Please could you bring back yourParent voice and Wellbeing questionnaires from parents evening if you haven’t already. It’s important for us to have your responses so that we can act on any feedback.

School places deadline for the September 2020 is Wednesday 15 January; please ensure you have completed admissions form by this date. Please see Dawn if you have any queries.


Diary Dates

18 December Forest School Afternoon
20 December Christingle Service 2pm


We would like to say a big well done to all the children that took part in the Nativity this week, it was amazing and you all sang brilliantly. Thank you to all the parents for the children’s costumes and your continued support.

We have been reading ‘Stick Man’ this week. We all got creative and created stick men so that we could use them to tell the story. We have been getting ready for Christmas by making lots of   festive crafts.

Unfortunately, Verity is still off but is due to return to us at some point in Term 3. If she is your child’s key worker and you have any questions or concerns, then please see Dawn who will be monitoring and completing their learning journeys.

What we are working on next week

Sounds Number Shape Colour
Tt 10 Star Ten Little Elves

Brown Bear, Brown Bear

On Wednesday, Reception visited Chiddingly for the day. They spent the morning with Oak Class, exploring different Owl themed provision, making woodland animals, nests and meeting new friends.

In the afternoon, we had a special visitor called Rusty. Rusty is a Tawny Owl, who was rescued after falling from a tree. The children got to feel how fluffy Rusty was and ask his handlers, Ben and Sophie, lots of questions.

All of the children loved having a picnic lunch and spotting all of the things in Chiddingly’s playground that were the same as East Hoathly’s. Miss Denney and Mrs Smith were very proud of how confident and well behaved the children were.

What we are working on next week

Sounds Number Shape Colour
Ii 5 Hexagon Grey


In Nursery this week, we read ‘One Mole Digging A Hole’. The children worked hard at recognising the numbers throughout the book and were able to tell us what number comes next. “What number comes after 3?” “4.” said Joesph. Sorrel even noticed there are rhyming words “Verity, carrots and parrots rhyme.” she said. Next week’s book is ‘Something Beginning with Blue.’

The children have been learning about the four seasons and the changes that happen outside. The children can now talk about the leaves changing colours and falling on the ground during Autumn. During Spring, the children have learnt that plants and flowers start to grow.

Our art work this week was inspired by Remembrance Day. We watched a short video on Cbeebies about Remembrance Day and looked at photographs of poppies and real medals that were brought in. This has helped the children to understand about this special day and create some beautiful artwork. They made poppy straws, coloured in poppy wreaths and designed their own medals using a variety of materials such as pens, pencils, glue, glitter and tissue paper.

What we are working on next week

Sounds Number Shape Colour
Tt 3 Square Blue


Welcome back everyone! We hope you all had a fantastic half term and restful week. It is lovely to see so many of the children back and hear about their half term adventures. We have heard lots of amazing stories about the children going trick or treating and days out to the zoo.

This week we have been reading ‘FunnyBones’. The children are beginning to understand the concept of night and day and the things and routines that take place each day either during the day or at night time.

The children have been looking at fireworks this week and have explored the patterns they make through painting and mark making. We have also watched some firework display videos on the   computer and discussed the colours we can see and sounds we can hear which links with our topic this term, ‘What Can You See?’.

What we are working on next week

Sounds Number Shape Colour
Aa 2 Circle Brown

Peace At Last

This week in Nursery we have been reading “Peace At Last”. The children have all enjoyed joining in with the sounds from the story, “Brrr” says the alarm clock, “Shine Shine” says the sun. The children have been telling us about some of their mummies and daddies that snore at home, as during the story Mr Bear is unable to sleep due to Mrs Bear snoring.

This week we have been able to spend a lot more time outside due to the drier weather which has been wonderful. So many of our children thrive in the outdoor environment and here at East Hoathly Nursery we try to think of our outdoor space as ‘a classroom that is outside’

The children have worked together fantastically outside to use large construction blocks, planks and grates to make bridges and towers using real life pictures as a visual aid.


