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Nursery Stars

Welcome to Nursery Stars!


Welcome to all of our children and parents.


Mrs Lee                 Miss Patel & Mrs Patel    

Class Teacher       Teaching & Learning Assistants   


The Nursery team are Mrs Lee, Miss Patel & Mrs Patel.  Please remember that we are always here to help with any worries or concerns.


Nursery Sessions


Nursery starts at 8.45am.


Children must be collected at 11.45am.

Please line up at 11.40am outside the School gate.

Please be prompt.

Curriculum Overview 2017-18 2nd Yr cycle pdf

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Summer 2


Our new topic this term is ‘Traditional Tales’



This half term we will be reading a range of traditional stories such as ‘The Little Red Hen’, ‘Goldilocks and The Three Bears’ and ‘Little Red Riding Hood’.  We will be re-enacting the stories and putting them in the correct sequence alongside describing the characters and identifying if they are ‘good’ or ‘bad’.  We will also talk about the story setting and use lots of vocabulary.  In writing we will be looking at letter formation.  Please help your child to write their name at home in preparation for Reception, ensuring your child is forming their letters correctly.  Please ask a member of staff if you require any help with this.


 In phonics we will be focussing on blending letter sounds together e.g. c-a-t, and d-o-g and continuing to list words with the same initial sound e.g. ‘s’ - sand, snake, sock or ‘e’ - egg, elephant, envelope.  Please play games such as ‘I spy’ with your child at home.



In maths our pre-school children will be looking at problem solving including addition and subtraction in simple terms and numbers beyond 10 in preparation for Reception.  Our younger children will be consolidating number recognition to 10 and ‘careful counting’ strategies.



Have a look in our planters situated outside the Nursery doors and along the Nursery Garden. We have been busy growing a range of plants. These include strawberry, pumpkin, mint, rosemary and summer flowers to name a few! The children are thoroughly enjoying caring for our plants and help water them every day.  The children have been using fantastic vocabulary related to our growing activities such as plants, roots, stem, grow, leaves, alongside asking some super questions such as ‘what do our plants need to grow?’ Please help to develop this knowledge and vocabulary at home.  Thank you.



This half term we will be continuing to develop our physical skills by preparing for our school Sport’s Day during Friday PE lessons.  Dance lessons with our Dance specialist teacher will also continue this term.  Please continue to help practice skills such as skipping, hopping and galloping.   Children MUST wear their PE pumps for these sessions.


Forest School

Please ensure you sign and return the letter with £3 ASAP for our Forest School event. This is an incredible experience for our children and will be delivered by a specialist Forest School Teacher.


Nursery Fund

Nursery Fund is now due- You can either make a payment of £7 as there are 7 weeks this half term or you can pay £1 each week on a Monday morning.   Thank you.

Bulletin Summer 2

Summer 1


                            Our new topic this term is ‘Growing’


Our learning question is:  What do we need to grow?  We will be carrying out an investigation to find out what plants need in order to grow.  Whilst exploring the outdoors and throughout our group times we will be talking about change and making predictions.   During our first week back we will begin planting seeds and even attempt to grow some of our own vegetables!  At home - please talk to your child about the importance of healthy eating and a balanced diet.  Introduce food groups such as fruit and vegetables, meat, pulses and cereals.  Can you think of other things besides people that grow? 


This term we will also be learning how to use ICT equipment such as ipads, the IWB, beebots and remote control toys. 


Dance Class-

This half term we are lucky enough to have a weekly session with our specialist dance teacher.  These sessions will take place every Wednesday morning.  In order for your child to participate in these sessions they must wear their PE pumps.  PE will also continue each Friday in the Galaxy Centre.  Please send your child to nursery wearing their PE pumps on Wednesdays and Fridays, thank you.


Nursery Fund

Nursery Fund is now due- You can either make a payment of £5 as there are 5 weeks this half term or you can pay £1 each week on a Monday morning.


Nursery Library

If you would like to loan a book please come along every Thursday morning at 8.45am and choose a book with your child. 


Nursery Bulletin Summer 1

             Spring 2    


                                      Our new topic this term is ‘Big Machines!


This half term we will be learning all about different types of air/land/water transport. This will include taking a look at old and new transport, conducting our own car survey and making 3D models of vehicles.


Also this half term we will be making pancakes and inviting our mums in to Nursery for the Special Celebration of Mother’s Day.


In Literacy we will be looking at print (writing) in the environment. When you are out and about please draw your child’s attention to supermarket names, food packaging logos, mail such as leaflets / letters /cards, etc. Talk to your child about the print that you read on a daily basis, so they begin to understand the importance of reading and writing.



Phonics at home - Last half term we learnt all about rhyming words. Please spend some time talking about how rhyming words are words that sound the same for example, bug/rug, bat/cat and bed/red.  Singing lots of nursery rhymes will also help your child to recognise rhyme.  This skill will help your child to become a competent reader as they progress in their education.



In order for your child to participate in PE on a Friday they must wear a pair of PE pumps. This is not only for safety purposes but also to protect our floor surface in the Galaxy centre. Children are not allowed to wear earrings on PE days, please ensure that they have been taken out prior to attending nursery, thank you.


Keep your eye on our Nursery Notice board in the nursery entrance for more information.

As always if you have any queries or concerns please do not hesitate to speak with myself or a member of the Nursery Team


Nursery Fund

Nursery Fund Nursery Fund is now due. The fee is £6 for the half term. This contribution will go towards your child’s snack and further enhancing your child's learning experiences. 


