Nursery R & V 2023 - 2024

Mrs Roche

Mrs Vaughan

We would like to begin by saying 'Welcome Back!' to our Nursery class we have a busy and exciting half term to look forward to.

Also, during the half term holiday Miss Jones got married. So we would like to say a big congratulations to the new Mrs Vaughan (which is her new name and we will be using this in class).

On this page you will find information about the current topic, news and updates regarding special events and dates to remember as well as access to photographs of the children and the fun things they have been doing whilst in school.

The class teachers for Nursery this school year are Mrs Roche (class NR) with Miss Davies and Mrs Vaughan (Was Miss Jones) (class NJ) with Mrs Hodge. Also, Miss Nicholson and Mrs Thurme work with the children throughout the week.

Let’s Learn through Celebrations

Our topic for Autumn 2 is ‘Celebrations’ this topic gives the children a greater understanding of their differences and similarities, their changing environment of the seasons around them and lots of creative fun activities that involve celebrations.

We will continue to use our 'Rainbow challenge’. This is used by the children during their ‘continuous provision time’ after adult input lessons. It is broken up into different areas/tables for the children to learn and play e.g. the ‘Construction area’ or the ‘Writing table’ or the ‘Reading corner’ and each are associated with a specific colour. Children are encouraged to explore their whole environment throughout the week and in doing so gain a coloured lollipop stick for each area they have engaged with. If they complete the Rainbow they are rewarded with a sticker and a prize at the end of the week.

During this topic we will be reading the following books in our Literacy lessons to help engage the children into our new topic: ’Meg and Mog' by Helen Nicoll and Jan Pienkowski; ‘The Birthday Invitation' by Lucy Rowland and Laura Hughes; and 'Dear Santa’ by Rod Campbell. Literacy lessons will build and develop children’s love of stories and extend their book knowledge skills with a large emphasis on their ‘Communication and language’ supporting them to speak using simple sentences in English and to ask and answer questions. During our investigation Mondays we will be encouraging children to explore the world around them and using lots of PSED with lines of enquiry to ask: What do we Celebrate with our family’s? What celebrations do we know? What celebrations have we learnt? We will carry out some simple investigations. 

In Maths children will be developing the children's confidence with simple matching activities that include numbers 0-2/size big and small/ and ABAB patterns and ABC patterns. We will be following the ‘mastery maths approach’ along with the rest of the school.

In Phonics this term the children will begin our ‘Little Wandle Letters and Sounds' programme. During these lessons, the children play different games and are introduced to new items that begin with the sound of the week.

This tern the sounds we are learning are:

Week 1: s

Week 2: a

Week 3: t 

Week 4: p

Week 5: i

Week 6: n

Week 7: Recap s,a,t,p,i,n

We place a large emphasis on children’s personal, social and emotional development and will continue to do so as we move through the year. We are in no doubt that the Covid pandemic has had a large impact on our pupils and their lives and so our aim is to get them talking, ensure they feel safe and have confidence to build relationships with their peers.

In addition, we will continue each week to engage in a Music Assemblywhereby the children sing songs and explore sound and instruments. We will also have a celebration assembly each Friday to award our ‘Stars of the week’ and ‘Citizens of the week’. During this half term parents and carers will have the opportunity to come into school for Celebration Assembly and see their child receive their certificate on Friday 24th November in the School Studio. We also have our EYFS Nativity on Wednesday the 6th December in the School Hall.

Please see the 'Files to download' section below to find out more about your child's daily timetable and curriculum.


As we are now into Autumn please send a coat with your child everyday as the weather can change and be sunny in the morning but may rain in the afternoon.  Please make sure your child is bringing a water bottle to school which they can access throughout the day to stay hydrated.  

Please remember to send in a pair of Wellington boots for your child. We play outside in all weathers and the children really do love to splash in muddy puddles.

We would like to remind all parents that as part of your child’s school uniform.  Please have a spare set of clothes in school at all times. This is in case there are any toileting accidents or messy play mishaps. It is an expectation that children come to school toilet trained but we appreciate this isn’t always so easy and will support them as best we can in school.

Homework – Once all the children are settled we will start to send home their homework book which is sent home on a Friday and must be returned by the following Wednesday AM.  

Thank you for your support, we look forward to our continued work with you this year!

Application for Reception September 2024.

Please find below in the 'files to download' the application form for requesting your childs place in Reception for September 2024. All Nursery children need this form to be filled in and sent to Manchester Council by the 15th of January 2024 this is the deadline for applications. Please send your form to: If you have any questions about this process please ask a member of the Nursery team. 

Diary dates: 

Tuesday 7th and Wednesday 8th November Parent's Evening

Monday 20th November Nursery visit to Beswick Library

Friday 24th of November Celebration Assembly 

Wednesday 6th December EYFS Nativity

Thursday 14th December Christmas Jumper Day

Thursday 14th December Christmas Dinner Day

Friday 15th December End of Term 2pm Finish.


One final message...

Here in Early years at Ashbury meadow primary school we put every effort into building strong relationships with our pupils so that school is a place they not only enjoy, and feel safe but THRIVE and communication and Language forms the foundation of this, please take a few minutes to watch this TED talk which encompasses our ethos

How Every Child can Thrive by Five by Molly Wright





Files to Download

Nursery R & V: News items

Children in Need, by Miss Drury

Happy Diwali!, by Miss Drury

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Nursery R & V: Gallery items

Library Visit, by Mrs Roche

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