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Spot Bakes a Cake - November 2021


After reading Spot Bakes a Cake we decided to make our own in reception at Albert Pye. We made shopping lists, took a poll to see what our favourite cake was and planned our toppings. Then we got to make and eat them!





Owl Babies - November 2021


This week in nursery we have listened to the story of owl babies and learnt all about owls. Did you know they have feathers, quills and talons and they eat mice and things that are nice.



Leaf man - November 2021


We have been reading the story of leaf man in nursery this week and have used leaf shapes to make our own leaf person.



Pumpkin Soup - November 2021


In Nursery we have read the story of Pumpkin Soup. We used knives to chop the vegetables and made soup. We had to use strong hand muscles to cut the vegetables.  We found out that  6 children liked the soup and 10 didn’t like it.



Autumn - October 2021


It’s that Autumn time of year again in Nursery. We have collected conkers from under the horse chestnut tree.  Did you know they are seeds and we are going to try and grow a tree from them.

We have been finding out about hedgehogs and have collected a pile of leaves to make a home for one to hibernate in over winter. Did you know they have 8000 spikes and are very prickly!





Earth, Moon and Space - October 2021


Reception have been talking about the Earth, Moon and Space. We have read Whatever Next, made space pictures, designed rockets, and made some brilliant cosmic universe art with chalks outside!



Cosmic Universe Art in Reception

Houses - October 2021


Reception have been very busy lately learning all about houses, we have made models, drawn plans and even made our own binoculars to go building spotting around the school grounds!





5 Currant Buns - October 2021


Last week in nursery we were singing 5 currant buns, counting carefully. Some children baked birthday buns and mixed flour, water and salt to explore textures and materials. Our challenge was too see if we could make dough.




Nest - September 2021


It’s woodland Wednesday in nursery again and Duncan found an old nest for us to explore. “It’s round and soft.”  “It might be for a dragon....or a bird.”  We made a nest using sticks and leaves, working cooperatively.


Settling in - September 2021


What a wonderful first few weeks in Reception we have had at Albert Pye. We have been so busy!





Woodland Wednesday - September 2021


It’s woodland Wednesday in nursery again. We talked about animals that live in the woods and we found a fox, a squirrel, a badger, a rabbit, a mouse and an owl. Do you know what else lives in the woods.



Team Work - September 2021


We are already working as a team in nursery, persevering to roll the heavy log up the hill and then laughing as we let it go down the other side. #persistentpenguins



Party Time! - July 2021


Reception read the story ‘Spot bakes a cake’ at the beginning of the week and we made a list of the ingredients we would need to make one for ourselves. We had several birthdays in the class recently, so after making our balance cake, carefully weighing our ingredients and sharing it out equally - we had a party! Complete with balloons, decorations and dancing…





Illustrators - July 2021


Polly Dunbar came to nursery yesterday to read her new book, The Longer the Wait the Bigger the Hug. She demonstrated how she draws hedgehog & tortoise &we learnt how to blow a hug. What a brilliant session we had and we have many budding illustrators in Nursery.



Robots - July 2021


Nursery have read Harry and the robots in nursery. We have designed and made our robots , choosing the shapes we need to build and construct.





Clare Thompson - June 2021


Reception have been using loose parts to create there own art work inspired by the fantastic transient Art from Clare Thompson and her books, Junk DNA and The Gingerbread Man.



Nursery Rhyme Challenge


Nursery have taken part  in the nursery rhyme challenge. Watch our film to see how brilliant we are. 

Did you know, research has shown that when a child knows 8 or more rhymes at the age of 4 they are usually one of the best at reading  and spelling. 


 We wonder how many rhymes they know....

Nursery rhyme challenge 1

Frogs - May 2021


In nursery over the past few weeks the children have watched the frogspawn turn into tadpoles, tadpoles with legs and finally froglets. Mrs Sale took them safely back to their pond. It has been fascinating and we have learnt lots of facts about them e.g When the tail shrinks the froglet doesn’t need to eat because it uses its tail as food! 




Musical Mondays - May 2021


It was brilliant to welcome Joe Carr back to nursery for our musical Monday session . We sang along to the guitar, played instruments and joined in with all the actions.


Captain Tom - April 2021


In the EYFS we are planting 100 sunflowers seeds for captain Toms birthday. We wonder if they will all grow?



A Giant! - April 2021


Reception discovered some footprints in the classroom this morning! After some careful measuring of the muddy prints, we decided they were to big to be Miss Brown’s or Miss Minns’ - they had to belong to a giant! We went to look for more clues outside, made notes on our discoveries and made some footprints of our own...





Jasper's Beanstalk - April 2021


Nursery have been reading Jasper's Beanstalk and we have been planting and growing seeds for our new vegetable patch. We talked about the word ‘absorb’ “it means the water goes up the paper towel and makes it wet”.





Minibeasts - April 2021


Reception have been learning all about minibeasts this week.




Spring - March 2021


Reception have worked really hard this morning, thinking about spring & looking at daffodils. We looked at the different parts of the flower, the way it blooms, choosing different shades of colour and using finer brushes to develop our fine motor skills. #wellbeing #backtoschool







R/1VM Superheroes - March 2021


R/1VM dressed as superheroes on Friday. They made jet packs and tested out their speed on the playground! #wellbeing #backtoschool



Super Hereos! - March 2021


On Friday reception dressed up as their favourite super heroes! We had lots of fun together, making jet packs ready for our race! #wellschools



Superheros and Villains - March 2021


Reception have been super busy this morning building an evil lair!


After making some careful plans and talking about their favourite heros and villains, we decided which characters we wanted to be. We also made a laser maze with lots of signs, jewels to steal and intruder alarms.







