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Monday 6th July


Hello Nursery!

It's hard to believe it is almost the end of the school year. It has been an unusual year, but Mrs Smith and I have enjoyed every minute of the time we have spent with you. We know that you never stopped playing, learning and exploring and we treasured being part of your journey. This week we have planned some activities to help you look forward to September, when you will all start a new set of adventures. 

Hope you have lots of fun this summer. Stay safe!

Mrs Jameson


Transition Grid 6.7.20

Monday 29th June


Hello Nursery!

I am really excited about our learning jobs this week: we are going to celebrate all our learning about minibeasts with an Ugly Bugs Ball! I hope you have fun dancing and eating minibeast snacks!

Monday is Sports Day - you can take part at home by sending in a photograph of your best event. Don't forget the parents' race!

Take care and keep washing your hands 

Mrs Jameson smiley

Nursery Home Learning 29.6.20

Monday 22nd June 2020


Hello Nursery!

How did you get on with your worm hunts? Which method was the best for finding worms? At Nursery, we found very few worms. But in my garden at home, I found lots of worms and lots of millipedes. 

This week, we're learning all about snails. Have fun, and don't forget to wash your hands!

Mrs Jameson

Nursery Home Learning 22.06.20

Monday 15th June 2020


Hello Nursery!

This week we are going to learn about worms! We are going to be scientists and find out the best way to get worms to come out of the soil so that we can count them. I can't wait to hear the results from your investigations.

I hope you are all having fun and remembering to wash your hands!

smileyMrs Jamesonsmiley

Nursery Home Learning 15.6.20

Monday 8th June 2020


Hello Nursery! 

It has been lovely to see some Nursery children back in school this week. Mrs Smith and I have had very happy hearts! We hope everyone is still enjoying home learning activities: we have even more minibeast fun to share with you this week.

Take care and keep washing your hands! 

Mrs Jameson

Nursery Home Learning 8.6.20

Monday 1st June 2020


Hello Nursery! 

Mrs Smith and I are really looking forward to welcoming some Nursery children back to school this week. We are all going to continue learning about minibeasts in Nursery and at home and this week we are going to be learning all about bees.

Don't forget to wash your hands! Our black pepper experiment this week helps us to understand why it is so important to use soap.

Have fun and stay safe. 

Mrs Jameson

Nursery Home Learning 1.6.20

Monday 25th May 2020


Hello Nursery! 


Here are some fun activities for you to do during half-term. Miss Leeman and I planned them together for all the children in Nursery and Reception. We hope you enjoy going on bear hunts and eating Teddy Bear Toast. Let us know if you find any bears with your bear-spotting binoculars!


Stay safe and keep washing those hands!


Mrs Jameson


Half Term Wellbeing Pyramid 25.5.20

Monday 18th May 2020


Hello Nursery! 


I hope you are all enjoying your minibeast activities. Here are some photographs from my minibeast hunt. I found a bumble bee, a shield bug, a pond skater and some water snails. I had to be very careful when I was looking at the minibeasts near the pond because I did not want to fall in! I also saw some orange-tipped butterflies, but they were too quick for me to get a photograph. 


I wonder what minibeasts you have found?


Stay safe and keep washing those hands!


Mrs Jameson

Home Learning Pyramid 18.5.20

Monday 11th May 2020


Hello Nursery! 


Thank you so much to everyone who helped to make the class video! I can't tell you how wonderful it was to see so many of you smiling and dancing and having fun. Mrs Smith and I both miss you all so much! Your video inspired me to make a video of my own to share with you. I hope you enjoy it!


Stay safe and keep washing those hands!

Mrs Jameson

Nursery Home Learning 11.5.20

Monday 4th May 2020


Hello Nursery! 


How did you all do with your mini beast hunts? How beastly is Barwick? This week, we have the story of The Very Quiet Cricket to share... shh! 


