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Chinese New Year


We have loved learning about Chinese New Year over the past couple of weeks. The children have learnt so much and thoroughly enjoyed finding out about the Chinese culture. The children have made lanterns, found out so many interesting facts, tried some Chinese food, recreated a dragon dance, mande their own dragons and so much more!


Here are some of the things that the children had to say about what they had learnt:


'They go to special Chinese school'

'The eat noodles and crackers, I sometimes have them at home too' 

'They clean the house to get rid of bad things'

'The watch a parade' 

'They do a dragon dance'

'Red is a lucky colour' 


Number of the week


Our number of the week this week is the number 8. Please continue to count carefully with your children at home and also to recap on the recognition of the numbers that we have previousluy learnt. The rhyme for the number 8 is as follows:


'Make a s and go straight home, make a s and go straight home,

make a s and go straight home to make the number 8'.





In phonics we have begun to learn some phonic sounds over the past few weeks. The sounds that we have learnt are 

m, a , s, d, t, i, n, p. 

We have used the Jolly Phonics songs and actions to support the children in remembering each phoneme/ grapheme. We use this alongisde the read write Inc letter formation rhymes and picture flashcards. Please click the link below for all of the jolly phonic songs and actions.


Example: m Action=children rub their tummy

Formation rhyme Maisy, mountain, mountain


In addition to this we have continued to learn about rhyming. We have sang lots of nursery rhymes and also played games to find words which rhyme with one another for example bat and cat. We are starting to hear the rhyme in words. 

Rhyming is an extremely important aspect of reading and it is a skill that is difficult to grasp. Please support your children by singing nursery rhymes and playing rhyming games as part of your daily routine. 

🐉 Chinese New Year- The Year of the Rat 🐀



This week we have been finding out all about Chinese New Year. We have looked at the celebration and some of the traditions which take place. In class we have spoken about how these traditions are similar to and different to how we celebrated Christmas and New Year. 


We started out by sharing the Chinese New Year story 'The Great Race'. We then watched the following videos on how they prepare for Chinese New Year and how they celebrate:


This week we have created our own Chinese Dragons in the creative area. We had to try really hard and take our time as we created our own concertina dragons by folding two pieces of paper over one another. Some of us also had a go at making our own Chinese Lanterns 🏮.


We have also done some Chinese food tasting. We had vegetable stir fry, spring rolls and some prawn crackers. We thought it was yummy!


Number of the week 


Our number of the week is number 7.

Please continue to revisit previously taught numbers at home. 




In Phonics this week we have continued to look at phase one rhyming words. We have also begun to learn some phase 2 phonemes over the past few weeks. 

We have started listening for the initial (first) sound in words. 

m, a, t, s, d, i, n




Spring One- Wonderful Water


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Hello and welcome back. I hope you have all had a wonderful Christmas and a happy New Year and are ready for the term ahead!

Our new topic is called 'Wonderful Water'. This topic will be full of fun experiments and investigations and finding out just how wonderful water is! We will be posing questions such as 'Where does water go?' as well as focusing on some key texts such as 'The Rainbow Fish' and 'The Singing Mermaid'. 


In Maths we will be looking at recognising numerals, representing them and finally, capacity where we will be making magic potions with wonderful water. 

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What a jam packed couple of weeks we have had in nursery. We have had so much fun leading up to Christmas and we haven’t had a minute to spare.

We have loved preparing for Christmas and learning all about the Christmas story. We started out by sharing the story and then we began to learn the songs for our nativity before performing it! We have also loved acting out the Christmas story in our small world area. We have really enjoyed our learning based around the story 'All I want for Christmas'. During circle time we have spoken about the meaning of christmas and giving. Here are some of the children's responses;


'When we get ready for Christmas we decorate the house'

'My daddy hasn't put the tree up yet, but it will go up later'

'We have decorations outside on our roof;

'I would like a red car for Christmas' 

'I would give presents like they did to baby jesus'


As part of our learning, we recieved a letter from the penguin in our story asking us to help him to free his friends from the ice! We loved exploring the ice and investigating how to free the penguins. We found out that placing the ice into the water helped the ice to melt faster!


We have also been very busy getting creative and making our Christmas cards and calendars...


We have loved dressing up...


And wrapping presents...


Creating our own Christmas biscuits...


