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Welcome to Conway Nursery!

Welcome to Conway Nursery where we aim to provide a bright, fun, stimulating environment that encourages our children to learn through their play. Our team is passionate about developing children who are confident, eager learners who are challenged to achieve the very best.

 

"I love nursery" Anikah age 4

"I play lots with my friends" Saniya age 4

"It is fun" Amaan age 3

"My teachers are nice" Amirah age 3

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Our expectations in Nursery

  • Nursery starts at 8.40pm and finishes at 11.40pm. Can you please ensure that you bring your child to school on time and collect them on time.
  • The children are expected to wear a school uniform which includes a white shirt or polo shirt, grey trousers or a grey skirt, white socks, black shoes and a school jumper with the school logo.
  • Can we also ask parents to provide their children with a PE KIT. This includes a white t-shirt, blue or black shorts or joggers and pumps or trainers.
  • The children are expected to use the toilets independently in nursery and we would be very grateful if parents could toilet train their children before they start nursery. We are encouraging our children to become independent in self care and would appreciate your support with this.
  • We ask all parents to contribute £15 a year to our toy fund. This money is used for various extra curricular activities such as ingredients for cooking etc.

What we like to do at nursery!

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Our children are encouraged to become independent in their play, they are given the opportunity to select and carry out activities of their choice and have the freedom to explore their surroundings.
Playing Outdoors
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Role play
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Exploring
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Building Relationships
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Music
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Topic 1 - Ourselves

The children joined our nursery in September 2018 and in order for them to build relationships and to get to know each other better, our first topic was ourselves. The children spoke about their families and made connections between their home lives and those of their peers. We also talked about our likes and dislikes and made beautiful self portraits that we displayed in our classroom.

The children also took part in a discussion about what they want to be when they grow up and thoroughly enjoyed dressing up.
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Our Autumn Walk

The children took part in a discussion all about Autumn. They looked at the changes in the weather, the changes in the environment and learnt how various animal adapt to these conditions.

They then went on a Autumn walk where they used baskets to collect a range of autumn leaves, twigs, pine cones and conkers. We then used these natural resources to create art work for our autumn display.

Look at our beautiful art work!
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We made hedgehogs using the twigs we collected from the garden and finger painted autumn leaves.

Topic 2 - People who help us

The children have been learning all about the emergency services and how they can help us. We had a discussion to find out what the children already knew........

" The fireman has a hat and he puts water on the fire"  Amaan

"The doctor has a stethoscope"  Saniya

"The police take bad people away"  Anikah

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We then transformed our role play area into a hospital.
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The children had so much fun pretending to be doctors, nurses and patients.
Take a look at the x-ray pictures and doctors bags we made!

Firefighters

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Halloween

The children had so much fun learning all about Halloween. They had a go at carving pumpkins in the classroom and were encouraged to talk about the texture, smell and taste of the pumpkin.

They also made their very own pumpkins at home with their parents, which they brought into school to show the class.

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The children also made pumpkin faces using a range of shapes.
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We then transformed our classroom so that it was spooky ready for our Halloween party.
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Take a look at the photographs from our party. The children and staff had so much fun dressing up as ghosts and ghouls.
The nursery team would like to say a big thank you to all our parents for the wonderful costumes they provided for their children.
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Look at all the amazing pumpkins the children carved at home with their parents!

Bonfire Night

 

To celebrate bonfire night the children sat around a camp fire and toasted marshmallows. They also lit pretend sparklers and had a discussion about the sounds and colours they would see at a bonfire display.

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Look at the lovely activities we had out in our classroom.

Topic 3 - Transport

To introduce the topic the children went into the school car park and had a look at Miss Dugmore's car. They were able to look under the bonnet at the engine, sit in the drivers seat and beep the horn.
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We transformed our role play area into a garage. The children enjoyed using the tools to fix the vehicles.
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Road Survey

The children went out onto Walford road and completed a survey of all the different vehicles they saw.

Take a look at our transport art work!
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Wheels Day

To finish off our Transport topic the children were asked to bring toys in from home with wheels. They had so much fun sharing their toys with their peers and took part in a whole class show and tell.

Christmas

It's Christmas! To introduce the topic the children went to the school foyer to look at the beautiful Christmas tree and decorations. We had a discussion about why Christians celebrate Christmas and told the Nativity story.

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The children made Christmas cards by finger painting baubles onto Christmas trees.
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They made beautiful Calendars!
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They had lots of fun playing in the role play Christmas house and workshop. Dressing up as elves and Santa.
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Our Christmas Grotto

The children had so much fun playing in Santa's grotto!

Our Christmas Production

The children in Early years all participated in a Christmas performance called 'Away  in a Spaceship'. They all took on different roles in the play, speaking lines and joining in with singing songs and dancing. The teachers were very proud of the children, they did a fantastic job.

Christmas Jumper Day

Thank you to all the nursery children who came into school wearing their Christmas jumpers, you all looked fantastic.

 

Traditional Tales

The children have been learning the stories 'Goldilocks and the three bears' and 'The Gingerbread man'.

We read the stories and the children then acted out each story taking on the roles of the various characters. We then introduced the children to story maps which encourage them to be able to independently retell a story just by looking at pictures and using actions to remind them of the key events that take place.

The role play area was then transformed into the three bears cottage and we also created a bakery so that the children could re-enact the stories during their independent play.

