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We are keen to provide suggestions that will help support yourselves at home and this will be done via this web page, the schools twitter and also through Primary Essence.

On the web page expect suggestions and useful links.

Then on twitter you can share things of great value to the school community,

Finally on Primary Essence you can share achievements from home which school will put on your childs home learning journal. We have had some fabulous entries on Primary Essence where children are baking, making playdough and other suggestions from the home learning activities. Staff are viewing these and saving them in your childs home journal.

Welcome to a new academic year in nursery


New starters will be getting their Bookstart Book which happens to be


written by an author from Barnsley. On your visiting day you can look forward to receiving the book.


The school and myself have kindly purchased the same book for N2s so every child in nursery can have the book at home. I have delivered them so by the end of the week all N2s can enjoy reading before they start back during the second week of term. We also intend to enjoy Simon Sock.


Look for our nursery recommended reads. Sharing at home and school bringing our books to life.

Sounds of the English Phonic Code -Synthetic Phonics.wmv

Tami Reis-Frankfort, reading specialist and trainer, demonstrates how to pronounce the sounds of the English Phonic Code, when teaching children to read with...

This is where you can get a list of suggested activities for the week ahead. Learning through meaningful interactions and play is essential at this age and how young children learn best.

Below are the activities in a EYFS learning grid. From your day see how many you have managed to experience.


Please note

The phonics programme aims to help nursery children tune into and remember sounds. Associating the sound is key to preparation for future learning.

Prior to the lock down we were half way through the alphabet for N2's. N1's were focusing and tuning into everyday sounds.  If your child can identify each letter by its sound it will help them tremendously in F2. But please remember maturity isn't something that can be adjusted so your child maynot be ready. We are always teaching when we do everyday things with a love for the language we use. We make a jelly, we talk and they talk through the process and we enjoy the end product. Lots of talking and lots of listening from both adults and children.

Weeks 1,2,3 Term 1

Octopants/Simon Sock






Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Communication and Language




Understanding the World

Expressive Arts and Design

Self Regulation

Feelings excited in a new nursery but also you might feel nervous.

Listening, Attention and Understanding

Lets listen to our nursery songs for group and tidy. What do we do when we hear them?

Gross Motor Skills

With my arms I can…….

With me feet I can……


Vocabulary with a adjective before the noun.

????? Octopus



I see 1 sock or do I see 2 socks?

Past and Present

My sock has a hole in do you think it had a hole when I bought it. Where was it from? Where has it been? How is it now?

Creating with Materials

Using materials to make pants or socks.


Managing Self

Exploring the new areas and learning how to play within them.



Action and say.







Finer Motor Skills

Using paint brushes inside and outdoors to create patterns.

Word Reading

Tuning in to sounds I might hear indoors and outdoors.

Numerical Pattern

Counting the legs on my ocopus. 8??

My socks are a pair. Odd ones cant be a pair. Evens can.

People Culture and Communities

Where do you live? Do you live together? Somewhere Different? Same?

Being Imaginative and Expressive


Happy and You Know it

Head, shoulders, knees, toes

Rhyme 1,2,3,4,5


Building Relationships

Knowing who the adults are and letting people know your name.




An octopus

Experiment with circles .


The Natural World

Whats the weather today?

Is it better today than yesterday? What would you like tomorrow?

Autumn has started.


Every week examples of home learning are posted on Primary Essence that are enjoyed by nursery staff and recorded in your childs home learning journal. (If you are struggling with your Primary Essence log in please let us know through the home learning contact below and we can help.)

Every week we hope to post one of the pieces on our nursery page.

This powerpoint guide is designed to help our nursery leavers be supported in their transition to Foundation 2.

Nursery Parents School Readiness Guide for Nursery Leavers

Below are extracts from 


'What to expect, when?' Written by actionforchildren.org,uk who worked with the DFE to provide an excellent guide for Foundation Stage Parents.


Please read through and see for yourself.


If I wasnt helping them what could my child do?

When I listen carefully what can may child say? If another relative listened to them speak could they understand them. Do they understand what im saying?


Then look to the suggestions provided that will help my child learn. Remember we learn by revisiting experiences frequently and generally not by something shared once or twice. Also revisit the next day, the next week, the next month and the next year.


This is for children who recently had their 3rd birthday and will be staying in nursery for another academic year. Otherwise known as 

N1s. While we recognise every child is unique and will be working below the threshold 16-26 months or above the threshold 30-50 months its an opportunity to see how in line they are with 22-36 age expectation for a N1 child. If your child can be secure or beyond 22-36 before August 31st it helps them thrive.

This is if your child is due to start Foundation 2 in September at this school or another. As every child is unique some children may be still working on 22 to 36 months or working at a higher threshold in some areas of 40 to 60 months. The document below will provide you with every area providing with an idea of what to expect but also suggestions to support your child meet the expectation of a secure 30 to 50 months before 31st August.

Nursery Curriculum

The Early Years Foundation Stage is the framework followed by the nursery setting. The cycle of observation, then timed intervention,  then evaluation from a further observation supports learning in nursery. 

We cross reference our observations with the stages of development within the seven areas outlined in the guidance and also listed on Early to Primary Essence. We look for a 'best fit' and determine whether a child is emerging, developing or secure.

Children all have different starting points with children starting at 22-36 months or 30-50 months. We also support children who are younger or have special education needs who may match younger stages of development.

The missing areas are mapped during the evaluation of the assessments. Staff then use this information in their teaching.

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