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School open days for prospective pupils - October 15th 2019 & November 20th 2019. Please make an appointment via the school office.

Welcome to Nursery!


We would like to welcome all you of your wonderful children. We are looking forward to having lots of fun and exciting learning experiences in Nursery, and helping the children to start their journey here at St. Mary's.


The Nursery Team

Nursery teacher - Miss Knowles

Learning support staff - Mrs Kells, Mrs Murphy and Miss Bennett


EYFS Phase leader - Mrs Collins


The Early years gate and doors open at 8:40am and we have a stay and play session until 8:55am. Please ensure your child arrives promptly to school each day. Parents are asked to help their child to hang up their coats and bags, find their name card on the carpet and then choose an activity in the classroom. We have the register and our first group time at 9am.

At the end of the day, the doors open at 3pm. Please collect your child's belongings from the coat pegs outside before coming to collect your child from the classroom. The children will be sitting in two groups on the carpet and either Mrs Kells or Mrs Murphy will call your child's name when they see you, and you can exit the classroom from the double doors.


Our topic

This half term  our topic is Ourselves. We will be helping the children to settle into their new environment and routines and helping them to make new friends. 

Literacy - we will be reading lots of familiar stories and getting the children to join in with actions, rhymes and repeated phrases.

Maths - we will be singing lots of counting songs, recognising numbers and counting objects. 

Topic - we will be talking about special times and events at home with family and friends. We will be looking at similarities and differences between ourselves and others and naming the parts of our body. We'll also be painting self-portraits.


Week 1 & 2 - new children starting each day

Week 3 - Children will be put into key groups where they will sit for group times. Reading books and learning logs will be sent out this week.



In Early years, we go outside in all weathers so please ensure your child is dressed appropriately. A waterproof coat and wellies are a must (wellies can be left in school). Children can only use our 'Let's explore' area if they are wearing wellies.

ALL clothing needs to be clearly labelled with your child's name including coats, bags, wellies and shoes.


Reading books

Your child will be given a clear plastic reading folder containing two library books and a green reading record. Please share a story with your child at least once per week. Talk about what you have read, you could relate it to an experience they might have had (going shopping, on a train, to the farm, to the seaside), what did they like/dislike, encourage them to join in with repeated phrases, rhymes, learning new words, counting e.g. how many animals there are. You could ask them some simple questions - what colour is the car? where is the girl? why is mum happy?

Please sign and date in their reading record (You could also record other stories you have shared at home). Please also write a short comment to let us know what they liked/disliked and if they were able to answer simple questions about the story.

Reading books should be returned every Wednesday and will be sent home on a Friday. Unfortunately, any books returned late will not be changed until the following week.


Learning Logs

A home learning activity will be sent home in your child's learning log every Friday. These

will be short, fun activities that will consolidate and extend the learning in school.

Learning logs should be returned to school every Wednesday together with your child's reading folder.



Half term dates for your diary

4th October – Phonics and reading workshop for parents – time to be confirmed

Parents Meetings- 9th ,10th  11th October- to be confirmed

20th October – Half Term

30th October – Welcome back



If you have any questions/queries about your child, please do not hesitate to speak to one of the Nursery team.






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