In maths we have been learning numbers from 1-6. Please continue to embed these at home and when out and about with your child. Try finding numbers in the environment, representing numbers (on fingers etc) counting carefully to different numbers, counting claps, jumps, hops etc. Why not upload their achievements onto tapestry for us to see in school!


Our next topic will be, Wonderful Water!


Finally, Mrs Bevington and I would just like to say how proud we are of all the children in nursery at the end of their first term. They have already achieved so much including 2 performances in front of their grown-ups. We laugh and smile every day and feel privileged to be teaching such wonderful children. Have a very merry and restful Christmas and a Happy New Year! Have a fantastic break with your families and we look forward to seeing you in January and of course, hearing about all the gifts that Santa has brought.

See you in 2020! x






Someone has been sneaking around Nursery this week...

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Kipper's Birthday


This week we have continued to find out about birthday celebrations. During circle time we have spoken about giving and receiving and related this to our own experiences. We have had our own birthday celebrations in our home corner and created our own party hats for the occasion.

We have also been extremely busy learning our nativity songs and they are already starting to stick! We have prepared for our Christmas fayre by making Reindeer food and special Christmas biscuits with Mrs Bevington!




Our number of the week is number 4. The rhyme is as follows;


‘down, slide, chop in half, down, slide, chop in half, down, slide and shop in half to make the number 4’.




Please remember that the parental observation board is now up and running and you should have all received a parent mail about this. These observations are ongoing and should contribute to your child’s learning journey in school. There is no expectation to do a specific number of these observations we just ask that this is a continuous process to support the holistic picture of your child’s learning journey.


Panto… We cannot wait for Friday and our Christmas Panto, Cinderella! Please don’t forget that if your child attends nursery all day they will require a packed lunch on this day.


Next week


Next week we will be continuing our Celebration Topic by moving on to all things Christmas! We are super excited to start getting ready for Christmas and get into the Christmas spirit! We will be reading the story ‘All I want for Christmas’ By Rachael Bright.



Kipper's Birthday  W/B 18.11.19


This week we have shared the story Kipper's Birthday! We have really enjoyed reading the story and talking about our favourite part. We have spoken about the main characters of the story and recapped what happened in the story. 


We have been making birthday cards for Kipper...


Designing our own buns in the dough area...

Carefully counting out candles to match the numeral on each cake in our maths provision...


Decorating presents in our Funky Fingers...




Number of the week


Our number of the week this week has been the number 3. Some of us are secure with this and some of us are still learning how to respresent and recognise the numeral. Our rhyme for number 3 is as follows;


'Swing it round and then once more, swing it round and then once more, swing it round and then once more to make the number 3!' 


Why not have a go at home?





Red group

We have begun to look at rhymes and rhyming words. We have played lots of different games and we are beginning to hear the rhymes in some words such as cat, hat and bat. 


Blue, Green and Yellow Groups

This week in phonics we have continued to discriminate different instrumental sounds. 




Our Christmas Fayre will be held on Friday 29th November from 2pm onwards in the KS2 Hall and surrounding classrooms. Please collect your child from nursery at 2pm if you wish to take them to the Christmas Fayre. You may take your child home once you have finished looking around. 


We will be heading to church on Wednesday 4th December at 2pm for our Christingle service. If your child attends nursery on this afternoon we would be grateful for any parent/carers to supervise their child whilst at the church. 


Tapestry- Please remember to follow the activation link via the email sent in order to activate your account. Failure to do this will result in your account being automatically de-activated. We greatly value your contributions however big or small so please upload observations/ achievements as often as you wish as this helps to build a better picture of each child's learning and development. 


Thank you 


A huge thank you to all who supported the children and the foundation stage with World Nursery Rhyme Week. The children absolutely loved performing and they blew us all away with their confidence! Across nursery and Reception classes, a breath-taking £360.00 was raised which we intend to spend on developing our small world and construction provision. Thank you again!




*_* Diwali *_*


What a busy week we have had in nursery! This week we have continued our celebrations topic by learning all about Diwali, the Hindu festival of light!


We have been finding out all about the celebration and here is some of the things that we found out:


'They light lots of candles'


'They buy new dresses'


'They decorate their doors'


'They buy special food'


'They let off lots of fireworks'


We have made our own firework pictures and created some Rangoli patterns. 


We have also taken the time to discuss being a good friend for 'anti-bullying week'. We have thought about what a good friend looks like and how we can ensure that we are all good friends at St Marys. The children have also enjoyed designing 'odd socks' to show that everyone is different!




