Welcome to Anthony Bek Nursery!
Bek the Bunny is our Nursery rabbit and he likes to spend time with everyone. You may even be able to take him home!
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Take a look at the parent guide developed by the Department for Education - What to expect when. It outlines different milestones and developmental expectations throughout the early years. It is broken down into age bands which overlap because children do not all develop at the same rate. If you need any support or have any questions, we are always happy to arrange a meeting with you.
Mrs Abbott-Lewin's Videos
Here is some useful information about preparing your child for school.
Here are some play ideas you might like to try.
Take a look at these great ideas for kitchen maths. Maths is everywhere...
Hope you're all keeping safe and well.
It's been lovely to receive lots of your photos and even some videos via email and on our shared drive. Don't forget to keep scrolling down to see all of your friends on their photos and take a look at my videos for some activity ideas. I know you're all keeping super busy and have been telling Miss Leverton all about your amazing learning and play.
Miss Monks has been busy making some new wooden resources for us to use back in nursery. So that's exciting.
I have sent some more resources via email and on the shared drive too so you can continue to develop some of your skills with those.
I hope you all had a lovely yet strange Easter and are keeping safe and well.
Hopefully some of you have managed to collect your next paper pack and have received my email about it.
I have also sent some phonics plans via email too. You will find the plans here below. Please let me know if you find them useful.
Here is Miss Leverton's 'Challenge Your Teacher' Pack too. Please send your fabulous photos to us as we love seeing you and so do your friends.
All the staff at nursery hope that you're all keeping well and enjoying your activities in your home packs or via the website links which were sent out. Here is a copy of the resources and website links which were sent out plus a few more handy resources, websites and activities.
I would love to see any of the activities you have been doing, you can e-mail photos and messages to me via my email address firstname.lastname@example.org With permission, I will put some of your photos on here so that the children can continue to see their friends and the activities that they have been doing. 24.03.20
Here is another copy of the timetable.
Here are some ideas that you could use at home. The children will already be familiar with some of the activities and ideas.
This Government link gives some of the ideas too. https://hungrylittleminds.campaign.gov.uk/
Counting stairs - up and down. Count the cups, plates, bowls and cutlery needed for lunch and dinner. What is one more/ one less? Representing the number with fingers, marks or writing or objects. Creating their own number problems – We need 4 forks and 4 knives – how many altogether?
We’re going on a number hunt… look for numbers around the house. Phones, clocks, ovens, doors, toys, tv remote, washing machine, food packaging, etc. Do you know what this number is? How do we write it? Can we jump 4 times? Clap 4 times? I’m going to tap my head, can you count how many times I do it?
Walking through the ‘jungle’ which shapes will we see? Show chn simple 2D (flat) shapes – either draw them or find a picture on the internet. Let’s go on a shape hunt! Look for real objects around the environment which objects are the same shape as... e.g. clock – circle, window – square/ rectangle etc.
Use your 'magic pencil' (finger) to ‘write and draw’ the numbers and shapes in the air.
Read, Write Inc YouTube. Look up RWI Pure Sounds on YouTube which helps you to know how to pronounce the sounds of the letters. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qB6SvZscxgg
Practice looking for the letters around the house just like the numbers. Use your 'magic pencil' (finger) to air write them. Practice writing them with different coloured crayons – rainbow writing. We are currently working on set 1 sounds.
Younger children are accessing Letters and Sounds Phase 1.
Go into the garden and be still and quiet – listen to the sounds for 1 minute. What can you hear? What was making those sounds? Can we make sounds with our bodies? Let’s sing a nursery rhyme and try to follow a rhythm by clapping.
Imagination and Role Play.
Follow the children’s interests and join in their role play. Extend their play by adding in ideas and use households items as props. E.g. the sofa is the castle and the action figures are the knights. How will they get to the top of the castle? What could we use to make a bridge? Encourage imagination, problem solving and language. If the children are making up their own story, write it down for them as they’re saying it. Read it back to them and see if they can act it out. Would they change it or add to it? What might happen next?
Bed Time Stories and Reading Books.
