Nursery 2017 - 2018

Miss Kelbie

Welcome to Nursery’s Class Page 2017 - 2018


Class Teacher: Miss Kelbie


Teaching Assistants: Miss Burrows and Miss Lord


Cover Assistants: Mrs Winterbottom and Mrs Drench 


Hello! Welcome back to Nursery's class page after the Christmas break. I hope you have all had a lovely special time with your children and families.


It is lovely to see that the children have come back well rested and ready to learn after such a crazy and nativity filled December! 



We have lots going on in Spring Term, whole school diary dates are being sent out this week and i will upload key EYFS dates into the files section of our class page. These dates will also be up on our parents board in Nursery class by the childrens toilets - please have a look. 


Alongside teaching Phase 1 Letters and Sounds in our group times, some children will begin to look at letters as sounds. We look at phase 2 initial sounds which include the following letters    s - a - t - p - i - n - m - d   We look at how these letters sound in words when we speak them - for e.g. sssssnake ssssssausages - not S pronounced as an 'ESS' or a 'SUH'. It would be helpful if you could look at the Jolly Phonics Phase 2 Songs (avaialble on YouTube) to hear how to pronounce them correctly to support your child. 

*If you would like to come in and participate in a phonics session with your child please let me know and we can arrange this. 


Phase 1 Phonics concentrates on developing children's speaking and listening skills and lays the foundations for the phonic work which starts in Phase 2. The emphasis during Phase 1 is to help children become attuned to the sounds around them and ready to begin developing oral blending and segmenting skills. You can find out more information on the letters and sounds website 

Phase 2 Phonics is the 'next step' once Phase 1 skills are up and running... 

As soon as each set of letters is introduced, children will be encouraged to use their knowledge of the letter sounds to blend and sound out words. For example, they will learn to blend the sounds s-a-t to make the word sat. They will also start learning to segment words. For example, they might be asked to find the letter sounds that make the word tap from a small selection of magnetic letters. Segmenting and Blending is a very tricky skill for young children to learn, so any support at home would help your child. 

What is it?

Segmenting is the process of 'chopping up' words into their sounds for e.g.      c - a - t       s - i - t    It links to the sounds that the children can hear in words, children do not need to know what the letter looks like - the emphasis is hearing each sound. 

Blending is when children hear the segmented sounds in words and 'stick them back together'. There will be lots of occasions when children will segment words such as  c - a - t and then say 'Dinosaur' - which is fine! (and always makes us giggle...) 

We begin blending and segmenting practice by using simple CVC words such as mop, tap, pin, cat etc... Our sessions are fun and practical, we may use maguc wands to 'chop' up the words, robot arms and silly voices.

You can do this at home too! 



Please also check our Nursery blog and our Learning Journey wall outside of Nursery class for lots of information on what we will be doing in Nursery this half term!! 


Learning in Nursery

Week 1: Settling in and weather.  

Week 2: Snow and Ice.

Week 3: The Arctic and its inhabitants.

Week 4: Pirates

Week 5: Jack & the Beanstalk

Week 6: Handa’s surprise

Week 7: Valentines Day

Please join with our learning at home challenges which i will send out via school text! 

Files to Download

Nursery: News items

Chinese New Year, by Miss Kelbie

Numbers in the environment, by Miss Kelbie

Nursery: Blog items

Hailstone! , by Miss Kelbie

Nursery Nativity Pictures , by Miss Kelbie

Nursery are healthy... , by Miss Kelbie

Nursery: Gallery items

Our first weeks in Nursery!, by Miss Kelbie

Nursery: Calendar items

Contact Us

Worsley Road North, Walkden

Worsley, Manchester, Lancs, M28 3QD

Tel: 01204 571039

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