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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 Nurses are: Mrs. Baxter, Ms Youshie, Mrs Hopson and Mrs. Field






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 EVERY 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. 

Ask them to teach it to you!


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


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 try to please you Father,

Bless me through the day.




And at the end of the session:


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


23rd October 2017- Half term week


30th October 2017 -Back to Nursery


10th November 2017 -Nursery 'Stay and Play' (am Nursery 10.15am and pm Nursery 2.15pm)


13th November 2017-'Blue Monday', children can wear blue (£1 Donation)


14th November 2017- Class photos


Saturday 2nd December 2017 -Christmas Fair. Children singing on stage at 1pm. Please be at the stage for 12.55pm.


8th December 2017 - Nursery 'Stay and Play' (am Nursery 10.15am and pm Nursery 2.15pm)


12th December 2017 - Nursery Show (am Nursery 9.00am and pm Nursery 1.00pm). Children will leave with their parents once the show is over.


14th December 2017- Nursery trip to 'Watermans Centre'. All children to be in school for 8.30am. All children to be picked up at approx. 12.00pm. (There is no afternoon Nursery on this day)


19th December 2017 - Nursery last day




17th November 2017


Dear Parents/Carers,


This week we have continued with our reading of the Enormous Turnip. We have read a variety of versions of the story and the children have been joining in with the pulling action! The children have made 'Turnip and Carrot Soup' with Ms Youshie and this was met with mixed reactions (It was very yummy!).


We have started to introduce a book called 'Stanley's Stick' and we will carry on with this over the next week. The children have been encouraged to talk about an illustration, without the words being read. We discussed what was happening in the picture, where they thought Stanley was and we wondered what he may be doing with the stick. Please talk about illustrations at home, it creates a good discussion.


Please continue to reinforce personal hygiene at home and the practice of putting on their own coat.


Next week we will be talking about 'Belonging' not only to our family but to God's family. Please talk to your child about their Baptism, over the weekend and add photos to their Home-Wow book. We will be using these photos and the information that you give them in Nursery, next week.


I have been informed that the Nursery will be performing on stage this year at the Christmas Fair, on Saturday 2nd December. The children will be on stage at 1pm and they need to be there 5 minutes earlier (if possible). The children will sing a couple of songs that they will practice in class but I will send the words home next week. Unfortunately, I will not be there at the allocated time as I will be watching my daughter perform at her Christmas Fair but I am sure I will hear good things about Nursery from Miss Mullins (Reception Teacher) who will be there.


Please check that you have paid for the school trip. We still have outstanding balances and yet on the slips we have been informed that the trip has been paid for. I have sent out a new letter for the children with an outstanding balance. Thank-you. The children had their school photos this week; individual and class. You have received the individual order form and I have been informed that the class order form will go out next week.


Have a great weekend


Miss Whittaker

10th November 2017


Dear Parents/Carers,


Thank-you for attending todays 'Stay and Play'. I know the children would have loved having their grown-up at Nursery. Please let me know if you have any suggestions of things that you might like to see during the sessions.


Over the last two weeks we have been very busy learning about fireworks, singing firework songs and making firework pictures using a salad spinner. The children had fun doing this and they were wowed by the results. We have some beautiful firework pictures hung up in the classroom. The children have been busy retelling the story 'The Three Billy Goats Gruff' and we have added sound effects using lollypop sticks to make the sounds. This week we went on an Autumnal Walk in the playground. The children were encouraged to talk about what has happened to the trees. Have the leaves changed? How? Please continue to talk about this at home. We have shared the story 'Meg's Veg' and we have read the 'Enormous Turnip'.  We have set up a pumpkin shop in the classroom and we have been singing 'Five pumpkins in a Vegetable Shop'.


Please complete and return the trip slips as soon as possible. I need the slips for authorisation of your child attending. This is a good outing and all of the children are expected to attend.


Apologies for the confusion over the 'Jungle Bungle' letter that was sent out earlier in the week. This is only applicable to children from Reception-Year six.


The children can wear blue on Monday (Blue Monday) as part of anti-bullying week. A donation of £1 is requested. We have class photos on Tuesday so full uniform is required (as expected everyday). Children must only have ear studs  when at Nursery. This is for health and safety reasons. Now that the weather is changing it is important that your child has a suitable coat, in school, everyday. The children choose to play inside or out and they are told to put their coat on if they go to play outside.


Please be reminded of our school policy regarding sickness. If your child is vomiting or they have diarrhoea they MUST NOT attend school for 48 hours after the last episode of diarrhoea or vomiting. Please continue to reinforce what is being taught in Nursery about washing hands after going to the toilet or before eating and drinking. We have also been talking about catching our coughs and our sneezes (not coughing/sneezing over the person sat next to them!) and then washing our hands after.


