Brinsworth Manor Infant School

Nursery Ladybirds

It’s been a very busy two weeks in nursery and we have been doing lots of learning from our Jack and the Beanstalk stories. In our number work we have a real sweet shop selling jelly beans and lots of other treats. We have been working out prices and paying with gold coins.

We explored tall and short and used our creative ideas to make a jellybean stalk with a castle at the top.

At forest school it’s potions and perfumes and a birthday celebration for Luke! 🎂🧁

Our stories this week have moved onto mini beasts. We started our week with a special delivery of tiny caterpillars! Click the link below to read our favourite caterpillar story.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Animated Film

In the internationally acclaimed The Very Hungry Caterpillar, a tiny caterpillar eats and eats...and eats his way through the week. Taken from The Very Hungry ...

We will keep you posted on the caterpillars, fingers crossed we will have 30 butterflies to release at our Jubilee celebration! 🦋🐛🐞

Welcome back from the Easter break it is lovely to hear about the lovely things you have been up to over the Easter weeks. It’s a busy Summer term with the start of lots of new things. Firstly we are starting the Read Write inc phonics programme to give all children a head start for their Reception year. Click on the link to find out more about what you can do at home to support your child.

What is Read Write Inc.?

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We have also started our gardening projects planting beans, peas radishes and herbs. As the early summer progresses we shall add more vegetables and flowers to give the children the opportunity to care for plants and observe insects and mini beasts. 🐞🌷🐌🐛🌱🪴

At Forest School we have been learning how to use tools and finding lots of eggs shells and blossom, it seems the chicks have hatched there too! The trees are coming to life again and the children have had lots of ideas for making perfume with the blossom and making nests for the baby birds!🐣🌿🍃🌻🌼🌸

Our stories this week have been about growing and we have read Jack and the Beanstalk and Jack and the Jellybean stalk. We have also been baking independently and this weeks cake was green and orange! The children made it all by themselves and it was delicious!

🍭🍬JACK AND THE JELLY BEAN STALK💖 Books Read Aloud for ALL AGES📚Read with Dixy😁


Can you believe it’s Easter already. Another term over and we have made the most of this week getting ready for Easter.

Thankyou parents for all of your seed donations. The children have all planted and grown cress for you to sprinkle on your salads or add to an egg sandwich or two!

Outside we have been very creative at forest school exploring clay and making tree faces using natural materials we found around us. My favourite was a dragon face complete with headphones!

The highlight of the week had to be finding a piano next to a skip. We had the crazy ideas of taking it to our outdoor learning area and letting the children explore how it worked. You never know we might have inspired your child to learn music! 🎹 

Happy Easter from all of the Ladybirds, see you after for another term of learning and fun!

Let’s start with a song this week!

We have been lucky enough to have tadpoles in our nursery and the children have been observing them grow!

We have also been learning about plants and we started by touching smelling and getting really hands on with flowers to extend our vocabulary. All the children know that daffodils have petals a stem and a trumpet.

It’s been a very scientific week for our learning and we have been using magnifying glasses and tweezers to find seeds in vegetables and fruits 🍉🌷🫑🥝

Outside we having been hunting for spring flowers.

We have had a fantastic time and next week we will be planting seeds and growing our own vegetables! The children certainly know how to look after them!

It’s been a very egg citing two weeks in nursery and we have had a cracking time learning about growing and life cycles with the help of these…….

The eggs arrived and we spent the first week observing them and counting how many hatched. Then we had the important job of looking after the new born chicks. The children were so excited and did lots of talking drawing and writing about the 🐥 chicks 🐣. 

We had lots of links in our learning to stories about chicks, hens and ducks and also about how are growing too!

Our wonderful week ended with our chicks moving out to live on a farm but before they left we built them a chicken run, we took them outside in the glorious weather and we introduced them to our guinea pigs Lynn and Mavis.

Outside this week has been such fun too! Lots of car washing, singing, messing in the bud and making shape drawings, there is always so much going on! Here’s a roundup of a few more pictures!

