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Autumn term 1 – September / October 20-21

What a great start to the year we have had in Nursery.

We invited our families into Nursery to come and decorate a star with us and to make a wish of what they would like us to achieve during this year in Nursery. The stars are displayed on our “Reach for the Stars” display in the classroom where everybody can see them and admire our work! We think everybody enjoyed coming into Nursery … lots of our grown ups went home happy that they’d been able to use the sparkly materials and some even asked what the next event was going to be – we will need to plan our next one!

Throughout this half term we have found out about ourselves and people who are special to us. We have talked about body parts and sang lots of action songs. We had a go at drawing self portraits and enjoyed sharing the stories; “Nobot the Robot” by Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet and also “From Head to Toe” By Eric Carle.

We started our “If you go down to the woods today” topic by sharing the stories; “Where’s My Teddy” by Jez Alborough and “This is the Bear and the Scary Night” by Sarah Hayes. Both of these stories have become firm favourites in Nursery and the children can often be found in the reading den or the woodland role play area retelling them or acting the stories out. Both of these books feature rhyming words and we are becoming masters at identifying rhyming words and predicting what the word might be when Mrs Scott or Mrs Carroll miss them out.

Over the half term we have been talking about the changes that we can see happening outside to the trees, plants and bushes. In September we visited the allotment and picked some of the wonderful fruit that was growing and cooked with it. Recently, our artists have had a go at creating their own Autumn trees using their fingers to make the leaves. We think they look amazing!

Summer 1 Half Term – ‘Mad About MiniBeasts’

During the first half of the summer term we have been ‘Mad about Minibeasts’.

We have used lots of information texts, power points and videos to find out about bees, caterpillars, spiders, worms, snails, slugs and ladybirds.

We also used stories and poems about these creatures to help with our learning. We used books such as ‘The Boy Who Lost His Bumble’ ‘The Very Greedy Bee’, ‘The Hungry Caterpillar’, ‘The Bad Tempered Ladybird’, ‘Norman the Slug with the Silly Shell’ and ‘Mad About Mini Beasts’.

Our Nursery became an area for live animals – we created a wormery, a snailery, we looked after 5 caterpillars and observed them as they transformed into butterflies and we also hatched some chicks from 10 eggs. We finished our half term with a visit from ‘Crazy Creatures’. We were all very brave and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

Have a look at some of the things we have been doing this half term ….

Week beginning 15th March 2021

This week we are using the story of “The Princess and the Pea’ as our core book. We are going to make mushy pea playdough, create pictures by blowing peas in paint, count out mattresses onto the bed and discuss how the characters felt at different parts of the story.

We also have our fruit and vegetable shop role play area open, and this week our ‘real vegetables’ are going to be sugar snap peas!

Watch out for some photos in the gallery from Science Week!

Week beginning 8th March 2021

This week we are continuing with our traditional tales with a growth focus. This week we are using the story of ‘The Enormous Turnip’ and yes, you’ve guessed it, we are going to be planting some turnip seeds! We are going to be talking about the forces of pushing and pulling and exploring different fruit and vegetables.

It is also Science week this week. We are going to have lots of fun investigations developing awe and wonder and providing lots of opportunities for us to develop our language.

Home learning week beginning 1st March 2021

Our activity pack this week is continuing with our work based on the story of Jack and the Beanstalk.

Home learning week beginning 22nd February 2021

We are continuing with our ‘Once Upon A Time ….’ theme. The first book that we are going to use is the story of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’. Alongside our work packs we also have a package for you to take home that includes an activity for you to do! You might want to pop into the school office to pick one up.

Home learning week beginning 8th February 2021

Our activity pack for this week is a little different. We have based it around the celebrations that are happening this week and next ; Chinese New Year, Pancake Day and Valentine’s Day.

General Resources

Pancake Day

Chinese New Year

Valentine’s Day

Home learning week beginning 1st February 2021

This week we are going to be reading the story of Little Red Riding Hood and carrying out activities based around it.

