Hoyle Nursery School

Chesham Fold Road, Bury, Lancashire BL9 6HR

0161 761 6822


An Easter Tales Toolkit Story

The Foxes group created a special story with rabbits in for Easter. 

The characters were rabbits.

The setting was grass with eggs on it.

The problem was a rain cloud and lots of rain water.

The solution was an umbrella and lots of little umbrellas for the children to hold. 

I think Jen may have got a bit wet creating this story! 

Easter Nests

The children have enjoyed making chocolate nests at Nursery. They looked at the chocolate and how it changed when it melted. It smelt delicious!

Story Wow - The Three Little Pigs

This half term we have been reading 'The Three Little Pigs'. We have been signing the story,  retelling the story using props and even built a big brick house in our outdoor area.  

Tie Dye and Sewing 

The children have been using fabric dyes to create some wonderful effects on some plain white fabric. They have then used the fabric to sew some stiches onto. Look how carefully they are threading the needle!   

Clay Pots and Sunflower Seeds

Here are N3 using clay to create their plant pot for Mother's Day, then planting their sunflower seeds. We also drew some fabulous pictures of our Mummies.  

Tales Toolkit - Toadstool Story 

The morning children worked with Katy to create a story and the afternoon children worked with Kirsty. It was so interesting to hear how the children created such different stories using the same props. 

Tales Toolkit - The Three Little Pigs (with a difference!) 

Our Foxes group enjoyed creating a story about the Three Little Pigs (Character), in the setting of the straw house. The problem (der! der! der!) was the wolf and a fan which blew the straw house down. Luckily, we had a solution bag which contained a lion. The lion chased the big bad wolf away.  

Tales Toolkit - A Frog Story

The character was a frog, the setting was a pond, the problem (der! der! der!) was no water for the frogs luckily in the solution bag there was water. 

Our Foxes group loved creating this story and especially exploring the water in the pond. 

Tales Toolkit - A story in the dark!

In our latest sensory Tales Toolkit story created by our Foxes group, the character was a little star. The setting was a very twinkly night sky. The problem (der! der! der!) was a spaceship which the children are familiar with and are aware usually lights up and plays music, was not lighting up. The solution was a torch for each of the children to light the way for the spaceship. 

Exploring Clay

Our Foxes group have been using clay this week and had lots of fun exploring and investigating this new texture.  

Chapati Making

After reading the story of 'Little Red Riding Hood' and seeing the bread that she had made for Grandma, we decided to make some Chapatis. We followed the recipe, counted out all of our ingredients and used our 'kneading skills' to work the dough. We had a taste of our chapatis at Nursery and took some home to share with our families. We thought they tasted delicious!

Our Story Wow - Little Red Riding Hood

Throughout this half term we have been reading the story of 'Little Red Riding Hood'. We have used props to enhance the story and also acted out the story on a large scale using role play and giant construction. We even did some fantastic mark making about what we thought the wolf might like to eat (if he didn't eat Red Riding Hood).

Tales Toolkit Small Bags

Following lots of storytelling using our big bags in group stories, we have now introduced a Tales Toolkit small bag which the children can use to create their own stories in the classroom.
The children have loved using this new resource.

Look at this fabulous story -
Character - Mummy
Setting - Her house
Problem - Hammer - it breaks her house
Solution - A bear - he fixes the house. 

We are so excited to see what stories our children create using the small bag. 

Tales Toolkit Outdoor Apron

Following lots of storytelling using our big bags in group stories, we have now introduced a Tales Toolkit apron which the children can use to create their own stories in the outdoor environment.
The children have loved using this new resource. Look at this fabulous story -
Character - Bee
Setting - Forest (the children collected sticks and pine cones for the bag)
Problem - A piece of bark - the bee ate it and it was too big and heavy so now he can't fly
Solution - Green leaves - the bee ate the healthy food so now he can fly again. 

We are so excited to see what stories our children create using the new apron. 

