Welcome to our Nursery for 2 - 4 year olds! Our setting is surrounded by beautiful views and extensive outdoor opportunties. We have Mrs Wilson, Mrs Walsh and Miss Brooks as our Nursery staff. In Nursery, we work towards preparing ourselves for future years in school. We love to sing Nursery Rhymes, explore our sensory trays and investigate our outdoor learning environment to build our understanding of the world. We have rich outdoor provision, facilitate exciting play-based learning activities and inspire the children through hands on experiences such as baking, gardening and plenty of sensory learning. We have access to our own playground and a beautiful school field which includes our vegetable patches, pond, nature area and sensory garden. Have a look below at some of the exciting activities we do!
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2022 / 2023
In Nursery, we loved having a school trip to Rand Farm Park to learn all about the animals!
We have loved watching our caterpillars grow from tiny eggs to beautiful butteflies!
In Nursery we enjoy baking. The children explore ways to make cupcakes and decorate. This baking theme was for the coronation!
The children love using their fine motor skills and pratcising ways to follows lines.
Encouraging children to enjoy books from a young age is very important at Halton Holegate. The children love making reading dens and exploring books.
We enjoy planting our own food in our Vegetable patches. The children enjoying tasting what they have planted.
In Nursery, we enjoy the access to mark making materials.
In Nursery we enjoy exploring different foods and creating different things. This week we made homemade pizzas and spoke about our toppings.
We love planting and watching our sunflowers grow in the Summer!
We have been exploring ways to create our name and looking at different ways to mark make.
Messy play is our favourite in Nursery. We enjoy exploring the playdough and mark making with the paints.
In Nursery, we enjoy exploring our first numbers 1-5.
Now the weather is nicer, the children have loved exploring the outdoor environment more!
We love water play in Nursery! The children enjoy mixing and pouring and experimenting with the jugs and tools.
We have started to plant our vegetables ready for the Summer months! The children enjoy watching them grow and speak about what they are. We also love to try the vegetables when they are ready!
We love to play in the foam and make marks!
At Halton Holegate we had a special visitor! The children learnt all about dinosaurs and met a baby T-rex!
We enjoy exploring our cutting skills and practicing to cut up our fruit and vegetables!
In Nursery we love our reading sessions in our school libary!
The children enjoyed meeting santa, making mince pies, eating christmas dinner, perfoming in the nativity and making christmas crafts!
In Nursery we love visiting our school libary twice a week! The children have a group story and get to have some independent time exploring books, texts and technology!
Here are some songs we have been learning with our Music Teacher!
The children enjoy learning different ways to create their name, ready for Reception year!
We have been getting ready for Winter and the children have been using lights to explore our igloo!
In Nursery we love our outdoor play! The children have been experimenting with the slime in the tray. The children have been exploring the fish with letters on in the tray.
The children enjoyed making marks in the spider web! They used paintbrushes and their fingers to create marks in the coloured salt.
This week we have been exploring Autumn and learning all about Hedgehogs! The children have been learning all about their different features and ways we can look after them. We made or own hedgehogs using clay and pasta.
The children enjoy our weekly lessons with our music teacher! This week the children learnt all about sounds compared to an animal. The children loved exploring the musical instruments.
Our story of the week has been "Leaf Man". The children have been creating their own leaf men using leaves and paints.
We have been exploring the different seasons. This term we have been exploring Autumn and learning about the season.
In Nursery we enjoy practicing our cutting skills. The children experiment with different equipment such as scissors, knives and slicing tools.
The children's first week back was fun! The children loved exploring the goo using the tools.
The children enjoyed exploring the importance of doctors! They explored the doctors roleplay set and the play hospital.
For transition day, the children explored the story The Very Hungry Caterpillar and used the fruit to make fruit kebabs!
This week we have been exploring our community! The children have been discussing their own experiences and recognising familiar places.
Today the children let our butterflies go! The children have enjoyed watching them grow over the last few weeks.
The children explored the fruit on the field and spoke about the trees. They enjoyed tasting the different fruits for snack.
This week we have been exploring healthy eating! The nursery child had a go at creating their own healthy plate.
This week we have been exploring plants! The children used the seeds to plant their own sunflowers ready for summer.
We have a new quiet den in our outdoor area near our sensory garden. The children love coming in here to listen to the sounds and read a book.
The children enjoy exploring different things to make! This week we made rice crispy cakes!
The children enjoyed exploring the new roleplay in the classroom! They all have been using Halton Holegate cafe & shop. The children experimented with ways to use money and food.
