The little explorers 26.09.19

The little explorers worked together to create an autumn tree using a range of materials.  They did some hand printing to create leaves enjoying the feel of the paint on their hands. The children are hoping to add photos of them with their families to display in their nursery room.

Some of the children have enjoyed exploring the sounds they can make with different musical instruments.


They transferred this interest to the garden using loose parts to make a range of sounds of different volumes.

Some of the children enjoy participating in action songs and rhymes coping actions and singing songs together.

Rowyn and Kane helped to make up the snack menu for all of the children in the nursery. they chose their favourite foods and the days they would like to have these foods for snack.

The children enjoy sharing a healthy snack together every day. They are developing their independence and self-help skills by serving their own snack.

The children continue to enjoy sensory play opportunities using different materials. Here are some of the children playing with foam.

The little explorers carried out a travel to nursery survey talking with their families about how they travel to nursery. Lots of us walk or come in the car.

The great adventurers 19.9.19

The children have become very familiar with their ABC and beyond story Goldilocks and the three bears helping to retell the story. Some children have enjoyed playing with the 3 bears in their roleplay.

They have been learning lots of new words whilst reading the stories in their group. First they learned the word little meaning small. Then they learned the word empty meaning nothing inside. This week their word is soft meaning nice to touch. We talked about things that were soft including teddies, pillows and clothes. What soft things can you find at home?

In the garden, some children were searching for things that were little using the camera to take photos of what they found.

On Monday mornings the children enjoy time in the school gym hall developing their gross motor skills. They have been climbing to different heights, balancing and jumping.

In the garden, they have extended this creating their own obstacle courses and using loose parts to create different things to climb on.

Deryn was practising his bunny hops in the garden on the logs.

The children have shown an interest in building towers and castles using the large construction blocks. Kacper build a castle he could go inside and invited his friends to play with him.

In the home corner, children have been taking turns to serve and be customers. They have been mark making using clipboards and pencils to take orders and using the till to make payments.

In art, the children have shown an interest in sensory play experiences making and exploring paint with their hands, making gloop and making and playing with coloured rice. They estimated what was needed to make each of these and measured it out problem solving to get the right consistency.

The purple group enjoyed looking at their learning journals together before going home.

Little explorers 11.9.19

Some of the children have enjoyed exploring a range of construction materials creating towers of different heights.

Dannika and Rowyn have been curious to find out about the visuals on the lanyards identifying  what different pictures mean.

In the garden children have been investigating, digging and loading up different building materials.


Some children continue to enjoy searching for different minibeasts including worms and slugs. They enjoy handling them and learning more about what they need to live them through asking questions.


In the garden they have enjoyed sensory play exploring water and mud.

Through games, they have been identifying colours and matching pictures of the same colours.

Some of the children enjoyed Big noise this week learning new songs, playing instruments and learning  to take turns.

In the garden, the children have had opportunities to develop gross motor skills through riding on the bikes.

The children continue to develop their fine motor skills through threading, cutting and gluing activities.

Some of the children enjoyed exploring different shapes building these on top of one another creating towers and trains.

Kane used  logs and animals to create his own farm.

The children enjoyed using playdough to mould their own creations. They transported this to the home corner making their own food.

Great adventurers 5.9.18

This week the children started ABC and beyond. The first book we are reading is Goldilocks and the three bears by Nicola Baxter. Our first sparkle word we learned was little which means small. Can you find any items that are little at home? Tell us when you come back to nursery what you found or draw a picture of things that are little.

In the garden the children have shown a keen interest in climbing. They have challenged themselves to climb to greater heights managing risk through their play

Reign enjoyed digging in the mud kitchen whilst Lyall was interested to find out how water travels.

In the home corner, Orlah has been mark making and developing her talking and listening skills by taking food orders and serving customers..

Zac and Marcel have shown an interest in mark making. Marcel is keen to learn how to write his name. He has been practising this using chalk and pencils.

Millie has enjoyed exploring the construction area building tall towers. She showed determination and perseverance not giving up when her tower fell over.

Emelia set up a shop using the till calling on people to come and visit her.

Jorgie enjoyed using the Lego to build her own house.

In the garden some children also enjoyed spray painting creating pictures of their choice.

A group of children also used construction blocks to create ramps which the children used travelling by bike or scooter.

