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Welcome to Nursery Slides 2020 /  Passport to Starting Nursery 2020-21  

Please visit our  'Welcome to Penwortham' website for our transition meeting slides and more information.


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 

The teachers in Nursery are Mrs Gladwin (Mon-Weds) and Miss Berner (Thurs, Fri).

The Nursery Nurses are Miss Field, Miss Driver, Mrs Nelson (Mon-Wed) and Mrs Ali (Thurs,Fri).


What we are learning this term

Autumn Curriculum Map

Our topic this half term is ‘Ready, teddy, go!' Each week we will be focusing on a different book about bears, starting with 'Brown bear, brown bear, what do you see?' We will talk about our favourite teddies and have a teddy bear's picnic. The main focus of the half term will be settling children into their new setting and helping them to get to know the other children and adults. 

 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

Important dates will be added to the weekly Nursery newsletter. This will be published via Tapestry every Friday.