St. Anne’s Nursery News – Week beginning 12th June

Why Do You Love Me So Much?

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Time is flying by and we are already 2 weeks into the new term meaning the summer holidays are fast approaching. We have a new topic ‘Why do you love me so much?’ which came from the children’s interests. During the last topic, we were reading the story of Zog who ended up teaming up with a princess and a knight to become The Flying Doctors. Towards the end of last term, we saw a lot of doctor role play so we have carried it on this term by turning our role play area into our very own hospital. The hospital has seen a lot of patients over the past two weeks, who knew we had so many injured/poorly people in St. Anne’s. Luckily we have some helpful Doctors to make us better, wrapping our arms and legs in bandages, giving hurt toys a plaster and making sure that they took their medicine.

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Reminders – 

As the weather is still unpredictable could we ask that warmer/waterproof coats are brought into school daily. Hats and sunscreen (applied at home) will also be a necessity to protect the children’s delicate skin during warmer days and that no open toed shoes are worn at nursery.

We would like to remind parents that Nursery children will often get wet from water play and we ask that spare clothes are provided

Could we ask that everything brought into school is labelled, including hats, clothes and water bottles which contain only water

 

Thank you

 

The Nursery Team

St. Anne’s Nursery News – Week beginning 22nd May

Did Dragons Exist?

What a week we have had! Last week we could enjoy the rain and this week the sun. Due to the good weather, we have could play around with shadows, using chalks to draw around our hands and feet. The nursery children have done a lot of maths play this week, using lego to build towers and then counting how many lego bricks they have used. One child wanted a bigger challenge and tried to make a tower as tall as him, other children helped him with this and in the end, we achieved our goal right before it fell down. Continuing with the mark making we have made some number lines on the floor using chalks, writing (or attempting to) the numbers in order. Some children struggled but were able to identify numbers in the garden and copy these, others were able to write to 20 with support well done!

 

We have had a lovely Medieval Day so we would like to thank everyone who supported this. The children had a great fun filled day digging for treasure, trying to feed the dragon and many more games as well as getting the chance to meet some very special visitors. Bert, Charlie and Pip flew over for a visit, showing of their wings and letting the children stroke their beautiful feathers. Pip, the tiniest owl, let everybody hold him if they wanted to. I was extremely impressed by how caring everybody in Nursery and Reception were towards the birds, they listened when they were told that the birds would get scared if they shouted so they talked nicely and calmly. Those children that held Pip were super brave and very careful not to move around too much so that Pip could turn around to look at them.

 

If you would like to meet our new friends, or you would like to take your children to see them again, you will find them over at www.feathersandfur.co.uk

Next week is half term so we hope you all have a lovely break from Nursery, we look forward to seeing you on Tuesday 6th June.

 

Reminders – 

As the weather is still unpredictable could we ask that warmer/waterproof coats are brought into school daily. Hats and sunscreen (applied at home) will also be a necessity to protect the children’s delicate skin during warmer days and that no open toed shoes are worn at nursery.

We would like to remind parents that Nursery children will often get wet from water play and we ask that spare clothes are provided

Could we ask that everything brought into school is labelled, including hats, clothes and water bottles which contain only water

 

Thank you

 

The Nursery Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

St. Anne’s Nursery News – Week beginning 15th May

Did Dragons Exist?

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The Dragon eggs have now hatched, leaving their broken shell behind them. We had a lot of fun investigating the egg shell and its gooey contents. Unfortunately, the young dragons haven’t stayed in Nursery, preferring to go out into the big wide world. Although we haven’t seen the dragons since they hatched, we have found lots of evidence of dragon mischief around school. The dragons must have got peckish and have left behind bite marks in objects, and one as lost a toenail! We have used our Mud Kitchen to make food for the dragons in-case they come back wanting food.

We have continued to look at our story of ‘Zog’ by Julia Donaldson, using stick puppets to re-tell the story. We have since named some of the characters; Birdie who has feathered wings and Icey who is a blue dragon and used them in our role play.

 

In addition to this, we have seen a lot of ‘Doctor’ role play. Some children have had to go to the hospital because they had babies, others were the surgeon and fixed teddy’s broken arm.

 

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A huge thank you for everyone who gave a donation for our Muddy Puddle Walk. The children had a great time creating their own muddy puddle and then jumping in it like Peppa and George! We even got to make wishes in our wishing well, with some children being very daring and throwing from far way. We also had a lot of fun throwing pebbles (bean bags) into puddles (tires) with many children challenging each other to throw the furthest.

