If your child is 3 or is approaching their 3rd birthday please pop into our school office and put their name on the waiting list to make sure they do not miss out on a place at our Nursery!

Welcome to

Nursery

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Have a nosey around the Nursery by watching our slideshow below:

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For the academic year 2017-2018 our class author is

Julia Donaldson

and our class name is the

Darling Donaldsons

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The Nursery Class Teacher and Early Years Foundation Stage Leader is Miss Daley.

The Nursery Nurses are Mrs Kelly (Circles - Monday and Friday), Mrs Schofield (Circles - Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday), Mrs Fisher (Triangles) and Miss Renshaw (Squares).

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Kim + Kendall + Kylie

In the Nursery we currently have three pet Goldfish. Their names are Kim, Kendall and Kylie. The children take good care of the fish, feeding them and helping to keep their tank lovely and clean. Kendall and Kylie are an important part of Nursery life, they give the children a real-life experience of growth, decay and changes over time and enable them to talk about animals they have observed.  

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Newsletters

Stay up-to-date with all of the latest Nursery news by clicking on the links below:

Autumn 1 Newsletter

Autumn 2 Newsletter

Spring 1 Newsletter

Spring 2 Newsletter

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Guidance for Grown-Ups

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The Great Broadway Bake Off!

Autumn 1:

In week 1 the children made crispy buns to sell at our Autumn School Fair. They demonstrated an emerging awareness of hygiene by washing their hands before baking and commented on the changes in the chocolate after we popped it in the microwave.

The following week we iced and decorated biscuits to eat during Golden Time as a special treat!

The week after we baked our own biscuits which we flavoured with either strawberry, orange or vanilla - they were delicious!

In week 5 we used our left over bananas from snack time to make a banana loaf which was very moist.

In week 6 the children made toast. They commented on how the bread changed in temperature and texture after it was toasted and used a knife with emerging control to spread on a topping!

Autumn 2:

In week 1 we made ginger biscuits just like on the 'Great British Bake Off'! Our biscuits had a great 'snap' - Paul Hollywood would have been proud!

In week 2 we made hot chocolate with tiny marshmallows after we were inspired by the book 'Marshmallows for Martians'!

Last week we decorated alien biscuits for a picnic just like in our book of the week 'Alien Tea on Planet Zum-Zee'!

This week we baked some delicious buns because the children had been showing a particular interest in making them in the playdough area and asked we if could bake some that were edible.

Spring 1:

In week 1 the children made cheese straws. They demonstrated skill when using the rolling pin to roll out the pastry and were excellent at twisting the strips into straws.

In the second week the children made delicious chocolate cornflake buns - our fingers were very sticky after we enjoyed our treat!

In weeks 3 and 4 week we made 'Melting Moments' and they really did melt in the mouth - mmmmm!

This week we made fortune cookies as it was Chinese New Year - they were delicious, scroll down to take a look.

The children will be baking and cooking on a regular basis this year so please keep checking the slideshow below to see what other culinary delights we rustle up!

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Autumn 1

What Goes on in a Place Like This?

Our Creative Theme for Autumn 1 is 'What Goes on in a Place Like This?'

Throughout the Creative Theme we will take the time to learn about one another, our local community and our school. Personal, Social and Emotional Development will be our main focus and we will be learning about how to get along with other children, how to share and how to build positive relationships with the teachers and our peers. We will decide what our class Mission Statement and rules will be and we will get to know the daily routine that takes place in the Nursery.  We will be encouraged to take in our surroundings and discover how to use the continuous provision independently. We will take a tour around the school to meet the people who keep the Snapethorpe running and visit places such as the main hall, the school offices and the kitchen. When learning in the outdoor classroom we will be looking for signs of Autumn and seasonal changes - I am predicting lots of jumping in muddy puddles and stomping on crunchy, fallen leaves!

Keep checking our page to find out just exactly what does go on in a place like Snapethorpe!  

All of our new to Nursery children have settled into life at Snapethorpe beautifully. They have been exploring the indoor and outdoor classrooms, making friends and participating in a range of focused activities with their Key Workers. See them learning through play above!

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Autumn 2

Aliens, Aliens, Where Are You?

Our Creative Theme for Autumn 2 is Aliens, Aliens, Where Are You?'

Throughout the Creative Theme we will be learning about space and being imaginative when it comes to making aliens with a variety of construction materials. We will be creating space themed marble paintings as calendars and will also be enjoying a visit from creative writer and poet Conrad Burdekin. We will then be moving onto some festive activities including making Christmas Cards for loved ones and rehearsing for our 'Wriggly Nativity'!

Keep checking our page to see what happens when we go looking for aliens!

Rocket Ride to the Moon...

We had a visit from the Science Dome, they took us on a rocket ride to the moon! We looked at the stars in the night sky and watched a video of the first moon landing! We explored the inside of the rocket with Astronaut Sally and were surprised by how tiny the earth looked from space. It was a brilliant experience, thank you Science Dome!

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Spring 1

Where Did All the Dinosaurs Go?

Our Creative Theme for Spring 1 is 'Where Did All the Dinosaurs Go?'

Throughout the Creative Theme we will be learning about - you guessed it - dinosaurs! The children will be practising a variety of dinosaur songs, designing and sculpting plasticine dinosaurs, digging for dinosaur bones in the sand and learning about dinosaurs through continuous provision enhancements in the areas. At the end of the topic we will be having a visit from Rex the T-Rex so hold on to your hats everybody!

Keep checking our page and help us discover just where all the dinosaurs did go!  

Thank you to everybody who bought buns and participated in our raffle and games - all funds will go towards hiring Rex the T-Rex at the end of this half term. This is a very exciting opportunity for the children and we greatly appreciate your support.

Rex the T-Rex

We had a visit from Rex the T-rex! You may have seen him before on 'The Secret Life of 4 Years Olds'! He was absolutely huge at 8ft tall and 17ft long! He had a very loud roar and he could do some amazing tricks with his trainer. We had a fabulous - if perhaps a little frightening - time with Rex, thank you for coming!

Chinese New Year

The children participated in Chinese New Year celebrations by eating prawn crackers, watching a documentary about preparations for the New Year, baking fortune cookies and making Chinese lanterns.

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Spring 2

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Our Creative Theme for Spring 2 is 'How Does Your Garden Grow?'

Throughout the Creative Theme we will take the time to plant seeds, grow our own beanstalks, make delicious fruit salads, explore and print with vegetables and create collage flowers! Our books of the week will be: Jasper’s Beanstalk, Jack and the Beanstalk, Oliver’s Fruit Salad, Oliver’s Vegetables, The Enormous Turnip, Eddie’s Garden and How to Make Things Grow and Titch. As we approach the Easter Holidays the children will be creating Easter cards for loved ones, we will be having a visit from Freda at St George’s church and we will be having a party with a bonnet parade and an egg hunt!

Keep checking our page to find out just exactly how our garden does grow!