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Nursery Class

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Year Five Silver Birch

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mr austin
mrs russell
Mr Austin - Teacher
Mrs Russell - Teaching Assistant

Useful Information

This term, Nursery welcomed its first afternoon intake and everyone is settling in with plenty of opportunities for learning. We are happy to say that Mrs Procter and Mrs Reed have now joined our Nursery Team and Mrs Procter has worked hard with the children to recognise and write numbers.  

In the first half of the term, we looked at new beginnings and went on a walk to photograph the signs of Spring in our school grounds. We followed this up with our new topic “Can we explore it?”
We used tents and built a pirate ship to turn our outdoor area into a place of exploration and Mrs Russell helped the children to design and build their own fairy doors for the trees. Our Talk for Writing texts for the Summer are The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Mrs Honey’s Hat, but we visit the library each week and share a wide range of traditional and modern stories daily.

Our Pre-school children are coming to the end of their Nursery year and we will be helping them to transition into their new Reception classes. It seems hardly any time at all since they joined us as the first ever Whitley Abbey Nursery class and they really have grown up so much. We are very proud of them all. 

We had some very special visitors in afternoon Nursery.
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Here in Nursery, our existing and new children have settled in to enjoy a new term and new topics.

Our main theme for learning in the first half of the term was called “Where Does Snow Go?”, and was based on the signs of Winter and snowy places. In the second half of the term we are looking at colours of the rainbow.

Our Talk for Writing texts for the Spring are The Enormous Turnip and We’re Going On a Bear Hunt, but we supplement these each day with a wide range of traditional and modern stories. Already this term, we have taken part in a story-telling performance and workshop by professional actors, and invited parents and carers to join us for an open morning of story-telling.

Storytelling workshop​

We are looking at a number of festivals and celebrations this term, including Shrove Tuesday and LentChinese New YearMother’s DayHoli (the Hindu festival of colours) and Easter.

Our outdoor learning continues throughout the cold Winter months, and we look forward to the arrival of Spring weather and hopefully our new Nursery building!


We dressed as fairy tale characters​

Our first ever Whitley Abbey Nursery have settled​ in really well during September, and we now have 18 children looking forward to a busy year ahead.

The main focus this term, will be developing the primary areas of Physical Development and Communication and Language as well as Personal, Social and Emotional skills. 

Our Autumn learning involves self-discovery about ourselves and our environment. We have already been on discovery walks throughout the school, learning to walk quietly in pairs and safely climb the various stairs. Also, as part of our environment we have started to use the wonderful outdoor area, created by a team of volunteers from Jaguar Land Rover.  Using this fantastic natural resource we will be looking at Percy the Park Keeper and other Autumnal stories, as well as creating seasonal arts and crafts. 

Within our nursery, we are able to celebrate diversity and many different cultures. As part of our learning, we will look at a number of festivals including Harvest, Diwali, Hanukkah, Advent and Christmas. We will listen to stories and look at the ways each of these festivals are celebrated, as well as creating our own work based on these themes.

We had a Snow Day on December 11th and 12th

Den building and outdoor learning.