Little Vines Nursery

W/E 11th September 2020

What an amazing start to Little Vines!  It has been wonderful having our classrooms full of children’s voices and laughter!

The children have settled very well and it is just as though we have never been away! Our little ones always amaze me with how they demonstrate such resilience and adapt to changes, just like our Pre-Prep Pal Terry Tortoise.

This week the children had their first gym lesson with Mrs Towner; WOW, we couldn’t quite believe how well the children joined in with all the fun activities. Mrs Towner said it was as though the children had been at Vinehall for ever!

On Tuesday we went off on our Woodland Adventures and explored the “BIG BIG woods”, as one of the children called it. The children were full of curiosity as they explored exciting camps made from wood and we even found lots of enormous holes which apparently the ‘Gruffalo’ lives in!

Long may the happy faces, laughter and fun continue!

We send Birthday wishes to Axel who will be 4 on Saturday; have a super day!


W/E 26th June 2020

What a hot week we have had!

Mrs Powis treated us to an ice lolly on Thursday, it was the best way to cool down!

We have had a busy week retelling the story of ‘The Enormous Turnip.’ The children all learnt the sequence of the story and were able to retell and create their own stories; they were a joy to listen to!

We had the whole week to practise and participate in our Sports Day Races. We were so impressed with how fast the children ran and they tackled the new challenges with great determination, just like Terry Tortoise!

The Kindergarten children were busy exploring transport and focusing on wheels. This led them onto talking about water wheels and together they worked out what they would need. The end result was brilliant and they worked just like Cassie Cat, asking questions and discovering the outcome.  Well done Kindergarten!

W/E 19th June 2020

What an adventure we have had this week!  We have flown to Peru in our aeroplanes, taken a boat to Lego Land as well as diving down in the deep dark sea in our submarines!  Just a few of the children’s amazing transport and destination ideas!

We went hunting for lots of twigs and sticks to create our boats. The children helped to cut string to connect the wood together and discovered how the boats could move with sails or oars, as well as finding out about what sinks or floats.  Some of the children used  a hacksaw to create their chosen form of transport and discovered that sandpaper can smooth off the edges.

Franklin brought in the most enormous wasps’ hive and we learnt all about how the hive was created.

What a change in the weather we experienced on Thursday!  Our welly boots were needed in order for us to have the most ‘splashing’ time jumping in and out of the puddles! We had forgotten what fun this is with all the dry weather we have been having!

W/E 12th June 2020

‘Ahoy there!  All aboard the Little Vines Pirate Adventure!’

What an adventure we had! The children were so excited and boarded their Pirate Ships to discover and explore all of Vinehall’s amazing grounds.  Did they find treasure?  Oh yes they did! Gold coins and golden shortbread biscuits were spotted at the end of the journey, hidden under the old oak tree!

This week  children have been learning about themselves. They have painted some amazing self-portraits and learned all about their body parts; they sang and danced to one of their favourite tunes, ‘Dem Bones, Dem Bones!’  They can certainly move ‘Dem Bones!’

Counting and writing numbers have also been a focus this week and the children have been brilliant; they are very keen to write and use the unifix cubes to count the number of children in school each day.

Writing and making books has been initiated by the children this week; we have had some brilliant creative storytelling, drawing and writing and have lots of budding authors in the making!

We celebrated Millie’s 3rd birthday with a delicious cake made by Chef Matt.  Thank you Matt!

Happy Birthday to Victoria who will be 3 on Sunday.

W/E 5th June 2020

Welcome back to Little Vines!

We are all very proud of the children who have returned with great resilience, just like Terry Tortoise, after a long break!

Children always amaze me by how they adapt to new environments and changes and our children at Little Vines have done just that! They have settled back so happily and it has been an absolute joy to see them all.

We have been very lucky with the weather and used lots of natural materials to count.  We also created cafes; the Vinehall take-away service was second to none, with mud pies, chocolate slugs  and pine cone cupcakes being very popular and at reasonable prices too! This activity also led on to lots of ‘writing’ and ‘mark making.’

The children have been learning all about  numbers 1-10 and decorated the numbers with rose petals which we found on our woodland walk. We used our senses to smell and look at the petals and decided that the pink petals smelt the best!

On Wednesday Mr Attwood came to take our Gym class. We loved running on the fields and learnt some new skills. Using the foam javelin sticks was a real hit with the children and some of them even managed to throw them a good couple of metres; watch this space for future Olympic competitors!

This week we welcomed a new friend, Millie, who has settled well and already knows the day to day routines! She told me her favourite part of the Nursery day is ‘Dinner Time!’

We wish Millie a very happy 3rd Birthday on Monday!

W/E 22nd May 2020

We have been so lucky to have the sun shining down this week;  it does help to lift our spirits and of course enabled all our Little Vines to go on their minibeasts hunts!

The children have been creating beautiful natural pieces of art using an outline of a butterfly and natural materials they have found in their gardens and on local walks. Using an I Spy sheet they have been butterfly spotters and learnt how to identify the different species.

They have also been busy making ‘Kindness Cups’ and talking about the importance of kindness. Some of our children gave the cup to their daddies saying

” My Daddy is kind and helps people keep their homes warm and their water running; but most importantly for bringing me some chocolate.”

” My Daddy is simply wonderful all the time!”

As we come to the end of this half term, I have to say we are all so proud of all our Little Vines children who have been just like Ollie Owl this week. They have demonstrated amazing concentration and remained focused on their activities, always trying their best.  Well done and the whole class received a special mention from Mr Powis when they received their Ollie Owl Postcard in his video this week.

During these last few weeks the children have blossomed and learnt so much and it has been lovely to hear how well they are all doing.  Keep up the wonderful support with the home learning parents and carers – you are all just as amazing as your children!

We wish Jamie a very special 4th Birthday on Monday 25th May.

W/E 15th May 2020

Another week has passed and once again what Busy Bees all the children have  been! Everyone has been busy creating their bunting for our charity following the theme of ‘unite.’

This week the topic was based around the story of ‘The Hungry Caterpillar’ by Eric Carle. The children created colourful caterpillars out of egg boxes, learnt about the life cycle of a butterfly, practised their sewing skills and painted the most beautiful butterflies.

We are still investigating our gardens and learning about growing fruit and vegetables. Savannah sent us a picture of a baby blackbird hatching!

Lots of children have now learnt their days of the week;  thanks to all you mummies and daddies – you will be humming the tune all day long now!

The letter of the week was the letter ‘p’ and the challenge was to create a pirate ship or a puppet.  Lots of fun was had, stories and adventures were told and yes treasure was found!

Keep up the positive energy and remember to always think about our Pre-Prep Pals in everything you do!

W/E 8th May

Nursery and Kindergarten children were busy bees last Friday when they created the most spectacular May Day crowns; they also danced around their home-made Maypoles – what a great effort everyone!

This week we shared another story by Vivian French, ‘Oliver’s Fruit Salad’. There were many challenges set, one of them being to find out how much juice could be squeezed out of fruit and being brave by tasting new fruits, just like our Pre-Prep Pal Maisie Monkey! All the juices looked delicious and some great combinations were discovered!

The children learnt about how crops are taken from farms and transported to the markets/shops and where in the world different fruits grow. Well done Nell for finding your tractor to help the farmer take his fruit and vegetables to the market!

We are all so proud of each and every one of you; keep smiling, be happy and always try your best!


W/E 13th March

Little Vines has been full of People Who Help Us this week. The children have been calling 999 and coming to the rescue! They have been very creative and designed their own emergency vehicles made from junk modelling.

On Wednesday we were very excited to welcome Mrs Rowsell, Florence’s mummy, who read ‘The Creature Choir’ by David Walliams. The children absolutely loved listening to this and we all loved having baby Margot join us too! Thank you Mrs Rowsell!

The weather has been kind to us this week and off we went on our Woodland Adventures. The children worked together just like Billy Bee to clear some wood and we then rolled all the way down the hill; such fun was had by all!

Chef Bear was also very busy cooking with the children this week and together they cooked ‘m’eatballs as the letter ‘m’ was the letter of the week! Chef Bear said that the children were brilliant at washing their hands before cooking and he gave them 10 out of 10 for the most delicious ‘m’eatballs!

W/E 6th March

What a busy week Little Vines have had. On Monday we were so excited to welcome the Battle Fire Crew with their fire engine. Ben, John and the crew were brilliant with the children and told them all about fire safety and everyone had a turn with holding the enormous hose and squirting out the water! The children learnt all about dialling 999 in an emergency and trying to remember and recall their home addresses.

World Book day was celebrated with the classes dressing up as their favourite story character. We had lots of Gruffalos and even had Gruffalo crumble for pudding at lunch time. The children listened to Mrs Alderson’s story-telling with great engagement and then proceeded to share their books with the rest of the Pre-Prep children. The older children were just brilliant at reading their books to our children and were very kind and nurturing to our younger members.

We celebrated Alice’s Fourth Birthday; thank you for the yummy Caterpillar cake Alice.

W/E 28th February

Welcome back to all our Nursery and Kindergarten families and a very special welcome to Sasha, Ted and Oliver who have joined the Nursery class.

What a busy, busy week we have had!  On Tuesday we celebrated Pancake Day with our traditional Pancake races.  We were very proud of the children; they joined in well and encouraged their friends to run as fast as they could!  After using all their energy for the races they refuelled with yummy pancakes for snack time!

The children have thoroughly enjoyed baking all sorts of delicious goodies this week and of course the best part of baking is in the eating!  We are all very excited about the Bake Off and have enjoyed working together just like Billie Bee.


W/E 14th February

Love is in the air throughout Little Vines Nursery this week as we celebrated Valentines Week. We have had a wonderful week chatting about our family and friends and how much we love and care for them. All the children said they loved their families so, so much!

We baked heart biscuits and created cards and wrote all about why we love our families; of course there were all sorts of responses from:

“ Because they give me cuddles and chocolate” to “Because they give me good fist bumps!”

Outside we created a bike wash and the children worked together just like Billy Bee to thoroughly clean the bikes at a hefty cost of £47, which according to one of the children, is the going rate!

The week ended with us all coming to school in our PJs and Onesies and dancing the afternoon away at the Valentines Disco!

Happy Half Term everyone!

W/E 7th February

Being Brave was the theme this week for all our Little Vines and weren’t they just!

Dressed as pirates they set off on their exciting adventure to find the hidden treasure. Just like Maisie Monkey they were brave venturing out into the unknown, following Captain Greenhalgh who was in charge of the map! Over rough seas and through undiscovered islands they went and eventually they found the hidden treasures, deep in the dark dark wood!

Then another opportunity to be brave came when the children tasted unusual fruit which began with the letter ‘p’: passion fruit, pomegranate and persimmon.  All the children experienced these new tastes and textures and we then whizzed them up to make delicious smoothies!

Thank you to Rex and Milo for bringing in the yummy cakes and we wish them both a very happy 3rd birthday next week, along with Neel who will be 4!

W/E 31st January 

Which birds can you spot? This was the question in Little Vines Nursery this week.

The children have been using binoculars to spot the birds all around our beautiful grounds. We noticed that there were lots of robins and crows and we are still keeping a look out for so many more! The children wanted to take the binoculars home so we look forward to hearing all about the different types of birds that flew into your garden this week!

The letter ‘t’ was our letter of the week and we all enjoyed eating warm ‘t’oast for snack time.

We would like to wish Elfie a very Happy 3rd Birthday on Tuesday 4th February.

W/E 24th January

The Nursery, Kindergarten and Reception classes worked together this week just like Billy Bee to celebrate the Chinese New Year. The classes  created some amazing Chinese Dragons and off they marched  down to the woods to re-enact ‘The Great Race.’

The Vinehall Chinese restaurant received a top rating of 5 out of 5 for food and service and the children were brilliant at using chopsticks to eat their noodles and rice. The fortune cookies blessed us all with good wishes and good health for 2020.

The Early Years department was full of creativity with drum making and rat creations and Mrs Garwood helped the children create the most colourful Dragon which you can see in the entrance hall – BEWARE!

We celebrated Vivi and Arlo’s birthday with delicious cake for us all, thank you! Happy birthday to Franklin on Sunday and Buzz also celebrates his birthday next week!


W/E 17th January

Our first full week back! The children have all now settled and the week has just flown by!

We have been talking about the winter months and the changes to our outside environment. To help all the beautiful birds that we see flying around the school grounds we decided to make lots of bird feeders and Mrs Wolford brought in a new bird house. The children chose to hang the new bird house up in the tree next to the vegetable patch. We have already spotted some robins having a feast!

This week the children were just like our farm friend, Harriet the cow, who is part of our handwriting programme. Harriet the cow likes to stand up tall and straight and the children can now use their whole bodies to act this out as well as drawing and writing from the bottom of the page to the top.

Our interests in space and the planets has been sparked by one child chatting about a special book that they had about the planets. This has been an amazing topic which has evolved during the week. Do please pop into the Kindergarten class and take a look at the amazing drawings and writing that the children have done.

We would like to wish Vivi and Arnold a very Happy Birthday for next week.

W/E 10th January 2020

What a wonderful week back, and our six new starters have settled into Nursery and Kindergarten life amazingly well. We have also welcomed Mrs Laura Wallbank into Kindergarten and all the children have warmed to her immediately.

The new play equipment kindly donated by the FOV has been well received, with the children spending plenty of time outside balancing on the beams and practising their building skills. The children have also enjoyed spending time with our Director of Sport, Matt McKinnon, who is taking them for their gym lessons while Nikki Towner recovers from her operation.

We are all looking forward to our “Winter Walk” adventures next week …

W/E 13th December

What a wonderful festive week we have had in our Little Vines Nursery.

We started the week with our Nativity.  We were so very proud of every child who performed.  It was an absolute delight even with the roaming sheep!  The children never cease to amaze me as you never quite know what will happen on the day; they certainly brought joy, laughter and such ‘happiness’ to us all!

We must say a BIG thank you to all the Mummies and Daddies for working so hard to create the amazing Secrets’ Room.  The children thoroughly enjoyed shopping for their families and they had so many wonderful gifts from which to choose.

Our Dress As An Elf Day was spectacular and the children all looked amazing!  We joined in with the rest of the Pre-Prep, playing games and decorating Christmas trees.  The tea party was yummy and we then … surprise, surprise  … had a visit from Father Christmas and his two helpful Elves.  Father Christmas was on such good form that he even remembered that it was Florence’s 3rd birthday and we all joined in to wish her a very Happy Birthday!

Photos of the Nativity can be found here

W/E 6th December

What great excitement we had on Monday when Jack Frost had been. The children found ice everywhere and we made ‘Ice-cream cake!’ The weather has been so beautiful and off we went for our Woodland Adventures to collect pine cones and climb trees.

On Wednesday there was a delightful smell of baking throughout the Pre-Prep; the children were busy bakers and baked the most delicious Christmas biscuits.

Also on Wednesday we had our Santa’s Workshop and were delighted to welcome so many children from our local community. All the children had a great time and were so excited at the surprise visit from father Christmas!

W/E 29th November

What an exciting week we have had! The children loved watching the older children’s fantastic play on Wednesday and we have celebrated two birthdays: Happy Birthday to Jesse and Xander! The children also had their gym lesson with Mr McKinnon this week, which they absolutely loved. Finally, we have had a great day today discovering all the Christmas decorations and the children dressed up as Elves, helping to create a colourful and creative environment!

W/E 22nd November

The weather has certainly turned cold, but this didn’t stop our Woodland Adventures! We made sure we were all wrapped up and off we went! What a wonderful time we had in our ‘Mud Kitchen.’  There were chocolate pancakes and worm muffins on the menu this week; what a treat!

The Vinehall Post Office has started to get really busy with all the children writing letters and wrapping parcels in preparation for Christmas! Apparently the reindeers are also getting ready to deliver all the gifts!

The children have also been aboard their Vinehall train which takes us all the way to London! They have worked together just like Billy Bee and made tickets for everyone. This led us on to set up our coding train which supports the children in early programming skills. The children were all brilliant and programmed the train to move in different directions as well creating sound effects!

W/E 15th November

This week in Nursery and Kindergarten the children have been little bookworms! We have loved reading some of Julia Donaldson’s books. The children in the Kindergarten class focussed their topic on ‘Room on the Broom.’  There was lots of magic being made, with magical potions and magical wands – watch out, watch out, the magic is about and you may be turned into a “Fishy Fish” or a “Sleeping Giant”!

The Nursery children chose to create their own Stick Men after reading ‘Stick Man.’  We all went off to the woods to collect sticks and the children created the most amazing Stick Men, with “Big bulgy eyes” and “ Fast running legs” and of course they all made their way back to their ‘Family Tree!’

We must say big congratulations to Savannah who completed a 500m run for Poppy Day. Fantastic running Savannah!

W/E 8th November

A big welcome back to everyone and a special welcome to Henry who joins us in the Kindergarten class, along with our very special Miss Bidwell.

What a busy week we have had: on Monday we were joined by Adam Stower, a children’s author from Brighton who has written some wonderful stories, one of which is called ‘Troll and the Oliver.’ Our very own Oliver was delighted with this and joined in with all his friends to create their very own Trolls!

We have celebrated the Divali Festival by making Diva lamps out of salt dough and cooking sweet potato and spinach dahl. All the children were just like Maisy Monkey who tries new things and tasted the dahl; some of them even had second helpings!

We were very lucky with the weather this week and had a super afternoon in the woods, where the children worked together to build bonfires with twigs and sticks and discovered all sorts of insects living underneath the logs!

What a wonderful start to the term!

W/E 18th October

Our last week of fun before the holidays!

Firstly, we celebrated Savannah’s birthday – she is three today, 18th October. She loved sitting on the very special ‘Birthday Chair’ at lunch time today.

We all went down to the woods on Tuesday and met up with Mrs Bennett and Year 1. All the children worked and played collaboratively together just like Billy Bee. The children used clay to create their own funny faces and creations onto the trees using natural materials from the woodland floor.

We have spent time programming our Duplo Coding Train. The children have been amazing at taking turns and are developing their understanding of how to operate the train.

We would like to wish you all a wonderful, restful and fun Half Term.

W/E 11th October

Firstly, thank you for all your contributions towards our Harvest Festival Assembly. The children were all so well behaved and it was so lovely to see so many Grandparents.

As usual our week has been filled with so much. The children created some ‘prickly hedgehogs’ using clay and hid them underneath all the autumn leaves.

Mrs B came to visit our Little Vines Doctor’s Surgery and the children prescribed the best medicine – ‘sunshine and cake!’

Our Little Vines chefs enjoyed creating banana, strawberry and orange smoothies and they used Mrs Greenhalgh’s super-fast blender to whizz up all the ingredients. We all squealed with excitement when we heard how loud and fast it was!

This week the children were introduced to the Bee Bots. They used their thinking skills to programme the Bee Bots and worked together just like Billy Bee to take turns.

W/E 4th October

I cannot quite believe we are still at the beginning of a new term! I say that because the Nursery children have settled so well and we are all so proud of them!

We have had such a busy week; Autumn has arrived and on Tuesday we went on our Woodland Adventures to collect all the beautiful Autumn leaves.

We have read the story of ‘The Little Red Hen’ and baked some delicious bread. The children were all very helpful – not like the animals in the story!

The Kindergarten children have been creating wonderful footprints using the dinosaurs feet and have enjoyed creating a hospital role play area. Please don’t worry about your children, as we now have so many ‘doctors and nurses’ to look after them all!

Finally, big congratulations to Mr and Mrs Chivers on the birth of baby Wynnie! We can’t wait to meet her.

W/E 27th September

The Nursery and Kindergarten children had their first experience of the year with Mrs Towner and the climbing apparatus! We were all amazed at how confident the children were and most of them climbed right to the top, just like Spiderman, as one of the children said!

They also made themselves into human triangles!

We have also be learning about our Pre-Prep Pals. The children have been just like ‘Terry Tortoise,’ trying new things and not giving up! Well done everyone!

Finally, we all wish a big Happy Birthday to Flynn who will be 3 on Sunday!

W/E 20th September

We have had a lovely week full of fun! The children have really enjoyed sharing their green and yellow items at circle time. We cut up Florence’s green courgette and added this to the delicious tomato soup that we made; all the children said it was ‘Yummy!’ We have put the recipe into their book bags so you can recreate this at home!

This week in the woods we used ‘Drum Sticks’ to create a marching band. The children marched all the way back to their classes, singing all the way!

The children have been brilliant at doing things for themselves and they are becoming very independent at putting on their outdoor clothes. Well done everybody!

W/E 13th September

The Little Vines Nursery have had an exciting week and we are all so very proud of all of our new children who have settled in so happily!

We went on a walk to the woods and on our way we collected some blackberries. We used these to dye some material and look what happened!  We also ate some; they were delicious!

Our vegetable garden has been blossoming over the summer months and we went to harvest some of the tomatoes. The children thought they smelled ‘delicious’ and we ate them for snack time!

We also had a first Gym lesson. Mrs Towner said that all the children were just so AMAZING and that’s exactly what we all think.

Our first week is done and we look forward to welcoming everyone back next week for more fun-filled adventures!

W/E 6th September

WOW, what an amazing start the children have had in our Little Vines Nursery! We welcome back both old and new families through our door. All of the children settled into their day so happily, choosing to explore the exciting activities on offer. The sun shone for us and we played outside in the garden, building dens, reading stories and climbing aboard the pirate ship to find the treasure! Lunch time was a true highlight, where everyone enjoyed the delicious lunch, sitting together with their new friends. The afternoon was packed full of sand and water play, as well as washing all the babies and writing lots of shopping lists (which of course included chocolate cake!) We ended the day with a picnic and story time outside…

Happy first days at Little Vines Nursery for everyone!

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