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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. 

Prayers that we say in Nursery are below, please can you continue learning these at home.  The children are encouraged to join in with the sign of the cross at the start and the end of the prayer. 



Four Prayers that are spoken in Nursery include:


The School Prayer

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.



A start of the session Prayer

Dear Jesus

Please show me how to spend this day

Sharing your LOVE in every way

Help me to be kind to everyone

To play and laugh and have lots of fun

Shining your light and giving grace

Sharing your joy with a smile on my face!



Grace Before Meals

Bless us Oh God as we sit together.

Bless this food we eat today.

Bless the hands that made the food, bless us Oh God.




Prayer spoken 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.


                 Please remember to check the weekly school newsletter.

Dates for the Diary




Friday 31st January - Stay and Play. Gates will open at 10.15am and 2.15pm. 



24th January 2020


Dear Parents/Carers,


This week the children have been learning the story 'The Great Race' which is the story of how the years got named after the different animals for the Lunar New Year. Do you know who won the race? The children enjoyed egg fried rice and vegetable spring rolls in the kitchen on Thursday and we had fun thinking of different ways that the twelve animals may move, in the hall on Friday. Each child made a lantern to help decorate the classroom  and you will have an opportunity to see these next Friday, at 'Stay and Play'. Cutting skills became a focus this week and this is the Home-Wow for over the weekend. Please allow your child to use child-friendly scissors so that they can make snips in paper/play-dough/catalogues etc. This all helps with your child's Fine Motor physical development. 


Please be reminded that your child must only wear stud earrings whilst at Nursery. This is for their own safety. 


Please continue encouraging your child to put on their own coats and to zip them up too. 


Have a great weekend


Miss Whittaker


Epiphany 1

10th January 2020


Dear Parents/Carers,


Welcome back and Happy New Year to you all.


The children have settled very quickly back into our daily routine and they have been very busy learning about the Three Kings (Magi's) journey, this week. We found out that the Kings crossed deserts, seas, climbed mountains and went through valleys to meet the new born King, when they followed the very special star. We talked about the very special gifts that the Kings gave to the new baby and during a carpet session the children investigated the smoking Frankincense and the scent of Myrrh.  Over the weekend we would like you to talk to your child about what gift they would give Jesus.


The children made a Special Star in the creation area and in the kitchen with Mrs Barber. Ask your child about the Star sandwich that they made.


The children started to talk about space whilst we were talking about the Special Star so we shared the story 'Whatever Next'. Next week we will continue to share this and discuss the story in greater depth. 


Mrs Walsh sent out an email that has the Christmas Show attached. Please let Mrs Barber or I know if you have not received this and we will check that we have the correct email address for you.


Currently, we have a shortage of spare underwear in the Nursery. We would welcome any donations of knickers, underpants and socks. Please return any borrowed clothes that belong to the Nursery.


Have a great weekend


Miss Whittaker

18th December 2019


Dear Parents/Carers,


Thank-you so much to all of the parents who attended the theatre yesterday, your help was greatly appreciated. The children had a brilliant time and the feedback from them as been very positive. We will have to start planning the next trip!


Mrs Barber and I have really appreciated the generous gifts that we have received and we would like to say a huge thank-you to you all. We wish you a Merry Christmas and we look forward to seeing you all in the New Year.


Thank-you for your continued support


Miss Whittaker and Mrs Barber.

13th December 2019


Dear Parents/Carers,


What an amazing show the children put on for you today. Mrs Barber and I are super proud of all of them. Great singing, actions and a few dancing moves! They carried on even when the music went off. It turns out that the internet went down across the school but the show still went on! 


On Tuesday we are off to the Watermans Centre. We will depart school at approximately 9.30am, with the show starting at 10.30am and return at approximately 12.00pm.


On this day there will be NO AFTERNOON Nursery as all of the children will be expected to go to the theatre together. All children (including afternoon Nursery) MUST be in school at 8.30am. The children will be travelling together, on the bus and attending the same production. AM and PM children are to be collected from the Nursery at 12.15pm from the usual gate (Please be aware that we are relying on public transport and may be a little later than expected).


Full Time Nursery will remain in school but we request that ALL of the children bring a packed lunch on this day as we may not be back in time for a school dinner. Full Time Nursery are to be picked up at the usual time of 3.20pm.


The children must be in full school uniform and they do not need to bring any money or snacks on the day of the trip.


If you are helping on the trip please be in school for 9.15am. 


Have a great weekend


Miss Whittaker


6th December 2019


Dear Parents/Carers,


This week the children have been very busy learning new songs and a story that they will share with you next Friday. 


The story of Angel Gabriel visiting Mary as been the main talking point this week. From this the children have created some beautiful Angels that are now on the wall.  We have also had to make a decoration for the hall so they have created a painting of baby Jesus in his manger, sticking on some straw to help make him more comfortable! 


Talk to your child about what they have been learning. What did Angel Gabriel say when he visited Mary?


We look forward to seeing you all at the Christmas Show on Friday 13th December. 


