Nursery

Welcome to St Mary's RC Nursery

We love God, we love learning, we love each other

Welcome to St Mary's RC Nursery 

Teacher: Miss Riley

Teaching Assistant: Mrs MacMillan

Our class email is: nursery1@smrc-lit.co.uk

Our Espresso login is:

Login: student 18703
Password: stmarys

Fathers Day

Nursery pupils have loved discussing the importance of Father's day and sharing their stories of kind behaviour their father figures have demonstrated! Look at Nursery's funky cards ready to celebrate Father's day! Beautiful work Nursery, well done!

Jesus' Ascension

In R.E pupils have been learning about Jesus' ascension to heaven! Pupil's made a beautiful representation of Jesus ascending to heaven this week. Fantastic work, well done! 

Minibeasts! 

This half term, nursery class are learning about different types of minibeasts! This week pupils focused on the minibeast spider! Look at all he fun spider themed activities students have got up to this week. Wow!

St George's Day

Nursery class loved learning about the importance of St George's day! Pupils were so fascinated by the dragon, they had lots of fun decorating their own and naming their own! Some even possessed magic powers, how amazing.

Happy Easter!

Nursery have been super busy designing, painting and colouring in lots of beautiful Easter Cards in preparation for Easter Sunday. Above you can see some of the gorgeous Easter Cards Nursery created for individuals living and working in care homes! Lovely work Nursery, well done! 

Red Nose Day! 

Nursery had such a productive day for red nose day! In addition to learning the importance of Red Nose Day, students used their creative skills to make superhero themed Red Nose Day masks as well as design their very own Red Nose Day faces!  Lovely work Nursery! 

World Book Day 

In preparation for World Book Day, students have been reading lots of wonderful stories by the amazing children's author Julia Donaldson. Students have been absolutely fantastic at using their communication and language skills to outline their least and most favourite parts of stories and elaborate on why! 

St Mary's students came in dressed as some of their favourite characters from a story book they love to celebrate World Book Day! We must say, Nursery class looked amazing in their costumes!

 

Children had such a lovely day of reading each others favourite books which they brought in from home to share with their friends! 

Remembrance Day

Today students reflected on the one year anniversary since the first lockdown in England. Students prayed for their loved ones and discussed who they want to pray for and what they are looking forward to doing when restrictions are finally eased.

Nursery class made beautiful patterned hearts to place on St Mary's prayer tree, each heart had a personal message of who the child would like to pray for. Beautiful work Nursery, well done. 

2D Shape Space Rockets!

This term students are looking at space! Students have combined their knowledge of rocket parts and 2D shapes to paint these fantastic rockets! Amazing work Nursery class, well done!

Science week! 

Nursery class have had so much fun making observations and participating in science experiments for science week!  Activities have included biscuit dunking (a certain favourite), mixing paint, making a rainbow, making flitter jars, exploring ice and so much more! We definitely have some super scientists in Nursery class.

Musical Week!

St Mary's have enjoyed looking at different musical's this week. In Early Years students looked. at the musical 'The Lion King'. In addition to watching, singing and enjoying the musical students were super busy in provision completing lots of 'The Lion King' themed activities, these included yoga, drawing, colouring, small world and so much more! Well done on all your hard work this week Nursery, you are all superstars!

Fairy Tales!

Since returning after Christmas, Nursery class have been reading lots of wonderful fairy tales in topic and exploring each story in depth! Can you guess which fairytales have been reading from looking at this collage?

Our first nativity... The Honky, Tonky, Donkey!

We are so proud of all the children for their wonderful performance. Well done everyone x

Jingle the Elf

A very mischievous Elf called Jingle arrived in our nursery class all the way from the North Pole! It has been lots of fun to see what he gets up to each day but we hope we can teach him to be just as smart as we are before he goes back to Father Christmas!

All about numbers!

We have been busy exploring number 1 and number 2 in our maths work.

Look at our name writing!

In nursery we have been practising overwriting our names and now we are beginning to write the letters of our name in sequence.

Fine Motor Skills!

In nursery this week we have enjoyed lots of activities to practise our fine motor skills.

