Mrs Hall's Class - Nursery 2019 - 2020

Mrs Hall

Mrs Smith

Miss O'Brien

About Us - As your child enters our Nursery Class, we welcome you into our happy school family - where everyone is special and every little light will shine! Our Nursery has 45 places within the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). The ethos of the Nursery is learning through play both in the inside and outside environment. Children access the seven areas of learning through stimulating and exciting activities. We aim to nurture and care for our children in family groups: Triangles, Circles and Squares with their own experienced key workers and staff who aim to develop a happy, positive relationship with them so they can flourish and thrive.

Our Philosophy - Our expectations are high and we strive to foster the development of the children through provision of a planned, engaging, stimulating, safe and secure environment which is structured with developmental needs in mind. We also aim to stimulate emotional and spiritual growth.

For detailed information about what the children in this class will be learning each half-term, click on the appropriate link below

Working together - good communication: We value the fact that parents are their children's first teachers and encourage you to tell us about your child's needs and achievements. So, parents and carers are invited to become involved in all aspects of their children's learning and we aim to work alongside you in fostering their development. Our aim is to promote strong communication between us and to keep you well informed so that you can support your child. The Nursery staff regularly observe and monitor your child and are available to talk to you especially in the morning when you can stay and play with them for a little while. Similarly, you will also be able to meet to review your child's targets each term. numbers or the Nursery rhyme challenge. We also encourage regular activities to promote learning such as our "colour, shape or sound of the week" and we ask children to bring an item for our focus table - again linking home and school. We send books home for your children to share. We regularly enhance our creative curriculum with events, visitors and guest speakers to widen the children's knowledge.

We keep you updated and informed about our weekly activities on our notice board.

Typical Daily Routine:

Time   Activity  
08.45am   Nursery begins - stay and play until 9.05am. self/register names
08.55am   Register taken, prayers, Special Helper days of the week, RE

 Phonics/Fab5 motor control activities/colour or sound of week/


09.40am   Free Choice / Focus.
10.40am   Tidy up time.

  Big Book/Talk Time/(communication and language)/PforC

"Helicopter" stories (acting)

11.05am   Rhymes /Fab 5/ handwriting / comfort break.
11.30am   Lunch and playtime until 12.30pm.
12.30pm   Numeracy /PSHE/Talk Time/PforC/ Free Choice / Focus.
02.20pm   Tidy up time / Stories and rhymes / PHSE / CL/RE.
03.00pm   Nursery closes.

The routine and activities that make up the day in the setting are provided in ways that: Help each child to feel valued as a member of the setting    Help children gain from the social experience of being part of a group   Provide children with opportunities to learn and help them to value learning. 
The day is organised so that children have the opportunity to take part in a variety of self- chosen and adult directed activities.  The children are helped and encouraged to take part in small and large group activities which introduce them to new experiences and help them gain new skills, as well as helping them to work with others.  These are carried out both in the indoor and outdoor environment.  Outdoor activities contribute to the children’s health, physical development, their knowledge of the world around them and seen as having equal importance

Health Matters - The children are encouraged to learn about healthy choices, so each day the children clean their teeth and have a healthy snack and milk. Nutritious lunches are also cooked by our own catering department. The children also participate in music and movement.

Safe and Sound - The children are settled into the Nursery Class on a staggered intake in September each year. A welcome session is offered and a "stay and play" day is arranged for both parents and children to become familiar with the setting. The children's hours are increased as they become confident and settled. This has proved a very successful method for the children and most begin full-time placements very quickly.

W/C 15th July 2019

Shape of the week - cylinder

Please bring an item for discussion and display

Big books:

"Perfectly Norman"

"Ruby's Worries"

RE:  Care for our common home

Laudato Si - Pope Francis




"Flames of Fire"

Big Books - Summer 2 - 2019

"Dinosaur Roar"

Dinosaurs love underpants

Dinosaurs and all that Rubbish



Michael Recycle

Laudato Si'

Jack and the Beanstalk

and Superhero books:

"10 Little Superheroes"

Easter stories and activities

The Little Red Hen


"The Little Yellow Chicken"

See our blog about our Humpty Dumpty Word Challenge.

Letters and sounds


The Commotion in the Ocean

The Greedy Octopus

Bee and Me

RE: St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick's Day



The Rainbow Fish

The Big Pancake

Recently read:

The Naughty Bus

The Naughty bus song

The story of Chinese New Year - the Great Race

Mouse Paint

Noah's Ark

Mr Gumpy's outing

"The Train Ride"

Helping your child

Letters and Sounds information

Big Book: "Jack and the Beanstalk"

Jack and the Beanstalk - Debbie and Friends

St. Paul's Shipwreck

Peter: the rock

Books, "Elmer" and "The Blind Men and the Elephant."


The Blind Men and the Elephant

The Very Hungry Caterpillar


The Wedding Feast of Cana

Katie Morag and the Wedding - part 1

Katie Morag and the Wedding - part 2

the Scarecrow's Wedding

The Ascension of Jesus

"The Rainbow Fish"

St. Georges Day

Breakfast on the beach

Good News! He is Alive!

The Story of Palm Sunday

The Little Red Hen

Festivals - Chinese New Year

Mr Gumpy's Outing

Who sank the boat?



try "The washing line game"


counting chickens

Shape Song

Letter and number formation

Books we read and songs we sang


"Brown Bear, Brown bear what do you see?"

Pumpkin Soup

Harvest song

Oats and Beans and Barley Grow

Dingle Dangle Scarecrow

Baby Shark song

Tiny Tim

The Jolly Postman

The Jolly Christmas Postman

Mouse Paint

This Little Light of mine

Love Shine A Light


"I like to share song"

We're Going on a Bear Hunt

The more we get together

Working Together song

On in under song

The Story of Baboushka and the Three Kings

The Christmas Story

The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore

Follow the leader - Jesus Christ the King

E - Safety

Smartie the Penguin

The story of Chrysanthemum the mouse.


Poppy animation - CBeebies

The Poppy Story

Whatever Next animation

Whatever Next read by the storyteller

Tim Peake and Miss Mouse on the International Space Station

The Solar System

Aliens love Underpants


Dr Xargle's Book of Earthlets

There's no place like Space - Dr Seuss

Rhyme time song

2D shapes song

3D shape song

Polar Bear, Polar Bear, what do you hear?

The Story of St. Nicholas

Jolly St Nicholas song


"The Gruffalo"

RE: Christ the King

"Brown bear, brown bear"

"Whatever Next"

We're Going on a Lion Hunt

Brown bear, brown bear what do you see?

We're Going on a Bear Hunt

Handa's Surprise

"Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Goldilocks song

W/C 1st  October onwards - 8 Rhyme Challenge!

Can your child learn 8 Nursery Rhymes?  If so, your child can achieve our Nursery Rhyme challenge certificate.

We are also starting to think about objects which rhyme e.g. star/car etc.

See the links to the Rhyme time and Jolly Phonics videos below:

To develop our Understanding of the world we will be looking  at Festivals of light such as the Hindu/Sikh Festival of Diwali.  Later, we will look at the Jewish celebration of Hanukkah.

Website covering all subjects and ages

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