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'A very warm welcome to Mount Carmel Catholic School's website. At the heart of Mount Carmel is our very strong Catholic Ethos. We aim for every child to leave here as an ambassador of Christ. Working parallel to this is our drive for high standards. Through creating a supportive and nurturing school, children really have a passion for learning. We hope you feel this from looking around our website.'
'A very warm welcome to Mount Carmel Catholic School's website. At the heart of Mount Carmel is our very strong Catholic Ethos. We aim for every child to leave here as an ambassador of Christ. Working parallel to this is our drive for high standards. Through creating a supportive and nurturing school, children really have a passion for learning. We hope you feel this from looking around our website.'


Welcome to GREEN TEAM

Our Class Teacher is: Miss Whittaker

     Our Nursery Nurse is Mrs Barber






Welcome to the Nursery web page. 


On this page you will find information about what the children have been learning and ideas for supporting their learning at home.


This page will be updated each Friday. 

Everyday we say two prayers and you can continue learning these at home.  The children are starting to join in a lot more, especially with the sign of the cross at the start and the end of the prayer. 



The prayer that we say at the start of the session is:


Our Lady of Mount Carmel,

Place love in our hearts, throughout this day, to

Respect everybody in everyway. Through

Actions we show how we can improve,

Yearning to succeed in all we do. If

Everybody behaves like this in the school, it'll

Result with us all, becoming like you.






And at the end of the session:


O my God you love me,

You're with me night and day.

I want to love you always,

In all I do and say.

I'll try to please you Father,

Bless me through the day.



Maybe you could share this prayer with your child before they go to bed:


God our Father I come to say,

Thank-you for your love today.

Thank you for my family,

And all the friends you give to me.

Guard me in the dark of night,

And in the morning,

Send your light.


Dates for the Diary



15th July 2019- NURSERY CLOSED (Early Years transition day)


17th July 2019 - Teddy Bears Picnic (am-10.00 am, pm- 2.00pm) (parents invited)


18th July 2019- Last day for Nursery



19th July 2019


Dear Parents/Carers/Children,


Thank-you so much for an amazing year in Nursery. The children have been amazing and we have had a fabulous time teaching them. Thank-you to parents/carers for all of your support, with coming on trips, taking part in 'Stay and Plays', joining us for the Liturgy and on the Teddy Bears Picnic. The children really loved it when you shared these experiences with them. 


Thank-you for the lovely presents and cards, they are very much appreciated and we are both happy to hear that your child has enjoyed their time in the Nursery. Your lovely, kind words mean a lot to us.


We wish you all a fabulous, safe, fun-filled summer holidays and we look forward to seeing you all in the next step of your educational journey. We will see you through the window as you go to and from the Reception classrooms!


All the very best and thank-you,


Miss Whittaker and Mrs Barber 

12th July 2019


Dear Parents/Carers,


A big thank-you to the parents/carers that accompanied us on the trip to Kew Gardens. The trip would not go ahead without your support. The children have been very positive in the recall of the trip and it appears that the journey to/ from the Gardens (on a big red bus) was a definite highlight!!!


Well done to all of the children that went on stage at the Summer fair last Sunday. We have had lots of comments from parents who no longer have children in the Nursery saying how good they thought the children were. They should feel very proud of themselves.


Next Wednesday we will have the Teddy Bears picnic. For this we suggest that you provide a healthy snack for just your child. Maybe a sandwich, fruit and a biscuit (no nuts or chocolate please). Please ensure that your child has their water bottle. We will be having the picnic at the Gym Trail and parents/carers are invited to join us. Could we please request that you bring a picnic blanket.  Please note that any younger siblings are the parents/carers responsibility. We will open the Nursery gate at 10am/2pm and we will walk across together. 


Please return all Home-Wow books and picture books to Nursery next week. This weeks home challenge does not require the use of the Home-Wow book.


Have a great weekend. Remember that Nursery is CLOSED on Monday but that you have an allocated time to visit your child's new teacher and classroom.




Miss Whittaker





Dear Parents/Carers,


A big thank-you to the parents that attended their child's liturgy on Wednesday. The children did really well and should feel very proud of themselves.


This Sunday the children will be singing at the Summer Fair. We are on stage from 12.15pm so please be at the stage for 12.10pm. 


On Wednesday we are off to Kew gardens. We aim to leave at 9.30am so could parent volunteers please be at school for 9.20am, please remember your lunch and oyster/contactless cards for the bus. ALL children need to be in school for 8.30am and collected at 3.20pm. The children need to be prepared for the weather, sunhat/coat/suncream... They will need a healthy packed lunch in a disposable plastic bag (no nuts, no fizzy drinks, no chocolate...). Please make sure that your child has a water bottle. 


On Wednesday at 4.30pm there will be a welcome evening for Nursery and Reception parents (starting in September). this starts at 4.30pm and will be in the hall. 


A reminder that on Thursday 11th July will be multi-cultural day where we will be celebrating all of the different cultures at Mount Carmel. Children are asked to wear the colours of the country they, or their family, are from. Sports kits may be worn as well as Brownies or Scouts uniform.


Have a good weekend and we will see you on Sunday


Miss Whittaker



28th June 2019


Dear Parents/Carers,


This week the children have been thinking about keeping healthy. Exercising, Sports day and a visit to the Gym Trail!!! the children have enjoyed exploring how they could move around the climbing equipment and they had lots of fun playing chasing games on the grass. We made Houmous and the children tried this with vegetable sticks and we talked about healthy food for a healthy body. 


