Academic Year 2017/2018:
Academic Year 2016/2017:
On Monday, May 13th, the children had a fantastic afternoon at Hanley Park. They couldn’t believe how many flowers there were in the park and they were all able to talk about how things grow and change in the summer. They found lots of new flowers had started to grow in the park and all had a wonderful time finding daisies and making daisy chains! The children also enjoyed looking at the animals that live in the park and were very excited about seeing the ducklings!
Last week the children found out about how we can use cow’s milk. On Tuesday, the children cut some strawberries and bananas and made some healthy fruit milk shakes. On Wednesday, the children found out that butter and cheese are also made with milk! The children then made their own cheese sandwich. On Friday, the children were very excited to find out that ice cream is also made with milk. On Friday afternoon, all of the children enjoyed an ice cream cornet! We had a very busy and yummy week at Thomas Boughey Nursery!
On Tuesday May 1st, we had a fantastic day at the National Adventure Farm. Whilst at the farm we saw lots of different animals and we were able to hold and feed some too. We also found out about where the animals live on the farm and what they like to eat. After our dinner, we went on a tractor and trailer ride around the farm and we had to try and spot the farmer’s scarecrows and other farm animals. After our tractor trailer ride we then visited the large outdoor adventure park. We were so excited to crawl, jump and bounce on the large inflatable pillow! We had a truly magical day – many thanks to all of the parents who kindly supported us on this trip!
Watch our video to see the children having fun on the tractor and trailer ride:
On Monday 30th April, the children had a visit from Hanley Library. The children were all really excited to receive their BookTime packs and their free book. During the visit, the children listened to a very interactive story and enjoyed joining in with all of the actions! Thank you to all of the parents who attended the library afternoon we had a fantastic time!
The children have already been very busy this week at school! They have been listening to the story “The Little Red Hen” and have been using a story map to retell the story in their own words.
On Monday, the children helped Mrs Bradbury and Mrs Ahmed mix the ingredients that were needed to make the bread and then they practised kneading the dough. The children were amazed to see the dough mixture rise, change and grow really big! In the afternoon we ate our bread rolls – they were delicious!
On Wednesday 31st January we visited Peak Wildlife Park. During the visit, the children watched the penguins and meerkats being fed, walked with wallabies and lemurs and said hello to a zebra. The children also found the billy goats… but thankfully no scary troll! The children enjoyed finding out about what the animals eat, where they sleep and how they look after their babies. Later on in the afternoon, the children enjoyed exploring the wild animal soft play area. Whilst here, the children enjoyed climbing and moving in different ways. We had such a magical day!
In the last week of January, the children worked with the manager from the private day kindergarten in the outdoor area. The children watched her light a fire and listened to her talk about the importance of staying safe when working close to a fire. The children then enjoyed roasting marshmallows on the open fire and eating them. Some children used the iPad’s to take photographs.
The children had a very big surprise when a tiger came to visit them on Monday 8th January. The children couldn’t believe that the tiger ate crisps for breakfast and decided that we needed to make him some healthy food. The children then all made a healthy fruit kebab. The children pushed the fruit onto the kebab sticks and tried to create their own repeated pattern. The following week, we decided to have our own tiger tea party and the children wrote an invitation to their own teddies. On Wednesday 17th January we had our very own “Tiger who came to tea” party at the nursery. On the day, the children made their own sandwiches and brought in their teddies from home. The children were very excited to see the tiger again but were all very shocked when the tiger ate ALL of the sandwiches!
In December, the children listened to the story “The Three Billy Goats Gruff”. During a Sound Pots music session the children used the wooden claves to make a bridge. They then used the wooden claves to make clip clop noises as the Billy Goats trip trapped over the bridge. The children were able to retell this story using music. We had so much fun!
In December the children visited St Jude’s residential home and sang some Christmas songs to the residents. During the visit, the children found out that it is where Grandad Alan lives. Grandad Alan visits the nursery every Wednesday and reads a selection of stories to the children. This visit enabled the children a chance to see where Grandad Alan lives and ask him lots of questions about who he lives with and where he eats his breakfast, dinner and tea.
The children all listened to the story “The Three Billy Goats Gruff” and decided to use different boxes and milk cartons to make a troll. The children explored mixing the different coloured paints and watching a new colour appear and then used different materials to decorate it. Some children, decided to use green playdough to make a troll. They then stuck eyes on and different objects to make their troll look even scarier.
The children came to Nursery last Monday and were very surprised to have found out that Goldilocks had sat on Miss Fullwood’s special helper chair. They couldn’t believe that she had broken her chair! The children wrote Goldilocks a letter telling her how upset, cross and angry they were. The next day, the children took their letters to the post box and posted them to Goldilocks.
On Wednesday 22nd November, Take a Hint theatre company visited Thomas Boughey Nursery School. They acted out the story Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Little Red Riding Hood and The Three Billy Goats Gruff. The children loved watching and listening to the stories and were all able to join in with the stories.
All of these children had 100% attendance for the week beginning 9th October, 2017. Well done to everybody – we are all very proud of you!
On Friday 13th October the children and staff came to school dressed in their pyjamas. This was to celebrate the launch of Thomas Boughey library. Every Friday, the children will be able to visit the library with their key worker and they will be able to change their library books. During their time in the library the children will spend time talking to their friends about their new library book. We had such a great day in our pyjamas! We all enjoyed eating a biscuit and drinking a cup of milk and pretending that we were having a bedtime story.
