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Jungle animal challenge sheet


Thursday 2nd July.

Good Morning everyone. Over the next two weeks we want you to look at different animals. Why not research your favourite animal and find out new things about it. Have a look at the Jungle animal challenge sheet and have a go. Remember to tweet us your pictures. You could also send us pictures of you looking after and caring for an animal.

Nursery Staff


Tuesday 30th March

Good morning everyone. Hope you are all well. Some of our beautiful nursery children will be moving on to Reception soon. We are going to miss them and so sorry that are time with them was cut short.  On our web page is a getting ready for reception sheet. Have a look and work through them with your child but please  worry if your child is struggling with any of them.

Thank you

Getting ready for Reception

 Monday 15th June

Good morning everyone, hope you are all ok. This week I want you to do lots of mark making. Make it fun and remember use differnet resources such as chalk, paint and paintbrushes, cotton sticks and encourage your child to develop their fine motor skills and handwriitng. Ask them to write a message to a friend, or draw a picture of their favourite story character or writa a shopping list.


Attached is also some phonics activities for you to have a go at.

Elmer Home Challenge Sheet

 Wednesday 10th June

Hope everyone is having a lovely day. The children who have been attending the EYFS bubble have been reading Elmer's Birthday. If youhave you have a copy of the book at home read it with your child and talk about the story and about Elmer. It will also be on YouTube. Talk about how Elmer is differnt from the other elephants and how we all look different. Also discuss how Emer might have felt if all her freinds forget her birthday. I have put on an Elmer home challenge sheet. Have a go at some of the activities.

Thank you.

Monday 8th June 

Good Morning everyone, hope you all had a lovely weekend. Today I am going to put some fun maths activities on for you to have a go at, at home. Remember play is so important for a young child and through play they learn to talk and solve a problem. Play also helps children build skills such as teamwork, develop language skills and confidence.


Go on a coin hunt and collect all the loose coins in your house. Can you sort them into different types and learn how much they are worth? Can you make a shop with your toys and practise buying things with the coins?


Junk modelling hunt. Look around your house for used boxes, tubes and pots. Can you look at the objects and find different shapes within them. Ask an adult talk to you about the different 2D and 3D shapes. Can you make something that can be used such as a paint pot or a piggy bank. 


Choose a recipe and help a grown up to bake it. Help them measure out the ingredients.


Make your numbers 1-10 with playdough.


Practise your number formation in sand or flour.


Make homemade skittles out of old plastic bottles and number them 1-10. How many can you knock down.







The Hungry Caterpillar is one of our favourite books in Nursery and there is so many areas of development it covers. Have a go at the Hungry Caterpillar challenge sheet. Tweet us any pictures of any work you do. 

Thank you

 Friday 22nd May

It is the last Friday before Half Term, we hope you all have a rest and rercharge your batteries.

I have put some fun twinkle activities on, if you want to have a go.


Wednesday 20th May

Good Morning everyone. The sun is shining and it is a lovely day to get outside. Your child's gross motor skills play an important part of their development.  Today why not try some of these activities. All  activities such as running, climbing, stretching are super benificial for your child and they are also fun.


Ride a bike

Play hopscotch

Go on a nature scavenger hunt

Play hide and seek

Explore and find 5 green objects

Play with a hoola hoop

Play catcch

Try walking at different speeds- super slow, slow, normal, fast and super fast

Jog or run

Jump over a piece of paper


Crawling or walking over different pillows or blankets

Wash the windows

Wash outdoor play equipment

Make an obstacle course

Keep a balloon in the air

Use recycled water bottles and set up bowling

Play tug of war

Practice dribbling a ball

Have a go and remember to have fun!!!!!!!




Tuesday 19th May.

Good Morning everyone, Hope you're all well.

Today I am going to share some fine motor activities with you. All these activities will develop their hand strength and developing pincer grip.


Hidden Treasure

Hide some treasure (coins,pegs, marbles etc) in play dough

Find the treasure using your fingers and thumbs to pick apart the play dough


For older children, use smaller objects that are trickier to find.

Incorporate colour matching, by providing coloured bowls and have your child put the treasure into the same coloured bowl


Sticky Shapes

Draw a shape on a piece of paper.

Have your child remove stickers and place them along the line of the shape

Encourage your child to name the shape and trace it with their finger

Maybe have an older child draw the shape themselves berfore sticking the stickers

You could also try this activity with numbers and letters.


