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We provide full day child care for 2 - 4 year olds 7.30 a.m. - 3.30 p.m. Monday - Friday during term time. We offer 15 or 30 funded hours depending on eligibility with the option to top-up sessions at £4.25 an hour.

 

Mrs Karen Mogg is the Nursery Manager & Inclusion Coordinator (INCCO) supported by Miss Lisa Bavin, the Deputy Manager & Nursery Safeguarding Lead along with Ms Joanne Edgar, the Nursery Assistant. Our highly qualified and experienced team is led by the Nursery Manager who is a Level 6 Early Years graduate with all team members being Level 3 qualified.

All Nursery staff members are Paediatric First Aid trained. Mrs Mogg & Miss Bavin are also Team Teach certificated.

* New Early Years After School Club From September 2019 *

 

We are very excited to announce that Nursery will be launching a new Early Years After School Club from this September. Along with our breakfast club, this will mean we will now be offering full wrap around care for 2 - 4 year olds from 7.30 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day.

Our Early Years After School Club will run from 3.30 - 6 p.m. and will be available to all children within our Nursery and Reception class. It will cost £10 per child, per day and the session will be run in Nursery led by either Mrs Mogg or Miss Bavin.

 

If you would like more information about our extended provision or to book your child in please speak to Mrs Mogg in the Nursery or contact Mrs Andrews, Nursery’s Admin in the school office on 01934 426901 email office@stgeorges.bwmat.org

 

 

For more information on our Nursery please click the link below or continue to scroll down to see what we have been up to in our weekly updated Learning Journey.

Our Learning Journey 2018 / 19

Week One, Term Six

 

With all the stormy weather this week, the children have been fascinated to watch and listen to the rain and hail stones fall outside and on our Nursery roof. With their interest in the weather, we investigated how the hail stones were formed in the atmosphere and looked at the windy weather forecast for the rest of the week, using the iPads.

Also, following on from a child being apprehensive about their up and coming dentist appointment this week, Dr. Rabbit & the Tooth Defenders sent a parcel to Nursery. Inside contained a letter & lots of resources about the role of the dentist and the importance of keeping your teeth clean. Dr. Rabbit has set everyone a challenge of cleaning their teeth twice a day and once their tooth brushing chart are completed, they will receive a special award from the Tooth Defenders. 

On Friday we had our Pyjamarama Day and raised lots of money for BookTrust. Everyone enjoyed wearing their pyjamas to Nursery and throughout the day we had cosy story sessions, designed our own funky pair of pyjamas, visited the hall to watch some bedtime stories and had our teddies joined us for a special story snack time. 

Many thanks for supporting BookTrust to help ensure every child gets a bedtime story. 

Week 4, Term 5

 

After a child noticed some birds eating seeds in our Nursery garden, they said that we needed to make a scarecrow so that they didn't eat our magic bean. So everyone worked together to make a fantastic scarecrow and he is now guarding our growing plants, fruit and vegetables 

We have also been busy extending our vegetable and fruit patches and this week the children have planted lettuce, carrots and broad beans.

Week 3, Term 5

 

Following on from the children's interest in the pond, we have been pond-dipping! The children listened carefully to the adults explain how to keep safe near the water and then taking it in turns to visit the pond, everyone had a go at using the nets to capture some pond life. Bringing a selection back to Nursery, we have created our own temporary mini pond. The children have been fascinated to watch the newts, water snails, water spiders and water boatmen close up and find out all about their habitat.

Week 2, Term 5

Planting sweet pea and broad beans plants in our new garden led to the children wanting to read the story Jack and the Beanstalk. After listening to the story, there has been lots of talk about the main characters and what happens in the story. The children have been showing a great understanding of the story through their re-telling and correct re-structuring of the main events. We wait to see if our beans grow into magic beanstalks!

After a duck flew over us and landed in our pond, we went exploring. We walked quietly down to the pond to watch the duck in the water and were fascinated to discover some pond snails, water boatmen and a newt too.

Welcome to Week 1 of Term 5

 

All the children have settled back in well and they have been helping our new starters to feel welcome. As our new garden fence was put up over the Easter holidays, we have been having lots of fun exploring our new Nursery garden. The children have been investigating what lives under the tree trunks and in the soil as well as helping to look after our growing potato & herb plants.

We have also visited the pirate ship several times this week and all the children have been showing an increased confidence in using the climbing and balancing equipment.

Week Six, Term Four

 

The children have been busy finding out about Easter this week. On Monday, we hosted an Open Afternoon and many of our parents joined us for a stay and play. The Nursery’s entries for the Easter bonnet and garden competition were fantastic and it was a very difficult decision to choose our winners. 

