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Passport to Starting School 2018


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 we have Miss Driver, Miss Field, Mrs Nelson, Mrs Gladwin and Mrs Nathan.


What we are learning this term

 Our topic this half term is ‘Beep Beep Let’s Go’. We will be reading a book based on a different vehicle each week, including ‘The Train Ride’, ‘Naughty Bus’ and ‘The Hundred Decker bus’. You will find out the key text of the upcoming week in our weekly newsletter on The activities in the Nursery will be linked to our key text of the week. Our role play area for this half term has been transformed into a Train Station. The children already love acting as the train driver and the passengers. We also have oyster cards for them to touch in before boarding the train.


 For more information about our topic ‘Beep Beep Let’s Go’, please see our curriculum map: here 

 This term we are beginning to teach phonics as whole class sessions. We will be sharing with you how we teach the sound and letter formations on Tapestry so please keep a look out for this – coming soon!


 Our Nursery weekly newsletter is uploaded on classlist every Friday. In this newsletter you will find information about what we have been doing, upcoming dates for your diary and information about our key text for the week ahead. Please use your individual username and password to log onto (link) in order to view this. Alternatively you can download the Classlist app.


 How you can help at home


 A really important part of Nursery is helping the children to become independent. Thank you for your support with this already. Here are a few ways how you can help your child with independence at home: encourage them to put their arms in the sleeves of their coat themselves, begin to learn how to zip up their coat and encourage them to try and tidy toys away after playing with them.


Reading books at home together or looking at the pictures and having a conversation about the story/characters will help your child develop a love for reading. It will also help to develop early reading skills. Everyone will now have a school reading book of their choice. Please could you remember to bring your child’s reading book to school only on their library day so that they can change their book. The reading folder has a sticker with their name and group colour on it. It also says which day the book will be changed.


 ·        Green group (Mrs Gladwin/Mrs Nathan) – Mondays

·        Yellow group (Mrs Nelson) – Tuesdays

·        Red group (Miss Driver) – Thursdays

·        Blue group (Miss Field) – Fridays


 Looking at and talking about signs, print or numbers in the environment will also help your child develop an awareness of letters and numbers. Counting a few of their toys or singing counting songs will help them gain an understanding of numbers too.


We all love to hear about your child’s learning at home. Please feel free to come and tell us or upload a photo or video, or even a simple comment onto Tapestry via

 Please let one of us know if you are having trouble accessing  Classlist or Tapestry so that we can help you with this.


Important dates


As important dates arise we will post them on here and on our weekly newsletter.