Welcome to Nursery

Teacher: Mrs. Riley


Teaching Assistants:

Mrs. Eley (Monday – Wednesday)

Mrs Beattie (Wednesday – Friday)


SEN Support:

Mrs Fitzpatrick 

Mrs Beattie (Monday)


Lunchtime Supervisor:  Mrs A Fitzpatrick


A weekly Nursery Newsletter will keep you informed about the learning in Nursery week by week. 

Nursery Newsletter 7th May 2024

Nursery Newsletter 27th April 2024

Nursery Newsletter 16th April 2024

Nursery Newsletter 23rd March 2024

Nursery Newsletter 17th March 2024

Nursery Newsletter 9th March 2024

Nursery Newsletter 3rd March 2024

Nursery Newsletter 24th February 2024

Nursery Newsletter 3rd February 2024

Nursery Newsletter 27th January 2024

Nursery Newsletter 21st January 2024

Nursery Newsletter 9th December 2023

Nursery Newsletter 30th November 2023

Nursery Newsletter 24th November 2023

Nursery Newsletter 18th November 2023

Nursery Newsletter 12th November 2023

Nursery Newsletter 24th October 2023

Nursery Newsletter 14th October 2023

Nursery Newsletter 7th October 2023

Nursery Newsletter 1st October 2023

Nursery Newsletter 19th September 2023

Nursery Newsletter 12th September 2023

You can engage with your child’s individual learning journey through ‘Evidence Me’; an online platform for sharing observations of your child’s learning and development. 

Evidence Me Help for Parents

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Words of the Week – we are introducing our children to new vocabulary each week, please ask your child what these words are, what they mean and encourage your child to use them as often as possible when speaking.

Each week your child will have the opportunity to bring home a ‘library book’ from our classroom. These books are for you and your child to share and enjoy together.

There are a wide variety of story books, information books and rhyming books for your child to choose from. There are also a number of books that contain just pictures and no words.

After reading your child’s library book together, talk about what has happened at the beginning, in the middle and end of the story. Can your child retell the story or answer questions about what has happened? (Talking about the story will help to develop your child’s speaking and listening skills and will get them ready for reading and writing stories independently as the progress further up the school).

There is no set day for your child to change his/her library book – just get them to bring it back to school when you have finished with it and they can choose another to take home the same day.

We love to read in our school and believe

The more that your read, the more things you will know. 

The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go’.

A child

A book

A read

A chat

That is the way the mind grows,

Not with a test, but a tale….

Michael Rosen



Some useful information for the year ahead...


Nursery – Diary 2023-24

Whole School Diary 2023-24

Have a look on Twitter and keep up to date with our latest news and suggested activities…


School Twitter

The following link will give you useful information on your child’s development from Birth to Three and how this can be supported both at home and in school. 


A big focus in Nursery continues to focus on children’s speech and language development. All children are assessed within the first half-term using “WellComm”. This toolkit identifies children needing speech and language support, which can make a crucial difference to their confidence and attainment. 

Once the children have been assessed parents will be given information on how they can also support their child at home in similar ways to staff in Nursery. Greatest impact will be when home and Nursery work together.

If you do have any concerns about your child’s development please do not hesitate to speak to a member of the Nursery staff.

New admissions to Nursery

We are more than happy to welcome parents and children to view the Nursery within the school day, in this way you can get a true feel of the ethos of our school. Give the school office a ring on 228-1506 or send an email to arrange a date and time that suits you.

Parent comments from Parent-Teacher meetings February 2022

“We’re very happy with how _ is progressing. She is learning a lot, this is apparent in how she is starting to emphasise sounds in words, and asks about what letters, words start with. Socially, _ is progressing and enjoys spending time with her friends.”

“So happy with _’s progress.”

“_ has progressed so much in his Language and Communication since December. His writing skills have improved so much now to being able to recognise all his letters and numbers and writing his name. Very proud.”

“_ is growing in confidence all the time.”

