Nursery – Squirrels

Welcome to the Squirrels class page!

The staff in the Squirrels class are Miss Walton (Teacher) and Mrs Laidler (Early Years Practitioner). Teacher PPA time is covered by Mrs Pickering.

Children in Nursery learn through play with a balance of planned purposeful adult led and child initiated activities allowing children to learn, develop and practice new skills.  We have two In Harmony sessions each week where the children join in with singing, dancing and use of instruments.

Activities are planned following the children’s interests for example, dinosaurs, fairies, or a favourite story.  Trips are also planned to enhance the children’s learning and to give them exciting experiences.  Past trips have included the park, a garden centre, the farm, the city centre and the beach.

Our Nursery classes share a large outdoor area and the children play outside in all weathers dressed appropriately in waterproofs, wellies, sun hats etc. Outside, children enjoy using the tyre park, trim trail, climbing house, orchard, dipping pond and wilderness garden.

From October half term, Nursery children take home a reading pack each week to enjoy with an adult at home. As their learning progresses, children will also have additional activities to complete at home for example, learning letter sounds through the Read Write Inc. programme.

If you have any questions, please speak to staff at drop off or pick up. You can keep up to date with what is going on in our classroom via ClassDojo.


Nursery Parent Pamphlet Autumn ’22


Hello – Squirrels

Every music session in nursery starts with the ‘Hello’ song. It’s a lovely warm-up song where the musician greets the children by name, getting to know them. This gives the children the feeling of value and partnership in the session.

What’s going to come out the bag – Squirrels

Used as a transition song from one activity to another, it keeps the children engaged. There is also the sense of anticipation and the children test their recall skills, trying to remember what came out of the bag last week.

Baby Dinosaur – Squirrels

This song is using a familiar tune and making a whole new song with different words. This encourages creativity and song writing. There are also actions and notable ‘moments’ in the song that children learn to anticipate, understanding the structure of the song/music.

Can’t Stop It Raining – Squirrels

This is a lovely song to finish a session with, bringing the children back to calm for the rest of their day (after the excitement of dancing and singing). Weather songs are always good for encouraging the children to consider the world around them.