Welcome to our Nursery Class Page!
Useful website links:
Stoke Speaks Out
Stoke Speaks Out offers lots of useful tips and guidance regarding how to support your child’s speech and language development. You can read all about their key messages by clicking on this link: Tips and advice | Stoke Speaks Out
Change 4 Life
NHS Change 4 Life offers lots of useful tips and guidance regarding how to prepare a healthy packed lunch box. You can access this information by clicking on this link: Lunchbox Ideas | Recipes | Change4Life (www.nhs.uk)
Tiny Happy People
Tiny Happy People have some fantastic activity ideas, tips and guidance to support your child’s early development. You can access their website by clicking on this link: Activities for babies, toddlers and children – BBC Tiny Happy People
Hungry Little Minds
Hungry Little Minds is another fantastic website that offers lots of ideas for activities and games to support your child’s early development. You can access their website by clicking on this link: Hungry Little Minds – Simple fun, activities for kids aged 0 – 5 (campaign.gov.uk)
Speech and Language Development
The Communication Trust has created a useful guidance document about the ages and stages of children’s communication and language development. You can read this by clicking on this link: Universally speaking
You can read some information about ‘School Readiness’ by clicking on these links:
Please choose one homework activity to complete, ready to be given in on a Monday. Homework books are returned home on a Wednesday.
P.E with Port Vale is on a Monday. Please can children arrive wearing their school uniform and bring their P.E kit in a separate bag to change into.
Library books will continue to be changed on a Friday.
Please read the lilac band wordless books with your child at least 3 x a week. If you are unsure about how to use these books then please ask a member of staff. Below is a guidance video about how to share a wordless book with your child.
Please ensure that children are supervised, if using any suggested video links from this class page.
Week commencing 27.06.22
This week, we will continue learning about mini-beasts, with a specific focus upon snails. Our focus story will be Snail Trail. This is a fantastic text that introduces children to the work of famous artists. The children will have a go at creating their own snails in the style of the artist ‘Matisse’.
In phonics, our sound of the week will be ‘m’. In Maths, we will be practising ordering numbers 1-5 and comparing amounts, using the words ‘more’, ‘less’ and ‘the same’.
Week commencing 20.06.22
This week our focus story will be Superworm.
For the next few weeks, we will be looking closely at minibeasts and will be searching for different minibeasts around the school grounds. In phonics, we will be consolidating the sounds we have already learned and in Maths we will be exploring length, using words like longer and shorter.
We will be learning the song Wiggly Woo… Can you sing along at home using the link below?
This children have loved searching for minibeasts this week. We found a wiggly worm, woodlouse, ant, spider and even a millipede! We made sure that we were very careful and put the different creatures back safely. We also saw lots of buzzy bees on our wild flowers. We talked about how they feed on the nectar and pollen, like butterflies! The children were also delighted to see that our sunflower has opened up.
Thank you to our Mystery Reader this week!
Week commencing 13.06.22
Who’s that trip-trapping over my bridge….
This week our focus story will be The Three Billy Goats Gruff.
We will be completing lots of fun activities around this text. In Maths we will be using positional language and hiding the troll in lots of different places. In phonics, we will be looking at the ‘n’ sound.
We had lots of fun during our visit from The Little Library Van on Monday!
The children had such an amazing day for our trip on Friday! They had freshly squeezed apple juice and freshly picked strawberries, fed the different animals on the farm, heard the Three Billy Goats Gruff story, made some crafts and had time for a play and explore! Lots of shade and water breaks too as it was a very hot day! The ladies commented on how fantastic the children’s behaviour was. They will bring home their crafts on Monday.
Week commencing 06.06.22
School will open after half term on Monday 06.06.22.
During this week, we will be looking back at the lifecycle journey of our caterpillars and will be creating butterflies with a range of different media. We will also introduce the season of Summer using the focus story, Guess how much I love you in the Summer. In Maths we will be exploring ‘heavy’ and ‘light’ and in phonics, we will be looking at the ‘i’ sound.