Diwali

This week in Nursery we have been learning all about Diwali & how this special festival is celebrated. We decorated our own diva lamps, designed mehndi hand patterns, painted Rangoli patterns & listened to Dipal's story of how he celebrates Diwali with his family.

Look at our Mark Making!

Nursery have been practising their pencil control and their pre writing patterns.

Children in Need

Even though we could not be together in Nursery today it was wonderful to see you supporting Children in Need at home and sending in your lovely photo's. Thank you!

Remembrance Day 2020

Today we remembered all those that have made sacrifices for us and those that continue to do so in our communities today. We created some fantastic poppy art work and held a 2 minutes silence. 

Autumn in EYFS

We have been learning all about autumn and the changes that take place during this season. We created an autumn display to present our learning.

Breaking the Rules Day!!!

The Nursery children had a great day 'breaking the rules'.

No school uniform, unhealthy snacks & a turn at being the teacher!

October 2020

Celebrating Harvest

Nursery have enjoyed learning all about Harvest & finding out about where some of their fruit and vegetables come from. We also offered prayers to thank all those that help to harvest our crops and for those less fortunate than ourselves in our own local community and across the world.

World Mental Health Day

Today we supported the Hello Yellow Young Minds campaign as part of World Mental Health Day. We raised £140 across school for this important charity. Thank you for your kind donations.  

Collective Worship - I am special!

We have been learning about how special we are and how wonderfully made we all are by God. We gathered for a collective worship to reflect on how special and unique we are and to thank God for making us in his image. The children made looking glasses so they could see themselves and talked about what makes them special. We sang our morning hymn I am Special!

Our 5 Senses

 What another busy but wonderful week we have had in Nursery! This week we have been learning about our 5 senses. We have explored sound in our outdoor phonics sessions, tasted different foods (mango, lemon & olives), played  I spy... with our magnifying glasses & explored how different materials feel. 

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

We have had a wonderful time retelling the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. We have some fantastic actors and storytellers!

My Marvellous Machine!

We have been very busy in Nursery learning all about our own Marvellous Machine. We named & labelled parts of the body & talked about some of the amazing things that our body can do. We also studied the features of our face & used different materials to make our own portraits.

Our first week in Nursery!

 WOW!!! What a wonderful first week in Nursery we have had! The children have been busy exploring their new classrooms, joining in our learning activities & making new friends. We are so incredibly proud of all the children, they have been superstars!

Welcome to St Mary's

A very warm welcome to St Mary's to our new families and those returning to us this September.

The children have already made a fantastic start to their year in Nursery & we are extremely proud of how well they are settling into their new environment & routines. We are looking forward to a wonderful year together & we hope you enjoy hearing about all the exciting things we do in Nursery!

Staff

Miss Bain & Mrs MacMillan are the full time staff in Nursery. Mrs MacMillan will cover PPA on a Thursday PM & we will also be supported by Mr Wombwell several afternoons a week.

 

Class Email

Whilst we adhere to our new social distancing measures the best way to contact me with any questions, queries or concerns is by email at nursery1@smrc-lit.co.uk or by a phone call to school if preferred. 

School News

Please visit our school website, class page & our Facebook page to keep up to date with all our latest EYFS & whole school news.

 

Topic

This half term our first topic is Amazing Me!

We will spend lots of time becoming familiar with our new classroom, activities and routines and making new friends. We will be learning all about ourselves, talking about our family, our likes & dislikes and learning about what makes us special. We will also learn about our body and some of the special things our body can do.

 

 Reminders

  • Uniform - We ask all children to wear a school uniform. A white polo shirt with either grey pants or grey skirt/pinafore should be worn
  • Spare Clothes - All children should have a bag in school with spare clothes - accidents do happen!
  • Water Bottle – Children should bring a water bottle into school with their name clearly labelled on it. We do ask parents to make sure that the bottle contains only water
  • Names - Please make sure children have their names in all items of their uniform. It avoids tears when things go missing and really helps staff
  • Book Bag - If your child has a school book bag, they can bring home a book from our library to share at home
  • Wet weather Attire - All children need a pair of wellies in school and a raincoat (with their names on)

 

Things to do at Home

  • Phonics - To build up our listening skills, draw your child’s attention to what they can hear around them; the rain, an alarm, birdsong.  Anything is fab!
  • Reading - Read with your child as much as possible and encourage them to discuss their favourite characters and favourite book(s)
  • Maths - Draw your child’s attention to numbers and shapes within their environment. e.g. door numbers, shapes of household items

 

We look forward to a busy and fun filled year together!

