Author Archives: Miss A. O'Connor

Nursery start dates during school closures

Nursery start dates during school closures

We are naturally receiving messages from concerned parents where their child was due to start Nursery after the Easter holidays. Due to the exceptional circumstances, these start dates are being pushed back until schools open again fully to all pupils.

Many Nursery parents of pre-school starters are asking what they can do at home instead. The main thing to do is not to worry! Please find guidance below with lots of ideas for fun, engaging and wonderful, practical activities that you can begin to do at home, which will help to prepare your child for starting school.

Nursery activities for pre-school starters

As soon as we are open again, we will be in touch with you to arrange a new start date.

We will all be together very soon!

Take care and stay safe!


Dogs topic in Nursery

Miss O’Connor and Mrs Walton both own dogs. The children love to hear funny stories about Seb and Kong so it was a natural choice for our new termly topic. Caring for a dog An important aspect of having a veterinary surgery in the nursery was to allow the children the opportunity to learn how…Read More

Sunny Walks in Nursery

Nursery have made the most of the bright, sunny weather this week. We are very blessed to have such lovely school grounds. We were very excited to discover the first signs of ‘Spring.’ The snowdrops were very small and delicate (just like us.) We will continue to observe the daffodils. Our resident squirrels are enjoying…Read More

‘Celebrating’ in Nursery

In RE we have been discovering what a celebration is and how people celebrate. We talked about a memorable celebration and drew a picture. The children remembered special birthdays, Baptisms, Christmas and New Year’s Eve. We looked at the different elements of a celebration and discussed how we find out about a celebration – (someone…Read More

An exciting first half term in Nursery

An exciting first half term in Nursery

What an exciting first half term it has been! Without exception, every child has settled beautifully into the Nursery routine. We have a new class of children who are happy, confident and ready to learn!    In eight weeks the children have participated in many exciting learning opportunities to engage and enthuse. As always our…Read More

‘Lent’ in Nursery

Lent is a time to grow in love to be more like Jesus and to look forward to Easter. In the Gospel, Matthew makes it clear that in loving and caring for other people we are loving and caring for Jesus. Nursery and Reception gathered together on ‘Ash Wednesday’ to mark the beginning of Lent and…Read More

Talk for Writing in Nursery

In Nursery we have been reading the story ‘Rosie’s Walk.’ The children listened to the story whilst we drew a story map together. Actions were given to each part of the story. The children repeated it everyday until they could read the story independently by following the story map. At the writing table we drew…Read More

RE in Nursery

In RE we have been been looking at what a ‘celebration’ is and how the parish family celebrate. What is a celebration? Why do people celebrate? Can you celebrate on your own?   We looked at photos of ourselves at our Christmas party. We noticed our special clothes, special food and the fun we  had…Read More

Nursery ‘Estimation Station’

As part of our ‘Great North Maths Hub’ learning walk Nursery made an ‘Estimation Station.’ The aim was for the children to have a good guess how many things were in each container and then check by using their counting strategies. They then had to find their number on the number track. The lesson was…Read More

‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ in Nursery

Nursery have had a fun filled activity week focussing on the story ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’. The children used their lovely big voices to join in with the repeated refrains. They also drew their own depictions of the story and made a ‘narrow gloomy cave’ with Mrs Walton! We cannot wait to explore…Read More