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.


Marilyn Brocklehurst Evening – Cancelled

Unfortunately, Marilyn has come down with the flu and is now unable to make the Parent Reading Evening on Wednesday 18th November 2015.  We have rescheduled this for the Spring Term.

Mr Morrissey


Well done GUCS…

Thank you to every child for donating towards Children in Need.  Over £200 has been counted so far, and we’re still counting!

All the children looked fantastic in their onesies, pjs and hero outfits (nursery was awash with supermen and princesses when I visited earlier today!)  Today I have been challenged by a parent to sit in the reception boat filled up with baked beans for Comic Relief in March, to which I accept.  Donations for baked beans are welcome!

Have a great weekend, and I look forward to another week filled using our Learning Behaviours to grow our brains and challenge ourselves – Remember, when you’re doing your homework, challenge yourself.

Mr Morrissey

Children in Need 2015

Children in Need @ GUCS

Children are invited to come to school in pjs or onsies on Friday 13th November 2015 in aid of Children in Need.  All we ask, is your child brings a £1 with them so we can donate towards this fantastic cause.


I’m looking forward to seeing how amazing everyone will look on Friday.  I have my pjs at the ready!

Mr Morrissey

Senior Citizens’ Afternoon Tea

It’s that time of year again.  Eyes down, sherry glass full, and the Senior Citizens’ Christmas Lunch is in full swing.

Invitations will be sent out to our community members.

Evacuation Day



Just a quick reminder, that on Monday 2nd November, Year 4 will be having an evacuee day.


Please come to school dressed as an evacuee, be as creative as you like! We will be spending all our learning time on Monday looking at children in WW2 being evacuated and experiencing it first hand!


Hope you have all had a lovely half term,

Miss Coade


Science Week

Year 4, have been very busy this Science week. We have been out on nature walks around the school looking for various animals and discussing habitats. We found some very exciting animals including a newt! We have then been comparing the animals we find at home to animals in other countries.

We have looked out how animals have adapted to their environment, from what they eat, how they look and even how they move.





We have also been getting active and using our bodies to replicate the movements of African animals!

Welcome back after half term!


I think this quote really sums up the last few weeks at GUCS, particularly as a new Headteacher!  Talking to children on a daily basis I am hearing the phrases: “Learning is really challenging…..If I feel the learning is not as challenging as I thought it would be I move onto the next challenge level…..GRIT has helped me in school and at home”.  Having carried out many Learning Walks I can confidently say that what the children are saying to me is what I’ve been observing in their learning.  Keep growing your hippocampus children as Learning never ends!!

Please see a new video clip that I have uploaded onto the ‘Our Philosophy’ page.  The children have enjoyed watching and discussing it as well as applying it in school and at home!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you as parents, my governing body and my wonderful staff team and volunteers for ALL of your support during my first half term!

I look forward to seeing you all tomorrow at 8:40am!


Kevin Morrissey

What can we learn about life on the Home front?

What an exciting half term, we have had learning all about WWII and life on the home front. We have looked at the role women played, how people could grow their own vegetables and make do and mend, we have even become expert code breakers – just like the ones we saw at Bletchley Park!

This week, we invited in parents and friends to join us for an afternoon of tea and cakes. We busily baked in the morning not only a delicious British favorite ( a Victoria Sponge) but also a WWII inspired boiled cake using as few rationed ingredients as we could.

Year 4 have all thoroughly enjoyed this field of study and I hope that next half term, they will be just as curious.


My homework challenge

At the start of the Autumn Term, I set a homework challenge ‘What Makes Britain Great?’ The deadline for this homework to be handed in is Wednesday 21st October. Please hand all homework into your child’s classteacher, whether this is a presentation on PowerPoint, a drawing, leaflet, or a piece of writing. Try to incorporate many of the core subject areas and use GRIT to find out and present new information.  The children will all have an opportunity to see what everyone else has completed.

Look out for a letter next week detailing the new bespoke homework policy that has been devised through consultation with you and your child!

Mr Morrissey