Monthly Archives: October 2018

Stay, Play and Chats

This week the Owl Nursery parents were invited into school to discuss their children’s progress and to play with their child. Lots of parents attended and the children really enjoyed playing and exploring with their parents. I would like to say a big thank you to all those parents that attended these sessions. The continued interest that you show in your child’s learning, progress and attainment has such a positive and profound effect on your child’s journey through school. Thank you.

Stick Man

This week the children in Nursery have been learning about the changing seasons through the story ‘Stick Man’ by Julia Donaldson. The children listened carefully to the story, they avidly watched the DVD and they have used their story makers and story-telling skills to make up their own version of Stick Man. In the children’s story a witch took Stick Man and used him as a broom and it was a good fairy who turned the witch into a frog and flew Stick Man back to his family tree.

Over the week the children have been inspired by the story and some children chose to make their own stick man out of play dough.

Some children made Stick Man at the workshop table.

Some children made Stick Man at the discovery table.

And some children wanted to draw or paint Stick Man.

In the original story Stick Man, on one occasion, was used as a Pooh Stick. The children in Nursery loved playing Pooh Sticks in our water tray. The children were totally absorbed in their play and there was a lot of laughter!

And never to miss a Maths opportunity the children have also been encouraged to visit the Maths table and match the corresponding number of sticks to the Numicon pieces on the Stick Man pictures. The children have certainly been busy!

Pumpkin Soup

This week the children in Nursery have been continuing to learn about Autumn through the story ‘Pumpkin Soup.’ The children began the week by examining pumpkins. The children looked at, smelt, squashed and squeezed pumpkins and they recorded, using their think writing, words to describe the pumpkins.

In discovery time the children had the opportunity to explore pumpkins further by getting messy and scooping out the insides of the pumpkin. It took a lot of concentration and perseverance to use spoons, knives and forks to scrape and scoop out the pumpkin. The children particularly enjoyed it when the seeds flew out of the pumpkins!

Later on in the week the children made pumpkin soup in the soup maker. They all tasted the pumpkin soup and discussed whether they agreed with squirrel, duck and cat that pumpkin soup was delicious!

Some children, in discovery time, chose to paint or draw pumpkins. It has been lovely to see that some of their drawings and paintings are beginning to take on more shape and form.

Some children also practised their fine motor skills this week when they had the opportunity to hammer golf tees into pumpkins. Some children found this quite challenging as it required a lot of strength to hammer the tees in. Some children problem solved beautifully and hammered the tees into existing holes!

Pumpkins and conkers in the water tray also proved to be a popular activity this week. Playing in here the children explored the concepts of floating and sinking as well as counting out how many conkers they could scoop out in the sieves and counting out how many conkers fitted inside the different sized pumpkins.

The children also had an opportunity to develop their counting skills further by counting out orange poms poms and matching the pom poms to the different numbered pumpkins.

Another very busy week in Nursery!


This week the children have been learning about Autumn. They were very excited about going on a welly walk on Monday! They walked around the school grounds including our woodland walk and our forest area. They collected any signs of Autumn that they could find and they brought them back into the classroom to play with during our discovery time sessions.

During Language for Thinking the children learnt how to think write. They all had a go at exploring what their think writing looked like. The children wrote to Percy and explained to him what they had found on their Autumn walk.

In discovery time the children enjoyed exploring and sorting the Autumn leaves, conkers, acorns, fir cones and Sycamore seeds.

Some children also enjoyed counting the conkers and matching the correct number of conkers to different pieces of Numicon.

Some children sat and concentrated for a long time picking up acorns and arranging them into different patterns!

And some children were very creative at the play dough table. Here the children made hedgehogs, squirrels and even Percy the Park Keeper.

Outside in our outdoor area the children helped plant some acorns. They are now waiting patiently for the acorns to start to sprout. It might be a long wait before the acorns grow into a beautiful oak tree though!