This week I have included some rhyming picture cards in the pack. These will be useful for activities over the coming weeks so please keep them to use again.

Home learning week beginning 25th January 2021

We are continuing with our work based around Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

Home learning week beginning 18th January 2021

This week and next we are going to be using the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears as our story.

We are going to start the week by reading the story and getting to know each of the characters.

Home learning week beginning 11th January 2021

We are continuing to use the story of “The Three Little Pigs” as the basis for our activities.

We were over the moon with everything that you sent us last week that you had been doing at home. Thank you.

Home learning week beginning 4th January 2021

We are starting a new unit of work this week. Our new topic is called “Once Upon a Time ….”. We are going to be using traditional tales as our core books, starting with ‘The Three Little Pigs’.

Home learning week beginning 14th December 2020

We have lots of Christmas activities going on this week, incuding our party!

Home learning week beginning 7th December 2020

This week we are continuing to use Stick Man as our core book, however we also have our Christmas performance of “Wriggly Nativity”.

Home learning week beginning 30th November 2020

Over the next few weeks we are going to be using the story of “Stickman” as our core text. We will be linking activities to the story, as well as enjoying Christmas related activities and preparation.

Home learning week beginning 23rd November 2020

We are continuing with our work based on ‘The Gruffalo’s Child’

Home learning week beginning 16th November 2020

Over the next 2 weeks we are basing our work around the story of The Gruffalo’s Child by Julia Donaldson.

It is also British Nursery Rhyme Week this week. The Nursery Rhymes that we will focus on for the week are ….

Monday 16th November: ‘The Wheels On The Bus’.

• Tuesday 17th November: ‘Five Little Speckled Frogs’. 

• Wednesday 18th November: ‘Hickory Dickory Dock’. 

• Thursday 19th November: ‘Old MacDonald Had A Farm’. 

• Friday 20th November: ‘Miss Polly Had A Dolly’


Home learning week beginning 9th November 2020

Our work is once again based around ‘The Gruffalo’

Home learning week beginning 2nd November 2020

Our work for the next 2 weeks is based around the story of ‘The Gruffalo” by Julia Donaldson.


Home learning week beginning 19th October 2020

Our work this week is based around the story of ‘Room on the Broom’ by Julia Donaldson.


Home learning week beginning 12th October 2020

Our work this week is based around the story “This is the Bear and the Scary Night” By Sarah Hayes

Don’t Hog the Hedge story
Sound Lotto game

9th October 2020

Wow, what a busy, fun week we have had!

We’ve been on many bear hunts (we caught some big ones!). We got a little messy when we created and explored a swirling whirling snow storm and some thick oozy mud, and we enjoyed making some teddy bear toast.

We also tried making some marks by conker rolling.

Hands up who is ready for the weekend! 🙂

Home Learning 5.10.20

This week we are reading “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury.

2nd October 2020

What a great week we have had! The children are settling into our routines, we’ve had some lovely group times and we have really enjoyed the first week of our new topic ‘If you go down to the woods today …’

Our story this week has proved very popular. We have been reading ‘Where’s My Teddy?’ by Jez Alborough. The children have been enthusiastic story tellers and have been able to recall phrases from the story. Just look at the interest on the children’s faces as they enjoyed exploring the book!

Home Learning 28.9.20

Our work in Nursery this week is based around the story of ‘Where’s My Teddy?’ by Jez Alborough.

Home Learning 21.9.20


This week we have continued to develop our awareness of ourselves and our families.

We have also begun to make our Nursery environment a little bit more personal to us!

We have work displayed around the Nursery, promoting self esteem, self awareness and opportunities for discussion.

We are aware that at the minute you can’t come into our indoor Nursery classroom, so we thought that we would show you some of the things we have been busy doing this week!

11th September 2020

We have now got all of our children settled into Nursery and what a jam packed week we have had!

We have picked apples from the Nursery apple tree and made an apple crumble.

We have made kites and flown them in the playground when it was extremely windy!

