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Welcome to the Nursery class page!

At Holy Cross Primary we run a nursery session from 8:45 - 12:00 Monday to Friday. The class teacher is Miss Walton and our nursery nurse is Miss Mattock.

Autumn: First Half-Term

The children have made a wonderful start to the new school year in Nursery. We have all enjoyed exploring our brand new classroom and playing alongside each other.  The children are growing in confidence each day as they become more independent in accessing activities and helping themselves to fruit and milk at our snack table.

This term we have also been busy exploring the outside area, going up to the woods and feeding the birds. We particularly enjoyed baking our delicious blackberry muffins with the blackberries we had picked from the school field.

We have been learning and singing a variety of nursery rhymes throughout this term as well as enjoying many books. This will continue throughout the year as singing will help develop our language and communication skills! This term we have learnt the short story of Rosie’s Walk as part of our talk for writing and we even performed this to our friends in Reception!

In R.E our topic is ‘myself’ and so we have been discussing our families, our names and how we are all special to God.

Please also keep revisiting our class page for further information of important dates that will be coming up. It has been great getting to know all of the children over the last few weeks and we are excited for the year ahead!

 Dates for your diary:

Wednesday 22nd November – Visit from a story teller

Tuesday 5th December – Whole school pantomime visit

Thursday 14th December – Reception & Nursery Nativity play.

Friday 15th December - Christmas family craft morning

Wednesday 20th December - Christmas jumper day and Foundation Christmas party

Autumn: Second Half-Term

Wow! What a busy and exciting term we have had!

The children have made wonderful progress in their self-confidence, their communication and their listening skills. This was definitely evident during our joint Nativity with Reception. All of the children did brilliantly, and we felt very proud of nursery memorising their opening speech and all of the songs and actions. We hope you all enjoyed watching it as much as we enjoyed performing it!

Thank you to everybody who came to join us for our Christmas craft morning – it was a huge success and he children really enjoyed sharing that time with their loved ones.

In nursery we are predominantly teaching pre-reading and writing skills so this term we have been sharing lots of stories, singing lots of songs and enjoying a lot of mark making to help us build up the muscle in our hands ready for writing.

This term we also began our phonics lessons and the children are responding really well. In nursery we teach phase one phonics which focuses on developing children’s listening skills through encouraging them to tune into and recognise sounds around them, hear the differences between sounds and to also be able to talk about sounds.

In R.E we have been learning about Baptism and how people are welcomed into the church and we have also been exploring ‘birthdays’ and discussing how we celebrate the birth of Jesus on Christmas Day.

Dates for your diary:

 Monday 15th January - The deadline for full-time school applications for children starting school in September 2018.

 Spring: First Half-Term

We hope you all had a lovely break over the Christmas holiday!

We were able to take part in tree planting day here at Holy Cross and worked alongside the year 4’s to plant lots of new trees in order to expand our woodland area. The children really enjoyed using the spades and getting quite muddy!

This term the children are really progressing with their physical development – nearly all of our class are now independently climbing up and down the climbing frame and using the fireman’s pole which is great to see! We are so pleased with the progress in drawing and mark-making too. Learning to write is not an easy process and what can often look like scribbles is actually a very important part of their learning! 

In R.E our topic has been 'Celebrating' so we have explored all sorts of different festivals an celebrations that take part both in and out of Church. We have also explored the topic 'Gathering' which means we have been learning about mass and we have explored churches/chapels so that we are beginning to recognise the important features of these. We also talked about Shrove Tuesday, Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent and made pancakes to mark these dates. 

Dates for your diary:

Friday 23rd March - Family Easter egg hunt 

Spring: Second Half-Term

What a quick term this has been! The children have done wonderfully well over the Spring term and all are making lots of progress. 

We have continued learning lots of traditional nursery rhymes and moving to music with our GoNoodle every morning. If you look on the curriculum page of the website you will find a list of nursery rhyme lyrics so that you can sing these with you children! Our 'Talk4Writing' text this term has been 'The Enormous Turnip' which the children have done really well learning off by heart with the accompanying actions - if you talk to your child about this they should, hopefully, be able to recite it for you! In maths we have have explored numerals 1-6 and will be stopping here to try and gain a secure and deeper understanding of this numerals. This will involve being able to recognise the number in a variety of ways such as four cars, four on a dice, the numicon four, the numeral '4', four blocks etc. One of the activities the children really enjoyed this term was decorating biscuits by rolling a dice and adding that many smarties to top of their biscuit. 

The children also particularly enjoyed our Chinese take-away in our role-play area this term and learning about the Chinese New Year. The stir-fry we cooked was a hit with quite a few of the children - the prawn crackers were a real favourite! 

In 'R.E' we have been learning about growing and what we can do during Lent so that we can grow in love. We have also really enjoyed listening to the Easter story and reenacting parts of this. The children were all absolutely fascinated by this story - Miss Mattock reads it very well! 

The family Easter hunt was a huge success! Thank you so much to all of the parents/carers/friends that helped to make this morning so lovely.  It was great to see the children, and adults, running across the field hunting for their words. 

Thank you for your continued support. Wishing you all a Happy Easter! :) 

Dates for your diary:

Monday 16th April - Primary school place confirmation sent out by the council

TBC - Reception and Nursery animal experience morning

TBC - Reception and Nursery trip to Brocks Hill


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