Encourage children to ‘read’ to story to you by ‘reading’ the pictures. Encourage use of language question them about what they think is happening. Do they know the characters? Can they think about the ending and what might happen? If it is a familiar story, can they recall it? Ensure the children hear you telling stories – this doesn’t have to be reading a book, it could be making a new story up, retelling a familiar story or making the events of the day into a story. It will help the children to hear how you use your voice for different characters and how you pause in different places. It is good for the children to hear and learn new words that you use too.
This is a document showing the letter sounds that we learn and the order than we learn them in. The older children have just reached j. There are some descriptions of how to write the letter within the table. These sentences correspond with the letter's picture. E.g. a is all the way around the apple and down the leaf and the picture is of an apple.
Here is a list of websites which was sent home with the home learning packs. I have added a few more to the list.
Easter activity ideas
A great website to use for nursery rhymes is YouTube. Search for singing hands uk and join in with lots of familiar nursery rhymes, stories and words all accompanied by Makaton signs and symbols.
Here are some Makaton resources which you might like to try during this time.
Here's Poppy again sharing more of her amazing learning experiences. She has been baking, mark making, writing, making shakers, planting, building, playing cards and recognising numbers. Well done, Poppy!
Wow! Georgina from Nursery and Oliver from Reception sent a letter to our Prime Minister - Boris Johnson. They received a letter back from him! Well done, Georgina and Oliver!
Rory has been so busy learning and developing new skills. Here he is mark making and writing his name, fantastic marks, Rory! Also, he has been developing his gross motor skills by jumping on his very own hopscotch and learning his numbers at the same time! Rory has also been developing his fine motor skills and strengthening the muscles in his hands by doing the brilliant activity of picking pasta up with pegs! Wonderful, Rory! Well done!
Hi everyone Miss Monks here,
Hope everyone is well and staying safe. I am really missing you all very much so it has been lovely to see all your photographs of all the hard work and new skills you have been learning. You have all been busy, busy, busy. I think you will all have to teach me how to do them, especially the baking or even sneak me a cake or two...only joking.
Please keep sending your photos and videos and you can even email me too:- email@example.com.
Here are a few photos that have been sent:-
Girl after my own heart, but I don't think I love horses as much as Pippa. I really do miss our little chats about Magic and what he's been up to. How good does Pippa look? That is one great riding position and a lovely looking pony. I am so jealous, your balance is incredible!
Isabel has been doing lots of exciting things, I really love the little house you have made for your toys. I could just eat one of those cakes too, they look sooooooo yummy. Just look at that beautiful smile.
Wow Ivy, how you have grown. It looks like you are having lots of fun and doing some fantastic writing, well done! What a beautiful playhouse you have, maybe I could come round for tea and you could bake me some chocolate muffins like the ones you have made. I'm loving the sneaky taste of chocolate.
Mila - Oh my goodness! you are getting so good with those scissors, look how good that triangle and circle are. I am really loving the colours you have used for your zigzag repeating pattern. Mrs Abbott-Lewin and Miss Leverton will be so pleased when they see your writing too.
Wow! Izabella you have been busy, busy. You are very good at colouring and numbers. I can see you have taken care to stay inside the lines on your pictures and you have done fantastic counting too, fabulous job.
Awwww I do miss that beautiful smile and look how proud you look on your balance bike, Esmée. I bet you were going very fast too, so no grazed knees please.
Oh my goodness Georgie, you have been soooooo busy.
Reading lots of new books with Mummy.
Building a BBQ with Dad and following instructions.
Baking, love the smiley faces, banana cake (mmm my favourite).
Practicing the sound V and doing the work pack.
Just look at those gorgeous curls.
Kelsey has sent us even more photos of all the amazing things she has been doing. Well done, Kelsey! You are learning so many new skills. You will have lots of stories to tell!
Georgina and Oliver have been so busy with so many different activities and learning experiences. They have been playing games, exploring the outdoors, getting creative, baking, celebrating VE day and much more. They have also sent lots of amazing videos to our shared drive. Take a look at : https://anthonybekderbyshire-my.sharepoint.com/:f:/g/personal/anthonybek_anthonybek_derbyshire_sch_uk/EkReZb9HEONMn8d7crw9MDUBNUPLr1GWbMT881tbqYp2hg?e=oQGMCa
This is Fraser and Scarlett, Mrs Abbott-Lewin's twins. They're doing their school work at home dressed as Woody and Mary Poppins!
They also dressed in red, white and blue for VE Day and made some decorations for our window. Then we all ate some yummy scones. How did you celebrate?
Lola and Miles are doing some colouring today and some dressing up! Do you recognise the characters? Great job, guys!
Grayson has been developing his gross motor skills by using his bike and going out for walks. He has also been hoovering the garden! You're doing a fabulous job, Grayson! Keep it up!
Our new friend, Rory has been using his fantastic imagination through play. He has been a builder, a fireman and even a fisherman! It's lovely to see you're enjoying your play, Rory :)
It's lovely to see how many great things Ellie has been keeping busy with. Well done, Ellie :)
Nancy-Lou has been writing her numbers. Well done, Nancy-Lou!
Wow! Poppy is such a busy bee! Look at how many different activities she has been doing. She has been developing her fine and gross motor skills when mark making and playing with play dough. She has learnt new skills when baking. Poppy and her family decorated their window for VE Day. They have been out for walks and looked at the beautiful outdoors - I wonder if they found any mini beasts?! Well done, Poppy!
Here's Kelsey keeping super busy with her activities. Well done, Kelsey!
Rueben has made so much amazing progress! He has been practicing his writing so much, I can see such a difference. Well done, Rueben!
Poppy is constantly on the go and learning all the time! Here are some of the amazing things she has been doing. Well done, Poppy :)
Here is Ivy enjoying some sunshine and keeping busy with her creative activities and baking. Lots of wonderful learning happening all the time. Well done, Ivy!
Isabel has been working hard on her home pack and has been for a lovely walk with her little brother, Freddie.
What an amazing skill to have! Pippa has learnt to ride her pony independently! Fantastic, Pippa!
Lola and Miles have been tempting their taste buds and trying news foods and textures. Here they all are eating muscles! Have you tried them before?
Here are some of Joshua's amazing paintings. Keep it up, Joshua. Well done.
I think we have a budding chef in nursery! Izabella has been EXTREMELY busy with baking, cooking, dancing, drawing, dressing up, playing with play dough all whilst looking after her new baby sister! Well done, Izabella! You're a super star!
Mila-Lily's favourite thing to do is dress up and even better when it's Elsa! Mila-Lily, you look great!
Isabel has been doing jigsaws. Jigsaws are great for hand-eye co-ordination and shape and size awareness. Keep going, Isabel!
Another of our new friends is Jax. Jax has been enjoying the fresh air and keeping cool outside in his paddling pool. Looks great, Jax!
Poppy is another of our new friends and she is super busy at home with her big sister, Lottie. Poppy has been busy with her pack and doing lots of other exciting activities.
One of our new friends, Izabella has been very busy with her home pack. She can't wait to join us in nursery!
Our new friend, Kelsey got stuck into her home pack. She has made a great start and she can't wait to meet everyone at nursery.
Adventures galore! Betty-Mae has been very busy exploring and developing her skills at home. Well done, Betty-Mae.
What fantastic skills! Georgie has been helping to make an omelette. Save some for me, Georgie!
Yum! Rueben has been busy making some delicious cookies. Have you been doing any baking?
Happy birthday, Miles!
Miles celebrated his 3rd birthday on Easter Sunday! He had a fabulous time opening all of his new presents with his family. It looks like he had a wonderful day. Thank you for the great photos, Miles and mummy. Happy birthday.
Pola has been super busy at home and her mum has written to tell us what she's been doing...
Pola has been doing a lot of art. I covered a table with a paper and we used stamps and paint. We have been making rainbows to support the NHS and we put them on the windows.
We have found a caterpillar and made it a home in a jar with leaves and a stick, so we are waiting for it to change into a caterpillar. Pola has also been looking for worms, she put them in the round container and looked at them with a magnifying glass.
