Thorney Close Primary School

"Where Learning Blossoms..."

Nursery 2023-2024

Welcome to our Nursery year group page for this academic year.  Throughout the year we will populate this page with our learning and experiences.  Please check back regularly for updates.


Well autumn has certainly arrived. It's a good job our children have been practising putting on their coats and wellies themselves as we've definitely needed them this week.  We've enjoyed exploring autumn objects such as pumpkins and conkers. We've looked at lots of different colours, shapes and sizes of leaves.

Working Together

We have been trying really hard to work together in the nursery garden, to share the equipment, wait for our turn and then help to tidy everything up when we are finished.  We've been making up our own stories and then acting them out in our story square. As well as learning to be super actors and storytellers, we are learning how to be a great audience too.

Jen and Oliver showed us how to play Pass the Pumpkin in music time. We love singing the song, especially the big BOO!  You can sing along here.

Dough Disco Day

Thursday is Dough Disco Day in nursery. 'Dough Disco' is a fun activity for the children which combines the use of play dough with a series of hand and finger exercises designed to improve fine muscle control. The movements develop children's fine and gross motor dexterity and hand-eye coordination in preparation for future pencil skills development.

If you would like to try some at home you could use these links.

Don't worry if you don't have any playdough, you can roll a pair of socks into a ball and use that instead.

What a busy week!

What a busy week we've had! Here are some of our favourite moments from Friendly Friday.

Forest School

In Forest School we went treasure hunting. We filled our bags with leaves, twigs, petals, feathers and stones. Then we used what we had found to make some friendly faces.


Last week we found lots of worms in the garden and the children wanted to find out more. So, this week we have been finding out all about worms. We've dug for worms, observed worms, added different items to our wormery, rolled playdough worms, painted worms, explored wiggly worm spaghetti, drew long worms and danced like wiggly worms too.

We loved the story of Superworm by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. If you want to listen to the story again you can find it here.

We sang about a worm with Mr Tumble, you can sing along here. We reduced the speed of the playback in the settings so that we could join in with the words and the actions, you might want to try that at home too.

Forest School Friday

We had our very first Forest School Friday in the Sensory Garden. We each took a piece of string for a walk and noticed lots of different colours on the ground. We quickly realised there was lots to see and hear above the ground too, including apples, snails, flowers and even a butterfly.


The children have shown great interest in the worms they keep finding in the nursery garden. It was so lovely to see them working together to see how many worms they could find. Then of course we had to find a house for the worms, so the children worked together to collect soil, sand and leaves to place in a jar with some gravel to make a wormery. We even added some banana skins in case they got hungry.


We were brilliant musicians in music time with Jen. We sang along with our warm up song and remembered a lot of the actions too. Then we took turns and shared the instruments, waiting patiently until it was our turn.

If you want to sing along at home you can find it here.

Starting Nursery

We have had an absolutely lovely start to the new academic year in nursery. Our nursery children were so happy to be back. We were so proud to see how many of the routines and songs the children had remembered. Well done everyone!