Nursery R 2020 - 2021

Mrs Roche

Nursery will reopen after the Spring half term on Monday 22nd February at 8.45 am -3.00 pm

We would like to begin by saying a big ‘Welcome back’ to all our Nursery children and parents. 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.

Let’s Learn through Growing

Our topic for Spring 2 is ‘Growing’ this topic gives the children the understanding of their environment and the things living in it. We engage children through talking about and exploring things that grow, 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; ‘the very hungry caterpillar’ by Eric Carle and ‘the enormous turnip’ Illustrated by Georgien Overwater, Published by Usborne. 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 their outside environment. We hope to go on nature walks, explore mini beasts, grow our own plants, 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, repeating patterns, and shapes.  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 second half os our Nursery 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 in-class celebration assembly each Friday to award our ‘Stars of the week’ certificates.


During this half term these children will be celebrating their birthdays Happy 4th Birthday to all:

NM Class: Noor; Charlie-Joe; Aarib; Kori Mai

NR Class: Kemuel


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.

Homework – Children have their own clear book bag, homework book and 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!


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.

 ‘TapestryThis 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 the 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. 


Art and Design




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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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