Tales Toolkit Sensory Story - Little Red Riding Hood

Our Foxes Group have been busy creating another fantastic sensory story using our Tales Toolkit big bags and symbols. 

This time it was a Red Riding Hood Story. 

Character - Red Riding Hood
Setting - Kitchen (frying pan and tongs)
Problem - no bread/no food (empty bread basket)
Solution - The children made their own bread whilst joining in with the singing " This is the way we mix the bread, mix the bread, mix the bread, this is the way we mix the bread"
"This is the way we pat the bread"

Well Done Foxes. This looks lots of fun! 


A very windy week! 

We are certainly getting to experience some extreme weather conditions at Nursery. First the snow and then the winds. We took advantage of the wind and did some kite building and kite flying.  

A very snowy week!

The children have loved exploring in the snow in our outdoor area this week. We have been sledging, making a snow lady, rolling snowballs, investigating ice and creating snow angels. 

A Goldilocks sensory Tales Toolkit Story

The children in Foxes Group have been using our Tales Toolkit bags to retell the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. There were lots of opportunities for the children to join in with the story including some porridge tasting and some hammering to help fix baby bears chair. 

Bird themed Tales Toolkit Story 

As part of our RSPB Big School's Bird watch week, the children have been creating their own Tales Toolkit bird stories. We had a robin in the character bag, a nest as our setting, some eggs were in the problem bag and a blue tit was the solution. What story do you think you could make using these props? 

Woodwork - Making Bird Feeders

To coincide with the RSPB Big School's Birdwatch, we have been making wooden bird feeders. This involved the children sawing their wood and drilling holes into it. They then painted their finished pieces ready for bird food to be added and for them to be hung in the trees. 

Christmas Tales Toolkit

We used some Christmas characters and props to create a seasonal Tales Toolkit story. 

Snowman Art

As we didn't have any 'real' snow this week, we used flour to create some fabulous snowman art work in our outdoor area. 

Tales Toolkit

The children in our Foxes group created a fabulous Tales Toolkit sensory story using the characters from the Gingerbread Man story and trays of water as the problem. 

Gingerbread Man Experiment

After reading the Gingerbread Man story, acting it out and making our own Gingerbread Men for the Nursery Christmas tree, we then did a Gingerbread Man experiment. We put our Gingerbread Man biscuits into four different liquids to see what would happen. We tried the biscuits in milk, vinegar, oil and warm water. The children enjoyed making their predictions and then carrying out the testing to see what happened. Can you guess what happened to the Gingerbread Man in each liquid?

Woodwork - Sawing Skills

The children have now been introduced to saws in our woodwork area. They have been learning to cut pieces of wood, which is building their hand strength, developing their hand-eye coordination and improving their concentration skills.  .

Making Gingerbread

After reading the story of 'The Gingerbread Man', the children followed a recipe to make a salt dough gingerbread man to hang on the Nursery Christmas tree. They counted out and measured all of their own ingredients before using a cookie cutter and then decorating their gingerbread man.   

Story Wow! - The Gingerbread Man

This half term we are reading the traditional story of 'The Gingerbread Man'. We have explored different objects from the story and read the story at group time. We thought the ginger smelt very spicy! We have been using our story tray to retell the story using the props.   

Betty the Bulldog

We had the pleasure of another adorable puppy visiting at Hoyle today. The beautiful Betty, owned by a member of staff, came to brighten up a cold wet morning. As you can see she put big smiles onto our faces. We loved our cuddles and hope Betty comes to visit again soon. 

Tales Toolkit - Road Safety Week

We used our big bags to create a Tales Toolkit story which encouraged the children to think about how to cross the road safely. 

Puppy Visit

The children in Nursery 3 had a wonderful surprise visit today from a beautiful French Bulldog Puppy called Nevada. Nevada belongs to one of our Nursery children. The children were very excited to meet her and loved the opportunity to give her a stroke or a cuddle. We would love her to come and visit us again so that we can watch her as she grows bigger. As you can see the Nursery staff loved her too! 