 

Miss Bain, Mrs MacMillan & the EYFS Team

 

 

Week Beginning 6th July 2020

We hope you have all had a lovely week and enjoyed last week's activities on The Tiger Who Came to Tea.

This week's home learning activities are based on the book... The Gruffalo!

 

Please click on the link for this weeks learning activities on The Gruffalo.

 Here is the link to The Gruffalo Quiz: 

The Gruffalo Quiz

Please use the class email to send us a message or photographs of your activities as we love to see what you are doing whilst away from school and it is a lovely way for us to stay connected during this time. We look forward to seeing all your lovely learning this week & hope you enjoy your journey through the woods! 

 

Have a lovely week everybody & see you all soon

Miss Bain & all the EYFS staff 

 

Class Email: nursery1@smrc-lit.co.uk

 

Espresso Login

Login: student 18703
Password: stmarys

Week Beginning 29th June 2020

Hello everybody, we hope you have had a lovely weekend and are ready for another week of home learning activities! Thank you to those of you that have shared some of your learning with us via email this week it has been wonderful to see your work on Elmer.

This week's home learning activities are based on the book... The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr.

 

Please click on the link for this weeks learning activities on The Tiger Who Came for Tea

We miss you all very much, take care & hope to see you soon!

Miss Bain & all the EYFS Staff

 

Class Email: nursery1@smrc-lit.co.uk

 

Espresso Login

Login: student 18703
Password: stmarys

 

Additional Resources & Activities

Tiger Colouring

Design a teapot

Tiger tube craft

Tiger Who Came to Tea stick puppets

Camouflage Jigsaw Interactive Game

EYFS Story Time - Elmer & Wilbur by David McKee

This week's home learning activities are all based around one of our favourite literary characters Elmer. Please share and enjoy this story of Elmer & Wilbur.

Week Beginning 22nd June 2020

We hope you are all well and have had a lovely week. Thank you to those of you that have shared some of your learning with us via email it has been wonderful to see how much you enjoyed We are going on a bear hunt!

This week's home learning activities are based on the book... Elmer

 

Please click the link for this week's activities on Elmer

Take care everyone & have a lovely week!

Miss Bain & all the EYFS Staff

 

Class Email: nursery1@smrc-lit.co.uk

 

Espresso Login

Login: student 18703
Password: stmarys

Additional Resources & Activities

Design an elephant

Elmer challenges

Elmer pattern colouring sheets

Elmer pencil control 

Elmer counting song

Repeating pattern finger paint snake

Number formation strips

 

EYFS Story Time

This week we have created a story time video for our story We're going on a bear hunt. Please join in with this familiar story at home & we hope you enjoy it!

Week Beginning 15th June 2020

 We hope you have all had a lovely weekend & enjoyed last week's activities on Supertato! Thank you to those of you that have shared some of your learning with us via email it is wonderful to see how much you enjoyed this book!

 

This week we are going on a family adventure with the story

We're Going on a Bear Hunt!

Please click the link for this week's activities for We're Going on a Bear Hunt

We look forward to seeing all your lovely learning this week & hope you enjoy your own bear hunt adventures!

 

Take care & keep smiling!

Miss Bain & all your EYFS teacher

 

Class Email: nursery1@smrc-lit.co.uk

 

Espresso Login

Login: student 18703
Password: stmarys

 

Additional Resources & Activities

2D Shape Bear

Bear hunt stick puppets

Bear size ordering

Pencil control

Bear Template

Bear hunt colouring

Bear Facts

Letter Formation

Week Beginning 8th June

Hello everyone, welcome back & we hope you all enjoyed half term.

 

This week our home learning activities are all based on the superhero story Supertato!

