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Dear Parents/Carers,

In Nursery we have enjoyed learning about places we like to visit, celebrating World Book Day and learning about Easter. Next half term our topic will be ‘Growing’.

Week beginning

Sounds of the week

We will be learning about…

23rd April

s (Tues & Wed)


a (Thurs & Fri)




Naming and matching animals and their babies

Emergent writing


29th April

t (Mon & Tues)


p (Thurs & Fri)


Retelling the story of Jack and the Beanstalk

Colour mixing

Counting and recognising numbers

Naming parts of a flower

Planting sunflowers

Using tools and equipment safely

7th May

(no Nursery on Monday 6th May due to Bank Holiday)

i (Tues & Wed)


n (Thurs & Fri)


Growing from a baby to an adult

Ordering people by height

Similarities and differences

Emergent writing

13th May

m (Mon & Tues)


d (Thurs & Fri)

Lifecycle of a caterpillar

Patterns and printing

Stages of growth

Counting and shapes

Emergent writing

20th May

g (Mon & Tues)


o (Thurs & Fri)

Lifecycle of a frog

Stages of growth


Emergent writing

Phonics: In phonics we cover two sounds a week. On Mondays and Tuesdays we will learn the first letter of the week. On Thursdays and Fridays we will cover the second letter of the week. Please only send in items for the sound basket on these days. On Wednesdays we will be consolidating our sound work through additional activities.


Library: please send in your child’s Harlyn book bag on a Wednesday only so that we can change their library book - we cannot give out a new library book unless the previous one is returned. The school charges £3 for any lost library books.


Things you can do at home to support your child:

· Help your child practise recognising and writing the letters in their name.

· Mark making and practise letter formation. This could be by drawing the letter in the air, in sand, painting or using a pencil.

· Take your children to the library.

· Share books, discuss the story, characters and talk about their feelings.

· Help your child to count how many times the sound of the week appears on a page.

· Find objects at home that begin with the sound of the week.

· Informally point out numerals around them i.e. on clocks, calculators, remote controls, buses, phones etc.

· Practise number formation in the air, in sand, painting or using a pencil.

· Count steps, coins, family members and places at the dinner table.

· Find shapes in the environment, e.g. on road signs or houses.


Please note: just a reminder that the morning session starts at 8.30am (please arrive no later than 8.50am) and finishes at 11.30am. The afternoon session starts at 12.30pm and finishes at 3.30pm (you can pick up from 3.15pm). Please ensure that your child is on time for Nursery so that they do not miss important teaching time.


Uniform: please ensure that all of your child’s clothing is labelled - including shoes, coats, gloves, hats, scarves, lunchboxes, and bags, as unfortunately items do go missing. Please keep your child’s spare clothes bag on their peg during term time.


Water bottles: Nursery provides drinking water and milk for children throughout the sessions. Only those staying for lunch need to send in a named water bottle.


Lunches: If your child is staying for lunch please note that we are a healthy school. Please DO NOT send in fizzy drinks, chocolate bars, sweets or whole nuts. For example, please send in:

· savoury option such as a sandwich or filled wrap

· fresh or dried fruit and/or vegetable

· a bottle of water

· savoury biscuits, cheese pieces or yoghurt.

Please note that we do not have facilities to heat up food or keep it cool. Thank you.


Spare clothes: Please make sure that your child has a Harlyn PE bag of spare clothes (including underwear and plimsolls/shoes) at Nursery. If you have been loaned any clothes belonging to Nursery please wash and return them. Thank you.


Nursery term dates: Nursery’s last day before the half term break is Friday 24th May and we are closed for the half term break from 27th May to 31st May.

Nursery reopens on Monday 3rd June.


Nursery’s last day will be Friday 5th July in order for staff to carry out home visits for children joining us in September.


Please note that Nursery is closed on Monday 6th May due to the Bank Holiday.


We hope you have a lovely Easter break and Nursery will reopen on Tuesday 23rd April.


Thank you for all your help and support.

Mrs Dookhun, Mrs Back, Mrs Alter, Mrs Coles, Mrs South, Mrs Delaney and Mrs Hobbs.

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