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Leiston Primary School

Nursery - Mrs Childs

Welcome to Dragonfly Class...

Hello and welcome to the Nursery's Dragonfly Class. I am Mrs Childs the class teacher, and I work alongside Miss Chatten-Berry our experienced Early years practitioner, Mrs Ellis, and Miss Beesley, together we form the Nursery Team.  As part of our daily routines your children will get the opportunity to work with all of us in a range of child led and adult focus play. 



Key Information about Leiston Primary School Nursery:


Our Nursery sessions run between 8:30 - 3:30


A 3 hour morning session: 8:30- 11:30


A lunch session 11:30-12:30 (There is an additional charge for these sessions). Parents will need to provide their child with a packed lunch and pay £1.75 for a lunch session or purchase a school meal for £4.20, this includes a school meal and the lunch session. 


A 3 hour afternoon session: 12:30-3:30


Further information about our Nursery can be found by following the link below...


Personal belongings, spare clothes and water bottles:

Please ensure that all children's belongings are named so that any misplaced items can be returned to your child. Please ensure that your child has a clearly labelled water bottle. Your child will have free flow access to the outdoor area so we ask that your child has appropriate clothing for the weather (coats in the winter and hats in the summer). We also ask that your child leaves any toys at home. 


Summer Term


Welcome back and a warm welcome to our new Nursery children who have joined us this term.


Over this term will we continue to build on the children's interests as well as introducing the learning theme...


I wonder what lives here... 


The possible lines of learning enquiry that we shall explore are:

  • minibeasts
  • bees
  • animals
  • woods
  • farms
  • beach
  • fish
  • mermaid/pirates


Our end goals this term is for the children to:

To observe caterpillars and release butterflies.

To taste honey from a local beekeeper.


Sharing Books

The children and the parents who were with us last term will know that we have a Sharing Book that the children to take home and share with their adult at home. The books will be changed weekly so the children will be able to enjoy a range of stories with their adults at home. Please keep the books safe and return them each week so that your child can collect a new one to bring home.


In addition your children have name cards, please support your child at home with recognising their own name.


Learning Intentions from our Early Years Curriculum...


Communication and Language

  • Uses talk in pretending that objects stand for something else in play, e,g, "This box is my castle."
  • Is beginning to understand "why" and "how" questions.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development:

  • Is aware of his/her own feelings, and knows that some actions and words can hurt others' feelings.
  • Demonstrates friendly behaviour, initiating conversations and forming good relationships with peers and familiar adults.

Physical Development

  • Moves freely and with pleasure and confidence in a range of ways, such as slithering, shuffling, rolling, crawling, walking, running, jumping, skipping, sliding and hopping.
  • Can copy some letters, e.g. letters from their name.


  • Body Percussion
  • Blending and Segmenting
  • Rhythm and Rhyme
  • Alliteration
  • Voice Sounds
  • Blending and Segmenting
  • Environment Sounds


  • Is beginning to be aware of the way stories are structured.
  • Suggests how the story might end.
  • Recognises familiar words and signs such as his/her own name and advertising logos.


  • Begin to describe a sequence of events, real or fictional, using words such as first, then..

  • Understand position through words alone, for example ‘the bag is under the table’ with no pointing.

  • Compare quantities using language ‘more than’, ‘fewer than’.

  • Talk about and explore 2D and 3D shapes using informal and mathematical language.

  • To explore the composition of numbers to 10.

  • Recite numbers past 5

  • Know that the last number reached when counting a small set of objects tells you how many there are in total.

  • Link numerals and amounts (up to 5).

  • Solve real-world mathematical problems within numbers up to 5.

Understanding the World

  • Is developing an understanding of growth, decay and changes over time.
  • Can talk about some of the things he/she has observed such as plants, animals, natural and found objects.

Expressive Arts and Design

  • Uses available resources to create props to support role-play.
  • Uses various construction materials.

Key dates this term:


Monday 15th April: School reopens after the Easter Holidays


Monday 6th May: Bank Holiday Monday


Monday 27th May: Friday 31st May: Half Term


Monday 3rd June: School reopens after May Half Term


Friday 19th July: Last day of school before the Summer Holidays