In the art area, some children enjoyed drawing and using different materials to create their own collages.

In group time, the children have been talking about the friendly fish. Children receive friendly fish for doing kind things such as sharing, helping others doing good tidying and good listening

Little explorers settling in to nursery

Some of the children have had great fun exploring different construction materials building from and to different heights.


Dannika extended this by hiding objects inside her tower.

They have been developing their measuring skills to create their own paint and playdough.


The children pressed different objects into the playdough to see what shapes and patterns they can make.


In the garden they have been exploring water and creating puddles.

Joshua enjoyed experimenting with different ramps seeing how fast the cars travelled down the ramps.


Some children used the cars to print with paint.

They have also enjoyed exploring mark making using different markers.


Some children have been practising their cutting skills with playdough.


The children have been developing fine motor skills picking up pasta with tongs and threading it on string.

Great adventurers settling back into nursery

Deryn enjoyed exploring the construction blocks making a house for his paw patrol friends. He added a slide for them to go down.

Leila-Rose has been practising writing whilst making a work of art.

Some children have been using the tape measure to measure the lengths of different objects in the garden and the heights of different people.

The children have shown a real interest in looking for minibeasts in the garden including worms, slugs and lady birds. We had a look at some fact books to find out about different parts of the slug and what they like to eat. We also found out that that they curl up when they sense danger.

Harrison, Maya and Jacob worked together to build a house.

Lily’s baby wasn’t well so she talked to Gill about what she could do to help her feel better.

“Her not feel well.” (Lily)  “Her maybe have a fever.” (Lily) She decided baby needed to go to the doctors.

In the garden they have enjoyed using construction blocks and crates to create their own obstacle course experimenting with different ramps and challenging themselves to climb and jump from different heights.

In the garden, some children explored different materials they could use to press into the playdough making different imprints and patterns.

We have been practising our routine for when we come back in from the garden. We hang up our coats, take off our wellies, put our wellies together and return them to the basket. We keep our shoes in the basket when we are not wearing them so we do not lose them.

We have been looking at the trees in the garden seeing how much the have grown over summer. Some children enjoyed using paint to create pictures of the trees looking at a photograph of one of the large trees in the garden.

Malcolm decided the cart full of blocks was like a castle climbing onto it. “King of the castle” (Malcolm said)

We have also been role-playing a garage filling up the bikes with petrol and pumping up the tyres with air when they got a hole in them. They didn’t forget to pay their money each time their bikes and scooters got fixed.

Lewis was practising his click and drag skills on the computer and felt a sense of achievement when he was able to do this on his own to complete his game.

Harrison set up an ice cream shop offering lots of flavours of ice creams for his friends to buy.

The great adventurers memories

In ABC and beyond the children finished reading Shark in the Park by Nick Sharratt. They helped to retell the story by joining in with the rhyming words.


They have been identifying other rhyming words by matching objects which sound the same and matching pictures.


The great adventurers have had opportunities to develop fine motor skills through mark making. They have been mark making in rice, flour, foam and salt using sticks and brushes.


In the garden some children have been developing their gross motor skills doing hops and jumps inside the 10 frames.

Jack was using his problem solving skills working out what he needed and how to fit pieces together to make his own car. He then decided to make it into a motorbike.


Riley worked so hard building a very tall tower. He showed persistence and did not give up even when it fell over. He was so proud of his tower when he completed it.


Oscar was role-playing a Dr checking Katie’s breathing to make sure she was ok.


Some children enjoyed exploring puddles in the garden. They had to work together to help one another when some children got stuck in a big puddle.


Macy and Niyah were helping to look after the garden by watering the plants.


The pre-school children have had transition visits to the school. They enjoyed playing with the primary ones and twos and seeing what the classrooms were like.


In Big Noise, some of the children have been practising moving the Lycra trying to keep to the best of the music.


Layla and Radwan have enjoyed playing together creating pieces of art work.


Lots of children were helping in the garden picking out radishes.


A number of children have enjoyed searching for gardens in the worms. We have talked about what worms need and how to look after them.


Arlo was challenging himself in the sensory room trying to get the ball into different holes. He challenged himself to get the ball in a higher up hole in the net.

Jack used different logs to create his own bridge to go over the puddle so he could cross it.


