Extra curricular activities

It is our aim to encourage a positive attitude towards a healthy and active lifestyle. During the term, at no extra cost, activities include:


Once a week, Madame Sinead comes to nursery to teach the children French through songs, nursery rhymes and games. The children learn a variety of basic French such as colours, numbers and animal names.


Jamila Malik teaches gymnastics at a local school and two clubs, she works with recreational and squad gymnastics and children with special needs and Down's syndrome. Her weekly sessions are designed to be energetic and are structured with the aim of enhancing physical skills, co-ordination, balance and concentration. She splits the session into three stages: first is the warm up and consists of games and activities to raise the heart rate, followed by stretching and shaping. Jamila will be concentrating on different skills throughout the term. 

Dance, music and movement

Music and Movement is used to stimulate exploration of shape, space and rhythmic development. A variety of props, story/song pebbles and musical instruments are used to encourage imagination. The activities will aim to enhance children's enjoyment of music, whilst developing listening skills and children can experiment with movement depending on the style of music. Dance and rhythm are used to encourage moving and stopping, and allow role-play opportunities within dance. 

We are fortunate to have several musicians (often previous Rocking Horse pupils and parents) who come in and play our piano for the children to sing along, or show and play their orchestral instruments to the group.  The children love joining in or choosing their own instruments to play and songs.


A professional sports coach visits the nursery for specific sport activity days and introduces a variety of different sports through play and exploration. Each session contains lots of short and varied activities including football, running, hockey, tennis, throwing and catching. The children have lots of fun whilst improving coordination, balance, self-confidence, turn-taking, concentration and independence. 

Every day the children have 45-60mins in the garden to enjoy the outdoors.  They learn to pedal the tricycles, play on the outdoor equipment and the playhouse.  As part of our outdoor classroom, there is an outdoor reading area with wooden seating which is used for many different activities or group assemblies.  Our outdoor sessions begin with a short fun introduction to exercising our hearts and bodies to be healthy 'Jumping Monkeys'.

Please see our Facebook page for up-to-date pictures of activities and crafts at the school! https://www.facebook.com/therockinghorsenursery