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Excellence Everyday

Nursery class 2020-2021 Welcome Message

'Excellence Everyday'

  We can't wait to to welcome you all and start the new school year with you. You will shine bright in all your new learning in the year ahead.

'Learn, Live, Laugh and Love Ashurst'

Learn to be inspiring and make a difference to this world, we know how amazing you are,

Live with understanding and compassion for others, knowing we are all different and special in a community where equality stands tall,

Laugh and listen to the enjoyment of learning and excitement of everyone celebrating their achievements,

Love Ashurst, our special school and the hub of supportive staff, parents and children who aim high to be the best they can be.

Our new stars of Nursery! 

 Class Teacher

Miss M. Hogg

Learning Assistant

Mrs L. Goldsack


About Nursery

Class Teacher - Miss M. Hogg Learning Assistant - Mrs. L Goldsack

In Nursery we are a caring, happy and friendly team. Children are at the heart of all that we do and we are committed to ensuring that all of our children have the best possible start to their learning journey and life. We recognise that every child, is an individual. This underpins the way we plan our curriculum and develop the children’s learning environment. We provide exciting and challenging learning opportunities for every level of interest—from the most active “outdoor” learner to those who like to work for hours on their own special project. We work in partnership with parents to enable our children to learn in a fun and exciting way through play.


Ashurst has a 26 place morning nursery for children with an admission each September, January and April. Places are available for children the term following their 3rd birthday.

Applications for a place are managed by the admissions section of the LA and forms can be collected from our main school office.

We have been busy making sure our classroom is ready to welcome you all this September, and we can't wait for you to explore and learn. Have a look at the different areas you can see in the classroom. We have lots of areas where you can learn new things, and share your learning ideas with your friends. 

Story time

We have missed sharing stories and reading with you all so much so we thought it would be nice to share one our favourites with you.

I hope you enjoy it! 

We can't wait to share more of our favourites with you and all our new nursery friends who will be joining us.

What do we learn?

There are 7 areas of learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage, outlined within the EYFS Early Adopter Framework. We deliver the curriculum through planned, purposeful play that is based upon the individual interests and learning needs of each individual child. Every child in our class is at a different stage and we respect each child an an individual.  We treat each child as an individual according to their needs. We understand that every child learns differently and we will always adapt our teaching to help everyone learn. We encourage learning with friends and sharing our learning ideas to help each other learn even more on our way to be independent learners. We take pride in all we do and are proud of each other too.


 Communication and Language

The development of children’s spoken language underpins all seven areas of learning and development. Children’s back-and-forth interactions from an early age form the foundations for language and cognitive development. The number and quality of the conversations they have with adults and peers throughout the day in a language-rich environment is crucial. By commenting on what children are interested in or doing, and echoing back what they say with new vocabulary added, practitioners will build children’s language effectively. Reading frequently to children, and engaging them actively in stories, non-fiction, rhymes and poems, and then providing them with extensive opportunities to use and embed new words in a range of contexts, we give children the opportunity to thrive. Through conversation, storytelling and role play, where children share their ideas with support and modelling from their teacher, and sensitive questioning that invites them to elaborate, children become comfortable using a rich range of vocabulary and language structures.


Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Children’s personal, social and emotional development (PSED) is crucial for children to lead healthy and happy lives, and is fundamental to their cognitive development. Underpinning their personal development are the important attachments that shape their social world. Strong, warm and supportive relationships with adults enable children to learn how to understand their own feelings and those of others. Children are supported to manage emotions, develop a positive sense of self, set themselves simple goals, have confidence in their own abilities, to persist and wait for what they want and direct attention as necessary. Through adult modelling and guidance, they will learn how to look after their bodies, including healthy eating, and manage personal needs independently. Through supported interaction with other children, they learn how to make good friendships, co-operate and resolve conflicts peaceably. These attributes will provide a secure platform from which children achieve at school and in later life.


 Physical Development 

Physical activity is vital in children’s all-round development, enabling them to pursue happy, healthy and active lives. Gross and fine motor experiences develop incrementally throughout early childhood, starting with sensory explorations and the development of a child’s strength, co-ordination and positional awareness through tummy time, crawling and play movement with both objects and adults. By creating games and providing opportunities for play both indoors and outdoors, we support children to develop their core strength, stability, balance, spatial awareness, co-ordination and agility. Gross motor skills provide the foundation for developing healthy bodies and social and emotional well-being. Fine motor control and precision helps with hand-eye co-ordination which is later linked to early literacy. Repeated and varied opportunities to explore and play with small world activities, puzzles, arts and crafts and the practise of using small tools, with feedback and support from adults, allow children to develop proficiency, control and confidence.



It is crucial for children to develop a life-long love of reading. Reading consists of two dimensions: language comprehension and word reading. Language comprehension (necessary for both reading and writing) starts from birth. It only develops when adults talk with children about the world around them and the books (stories and non-fiction) they read with them, and enjoy rhymes, poems and songs together. Skilled word reading, taught later, involves both the speedy working out of the pronunciation of unfamiliar printed words (decoding) and the speedy recognition of familiar printed words. Writing involves transcription (spelling and handwriting) and composition (articulating ideas and structuring them in speech, before writing).



