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Welcome to the Nursery Class!

Message from the Nursery Team

Welcome to the 2nd half of the autumn term.  The children have all arrived refreshed after their half term break.  

What are we learning about this half term?

This half term our topic is all about colour.  Each week we will cover a different theme which will further develop our knowledge of colour.  We will keep you updated via Class Dojo and Tapestry about what the children have been learning each week.  

In RE we will be learning about 'God's family' and we will be celebrating Christmas during the latter part of this half term.

Applications for a place in Reception 2021 (Current Nursery)

If you would like your child to attend our Reception class next September you must apply for the place online via the Oldham council website before 15th January 2021.

Class Dojo

It is more important than ever that parents/carers can access Class Dojo.  Without Class Dojo, you will miss important pieces of school communication.  If you need any help accessing Class Dojo please let one of us know.


Tapestry is the way we record your child's learning journey throughout their time in Early Years.  Each half term we share pictures and comments about your child's learning.  This is a great way to see your child learning within school and the lovely things they have been producing.  You can also add photos and comments about what your child does at home.  We love to see your photos and read your comments, these can be things like a birthday celebration, a home baking activity and even just a simple comment that you would love to share with us.  We very much value all your contributions.  If anyone would like any help accessing the Tapestry app please ask us and we will be happy to show you how it works.  We have sent everyone a message on Class dojo with the user guides too.

Outdoor Learning

We learn outside everyday in all weathers.  As the weather grows wetter and colder this half term can all children please bring in a pair of wellies.  If your child has a puddlesuit or a waterproof jacket/trousers these would also be really useful in school.  Thank you!

Spare Clothing

Please can all children have a spare change of clothes in their bag each day.  Thank you!

What should my child be learning?

Literacy – Reading/Phonics

  • Read lots of story books together.   Read the same story each day over two weeks.  The children will get to know the story really well and will learn lots of story language.   
  • Retell stories you have read
  • Discuss what is happening in stories, what are the characters like etc…
  • Listen for sounds in the environment – What sounds can we hear? E.g. door bell, washing machine, dog barking, tap running…
  • Listen to music – Can you clap/ stamp with the beat?
  • Hearing and saying rhyming words. E.g. hat cat mat
  • Looking for words that have the same sound e.g. dog, dinosaur, diamond…
  • Pretend to talk like a robot e.g. c-a-t   d-o-g  Can your child tell you what the robot is saying?
  • Sing lots of nursery rhymes

Literacy – Writing

  • Name writing focusing on forming letters
  • Drawing people – focusing on drawing all features of a person
  • Mark making of any kind – drawing with chalks outside, using old paintbrushes and dipping in water to make marks, drawing on old rolls of wallpaper, using different types of pens e.g. felt tips, crayons, ball point pens
  • Pencil control – Practice holding our pen/pencil using crocodile fingers (between first finger and thumb) 
  • Follow patterns with your pencil


  • Practice counting using household objects
  • Practice numeral recognition 1 to 10, then  10 to 20
  • Practice number ordering 1 to 5, then 1 to 10
  • Practice number formation 1 to 10
  • Naming shapes – circle, triangle, square, oblong, hexagon, pentagon
  • Solving problems by sorting objects into categories e.g. sort the socks into colours
  • Order items by height, weight and height – e.g. tins of food by weight, household shoes from smallest to biggest
  • Make patterns using different items e.g. scarves, petals, socks, forks, spoons, toys etc.


ICT games


Phonics Play


Phonics Bloom



www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies  (alphablocks/ numberblocks)

Epic phonics


Oxford Owl (Free e books and games)


Top Marks




Early Learn


World Book Day


The imagination tree



www.twinkl.co.uk (Free access to parents for 4 weeks using the code UKTWINKLHELPS

Counting with Rodd


BBC Radio school


Busy things



If you have an Alexa at home…

To get started say ‘Alexa Play…’

  • 1 2 3 Maths
  • Amazon storytime
  • Animal workout
  • Curiosity
  • Daily dinosaur
  • Guess the animal
  • Kids news



  • Mr Thorne – Geraldine’s Phonics Land
  • Mr Thorne – Phonics safari
  • Jolly Phonics
  • Twinkl Phonics
  • Maths Age 3-5
  • Cbeebies: Go explore
  • Meet the Numberblocks
  • Meet the Alphablocks
  • Barefoot world
  • Google Earth
  • Cbeebies storytime

Youtube channels

  • Go Noodle Flow Playlist
  • Cosmic Kids Yoga
  • Mr Thorne does Phonics
  • Geraldine the Giraffe
  • Storybots
  • Jack Hartmann Kids Music Channel
  • Number blocks
  • Just dance
  • The learning station
  • Barefoot books
  • Dough disco

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