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Marigold Nursery!


Miss Rainford

Mrs Von Bargen


Open- Monday        8:45 - 2:45

           Tuesday.      8:45 - 2:45

           Wednesday  8:45 - 11:45

Extra sessions available on Wednesday afternoons.

Welcome back! We hope that you have had a wonderful half term holiday and are feeling refreshed and ready for the second half of our Spring Term.

Below you will find many images and pieces of information about what our lovely Marigold Nursery have been up to so far this academic year. They have been very busy 3 and 4 year olds who we are ever so proud of .

World Book Day 2019

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To celebrate World Book Day 2019 Marigold Class came to Nursery dressed as their favourite book character OR in their pyjamas as we discovered that our favourite time to read books at home was at bedtime. As we work closely with our parents, we decided to invite them in to read with their children. Reading with your child is such a precious activity which can sometimes feel rushed so we decided to dedicate time to value books and celebrate the beauty of texts.

Following a quiet reading session, our families joined myself (Miss Rainford) in a shared reading session. The aim of the session was to give parents support in conducting a successful and memorable reading session at home. All parents were given a bookmark filled with possible questions that they could pose to their children before reading a text, whilst the text is being read and afterwards. 

Once our families had gone home, we had a visit from a REAL author. Grant Koper visited EYFS and KS1 to read his famous book, 'The Day Granny's Knickers Blew Away'. Our children thoroughly enjoyed this experience and following this it gave the children the chance to have a think about what they would write their own stories about. We discussed the structure of stories and plots that would excite children.


I would like to thank all of the parents/carers that attended our reading session and I do hope you found it helpful.

Pancake Day 2019

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Pancake Day 2019 2

The Runaway Pancake- Pancake Day 2019

The Runaway Pancake- Pancake Day 2019 1
In the images above you will see the children using environmentally friendly dough to create 'pancake faces'. In class we have been reading The Runaway Pancake and we discovered that the pancake came to life! The children instantly made links with the gingerbread man which we studied earlier in the year. Our children spent the afternoon in our woodland area finding woodland objects to create their faces. This activity provided a great opportunity to develop vocabulary based on their environment/natural world, discuss seasonal changes and o hold conversations about how important it is to show care and concern for living things and the environment. They were very proud of their creations and we hope you are too.
Below you will find our Medium Term Planning for Spring 2. I have based the following weeks on the children's interests (Pirates and Mermaids), seasonal changes and events.

Spring 2 Medium Term Plan

Writing in Marigold Nursery

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Writing in Marigold Nursery 2

We love Winter!

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We love Winter! 2
We love Winter! 3
We love Winter! 4
When it is icy we don't let it stop us from exploring our outdoor environment! The children were so excited to explore the magic of ice this January! Many learning opportunities came from this. The children observed changes over time in relation to the melting of ice once it touched their warm hands. They developed their vocabulary as they walked on the crunching grass. One little girl even used the word 'translucent' as she held the ice in the air. The children questioned where the ice came from and discussed significant events from their past where they had experienced snow or ice.

In the images above you will see the many exciting learning opportunities had by our children whilst learning about the well known fairy-tale The Gingerbread Man.

- Using shapes appropriately to create the known features of a gingerbread man.

- Developing fine motor skills and understanding of number by using tweezers to pick up raisins and positioning them as buttons for the gingerbread man. They had to pick up the correct amount of raisins based on a numeral provided.

- Ordering of numbers on a washing line.

- Using ingredients to make salt dough gingerbread men and finally decorating them appropriately.

- Discovering the effects of various liquids on the gingerbread man (vinegar, orange juice, water and oil).

- Biscuit tasting to develop their data handling.

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

To begin our Spring Term we looked at the fairy-tale Goldilocks and the Three Bears! In the pictures above you will see the children developing their expressive arts and design skills in which they used various media and materials to create a bear mask. They were encouraged to feel and describe the texture of fur and use suitable equipment to create the 'fur effect'. The children were given a selection of colours to choose from and used positional language to construct their fury faces.

You will also see the children using our woodland area to complete tree rubbings and build on their understanding of the world. We felt and described the trunk of the trees and the children talked about how they could use the resources given to them to create their bear drawings.

In a further image you will see our children developing in reading as they learnt a little bit about the structure of stories. The children were given images from the text to order on a story map. Using Pie Corbett's 'Talk for Writing', the children used actions to retell the story and physically walked along the story map as they recalled each stage of the story.

To develop in the area of shape, space and measure, the children were asked to categorise images according to their size and based on their understanding of the text. They were asked to position each item under the correct character from the story and discuss whether the item was large, medium-sized or small and why this item would be appropriate for each character.

Finally, the children were given the chance to taste porridge and mark make in porridge oats. The children chose what flavours they would like to add to their porridge and discussed how porridge is a healthy breakfast choice if our toppings are appropriate.



Below you will find a planning overview for Spring 1 and our new topic letter for this half term!

Happy reading :)

Our Christmas Craft Morning in Action!

