Our topic this term is ‘Light and Dark’


The children will be making a firework display to brighten up the nursery using a variety of art techniques. They will also be discussing how we can keep safe on Firework Night. Other artwork in the nursery will include a night time display and a candle picture. These pictures will involve collage, model making, printing and free painting; they will also have plenty of opportunities to develop their cutting skills.


We will be talking about nocturnal animals and will be encouraging the children to look at a range of non-fiction books to find information. They will be making a wall display and mobiles – look out for the bats just above your heads!


The role play area will become a bedroom and we will be needing torches and comics – any offers?


Maths activities will include a spaceship counting game, a night scene number recognition game, a candle matching game and an under the bed shape game.


Sound of the week will continue and we will be asking the children to bring in things for the sound table. The children will be doing a range of sound activities as each sound is introduced. They will be developing their pencil skills by tracing over patterns and text, using templates and doing pencil trails.


For your information a copy of the weekly plans is displayed in the cloakroom along with the Early Learning Goals.





Please see the posters and school website for details of our events this term

If you would prefer a paper copy please see a member of staff.


Parents often ask how they can help at home. There are lots of ways; here are a few suggestions


  • Look at different types of lights at home and talk about where we see lights outside – car headlights, traffic lights, streetlights and shop lights etc.
  • Visit the local library together and try to find some books about nocturnal animals, lights or stories about night time. Encourage your child to talk about the pictures, answer questions relating to the story and try to predict what is going to happen next. Show them how to handle the book correctly and how to turn the pages carefully.
  • We will be introducing the following sounds this half term – ‘d,g,o,c/k/ck,e,u,r. When a new sound is introduced, talk about the sound the letter makes, try to find things around the house that begin with that sound and look for the letter in books and comics.
  • Encourage your child to bring something to nursery to go on the sound table. Help them to ‘write’ the letter in the air using large arm movements; this will help them when they use a pencil to write.
  • Talk with your child about things they have enjoyed doing at nursery. Encourage them to look at you when they are talking and to listen as well as talk.
  • Encourage your child to look at numbers in the environment – on doors, car number plates and in shops. This helps them to develop number recognition. Count footsteps to and from the nursery. Say a number and take that many steps. Take it in turns to choose a number.
  • Now that the weather is turning colder it is a good time for children to practice putting on their coats and shoes independently. Please make sure that all coats, hats, gloves and scarves are clearly named.


Can you help?

If you have any of the following that you would like to lend or donate it would be much appreciated.

  • Old comics
  • Torches, candles, lanterns for the interest table – these of course will be returned to you
  • Toy nocturnal animals – please make sure these are clearly named
  • Pictures of lights – traffic lights, car headlights candles etc.
  • Books, DVD’s, posters relating to the topic
  • Old shiny Christmas decorations – tinsel, foil etc. for artwork
  • Small foil containers
  • Newspapers
  • Plastic carrier bags
  • Unwanted children’s underwear, trousers, jumpers, t shirts – we are short of all of these



Please make sure that items are clearly named so that they may be safely returned to you.

Thank you in anticipation.





£1 donation collected for the week



Story books/bags to be returned

Take home maths game/activity



Take home story book/pencil activity.

P.E. children will need plimsolls clearly named. Please ensure all jewellery is removed.





As you know we welcome helpers in the nursery (that includes dads and grandparents!). There are lots of ways that you can help in the nursery – cooking, helping with the computer, reading stories or just talking with the children. If you would like to help in the nursery, either on a regular basis or just when you have some free time, please come and talk to a member of staff.

Please note that under current law it is a requirement that all volunteers should be checked against the list 99 database. The appropriate form is available from the school office.


If you wish to discuss any aspect of this newsletter please do not hesitate to talk to a member of staff.


S.Karayiannis                                                    A. Good                              

Nursery Teacher                                              Nursery Nurse


M. Lines                               S. Arnold                             M. Gregory

Nursery Nurse                   Nursery Nurse                   Nursery Nurse