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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 Butterworth, Mrs Kirkman and Mrs Gay

Higher Level Teaching Assistant - Mrs Stewart and Mrs Tomlinson


Happy New Year everybody! We hope you all enjoyed your Christmas break and the children are ready for another term of excitement and learning. We had a wonderful start to the school year and we hope to continue that in 2020. Our next topic:

Spring 1

Can we explore it?

Have you ever visited the moon, the jungle or been on a safari? No? Well, just wait! This half term we will be learning all about exploring and what it means to explore various parts of our universe. We are starting with Space and seeing what life would be like in a rocket or on planet Mars with the aliens! We will then journey through our world, over oceans and through jungles to discover lots of wonderful animals. Then we will finish our topic by going on a bear hunt!


We read lots of books throughout the year and choose some based on our topic. This half term's books are:

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At the beginning of each year we assess the children's phonic knowledge and tailor small sessions around the children's needs. This may vary from listening to different environmental noises and identifying animal sounds to recognising letters and familiar words. We are now moving on to more formal phonic teaching and the children will be discreetly taught graphemes and phonemes and using their knowledge to read and write small words. The letters we will begin with are: s,a,t,p,i and n, we need the chidlren to be able to hear and differentiate between these different sounds as well as recognise them in their written form. You can help your child develop their phonic knowledge by looking for letters in their environment, breaking down words to hear the different sounds e.g. cat = c-a-t and also practise writing various letters and words together to notice differences in shapes and sizes of graphemes.

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 Miss Butterworth. 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: