Nurseries favourite stories

This morning Nursery selected some of their favourite stories we have read over the year. These books are from our core book box and the children hear them read again and again and again. When we read them as a whole class the children join in, adding expression and rhythm.

Today the children selected a favourite and read it to a friend or themselves. It was wonderful to hear them become such fantastic story tellers.


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Nursery visit Rickmansworth Library

Today Nursery jumped aboard a public bus and headed down to Rickmansworth library. The children were each given a ticket and thoroughly enjoyed looking out the window. There was opportunities to read stories, sing songs and have a go at a craft. The children were given a goody bag including a book. We selected some of our favorite stories to bring back to school and we look forward to sharing them next week.

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The children were a credit to the school and the librarians were astonished at the outstanding behavior they all demonstrated.

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Reading Workshop and Celebration

This afternoon it was great to welcome many families to find out more about supporting reading at home. Mrs Storms, our school librarian, shared many useful pieces of information. The children also created posters to share lots of ideas and thoughts with all those who were able to attend.

The children led mini sessions with parents and carers about lots of different ways reading can be supported at home.

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We look forward to welcoming you in all to school next Friday at 2.45pm to see reading in our classrooms.


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Busy week in Nursery

This week has been a busy, busy week in Nursery. Everything has been happening – from Science investigations to flower planting.

Take a look at what we have been up to.

  • Planting beans in glass pots and plastic bags – which will grow the tallest?
  • Investigating what happens to plants in dyed water
  • Planted sunflower seeds
  • Hunted for mini-beasts
  • Counted legs on different mini-beasts
  • Outdoor PE in the sunshine

Nursery, what was the best piece of learning this week? Why?

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Y1 & Y5 Joint Learning: Speaking & Listening

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Y5 have shown a huge amount of focus this week as they prepared to read their ‘Tinga Tinga Tales’ stories to Y1. Year 5 – you have achieved a huge amount over the last 8 days. You have:

  • Written and redrafted a story in literacy based on our learning about adaptation in science.
  • Created a ‘before and after adaptation’ piece of art.
  • Manipulated a scanned image of your art – cropping it, resizing it and super-imposing it on a background in computing. You then laid text over the top of your newly created image.
  • You then rehearsed performing your story to eachother and listened to eachothers constructive criticism.
  • Then we read our stories to Y1 and helped them in their learning by asking them to predict what might happen next and asking them to identify beginning, middle and end.
  • Some of you took huge risks and read your stories out in front of whole class, and even the whole school (many of you wanted to – but there wasn’t enough time!)

Year 1, you were superb and tried really hard to listen to the stories and answer the questions put to you by year 5. Well done you! Did you enjoy year 5 visiting your class? How did you feel about answering all their questions?

Year 5 – how do you feel now we have completed our mini-project? What challenged you the most?


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What is the meaning of the print?

This week Nursery have been print detectives. Over the last three days at school the children have been identifying letters and words, numbers and shape in the environment. Understanding that print carries meaning is vital to the children.

When the children identified words they counted the number of letters in each and tried to spot any letters that also appear in their name.

What can you find at home?

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