Mrs Hall's Class - Nursery 2017 - 2018

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  
08.55am   Nursery begins - stay and play until 9.05am. self/register names
09.05am   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.
10.50am   Big Book/Talk Time/(communication and language)/PforC
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.

Helping your child

Here are a number of useful websites to help your child's development:



try "The washing line game"


counting chickens


Letter and number formation


Thank you for your support.

RE: God's Wonderfful world - the creation story

The creation Story

Laudato Si - message from Pope Francis


RE we have looked at

the friends of Jesus and how we can be a good friend.

African theme - We will be looking at art, masks, instument making and drumming.

Story - "The Leopard's Drum"

The Leopard's Drum - theatre




Jesus is Presented at the Temple

Dedicated to God

About Church


Good News

We have heard the good news that Jesus is Risen,  please tell us your good news!


Love one another song

Jesus is my best friend

Palm Sunday

Easter stories and activities

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:

Autumn ideas:

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.

You can find out about these on the CBeebies website.

We will be looking at the book, "Pumpkin Soup," by Helen Cooper

Other books we will be reading include:

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

"Whatever Next"

"Polar Bear polar bear what do you hear?"

"We're going on a Bear Hunt."

"Penguin Small"


"The Christmas Story"

"I'm not Santa!"


Lovely Christmas website:


Spring 1  Book suggestions:


Mr Gumpy's Outing

Mr Gumpy's Motor Car

Who Sank the boat?

Duck in a Truck

"The Gingerebread Man" and "The Adventures of the Gingerbread Man"

Gingerbread Man song

Gingerbread Man

"The Great Race" (story of the Chinese New Year)

Chinese New Year

The Great Race

C Beebies - Celebrating Chinese New Year

The Race - Chinese New Year shadow puppet show

The Big Pancake

Mr Wolf's Pancakes

The Train Ride

"Oi Get off our train" John Burningham

Please make suggestions and contribute to our Transport/Journeys Topic, and let us know about any "Wow" moments that happen at home.


Spring 2 - Book Suggestions

The Big Pancake

Mr Wolf's Pancake

Super Hero HighThe Little Red Hen

Super Hero Songs

Style a Hero

The Ugly Duckling (Pink Fong)

The Ugly Duckling Song

Farmer Duck

the Little Red Hen

The Red Hen song

The Little Yellow Chicken

Jack and The Beanstalk

St Patrick's Day

Palm Sunday

Let's Celebrate - St. Patrick's Day

Signing in

Children are writing their name and 3 letter rhyming words in the morning now.

Jolly Phonics Songs

Rhyme Time

Big Pig rhyme song

Hooked on phonics rhyme song

o rhyme song

beanz and Frank rhyme


1 more song

1 more scoop of ice cream song

Number games:


Curious George games

shape song (2D)

3D shape song

in on under song

on in under song

where's the monkey song

Summer 1 Topic is

"Under the Sea!"

Good News

I had a tiny turtle

Tiny Tim

Shark Song

The Rainbow Fish

Barry the fish with fingers

Shark in the Park

There's a hole in the bottom of the sea

The Animals in the ocean song

The Snail and the Whale

The Commotion in the Ocean

1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Once I caught a fish alive

Under the Sea (Little Mermaid)

The Little Mermaid

Sea Animals film


Summer 2 - Book suggestions:

Jack and the Beanstalk

A - Z Dinosaur song

If Dinosaurs were still alive

Baby Shark-Rex

T Rex song

Where did the dinosaurs go?

Baby T Rex

Are you my mom?

Great Dinosaur Race

Boom boom Dino world

Feeding baby Dinosaur


T Rex Dance

Where did the dinosaurs go?

Harry and his bucket full of dinosaurs

Dinosaurs, dinosaurs






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