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.

Mud, mud glorious mud!
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.


GUCS closed for half-term

Merry Christmas Everyone

Where has 2015 gone?  I can’t believe that this is the last day of the Autumn term and indeed the last day of the year at Grendon! So many wonderful memories have been made! I’d like to take this opportunity to thank my amazingly wonderful and highly dedicated staff team at GUCS for their hard work throughout the year.  I’d like to extend my thanks to the Governing Body for their support since I have become Headteacher.  Also the FRoGS Team for their unwavering generosity and time they devote to raising both the profile and money for GUCS – thank you to you all!

To all Grendon’s children and families thank you also for your continued hard work and support.  Wishing you all a very happy and healthy Christmas and New Year.  See you on Tuesday 5th January 2016.

GUCS Christmas Party, tuck shop and film

Please check the class pages for details of the Christmas parties that will be taking place the morning of 18th December.  After lunch, the children will sit down and enjoy the long old tradition of the Christmas movie and tuck shop.

Carol Service @ St. Leonard’s Church 6pm

You are warmly invited to join Miss Dolman and pupils from GUCS at St. Leonard’s Church on Tuesday 15th December at 6pm.


A41 is Closed owing to fire at The Long Dog Pub in Waddesdon

We have been notified by Thames Valley Police that the A41 is closed at Waddesdon (both directions), owing to a fire at The Long Dog Pub.  Therefore, if you are travelling from Aylesbury to Grendon Underwood, please can you leave as soon as you can to collect your children from school.  There is a divert from Aylesbury via Berryfields, to Quainton, into Grendon.  Please spread the word so everyone can know they can collect their children early, should  they be affected by the road closure.



GUCS Christmas Lunch

The Christmas menu for the children will be:


Roast turkey, pigs in blankets, roast potatoes, carrots and peas, gravy and cranberry sauce

Vegetarian Main

Festive rosti and vegetables


Chocolate Yule Log and Cream

Christingle @ St. Leonard’s Church

FroGS Christmas Cafe 3.15pm – 4.45pm

Reception & KS1 Nativity 2pm & 6pm

FroGS Pamper Evening

Calling all parents, friends and grandparents……. While your children are dancing their socks off at the Christmas disco on Friday 4th December, FroGS are holding a Pamper and Shopping Event 3.30 – 6.45. Drop them off, then treat yourself to a festive fruity drink or mulled wine and a mince pie while you browse the fabulous selection of stalls and maybe treat yourself to a little pampering! Stalls include; silver jewellery, Phoenix cards, Forever Living, Neal’s Yard Remedies, beaded decorations and jewellery, Temple Spa Products, craft bundles, knitted soft toys, candles, bathbombs and soaps, ladies’ scarves, Christmas decorations, Homemade cakes and biscuits, Chocoholics, Arbonne products……! Pampering treats include hand peel treatments, facial demonstrations, Gelish manicures, mini Indian head massage, mini facials, Reiki taster sessions, hand massage and more! To avoid missing out, you can pre-book your treatment by contacting Dee on 07817 461472 or catch me in the playground. Prices are from £5 for a 15 minute treatment.  Please support this event to make a real difference in what extra things we can get for our children to enjoy at their fabulous school! Thank you! xx