Children enjoyed our day trip to Nell Bank. It was great for the morning and afternoon nursery children to spend the day together. We enjoyed listening to the story of ‘The Gruffalo’ by Julia Donaldson, meeting all of the animals from the story as we explored the outdoors. Haris was very happy with the bed he made for Little Brown Mouse.

Abdulraheem enjoyed making a house for little brown mouse with his Auntie. The children found lots of interesting creatures when they want pond dipping and when they went looking for mini-beasts.

The children explored Fox’s underground house. They weren’t too scared crawling through all of the tunnels, even when they were narrow and very dark.

An egg arrived in our playground! The children were very interested and had some brilliant ideas about what could be inside. The next day, the egg had hatched and there were lots of footprints for us to measure.

The children used their own feet to measure, but when we realised the footprints were bigger than our own feet, we got some bricks and cubes. Hashim decided that his bricks looked like bones in the dragon’s foot.

The children made their own dragons using playdough, junk modelling boxes, painting and with the bricks and other big construction materials. The children decided they needed to protect themselves in case the dragon mummy came back. They spent a long time looking at pictures of armour, shields and coats of arms. They looked great in the finished product.


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This half-term we have had lots of exciting visits from Sian and Simon.  They have been exploring different page of the book ‘Charlie Cooks Favourite Book’ by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.  We had our ship stolen by the pirates and had to walk the plank, we saved a princess from a dragon, made birds’ nests, learned all about owls and had a visit from Goldilocks who ate all our porridge.

We have had lots of fun this half-term.  Please have a look at all our super work!!!

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During Half-term 4, Nursery celebrated Pancake Day.  We talked about the different ingredients we would need and the children helped to make and cook the pancake mixture.  The children really enjoyed watching Mrs Socha flip the pancakes but best of all we loved tasting the pancakes.  There weren’t any left for the teachers!!!!! YUM YUM!!!!

FROZEN FEVER hit Nursery as during STEM Fest we had some VIP visitors.  Pocahontas, Jack Sparrow and most importantly Queen Elsa came to say hello to all the children.  We all enjoyed singing, dancing and talking to the characters.

Sian and Simon also came to say hello this half-term.  We learned about our different senses through the story of the Billy Goats Gruff.  We explored story telling using a light screen and shadows as a medium of expression.  We had to create different sounds and shapes using our bodies.

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This half term in Nursery we have been enjoying learning all about dinosaurs! The children have learnt the names of different types of dinosaurs, made their own dinosaurs using paper plates and modelled dinosaur skeletons from salt dough.


Next half term we will be focusing on traditional tales with the children. These will include ‘Little Red Riding Hood’, ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ and Goldilocks and the Three Bears’. There will be a range of activities to accompany the stories such as planting, baking, counting and drama activities. Come back next half term to see all the fun things we will be doing!


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This Term in Nursery

In Nursery we are thinking really carefully about different stories this term. We will be looking at Traditional Tales with a particular focus on ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’, ‘Little Red Riding Hood’, ‘The Three Little Pigs’ and ‘The Three Billy Goat’s Gruff’. We will be; making houses using straw, sticks and brick; cutting, colouring and making role play masks; making and tasting porridge with different toppings; and re-telling the stories in the role play area with our friends. We will be exploring the stories through a range of play based activities, which use our five senses and encourage a wide range of language rich responses.

Please take a moment to look at our online photographs and videos and all of our nursery displays which we are creating with the children and building upon throughout the year. They include photographs and examples of the children’s work, play and learning in nursery.

“What did you do at school today?”

For any parent with a child at school it’s the eternal question and perhaps it isn’t always met with a clear answer. We thought it would be nice to give you a little insight into a child’s day at Newby Primary School’s Nursery.

Hello I’m in Nursery at Newby Primary School.

I am 3 years old and I love coming to nursery with my friends. I walk to school with my Mum and Dad and get here at 8.45. We all go inside and my Mum and Dad stay to play with me in nursery until 9.10. After my parents have gone home, I sit on the carpet with all of my friends to do the register and chat with Miss Town, Miss Mawson, Mrs Socha, Mrs Naz and Miss Pugh.

After register time, we all read a book together and talk about what we have read. My favourite stories are the fairy tales we are learning about, filled with magical creatures and talking animals. After that we all go to play, learn and explore in the provision areas inside and outside. We can go outside whenever we like, and come back inside if we get too cold! I like to play in the role play area and the creative area inside with my friends. We can use the stories we have read to guide our play and learning, making props and pretending to be the main characters. Sometimes, we just want to make up our own games so we do!