The temperature is rising! Please make sure that your child is wearing sun cream before they come into Nursery and that they are wearing a hat. Remember to bring a water bottle. Please note that the children still need to wear their school shoes NOT sandals. The children do lots of climbing, running, building and exploring and we wouldn't want any injured feet, plus they are not part of our uniform.


We have our Liturgy on Wednesday 3rd July. This will start at 9am or 1pm depending on whether your child attends morning or afternoon Nursery. Please note that this will last for about twenty minutes.


Another date that needs to be noted is Sunday 7th July, the day of the Summer Fair. The Nursery children will be singing a couple of songs at approx 12.15pm so please be at the stage for 12.10pm.


Have a great weekend, enjoy the lovely weather




Miss Whittaker

Water Rainbow

Water Rainbow 1
Water Rainbow 2

21st June 2019


Dear Parents/Carers,


This week you should have received a letter regarding the Sports morning next Wednesday 26th June. All children need to be in school for 8.30am (this includes the afternoon Nursery class). Children need to be wearing blue shorts and their yellow t-shirt. The children can wear trainers on the day (suitable for running in). ALL children must bring a water bottle. If it is a sunny day please ensure that your child has a sunhat and that they have suncream put on before they come into school. The main playground gates will open for parents from 9.15am. The children can be picked up from the Nursery classroom at 10.45am. Please ensure that your child is picked up at this time and that the necessary arrangements are put in place. There will be no other Nursery session on this day.


This week the children have been learning all about colour mixing. We talked about what happens when colours are mixed together and how new colours can be made. Ask your child all about the rainbow investigation, the ice experiment and the story 'Mixed' to find out more. 


'The tiniest Seed' was our RE story this week (based on the Parable 'The Mustard Seed'). The children acted out being a tiny seed growing into the biggest tree that all of the birds can nest in. We discussed that God's Kingdom grows and grows like the tiny seeds. We also went on a listening walk around our grounds to listen for the birds that nest in the trees.


I have put up a list of parent helpers for Kew Gardens. Please let me know if you are no longer able to attend.


Have a great weekend


Miss Whittaker

14th June 2019


Dear Parents/Carers,


This week we have been sharing the story 'Come, Holy Spirit' all about the Holy Spirit visiting the Disciples. Ask your child to talk to you about what happened. Maybe they cold help you to learn this song (to the tune of Wind the Bobbin Up)?


Holy Spirit come, Holy Spirit come, come, come, Spirit come.

Holy Spirit come, Holy Spirit come, come, come, Spirit come.

Fire on the ceiling,

Fire on the floor,

Fire at the window,

Fire at the door,

The fire of the spirit! Can you see?

Holy Spirit, dance in me!


We have also been singing 'This Little Light of Mine' (a really good version by Holly Spears) and moving to music with the streamers.


The children have been making cards, for Father's Day. They worked very hard to produce them and they even wrote a little message inside. The children where encouraged to copy the letters that they saw. Please continue with reinforcing name writing at home and especially with the correct letter formation. Use the sheet that I gave you at Parents Evening to help with the formation.  It would be great if the children could be writing their names ready for Reception. If your child can write their forename focus on the surname. Just remember to remind your child about a correct pencil grip and the correct formation of the letters. If your child can do both their forename and surname focus on other letters in the alphabet.


We have also been sorting objects this week, by their initial sound. This is something that can be done at home.  Listen for the initial sound in a word and match it to the correct grapheme (letter shape).


Please remember to pay for the trip to Kew Gardens and to return your slip. Thank-you to those who have volunteered. I will put up a list next week. 


Have a great weekend,


Miss Whittaker

7th June


Dear Parents/Carers,


This week we have been scientists. We have been carrying out investigations to find objects that float and objects that sink. We made some great predictions and some interesting observations. Ask your child all about it and continue investigating at home. We shared the stories 'Who Sank the Boat?' and 'My Gumpy's Outing' and we had some great discussions about what was seen in the illustrations. The children investigated how many marbles it takes to sink a toy boat... Friday was a wet day a Nursery so we shared the story 'Noah's Ark ' and talked about how the Ark floated on the water.


This week we discussed a story called 'Jesus Goes Up!' based on the Ascension. We are now waiting for the Holy Spirit to visit the Disciples...this story will be told next week.


Please remember to return the Kew Gardens slips and to pay online. 


Have a great weekend


Miss Whittaker

24th May 2019


Dear Parents/Carers,


Today your child received a letter regarding a trip to Kew Gardens on the 10th July 2019. We are going back to see the changes that have occurred since September and to have a story telling workshop (hence the difference in price). I have attached the letter below.


This week we have been telling number stories using stones, learning a story about the Disciple Peter, continued with our phonics learning (s,a,t,p,i) and we made play-dough so that the children can continue Dough Disco over the holidays. During music they have been learning to 'Feel the Beat', using instruments and they have been learning about 'rest'.  How many beats are in the word 'fly'? One. What about caterpillar? Four. Other words that they have learnt are spider and ladybird. 


Another half term is complete, we hope that you have a great half term break. 


Miss Whittaker

10th May 2019


Dear Parents/Carers,


This week we celebrated the birth of a royal baby by having a 'Royal Tea Party'. The children had cucumber sandwiches, jam scones and a lovely cup of tea (decaffeinated). We even got out the best china!!! Such good timing with our Good News sharing.


We have continued sharing 'Rosie's Walk' and we made a map of the story. We focused on the hen's journey around the farm. Next week we will focus on the fox's journey. 


Thank-you very much for the 'Loose Part Play' donations. The children have especially enjoyed exploring the drink bottle lids and pebbles and the inside of the steamer is being  used lots in the mud kitchen! Please keep collecting. 



You are invited to join us for

‘Stay and Play’

on Friday 17thMay 2019

Morning Nursery 10.15am-11.20am

Afternoon Nursery 2.15pm-3.20pm

(We will open the Nursery gate at 10.15am/2.15pm. Please be prompt)

We look forward to seeing you.

(Siblings are welcome but please remember that they are your responsibility whilst at Nursery and they must be supervised at all times. Mobile phones must NOT be used whilst in the setting and photography is not permitted.)




Have a great weekend


Miss Whittaker

3rd May 2019


Dear Parent/Carers,


Good news, the children practiced their circus skills on Monday/Tuesday this week. They had an amazing time and we have some potential plate spinners and jugglers in the class. I was very impressed with their use of the Chinese Ribbon and some of their twirling moves. We only had a couple of children who got tangled up! A huge thanks to Nick for a fabulous and fun learning workshop.


This week we have been sharing our good news as part of our RE learning. I would like the children to continue sharing their good news at home. Some of the children brought in some beautiful flowers to celebrate Our Lady, Mary in the month of May. We have added a statue of Mary to our prayer table and the flowers have been included with this. We have told the children that they are more than welcome to add some flowers to the table. The children have all painted a beautiful painting of Mary and these will soon be on display. 


We have continued to share the story Rosie's Walk. We have had a few giggles at the fox and the adventure that he went on. We will be continuing with this book next week focusing on prepositional language. 


The children have brought home a letter today. We want to increase our 'Loose Part Play' within the Early Years. I have attached a copy of the letter and we would be grateful for any donations that would help the children in their explorations.


Have a great extended weekend


From Miss Whittaker

26th April 2019


Dear Parents/Carers,


Welcome back to the final term in the Nursery! 


This week the children have come back full of energy, enthusiasm and ready to learn. We have been talking about some illustrations within books; looking at what is seen and happening, talking about characters and settings. The main characters in the books have been a fox and hen.


Linked to Easter eggs we discussed 'where does an egg come from?' this was prior to us having scrambled eggs on toast. Some of the children talked about their Easter experiences and it was great to hear that some of the children replaced the purple with white/gold on the cross that they made.


Daily we will be continuing Dough Disco or movements to music to help our gross/fine motor development. This week we did the 'Piano' movement in Dough Disco. Ask your child about this. Can your child tell you which of their fingers is 'Tommy Thumb', 'Peter Pointer', 'Toby Tall', 'Ruby Ring' or 'Baby Small'? We have fun taking our fingers to the Dough Disco!!!


We have the 'Circus Skills' workshop next week. Have you remembered to contribute £3 to this online? 


Have a great weekend


From Miss Whittaker



Egg-citing news! The following children won an egg in the Easter Egg raffle. Don't worry I will keep them safe until after the holidays!!!


Morning Nursery-congratulations go to...

Liliana (squirrel), Matthew, Zita, Rhys, Nuala, Thomas, Maya, Ethan, Finn, Sara and Petra


In the afternoon the egg winners are...

Keira, Rafael and Adrian.


Happy Easter!

5th April 2019


Dear Parents/Carers,


It's the holidays!!! We hope that you have lots of fun and that your child will tell you all about the Easter learning that they have been doing. The children have a photo of the Easter Garden that we made as part of our Collective Worship in their Home-Wow book. Ask them to tell you about it. The children made their own cross that they brought home. There are two pieces of paper/fabric with it; purple and white/gold. They can put the purple on now and then change to white/gold on Easter Sunday. The children made chocolate nests and they tried Hot Cross buns. 


The children looked amazing in their Easter Bonnets/hats and they were very excited to tell us all about them. 


Please remember to read the school news-letter too. There was a mention about a Circus Skills workshop that Nursery is involved in. Please pay online.


We wish you an egg-cellent, egg-citing Easter, we will see you for the final term of the year from the 23rd April.


Miss Whittaker and Mrs Barber

29th March 2019


Dear Parents/Carers,


This week we shared two books 'Mum' and 'My mum is fantastic'. We then discussed why our mummy's are fantastic and why they are special to us. The children created some beautiful drawings of their mum and they talked about what is fantastic about their mummy. We then looked at some pictures of Roses and we created our own flower pictures using celery and paint. The children worked very carefully to create an amazing picture of flowers by printing with the celery. They did this for their mummy and they really thought about what colour flower their mummy would like.


Next week we will be having an Easter bonnet/hat parade. Please make one at home with your child to bring in on Thursday. This is a chance to get crafty and we look forward to seeing some amazing creations. Please make your bonnet/hat; don't buy one!!! All children are expected to make a bonnet/hat (we don't want any disappointed children on Thursday!)




We hope that you have a restful Mother's Day and that you enjoy the pictures that your child made for you.




Miss Whittaker



22nd March 2019


Dear Parents/Carers,


Spring has sprung and there are lots of signs of new life. The flowers are growing and the buds are on the trees. We have spotted these in our garden.


