Category Archives: Nursery

Welcome to Nursery!

Welcome to Nursery!

Welcome to St. Columba’s RC Primary School. We are delighted that you and your child will be joining us in September.

Under normal circumstances, we would be writing to invite you to a number of events and meetings across the summer term. However, due to the current guidelines, this is not possible at this present time.

We find ourselves in an unprecedented situation and empathise with the anxieties you may feel as a family in regards to your child’s transition into Nursery or Reception. We would like to reassure you that an induction process will take place, even if it is a little later and occurs a little differently to our usual way of doing things here at St. Columba’s.

Schools are working within a constantly changing environment, with different versions of guidance and new updates coming from the Government and Department for Education on a daily basis. We therefore ask for your patience and understanding whilst we put together plans which are realistic, practical, flexible and, above-all, beneficial in supporting the best possible start to your child’s school life at St. Columba’s.

We have decided to begin by sending transition packs to all new starters. The packs include key information about Nursery or Reception and a social story for you to read with your child so they can become familiar with the staff and their classroom environment. We have also included an ‘All About Me’ information sheet which can be completed and returned to school on the first day back in September.

We hope that many of your questions will be answered by reading the enclosed information and visiting our school website. Your child’s class teachers will also be phoning each of you individually over the next few weeks to introduce themselves and answer any questions you may have. As soon as we are able to share further information about start dates and times for September, we will be in touch.

If you have any urgent questions, please do not hesitate to email or phone our school office (the details are included on the letter head above) and we will respond as soon as we can.

Please feel reassured that your child will be at the centre of every decision we make and they will have the best transition to our school as possible, as our new starters always do.

On behalf of the Governors, Staff, Parish and wider community, we look forward to welcoming you and your child into school as soon as we are able.

Nursery Brochure

Nursery Social Story 2020

Forest School Parents Booklet


If you would like to help your child to prepare for their start in September, here are a few suggestions of things to try at home:

Getting ready to look, listen and play

Getting ready to use the toilet

Hand Skills

Getting ready to write

Learning to dress

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