Pola has been making cards with sticks, googly eyes, feathers etc. She has been using scissors, glue sticks and sellotape.
She played snakes and ladders and a fishing game to practice counting and quantity.
She has been exercising with Joe Wicks on YouTube and on the trampoline. She likes to play swing ball and I have noticed this skill has really developed during these two weeks. I am very impressed. She is riding on her balance bike on the driveway. She has drawn a road going from the beginning of the driveway to the back garden.
Every day she is asking about different animals. We talk about their food and when they sleep.
She likes to help make dinners with me. Yesterday for instance, she made a strawberry dessert and she put it on the table to share with all of us. Today she marinated the chicken.
I think you'll agree, Pola has been doing lots of amazing things, jam packed with learning opportunities! Well done, Pola!
Those of you who know Jake will know how much he loves Andy's Dinosaur Adventures. He has even seen the real clock in London! Jake and his family have been busy making this fabulous version of Andy's clock. Some great skills here, Jake. Well done!
Jake has also been developing his gross motor skills on his trampoline and exercise bike and taking a break in the garden.
Where's Georgina?! Georgina and her older brother, Oliver have been den building. Great work, Georgina!
What a masterpiece! This is Lola and Miles' very impressive Fairy House. It's made from a hoover box and it has a pool & glitter slide. Mum thought the pompom garden was a great idea and I agree! Some very creative skills being used there and great teamwork. Well done Lola and Miles.
Betty-Mae has been a busy bee at home. She had been colouring - working on her mark making skills. She has been bouncing on the trampoline and riding her bike to develop her balance and gross motor skills and she has been helping to cut up some apples which will be great for her fine motor skills. Great work, Betty-Mae!
Anastazja and her older sister, Cornelia have been enjoying time together at home, baking and eating tasty food. Yum!
Super speedy! Miles has a birthday coming up and he has got this amazing new balance bike and has been showing his family all the fantastic balancing skills that he has developed. Cool moves, Miles!
Grayson has been getting creative! He has used different coloured paints to decorate his unicorn. By doing this, Grayson has used fine motor skills, developed hand-eye co-ordination and persisted with an activity. Great job, Grayson!
Isabel has been enjoying playing on her garden with a ball, she has been counting stones on the slide and seesaw. She’s also been drawing family members and writing her name. Isabel and her family have been on some lovely little walks. It's lovely to see you Isabel!
Happy Birthday, Ralph! Ralph celebrated his 3rd birthday this week and has been having lots of fun in the mud with his big sister, Clara. They look like they've had lots of fun. Hope you enjoyed your birthday cake, Ralph! Clara also made a bed using a box. Very imaginative! Well done, Clara and Ralph.
Here's Pippa doing the amazing activity of Pony riding! Pippa loves her ponies and is always learning amazing new skills by caring for them and riding them. She has also been practicing her writing! Well done, Pippa!
Delicious! Lola and Miles have been super busy baking some delicious cheese scones. They will have learnt so many skills whilst doing this activity. They will have measured, mixed, talked about ingredients, timed, checked, smelt and tasted!
Here they are too completing one of their activities from Nursery - the bunny hop pencil control. Some great mark making there! Well done!
It's so lovely to see Georgie and all of her fantastic learning she's doing at home. She has been developing her gross motor skills and balance by bouncing on her trampoline and swinging on her swings. She has also been doing some maths by counting pebbles and ordering them from 1 to 5. Lego is a great way to be imaginative, use fine motor skills, plan, design, discuss, create and share wonderful ideas. Here is Georgie making a model with her Lego. That's not all... Georgie has also been playing in the water. There are so many fantastic things to learn in the water. How to fill and pour, talk about full, empty, half-full, add colour, glitter and toys, talk about floating and sinking, warm and cold and so much more! Well done, Georgie!
Lola and Miles have been busy once again! They have made a bird table and drinks machine! They have used lots of different recycled materials and it looks like they've had lots of fun making it. They would have used skills such as planning and discussing what to use and how to make it, they'd have had to communicate and take turns. They will have also balanced the materials and have ultimately created a magnificent model! Well done, Mile and Lola!
