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Nursery and Reception 2019 - 2020

Mrs Jones

Mrs Caton

Mrs Strick

21st June 2021

Our main topic this half term is ‘Under the sea'. We will discover the different worlds that exist under the sea! Voyage from coral reefs to the icy poles and dive deep underwater to learn about the amazing creatures that live under the waves. Please view the website to see an outline of our learning each week. 

To support our return to school please follow the guidelines below;

  • Drop off from 8.45am and collection at 3.15pm through the large double gates at the front of school
  • Children should now wear uniform on Tuesday and Wednesday
  • PE will be on Monday and Friday - children should wear tracksuits for PE, including sports footwear
  • Forest School will be on Thursdays - children should wear clothing suitable for outdoors that covers their arms and legs. Shorts or sleeveless tops provide no protection from nettles, brambles, etc and are unsuitable for Forest School activities 
  • Water bottles need to be brought in daily
  • Please send books to school in bookbags only on a Monday or Thursday
  • If you need to contact me please email me at jojones@castleprimary.co.uk


This week

  • We will read the story of Tiddler by Julia Donaldson
  • We will discuss the different characters throughout the story - how they are feeling and why?
  • How do we think Tiddler felt when he was lost? Should we make up stories? How would your family and friends feel if they couldn’t believe
  • We will focus on describing words and use them to describe the creatures that live under the sea
  • Reception will focus on correct letter formation and use our phonic knowledge to write simple words and/or sentences
  • Reception will focus on their words of the week for a spelling test on Friday
  • Reception maths - we will find out which pairs of numbers add together to make ten with the Numberblocks
  • Nursery phonics will focus on the letter z and match to pictures/objects as we begin to read simple words e.g., z, i, p makes zip
  • Nursery will focus on holding a pen/pencil correctly and forming the letters of their name
  • Nursery maths - we will focus on the number four and the number five with Numberblocks 




Rhyme of the Week

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Reception Reading  

Reading – Thank you for supporting your children’s reading - it really does have a significant impact on the progress they make.  Both reading books and library books will continue to be changed on Monday or Thursday if they have been read. 

Reception children will have an informal spelling test on Friday morning each week. Please encourage your child to learn and practise writing the words that are sent home each Monday.  

We have now registered as a school with the Oxford Owl eBook library and each class can have access to e reading books within the Oxford Reading Tree series. 

Please gain access and keep reading with your child online. 


Username - CastleN/R          

Password - CastleOxford 

Please aim to read at home regularly with your child at least four times a week - just a couple of pages or more if your child is keen. Please ensure all reading is recorded in your child's yellow reading record book (how well they have read, which pages, anything they have struggled with, their understanding of the story etc).  

Below is a really useful parents guide to phonics and early reading. 










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Contact the School

Castle Primary School and Nursery

Mow Cop Road, Mow Cop, Stoke-on-Trent
Staffordshire, ST7 4NE

If you wish to request a paper copy of information on our website please use the school email.

Main Contact: Miss J Mason

Tel: 01782 433218