Dear Parents/Carers,

What a fantastic start to the school year for all of our nursery children! We are so pleased with how well the children have settled in and we look forward to the exciting year ahead. Welcome to your first half-termly letter of the year.  Its purpose is to outline the areas we will cover over the next half term.

Our focus topic for the first half of the Autumn term is ‘I am special”.   On the reverse of this letter you will find an overview outlining what we will cover each week. This is a guide and gives you an idea about what your child will be learning each week. Each week the nursery team plan in detail responding to the children’s needs as their learning develops and their interests emerge.  This ensures that the nursery activities are relevant and interesting for the children in each class.

Our main focus for this half term is that all children feel happy and safe in nursery, whilst beginning to develop their independence. We will also be focusing on Phase 1 of the “Letters and Sounds” programme which is integral to the children’s understanding of sounds before they move onto the phonetic sounds.  In particular we will be concentrating on the skills we use to listen to sounds in the environment.  This will change each week.  To support your child at home, please look at the overview for each of the different sounds we will cover.   We will also be carrying out assessments over the coming weeks to ensure we know exactly what the children already know about letters and sounds and also in their understanding and use of number.  This will enable us to plan effectively to support and extend all the children in these key skills.

Books and Book bags

Please ensure that your child has a book bag that they bring to school every day.  This can be used to take books home from our “Book Borrowing Library”.  Please remember to sign out books borrowed from the library in the cloakroom and to cross it out when the book is returned.

Uniform and spare clothes

Please ensure all items of clothing are named clearly.  Every child will also need a bag of weather appropriate spare clothes to hang on their peg.  If your child has had a toilet accident or becomes wet from playing in the water tray, we will change your child into their spare clothes and put the wet clothes in a plastic bag on your child’s peg.  If your child has had to borrow Nursery spare clothing, please wash them and return the clothes to us as soon as possible. As the weather is getting colder, please also send your child to school with a coat.  On rainy days please send your child with a pair of wellington boots, this way they can still enjoy our outside area and have dry school shoes to put back on when they return inside. (These can also be left on the children’s pegs).


As we have two classes per day, one child from the Blue Class (morning children) will share their peg with a member of the Red Class (afternoon children).   We also have a screen for general messages.  Please check this daily.  We would also appreciate interesting junk modelling materials for the children to use.  These can be put in the purple canvas container inside the classroom. Sometimes, we require specific items; please look out for these on the screen.

Beginning of the sessions

Blue class children (morning children) are expected to enter the nursery via the main school playground.  The nursery playground will be open from 8:55am for children and their parents.  If late, and when you arrive the main gates are locked, please use the nursery buzzer. However, please ensure you bring your child inside the nursery when dropping them at 9:00. 

Red class children (afternoon children) are expected to use the nursery buzzer to enter the nursery.  The nursery team will be available on the intercom from 12:25pm.  Please ensure you bring your child inside the nursery when dropping them off at 12:30. 

We look forward to sharing a very exciting Autumn term with all the children from the Blue and Red classes. If you are concerned about anything, please come and have a chat with either of the Nursery Teachers: Jessica Maiden and Lucy Cliff.

Yours sincerely,

The Nursery Team

Download the overview for Autumn 1

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