Welcome to Nursery's Class Page.
We provide full day child care for 2 - 4 year olds 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 and Inclusion Coordinator (INCCO) supported by Miss Lisa Bavin, the Deputy Manager and Miss Danielle Smith the Nursery Assistant.
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.
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.
Scroll down to see what we got up to each week for the academic year 2017/18.
Week Five, Term Six
This week we had a visit from the Mount police horses organised by one of our parents. All the children and their parents / carers enjoyed meeting Jubilee, Wessex and Clifton and from asking lots of questions were able to find out lots about them from the police handlers.
We also enjoyed our Nursery’s sports day on the school field and the children worked in key group teams to complete an obstacle course, pick up bricks, running & egg and spoon races. After watching them race, the children’s family members joined us for a picnic in the sunshine.
Week Four, Term Six
The children were very excited to discover that Colin had emerged from his cocoon and turned into a white butterfly this week. They made a sugary syrup and cut up some fruit for him to taste, drew observational pictures of him and then said goodbye before releasing him outside.
We also said another sad goodbye this week as we joined the whole school in the hall for Mr Partridges’s leaving service. We thanked him for our new outside tap and presented him with our class thank you card.
On Wednesday we spent the day in Reception whilst they were on their school trip and the children became familiar with the classroom environment and resources. There was lots of role-play in the flower shop with the children engaging in the same theme and taking on different roles within their play.
On Friday we all enjoyed watching the school’s sport day parade, team events and individual running races. The children cheered the competitors on and gave them a round of applause when they were presented with their medals.
Week Three, Term Six
This week there has been a whole school maths focus and the children have been busy exploring number, shape, space and measure whilst working with Reception.
There has also been a keen interest in the technological toys with the children exploring the new maths iPad apps, taking photos on our walk with the camera and iPad and learning how the photocopier works.
On Friday, the parents and carers joined us to take part in our Barnardo’s Toddle. After walking to the park in the sunshine, the children explored the climbing and balancing equipment and we then all had a picnic lunch on the grass.
Week One, Term Six
Welcome to Term Six. Our focus book for this week has been Supertato and the children have been engaged in making their own vegetable superheroes, mashing the evil peas, exploring pea jelly, retelling the story with the story spoons, making their own superhero masks and designing their own characters for the book. There has also been lots of talk about healthy foods and why we need healthy foods for our bodies and what their favourite fruit and vegetables are.
Outside everyone has been very keen to use our new outdoor tap and the children have been finding very inventive ways of moving the water across the playground to the water table!
Our Learning Journey Term 5
Week Seven, Term Five
This week on our welly walk, we went on a shape hunt and the children discovered lots of different shapes within their outdoor environment.
The children have been busy looking after their cress, spinach and pea plants and have been measuring them regularly to see whose plant is currently the tallest.
We have also been playing lots of games outside and after an initiated game of hide and seek, we finished the week and term off by having an enjoyable snack-time in the playhouse.
Week Six, Term Five
This week we were fascinated to watch the butterflies emerge from their cocoons and after observing them closely for a few days we sadly had to say goodbye and release them into the wild. The children sat quietly in the Medley shelter and waited for their turn to hold them in their hands, before they flew away.
The children have been learning about the importance of eating healthily and independently made a fruit salad by cutting up apples, bananas, strawberries, grapes and sugar snap peas. The fruit salad was then shared and enjoyed during snack time and it was not long before it was all eaten up!
With the forthcoming royal wedding, the children have been busy learning about the couple and making crowns, flags, bunting and a wedding cake. We finished the week off by having a royal picnic on the field.
Week Five, Term Five
Following a child being in plaster and on crutches, there has been lots of hospital role-play this week. The children have been practising putting on plasters and bandages and setting up outdoor hospital wards.
Everyone has been keeping a close eye on the caterpillars which have begun to form their cocoons and there has been lots of discussions about when they will emerge as butterflies and what colour their wings will be.
Week Four, Term Five
There has been lots of excitement and discussions over the growth of our caterpillars this week. Everyone has been keeping a close eye on their development and noticing detailed changes in their appearance. The child have also been busy reading and re-telling familiar caterpillar stories and there is great anticipation about when the caterpillars will make their cocoons!
The children have been involved in deciding what should replace the current pirate ship in the main playground. After talking through the different options, they have been casting their votes and posting it inside the ballot box. We look forward to finding out what option the majority of children have voted for.
Week Three, Term Five
We started the week off by celebrating St. Georges Day. The children listened to the story of George and the Dragon then made their own dragon masks, flags and shields. Using the story stones and cards, they sequenced the events and re-told the story to each other.
During our welly walk, the children discovered some worms. After bringing them back into the classroom, they researched on the iPads what the worms need to live happily and then collected the necessary materials. All working together, they made a fantastic worm world for our worm visitors and then we finished off the session by reading the story Superworm. All week the children have enjoyed trying to find the worms and looking at the tunnels that they have dug.
Week Two, Term Five
With the weather becoming warmer, the children have been choosing to spend a lot more time outside. Water play has been popular this week and the children have been exploring capacity and volume by filling and emptying different sized containers. They have also been helping each other to carry buckets of water from the indoors tap to the water table and shown great co-operation and team work skills as they worked together to fix a broken tap.
On Wednesday afternoons this term, we will be spending time in the Reception classroom becoming familiar with the new environment and playing with their resources. This week the children all sat on the carpet and had snack before helping to tidy up the classroom and finding out where the different resources belong.
Week One, Term Five
This week we have welcomed four new children into Nursery and everyone has been helping them to settle in and explore the Nursery setting. We have visited the pirate ship and had running races on the playground. The children have also been busy using construction materials and investigating measure by using metre sticks to find out who had built the highest tower.
The children have been practising their pencil grip and mark-making skills this week. After rolling a giant piece of paper across the floor, many of the children spent most of the afternoon creating colourful pictures and practising their letter and name formation.
Our Learning Journey Term 4
Week 5 - Term 4
On Monday the children brought in their Easter bonnets and gardens that they had made at home. We took them all up to the hall and looked at all of the bonnets and gardens on display. Later on, we had an open afternoon and welcomed in lots of mums, dads, siblings and grandparents to play with us in Nursery.
On Wednesday as part of sports relief, the children and staff came dressed in their sports gear and together with Reception, we ran and walked a mile. All of the children completed the six laps around the playground and received a well-deserved medal sticker.
On Friday, the children wanted to have a disco so we played some music and they all danced creatively. In the afternoon, the children suggested going for another run so we went outside and ran a few laps around the playground as well as explored the pirate ship.
Week 4 - Term 4
With the weather becoming warmer this week, the children have been choosing to spend more time outside. They have been highly engaged in their own imaginative play and have been exploring the changes in their outdoor environment. After discovering a family of worms on the playground, the children showed great care and concern for the living things by carefully moving them all to a safer place and then building them a new home.
As part of our Easter theme the children have been learning about the Easter story, have completed an Easter egg letter hunt, made salt dough Easter eggs and designed their own cross.
Week 3 Term 4
This week we have launched our new recycling centre as part of Waste Week and the children have been learning all about the 3 R’s: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. They have taken on the responsibility of recycling their food waste and milk cartons after their snack and they all enjoy posting their items inside our new recycling bins.
On Friday we had our rescheduled Pyjama day, and the children and staff came in wearing their pyjamas, dressing gowns and slippers. Throughout the day we had lots of cosy story sessions and discussions about our favourite story books. After decorating biscuits, the children enjoyed eating them with their milk at our special story snack time.
Week 2 Term 4
There was lots of excitement this week as it began snowing on Tuesday and did not stop for the rest of the week!!
With the freezing, cold temperatures, there were lots of discussions about the ice and snow and after wrapping up warm, we went outside to explore the snowy playground and field. The children enjoyed making footprints in the snow, catching snowflakes in their mouths, having a snowball fight with their teachers, making snow angels and all trying to make a snowman.
Week 1 Term 4
This week we have been celebrating Chinese New Year in Nursery and exploring their traditions and different way of life. The children have been cooking and tasting different Chinese food using chopsticks and ladles and have also been busy helping to create a Chinese restaurant role play.
On Thursday we had two special visitors come to Nursery and they showed us their traditional Chinese dress, their Chinese dog puppet as well as some red envelopes and decorations they put up to celebrate new year.
We finished the week off by watching a video of traditional Chinese dragon dancing. Afterwards, the children went outside with the dragon head that they have all helped to make and as they played musical instruments, made up their own Chinese dragon dance.
Week 4 - Term 3
We have had an underwater theme this week and the children have been busy making fish, creating bubble pictures, exploring ice and water and visiting the pirate ship.
