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Our Nursery homepage will be updated every week so you can share your children's learning experience at home.  

AUTUMN 1 2021 

We welcome all the new children to our Nursery this academic year and also a welcome back to those children who have returned to Nursery after the holiday. 

Our initial topic for this term is ‘I am Amazing.   As always, we will be watching the weather carefully and observing the seasonal changes in our school grounds. We will be using leaves for printing using autumnal colours. This term we will also be learning the ‘Golden Rules’ and trying hard to be good listeners. We will be learning how to use all of the resources in nursery as well as how to be a good friend and share. 

Week 1 

Week 2

Summer 2

We hope you have all had a wonderful holiday and are ready and refreshed for the final half term of this year! Summer 2 is a very
busy half term in Nursery filled full of exciting events such as  Sports Week.

Our topic this half term is ‘Under the Sea’. We will be learning
about life under the sea and how to travel in and on water.  

Week 1

We introduced our topic this week 'Under the Sea'.  The children enjoyed talking about their personal beach adventures and exploring our new small world area - The Rockpool. 

 Sports Week 

The Nursery children enjoyed Curling and Football Coaching …….


Sports Day .   The children enjoyed the obstacle course, egg and spoon, bean bag and sprint race.   The Nursery class are very competitive. 

We ended Sports Week with learning cricket and tennis skills.

Week 2/3

We are sailing ….

Grow your own…


The children have loved using their garden to teach them about plants, animals and the natural world.

We recently harvested our potatoes and enjoyed fish fingers and chips for snack. 

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Summer 1

Welcome back after the Easter holiday. We hope you are all your recharged and ready to go
with our new topic - Growth and Change. We will post photos and updates of your child’s
learning experience throughout this half term. Also it is a exciting time because the warmer
weather will be with us shortly so  lots of outdoor play.
Enjoy looking at our learning adventure.

Week 1

The children are very happy and independent learner both inside and outside of the Nursery.

Spring is in the air....

Week 2 


Bug House

The children enjoyed collecting sticks, dandelions, dead leaves, bark and grass to fill our bug house...hopefully we will get some visitors.   

Maths- Length

The children started our new maths topic for half term - length.  We have connected unifix, threaded beads, printed caterpillars and found sticks and dandelions.  The children are using language to describe the size, long, short, longer, shorter, longest and shortest. 

Pencil/pen grip

Throughout the provision there are lots of opportunities to practise holding writing tools and I can see an improvement with each and every child so they are producing some good writing and pictures. 

Week 3

The children have thoroughly  enjoyed exploring our Bug House and we had our first visitor a Millipede.

The children were very excited when we received our parcel from Insect Lore...caterpillars in a jar.  The children have been learning a caterpillar song now they understand the life cycle of a butterfly.

We opened our new role play area called 'Caterpillar Cafe’ there are lots of reading and writing opportunities for children within the new area and it will become a favourite place for them to learn together.

Week 4

This week we have continued to read The Very Hungry Caterpillar and throughout provision there have many learning opportunities, reading, counting and learning about the life cycle of the butterfly.  The children are fascinated with our jar of caterpillars and they are looking forward to seeing the next stage of the cycle.

Eid celebrations 

Caterpillar Update 

Numbers and counting during play

Nursery Butterfly Release.


Our Nursery children spent quite a few weeks looking after some caterpillars that each created a cocoon and transformed into a butterfly while they were inside! The children checked the caterpillars and cocoons everyday and were thrilled when the butterflies began to emerge!

Once the butterflies had emerged and their wings had dried, the children took them outside and very carefully released them! It was a day of great excitement!

Spring Term 2
Welcome back after the half term holiday. We hope you are all your recharged and ready to go
with our new topic - No Place Like Home. We will post photos and updates of your child’s
learning experience throughout this half term. Also it is a exciting time because the spring
weather will be with us shortly and the Easter celebrations.
Enjoy looking at our learning adventure.

Happy Mother’s Day 


Here is a virtual Mother’s Day performance from your children.  We hope you have a lovely day. 

Week 1 


No Place Like Home

We have introduced our new topic  and the children have enjoyed playing in our new small world area - The Building Site.  They have designed, built and inspected each other's houses using the different construction kits.  

The boys and girls have also enjoyed carrying out different chores in the home corner and they have promised to help their families at home. 

Spring is nearly here….

We have started to plant some spring flowers in our outdoor play area and the children have been very keen to look after them.  

