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The Nest

Welcome to The Nest

What is The Nest?

The Nest is our Nurture class which accommodates up to 10 children. We offer a home-style learning environment for children we feel benefit from working in a smaller group. The Nest runs 5 mornings a week (9-12) and children learn at their own individual developmental pace. 


The Nestlings register in their main classes every morning before attending The Nest, and join their classes for playtimes, lunchtimes, afternoons, and any whole-class special occasions and trips. 


Our ethos is based on the 6 nurture principles which supports the children's social, emotional and mental well-being. 

Class Teacher: Miss Whitehouse

Nurture Practitioners: Mrs Hammond, Miss Wood & Mr Pratt 

Autumn 1

This half term we are learning:

Key Text: The Colour Monster


EnglishMathsSocial & Emotional Skills
  • Narrative


  • Instructions
  • Place Value


  • Addition & Subtraction
  • Identifying feelings and emotions


  • Self Regulation


What's in the box?!

We are detecting what could be inside the box using our hands. This helps develop our language and communication skills. 

Sensory Play

We had fun manipulating and exploring the sensory rice. We are building our motor skills and hand-eye co-ordination. 


After drying our our collected leaves, we decided to make them into an autumnal bowl. We placed our leaves into a mold and coated them with PVA. We had to use both our fine and gross motor skills to achieve the design that we wanted. Stay tuned for our finished product! 

Leaf Hunt

Today, we walked around our school grounds to find a variety of leaves. We wanted lots of different shapes, sizes and colours ready to make our autumnal bowls. 

Miss Whitehouse was very proud because we followed instructions beautifully and we took turns carrying our basket for our partners. Sharing our responsibilities was a lot of fun :) 


We practice learning our sounds every day. We then use the sounds that we have mastered to build words. We can say our sounds and blend them together. 


In Maths, we are learning all about place value. We have practiced making a number using lots of different classroom resources. We understand that a number can be represented in different ways and that it holds its own special value. 


We can sit and wait patiently for our turn in a game. Here you can see us practicing asking for our peer's attention by saying their name. We then wait for their eye contact before we roll the ball. This helps us to practice turn taking and to pay purposeful attention during conversations. 


In English, we are learning about instructions. We looked at a recipe to help us to identify some key features. 

We found a list and gathered our ingredients. Next, we followed our numbered steps to make our recipe for our love colour monster biscuits. 

We had lots of fun! We took turns with adding ingredients to the bowl and enjoyed mixing, rolling and shaping. 


In English, we are learning to write a narrative using the book The Colour Monster. We have drawn a story map and ordered events in the story. We have written our own version of the the story. We focussed on writing simple sentences using capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. 


In Maths, we are learning about place value. We have been counting forwards and backwards within 20 and learning to recognise amounts by their number representations. We can count objects and identify one more than a number. We are now practicing ordering numbers to 20. 

Social and Emotional 

We are learning to work and play alongside our peers. This week we have played a variety of games and understand there can only be one winner and we celebrate our friend's successes. We are patient and can wait to take our turn. 


We thoroughly enjoy Snacktime altogether at our snack table and take turns in conversation to share news that we have about our week. 




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