Please click the following link to see a plan of this week's activities on Supertato!

Please use the class email to send us a message or pictures of your activities as we love to see what you are doing whilst away from school and it is a lovely way for us to stay connected during this time. We look forward to seeing all your lovely learning this week & hope you enjoy Supertato's superhero adventures!

We miss you all & hope to see you soon!

Miss Bain & all the EYFS Staff

 

Class Email: nursery1@smrc-lit.co.uk

 

Espresso Login

Login: student 18703
Password: stmarys

Week Beginning 25th May

We hope you have all had a lovely weekend and enjoyed last week's activities on our story Whatever Next! Thank you for all your wonderful emails and comments, it has been so lovely to see some of the learning you are doing at home.

 

This week we are going on an adventure into the jungle with the story Rumble in the Jungle by Giles Andreae. Please share the story together and have a go at completing some of the home learning activities.

Please click the following link to see a plan of this weeks activities on Rumble in the Jungle

Below are some additional activities you can download and print at home or use as ideas for other activities:

 

Cutting Skills

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-11304-jungle-themed-cutting-skills-worksheets

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-par-305-snake-cutting-skills-activity-sheet

 

Colouring

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-3932-walking-through-the-jungle-story-colouring-sheets

 

Maths

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-2548015-measuring-snakes-activity

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-2548012-ronald-the-rhino-size-ordering

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-20762-repeating-pattern-snakes-resource-pack

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-n-547-my-counting-worksheet-jungle--rainforest

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-n-547-my-counting-worksheet-jungle--rainforest-parents

 

Animal facts

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-tp-972-jungle-animals-whats-through-the-binoculars-powerpoint-game

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-11898-eyfs-jungle-facts-powerpoint

 

Please use the class email to send us a message or pictures of your activities as we love to see what you are doing whilst away from school and it is a lovely way for us to stay connected during this time. We look forward to seeing all your lovely learning this week & hope you enjoy your journey into the jungle! 

We miss you all & hope to see you soon!

Miss Bain & all the EYFS Staff

 

Class Email: nursery1@smrc-lit.co.uk

 

Espresso Login

Login: student 18703
Password: stmarys

Please find below some ideas for some jungle themed craft activities you could try at home.

Week Beginning 18th May

We hope you have had a lovely week & enjoyed last week's activities on The Rainbow Fish. Thank you for all your wonderful emails, videos & comments, it has been so lovely to see some of the learning you are doing at home.

 

This week we have planned some home learning activities to keep you busy based around the story Whatever Next. Please share the story together and have a go at completing some of the home learning activities.

Please click the following link to see a plan of this weeks activities on Whatever Next!


Below are some additional activities you can download and print at home:

 

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-4989-space-themed-pencil-control-worksheets

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-23529-teddy-bear-outline-sheets

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-291998-2d-shapes-firework-cut-out-matching-activity-

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-n-358-my-counting-worksheet-space-parents

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-19414-space-craft-activity-pack

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/au-t-1840-space-a4-display-colouring-posters-australia

Space boots template.docx

 

Space songs:

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2prtmPEjOc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SAHy_2IFFGA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WApvQ8yp5WE

 

 We look forward to seeing all your lovely learning this week & hope you enjoy Baby bear's journey into space!

 

Miss you all & hope to be back together soon!

Miss Bain & all the EYFS Staff

 

Class Email: nursery1@smrc-lit.co.uk

 

Espresso Login

Login: student 18703
Password: stmarys

Please find below some ideas for some space themed craft activities

Week Beginning 11th May

Good morning,

We hope you have had a lovely week and enjoyed the bank holiday weekend with your family. Thank you for all your wonderful emails, videos & comments, it has been so lovely to see some of the learning you are doing at home.

 

This week we have planned some home learning activities to keep you busy based around another of our favourite books The Rainbow Fish. Please share the story together and have a go at completing some of the home learning activities.

 

Please click the following link to see a plan of this weeks activities on The Rainbow Fish

 

Below are some additional activities you can download and print at home:

Rainbow Fish pencil control 

Rainbow Fish colouring sheets

Rainbow Fish Book Review

Counting activity sheet

 

Have a lovely week and we look forward to hearing from you on our class email. 

