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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! This is it...the final half term! We're hoping it's going to be the best half term yet! Our new topic is all about the seaside: 'How many pebbles on the beach?' and we're hoping to have lots of sea-sidey fun! We have our own beach set up in the outdoor area and in the Nursery ready for the children to explore and use their imagination. We also hope to have a real-life rockpool visit to Elm Wood so the children can see sea creatures you would find in the oceans.

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:

How many pebbles on the beach?

We will be reading lots of stories this half term all to do with exercise including non-fiction texts abouts sports. 


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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Healthy Week

Healthy week also falls this half term so look out for lots of fun activities to support healthy bodies and healthy minds.


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. We will also be working on blending these sounds together to make words e.g. s-a-t = sat. If you would like any further information regarding phonics then please come and ask Miss Learoyd.

Sports Day

Sports Day will be on Wednesday 22nd May at 11am and 2.15pm. A letter will be sent out with more information closer to the time.

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: