'I love knowing what the children have been doing and often use what I’ve seen/read to find out more from my child!’




 Summer Term 2022


Thank You, Thank You, Thank You

For being such wonderful parents and carers and for all your support this year. We are delighted and very grateful for your generous and thoughtful gifts. The children excitedly opened the big box, pulling out all the pieces and working out that it is a boat. We will put it together over the summer ready for September. We are all very touched and delighted with our rose bushes, gift voucher and chocolates so very, very kind of you. We have loved teaching and working with the children, seeing them progress and grow, and getting to know all our families. We will miss all the children moving on and we wish them the very best as they start a new chapter in their learning journey. We do hope you pop in and see us sometime. Wishing everyone a wonderful summer break and we look forward to seeing all our returning children and families in September. Monday 12th September is the first day of term.



'Talking Stone'

 It has been a hot week so we have found various ways to stay cool. One way was a trip to the shady woods. Whilst there we had some lovely chat in one of the dens. On our walk to the woods the children had been talking excitedly about their summer plans so we gathered together and used a 'talking stone' to ensure everyone had the chance to speak and to listen. Everyone had a turn holding the stone if they wanted to, and the child holding the stone was the person whose turn it was to speak and everyone else had to listen. The children told each other their news and holiday plans. Someone was looking forward to going swimming, someone else was going to the Jurassic Coast and hoping to see dinosaurs, others were off on holiday but weren't sure where. It was great to hear all their plans.



Investigating A Crab

Sue brought in a selection of different sized crab shells from her trip to Norfolk. We investigated them with a magnifying glass, looking at their eyes, jaws, legs and pincers. We learnt that when the crab is too big for its shell, they split open and shed them. They then have to wait for their new shell to harden, sometimes it can take up to 3 days in which case they hide to keep themselves safe.



Cleaning Up!

The children made quite a mess with some polystyrene! We got out the vacuum to try and cleaning it up. The children very helpfully worked together to vacuum everything up. Thank you girls!



Tickling Tomatoes

We looked at a book about growing fruit and vegetables and chatted about some of the things the children were growing at home. The children told us they were growing strawberries, carrots, beans, tomatoes and of course, 'pretty flowers.' The children were particularly interested in the advice given about growing tomatoes as we are growing tomatoes at nursery. A teacher read this to the children and it mentioned using a paintbrush to 'tickle' the tomato flowers, collecting and moving the pollen from one flower to another. We had not done this to our tomatoes and the children and staff were keen to give it a try. We found some paintbrushes and went to work, gently tickling our tomatoes. We are hoping for a bumper crop!



Painted Feet

We laid out a long strip of paper, we then painted the children’s feet and they ran, walked, jumped down the strip of paper leaving colourful foot prints. They also made a footprint picture. We filled the tuff trays with water so the children could splash and jump in the water to wash the paint off their feet.




We enjoyed several picnics on the green under the marquee. It was lovely to feel the gentle breeze whilst in the shade on some very hot days.



Jordans Train

Lorraine made an excellent train for our role play area. The train pulled into Jordans and the children took turns driving the train, being a ticket collector, checking tickets were valid, and then riding the train to nowhereville! 



Keeping Cool In The Hot Weather

The children chose from a variety of ways to keep themselves cool in the hot sun. There was refreshing water play; squelching and stomping in cool and mucky mud; or finding a shaded spot to relax and listen to stories. Alternatively some embraced the sun and found a comfy spot for a bit of sunbathing!



Bouncy Eggs

We did an experiment, could we make an egg bounce?

Feeling how hard it was first we put 2 eggs in a cup of vinegar and food colouring. We had to leave the eggs for 48 hours without touching them, so the children made signs. They thought it was a good idea to draw the eggs in the cup and then put a big X through it. "This means you mustn't touch it" they said. They also wrote 48.

Once the time had passed we looked at the eggs. Carefully taking them out of the cup and then feeling them, we realised the shell wasn't hard anymore. We took turns to gently squeeze the egg and then drop it to see if it would bounce. It worked! Not for long though! Unfortunately one egg was dropped from quite a height and the other was squeezed a bit too hard. Never mind, at least we know that the experiment worked! Perhaps you could try it at home?



School Transition Visits

The transitioning visits went really well. The children were excited each week, getting ready to go with their back packs on and walking nicely up to school looking out for cars.

The children then change into their gym clothes, they have become much more independent at this over the weeks.  We have had a variety gym sessions involving listening skills, maths, balancing and discovering different ways to move.  We have used hoops, beams, balls and our bodies!

After the gym sessions we join the rest of the school children out in the playground. Where we enjoy climbing on the ‘really big frame’, running around after our friends and playing in the big wooden boat.

We are then ready for our snack as we are usually very hungry and thirsty!

Next we enjoy the castle climbing frame and the different ride on toys there. After which we join the reception children in their outdoor area where there are always lots of things to explore and play with.

On our last visit we joined in with the pirate themed day the school was having. We started with a fun activity where the children passed a hoop around their pirate teams (Sonic Pirates and Captain Pirates) without letting go of their friends hands. Some found this tricky to co-ordinate their arms and then their feet, but others managed very well.
We played another pirate game listening to instructions to move to the North, South, East or West in a variety of different ways; rescuing friends who fell overboard, and rowing to a treasure island. The children took it in turns to be leaders and lead their friends in looking for treasure. Upon finding it they were given a challenge of making a boat each. Wonderful creations were made.
The reception play area had treasure in water to be scooped up, and another area making pirate hats. It was great pirate fun!

Thank you Jordans school for having us.





 New Family Learning Courses

Buckinghamshire Adult Learning are running free workshop for parents of early years children to help support early language, play development and healthy, active lifestyles. The short courses are practical and provide valuable opportunities for parents to meet virtually, talk, share ideas and explore how to support their child's development. Please click on the following link to see the flyer for more information:


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 Let's Try To Keep The Germs Away!

We always teach the children to cough into the crook of their elbows to keep their hands clean and stop the spread of germs. As there are a lot of colds and coughs around we thought it would be good for everyone to practise this at home too.



Buckinghamshire Family Information Service    

Please take a look at the Buckinghamshire Family Information Service (BFIS) website for information on a range of topics relating to family life, from childcare, local services, education and family centres, to health, money and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.

The service offers open-access sessions and health services for early years children and parents from a network of 16 family centres across the county. It also offers a range of support for parents with children aged up to 19 years. For more information on all the BFIS has to offer click on the following link:


Tiny Happy People

The Duchess of Cambridgeshire is supporting this initiative from the BBC. Tiny Happy People is there to help you develop your child's communication skills. It has simple activities and play ideas for you to explore and find out more about your child's amazing early development.


 Hungry Little Minds

 Your child's brain grows fastest during the first 5 years of life. As a parent, you play a huge role in feeding your child's mind and helping them to communicate. The government has launched an initiative called Hungry Little Minds which is designed to provide information and ideas to support your child's development at home. We hope you will find this information helpful and interesting. The website can be accessed via the following link:


Early Years Pupil Premium

 The Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) is additional funding for Early Years providers to help them improve the education they provide for 3 and 4 year-olds in need.  Please use the following link to check and see if your child may be eligible to receive this additional funding. 









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