Liam has been very busy at home. He has been developing his gross motor skills on his bikes and scooter, experimenting with textures, marks and mixing colours with his paints and he has been learning to recognise his name and develop his fine motor and mark making skills. Well done, Liam! March 2020
Lola enjoyed a trip to the farm shop last week. She was also working on her balance and co-ordination with her fabulous skates. I wonder what flavour that ice cream was. What's your favourite flavour? March 2020
We celebrated Chinese New Year - The Year of the Rat by trying some Chinese food such as sweet and sour sauce, rice, vegetable chow mein, prawn crackers and noodles. We also read the story of the Great Race and talked about the different animals and the position that they finished the race. The children really enjoyed tasting different foods and the prawn crackers were definitely the most popular. We talked about our likes and dislikes and listened to those of others. We also talked about similarities and differences in the way we celebrated New Year and how people who observe Chinese New Year celebrate. Jan 2020
Happy New Year! Welcome to 2020 and to our new children starting at Anthony Bek Nursery.
Christmas Eve in the Toy Shop
Our Foundation Stage Nativity this year was called Christmas Eve in the Toy Shop. The children worked so hard to remember all of their dances and lines to say. If you came it to see it, I'll think you'll agree that the children did a wonderful job!
We're going on a sound hunt!
The children explored our school environment and listened for sounds. We could hear the rain on the ground and coming down the drains, we could hear the cars on the road, the phone in the office, our older friends in school and the builders' radio! We even had a little dance to the music. Nov 19
For Children in Need 2019, we dressed in bright, neon colours. The children brought in their spare change to donate to the charity and we added it to the large Pudsey face in our school hall to see how much was donated from everyone in school. The children engaged in activities such as cutting cakes, Pudsey painting and talking about where all of our donations will go.
We were given a large cardboard box which evoked lots of imagination, curiosity and exploration. The children collectively decided that we needed to fill it and send it back to where it came from. This sparked conversation about where it came from, how we would get it back there and how long it would take. The children made a 'train' with all the chairs from around nursery. We then looked at a map of the United Kingdom. I closed my eyes, moved my hand around and the children told me when to stop. Whichever place my finger landed on was our next destination. We talked about North, East, South and West, near and far and past experiences in the places which the children recognised. Nov 19
A group of the children in nursery took themselves into our cosy reading room. They each chose a story and some independently looked through the book, turning the pages and exploring the pictures whilst others used their prior knowledge of familiar stories to retell the tales and include their own imagination. Nov 19
Spooky! We have been thinking about Halloween. We have read the story - 'Room on the Broom' by Julia Donaldson and exploring activities related to it. We have used the language of more and less when thinking about the animals trying to fit on the witch's broom, we have been finishing rhymes whilst reading the rhyming story and we have experimented in our water trays by mixing colours and materials to make potions. We even had our very own potion lab in nursery! Oct 19
In P.E, we have been experimenting with different ways of moving, our balance and our co-ordination. The equipment helps us to realise that tools and equipment can be used for a purpose and also teaches us to handle and access equipment safely. The children showed patience, determination and worked on many skills whilst participating with the session. Well done, Nursery! Oct 2019
On Friday 18th October, we celebrated TT Rock Stars Day. The purpose of the day was to engage in mathematical activities and compete with peers by taking part in times table challenges. Although we love mathematical activities in nursery, we're not quite ready for times tables so we explored lots of different mathematical activities around our environment and danced to number songs at the end of the session. The children wore some fantastic outfits! Rock on!
When children start nursery at Anthony Bek, we begin the Phonics journey by exploring and learning through Phase 1 of Letters and Sounds. This involves games, songs, stories, movements and music which enables children to distinguish between different sounds they can hear and make in different ways. We explore this throughout several different activities and areas of learning such as using Rainbow wands, playing games such as 'Giant's Keys', listening to and identifying animal sounds, singing rhyming songs and reading rhyming stories, playing instruments, making sounds with our body bodies and the list goes on. This stage of phonics is vital as it forms the basis of being able to hear letter sounds in words.
