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.


FroGS Christmas Disco

Muddy Boots Nativity & Christmas Party

Please join our Muddy Boots Nursery at St. Leonard’s Church from 9.30am.

Following the nativity, parents are welcome to come back to the school for a mince pie of two.

Tree Lighting Ceremony

This is an event to say thank you to all our parent helpers.  Monday 1st December at 2pm This is BY INVITATION ONLY.


Muddy Boots Nativity & FroGS Christmas Disco & Pamper evening

I can’t believe it is the 1st December tomorrow, I’m so excited I could burst! I just love all that is Christmas!

We have a fun packed Christmas week, starting with The Tree Lighting ceremony on Tuesday, Muddy Boots Nativity on Friday and the FroGS Disco & Pamper Evening on Friday evening.  And that’s just for starters!


Muddy Boots Nativity

Muddy Boots will be hosting their annual nativity at St. Leonard’s Church on Friday 4th December at 9.45am.  Please see the latest newsletter and Muddy Boots page for further information.


FroGS Christmas Disco & Pamper Eveing & Mufti Day

Friday is MUFTI Day for the Christmas Disco.  Please bring in a bottle and chocolates in for the tombola, and in return you can come to school in your favourite outfit (no onesies or football shirts please).

The first disco for Reception & KS1 (optional Yr3) is from 3.30 – 5pm (If your child is going to the disco straight from school, please ensure you have returned your envelope to the school office with the disco and tuck money and details of who will be collecting from the disco).

The second disco for KS2 (optional Yr3) will be from 5.15pm – 6.45pm.

Finally, there will be a Pamper Evening with lots of amazing stalls, and treatments on offer, so make sure you bring your purse with you.

Mr Morrissey


INSET DAY – school closed

The school will be closed to children for staff training.


As you may be aware, tomorrow is an INSET Day at GUCS, which means the school will be closed to children.

Enjoy your extended weekend, and all the staff at GUCS look forward to seeing you on Monday.

I also wish to thank all the Pupil Parliament who behaved so well at the Houses of Parliament yesterday.  In addition, thank you to all the children that stayed at GUCS and also demonstrated fantastic Learning Behaviours and showed GRIT working with one another to carry on growing brains whilst we were in London.

Mr Morrissey

We have left the Houses of Parliament

After an absolutely fantastic tour in and around the Houses of Parliament, we have said goodbye for now to Mr Bercow and all the other members of parliament.  We have inspired each and every one of our GUCS parliament and they have done us proud.  Move over Mr Cameron!


We will be back by 3.30pm


Mr Morrissey


We are here…


GUCS’ Pupil Parliament have arrived in London at the Houses of Parliament.

GUCS’ Pupil Parliament are about to embark on their tours and are keen to see meet Mr Bercow  and see how all the important decisions are made in Britain.

Mr Bercow knows only too well the curious minds of the pupils at GUCS and following the call yesterday with his office, I know he is looking forward to is own question time with us and showing us all that is HOP.


Mr Morrissey

Marilyn Brocklehurst, Reading for Pleasure Visit – Wednesday 18th November, 6pm

Marilyn Brocklehurst, Reading for Pleasure Visit – Wednesday 18th November, 6pm

Marilyn Brocklehurst will be visitng GUCS to talk to parents about reading at 6pm on Wednesday 18th November.  If you would like to attend the talk, please complete the reply slip attached to the letter that was sent out and return it to the school office.

Marilyn is sought after author from far and wide to talk to whoever will listen about the joy of reading and how to pass it on.  For more information, please click here.

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