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Nursery Book Swap Library

In Nursery, and at Flamstead End, we try our hardest to ensure the children have a love of reading and being read to. Through the story time, games, role-play and other activities within the Nursery that children have access to, we hope we show children how fun and rewarding and informative books can be.

As you are aware, there are points throughout the school year where reading is highlighted more than usual – Book Day, Reading Week are examples.

We would now like to add another element to our reading within the Nursery – a Nursery Book Swap Library.


How it works…

Outside our Nursery, each day will be a trolley full of books that have already been donated to the school by kind families and members of staff.

The children can freely take a book from the trolley to share with you at home and return as and when they have finished sharing it at home. This could be the next day, the next week. If your child would like to keep the book as it becomes a favourite to their collation please feel free to do so and leave a book in exchange.

It would work similarly to going to a local library but with no library card needed and more convenient as it is right outside our door.

We hope our little trolley library becomes a success and is well used. I, along with the other Nursery staff love books and reading with the children. We would love for the children to share this love of books with you at home too.

The trolley will be available daily.

Book trolley sign

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 Newsletters

Nursery's Mystery Guests

We have been lucky enough to have Mystery Guests visit us.

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 

Georgies mummy

Arabellas daddy

Anas mummy

 Isabella's daddy making pizzas with us       Mia's mummy talking to us about Columbia 


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

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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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Nursery Blog Summer term 2024

We have begun the term with a visit from PC Dan. He came into school to meet all the children at Flamstead End. In Nursery we were able to see inside the police car and hear it's siren. We saw what PC Dan keeps in his boot for emergencies, and he spoke to us about the equipment he needs to carry. The children asked lots of questions to find out what happens in the day of a policeman.

Police visit 1

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Spring Bonnet Parade 2024

We love celebrating the arrival of spring with our annual bonnet parade.

The children proudly paraded around the school showing the other children and staff their beautiful bonnets. The children worked hard, at home with support of family members, to create an array of colour and texture that welcomes spring.

We finished the Nursery session with a spring themed class assembly where the children sang a variety of songs and rhymes to their families.

Bonnets 1

Bonnets 4


Bonnets 2




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Book Day March 2024

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.

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

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The children celebrated Book Day by creating their favourite character using a potato!

Potato characters

Images can be seen here

As part of a whole school activity the Nursery used an image from 'Ten-Word Tiny Tales' by Joseph Coelho. We talked about the image and finished a story that begun...'she spent days trying to climb out of the sky'.

10 word story endings

Nursery Blog - Spring Term 2024

The 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 following few weeks we discovered how ice is formed, went out around our school to find the cold, spoke about the weather in Cheshunt and made comparisons to other countries, explored winter science experiments and learnt how to keep warm and safe in winter.

frosty classroom


Jack Frost tuff spot

We have been lucky enough to have more mystery guests visit Nursery, thank you to those who have been in to share stories, talk about their jobs and teach us new skills.

Shanes daddy




As part of our topic, looking at our community, we went on a local walk. We had to look out for man-made and natural features of our environment. We also spotted buildings that linked to our learning - the local doctors, dentist and chemist, as well as the vets near by. Some of us even spotted our own houses!

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Nursery Blog Autumn term 2023


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

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As part of this year's Anti-Bullying Week, we were delighted to be welcome Sir Charles Walker, MP to Flamstead End for the culmination of the week. He came in to visit the Nursery children and see what we had been up to. Sir Charles is the MP for Broxbourne and a major advocate of positive mental health.

Cw 2  Cw 1  




Teddy Bears Picnic July 2023

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

We were joined once again by the brilliant story teller, Vickie Holden-Swinton.

She told us 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.

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Oral Health

In Nursery we support the understanding of good oral hygiene. Throughout the year children will take part in adult led tasks, child initiated play activities and hear stories based on visiting the dentist and cleaning their teeth.

Oral Health Poster

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