 

Next week, to celebrate the end of our ‘Did Dragons Exist?’ topic, on Thursday 25th May we will be having a Medieval games morning. We will be having a visit from some special guests (birds of prey) and we ask that you please send in £3 to cover this as well as some of the games materials to make the day fantastic for all involved. Parents are welcome to attend out banquet (picnic lunch) on the day. A letter has been sent out with all children but if you have any questions please speak to a member of nursery staff.

Reminders – 

Please ensure that all children attend nursery with a warm/waterproof coat as the weather is very unpredictable at the moment.

We would like to remind parents that Nursery children will often get wet from water play and we ask that spare clothes are provided

Could we ask that water bottles only contain water

 

Thank you

 

The Nursery Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

St. Anne’s Nursery News – Week beginning 1st May

Did Dragons Exist?

 

Another week of dragon discovery. The dragon eggs have been taken inside so that we can look after them until they hatch. After a group discussion on how best to care for them, it has been decided that we need to keep them warm like reception did with the chicken eggs. We have lined some boxes with fleeces and gently placed the eggs inside. Every day we have checked the eggs and yesterday we found a crack in one of them. Hopefully we will get to meet the baby dragons soon.

We have been incorporating dragons into our phonics with a phonics dragon. He likes to eat lots of different things and the children have been matching the initial sounds with the letters. Some even attempted to blend simple sentences. Wow! In maths, we have been counting gems and sorting them out, using the tweezers to pick the gems up to practice our fine motor skills. We have used our dragon footprints to do some quantity/numeral matching and then jumping from print to print, some children continued to play with the footprints by placing them in a circle then running along it.

 

Next week, on Thursday 11th May we will be taking part in a Peppa Pig Muddy Puddle Walk. This is for Save the Children, so we hope to raise money while having a lot of fun! If you would like to give a donation there will be a donation pot in nursery all week.

 

Reminders –

As the weather is still unpredictable could we ask that warmer/waterproof coats are brought into school daily. As warmer weather approaches hats and sunscreen (applied at home) will also be a necessity to protect the children’s delicate skin.

Could we ask that everything brought into school is labelled, including water bottles and hats and that the water bottles only contain water – Thank you.

The Nursery Team

St. Anne’s Nursery News – Week beginning 24th April

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Did Dragons Exist?

 

Welcome back to Nursery where we have heard lots of stories of what children have been doing over Easter.

The topic this term is ‘Did Dragons Exist?’ We will be learning about dragons, incorporating castles into our play. This week we have turned our home corner into a castle, complete with medieval props and costumes. The children have been counting gems and silver pieces from our treasure chest and serving food at their banquet table.

The story we are focusing on is ‘Zog’ by Julia Donaldson. This story is about how the dragons go to Dragon School and learn, like we go to Nursery. Although unfortunately we don’t learn how to breath fire. We will be exploring the characters in more detail later.

 

At the beginning of the week we found a note that was left in the garden, this was from Mother Dragon who had lost her eggs and wanted to help to find them. After a lot of discussion and research into dragons, we decided the eggs must be somewhere near grass because it is soft like a nest and somewhere near trees to shelter underneath. With the help of Reception, we were able to find not only the missing eggs (4 in total) but we also discovered dragon footprints, a tooth and a claw!

Well done to everyone, you were excellent explorers. The dragons will be pleased!

Reminders – 

As the weather is still unpredictable could we ask that warmer/waterproof coats are brought into school daily. As warmer weather approaches hats and sunscreen (applied at home) will also be a necessity to protect the children’s delicate skin.

Could we ask that everything brought into school is labelled, including water bottles and hats and that the water bottles only contain water – Thank you.

The Nursery Team

 

 

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St. Anne’s Nursery News – Week beginning 20th March

This week we have been getting ready for Mother’s Day. Children have been talking about all of the things that make their mothers so special. Everyone has had a go at making a Mother’s Day card, deciding what materials they would like to use and how to do it. Each picture is unique. Not only did they make a picture, they also had a go at writing inside the card too. These cards are very special to the children in nursery as they put so much effort into them, taking their time over the letters. I am so proud of how well they stayed focused on their cards and I hope their Mothers will be too.

We have been enjoying the wet weather, using this as an opportunity to get messy. We have drawn on the ground with chalks and then painted them with water to see the changes. We have painted the floor with bright colours and tried to mix different ones together. Some children have started to mix cakes in the mud kitchen using a range of ingredients and then serving this concoction to the animals.

