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Hello and Welcome to Abbey Hey Nursery

We are very pleased with how the children are getting ready for Reception. Doesn't time fly by quickly? We have started to eat our dinner in the school hall and are getting our own coats and bags at the end of the day!  Being independent is a very important skill in being ready for school and we encourage you to let your child do as much as possible for themselves to help with this.

What are our topics and themes this term

§  Which is the biggest dinosaur?

§  Dinosaurs at the beach!

 What are we focusing on this term?

§  Using expressive and descriptive language.

§  Oral blending and segmenting of simple words.

§  Reading skills such as page turning, finding text, authors, illustrators and

  extracting information from books.

§  Practising writing and forming letters correctly.

§  Using numbers to solve problems.

§  Identifying the names and properties of 2D and 3D shapes.

§  Learning how to negotiate, share and take turns in free play.

§  Exploring the natural world through our Mud Kitchen and gardening.


In the Foundation Stage we have 7 key areas of learning: 

§  3 Prime Areas - Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language, and Physical Development.

§  4 Specific Areas - Literacy, Maths Development, Understanding the World, and Expressive Arts and Design. 

In the Nursery we teach all of these areas every day. We have a range of continuous provision activities to support the children's learning in these areas as well as directed teaching sessions to extend and support knowledge and skills.

Play is so important in the Nursery and it is the main way that we teach the children. We model how to play and encourage the children's curiosity and imagination. This term we are encouraging the children to be independent in their problem solving and try to negotiate their own solutions to sharing. 

The Outdoor Area

Children have access to the outdoor area all year round. Please ensure your child has appropriate clothing and a waterproof jacket for outside with their name inside. We have 2 outdoor areas; the Undercover Garden' and the 'Pirate Garden' and we are pleased to announce the opening of our new 'Sensory Story Garden'. We must say a big thank you to our Site Supervisor and his team for making this possible! 

The Undercover Garden is where we explore nature and messy play in the Mud Kitchen and Tuff Spot tray, create and build with the giant construction, use our artistic skills on the easels and our imagination with the dressing up.

The Pirate Garden is where we can run, climb, jump and slide on the wooden ship and climbing frame.  We use the tandem bike to take turns peddling up the path and the open space for our traditional games such as Tig and Hide and Seek.  

The Sensory Story Garden is for quiet chats, gardening and listening to stories and rhymes.


§  Please ensure your child's reading book is in school EVERY day.

§  Please remember we are a healthy school so all packed lunches that are brought to school should be balanced and healthy.  ie. no fizzy drinks, chocolate bars or sweets.

§  Also please remember some children may have nut allergies so please do not put nuts in your child's packed lunch. 

Thank you

From all of the Nursery staff.

Nursery Staff

 In Nursery, there are five members of staff:

Ms Baker (Teacher/ Manager)

Miss Ellison (Teacher)

Mrs Binder (Nursery Teaching Assistant)

Mrs Baguley (Nursery Teaching Assistant)

Ms Smith (HLTA)

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