Please ensure you have returned the permission letter for our trip to Gruff Outdoor Learning by Friday 10.06.22. Please ask Miss Bridges if you have any questions or concerns about this. We are looking forward to a day of fun-filled outdoor learning.
You can read a copy of our Summer 2 newsletter below:
As we are now beginning to learn Phase 2 Phonics letters and sounds, below is some guidance about how we pronounce our sounds in Phonics:
This week something amazing happened – Our caterpillars turned into butterflies! We made sure they had plenty of nectar and fruit before releasing them. The children were so excited to see them fly away. We will be looking out for them in our flower beds this week!
The children even did some real baking on Friday!
Half term 30.05.22 – 03.06.22
Week commencing 23.05.22
Reminders this week:
Please ensure your that child has a sunhat and sun cream in school.
We have our Platinum Jubilee celebration in school on Friday! We hope that lots of you are able to come and enjoy this event.
This week we will continue our learning about the lifecycle of a caterpillar. We will be creating patterns in Maths and looking at the ‘p’ sound in phonics. Our caterpillars have grown so much! I wonder what will happen next…
Our focus story of the week is The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
Below is an animated version of the story that you can watch and discuss together.
We had so much fun celebrating the Platinum Jubilee.
Week commencing 16.05.22
This week we will begin our learning about the lifecycle of a caterpillar. We even have our own caterpillars in our classroom that are already starting to grow. In phonics, we have learnt the ‘t’ sound.
We will also be learning about the Queen in preparation for the Platinum Jubilee. How exciting!
Thank you to our Mystery Reader this week! Please let Miss Bridges know if you would like to be a Mystery Reader.
Thank you to Hanley library for delivering a storytelling session for us this week. It was great that so many parents were able to attend. We hope that the children enjoy their new story book and are able to borrow some new story books with their library card. We would love to know if you find any new favourites!
Week commencing 09.05.22
FEE-FI-FO-FUM! This week we will be doing lots of activities all about our traditional tale of the term, ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’. In Maths, we will be exploring 3d shapes to make our own castle structures. In Phonics, we will continue to identify words that begin with a ‘s’ sound and we will begin to look at the ‘a’ sound too.
What a busy week we have had! Our activities have included planting beans and building castles with a range of different media.
A big thank you to our parent ‘Mystery Reader’ this week!
Week commencing 03.05.22
This week our focus story will be ‘Jasper’s Beanstalk’. We will be thinking carefully about what plants need to grow. We will be exploring height in Maths this week, using words such as ‘Tallest’ and ‘Shortest’. In Phonics, we will be listening carefully to identify words that begin with a ‘s’ sound. Perhaps you can look out for items beginning with ‘s’ at home too.
You can watch the story being retold using the below link:
The Nursery children had lots of fun in their music session with Soundpots on Friday.
Week commencing 25.04.22
We look forward to welcoming you back on 25.04.22. Our first focus story will be:
The children will be thinking about how they have grown and changed from a baby.
Please can you send in a photograph of when your child was a baby to support our learning and discussions this week.
You can read a copy of our Summer 1 Newsletter below:
A big thank you to our Parent ‘Mystery Reader’ this week!
Week commencing 04.04.22
This week, we will continue our learning about Spring and will go looking for the signs of Spring that we can see. Our focus story is:
This week, the children will continue their learning about patterns in Maths and using ‘Robot Talk’ in phonics. We have lots of lovely activities planned and some special treats for our last week of term.
The children enjoyed making nest cakes, searching for eggs, creating patterns and lots more! We also enjoyed our last Story and Craft session and enjoyed inviting parents back in for this.
Week commencing 28.03.22
Reminders for this week:
- Please bring in some wellies that your child can wear when they are playing in the mud kitchen.
- Please bring in some sun cream and a sun hat that can be kept in school.
- We are kindly asking for donations of chocolate from Monday to help us with our chocolate raffle hamper, for school fundraising. Children will be able to buy a raffle ticket strip from Wednesday 30th for £1.