This week we started to share the story 'Jasper's Beanstalk' (we are yet to finish the story). From this we set up a mini investigation. On our classroom window you will see some Greenhouses because we want  to find out what a bean needs so that it can grow. In one green house we have put a bean, in the second Greenhouse we have put a bean and a dry piece of cotton wool, in the third Greenhouse there is a wet piece of cotton wool and a bean. There is a fourth Greenhouse. This contains a wet piece of cotton wool and a bean. It is hidden in a dark place! We check these everyday to find out what is happening.


The children have also sown some seeds of their own. We have not told the children what the seeds are but we have been discussing what they could be.


The children have looked at a Daffodil and it's different parts (stem, petal, corona). We counted how many petals the Daffodil had and we had to make sure that we painted the same number. 


On Thursday the children made beans on toast, with Mrs Barber; this is after we had read the book 'Beans on Toast'. The children enjoyed this book and it showed them where beans come from. This weekend they have been asked to take a tin of beans on tour. Take photos of a tin of beans in different locations! Maybe when you go to the park the beans could be on the slide or on the climbing frame. Maybe the beans could be in your garden or on your sofa. The possibilities are endless. Please take photos so that we can talk about where the beans visited. We are going to make a display in the classroom.


During phonics we have been tuning into hearing the sound at the start of a word.  This week we have been exploring objects that begin with a 'b' sound and the children were introduced to 'Kim's Game'


Have a great weekend


Miss Whittaker 

15th March 2019


Dear Parents/Carers,


Thank-you so much for attending yesterday's parent consultations. I'm glad to hear that so many of the children enjoy coming to Nursery and it's great to hear that so many of the children share their learning experiences at home. Mrs Barber and I are always here if you would like to make an appointment to meet us regarding your child's progress/concerns but please remember to also look at Early Essence and add to it when you can. 


This week the school was learning about Islam and the nursery took part in this learning. We introduced the children to the words 'Prayer mat', 'Mosque', 'Muslim' and 'Eid'. We watched the 'Let's Celebrate-Eid' on cbeebies and we talked about what was seen and happening. Maybe you could watch this at home and the next time you pass a Mosque you could point it out to your child. 


We have focused a little on name writing this week, especially the correct formation of the letters. This will continue to be a focus over the next term. 


Have a great weekend


Miss Whittaker

8th March 2019


Dear Parents/Carers,


This week we have been super busy in the Nursery. On Tuesday we made pancakes, on Ash Wednesday we started to learn about Lent and 'how we grow in love' during this time. We will continue to talk about this throughout the rest of the term, especially talking about how we can show love towards others and how we can make some super choices.


On Thursday we celebrated World Book Day. The children looked amazing and it was great to hear/see their enthusiasm for their favourite book characters. I have given the children some hand outs that explain the benefits of reading with children EVERYDAY. This week their Home-Wow is to complete some reading challenges given to them in stars. Help your child to be a 'share a story reading star'!


Please be reminded that the Nursery will be closed next Thursday 14th March. This is due to Parent Consultations that can now be booked online. I am available all day but if you are unable to attend please let me know in advance.


Have a great weekend


From Miss Whittaker



15th February 2019


Dear Parents/Carers,


This week we had a visit from the chicks. The children had a hold (if they wanted to) and they enjoyed watching what the chicks did. The children sang to the chicks to see if they could get them to fall asleep, it almost worked! We read the book 'Ten Cheepy, Chirpy Chicks' and the children were encouraged to do some careful counting. Please continue this at home. Every object must be counted and assigned a number name. We also shared the story 'Guess How Much I Love you' on Valentines Day. We talked about who we love, why we love them and how important it is to tell someone that we love them. God loves us and we remind the children of this everyday in our home time prayer.


I'm aware that some parents are unable to log into the app for Early essence. I contacted the company and they requested that you check that the correct app has been downloaded. Parents require E2P+family. Any further problems please let me know. A huge thank-you for uploading photos, videos and observations; they really are great to see.


It's half term! 


Have a fabulous break. I will not be back for the first week after the holidays as I will be in New Zealand. Mrs Barber will be here and there will be supply cover. Please speak to Mrs Barber if you have any concerns/queries. 


Happy holidays


From Miss Whittaker

8th February 2019


Dear Parents/Carers,


This week we have celebrated Chinese New Year in the Nursery. We have been learning the story 'The Great Race' (about why each year is named after a different animal) and we have been watching small clips on cbeebies 'Let's Celebrate' showing us how Chinese New Year is celebrated. The children helped to decorate the classroom by using their scissor skills to make a lantern and they used Chopsticks to eat some Egg Fried Rice that they made in the kitchen with Mrs Barber. Some of the children have created a Pig painting and these are displayed in the classroom with the Lanterns. 


This week we have had to talk to some children about how we look after our toys at Nursery and this is something that we will continue to reinforce; please do the same at home. 


Have a great weekend


From Miss Whittaker

1st February 2019


Dear Parents/Carers,


Thanks to all of the parents who have added to Early Essence this week. It was lovely to see your child out of the school setting. Please continue to add your wow observations from home as they help to build a bigger picture of your child's development. If you would like me to run any more workshops please let me know. 