Please keep sharing photographs of your home learning on Tapestry: Mrs Smith and I love to see them. And don't forget to keep an eye on the home school greetings section of the website... who can you spot in the videos? 


Stay safe and keep washing those hands!

Mrs Jameson

Home Learning 4.5.20

Monday 27th April 2020


Hello Nursery! 


I hope you are all enjoying learning about minibeasts. I know that the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a great favourite for many of you. This week, I would like you to retell the story in your own words, using the animated story I shared with you last week. There are lots more activities linked to caterpillars and butterflies on this week's pyramid. 


Please keep sharing photographs of your home learning on Tapestry: Mrs Smith and I love to see them. And, if you look at the World Book Night section on the website, you can see some of our home learning, too! 


Stay safe and keep washing those hands!

Mrs Jameson

Nursery Home Learning Pyramid 27.4.20

Monday 20th April 2020


Hello Nursery! 


I am very excited about our new activity pyramid! We always have so much fun learning about minibeasts at Nursery. You will see that I have added a new box to the top of the pyramid: each week this will have a key resource or activity that can be used throughout the week to support learning. This week, it's the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, which links to minibeast research, model-making, the days of the week and the number seven. There is even a Cosmic Yoga Adventure based on the story!


Please keep sharing photographs of your home learning on Tapestry: Mrs Smith and I love to see them. If anyone is having trouble logging onto Tapestry, please let me know by emailing the school office. 


Stay safe and keep washing those hands!

Mrs Jameson

Barwick Home Learning 20.4.20

Monday 13th April 2020


Hello Nursery! 


I hope you all had a lovely Easter weekend with your families.


Here are some more activities you can do at home with your grown ups or siblings. 

You can do the activities as many times as you like and you can change them by using different resources indoors or outdoors.  Facecloths or tissues make good 'flipper-flappers' for Squiggle Whilst You Wiggle dances. 🙂


Please keep sharing photographs of your home learning on Tapestry: Mrs Smith and I love to see them. If anyone is having trouble logging onto Tapestry, please let Mrs Jameson know by emailing the school office. 


Stay safe and keep washing those hands!


Mrs Jameson

Home Learning Pyramid 13.4.20

Hello Nursery! 


Here are some more activities you can do at home with your grown ups or siblings. 

You can do the activities as many times as you like. 

I have really enjoyed seeing photographs of your home learning on Tapestry. 


Keep being good and washing those hands.


Happy Easter!


Mrs Jameson

Home Learning Pyramid 6.4.20

Home Learning Pyramid file download 6.4.20

Hello Nursery! 

Below are some activities you can do at home with your grown ups this week. smiley

You can do the activities as many times as you like. 

I would love to see some photographs of your home learning on Tapestry. 

Be good and don't forget to wash your hands.

Take care,

Mrs Jameson

Weekly Home Learning Pyramid 30.3.20

Home Learning Pyramid file download 30.3.20

Weekly Home Learning Pyramid 23.3.20

What can you spot in this silly soup? Can you see the sellotape? The sweetcorn? The stegosaurus? What else can you see?

Welcome to Nursery!


smileyScroll down for our weekly updates!smiley


Welcome to all our children and families. Please use the links below to access key information about Nursery. 

Our weekly updates will help you to chat with your child about their activities in Nursery. If you follow up any of these activities at home, please do let us know! Remember, you can always upload your own photographs to Tapestry. 

You can speak to us any day in Nursery, or contact us via email: 


Nursery staff:

Mrs Jameson - Nursery Class Teacher

Mrs Smith - Nursery Class Teaching Assistant

Mrs Hart - Lunchtime Supervisor

smileyWeekly updates from Nurserysmiley

Week beginning 16.03.20

This week, the favourite author we chose was Julia Donaldson. Do you have any Julia Donaldson books you could read together at home? The Gruffalo is one of our favourites!


