Nursery 2020 - 2021

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Welcome to Nursery




The wolf huffed, and he puffed, but he couldn’t blow the house down! How does that building stay up? How many windows does it have? It’s time to find out more about buildings and the materials from which they are made.

This half term, we’ll be investigatiog buildings and how they are constructed. We’ll handle different building materials, and we’ll build structures out of wet sand, construction kits and blocks. Who can build the tallest tower? We’ll also retell the story of The Three Little Pigs. In our English lessons, we’ll look at photographs of our local area, describing what we see, and we’ll write about our homes. Using our maths skills, we’ll count houses and put them in the right order, and we’ll estimate how many cubes are in different towers. Working together, we’ll build a shelter big enough for us all to sit in, a bridge we can use to cross a given space and a street of colourful houses made from different containers. We’ll also work outdoors on our own ‘construction site’, building imaginative structures out of a range of materials.

Help your child prepare for their project
Buildings are brilliant! Why not explore your home together in great detail, inside and out. What kind of building do you live in? How does it stay standing? How many floors, windows and doors does it have? You could also make a mini house out of building blocks or cardboard boxes? Can you make it look like your house? Alternatively, look online at spectacular buildings such as The Shard and talk about why certain buildings might have been built to be taller, wider or grander than others.



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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