On our Welly walk this week, the children discovered lots of muddy puddles and enjoyed squelching in the mud and splashing in the water.
We have also been helping to look after the school Guinea Pig Pretzel. After looking through the instructions, the children have learnt what Pretzel likes to drink and eat and have been helping to feed her healthy snacks. There have been super discussions about Guinea Pigs and pets the children either have at home or would like to get. At the end of the week, the children sat in a circle and waited patiently for their turn to give Pretzel a cuddle.
Week 3 - Term 3
This week after finding a long 'wiggly' worm in the playground, the children have been making worms out of the playdough and then measuring each one to find out who had made the shortest and longest worm. They have also been busy putting on puppets shows for their friends, building boats and caves out of the blocks and playing with snow.
On Welly Wednesday, the children enjoyed stomping on the muddy field and splashing in the large puddle that they found in the playground.
On Friday, Nursery joined the rest of the school aswell as the parents to watch the teachers act out the story of Little Red Riding Hood as part of Celebration Worship. The children sat beautifully as they watched the performance and also joined in to applaud the children that had been awarded Star of the Week and Golden Certificates this week.
Week 1 and 2 - Term 3
We have welcomed new starters this week and everyone has helped them to settle in and make new friends. With the new photo albums proving popular, the children have enjoyed sharing their photos from home and talking about who and what are important to them.
As the weather has been very cold and frosty, the children have been busy exploring the outdoor environment and observing different changes in the weather throughout the Nursery day. This was followed up by the children creating a snow storm in the playground, painting winters pictures using ice and cutting out beautiful snowflakes.
Our Learning Journey Term 2 2017
Week 8 - Term 2
On Monday morning the parents and carers came in and joined us for a visit from Bookstart.
Rob started the session by kindly reading us all the story 'Alan's Big Scary Teeth' and then gave all the children a Bookstart pack which included this book to read at home.
After sitting quietly and listening to the story, we then had a surprise visit from the Bookstart bear himself!
All of the children took it in turns to meet the bear and have their photograph taken with him. The parents continued to stay for the rest of the morning session and everyone had fun reading stories, doing jigsaws, colouring and playing with the toys inside and outdoors.
Week 7 - Term 2
On Friday the children and staff wore their Christmas jumpers to raise money for Save the Children. Lots of discussions took place about why we wearing jumpers and how the money raised will help other children. All of the children and staff enjoyed looking at and talking about everyone's fantastic Christmas jumpers.
Here are just a few of our photos from this week.
Week 6 - Term 2
All the children performed a fantastic Nativity to the proud and tearful parents and carers this week. Standing on the stage in their costumes, the children confidently sang and did the actions for eight different songs. At the end they received a huge round of applause from the audience and then everyone joined us for some festive refreshments. Below are some photographs from our Nativity rehearsals.
Week 5 - Term 2
This week we had a very special delivery from the North Pole!! Santa kindly sent one of his elves to spend some time with us in Nursery before Christmas and Eddie the Elf asked the children if they could decorate the Christmas tree. The children all enjoyed working together to wrap the tinsel around the tree and hang the baubles and decorations on the branches.
The children spent time writing messages to Santa to thank him for sending Eddie and also drew pictures of Eddie for the children's Christmas display.
Week 4 - Term 2
This week the Nursery had a delivery of large cardboard boxes which were turned into boats, iPads and a big aeroplane. Outside we discovered some bamboo canes and the children enjoyed using them to make a cave for the dinosaurs and measuring how tall they were.
We have been busy playing board games, working together to complete jigsaws and building a big run for the marbles. The children have also enjoyed exploring colour and finding out what happens when colours are mixed together.
Week 3 Term 2
We started the week by dressing up as our favourite book characters for the launch of National Children's Book Week. The children brought in their favourite story books and enjoyed sharing them with their friends. We went to the hall and watched Michael Rosen narrator the story of 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt' on the projector.
On Thursday, the children used their maps and binoculars that they had made and went on their own sensory walk through the grass, mud, forest and snow. They then tiptoed into the cave (Medley shelter) and found the bear!
Friday was Children In Need and we raised money by having a Teddy Bears Picnic and Pyjama Party. The children and staff came into Nursery in their pyjamas and onesies with their favourite teddy bears and we all enjoyed a picnic at snack time. The children also enjoyed making spotty biscuits and looking for the numbered Pudsey bears that were playing Hide and Seek around the Nursery.
