Denby Dale First & Nursery School


Our 2-3 year olds are based in our light and airy purpose built room, which includes a space that is quiet and calm for rest periods and an open plan space for activities and mealtimes. This room has its own outdoor area to allow the children to choose between indoor and outdoor play throughout the day, as well as opportunities for planned activities around our spacious school grounds and woodland area.

The learning environment is carefully planned to enable the children to develop at their own pace throughout their individual interests. Staff observe the children to build on their existing knowledge and skills.

The children regularly join in with school events such as sports day and World Book Day along with trips to the local and wider community.


This half term...


The children in Dragonflies have been exploring colour and beginning to investigate light and dark. This has been linked to the children's own experiences and they have had opportunities to express their ideas through large scale painting, musical instruments, movement and malleable experiences.

The children have been particularly interested in the malleable experiences, so staff have followed this interest to develop language by modelling new words to describe texture and sound.

Key texts

Our key texts this half term are:

Owl babies - Focusing on repeated refrains and the idea of darkness

That not my fox/hedgehog- To develop new descriptive language 

Christmas Favourites -  Little Star, The Owl and the Star, Peppa's Christmas 

" There is always a variety of activities ready for the children each day."
" There is always a variety of activities ready for the children each day."