Have a great weekend


Miss Whittaker

Dear Parents/Carers,


Please be reminded that there is a 'Stay and Play' this Friday (10th November 2017). This is a great opportunity for you to see what your child likes to do when they are a Nursery. Please note that this is not a time for discussing your child's progress. It is a time for you to play and have fun, with your child, a time to share your child's learning.


The Nursery Gate will be opened to let you in at 10.15am/2.15pm. Any late arrivals must go through the office. Siblings are welcome but they are the responsibility of the parents/carers. Phones must also be switched off whilst you are at Nursery.


We hope to see you on Friday,


Miss Whittaker

20th October 2017


Dear Parents/Carers,


This week we have been busy learning about Diwali. The children made Mango Lassi, with Miss Youshie and they have had the opportunity to complete some activities in the classroom, related to this festival. During Collective Worship we lit some candles, talked a little about celebrations and we sang a Diwali song. 


We have continued with reading the story of 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears', using finger puppets and we have introduced the story 'The Three Billy Goats Gruff'. It is such a good story and the children have enjoyed it when the puppets and props have been used to tell it.


I have been asked to post this message. Please sign up to help. The MCCA are a great support to the school and it would be fabulous to have the Nursery represented. It doesn't have to be one person a small group of you could share the role!


We still do not have Class Representatives for Nursery AM or PM!
The class rep is the communication channel between the Mount Carmel Community Association committee and the class. We usually ask that two people take on the role per class to help and support each other. The job is not a difficult one: it includes passing on e-mails to your class, setting up rotas for the different events and organising class drinks, which is rather nice! In fact, it is a great way to get to know the parents and carers in your class. Both working parents and full-time parents have done the job. Please do consider the role or speaking to someone else about sharing the role. You will be supported by the very able class rep coordinator Andrea and the MCCA committee. If you have any questions at all, please do contact either Andrea or Thank you!


Have a fabulous half term


Miss Whittaker

13th October 2017


Dear Parents/Carers,


The children have had a short but busy week! This week we have continued to read the story 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears'. We have read a variety of books that each have a different ending. Ask your child to tell you all about them. Maybe they could think of a completely different ending or maybe they could make up their own version of the story for example 'Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs'!


We have been continuing to sing and learn Nursery rhymes, these are so important for language and reading development. Please sing with your child at home. Examples of Nursery rhymes include Humpty Dumpty, Incy Wincy, The Grand Old Duke of name a few. The children have been singing lots of action songs and we have particularly enjoyed dancing to 'Superman'.


The children have also been encouraged to show me the correct number of fingers for a given number. We have used number rhymes to reinforce this. This could be reinforced further at home.


Earlier this week we went on an adventure into the big playground. We went on a Tree Hunt. The aim was to look at the size of trees and to see if the leaves on each tree were different. We will go on another tree hunt in a few weeks to see if any other changes have occurred to the trees.


The children are being encouraged to wear their coats now that the weather is changing. Please continue to develop your child's independence so that they can put on their own coat.


A huge thank-you for all of the donations that we have received. They are greatly appreciated!


Have a great weekend




Miss Whittaker





6th October 2017


Dear Parents/Carers,


The children have had a fabulous start to the year. We have now introduced the three carpet sessions and the children have gained an awareness of our daily routine. They have coped very well with transitions, from one activity to the other and they are starting to become more independent, within the setting. The children have been reading a variety of bear books including 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears' and we have played a variety of listening games during our carpet sessions.


Your child has received their Home Wow book for the first time today. There is a note inside the book that explains a little more about home learning as well as where the home learning challenge can be found. Please encourage your child to look after the book and the challenges must be completed by the children with adults scribing the child's comments. 


Please be reminded that your child MUST have a water bottle in school, daily. We have snack that is set up in the outdoor area and this consists of a piece of fruit/vegetable and milk. The children are encouraged to access this, independently and they are encouraged to clear items to the bin, once finished. Please continue to reinforce Personal Hygiene at home. Namely, washing hands, especially after using the toilet and the blowing of noses. We are currently reinforcing putting used tissues into the bin! Children are encouraged to be independent in toileting.


We access the outdoor area in ALL weathers. The children need warm jackets as the cold weather draws in. It would be great if you could reinforce with your child the putting on of their own jacket. I have noticed that some of the children have hooped earrings. Please, they must only have studs, for safety reasons.


Yesterday your child received a Mount Carmel Reception application form. Please return this to the office. You still MUST apply online via by 15th January 2018. It is important to go through this system regardless of what schools you are applying for.


Please remember to read the school newsletter, weekly and to check for dates. Next Thursday we have  Parent Consultations, all day. Nursery is closed on this day. Please book yourself a time to see me. You should have received information from the office regarding how to do this.


Have a great weekend


Miss Whittaker

School Open Day Tour on Monday 27th November at 10am