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Nursery Transition Booklet

Learning in Nursery

The New Early Years Reforms

The Department for Education has published a guide for parents, produced by Sheringham Nursery School and Children’s Centre – ‘What to Expect in the Early Years Foundation Stage’ (formally called ‘What to Expect When’) which guides parents and carers through what to expect in their child’s development. It aligns with guidance given to schools to help practitioners and parents. Please click on the link below to view the document. 

What to expect in the EYFS

Busy FingersTalking about your child's learning 

Nursery Rhymes guide for parents 

Twinkl Nursery Rhyme booklet 

Phonics - for information please click on the links below

Before Reading

Writing Letters at Flamstead End Nursery

Ideas to help with pencil control

Fred Games in Nursery

50 Things To Do Before You're 5

50 Things is an exciting initiative that supports children’s learning at home. It is inspired by parents and carers with each activity developed by Early Years experts and language specialists to create a fabulous resource for families.

More information can be found here 50-things-intrroduction-letter-pdf.pdf

50 things qr code

Hfl 50 things poster a2 print

Nursery's Mystery Guests

This term we have been lucky enough to have a Mystery Guest visit us each week.

The mummies and daddies have kindly given up their time to talk to the children about the jobs they do, to tell them a story, share their cultures and beliefs or share their hobbies and interests.

The children have used these guest sessions to inspire their play. We have been paramedics, pop stars and chefs in role play, we have carried on exploring sculpture and making models at our creative table, using new words learnt in our play and we have acted out stories shared with us.

See more images on our website here 

Arel's mummy telling a storyAyla's mummy telling a story  Isabella's daddy making pizzas with us    Kayen's mummy reading a story   Mia's mummy talking to us about Columbia 

 Reynold's daddy speaking about his job as a paramedic   Nico's daddy talking about being a musician    Nolan's mummy showing us how to be creative   

Mark making and Literacy

Mark making and Literacy

Literacy elements can be found across of areas of our curriculum and in many of the activities and areas in our Nursery environment, both indoors and out. At the beginning of the academic year, a focus is placed on early marking, listening skills and developing communication skills. As the year moves on we begin exploring phonics through games and activities that include elements of ‘Read, Write, Inc’ (the phonics programme used in the main school).

To see more photos of our mark making, click here and select the Nursery gallery. 

Creating stories with prompts

Reading bears


Mark making 1

Exploring Maths in Nursery

Maths in Nursery

Maths can be found across of areas of our curriculum and in many of the activities and areas in our Nursery environment, both indoors and out.

To see more images of Maths in Nursery click here and select the Nursery button.

Numbers through rhyme

Numbers through rhyme

Shapes around us 3Shapes around us

Being Creative

Being Creative in Nursery

In Nursery we love to explore the mark making table, the craft area and use the painting easels.

Children are encouraged to plan out ideas, select resources and adapt their work to achieve their desired outcomes, all independently. We love to see how children take the skills we teach and come up with their own creative ideas.

See more images here.

Painting 6 Designing dresses 5  Collage 2  Junk modelling 1

Being outdoors

Out and About in Nursery

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Outdoor 4
Outdoors 1Outdoor 12Outdoor 2

Book Day March 2023

To celebrate Book Day this year in Nursery we explored Judith Kerr's book 'The Tiger Who Came To Tea'.

The children explored all things tiger related. We used non-fiction texts to find out about real tigers and we shared other stories about tigers.

Children painted tigers, used Kerr's story to inspire they own writing, played with all things orange and a host more activities.

We also had our own tea party, I wonder if a tiger came to our class?

Images can be seen here

Tiger 2

Tiger 10

Nursery Blog - Spring Term 2023

This term began with a visit from Jack Frost, the children arrived to find he had turned our room blue and white, as well as freezing our pencils, scissors and toys in ice that we had to try and free.

Over the next few weeks we will discover how ice is formed, go out around our school to find the cold, speak about the weather in Cheshunt and made comparisons to other countries, explore winter science experiments and learn how to keep warm and safe in winter.

frosty classroom


Jack Frost tuff spot


This term we also celebrated Story Telling Week. We based our learning around Eve Sutton's book 'My Cat Likes to Hide in Boxes'. We celebrated our love of books in Nursery by using this book as a basis for all our activities. We were also joined by other teachers from Flamstead End who shared favourite stories with us, year 6 children came to read to us and Mrs Nicolaou read 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears' to us in Greek.

Cat in box 3Cat in box 4

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Nursery blog - Autumn term 2022


In Nursery we love to explore the seasons and find out what is happening around us. We used 'Autumn' to support a variety of our curriculum objectives.

Autumn 1   Autumn 3   Autumn 0  see more images here


The children loved hearing stories from the ‘Supertato’ series. We used the stories as inspiration for some of our learning. We explored making traps for the Evil Pea, we saved veggies from his doom, we developed our fine motor control when saving mini peas from jelly using tweezers, we explored the concept of heavy and light with vegetables and we imagines ourselves being veggies from the story.

Supertato 7  Supertato 11   see more images here


The children have enjoyed listening to the story of the Gingerbread Man. The children explored all areas of our curriculum through the story, from making their own Gingerbread Men to finding ways to travel over 'water' in our PE time. They have gathered evidence on an ipad every time the Gingerbread escaped into the Nursery and retold the story in their own words using puppets and small world.

Gingerbread 2   Gingerbread 7  see more images here


We were lucky enough to have Elfy, one of Father Christmas's elves visit Nursery. The children joined in songs and actions as they helped Elfy hunt for Father Christmas's key for his sleigh.

Panto 1  see more images here


Nursery Picnic - July 2022

The children in Nursery had a great day in the sunshine at our end of year Teddy Bears Picnic.

We were joined by the brilliant story teller, Vickie Holden-Swinton. We heard all about Bob - a bear who was supposed to be enjoying a picnic that did not go according to plan. We followed this with our own delicious picnic with our teddy bears.

See the pictures here.

Picnic 2 Picnic Mind the birds Bears picnic 1  

Nursery Blog - Summer 2022 The Queen's Jubilee

Images of our activities are available to view in our School Gallery. Click here to see more...

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The children in Nursery and Preschool celebrated the Jubilee with their very own street party. Over two weeks the children learnt all about London and compared it to Cheshunt. They learnt about why we were celebrating this historic day and made many decorations to help us celebrate and remind us of the day.

We even had a visit from the Queen!

Nursery 6  Nursery 1  Nursery 2  Nursery 5  Nursery 3  Nursery 4

Click here to see more photos in the Jubilee 2022 gallery.