Slade Nursery School Headington

Slade Nursery School Headington

' to provide the best possible start for each child.'

Free early years education for 3 to 4 year oldsNursery for 6 months to 5 year oldsFunded 2 year olds

Titup Hall Dr, Headington, OXFORD,
Oxfordshire, OX3 8QQ

01865 750670

Nursery Blog

Nursery Blog

January 2020

Oxford Science Centre 

The children have enjoyed their visit to the Oxford Science Centre. The children were able to explore and engage with activities that encouraged them to comment and question why things happen and how things work. 

December 2019

Visit to the Covered Market

Encouraging the children to talk and experience Christmas outside the nursery, we have taken a few children to visit the Christmas stalls at the Covered Market. The children really enjoyed the bus ride there and back,  as they watched and pointed out all the different things they could see through the window. 

Whilst walking around the market, the children spotted a few stalls that were selling Christmas decorations. The children enjoyed spending time looking through the window of the cake shop, as they all spotted the Frozen inspired decorated cake. 

The trip ended with a visit to the bakery where the children choose a biscuit that they could enjoy before heading back to the Nursery. 

November 2019

Visit from the Police Community Support Officers  

This week the children in Room 3 have shown interest in different occupations and ways of life. In order for children to experience real life occupations, we have invited the PCSOs to talk to the  children. The children enjoyed spending time with the PCSOs, especially getting the opportunity to try on a police hat and sit in the back of a police car. 

October 2019

Walk to Shotover Country Park

Recently we have been thinking about Autumn in Nursery, and to enhance the children's understanding of the changes that occur during this season we have taken the opportunity to take the children for a walk to Shotover. 

September 2019

Settling into Nursery

At the beginning of a new school year, we welcome our new and returning children.  The children have come into Nursery with great enthusiasm and excitement. The new children have settled in quickly, and are beginning to explore their new environment and form new friendships.

Outdoor Learning

This term, the children have all enjoyed spending lots of time outside in the garden learning. The children have been joining in with lots of activities to develop their coordination, balance and agility.

Through playing with water, the children have been busy exploring capacity.By filling and emptying various size containers, the children are beginning to use language of capacity such as; full, empty and half full.

The children are engaging in large scale mark making creating patterns, designs and expressing their ideas through paint.


Outdoor mark-making- the children have had a lot of fun out in the sun this week. Today we decided to paint the bridge, adding colour to our Nursery garden. 


Outdoor mark- making




Expressive Arts and Mathematical Thinking

Lots of expressive art and mathematical thinking has been happening in nursery. Through using a variety of objects the children have created wonderful pieces of art work while considering space and shape, symmetry and number.

Creature Visitors into nursery

A recent interest of bugs, slugs, creatures and animals has taken over the nursery. The children in Room 1 have been busy exploring the nursery garden in search of wildlife and have had some more exotic animals come into nursery t o visit them!

The children have been very interested to learn about the different stages of a ladybirds lifecycle as they found them in the garden. The children knew the best place to find them, renaming one specific tree 'The Ladybird Tree'. The children spent time with adults looking at ladybird eggs and larvae and talking about how they would change into adult ladybirds. 

Caterpillars and Butterflies

The children continued learning about lifecycles with the arrival of caterpillars into the nursery. The children observed as they grew, formed chrysalis and metamorphized into butterflies! The children loved watching the butterflies fly away as they were released into the nursery garden.

Bo and Bump - The Tortoise

The children were really excited to welcome Bo and Bump into the nursery. They have been busy finding out all about tortoise, how they need to be looked after and what they need to eat.

Fifi The Giant Albino African Land Snail

Another visitor into nursery was Fifi the Giant albino African Land Snail.  The children were fascinated to find out what she ate, how she moved and how she felt.

Teddy Bears Picnic

A group of children had the excitement of going on a Teddy Bears Picnic at Oxford Brookes University. The children were taken into the woods to a special shelter t keep off the rain. 

While the children clutched their teddies they listen to stories being told and joined in with a song or two.

The children were then set the challenge to build a shelter for their teddies. The children ran off to find just the right sticks for the job!

The trip ended with more stories that the children could join in with and a drink and a biscuit.

Ten Black Dots

The children in Room Two have been enjoying the number story 'Ten Black Dots'. They have been thinking about how they can link number to art.

"1,2,3,4,5 balloons!"

"I want four dots. 1,2,3,4. A car. This is my car!"

Nursery Visit to the Oxford Museum of Natural History

Nursery Visit to the Oxford Museum of Natural History
Nursery Visit to the Oxford Museum of Natural History

"Me go there and me put hand in his mouth. He eat me!!!"

A group of children from nursery had a fantastic trip to the Museum of Natural History where they were able to explore the wonders of the natural world.

The children were fascinated by the dinosaur skeletons and their sheer size.

"We saw dinosaur bones. It was really big! I like T-Rex."


There was lots to see and touch and some brave children were happy to stroke the bear, noticing how the fur felt under their hands. The children also noticed the size of the bears paws.

The children were really interested in the interactive screen where they could enlarge pictures of insects so they could see them in detail. The children then noticed the same pictures hanging on the walls.

We even found a T-Rex!!!!

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