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Exploring Haynes in the Autumn: Monday 12th October 2020.

Friday 2nd October 2020


A look back over the last couple of weeks. As you can see, the children have been very busy and are settling in to Nursey life brilliantly, well done Ducklings! ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Building and Construction.

Small World Play.

Pencil or pen? The choice is yours! 🖊✏️

Busy fingers activities.

We love books!

Physical Development


Recognising and Representing Numbers

Role play and a spontaneous game of hide and seek! 😊

Letter to Parents - Welcome and what to bring to Nursery.

Autumn 1 2020 - Medium Term Plan Overview

Nursery Taster Sessions: Friday 11th September 2020

What a lot a fun we have had today getting to know our new Ducklings today! They were an absolute joy and friendships are already being formed. We cannot wait to see them all again next week and are very excited for the upcoming year. Well done Ducklings! 😊
Class of 2019 - 2020 Graduation (10th September 2020)

Today we celebrated our 'Class of 2019-2020' and said a fond farewell to our Nursery children who graduated and will taking the next step by starting 'Big School' tomorrow. We are so immensely proud of them and the fantastic little people they have become. They have worked so hard over the past year and have adapted to many changes over the past few months, but have taken it all in their stride; their resilience is truly astounding! They have been a complete joy to teach and so much fun to be around; they made us smile and laugh every day and we will truly miss each and every one of them! We wish them every success and happiness in Robins Class and know that they will continue to make everyone at Haynes Lower School and their families proud.


Mrs Jordan and Miss Pyman smiley

Google Classroom - Safe and Responsible Usage Document

Monday 2nd - Friday 6th March 2020: World Book Week.

Sharing stories with the Year 2 children.
Sharing stories with the Year 2 children.
Sharing stories with the Year 2 children.
Sharing stories with the Year 2 children.
Sharing stories with the Year 2 children.
Sharing stories with the Year 2 children.
Sharing stories with the Year 2 children.
Bedtime story day.
Bedtime story day.
Bedtime story day.
Bedtime story day.
Bedtime story day.
Bedtime story day.
Interactive story, "There's a Monster in my Book".
Interactive story, "There's a Monster in my Book".
Interactive story, "There's a Monster in my Book".
Interactive story, "There's a Monster in my Book".
Interactive story, "There's a Monster in my Book".
Interactive story, "There's a Monster in my Book".

Thursday 27th February 2020: Snow, sludge & muddy puddles!

Spring 1 2020

As we come to the end of another busy term, here's a chance to take a look back on all the fun and exciting learning opportunities the children in Ducklings have been taking part through all areas of the EYFS. They have loved learning about People Who Help Us and have shared their thoughts and ideas enthusiastically during circle time activities as well as acting out the things they have learnt as well as their own experiences through role-play and small world play. 


The children are developing a real love of books and join in with repeated refrains as well as using the illustrations to talk about the story. It has been lovely to find them not only enjoying listening to stories when listening to an adult, but also taking time to look at books independently. We are certainly developing a group of real 'book worms'!


They have enjoyed playing with shapes during maths activities and are beginning to be able to name some 2D shapes as well as compare them to familiar objects in the environment. Their number recognition is really coming along too and they are enjoying grouping, counting, sorting, identifying how many objects in a set and even using their fingers to represent numbers.


Crafts and messy play activities are proving to be a big hit and they have produced some beautiful artwork as well as exploring different textures and sensory experiences.


Fine motor skills are developing through 'busy fingers' activies and opportunities for mark making, while the cold weather has not deterred the children from having lots of fun in the garden. Friendships are blossoming during games of 'hide and seek', 'what's the time Mr Wolf?' and 'the Big Bad Wolf'. They are also developing their gross motor skills with lots of running, jumping, climbing, crawling, balancing etc.


Ducklings have been a real joy to be around, always happy and eager to share their experiences, they make us laugh and smile every day and we can't wait to do it all again next term with more new and exciting learning opportunities!


Mrs Jordan and the Nursery Team


Mark making.

Fine motor skills.


Circle time discussions.


Messy play.

Small World play.

Role play.


24th & 27th January 2020: Celebrating Chinese New Year.

7th January 2020 - Welcome back Ducklings, we're all ready for you!

Spring 2020 Medium Term Plan Overviews

School Admissions 2020

Christmas 2019 🎄

Thursday 28th November - Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert

The children have really enjoyed listening to the story of 'Leaf Man'. They listened so carefully and were fascinated by the illustrations and how all of the animals were made from Autumn leaves. This promoted a fantastic discussion about Autumn, as well as what they could see in the pictures. As a follow up activity, they were excited about creating their very own 'Leaf Man' picture, referring to the pictures in the book for inspiration. They used glue, leaves, twigs and googly eyes to create their own representation of the character in the book, talking and describing the adventures that their 'Leaf Man' would get up to as they worked.

Friday 15th November 2019: Children in Need and cheering on the Rickshaw Challenge riders.

Monday 11th November 2019: Creating poppies in commemoration of Remembrance Day

Tuesday 5th November: Bonfire Night & Fireworks! 

The children have been really eager to share their experiences of the firework displays they have been to over the weekend. They listened really carefully to their friends as they they shared what they had seen and were really enthusiastic when it came to their turn to describe the colours, shapes, sounds and smells associated with fireworks and bonfires. The children were very keen and excited to create representations of their experiences and did this through dance, music, craft and mark making activities. 

Thursday 31st October 2019: Halloween dress up day

Autumn 2, 2019.


First day of a new term and Ducklings have hit the ground running with the introduction of our new topic, 'Seasons, Festivals and Celebrations'. The children have been learning all about Diwali and joined the rest of the school for assembly where they sat beautifully and listened to the story of Rama and Sita. We then wFirst day of a new term and Ducklings have hit the ground running with the introduction of our new topic,atched 'My First Festivals' all about Diwali. They children found out about the customs and traditions associated with Diwali before deciding which ones they would like to recreate. The overwhelming favourites were traditional Diwali dancing involving scarves, using mark making and scissor control to make lanterns, using cotton buds to create mehndi designs, colouring rangoli patterns and making and decorating their own diva lamps using clay! What a fun packed, creative and busy day! 

Tuesday 29th October 2019: Diwali

Autumn 1, 2019. The story so far...

Ducklings have made a fantastic start to the year and we are all thoroughly enjoying getting to know each other even better through our topic ‘Marvellous Me’. Activities have been focused around the children’s current interests and have provided lots of opportunities for sharing thoughts and ideas through Small World and Role Play. The children have been able to tell us how old they are and select the correct numeral to represent this, as well as make marks to represent the number. They have also been identifying the first letter of their name and created some beautiful collages as a result. They used mirrors to look at themselves and talk about what makes them similar and unique from their friends, before going on to paint some amazing self-portraits!

We have made the most of the outdoors, using the play equipment to explore different ways to move our bodies and the effects that physical activity has on us. We also talked about the local area and have been exploring Haynes with trips to the park and woods.

The children have found all the mini-beasts in the garden a real thrill and have been taking care of a family of snails by feeding then and making sure they have enough leaves and sticks to “keep them warm and cosy!” They were also delighted to find pears growing on the trees in the garden and after tasting them, decided they were the “best pears ever!”

The children have settled in really well and been a real pleasure to be around, the Nursery has been filled with fun and laughter. We are very much looking forward to supporting their learning and watching them grow and develop over the coming year!

Mrs Jordan and the Nursery Team.

Exploring different ways of making marks and beginning to give them meaning.

Strengthening our fine motor skills by playing with malleable materials.


Taking on a role and acting out familiar situations with friends in the 'Doctors Surgery'