This week has been named wolf week! We have been following the children’s interests and had a few more stories about wolves. We read Little Red Riding Hood, the Good Little Wolf and the three little pigs. The children were really good at joining in and retelling the stories. 

Little Red Riding Hood - Animated Fairy Tales for Children

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In the Woods read aloud by Storytime Magic with Kylie

One day three teddy bears, Bubba, Rollo and Pog, set off into the woods for a picnic. But before too long they are utterly lost and Rollo has eaten all their...


Let us watch and enjoy one of the old time favorite kid's story: The Three Little Pig.#BedtimeStory#FunStory

We have also been making the most of the great weather and have been playing in our new outdoor sandpit.

At forest school we have been digging for worms and making dens for wolves.

We have also started a little work on feelings and emotions with a fantastic book called the colour Monster which is a great way to help children to begin to recognise and describe how they are feeling.

The Color Monster - Read Aloud by Mr. Joshua Brooks

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Maybe you could fill a jar at home, what colour would it be?

Welcome back after the half term break it’s so good to see everyone happy fit and healthy and we are looking forward to another action packed half term! 
This week we started off with a celebration or two, Happy Birthday to Priya and Tommy 🎂🍧🧁.


On Tuesday we celebrated Pancake day and we had lots of fun.Take a look at our cooking our eating, our races and a story about a Wolf and some pancakes.🥞



Mr Wolf's Pancakes, by Jan Fearnley

Mr Wolf's Pancakes, by Jan Fearnley. Read aloud by Nigel Planer. Your children will love this funny picture book!📚 Check out our website for more must-read ...

Here are some of our Pancake Day activities that we have explored in Ladybirds 🥞🐞

This week has also been a week of saying thank you to others, firstly the parish council for buying us 4 fantastic balance bikes

Secondly to Mrs Tomlinson and all the wonderful families for making World Book Day so special. Make sure you take a look at our new Tree House which is in our Reading Garden as you pass school!

If you are struggling to choose a book to buy with your book token check this one out….. the Ladybirds love it❤️🐞.

Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes

Story by Eric Litwin, Art by James Dean, Edited by Stephen Lentz, Music & Narration from HarperCollins Children's Book

Our final week of this half term has been another week learning about families. Thank you to all of the families who sent in their fantastic pictures the children really enjoyed talking about their grandparents aunties and uncles. 

We Are a Family | Jack Hartmann

We are a Family is a song about cooperation, friendship and how all the things we do to show love make us strong families. This song can strengthen school f...

This week is also the week we share all the learning from this half term on our learning wall. Take a look we have been really busy!

We also made some fantastic artwork for Valentine’s Day with a little help from the Bees class which is on display in Dunelm Mills!


We finished our week by raising funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital. We had a purple party a purple pass the parcel and lots of purple food treats. Many thanks to all of the parents for you kind donations of food and money. 

So from all of us ladybirds we wish you a safe and happy half term and look forward to seeing you next half term for lots more fun learning.🐞😊

This week in Nursery has been all about us and our families. We have been extending the children’s knowledge of what a family is through stories and activities. We want the children to learn that there are all kinds of families, many of them different and that it’s important to respect and love each other as a family.

Click on the link to hear a story about a family that all like different things!

We have also been sorting the wild animals in to families too!

Next week we shall be looking at extended families and family trees. Please send your pictures of Grandparents Aunts and Uncles to school for your children to share.


This week we have decided to start to develop our outdoor playground and with a kind donation we are going to buy gravel and sand to make a big drop in sand pit next to our mud kitchen, it’s work in progress but we know it will be fantastic for the children.

Don’t forget it’s half term from Friday so it’s only a 4 day week this week. Let’s hope it’s great weather so that the children can spend time outside having fun!

Gung Hey Fat Choy! Or Happy Chinese New Year to you! 
What a fantastic fun week we have had learning about Chinese New Year in nursery. First we listened to the story of how each new year is named after a different animal. Click on the link to see the story for yourselves.

Outside we practiced ordinal numbers with animal races and it wasn’t always the rat who came first. inside we retold the story on the Spot tray.

