Category Archives: Nursery

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.

What’s New This Week? 13th June 2017

  • A baking activity, making gingerbread, will be introduced as part of our challenge work.
  • A collection of photographs will be taken of the children to enable a ‘mini me’ to be made.
  • A larger selection of real flowers will be provided as a provocation at the painting table and in the outdoor area.
  • A ‘story box’ with a selection of different props will be introduced at group time to use alongside our ‘mini-me’ laminated photos.
  • A range of different resources will be presented to the children in the outdoor area for the children to explore transporting water.
  • Wet sand will be introduced in the small sand tray in the outdoor area.

A Planned Environment: Professional Questions

  • If we create a larger working area for technology and offer a variety of resources will the children continue to think of ideas and their own ‘designs’?
  • Will the introduction of ‘dough gym’ allow the children to explore and refine their fine motor skills?
  • Can the children begin to match their door numbers to the 100 square?
  • Now the children have experienced yoga for the first time can they revisit this experience in the sensory studio and the outdoor area?
  • Can children remember the ‘smelly cocktails’ and ‘pongy potions’ that they made in Forest School and revisit the experience in the mud kitchen area?
  • How will the children respond to the new ‘challenge’ work focused on numbers and counting?
  • Now we have produced our ‘Friendship Charter’ will we see the children demonstrating friendly behaviour in the nursery environment?

A Planned Environment: Professional Questions

  • If we add blocks of wood with nails can we encourage further skill progression in fine motor skills or in design ideas by offering wire and wool?
  • Will children be able to work together to develop instructions for making a fruit salad as they experience the activity?
  • Children have responded well to using the lego as it has been sorted into colours, there is focused work with no tipping materials onto the floor, would this happen if we offered them sorted duplo?
  • Children have supported each other to use the tape and scissors at the technology table, will they continue to be interested in developing technology skills now the technology table has been introduced again?
  • Can children tick their photograph when they have taken a turn on the computer and respect that they only have one turn per session?
  • Which children will choose to visit the mud kitchen when access is open?

A Planned Environment: Professional Questions

  • If we introduce clout nails and panel pins alongside the hammers, with a range of materials will children further explore and develop fixing skills to create a large collaborative piece of work on the plywood?
  • Children have been interested in bathing ‘babies’ in the water tray, if we offer small towels and baby dolls will this continue and will children be able to care for the ‘babies’?
  • The work with lego has progressed well, if we now add more lego blocks and a wider range of blocks will children continue to sustain their interest and develop their skills?
  • If we re-introduce the dolls house will children explore their emotional literacy work further with the small world materials?
  • Children have noticed the blossom and watched it float down in the wind, if we offer baskets will children collect the blossom and what will they decide to do with it?
  • Children have been creating ‘discovery houses’ outside, if we continue to offer materials for den building how will this develop?
  • How will children respond if we invite them to prepare the flowerbeds for planting? Will they be able to explain the difference between mud and soil?

What’s New – Thursday 27th April

  • We will add clout nails and panel pins to the wood and materials for children to advance their skills and explore fixing and  working collaboratively.
  • Baby dolls will be offered with towels and bubbles for children to bath the ‘babies’.
  • Additional lego blocks will be added to the ‘challenge’ table and we will continue to invite children to design and explore constructions.
  • The dolls house will be re-introduce for small world play so children can continue to explore the emotional literacy work.
  • Children will be asked to dig the soil and prepare the flowerbed for planting seeds.
  • We will continue to offer materials for den building and provide spaces for this collaborative work and play to occur.
  • At group time we will work in small groups within the group counting and sharing our thoughts and ideas.
  • Lollipops with names on will be introduced to allow children turns to share thoughts and ideas when time is limited and not everyone can have a turn.

What’s new this week? – Week Commencing 3rd April

  • The children have explored boats in the water tray thinking together about how boats move and why they float.
  • Children have explored the new role-play resources developing their own storytelling using the 3 Bears’ bowls.
  • We have focused upon friendship in emotional literacy and identified friendly and unfriendly words, this idea will be extended as we look at friendly in play and learning.
  • We will provide a new set of materials that are textured for children to explore and discuss before we use them to create relief pictures/sculptures.
  • Lego has been offered in the graphic classroom and children are being invited to access the lego as part of our ‘challenge’ work.
  • Mud kitchen will be open each day and children will be invited to explore mixing mud and water to make mud balls, following the rules for safe use.
  • We will be talking to children about changing our colour group spaces next half term.

What’s New – Week Commencing 27th March


  • The children have explored adding resources to tubs to make them sink, we will offer more resources and boats to also explore floating this week.
  • We will continue to observe the chicks as they grow, with the opportunity to hold them and find out more information using the non fiction books.
  • We will offer children the opportunity to use the tyres and bicycle wheels alongside the large block play outside.
  • In music we will link our feelings to colours, based upon the story “The Colour Monster” and choose scarfs to move to music that provokes different feelings within us.
  • In Emotional Literacy we will begin to discuss what makes a good friend.

Talking about things friends do and words that are friendly or unfriendly.