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Nursery, Reception & Year 1

General Information




Nursery: Mrs O'Brien

Reception/Year 1: Miss Kirkham, Mrs Podloga, Miss Atkins, Mrs Wiberg and Mrs Hutchinson

Teaching Assistants: 

Mrs Dearden, Mrs Mayfield, Mrs Barnes and Mrs Denton



Our PE days are Thursday and Friday


Children will come to school dressed in their uniform and will bring their PE kit in a labelled bag.


All PE sessions will take place outside unless there are extreme weather conditions i.e. ice, snow or heavy rain.


Please ensure they have the appropriate kit e.g. jogging bottoms/leggings and a jumper/hoodie.


Outdoor learning:

Over the Autumn and Spring Term it can get very cold, please ensure your child wears a warm coat, hat and gloves as we will be outdoors everyday.


Home Learning:

Please support your child by reading to them as often as possible. Practising writing their name and ensuring that children can form their letters.


Each week, children will be sent home an activity to be completed in their home learning book. This will be a range of activities relating to their current topic, reading, phonics or maths that parents can complete with their children. Please do share photographs of your children carrying out the tasks by e-mailing them to (Reception) (Nursery) or share them with the year group's Twitter page. 


Spring 1


We begin this half term learning about toys. We will be comparing toys from the past to the present. We will be creative by exploring Andy Warhol's art and trying to recreate our own version, we will also be designers and create our own puppets. As scientists we will explore different materials and their properties. 



We will explore different birds and participate in the 'Big bird watch'. As scientists, we will group birds by their country of origin and we will label their body parts. We will also create bird feeders to hang in our gardens.

Books to enjoy at home: 


Spring 1


Owl Babies by Martin Waddell 

A gentle tale of three baby owls reassures young children that Mummy will always come home. Three baby owls, Sarah, Percy and Bill, wake up one night in their hole in a tree to find that their mother has gone. So they sit on a branch and wait... Darkness gathers and the owls grow anxious, wondering when their mother will return. But, at last, she does and they bounce up and down with joy, welcoming her home.


How the Birds Got Their Colours & the Kaha Bird by Kevin Earl

Legends, myths, and folklore have featured birds for ages. This book has two of these ancient tales retold in poetic form with fun, colourful illustrations. "The Kaha Bird" is a retelling of an old Tajik tale told in limericks. "How the Birds Got Their Colours" is a retelling of an Australian Aboriginal myth that explains why all of the birds have colours except one.


Hoot Owl: Master of Disguise by Sean Taylor

Hoot Owl is no ordinary owl – oh no! – he’s a master of disguise! And he will use his expert camouflage powers to trick his unsuspecting prey into succumbing to him! Tiny animals of the night... beware! But, somehow, Hoot Owl's prey keeps escaping... Hmmm, perhaps he isn't quite as masterful as he believes. Will he ever succeed in catching himself some dinner?


Kipper's Toybox by Mick Inkpen

Kipper has one, two, three, four, five, six favourite toys. But he's worried. Someone or something has been nibbling a hole in his toybox. What can it be? And are his toys safe?

If you look very closely at the pictures you might just spot the answer... it's a little mouse!



Lost in the Toy Museum: An Adventure by David Lucas

One night, when the lights go out at the toy museum, everyone runs off and hides. Left all on his own, Bunting, the sensible old toy cat, sets out to look for them. As he follows the trail of clues through the museum, the normally reserved Bunting learns how to have fun in this affectionate picture book from one of Britain's brightest new talents.



Dogger by Shirley Hughes 

When Dave loses his favourite toy, Dogger, he is desolate. But then Dogger turns up at the school summer fair, and everything seems all right - until someone else buys him before Dave can get the money!

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