Little Al attendance winners 2nd October 2017

Well done to our Little Al sleepover winners this week – Riley-Jay from our morning session and Olivers from our afternoon session! We hope that Little Al is behaving himself and having lots of fun!!IMG_0534 IMG_0533

East Midlands Ambulance Service Paramedic Visit

Wow! We have had a fantastic day with our parent governor, Richard, who came to talk to us about being a paramedic and what we could do in an emergency.

We learnt how to dial 999 and request help from an ambulance and then talked about ‘big accidents’ that need an ambulance and ‘little accidents’ that grown ups can deal with themselves at home or school.

Richard then showed us his kit bags that he carries in the Fast Response Vehicle with all the equipment that may be used to help us. We pretended that Katy had hurt her leg and Richard and the children checked her heart rate, blood pressure, oxygen and temperature before deciding that she just needed a bandage and some Calpol!

After this, we had lots of fun sitting in the Fast Response Vehicle and turning on the VERY loud sirens and lights before trying on the ‘mini’ paramedic uniforms and working as paramedics in our very own ambulance in the playground.

We finished our session with some colouring sheets with lots of emergency vehicles on them and then Richard read us a story all about an ambulance.

All the children behaved amazingly well and all joined in with the different activities, we are very proud of them!!

Take a look at all the fun we had in the photos below!

Big Al’s visit today

Big Al the attendance alligator came to see us today and chose the children who get to have a sleepover this week with Little Al.

And the winners this week are….

Dominic from our morning session who was too shy for a photo with Big Al and Mason from our afternoon session, looking very proud below.

Well done boys, have a fab time with Little Al!!!


Al the Alligator

We are really looking forward to welcoming Al the Alligator to Foundation One for the first time tomorrow!

He will be visiting us every week from now on to choose a child to take ‘Little Al’ home with them for the week.

For your chance to have ‘Little Al’ around for a sleepover all you have to do is attend nursery every day AND arrive on time for the session. On Friday, all names will be put into a hat and Al will visit us on a Monday and choose the winner.

Good luck everybody!

Welcome Back to Foundation One!

The Foundation One team would like to welcome you all back to Foundation One after the Summer Holidays! We hope that you have all had a lovely time off with your families and have had lots of adventures. We can’t wait to hear all about them.

Our Topic
We have a very busy half term ahead of us – our topic is ‘People Who Help Us’ and we are hoping to get some very special visitors to come into school to talk about their jobs and show us the equipment they use.

Superstar Readers
We are continuing to set the challenge of sharing at least 5 stories a week with your family and will be awarding ‘Superstar Readers’ stickers each week to the families who achieve this. Your names will also appear on our Superstar Reader ‘Wall of Fame’ and there will be a half termly prize for the children that share the most stories.

Attendance and Punctuality
Can we remind you that it is very important that your child attends nursery every day and arrives on time. Arriving on time allows you to have quick discussions with key workers if needed and also allows your child to settle in and find out about the sessions activities.

Dropping off and picking up
Can we please remind you to wait outside the gate to the Foundation Stage playground when dropping off in the morning and picking up at the end of school? It is also unacceptable to allow older or younger siblings to play with the activities and equipment while waiting. We have had lots of activities and resources damaged due to this happening and would appreciate your cooperation in this matter.

Forest School
Our Forest School day this year has moved to a Tuesday. Please remember to bring named wellies in a named carrier bag (please do not allow your child to wear them to school) along with a warm clothes, hat, gloves and scarf when necessary. We will inform you when our sessions will begin due to our new children being given time to settle in to nursery routines.

New Starters
And finally…we will also be welcoming lots of new friends into F1 during the next few weeks. We hope that they will settle in easily, make lots of new friends and most importantly have lots of fun!

Looking forward to seeing you all on Thursday!

Katy, Lianne and Sarah

National Space Centre Trip 27th January 2017


F1 visited the National Space Centre in Leicester as part of our topic ‘Zoom, Zoom, Zoom, We’re Going to the Moon!’ The children we’re very excited as it was our first school trip without our Mummies and Daddies!

We had chance to explore the Centre independently and look at the exhibits as well as taking part in two workshops led by Commander Jim and Astronaut George. They told us all about the different planets in our solar system and then took us on a story journey to help Astronaut George on his mission.

All the children behaved amazingly and were very enthusiastic about the space memorabilia that we saw and the workshops we took part in.


F1 Spring Term Newsletter


Wow! What a half term we had!

