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Please have a look at our Nursery newsletter for Summer 1 :)


This week has been a very busy one! We have made chocolate crispy buns in Nursery, as well as chick easter cards and had a very special visitor - Miss Fletcher's rabbit, Alfie! The children were brilliant with Alfie - they stroked him very gently, fed him carrots and were very happy when they found out he had left them a chocolate treasure hunt in the garden. 

Next half term we are going to be learning about minibeasts, around the topic of 'Who went to the ugly bug ball?' At the end of the half term we will be having our own 'Ugly Bug Ball' where Oak and Acorn class can join with Reception to party in the school hall dressed as their favourite minibeasts!! I can't wait!
Now it is time to break up for Easter. We all hope that you have a wonderful break and can't wait to hear all your exciting Easter news when you return mid-April. See you soon! :)

This half term we will be learning all about the farm. We have a farmyard and tractor in Nursery for the children to get into character and play on. This week we are making ladybird stick puppets, drawing our favourite farm animals and building shelters for toy animals in the construction area.

This week is also World Book Day (rearranged from last week due to snow) and we are celebrating it on Friday 9th March with the book 'The Ladybird heard' all about the animals who live on a farm. I can't wait to see Acorn class in their lovely costumes with their books to match!!


This week we are going to be Shake, rattle and boogie-ing in Oak and Acorn class. Kimberley is coming in on Tuesday (6th) and Thursday (8th) in the afternoon to do a special 'Elmer' themed boogie, linking to our colours topic from  this half term.

In the different areas of provision this week we are going to be car building in the playdough area, practicing forming our numbers correctly in the maths area, colouring shape pictures in our mark-making area, fishing for number ducks in the water and colour matching painting on the art table. It is going to be a busy week in Oak and Acorn class!

This week will also see the beginning of the transformation of our role play area, from a 'Sweet shop' into a 'Farm'! We are looking forward to our next topic in Nursery which will be 'What would you find at the farm?' where we will learn about what farmers do as well as all the different animals that live there. This topic will begin when we return to Nursery w/b 19th February.

This week Nursery have been doing lots of Elmer related maths work. They have been decorating Elmer's body with different coloured stickers and then counting how many they have stuck on. It was a challenge to count up to 10 stickers but we managed it and some of us even recognised the numbers up to 10! How fabulous are we!!


Next week will be 'Harry Potter Week' in Nursery. The rest of the school will be celebrating Harry Potter Day on the 1st February, however we thought we could do special witch and wizard activities all week long in Nursery (because we are extra special!) 

Remember you can dress your child up as a magical witch or wizard on Tuesday 30th January for Oak class, and Thursday 1st February for Acorn class. Thanks! Miss Fletcher :)


Remember that next Wednesday in Nursery is our 'Learning Together' sessions where parents are invited into class to watch and take part in what happen at Nursery. It will begin at 8.30 until 9.30 for Oak class and 12.30-1.30 for Acorn class. We hope to see lots of parents faces there!

Our new topic this half term is 'What colours make me feel happy or sad?' so next week we are going to be focusing on the book 'Elmer' by David McKee, talking about how he is different to other elephants and also what makes us different! 

At the end of the month we are going to be taking part in a whole-school 'Harry Potter day', a day that is celebated throughout many schools in Leeds. It will be a great opportunity for children to dress up in witches/wizards costumes and have a go at some magical themed tasks in Nursery too!
It will be on Tuesday 30th January for Oak class and Thursday 1st of February for Acorn class

Welcome back to Calverley Parkside Nursery! We have had a great first few days back seeing all of our friends as well as sharing our very exciting news about Christmas. 

This week we have been sharing our favourite memory from the Christmas holidays and drawing pictures to go inside our Learning Journeys, linking to that memory. It has been lovely to hear all the wonderful things that you have been doing with your children! 

In other news, we are pleased to welcome Mrs Berry to our Nursery classroom. She will be teaching on a Thursday morning when I am out of class. I'm sure she'll settle in quickly and you'll hear more about her from the children.

Thanks! Miss Fletcher :)


Remember it is Children in Need day tomorrow at school so dress as spotty as you can! Be prepared to see Miss Fletcher with silly spots on her face too! :)

Our second 'Shake rattle and boogie' session is coming up soon for Oak and Acorn class on Tuesday 5th December for Oak class and Thursday 7th Decmeber for Acorn class. The children will be pleased to know it's a christmassy theme with lots of jingly bells and red furry hats!

Nursery have been busy since returning after half term - we have just started Phase 1 Phonics which focuses primarily around environmental sounds and the sounds our bodies, mouths and instruments make. So far everyone seems to be enjoying having some special group time with Miss Fletcher, playing with the instruments and learning something new!



Welcome back to Nursery! We hope you had a wonderful and relaxing half term. This week is halloween week (oooh, scary!!) so we are going to be doing all kinds of wonderfully spooky arts and crafts in Nursery. On Wednesday 1st November (the day after halloween) your little monsters can come into Nursery dressed up in their halloween costumes if they wish, ready to share their haunting news from the night before!
 Happy trick or treating! 


As a part of our 'Who lives in my house?' learning, please could Oak and Acorn class bring in a photo of their families to Nursery next week. We will be using this on our 'Messy table' so please make sure you have another copy of the picture!

We have enjoyed lots of outdoor learning this week, particularly getting wet in the water area! We have used Nursery's wellies and waterproof coats to go splashing in puddles in the tuff trays and have liked sliding the boats down ramps into the water to make a big splash!
Inside the classroom we have made dinosaurs stomp around making loud cracking and crunching noises in rice crispies. The dinosaurs couldn't resist nibbling the cereal they were stamping on too! We have made tracks on the carpet for the little trains and have used our imagination and the Nursery dressing up clothes to pretend to be different people in the role play area.
What a busy week it has been!


Nursery have enjoyed their first few days and weeks at Nursery. They have been involved in lots of activities, many linking to our half termly topic: Who lives in my house?

We have had lots of time to play outside on our new play-tower, as well as jumping in the water outside in our wellies and building a den that we pretended was the 3 little pigs house!

It has been fantastic to get to know so many new faces and I look forward to getting to know you all a lot better of the next few weeks and months. 

In the first half term in Nursery we will be:

  • getting to know the different areas in Nursery
  • learning our class routine
  • thinking about our homes and the people who live in it
  • making new friends
  • getting to know our teachers
We are also developing our independence in going to the toilet at Nursery.
We use 'Gimme five!' to help us remember our toileting rules:

1. We go
2. We wipe
3. We flush
4. We wash
5. We dry... Gimme 5!

If you have any questions to ask about your child's transition into Nursery, please don't hesitate to ask! 

Miss Fletcher :)


Oak and Acorn class are going to be taking part in an exciting workshop called ‘Shake, Rattle and Boogie’.

Shake Rattle & Boogie is a dance and music class for toddlers and pre-schoolers. The aim of it is to improve children’s gross motor skills & musicality in an interactive & fun way! The workshop’s organiser, Kim, is an excellent leader with patience and a passion for what she does. Each class will have a range of different activities with various songs and instruments to use from shakers to pom-poms.

Letters will be going out this week and next to return to school by Wednesday 27th September. 

Shake rattle and boogie will begin on Monday 9th October for Oak class and Friday 13th October for Acorn class.

Miss Fletcher.