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New applications after June will not qualify for 30hours free from September. 


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We cannot be responsible for a lapse in codes and this will result in a charge. 


Welcome to Our Nursery

Please check back regularly to keep up to date with our learning smiley


What's all the rumble in the jungle?

This half term will be packed full of exciting animal adventures! Check out our Summer 2 Newsletter for all the details.  

Move Up Day 😁 Some of our Nursery children stayed for lunch today and went to visit their new teacher! They were so independent with their lunches and managed this really well.


Rhyme Time - Let's learn to hear and say rhyme

Thank you to Noah and his family for their kind donation of toys to Nursery. 

Today we looked at sorting them to see where we could use them in our classroom. 
We had great fun categorising them. 
The children worked quickly to sort them by types. 
We sorted dinosaurs, animals, vehicles, soft toys and tools. 
The children all helped to sort them and put them in their provision.  

We had great fun learning the names of the objects and using our words to describe them and sort them by type.  

The dinosaurs went down a storm! Here were lots of different kinds which added to the excitement! 
Devon said "I can see some dinosaurs hiding! There is even a pterodactyl!"
"I know some of the dinosaurs names" said Lucas. 
Rebekah had a great idea to turn the dinosaurs over and look under them to find out what they were called. "I'm looking for letters" she said. 

Olivia "I've got a character!"
Jaxon "its Charlie Bear!"
Rebekah said "I've found Peppa Pig.  It's going with the soft toys"
Bobby said that Peppa Pig was "a character and a soft toy" πŸ‘

Tim's favourites were the vehicles. "I've got a train!" 
"It's a police motorbike" said Oliver. 
Casey-Lee  selected another vehicle "I think it's a fire engine..."
Tim" no it's a taxi" another child pointed to it and said "I've got one of those!"

Where do we put the truck Noah?
"With the vehicles."
"You can put a car in it.  It's a truck because it has a bit at the back to put things in."

Some ideas were challenged by Isaac as the rhino was placed with the dinosaurs. 
"You've put that in he wrong one. It's a rhino, not a dinosaur!" He said! 

There were some random pieces like a tape measure and a spirit level.  However, Devon suggested we call these "tools" and put them in our construction area with the other items of this type.  

What an excellent conversation starter.  Who would have thought we could have got so much learning from emptying a bag of toys! Thank you so much!

Nursery are flexing their mathematical minds. 

So many children could recognise these small amounts to 5 without counting them. 

Try the video below...

Subitize Up to 5 (soo-bi-tize) | Math Song For Kids | Jack Hartmann

Subitize is the ability to tell the number of objects in a set, quickly, without counting. In this subitizing song name the numbers in each set of dots, ten frames and fingers. Subitizing develops math fluency, when students recognize sets without having to count each spot!

Counting in the Jungle | Learn to count from 1 to 10 | With Lions, monkeys and bears

Learn to count to ten and do it again! The children love to use their fingers to show the amounts at the same time!

Seven Continents Song

A song to help children learn the 7 continents in order from largest to smallest.
It has helped us to be able to identify animal habitats around the world too πŸ‘πŸ»

Our Animal Encounter ❀️ We loved our experience today. A favourite for the children was the snake 🐍

Help your child tell SIMPLE STORIES

Did you know that sentences are just very simple stories? When we're helping children learn to talk it's useful to give them a little structure to hook their ideas on. In this video I share THREE key elements of sentences that you can use to help your child share their ideas and experiences.

PE 'Fun and Games ' Working together within a space. We enjoyed changing direction in our cars πŸš—

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Walking Through the Jungle

Barefoot books bring a catchy song about animals and their habitats πŸ‘

Using media and materials to create our jungle classroom πŸƒπŸΎπŸΈπŸ¦πŸ―πŸ¦πŸΎπŸƒ

Why was the caterpillar πŸ› hungry πŸ˜‹?

This half term we will be using this classic text to investigate the lifecycle of a butterfly πŸ¦‹ and will be watching metamorphosis right before our very eyes. 

You can keep up to date with the changes by looking at our Caterpillar πŸ› Diary which will be updated regularly.

Don't forget to download our half termly newsletter for more information...

The lifecycle of a butterfly πŸ¦‹ by nursery...

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Nursery we're thrilled that all five butterflies emerged from their chrysalides in time for the Lovely Bug Ball!

Lovely 🐜🐞Bug 🐝🐞Ball

What's in our town? Nursery and Year 5 went out into the local area to find out as part of Geography Week.

Plant A Seed | Curly Cath | Nursery Rhyme

A delightful song all about growing. Plant a seed and make it grow into a beautiful flower. Imagination, fine & gross motor skills & sound making.

Park P.E.

Our Tapestry Challenge ⭐️

A huge thank you to Mrs Milne for organising a special visit from the book bus. We loved the whole experience πŸ“š 🚌

The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Animated Film

A guide to Letters and Sounds - Phase 1

As this half term comes to a close we have been thinking about Easter and the celebrations which take place.  We have been thinking about why Easter is important to Christians.  Maybe you could ask your child what they have learned and watch some of the videos below to reinforce this learning at home too.  

We would like to wish you all a safe and happy break 🐣

Remembering the true meaning of Easter with some card making πŸŒ…

The Christian Story of Easter | Religions of the World

CBeebies | Preparing for Easter | Let's Celebrate

CBeebies - Watch Toby visit a farm and pick flowers for church.

