Jemima Puddle Duck Class

Welcome to the Nursery

For more information and details about our Nursery, please see the EYFS pages.

The Nursery Team is:

Miss Emily Collins - Teaching Assistant

Miss Ruth Miller- Teacher

Mrs Niki Hugh - Nursery Nurse

We would like to invite you to our Stay and Play sessions every Tuesday afternoon from 2pm until 3pm

We are proud to announce our Stay and Play sessions are available to all Nursery aged children free of charge, providing an opportunity for you and your child to explore our fantastic environment and to meet the amazing team we have at St Martin’s C of E Primary School.

Our Nursery and Early Years Foundation Stage department was judged as 'Good' during the school’s most recent Ofsted inspection. The inspector commented, 'The Nursery provides children with a positive start to school life. The curriculum here is impressive, the environment is hugely exciting and a sense of adventure prevails for children as they journey through their days.’

Children can join our Nursery the term after their third birthday.

Please contact us on: 01579 344 042 for more information.

As we now prepare your children for the next step in their educational journey, our Family Learning Together sessions will continue in September 2018.

The Nursery Team would just like to say a huge Thank you to our wonderful parents who came to our 'Family Learning Together' sessions this year.

This is just some of the feedback you shared with us following our 'Funky Phonics session'...

"It was really lovely watching the children playing their phonics game."

"I think my child is doing really well with phonics and reading. We will do some phonics games and look at the websites at home."

"I loved seeing my child doing his phonics this afternoon. I could see he was very interested and engrossed. I am very happy with his development."

Another Thank you, to our parents who came to our 'Mega Maths session' this week.

You said...

"I was so impressed to see my daughter doing her counting."

"My daughter has really enjoyed Mega Maths and has done really well showing me how she can count. We are so proud of her."

Our 'Music Makers' session was yet again a very busy Learning Together Time with our parents and carers.

This week we shared a variety of Nursery rhymes and familiar stories which include rhyming language. We also taught our grown-ups the 'Silly Soup' song!

Thank you again to everyone who came. You said...

"Today was good watching the children learning rhyming words."

"My daughter loved learning rhymes."

"Lovely to watch my son rhyming."

This week we enjoyed a few 'Cosy Stories' together. Yet again our parents have provided positive feedback. I thought this comment said it all...

"I enjoyed reading books with my daughter at today's session, she loves learning to read. A lovely half hour spent here."

In our first session after the Christmas holidays we all learnt how we can use the outdoor environment to support your child's learning and development. You said...

"My daughter enjoyed showing me how to go on a Bear Hunt. It was lots of fun."

"Today was very exciting and helpful too."

Our first Book Cafe session was a great success. Thank you to all our parents and carers who came today.

This is what you said....

"Lovely to spend our first time in the reading corner. Nice way to chill."

"We enjoyed the Book Cafe today. I think we need to get some dinosaur books for home, as she really enjoyed them as you are doing this as your topic."

Nursery Parent Consultations

Thank you to all our parents and carers who came to the meetings.

If you would like to discuss your child's progress, please come and speak to one of the Nursery Team.

The Brighter Smiles Tooth Brushing Club

The Nursery children have joined 'The Brighter Smiles Tooth Brushing Club'this means we will all be brushing our teeth in Nursery every day!

We have found a great song to help remind the children how to brush carefully for 2 minutes, you could use the song at home too. Please encourage your child to brush their teeth at home twice a day!

The Nursery Team have been trained to support your child in developing good oral hygiene.

For more information please speak to one of the Nursery Team.

Happy Brushing!

Click on the Brush Bus below to open the link and join in with the song!

When we return after the Easter break, our topic will be called

'Off we Go!'

Our Nursery children will be encouraged to become the discoverers of their own learning.

We will shape the curriculum around the specific interests and needs of our children using a range of familiar stories and resources to engage and excite our youngest learners.

During the second half of the spring term we learnt all about 'Space'.

Just look what we found outside!

Yellow alien slime...

Various parts of a space shuttle...

A space boot...

We discovered the Learning Ladybird had delivered our new topic box . We looked at the objects and came up with a few questions we can explore next.

The children really enjoyed the 'Dinosaurs' topic last half term.

This is just some of the amazing learning opportunities we explored.

The children discovered a mysterious object whilst playing outside today.

When we returned to Nursery, we found the Learning Ladybird had left a letter and a box full of interesting items to explore.

The children selected an item from the box and thought of a question we could explore further.

"How big do you think this dinosaur will be?"

"I think it's going to be enormous."

"What can it be?"

"Maybe it's a dinosaur egg."

"What can you hear?"

"I think it might be ready to hatch."

This is what we would like to find out!

"This is a fossil."

"I guess we can find out about how they got there."

"We need these to help us dig up the fossils."

"What are all the dinosaurs called?"

"Maybe we can collect all the dinosaur eggs in this?"

"Why are the dinosaurs different?"

"We can use this book to help us find out more about the dinosaurs."

Do all dinosaurs eat grass?

The day the dinosaurs came to St Martin's...

Sophie the Tyrannosaurus!

Jack the baby Allosaurus.

The fossil of a Tyrannosaurus' egg.

Last term we celebrated how wonderful we are and considered the celebrations and festivals around the world.

"What can I see when I look in the mirror?

"I can see myself."

"I have blue eyes."

We looked really carefully in a mirror before creating our self portraits.

We decided to create our own Beauty Salon in the Nursery.

"Would you like your nails painted?"

