Parents Workshop

Reading at home

  • Make the time: Life is busy, but even ten minutes of reading with your child each day is one of the best ways you can support their education and help them to become a strong reader.
  • Take turns to read: Often you’ll want to listen to your child read aloud; reading to an adult is the most important thing children in the early stages of learning to read can do to develop their reading. Please do not stop reading aloud to them. It’s a great way of building their understanding, showing them what expressive reading sounds like and letting them enjoy a story.
  • Make reading relevant: Just like adults, if a book is about something that interests your child, they’ll be more likely to want to read it. Look at fiction, non-fiction, comics and children’s newspapers to show your child how reading allows us to explore our interests and the world.
  • Talk about the book: Asking your child questions or asking for their opinion can be an important way of helping them to think about what they’re reading. As a rule, open questions that begin with ‘how’ and ‘why’ tend to be more engaging rather than simple recall questions (‘How do you think Winnie is feeling on this page?’ might work better than ‘What is Winnie afraid of?’).
  • Pay attention to the language: When reading we can often take children’s understanding of words or phrases for granted. By checking they’re following, explaining the meaning or even looking up unfamiliar words and phrases together, you can widen your child’s vocabulary and support them to make wider sense of the story.
  • Enjoy reading time: Making time to read with your child can have great educational benefits, but it can also be ten minutes of respite from hectic family life to curl up, read and talk together. By all means ask questions and discuss vocabulary, but don’t be afraid to lose yourselves in a good story too.

Useful websites:

  • Alphablocks

  • Mr Thorne does phonics

  • Letters and Sounds

Oxford owl:

Ict games literacy



Nursery have started their food topic by learning the names of fruits and vegetables, talking about their likes and dislikes and discussing shapes and textures. Phew - what a lot of work!

They have made healthy choices at snack time and explained the noises some fruit and vegetables make when you eat them.

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They have also made observational drawings, choosing a piece of fruit or a vegetable and looking through a magnifying glass to identify features closely. They then used pastels to draw the image. Here are a few examples from Friday. See if your child can recognise the activity.


"Oranges" by Selma selma orange





"Banana" by Zidaan









"Pears, oranges and apples," by SafaSafa

IT In Nursery

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Today Nursery were learning how to use paint pot on the interactive whiteboard.       

Investigating Mirrors

This afternoon Nursery have been using mirrors to investigate how reflections work.

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A morning in Nursery

What a lovely morning we've had in Nursery. The children have written letters in the post office and posted them in the post box. Look out for our class blogs over the next four weeks when the children will be visiting our local post office to learn how it works.

They have been learning all about the AlefBet with Mrs Cohen and Mrs Halter and had a run around outside for some much deserved fresh air.   


Settling In To Nursery

The children are all setttling well into our nusery now and are enjoying the first topic of 'Ourselves'. Parents can help us by encouraging their children to find their name every morning and by discussing what activities their children have taken part in.