Jaxon used some bamboo sticks to make himself into an ant.

Dahlia enjoyed role playing a teacher getting her friends together to do some singing.

Mia has been developing her fine motor skills through threading reels onto string. She then practised her counting skills counting from the bottom to the top to see how many reels she had on her string counting as she went.

Some of the children participated in a puppet group this term. They started off by choosing the puppet the liked the most. they gave it a name and developed a character for their puppet. they then went on to design and build a home for their puppet. The puppets went on an adventure and the children each identified what happened to their puppet whilst on this adventure.

Morning group

Afternoon group

Lots of fun was had at the nursery family fun day.

The little explorers memories

Somaya has been using the visuals learning what each of the symbols means.

In snack the children enjoyed making their own healthy wraps.


Lots of children have enjoyed exploring paint using brushes and paint pens.


The boys and girls have been busy with lots of learning. They have stuck photos of what they have been learning in the floor book and enjoyed looking back at it to remember what they have been learning.

Lots of children enjoyed making their own playdough and investigating what they can do with it.


Some of the boys and girls enjoy playing peek a boo hiding in the tee pee.

The little explorers enjoyed looking at their learning journals seeing photos of themselves and remembering some of the experiences they had.

Riley enjoyed exploring a story trying hard to turn the pages by herself.

Tyler was busy in the home corner making food for Ayva.

A few of the children enjoyed exploring small world figures making the figures come to life.

In Big Noise the boys and girls have been listening to the violin. This week they helped Gordon to play it.

The children had lots of fun on the trip to the Deer Centre.

The children enjoy regular visits to the sensory room exploring the lights and mirrors.


Some of the boys and girls have had transition visits to the 3-5s room this term. They enjoyed playing in the garden exploring with water and different pipes. They also enjoyed mark making and exploring the tools at the workbench.


The children enjoy having snack outside when the weather is nice.

The children have been busy in the garden planting.

Riley enjoyed exploring bubbles in the garden.

The great adventurers week 28 and 29

Last week the ABC and beyond word was shy meaning easily frightened. The children had to decide whether a situation would make them feel shy or not shy.

Last week the children enjoyed some parachute games in the garden in the sunshine. they were practising their listening and team work skills.

Some of the children were working with the P6 buddies doing different activities to help them to develop their fine motor skills.

The blue group had a trip to the library this week. They enjoyed choosing new stories to take back to the library and having the opportunity to dress up.

In the garden the children enjoyed developing their gross motor skills completing an obstacle course. They were using balance and trying to jump off the wooden box in different ways. The adults and P6 buddies joined in too.

Kayla was doing forward rolls on the mat.

Harrison enjoyed participating in another obstacle course showing good balance.

The children have shown a keen interest in volcanoes. They did an experiment in the garden using Mentos and fizzy juice to create their own mini explosions. They had great fun doing it as a team and then did their own experiments.

Arlo demonstrated tiling using shapes. He made a robot.

In the playdough area we have been practising our sharing skills.

In art some children have enjoyed making their own creations using clay.

Jorgie was busy at the work bench planning what she was going to do and making sure she kept herself safe.

Kacper enjoyed exploring sound finding out what happened when he tapped different tins. He tapped them in different orders to see what sounds they would make together.

Jacob has shown a keen interest in learning to write his name copying letters.

Dalia has been practising writing numbers.

Harleigh and Alisha made great use of loose parts and natural resources they found in the garden to create their own campfire and BBQ.

Today we celebrated Ivy turning 4! Happy birthday Ivy from all your friends at nursery.


The little explorers week 28 and 29

In Chattertots last week the children enjoyed participating in messy play.


This week in Chattertots the children worked together to make their own smoothies. The Chattertots tips for this week are to use gestures or demonstrate and repeat what your child says in adult form.


In the garden they enjoyed exploring with water, bubbles and paint.


Some of the children have been helping to look after the garden by watering the plants.

The children were developing their fine motor skills through climbing over different obstacles.

Oliver used the ramp to create a sea-saw.

Orlah was playing peek-a-boo from behind the tent.

The children enjoyed snack in the garden on a sunny day.

Fun was had on a rainy day in the garden jumping in muddy puddles.


Malcolm enjoyed exploring the animals matching them to the  animals on the display poster.

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