Reminders:

  • Could we ask that everything brought into school is labelled, including bottles and gloves
  • Could we also ask that the children’s water bottles only contain water – Thank you
  • Parents are politely reminded that the morning session finishes at 11.45 and the afternoon session 3.30. Please ensure your child is collected promptly from Nursery as it may upset your child to be left waiting.
  • Staff may not always be available during busy times e.g. start/end of sessions. If you wish to speak to a member of staff, please make an appointment.

The Nursery Team

St. Anne’s Nursery News – Week beginning 27th February

 

Wow! What a week we have had at Nursery. We have continued reading ‘The Gruffalo’ this week, taking the characters outside to play with in the wind, the Gruffalo even tried to escape! Luckily, we were able to catch him and bring him back to the den that we had built inside, nobody wanted to eat any Gruffalo crumble this week so the children made a picnic instead. This was taken into the den, which has also been turned into a cave where children used torches to move around. We have also been looking at maps, we were able to find London very easily (there was a big red bus on the map) and on the world map we found the United Kingdom. While looking at the map, the children were able to find out where different animals are from and could then find the small world animals and put the on their home countries.

Tuesday was Pancake Day, after talking about Shrove Tuesday, some children went to the home corner and made their own pancakes and then it was time for the race. Every child had a go and raced around the hall with their pancakes and then we got to eat some. Yummy!

Ash Wednesday saw the children talking about things they would give up, some children wanted to give up chocolate or sweets and one child even said they could give up computer games.

Thursday was World Book Day. A huge well done to all the children who dressed up, you all looked great! To celebrate World Book Day, Year 5 came to visit us and even read some books, some nursery children even read them a book too. We got the chance to meet some princesses today, and one child even got to meet the person she was dressed up as! They read ‘The Gruffalo’ to us and sang a song for us, then we got a meet and greet session where we could meet them in person. Everyone had so much fun and really enjoyed meeting them. In the afternoon, we spent some time in the main playground with the rest of the school, playing with siblings.

 

Reminders:

  • Could we ask that everything brought into school is labelled, including bottles and gloves
  • Could we also ask that the children’s water bottles only contain water – Thank you
  • Parents are politely reminded that the morning session finishes at 11.45 and the afternoon session 3.30. Please ensure your child is collected promptly from Nursery as it may upset your child to be left waiting.

The Nursery Team

 

   

 

 

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St. Anne’s Nursery News – Week beginning 20th February

 

Last term we had a lot of fun looking at different vehicles and how they move, even exploring how we can move around. Because of this, we have started to do some more investigating with the topic ‘Can we explore it?’ We have been predicting outcomes and testing these out, with children taking a leading role in their learning. They have attempted to test their own abilities by predicting whether they can do certain movements, then using a checklist they have been able to say whether they achieved it or not. Many children have tried new things this week, from riding the big bike for the first time at nursery to investigating new resources.

The story focus this term is The Gruffalo which has been a huge success. Children have joined in at carpet time to read the story and have been able to re-enact the story using the puppets and props available.

Next week, we will continue to look at The Gruffalo and start to investigate our environments to see the similarities/differences of them.

 

Reminders:

  • Could we ask that everything brought into school is labelled, including bottles and gloves
  • Could we also ask that the children’s water bottles only contain water – Thank you
  • Parents are politely reminded that the morning session finishes at 11.45 and the afternoon session 3.30. Please ensure your child is collected promptly from Nursery as it may upset your child to be left waiting.

The Nursery Team

            

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week beginning 6th February

Continuing from last week, we have continued to explore different ways of moving. We have used the hall to explore speed by having races, crawled and then attempted to slither through a tunnel and extended the balance path. Several children managed to keep their balance all the way to the other side of the hall. Well done! We have used a balance board outside to practice our balance and some children even attempted to spin around on the board which proved trickier than expected.

Not only did we explore how we can travel but also how objects can travel. We worked out which balls were the best to roll down ramps (the smallest) and why wheels are round. By testing out different shapes, the children were able to identify the only rounded objects are good for vehicles otherwise they won’t move. Triangles and squares aren’t up to the job.

A different interest which has arisen has been in the home corner. More food was added and the children took this opportunity to start a restaurant, making and serving food to each other. This was then extended to going on different picnics; to the park, to the beach and even to the forest.

