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16.12.22 Nursery Christmas Party

This morning Nursery held their Christmas Party.  We played pass the sprout,  musical statues, musical bumps and Duck, Duck, Goose (one of our favourites) in the hall, danced with balloons and had a visit from a snowman.  Returning to the classroom we had snacks and watched a Christmas episode of Numberblocks.  What a lovely morning we had.



12.12.22 A snowy day in Nursery

This morning we found it had snowed overnight.  The children went out to explore and  even made a small snowman together!




25.11.22 Rainy Days

This week it has rained a lot! What do Nursery do when it rains? Put on our coats and wellington boots and splash in puddles of course!



18.11.22 This week our theme in Nursery has been: Light and Dark.  We have talked about the differences between day and night, the children have used torches to make shadow puppets on the wall and among other stories, we have read the story: The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark by Jill Tomlinson. On Wednesday we were delighted to host our first Stay and Learn session where we welcomed our parents/carers in to explore the classroom together.







11.11.22  In PE this week, Nursery have been experimenting travelling along and jumping off low level equipment in different ways.  



4.11.22  Fireworks!

Nursery have been learning about Guy Fawkes and fireworks this week.  They made a huge collaborative art piece of fireworks over buildings.  It was a good opportunity to experience a different style of art, to work as a team and when using the squirty bottles, to exercise our muscles ready for writing.  We've experimented with cooking ingredients to make our own fireworks and have drawn firework pictures in chalk.  


20.10.22 What a busy last week of half term Nursery have had, despite it being only four days. On Monday we had our PTA sponsored exercises, starting with a Cosmic Yoga session followed by a run around the playground.  We have been learning about Diwali and how it is celebrated, starting with a visit from Geeta, a persona doll.  The children have made Mandalas and Rangoli patterns and we finished the week with a visit to Forest School where we had stories, hot chocolate and marshmallows around a campfire. 




10.10.22 Goldworthy art.

This week, inspired  by the work of Andy Goldworthy OBE, the children produced their own 'Goldsworthy' style artworks using natural resources they had collected.


3.10.22 Autumn 

Nursery are learning all about Autumn this week and the changes it brings.  They have been collecting items from walks around the area and bringing them in to show their peers. We have quite a collection of items so far.



24.9.22  Self Portraits

This week Nursery have been painting self portraits.  They have looked carefully at their faces in a mirror to ensure they get their facial features correct when painting.  We are all Maple Cross Nursery and we are all unique.


16.9.22 What a lovely second week Nursery have had.  We have begun to establish routines, explored inside and outside environments, been introduced to Boris the Robot, had our first PE lesson, practised our mark making and started on our phonics programme, starting with listening walks around the school grounds.




12.7.22 Nursery Stay to Lunch

Today Nursery stayed for lunch for the first time today in preparation for September.  Quorn hot dogs, Vegetable Ragu and cheese sandwiches were on the menu today!  Yum!



4.7.22 Forest School Visit     Today Nursery visited Forest School - a much warmer day than the last time we visited! We sat round the campfire, had a story, sang songs, drank hot chocolate and ate marshmallows.  Next time the children visit, they'll be in Reception!






22.6.22  Sports Week

As part of sports week, Nursery and Reception held an inter-class competition this morning. 





17.6.22 Maps & Pirates

This week Nursery have been gathering facts about pirates.  They've sorted pirate treasure into different categories, dug the sandpit for buried treasure,  made fictional maps and they have used a map of the school grounds to identify where the Nursery classroom is and where they go on their welly walks.  We finished the week with a Pirate Day where the children walked the plank, avoiding the crocodiles in the water (like Pirates Love Underpants by Claire Freedman)  and sailed across the outside area in the pirate ship they made.






7.6.22  Road Safety

This week, Nursery have been learning all about road safety and how to cross the road. We went out to the crossing and practised. We even had our very own lollypop lady to support us.





27.5.22 Platinum Jubilee Week

This week, Nursery have been learning facts about the Queen: what her name is, where she lives and what she looks like - to name a few.  There has been a Jubilee theme throughout the week and today we welcomed our parents/carers in to share our learning.



20.5.22 Butterflies!

A long awaited butterfly has finally emerged from it's chrysalis. Nursery had almost given up hope that it would happen.  Today having observed it for a little while, we released it into the school grounds. 





11.5.22 This week Nursery have been reading 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' by Eric Carle.  We've retold the story in a variety of ways, through stick puppets, knitted toys and by sequencing the pictures of the story. We have been seeing first hand the life cycle of a caterpillar as our caterpillars have now turned into chrysalises. The children have been anxiously monitoring them daily to note any changes - nothing so far!



29.4.22 Nursery have been learning about different types of minibeasts this week.  Some caterpillars arrived and we have been closely monitoring their changes each day - they're growing so quickly! We can't wait to see what happens next!





30.3.22 Nursery had a lovely session in Forest School this morning.  They decorated bread with different food colourings and then toasted them on the campfire.



29.3.22 This morning, Nursery helped to plant some crab apple trees in the school grounds as part of The Big Climate Fightback through the Woodland Trust.



28.3.22 Happy Mothering Sunday from Nursery.


18.3.22  As part of Science Week, Nursery have been learning all about what a plant needs to grow.  We've discussed it together, mind mapping ideas and we've made cress heads to take home and monitor. We're looking forward to seeing the results in a few days.


11.3.22 Lots of excitement in Nursery and Reception this morning as we had a visit from  local Fire Fighters.  The crew showed the children the equipment they wear and explained why it was so important.  Then the children were shown the equipment on the fire engine and how it is used.


Fire Visit

4.3.22 World Book Day - Nursery have been celebrating World Book Day all week! The children have been making telescopes like Timothy Pope in Shark in the Park by Nick Sharratt and gone fishing like Only One You by Linda Kranz.  They have helped Mrs Biss, Ms Stickley & Mrs Duce retell their favourite stories using stick puppets and masks and we had a visit from the  Maple Cross Reading Leaders and listened to their favourite stories too.  On Thursday the children dressed as book characters and we welcomed in parents/carers to share some reading.  During their visit, the  children performed one of their favourite stories, We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury.

Nursery book day


26.2.22 This week Nursery have been learning about different fruits from around the world, 

* The have been reading stories:  Oliver's Fruit Salad by Vivian French and Alison Barlett and Handa's Surprise by Eileen Brown.

* They have identified different fruits and the parts of the world they come from on a World Map. 

* The home corner was converted to a Fruit and Vegetable shop.

* The children have printed with fruit to create works of art.

* They ended the week by making fruit salad.

Fruit from around the world


5.2.22 Nursery have been celebrating the Chinese New Year, Year of the Tiger.  This  morning, we were delighted to welcome in all the Nursery parents/carers to share with them all the learning we have done this week.  We finished the week with a dragon dance in the hall with Reception.

Chinese New Year


 September 2021 - Welcome to Nursery 

class welcome letter nursery 2021.pdf