Early Years Nursery
Nursery Class 2017-18
The not-so naughty elves
In Santa’s workshop the elves were very busy wrapping presents and writing letters to the children. The children each day had to look out for the naughty elf that came to Nursery via the elf door. On discovering the elf door the children began asking interesting questions and it provoked some fantastic ‘what if’ discussions.
First Flakes of Snow
“Quick it’s snowing. Let’s get outside!”
The children explored how the snowflakes felt as they landed on their face and tongue! They observed the snowflakes falling from the sky and wondered why they disappeared once on the ground.
Funky Finger Challenge
The children are given a small challenge that will help develop fine-motor control. These challenges are fun and an interactive way of promoting concentration and perseverance whilst developing a hand preference and a tripod grip.
Nursery Class 2017-18
First Few Weeks in Nursery
Our priority for the first few weeks is to ensure your child is happy and confident in Nursery. We will get to know your child and see what they can do, so we can plan their next steps in learning and development. We will encourage friendships, agree our class rules and ensure they are familiar with the routine. The children happily choose which toys or activities they want to play with. We have been really busy in Nursery already, even if they don’t tell you! Have a look and see what we have been up to.
The children play with many activities to enhance their fine motor skills. We have many ‘challenges’ for the children to complete. Lots of lovely tactile experiences where children need to use their fingers to grip objects. Developing finger strength helps children to develop a tripod grip and good pencil control.
Nursery had an unexpected visitor. We found a frog hopping around the room. Nursery kept the frog in a large fish tank to give us a chance to observe it. Later that day the children found a snail which allowed us to compare the two creatures. It was very exciting!
We were very enthusiastic when watching the caterpillars in Reception grow. We shared the experience of incubating eggs and watching the chicks hatch.
We are so lucky to have such a large interesting outdoor area. The children are free to choose the equipment they play with and learn to share and take turns with their friends.
Dressing up is a favourite pastime of many children. Our role play area is changed regularly to reflect the interests of the children.
World Book Day
‘World Book Day’ was a wonderful opportunity to dress up and bring our favourite books to school.
In Nursery we follow many festivals from around the world. We began with Harvest festival where we sorted fruit and vegetables into locally grown and those that come from other countries far away. We talked about our likes and dislikes.
The children celebrated Chinese New Year by tasting prawn crackers and preparing noodles in sauce. We used chop sticks in an attempt to eat the noodles; the children were very inventive in their use of chopsticks. It was great fun!
Nursery began pancake day began by watching Peppa Pig and her family making pancakes. When it was time to flip the pancakes the children were very excited. Mrs Taylor tried to flip them so high, and they almost touched the ceiling. We tried different toppings and chose our favourite.
Japanese doll day was an opportunity for the children to think about other children from around the world. Children were invited to bring a doll to Nursery from home.
"Donkey for Sale" Nativity Play
Our play this year was a version of the Christmas story as seen through the eyes of a donkey. We learned lots of new songs and Makaton signing to enhance the story.
Wow, when Wizard Rob brought his animals to show us the children were really brave and handled many of them. It was delightful to see so many animals close up.
Reading and Writing
The children are encouraged to read books and write in all the areas of the Nursery. They are very good at retelling stories to each other using puppets and props.
Our Nursery children enjoy a range of activities that involve looking at numbers and counting. We use mark making equipment to represent ideas of number. The children have been introduced to Numicon apparatus and are keen to investigate the pieces. We made pictures with shapes and investigated measuring.
Nursery Class 2016-17
Settling into Nursery
Our children are involved in their induction period and are finding out about the resources available to them.
Nursery Open Morning for Families New to West Denton Primary School 9.30am-11.30am Friday 13th October 2017
Looking at schools for your child to start Nursery in September 2018? Come along to our open morning! Becoming part of our school community is hopefully one of the most rewarding and important decisions you are likely to make. We aim to create an environment where children are happy and excited to come to school; where they will succeed; where the curriculum is broad and balanced and where standards are high.
We look forward to welcoming you to our school. Please ring our school office on 0191 2674211 to book a place on this visit and take a look around our school.