Our number of the week has been number two! We have learnt a little rhyme to help us to remember it and to show us how to write it. 


'curl it round and then go right, curl it round and then go right, curl it round and then go right to make the number two'.


We have counted two objects carefully, looked at how to represent the number two in a variety of ways using fingers, hands, number, dots etc. Ask your child if they can show you this at home!


Next week 


We will move our topic learning onto birthday celebrations! We will be sharing the story Kipper's birthday and engaging in lots of fun activities such as; making birthdays cards, baking buns for Kipper, Counting candles for his cake and much more!




Please remember to return the Tapestry e-mail consent forms so that we can ensure every parent/carer has access to this. Please place any achievements or home learning opportunities on Tapestry so that we can access these in school. Parental observations are a fundamental part of the Early Years Foundation Stage and we greatly value your contributions.


We now have home learning challenges available for parent/carers to do with their child/children at home if they choose to. These can be found on the parent notice board in the classroom. 


Wednesday 20th November- Nursery and Reception will perform their nursery rhymes for World Nursery Rhyme Week. Parent/carers are much welcome to join us to watch the children's performance. Please remember to bring any sponsor money on the day. Drop off will be as normal. We then ask that parent/carers wait at the main office before being brought through to the KS1 hall by a member of staff.  



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Welcome back. We hope you have had a fun filled half term and are ready for the term ahead!


During this term our topic is called Whizz, Bang, Pop! We will be learning all about different celebrations and traditions including Bonfire night, Diwali and Birthday celebrations. We will be reading a range of non-fiction texts to support with our learning alongside some fiction books such as 'Happy Birthday, Hugless Douglas' and 'Kipper's Birthday'.

In phonics we are now moving on to Phase One Aspect 2- General Sound Discrimination- Instrumental Sounds. The children will work through this aspect in small groups where they will engage in a range of different activities!

In Maths we have now started our daily maths meetings to ensure that our basic maths skills are reinforced on a daily basis in a meaningful and interactive way. During this time the children sing the days of the week song and look at the calendar, count how many children are here each day, revisit basic 2D shapes and much more! We aim to continue to develop the children's confidence in this so that they will soon be able to lead aspects of the meeting.

As soon as December hits, it is CHRISTMAS!!!! This means we will be performing A Little Nativity. This is the traditional tale of the Nativity performed through song and action.






  • 18th November- World nursery rhyme week performance at 9:15am. 
  • 29th November- Christmas fair.
  • Friday 6th- School panto at the Cast theater. 






Well, what can I say, I am so proud of each and every child! We have all settled in to nursery so well! We had a few tears to begin with which are always expected however, the children are now much more confident and are doing fantastically well! 


Over the past couple of weeks we have been focusing on getting to know one another, our new environment, rules and routines. We are beginning to form some really strong relationships already and it is lovely to see. 


Baseline Assessments 


We have been assessing each individual child across the 7 areas of learning to find out what they know. We will then use these assessments to plan next steps and some engaging activities for the children. 


Here are some photos of our first few weeks in school...










We found a frog in our outdoor area so we released him in our forest school...




Please remember that parents evening is on Wednesday 2nd October. Each appointment is 5 minutes. I will endeavour to keep to timings but please be aware that there may be some slight delays. 


Please ensure your child has a spare change of clothes in their bag. 


Thank you 


Have a fantastic weekend 


Miss B x



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Nursery session times


Morning- 8:45am- 11:45am

Afternoon- 12:30pm-:3:30pm


Please ensure that your child/children are collected promptly at these times as lateness can cause great upset to young children and cause a knock on affect to the next session.


We are really excited to meet you and get started on our fun filled journey!


Miss Belnavis and Mrs Bevington 


Who are we???



Miss Belnavis - Nursery Teacher

Mrs Bevington - Nursery Nurse

Mrs Kabesh - Reception Class Teacher and SENCo

Mrs Powell - Reception Teaching Assistant 





Our topic this half term is Marvellous Me. During this first half term we will focus on settling in and getting to know one another. We will be finding out about ourselves and forming friendships with one another. We will also be getting to know our golden rules, new routine and exploring our new school environment. In literacy, emphasis will be placed on our communication and language and early reading skills through nursery rhymes and songs. We will be learning a range of number songs, learning to count and recognise some numbers or personal significance.