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St Mary Magdalene C of E Primary School

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Mrs Phillips

Welcome to Early Years

In our classroom, you will find a range of resources that link to the children's interests and topics that we will learn about. We always welcome parental contributions towards the children's learning and will formally send these three times a year. We aim to build positive relationships with children and families to ensure the best start for every child. We have a garden dedicated to Early Years that the children have access to every day, whatever the weather.

Meet the Nursery team

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Our Learning Gems

Our Environment

Weekly Events



PE. Children to come to school in suitable PE clothing, e.g. tracksuit bottoms, leggings, trainers or pumps.
TuesdayPlease return share books to school in your child's labelled Homework bag.

New Share books will be sent home. Please read this with your child and allow them to draw a picture from the story. We love to celebrate what the children do.



Come and join us for stories and songs every other Friday. Our next visit is Friday 18th March 2022.


AM Nursery - 11.25am

PM Nursery - 3.10pm



Each half term, we will send a variety of activities to complete over six weeks. This can be completed in the children's homework books or completed practically and uploaded to Seesaw. 

Blue homework books need to be returned at the end of each half term. Share books will be sent every Friday and need to be returned every Tuesday. If you do not return share books, we will read with your child in school, but we will be unable to provide further books until they are returned. If you need a reminder of the title of your books, please ask a member of staff as we keep a log on share books in school.


Next homework due date: Tuesday 25th May 2022

Share books to be returned every Tuesday in your child's named homework bag. 

Learning in Progress...

Investigation Station

Come and see what investigations Nursery have been getting up to. This helps us to explore the world around us!

Our Curriculum

Here at St Mary Magdalene, we use the Development Matters 2020 to asses each unique child, develop positive relationships and provide enabling environments to support each child with their own individual next steps. 

For more information about our Early Years provision, please click on the following link:

Characteristics of Effective Learning 


We encourage children to explore through their interests and each week, we will develop the environment to incorporate these interests. Good relationships between adults are children allow us to be able to facilitate their learning through play and we aim to develop the characteristics of effective learning:

  • Playing and exploring – children will have opportunities to investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go’.
  • Active learning – children will have time and space to concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy their achievements.
  • Creating and thinking critically – we encourage and support children to have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things.


Irresistible Learning

In Nursery, we will be focusing on different topics each half term. We will use stories and experiences to engage the children in this learning and explore through our environment. These can change based on the children's interests.

Autumn 1All About MeSettling in and transition into school.
Autumn 2Autumn and WinterExploring the changes of the seasons and what happens during this time.
Spring 1From Birth to NowExplore our own family history and how we have changed. How has our local area changed?
Spring 2Amazing AnimalsFinding out about and looking after different animals. 
Summer 1Traditional TalesRetelling familiar stories and exploring growing plants using Jack and the Beanstalk.
Summer 2FoodExploring food from around the world.


Traditional Tales- Summer 1 


This half term we are going to be learning all about Traditional tales. We will be building houses like the three little pigs, climbing and planting our very own beanstalk like Jack and the Beanstalk and creating our own amazing traditional tales! 

We will be reading some of these books together in class...

Week beginning 02.05.2022 

This week we have been learning about the traditional tales: Goldilocks and the three bears and the three little pigs. We have used various construction materials to create things from the story. 


Week Beginning 09.05.2022 

This week we have been learning about Jack and the Beanstalk and the Three Billy Goats Gruff. We have been retelling the stories in our own ways. 


This week we planted our beans and cress seeds. We have been watering them every day and watching carefully to see any changes.

Amazing Animals


During Spring 2, we explore animals and how amazing they really are. We start off with a visit from the Animal Man to learn about some animals we may not have seen before. We will use our circle time to explore this topic with the children and create enhancements in the environment to support this. 

We will be reading these books to explore our topic together.

Autumn 2 - Autumn and Winter

Signs of Autumn walk

Nursery have been exploring the school environment to spot the signs of autumn.

Signs of Winter walk


After a snowy weekend, we explored the changes in the weather. We listened to the sound of our feet and felt the wind on our faces and fingers.

Our timetables

Celebration Assembly

Here are this week's winners of Nursery's Celebration awards!

Special Events

Bake Sale to raise money Ukraine


Nursery took part in our school bake sale and helped to raise lots of money by donating cakes and buying cakes to enjoy at snack time. 

World Book Day

Pancake Day

Animal Man Visit

A virtual drama workshop with the theatre.


The children loved their virtual theatre, where they joined in as Jack and the Beanstalk!

Fee Fi Fo Fum...

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Quick, Jack, climb the beanstalk!

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A visit from our local library.


Children enjoyed a visit from the librarian of our local library. We listened to some very funny stories and even tried to join in with them.

A visit from the Theatre

Children enjoyed an interactive theatre workshop where they could get up and get involved. These workshops were focused around the children's interests, so morning children did a Nursery Rhymes workshop and afternoon children did a dinosaur workshop. 


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Christmas in Nursery!