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Welcome to Bonsai class


Class Teacher:  Mrs Richardson

Class TA's: Miss Overton,  Mrs Bridge  and Mrs May

Early Years Support: Mrs Plummer

Our nursery caters for 26 children in each session. We aim to provide a caring, safe and stimulating environment for every child to learn.

We have a great team of qualified staff.

We encourage parental involvement to help us to support each child in their learning.



Our new Nursery hours are 8.45am till 11.45am and 12.15pm until 3.15pm


We have places available so please contact the school office for more information.

Welcome back! We do hope that everyone had a lovely break. It was great to see so many excited children coming to nursery on Wednesday, seeing familiar faces and welcoming new children who joined us this September. We are going to have a great year ahead of us. We will be starting with learning about magic and science. Next term we will be looking at changes over time and discussing different seasons. After Christmas children will be learning about minibeasts, healthy eating, living on a farm and we will finish the year with a big ‘arrrrr’ as we will be learning about pirates. We are sure that every child will find something interesting for themselves and will learn new skills this year. We have also planned five stay and play sessions during which children will have an opportunity to share their work with parents and carers. All the dates are available in the schools diary.

Currently we are working on setting up a mud kitchen for our children and we would like to ask all parents for a bit of help. If anyone could donate any unwanted pots, bowls, utensils or wood paint that would be very appreciated. Playing in the mud kitchen is highly beneficial for young children as it gives them a great opportunity to develop their communication skills while role-playing and at the same time also support physical development through tools handling.

We would like to take this opportunity to remind all the parents that children are required to wear school uniform and need to bring a book bag to school so we could send a reading book home.

Term 1 photographs

Construction, we love using different materials to build for a purpose.

We are going on a Dragon Hunt.....


Repairing a bike

Repairing a bike 1

Our topic is 'Growing'

Life cycle of a duck

Life cycle of a duck 1

Meet our Ducklings.....

Video timeline of our ducklings

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Our Ducklings first swim

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Learning to swim

We had a visit from the Fire Brigade

We went on a Spring much to see!

Our poppy

Our poppy 1

November 2019


This term we are learning about the Arctic. Children have been
exploring snow and ice, and we have even made our own ice-cream this week. Bonsai class is getting ready for our next stay and play session which is on the 10th December so please save the date. All parents who have returned online journey consent forms have been sent activation emails and can now view what their child is doing in the nursery. Target Tracker is a great opportunity to see what we are learning about and to see your child's progress. If you need any help please speak to one of the staff members in our class. Notices will be put up about all our upcoming events. We would like to ask parents for any donations of unwanted cardboard boxes of any sizes, old newspapers, magazines or
unwanted paper for our crafts projects. 



September 2019


It’s “All about me” this term and the children love it. We have been learning about our bodies: naming body parts and listening to our heart beat. The song Head, shoulders, knees and toes’ is a real hit in the nursery. This week we have been learning about our five senses. Children enjoyed looking at the world through colour changing glasses; tasting different fruits, and going on a listening walk around the school grounds. Next week we will be talking about our families and how we change as we are getting older. Please don’t forget about our next stay & play session which is on 15th October 2019.


June 2019


Term 6 is such an exciting time for all our children as we are learning about pirates and sea adventures. Children have been listening to sea shanties, learning about life on the sea and talking about being a pirate. In our role play area children can find pirates’ clothes, hats and even eyepatches. We have been creative in making our own boats and decorating pirates’ underpants with amazing patterns. This term children will be also practicing pencil control, writing own name, as well as exploring new art techniques, like fabric decorating, painting with tea or junk modelling.

I would like to ask all the parents for donations of empty boxes and plastic bottles for our junk modelling activity.                                                                      

Mrs Richardson


April 2019


It is hard to believe that we are already at the end of term 4. Children have done an amazing job over the last couple of weeks. We have been learning about good hygiene practices and healthy eating. One of the children’s favourite activities was making silly faces with real vegetables and fruits, some of that work can be seen on our “Vertumnus – Fruit Portrait” display. Tasting exotic fruit and watching how germs are “scared” of soap in our science experiment were also highlights of this term. After half term we will be learning about life on the farm; some children are already excited about this topic and so we are.

I would also like to wish all the children and their families fun half term and happy Easter.