Many thanks to everybody who attended the reading workshop on Wednesday 11th October. If you were not able to attend the reading workshop but would like to find out more information about how you can support your child at home with reading then please speak to Mrs Bradbury. Details of our next parent’s workshop will be sent out after half term.
The children have enjoyed listening to the story “Owl Babies”. Whilst at school, they have been retelling the story in their own words using the story book, soft toys and masks. The children have also been working with Miss Witton at the creative area and have been making some beautiful clay owls. Some of the clay owls are now on display in the classroom. Please come and have a look at all of the children’s wonderful creations.
What a fantastic first day back we had at Nursery. This morning, the Gingerbread Man was spotted on our playground. He then came into the nursery school and said hello and waved to everybody. He then ran around our outside area and we couldn’t catch him! We then went on a walk around Shelton to see if we could find him. We looked everywhere but he was just too quick for us. On our walk, we went into Wrights bakery and bought our own Gingerbread Man. When we got back to the Nursery, we had a rest and ate our Gingerbread Men biscuits. They were very yummy!
We have all been working very hard in our outdoor builder’s yard. This week, the Gingerbread Man ran off and we decided that we needed to catch him. Working together, we used the bricks and the tools and we made a trap for him.
We have had a fabulous fun first week at Thomas Boughey Nursery School! During our first week at school we have been exploring our new indoor role play areas, reading books, mark making and counting. Outside, we have been playing in the sand and water and have been learning how to climb over our new climbing frame.
The children have all settled really well. Well done everybody! We can’t wait for week two…
To celebrate a fantastic year at Thomas Boughey Nursery school, the children had an end of year celebration reward. Take a Hint Theatre Company came into school and shared three fantastic traditional fairy tale stories. The children listened and eagerly joined in with “The Gingerbread Man, “The Little Red Hen and “The Enormous Turnip”. The stories incorporated key learning points such as healthy eating, exercising, working together and counting skills. Both Children & Staff had a fantastic time joining in!
Today, the children had lots of fun in our communal garden. Whilst in the garden, we talked about all of the fruit and the vegetables that we had grown and how they had all changed. Whilst in the garden, the children noticed that some of the raspberries had changed colour and were ready to be picked. The children spent a long time being “gardening detectives” and searched for the juicy red raspberries. Once all of the raspberries had been picked the children enjoyed watering all of the other fruit and vegetable plants. We had such a fun afternoon in sun!
On Tuesday 4th July, we celebrated Eid with our children and their families. The children came to school in their party clothes. At dinner time, we had a party with some lovely food. So many parents came we had to use two classrooms! The children and the staff had a fantastic time celebrating the day. We decorated our hands with Mehndi patterns and danced to different music. The children also spent time with their key worker groups and they talked about how they celebrated Eid at home. Many thanks to all of the parents who came to our Eid party and for all of the delicious food!
On Wednesday 21st June the children came to school dressed as a pirate or a princess. During the morning, they enjoyed making “x marks the spot” pirate biscuits. They used scissors and glue to make a pirate mask and hat! At dinner time, the children had a special pirate picnic in our dining room!
On Wednesday 14th June the children spent the morning working with their dads. During the morning, everyone worked in the dining room and used clay and different creative resources to make and decorated a plate. In the classroom the children and their dads took part in different pirate activities. Some children made pirate hats, some made pirate bunting and some made treasure maps. We had a fantastic morning!
As part of our summer term topic “where could we find pirates and fairies?” the children went on a special visit to Trentham Gardens. During the visit, the children went on a fairy walk and spent time trying to spot the fairies. They did really well and managed to spot 6 fairies around the lake and even more in the gardens!
Whilst at Trentham Gardens, the children also went on a boat ride and enjoyed pretending that they were a pirate! The children had a fantastic time in the pirate themed play area too. Lots of children went into the pirate ship and enjoyed shouting out “Ahoy”. The children spent a long time hunting for treasure and many pretended to walk on the wobbly planks! We had a super day!
As part of our learning on ‘Understanding the World’, we had a visit from Animal Magic on Tuesday 19th October. They came in to the nursery with lots of different animals for us to look at and hold, such as: a snake, a spider, a lizard, an owl, a skunk and two meerkats. We had so much fun learning about them. Some of the animals were very scary – like the spider – but we were very brave and managed to hold them. We learned lots about the environments these animals live in and how we can look after them.
On Thursday 26th January we went to the Blue Planet Aquarium in Ellesmere Port. The children enjoyed seeing and learning about lots of different animals. There were so many things see, such as: the flooded forest, the shark tunnels, the coral cave and the pirate playground. What fun we had! The trip encouraged the children to talk about the animals they had seen and to ask questions, which is an important part of the curriculum and in developing children’s speech and language.
As part of our learning on understanding the world, we visited Twycross Zoo on Friday 31st March. It was such fun looking and learning about all of the different animals at the zoo. There were many animals to look at such as zebras, monkeys, penguins, flamingos and elephants. We ate our lunch together on the picnic benches. What a super day we had!
The following pictures showcase some of the wonderful and amazing activities that take place in our school every day. Please click on the thumbnail images below to enlarge. Our photo galleries are being updated throughout the school year as events happen, so please check back often to view the latest pictures: