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Athelstan School is an established provider of high quality education for 3 and 4 year old children. Our Puddles Nursery has undergone exciting and stimulating development and we are proud to boast of our excellent facilities, both indoors and outdoors. Our provision allows children to build on what they already know and to extend their interests. A play based curriculum forms the central part of our teaching and learning methods. We aim to create and maintain a caring and secure, cheerful, rich and stimulating environment in which children’s personal and social skills will develop so that they can become independent learners, responsible for their own actions. We offer both funded and sessional paid provision, including before and after school. If you are interested in our Puddles Nursery please select the admissions tab to download an application form, alternatively you may call the Early Years office and speak to one of our staff who will be happy to provide you with  more information.


This week we have been reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar. We have been printing with oranges, making paper chain caterpillars and exploring the different fruit in the story. We have also learnt about the life cycle of a butterfly. 

This week we have read the story The Three Little Pigs. We have enjoyed discussing the characters in the story and retelling the story using different props. We have also had lots of fun building and making different homes for the pigs.  

This week we enjoyed visiting the school orchard to look for signs of Spring. We have also enjoyed tasting pancakes and dressing up as our favourite book characters to celebrate World Book Day.


We have been learning lots of new information about dinosaurs. We have enjoyed painting different dinosaurs, making dinosaurs using different shapes and ordering different sized bones.


In Puddles we have been learning about the Chinese New Year. We have enjoyed making handprint dragons, dragon dancing, exploring with chopsticks and tasting different food. We learnt that it is the year of the pig and have had lots of fun making pink with the powder paint to create our own pig pictures.  

We enjoyed listening to the story about the Gruffalo. We painted pictures, wrote our own Gruffalo crumble recipes and drew Gruffalo's on the interactive whiteboard. We made patterns on snakes and counted purple prickles on the Gruffalo's back.

This Christmas in Puddles the children have had a wonderful time making Christmas stockings, painting baubles, decorating our Christmas Tree and exploring our Christmas themed classrooms.  The children have listened to a range of Christmas stories and have sang many Christmas songs.  The children had a fabulous time at our party, they danced, played games and ate party food.  We even had a surprise visit from Santa himself.  We would like to wish all our Puddles children and their families very Happy Christmas.

This Christmas in Puddles the children had the opportunity to watch Aladdin.  A panto company came into school and performed their version of Aladdin for our children.  The children enjoyed this expereince and liked watching some of their favourite characters perform in our school.

The children in Puddles had a wonderful day raising money for Children in Need.  They came dressed up in something spotty for the day, decorated buns, coloured in Pudsey Bear pictures and danced around to Jump Up and Dance.

In Puddles we have been reading the story Owl Babies.  We have been using folks in brown paint to create the birds feathers, developing our fine motor skills by feeding an owl 'worms' in our Funky Fingers activity and we have also been thinking about the number three as the story has three owls in it.

In Puddles we have been celebrating Bonfire Night by thinking about the sounds we hear on Bonfire Night, singing the song Ten Little Fireworks and reading the story of Hovis the Hedgehog.  We have also printed firework pictures using pipe cleaners and made firework shapes using metal pots and pipe cleaners.

We have also been thinking about the festival of Diwali.  The children have listened to the story of Rama and Sita, painted diva lamps, Mehndi hands and firework pictures.  They have also explored lights at the light table and thought about why people call Diwali the Festival of Light.

We have been reading the story of 'The Very Helpful Hedgehog'. The story is about a hedgehog who helps a donkey to eat apples that he could not reach by himself. The hedgehog found that by sticking apples to the spikes on his back meant that his new friend could eat all the apples that he liked. The children have thoroughly enjoyed the story and had lots of fun exploring apples just like the hedgehog in the story. We printed with apples, rolled them down the pipes ouside, painted pictures of them, counted them and described them! We have been very busy. 

As part of our Autumn topic we visited our school orchard to explore signs of Autumn. We had a lovely time and found lots of interesting things! 


We have had fun welcoming back some of our more familiar faces and meeting lots of new children. We are enjoyng gmaking lots of new friends.

We have had fun printing with potato mashers!