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Half Term Reading

Below is a link to our Autumn Reading Bingo. We would like you to complete as many of the reading tasks as you can and share your completed bingo board with us on Twitter @ChrissiesSpeke.

You can access free online books by signing up at 

Below you will find lots of information about our class, including what we have been up to. If you are having to stay at home due to self-isolation, please click on the isolating at home star, which will take you to a new page containing activities that will help you to keep pace with your class. 

Autumn Reading Bingo

Welcome to Nursery


Our teacher is Miss Walker and our Nursery Nurse/HLTA is Cindy.

We are lucky to have the support of Miss McCormack on Thursday and sometimes Friday mornings, and Tash at dinner time and during afternoon activities.


We always try our best and have lots of fun while we learn through play!

Drop off and pick up


Children will be dropped off at the Nursery gate at their allocated time and will be collected at 2.30. 

EYFS Curriculum 


The new Early Years (EYFS) curriculum focuses on the learning and development of the whole child. It ensures that children learn and develop well, are kept healthy and safe and provide children with the knowledge and skills they need to start school

See the link for development matters below. 

Independent Learners


In Nursery we encourage our children to be independent learners. We encourage them to choose activities, tidy up after themselves and attend to their own needs such as toileting and accessing snack. We ask that you support us by encouraging your child to become more independent at home e.g. going to the toilet independently, helping with jobs around the house, putting on their coat etc. 

Outdoor Learning


Outdoor learning is an important part of the early years curriculum so the children spend a lot of time outside. Please ensure your child has suitable clothing for the changing weather e.g. a cap for sunny days or a suitable coat, hats, scarves, gloves etc. as the weather gets colder. Thank you.


Home/School Link


Your child will be given a reading book to take home each week to share together. It is a great opportunity to develop their speaking and listening skills and imagination.


Nursery 1 will take a storybook home on Wednesday and should return it the following Monday.

Nursery 2 will take a storybook home on Friday and should return it the following Wednesday, 


The teacher will provide activities and next steps for your child to work on at home with your support by posting them on the 'Class Dojo' app that you have been sent an invite for. 

Upcoming dates this half term:




Phonics is a very important aspect of the Early Years curriculum which supports the children with their reading and writing skills ready for school. 


We spend lots of time reading stories and singing rhymes and songs which is vital to the childrens early development of literacy.

We then move on to oral blending of words and objects before beginning the first set of 'Read Write Inc' sounds. 




Here are some phonics games to play and support your child with.

                          EYFS Nativity


Things may be a little different this year but nothing would stop us from taking part in our usual Christmas celebrations!


We invite you to join us in watching our wonderful EYFS children perform their nativity!


Please click on the link below. 


Enjoy! smiley


RBD and Nursery 1

RO and Nursery 2 

Current RE topic - Our World

Summer 2


For our final half term this year in Nursery our topic is 'Moving Around.'

We will be focussing on how a variety of objects move or travel e.g. vehicles, ourselves, animals etc. 


In Maths we will be working on positional language and routes, measures and money. 


In Literacy we will be focussing on recognising and writing our names, correct letter formation and rhyme. 

Fun Run for CAFOD

We're Going on a Bear Hunt - Positional Language

Fine Motor afternoons

Summer 1


This half term our topic is 'Under the Sea'. 


We have been finding out about the different creatures you may find under the water and counting the number of legs, flippers and fins etc. 

We will be investigating which objects float and sink and thinking of which materials would be the best to make a boat; testing them in our water tray. 


The children who will be going up to Reception next year have just started a new phonics scheme called 'Read, Write, Inc' which they are really enjoying. This focusses on the first 16 sounds in Set 1 (m, a, s, d, t, i, n, p, g, o, c, k, u, b, f, e) - learning one new sound each week. It would be great to practise these at home; thinking of words that begin with that particular letter each week. 


We are lucky to have the support of a student; Miss Thompson, on Mondays and Tuesdays for the rest of the summer term. 

Ahoy matey! Cindy turned us into Pirate's today....Arrrrrr!!

Fine motor activities

Getting out and about

Spring 2


This half term our topic is 'Animals'.


We will be focussing on the life process of different animals, learning how to care for the environment, growing our own plants and maybe meeting some animals of our own. 


In maths we will be working on shape, size, pattern, matching amount to numerals to 5 and subitising to 3 (knowing what an amount is without having to count.)


