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Home Learning Activities


Good morning Nursery Stars,


I hope that you and your families have remained well and that you have managed to enjoy the sunny half term break.  Each morning I will continue to upload activities to our class page for your child to complete.  Please continue to communicate with me via your Tapestry account. You can upload pictures of your child completing the activities that I have set and ask any questions that you may have.  If you are struggling to access your account please email the school office and we will do our best to resolve any issues.  I have really enjoyed looking at all the work you have completed so far, well done everyone! 


I continue to miss you all and I hope that we are reunited very soon.


If you need to contact me, please use the contact form at the bottom.  However, I won't be able to reply to any messages sent from school email accounts e.g. a big brother/sister's school email address.  I can only reply to a parent's email address.


Mrs Lee :)



Summer 2 - Home Learning Activities

Welcome to Nursery Stars!


Mrs Lee is delighted to be teaching the Nursery Stars this year.  Miss Patel and Mrs Mohammed will also be helping us in Nursery.  Please remember that we are always here to help!  At the bottom of our class page, you will find lots of important information such as our class bulletin, curriculum overview and lots of useful websites to support learning.


Important Reminders

* PE - Our PE day is Friday.  Children will need to come to Nursery in their pumps on this day.


  Home Learning Tasks



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.

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 £6 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.

Nursery Stars - Class Gallery



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 Three Little Pigs’, ‘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 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.



I hope that your children are thoroughly enjoying caring for their plants that they planted last term and that they are helping to water them every day.  Continue to model vocabulary related to our growing activities such as plants, roots, stem, grow, leaves, alongside asking some super questions such as ‘what do your plants need to grow?’ Please help to develop this knowledge and vocabulary at home.  Thank you. This term we will be focussing on using the computer, exploring beebots if you have them and other forms of technology. 


Please remember that you can contact me via Tapestry should you have any worries, concerns or to show me all the wonderful things that you and your families have been doing during this difficult time.  I check my Tapestry account each day and I respond to you all regularly.  If you are struggling to log in, please contact the school office and we will do our best to rectify any issues.  Tapestry is also used throughout our Reception class so it is important that you are able to gain access to your account.

                                    Summer 1


                                                                    Our new topic this term is the ‘Secret Garden’





During Literacy we will be reading a range of fiction and non-fiction books which will include Oliver’s Vegetables, Handa’s Surprise and The Light House Keeper’s Lunch.  We will be focusing on listening to these stories with increasing attention and recall.  Throughout our topic work will we be thinking about foods that help to keep us healthy and the need for exercise and the effects that exercise has on our bodies.

Our ‘Understanding of the World work will include looking at the range of different jobs and roles in the world.  We will be launching our SMSJ Nursery Star’s grocery shop so please encourage your child to help you when you are out and about in the shops.  Talk to your child about the different names of food items, the shape, size, texture and look at the labels on packages and talk about how much things cost.  Allow a little extra time at the end of your shop so that your child can pay the cashier!


We are also eager to begin planting seeds and growing some of our own vegetables! 


Please remember that you can contact me via Tapestry should you have any worries, concerns or to show me all the wonderful things that you and your families have been doing during this difficult time.  I check my Tapestry account each day and I respond to you all regularly.  If you are struggling to log in, please contact the school office and we will do our best to rectify any issues.  Tapestry is also used throughout our Reception class so it is important that you are able to gain access to your account.


Finally we would like to welcome our new children and their parents that were due to start with us this term.  Please explore our school website and our class page as this will help you get to know our rules and procedures and keep you up to date with all the exciting things that we get up to at SMSJ. We look forward to meeting you and arranging our induction process for your child. 

Spring 2




Our new topic this term is ‘To Infinity and Beyond’


This half term is all about Outer Space, Planets, the Solar System, the Moon and Stars!  We will be guiding the children through fact finding using non-fiction books and the internet as well as sharing any information they might already have.  We will be travelling into Space, asking questions such as ‘What is Space? What is it like out there? How could we get to Space?  Alongside this we will read a range of fiction stories, such as, Aliens love Underpants and Whatever Next. We are very excited that our role play area will transform into a space station! 


Please can you send in containers, bottles and tubes in preparation for making small rockets. Thank you.


Towards the end of the half term we will be teaching the children about Easter and its importance as a religious festival for Christians.  The children will have the opportunity to take part in Easter activities including Easter hunts, making cards and possibly a little Easter egg eating!!




Spring 1


Our topic this term is 'Waddling into Winter'



Literacy - We will be reading a range of stories that are related to winter and water. 

Throughout our activities we will be introducing some 'Write Dance' activities and continuing with our 'Dough Disco' sessions to help strengthen our fine motor control skills.


Maths - Our maths work will include forming numbers, recording numbers, counting and ordering numbers and shape arrangement.


Phonics - We will be creating our own patterns of sound and thinking about words that rhyme.


Topic work- The children will be exploring and observing ice and the heating and melting process.  The children will be given lots of opportunities to discuss the things that that they have observed.


Autumn 2



Our new topic this term is 'Down in the Woods!'


We will be reading a range of stories which will include Peace at Last, Little Red Riding Hood and We're Going on a Bear Hunt.  We will be talking about the characters, ordering the stories and acting out the events.



During Maths we will focus on counting, number recognition, shape and pattern work.  Please help your child by looking for numbers in the environment whilst out and about.  See if you can find any shapes and say their names.


Our topic work will include building dens, planning a picnic, baking activities and looking at animals and their habitats.

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 'I am Special'. 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.




Important Documents

Autumn 1 Bulletin 2019-20

Autumn 2 Bulletin

Spring 1 Bulletin

Spring 2 Bulletin

Summer 1 2020 Bulletin

Summer 2 - Bulletin

Curriculum Overview 2019-20 Cycle 2

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 School Newsletter each week and a  Nursery Newsletter every half term 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. 



In the Early Years Foundation Stage we use 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.


Websites to explore!

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