With our focus book being the Easter story this week, the children listened really carefully to the story and then used the story-telling masks and cards to retell the main events and explore the different characters independently. 

We ended the week with a visit from the Easter bunny and everyone excitedly hunted for the different numbered eggs that had been scattered around the Nursery before enjoying their chocolate treat.

From all of us at St. Georges Church Nursery, we wish you a very Happy Easter. 

 

Week Five, Term Four

 

With the recent sunny weather, we have been spending lots of time enjoying our outside spaces. In our new Nursery garden, the children have been taking care of their growing herb garden and potato plants. As the children have been showing an interest in making spells and creating potions, we have introduced a new Potion Station outside. Also following their current interest, we have been making and investigating bubbling and scented magical science experiments. 

On Wednesday we had a whole day of child-initiated learning after a child started singing ‘This is Me’ from ‘The Greatest Showman’.  This led to an impromptu day of pictures and models being made of the circus master PT Barnum and his animals, taking a trip to the hall to practise our climbing and tight rope balancing skills as well as learning new circus skills. 

Another fun and enjoyable week in Nursery 😀

 

Week Four, Term Four

 

As part of Science Week, we joined Reception and participated in a Walking Water experiment. The children listened really well to the instructions from Mrs Bush, a Science teacher from Priory and worked together as part of a group to set up the experiment. The children excitedly observed what happened to the coloured water as it moved up the paper.

Following on from the children’s interests in shape, they have been busy finding out about the artist’s Mondrian, Kandinsky and Calder. After cutting out their coloured shapes, the children have been using examples of Mondrian’s artwork as a reference to create their own fantastic masterpieces.

On Friday, we were very lucky to be joined by Avon & Somerset Fire Brigade. Everyone enjoyed exploring the fire engine’s cabin, listening to the very loud siren, looking at all of the equipment and squirting water from the hose. We had a fantastic afternoon.

Many thanks to the Avon & Somerset Fire Brigade for coming out to see us 😊

Week Three, Term Four

 

We have been fundraising for Comic Relief this week by taking part in different challenges such as a balloon-a-thon, going on a windy Red Nose welly walk and a Red Nose number challenge.

Talking about why we are raising money for people who are not as fortunate as ourselves, led to the children looking at the globe and atlases to find out about where people like Farhad and Lawand have fled from. We finished the week off by creating our own red noses and designing houses for the children who do not have a safe place to live.

Many thanks for supporting us in raising money for Comic Relief :)

Week Two, Term Four

 

After the introduction of a fantastic new climbing wall to our outdoor provision, the children have been thoroughly enjoying using it to develop their climbing and independence skills. There have been a lot of turn-taking taking place with the children also demonstrating aspects of problem solving, perseverance and being proud of themselves for meeting the climbing wall challenge.

Also, this week we have been celebrating our love of books by inviting the children to dress up as their favourite book characters and share their books during our story sessions. On Shrove Tuesday, we made delicious pancakes and the children enjoyed tasting them, trying different toppings and then doing the washing up.

Another busy week in Nursery :) 

Week One, Term Four

 

We have been making the most of the glorious spring sunshine by spending lots of time outside this week. The children have been helping to develop our Nursery garden by cleaning out the vegetable patch and flower beds and then helping to fill them with compost. They have been busy making a herb garden, chipping and planting potatoes and sowing vegetable seeds in the vegetable patch.

On Friday, we celebrated Saint David’s Day. Together we looked through a book about Saint David and learnt all about the Patron Saint of Wales. The vase of daffodils led to the children wanting to paint pictures of flowers and after lots of colour mixing experiments, fantastic observational daffodil paintings were created.

Week Six, Term Three

 

We were extremely lucky to have a visit from Harrisen Larner-Main who is currently a contestant on the BBC programme ‘The Voice’ this week.

The children sat and listened to him play his guitar and sing a George Ezra’s song. Harrison then played ‘I wan’na be like you’ from the Jungle Book film and the children danced, creating some fantastic individual moves to his music. 

Afterwards, this led to the children wanting to learn to play the guitar themselves. They listened to the adults instructions, sat and held the guitar in the correct position and strummed the strings to make sounds independently. 

Also this week following the discovery of a very large spider outside, the children drew some amazing spiders on the playground. This then led to us going on a bug hunt, using the magnifying glasses to search for mini beasts. In the sunshine, the children have been helping to clean up our outdoor growing area. 

Week Five, Term Three

 

Nursery have been learning about Chinese New Year this week. The children worked together to create a fantastic dragon, made colourful lanterns, used tools safely to cut up different ingredients and cook tasty stir fries, practised using chopsticks and tried different Chinese foods. The children have also been exploring Chinese numbers and looking at the difference between our two cultures and ways of life.