This week, we will be learning more explicitly about the signs of Spring in the natural world. Our focus story is:
We will be learning new vocabulary including: Buds, blossom and daffodil. Can you look for signs of Spring as you are out and about together? Remember you have your Spring checklist inside of your homework books.
We will be exploring lots of different media and materials to create blossom trees. In phonics, we will be introduced to our ‘Metal Mike’ robot where we will practise our oral segmenting and blending skills by talking in ‘Robot Talk’. In Maths, we will learn how to continue and copy some simple repeating patterns.
The children have been creating Spring blossom trees by fringing the tubes with scissors and scrunching the tissue paper. Have a look at some of their fantastic creations! What super concentrating crocodiles we have in Nursery.
Week commencing 21.03.22
Reminders for this week:
- Please bring in some wellies that your child can wear when they are playing in the mud kitchen.
This week we will continue our learning about farm animals, by looking closely at the lifecycle of a chicken. Perhaps you could do some research with a grown up at home.
We will continue to explore alliteration in phonics this week. You can find watch an online lesson about alliteration below. Can you make your own sound box containing items that begin with the same sound as your name?
Please continue to use your Ten Town log-ins at home to access the activities for numbers 0-3. We will be learning all about the number 4 this week, so this number will also be unlocked soon.
‘Five Little Ducks’ is one of our favourite number songs to sing in class. Can you use the video below to sing along at home? Don’t forget to use your counting fingers.
Here is a simple story that you can listen and join in with, to practise the names of farm animals and the sounds that they make. What is your favourite farm animal?
Later in the week, we will be listening to the story ‘Handa’s Hen’, which is set within Kenya in Africa. You can listen to the story being read on CBeebies Radio or watch a video animation of the story, using the links below. There are lots of things that you could discuss about this story together. You could do some research together to find out more about Kenya, you could talk about how the number of animals increases as the story goes on and you could also discuss the lifecycle of a hen.
Week commencing 14.03.22
This week we will be introducing our theme ‘On the Farm’.
We will be reminding ourselves of the names of different farm animals, their sounds and the different places that they live within the farm. In Maths, we will be revisiting and also learning some new positional language, by looking at routes and locations through the farm-based stories ‘Rosie’s Walk’ and ‘What the Lady Bird Heard’.
We will be singing the song ‘Old Macdonald had a farm’. Can you practise singing at home to?
You can use the link below to practise your listening skills, by trying to identify the farm animal that is making each sound:
Week commencing 07.03.22
Our focus story this week is ‘Kipper’s New Pet’. This story has been chosen to support our learning about pets, but also has a lovely link to birthdays, which is an interest that the children have shown within their play. Please send in a photograph if your child has a pet at home that they would like to tell the rest of the class about.
We had a fantastic time at our story and craft club. This week, we used milk bottles to create Elmer elephants.
It has been great to welcome parents in, who have enjoyed sharing their child’s learning journey and other work together. We will be offering more of these sessions as the year progresses.
Thank you so much to our first parent ‘Mystery Reader’ who read the children a story on Thursday. Please let Miss Bridges know if you would also like to volunteer to be a ‘Mystery Reader’. I wonder who it will be next week!
Week commencing 28.02.22
We look forward to welcoming the children back after the half term break on Monday 28th February. As it is World Book Day this week, our activities will be focused around a new traditional tale. Our focus story is ‘The Three Little Pigs’.
In phonics this week, we will continue identifying words that rhyme. Rhyming words nearly sound the same and you have to listen very carefully to the end part of the words. ‘Duck in the Truck’ is a rhyming story book. You can click on the link below to listen to it being read on CBeebies Bed Time Stories. Can you talk about the words that rhyme together?
You can read a copy of our Spring 2 newsletter below:
We have had a busy first week back! It has been lovely to welcome parents in again for our ‘Big Breakfast’ morning and for our first ‘Gruffalo’ themed story and craft session. The children tasted some pancakes on Tuesday, have been retelling the story of ‘The Three Little Pigs’ and have loved playing in our new role play vets.