 

Reminders:

  • Could we ask that everything brought into school is labelled, including bottles and gloves
  • Please ensure your child is collected promptly from Nursery as it may upset your child to be left waiting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Week beginning 3rd January

We have been continuing looking at vehicles this way and exploring ways of moving. We have begun to build a water wall with donated boxes, the children have enjoying pouring the water through the top and seeing it travel through the bottles. They also tested out which containers are best to pour with and found that the jugs and the large spade work the best. We have been looking at fire engines and have been playing around with our new fire station, this play extended to using the small fire engines with the fire and putting the ‘fires’ out. Continuing with vehicles, some children turned a large cardboard box into a boat and others turned a toddlebox upside to sit inside and steer.

Next week we will continue the theme of transport so watch this space……

 

 

Reminders:

  • Also could we ask that everything brought into school is labelled, including bottles and gloves
  • Please ensure your child is collected promptly from Nursery as it may upset your child to be left waiting.

The Nursery Team

 

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Week beginning 23rd January

Last week we were looking at buildings and ‘The Three Little Pigs’ story, where children made different types of buildings from castles to tiny homes for bugs. This week we have moved onto vehicles. This was inspired by the children’s fascination with the vehicles that we use to build e.g. digger, roller etc.

Our current book focus is ‘Duck in the Truck.’ Where a duck becomes stuck in the muck. We recreated this story using small world animals inside and outside we used some of the larger vehicles to test if they would get stuck in the much too. Many of the children wanted to build their own vehicles which proved harder than we had first thought. With the soft play equipment everybody helped to build a large scale train, complete with a carriage, seat for the driver and an exhaust for the steam. Some children explored the different marks that our small world vehicles make by rolling them through the playdough. Others used the signs outside to create a road to drive along, stopping traffic and signalling when they could carry on. We have also seen a lot of construction such as, a train with 10 carriages made from lego, a train and then an airplane made from the large wooden blocks outside and exploring how to make vehicles using natural forms.

 

This half term we have a mini competition on. Who can make the best vehicle using craft materials. If you would like to help your child to make a vehicle at home then please feel free to do so and bring it in, or support your child by bringing in small boxes and craft materials e.g. lids, sticks etc. to help them make their own in nursery.

This is Alicia’s lovely train which she made at nursery.

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  • Also could we ask that everything brought into school is labelled, including bottles and gloves
  • Parents are politely reminded that the morning session finishes at 11.45 and the afternoon session 3.30. Please ensure your child is collected promptly from Nursery as it may upset your child to be left waiting.

The Nursery Team: Miss Dews and Miss France

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Week beginning 16th January

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We have had a very busy two weeks here in Nursery, reading the story of The Three Little Pigs. This has prompted a lot of building from the children, with some great use of materials. We have experimented to see what different things we can make houses from. We tried drinking straws but they fell down, next we tried sticks but we couldn’t get them to stay together. Lastly, we tried blocks and this worked perfectly. We have a lot of different types of blocks in nursery and the children have successfully proved that you can use any of them to build a house, tower or castle. They also showed that it is just as much fun to knock the houses down as it is to build them. Not only have we built houses but we have looked at different homes around the world, the most popular being the boat house!

 

Reminders:

  • Could we ask that children are brought into nursery with warm outdoor wear as nursery spend a lot of time outside where it is cold
  • Also could we ask that everything brought into school is labelled, including water bottles, gloves, scarves and hats
  • If your child is bringing things into nursery can you please ensure that they fit in their tray
  • Parents are politely reminded that the morning session finishes at 11.45 and the afternoon session 3.30. Please ensure your child is collected promptly from Nursery.

The Nursery Team: Miss Dews and Miss France

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St. Anne’s Nursery News – Week beginning 12th December

 

Nursery have continued the Christmas theme this week and have been busy little elves. So far this week we have, made fairies, painted Christmas pictures, made notes/pictures for Santa. We have investigated sea animals and ice both inside and outside, practiced our pencil control using the whiteboard and made started to make a swamp for our dinosaur friends outside. As well as this we have watched the Reception play and the KS1 play which everyone enjoyed, particularly those children who had siblings performing.

Nursery would like to say a huge well done to all of the children in the plays and thank you for inviting us to watch.

We have had a lot of fun making salt dough this week, everyone pitched in to measure out the ingredients, stir the mixture and roll it out. Can you guess what we have been making?

Reminders:

  • Could we ask that children are brought into nursery with warm outdoor wear as nursery spend a lot of time outside where it is cold
  • Also could we ask that everything brought into school is labelled, including water bottles, gloves, scarves and hats
  • If your child is bringing things into nursery can you please ensure that they fit in their tray
  • Parents are politely reminded that the morning session finishes at 11.45 and the afternoon session 3.30. Please ensure your child is collected promptly from Nursery.

