Nursery and Reception 2021 - 2022

Mrs Jones

Mrs Caton

Hello and welcome to Nursery and Reception's class page!

Hello Everybody,


Welcome to our class page. Here, you will find information about what we are learning and you will be able to see some of the fun activities that we will be doing in class.  




Click here for resources to support your child with their letters and sounds 

A programme overview of our new phonics scheme can be found below in 'Files to Download'

Reception reading practice - children will be assigned a new online reading practice book every Monday. Please listen to them read and celebrate their success!

Library books – children can choose a book to share and enjoy with their family at home. Books can be changed on a Monday and Thursday.

Please send books to school in book bags to ensure they do not get damaged. 

Lunches - Please remember to complete all lunch orders for the coming week before Monday morning

Nursery and Reception: Gallery items - see photographs in the gallery towards the bottom of our page.

Please get in touch if you have any questions, to:


This Week - 16th May 2022  


  • We will read the story of ‘The Hundred Decker Bus’ 
  • We will look closely at the map in the story and identify the landmarks  
  • We will talk about our journey to school and what we see 
  • We will have a go at drawing maps of our journey 
  • We will discuss and participate in a ‘Walk to School’ initiative
  • We will explore outside at Forest School


  • We will focus on longer words and compound words; tan/trum, child/ren, chim/pan/zee, wind/mill 
  • We will practise reading tricky words; there when what one    
  • We will focus on secure spelling
  • We will read a book together in a small group three times during the week 
  • We will practise correct letter formation  
  • In maths we will focus on counting in 2's and 10's
  • We will focus on pairs of numbers that total 10 
  • We will explore numbers 11, 12, 13, 14, and 15 



  • In phonics we will play games that develop focused listening and attention, including oral blending  
  • We will talk about sounds in words i.e, look it's a dog, that starts with a 'd' d for dog
  • We will focus on saying a sound clearly with the correct production; s,a,t,p,n,b,m
  • We will practise playing I-spy with 3 phonics pictures at a time e.g., s t b – can you find b? 
  • In numeracy we will focus on using positional language such as in/on, up/down, over/under, through, between   


Rhyme/Song of the Week; 


We All Go Travelling By 


The Wheels on the Bus


The Tiny Caterpillar Song 


The Very Hungry Caterpillar with Makaton Signs 


There's a Worm at the Bottom of my Garden



Waking up from hibernation, 

Green shoot sprouting 

And flowers blooming 

Are not so much a Spring… 

More a long slow gentle stretch 

Reaching towards the sun of Summer. 


Click here for Shake Them Skeleton Bones


Being Helpful Song (see below in files to download)


The Square Song and the Circle Song (see below in files to download)


Click here for Ten Green Bottles 


Click here for 'One Two Buckle my Shoe' 


Chubby Snowman

There was a chubby snowman 

And he had a carrot nose (put fist to nose like carrot)

Along came a bunny (put 2 fingers up like ears)

And what do you suppose? (hands on hips)

The hungry little bunny (rub tummy)

Was looking for his lunch (hand to forehead looking)

He grabbed the snowman's carrot nose

NIBBLE! NIBBLE! CRUNCH!! (pretend to eat carrot)


Click here for the Gruffalo song 


Click here for 'What's the Weather like Today?'


Tricky Words - please help your child to practise the words; I, no, go, to, the, we, me, be, he, she, was, you, they, my, by, all, sure, pure, said, so, have, like, were here little says. These are words that cannot be sounded out. 


Here is a list of our weekly routines for your information:

Morning drop off

Children can be dropped off at the small wooden gate between 8.45 and 8.55 each morning. Mrs. Caton or Miss Jackson will be at the gate and will relay any important messages. If your child is having a school dinner you can let staff know your child's preferences for the day. 

Water Bottles 

Children need a named water bottle in school daily. We encourage our children to drink water throughout the day and stay hydrated. Water is freely available from a water cooler by our classroom door. Bottles will be sent home at the end of each day for washing.

Morning snack

Children in Nursery are entitled to free school milk and fresh fruit each morning.

Children in Reception are entitled to free school milk and fresh fruit. 

Free fruit is available to all children in the afternoon.


Please note that it is school policy that children do not bring toys to school unless requested to do so by the class teacher.


Will be on Tuesday afternoons and Wednesday mornings. Please ensure your child comes to school wearing their P.E. kit on these days (black shorts, leggings or joggers, white T- shirt, pumps or trainers). Long hair should be tied back and earrings removed before coming to school.

Forest School

Forest School will be on a Thursday afternoon. Please ensure children come to school wearing suitable clothes for the outdoors; trousers, joggers or leggings, long sleeved top, waterproof coat, wellies, warm hat and gloves.

Please name all your child's clothing, particularly jumpers and cardigans.









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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

SEN Contact: Mrs Melanie Lord

SEN Email: