Welcome to a new academic year at Edward the Elder! We hope that you had an enjoyable summer break and that you have all stayed safe and healthy. We are so pleased to be able to welcome our children back to school. We are more than ready for the learning and fun to begin. We know that starting our new Nursery year may bring challenges, but with everyone’s support we know your child can succeed!

Supporting the children in Nursery this year will be myself, Mrs Harris and Mrs Smith, who the children all know extremely well…and of course Mrs Evans, Miss Housden and Mrs Hunt will also be on hand in Reception to offer support and a familiar, friendly face for you children!

We have some fantastic topics planned for Nursery this year and this term our learning will be based around a theme titled ‘I Wonder … What makes Me Special!’ This includes aspects of learning based upon what we look like, our families, when we were babies, feelings and senses. This will be followed by a theme of ‘I Wonder … What we Celebrate!’ during Autumn Term 2.

Outdoor learning remains a high priority for us here in Early Years so our very successful ‘Forest School Friday’ will continue. Please ensure that your child has labelled wellies in school as outdoor learning takes place in all weathers. This will give pupils the opportunity to explore the outdoors and learn about many different aspects of our environment including life cycles, plants and seasons.

You will be invited to continue your child’s learning at home in different ways. We kindly ask for you to add to our ‘Sharing together journals’. These are sent home at different intervals throughout the year. In Nursery we love to read and understand its importance to children’s progress. With this in mind pupils will have an opportunity to borrow a library book weekly from our own library in Nursery. A reminder that children have a log in to Purple mash and Oxford Owl.

PE will take place once a week (Monday) so please ensure your child has the correct black PE pumps in school. PE lessons will be taught by Soccer 2000 and will cover a range of skills. Please can we remind parents that jewellery should not be worn in school, with the exception of stud earrings, and in line with Health and Safety guidelines these should not be worn on PE days. Children may be asked to remove earrings before PE sessions. Long hair should also be tied back. It is always useful for your child to bring a little bag of spare clothing with them. It would be appreciated if all clothing (including pumps) are labelled with your child’s full name and class.

A reminder that if your child is asthmatic, please ensure an in date inhaler and spacer is in school at all times. Please ensure you have informed the office with any updated medical information.

We look forward to working with you over the next year to ensure your children have a valuable year. Nursery is a very important year and we look forward to one which is full of learning and progress. If you have any questions/queries now or throughout the year, please do not hesitate to speak to us, either after school or by making an appointment via the school office.

We will continue to act upon Government guidelines and will adapt our methods as and when necessary. Thank you for your continued support.

Miss Lockley
Nursery Teacher



December 2019

The children in Nursery and Reception have really enjoyed performing their Christmas play: ‘Everyone Loves a Baby!’ From hard-working elves to Bethlehem newsreaders. From rocking angels to screaming babies… even a special flying visit from Prince Harry and Meghan! We have had so much fun singing, dancing, playing instruments and acting – the children have been the most magnificent performers and made us all extremely proud! What a wonderful way to start Christmas!