Week commencing 14.02.22
This week, our focus story is ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’.
You can watch a video of this story by clicking on the link below:
We will be learning a song called ‘When Goldilocks went to the house of the bears’. Can you practise at home?
Number 3 has now been unlocked on Ten Town. Please remember to make use of this fantastic home resource.
WOW, what a fun week we have had in Nursery! The children arrived on Monday to find that Goldilocks had broken Miss Bridges’ chair and ate all the porridge! We made lots of posters to look for Goldilocks and the next day we received a letter from her saying sorry, along with some porridge oats and yummy toppings to have with it! The children made the porridge with Miss Gut and thought that it was “just right!”.
Week commencing 07.02.22
This week, our focus story is ‘The Colour Monster’.
Our learning this week is inspired by Children’s Mental Health Week. We will be exploring different feelings and emotions through a range of creative and discussion based activities. Look at some of our colourful activities from this week!
We enjoyed our visit to Christ Church and the children walked so sensibly to get there. We are very proud of them.
Week commencing 31.01.22
This week our focus story is ‘Dragon Dance’.
We will be learning about how Chinese New Year is celebrated. You can support your child’s learning about Chinese New Year by clicking on the link below and watching the CBeebies videos together.
We will also be learning this action song about Chinese New Year. Can you practise at home?
The children really enjoyed their cooking and food tasting activities this week. Thank you for your donations. We enjoyed posing like dragons and having our own Chinese New Year Parade during Music and Movement.
Number 2 has now been unlocked on Ten Town. Please remember to make use of this fantastic home resource.
Week commencing 24.01.22
This week our focus story is ‘Robin’s Winter Song’.
You can hear this story being read on CBeebies Bedtime stories by clicking the link below:
This week we will be taking part in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch by looking out for birds in the school grounds. We will learn that in the Winter, some birds fly to warmer places. It can be hard for birds to find food during the Winter and we will be thinking about what we can do so that we can help to care for them. Why don’t you have a go at making your own bird feeder together? Here are some ideas how:
We will be introducing Number 1 this week using our Maths resource ‘Ten Town’. You will be given log in details so that you will be able to access activities all about ‘King One’ at home. This will be inside of your child’s homework book on Wednesday.
The children have enjoyed trying to keep up with the actions in this song! Can you practise at home?
We really enjoyed looking for different birds on our bird watch!
We have also made some pine cone bird feeders to hang within the school grounds. We are going to hang one on the tree outside of our Quiet Room – hopefully we will see some birds out of the window eating from this!
Week commencing 17.01.22
This week our focus story is ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’.
Below you can find a link to the story being performed by its author, Michael Rosen:
You can also listen to the story being read on the CBeebies website:
Can your child join in with the repetitive phrases in the story?
We will follow on from our learning last week by learning that there are different types of bears that live in different places and that brown bears have a long resting period in the Winter. We will be playing lots of hide and seek games with bears where we can practise using positional language such as ‘on’, ‘under’ and ‘behind’.
The children have really enjoyed joining in with and retelling the story this week!
Week commencing 10.01.22
This week our focus story is ‘Polar bear, Polar bear, What do you hear?’
This story has lots of repetitive language for the children to join in with and includes the names of lots of wild animals. We will be learning about the natural environment where a Polar Bear lives, making links to the vocabulary that we learnt last week, such as ‘cold’, ‘ice’ and ‘snow’.
You can read a copy of the Reading Book letter below:
Here is a video that offers a parent guide to sharing Lilac Reading Books together:
Here is another video that offers guidance about how to share a Lilac Reading Book with your child:
Week commencing 04.01.22
We are looking forward to welcoming the children back in to school on Tuesday 4th January. Our first theme for learning will be ‘Winter’ and we will be learning lots of new vocabulary based around seasonal changes such as frost, ice, snow and bare trees. We will also be thinking about the different items of clothing that we can wear to stay warm. It would be fantastic if you can talk to your child about Winter too.