Use old magazines to cut out and stick. You could stick to a theme. For example healthy or un healthy food pictures cut out and glued onto paper plates.


Hide and seek pegs

Have your child close their eyes.

Place clothes pegs in various places on their clothes or around the house.

With their eyes open, they need to find the pegs and remove them by squeezing (not pulling).





Wednesday 13th May.

Hi everyone it is National Numeracy day today. Tweet us any pictures of you doing any maths.


Here are some maths ideas for you. 


Make a number line with leaves or pebbles.

Bake a cake.

Make a sandwich and cut it in to halves and then quaters.

Use postional language around the house ( put your teddy on top of the table).

Play a number game.

Build different sized towers with blocks or lego and use the language of size such as tall, small, taller and smaller.

Make a repated pattern with lego.

Fill different sized containers with water and use the language of capacity such as empty, full, nearly full and half full.


Sing  a number song.

Go on a shape walk.

Sequence the day.

Play shop.

Here are just a few ideas you can use. You probably have lots of ideas of your own. Maths is everywhere, and we do it without realising and through play. Remember to tweet us any pictures of your child doing maths.


Thank you

Nursery Staff.




Some fun number formation activities


Good Morning everyone, hope you all had a lovely bank holiday weekend and are ready for a new week.


Wednesday the 13th May is National Numeracy Day so this week we would like you do do lots of maths and tweet us some pictures. Maths is all around us and we use it everday. Below is a list of different activities you could do. Have fun.

Sing lots of number songs

Give your child a reason to count. Count the pencils, count out pennies. Count things that cant be moved such as claps, jumps and hops.

Create opportunities for your child to separate objects into equal groups ( maybe when sorting the shopping e.g. fridge food, cupboard food)

Encourage your child to write numbers( it maybe just markmaking to represent a number).This will support their thinking about numbers.

Sequence the day( Early time).

Look at everyday shapes around the house and in their environment.

Chalk a hopscoth on the floor.



Some fun activites for you to try. All the activities link in to Development Matters and are very playful and fun. 

Tuesday 5th May.


Happy Tuesday everyone,


Why not try some of these Early Years Maths and Phonics Activities. Help your child and work with them when completing activities. By doing this, this will support them and move them on to their next steps. If they find it difficult dont worry just work with them and remember to make it fun.

Thank you all for your support.

Fun activities to do at home

 VE Day celebrations.

Remember it is VE day or Victory in Europe day, on Friday 8th May . It marks the day towards the end of World War Two when fighting against Nazi Germany came to end, 75 years ago. Although we will not be able to have street parties and celebrations, we can mark this a special anniversary with our very own indoor parties and activities. Below is a VE day indoor celebration pack. Tweet us any pictures or activities that you do.

VE Day celebrations

Monday 4th May 2020

Attached below is some fun activities you can try at home. They are practical and link in to the Development Matters and will help move your child on to his or her next steps. Remember not to put pressure on yourself and just play and have fun with your child.


Friday 1st May

Why not try this indoor scavenger huntyes



Why not try one of our Lego challenges. Lego is excellent for fine motor skills and developing imagination and vocabulary. 

  Above is some fun activities for you to try at home. Have fun!


Wednesday 29th April


We hope you are all well. Below is a few ideas you can do with your child.


Make a weather chart. Talk to your child about how the weather has changed from last week, this will help them extend their vocabulary. Talk about the different seasons and they could even draw a picture of their favourite season. Adult could them scribe a sentence about their picture.


Make a cake. Have a cosy day and make a cake with your child. You can get lots of maths in here, also loys of physical development, such as spreading, whisking and stirring. If you make a cake why not post a picture of it on our twitter page.


Tuesday 28th April

Good morning everyone. Just a few activities you could try with your child. 


Reading activity



Make a reading den. Children love to make dens. You could make it into a cosy reading den, you could share stories together. When you have finished reading a story with your child talk to them about the main points of the story and the way the story is structured. Talk to them about the beginning, middle and end of story and ask the questions about why they like the story. Show your child pictures in a story ask them what they think is happening in the story. Maybe they could draw their own picture to go with the story


You could make a book together. Maybe about a favourite animal. You could scribe for your child or encourage them to mark make and draw pictures. 


Writing activity

Make a name card for your child's bedroom or a placemat for the dinner table. They could make placemats for all the family. Your child could then decorate it any way they wish. Encourage children to use their phonic knowledge when writing names. Support your child when writing names. Remember have fun!









Today I am going to give a brief explanation about phase 1 phonics.Your child has been following the Letters and Sounds program in nursery so if you would like you can dip into the different aspects. Remember everything is done in a fun way and through play, so please dont put any pressure on yourself.


Phase 1 of phonics concentrates on developing children's listening and speaking skills and lays the foundations for the phonics work  that starts in Phase 2. The emphisis during Phase 1 phonics is to get children attuned to sounds around them.


Aspect 1- General sound discrimination- environmental

To raise children's awareness of the sounds around them. Activities you could do to support this is a listening walk.On your daily walkk ask your child what sounds they can here all around them. Maybe when you get home write a list of all the different things you heard on your walk. This will aso support early writing.


Aspect 2-General sound discrimination- Instrumental sounds

This aspect aims to develop childrens's awareness of sounds made by various instruments and noise makers. Activities include the comparing of different instrumental sounds, play an instrument alongside a story and make quiet and loud sounds. You could make a shaker out of an empty bottle and put different things in, such as beads, rice or buttons. Compare the different sounds they make.


Aspect 3

General sound discrimination- body percussion

The aim of this aspect is to develop childen's awareness of sounds and rhythms. Activities include singing songs and action rhymes. Sing a nursery rhyme with your child whilst keeping the beat by clapping your hands  or tapping your knees.


The above three aspects our covered in the first few months of nursery.


We then move on to rhythm and rhyme.


Aspect 4- Rhythmn and Rhyme

This aspect develops your childs understanding of rhyme. Sing lots of rhyming songs with your child and encourage them to pick out the words that rhyme or read a story with lots of rhyming words. Another activity is complete a rhyming string, adult write the word cat at top of page and then together write a list of all the words that rhyme with cat, remember they can be silly words as well. Repeat with other words ( mop, pin, dog). Another activity is to clap out the syllables in words( start with their name).


Aspect 5- Alliteration

This is when we start focusing on initial sounds in words. Activities include I spy and matching objects which begin with the same sounds. A fun activity is to make up silly sentences with your child, such as monkeys make major mess or Jonathen jumps and juggles jellyfish. Make your own up and have fun ( you could link the sentence to family member names).


Apect 6- voice sounds

The aim is to distinguish between different sounds in words and to begin oral blending and segmenting.  An activity is to have different objects (hat, cup, mop, bin) Sound talk the object h-a-t, maybe talk like a robot. Can your child join in with you. When reading a story with your child pick out different words and sound talk it with your child.


Aspect 7- Oral blending and segmenting

In this aspect , the main aim is to develop oral blending and segmenting skills. To practise oral blending, you could say some sounds, such as c- u-p, can your child pick out the cup. Repeat with different objects. For segmenting, you could hold up an object such as a sock and ask your child what sounds they can hear. Support them to hear all the sounds.  You can do this when playing with your child.


The majority of childen are working between aspect 4-7.


Some children in Nursery are ready to go on to phase 2 in prepration for Reception. 


Phase 2 

In phase 2, letters and sounds are introduced one at  time in the following sequence

Set 1 - s, a,t,p,i,n

Set 2- i,n,m,d

Set 3-g,o, c,k

set 4- ck, e, u,r

set 5-h,b,f,ff,l,ll,ss

Remenber these sounds should be taught  as your child moves through the phase and when your child is ready, so dont feel any pressure to teach them phase 2 

There is lots of fun activities on phonics play and lots of fun phonics songs on youtube. Pintrest also has some fun games. Just type in Phase 1 phonics EYFS or Phase 2 phonics EYFS.

Thank you all for your support

Nursery teachers.









Monday 27th April

Above is a link from Mr Lockley. It has lots of fun PE ideas to keep you active.  Have fun. Mr Lockley has set up teams for Nursery. Take lots of pictures and put them on our twitter page. We would love to see them



Friday 24th April


Happy Friday everyone. Today is just a quick little activity to do with your child. Write your childs name on a peice of paper and just let them go over it with lots odifferent colours. This helps children recognise their name and begin to write it. You could also do this on the floor with chalk.

If your child can write their name let them independently do it and maybe focus on letter formation. Send us your lovely rainbow names on twitter


Finger print shapes or name

Tape a large sheet of paper to the table or floor.

Draw a large pre- writing shape on the floor or their name (Pre writing shapes are below).

