Nursery J 2021 - 2022

Miss Jones

We would like to begin by saying a very big ‘Welcome’ to all our Nursery children and parents and hope you are ready for a busy and exciting year 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.

We would also like to say a huge congratulations to Miss Millington (EYFS lead and Nursery teacher who is on maternity leave) and her partner on the birth of their baby boy born in August. We wish her all the very best as she continues her Maternity leave and hope to see baby soon. Miss Millington will be returning to Nursery in July 2022.

Let’s Learn through Colours

Our topic for Autumn 1 is ‘Colours’ this is a great topic to enable the children to grow in confidence in their new environment and building on their independence through the introduction of our ‘Rainbow challenges’ around the classroom. The Rainbow challenge 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 get children engaged; ‘Brown bear, Brown bear, what do you see’ by Bill Martin Jr and Eric Clarle ‘Happy to be me’ By Emma Dodd. 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 our changing season and outside environment. We hope to go on nature walks, monitor the change in weather and carry out some simple experiments. In Maths children will be working on their knowledge and understanding of numbers 0-3 using concrete objects, and exploring patterns, 2D and 3D shapes and their properties, 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 having 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 in class 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.


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 – During this term the children will have receive their own clear book bag, homework book which is sent home on a Friday and must be returned by the following Thursday AM. Children will receive reading books in the Autumn 2 term these books 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.

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: 

October 15th: Dress in your favourite colour day.

October 22nd: Halloween fancydress day. 

October 22nd: Parents Celebration of work Assembly 2.15pm. 

October 22nd: End of half term. 

October 25th - 29th Half term 

November 1st: Children return to school. 

Useful links:

‘Development matters’ This document supports our assessment. Please see all statements within 22-36 months and 30-50 months 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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