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Welcome to Nursery

Harlyn Nursery


We would like to welcome back all the children, parents and carers to Harlyn. We hope you all had a lovely and relaxing holiday and we are looking forward to an exciting year ahead.


Child-initiated play

In Nursery, we place great emphasis on learning through play. Within our Nursery there are different areas to encourage different types of play. The play activities link to the topics which we will cover this term. Your child will be exposed to a range of free-play and adult directed activities.



We have a Sound Basket in Nursery and we encourage the children to bring in objects each week that begin with that sound - please ensure the object begins with the correct sound (e.g. for ‘s’  - snake, not ship). Our daily phonics session encourages sound recognition and we practise mark making and letter formation by drawing the letter in the air, in sand, painting or using a pencil.


We will practise name recognition and writing. The children will be able to practise their early literacy skills by mark-making in various ways using pencils, chalk and even fingers in shaving foam, on a variety of surfaces. At this stage please focus on lowercase letters (except at the beginning of their name).


We will develop the children's interest in text by reading to them daily and making a variety of reading material available to them. We will sing songs and action rhymes to help them to consolidate their learning.


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.



We will develop your child's interest in numbers and shape by providing opportunities to count using a variety of toys and natural items. Children will be encouraged to form numbers on paper or by using play-dough to mould the digits. We will sing many songs and action rhymes involving number too. We will also be learning about positional language by playing hide and seek with toys around the classroom.


Things you can do at home to support your child:

· 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.


This half term our topic will be ‘Me and my home’.

Week beginning

Sound of the week

We will be learning about…

8th January


Welcome back to Nursery

What we did in the holidays

Making calendars

15th January


All about me

Painting portraits

Naming body parts

Daily routines


Counting to 10

Name recognition and writing

22nd January  


My home

Different types of home

Positional language


29th January


My family

Names of family members

Counting and recognising numbers


Chinese New Year

5th February


In the garden

Lists of things we have in the garden/park

Counting to 10 and beyond

Recognising fruits and vegetables

Using tools safely

Planting and growing flowers

Please send in your child’s book bag on a Friday so that we can change their library book and check for any letters. Please also remember to provide a change of clothes in their PE bag which we will keep at Nursery on their peg.


Please also ensure that all of your child’s uniform, book bag and PE bag are named.


Opening Evenings will take place in the spring term. You will receive a separate letter about this in the next few weeks.


School Closure: There will be no Nursery on Friday 9th February due to teacher training. The half term break is from 12th to 16th February.


If you have any questions please feel free to ask any member of the Nursery team.


Many thanks,

Mrs Blakeley- Cox, Mrs Alter, Mrs Coles, Mrs DiMauro, Mrs South and Mrs Hobbs.