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Nursery Julia Donaldson Class

Dear Parents,


Welcome to the nursery class of September 2022! I am very excited to teach your children this year and I am looking forward to helping them in their learning and development.

This year Nursery and Reception will be following ‘Year A’ and all of the themes are found on the long term plan.

The first theme Nursery will be learning over Autumn 1 is ‘Magic Me’. This will include a lot of activities such as, self-portraits, feelings, families and using our senses. If you would like to see this in more detail please have a look at the medium term planning on the Nursery website. However, please can I explain to parents that some activities may not be done or could be changed due to the children’s interests and ideas.

I will sometimes require parents to bring in different items to help us complete these activities so please keep up to date with any letters sent home.

At Our Lady and St Gerard’s we have a lovely and relaxing nursery classroom, where all the activities are easily accessible for the children. The children are very independent and are able to choose activities and move around the classroom when they please. Adult-led activities are encouraged by the teachers, including letters and sounds sessions (mentioned later in the letter), literacy lessons and maths. The children are able to access the outdoor area at all times and I would like to mention that they can come home wet and muddy. The outdoor area offers endless possibilities and has a range of different areas of learning.


Ways to help at home

  • Some children have found it difficult to help to tidy up at nursery; therefore please can parents encourage children at home to tidy up independently. Give your child some simple and short instructions.
  • Please can parents allow children to try and get dressed independently (i.e. putting jumpers on and shoes) because it helps them get ready for Reception class next September. It also helps myself and Mrs Schilz throughout the day (especially when we have 26 children).
  • Please can parents label every single piece of clothing, including wellies and coats. Wellies will be kept in school for those muddy and rainy days.
  • Help your child to count and recognise numbers through games, walking to school and even at the supermarket.
  • Help your child to begin to recognise letters (once homework is sent home).

Letters and sounds

We will eventually be doing Letters and Sounds activities every day at nursery and it is important that parents are involved with the homework tasks sent home as your child will make fantastic progress. We will be learning a letter a week and it is encouraged that parents help your child to recognise this letter and can identify objects starting with this sound.

Alongside this, we will also be looking a particular shape, colour and number.

Week beginning: 12.09.22- we will be looking at the letter ‘s’, the shape of a circle, number 1 and focusing on the colour yellow.

Week beginning: 19.09.22- letter ‘a’, the shape of a square, number 2 and the colour red.

Week beginning: 26.09.22- letter ‘t’, the shape of a triangle, number 3 and the colour blue.

Week beginning: 03.10.22- letter ‘p’, the shape of a rectangle, number 4 and the colour brown.

Week beginning: 10.10.22- letter ‘i’, the shape of a star, number 5 and the colour black.

Week beginning: 17.10.22- letter ‘n’, the shape of a diamond, number 6 and the colour white.

Children can bring in an object starting with this sound or an object to fit in with the colour theme to keep at nursery for the week. This will be put on our letter of the week shelf.


Nursery Drop in session

Nursery will be holding a drop in session from 3.30pm onwards on Tuesday the 20th and Thursday the 22nd of September. This is an opportunity to have a look around the classroom and to ask any questions.


Stay and Play

At Our Lady and St Gerard’s we have an open door policy, which means parents can call in at any time to see their children if you are unable to attend the sessions throughout the year. Please see either myself or Mrs Crook. You can call into these sessions for either 10 minutes or for an hour. At the moment however, I would like the children to settle in first. The later dates are:

Tuesday 4th October – 8.45am-9.45am.

Monday 18th October- 12.45pm- 1.45pm.


Please remember to bring….

If parents have not brought wellies to stay at nursery, or a photograph of your child when he or she was a baby please bring as soon as possible. A picture of your child’s family would also be good. I will photocopy these pictures as soon as I receive them so please don’t worry about them getting spoiled.

Any queries or questions please don’t hesitate to contact me on:

Many thanks

Miss Gornall

School Behaviour Charter

In September 2021, our school implemented a new Behaviour Policy which is built upon the ‘5 pillars of Pivotal Practice’ (‘When Adults Change, Everything Changes’, Paul Dix):

  • Consistent, calm adult behaviour,

  • Relentless Routines,

  • First attention to best conduct,

  • Scripting difficult conversations,

  • Restorative Follow-up.


We have three simple goals: Be safe, Be a Learner, Be Kind and Respectful.

Long term overview

Nursery text overview



Every child in Nursery is allocated a key worker.  You will be informed of your child's key worker who will;

  • Work alongside parents and carers to ensure that there is continuity of care for the child thus supporting the child’s emotional well-being.
  • Observes the child to identify how they learn through their play, their next aspect of development, what their interests are, whether there is any cause for concern or need for extra support.
  • Keep a record of your child's learning journey and update it regularly on Tapestry.




In the Early Years we have developed a wonderful curriculum which caters for the children's interests.  The overview below contains an outline of the topics we cover, but the content of the topics are adapted according to the needs and interests of our children. To find out more information about our EYFS curriculum please see the curriculum map below. 


For more information on the new Early Years Curriculum 2021 please go to - Key Information- Curriculum - Early Years. 

Alternatively please go to the bottom of the page and click on the document 'Development matters ages and stages'.