Nursery 2020 - 2021

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Welcome to Nursery. Take a look below at what we have in store for the term ahead.

Glorious sunshine casts curious shadows. What is a shadow? Do you like the dark? It’s time to explore night and day, and light and dark in this project about shadows.

This half term, we’ll head outside to go shadow hunting, exploring our environment to find and make shadows. How will our movements affect our shadows? Back in the classroom, we’ll investigate light by using prisms, torches and kaleidoscopes, discovering which materials light does and doesn’t shine through. On a journey around school, we’ll spot different light sources and trace around the shadows outside. Will these shadows change throughout the day? In our literacy lessons, we’ll predict and complete rhyming strings and write about the different things we do in the day and at night. Using our mathematical skills, we’ll explore opaque and translucent 2-D and 3-D shapes, grouping them and making patterns. Getting creative we’ll try out some shadow puppetry, make lava lamp sensory bags and craft beautiful stained glass windows. We’ll also share our experiences and feelings about the dark.

At the end of the project, we’ll reflect on what we have learnt about light and dark, draw shadows and make a night time scene out of blocks and battery-operated tealights.

Help your child prepare for their project
Shadows can be spooky, but they are also great fun! Why not practise making animal shadows together by projecting a beam of light onto a wall and using your hands and fingers to create shadowy creatures? You could also draw a picture of your house and garden, adding shadows. Increase the difficulty by adding the Sun to the sky and predicting the direction the shadows would be cast, depending on the Sun’s position. Alternatively, venture out into the garden on a sunny day and use both your bodies to create weird and wonderful shadows.


Meet the Nursery staff:

Miss Challinor – Class Teacher

Miss Smith – Teaching Assistant

Here at Richmond Hill Primary Academy, we understand that this will be your child’s first experience within a school environment. This is a big milestone for both of you and I am sure that you have many questions and will be experiencing a mixture of emotions. ‘How will they settle in school’ or ‘how many jumpers will they need?’ These are very common questions and we are here to support you during this transition into school. We do have an open door policy where parents and carers are welcome to speak to us freely.

We provide an environment that will support and extend your child’s development and learning. Our setting encourages children to play and explore where they can feel relaxed, comfortable and ‘at home’. Each child is unique and we will ensure that their individual needs are respected. We will support and give your child the time they need to be independent, confident and happy learners.

Our aim is to show that your child is in a trusting environment and that they feel safe when in our care. We appreciate how important they are to you.

Aims of the Foundation Stage

· That each child should be provided with the opportunities, skills and environment that enables them to develop into active, confident and independent learners.

· To foster an effective partnership between home and school.

· To maintain a safe but challenging environment in which each child can be helped to develop to his/her full potential.

· To develop social, moral, cultural and spiritual awareness in our children.

· To foster in the children a belief in their own worth and enable each child to become increasingly confident, independent and able to make their own considered choices.

· To ensure that each child regardless of gender, race, culture or ability, is given an equal opportunity to develop to his/her full potential.

· That there is continuity between Nursery and Reception and effective liaison to support this transition.

· To develop a positive approach to the acquisition of new skills that will provide a firm foundation for future learning.


At Richmond Hill Primary School, we believe that well-planned play, both indoors and outdoors, is a key way in which young children learn with enjoyment and challenge. Through play, children can develop an understanding of the world around them. They can practise and build up ideas, concepts and skills. They learn how to control impulses and to understand the need for rules. They can take risks and make mistakes, think creatively and imaginatively.

During play children learn how to communicate with others as they investigate or solve problems. They are able to express fears or relive anxious experiences in controlled and safe situations. They can be alone, be alongside others or cooperate as they talk or rehearse their feelings. We can help children to learn through their play by planning and resourcing a challenging environment, supporting children’s learning through planned play activity, extending and supporting children’s spontaneous play and developing children’s language and communication in their play.

Learning Independence

Before starting school, it is helpful if your child could do some or all of the following.

· Change their shoes if required

· Use the toilet

· Wash and dry hands

· Tidy away toys

· Use a handkerchief

· Put on their coat

· Use a knife and fork

· Have an awareness of some traditional nursery rhymes and stories

We look forward to welcoming your child into our Nursery. We are confident that they will have fun, make new friends and thoroughly enjoy being part of our family at Richmond Hill Primary Academy.


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Nursery: Gallery items

Nursery Gallery, by Miss Challinor

Hello Yellow, by Mrs O’Keeffe

Nursery Gallery 2020-2021, by Mrs O’Keeffe

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Melton Road, Sprotbrough, Doncaster, DN57SB

01302 782421


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