Upper Nursery

We have been travelling with ‘The Jolly Postman’ through this first half of the spring term and looking for signs of spring too! All the children have brought a huge amount of enthusiasm, as usual, to our theme, relating their learning to their own experiences and showing interest in all things postal. We started the term with a visit to the Old Street Post Office where the manager and his staff kindly gave us a guided tour of the premises and explained everything to the children. They also kindly gave us leaflets, pens and a teddy bear mascot for our own Post Office role play area back at school. The children created a very authentic Post Office and have been working shifts as postal staff ever since, delivering letters and working on the counter selling stamps and dealing with driving licence applications.

Our next postal adventure took us to the magnificent Postal Museum at Mount Pleasant – and we thank the parents who accompanied us and made this trip possible. The children participated in a Little Engineers workshop led by Rosie. We learnt about the underground Mail Rail under London and the challenges the engineers who built it faced. We found about all the layers under the London streets, from dinosaurs to Roman remains and an underground river, the River Fleet! Our little engineers had to solve problems, work as a team to create a railway line and that the strongest and most stable shape for a tunnel is a circular cylinder and they learnt about electric circuits. Creating circuits using their bodies and objects made of different materials to light up a light with electricity. We then crossed over the road and rode upon the actual underground Mail Rail, we really learnt a lot about how the letters were transported across London underground and thousands of postal workers worked hard to deliver the mail all over the country and the world. We then went to the play area called – ‘Sorted!’ it was great fun; full of role play areas with slides and pulleys and masses of letters and parcels to deliver. Our final port of call before departing was the museum where we followed a trail that taught us about the history of the Post Office. We saw posters and uniforms, vehicles and telephone systems from the past. An exciting and enjoyable day was had by all – and our postal journey continues into the second half of the term with 'The Jolly Postman', a delightful story book by Janet and Allan Ahlberg.

We are also celebrating Spring Festivals this term and began with Chinese New Year and a Celebratory Feast – the children cut and prepared a medley of Chinese vegetables and cooked noodles and rice. We used chopsticks, painted Chinese numbers, received lucky money and fortune cookies and listened to the story of Chinese New Year and the race of the animals and learnt that 2020 is the Year of the Rat!

As we move into the second half of the spring term we will prepare to learn about and celebrate Easter and Pesach and look for more signs of spring in our local parks to add to our Spring display. We look forward to listening to fairy tales and investigating measure in Maths with the help of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Cinderella and Jack and the Beanstalk. Do come and see our beautiful tulip watercolour paintings, Chinese dragon and Jolly Postman display where we used pastels and inks to produce a beautiful back-drop for our work.

Hopefully there will be time for the Easter Egg Hunt and baskets, bunnies and bonnets. An action packed term as usual in the EYFS with our continued acquisition of phonics, weekly reading, number work and the Nelson Handwriting programme, together with the real learning that takes place through our play and sustained shared thinking within a stimulating and ever-developing enabling environment that follows the children’s interests and supports the characteristics of effective learning, through playing and exploring, active learning and creating and thinking critically. We are also looking forward to our music teacher David’s exciting Troll workshop  for World Book Day and weekly cooking, French, Dance and Music. We look forward to an exciting term of continued development.

Sue, Christine and Eileen