Welcome to our Nursery

Teacher: Mrs C. Hardwick
Assistants: Mrs A. Ray
  Mrs M. Howe

Class Letter - Autumn Term 2014






The theme for this half term is 'Berkhamsted Babes'

These are the questions the children would like to find out the answers to over the next few weeks.

  • Washing machines – how do they go round?
  • Colours of houses – why are they different?
  • Why do houses have numbers? What about telephone numbers?
  • Can we find out about how many cars are on the roads? And what about number plates?
  • On microwaves the numbers go down till its ready – why?
  • How do people get to school?
  • Do teeth get old?
  • Why is ‘steam’ different colours when it comes out of chimneys? Is it like steam trains?


Week beginning;  29th September

The theme this week is ‘ What I do well’.

Some of the things we will be learning about and exploring are;

  • PE – warming up and cooling down to music from around the world. Exploring emotions as we listen to a variety of expressive music – responding to this with movement.
  • Making a birthday card for Mr Tig Tog, the puppet. Talking about things that we are interested in (e.g. book and TV characters) before cutting out an image to stick on the front of the card and representing names inside.
  • Talking about what we do well, recapping last weeks book ‘Guess the Baby’. Then looking at how STIK, the graffiti artist, draws people before having  ago at drawing ourselves doing ‘what we do well’!.
  • Creating fruit kebabs; counting how many pieces of fruit we have, counting out a given number of pieces from a large group and talking about how many altogether. Then we will create the kebabs ready for Fridays party.
  • On Friday we will be having a party for Mr Tig Tog,  dancing to music from around the world, playing games and talking about our experiences of birthdays.

Show and tell is on Friday; the children can bring in a photo, drawing or object linked to ‘what I do well’.

Shared reading; Thursday 2nd October



Week beginning 22nd September

The theme this week is ‘my home’.


Some of the things we will be learning about and exploring are;

  • PE; exploring moving in different ways and stretching and curling our bodies. Dancing as rabbits.
  • Building on questions asked by the children we will be looking at the house /flat numbers on each stamped addressed envelope (see last weeks note) and talking about why the numbers are important. The children will draw a picture and write their name – this will then be posted home. Don’t forget to let us know when it arrives!
  • Again building on the children’s questions, we will be looking at pictures of different types of houses before exploring the construction kits in the classroom and building our own houses / flats etc.
  • Solving problems, using the Interactive Whiteboard,  as we sort table settings for a puppets birthday, counting to check that we have the correct number of plates, cutlery etc. (The puppets birthday is next week).
  • In music we will be preparing for a puppets birthday by listening to ‘The Kings Birthday Music’ story and then exploring loud and quiet sounds using body percussion and drums.

Show and tell this week is on Friday 26th; the children can bring in anything to do with houses.

Our first shared reading session will be on Monday 22nd, please come in for a few minutes when you drop your child off and read a story with them.


Week beginning 15th September

The theme this week is ‘my family’.

Some of the things we will be learning about and exploring are;

  • PE; getting changed into PE kits for the first time. Exploring dance in the hall - linked to Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.
  • Talking about our school ‘family’ (our ‘Bear’ and ‘Butterfly’ groups), playing a photo matching pairs game, naming individual children and also looking at written names.
  • Making garlic bread – some of the children have been talking about garlic and how they have eaten it; garlic bread seems popular! We will be practising using tools safely and talking about how to use the cooker safely (only adults will actually use the cooker)
  • .Talking about shape families. How many triangles can you spot? How do you know it’s a triangle? Then selecting one type of shape to create a collage.
  • Reading the story ‘Peace at Last’ and creating our own sound effects using voices and body percussion

Show and tell this week is on Friday 19th; the children can bring in a family photo


Week beginning 8th September

The theme this week is; ‘Me’

Some of the things we will be learning about and exploring are;

  • Visiting the hall and finding out what PE is, exploring the space and listening to instructions.
  • Getting to know our keyworker group and new friends through playing name games.
  • Investigating hand washing and how germs spread – the germ experiment! Using pencils and having a go at representing names.
  • Exploring creative resources and using paint to decorate a person template – looking at similarities and differences between themselves and others.
  • Exploring counting using hands, fingers, and counters.
  • Music; exploring rhythms and chants linked to the story The Three Little Pigs.

Show and tell this week is on Friday 12th; the children can bring in something that is important to them to show to their keyworker  group.

Week beginning 1st September 2014

The focus this week is 'settling in'. We are looking forward to visiting many of you for home visits at the beginning of the week, and to the children joining Nursery at the end of the week.

Keep an eye on the website for weekly updates of what we are exploring and learning about! During the second week of term we will be asking the children what they would like to find out about - look out for a list of their questions on this page!