Welcome Back - March 2021


Nursery have been so excited to see their friends today. A really happy first day back. So proud of everyone.



World Book Day - March 2021


For World Book Day Nursery have read The Very Hungry Caterpillar. We have tried different fruits and made caterpillar bookmarks.





A busy day for birds - January 2021


Nursery have been reading ‘a busy day for birds this week’. We used our imagination to create and paint our own birds and we used cylinders, fixing them together to make binoculars.  Outside we used them to watch the birds flying so fast in the wind.





January 2021 - Tidy


Nursery read the book ‘Tidy’ by Emily Gravett this week and we made some homes for the animals using leaves, grass  and sticks. It has been so lovely to share the work with our friends who are learning at home who have also made homes. Let’s see if anything moves in.





R/1VM Christmas Video

Class RB Christmas Video

Nursery Christmas Video

Problem Solving - December 2020


After working together to fill our water container the children in reception talked together to solve the problem of how to transport it. Our budding engineers soon worked out how!



Math Work - December 2020


Maths everywhere we look in nursery this week. Recognising and using shapes and measures, counting and recognising number symbols embedded in our play. Great work nursery.





Christmas Tree - December 2020


Nursery have been busy decorating our tree for Christmas and listening to the story of the first Christmas.




Road Safety - November 2020


We have been learning about road safety in reception. We chalked our own zebra crossing. made a block path and our own stop and go signs using all different resources.





Maths work - November 2020


Reception worked very hard in maths today! Our whole class came together to work on teen number recognition and ordering these on a large scale.


Nursery Firefighters - November 2020


Nursery firefighters have been working hard to put out the fires with water and hoses, finding out about roles of different people in our community.



Armistice Day - November 2020


Nursery did a fantastic job of sitting quietly to remember those on Armistice Day
We sat quietly for one minute to remember those fallen. Some children brought in some money to buy a poppy. We talked about the purpose of the poppy and what it means to wear one. Well done nursery!


Painting - November 2020


Nursery have been painting in the style of Jackson pollock and Ed Sheeran , throwing, dribbling and pouring paint on a large scale outside, working collaboratively and sharing the creative process.



Developmental Movement Play - November 2020


Last week in nursery we watched trapeze artists balance on high wires . We made our own high wires with the crates and planks and balanced carefully using alternate feet.





Owl Babies - November 2020


Nursery have loved this story this week and have even acted it out on our nursery stage. We made clay owls using leaves for feathers and twigs for legs. The owlets keep disappearing, exploring our nursery and so we have to count them,1,2,3 to make sure they come back to their nest safe and sound.



Rescue Centre - November 2020


After learning all about Albert the hedgehogs special rescue and how well he is being looked after we have decided to set up our own rescue centre in reception!


Well Done! - October 2020


We are so proud of the nursery children this half term who have amazed us all with their creativity, friendship building and enthusiasm for learning. We look forward to seeing you all next half term.





Breaking news! - October 2020

Miss brown was putting her wellies on when she discovered a visitor to the reception garden. We think he had been moving into the amazing hedgehog houses built by the children but we were worried about him being out during the day . So he has gone to hedgehog rescue to be checked over and cared for.


Whatever Next - October 2020


Reception have been using their knowledge of shape to make their own rocket models for Baby Bear to take to the moon!  



Leaf Man - October 2020


Leaf Man🍁🍂Well, a leaf mans’s got to go where the wind blows.

After reading the Leaf Man book in nursery the children were really inspired to create their own leaf men. The children showed great concentration and perseverance when arranging the natural objects to make their leaf men.


They look amazing.





Building - October 2020


Reception worked really hard this afternoon building a dock for their boat. After building a ramp for safety, they were able to set sail and go fishing! Brilliant team work!





Hedgehog Shelters - October 2020


Reception have been using donated bricks to make hedgehog shelters this week.


Thank you!



Rhythm and Rhyme - October 2020


Nursery enjoyed a fantastic rhythm and rhyme session. We sang lots of familiar songs and learnt how to tap a steady beat to them. The walking song was our favourite. 


Early Mark Making - October 2020


Early mark making everywhere in nursery this week, including a whole book retelling the story of Goldilocks and the 3 bears. #futureauthors





The Three Bears - September 2020


The 3 bears have moved in to nursery whilst Goldilocks tidies their cottage. We had to organise their belongings by size and problem solve how to make a high chair for baby bear. 





Nursery Skills - September 2020


Incredible skills here in nursery today. Balance, poise, accuracy and team work.



Building - September 2020


Reception have had lots of fun this morning looking at how houses are built.


After some careful planning, reception had a go at building their own houses using the blocks outside. Brilliant teamwork and lots of perseverance!



Superhero's - September 2020


We have been talking about all the things we are good at in nursery and have made our nursery superhero book. What are you good at?



Burglar Bill - September 2020


'Burglar Bill has visited Reception! Lots of crime reports needed to be written following the mysterious visit, as well as designs made for traps in case Bill came back.'




Supertato - September 2020


Supertato to the rescue! Nursery read the story Supertato!

Using the potatoes we dug up me made our own supertatos. We loved getting creative and using different materials to make our own Super potatoes. 

We are ready to save the day!



Building - September 2020


Reception have been very busy with their building this week, there has been lots of planning and decision making along with lots of talk reflecting on their ideas!



Potatoes - September 2020


Nursery children worked together as a team today to harvest the potatoes in the pot. We dug them up, counted them out and gave them a wash! Do you know that we grew 58 potatoes!


We then learnt the potato song, counting up to 7!


Welcome to Nursery - September 2020


We are so proud of our nursery children, separating from their carers at the gate so brilliantly and remembering the routine . Well done everybody