We also had a delivery from GYOP -GROW YOUR OWN POTATOES so we have started the first process of growing our own and the potatoes are currently sitting in the chitting box for a couple of weeks then they can be planted in the ground.  Hopefully we will have plenty of potatoes for our fish finger and chips. 

Week 2

World Book Day Celebrations 

On Thursday we commemorated World Book Day by enjoying reading lots of versions of the Three Little Pigs and we retold the story using toys.  Also we enjoyed making our own props to help retell one of our favourite stories.

Scissor skills 


During this week we used the workshop area to make a house using junk modeling, lollipop sticks and paper.  I was very impressed with the children’s scissor skills.  


We have continued to enjoy the outdoors and our search for worms and minibeasts.  We also noticed the beautiful daffodils growing in the garden so we drew and painted some observational pictures.   They are very good. 

Week 3


The children have enjoyed Nursery this week, they have rediscovered old friendships and forged new ones very quickly. It has been pleasing to watch the children play and enjoy themselves, they especially enjoy interaction with each other and show a sense of kindness towards all their classmates. 

We have planned our provision so the children develop independence and lots of opportunities for them to initiate play and share their ideas with their friends. 

This week we have enjoyed reading the story, We’re going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen.    The slideshow  below shows the children using a range of skills to retell the  story both inside and outside our Nursery.  During this week a marked improvement in the children’s language and vocabulary skills has been noted, this is due to them exploring the story in these creative ways.  We ended the week by baking bear biscuits, going on a bear hunt and enjoying a picnic.  



Easter at Nursery is very eggciting !!  Activities have included; Easter Egg Hunts, Egg and Spoon races, decorating our Easter tree, making chocolate playdough Easter biscuits and cakes, making Easter cards and baskets.  

World Book Day

On Friday we enjoyed dressing up as our favourite book and nursery characters, all of your children looked amazing.  We had a lovely morning of retelling stories, reading books and  writing about our favourite book and nursery characters.

Spring 2021

Welcome back after Christmas and Happy New Year.  Our topic for this half term is Toys and Winter.  We welcome your support in developing our topic at home and love to see you emailing us your home learning adventure.  Homework can be found in Nursery- Home Learning.  We will update this section weekly so you can view our new learning experiences.  

Snow Fun at Nursery

We enjoyed playing in the snow, making snow castles, painting and drawing snowmen.

Nursery Rhyme Challenge

Through our creative play we enjoyed talking about Humpty Dumpty, Incy Wincy Spider and Hickory Dickory dock.  

Feeding the birds




Science at Nursery


We have continued to investigate the changes between water and ice.  We made a Snowman made of ice and watched him change and melt over a period of time.  The children were a little bit sad when they saw a huge puddle left when their snowman had melted.


We also investigated ways to melt ice; using salt, warm water and our warm hands. 

Nursery Rhyme Challenge 


The children have enjoyed learning a wide range of rhymes which has helped their communication and language skills.  This week we enjoyed retelling Miss Polly had a Dolly in our role play and small world areas. 

Early Talk Boost


This week we launched Tizzy Time. . The sessions include activities that cover the foundation skills in speech, language and communication, that children need for learning and understanding new words, as well as having conversations that will support the following:


* Attention and listening as a foundation skill for speaking and listening

* Developing vocabulary; as research shows that children with weaker vocabularies are at risk of difficulties with reading.

* Building sentences; putting words together is a vital skill for having conversations and telling stories.


The interactive sessions are supported by characters Jake and Tizzy, with a different story each week that features these characters. A copy of this book is taken home by each child taking part so that it can be shared together with their parents/carers to support their learning at home.

Arctic Play 


With the resent snow and cold weather here at Clayton Brook, we have been prompted to research the parts of the world where it is cold all the time. We have focused on the Arctic regions at the top of the world and looked how people live and build our own houses, which they call igloos. We also played with our toy animals what we know live in this region of the world. At the end of the week the children wrote a fact sheet based on our research.  

Listening Skills through food preparation.


We have made orange ice lollies, Teddy Toast and sandwiches for our Teddy Bear’s picnic which involved listening and following instructions.

Art Gallery 


We have been artists this week painting pictures of our favourite teddy bears and using collage materials to make a teddy.  

Role Play 


This week we have enjoyed our Teddy Bear Hospital role play area and the children have had the opportunity to develop speaking, understanding, imagination and writing skills.