This week our focus story is ‘Guess How Much I Love You in the Winter’.
We have been learning this song in Nursery this week, can you practise it at home too?
You can read a copy of our Spring 1 Newsletter below:
Look at some of our ‘Concentrating Crocodiles’ creating their own ‘Bare’ Winter trees this week!
We have also been able to explore frost, ice and snow outside!
Week commencing 13.12.21
We cannot believe we have reached the final week of our first term! The children have made us so proud of their progress and achievements.
This week our focus story is ‘Elf Chase’.
We have two brand new displays with the fantastic work that the children have created over the past few weeks:
The children had so much fun meeting Santa’s elf Buddy! She was so impressed with the children’s singing and dancing.
Buddy the elf was so impressed with the children that she left a surprise waiting for them in the morning! They then had their yummy Christmas dinner in their Christmas jumpers and special Christmas Crowns.
Week commencing 06.12.21
This week our focus story is ‘Stick Man’.
The children have enjoyed making their own stick men with different media and materials and have been exploring length in Maths – comparing ‘long’ and ‘short’ stick men. You can watch a video version of ‘Stick Man’ on BBC iplayer.
Well done to the children for their fantastic Nativity performances this week. We are so proud. Below is a link to the recording of the Nativity performance:
Week commencing 29.11.21
This week our focus story is ‘The Gingerbread Man’. There will be lots of opportunities for the children to use new vocabulary and to retell the story in different ways. We will be baking some yummy gingerbread biscuits… Let’s hope they don’t run out of the oven!
The children have had lots of fun exploring activities based around ‘The Gingerbread Man’. They have been acting out the story using small world and have been painting, drawing, measuring and baking. In phonics, the children have created and decorated their very own instrument. They proudly showed their instrument as part of a small group and learnt how to play it loudly and quietly.
Week commencing 22.11.21
This week our focus story is ‘Owl Babies’. We will learn that some owls are nocturnal and only come out during the night time. Later in the week, we will learn that Hedgehogs are also nocturnal animals. We will learn lots about how to help Hedgehog’s thrive in the wildlife from a volunteer at a local Hedgehog Rescue Centre.
You can watch an animated version of ‘Owl Babies’, using the link below:
The children enjoyed learning about Hedgehogs during the visit and had lots of Hedgehog themed activities to enjoy for the remainder of the week. They have learnt some fantastic new vocabulary, using words such as spiky and prickly! Below is a picture of the items that were donated to the rescue.
Week commencing 15.11.21
This week is Nursery Rhyme Week! We will be singing a different Nursery Rhyme every day!
On Wednesday, we had a special visit from the Rise Theatre group who have planned an interactive day for the whole school, based around the theme ‘Gods Planet’. The children in Nursery focused on the dangers that plastic in the sea can have upon the creatures within it. We used recycled materials to create our own jelly fish and fish.
Week commencing 08.11.21
This week we will be learning all about Diwali, a festival of lights. Here is a video below that you can watch to find out more about Diwali:
This week our focus story is ‘Lighting a Lamp’, which is about a family who are preparing for Diwali. We will also be exploring clay to make our own Diya lamps!
There were lots of ‘Concentrating Crocodiles’ this week, as the children created and decorated their lamps.
We placed our poppies on to the beautiful whole school Remembrance display:
Week commencing 01.11.21
We look forward to welcoming the children back in to school on Tuesday 02.11.21. When we return, our topic for learning will be fireworks! We have lots of exciting activities planned.
We have learnt lots of new vocabulary, talking about what we might hear and see on Bonfire Night.
We really enjoyed our first Music and Movement session. We thought about how we could use our bodies to move like fireworks and even made our own firework display using the parachute!
