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Welcome to Nursery

We have a fabulous team across our Nursery and Reception classes. Our enthusiastic, committed and talented staff team work exceptionally well together to provide the very best learning environment for our children so that they can all achieve their very best. 


Meet our Nursery team. 


Class Teachers: Miss Allardice and Mrs Giles (Friday morning).

Teaching Assistants: Miss Rush and Miss Willis.

Additional SEND support, Mrs Bakewell, Mrs Rushbrook and Mr Stockton. 

Forest School Leader: Mrs Roath (Monday am and Friday pm) and Mrs Spooner (Friday pm). 



Our Curriculum - children in Nursery and Reception are taught through the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework. This is made up of 7 areas;
Prime areas of learning – Communication and Language, Physical Development and Personal, Social, Emotional Development

Specific areas of learning– Maths, Literacy, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design.


The children are provided with lots of activities and opportunities to play each and everyday, both indoors and outdoors in our well equipped learning areas. Throughout the year, they are encouraged to develop their independence and develop their Characteristics of Effective Teaching and Learning.


Each day your child will take part in a mixture of fun, creative and educational activities, as well as free play. The children are provided with lots of opportunities to explore the classroom and to follow their own interests. 

 In Nursery, the children will be placed into groups for focus activities. The groups are age based to allow us to work closely with specific age related expectations from the framework. 


Phonics - Each day the children will participate in a daily phonics session. We follow Phase One of the Letters and Sounds phonics teaching program. This provides the children with the necessary skills needed when starting in Reception Class.


Speech and Language Therapy - In consultation with parents, some children in Nursery will also be supported by our Speech Therapist Miss Charlotte Deykin. All children will participate in our Word Aware sessions led by their class teacher, to strengthen their knowledge and understanding of Early Years concepts. Talk is promoted throughout the curriculum to enhance children's speaking and listening skills. We expect children to speak in full sentences and will provide the children with a sentence stem to assist them in developing their own ideas when talking with others. 


Dough Disco - We enjoy participating in a daily Dough Disco workout. These sessions combine the use of playdough with a series of hand and finger exercises designed to improve fine muscle control. The movements develop children's fine and gross motor dexterity, hand-eye coordination and self-esteem. These daily exercise classes will ensure our children have the necessary Physical Development skills to hold a pencil and become a writer. 


Squiggle While You Wiggle - We also use a kinaesthetic approach to stimulate early writing. Children use movement with music to develop their motor skills in preparation for writing. 


Snack and Chat - The children will be provided with a piece of toast and fruit as well as the option of a drink of milk or water during the morning and afternoon session. Children will need to bring a drink for lunchtime and a drink for Forest School. This is a social time and children enjoy having conversations with the adults and other children in their class. 


Reading - Each week we will be sending home a library book and a picture book for your child to enjoy with you. This is to encourage your child to develop a love of reading and learn how fun and exciting books can be. Books and rhymes are read each session in class to develop the children's knowledge of stories and rhymes.

Your child's books will be changed on their first session after the weekend. Book bags can then remain at home until the following week. On our home learning page you will find our rhyme of the week which can be practiced at home with your child.


Personal Bags – It is really handy for your child to keep a bag in Nursery with spare clothing in. Should children have a toileting accident, or get their clothing wet in the creative or outdoor learning areas then they can change into their own clothes. Children bringing nappies, pull ups and wipes can also store their bags in the cloakroom but should take them home each night so additional supplies can be added.


Forest School – Every Monday morning and Friday afternoon, Nursery will attend Forest School. They will have lots of opportunities to explore the environment, play with their friends and enjoy tasty treats cooked on the open fire. We ask that children come to Nursery dressed ready for Forest School on a Monday morning. If your child is staying for the afternoon session in Nursery, they may need a spare change of clothes and a pair of trainers to wear, just in case they get wet or muddy. We suggest that children wear long sleeved tops, leggings or trousers, hoodies, waterproofs and wellies. They need to wear clothes appropriate for the weather, if it is cold they will need extra thin layers of clothing, welly socks, hat, gloves and a snood and if it is hot, they will need one thin layer of clothing, a sun hat and sun cream.


Attendance/Punctuality – It is important to arrive at Nursery on time each day, so your child is ready to join in with lots of fun learning activities. Nursery doors open at 8.40 and the morning session finishes at 11.40 with collection outside the school office on the ramp. Afternoon Nursery starts at 12:10 (drop off outside the school office) and finishes at 3:10, collection at the Nursery door. Please adhere to social distancing guidelines and remain 2 meters away from other families. We ask that all parents wear a face mask should they wish to speak to a member of staff.  At the beginning of each term, you will be given a new form to select the sessions you wish your child to attend and then these will be fixed until the next term. If you require any additional sessions, please phone Mrs Hoult in the school office. 


We hope your child enjoys their time at Nursery. If you have any questions, please come and speak to any member of staff within Nursery or email us and we will do our best to help you.

For information on our curriculum please look at our home learning page. Here you will discover what your child will be learning and the range of activities that will be offered to your child each week. Why not carry on the learning at home too? Remember to email your child’s work to classn@cookleyprimary.worcs.sch so we can celebrate your child's learning in class.