Have your child dip their finger in the paint of the shape and place little fingerprints along the lines of the shape or the letter. Can they name the shape ot letter once they have finished. This activity is excellent for developing their fine motor skills




 Thursday 23rd April.

Hi. Hope you're all ok and keeping safe.

Here is a few activities you can do with your child over the next few weeks. Remember don't worry and feel like you have to do formal learning everyday, young children learn most when they are engaged and active and having fun. All the activities we put on will cover lots of different areas in the development matters


Tea party or teddy bears picnic.

Have a tea party with your favourite toy or story book character or a teddy bears picnic. Talk to your child about a tea party or picnic and who they would like to invite, then maybe write invitations. Discuss what they would like at their picnic or party and then write a list of all the food they would like To eat. You could then even talk about healthy foods and treats.Enjoy making the food with your child, just something simple like sandwiches,jelly or fairy cakes. Next step is to set up the party or picnic. Count out how many teddies or toys you want there. Then set the table or a blanket outside if its a nice day. Encouage your child to count out the plates, spoon and so on. This activity involves lots of Maths, Communication and language, Personal, Social and Emotional  and Physical Development. You could extend this by reading a book like the Tiger who came to Tea. Enjoy!!!!


 Tuesday 20th April


Good morning to all our lovely children and parents. Hope you our all keeping safe and well.

Today I am just going to explain breifly the Early Years Curriculum.

The Early Years Curriculum is seven areas of learning, they are:


Physical Development

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Communication and Language

The above our the Prime areas and run through and support learning in all other areas


Then we have specific areas, they are:



Understanding of the world

Expressive Arts and Design


In nursery we teach the children through play and move them on to their next step, when we get involved in their play. Children love to play so don't put too much pressure on yourself. Young childen love to be active, so just play and have fun with your child. Albert Einstien said  "Play is the highest form of research."



Look through old family photographs with your child and talk to them about what is happening. Encourage them to ask questions about picture. Talk about who is in picture and what is happening, also look at the changes in people and clothes. To extend this activity ask your child to draw you a picture of their family or make a family collage. You could also encourage them to write the names of the people in picture ( just mark making).


You could send us some of the pictures on twitter. We would love to see them. Have fun!!!!



 Monday 20th April.

Welcome back and we hope you all had a lovely Easter break. This term our topic is traditional tales. We would love you to read different stories with your child. Whilst reading the story ask children to make predictions, what do they think will happen, who is their favourite character. Maybe you could make a role play linked to the story. These ideas are all part of the development matters and will support your child as they move through nursery and on to Reception.


Children love books with repeated phrases such as the Gingerbread Man or Jack and the Beanstalk. Encourage your child to join in with the repeated phrases. You could even use funny voices or ask your child what do they think the Giant will sound like or the Gingerbread Man. 


To extend this put a large piece of paper on the floor and make a story map with your child. Draw different parts of the story and encourage your child to draw and ask them questions about what they are drawing.


Thank yousmileyyes


Wednesday 2nd April 2020

Good morning everyone. Hope you are all well. We have been loving all your pictures. Well done to you all.

Today why not have a number hunt in your house or garden. Hide numbers around the house and let your childen find them. Once they have found them support them to say what number it is and order them correctly. You can then extend it by matching quantity to number. You can use buttons, pennies, smarties or leaves and count out the correct amount to match the number. Make your own number line.


Pre Writing skills- Pre writing skills are the skills a child should master before any letter formation. We can develop our pre writing skills through fine ,otor play and practicing basic shapes.

Pre wriitng shapes are: 

Horizontal lines

vertical lines







The shapes above are in developmental order

Draw a large pre- writing shape on a peice of paper

Have your child paint glue along the outline of the shape

Stick feathers or any collage material to create a fun shape.



Good morning and happy Monday.

Some fun activities to do this week. All activities will support your childs fine motor skills.You can find more fun activities on instagram page otplayfortoday

Play Dough Dough Crocodile


  • Roll play dough into a sausage using two hands
  • Use thumb and index finger to pinch spikes on to the crocodiles back
  • Roll small pieces of play dough into balls to make eyes.
  • Use individual fingers to poke holes into the crocodile

See what other animals you can make with playdough. You could make 5 currant buns and sing the song with your child. Make a cake with play dough and put different amounts of candles into it. This will encourage number recognition and quantity.


Activity- Sorting socks. 

Give your child a basket full of socks. Can they sort the socks into pairs. Then you could make a washing line (tie a piece of string between two chairs)encourage your child to peg the socks on the line. Practice opening pegs using thumb and index finger.