I’m very happy with _’s progress.”

We are really happy with the progress _ is making and can see how much she has come on in the last few months. St Anne’s is a lovely nursery, makes all children feel happy and safe.”

Parent comments from Parents Evening November 2021

” _ has settled into Nursery amazingly. She really enjoys going and loves all her friends and teachers.”

” _’s personal development is brilliant.”

“It is lovely to see how well she is doing.”

” _ loves learning so Nursery is the perfect place. So proud of how well he is getting on and I know he will only progress further.”

” _ enjoys every day and has made a lot of friends. She has come a long way in a short space of time.”

“I can see so much progress in her social skills, confidence and enjoyment in learning. It was great to hear the areas where she is being supported so that we can mirror these interventions at home. Overall, _ is content, happy and comfortable in Nursery, which has allowed her to flourish.”

“I am really pleased how far she has come.”

“I’m so happy with how _ has settled into school. She loves coming in and playing and learning. She’s come on so much.”


Useful Websites

Some useful videos from BBC Children in Need.  Dr Radha shares her top tips on looking after your wellbeing.

BBC children in Need –  Dr Radha’s Wellbeing Tips



A nursery account for ‘Oxford Owl’ has been set so that you and your child can continue to access story books at home.  The ebooks are free and are feature some really lovely stories for you to share with your little one.  

On the web page go to the pink/purple ‘My class login’ button and insert the username and password:

Username: nurseryriley
Password: stanley

Read Write Inc

As the year progresses in Nursery,  we begin to learn letter sounds. We follow “Read Write Inc” in line with the rest of the school. See the weekly newsletters for links to videos.

Corma Beanstalk are working with Very UK, to bring you a series of online Storytime sessions.  There are some brilliant books featured and they are being read by some very familiar faces.

Each week a new story will be available, and each one will also be accompanied by some top tips to help make sharing books fun and engaging!

Beanstalk Charity – Storytime with Very UK



We love to read J

Did you know that reading books aloud to children stimulates their imagination and expands their understanding of the world?

It helps them develop language and listening skills and prepares them to understand the written word. 

In Nursery and Reception, we encourage all our children to take home a library book each night – please try and find a quiet moment to share a story each night with your child.  Library books can then be brought back to school the next day and your child can choose another story to take home J

For helpful advice and tips on reading at home please visit the ‘Booktrust’ website below:



49 fun physical activities to do with kids aged 2 to 4

This list of 49 activities is the ultimate go-to for any playdate, home child care setting, or a morning or afternoon with a caregiver.  Whatever the situation, short attention spans mean that it’s a good idea to have a few of these up your sleeve.
CBeebies Radio | CBeebies Wiki | Fandom
CBeebies Radio takes you to a world of sound and music, where you can share imaginative adventures and listen to stories with your favourite CBeebies friends and characters.
Using the Hungry Little Minds brand - GOV.UK

Many little things light up hungry little minds.  Children take everything in, and even the smallest things you do with them can make a big difference.

Children love it when you chat, play and read with them, even when they’re too young to understand everything.  Whatever the time and wherever you are, you can turn almost anything into a game and every little thing you do together will help set them up nicely for the day they start school.

We understand that due to the coronavirus outbreak, you and your children are spending more time at home and you might be looking for a bit more inspiration for things to do.  Start by trying some of these simple, fun activities.


25 simple and fun non-screen activities that children can do at home
To help with well being, we’ve rounded up some fun, non-screen activities that can be done at home to support independent learning.
Family Zone 0 to 4
Family Zone works to improve reading, writing, speaking and listening skills across communities in the UK.
Family Zone is full of free activities and ideas to keep your child busy at home, whilst also benefiting reading, writing and language development. 
Learn to Read Systems for Kids | Reading & Writing Systems | LeapFrog
Some lovely ideas on interactive learning to encourage creative, confident and happy learners J
The following attachments are provided by the local authority and contain guidance on how you can support your child at home with early reading and maths.