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Our Autumn 1 Journey

 Nursery have really enjoyed exploring their new learning environment. Getting busy in the different areas of provision - both inside and outside as well as making new friends. Here are some photos of us: 

Nursery 2021-22 First Week


One of our favourite areas this week has been the mud kitchen. We have been learning to put on our own all in one suits and wellies before making our own mud concoctions! 



We have been fascinated by the minibeasts we have found around our outdoor environment this week. We found a worm wriggling around in the mud, the children were fascinated watching it wriggle around. A few children were brave enough to hold it. We also found a slug which we picked up on a spoon. We carefully observed is sliding along the spoon - we could see its eyes looking around and the slimy trail it was leaving. We found a safe home for both of them in the middle of this tyre. It had both mud and leaves so we thought it was perfect! 



Music Outside

This week we have been exploring the outdoor music area - banging on the drums and metal objects. We have been practising banging loud and quiet as well as fast and slow. 


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Owl Babies

This half term our focus story is Owl Babies. We have been listening to the story and learning to use the story props to retell the story. We have enjoyed joining in with the repeated refrain 'I want my mummy'. We are also beginning to learn the names of the baby owls; Sarah, Percy and Bill. You can listen to the story here:


Our Autumn Walk

We went on a welly walk to collect Autumn Leaves. First, we read the story, 'We're Going on a Leaf Hunt' and thought about the different coloured leaves we might find on our walk. As well as leaves we found some very tall sunflowers that were even taller than the teachers! As well as some green squashes in the edible playground. We loved running around on the field finding different leaves. We used words to describe the leaves we found; red, orange, brown, crunchy, smooth, bumpy, wiggly. 

We have continued to enjoy exploring the mud kitchen and we are now learning how to put our own all in one suits and wellies on! 



We love using our Nursery Rhyme magic bag and taking turns to be the teacher. We have been singing: 

Incy Wincy Spider

Baa Baa Black Sheep

Humpty Dumpty

Twinkle Twinkle

Hickory Dickory Dock


For our Nursery Rhyme of the week we have learnt Miss Polly had a Dolly and Row Row Row your Boat. you can find out more about our Nursery Rhyme of the week here:

Nursery Rhyme of the Week Page 



 Leaf Man

We used some of the leaves collected on our autumn walk to make our own leaf characters. 



We were very lucky today as Year 2 had some owls visiting this morning and they invited us over so we could meet them too. We saw a screech owl, a barn owl and a brown owl. We saw their big eyes and enjoyed when the barn owl flapped his wings for us. The brown owl looked just like mummy owl in our Owl Babies story. We got to feel an owl feather too - it felt very soft! 


Making art with cars and other vehicles

Today we used cars and other vehicles to make our own art. We strengthened our hand, fingers and arms by rolling the cars in the paint and then moving them allover our paper. We made vertical, horizontal and circular marks with the paint.