Pretzel, the school guinea pig has spent the week with us and everyone has been learning how to take care of her and giving her plenty of cuddles.

With all the rain from Storm Eric on Friday, we put on our waterproofs and went exploring outside. Everyone enjoyed jumping in the huge puddles that formed in the playground and school grounds.

Week Four – Term Three

 

With all the cold weather this week, there has been a lot of exploration with the ice and snow. The children have been following the weather forecasts online and excitedly waited for the predicted snow to fall.

Inside in the warm, the children made dens under tables and using the den-making equipment. Some very imaginative dens were made by the children and they enjoyed hiding and playing inside them. After a large piece of paper was stuck under a table top, the children explored making marks by torch light.

Week Three, Term Three

 

The children have been showing a real interest in designing and constructing roads, using the road signs, drawing their own signs and directing the Bee-bots across the board this week. There have been lots of discussions about what each of the road signs mean, what shape they are as well as using directional language within the play. Their interests were extended further by mark-making with the different vehicles and creating their own vehicles using the junk modelling. 

 

Week Two, Term Three

 

This week the children have been exploring the new wooden resources that have been introduced to our outdoor provision. Lots of communication and imaginative play has been happening on the new pirate ship with the children sailing to many far away destinations. The children have also been developing their physical skills by digging, pouring, scooping and manipulating materials within our new walk-in sand pit. Both of these resources were purchased from the money raised from last term’s sponsored walk and we are extremely grateful for our parents & carers continued support in helping us to improve our outdoor environment.

Welcome to Week 1 of Term 3

 

The children have settled back in quickly and warmly welcomed our new starters. This week we have joined in with the school’s English enrichment week with the focus book being Cinderella. Following our story sessions, there have been lots of imaginative role-play with the children dressing up and using the different characters mask to re-tell and act out events from the story. They have also been busy making magic wands, crowns and necklaces, designing their own shoes and playing Bingo.

Week 7, Term Two

 

This week, we have been doing lots of Christmas craft activities. The children have been making reindeers and monsters out of play dough, have created their Christmas cards to their loved ones and made delicious Mince Pies.

We have also been practising the songs in our Nativity and on Wednesday, welcomed the children from Reception to a dress rehearsal performance.

On Thursday, the children performed their Nativity to all of the parent / carers and after they joined us for a Christmas Come and Create session. On the last day of term, we had our Christmas Party and we were joined by a very special visitor who read a Christmas story to the children and gave them all a gift.

From all of the staff at St Georges Church Nursery, we wish you a joyful Christmas and peaceful New Year.

Week Six – Term Two

 

There has been great excitement this week when the children discovered that the water had frozen inside the tyres. They tried different methods to release the ice and they engaged in some super problem-solving and team work. Their ice interest was extended further by Elsa who froze our Elf Ticklebell and the children observed and talked about the changes that were happening as the ice thawed throughout the day.

On Wednesday, we held an open-door session with Reception for Christmas Around the World Day. The children made spiced biscuits, coloured Le Pere Noels, learnt the French sayings Joyeux Noel & Bonjour, watched Let it Go in French and did some mark-making in the spiced-scented foam.

We finished the week off by wearing our Christmas jumpers for a donation to the Save the Children charity. The children designed their own Christmas jumper and then hung them up on our festive washing line. 

Week Five, Term Two

 

On Monday, all the children were very excited to discover our special delivery from the North Pole! Inside the parcel was one of Santa's elves as well as a letter and book telling us all about our visiting elf. The children chose the name 'Ticklebell' and they have been busy drawing pictures of our new elf and finding out what he has been getting up to all week.

The children have also been learning about the Christmas story, making salt dough decorations, helping to decorate the Nursery tree as well as the nativity scenes on the corridor walls. It's been another busy week in Nursery :)

Week Four, Term Two

 

This week we sat with the rest of the school in the hall and watched the pantomime Cinderella. The children enjoyed shouting for the character Buttons, singing along to the songs and doing some of the actions.

The children have been engaging in lots of sensory activities and through their exploration, they have been finding out about different textures, colours and what happens when colours are mixed together. The children have also been showing super imaginative play by creating and acting out their stories with their toys.

Week Three, Term Two

 

As part of Road Safety week, we have been learning about keeping safe. Following on from the children’s current interest in people that help us, we invited the Police and Fire Service into Nursery. 

On their visit the Police talked about what they do, how we can stay safe on the roads and reinforced the message that they are here to help us and keep us safe. The children got to try on different police hats and helmets as well as look at the police uniform and shields.

Outside, the children were able to explore the police car, put the lights on and listen to the loud siren.

