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Elm Wood Primary School

Welcome to Nursery

Welcome to Elm Wood Nursery from the Nursery team. 

Class teacher - Miss Elisabeth Learoyd

Teaching assistants - Ms Ashworth, Miss Neilson and Mrs Gay

Higher Level Teaching Assistant - Mrs Stewart


Hello and welcome to Spring. We really cannot believe we're half way through our school year now and how much progress our children have made so far. This half term is going to be packed full of exciting things including a trip to the farm!

Forest School

We will be continuing with Forest School with Miss Neilson this half term however the children have everything they need here so don't worry about bringing in any extras. The children will use their wellies already in Nursery and we have all-in-one rain suits for the children but please ensure your child has a warm coat to go underneath.


Throughout the year we will be looking at various topics, our next topic is:

Are eggs alive?

We will be reading lots of stories relating to Spring and new beginnings. Our children will have the chance to look at various types of eggs and what comes out of them! We will be exploring lots of things relating to the farm and we will finish this half term with an amazing trip to Smithills Open Farm. 


Although we will be reading lots of books throughout the next half term, some of our favourite ones to focus on are:

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We have worked hard this year on listening to sounds and distinguishing between noises we hear when out and about. This half term we will be focussing more on recognising what letter sounds look like; the first sounds we learn are s, a, t, p, i, n, m, d. You can help your child at home with their phonic knowledge by asking them to tell you what sounds words begin with e.g. what sound does sausage begin with 's' etc. If you would like any further information regarding phonics then please come and ask Miss Learoyd.

Farm Trip

On Wednesday 3rd April we will be attending Smithills Open Farm for a fun-filled day of farm activities. We will leave school at 9.30am and return by 3pm. The cost of the trip will be £15 and will include: 

  • transport to and from the farm
  • a tour of the farm
  • feeding the animals
  • holding baby animals
  • a tractor ride and a donkey ride

Your child will need to bring a packed lunch in a plastic bag with their name on it so we can dispose of all rubbish after lunch. If your child usually has a school dinner then we will provide a packed lunch on this day however if you would prefer to bring your own then please let us know.

Nursery times

The Nursery doors will open at 8.45am for children doing morning or full day sessions and parents can come in and share activities with their child until 9.00am.

Lunchtime is between 11.45am-1.00pm and we ask that you bring a packed lunch if your child is staying over lunchtime.

Afternoon sessions begin at 12.15pm and end at 3.15pm, please try to stick to these times as lunchtime can be very busy.

You will be able to collect your child between 3.00pm and 3.15pm.

Acorn times

The morning Acorns will start their day at 8.30am and should be brought to the school office where they will be collected by Mrs Gay. Their day will then finish at 11.30am and they need to be picked up from the school office as well. 

The afternoon Acorns will start their day at 12.15pm and should be brought to the school office to be collected by Mrs Gay. Their school day will finish at 3.15pm and should be pick up from the Nursery door.


Lots of the children will be staying over the lunchtime period and will be looked after by our brilliant lunchtime organisers Mrs Kirkman and Mrs Baron. We are a Healthy School and apply for the Golden Grin Award each year so please send your child with a packed lunch filled with their favourite 'healthy' snacks. Some really good ideas for filling a lunchbox can be found here: