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Nursery - Wrens

Welcome to our Nursery page!

The Nursery Team

Mrs Cronin is the Nursery teacher and she is supported by Mrs Davis and Miss Croucher every day and Mrs Lanni in the afternoons.  Mrs Padgett covers on a Wednesday morning when Mrs Cronin has planning time. 


Each child has a Key Worker allocated to support their emotional development. Key Worker lists are displayed at the entrance to the Nursery. In addition to supporting her key children, Mrs Cronin has overall responsibility for every child's progress. If you have any questions, you are welcome to speak to Mrs Cronin and we will arrange a good time to meet with you. 

Our Learning Environment

Watch our 'New to Nursery' Presentation here:

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Our Nursery Day


When children come in at 8:30am or 12:10pm they hang their coat and bag on their peg. Children will be encouraged to find their photograph and place it on the 'Zones of Regulation' display to show how they are feeling. 


We then go straight into our child initiated learning time where we explore the environment, interact with others and learn through play inside and outside. Our teacher and teaching assistants join in with our play to extend our learning and to challenge us.


We have an optional snack time in the middle of the session (AM and PM), with opportunities to have some milk, water and fruit. After some more child initiated learning time we tidy up and come to the carpet for a whole class session.  We might do some counting, singing songs or read a story. We are learning how to follow instructions, sit and listen, and put our hands up if we want to say something.  


This same structure is followed in the mornings and the afternoon. Our '30 hours' children stay for both sessions and bring a packed lunch. 


Good to know 

Children should have:

  • PE kit in school, including pumps or trainers
  • change of clothes in case of accidents

Children should bring each day:

  • A named water bottle
  • A coat suitable for the weather
  • Their book bag with their reading record* and library book inside


(*Please note, even though your child is not yet reading books themselves, we would really appreciate comments about whether your child enjoyed their library book, if they spoke to you about the events/characters/pictures and whether they would like their book changed.)


Your child will have an online learning journal through the Tapestry app. For guidance of how to use this app please speak to Mrs Mountney who can support you with signing up, viewing observations and uploading observations from home. 


We will add observations of your child including photographs and descriptions of what they have been doing at school. You will be able to access these via the app and add a comment if you'd like. 


We would love for parents to contribute to the journals by uploading learning achievements from home. This could be from:

  • club (swimming, gymnastics, martial arts etc.)
  • New experiences like visiting a farm or going on holiday
  • new skill that has been mastered at home

Maybe your child had a go at retelling the story we have been reading in class - you can upload videos too!

EYFS trip to Shepreth wildlife park June 2022

Water play and exploration May 2022

World Book Day celebrations (making porridge and dressing up)

Pancake races

Week beginning 10th January

Week beginning 6th December - Making sensory reindeer food!

Week beginning 29th November - Exploring the ice and more!

Weekly focus 

Week beginning 22nd November 


This week - alongside starting rehearsals for our very exciting Nativity performance - we will be reading stories celebrating different kinds of families, and reading stories about welcoming new babies into families.  This is something that many of our children are experiencing! The book of the week, Rory's Story, is about a tiger who is unsure about the new cub in his family... until he gets a chance to cuddle her!  We will be caring for babies, washing them in bubbly water, designing baby grows and painting our own tiger masks.  We will also be carefully counting how many people are in different families, and comparing their heights and ages. Who is the oldest/biggest in your family? Who is the smallest/youngest?

Week beginning 22nd November - Measuring ourselves, mark making and exploring!

Weekly focus 

Week beginning 15th November 


This week we will be learning about a different nursery rhyme each day, in celebration of National Nursery Rhyme Week. We will be singing, using instruments, making crafts based on the rhyme and maybe even having Humpty-the-egg races outside!

Here is our plan:

   Monday - Old Macdonald

   Tuesday - Humpty Dumpty
   Wednesday - 12345, Once I caught a fish alive
   Thursday - I can sing a rainbow
   Friday - Row row row your boat


Below are links to the website and videos we will be using this week.