We have had the balance bikes out and had a go at riding them – wow, we have some fast riders with great balance and coordination!!

and … we have made new friends and played alongside them , learning how to share and take turns and let other people join in our games.

No wonder we were all ready for a sleep by Friday home time!

4th September 2020

What a great 3 days we have had in Nursery. Mrs Carroll and I have really enjoyed getting to know the new boys and girls that have joined us this week and seeing the children who had started nursery before we were unfortunately closed for Covid-19.

We are looking forward to more children starting next week and for a while our Nursery will be complete.

The children this week have settled really well. We’ve read the story of Nobot the Robot this week – ask them about it and I guarantee they will be able to tell you some of the story!

We’ve also been thinking about ourselves and drawing self portraits – What amazing artists we are!

Remember If you have any queries or concerns then please just ask!

Mrs Scott 🙂

Nursery 2020 – 2021


Summer 2
Home learning pack week 7

For our final week we are inviting you to join us for an alien picnic on Planet Zum Zee. Although we can’t all be together this year for our end of year picnic we would love it if you could have your own picnic and send us some of your photos.
First listen to the story ‘Alien Tea on Planet Zum Zee.’ Once you have listened to the story have a go at some of the alien themed activities from this week’s learning grid. Then put on your head band or wear something space themed and enjoy a picnic in your garden. You could use some of the ideas below to make it alien themed… Why not try some blue jelly, decorate some biscuits with sweets or make alien cupcakes.


Summer 2
Home learning pack week 6

This week’s new theme is aliens and we will be reading the story ‘Aliens Love Underpants.’ You can listen to the story here…

Have a look at this week’s alien themed activities and have a go at some of the at home. Have fun!

Summer 2
Home learning pack week 5

This week’s story will be ‘Barry the Fish with Fingers’ by Sue Hendra. You can listen to the story being told on YouTube here:

Our activities this week are linked to the story, aswell as some rhyming activities and number songs. We hope you enjoy them.

Summer 2
Home learning pack week 4

This week we will be reading ‘The Rainbow Fish’ by Marcus Pfister. You can find an online version here:

Our activities this week are based around the book, we hope you enjoy them!


Summer 2
Home learning pack week 3

This week we have some more sea creature activities for the nursery children at home. The activities are linked to the book ‘Commotion in the Ocean.’ We hope that you enjoy having a go at some of the activities at home. Don’t forget to send us some of your photographs, we love to see what the children have been doing.

Summer 2
Home learning pack week 2

This week’s text is Commotion in the Ocean by Giles Andreae.

Below there are a selection of resources linked to the sea creatures in the book. We hope you enjoy them.
There is also some props for you to use for this week’s number song, ‘Five Green and Speckled Frogs.’

Summer 2
Home learning pack week 1

We hope you are all still keeping safe and have been enjoying the sunshine!
We are looking forward to welcoming some of you back to nursery this week. For those of you who are not returning yet we will continue to support you as much as we can with our home learning packs. This half term we will be having an ‘Under the sea’ theme and this week’s activities are linked to the story ‘The Snail and the Whale’ by Julia Donaldson. We hope you enjoy them. There are also some summer themed creative activities for you too enjoy too.

If you don’t have the book at home you can watch the story being told on YouTube. There is also an animated version available to watch on BBC iPlayer.

Good luck Mrs Shearer we will miss you…

As you will know our lovely Nursery teacher, Mrs Shearer is retiring so won’t be returning to Ryhope Infant School.

We’ve just been sent a wonderful gesture that Nursery mams have put together for Mrs shearer with a message from the children…

“Thank you Mrs shearer for helping us all learn and grow through our time at nursery, we hope you enjoy your retirement and have lots of health and happiness.. we are all going to miss you so much.
Lots of love..

Jenna, Sophie, Emmie, Adie mae, Emily, Skye, Jacob, Tom, Ava, Toby, Logan, Ethan, Eden and Jorji xxx

Watch their wonderful farewell video… https://www.facebook.com/1882512718629274/posts/2637344389812766/?vh=e&d=n

Nursery learning pack 7

This week’s activity grid is linked to another story by Eric Carle called ‘The Tiny Seed.’ Remember, if you don’t have the book at home you can watch the story being told on YouTube.