Follow the link to find out more about celebrating Chinese New Year. This year is the year of the tiger.🐯

The children really enjoyed lion dancing too!

On Friday we made our own stir fry and it was delicious!🥢🥡

At Forest school we explored the feel and the force of the wind with our carrier bag kites.🪁

Windy day fun with carrier bag kites!

This Week In Ladybirds 🐞

This week has been a great week in Ladybirds with lots of fresh air and outdoor learning taking place as week took part in the RSPB big schools birdwatching activities. This weekend is the big garden birdwatch weekend, click on the link to find out more.

we started the week by going out to find where the birds live. We looked for clues such as nests in trees, listening for birds and we even found bird poo in snake wood, a sure sign that the birds were about!

We researched how to make bird feeders and made lots and lots to hang around the outdoor spaces. Thank you grownups for your donations of seeds and cones. 

How to Make Pinecone Birdfeeders

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You can you peanut butter or lard to make the birdseed stick to the pine one. We used lard, take a look…

The children practiced their observation and counting skills on our bird watching walks.

Our story this week was of course Owl Babies click on the link to read the story here.

Owl Babies Picture Book Animation

This is only a small selection of the things we have done this week, we have also had lots more fun birdwatching indoors on our outdoor area and singing bird songs and playing lots of outdoor games with Mrs Webster.

Ahoy me hearties it’s been a week of pirates and treasure hunts in Nursery and what a great week it has been! The children really enjoyed pirate stories last week so went followed their interests and extended their learning further with this theme, ending with a pirate day on Friday. 

Treasure hunt am nursery and full time

Treasure hunt pm nursery and full time

We have been practicing our name writing and drawing skills by making pirate hats and flags!

We also made great use of the silver coins that James brought in. A perfect way to count and recognise numbers on the coins.

Pirate buns and counting skills!

We have also been decorating treasure boxes finding coins in the sand and even digging up frozen treasure! 

Happy New Year to everyone and a warm welcome back to school. This term has started off with a surprise from Father Christmas. He sent us 2 pets to look after, Lynn and Mavis the guinea pigs. The children have really been excited about them and have already begun to take care of them.

This week has also been fun at forest school and we have discovered an interesting patch of mud, thick oozy gooey mud which the children loved stamping and squelching in.

We have also started reading pirate stories following the children’s interests. This has extended into treasure hunts and pirate ships. We have been learning pirate songs and even walking the plank! 

Click on the links to sing pirate songs with your child.

This term see the start of more group work and setting learning tasks. One such task is name writing and every child has has a name writing kit sent home this week. We ask you for your support to help your child to write their name every day. Little and often is the key to success. We practice daily at school and together we expect all children to be able to write their name by the time they move to Reception. As you can see they are already working hard.

It’s finally here! Merry Christmas everyone! What a busy half term we have had! I know we have updated our web page weekly but I just wanted to show you our Learning Wall where we build the children’s learning Journey.

It’s been a busy final week too! What with Christmas Lunch for the full time children and those delicious Yorkshire puddings and roast spuds! 

Then it was movie day!

Our last day before Christmas in Nursery was a proper party and we had a visit from you know who! He left a big sack of presents for the children.

So all that was left to do was party, play pass the parcel, musical chairs and eat lots of party food! Including jelly and ice cream 🍦 

So all that’s left to say is a huge thankyou for your Christmas gifts cards and most of all for giving us your most precious gifts to look after here in the Ladybirds. Stay safe, enjoy, celebrate and we will be back for more fun in the new year. 

And so do we …….

Not long to go now until Christmas! This week has been another busy week getting prepared for our final week of Christmas celebrations. We have been making gingerbread stars and used them for our maths focus activities.

We also had great fun singing our 5 little snowman song! Follow the link to hear the full song.

5 Little Snowmen Standing in a Row | Snowman Songs for Children | Lyric Video | The Kiboomers

The Kiboomers! 5 Little Snowmen. Snowman songs for children.★Get this song on iTunes:

At Forest school we found a very naughty Elf who had been up to mischief in the class!

