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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 Easter holiday and we are looking forward to an exciting term 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 ‘growing’.

Week beginning

Sounds of the week

We will be learning about…

16th April

s (Tues & Wed)


a (Thurs & Fri)




Growing from a baby to an adult

Ordering people by height

Similarities and differences

Emergent writing

23rd April

t (Mon & Tues)


p (Wed & Thurs)


Retelling the story of Jack and the Beanstalk

Colour mixing

Counting and recognising numbers

Planting sunflowers

Using tools and equipment safely

30th May

(no Nursery on Thursday 3rd May due to polling day)

i (Tues & Wed)


n (Thurs & Fri)


Naming and matching animals and their babies

Emergent writing


7th May

(no Nursery on Monday 7th May due to bank holiday)

m (Mon & Tues)


d (Wed & Thurs)

Lifecycle of a caterpillar

Patterns and printing

Stages of growth

Counting and shapes

Emergent writing

14th May

g (Mon & Tues)


o (Wed & Thurs)

Lifecycle of a frog

Stages of growth


Emergent writing

21st May

c (Mon & Tues)


k (Wed & Thurs)

Lifecycle of a hen

Stages of growth

Retelling the story of The Little Red Hen


Making sandwiches


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.


School Closure: There will be no Nursery on Thursday 3rd May due to a polling day or on Monday 7th May due to bank holiday. School will finish on Friday 25th May and will reopen on the 4th June for the second half of Summer term. 


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.