Muddy Boots Nursery

Welcome to Muddy Boots Nursery 2017 – 2018

  Autumn Term  1   2017


Week commencing 9th October 2017


During group time this week, the children will be learning:

  • The letter and sound ‘m’
  • The focus colour is Yellow
  • The focus number is 4
  • Talk for writing is ‘Room on the Broom’
  • Rhyme of the week – Incy Wincey Spider
  • Festival of Light – Diwali

We would kindly appreciate donations for;

  • Halloween resources (appropriate for our age group and noting that is scary). The children are talking about seeing resources in the shops and are taking an interest in Halloween.
  • Fruit for snack time

Other Learning Opportunities

  • Exploring pumpkins
  • Decorating our hands
  • Making salt dough Diwali lights
  • Visiting the WI @ Grendon Village Hall on Thursday am, sharing practice with our local community.

What can you do at home to support us?

  • Practice counting and reciting number names in sequence (0-10)
  • Practice ‘m’ (mmmm sound) – Down Maisie, mountain, mountain.
  • Practice kicking and catching with balls.


To Make Play dough: 2 cups of flour, 1 cup of salt, 1 teaspoon of bicarbonate soda, 1 tablespoon oil, food colouring and 1 cup of water. Mix all together and kneed.

To make salt dough:

  • In a large bowl mix salt and flour together.
  • Gradually stir in water. Mix well until it forms a doughy consistency.
  • Turn the dough onto the bench and kneed with your hands until smooth and combined.
  • Make your creations using the salt dough.
  • Place the salt dough creations into the oven at 180C


Walking around Grendon 

The children are getting much more confident in walking around the village with staff. We promote; stop, look, listen, sensible walking and good road safety.   We often visit the post office and have a chat with the lovely owners who gladly welcome us in. We usually walk back through the fields and look at the sheep and lambs, the children are then able to have a free range and run and scream having fun.


Talk for writing

We are now learning about the ‘Room on a Broom’ story (with the lead up to Halloween).


Forest School- The children have been attending Forest School with the Reception class this term (Thursday am sessions)which has worked really well. They have done lots of bug hunting and making fishing rods, while making lots of adventures exploring the environment.

Forest School


Lunch boxes and water bottles – PLEASE LABEL ALL LUNCH BOXES, POTS AND BOTTLES.

We promote Healthy eating at GUCS so please consider the sugar content of your child’s lunch boxes. No chocolate or sweets please.  No Nuts please.

We have a child who is sensitive to squash and juices therefore to support this we are asking that only water is put in our water bottle and please make sure they are named.  This is a whole school policy.

Snack time:

To encourage healthy eating we like to offer our children different snacks, to support us in this could you please occasionally supply us with different fruits, vegetables, crackers etc



Play Time- Please take in mind when you dress your child that we can get very messy at nursery, through playing outside or inside. Also think about footwear, we do tend to do a lot of climbing and jumping, running, skipping and dancing (wellies are only ideal for outdoors).  As we have mud water and sand it would be really helpful to have a spare change of clothes and appropriate shoes for indoor and out.

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This is what your children will often look like! Unsure about the benefits of getting mucky? Have a look at this article:


Dates for your diary.

Autumn  1 & 2

12 October The Dragon learning group will be visiting the Women’s Institute @ Grendon Village Hall (the second Thursday of the month), 9:30 – 10:30am.

19 October The Dragon learning group will be visiting some local residents (with disabilities) every other Thursday @ 2:00pm.



Getting Messy

We supply aprons to try and save dirty clothes, however sometimes the children either refuse to wear them or we haven’t got there in time to protect them.  Thank you for your understanding.


The School Day

The main school gate will be opened at 8.45am.

Muddy Boots Nursery sessions:

Morning sessions start at 8.45 – 11.45am.

Afternoon sessions start at 12.15 – 3.15. Lunch will take place at 11:45-12.15.

Arriving on time for your child’s session is very important for your child/children, as we all learn to sing the ‘hello song’, to learn each other’s names. We then spend a short time on the carpet sharing important news/stories in our learning groups. The children start interacting with each other and this is where friendships can start to form.

School registers/lunches must be completed and ordered by 9.00am. Lunchtime register by 12.00 noon.

The main school day ends at 3.15pm, therefore if you do have other children to collect in the main school, please make sure you collect your Nursery child/children first.


Early Years Outcomes

Please follow the link below to explore the Early Years document. This is how we assess all children across the early years phase from birth- 60+ months.


What to Expect, When?

This document explains the Early Years Outcome in through the voice of a child. It also gives you a range of ways you can support your child’s learning at home. We think this is a much more user friendly document and will be using it ourselves in the classroom!


If you have any queries or questions please speak to any member of the Nursery Team, Jayne Myers (EYFS Leader), Lynne Zverko (Nursery Leader) or contact the school office.


Welcome Back!

Welcome back to Summer 2, I hope you have all had a lovely half term.