February 2019


Term 3 is all about minibeasts. We are learning about their habitats, looking at similarities and differences between different insects and reading stories about them. Children loved using the paper-maché technique to create Incy Wincy Spider, The Very Hungry Caterpillar and some other insects which are now a lovely decoration in our classroom. This week each child made their own mini book about minibeasts. We heard some lovely stories from children about caterpillars changing into butterflies, visiting the children or even playing with their toys! Children got inspired by pictures of Cath Hodsman, who is our artist of the term, and created amazing painting of ladybirds, spiders or dragonflies.

Thank you to all the parents and carers who could join us on our recent stay and play session. It was lovely to see so many adults coming and spending a bit of time with us in the nursery. Please save the date for our next session which is on 15th of March.



November 2018


This term children are being introduced to Helicopter Stories, which is communication and literacy skills based approach based on storytelling and story acting. Helicopter Stories are involving the whole class, supporting the development of speaking, listening and understanding skills, and allowing children to explore early literacy. So far children have done very well in creating their own stories and acting them out with their friends: Helicopter Stories sessions are very popular in our Nursery!

We are getting very close to Christmas, and children are already practising for our Christmas productions. We would like to remind all the parents and carers that Early Years Christmas Play will be on the 11th December.



June 2018


Well done to all nursery for taking part and supporting their friends in our sports day last Wednesday. On Friday 20th July all children are invited in for our class party 8.45am till 1.45am. Please bring in a little party food for the children to share. Party clothes/own clothes for the morning.


Children love our term topic and enjoyed building their own castles. We have also changed our climbing frame into an amazing castle where the children can play knights and princesses or simply enjoy reading a book. Next week we are planning to have a sports day for early years. Letters will come out soon. We would like to ask all parents to donate any spare bowls, pots and spoons as over the summer holiday we will be making a mud kitchen for the children to enjoy next year.


What a great start to the new term. Children were learning about knights and princesses. We were exploring how colours change when you mix them. We have made amazing shields for Mike the Knight and beautiful princess puppets. A big thank you to all the parents who have brought in empty boxes for our junk modelling next week.


May 2018


Thank you very much to all our parents who could join us on our stay and play session. We do hope you had a great time and we would like to thank you for helping to paint our stained glass decorations for the classroom. Our lovely ducklings hatched and are growing very fast. The children enjoyed feeding them and watching them swim. Next term we will be learning about castles and we are hoping to build one with the children in our garden.



What a great time for nursery children. The beans, carrots, lettuce and flowers that we have planted are growing beautifully and will be a great addition to our garden. We had an opportunity to meet a lovely mum and her baby and also a very charming Paediatric Doctor.


April 2018


This terms topic is all about ‘Growing’. We are starting by growing plants. We will then talk about children growing and at the end of the term we will study growing animals. We are reading Jack and the Beanstalk and have planted our own beans.


March 2018


Children have been learning about fossils and dinosaur bones. We even tried making our own fossils using salt dough. Our shape of the week is a triangle and we found it a bit tricky to find triangle shaped objects in our environment. Next week we will be learning about spring and Easter. We would like to wish all our children and their parents and carers a Happy Easter and sunny half term.



Bonsai children have been working hard on a gift ready for Mother’s Day. We would like to wish all our mums a very special ‘Mother’s Day’ on Sunday. The children really enjoyed dressing up for World Book Day and sharing stories of our favourite books together.



February 2018


Welcome back after the lovely half term we had. This term we are learning about dinosaurs and the children are already very excited about it. Children who are going up to Reception in September got their first Oxford tree books on Tuesday. We hope that you enjoy reading them together. Please remember to bring them back each Friday so we can send home another story.


Bonsai class have been working really hard this week. We were looking at different patterns and shapes in the environment. The children are enjoying learning new letter sounds.


January 2018


Welcome back after a lovely break and thank you to all the parents who sent in Christmas photographs. We are now working on recognising and naming mathematical shapes.  We are also learning to use positional language in everyday situations. This term’s topic is toys and we are reading ‘The Naughty Bus’ book.



December 2017


Thank you to all our parents and carers who have joined us for our nativity play. We do hope that you have enjoyed it as the children worked really hard on the songs. Please remember Monday 18th December is our Christmas party. Children are welcome to dress up. We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


November 2017


Thank you for coming to our parents’ evening, it was lovely to have that one to one time. This week we are reading Gruffalo and we went on a nature walk around the school grounds. We are also working very hard on our counting skills.



This week we had a visit from Eagle Height which the children really enjoyed. They especially liked the owl and they have helped to build a nest for baby owl eggs. We are now waiting for them to hatch.



