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Sharp Lane Primary School

Aspiration, Belief, Commitment & Discovery

DODD (Nursery)

Nursery is all about learning whilst playing and having fun! The children are encouraged to find out new things by exploring the world around them and ask questions. Nursery is a safe, friendly place where children feel happy to take risks and engage in new experiences. All staff strive to build strong relationships with their key children so that they flourish in our setting and children are supported to become "confident communicators" so that they can express themselves effectively to others. Nursery is a wonderful place to be, please take the opportunity to join us at our stay and play events throughout the year.


Thank you to all those that came to the picnic in the park last week. All of the keyworkers commented on how well the children behaved and engaged with the activities. It was a lovely day enjoyed by all! 

Mrs Burton's Puppets!

On Monday Nursery had some special visitors. Miss Burton brought in her special puppets to share with the class. The children got very excited! 

Hatching Day!

The children were so excited today as they noticed some small cracks in the eggs! We all sat in silence and could hear them cheeping. Once the chicks have hatched and their feathers have dried the children will be able to hold them. We will post more photos next week!

Humpty Dumpty Challenge!

This week the children have been enjoying our Humpty Dumpty Challenge - they had to build a wall that the egg (Humpty Dumpty) could balance on without falling off. We have also started learning our new Talk 4 Writing story, Farmer Duck. We will upload our text map soon so you can practise at home together.

As the weather is now heating up, please ensure your child is dressed appropriately with a sun hat and brings a bag of spare clothes. The children love playing in the outdoor water area in warm weather so spare, dry clothes are essential. 

Don't forget, children going to Sharp Lane Reception in September have open afternoons next week to meet their new teacher. Please speak to your keyworker if you are unsure of the dates/times for your open afternoon.

Book bags are being given out this week. If you have any questions please see your child's key worker. We cannot guarantee which day your child's book will be changed so please bring it into Nursery everyday. Books will be changed once a week. 


We had a special delivery today from the farm. We now have 7 hen eggs and 1 duck egg at Nursery. The children will be able to observe what happens over the next few weeks and watch them hatch. They are all very excited about this! 
The children are still fascinated by mini beasts and are enjoying going on bug hunts in the garden and outdoor area. This week we have found lots of snails , we have even had a visit from a large African snail! 

Bedtime Stories and Hot chocolate!

On Wednesday the children came to school in pajamas. This was to celebrate a love of bedtime stories. Some of the children went to visit St George's Library and the rest of the children had a lovely story time with hot chocolate and biscuits at Nursery. If your child has a favourite story they would like to share at Nursery we would love to read it!

Last week at Nursery all children should have received 3 different letters. 

1.-Suncream letter

2.Library visit letter

3. Reception meeting letter

If you do not have any of the above please see your child's keyworker.

The children have become very interested in finding bugs in the garden. Recently we have found lots of ladybirds. The children have learned some very interesting facts about ladybirds and were very keen to draw them. 

Choosing the right shape!

This week in maths we have been thinking about using shapes for a particular purpose. The children were very good at selecting shapes to complete a shape picture. Can your child make a shape picture at home? 

More or Less

This week in maths we have been exploring the concept of more or less. We have been having pretend tea parties and discussing who has more and who has less and how we could make it so that we all have the same.

How to mix powder paint

This week we are continuing to learn about instructions. We are now learning how to use powder paint correctly. The children have watched a demonstration on how to do this. Next week the children will be using a text map to read the instructions.They will be available in the cloakroom next week so please take one and practise at home.
This week we have been creating silly soup with pictures and objects that begin with the sound "a."  Can your child think of something that starts with the "a" sound? They could draw this at home and bring it in for our silly soup! 
This week the children have been ordering the instructions "How to Plant a Sunflower Seed." They have also drawn pictures to show what the sunflower seed needs to be able to grow.They were all very excited to investigate which fruits and vegetables contained seeds at the snack table. It has been a busy week! Don't forget to send your key worker a picture if your child's sunflower has grown.

Number 5

Our number of the week is number 5! The children have been investigating the different way that they can make 5 in the provision.

Silly Soup SSSSSSSS!

This week we have started to explore the initial sounds of words. This weeks sound is "s." The children have  joined in with a guided session choosing items beginning with the s sound to go into the soup. They have also practised mark making the letter s in the sensory tray. Can you help your child come up with some suggestions for the silly soup! Remember it can only go in if it starts with a S!
We have set up a new area called the "Name Station." All children have their own name card to trace over to support them to write their name. It was lovely to see parents helping their children with this. This area is now part of provision so please support your child with this task when they arrive at Nursery.Please do not worry if your child is not ready to write their name yet. We know that some children need lots of fun fine motor activities to strengthen the muscles in their hands and fingers before feeling comfortable and confident to have a go at their name.If your child can already write their name use the name card to check all letters are being correctly formed.(Follow the arrow!)