We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

This week in Nursery, we have continued with our story ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’. The children have become very confident at re-enacting the story and sharing key phrases from the story, such as “We can’t go over it! We can’t go under it! Oh no! We’ve got to go through it!” The children had great fun acting out the story on the field, squelching through the mud in their wellies and pretending to walk through the ‘swishy swashy grass’. Their favourite part was being chased by Harry the bear!

The children used paint and rollers to recreate the forest scenes from the book and during messy play, the children explored rainbow rice with hidden textures inside. The children enjoyed using tweezers to pick out the different textures and correctly match them up with their picture. Using tweezers is a really great way to help children develop their fine motor skills, which will help them with their writing skills when they are ready to start learning to write.


What We Are Working on Next Week

Sounds Number Shape Colour
Aa 8 Star Yellow

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

This week in Nursery, our story has been ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’. We will be looking at this story over the next two weeks and we will be working with the children to see if they can recall, act out and order events of the story.

During circle time, we have been looking at our colour of the week and talking about what objects are green. Emily said “peas” and Jack said “grass.” The children have also been learning facts about polar bears, such as; their habitat, the colour of their fur, and their diet.

The children used cotton wool, pva glue and white paint fingerprints to create their own polar bear art work.

In messy play, we explored with shaving foam with wooden shape blocks, using the shaving foam to stick the blocks together like bricks. We also had pasta out in the tough spot with diggers and cars, and rainbow rice with puzzle pieces hidden inside.

What We Are Working on Next Week

Sounds Number Shape Colour
S 7 Diamond Orange

Hello Goodbye?

This week in Nursery, our story has been ‘Hello Goodbye?’ The children have all joined in with key phrases by saying ‘hello’ and ‘goodbye’ in squeaky and deep voices which they found very funny.

During circle time, we have been looking at our shape of the week - which was a rectangle. The children described the shape by discussing how many sides and corners it had. “It has 2 long sides and 2 short sides” said Neveah.

We have created trees using pva glue and green tissue paper, using our story ‘Hello Goodbye?’ as inspiration. The children have had the oats out in the tough spot and have been pretending to make porridge. Harry has been outside helping the children practise their balancing skills, throwing and catching skills and colour recognition.

We have enjoyed singing our Harvest Festival song ‘Thank You God’ and learning the actions. The children look forward to singing and dancing to our “Open the Book” songs at the end of each day: a particular favourite of the children’s is ‘God Loves Me’.

What We Are Working on Next Week

Sounds Number Shape Colour
N 6 Oval Green

Where’s My Teddy?

This week in Nursery, we have been reading our story ‘Where’s My Teddy?’. The children enjoyed sitting with a teddy while listening to the story. We also had props and resources out from the story for the children to play with and for us to see what they could recall from the story in their own words.

Inside Nursery we practised giving meaning to the marks we make when using whiteboards such as the letter sounds in our names. We are also focusing on supporting our children to begin to form the correct grip when using pens, pencils and crayons in Nursery.

We explored messy play through play dough by using different sized bear cutters and rolling pins to see what could be made. We have also been busy making hand print bears using brown paint for big brown bears and white paint for polar bears.

We experimented with large construction outside and have acted out the story of ‘Goldilocks And the Three Bears’ using laminated masks, chairs and play food. The children really have enjoyed this story this term.

Postman Bear

This week in Nursery our story was ‘Postman Bear’. The children enjoyed taking turns to open the flaps in the story and have sat and listened well.

We have also been exploring our shapes. The children practised drawing around shapes to make bear pictures and then colour them in. We have also been looking at shapes in our environment.

We had messy play with oats, pots and pans like in ‘Goldilocks And The Three Bears’, pretending to make porridge whilst also looking at the difference in size of things. “This bowl is the biggest - this is Daddy Bear’s as he is the biggest,” some of the children said.

Outside we worked together to build towers using the large construction blocks and have all taken turns on the bikes, cars and scooters.