legs. At the end, we all received a medal.

On Friday Mrs Bell put a tent up in Nursery garden. We took turns to go in and had a story. Some of us made a bonfire to cook our snack on.

On Monday the 25th June, please could you ensure your child comes in old clothes as it is Art & DT day and we will be getting messy.

Also from next week, all children need a named hat and water bottle and please remember to apply sun cream as the weather will be getting much warmer.

Week beginning 11 June 2018

This week we have been busy making our cards for Father's Day. We can't wait to give them to our special people on Sunday.

We have spent a lot of time in the Nursery garden, where we have started to practice for Sports Day. We are great at running, hopping and especially throwing and catching balls.

Week beginning 4 June 2018

Seaside play area

This week we have started to develop our new role play area into the seaside. We have made a big beach hut and have loved playing in our sand pit, making sandcastles and looking for shells.

Friday was pirate day. We enjoyed dressing up and we made telescopes, treasure maps, and had to find gold coins on our treasure hunt.

We have also made a big fruit salad and talked about different fruits and how to stay healthy.

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.


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.