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 Jilani (Teaching Assistants/ Lunch time Support), Mrs Naeem (Bilingual Support Assistant)

PLEASE NOTE: This page has been updated and will continue to be updated in light of school closure. Scroll down for links to activities and games as well as for further information for parents and carers. Huge thanks for your commitment and support. Class Dojo has also been set up. Details have been sent to all parents/ carers and additional reminders, suggestions for home learning and information sent via class dojo, text messaging and class twitter page:-)

We have a twitter page Nursery@mvps

Home Learning Information, including: Letter, Overview and Suggested Activities Grid

Weekly grid – Suggested Home Learning Activities. Week beginning 27th April 2020

Phonics and Maths information

Weekly grid – Suggested Home Learning Activities. Week beginning 4th May 2020

Other activities have been shared via whole school newsletters, e.g. Artwork for ‘Corridor of Hope’ and model making linked to landmarks

Weekly Home Learning Grid Suggested activities. Week beginning, 11th May 2020

Please see further posts shared via class dojo😊

Weekly learning grid – Suggested Home Learning Activities. Week beginning: 18th May 2020

Links, photos, videos will be posted on class dojo😊

“Things we are proud of…” – A special place to share our efforts and achievements!

Careful counting, amazing art work, marvellous models, writing, drawing, colouring, play dough creations, baking, exercising, reading, singing and lots more! Well done, EVERYONE!🤗⭐️👍

Please continue to share ‘things your child is proud of…’ and I will add to here to our class website page. Thank you again for your positive feedback, efforts and support👏👏🌈

Scroll down for further links and photos – added daily😊

News Just In!

Dinosaur eggs – A fun thing to try!

Sticky Kids

Oxford Owl links:

CBeebies story times

CBeebies Storytime app – take a look and download if you can.

Love Monster story. You might like to share this story with your child.

Further information for parents/ carers:

How to say the sounds (Read, Write Inc)

SCROLL DOWN for more links: Parent/ Carer information and Learning at home activities and games (plus photos)

Recommended links:

Tiny Happy People

Visit the Booktrust website. Lots of information here.

Fun activities to try at home:

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

Building blocks for Reading (1) Building blocks for Writing 2 Building blocks for Maths

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

Useful websites for learning fun:




Developing mathematical language and understanding of concepts through books:

Fine motor skills and early mark making


A.J. Jenkins Phonics Song 2


Cosmic Yoga – Space

Cosmic Yoga – Unicorns

Cosmic Yoga – Frozen

Cosmic Yoga – Tiny the dinosaur

Healthy eating

Topmarks – Learning Games

Our recent favourites (Topmarks Maths):

  • Shape Monsters
  • Teddy Counting
  • Gingerbread Counting

Love Monster Puzzles

Learning songs: Singin’ Walrus and Super Simple songs

The Gruffalo story and song

BBC Iplayer has a great selection of videos of Julia Donaldson’s high quality literature to share with your child. Sharing and talking about parts of the story, joining in with the rhyming and alliteration, talking about feelings, learning the meaning of new words and describing characters and settings – opportunities are endless!

Activities to try at home:

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Science: Exploration and investigation activities

Fun things to try at home…

Handwriting and letter formation – letter shape families. Click on link below


Nursery News – September 2019 – April 2020

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:-)

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

‘The Colour Monster’ by Anna Llenas. 

Wow Moments this year…

Excellent work linked to ‘Colour Monster’

Brilliant book time sessions!

We are working really hard during our Focus group times.

Lovely sharing of Identity Backpacks. Thank you for support from home.

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 love Maths!”

“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).”

“Sharing is caring.”

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.

Check out class Twitter page for updates and share with child and encourage recall of their learning.

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

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:

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

Focus text: Hungry Caterpillar. Examples of activities experienced to support development within a range of areas of learning