Laurel Fields, Potters Bar, Herts EN6 2BA
School finishes for the Summer break at 1:15pm on Friday 21st July - Have a wonderful Summer everyone!
Welcome to our class page. Here you will be able to see all the exciting learning that happens in nursery. You will also find information about supporting your child with their learning and upcoming events.
The staff you will meet in Nursery are Mrs Mottram (class teacher), Mrs Bhatt (Early Years Practitioner), Miss Bransom (Early Years Practitioner) and Mrs Crawshaw (Learning Support Assistant)
We are all excited about getting to know you and your children this year.
Please look down the page to find updates on our learning experiences, the latest newsletters and upcoming dates for your diaries...
It's the final countdown....
We are now in our last half term with the children before they move into Reception classes.
We will be ensuring this transition is a smooth as possible for both you and your children. The children will be exploring the Reception classes during their child initiated learning time, and we will be having circle times to address any worries they may have.
There will also be a transition day throughout the school later in the term when the children get to visit their new classes and meet their new teachers - details to follow.
As parents, we want you to be at ease too, so please try to make the Reception Transition Parents Meeting on Wednesday 20th June - this will be your first contact with the staff who work in the Reception classes.
As far as Nursery learning goes...this term we are going...
Wow! Time really does fly by when you're having fun!!
The last half term was spent busily learning about life cycles of butterflies, plants and ourselves! With a couple of weeks of Pirates and Princesses thrown in for good measure!
The children have helped look after caterpillars that eventually turned in to Painted Lady butterflies, planted their own magical beanstalks and looked at themselves as babies and now to compare.
We had an amazing time at our Sports Day, and finished the term off with a "Pirates and Princesses day".
Dinosaur Doodles! (27.02.2017)
We were really lucky in Nursery this week. We had a visit from Phoebe's dad, David, he is a really talented illustrator who specialises in storyboards and concept art for film and television. He has worked on lots of well known movies including the new Beauty and the Beast!
He came in to show the children how he draws his storyboards, and how anyone can draw too!
As we are currently looking at dinosaurs, David showed the children how to draw a T-Rex in just a few simple steps!
The children loved their morning with him, and they were all so enthusiastic and willing to have a go! What a fantastic experience for us all in nursery!
Thank you David!
Paws, Claws and Whiskers!(19.02.2017)
This half-term we will be looking at the animal kingdom, and all the wonders it holds! We will be starting with "Dinosaur Roar!" and hopefully, ending with "Under the Sea"
We are already half-way through the school year! Where has the time gone? The children have grown so much since they joined us in September. They are amazing, and we are enjoying our time spent with them.
We have been practising our letter sounds, counting, mark making, going to the library and celebrating Chinese New Year by making and trying stir fry noodles!!
"If you go down to the woods today..." (09.01.2017)
Welcome back after the Christmas break...we hope you have had a restful holiday and are ready to embrace the new term!
This term we are focusing on well known stories and traditional tales set in and around the woods - we will be talking about story characters, settings, using story telling language, telling our own stories and acting out stories.
We will also be looking at counting objects, recognising numbers and representing numbers in lots of different ways.
Nursery's Christmas Concert - UPDATE! (19.12.2016)
Wow! What a show...they were amazing! Such confidence...
We hope you were all as proud as we were...Mrs Mottram, Mrs Bhatt, Miss Bransom and Mrs Ranaweera xx
Nursery's Christmas Concert! (9.12.2016)
A letter will be coming home very soon, but we just wanted to let you know that our Christmas concert will be on Friday December 16th at 9.15am in the main hall, followed by tea, coffee and mince pies in the small hall until approx 10.15am.
We hope to see you all there!
Mrs Mottram, Mrs Bhatt, Miss Bransom and Mrs Ranaweera xx
We have a Visitor!! (5.12.2016)
There was great excitement in Nursery at the end of last week! When Miss Bransom and 2 of the children took the register down to the office they were given a special parcel!
When Mrs Mottram opened it we found it was a Christmas Elf! He has come to visit us, from the North Pole, for the next few weeks to learn how to be a good Elf, so he will be watching the fantastic behaviour in Nursery to learn how to be kind and caring to others.
The children chose the name Ollie for him, and then they spent ages writing letters to him asking him questions about himself and the North Pole, where he lives. We left a box full of our letters on the shelf next to his door for him to read that night.
The following day he was in our book corner, reading to one of our reading buddies...so we all copied him and chose a friend to share a book with!
"Bring a Grown-Up to Work" Week: (7.11.2016 - 11.11.2016)
It has been lovely to welcome you all into class this past week, the children have really enjoyed being able to share some of their favourite activities with you.
This half-term we are going to be thinking about all the amazing possibilities
our imaginations can open to us! We are going to be having a dressing-up shop,so we are
going to become Princesses, Pirates, Cowboys, super heroes and maybe even Scooby Doo!?!
We will be exploring numbers, patterns and shapes, thinking
about friendships and even going on a trip to the moon! There will be other
fantastic things happening, but only our imaginations will limit us!
Of course at the end of the term we have CHRISTMAS!! It's going to be another busy one!!
First Half Term review...
We have had an amazing start to the school year, it's hard to believe it has only been 7 weeks since we started! But what a busy 7 weeks it was!! We managed to squeeze so much into a short space of time!
The children are fantastic; they are already a little 'family' all of their own.They are very familiar with the 5 superlearners now and are allowed to look after them (our cuddly versions) if they are showing those learning behaviours. We have looked at our faces, how we are all different and unique, we've explored sounds, taste - making our soup, we've explored smells!!! (They were nice ones!) We have also spent a lot of time ensuring all the children are settled and are learning our rules and routines.
We have also been celebrating Harvest. Reception were busy making bread rolls whilst Nursery made some soup. On Friday we came together and shared the food we have prepared during the week and said thank you to the farmers that grow and harvest our food.
Newsletters, Dates for your Diary and Information:
Our class newsletters will appear on this page as and when they are published. We have a termly one that comes out 3 times during the year, and then we have our "Updates and Information" letters that come out every couple of weeks or so. So please watch this space for current information. You will find the current Termly Newsletter and 'Nursery News' below.
Dates for your Diary will be below these...
Dates for your diary...
Friday June 9th ~ Non-Uniform Day - £1 donation for the Summer Fayre.
Nursery Termly Newsletter
Parent's Information Meeting...
Thank you to all the parents that made it to our Information meeting this week. If you couldn't get there, don't worry you will get a pack of the handouts given out, and below is the Power Point that was shown...If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Mrs Mottram.
Other Information for parents...
Here are a couple of handouts from our information meeting in case you missed them.
This half-term we are going to be looking at ourselves, and all the marvellous, magical things we can do...such as seeing, hearing, touching, tasting and smelling! We will also be introducing the class to our 5 Cranborne Super Learner Sidekicks and their super learning behaviours.
We will be spending a great deal of time during this first half-term making sure the children are settling into nursery life, introducing our rules and routines to them, and ensuring they have a happy, stress-free time with us each day.
...have been a fantastic start to your children's time with us. We have been getting to know each other, and exploring our learning areas both inside and out.
The children have had their first PE session, and have been to the school library to get their first library book.
We even celebrated a birthday!
Things parents may find useful...
Creativity the Cat thinks outside the box!
Meet the Cranborne Super Learner Sidekicks...
Terry the Tortoise keeps trying
Bumble the Bee works collaboratively
Barney the owl is independent, plans ahead, and takes pride in his work
Scatter the Spider makes links in his learning
http://www.letters-and-sounds.com/ (Phase 1 first for Nursery)