Pipistrelle Bats (Nursery)

Our Nursery Leads

Mrs Emma Rogers
Mrs Kerry Day

Our Teaching Assistants

Mrs Cara Ratukalou
Miss Beth Bailey

“Welcome to the Pipstrelles Nursery page. Here you will find out all about what our Nursery children are up to this term. If you have any questions about our topics, please talk to a member of the Pipistrelles team or call the school office.”

Mrs Rogers, Nursery Lead

Term 5 2021

In term 5, we have been exploring the ‘Train Ride’ story by June Crebbin. We have been talking about the journey the train goes on and thinking about where we would like to go on a train. We have created some amazing 2D shape trains and we have been talking about the different shapes we can use with purpose. We had great fun with the trains and the ramps watching how far they travelled down the ramp. We used mathematical language to compare how far they travelled and experimented with what happened when we change the height or the length of the ramp. 

We have been continuing to make lots of obstacle courses, and trying to climb over, crawl under, jump into and run around different obstacles in the garden, using our gross motor skills and working on increasing our confidence and independence.

Towards the end of term, we will be looking at the book ‘Come on Daisy’ by Jane Simmons. We will be looking at the journey that Daisy the duck goes on and talking about what happens and how she might feel when she loses her mummy. 

Term 4 2021

In term 4 we are going to be looking at the core book “Jasper’s Beanstalk”. We will be planting our very own magic beans and watching them over the coming weeks to see what might grow. We are going to be looking at and comparing different shaped seeds and using plants to explore the concept of size and using bricks to measure them as they grow. We will also be using measuring tapes to see how tall we are and using language to compare us by size. 
We are continuing to develop our listening and attention skills by using phase one letters and sounds activities in small groups. We will explore different letters and sounds through our circle times and our sound of the week. We will be taking part in group games and encouraging sharing and turn taking through our play and adult led activities. 
Towards the end of term, we will start looking at the lifecycle of the caterpillar and support this with our core book of “The Hungry Caterpillar”. We will arrange picture prompts to help us understand the life of the caterpillar and thinking about other animals that have a life cycle. We will be making our own caterpillars using junk modelling and creating beautiful butterfly pictures using paint. 

Term 3 2021

Our first core book this term was ‘Dear Zoo’ by Rod Campbell, the children have enjoyed organising and using props to retell and explore the story in various ways. The nursery were looking at the different shapes and sizes of containers and matching them to animals of a similar size and thinking about how many different animals could fit in certain containers. 
The children have been also exploring 2D shapes, focussing on the characteristics of each shape and attempting to find shapes all around them in their environment. We have been using fine motor skills activities to explore mark making and creating our own shapes in sensory items such as shaving foam, flour and glitter. We have had lots of fun outdoors this term, we created our own bike area, with parking bays, traffic lights, a roundabout and a car wash. We have been exploring water using the large-scale water play area using guttering, crates, pots, pans and colanders. 
The pre-school children have started to look at some early phonics and they have been exploring objects with certain letter sounds and playing lots of listening and attention games. 
Still to come this term… We are going to be exploring the story “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” by Michael Rosen, we will be going on our own bear hunts to re-enact the story by going through the “thick oozy mud” and “deep dark forest” and seeing what we can find in the “narrow gloomy cave”. We will be discovering the experiences from the bear hunt using sensory play and creating our own sensory bottles to help us explore and retell the story.

Term 2 2020

This term we have been off to a super start with lots of different celebrations. We have been talking lots about Remembrance Day and looking at poppies, and creating our own poppies using cellophane sticking, coloured rice and potato printing. We have also been busy getting spotty for Children In Need!
We will be creating beautiful tea light holders from play dough and decorating rangoli patterns, as we learn about Diwali, The Festival of Light.

We have been creating some amazing obstacle courses using wooden planks, crates and tyres in the garden and thinking about how to move our bodies in different ways to overcome obstacles. We have enjoyed practising our gross motor skills on the balance bikes and trikes in the garden and listening to start stop instructions using our traffic lights. We have been playing aiming and throwing bean bag games in small groups to encourage hand-eye coordination, turn taking and comparison.

Our core books this term are Each Peach Pear Plum, where we are spending a lot of time looking at the pictures and spotting the different characters on each page. This has led to many simple description ‘I spy’ style games with the children. Our next core book is ‘Brown Bear, Brown Bear …’ which is an amazing book that looks at different colours and animals, we are planning to do lots of colour sorting, going on colour hunts around nursery and the garden to see what colours are in our environment and we are also going to retell the story using picture prompts to help us recall key events in the story. This will then lead us into our Winter and Christmas influenced core books, where we will be planning to wrap and discuss different shaped presents, draw letters and cards for our loved ones and further explore sensory play. We are planning to create a winter wonderland inspired area in the garden to encourage and enhance role play outside. 

Term 1 2020

This term, we have been enjoying strengthening our fine motor skills using lots of different activities such as picking up and sorting pom poms using tweezers, exploring play dough and threading with spaghetti and pasta.
We have spent lots of time outside enjoying the garden, we have been practising our gross motor and balancing skills using different equipment in the garden and rolling the tyres to our friends to build relationships. 
We have been looking at and drawing some leaves, conkers and pumpkins and discussing the changes that are happening and using these to explore the start of Autumn.  

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Moving into Reception

Whether your child is joining our Reception class, or going to another school, here is some useful information about how you can help your child move up from Nursery into their Reception year.

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