Have a great weekend


Miss Whittaker

Advent Collection

Advent Collection 1

29th November 2019


Dear Parents/Carers,


This week we have been learning about the Jewish Festival of Lights, Hanukkah. We have been sharing books about how Hanukkah is celebrated and we have watched a clip about a young boy who celebrates Hanukkah with his family. The children have been introduced to a Menorah and they have painted a picture of this, ensuring that they had the correct number of candles. On Thursday they made Potato Latkes with Mrs Barber, these went down very well dipped in apple sauce! make some at home, Mrs Barber followed the Jamie Oliver recipe!


Over the next couple of weeks we will be doing lots of singing in preparation for our Christmas Show. Next week I will be sending out a Secret Santa letter so that your child can purchase a small gift for a named child (there will be a maximum spend).  On the day of the show (about 9.30am-ish) we will have a special visitor who will deliver the presents for them. There will be a chance for grown-ups to mingle with their child whilst having refreshments and we will finish at 10am. We are limiting the number of adults attending to three per child, older siblings will also be in attendance. This is a lot of people for these children to be performing in front of but we know that they are super brave and that they can do it.  The children are required to wear a Christmas Jumper and it would be great if the grown-ups could too! This is the first time that The Nursery Show is being performed in the hall (normally it would be in the classroom) and on the day it will be the first time that the children will have performed it together as a whole Nursery.


Thank-you so much, we have had a lot of volunteers for the trip to the Watermans. A list will be put up next week. If you are no longer able to help please let us know. I am aware that some payments are outstanding and we have not received all of the slips. Please return the slip asap. Your child will not be able to come if we do not have this!


Have a great weekend


Miss Whittaker



22nd November 2019


Dear Parents/Carers,


Thank-you so much for joining us for 'Stay and Play' today. It's great that the children can share their learning with you. We look forward to seeing you all on Sunday. The children are on stage at 12.20pm but please arrive at the stage for 12.15pm. 


Have a fabulous weekend


See you Sunday


From Miss Whittaker

15th November 2019


Dear Parents/Carers,


We started this week by touching on Remembrance Day. The children were shown a short video clip that can be found on the cbeebies website that shows a rabbits journey through the poppy fields. We talked about the different emotions that the rabbit went through. The children created some beautiful poppy paintings and a salt dough poppy each. We talked about the significance of the Poppy and asked God to hear our prayer to help us and others to make good choices and to use our words instead of fighting. 


With it being anti-bullying this week we have talked about being kind to ourselves and others. We shared a story that Jesus told 'The Good Stranger' (Samaritan) and we talked about how in the story the third man was good and kind because he helped somebody in need. We continued the theme of being kind and the children made a kindness biscuit with Mrs Barber. The children were asked who they would like to make the biscuit for and they were encouraged to think about others. For home learning this week the children have been asked to think of all the kind things that they may do when they are feeling kind. 


Please continue reinforcing personal hygiene at home. We have a lot of children with coughs and sneezes and we encourage the children to cover their mouths/noses when coughing/sneezing. We also encourage children to blow their own noses and to put the tissue in the bin once used. Please also remind your child to wash their hands when they have used the toilet, this includes boys and girls, to get them into the habit. We are noticing that we are reminding them a lot at the moment. 


Next Friday we will have our first 'Stay and Play'. This is an opportunity for you to join in with your child's Nursery experience. It is not a time to chat with the teacher about your child's progress but a chance for you to spend some time with your child within the setting. Siblings are welcome but they are parents/carers responsibility. All phones MUST be switched off. We will open the gates at 10.15am and 2.15pm to let you in. Please can the parents of Full Time Nursery tell their child which session they will be attending. If you are not going to attend please prepare your child in advance.


Have a great weekend


Miss Whittaker




8th November 2019


Dear Parents/Carers,


In November we remember! This week the children have been introduced to three Saints. Saint Peter, Saint Paul and Saint Mary. We chose Saints that are linked to our school and church and the children were shown pictures of them. Saint Peter was good at fishing (for fish and people, to join the church), Saint Paul was good at writing and Saint Mary was good at loving. They gave what they were good at to Jesus and God. We talked about what the children are good at and what they could give to God. We also talked about the Halo around the heads of the Saints.  


The children created some wonderful firework paintings on the 5th November. They used a paint palette and water (and were reminded to clean the brush before they chose a new colour) glue and glitter. You can see the paintings in the Nursery. The children were encouraged to move like a firework to music, they shared a bonfire night story and we watched a firework display on the whiteboard. Ask your child about a Catherine Wheel. What does it do?


We have re-capped on our Diwali learning and the children have painted their salt-dough Diva lamps. Whilst painting them we chatted about what they could remember about the Diva lamps and why/how they are used. The children re-read the stories 'The Runaway Chapati' and 'Chapatti Moon'.


