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We have been very busy this week celebrating The Chinsese New Year. The children have taken part in many different activities such as , making a dragon for the dragon dance, Chinese food tasting, making Chinese lanterns, re enacting The Chinese New Year story by having animal races, writing Chinese good luck messages and lots more! Thank you to all the parents and grandparents that joined in with our stay and play session we had lots of fun!! 
This week at Nursery we are focusing on shape. The children have been sorting shapes, making shape pictures, going on shape hunts and lots more! We are trying to encourage them to use the language of shape as well as choosing a shape for a particular purpose. When you are out and about with your child look out for real life examples of shapes in the environment. 

Dragon Dancing

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Food tasting- prawn crackers, spring rolls and chilli sauce!

This week we have been studying number 3!

Can your child find three objects at home? Can they then look at different ways of making the number three? At Nursery we have been making up number stories e.g two teddy bears are awake, how many are asleep under the blanket? 

Stay and Play

This week we are celebrating The Chinese New Year. Please come and join in with some festive activities.

Wednesday 6th February 9.00-10.20 a.m

Thursday 7th February 1.30-3.00 pm


Storytelling sessions on Monday 4th February @ 11am and 2.45pm

Please come along and enjoy a 20 minute story session with your child and collect a reading pack to take home and enjoy together.

Today we had a letter and some photographs posted to our key worker groups. We discovered a bear had eaten our snack and drank our milk! We then saw pictures of him hiding in different places. The children wanted to go and hunt for him in the garden. We did not find the bear but we did find lots of evidence that he had been there! The children found holes he had dug with his sharp claws, wrappers of food that he had eaten, water in a wheel barrow for his bath, he had painted numbers on the planters and lots more. The children were so excited by this! We will also be starting The Bear Hunt story this week. 

Welcome back everyone! The children have been very keen to tell us all about their Christmas holidays and about the lovely things they got from Santa! Please remember to post observations on tapestry it would be lovely to see some pictures of what the children got up to over the holidays. 


The children have come back to some new areas of provision in Nursery. We noticed at the end of last term lots of children showed an interest in pets or pretending to be dogs or cats so we now have a vets/pet shop. In the construction area we have some new small world toys including dragons and knights to encourage children to make up their own stories through imaginative play. There is also a new pattern making area where children are using mathematical language as they create with the resources. The "Magic sticks" have been great to encourage mark making too! 



Please note, school re opens for Spring term on Tuesday 8th January.
The children were fantastic today and all of the keyworkers were so proud of every single one of them! They have worked very hard and have amazed us how well they have learned the Nativity story.We hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and look forward to see you all in the new year! 
The children all enjoyed the Christmas party this afternoon. We play musical statues, musical bumps and pass the parcel. The children had some party food and then we had a very special visitor. Every child received a present from Santa Claus! 

Stay and Play

Thank you to all the parents that were able to join us for our festive stay and play sessions this week. The  children  enjoyed taking part in some activities including bauble hunts (in the rain), Christmas stories, decorating the tree, eating mince pies, making Christmas decorations and more! We understand that not all parents can attend because of other commitments. We will have more "stay and plays" throughout the year. 

Nursery curriculum meeting

Nursery is all about learning whilst playing and having fun! The children are encouraged to find out new things by exploring the world around them and ask questions. Nursery is a safe, friendly place where children feel happy to take risks and engage in new experiences. All staff strive to build strong relationships with their key children so that they flourish in our setting and children are supported to become "confident communicators" so that they can express themselves effectively to others. Nursery is a wonderful place to be, please take the opportunity to join us at our stay and play events throughout the year.





Please see your child's key worker if you haven't been given a time or date.



Monday 3rd December Stay and Play 9.00-10.30 a.m

Thursday 6th December Stay and Play 1.30-3.00 p.m

Tuesday 18th December Christmas Party 1.30-3.00 p.m (No Parents)

Thursday 20th December Christmas Party 9.30-11.00 pm (No Parents)

Wednesday 19th December Nursery Nativity at The United Reformed Church Nesfield Road, Belle Isle, Leeds, LS10 3LG 10.30 a.m / 1.00 pm NURSERY IS CLOSED ON THIS DAY

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The children have been brilliant at using the story map to read "That's not my Robot." There are copies of the story map in Nursery if you would like to take one home for your child to share with you. 

Bollywood Dancing

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The children were very keen to tell us about the fireworks they had seen over the weekend. They wanted to make some firework pictures. They have been working on sprinkling glitter rather than tipping and pouring it over the paper! We have also talked about different types of celebrations as it has been Diwali this week. The children have made rangoli patterns, tasted indian food and learned how to dance Bollywood style! We are always keen to find out about what children do at home, if you attend a special celebration please share it  with your keyworker on Tapestry. 

Half-term Homework

Half-term Homework 1

National Baking Week

Developing skills for life

Autumn Explorers

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Well done to all the children that have now completed their first day at Nursery. Lots of the children are managing to say happy goodbyes to their parents in the morning and settling in well. Remember all children are different and it may take your child longer to adapt to our setting but this is all very normal! Please see your child's key worker if you have any concerns. 
The children enjoyed exploring Nursery with their mummies, daddies and grandparents during stay and play. It was lovely to see the children engaging with parents during this time.