 

Miss you all lots & hopefully see you all soon!

 

Miss Bain & all the EYFS staff 

Week Beginning 4th May 2020

Hi Everyone,

We hope you are all keeping busy and are safe and well. Thank you for your emails and pictures this week, it has been so lovely to hear from you & to see some of the lovely things you are doing at home.

 

This week we have planned some home learning activities to keep you busy based around one of our favourite books The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Please share the story together and have a go at completing some of the home learning activities. We would love to see the wonderful learning you are doing at home if you would like to share any pictures, videos or comments with us through our class email:

nursery1@smrc-lit.co.uk

Please click the following link to see a plan of this weeks activities on The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Please click the following link for a template you can use to create your own caterpillar facts. Either print or create your own & use as a prompt My caterpillar facts!

 

Hope you have fun with some of these activities.

 

We miss you & hope to see you all soon!

 

Miss Bain & all the EYFS staff

 

Below are some examples that you could use for inspration for making your own caterpillars & butterflies.

Espresso

Espresso is an online learning platfrom which gives you access to a large range of interactive learning resources to support your child's learning at home.

 

If you click on the Foundation year group you will find many age approptaite stories, games & educational videos.

 

You can access this website using the following link & login details

Espresso

 

Login: student 18703

Password: stmarys

Hi everyone,

I hope you have all had a lovely Easter and have been enjoying this beautiful sunshine! We are all missing you so much and we hope we will be back together at school again soon. In the meantime we are going to keep adding practical activities and fun ideas for learning that you can join in with at home. Please keep checking our class page and Facebook page for updates.

Take care, keep busy and enjoy this time with your family.

See you all soon 

Miss Bain & all your EYFS teachers 

 

 

I have added some images of some nice Math activities & a grid of challenges that you could try at home to keep you busy. I have also added links to some of our favourite number songs!

Hope you enjoy them!

We have added lots of practical activities below to keep you busy at home. Click the images & the links to access. Have fun!!!

Welcome to our class page!

 

A warm welcome to St Mary’s!

If you have any problems or queries, please do not hesitate to come and see a member of staff– our door is always open.  Here at St Mary’s we believe communication between home and school is an essential factor for a wonderful learning experience.

 We hope that you have fun listening to the children telling you all about the fun we have in Nursery. 

 

Staff

Miss Bain is the Nursery Teacher and Mrs MacMillan and Mr Wombwell are the Teaching Assistants. Miss Smith covers PPA time.

 

To keep up to date with what is going on in Nursery and around the rest of the school, please go to our school website for all the latest pictures to see what we get up to!

 

Topic 

Our topic for our this half term is ‘Walking in a Story Wonderland’, where we will be learning all about different traditional tales.  We are looking at the characters of the story and retelling the story.  

 

 Reminders

  • Uniform - We ask all children to wear a school uniform. A white polo shirt with either grey pants or grey skirt/pinafore should be worn
  • Spare Clothes - All children should have a bag in school with spare clothes - accidents do happen!
  • Water Bottle – Children should bring a water bottle into school with their name clearly labelled on it. We do ask parents to make sure that the bottle contains only water
  • Names - Please make sure children have their names in all items of their uniform. It avoids tears when things go missing and really helps staff
  • Book Bag - If your child has a school book bag, they can bring home a book from our library to share at home
  • Wet weather Attire - All children need a pair of wellies in school and a raincoat (with their names on)

 

Things to do at Home

  • Phonics - To build up our listening skills, draw your child’s attention to what they can hear around them; the rain, an alarm, birdsong.  Anything is fab!
  • Reading - Read with your child as much as possible and encourage them to discuss their favourite characters and favourite book(s)
  • Maths - Draw your child’s attention to numbers and shapes within their environment. e.g. door numbers, shapes of household items
  • Topic - Discuss family life with your child, including immediate family members along with their visual traits and what makes them so special

 

We look forward to all the fun and exciting things we will be doing together this year.

 

Miss Dempsey and the EYFS Team 

 

Nursery's Medium Term Plan