October 2017


This week we are learning about different sizes. We have also pretended to be explorers in the jungle and we have tried exotic fruits. Next week we are celebrating Diwali. It would be lovely to see all the parents on our stay and play session on the last day of the school term.


September 2017


This week we were building our own rainforest huts. We also went on a listening walk to learn about the sounds in our environment. All the children enjoyed it a lot and we would highly recommend that you go on a listening walk with your child as it is great fun.


Welcome back to Nursery. This term we will be learning about the tropical rainforest and this week we will be learning about the animals that live there.


July 2017


This week we are sharing our seaside stories. Children are also excited about our party. Thank you to all the parents for the support and we are wishing you a great summer. We are looking forward to seeing you back in September.



June 2017


In the nursery we are now learning about people and technology at the seaside. We have used potato stamping technique to decorate the lighthouse for our display. If your child is starting in September in our reception class please join us on the transition meeting on the 27th.



Our topic this term is “The Seaside” and we are now focussing on learning about sea creatures. We have used the paper maché technique to create an octopus that is now “living” in our room. We have also enjoyed reading the “Sharing a Shell” book by Julie Donaldson and watching sea animals on the big screen. Some of us could even stand on one leg – just like flamingos do! Next week we will continue learning, recognising and writing our own names.



May 2017



In Nursery we’ve been busy exploring what happens when you mix paint!  Also we’ve been working hard on our scissor skills.

It was lovely to have a visit from Miss Edmonds and Max this week.


This week we have been learning about space. We’ve made spaceships and rockets. We also loved reading the book ‘Aliens love underpants!’

Please come and say hello to our new teacher, Miss Richardson.


April 2017


Our Bonsai caterpillars have finally turned into butterflies. We released the butterflies on Tuesday afternoon after we talked about the transformation. This term we are going to be learning about space.



March 2017


We are continuing with our theme of animals and this week we are learning about animals that live under the sea. The children selected their own materials and resources to create sea animal pictures and we read the story of the Rainbow Fish.



February 2017


This week we are talking about winter and the animals that live in snowy conditions. Our topic this term is animals. If you have any family pet photographs you would like to share with us, please bring them in. This will be my last newsletter before starting maternity leave so I would just like to wish you all well and look forward to seeing you when I return, Miss Edmonds.


The children enjoyed different foods last week after focusing on the story Goldilocks and the Three Bears. We tried some porridge and then, celebrated Chinese New Year, we had prawn crackers, noodles, egg fried rice, spring rolls and sweet and sour sauce. This week we have been looking at ‘Handa’s Surprise’ using our senses to explore different fruits.


January 2017


Our topic this term is traditional tales. We have already looked at ‘The Three Little Pigs’ and this week we are looking at ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’. We will be setting up our role play area as the bears’ house and our book corner as the bedroom. At snack time we will be trying porridge. We would love to hear about your favourite stories from home so please share with one of the nursery staff.



December 2016


Thank you to all the parents/carers who have supported us in our last two stay and play sessions. We’ve made some lovely displays with the photos of you all getting involved. We have had a busy week with lots of Christmas fun. Please remember Tuesday 20th December is the Nursery production at 10am for all children and that the nursery will be closed in the afternoon. 


Thank you to all our parents/ careers who have supported us in our last two stay and play sessions one which we made our poppy wreath below with your hand prints, it was great seeing you all getting involved with your children.
We have recently had a Christmas craft session with you all to help us decorate our nursery, it was easy to see on this day that the children loved to have you all her with them sharing their experiences within our nursery. The nursery team really appreciate your continuous support your involvement really helps aid their learning. 




We have had visitors to our school talking about staying safe and well. So far we have met our PCSO, Police, Nurse and the Tooth Fairy. We have all had turns to try on different uniforms, sit in a police car, look after teddy bears teeth and use some new tools and equipment.

Please come to our classroom to see all our lovely photos.





November 2016


This term we are focusing on ‘People who help us’. We have organised visits from some local professionals to come and talk to the children about their roles in the community.


Welcome back after half term. We’ve heard a lot about Halloween parties the children have been to and all the other fun things you’ve done. If you have any fancy dress photos you would like to share then please send them in or email them to me at  This week we will be enjoying more fun activities for Halloween, Diwali and firework night.





October 2016


Thank you to parents / carers who have supported us with your family displays. Please still send in any photos your children can share and display. We are starting to talk about Autumn, going for walks around the school, looking for Autumn objects. If you find any on your travels then please send them in for us to display.





September 2016


We would like to update our ‘world around us’ display in the class room. If you have any packaging of different foods you eat at home from your home countries, please bring them in. Also any photographs of celebrations we can display.