We have been exploring World Ocean Day! The children enjoyed learning all about the ocean and how we can look after it!
This week we have been exploring the concept of capacity. The children have had fun exploring the tray outdoors with water. As a group we discussed the terms, full, half full and empty. The children filled the cups with the cubes and spoke about how full their cup is.
The children experimented with ways to make marks. They explored the paintbrushes with the water on the sunny pavement to see what marks they can create before they disappear.
With the nicer weather, the children love our outdoor play trays. This week's water tray has been about washing babies and taking care of ourselves.
In Nursery the children love exploring and experimenting with different textures in our outdoor tray. The children have been experimenting slime and goo.
The children enjoyed exploring the nice weather! We all went on the field to play parachute games. The children loved playing with the parachute and experimenting with different skills to play the games.
The children have been exploring the differences between our community and others. The children learnt about rural areas in comparisons to city and towns.
This week we explored matching quantities with the numicon. The children explored with the numbered pebbles and gems to help them match the right numbers.
The children have been learning all about the seasons and Spring. They practiced their gross motor skills using jugs and syringes to make flower potions by mixing together flowers, glitter and scented water.
Every Wednesday the Nursery children have a special visitor! We have our own music teacher that comes and teaches the nursery lots of exciting new songs, dances and rhythms.
We have been practicing our number skills by matching quantities with objects using gems and porridge!
The children experimented with different textures and ways to make marks using the multicoloured foam.
The children love exploring the outdoor environment. This week the children had to find their name hidden in the gooey balls.
We had a group discussion about mini beasts and their differences. The children used the tweezers to capture the mini beasts. Afterwards the children tried to match the insects to their environments and categorized them.
We have been exploring people in our community who help us. The children learnt about dinner ladies and how they can help us. The children enjoyed dressing up and mixing the foods about.
Baby washing is our favourite activity! The children explore ways to keep the babies clean by washing them and looking after them.
The children enjoyed going outside in the nicer weather! The children investigated homes for mini beast and caught some living things. We brought the objects and creatures to the classroom and the children made marks to copy what they could see.
Our topic this term is "How many colours in the rainbow?". The children have been experimenting with different resources to create a rainbow.
This week, our children joined in with Class 1 to see our special visitors! The children met Nancy & Norman the tortoises and learnt all about them!
Our focus story this week is "The Very Hungry Caterpillar". The children have been learning all about healthy eating and what to chose in their lunchbox.
The children have been exploring our farm roleplay! They have been learning to match numerals to quantities and exploring the concept of sharing one or two objects.
Our Nursery Children enjoy making marks in the tray. They have been experimenting with different marks to help support their pencil control movements.
The children have started to learn all about eggs ready for Easter! They explored the lifecycle of eggs and what shapes and sizes they come in too!
We have started growing our flowers ready for the Summer! The children have helped clear our outdoor flower bed ready for new flowers and the children have helped plant tomato and pea seeds. The children will enjoy watching these grow ready for our snack.
For World Book day the children all dressed up as their favourite characters! We had a special bear visitor come and read us "We're going on a Bear Hunt".
The children have been exploring life cycles. This week the children have explored the life cycle of frogs and learned all about frogspawn!
We have been celebrating pancake day! The children have been learning about the importance of Shrove Tuesday.
For maths the children have been learning how to share quantities using fruits and food.
The children have been experimenting with ways to cut. They have explored different tools to cut and slice different materials and textures.
Our new topic this term is "are eggs alive?". The children have been learning about different types of eggs. We learnt all about frogs and frogspawn. The children made their own frogspawn by experimenting with different media and bubble wrap.
The children have been learning the importance of recycling! We discussed as a group why we recycle and how we can save the environment and protect the animals. As a group we watched a clip about recycling lorries and how things can be reused again. The children placed objects into their own recycling lorries.
We have been celebrating Chinese New Year in school! The children have been exploring a range of resources to help learn about the Chinese culture. They have been writing letters and numbers in Chinese writing and could even write their own names! The children tried Chinese snack and made their own Chinese lantern to take home.
The Nursery children went on a walk around school to explore what minibeast's we might find in the Winter season.
We have been exploring the foam. The children have been experimenting with the textures and learning all about the story "The Geronimo".
The children enjoy exploring shapes. They have been practicing their fine motor skills with hammers and pins to create patterns. In the tray they matched the shapes using tweezers to the correct shape outline.
We have been experimenting with ways to write letters from our name. The children have been learning letters from their name and from the alphabet.