We hope you find some of these activities useful to have a go at with your child.

Nursery home learning pack 6

This week we have some more activities that you might like linked to the story ‘The Bad Tempered Ladybird. We have loved seeing some of the photos of the lovely activities that you have done so far. Remember these are all just suggestions and here to support you. We hope you enjoy having a go at some of them at home.

Nursery learning pack 5

This week there are some activities for you to have a go at all linked to the story ‘The Bad Tempered Ladybird.’ If you don’t have the book at home then don’t worry, you can watch the story being told on YouTube.


In our activity grid there are lots of ideas of activities that you could try at home which don’t require any printing of worksheets.

Click on the link below to play this interactive ladybird counting game.

Nursery rhyme challenge
This week Mrs Kelly and her boys have also set you a rhyming words challenge. They have made some videos of some nursery rhymes that you you will know but they have changed the words. Can you guess the missing rhyming word? Being able to hear rhyme and rhythm in words is a really important early reading skill. Singing nursery rhymes are excellent for this.
Keep an eye out on Facebook for a new video each day this week.

More useful resources
Below there are also some additional resources linked to the story ‘The Bad Tempered Ladybird.’

Nursery learning pack 4

We hope you enjoyed some of our suggested activities linked to ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ last week. This week we have some more activities linked to the story. There is also a rhyming words challenge and a minibeast hunt for you to see how many minibeasts you can find either in your garden or when out for a walk. We understand that every family situation is different and that not everyone will have the resources to complete all of the activities at home. These activities are optional and here to support you and your child. Don’t forget to send us photos of any of these activities or anything else you have done at home. We are missing the children and love to see their photos!

20.4.20 Nursery learning pack 3

This half term we were due to be starting our topic all about minibeasts. Below you will find a grid with some activities that you could try at home linked to the story ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar.’ If you don’t have the book at home there is a link to an animated version of the story on YouTube for your child to watch. You will also find some counting activities, craft ideas and even some butterfly themed food to make. We hope you enjoy having a go at some of these activities with your children at home.

Nursery 31.3.20

Below you will find some activities that you can download to do with your child at home. If you are unable to print and download at home then please e-mail the school to – [email protected]
Please include your child’s name, class and address in the e-mail and we will post one out for you.

We would also love to see any photos of things that your child has done at home. Send your photos to – [email protected] or on facebook messenger.

Easter Bonnet Challenge

On Friday 3rd April it would have been our school Easter bonnet parade around Ryhope.  So, we have a challenge for you for this week!

Could you have a go at making an Easter bonnet or craft and send us some pictures of you being creative and  with  your finished creation?

On Friday, we will fill our school facebook page with all of your Easter bonnet / craft pictures and make our own parade!

Send your photos to – [email protected] or on facebook messenger.

Need a bit of inspiration? There are lots of different examples of Easter bonnets on Google.

Ideas for activities at home

We are already missing the children during this difficult time and look forward to when we can welcome you all back into school in the future. In the meantime we encourage you to try and use this time to spend family time together. The most important thing you can do for your children is make them feel safe and happy by spending time together, reading stories, singing, dancing and playing. We will be keeping in contact with families through our Facebook Page and blog and will try our best to give you as much support as possible by offering ideas of things you can do at home with your child. For those of you who didn’t receive your child’s pack from school last week here are some ideas of activities you could try with your child at home.

Jack and the Beanstalk

Nursery children have been very busy gardening this week and planting lots of different seeds and plants. We listened to the story Jack and the Beanstalk and planted our own beans. The children have also planted potatoes, carrots, peas, strawberry plants and tomato plants. They have planted cress seeds into different materials such as compost, cotton wool and paper towels. They have also investigated the best place for the seeds to grow and have put some on the windowsill where they will get light and some in the dark to see what will happen. The children have been predicting what they think will happen and will observe the seeds as they grow.