Summer 1 Newsletter

How to Plant a Sunflower Seed

This term the children will be continuing to use text maps (pinching the words and actions) to support their speaking and listening, reading and writing skills. This term we are focusing on Non Fiction texts. We have started to learn a set of instructions called "How to Plant a Sunflower Seed." There are copies of the text in the cloakroom, please take one for your child to read at home. 


 The children have been interested at looking at photographs on tapestry of each others Sunflowers and how they are growing so keep sending them in!.

Exploring colour!

The children are interested in exploring and  mixing the paint. We have been setting challenges to see what colours they can  make using the powder paints.
The children have been joining in with lots of Easter themed activities this week. They have been on egg hunts, made Easter chicks, tried hot cross buns, made bunnies out of natural resources, we have had ice eggs in the water tray and lots more! The children have also learned about the real reason we celebrate Easter so may talk about how Jesus died on a cross and then came back to life again! 

Easter Bonnet Parade

Just a reminder that we will be having our Easter Bonnet Parade on Wednesday 17th April at 9.15am. Parents are invited to watch in the outdoor area. If your child doesn't attend Nursery on Wednesday mornings they are very welcome to join us for the parade but must be accompanied by a parent or familiar adult for the duration. We hope you enjoy making your bonnets together over the Easter holidays and look forward to seeing you all after the break.

Measuring Length

This week in maths we have had a focus on length. At home encourage your children to compare the length of objects using the words long, short, longer, shorter, longest and shortest. An activity the children enjoyed at Nursery was going on a stick hunt, in the garden, and then comparing the lengths of their sticks. 

That's My Teddy Bear Hunt!

Learning how to spread and cut!

Using tools in the workshop

That's Not My Teddy

Bears Using Descriptive Language

For the last two weeks of term our new story is "That's not my teddy." The children are still showing an interest in bears which is why we have chosen this story. It is a simple text but we are going to challenge the children to make up their own version, thinking about one of their teddy bears at home! (copies are available in the cloak room)
This week the number blocks have been helping us to do some clever counting. We have noticed the children are very good at saying their numbers in the correct order but do not always count a set of objects accurately. Please practise this at home by using these rules. It also helps if the children line up the objects as they count or put them into a box remembering to say one number name for each item. (Copies of the rules are in the cloakroom please feel free to take one). 

Baking for Comic Relief

Red Nose Day - 15th March 2019


Don't forget you can wear red clothes or Comic Relief merchandise on Friday 15th March for a donation of £1. We will be selling buns at the end of each session and all donations will go to Comic Relief.

Don't Put Your Finger in Your Shake Jake!

This week we have been making milkshakes linked to our Talk for Writing text "Don't Put Your Finger in The Jelly Nelly." Don't forget to get your copy from the cloakroom, the children are getting very good at retelling it using the words and actions. 

Next week in Nursery...


Next week we will be exploring number 4 and matching rhyming words in our teaching sessions. Why don't you look round the house and see if you can find 4 anywhere? It could be 4 items or the numeral. You could also try reading some rhyming stories or poems together and see if your child can identify the rhyming words. Don't forget to upload any observations to Tapestry - we love to read about what the children have been doing at home with you!

Celebrating World Book Day!

The children enjoyed sharing their favourite stories, from home ,with their friends at Nursery this week to celebrate World Book Day. Please continue to allow the children to bring in books from home as the Nursery children (and staff) love stories! (Please remember to write your child's name in their book). 
Today we have been celebrating Pancake day! The children were given four choices of toppings. To find out which was the most popular, among our keyworker groups, we did pictograms. Chocolate spread was the most popular choice among Mrs Abrams key worker children! This was not the case for the other keyworkers their pictograms were more evenly spread among the toppings. The children  joined in with a discussion about their pictograms developing mathematical thinking. Later on the children got chance to try the topping they voted for. 

Sensory Play!

The children are enjoying sensory play in the water tray. Last week we had jelly, this week we have pasta. This links to our talk for writing text "Don't Put Your Finger in The Jelly Nelly." 

School Newsletter

World Book Day

Don't forget World Book Day is on Thursday 7th March. Children are invited to dress up as characters from books and bring in their favourite stories to share in Nursery. Please make sure any books you send in are named so they can be easily returned at the end of the day. (If your child does not attend Nursery on Thursday they are welcome to come dressed up or can bring a book in on Wednesday instead). 

Don't Put Your Finger In The Jelly Nelly!