We had a visit from the ladies at St Andrews Church and they told us all about Christingle and we made our own Christingles on Friday.

Of course these are the highlights but as always lots more has taken place.

It’s official Christmas is coming and this week we have been starting to get ready for it!

The children have been decorating a tree, practicing their fine motor skills in the salt tray and making cards and calendars for you. On Friday we filmed our Nativity play and very soon you will be able to see it on the Dojo!

Some of our activities and stories

The most fun we have had this week has been outdoors and the weather has been fantastic, we have learned so much through our senses and experienced wind, snow, rain and ice! So much questioning, suggesting ideas and finding out!

Snow days are the best days!

There are lots of things happening in Nursery at the moment so please check our news windows and the class dojo to keep up to date.

This week we have been doing lots of maths activities through our bear stories and especially our story about a very nosey little girl and 3 bears. Can you guess who we are talking about?

The story dragon left these stories this week!

Sing along with the story here.

Here are a selection of our maths activities looking at size

We also experienced the story too! First we made the porridge, next we went for a walk in the woods and finally we ate our porridge, you can see we really enjoyed it.

At Forest School we tried out the new resources making beds for the bears and using the new hammocks!

It’s all about the bears this week!

Our story dragon Zog has left us stories about bears this week. I think it is because the children love a bear story and because on Friday it is Children in Need Day. Our hero of Children in Need is the lovely yellow Pudsey Bear!





Our Story Dragon

Click on the links to share these stories at home

Storytime: Bears Don't Eat Egg Sandwiches with Julie Fulton

Jack has a visitor for lunch... but it's a bear! Jack's egg sandwiches aren't up to scratch, so what DO bears eat for lunch?Find out by watching Julie Fulton...

Peace at Last

Peace at Last by Jill Murphy, brought to life by Simple Stories!Please visit our;Website - http://www.simplestories.netFacebook -

So we needed to find out what bears do eat, in the book it had a jar of jam so we decided to make jam sandwiches.

We left him some delicious sandwiches to try.

We had a reply from the bear….

Well we had to make crackers too!!! A great excuse to count out and develop our fine motor skills again!

We are really pleased with the children starting to do their own writing too! You can practice writing or getting ready to write at home here are a couple of ideas, tummy writing, drawing on rolls of wallpaper and dough disco which develops the strength and stamina needed to hold a pen.

Fine motor development | Playdough song | If you're happy and you know it

A fun playdough song to develop fine motor control and coordination - get your kids ready for writing! Easy to follow playdough routine which is 3 minutes lo...

Leaves, Rockets and Aliens in Underpants, Whatever Next!

Nursery has had a great week of learning and it all started with one of our focus children’s interests. Your parent consultation sheets help steer our planning towards the children’s interests and this week has been a prime example of this. Please continue to fill them in each half term and put photos onto the dojo. 

Aliens Love underpants - Books Alive! Read Aloud book for kids

Books Alive! Read aloud Claire Freedman and Ben Cort's super funny tale of how Aliens nick our knickers! More funny reads here

Rockets, Aliens and Whatever Next

Lots and Lots of Lovely Leaves!

Raking, collecting and making a bug house and lots of creative fun too!

Welcome back to school Ladybirds!


This week has been such a busy week, we have had lots o fun and have been thinking about celebrations. We started the week looking at your Halloween trick or treat fun.

Spooky fun

Then we had a Birthday celebration for Coben who brought in delicious cake 🎂 and we sang and celebrated with him.

Happy Birthday Coben

Our third celebration this week was Diwali on Thursday. The children learned about the Fest of Light and how people prepare and celebrate together with dressing up, music and dancing, food and lots of hands on fun.

we have also started to learn to read our names and put our coats and shoes on all by ourselves!

Another great week of learning for our lovely Ladybirds! This week we have been learning about the Gruffalo child because the children have loved the Gruffalo so much!

Looks like someone is enjoying their mouse treat!

A trap to catch a big bad mouse!

Take a look at our decorating skills . Here are our big bad mouse biscuits!