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Our Christmas Craft Morning in Action! 3
Our Christmas Craft Morning in Action! 4
A massive thanks you to our lovely families who attended our craft morning! The children thoroughly enjoyed learning and creating with you all. The poems, reindeer food, tree decorations and biscuits turned out fabulously and I'm they will be something that you keep for many years!

We're all set up for our Christmas Craft Morning!

We're all set up for our Christmas Craft Morning! 1
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We're all set up for our Christmas Craft Morning! 4

The Jolly Christmas Postman

This week we read The Jolly Christmas Postman. The children loved discovering what each envelope contained that was delivered to each recipient and took the time to ponder over each image within the book to find each fairytale character. The children were asked who they would like to send letters to and funnily enough, their answer was SANTA!!!

The children wrote their own letters to Santa by drawing what was on their wish list and all signed off their letter with their name. We then decided to post our letters to the North Pole and wave them goodbye. We hope our letters reach Santa in time for Christmas Eve!

The Snowman- Outdoor learning

We have been learning all about The Snowman written by Raymond Briggs in the past couple of weeks. We learnt about the effect of heat on ice which gave us many opportunities to develop our language and learn about cause and effect moments. The children used masks and puppets to role play the story and created story mountains using images from the text. Our environment was based on the text which included; using tweezers to pinch and place cotton wool buds in bottles to create snowmen, plenty of creative resources to build a snowman, an ice cave with many wintery stories and many writing opportunities such as writing Christmas cards and following pencil control paths.


In the images above, you will see the children creating houses for the Snowman to live in within our woodland area. They decided that larger twigs would be the most appropriate and that leaves could be used as a roof. One of our children recalled an event from the text in which the snowmen danced with each other so we decided to join them in the fun!

Remembrance Day

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Remembrance Day 2

In Marigold Nursery, many children noticed that members of staff were wearing poppies therefore they questioned the meaning behind them. As this was a keen interest, the children took part in a week's worth of learning based on Armistice Day. The children learnt about the many roles within the armed forces and showed care and concern for those who were injured and their families. The children gathered many new pieces of vocabulary and by the end of the week, after accessing a selection of focused activities related to Remembrance, were able to talk about their new knowledge.

The poppies we have created encouraged the children to use mark making tools effectively and opened up discussions about size and colour. We are very proud of our poppy wreath!

Bonfire Night

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Bonfire night is always an exciting time of year for our children! The children couldn't wait to talk about their experiences so we decided to embrace their interests and plan a variety of activities that our children would not only enjoy, but develop from.

The week started with the children listening to stories and watching animations about Guy Fawkes.

Following this, the children learnt about fire safety and were given the opportunity to express their feelings and emotions towards the night. We learnt many rhymes to develop vocabulary and our P.E. lesson allowed our children to move their bodies based on video clips they had seen of firework displays.

The children created beautiful firework paintings which encouraged them to draw shapes and develop their fine motor skills. Also, the children had access to a glitter tray where they could make their own markings to represent fireworks.

To develop mathematically, the children were given various shapes in order to create rockets that could zoom to the sky and explode!

Overall, the week was engaging and exciting and we can't wait to do it all over again next year!

Dates for Diary November - January

Our Halloween Party / Craft Morning 2018!

On Wednesday 31st October our fabulous children dressed up in their scary Halloween costumes and took part in a selection of traditional Halloween activities such as duck apple, pin the wart on the witch and pumpkin carving. They also created a weaved spider web, sparkly witch wands and blow monsters. It was such a special day which I'm sure our children will cherish!

Autumn 1- Medium Term Plan

Owl Babies Woodland Walk

Macmillan Coffee Morning

Staying Healthy with Nurse Helen- Monday 17th September 2018

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Staying Healthy with Nurse Helen- Monday 17th September 2018 4

Meet the Teacher 

All parents are welcome to attend Nursery on Tuesday 25th September at 2:00pm for a meeting with the class teacher to discuss our curriculum and events.

Following the meeting you are welcome to take your child home.

We look forward to seeing you then smiley

Macmillan Coffee Morning- Wednesday 26th September 2018 at 11:00am

Our Curriculum

Children develop quickly in the early years, and we aim to do all we can to help your child have the best possible start in life. Children have a right, to provision which enables them to develop their personalities, talents and abilities irrespective of ethnicity, culture or religion, home language, family background, learning difficulties, disabilities or gender. In our school we use ‘Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage’ to support us in our planning to implement our curriculum. If you would like more information please visit the following website.


Have you met Marigold Bear?

Marigold is a new addition to our Nursery! Each week a child who has tried really hard to display our school values (Excellence, Friendship, Respect) will be chosen to take Marigold Bear home. The children are really excited to take Marigold on some adventures and to share everything they get up to with their class. 

Home Learning

We have a display board in our Nursery which will be used to keep you informed about what we’re learning each week. There is an additional ‘Home Learning’ board which will be used to display any activities you have carried out at home with your child or any observations you have made of significant milestones e.g. joining in with rhyme or story plots, giving meaning to marks they make as they draw or write, using number names correctly etc.

We urge you to keep us as informed as possible about the development of your child at home and believe that by working as partnership we can achieve great things!

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