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Apple, Olive and Pine Class

Miss Diack, Miss Corness, Miss Ejiaku, Mrs Rooney and Mrs Hawkhead

Last update: 2024-05-15

Summer 1

Careers Day 

Smiley Shark

Pirates Love Underpants

The Holy Spirit

Jack and the Flum Flum Tree

3D Shapes

How to Catch a Mermaid

The Snail and the Whale

Sharing a Shell

Spring 2

Floating and Sinking 

The Ugly Duckling

The Scarecrow’s Wedding 

Maths - Height 


The Very Hungry Caterpillar 

World Book Day 

Massage Session

Outdoor Play

Mother’s Day Card Craft

What the Ladybird Heard

Spring 1

Valentines Stay and Play

We had great fun making memories by welcoming so many parents and relatives to our Valentines themed Stay and Play. It was lovely to see the children making a Valentines card for someone special.

NSPCC Wacky Hair Day

It was great to see so many wacky hairstyles in school today! Nursery pulled out the glitter, pipe cleaners, feathers and ribbon! Thank you to everyone for your kind donations - our Y2 Mathematicians had great fun counting the total!

Chinese Food Tasting

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Year of the Dragon 

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Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs

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The Way Back Home/Aliens Love Underpants

Check out what was caught on our school camera over the weekend! We think it was the aliens from our story coming to check out if we had any underpants on a washing line! Remember - check your pants before coming to school, we don’t want any aliens sneaking in! 

Whatever Next

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Autumn 2

The Jolly Christmas Postman

We wrote our own letters to send to Father Christmas to share ever so politely what we wished for. We then posted our letters in our special Christmas postbox - it was an ever so special occasion! Our letters are now being fast tracked on there way to the North Pole - how exciting!

Christmas Party Day! 

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Christmas Craft Day

Thank you to all that made our Craft Day a huge success. It was wonderful to see happy faces all around Nursery. We hope you all enjoyed taking part in lots of different festive activities! We look forward to welcoming parent and careers back into school next term. 

Preparing for Advent

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The Three Billy Goats Gruff

We enjoyed reading the Traditional Tale - The Three Billy Goat Gruff, and had even more fun acting out the story! We use props, masks and ensured we used repeated language. We made our own bridges for the goats to cross and outside we had a go at making larger bridges to see if we could balance across!

The Colour Monster

To aid the introduction of our Zones of Regulation, we read The Colour Monster. We talked about what makes us feel each emotion and that it is ok to feel each emotion. Sometimes we might feel several emotions jumbled together!  We have been able to talk about our feeling in more elaborate ways came up with different strategies we can use to support our emotions. We explored how to help ourselves, and each other, feel better by finding out how we feel - whether we are sad, angry or worried. Once we know how we are feeling we can help each other to feel better. 

We made colour monster jars filled with various materials such as pom poms and feathers. Each jar represents a different emotion. The jars are kept by our zones of regulation display, where children can check in throughout the day. 

Time for lunch in the Dinner Hall!

Children in Need - Pudsey day

We supported Children in Need this year with various activities such as decorating biscuits, making Pudsey masks and completing fitness games. Thank you to everyone for your kind donations. 

Nursery Rhyme Week

Each day we learnt a new nursery rhyme. We also acted out different nursery rhymes using props and costumes. To support our immersion with Nursery Rhyme Week we welcomed Insy Winsy Rhymers into school from The Story Barn.

Nursery rhymes are extremely valuable to support language and communication skills, build confidence and prepare children for reading and writing as they get older.  

Bonfire Night and Diwali Celebrations

 It was lovely to welcome the children back to school this week to start our exciting new focus. We have been learning all about Bonfire Night by getting creative using a range of materials to make their own fireworks. We also used chalk on black paper to make our own night skies lit up by fireworks!  Also this week, the children have been learning about Diwali. We made some Rangoli patterns using colourful loose part. We listened to some Diwali music and danced along. To end our week, we made tasty breadstick sparklers with chocolate and sprinkles! 

Autumn 1

The Gruffalo 

"A Gruffalo? What's a Gruffalo?"
"A Gruffalo! Why, didn't you know?"

 We really enjoyed joining in with the story this week. We went on our own walk in our outside area to find the Gruffalo! We came up with the ingredients we needed to make a Gruffalo Crumble - sweets, chocolate, crisps, biscuits and jelly! We had so much fun crunching, squishing and mixing our crumble together! We decided that this crumble was not very healthy so we needed to make a healthier crumble. we decided to make an apple crumble - this was delicious! 

A New Baby on The Way 

We welcomed Dolly’s Mum into school to share her Good News of a new baby on the way. Dolly was so proud and excited to talk about the arrival of her new baby brother. We were all in awe and amazement as Dolly and her Mum talked about her bump and shared some of the special items they need for the arrival. We all found it so fascinating how we start off in the world so small!

Traditional Tale Workshop

We have been very lucky to welcome Kingsley & Co Bookshop in to do a Traditional Tale Workshop with us to share ‘Little Red Riding Hood’, ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff’ and ‘The Three Little Pigs’. The workshop involved listening to stories being retold with various drama activities. We created our own vocal effects to set the scene and used puppets and other props! Between each traditional tale we worked together to complete activities such as building a new house for the Three Little Pigs. We all got to take a wonderful story book home with us to share and keep. 


Rain or shine we make sure we get outside in Nursery. It is all part of our learning through play! Check out what we have been up to so far!


During this term we have been very busy developing our awareness of sounds and rhythms. We have been talking about the sounds we can make with our bodies as well as developing an awareness of the different sounds made my musical instruments. 

5 Currant Buns 

One of our ‘Rhymes of the Week’ was 5 Currant Buns. We enjoyed signing this rhyme so much that we made our own currant buns. We had great fun baking and look forward to following a lot more recipes in the future! The best part had to be tasting them - the currant buns were so yummy we wanted more!

Maths in Action

PE sessions

The children have been having lots of fun going into the hall for PE. We have been engaging in structured movement through the topic of 'fantasy and adventure'. We have been spending time learning how to find a space, freezing on command and working individually, with a partner and in a group. We have developed our movement skills such as running, jumping and skipping. So far, we have pretended to be Dragons, Unicorns, Fairies, Pirates, Wizards and Monsters!

All Are Welcome - What I like About Me

After reading our key texts, we used mirrors to look at what we look like. We talked about our eyes, hair, skin colour and other features. We compared how we can sometimes have the same or different features to someone else. We then used paint to create our own self portraits to display in class. We created a body outline to identify the different parts of our body and where they are located.

So Much! - Something Special 

We brought in photographs of our family to share during circle time. We talked about who lives in our home, and who is in our family. We talked about how everyone’s family is different and special to them. We have been practising passing around photos to look at in a circle, and taking special care of them.

Spot Goes to School - Things I Like

After reading ‘Spot Goes to School’ we shared all of the activities that we have liked doing in school so far. The construction area, play dough are, and of course outside were some of our favourites! We then read ‘Things I like’ to share our interests outside of school. We enjoyed bringing in and sharing our ‘All About Me’ bags. These contained 3 special items all about us. It was wonderful getting to know more about each and everyone of you!

Our First Week

We have had so much fun during our first week in Nursery. We have been exploring all of the different areas within our classroom. We have also enjoyed exploring our outside area. We have started to make new friends and have been getting to know all of our new teachers.