This week we have focussed on the 'Story of Creation' and we discussed what God did on each day. This was spread over four days of learning and the children were encouraged to talk about what was happening. God created the world for us, was the key message. We touched on looking after God's Earth and this is something that we will continue to develop; especially the care of God's creatures (including spiders!). 


The children looked amazing when they came into Nursery today and it's great to see that they have big aspirations for their future. I feel the world will be in safe hands with our future Doctors, Firefighters, Police Officers, Ballerinas, Builders, Racing Car drivers, Nurses, Vets, Footballers, Rockstars, Bakers, Artists, Teachers and Explorers. Have you read the books 'You Choose' or 'Just Imagine'? These are great for encouraging further thinking and discussion.


Next week, Friday 8th February 2019, we will have a 'Stay and Play' ( AM Nursery at 10.15am and PM Nursery at 2.15pm.) This is an opportunity for you to come in to the Nursery to share your child's learning experience. Come and find out what your child likes to do when they are in Nursery. I am sure that they will love to show you around. This is not a time to speak to members of staff about your child's progress. Siblings are welcome but they are parents/carers responsibility. We also ask that mobile phones are switched off and that you do not take photos of your child whilst they are in the setting. We will open the Nursery gates at 10.15am and 2.15pm to let you in. We hope that you can join us. If you cannot make it please let your child know.


Have a great weekend


From Miss Whittaker





30th January 2019


Dear Parents/Carers,


On Friday (1st February) your child can dress up as what they want to be when they grow-up. Please talk to them about what they want to be when they grow-up. We have already looked at the page in the book 'You Choose' at the different jobs that are out there.


Please no superhero, fairy, princess etc costumes.




Miss Whittaker

25th January 2019


Dear Parents/Carers,


Today your child has received the log in/password for their Early Essence learning Journey. Please could you check that these details work, over the weekend. I have included a link for a presentation on You Tube to show you how you can use Early Essence (if you did not attend today's meeting). Please add to your child's learning by using the app or on the website. It would be great to see what/how your child is learning when they are not in Nursery. Please be reminded that photos, videos and comments, from your child's Early Essence is not to be shared/copied on social media websites; this could result in your access being cancelled if the system is misused.

There is also an app. This is good for a quick video/photo/comment upload. See how you get on with using this.

Please see me if you have any questions, I am more than happy to make an appointment to meet with you. If you would like me to deliver any workshops regarding the Nursery curriculum please let me know.

Have a great weekend

Miss Whittaker

18th January 2019


Dear Parents/Carers,


It was lovely to read the children's 'Home-Wow' learning this week. It helps me to assess how much the children have taken in during the week and how much of the story they have understood. A huge thank-you to the grown-ups who do so much writing of what their child says, it really helps. The children take great joy in showing me their books and they are proud of them. Please can you remember that it needs to be your child's work in their book and not their brother's or sister's. The book is given as an opportunity for you to sit with your child to help celebrate what they have been learning and for you to reinforce what your child has been learning in class. I'm seeing too much brother/sister/grown-up input and it is clear in some books that the child has not had much say in what has been put in!


We started the week by looking at photos of caves and discussing what could be seen, what might live in there and what it might be like inside a cave. We then moved on to the story 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt'. The children have retold the story with a use of a small world setting, sensory bottles and instruments and we watched Michael Rosen retelling the story. The children have been encouraged to join in with the repeated refrains and we have been developing the sequencing of events. 


On Thursday the children made 'Mud Mix'. This contained 1 banana, 2 scoops of cocoa and 3 milks. We discussed the quantities and we matched the numeral to the correct quantity. The children had fun making it and i was told that it was very yummy! 


The early years staff use a tool called 'Early Essence' to help record your child's observations and assessments. This week we received further updates, through training, on how best to implement it within the setting. We received some information about a parent app that you can use to add observations to your child's learning record. I would like to meet with parents to give out passwords and further information so that you can access what your child does in Nursery, online and to show you how you can add to the learning. I am proposing a meeting time of Friday 25th January at 9am (for am parents) and 1pm (for pm parents). The children will be at music for 30 minutes so the meeting will run no longer than this.  Please do not worry if you are unable to attend. I will give the information to your child and you can let me know if you have any problems accessing the site/app.


Next week your child will start bringing home picture books. These are for you to share with your child. Your child will bring home a book, of their choosing, on Monday's and they will be expected to return them on Thursday's. Your child will not receive another book if they do not return them.


Have a good weekend


Miss Whittaker

11th January 2019


Dear Parents/Carers,


Happy New Year and welcome back to Nursery. It's been great seeing all of the children's happy faces in the Nursery this week. 


This week we have been sharing the story 'The Gingerbread Man'. This is a great story with repetitive phrases that the children have been encouraged to join in with.  When the story was introduced we read up to the Gingerbread Man making it to the river (the children were not shown the picture of the fox). The children were encouraged to think of different ways that the Gingerbread Man could cross the river without getting wet. We had some great ideas for example "could lay a Christmas tree down and the Gingerbread Man could go across it", "go on a bridge", "could walk around it (the river)", "he could get in a boat" and one child demonstrated the use of stepping stones. We even put a Rich Tea biscuit into a glass of water to find out what would happen if the Gingerbread Man went into the river! This was a fun investigation and the children were happy to see the results. We were surprised at what happened when we put a Gingerbread Man into water on Thursday. The water changed colour and the Gingerbread Man started to bend. Ask your child all about it!


