Nursery

Welcome to the Nursery webpage. We will use this page to keep you informed about events and learning in Nursery!

  • Burlington Poetry Parade - May

    date posted: 07/05/22

    Every month every child in the school learns the same poem and recite it in class and in Assemblies, to build up a repertoire of poems they know by heart!

    This month our poem is 'Oh Dear!' by Michael Rosen. It would be fun to see videos of your child reciting it at home on Tapestry!

     

     

  • Planting in Nursery - thank you

    date posted: 07/05/22

    Thank you to all the Nursery families for bringing a seedling to school. We have been learning how to plant and care for them and enjoyed watering them every day. We planted beans, strawberries, peas, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, onions, raspberries, loganberries, aubergines, cucumbers, courgettes etc. We also now have a garden full of tomatoes, peppers and chillies! Thank you to Aaliyah’s Dad for coming to help us plant the seeds. Thank you also to Alex and Sophia’s parents for the tyre planters. 

  • TIME TO VOTE - SPARK BOOK AWARDS 2022

    date posted: 25/04/22

    The Kingston and Richmond SPARK Book awards celebrate and promote children's literature. Children in our school have been reading the shortlisted books and talking about which are their favourites in class. Now it's your chance to join in at home! Now it's your chance to join in at home! Please watch the videos of Mrs Davies reading the four shortlisted books and then vote for which is your favourite on the voting form below.  Please vote by Monday 16th May.

    Pirate Mums video reading

    A Mouse Called Julian video reading

    Tilda Tries Again video reading

    The Tale of the Whale video reading

    Voting Form - which is your favourite?

  • Nursery Newsletter March 2022

    date posted: 27/03/22

    Spring 2 half term learning

    We started the half term with a very exciting Book Week, wearing pyjamas for a bedtime story and dressing up as explorers and book characters on the Friday. Our mystery book, ‘Albert Talbot Master of Disguise’ was perfect for learning about different parts of the world and we had fun dressing up and making our own disguises!  Our topic this past half term was ‘Eggtastic’! Our first key text ‘Handa’s Hen’ was very popular and many of the children now know it by heart! We loved learning to find Africa on a world map and about the different animals. It has also helped us become very good at recognising the numbers 1 to 10 and matching the right number of objects to the numeral. The children have been fascinated by our second text, ‘Chickens Aren’t The Only Ones’ learning about the different creatures that lay eggs including dinosaurs, birds, amphibians and reptiles.  Celebrating pancake day, mothers day and Easter have been highlights of the term but by far the most exciting event was our chicks. We watched 8 chicks hatch out of eggs and have been able to care for and handle them! It has been great to see the bulbs you kindly sent in, flower into snowdrops, tulips and daffodils! In PSHE we learnt all about keeping healthy by eating and sleeping well as well as doing exercise such as our exciting obstacle course!! Finally thank you for joining in with our Rhyme Time Challenge and coming to our concerts, we were very proud of how enthusiastically the children sang. We hope you liked the Mother’s day cards the children made at Nursery and are impressed that they are trying to write their own names. We are now looking forward to a fun final week of term with our hot cross bun picnic and Easter Egg competition!

    Thank you very much for your entries to the Extreme Reading Competition and generous contributions to the sponsored Book Bingo. We raised enough in the Nursery to buy a new selection of books for storytime. Each Nursery will tick off the books as we read them over the year. Here are the new books.

    https://www.booksfortopics.com/preschool

    Book Week Photos

    Learning in Nursery

    Overview of next half term

    Our topic is ‘Caring Communities’’. The table above gives you an overview of the learning and activities we will be focussing on in the 3 year old Nursery. The 2yos will focus on a simplified version of this plan.  Term begins on 20th April with ‘Magic Maths Day’ on the Friday. A Maths Magician is visiting the children and we have lots of exciting activities planned. We will be learning about and celebrating Eid and the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee later in the term. We will be learning about communities and planting seeds and growing vegetables outside. If you do a job that helps the community such as a police officer, doctor, nurse, fire fighter, paramedic, hairdresser, gardener etc. and would be willing to come and talk to the children please let us know. Please do not read ‘A Mouse Called Julien to your children until we have read it in school as we are working on prediction skills! 