If you look at the Makaton part of our page, you will see a video of Julia Donaldson singing and signing the Gruffalo song!
We have also been out and about in the school grounds, looking and listening for signs of Spring.

Week beginning 09.03.20

This half-term, we are enjoying stories by some of our favourite authors. We started with Oliver Jeffers and this week we have been reading "How to Catch a Star." The children have had lots of ideas of ways in which they would catch a star: space rockets, ladders, bouncy castles and even hitching a ride on a reindeer! 

Week beginning 02.03.20 - World Book Day

We had a wonderful day talking about our favourite characters and sharing some of their stories. 

Week beginning 24.02.2020 

The highlight of our week was a visit from Mr Charles Brown and His Majesty, the King of Mangrovia! The children (and staff!) enjoyed every minute of this incredible drama workshop, during which our Nursery children taught the King the story of Little Red Riding Hood so that he could teach the children of Mangrovia to stay on the paths when they walk in the woods. Many thanks to our talented friends from Alive and Kicking!

Earlier in the week, we celebrated Pancake Day with pancake races (the children chose which pans they thought would be best and then found a paper pancake to fit their pan), making playdough pancakes in the classroom and having delicious pancakes for snack.

Week beginning 10.02.2020 

This week we had a special visitor in Nursery. Leslye, from All Saints' Church, brought us a wonderful book of Bible Stories. The children were very excited and enjoyed showing Leslye our Reflection Area. ("That's where God is!")

Week beginning 07.02.2020 

Storytelling week - The Ugly Duckling

This story has helped us to talk about making sure no-one feels left out at Nursery. 

Week beginning 27.1.2020

Here are some of the animals we have encountered reading stories set in cold and snowy places. How many of the animals can you name?

Week beginning 20.1.2020

The children are still really enjoying the story of Lost and Found and we have created a story table for small world play inspired by the story. Alongside this, we have begun to think about other animals that live in cold and snowy places - and finding out where those places are! We have set up an explorers' den in the classroom, where children are able to look at the globe and atlases. In the outdoor area, some of the children built a boat to sail to the South Pole. They even added extra-special shark 'smashing' and catching equipment! 

Week beginning 13.1.2020

Lost and Found

Our focus story this week has been Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers. Pop into the classroom to see our display and read the children's retelling of the story.

All about the number 5

We have added one more to lots of different groups of four - objects, people and the marks we make in the outdoor area. We discovered that adding one more to four always makes a group of five.

Instrument sounds

In our daily Phonics sessions, we worked on instrument sounds. The children are very good at discriminating between the sounds made by drums, bells, castanets, maracas, the glockenspiel and the cabasa. At the end of the week, we practised playing the instruments together as a band.

Week beginning 6.1.2020

Happy New Year!

Welcome back to Nursery! It has been lovely to see everyone after the holidays. 

Week beginning 16.12.19 - Merry Christmas!

Week beginning 9.12.19

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

It’s been a very festive week in Nursery. We don’t want to show off our seasonal arts and crafts just yet, but we have been working very hard to get them all ready in time for Christmas. We also had a wonderful morning watching some of the children in big school practising their Nativity play. The Nursery children even had a turn at standing on the stage to see how it would feel.



Week beginning 2.12.19


We are learning the story of the Nativity and thinking about preparing ourselves for Christmas. Since reading, "It's a no money day" the week of Martinstag, we have been very keen to be the kind people who help when others are in need. We are putting food into a box every day in Advent, to donate to a food bank. 

On Friday, the children celebrated St Nicholas' Day and found a special surprise in their newly cleaned shoes when they came back from playing out in their wellies.


Week beginning 25.11.19

Preparing for Winter

This week, we have been reading stories that helped us to learn how animals are preparing for winter. Many of the children have been talking about squirrels hiding their nuts, bears and hedgehogs going to sleep and geese flying away "on holiday". 

As part of our work on the number three, we have been hunting for triangles in the outdoor area, with some children taking on the teacher's role and helping their peers find the shapes.

