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Parents Evening Monday 7th February
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Hadrian Primary School

"An outstanding school where children make excellent progress" Ofsted

Be Unique;Believe, Achieve, Succeed Together

Nursery - Miss Gibson

Welcome to Hadrian Nursery!


Here you can find out more about our Nursery, see what our lovely children have been up to and keep up to date with important information.


At Hadrian Primary School we are very lucky to have our own purpose built Nursery on our school site. Children have access to our wonderfully resourced Nursery and fabulous large outdoor area! We currently run 2 Nursery sessions both in the morning and afternoon with 26 places in each for children aged 3-4. Nursery is the very first step in your child’s learning journey and we are committed to providing a safe, happy and stimulating first experience of school life.

Our Nursery Day

Our Nursery session times are as follows:

Morning session : 8.30am – 8.45am   Finish 11.15am -11.30am

Afternoon Session: 12.30pm-12.45pm – Finish 3.15pm – 3.30pm

We have a flexible drop off/pick up period of 15 minutes to allow parents time for multiple drop offs/ pick ups in main school.

Our Nursery Staff

Miss M Gibson – Nursery Teacher and Early Years Lead

Mrs J Whitehead

Mrs S Patterson


Term Dates

Spring 1

Return to school - Tuesday 4th Jan 2022

February Half term - School closes on the evening of Friday 18th Feb


What do you need to bring?

 Nursery Library

Children will receive their very own book bag and will get a library book each Friday if they have returned their previous one. Reading for pleasure is very important to support early literacy skills. Included in your book bag are some ideas of how to support reading for pleasure at home.

How we learn in Nursery

The Nursery curriculum is based around the 'Early Years Foundation Stage Framework' (EYFS) which covers 7 different areas of learning. These are:

  • Communication and Language 
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

Learning is play - based which means that on the whole, children choose the activity that they would like to do and their learning is supported and extended by adults in the classroom, as part of their play. Learning also takes place in small groups, or whole class sessions which we plan based around the children’s interests and topics relevant to them such as seasonal change.

Getting Ready for Nursery



We use the 'Tapestry' app to record observations of the children in Early Years. We add photographs, videos and comments about your child and what they have been learning at school. This is a lovely way for us to communicate with you as parents and you can also add photographs and comments about your child from home! 


You will be sent an activation code via email to gain access to your child's account. 

Please come and see me if you are having any issues with this. 

Settling into Hadrian Nursery!


We are having lots of fun settling into Nursery! We have been exploring our new classroom environment and garden as well as meeting new friends. We have created our very own self portraits and thought about how we all look very different and how we are all unique and special. 

Exploring our Senses


We have spent lots of time settling into Nursery and learning all about our different senses. We have took part in different activities using our sense of smell,touch.sight,taste and listening. We’ve enjoyed a listening walk with our big ears to see what we could hear in and around our school. We completed a taste test of different foods and used words to describe. Some of us though the lemon was “sour” and described the crisps and “ yummy” and “crunchy”. We used our bare feet to do a sensory walk where we had to walk through the “crunchy” cereal, the “spiky” grass and the “ cold squashy” jelly! We also had some smelly socks which we had to decide if they were smells that we liked or smells that we didn’t like! Take a look at some of our photos!

All about Autumn

We noticed the trees in our Nursery garden were changing and lots of leaves were falling to the ground. We talked about why this was happening. We learnt that it was because it was Autumn and in Autumn the leaves change colour and fall off the trees. We read the story we are going on a leaf hunt and decided to see what we could find on our own leaf hunt. We found leaves of different shapes and sizes and lots of different colours! 

Halloween Fun Day

We had lots of fun on our Halloween fun day at Nursery! We had a little monster disco, played a Halloween themed listening game where we had to identify to different noises and decorated our own Halloween biscuits. We explored slime, made our own pumpkins collages, poured Halloween rice and made our own potions! Everyone’s costumes were fabulous and a great time had by all! 

Week ending 5th November

This week in Nursery we have focussed on the story Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson. Our week started when we went out into the garden to find a broomstick had crashed in the yard along with a witch's hat. We thought the witch must be somewhere in our garden! We searched high and low and decided to make some 'Wanted' posters to help find her. We heard a wicked cackle and spotted the witch in our garden! Or we thought we did but it turned out to be Mrs Whitehead! We have made our own spells and potions this week too. We had to count out the correct amount of ingredients by following a special recipe! We may have turned some of our teachers into frogs fro a short time! We also used lots of magical coloured water to learn the mathematical vocabulary 'full', 'half full' and 'empty'. We ended to week by talking abut firework safety in light of bonfire night. We used our gross motor skills to make some large scale fireworks using powder paint outdoors! It was great fun!