You can read a copy of our Autumn 2 newsletter here:
Week commencing 18.10.21
Last week’s learning has led us nicely to our final topic for this half term, as this week we will be learning all about Autumn – a season where we are surrounded by opportunities to explore and discuss colours! To support our learning, we will go for a walk to the school nature area so that we can experience first hand the changes seen in the natural world during Autumn. We will collect leaves and other natural objects that we can use for our indoor activities.
Our song of the week will be ‘Autumn leaves are falling down’. Can you use the video below to practise the words at home too?
This week our focus story is ‘Guess How Much I Love You in the Autumn’.
Look at how much fun we have had exploring the different Autumn themed activities! You can further support your child’s learning at home by pointing out and discussing signs of Autumn, as you are out and about together.
Another big well done to the children for a fantastic first half term in Nursery.
Week commencing 11.10.21
This week we will be learning all about colours. Our song of the week will be ‘I can sing a rainbow’. Can you use the video below to practise the words at home too?
Lots of our activities will be focused around the story ‘Brown Bear Brown Bear, What Do You See?’. This has lots of repetitive language for the children to join in with and will help with their learning of colours and animals.
The children have enjoyed exploring lots of colours this week. They had so much fun watching ‘The Ridiculous Rhyme Show’ who came to visit school!
We have been working very hard in Phonics to listen carefully so that we can hear and identify different sounds in the environment. The children each made their own Listening Ear Headband ready to go on a Listening Walk together. The children listened very carefully and heard lots of different sounds. We heard cars driving past, horns beeping, trees blowing in the wind, birds singing, the leaves crunching under our feet and even an aeroplane! This is a simple activity that you can try as you are out walking. We would love to know some of the sounds that you hear together.
Week commencing 04.10.21
A reminder that it is our ‘Meet the Teacher’ evening on Monday 4th October.
This week we will be learning the song ‘Old MacDonald had a Farm’. We will learn the names of animals that live on the farm and the noises that they make. Can you use the video below to practise the words at home too?
This is another fantastic song we will be learning this week to practise the names of animals that live on the farm and the noises that they make:
There are also some exciting events happening in school this week.
On Thursday 7th October, we took part in the #HelloYellow campaign to support Young Minds Mental Health Charity.
The children will be completed some Space themed art work for National Space Week.
The children have been practising their sorting skills on the Maths table. They have been sorting the animals into separate piles as Miss Bridges kept muddling them up!
The children’s fantastic self portraits are now displayed above their pegs. They have enjoyed pointing out their own paintings to their friends and teachers!
Week commencing 27.09.21
This week we will be learning the song ‘If your happy and you know it’. We will continue to look closely at faces, exploring and combining different media and collage materials and we will begin to explore different emotions. We will continue to learn all about our new friends and teachers, by sharing our special ‘All About Me’ boxes.
Can you use the video below to practise the words and actions at home too?
The children did some fantastic talking about their special boxes! Here are some that we have shared this week:
Week commencing 20.09.21
Here are some photographs of the children’s first few weeks in Nursery! We have had so much fun.
This week we will be learning the song ‘Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes’. We will be looking closely at our faces and painting our self portraits. Can you use the video below to practise the words and actions at home too?
The children have painted their self-portraits so carefully and have done some fantastic talking about their faces with Mrs Ibrahim this week. Well done children, we can’t wait to display them all!
You can read a copy of our Autumn 1 Newsletter below:
Week commencing 13.09.21
Our first topic in Nursery, is Nursery Rhymes!
This week we will be learning the songs ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’ and ‘Incy Wincy Spider’.
Can you use the video’s below to practise the words and actions at home too?
Take a look at the fabulous work that the children have created this week!
Week commencing 06.09.2
Here are some pictures of our indoor classroom environment. It has been wonderful seeing the children explore the different areas and activities and they are already beginning to fill up our walls with their wonderful creations! We will soon be adding some photographs taken from the children’s first few weeks with us. We are already so proud of each and every one of them. If you haven’t already, please remember to bring in your child’s ‘All About Me’ box in to school next week and to email or bring in a family photograph.