Phonics Play

Children can accsess phonics play from home. Type Phonics Play into Google.

User name: march20


Try some fun phonics activities. Nursery children should work on phase one phonics with some children, especially children going into reception phase 2 phonics.

Thank you Nursery staff.


 A Fun Activity to do with your child is to make their own playdough. It is a little messy but it will develop their hand muscles, getting them ready to write 


  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1 cup of salt
  • 1 cup of water
  • splash of cooking oil

Mix it altogether. You could also add food colouring, glitter or even laveandar for sensory playdough.


Hi Everyone,

Hope you are all well. Whilst were off school, nursery staff will post different activities for you to do with your child. All the activities will be fun and playbased but will develop your childs writng skills and fine motor skills. 

Everyone keep yourselves safe and we hope to see you very soon

Nursery staff


Activity- Shopping List


  • Place a piece of paper on the table or floor
  • Have your child look for pictures of food items in magazines and leaflets
  • Encourage your child to cut out the food items using scissors
  • Stick them to the paper using glue, to make a shopping list

Encourage your child to use scissors independently and talk about the initial sounds they can hear in the items they have cut out.


Acitivity-Scissor Trails


  • Cut a piece of A4 Card into quarters
  • On each card, draw a trail to follow- choose from vertical line, horizontal line, circle, wavy line, curved line
  • Draw a stick person at the beginning( left) of the trail and an item of intrest at the other end of the trail e.g ice cream cone,house, car, train
  • Cut along the trail using scissors

Stick a sticker on their thumb to remind them to hold the scissors with their  thumb up









Welcome to the Nursery web page. smileysmiley

We hope this will keep you informed of all the events and activities happening in Nursery.


Nursery Staff


Nursery 1 -  Mrs Carr, Mrs Murphy and Mrs Jones

Nursery 2 - Mrs Doyle, Mrs Appleton and Mrs Spence 








Nursery Hours

Morning session:    Nursery doors open at 8:45 a.m. for drop off

                               Nursery doors open at 11:45 a.m. for collection


Afternoon session: Nursery doors open at 12:30 p.m. for drop off

                               Nursery doors open at 3:20 p.m. for collection



30 hour provision: Monday - Friday 

                              8:45am - 3.20pm





Please note: Nursery doors will be locked at 8.55am.  If you arrive after this time you must take your child to the school office.


Meet & Greet

At the beginning of every Nursery session our Parents/Carers are invited into Nursery with their child to help with settling in. However, this is not compulsory - we know how busy grown ups can be!


Nursery Uniform

Children have the opportunity to wear a uniform - this is not compulsory. The uniform consists of jogging bottoms, a t-shirt and a jumper.  Please ensure your child's uniform is clearly labelled with their name to avoid any confusion. We ask that children's footwear be appropriate for the child to be able to put on and take off their shoes independently - please avoid anything with laces!

If your child wears ear rings, please take them out before your child enters nursery.

Please note - We have plenty of spare clothing is your child has an accident, so please do not worry.


Eating and Drinking

If your child is staying in Nursery for the full day, they will require you to bring a packed lunch to school with them. Please be realistic about how much you put in their lunch box - only put in what you know they need for a simple lunch. Please put your child's name on their lunchbox, as you can imagine, we have many of the same type coming in.


Throughout every Nursery session, your child will be offered free access to water and fruit for the entire duration. They will also have the opportunity to sit down every morning and afternoon for a snack.

Please note - We are a healthy eating school, so would strongly discourage children to be eating any unhealthy snacks such as sweets, chocolates or crisps.


What happens on the first day of Nursery

If you have previously attended Nursery, then you should follow the normal Nursery routine and drop your child off at the Nursery doors. If this is your very first day in Nursery, then you should come to the school office with the your child. We will then take you and your child to the Nursery and welcome you. We understand this is a big day for both Parents/Carers and children and we will do all we can to help.  We will never leave a child in distress during those first few hours, and if we need to, we will contact you if your child needs to be collected early so to support a more graduated approach to starting Nursery.


Please note - Before your start date, Parents/Carers and children are more than welcome to regularly visit the Nursery, to 'stay and play'. This will help your child become familiar with their next big step to Nursery School and it will also help lessen any anxiety a parent might be feeling.

If you do feel anxious about your child starting, please do not hesitate to come in or phone and speak to any member of staff. We will be more than happy to answer any questions.

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