On Thursday the children decorated a Gingerbread Man using icing sugar and raisins. The children were encouraged to talk about what they were doing as well as count the different amount of raisins that they used. The children have a photo of them with their Gingerbread Man in their Home-Wow book, this week. Please talk to your child about what they did as well as the Gingerbread Man story.


Today we went into the Hall to play a game of 'Hats and Cups'. This was the first time that the children had been to the Hall for a game and they were super.  The children followed the instructions really well, they remembered about spatial awareness and they had lots of fun playing; developing their own strategies.  


Have a great weekend


Miss Whittaker

21st December 2018,


Dear Parents/Carers,


What a fabulous first term the children have had in Nursery. We cannot believe that we have come so far in the year.


Thank-you so much for the generous gifts and the lovely words, they are very much appreciated by Mrs Barber and I.


We wish you all a very merry, safe, Christmas and a fantastic, prosperous and healthy New Year.


Thank-you, again


Miss Whittaker and Mrs Barber.

17th December 2018


Dear Parents/Carers,


Please note that Nursery will not be having a Christmas party this week, they had their celebration with you last Friday. 


Children can wear their Christmas jumpers for their last day on Thursday.


Nursery is closed for both AM and PM Nursery on Friday.


Best wishes


Miss Whittaker



14th December 2018


Dear Parents/Carers,


Thank-you so much for your support this week; with trips to the theatre, joining in at the show and for helping with Secret Santa.


We had the trip to the Waterman's Centre, the children loved it and were terrific; I would recommend the show.


The children are little super stars and should be very proud of their performance at our show today. A great end to what has been a full week!!!


Have a fabulous weekend


Miss Whittaker



7th December 2018


Dear Parents/Carers,


The run up to Christmas is always a busy time of the year and the children have been busy learning new songs, a new story and making angels, this week. We are looking forward to seeing you all at our shows next week on Friday 14th December. Please drop the children off at their usual times, dressed in their Christmas jumpers. You can come down to the classroom through the office at 9am/1pm. Please be reminded that only two guests per child are allowed to the show. We have limited space in the classroom! Also remember your Christmas jumpers!


This week we have been learning about another festival 'Hanukkah'. The children have been  making a Menorah with their hand prints, making Potato Latkes with Mrs Barber and sharing some stories about this festival. The story 'The Hanukkah Mice' is a good story to share if you wish to learn more.


Next Tuesday 11th December is our trip to the Watermans Centre. ALL children must be in school at 8.30am. We will be leaving at 9.30am. The children MUST be collected from Nursery at 12.15pm (we may run late if the show over runs). If you are helping on the trip please be at school for 9.30am (the show starts at 10.30am).


At this time of year the children have hats, scarves, gloves and coats. When you come into Nursery please let the children put these onto their pegs so that they know where they are. Currently, after choosing to play outside, the children are throwing things onto the floor or putting their items next to the wrong pegs. Many times now the children have been taking things home that do not belong to them. Please check that they have the correct items of clothing before they go home. It would also be great if the children could be independent in putting on their own coats. After Christmas we will be asking parents/carers to leave their child at the cloakroom door to further encourage their child's independence in this area. It will also ease the crowding in such a small space.


It has come to our attention that their are children coming to Nursery in buggies. Please allow your child to walk/scoot to school. If you do bring them in a buggy please leave them outside the Nursery garden, outside the gate. 


A lot of information at this busy time of year!


Have a great weekend


Miss Whittaker


30th November 2018


Dear Parents/Carers,


Thank-you for attending today's 'Stay and Play' it was great to see so many of you sharing your child's Nursery experience. We will be having another in the New Year.


This week the children have been introduced to a character called Stanley in a book called 'Stanley's Stick'. This is a great book that encouraged the children to think about the different things that they could do with a stick. Maybe you could ask your child about the story? We have been using lollypop sticks this week. We have used them to create different sounds by tapping, scraping, drumming and rubbing them together and we used the lollypop sticks to create a Christmas decoration for our class tree. Ask your child to teach you one of our stick songs (they will need two sticks).


The countdown to Christmas is on! This week the children have been learning a story that we will be sharing with you during our 'Christmas Sing-along', in two weeks time (14th December) and we have been learning some more songs. Prepare to be wowed!


Our 'Christmas Sing-along' is at 9.00am for the morning Nursery and 1.00pm for the afternoon Nursery. It takes place in the classroom and we ask that you come in through the school Reception. Please can we ask that the children wear a Christmas jumper on this day; they must still wear their school trousers and shoes.

On Monday your child will be given a letter with another child's name on it. Each year a 'Secret Santa' is planned and with Father Christmas (please don't tell your child) delivering the presents on the day of the 'Christmas Sing-along'. This has always been a success and we kindly request that you take part. Further information will be in the letter.

On the day of the 'Christmas Sing-along' it is expected that the children will go home with you at the end of the festivities. Normally we are finished around 10.15am/2.15pm. Also, each child can have a maximum of two guests; this is because of the space that we have in the classroom! It would be great if all of the grown-ups attending could be in a Christmas jumper too!


We are off to the 'Watermans Centre' on the 11th December. Please remember that ALL children need to be in school for 8.30am on this day and they are to be picked up at 12.15pm. Please be reminded that we will be using public transport just in case we are slightly delayed.


