Denby Dale First & Nursery School


Our 2-3 year olds are based in our light and airy purpose built room, which includes a space that is quiet and calm for rest periods and an open plan space for activities and mealtimes. This room has its own outdoor area to allow the children to choose between indoor and outdoor play throughout the day, as well as opportunities for planned activities around our spacious school grounds and woodland area.

The learning environment is carefully planned to enable the children to develop at their own pace throughout their individual interests. Staff observe the children to build on their existing knowledge and skills.

The children regularly join in with school events such as sports day and World Book Day along with trips to the local and wider community.


This half term...

Over the coming weeks the children in Dragonflies and Nursery will be exploring Winter. The children will have the opportunity the join in with our ice investigations and develop an understanding of the freezing process and melting. The children will have the opportunity the use tools to break the ice too.
 We will be looking at the frost in our outdoor area and creating marks using sticks to scrape this. 
Our focus stories are "We're Going on a Bear Hunt" "The Gruffalo's Child" and "That's not my Snowman." From this, the children will be looking at tracks and creating patterns using paint, shapes and natural materials in the outdoor area. 
Here are our key words that the children will be learning to use in context over the coming weeks.
Key Vocabulary for Dragonflies: Cold, wet, hard, Freezing, ice
Key vocabulary for Nursery: Slippery, Freezing/freeze, melt/melting, crunchy, crisp, frosty 
The children have also been particularly interested in performing songs and dances, so we have created a "Showtime area" for them to express this creativity.
" There is always a variety of activities ready for the children each day."
" There is always a variety of activities ready for the children each day."