Week beginning 15th November - Humpty-the-egg obstacle races!

Weekly Focus

Week beginning 8th November

Our book of the week will be Laura's Star.  Lots of our learning will be centred around stars, including finding lost stars, fixing stars and hearing the initial sound 's' at the start of words. We will be having a PJ day on Thursday to celebrate this book and the lovely time Laura has with her star in the story.  We will be acting out the story, sharing our memories of our own family celebrations during bonfire night, Diwali and birthdays.  We will even get a chance to make some star biscuits to eat in our pyjamas! Our roleplay area will continue to be a shop, where we can make cakes to help us celebrate special occasions. 

Week beginning 8th November

Weekly focus

Week beginning 1st November 2021


Our Half Term of learning about festivals and celebrations will begin with a BANG!

We will be reading non-fiction and fiction texts to find out more about Diwali and Bonfire night.  We have set up a cake shop which will prompt discussions about different times we celebrate in our families (birthdays, holidays, special occasions) and we will have opportunities to make diva lamps, salt-dough samosas and use our dark den to play with torches.  We will:

  • mark-make with invisible ink pens (shine a light and you can see your writing!),
  • use our fingers to make patterns in colourful rice,
  • do finger painting and printing for Rangoli patterns and firework patterns
  • share lots of stories together which will prompt further discussion of our individual experiences.  

Week beginning 1st November

Weekly Focus 

Weeks beginning 11th and 18th October 


We will be reading the story of Room on the Broom this week.  We will be practising remembering the characters in the story, investigating rhyming words, acting out parts of the story and hearing initial sounds in familiar words.  We will be encouraging the children to make their own magic potions in the mud kitchen outside, and will be saving toys from the spooky spiderweb using tweezers to develop our fine motor skills. We will be making - and using - our own tiny brooms made from sticks and string.  

Week beginning 18th October - Room on the Broom (Part 2!)

Week beginning 11th October - Room on the Broom!

Weekly focus 

Week beginning 4th October 

We have been reading the story of Grumpy Monkey.  This is a story about Jim Panzee who does not want to hear anyone's suggestions about how to feel better when you are in a bad mood.  We have been talking about our feelings, what helps us feel better and have been completing lots of fun monkey-themed challenges.  We have baked banana bread, drawn legs, arms and tails on monkey templates and have used our storytelling table to retell our favourite parts of the story.  As well as all of this fantastic learning we have recorded our own poem for National Poetry week, and have performed a song for our Harvest celebration, whilst wearing our autumn themed leaf-hats.

Week beginning 4th October - Making banana bread!

Weekly focus

Weeks beginning 20th and 27th September


For the next two weeks we will be focusing on the two texts - 'Brown Bear, Brown Bear' and 'Polar bear, Polar bear'.  We are practicing joining in with the repeated phrases, having a go at retelling the stories and expanding our vocabulary to including different animals and the noises they make. 


During our child initiated play, children have been enjoying paddling barefoot in the water, digging and discovering in the sandpit, retelling the story of Brown bear using a big story map on the ground, and rolling and shaping playdough. 


We are still maintaining our special focus on PSED (Personal, Social and Emotional Development), supporting the children to listen to each other, share, demonstrate kindness and build friendships.


Please see below for some photos of our learning.

Week beginning 27th September

Week beginning 20th September

Weekly focus:

Weeks beginning 6th and 13th September


Our main focus over the next two weeks will be to support the children to settle into their new classroom. We encourage children to do things for themselves including looking after their own belongings and finding their peg.  We will be on-hand to help the children:

  • Grow in confidence
  • Make choices about what they would like to play with
  • Begin to build relationships with the other children and grown-ups 
  • Familiarise themselves with new routines  


We will be reading a range of stories around the topic of 'Starting School'. This topic will encourage us to think about the exciting (and sometimes a bit daunting!) change of starting Nursery and express our preferences by saying which activities we like best.  We will also be talking about how we can show kindness and respect to each other, how to look after our classroom and how to ask for help. 

Week beginning 13th September