We use our bodies to make sounds, we listen to the sounds in the environment, we play games and create large and small movements during play in order to form the basis for reading and writing.
All of the nursery children were very surprised when they arrived and found a letter from Baby Bear! He was lost and asked the children to help him find Mummy and Daddy Bear. They packed a bag of things that they might need whilst searching and went out into the 'woods' in search of the missing bear.
To accompany our Harvest theme, we have been reading the Traditional tale of The Little Red Hen. We made some playdough together and talked about the importance of helping each other and sharing. The children have also been exploring a tough tray to retell the story themselves.
It is so important to instill a love of reading with your child. Sharing a bed time story is a perfect opportunity to share stories and begin to teach your child the early skills for reading. Take a look at this website for more information and advice.
Thank you all to everyone who came to our Harvest Stay and Play. We had some lovely activities such as face painting, pumpkin and owl pictures, glitter tattoos, biscuit decorating and of course, our wonderful Harvest singing performance!
Week beginning 7th October 2019
This week, we have been on some number hunts. We have been looking in and around the nursery environments and around school too. We have focussed on the numbers 1 and 2 so far and have found them in all sorts of places! Take a look at some of these discoveries!
Week Beginning 30th September 2019.
This week we have been reading the book - Owl Babies by Martin Waddell. We have been thinking about ourselves and families and the children have taken an interest in babies and animals. Therefore, we thought we would read a book which tells the story of 3 baby owls who thought they were lost and had been left by their mother. It all ends with a happy ending when Mummy Owl returns to her 3 Owl Babies. We have been talking about adult animals and their babies such as elephants and penguins too. We have learnt some new animals baby names. Ask your child if they can remember any.
We have also been having a go a 'transient art'. We used the materials that had been mentioned in the Owl Babies book such as feathers and twigs plus a few others such as pine cones and corks. With these different materials, we laid them out in the frames and created pictures. We also talked about the non-permanence of the pictures and how we could take it all apart and start again if we wanted to.
This week in Wellie Wednesday, Mummy bear went out searching for Baby Bear! She searched high and low and she even took a bag with her for the long journey. In her bag she had a telescope, a banana, a drink, a blanket, a toy and a phone. Why do you think she would have taken all those things? (25.9.19)
Funnybones by Janet and Allan Ahlberg
Week beginning 23rd September 2019
This week we have been thinking about our bodies and our skeletons. We have tried moving them in different ways whilst playing outside and doing P.E. We have also tried making our own skeletons using white art straws. We have so many bones in our body that it was tricky to stick them all on!
Our story this week has been Funnybones by Janet and Allan Ahlberg. The children have been joining in with the repeated refrains and have enjoyed singing the Skeleton dance song at the end of the day.
We are currently thinking about ourselves and our families. The children have loved looking at our family display which shows family photos. They have also been painting and drawing pictures of themselves by experimenting with marks.
Week beginning - 16th September 2019
This week we have been into our school hall to develop our gross motor skills. We experimented with different animal movements such as walking tall like a giraffe, jumping like a frog and running like a cheetah.
As always, we followed the children's interests and they decided they would like to make some jelly. We talked about how we might do it first. Then we opened a packet and began to tear the cubes apart. The children used vocabulary such as slimy, soft, smooth, sticky, squashy and slippery to describe its texture. We then thought about keeping ourselves safe when using different appliances such as the kettle. The next day, once the jelly had set, some of the children tried the jelly and it was delicious!
We have started Wellie Wednesday with Miss Leverton and Miss Monks. This week the children found lots of different coloured things in the environment to attach to our colour wheels. We have displayed them in nursery - come in and take a look!
Week beginning - 9th September 2019
We started our first week by welcoming our new children to Anthony Bek nursery. They all settled in beautifully and have been super busy exploring our environments and developing their interests. Take a look at some of our photos.
Take a look at our Big Picture to find out what our topic is and how we will be exploring it over this half term. The theme is 'Magical Me' and we will begin by thinking about ourselves and our families.