Week 2 – Term 2
We have had a fun packed week exploring the autumnal changes in our outdoor environment and using the natural resources in our play and learning. After wrapping up warm, we went on an autumn walk and collected lots of different types of leaves which we used, back in the classroom, to make hedgehogs.
We have been busy counting conkers into our five and ten frames and also rolling the conkers in paint to make colourful abstract paintings. On Wednesday we had an open door session with the Reception class. All of the children enjoyed exploring the Reception classroom, playing with their toys and resources, seeing old friends and making new ones.
We also had a visit from Balance Buddies this week and the children enjoyed riding their bikes in and out of the cones and around the roundabout.
We finished the week by thinking about Remembrance Day and why we wear poppies. The children all sat quietly on the carpet for a minute and thought about the soliders as they watched the lit candle. We also made a field of poppies to remember the fallen soldiers and a red wreath, which is now hung on our Nursery door.
Week 1 – Term 2
This week we have been busy practising our fine motor skills by carving pictures & tapping pins into the pumpkins, catching numbered spiders with tweezers and making pumpkins out of play dough. After opening up the pumpkins, the children enjoyed discovering what was inside and then using the pumpkin flesh and seeds to make pumpkin soup.
Some children chose to make a reading den in the playhouse and took it in turns to read stories to themselves and each other.
Our Learning Journey Term 1 2017
Take a look at our learning journey for Term 1. We have all settled into our new Nursery routine, enjoyed exploring our learning environment, had lots of fun making new friends and playing and learning together this term.
Keep scrolling down to see what we have been up on each of the individual weeks for Term 1.
Term 1 - Week 7
We have really enjoyed playing in our new Farm Shop which had its grand opening on Wednesday. The children have been taking it in turns to be the customers and Shopkeeper, paying for their fresh produce with cash and card.
We have also welcomed in the Parents and Carers for our stay and play session this week. The children enjoyed showing them the class displays, playing together with the toys and looking at their Tapestry diaries on the iPad.
Term 1 - Week 6
5, 4, 3, 2, 1 Blast Off!! This week was Space Week and we have been busy making space rockets, planets and delicious space cakes. Using Google Earth to help them, the children worked together and made a fantastic planet Earth, a golden Sun and sparkly Moon. After making a giant spaceship, using the wooden blocks outside, we all enjoyed counting down, launching up into space and going on a space adventure. During PE we practised our throwing, catching and balancing skills and then we finished the week off by designing our spacesuits and helmets.
Term 1 - Week 5
This week we have visited the vegetable garden and picked some ripe tomatoes. After washing them back at the classroom, the children cut them into slices and then tasted them. We have also made banana milkshakes and painted our handprints in different colours, which are now on display around our nursery door. The children enjoyed making two group pictures one with coloured pens and the other with paints and on Friday as the sun was shining, we finished our busy week off by having a story outside in the Medley shelter.
Term 1 - Week 4
We have enjoyed playing with the natural resources and exploring the outside environment this week. After Harri brought in a leaf from home, the children enjoyed collecting leaves from the field. They then painted a big tree and attached the leaves on to the branches which is now being displayed in the home corner window. Amira also brought a big bag of conkers in after collecting them from Ashcombe park and the children have been busy counting them and using them in their play. The children also donated food items from home for the school’s harvest festival. After carrying them up to the hall, they helped to make the harvest display.
Term 1 - Week 3
In Nursery this week we have been very busy playing on the pirate ship, using the parachute, painting our feet and creating a group picture.
After George brought in the ‘Gingerbread Man’ book for us to read together, the children wanted to make their own Gingerbread Man. They enjoyed sponge painting his body, making giant buttons and drawing his face. They ended the week by decorating their own Gingerbread Man and taking him home to eat
Term 1 - Week 2
This week the children have been following their own interests and learning to work together with their new friends. They successfully built a ramp system and enjoyed watching their balls roll down from top to bottom, created a bus and all travelled on it to the shops and built a village of sandcastles. After noticing Mrs Mogg and Miss Bavin working on their iPads, the children enjoyed exploring the different apps and games on the school iPads.
Term 1 - Week 1
We have all settled really well into Nursery and have been making new friends and getting to know our Nursery routine. We have also been busy exploring our new learning environment and playing indoors and outside.