Nursery J 2021 - 2022

Miss Jones


We would like to begin by saying a big ‘Welcome back’ to all our Nursery children and parents and a Happy New Year! We hope 2022 is filled with hope and joy for all our families in Nursery.

On this page you will find information about the current topic, news and updates regarding special events and dates to remember as well as access to photographs of the children and the fun things they have been doing whilst in school.

The class teachers for Nursery this school year are Mrs Roche (class NR) with Miss Davies and Miss Jones (class NJ) with Mrs Hodge. Also, Mr Hewlett, Miss McHugh and Miss Wilson work with the children throughout the week.

Let’s Learn through Celebrations

Our topic for Spring 1 is ‘Celebrations’ this topic gives the children the understanding of the different religions around the world and what festivals each religion celebrates. We engage children through talking about their own beliefs and expand on this with lots of fun learning opportunities.

We will continue with ‘The Rainbow challenge’ this is used by the children during their ‘continuous provision time’ after adult input lessons. It is broken up into different areas/tables for the children to learn and play e.g. the ‘Construction area’ or the ‘Writing table’ or the ‘Reading corner’ and each are associated with a specific colour. Children are encouraged to explore their whole environment throughout the week and in doing so gain a coloured lollipop stick for each area they have engaged with. If they complete the Rainbow they are rewarded with a sticker at the end of the week.

During this topic we will be reading the following stories in our Literacy lessons to help engage the children into our new topic; ‘Birthday Invitation’ by Lucy Rowland and Laura Hughes and ‘Lanterns and Firecrackers’ by Jonny Zucker and Jan Barger. Literacy lessons will build and develop children’s love of stories and extend their book knowledge skills with a large emphasis on their ‘Communication and language’ supporting them to speak using simple sentences in English and ask and answer questions. During our investigation Fridays we will be encouraging children to explore the world around them with a focus on celebration from different cultures. We will continue to monitor the change in weather and carry out some simple experiments. In Maths children will be developing their understanding of more, less, total and partitioning of numbers 0-5. We will investigate and explore 2D and 3D shapes and continue to work with patterns including ABAB patterns.   We will be following the ‘mastery maths approach’ along with the rest of the school.

We will continue to be place a large emphasis on children’s personal, social and emotional development and will continue to do so as we move through the year. We are in no doubt that the current pandemic has and is continuing to have a large impact on our pupils and their lives and so our aim is to get them talking, ensure they feel safe and have confidence to build relationships.

In addition, we will continue each week to engage in a ‘Music Assembly’ whereby the children sing songs and explore sound and instruments. We will also have an EYFS celebration assembly each Friday to award our ‘Stars of the week’ and ‘Citizens of the week’ certificates.

Please see the 'Files to download' section below to find out more about your child's daily timetable and curriculum.


Covid-19: if your child is self-isolating at home please let us know as soon as possible so we can provide daily lessons of Literacy; Maths and Phonics through Tapestry. To access this learning you MUST access Tapestry through the WEB-BROWER and click on the MEMO’S. Please also let us know if you have no access to this as we can provide paper copies of work for your child to complete.

We would like to remind all parents that as part of your child’s school uniform they please have a spare set of clothes in school at all times. This is in case there are any toileting accidents or messy play mishaps. It is an expectation that children come to school toilet trained but we appreciate this isn’t always so easy and will support them as best we can in school. All children should also be sent into school with a labelled water bottle.

As the weather is changing please ensure your child comes to school with an appropriate coat and if you have a spare pair of wellington boots you could label and leave at Nursery that would be great. We are happy for the children to bring umbrellas on their walk to and from school. However, please do take them home with you as the children are not allowed to use them whilst in school and this causes upset between the children. Thank you for your help in this matter. 

Homework – Children have their own clear book bag, homework book. This half term alongside our new Nursery Library loan book (Children and Parents have been given an allocated Library Loan day. If you are unsure which day this is please speak to a member of the Nursery Team) the children will begin to bring home a reading diary which is sent home on a Friday and must be returned by the following Thursday AM. Books sent home at the start of the year will be picture books – with no words whereby the focus is to get children talking through the images/illustrations on each page and making guesses about what is happening in the story.

Name-writing – please be sure to practise your child’s name writing with them at home at every convenience with a focus on getting them to use the correct pen grip.

We appreciate there is a lot to take on board which has been heightened this year by Covid-19 but should you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask, at present this can be done by passing on a note via your child or calling/emailing the school office who can pass on any queries to us staff.

Thank you for your support, we look forward to our continued work with you this year!

Reception Places for school year 2022.

Your child will not automatically be allocated a school place for the Reception class (next year). You need to apply for your child’s place through the local authority. We have recently sent an email to you letting you know how to apply. This information has also been added to the weekly newsletter. Below in the files you will find a set up guidance of how to apply for your child’s Reception place. If you need any further information regarding a place in Reception please talk to your child’s teacher at the end of the day.

We appreciate there is a lot to take onboard which has been heightened this year by Covid-19 but should you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask, at present this can be done by passing on a note via your child or calling/emailing the school office who can pass on any queries to us staff.

Thank you for your support, we look forward to our continued work with you this year!

Diary dates: 

18th February: Last day of term. 

Useful links:

‘Development matters’ This document supports our assessment. Please see all statements bith to 3 and 3 to 4 year olds for all areas to support your child with development points for this term.

 ‘Tapestry’ This is your child’s online Learning journal and will be a working document from the start of Nursery to the end of Reception.


Phonics play This site can be used to support your child's learning within phonics. The link below will take you to some free learning zone for Phase 1 phonics. As the year goes on you may wish to trial the games in the phase 2 learning zone. 


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Ashbury Meadow Community Primary School

Rylance St
M11 3NA

Main Contact: Mrs Eve Peters

Tel: 0161 989 2999

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