At the end of last term we had a focus on rhyming during guided sessions. The children loved the story "Don't Put Your Finger In The Jelly Nelly"  so we have decided to use this for our new talk for writing story. This week the children will learn the words and actions using the new text map. There will be copies of the text map in the cloakroom please feel free to take one so the children can share it with you at home. If you have any simple rhyming stories at home which you child enjoys we would love you to bring them for us to share with the children. 
We have been very busy this week celebrating The Chinsese New Year. The children have taken part in many different activities such as , making a dragon for the dragon dance, Chinese food tasting, making Chinese lanterns, re enacting The Chinese New Year story by having animal races, writing Chinese good luck messages and lots more! Thank you to all the parents and grandparents that joined in with our stay and play session we had lots of fun!! 
This week at Nursery we are focusing on shape. The children have been sorting shapes, making shape pictures, going on shape hunts and lots more! We are trying to encourage them to use the language of shape as well as choosing a shape for a particular purpose. When you are out and about with your child look out for real life examples of shapes in the environment. 

Dragon Dancing

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Food tasting- prawn crackers, spring rolls and chilli sauce!

This week we have been studying number 3!

Can your child find three objects at home? Can they then look at different ways of making the number three? At Nursery we have been making up number stories e.g two teddy bears are awake, how many are asleep under the blanket? 

Stay and Play

This week we are celebrating The Chinese New Year. Please come and join in with some festive activities.

Wednesday 6th February 9.00-10.20 a.m

Thursday 7th February 1.30-3.00 pm


Storytelling sessions on Monday 4th February @ 11am and 2.45pm

Please come along and enjoy a 20 minute story session with your child and collect a reading pack to take home and enjoy together.

Today we had a letter and some photographs posted to our key worker groups. We discovered a bear had eaten our snack and drank our milk! We then saw pictures of him hiding in different places. The children wanted to go and hunt for him in the garden. We did not find the bear but we did find lots of evidence that he had been there! The children found holes he had dug with his sharp claws, wrappers of food that he had eaten, water in a wheel barrow for his bath, he had painted numbers on the planters and lots more. The children were so excited by this! We will also be starting The Bear Hunt story this week. 

Welcome back everyone! The children have been very keen to tell us all about their Christmas holidays and about the lovely things they got from Santa! Please remember to post observations on tapestry it would be lovely to see some pictures of what the children got up to over the holidays. 


The children have come back to some new areas of provision in Nursery. We noticed at the end of last term lots of children showed an interest in pets or pretending to be dogs or cats so we now have a vets/pet shop. In the construction area we have some new small world toys including dragons and knights to encourage children to make up their own stories through imaginative play. There is also a new pattern making area where children are using mathematical language as they create with the resources. The "Magic sticks" have been great to encourage mark making too! 



Please note, school re opens for Spring term on Tuesday 8th January.
The children were fantastic today and all of the keyworkers were so proud of every single one of them! They have worked very hard and have amazed us how well they have learned the Nativity story.We hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and look forward to see you all in the new year! 
The children all enjoyed the Christmas party this afternoon. We play musical statues, musical bumps and pass the parcel. The children had some party food and then we had a very special visitor. Every child received a present from Santa Claus! 

Stay and Play

Thank you to all the parents that were able to join us for our festive stay and play sessions this week. The  children  enjoyed taking part in some activities including bauble hunts (in the rain), Christmas stories, decorating the tree, eating mince pies, making Christmas decorations and more! We understand that not all parents can attend because of other commitments. We will have more "stay and plays" throughout the year. 

Nursery curriculum meeting





Please see your child's key worker if you haven't been given a time or date.



Monday 3rd December Stay and Play 9.00-10.30 a.m

Thursday 6th December Stay and Play 1.30-3.00 p.m

Tuesday 18th December Christmas Party 1.30-3.00 p.m (No Parents)

Thursday 20th December Christmas Party 9.30-11.00 pm (No Parents)

Wednesday 19th December Nursery Nativity at The United Reformed Church Nesfield Road, Belle Isle, Leeds, LS10 3LG 10.30 a.m / 1.00 pm NURSERY IS CLOSED ON THIS DAY

The children have been brilliant at using the story map to read "That's not my Robot." There are copies of the story map in Nursery if you would like to take one home for your child to share with you. 

Bollywood Dancing

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The children were very keen to tell us about the fireworks they had seen over the weekend. They wanted to make some firework pictures. They have been working on sprinkling glitter rather than tipping and pouring it over the paper! We have also talked about different types of celebrations as it has been Diwali this week. The children have made rangoli patterns, tasted indian food and learned how to dance Bollywood style! We are always keen to find out about what children do at home, if you attend a special celebration please share it  with your keyworker on Tapestry. 

Half-term Homework

National Baking Week

Developing skills for life

Autumn Explorers

Well done to all the children that have now completed their first day at Nursery. Lots of the children are managing to say happy goodbyes to their parents in the morning and settling in well. Remember all children are different and it may take your child longer to adapt to our setting but this is all very normal! Please see your child's key worker if you have any concerns. 
The children enjoyed exploring Nursery with their mummies, daddies and grandparents during stay and play. It was lovely to see the children engaging with parents during this time.