A bonfire themed Tales Toolkit story

This week our Tales Toolkit big bags contained a firework picture and a bonfire picture. The children enjoyed using these as part of their story making. 


Woodwork Area

The children are really enjoying using our woodwork area. They have been shown how to use the equipment safely and have been developing their skills in using a hammer and nails. Some children also painted their wooden models.  

A balloon themed Tales Toolkit story 

This week we created a story about a jumping frog. The frog went to a party, where he ate candy, carrots and cake! There was a big problem. The frog was playing with a balloon and it blew away. Luckily we had a solution, a big bear came to the rescue and he found the balloon and gave it back to the frog. 

The frog lived happily ever after.  

Black History Month

October is Black History Month. Hoyle Nursery have been taking part in this national event which includes elements of celebration, recognition and reflection. We have been listening to some of Bob Marley's fabulous music and joining in with some singing, dancing and drumming.  

Achievosaur Dinosaurs

To help the children understand the 'Characteristics of Effective Learning' and the different ways that they and their friends play, we have introduced our 'Achievosaur Gang'. These are a set of dinosaurs which each reflect a different characteristic. There are 9 dinosaurs that the children will be introduced to throughout the year. The children were very excited when our first dinosaur, the 'Explorasaur Dinosaur' hatched from the egg. The children were awarded Explorasaur stickers if they were seen exploring activities and resources in our indoor or outdoor areas during play. 

Tales Toolkit

We have introduced 'Tales Toolkit' in both N2 and N3. It is a fabulous resource which supports the children in creating their own stories. We used our 4 big bags to introduce the children to the 'Character', 'Setting', 'Problem' and 'Solution'. As you can see from our photographs the stories are lots of fun! There are songs, actions, silly voices and exciting resources to engage and motivate the children.  

Roald Dahl Day

To celebrate the work of one of the most cherished storytellers, we held a 'Roald Dahl Day'. We made delicious chocolate crispy cakes, before using our Wonka Golden Ticket, to watch the chocolate room scene from the film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.   

Fine Motor Development

Weaving, threading and sewing requires strong finger muscles and good co-ordination. In support of their fine motor development, our children first strengthen their gross motor systems, building core muscles and shoulder strength to be able to keep their arms stable. For example, climbing, throwing balls, weaving and mixing. This helps build the muscles children need to pinch a needle or use a pencil for writing. Practising using our finger muscles like this helps children to pick up and move small objects, take things apart and put things together, and later it will help them grip and move a pencil well when they write.


Learning about mathematical concepts and number is all around us. This week in Forest School the children have been using lots of different language associated with maths - heavy, light, more, less, in, on, and under. The children also made a fruit salad for their snack and counted the pieces as they cut the fruits. 

Forest School

The children have enjoyed their sessions in Forest School this week. They have been making natural flower pictures, used their senses to explore, worked as a team helping friends, used different tools, extended their interests - (the children enjoyed watching the horses during the King's Coronation and wanted to recreate the experience by making horses), problem solving, making dens, balancing on the wood and overall having lots of fun.


We have been learning how to use all the equipment in our Woodwork Area. We can now use the drill, saw, vice and hammers safely and we have enjoyed designing, making and painting our models.

Spring Term 1

What a wonderful half term we have had! We have been learning how to use the different tools in the woodwork area and we made our own Christmas tree. We have been mark making, measuring, making shapes, baking, counting, exploring outside and making memories with our friends. 

What a fabulous half term we have had and we have learnt so much!

Our children love going on the 'Woodland Walk' every week. They explore the woods and nature, find exciting bits and pieces and experience the different seasons. We are so lucky to have this on our doorstep. 

Autumn Term

Welcome back to all our Nursery 3 children who have had a lovely week.

They have enjoyed making dough, painting, building, dancing, making music, playing outside, doing science experiments, reading stories, making new friends and having fun.