Have a great weekend


From Miss Whittaker

23rd November 2018


Dear Parents/Carers,


As part of Anti-bullying week we have talked about all of the good things that we can do with our hands and the good choices that we make. The children have been reminded that hands are not for hitting. We also talked about using kind words and how we feel if someone says something that is not nice. 


The children have enjoyed listening to the Bible story 'Creation' this week. Maybe you could continue this at home. Ask your child what God created in one week.


Christmas is coming...this week we made a decoration for the hall. Maybe you will spot your child's star when you come to the Christmas fair on Sunday? The children will be singing on the stage at 12.15pm; please arrive 5 minutes before. They will be singing three songs. These songs will be part of our Christmas show on the 14th December.


The children did a great thing with their hands this week. The children enjoyed using their hands to hold a brush so that they could paint a slice of bread! We then toasted it, used our hands to hold a knife to spread on butter, used our hands to hold a knife to slice the toast and then we used our hands to eat the painted toast. It was yummy. Don't worry we didn't use paint! To make the colours we mixed together food colouring and milk. 


I have added an extra date to the calendar. Next Friday (30th November) we will have a 'Stay and Play'. This is an opportunity for you to come in to the Nursery to share your child's learning experience. Come and find out what your child likes to do when they are in Nursery. I am sure that they will love to show you around. This is not a time to speak to members of staff about your child's progress. Siblings are welcome but they are parents/carers responsibility. We also ask that mobile phones are switched off and that you do not take photos of your child whilst they are in the setting. We will open the Nursery gates at 10.15am and 2.15pm to let you in. We hope that you can join us.


See you on Sunday,




Miss Whittaker




16th November 2018


Dear Parents/Carers,


This week we have started to talk about the names of shapes as well as thinking about where different shapes can be found. There are shapes all around us and next week we are going to be shape detectives looking for shapes around our learning environment. The children have been asked to look for shapes around their homes for their home learning but it would be great if this was extended to looking for shapes when they are out and about. We are continuing, daily, to encourage careful counting and this week we went on a leaf hunt with the children being asked to find a given number of leaves. 


The children were happy to share their Baptism photos with the class this week. We talked about being welcomed into God's family and we each made a Baptism candle with our name on it. 


We continued to share the stories  'Leaf-man' and 'We're Going on a Leaf Hunt'. We have been talking about the different places that leaf man visited as well as where the children in the story 'We're Going on a Leaf Hunt' found leaves.  


On Monday the children are being encouraged to wear blue clothing in support of anti-bullying week.


Next Sunday, 25th November, is the Christmas Fair. The children will be singing on the stage at 12:10pm so we have started to learn some songs that we can share. Maybe you could ask your child to sing them to you? Next Friday the children can wear their own clothing for the Christmas Fair mufti, please bring a bottle in support of this. 


We still have items of clothing/bags that are being taken home by the wrong child. Please ensure that all items, belonging to your child, are named and that your child knows what belongs to them!


Have a fabulous weekend


Miss Whittaker





9th November 2018


Dear Parents/Carers,


This week we have been very busy learners!


At the start of the week we talked about Fireworks and this led into our learning about the Hindu Festival of Lights 'Diwali'. We watched some clips that are shown on cbeebies (worth a look- that talk about what Diwali is and how it is celebrated. From this we created Firework pictures (using a salad spinner), looked at shapes (Rangoli patterns) and also talked about Mehndi patterns. Some of the children chose to draw around their handprint and decorate it with shapes. We will continue this learning next week.  


A huge thank-you to those parents/carers who helped out with our school trip to Kew Gardens. The children had a lovely time, despite the weather and we found some amazing leaves/autumnal objects that we have been using to create leaf man/leaf lady pictures. Prior to our trip the children had been shown a copy of 'Leaf-Man', a story about a man made of leaves who is blown in the wind and taken on an adventure. The children have been encouraged to use objects that we found on the trip for the arms, legs, body, head and to think about what could be used to create the face. We had to plan our picture before we glued any of the objects down. The finished pictures will be on display when the glue has dried!


Today we watched a clip, again from cbeebies, after a discussion about why we are seeing people wearing Poppies at the moment and the importance of them. It's a lovely clip to share with your child.


Have a great weekend


Miss Whittaker





 31st October 2018


Next week we are going to Kew Gardens, on Wednesday 7th November 2018.


Your child will need:

  1. A packed lunch in a disposable bag. The packed lunch must not contain NUT products or chocolate. We encourage a healthy lunch.

  2. A water bottle.

  3. A warm, waterproof coat.

  4. Hats and gloves (if needed).


Your child MUST be wearing the full school uniform but they can wear trainers/wellies (the ground may be wet and muddy so wellies are best).


ALL children MUST be in school for 8.30am. We will start to depart at approx. 9.20am. Your child is to be picked up at 1.30pm from Nursery.


Please could ALL parent helpers be in school for 9.15am. Remember your packed lunch! I’m predicting that parent helpers will end up carrying packed lunches and  water bottles so it may be helpful to have a bigger bag!!! Please remember your Oyster card/contactless payment for the bus. We can’t get enough bus tickets for a trip this size. Unfortunately, I cannot take all parents with us on the trip but there will be other trips throughout the year and you will have a turn. Please check if your child's name is on the parent/carer helper list below.


