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Passport to starting school 2019



Hello and welcome to the Nursery page!


Nursery is a really exciting first step into the school community and we extend a warm welcome to you all.  We look forward to working in partnership with you throughout the year and value the important role you play in your child’s learning.

 In the Foundation Stage (Nursery and Reception) the children learn through a stimulating play-based curriculum and have daily opportunities to free flow between the indoor and outdoor environment. During our sessions we also provide opportunities for adult-led, group and whole class activities as well as child-initiated learning.


The Early Years curriculum consists of 7 different areas:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design


The activities and resources on offer around the Nursery will support and encourage learning in these areas. Your child’s learning will then be recorded through observations, which are uploaded onto a secure website called Tapestry. These are then available for you to see and comment on, once a password has been set up.


The Nursery Team 

(From left to right) Nursery Nurses: Miss Field, Miss Fletcher (Thurs & Fri), Miss Driver and Mrs Nelson (Mon – Weds). Nursery Teachers: Mrs Gladwin (Mon – Weds) and Mr Alimi (Weds – Fri).


What we are learning this term

Our topic this half term is ‘Ready Teddy Go!’ We will be reading lots of well-known stories about teddy bears including ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’, ‘The Everywhere Bear’ and ‘This is the Bear and the Picnic Lunch’. The activities around the Nursery will link to our key text each week. Our role play area for this half term is a woodland area with a teddy bear’s picnic! Every Friday we publish a newsletter on ‘Classlist’ which will give you further information about what we have been doing in Nursery. If you have not yet signed up to this, please visit and register your child for the ‘Nursery 2019/20’ class.

For more information about our topic ‘Ready Teddy Go!’, please see our curriculum map for this half term.

We will also spend lots of time over the next few weeks familiarising the children with the different areas in our learning environment and getting to know rules and daily routines.


How you can help at home

 A really important part of Nursery is helping the children to become more independent. This is something you can also help with at home, for example, encouraging your child to put on their coat/shoes by themselves or tidying toys away when they have finished playing.


Reading stories together at home and visiting the library is hugely beneficial in helping to promote a love of reading. It will also help to develop early reading skills.


Looking at and talking about signs, print or numbers in the environment will also help your child develop an awareness of letters and numbers. 


We love to see photos and hear about any learning at home. Please feel free to share this with us on Tapestry.



Important Dates


We are looking forward to a Teddy Bears Picnic to mark the end of our ‘Ready Teddy Go!’ topic. Please see the weekly newsletter for more information about when this will be.

 Half term: Monday 21st October – Friday 25th October (School is closed)

 INSET day (School is closed): Monday 28th October

 INSET day (School is closed): Monday 18th November