Category Archives: Nursery

A Planned Environment: Professional Questions        From 14th June 2018

  • How will the introduction of our new water resources in the outdoor classroom extend the children’s interest in moving and transporting water?
  • Can we extend the children’s interest in mixing water and soil by providing soil and water in the tuff spot in the creative classroom?
  • Using mixed media how will the children embellish our collaborative piece of work in the creative classroom?
  • Will a provocation placed on our drawing table encourage more independent observational drawing and representation of numbers?
  • How can we support children in identifying their feelings and help them to manage their feelings in a positive way?





A Planned Environment: Professional Questions        From 3rd May 2018

  • Which areas and resources are children accessing independently?
  • Where will children take the play in the Workshop role-play area?
  • If key workers move into different areas of Nursery will the children move around more freely?
  • How can we support children in recognising what they ‘can do’?
  • If we change the furniture to add different levels to the play-dough area, how will the children’s play develop?
  • How can we encourage children to play ‘together’ in the outdoor area and encourage the children to use their ‘imagination’?





What’s New in Main Nursery from 26th April 2018?

  • A range of different music will be introduced in the sensory studio for the children to respond to.
  • In the graphic classroom children are revisiting portrait drawing and will be making comparisons with the work they completed in the Autumn Term.
  • The children will be supported to use various construction materials to build vertically and make enclosures.
  • We will be introducing more mathematical language, for example comparing heights, in different areas of the Nursery environment.

A Planned Environment: Professional Questions – 11th January 2018

  • How will the children respond to the new group of children starting in Main Nursery?
  • How can we encourage the children to share the rules and routines of Nursery with the Pink and Sky Blue groups?
  • How will children from the Pink and Sky Blue groups respond to exploring their new environment and resources?
  • Which children are ‘noticing’ change in the environment?
  • Can the children talk about their experiences of the ‘ice’ as they use their senses to explore?
  • What other opportunities can we provide for the children to further explore colouring mixing?
  • How will children respond to the introduction of a small group time ‘challenge’ when they join their colour group?
  • How can we encourage all children to begin to make marks to represent their name?
  • How will children respond to the introduction of ‘finger gym’?
  • How will children respond to the introduction of ‘Mud kitchen’?

A Planned Environment: Professional Questions 2017 – From 30th November 2017

  • How will children respond to the opportunity to work with paints on a three dimensional scale?
  • What learning will this painting opportunity lead to?
  • Which children are able to use scissors effectively for cutting and which children need support?
  • Are children ‘noticing’ changes in their environment?
  • Do children show an awareness of their own and others safety in the outdoor area?
  • With Christmas festivities taking place in the local community and Christmas traditions starting at home, are the children talking about their experiences with adults and each other?
  • Children are requesting to share stories with adults during the session – is there a pattern to the timings of this and which children are they?
  • With the introduction of colour group post boxes will the children be encouraged to write cards for each other?
  • Will the introduction of the Advent bags support number recognition and any further mathematical enquiry?
  • How will children respond to the change of size of blocks in the construction area?

What’s New in Main Nursery: 22nd November 2017

  • Open-ended materials, including a selection of shapes and a range of transparencies will be provided at the light table for the children to explore.
  • Large wooden blocks will be introduced in the outdoor classroom for the children to build with.
  • Zoo animals will be added to the duplo and the construction space will be enlarged.
  • The finger lights will be used in positional language activities in the Literacy session with Christy.
  • Different opportunities will be provided for the children to mix and change colours including colour changes in water using crepe paper.
  • Small coloured Perspex blocks and sheer coloured materials will be introduced in the block area.



What’s New in Main Nursery: 15th November 2017

  • The pumpkins will be introduced into the graphic classroom for the children to explore and represent them using marks on paper.
  • The pumpkins will be cut open to allow the children to explore the seeds inside.
  • A larger mark-making area will be created in the outdoor classroom.
  • Challenge work will be introduced. Small Perspex blocks will be used on a light box.
  • Christy will introduce her first literacy session to the children in their colour groups. She will play games that will focus on listening skills.
  • Colour mixing will be explored with different resources in the creative classroom.

A Planned Environment: Professional Questions 16th October 2017

  • Will the introduction of tweezers in the pasta challenge the children to practice their fine motor skills when filling pots?
  • Can we encourage the children to continue their interest in autumn leaves by providing collections of natural resources for the children to explore and sort?
  • If small spoons and mark making tools are introduced into the corn flour will different children choose to explore it?
  • Where is mark making happening in the Nursery environment?
  • Will the introduction of cable ties in addition to treasury tags and hole punches provoke further interest in fixing and joining?
  • If we place different shaped enclosures using masking tape in the block area, how and what will the children choose to build?
  • Which children will be interested in planting spring bulbs in our raised bed?


What’s New in Main Nursery: 2nd October 2017

  • Our resident artist Matt Shaw will begin working alongside the children this week introducing exploration with clay and developing the atelier space.
  • Wheeled vehicles have been placed in the Duplo construction.
  • New resources have been added to the water tray including small bottles, scoops and jugs.
  • Several new puzzles have been introduced in the graphic classroom.
  • Children will stay in their colour groups after the first group time of the session and will go to a planned learning space so they can begin to explore the range of learning opportunities on offer in that space. They will explore in depth a new learning space each week for about 15 minutes before free flow. This will introduce the whole Nursery School environment before half term in a structured way.