The Nursery Team: Miss Dews and Miss France

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St. Anne’s Nursery News – Week beginning 5th December

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As it is the first full week of December, Nursery have been doing lots for Christmas. We have been using maths to count how many links in our paper chains and making repeating patterns, and then we have hung these up in the Nursery. We have also made our very own Christmas Wreath which we have decorated with hand painted leaves and red pom-poms for berries. On the creative table children have been making snowman pictures which you can see on our Art Gallery wall.

We have also been hard at work in Santa’s workshop. The elves left us some wrapped presents and asked if we could help to sort the presents. Several children helped to count the presents and write a note for the elves letting them know how many there were, and others chose to stack the presents to see how high they would go.

We had a few new additions to the nursery this week; a Nativity scene, which has helped the children to learn about the Christmas Story and a post office has popped up outside for children to write letters and post them to others.

 

Reminders:

  • Could we ask that everything brought into school is labelled, including water bottles, gloves, scarves and hats
  • If your child is bringing things into nursery can you please ensure that they fit in their tray
  • Parents are politely reminded that the morning session finishes at 11.45 and the afternoon session 3.30. Please ensure your child is collected promptly from Nursery.
  • Donations are welcome as they help us to buy things like ingredients for baking activities etc

The Nursery Team: Miss Dews and Miss France

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Week beginning 28th November

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This week we have had a big focus on healthy eating. We have been using our recipe book to cook pasta in the home corner and look at healthy meals, as well as digging for fruit and veg in our sensory box. We have also been investigating what happens to pasta when it is put into water and comparing dry/wet pasta. Children have brought in fruit and vegetables for everybody to try, some of these are ones that we have seen before but others were more unusual. We had a Pomelo which was many thought would be a melon when we cut into it and were surprised to see that it was more like a giant orange. Out of all of the fruit and vegetables that we tried the mini peppers were the biggest hit with Nursery.

 

As it is now December, our Home Corner has changed to Santa’s Workshop. The elves have had some help already making toys for Christmas. We even had to ‘fix’ the table so that it doesn’t break when Santa comes down the chimney.

After a class discussion the children decided that they wanted to make decorations for Nursery so next week we will be making Nursery look festive.

 

Thank you to those who brought in fruit and vegetables this week!

 

Reminders:

  • Could we ask that everything brought into school is labelled, including water bottles, gloves, scarves and hats
  • If your child is bringing things into nursery can you please ensure that they fit in their tray
  • Parents are politely reminded that the morning session finishes at 11.45 and the afternoon session 3.30. Please ensure your child is collected promptly from Nursery.

The Nursery Team: Miss Dews and Miss France

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Week beginning 21st November

A big thank you from all here at St. Anne’s Nursery for making the first few weeks extra special. Everyone has been having a lot of fun (staff included) getting to know the new environment and investigating all the resources.

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We have had several helpers to dig mud for our Mud Kitchen and help to transport the water across the playground for our outside water tray. This has given the children a sense of ownership of the nursery which is essential for them to feel happy and safe.

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The inside home corner has been a huge hit with all children, especially the wooden food that we have available. The children can often be found cooking these in the oven or feeding them to the babies. Some of the fruit and vegetables are easily recognisable to most children, however, there are some that they didn’t know.

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Due to the interest in the home corner and the food, next week we will be focusing on healthy eating. Which foods are good? Which we eat a lot of? Which we eat a little of? We will also be using all our senses to investigate fruit and vegetables next week.

How many fruit and vegetables can you find at home?

 

Reminders:

  • Could we ask that everything brought into school is labelled, including water bottles, gloves, scarves and hats
  • If your child is bringing things into nursery can you please ensure that they fit in their tray

The Nursery Team: Miss Dews and Miss France

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Welcome to our new nursery. Opening 7th November!

Here at St. Anne’s Nursery we aim to provide a safe, happy and caring place where your child can learn to grow as an individual. We offer children an enriched learning experience in a stimulating environment, with trained members of staff. We accomodate children from the ages of 2 to 4 with funding available for eligible 2 year olds.

The nursery has seen some big changes over the past few weeks going from this:

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to this:

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We are very proud of what we have achieved and to enable people to look around we have opening mornings every day the week commencing 31st October, 9am till 10am. Staff will be available to answer any questions you may have.