Week beginning 18.11.19

Nursery Rhymes

We celebrated National Nursery Rhyme Week by learning a new traditional rhyme each day. Can you guess from the photographs which rhymes we learned? 

Week beginning 11.11.19

All about being kind...

During Anti-Bullying Week, the focus in Nursery was all on being kind. We learned about St Martin, who was a good, kind man, and we made our own lanterns to celebrate Martinstag with a traditional parade. See the links below if you are still struggling to follow the song! It is a very catchy tune!

enlightenedWe would like to say a special thank you to Mrs Smith's brother who sent a fabulous book and some very fancy lanterns all the way from Germany. enlightened

At the end of the week, we talked about some of the ways Pudsey Bear helps to raise money for families who are struggling. Our children had some lovely ideas for helping others. 

Die Geschichte von St.Martin | WDR

Here is the story of St Martin for you to watch at home.

The Laterne song

The first song in this compilation is the one we learned in Nursery to remember St Martin.

Week beginning 4.11.19

Welcome back!

It has been lovely to see all our children back in Nursery after the half-term break. Everyone quickly settled back into familiar routines and enjoyed catching up with friends and favourite activities. We haven't let the weather dampen our spirits!

Week beginning 21.10.19

My Masterpiece

Now that all the amazing artwork has been on display, we can share a few photos of Nursery children working hard to complete their masterpieces. We hope everyone enjoyed viewing the pictures on Wednesday evening. If anyone missed the show and would like to see their child's work, please let Mrs Jameson know. 

Week beginning 14.10.19


Supertato stories are always super-popular at Nursery! This week we have squished the evil peas who invaded Nursery and retold the Supertato story through pictures. The children really enjoyed 'reading' their versions of the story when we displayed them in the carpet room.

In amongst all this super-excitement, we still found plenty of time for creative play, role-play, singing and digit hunts in the indoor and outdoor areas. What a busy week!

Week beginning 7.10.19

People who help us

Following on from discussions about being 'super-helpful' at Nursery and at home, this week we thought about all the people who help us. We read stories about characters with different professions and the children voted for the story they wanted to hear (by placing a counter or pebble). We also made cards for some of the people who help us every day in Nursery.

Week beginning 30.09.19

Noah's Ark

This week, we have moved on to learning all about the number two. And with all the rain we have been having, it seemed a very good week to focus on the story featured on our reflection table this half-term! Our activities including performing a body percussion rainstorm, finding two of all the animals in our small world basket and retelling the story indoors and out. Our children were very good at hopping like rabbits, slithering like snakes and snapping like crocodiles. By the end of the week, we had an ark in the outdoor area, which featured ramps, toys ("We need something for the animals to play with!"), a table, a door mat and a swimming pool! 

Week beginning 23.09.19

Super-Healthy... and lots of fun outside!

After sharing these stories, the children could all talk about the vegetables they can eat to help them stay super-healthy.

We had a huge amount of fun outside this week. Some of the children created their own puddle by collecting rainwater from all around the outdoor area. Mrs Jameson challenged the children to do "one jump" in the puddle, because we are learning all about the number one. And we explored the outdoor area in a whole new way by looking through coloured filters and then using them to take coloured photos with the iPad.


Still image for this video
"We are just like Peppa Pig!

Week beginning 16.09.19

Super-kind and Super-safe!

At Nursery we are super-kind to each other. We have kind hands and friendly faces!

We have also been talking about how to stay super-safe at Nursery with a focus on accessing and moving the loose parts in the shed.

Week beginning 09.09.19

Congratulations to all our new starters, who have had the most amazing week in Nursery! 



Week beginning 02.09.19

We have a lovely week meeting lots of new Nursery children and enjoying some 'Stay and Play' sessions to support transitions. Mrs Jameson and Mrs Smith are very excited thinking of all the fun we will have together this term.

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