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Hello! What a crazy end to our Spring term. It hasn't been much fun being isolated from everyone, but I hope that you are all keeping well and are able to make the best of a bad situation. Mrs Friend and I are making plans for next term when our topic changes to 'We like to move it move it!' I think we will need to move around A LOT to make up for all the time we've been stuck inside our houses.

Have a lovey Easter holiday and see you all soon.

Mrs Doolan


Technical Wizards - March 2020

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The use of technology is often a controversial topic – especially when it concerns young children. Our view in the Foundation Stage at Ladbrooke is that, like it or not, technology is a feature of all our lives and we should teach children how to use it responsibly. We have a range of technology available for the children to use whenever they choose, including child cameras, voice recorders, a laptop with mouse, remote control vehicles and smart boards. Wherever possible, we encourage children to use technology to enhance ‘real’ experiences and complement other areas of learning.

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An example of this is how the children were inspired to make their own version of Naughty Bus, by Jan and Jerry Oke. This delightful book cleverly uses photography and visual fonts to tell the adventures of a little red London bus.

Following a quick class discussion on the sorts of adventures our bus might encounter, the children went off two at a time to capture their ideas. There was lots of collaboration as they helped each other to compose shots, take pictures and create scenarios. The results were imaginative, inspiring and definitely worthy of publication. Finally, we sat and reviewed all the photos together, choosing our favourites to make into the Naughty Nursery Bus photo story.



Christmas comes to Ladbrooke Nursery - December 2019

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There is magic in the air this month as seasonal preparations are in full swing. We made Christmas cards by painting a sprig of rosemary white and printing it onto black paper. We could also bring in cards for our friends and post them in our class post box.

The role play area took on a very Christmassy theme - perfect for sharing a giant roast turkey for dinner followed by a cozy chat in front of the fire.

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Everyone was excited to welcome Santa to Nursery and the children must have been good all year because he had a sackful of presents with him. That wasn't the only entertainment. We were treated to a pantomime and pulled crackers with our Christmas packed lunch.

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But the highlight of the season is always the Foundation Stage Christmas Show and this year we performed 'Babushka'.



Autumn Activities - October 2019

Everyone has settled quickly into a new year of Nursery - just as well, as there is so much to learn about with the changing on the season. Here are some of the activities that have kept us busy this month, including making Leaf Man pictures, counting conkers, playing games and exploring on an Autumn walk.

Are you sitting comfortably? - July 2019

Children in Foundation Stage were thrilled to hear Miss Webster read ‘Room On The Broom’ when she officially opened its new outdoor Story Corner. Adorning the corner is a fabulous bespoke storytelling chair which was designed and made by David Friend especially for the school. Mr Friend kindly donated his time and expertise free of charge and asked that a donation be made to The Aplastic Anaemia Trust in lieu of the cost of materials.

The Magic of Metamorphosis - April 2019

To finish off our 'Ready Steady Grow' topic we adopted five caterpillars in Nursery and Reception - Scary, Sporty, Posh, Ginger and Baby. Just like in the story, these very hungry caterpillars ate and ate and got bigger and bigger. We examined them every day and discussed how they were changing. Eventually they crawled up to the top of their temporary home and turned into chrysalides. On the last day of Spring term, all five metamorphosised into Painted Lady butterflies and we watched and filmed the last one hatch. Sadly it was too cold to let the butterflies go on that day, so Mrs Doolan took them home and fed them with nectar, strawberries and nectarines until the weather got warm enough for them to be released.