Early Years Foundation Stage – Nursery

Our Staff Team :

Mrs Gaskin is our Early Years Practitioner.  Our teaching assistant is Mrs Mott.

All teaching staff have time for Planning, Preparation and Assessment (PPA).  Mrs Reynolds will be covering in Nursery  at this time.

Mrs. Dade is the Early Years Leader and Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo).

Our Catkins staff are Mrs Buckle and Mrs Scott.


For information on our curriculum, please see our Curriculum page.


EYFS Weekly Update – 17.05.2019

The school Photographer will be in school next Thursday 23rd May to take class photographs of the children and it would be lovely if they were wearing a red cardigan, jumper or sweatshirt please.

Also, a reminder that it is a Staff PD Day next Friday, the last day of term is Thursday 23rd May and we will return on Monday 3rd June.

On Friday 7th June we would like all the children to come into school to celebrate Pyjamarama! This National event organised by the Charity Bookstart is to raise funds and raise awareness of the importance of reading books at bedtime.

We will be asking for a voluntary donation of £1 from each child for wearing their pyjamas please for this really worthwhile cause! Also we would love to see any photos of children in their pyjamas listening to their bedtime stories on Tapestry so we can show all the children, thank you!

As the weather is getting warmer please ensure your child has a sunhat in school.


This week we have been looking at the book ‘Dear Zoo’. The children have all painted pictures of the animals in the story, or their favourite animal which we have put on display. We wrote a letter to the Zoo to ask if they could send us a pet and we received a special delivery of some sea monkeys! However, the most exciting thing this week has been seeing our butterflies unfold their wings as they came out of their chrysalis!!

Next week we will be changing our role play area into a Vets, please can you send us pictures of your pets so we can add these to our display?!

Our letter of the week is v.


We have enjoyed using all the donated ‘junk recycling’ to make musical instruments. We created small bands and used the instruments to accompany our singing.

We have been finding out about the damage plastic is having in our seas. We read a book about a turtle that became very ill after swallowing a plastic carrier bag. All the children have helped Mrs. Smith create a brilliant display depicting this which we will put onto Tapestry when it is finished. We have been very impressed with the children’s reactions and responses to the topic of recycling, looking after their environment. We have noticed a difference in the amount of paper thrown away because they have been reusing it and they are always making sure we turn the lights off when we aren’t in the room!

We would like to invite the gentlemen to join us in the week prior to Father’s Day, the week beginning 11th June. A sign-up sheet will go up next week for you to choose the best afternoon that week for you to come into school. Unfortunately due to space we cannot accommodate siblings and only one special person (male!)

After Half Term, from the Monday 17th June until the end of term we would like to invite you to come into school and be our Mystery Reader, the idea is a parent, carer or grandparent comes into school at the end of the day to read a story to the class but we don’t tell the children who it is! The children all sit with their eyes closed and then after a countdown the teacher and mystery reader have swapped places. The look of amazement on the children’s faces when they see who it is fantastic! Please see Mrs. Reynolds one morning to arrange a day.

Have a lovely weekend

The Reception & Nursery Weekend


Outdoor Learning

Outdoor learning is a fundamental part of learning at in the EYFS and we operate a free flow system where the children can choose whether to learn outside or inside. The children have access to the outdoor area throughout the day and we set up activities that support and enhance the learning of what we are doing inside. At times these activities can be messy and whilst we do our best not to get too muddy and aim to put on aprons – there are times when the children will get dirty! Please can you provide wellies that we can keep in school.