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Autumn 2021

The Very Hungry Caterpillar tasting

The children have been reading the story ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ this week. They engaged in a sensory story of it today using lots of noise, lights and props and also got to taste some of the food from the story. This included: salami, gherkin, strawberries, plums, oranges, apples, pears, sausage, Swiss cheese, cherry pie and chocolate cake. The children had a great go at tasting the items and identified whether or not they enjoyed it.

Pudsey Drawing

The children have been learning about Children in Need this week and their mascot Pudsey. The children followed the instructions of an animation to draw Pudsey. They began by drawing the different shapes in pencil. Then drew around their lines with pen and finally coloured it in and labelled it. Very impressive drawing skills Nursery!

Remembrance Writing

The children have been learning about Remembrance day this week and it’s significance. They have spent time learning about poppies, soldiers and monuments. The children chose photos to label, identified what was in the photos and then wrote labels independently for each photo.

Remembrance Wreath

The children have been learning about Remembrance Day and made a remembrance wreath to hang outside of the school gates. They painted their hands to make leaves, painted red and purple cupcake cases for the poppies and put a black centre on them. They assembled them in a wreath shape and then a few children hung it outside the school gates. Great work Nursery!

Toasted Marshmallows

The children have enjoyed learning about Bonfire Night. They talked about what bonfire night is and how people might celebrate it. They then toasted marshmallows and sandwiched them in between biscuits to make s’mores. The children thought they were very yummy!

Bonfire Night

To celebrate fireworks night the children talked about fireworks celebrations and watched some firework displays. They then completed some fireworks activities. They made fireworks paintings using glitter, glue and painting with forks. They also spent time making edible sparklers- covering breadsticks in chocolate and sprinkles. They were delicious!


The children have really enjoyed learning about Diwali. They began by watching some clips explaining about the preparations and celebrations for Diwali. They also learnt about the story of Rama and Sita. The children then made and decorated their own diva lamps from salt dough. They made the mixture, moulded it and baked it. Once cool they then painted it and sprinkled it with glitter. The children then made coconut barfi- a traditional Indian sweet. They began by mixing coconut and icing sugar together. They added desiccated coconut and food colouring, mixed and moulded it into balls before leaving it to set on the fridge. They were delicious! Happy Diwali!

We're Going on a Bear Hunt

The children have participated in a focused book week this week. They have been looking at the story “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt”. To begin their week the children created a story map of the main events of the story using a variety of media. The children worked really hard during this activity and enjoyed discussing the events of the story with their peers. On the second day the children continued their exploration of “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” and focused on the characters. They drew their own Bear and the family that went on the bear hunt and then labelled them. On the third day the children went on an actual Bear Hunt to find the bear. They started off in the grass, moved through the water and mud, ambled through the forest and survived the snowstorm before finding the bear in the cave and running home! The children loved it and enjoyed the sensory feel of the different objects. To complete their book week the children made their own bear mask. They used a template, covered it in a variety of brown paper, added eyes and finished it with a lolly stick. The children enjoyed deciding what colour to have the bear and what they looked like.

Body Parts

The children have been continuing their exploration of their body. They have been focusing on naming their body parts and reinforced this today by independently naming the parts. They then had a go at independently copying the labels for each body part and used a tripod grip and Ruth Miskin rhymes to help them.


The children have been learning about their body this week and the different body parts they have. They then made their own skeletons using cotton buds and named them. 


Our Phonics Superstar of the Week! Well done!


Today the children went on a trip to Prospect Park. They spent time looking around the park for confer trees and when they found them they filled their buckets. They bought the conkers back to nursery and made wreaths and conker snakes with them.

Senses Investigation

Today the children completed a senses investigation with a variety of foods. They had to use their senses to generate vocabulary based on their tasting. The children tasted marmite, soy sauce, lemon, polo, chocolate, honey, mustard, pineapple and crisps and dip. As you can see, they didn’t like some of the foods they tried. 

Stick Family

The children had great fun creating their own Stick family today during Welly Wednesday. They spent time reading the story as a class and then went on to collect their own sticks for their family. They stuck them down and added their label to caption who was in their family. Great work Nursery!

Self Portraits

Today the children created their own self portraits. They spent time painting their faces using a mirror to check they used the correct colour for their eyes, mouth, hair and skin tone. They then wrote a label for their picture with their name on it using the Ruth Miskin rhymes to help them with their letter formation. 


Fruit kebabs

Today the children made some repeating patterns using fruit. They began by selecting two fruits to make the pattern with and worked out which came next. They looked delicious!

Welly Wednesday

The children completed their first every Welly Wednesday adventure this week. They took time out to visit our nature area where they had the opportunity to explore a variety of different areas the garden has to offer including the pond, the fairy garden, herb garden and the bug hotel. They all had great fun and were fascinated to find this secret garden hidden away.

Settling In

Nursery have enjoyed their first week back. They have spent time making new relationships, exploring the setting and getting to grips with the routines and boundaries. They have spent their time getting involved in imaginative play, dress up, IT, messy play and arts & crafts.