World Book Day

Nursery had a great day today for World Book Day. They looked fantastic in their story character costumes and enjoyed sharing their books with an adult.

Run run as fast as you can, you can’t catch me I’m a gingerbread man!

Nursery have enjoyed listening to the story ‘The Gingerbread Man’ this week. We made some delicious gingerbread man biscuits and a ginger cake. We found out where ginger comes from and planted our own ginger plant. In the creative area we made collage pictures of a gingerbread man and even made them smell like a gingerbread man by sprinkling on some cinnamon. We have done some interesting investigations to test what happens to a gingerbread man biscuit if it goes in water and made boats to help the gingerbread man cross safely across the river. We also tested the gingerbread man biscuits in different liquids to see what happened. In Little Movers we ran as fast as we could like gingerbread men and practised our balancing skills to balance a beanbag on our head like a fox!

Chinese New Year

Nursery children had lots of fun learning all about Chinese New Year. We have been very busy in our creative area practising our cutting skills to make Chinese lanterns and dragon masks. We even made a big dragon’s head out of junk materials to use in our dragon dance. We took what we had made into the hall and learnt a traditional dragon dance. We made and tasted some Chinese food including noodles, egg fried rice, chicken curry and spring rolls. What an exciting week we had celebrating!

Wednesday 18th December 2019

What a fantastic Christmas party we had today! The children had lots of fun playing party games and showing off their dance moves. We even had an extra special visitor who came to give the nursery children an early Christmas present!  

Friday 13th December 2019

We are all very proud of our Nursery children this week. They were so brave to stand on the stage and sing in their first Nativity. They have done a fantastic job of learning all the songs and put on a wonderful performance. We hope everyone who came to watch enjoyed it as much as we did.

Wednesday 27th November 2019

Thank you to everyone who came to decorate Christmas decorations with their child in nursery today. The decorations look lovely and the children seemed to have lots of fun.

Friday 15th November 2019

This week we held a non-uniform day in nursery to support Children in Need and we all wore something spotty. We baked and decorated cakes with spots and made a donation for a worthwhile cause. 

Wednesday 9th October 2019

Thank you for everyone who came to our ‘Wish Upon a Star’ in nursery this week. The children enjoyed the opportunity to spend time with their family in nursery and we got some excellent feedback from parents who came. The stars look fantastic displayed in nursery and everyone went home covered in glitter and sparkles!! 

Monday 30th September 2019

Nursery children had lots of fun finding out about Italy during our International week last week. We read the stories ‘Peppa Pig goes on holiday’ and ‘Topsy and Tim go on an aeroplane’ and talked about holidays that we have been on. We enjoyed exploring the sensory trays filled with pasta and spaghetti and used different materials to make a collage of the Italy flag. During the week we made and tasted some delicious Italian food… we tried spaghetti bolognese, pepperoni pizza and risotto. We also used construction kits and junk materials to build some famous Italian landmarks such as the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Colosseum.

Friday 20th September 2019

Nursery children have had a fantastic start to the year. We are very proud of our new children and how well they have settled into their new routines. Take a look at some of the photos of what we’ve been up to. 

Friday 20th September 2019

Nursery have enjoyed their first ‘Little Movers’ PE sessions this week. They joined in with songs with actions, practised different movements and took part in some team races. They did a fantastic job and everyone said how well they did at listening and joining in. ‘Little Movers’ will be coming to nursery every Monday afternoon and Thursday morning. Children can come to their nursery session already dressed in PE/sports clothes. 

Wednesday 11th September 2019

What a fantastic start to the new year we have had in nursery. Our nursery staff are so proud of how we have settled in. 

We have been painting our self portraits and printing handprints. Today we made some funny faces using different types of fruit and then enjoyed eating them too! We have been singing lots of songs and listening to some stories. Our favourites so far have been ‘No-Bot the Rot’ and ‘There’s a Monster in your Book.’ 

We will keep you updated with lots photos of what we have been doing at nursery so keep your eye out for future blogs!! 

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