Thank-you for all the leaf donations. Next week we will be sharing a story called 'Leafman' and they will be creating their own leaf pictures. This week we went on a Leaf Hunt in the playground after sharing the story 'We're Going on a Leaf Hunt'. On Monday the children will be learning a little about Remembrance Sunday so maybe you could talk to them about the Poppies they will be seeing when they are out and about. 


Please remember to return the slips for the Nursery trip to see Pinocchio. There are still some slips outstanding. The slip is required so that we have permission to take your child out of school.


A huge thank-you for the voluntary donations that we have received for cooking/arts/crafts activities. It is hugely appreciated and the money is used towards your child's learning experiences. Thank-you.


Have a great weekend


From Miss Whittaker


1st November 2019


Dear Parents/Carers,


This week the children have been learning about the Hindu 'Festival of Lights' Diwali. They have each made a 'Diwa' out of salt dough, we will decorate this when they have dried and they made a Chapatti with Mrs Barber. The Chapattis were quickly eaten with the children having a choice of either yoghurt or Raita to dip them into. The children have had the opportunity to create Rangoli Patterns, using paint or rice and to draw around their hand so that they could decorate the outline with a pattern. Together we coloured some rice and whilst doing this we touched on colour mixing, The children were excited to see that the rice had changed colour. To learn more about Diwali we watched a cbeebies show called 'Let's Celebrate' which showed us how a girl called Jessica prepared for and celebrated Diwali with her family. 


This week we have been sharing two stories about a Chapatti. 'The Runaway Chapati' a story similar to the Gingerbread Man and 'Chapatti Moon'. Ask your child about the stories. 


This week your child has received two letters. One is regarding the online payment system that is used in school and the other is regarding a trip to Watermans Centre to watch their Christmas show 'Pinocchio'. I have attached a copy of the letter below. Please remember to return the slip, this gives us permission to take your child out of school.


Have a great weekend


Miss Whittaker

18th October 2019


Dear Parents/Carers,


Today your child has brought home a Christmas card template. It is my understanding that you have received an email regarding this. I would recommend that all the children complete this task. Please return the form on the first Monday back.


Thank-you so much for meeting with me at Parent Consultations, yesterday. It is great to hear that your children enjoy coming to Nursery. Please make an appointment to see me if you have any concerns in the future. I hope that all of you log in/passwords worked for Early Essence. I will be uploading the presentation later today, explaining the app.


This week we have continued to discuss how God has created our wonderful world. The children have painted some lovely pictures showing what they can remember from the Creation story. They were asked the question 'What did God Create?' Maybe you could continue this discussion over the holidays, especially when you are out and about. 


Have a fabulous half term


From Miss Whittaker

11th October 2019


Dear Parents/Carers,


This week we have been learning about the story of bread and the role that God plays. Where does bread come from? Who helps to make the bread? God created the soil that the seed grows in, God put the sun in the sky, God created the water that helps the seed to grow, God created the people that are involved in growing the wheat and making the bread. Thank-you God for the Farmers, the Millers and the Bakers. All food has a story. Maybe you could talk about this during meal times. We have shared the story 'The Little Red Hen' and the children have been encouraged to talk about what is seen and happening in the illustrations. 


Please be reminded that all children need a coat in school everyday, we are outside in all weathers. Your child must also bring a water bottle everyday.


Please be reminded that Parent Consultations are next Thursday. Nursery is closed all day. 


Next Wednesday we will be having a meeting at 2.45pm for parents regarding Early Essence, our online assessment system. passwords will be handed out at Parent Consultations.


Have a great weekend


Miss Whittaker



4th October 2019


Dear Parents/Carers,


We have been very busy in the Nursery over the last few weeks. We are now happy to say that the children are settled into the routine and adapting to life in the Nursery. We are really focussing on tidying up after we have finished playing with a resource and how we look after all that we have in the Nursery. The children are being encouraged to share, to take turns and to use kind hands. We ask the children to use their words if they are not happy with something that has happened for example, if someone takes a toy from them. If using their words doesn't work they must tell a grown-up. 


The weather is turning colder and the children are expected to have a coat in the Nursery. Please encourage them to be independent when putting their own coat on. We also require independence when the children are toileting or need changing. This is something that can be helped with at home. Encourage your child to dress and undress themselves, daily. 


This week we have been learning a little about Harvest. This will continue next week as well touching on God's wonderful world and how we can continue to look after it. On Thursday the children used some vegetables to help make a vegetable soup. Can your child tell you what vegetables were used? (Potato, leek, celery and carrot) Can your child tell you what they had to do with the vegetables? Maybe you could make some soup at home. Most of the children enjoyed the taste.


This week we have given out the Home-Wow books. Please look after these books and return it on Tuesday. 


Have a good weekend


Miss Whittaker

Dear Parents/ Carers,


Thank-you for attending the 'Meet the Teacher' information evening last night. It was great to see so many of you there. I have added a copy of the power point below.


Best wishes


Miss Whittaker

We are currently looking for an Assistant Headteacher with Inclusion and a School Business Manager. Information can be found on Key Information>Staff Vacancies #Encourage, Challenge and Support.#