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:

This is ME! Week. Week beginning 24th February 2020. See Identity Backpack homework (Home page; Parents; Letters; This is Me homework Feb 2020). Letter also sent out.

Parents’ Evening – Thursday 27th February 2020

Wow Moments…

Brilliant book time sessions.

We are working really hard during our Focus group times.

Super storytelling and imaginative play! We are creating our own stories using props to develop our understanding of the features of a story: character, setting,problem and solution. Wow!

Fantastic story maps completed at home with parents/ carers. Thank you for your support.

Fabulous Fairy Tale character drawing and writing efforts. We have made a class book of our favourite characters.

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, using pointers to track the print from left to right and I spy glasses to spot individual letters and key words 🙂

Many of the children are developing an awareness of rhyme and alliteration through sharing high quality texts and taking part in fun and challenging adult-led activities. Having the opportunity to revisit these areas in different ways is enabling children to apply their developing knowledge, understanding and skills. Please support at home by creating rhyming strings (real and nonsense words) and making up your own tongue twisters.

We have particularly enjoyed sharing the story ‘Stick Man’ (Julia Donaldson), using pictures and words to sequence the story. We are also learning the song with signing.

Excellent efforts when listening to fairy tale stories and trying hard to answer questions, including: what, when, where, who, why and how.

We have a Book Stand in our classroom where our Class Favourite Reads are kept and children regularly choose these books to revisit during independent and group reading time.

Home Learning Challenges:

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.

Create a Story Map – draw pictures together of the characters in your story.

Encourage your child to put coat on/ off and help them to become more independent.

Practise hopping and skipping.

Go on a listening walk. What can you hear? Talk about and describe sounds.

Have fun creating rhyming strings.

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!”

“I give this book five stars.”

“I can do it now (put on own coat).”

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.”

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

“Become more confident since coming here.”


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

Personal, social and emotional development – welcoming and supporting new friends who have joined our class.

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

Check out class Twitter page for updates.

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
  • Pride in our presentation Week – Exhibition
  • ‘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


Recommended links:

Tiny Happy People

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

Recommended Apps:

Hairy letters, Collins Big Cat stories (Playing, The Garden. Dark Night and The World), Colours of Luli, Pirate, 123 Insects, Farm sounds)