Welcome to Nursery!

Welcome to the Nursery class at Mersey Vale!

This page will allow us to share information about:

  • class news and events,
  • what we are learning,
  • important reminders,
  • home-school activity … and lots more!

Watch this space for the latest news, updates and information.

If you have anything you would like to share with us, that would be great!

Thank you for your continued support.

Nursery Staff Team
Miss Bunting (Class Teacher), Miss Lansdale (Nursery Nurse), Mrs Daniels, Mrs Julani (Teaching Assistants/ Lunch time Support), Mrs Naeem (Bilingual Support Assistant)

We have a twitter page Nursery@mvps

If you would like to arrange to visit the nursery prior to applying for a place, please contact the school office (0161 442 7535). We look forward to meeting you:-)

Check for updates on our twitter page:-)

Please choose a book with your child every Friday. Please return library books ready to change every Friday.

We offer flexible provision subject to availability, including 30 Hours. Check eligibility.

Up and coming dates for your diary:

World Nursery Rhyme Week (18th – 22nd Nov 2019)

We will be practising class favourites and having a go at the rhyme a day challenge.

see info:

Parents’ Evening: Tuesday 29th October 2019. Thank you for coming along:-)

Wow Moments…

Amazing Haunted Houses!

Brilliant book time and performing linked to Haunted House story

Fantastic firework art work. We used a range of mark making tool so and are trying hard to develop our fine motor skills

Marvellous Montages! Thank you for your support. The children are really enjoying sharing them together:-)

Come and see your child’s patch on the ‘Wow Wall’. Lots to share and celebrate.


Superb book time sessions! We are all trying really hard to look at the pictures and words and talk about what is happening:-)

Thank you for joining us at the Sounds and Words Week workshop: Friday 11th October, 9am – 10am and taking part in rhyming and rhythmic activities. We hope you enjoyed the experience and found the information given useful. We were very proud of how well all the children were able to showcase their developing skills.

Last half term, we particularly enjoyed sharing the story ‘Dear Zoo’ (Rod Campbell), using props such as story boxes and masks to learn the story and wrote letters to the zoo to ask for a pet. We are also developing our language skills through learning nursery rhymes and using props to re-enact the story within the rhyme.

Excellent efforts learning new rhymes and songs and creating nursery rhyme characters using mixed media and collage techniques!

Next half term we are looking forward to sharing books about spooky things, such as: ‘Haunted House’ (a book donated by visiting author) and ‘Room on the Broom’ (Julia Donaldson). Many of our play experiences and activities will be linked to these texts and related themes.

Home Learning Challenge:

Share books together. Talk about your favourite part of the story.

Play I spy… (colours, shapes, numbers and letter sounds).

Enjoy making marks for drawing and writing. Talk about what is happening.

Recent pupil voice

“I like the garden.”

“I am good at writing my name.”

“I love this story!”

“I can do it all by myself now!”

Recent parent/ carer voice:

“He is really looking forward to coming to Nursery.”

“She talks about it (nursery) at home.”

“I have noticed a big difference with his talking at home.”

“I really like the outdoor area. There is so much for them to do.”

“Thank you for everything you have done for him. We can’t believe how much he is talking at home.”


Book time sessions – We are Readers! (developing early reading skills)

Role Play Areas promote speaking and listening and peer relationships

Circle time activities – children are becoming more able to express how they are feeling and why

Marvellous mark making for drawing and writing!

Creative skills!

Cross-curricular and creative approach to learning linked to Focus Text (example below):

Hungry Caterpillar activities experienced to support development within a range of areas of learning


Ways in which you can further support your child’s development and learning at home:

Please share and update your child’s Home School communication book regularly. Take home on a Friday and return on a Monday please.  Your contributions make a great addition to gaining a picture of your “child as a whole.”

Enjoy sharing a range of books together, including stories and information books linked to your child’s current interests and fascinations.

Encourage child to take off and hang up their coat/ find peg with increasing independence. Practise dressing skills at home. Encourage children to ‘have a go’ and ‘keep trying’.

Support child on entry to the classroom (e.g. find name card/ settle and enjoy sharing a book/ choose a library book with your child on a Wednesday).

Support  child with ‘home-school activity’. Build confidence and self-esteem, praise your child for their effort and encourage a ‘can do’ attitude.

Encourage your child to have fun with food and make healthy choices.

Make time to be active every day.

Complete ‘WOW’ moments and add to the wall in the classroom.


Please remember to leave a spare set of clothes on your child’s peg. They also need to wear appropriate footwear and have a warm, waterproof coat for outdoor activities (for all weathers) every day.

Examples of Positive Parent Partnership:

  • Parent:Teacher Meetings
  • ‘Sounds and Words Week’ Workshop
  • ‘PSHE’ Workshop
  • ‘Look at our Learning’ sessions
  • ‘STEM Exhibition’ Workshop
  • ‘We Are Writers’ Workshop
  • ‘Stay, play and learn together’ sessions

Examples of activities and learning experiences to support learning and development around the curriculum


Mathematics: Numbers and Counting

Communication and Language

Reading and Writing


Visit the Booktrust website. Lots of information here.

Fun activities to try at home:

Mini-beasts day! Workshop from Animal Magic

An example of widening children’s experiences though hands-on and interactive learning linked to class based topics:


Links – please click to open

EYFS Parents Guide

Important information for parents and carers of children in the EYFS

Getting your child ready for school

Getting your child ready for school info 2018

What to expect, when?

Guidance re: your child’s learning and development in the early years foundation stage

Developing early mark making skills

Information surrounding the development of early mark making skills, including activities to support fine motor control and hand strength as well as accurate formation of letters (at an appropriate time for the unique child).

Foundation Years

Information surrounding the important years from birth to five

Early Years Curriculum Overview

EYFS-Yearly-Overview 2019 2020

Diwali story

The story about Rama and Sita

Little Kids Songs

Here you can watch, listen and sing along to some fun and catchy songs, such as: alphabet song, in my plane and many more. Enjoy!


Maths is fun!

A fun game to play to have fun with numbers and counting!

Underwater Counting game