In literacy and phonics, we will be reading lots of rhyming books and playing games, beginning to work on alliteration as well as practising and using our letter knowledge to write. 


Visiting the school pond....what can we find that grows?

And the Easter raffle winners are.......

Say hello to our new friends.....


Well, haven't we had a great first week of all being together again! 


Mums, dads, nans, grandads, brothers and sisters; meet the five new members of our Nursery class....our caterpillars!

Nursery 1 have decided on the names Clara (Cindy's choice) Clay and Edie. Alana in Nursery 2 chose Clue and Oliver Q chose Jonathon. I think all our caterpillars are happy with their names.  

Noah in Nursery 1 said 'they are growing' and Tyler found it funny to see them wriggling.

We are keeping a close eye on them to see how they change.  

World Book Day


We had lots of fun sharing and listening to stories for World Book Day today. We showed and talked about our pictures and props from our favourite books, enjoyed small world play with some familiar books in Nursery, and made our own stories all about us. 

Logo Hunt


Print is everywhere in our environment; in shops, on buses, house door numbers, signs etc.

See how many different varieties of 'print' or 'logos' you can see on your next family walk. 

Our Favourite Nursery Rhymes - can you guess what they are?

Spring 1


Happy New Year! We hope you all had a lovely Christmas. 


This half term our topic is 'Weather.'

We will be learning all about the different kinds of weather and seasons throughout different countries, exploring weather using our senses and music, forces, and light and shadows.


In Maths we will be focussing on patterns, numbers to 5 including subitising, and shape. 


In Literacy we will be focussing on the parts of a book including reading left to right/top to bottom, following two-part instructions and working on print and letter knowledge to write. 

How do we make shadows?

Investigating which material is best to make a new umbrella for Teddy

Hopes and Dreams

Autumn 2


This half term our topic is 'Traditional Tales' which will allow the children to build up their knowledge of stories, characters, settings and using key phrases within the books. We will be focussing on and basing activities on the stories, 'The Gingerbread Man', 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears', 'Jack and the Beanstalk', 'The Three Little Pigs' and 'Little Red Riding Hood.'


In maths, we will be working on 2D shapes, size, pattern and counting objects confidently to 5. 


It is still a time to get to know new friends as they join us each week in Nursery and build on our relationships and communication skills. 

Traditional Tales characters take over!


We had a big shock when we came back to Nursery after half term!! Some story characters had been to visit and left their belongings in our classroom. We had to be story detectives to find out who it was.


Goldilocks left a ribbon, some porridge and even a broken chair! 

Little Red Riding Hood left her red cape.

The Threee Little Pigs left straw, wood and bricks. 

The Gingerbread Man left 'Wanted' posters off all the characters who wanted to eat him and footprints leading to the kitchen. We were happy to find Gingerbread Men for us all to eat whilst listening to the story. 


We then painted, used play dough and made puppet Gingerbread Men and Women, used playdough to make boats for him to cross over the water and played a maths game to count how many Gingerbread men we had left when they jumped off the tray. 

The Five Centre’s Toy Appeal and Radio City’s Mission Christmas


Thank you so much for everyone’s kind donations of money and toys towards 'The Five Centre’s Toy Appeal and Radio City’s Mission Christmas'. It really means so much to school and to the families it will support. These are the toys you kindly donated and the toys we bought with your donations :) 

Helping The Three Bears to sort the sizes of their objects

Autumn 1


This half term is very exciting in Nursery as it is the time where we all get to know our new teachers and friends. We will spend time exploring and investigating in our new classroom and finding out all about ourselves.


Our first main topic is all about 'Colour' where the children will engage in a variety of creative activities to base their learning on. 

We will focus on the book, 'Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?'. 

Nursery, Nursery, What Do You See?

Pumpkin Investigation


We cut open a pumpkin to add to our 'Autumn' investigation station and used our senses to describe what we found. We used words such as, cold, orange, wet, hard, sticky, smooth and smelly to describe it. 


We then used broccoli to make Autumn pictures by stamping it into the paint. 

Skittles and warm water experiment

During maths sessions we will be working with numbers to 5, sorting and using the language of size, colour, and focussing on the shapes; square, circle, triangle and rectangle. 


Here are some websites to support you at home.

We have been having lots of fun making new friends and settling into the routines on Nursery. Take a look at the exciting activities we have been doing in our first few weeks. 

Come back and visit Nursery's page soon! smiley

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