 Developing a strong grounding in number is essential so that all children develop the necessary building blocks to excel mathematically. Children should be able to count confidently, develop a deep understanding of the numbers to 10, the relationships between them and the patterns within those numbers. By providing frequent and varied opportunities to build and apply this understanding - such as using manipulatives, including small pebbles and ten-frames for organising counting - children will develop a secure base of knowledge and vocabulary from which mastery of mathematics is built. The curriculum includes rich opportunities for children to develop their spatial reasoning skills across all areas of mathematics. It is important that children develop positive attitudes and interests in mathematics, look for patterns and relationships, spot connections, ‘have a go’, talk to adults and peers about what they notice and not be afraid to make mistakes.


Understanding the World

 Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community. The frequency and range of children’s personal experiences increases their knowledge and sense of the world around them – from visiting parks, libraries and museums to meeting important members of society, such as police officers, nurses and firefighters. In addition, listening to a broad selection of stories, non-fiction, rhymes and poems will foster their understanding of our culturally, socially, technologically and ecologically diverse world. As well as building important knowledge, this extends their familiarity with words that support understanding across domains. Enriching and widening children’s vocabulary will supports reading comprehension.


Expressive Arts and Design

 The development of children’s artistic and cultural awareness supports their imagination and creativity. Children have regular opportunities to engage with the arts, enabling them to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials. The quality and variety of what children see, hear and participate in is crucial for developing their understanding, self-expression, vocabulary and ability to communicate through the arts. The frequency, repetition and depth of their experiences are fundamental to their progress in interpreting and appreciating what they hear, respond to and observe.

Nursery Long Term Plan 2020-2021

Learning through play

In nursery play is one of the key ways in which children learn and grow. It provides children with vital opportunities to develop their language skills, emotions, creativity and social skills. At Ashurst we have abundance of opportunities and resources ensuring children make sense of their world.  

Space Week

Wow we had so much fun celebrating national Space week!


We started the week finding out what children knew about space. We shared the story goodnight spaceman all about the astronaut dad, we even heard this story from a real life astronaut Tim Peake. He read the story from the space station, that's when we all decide we wanted to be astronauts too. We made our own rocket outside so we could go on trips to the moon. During P.E we joined in the misson X program and  trained like astronauts keeping our body and minds fit and healthy. I think our favourite activity of the week was taking our rocket pencils for a ride making lots of patterns and shapes with the pencil. 

This is me

Our Autumn1 topic all about ourselves! Expressing our  interests, sharing our likes, talking about our families, drawing self portraits, thinking about what we are good at, things that makes us happy and finally learning how to look after our bodies and minds.

Take a look at our exciting learning in Nursery 2019-2020

World Book Day

We had so much fun celebrating world book day! It is so important to us to share our love of reading with the children and allowing them to express theirs. In nursery we started our day of celebrations with ' a big booky breakfast', where children and parents were welcomed into nursery for breakfast and a story. We then had some year 6 visitors who inspired the children by reading to them.


Thank you so much for all your efforts and involvement.


The 'Roarsome' world

A topic where we enjoyed becoming dinosaur experts!  We started the topic by discovering a mysterious egg, we then had a visit from an 'eggspert' she shared important information how to look after the egg and what was inside....... A DINOSAUR!

We continued the topic by learning about the beginning of the world when dinosaurs lived, how they lived,  what they ate, what they looked like and how we know they existed through the discovery of fossils.

Our topic ended with a package from the egg expert sharing updates about the egg and she sent us some fossils to explore.



We had so much fun during the build up to Christmas! It started with a visit from the elf (who got up to some very cheeky things),  we made Christmas cards for our families, explored magic snow, decorate our Christmas tree and finally ended the term with a breakfast with the elves themed party and a Pajamas film day.

All about Me Books

For our topic  'This Is Me', each child was given a blank all about me book. They each had to fill their books with various  exciting things that would help us learn all about them: what they like, favourite things, family and special events etc. We were really wowed with the outstanding effort by parents and children, their books were amazing! Children shared their books telling us all about what was on each page and why (the buzz from each child when sharing them was heartwarming). 

We saw some wonderful things such as: leaves from walks, photo's of holidays, hand prints, favourite food packets, cinema tickets, drawings of favourite toys and even an amazing sticker collage! Thankyou for your brilliant effort.

We really did love hearing all about about you.

Clever Cogs Learning Street 

Yet again we had  another  fantastic experience and visit from Clever Clogs Learning street. Children had the opportunity to play, learn and complete activities in a building site, vets, police station and the newest addition was a archaeology cave. Children  really did have  so much fun! 

Keeping our body and Mind healthy

In nursery we have been learning all about ways we can keep our body and mind healthy.

Hand washing

We started by sharing the importance of washing our hands and keeping germs away, children then watched and copied hand washing techniques and sang a song to help. Children then received a sticker and had to ask their adults if they had washed their hands today too. 

Brushing our teeth

Next we talked about why we need to look after our teeth by brushing them. Children sang a song about brushing teeth and then had a go using a toothbrush and printed mouth. Children then received a toothpaste and brush pack to use at home.

Eating healthy foods

Our favourite kind of activity food tasting! Children were amazing at trying new healthy foods, even though some of them looked very strange! We tasted celery, lettuce, red pepper, plums and strawberries. We shared our thoughts on foods that are healthy and unhealthy and talked about how we may have some things as a treat, like chocolate.