The focus for this term in Maths will be persevering with our times tables, so please make sure that your children are practicing these on a regular basis. Instead of weekly tests, we have been trying  speed times tables which the children love! I hope this half term they keep improving their scores. We will also be busy working on our division skills, so any extra work at home would be greatly appreciated.

We will also be continuing with our talk for writing, where the children will be busy making changes and writing their own warning tales, I am very excited to read these.

Our new Field Of Study for this term will be revealed on Thursday.. So watch this space!

What a busy week we have had!

Swimming has firmly become a favourite lesson of the week for Year 4, and they are improving their skills every week. Keep up the good work.

We have also started our “Talk for Writing” warning tale. We have been very busy, learning, adding actions and mapping our story. Our drama skills have also been used to hot-seat and re-tell “The Caravan”.

In Maths we have been estimating superstars! We have been very busy rounding numbers in order to estimate answers and we have been estimating quantities. Lots of brains were grown!

Our Science topic of Animals including Humans, has meant that we have been looking at the human body. In particular teeth this week. Year 4 have really shown their enquiry skills and can’t wait to carry out an investigation next week.

A reminder, that spellings this week are to revise the curriculum words that have been set over the last few weeks.

Have a great weekend!

Bonkers for Conkers 2017!

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Don’t forget that the Bonkers for Conkers 2017 Inter-House Championship starts next week!!  Get your conkers ready!!  Conker contracts are coming home today for you and your child to sign!



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Designated Safeguard Lead responsible for child protection: Mr Kevin Morrissey, Headteacher


Additional Designated Safeguard Leads for child protection: Miss Amy White Jones, Deputy Headteacher, and Mrs Lynne Zverko, Nursery Leader 


Safeguarding Governor: Miss Amanda Wilson

Swimming Lessons

What a fantastic start to our swimming lessons!

All the children behaved beautifully and showed their learning behaviors through-out.

We had a few nervous children this morning so massive congratulations to those who really dug deep and showed their courage learning behavior. You should be very proud of yourselves.

Can I also say a massive thank-you to the parents, we had all children swimming today in correct kit and equipment. Can I also remind you that if your child needs to wear goggles, that is absolutely fine, I will just need a short note to explain that they need them.

I know all of Year 4 thoroughly enjoyed the lesson today and are very much looking forward to next week!



Welcome back

The children have had a lovely first day back at Grendon!  The X-Factor playground, now with music, has been a hit and the weather has been kind to us too!  The classrooms look amazing and provide a really stimulating environment for our children to learn!  Tomorrow is our Explorer Day, whereby children will be thinking about their aspirations for the future.  Please ask them ‘What is your North Star?’ when they get home tomorrow!

Thank you for your continued support!


Sports Relief

As part of their Field Of Study, Year 3 and Year 5 have been working hard over the last few weeks to organise a fun event to help raise lots of money for the charity! The whole school will be participating in a Run4Fun event on the school field on the morning of 18th March. The event consists of us going around the running track 4 times which will mean each child has completed a mile! Your child needs to come to school in a sports kit. This may be their PE kit if you wish. This kit may get quite muddy during the event so it would also be helpful if they could bring in a change of clothes (it is a mufti day so does not need to be school uniform!).


As this is a fund-raising event we would like you to try and collect sponsors for running a mile for Sports Relief. Your child has been sent home with a sponsorship form today.

Please collect and return your sponsors by the 24th March 2016.


All about the Arctic


We are all learning about the Arctic.  Did you know that:

  • The Arctic region is found in the northernmost part of Earth.

  • As well as the Arctic Ocean, the Arctic region is made up of parts of Russia, Greenland, Canada, USA, Norway, Iceland, Sweden and Finland.

  • Indigenous people who live in the Arctic have adapted to the cold weather and harsh environmental conditions.

  • The name ‘Arctic’ comes from a Greek word meaning ‘near the bear’.

  • The coldest recorded temperature in the Arctic is around −68 °C (−90 °F).

  • Over recent years, the Arctic region has shrunk due to global warming.

  • Small shrubs can grow in warmer parts of the Arctic, as well as various herbs, mosses and lichens.

  • A number of different types of animals make their home in the Arctic, including polar bears, wolverines, squirrels, birds, walrus and seals.

  • The Arctic region is home to the North Pole.

  • The Arctic has a number of natural resources, including fish, oil, gas and various minerals.

Frosty Mornings

Despite the daffodils in the grass starting to appear, Spring still feels very, VERY far away…

Please make sure you all wrap up warm everyone and take it steady on the roads.  Please can you make sure your children have a coat at the very least, and ideally, also have with them hats, scarves and gloves.

Keep warm folks.

Mr Morrissey

Welcome back everyone

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and you are all looking forward to a full packed Spring Term; Young Voices, KS 1&2 Dances, Maths days & evenings, and World Book Day to name just a few!  So let’s set those alarm clocks, polish those shoes, and lets get ready to grow those brains!

Gates open from 8.40am with registration at 8.55am.  There’s no Tiny Troopers this week (resumes Tuesday 12th Jan)


Mr Morrissey


INSET DAY – School closed to pupils