RSPB - Big Bird Watch 


The children have made DIY bird feeders and been fascinated by the different kinds of birds who visit our Nursery Garden. 

Captain Sir Tom Moore


After the sad news of the passing of Captain Tom, the Nursery children made a creative tribute to him and showed our appreciation for all the work he did for the NHS.

Acts of kindness

Pancake Day


                AUTUMN TERM 2020


Below you will find pictures of your children enjoying learning at Nursery.

If you have any queries about the learning please do not hesitate to ask Mrs Monks or email 

We are pleased with the way the children are settling, and are beginning to know the nursery routine.  Our first week was spent covering the topic  'I am Amazing'  where we look forward to learning all about ourselves and making friends. 

Birthday Celebrations

This week we have been talking about birthday celebrations and the boys and girls now know the date of their birthday.

We were introduced to a new member of Nursery - Miss Mouse (Our class mascot).  We celebrated her birthday on Friday and the children made her a delicious cake. 


This week we have been reading Elmer stories in small groups and independently.  ELmer has lots of friends just like the boys and girls at Nursery.  The children have become a good group, well behaved and they show kindness , caring and consideration towards each other, it is gratifying to observe their play.  We have also been developing our pre-writing skills through a range of activities, such as using tweezers to pick up pompoms, printing with different materials and practising our writing with a variety of pens and pencils.  We have learned so much this week... Well done!

Scissor Skills 

The boys and girls have tried very hard this week to use scissors safely in our Creative Area and Malleable Area.  I have seen such determination from all of them, which has improved their cutting skills. 

 Autumn is here! 

The children are trying hard to dress independently for the outdoors , putting on their warm coat and wellington boots.  We have been looking at the leaves and talking about why they are changing colour.  Our new word for this was AUTUMN and most children have been using this word in conversation. 


The boys and girls have been learning to count during their play both inside and outside.


Our Autumn theme has continued.  We have been painting autumn trees using hands and fingers and drawing autumn people with crazy leaf hair styles.

Role Play
We have  enjoyed role play this week carrying out domestic chores in the home corner and selling materials in our Little Pigs Building Yard.
The children have helped to prepare our gardening boxes where we can look after winter herbs and spring bulbs.  



The Nursery children have become great friends and it is good to observe their play, they are kind and thoughtful towards each other.  Their conversations are also very interesting and they take time to listen to each other. Within our Nursery provision we provide lots of activities this in turn helps the children build their independence. 

Design and Technology

We have construction kits available within the Nursery, this provides the children the opportunity to develop their skills and imagination by constructing various models. 

Halloween Writing and Painting

The children have made Halloween cards for their friends and family.  They tried really hard to write Halloween messages.  We have also enjoyed using mini broomsticks to paint and mix colours. 

We are going on  a Pumpkin Hunt

We have enjoyed reading We are going on a Pumpkin Hunt and retelling the story using props.  We were very lucky when we went on the Pumpkin Hunt, the children found a pumpkin under the slide in the playground.  When we returned to our Nursery we carved the Pumpkin  and made soup, it was delicious!



 The weather has been very changeable, but for a couple days this week the children enjoyed playing and splashing in puddles.  We also made rain catchers for our playground to see how much rain we could catch over night. It was not enough to fill a bucket!!!

Learning about shapes through play and creative activities 


People who help us - Fire Brigade 


Armistice Day at Nursery 

Through art and craft the children have learned about the symbolism of the poppy.  On Armistice Day  the children observed the two minutes silence with maturity and respect.  If you would like to access the CBeebies :Poppies please click on the link 


During outdoor play the children enjoyed being superheroes and making an obstacle course using crates, boxes, planks, tyres and log stumps.  We talked about the importance of keeping fit.

Communication and Language

Over the last couple of weeks the children have become confident in communicating with their friends and with the staff in Nursery.

Dental Hygiene


Through play we have been talking about the importance of brushing your teeth twice a day.  Please click on the link to enjoy Brush your teeth song 




The children have continued to enjoy being superheroes and talking about the importance of staying fit and healthy. 



The boys and girls have enjoyed our role play Fruit Shop and we have been learning about why we write.  They have written a shopping list before visiting the shop. 

Healthy Eating and Keeping Fit 
This week we have been talking about staying healthy and keeping fit.  We have printed with fruit and vegetables, made healthy food plates, enjoyed roles in our vegetable role play shop and achieved lots of Superhero challenges.