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St. Mary’s Catholic Academy
part of the Painsley Catholic Academy

Love and Serve

“Every individual will develop knowledge, skills and understanding with confidence and belief to take in life's journey. Together we will excel, love and serve through the Catholic Faith without limitations.”


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Following exciting changes to the curriculum for 2019 / 2020 school year the Nursery children will work towards a final agreed outcome each term. As our learning takes us on a journey we will refer to 'topics' as our 'Vehicle'. Details of this terms vehicle can be found below as well as a link to the changes we have made to our curriculum.


Our vehicle for Spring term is :

Furry Friends



We hope the Nursery children will be as excited as the staff to Welcome St Marys first class pet.


We will need to do lots of work to get ready for it's arrival and think about what it will need. Don't worry though we have local pet shops and vets on hand to help!


Check back in the New Year for updates on which furry friend will be coming to join us...



Nursery News - December





Thank you to everyone for your support over the last few weeks, what a busy term we have had!

The Nursery children have worked hard and are definitely ready for a rest. Enjoy your Christmas break!


Dates to remember:- 

Thursday 19th December 2019

 Children are invited to attend in Pyjamas and  to bring along their favourite soft toy and story.

We will be celebrating our great progress in reading with a 'stories by the fire' celebration event.


Every Week

Stay and share sessions.

A weekly opportunity to stay and share a learning activity with your child. Timing 8.45 - 9.05 am. Friday mornings.

Parents having been enjoying our stay and share sessions and the children have loved getting you involved in their learning.

Session will start the first week back in January.

Things to look forward to : Squiggle Whilst you Wiggle session, Chinese Lantern making, Author of the term Story Telling Session.


Parent Stay and Share

Parent Stay and Share 1

Vehicle Update - Wow what a great response!!! The photobooks have now been ordered and will be with us before Christmas. Anyone wanting to place an order in the New Year can still do so, please see Mrs Else with enquiries.

Vehicle update. Nursery Year Book 2019 Children think back to the beginning of their lives. They loved exploring the baby pictures, guessing who was who and talking about how their lives have changed already.

Nursery Yearbook 2019 - Children take the lead as expert photographers now their coaching session with Academy is over.

Nursery vehicle picks up momentum as expert artisits visit from around the school to give guidance on Self Portrait skills.

Something New for Nursery.

PE or PD

We already know that our children in Nursery love to jump, run and climb so we spend lots of time doing activities outdoors to meet our

P hysical     D evelopment milestones.




It's very difficult to slither like a snake on the playground so we have decided to continue with our PE/ PD sessions in the hall.


This year (2019/2020) will see us introducing full PE kits for nursery and we will gradually build up to a full change for each session. 


Mrs Else knows this might take some time initially but it is important that the children learn the self-help skills of caring for their belongings and dressing themselves. You can help with this by encouraging children to dress and undress themselves at home. 


Our session so far have been thoroughly enjoyed by the children who have leant to use space safely, negotiating space and adjusting speed and direction to avoid collisions.

Our sessions in January and February will focus on movement. We will us our vehicle 'Furry Friend' as inspiration for our gymnastic style learning. We will be hopping, jumping, skipping, rolling and slithering all at different heights and speeds.  


The PE kits expectations for Nursery are the same as the rest of the school and can be found in our prospectus.

Please support your child be purchasing pumps with elasticated or Velcro fastenings. 


A huge well done to the children who changed themselves for our PD session this week.

We can tell they have been having a go at dressing themselves at home.


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  WOW! The children are still loving their busy bag challenges and Ofsted did too!  WE are enjoying seeing the work you are send in, in person or via the Evidence Me app, so Thank You.

 All bags are linked to topics or skills your child will cover during the Nursery year. 

The letter to accompany the bags can be found at the bottom of this page for reference. 


  In each bag you will find a range of games, books and resources to guide play. These can be done alongside your child to help them make the most of each  learning experience. 


 Each bag will need to be returned to school on a Tuesday so it can be refreshed for the next child. Bags will be sent home on a Wednesday. 


Some examples are shown in the pictures below. 


For those still wanting a more traditional worksheet, or to supplement the bags, an activity linked to our weekly mark making / letter / number can be found in the cloakroom area of nursery. please help yourselves. 



 There will be lots of opportunities this year for you to get involved in your child's education in school too! Please regularly check our class page and the school calendar for upcoming events. 






Through our vehicle and other activities will be learning to:-





*follow the rules and boundaries we have in school and wider society- last years Nursery children made us a video to help.

*talk about our family, and say thanks to God for their creation.

*talk about what makes us special, the things we like and don’t like.


*Put on our own coats.

*use the toilet by ourselves, including remembering to wash our hands.

*eat using a knife and fork.

*race and chase without bumping.

*hold a pencil using three fingers (See links below).

*control our fingers and bodies to help our mark making by ‘squiggling’ and ‘dough disco’.

*speak using full sentences when sharing information about our favourite toys / foods.

*listen and follow simple and the 2 step instructions.

* listen to what our friends say and respond to them

*listen and join in with some stories and rhymes.







*listen and join in with stories.

* remember what happened at the start, middle and end of stories.

*listen for words that rhyme and words that start with the same sounds.

*recognise our name.

*start to copy some letters from our names.


* say our number names in order to 10 by singing songs and exploring number rhymes.

*learning to count by counting everything from fingers to conkers, even things we can’t see!

*use shapes to build and make pictures.

*explore that shapes we can see in the world around us

*explore the different sounds we can make with instruments and our voices in our new creative hub.

*sing, sing then sing some more – we can use lots of songs to hep us learn other things.

*we will make diwa lamps and Rangoli patterns to celebrate Diwali.

*learn to copy sequences of sound

*describe the texture of everyday objects.

*practise drawing pictures of our selves and God’s wonderful creations following a visit from an artist.

*think about how the world was created and say thanks to God.

*talk about our family and friends - parents will be invited in to talk about the jobs they do.

*talk about Autumnal changes.

*explore our home life through familiar role play activities like our home corner and post office.

*explore advent and the true meaning of Christmas.

*talk about what we want to be when we grow up - thinking about aspirational goals. 




To help at home you can:-

There is lots you can do at home to help your child master some of the skills mentioned above. The links below will provide you with resources, videos and activities you can do at home. If you feel you or your child need any support, please do not hesitate to ask the class teachers.


Links to popular nursery rhymes and fairytale stories.


A useful sheet about dough disco. A recipe to make your own and some moves for you to try.


Numberblocks – a fun programme to encourage counting and digit recognition.


Many thanks for your support,


Mrs Else & Miss Moore


Autumn Best Bits.

Question of the Day.

(This will start in week 9 of the Autumn Term for the new children but take a look at how well it worked last year)

Democracy in Action


The Nursery and new Pre-school children have loved getting involved in the decision making in our school.

Each day the children have been writing their name (Nursery) or finding their name (Pre-school) and then using these to answer the question of the day.


Today's question was 'What story shall we read at home time?'


This is not just about reading and writing though! It has resulted in some interesting debates. What happens when you don't like either of the choices? What happens if your choice doesn't win? What happens when the number of votes is the same?

Parents you could try this at home and see how well your children cope with disappointments or problem solve to find a solution. They could choose what to have for tea tonight.

Busy Bag Letter for Parents

Make Your Marks, Get Set, Write - don't forget to search for Squiggle Whilst You Wiggle and Dough Disco for further information and demonstrations of the learning we do each day in school.