Nursery - Shrimps 2019 - 2020

Mrs Nolan


Shrimps Nursery Class

Spring Term 1 2020


Hello Everyone!

Welcome to all of our new children starting in Nursery this term. And a warm welcome back to those children who are returning to our nursery following their Christmas Break!

My name is Mrs Nolan and I am the Teacher in charge of Nursery. I am really looking forward to our Spring Term together, we have lots of exciting learning opportunities coming up. Our Topic this half term is 'Winter Magic - Frozen', followed by 'People Who Help Us'.

What do we have to explore in the nursery? 

We have a home corner role play area with some kitchen furniture and dressing up clothes, where the children can imitate roles of their family members, cooking breakfast, caring for babies, etc. This will be turning into a 'Frozen Palace', where the children will be able to create their own stories in playing in roles of Elsa, Anna, Sven etc. They will be able to dress in the costumes to help them become imaginative in their play.

Our maths area has lots of opportunities for counting and sorting and playing with and exploring shapes. There are number birthday cakes to count candles onto and pretend its your birthday. 

The children will continue to enjoy the book corner where the children will be encouraged to talk about what they see in the books, use puppets and props to retell familiar stories. There are also musical instruments to explore sounds and some sensory sticks and bubble timers to explore... these look magical! We will continue to have 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears' and 'The Three Little Pigs' puppets and books in the book area to retell the Traditional Tales using the puppet theatre. We will be adding a new traditional tale and puppets for 'The Three Billy Goats Gruff'.

In the small world area the children will be able to select their own small world baskets to play with; these include a doll's house, cars and garage, trains and traintrack, farm and animals, dinosaurs, zoo and jungle animals, Paw Patrol figures, Frozen palace and figures, Space Rockets and astronauts, etc.

Play dough, the children can select and use a variety of resources and tools which are available every day! What colour will it be each week? What does it smell like? The children will continue to enjoy exploring the smells and different textured play dough.

Our writing area has a variety of mark making tools and lots of opportunities to practise forming letters in theur name. There are chalk boards, sand and glitter trays, gel pouches and large magnadoodle boards for making marks on and drawing and practising their early writing skills.

There are lots of other fun areas to explore, such as; the large and small construction area, ICT area and our sensory tray, which has a range of different white/silver materials in, such as rice, shredded paper, cotton wool, dried noodles, all making it look like a snow winter tray. We will add ice balloons, ice eggs, ice shapes into the sensory tray at several points during the term, to compare how the ice melts inside to how it melts outside.

Our outdoor area also has sand play and a large water tray to explore what we can do with water and sand. There is also a mud kitchen for the children to create and explore using mud and any other natural materials they can find outside. They can use tools for digging and will learn to dress themselves in the waterproof kits and wellies. 

There is also other small world tuff spots, or exploring trays. We will have a messy tray with clean mud (mushy white snow effect) and gloop to explore.

The children can choose large construction outside and build with planks, crates, poles and materials for den building etc. We will be building such things as bridges, fire engines, ambulances and police cars using the large bricks and also small construction outside and inside.

We have a range of balls and throwing and catching equipment.

The children can have a go on the bikes and trikes manoeuvring them around the outdoor area safely.

There is a role play shed where the children can find dressing up clothes, prams etc. They can pretend to be firefighters, doctors, paramedics, police or builders, dressing in costumes, and using any available props they can find and create in their roles.

Forest School

We will begin Forest School Sessions on Tuesday mornings within the next few weeks, once all our new children are settled. We go out in all weathers, except very high winds. Please ensure your child has lots of warm clothing, wellies and waterproofs for each Tuesday morning in cooler weather and sun screen and a sun hat in warmer weather. The children will need long sleeved tops and long trousers (not shorts) even in warm weather to prevent scratches from the trees. A letter will be sent home soon about this.


Water bottles and changes of clothes

Please remember your child will a need a named water bottle every day at Nursery and a change of clothes in a bag with their name on the outside please. Thank you for your co-operation.

Please could you return any clothes you have had to borrow from Nursery promptly. Thank you.


Early Years Breakfast Club and Sandcastles

Early Years Breakfast Club (8-9am) and Sandcastles (3-6pm) will run in Nursery for Nursery, Reception and Year 1 children to offer you wrap around care.

Please see Mrs Nolan for more details.

Thank you for your continued support.

Mrs Nolan (Teacher)

Mrs Bridgwater (TA)

Mrs Hulme (TA)



















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Christian Theme of the Month

The Christian theme for this half term is 'Perseverance'.

"I can do all things through Him who strengthens me." Philippians 4:13

In school we will be:

Exploring our core school value of Perseverance.

Encouraging pupils to persevere.

Exploring how we can persevere and develop our resilience both in and out of school.

Parents and carers, please help us at home to support your child in their understanding of the above concepts.