"Can I have blue?"

"How many times should we brush our teeth in one day?"

We had a visit from the 'Brush Club' team this week.

Jenna and Dylan the Dragon showed us how to brush our teeth correctly.

Jenna also told us about the food that is good for our teeth and the foods that we need to have as a treat.

If you would like more information, please visit their website: http://smiletogether.co.uk/services/brighter-smiles/

Celebrating Harvest

Thank You Farmer Phil for coming in to share your experience of working on a farm during Harvest time.

Following our Harvest assembly this morning, we were all able to sit on Phil's quad bike. He uses this to get around quickly on his farm.

We thought it was great fun!

Thank You to all our parents and carers for all your kind donations to the Food Bank.

We learnt all about the Hindu festival of Diwali.

We created our own poppies and placed them at the cenotaph as our act of remembrance.

Term Overviews


As a school we embrace the Thrive Approach. We have completed a whole class screening assessment and are focusing on the aspect of 'Thinking'.

This is our plan for the Nursery over the next few weeks.

The developmental experience we will explore is: Expressing a view - Learning about cause and effect - Feeling, Thinking and Problem solving.

Our chosen learning target to work on is: To able to think about and express a range of feelings, including happy, sad, scared, angry (Expressing a view).

Our chosen Strategy is: To encourage talk about sensations, feelings and needs. To build up emotional vocabulary.

Our chosen activities for this plan are:

* To provide a range of objects and ask the child to choose one and say why they like it .

* To invite young person or child to tell you about their favourite things or most exciting experience and explore what they may be experiencing e.g. 'you might feel frightened and shaky or your tummy could be hurting'.

* To use puppets to give voice to different views and opinions or to play out different possibilities in a situation offered by the child (or linked to their experience).

Information for parents and carers.

Family learning time

At St Martin’s we want to have a good relationship with all our parents and families. Your co-operation and support can make a real difference to how children see themselves as learners and engage in learning.

The Early Years Foundation Stage Team would like to invite you to our Family Learning Together sessions fortnightly on a Thursday afternoon. We really hope you can join us for the half hour session.

Our EYFS children really enjoy sharing their learning experiences with others, and would very much like to share their learning with you too! We have planned for a variety of activities and experiences for you to become involved with each week.

Please have a look at the sessions and workshops we are offering for the upcoming half term. If you would like anymore information please speak to your child’s class teacher

Our session will take place every fortnight.

Our next sessions are:

Getting Creative -19th April

Children love to create and make lots of wonderful models and pictures. Come and join them and have fun being creative together.

Reading Together-3rd May

This is an opportunity for our parents and carers to join their child in their classroom to read together.

We will share good practice– how to get the most out of your child’s reading book, developing enquiry and questioning skills and develop a love of reading.

Mega Maths- 17th May

Maths in the Early Years Foundation Stage happens in many different ways.

Join in with our adult directed session to see how we encourage our youngest learners to become confident mathematicians.

We look forward to welcoming you all into our classrooms. Please come to the office at 2.30 and one of the EYFS team will meet you there.

Class diary dates

Monday 16th April- Welcome back after the Easter break!

End of Nursery Expectations

The following expectations have been identified as the minimum requirements your child must meet in order to ensure continued progress throughout the following year.

The objectives will be worked on throughout the year and will be the focus of direct teaching.

Any extra support you can provide in helping your children to achieve is greatly valued.

If you have any queries regarding the content of this leaflet or want support in knowing how best to support your children please talk to your child’s teacher.

For more information about the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum please visit our EYFS: Nursery and Reception page.

Physical development

· Holds pencil near point, between first two fingers and thumb; and, uses it with good control.

· Can copy some letters e.g. letters from their name.

· Demonstrate a preference for a dominant hand.


· Gives meaning to the marks they make as they draw, write and paint.

· Begins to break the flow of speech into words.

· Uses some clearly identifiable letters to communicate meaning, representing some sounds correctly and in sequence.

· Hears and says the initial sounds in words.

· Can segment to sounds in simple words and blend them tog Link sounds to letters, naming and sounding the letters of the alphabet.

· Link sounds to letters, naming and sounding the letters of the alphabet.

· Writes own name and other things such as labels and captions.

· Attempts to write short sentences in meaningful contexts.


· Secure at phase 2 phonics.

· Continues a rhyming string.

· Hears and says the initial sounds in words.

· Can segment the sounds in simple words, blend them together, and, know which letters represent some of them.

· Link sounds to letters, naming and sounding the letters of the alphabet.

· Begins to read words and simple sentences.

· Uses vocabulary and speech that are increasingly influenced by their experiences of books.

· Know that information can be retrieved from books and computers.


· Recognises some numerals of personal significance.

· Recognises numeral 1-5.

· Counts up to three or four objects by saying one number name for each item.

· Counts objects or actions which cannot be moved.

· Counts objects to 10 and begins to count beyond 10.

· Counts out up to six objects from a larger group.

· Selects the correct numeral to represent 1to 5, then 1 to 10 objects.

· Counts and irregular arrangement of up to 10 objects.

· Estimates how many objects they can see and check by counting them.

· Uses the language of ‘more’ and ‘fewer’ to compare two sets of objects.

· Says the number that is 1more and 1 less than a given number.

· Begin to use the vocabulary involved in adding and subtracting.

· Records using marks they can interpret and explain.

Begin to identify own mathematical problems based on own interests and fascinations

Useful websites to visit!