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Grangetown Primary

Foundation Stage Nursery

Welcome to our class web page, for Nursery 2021-22. We have a lovely class of 24 children, who love coming to school to learn and play with their teachers and friends. 

Our staff

In Nursery we work to a ratio of 1 member of staff to 13 children. We have two part time teachers (Mrs Hanlon & Miss Holyoak) and a teaching assistant (Miss Davison). The children are also supported over lunchtime by Miss Pickering our Reception teaching assistant.


      Mrs Hanlon           Miss Holyoak        Miss Davison

Session options

15 hours

We offer morning or afternoon sessions (3 hours) 5 days a week for 39 weeks of the year or we can also offer 2 1/2 full days over 39 weeks. We usually encourage this to be at the beginning of the week or the end of the week. Some parents also choose to pay for top- up sessions costing £14 per session (3 hours). A childcare contract must be signed before these sessions can begin. If flexibility is needed please speak to a member of staff as we can usually accommodate.

30 hours

Our 30 hour children access the setting for 5 full days (6 hours per day). To access this amount of hours we must be given a code. You will need to apply for this the term before they start and then reconfirm every 3 months. More information can be found at https://www.gov.uk/30-hours-free-childcare

All children who attend Nursery for full days will need a packed lunch or given a school lunch if requested. A school lunch will cost £2.20 per day.

Session times

Morning– 9am– 12pm                  Afternoon- 12.15- 3.15pm

Full days– 9am - 3.15pm

What the children need to bring

Water Bottle: Please provide a named water bottle each session for your child to have access to at all times. We also provide milk or water at snack times and lunch time as well.

Spare clothes: Tops, underwear, trousers/ skirts, socks and bottoms. This is particularly important when your child is toilet training but it is also useful for all children to bring a spare set of clothes in case of getting wet/muddy etc.

Nappies/Pull-ups and wipes: If children are still in nappies for medical/ other reasons we ask that enough wipes and nappies are provided for the day.

Sun cream: In the summer we ask for all children to arrive to nursery with sun cream already applied and if they are staying for a full day session we ask for a bottle to stay at nursery to allow it to be reapplied in the afternoon.

Please ensure all items including coats and jumpers are clearly labelled

Your Child’s Progress

Sharing your children’s progress and achievements are vitally important to us. There are a range of ways that we communicate your child’s progress with you:

  • Monthly newsletters/ weekly updates
  • Half termly parent pamphlets- this sets out what we will be learning during that half term
  • Termly parent/ teacher consultations
  • Yearly school report
  • Tapestry– Our Online Learning Journeys: When you filled out your registration forms it would have included a letter about Tapestry and an accompanying consent form. We will create a secure account with the details you provide that enables us to upload photographs, observations and reports relating to your child’s time with us. As a parent this allows you to view exciting achievements via a computer or smart phone.
  • Open Door Policy: All of our staff are happy to answer any queries or questions during drop off and pick up times. More lengthy meeting can be arranged usually for that week or you can also email and phone us at any time.

This Years Activities  

Autumn Term

Backhouse Park 6/10/21

Nursery enjoyed a lovely walk to Backhouse Park last week. We walked along with our friends very sensibly! Once we arrived, we had some snack and went on an adventure, looking for squirrels and the fairies on the trail. We also found lots of conkers, leaves and sticks. We then had some time playing on the park, practising our physical skills, before walking back to school. What a fun afternoon! 

 Anti bullying week 15/11/21 

This week has been Anti-Bullying week for the whole school and we focussed on the story Kind by Axel Sheffler. The children took part in lots of lovely activities linked to kindness. We had a Random act of kindness morning with Y5 where we left each other special surprise treats. We also had a class swap and got to meet other teachers to discuss our week. We had a special friendship dinner and got some love heart biscuits. We also made a kindness Pom Pom jar, drew some beautiful pictures and talked about ways to show kindness. I was so proud of the children. 

Bus Journey 

We took the children on two bus journeys around Sunderland. The day before we looked at our route and made our own maps. The children had a great time at Herrington and Mowbray Park. 

EYFS Nativity 2021 
 This year, Nursery and Reception will be having their nativity at 9:15am on the 9th December for parents/carers to come and watch. Children have had their lyrics sent home for the songs we will be listening to. The tunes of the songs can be found on YouTube- linked below. The nativity is called ‘whoops a daisy’. The children will all be singing the songs and they will have small parts, some of the children may have speaking parts. Reception children will have a lot more speaking parts as they are a bit older. Nursery will get this opportunity next year, of course! In the next week, children will be given a part (angels, snowflakes, Shepard’s, wise men etc) and it will be left in their trays. Thank you for your support!! 

Spring Term 

The children have come back to Nursery so well after Christmas! We have had so much fun welcoming our new boys and girls into our classroom. We have made lots of new friendships and have really enjoyed exploring the new areas. We have particularly liked the messy areas, such as water, play dough and painting! We have been really engaged with our new topic, Superheroes. We have focused on the book Supertato, learned about everyday heroes such as Doctors, Fireman and Police. We are super excited for our dress up day next month! 
Pancake Day 

Early Years have been very busy celebrating Pancake Day. They learned about the different ingredients to make a pancake and where to get them from. We made a shopping list and followed the instructions to make our own. They enjoyed picking their favourite toppings for their pancake. There was plenty of opportunity to write shopping lists and recall their favourite pancake topping.

 Hall Hill Farm 16.3.22

 Nursery and Reception had the most amazing day at Hall Hill Farm, we have fed lambs, held chicks, rabbits and Guinea pigs. We have looked at alpacas, large pigs and some huge highland cows. We have also gave special food to the cows and sheep, they were adorable and we were so brave! We then went on a fantastic tractor ride which even drove us backwards! We then went to the outside play park, which had lots of slides, swings, sand diggers and climbing frames. It was amazing. We were so sensible and the Nursery and Reception children did Grangetown primary school proud, their behaviour was excellent! Well done to our EYFS children.


 Summer Term 

PSHE Friendship Picnic

Nursery and Reception enjoyed a fantastic PSHE friendship picnic on the last day of term. We all enjoyed friend themed areas, and partnered up with someone in the other class. We were so kind to one another. We made friendship bracelets, flower pictures and then enjoyed a picnic outdoors in the sunshine. We had cakes, crisps and some juice. It was so lovely!











Discovery Museum and The Great North Museum

We all had an amazing time visiting two museums in Newcastle! We saw amazing dinosaurs,. Historical exhibits, different types of animals and a River Tyne area. It was so much fun. 

Gardening fun

Nursery have really enjoyed our gardening topic. We have planted so many gorgeous plants in our Early Years yard and inside the classroom. We have had a sunflower ace, planted some magic "I love you" beans and made a butterfly garden to attract minibeasts. We have also looked after some bugs inside our new Bug Hotel.


Beach topic

The children have been loving our beach topic. We are focussing on the book 'Barry the fish with fingers'. We are talking about real life sea creatures too. We know lots of excellent facts and the names of each sea animal. For our upcoming Beach trip on the 6th July, we also had an RNLI visit. The children learnt lots about water safety and had the chance to dress up. It was a fantastic morning.