NURSERY 2019 - 2020

Miss McGhee


Welcome to Nursery

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We are excited to welcome our Nursery class of 2018 - 2019. We have lots of fun in our Nursery and learn so much in this very special first year at Holy Family Catholic Primary School. Here is some information that you may find useful.


The staff in Nursery are Miss McGhee and Miss Simms. Please talk to any of the Nursery Team if you need to share any information or have any concerns.

Times of the day         

A.M Session - 8.45am -11.45am  

At present we do not have any afternoon Nursery provision.      


It is important that you collect your child on time at the end of the session as children often become distressed if they are collected late. If you are running late, please contact the school office by phoning 0151 7 09 3672.


Breakfast Club        

Breakfast Club is FREE for all children. It starts at 8am each morning. Nursery children who attend breakfast club will be taken to their class at 8.45am.



If your child is ill, please inform us by phoning the school office on 0151 7093672. Please ensure that school has your up to date contact details in case your child is ill during school.



Our children enjoy continuous snack each day. We ask for a contribution of £1 per child per week to make sure this can continue. Snack money needs to be paid in cash please on a Monday morning. Please give to a member of Early Years Staff. 



Please ensure all items of clothing are labelled, including coats and shoes. It is very difficult to identify lost items of clothing if they are not labelled.


Children are not allowed to bring their own toys to Nursery as this can cause upset. However, we love to see things that the children have made at home or have found whilst out and about. These items can be bought into school to share with the rest of the class.


In the EYFS Unit we love to inspire creativity and our modelling area is always a popular area. If you have any recycling materials at home, please pop them into the large box under the shelter.

Stay and Play 

We will be running a stay and play session every Monday afternoon. We will focus on different parts of the Early Years curriculum and have lots of fun so please come and join us. If you would like to enquire about a place at Holy family Nursery or meet the staff and children this is the ideal opportunity. If you can not make the stay and play sessions but would like to find out about our Nurseryb please contact the main office. 


We will be learning about the topic of Good News. We will be sharing our own good news, listening to others and thinking about how good news makes us feel.  We will also begin the topic of ‘Friends’ where we will talk about our closest friends, our group of friends and how to be a good friend. We will show new children how to be good friends including learning to share and be kind to each other. We will make a friendship bench for children to sit and chat to their friends or make new friends.


We will be focusing on our talk for writing book ‘The Gingerbread Man’. We will learn about the characters and words in the story we don’t know. Then we will read the story and join in repeating the key phrases. We will make our own story map and use it to practice retelling the story in small groups using actions and story language. When we know the story well we will use it to innovate our own story and think of some different versions of the original and make our own story maps. We will role play the story and explore all of the characters and descriptions in the story.


We will be working in groups to develop our number knowledge to and beyond to ten. This will include saying the numbers forwards and backwards, counting objects, and ordering numbers, using the Numicon and counting things such as actions and sounds. In the outdoor area we will be matching large Numicon to their numeral. We will be using gingerbread man biscuits to add the correct amount of buttons or smarties, using them to put numbers in order and also playing positional language games using the gingerbread man.

Knowledge and understanding the world

We will observe our school area as it changes from Spring to Summer and talk about the changes we see. We will go on a Summer walk and display our findings and feelings in class. We will explore technology by learning to use the I-pads, internet programmes, cameras and story phones. We will investigate the gingerbread mans journey and how he could get across the river without getting wet through a science investigation. We will be using the phrase ‘You smell good’ from the story to investigate different smells and make smelly play dough etc.


Funky Fingers and Formation station activities will continue to challenge children to strengthen their muscles for holding writing tools. Weekly sessions in the gym will give children the opportunity to built and explore their own obstacle courses using the soft play. We will be baking our own cakes and treats as well as a range of healthy foods. We will be encouraging them to pick healthy choices as often as possible.


This half term we will continue with our ‘Restorative Practice’ approach and use disagreements between the children to model and encourage positive problem solving and sharing. We will be talking about the stories we read and moral dilemmas the characters find themselves in asking how should they solve this problem etc.

Expressive arts

We will be making lots of different creations this half term including our own versions of the Gingerbread man and the characters from the story that he meets. We will be making and using play dough both Gingerbread men and also cakes in our bakery role play. We will be using music and dance to express the stories and information we are learning. We will represent characters from stories in different ways and use drama to represent stories or our feelings towards them. We will role play a bakery and a cake shop in our role play areas. Outside we will role play the story on a larger scale.


Thank you for your support

Miss McGhee & Miss Simms


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Holy Family Catholic Primary School

Upper Essex Street

Liverpool, L8 6QB


0151 709 3672

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