AM Nursery -  Liberty, Rhys, Rosa, Maya, Ethan, Zita, Thomas, Liliana (squirrel), Finn


PM Nursery- Marcelo, Giulia, Keira, Rafael, Orla, Veronika, Elodie


Best wishes


Miss Whittaker 

19th October 2018


Dear Parents/Carers,


Can you believe we have reached our first half term? Time is flying by...


The children have settled beautifully and they should feel very proud of themselves.


Over the last few weeks we have reinforced our learning of Nursery Rhymes, including number rhymes and we have enjoyed reading the stories 'The Three Billy Goats Gruff' and 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears'.  The children are being taught how to hold books correctly and we are especially talking about taking care of the books that we have. Please reinforce this learning at home. We have been moving to music, using ribbons and we have been making big movements that will eventually make an appearance in the children's mark making.


The weather is starting to change. Please ensure that your child has a suitable, warm, blue coat for Nursery and let them practice taking it off and putting it on. 


Thank-you so much for the donations that have come in to Nursery. It's great to have your support and the children will benefit, especially through cooking and play dough making!


We will be going to Kew Gardens on the 7th November. Thank-you to all of those who volunteered to help. We hope that some of you can still make it. Below is a list of the adults that we will be taking (under your child's name). Apologies to those that have not made the list but there will be other opportunities, throughout the year...unfortunately we are unable to take grown-ups with small children.


AM Nursery -  Liberty, Rhys, Rosa, Maya, Ethan, Zita, Thomas, Liliana (squirrel), Finn


PM Nursery- Marcelo, Giulia, Keira, Rafael, Orla, Veronika, Elodie


Thanks again


Have a fabulous half term


From Miss Whittaker and Mrs Barber





13th October 2018


Nursery AM and PM class reps urgently needed!

The class rep is an important role in ensuring clear communication between the MCCA committee and each class. Responsibilities include passing on already-written emails and information to class parents, promoting MCCA events to the class and coordinating the class stall rota for the school fairs. Help is always on hand from the Andrea, the class rep coordinator, and the committee.


If you are a new parent, it is an ideal way of getting to know the other parents in your child's class. We suggest two reps per class, so you can support each other, but not more than that so we don't diminish the pool of helpers for future years!

Please consider helping. All the money we raise through the MCCA goes directly to to buying things which help our children's education and school experience. Contact class rep coordinator Andrea Connell at or Roisin at


Thank you

12th October 2018


Dear Parents/Carers,


Please remember to sign up online for Parent Consultations. The Nursery is closed on Thursday 18th October.


If you have not yet done so please return the school trip forms.


Have a great weekend


Miss Whittaker



5th October 2018


Dear Parents/Carers,


Yesterday your child received two letters regarding trips; one for Kew Gardens and another for the Waterman's Centre. Please complete the slips and return them to the school by Monday 8th October.


This week we have continued to read the story of 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears'. The children have made porridge and they ate this with banana. The morning Nursery children gobbled it all up and the afternoon Nursery weren't as keen!


We have continued learning Nursery rhymes with the children joining in more frequently. This weeks Home-Wow is linked to this learning. The children have been encouraged to count, daily and we have started to look at some letter sounds and shapes. Daily the children are asked to find their name card when they arrive at Nursery. At home you could reinforce your child's recognition of their own name or the letters in their name by asking them to see if they can find them in a variety of texts.


Have a great weekend


Miss Whittaker

28th September 2018


Dear Parents/Carers,


Thank-you so much for attending last nights 'Meet the Teacher Evening'. I have added the power point below for reference. Please read this if you didn't attend.


Could you please check that you have only your child's water bottle and trousers at home. We are currently missing some trousers and water bottles. The water bottle was named.


This week the children have been very busy learning new Nursery rhymes and reinforcing ones that we already know. We have been doing careful counting, everyday and the children are being encouraged to say the number name for each object that they point at. We have been reinforcing the Nursery rules, especially good listening and making good choices at tidy up time. Please reinforce at home the careful handling of books. Encourage your child to look at the pictures and to turn pages without pulling them too hard so that the book rips!


Next week I will be sending home two letters regarding two upcoming trips. Please keep a look out for these.


Have a good weekend and good luck with the 'Mini-Mile', if you are partaking.


Miss Whittaker and Mrs Barber

21st September 2018


Dear Parents/Carers,


What a busy week we have had in the Nursery. The children have been busy settling in to the routine and making new friends.


This week we have been focussing on tidying up and listening. Please continue to reinforce tidying up at home. It's very important that the children look after the resources at Nursery and that they remember where to put them once they have finished playing. The children are expected to tidy up and to respond to the instruction of tidy up when it is given.


Please check pockets. We have noticed that some of the children have been putting Nursery toys into their pockets. If any toys make there way home please send them back.




Please check that you take home YOUR child's belongings at the end of their session. If somebody else is collecting your child please inform them to check that they are taking home your child's belongings. This week we have had a few mix-ups with clothing, book bags and water bottles.


Next Thursday is the 'Meet The Teacher' evening. This starts at 5 o'clock in the school hall, we hope to see you there.


Have a good weekend




Miss Whittaker and Mrs Barber



14th September 2018


Welcome to all of the Nursery children that have started this week. It's been lovely meeting you all and we hope that you have had lots of fun. We look forward to seeing you again on Monday.


Have a great weekend,




Miss Whittaker and Mrs Barber

Meet the Teacher Evening 2018

Happy Summer Holidays to All. School reopens on Tuesday 3rd September. #Encourage, Challenge and Support.#