Home Learning Task: can you spot any fireworks over the weekend? Can you listen to the sounds they make and name the colours that you see? Can you remember one way to keep safe around fireworks? We would love to see your photos uploaded to Tapestry! Have a lovely weekend!

Week ending 12th November


This week in Nursery we have been learning about the celebration of light called Diwali. We learnt all about how Hindus prepare for and celebrate Diwali and compared this to some of our celebrations such as Christmas and Eid. We noticed some similarities  in traditions and many differences. We made our very own special Diva lamps, tasted some Indian foods and made our own rangoli patterns.


At the end of the week, we learned the significance of the poppy. We watched 'Poppies' on Cbeebies and used apples to print our own poppies. We also searched our Nursery classroom to find objects which were red, black and green to make our own large scale piece of transient art. 


I wonder if your child can tell you anything about the celebration of Diwali? If they can upload a video or quote from your child to their Tapestry account!

Week Ending Friday 19th of November

This week in Nursery, we have been taking part in World Nursery Rhyme Week. Each day we have focussed on a new rhyme and completed activities linked with this rhyme. We have explored the following:

Monday- Down in the Jungle where nobody goes

Tuesday- Incy Wincy Spider

Wednesday- Wind the bobbin

Thursday- Heads, shoulders, knees and toes

Friday- Sleeping bunnies
 Take a look at what we got up to! I wonder if your child can sing any of the songs to you at home?! All of the children received a certificate for taking part! Nursery rhymes are very important to support literacy development. They help children discover rhythm and rhyme, develop vocabulary, practise listening skills and support memory and articulation as well as many other benefits. If you would like to find out more about World Nursery Rhyme week please see the following website: 


 Children in Need 2021

 We have had lots of fun for Children in Need day. We came to Nursery in our pyjamas and took part in lots of fun activities. We created playdough Pudsey bears, decorated Pudsey’s spotty patch by finger painting, used the tweezers and pom poms to decorate the patch and decorated our cakes to make them spotty! We have had a wonderful day and raised money for a great cause! Take a look at our photos! 

Week Ending 26th November

 This week in Nursery we have been exploring the story Stickman by Julia Donaldson. We have had lots of fun making our very own stick people, joining in with retelling the story and finding lots of new uses for sticks! Like in the story, we explored using stickman as a pen to make marks and as a mast for our own sandcastles. Some of the children even thought they found the family tree in our Nursery garden!  The appearance of Santa in the story has got us ready to begin some festive activities next week! I wonder if your child can tell you their favourite part of the story or could draw a picture of stickman? 

Week Ending 3rd December 

We have been getting into the Christmas spirit here in Nursery this week! At the beginning of the week, our beautiful Christmas tree arrived. We talked about what we knew already about Christmas time and we found out why Christmas is a special time for Christians. We joined in with the tradition of decorating the Christmas tree! It looked beautiful! We then had an arrival of a cheeky elf named Buddy! He explained that each day he might bring us a challenge to complete in Nursery or he may be a little cheeky!  On Friday we discovered he had frozen some of our toys! We then had to work out how to melt the ice and what was the quickest way to do so. The children came up with ideas such as “smashing the ice with our toy hammer”, “cutting the ice with scissors or knife”, “putting it in the sun”, “ hot water” and we decided to try some salt like we see Mrs Mulley using in the yard. We found out that smashing the ice worked well but the hot water melted the ice the quickest. We managed to save our beloved toys and wrote to Santa to let him know Buddy has been a little naughty! 

Week Ending 10th December 

This week the festive fun has continues here in Nursery. We have been working extremely hard to perform some  songs ready for our little video for all of our parents to see. We have also written to Santa to explain what we would like for Christmas and posted them in our magic postbox for Buddy to take back to the Norh Pole. Speaking of Buddy! He was a little naughty again and wrapped our tree in toilet paper! We have also been exploring the language of ‘heavy’ and ‘light’ by weighing different presents in Santa’s workshop. We found out that when using the balance scales, the heaviest item makes the balance scale go down. Lots of us thought that the bigger the item the heaviest it would be but we found out that is not always the case! Sometimes the smaller items are actually the heaviest! 

Christmas in Nursery


We had such a busy festive term here in Nursery. We had Buddy the elf visit from the North Pole and set us daily challenges as well as playing a few tricks on us. We made a range of Christmas crafts, learnt about the Christmas story for Christians and performed some festive songs. We also completed some ice investigations, enjoyed our Christmas party with a visit from Santa and our Polar Express themed day. Take a look at our photos!