Nursery News 31st October 2023


31st October 2023 – Edition 311

Find out About:

A School photographer visiting.

B. Parent Consultations, Big Nursery next week.

C. Would you be interested in becoming a School Governor?

D. What are the children learning about this week?


A. School photographer visiting.

A little reminder that a school photographer will be here on Wednesday 1st November, for Big Nursery children and Thursday 2nd November for Little Nursery Children.

If your child is in Little Nursery, but does not attend on a Thursday  and you would like your child to come in just for a photograph, please arrive at 9:15am with your child.


B. Parent Consultations, Big Nursery, next week.

We are offering Parent Consultations to parents of children in Big Nursery during the week beginning 6/11/23. These consultations are to talk about how your child is settling in to Big Nursery. They are not compulsory, but if you would like an appointment please arrange this with your child’s keyworker when they are outside before morning sessions.

These consultations will be on the telephone, will last 5 mins and will be at the following times:


Monday 6th November Mrs Patterson’s Blue Group Consultations, 5 minute telephone consultation between 3:10pm and 4:25pm


Tuesday 7th November Miss Cashmore’s Yellow Group Consultations, 5 minute telephone consultations between 3:10pm and 4:25pm


Wednesday 8th November Miss Howe’s Yellow Group Consultations, 5 minute telephone consultations between 3:10pm and 4:25pm


Thursday 9th October Miss Skai’s Orange Group Consultations, 5 minute telephone consultations between 3:15pm and 4:25pm


C. Would you be interested in becoming a School Governor?

As yet, nobody has said that they might be interested. We are a friendly group! Please come and have a chat with me if you are thinking about offering your time. We value everyone’s contribution, and no particular skills are required.

So again, a little information….

Willow Nursery is a Maintained Nursery School, and is managed like other Government Maintained Schools.

As part of our structure we have a governing body, made up of volunteers, that come together to help the Headteacher to manage the school effectively. As part of our governing body we have two Parent Governors. Parent governors play a vital role on governing bodies, holding the unique position of having a parental viewpoint of the school. Through the children, they have a first hand experience of the delivery of the curriculum, and how the school is perceived from the ‘consumers’ point of view. This enables parent governors to bring a different perspective to the strategic management of the school.

More specifically governors:

  • help the school with it’s strategy
  • hold the headteacher to account for the school’s performance
  • makes sure the school budget is properly managed

What commitment to Parent Governors have to make at Willow?

We ask that governors are available to meet for three governors meetings per year, one in each term. We generally meet at 4:15pm, sometimes we meet face to face, sometimes online and currently due to everyone’s commitments, we operate a blended approach with some people meeting us here at school face to face, and others joining us online. Meetings usually last 60-90 minutes.

We ask all governors to visit the school once a year during the daytime to carry out a short governor visit, so they can see how the school is operating, within an area they are interested in.

You do not need any particular experience, we just ask that you are interested in the development of your child’s school.


D. What are the children learning about this week?

In Catkins, the children will focus on maths, they will be learning about the difference between big and small. The children will use sponges to paint a big pumpkin and a small pumpkin, the staff will explain to the children that they are different sizes and model lots of simple mathematical language as they work.

Outside, the children will look around the garden for pictures of five currant buns. The buns will have a number from 1-5 on the front and as the children find each bun, the staff will talk about the numbers on the front. When all five currant buns have been discovered, everyone will sing ‘five currant buns in a baker’s shop’.

In the Link area, the children will have the opportunity to explore some slime. The slime will be made from soap flakes and water and will be very gooey! Please remember spare clothes for your children as this can be a very sticky activity, we do have aprons for the children to wear but they can still get mucky.

In Room 3, there will be some large scale painting. There will be a big roll of paper stuck onto the table tops and the children will use patterned rollers dipped in paint to make marks. The staff will explain to the children how to paint using large motor skills.

Outside, the staff will work with the children on riding the bikes and turn taking. They will explain to the children that we must share our toys and use our listening ears when adults are talking. Adults will explain that it is important to ride the bikes in a safe way around the garden and that it is kind to take turns.

In Room 1, there will be some loose parts play which supports children in independent exploration and learning as well as improving fine motor skills. The children will be leading the play and staff will follow along, allowing the children to direct the way the play unfolds. There will be some Duplo set up for the children to expand their imaginative play, the children can make small world scenarios with the doll’s house and mini figures.

In Room 2, the children will focus on using the box modelling area. The staff will demonstrate how to use tape and glue to attach materials to each other and build. Staff will model construction for the children and they will verbalise each step as they work, to help children remember how to successfully create box models.