Welcome to Nursery!

Teacher:   Mrs Banwell           Teaching Assistant:   Miss Clancy



Please click here to read what we have been up to in our Autumn Blog.

Please click here to read what we have been up to in our Spring 1 Blog.




Dates for the Diary Linked to Nursery

Thursday 31st January 

Friends of St Ann's meeting. 8pm Parish Centre

Monday 4th February

Internet Safety Week

Wednesday 13th February

School Nurse Drop in Session

Monday 4th March - Thursday 7th March

Scholastic Book Fair

Monday 11th March - Friday 15th March

Shakespeare Week

Tuesday 26th March / Wednesday 27th March

Parents Evening

Friday 5th April 

School finishes for Easter 3.30pm

P.E. Day

Every Wednesday afternoon and every Thursday morning.

Full P.E. kit is not required.  Children just need black pumps.


Suggested Reading List

Rhyming story books:

Dear Mother Goose

By Michael Rosen and Nick Sharratt

Oi Frog!

By Kes Gray and Jim Field

Chocolate Mousse for Greedy Goose

By Julia Donaldson and Nick Sharratt

Walking Through the Jungle

By Julie Lacome

The Gruffalo

By Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

Duck in the Truck

By Jez Alborough

Sharing A Shell

By Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks

One Night in the Zoo

By Judith Kerr

Where’s My Teddy?

By Jez Alborough

There’s an Ouch in My Pouch

By Jeanne Willis and Garry Parsons

Traditional fairy tales such as:

The Three Little Pigs, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Little Red Riding Hood, The Gingerbread Man, The Elves and the Shoemaker, The Princess and the Pea, Chicken Licken, The Magic Porridge Pot.

Traditional Nursery Rhymes:

Humpty Dumpty, Hickory Dickory Dock, Incey Wincey Spider, Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary, Two Little Dickie Birds, Polly Put the Kettle On, Jack and Jill, Hey Diddle,Diddle, Pussy-Cat, Pussy-Cat, I’m a Little Teapot.


Useful websites


CBeebies Nursery Rhymes

School Radio - Nursery songs and rhymes - BBC

Phonics Play

Top Marks


                       Spring Curriculum Overview

Prime Areas

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Making new friends, sharing toys and taking turns

Looking after our classroom and our resources eg putting toys away at ‘tidy-up time’

Gain independence in accessing the classroom resources

Communication and Language

Listen carefully to instructions eg when taking part in P.E.

Listen to stories with increasing attention and answer simple questions

Demonstrate the understanding of prepositions such as “on top” or “behind”

Talk about experiences and recount past events eg sharing weekend news

Physical Development

Using balancing equipment and balancing on one foot

Throw and catch a large ball

Draw lines and circles using gross motor movements eg using paintbrushes, chalks and crayons

Use one-handed tool and equipment eg making snips with scissors

Understand that equipment and tools have to be used safely eg using scissors safely in the classroom

Put on pumps and outdoor clothing independently for PE





Specific Areas


Look at books independently in our reading corner and throughout the classroom

Handle books carefully, holding books the correct way up and turning the pages

Looking carefully at the illustrations in books

Beginning to recognise some letters such as those in their own and in their friends names

Show awareness of alliteration

Begin to be aware of the structure of simple stories, describing the main events, setting  and characters in a story



Recite numbers in order to 10

Know that numbers identify how many objects in a set

Sometimes match numeral and quantity correctly (numbers 1-5)

Compare two groups of objects, saying when they have the same number

Represent numbers using fingers and marks on paper

Use positional language

Use shapes appropriately for tasks eg creating pictures using shapes

Describe the shapes of everyday objects using language such as ‘round’ and ‘tall’



Reflect on the ways that we can show our love for each other

Listen to and reflect on stories about Jesus and learn that Jesus cured people who were sick

Listen to the story of Easter and begin to understand that Jesus rose from the dead

Understanding of the World

Show interest in different occupations eg playing a role such as a doctor or builder

Participate in and demonstrate interest in different cultural celebrations eg Chinese New Year

Develop an understanding of changes over time eg seasonal changes. 

Show care and concern for living things, for example looking after the plants in the outdoor area 


Expressive Art and Design

Painting independently, exploring colour and how colours can be mixed and changed

Use various construction materials to create models

Join in with dancing and ring games, moving rhythmically to music

Beginning to be interested in and describing the texture of things

Drawing shapes to create simple pictures

Play imaginatively, for example playing a role such as a doctor or builder

Make up simple stories using small world toys