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Nursery

Welcome to the Nursery Webpage.

The staff in Nursery are Mrs O’Shea, Mrs Perren, Miss Durkan and Miss Lyons.

Contact us at:  YNclass@greenfields.herts.sch.uk

Nursery Routines

  • We will start PE in the Spring term.  Please have a named kit in school after Christmas.
  • Library Books are changed on a Wednesday
  • Soft start every morning from 8.45am-9am.  Register is taken at 9.05am
  • Please only send in plain water in a named water bottle
  • We ask that all coats, clothing and uniform are labelled clearly.

Forest Schools:

  • We are delighted that we can offer Forest School learning in Nursery and Reception.  The children will take part in these activities every week, throughout the academic year.  This is a long term, learner led approach, offering children time, freedom and space to learn at their own pace, through open ended play. Forest School offers learners practical experiences and the opportunity to take supported risks, led by a qualified Forest School practitioner, which are appropriate to the environment and to themselves, such as den building, fire lighting and tool work. The natural environment provides resources and opportunities to learn and embed lifelong social skills, fostering resilient, confident, independent and creative learners.

30 hours provision:

  • We offer the 30 hours government funded provision for eligible familes.  This is available to families where parents are working 16 hours plus per week.  This means that the children can have lunch in school and stay until 3pm some or every afternoon.  Please enquire at the office if you need any further information.

Nursery Topics:

Autumn :

The topic for the first half of the Autumn Term is “All About Me”. We learn about each other, remembering names and making friends. We look at each other, how are we similar and how are we different?  We talk about our feelings and how to be a good friend.

The topic for the second half of Autumn is “Let’s Celebrate ”. We look at different celebrations such as; Diwali, Bonfire Night, Halloween, Christmas.

Spring:

The topic for the first half of the Spring Term is “My Community”.   We learn about the Police, Firefighters, Ambulance Service, Doctors, Nurses, Vets & Schools.

The topic for the second half of the Spring Term is “Growth and Change”. We look at life cycles (such as in the Hungry Caterpillar), growth in nature and in ourselves.  During the Spring term we will celebrate Chinese New Year (dependent on when it falls).

Summer:

The topic for the first half of the Summer Term is “Traditional Tales”.   We read, listen, retell and role play a variety of traditional stories.

The topic for the second half of the Summer Term is “Journeys”. We look at different types of transport and the various journeys that we make ourselves.

Nursery Trips:

We hope to arrange visits to school from Firefighters and others during our “My Community” topic. We have a school trip in the Summer term in conjunction with our “Journeys” topic.

The documents below will give you an overview of the learning in Nursery.

Nursery Blog

  • Remembering Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

    We were all saddened to hear the news of the passing of our Queen.  In school we talked about Her Majesty and we watched the Paddington Bear clip from the Platinum Jubilee celebrations earlier this year.  We made marmalade sandwiches in the Queen’s honour.

     

  • Welcome to Nursery September 2022

    We are delighted to be back at school and we have welcomed back familiar faces and met our new classmates.  The children have settled back into school life very quickly and everyone has been making friends and exploring all the exciting activities inside and outside.

  • Celebrating the Platinum Jubilee in Nursery 🙂

    The children really enjoyed learning about Queen Elizabeth II (and her corgis!).  We made bunting to decorate the school and we also made crowns for ourselves.  We experimented with Jubilee Rice (red, white and blue).  The children came in to school wearing red, white or blue clothes for our Jubilee Garden Party and we made jam sandwiches and decorated biscuits.  During the garden party we played Pass the Parcel and Pin the Crown on the Queen – lots of fun was had by all!

     

  • Welcome to the Summer Term!

    We have an exciting term ahead! Our Topic is Traditional Tales and we have started reading new and familiar stories.  We have made porridge for the 3 Bears and jam sandwiches for Jack at the top of the Beanstalk.  The weather has been mainly warm and settled so we have spent a lot of time in our outdoor garden which was updated over the Easter holidays.  The children have enjoyed using our new water wall, digging area and role play area along with all the other exciting activities inside and out.

  • Easter and Growing!

    This half term has been so busy and lots of fun!  In the middle of March we received eggs in an incubator and the children were able to witness the eggs hatch and subsequently the chicks develop and grow.  We planted and grew our own grass and sunflowers as well.  This half term is always great fun and as the weather improves we spend even more time outside.  We finished the half term with our Nursery class assembly which was themed around one of our favourite books “The Hungry Caterpillar”.  We celebrated Easter and even had a visit from the Easter Bunny!  On the last day of term we had our traditional Easter Bonnet assembly.  Let’s see what exciting times are ahead in the Summer term!

  • World Book Day 2022

    This year our theme for World Book Day was Books at Bedtime.  We dressed up in our pyjamas to come to school and we read stories all day! The children love books and can retell stories through their play and their drawings.  After school the children came back with their parents to have hot chocolate and cookies and to listen to more stories read to them by their teachers.  What a great day we had!

     

  • What a busy half term!

    We have had a busy time in Nursery since we came back from our Christmas break.  Our Topic this half term has been People Who Help Us.  We have learnt about the Police force, Fire service, Doctors, Dentists, Vets and Paramedics.  It is a shame that we couldn’t have our usual visits from these emergency services this term but we hope to arrange them in the Summer term.  We did have visits from a snake and a tortoise during our Vet week though!

    The children really enjoyed learning how to use chopsticks as we celebrated Chinese New Year – the Year of the Tiger.  We have started learning Phase 2 phonics and the children are enjoying learning the songs and actions for each sound.

    As the weather has been getting better we have utilised our fabulous Early Years garden.  The children have loved exploring outside and we have spotted lots of birds in our trees!

     

     

     

  • Christmas in Nursery!

    The whole month of December has been so much fun in Nursery.  At the beginning of the month the children decorated our class tree and it looked beautiful! The children had a good time with Christmas activities and crafts and made Christmas cards and decorations to take home.  We performed our Christmas play with Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 – Ralph the Reindeer! Unfortunately our parents couldn’t come in to see us so it was recorded to watch at home.  We had a Christmas party and a very special visitor came!  The children have been so resilient this half term and we are very proud of them.  We wish all our families a very happy and healthy Christmas 🙂

  • Celebrations Topic in Nursery

    This half term our topic is Celebrations.  So far we have learnt about Diwali, Bonfire Night and Remembrance Day .  As the term progresses we will think about our own special celebrations – our birthdays! We look forward to learning about and celebrating Hanukkah and Christmas.  The children also donated toys for a toy fair to raise money for Children in Need.  This is a very busy and exciting half term in school!

     

  • October in Nursery

    We have had such a busy first half term in Nursery.  The children have had a lot of time to explore inside and outside and have been making new friends.  We finished the half term by focusing on Halloween.  One of our favourite stories is Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson.  We enjoyed decorating and scooping pumpkins, making potions and magic wands!