Welcome to our pre-school provision
We have Blackhall Bluebells (3 Year-Old Nursery Provision) with Mrs Sergeant, Mrs Siggens and Mrs Vincent.
Bluebells Times: 8:45am – 11:45am and 12:15pm – 3:15pm please enter by the gate via school walk and line up by the Nursery side door.
We also have Blackhall Butterfiles (2 Year-old Provision) with Miss Pilkington, Miss Robertson and Miss Bradley.
Butterflies Times: 9am – 12pm and 12:30pm – 3:30pm please enter by the gate via school walk and line up by the 2 year old main entrance.
Here is our Autumn newsletter.
In Early Years, children’s learning is based on a number of exciting topics, as well as through the children’s current interests and curiosities. We are incredibly proud to announce that we have been awarded the prestigious Green Tree Schools Platinum Award by the Woodland Trust for getting involved in green activities including tree planting, visiting local woodland, reducing carbon emissions and being a woodland ambassador. We take every opportunity to bring the great outdoors, wildlife and green issues into the classroom.
Blackhall Primary School provides a safe and nurturing environment where children develop on an individual basis guided by their natural curiosity and guidance of our experienced early year’s practitioners. We see the early years as a preparation for life and a foundation for everything which follows.
A guide to our pre-school curriculum is available to download below:
If you want to know what your child will be doing when, you can look at our timetable:
Musical Success for Blackhall Bluebells
Over the last few weeks, we have explored the story ‘Greta and the Giants.’ The book tells the story of Noble Peace Prize nominee Greta Thunburg, inspiring children to believe that ‘no-one is too small to make a difference.’ The story was promoted as part of Durham’s book festival ‘The little read.’ Durham Music Service were extremely keen to share our musical ‘provocations’ (ideas to provoke a musical response) on their Facebook Live.
Let’s Be Superheroes!
We have begun our new term exploring Superheroes and real life heroes through the topic ‘People who help us.’ Children have particularly enjoyed pretending to have super powers. They have developed their nurturing skills and abilities through role playing doctors, nurses, firefighters and police.
People who help us
I Can Cook
Throughout the year children are provided with opportunities to cook. This term the children thoroughly enjoyed blackberry picking and making blackberry crumble. Delicious!
Our Mini Zoo!
In our Bluebells classroom we pride ourselves on giving children real life experiences. At present we have a pet rabbit named ‘Gizmo,’ two giant African snails ‘Shelly and Sheila’ and a huge tank full of colourful goldfish. The child enjoy helping looking after our pets. Watch out for more pets in nursery…
Learning Through Play
Our nursery classroom offers enriching activities to enhance children’s learning and curiosity. In our Early Years setting, children have the opportunity to explore indoors and outdoors, making links between the two learning environments.
Our Outdoor Learning Environment
Forest School and Beach School
“The best classroom and the widest cupboard is roofed only by the sky.”
At Blackhall Bluebells much of our learning is based outside where contact with nature enhances creativity, well-being, attention and self- discipline skills. It also fosters an interest and enjoyment of learning.
“Mrs Sergeant I loved going out today.” – Nursery Child Aged 3 Years
We are currently in our sixth year of carrying out forest schools and have successfully achieved the Woodland’s Trust ‘Green Tree School Gold Award’ for our dedication to the outdoor curriculum. (See top of page for a picture of our award).
Last year we extended our outdoor activities and now offer a beach school programme throughout the year. During our ‘Outdoor Adventures’ the children have visited the local woodland and beach. They confidently explored den building, nature sculptures, tree climbing and FIRE!
Home School Links – Parents as Partners
At Blackhall Primary School we value the contributions parents/ carers make to their children’s education. In our nursery we have established excellent home school links and are proud of the fact that parents happily share learning experiences through Tapestry. By working together we can ensure each child achieves the best possible outcomes. We also offer workshops to enhance parental learning. Information to follow…
We are committed to improving the oral health of our children through the Early Years Tooth Brushing Programme. Blackhall Bluebells have regular visits from our local dentist nurse to encourage regular tooth brushing.