We started the half term by welcoming 12 new children to our afternoon sessions. They are now all settled into nursery routines and have made lots of new friends.

The sun finally came out just in time for our ‘Let it Grow’ topic and allowed staff to begin to put our plan into action to make the outside area more appealing and fun.

We have been sharing stories about growing and learning all about looking after plants – the staff have been trying to learn lots too as we are not the most ‘green-fingered’ of people!

We planted some of ‘Jack’s magic beans’ in clear pots early in the term and watched them develop roots, stems and leaves while they were in our greenhouse. We have now planted them in the nursery garden and are eagerly awaiting a visit from the giant!

We also planted some very tiny seeds called cress and watched them speedily grow in time for us to enjoy egg and cress sandwiches just one week later on!

We used some of the ‘Piggy Money’ that parents have kindly donated to buy some small flowers, planters and hanging baskets. The children enjoyed getting their hands mucky creating the beautiful display that is now by the fence outside. We also received a donation of different herb plants so have revamped our overgrown herb garden. The children have been amazing at reminding us to water all of the plants!

This last week has been spent looking at different vegetables and finding out about how they grow. We eventually chopped them up and made them into a beautiful homemade vegetable soup.

We have also purchased some new decorations for outside and have redeveloped our outside small world area using some of the ‘Piggy Money’ that has been donated – thank you so much, we couldn’t have done it without your small weekly donations!

Our new topic for next half term will be ‘Oh I do like to be by the seaside’ and we have lots of fun activities planned for the children already.

We hope that you all have a lovely half term holiday and will see you all on Monday 5th June.

Katy, Lianne and Sarah


A few reminders…

  • As the summer will hopefully be here to stay, can we please remind you to send your children with hats and wearing sun cream every day. Water will be provided throughout the session and the amount of time spent outside will be assessed on a daily basis.
  • Forest School will take place on Fridays. Please remember to send children with named wellies in a carrier bag along with sensible clothing i.e. no dresses or skirts for girls.
  • Can we kindly ask that you do not allow older or younger siblings to play on or with the equipment and activities that are outside in the garden area when dropping off or collecting children from nursery. Thank you.

People That Help Us Visitors

Sarah dressed up in Fireman Gary's uniform!

We’ve had some very special visitors in nursery during the last two weeks…

First,  a Police Community Support Officer called Ally came to visit us to show us her uniform and tell us about how she helps us. We got to see and hold her handcuffs, fluorescent yellow jacket and her radio and then she told us all about her police van. The sirens are very loud and it has flashing blue and red lights!

Last week we had a fireman from Ashfield Fire Station visit us. Gary showed us his special uniform and dressed Sarah up as a firefighter! He told us how he helps to keep us safe and how we can keep ourselves safe if we find ourselves in a fire. We all practised shouting “Fire! Everybody out!” and learnt that we need to stay low to the ground to keep away from the smoke.

We have one more special visitor coming to see us this half term…I wonder who it will be?!


Nursery Homework


Our ‘homework’ in nursery is to develop a love of books in your children!

It is really important that your children have the opportunity to hear lots of stories read aloud to them and are then given time to join in with the stories, talk about what they see in the pictures and what they have heard. This helps young children to learn how stories are structured in preparation for independent writing, develop a wider vocabulary and improve speaking and listening skills.

We ask that you purchase a book bag from Jo in the office and then we will set you up with a reading diary and a bedtime book. You will have the opportunity to change your child’s bedtime book on a Monday, Wednesday and a Friday and we encourage you to choose the book with your child and discuss why you may like to read the story or what it might be about. Don’t worry if your child wants to read the same book several times – this is normal and really good for your children’s developing skills!

Reading Challenge

We would like to set you and your child a little challenge during your time in nursery – can you share a story at least 5 times a week and record it in your reading diary? We will have a sneaky look in your diary during Wednesday sessions and will add your name to the star readers wall of fame in our story tent. The children that manage to read 5 times a week the most times during each term will receive a little prize!

Good Luck!

Welcome to Nursery!

Hello and welcome back to Nursery! We hope you have all had a fantastic break enjoying the lovely summer weather.

Now it’s September, we are looking forward to welcoming some of our old faces back and lots of new ones in the next few weeks.

Our theme this half term will be ‘People who help us’. We will be taking parts in lots of activities and finding out about different occupations that provide help for us. We will also hopefully be having some visitors come to talk to us.

Here’s hoping we have a fun filled half term!