After a busy morning playing I am feeling hungry! We can have a snack of fruit and milk anytime we like when we are at nursery, we just have to go to the snack table. I like to sit with my friends and sometimes the teachers when I have my snack and have a chat while I eat.

With all of the extra energy my snack has given me I decide to go outside and play. After finding my peg and putting my hat, coat and scarf on I go outside with my friends. I love being outside at nursery, especially playing on the bikes and the climbing frame. I can whizz down the slide, slip down the pole and pedal around the track racing my friends.

After lots of time playing, it is time to tidy up. My friends and I all help to tidy inside and outside, putting all of our toys away carefully ready to play with again tomorrow.

At the end of the day we all sing nursery rhymes together. My favourites are ‘Twinkle Twinkle’ and ‘The Wheels on the Bus’. Then we all say goodbye to our friends and our Mums and Dads come to pick us up and we go home. Sometimes I feel sad to be leaving nursery but I know we will be back tomorrow for more fun with our friends!

Getting Ready for Reading in Nursery

In case some of you were wondering how we begin to develop the children’s pre reading skills in the nursery, you might be interested to know that Newby Primary School follows the ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme, and in nursery there is a great focus on developing the children’s speaking and listening skills in order to best prepare them to learn to read and write. We plan activities that will help children to listen attentively to sounds around them and we teach a wide range of rhymes and songs to develop their awareness of rhythm and rhyme. We read a variety of books to the children on a daily basis to help to increase their range of vocabulary and we help them talk confidently about books and translate the stories into their own play. As part of the Phase 1 Letters and Sounds programme, towards the end of the year we teach the children how to `sound talk ` for example ” c-a-t = cat ” – separating the words and blending them back together. Your child won’t be expected to match the letter (the grapheme) to the sound at this stage – the emphasis is on listening to the sounds in the words, segmenting them and blending them back together – key skills vital for reading and spelling. You can help your child at home by playing listening games such as `sound lotto`, listening carefully to sounds in the environment without the distraction of the TV or mobile phones, singing nursery rhymes and alliterative rhymes ( Peter Piper Picked …) and finding real objects around the home which have three phonemes (sounds) and practising `sound talk` together (“I spy a p-e-g”). We would love to see what you and your child are doing together at home so please remember to use your 5 Minute Homework book to keep us up to date, or drop in to have a chat with any of the staff anytime. If you have any questions about how you can help at home please feel free to ask.

Getting Ready for Writing in Nursery
We have been doing lots of activities in Nursery this half term that involve using our fingers to help us strengthen our muscles ready for when we begin to write.
Our ‘Finger Gym’ activities encourage the development of finger and hand muscles to encourage a strong pincer grip- forefinger and thumb- which is needed for good pencil control when the children begin to form letters.
This half term our activities have included; weaving pipe cleaners through a colander; threading small beads onto dried spaghetti; and sorting compare bears into containers by size.

In addition to our ‘Finger Gym’ activities, the children also access a range of creative activities which aim to develop pre-writing skills and encourage improved control and accuracy, utilising the hand and finger muscles. This half term the activities have included; cutting out, colouring in and making split pin gingerbread men; making the houses of the three little pigs using junk modelling materials; and cutting, colouring and making masks to use in role play activities to re-tell stories and play characters.


At Home

Please encourage everyday mathematical and communication opportunities at home with your child, the activities included in your child’s 5 Minute Homework book should provide some ideas. However, please remember to use the books to tell us what you are doing at home with your child as well. We love to see and hear all about your child at home, and to celebrate their achievements both inside and outside of nursery! Please also continue to promote fine motor and mark making activities at home. Children learn best during meaningful daily opportunities and challenges, not just at home but also within their local environment where they are able to make links, test their ideas and build upon their previous learning, this will enable them to grow and develop as a whole child.

We are always grateful for ideas, anything you have that links to our learning or anything that your child would like to complete in nursery this term. Please send any items in (labelled with your child’s name) so that they can share them with their peers.

To give you some ideas and inspiration of activities you could use at home with your child, please see the links below. Have fun!!

Playdough Recipes

Nursery Rhyme Mark Making

Maths Activities to Complete at Home

Communication and Language Activities to Complete at Home

Parent’s Guide to Early Years’ Framework

Phonics Games

Letters and Sounds

The Imagination Tree

Nursery Games

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Maths Games


In Nursery, the children have been working really hard to make new friends, settle in and have lots of fun!

In half term 1, we have been learning about the different sounds we hear in the world around us. We have all tried really hard to learn the words to the nursery rhyme ‘Old MacDonald Had A Farm’ and to think carefully about the different noises animals around us make.