Welcome back after the summer holidays. We’ve heard lots about the fun times you have shared. Our topic this term is Superhero Me! It will be all about your child and their families. We would really like to display photos of your families on days out or holidays you’ve had. Please bring along any photos we can share. Also if you know of any 3 to 4 year old children that would like a place in our Nursery we still have a few spaces, so please contact the office on 01474 365303.

Stay and play photos 13th May 2016

Stay and play photos 13th May 2016 1 Stay and Play 13th May 2016 morning session.
Stay and play photos 13th May 2016 2 Stay and Play 13th May 2016 afternoon session.

Have a look at some of our lovely wall displays.

Have a look at some of our lovely wall displays. 1
Have a look at some of our lovely wall displays. 2

Meet our class fish, Patch, Daisy, Biscuit & Cookie..named by Luke & William

Meet our class fish, Patch, Daisy, Biscuit & Cookie..named by Luke & William 1

What nursery is all about..............


Just Playing Poem

When I am building in the block room, please don't say I'm "just playing". For you see, I'm learning as I play, about balance and shapes. Who knows, I may be an architect someday.

When I'm getting all dressed up, setting the table, caring for the babies, don't get the idea I'm "just playing". For, you see, I'm learning as I play; I may be a mother or a father someday.

When you see me up to my elbows in paint or standing at an easel, or molding and shaping clay, please don't let me hear you say, "He is just playing". For, you see, I'm learning as I play. I'm expressing myself and being creative. I may be an artist or an inventor some day.

When you see me sitting in a chair "reading" to an imaginary audience, please don't laugh and think I'm "just playing". For, you see, I'm learning as I play. I may be a teacher someday.

When you see me combing the bushes for bugs, or packing my pockets with choice things I find, don't pass it off as "just play". For you see, I'm learning as I play. I may be a scientist someday.

When you see me engrossed in a puzzle or some "plaything" at my school, please don't feel the time is wasted in "play". For, you see, I'm learning as I play. I'm learning to solve problems and concentrate. I may be in business someday.

When you see me cooking or tasting foods, please don't think that because I enjoy it, it is "just play". I'm learning to follow direction and see differences. I may be a cook someday.

When you see me learning to skip, hop, run and move my body, please don't say I'm "just playing". For, you see, I'm learning as I play. I'm learning how my body works. I may be a doctor, nurse or athlete someday.

When you ask me what I've done at school today, and I say, "I just played", please don't misunderstand me. For you see, I'm learning as I play. I'm learning to enjoy and be successful in my work. I'm preparing for tomorrow. Today, I am a child and my work is play.

~Anita Wadley

Parent Involvement

We have recently set up home visits for all of the new children starting at our nursery. Home visits allow parents and children an opportunity to ask any questions they may have in a more familiar surrounding, and allows nursery staff the chance to complete any outstanding paper work and find out the important things relevant to your child. We feel these visits have really helped the children settle into their new surroundings, making the transition into nursery a much calmer and more enjoyable experience.


Each child has a learning journey which we encourage parents/carers to  fill in with their child's work, will also add activities and work completed in nursery and this can then be shared both at home and with their friends at school. Things that can be added from home include; - pictures, photo's, news etc.

We value our parents input and support whilst the children are attending our nursery


Stay & Play

Where parents/carers can join us in a play session, observing how their children explore and learn through play, share some of those play experiences with their children by playing alongside them, and gaining an understanding of the importance of play and learning and how the two link together. Our Stay & Play session also gives the parent/ carers an opportunity to speak with key staff members about their child's progress.


We would  like to invite parents / carers in to read stories in different languages, help us celebrate different cultures or hobbies. Such as gardening, craft ideas, dance and sport.


Look at some of our work & a visit from Eagle Heights

Look at some of our work & a visit from Eagle Heights 1
Look at some of our work & a visit from Eagle Heights 2


Hello, here in Bonsai class we have been taking pictures of our lovely Butterfly Garden....

We watched them grow from Caterpillars into beautiful Butterflies.

Our Butterflies

Our Butterflies 1 Our Caterpillars
Our Butterflies 2 Turning into Butterflies
Our Butterflies 3 A Butterfly about to fly away
Our Butterflies 4 It rested in a bush

Butterfly hatching video

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Our first Butterfly flying away video

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Life Cycle of a Butterfly

Click below to watch the animated life cycle of a Butterfly.


Lifecycle 1 Life cycle of a Butterfly