    Dates for your Diary

    National Offer Day for Reception places - Tuesday 19th April
    Start of term - Wednesday 20th April
    Magic Maths Day - Friday 22nd April
    Bring vegetable seedlings to school week - Monday 25th April
    Bank Holiday - no school - Monday 2nd May
    Eid - Monday 2nd to Tuesday 3rd May
    Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebrations - Monday 23rd - Friday 27th May
    End of term - Friday 27th May for the half term break

    Further Information

    Please ensure your child is wearing sensible shoes for the Summer i.e closed in shoes/sandals, NO open toed shoes. This is to prevent injuries to your child’s feet.
    Please send in a change of clothes for your child as they will be having lots of fun with water.
    Busythings - you have all been sent information and your individual login for LGFL Busythings on Tapestry. It is a brilliant resource full of interactive activities specifically chosen for Nursery age children, including art, phonics, maths and science. It’s also a great way for your child to learn computer skills.
    Thank you for writing a note in the Reading record and returning the book bag every Friday. It is lovely to see your comments about how much you enjoy reading together at home.
    If you are encouraging your child to learn to write, please help them use lowercase letters rather than capitals with the exception of the first letter in their name. Please always say the sounds rather than the letter names and say them correctly. Follow this guide on how to say them…https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/reading/learn-to-read-phonics/
    Thank you for naming all items of clothing, bottles and bags and choosing clothes that your child can run and climb in, and you don’t mind getting messy in the mud kitchen or when painting
    Check Tapestry regularly for updates and send us photos and videos of what you have been up to at home.
    Look out for the weekly Nursery updates on Tapestry. Essential information for the week ahead for you and your child.
    Contact us if you have any questions on Tapestry or at the door - we are here to help!

    Thank you as always for all your support.  Have a good Easter break.

    The Nursery Team

  • Nursery and Reception Rhyme Time

    date posted: 20/03/22

    Nursery and Reception parents are invited to listen to the children sing a selection of songs they have been learning in class. Please see below for dates and times: 

    Friday 25th March
    9.00am - Blue Nursery 
    11.00am - Green and Orange Nursery
    3.00pm - Yellow and Purple Nursery 

    Tuesday 29th March
    2.50pm - Squirrels 

    Wednesday 30th March
    2.50pm - Rabbits and Foxes 

    Thursday 31st March 
    2.50pm - Hedgehogs 

  • Nursery Chicks

    date posted: 20/03/22

    The Nursery is excited to announce the arrival of 8 chicks. We watched them all hatch out of their eggs on Wednesday. Next week we will be able to hold them!

  • Nursery Newsletter February 2022

    date posted: 08/02/22

    Spring 1 half term learning

    Our topic this past half term was ‘Marvellous Making’ and the children enjoyed making all sorts of things! Making music and tapping out rhythms along to our key text ‘Tanka Tanka Skunk’ was great fun! We made lots of art, Chinese craft, models from junk and learnt how to construct towers with a strong base.  Our big focus in maths has been ‘subitising’ and counting. We started our rhyme time challenge and learnt lots of new songs. We have been observing the weather every day and watching the bulbs we planted start to come through as Spring arrives. Science Day was a huge success and the children loved all the messy play activities. In the final week of term, taking inspiration from our key text, ‘Alphonse There’s Mud on the Ceiling’ we are going to make sandwiches and take them outside for a picnic! I am  very sorry that we have been unable to open all of the Nursery the past week due to staff absence with Covid-19. Thank you for all your patience and kind wishes. We hope you found the online home learning suggestions and daily storytime videos on Tapestry helpful.