The children joined in with Class 1's science activity. They enjoyed tasting seaweed and describing the texture and smell.
Nursery have been learning all about the importance of cleaners and they're job within our school. The children explored germs and how we get rid of them. They all had a go at cleaning the tray full of bugs!
The children have been learning all about perseverance by trying to cut up a bar of chocolate for a treat.
Our topic this term is "Where does snow go?". The children have been exploring different stories focused around Artic animals and we have been investigating animals habitats. We have explored different textures and experimenting with mixtures.
We had a visit from the Steel bands to school! The children enjoyed exploring the drums and creating different tunes.
The children enjoyed learning all about Christingles and what they represent. Afterwards we made our own Christingles!
Nursery joined the rest of the school for Christmas Dinner!
The children made dough to roll and shape to create gingerbread biscuits.
We visited St.Andrew's Church and took part in the Christmas service. The children enjoyed performing The Happy Clappy Nativity.
In Nursery we enjoy making lots of art and crafts for Christmas. The children made saltdough decorations, Christmas wreaths and cards.
The children enjoyed matching pegs 1-20 to the Christmas Tree Stars
We loved going on an Autumn Walk! The children took a walk around Halton Holegate village and took an adventure to the church and around the fields. We spoke about the trees and what animals we can see in our environment.
The Nursery children enjoyed making jam sandwiches to take home. We have been exploring routines and sequences. The children managed to place them in order and follow each step.
We have been exploring name recognition and looked at letter formation using threading.
Nursery enjoyed making shadows in the foil by mixing the colours around in the water.
In school the children had some special visitors in school! We had a visit from the Heavy Horse Centre in Great Steeping. The children learnt all about ferrets and a barn owl! The children managed to feel the owl's feather and take the ferrets for a walk around the classroom.
In Nursery we have been exploring mini beasts! We enjoyed looking for them in the tray and found a snake skin in our playground to investigate!
This term we are learning "What is a shadow?". The children have been exploring all 7 area of learning through the topic. They enjoyed mark making, making movements in the sunshine to create shadows, exploring our light box and experimenting with lights in the dark. The children also made pictures on acetate paper to place in our classroom windows to create shadows.
The children love exploring the tray with different writing resources. They explored ways to create different marks.
In Nursery we have been recognising labels. The children recognised text from our day to day environment.
We loved making pitta bread pizza's and choosing our own toppings!
The children enjoyed experimenting with marks and patterns in the tray using ice and paint.
In Nursery we have been exploring people in our communities. The children roleplayed construction workers and understood the importance of them.
The children explored the Autumnal tray and matched quantities to the numeral using gems.
In Nursery we have been exploring ways to make letters from our names and copy patterns using natural resources.
The children have been learning all about compost and the effect of decay. We discussed together which would disappear first and the harmful effects of plastic.
We enjoy practicing our scissor skills weekly in Nursery.
We have been making reptile skin playdough using polystyrene balls and green food colouring.
The importance of harvest and farmers! We have been exploring tractors and how they help grow food. The children have been harvesting their own fields in roleplay by using kinetic sand.
The Nursery children went on a minibeast hunt! We explored the field and discussed where the little creatures could be hiding. Afterwards the children tried to draw their own creature by using the magnifying containers.
The children enjoy making marks in the porridge and exploring the pots and pans to create mixtures and recipes.
Clean Hands! We have been learning about washing hands and how to keep clean and healthy!
Class 1's topic this term is all about Dinosaurs! So Nursery decided to explore the letter's of their name in the purple goo.
We enjoy practicing our cutting skills using knives, scissors and other tools and equipment.
Nursery's flower beds! We have been planting our flowers ready for Winter. The children loved getting messy and digging the holes for the plants!
Getting ready for Autumn! We have been learning all about Autumn and spoke about the colours that the trees are turning. Afterwards we made our own Autumn Tree.
In Nursery it is really important children are prepared for their upcoming year in Reception so we practice pencil control and name writing daily!
The children have had a big visitor in school this week. We met Pete the dinosaur and lots of other little dinosaurs. The children learnt all about where dinosaurs live and what they eat.
We have been enjoying experimenting with marks and using different materials.
This year our Nursery children have a special visitor every Wednesday morning. We have our own Music teacher who has been letting us dance and sing to nursery rhymes and play lots of games!
We have been painting rocks for our scented garden! The children have been using colours for a purpose and made pretty patterns.
The new Nursery children have been busy at the start of term exploring the new exciting environment!