Unfortunately, due to a large local fire on the day of their planned visit, the Fire Service was unable to come in this week. However, they have reassured us that they will rearrange another visit to Nursery very soon so we will keep you posted.

 

Week 2, Term 2

 

To raise money for Children in Need, we have had a week long pyjama party in Nursery this week. As well as talking about our similarities and differences, we have been making and enjoying beans on bear toast, working together to create a giant Pudsey bear, making spotty biscuits and listening to our favourite books during our story sessions. 

We have had a great week and Nursery raised a fantastic £23.50 for Children in Need :)

 

Week 1, Term 2

 

We have had a really busy week learning about the festival of Diwali, how to stay safe on Bonfire night and why we wear poppies. The children have been exploring colour and mark-making by printing firework pictures, making Diwali lanterns, creating Rangoli patterns with coloured rice and painting a remembrance Poppy field. 

Term 1 Learning Journey 
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Week 8, Term 1

 

This week the children have been using hammers and nails to make and follow different patterns. After showing perseverance, the children developed their control and independence skills by holding the nails with one hand and carefully tapping them into the pumpkins with the hammer. 

There was great excitement when the children opened up the pumpkins and lots of activities followed including printing, scooping out the insides, counting the seeds and making pumpkin soup. We also enjoyed reading the story Pumpkin Soup.

On Friday, after discovering frost on the field, we put on our wellies and went exploring! There were lots of discussions about the frost and how it felt on their hands and feet.

What a great end to a busy yet fantastic first term. Happy half-term break :)

 

Week 7, Term 1

 

This week we took on the challenge of walking to the local park to help raise money for our Early Years outdoor provision. With the children's parent & carers we started at Nursery and walked along the pavements and footpaths. Once we arrived at the park, we had a group snack with Reception and then the children enjoyed exploring the play equipment in the glorious sunshine. There were lots of tired legs walking back to Nursery but all of the children completed their sponsored walk.

Well done children and many thanks to all of the parent/carers that supported & joined us in making the walk a huge success!

Week 6, Term 1

 

The Nursery children were very excited to find some polystyrene in a cardboard box this week and this led to a snow storm being initiated outside in the playground. As they watched the snow swirl around in the wind, there were lots of discussions and observations being made by the children about the weather and changing seasons.

Following on from last week’s conker rolling, the children have been continuing their interest in making things move. This has led to a lot of investigating about height and length as well as developing their problem solving skills as the children worked out how to get the cars to land in different objects after rolling them down the ramps. 

It’s the end of another busy week in Nursery :)

Week 5, Term 1

 

We have been busy exploring the pirate ship again this week and the children are already becoming more confident in their climbing and balancing skills.
There has also been lots of colour mixing, leaf printing and conker rolling happening as the children continue to follow their interest in Autumn. The children all worked together really well to move the conkers around and create a fabulous collaborative picture, which is now proudly on display in Nursery.
On Friday, we took up our hamper containing all of the products that the Nursery children have kindly donated to our local Food Bank. We then joined the school and parents for the Harvest service in the hall. The children sat and listened really well and also joined in applauding the individual children’s achievements for this week in Celebration Worship. 

Week Four, Term One

 

There has been a lot going on in Nursery this week!

We have been enjoying French food, making flags, building Eiffel towers and wearing berets for European Day of Languages. The children have been also been looking at the Abstract Art artist Jackson Pollock and they have worked together to produce an amazing collaborative painting in his style. 

Many of the children have been partaking in trips to the park and woods with their families and bringing back their Autumn treasure bags to Nursery. The children have been investigating their finds and continuing to explore their current Autumn interest.

 

Week Three, Term One

 

This week we put on our wellies and ventured out on a welly walk. The children found lots of exciting natural treasures which they brought back to Nursery to use in their play.
Today we have all worn our jeans to raise awareness and money for Genetics UK. Everyone has been busy designing their favourite pair of jeans and there has been lots of talk about our similarities and differences as the children took selfies on the iPads and looked at their reflections in the mirrors.

Week Two Term One

 

Following the childrens building interest we have been busy developing our outdoor construction area. There has been a lot of stacking and building with the resources and the children have been exploring capacity by filling and emptying containers with sand as well as measuring objects with the rulers and tape measures. We had a surprise tractor visit on Thursday and the children were fascinated as they watched it work around the school grounds. The children were very excited to visit the pirate ship where they practised their climbing and balancing skills. 

Welcome to Week 1 of Term 1

 

All the children have settled in really well and they have been busy making new friends, getting to know our Nursery routine and exploring the indoor and outdoor environments. There has been a lot of imaginative role-play and high interest in exploring different ways of moving using the tyres, balance bikes, scooters and balance track.

 

Butterflies emerging

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