    Parent Workshops

    If you did not manage to get to the Early Years Maths parent workshop in November or the Nursery Reading and Phonics parent workshop in January I would encourage you to look at the slides here:

    Nursery Reading Parent Workshop presentation - January 2022

    Maths Workshop for Nursery and Reception - Nov 2021

    Home Learning Photos

    Learning in Nursery

    Science Day

    On Science Day our theme was investigating through messy and sensory play. The children had  a wonderful time getting messy and experimenting. Here are some ideas you can try at home:

    Colour mixing - mix paints using wooden sticks on a large piece of paper: Investigate and ask what colour you get when you mix red and blue?
    Gloop - gradually water into cornflour paint and mix until gloopy: Investigate what happens when you scrape through the gloop with a fork or your hands? What does it feel like?
    What’s hidden? Use ripped up scrap paper, recycling, cut grass or leaves to hide toy bugs or animals to make dens and nests: Investigate with your eyes closed! What do you think is in there? What does it feel like? Can you make a pattern?
    Making tracks- dip the wheels of toy cars or trucks cars to dip into the paint to create patterns over the paper: Can you make a straight line? Can you make it go fast or slow? What pattern do the tyres make?
    Oranges, lemons and lime - squeeze the fruits over bicarbonate of soda and watch it fizz!: What is happening? What can you see? Does it smell? Does it make a noise?
    Ice investigation- freeze dinosaurs or other small toys in water inside a balloon: What does it feel like? Can you see what is inside? How do you think we can we get it out?
    Spaghetti painting- cook spaghetti in paint or food coloring or mix paint into the spaghetti: What does it feel like? Can you pick it up? Can you make a shape or pattern with it?
    Sensory swamp - mix shaving foam with cocoa powder to make a swamp for toy worms or bugs: What does it smell and feel like? What can you find? Can you write or draw a picture in the swamp?

    Water beads - a good idea for a Birthday present or special treat (about £7 on Amazon). You soak them in water and watch them expand - great for sensory play and fine motor skills: What is happening to the beads? Can you name the colours? Can you pick one up? Can you scoop them into a jug until it is full and pour them out? What do they feel like?

    Overview of next half term

    Our topic is ‘Eggtastic’’. The table above gives you an overview of the learning and activities we will be focussing on in the 3 year old Nursery. The 2yos will focus on a simplified version of this plan.  Term begins on 21st February with an action packed ‘Book Week’ where we all turn into explorers. The highlight will definitely be when 10 eggs arrive in an incubator and hatch into chicks in our Nursery. One of our key texts is  ‘Chicken’s Aren’t the Only Ones’, our first information text where we learn about all the different animals that lay eggs. Our other text is ‘Handa’s Hen’ which is set in Africa and helps us learn about the map of the world, different animals and counting. In maths we are focussing on counting, comparing quantities, shapes and subitising. Our Phonics we will learn alliteration, where we find words that start with the same letter ie ‘The pink pig pushed the prickly pineapple’. In Science we are investigating ice, wind and the signs of Spring. In art and DT we will be making Mothers’s Day cards, Easter cards, musical instruments and painting in the style of Jackson Pollock (see picture). It’s going to be messy!

    Rhyme Time Challenge

    Thank you for helping us practice the songs at home for our Rhyme Time Challenge. So far we have learnt : Open Shut Them; Polly Put the Kettle On; and Old MacDonald; . Next half term we will be learning It’s Raining, It’s Pouring; Five Little Monkeys; A Sailor went to Sea and the school poem of the month, ‘Grow Up’.

    Dates for your Diary

    Start of term - Monday 21st February

    Book Week - Please see information below and on the Newsletter. 