At forest school we went to set mouse traps too!

We have also loved loose parts play making houses boats and even a motorbike!

What a busy week we have had in the Ladybirds. We have been enjoying the Gruffalo story and have done lots of learning indoors and outdoors and really love the outside water play. We had an Owl ice cream shop, visited a Gruffalo den in a deep dark wood and even made a Gruffalo crumble using real tinned Gruffalo. Thankyou to Arthur for bringing us ice cream it was a lovely treat to have with the crumble! 

Who loves a bit of baking? Ladybirds do especially when it’s Gruffalo crumble!

Ladybirds Learning information for Parents

Nursery Ladybirds overview to learning

In our nursery we recognize and value the importance of your child’s first year in school. We know how crucial it is to foster a love for learning and to follow a child centered approach to teaching. We know from educational studies that children learn most when engaged and excited about something and that each child is individual. Although we need to teach your child a range of skills and ensure the next steps are met throughout our knowledge of child development we also know that your child’s interests may not be the same as the other 48 children in nursery and to get the best from each child we need to use a planning in the moment approach to our nursery curriculum.


What is Planning in the Moment?

Planning in the moment is a style of teaching and learning introduced by Anna Ephgrave. In a nutshell it is taking your child’s interests and teaching the next steps for learning for your child in that moment as they happen. It is child led, based on your child’s interest at that moment and requires skilled practitioners to support model and teach the next step for your child there and then.


How does it work?

Each child has a focus week over a half term. Parents are a vital part of the planning for learning process by filling in a parent consultation sheet and sending pictures from home . This guides the learning by informing the practitioners of current interests, things that are happening at home and areas that parents may want to focus in on to support their child. Practitioners then use this to carefully support your child over the week, tailor provision and use their interests to develop and teach the next steps in learning for your child. At the end of the week assessments can be made and targets for learning and development identified for their next cycle of learning.


What about learning to read and write and maths?

We recognize the need to develop firm foundations for Literacy and Numeracy.  To do this we teach phonics and maths mastery in Reception year and in Nursery we develop the prerequisite skills for to these. This is done through short differentiated carpet sessions which teach early speaking, listening and activities. We also teach maths through counting rhymes and provide activities to develop fine motor skills for writing such as dough disco and write dance. In addition we know how important developing imagination and reading stories is for young children and use the helicopter stories approach to gather children’s own stories and act them out together. We ensure that good quality stories are read every day.

……..and this is only half of the day!!!!!


Last year during the pandemic we introduced forest school for our full time children in nursery. The benefits to the children’s prime areas of learning was noticeable and had a massive positive impact on children’s wellbeing and self-esteem especially in such a time of uncertainty and worry. Each day the children spent one nursery session (morning or afternoon) on the school field in the different woodland areas learning about themselves and their environment.


What is Forest School?

Forest school is a developmental learning approach that hinges on the learner being actively engaged with their outdoor environment on a regular basis. For us this means daily, all year and in all weathers. It is a long term process of learning that takes into account all of the learning that can happen over the seasons. For example, the changes such as autumn leaves, the frost and snow and its impact on wildlife, the start of spring and looking for new life and growth. It is a time to connect with nature and at the same time develop the prime areas of learning fundamental to our early year’s curriculum. Physical development, communication and language and personal and social development. As a learner centered approach it starts with the child and follows their interests and observations. children develop independence and social skills far more quickly by putting on their own outdoor kit, changing shoes for wellies and by looking after their friends and helping them to do so. The chatting, problem solving and suggestions of ideas that takes place on a walk to the woodland could never be sustained through a circle time on the carpet in nursery!!


So this year all of our children full time and part time are together in one nursery class. We now run an alternate forest school/ class provision this means that if your child is in Nursery all day one session (am or pm) will be forest school and one session will be in the nursery provision. If your child is mornings or afternoons they will experience alternate sessions so each day, it changes from nursery to forest school. Please ask the teachers to explain if this does not make sense.


Welcome Ladybirds!

What a busy week we’ve had in ladybirds! We’ve had so much fun!🐞