CBeebies | Celebrating Easter | Let's Celebrate

CBeebies - Watch Toby celebrate Easter as he goes to church with his family and goes on an Easter egg hunt.

EYFS visit Radcliffe Library πŸ“š Sarah always looks after us and read us 'Snake Supper' and 'Barry the fish with fingers' We love ❀️ stories!

Welcome back. We hope you had a lovely half term break. This half term we will be looking at all things 'stick' related! Our key text will be 'Stanley's Stick' by John Hegley. The first week won't be about sharing the text though. We'll be making predictions about the book using the cover illustrations.

More about our learning through 'Stanley's Stick' for Spring 2

Working together using our words to ask for help

Step Inside : When Will It Be Spring?

We proved it was the first day of Spring using our spotter sheets and finding all of the signs. We woke up Honey bear from his long winter hibernation 🐻 😴

Retelling the story using small world play - perhaps you could try this at home too πŸ€”

We doodled Stanley. Look at how our drawings are progressing πŸ‘€ πŸ‘

Developing number concepts - nursery are getting really familiar with numbers 1 to 3

World Book Day 2019 - A Booky Breakfast was a huge success in Nursery. Thank you to all parents for supporting with costumes too. More photos of the activities are available on the dedicated icon below on class pages.

Some of you have been out and about looking at trees and going on your own stick hunts! ❀️

Our stick adventure begins...

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 Take a look at our learning so far this Spring half term

The Three Billy Goat's Gruff


We have explored the characters within the story and recreated them using new techniques, learning to tear paper and use this to collage. We have even begun to sound like the characters too - responding to the key refrains of the text in different voices! We loveheart this story!

This topic has encouraged us to think about making healthy choices.  Our roleplay area has become the healthy café and we took away the unhealthy foods from the cupboards and put them into the sin bin! Foods high in sugar have been swapped for healthier natural alternatives.  This ties in wonderfully with the National Sugarsmart campaign. 





This week we have been looking at alternative versions of the story and learned a really catchy song! 

The children asked me to put some links to the youtube videos onto the website so they can show the people at home too!  What a great idea! 

We made 3D storyboards for retelling the story at home 🏑 - look how we can use the tools independently to create!

The Three Billy Goats Gruff - Animated Fairy Tales for Children

Three Billy Goats Gruff Song

We're Going on a Bridge Hunt!

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EYFS went out into their local area to see bridges like those Brunel might have created!

What a super end to Science week! πŸ—―πŸ†’ The outfits were fabulous! Thank youπŸ‘ŒπŸ»

We are supporting Safer Internet Day 2019

Safer Internet Day aims to inspire a national conversation about using technology responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively. It is a global campaign celebrated in over 140 countries around the world. In the UK, Safer Internet Day is coordinated by the UK Safer Internet Centre and the celebration sees hundreds of organisations get involved every year since 2011 to help promote a safer and a better internet for all.

Safer Internet Day - Nursery Class

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Chinese New Year - How do families prepare?

Abbie and her brother clean the house in preparation for the Chinese New Year celebrations. Kung Hey Fat Choi to all our children and their families celebrating on February 5th.

Jacob's Grandma popped by to tell us about Tiddlywinks, Mickey Mouse, Etch A Sketch and her yo-yo. She even let us play with them for the morning!

Going spotty for Children in Need 2018

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Nursery had great fun with some extra squishy spots for Children in Need. We practised throwing and catching the balloons we blew up by ourselves! So much fun and such a great cause. Thank you to parents for getting your child in the spirit of all things Pudsey. We had some superb spotty and stripy outfits!


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Ready, steady...Go!

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A Special Visitor - We asked Mrs Hanson's Grandma if she had an iPad? She had a lovely morning playing some old fashioned games and making woollen pom poms

We Will Remember Them - Nursery marked the 100 year celebration of Armistice with some craft activities

Our Autumn 1 Learning

Our Autumn Walk to the Nature Trail

Hooray For Fish!

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Nursery have explored the Lucy Cousins book 'Hooray for Fish' as their text for the first half term. The story allowed us to explore colour, size, pattern, feelings and attributes through creativity. The culmination of our efforts was celebrated when parents were invited to take a dive into our own aquarium and meet the fish from the story at our 'Night at the Museum' event.

Thank you for visiting our Aquarium!

A little more about our Curriculum


We are so glad you've found our class page. Thank you for taking the time to explore it. We learn best through play and every week is packed full of exciting learning opportunities which are irresistible! At St John's we are very proud of our Early Years children. 



In The Early Years Foundation Stage, the children follow a play-based curriculum that will provide them with the opportunities to


· Develop their confidence, independence and social interaction

· Encounter a range of new and exciting experiences, through the power of play

· Build upon the skills they have as they leave the home environment to start school

· Develop these skills as an individual

· Prepare for the next stage in their primary school education


Throughout the school day, the children will learn in a range of different ways. Through whole class focused group work, small group learning, adult-led activities, child-led activities and independent play.


Please find additional details about this academic year below.

If you would like any further information on The EYFS at St. John’s please do not hesitate to arrange a visit. We always enjoy welcoming new friends.

Our EYFS Long Term Planner

Timetable of useful information.



Mrs Knight in Nursery

Thursday Library book change
Friday PE and Show & Tell

TAPESTRY is our Online Learning Journey for your child. Please click the PDF for more information

Developmental milestones - ages and stages advice for parents and carers.

Please click the link below for the  'What to Expect When' free download no