    Tuesday 22nd February - children (and staff) to wear Pyjamas for the whole session for a bedtime story!
    Friday 25th February - Dress up as a book character or explorer!
    Don’t forget to do the extreme reading challenge and sponsored book bingo!
    Come along to the Book Fair on Monday and Wednesday

    Pancake Day - Tuesday 1st March - we will be exploring which topping we like best on our pancakes!

    Eggs arrive - Monday 10th March - look out for videos and photos on Tapestry!

    Rhyme Time Challenge concerts - Friday 25th March - parents are welcome to join us:

    Blue 9am
    Green and Orange 11am
    Yellow and Purple 3pm

    End of term - Friday 1st April at 11.30 for Green and Orange and 1.45pm for Blue. No Yellow or Green Nursery that day sorry.

    Further Information

    Busythings - you have all been sent information and your individual login for LGFL Busythings on Tapestry. It is a brilliant resource full of interactive activities specifically chosen for Nursery age children, including art, phonics, maths and science. It’s also a great way for your child to learn computer skills.
    We are looking forward to seeing you all for Parent Consultations next week. If you have not yet signed up please do so as soon as possible. 
    Thank you for writing a note in the Reading record and returning the book bag every Friday. It is lovely to see your comments about how much you enjoy reading together at home.
    If you are encouraging your child to learn to write, please help them use lowercase letters rather than capitals with the exception of the first letter in their name. Please always say the sounds rather than the letter names and say them correctly. Follow this guide on how to say them…https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/reading/learn-to-read-phonics/
    Thank you for naming all items of clothing, bottles and bags and choosing clothes that your child can run and climb in, and you don’t mind getting messy in the mud kitchen or when painting
    Check Tapestry regularly for updates and send us photos and videos of what you have been up to at home!
    Remember to talk to your child about what they have done or will be doing in Nursery - it helps the learning stick! You could ask them, ‘what was on the tuff trays today?’ Everyday there is something new and exciting to explore on our tuff trays. Here are a few examples:

    Look out for the weekly Nursery updates on Tapestry. Essential information for the week ahead for you and your child. 
    Contact us if you have any questions on Tapestry or at the door - we are here to help!

    Thank you as always for all your support.   

    Have a good half term break    

    The Nursery Team

  • Nursery Parent Workshop: Early Reading and Phonics

    date posted: 23/01/22

    Thank you to everyone who attended Nursery Reading workshop on Wednesday.  For those of you who missed it, please see below for a copy of the presentation: 

    Nursery Reading Parent Workshop presentation - January 2022

  • Nursery Newsletter December 2021

    date posted: 16/12/21

    Autumn 2 half term

    Our topic this past half term was ‘Journeys’ and the children enjoyed learning what a journey is through books and out and about sessions. Our two key texts, ‘What the Ladybird Heard’ and ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ were very popular and lots of the children now know both books off by heart! The children have started to learn and use lots of new vocabulary for geographical features such as hills, rivers, fields, caves, sea and have been introduced to maps. Learning all about and playing with farm animals has been very popular too. In phonics we have been learning all about instrumental sounds and playing different instruments inside and outside, as part of developing listening and attention. The children have been introduced to one number every week and been on number hunts to find it in the environment. Counting, understanding ‘same’ and ‘different’ quantities and learning the names of basic 2D shapes have been our main focus in maths. 

    We have also been learning all about the seasons and the signs of Autumn and Winter. We noticed the colours of the leaves change then fall off the trees on our out and about walks. Thank you for bringing in bulbs. The children enjoyed digging holes and planting them. We cannot wait to see them grow into beautiful flowers in the Spring.  We learnt about and celebrated the festival of Diwali and even made Diva lamps to bring home. Art was also our focus to help us learn about Bonfire night and Remembrance Day as we painted fireworks and poppies. Finally, we have been celebrating Christmas by singing, making cards and crafts and learning about how Christians celebrate it. Thank you for joining us for the Christmas concerts. We were very proud of how well the children sang for you all.

