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Exploring the new nursery building

The new Nursery building at The Ryde School opened on Friday 6th January 2023. It has already had a huge impact on teaching and learning in the Nursery as the children explore the new areas and use the new resources. We are encouraging the children to become independent learners especially during ‘Explore and learn’ time and the Nursery is set up so children can choose and uses resources and then put them away in the right place. Everything is clearly labelled with pictures or with a shadow to support the children to do this.

The photo above shows the small world area with resources clearly labelled so that the children can ‘Choose it. Use it then put it away’.

Our new creative area is the perfect space for play dough, sand, water and paint and these resources are always available for the children to use.

We love books in Nursery and we have a wide variety to choose from.

Our daily Busy Fingers activities build up our fine motor skills including scissor skills and mark making.

The new role play area provides lots of opportunities to talk and explore in a homely setting.




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  • Parent Activity

    On Wednesday 19th October 2022, we invited our Nursery parents into school to see how we ‘Explore and Learn.’ Parents and children experienced a variety of ‘Busy Finger’ activities to strengthen finger muscles. For example, the children squeezed, rolled and flattened the play dough into a variety of interesting shapes.

    We have a wide variety of construction kits in the Nursery for the children to explore.

    During the session the children demonstrated to the adults how to tread pasta onto pipe cleaners, how to squeeze and attach pegs to plates and cups and how to pick up small objects with the tongs and tweezers.

    Everyone, including the adults, joined in with our ‘Action Song ‘time at the end of the session.

    The children often use bean bags or tapping sticks during song time.

  • Nursery children exploring the grounds

  • World Book Day Potatoes

    Here at the Ryde School, we celebrated World Book day on the 22nd March with children bringing in potato book characters from their favourite stories. The children created an array of characters from well-known stories, and these were displayed for everyone in school to see.

    We are constantly encouraging a love of books in school. Did you know that reading for pleasure is the single biggest indicator of a child’s future success? We hope that the children can use their book vouchers to buy a book online and we look forward to them sharing their choices with us.


  • Nursery Rhymes and Parent Sessions

    The Nursery children have been learning about lots of different Nursery Rhymes; Humpty Dumpty, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, I’m a Little Tea Pot, The Grand Old Duke of York, 5 Little Ducks and Mary had a little Lamb.

    During one of our parent sessions the children and their grown-ups made 5 duck puppets. The children had lots of fun using their puppets when singing the ‘5 Little Ducks’ Nursery Rhyme.
    During the last week of our Nursery Rhyme topic the children performed the Nursery Rhymes to their grown-ups!
    We have had lots of fun in our parent sessions this term; the grown-ups and the children have been doing some observational drawing and counting using pom poms.

  • Nursery Trip to the Garden Centre

    The Nursery children had a wonderful time on their first Nursery School trip to the Dutch Nurseries Garden Centre.

    A lovely lady called Julia from the garden centre did a talk about growing and how we can look after our flowers/plants. She also talked to us about how we can attract wildlife into our gardens.
    The Nursery children had lots of fun planting their own sunflower seed/bean into a plant pot. We shall be watching them grow back at Nursery. The children then went on a flower hunt with their grown-ups to see if they could find lots of different coloured flowers and if they could find a plant/flower that was taller than them.

    To finish our trip, we all warmed up in the café and had a lovely drink and biscuit.

  • Shapes

    The Nursery children have been learning about different shapes and how to use them to create pictures.

    They used sponges in different shapes such as circles and a triangle to create a flower picture. The children chose what colour they wanted their flower to be and mixed different paint colours together to get the colour they wanted.

  • Road Safety and Scooterbility

    The Nursery children have been learning how to be safe on the road. We learnt that before we cross the road we must ‘Stop, look, listen, think’. When the road is clear we walk across the road safely holding our grown-ups hand.

    The Nursery children have also completed their Scooterbility training. They learnt how to ride their scooter safely. They learnt how to stop when they get to a kerb; step off of their scooter and walk across the road with their scooter.

  • Science

    The Nursery children have become Scientists this week. We discussed which item/objects would be the best to get the toy animals out of the block of ice. Most of the children predicted that the hammer and ball would be the most effective at breaking away the ice.

    We then decided to test our theories. The children were shocked that the ball and the hammer didn’t work very well at breaking away the ice. An adult poured warm water of the block of ice and the children were very excited when they saw that the ice was melting. We managed to set the toys free from the ice!

  • Baking

    The Nursery children have enjoyed doing lots of baking this term. They have been busy making shortbread biscuits and decorating them with icing to look like fireworks. They had lots of fun saying the sounds of the fireworks as they drizzled the icing and sprinkled the sprinkles on top.

    They have also been making gingerbread men by carefully following the recipe decorating them. The children have enjoyed recreating their baking experience by pretending to bake with our ginger playdough in our gingerbread house.

  • Settling in

    The Nursery children have had a lovely first week settling into Nursery. They have enjoyed exploring all the different areas in the classroom; painting, building and playing in the home corner.

    They have also enjoyed exploring our outdoor area; playing on the slide, balancing on the climbing frames, singing on our outdoor stage and pretending to be builders building a big house in our building area.