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Every week we have been putting new work on our WOW WALL!


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Welcome to St. Mary’s Nursery! 

The Nursery team are: Mrs Whytock and Mrs For.


We hope you have all had a wonderful Christmas Break and ready for learning in our Spring Term. If you have any questions or concerns please let us know. Please make some time to read with your child, if possible, every day. When reading with you child, try and find a quiet place with the T.V off. Encourage your child to turn the pages of the book, talk about the pictures and tell you what is happening in the story or what they think will happen next.

Look what we raised for our local Food Bank!

This term we will be learning our letter and sounds using the ‘Letters and Sounds’ Phase One scheme of work.

  • Listen to adults and peers in the nursery.

  • Have opportunities to talk to friends, partner, whole class, adults.

  • Circle time, speaking and listening through narrative. Be aware of Autumn language.

  • Use listening area. Model how to use tape machine.

  • Phase 1 Letters and Sounds  

  • Go on a sound walk 


We will be learning how books work-front ,back, page ,pictures. We will be looking at reading large books to our class.

This term in reading we will be learning to:

  • learn how books work-front ,back, page ,pictures Model  reading in book room.

  • Read large books to class.

  • Encourage children to join in with known texts.

  • Use Expresso.

  • Name cards to recognise name.

  • Model rhyming words and encourage children to notice them in stories and songs 

This term in writing we will be learning to:

  •  During structured play children will have free access to a wide variety of writing tools and materials .

  • Hand and finger exercises, clapping.

  • Learning a range of Nursery rhymes

  • Daily shared writing.

  • Develop fine motor skills- jigsaws, threading beads.


In RE this term we are going to be learning about the topic of 'Being A Sacramental People' and 'From Lent to Easter'. We will continue to look at what our faith is and how we see it around us, through the changing seasons, in different places [like school], through new people [new friends and teachers]. We will Start to introduce the Hail Mary, and we will be listening to the word of God from the Holy book of the Bible.



This term in Maths we will be:

Working with numbers and shapes

  • number songs and rhymes and stories.

  • Focus on one number per week. [1to7].

  • Matching activities, sticking activities, number jigsaws, numbers in sand/water, white boards and markers, number lines.

  • ICT: Expresso and specific number programs.

  • Nursery rhymes with number: Hickory, dickory dock…..

  • Sorting activities to include natural and man- made materials. 

  • Pictures from magazines, sorting colours.

Have a look at some of our fantastic Maths work in the Nursery!


Focus: Growing.

  • Change in weather and what clothes to wear.


    Know that leaves change colour in Autumn and discuss these colour changes.

  • Look at conkers and acorns.

  • Myself topic. Name body parts. Work on senses. How they have changed from when they were babies.

EAD: This term we will:

  • Develop fine motor skills- painting, charcoal, drawing etc. Recognise Primary colours.

  • Work with a variety of collage materials. Assume a role in the Home corner.

  • Join in songs and rhymes.

  • Use musical instruments to create sounds heard in the environment.

  • Create own pictures from paints. Use boxes and resources to make own models.


Children will:

  •  Have access to a variety of large equipment: caterpillar, slide, tyres etc.

  • Develop Locomotor skills- crawling, walking, running, hopping, leaping.

  •  Develop body management skills- static and dynamic balancing, stopping and landing.

  • Develop independent toilet use and independent dressing.

  • Develop fine motor skills: gripping pencils, using scissors correctly.


We will be:

  • Being able to separate from carer


    Encourage play in a group by extending and elaborating play ideas.

  • Making friends.

  • Developing their decision making and show an awareness of taking turns at activities.

  • Encourage independence during class day. Model how to use the art area, writing area, maths area etc.

  • Resources to be easily accessible and clearly labelled.

Please come and talk to the Nursery team if you have any questions.

For more information about the curriculum please contact your child's teacher.

Curriculum Map Autumn 2018

Newsletters Autumn 2018

Nursery Timetable 2018

Early Years Foundation Stage 2016

A day in the life of Nursery 2017

Early Years Big Talk PowerPoint 

Development Matters PDF Document