Nursery 2020 - 2021

Mrs Conaghan

Welcome to Nursery’s Class Page
2020- 2021

Class Teacher: Mrs Conaghan

Teaching Assistants: Mrs Pimbley & Miss Mccrae

Hello and welcome to Nursery’s Class page. My name is Mrs Conaghan and I am the nursery teacher, our teaching assistant's are Mrs Pimbley and Miss Mccrae. We are here to help you and your child with any support or concerns you may have about school. Please come to us with regards to anything, if we can help you we will!!

We will regularly be updating our page to include lots of lovely things that your children have been doing in class. We will also use this page to inform you of any important dates or messages that we need to get to you!

Nursery is such an important year for children. It allows them an opportunity to get used to the school setting and staff before compulsary school starts. Lots of the work we do in nursery is centred on the physical development and well being of your child. We also do lots of work on speech, language and communication, giving children the perfect preparation to starting the Reception year. 

We will start our learning journey with a topic based around emotions and colours. Our learning question will be:

Which colours make us happy and sad?

During this topic we will explore colour and how colours change and we will link this with our emotions. We will learn quite a bitabout our emotions and how we can deal with our emotions effectively. Children will learn vital social skills, whilst exploring around the nursery. The majority of our learning is based around play but we will include some carpet talking sessions and light focussed activities too.

From the start, we will begin to teach all nursery children phonics - don't panic!!!! At North Walkden we use READ WRITE INC - which is a fantastic scheme to follow! This is a very gentle start to what will become their reading (and writing) lesson in future classes. The sessions are delivered to the children at their pace, and level, and in a way that all children find fun and engaging! Later on in the year we will begin to include the writing of the letters aswell as the sounds they make.

In Literacy, children will be encouraged to make lots of marks with different media - pens, pencils, paint with brushes, finger painting, cotton bud painting, the list is endless. We will be asking children to give meaning to those marks and although to you they might look like they're scribbling, this is a vital part of early literacy. We will also read lots and lots of stories, stories they may already know and many new stories. Reading stories really helps to build vocabulary so we hone into this in nursery!

Maths is very straight forward in nursery - we encourage children to count to 10 in sequence and then develop their counting skills in a number of ways. Always ensuring that children use the correct sequence and 'counting rules'. We also look at basic shapes which we see in our every day lives and use shapes to make pictures and models.

Physical development is a priority in nursery, we start our day with 'Squiggle Whilst You Wiggle' this is an activity that helps children in a number of ways. We play a song and children have 'flipper flappers' and dance along with us - I'm sure you are intreguied but don't worry - we will do this in a stay and play session so you can come and join us!!! 

We love to see what the children get up to when they are not in school, so please do send us any photographs so we can share them in class!!! You can use the email address at the top of the page!

Mrs Conaghan


Important Dates - Autumn Term - EYFS

Monday 28th September - Harvest Week

Tuesday 29th September - Whole School Photo's 

Thursday 22nd October - Half Term (1 week)

Thursday 5th November - EYFS Workshop (video to send home)

Monday 16th November - Book Fair arrives in school

Tuesday 17th November - Parents Evening Phonecalls 3.30pm-6.30pm

Thursday 19th November - Parents Evening Phonecalls 3.30pm-6.30pm

Friday 18th December - School closes for Christmas




We have had a fantastic first full week in nursery! Your children have settled well and are already doing great. Please help us by helping your children to become more independent. Encourage them to start doing little things for themselves - put on their socks, shoes and coats; wipe themselves after the toilet; pull up their underwear and trousers. All of these little things really support your children when they are in school and an adult is not always available instantly. Have a lovely weekend and see you all on Monday for the start of week 2!!!! 


This week in Nursery we have been talking about Autumn and how the leaves begin to change colour and fall from the trees. If you go walking in the woods and find any interesting items - please send them in with your child to share with the class. We have also talked about the Harvest Festival and discussed different fruits and vegetables. Then we used these fruits and vegetables to print paint onto paper! What messy fun we had!!! Enjoy your weekend!!! Mrs Conaghan x

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