Nursery

Welcome back!
We are working hard to ensure that the nursery is a safe space but also is welcoming and nurturing to the children who will be coming every day. We can't wait to welcome our children back from such a long time away and we are looking forward to meeting the new children who will be starting with us over the next few weeks.
Don't forget to stay in touch with regular updates and photos through Class Dojo to see what learning is happening across the nursery.

The nursery is embracing this Autumn weather. There are so many natural Autumnal resources and colours for the children to explore and extend their sensory development. The environment is set up to allow for children to build their independence and develop their opportunities for talk. I wonder what these resources will prompt for them next week?

 

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2019 - 2020
Here are a few of our favourite memories from 2019 -2020.  We hope you enjoy looking at the children exploring and learning in our nursery.

The nursery is ready for the week ahead. The 3 Little Pigs are still leading our play and building work. We have drawn our own pigs too. The Pip's room is set up for lots of circular schema that our 2 year olds are exploring at the moment. Lovely bit of sunshine to start the week and a chance for the staff to turn their attention to the garden area over the next few weeks. Here's o another happy week at Woodfield Nursery.

Curiosity is leading the children in their scientific discovery this week. The projector has been set up as a Learning Provocation to see what the children notice and we will observe them closely to work out what they are exploring. The children are using their whole body to work out how the shadows work in the space. I wonder what they will do next?

We consider very carefully how the children respond to the environment and often find that relocation a table or repurposing an area brings new life to the way that the children engage with it. We are keen to ensure all our children are confident mark makers and were interested to see such concentration and involvement of these 3 boys as they used a range of mark making materials. We noticed how they liked to stand at the table and worked in close proximity as they shared their mark making experience together.

Nursery Memories from 2018 - 2019
 

What a lovely send off for our Nursery children who are leaving us to start school! We had a wonderful party in the forest with party cream tea and we showed our families all our forest school activities and songs. We then presented each child with a parting gift from their key person. We are very happy that so many of our children are carrying on at Woodfield and we wish all of our children well as they start in their new schools. What an important and special time for them all.

The nursery team would like to take this opportunity to thank all the families for their incredible support during their time with us and for joining us for the special party. It has been a pleasure to watch your children grow. Stay in touch...

By this time of year, our oldest child are becoming highly skilled at colour mixing and producing the colours they need. They are increasingly in control of their fine motor movements and choose the thickness of their brush for maximum effect. With a reference of a vase of beautifully pastel shaded flowers as inspiration, the children have created some beautiful pieces.

Well, we just can't get enough of gardening. So much interest. The children are totally engaged in weeding, planting, watering and caring for our vegetables and flowers. This week, we will be planting our sunflower and herb seeds.

Our children have brought their findings at forest school and the beauty of the blossoming tree into the nursery and have been exploring some transitional art using blossom and camellias from the gardens. They have made some beautiful creations.

The children are thinking about spring time in the nursery. We are getting ready to celebrate Mother's Day and all the people who care for us. We will be having a cream tea for our final Stay and Play this term. We hope you can come.

Our story is about Rosie the Hen who goes on a walk around the farm, but will that fox catch her? Story sheets are in the lobby for you to take home.

Even with this cold weather, we have wrapped up warm and put on our waterproofs because we just can't get enough of this sensory, whole body water play!

The children have been fascinated exploring these open ended resources. Lots of counting, ordering and grouping. Lots of mathematical talk  and cooperative play happening in the Seedlings this week. The children spent a long time and their concentration was amazing!

At nursery, we like to allow children to children to engage in calculated risky play that challenges their bodies and builds their resilience. The role of the adult is crucial in allowing children to access this type of play safely and still enable children to take part.

 

The children have been very busy exploring how to make a bridge to get across the grass. We have linked their fascination with the story of the Billy Goats Gruff. There are story sheets in the lobby for you to take home. Trip trap, trip trap, over the rickety bridge!

Our study of the local cat that comes into our garden is really gathering pace. Children want to see it, capture a photo on the ipad and draw it. We used large paper and markers but have developed our drawings onto canvases. We have used water colours to colour fill and have framed some of our favourites. Why not pop into the nursery to look at our work? You never know, you might see the cat!
The children have been exploring measurement and the concept of length. They are building up, creating high towers and stacking boxes. We have decided to link their ideas to the traditional story of Jack and the beanstalk . There are story cards and rhyme ideas in the lobby for you to retell at home. I wonder what Jack will find?

The nursery children have lots of opportunity for mark making. Their developmental stages are assessed and the children have lots of practice to develop their pencil grip.