Early Years 2018 - 2019

Mrs Hope

Mrs Bird

Welcome to Early Years! 

The Early Years team are:  Mrs Hope (Class teacher), Mrs Bird, Miss Foster and Miss Voss.

Welcome to the class page for Reception and Nursery, this page and the newsletter link below will share what we are learning and some important information about our class routines. The photographs of our amazing outdoor area are also in the links below, we are so fortunate to have the environment we have to learn in. If you are looking for a Reception or Nursery place, please contact the school on 01270 685000, we would love to show you around.

Welcome back to school after a lovely break and also very warm welcome to the new parents and families that are joining Nantwich Primary Academy for the first time. Our class is full of friendly, enthusiastic and curious learners and we have lots of exciting things planned to explore and investigate this year.

This Autumn, our topic will be:


Marvellous Me!



In the first part of the term, we will be using the book 'Funny Bones' by Janet and Allan Ahlberg to learn about families, how we grow, where we live and our likes and dislikes. In the first week, we will also be sending home a personalised 'Marvellous Me!' book for you to complete together, so the children can share their likes and dislikes with their friends. Our thinking brain question will be to discover the answer to the question, 'Why do we have a heart?' The children will be learning through play, group activities and taught sessions with an adult.

We will also be getting to know each other, learning new routines and making lots of friends.



Later in the term, alongside our Marvellous Me topic, we will spend a short time investigating the changing seasons, learning about hibernation and what happens in Autumn through the book, 'Don't Hog the Hedge'. Bonfire Night and fireworks will give us an opportunity to explore some exciting words and we will explore the Hindu festival of Diwali. We will have a visit from an ambulance and also from the police to talk about how to keep ourselves safe. Then we will look at different festivals and celebrations during our own build up to Christmas using the book Dear Santa! This time our thinking brain question will be, 'Do we all celebrate in the same way?'

Useful Information:

There will be lots of interesting opportunities for families to be involved in their child’s learning this year, here are some of the activities we are going to start immediately:

Image result for green leavesWOW Leaves for our classroom tree, Barnaby the Bedtime Bear, a personalised Marvellous Me activity and some book sharing sessions for you to come into the classroom and explore our extensive library of children's books and topic cards that will go home so you can have an input into what your child is learning in school.


We will be encouraging children to say goodbye to you at the door from the very start. We find this encourages their independence and gives them a real sense of pride when they can get straight on with their learning.

Toast and Milk

Children who are 4 years old receive free milk daily. When the children are 5 years old they no longer receive free milk but instead need to pay £1 per week. This can be passed to a member of the Early Years team in a named envelope at the beginning of the week.

Every morning, to encourage a healthy start to the day, every child is offered a piece of toast and milk, they also have a snack of fruit/vegetables and water mid-morning. We ask for a contribution of £1 per week that goes towards children's daily snack and toast (it also helps pay for cooking and treats for the children), please give £1 money to your child, there is a money box in the classroom.

Learning Book and Class Dojo

Learning Book is our secure online learning system so that families will be able to share their learning at home and view assessments and observations that have been made in school. Class Dojo is the fun online reward and communication system that we use throughout school. You can view how many 'Dojo points' your child has received and also communicate securely with us through the messaging system with any important messages about your child. We will be checking to make sure every family is able to log in and has a password for each system.

As always, if you have any concerns or queries, please do not hesitate to speak to me or any of the Early Years team.  I can also be contacted through the school office or the Class Dojo messaging system. If you feel you need a longer chat about something, then we can easily make an appointment at the end of the day.

Thank you all for your support, we look forward to an amazing year!

Mrs Hope, Mrs Bird, Miss Foster and Miss Voss

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