Parental Input – Tapestry

I am sure that you will agree that having a copy of your child’s learning journey at the end of the year (Tapestry Observations) will be a treasured keepsake, and something they will love to look at in the years to come. With this in mind, it would be great if parents could contribute towards their child’s Journal by uploading any special photographs of family events, outings or activities. If you have forgotten your password OR not yet signed up to Tapestry, please speak to a member of staff from the main school office.


Nursery Bulletin - Spring 2

Spring 1


                                                        Our new topic this term is ‘Splish, Splash, Splosh’


Happy New Year!  We hope you have enjoyed the Christmas holidays. We are looking forward to hearing about all the exciting things that the children got up to over the break.


We welcome our new children who have joined us this week.  Please bear with us whilst we settle them into our nursery routines.  We also welcome Mrs Patel, a new member of staff, to the Nursery team as we said goodbye to Mrs Parkar last term.



This term we will be reading a range of stories that are related to winter and water. Throughout our activities we will be introducing ‘Write Dance’ and continuing with our ‘Dough Disco’ session as well as working hard to develop a good pencil grip.



Our Maths work will include forming numbers, recording numbers, counting and ordering numbers to 10 and shape arrangement. Please continue to practice these key skills at home in a practical way.  Please speak to a member of the nursery team if you would like more ideas in order to help your child at home.



We will be creating our own patterns of sound (clapping, clicking, tapping, etc), accurately clapping the syllables in our names and other words and beginning to develop an understanding of rhyme such as ‘hat’, ‘cat’, ‘mat’.


Topic work

Our Topic work will include exploring and observing ice and the heating and melting process. We will be encouraging lots of ‘talk’ in order to discuss the things that the children have observed, looking at similarities and differences, making comments and asking questions.


Our Nursery Library will continue to run every Thursday morning at 8.45am.  Please pop in to choose a book with your child which you can then take home and enjoy reading together. 

Nursery Bulletin - Spring 1


Autumn 2


Our new topic this term is 'Light, Dark and Celebrations.'

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During our first week back after half term we will be continuing our work around Autumn. At Home’ Please take time this weekend to observe some ‘real’ trees, either in your local park or near your house. Talk about the parts of the tree. What is happening to the leaves at this time of year? What does the tree feel/look/smell like? Can you hear the leaves rustling?


This term we will also begin to look at the different celebrations such as Bonfire Night and Christmas.  We will be exploring a range of light sources and reading texts such as 'Whatever Next' and 'After the Storm'. We will also be busy preparing for our Christmas Nativity.



We will be busy learning to recognise numbers to 10. Please look for numbers in the environment with your child, for example, on front doors, on sign posts and on car registration plates. Regularly count to 10 whilst walking up the stairs at bedtime or whilst walking home after Nursery. This will help reinforce our class work and help secure your child’s learning in preparation for their Reception Year.


This term we will be Launching our class Library.

Library Launch– Your Child’s First Reading Book

Choose a book with your child every Thursday (8.45am).

Don’t miss out! Get involved!

Give your child a sense of responsibility and encourage good care of books.

This is your child’s first ‘school reading book’.

Share a special time together………quiet time, bed time, etc.

Chat about the pictures and characters.

Start a lasting habit – If you love books, your child will love books!

Nursery Bulletin Autumn 2








Autumn 1

This term we welcome all of our new children and their families to our Nursery alongside welcoming back some of our older children who will continue their journey with us.  We hope that you have enjoyed the Summer break and that you're now looking forward to all the exciting things we have planned for the new school year.


This half term our topic is "All About Me". We will be learning how to make new friends whilst settling in to the Nursery Routine. We will begin our topic by learning about our body parts and our senses and how we use them.

Please spend some time talking to your child about their senses and the different parts and functions of our amazing bodies.





Autumn 1 Bulletin

Our First Week in Nursery


The Nursery team have really enjoyed spending time with the children this week and getting to know them.

They have all settled in beautifully!


Have a look at some of our photos!

Nursery Fund


We are very busy in Nursery baking, gardening and completing art and craft activities. Please help us to enhance these opportunities for your child by bringing your £1 to nursery on Monday mornings. Alternatively, the total amount for this half term is £8 if you would like to make a single payment.

Please note that our Nursery Fund also provides your child with a daily snack.  Please see our menu on the Nursery Notice Board.


Thank you!




P.E Day

Please remember that our P.E day is Friday. Children will need to come to Nursery in their pumps on this day.

Stay and Play Sessions


The Stay and Play sessions have now restarted. The activities are aimed at children aged 2 and 3 years of age and take place in our Nursery. Please see the school office or a member of staff for further details. 

Nursery News  


We are always working very hard in Nursery to ensure that your child gets the very best start. You will receive a Nursery Newsletter almost every week to keep you informed on our Half Termly Topics, Wow Events, Achievements, and 'At Home' practical activities to support your child's learning at home. This information can also be obtained from our Nursery Notice Board and right here on our class page. 




This year in the Early Years Foundation Stage we will be using a piece of software/app called Tapestry. It allows us to take photos/videos of your child, link them to the age bands that they are working in and then share this with you via email. This software/app will also enable parents/carers to send photos/videos to Mrs Lee and the Nursery team which we can share with your child throughout the morning.  More information will be provided over the next few weeks.



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