    Next term

    Term begins on 5th January. Our topic is ‘Marvellous Making’. The table above gives you an overview of the learning and activities we will be focussing on in the 3 year old Nursery. The 2yos will focus on a simplified version of this plan.  We will be making music, making dens, making a picnic, making Chinese arts and crafts and making wintery art! In addition to this all children have a Music session with Mrs Williamson every week, an Out and About session, maths, circle time and phonics session. Our phonics focus is tapping out rhythms and learning about rhyming words. We also have story time every day and learn songs, rhymes and dances every week. In addition the children learn a new Makaton sign each week, a number of the week and we will focus on counting and understanding number. The children of course have the opportunity to choose their own learning and play inside and outside throughout the term. 

    Rhyme Time Challenge

    Next term we also start our Rhyme Time Challenge! This is when we send home a weekly Nursery rhyme for the children to learn with their families! We also practise it in Nursery but it would be great to see videos and pictures of you singing it at home on Tapestry! At the end of term  there will be a concert in the Nursery before the Easter holidays. Our rhymes are: Open Shut Them; Polly Put the Kettle On; Old MacDonald; It’s Raining, It’s Pouring; Five Little Monkeys; Mary had Little Lamb; A Sailor went to Sea.

    Dates for your Diary

    Start of term - Wednesday 5th January
    Nursery Reading Workshop for Parents - come and learn about how to help children develop a pleasure in reading, understand and talk about books and help children learn to read - Wednesday 18th January 8.50 am in the Great Hall
    Science Day and MANGO Day - Friday 14th January (Mums, Aunties, Nanas, Grans and Other female relatives are welcome to join us for an hour at the start of the morning or afternoon session. Our focus is messy play so please come prepared to have fun and get messy!
    Parent consultations - 9th & 10th February 4pm onwards
    Chinese New Year celebrations - Tuesday 1st February
    End of term - Thursday 10th February
  • Maths Workshop for Nursery and Reception Parents

    date posted: 26/11/21

    On Thursday 25 November, we held a Maths workshop for Nursery and Reception parents.  Please see below for a copy of the presentation that was shared.

    Maths Workshop for Nursery and Reception - Nov 2021

    Thank you. 

  • Nursery Newsletter November 2021

    date posted: 02/11/21
  • New to Nursery

    date posted: 11/10/21

    Please watch the video below which contains information about Tapestry, nursery parent consultations, early years curriculum and the Burlington nursery curriculum. A copy of the slides can be found below also.

    New to Nursery video

    New to Nursery presentation slides

  • Attendance and Punctuality Reminder for Nursery

    date posted: 29/09/21

    Please find below a copy of the email sent to all parents in Nursery reminding them of our expectations and guidelines concerning Attendance and Punctuality.

    Nursery Attendance and Punctuality Email Reminder

  • Nursery Lunch Menu

    date posted: 28/09/21

    Please find attached the menu for Nursery lunch club for all children in Blue Nursery.

    Nursery Autumn 2021 Lunch Menu

    For more information about School Lunches, please visit our web page: 

    School Lunches web page

  • What to Expect in the Early Years Foundation Stage

    date posted: 25/09/21

    Parents and carers of children aged 0-5 years - click below for a really useful guide about what to expect in the first 5 years of your child's learning and development. 

    What to Expect in the Early Years Foundation Stage - a guide for Parents

    Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) covers Nursery and Reception.

  • Message for Nursery Parents

    date posted: 10/09/21

    If you are planning to apply for Reception at Burlington for admission in September 2022 and would like to attend one of our open days (these will face to face in school), please click on the following link to book a place.

    Reception Open Days - Eventbrite booking

    For more information on applying for a place and our Admissions process, please visit the relevant page on our website: 

    Admissions web page

  • Term Dates 2021-22

    date posted: 06/09/21

    Please find below the term dates for this academic year. 

    Term Dates 2021-22

    Nursery parents & carers - please take note of changes to early closure on parent consultation days.