Problem solving
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The children were asked to use various construction materials to build a chair for daddy bear, mommy bear or baby bear. The chair had to be strong enough to hold the bear and the children had to ensure that the chair would not break.
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The children were given a challenge to help the Gingerbread Man cross the river without getting wet. They all had some fantastic ideas and used the stickle bricks to build boats, bridges and rafts to help the Gingerbread Man cross.

Cooking

The children made their very own Gingerbread Men which they decorated using icing sugar, currants and cherries. They also made porridge which they were able to top with a topping of their choice.

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Teddy bears picnic
To end our topic the children brought their teddy bears into school for a teddy bears picnic. They made jam sandwiches and orange squash for their bears to share.

Pirates

 

The nursery children have had so much fun learning about Pirates. They have been busy playing on our very own pirate ship, dressing up as captain hook and his swash buckles, and searching for lost treasure.

Counting
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Using treasure chests and golden coins the children practised matching number and quantity correctly. They did a great job at recognising the numerals on each treasure chest and placing the correct number of coins in each.

Pirate Day

Can we say a big thank you to all our parents for providing your children with pirate costumes for our end of topic fun day. The children all looked amazing and we had a wonderful time.

We received a message in a bottle and when we opened the message we realised it was a treasure map sent to us by pirates. We followed the map over the grassy hill, through the dark cave and up the snowy mountain until we found our treasure.

Under the sea

To introduce our new topic the children had a class discussion about what they thought they would see if they went under the sea. They had some lovely ideas and were able to name lots of creatures that live under water. They then watched a video of Miss Dugmore Scuba diving on her holiday in Cyprus.

The children then helped transform our classroom into a submarine and made lots of beautiful creatures such as jelly fish, turtles, octopus, sharks, to decorate the classroom.

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Mother's Day

Thank you to all our Moms, Grandma's and Aunties who joined us for our mother's day celebration. Your children really enjoyed having you in class and we hope you all had a lovely morning with us.

The children made biscuits for their loved ones which they all shared with a cup of tea. They then sang a beautiful song to their families and took turns to tell the class why they love their mommy's. The children then gave their moms the cards that they had made for them.

Princess' and superhero's

 

Our new topic this half term is Princess' and Superhero's. To begin the topic we held a class discussion to find out what the children already knew. The children were so enthusiastic and demonstrated a good base knowledge on the subject. We spoke about how superhero's help others and what super powers they might have if they to were superhero's. The children then created their own superhero's in small groups taking turns to share their ideas.

 

Our story of focus this half term was Cinderella. The children were very familiar with the book and were able to retell the story in great detail. We then set up a Princess boutique in the classroom with a range of princess dresses and shoes that the children were able to wear along with a role play castle so that they could re-enact the story during free play.

 

The children took part in a range of creative activities, making their own magic wands, crowns and superhero masks. 

 

To end the topic we had a special Princess and Superhero day. All the children came into school dressed as their favourite characters and we had a fun filled day packed with lots of exciting games and activities. 

Nursery Planning Overview

Take a look at the wide range of curricular activities the nursery team provide within the setting.

Here are some links to fun websites your children can use at home.

Language Land

Language land is a structured language group that is suitable for children who struggle in communication or have English as an additional language. Language land encourages children to develop their vocabularies, to speak using full sentences and to acquire basic skills that are needed to build their confidence, self-esteem and social skills.
    Language land targets the skills of listening and memory, vocabulary and use of language.
If you have been told by your child’s teacher that they are a part of Language Land below is a few examples of what we do during Language Land sessions in school and can also be used to reinforce learning at home.

 Week One

Magic Sack Activities

Memory:

Place 6 animals onto the magic carpet. Ask each child in turn to pick up two animals in the right order and put them into the magic sack.

Looking Game:

“Everybody do this” Children are to copy what adult does with no talking

Magic Tree Activities
Sorting:

Clothes and transport.

Use 4/6 items of clothing and 4/6 transport items or pictures and 2 coloured circles. Explain that we are collecting all the clothes in one circle and all the transport items in another. Give the child and item or picture and let them decide what circle it goes in.

 

Week Two

Magic Sack Activities

Memory:

As above however extend to 3 animals if appropriate.

Each child has 2 turns.

Listening game:

‘Jump in the middle’

Children stand in a circle and jump in if they match the statement e.g. if you are a girl jump in the middle, if you are wearing trousers.

Magic Tree Activities

Clothes Vocabulary:

Each child is to name at least 2 on adult request e.g. ask “what’s this called?”

 

Week Three

Magic Sack Activities

Memory:

Feed the monster using monster mouth and 6 items of plastic food or pictures.

As above ask each child to give 2/3 items (as appropriate) in sequence to the monster.

Magic Tree Activities

Sorting:

Summer and winter clothes.

Children to have 2 turns and adult check vocabulary knowledge

Week Four

Magic Sack Activities

Memory:

Feed the monster.

As above and increase the choice to 8 items if appropriate for children. Ask children to give 2 or 3 items in sequence to the monster.

Listening:

‘pass the clap’

Adult starts off a clap and it passes around the circle, when passed one way, go back around the other way.

Magic Tree Activities

Sorting:

Road and air transport items.

Sort using the road and air boards, objects and pictures, bike, bus, care, aeroplane, helicopter, hot air balloon. Reinforce Vocabulary.

If this is too hard or advanced for the group sort between transport and animal pictures and reinforce the vocabulary.

 

 

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