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Nursery and Preschool

Welcome to Nursery and Preschool

Please find below the knowledge and language organisers which are sent home when we start a new text. Please talk about these with your child to support their learning.

Spring Term


Welcome to the Nursery and Preschool class page!


Welcome to the nursery and preschool class page. Here you will find information about the learning we are doing in class as well as key dates. Please check back regularly for updates.


This term we look forward to welcoming some new children and families to our class. We are sure they will settle in well and our current children will make them feel very welcome. Please encourage your children to talk about the learning they have been doing at home. We look forward to doing lots more exciting learning with the children and working together with parents and families.


Mrs Leyland is the nursery and preschool class teacher and Early Years Leader. Mrs Quereshi will also be teaching in nursery and preschool on a Wednesday and Mrs Cowell, the Reception teacher, will teach in our Nursery on Thursdays. Mrs Ubaid, Miss Iqbal and Mrs Patel are the three key workers who will work closely with the children in their key worker groups to support them with their learning.


In nursery and preschool we use books to support our learning. When we start a new book information will be sent home about this. Please discuss this with your child(ren) and if possible share the book together at home. We also regularly update the parents notice board outside the classroom, please check when you drop off and collect your child.


Key dates

Monday 6th January 2020 - school reopens after the holidays.

Tuesday 11th February - Safer Internet Day.

Thursday 13th February - Children break up for half term.

Monday 24th February - Children back at school after half term.

Tuesday 3rd March - World Wildlife Day

Thursday 5th March - World Book Day/Author Week

Friday 20th March - Mother's Day event in school

Tuesday 31st March - 2nd April  - parent meetings

Friday 3rd April - Children finish for the Easter holidays at 1.30pm. There will be no afternoon session but the afternoon children are welcome to attend the morning session.


This half term, the topic is 'Sorting'. We will be using books to support the learning in the classroom. 


Our first book will be 'Wow! Said the Owl' to help us understand changes in seasons and weather. We will be looking at the vocabulary in the book before we try to use these words to tell parts of the story. We will also be using this book to learn about colours and will be going on an indoor colour hunt. Look out for owls in our provision, linked to the main character in the story.

We will also be looking at the book 'Dogs Colourful Day' to reinforce the work on colour and introduce numbers to ten. We will explore the vocabulary and characters in the book then move onto retelling the story. In provision we will continue to explore colour and complete counting and number recognition activities.

Our final book will be 'What Colour is Love?', where children will continue to learn about colour, as well as being introduced to some jungle animals, which will link to a topic later in the year. This book will also link to Valentines Day as children think about who they love. 



This term we will be focussing on the Prime Areas of learning; PSED - personal, social and emotional development, C&L - communication and language development and PD - physical development.


The nursery children will be learning to sit for short periods of time and take turns and share. They will also be learning to follow simple instructions and use words and simple phrases to communicate. They will be encouraged to access a range of activities such as the climbing equipment and mark making equipment to develop their physical skills.


The preschool children will be learning to sit for stories and songs as well as sharing, taking turns and working together. They will  be developing their language skills through story telling and will be encouraged to use longer sentences to communicate. All preschool children are taking part in a daily physical development activity to get their hands and bodies strong. This will help them later in the year when they learn to write. We are developing the children's early maths skills by singing counting songs, counting objects and looking at shapes and numbers in the environment. Our sand and water areas, both indoors and outdoors, develop our understanding of capacity and we compare lengths of objects in the construction area by building towers, in the role play area finding dressing up clothes to fit us and even in our nature garden digging for long and short worms!  The children are developing their early literacy skills through joining in with stories and rhymes and taking part in our daily phonics session., This half term we are focussing on different sounds and listening games. Mrs Leyland will continue to take the preschool children over to school for Friday assembly in small groups. 


You are very welcome to come into the classroom to see our learning board, where you will be able to see all the exciting learning that we have been doing in nursery and preschool.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to come and speak to us, we are here to help. smiley